Villa of Secrets by Patricia Wilson #extract @BonnierZaffre @pmwilson_author

Villa of Secrets: Escape to paradise with this perfect holiday read! by [Wilson, Patricia]

Today I am bringing you an extract from Villa of Secrets by Patricia Wilson. It is published today in ebook format and the paperback will follow in May. I haven’t had time to read it yet but after reading this extract I am really looking forward to it. It paints a colourful picture of the very beautiful Greek island setting as well as ending on a very intriguing note! You can order a copy online here.

First of all, what is the book about?

Rebecca Neumanner’s marriage is on the brink of collapse, as her desire to be a mother becomes an obsession. Then she receives news from her estranged family in Rhodes. 

Called back to the beautiful Greek island of her birth, she realises how little she knows of the grandmother she has eluded for over a decade. Bubba has never spoken of the Nazi occupation during her youth, but there have always been whispers. What desperate measures did she take that terrible day in 1944 when her family was ripped apart? Can the rumour she had blood on her own hands really be true? But Bubba intends to take her secrets to the grave. 

However, as Rebecca arrives on Rhodes, bringing the promise of new life, this broken family must come together. The time has come to tell the truth about the darkest of days.

Now read on for the extract

Naomi shut the heavy door and slipped through a crumbling archway that spanned the street. She stood for a moment, eyes closed and face turned to the sun. Perhaps she shouldn’t leave her grandmother alone, but Bubba was sleeping and Naomi, desperate for some fresh air, would return in twenty minutes.

She tossed her dark hair back and power-walked along the village side road, pumping her arms and heading for the beach. Wild ox-eye daisies, poking from cracked kerbstones, nodded in welcome as she rushed by.

Sandstone walls lined her way, time-worn, dull and dusty. Pastel masonry broken by startling blocks of colour – her neighbours’ courtyard doors. Blue, mauve, turquoise, crimson, and green.

A motley assortment of pots pinched the road into pedestrian narrowness. Containers housed a riotous collection of flowers: salmon geraniums, cerise dahlias, and top-heavy Easter lilies that exuded an exotic perfume. A vermillion bougainvillea, vivid and impenetrable, reached over a high stone wall halfway down the street, providing a much-needed patch of shade across scorching cobbles.

Nearer the beach, a web of familiar smells surrounded Naomi. She inhaled the scent of summer and the sea, and childhood scenes with their inseparable perfumes rushed into her mind.

She recalled piles of yellow net on the seawall, drying in the noon sun. The cement wharf was spattered with translucent fish scales, glinting harlequin sequins in the harsh light. Weather-worn canvas sails that had scooped endless journeys out of the wind ended their days hanging heavy and exhausted over harbour railings. On her arms, briny crystals sparkled like carnival face paint. When she licked the prickling salt off her skin, she tasted pure Mediterranean and longed to dive into the sea.

When she was five years old, Naomi helped to scrub sacks of blue-black mussels with her mother, on the deck of her father’s boat, inspecting each one carefully before dropping it into the bucket. Side-by-side, content and silent, her parents exchanged wide smiles, which only now Naomi realised were full of pride. She recalled leaping off the pier with her school friends, bombing the water, howling with laughter when they broke the surface.

Rowdy birds had screamed and jostled behind her father’s laden boat on its return to port each morning. Before school, Naomi would race along the shore parallel to the vessel, waving and calling, ‘Papa! Papa!’ over the sea.

On the beach a row of weathered men, with their arsenal of long fishing-rods, laughed and encourage her. ‘Run, Naomi, Run!’ Papa would sound the foghorn in her honour and wave back.

Treasured days of love and laughter with her parents. Then Rebecca was born, and everything changed.

 

Patricia was born in Liverpool and now lives in the village of Paradissi in Rhodes, where the book is set. She was first inspired to write when she unearthed a machine gun in her garden – one used in the events that unfolded during World War II on the island.

You can find out more about Patricia at her website: https://www.pmwilson.net/

 

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The Mother’s Secret by @ClareSwatman #review @panmacmillan

The Mother's Secret by [Swatman, Clare]

I’m rounding off the blogtour for The Mother’s Secret by Clare Swatman today with my review. Kate and Georgie’s mother Jan is growing increasingly more confused and it is clear that she has some form of early onset dementia. Jan was an incredibly protective mother who rarely let her daughters go anywhere without her other than school. Her husband died when before Georgie was born. Georgie feels sad that her mother did not seem to have opportunities in life and is determined that she will. She has never travelled abroad and realises that she doesn’t have her birth certificate which she will need to apply for a passport. It is when she goes searching in her mother’s attic that she discovers something which will turn her world upside down.

