Sunday, 22 April 2018

Enchanted Plants: Spring Soap on a Rope & Lavender Soap

I'm a huge fan of lovely Enchanted Plants having tried and adored their Blossom Hydrating Mist, which was a Beauty Shortlist Awards Finalist this year. See my review HERE.

I just couldn't resist their latest launch - Spring Soap on a Rope (£12.50 plus p&p) (which brings back memories of those soap on a ropes in the late 70s and early 80s). This one uses organic cotton tape instead of rope..

The soap (150g) has a nice chunky feel and smells glorious. "Spring" soap is an uplifting blend of Tangerine, Bergamot and Litsea with Turmeric, Cocoa Butter and Olive Oil. The scent is really beautiful and the soap is a joy to use.

The soaps are made using the finest organic cold pressed Sunflower oil and unrefined Cocoa Butter (along with other ingredients) which makes them gentle on the skin and each bar will produce a creamy foamy lather. They are made using the ancient cold pressed method. Once each bar is made, cut and stamped by hand, they are cured in beech wood racks for up to 6 weeks while their pH reduces and they harden. 

I've also had the real pleasure of trying Lavender Soap (£6.50)* which is simply packaged and smells so comforting. I'm not a huge lavender fan but this soap feels like a warm cozy hug and is great when you are feeling stressed or run down. It's a creamy skin loving blend which is really lovely to use.

I can't recommend this lovely brand highly enough. Have you tried it? If so, what are your favourites?


Friday, 20 April 2018

Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box - April - Radiance

It's always an exciting day when my Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box arrives. April's box is all about Radiance.  So what's inside:

OMG how pretty is that! And WOW!

And for a closer look..

I was super excited to see a full size MONO Naturoils Rose & Cucumber Cleansing Oil (20ml - £20) which has been on the wishlist a while. The cleansing oil will deeply but gently clean the skin, soothing and balancing while nourishing the skin. The range is infused with high vibrational healing energies of crystals and gemstones and this one uses Clear Quartz. A review will follow on this one for sure! Also included is a trial size of their Facial Steam from founder, Tracy.

Anita Grant is such a lovely brand. I first tried it back in April 2013 (and these two sample products were ones I selected!) See my review HERE. I'm looking forward to revisiting both of these (I also love the new simple, plain but stylish packaging). Coconut Rosewood Dry Oil (£2.99) and Organic Vanilla Cocoa Body Butter (£3.45).

Squeals, a new to me brand! This is one of the reasons beauty boxes excite me! Wild Source Apothecary is small batch skincare carefully formulated with love, care and attention to detail. The Radiance Mask (30ml - £15) is a blend of pink and kaolin clay with organic fruit extracts. It will exfoliate and rejuvenate, minimising pores and balancing sebum. A full review will follow.

From Naissance we have their 100% pure Certified Organic Cold Pressed Organic Rosehip Oil (I couldn't find a size on the bottle but it's worth £8.99). Use it on your skin or hair or to formulate your own facial serum!

Last but not least is a 30ml Green People trial size (30ml - £4) of their Quinoa & Calendula Shower Gel which is scented with Sweet Orange & Ginger.

A fabulous box! As ever there are discount codes included for some of the brands. Sign up for April's box NOW.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Blog Tour: Keeper by Johana Gustawsson (Roy & Castells)

Today I'm on the blog tour for the fab Keeper by Johana Gustawsson*.

"Sequel to international bestseller Block 46, and next in the award-winning Roy & Castells series. Murders in London and Sweden lead back to Jack the Ripper's Whitechapel.

Whitechapel, 1888: London is bowed under Jack the Ripper's reign of terror. 

London 2015: actress Julianne Bell is abducted in a case similar to the terrible Tower Hamlets murders of some ten years earlier, and harking back to the Ripper killings of a century before. 

Falkenberg, Sweden, 2015: a woman's body is found mutilated in a forest, her wounds identical to those of the Tower Hamlets victims. With the man arrested for the Tower Hamlets crimes already locked up, do the new killings mean he has a dangerous accomplice, or is a copy-cat serial killer on the loose? Profiler Emily Roy and true-crime writer Alexis Castells again find themselves drawn into an intriguing case, with personal links that turn their world upside down. Following the highly acclaimed Block 46 and guaranteed to disturb and enthral, Keeper is a breathless thriller from the new queen of French Noir".

My thoughts?

Although this is the second book you could read it as a standalone (as I did) however I am going to go back and read Block 46.

