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Thursday, February 23, 2017

[Review]* In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen

In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War IIWorld War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham’s middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret: she has taken a job at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking facility.
As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, which may include another member of Pamela’s family, he discovers that some within the realm have an appalling, history-altering agenda. Can he, with Pamela’s help, stop them before England falls?
Inspired by the events and people of World War II, writer Rhys Bowen crafts a sweeping and riveting saga of class, family, love, and betrayal.

Summary & Cover taken from
Length: 396 pages (Paperback)
Source: Review Copy
Genre: Historical Fiction
Available Formats: Print/E-book/Audio
Expected Publication Date: March 1st 2017 Lake Union Publishing 

Just a warning I'm going to be intentionally vague in my review. but as there are various subplots in this novel I feel it's best to talk about what I loved about it and not give a full analysis and pick apart the story so as not to give away any of the secrets you're sure to uncover in In Farleigh Field.
I've been a fan of the whole Bletchley Circle type story since, well Bletchley Circle came out on BBC and I've been looking for some really good historical fiction to fill the void that the show left in me and this was everything I wanted.
I'm not the biggest fan of reading this era in history and this one actually has me wanting to read more of the era, which I'm planning to do so if you have any recommendations hand 'em over.
Anyways, back to the review.
Farleigh Field was one of those reads that swept me up in the feel of the era, The frantic, nervous energy that surrounded everyone, the feeling of being shrouded in fear and not knowing what was going to happen from one day to the next got me. That along with the great selection of characters and vivid story telling was amazing.
I loved the wide range of characters, the ages vary and so do their views on the war and what is going on. I thought that seeing the world through the eyes of several different characters helpful, and different. How often do we think of children in the war? How often do we think of the other side? This one made me think a lot about the world then and the comparisons that we can draw in our world today.
You could tell that the Rhys Bowen, did a tremendous amount of research to put this novel together. It isn't easy digging up facts about that era, as so many would believe with it still being withing living memory for many but bringing it back to life in such a way that I could be transported back was an amazing feat. I felt as though I could reach out and touch things in the scenes and made me fall in love with the characters, because they were so well put together.
Full of rich historical detail, amazing characters and an awesome plot this is one novel not to be missed and I recommend it for all historical fiction lovers and readers in general.

*Note I'd like to thank  the publisher for the opportunity to review this novel.


Saturday, February 11, 2017

{Blog Tour Review]*A Ghostly Reunion (Ghostly Southern Mysteries #5) by Tonya Kappes

A Ghostly Reunion (Ghostly Southern Mystery, #5)Emma Lee Raines sees dead people

Proprietor of the Eternal Slumber Funeral Home, Emma Lee can see, hear, and talk to ghosts of murdered folks. And when her high school nemesis is found dead, Jade Lee Peel is the same old mean girl—trying to come between Emma Lee and her hot boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, all over again.

There’s only one way for Emma Lee to be free of the trash-talking ghost—solve the murder so the former prom queen can cross over.

But the last thing Jade Lee wants is to leave the town where she had her glory days. And the more Emma Lee investigates on her own, the more complicated Miss Popularity turns out to be. Now Emma Lee will have to work extra closely with her hunky lawman to get to the twisty truth.

Summary & Cover taken from
Length: 352 pages (Paperback)
Source: Review Copy
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: Ghostly Southern Mysteries
Available Formats: Print/E-book
Publication Date: December 27th 2016 by Witness

This was such a fun mystery to read. 

I loved the southern charm that oozed from the pages of this one. Despite the fact that Emma owns and runs a funeral home I thought she was a sparkplug. She see dead people but this lady is full of piss and vinegar. Pardon my french.
I came into this one having not read the previous books in the series (hoping to rectify that soon!) but apart from the odd time here or there I would say that A Ghostly Reunion was easy to follow along with. 
I loved the idea of Emma seeing dead people. What can I say? It's one of my favourite themes in books so the fact that this was mixed with a cozy little southern mystery I was all set to enjoy it, and enjoy it I did.
I liked the cute banter between Emma and her boyfriend Jack who just happens to be the sheriff. I thought they were adorable together and they seemed really right for each other so I was so on Emma's side when her dead frenemy from high school tried to sink her ghostly claws into Jack I wasn't having it.
I loved the mix of murder mystery mixed with the small town setting and thought that the characters were really well developed. I liked their relationship and I like how it was tested a bit. The way the she came to find out who killed Jade was one that I didn't see coming and enjoyed seeing how it all came to a conclusion.
I'd recommend this one to fans of the cozy genre with the right amount of southern sass, some ghosts and laughs. I can't wait to go back to the beginning of the series and seeing how Emma's adventures all started.

Author Bio:

Tonya KappesTonya Kappes has written more than fifteen novels and four novellas, all of which have graced numerous bestseller lists including USA Today. Best known for stories charged with emotion and humor and filled with flawed characters, her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews. She lives with her husband, two very spoiled schnauzers, and one ex-stray cat in northern Kentucky. Now that her boys are teenagers, Tonya writes full-time but can be found at all of her guys’ high school games with a pencil and paper in hand.

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Saturday Snapshot #24

West Metro Mommy Reads

To participate in Saturday Snapshot: post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky on West Metro Mommy Reads' Blog. Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.

Last weekend we celebrated Spartan's one year adoptaversary! So here are some photos of him that I took this week. Isn't he photogenic?