BLOG TOUR AND REVIEW – The Other Miss Bates by Alice Cressswell

The Other Miss Bates

Jane Bates has left Highbury to become the companion of the invalid widow Mrs Sealy in Brighton. Life in the new, fashionable seaside resort is exciting indeed. A wide circle of interesting acquaintance and a rich tapestry of new experiences – balls at the Assembly rooms, carriage rides and promenades on the Steyne – make her new life all Jane had hoped for. 

While Jane’s sister Hetty can be a tiresome conversationalist she proves to be a surprisingly good correspondent and Jane is kept minutely up-to-date with developments in Highbury, particularly the tragic news from Donwell Abbey.

When handsome Lieutenant Weston returns to Brighton Jane expects their attachment to pick up where it left off in Highbury the previous Christmas, but the determined Miss Louisa Churchill, newly arrived with her brother and sister-in-law from Enscombe in Yorkshire, seems to have a different plan in mind.

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Katie’s 4 Star Review –

The Other Miss Bates: The Second book in the Highbury Trilogy inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma 
By Allie Cresswell
4 stars
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Book Blog

I really enjoyed book 1 in this series so I was really looking forward to finding out more about Miss Bates and reading more of Ms Cresswell’s work. Again I enjoyed the book, I thought that it was well written, the author’s descriptive language is really good and again I could imagine everything that I was reading. I love the crossovers from all of the great classics that I have read in the past. I like that although this author has chosen to write in the style of Jane Austen she has copied it exactly, I sure that this would have been very easy to do so the author did a great job with still keeping her own writing style mixed in. The characters were great, as I expected and I loved reading about them. I am really looking forward to reading the final book in the trilogy! 

Author Bio – 

Allie Cresswell was born in Stockport, UK and began writing fiction as soon as she could hold a pencil.

She did a BA in English Literature at Birmingham University and an MA at Queen Mary College, London.

She has been a print-buyer, a pub landlady, a book-keeper, run a B & B and a group of boutique holiday cottages. Nowadays Allie writes full time having retired from teaching literature to lifelong learners.

She has two grown-up children, two granddaughters, two grandsons and two cockapoos but just one husband – Tim. They live in Cumbria, NW England. 

The Other Miss Bates is her eighth novel and the second in the Highbury series

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BLOG TOUR AND REVIEW – A Lion is not just for Christmas by Henriette Gyland

A Lion Is Not Just For Christmas

Is there life after the circus has left town?

Circus performer Justine Belmont works with big cats, but when the circus is disbanded and the old lion is sold to a private menagerie at a stately home in Norfolk, she is asked to spend a few weeks settling him into his new environment. When she arrives at the estate, however, she receives a mixed welcome.

The groundsman Tom Yates resents her presence as he doesn’t feel he needs her help with the lion. He revises his opinion when he sees the bond between her and the big cat, and she and Tom grow closer, although Justine remains torn about her feelings for him. The lady of the house, Priscilla – who is married to the reclusive owner, Lord Brooks’s, grandson – is not so easily convinced. She perceives Justine as a threat for the male attention and her plans for the manor. And her two young daughters are a little too curious about the lion for their own good.

When unsettling events occur, Justine begins to wonder if there is more to Priscilla’s animosity than meets the eye. Can Justine keep herself and everyone else safe until it’s time for her to leave again and start a new life elsewhere?

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Katie’s 4 Star Review
A Lion Is Not Just For Christmas
By Henriette Gyland
4 stars
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Book Blog

I love a Christmas story and I love a good mystery story so when I read the blurb for this book and realised it was two in one I was really excited to get started – and I loved every minute of it! It’s definitely one of those ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ types of books’ because I probably would have passed it by but I am really glad I gave it a chance. There was danger, romance, and mystery at the turn of every page. I found the authors writing style to be really engaging and exciting. I haven’t read anything by this author previously and as this is the second book in this series I will definitely be checking out book 1 as well.
Whilst I am not a fan of the circus at all, the thought of animals being made to perform is just awful in my mind, I did really feel for Justine, it’s all she has ever known and she obviously really cared for the animals, especially Rexus.
I really liked Tom, he had this brooding quality about him and I loved reading about and watching the relationship between him and Justine unfold.
Definitely a good read that I highly recommend.

