The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth

In a perfect start to the New Year, The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth is about the journey for the truth and laying your old demons to rest in order to start anew. Melody Pieterson was attacked and left for dead six years ago, with her friend and neighbour, David Alden, being arrested for the attack. Her apparent error of judgement has left her unable to trust her own instincts, making her reclusive and fearful in her own home. She now lives with her fiancé, Sam, in a…

The Snow Queen by Alana Albertson

Welcome to our monthly feature here at BCC! Each month I will be sharing a selection of releases I’m most looking forward to, as well as giving you all an insight into what is on my TBR pile for that month. I’d love to hear if you’re anticipating (or reading) the same titles as I am! COVETED JANUARY RELEASES Happy New Year BCC readers! I can’t believe we’re in a new year already, Christmas certainly flew by! I hope you all got lots of nicely lovely books for Christmas, and…

Hounded by Kevin Hearne

Although this first instalment to The Iron Druid Chronicles was reviewed by Laura a while ago, I decided to give Hounded by Kevin Hearne a try for myself. The premise of the book places a Celtic Druid of over two-thousand-years-old in modern-day Arizona, running a paranormal book store that also specialises in herbal teas and remedies. This Druid is currently known as Atticus O’Sullivan, who appears to be eternally twenty-one and has specifically chosen this area to be free from fae and godly interruptions. There is one particular Celtic God…

The Hawley Book of the Dead by Chrysler Szarlan

I wasn’t sure what to expect when beginning this novel, but The Hawley Book of the Dead by Chrysler Szarlan makes for a pleasant surprise and combines mystery with a touch of magical flair. The book opens with an introduction to Reve (short for Revelation) and her husband Jeremy, as they prepare for their stage show in Las Vegas. As the amazing magicians, the Maskelynes, this night should be like any other, with the show ending with a disappearing bullet trick. Reve pulls the trigger on her husband, who then…

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Amazingly, I have never read anything by Nicholas Sparks before, so Safe Haven is my first foray into Sparks’ immensely popular romantic fiction. This particular novel is more of a romantic suspense, as mysterious heroine, Katie, is clearly on the run from something or someone. She arrives in the small North Carolina town of Southport with nothing, having spent the last of her cash on the first months rent of a ramshackle cottage. With no money left for food, she successfully finds a job at the local diner as a…

The Little Shop of Hopes and Dreams by Fiona Harper

A romance novel based around proposals, weddings and a New Year kiss, The Little Shop of Hopes and Dreams by Fiona Harper has a plot full of complications, secrets and unexpected love. The book opens with Nicole Harrison and her two friends, Penny and Mia, enjoying a fancy dress New Year’s Eve party. After drinking a few too many cocktails, uptight Nicole is challenged to flirt with a handsome man across the room, sharing a steamy midnight kiss before she disappears into the night. Although she promised to call him,…

The Great Christmas Knit Off by Alexandra Brown

Don’t be at all put off by the title of this festive read, as you don’t need to know anything about knitting in order to enjoy The Great Christmas Knit Off by Alexandra Brown. The book begins with an introduction to protagonist Sybil’s disappointing life in London, where she works for the council housing association in a job she doesn’t enjoy, returning home to her beloved Scottie dog, Basil. A few months ago, Sybs was jilted at the alter by her ex, Luke, who decided to run off with her…

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