#BlogTour BONFIRES & HOT CHOCOLATE at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green #BookReview @rararesources

A huge delight to be on the Blog Tour today for return to the Little Duck Pond Cafe with the fabulous BONFIRES & HOT CHOCOLATE installment!!  My thanks as always to the author, publisher and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for putting the tour together and letting me be part of it all!

Bonfires & Hot Chocolate (at the Little Duck Pond Café)

If you love all the colours of autumn, you’re sure to warm to this uplifting story of love, loss and starting over.

Primrose Wilkins arrived in Sunnybrook with a burning desire to find the family she’s never known. But after a heart-breaking false start, she’s beginning to have second thoughts. Can she find the courage to battle on in her quest? And with her romantic life at an all-time low, will meeting the intriguing and attractive Callum Davy be just what she needs to renew her faith in love?

Meanwhile, Fen is also finding it hard to be brave. She’s made it through to the final of TV show ‘Battle of the Bakes’ (thanks to Ellie entering on her behalf), but she’s always shied away from being in the spotlight. How will Fen cope now that she’s a famous ‘celebrity’, recognised in the street everywhere she goes?

Purchase Links

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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.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘Bonfires & Hot Chocolate at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’, is out now.

Watch out for ‘A Winter Wedding at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’, which will be published Christmas 2019. Rosie is also writing a full-length, standalone book for Christmas 2019, entitled ‘Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage’.

Follow Rosie on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

MY REVIEW

It is fair to say that I love this series, and just when you think it can’t get any better – it does!!!  

The latest installment features Primrose, a woman with quirky fashion sense and on a mission to find her grandmother as she’s feeling very alone and just wants some answers to questions that have bugged her for years.

She’s found plenty to keep her days busy and put a smile on her face with working at the cafe, and dog walking, and soon there’s someone else making her happy as she grows closer to Callum who is new to the village. She’s been treated bad by an ex so she’s happy not to rush into anything dating wise!

The community are also brought together to support Fen who is appearing on TV in a baking show, and I love how they all turn up to watch it together!

With Primrose delving into the past to uncover some truths, she’s really pushed through the ringer emotionally and I even found myself getting quite teary at times!  The more that she uncovers too, the more she finds extra support from someone else who isn’t Callum!  What a dilemma to have!!

The author has created such a wonderful set of characters that you can really connect to.  It’s so great to catch up with various people with each new novella, but they can easily be read as a standalone if you’ve not visited The Little Duck Pond Cafe before!  I adored this latest installment and cannot shout loudly enough about how much I think everyone should visit The Little Duck Pond Cafe series!

★★★★★

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#BlogTour #BookReview #Giveaway Flora Air by Janice Cairns @rararesources #FloraAir

Delighted to be taking part in this Blog Tour for FLORA AIR by JANICE CAIRNS. My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources.  As well as my thoughts on the book I’m also hosting a giveaway!!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Flora Air is passionate about writing and she dreams of becoming an author, but she’s in a fog with her mundane day job. She meets a charismatic professor who nurtures her writing and suddenly her dreams seem possible. A touch of magic at the professor’s home adds old-fashioned charm and enchantment to Flora’s writing journey. When she realises she loves the married professor, her journey takes a wild turn. Can Flora actually succeed in becoming an author? What happens to the love Flora Air feels for the professor?

Purchase Links

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Author Bio

Janice Cairns is the author of quality romantic fiction.  For more than thirty years she has lived in Edinburgh and her first three novels are set there.  She now lives in a historic market town not far from Edinburgh.  Most of her time is spent writing or thinking about writing.  She loves long country walks, reading good books and eating out in lovely restaurants.

Social Media links: 

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Giveaway to Win 2 x PB copies of Flora Air (UK Only) 

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MY REVIEW

I’m finding it rather refreshing to  pick up more books nowadays that feature characters who aren’t just fresh out of school, or dealing with life in their 20’s and in Flora Air we meet a woman who is dreaming of being a writer but working in a mundane day job.  She’s also starting to show symptoms of menopause and all that entails – the lack of sleep, the self doubt – and this story follows her as she tries to write the story she knows she’s got in her and how a chance meeting starts to see her life turn in a new direction.

Professor Jolly is a teacher of creative writing and coming to terms with his wife being poorly in hospital. He seems genuinely interested in Flora and her writing and it’s touching to see their friendship blossom – they’re both lonely souls and it seems fitting that they find one another in this way.   Having another person give her feedback on her writing seems to spur her on and her outlook becomes more positive and she finally starts to believe in herself and what she could achieve.

