Cover Reveal – Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Delighted to be able to share, thanks to Harper Impulse,  this amazing new cover  for the forthcoming release by Charlotte Butterfield! Are you ready?!

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A wonderfully warm-hearted and laugh-out-loud funny romantic comedy for fans of Just Haven’t Met You Yet and Mhairi McFarlane.

When Leila finds herself on the painful end of yet another disastrous break-up, no amount of Ben & Jerry’s and trashy rom-coms can cheer her up. And so – to the amusement of her friends and family – Leila takes a more drastic approach to dealing with heartbreak: she swears off sex for an entire year.

Luckily, she has plenty to keep her mind off men. Between starting a business with ice queen Lucy, straightening out her sister Tasha’s tangled love life, and running a blog read by thousands of single ladies, Leila is soon snowed under. But she can’t help finding a little time for irresistible architect Nick – Lucy’s funny and infuriatingly sexy brother.

After an unplanned encounter under the mistletoe, the Man Ban looks like it might be skidding to a halt. Has Leila found love when she least expected it?

You can pre-order this stunner NOW by clicking on the Amazon link below!  The price is now £1.99 and then on the 7th September it will be auto-delivered to your Kindle!

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So what are you waiting for?!  Time to treat yourself!!

HAPPY READING!!

Meet me at the Lighthouse by Mary Jayne Baker – Blog Tour – book review

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‘One of my top books of 2017… side-splittingly hilarious’ The Writing Garnet

’The day I turned 28, I bought a lighthouse and met the love of my life’

Bobbie Hannigan’s life in a cottage by the sea with her dog and her twin sister is perfectly fine … until she decides the logical thing is to buy a lighthouse and open a music venue with Ross Mason, the first boy she ever kissed.

Bobbie tries to be professional with Ross, but the happily-ever-after they’re working toward is too good to resist. That is until someone from his past crawls back to cause trouble. Can Bobbie look past the secrets Ross has been keeping from her? Or will the boy, the lighthouse and the dream all slip away?

Escape to the Yorkshire coast this summer with this laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from Mary Jayne Baker!

Publishers – Harper Impulse

Publication Date – 30th June 2017

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MY REVIEW

Where to begin with this book?! Other than I am now considering buying my own Lighthouse in the hope that it comes with a Ross of its’ own!!  All the love for this book  that has kept me so entertained while reading it, and I even kept the neighbours entertained with my giggling as I sat in the sunshine chortling along with the exploits and thoughts of Bobbie, her twin sister Jess and the lovely Ross!

Everything seems to happen at once for Bobbi and none of it planned too – who else ends up buying a Lighthouse on their 28th birthday for £1 and meeting up with an old flame from school!  But this sets her on a path slightly different from her life as a teacher and it just feels right!  The chance to go into business with Ross to restore the once glorious Cragport Victorian Lighthouse, proves too good a chance to turn down – although in the cold light of day their doubts do start to sink in!! When are drunken decisions ever the right ones?!

But they both have an inner drive brought on my previous experiences and that helps them focus, along with the help of the community and it is a blast to see everyone come together to try and see their dreams through, although the road isn’t always a smooth one!

The characters in this book were all so charming and they were also hilarious!  The collective noun for a group of seagulls is now forever ingrained in my brain…..and it will be in yours too when you read it!!

It isn’t all fun and games as there are many times they are left to deal with jealousy and trust issues due to things that have happened in their pasts and this adds an intriguing element to the story.

I adored the setting, the various plot lines played along so nicely and at a great pace, and it was just a total delight of a read and I’m just hoping that there might be more to come from the Lighthouse in future!!

Thank you to Harper Impulse for the ARC of this book in return for a fair and honest review.

Cover Reveal Tuesday!!

Good Morning all!! Delighted to be able to share a rather stunning cover reveal with you all today. And this is for the latest release from Christie Barlow!  The Cosy Canal Boat Dream is set to be released on 22nd August 2017 but HarperImpulse have allowed us to share this first look today.

 Are you ready??!!!  Here goes……

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Told you it was rather pretty!!  And the clock is ticking down until you can get your hands on it so here’s the Amazon link so you can pre-order NOW!!

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Just £1.99 to pre-order and then on the morning of August 22nd you’ll be able to start reading!! What are you waiting for?!!

HAPPY READING!!!

My Summer of Magic Moments by Caroline Roberts – book review

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When a seaside escape spells a little romance . . .

A heartwarming tale that will sweep you away for the summer from the bestselling author of The Cosy Teashop in the Castle.

When Claire arrives for her cosy cottage retreat on the beautiful Northumberland coast, she prays that three weeks of blissful peace and summer sunshine will wash away the pain of the last year.

