One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski

One Night Gone

Title: One Night Gone

Author: Tara Laskowski

Release Date: October 1st 2019

Pages: 352

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense


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Rating: four-stars new


It was the perfect place to disappear…

One sultry summer, Maureen Haddaway arrives in the wealthy town of Opal Beach to start her life anew—to achieve her destiny. There, she finds herself lured by the promise of friendship, love, starry skies, and wild parties. But Maureen’s new life just might be too good to be true, and before the summer is up, she vanishes.

Decades later, when Allison Simpson is offered the opportunity to house-sit in Opal Beach during the off-season, it seems like the perfect chance to begin fresh after a messy divorce. But when she becomes drawn into the mysterious disappearance of a girl thirty years before, Allison realizes the gorgeous homes of Opal Beach hide dark secrets. And the truth of that long-ago summer is not even the most shocking part of all…

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This book follows two timelines- Maureen in 1985 and Allison in present time. Maureen went to  Opal beach to start a new life, but before the summer is over, she vanishes. Decades later Alison is offered to house-sit in Opal beach and after a divorce she finds it a great idea. The more time she spends in Opal beach, the more she starts to put together the pieces what happened to Maureen decades ago.

It was a good thriller, it kept my interest from starting the book until finishing it. It wasn’t very fast paced book, but it was very atmospheric and parts of the book  gave an eerie feeling while reading. It was an excellent read; the story had a good conclusion with interesting twists towards the end.

Meet Cute by Helena Hunting

Meet Cute

Title: Meet Cute

Author: Helena Hunting

Release Date: April 9th 2019

Pages: 385

Genre: Romance, Contemporary


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Rating: four-stars new


A total disaster? Or the start of something special?

Kailyn Flowers was always calm and controlled – until she ended up sprawled all over Daxton Hughes, the former actor she totally crushed on as a teenager. In seconds, she became a mortifying fangirl and oddly enough, he didn’t run away. Instead, their meet cute led to something she never expected: a friendship. Of course, she never expected him to betray her, either . . .

Eight years later, Dax needs Kailyn’s help. Years of anger towards him haven’t exactly left Kailyn inclined to oblige, but she also isn’t heartless enough to turn him down. She vows to be friendly, but soon their ‘friendly’ meetings turn into flirty dinner dates, and Kailyn can feel their chemistry is as explosive as ever. But how can she possibly let down her guard again to a guy who has heartbreak written all over him?

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Kaitlyn and Dax met eight years ago in law school, where she literally ran into him. Throughout the school years they had a friendly rivalry, but due to misunderstandings their paths went separate ways before they had  a chance at romance. Eight years later they meet again, when Dax needs her legal help.

I actually liked the fact that this book dealt with serious and humorous topics, it was well balanced. Even though Kaitlyn and Dax’s meeting eight years ago was a very short part of the book, I enjoyed how Kaitlyn had grown from a tenage fangirl to a professional adult. The romance between Kaitlyn and Dax was very sweet and definitely loved the scenes between Dax and her little sister. It was a marvellous rom com with serious undertones.



Mistletoe & Mystery by Daisy James

Mistletoe & Mystery

Title: Mistletoe & Mystery

Series: The Paradise Cookery School #3

Author: Daisy James

Release Date: September 10th 2018

Pages: 300

Genre: Contemporary Romance


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Welcome to the Cotswolds Festive Feast cookery course…

Fresh off the successful opening of the Paradise Cookery School in St Lucia, Millie Harper is headed to the Cotswolds for Christmas!

Co-presenting Claudia Croft’s famous Festive Feast cookery course at Stonelea Manor is a dream come true for Millie…as is reuniting with gorgeous estate manager Zach Barker.

But arriving in a winter wonderland Millie learns the manor is under a mysterious threat. It’ll take a holiday miracle, but Millie is determined to save the school and get Zach under the mistletoe to finally finish what they started in the Caribbean!

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Millie was invited to co-present Claudia Croft’s famous Festive Feast cookery course at Stonelea Manor. It gives Millie a great opportunity work-wise, but she also gets to meet with Zach, whom she previously met in the Caribbean. The feelings are still there and seeing Zach once again in  Cotswolds, will there be a future for the two of them?

