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

My last review prior to Christmas is for this beauty bursting with superheroes and Chrismas spirit – One Snowy Week in Springhollow by Lucy Knott @theblossomtwins

I am a massive fan of Lucy’s books since I stumbled across her first release and have been so excited to read this years festive story.

My Review

From the offset as soon as superheroes were mentioned I fell in love with Scarlett and Devon, we love everything Marvel and DC in our house as this story oozed superheroes and comic strips.

Scarlett is a character who has had a tough time due to bullying throughout school and a controlling mother and this story really jumped off the pages. I think at times we have all been a bit lost as to who we are as a person and been tempted to bend to peer pressure rather than stay true to ourselves. Throughout this story I could feel the infectiousness of her personality and it made me desperate to keep reading to see if she could find the traits of her personality she had buried 10 years ago.

A wonderful story by Lucy that combined her massive love of superheroes with a wonderful heartfelt story set in the lead up to Christmas. A story that makes you want to curl up with a peppermint coffee and just keep reading as you gain attachments to the characters and want to see everyone’s dreams coming true. This book would make a wonderful Hallmark Christmas film, I loved it and was desperate to keep reading but didn’t want to reach the end in equal measures as I will truly miss Scarlett, Devon, Hope and Jess.

Book Blurb

When old friends return, sparks ignite this Christmas in Springhollow…

Tomboy Scarlett thought Devon would be her best friend forever. He was the only person in Springhollow who supported her ambitious artist dreams. But then one winter, Devon and his parents disappear without warning to start a new life in NYC and a devastated Scarlett is left alone to face her high-school bullies and overbearing mother.

Fast-forward ten years: Scarlett is playing it safe in her childhood village with a dull PA job and a wardrobe that passes her mother’s old-fashioned standards. Meanwhile, Devon is a Hollywood heartthrob, starring in the latest superhero blockbuster. And he’s finally coming home for Christmas…

Scarlett can’t help blaming her former best friend for the way her life has turned out, but Devon’s cheeky charm and gorgeous smile prove difficult to resist. Devon always did make her feel on top of the world, but Scarlett knows her heart isn’t racing just because she has her friend back – is it mistletoe madness, or is she seeing Devon in a completely new light?

Scarlett hasn’t taken a risk in years… but this Christmas of second chances could finally be her time to shine.

Available to purchase here

Meet Lucy Knott

Lucy Knott is a former professional wrestler with a passion for storytelling. Now, instead of telling her stories in the ring, she’s putting pen to paper, fulfilling another lifelong dream in becoming an author. Inspired by her Italian grandparents, when she is not writing you will most likely find her cooking, baking and devouring Italian food, in addition to learning Italian and daydreaming of trips to Italy. Along with her twin sister, Kelly, Lucy runs TheBlossomTwins.com, where she enthusiastically shares her love for books, baking and Italy, with daily posts, reviews and recipes.

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit, Contemporary Fiction

With Christmas fast approaching, I am delighted to be sharing my review for a book that should definitely be on your Christmas list – The Spark by Jules Wake

I have previously read and loved books by Jules Wake and jumped at the chance to squeeze this one in as one of my last reviews of 2020 and what a book to wind up the year with!

My Review

What a corker of a read, I always love a book by Jules Wake and this was exactly the type of read I needed right now. Once I had picked up this book I quickly grew to love Jess and her pessimistic character when it comes to love. She is an independent woman who is content with her friends and spending time with her aunt and uncle until she bumps into Sam at a family BBQ.

A story to take you on a roller coaster of emotions that will make you laugh and cry as you read. Jess hasn’t had an easy childhood and as we get to know her better and learn more about her past traumas the more we get to understand her outlook on life and why she sometimes holds back from those around her.

The Spark is one of those books that you are desperate to keep reading, I found myself reading even when I knew I should be doing other jobs. I just had to find out how the initial spark between Jess & Sam works out and needed to know if it will be the disaster that Jess is expecting or will she get the happily ever after her Mum is so set against.

Book Blurb

Jess is falling for Sam.

Sam is falling for Jess.

But it seems life will do whatever it takes to make them fall apart.

When Jess and Sam lock eyes at a party, a spark ignites. The spark. But love at first sight isn’t like the movies, especially when Sam’s ex, Victoria, is determined to make their honeymoon period a living hell.

Is love at first sight enough?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Jules Wake announced at the age of ten that she planned to be a writer. Along the way she was diverted by the glamorous world of PR and worked on many luxury and not so luxury brands. This proved fabulous training for writing novels as it provided her with the opportunity to hone her creative writing skills.

She writes best-selling warm-hearted romantic contemporary fiction for One More Chapter as Jules Wake and was shortlisted for Romantic Novel of the Year 2019 with Notting Hill in the Snow.

Under her pen name Julie Caplin, she also writes the warm and witty Romantic Escapes series. 

Between them, the two Js have written sixteen novels, The Spark being the latest.

