Review – The Haunting Of Hillwood Farm By Kathryn Knight – #Romance #Suspsense #BookReview #Paranormal

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Pages – 174
Genre – Romance Suspense, Paranormal
Rating –
Goodreads – 3/5 stars
Amazon – 4/5 stars

After tragedy strikes, Callie Sinclair is left with a gift she never wanted—the ability to communicate with ghosts. But when a desperate widow begs for her help, she reluctantly agrees to investigate the strange occurrences at Hillwood Farm. She quickly realizes she’s dealing with a dangerous presence beyond anything she’s ever experienced, and something else becomes equally clear—the only other living person in the house, Mrs. Turner’s handsome grandson, thinks she’s a scam artist. While she’d prefer to just ignore him, her heart beats a little faster every time he’s nearby. 

Luke Turner doesn’t believe in spirits. He’s moved back to restore the family farm, but living on the property serves a dual purpose—he can watch out for his grandmother. He’s not happy about the sudden appearance of a self-described psychic, or his inexplicable attraction to her. His initial suspicions crumble as evidence points to an actual haunting, but he’s still determined not to fall for Callie—the past has taught him it’s best to avoid relationships. 

As Callie is drawn deeper into the mystery, she becomes the target of a vengeful spirit, and Luke can no longer fight his feelings for her. Unable to resist their desire, passion ignites…even as the paranormal activity escalates to a final deadly confrontation. 

Review

I was sent a ebook copy of this book in return for an honest review.

This was my first time reading a book by this author, and I am not disappointed.
This was only a short story.

The book is based around Hillwood farm, a farm that has been in the Turner’s family for generations. Everything was calm and going well until Alice Turner’s husband passed away, leading to her grandson, Luke moving in.
Ever since then weird things have been happening, paranormal disturbances. Alice believes it’s her loving husband returning to her until the acts of what she perceives as love turn viscous.

The beginning of the book jumps straight in to the story of Callie, with just enough back story to understand her abilities, however we discover more about Callie and Luke as the story develops. They both have their own baggage to share.

I enjoyed the paranormal events from the beginning, they were spooky enough to give me goosebumps, and build just enough tension to make me wonder what was going to happen next.
Poor Callie not only has to convince a sceptic, but also take some beatings of her own.
Alice, Callie and Luke are in for a dangerous journey ahead, as they discover the ghosts true identity.

This was a light romance book, the main focus being the paranormal investigation. The tension between both romantic and Paranormal was very well thought out. I was drawn in from the very beginning and wish there was a series about Callie. This was a stand alone novel.
The length was perfect, I didn’t feel anything was missed, or could have been developed.

I would highly recommend this book for you paranormal lovers.

My rating 5/5 stars  
Link below to Amazon, currently available on Kindle unlimited.
£3.15 on Kindle
£10.20 Paperback

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#ABCReadingChallenge

I have seen only a few posts on this challenge, recently viewed it on Sara @ the Bibliophagist. I think this will become another regular post on my blog, perhaps for Friday’s :). This Week is the letter – I.

Books I have read beginning with H

Hunted and Hidden By P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast
The heart of the hydra By A. Mangina
Heartless By Michelle Horst
The Mediator Haunted By Meg Cabbot

Books I want to read beginning with H

How to kill a rockstar By Tiffanie Dibartolo
How to marry a millionaire Vampire By Karrelyn Sparks
Hostage to pleasure By Nalini Singh
Hush Hush By Becca Fitzpatrick
Honor Student By Teresa Mummert
Nocturnia Her dark angel of the night By Scerina Elizabeth
His sweet torment By Michelle Love
Holding Skye By Summer Graystone

WWW Wednesday

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

What have I recently finished?

The executive floor
Chantelle Moulier needs a permanent contract. Her internship is almost finished and a job at the renowned Granger Finance would be a great start to her career. She wouldn’t have to go home to her aunt and uncle’s vineyard in France; she could stay in England and get a place of her own. Everything is riding on her landing the job.

But one night she finds herself the only one left in the office when managing director Granger Carmont needs analytical support. Chantelle doesn’t know what to do. The last thing she needs is to be alone with a womanising player like Granger Carmont. She wants a job in his company, but not that badly. Then he makes her an offer that seems too good to be true and Chantelle is faced with a difficult decision…

Check out my review – The Executive Floor

What am I currently reading?

