#BlogTour YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER by ANGELA BARTON @rararesources @angebarton #BookReview

Always a pleasure to be on a Blog Tour for Angela, so today is my turn to share my thoughts on her latest release – YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER! My thanks to the Author, Publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for putting the tour together and letting me be part of it all!

Three isn’t always a magic number … There are three reasons Tess Fenton should be happy. One, her job at the Blue Olive deli may be dull, but at least she gets to work with her best friend. Two, she lives in a cosy cottage in the pretty village of Halston. Three, she’s in love with her boyfriend, Blake.

 Isn’t she? 

Because, despite their history, Blake continues to be the puzzle piece in Tess’s life that doesn’t quite fit. And when she meets intriguing local artist Daniel Cavanagh, it soon becomes apparent that, for Tess, love isn’t as easy as one, two, three …

Purchase Links

 UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Youve-Got-Number-Angela-Barton-ebook/dp/B083SQTLQ9/ 

US – https://www.amazon.com/Youve-Got-Number-Angela-Barton-ebook/dp/B083SQTLQ9/ 

Author Bio – 

Angela Barton lives in Nottingham and is a member of Nottingham Writers’ Studio and the Romantic Novelists’ Association. She has written three novels, all of which have passed through the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme and are now published. Her first novel was published in 2018. Its genre is historical fiction set in France, telling the story of how a farming family survive through WW2. 

Angela’s second and third books are contemporary women’s fiction. Now busy writing her fourth book, also set in France during wartime, Angela’s new passion is to research real life happenings and create fictional characters that live through these extraordinary events. 

Along with other authors, Angela has helped to create two Facebook groups for book lovers. Apricot Plots and Love Forties Fiction.

 Social Media Links –

 Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/authorangela.barton.3 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/angebarton 

Website: https://angelabarton.net

 Instagram: angelacbarton

MY REVIEW

This is a book that has a little bit of everything, which always makes for a magical reading experience and I loved spending time in the company of Tess as she faces all that life throws her way!

She’s been in a relationship with Blake for 5 years and the magic has gone! Blake doesn’t see it the same way though and goes to extremely desperate measures to keep her by his side. You can understand his despair but the methods he uses are very low as he plays on Tess and her genuine caring nature.

With all the drama going on in her life Tess finds a distraction in the form of Daniel! He’s a local artist with a twin sister and has suffered tragedy in his past,and finds painting a way to help him through the darker times he has faced. Tess finds herself growing very fond of Daniel and their relationship is just the sweetest – they both find one another so easy to open up to and help support one another with various issues that they have to deal with. I also loved the storyline that featured Denise – his sister – as this added another emotional thread and kept it feeling very real and relatable.

I loved the way that Tess conducts herself throughout the book which made her such a lovely character to follow. There are flashes of humour that mix well with the more serious aspects of the storyline and it was just a pleasure to read from start to finish.

★★★★★

#PublicationDayPost NEW YEAR NEW GUY by ANGELA BRITNELL #guestpost @ChocLituk @AngelaBritnell

An absolute delight for me today to be able to post this Blog Post on behalf of the lovely Angela Britnell and Choc Lit on PUBLICATION DAY!!   So sit back and enjoy a few words from Angela, a little bit more about the book and, most importantly!, links to be able to get your mitts on a copy of the wonderful NEW YEAR, NEW GUY!

New Year New Guy: A Brief Break from Cornwall!

This story is a break from my usual Cornwall/Nashville romances because the setting ventures over the border into Devon and the city of Plymouth, with a few side trips I don’t want to give away here! It was interesting to change things up and I hope my readers will forgive me and hopefully enjoy visiting some different places along the way. To those who don’t know there has always been a touch of rivalry between Cornwall and Devon, in fact older Cornish people will talk about crossing the Tamar River border as though they are travelling to another country. And don’t even get them all started on the proper way to eat a cream tea. Whether to put jam or cream on the scones first is the source of endless debates. I purposely avoided going anywhere near that particular minefield in the book but anyone who knows that I’m Cornish born and bred will guess where I fall on that particular question…

‘Out with the old life, in with the new,’ sums the book up perfectly. When we first meet Laura she’s standing in the rain at the Plymouth bus station waiting to collect Hunter who her sister Polly has invited as a surprise for her fiancé Johnny at their pre-wedding party. Although Laura is cynical about the idea of lifelong love after escaping from her own brief, bad marriage to an arrogant surgeon she agreed to take care of this unknown American for a few days to please her sister. The minute Hunter sets foot on English soil again for the first time in twenty years he knows he’s made a mistake and would bet his last dollar that his old friend won’t be pleased to have the past dragged up. For a multitude of reasons, many of them tied to the time he and Johnny spent at school together, he’s also determined to stay single and no prickly English nurse will change his mind. Or will she? Could Laura come around to the idea that love doesn’t have to mean losing her sense of self?