Author Bio –

Henriette Gyland grew up in Northern Denmark but moved to England after she graduated from the University of Copenhagen. She wrote her first book when she was ten, a tale of two orphan sisters running away to Egypt, fortunately to be adopted by a perfect family they meet on the Orient Express.

Between that first literary exploit and now, she has worked in the Danish civil service, for a travel agent, a consultancy company, in banking, hospital administration, and for a county court before setting herself up as a freelance translator and linguist. Henriette recently began to pursue her writing in earnest winning the New Talent Award in 2011 from the Festival of Romance and a Commended from the Yeovil Literary Prize.

Henriette lives in London.

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BLOG TOUR AND REVIEW – Vanilla Extract by Louisa Berry

Vanilla Extract

vanilla (adj)

Having no special or extra features; ordinary or standard

Extract (v)

 Remove or take out
 Select for quotation, performance or reproduction

When recently separated Lou decided to embark on a new chapter of her life, she had no idea where this journey of self and sexual discovery would lead.

Her lustful appetite for adventure was re-awakened and with every new, tantalising, naughty meeting Lou’s confidence grew, as did her need for more.

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Aisling’s 3 Star Review:

Reviewed on Behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Book Blogs 

This book is a page turner but personally I couldn’t relate to the book and wasn’t thrilled by it. If you like a book with lots of sex scenes then this is a book for you. 

Lou who is recently divorced decides to experiment sexually and decides to try swinging. Lou finds herself in situations that are just awkward and embarrassing and makes you cringe at what happens, situations that are possibly dangerous and those that might uncover who she is to everyone. 

You read about sexy men, women, couples and situations you also see Lou’s experience grow as well as her circle of swinging friends. She travels abroad and takes advantage of opportunities that come up in the workplace. The book shows you not to judge a book by its cover and a quiet women in accounts might have a whole secret life after the work hours have finished. 

Author Bio

Louisa lives in Hertfordshire with her four children. While not on ‘Mum-duties’ she works in high finance in London

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Christmas with the East End Angels

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and the East End Angels are working hard to keep Londoners safe.

Frankie is trying hard to keep everything together. She can count on the support of the East End Angels, even in the face of family trouble.

Winnie‘s beloved husband, Mac, is putting himself at risk every day in the bomb disposal unit and she’s finding it hard while he’s away.

Bella is growing in confidence and happiness. Her friendship with Winnie’s brother, James, is getting closer all the time.

Christmas on the Home Front is a hard time with loved ones far away – but the women of the Auxiliary Ambulance service are making do and mending.

A gorgeously uplifting saga for fans of Ellie Dean and Donna Douglas


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 Jodie’s 4 Star Review:

Reviewed by 3 Degrees Of Fiction Book Blog

Christmas with the east end angels 

I have always always loved stories about past years in the UK. I find our history very interesting to say the least! This was a perfectly written book set in an era which I have read a lot about an thoroughly enjoyed every word of it. 

Although time has been short for me the last few weeks I made sure I had the time to read this and it was worth every single moment I spent with the book! 

This book is part of a series and although it could be read as a stand alone I feel I would have known everyone much better if I had have read the rest of the stories first. That saying it didn’t take away from the enjoyment of this festive book. 

The book is very well written with fabulous descriptions given throughout. I really enjoyed this authors writing and will be seeking out more of her work! 

Definitely worth a read over this Christmas period! 

4 stars from me! 

Author Bio

Rosie Hendry lives by the sea in Norfolk with her husband, two children, chickens and a snake. She’s worked in a variety of jobs from fruit picking, waitressing, teaching and as a research scientist but has always loving reading and writing. Starting off writing short stories for women’s magazines, her stories have gradually become longer as her children have grown bigger.

