I Heart Books Blog

by Karen Louise Hollis

Healing Hearts at Bumblebee Barn by Jessica Redland

Being a big fan of Jessica Redland, I was thrilled to hear her new book was out. I loved her Hedgehog Hollow series and while Healing Hearts at Bumblebee Barn is a standalone, it has some characters in common. The main character here is Barney, whose sister is Fizz – an important person in the…

Lost and Found by James Gould-Bourn

Ronnie is 42 years old and lives in Bingham-on-Sea, a rundown seaside town. He cuts a lonely figure, working in the lost property office at the bus station and sometimes cleaning the buses – and seemingly without having any friends. He visits his GP, Dr Sterling, far too often and lives with only his father’s…

Different, Not Less by Chloe Hayden

This is Chloe Hayden’s story about how she found life growing up being different. She was eventually diagnosed with autism and ADHD, but before then, she wasn’t quite sure what was going on and tried to find where, and how, she could fit in. I’m interested in this because I have children on the autistic…

Escape to Darling Cove by Holly Hepburn

I really enjoy Holly Hepburn’s books and I was really looking forward to reading her latest – Escape to Darling Cove. It also has a beautiful cover! This one is set in Northumberland, an area I have visited many times, so that added to the attraction of reading it too. I liked that Eve Darling…

Daisy Does It Herself by Gracie Player

The novel starts by introducing Daisy Monroe, who is 26 years old. She lives in London with her boyfriend Phil and they have been together six years so far. After a horrible day and a couple of shocking events, Daisy takes a train to – well, she’s not quite sure, but it turns out to…

My (extra)Ordinary Life by Rebecca Ryan

The book is written in first person, so we’re straight away taken into the mind of the main character Emily Turner, who is a 28-year-old teacher. She lives with her best friend Kaz who is an A&E nurse. Watching a BBC2 programme about human life, Emily discovers that not only are both her names incredibly…

The Mystery of Four by Sam Blake

31-year-old Tess Morgan has bought Kilfenora House and Gardens in Ireland, restoring the beautiful Tudor manor and after 2 ½ years of hard work, it will soon be open to the public again. We meet many of her friends and the people who live in the community. These include Tess’s best friend, Genevieve Fortune, who…

The Best TV Series of 2022

2022 was a hard year on many levels. The War in Ukraine and the cost of living crisis made life worrying and stressful. TV was an excellent distraction and provided wonderful escapism from depressing times. Here are some of the best things I watched on TV in 2022. The absolute best thing was The Traitors…

My favourite romance novels of 2022

This was such a hard category to judge! Out of the 129 novels I read in 2022, the majority were in the romance/romcom category and I loved so many books, but here’s a Top 5 for you – though in no particular order, but these all scored 9.5 out of 10. I have reviewed all…

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