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‘The Fall’ by Rachael Blok ~ @MsRachaelBlok @AriesFiction @soph_ransompr #BlogTour #BookReview

‘The Fall’ was published by Aries Fiction on the 14th April 2022 in hardback. This book is also available in eBook format and audiobook. I am closing the blog tour with a review and would like to thank the publisher for sending me a proof copy of the book.

Synopsis

The sins of the past echo in the present in the new literary thriller from crime-critic favourite, Rachael Blok.

The bigger the sin, the further the fall…

With Easter approaching, the verger of St Albans Cathedral was supposed to be readying the church. Instead he discovers a man lying dead, fallen from the famous 150-foot-high tower. Did he jump, or was he pushed?

For DCI Maarten Jansen, it’s a simple case of suspected suicide. Until a stranger, Willow, who witnessed the jump, prompts a deeper investigation into a long-buried past, involving a psychiatric hospital, a pregnant woman, and fifty years of silence. As Willow’s own family history entwines with the case, Jansen starts to wonder how everything is connected.

The Fall is a haunting literary thriller about loss, trauma, silence, and how our past shapes who we are.

My Review

I really did enjoy ‘The Fall’ and thought it was a fantastic read.  I loved the writing style.  With its mostly short chapters I kept turning the pages eager to know what would happen next.  It was a gripping and exciting read and I found it extremely difficult to put the book down.

I liked how the story started with Willow arriving at the cathedral only to witness someone falling from the roof.  I knew then that I was going to enjoy the book.

As I got further and further into the story, I kept trying to work out what had actually happened.  There were so many possibilities.  I suspected at least a couple of the characters but even I couldn’t have guessed the outcome.  It was a shocker I have to say.

Reading about the psychiatric hospital and how people were just left there in those days made me feel sad.

‘The Fall’ is an atmospheric, shocking, and tense read.  It is definitely a must read.  You won’t be disappointed.

‘The Fall’ can be purchased from Amazon UK.

About the Author

Rachael Blok writes a psychological crime series set in the cathedral city of St Albans. Here, DCI Maarten Jansen struggles against his plain-speaking Dutch upbringing when faced with the seemingly polite world of the picturesque city. The series does not need to read in order.

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‘Six Days’ by Dani Atkins ~ @AtkinsDani @AriaFiction #BlogTour #BookReview

‘Six Days’ by Dani Atkins was published on the 14th April 2022 by Aria Fiction in hardback and is also available in eBook format and Audiobook. I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour and would like to thank the publisher for my review copy.

Synopsis

Two people. One love story. Six days.

Gemma knows that she and Finn are destined to be together. They are soulmates. But then,on their wedding day, he never arrives at the church.

Gemma is convinced Finn wouldn’t abandon her like this, even though he has disappeared once before. But back then he had a reason. She feels sure something terrible has happened, but no one else is convinced. Even the police aren’t concerned, telling Gemma most people who disappear usually turn up in a week… assuming they want to be found, that is.

For the next six days Gemma frantically searches for Finn, even though every shocking revelation is telling her to give up on him. Before long, even she begins to doubt her own memories of their love. How long can she hold on to her faith in Finn if everyone is telling her to let him go?

My Review

Wow!  What a truly wonderful and heart-warming read that was.  I loved this story from start to finish.  Dani Atkins writes so beautifully.  I really liked the style of writing and the way the story was set out.  I was totally invested in this book and the characters and didn’t want to put the book down for long.  When I wasn’t reading it I was thinking about it.

The characters in this book were all really likeable.  As the title suggests the story takes place over six days with Gemma doing everything she can to find Finn.  Gemma’s father and her best friend were both sure that Finn has stood her up, but she didn’t believe that for one minute and was determined to find him.  However, with each new discovery that she made things didn’t look good at all.

Gemma’s memories of her and Finn played a big part in the novel, and I think that’s what made this story so good.  Finn came across as being a really lovely man who wouldn’t do anything to hurt Gemma.  It was hard to believe that he would stand Gemma up, but it was difficult to tell for sure.  I was kept guessing as to whether Finn would be found or not.

If you like love stories, then I recommend that you get yourself a copy of ‘Six Days’.

I will definitely be reading more of this author’s books.

‘Six Days’ can be purchased from Amazon UK.

About the Author

Dani Atkins is an award-winning novelist. Her 2013 debut Fractured (published as Then North America) has been translated into sixteen languages and has sold more than half a million copies since first publication in the UK. Dani is the author of four other bestselling novels, two of which,This Love and A Sky Full of Stars, won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, in 2018 and 2022 respectively. Dani lives in a small village in Hertfordshire with her husband, one Siamese cat and a very soppy Border Collie. Follow Dani on twitter @AtkinsDani.

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‘The Sweet Shop of Second Chances’ by Hannah Lynn ~ @HMLynnauthor #BookReview

Synopsis

Starting over never tasted so good

Holly Berry has it all; a good corporate career, a steady boyfriend, and enough savings that they will soon be able to buy a nice little house. But when she finds out her boyfriend has been cheating on her, she decides to retreat to the Cotswolds and a place full of far sweeter memories.

Quite literally.

However when Holly discovers the quaint village sweet shop that she worked in as a teenager is starting to crumble she decides that maybe the sensible life isn’t what she wants after all. Putting all her chocolate eggs in one basket, she says goodbye to the city, and sets her sights on Just One More.

After all, how hard can running a sweet shop be?

With charismatic Giles, ready to rescue her at every turn and the local bureaucrats breathing down her neck, it certainly isn’t the quiet life she expected. Can Holly really save the place from the the wicked developers, or will she be the reason Just One More closes its doors for good?

Full of laughter, sweet clean romance and cozy village lifeThe Sweet Shop of Second Chances will make you believe that the best things in life really are worth fighting for.

My Review

‘The Sweet Shop of Second Chances’ is the first book in The Holly Berry Sweet Shop series.  I would like to thank the author for giving me a copy of this book to review.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  It was such a relaxing and charming read.  I loved the author’s style of writing throughout and thought her to be very descriptive.  Bourton-on-the-Water sounded absolutely gorgeous as did the sweet shop.  The descriptions of the sweet shop and all the confectionary in there just about made my mouth water.  To me it sounded like paradise. All those endless jars of sweets.  Yum!

I really admired Holly.  Little did she know what was about to happen to her.  From having a steady job and a boyfriend her life literally changed in an instant.  Before she knew it, she found herself in Bourton running a sweet shop and dealing with all the challenges it brought with it.  A big and courageous move.

There were some lovely characters in this story.  They all rallied around Holly when she needed help and there was a great sense of community spirit.  Holly not only landed on her feet, but she made some good friends. 

I am so glad that this is a series, and I cannot wait to meet up with Holly and her friends again.  I am so excited to find out what happens next. If you like nice easy-going stories sprinkled with a little bit of romance, then I can recommend ‘The Sweet Shop of Second Chances’.

You can purchase ‘The Sweet Shop of Second Chances’ from Amazon UK.

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