Review | The Last Graduate (Scholomance 2) by Naomi Novik

The trilogy continues with a terrific second installment. 4/5 stars.

The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik The Scholomance 2 book cover

Thank you to Random House UK for providing me with an e-copy of this book via NetGalley.

The blurb:

Th dark school of magic has always done its best to devour its students, but now that El has reached her final year — and somehow won herself a handful of allies along the way — it’s suddenly developed a very particular craving . . .

For her.

As the savagery of the school ramps up, El is determined that she will not give in; not to the mals, not to fate, and especially not to the Scholomance. But as the spectre of graduation looms — the deadly final ritual that leaves few students alive — if she and her allies are to make it out, El will need to realise that sometimes winning the game means throwing out all the rules.

My take:

[Short summary for anyone short on time: if you read and enjoyed Book 1- particularly El’s first person narration – you’ll enjoy this. Get it now!]

I’ve been a fan of Naomi Novik’s books for a while. But with the first book in the Scholmance series, A Deadly Education, I was delighted to finally be able to give one of her books a 5-star rating when others have come very close.

And with the fantastic cliffhanger at the end of Book 1, I was really looking forward to Book 2, and I’m happy to say that The Last Graduate didn’t disappoint.

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Review | The Man Who Died Twice (Thursday Murder Club 2) by Richard Osman

Another satisfying mystery which improves on the first installment in the series. 4/5 stars.

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman book cover

Thank you to Penguin UK for providing me with an e-copy of this book via NetGalley.

The blurb:

It’s the following Thursday.

Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He’s made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life.

As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. And if they find the diamonds too? Well, wouldn’t that be a bonus?

But this time they are up against an enemy who wouldn’t bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can The Thursday Murder Club find the killer (and the diamonds) before the killer finds them?

My take:

[This will be a very short review to avoid any and all spoilers and because so many other people have reviewed this already. I don’t want to bore you.]

And … they’re back! Last year, I (along with most of the country!) read and enjoyed The Thursday Murder Club: Richard Osman’s first story about a group of sleuthing OAPs and the members of the local police unwittingly roped into their investigations. I liked the older protagonists, particularly Elizabeth, and am delighted they’re all back in this second installment in which Elizabeth gets even more to do and we find out about her past.

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Review: Wild Blue Yonder (Broken Wings 2) by M. W. Arnold @mick859 @rararesources

More WWII mystery and drama from our friends at the ATA.

Wild Blue Yonder Broken Wings 2 by M W Arnold book cover

I’m delighted to be taking part in this tour. Thank you to the author for providing me with an e-copy of this book via Rachel’s Random Resources.

The blurb:

Air Transport Auxiliary pilot Doris Winter is accused of stealing a valuable item from a famous Hollywood movie star, now a captain in the US Army Air Corps, after a dance at the air base in England where he’s stationed. Gathering her close friends together, she’s determined to clear her name.

Ruth’s POW son suffers a life-changing injury just as her own cottage takes damage in an air raid and Penny’s estranged little sister unexpectedly turns up, having run away from school. Together with the ongoing thefts of items of clothing and surprise personal revelations, these all threaten to hamper their investigation.

In spite of the worsening war situation, they must band together to rise above their troubles and prove love and friendship is worth fighting for.

My take:

Last year I read and reviewed the first installment in the Broken Wings series, A Wing and a Prayer. It had been ages since I’d read anything set in World War II and I really enjoyed all the period details.

So I was very pleased that the friends from the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) are back (with lots more terrifically-researched period detail, particularly when it comes to the planes) for more adventures in Wild Blue Yonder. Those of you who grew to love the characters in Book 1 will be pleased to hear that they all return and we get to find out a lot more about their personal and love lives. And if that wasn’t exciting enough, there’s some added Hollywood glamour this time with a few special guest appearances from none other than Mr Clark Gable, whose presence gives the ladies another mystery to solve (no spoilers!).
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Ebook sale! Elle’s A to Z of Love now only 99p/99c | #EllesAtoZofLove #RomanceReads #booksale


My latest contemporary romance novel, Elle’s A to Z of Love, is on worldwide 99p/99c sale until Wednesday 15th September.

It’s an uplifting, romantic story about friends, family and the relationships that make a place a home. Hours of escapism for just 99p/99c!

Please help me spread the word – if you have friends you think would enjoy it, please let them know.

Ebook sale 99p 99c Elle's A to Z of Love by Claire Huston

You can get your copy at Amazon or if you’re subscribed to Kindle Unlimited you can download it for free.

Thank you to everyone who has already read, reviewed, bought, downloaded and shared – I really appreciate it.

In case you’d like to know more…

The blurb: Haileybrook, a beautiful village in the peaceful Cotswolds countryside, is most people’s idea of heaven on earth.

Born and raised in this small slice of paradise, Elle Bea can’t wait to leave.

It should be easy, but every time she packs her bags for exotic adventures, old loves and loyalties pull her back.

Will Elle be forced to forget her dreams of far-flung places and epic romance, or can she grab one last chance to have it all?

Thank you! x


Claire Huston / Art and Soul

My new book, Elle’s A to Z of Love, is out today! #NewRelease #RomanceReads

Look at that! I wrote another book!

Elle's A to Z of Love by Claire Huston book cover

My second novel, Elle’s A to Z of Love, is out today.

Today is publication day for my second book, Elle’s A to Z of Love. As I’m sure you’ve guessed from the title and cover, it’s a happy, light-hearted love story set in a small (fictional) village in the English countryside.

It’s available in ebook and paperback. The ebook is on Amazon and if you have Kindle Unlimited it’s free to download. The paperback is available everywhere so you can order it from your preferred online or high street book store.

