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Blog Tour & Author Guest Post: Too Much to Candle by Sarah E. Burr

Blog Tour & Author Guest Post: Too Much to Candle by Sarah E. Burr

Too Much to Candle by Sarah E. Burr Series: Glenmyre Whim Mysteries #2 Published by Independently Published on October 13th, 2022 Genres: Cozy Mystery Pages: 251 Format: ARC Source: Great Escapes Tours Buy on Amazon Goodreads Candlemaker Hazel Wickbury sets out again to bring the truth to light. Iggy Alewell, Hazel Wickbury’s friend and candle shop assistant, is eager to purchase his own home with the advance from his first big book deal. Iggy is on the hunt for something with character, so what could be better than the old Cragmire house that’s rumored to have buried treasure somewhere on its property? Hazel is thrilled her friend has found success, but things in Crucible take a nasty turn when another potential buyer for the Cragmire house goes missing. He was last seen taking a boat out on Lake Glenmyre, and when the rental is found empty, it’s clear to police that foul play is involved. What’s worse is that Iggy becomes the prime suspect in the man’s disappearance, and Detective Holden Whitfield’s thorny, new partner is certain Iggy is guilty. To clear Iggy from suspicion and dispel the darkness penetrating their beloved town, Hazel and her Aunt Poppy team up […]

Posted October 20, 2022
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The Secrets of Sainte Madeleine by Tilly Bagshawe

The Secrets of Sainte Madeleine by Tilly Bagshawe

The Secrets of Sainte Madeleine by Tilly Bagshawe Published by Harper Collins on February 17th, 2022 Genres: Historical Fiction Pages: 506 Format: eBook Source: The Pigeonhole Buy on Amazon Goodreads Sweeping through the 1920s to WWII and beyond, this is the story of the Salignac family – the loves that bind them, the secrets that threaten to divide them, and the chateau that will always call them home. Deep in the French countryside, inside the walls of a family chateau, a remarkable legacy awaits . . . From the international bestselling author comes an escapist, glamorous tale spanning generations & sweeping from Burgundy to Greece and beyond . . . ONE FAMILY – THREE GENERATIONS SOME SECRETS NEVER DIE . . . Elise would do anything to inherit Sainte Madeleine, the vineyard that’s been home to the Salignacs for generations. Only Laurent Senard, a distant cousin, is a rival for her heart – yet when a family rift sends her on a new and dangerous path, she risks losing them both . . . Alexandre, Elise’s brother, can’t bear to see their capricious father put the vineyard – and Alex’s birthright – in jeopardy. He leaves to carve out his […]

Posted August 24, 2022
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Throwback Thursday #11 – The Companionship Of Harold Fry and Miss Queenie Hennessy

Throwback Thursday #11 – The Companionship Of Harold Fry and Miss Queenie Hennessy

Greetings you guys! It’s a public holiday here in South Africa today, so we finally have time to do another Throwback Thursday. After being on WordPress for 9 months now, it really is time to start pulling through all those reviews that are not on our archive list. What better way to do that than to join Davida @ The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review’s fun link-up meme, Throwback Thursday. The Chocolate Lady’s #Throwback Thursday takes place on the Thursday before the first Saturday of every month. Yes, there is a linky and it will remain open until she uploads the new one. Thank Goodness. My first and last sometimes gets very confused. Your post must highlight one of your previously published book reviews and Davida encourages other participants to do the same. Add the link to your post and remember to link back to The Chocolate Lady’s Book Blog And do not forget to #ThrowbackThursday!   Yes, I know our Thursdays are a bit messed up. At least it’s Thursday. For today we will take a look at our first and actually up to date, our last, companion reads: Aaah, my Mommy says she’s feeling very nostalgic after seeing this review pop up […]

Posted June 16, 2022
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Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

