The Ice Cream Parlour By: Isabella May (Reviewed by Rochelle)

Hello and thanks for stopping by.  Can you believe that it’s the end of May, where did this month go.  Here is my last review for the month and I must say I really enjoyed this book.

Happy Reading Everyone!


Giovanna Tonioli is a successful stockbroker with a famous sports star boyfriend, but things aren’t as sweet as they seem. When life in the city of Bath goes from Vanilla to Rocky Road, she takes herself off to Italy for an ‘Eat Pray Love’ style tour of all things gelateria. What she doesn’t expect to find on her travels is one smooth, hot dollop of temptation that she just can’t shake.
How will her spiteful twin sister react when Giovanna returns to open a rival ice cream parlour? Will Natalia get her just desserts? Or will things become even stickier? All’s fair in love, war and ice cream. Isn’t it?

The Ice Cream Parlour is a mouthwatering tale of fate, family, love and jealousy – with a delectable drizzle of alchemy besides.


About Author:

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. Having grown up on Glastonbury’s ley lines however, she’s unable to completely shake off her spiritual inner child, and is a Law of Attraction fanatic.

Cake, cocktail, and travel obsessed, she also loves nothing more than to (quietly) break life’s ‘rules’.
Her published novels – so far! – include Oh! What a Pavlova, The Cocktail Bar and Costa del Churros.

Book 4 is *almost* written…

  • Print Length:259 pages
  • Publication Date:May 15, 2019
  • Sold by:Amazon Digital Services LLC

My Review:

This is not my usual sort of book but I have heard a lot about it through a Facebook group that I am in and WOW this book was awesome.   It was a real page-turner of a book.

It’s the first that I have read anything from this author and it won’t be my last, on the lookout for her other books.

Straight from the beginning I was hooked, I found it fascinating how different the twins were and that they did not get along at all.  Imaginative and creative, witty and current.  In addition, Giovanna’s tour of Italy had me really thinking I transported to Italia. Such a great read.

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Five Feet Apart By: Rachael Lippincott (Reviewed by Rochelle)


Now a major motion picture starring Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson!

In this #1 New York Times bestselling novel that’s perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, two teens fall in love with just one minor complication—they can’t get within a few feet of each other without risking their lives.

Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.

Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.

What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?

About Author:

Rachael Lippincott was born in Philadelphia and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. … She currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, splitting her time between writing and running a food truck with her partner. Rachael Lippincott’s books.

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Five Feet Apart is available to purchase via this Amazon link  which will take you straight to the Amazon page for your country of residence: Feet Apart

  • Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Published:  (November 20, 2018)

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My Review:

I didn’t like the writing style of this book. I felt like some phrases and idioms were used over and over, possibly for emphasis but I found it annoying. Especially since there were three authors behind this book.

There are two main characters in this book Stella and Will.  Stella seems like she’s in control where all Will has on his mind is just to get out of the hospital.  I didn’t know what the disease was so I have to google it, and after reading more about it, I thought I could get into the story a little more, but I had to push myself to read it.  I thought the ending was two predictable and I am hoping that the moving is much better. I am giving 3.5 stars.   I was a fan of the John Green’s Fault of out Stars, and this is nowhere near that.




Paper Dolls by: Emma Pullar (Reviewed by Rochelle)

About Book:

When a killer is on the loose, is anyone safe?

When a bizarre set of murders take place in London, three flatmates become embroiled in the terrifying mystery.

Mike, Beatrice and Kerri all share a flat and a passion to move their careers forward.  When Mike, a frustrated mime in Trafalgar Square, lays eyes on performance artist Princess, his world begins to unravel. Meanwhile, Kerri is struggling to hold onto her job as a journalist, when she stumbles across a body, which turns out to be the third victim of the Paper Doll Killer. Beatrice, who was once a bestselling author, looks to the series of murders for inspiration but finds a lot more than she bargained for.

As the three flatmates discover they each have links to the killer they start to turn on one another. Who might be next? Why does the killer paint the victim’s cheeks and lips with blood? What purpose do the paper dolls serve?

