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What’s more to say about my blog about books I’ve read?

Well, this is my blog about books I’ve read 😀.

I always liked reading books, and it all started on a very silly way… It’s always good to blame my dad, so he is the cause of my reading addiction.

When I was still a little girl, a looooooong time ago, I saw him always going to the bathroom with the newspaper. One day I wondered why he did that, so I took a book and tried to see the fun of that.

And since that day, you can find everywhere in the house a book of mine.

A while ago, I had the opportunity to review some books, and now a new opportunity came to post them on an own blog.

So here we are, my own blog!

I read books, and I will post my thoughts about them.

Some books I’ll like, some I won’t like that much…. but you can be sure that I’ll give you my personal and honest opinion about them.

I hope you enjoy reading it!

‘The Mystery Of Montague House’ – written by Emma Davies #BookReview @EmDaviesAuthor

When a house is full of mysteries, will the truth come out?

Synopsis

I saw something out of the corner of my eye as I was leaving, and you know what that means. It’s never good news when I see something out of the corner of my eye…

With enough rooms to fill a Cluedo board several times over, Montague House has often been the subject of rumour and gossip. Tales of strange goings on, an owner who disappeared one day and was never seen again, not to mention the treasure that rumour has it lies at its heart… But now the present owner has died and the house is to be sold. Has the opportunity come to finally settle the stories once and for all?

Clodagh Wynter doesn’t believe in ghostly goings on and tall tales of secrets. She has her feet very firmly on the ground and, tasked with the job of valuing and cataloguing the house and all its contents, she’s simply looking forward to working in such a glorious setting. And if she happens across a priceless painting, well, that’s just icing on the cake.

Andie Summer is a self-styled Finder of Things (dead bodies mostly), and looking for hidden treasure sounds right up her street, even if there was something very fishy about the mysterious Mr Mayfair who hired her. Because it’s just like she said to her faithful basset hound, Hamish; I saw something out of the corner of my eye as I was leaving, and you know what that means. It’s never good news when I see something out of the corner of my eye…

As the unlikely pair are thrown together, it soon becomes very clear that they are not the only ones searching for the treasure. And they’re going to need all their ingenuity and resourcefulness if they’re ever going to untangle the web of secrets that surrounds Montague House. One that reaches even further than they ever thought possible…

From the #1 International bestselling author comes a new series of cosy murder mysteries introducing the indomitable Andie Summer and Clodagh Wynter, and of course Hamish, everyone’s favourite basset hound. Perfect for fans of Faith Martin, Clare Chase and Anthony Horowitz.

My review

When the owner of the mysterious Montague House dies, Clodagh Winter is hired to make catalogue and value the house and its content. She is curious to see if she will be able to find a hidden treasure, like a priceless painting.
Yet she is surprised that she isn’t the only one working in Montague House. Also Andie Summer has been hired because she is a Finder of Things. Together with her loyal yet a bit lazy basset hound Hamish, she is adamant to find the real treasure everyone talks about.

What seemed as an easy job, quickly becomes a real mystery, because they are not the only ones looking for the secrets that Montague House keeps…

Initially, I thought I would have a hard time in keeping my attention to the story. Not because I thought I wouldn’t like it, but because there are some moments concerning supernatural aspects that I don’t truly believe in.
Especially when it appears that Andie has the ability to see something out of the corner of her eye and that never means good news.
But luckily I didn’t find that aspect a disturbing addition to the story. Of course I still am sceptical but it made perfectly sense in this story!

Clodagh and Andie are very different people and each having their own opinions over certain things. Yet despite their differences, it is clear that these two women will quickly become friends.
Clodagh is a more strict person, while Andie can be seen as more open – minded. But the more time they spend together, the more they learn from each other and see the advantages of being a more like the other one.

The mystery surely kept my attention, because I had no clue what would happen next and what was actually really going on. I have to admit, I totally understood why Clodagh and Andie would freak out at some events, because I had the same reaction!
Together with the main characters, I tried to solve the mystery, but I wasn’t that successful to have it figured out before our lovelies did…

I found this a very entertaining but also a very intriguing story. I loved the interaction between Clodagh and Andie and adored Hamish. Him being in the story made this cosy mystery even cosier!
The treasure hunt kept me guessing, and the revelation that not everything is what it seems, came like a total surprise!

