New Release! Moment Of Truth by Mandy Magro

Moment Of Truth Book Cover Moment Of Truth
Mandy Magro
Contemporary Romance
Harlequin MIRA
1 December 2017
Ebook, Paperback
272

The past she can’t remember just won’t let her go …

Alexis Brown was thirteen when her parents were killed. The police labelled it a murder-suicide, but Alexis has grown up believing her loving father could never have hurt her mother. So when, seventeen years later, Alexis receives an anonymous note telling her the police were wrong and her parents were both murdered, she’s determined to return to Blue Ridge and find out the truth.

When Alexis arrives at the newly renovated cottage hoping to awaken her lost memories, she can’t help but notice how strong and handsome her childhood friend Ethan King has become. But she’s not here for love. As soon as the truth is uncovered she has to return to her life, and falling for him would only leave her with a broken heart.

For Ethan, getting to know the resilient woman that Alexis has blossomed into leaves his world upside down. But as they spend the days together and with their mutual love for horses, it doesn’t take long for Alexis and Ethan to discover their friendship is much more than they’d first thought … But will it all be threatened by a shocking secret from all those years ago?

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My Thoughts

The story started with a hive of activity, in a read that was incredible. Alexis and Ethan’s characters were wholesome from the start and grabbed this reader’s attention with their confrontations and interactions within the story. There were some surprise twists that kept me turning the pages, in what was an all-round, enjoyable read that I could read again in years to come.
Review copy received from Harlequin Australia

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Book Spotlight! The Red Ribbon by Lucy Adlington

The Red Ribbon Book Cover The Red Ribbon
Lucy Adlington
Young Adult
Bonnier
25 October 2017
Ebook, Paperback
320

Rose, Ella, Marta and Carla. In another life we might all have been friends together. This was Birchwood. For readers of The Diary of Anne Frank and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

As fourteen-year-old Ella begins her first day at work she steps into a world of silks, seams, scissors, pins, hems and trimmings. She is a dressmaker, but this is no ordinary sewing workshop. Hers are no ordinary clients. Ella has joined the seamstresses of Birkenau-Auschwitz, as readers may recognise it. Every dress she makes could mean the difference between life and death. And this place is all about survival.

Ella seeks refuge from this reality, and from haunting memories, in her work and in the world of fashion and fabrics. She is faced with painful decisions about how far she is prepared to go to survive. Is her love of clothes and creativity nothing more than collaboration with her captors, or is it a means of staying alive? Will she fight for herself alone, or will she trust the importance of an ever-deepening friendship with Rose? One thing weaves through the colours of couture gowns and camp mud - a red ribbon, given to Ella as a symbol of hope.

The Red Ribbon by Lucy Adlington is published by Bonnier, RRP $19.99.

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My Thoughts

The Red Ribbon by Lucy Adlington was such an affecting read. The story depicts the inhumane treatment of the young and old in Birchwood. But amongst the hell and torments, the story also portrayed hope, triumph with some human acts of kindness that stood out amongst the hellish, worst of times, in unimaginable situations. The challenges faced by Ella, Rose and the wealth of secondary characters pulled at emotions, bringing to the forefront heartache at the torments they faced in the story. But the finale held promise for some characters and devastation for others.
Review copy received from Allen & Unwin Australia

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New Release! Two Weeks ‘Til Christmas by Laura Greaves

Two Weeks 'Til Christmas Book Cover Two Weeks 'Til Christmas
Laura Greaves
Contemporary Romance
Penguin Random House
13 November 2017
Ebook, Paperback
288

Synopsis

Claire Thorne never expected to be heading home for Christmas in Bindallarah - the small country town she left behind thirteen years ago and spends every day trying to forget. But then again she never expected fate to bring Scotty, her oldest friend and first love back into her life. Or for Scotty to tell her that he's about to get married - to a girl he barely knows.

With only two weeks til Scotty's big day on Christmas Eve, Claire's determined to make up for lost time and help plan his wedding. And while she's at it, she can make sure he's not making a life-changing mistake. After all, it's what any good friend would do.

But is two weeks enough time for Claire to find the answers she needs? And will she be brave enough to question her own heart and the choices she's made along the way?

Two Weeks 'Til Christmas by Laura Greaves is published by Random House Australia, RRP $32.99.

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Two Weeks ‘Til Christmas by author Laura Greaves is a cute friends to lovers, second chance at romance read. I liked Claire’s character who had her fair share of hurdles in the story. The story flowed well and had me engrossed from the first chapter. Claire and Scotty had obvious attraction sparks that made for a nice HEA read.
Review copy received from Penguin Random House Australia

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New Release! The Devil Of Dunakin Castle by Heather McCollum

The Devil Of Dunakin Castle Book Cover The Devil Of Dunakin Castle
Highland Isles #4
Heather McCollum
Historical Romance
Entangled Publishing
13 November 2017
Ebook, Paperback
268

Synopsis:

Englishwoman, Grace Ellington, has made a home in Scotland, but to escape from the meddling people around her who seem to think she needs to wed right away—because women need saving, right? —she volunteers to journey north to aid a friend in childbirth.

Keir MacKinnon, the younger brother of the MacKinnon clan chief, has been raised to strike fear in people, on and off the battlefield. Trained to uphold MacKinnon law, he has hardened into a lethal warrior. Caught in a Highland blizzard with the feisty Grace, Keir realizes the beautiful woman who saved him can also save his nephew’s life.

Sparks fly when he takes her against her will to his home, and Grace’s courage is put to the ultimate test. Is Keir MacKinnon the passionate, kind man she saved in the Highland blizzard, or is he truly the cruel executioner who seeks to solve all issues by the sword?

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My Thoughts

Grace has been a stand out character from the first instalment in the Highland Isles series from author Heather McCollum. Her strength of character shines through with every page turn, and was a joy to read. She is a hoot a character, and a great match with Keir's.

Action and emotion fill the pages, and it was a book I could not walk away from. I was not expecting this pairing for Grace, but it was a nice surprise.
Review copy received from Entangled Publishing via Netgalley

 

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New Release! Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis

It’s Christmastime again in Heartbreaker Bay!

When Sean O’Riley shows up at the Hartford Bed & Breakfast for his older brother’s bachelor weekend, he’s planning to get through this weekend as well as he can and fulfill his duties as best man. What he’s not expecting is to come face to face with the woman he lost his virginity to a decade ago – a woman he’s never really forgotten.

The last time Lotti Hartford saw Sean, she told him she loved him while he said nothing. Now, ten years later, she’s just looking for a good time. For once, she wants to be wild and free, and when she sees how good Sean grew up, she thinks he might actually be the perfect candidate.

As the weekend continues, Sean realizes that after a lifetime of being the hook-up king, he’s ready to find happily-ever-after with Lotti. But is she ready to open her heart once again? As Christmas sweeps through the little B&B, love and magic are in the air.

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