Friday, June 30, 2023



Carrie Anderson recently lost her sister Claire when they were on their way to a wedding and were in a car accident, Claire did not survive.  Carrie blames herself even though it was not her fault.  She can’t get past the grief she has from losing her sister, Claire, and is very depressed.  She knows that the only place she can heal is at the little village of Loch Cameron.  She spent so many summers there with her sister Claire, and their great aunt Maud, when they were young.  Carrie arrives at the beautiful little white cottage on the Loch in hopes that just being there is what she needs to process her grief.  When she takes a stroll to the local village store she meets Rory McRae who is an ex-Navy Officer and now is a chef.  Rory owns a farm-to-table restaurant, when he tells Carrie he is understaffed, she immediately jumps at the opportunity to help him out.  This could be exactly what she needs to heal.  While at the cottage Carrie finds an old diary belonging to her Aunt Maud.  As she reads through the pages written by her aunt after World War Two, she discovers an old faded photograph of a baby boy. Carrie finds healing through the discovery of the diary and linking the past to the present.

The Diary from the Cottage by the Loch written by author Kennedy Kerr was an amazing and enthralling story of the past meets the present.  Healing the heart after losing those close to you and finding hope in a new relationship.  Sometimes going back is exactly what is needed to move forward.  I loved this wonderful story from cover to cover.  I always love visiting the quaint village of Loch Cameron.  Everything is still so lovely there, from the villagers to the tiny white cottage, to the beautiful views of the sea.  I was mesmerized and swept away to the Loch as I flipped through the pages.  This unputdownable cozy read was exactly what I needed.  If you are in need of an escape to the Scottish sea then this is definitely the book for you.   This is the third installment of the Loch Cameron Series but can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend it.


Rating: 5 out of 
Author:  Kennedy Kerr
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: June 28, 2023
Pages: 278
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Sitting in the purple heather, Carrie carefully opens the tattered cover of the journal, the gold-edged pages catching the sunlight shimmering off the surface of the loch. The handwriting is unmistakable. The words inside will shatter everything she thought she knew about her family…

Carrie Anderson searches under the flowerpot by the bright blue door and finds the keys to the little whitewashed cottage. Still recovering from the heart-wrenching loss of her beautiful sister, Carrie hopes that staying on the edge of the glittering loch, where the siblings used to spend summers with their great-aunt Maud, will help her heal from her grief.

On a trip to the tiny village store, Carrie literally bumps into ex-Navy officer turned chef 
Rory McRae. Tall and broad shouldered, at first Rory is infuriatingly distant, but his enthusiasm for his farm-to-table restaurant lights up his rich brown eyes. When he tells Carrie that he’s understaffed, she is quick to offer help. She soon finds Rory’s warm smile and playful jokes are a balm to her heart. Suddenly, Carrie begins to feel less alone.

But then she discovers a diary her aunt Maud kept as a young woman after World War Two. The faded sepia photograph of a baby boy tucked into the back reveals a heartbreaking secret about her family she can scarcely believe. Opening up to Rory, could the discovery of a long-lost relative finally heal the loneliness that has been plaguing Carrie’s heart? 
Or will the secrets the diary unravels destroy her hope for a new future in Loch Cameron?


Kennedy Kerr is a British fiction author. She adores beaches, lochs and stone circles, and loves writing about small communities, mysteries and family secrets. She has a very cuddly cat called Twinkle who spends her days sleeping: Kennedy aspires to having Twinkle’s nap schedule one day.

Kennedy also loves cooking and baking all types of food, which is almost as much fun as eating it. Her favourite foods include (but are not limited to) Indian food, Victoria sponge, breakfast pastries with coffee and sushi. The only thing she’s not particularly keen on is artichoke, and she’d eat it, anyway.

Thursday, June 29, 2023



Francesca arrives at the beautiful Italian island of Santa Caterina.  The secluded island is owned by Thiago who is a book collector. As Francesca and Thiago soon discover, the books were hidden during World War II by a bookseller's daughter named Helèna.  She sacrificed everything to keep the books from being taken and destroyed by the Nazis.  One of the books they have in their possession is Helèna’s diary.  It is their road map to finding and locating the books, and the more time Thiago and Francesca spend together the closer they become.  As they read through the pages of the diary, the resilience and they are finding out about Helèna and the things she experienced during such a horrible time in history.  And as the diary comes to an end, both Francesca and Thiago lives are completely impacted and will never be the same.  

The Bookseller’s Daughter written by author Daniela Sacerdoti was a heart-breaking, unputdownable story of resilience, strength and endurance, was amazing.  I love that this story was a time-slip novel, as those are a favorite of mine.  I love books that bridge the past and the present.  The detailed description of the beautiful Italian island of Santa Caterina, was mesmerizing.  I could see the beautiful tranquil water and the blue sky above, as I sat on the shore.  I was completely connected to Francesca, Thiago and of course Helèna.  Her story was incredible as I flipped through the pages of her diary.  I loved everything about this story from beginning to end, and I highly recommend it.  An absolutely must read. 


