Hello, Sunshines! I hope everyone is well? Here in Yorkshire, we have just had a bit of a mini heatwave, It was lovely but honestly, this amount of sun is no good for my Ghostly pale skin, any more of it and I will resemble a lobster…LOL!
So now parts of the UK are slowly coming out of Lockdown, I thought I would share with you all the books I have treated myself to during the last few month’s. First though, in January I made a promise to myself not to buy any more books until I had made a dent in the ones I had already had on my bookshelf/ kindle shelf and I did so well at sticking to, and I was actually starting to make a mark on those books which had been slightly neglected and then lockdown happened.
Like so many people, I started reading more, which is a good thing, but I couldn’t hold out anymore with an Amazon voucher screaming out to be used and some of my favourite publishers having offers, and as you will see in this post I not only broke my own rules, I completely ripped up the rule book and tossed it out of the window…It’s true, I have no will power!
At least I have plenty to read until Christmas….next year, can someone stop me next time, please?
So, why not have a peek at my Lockdown Binge Buys, you never know there may be one or two that you love the sound of too.
I do love a good Mills and Boon bargain and about a month ago they had a huge 40% off bargain, something I couldn’t pass up.
Beneath the Major’s Scars by Sarah Mallory
When a tainted beauty…
After being shamelessly seduced by a married man, Zelah Pentewan finds her reputation is in tatters. Determined to rise above the gossip-mongers, Zelah knows she can rely on no one but herself.
…MEETS A FORMIDABLE BEAST!
But her independence takes a knock when a terrifying stranger must come to her aid. Major Dominic Coale’s formidable manner is notorious, but Zelah shows no signs of fear. She doesn’t cower at his touch as she begins to get a glimpse of the man behind the scars…
The Notorious Coale Brothers They are the talk of the Ton!
How to Ruin a Reputation (Rakes Beyond Redemption, Book 2) by Bronwyn Scott
ASHTON BEDEVERE: RENOWNED LIBERTINE WHO CAN RUIN A REPUTATION QUICKER THAN OTHER GENTLEMEN CAN DRINK THEIR BRANDY
After years in Italy, honing his skills in the delicious art of seduction, Ashe returns to London’s high-class establishments – preceded, of course, by his reputation for lavish opulence and unashamed wickedness. Then his scandalous ways are abruptly ended by his father’s death.
To claim what is rightfully his, notorious lothario Ashe must do the inconceivable – take a wife! But who could possibly even think about marrying such a man? Certainly not the lovely Genevra Ralston. After all, she’d be finished in polite society. Wouldn’t she? Yet Ashe’s notorious charm and practised touch could prove irresistible…
Rakes Beyond Redemption Too wicked for polite society…
Falcon’s Love by Denise Lynn
He will protect her at all costs…
Darius of Faucon has been sent on a king’s mission – to protect the young widow of Thornson Keep until a husband can be found for her. A seemingly simple task for a noble knight – until he sets eyes on Marguerite, his one-time love…and Lady of Thornson!
Though Marguerite was forced to wed another, she never let go of the passion she once shared with Darius – or the precious gift he unknowingly bestowed upon her. Now Darius is about to uncover the secret she has kept for five years…
Titanic: A Date With Destiny by Marguerite Kaye
A love against all the odds…
For stewardess Jennifer Spencer, working on-board the luxurious Titanic means more than just a ticket to America – it’s her ticket to a better life! So when handsome American tycoon Max Blakely steals a sizzling kiss from her, the temptation to enjoy her Cinderella moment is irresistible!
Max’s sweet seduction feels like a dream to Jennifer, but when the unthinkable happens and the nightmare begins, will their love be strong enough to survive?
Gallant Officer, Forbidden Lady by Diane Gaston
He’s fought for his country, now he’s fighting for his heart!
The battlefields of Badajoz are nothing compared to the cutting tongues of polite society, but Jack Vernon has never been very ‘polite’. A canvas is the brooding artist’s preferred company – having once been an outlet for the horror he witnessed at war, it’s now his fortune.