I cannot wait to read more adventures of this odd yet funny and completing couple of newly made friends!

‘Winter Whimsy’ – written by Georgina Troy #BookReview @GeorginaTroy @rararesources

When life throws you lemons…

Synopsis

Zip up your puffer coat, winter has arrived!

When Lexi Davies discovers that her father has sold the fishermen’s cottages she runs as holiday lets and where she also lives, she is heartbroken. Then, when Oliver Whimsy arrives at the boardwalk and announces that he is the new owner, Lexi realises that the future she was looking forward to enjoying at her cottages is over. 

Oliver might be handsome, wealthy and very sexy, but he’s new to the island and has already made a terrible impression on the locals. When he offers Lexi a job, she’s unsure whether she should accept. Unfortunately, she has little alternative if she wants a roof over her head for the winter.

As Lexi gets to know Oliver better, she discovers there’s far more to Oliver Whimsy than she or anyone else had imagined. Just what is the heartache Oliver’s trying so desperately to hide and why was he so determined to buy the cottages? Lexi wants to find out, but in order to do so she’s going to have to spend time with him…

My review

Lexi feels her life is falling apart. She has discovered that her father has sold the cottages she runs as holidays lets, and one of them is also the place she calls home.
Not only does she not have a job anymore, but also she has no place to stay and when she meets the new owner, Oliver Whimsy, her dreams are truly crushed.
He is new to the island, and has not made a very good first impression with the locals. Just shows that good looks and money is not everything.
Yet he offers Lexi a job and even if she is not adamant in accepting it, she does not have a lot of choice.

As Lexi gets to know Oliver better, she discovers that there is more to him than everyone thinks.

This was the first story I have read from this author and I was pleasantly surprised.

Okay, the fact that a father could just put his own daughter without a job or a home, left me flabbergasted. And together with Lexi I was thinking it was all because of Gloria, her father’s new girlfriend.
Even with the bad news on her way, I instantly liked Lexi. Her whole character screams ‘kind’, ‘caring’ and she is just someone I would like to call my friend.

Oliver truly seemed like the odd duck. He’s not from around and the way he acts makes more eyebrows frown.
But when together with Lexi we get to know him better, it’s obvious there is way more than I imagined.
And even before that knowledge, just the way he offers Lexi a job to help her out, gives us a glimpse of his real character.

This story has so many beautiful and sweet moments, that made it all an easy read. The harder bits were a bit harder to digest, because I just couldn’t grasp the reasons behind it. And the conclusion of those bits left me a bit unsatisfied, because it’s obvious there is more to it (is it also a ‘yet to come’?).

But overall I found this a great first acquaintance of this author, and as this was a part of a series, it made me curious about the other characters that obviously already have their own story! But do not worry, this can be perfectly be read as a standalone, it just made me personally curious about the other sweet characters who are just like Lexi, easy to love!

‘Let Me Love You’ – written by Lasairiona McMaster #BookReview @QueenoffireLas @rararesources

Oh Jeremy, Jeremy, Jeremy….

Synopsis

Jilted by the only woman he’s ever loved, Jeremy Lewis is a man on a mission to be a renowned player – both on and off the ice. Who needs monogamy anyway?
But when he falls during a game, Jeremy finds himself laid-up with a potentially career-ending injury and his support network, suddenly gone. His best friend, AJ, is busy in a new relationship, his teammates are pursuing their own dreams of hockey stardom, and Jeremy is left frustrated, broken and alone.
Will their friendship survive AJ’s new relationship? Are Jeremy’s feelings for Chelsea truly a thing of the past? And can he persevere through his recovery to get back on the ice?

