Lori France had organised a B&B for a few days over Christmas while her house was being repaired from recent storms; her dismay at the unexpectedLori France had organised a B&B for a few days over Christmas while her house was being repaired from recent storms; her dismay at the unexpected arrival of her sister – and change to her plans – leaving her four-year-old daughter Misty in Lori’s care turned to delight as she revelled in her niece’s company. Christmas would be a wonderful experience for Lori with Misty – and Griff, Lori’s cat – by her side.
Andrew Vitruvius – Drew to his friends – was a popular author who had been persuaded to let himself be kidnapped, all for the sake of publicity. But as he was bundled into the van, Drew was shocked at how rough the men were. And by the time Drew realised that something was wrong, it was too late. He was trapped…
Christmas Eve and Lori and Misty were searching for fairies in the woods. Misty had begged her aunt to help her find those small mystical creatures, and with the direction of the shopkeepers, the track they took, though it looked unused, also looked good for the location of fairies. At least Lori hoped sweet little Misty would be content. But was there danger in the woods? Lori knew they needed to leave before it was dark…
What Happens at Christmas by Evonne Wareham is a wonderful story set in the Welsh countryside. Filled with gritty tension, twists and turns, and the sweetness of Misty, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s my first by this author, and I’ll be looking for more. Highly recommended.
With thanks to NetGalley and Choc Lit for my digital ARC to read and review. ...more
Jack Callaghan was sure he hadn’t been detected boarding the plane, and positive his cover was successful, also that of his friend elsewhere in the plJack Callaghan was sure he hadn’t been detected boarding the plane, and positive his cover was successful, also that of his friend elsewhere in the plane. The young woman sitting beside him, who called herself Kit, was a pleasant distraction on the journey, but the suddenness of the plane losing altitude and the crash in the forests of the Amazon sent everything from his mind except survival.
As Jack, ex-military and Kit, a qualified botanist began the task of taking the few survivors to safety, it was obvious there was more to the plane crash than they knew. With violent and deadly mercenaries on their trail, both Kit and Jack wondered who they were searching for. Roscoe and his grandchild, Alex were acquainted with Jack; Kit didn’t know how, but she had more things to worry about. Her sister, who had also been on the plane, was missing and although Kit knew she was alive, she’d lost sight of her in their rush to safety.
As the survivors battled to stay hidden, and move toward civilization at the same time, secrets were laid bare, animosity surfaced, and treachery loomed. Would Jack and Kit’s special talents save them all, or was it too much to expect? Would they ever see their families again?
Beat of the Jungle by Aussie author Erin Moira O’Hara is the first in the Deadly Forces series, a collaboration with author S.E. Gilchrist. The second in the series will be called Scent of the Jaguar by S.E. Gilchrist and will be published in 2018. Beat of the Jungle is fast-paced, filled with tension and a gripping and intense read which I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved the characters of Alex and Kit; also Jack, after meeting him in the Steele Ops series. I was surprised at the ending – it didn’t sit quite right, even knowing the second book will sort out the questions I have 😊 Highly recommended for fans of romantic suspense novels!
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Gillian and Sally had been in the care of their aunts since they were quite young – the Owens family had had a reputation for over two hundred years.Gillian and Sally had been in the care of their aunts since they were quite young – the Owens family had had a reputation for over two hundred years. As they grew up, Gillian and Sally would watch their aunts from the staircase as they administered potions to lovelorn women – they pinky vowed never to fall in love; ever. School was horrid – teased, taunted – children and adults would cross to the other side of the road if they encountered the sisters.
But then the day came that Gillian ran away. She found her own life, forever chasing dreams, while Sally stayed with the aunts, eventually falling in love and marrying Michael. They had two beautiful children, Antonia and Kylie; but when tragedy struck, Sally packed up her girls and left the aunts as well.
Would Sally ever reunite with Gillian? They spoke on a regular basis by phone, but Gillian had never returned. Until the day she turned up on Sally’s doorstep, bringing trouble with her…
I recently read and loved The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman, so decided to read Practical Magic pretty well straight away. I’m sad to say I didn’t enjoy it anywhere near as much as Rules of Magic. The narration felt wrong; it irritated me, so I was skimming, trying to find improvement. And the lack of magical elements was odd too – I expected it after reading Rules. All in all, a disappointment to me. But I know others have loved it (obvious in the ratings and reviews) and unlike others, I haven’t seen the movie. ...more