Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit, Publication Day

Ending this week with my review for the brilliant The Single Mums Book Club by Victoria Cooke

My Review

In this story we meet some lovely ladies who are all experiencing a turning point and seeking friendship to help them along the way.

Stephanie is navigating a new world after splitting with her husband a year before and is finding looking after their small children and juggling finances really difficult. In a chance encounter in the supermarket she bumps into her neighbour Janey who she quickly becomes fast friends with.

I really enjoyed this book, it was brimming with the realities of being a parent and was really focused around the kids maintaining a happy and normal life to create the very best memories despite everything that Stephanie couldn’t control.  We got to know her ex husband in this story and watch as she navigates the path to decide if she is ready to move on or if she still wants to be with her ex husband.

The wonderful ladies who form the book club made me laugh, with their wall climbing escapades and created a wonderful friendship which in turn helped each of them when they needed the most.

I love reading books by Victoria Cooke and as expected I flew through as I kept wanting to know what would come next. It made me giggle throughout and was a wonderful light hearted read with lovely characters.

Book Blurb

Three friends, three single mums, one quest to find love…

It’s 8:30am and I’m already utterly exhausted. My son has lost his football boots, my daughter is ready for school dressed only in her vest and knickers, and of course, my 1-year-old has filled his nappy for what feels like the tenth time this morning.

As for my husband? He’s decided marriage doesn’t suit him, and well… buggered off.

All hope of ‘me time’ has but dwindled to sipping half a glass of wine whilst shouting after the kids. But everything is about to change.

I’m taking control of my life! I’ve joined… a book club.

Yes, I know what you’re thinking. ‘Wow… live a little.’ But my fellow book clubbers, Amanda and Janey, are my lifelines. They understand the daily struggle because they’re mothers too.

And in between the prosecco, Doritos and googling everything about Mr Darcy on SparkNotes, they’ve convinced me to go on a date with my boss.

A single mum of three looking for romance… what could possibly go wrong?

A gloriously funny and relatable read for anyone who just needs a little more ‘me time’. Fans of Why Mummy Drinks and Has Anyone Seen my Sex Life? will snort with laughter at this utterly hilarious and heart-warming read.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love,’ in 2016.

Her third novel, Who Needs Men Anyway? became a digital bestseller in 2018 and her debut, The Secret fo Falling in Love was optioned in 2020.

Social Media Links

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16345710.Victoria_Cooke

https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaCookeAuthor/

https://www.instagram.com/victoriacookewriter/

www.twitter.com/victoriacooke10

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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Thanks for visiting Love the Smell of a Book today and I hope you have a great day!

Kel x

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Psychological Thriller

Today is my turn to jump on the blog tour for the eagerly awaited The Whole Truth by Cara Hunter

My Review

I was very excited to receive the email offering a space on the blog tour for the latest release by Cara Hunter as I have loved the previous DI Fawley books in this series and couldn’t wait to pick up my copy and start reading.

This was another brilliant visit to DI Fawley and his team, within a few pages I was hooked and struggled to put it down as was so keen to keep reading. When I initially received this book, I had been experiencing a reading slump and this was the perfect prescription to lift the slump and reignite my passion to read.

A story with great characters introduced throughout and I quickly became invested in the characters as I couldn’t believe what was unfolding on the pages before my eyes. I loved the suspense and intrigue, it left me eager to keep reading and kept me on tender hooks waiting to see where the story would take me next.

I loved this visit to DI Fawley and love how this story reignited my passion for reading, I read until the early hours of the morning as I had to know what was coming next. A highly recommended read, that I have been recommending since the day I finished reading it.

Book Blurb

An attractive student. An older professor.

Think you know the story? Think again.

THE NEW UP-ALL-NIGHT THRILLER FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER CARA HUNTER, PERFECT FOR FANS OF LINE OF DUTY

She has everything at stake; he has everything to lose. But one of them is lying, all the same.

When an Oxford student accuses one of the university’s professors of sexual assault, DI Adam Fawley’s team think they’ve heard it all before. But they couldn’t be more wrong.

Because this time, the predator is a woman and the shining star of the department, and the student a six-foot male rugby player.

Soon DI Fawley and his team are up against the clock to figure out the truth. What they don’t realise is that someone is watching.

And they have a plan to put Fawley out of action for good…

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

I’m lucky enough to live in the city I write about. Oxford will be familiar to crime fans across the whole world because of the fabulous Morse novels and TV, but my version of the town is a long way from the beautiful ivy-clad colleges. A much edgier place where the crimes are darker and closer to home.

I’ve always been a voracious reader and viewer of crime – I’ve learned so much from the outstanding writing that we now see on crime TV like Line of Duty or Broadchurch, and I’ve tried to recreate the experience of watching series like that for my readers. I love true crime TV as well – my husband used to tease me about it but now just nods sagely and says ‘research’ !

