Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

On this rather gloomy Sunday afternoon, I am delighted to share my review for Wishing Under a Starlit Skye by Lisa Hobman

My Review

What a corker, I was really looking forward to this one as I love trying out authors who I haven’t read much from before and this book did not disappoint. We meet single Mum Caitlin and her daughter Grace, as Grace turns 13 her Mum decides it might be time to start thinking about her love life again.

This story follows Caitlin as she embarks on some single nights to see if she can find someone to light that spark in her again. These adventures are filled with moments to make you laugh and cringe in equal measure. I think the author has perfectly created the environment in which she is writing about and it made me chuckle as reminded me of stories from friends with similar experiences.

As I read I enjoyed the fun element of the dating alongside the day to day highs and lows of life including a few unexpected surprises and curve balls. I loved the characters of Caitlin and Grace as they searched for the perfect balance and addressed her life choices in the lead up to the moment that she is in. I found this was a story I loved to come back to and I looked forward to sneaking in another 5 mins wherever I could to keep reading.

I can’t wait to read more by this author as this book held my attention beginning to end and I could easily visualise the story as it continue to unfold.

Book Blurb

Glentorrin bakery owner, and lone parent, Caitlin Fraser, is single and finally ready to mingle.


With her daughter, Grace, about to become a teenager, and her friends all settling down, Caitlin decides she deserves a shot at happiness too.


Resisting the pull of dating apps, Caitlin embarks upon a series of disastrous singles events where she bumps into fellow villager, and astronomy buff, Archie Sutherland, who is nursing his own past secrets.


When Grace’s best friend’s father, handsome Lyle Budge, asks Caitlin to dinner, things progress quickly and she has a taste of what their future as a family could be, much to both their daughters delight! But when Archie makes a shocking discovery, and he turns to Caitlin for help, she soon discovers Lyle isn’t the sharing type, meaning prickly ultimatums loom for everyone.


Will wishing upon the stars over Glentorrin help Caitlin to figure out her way forward? Or is her hunt for romance like a once in a lifetime comet, easily missed in the blink of an eye?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Lisa Hobman has written many brilliantly reviewed women’s fiction titles – the first of which was shortlisted by the RNA for their debut novel award. In 2012 Lisa relocated her family from Yorkshire to a village in Scotland and this beautiful backdrop now inspires her uplifting and romantic stories. Her first title for Boldwood Dreaming Under an Island Skye was published in February 2021.

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Kel x

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

Today I am delighted to be sharing my review and jumping on the blog tour for Heartcross Castle by Christie Barlow

My Review

I always love picking up a book by Christie Barlow and this book did not disappoint. It was the perfect story to lose myself in over the Christmas period. From the very first few pages when we meet Grace you know that she is going to be integral in the story. As we discover how Grace is linked to Love Heart Lane we see her venturing back to Scotland and the castle with her three young boys in tow.

A book that can be read as part of the series or as a stand alone, it was lovely to revisit old characters from previous books whilst getting to know Grace and her boys. From the moment Grace steps off of the bus she feels at home again and the warm welcome she receives from childhood friends really instills the sense of community and how far they will go to look out for eachother. Grace’s boys are real characters that made me chuckle throughout and it was great to see how they grew and the antics they got upto as the story continued.

Whilst reading this book, I laughed at the antics of the boys and felt the pain experienced by Grace that she never managed to reconnect with her Grandad. This story will warm even the coldest heart and leave them wanting to read more. A truly wonderful read, that you will just want to curl up with and ignore the world once you start reading.

Book Blurb

Love Heart Lane – where friends are there for you no matter what

A second chance…

When her grandfather Marley passes away Grace Power discovers she’s been left the beautiful but crumbling estate of Heartcross Castle. As a single mum of three, Grace has no idea what she’s going to do with it – but who can say no to a roof over their kids’ heads and a chance to get away from past hurts?

And a forever home

Heartcross Castle is full of secrets – especially a lost security deposit box that holds the truth to everything… But when celebrity chef Andrew Glossop sets his eyes on the castle and, to make matters worse, mistakes Grace as the new housekeeper, Grace tells him there is absolutely NO CHANCE he is getting his hands on her home.
 