My review

Jeremy Lewis is determined to make a great career on the ice. And he is also determined to get Chelsea out of his mind, after she did the disappearing act after one amazing night.
But when he gets injured, not only seems his career suddenly just a faraway dream, also his friends seem to get on with their lives. Jeremy starts to feel frustrated, impatient and worst of all, alone.
While he is trying to get his life back on track, it seems that AJ’s new relationship means the end of their friendship and that Chelsea is not someone that easily forgotten…

If in the first part I found myself falling in love with Jeremy, now my heart is truly belonging to him…
What happened to him earlier was already heart-breaking, but what he facing in this new part, is just not fair.
Not only is he now facing an injury which may jeopardize his career, he is also losing his best friend AJ because of a toxic relationship.
And then I am not talking about the feelings he has for Chelsea…

Again the author manages to write about real issues, with emotions that are raw, recognizable and crushing.
Jeremy proofs again what an amazing man he is, trying to help out his best friend, but also realizing that the only thing he can do, is just being there for AJ.
But he also shows how vulnerable he is… despite trying to act like he is ok, he is just so hurt, broken that I had a hard time keeping the tears from not falling.

This story cannot just be put away, the more I was into Jeremy and his life, the more I wanted to read, to discover what it would take to get his happily ever after, because if there is one person who truly deserves it, it is Jeremy.
So dear Lasairiona, don’t you dare to break Jeremy’s heart again, because I don’t think I would be able to forgive you that!!! 😀

‘The Lake House’ – written by Christie Barlow #BookReview @ChristieJBarlow @rararesources

And again Heartcross shows what a beautiful place it is!

Synopsis

There’s a newcomer to the village of Heartcross and she’s never been more in need of a friend. 

Ella is ready to start afresh ––and that could mean there’s love on the horizon in the form of the gorgeous Roman, the local water taxi driver. Every day Roman is there to ferry Ella to the restaurant on the other side of the lake and every night he makes sure she gets home safe. But Roman has secrets of his own…

Can the Love Heart Lane community offer Ella a chance of a new life? Or will the ghosts of her past catch up with her?

My review

Ella needs a start over. After having her heart broken in the worst way, and being left penniless, she can count on her best friend Callie to help her.
Looking forward to start her new job at local bistro The Lake House, she is adamant to put the past behind her.
Every day she takes the local water taxi to get to the bistro and there she meets Roman. Not only is Roman a handsome man, but he is also truly a gentleman because each evening he makes sure Ellie gets home safely and whenever Ellie needs a hand, Roman is the first to offer his help.
But Ellie is not the only one having secrets, because also Roman seems to have a few of his own…

Ooh how much I loved going back to the Love Heart Community! It felt like I got to see my old friends again, and make new ones too.

Initially I thought Ellie was a bit too naïve, after learning what has happened to her. But of course after putting everything in perspective, Ellie was just still trying to cope with her loss. And then it’s easy to be targeted by people with no so good intentions.
And my heart went out to her, because the person she thought that loved her, hurt her and made her even feel worse than she already did…

But Heartcross wouldn’t be Heartcross if there wouldn’t be any help. And this time it’s Callie at the rescue! Callie shows what an amazing friend she is, opening her home for Ellie, without expecting anything in return.
And not only Callie is making Ellie feel welcome, but it’s the whole community. Not one single person is judging Ellie for her mistakes, but just accept her as an extra member of their ‘family’.

Ellie starts to feel all the love from each character, allowing her to be herself again, and is starting to trust people even more. And with Roman there is even something deeper going on.
She also shows what an amazing friend she is herself, by trying to help out Roman.

A special mention has to go to Dolores. This woman is just so over the top, yet amazing and cheerful. I think that whenever you have a bad day, yet you have your own Dolores, you will start smiling again and see that nothing is insurmountable.

This next part of the series, that can be perfectly be read as a standalone – but the more you read the more you will fall in love with it, shows that starting over with the right friends is perfectly possible. In the right place you can find yourself a new home even after you lost everything and that new opportunities arise when you least expect it.

If I could, I would move to Heartcross myself and be happy from the first day with amazing people around me!

‘New Arrivals At Hedgehog Hollow’ – written by Jessica Redland #BookReview @JessicaRedland @rararesources

When a happy ending is just the start…

Synopsis

Brand new from the top 10 bestselling author of New Beginnings at Seaside Blooms and Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow.

With new arrivals comes new responsibilities…
The sun is shining, wild flowers are blooming and Hedgehog Hollow is officially open for business.

