MONTHLY WRAP-UP : March 2019

Hello readers! I hope you all had great month.

This month I managed to read and review:

Total books : 6 
Pages : 1850
1 NetGalley book
3 Author/Publisher request (1 Paperback, 2 e-copies)
2 Blog tour (e-copy)

1. A Tudor Turk (The Chronicles of Will Ryde & Awa Maryam Al-Jameel #1) by Rehan Khan — (Review) ★★★★★
It was adventurous, adrenaline inducing, multicultural  historical fiction written in year 1591. Very unique book, I surely recommend this.

2. A Poisonous Journey (Lady Evelyn Mystery #1) by Malia Zaidi — (Review) ★★★★★
It was steady paced, interesting, historical, cozy murder mystery set in Crete, in 1925 with developed characters and insights.

3. The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth — (Review) ★★★★★
It was character driven thought provoking, suspenseful, complex, complicated domestic noir, a twisted family drama with addictive writing and plot. I highly recommend this book.

4. It was juicy family drama and a lovely Romcom with quirky interesting characters and beautiful writing. I highly recommend this book. This was one of the best 2019 read.

5. The Haunting of Henderson Close by Catherine Cavendish — (Review) ★★★★
It was scary, spooky, creepy and chilling horror that revolved around legends of Henderson Close. End felt little rushed, I felt confused about one of the characters but definitely enjoyable. I recommend to readers of this genre.

6. Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle — (Review) ★★★
It was YA fantasy romance, not the best read but was interesting, entertaining, fast paced with potential plot.

Other posts this month:

5 WOMEN’S FICTION BOOKS I RECOMMEND ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY [Post]

AUTHOR INTERVIEW : TONY HALKER [Post]

#GUESTPOST : THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE AND DOGS BY MICHELE GORMAN [Post]

Book Blitz tour / Promo:

Everything I Do by M.C. Frank [Post]
Blueberry Pancakes by Anton Lee Richards [Post]
The Onyx Crown by Alan Hurst [Post]
The Sandbox by J.W. Patrick [Post]
Prince of Secrets and Shadows by C. S. Johnson [Post]
Reflected Destinies by Florence Keeling [Post]

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#PriceDrop #Promo #Blitz : Reflected Destinies by Florence Keeling @rararesources @KeelingFlorence

Hello Reader! Today is my stop during the Blitz tour for Reflected Destinies by Florence Keeling, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources . Please check out book detail in this post and if you find it interesting, there is price drop from 29th March – 1st April.

Book Details:

Reflected Destinies by Florence Keeling
Publication Date – 1st August 2017
Genre: Women’s fiction / romance / time travel

Synopsis:

Laura is happy and content, she has a new boyfriend and loves her job teaching primary school pupils in London.  But when she inherits a rundown house from a stranger on her 30th birthday, memories of her prom night come flooding back, memories of a scary encounter and an antique mirror in the very same house.

Laura visits the house with all its secrets and as she unravels the clues she reveals the biggest secret of all: her own destiny.  But how can you change the future if it’s already written in the past?

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Purchase Linkhttp://mybook.to/reflecteddestinies

To celebrate Mother’s Day, Reflected Destinies will be half price from 29th March to 1st April.

About Florence Keeling​:

Florence Keeling adopted for her pen-name her Great Grandmother’s name, chosen because of the shared birthday of April Fool’s Day.  She is married with two teenage chidren.  Born and raised in Coventry, England she now lives just outside in Nuneaton.  Reflected Destinies is her first novel.

Florence Keeling also writes for children under the name of Lily Mae Walters.

Author Links:

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Your Secret’s Safe With Me by Rosie Travers @rararesources @RosieTravers #review #blogtour #romance

Hello readers! Today is my stop during the blog tour for Your Secret’s Safe With Me, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources . Please check out book details and my review below.

Your Secret’s Safe With Me by Rosie Travers
Publication Date :
February 18th 2019
Publisher : Crooked Cat Books
Read Date: March 26th 2019
Genre : Romantic Suspense / Humor
Pages : 289
Stars :★ ★ ★ ★ ★ /5

Career girl Becca Gates’ organised life is thrown into chaos when her mother, romantic novelist Pearl, announces her surprise engagement to Jack, a man she has only just met. 

Worse news follows when Pearl tells Becca she intends to leave London, quit writing, and retire to her new fiancé’s idyllic waterside home on the south coast. Becca is determined to prevent Pearl from making a disastrous mistake, but when she at arrives at Rivermede, more shocks await when she stumbles upon a familiar yet unwelcome face from her past.

As Pearl embraces her new life amongst the local sailing fraternity, Becca receives a grim warning that all is not as calm as it seems at picturesque Rivermede, and if she wants to keep her family safe, she should keep them away. 

But why should Becca trust the man who has betrayed her before, the man who broke her heart, the man who thinks he knows all her secrets?


Your Secret’s Safe With Me was a lovely Romcom, Women’s Fiction that revolved around Becca, her life, her relationship with her mother and Rivermede. It was about mother-daughter relationship, family drama, coming out of shadow, secrets and romance.