Devastated to have got it so wrong, Andrew will do anything to make it up to her – but is she willing to listen?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Christie Barlow is the number one international bestselling author of fifteen romantic comedies including the iconic Love Heart Lane Series, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm and Kitty’s Countryside Dream. She lives in a ramshackle cottage in a quaint village in the heart of Staffordshire with her four children and two dogs.

Her writing career has come as a lovely surprise when Christie decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. Christie’s dream was to become a writer and the book she wrote to prove a point went on to become a #1 international bestseller in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.

When Christie isn’t writing she co-presents The Book Show on Radio Northwich, enjoys playing the piano, is a keen gardener and loves to paint and upcycle furniture.

Christie is an ambassador for the @ZuriProject alongside Patron of the charity, Emmerdale’s Bhasker Patel. They raise money and awareness for communities in Uganda.

Christie loves to hear from her readers and you can get in touch via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christie_barlow/?hl=en

Twitter @ChristieJBarlow 

Facebook page Christie Barlow author

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Kel x

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction

This evening I am so excited to be sharing my review for superb – The Library by Bella Osborne

My Review

I absolutely loved this heart warming story with Maggie and Tom quickly assuming the lead roles we follow their stories as they hit a cross roads where they encounter eachother and forge a friendship. The relationship between them initially feels like a necessity to them both due to the loneliness but as the story continues to progress so much more starts to evolve from this unlikely friendship.

Set between the library and the farm, both of which are places I’ve always loved to spend time. I loved this book and flew through it far too quickly. This story covers alcoholism, loss and loneliness but is written with such compassion that you are compelled to keep reading.

A superb book to kick the year off with, I really connected with the characters and felt sad to reach the end, I loved watching the relationship between Maggie & Tom grow as they both learnt to live a little more again and find a reason to laugh.

Book Blurb

Two different generations. Two unusual people. Thrown together to save their local library.


Tom is a teenager and blends into the background of life. After a row with his dad, and facing an unhappy future at the dog food factory, he escapes to the library. Tom unwittingly ends up with a bagful of romance novels and comes under the suspicion of Maggie.

Maggie is a pensioner and has been happily alone for ten years, at least that’s what she tells herself. When Tom comes to her rescue a friendship develops that could change her life. As Maggie helps Tom to stand up for himself, Tom helps Maggie realise the mistakes of her past don’t have to define her future.

They each set out to prove that the library isn’t just about books – it’s the heart of their community.

Together they discover some things are worth fighting for.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Bella Osborne has been jotting down stories as far back as she can remember but decided that 2013 would be the year that she finished a full length novel. In 2016, her debut novel, It Started At Sunset Cottage, was shortlisted for the Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year and RNA Joan Hessayon New Writers Award. Bella’s stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you. She likes to find the humour in the darker moments of life and weaves these into her stories. Bella believes that writing your own story really is the best fun ever, closely followed by talking, eating chocolate, drinking fizz and planning holidays. She lives in the Midlands, UK with her lovely husband and wonderful daughter, who thankfully, both accept her as she is (with mad morning hair and a penchant for skipping).

Social Media Links

Twitter: @osborne_bella

Facebook: @BellaOsborneAuthor

Instagram: bellaosborneauthor

Many thanks for the invitation to read and review your latest release.

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Daisy & Kel x

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

Today I am delighted to be joining the blog tour for A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland

My Review

I am loving this series and this wonderful story did not disappoint, after the ending of the last book I was left desperate to know what was going to come next and this book plunges straight back into the story.

I loved that this time we got to spend time with Phoebe the quiet accountant and get to know her and her family, this story kept me keen to keep reading as I felt a real empathy towards Phoebe and little Darci as we came to understand more about their family set up and how important the role at Hedgehog Hollow really is to Phoebe.

Jessica Redland has a wonderful way with words and has quickly become a firm favourite as an author for me to pick up, especially when I need a little distraction. Her books are like receiving a hug and they always leave me either feeling warm and fuzzy.

If you are looking for some ultimate distraction, definitely read this series they are truly wonderful and the hedgehogs are simply wonderful to learn about.

