#BlogTour #Giveaway #BookReview Bluebell's Christmas Magic by Marie Laval @rararesources

Hugely excited to be on the Blog Tour today for the wonderful Marie Laval and Bluebell’s Christmas Magic! My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for letting me be part of it all! As well as my review of this festive read, there’s also a giveaway with some fabulous prizes to be won!!

ABOUT THE BOOK

A gorgeous new Christmas story from the author of best selling novel Little Pink Taxi

A flick of a feather duster and a sprinkle of Christmas magic …

Cassie Bell is used to mess. Her cleaning business, Bluebell Cleaning, is well known in the Cumbrian village of Red Moss. However, now it’s almost Christmas and Cassie has a slightly messier situation to deal with than she’s used to.

She’s been hired to help Stefan Lambert, an injured army helicopter pilot who’s staying at the local Belthorn Manor whilst he recovers. Stefan resents Cassie’s interference and is definitely not looking for Christmas cheer. But Cassie prides herself on sparkling surfaces – so, can she bring some festive sparkle to Stefan’s life too?


PURCHASE LINKS


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Originally from Lyon in France, Marie now lives in Lancashire with her family. She works full-time as a modern languages teacher and in her spare time she loves writing romance and dreaming about romantic heroes. She writes both historical and contemporary romance and best-selling Little Pink Taxi was her debut romantic comedy novel with Choc Lit. She belongs to Authors on the Edge and writes short stories for the best selling Miss Moonshine’s anthologies. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors. Her native France, as well as her passion for history and research, very much influences her writing, and all her novels have what she likes to call ‘a French twist’ Author on Twitter
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GIVEAWAY

Giveaway to Win a small canvas purse and a thick notebook (Open to UK Only)

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MY REVIEW

A wonderful and magical story that had me swept about with the history and romance and left me just wanting more!  There was so much going on in this story and I found myself totally submerged in the lives of the characters – and in Cassie and Stefan you have 2 people who are polar opposites but just have that spark, that neither can explain!

Cassie runs a cleaning business and is one of life’s good guys. Always there to help out whoever needs it and a real delight to be around. So when she’s given the job of helping to look after a new inhabitant, Stefan,  at the local manor house, she expects to receive gratitude and thanks.  Stefan really just wants to be left alone so doesn’t take too kindly to being ‘cared’ for – he’s been injured abroad and isn’t up to socialising much so finds it easier to push people away.

Stefan is a wonderful character to explore – seemingly a loner, you know he’s got some history that has scarred him, not only physically, and you wonder if he’s ever going to let his guard down and let people in to help him get through the darker times he has.  In Cassie, he meets someone who is seemingly a people person! She loves to help and is an invaluable member of the local community.  She also has a wonderful bond with her grandfather and their ‘jokes’ are a real feature of daily life!

As Stefan explores the manor he uncovers some diaries of a soldier who was at the manor in 1917, and this was another intriguing twist on the story – I do love a historical theme in the stories I read, and it all makes more sense when Cassie starts reading letters her grandfather gives her and a new story evolves about about what happened in the past.

Add to the past storyline, there’s also a darker element in the present with a number of burglaries taking place which really puts a strain on the villagers as they can’t believe someone could take advantage of them in such a way.

I loved Cassie and Stefan and the way their particular storylines played out – they both had to deal with some harrowing situations but found support when needed, and especially with Cassie who had dreams of a different career and finding out that those she thought she could trust were not quite so honest towards her, you just wondered when she’d get her break.  It gives a good message throughout of being careful who you trust, with some startling things going on that really added shock value.

Loved it!