Becca Gates aka Rebecca was 39-yrs-old single workaholic editor and her mom’s PA. She was sensible and practical one of the family. She supported her mother through thick and thin. She was like second mother to Freddy. She was so good at keeping secrets. She didn’t confront her mother or jack about things she learned during her stay and even kept quiet about Alex’s real identity. She perfectly fulfilled the title of the book. But I didn’t appreciate her going along her mother’s wish settling at Riveremede while her heart wanted something else and then groan about it. But I could understand her concerns and staying at Riveremed did well. It helped her develop, come out of her mother shadow, found projects to work on independently and on the top of it she found her life and love.

Pearl Gates– Freddy and Becca’s mother- bestselling author of romance novels was wealthy, stubborn and notorious woman. At the beginning I felt for Becca, I could understand her concerns, protectiveness and frustration. Sometimes mothers can be tough to handle and she was epitome of it. But As I rea more in the book, I could see why Becca loved her even after all her faults. She was fierce, razor-sharp and protective mother who knew how to handle difficult family situation.

I also loved the way Freddy developed at the end. He really messed up his life but at the end his mind turned into right direction. All secondary characters were interesting to read and I loved to know them throughout the book.

It had captivating prologue and start. It began with Pearl announcing her engagement with Jack whom she met on cruise during her eight weeks holiday. This was her third attempt of happily-ever-after and Becca knew it was going to be as disastrous as her previous marriage and so she was determined to stop Pearl from making another mistake. But as soon as Becca visited her mother at Rivermede, she got to know her mother’s plan to settle at Rivermede. Jobless and houseless, Becca went along with her mother’s wish. Little she knew she would face her past she buried under her work 15 years ago. Past that warned her about secrets and danger lurking at the picture perfect Rivermede.  I couldn’t just put the book down without getting all the answers.

This was really interesting story and Becca’s voice made it refreshing and amusing. Her way of describing thoughts in both realistic aspect and in her inherited writer’s imagination was remarkable. Writing was flawless with beautiful picturesque setting of Rivermede, Jack’s riverside house which was exactly a novel worthy location. I enjoyed all the book titles characters imagined throughout the book.

What I liked most was, the way author layered main theme with village and its history, community and some well-known families of the village, gossips and dispute among them, and small stories of side characters- Jack, Stella and Mary. Pearl and Becca’s past and their journey towards success and riches was another favorite part of the book.

I also loved mother-daughter relationship. Their conversation/banter was realistic and it made me chuckle throughout the book. Their relationship was unique and lovely. I could see why Becca felt protective for her mother and Freddy and how it made her both frustrating and love them fiercely.

I started to like this characters coming out of shadow and second chance arc. And this book presented it brilliantly. All twist and turns were perfectly written, some I could guess, while some I couldn’t. I was all jittery at climax, I was eager know how the plan will work and how Pearl will react. End was satisfactory and delightful happily ever after. Epilogue was so so amusing. 

Overall it was juicy family drama and romance with quirky interesting characters and beautiful writing. I highly recommend this book. This was one of the best 2019 read.  

Purchase Link –Mybook.to/yoursecretssafewithme

Author Bio –

Rosie Travers grew up in Southampton on the south coast of England and loved escaping into a good book at a very early age. After many years juggling motherhood and a variety of jobs in local government she moved to Southern California in 2009. With time on her hands she started a blog about the perils of ex-pat life which rekindled a teenage desire to become a writer. Now permanently settled back in the UK, Rosie takes inspiration from the towns and landscape of her native south coast and enjoys writing heart-warming stories sprinkled with mystery, tragedy, comedy and romance. Rosie’s debut novel, The Theatre of Dreams, was published by Crooked Cats Books in August 2018. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association.

Social Media Links –

Website | Twitter @RosieTravers | Facebook | Instagram: @rosietraversauthor | RNA Profile

*** Note: Many thanks to author and Rachel for providing e-copy, in exchange for an honest review. ***

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Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle

Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle
Publication Date :
February 14th 2019
Read Date : March 24th 2019
Genre : YA / Romance / Fantasy
Pages : 278
Stars : ★★★ /5

Attempted murder, that’s how sixteen-year-old Princess Charlotte’s engagement starts. It seems like the only thing she has in common with Prince Young of Vires is their mutual discontent.

When her kingdom’s attacked, Charlotte’s parents renegotiate her hand in marriage to a handsome stranger with a sinister plan. With the people Charlotte loves dying around her, and her kingdom’s future at stake, the only person she can turn to is the prince she betrayed. But, should she save her kingdom or her heart?

One must fall. 

Kingdom Cold was YA fantasy romance that revolved around love story of Princess Charlotte of Besmium and Prince Young Vires. It was about love, friendship, betrayal, power greed, game of love and politics.

Charlotte – First thought about her was, childish, insensitive, and insincere. But when situation turned sour and dangerous, she developed into brave and wise and sensible woman. I admired her for strength and capability of leading the kingdom that underestimated along with Young and other characters. She lost so many things in the book that I felt bad for her.

Young was most likable character in the book. He was sincere, sensible and kept conscience even in worst situation. But he had his flaws, he was less confident person and couldn’t trust his instinct related to Charlotte’s love.