The story opens in the heart of London in 1888 where Jack the Ripper is at large. Johana takes us right there - we see the sights and sounds, the stench and deprivation and how London was then. We then jump to 2015 with the abduction of an actress who has carefully hidden secrets and the killing of a woman in Sweden. Both have hallmarks of a London case 10 years ago. But this can't be true - the killer is locked up...or is he?  

I loved this fast paced read and discovering the links between the stories. An absolutely terrific read which I highly recommend.

*complimentary copy from Orenda Books

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Soap Folk: The Soap Box

I came across Soap Folk online and instantly knew I wanted to try their lovely handcrafted soaps which are made with love, care and attention to detail (I'm a huge, huge bar of soap fan). The soaps actually started life as ones to be shared among friends and family before founder, Fiona decided to launch Soap Folk, a small independent artisan company based in the UK.

Of course I wanted to try them all so chose The Soap Box (£20 plus p&p). It's just perfect for gifting (if you can bear to give it away, that is!) 

Inside the illustrated kraft box which comes with a cotton ribbon and label tag are four natural soaps which are wrapped in super pretty wrap designed by Susie Hetherington to illustrate the simple beauty in the natural world. The soaps are palm oil free and made using traditional cold process method.

The first one I've opened is Rose Geranium which smells glorious. Shea Butter and Sweet Almond Oil nourish while French Pink Clay adds a slight touch of exfoliation. The sweet lush floral rose geranium scent acts as a pick me up, softening the skin and nourishing both the body and mind.

Lavender & Oatmilk is calming and comforting with a gentle Lavender scent (it feels like a warm cozy blanket). Oatmilk gives the soap a rich and creamy feel which softens, moisturises and calms. Lavender, relaxes and helps to ease tension. The butterfly on the wrapper is an Adonis Blue, one of the rarest butterflies in England.

Peppermint is cooling and refreshing (great to use on holiday, during the summer months, in the kitchen or for combination skins). It's formulated with skin softening Green Clay, soothing Avocado oil along with Peppermint and Rosemary essential oils. Fiona says it's a good soap for all members of the family. In the summer mint develops mauve flowers which are depicted on the wrapper - which the bees love.

Best Selling Milk & Honey is unscented for sensitive skins. Goats Milk, Honey and Ground Oats give it a gentle creamy scent. The wrapper depicts bees, flowers and honey.

If you are going to Natural & Organic Products Europe (NOPE) on 22nd and 23rd April catch them on at stand E4D (and look out for some exciting news later today on Twitter and Instagram).

Which soap would you choose or would you have to have all four like me?

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Love Lula Beauty Box: April 2018

I picked up my April Love Lula Beauty Box* at the Post Office yesterday morning after having been away for a few days. I'd spotted the contents on Instagram and Twitter and thought this month's box looked fabulous! (Sign up or find out more info HERE). This month the box is worth over £65!

And for a closer look..

Dr Botanicals Coffee Superfood Renewing Facial Exfoliator (full size - 30ml - £14.90), which is a new brand at Love Lula. It quite honestly smells good enough to eat (or drink!) The scrub gently exfoliates the skin leaving it looking brighter and radiant. A review will follow on this one!

Dr Botanicals Kale Superfood Nourishing Day Moisturiser (full size - 30ml - £14.90) which absorbs instantly and will smooth out fine lines and wrinkles while nourishing and hydrating. Again, a review will follow.

Squeals a new Balm Balm product! Inside is Little Miracle Rosehip Balm (full size - 30ml - £12) which smells heavenly. Little Miracle Rosehip Serum is added to the 5 ingredient balm base which is scented with frankincense, rose, geranium, palmarosa, juniper and mandarin essential oils. Use it on your face, neck and areas of your body which need extra nourishing care. Love!

Yet another full size & a make up item! Inika Cream Eye Shadow - Champagne (£21) which will brighten and highlight the eye area. Use it for a subtle sheen of colour or as a crease free make up base.

The final items this month are three sachets from Madara which will give your skin a boost - Cleansing Milk 5ml, Brightening AHA Peel Mask 5ml and Smart Antioxidant Fine Line Minimising Day Cream 2ml - which is ideal for a pampering treat or for holidays.

As ever there is a code for a generous 20% off brands in the box. What are your thoughts on the contents this month?

*sent to me as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program. My post contains some affilate links. All thoughts are genuine and I can't wait to try these products out!