Follow Jules Wake on Social Media

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https://www.facebook.com/juleswakewrites/

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Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to jump on the blog tour and for all the wonderful books you invite us to read.

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Kel x

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit, Contemporary Fiction

Step into the wonderful Lisbon whilst on jump on the blog tour for The Villa of Dreams by Lucy Coleman

Today I am delighted to be transported back to Lisbon whilst sharing my review for the wonderful The Villa of Dreams by Lucy Coleman.

My Review

In a year where we can’t travel freely for our holidays, books like this are the perfect escapism we all need. I loved being transported to Lisbon with Seren as she embarked on her new life at the gallery.

A story of passion, love and hope, I loved how Lucy bought Lisbon to life on the pages with the bright and vibrant descriptions for both the scenery and the mouth watering food. I truly felt like I had stepped off the plane and was soaking up the atmosphere around me.

The insight into the art work and how the art was being transformed for the fashion show was visual and demonstrated the wonderful descriptions throughout this story. The culture of Lisbon was well represented and this has made me keen to visit and soak it all up first hand after enjoying this light hearted read. A highly recommended read from an author who always offers a story set in a wonderful location.

Book Blurb

Seren Maddison left behind a rainy Britain to follow her dreams and live and work in Lisbon. The vibrancy, the beautiful scenery and the sunshine, made her fall in love and she knew, instantly, that it would be her forever home.

International artist Reid Henderson has homes in Lisbon and London. Following his painful divorce, his dream is to turn his luxurious home into an art school and gallery.

When Seren and Reid first meet there is an instant attraction, but they are both people who have been hurt, and each have dreams that are so far apart, they aren’t even on the same page. 

Can they enjoy one summer of happiness together, as life bestows a gift of memories to cherish for the rest of their lives? Or is their destiny to chart a path into the future, in a home where dreams can come true?

Seren and Reid may be about to discover that love is as much about what you are prepared to give up, as what you are prepared to keep hold of.

Let Lucy Coleman transport you away to sun-drenched Portugal where true love really can conquer all, and home is where the heart is. Perfect for all fans of Trisha Ashley, Holly Martin and Sue Moorcroft.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Lucy Coleman is a #1 bestselling romance writer, whose recent novels include Summer in Provence and Snowflakes over Holly Cove. She also writes under the name Linn B. Halton. She won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award and lives in the Welsh Valleys.

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Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to jump on the blog tour and for all the wonderful books you invite us to read.

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Kel x

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

Today I am delighted to share my review for this foodie delight – The Chocolate Box by Isabella May

On this bleak and miserable Tuesday I am very excited to be jumping on the blog tour for the latest foodie delight by Isabella May.

My Review

I love books by Isabella May as not only do they feature a strong food theme, they always take you somewhere your not quite expecting. This story started off giving you the background of Eleanor as a girl and fills in some backstory as to how she became the Ellie we meet further down the line.

A story focused around a delectable box of chocolates which are the sweet in the story with the sour that goes alongside them through the rivalry and a more sinister side that is exposed as the story progresses. I found this is a story that built in momentum as I read, it started off slower paced as you gained insight to Eleanor and then as her plan is revealed the pace of the story really sped up and I just had to keep reading.

Yet again a great story from a wonderful author, that was totally different to what I was expecting. Guaranteed that once you start this journey with Ellie, Barnaby, Clementine and Brooke you wont want to put the book down until all the chocolates have been consumed.

Book Blurb

Ellie Sanchez wants revenge. Spurned during her school days at prestigious Monty’s academy when she was plain Eleanor Finch, and played second fiddle to her idol, Barnaby Westwood, and his show-off sister, Clementine, Ellie will stop at nothing to turn the tables now she’s all grown up. The siblings and their snubbing have been the catalyst for everything that’s gone wrong in her life, from parental neglect to her divorce.


When the Westwood travel merchandise company advertises for a new HR manager, Ellie decides her unique combo of karma and Law of Attraction has finally come good. And she’ll be bagging herself a cherry-on-the-cake, second, and richer, husband in the process – once Barnaby sees how much she’s changed, anyway. 

Fast forward two years and he STILL doesn’t recognise her! 


Fast forward two years and the company is in a financial mess.


Last Chance Saloon-style, Ellie coerces the siblings and their older sister, Brooke (the perpetual spanner in her works) to a rustic gîte in Normandy for a spot of team-building… over a very ‘special’ box of artisan chocolates.

Cue ALL the fireworks in the cocoa bean version of Jumanji…

Available to purchase Amazon UK / Amazon US

Meet the Author

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalusia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the mountains and the sea. Having grown up on Glastonbury’s ley lines however, she’s unable to completely shake off her spiritual inner child, and is a Law of Attraction fanatic, as well as a Pranic Healer.

After a degree in Modern Languages and European Studies at UWE, Bristol (and a year working abroad in Bordeaux and Stuttgart), Isabella bagged an extremely jammy and fascinating job in children’s publishing… selling foreign rights for novelty, board, pop-up and non-fiction books all over the world; in every language from Icelandic to Korean, Bahasa Indonesian to Papiamento!

