BlogBlitz THE JANE AUSTEN REMEDY by RUTH WILSON @AllisonandBusby #BookReview #NonFiction #JaneAusten

Delighted to be joining in the Blog Blitz today, to share news of this wonderful new release from Allison & Busby – THE JANE AUSTEN REMEDY by RUTH WILSON


As she approached the age of seventy, Ruth Wilson began to have recurring dreams about losing her voice. And as she grappled with feelings of unfathomable sadness, she made the radical decision to retreat from her conventional life with her husband to a small sunshine-yellow cottage in New South Wales, Australia where she lived alone for the following ten years.

Ruth had fostered a lifelong love of reading, and from the moment she first encountered Pride and Prejudice in the 1940s she had looked to Jane Austen’s heroines as her models for the sort of woman she wanted to become. She resolved to re-read Austen’s six novels; to reflect on her life in relation to what she discovered in each of them. And as Ruth read between the lines of both the novels and her own life, she began to reclaim her voice.

A beautiful, life-affirming memoir of love, self-acceptance and the curative power of reading. Published the year Ruth turns ninety, The Jane Austen Remedy is an inspirational account of the lessons learned from Jane Austen over nine decades, as well as a timely reminder that it’s never too late to seize a second chance.


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If you don’t want to immediately go and re-read all your Jane Austen books after reading this memoir, then there’s something wrong with you!  The author has done an impressive job with looking back at her life and connecting it with re-reading all the novels of Jane Austen, to see how her life experiences, if at all, had changed her perception of the work she grew up with and had meant so much to her throughout her life.

As the author came to certain conclusions about her life when later in years, and completely changed the way she lived and in that reflective time she turned to the comforting words of Jane Austen to see what she could learn from the past, and how it maybe shaped her thinking and how it could still be so relevant even to this day.

Re-reading these novels gave her peace and gave her answers to questions she didn’t realise she needed answers to.  There are many other mentions too of different books by various authors that she felt a connection to and had an impact on her over the years.  

She looks back at her childhood, her marriage and motherhood and how that ‘happiness’ that society says you should have once you’ve settled down seemed far away from her, and she knew action was needed. In re-reading these books she began to see different thing in different characters that life experience shines a different light on, and  I found that to be the most fascinating – and I hope to get the same kind of experience when I pick up all the Jane Austen novels again

.A fascinating life and look back at the impact that novels written so long ago have resonated with readers for so long.  It’s a book about finding the courage to let go, move and reclaim your voice and your happy, however old you may be!



#BlogBlitz A KISS IN THE SNOW by ROSIE GREEN #BookReview @rararesources

Delighted to be joining you today as part of the Blog Blitz for A KISS IN THE SNOW. My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for putting the blitz all together and letting me be part of it!

A Kiss in the Snow, Little Duck Pond Café

After a cruel twist of fate sends her hurtling into a black hole of despair, Carrie is absolutely dreading the festive season – especially with sister, Krystle, being even more demanding of her time and energy than usual. But then friend Maddy offers Carrie a lifeline: the chance to get away from it all in a holiday cottage in the gorgeous little village of Silverbells. Deciding that a few weeks of tranquillity – reading, baking and going for long walks in the countryside – might just restore her mood, Carrie is quick to take up the offer. But on arriving, it very soon becomes clear that this break is going to be anything but peaceful!

An unwelcome houseguest proves unsettling enough – especially one who whistles loudly first thing in the morning and is far too cheerful for his own good – but finding herself drawn into the spooky mystery of her missing neighbour means there really isn’t much time for personal reflection. And then love comes knocking, and Carrie is forced to decide exactly where her heart lies.Will this festive season be the disaster Carrie predicted? Or will Santa be good to her and deliver her heart’s desire? One thing’s for sure – this will be a Christmas Carrie will never, ever forget…

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About the Author

Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little.
Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’.
Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all – unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.
Her series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘Lucy’s Great Escape’, is out now.
Rosie will be revisiting the Little Duck Pond Café with a beautiful story of love and friendship at Christmas time, entitled A Kiss in the Snow, out in October 2020.
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Number 13 in the Little Duck Pond Cafe and that means very lucky for us!! I adore this series so am always eager to dive right back into the fun, and this is another wonderful installment of this series and I just didn’t want it to end again!

This time the action takes place in the little village of Silverbells, where Carrie finds herself to get away from life and her sister!  Carrie has been close to Adam for some time now and always imagined them being more than just friends, but when he confesses he fancies her sister it’s the final straw for her! She needs a break so goes to stay at  a friend’s holiday cottage where the fun and games begins!

She soon finds herself taken with the village goings on – there’s always lots of drama going on and a good set of characters to engage with, especially her unexpected housemate and the mystery of the missing neighbour! She doesn’t quite get the quiet time she planned but I think she’s much happier being fully involved with people!

I loved the mix of storylines within this book! And Carrie is such a likeable character that you genuinely enjoy watching her trying to deal with her issues, and admire her for  not being tempted to wallow and hide away!