★★★★★

#BlogTour Hanukkah at the Great Greenwich Ice Creamery #BookReview @rararesources

It’s with great delight that I’m part of the Blog Tour today for HANUKKAH AT THE GREAT GREENWICH ICE CREAMERY by SHARON IBBOTSON. My thanks to the author and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for putting the tour together and letting me be part of it all!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Hanukkah days, Christmas nights and strawberry ice cream …
Cohen Ford is a man who could do with a little bit of sweetening up. It’s no surprise that when he walks into The Great Greenwich Ice Creamery on a typically gloomy London day before Christmas, he insists on a black coffee rather than his childhood favourite – strawberry ice cream. 


But then he meets River de Luca, the woman behind the flavours. After their first encounter, Cohen begins visiting the ice creamery every Tuesday, gradually learning more about the intriguing River. Could her influence encourage cynical Cohen to become the man who embraces Christmas, Hanukkah and even strawberry ice cream?

PURCHASE LINKS

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hanukkah-Great-Greenwich-Creamery-heart-warming-ebook/dp/B07ZP92PZ8 

US – https://www.amazon.com/Hanukkah-Great-Greenwich-Creamery-heart-warming-ebook/dp/B07ZP92PZ8

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 Sharon was born in Sydney, Australia but now lives in London with her husband, two small children and two black cats named for desserts. She started writing ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ fanfiction aged 15, which eventually transformed into the historical romance novels she writes today. She has two novels published by Choc Lit, and when not writing, can be found baking cakes badly or drinking wine well.

Social Media Links – 

Twitter: @seibbotson

Facebook: Sharon Ibbotson – Author

Instagram: sharonibbotson

Website: sharonibbotson.com

MY REVIEW

A delicious romantic treat of a read!!  And told from the male point of view which was just a wonderful twist and added so much to a touching story – and has left me craving ice cream more than ever!!

Cohen is an American working in London. His mother has asked him to deliver a present to an old friend, so he visits her at the Ice Cream shop and immediately becomes captivated by the mysterious River who he meets there.  She’s not like any woman he’s ever met before and it’s going to take something special to win her over as he has to find a different way to communicate with her as she’s deaf.  Her deafness has never stopped her living life, but has left her mother very over protective of her as she’s been hurt in the past, so she’s not too impressed by Cohen when she finds out he’s been visiting the shop every Tuesday just to spend time with River.

Cohen has suffered heartbreak in the past, his wife has left him and is looking to take him to the cleaners and he never has really had a deep connection with a woman. It’s all been superficial to him – his life revolves around work so he’s always been keen to show off his wealth, and that attracts a certain kind of woman!  And that is the total opposite to River who is a wonderful soul and she gets him to open up in ways he’s never done before.  She’s better than any of the highly paid therapists he’s had over the years in getting through to him and making him realise just what it is he wants out of life.

I found this to be such a wonderful read and was totally captivated by River and Cohen and how their connection develops.   It’s a book that touches on faith, families and relationships and shows a different side to a romantic story.  How the art of listening becomes so powerful to people and words can become meaningless.

River gives Cohen a different way of thinking about his own life and I loved seeing how his whole outlook changes by experiencing life away from the focus of work and himself!

I had all the feels for this book and highly recommend it!

★★★★★

#BlogTour Christmas in Little Penhaven by Angela Britnell #BookReview @rararesources

Delighted to be one of the fabulous bloggers taking part in the Blog Tour for CHRISTMAS IN LITTLE PENHAVEN by ANGELA BRITNELL.  My thanks to the author and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for putting the tour together and letting me be part of it all to share my review!  And hopefully get you all in the festive mood nice and early!

Christmas in Little Penhaven

Have yourself a little Cornish Christmas …

Wannabe author Jane Solomon is expecting an uneventful Christmas in her Cornish village of Little Penhaven.

But then super fit American gym owner Hal Muir comes to town, and suddenly the holiday season looks set to be far more interesting. Hal is keen on embracing every British tradition on offer, from mince pies to Christmas pub quizzes – and perhaps some festive romance too …

Purchase Links

Kindle UK: https://amzn.to/2VmckwI

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Apple Books: https://apple.co/2oZQqU1

Nook: https://bit.ly/35ioUSn

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her new home in Nashville,Tennessee to visit family and friends, drink tea and eat far too many Cornish pasties!