Monday, 16 April 2018

Georganics: Natural Toothpowder, Mouthwash Tablets & Natural Floss

I came across Georganics on Instagram though on closer inspection realised I follow them on Twitter! The oral range is handmade with no synthetic chemicals or preservatives, 100% natural, sustainable, zero waste and PETA cruelty-free. The range is totally plastic free with all packaging recyclable or reuseable. The range is handcrafted in West Sussex and ingredients and packaging are sourced locally.

I picked up:

Bicarbonate Tooth Powder in Spearmint (£6.90 for 60ml) there is no getting away from the bicarb taste but the tooth powder has a light mint flavour. It's a blend of pharmaceutical grade sodium bicarbonate and magnesium carbonate which will brighten and polish away plaque and stains. It's recommended to use once or twice a week. 

To use: dip wet brush into the powder, brush then rinse

I've been enjoying using the powder (this size pot will also last for ages making it great value) and have noticed a definite brightness.

Mouthwash Tablets in Wild Thyme (180 tablets £8.90) which reminds me of the mouth rinse at the dentists! These tablets are great for travel or everyday use. Formulated with sodium bicarbonate the mouthwash helps maintain good oral health and freshens the breath.

To use: place 1-2 tablets in half a glass of water, allow to dissolve, gargle for 30 seconds and spit out

These are great! I packed them for my recent trip to Jersey.

The final item I picked up is Natural Dental Floss in Cardamon Silk (£4.90) which comes in a reusable glass container (love this). Also love that you can pick up refills so there is absolutely no waste! The floss is made with silk floss, candelilla wax and cardamon essential oil.

To use: pull out 30cm of floss and floss between each tooth.

I've been really impressed with the range - next I'll be trying Natural ToothpasteOil Pulling Mouthwash and Natural Toothsoap

Have you used any Georganics products?

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Sisley Beauty Subscription: April - Hair Rituel

As you'll know I signed up last month to Sisley's Beauty Subscription (which costs £35 for six months or £70 for twelve months including p&p) See my thoughts on it HERE. This month is entitled "Hair Rituel" and inside are sample sachets (5) of the newish hair care range. It's a real treat to be able to try the range (I'm hoping I don't love products start at £49.50!) It's said to be luxurious "skincare" for the hair.

As ever the products are popped in a little Sisley branded bag (which is ideal for holidays or storing samples).

Inside is:

Revitalizing Volumising Shampoo 8ml
Revitalizing Smoothing Shampoo 8ml
Restructuring Conditioner 8ml
Regenerating Hair Care Mask 8ml
Precious Hair Care Oil 1ml

I'll let you know my thoughts in an upcoming empties posts when I've had the chance to try them. Is the Sisley Beauty Subscription something you'd sign up to? Or are you already?

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Jo Loves: Smoked Plum & Leather

My very lovely friend, Nardin surprised me with a gorgeous bottle of perfume from Jo Loves for my birthday this week. Oooh look at that stunning packaging! It really makes my heart sing (it's the little things).  I first fell for this beautiful unisex scent after trying a sample vial. You'll know I've already got huge love for Pomelo and White Rose & Lemon Leaves.


Totally spoilt. I've never had a 100ml bottle! 

Jo says "I love riding horses in Montana each summer, and have bottled so many incredible scents; from the heat of the sun as it hits the saddle, to the smoke which signals the end of each day. This warm, earthy and sophisticated fragrance instantly brings those memories to life".

It has notes of Sweet Plum Liqueur, Cinnamon, Aged Cognac, Cedarwood and Leather. It's so lovely, rich and smokey with leather, spice and sweetness. I adore it! Thanks once again Nardin.

I love that Jo Loves now lets you add two samples to your order (Nardin picked my other favourites mentioned above).

What's your favourite Jo Loves scent?

Monday, 9 April 2018

The Innate Life: Rose Hair Elixir

Ever since I saw The Innate Life's Rose Hair Elixir (10ml) on Lynda's blog I was desperate to try it. It is simply glorious. You can pick it up at Vertue shop. The hair elixir has an intense rose scent (gorgeous).

Formulated with over 15 potent plant oils which help to nourish split ends, tame frizz, provide heat protection, repair damaged hair and make the hair super shiny.

Rose essential oil moisturises and hydrates dry and damaged hair (and smells glorious), Sea Buckthorn oil is rich in Vitamins A, C, D, B, E and K, Rosehip oil is rich in antioxidants, Vitamins A and E and helps to protect the hair against sun damage as well as repairing dry ends.  Black Cumin Seed oil is high in nutrients which help to protect the hair against environmental damage. Hemp Seed oil strengthens and stimulates hair growth while Argan oil softens and leaves the hair looking silky and shiny.