If you’ve not read any of this series yet, then this is very easy to read as a standalone – just enjoy catching up with the rest of the series once you’ve finished because you will want to play catch up!!

Now to hope that there’ll be another Little Duck Pond Cafe installment very soon!!! Pretty please!!



Fabulous news to share with you today – my thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for letting me be part of the price drop promo blitz!!  

Always worth treating yourself and even better when it’s only 99p – for a short time only!! So get clicking on the links before it’s too late……

The Christmas Calendar Girls

This Christmas fall in love with the town of Chesterwood…

Christmas is meant to be a time of giving, so with Chesterwood food bank under risk of closure Fern knows just what to do to save it. She’s going to get the town to create a living advent calendar.

Fern, and her best friends, call for help from the local community to bring this calendar to life. When Kit, the new man in town, offers his assistance Fern’s heart can’t help but skip a beat (or two).

As they grow ever closer, Fern must admit that Kit’s breaking down the barriers she built after the death of her husband. But his past is holding him back and Fern doesn’t know how to reach him. No matter how hard she tries.

In this town, Kit’s not the only one with secrets. Domestic goddess Cara is behaving oddly, burning meals in the oven and clothes whilst ironing, and Davina’s perfect children are causing trouble at school leaving her son, Jasper, desperately unhappy.

Can the Christmas Calendar Girls find a way to bring the community together in time to save the food bank, while still supporting their families and each other? Can Fern find love again with Kit?

This is a story about kindness and letting go of the past. It’s about looking out for your neighbours and about making every day feel like Christmas.

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Heart-warming, cosy and charming, get The Christmas Calendar Girls for just 99p for a limited period!


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Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.

When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines. 

She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency. In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category. In 2018 Forgive Me Not, heralded a new direction into darker women’s fiction with publisher Canelo. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association romantic comedy award. 

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#BlogBlitz #PriceDrop Passport To Happiness by Carrie Stone @rararesources

A fun Blog Blitz to share with you all today to hopefully make you add another ‘must read’ to your electronic reading device!  It’s only 99p so treat yourself!!!

My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for letting me be part of it all!

Passport to Happiness

An inspiring and escapist read – Eat, Pray, Love meets Bridget Jones!

Will the trip of her dreams…

Everly Carter is bored.

With her job, with her single status and with the never ending line of rubbish men on Tinder. Tired of going through the motions of seeming happy, Everly wants to be happy! So, in a spontaneous moment of bravery (perhaps spurred on by a few cocktails) Everly books a holiday. Time away, alone, to find out what she really wants from life.

Become the journey of her lifetime?

Everly’s search for happiness takes her to picturesque Swiss villages and the sunsets of glamourous Bermuda. But with every new stamp in her passport, Everly still feels as though something is missing…

Could it be that true happiness is hard to find, until she finds herself?

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Take advantage of a special 99p price drop, while it lasts!

Author Bio –

 Carrie was born and raised in London, but her love for travel and adventure has seen her spend the last fourteen years living and working internationally. She is currently based in Spain alongside her husband, young daughter and adopted Indonesian dog, Bali. Carrie is a traditionally published author with Harper Impulse, as well as an independently published author. 

When not writing, she works as a Psychic Medium & Spiritual Coach ( To find out more about her, connect on Facebook (Carrie Stone) or Twitter @CarrieStoneUK


#BookReview #BlogBlitz Blood & Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson

About the book

June, 1781. An unidentified body hangs upon a hook at Deptford Dock – horribly tortured and branded with a slaver’s mark.

Some days later, Captain Harry Corsham – a war hero embarking upon a promising parliamentary career – is visited by the sister of an old friend. Her brother, passionate abolitionist Tad Archer, had been about to expose a secret that he believed could cause irreparable damage to the British slaving industry. He’d said people were trying to kill him, and now he is missing . . .

To discover what happened to Tad, Harry is forced to pick up the threads of his friend’s investigation, delving into the heart of the conspiracy Tad had unearthed. His investigation will threaten his political prospects, his family’s happiness, and force a reckoning with his past, risking the revelation of secrets that have the power to destroy him.

And that is only if he can survive the mortal dangers awaiting him in Deptford…

Published by  Mantle

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Goldsboro Books – signed first edition  £24.99  £11.39

waterstones  £14.99


A brutal but engaging historical debut  that I found enlightening and shocking and was completely gripped by!

Set in 18th century London, this story brings alive the story of the slave trade in Deptford when the discovery of the body of a leading abolitionist  is found branded with a slave mark, and the family turn to Captain Harry to help them discover just why Tad had met such an untimely and shocking end.

The more he delves into the goings on of the slave trade that was thriving at that time, the more he is plunged into a darker world where those making money close ranks and will do anything to protect themselves and their way of life.

I think the most striking thing about this story was how the author had really captured the callous ways of life back then – from the language used, the attitudes to those used in the slave trade and the general unpleasantness of life for many on the streets of London.  The lack of welfare or concern for many would shock us now, but back then it was par for the course.  And those questioned by Tad were often too scared to say anything in fear of upsetting those in charge who didn’t care who got in their way and would be dealt with in vicious ways.