For Samantha, the proud owner of this beautiful rescue centre, life has never been busier. But with an influx of new hogs and hoglets to take care of, not to mention a full-time job and ongoing family issues, can she accept the possibility that she has taken on more than she can handle?

Fortunately, she has the love of her life, Josh, by her side for support and encouragement. But Josh has his own family troubles to deal with. And soon he must decide if he’s ready to do the one thing he swore he’d never do – forgive his father.

For both Samantha and Josh it’s a season of change and for figuring out whether the past can ever truly be forgotten.

Escape back to wonderful Hedgehog Hollow with top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland for the perfect uplifting read full of love, hope and forgiveness.

My review

Now that Samantha has finally opened her hedgehog rescue centre, life as never been busier. Sam loves taking care of the hedgehogs, but finding the perfect balance between the hedgehogs and her job as a tutor seems harder than it seems.
Especially as she is still recuperating of the fire was in, and her family is being typically selfish (with the exception of her father).

Also her perfect Josh is facing some serious troubles… his ex – girlfriend suddenly appears out of the blue, with news about his father.
Can the past just be put away and will Josh’s future include his father?

And will this beautiful couple be able to finally have the future they dream of? Or are there more changes in store for them?

If there is one couple I cannot get enough of, it’s Sam and Josh. It’s not only the love for each other that just sparks off each page, but also the love for animals that is something I can truly relate to.

But where the first part of the series was more about Sam and finding her place, this story was in my opinion even more dramatic…
Sam is a woman who does not want to let down anyone. And despite the things she has already been through, instead of taking things easy, she takes more than she can manage.
She does everything with the best intentions, but in the process she forgets about herself… that made me want to get into the book and talk some sense in her. But luckily she has a perfect boyfriend and great friends who did that!

In this part, we get to know more of Josh and his past, and it was even more terrible! I completely understood that Josh didn’t want to have any contact with his father and Beth. But lovely Josh wouldn’t be Josh if he could cut them all out so easily…

It’s not only the drama concerning both families that is going on, but also the troubles at the rescue centre are far from over. People show both their nastiness and their lack of heart towards innocent people and animals. But their actions are also wiped away by people that are the total opposite. Those people show that Sam and Josh are not the exception, that there are persons that care about animals, and will go lengths to protect those tiny, cute animals that are suffering more because of human beings ignorance…

This story broke my heart even more than the first part (which I truly recommend to read!).
We have Sam, with her heart at the right place, wanting to help out everything and everyone, but not getting much love from the people she needs it the most. Because no matter how much I despised her family in the first part, I truly started to hate her mother in this part… Even Chloe is now permanently in my book of person I do NOT LIKE AT ALL! And yet Sam tries to make amends, and is ready to open her heart again to those who just… do… not… deserve… it!
Also Josh had some heart-breaking moments, and yet no matter how hard he tries to block out his feelings, there are moments that are just overly sweet, thanks to a certain little boy…

I adored the first part, so I kind of feared that this story wouldn’t fulfil my expectations, but the author managed again to break my heart, healed it again, made me swoon, made me smile, made my cry, made me angry and in the end, just made me utterly happy… oh yes, and made me love hedgehogs even a little bit more! 😀

‘A Waltz With The Outspoken Governess’ – written by Catherine Tinley #BookReview @CatherineTinley @rararesources

Love never comes how you expected!

Synopsis

A quiet governess…

An unruly heart

Sir Nicholas Denny is desperate to find a governess to care for his boisterous nieces and nephews. Demure vicar’s daughter Mary Smith seems ideal—at first. All too soon Nicholas discovers a different side to her… She’s a beautiful, vivacious woman, even if she infuriates him with her strong opinions! When he waltzes with Mary at a party he knows he’s in trouble—the spark between them is so tempting, but she challenges everything he thought he wanted in a wife!

My review

When Sir Nicholas Denny is looking for a governess to take care for his nieces and nephew, Mary Smith, daughter of a vicar, seems apparently just perfect for the job.
Little does he expect that Mary is not afraid to express her strong opinions and has an own way of educate his nieces and nephews.
Even if she infuriates him, after a waltz at a party, he starts to see Mary with different eyes. Yet Mary is not what he thought a wife of him should be like.