To use: apply a few drops to the palm, rub hands together and apply to the hair concentrating on middle to end. Can also be used as a heat protector on damp hair before blow drying.

My hair is loving this beautiful elixir which smells deeply of roses and makes it look super shiny and healthy. I just love everything about it and will buy again.

Full ingredients list: Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil*, Rosa Mosqueta (Rosehip) Fruit Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Curcubita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia Nut) Seed Oil*, Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Linum usitatissimum (Flax seed) Seed Oil*, Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Oil*, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Oil*, Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Blend of Essential Oils*. *ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Apothaka Rejuvenating Face Oil

We received a travel size of Apothaka's Rejuvenating Face Oil for Normal/Combination Skin in March's Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box in March - see my thoughts on the box HERE.

Founder, Natasha Dauncey always has had an interest in skincare and in her 30s started suffering breakouts which often lead to scars. She undertook a series of courses and began formulating and blending her own facial oils focusing on blends with lighter base oils. 

The range is handcrafted and formulated in Natasha's home. The products are certified by cosmetic scientists and fully comply with EU regulations.

Award Winning Rejuvenating Face Oil (for normal/combination skins) contains ingredients such as Co-enzyme Q10, Hempseed, Evening Primrose and Sea Buckthorn oils with essential oils of Geranium and Sandalwood.

The oil balances, nourishes and hydrates the skin. It absorbs instantly and leaves the skin feeling comfortable and moisturised. It has a beautiful floral and slightly woody scent.

To use: apply 3-4 drops to the palms, rub together, inhale before pressing onto clean damp skin. Can be used alone or with moisturiser.  My skin is just loving this beautiful facial oil and it will definitely be replenished!

What's your favourite Apothaka product?

Saturday, 7 April 2018

5 Favourite Hand Creams

These are the hand creams I keep reaching for:

From Stella Says Apothecary is their fabulous Rosewood & Geranium Ultimate Healing Hand Balm which deeply nourishes dry hands. It's got a glorious scent too. I will be replenishing this one! (I bought it at Maltby St Market last year where Stella's got the only beauty stall!) See my review HERE.

I'd been wanting to try products by Haeckels Made of Margate for years but had just not got round to ordering! Our local shop The Method sells the brand and I recently picked up their fab bog myrtle incense cones - see my thoughts HERE. My friend Julie gave me their Seaweed/Geranium Hand Balm for Christmas and it's a deliciously scented nourishing balm (I also love the packaging!)

I recently reviewed Tropic's Superfood Hand Therapy* which like every Tropic product I love. See my review HERE.

The super decadent, luxurious and award winning Kiss the Moon's LOVE Night Cream for Hands sits beside my bed. See my review HERE. This pot's very nearly finished but it's one I'll definitely be replenishing!

My final pick is from the very lovely Antipodes. I never tire of this beautiful brand. Deliverance Kowhai Flower Hand Cream is a delicious luscious and heavenly scented cream. See my mini review HERE.

What are your favourite hand cream(s)?


Thursday, 5 April 2018

Budget Beauty: Lotta Skincare - Botanical Beauty Balm

I first discovered purse friendly Lotta Skincare on Instagram. Charlotte, founder and formulator spent many years researching and creating her range before launching Lotta Skincare, which you can buy on Etsy.

Botanical Beauty Balm (£5.95 - 50g) is stylishly packaged and the pot is recyclable. The Beauty Balm such great value for money and super effective.

Formulated with beeswax, macadamia, sweet almond, coconut and sunflower oils along with Vitamin E, clove bud, lavendin, tea tree and geranium essential oils.

To use: use as a cleansing balm, a skin nourisher, for cellulite, on cuticles, hands, feet and flyaways. It really is multi-use.

The Botanical Beauty Balm has a warming clove scent (luckily for me I don't smell the tea tree!)

At the same time I picked up Soothing Mineral Bath Soak which cleverly has the rose buds at the top of the soak so you can choose whether you use them or not.

What's your favourite product from Lotta Skincare?

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Pink & Green Organic Skincare: 'Marzipan' Body Souffle

This is only my second try from P&G. Their 'Marzipan' Body Souffle (100ml - £16) featured in the fabulous Almost Good Enough to by The Natural Beauty Box in March. See my initial thoughts on the box HERE.

My dry winter skin is loving this lush fluffy souffle (although I've found it to have a slightly grainy feel, although this disappears when it's massaged onto the skin).