It was a challenge to touch on a few darker themes in this story without losing the sense of fun and romance I always strive to bring to my books but I hope I’ve managed it, only reviews and sales will confirm that. Sending Laura and Hunter’s story out into the world today means that it’s time to get busy on my summer release!

About the book:

Out with the old life, in with the new …

When Laura’s bride-to-be sister, Polly, organises a surprise reunion for her fiancé and his long lost American friend, Laura grudgingly agrees to help keep the secret. And when the plain-spoken, larger-than-life Hunter McQueen steps off the bus in her rainy Devon town and only just squeezes into her tiny car, it confirms that Laura has made a big mistake in going along with her sister’s crazy plan.

But could the tall, handsome man with the Nashville drawl be just what reserved Laura Williams needs to shake up her life and start something new?

PUBLISHED BY CHOC LIT

About the Author:

Angela grew up in Cornwall 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 (warning this may include references to wine, chocolate and the hunky Aidan Turner) check out www.angelabritnellromance.com or follow her on www.facebook.com/angelabritnell and www.twitter.com/angelabritnell

Buying Links: 

Kindle UK: https://amzn.to/38N23zv 

Kindle US: https://amzn.to/38MJsUz 

Kobo: https://apple.co/2wCu7aT 

Apple Books: https://apple.co/2wCu7aT

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#BookReview THE COTTAGE ON WILDFLOWER LANE by LIZ DAVIES

ABOUT THE BOOK

Esther’s life isn’t perfect (whose is?) – but she’s happy enough living in her little flat with her boyfriend, Josh. But that’s about to change. Bored out of her mind in work, she wishes that something, anything, would happen to liven her life up. Unfortunately, her wish comes true when Josh calls her from the airport to tell her he’s going to work in a bar in Spain, and she’s not invited, Esther is devastated, and her unhappiness is compounded when she discovers she can actually view the bar via a webcam link and watch him chatting up other girls. But when she inadvertently clicks on a link to another webcam which shows a pretty cottage and the rather hunky man who lives in it, her interest is piqued and she wishes she could get to know him. Wishes don’t really come true, though – do they…?

PURCHASE LINK

Amazon


AUTHOR ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Website: https://lizdaviesauthor.wixsite.com/home

Twitter https://twitter.com/lizdaviesauthor

Facebook: fb.me/LizDaviesAuthor1

MY REVIEW

With a stunningly dreamy cover, this was a story that captured my heart and had me tempted to start searching for cameras online to follow to see if the man of my dreams was out there!! If he is half as good as Kit in this story then I’d be a lucky woman!!

Esther is the focus of this story – her life is tripping along with very little excitement and she thinks she’s in a happy relationship with Josh, but he drops a bombshell when he calls from the airport to say he’s moving out to Spain to work and they’re over! What a charmer!!

Esther has some lovely friends around her to help support her and one of them lets her know about webcams that are filming all over the world at homes and businesses, and she uses this to ‘spy’ on her ex – probably not the smartest way of spending time and helping to heal her broken heart! But while she’s surfing she spots a cam trained on a most charming cottage with gorgeous garden and she finds comfort in watching the goings on here – and the hunky man living there helps!

Meanwhile, we follow the story of Kit who is going through a divorce where his ex is theatening to take him to the cleaners and that means losing his beloved home and business. And seeing him being conflicted by his feelings towards a mystery woman he meets one night was also really enjoyable and leads to lots of fun banter, and romantic star gazing nights! My kind of guy!!

I loved this story – it was so easy to read and relate to the characters! Esther and her attempts at internet dating provided some wonderful moments of humour (and horror!) and her addiction to the webcams proves just how easy we can be addicted to spending time online as it allows us to daydream and lose ourselves when things are proving a little tough. Highly recommended!!

★★★★★

#BlogTour A WINTER WEDDING AT THE LITTLE DUCK POND CAFE by ROSIE GREEN #BookReview @rararesources

A huge delight to be able to share my thoughts on another stunning installment of the Little Duck Pond Cafe series, as part of the Blog Tour! My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for putting the tour together and letting me be part of it all!