This was a book which I read with my sympathies ever changing. At first, I was of course completely understanding of how Georgie was feeling particularly when what she discovered became even more shocking. But then I often felt irritated with her too because of they way she then treated her family, especially her sister Kate. Her part of the story was particularly compelling and the focus is most certainly on her throughout. Similarly, I felt sorry for Jan to begin with then felt angry when it becomes clear what she has been hiding. Further revelations provoked more sympathy but only to a certain degree.

The parts of the book where we go back and learn about what was happening with Jan in the 1970s when she met and married Ray were also intriguing. The reader may well guess partly what has happened but it does not diminish the enjoyment of the story. The author captured the atmosphere of the 1970s really well I felt, particularly with all the musical references. It was a bit of a trip down memory lane! Going back to find out Jan’s story really fleshed out the story and with the addition of another character’s account, the reader has a clearer idea of what led up to the events hidden for so long. I won’t mention who the other character is as that might give too much away, but I half-expected something different to have happened to them.

A poignant story where there was much sadness, loss and grief, I felt there was also some hope at the end of the book. The Mother’s Secret is a very readable story of secrets and lies, the way the effects rippled through the years and affected so many people.

Thanks to Rosie MacMillan for my copy of the book. The Mother’s Secret will be published tomorrow, 22nd February in paperback and e-book formats. You will find it in bookshops or can order a copy online here: The Mother’s Secret

From the back of the book

The Mother’s Secret is a powerful story about family, secrets and devastating lies

Love keeps us together

Sisters Kate and Georgie have always shared a close bond. While Kate enjoyed the freedoms of youth, Georgie remained at home. But now Georgie is grown up, it’s time she started exploring.

Love can tear us apart

Their mother Jan loves her daughters with all her heart. So what if she kept them out of sight when they were young? She just cared for them so much. She wanted to protect them.

What if your life was based on a lie?

Maybe there was another reason for Jan’s protective behaviour? If they ventured too far afield, it might destroy the facade of their childhood. This family’s about to discover that while lies can cause pain, the truth could destroy them all.

Clare Swatman

Clare Swatman is a journalist for a number of weekly women’s magazines. The Mother‘s Secret  is her second novel. Clare was Features Editor for Bella and has written for BestWoman’s Own and Real People. When not working on her next novel, she also writes for her local magazine as well as the travel pages for Take a Break. Clare lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and two boys.

 

Catch up with what you missed at the following blogs

The Mother's Secret Blog Tour Feb 2018

 

Dark of Night Episodes 1 and 2 by CS Duffy #review @csduffywriter

Dark of Night: Episode One by [Duffy, CS]     Dark of Night: Episode Two by [Duffy, CS]

Well, this was only going to be a review of Episode One of Dark of Night until I reached the end and absolutely HAD to read Episode Two straight afterwards! I found both books to be totally gripping and raced my way through them over a long weekend. They are both relatively short but my goodness what a lot is packed into them! Be warned to make sure you have plenty of time when you begin to read, as you won’t want to put the books down.

Ruari has decided that tonight is the night he will confess to his friend Lorna that his feelings go beyond friendship and that he loves her. However, when he arrives at her house, he finds a police guard outside. Lorna’s body has been found in the Campsie Hills. Reeling from her death, Ruari decides to try to find out what has happened to her. He is convinced that hot shot lawyer Alec McAvoy who he saw her with not long before she disappeared is responsible. He’s not the only one who thinks Alec is involved. Detective Cara Boyle is investigating the case and before long has more bodies to contend with. It seems a serial killer is on the loose in Glasgow.

Both books in the Dark of Night series are completely addictive. They are very fast paced with the short punchy time-stamped chapters adding to the sense of a fast-moving investigation. They are really exciting books to read and as the points of view move from one character to another, there are lots of twists and turns and mini cliff-hangers. They are books which kept me guessing right up to the end. For all they are about a serial killer, there is a lot of humour in them too and a real sense of warmth towards Glasgow and its people. CS Duffy has created brilliant and very likeable characters in Ruari and Cara who both feel very authentic in their thoughts and actions.