Book Blurb

It’s time for the wedding we’ve all been waiting for…

Life at Hedgehog Hollow is never dull, although Samantha hopes that the new year ahead will be a little less chaotic as she prepares to marry the love of her life, Josh. But disaster strikes when she checks the rescue centre’s bank account after the festive season and discovers it has been emptied. Who would do such a thing, and why? With the future of Hedgehog Hollow now in jeopardy, planning a wedding has lost its shine.

Phoebe is desperate to escape the shadow of her family, infamously known for their attacks on Samantha’s beloved rescue centre. Could the kindness of the Hedgehog Hollow team be the chance she needs for a fresh start, or will her family’s secrets continue to drag her back?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Jessica Redland is the top 10 bestselling author of over thirteen novels, including The Secret to Happiness. Inspired by her hometown of Scarborough she writes uplifting women’s fiction which has garnered many devoted fans.

Social Media Links

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Kel x

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Today I am delighted to be jumping on the blog tour for Spring Surprise for the Cornish Midwife

My Review

I have been loving this series so jumped at the chance to revisit the lovely ladies in Port Agnes and I was not disappointed. After a bit of a reading slump this book captured me and left me keen to keep picking up my book.

We get the chance to catch up with all the lovely ladies as Jess continues her journey into fostering whilst getting to know more of the charming Dexter. Alongside Anna edging closer to maternity leave and the arrival of her twins whilst Ella is planning her wedding.

This is a story packed with life changing moments and emotional highs and lows, where we get to know more about the midwives in the unit and also spend time with our favourites.

This story held my attention from first to last page and has totally recaptured my love of reading. A truly superb read, to curl up with on a rainy day, where once again Jo captures me as welcomes us back into this wonderful community of midwives she has created.

Book Blurb

Brand new from the top 10 bestselling author of The Cornish Midwife.

Midwife Jess knows she’ll never have a baby of her own, but she’s determined to still be a mum. So Jess decides to foster, providing love and support for children who desperately need it – something Jess never had as a child when she was in foster care.

Jess loves caring for the precious babies who come into her life, but letting them go again breaks her heart every time – can she really be a mum after all?

But then Jess finds a surprise on her doorstep – a newborn baby! As the search for the missing mum begins, Jess cares for the precious babe day and night. She desperately wants to reunite mum and baby, but knows that when the day comes, her own heart will shatter.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Jo Bartlett is the bestselling author of nineteen women’s fiction titles. She fits her writing in between her two day jobs as an educational consultant and university lecturer and lives with her family and three dogs on the Kent coast. Boldwood published the first title in The Cornish Midwife Series – part of a twelve-book deal – in April 2021.

Social Media Links

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Kel x

Posted in Adult Fiction, Guest Post, Historical Fiction

Guest Post – Today I am welcoming Rachel Brimble to my blog as she talks about her trilogy The Ladies of Carson Street

Today I am handing over the reins to Rachel Brimble so she can talk about her Victorian Trilogy – The Ladies of Carson Street and the third and final book that is coming early next year.

Upcoming Release

Brothels, Boxers and Baddies…

The idea for my latest Victorian trilogy, The Ladies of Carson Street was inspired by a combination of the TV show Harlots and the brilliant book, The Five – the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold.

From that information you could be forgiven for assuming this trilogy is dark, possibly violent, and occasionally shocking. That is certainly true if you consider this series is actually historical romance and possibly darker than other books in the genre, but I must hasten to tell you that The Ladies of Carson Street also sparkles with romance, humour and, best of all, the delight and satisfaction found in true, unconditional friendship.

The trilogy opens with A Widow’s Vow which introduces the stars of the entire series. Brothel owner, Louisa Hill, her best friend Nancy Bloom, boxer Jacob Jackson and finally prostitute, Octavia Marshall. These are four of the most complex characters I have ever created and, after writing twenty five books and countless characters, that is saying quite a lot! Louisa, Nancy, Jacob and Octavia are very special for me purely for their tenacity, kindness and hope in a city steeped in vice, hardship and poverty.

Set in the Victorian city of Bath, this unlikely band of friends fight injustice, unlawful arrest, physical assaults and… each other. Yet, through their stories, each discovers parts of themselves they never knew existed and trust that they need more than each other to survive. They come to trust and believe in a better future, in other people and – in time – begin to believe in love and the happy ever after they deserve.