Claire’s a survivor – she’s proud of the scars that prove it – and she’s determined to make the most of each and every day, to seize those little magic moments that give life its colour.

Her plan for peaceful solitude goes awry when handsome, brooding Ed turns up in the cottage next door. The last thing Claire needs is the risk of getting hurt, but she soon discovers that Ed has emotional battle scars of his own.

Will he prove the worst distraction? Or might he be just the perfect remedy?

Amazon UK – out 1st June 2017

MY REVIEW

With all the horrors that the world throws at us on a daily basis, this book proved to be the perfect antidote for that full of those magic moments that we often ignore and take for granted and I have loved escaping into the world of Claire as she recovers from breast cancer and how that experience changes her outlook on life.

She has planned a little escape after the horrors of her illness, so a rundown cottage by the sea seems the perfect retreat to just have some ‘me’ time and to get back to enjoying the simpler things in life – and it also helps when you end up with a rather hunky neighbour who is partial to a bit of skinny dipping!! Enough to put a smile back on anybodys face!! 😉

As she fits into daily life on the coast, she discovers a love of baking and also starts to find inspiration for new topics for her to use in her writing career and life seems to be falling back into place, and as a reader you are cheering her on from the sidelines as she is a wonderful character who deserves a slice of luck in life. Oh and I also now have an overwhelming desire to bake my own bread!!

I adored The Cosy Teashop in the Castle, and this book was just as good for me! Love the authors’ style of writing and her ability to create such wonderful characters and settings is a winner everytime for me! A real summer treat of a read and highly recommended!!

Thank you to Harper Impulse for the ARC copy in return for a fair and honest review

‘A delightful heart-warming read…made me want to visit the cafe right now, meet everyone and share Maggie’s delicious cakes’ Phillipa Ashley, author of the bestselling Summer at the Cornish Cafe

 

Maggie’s café is at the very heart of Fir Tree Park. Business is booming, her lemon drizzle is the stuff of legend, her children are happy and life is good. But she hasn’t had it easy. When her husband Clint was sent to prison, she had to raise Josh and Kelly alone. But Clint can’t hurt them now, and there’s no denying that Paolo, the Italian football coach she spies every weekend out on the green, is more than easy on the eye.

It may be summer outside, but a new arrival in Fir Tree Park sends an icy chill through the café…

‘Warm-hearted and utterly lovely’ Sunday Times bestseller Miranda Dickinson

Publication Date – 26th May 2017
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MY REVIEW

 

Add a cafe and a park to a book title and you have my interest! And this became a pleasant surprise as it turned out to be a little more than just the run of the mill light reads often associated with cafe settings, and developed into quite a moving look at a community, family and friends that revolves around life in the cafe.

It is told from a number of perspectives, which did get a little confusing, but I did enjoy all the separate strands that were nicely woven together throughout.

Maggie runs the cafe so is always baking the most delicious cakes, and has two grown up children Josh and Kelly. And Fern who works in the Cafe is also friends with Kelly from school. Pearl is a widow is often in the Cafe to help out when needed and has her own secrets that she is beginning to tire of keeping to herself. And we also meet Lacey as she starts training for a half marathon in aid of charity by running round the park, and finds the unlikeliest of training partners to help her. Ooh and it helped that one of the characters childhood crush was Matt Goss from Bros!! What good taste she has!! That is all it takes to win me over to a characters’ side!!

As we follow their individual and shared stories we get to see the women facing their fears, confronting the past and embracing their futures. Set in the most idyllic location it features some very endearing characters – ooh and cake! Lots of lovely cake!! A very enjoyable read!!

Thank you to Harper Impulse for an advanced copy of this in return for a fair and honest review.

Summer at the Little Wedding shop by Jane Linfoot – book review

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The third book in the bestselling series, ‘The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea’.

When the owner of Brides by the Sea, Cornwall’s cutest little wedding shop, offers Lily a job as their new wedding stylist, her first thought is – can she possibly pull it off?

Before she’s even sourced a fairy light or tasted a cupcake, Kip Penryn hires her services – but he’s opened an exclusive wedding venue in direct competition to her friend Poppy!

Lily feels like a traitor working for Kip, only everyone knows Penryn men are gorgeous but unreliable. All she has to do is sit back and watch him mess it up…doesn’t she?

Love is in the Cornish sea breeze this summer as the girls tackle their busiest wedding season yet. There’s plenty of bunting, bubbly and baking – but who is going to catch the bouquet?

