Wrap Up

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We spent 10 days with Catherine, Donna, Rose and Marie, did we have a ball?

Oh I am sure we did! Let’s check it out!

4th March

Review by Herding Cats, (Shit Happens) “I loved trying to solve the mystery of the murder and the more I read, the more I kept changing my mind. It kept me guessing for a long time”

Review by Chicks, Rogues and Scandals, (Shit Happens) “Shit Happens – which is the perfect title for the story – is part gritty drama, part black comedy with some serious subjects thrown in to mix things up.”

Portable Magic (Little White Doves) put Linda in the spotlight as we learn how she constructs her characters, her full cast list for Little White Doves, her favourite TV show and so much more

Review by Lyndas_bookreviews (IG), (Dig Your Own Grave) “A fun to read crime thriller, light but with a lovely twist at the end.”

5th March

Review by ChaosHappinessBookMama, (Shit Happens) “If this title and cover don’t grab you – the plot will…Humor. Gritty. Realistic. Enjoyable read.”

Portable Magic (Dig Your Own Grave) put Carmen in the spotlight as we learn if she has always wanted to write, who her favourite writers are, her favourite biscuits and so much more

Review by Lyndas_bookreviews (IG), (Little White Doves) “This was a book that I didn’t want to put down as I needed to know what was going to happen. Well written and full of suspense this is a family saga condensed into a normal length book.”

Review by Sharon Beyond the Books, (Catherine) “Catherine’s journey is full of twists and turns that kept me reading this book until I reached the end. I couldn’t put it down before I found out what happened.”

6th March

Review by BookswithDanSamEnd, (Little White Doves) “The beautiful prose pulls you instantly into the story. It deals with hard hitting themes and the prologue is absolutely terrifying”

Portable Magic (Shit Happens) put Eileen in the spotlight as we learn the inspiration behind Shit Happens, whether she is a plotter or a pantser, her favourite band and so much more

Review by Sharon Beyond the Books, (Dig Your Own Grave) “Carmen Radtke has cleverly woven suspense through the story, so you are always wanting more. This is a great ingredient for a mystery thriller.”

Review by Sue Loves to Read, “I did enjoy this book. I loved the cover. Great story and characters”

7th March

Extract at Cal Turner, (Catherine) “She had told Catherine, almost impudently, that she was a lady’s maid and made it quite clear by her attitude that she was annoyed at being told to take care of Harriet for a little while, but Miss Reynolds, the housekeeper, had insisted.”

Review by Squirrel Likes To Read, (Catherine) “I loved this book…I won’t spoil the plot, but you can expect the book to have exactly the kind of ending Jane Austen would herself write.”

Chicks, Rogues and Scandals hosts a spotlight

Extract at The Pufflekitteh Reads, (Dig Your Own Grave) “The soil hit the coffin with a muffled thud. Marie Ingram stepped away from the open grave. Her heartbeat echoed in her ears, drowning out every other sound. “If you ask me, the wrong person’s in that grave.””

Review by Portable Magic, (Catherine) “She has clearly researched her writing in detail and I loved the frequent nods to Austen’s style and humour and this makes it feel authentic, whilst also making it accessible to today’s readers. “

Review by Laughter and Thunderstorms, (Catherine) “I don’t want to give too much away but If you like Pride and Prejudice and Bridgerton then this book is for you”

Review by Sharon Beyond the Books, (Shit Happens) “I definitely empathised with this woman. Shit Happens is such a realistic story; the characters I could see and I could imagine this actually happening.”

8th March

Review by The Divine Writes, (Dig Your Own Grave) “I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the thought behind it, it really made me think about the character and how I would act if I were in the same position.”

Extract at b for bookreview, (Shit Happens) “The day I was told that Joe was dead started like many others. The phone had been cut off and the doormat moaned under the weight of warning letters, threatening letters and more County Court judgments.”

Review by Peacock Book Reviews, (Catherine) “the story has great characters and is written with in-depth detail.I thoroughly enjoyed this story.”

Review by penfoldlayla (IG), (Little White Doves) “It was heart breaking and scary, I will not be forgetting this story for a long time.”

Review by Curling up with a Coffee and a Kindle, (Little White Doves) “The author does a wonderful job of encompassing a strong plot with characters that made my heart break.”

Review by prdg reads, (Dig Your Own Grave) “The writing flowed so easily that it was a quick read and I just couldn’t put it down!”

Extract at The Magic of Wor(l)ds, (Catherine) “How could he replace her in his life? Anyone else would be but a mere shadow. Except – and this was the point he came up against every time in his musings – there was Matilda.”

9th March

Review by The Page Ladies (IG), (Little White Doves) “Little White Doves was an emotional page turner! There we’re a few twists and turns in this story that I thought were really interesting.”

Review by ChaosHappinessBookMama, (Catherine) “I am loving this series – and reading about the Bennetts again.”

