#BookReview SUMMER AT SERENITY BAY by HELEN BRIDGETT #PublicationDay

ABOUT THE BOOK

What happens when you send a group of celebrities to a tiny seaside village?


Advertising executive Chloe Walsh thought she was visiting her friend Roisin to get away from it all, but little does she know her kooky friend has a master plan to breathe some life into her sleepy seaside village through a new wellness retreat – and she needs Chloe’s skills.


So starts a community effort to put the retreat, Serenity Bay, on the map. Everyone from Andy at the Surf Shack to Tony at the chocolate shop is involved – even Roisin’s Gran has a few ideas!


But Chloe strikes gold almost too soon, attracting the attention of a major production company. Now a colourful group of celebrities are preparing to descend on Serenity Bay to film a reality TV show. Is the village ready for the fun and scandal that are bound to follow?


PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Serenity-Bay-addictively-funny-ebook/dp/B08B8TCP1D/

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/summer-at-serenity-bay

Apple: https://books.apple.com/au/book/summer-at-serenity-bay/id1518789842?mt=11&app=itunes&at=11lNBs   

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/summer-at-serenity-bay-helen-bridgett/1137184352?ean=2940163071692

Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Helen_Bridgett_Summer_at_Serenity_Bay?id=nvftDwAAQBAJ

MY REVIEW

Sign me up for the Serenity Bay Wellness Retreat!! I adored my time with these characters and in such a wonderful setting – and hands off Andy the surfer! He’s mine!!

Chloe is the central character in this book and she’s looking for a new outlook on life.  She’s fled London after problems with her job and her ex, and she finds herself back with her bestie, Roisin, in Northumberland.  Far away from the hustle and bustle of city life that had been central to her working and personal life, so taking to a quieter way of life is a bit of a battle!

But she feels at home with Roisin and her nan and soon finds herself helping them out in setting up a Wellness retreat to try and revive the area they live in and earn some well needed money.  It gives Chloe that creative buzz again and she finds herself jumping right in with all aspects of it and even using her London contacts to find willing customers!

This was such a relaxing and inspiring read! The community, even despite a little resistance from some, were a great support throughout the process as they could see how it could improve their lives and incomes.  Things never run smoothly, even more so when a bunch of celebs show up to film a reality show! I would totally watch a series that featured wellness retreats like this!! Seeing how getting out in nature, being creative, living more simply can help your mind, body and soul is a lesson to us all!  But with celebrities comes ego’s and diva behaviour so things do take a dark turn with the police getting involved!

I loved the friendship between Chloe and Roisin and loved every single minute of my time in Serenity Bay! I hope we get to go back and visit again soon!!

★★★★★

#BookReview Lily’s Secret by Kirsty Ferry #PublicationDay #LilysSecret

ABOUT THE BOOK

‘There’s nothing logical about Pencradoc!’

Aspiring actress Cordelia Beaumont is fed up of spending summer in the city. So, when the opportunity presents itself, she jumps straight on a train to pay a visit to Pencradoc – the beautiful Cornish estate where her friend Merryn works. 


But far from the relaxing break Cordy imagined, she soon finds herself immersed in the glamorous yet mysterious world of Victorian theatre sensation, Lily Valentine. Lily was once a guest at Pencradoc and, with the help of visiting artist Matt Harker, Cordy comes to discover that the actress left far more than memories at the old house. She also left a scandalous secret …


PUBLISHED BY CHOC LIT

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lilys-Secret-secrets-romance-Perfect-ebook/dp/B089T2R6VK/

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/search?query=Lily%27s+Secret

Apple: https://books.apple.com/gb/book/lilys-secret/id1517403239?mt=11&app=itunes&at=11lNBs 

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lilys-secret-kirsty-ferry/1137150436?ean=2940162924333

MY REVIEW

This is the 2nd book in the Cornish Secrets series – A Secret Rose being the 1st – and the ghostly goings on are back in full force and I loved it!  Any excuse to revisit Pencradoc is fine by me, and it was glorious to be seduced by the history of the house once more and the intriguing characters who have lived out their lives in the house and grounds.

This story is seen through the eyes of Cordelia, an actress who finds herself seeking time out at Pencradoc with her friend Merryn, to escape an ex and issues with her flat! She’s looking foward to a different pace of life for a while and finds herself falling for the charms of the house, the history of past inhabitants and a friend of the owners!!

