Posted in Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Debut Book, Seasonal

Day 13 – How to Bake a New Beginning by Lucy Knott

I absolutely loved this book and find it hard to believe this was a debut novel as she had pulled me in from the first few pages!

The story is based around the sisters, food and their Italian heritage. I loved Amanda’s love of cooking and how important good homemade food was for these sisters. This story oozed love and the importance of family from the very first page and highlights just how vital these relationships can be, making you long to be surrounded by your family and tucking into Christmas dinner together.

A brilliant story that I absolutely loved and has made me want to bake and nibble on Italian treats. How to Bake a New Beginning is the perfect book to curl up with on a chilly evening in the lead up to Christmas and has made me really look forward to the upcoming festivities with my family. I look forward to seeing what Lucy Knott releases next, definitely an author that I will be looking out for!


Book Blurb

Three sisters. One trip to Italy. The chance to change their lives.

Amanda has always taken the role of big sister seriously. She has her life in order; a fantastic job in a great restaurant, a wonderful house and a best friend who’s a Rockstar. But, Amanda’s beginning to realise that her life is missing one monumental piece…

Sabrina is living the high life in LA. Her Instagram is full of lavish parties, her tweets are brimming with celebrity names, but in reality she’s stuck behind a desk working for a boss who is determined to make her suffer. Is it time for her to stand up and take charge of her life?

Louisa has always been drowned out by her sister’s successes. As the university drop-out she’s always felt third best. But a chance encounter in a little Italian village may be about to change that…

When their beloved grandfather passes away these sisters are forced to take another look at their lives. These three sisters are about to embark on a journey of self-discovery that could just lead them down a road of romance (with a little help from the kitchen)!


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Available to purchase on Amazon

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Seasonal

Day 12 Christmas for One by Amanda Prowse


I love a festive read in the countdown to Christmas and I chose this as I have previously read A Little Love from the No Greater Love series where Meg is initially introduced through Pru’s love story.

This book fills you with love and the magic of Christmas early on, you then go through a whirlwind of emotions following the love story of young Meg whilst waiting to see if it will have a happy ending or if she is indeed destined to never experience the true love she craves. Amanda Prowse has a gift as writer for making the reader feel the emotions she is conveying as they progress through the story and Christmas for One is no exception.

I really enjoyed this book and I didn’t want it to end, a fantastic story that can be read individually or as a follow on in the No Greater Love series.

Book Blurb

A lonely single parent finds love at Christmas in this warm festive rom-com from best-seller Amanda Prowse.

As a child, Meg always dreamed of the perfect Christmas…

This year, she can make it come true for her own little boy. There will be turkey and all the trimmings, a glittering tree, and a stocking hung up by a roaring fire. Who cares if there’s no devoted husband in the picture? She and Lucas will be just fine on their own.

But then a chance meeting with a stranger in New York unravels everything she’s planned. Will Meg finally get everything she wished for? Or will she be alone this Christmas after all?

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Available to purchase on Amazon 


About the Author

Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author who has had twenty novels published in dozens of languages. Her chart topping No.1 titles ‘What Have I Done?’, ‘Perfect Daughter’ and ‘My Husband’s Wife’ have sold millions of copies around the world.

Other novels by Amanda Prowse include ‘A Mother’s Story’ which won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the year Award and ‘Perfect Daughter’ that was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016. Amanda’s latest book ‘The Coordinates of Loss’ went straight to No.1 in Literary Fiction when it was launched. She has been described by the Daily Mail as ‘The Queen of Family Drama.’

Published by Lake Union, Amanda is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today; her titles also consistently score the highest online review approval ratings across several genres.

A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda is a regular panellist on Channel 5’s ‘The Jeremy Vine Show’ and numerous daytime ITV programmes. She makes countless guest appearances on BBC national independent Radio stations including LBC and Talk FM, where she is well known for her insightful observations and her infectious humour.

Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning the bedside lamp off at night, great characters that ensure you take every step with them and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…