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. Thanks to over three decades of marriage to her wonderful American husband she’s a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after.

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 www.angelabritnellromance.com or follow her on www.facebook.com/angelabritnell , www.twitter.com/angelabritnell and on Instagram as Angela Golley Britnell.

MY REVIEW

Little Penhaven became one of my new favourite locations in the first in the series – One Summer in Little Penhaven – so it’s been an absolute delight to be able to visit there again and catch up with some of the characters.  You don’t need to have read the first book though to fall in love with the  storyline and characters in this book and I may have another book boyfriend crush thanks to being introduced to Hal in this story!!

This story follows Jane, who is a wannabee author, and she’s expecting another quiet Christmas with very little going on!  She’s got a lovely group of friends who are always there for her, but she’s kind of got into a bit of ‘safe’ rut and it’s been ages since she’s connected with anybody romantically and even her writing seems to have suffered as she’s still not finished her novel.

Hal is new to town as he’s Sam’s cousin and needed to get away from life in America.  You know he’s hiding something about the reason he needed an escape so it’s intriguing to see that storyline develop and shows a really different side to him as he always appears so confident.  He’s up for a proper english Christmas so is happy to join in with the activities and finds himself spending more time with Jane as they both share darker pasts that they’re struggling to break free from.

What I love about these stories is just how relatable they are, and how you feel part of the community just reading about the goings on and the problems facing the villagers.  There’s a lovely side story featuring Jane and her brother and shows how the importance of a male role model can make such a difference if energies are directed in a positive manner!

As they both begin to open up, it’s clear to see that they’re so good for one another and you just hope that their pasts aren’t going to stop them from being happy and achieving their dreams.  A wonderfully uplifting and heartwarming story!

★★★★★

#BlogTour BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by SADIE RYAN #BookReview @rararesources

A real treat to be on the Blog Tour for BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by SADIE RYAN so thank you for stopping by today! My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for putting it all together and letting me be art of it all!

Behind Closed Doors

She’s in your house, now she wants your life … 

Tina Valentine has it all: the loving family, the beautiful house, the successful career. 

But then Megan Pearson starts work at Tina’s law firm and with her arrival the perfect world Tina has built for herself starts to collapse as it becomes clear that the newcomer is intent on infiltrating every aspect of her life. 

Something is obviously wrong with Megan but nobody else seems to see it. As the mind games and manipulations continue, Tina comes to the sickening conclusion that now she’s opened the door to Megan, it’s going to be impossible to make her leave …

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About the Author

 Sadie Ryan is a British author with two grown up children, she lives with her daughter, adorable rescue dog and cat in a small village in leafy Cheshire in the North West of England. She writes psychological suspense/domestic noir novels. She has completed three psychological suspense/domestic noir novels and is currently writing her fourth. Her first book, Behind Closed Doors, was snapped up by publishers Ruby Fiction and published in May 2019. Her second will be out in January 2020. When asked where she gets her ideas from, she says, ‘From observation, inspiration and lots of wicked thoughts.’

Social Media Links

 www.sadieryan.co.uk  

                          @The__SadieRyan   Twitter

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MY REVIEW

Yay for twisty thrillers!! And this is another fabulously gripping read that I haven’t been able to put down since starting it, as I was just eager to find out what would happen next and how it would all end! And the twists didn’t let me down!!

Tina has the perfect life – great job, wonderful husband, lovely children – BUT that’s all about to change at the same time as Megan Pearson starts working at the law firm where Tina is hoping for promotion. Her professional manner starts to slip – she forgets things, misplaces important files – but is it her or is someone else setting her up for a big fall?

Tina is an intriguing character – beneath the glossy, successful exterior she alludes to secrets that she’s been keeping from her husband. Does he need to know? I know I wanted to find out, but it’s all cleverly played out that you’re kept waiting for things to fall into place and those secrets to be revealed.