This was a really easy to read story that just came to life for me when the magical elements were introduced!  I’ve found myself wanting my books on my shelves to come to life in the same way that they do in this book – I’m still waiting but hoping!! Maybe they wait until I’m fast asleep……

I really enjoyed spending time with Flora and how having someone believe in her helped push her on to achieve her dream and help her overcome the other issues in her life.  Well worth a look if you’re after a book with a lovely magical feel!

★★★

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#BlogTour #BookReview A Right Royal Face-Off by Simon Edge #Giveaway @rararesources @EyeAndLightning

A huge delight to be the latest stop on the Blog Tour for A RIGHT ROYAL FACE-OFF by SIMON EDGE.  My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for the copy of the book and putting this tour together – and letting me be part of it all!

There’s also a chance for you to win a copy of this book too!! I do spoil you……..

A Right Royal Face-Off

It is 1777, and England’s second-greatest portrait artist, Thomas Gainsborough, has a thriving practice a stone’s thrown from London’s royal palaces, while the press talks up his rivalry with Sir Joshua Reynolds, the pedantic theoretician who is the top dog of British portraiture.

Fonder of the low life than high society, Gainsborough loathes pandering to grand sitters, but he changes his tune when he is commissioned to paint King George III and his large family. In their final, most bitter competition, who will be chosen as court painter, Tom or Sir Joshua?

Meanwhile, two and a half centuries later, a badly damaged painting turns up on a downmarket antiques TV show being filmed in Suffolk. Could the monstrosity really be, as its eccentric owner claims, a Gainsborough? If so, who is the sitter? And why does he have donkey’s ears?

Mixing ancient and modern as he did in his acclaimed debut The Hopkins Conundrum, Simon Edge takes aim at fakery and pretension in this highly original celebration of one of our greatest artists.

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Author Bio –

Simon Edge was born in Chester and read philosophy at Cambridge University.

He was editor of the pioneering London paper Capital Gay before becoming a gossip columnist on the Evening Standard and then a feature writer on the Daily Express, where he was also a theatre critic for many years.

He has an MA in Creative Writing from City University, London. His first novel, The Hopkins Conundrum, was longlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award. He lives in Suffolk.   Read more about Simon and his work at http://www.simon-edge.com.

Social Media Links –

Twitter: @simonjedge

Instagram: @simonjedge

MY REVIEW

If you are looking for a book that is the perfect antidote to the miserable, crazy world we currently live in, then you’ve come to the right place!!  This is a Georgian comedy about Thomas Gainsborough  and his rival painter, Sir Joshua Reynolds – if you thought the art world was stuffy and dull then think again!  It’s a book that made me smile and chuckle on numerous occasions and I just adored spending time with these characters and wondering where the story would take me!

It’s a dual timeline story – from the present time when a new antiques show is about to debut on TV and they’re looking to spice things up, to the past where we see Thomas dealing with royalty and rivalry on a grand scale!  There’s also letters we get to read from the past as we read the Georgian goings on from the point of view of David, a servant to the master painter and he has a whole different take on events at work, as he reports back to his family and let them know about a world they can’t even  begin to imagine!

Gainsborough is a  wonderful character! He almost seems to resent having to paint portraits but it pays the bills and he wants to be #1 – not easy when Sir Joshua seems to be flavour of the month! I loved the behind the scenes  goings on too at a sitting for a painting – the royal family gossiping and complaining about life as they chat with him!

In the present we get to witness how the world of TV operates, especially reality shows who try and use the public and humiliate them – when Muriel Mudge takes a painting along to be valued they think they’ve struck gold with her absurd claim but they’re soon the ones eating humble pie when she digs in her heels and refuses to speak to them as they try and make amends when doubts start to creep in!

The whole flow of this book was just pitched perfectly! There’s a great balance between the two timelines and so much to keep you entertained and intrigued! Just why is there a painting of a man with donkey ears?!  You can tell that the author has had so much fun with creating this storyline as it really comes across and his imagination has run riot!

A blast to read and quite touching too at times! It’s a book that has a little bit of everything from history, to mystery to satire and it  is one I highly recommend to everyone!

★★★★★

GIVEAWAY

A treat for those of you in the UK who want to win a copy of this fabulous book!

Giveaway to Win 5 x PB copies of A Right Royal Face-Of (UK Only)

*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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#BlogTour Meet Me In Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May #BookReview #Giveaway #MMICB @rararesources

Hugely delighted to be the latest stop on the Blog Tour for MEET ME IN COCKLEBERRY BAY by NICOLA MAY. My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for letting me be part of it all and sharing my thoughts! And to share a giveaway too!! You lucky people!!

Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay

The cast of the runaway bestseller, The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, are back – including Rosa,Josh, Mary, Jacob, Sheila, new mum Titch and, last but by no means least, Hot, the adorable dachshund.

Newly wed, and with her inherited corner shop successfully up and running, Rosa Smith seems tohave all that anyone could wish for. But the course of true love never did run smooth and Rosa’s suspicions that her husband is having an affair have dire consequences.

Reaching rock bottom before she can climb back up to the top, fragile Rosa is forced to face her fears,addiction and jealousy head on.

With a selection of meddling locals still at large, a mystery fire and Titch’s frantic search for the real father of her sick baby, the second book in this enchanting series will take you on a further unpredictable journey of self-discovery.

Purchase links

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chicklit with a kick.

Follow Nicola May

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GIVEAWAY

Giveaway to Win a signed copy of The Corner Shop on Cockleberry Bay (Open INT)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome. Please enter using the

Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all

valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received

within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative

winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the

competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties,

with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway

organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random

Resources will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the

prize.

Click here to enter giveaway

MY REVIEW

Rosa and her trusty canine companion, Hot, are back! And it was lovely to connect with them again along with the other inhabitants of Cockleberry Bay in this fabulous sequel.

And life should be smelling of roses as she celebrates life being married to the lovely Josh. But the reality of him working away a lot is hitting home and Rosa is finding things tough, and I really enjoyed how this author doesn’t sugar coat life! She writes it warts and all – the good, the bad and the ugly!! It makes it so much easier to connect with characters who aren’t perfect! They mess up, they make mistakes and it’s how they deal with life after those bumps in the road that really make for an enjoyable read. 

This book has that wonderful sense of humour that was so prevalant in the first book which makes you laugh out loud in certain cirumstances, but with this story the author manages to touch on slightly darker subjects that can affect us all which gives it a more realistic and grown up feel. With Rosa struggling it gives us the opportunity to see a character dealing with anxiety, addiction issues and jealousy, and how she deals with that and why, as humans, we all do silly things when we’re not thinking straight and our minds run away with themselves!

The community of Cockleberry Bay have their own issues that we’re introduced to and I loved the range of characters again – Jacob and Raff who run the local gastro pub face an uncertain future because of another pub having a refurb, and Titch dealing with being a new mum and dealing with the problems that causes, then there’s something for everyone going on! There never seems to be a dull moment in Cockleberry Bay, that’s for sure!!

A really enjoyable and entertaining read!

★★★★

#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?

Purchase Links:

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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 (www.carriebattley.com). To find out more about her, connect on Facebook (Carrie Stone) or Twitter @CarrieStoneUK

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#BlogTour One Summer in Little Penhaven by Angela Britnell #BookReview @rararesources

Extremely thrilled to be the latest stop on the Blog Tour for this fabulous book! My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for putting it all together and letting me be part of it!

One Summer in Little Penhaven

 Could one summer change your life? When high-flying American lawyer Samantha Muir finds out she’s lost her partnership whilst on an assignment in London, she has a dramatic reaction. Rather than returning home, she resigns, leaves her business suits behind and jumps on the first train to Cornwall at the encouragement of a friendly stranger. The village of Little Penhaven, where Samantha eventually ends up, is a world away from her life in Knoxville, Tennessee – and local farmer Cadan Day is certainly a world away from any man she has met before. But could the Cornish village and Cadan play a part in Samantha’s summer of self-discovery?

Purchase Links:

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About the Author

Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her new home in Nashville, Tennessee. A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she’s visited or lived on her extensive travels. After more than three decades of marriage to her American husband she’s a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after. Over the last twelve years she’s been multi-published and sold over 25 novels. She also writes short stories for women’s magazines. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Romance Writers of America and the Music City Romance Writers.

If you’d like to find out more of what Angela gets up to (Advance warning: this may include references to wine, chocolate, Poldark and the hunky Aidan Turner) check out 

http://www.angelabritnellromance.com or follow her on http://www.facebook.com/angelabritnell

http://www.twitter.com/angelabritnell and on Instagram as Angela Golley Britnell.

MY REVIEW

There’s just something about the way that Angela writes that has a real warmth about it, and I adored this story of Samantha who sees her way of life change overnight all down to a chance meeting with someone at a train station, and it was wonderful to follow her journey and bounce back after being dealt a huge blow to her career as a high flying lawyer.

She hears that she’s lost out on the promotion she’d been dreaming of while in London and feels so despondent, but a conversation with a stranger at a station leads her to board a train to Cornwall and escape the ‘real world’ for a while, until she decides what to do with her life next.  

