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Rachel’s Random Resources Blogtour The Cornish Lady


Educated, beautiful and the daughter of a prosperous merchant, Angelica Lilly has been invited to spend the summer in high society. Her father’s wealth is opening doors, and attracting marriage proposals, but Angelica still feels like an imposter among the aristocrats of Cornwall.
When her brother returns home, ill and under the influence of a dangerous man, Angelica’s loyalties are tested to the limit. Her one hope lies with coachman Henry Trevelyan, a softly spoken, educated man with kind eyes. But when Henry seemingly betrays Angelica, she has no one to turn to. Who is Henry, and what does he want? And can Angelica save her brother from a terrible plot that threatens to ruin her entire family?

Review The Cornish Lady by Fany Van Hemelen:
What a great historical novel about the life of Angelica Lily, a spirited woman in the late eighteenth century!

First, I have to admit I have never read Jane Austen or Victorian books. I love to get of my comfort zone and for the blog tour I was eager to read the fourth book in this series. So, yes, I never read any book in this genre before, but indeed I loved this one. You can read it as a stand alone like me, but I think it’s more intriguing to read the early books too, so you experience the whole atmosphere and setting better, but it is perfectly doable to just read The Cornish Lady.

Angelica is a feighty personality who lives in the 19th century. When the book starts her life is in turmoil. As a young and intelligent lady she is not interested in her expected marriage, no as a daughter of a wealthy merchant and a deceased actress, she has other plans. Like her father, she is into business, but as a woman’s and in that time there were other expectations. One day everything is changing. Her father, maybe found a new love and her brother returns to home, but is acting strange. His friend is bothering her and she doesn’t trust him. Luckily she has a great contact with all the servants at her house and Henry Trevelyan is a very promising guy who she really likes.

he story is set in Cornwall and bit by bit I learn to know more about her charming life and her tribes. I was getting a glimpse of the political and social stories and was treated to a fascinating story. Angelica uses her skill as an “actress” and first has everything she desires. Someday the point is turning and Lily has to fight for her beliefs and the protection of her family. Nothing is what it seems and when Henry Trevelyan, who she finally trusts, apparently betrays her, her world falls apart. Angelica has to search a way out to save her family and to find out the truth.

The Cornish Lady is a great introduction, full detail, in a high society world, set in lovely places and with an intriguing story about loyalty, family, betrayal and secrets. Angelica is a lady that acts different than expected for that time and that is adding punch to this historical fiction.

The Cornish Lady is quite fantastic for historian fiction lovers, but is actually a charming read for everyone who loves an engrossing story!

Nicola Pryce

Nicola Pryce came to writing after a career in nursing. She has an Open University degree in Humanities and is a qualified adult literacy support volunteer. She is lives in the Blackdown Hills in Somerset and when she isn’t writing she’s probably gardening or scrubbing the decks. She and her husband love sailing and for the last twenty years they have sailed in and out of the romantic harbours of the south coast of Cornwall in search of adventure: it is there where she sets her books.

The Cornish Lady is her fourth book: The others are Pengelly’s Daughter, The Captain’s Girl, and The Cornish Dressmaker.

Nicola is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Historical Writers Association.


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Titel: The Cornish Lady | Leesfragment | Auteur: Nicola Pryce | Uitgeverij: Atlantic Books | Categorie: historische romans | Uitvoering: paperback | 464 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9781786493859 | Verkrijgbaar sinds: maart 2019 |Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 15-03-2019 | Prijs: €8,99  | Bestellen

Rachel’s Random Resources One day Blog Blitz Thicker than water


Six years after floods made her family homeless, Jess Dyer has found safety on the wild North Yorkshire coast. Her sister-in-law Ruth is forging a role as doctor to their community of refugees and the rock around which the family revolves.
But the family is haunted by memories of the journey north and the loss of their mother Sonia. And their community is under attack from the local population.
When Jess answers a distress call at sea, she brings strangers to their village and puts Ruth in jeopardy. Jess must calm the community, mount a rescue mission and keep her brother Ben from tipping into insanity.
Will she succeed? And will she find Ruth before it’s too late?
Thicker Than Water is a gripping thriller about family, belonging and revenge.

Review Thicker than water by Fany van Hemelen:
A nice crime story about a new community and their journey to save the family!

First, I have to tell you I never read a book by Rachel McLean before this one. I think when you would like to discover this it’s better to read the first one in this series. Now I just fell into a story in the future and I had no clue about what really happened in the past.

