The Hidden Palace by Dinah Jefferies

A rebellious daughter 1923. Among the ancient honey-coloured walls of the tiny island of Malta, strangers slip into the shadows and anyone can buy a new name. Rosalie Delacroix flees Paris for a dancer’s job in the bohemian clubs deep in its winding streets. A sister with a secret 1944. Running from the brutality of… Continue reading The Hidden Palace by Dinah Jefferies

The Little Wartime Library by Kate Thompson

London, 1944. Clara Button is no ordinary librarian. While the world remains at war, in East London Clara has created the country’s only underground library, built over the tracks in the disused Bethnal Green tube station. Down here a secret community thrives: with thousands of bunk beds, a nursery, a café and a theatre offering… Continue reading The Little Wartime Library by Kate Thompson

The Weekend Before The Wedding by Tracy Bloom

One weekend, one bride-to-be, what could possibly go wrong? All Shelley wanted on her hen weekend was to enjoy three days of sun, sea and sangria. But instead of being surrounded by the A-team of her closest friends, she somehow ends up with a Golden Girls-meets-the-Spice Girls B-list that includes her mother, a rebellious teenager,… Continue reading The Weekend Before The Wedding by Tracy Bloom

By Her Own Design by Piper Huguley

The incredible untold story of how Ann Lowe, a Black woman and granddaughter of slaves, rose above personal struggles and racial prejudice to design and create one of America’s most famous wedding dresses of all time for Jackie Kennedy. 1953, New York City Less than a week before the society wedding of the year where… Continue reading By Her Own Design by Piper Huguley

Cold Cold Bones by Kathy Reichs

Sometimes, revisiting the past is the only way to rescue the present . . Winter has come to North Carolina and, with it, a drop in crime. For a while, temporarily idle forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan is content to dote on her daughter Katy, finally returned to civilian life from the army. But when mother… Continue reading Cold Cold Bones by Kathy Reichs

Only Hummingbirds Fly Backwards by Rosie Parker

Ronnie and Jake are twins – obviously not identical, but close as. They even have that twin intuition thing going on. Ronnie lives with her soon-to-be husband Gerry and new-born baby, and Jake is happily married with two daughters. One sunny April day, he hops onto somebody else’s motorbike to ride home when a horrific crash leaves… Continue reading Only Hummingbirds Fly Backwards by Rosie Parker

The Hotel on the Riviera by Carol Kirkwood

Heiress Ariana Theodosis wanted everything that Hollywood had to offer, took it all, and is now paying the price. When she inherits a hotel on the beautiful French Riviera, she hopes it’s a chance to start again. Elizabeth and Robert Chappell were Hollywood’s fiery English golden couple. Their legendary breakups and passionate make-ups were tabloid… Continue reading The Hotel on the Riviera by Carol Kirkwood

Last Time We Met by Emily Houghton

ONE PROMISEAged thirteen, best friends Eleanor and Fin are inseparable. Convinced it will always be this way they make a pact – to go to university together, always live near each other, and if they’re both single at 35 they’ll get married.  TWO DECADES Eleanor and Fin haven’t spoken in fifteen years. Life has run away… Continue reading Last Time We Met by Emily Houghton

The Cornish Cream Tea Holiday by Cressida McLaughlin

Thank you to Harper Collins, Random Things Tours and Cressida McLaughlin for the opportunity to read and review the latest book in the Cornish Cream Tea series for the blog tour. My last review for the series can be found at https://mentoringmumof2bookreviews.home.blog/2021/11/25/christmas-carols-and-a-cornish-cream-tea-by-cressida-mclaughlin/ Synopsis: It’s going to be an unforgettable Cornish summer… Thea Rushwood was looking… Continue reading The Cornish Cream Tea Holiday by Cressida McLaughlin

Hearts on Fire by Jenny Lynch

Thank you Anne of Random Things Tours for the invitation to join the blog tour for this published by Dragonfly Publishing novella. Synopsis: My thoughts: For a short novella, this story is full of drama, dancing and firefighters. Young Erin finds herself at a hen do that is also raising money for the local hospital… Continue reading Hearts on Fire by Jenny Lynch