The little village of Little Penhaven is a world apart from what she is used to and she becomes a bit of a novelty amongst the villagers and soon finds herself renting a cottage and helping out the local jumble sale!

She’s warned off Cadan who she meets there – he’s a local farmer with a bit of a bad reputation, if ou listen to the local gossips, but there’s something about him she finds intriguing – and he feels the same about her.

I loved seeing how well she fitted in to the new way of life and getting to hear all the local gossip. She finds the slower pace of life is just what she needs and it helps her to reassess her life and where she thinks she is heading. She’s not afraid to get her hands dirty too and impresses a  few people with her DIY skills – not what you expect from a city girl used to the corporate life!

With a small village there’s always rumours and hearsay and it’s knowing who to believe, especially when your dealing with someone appear contrary to what you’ve heard!  Cadon is also dealing with family issues and it’s fun to see how his brother is such a different personality to him and how Cadan feels so protective over him.

 Another fabulously rewarding read from this author!!

★★★★★

#BlogTour Pink Ice Creams by Jo Woolaston #BookReview @rararesources #PinkIceCreams

Thank you for stopping by today for my turn on the Blog Tour for the wonderful PINK ICE CREAMS by JO WOOLASTON.  My thanks to the Author and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for letting me be part of it all! 

Pink Ice Creams

Intent on fixing her broken marriage and the alcohol-fuelled catastrophe that is her life, Kay Harris arrives at her grim and grey holiday let, ready to lay to rest the tragedy that has governed her entire adulthood – the disappearance of her little brother, Adam.

But the road to recovery is pitted with the pot-holes of her own poor choices, and it isn’t long before Kay is forced to accept that maybe she doesn’t deserve the retribution she seeks. Will the intervention of strangers help her find the answers she needs to move on from her past, or will she always be stuck on the hard shoulder with no clear view ahead and a glove box full of empties?

Pink Ice Creams is a tale of loss, self-destruction, and clinging on to the scraps of the longlost when everyone else has given up hope.

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon.co.uk:

Paperback:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1984168231

Kindle: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07RV49TKB

Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B07RYX3YWP

Amazon.com:

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1984168231

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RV49TKB

Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/jowoolaston

Author Bio

Jo Woolaston lives in Leicestershire, England with her extreme noise-making husband and two lovely sons. She tries to avoid housework and getting a ‘proper job’ by just writing stuff instead – silly verse, screenplays, shopping lists…

This sometimes works in her favour (she did well in her MA in TV Scriptwriting, gaining a Best Student award in Media and Journalism – and has had a few plays produced – that kind of thing) but mostly it just results in chronic insomnia and desperate tears of frustration.

Pink Ice Creams is her first novel, she hopes you liked it.

Website: https://www.jowoolaston.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nevermindthebloggers

Twitter: @JoWoolaston

Good reads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19176972.Jo_Woolaston

MY REVIEW

I found this to be a beautifully crafted piece of fiction that balances both the very dark aspects in the life of Kay, with the lighter moments as she tries to start her life again after splitting with her husband and taking up residence in a caravan on the Norfolk coast which triggers memories from her past and helps her try to come to terms with where she is and what she’s been through.

The voice of Kay is one of very witty observations and remarks,  and many moments of self doubt. Has she done the right thing leaving her husband? What will she do with her life now? She tries to make light of these thoughts in her head, and the more she starts to look back over her life the more things become clearer and she has so much to deal with, that it’s often too much.  This new chapter of her life is supposed to help her move on, but it has a strange way of taking her back to her childhood and the traumas that inflicted on her.

As she encounters a number of new people in her life at the caravan park, it allows her to try and create a new persona, but she’s always wary of allowing new people in and it takes a while for her to fully let go and open up to new experiences.

Along with the flashbacks to her childhood, there’s also time to look back at her marriage and where that went wrong and the more I heard about Martin, her ex, the more I disliked him and could totally understand why  she’d reached rock bottom.  Her confidence had been destroyed by his put downs and it just seemed that she’s always needed that escape from her own life.

When a young boy goes missing at the seaside park, that also brings bad memories back of her younger brother and how that tragedy she’d witnessed back then had never really left her and she’d never got closure.

This is a book that I didn’t know what to expect from when I picked it up, but i found it to be so compelling and emotional that I couldn’t put it down one I’d started reading it!  There’s so many angles to Kay and her story that allows you to really understand her frame of mind and the shocking twist towards the end just wrapped it up perfectly for me.  And any book that can sneak a mention in for ‘Chorlton and the Wheelies’ (one of my favourite kids TV shows ever!!) is absolutely fine by me!!

A stunning debut and am so eager to read more from this author in the future!

★★★★★