As the deranged Paper Doll Killer continues to stalk the streets of

About Author:

She was born and raised in London, England then moved to Christchurch, New Zealand when I was sixteen, where I met my Kiwi husband.  She currently lives in Kent, England.  I’m a British and New Zealand citizen and I feel fortunate to identify with both cultures.

Writing has always been my passion

  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodhound Books (March 28, 2019)
  • Publication Date: March 28, 2019
  • Genre: Thriller


My Review:

Thank you The Fiction Café-Review, Emma Pullar and Publisher Bloodhound Books  for this arc copy.

I enjoyed this book, at first it took me awhile to get into I, has it started out slow, but once I got past the first 3 chapters I had a hard time putting it down.  I really thought I had worked out who had committed the murders but I was so wrong!  Its unique story and twist leaves you wanting more.  You will be shocked when you find out who really committed the murders.  This is a book that you don’t want to miss.

I will be definitely looking more from this author.  I like her style of writing, that kept me guessing.  I highly recommend this book.


Happy reading everyone.



Unbroken: One Woman’s Journey to Rebuild a Life Shattered by Violence. A True Story of Survival and Hope By: Madeleine Black (Reviewed by Rochelle)

About Book:

“For many years after that night, my memories of what happened after he held the blade to my throat and threatened my life were fragmented . . . difficult to piece together. It was too extreme, too violent for me to understand.”

Living in a state of shock and self-loathing, it took her years of struggle to confront the buried memories of that first attack and begin to undo the damage it wrought, as men continued to take advantage of her fragility in the worst possible way. Yet, after growing up with a burden no teenager should ever have to shoulder, she found the heart to carry out the best revenge plan of all: leading a fulfilling and happy life. But the road to piecing her life back together was long and painful. For Madeleine, forgiveness was the key. True forgiveness takes genuine effort. It takes a real desire to understand those who have done us so much harm. It is the ultimate act of courage. In Unbroken, Madeleine tells her deeply moving and empowering story, as she discovers that life is about how a person chooses to recover from adversity.


About Author:

The sharing of her story opened many doors for Madeleine in ways she never imagined and the invitations started to pour in.

She has taken part in both TV and radio interviews and has been invited to share her story at conferences, events and schools.

She recognises that she was a victim of a crime that left her silent for many years, but has now found her voice and intends to use it. Not just for her, but for so many who can’t find theirs yet.

She is married and lives in Glasgow with her husband, three daughters, her cat, Suki, and dog, Alfie.

“Unbroken” is her first book and tells her story of being gang raped at aged 13 by two American teenagers. It follows her journey of survival, healing, forgiveness, transformation and hope.

  • Paperback:  288 pages
  • Publisher:  John Blake (July 1, 2017)

My Review:

Thank you The Fiction Café-Review, Madeleine Black and Publisher John Blake for this arc copy.

WOW where and how do I review this one?  This is kind of a hard review to write.

I’ve read many survivor memoirs, including the well known ones. This book rings truer than most. Madeline Black just tells her story. She tells the true story of how she healed the effects of a brutal rape. How she chose forgiveness and went onto live a fulfilling life in spite of the trauma.  It took a lot of courage for Madeline to share her story about different experiences in her life that got her to process her trauma again and ‘grow out’ of it and realize that she is not what’s been done to her. , I found myself putting this book down just to digest what she must have been going through, but then I thought to myself why didn’t she open up before when here parents were asking what was going on.

I recommend this book to anyone who has struggled with rape.  I am giving this book 5 stars.  I will be on the lookout for more from this author, I like her style of writing.

It is a powerful memoir, which inspires hope, faith and courage.



Pitch Black: A Romantic Thriller (Blackwood Security Book 1) By Elise Noble (Reviewed by Rochelle)

About Book:

Even a Diamond can be shattered…

After the owner of a security company is murdered, his sharp-edged wife goes on the run. Forced to abandon everything she holds dear – her home, her friends, her job in special ops – she builds a new life for herself in England. As Ashlyn Hale, she meets Luke, a handsome local who makes her realise just how lonely she is.

Yet, even in the sleepy village of Lower Foxford, the dark side of life dogs Diamond’s trail when the unthinkable strikes. Forced out of hiding, she races against time to save those she cares about. But is it too little, too late?