Painting the portrait of stunningly beautiful Ariana Blane is his biggest commission yet. Learning every curve of her body ignites feelings he thought were destroyed in battle. But he’s not the only man who has Ariana in his sights…
Lady Isobel’s Champion (Knights of Champagne, Book 1) by Carol Townend
HIS LADY IN WAITING
In her long years at the convent, waiting for her betrothed, Lady Isobel de Turenne has built the Comte d’Aveyron into a fantasy – a man who will rescue, protect and love her… But when the Comte finally returns to claim his bride Isobel finds instead a man of contradictions – one who masks dark secrets with desire.
Wary of a man’s touch, but desperate to grasp her new freedom, Isobel must decide if it’s solely duty forcing the Comte to marry or whether he is truly her longed-for champion.
Knights of Champagne Three swordsmen for three ladies
Captain Rose’s Redemption by Georgie Lee
From gentleman to rogue
Who had her former fiancé become?
Captured by pirates off the Virginia coast, Lady Cassandra Shepherd is shocked to see in the blue eyes of Captain Rose the young man she loved and lost. What has caused him to exchange his honour for a chance at revenge? But now he needs her help. Dare Cas believe the captain can reclaim his life as an upstanding gentleman and with it, her hand in marriage?
Mills and Boons currently have a discount on their website; 30% off your entire basket which ends of the 28th, if you love your romance then you don’t want to miss out on that.
Some of the books below are still discounted on Amazon, definetly check them out if you like the look of them.
Silent Heroes by Patricia Furstenburg
How far would you go to save strangers in need?
A platoon of Marines and their military working dogs, MWD, are about to find out.
An educated woman makes the ultimate sacrifice to teach girls to read. She leaves behind a daughter and a son whose lives become intertwined with those of the U.S. Marines. But the Taliban is infiltrated everywhere and is hard to differentiate between friend and foe.
As vivid as a movie, you will share the life of the Marines deployed in an Afghan military base; climb the breathtaking Hindu-Kush Mountains to a secluded Taliban camp; dive in the belly of
ancient Qala-e-Bost fortress in the middle of a battle, and experience the culture of the Afghan people.
Silent Heroes is a race against time, “an emotional rollercoaster of a read,” a page-turner, a thrilling contemporary story with a vivid sense of the place, history and politics that shines a light on the humanity of the Marines and their special relationship with their canine buddies.
The utterly thrilling war fiction read inspired by true events from a Historical Fiction bestselling author – it will keep you gripped until the final page.
Chosen one of 5 Books Everyone Should Read in Their Lifetime
The Little Vineyard in Provence by Ruth Kelly
Dreaming of your next holiday? Let Ruth Kelly transport you away to the sunny climes of Provence.
Ava needs to escape.
Stuck in a dead-end job, her husband Mark has left her with a mountain of debt and no clue as to when he’ll be back.
When she receives the news that her grandfather has passed away, Ava is shocked to learn he has left his entire vineyard, Chateau Saint Clair, to her.
Fresh coffee and croissants for breakfast, a glass of red with the handsome local waiter Jacques; Ava starts to feel quite at home. But it would be madness to walk away from her marriage, to take a chance on a place she fell for as a child – wouldn’t it?
Fans of Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Veronica Henry will want to join Ava for a glass of wine as the sun sets on the terrace at Chateau Saint Clair.
The Teashop on the Corner by Milly Johnson
Life is full of second chances, if only you keep your heart open for them.
Spring Hill Square is a pretty sanctuary away from the bustle of everyday life. And at its centre is Leni Merryman’sTeashop on the Corner, specialising in cake, bookish stationery and compassion. And for three people, all in need of a little TLC, it is somewhere to find a friend to lean on.
Carla Pride has just discovered that her late husband Martin was not who she thought he was. And now she must learn to put her marriage behind her and move forward.
Molly Jones’sex-husband Harvey has reappeared in her life after many years, wanting to put right the wrongs of the past before it is too late.
