Book Review: Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis

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Capable of infecting your mind, altering your breathing rate, and shot-gunning your pulse, Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis absolutely crawled beneath my skin and had me lying in bed, wide awake, wondering what that noise was I heard just a few moments ago… The wind rattling the bathroom blinds, surely? In the same league as Slenderman, old folk tales and chilling legends, Harrow Lake had that all-encompassing quality that never truly lets you be, once the ‘what ifs’ have settled in your mind. Terrifying, but on a subtle level, a level which is more disturbing than frightening, the sort of thing you’re scared of but still completely fascinated by. I loved allowing the author to smother me with this tale, I loved the feeling of terror which she evoked, and I found Mister Jitters to be quite appalling, to say the least. Continue reading

Book Review: Katie’s Cornish Kitchen by Rosie Chambers

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Katie’s Cornish Kitchen by Rosie Chambers was a heart-warming tale of friendship, faith and learning to forgive in order to move forwards in life. I’d be lying if I said that the cover of this sweet story hadn’t played a part in drawing me in, because it absolutely did, and who could blame me, really, when the cover looks like that?! It’s just gorgeous, and so inviting, it truly makes me want to leap into it and start my very own life in Perrinby beside the sea. The cover depicts a warm and attractive café right on the coast, which is exactly what we’re treated to within the pages and if, like me, you’re perhaps partial to a cosy, fixer-upper story with plenty of friendship and romance mixed in,  then Katie’s Cornish Kitchen will be the perfect read for you, I promise. Continue reading

Book Review: From Venice With Love by Rosanna Ley

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It’s not often that I fan-girl over an author, but if I had to choose an author to fan-girl over, then it would absolutely be the magnificent Rosanna Ley. It’s been a fairly long time since I last devoured a Ley novel, so it’s fair to say that I’d quite forgotten what it was like to be in the hands of such a skilled and capable writer. Rosanna transports her readers in a way I don’t feel is done very often. I mean, sure, there are plenty of talented authors out there who will whisk you away from reality for a couple of hours, allow you to forget about your worries and anxieties, and it really is incredible, don’t get me wrong. But what Rosanna manages to do feels as though it is on an entirely different level to simply ‘whisking’ one ‘away’. I’m very much of the persuasion that Rosanna Ley is in a league all of her own. Continue reading

Author Interview with Jenny Kane (@JennyKaneAuthor @AccentPress)

Hello, everyone. I hope you are all well and keeping safe this Tuesday? Today on The Book Babe, I am absolutely delighted to be chatting to the wonderful Jenny Kane here on the blog, and I’d love it if you decided to stick around and have a read of our chat, if you had the time, of course!

Jenny Kane is an author whom I’ve only recently discovered, but having read two of her books recently, I’m pleased to say that she’s an author I’ve quickly become fond of and I’m looking forward to her future releases very much. So, without further ado, I’d like to invite Jenny Kane to the stage, and let’s get this interview rolling… Continue reading

Book Review: A Cornish Wedding by Jenny Kane (@JennyKaneAuthor @AccentPress)

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Earlier this month, I had the absolute pleasure of reading and reviewing Jenny Kane’s A Cornish Escape, and you can find my review for that wonderful story here. It was a charming and completely uplifting book which absolutely swept me away to the Cornish coast, surrounded by a cast of lovely characters and a fantastic plot. When I heard about A Cornish Wedding, I just knew I had to get my hands on it. I was overjoyed when I was approached and invited to read and review, and I couldn’t help but to dive in as soon as I was able to. When I finished reading A Cornish Escape earlier this month, the first thing I noticed was how much I instantly missed the characters, and so I couldn’t wait to see them again, to catch up with them and find out what they’d been up to since I left them in the previous book. Continue reading

Blog Tour: Author Interview with Rosanna Ley, author of ‘From Venice With Love’.

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Hello wonderful book folk, and a very happy Thursday to you! I hope you are all well and coping okay in the heat!

Today on The Book Babe, I am absolutely over-joyed to be taking part in the blog tour for Rosanna Ley’s latest novel, From Venice With Love, which is OUT TODAY and available to purchase here. Rosanna Ley has been one of my favourite authors for as long as I can remember. She writes the most beautiful, breath-taking and emotionally striking novels and I think that I will always remain a firm fan, so it’s an honour to be included on the list of bloggers taking part in this tour today.

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Blog Tour: Book Review: One Day In Summer by Shari Low (@sharilow @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources)

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Firstly, I’d like to thank the wonderful Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me along to take part in the blog tour for Shari Low’s One Day In Summer. This story caught my eye from the get-go with its gloriously sunny cover and I couldn’t wait to dive in, and with the beautiful weather that we’ve been blessed with lately, I felt that there was never a more fitting book for the occasion! I was completely intrigued by the tag line on the cover also, which in turn had me feeling that there was a lot waiting to be discovered within the pages. The butterflies and the flowers and the strawberries all worked together fabulously in ensuring I wanted to slip into this story and spend hours reading away, while the sun shined on and the hours ticked by. Continue reading

Book Review: Sister Dear by Hannah Mary McKinnon

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Sister Dear by Hannah Mary McKinnon was a sinister and twisted novel with a delicious dash of mystery, and a devilish threat, weaved right the way through, that of which was capable of destroying an entire history of truth unbeknownst to the unseeing Victoria, Eleanor’s half-sister who has no idea she exists.

I really enjoy a novel which explores the darker, deeper depths of family, and Sister Dear by Hannah Mary McKinnon certainly does that. Within this book, there are twists and turns around every corner, alongside plenty of secrets waiting to be unearthed. The tension was delicious in this story. From the moment Eleanor crosses paths with her extended family whom have no idea of her identity, I was waiting for the moment she’d be discovered by them and would ultimately be forced to reveal her truth and her link to them. Continue reading

Book Review: Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland (@JessicaRedland @BoldwoodBooks)

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Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland is the first book I’ve had the pleasure of reading by this author, and it certainly won’t be the last. I’m such a huge fan of cosy, warm, uplifting fiction and this story fit the bill perfectly for me. It had everything from romance and blossoming new friendships, to heartache and toxic family members. It was a joy to read and a wonderful story to lose myself within, with a whole host of fun, warm & welcoming characters who carved themselves a little space in my heart by the end. With a tightly-written and seamless plot, I found myself flying through Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow in a way that only happens when I’m totally convinced by, and in love with, the story.  Continue reading