I think that CS Duffy is a fresh new voice to watch out for in Scottish crime fiction and deserves lots of recognition for this series. With both books ending on the kind of cliffhangers that had me saying (okay, screaming!) “No, you can’t leave it there!”, I can’t wait to read Episode Three to find out what happens next!

I must thank the author for my copy of Dark of Night Episode One via her website. To take advantage of this generous offer – sign up here: CSDuffy.com Both books are available in ebook or paperback formats and you can order online here: Dark of Night Episode One    Dark of Night Episode Two

From the back of the books

How far would you go to catch a serial killer?

Just when Ruari musters the courage to confess his love for best friend Lorna, she goes missing. When Lorna’s body is found in the Campsies, Ruari sets out to retrace her last steps in the hopes of finding her killer – but somebody has beaten him to it. Now the hunt is on for a serial killer terrorising Glasgow.

As Ruari is drawn ever deeper into a labyrinth of darkness, somebody is watching his every move. Will he catch the killer – before the killer catches him?

As the hunt for the serial killer terrorising Glasgow intensifies, a woman with a dark past believes she has him in her crosshairs. But does she have the right man?

Dark of Night is a fast-paced, twisty serial killer thriller set in Glasgow, turbo-charged with Scandi-esque noir and black humour.

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You can find out more about the author by reading the highly entertaining #TenThings feature she recently did for the blog. Click here to read.

The Alien Corn by Clare Flynn #review @clarefly

The Alien Corn (Tha Canadians Book 2) by [Flynn, Clare]

The Alien Corn is a sequel to The Chalky Sea, a book which focuses on Canadian soldier Jim Armstrong and his experiences during WW2. In this second book, the author explores how his English wife Joan and small son adapt when moving to Canada after the war. It has been four years since Joan and Jim saw each other after a very brief relationship resulting in young Jimmy and a hurried marriage.  As well as adapting to a very different life on a relatively isolated farm, Joan has to cope with a mother-in-law who doesn’t seem to like her at all, a sister-in-law who used to be engaged to Jim and a husband who she barely knows.

Although I haven’t read the first book, there was enough back story to fill in any gaps and allow this story to be read as a standalone novel. The story of war bride Joan made me think about my aunt who moved to Canada in the 1960s. She wasn’t a war bride though, she moved with my uncle not long after they married. What must have it been like to take that step into the unknown, not knowing when or if you would see your family again? Clare Flynn explores this through Joan’s experiences and I feel she captured Joan’s concerns perfectly. It was clearly shown how isolated Joan felt. She hardly knew her husband, was moving to a strange land to live a completely different way of life and leaving behind everything she knew and all those she loved. Jim too had been changed by his experiences of war as most soldiers must have been. He had seen his brother die, lost friends and saw and did many things which were almost impossible to forget.

In The Alien Corn, we see two characters begin to come to terms with changes in the wider world and in their smaller more immediate surroundings. They begin to rediscover each other and their feelings for each other in this story which has love at its heart. It’s certainly not an easy path to finding that love and acceptance of each other with plenty of unexpected stumbling blocks along the way.  I must just mention how well I felt Clare Flynn creates her setting on the farm in Canada. I got a real sense of the isolation and the hard work of living on this farm with no electricity and an outside toilet – no fun in the harsh Canadian winters! The author has written a really engaging story which I thoroughly enjoyed. I am hoping that there might be a third book in the series where we find out more about how life works out for Jim and Joan in Canada.

My thanks to the author for my copy of her book. The Alien Corn was published on and you can order a copy online here: The Alien Corn

From the back of the book

They faced up to the challenges of war – but can they deal with the troubles of peace?
Canadian, Jim Armstrong, married in haste during the second world war, after a one-night stand. When his wife and their small son join him in Canada it’s four years since they’ve seen each other. 

War bride, Joan discovers Jim has no intention of the family returning to England. She struggles to adapt to life on a remote farm in Ontario, far from her family and cold-shouldered by Jim’s mother. 

Jim, haunted by his wartime experiences in Italy, lingering feelings for a former lover, and the demands of the farm, begins to doubt his love for Joan.