But Mary has her own agenda and is looking for a way to help her father. Will Nicholas stand by her side or will he think she is conspiring together with her father?

The thing I enjoyed the most about this story, is that Mary is absolutely NOT a damsel in distress. Yes, she is dependant of her father in the beginning, and further on in the story she has to work as a governess so that she’ll be able to maintain herself.
But her father raised her to question everything, and not just being a yes – woman. She has her own opinions and is not afraid to speak out.
Sometimes she has a bit of a temper, and at those moments I thought that maybe she should first calm a bit 😀)
She is also an inventive woman. She sees what is lacking in the education of the nieces and nephews and finds different way to peek their interest, intriguing them and thus wanting them to learn more.

Nicholas was from the beginning someone who intrigued me. He seems a distant, cold man and certainly not very happy when his sister and her children are staying with him. He wants his own peace and shows this also in being indifferent towards the children. It’s clear he cares about them, but is lacking somehow in the knowhow of showing this. Yet when someone (read: Mary 🤣) points out that there are things he has in common with them, we start to see the real Nicholas. And he surely was someone I liked!

This story has many intrigues and lot of things going on. Some things were obvious, other things were a surprise. There are characters in the story that I despised, some acted in a way I couldn’t agree. But there is growth in them.
Of course the bad guys remain bad, but the persons that are truly growing, evolving, admit their errors and know they have been wrong.

Everything happens for a reason, and that just kept me reading.

This story entertained me, with not only the blooming love between Nicholas and Mary, but also about having faith in the people we care, readjust your opinions and views but also about widen your own horizons and truly see what’s going on around you.  

‘His Unlikely Duchess’ – written by Amanda McCabe #BookReview @AmandaMcCabe01 @rararesources

Can a marriage made for money made into a marriage of love?

Synopsis

Money can buy her marriage

But will it lead to love?

Miss Lily Wilkins hopes her American money will compensate for her lack of etiquette, as she needs a prestigious marriage to save her sisters’ prospects. Raised to believe wealth was her greatest attribute, she’s stunned when her unconventional ways catch the eye of the notorious Duke of Lennox. He’s far from the safe, sensible match she’d planned on—but Lily might just discover he’s the one she needs!

My review

Lily Wilkins has moved from America, hoping to get a prestigious marriage. not only for herself, but to save her sisters’ prospects.
But despite the money everyone knows she has, not everybody is welcoming her and her family. Because people still care about etiquette. And her upbringing prepared Lily for many things, but etiquette is something she is still lacking.

Yet she attracts the attention of one man… the Duke of Lennox. Even if initially there seems to be a click, his past is a bit troublesome.
Can Lily marry someone only for money, even if her dream is to marry out of love? Or is there more to the mysterious Aidan, Duke of Lennox?

I cannot imagine what it must be like when you have to marry someone just for convenience and not of love.
To make it even harder to imagine, what if you have to leave your home and go to a whole other continent!
And yes, the language is still the same, but the way of living in England is totally different compared to the American way. And add the gossip you have to hear about yourself…
But this is exactly what Lily is going through. I understood how she does not like to be in the centre of the attention, and afraid to make a faux pas.

Her reluctance is cause of meeting Aidan. He also does not like to stand in the spotlight, and enjoys his far journeys more than being a Duke.

And yes, you know how the story will end, so why would you bother? But bother you should! Because the characters are not superficial. Lily knows why this specific Duke would want to marry her, purely because of the money that will come with her.
But like so many of us, we just want to be loved and give our love to someone who deserves it.

Lily and Aidan are both finding themselves in situations they don’t like, but because of destiny they have found each other.  They have obvious differences, but they have also so many things in common. And it’s finding those things that can make or break a relationship (any kind of relationship).

This story shows us that communication is what makes a relationship work. Both characters are not expressing their own feelings, afraid of being hurt. But not talking may cause even more heartache, and sometimes even unnecessary heartache. And it’s always better to say the truth, and having no secrets than keeping it for yourself, being afraid of the reaction.

‘One Summer In Monte Carlo’ – written by Jennifer Bohnet #BookReview @jenniewriter @rararesources

When returning to a place means uncovering the truth.