It isn’t an easy read at times with the levels of cruelty and lack of humanity shown, but the author does an amazing job of keeping the reader hooked with new revelations and twists. 


My thanks to the author, publisher and Tracy Fenton for the advanced reader copy in return for a fair and honest review.

#BlogBlitz The Disappeared by Sibel Hodge #bookreview @Bloodhoundbook

Delighted to be taking part in the Blog Blitz today  for THE DISAPPEARED by SIBEL HODGE. My thanks to the author, publisher and Emma of BloodHound Books for letting me be part of it all!

Here’s a little bit about the book to let you know what it’s all about!

The widow. The secret. The liar.The Disappeared…

On a routine flight from Africa to England, Dr Mason Palmer is tragically killed when the light aircraft he’s travelling on crashes and disappears in dense bush land.

The Widow…

Ten months later, Nicole Palmer is still trying to block out the grief of her husband’s sudden death. Until one morning she receives a photo of Mason through the post, along with a cryptic message. A message only he could’ve written.

The Secret…

But when Nicole tries to find out if Mason is really alive and what actually happened to him in Africa, everyone she turns to for answers ends up dead.

Determined to find the truth, Nicole uncovers a conspiracy that spans the globe, and discovers there are powerful people who are prepared to kill to keep her silent.

Who’s lying? Who’s watching Nicole? And can she expose their murky secrets before they catch up with her?

BloodHound Books

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About the Author

Sibel Hodge is the author of the No 1 Bestsellers Look Behind You, Untouchable, and Duplicity. Her books have sold over one million copies and are international bestsellers in the UK, USA, Australia, France, Canada and Germany. She writes in an eclectic mix of genres, and is a passionate human and animal rights advocate.

Her work has been nominated and shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Harry Bowling Prize, the Yeovil Literary Prize, the Chapter One Promotions Novel Competition, The Romance Reviews’ prize for Best Novel with Romantic Elements and Indie Book Bargains’ Best Indie Book of 2012 in two categories. She was the winner of Best Children’s Book in the 2013 eFestival of Words; nominated for the 2015 BigAl’s Books and Pals Young Adult Readers’ Choice Award; winner of the Crime, Thrillers & Mystery Book from a Series Award in the SpaSpa Book Awards 2013; winner of the Readers’ Favorite Young Adult (Coming of Age) Honorable award in 2015; a New Adult finalist in the Oklahoma Romance Writers of America’s International Digital Awards 2015, and 2017 International Thriller Writers Award finalist for Best E-book Original Novel. Her novella Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave has been listed as one of the top forty books about human rights by Accredited Online Colleges.

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This book was a polished story from start to finish and I can’t wait to read more from this author!  There is suspense from the opening pages and a thrilling story follow which is full of  corruption, deception and has a pulsating ending that I think I’m still recovering from!!

 Nicole gets quite a shock to her world when she hears of the death of Dr Mason Palmer on his return from Africa  and as she tries to get her life back on track working in a school, she is rocked by a letter out of the blue reporting to be from her dead husband! As she tries to figure out if she is the victim of a cruel hoax, or if he actually is still alive she is drawn into such a murky world that you really can’t second guess what she will find out next and what kind of world her husband was mixed up in.  It also touches on the school world that Nicole inhabits – the fact she deals with conflicts there everyday from the children to the parents, stands her in good stead for trying to get to the bottom of her husband and his disappearance.

I loved the fact that this story was told from a number of POV’s – there was always something going on and having so many different angles to the story really helped you lose yourself in the intrigue and scandal that was being uncovered.  I also loved the fact that all the characters were so persistent!  They never considered giving up on finding out the truth or putting an end to the drama – be they the victims, investigators or perpetrators!

A dynamic and engrossing read!


#BlogBlitz Moonlight on the Thames by Lauren Westwood #Giveaway @rararesources

Extremely delighted to be part of the Blog Blitz today to help spread the word about MOONLIGHT ON THE THAMES by LAUREN WESTWOOD which features one of the prettiest festive covers I’ve seen in a while! 😍   There’s also a giveaway too!! My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for letting me take part in it all!

About the book

Worlds collide when two strangers meet at Waterloo station. It’s a moment they’ll never forget. Perfect for the fans of Milly Johnson.

Christmas is a joyous time, but not everyone is merry and bright. Nicola is a rising star at the top of the corporate ladder, but her personal life is a disaster. Her office affair has lost its allure, and the last thing she wants to think about is Christmas. A night of cancelled trains and festive Christmas carols at Waterloo Station is just about the last straw…

Dmitri loves conducting his pop-up choir during the festive season, meeting people, and spreading joy and cheer around London. But he carries deep secrets from his past that robbed him of his dream to become a concert pianist.

Can their hearts and souls be unlocked by music and moonlight and will they discover the healing power of love?

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About the Author

Lauren Westwood writes romantic women’s fiction, and is also an award-winning children’s writer. Originally from California, she now lives in England in a pernickety old house built in 1602, with her partner and three daughters.

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