The Cornish Captive Nicola Pryce


Paperback published by Corvus Books 6th January 2022

The sixth novel in a stunning series set in eighteenth century Cornwall, perfect for fans of Bridgerton.

Cornwall 1800

Imprisoned on false pretences, Madeleine Pelligrew, former mistress of Pendenning Hall, has spent the last fourteen years shuttled between increasingly destitute and decrepit mad houses. When a strange man appears out of the blue to release her, she can’t quite believe that her freedom comes without a price. Hiding her identity, Madeleine determines to discover the truth about what happened all those years ago. Unsure who to trust and alone in the, Madeleine strikes up a tentative friendship with a French prisoner on parole, Captain Pierre de la Croix. But as she learns more about the reasons behind her imprisonment, and about those who schemed to hide her away for so long, she starts to wonder if Pierre is in fact the man he says he is. As Madeleine’s past collides with her present, can she find the strength to follow her heart , no matter the personal cost?


This is my second book that I have read by the author Nicola Pryce. The first book I read was A Cornish Betrothal.

The Cornish Captive would make a lovely Christmas present for a mother or nan that adores reading stories set in the 1800.

The Cornish Captive held a lump in my throat for poor Madeleine Pelligrew.

The story takes place in Cornwall during the year 1800.

Madeleine Pelligrew a former mistress of Pendenning Hall, heartbreakingly spent the last fourteen years being locked away from one mad house to another. To make matters worse each time Madeleine’ has been moved from the mad houses her name was secretly changed and her records were wiped clean so no one could find her.

Nicola Pryce has written a lovely engaging story as we follow what happens to Madeleine who is free at last , but will she learn to love again?

I had feelings for Madeleine being wrongfully locked up for so long I there for really wanted Madeleine to find love and comfort in her life, when she makes friends with a French prisoner on parole.

What I loved about reading The Cornish Captive is that I was impressed with all the cast characters good or bad, and found the family tree at the beginning came in really useful even though I knew who was who.

I would like to say a huge thank you to Corvus Books for sending me this early paperback ahead of the release date in January 2022


Nicola Pryce trained as a nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. She loves both literature and history, and has an Open University degree in Humanities. She’s a qualified adult literacy support volunteer and lives with her husband in the Blackdown Hills in Somerset, UK. She and her husband love sailing and together they sail the south coast of Cornwall in search of adventure.

‘Pengelly’s Daughter’ is her first novel, then The Captain’s Girl, The Cornish Dressmaker and The Cornish Lady. A Cornish Betrothal will be pushed in November 2020.

Nicola is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Historical Writers Association.

Follow her on :

To buy link from Amazon

I had my Moderna Booster

I had my Moderna Booster Friday 11.35 in a school in New Romney Kent. But during the night I felt really sick, by 6am early Saturday morning I went to the loo and felt I was going to pass out. I managed to get back to the bed feeling really faint then collapsed my partner’s side. My partner turned the light on and asked what’s wrong told me to put my head up high on the pillow. My daughter got me some cold water, but I didn’t drink any until the fainting feeling went.

Saturday morning I felt terrible but knowing I must eat something I only had 3 spoonfuls ready brek. By late afternoon I had half a slice of toast. In the evening I had half a rich tea biscuit. All I wanted to drink was cold water. When I drank tea I could only drink a few mouthfuls. I slept on and off all day Saturday. I didn’t put any Washing on or go on my iPad. I went back to bed after strictly come dancing.

Today Sunday I didn’t feel 100% this morning but managed 5 spoonfuls of ready brek my normal is 7 heaps spoonfuls. I managed a whole slice of toast and a small light dinner. Managed to use my iPad again and put my washing on. Now feeling a bit better.

What sides effects I had, when it’s time for my next booster I will definitely still have it.

Sherlock Holmes The Creeping Man Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


Easy Classic

Paperback published by Sweet Cherry Publishing

If convenient, come to Baker Street at once.