The arrival of Megan at the firm immediately gets Tina on the back foot and she’s suspicious from the offset. But everyone else at the firm, including Tina’s husband Glyn, adores the new recruit and Tina begins to wonder if maybe she’s overthinking things or maybe she’s just going mad! She’s driven to extreme measures at times to try and prove her theories but Megan always seems to come out smelling of roses so maybe it is all in Tina’s head?!

I loved the pace of this story – they way it plays out you’re constantly wondering just who is to blame, what went on in the past, and why would this woman have it in for Tina in the first place if she was manipulating the situation she found herself in. A cracking thriller!!

★★★★★

#BlogTour KEEPER OF SECRETS by LYNDA STACEY #BookReview @rararesources

Delighted to be part of the fabulous Blog Tour for the lovely Lynda Stacey and KEEPER OF SECRETS. My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for putting this all together and letting me be part of it all!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Keeper of Secrets

Should some secrets stay buried?

For as long as Cassie Hunt can remember her Aunt Aggie has spoken about the forgotten world that exists just below their feet, in the tunnels and catacombs of the Sand House. The story is what inspired Cassie to become an archaeologist. 

But Aggie has a secret that she’s buried as deep as the tunnels and when excavation work begins on the site, Cassie is the only one who can help her keep it. With the assistance of her old university friend, Noah Flanagan, she puts into action a plan to honour Aggie’s wishes. 

It seems the deeper Noah and Cassie dig, the more shocking the secrets uncovered – and danger is never far away, both above and below the ground …

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 Lynda is a wife, step-mother and grandmother who grew up in the mining village of Bentley, Doncaster, in South Yorkshire..

She is currently the Sales Director of a stationery, office supplies and office furniture company in Doncaster, where she has worked for the past 28 years. Prior to this she’d also been a nurse, a model, an emergency first response instructor and a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor … and yes, she was crazy enough to dive in the sea with sharks, without a cage. 

Following a car accident in 2008, Lynda was left with limited mobility in her right arm. Unable to dive or teach anymore, she turned to her love of writing, a hobby she’d followed avidly since being a teenager.

Her own life story, along with varied career choices, helps Lynda to create stories of romantic suspense, with challenging and unpredictable plots, along with (as in all romances) very happy endings.

She lives in a small rural hamlet near Doncaster, with her ‘hero at home husband’, Haydn, whom she’s been happily married to for over 20 years.

Lynda joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association in 2014 under the umbrella of the New Writers’ Scheme and in 2015 her debut novel House of Secrets won Choc Lit’s Search for a Star competition. Lynda writes for both Choc Lit and Ruby Fiction.

Social Media Links – 

Facebook www.facebook.com/lyndastaceyauthor

Twitter https://twitter.com/LyndaStacey

Website www.Lyndastacey.co.uk 

MY REVIEW

This is a book based on a real place, and there’s some fabulous photos and information at the end of the book to shed more light, and this was a wonderful aspect to the whole setting of the story and has made me aware of a place I never knew anything about!

As for the story itself, I found myself totally captivated by Cassie and the drama she found herself involved herself in as she tried to help a beloved family member and shows the lengths you’ll go to help out someone you love.

Cassie has had a very traumatic past. With her sister Lisa, she was bullied as a child and had to deal with tragedy more than she should.  But with the love and support of Aggie, their Aunt, they have managed to move on with their lives and the love that Aggie had for the tunnels and secrets in The Sand House close by, has passed on to Cassie who has become an archeologist.

But Aggie has fallen ill, and wants Cassie to help retrieve something she’s hidden in the tunnels ahead of someone else finding it in a big excavation that is planned for the site.  This leads to some startling revelations as we get to go back in time to hear the story from Aggie, and also to see what took place to Cassie and her family and I loved following all the different storylines.