Thicker than water starts with a self-sufficient community on the North Yorkshire coast. Six years ago a flood almost completely destroyed the United Kingdom. Jess and her brother Ben could survive and found a safe haven.

In this village they have begun a new life with other inhabitants and their group has developed a system of law and order. A steward is democratically chosen and their task is to hold the community together. When a new steward stands up, this isn’t the right decision for everyone. After a criticized rescue at sea, the new steward has organised, a nightmare appears. The situation gets out of control when beloved ones are in danger. Jess has to maintain peace and has to let the townspeople believe she is capable to solve the mystery. Ben, her brother is going insane when his lovely Ruth is in jeopardy. Ben is not the only one who is almost flipping, the whole community is angry and rebellion is not far away. The dangerous journey will reveal the ugly truth and nothing will ever be the same again.

Thicker than water is an easy crime read, with short chapters and an unexpected twist. It’s an entertaining crime story, but unfortunately it didn’t grip me as expected. Maybe I will love the next one more. The book is told from different perspectives and the tension is nicely builds up, but I was a bit disappointed. Perhaps I had loved it more when the story had more depth.

Rachel McLean

Rachel McLean
My name’s Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.
What does that mean? In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.
Do you often get through a thriller at breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen? My books aim to fill that gap.
If you’d like to know more about my books and receive extra bonus content, please join my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub. I’ll send you a weekly email with news about my writing research and progress, stories and bonus content for each book. And I’ll let you know when my books are on offer.



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Titel: Thicker than water |Auteur: Rachel McLean| Uitgeverij: Rachel Mccollin Ltd | Categorie: Fantasy & Science fiction| Uitvoering: paperback | 370 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9781999878252 | Verkrijgbaar sinds: mei 2018 |Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 11-03-2019 | Prijs: € 16,99 | Bestellen

LoveBooksGroupTours Blogtour Turner: “We are the light Join Us” – Jonathan De Montfort Cover Reveal


Today, I am happy to share the cover of an exciting thriller.

One Family.
Two Brothers.
One Big Decision.

“We Are the Light Join Us”.

Turner is a rich, dark, layered text that slowly draws you in before taking you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions in a story about what it means to be human, pure love and the sacrifices people make to preserve those things.

Hero, a young boy joining a new school, discovers he has a unique ability. One he finds that he shares with his mysterious, enigmatic older brother James. Upon this realisation, the brothers’ bond is cemented as they embark on a complex emotional journey together, honing their skills and developing their understanding of what this new found ability can bring for them both. However, upon his eighteenth birthday, Hero learns that with his new ability comes a choice and whenever he makes a decision there are serious consequences.

The story contrasts the parallel lives of the brothers as Hero decides to “Join the Light” whilst James takes an entirely different path and disappears . . .

Will they ever be reunited?

I know you’ve been curious so I got you the intriguing cover.

Titel: Turner | Auteur: Jonathan de Montfort | Uitgeverij: de Montfort Literature | Categorie: Fantasy, Horror | Uitvoering: Hardcover, Paperback of E-book | 400 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9781912770007 | Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Max. prijs (hardcover): €17,99 | Bestellen

LoveBooksGroupTours Blogtour The Forest of Riddles: A supernatural adventure


The Christopher Daring Adventures Book 2 – Stephen J. Willis

Throughout the series, Christopher and his friends must overcome various despicable foes as they battle with riddles, codes, creatures of the night, deathly spectres and secret orders, as they go in search of Christopher’s missing brother and father.

Within a tall whispering forest, night-time eyes blink in mesmerized wonder at a magical blue spectacle that dances all about them in the silence. So enchanting is this mysterious woodland, that it bewitches all that dare to cross its path.

But as darkness falls and the creatures stir, something else awakens deep within. For under the watchful eye of an unknown foe, a creeping menace ponders the fate of these dancing lights.

Invited to stay with his grandfather, Charlie, over the spring holidays, Christopher, along with his best mate Jason and new friend Poppy, venture up by train to the beautiful landscapes of Scotland. Here, they must unravel the many secrets weaved amongst sacred symbols and enchanting nocturnal lights that are hidden within this magical forest. For they alone hold the key to solving an ancient entrapment of a lost civilization.

With an unusual mix of science, technology, cosmology, fantasy fiction and a dash of the spiritual self, the Christopher Daring Adventures is a thrilling ride into the impossible.