Danny The Champion of the World by Roald Dahl Published by Puffin on 1975 Genres: Fiction, Middle Grade Pages: 205 Format: Paperback Source: VCS Buy on Amazon Goodreads “My Father, without the slightest doubt, was the most marvelous and exciting father any boy ever had.” Danny is brought up by his father, who is a marvelous story-teller and a genius with motorcars, kites and catching pheasants. Life is wonderful… until Danny discovers his father’s one vice. Soon Danny finds himself the mastermind behind and incredible plot against a wicked and wealthy landowner. Can he pull it off? If so, Danny will truly be the champion of the world. One of our favorite authors in the school’s library is, Roald Dahl. The classic author whose books have sold over 250 million copies worldwide. I so wish that Mr. Dahl could still be alive to see his dreams and aspirations for children having a love for reading, come true. “I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives one a terrific advantage.”       […]

Posted June 10, 2022
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Old Bones and Ice Cream Cones by Elizabeth Pantley

Old Bones and Ice Cream Cones by Elizabeth Pantley

Old Bones and Ice Cream Cones by Elizabeth Pantley Series: Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic #6 on May 20th, 2022 Genres: Cozy Mystery Pages: 350 Format: ARC Source: Author’s Copy Buy on Amazon Goodreads Old Bones and Ice Cream Cones follows the series format of combining two stories that blend into one. A murder mystery and the island mystery. The Island Mystery: Hayden’s boyfriend Han is missing. But she swears she saw him zoom by in his car. She’d thought it was a surprise, and that he was home early from his secret service case. She was wrong. The surprise is that his signal isn’t pinging, and no one knows where he is. There appears to be black magic behind his disappearance. Can they learn who’s responsible and bring Han safely home? The Murder Mystery: A pile of old bones is found in an ancient fishing boat. They could be tied to the disappearance of two young women years ago, back when many of the Destiny Falls people where in high school. Many of the citizens had bad history with the students. Do the bones belong to them, and what happened? Were they murdered? And could the murderer be living […]

Posted June 4, 2022
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Blog Tour and Guest Post: Greetings from Tucson by Cherie L. Genua

Blog Tour and Guest Post: Greetings from Tucson by Cherie L. Genua

Greetings from Tucson by Cherie L. Genua on September 14th 2021 Genres: Memoir Pages: 338 Format: ARC Source: Travelling Pages Tours Buy on Amazon Goodreads Introducing Greetings from Tucson: A feel-good fiction novel by first-time author, Cherie L. Genua A coming-of-age story with true love at its core, Greetings from Tucson tells the heartwarming and uplifting story of four sisters’ lives through the lens of handwritten letters. These long lost letters, found decades after they were penned, at one time formed a lifeline that held the sisters together when their worlds were otherwise falling apart… In June of 1945, tragedy struck and sisters Cookie, Frankie, Dottie, and Connie were torn from everything they knew—their parents, their home, and, most importantly, each other. Forced to live thousands of miles apart, they feared their bond would be broken. The four sisters began writing letters to share every detail of their young lives, celebrating milestones and mourning heartbreaks from afar. Through these letters, they strengthened their relationship when the odds were so stacked against them. That is, until one sister’s secret from the past changed everything. Would she break the fragile bond they worked so hard to nurture after their split so many […]

Posted March 10, 2022
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Blog Tour and Review: Letters to Bizzy by John M. Tabor

Blog Tour and Review: Letters to Bizzy by John M. Tabor

Letters to Bizzy by John M. Tabor on July 13th 2021 Genres: Fiction, Memoir Pages: 176 Format: ARC Source: Travelling Pages Tours Buy on Amazon Goodreads Letters to Bizzy finds a man, John Tibbits, past his prime staring down the barrel of old age, having to come to grips with his mother’s death and regrettable fact his dysfunctional youth has burdened him with a lifetime of unwelcome baggage. As he sorts through his mother’s personal effects he discovers boxes of unopened letters written some 50 years earlier from a man, Robert Guthrie, to his daughter, Bizzy. They tell the story of a life lived on a barrier island off the coast of North Carolina, Bogue Banks. There is nothing sensational in the telling, average by most accounts. However, through the eyes of Robert Guthrie we come to see beauty in the tragic, humor in the absurd, and sensitivity from the susceptible. It is in fact an apologetic to the ordinary lives we live. Those of John Tibbits and Robert Guthrie are inexplicably intertwined; and, it is only until the end, do we learn how. For both it is a journey through their own private battles. When Jenn at Travelling Pages […]