Extract at A Knight’s Reads, (Dig Your Own Grave) “A tear dropped onto the paper. She blotted it with a tissue. She didn’t even know who or what she was really crying for. Ellie, whose life must have spiralled into a hell she couldn’t escape from, the death of their dreams, or herself?

b for bookreview put Linda in the spotlight as we learn who she would love to co-write a book with, who she would love to interview, how she picks the covers for her books and so much more

Extract at Dash Fan Book Reviews, (Shit Happens) ““Coooeee love, it’s Rose and the kids, make sure they get a big un.” The tattooed skinhead looked embarrassed and continued serving Mr Lampton.”

Review by Pauline Render, (Catherine) “Catherine really is a book you can curl up with on a sofa, hot chocolate in hand and lose yourself in for a few hours, and personally I can’t wait for the next in this wonderful series.”

10th March

b for bookreview (Dig Your Own Grave) put Carmen in the spotlight as we learn if she would be a goodie or a baddie in a book, when and where she loves to write, how she comes up with the name for her books and so much more

Review by Lyndas_bookreviews (IG), (Shit Happens) “There was also a hint of a thriller, a touch of a romance and a little suspense but all leading back to the dark comedy”

Review by Book Addict, (Catherine) “I think this book does justice to the original Pride Prejudice by following on with their story. It is a really enjoyable read.”

Review by twilight_reader (IG), (Shit Happens) “This author is fab in my eyes. I can’t wait to explore what else she’s written”

Review by Bookshine and Readbows, (Catherine) “And our heroine in this novel won me over immediately by dancing barefoot under the skies when she thought no one could see her – I could picture a younger Lizzie Bennet being just as impulsively joyous”

Review by Sue Loves to Read, (Little White Doves) “A good read with good characters. I did like Donna and Sister Maria”

11th March

A Knight’s Reads (Shit Happens) put Eileen in the spotlight as we learn about her typical day, about her work in progress, what her mastermind subject would be and so much more

b for bookreview (Little White Doves) put Linda in the spotlight as we learn when and where she prefers to write, who she would love to interview, what she does when she doesn’t read or write and so much more

Review by loopyloulaura, (Catherine) “I enjoyed the style of writing which is modern with Austen-esque phrases. The locations, fashion, social conventions and characters are all vividly described and bring the 1830s to life across the pages.”

Review by twilight_reader (IG), (Catherine) “The twist in this gets you thinking will they won’t they? I do love a romantic spark that keeps you second guessing.”

Review by Sue Loves to Read, (Dig Your Own Grave) “I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Great story and characters.”

Review by The Bashful Bookworm, (Catherine) “These characters were all realistic and I enjoyed them.”

12th March

Review by Chicks, Rogues and Scandals, (Dig Your Own Grave) “From the first few pages I was hooked – like a fish on a line, unable to flee (not that I would want to) I absolutely loved how this book opens”

Review by Books with Gina, (Catherine) “As always with this style of books, there is an issue at the end where the man suddenly realises he does love the woman and they live happily ever after, but this one had me on the edge of my seat!”

Review by iheartbooks.blog, (Catherine) “The book is an absolute joy! Once again, Linda O’Byrne brings all the things we love about Jane Austen, but adds new characters with new stories to tell”

Extract at Books by Bindu, (Catherine) “This was the first time the four sisters had been together alone for years and years. The only one missing was Mary, married to the Reverend Matthew Malliot, an elderly missionary.”

Review by Rambling Mads, (Shit Happens) “darkly comic and peopled with real characters (I loved Rose’s friends Mags and Elsie next door), this is a look at life that’s raw and frankly a bit terrifying.”

Review by Sharon Beyond the Books, (Little White Doves) “I was gripped with the need to know what’s happened and why. I loved the twistiness of the plot. Linda Falco kept me guessing right until the end.”

13th March

Review by The Page Ladies (IG), (Catherine) “I can honestly say I have enjoyed the author’s twist on this tale. It will be interesting to see where the rest of the series takes us!”

Extract at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals, (Catherine) “Catherine had thought back to that day. She was sure she had never been introduced to Richard Courtney’s eldest brother. She would have remembered.

Extract at The Pufflekitteh Reads, (Little White Doves) “‘Ti porto a casa.’ I’ll take you home. He gently picked her up, smiling down at her. She closed her eyes. The child, Valbonna, never went home again.”

Review by Lyndas_bookreviews (IG), (Catherine) “It’s another lovely light romantic read and one I thoroughly enjoyed, reading it in one sitting. I genuinely can’t wait to read the next one in the series Miriam”

Review by Pauline Render, (Dig Your Own Grave) “By the time I finished the book I was left with a feeling of satisfaction, although saying that I really do hope Carmen is planning on writing as sequel as I would love to know what Marie does next.”

Review by Rae Reads, (Catherine) “Catherine was a sweet, romantic filled story and a joy to read. I can’t wait to read book three!”

Review by Sue Loves to Read, (Shit Happens) “I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved Rose. I loved the cover. This is a must read.”

And that is well and truly a wrap!

Thank you ever so much to everyone who has taken part in the tour!

All books are out now and available to buy from Amazon UK, Amazon US

Until the next adventure xxx

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