A Winter Wedding at the Little Duck Pond Café

 With Zak and Ellie’s wedding day approaching, there’s high excitement in the pretty village of Sunnybrook, especially among the Little Duck Pond Café crew. Ellie is over the moon with her romantic surprise wedding gift from Zak, and Madison is promising to organise a hen party to remember. Everyone has high hopes for a magical Christmas Eve wedding celebration at gorgeous Brambleberry Manor. (Even Maisie-Moo has a sparkling new outfit.)

But sometimes, even the best-laid plans can go wrong. And with the journey to the altar turning out to be rockier than expected, it’s going to take nothing short of a Christmas miracle to ensure a happy ending . . 

Purchase Links

 UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Winter-Wedding-Little-Duck-Pond-ebook/dp/B07YQB5HSV/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Winter-Wedding-Little-Duck-Pond-ebook/dp/B07YQB5HSV/

Author Bio –

 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 in December 2019. Rosie is also writing a full-length, standalone book for Christmas 2019, entitled ‘Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage’, which will be out in November.

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

MY REVIEW

It is always a delight to read a book with a smile on your face, and that’s exactly what I found myself doing with this latest installment in the Duck Pond Cafe series, as we get to meet back up with ‘old friends’ – that’s what they feel like now to me as a reader! – and see the latest goings on in the wonderful community that comes together  through good and bad times.

And there’s good times on the way in the Winter Wedding, as the big day approaches for Ellie and Zak and of course things don’t run smoothly! There are last minute jitters and with Zak away a lot promoting his latest book, that means more time for Ellie to overthink things instead of just trying to enjoy herself!

There are many other characters who get featured in this book and their own trials and tribulations really add to the story. Hearing the stories from Jaz and Fen themselves adds an extra depth to this installment as each could have had their own story being the main feature. Jaz is struggling with her medical diagnosis and Fen is wondering just where her new relationship is going, despite being totally loved up and very happy!  

I loved every minute of this book! There’s a great warmth and humour written into each character and you can easily picture yourself turning up in the community and finding a friend or two to hang out with and I’m already counting down the days until the next installment – Lemon Drizzle Mondays is on the way soon!! Hurry up already!!!

★★★★★

#BookReview A GIFT IN DECEMBER by JENNY GLADWELL

ABOUT THE BOOK

Come back, one day. Come back to me, just once.

Jane thought she would be alone this Christmas, but will a luxury trip to Norway mend her broken heart? A heart-warming, feel-good festive treat to curl up with this winter.

Heartbroken by a failed romance, journalist Jane Brook is sent to Norway to cover the Queen of the Forest, the Christmas tree given to the people of London every winter. A week of luxury hotels and festive celebrations awaits, all in the company of dashing adventurer Philip Donnelly. Perhaps this is what Jane needs to mend her aching heart?

But, deep in the heart of the snowy forest, Jane makes a startling discovery: long-hidden wartime letters between a young soldier and a mysterious girl. The last letter ends with a passionate plea that was never answered.

Now, only Jane can give this story of love and courage a perfect ending – and in doing so, she might just find her own happy ever after. . .

An enchanting, cosy and sweepingly romantic read, for fans of One Day in December, Seven Days of Us and Christmas at the Crescent. 

PUBLISHED BY HODDER

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon UK  

hive.co.uk

MY REVIEW

I found this to be such a breeze to read! It was set in a magical setting and featured a character who you could connect with, as she dealt with a broken heart whilst trying to get on with her life and with the advice of her best friend ringing in her ears, she sets off for a trip she wouldn’t normally have gone on, to have different experiences. But as a journalist there’s always a story to be sniffed out and she stumbles across one that really touches her heart.

The trip is to Norway to witness the tree being cut down that is sent to Trafalgar Square every year, and she’s going with a variety of others including bloggers and minor celebs! Definitely not the normal company she keeps! But she throws herself in whole heartedly, and it’s not only the gorgeous snowy scenery that catches her eye!

It’s a story that flows really easily and I found myself eager to pick up the book each day to find out what Jane would find herself facing, and with the side story of the missing letters that the wonderful Thomas asks her to find, it just added more depth to just being a ‘press junket’. Really enjoyable

★★★★

#BookReview ONE CHRISTMAS STAR by MANDY BAGGOT

ABOUT THE BOOK

Emily Parker is set to have the worst Christmas ever!

Her flatmate’s moved out, she’s closed her heart to love and she’s been put in charge of the school original Christmas show – with zero musical ability.