Posted March 10, 2022
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Jousting and Justice by Elizabeth Pantley

Jousting and Justice by Elizabeth Pantley

Jousting and Justice by Elizabeth Pantley Series: Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic #5 Published by Better Beginnings Inc on February 15, 2022 Genres: Cozy Mystery, Fantasy Pages: 310 Format: ARC Source: Author’s Copy Buy on Amazon Goodreads An invitation to a medieval festival. A ferry ride to a mysterious island. A scheming, inept witch. An office break-in, an unidentified body, and a string of suspects. Can Hayden, her brave, sassy cat, Latifa, and the people of Destiny Falls solve the mystery and enjoy the festival? ~ Jousting and Justice follows the series format of combining two stories that blend into one. A murder mystery and the island mystery. The Island Mystery: Hayden and all her friends get an invitation to a medieval festival – but it’s on “the forbidden island.” It’s too enticing to pass up. Of course, strange things will happen once they get there! . . . You’ll also learn the truth about the witch’s sister in this book! The Murder Mystery: A dead body shows up in the most shocking place. First, they need to figure out who this dead guy is. Then, who killed him and why. There are so many twists and turns on the […]

Posted February 12, 2022
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Witches, Spiders & Schemes by Elizabeth Pantley

Witches, Spiders & Schemes by Elizabeth Pantley

Witches, Spiders & Schemes by Elizabeth Pantley Series: Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic #4 on November 10th, 2021 Genres: Cozy Mystery, Fantasy Pages: 230 Format: ARC Source: Author’s Copy Buy on Amazon Goodreads A magic mirror to an enchanted world… A mysterious ghost… A hilarious, perpetually annoyed witch… A brave, sassy cat… Two unexplained deaths and a mysterious community filled with secrets… Can Hayden and the people of Destiny Falls solve the mystery and return the community to its peaceful, enchanted existence? Hayden’s adventures in Destiny Falls continue in book four of the Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic series. Starting with a strange old woman at a cave and her father’s mysterious ferry journey, there are secrets to be unwound. The enchantments in Destiny Falls are showing cracks, and Hayden suspects that it is tied directly to her family, which has a history that’s more complex than she realized. When two bodies are found floating in the bay it’s clear that the mysteries surrounding Gladstone and the ferry are more dangerous than people realize. And then . . . those spiders. Luckily, Hayden and her sassy sidekick, Latifa have developed a group of family and friends in this enchanted place […]

Posted November 18, 2021
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The Ghost Camper’s Tall Tales by Elizabeth Pantley

The Ghost Camper’s Tall Tales by Elizabeth Pantley

The Ghost Camper’s Tall Tales by Elizabeth Pantley Series: Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic #3 Published by Kindle Direct Publishing on August 2nd, 2021 Genres: Cozy Mystery Pages: 299 Format: ARC Source: Author’s Copy Buy on Amazon Goodreads A magic mirror. An enchanted world. A mysterious story-telling ghost. A hilarious, perpetually annoyed witch. A smart, sassy cat. A mystery of finding a dead body . . . of someone who was already dead. Visit Destiny Falls and escape to a great time. A mysterious old man keeps popping up to tell Hayden a series of tall tales. Who is he? And is he actually glowing? Are his stories fiction, or is he telling her the history of her family, the enchanted islands, and the witch? And why did a dead body show up . . . of someone who was already dead? Can Hayden and her quirky sidekick, Latifa unscramble this mystery? Hayden’s adventures in the magical world of Destiny Falls continue in this gripping story that answers your questions about the mysterious world she entered through a mirror in book one, Falling into Magic. We learn more about her missing mother, whose story begins in book two, The Disappearance […]

Posted August 9, 2021
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