From the rolling farmland of Ontario to the ravaged landscapes of war-torn Italy, this sweeping love story is the sequel to The Chalky Sea.

Spotlight on Hunter’s Chase by Val Penny @valeriepenny @BrookCottageBks

Hunter's Chase (The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries #1) by [Penny, Val]

I’m pleased to be helping celebrate the recent release of Hunter’s Chase by Val Penny with a spotlight on the book today. It was published on 2nd February 2018 by Crooked Cat Books and is the first in The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries series. I do love books set in my home town and hope to get around to reading this one sometime soon.

Here’s what the book is about

Hunter by name – Hunter by nature: DI Hunter Wilson will not rest until Edinburgh is safe.

DI Hunter Wilson knows there is a new supply of cocaine flooding his city and he needs to find the source but his attention is transferred to murder when a corpse is discovered in the grounds of a golf course. Shortly after the post-mortem, Hunter witnesses a second murder but that is not the end of the slaughter. With a young woman’s life also hanging in the balance, the last thing Hunter needs is a new man on his team: the son of his nemesis, the former Chief Constable. Hunter’s perseverance and patience are put to the test time after time in this taught crime thriller. 

You can buy a copy of the book at the following links

AMAZON UK: Hunter’s Chase

AMAZON US: Hunter’s Chase

 

Here’s what some other authors have been saying about for Hunter’s Chase

Erin Kelly – author of psychological thrillers including ‘Broadchurch’ and ‘The Poison Tree’

“A gripping debut novel about power, politics and the importance – and danger – of family ties. Hunter Wilson is a compelling new detective and Val Penny is an author to watch.”

Stuart Gibbon – Former Murder Squad DCI & co-author of ‘The Crime Writer’s Casebook’

“A cracking read featuring the unforgettable DI Hunter Wilson.”

Kate Bendelow – author of ‘The Real CSI: A Forensic Handbook for Crime Writers’

“An exciting debut – a police procedural that is refreshing, gripping and witty. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait for the next one.”

Michael Jecks – author of unmissable historical mysteries including the ‘Jack Blackjack’ crime series including ‘Rebellion’s Message’ and the ‘Knights Templar’ mysteries including ‘The Last Templar’ and the contemporary spy novel ‘Act of Vengeance’

“This tartan noire book is a real coffee-cooler. I had three cups of coffee that went cold, forgotten while reading. Val Penny created a cast of characters I want to see in another book as soon as possible.

This is a truly astonishing debut from a writer to watch for the future.

Believable characters, gut-wrenching scenes, and a plot that sizzles along. A taut police procedural that is up there with Ian Rankin, Alex Gray and Quintin Jardine.”

 

ABOUT VAL PENNY

Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballet dancer or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her first crime novel, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ set in Edinburgh, Scotland was published by Crooked Cat Books on 02.02.2018. She is now writing the sequel, ‘Hunter’s Revenge’.

Social Media Links

www.authorvalpenny.com

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Facebook group – Friends of Hunter’s Chase

Twitter – Valerie Penny

 

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Chance Developments by Alexander McCall Smith #review @PolygonBooks @TheBookPeople @McCallSmith

I’m really pleased to have the opportunity to tell you about the rather excellent company The Book People.  If you are a book lover, I’m sure you’ll already be aware of them but if not, let me tell you a bit about them. The Book People gives their customers the chance to buy books, gifts, toys and stationery at up to 75% off the recommended price – from bargain books to the latest bestsellers, children’s books, beloved classics, tasty cookbooks and more.  I have lost count of how many books I personally have bought from them over the years from treats for myself to gifts for family and friends. I’m delighted to be partnering with The Book People to highlight some of the great books you can buy from them and am beginning today by reviewing Chance Developments by Alexander McCall Smith. This is one of the  many ‘hand picked favourites‘ available from The Book People and if fiction is your thing you can find this and many other excellent suggestions by following this link: Fiction Novels

The concept behind this book is that Alexander McCall Smith asked if he could use some photos from Historic Environment Scotland’s huge collection of old photographs as prompts for stories. Nothing is known about the people in the photographs and the author has constructed five stories inspired by five photos. Love, in one form or another, is what they all have in common. This idea of being inspired by old photos really spoke to me. I have lots of old photos of my ancestors from the late 19th century. Sometimes I know who they are but often I have no idea, beyond an occasional scribble on the back. Even when I do know which family member they show, I would just love to have known more about their lives, more than I have been able to glean from birth, marriage, death and census records. Take the photo below. It shows my great great grandfather John Cameron. Looks rather forbidding doesn’t he and what an impressive beard! But look where the photo was taken – Hong Kong. I have another photo of his son, my great grandfather, also taken in Hong Kong but no-one in the family has any idea of why they were there and what they were doing. It’s the kind of thing I’d love to know. Perhaps I should write my own story about him!