Book 2 in the trilogy, Trouble For The Leading Lady is also available now with the third and final book, A Very Modern Marriage coming in February 2022.

If you enjoy period dramas such as Bridgerton and Harlots with a hefty dose of humour and intrigue to boot, why not give The Ladies of Carson Street a try? I’d love to answer your questions if you are not yet convinced the series is for you!

Here’s the blurbs & buy links for books 1 & 2…

Book Blurb – A Widow’s Vow

1851. After her merchant husband saved her from a life of prostitution, Louisa Hill was briefly happy as a housewife in Bristol. But then a constable arrives at her door. Her husband has been found hanged in a Bath hotel room, a note and a key to a property in Bath the only things she has left of him. And now the debt collectors will come calling.

To a new life as a madam.

Forced to leave everything she knows behind, Louisa finds more painful betrayals waiting for her in the house in Bath. Left with no means of income, Louisa knows she has nothing to turn to but her old way of life. But this time, she’ll do it on her own terms – by turning her home into a brothel for upper class gentleman. And she’s determined to spare the girls she saves from the street the horrors she endured in the past.

Enlisting the help of Jacob Jackson, a quiet but feared boxer, to watch over the house, Louisa is about to embark on a life she never envisaged. Can she find the courage to forge this new path? 

A Widow’s Vow is the first in a gripping and gritty new Victorian saga series from Rachel Brimble. You won’t be able to put it down.

Available to purchase here

Book Blurb – Trouble For The Leading Lady

Bath, 1852.

As a girl, Nancy Bloom would go to Bath’s Theatre Royal, sit on the hard wooden benches and stare in awe at the actresses playing men as much as the women dressed in finery. She longed to be a part of it all and when a man promised her parents he could find a role for Nancy in the theatre, they believed him.

His lie and betrayal led to her ruin.

Francis Carlyle is a theatre manager, an ambitious man always looking for the next big thing to take the country by storm. A self-made man, Francis has finally shed the skin of his painful past and is now rich, successful and in need of a new female star. Never in a million years did he think he’d find her standing on a table in one of Bath’s bawdiest pubs.

Nancy vowed never to trust a man again. Francis will do anything to make her his star. As they engage in a battle of wits and wills, can either survive with their hearts intact?

The second in Rachel Brimble’s thrilling new Victorian saga series, Trouble for the Leading Lady will whisk you away to the riotous, thriving underbelly of Victorian Bath.

Available to purchase here  

Meet the Author

Rachel lives in a small town near Bath, England. She is the author of over 25 published novels including the Ladies of Carson Street trilogy, the Shop Girl series (Aria Fiction) and the Templeton Cove Stories (Harlequin).

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association as well as the Historical Novel Society and has thousands of social media followers all over the world. 

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Massive thanks to Rachel for taking the time to pop by today and share with us the inspiration and take us behind the scenes for The Ladies of Carson Street.

Many thanks for popping by today and visiting our blog, we hope you have found some inspiration for your TBR pile.

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Daisy & Kel x

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit, Seasonal

My 2nd Festive Review of the Day is for the festive delight – My Lucky Night by Olivia Spring

My Review

This afternoon I am delighted to share my review for the novella My Lucky Night by the lovely Olivia Spring, this story joins Cassie as she takes an unexpected trip around the festive sights of London with the rather gorgeous Nicolas.

I loved the setting for this story and how Nicolas is first introduced into the story. As a family we love a trip to London at Christmas, so that we can experience the magic of the lights and the various festive delights. From ice skating to mulled wine there is something festive for everyone amongst this delightful story and I could have just kept reading as she teased my taste buds and reminded me of all the festive fun that we can have in our wonderful capital. I would have loved to have kept reading as I was enjoying the story and the sparks that started to fly between them both.

The perfect festive read for any romcom lover, within the first few pages it had my full attention and it was a great fun read to enjoy in the lead up to Christmas.

Book Blurb

Romance Can Happen When You Least Expect It…

She hates Christmas. He’s about to change her mind…

Cassie isn’t a fan of Christmas. After a string of unlucky incidents during the festive season—including getting dumped—this year she decides to spend the day at home. Alone. No men. No complications. 

But then her nightmare boss demands she track down this year’s most coveted Christmas gift—and the only person who can help is an annoyingly sexy Frenchman she’s just met.