Synopsis

Monte Carlo means different things to different people; a billionaires playground, overflowing with glitz and glamour but also where dangerous secrets hide.

For Nanette Weston, and her then fiancé, F1 racing driver Zac Ewart, their dream life came to an abrupt halt 3 years ago following a car accident which Zac walked away from, but left Nanette being airlifted back to the UK, never to return and never to see her fiancé again.

Monte Carlo was a place she wanted to forget, not revisit. But when her friend and employer, Vanessa asks Nanette to look after her children in the Principality for a few months, Nanette knew she had no choice but to return.

As the F1 circus once again comes to town, with Zac in pole position, mistakes of the past, leave legacies for the future…

This book was previously published as Follow Your Star by Jennifer Bohnet.

My review

Three years ago, Nanette Weston had a terrible accident in Monte Carlo. Not only does she not remember anything of the accident, it caused also her fiancé, F1 racing driver Zac Ewart to walk away from her in her time of need.
So it’s obvious that when her friend but also employer Vanessa asks to look after her kids there, Nanette is not over the moon.
But not wanting to disappoint her friend and making sure the children are looked after, Nanette returns to the place that caused her so much pain, literally and emotionally.

Her return to Monte Carlo takes place at the same time the F1 is there. A meeting with Zac seems inevitable…

I have to admit, I had a whole different story in mind. But also I have to say that I was glad this was not what I expected.

From the very start, it’s obvious that Nanette had a terrible accident, but the details are not clear, just like they aren’t clear to Nanette.
She is now living in the UK, employed by her friend Vanessa, and is looking after Vanessa’s children.
When Vanessa asks her to move temporarily to Monte Carlo, so that she can still look after the children while staying at their father’s place, it’s crystal-clear that Nanette wants to do everything except that.

When Vanessa explained why the move to Monte Carlo was necessary, I had to frown my eyebrows for a minute. I found it a hard concept to understand that Vanessa wanted to go with her new husband to the Amazon forest, but it was clear that there is a bigger picture in this story.

I have been just once in Monte Carlo, as a passing visit, so it was lovely to see all those places again. Just like Nanette I was discovering the Principality all over again.
But for Nanette it was also a place with an ugly past and encounters she truly didn’t want to make.
Slowly the cloudy mists over her past are chased away as her memory is returning. But it’s not at all what I expected.

Also the character of Zac was not what I expected, in a bad way. I hoped there was some kind of logic in what he did to Nanette, but the truth was just plain ugly…

This story was full of mystery, deception and secrets. Nothing was what it seemed, people surprised me both in a good way and in a bad way. I couldn’t see where some characters were going.
But it was also full of hope, because Vanessa found a purpose, love has been found in an unthinkable place, and laughs were caused by Nanette’s sister!

I found it a very difficult book to put away, because I wanted to know the truth, the outcome of everything and hoping for a happy ending for everyone I started to care about.

‘Lost In Translation’ – written by Audrey Davis #BookReview @audbyname @raresources

Is moving to Switzerland the first step of a second chance or the end of a life together?

Synopsis

Charlotte Egerton and family are off to Switzerland, after husband Dom bags a big-time job promotion.


But Charlotte isn’t exactly yodelling with delight at the prospect. Not since a chance discovery cast a shadow over her ten-year marriage. And navigating twisty Swiss roads and getting to grips with French only adds to her woes…

Following a bumpy encounter with an arrogant German, Charlotte is far from convinced the expat life is for her.

With doubts about Dom — and concerns for her best friend, Ruth — plaguing her mind, will Charlotte embrace the Swiss way of life, or are some mountains just too hard to conquer?

Embark on a journey filled with laughter, tears and lessons in love. Sometimes you just have to seize the day…

My review

Charlotte Egerton and her family are moving to Switzerland, when her husband Dom receives a promotion he cannot refuse.
Charlotte sees this as an opportunity to start afresh, after having doubts that Dom has cheated on her.
But she is also a bit reluctant of the move. Because it means going to a country she does not speak the language, moving away from her best friend Ruth, and getting used to a whole other way of living.