It’s the first book I read in the The Paradise Cookery School series and even though it can be read as a standalone, I wish I had read the two previous books as well, just to have more background on the characters as this was a wonderful Christmassy story. I found the main characters as much as the secondary characters wonderful and the setting was fantastic too. It’s a great book full of romance, friendship and culinary delights. I’d gladly recommend this book for the holiday season.


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Other books in the series:

Sunshine & Secrets Confetti & Confusion

The Maverick’s Christmas to Remember by Christy Jeffries

The Maverick's Christmas to Remember

Title: The Maverick’s Christmas to Remember

Series: Montana Mavericks: The Lonelyhearts Ranch #5

Author: Christy Jeffries

Release Date: November 1st 2018

Pages: 224

Genre: Romance, Harlequin Special Edition


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All She Wants for Christmas is a Cowboy! 

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A few weeks ago, local wedding planner Caroline Ruth took a tumble off a ladder, and when she came to, she believed Thunder Canyon cowboy Craig Clifton was her boyfriend. Trouble was, they’d never met before. What was an upstanding rancher to do? Now, until Caroline’s memory returns, Craig is acting as reluctant faux fiancé. But with Christmas around the corner, dear readers, we’re hoping for a real-life happy ending for this unexpected couple!

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Caroline is a wedding planner and while meeting with her clients, she loses balance on the letter and hits her head against the shelf. Before she fell, she saw a handsome cowboy Craig. When she wakes up in the hospital she thinks that Craig is her fiancee. Craig decides to play along for a few days until Caroline gets her memory back. They spend a lot of time together and at one moment she remembers everything, but decides to hide it from Craig, because she has feelings for him. When the whole truth comes out, they have to decide how to go on from there.

It’s the fifth book in the series, but it can be read as a standalone. Caroline and Craig were both very realistic and likeable characters, who completed each other. I also like Craig’s grandparents, their bantering was hilarious. I think my favorite moment from the book was, when the truth came out and Craig stormed out, but a moment  later they talked about everything outside while the snow was falling, it was such a beautiful and moving moment. All in all, I really enjoyed the book and want to get to other books in the series as well.

Other books in the series:

A Maverick to (Re)Marry The Maverick's Baby-in-Waiting The Little Maverick Matchmaker Unmasking the Maverick Bring Me a Maverick for Christmas

In Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon

In Peppermint Peril

Title: In Peppermint Peril

Series: Book Tea Shop Mystery #1

Author: Joy Avon

Release Date: November 13th 2018

Pages: 285

Genre: Cozy Mystery


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In the run-up to Christmas Eve, organizer of book-themed tea parties Callie Aspen and her lovable Boston terrier will have to conquer threefold trouble—a mysterious will, a missing heirloom and a dead body—to restore the festive spirit to their small town.

This Christmas, Callie Aspen returns to her childhood hideout Heart’s Harbor, Maine where her great aunt runs Book Tea, a vintage tearoom where every sweet treat contains a bookish clue. Upon arrival in the fairy-tale snowy town, Callie is drawn into the preparations for a special tea party at Haywood Hall, the rambling house of Heart’s Harbor’s oldest resident, rich but lonely widow Dorothea Finster, who invited her estranged relatives, old friends and the elite of the town to make a mysterious announcement about her will.

Believing they can touch a part of her fortune, everybody is determined to come, despite not liking each other or even their hostess. And Callie’s old friend Sheila complicates things by using the tea party to announce her daughter’s engagement, even though her daughter isn’t sure she’s in love with the young lawyer her mother thinks so perfect for her.

Catering to people who each have their own agenda isn’t easy for the Book Tea crew, especially once the valuable engagement ring goes missing and a dead body turns up in the conservatory. Can Callie and her great aunt use their love of clues to dig into the crimes and show their unhappy hostess and squabbling guests the true Christmas spirit?



Callie comes home for holidays to visit her great aunt Iphy in Heart’s Harbor. Iphy runs Book Tea, a vintage tearoom, where sweet treats contain a bookish clue. Iphy and Callie are organizing an Agatha Christie themed party at Haywood Hall. Its owner is a 93-year-old Dorothea, who wants to announce her will, but even before she can do that, an employee is murdered. 

It’s the first book in the Book Tea Shop Mystery series and it was a great beginning to introduce the characters and the setting. In addition to the dead body, there was also a missing heirloom and mysterious will, which made the story even more interesting all together. I absolutely loved the idea of sweet treats with bookish clues. I’d definitely visit a cafe like that. It was a solid beginning to the new series and I’m keeping an eye for the next book. 