Nicolas might look hot, but Cassie can tell he’s also arrogant, irritating and in love with himself. Exactly the kind of guy she hates. Plus, he’ll only help her find the gift if she helps him with something in return… 

Could Cassie’s festive fortunes finally be about to change? Can she learn to love Christmas again? And will Cassie get lucky in more ways than one?

Set against a gorgeous London backdrop with sparkling lights, Christmas markets and mistletoe, My Lucky Night is a fun, sexy enemies-to-lovers romcom novella that will give you all the feels! Ideal for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Mhairi McFarlane.

Read as a standalone novella or as book two in the My Ten-Year Crush series.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Olivia Spring is a British, London-based writer of contemporary women’s fiction, sexy chick lit and romantic comedy. Her uplifting debut novel The Middle-Aged Virgin, which was released in 2018, deals with being newly single in your thirties and beyond, dating, relationships, love, sex and living life to the full.

In addition to The Middle-Aged Virgin, Olivia has published The Middle-Aged Virgin in Italy, Love Offline, Losing My Inhibitions, Only When It’s Love and the sequel When’s The Wedding? 

Olivia’s seventh novel, My Ten-Year Crush, was published in September 2021 and book two in the series, My Lucky Night followed in November 2021.

When she’s not writing, Olivia can be found enjoying cupcakes and cocktails and of course, seeking inspiration for her next book!

Social Media Links

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https://www.facebook.com/ospringauthor/

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http://www.oliviaspring.com/

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/olivia-spring

Many Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to join the blog tour. Please remember to like and share to help spread the book love

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Kel x

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit, Seasonal

Today I am sharing my review for the novella – Christmas Surprises at Mermaid Point by Sarah Bennett

My Review

I am loving the Mermaid Point series and it was lovely to pop back and spend some time with Nerissa, Laurie and their families as they head towards Christmas. In this novella we get a glimpse at how Nerissa is getting on in her new relationship with the lovely Doctor and also get to know Alex who has featured in previous visits to Mermaid Point.

This is a fab taster as to what might be to come next and has made me keen to keep reading as I love the coastal location and the wonderful array of characters. I love a novella as it gives you a great taster but I also find that I am disappointed when I reach the end as now I want to keep reading.

Fingers crossed we won’t have to wait too long until we can take another trip to see how Nick is getting on with his business idea and whether or not Aurora is going to make a surprise appearance.

Book Blurb

Christmas is a time for love, laughter, families and friends, and in Mermaids Point, everyone is getting ready for the festive season.

For Nerissa and Tom, this will be their first Christmas as a couple, but making sure they have time for each other, whilst blending their families, will take some careful planning. What festive traditions will they make their own?

Laurie and Jake are flat out running Laurie’s seafront café, packaging up orders of mince pies, sausage rolls and other delectable Christmas goodies, as well as finding time for Jake’s journalism.  But when Jake’s mum offers them an unexpected gift, their plans are turned upside down.

Alex can’t help but be charmed by beautiful and talented Ivy, but he’s still recovering from his ex-wife’s betrayal and has a secret life he’s not ready to share with anyone yet. But as the Christmas spirit starts weaving its magic, Alex may find himself ready for love sooner than he imagines.

For Andrew, nothing is more important than family. As friends and family gather beneath his roof it’s a time for reflection about what the future might hold.

As far as Nick is concerned, pop sensation Aurora Storm is the ‘one that got away’. After they shared a brief holiday fling, he has been thinking about her ever since. Is Christmas the perfect time to finally reach out to her, or is love at first sight just in fairy-tales?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Sarah Bennett is the bestselling author of several romantic fiction trilogies including those set in Butterfly Cove and Lavender Bay. Born and raised in a military family she is happily married to her own Officer and when not reading or writing enjoys sailing the high seas.

Social Media Links

Website – https://sarahbennettauthor.wordpress.com/ 

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/SarahBennettAuthor/ 

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Sarahlou_writes 

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Newsletter Sign Up Link – http://bit.ly/SarahBennettNewsletter 

Bookbub profile – https://www.bookbub.com/authors/sarah-bennett-b4a48ebb-a5c3-4c39-b59a-09aa91dc7cfa

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Kel x

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit, Seasonal

Today I am delighted to be sharing this festive treat with you – The Amsterdam Affair by Kate Frost

My Review

What an absolute corker of a Christmas fairytale, set against the snowy backdrop of Amsterdam. You will love spending this Christmas with Iris as she embarks on a new adventure as she and partner Will relocate in the approach to Christmas.