Working back at home this also brings Cassie back in touch with an old friend, and I loved seeing how their relationship was rekindled and just how protective people were when they knew Cassie could be in danger.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story – I loved the historical aspects which played out nicely alongside the romance and intrigue of just what was so important to Aggie. The bond between them was so touching. In Cassie, there’s a character who was easy to warm to and understand and I loved how there was  a little bit of everything within the pages of this book to keep you entertained, thrilled and shocked!

★★★★

#PriceDropBlogBlitz THE CHRISTMAS CALENDAR GIRLS by SAMANTHA TONGE @rararesources

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.

Purchase Links – 

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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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. 

Social Media Links – 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamTongeWriter

Instagram: @samanthatongeauthor 

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

HAPPY READING!!

#BlogTour THE HOUSE THAT ALICE BUILT by CHRIS PENHALL @rararesources @ChocLituk @RubyFiction

A huge delight to be the latest stop on the Blog Tour for THE HOUSE THAT ALICE BUILT! My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for putting this all together and letting me be part of it all!

Home is where the heart is … 

Alice Dorothy Matthews is sensible. Whilst her best friend Kathy is living it up in Portugal and her insufferable ex Adam is travelling the world, Alice is working hard to pay for the beloved London house she has put her heart and soul into renovating. 

But then a postcard from Buenos Aires turns Alice’s life upside down. One very unsensible decision later and she is in Cascais, Portugal, and so begins her lesson in ‘going with the flow’; a lesson that sees her cat-sitting, paddle boarding, dancing on top of bars and rediscovering her artistic talents. 

But perhaps the most important part of the lesson for Alice is that you don’t always need a house to be at home. 

Purchase Links 

Amazon UK

Ruby Fiction

Kobo

Barnes & Noble

Google Play

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chris Penhall is a freelance writer and radio producer.

Her book, The House That Alice Built, won the Choc-Lit Search for a Star Competition 2019. 

Born in South Wales, she has also lived near London and in Portugal, which is where The House That Alice Built is set. It was whilst living in Cascais near Lisbon that she began to dabble in writing fiction, but it was many years later that she was confident enough to start writing her first novel, and many years after that she finally finished it! She is now working on her second. 

A lover of books, music and cats, she is also an enthusiastic salsa dancer, a keen cook, and loves to travel. She is never happier than when she is gazing at the sea. 

Chris has two grown up daughters and lives in the Essex countryside. 

Chris is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association. 

Social Media Links – 

Author Website

Twitter

Facebook

MY REVIEW

This was a wonderful read with a real feelgood factor!!  I can see why this story won the Search For a Star competition! It has all those elements that keep you as a reader rooting for the main character and cheering when everything falls into place!!

Alice is trudging through her life! Her work is miserable, her ex, Adam, is off round the world and she’s having zero fun! When her friend Kathy flies over from Portugal for a visit she pesters Alice to come and visit her but Alice seems so stuck in her ways that she’s reluctant to go, but things are about to change to leave her with no option but to get packing!! 

With the realisation that maybe it’s time to put herself first, Alice finds herself in Portugal to visit Kathy and ends up with a little house/cat sitting job to see her through this new little chapter in her life! What is she going to do with herself?! For someone who likes routine it takes a while to get used to the change, but with the advice of ‘go with the flow’ ringing in her ear she starts to embrace this new way of living!

Her friend Kathy is brilliant in helping Alice find her feet and try new experiences and also makes her remember just how creative she used to be, before life got in the way! She can’t believe how warm and friendly everyone is either! She seems to be getting quite a bit of male attention from very attentive drivers and waiters !! Never a bad thing to have too much attention!!

With new passions to explore and new relationships beginning to blossom, I loved seeing how Alice began to find her happy! She took  back control and even though she often found it easier to run away from her problems whenever the past reared its’ head again, the new confidence she found in herself seemed to make her ready to face anything life could throw at her and this story was just a delight to read throughout!

★★★★★