As the story flits from the now back to the past, we’re introduced to Lily Valentine who was a star from the Victorian era, and ends up living at Pencradoc with her new husband.  I found both timelines to be captivating  but especially the story of Lily as she is facing an uncertain future as an actress, and fearing the past may be going to catch up with her, no matter how hard she tries to distance herself from it.  And we get to see the world through the eyes of little Elsie who is a whirlwind of a personality in the body of an 8 year old!!

I always love these dual timeline stories as there is so much to explore with these characters,  it’s fun and exhilarating to see their worlds combine throughout this story.  There are a few scary moments to get the heart thumping but you’re mostly left feeling with a warm fuzzy feeling and a real bond with these characters.  I’m just hoping there’ll be another book in this series very soon!!

★★★★★

#BookReview ESCAPE TO THE ART CAFE by SUE MCDONAGH #publicationday #EscapeToTheArtCafe

ABOUT THE BOOK

Heartbreak and cake at the Art Café …


It was meant to be the perfect romantic holiday. But then Flora Bexton’s boyfriend does the unthinkable, and she responds in the only logical way: she steals his motorbike and escapes for a holiday by herself on the Welsh coast.


Far from the lonely trip she imagined, Flora soon finds comfort at the friendly local Art Café where the legendary hot chocolate and cake help to ease her troubled mind. And when Aussie-Welsh lifeguard Jake Foley steps in just when Flora needs help the most, she realises that her ‘holiday’ feels more like home with every passing day …


PUBLISHED BY 
https://www.choc-lit.com/dd-product/escape-to-the-art-cafe/

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Escape-Art-Cafe-uplifting-page-turner-ebook/dp/B0872BX3WR/r

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/escape-to-the-art-cafe

Apple: https://books.apple.com/gb/book/escape-to-the-art-cafe/id1507978185?mt=11&app=itunes&at=11lNBs 

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/escape-to-the-art-cafe-sue-mcdonagh/1136855018?ean=2940162660330

Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Sue_McDonagh_Escape_to_the_Art_Cafe?id=WZfqDwAAQBAJ

MY REVIEW

Book 3 in the Art Cafe series introduces us to 2 totally new characters and wow!! What an introduction!! I love this series, and it delivers once more with a wonderful setting, and fabulous storylines to escape into – and a new swoonsome hunk to drool over in the shape of Jake!! Where do I get to meet blokes like these?! I need to move myself to Wales I think!

This book centres around Flora who finds herself in Wales at her parents holiday home and she’s got plenty to escape from after the ultimate betrayal. But she’s not so sweet and innocent herself as she’s stolen her boyfriends’ motorbike to escape on – that’ll teach him!! But it’s not the 30th birthday to remember as she finds herself alone and in trouble in the water – Jake to the rescue! He’s recently returned from Australia where he was a lifeguard and is staying with his grandparents in their hotel, which is in need of a bit of TLC.

The moment they meet there are sparks – who can blame Flora! – but she’s very wary, and you get the impression Jake is hiding some sadness too. A pair well matched with unresolved issues from their past plaguing their present!

As always, the community surrounding the Art Cafe are welcoming to the newbies amongst them and Flora finds herself settling in really well and even thinking of starting up her own hair dressing business. But disaster is never far away and once again the power of community is brought to the fore after a devastating storm and it helps cement certain feelings and brings unknown truths out which could scupper progress made.

What I love about this series is just how relatable the characters are. How they have to face up to dilemmas in their lives and really get to know themselves when their backs are up against the wall. This can easily be read as a stand alone but you’ll be wanting to go back to visit the others in the series once you read this! Wonderful!!

★★★★★

#BookReview THE LITTLE TEASHOP IN TOKYO by JULIE CAPLIN

ABOUT THE BOOK

Grab your passport and escape to the land of dazzling skycrapers, steaming bowls of comforting noodles, and a page-turning love story that will make you swoon!


For travel blogger Fiona, Japan has always been top of her bucket list so when she wins an all-expenses paid trip, it looks like her dreams of the Far East are coming true.


Until she arrives in vibrant, neon-drenched Tokyo and comes face-to-face with the man who broke her heart ten years ago, gorgeous photographer Gabe.


Fiona can’t help but remember the heartache of their last meeting but it’s not long before the Japanese art of contentment and a special, traditional tea ceremony work their magic…


Amidst the temples and clouds of soft pink cherry blossoms, Fiona and Gabe start to see life – and each other – differently.