And Will Linton’s business has gone bust and his wife has left him to pick up the pieces. Now he needs to gather the strength to start again.
Can all three find the comfort they are looking for in The Teashop on the Corner? And as their hearts are slowly mended by Leni, can they return the favour when she needs it most?
The Last Letter from Juliet by Melanie Hudson
Inspired by the brave women of WWII, this is a moving and powerful novel of friendship, love and resilience for fans of My Name is Eva, The Alice Network and The Tattooist of Auschwitz.
A story of love not a story of a war…
A daring WWII pilot who grew up among the clouds, Juliet Caron’s life was one of courage, adventure – and a love torn apart by war. Every nook of her Cornish cottage is alive with memories just waiting to be discovered.
Katherine Henderson has escaped to Cornwall for Christmas, but she soon finds there is more to her holiday cottage than meets the eye. And on the eve of Juliet’s 100th birthday, Katherine is enlisted to make an old lady’s final Christmas wish come true…
Me Before You meets The English Patient in this stunning romantic historical novel
The Secret Messenger by Mandy Robotham
The world is at war, and Stella Jilani is leading a double life. By day she works in the lion’s den as a typist for the Reich; by night, she risks her life as a messenger for the Italian resistance. Against all odds, Stella must impart Nazi secrets, smuggle essential supplies and produce an underground newspaper on her beloved typewriter.
But when German commander General Breugal becomes suspicious, it seems he will stop at nothing to find the mole, and Stella knows her future could be in jeopardy.
Years later, Luisa Belmont finds a mysterious old typewriter in her attic. Determined to find out who it belonged to, Luisa delves into the past and uncovers a story of fierce love, unimaginable sacrifice and, ultimately, the worst kind of betrayal…
Set between German-occupied 1940s Venice and modern-day London, this is a fascinating tale of the bravery of everyday women in the darkest corners of WWII, for readers of The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris.
Women of Steel: The Feisty Factory Sisters Who Helped Win the War by Michelle Rawlins
True stories of love and loss during WWII, from the tough Northern women who kept the foundry fires burning.
When war broke out, the young women of Sheffield had their carefree lives turned upside down. With their sweethearts being sent away to fight, they had no choice but to step into the men’s shoes and become the backbone of the city’s steel industry. Through hard toil and companionship, they vowed to keep the foundry fires burning and ensured that soldiers had the weapons, planes and ships needed to secure victory over Hitler.
When the men returned from the front in 1945, many of these women tragically found themselves discarded ‘like yesterday’s fish and chip wrappers’. But decades later, a grassroots campaign spearheaded by the elderly Women of Steel finally brought their remarkable story to light.
Women of Steel is the last chance to hear these unsung heroines’ voices, as they share first-hand how a group of plucky young women rallied together to win the war for Britain.
One Summer in Santorini (The Holiday Romance, Book 1) by Sandy Brker
There was something in the air that night. . .
Sarah has had enough of men. It’s time to rekindle her first true love – travel – so she books a sailing trip around the Greek islands with a group of strangers.
The very last thing Sarah wants is to meet someone new, but then a gorgeous American man boards her yacht… And when she also encounters a handsome silver fox who promises her the world, she realises that trouble really does come in twos.
Will Sarah dive into a holiday fling or stick to her plan to steer clear of men, continue her love affair with feta and find her own way after all?
The perfect holiday read to escape with this summer, for fans of Annie Robertson’s My Mamma Mia Summer and Mandy Baggot’s One Last Greek Summer.
Marrying His Runaway Heiress by Therese BeHarrie
A diamond isn’t forever…
until it’s from the right man!
For journalist Elena John, heading to Italy on assignment is her chance to avoid her impending arranged marriage. But Micah Williams, the star of her article, is nothing like the uptight tycoon she expected.
Alone in Italy she falls under his charming spell.
But can Micah offer a counter-proposal?
