The Mill River Redemption by Darcie Chan – Book review and blog tour


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The Mill River Redemption by Darcie Chan is available on ebook and paperback now.










Amazon synopsis:
Book Description

An enchanting novel of family, self-discovery, love and forgiveness from the New York Times bestselling author of The Mill River Recluse. Perfect for fans of Maeve Binchy, Cathy Kelly and Erica James.

Product Description

Having unexpectedly lost her husband and lacking the means to support herself, Josie DiSanti and her two daughters take refuge in the small town of Mill River, to live with Josie’s aunt, Ivy. The sisters, Rose and Emily, are inseparable growing up – until a shocking tragedy tears them apart.

Years later, Rose and Emily return to Mill River for the reading of their mother’s will, where they learn that Josie would do anything to force their reconciliation: the sisters must move into neighbouring houses for the summer and work together to locate the key to Josie’s safe deposit box, which contains their inheritance. And so, left with no choice, Rose and Emily reluctantly begin their search. But in a place known for its magic and miracles, little do they know that an even greater treasure awaits them . . .

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Mill River Recluse, comes this enchanting story of family, self-discovery, love and forgiveness.

About the Author

Darcie Chan is the New York Times bestselling author of The Mill River Recluse. Her second novel, The Mill River Redemption, is also set in the fictional town of Mill River. Darcie has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. She writes fiction full-time and lives just north of New York City with her husband and son.

I was provided with a copy of The Mill River Redemption for an honest review.

This touching story opened immediately at a tragedy, with the sudden death of her husband, Josie DiSanti was very frightened of her future bringing up her two young daughters on her own. The only place Josie felt she could go was to seek shelter at her aunt’s house in a small town called Mill River.

The story develops into an interesting family saga. It has many twists and turns and unexplained events come to light which changes the future of all concerned. I liked how the story flitted from one timeline to another, it felt like two novels in one. At times the story was very sad and touching but there were moments that were heart warming, fun and a little magical.

I enjoyed this novel immensely, it kept me engaged and I couldn’t quite believe the direction it went. I wasn’t expecting it and how the author wrote and described this scene made it all the more believable. I will certainly look out for more works by Darcie Chan. An enjoyable 4/5 read.

The Mill River Redemption can be purchased from all good bookstores including amazon:


Rival by Penelope Douglas Blog Tour


Rival by Penelope Douglas (Piatkus) is now available as an eBook, amazon link:


Rival by Penelope Douglas is book 3 of the Fall Away series. These books are based on the tormented emotions of young adults. They are intense, gripping, sexy and unputdownable!

Amazon synopsis:
Madoc and Fallon. Two estranged teenagers playing games that push the boundaries between love and war . . .

She’s back.

For the three years she’s been away at boarding school, there was no word from her. Back when we lived in the same house, she used to cut me down during the day and then leave her door open for me at night.

I was stupid then, but now I’m ready to beat her at her own game . . .

I’m back.

Three years and I can tell he still wants me, even if he acts like he’s better than me.

But I won’t be scared away. Or pushed down. I’ll call his bluff and fight back. That’s what he wants, right? As long as I keep my guard up, he’ll never know how much he affects me …

Rival follows the story of Madoc and Fallon. They are both so wrong for each other but are so right … can they succeed were others have failed in coping with jealousy, possessive behaviour, fear, anger, betrayal, unrequited love.

I loved this book. It was my first Penelope Douglas and won’t be my last. Penelope’s writing is fast paced and leaves you wanting/needing to read more. The story has intense emotions and highly charged sexual tension literally from the start.

The main characters Madoc and Fallon are quite a complicated pair and are constantly fighting their inner demons. Madoc is portrayed as the bad boy but you can’t help falling for him. This was a gripping, sexy, passionate, emotionally charged 5* read.

I’d like to thank the publishers for my copy of this ebook which was provided for an honest review.

Today’s the day … Bridge of Hope has landed!


No more waiting, Bridge of Hope is now available to download (paperback coming soon).

I was lucky enough to be chosen to beta read this book by Lisa J Hobman. This is Lisa’s fourth book to be published and it is a companion book to her first novel Bridge Over the Atlantic. Although, it’s a companion book I do feel it can be read as a stand alone but to fully appreciate the storyline and characters I would definitely read Bridge Over the Atlantic first.

Amazon synopsis:

Love is like a snowflake; beautiful but fleeting in its presence…
I’ve been in love. But I’ve also been lied to, betrayed by those closest to me and I’ve suffered loss. Sadly it’s those last three things that stick with me the most. The only real constants in my life are music, Angus my dog and Rhiannon; my guitar.
But things changed when she walked into my place of work. All blue eyes, curves and a warmth that could melt even my hardened heart. I was taken over by feelings that I didn’t expect so soon. Guilt plagued me and I took my anger out on her.
On Mallory.
But I fell fast and hard and there was nothing I could do to stop it. When she too became the victim of heartbreak I was the only one who understood her pain but I was the last person she wanted help from.
Would I ever convince her that we could be friends? And would I ever accept that she couldn’t love me back?

After finishing reading this beta book I wasn’t disappointed. Greg’s character is just brilliant. He’s a man’s man and also has such passion and emotion that women can’t help falling for. I got emotional on many times reading this book. I could feel my heart breaking a few times for both Greg and Mallory and also Sam. This book has it all. Great character, great setting, great storyline full of warmth, humour, sadness, love and passion. Its a real page turner.

I can highly recommend this novel by Lisa J Hobman and her other stand alone stories.


I’ve recently found a lovely page on facebook called Bookbandz –

They design and make elasticated bookmarks with added bling. I’ve put in an order for my paperbacks and my cookery books, in purple of course my favourite colour. Please pop over to Bookbandz and have a browse, ideal gift for all book lovers.


Coming soon … blog tour for The Mill River Redemption by Darcie Chan

Book review – Rory’s Proposal

Lynda Renham’s latest novel, Rory’s Proposal, is available now. Download from amazon here:

Author Bio on amazon
Lynda Renham is famous for her romantic comedy novels. She has been called A Comedian in a Book, Chicklit Royalty and A Comic Genius. Her writing style has been likened to Sophie Kinsella but is refreshingly down to earth with characters that become your friends. Lynda is a prolific writer, blogger and when not writing can usually be found wasting her time on Facebook.

The synopsis on amazon:
When 29-year-old Flora Robson reversed her car into Tom’s Audi she had no idea who he was. Only after she has started to fall in love with him does she discover the gorgeous blue-eyed Tom is the man who is trying to close down her hairdressing business. It seems that Tom will stop at nothing to get what he wants, but Flora is not giving in to anyone. Can she win the battle against her multi-millionaire enemy or will her feelings for him get in the way? Follow Flora’s hilarious journey of love, hot chocolate and marshmallows, and the man who changes everything.

I was provided with an ebook copy of this novel for an honest review.

This was the first book by Lynda that I’ve read and I adored it. I had such a lot of fun reading this book. Lynda writes with such openness and brings out so many laugh out loud one liners, I kept having to explain to my family why I was laughing. It was fun, flirty and fabulous. It was hilarious. It was sexy and romantic. It was a real page turner. I loved the main character, Flora, she was funny, clumsy, determined. And the male characters were described so well, you instantly fell for the charms and kindness of one and cringed and got annoyed with the other. Also, I will never look at a tube of Bio-freeze without laughing again!

I look forward to catching up with Lynda Renham’s back catalogue.