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Truly thrilling! Edge-of-your-seat suspense, brilliantly crafted, a sublime heart-pumping story!
Fixtures & Fittings, is the second book in a series following the trials, troubles and loves of the Blackwood family. As a book I devoured it quickly, as it was nigh impossible to put down! The perfect sign of a great writer!
Starting with a heart-stopped blow, it pulls you straight into Marcus's story. With the tragic death of his sister, he's left sole guardian of his traumatised young niece, Megan. Witnessing the brutal murder of her parents, she's left mute and distraught.
We travel with them through the next few heart-wrenching weeks in search of the answers, as slick businessman Marcus fumbles around trying to do his best at his new role of parent. Then Marcus finds Grace Lovejoy and her children, a wholesome unassuming family. Slowly realising that the last thing he was looking for, was the one thing he needed, together, they bring young Megan from her dark silence, but, with devastating results...
There's still a murderer out there with unfinished business... there's a storm brewing!
Julia Blake has the ability to create believable characters, in believable situations, with a sense of true emotional integrity. We fall in love and truly care about them. A must read, perfect to thrill on a cold winter afternoon.
Sometimes, You have to choose what to keep, and what to leave behind... 5/5
Fixtures and fittings, the second book in the Blackwood Family saga, centers around Marcus Blackwood.
Rich, Handsome and Suave, he has it all, until tragedy rips apart their family, leaving him the sole guardian of his young niece Megan, Changing both of their lives forever.
Marcus's struggle to help Megan leads him into the path of Grace Lovejoy. A single mother of two, who is forced into selling her beloved family home. As a connection builds between Megan and the Lovejoy children, She begins to heal, but there are sinister and deadly consequences!
This nailbiting tale of Tragedy and Romance, rips at the heartstrings, fill you with joy, and excitement and keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole way through, with Twists, turns and characters that you can't help but fall in love with.
A story that stands on its own even if you haven't manage to read the prequel (though I recommend you read both, to get the full impact - not to mention that they are both fantastic books!)
As with her other books, such as Becoming Lily, and her compendium of short stories and poems Eclairs for Tea, Julia's writing brings you into a heart-warming world with gloriously descriptive and empathic writing that really makes you feel what the characters feel.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the author wove a wonderful tale of a house and its occupants. The book cover and title fell into place when I saw the story and how the main character wanted a treehouse in his garden
This book had everything I loved in a story; intrigue, romance, drama and great characters. There was even a little joke running throughout the book regarding the twins.
Because I read so many books, I appreciate it when they are shorter ones. My Kindle told me this was just under 4 hours of reading time, which suited me nicely.
Grace Lovejoy was the heroine in the book, and I thought that was such a great name for a really interesting character.
Loved this book it's a great story and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I've now read both books about the Blackwell family and they're both really great as a stand alone read, but also nice to read both one after the other.
The cornerstone of a great novel is it’s ability to tug at your emotions. This is something that Julia Blake has mastered. In Fixtures & Fittings, our hearts are wrapped up with the characters and their trials from the first page to the last. This is no great mystery as the hints of “Who dunnit” are there very early on, but it doesn’t make this any less of a page-turner. Now, I’m looking forward to Sugar & Spice, book 3 in the Blackwood sagas. Bring it on!
This is a satisfying romantic read with a likable, male hero (something that a lot of romance books seem to lack nowadays) who is brought out of his comfort zone due to the tragic events that strike his sister's family. Taking in his niece, Megan, after a crime causes her to become orphaned, which changes the trajectory of his life as he re-thinks what is truly important to him.
The main thrust of the narrative is how Marcus changes from a confirmed bachelor living in a sterile apartment to craving a family's comfort for family with a capital F is the theme here. With Megan under his wing, Marcus goes into protective mode seeking out a house they could call a home. His quest brings him to stumble into the lives of Grace Lovejoy and family where he exposed to a woman quite unlike his previous girlfriends.
What I liked best about this book was the character of Marcus. If anything, I would have liked the author to have gone into more depth about his background (the separation of his parents due to their personal lifestyles was really interesting). I loved how respectfully the author treated his relationship with his mother, for Marcus begins the story thinking she is hysterical and clinging to actually realizing he needs her and can be a supportive son.
Even the perfect PA and nanny is treated respectfully, by our male hero. This is something I really appreciate for too many in these romance books seem to think that only male heroes who beat their chest and behave like cavemen are desired by the opposite sex.
I would have loved some co-habitation hijinks before the story resolved itself however, the sexual chemistry scenes was hot and lovely.
Why I didn't give the book a five star rating was that I simply couldn't get over the fact that the book doesn't address in depth that real psychiatric help is needed for Megan. Asking the French nanny if Megan is improving? This just isn't a good idea for mental health. It's also something that the police force would clearly have recommended immediately due to the trauma of witnessing such an event.
Warmth just oozed out of this delightful, totally charming romance/murder mystery novel. Loved him, loved her, loved Megan and the other characters, and loved the interaction of ordinary human behaviours, fear, shyness, and surprise attraction that turned a simple plot into an evening where you finish the book no matter what. Well developed characters and a gorgeous flowing style made this a pleasure. I felt good as the ending made its appearance, so will you.
Another fabulous read by Julia Blake. The thing I hate most about her books is that when you pick them up, it is really hard to put them down again, and before you know it, you are sad as all hell that it's finished. Her characters are always so likable you want to be friends with them - except for the baddies, that is.