Review Fany Van Hemelen The Forest of Riddles – A supernatural adventure:
What a delightful and exciting adventure with a mix of fantasy, sci-fi, science and lovely characters!

When Christopher is going to stay for a holiday in the Scottish Highlands with his grandfather Charlie, he couldn’t imagine what adventure was waiting him and his 12 year old friends.

The beautiful forest has some unexpected magic hide inside and when the environment is menaced, they can’t just watch and do nothing. To find out what the purpose of the cerulean light is and to protect the odd creatures in the wood, they have to work together. Poppy a great, but particular girl and Jason, the good friend of Christopher, love to solve difficult mysteries. To crack this riddle they form an unusual team with Christopher. Of course they can use help from the older ones, even if they won’t admit it.

The forest of Riddles is a book full of imagination and an amazing tale about friendship and family.

This adventure has an incredible mix of an intriguing mystery, great elements of fantasy, sci-fi and even science. Astronomy, cosmology and technology are other gripping components of the tale and all those things together are very important in this book.

This unusual, but wonderful cocktail, combined with vivid characters and an astonishing environment is enthralling from the start till the end.

The preview of the third book is promising and of course I am curious if they will finally find their loved-ones. Maybe I don’t even want them to discover their family soon, because I first would like to read much more stories about this brave young team.

I recommend this book to everyone who has a great imagination and loves to discover new worlds!
Even though the words are easy, the themes are universal, the mystery is fascinating and I am sure a lot of people will love this story!

Stephen J. Willis
For years people would ask Stephen to write-up the various adventures and stories that he would so often recount at social events and parties. The more fascinating people he had encountered, the more bizarre and exciting the stories would be, and so the more enthralled his audiences would also become.

So, to please a friend, that made him promise to write-up one of his more fascinating true stories, he began. After requests for more written works, he finally started on his literary journey.

The first few books were shorts and he experimented with them by putting them on a few websites. Both to his surprise and delight, they were read by over fourteen thousand people. And this, in turn, gave him the confidence to step-up his game and begin writing both novels and novelettes in earnest.

With his forewords penned by a variety of celebrities, and those with noticeable social standing, you can be rest assured of a good old-fashioned read, no matter the written genre.

Stephen hopes you enjoy his collection of books and stories, and that you get as lost in the pages as he did.

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Titel: The Forest of Riddles: A supernatural adventure |  Auteur: Stephen J. Willis | Uitgeverij: Neilson | Categorie: kids, jeugdboeken | Uitvoering: paperback| 396 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9781916481435 | Verkrijgbaar sinds: september 2018 |Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 26-02-2019 | Prijs: €16,99 | Bestellen

Rachel’s Random Resources Blogtour Consuming Fire – Catherine Fearns



What Has Been Seen Cannot Be Unseen…
Liverpool is in the grip of an intense heatwave, and strange things are happening.

A woman dies in an apparent case of Spontaneous Human Combustion; a truck explodes on the dock road; the charred corpses of pets litter the city; forest fires ravage the pinewoods…and there are birds everywhere, silent flocks drawing in ominously.

Detective Inspector Darren Swift thinks there are connections, and his investigation delves into the worlds of football, nightclubs and organised crime. But is he imagining things?

Dr. Helen Hope doesn’t think so. And she believes the key lies in a mysterious seventeenth-century occult book which has gone missing from Liverpool Library.

In the blistering sequel to Reprobation, DI Swift is forced to confront some inconvenient ghosts from his past, as a terrifying shadow lies over his city’s reality….

Review Consuming Fire by Fany Van Hemelen:
What a dark and different crime story where evil becomes true !

Consuming fire is not only a police procedural story,now it is a dim narration about the unthinkable and I was thrilled by the amazing plot twists!

First, I have to tell you I didn’t read the first book Reprobation. I found that a pity because even though you can read this book as a stand alone, I had the feeling I missed important information.

Consuming Fire starts with an excerpt of a Grimoire Ars Adramelechum in the seventeenth-century. It says when you open this, you open the box of Pandora. Okay, that sounds intriguing and from that time I start reading and was hooked to this story.

In the present there is a horrifying event. When a woman is walking down the street unexpectedly the flames devour her. When in another town a truck has a strange accident and eight men die by the fire it looks like both cases are connected. It is really odd, but Liverpool is on fire since that day.