And making new friends is not as easy as it seems, because are they all genuine? And let’s not talk about a certain arrogant German who literally made her crash!

When I think about Switzerland, I see this idyllic place, even magical to spend a holiday. But just packing everything and moving there definitely, well, I would need a lot of extra courage!
So I admired Charlotte, daring to take this huge step with her family.

Charlotte has been married with Dom for ten years, and it’s obvious what a dedicated mother she is. She is also a wonderful wife, because she puts her husband’s career above her own.
But no matter how many good intentions she has, the move to Switzerland is not as easy as it seemed.
And here the author made a great job of describing all the difficulties Charlotte is encountering. Charlotte left everything and everyone behind, and is struggling with adapting. Not speaking the language, having nobody nearby to discuss everything, and a husband who seems being even more distant.
She is having so many worries, and also her best friend Ruth is cause for extra worries.

My opinion of Dom will I keep to myself, even if I think that you will have the same opinion as me!

There were several times I pitied Charlotte, because she tries so hard, with not always the desired effect.
But there are also happy moments, before you think it is a total depressing story. When she starts making friends, it’s immediately obvious who is genuine and who not. And the genuine ones welcome Charlotte and help her out.
Also Jürgen seems not to be what we thought!
Charlotte slowly adapts to another way of life, even if it’s so different of what she is used to. But her determination to make it work, is admirable.
And the end was everything I wanted for Charlotte, because she deserves her own happiness. Because having read about her and everything she had to go through, I saw her more like a real person and not just a fictional character, and her loving character made me wanted to be truly friends with her.

This story is a perfect way to escape your own life. It shows all the ups and downs of a move to another country, and the same time to trying to fight for your marriage.
But I found it also a story about realizing what’s worth fighting for and what not. It’s about standing up for yourself and do what’s best for YOU and not only please someone else.

‘The Heiress’s Pregnancy Surprise’ – written by Donna Alward #BookReview @DonnaAlward @rararesources

When one night only results in more than bargained for.

Synopsis

A VIP assignment…
an unexpected consequence!

Ex-SAS officer Jacob Wolfe’s latest job, as aristocrat Charlotte Pemberton’s bodyguard, is pushing him to his limits. Never one to step over the line, he’s determined to ignore their intense connection. Until a single dance leads to a forbidden kiss… and Jacob is tempted to break all his rules. But their resulting night together has an unexpected consequence…

My review

Charlotte Pemberton is ready to shine. She is part of a fashion family business and is ready to show what she is capable of. But when there are threats, the family takes no further risks and hire a bodyguard.
Former SAS officer Jacob Wolfe latest assignment is protect VIP aristocrat Charlotte. He is used of keeping his distance and emotions out of the way, but both do not expect to have such an intense connection.

When one dance leads to a kiss and even more, there are consequences nobody could have foreseen.

In my modest opinion, I think the title is a too big giveaway… you know what the result of that one night will be, while it actually only takes place past halfway the book.
I thought “it” would happen earlier and that there would be more struggles with the unexpected news.
But anyway, I found this a lovely story to read.

Charlotte may have all the luxury and money anyone could dream of, but I found it easy to relate with her. Not because of the money (I wish!!! 🤣) but because deep down, she is just a young insecure woman like us. She knows what she is doing, but sometimes she is afraid to show her true colours.
Of course she doesn’t show this, and can be rather resolute, especially when the family business is concerned. But even if now she wants to stand in the spotlights, she only shows what is expected from her and not what she truly is.

Jacob is everything I expected from a bodyguard. He is focused on the job, and does not take any risks. But the more time he spends with Charlotte, we see this other side of him. He sees more behind any façade, and is gently pushing Charlotte to show the world how she truly is.

Both Charlotte and Jacob are very strong characters, bound to clash. And whenever that happens, on more than one occasion, I was having so much fun!
Yet even if they are so different, the attraction is also very obvious. And the clashing is just the prelude to finally giving in.

I found this a story not only about attractions and about the consequences. But also about how despite big differences, people are perfect to each other. The right person takes you out of your shell, sees you just how you are.
And even if there are unexpected consequences after one night of passion, people can surprise you in a beautiful way, by opening their hearts and souls.