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The Murmurs by Michael J Malone #Review #Giveaway

  I am delighted to be on another great Orenda tour to celebrate Michael J Malone's gothic thriller , The Murmurs . There is also the chance to win a print copy (UK only). Details on how to enter are at the foot of this post.    In the beginning there was fear. White-hot, nerve-shredding fear. Terrifying premonitions of deaths. And then they started… The Murmurs… On the first morning of her new job at Heartfield House, a care home for the elderly, Annie Jackson wakens from a terrifying dream. And when she arrives at the home, she knows that the first old man she meets is going to die. How she knows this is a terrifying mystery, but it is the start of horrifying premonitions … a rekindling of the curse that has trickled through generations of women in her family – a wicked gift known only as 'the murmurs'… With its reappearance comes an old, forgotten fear that is about to grip Annie Jackson. And this time, it will never let go… A compulsive gothic thriller and a

Under a Sicilian Sky by Lisa Hobman #Review


 Today I am delighted to feature Lisa Hobman's  Under a Sicilian Sky which was published by Boldwood Books on 8th July. I thoroughly enjoyed its predecessor Dreaming Under an Island Skye and you can read my review here.

Global box office sensation, Ruby Locke, is a long way from her Yorkshire roots. Together with her fiancé, movie heartthrob Tyler Harrison, they are Hollywood’s new glitterati.

Overnight, however, Ruby’s life implodes when her social media accounts are hacked with a multitude of vile posts, turning her into an international pariah. Even Tyler breaks off their engagement.

Confused and heartbroken, Ruby escapes to the beautiful island of Sicily to avoid the media scrutiny and clear her name. With only a Yorkshire Terrier to comfort her, Ruby is befriended by a handsome neighbour and slowly begins to heal.

But who is this mysterious man and what are his intentions?

When her Sicilian hideaway is compromised, Ruby is once again forced to relocate, this time to the stunning Isle of Skye.

In the tranquil cove of Glentorrin, Ruby is left questioning not only who wants to destroy her career, and why but also if celebrity lifestyle is really for her...

My Thoughts


In this novel, you are given not one, but two gorgeous settings and in many ways, it feels like the book is split in two between Sicily and the Isle of Skye. I was delighted to return to the Isle of Skye  and to meet up with some of the characters who I loved in Dreaming Under an Island Skye.  Both the settings offered safe haven to Ruby, with mainly genuine people who she met but in both places, you realise, there were also those who could not be trusted. 

    Ruby has suffered deceit and treachery and she is having to come to terms with whether she wants her life to continue as it has been. In some ways, she has trusted too easily and now, her defences are up. Nevertheless, her trusting nature leaves her vulnerable. There is a great feeling of friendships being formed as she comes to value what is really important. This novel has romance, great central characters and a feeling of community. I loved it!

In short: new beginnings and echoes of the past 


About the Author 

Lisa Hobman has written many brilliantly reviewed women’s fiction titles – the first of which was shortlisted by the RNA for their debut novel award. In 2012 Lisa relocated her family from Yorkshire to a village in Scotland and this beautiful backdrop now inspires her uplifting and romantic stories.  


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Book links: Amazon UK

Thanks to Lisa Hobman, Boldwood Books and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 


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