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REVIEW – Better in the Morning by Fern Ronay

Though I had trouble getting into the story, once I was invested I was pleasantly surprised at how much I was enjoying it.  Veronica started off a bit whiny to me but as the story progressed and she was pushed to her emotional limits, she grew into a really great character. We open with Veronica…
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REVIEW – The Wrong Girl by Laura Wilson

Janice gave her baby up as a teenager after much pressure from her parents. Over forty years later and completely out of the blue, Suzie contacts Janice not because she is desperately seeking her birth mother, but because Dan, Janice's brother who Suzie has been living with, has died. Janice very quickly becomes acquainted with…
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REVIEW – Second Chances by Connie Stephany

What a charming novel! It was sweet and held more depth than I realized. The writing was superb, and there wasn’t a point in the whole story that slowed down unnecessary. We meet the main character, Abby, who is a loving, generous woman madly in love with the man she is about to marry, Adam.…
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INTERVIEW with Helen Laycock

Welcome to Books, Chocolate & Wine, Helen. I have read one of your collections of short stories for adults, Peace and Disquiet, and also The Secret of Pooks Wood for children. Both were great books, in particular The Secret of Pooks Wood which I thought was a fabulously magical story. I will endeavor to read all…
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REVIEW – The Secret of Pooks Wood

This is one of those magical stories which shows wonder and enchantment in the faces of young children. I am far from being a child myself (although I did used to be one) yet I was quickly pulled into the very real feeling family Christmas story and, by chapter 2, I was totally hooked. Stella…
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REVIEW – Peace and Disquiet

Peace and Disquiet is a collection of short stories which are certainly of the more creepy and disquieting side rather than peaceful. All the stories feature death and/or demise of a curious nature often with a little twist or a feeling of all is not what it first seems. The intriguing and deadly overtones remind…
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REVIEW – Luna Tree by Maya Berger

This was a beautiful story. I was given a copy for an honest review and I am SO happy that I accepted it. What a fantastic story of hope, love, courage...I was blown away by this. If you're looking for an inspiring, yet at times grueling, biography then this is it. Luna Tree is a…
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REVIEW – All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

This is quite an unusual story, much of it written in first person and mainly from the therapist's point of view. This is not a pleasant read, and from the opening chapter, we experience the most horrific and savage rape of sixteen year old Jenny in the woods edging on to a party attended by…
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REVIEW- The Girl Who Lied by Sue Fortin

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Why are reviews so important?

Blog post by Laura A review serves two purposes. Firstly for the reader, many factors will attract a reader to a book, such as the cover, synopsis, author, price, the star rating and reviews. We combine all of these elements to decide whether this book will be an enjoyable read. That does not mean we…
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