Rating: 4.5 out of 4.
Author: Daniela Sacerdoti 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: June 27, 2023
Pages: 283 
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‘As the soldiers arrived on our sandy beaches, a brave young girl hid beautiful leather-bound books. She risked her life to protect the secrets of this island and save the man she loved. I want you to find the books, dear Francesca. Her diary holds the first clue, take it, and uncover her incredible story…’

As golden sunlight shimmers across the crystal-clear water, 
Francesca arrives on the tranquil Italian island of Santa Caterina in search of precious rare books. She quickly discovers she was invited by the island’s mysterious owner, alongside handsome local book collector Thiago, to unlock a secret spanning generations. Together, they learn the books were hidden during the Second World War by Helèna, the daughter of a bookseller, who sacrificed everything to save the island’s treasures from the Nazis.

With only Helèna’s diary to guide them, Francesca finds herself growing closer to Thiago, with his deep blue eyes and sun-kissed curls. As they curl up under the stars, piecing together clues in the gentle, rose-scented breeze and retracing Helèna’s steps on the quaint cobbled streets, Francesca begins to wonder if she can finally open her heart to a new beginning...

But when an unbelievable act of courage and a heart-breaking secret in the final pages of the diary shatters everything she and Thiago thought they knew about Helèna, Francesca realises the remarkable wartime story of love and sacrifice has the power to change both of their lives forever.


Daniela Sacerdoti is the author of the bestselling Glen Avich series which has sold over one million copies in ebook to date, Sacerdoti’s debut novel Watch Over Me was named the eighth bestselling Kindle book of all time in 2015, when she was also ranked as the eleventh top-selling Kindle author. She lives in a small village in the middle of nowhere, with her Scottish husband, two children, a Cocker spaniel and a foundling kitten (who was definitely a witch in a past life).

Tuesday, June 27, 2023



Berlin, 1933: Leah and Magda are the best of friends and have spent almost their entire lives together.  Nothing could separate them except when Magda tells Leah she is joining the ranks of Hitler’s regime.  Leah can’t believe that Magda would do that, and she pleads and begs Magda not to.  Leah knows that Magda’s choice will be the end of their friendship and makes Leah’s life extremely dangerous.  Markus, Magda’s brother, is furious with his sister’s decision to join the ranks and he vows to do everything possible to keep Leah safe no matter what the cost.  When Leah’s house is raided by the Gestapo, her brother Aaron is sent to a concentration camp and her parents go into hiding.  Markus knows the only way to keep his promise to Leah is to join the resistance.  He will protect Leah every second that he can, no matter what he must sacrifice.

The Children of Berlin written by author Sharon Maas was a phenomenal story of strength, resilience and hope.  I almost don’t know where to begin writing my review as this story left me speechless.  I loved everything about this heartbreaking and powerfully intense book.  This unputdownable read had me reaching for the tissue box over and over. This heart wrenching story is definitely a favorite of mine and I know for certain that it will be one I will remember for a while.   If you are a historical fiction fan, this is one that needs to be at the very top of your 'to be read pile’.  I highly recommend this ten star read.


Rating: 5 out of 5.
Author:  Sharon Maas 
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: June 22, 2023 
Pages: 430 
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‘I will never forgive you! You had a choice. You could have listened to your mother, your brother, your father, but you chose to listen to those monsters. And that choice remains with you. Forever.’

Berlin, 1933. Leah and Magda have been inseparable for as long as they can remember, and one beautiful summer’s day in their courtyard, they vow nothing will ever come between their friendship. But Leah could never have predicted the darkness looming just around the corner…

As Hitler comes to power and the Nazi Party gain even more influence, Magda proudly tells Leah she has decided to join the Hitler Youth. Leah’s blood runs cold before she begs Magda to change her mind – because Leah is Jewish. Magda refuses, and heartbroken Leah knows this will not only destroy their friendship, but put her life in mortal danger. Suddenly, the only light in her life is Magda’s brother 
Markus, who is furious at his sister and vows to do everything he can to keep Leah safe.

As Magda becomes more entrenched in the Nazi Party, Leah’s life starts to shatter as the Gestapo raid her home, sending her beloved brother 
Aaron to a concentration camp. Devastated, Leah and her parents are forced to flee and hide. Desperate to save Leah, Markus decides the only way he can help stop the Nazis and his sister is to infiltrate the party as an undercover resistance fighter. But will Magda see through his lie, and how far will she go to prove her loyalty to her Führer?