If you want sweetness and light and all things bright,
Diamond’s not the girl for you.
She’s got sass, she’s got snark, and she’s moody and dark,
As she does what a girl’s got to do.

Diamond isn’t polite. She’s got a filthy mouth to go with her dirty mind, and she doesn’t hold back. If you like your books a little milder, you may prefer the clean version of Pitch Black (no on-the-page dirty bits and no swearing) available through my author page.

About Author:

Elise Noble’s books combine romance, mystery, and mayhem with a healthy dose of humour. She currently writes four series:
– Blackwood Security
– Blackwood Elements
– Blackwood UK
– The Trouble Series
Plus a few standalone stories.

Aside from writing, Elise’s hobbies include scuba diving, horse riding, driving fast cars, eating chocolate, and sleeping. She lives in England with a dog, two sugar gliders and a horse called Trev.

To find out when Elise releases a new title, as well as receiving news of giveaways and the occasional free book, you can sign up for Elise’s newsletter at And Elise always loves to hear from readers – you can email her at elise(at)

  • Publisher:Undercover Publishing Limited; 1 edition (December 1, 2015)
  • Publication Date:December 1, 2015
  • Print Length: 416

My Review:

Not sure where to start on this one, but it just wasn’t what I thought.  And here is my review of this book.

In deciding to read this book; I looked at the reviews from different site and seen that it had a lot of 5 star rating, but I have to admit that I didn’t really feel the same.  This was the second time that I had read it, thinking maybe after seeing the reviews I would get a different view of it; but, I didn’t and I feel that the five star reviews are a little bit overboard on this, I know we all have different opinions.  I found the book to start out in a confused muddled way and there is a mystery of a murdered man that just gets referred to as my husband. My questions was how and who had done it.   I just could not relate to the characters, found them to leave me with too many unanswered questions or trying to see where the plot was leading me.  I felt that it became long-winded and didn’t go anywhere for most of the book.  A few chapters at the end of the book it seemed to picked up but let the main character hanging and me wondering.  My rating on this is a 3.5.

Happy reading everyone.

The Suspects By: Katharine Johnson (Reviewed by Rochelle)

About Book:

Shallow Grave meets The Secret History in this quirky psychological thriller.

When you’re bound together by secrets and lies who do you trust?

Bristol, 1988.

Five young graduates on the threshold of their careers buy a house together in order to get a foot on the property ladder before prices spiral out of their reach. But it soon becomes the house share from hell.

After their New Year’s Eve party, they discover a body – and it’s clear they’ll be the first suspects. As each of them has a good reason from their past not to trust the police, they come up with a solution – one which forces them into a life of secrets and lies.

But can they trust each other?

About Author:

Katharine Johnson grew up in Bristol and now divides her time between Berkshire and Lucca, Italy. After doing a History degree she trained to be a journalist and has worked for a variety of magazines, writing about everything including the kitchen sink. She’s loved writing since childhood and wrote her first book aged nine. When not writing she can usually be found walking her spaniel, doing the school run, playing netball or being a room guide in a stately home.
Katharine loves to hear from readers so if you fancy a chat do get in touch

  • Print Length:257 pages

My Review:

I am grateful to The Fiction Café – Review Group and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for the honest review.  I have never ready anything by Katharine Johnson but I will be looking for more of her books.

Are you looking for a great read, well this book is awesome.  Has a few twists and turns and makes you wonder who to trust.  The Suspects is a gripping page turner, full of strong characters with dark pasts and secrets – all revealed at just the right moments – by talented thriller writer, Katharine Johnson. There are five graduates who buy a house together despite knowing know very little of each other except from outside of their work place.  They decided to throw a New Years Eve party that end bad.  A body found in the basemen; the questions started, what happened who did it and what should they do?  Call the cops; Cover it up.  Well they decided to cover it up.  Now the secrets, lies and who they can trust game.

I loved each character; each had different view and flaw of what they wanted each to believe.  I found that this book was faced paced and kept me wanting to find out what was happening next and had me guessing what was going to happen next.

If you are into psychological thrillers and this is one that you, do not want to miss reading.  I highly recommend this book.

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