As you'll see I'm loving it! The souffle is a blend of Shea Butter and Plum Kernel Oil and has been formulated for sale exclusively to support long term trauma based therapy aftercare programme for survivors of sex trafficking - Safe from Slavery.

The Plum Kernel oil gives the souffle it's nutty marzipan scent. It's also rich in Oleic and Linoleic acids, Vitamins E & B and Beta-carotene. The organic Shea Butter used is African in origin and comes from small women's co-operatives in Burkina Faso.

To use: massage onto the skin after a bath or shower for deliciously scented skin.

I just love this and will re-purchase. I definitely want to explore more products from Pink & Green Organic Skincare including Neroli & Frankincense Body Butter and Tropical Island Scrub. What's your favourite(s).

Monday, 2 April 2018

Tropic Skincare: Superfood Hand Therapy

Every Tropic Skincare product I try I love! This Award Winning Superfood Hand Therapy* (£12 - 80ml) is just fantastic! I love the pretty outer wrapper too making it perfect for gifting just as it is!

The hand cream is presented in a bright green plastic tube (you have to be careful as the hand cream can come out pretty quickly, but it's easy enough just to squeeze a small amount out).

Rich and nourishing the cream is supercharged with papaya and mango butters which protect and repair dry and damaged hands. The scent is gloriously uplifting and a blend of grapefruit, bergamot, lime and mandarin.

To use: apply as often as needed throughout the day

I'm really impressed, it's a lovely hand cream and it does exactly what it says it will. Hands are left feeling comfortable, deeply nourished and smelling great! What's your favourite Tropic Skincare products?


Sunday, 1 April 2018

Sampling Atlantis Skincare

Atlantis Skincare is founded by Zane Piese, a Formula Botanica graduate. She's always loved plants and nature and her love started while growing up in Latvia. Her skincare range is handcrafted and formulated in small batches with love, care and attention to detail. The products are suitable for Vegans, are cruelty free and free from parabens, mineral oils, synthetic colours and fragrance, phthalates, silicones, petroleum and glycols.  All items are freshly made to order.  I've had the pleasure of trying some samples from the range:

The Glowing Skin Cleansing Milk (full size is 100ml - £39.99) which gently cleanses the skin removing daily grime and make up. It's a real treat as it also hydrates the skin and leaves it feeling comfortable.

To use: AM and PM apply 2 to 3 pumps onto a cotton pad and stroke over the face and neck (I apply it directly to my skin, massaging it in) before removing with a warmed damp cloth.

Suitable for all skin types. I've found this lovely to use, it has a nice scent and is effective at removing make up (although I did struggle with mascara) leaving the skin feeling fresh and nurtured.

Glowing Skin Toner (full size 100ml - £38.99) which balances, removes the last traces of make up and brightens the skin. 

To use: apply to a cotton pad (or use fingertips) and stroke over the face and neck.

My favourite two are in this selection!

Eye Cream with Hyaluronic Acid (full size 15ml - £34.99) I love this eye cream! It soothes and nourishes the delicate eye area, plumping and moisturising. 

To use: gently pat a small amount around your eye area.

I've noticed a huge difference to my eye area since using this wonderful eye cream - lines are smoothed and the under eye area brightened.

Velvet Skin Night Elixir (full size 50ml - £64.99) which is beautiful. The rich and slightly nutty scented balm deeply nourishes and cares for the skin. It regenerates the skin while you sleep and upon waking skin is revived, calmed and radiant.

To use: apply PM onto cleansed face and neck.

The final item I tried is the Glowing Skin Day Cream (full size 50ml - £64.99) which was my least favourite from the selection of samples. It is a lovely cream but I'm not a fan of the scent of melissa which is very prominent in the cream. It will however deeply nourish and leaves the skin with a luminous healthy glow.

To use: use every morning after cleansing to the face and neck, avoiding the eye area.

I really enjoyed trying the products. They are luxurious and a pleasure to use. I'll seriously think of buying the Velvet Skin Night Elixir and the Eye Cream with Hyaluronic Acid in the future. Have you tried Atlantis Skincare? If so, what's your favourite(s) product?


Saturday, 31 March 2018

March Books Round-Up

Here's what I've been reading in March:

The Stolen Girls - DI Lottie Parker #2 by Patricia Gibney - which is action packed and un-put-downable! Lottie and the team have to find out if the murder of two young women is connected. The story is harrowing in places and involves human trafficking. Why did that woman and her son turn up at Lottie's home asking for help and what is the connection with Adam's Tour of Duty in Kosovo. An absolutely brilliant read. Highly recommend.