Sharon Maas was born into a prominent political family in Georgetown, Guyana, in 1951. She was educated in England, Guyana, and, later, Germany. After leaving school, she worked as a trainee reporter with the Guyana Graphic in Georgetown and later wrote feature articles for the Sunday Chronicle as a staff journalist.

Her first novel, Of Marriageable Age, is set in Guyana and India and was published by HarperCollins in 1999. In 2014 she moved to Bookouture, and now has ten novels under her belt. Her books span continents, cultures, and eras. From the sugar plantations of colonial British Guiana in South America, to the French battlefields of World War Two, to the present-day brothels of Mumbai and the rice-fields and villages of South India, Sharon never runs out of stories for the armchair traveller.

Saturday, June 24, 2023



Scotland, 1925: Cressida Fawcett has been hired as the interior designer for the well-to-do Stirling family.  They want her to redesign the historic Ayrton Castle located in the beautiful Scottish Highlands.  Without a second thought Cressida packs her bags and little Ruby her pug and awesome sidekick.  Cressida and Ruby take a stroll through the highlands, and her new job is soon derailed when the previous owner of Ayrton Castle, Hamish Glenkirk is found dead inside a locked room.  Detective Andrews of Scotland Yard is assigned to the case but it will take him a while to get there.  Cressida, not just an interior designer but also  a super sleuth, decides she needs to begin solving the case and discovering who the murderer is, and fast.  As she narrows down the list of suspects, when one of the suspects and another victim is shot.  Time is running out and so is her list of suspects, she must solve the case before another body is found. 

Death in the Highlands written by author Fliss Chester was a wonderful cozy mystery.  This story had me reeling from beginning to end.  I had no idea who the culprit was until the very end.  I always know that Cressida Fawcett and her pug Ruby will take me on an adventure.  This lovely mystery is the third installment in the Cressida Fawcett Series.  I enjoyed everything about this story from the delightful characters to the amazing pug Ruby.  This story can be read as a standalone but I suggest reading this delightful series from the beginning.  I love this series and I highly recommend it.



Author:  Fliss Chester

Publisher:  Bookouture
Publication Date: June 22, 2023 
Pages: 312 
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There’s a dangerous killer lurking by this loch… and only canny Cressida can track them down.

Scotland, June 1925.  Socialite Cressida Fawcett has been invited to cast her interior design eye over the Stirling family’s new seat, Ayrton Castle, up in the Scottish Highlands. Thrilled to be spending the summer at the historic estate, Cressida fills her suitcase with this season’s hunting jackets – and some tartan for her little pug Ruby, of course!

But before the party is ready to tramp through the glens, shocking news puts paid to their plans. 
Hamish Glenkirk, former owner of Ayrton, has been found dead inside a turret room of the castle. The door was bolted from the inside, and the room is three storeys up, surrounded by impenetrable stone walls… How did the murderer get in? And out?

Detective Andrews of Scotland Yard at least a day’s journey away, Cressida knows she needs to get to the bottom of this case – and fast. There’s no end of suspects among the hunting party. Could it be the local doctor whose wife left him for a fling with the now-dead laird? Or is the gamekeeper hiding secrets under his kilt?

Just as Cressida is closing in on the truth, a blood-curdling scream echoes through the mist. Another member of the party, and one of the suspects, has been shot. With a wee dram in hand, 
can Cressida find the killer before the bagpipes play for another victim?


Fliss Chester lives in Surrey with her husband and writes historical cozy crime. When she is not killing people off in her 1940s whodunnits, she helps her husband, who is a wine merchant, run their business. Never far from a decent glass of something, Fliss also loves cooking (and writing up her favourite recipes on her blog), enjoying the beautiful Surrey and West Sussex countryside and having a good natter.

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Friday, June 16, 2023



England, 1945: Rosie Lyman has a heart to help the children rescued from the concentration camps after the War.  She is a volunteer helping at an orphanage in the Lake District.  Rosie has lost so much in her life, her daughter and the man she loves.  There are so many children that need her help, her love and attention.  Leon Rosenblat arrives with so many orphan children in need, Rosie can’t help but notice one in particular, Frieda.  She is one of the many Polish Jewish children that has been rescued and is seeking help at Rosie’s orphanage.  She is withdrawn and Rosie’s heart goes out to her.  She is determined to help Frieda no matter the cost.  Rosie and Leon spend a lot of time together helping the orphans through such a horrible time in their life.  Rosie and Leon make it their mission to restore the lives of the orphans and give them hope.

The Last Orphan by author Kate Hewitt is book six in the Amherst Island Series.  This story is one of reliance, strength, and hope.  It was a wonderful  addition to such a phenomenal series.  I cried many times as I flipped through each page.  This heartbreaking story is one that is sure to remain in my heart.  This was a story of brokenness, resilience, strength and courage, while relying on those around you for love and encouragement.   I loved everything about this unforgettable series and it is one that I will continue to recommend again and again.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Kate Hewitt
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: June 14, 2023
Pages: 342 
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If these children could heal, shouldn’t Rosie be able to as well? What made her grief so strong that it kept her from trying again, from learning to live, to reallylive, and to love once more?