The haunting of hillwood farm
After tragedy strikes, Callie Sinclair is left with a gift she never wanted—the ability to communicate with ghosts. But when a desperate widow begs for her help, she reluctantly agrees to investigate the strange occurrences at Hillwood Farm. She quickly realizes she’s dealing with a dangerous presence beyond anything she’s ever experienced, and something else becomes equally clear—the only other living person in the house, Mrs. Turner’s handsome grandson, thinks she’s a scam artist. While she’d prefer to just ignore him, her heart beats a little faster every time he’s nearby. 

Luke Turner doesn’t believe in spirits. He’s moved back to restore the family farm, but living on the property serves a dual purpose—he can watch out for his grandmother. He’s not happy about the sudden appearance of a self-described psychic, or his inexplicable attraction to her. His initial suspicions crumble as evidence points to an actual haunting, but he’s still determined not to fall for Callie—the past has taught him it’s best to avoid relationships. 

As Callie is drawn deeper into the mystery, she becomes the target of a vengeful spirit, and Luke can no longer fight his feelings for her. Unable to resist their desire, passion ignites…even as the paranormal activity escalates to a final deadly confrontation. 

What will I read next?

The blood prince
The price of freedom is always paid in blood.

The sovereigns of the Silver have awakened, but the Queen is a fractured shell of the woman Cam remembers. He hopes to put her back together by finding her son, the missing prince. At least, that’s what he tells his friends when he leaves for the Red.

Back in the Blue, Julia’s old tormentor Rufus is hounding her at every turn. She’s sick of feeling powerless, but she has a plan that will bring the Nobles to their knees.
All she needs is blood.

The Blood Prince is the final book in Josie Jaffrey’s Sovereign trilogy, set in a dystopian Europe where vampiric Nobles control the last remnants of the human race.

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Review – The Executive Floor By Belinda Wright

Ebook Published January 25th 2019 by Troubador Publishing Ltd
Length – 178 pages

Chantelle Moulier needs a permanent contract. Her internship is almost finished and a job at the renowned Granger Finance would be a great start to her career. She wouldn’t have to go home to her aunt and uncle’s vineyard in France; she could stay in England and get a place of her own. Everything is riding on her landing the job.

But one night she finds herself the only one left in the office when managing director Granger Carmont needs analytical support. Chantelle doesn’t know what to do. The last thing she needs is to be alone with a womanising player like Granger Carmont. She wants a job in his company, but not that badly. Then he makes her an offer that seems too good to be true and Chantelle is faced with a difficult decision…

Ratings on Goodreads – 2.92 out of 5 stars (24 reviews)
Amazon ratings – 3 1/2 out of 5 stars (2 reviews)


My rating 4 out of 5 stars.

Review

Book downloaded via Netgalley for an honest review –

I was just scanning around Netgalley and came across this book, thought it looked and sounded like my sort of book to read so downloaded it. This is the first time I have read anything by Belinda Wright.
I will admit the book hasn’t had the best ratings however there are not that many reviews given, so I don’t feel it is the best base to be judging.

My first impression of the cover was professional looking. As it is a romance it was nice to see that there wasn’t a couple on the front but instead a professional suit image…. fitting for the title “The Exectutive”.

When it comes to bachelors do not believe everything said in the news…. that stands true in this book.
The book is extremely fast paced, they meet and sleep together all in the same day/night. Have to admit that was very fast and I think it prevented a build up for me. Most Romance/Erotica I have read likes to build a sexual tension between both the main characters. This book lacked that tension.

Chantelle had a rough start to her teenage years. Chantelle’s parents died in a car accident when she was 11, she then has no money but shows determination in her career pursuing finance, therefor moves to the UK. Whilst in the UK she shares a house with a landlord who becomes more of a peeping tom (Neil), but what else can she do, money is tight. Chantelle then faces the end of her intern ship with no plan forward.

Granger a typical playboy/bachelor, doesn’t want the commitment and becomes a workaholic. Until he meets Chantelle.
I found the speed in which they got together extremely fast, and I don’t believe a man can change his mind in a couple days about his way of life. However I found myself reading this book in a couple hours.

The ending was too fast for me, I wish the back story for Granger was used throughout the book rather than one chapter.

Overall I did enjoy this book, it kept me engaged throughout and willing me to read more. I will always rate a book well if it can keep me engrossed throughout. Definitely a short, light hearted romance.

