Woman in the Water
Mystery Thriller Murder
Harper Collins, Avon Books
When a woman’s body is found submerged in icy water, police are shocked to find she is alive. But she won’t disclose her name, or what happened to her – even when a second body is discovered. And then she disappears from her hospital bed. Detectives Adrian Miles and Imogen Grey follow their only lead to the home of the Corrigans, looking for answers. But the more they dig into the couple’s lives, the less they understand about them. What’s their connection to the body in the river? Why have other people they know been hurt, or vanished? And can they discover the dark truth of their marriage before it’s too late? Smart, shocking and twisty – perfect for fans of Cara Hunter and Karin Slaughter.
I really thought I knew how this would end about
three-quarters of the way through, but I was so wrong!
The ending is a 5 star for me, but overall, I thought the story
needed tightening up and a general edit, which is why it gets a 4.
For once this police procedural demonstrates just how long
it can take to solve a murder. The intricacies of police procedures that must
be followed and the fact that people don’t always work through the night, but
go home at 5 and come in at 9 even when they are trying to solve a murder. Much
Meant To Be Yours
HarperCollins UK, Mills and Boon
October 22, 2019
Renee can plan the perfect wedding, but does love always go to plan? Wedding coordinator Renee Grothen isn’t meant for marriage. Those who can, do. Those who can’t, plan. But she never could have planned on gorgeous, talented thriller writer Jasper Dembenski proposing—a fling, that is. Fun without a future. And the attraction between them is too strong for Renee to resist. Now she can have her no-wedding cake…and eat it, too. After years in the military, Jasper is convinced he’s too damaged for relationships. So a flirtation—and more—with fiery, determined Renee is way too good to pass up…until his flame becomes his muse. Renee is an expert at averting every crisis. But is she finally ready to leap into the one thing that can never be controlled: love?
Here we have an author and PTSD and Dog meets a Wedding Planner with a
Mum who can… (spoiler not included).
It is this Mum who gave her daughter serious issues with her won
relationships – the daughter loses boyfriend after boyfriend… Absolutely love
the Mum here! And what she discovers.
Now Happily inc, a wedding themed town, I can believe in but could never
Overall a nicely written
story with an unusual setting and wacky ideas – for weddings! I just had to
assume that people had actually done this, and sure enough there were several
Pinterest pictures of a Zebra theme but no actual zebras in these pics…
Claiming My Hidden Son
HarperCollins UK, Mills and Boon
October 17, 2019
My contract bride’s secret… …is about to turn my world upside down! My marriage to Calypso was simply business. Until our unexpectedly passionate wedding night shook us both! Unwilling to muddy our convenient arrangement with such inconvenient emotions, I reluctantly left. Now discovering the baby in my estranged wife’s arms is mine, it’s about securing my legacy. I will claim my son and again enjoy the one thing Calypso cannot hide—the chemistry that still sizzles between us…
An interesting take on why the story line goes up and down but for me,
it was still a case of macho men and lust but not love.
Love takes time, trust and truth. All 3 of which were largely missing in
the characters and storyline even though they admitted they were required.
Also, why would a 7 month pregnant woman travel to Kenya to volunteer
when she had a potential life altering illness? That would have been better
dealt with back in Switzerland? And which could have made her delivery
problematic? Just didn’t add up.
So (just) a 3 star.
The Christmas Wedding
#1 Little Creek
by Dilly Court
Historical romance, women's fiction
HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction
17 Oct 2019
The village of Little Creek, the long winter of 1867 The first flakes of snow are falling when Daisy Marshall, secretly engaged to her master's son, finds herself jilted at the altar. Heartbroken, Daisy flees to the small village of Little Creek, nestled on the coast of Essex. There she is warmly welcomed – but the village is poverty-stricken, suffering under a cruel Lord of the manor. And when cholera hits, the villagers are truly in dire straits. Determined to help, Daisy makes new friends in earnest doctor Nicholas and dashing smuggler Jay – but also dangerous new enemies, who threaten to destroy everything she’s built. Can Daisy save the village and find happiness in time for Christmas?
So what do you do if you are brought up as a Lady, and don’t
have any skills other than keeping house? Or maybe, being a Governess.
The perennial problem facing young women back in the – well
most centuries before women went out to anything other menial work.
And when you lose what little income you have, you fall back
on your family – if you have one.
And this is the story that we follow here, but we have a
dashing pirate – well smuggler, as so many were along the British southern
coast (as my husband’s family can testify!) and a villainy lord of the manor –
all good gothic elements for a romance story.
Nicely told with some good historical facts and descriptions
of the poverty that so many villagers lived in where huts were basically mud
floors and mostly mud walls and roofs..
with rents and work under the control of the local lord – even in the 19th
Gentle and cosy by the fire reading because it all works out
in the end – as it must.