The Art of Not Being Dead - A Health of Strangers Short Story by Lesley Kelly - I loved the first part in the Health of Strangers series and this short story is great! It's fab to meet well loved characters again and be involved in a mini mystery involving a missing nurse and an art dealer (I especially loved the description of the get-away from the art gallery!) Looking forward to reading the second full size novel in the series - Songs by Dead Girls (which is out in April).

The Lost Child - DI Lottie Parker #3 by Patricia Gibney - I just love this series so much! Lottie is finding it hard to cope with work, her three teenage kids, her mother and being a granny. She and Detective Boyd and the team are flung into an unusual murder - an older lady is found dead in the house of her daughter and her daughter is missing... It's a fast paced story which I couldn't put down.

No Safe Place - DI Lottie Parker #4 by Patricia Gibney*I just love the characters of DI Lottie Parker and her sidekick Boyd and am a huge fan of the series.

As ever, it's a fast paced read which I couldn't put down. A girl has gone missing and is found half covered in an freshly dug grave. Another young woman goes missing and the team race to find her and the killer before it's too late. There seems to be connections with a ten year old case and the train station at Ragmullan - girls are being abducted from the Dublin train and then suddenly it all becomes a little too close to home for Boyd..

Annoying McMahon, is back as Lottie's temporary Boss and sparks fly. He's determined to bring her down when all she wants to do is solve the case. As ever Lottie is juggling work with her family and romantic entanglement with Boyd (I'd like to see them get together for real in book #5). A great read and fantastic series.

Forget Me Not - Detective Jess Bishop Series Book #1 by Kierney Scott - I found this book a little slow to begin with but before long I was totally engrossed in the storylines and the character of Jess Bishop.

The first body is washed up in a Louisiana swamp which has strange markings on it. In rather quick succession more bodies turn up with the same marking which means a serial killer is at large. Jess is worried her past is catching up with her as she feels the case may be linked to something which happened in her past.

I didn't immediately take to Jess, I found her prickly, annoying and with little personality but as the story develops we learn more about her and why she's the way she is. Jamieson, her partner is back after a spell undercover. He knows her better than anyone and she's upset he's back with a pregnant soon to be wife in tow. I loved this fast paced story and Jess Bishop. Would highly recommend.

Star of the North by D B John* - I just loved this incredible and fascinating read which I keep thinking about. The book is published on 10 May so I'll let you know my thoughts next month. It's just brilliant and everyone should read it!

The Stranger by Kate Riordan* - I absolutely loved this twisty story with interesting characters and storylines with a setting in beautiful Cornwall in 1940. Three very different women arrive at Penhallow Hall to work as Land Girls. We learn at the beginning of the story that Diana, beautiful, headstrong and rather cruel goes missing and the story goes back in time both in the days leading up to her disappearance and life before the war at the Hall. 

Rose stayed nearby as a teenager and has fond memories of her time there while Jane feels like she's never fitted anywhere. Eleanor who lives at the Hall with her aging mother is still caught in the past. A hauntingly beautiful story which I loved.

Bloody Sisters by Julie Shaw - I received this book from Lainey at So many books, so little time.  Vicky and Lucy are best friends and become blood sisters. They'll do anything for each other until Vicky meets and falls head over heels for local bad lad, Paddy. Lucy and her boyfriend Jimmy can't stand Paddy and will do anything to stay out of his way.

Paddy is an abusive partner who likes to control Vicky and as she's so in love with him will turn a blind eye to whatever he does. When he tries to put her in the frame for murder will Lucy be there to help her no matter what? 

Deadly Secrets - Erika Foster #6 by Robert Bryndza* - OMG this is a brilliant read. I so recommend. It's not published until the middle of April so I'll review it in my April roundup. It's just SO good!

Hide & Seek by Richard Parker - this was a fast paced thriller which I thoroughly enjoyed.  Lana is in the kitchen and her son Cooper is playing in the back garden. She sees a man grab him and does everything she can to get her son back. Lana becomes obsessed mum and doesn't let Cooper out of her sight. Her husband Todd feels she's being a bit OTT and that they need to forget about the attempted abduction and move on.

They win a trip to an adventure park and decide to go. Disaster strikes when Cooper is snatched and Todd is out cold. Lana believes it's a serial killer who has her son and Todd believes it's his fault and everything is much closer to home... An edge of the seat read which I loved! Can't wait to read more by Richard Parker.

*copies from the publishers via Netgalley