Disgraced superstar, Ray Stone is in desperate need of a quick PR turnaround. Waking up from a drunken stupor to a class of ten-year-olds snapping pics and Emily looking at him was not what he had in mind.

Ray needs Emily’s help to delete the photos, and she needs his with the show. As they learn to work together they may just open their hearts to more than a second chance..

PURCHASE LINK

Amazon UK

MY REVIEW

This was a lovely read for Christmas!! Full of heart, humour and a hedgehog or two! It’s the story of Emily and Ray – two people brought together near Christmas and finding that there is light at the end of the tunnel!


Emily is a primary school teacher and has a real affection for all the children in her classroom and she’s always going beyond the call of duty to help them, especially those who don’t have the best of home lives. She’s still nursing a broken heart after losing her beloved Simon a couple of years ago, and just seem stuck and unable to move on both personally and professionally.


Ray is a singer who is going through a downturn in his career! His name is being dragged through the mud in the papers and he’s finding it easier to drink his way through life than to face up to the problems he’s facing.


They’re brought together when he’s found asleep in a school shed with an injured hedgehog and becomes a source of fascination for the children! They’re absolutely hilarious and some of the scenes reminded me of the film Nativity! Such innocence but no idea of boundaries when it comes to asking questions of grown ups! As Emily spends more time with him, she sees behind the image of the man in the media and sparks really fly when he helps her with the school performance!


I really enjoyed this story as it just felt so well paced and the antics of the children added a great sweetness and fun element to balance out the romance side!

★★★★

#BlogTour UNEXPECTED LESSONS IN LOVE by LUCY DILLON #BookReview @lucy_dillon @HJ_Barnes #UnexpectedLessonsinLove

Thank you for stopping by today for my stop on the wonderful blog tour for UNEXPECTED LESSONS IN LOVE by LUCY DILLON. My thanks to the author and publisher for letting me be part of it all!

ABOUT THE BOOK

From the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of Where the Light Gets in and All I Ever Wanted

‘Real, heart-breaking – I loved it’ Katie Fforde

What happens when ‘I do’ turns into ‘I don’t know’?

Jeannie always wanted to fall in love, and now she’s finally got the whirlwind romance she dreamed of. Dan’s gorgeous, he’s a successful young vet, and he flew her to New York and proposed on Brooklyn Bridge. Jeannie has to remind herself this is actually her life. It seems too perfect, too magical, to be real. Yet it is.But now she’s on her way to the wedding she can’t shake off the tight sensation crushing her chest. Is it just nerves . . . or is this all happening a bit too fast?

Jeannie has one last chance to shout, ‘Stop!’ But just as she grabs it, a twist of fate throws everything she knows into the air like confetti. What Jeannie learns about Dan, about her own heart, and about the power of love itself, will change her world for ever . . .

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PRAISE FOR LUCY DILLON:

‘Bittersweet, lovely and ultimately redemptive; the kind of book that makes you want to live your own life better’ Jojo Moyes

‘No one tugs at the heartstrings quite like Lucy Dillon’ Red magazine

‘Satisfying and clever and deeply moving’ Sophie Kinsella 

E-book – out now

Paperback edition – out 9th January 2020

PURCHASE LINKS

hive.co.uk

amazon uk

MY REVIEW

There’s just something about the way that Lucy Dillon writes a story that gets me everytime, and in her latest it’s another exceptional story that touches at the heartstrings and allows the reader to connect with a group of characters as they face up to an emotional set of circumstances.

Jeannie is on her way to her wedding.. But she’s plagued with doubts that she can’t shrug off – the ultimate dilemma! Do you go through with the wedding or do you face those fears and call it off?!  When fate steps in the way and makes the decision for you then you’re left to deal with the consequences and that is what Jeannie has to do when her husband to be ends up in a coma in hospital on his way to the church.

It’s such an interesting dilemma that really allows you to put yourself in her place, and with the time she has by his bedside allows her to look back at the whirlwind romance they shared and to question what it is that led her to say yes to Dan in the first place.

As life carries on while he recovers, she begins to find herself more involved in the local community, especially at the local dog rescue centre and the time spent there really helps her get her mind back on track with what she wants, both personally and professionally.

I felt a little indifferent to Jeannie at the beginning of the book – how could she have got to the wedding day without listening to her doubts? – but as the story develops, so does Jeannie as a character and you realise she’s good at giving advice to others but not really so good at giving herself the same insightful advice. She’s very loyal and not one to run away from a problem and I really admire her for that. It would have been so easy her to run away and not face up to the situation but she hangs in there and finds out so much more about herself by doing just that.

★★★★