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Author: Lynsey James

Published: 1 August 2016
Reviewed: 24 September 2016

4 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by Carina UK in return for an honest review

 

Description:

The perfect summer romance for a sunny afternoon and a picnic in the park
Emily Reed is having a bad day. Her mother has just dropped a devastating bombshell—the dad she’s known and loved for twenty-five years isn’t her biological father!

Desperately in need of answers, Emily heads to Luna Bay covering her personal quest up as a work trip to Sunflower Cottage B&B.

Setting up the ‘Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club’ should be a great way to meet the locals and maybe even find out who her father is. The only problem is brooding and insanely gorgeous, Noah, who is determined to make Emily’s stay perfectly uncomfortable.

Discovering the truth after all these years was never going to be simple, but Emily will stop at nothing to uncover her past… even if her heart is getting in the way!

Don’t miss a single book in the Luna Bay series:
Book 1 – The Broken Hearts Book Club
Book 2 – The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club
Book 3 – Coming soon

My Thoughts & Review:

The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club sees a much awaited return to Luna Bay, Lynsey James is one of those authors on my list to keep an eye out for after having read the first book in the series The Broken Hearts Book Club.  I should note that this can be read as a standalone book if you don’t want to follow the Luna Bay series and just fancy reading this one.

Here we meet Emily Reed, who has recently been passed over for a promotion at work, in favour of someone who was closely acquainted with the boss.  Understandably she is angry and frustrated, but the revelations that she finds when she goes for dinner with her parents are enough to make a bad day worse – the man she thought of as her father is not her biological father.

Confused and distraught, Emily goes in search of her biological father, her mother thinks he still lives in Luna Bay so logically that’s the first place to start looking.  When her boss hears of her plan, he turns it to his advantage, there is a B&B there that he would like her to work on getting signed over to their hotel chain.
What then follows is a lovely heartwarming tale filled with mishaps, humour and community spirit.

The characters in this are great, very realistic and engaging.  The descriptions of the settings are vivid and give the reader wonderful mental images of Luna Bay.  The mentions of food from the breakfast club sounded so delicious.

The writing is warm and the book reads like catching up with old friends, despite these being new characters in the series.  If I’m honest, I preferred this book to the first one, perhaps it was just something about the story, or perhaps I preferred Emily’s character as opposed to the protagonist in the first book.  This is a great book to read if you want to take a break from things, just the right amount of romance and emotion to make this a feel good story, it’s the sort of book you can curl up with and happily lose a few hours.

 

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Author: Caimh McDonnell

Published: 27 August 2016
Reviewed: 12 September 2016

5 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by McFori Ink in return for an honest review

 

Description:

An Irish crime thriller with a difference

The first time somebody tried to kill him it was an accident.

The second time was deliberate.

Now Paul Mulchrone finds himself on the run with nobody to turn to except a nurse who has read one-too-many crime novels and a renegade copper with a penchant for violence. Together, they must solve one of the most notorious crimes in Irish history…

…or else they’ll be history.

 

My Thoughts & Review:

Caimh McDonnell is a new name to me, and certainly one I might not have discovered if I’d not stumbled upon a a guest post on another blog to publicise the release of this novel and his animosity towards the title of ‘Comedic Crime’.

Set in Dublin, the reader is immediately thrown into the madness of the story of Paul Mulchrone.  A man with one of those nondescript faces, he has a talent for being a chameleon – generally speaking with those in their geriatric years.  He’s a granny whisperer, a volunteer who visits the elderly folks of St. Kilda’s hospice and speaks to them as whomsoever they wish him to be in their final days – nephew, son, grandson etc.  When Paul does a favour for nurse Brigit Conroy he has no idea who he’s really going in to see, other than a man on his death bed, who the nursing staff think of as lonely.

What then follows is a hilarious madcap tale of one man being in the wrong place at the wrong time, with a nurse in tow.

The humour in this book is absolutely fantastic, the comedy in the descriptions of people is sheer brilliance, perhaps it comes from having Irish family but when I read the description of nurse Brigit I immediately got a clear image in my head of what she looked like, how she acted etc.
All of the characters are various shades of interesting, Paul is brought to life through his back story and his humour – a great character that really has the reader empathising at his plight whilst laughing their head off at the implausibility and fecklessness of it all.
Bunny, well now here’s an interesting character…..if you’ve read any of Stuart MacBride’s books, he’s like the male version of Roberta Steel…..the unkempt and slightly rough around the edges idea but he’s got a charm about him too (diamond in the rough perhaps…..the really REALLY rough sort of stuff).

Despite McDonnell’s dislike of ‘comedic crime’, it really does work for this book, but only if you are willing to accept that in this setting that genre is akin to mastery.  The criminal element to the plot is well created, it’s creeping reach flows well to individuals and their situations, the historical case involved in the story was interesting as well as providing a great starting point for Paul’s sarcasm and humour.

What I want to know is how McDonnell can write something that has the reader on the edge of their seat with the pace and apprehension but also the humour?  Surely he isn’t allowed to be that talented?  Seems a little unfair for other authors out there!

Happily, there’s a note at the back of the book to say that there will be more adventures from Paul and Brigit (and Bunny!), thank goodness, there’s no way you can introduce me to such sheer brilliance then cut me off!!

I definitely recommend buying a copy of this engaging crime thriller, it’s a break from the norm and an utterly fantastic read.

You can buy a copy of A Man With One of Those Faces here.

About the Author:

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Author image and information courtesy of http://whitehairedirishman.com

Caimh McDonnell is an award-winning stand-up comedian, author and writer of televisual treats.
His writing credits include The Sarah Millican Television Programme, A League of Their Own, Mock the Week and Have I Got News for You. He also works as a children’s TV writer and was BAFTA nominated for the animated series ‘Pet Squad’ which he created. He was a winner in the BBC’s Northern Laffs sitcom writing competition.

During his time on the British stand-up circuit, he has firmly established himself as the white-haired Irishman whose name nobody can pronounce. He regularly supports Sarah Millican and Gary Delaney on tour and has also brought the funny worldwide, doing stand-up tours of the Far East, the Middle East and Near East (Norwich).

To find out more about Caimh and his books go to his website http://whitehairedirishman.com and sign up to his newsletter or follow him on Twitter @Caimh

 

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