Please help me spread the word!

I’d be very very grateful if you could help spread the word of the book’s release on social media or add the book to your to-read shelf on Goodreads. Thank you 🙂

I’ll obviously be making publication day cake and will be back soon with details of that!

Here’s the blurb and a bit about the blog tour which starts today and runs until 13th July.


The blurb:

Haileybrook, a beautiful village in the peaceful Cotswolds countryside, is most people’s idea of heaven on earth.

Born and raised in this small slice of paradise, Elle Bea can’t wait to leave.

It should be easy, but every time she packs her bags for exotic adventures, old loves and loyalties pull her back.

Will Elle be forced to forget her dreams of far-flung places and epic romance, or can she grab one last chance to have it all?

An uplifting, romantic story about friends, family and the relationships that make a place a home.


The blog tour!

Thank you to all the lovely bloggers taking part in the tour for Elle’s A to Z of Love. Special thanks to the fantastic Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources who organized the tour.

Elles A To Z of Love by Claire Huston book Full Tour Banner

I’ll be doing my best to share everyone’s posts on my other social media accounts. Thank you again to everyone for your support!

Get your copy of Elle’s A to Z of Love now!


Claire Huston / Art and Soul

Review | Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

Beautiful writing but lacking some pace and drama. 3.5/5.

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint cover image

Thank you to Headline/Wildfire for providing me with an e-copy of this book via NetGalley.

The blurb:

My take:

I’ve enjoyed many books in the current trend of telling mythological tales from often side-lined female characters’ perspectives. The high-water mark in this genre (or sub genre?) for me continues to be Circe by Madeline Miller.

In the case of Ariadne, I was particularly intrigued by the author’s choice of narrators because Theseus, like many of the male Greek heroes, didn’t treat the women he encountered all that well (intention understatement) and I thought it would be interesting to get the women’s point of view. And overall, I think the author’s creative depiction of Ariadne and Phaedra’s experiences is perceptive and the dual narration adds to the story and provides some interesting contrasts. The writing is beautiful and the descriptions are particularly evocative.

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Happy Book Birthday to me! Art and Soul is one today! #ArtandSoul #RomanceBooks

Phew! That went fast! Happy 1st book birthday to me!

Art and Soul by Claire Huston first book birthday 23 April 2021
My debut novel, Art and Soul, came out a year ago today!

Thank you to everyone who has shared, read, reviewed and been so supportive over the past twelve months. It’s been an odd, difficult year for everyone and I truly appreciate you taking any interest at all in my book when I’m sure you’ve had many other things to worry about.

In case this is the first you’re hearing about it, Art and Soul is an uplifting contemporary romance with oodles of art and cake. And if that sounds like something you’d like to read, it’s available in ebook and paperback and free to download with Kindle Unlimited.

New news! Book 2 is coming soon!

Book 2 is coming soon (2)

My second novel – another contemporary romance – will be out on 6th July! Watch this space, as I’ll have more to share about that soon.

I hope you’re all keeping well. Take care x


Claire Huston / Art and Soul

Review | The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell

Another twisty gothic tale that Purcell’s fans are sure to love. 4/5.

The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell book cover image

Thank you to Bloomsbury Publishing/Raven Books for providing me with an e-copy of this book via NetGalley.

The blurb:

My take:

I’ve read and enjoyed Laura Purcell’s previous three books: The Silent Companions, The Corset and Bone China. I’m pleased to report that with The Shape of Darkness she has produced another entertaining tale steeped in wall-to-wall gothic spookiness. Creating atmosphere is her forte and all her books are pervaded by a creeping menace, darkness and paranoia.

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Uplifting escapism for just 99p/99c! Art and Soul is on worldwide sale | #ArtandSoul #RomanceReads #booksale


My contemporary romance, Art and Soul, is on worldwide 99p/99c sale until 9am GMT on Monday 11th January.

It’s a cheerful, uplifting story featuring romance, art and cake which will provide hours of happy escapism for just 99p/99c!

Please help me spread the word – if you have friends you think would enjoy it, please let them know.

Jan21 ebook international sale Art and Soul

You can get your copy at Amazon or if you’re subscribed to Kindle Unlimited you can download it for free.

Thank you to everyone who has already read, reviewed, bought, downloaded and shared – I really appreciate it.

In case you’d like to know more…

The blurb: An expert at solving other people’s problems, single mum Becky is hired to help artist Charlie get out of his creative slump. She’s also meant to help him get his dream girl, but when Becky starts falling for him instead, she might just risk everything for a chance at love…

Reviews so far: I’m very pleased to report that readers are still enjoying it!

Amazon UK and US ratings on 05_01_21 for Art and Soul by Claire Huston

Thank you! I hope you’re all ok, particularly if you’re back in lockdown. Take care x


Claire Huston / Art and Soul

Review | Jeeves and the Leap of Faith by Ben Schott

A suitably witty homage to one of the best writers of all time. 4/5.

Jeeves and the Leap of Faith by Ben Schott book cover

Thank you to Random House UK/Cornerstone for providing me with an e-copy of this book via NetGalley.

The blurb:

My take:

I love P. G. Wodehouse and the Jeeves and Wooster stories in particular. So I was immediately drawn to this new story but also went in with a sizeable concern: could it possibly live up to the beloved Wodehouse originals?

The answer is: nearly. I enjoyed Jeeves and the Leap of Faith very much. To be honest, I think the comic combination of Bertie and Jeeves is indestructible and, as with the originals, the story itself is pretty incidental. All the truly important elements are here: the small sly jokes, the witty turns of phrase, Jeeves’ jaw-dropping ability to always see 10 steps ahead, hideous aunts, preposterous friends…

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