If inconvenient, come anyway. HOLMES

When Watson rushes to Baker Street only to find it is for a case about a professors misbehaving dog, he is not pleased. What he doesnt know is that Holmes is really investigating the professors seriously strange behaviour crawling through the hallways, hiding secret letters and even climbing the side of his house. No one knows why or how it is happening, but one thing is for sure: theres something creepy about Professor Presbury


Sherlock Holmes

World-renowned private detective Sherlock Holmes has solved hundreds of mysteries, and is the author of such fascinating monographs as Early English Charters and The Influence of a Trade Upon the Formof a Hand. He keeps bees in his free time.

Dr John Watson

Wounded in action at Maiwand, Dr John Watson left the army and moved to 221B Baker Street. There he surprised to learn that his new friend, Sherlock Holmes, faced daily peril solving crimes, and began documenting his investigations. Dr Watson also runs a doctor’s practice.

The new adaptation Sherlock Holmes The Creeping Man, is for young children as a easy classics book. I have read a few Sherlock Holmes books from sweet Cherry publishing. What I love about these Sherlock Holmes is that are all easy classics. Each book is a very easy quick read that comes with a free audiobook code inside. All you have to do is scan the code to hear the story.

Sherlock Holmes The Creeping Man is about a new investigation. Sherlock Holmes needs to find out the real reason why Professor Presbury’s faithful and happy dog, Roy, bite him.

Dr John Watson knows only too well that the biggest mysteries can be solved by looking at the tiniest details.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading how Sherlock Holmes was going to solve the investigation. I must admit the story didn’t end up in the way I thought it would, in fact the story ended in a twist that I wouldn’t have seen coming.

In Sherlock Holmes The Creeping Man is on a new investigation. He needs to find out the real reason why Professor Presbury’s faithful and happy dog Roy, bite him. Dr John Watson knows only too well that the biggest mysteries can be solved by looking at the tiniest details. I must admit the story didn’t end up the way I thought it would, in fact ended

About the Author

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was a British writer best known for his detective fiction featuring the character Sherlock Holmes. Doyle was a prolific writer; his non-Sherlockian works include fantasy and science fiction stories about Professor Challenger and humorous stories about the Napoleonic soldier Brigadier Gerard, as well as plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels.

Stephanie was born in England before emigrating to Australia – and later New Zealand – with her family, where she trained as a nurse. Whilst back in England on holiday, she met and married her husband, had a daughter and settled down.

Stephanie’s lifelong interest in writing became more serious when her first children’s book, Avalanche, was published in the 1980s. Since then, she has had around forty children’s books published, and has also published an historical novella for adults. Stephanie works closely with schools, she tutors for two writing schools and occasionally runs writing workshops for adults.

Stephanie joined Sweet Cherry Publishing in 2013 with her Mr Pattacake series, and she has since written The Dinosaur Detectives.

Stephanie currently lives in the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire.

Arianna is a freelance illustrator based in Florence, Italy, where she majored in Entertainment Design at Nemo Academy. Since then she has worked as 2D artist with Italian independent video game studios. The Sherlock Holmes series is her debut novel as an illustrator for Children’s books.

Little Bunny’s Book Of Friends Steve Smallman

Little Bunny’s Book of Friends by Steve Smallman

Hardback published by Graffeg

ISBN 9781802580501

Through good days, and bad days, happy times and sad, there are those who laugh with us, cry with us, help us and hold us. People who treasure people who are friends. Celebrate the valuable people in your life with this little book of friendship. Then give it to someone special.


Little Bunny’s Book of Friends is a very cute little hardback book that is an easy read for young children with lovely big writing, and beautiful illustrations.

This story is all about friendship, being a best friend. This special story reminds children friends can be big, or small, but the most important thing of all the size or shape of a best friend doesn’t matter at all. The story also helps children to remember the that they can be a good friend to their friend too.


Steve Smallman lives in Staffordshire with his wife, two dogs and two cats. He has four children and a grandchild. Steve has been illustrating children’s books for almost 30 years and writing his own stories for slightly less. He also teaches illustration workshops in schools, including mural-painting. Steve is the author of Smelly Peter the Great Pea Eater (Winner of the Sheffield Children’s Book Award 2009) and The Lamb Who Came for Dinner (Shortlisted for the Red House Children’s Book Award and read by Meatloaf on CITV’s Bookaboo). When he’s not working, Steve enjoys films, television, gardening and walking in the countryside.

