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Hello and welcome to my new blog.

For those of you who don’t know, I used to run the successful blog Babydolls and Razorblades. That blog had unfortunatley disbanded at the end of 2020, this was a decision I didn’t take lightly but felt was the right choice as it featured things that are no longer relevant to me.

I ‘ve always said my blogs would feature things that I enjoy Babydolls and Razorblades didn’t feel like me anymore, so here we are. A nice, shiny new blog and new name that I think is more suiting and more appropriate (at least it doesn’t sound like a porn site).

This new blog will be Jolene’s Book Corner (obviously). It will include Book Reviews only!!!

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Pretty Evil by Zoe Rosi @zoerosiauthor @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review Pretty Evil by Zoe Rosi.

Blurb

You’ve done a bad thing. She has you in her sights. Now you’re going to pay.

Meet Camilla Black: an affluent, respected, influential fashion magazine editor, who lives it up in her beautiful Mayfair apartment. But Camilla’s glamorous life is a lie. Behind her poised exterior beats the cold dark heart of a vigilante killer, a murderer hell-bent on wreaking vengeance upon bad men.

Camilla expects to get away with murder. She’s careful. And anyway, it’s worth the risk. She’s making the world a better place with each predator she kills. But when one of her victims’ bodies is unexpectedly found, his gruesome death is splashed all over the papers.

To make matters worse, she’s now being pursued by Detective Wheelan, a new addition to the Met with laser-sharp focus and a worrying habit of solving impossible crimes…

She knows she should stop, but she can’t. Some men just deserve to die. Will Camilla’s insatiable appetite for justice be her downfall, or can she outsmart the police?

Review

Pretty Evil (previously Predator) isn’t something I would normally read but it sounded so good I couldn’t resist and having read the authors other books (under Zoe May) I was super excited to sink my teeth into one of her thrillers.

There is no messing about with this book, you are at the thick of it straight away and you are kept captivated throughout. The story flows well but be warned it is very graphic at times and can be overwhelming.

The book wasn’t what I was expecting, it was well written but too graphic for me, however I thought Camilla was a fabulous character and I did enjoy the overall story.

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The Neighbour by Gemma Rogers @gemmarogers79 @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review The Neighbour by Gemma Rogers

Blurb

For myself and Lauren, my 10-year-old daughter No3 Beech Close was to be our refuge after two years of hell nursing my sick mother.

In need of a fresh start and wanting to distance ourselves from the bad memories of my mother’s house we moved to Beech Close, a small cul-de-sac of six houses situated around a picture-perfect green.

It seemed perfect but I had underestimated the secrets that this tightknit community shared.Within hours of moving in my next-door neighbour Valerie made it abundantly clear we were not welcome.

I soon discovered that Valerie hadn’t welcomed the previous occupant either and she’d since disappeared without a trace.

Had I put myself and my daughter in danger moving to Beech Close?

Which neighbours, if any could I trust?

And how far would they go to keep their secret

Review

Well what can I say, Gemma Rogers has absolutely smashed it again with her latest release.

The Neighbour was a gripping read from the start, there were plenty of unexpected twist and fear gripping moments.

I loved the relationship between Shelley and her daughter Lauren, I liked how it showed that generation trauma can end.

The Neighbour was an excellent read that I would highly recommend.

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Book Review: Lies at her Door at A A Abbott @AAAbbottstories @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review A A Abbott’s latest offering, Lies at her Door

Blurb

She forgot about her childhood friend… until his body is found under her garden. Can she prove she didn’t commit the decades-old murder?

Lucy Freeman struggles to find satisfaction in life. Trapped in the shadow of her rock star brother, the thirty-two-year-old craves more than her days at home caring for her terminally ill mother. But her routine takes a turn for the horrifying when a giant sinkhole collapses the earth outside their house and reveals a skeleton.

Shocked to discover the bones belong to a former member of her sibling’s band, Lucy’s worst nightmare comes alive when police suspect her of the killing. And as she turns to her dying parent’s diaries in a desperate search for vindication, she’s entangled in a dark and complicated truth.

