*BLOG TOUR* Wartime Brides & Wedding Cakes – Amy Miller ★★★★

Blurb; January 1941: As Charlie Barton tiptoes silently out of the house one cold winter morning to go off and fight for his country, his wife Audrey is left to run the family bakery on her own.

Times are tougher than ever, but at the Barton Bakery in Bournemouth, Audrey is determined as always to serve the town with love, loaves and cakes, even as the town is reeling from the struggles of the Blitz.

Audrey’s brother William has returned from battle with serious wounds. His fiancé Elsie is waiting for wedding bells, but William is a changed man, and will her hopes be in vain?

Bakery helper Maggie has her heart set on dashing officer George. But will George still want to marry her when he discovers the truth about her family?

And Lily, Audrey’s stepsister, is struggling to raise her illegitimate baby and facing judgement from many in the town. The man who broke her heart returns with an offer, and Lily faces a hard decision about where her future lies.

When disaster strikes the bakery, Audrey fears that everything she has worked for may be ruined. With her shop threatened and her family in turmoil, can she fight to save everything she holds dear?

My Review; What a brilliant historical story! I am a big fan of this genre. Wartime Brides & Wedding Cakes is an emotional, uplifting and well written story which is easy to devour. This is book number two in the Wartime Bakery series and I will be going back to read book one.

I loved the setting within the book, a perfect little bakery and the characters who all come together to form one big family during the war. This story has it all romance, weddings, loss and destruction while in the middle of a war. I enjoyed reading this story and would highly recomnend it to you all. Also, I think the cover is beautiful.

I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book of the series as this story ended on a major cliffhanger but happily! I’m waiting…. A well deserved four stars from me.

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*BLOG BLITZ* Walls of Silence – Ruth Wade ★★★★

Blurb; The patient has a story that isn’t told and which no one knows of. It is the secret, the rock against which he is shattered. Carl Jung

The Great War is over but for Edith Potter an equally devastating conflict is about to begin.

She is unhinged by a secret so terrible her conscious mind doesn’t acknowledge it.

It is 1927 and Dr Stephen Maynard is using the new science of psychoanalysis to restore her sanity.

From his first meeting with her in the lunatic asylum, Dr Stephen Maynard is determined to bring her back to reality. During the long challenge, her disturbed behaviour forces him to confront his limitations – already severely stretched by the presence of someone prepared to use whatever weapons they can to ensure she maintains her silence.

My Review; I found Walls of Silence a long read but at the same time a very interesting and fascinating read! A one of a kind story to which I have not read anything similar, so cannot compare. I did find it took myself a while to get into the story but well worth the read and finishing. Parts of this story I found were dark and disturbing especially the opening, but thats what drags the reader in.

I also love the cover of this book! A historical thriller investigating mental health. I awarded a fair four stars, I would recommend this story to you all but I understand it may not be to all readers tastes as it took me a while to finish myself.

Ruth Wade has also written the May Keaps series under the pen name BK Duncan, which I have recently read and reviewed and the reviews can be found on my blog. A brilliant series. A brilliant author who has put a lot of time and research into all her stories.

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*BLOG TOUR* The Babysitter – Sheryl Browne ★★★★★

Blurb; You trust her with your family. Would you trust her with your life?

Mark and Melissa Cain are thrilled to have found Jade, a babysitter who is brilliant with their young children. Having seen her own house burn to the ground, Jade needs them as much as they need her. Moving Jade into the family home can only be a good thing, can’t it?

As Mark works long hours as a police officer and Melissa struggles with running a business, the family become ever more reliant on their babysitter, who is only too happy to help. And as Melissa begins to slip into depression, it’s Jade who is left picking up the pieces.

But Mark soon notices things aren’t quite as they seem. Things at home feel wrong, and as Mark begins to investigate their seemingly perfect sitter, what he discovers shocks him to his core. He’s met Jade before. And now he suspects he might know what she wants …

Mark is in a race against time to protect his family. But what will he find as he goes back to his family home?

My Review; Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! What a rollercoaster of a ride that story was, bloody brilliant! The Babysitter has gone straight into my top twenty of 2018 already. Very impressed. Loved it. This story is jaw droppingly addictive, you won’t be able to put it down. Amazing.

The story is told through the main characters Jade, Mark and Melissa. Now I must admit the award for the most evil, twisted character of 2018 so far has to go to Jade. I absolutely hated this character from the get go, she had my blood boiling! But I must also admit she is a very clever and crafty character too. I felt sorry for both Mark and especially Melissa throughout! But the ending… Well you can find out about that for yourself!

The Babysitter highlights the importance and significance of bereavement, loss, mental health and abuse which may be a hard read for some readers but what I also suspect must have been hard to write too.

I would highly recommend you all go pre-order/buy The Babysitter now, one of the many thrillers of the year that you will not want to miss. A well deserved five stars from me. Brilliantly written. It had me hooked, gripped and my heart pounding throughout. I think The Babysitter would make a brilliant film too! If you enjoyed Girl On a Train and Gone Girl then this story is for you!

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