Title: The Skeletons of Scarborough House (The Chapelwick Mysteries Book 1)

Author: Kitty French

Pages: 258 Pages

Publisher: Bookouture

The Blurb

Welcome to Chapelwick, a leafy English town in the hills of Shropshire, where chocolate fudge cake comes served with a side of murder.

Scarborough House is haunted, and it’s not doing much for Donovan Scarborough’s investment portfolio. No one wants to buy a place with levitating crockery, or (the wrong kind of) rhythmic pounding throughout the night.

Luckily, Melody “I-See-Dead-People” Bittersweet has just launched her own ghostbusting agency with best friend Marina, geeky, keen Arthur, and a one-eared pug called Lestat. They’re quick to take the case, even if it has already sort of (definitely) been given to Leo Dark, Melody’s rakish, despicable ex.

Melody soon discovers the resident phantoms are three brothers, one who was murdered at twenty, while the others lived to old age. But did the family exile the right person, or did the true killer get away with it?

Donovan Scarborough doesn’t care who solves the case. Whoever gets rid of the ghosts gets paid.

Can Melody and her new crew untangle the mystery, and bring the brothers peace, before Leo? Or will his distracting sexiness and Melody’s bonkers family cause the agency to fall at its first hurdle?

This is the PERFECT choice for fans of HY Hanna, Janet Evanovich, MC Beaton, and Gina LaManna, who’ll find themselves completely hooked and crying with laughter as they join Melody and her crew on their spooktastic adventure.

The Review

Sometimes all a girl really needs is a little bit of light-hearted escapism and dammit Kitty French delivers that in style in The Skeletons of Scarborough House (The Chapelwick Mysteries Book 1).

Melody Bittersweet is the daughter and granddaughter of local mediums – Chapelwick’s real life answer to the movie ghost. Melody, too, shares this gift and decides it is about time for her to start using her god given abilities to help the lingering dead pass over.

She is not without competition in this area of business. In fact, she is fighting for a job against her ex – a man who has capitalised on his link to the deceased by getting himself a TV deal.

It is a race against time to see who can sort out the problem of lingering ghosts at Scarborough house.

I genuinely think it is a real skill to be able to write a book that you can get invested in but feel comforted when you turn the final page. Kitty French has done herself proud with the first in The Chapelwick Mysteries series.

The Skeletons of Scarborough House (The Chapelwick Mysteries Book 1) by Kitty French is available now.

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Title: Songs About a Girl

Author: Chris Russell

Pages: 496 Pages

Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group

The Blurb

Heartbreak, romance, fame and pop music – for anyone who’s ever dreamed of saying ‘I’m with the band’.

Charlie Bloom never wanted to be ‘with the band’. She’s happiest out of the spotlight, behind her camera, unseen and unnoticed. But when she’s asked to take backstage photos for hot new boy band, Fire&Lights, she can’t pass up the chance.

Catapulted into a world of paparazzi and backstage bickering, Charlie soon becomes caught between gorgeous but damaged frontman Gabriel West and his boy-next-door bandmate, Olly Samson. Then, as the boys’ rivalry threatens to tear the band apart, Charlie stumbles upon a mindblowing secret, hidden in the lyrics of their songs …

The Review

So, it was always my dream – to say I’m with the band. It never happened for me sadly but I got to live that dream vicariously through the awesome YA fictional story of Charlie Bloom.

Songs About a Girl is the story of Charlie Bloom and how she is fast-tracked to the world of fame – something that she didn’t expect or actually want. Charlie is asked to take photographs for TV talent show winning band Fire&Lights and whilst taking the photographs she finds herself becoming the proverbial Yoko Ono. She begins to fall for frontman Gabriel West who she has this bizarre connection with and it upsets the delicate balance of the how the band works.

Amidst all of this Charlie is dealing with family issues, falling out with her best friend and dealing with her new found infamy. No one ever said that being a teenager was easy.

I absolutely adored Songs About a Girl. It made me want to be a teenager again….which as a 34 year old woman is not something I say lightly or often. Chris Russell really has got down to the nitty gritty of what it is like to be a teenager.

I am so glad that I have the sequel to this book downloaded and the third in the series pre-ordered.

Songs About a Girl by Chris Russell is available now.