The Wayward Miss Wyckenham by Melinda Hammond
Miss Clarissa Wyckenham comes to London to live with her pretty step-mama and finds that Mama-Nell has formed a discreet club for ladies. Soon she is pitched headlong into the scandalous antics of the Belles Dames Club, and finds herself in conflict with the disapproving Lord Alresford…
Originally published as The Belles Dames Club, this is a sparkling comedy of romance and adventure set at the end of the eighteenth century.
SPITFIRE by Suzy Henderson
A gripping tale of the courage and heroism of Churchill’s “Few” based on true events. Perfect for fans of Robert Radcliffe and Laura Hillenbrand.
May 1940. The French and British armies are in retreat as Hitler’s blitzkrieg storms through France. Finally, they are beaten back to the coast at Dunkirk, with nowhere left to flee.
Churchill is determined to rescue as many men as possible, for without her army, Britain is sunk. A plan is hatched to evacuate the men from the beaches by sea, but it will take the combined strength of all the forces to ensure its success.
Sam, a young RAF pilot flies sorties daily over France, engaging the enemy in the skies over Dunkirk. He is determined to protect the men trapped on the beaches below, and give them a fighting chance of returning to home shores.
Day after day he returns to base when others do not. He witnesses friends shot down by the Luftwaffe, sometimes lost at sea. And each time he wonders when his luck will run out, yet still, he returns to the hell in the skies.
Survival is Victory.
2020 is the 75th anniversary of VE Day. While the war still raged on in the Pacific, it was finally over for all in Europe and great celebrations rolled out around the world. Why not celebrate by reading a new book about those remarkable times, and in doing so, remember the “Few” who gave their all for us today. Lest We Forget.
The Gaslight Stalker: Nobody is safe in Whitechapel. (Esther & Jack Enright Mystery Book 1) by David Field
Looking for your new favourite historical mystery series? Perfect for fans of Sherlock Holmes, Rory Clements and Antonia Hodgson…
Jack the Ripper is stalking the streets of London. Can anyone stop the serial killer before more women are murdered?
London, 1888: Whitechapel is full of the noise of August Bank Holiday celebrations. Everyone is in high spirits until a woman – Martha Turner – is discovered brutally murdered.
Her friend, Esther, a lowly seamstress turned female sleuth, is determined to find the killer.
A young police officer, Jack Enright, takes the lead on the case, and he and Esther soon embark on a professional – and personal – relationship.
When another murder is committed and whispers of a slasher calling himself Jack the Ripper start flowing through the London streets, the search becomes even more desperate.
The police are on the wrong track and the young couple take matters into their own hands, and soon find themselves navigating through London’s dark underbelly.
Can they find the murderer before he kills again? Will anyone listen to their suspicions?
Or will this dark presence continue to haunt Whitechapel…?
A Deceitful Subtlety (Thomazine and Major Russell Thrillers Book 2) by M.J. Logue
Thomazine and Major Thankful Russell are back! Perfect for fans of C. S. Quinn, S. G. MacClean and Alison Weir.
How far can you rely on a woman’s intuition…?
Thomazine and Major Thankful Russell should be enjoying married life.
With one teething baby and another on the way, life at the newly-rebuilt house at Four Ashes in the Chilterns is never dull, and they’re hoping to put the debauchery of Restoration London behind them.
But then the indomitable poetess Mistress Aphra Behn arrives at their door…
Aphra claims to have promised to marry respectable merchant William Scot, who she met on a previous spying mission in Belgium. But he never turned up for the wedding.
She’s determined to discover his fate – and she wants Thankful to help her search Bruges.
Which may be how married couples behave in sophisticated London society, but there’s no way Thomazine is letting her husband loose on his own with the lovely, flirtatious Mistress Behn.
It looks like the couple will once again have to put domestic bliss aside to unravel this intriguing mystery…
A Deceitful Subtlety is the second book in the Thomazine and Major Russell Thriller series, compelling historical mysteries with a dash of romance, set in seventeenth century England.
Trickster (Georgina Garrett Series Book 1) by Sam Michaels
Georgina Garrett was born to be ruthless and she’s about to earn her reputation.
As World War One is announced a baby girl is born. Little do people know that she’s going to grow up to rule the streets of Battersea.