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Getting back to this book, it is a little gem of a book. I have the hardback and it is just beautiful. It is diminutive in size and includes the photos which have inspired the stories. Alexander McCall Smith writes with his trademark warmth and gentle humour and takes his reader from Edinburgh to Italy, Ireland, America and Australia. My favourite story was Sister Flora’s First Day of Freedom. I have seen the photo which inspired it before, a woman caught in a shaft of sunlight at Waverley Station. I think I enjoyed this one most because of the Edinburgh setting. McCall Smith writes with affection about Edinburgh society, capturing beautifully the ladies taking tea at Jenners and hosting dinner parties with carefully selected guests at home. It makes an excellent start to a lovely collection of stories.

Chance Developments is a lovely book which is a pleasure to read. It would make an ideal gift for any book lover. Or just treat yourself! 

My thanks to Kieran at The Book People for my copy of this book. It was published in hardback by Polygon in November 2015. You can order a copy from The Book People here: Chance Developments

From the back of the book

It is said that a picture may be worth a thousand words but an old photograph can inspire many more. In this beguiling book, Alexander McCall Smith casts his eye over five chanced-upon photographs from the era of black-and-white photography and imagines the stories behind them. Who were those people, what were their stories, why are they smiling, what made them sad? What emerges are surprising and poignant tales of love and friendship in a variety of settings an estate in the Highlands of Scotland, a travelling circus in Canada, an Australian gold-mining town, a village in Ireland, and the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. Some will find joy and fulfilment others would prefer happier endings. Each of them, though, will find love, and that is ultimately what matters.

#TenThings about #author @janelovering @choclitUK #LivingInThePast #review

#TenThings

A second #TenThings this week as I feature a favourite author of mine, Jane Lovering. Jane’s newest book, Living In The Past, is published today. She has #TenThings she would like you to know about her so read on to find out what they are then after that, you can read my thoughts on her latest book.

