REVIEW: The Dish by Stella Newman

The Dish by Stella Newman

A novel that carefully treads the line between secrets and lies in a relationship, The Dish by Stella Newman features the delectable world of food tasting and a sprinkle of romance. Four years ago Laura Parker discovered that her husband had been cheating on her with one of her best friends, leaving her heartbroken and lost, not to mention seeking a new a career. In a bid for escape she moved to London and began working as a secretary to Roger, the editor of magazine, The Voice, and an old…

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 Book of Life - Deborah Harkness

It has been a long wait for fans of the All Souls Trilogy but the story of Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont reaches its conclusion in The Book of Life – and I’m happy to report that this final instalment does not disappoint. Having returned from their time-walk to Elizabethan London, Diana and Matthew are reunited with their extended family but also find themselves back within reach of their enemies on the Congregation. Diana may understand more about her powers but she is still struggling to control them as well…

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Kicking off a new historical romance series is A Wicked Pursuit by Isabella Bradford, the first in the Breconridge Brothers series. As the eldest son of a duke, Harry Fitzroy is expected to marry well and start producing heirs – sooner rather than later. He thinks he has found his match in Julia Wetherby, the most beautiful girl of the season and the ideal catch for an amorous duke. However, when he visits her at her country home intending to propose, a simple horse riding expedition turns disastrous. Harry falls…

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Beginning a new romance series set on a holiday island is Sea of Love by Susan Donovan, which introduces us to Bayberry Island and their mermaid mythology. The Flynn family have been living on Bayberry Island for generations, but recent changes to the economy have forced them to turn their fishmonger business into a B&B. This accommodation is currently run by the Flynn’s daughter, Rowan, who was duped by her investor fiancée into signing over what remained of the family’s fortune. She returned to the island in shame, running the…

The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian UK cover

[color-box]The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian (Chaos Theory #1) Headline (18 Mar 2014), Ebook: 272 pages, New Adult / Science Fiction Website • Series Listing • Amazon UK / US Rating:  [/color-box] The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian is the first in the Chaos Theory series, and I have to say that this has been my favourite book to read so far this year. The book begins with heroine Evalyn Ibarra, who has been sentenced to a one month stretch in a Compass Room, following her…

Affliction - Laurell K. Hamilton

[color-box]Affliction by Laurell K Hamilton (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #22) Headline Publishing (2 Jul 2013), Hardcover: 567 pages, Urban Fantasy Website • Series Listing • Amazon UK / US Rating: [/color-box] Affliction is book 22 in the Anita Blake series, and it’s a series I have a love to hate relationship with. I’ve nearly given up on it a couple of times, but there is something quite compelling about Hamilton’s writing. The last couple of books before this one have been an improvement, I really enjoyed Hit List, then felt…




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