Other books in the series:

The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt

The Girls Next Door

Title: The Girls Next Door

Series: Detective Eden Berrisford #1

Author: Mel Sherratt

Release Date: October 27th 2016

Pages: 318

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Crime





One warm spring evening, five teenagers meet in a local park. Only four will come out alive.

Six months after the stabbing of fifteen-year-old Deanna Barker, someone is coming after the teenagers of Stockleigh, as a spate of vicious assaults rocks this small community. Revenge for Deanna? Or something more?

Detective Eden Berrisford is locked into a race against time to catch the twisted individual behind the attacks – but when her own niece, Jess Mountford, goes missing, the case gets personal.

With the kidnapper threatening Jess’ life, can Eden bring back her niece to safety? Or will the people of Stockleigh be forced to mourn another daughter…?

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The story starts with a girl being murdered and how a teenager Katie is being accused of murder she didn’t commit, but she was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Six months after the murder of the young girl, local teenagers are being attacked and one girl goes missing.

The book started off with a gruesome scene and then the story continues with gripping storyline. I have to admit it was a little bit difficult to follow the story at first, because there were a lot of characters introduced at once, but as the story progressed, it all got more clear and I was totally hooked. I liked that there were short chapters and we got different perspectives that kept me turning the pages and wanting to find out more. It was a gripping thriller with an interesting plot and turn of events. I definitely want to read the second book in the series as well. 

Other books in the series:

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Death of a Russian Doll by Barbara Early

Death of a Russian Doll

Title: Death of a Russian Doll

Series: Vintage Toyshop Mystery #3

Author: Barbara Early

Release Date: October 9th 2018


Genre: Cozy Mystery


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It’s all fun and games with toyshop owner Liz McCall until deadly secrets are unwrapped upon the eve of the holidays.

Who knew? Liz McCall is not thrilled when her boyfriend Police Chief Ken Young introduces her to his estranged wife Marya. The model-quality Russian immigrant, back in East Aurora to rekindle their romance, will be working as a hairstylist at the barber shop next door to Well Played, the toyshop Liz manages for her dad. When Marya offers to help with the shop’s doll rehab project, Liz can’t help but offer up only a weak smile, but her secret hesitations are for naught when Marya’s body is discovered in the barber shop with a hair dryer cord wrapped around her neck.

Liz’s dad, retired from the police force, is asked to investigate since Ken is the prime suspect.The whole town is abuzz with the scandal and Liz has a few questions of her own, wanting nothing more than to forget the loud argument she overheard between Marya and Ken the night before. There could have been other motives… Was Marya going to cut into a competing hairstylist business? Who is the bumbling private investigator hanging around and why won’t he explain himself?

All eyes are on Liz, including those of an odd matryoshka doll in the shop which seems to move of its own accord, to unravel this entertaining riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma that is Death of a Russian Doll, the third jolly Vintage Toy Shop mystery from Barbara Early.



Romance between Liz and the police chief Ken is over, when Ken’s estranged wife comes to town. Liz works at her father’s toy shop and her ex’s wife works next door at the hair salon. Considering the circumstances, Liz didn’t like Marya, but when she is found dead and her ex Ken is the prime suspect, she believes his innocence. Liz’s father is asked to help to solve the case and Liz wants to help her father and Ken, so she she starts to looks into the case herself.

It’s the third book in the Vintage Toyshop Mystery series, but the first I read. It works well as a standalone as there was enough background to all the characters. I liked the Vintage Toy Shop idea, the small village vibe. The characters and the mystery were very well  written. I didn’t guess the killer until the end and I’ll definitely continue with the series.

Other books in the series:

Death of a Toy Soldier Murder on the Toy Town Express

Second Chances by Kitty Wilson

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Title: Second Chances

Series: Cornish Village School #2

Author: Kitty Wilson

Release Date: October 4th 2018

Pages: 300

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance


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Ex-ballerina and single mum Sylvie is in trouble. Juggling her ballet classes in the nearest town, preparing shy Sam for his first day at Penmenna Village school and trying to finally move out from the farm she shares with her cantankerous Uncle Tom means life is anything but easy.

