Thursday, 10 November 2016

Christmas Under A Starlit Sky by Holly Martin

Christmas Under a Starlit Sky: A perfect festive romantic read (A Town Called Christmas) by [Martin, Holly]








Christmas Under a Starlit Sky: A perfect festive romantic read (A Town Called Christmas) by [Martin, Holly]



Christmas Under a Starlit Sky: A perfect festive romantic read (A Town Called Christmas) by [Martin, Holly]









Dear Reader,

Firstly I would like to thank the lovely people at NetGalley and Bookouture for allowing me to read this book for an honest review.
Well Holly Martin has done it again in Christmas Under A Starlit Sky oh what an utterly fabulous read that I could not put down.

We return to Juniper Island where we meet Neve Whitaker who is the manager of the Stardust Lake Hotel. She works alongside her family. She is mending a broken heart after breaking up with her with one true love, the actor, Oakley Rey but thankfully he turns up to win her back which throws her off balance so of course this is not going to be easy! As Holly Martin always does she immediately draws us in and we feel that we are right there beside the characters watching this all unfold.

Now while the book is centered around Neve and Oakley it also involves Adam and Ivy and Luke and Audrey. I must admit I loved the storyline with Adam and Ivy.

Adam arrives to the Stardust Hotel as deputy manager for three months to help out Neve after coming from one of the top hotels in London where he has been an assistant manager for many years. For Adam the move to Juniper has come at the right time, but as he realizes for such a small place there is much going on. After a busy morning during his first couple of days, Ivy Storm who works in one of the shops, goes missing.

The there is Luke and Audrey who have been falling for each other but not admitting it and the whole island is waiting for them to get together but Luke who has been through so much can he allow himself to trust Audrey.

If you read any Christmas book this season this has to be it. It has everything you need with plenty of drama but more importantly it has romance! Holly's characters are always enjoyable and entertaining. The dialogue between then is brilliant. I for one would love to move to Juniper Island!

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1805819526

Enjoy!

Ailish

Monday, 7 November 2016

The Sisters of Blue Mountain by Karen Katchur

The Sisters of Blue Mountain


Dear Reader,

First I would like to thank the lovey people at NetGalley and St Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books for allowing me to read an advanced copy for an honest review.

I was drawn to the description of this book and I have never read Karen Katchur before (but this is about to be remedied!)

This was a beautifully written book with many themes which are well conveyed. We meet Linnett who is the owner of a Bed and Breakfast in Mountain Springs. Life has become difficult for her lately and unfortunately is about to get a lot worse for her. The problems start off when hundreds of snow geese die overnight in the dam near the B&B which sparks a huge media frenzy and in turn threatening the tourist season.  It also brings the arrival of her estranged sister, Myna upon hearing the news. The relationship between the two sisters is strained. Meanwhile we learn that their father is in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease and Myna was unaware of the extent.  He is a retired Ornithologist and the University brings in an expert to replace him on the case but when he found dead on Linnet's property their father becomes the primary suspect. The investigation that follows slowly begins to unfurl secrets that were long buried and the sisters are forced to confront their hidden past when  a journalist named Jake turns up not only to report on the dead birds but also has an ulterior motive for being in Mountain Springs.

I enjoyed the pace of this novel and the suspense. Just one little thing, I would have liked to see more about Linnett's friend Al who does not really appear all that much in the novel or given a lot of depth. Otherwise I enjoyed this novel by Karen Katchur and look forward to the next one!

Enjoy!

Ailish