A story rich in passion that takes you on a journey of rediscovery and self belief, I loved meeting Iris as she starts to find her feet in Amsterdam after abruptly leaving her job to join partner Will as he accepts a promotion. We get to see how Will likes to get his own way early on and how this impacts upon Iris after she has left everything behind to support him in his new job.

The title indicates an affair but you don’t expect it to be with actual Amsterdam itself as we watch Iris lose her heart to the snowy city. She is a wonderful example of how we can sometimes lose our way and how we have to be true to ourselves to achieve happiness, even if it means taking a different path to the one we originally had planned.

I loved the characters and the connection she forms with Bram, whilst I instantly disliked Will and his attitude I instantly loved Bram and the friendship he forms with Iris. The author creates a magical atmosphere that feels like a giant hug for the entirety of the book.

Book Blurb

A new start, a chance encounter, a Christmas to remember. Will Iris’s new year be happy ever after? 

When Iris Greene’s boyfriend surprises her with a romantic dinner at their favourite restaurant, she’s expecting a proposal, not a move to another country. 

But Amsterdam proves to be the change she never knew she needed, and a surprise encounter with a local actor leads Iris to new friends and the rediscovery of a long lost passion. While Iris thrives in a city filled with festivity, her boyfriend struggles, and her heart is torn in two. 

As snow falls and secrets are revealed, Iris must decide her future. Will she be brave enough to start over and take a chance on love? 

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Kate Frost is the author of best-selling romantic escape novels (The Baobab Beach Retreat, A Starlit Summer, The Greek Heart, The Love Island Bookshop and The Amsterdam Affair), character-driven women’s fiction (The Butterfly Storm series and Beneath the Apple Blossom), and Time Shifters, a time travel adventure trilogy for children. She has a MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, where she also taught lifewriting to creative writing undergraduates. 

Kate lives in Bristol with her husband, young son, and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Frodo. As well as writing novels, she’s also the Director of Storytale Festival, a new city-wide children’s book festival that she co-founded in Bristol in 2019 with the ethos of making books accessible to all and encouraging children and teens to read, write and be creative. Kate feels incredibly lucky to spend her days writing and being immersed in books. Her first book with Boldwood will be published in March 2022. 

Social Media Links

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Website: http://kate-frost.co.uk/

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Historical Fiction

At a very poignant time of year, let’s step back in time with a review for The Return by Anita Frank

My Review

A superb story that will have you piecing the puzzle together from the start. As we meet Jack who stumbles across Gwen whilst trying to get away from his home town, you never anticipate the twists and turns this story will take as we jump between 1939 and 1945.

In 1945 we meet Gwen as she works to keep the family farm running as the end of the war approaches with the help of her land girl Nora whilst bringing up her little boy Tom.

As this story progresses we get to know how Gwen and Jack initially met and the events that occurred for both of them in 1939 in the lead up to war being announced.

A superb step back in time that kept me intrigued as I wanted to know how events had lead to the events that consequently took place.

Anita Frank has a wonderfully descriptive writing style, that makes her books thoroughly enjoyable.

Book Blurb

Jack Ellison’s war is over, but the battle for his family has just begun.

When Jack left for the war, he made a parting pledge to his pregnant bride, Gwen, that he would never return. It was, after all, best for everyone that he didn’t.

Now, as celebrations erupt for Victory in Europe, Gwen is terrified that Jack will renege on his promise, threatening the life she has built for herself and their son on the family farm.

But war has changed Jack, and he is coming home, determined to claim a place in Gwen’s life – and her heart.

As events of the past come back to haunt them, Jack and Gwen find themselves facing their greatest battle – and it is a fight neither of them can afford to lose.

In this sweeping historical story with huge heart, Anita Frank weaves a glorious tale of love and loss, secrets and promises.

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Meet the Author

Born in Shropshire, Anita studied English and American History at the University of East Anglia. She now lives in Berkshire with her husband and three children.

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