‘A sparkling, laugh-out-loud, romantic read’ Phillipa Ashley, bestselling author of Summer at the Cornish Cafe

‘The perfect holiday read to warm your heart’ #1 Bestselling author Tracy Bloom

‘Funny and big-hearted, I was enchanted by Lily and her friends’ Sunday Times bestselling author Michele Gorman

‘A pure delight…fabulous, fun and unforgettable’ – Debbie Johnson, bestselling author of ‘Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe’

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MY REVIEW

Having been a huge fan of the first in this series – The Little Wedding Shop – I was eager to return to ‘Brides By The Sea’ but this could be read as a standalone. I’m just shocked at myself for not having read the second in the series – Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop – and will be rectifying this fact sooner rather than later!

In this book we follow the story of Lily. She had left the shop, where she had worked as a florist, to move to Bath with her husband, but she soon returns when her dream life doesn’t quite pan out. So she is down on love, down on marriage and probably not the best person to invite back to the shop around Valentines’ Day!!

She is offered a new job with her friends at the shop as the wedding stylist and with a busy season ahead of them again, including the wedding of her mother, all doesn’t run smoothly. Added to the mix is the new wedding venue business in the neighbourhood run by clueless Kip Penryn, and he soon enlists the experts from ‘Brides By The Sea’ to help his business succeed and they are torn whether to help him or hinder him!!

It doesn’t take long for you to be all for Lily in her plight in moving on from the past, which isn’t so easy as she is made to confront all she remembers of her Dad since he passed, and how her mum is definitely moving on – but for the right reasons?

Another fabulous look at the lovely characters we have met previously, and the new characters add a little something different and fun to the mix that made this such a pleasing and fun read! So whether you are returning to the shop after enjoying the previous stories, or looking to discover a new fab read then look no further!!

 
Thank you to the publishers Harper Impulse for the advanced reading e-copy in return for a fair and honest review.

Guest Post by Elsa Winckler – The Whisperer Blog Tour

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Absolutely delighted to be guest hosting the lovely Elsa Winckler today as part of The Whisperer Blog Tour.

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Loving him could destroy her…

High school teacher Cilla Stevens has always been different, especially in how she connects with animals. When she calms a stray dog during an incident at school, she’s asked to help a nearby farm with a difficult horse.

Cameron Rahl has had a very different relationship with animals since his mother died in a horse riding accident. But now he’s inherited his family’s farm, he’s determined to never let anyone affect him that way again.

Until he meets Cilla. He tries to stay away from the gorgeous horse whisperer with the potential to tame him, but something keeps pulling him close. And as much as Cilla tells herself she can keep it casual, she knows they’re too connected to be ‘just a fling.’

Will Cilla’s heart win out? Or will it take history repeating itself for Cameron to realise just how much he needs her?

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Elsa is using my Blog today to share some stunning photos and background into the location for The Whisperer.  Over to you, Elsa!!

Setting for The Whisperer 

My husband and I are fortunate to live in South Africa in an area called The Overberg, the word literally means ‘over the mountain’. If you travel from Cape Town to Hermanus, you have to cross Sir Lowry’s Pass to get ‘over the mountain.’ On the other side you’ll find rolling hills, orchards, fynbos, sparkling yellow canolla fields and a rugged coastline with several sandy beaches, one of which is close to where we live in Betty’s Bay. The hills are also home to the largest population of South Africa’s natural bird, the blue crane. 

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My mother-in-law was born in Caledon, a small town in this region. When I had to decide about a setting for The Whisperer, my husband and I took a drive (I know, he’s wonderful, a real-life hero) to Caledon and I knew this is where Cilla, the heroine of the story, grew up and where she is teaching. Villiersdorp is a another small town in the region so it made sense to have Cameron’s farm in that area. It’s not too far away for Cilla to drive to during an afternoon. 

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Caledon is also close to Hermanus, nowadays a busy seaside village. Years ago it used to be a small fisher community but it is now a playground for the rich with a range of fine restaurants, art galleries, boutiques and more. It is also famous for whale watching, especially the Southern Right whale that visit Walker Bay between June and December each year. 

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When my husband and I were still dating, we visited his parents who lived in Hermanus at the time, regularly so I have very fond memories of the place. When I was looking for a place for Cilla and Cameron to meet away from his farm, one of the smaller beaches in Hermanus was the obvious choice. It also made sense that Cameron’s brother would have a restaurant in busy Hermanus rather than in Caledon, a much smaller town. 

Another inspiration for the setting are the canolla fields. With its vibrant yellow flowers, a canola field is a beautiful sight – an endless sea of yellow. I simply had to incorporate that in the story as well. 

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I hope you enjoy reading about the beautiful part of the world I am fortunate enough to call home!