PUBLISHED BY ONE MORE CHAPTER

PURCHASE LINK

Amazon

MY REVIEW

The gorgeous cover drew me in and I’m so glad it did! I loved the story, the characters, the setting and am very glad to have discovered a new author to me! Time now to devour her other books!!


Fiona is the centre of this story as she wins a trip to Tokyo to learn from a top photographer, ahead of her exhibition in London. She’s is totally out of her comfort zone so this is a big step for her, but she knows how important this could be for her photography so she sets off and stays with a lovely family who run a teashop in Tokyo, which gives her the perfect opportunity to learn more about the Japanese culture and indulge her love of tea!!
There is a switch in her mentor though, and it’s someone from her past so that brings new pressures to her trip. Will he remember her? Luckily for her, Gabe seems a little pre-occupied with his own personal issues – not so good for her being mentored to the best of his ability though!


What I loved about Fiona and Gabe, is how they work so well off one another, especially when they’re out and about taking photos. They seem to inspire one another to look at things from a different perspective! This starts to rub off into their own lives as well and allows them to change old routines and take control of their own lives, instead of being dictated to by others. There’s also a little edge to their ‘banter’


This is a book that teaches you about ‘being you’ and the setting of Tokyo was just perfect to help explore the ways of the Japanese and how they find beauty in the simplest of things. It is the perfect escapism read and I loved it!


★★★★★

#GuestPost #PublicationDay LITTLE VILLAGE OF SECOND CHANCES by GINA HOLLANDS @ChocLituk

A huge delight today to be hosting the wonderful Gina Hollands for a guest post on publication day for the fabulous LITTLE VILLAGE OF SECOND CHANCES!

So without further ado, I’m handing the reigns over to Gina so she can share her thoughts on what inspired her to write this book!

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Little Village of Second Chances is my first book with Choc Lit and it’s wonderful to see it come to life. It’s set in the picturesque fictional village of Wetherstone-on-Ouse, which lies just outside of York. The story starts when city-girl Sarah Pickering arrives in the village with the aim of persuading the locals to sell up so that the company she works for can build a new road. Her neighbour, the surly yet ruggedly attractive Shay McGillen, whose property is number one on Sarah’s target list, has no intentions of moving from the place that’s given him a much-needed new start after a tumultuous few years. The pair has every reason to despise one another, but a dramatic event forces them together, making them face their fears and futures, and the possibility that the road to happiness may actually involve each other.

I was inspired to write a village-based romance as I live in a village myself and love the community spirit, the cosiness of the local pub, the friendliness of the village shop and the eccentric and colourful nature of some of the characters who make it the place it is. I brought all these elements into Little Village of Second Chances. Although Shay and Sarah are the main characters, I really enjoyed writing the scenes where they interacted with some of the sub-characters, as it was fun bringing these comedic aspects into the story and bringing in some local dialect.

I chose a Yorkshire setting as, although I now live in Sussex, I am originally from a small town near York. My previous books have all been set in locations which might be considered traditionally more glamorous, including Tuscany, Iceland, London and Montenegro, but a country setting in the middle of a harsh winter can be just as romantic, albeit with wellies and mittens!

In Little Village of Second Chances, both Sarah and Shay have turbulent pasts they’re escaping from and while it was important for me to show that they’d never forget certain things that happened to them, that didn’t mean they wouldn’t get another shot at love – quite the opposite! I hope it gives readers hope that whatever has happened to them in the past, and however despondent they may feel as a result – there’s always a second chance at happiness.

Like most writers, I’m an avid reader, and gobble up books of all genres from thriller to fantasy, romance to cosy mystery, but there’s one reason alone that I read and that’s for pure escapism and to feel good. I hope that readers will experience the whole spectrum of emotions when they read Little Village of Second Chances but ultimately that it will leave them with an overriding sense of wellbeing. I love finishing a book that makes me feel warm and fuzzy (okay, maybe not so much with a thriller – that’s where the romance comes in) and my intention with Little Village of Second Chances is to do just that. And I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say it has a happy end!

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About the book

Surely everyone deserves a second chance?

Ex-fireman and edible flower farmer Shay McGillen has plenty of reasons not to give Sarah Pickering even one chance when she turns up in his small Yorkshire village. After all, she is only there to try and convince him and his fellow villagers to sell up so her company can build a bypass. If Sarah thinks she can make Shay give up his farmhouse and his business, she has another thing coming!

