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Blog Tour Review - Service Model by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Blog Tour Review - Service Model by Adrian Tchaikovsky To fix the world they first must break it further. Humanity is a dying breed, utterly reliant on artificial labor and service. When a domesticated robot gets a nasty little idea downloaded into their core programming, they murder their owner. The robot then discovers they can also do something else they never did before: run away. After fleeing the household, they enter a wider world they never knew existed, where the age-old hierarchy of humans at the top is disintegrating, and a robot ecosystem devoted to human wellbeing is finding a new purpose. There is so much to love in Service Model, but one of the things I most love about it is the peculiar blend of charming innocence and insightful cynicism. Uncharles the domestic robot is such a simple soul (though he would state that he has no soul and this is an inaccurate description). He approaches the end of the world with optimism and hope, or whatever equivalent to these emotions h

Review - The House Beneath the Cliffs by Sharon Gosling

 Review - The House Beneath the Cliffs by Sharon Gosling

A remote yet beautiful village. A tiny kitchen lunch club. The perfect place to start again.
Anna moves to Crovie, a tiny fishing village on the Moray Firth, for a fresh start. But when she arrives, she realises her new home is really no more than a shed, and the village itself sits beneath a cliff right on the edge of the sea, in constant danger of storms and landslides. Has she made a terrible mistake?

Yet as she begins to learn about the Scottish coast and its people, something she thought she’d lost reawakens in her. She rediscovers her love of cooking, and turns her kitchen into a pop-up lunch club. But not all the locals are delighted about her arrival, and some are keen to see her plans fail.
Will Anna really be able to put down roots in this remote and wild village? Or will her fragile new beginning start to crumble with the cliffs . . . ?

I've just finished The House Beneath The Cliffs by Sharon Gosling and honestly I'm just a mess of joy and tears. It is such a gorgeous story, of finding your place in the world, community, grief, love and cooking and I just adored it so much.

Honestly, I was a little nervous about reading this one which is why it took me a little while to get to when I read Sharon's last book, the House of Hidden Wonders, on the same day it was announced! I love her MG, but an adult romance novel? Would I enjoy that as much?

I can honestly say that I was not disappointed at all. Yes, of course it is different from victoriana middle grade fantasy. But what talent! What beautiful writing! What amazing, brilliantly realised characters to fall in love with or to absolutely hate!

And there's so much drama! So many twists, moments where you fear the worst is about to happen, moments where it does, moments that make you scream with laughter, make your heart sing, make the tears flow yet again.

More than anything it makes me want to go back to the rugged and wild coast of the Moray Firth in Scotland. This is book that is very much of its setting, and such a beautiful, yet oft times inhospitable, setting. The sense of place is remarkable.

And positive representation is something I like to look for in my books. I honestly don't know the whole romance genre particularly well, but it's nice to see a woman pushing forty being depicted as a romantic heroine, starting her own career and finding her independence.


The House Beneath the Cliffs by Sharon Gosling is out now, published by Simon and Schuster.
I was given a review copy via Netgalley in return for an honest review.


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