#BlogTour YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER by ANGELA BARTON @rararesources @angebarton #BookReview

Always a pleasure to be on a Blog Tour for Angela, so today is my turn to share my thoughts on her latest release – YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER! My thanks to the Author, Publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for putting the tour together and letting me be part of it all!

Three isn’t always a magic number … There are three reasons Tess Fenton should be happy. One, her job at the Blue Olive deli may be dull, but at least she gets to work with her best friend. Two, she lives in a cosy cottage in the pretty village of Halston. Three, she’s in love with her boyfriend, Blake.

 Isn’t she? 

Because, despite their history, Blake continues to be the puzzle piece in Tess’s life that doesn’t quite fit. And when she meets intriguing local artist Daniel Cavanagh, it soon becomes apparent that, for Tess, love isn’t as easy as one, two, three …

Purchase Links

 UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Youve-Got-Number-Angela-Barton-ebook/dp/B083SQTLQ9/ 

US – https://www.amazon.com/Youve-Got-Number-Angela-Barton-ebook/dp/B083SQTLQ9/ 

Author Bio – 

Angela Barton lives in Nottingham and is a member of Nottingham Writers’ Studio and the Romantic Novelists’ Association. She has written three novels, all of which have passed through the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme and are now published. Her first novel was published in 2018. Its genre is historical fiction set in France, telling the story of how a farming family survive through WW2. 

Angela’s second and third books are contemporary women’s fiction. Now busy writing her fourth book, also set in France during wartime, Angela’s new passion is to research real life happenings and create fictional characters that live through these extraordinary events. 

Along with other authors, Angela has helped to create two Facebook groups for book lovers. Apricot Plots and Love Forties Fiction.

 Social Media Links –

 Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/authorangela.barton.3 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/angebarton 

Website: https://angelabarton.net

 Instagram: angelacbarton

MY REVIEW

This is a book that has a little bit of everything, which always makes for a magical reading experience and I loved spending time in the company of Tess as she faces all that life throws her way!

She’s been in a relationship with Blake for 5 years and the magic has gone! Blake doesn’t see it the same way though and goes to extremely desperate measures to keep her by his side. You can understand his despair but the methods he uses are very low as he plays on Tess and her genuine caring nature.

With all the drama going on in her life Tess finds a distraction in the form of Daniel! He’s a local artist with a twin sister and has suffered tragedy in his past,and finds painting a way to help him through the darker times he has faced. Tess finds herself growing very fond of Daniel and their relationship is just the sweetest – they both find one another so easy to open up to and help support one another with various issues that they have to deal with. I also loved the storyline that featured Denise – his sister – as this added another emotional thread and kept it feeling very real and relatable.

I loved the way that Tess conducts herself throughout the book which made her such a lovely character to follow. There are flashes of humour that mix well with the more serious aspects of the storyline and it was just a pleasure to read from start to finish.

★★★★★

#BookReview Magnolia House by Angela Barton @ChocLituk

About the book

Highly recommended read 


When you open up your home and your heart … 
Rowan Forrester has it all – the happy marriage, the adorable dog, the good friends, the promising business and even the dream home after she and her husband Tom win a stunning but slightly dilapidated Georgian townhouse in London at auction. 

But in the blink of an eye, Rowan’s picture-perfect life comes crashing down around her and she is faced with the prospect of having to start again. 

To make ends meet she begins a search for housemates, and in doing so opens the door to new friends and new beginnings. But could she be opening the door to new heartbreak too?

Published by Choc Lit

Purchase Links

Amazon UK

iTunes

Kobo

Google Play


MY REVIEW

I found this to be a really inspiring read! It is a story that features some very sad and dark times, but also shows how people can come out the other side, especially with the help of some supportive family members and friends, and that is what the main character Rowan finds when she is faced with the devastating loss of her husband, just after they’d bought the house of their dreams, Magnolia House, to renovate.

Her whole life is changed by these tragic events but after taking time out to process the news and deal with her grief, she begins to find light at the end of the tunnel and by renting out rooms in the house she also meets some wonderful new friends who become family to her.

Alongside the story of Rowan, we also get to follow Libby and her story. She is the sister in law of Rowan, so is distraught by the loss her brother, and is also trying to deal with issues she has with shopping and spending money she doesn’t really have.  Her husband is desperate to help her but she thinks she can menage on her own and keeps it all a secret – but secrets can take their toll as she soon finds out.

I loved how darker subject were dealt with in this story alongside the lighter moments, as it really reflected real life! It’s not all rainbows and puppies!  The author has created some really enjoyable characters in this book, Ace being one of my favourites with his humour and attitude to life!                   

Rowan has to deal with some unexpected twists in her journey, and is also torn by her feelings towards a new man – is it too soon to find love again?  A fabulous read and I hope we get to hear more from these characters in the future as I’d love to revisit some of them as their lives move on!!