Listening to her father’s tales of life during the Second World War sparked Rosie’s interest in this period and she’s especially intrigued by how women’s lives changed during the war years. She loves researching further, searching out gems of real-life events which inspire her writing. 

When she’s not working, Rosie enjoys walking along the beach, reading and is grateful for the fact that her husband is a much better cook than her.



Blog Tour and Review – Fierce Grace by Jess B Moore

Fierce Grace

Annabelle Dare is in a good place. She landed a sweet job, teaching at the quaint Fox River Elementary School. She has everything she needs: teaching music and sharing an apartment with her best friend. A simple life, she’s convinced, is all she needs.    

Asher Grace knows who he is and what he has to offer. Nothing. A poor boy from the wrong side of town, steel worker, with too much weight on his shoulders as he is trying to hold his family together. Best choice is avoiding too-sweet-for-her-own-good Annabelle at all costs.    

Annabelle falls in love with the way she comes to life with Asher. He awakens a hunger for life and love in her that she didn’t know she possessed.  

Asher must learn his worth beyond his upbringing and his past. Annabelle must learn to stoke the fire of life as it burns within her and learn how close she can get before the flames lick her. 

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Katie’s 5 Star Review:

Fierce Grace (Ardent #2)
By Jess B. Moore
5 stars

Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Book Blog

Having read book 1 in this series I was really looking forward to reading the second book and I wasn’t disappointed. I enjoyed re-visiting some of the previous character and also meeting the new ones – Annabelle and Asher. 
I really liked both of the characters but I think in particular Asher. There was just something about him that drew me to him straight away. I personally thought they made a perfect couple and I was rooting for them the whole way through. They seemed to have a genuine connection and the way in which the author write about them brought them to life – almost like I was right there with them in the story. 
Again as with the first book I found the story to be well written and it had a good pace and flow to it. The characters were well developed and it could be read as a standalone however I would definitely recommend reading book 1 as well. 
A fantastic second novel by Jess B. Moore and I look forward to reading more from her again in the future. 

Author Bio – 

Jess B Moore is a writer of love stories.  When she’s not writing, she’s busy mothering her talented and stubborn children, reading obscene numbers of books, and knitting scarves she’ll likely never finish.   

Jess lives in small town North Carolina with her bluegrass obsessed family.  She takes too many pictures of her cats, thinking the Internet loves them as much as she does.  She is a firm believer of swapping stories over coffee or wine, and that there should always be dark chocolate involved.   


Please leave a review to tell other readers what you thought.  Reviews are everything for writers! 

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Blog Tour – Christmas Spirit by Nicola May

Christmas Spirit by Nicola May

It’s two days before Christmas – and Evie Harris finds herself both manless and jobless. After a chance encounter with handsome Greg (and egged on by her toy-boy-eating friend, Bea) she agrees to work at a homeless shelter on Christmas Day.
Striking up an unlikely friendship with homeless Yves, Evie begins an unwitting journey of spiritual awakening, all set against the sparkling winter backdrop of London landmarks. 
A New Year’s Eve revelation is on its way . . . but will it leave Evie with a happy heart, or will she allow the pre-Christmas past to dictate her future?

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Nicola May – Biography 

Nicola May lives near the famous Ascot racecourse with herblack-and-white rescue cat, Stan. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks  and, naturally, enjoying a flutter on the horses.

Nicola likes to write about love, life and friendship in a realistic way, describing her novels as ‘chicklit with a kick’.

She has written eight novels, with Christmas Spirit being her first novella.

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Blog tour and Review – A Heritage of Death by Alexa Padgett


An unconventional woman. A brutal murder. To solve the case, one woman will look for help from beyond the grave…

Cici Gurule wants to pretend her dream is nothing more than a meaningless nightmare. But the bruised and bloodied woman looked alarmingly like her. When a baby turns up on her porch–a baby who was reported missing days before–evidence points to a connection with the woman in Cici’s dream, and she can no longer ignore the nighttime vision. Cici and Detective Sam Chastain struggle to follow the garbled evidence, but the killer scores his victim first. Worse, a message pinned to the victim’s blouse states, “You’re next.”