Will unearthing long-buried wrongs prove lethal?

Review

I have been a huge fan of AA Abbott since the release of The Trail Series so I was super excited when I saw this standalone pop up.

What an absolutely stunning yet gripping read that kept me guessing throughout. I couldn’t put it down. I don’t want to give too much away but the characters and storyline were superb. This was yet another fantastic psychological thriller from Abbott.

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Book Review: Pepper River Inn by K T Dady @kt_dady @rachelsrandomresourc

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review Pepper River Inn by K T Dady.

Blurb

There has been a longstanding family feud in Pepper Bay between the Renshaws and the Trents, and it’s about to get even more messy.

Rosie and Belle Trent have just inherited their uncle’s rundown hotel and have decided to see if they can rebuild the unloved business. They don’t rate their chances of having a successful inn, not with the perfect one right next door owned by Elliot and Ned Renshaw.

The two sisters and two brothers aren’t meant to be friends, so when Elliot saves Rosie from drowning and they fall in love, it’s down to Belle and Ned to keep the family feud alive. All they have to do is continue to hate each other. How hard can it be?

Review

Although this is Book 6 in the Pepper Bay series, it can easy be read as a standalone.

I absolutely adored this book and while I initially didn’t like the characters, I soon grew to love them. It had me laughing throughout and always left me wanting more. This was such a lovely read and yet another excellent installment in the Pepper Bay series.

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Book Review: A Winter Warmer at the Little Cornish Kitchen (The Little Cornish Kitchen, Book 3) by Jane Linfoot @janelinfoot @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review A Winter Warmer at the Little Cornish Kitchen by Jane Linfoot

Blurb

When Gwen Starkey and her best friend, Ella Simpson, arrive in St Aidan to take on a cottage renovation, it’s the fresh start they both so desperately need. But when their new adventure begins with them unintentionally breaking into their neighbour, Ollie Lancaster’s cottage – thinking it’s their new home – and Gwen accidentally flashing the gorgeous Ollie before they flee, the life-long friends realise that life in Cornwall is going to be anything but quiet!

They also quickly discover that they’re in over their heads and it’s going to take a village to turn their cottage’s narrow walls into the luxurious hideaway of their dreams. St Aidan is full of colourful characters just waiting to welcome them, if only Gwen and Ella can find the courage to start leaving the past behind them…

Review

Having enjoyed reading the previous two books, I couldn’t wait to delve into Jane Linfoot’s latest installment of The Little Cornish kitchen series. Even though this is the third book in the series it can easily be read as a standalone as it focuses on two new characters who move to St Aidan.

It did not disappoint one bit. It was a lovely read about new beginnings and definitely have you that village community feel the other books had. The characters were likeable and for many highly relatable.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Winter Warmer at the Little Cornish Kitchen, as I knew I would. I highly recommend this book.

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Book Review:Janet Jackson’s Yorkshire B&B by Becky Papworth @beckypapworth1 @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review Janet Jackson’s Yorkshire B&B by Becky Papworth

Blurb

Dental receptionist and Yorkshire lass Janet Jackson (no, not that one) has just turned her garage into a Bed & Breakfast – and without any experience at all, is now awaiting her very first guests. What can possibly go wrong? Helped by sulky teenage daughter Chloe and hindered by sex-mad sister Maureen, Janet lurches from one crisis to another, relying on her Yorkshire wit and wisdom to get her through with her bank balance, her love-life and her sanity intact. A word of warning: if you’ve ever dreamed of running a B&B read this book and, like Janet, you’ll probably do it anyway.

Review

What a superb read this was, it had my in fits of giggles throughout. It was such an easy read, it would be ideal for holidays or lazy days at the beach. I was hooked from the start and by the end of each chapter I was eager to know more.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book.