Currently £2.99 on Amazon

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ABC Reading Challenge – G

I have seen only a few posts on this challenge, recently viewed it on Sara @ the Bibliophagist. I think this will become another regular post on my blog, perhaps for Friday’s :). This Week is the letter – I.

Books Read –

The ghost downstairs – By Molly Ringle
The ghost files – Apryl Baker
The girl on the train – By Paula Hawkins
Th gilded king – By Josie Jaffrey

Books To Read –

Gone Girl – By Gillian Flynn
A gate of night – By Bella Forrest
The ghost files series 2-5 – By Apryl Baker
Ghosted – By Kristine Schwartz
Gone – By S.H.Love

Have you read anything that’s on my TBR? Which books should I read first? Do you have any recommendations? Let’s talk in the comments!

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10 Wishes For My Son

Clayne has had a rough start in life but continues to show he is stronger than his condition, and will fight the whole journey. Craig and I want Clayne to have every opportunity as he grows to develop his personality and life goals. We don’t want him to feel restricted or upset about the factors he has to face as a result of his condition. From what I have seen Clayne do in the last 7 months, I have a feeling he is going to be strong, independent and resilient.
Here are our 10 wishes for our baby boy:

  • Not to be restricted by his condition.
  • strength.
  • To be loving and respectful.
  • Be creative, be bold.
  • Everything happens for a reason, rise above the downfalls.
  • Try his best, we will love him for what he can do, not what others can do.
  • Never feel restricted or limited in his goals – everything can be his.
  • To be who ever he wants to be, whether that be in work, or relationships.
  • Never feel pressured.
  • To live his life and not get bogged down with thinking about money being all there is.

My baby boy, you have strengthened your dad and I. You have given us so much love and given us a stronger purpose in life. No matter how old you are, I will always see you as my baby boy, my cheeky dimpled baby boy.

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My Son’s 3rd Surgery, And Progression.

Hello all and welcome back to my son Clayne’s journey. Clayne is now 7 months old, and the time just keeps going by faster and faster. On the 30th of January Clayne had his third surgery in Bristol.
This time the plan was to carry out a check cystoscopy (a camera inserted via his penis to look at his bladder), as well as a urine stream check….. They were unsure whether he would need valve removal or not depending on their findings.

To read about Clayne’s journey so far please refer to the above tabs (if you’re on a mobile then click on the menu tab).

I forgot to update you all on his check up with his renal consultant in November. Clayne has been diagnosed with the very early onset of Kidney disease, we were aware this was a high possibility however I was still upset and shocked to believe it would happen so fast. I think as parents we never want anything to happen to our children and I always think “it will never be us”.
On the other hand Clayne is coming on leaps and bounds with his development.
We had been catheterising for about 2 months at this point, and now it had become second nature.

In January 2019, Clayne had an USS of his kidneys to see if they were reducing in size. The results were fantastic, Clayne’s kidneys and bladder are reducing in size, his right may be larger but the reduction in size is positive. The Urologist (Surgeon) explained that the walls of both kidney’s and bladder are still thick and tense but this will probably remain throughout his life due to the damage caused by the valve in the womb.

Clayne now weighs a whopping 20lbs at the age of 7 months…… WOW my little chunky monkey.
He can now crawl, stand with assistance, and he absolutely loves to walk whilst holding our hands.

Craig took Clayne into theatre, I just couldn’t face watching my boy go limp in my arms.
The Surgeon said that there was no remaining valve tissue, or any regrowth which is amazing news, and his urine stream when tested was so good that he hosed down half of the theatre staff (that’s my boy).

I think the surgeon was genuinely shocked with how far Clayne has progressed in his condition.
For a baby to be born with the worst valve (completely blocking his urethra) to now have no valve left, have a fantastic urine stream and be as well as he is is extremely rare.
He reckons a couple more appointments with him at Bristol for a few scans and check up, with hopes to stop his antibiotics early and completely stop his catheter by the time Clayne is 1 years old.

This is amazing news for us. We were originally told the catheter could be years, and he could be taking antibiotics until the age of 3 at least.

The next step is follow up appointments for probably a lot of his life, especially regarding his kidneys now.
Within the next year we have planned two particular scans – DMSA (insertion of dye as well as a scan) for function tests. And a Urodynamics test.

To see more about my son’s condition check out the Facebook page myself and another mum have created.

https://www.facebook.com/PosteriorUrethralValveAwareness/

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