Jane with award

Ten things (you probably never wanted to know) about Me

  1. I am a cat AND dog person. I’ve got four cats and two dogs (at present, but open to offers…) and they have very different roles in my life. Cats are independent, so you can say you have a pet without really having to do very much, other than spoon enormous amounts of stuff into bowls a couple of times a day, and say ‘hello’ to a tail as it dashes out of a doorway. Although they do teleport into regions of the house you’d never imagine (one night I heard noises in my wardrobe, thought I’d got a poltergeist, discovered small black cat had crept in there (when? No idea) and been asleep) and can sense when you’ve put the butter dish down without the cover on… Dogs are more like toddlers. Well, my terriers are. They are small, noisy, make an inordinate amount of mess and have to comment on Every. Single. Thing. Plus they follow me to the toilet. Although I never had a toddler that licked my ears…
  2. I like my steaks as nearly raw as is possible. People look at me eating a steak and say ‘a good vet could get that back on its feet.’
  3. I live in a house with no heating. Well, that’s not quite true, I have an open fire, but that’s all. So I wear a lot of clothes, am best friends with my electric blanket, and I am an absolute whizz at getting a blaze going at very short notice.
  4. I read very fast. In fact, when the last Harry Potter book came out, we bought it on the day it was released. My eldest daughter read it in the morning and I read it in the afternoon, and we drove the rest of the family mad by discussing it in a kind of coded way until they caught up. It’s an ability that stands me in good stead when it comes to my critiquing business – I can turn a book around pretty quickly!
  5. I am allergic to mussels and snails. Proper, anaphylactic shock allergic. Fortunately neither mussels nor snails are the sort of foods that crop up in everyday things, although it’s a terrible shame because I LOVE both of them. I’m also allergic to guinea pigs, although not to eat, just the fur. Actually, I’ve never eaten a guinea pig, so I don’t know, I might be massively allergic to eating them too. But they’ve got adorable faces, and we used to keep them when the children were young, so I don’t think I could bring myself to eat one to find out.
  6. My desert island book would be Lord of the Rings. I have it in audible format, in print format, on DVD, if they could format it to screen directly to my eyeballs I’d have that too. I was in love with Aragorn when Anduril was still an ingot, and I’ve been re-reading it ever since I discovered it at the formative age of twelve.
  7. I wrote Living in the Past because I wanted to write a timeslip novel featuring a period in time that doesn’t very often get an airing. I love British history, particularly that period between the Neolithic and the Roman invasion, when humankind was moving from hunter-gathering into a more settled lifestyle. And I love conjecturing and imagining how life must have been for people living in those times. Plus I am madly in love with Tony Robinson and have watched every episode of Time Team several times over, and it might as well come in useful for something …
  8. Apart from the aforementioned Time Team, I’m not a great television watcher. However, I do make an exception for the Netflix version of Dirk Gently. If you haven’t seen it, do, there’s only two series but Samuel Barnett (who plays Dirk) is an absolute genius. And, if anyone takes note of my opinion in these matters, he should be playing Doctor Who next time round. Besides, he’s from about twenty miles up the road, and we have to stick together …
  9. … talking of which … I live in the most beautiful part of North Yorkshire, right beside the North York Moors, which is one of the reasons why many of my books are set in the area. The region encompasses moorland, farmland and coast, plus the incredibly beautiful city of York, and there’s a lot of inspiration for stories of all kinds there. Which means I don’t really need to do a lot of research, I can just walk about outside, and there it all is!
  10. I’m really not very interesting, I’m afraid. I think people imagine that authors spend a lot of time mingling at parties with celebrities or doing heavy duty research in historic libraries or other august institutions. The reality is that we are mostly just very ordinary people. In fact, we are so ordinary that we sort of blend in to the surroundings, it’s part of the secret of being a writer – we are there in the background taking notes whilst others get on with the business of doing interesting things …

Living in the Past (Choc Lit) by [Lovering, Jane]

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About the book…

Do you ever wish you could turn back time?

Grace Nicholls has a few reasons for wanting to turn back the clock … although an archaeological dig at a Bronze Age settlement on the Yorkshire moors is not what she had in mind. But encouraged by her best friend Tabitha, that’s exactly where she finds herself.

Professor Duncan McDonald is the site director and his earnest pursuit of digging up the past makes him appear distant and unreachable. But when a woman on the site goes missing, it seems that his own past might be coming back to haunt him once again.

As they dig deeper, Duncan and Grace get more than they bargained for and come to realise that the past is much closer than either of them ever imagined …

My thoughts…

I really loved this book.  Grace has been persuaded by her friend Tabitha to join an archaeological dig for a couple of weeks. Duncan is the gruff Scots professor in charge of the dig. The two make a connection and both seem to be able to understand the other really well. Alongside the contemporary story, we are transported back to 2000BC and the lives of the people who lived on the site where the dig is taking place. 

The author has brilliantly conveyed the emotions in this book particularly in Grace’s case as she copes with the death of someone close. There was such sadness as we hear about how much Grace loved this person and how awful it was when they were ill. It’s not a massive part of the book but made quite an impression on me, probably as I was thinking what it would be like to go through that. I was also moved reading about Grace’s growing friendship with Duncan and her realisation that she could perhaps love and be loved once again.

Duncan was also an interesting character. You start to see as the story goes on why he is quite so reserved. He has been badly hurt when his girlfriend literally vanished. No trace was ever found and he was suspected of being involved in her disappearance. Again, it was good to see that Grace could reach through the defensive shield he had built around himself as he begins to thaw a little too. I do like a hero who seems unlovable at first but turns out to have a heart of gold! Duncan fitted that criteria perfectly.

There’s more than a hint of the mystical in the story as well, as the two storylines overlap and it turns out there is quite a connection between past and present. I’m not usually into stories with paranormal goings on but I do like a bit of time-slip and it worked perfectly here for me.

For more on Jane:

Follow her on Twitter @janelovering

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Read her blog: http://www.janelovering.co.uk/