But when an unexpected blizzard leaves Sarah stranded in Shay’s home, he soon realises that they are far more alike than he could have ever imagined – and perhaps both of them deserve a second chance …

published by https://www.choc-lit.com/

Buying Links:

 Kindle: https://amzn.to/3eindsi

 Kobo: https://bit.ly/2AQUSL7 

Apple Books: https://apple.co/2Yj8dox

About the Author:

 Gina Hollands was born and bred in Yorkshire, England. She has worked in public relations for 15 years, since graduating from Oxford University with a degree in modern languages. Gina now lives on the West Sussex coast with her husband and young son. When she’s not writing Gina is likely to be participating in her other hobby – dancing, be it salsa, jive or lindy hop.

 Twitter: https://twitter.com/ginaholls 

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

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#BookReview LITTLE VILLAGE OF SECOND CHANCES by GINA HOLLANDS

ABOUT THE BOOK

Surely everyone deserves a second chance?


Ex-fireman and edible flower farmer Shay McGillen has plenty of reasons not to give Sarah Pickering even one chance when she turns up in his small Yorkshire village. After all, she is only there to try and convince him and his fellow villagers to sell up so her company can build a bypass. If Sarah thinks she can make Shay give up his farmhouse and his business, she has another thing coming!

But when an unexpected blizzard leaves Sarah stranded in Shay’s home, he soon realises that they are far more alike than he could have ever imagined – and perhaps both of them deserve a second chance …

PUBLISHED BY CHOC LIT

PURCHASE LINKS

MY REVIEW

This was one of those books that seems to be perfect to read on a sunny or rainy afternoon! I loved the characters of Sarah and Shay, and the village community feeling was what we all hope to find wherever we live!

Sarah has just moved to the village with seemingly double intentions! She’s escaping something sad from her past, but also hopeful of helping the locals see fit to accept the plan of her company who want to build a massive bypass. She knows they are being offered very good money to move away so can’t understand why they are all so reluctant to comply and move away!

Shay is a flower farmer who has lived in the village for sometime, and does all he can to keep himself to himself.  He has also suffered tragedy in his past and you get the sense he feels guilty and is happy to punish himself by staying lonely.  His first encounter with Sarah isn’t the start they both wanted, but when the weather gets in the way they are forced to spend more time together and they soon find a common connection as they open up to one another, and it was really touching to see how their past shaped how they see the world now, and that by talking to one another about things helped them find a little happiness in the world.

But things never run smoothly, and when the bypass company start to play hard ball we get to see how the truth comes out about Sarah and her role and Shay finds himself feeling betrayed by how he opened up to her.

There is a great balance between the light and dark subjects in this book, and I loved how you could relate to both characters and the way they have faced up to tragedies in their lives, and how we need to go easy on ourselves at some point!

★★★★

#BlogTour COMING HOME TO HERITAGE COVE by HELEN J ROLFE #BookReview @rararesources

Delighted to be here today as part of the Blog Tour for the wonderful COMING HOME TO HERITAGE COVE by HELEN J ROLFE. My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for letting me be part of the tour and sharing my review!

Coming Home to Heritage Cove

Welcome to Heritage Cove, the little village by the sea brimming with character, community and friendship, and the perfect place to fall in love this summer…

Melissa rushes back to Heritage Cove when Barney, the man who’s been like a father figure to her since she was a little girl, ends up in hospital. After an absence of five years, her return isn’t going to be easy, especially when she bumps into Harvey, the love of her life and the man she’s never been able to forget. 

For reasons he couldn’t explain at the time, Harvey changed his mind about going with Melissa to start afresh as they’d planned, and life moved on for the both of them. But with Melissa back in the village and determined to stick around to help Barney, they can’t avoid each other forever. Melissa knows she let so many people down by staying away for so long, but she and Harvey blame each other for what happened and neither of them is willing to admit to being in the wrong.

When Barney insists on cancelling the Wedding Dress Ball, the charity fundraiser he holds every year in the stunning barn on his property, Melissa and Harvey realise they’re going to have to pull together. Otherwise the man they once knew might be gone forever. And when they unearth a secret Barney has never shared with anyone, they go in search of answers to not only ensure the ball runs this summer, but to bring back the Barney they know and love. 

Back in the cove after all this time, Melissa gets to see the life she left behind and it’s time to deal with what it was that drove her away in the first place.

Beneath the summer sunshine in Heritage Cove, the sea sparkles, the heat rises and new love, reconciliations and the answers to an old love story could bring changes for everyone.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B086YYZF27

US – https://www.amazon.com/Coming-Home-Heritage-Cove-delightfully-ebook/dp/B086YYZF27

About the Author

Helen J Rolfe writes romantic fiction and contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and community. 