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Title: So Glad To Meet You

Author: Lisa Super

Pages: 284 Pages

Publisher: Diversion Books

The Blurb

Daphne and Oliver have almost nothing in common…

Seventeen-year-old Daphne Bowman, a bookish drama nerd in public school, might never have crossed paths with Oliver, the popular, outgoing mascot for his private school’s football team, but one event has bound them inextricably. Daphne’s older sister, Emily, and Oliver’s older brother, Jason, who were high school sweethearts, committed suicide together seven years earlier.

When Daphne uncovers Emily and Jason’s bucket list—a list comprised of their “Top Ten” places to visit before they die—she knows she has to tell someone. The one person who might actually get what she’s going through and who might not think it’s silly that she wants to complete the list, is also someone she’s never spoken to—Oliver Pagano. Throwing caution to the wind, Daphne sends Oliver a Facebook message that will come to change the course of both of their senior years—and maybe their entire lives.

Tackling grief with a wry voice and an unflinching eye, So Glad to Meet You tells the story of two people who, in searching for what they’ve lost, end up finding what they never knew they needed—each other.

The Review

What if the only connection you had with someone was shared grief? That is how the relationship between Daphne and Oliver starts. Both have suffered a loss and both are handing it in a very different way.

Both Daphne and Oliver’s older siblings committed suicide but when Daphne finds a bucket list of things that they had wanted to do she sets off on a journey with Oliver to try and do a facsimile of the things on the list.

What is truly special about So Glad To Meet You is that it looks at the issue of mental health from the perspective of the family; those who are indirectly dealing with mental health issues because they have a family member with a mental health condition. Personally, I don’t think this is explored enough and fiction is the ideal platform. The relationship between Daphne and Oliver is constructed in a way that you know that they really feel like they are the only ones who understand each other. Their losses are coming from the self same place. It really is like the world revolves around them.

So Glad To Meet You is a wonderful page turner that needs to be on everybody’s TBR pile.

So Glad To Meet You by Lisa Super is available now.

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Title: Hello, Sunshine

Author: Laura Dave

Pages: 256 Pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The Blurb

Sunshine Mackenzie has it all…until her secrets come to light.

Sunshine Mackenzie is living the dream—she’s a culinary star with millions of fans, a line of #1 bestselling cookbooks, and a devoted husband happy to support her every endeavour.

And then she gets hacked.

When Sunshine’s secrets are revealed, her fall from grace is catastrophic. She loses the husband, her show, the fans, and her apartment. She’s forced to return to the childhood home—and the estranged sister—she’s tried hard to forget. But what Sunshine does amid the ashes of her own destruction may well save her life.

In a world where celebrity is a careful construct, Hello, Sunshine is a compelling, funny, and evocative novel about what it means to live an authentic life in an inauthentic age.

The Review

Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave was a fascinating piece of fiction that focuses on the negative impact of celebrity and social media.

Sunshine Mackenzie is an internet sensation who is about to hit the big time with her cooking skills that has been championed over YouTube. Days before the announcement of a brand new TV show in which she will star Sunshine’s dirty little secrets are revealed to the world.

Within minutes her life is ruined.

Hello, Sunshine is a book about redemption, making the best out of a bad situation and also rediscovery. It was an absolute delight to read and was perfect for one sitting in the sun.

Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave is available now.

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Title: The Library at the Edge of the World

Author: Felicity Hayes McCoy

Pages: 464 Pages

Publisher: Hachette Books

The Blurb

Local librarian Hanna Casey is wondering where it all went wrong …

Driving her mobile library van through Finfarran’s farms and villages, she tries not to think of the sophisticated London life she abandoned when she left her cheating husband. Or that she’s now stuck in her crotchety mum’s spare bedroom.

With her daughter Jazz travelling the world and her relationship with her mother growing increasingly fraught, Hanna decides to reclaim her independence.

Then, when the threatened closure of her library puts her plans in jeopardy, she finds herself leading a battle to restore the heart and soul of the fragmented community.

Will she also find the new life she’s been searching for?

The Review

I love libraries, in fact, I work in one. This was the deciding factor when I decided to request The Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes McCoy from NetGalley. What I was fortunate enough to get in this book was a rather charming story about starting over and the power of community.

The Library at the Edge of the World is the story of Hanna Casey. Hanna is divorced, works in her local library (a job she is seriously over-qualified for), and back living with her mother. Middle age isn’t how she pictured things to be. With that in mind she decides to invest in a property that was left to her in a distant relatives will. Oh she also decides to help save her small town from mass expansion too. She is a bit of a hero like that.

I really enjoyed The Library at the Edge of the World. It was a book of fun and escapism and that made it utterly charming.

The Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes McCoy is available now.

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