Police inspector Darren and his partner Matt, the fire responsibly , are the ones who have to dig deep to find the truth. Could it be Spontaneous human combustion or was it a crime? Darren and his team are investigating this weird accident but can’t come a step further. Darren decides his good friend Helen to ask for help. Helen got in conflict with her Calvinist religion and she quit as a nun. Nevertheless, as a lecturer at the University, she now learns the students to think out of the box. She discovers these aren’t normal cases but, there are strange forces at the play. The lost occult book Ars Adramelechum from the library is perhaps linked with all those creepy incidents. Darren who is real sceptical, couldn’t share this with his police team so he is going to explore the unknown with Helen. Is it evil that has occurred the events? And why they’re so many birds in the town? Could they solve the mysteries before Darren is getting cracked by this dark cases? Maybe his accusation of a rehabilitated former criminal is the answer?

I truly loved the dark thinking in this book. Each chapter starts with an excerpt of the Grimoire where I got piece by piece information about the role of the bizarre.

Consuming fire is different, because it waves around an old book, a police procedural narration with lots of obscure and surprising elements!

Catherine Fearns is from Liverpool, UK. In previous incarnations she was a financial analyst, a cocktail pianist and a breastfeeding counsellor, but nowadays she likes to write. Her first novel, Reprobation, was published by Crooked Cat Books in October 2018 and quickly became an Amazon bestseller in several categories. The follow-up, Consuming Fire, is currently on pre-order and will be available in early 2019.

Catherine writes for music website Pure Grain Audio, and her music journalism has also appeared in Broken Amp and Noisey. Her short fiction and non-fiction pieces have been published in Here Comes Everyone, Toasted Cheese, Offshoots & Metal Music Studies. She holds a degree in History from Oxford University, a Masters from the London School of Economics, and is a member of the Crime Writers’ Association.

When Catherine is not writing, she plays guitar in a heavy metal band, mainly to annoy her four children.

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Titel: Consuming Fire | Auteur: Catherine Fearns  | Uitgeverij: Independently Published  |Categorie: Englisch Books, Thrillers | Uitvoering: paperback | 202 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9781793477514 | Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 18-02-2019 | Prijs: €12,49  | Bestellen



Rachel’s Random Resources Blogtour Street Cat Blues – Alison O’Leary


After spending several months banged up in Sunny Banks rescue centre, Aubrey, a large tabby cat, has finally found his forever home with Molly and Jeremy Goodman and life is looking good.
However, all that changes when a serial killer begins to target elderly victims in the neighbourhood. Aubrey wasn’t particularly upset by the death of some of the previous victims, including Miss Jenkins whom Aubrey recalls as a vinegar-lipped bitch of an old woman who enjoyed throwing stories at cats, but Mr Telling was different. Mr Telling was a mate…

Review Street Cat Blues by Fany Van Hemelen:
This is a cozy murder story with a cat as a great detective.

I have to admit I am more a dog lover than a cat lover, but these cats are so real and lovely, I love all animals, but these characters are so vivid, I truly love them.

Aubrey is now in a good neighborhood after he was adopted. Life is good now, but one day there is a killer in the area. When elderly people get killed and then his mate he has enough of it and is going on a research. Molly and Jeremy are his friends and when he met Carlos, a fourteen year old boy, a new friendship is developing. This boy is going to change everything.

Street Cat Blues is a quirky mystery with an unusual detective and different actual themes woven into the story.

This is a story for you when you love animals, but even if you don’t like animal stories this book has an entertaining and gripping way of telling. The mystery is not complex to dig in and solve, but you just read Street Cat Blues for the wonderful personalities.


Author Alison O’Leary Bio
I was born in London and spent my teenaged years in Hertfordshire where I spent large amounts of time reading Agatha Christie novels and avoiding school. Failing to gain any qualifications in Science whatsoever, the dream of being a forensic scientist crashed and burned when a careers teacher suggested that I might like to work in a shop. Later studying Law, I decided to teach rather than go into practice and have spent many years working as a college lecturer teaching mainly Criminal Law to adults and young people.
I live on the south coast with my husband John and cat Archie. When not writing I enjoy crosswords, walking by the sea and drinking wine. Not necessarily in that order.

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Titel:  Street Cat Blues | Auteur: Alison O’Leary | Uitgeverij: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform | Categorie: Thrillers, Engelstalig | Uitvoering: paperback | 216 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9781724208989 | Verkrijgbaar sinds: juli 2018 |Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 04-02-2019 | Prijs: €12,99 | Bestellen