Steve Smallman on Steve Smallman:

I started working as an illustrator when I was in my final year at Art College and now, over 28 years later I still haven’t got a proper job! I’ve illustrated literally hundreds of books, predominantly in educational publishing. A few years ago I was main illustrator for Longman’s ‘Story Street’ reading scheme, illustrating 79 titles and writing 5.

I’ve worked in children’s television, specifically in character development and most notably in the ‘Raggy Doll’ series in the mid to late 1980’s. I have also done a certain amount of licensed work, illustrating characters such as Postman Pat, Bill and Ben and Sesame Street.

I’ve been described as an ‘Animal Artist’, not I hasten to add because I’m wild and hairy but because I love to draw animals and especially like to give them human characteristics. 

I’ve been writing children’s books for about 6 years and have already had several picture books published with more in development

To buy link on Amazon

My First Green Cook Book David Atherton




Go Green, get cooking and discover delicious vegetarian recipes!

Put on your apron and learn to cook vibrant vegetarian food by following the simple step-by-step illustrations. Full of imaginative, healthy sweet and savoury ideas for all your friends and family, eating green has never been so much fun!


Speckled scones, Super strawberry jam veggie burgers, Crescent moon pies, Summer sandcastle cake and much more recipes inside this brilliant cook book.

My First Green Cook Book is absolutely fantastic I love it. This is the best ever cook book I have read with vibrant colourful illustrations and step by step instructions to help you. It’s ideal for children teenagers or adults.

We as a family do eat and cook a lot of vegetarian food, so this Green Cook Book has given me ideas that I never thought about cooking. one of my favourite recipes in this book is how to make Sweetcorn Potato cakes that can be cut into shapes using a biscuit cutter. Children will love to have Spooky Carrot Soup it’s ideal for Halloween. Cheesy Rabbit Biscuits is another recipe I’m going to give a try at making. If you want to know how to keep the kids quiet then there’s a delicious recipe for Chocolate Cookies. And there’s a brilliant recipe for winter Reindeer Puds that will be extra fun for children to help make.

Please don’t miss out on this absolutely fabulous cook book, it’s a 100% a must buy.

Here are some of my favourite recipes inside this amazing cook book.

I would like to Walker books for sending me this amazing cook book full of exciting recipes.

Here is the link to buy this excellent cook book on Amazon

The Dwayndeer Clare Howse


Paperback published by Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd 30th April 2021

Tortoises normally sleep in wintertime but this year will be different for Dwayne.

Dwayne is a tortoise who has never experienced Christmas. He has never seen a Christmas tree or received presents from Santa. He decides to make plans with the cats to stay awake and experience the fun and laughter that Christmas brings.

Dwayne dresses up in some reindeer antlers to change into The Dwaynedeer.


The Dwaynedeer by Clare Howse has been adapted by inspiration from her very own pet tortoise.

The Paperback The Dwaynedeer is a very special beautiful illustrated book bringing Christmas fun and laughter to a tortoise Dwayne who lives with his family mum, dad and three cats.

Usually Dwayne hibernates but this year Dwayne want to stay awake and enjoy the Christmas fun. He was going to dress up as Dwaynedeer.

There’s not a better way to get children excited for Christmas than with a good book all about animals, family and Christmas.

This is just the perfect book for children to read with the lovely bold easy words or parents and children can read it together.


I am a new author and have enjoyed writing stories about my tortoise Dwayne. He is a rescue tortoise and is a real character! I bought him some antlers for his first Christmas present and The Dwaynedeer formed very soon afterwards. I love my garden and grow lots of plants, fruit and veg with some success. I grow a lot of greens for Dwayne who is often with me in the greenhouse or when I am pottering about.

Clare lives in Kent with Lee, her husband, and Dwayne, who is a spur-thighed tortoise. They rescued him from the RSPCA. Clare and Dwayne have been pals ever since. Dwayne loves the Garden as much as Clare does and they are often found together. Clare prunes and tends to the plants and flowers, while Dwayne loves to eat them ! Clare loves to bake and attempt to create cakes for her extended family’s birthdays and celebrations.

