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The 6pm Frazzled Mums' Club by Nina Manning #Review

I am delighted to be part of the celebrations for the publication of Nina Manning's The 6pm Frazzled Mums' Club . It was published by Boldwood Books on September 26th.     Whatever the question, the answer is wine! They’ve swapped the dark and lonely baby days for school gate chaos, but Aisha, Sophy and Mel are discovering that there are new parenting pitfalls just waiting for them… Influencer Sophy, is trying to keep on top of home and work life but is finding it all a bit tough! Everyone thinks she’s living her best life, but the pressure to maintain perfection at the school gates when all she wants to do is cry, is taking its toll on Sophy. Aisha doesn’t know what to do with all her spare time now her twins are at school. Maybe it’s time to focus on herself and the dreams she’s put on hold? But when her mum suddenly begins to feel unwell, Aisha has to rethink everything. And when Mel is offered a chance to live her dream, she grabs it with both hands. But there’

The Stranger by Kate Riordan ** Blog Tour Review**

I am so happy to be welcoming you to Books, Life and Everything today to celebrate the hardback publication of Kate Riordan's The Stranger, on 22nd March 2018.  You can read my review of her book, The Shadow Hour here.

1940, Cornwall, England.

Penhallow Hall shelters a handful of Land Girls, sent to the coast to avoid the horrors of London's Blitz. But the beautiful, arrogant Diana Devlin, impatient with the sleepy village and its placid residents, can't resist the temptation to stir up long-buried secrets.

When a young woman's body is found lying broken on the shore, the promised safety of the Hall is shattered. Was it simply a tragic accident, or did mischief end in murder?

My Thoughts

Set in the 1940's, one of my favourite periods for historical fiction, we are introduced to the rugged coastline of Cornwall where three land girls have arrived to work away from the blitz at Penhallow Hall. It may be a sanctuary away from the bombs of London, but you never feel that they are living a cozy existence. There are mysteries and secrets bubbling under the surface from the start. And what a start. Diana Devlin, one of the Land Army girls has disappeared and a body has been found on the beach. 

    The structure of the story is interesting as after the initial setting out of Diana's disappearance, we are then taken back in time by six weeks and then over the span of the novel, brought back to her disappearance. The story is told through third person accounts, through Diana's diary and through the first person with regards to Diana. You get the sense that the story is stitched together like a tapestry. You do not see the whole picture at first but stitch by stich, the truth appears. You gleam some of the secrets that have been buried in the past and realise what makes certain people tick.

    Diana is a marvellous creation. Seemingly unpredictable and irreverent, she has little patience with the people she meets and takes pleasure in stirring up long buried truths. She is as beautiful as she is arrogant. Her fellow land girls are equally as interesting as characters. Rose, a little older and married to a sailor has particular reasons for wanting this placement. Jane, the granddaughter of Penhallow Hall's owner and matriarch, Mrs Fox, who never seems to have been wanted. Then there is Eleanor, Mrs Fox's daughter who seems strained and highly strung. With all these strangers in the house, it seems inevitable that its way of life will be stirred up. With Diana, who does not want to be there, we have a catalyst for mischief and rule breaking.

In short: A slow burning fuse sizzles throughout as secrets are uncovered and truths faced.

About the Author

Kate Riordan is a journalist who started out as an editorial assistant at the Guardian, followed by a stint as deputy editor for the Lifestyle section of Time Out. Kate’s first novel, The Girl in the Photograph was published in January 2015 marking an exciting start to her career, followed by her second novel The Shadow Hour. Kate is now a freelance writer and lives in the Cotswolds. 

You can follow Kate here: Twitter   |  Website

Book links: Amazon UK 

Thanks to Kate Riordan and Jenny Platt of Michael Joseph, Penguin Random House for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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