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#CoverReveal Magnolia House by Angela Barton @ChocLituk

COVER REVEAL

Hello!! I can’t stop sharing the love for new covers it seems, and today I have another stunner to show off for MAGNOLIA HOUSE by ANGELA BARTON! Prepare to swoon and shout ‘aawwww’ when you see it!

Here’s a little bit of info about the book!


When you open up your home and your heart …

Rowan Forrester has it all – the happy marriage, the adorable dog, the good friends, the promising business and even the dream home after she and her husband Tom win a stunning but slightly dilapidated Georgian townhouse in London at auction.

But in the blink of an eye, Rowan’s picture-perfect life comes crashing down around her and she is faced with the prospect of having to start again.

To make ends meet she begins a search for housemates, and in doing so opens the door to new friends and new beginnings. But could she be opening the door to new heartbreak too?

Magnolia House is published on 29th January by Choc Lit and will be available to purchase as an eBook on all platforms, as well as in audio.

Ready?! Steady?! GO……

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I told you it was rather gorgeous didn’t I?!  Hope you like it as much as I do! Roll on January 2019!

#BlogTour Arlette’s Story by Angela Barton #BookReview #Giveaway

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Hugely excited to be the latest stop on this wonderful Blog Tour.  My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel at Rachels Random Resources for letting me be part of the tour!  And not only is my review part of the stop today, there’s also a chance for you to win a stunning notebook!! So read on for more details!!

Arlette’s Story 

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One woman’s struggle to fight back against the enemy in order to protect the ones she loves.
When Arlette Blaise sees a German plane fly over the family farm in 1940, she’s comforted by the fact that the occupying forces are far away in the north of the country. Surely the war will not reach her family in the idyllic French countryside near to the small town of Oradour-sur-Glane?

But then Saul Epstein, a young Jewish man driven from his home by the Nazis, arrives at the farm and Arlette begins to realise that her peaceful existence might be gone for good …

 Publisher Website – Ruby Fiction

Purchase Links

Amazon UK

Kobo

iBooks

Google Books

About the author…

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Angela Barton was born in London and grew up in Nottingham. She is married with three grown up children. Passionate about writing both contemporary and historical fiction, Angela loves researching for her books and is an avid reader. Having signed publishing contracts for three of her completed novels with Ruby Fiction, Angela is excited to be working alongside such a friendly and supportive publishing team. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and Nottingham Writers’ Studio. 

Having recently moved to France, Angela (alongside her husband, Paul) is now a lavender farmer, creating products from the oil that’s distilled. Angela says she’s looking forward to spending more time writing in the company of her two spaniels while sitting on her veranda overlooking the breath-taking countryside of Charente.  

Social Media Links –    

Twitter – https://twitter.com/angebarton  

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/angela.barton3 

Blog – www.fontsandfiction.blogspot.co.uk 

MY REVIEW

A simply stunning cover and a beautifully written story of life in France during World War II for a French family and how their lives were changed by the events, and how they pulled together to survive despite the horrific things they witnessed and were subjected to.

Arlette is the main character and lives on the family farm in the South of the country, far away from where the real action of the War is taking place and they carry on as normal convinced the fighting won’t ever reach them. How wrong they can be.

Soon the effects of War begin to take hold with rationing and food shortages and although they try to provide everything they need on the farm it isn’t always possible, but they are helped by the appearance of a young Jewish man who begins to work on the farm and as Arlette spends more time with Saul, the more she falls for him.

Life gets considerably worse when the Germans arrive in the area and it was often heartbreaking to read the way they treated everyone, their brutality and the whole tragedy of the situation that innocent people found themselves enduring. Arlette went through so much but still found the strength to keep going no matter what and that was inspiring to read.

It was a tough read at times but sensitively dealt with and such a fascinating story that I strongly recommend.

Giveaway – Win a beautiful notebook (UK Only) 

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#CoverReveal Arlette’s Story by Angela Barton

Are we all ready for yet another stunning cover reveal?!! I hope so!! It’s my absolute pleasure to be sharing this with you today on behalf of Ruby Fiction , so here’s a little bit of information all about Arlette’s Story by Angela Barton before the big reveal!!

One woman’s struggle to fight back against the enemy in order to protect the ones she loves.

When Arlette Blaise sees a German plane fly over the family farm in 1940, she’s comforted by the fact that the occupying forces are far away in the north of the country. Surely the war will not reach her family in the idyllic French countryside near to the small town of Oradour-sur-Glane?

But then Saul Epstein, a young Jewish man driven from his home by the Nazis, arrives at the farm and Arlette begins to realise that her peaceful existence might be gone for good …

Arlette’s Story is published on 26th June by Ruby Fiction and will be available to purchase as an eBook on all platforms.

So here it is! 

Told you it was stunning!!!

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