Location is a big part of the adventure in Helen’s books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries where she thinks her readers might like to escape to. 

Helen J Rolfe also writes for Orion Books under the name Helen Rolfe. 

Born and raised in the UK, Helen graduated from University with a business degree and began working in I.T. This job took her over to Australia and it was there that she finally turned to what she loved and studied writing and journalism. She spent a while freelancing for women’s health and fitness magazines, volunteered with the PR department of a children’s hospital where she wrote articles and media releases, and eventually began writing fiction in 2011. And now, she thinks she may just have found her dream job. 

Helen currently lives in Hertfordshire, UK, with her husband and their children. 

Social Media Links – 

Helen loves to hear from readers so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. She can be found at: 

www.helenjrolfe.com 

https://www.facebook.com/helenjrolfewriter

www.instagram.com/helen_j_rolfe/   

MY REVIEW


I found this to be a perfect feelgood, escapism read and have taken Heritage Cove and its’ inhabitants to my heart!  


Melissa has to return to Heritage Cove after Barney, who is a real father figure to her, is taken ill. That means confronting the past she ran away from 5 years ago! And that past is Harvey, the love of her life who still lives there.  Their relationship had a sour end, mainly due to their stubbornness, so it’s going to be tough for her to face things again – all the good and bad memories come rushing back and it’s how she deals with them that shows if the time away has helped her.


Barney normally hosts a Wedding Dress Ball but he is adamant it won’t be going ahead this year, and gets very prickly when  pushed further on it so you are left wondering what he’s hiding.  He’s never been good at accepting help, but good at giving help to others, so Melissa and Harvey have a tough job on their hands trying to make him see sense.


I loved the story about reconnecting and seeing how time changes things, but I also really enjoyed the mystery side of the story as they look into the past when they make a discovery and start to delve into the past of Barney and why things have meant so much to him over the years.


The relationship between Harvey and Melissa is a complex one because of their pasts and I found them to be such endearing characters due to their life experiences and I think that’s why I felt so warmly towards them as they tried to forgive one another, and themselves, for what happened to their relationship all those years ago.  I am just hoping there’ll be a return to Heritage Cove very soon as I want more!!


★★★★

#BookReview JUST FRIENDS by LUCY KEELING

ABOUT THE BOOK

Friends do nice things for each other, right? 


That’s what Polly Bowman tells herself when she agrees to be her friend Bailey’s ‘fake girlfriend’ to help him keep a promise to his family. After all, Bailey has always supported her through difficult times – he even knows about her secret singing sessions at the local speakeasy bar. 


But maintaining a fake relationship isn’t easy, and when Polly’s meddling but well-meaning group of friends throw her and Bailey together as best man and maid-of-honour for an upcoming wedding, Polly soon realises she’s going to have to confront a few long-kept secrets head on …

PUBLISHED BY CHOC LIT

MY REVIEW

Another fabulous read from Lucy Keeling! I adored the ‘will they, won’t they’ thread of Polly and Bailey as life kept throwing curveballs their way, and throwing them together in often compromising positions!!! It is a follow up to ‘Make It Up To You’ but can easily be read as a standalone!

Bailey sounds like the kind of man we’d all be queuing up to be his ‘fake girlfriend’ – supportive, flirty, close to his family and a gardener (clincher for me!!) – so when Polly volunteers to help stop his family asking too many questions about his love life what could possibly go wrong??!! A lot it seems! They’ve always got on well and confided in one another about things they don’t share with others, but the more time they start spending together then the more time they can’t stop thinking about one another! Not so good if you’re with someone else like Polly is!

The characters of Polly and Bailey are so sweet! She has a secret passion and lacks confidence to share with those around her, but has a good group of friends who are all brought together in the run up to a wedding so maybe it’s time she started opening up more. And Bailey is worried sick when there’s illness in his family so he’s been relying on work and flirting to distract himself He seems to be one of the good guys of the world.

This was one of those books that you find yourself racing through and I was unable to put it down once I started reading, and it was the perfect mix of romance and humour and I hope we get to hear more from the characters in these books in the very near future!

★★★★★

#BookReview Daisy’s Summer Mission by Hannah Pearl @RubyFiction

ABOUT THE BOOK

Daisy’s job as a gift shop owner may involve selling chocolate truffles and lacy knickers but, this summer, she finds herself turning her hand to a slightly different profession …


Daisy’s boyfriend, Eli, works for a secret government agency and, try as she might, Daisy can’t seem to help getting caught in the middle of his missions, which take her on a thrilling ride from the streets of Paris to a remote health retreat where carbs are banned!