All of which has fuelled her curiosity and love of international food and travel – both feature extensively in her cross-genre novels, fused with a dollop of romcom, and a sprinkle of magical realism.

You can follow her Foodie Romance Journey series at the following hang-outs:

 
www.isabellamayauthor.com

Twitter – @IsabellaMayBks

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

Instagram – @isabella_may_author

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to jump on the blog tour and for all the wonderful books you invite us to read.

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Kel x

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

Today we are paying another visit to the Little Duck Pond Cafe series and I am sharing my review for A Kiss in the Snow by Rosie Green

I love a festive read and what better way to start a Saturday morning than with a nice festive review as part of the blog blitz for A Kiss in the Snow.

My Review

I am loving the Little Duck Pond Cafe books and in this story we spend time with Carrie and enjoy a pre Christmas break when she decides she needs to get away for a few days. This is one of my favourite books from the series so far, it was brimming with love, kindness and hope, the story just ran away with me as I was so keen to keep reading.

Carrie is a wonderful character who isn’t used to being the centre of attention being the quieter twin and I loved getting to know her and her handsome house guest . I found myself laughing and cringing as I read and my heart broke a little as well. I love a cute picture perfect village and this story painted a wonderful village life with its little shop that sold everything. I was quickly consumed by village life and the friendships that Carrie struck up with the locals and just wanted to keep reading. A wonderful festive read, brimming with positivity, kindness, traditions and snow!

Book Blurb

After a cruel twist of fate sends her hurtling into a black hole of despair, Carrie is absolutely dreading the festive season – especially with sister, Krystle, being even more demanding of her time and energy than usual. But then friend Maddy offers Carrie a lifeline: the chance to get away from it all in a holiday cottage in the gorgeous little village of Silverbells. Deciding that a few weeks of tranquillity – reading, baking and going for long walks in the countryside – might just restore her mood, Carrie is quick to take up the offer. But on arriving, it very soon becomes clear that this break is going to be anything but peaceful!

An unwelcome houseguest proves unsettling enough – especially one who whistles loudly first thing in the morning and is far too cheerful for his own good – but finding herself drawn into the spooky mystery of her missing neighbour means there really isn’t much time for personal reflection. And then love comes knocking, and Carrie is forced to decide exactly where her heart lies.

Will this festive season be the disaster Carrie predicted? Or will Santa be good to her and deliver her heart’s desire? One thing’s for sure – this will be a Christmas Carrie will never, ever forget…

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

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.

Her series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘Lucy’s Great Escape’, is out now.

Rosie will be revisiting the Little Duck Pond Café with a beautiful story of love and friendship at Christmas time, entitled A Kiss in the Snow, out in October 2020.

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

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to jump on the blog tour and for all the wonderful books you invite us to read.

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Kel x

Posted in Adult Fiction

Today I am helping celebrate the publication of Just for Christmas by Emily Harvale

I absolutely love books by Emily Harvale and am very excited to see this land on my kindle to read in the lead up to Christmas. I love a festive read and can’t wait to snuggle down with a hot chocolate and enjoy this book.

Book Blurb

Could this be true love? Or is it just for Christmas?

Finding an abandoned dog beside the road isn’t the Christmas surprise interior designer, Molly Ford is hoping for. But when the local vet can’t find a space for the bedraggled dog, Molly makes a rash decision.

The problem is, she’s spending Christmas with her brother, Terence, and his girlfriend is allergic to dogs, so the bundle of wet fur, which Molly has named Miracle, might not be the only one needing a home this Christmas.

And Miracle causes chaos wherever he puts his paws. He pees on the Christmas tree, shreds the Christmas presents and eats the honeyed ham. That’s just the first night.

When Terence’s best friend, Chance offers Molly and Miracle a place to stay for Christmas, Molly is ecstatic. She doesn’t mind at all when he informs her there are strings attached. She’d rather like a festive fling with gorgeous Chance.

Now Molly’s in for another surprise. Chance is about to pop the question. Except it’s not to Molly. In fact, he needs her help to get the dilapidated cottage he’s bought, all clean and sparkly in time for his girlfriend’s impending arrival on New Year’s Eve.

But as Molly and Chance grow closer, spending time together beneath the stars in a winter wonderland and enjoying the Christmas festivities, they realise they have feelings for each other.

Could this be true love? Or is it just for Christmas?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Emily writes novels, novellas and short stories about friendship, family and falling in love. She loves a happy ending but knows that life doesn’t always go to plan. Her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily loves to connect with her readers and has a readers’ group in which many have become good friends. To catch up with Emily, find out about the group, or connect with her on social media, go to her website at www.emilyharvale.com.

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now writes full-time. She’s a member of the SoA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. When not writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats that like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether Emily is typing on it, or not.

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Kel x