Minseo was Young’s brother, polar opposite of Young in nature, charming and easygoing person. He made story and situation complicated but I admired him for sticking with his brother. He developed along with Charlotte at the end.

I didn’t like Milly. She was worst friend one can ever have. She was totally unpredictable and shocked me more when she accused Charlotte and called her monster while she should be thankful. She got what she deserved in the end.

Book started with Charlotte’s tantrum and silly attempts of stopping her marriage with Prince Young of Vires which was fixed as a political alliance. She wanted anything to be normal girl, to be outside of palace wall and moreover to fall in love and marry a person of her choice but not so early and young. All Young wanted was his own kingdom to rule by marrying Charlotte but he felt humiliated by Charlotte’s behavior. Things turned interesting when kingdom was attacked on the day of marriage. Young and Charlotte were forced to run and spend time together which changed their life and thoughts and feelings for each other.

Book was written in first person narrative from multiple POV. Writing was good engaging, plot was interesting. I was curious to know what Charlotte will decide once she reach to the safety of southern castle. Will she marry Young or she will abide the Queen’s order and decision? Will her best friend see right thing or will betray her on her first opportunity? What will happen to kingdom and Young? Will they have their happily-ever-after?

I liked relationship of Young and Charlotte. They both brought out best in each other and saw the qualities that other failed to see. Bond between Young and his brother was great. It was very clear from the very start it’s ultimately Young and Charlotte’s story, what I didn’t expect in the book was love triangle and not just one but three.

Twist and turns were most impressive. As soon as I speculated the next move and direction of the story, something new turned up that made it hard to predict the story and the end.  

Climax was exciting and surprising that kept me on the edge. For a second I hoped characters will find a way to come out of situation but I knew better than to hope nice happy ending. It was tragic end of game of love and politics all because of arrogance and immature decisions. I liked last chapter which gave the story a perfect end.

First, I didn’t feel the royal tone of book and characters. It was written in casual manner. If there wasn’t a kingdom and royal titles, it can easily go as a normal story.

Second, characters made some silly mistakes that I wasn’t expecting at least from adult characters like King and Queen who should be more foreseeable and well prepared. I couldn’t buy the situations in the book.

To be clear – King of Besmium was least prepared both for war and marriage. He didn’t ask for military support looking at the situation and planning wedding in-between the war. Of course, enemy would take it as opportunity to attack. Moreover Young arrived for marriage with just a handful of soldiers, not a solid protection! And this happened twice!! Queen acted so rashly! She not only showed low respect for Young but also went against her husband’s agreement and sought out a new prince to marry off her daughter in exchange for protection and even after all that, she was so insensitive that she forgot about Young’s circumstances and imprisoned him. Which Queen does that!

Third, I didn’t appreciate Young and Charlotte engaging in passionate moments and solving person matters in middle of war. Shouldn’t they be out there supporting their soldier and fighting along with them!

Story had potential but it lacked logical situation and behavior from characters.  

Overall, it was not the best read but was interesting, entertaining, fast paced with potential plot.

*** Note: I receiver e-copy from the author, in exchange for an honest review. ***

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‘It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?’ is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had fabulous week.

Last week has been better. I read 2 and half books, reviewed 1. now I’m eagerly waiting for 1 paperback I won in giveaways and 1 I’m going to get from author. So here is what I finished and what I’m planning to read.

Last Week I Read-

Review will be up tomorrow.

Reviewed Last Week –

Currently Reading-

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Career girl Becca Gates’ organised life is thrown into chaos when her mother, romantic novelist Pearl, announces her surprise engagement to Jack, a man she has only just met.

Worse news follows when Pearl tells Becca she intends to leave London, quit writing, and retire to her new fiancé’s idyllic waterside home on the south coast of England. Becca is determined to prevent Pearl from making a disastrous mistake, but when she at arrives at Rivermede, more shocks await when she stumbles upon a familiar yet unwelcome face from her past.

As Pearl embraces her new life amongst the local sailing fraternity, Becca receives a grim warning that all is not as calm as it seems at picturesque Rivermede, and if she wants to keep her family safe, she should keep them away. 

But why should Becca trust the man who has betrayed her before, the man who broke her heart, the man who thinks he knows all her secrets?

I’m half way through this book and I’m enjoying it. Writing is just amazing.

Next This Week-

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1926: A year has passed since the events of “A Poisonous Journey” and Lady Evelyn has made a home for herself in Greece, living with her cousin, Briony, her husband, Jeffrey and Daniel Harper. Disturbing this island idyll is a letter, which arrives from France with troubling information about the Daniel’s long-believed-dead brother, Henry. A new journey awaits! With the shadows of the Great War reaching out, Lady Evelyn and Daniel voyage to Amiens in Northern France with the aim of discovering the truth behind the ominous letter. Upon their arrival, they are met not with clarity but rather with crime. Murder, to be precise. Is it linked to their presence in France, or even worse, to Henry himself? Evelyn and Daniel must confront their history as they try to make sense of the present before the killer can strike again, and the secrets of the past are lost forever.

This is second in series and I hope to finish it this week. And I love that cover.

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