1945, England: When Rosie Lyman travels to the Lake District as a volunteer to help children rescued from the horror of the concentration camps after the Second World War, she hopes that by caring for the young orphans, she can distract herself from the loss of the man she loves and her beloved daughter.

From the moment the children arrive, Rosie is rushed off her feet as she welcomes the new arrivals. But when she notices one particularly quiet girl, who has isolated herself from the other children, Rosie senses a wealth of sadness inside 
Frieda similar to her own and becomes determined to help her.

As she struggles to connect with the young girl, Rosie meets one of the adults traveling with the children, 
Leon Rosenblat. And although they don’t always see eye to eye, as they begin to care for the orphans, Rosie senses a warmth within him, and soon finds herself thinking about his kind smile, dark hair and glittering brown eyes…

But as time passes, Rosie finds her own grief harder to contain. And as she watches Frieda and the other children begin to heal, she realises she must face her own heartbreak and loss. Is Rosie brave enough to share her story? And, if she is, will she finally be able to trust her heart once more?


Kate Hewitt is the bestselling author of many novels of women’s fiction, including the Hartley-by-the-Sea series set in the Lake District, the Willoughby Close series set in the Cotswolds, and Tales From Goswell written as Katharine Swartz. Her novel A Mother’s Goodbye has been called ‘unputdownable’ and ‘the most emotional book I have ever read’ by readers. Her latest novel, Not My Daughter, is out now, and No Time to Say Goodbye is available for preorder.

She lives in a small market town in Wales with her husband and five young(ish) children, along with their two Golden Retrievers. Join her newsletter for monthly updates and giveaways on her website, or be part of her Facebook groups Kate’s Reads.

Saturday, June 03, 2023



The year is now 1963 and Hanni and Freddy have experienced so much loss resulting from the war.  Their relationship has suffered and they are in the midst of a divorce.  Hanni and Freddy discover that their twelve year old son Leo, and has been in touch with his grandfather Reinier. Leo begins to agree with the beliefs of his grandfather and ventures out on his own to meet his grandfather.  Hanni is shocked and very upset and puts her life on hold to rescue her son Leo from the dangerous grasp her father has on him.  Even in the midst of their separation, Hanni and Freddy come together  to save their son.  Hanni fears that her father will harm her son just like her sister.  At the same time Hanni continues to do everything she can to expose the horrible things her father has done.  

Her Last Promise written by author Catherine Hokin is the fourth book in the Hanni Winters Series.  This book was an amazing addition to such a phenomenal series.  I enjoyed this story so much and I cheered Hanni on to the very last page.  My heart was broken for her and the struggles she endured while I was amazed at her courage and unwavering love for her family.  My suggestion is to read the series from book one and follow Hanni’s footsteps all the way through her life.  This is definitely a favorite series for me, and one that I will recommend over and over again, I loved it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Catherine Hokin

Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: May 30, 2023 
Pages: 360
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‘Too many have suffered at my father’s hands. I won’t let it continue. I’ll stop him, I’ll build a world where we can finally be free, I swear it…’

Berlin, 1938.When Hanni’s beloved sister suddenly vanishes in the middle of the night, Hanni knows her high-ranking Nazi father, Reiner, is not telling her the whole truth and may hold the key to her disappearance.

Years later, after finally learning how to live with her troubled past, Hanni dedicates herself to raising her teenage son, 
Leo, but her sister is never far from her mind. But when Leo begins to share Reiner’s pro-Nazi views and runs away from home to meet his grandfather, Hanni’s world collapses in an instant. She is determined not to lose her son to her father’s cruelty, like she lost her darling sister all those years ago…

Hanni has tried to stop her father before and nearly lost her life. Now she is fighting for Leo too and the stakes are higher than ever. She can’t lose him to the Nazis. She won’t let her father take her son away from her. Hanni knows this is her last chance to bring her father to justice. With her son’s life hanging in the balance, Hanni knows this will be her toughest battle yet. But with Reiner’s popularity stronger than ever, will she succeed?


Catherine Hokin is the author of two World War Two inspired novels set in Berlin, her favourite city. Following a History degree at Manchester University she worked in teaching, marketing and politics, while waiting for a chance to do what she really wanted which was to write full time. Her short stories have been published by iScot, Writers Forum and Myslexia magazines and she was the winner of the 2019 Fiction 500 Short Story Competition. She is a lover of strong female leads and a quest.
Catherine now lives in Glasgow with her American husband. She has two grown-up children – one of whom lives, very conveniently, in Berlin – and a life long addiction to very loud music. 

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