You can find The Dwaynedeer by Clare Howse

You can buy The Dwaynedeer on Amazon

Always in December Emily Stone

Always in December by Emily Stone

Paperback published by Headline 14th October 2021

Josie Morgan never looks forward to December. It’s always a reminder of the life she lost, twenty years ago. Now she always switches off the radio when Christmas music comes on. She always wants to tear down the tinsel her flatmate insists on pinning up. And she always posts a letter she knows will never be read.

Max Carter never expected to find himself stranded in London just days before Christmas. He never expected it would be so hard to say goodbye to a woman he hardly knows. Then again, he never expected to fall in love.

But, this December, when Josie’s letter leads her to Max, a chance encounter will change their lives in the most remarkable way. And their story is only beginning.


From London to Manhattan, from Edinburgh to the English countryside, Always in December is a romantic journey that’s impossible to forget. Fans of One Day in December and Me Before You, Always in December is the timeless, stay up all night love story you’ll take straight to your heart.

Josie has just split up after her boyfriend slept with another girl and to make matters worse it was a girl from the office where Josie and Oliver both worked.

Josie doesn’t like Christmas as the snow only brought Josie painful memories of Christmas Day twenty years ago. It started with a letter.

It ended up with a love story.

While Josie is on her way to post a letter on her bike, she accidentally skids into Max Carter.

I don’t want to spoil what happens, but here is some advice please make sure you have a box of tissues ready, because I certainly needed lots of them. I don’t think I have cried so much by Christmas a Christmas theme story.

I can’t believe this beautiful story is Emily Stone’s debut novel.

I’m looking forward to Emily Stone’s heart wrenching next novel The Last Gift, that will be published 13th October 2022

Always in December is the book to add to your Christmas reading list!

Here is the link to buy on Amazon Always in December


Emily Stone lives and works in Chepstow and wrote Always in December in an old Victorian manor house with an impressive literary heritage. Her debut novel was partly inspired by the death of her mother, when Emily was seven, and wanting to write something that reflected the fact that you carry this grief into adulthood, long after you supposedly move on from the event itself.

George the Wombat Eva Papouskova

George theWombat book 1 by Eva Papouskova

Paperback published by graffeg 11th November 2021

Illustrated by Galina Miklinova

Translated by Alexander Bucher

George the Wombat wants to go and dig in the forest but first he needs use the potty. There’s plenty of advice available from his friends and family but what is it that will finally help him succeed?

Sit and enjoy this delightful potty companion with George and discover a remarkable fact about wombats on the way !


George the Wombat is a really cute loveable book for age 2+ that all children with laugh and enjoy this story with wonderful animal friends and has an exciting 36 illustrated pages!

I learned a lot about wombats that I didn’t know about before I read this book.

While George is sitting on his potty trying to do a number two, he becomes rather bored. All of his animal friends come to visit him giving George advice in how to a number two on his potty.

Eva Papoušková is an author of screenplays, books and playscripts. She graduated from the screenwriting department at FAMU and has written more than 120 hours for prime time TV, written one feature, and co-wrote on documentaries since. She has worked with the Oscar-winning director Malcolm Clarke. Currently she is focused on teaching screenwriting in English and writes highly-praised books for children in Czech.

Galina Miklínová is a Czech director, animator and illustrator. She graduated from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague and also studied at the University of Humberside in the UK. Among her TV and film credits is Večerníček O Kanafáskovi, Lichožrouti, winner of the International Children’s Film Festival in Chicago.

Alexandra Büchler is Director of Literature Across Frontiers (LAF). A translator and editor of numerous publications, she was born in Prague and started her career as cultural manager with the Australia Council for the Arts before moving to the UK. She has translated more than twenty books of fiction, poetry and publications on visual arts and architecture, and edited six anthologies of short fiction in Czech and English translation. Among the authors she has translated into her native Czech are J.M. Coetzee, David Malouf, Janice Galloway, Gail Jones, Jeanette Turner Hospital and Rhea Galanaki.