Now, it’s a race against the clock to keep the baby safe and find the murderer before his trail goes cold. Cici’s only chance to solve this mystery, before she becomes the next victim, means choosing between her faith and believing a message left by her ghostly twin.

A Heritage of Death is the second novel in a compelling female sleuth mystery series for fans of Ruth Ware and Gilly MacMillan. If you like convention-shattering heroines, vivid Southwest settings, and a touch of the paranormal, then you’ll love Alexa Padgett’s twisty mystery.

Buy A Heritage of Death and hold on tight for a white-knuckle thrill ride today!

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Jade’s 4 Star Review:

This is the first book by Alexa Padgett that I’ve read and it definatley wont be my last. Although I haven’t read the first book in the series it doesn’t really matter as they can be read as standalone. But saying that after reading this book, I am definatley going to go back and read book 1. 
I loved Cici, I thought maybe being a Reverend we wouldn’t be able to relate to her. But that wasn’t the case at all. I loved her character, I loved that she still kept the things that she loved in life even if she was a Reverend. 
The author did a great job of feeding us little bits of information, while keeping us on the edge of our seat, and also without giving too much away and ruining the story straight away. 
I did guess who the ‘baddie’ was towards the end but it didn’t ruin my enjoyed of the book. 
The story had a interesting plot with the people being killed and the reasoning behind it. I loved the police side of the story and you can tell the author had done her research. The connection to the dead that CiCi had was really interesting and I enjoyed it a lot. It was a nice twist on a murder mystery story. It gave the story an edge.
The author’s writing is easy to read and pulls you into the story from page 1. The descriptions were well written and detailed and they gave you the image in your head to image you were there.
I am definatley going to carry on with this series. After the snippet we had of the next book, I need to see where CiCi has ended up and what trouble she has found this time.

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About A PILGRIMAGE TO DEATH (A Reverend Cici Gurule Mystery Book 1)

When Cici discovers a body in the forest, she’s shocked to realize the victim’s wounds are identical to the ones that killed her sister a year ago. Now she’s embroiled in the takedown of a massive criminal operation, and the stakes couldn’t be higher…

“A wholly absorbing gumshoe tale elevated by an extraordinary detective” (Kirkus Reviews starred review).

Someone murdered her sister. And shot her dog. The killer won’t stop until she’s dead, too.

Cici finds a dead body while hiking in the Santa Fe National Forest. The situation deteriorates when she discovers the victim bears similar stab wounds to those that ended her twin sister’s life a year ago.

Then, her identical twin sister infiltrates her dreams.

All of a sudden, Cici and her dogs must dodge arrows, bullets, and even a demon truck—all while she grapples with the knowledge that her sister was on the trail of a deep-rooted criminal operation. Worse, her twin’s death was much more sinister than a random act of violence.

Now, as she follows the clues her sister drops in her dreams, the criminals want Cici out of the way. Permanently.

A Pilgrimage to Death is a high-octane thriller. Fans of Ruth Ware, J.D. Robb, and Angela Marsons will love Alexa’s Padgett’s new edge-of-your-seat novel.

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About Alexa Padgett

With a degree in international marketing and a varied career path that includes content management for a web firm, marketing direction for a high-profile sports agency, and a two-year stint with a renowned literary agency, award-winning author Alexa Padgett has returned to her first love: writing fiction.

Alexa spent a good part of her youth traveling. From Budapest to Belize, Calgary to Coober Pedy, she soaked in the myriad smells, sounds, and feels of these gorgeous places, wishing she could live in them all—at least for a while. And she does in her books.

She lives in New Mexico with her husband, children, and walk-loving Great Pyrenees pup, Ash. When not writing, schlepping, or volunteering, she can be found in her tiny kitchen, channeling her inner Barefoot Contessa.

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