Television Journalist Alex is facing challenges of his own. Seeking a calmer environment for his newly adopted daughter, Ellie, he’s swapped reporting in war zones for the school PTA in quiet Penmenna, where his best friend Chase has persuaded him to start laying some roots.

Fireworks ignite when Sylvie and Alex meet but as Ellie and Sam become instant best friends, will they be able to keep things strictly platonic for the sake of the children?



Sylvie and her son Sam are enjoying the summer before Sam starts his school journey. They enjoy going to the beach a lot and even have their favorite spot there. One day, when they go to beach they discover that their spot is taken. A bit later they notice that it was taken by a young girl Ellie and her dad Alex. The children start playing at the beach and have instant connection, which means the adults have to get acquainted too. Alex and Sylvie both want the best for their children and while they are good friends, more deeper feelings are growing between them.

It’s the second book in the series, but works well as a standalone book too. I really liked the family and friendship ties between the characters, the children and the romance between Sylvie and Alex. Reading about the warm beach days made me miss the summer  even more. It was a heart warming book about village life, friendship, family and love.


Other books in the series:

The Cornish Village School - Breaking the Rules


Second Chances at the Log Fire Cabin by Catherine Ferguson

Second Chances at the Log Fire Cabin

Title: Second Chances at the Log Fire Cabin

Author: Catherine Ferguson

Release Date: October 15th 2018

Pages: 400

Genre: Chick Lit, Romance, Christmas


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It’s time to cosy up this winter…

When Roxy proposes to her boyfriend Jackson in a moment of madness on live TV, she’s mortified when he rejects her. To escape the embarrassment, she takes a job working as baking assistant at the idyllic Log Fire Cabin. Roxy hopes the new job will take her mind off Jackson, because to her eternal annoyance, she hasn’t been able to stop thinking about him…

But when Jackson turns up at the cabin unexpectedly, things begin to go wrong. With a sprinkle of snow, the help of new friends and more than a couple of mince pies, can Roxy heal her heart in time for Christmas?

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Roxy spontaneously proposed to her boyfriend on TV and when he rejects her, she is mortified. When she bumps into Poppy at the store, she agrees to her proposal to join her at the Log Fire Cabin to help out with the catering. Even though she is not good at cooking, she still decided to go. It seems like a perfect place to get her mind mind off of things, but that’s until Roxy’s ex-boyfriend shows up at the Log Fire Cabin.

I read the Christmas at the Log Fire Cabin last year and after really enjoying it I couldn’t resist reading Second Chances at the Log Fire Cabin and I was also drawn to the beautiful cover.  It was a beautiful and light hearted Christmas story with realistic characters and a stunning setting. Can’t wait for the next book by the author!

A Debt Paid in Marriage by Georgie Lee

A Debt Paid in Marriage

Title: A Debt Paid in Marriage

Series: Business of Marriage #1

Author: Georgie Lee

Release Date:March 1st 2015

Pages: 283

Genre: Historical Romance, Harlequin Historical


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“What am I to him? A contract? A convenient solution?” 
Laura Townsend’s plan to reclaim her family’s merchandise backfires when she creeps into moneylender Philip Rathbone’s house and threatens him with a pistol, only to find him reclining naked in his bath!
The last thing she expects is to see this guarded widower on her doorstep a couple of days later armed with a very surprising proposal. A marriage of convenience may be Laura’s chance to reclaim her future, but she won’t settle for anything less than true passion. Can she hope to find it in Philip’s arms?

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When Laura’s father died, she and her mother fell under the care of Laura’s uncle, who took a loan from the moneylender Philip Rathbone to pay off his gambling debts, but he used their family business to get the loan. When Laura’s uncle couldn’t pay back the loan, Philip had to seize the goods leaving Laura and her mother in bad situation. Laura didn’t see another option than to go Philip’s home and threat him with a gun to make him take her business deal, but to her misfortune Philip refuses. What she didn’t expect was to find him on her doorstep with a surprising proposal. 

It’s the first book in the Business of Marriage series and I enjoyed it a lot. I liked Laura and Philip individually, but even more together. I found Philip’s sister a great side character and her love for romance novels was very sweet. I hope I’ll enjoy the next books in the series as well. I’m fairly new to Historical Romance genre, but I am glad I discovered it, because I really enjoy reading them.


Other books in the series:

A Too Convenient Marriage Miss Marianne's Disgrace The Secret Marriage Pact