But when she finds that Eli might be in danger, Daisy has to stop playing at being a spy and become the real thing. Teaming up with her pensioner customer, Mr King, Daisy embarks on her most important summer mission yet. Can she save the day?


Sequel to Daisy’s Christmas Gift Shop

PUBLISHED BY RUBY FICTION

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Daisys-Summer-Mission-romance-escape-ebook/dp/B086L7NX2X/

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/daisy-s-summer-mission

Apple: https://books.apple.com/gb/book/daisys-summer-mission/id1505501826?mt=11&app=itunes 

Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Hannah_Pearl_Daisy_s_Summer_Mission?id=KSTfDwAAQBAJ

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/daisys-summer-mission-hannah-pearl/1136769567?ean=2940162831853

Website: https://www.rubyfiction.com/dd-product/daisys-summer-mission/

MY REVIEW

This was a wonderful read with the touches of humour I’ve come to expect from Daisy and her friends, but also mixes the light with a darker side! From gift shop owner to full blown Spy!! There seems to be nothing Daisy can’t tackle and I loved following her latest escapades! But it’s a story that can be read as a standalone if you haven’t read Daisy’s Christmas Gift Shop .

Daisy is fully loved up with Eli and their relationship just goes  from strength to strength – even if life in her little flat above the gift shop isn’t the most spacious for 2 people!

Her life in the shop is pretty simple, but Eli always appears to be off doing mysterious work for the government and as much as he tries to keep her out of  harms way, she always seems to find a way of getting involved and the case this time is pretty serious! Although having to infiltrate a spa could be a worse way to spend some time!!

As always, her friend Lily is there to add extra comedy with her quips and they are the kind of women you can just imagine having a right laugh with, whatever the circumstances!!

The action involving Eli and Daisy and the spy mission near the end is fast paced and serious, but the party planning that Daisy is involved in  and family and friends storylines add a great mix for you as a reader to enjoy and devour!!  

★★★★

#BookReview THE SIGHT OF YOU by HOLLY MILLER

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Light We Lost meets How to Walk Away in this romantic and page-turning American debut that poses a heartbreaking question: Would you choose love, if you knew how it would end?


Joel has sworn off falling in love. But when he meets Callie, he can’t help being drawn to her. In Callie, he sees a second chance at life. And in Joel, Callie discovers the kind of love she’d always hoped was real. They challenge one another to take chances, to laugh, and to trust that no matter how hard each falls, the other will be there to catch them.


But Joel has a secret. He dreams about the people he loves, and these dreams always come true. One night, Joel has the dream of Callie he’s feared the most, and each must decide: Can Callie stay, knowing her fate? And if her days must be numbered, is there a life she is meant to live?


Told in Joel and Callie’s voices, The Sight of You is a sweeping, romantic, and unforgettable American debut, about the bravery it takes to love, especially when we think we know how the story will end. 


PUBLISHED BY  HODDER & STOUGHTON


PUBLICATION DATE – 11TH JUNE 2020


PRE-ORDER LINKS

Amazon
hive.co.uk

blackwell’s 

MY REVIEW

Just wonderful! It broke my heart and made me ugly cry but I absolutely adored the story of Joel and Callie and how the power of being able to see the future can make such an impact on the decisions you take and the path you follow.

They are both very special characters – Joel especially – as he has always had dreams of loved ones where he can see their future, and this has led him to vow never to fall in love as it becomes too much of a burden for him to deal with.

That is about to change when he meets Callie. A sweet soul, who lives life sticking to what she knows. She’s plagued by self doubt and finds herself living someone else’s dream when her friend Grace passes away, so Callie tries to carry out Grace’s legacy – whether that makes her happy or not doesn’t seem to come into the equation for her.

This story is set over 6 years and told from alternating points of view, so we get to share the magic of their friendship and relationship as it evolves. Callie encourages Joel to open up about what is troubling him but when she finally moves in with him, it’s not long before she notices a change in him…….. does she want to know the details? Would you want to know??

This was a truly absorbing and enthralling storyline – the connection you feel towards both characters, the heartbreak, the little moments of utter joy and how their lives map out after decisions are made for what seems the right reasons at the time. This is a book that will live with me for a very long time, so I highly recommend it! I just hope there’ll be a film!!

★★★★★