 

Thank you for stopping by my Blog today! I highly recommend picking up a copy of this stunning book! I loved the characters, and the setting!, and it was a real sassy, feel good read!  If you’d like to read my review click on this link – GoodReads

Me, You and Tiramisu by Charlotte Butterfield – book review

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The love story of the year!

Fall in love with the perfect feel-good romance for fans of Katie Fforde, Jill Mansell and Carole Matthews.

It all started with a table for two…

Life for self-confessed bookworm Jayne Brady couldn’t be better – she has a twin sister she adores, a cosy little flat above a deli and now she’s found love with her childhood crush, gorgeous chef Will.

But when Will becomes a Youtube sensation, thanks to his delicious cookery demos (both the food and his smile!), their life of contentment come crashing down around them. Can Jayne have her Tiramisu and eat it?

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Publication Date – 23rd February 2017

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My Review

This was a lovely surprise of a read! It’s the story of extremely likeable Jayne who is a harrassed teacher with a love of books, and who is in search of her true love and happy ending!  Aren’t we all?!

When her first love reappears on the scene she is beyond ecstatic to reconnect and can barely believe her luck that he even gives her the time of day as she’s always too hard on herself and thinks she isn’t good enough! She’s not outgoing like her twin sister but it finally seems she has the perfect life that she has always dreamt of.


But that all changes when chef Will becomes an internet sensation thanks to his cookery videos and both their lives change but is it for better or for worse?!

Really loved the characters in this story and enjoyed the way the story explored the good, and bad, sides of success on the internet and all that brings with it. It makes you aware of success changing people or changing peoples’ perceptions of others because of what they see online and in the media and I found that to be very enlightening in the media obsessed world that we now live in.

Lots of fun moments too made for a very enjoyable read!

Thankyou to NetGalley and the publishers HarperImpulse for an advanced copy.

The Legacy of Lucy Harte by Emma Heatherington – Book Review

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‘Sometimes time is all we have with the people we love the most. I ask you to slow down in life. To take your time, but don’t waste it….’

Maggie O’Hara knows better than most that life can change in a heartbeat. Eighteen years ago she was given the most precious gift- a second-hand heart, and a second chance at life.

Always thankful, Maggie has never forgotten Lucy Harte – the little girl that saved her life. But as Maggie’s own life begins to fall apart, and her heart is broken in love, she loses sight of everything she has to live for…

Until an unexpected letter changes everything and brings Maggie back into the life of Lucy Harte – and a chance for Maggie to get her life back on track once more.

Lucy’s final gift to Maggie is much more than the heart that beats inside her. It’s a legacy that Maggie must learn to live by. A chance to make her heart skip a beat with every new discovery she makes; a promise to live, laugh, fall in love and heal her broken heart for good.

Because as the keeper of a borrowed heart, Maggie’s time is more precious than most and she must make every cherished second count…

Release Date – 6th January 2017

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MY REVIEW

If you are looking for a book to start your 2017 reads list off with all the feels – happy and sad – then look no further than The Legacy of Lucy Harte! Had the pleasure of reading this yesterday afternoon and it is one of those books where the story grabs you immediately and then doesn’t let go of your heart, mind and soul!

It’s the story of Maggie O’Hara as she faces up to an extremely tough time personally with the break up of her marriage, and she’s beginning to let everything get on top of her and cannot see the way forward. But that’s the time she receives an unlikely reminder of an event from her past that could be the key to helping her move on.

18 years ago she was extremely unwell, and through organ donation received a second chance of life with a new heart. She’d always thought of the young girl whose heart she received, and takes time out every year to remember her and have chats with her, but never made contact with the family. Out of the blue she receives a letter from Lucys’ brother and the wheels are then set in motion for 2 seemingly lost souls to connect and find ways of moving on.

I loved the character of Maggie as she seemed so real with all her thoughts seemingly shared with us, be they good or bad! We also get the chance to revisit the past of both Maggie and Lucy to find out how they got into the situations of being involved with organ donation and those stories bring back some tough memories for both Maggie and Simon, Lucys’ brother.

When Simon and Maggie meet up it really is a touching moment and then through the possessions and diary of Lucy that Simon thinks Maggie should read, we get to see a peek inside the mind of Lucy through her entries and her hopes for the future – something she was unable to fulfill.

Found this the perfect read for the New Year as it talks of second chances and finding the strength to start over and gaining a new persepective on life, no matter what tough times you might be going through there is always a glimmer of hope on the horizon.

An absolute treat to read and a stunning way to get my 2017 reading off to a great start! Please have the tissues ready for this story though – it is one of those that makes you laugh and cry in equal measures!!

My thanks to Harper Impulse and the author, Emma Heatherington, for the review copy.