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Book Review: Why We Walk by Siena’s Stories

Thank you to Rachel for giving me the chance to review Why We Walk by Siena’s Stories

Blurb

When we walk we see things that we would have missed if we drove. Things like birds, cats, & squirrels. When we walk we have fun spending time together. We talk and learn how walking can help to care for our planet. Join Siena and her dad as they walk to school and discover every little step counts.

This is the second book in the Siena’s Stories series. The first book, The Dance of the Snow Tractors, was named a top book for children in the automobile category by Newsweek magazine.

Review

It was so sweet to read about Siena’s and her daily walks with her dad but also has an important underlying message which I think is also highly important for the next generation to learn about. Myself and both my girls enjoyed reading this book. It is also beautifully illustrated

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Book Review: The Sweet Shop of Second Chances by Hannah Lynn @HMLynnauthor @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review The Sweet Shop of Second Chances by Hannah Lynn

Blurb

Starting over never tasted so good

Holly Berry has it all; a good corporate career, a steady boyfriend, and enough savings that they will soon be able to buy a nice little house. But when she finds out her boyfriend has been cheating on her, she decides to retreat to the Cotswolds and a place full of far sweeter memories.

Quite literally.

However when Holly discovers the quaint village sweet shop that she worked in as a teenager is starting to crumble she decides that maybe the sensible life isn’t what she wants after all. Putting all her chocolate eggs in one basket, she says goodbye to the city, and sets her sights on Just One More.

After all, how hard can running a sweet shop be?

With charismatic Giles, ready to rescue her at every turn and the local bureaucrats breathing down her neck, it certainly isn’t the quiet life she expected. Can Holly really save the place from the the wicked developers, or will she be the reason Just One More closes its doors for good?

Review

This book took me down memory lane and how wonderful the little sweetshops used to be. It was such a sweet read and a perfect opener to the series.

It’s a nice easy read with a cracking storyline and characters. I absolutely adored this book and look forward to reading more.

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Book Review: Rainbows End in Ferry Lane Market by Nicola May

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review Rainbows End in Ferry Lane Market by Nicola May

Blurb

39-year-old Glanna Pascoe – also known as ‘the Rainbow Painter’ – runs the Hartmouth Gallery in Ferry Lane Market in Cornwall. She is just getting her head and broken heart around being single, childless, and sober when Cupid flies in, shooting arrows all over the place.

Meeting the mysterious and fascinating Isaac Benson, famous local artist, and recluse, allows Glanna’s disillusioned heart and attitude to soften, and she begins to learn more about herself than she ever thought possible. Confused by her growing feelings for Isaac, Glanna throws herself into organising a life-drawing class at her gallery, using both male and female nudes – and setting local tongues wagging.

A theft from her gallery and the return of ex-love Oliver Trueman cause Glanna to wonder if a pot of gold will be appearing at the end of her rainbow. And will it bring her the happiness, she has sought for so long?

Review

This is Book 3 in Nicola May’s latest series and what a cracking third installment it is, although it can be read as a standalone.

I enjoyed meeting the new characters of Ferry Lane Market as well as catching up with old favourites. It was a lovely read that I thoroughly enjoyed. A perfect escape read.

I am absolutely loving the series and look forward to reading more.

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Book Review: The Spa Break by Caroline James @carolinejames12 @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review The Spa Break by Caroline James

Blurb

A weekend at the spa will leave four old friends with a whole lot more than they’d bargained for…

The glossy brochure promised a serene experience of total tranquillity and rejuvenation, but what best friends Bridgette, Emily, Serena and Marjory get is a weekend that upends their lives!

There for a girls’ weekend to celebrate Bridgette’s impending seventieth birthday, the spa soon has these spicy sexagenarians realising that there are unexpected benefits to age and experience, and that over the hill certainly doesn’t mean out of the game…in any respect…

Review

OMG I absolutely adored The spa Break. It had me hooked from the start and kept me captivated throughout. There were plenty of laugh out loud moments that really brought the book to life. It’s so nice to read a book that has women over the age of 40 in, and not being frumpy but instead enjoying life.

I fell in love with this book and it’s definitely a book I’ll happily read over and over again.

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