The Hollow Heart by Adrienne Vaughan

The Hollow Heart (The Heartfelt Series, #1)The Hollow Heart by Adrienne Vaughan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Hollow Heart is the first book in the Heartfelt series. It features reporter Marianne Coltrane and begins with her work at the Chesterford Chronicle where her latest scoop uncovers the illegal sale of babies from a refuge for single pregnant women. Once the story breaks Marianne finds herself being awarded Journalist of the Year for her stolen babies expose.

It’s at the awards she meets dependable George Brownlow MP. With a twist, destiny plunges Marianne through a series of cruel disasters and it’s not until she decides to take a break and escape to the Island of Innishmahon off of the Irish coast, that she begins to mend her emotional wounds. The people of the island are so welcoming; Padar and Oonagh Quinn who run the pub, Miss MacReady the postmistress and Father Gregory.

Marianne finds another person on the island is also there to find himself and escape from life. Ryan O’Gorman, TV star, once saved Marianne’s life, now he’s here saving more lives when a storm hits and families need rescuing. He doesn’t want to be remembered as a hero he wants to be a writer, but life in the fast lane pulls him away from the island and Marianne.

Stormy times lay ahead for more than one character, and I’m looking forward to reading the second book in the series to see how obstacles are overcome, relationships smoothed and families are re-united. I really enjoyed Marianne’s journey and easily fell in love with the people and the island of Innishmahon.

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Calculated by R.S. Novelle

Calculated (Discovered Series, book 1)Calculated by R.S. Novelle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a modern day murder mystery. The book opens with a distraught, young broken hearted man and we immediately witness his murder. Ana Meyers is a reporter renown for digging deep to get her story, she’s just recovering from a sensational story about a rogue cop which didn’t go down well with a few influential people and she is being reassigned to the “Weddings” section of the newspaper.

When a frightened witness called Mara forces her way in to see Ana, she nudges Ana’s reporter instincts. Mara has no evidence of her suspicions and Ana is prepared to dismiss her story until a body is found the next day resembling Mara. A taped message sent to Ana sets her reporter nose off sniffing out her next big story and fingers are being pointed at The Living Waters Community Church.

The number of dead is increasing as Ana finds more and more eye opening evidence. Ana is attacked and ends up in hospital but she won’t give up. Daring and foolhardy she forces through her evidence and demands that the police take action.

I really enjoyed this book and didn’t want to put it down, it was well paced and kept me enthralled always willing Ana on from the side-lines.

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