From a family steeped in poverty the only way to survive is with street smarts.
With a father who steals for a living, a grandmother who’s a woman of the night and a mother long dead, Georgina was never in for an easy life. But after a tragic event left her father shaken he makes a decision that will change the course of all their lives – to raise Georgina as George, ensuring her safety but marking the start of her life of crime…
The First Time I Said Goodbye by Claire Allan
Would you hold on tighter if you knew you were saying goodbye forever?
In 1959, factory girl Stella Hegarty finds herself falling unexpectedly for the charms of a handsome US marine based in Derry.Caught up in a whirlwind of romance, Stella finds herself planning a new life in America with her beloved Ray.But when tragedy steps in, both their lives are thrown into turmoil and they come to realise they may have said their first, and last goodbye.
In 2010, Annabel Jackson, reeling from the loss of her father, agrees to accompany her mother Stella back to Ireland to meet her family for the first time. In Derry they both start to realise that sometimes you have to say goodbye to what you thought you always wanted, in order to find what you have needed all along.
The Bobby Girl by Johanna Bell
1914. While their men fight in France, at home in Britain women are finally seizing the opportunity to make a difference . . .
Maggie and her new friends Annie, Irene and Sarah come from very different backgrounds, but they’ve got one thing in common: they’ve all signed up for the Women Police Volunteers. They can’t wait to show the men just what they’re made of.
But soon, Maggie realises she’s in over her head. Hiding her involvement with the WPV from her tyrannous father is becoming ever more difficult, and when she bumps into an old acquaintance with a big chip on his shoulder, the dangers of her new life become all too clear . . .
As Maggie and the girls work together to find their feet on the beat, will their friendship get her through the darkest of times?
To Be A Queen by Annie Whitehead
One family, two kingdoms, one common enemy …
This is the true story of Aethelflaed, the ‘Lady of the Mercians’, daughter of Alfred the Great. She was the only female leader of an Anglo-Saxon kingdom.
Born into the royal house of Wessex at the height of the Viking wars, she is sent to her aunt in Mercia as a foster-child, only to return home when the Vikings overrun Mercia. In Wessex, she witnesses another Viking attack and this compounds her fear of the enemy.
She falls in love with a Mercian lord but is heartbroken to be given as bride to the ruler of Mercia to seal the alliance between the two Anglo-Saxon kingdoms.
She must learn to subjugate her feelings for her first love, overcome her indifference to her husband and win the hearts of the Mercians who despise her as a foreigner and twice make an attempt on her life.
When her husband falls ill and is incapacitated, she has to learn to rule and lead an army in his stead. Eventually she must fight to save her adopted Mercia from the Vikings and, ultimately, her own brother.
To Be A Queen was Long-listed for HNSIndie Book of the Year 2016 and has been awarded an indie BRAG Gold Medallion.
Kings of Georgian Britain by Catherine Curzon
For over one hundred years of turmoil, upheaval, and scandal, Great Britain was a Georgian land. From the day the German-speaking George I stepped off the boat from Hanover to the night that George IV, bloated and diseased, breathed his last at Windsor, the four kings had presided over a changing nation.
Kings of Georgian Britain offers a fresh perspective on the lives of the four Georges and the events that shaped their characters and reigns. From love affairs to family feuds, political wrangling, and beyond, it is a chance to peer behind the pomp and follow these iconic figures from cradle to grave. After all, being a king isn’t always about grand parties and jaw-dropping jewels, and sometimes following in a father’s footsteps can be the hardest job around.
Take a step back in time and meet the wives, mistresses, friends, and foes of these remarkable kings who shaped the nation, and find out what really went on behind closed palace doors. Whether dodging assassins, marrying for money, digging up their ancestors, or sparking domestic disputes that echoed down the generations, the kings of Georgian Britain were never short on drama.
Hmmm, did I really buy all of these books since March? At least I won’t be bored..LOL!
Did anyone else do a huge book-buying binge through Lockdown? I’d love to know!