*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 BLITZ* Found Drowned – B.K. Duncan ★★★★

Blurb; Smuggling. Prostitution. Murder.

London. 1920 and coroner’s officer May Keaps is tasked with solving the mystery that surrounds the death of a young boy, found drowned in The Thames.

But was it murder or an accident?

May knows that when children go missing, the reason is often linked to money but she is in danger of underestimating the corrupting influence of power . . .

On streets where poverty and exploitation walk hand-in-hand everyone has a price. And some are more valuable dead than alive. But who is pulling the strings?

May must journey into the dark underbelly of London to find the answers.

My Review; Wow. Very impressed with the second book in this series, I would personally say this story is miles better than the first and had me hooked throughout. A series that just gets better and better! A brilliant historical crime investigation full of suspense, set in the 1920’s. It is one of those books that makes you go THAT’S WHY ITS CALLED THAT!

Found drowned highlights how determined and strong May Keaps character really is within her job which she takes very seriously, sometimes too seriously. I would highly recommend this series to you all so far but you must read them in order as this story does make references to book number one (Foul Trade) which could ruin the first story for you.

I enjoyed reading this one. A well written story and well earned four stars. I look forward to reading more in this series and by this author.

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