To buy link

Molly and the Shipwreck Malachy Doyle




When out fishing with her dad, Molly hears a cry for help. A woman and her children in a rickety old boat are in danger of capsizing.

Helping them ashore and giving them food and shelter for the night. Molly finds out the strangers are seeking a new home in a safe place, and she is determined to help them. But will her new friend Amina and her family be allowed to stay on the island? And will Amina’s father ever be reunited with his wife and children?

Also available in the same series

Molly and the Stormy Sea

The fifth book in the acclaimed Molly series is a story for our times, a tale of finding a place in our lives and in our hearts for those in need.


Molly’s school might have to close down if they can’t find some more children on their small island to attend.

When Molly is out fishing with her dad, they rescue a woman with her daughter Amina. Molly wants them to live on the island with her so Amina can go to Molly’s school. But Amina and her mother are ordered to go to a crowded camp to stay. while Amina is in the camp with her mother, Molly looks out to sea for Amina’s father.

This is a tale to help children be more thoughtful for refugees that have fled to England for help and a better life.

Molly and the Whale

Molly and the Lighthouse

Molly and the Lockdown


Malachy Doyle grew up by the sea in Northern Ireland. He and his wife Liz bought an old farmhouse on a small island off the coast of Donegal.

Malachy has had well over a hundred and twenty books published from pop-up books for toddlers to gritty teenage novels. Over the years he has won many prestigious book awards, and his work is available in around thirty languages.

To buy link for Molly and the Shipwreck


Andrew Whitson is an award winning artist and Belfast native who likes to be called Mr Ando ! He lives in an old house which is nestled discreetly on the side of a misty hill at the edge of a magic wood, below an enchanted castle in the shadow of a giant nose. His house looks down over Belfast Harbour, where the Titanic was built.

Mr Ando has illustrated over twenty books under his own name, the most recent of which being the Molly series with Malachy Doyle and the award winning Rita series of picture books with Myra Zepf.

You can find Illustrator Andrew Whitson on Twitter

Rita wants a witch Maire Zepf Mr Ando

Rita Wants A Witch BY Maire Zepf Mr Ando

Paperback Published By Graffeg

Meet Rita. She’s a little girl with a very big ideas. Rita wants a witch for some madly magical mayhem. She could make spells and potions and fly around all night on a broomstick. But what if the witch scares her friends away? Or gives her stinky food to eat?


Rita loves Halloween, she wants a witch. A witch is wild with a wand and madly magical. There would be no need for Rita to clean or do her homework, the witch will wave her magic wand and do everything. Will the witch that Rita has always wanted be something that she wants to keep forever? Children that love Halloween are in for a real treat with this gorgeous big paperback Rita Wants a Witch.

Books in the Rita series:

Rita wants a dragon

Rita wants a Robot

Rita wants a Ninja

Rita wants a Fairy Godmother

Rita wants a Witch

Rita wants a Genie


Máire Zepf is the first ever Children’s Writing Fellow for Northern Ireland, based at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University, Belfast (2017-2019), where she is on a sworn mission to inspire kids to write their own stories. That sparky feeling you get when you have a brilliant idea? That brain tickle as you tease out a plot twist? Yep, that is the story medicine she likes to dish out. 

Máire spends a lot of time lurking around classrooms, libraries, literary festivals and even museums, hoping to find bored kids to brainstorm with. Sometimes she lets the teachers join in, if they are very well-behaved.

When the schools and libraries close, Máire likes to write her own stories. 

“Don’t Go to School!” was first published in Irish in 2015 as ‘Ná Gabh ar Scoil!”. It has won awards, nationally and internationally and has now been translated to 7 languages. 

The ‘Rita’ series of picture books with illustrator Andrew Whitson started life in 2017. 4 books in, and the series is going from strength to strength. 

Máire has also written 2 historical fiction chapter books, and has translated books by other authors to Irish, including Oliver Jeffers, Malachy Doyle and Torben Kuhlman.

Follow her on twitter @myrazepf

or on facebook Myra Zepf – Children’s Fellow, QUB

To buy link