What else about me? I have pet cats who do their best to distract me whenever I get close to a keyboard (if you have cats, you’ll know), I love travelling, spending time with friends, and I have never knowingly turned down a glass of champagne….

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Many thanks for the invitation to join the blog tour and for my copy of the book to read and review.

Massive thanks to everyone who has stopped by to visit my blog, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love far and wide!

Have a great day

Kel x

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

Today I am delighted to be sharing my review for Janey Trelawney’s Year of Surprising Triumphs by Georgia Hill

My Review

Janey Trelawney is one of my favourite characters from any of the books I’ve read this year, she is wonderfully quirky and full of love and compassion. I adored reading this book and literally took my kindle everywhere with me so I could keep stealing moments and reading more about the delightful Janey.

I love gardening and this story was a riot of colour and delectable food, what is there not to love! Janey is a character that is loyal and passionate about her job, she loves to dance under trees and be in her dirty dungarees whilst recommending plants to her loyal customers.

Cheney House captured my heart and just left me turning the pages to see how Janey would deal with the evolving changes and if this would signal the end of her time spent nurturing the plants and precious snow drops.

Brimming with lovely characters and gorgeous destinations as the story transports you between Devon and Italy. In this story you see Janey overcoming fears as deals with unrequited love and forms new relationships whilst learning to stand up for herself. I loved this book and am so disappointed to have reached the end. I loved the gardening tips scattered amongst the pages, the use of blog posts throughout the story and the romance that blossoms in the wings.

Book Blurb

Janey’s life becomes more disaster movie than romcom when the ruthless Becca steams in to manage Cheney House. Her job as head gardener in peril and her self-confidence in tatters, Janey must fight back. Finding an ally in Will, who’s more Clark Kent than Superman, it’s up to them to save the day while owner Clare is away having her Shirley Valentine moment. It doesn’t help that everyone is in love with the wrong people!

Why can’t people love the one who loves them back?

Will Cheney House survive – and will Janey ever get her When Harry Met Sally happy ending?

Find out in this warm-hearted romance from the author of the best-selling Millie Vanilla’s Cupcake Café, full of Gregory Peck look-a-likes, snowdrops, cake, and a cocker spaniel called Camilla.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Georgia Hill writes warm-hearted and up-lifting contemporary and timeslip romances about love, the power and joy in being an eccentric oldie and finding yourself and your community. There’s always a dog. It’s usually a naughty spaniel of which, unfortunately, she has had much experience. Her books are firmly rooted in small seaside towns similar to the one she lives in and she loves history especially when it insists on rearing up and battering at the present.

As a child she had an invisible friend called Gonky who lived on the third stair from the bottom. As an adult her invisible friends inhabit her head and refuse to leave until she commits them to paper. Readers of her books can escape into a warm bath of words and, no matter what challenges her characters face they will, ultimately, have a happy ending.

Social Media Links

Twitter @georgiawrites

Website www.georgiahill.co.uk

Instagram georgiahill5681

Facebook georgiahillauthor

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.

Please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!

Thanks for visiting Love the Smell of a Book today and I hope you have a great day!

Kel x

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

Today I am delighted to share my review for Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage Samantha Tonge

My Review

Wow what a read, another superb book by Samantha Tonge. This story really packed a punch and I loved the way it unravelled as I kept reading, taking me on an emotional and unexpected journey.

Lizzie is a tattoo artist who is happy with the life she is forging for herself but since a falling out with her parents a few years before she has many unanswered questions. I loved getting to know Lizzie and learn about her relationship with her parents, there are lots of mysteries contained within the pages of this story and once I had started to read I loved losing myself in her story

When Lizzie discovers her parents owned another property she decides to visit Streamside Cottage, yet she doesn’t realise just how significant this visit will be to peeling back the layers of her life to get some answers to questions that she never had the chance to ask her parents. 

Set in a picturesque village, Lizzie quickly got to know people in the village and made friends that in turn helped reignite her passion for art and designing tattoos. I personally love tattoos and love this form of expression and the significance of this in the story and the ideas explored as to why tattoos can be so popular.

Throughout the story there are little facts and anecdotes under the chapter numbers and I looked for them every time I started a new chapter. The perfect mix of love, mystery and loss to hook you early on and make you eager to keep turning the pages. A highly recommended read that I loved from the very first pages and that is a wonderful story to lose yourself in.

Book Blurb

A new start can come from the most unexpected places…

It’s been years since Lizzie Lockhart spoke to her parents. But she was safe in the knowledge she knew everything about them. Once upon a time, they were as close as could be. Until they weren’t.

After receiving the earth-shattering news of their passing, Lizzie decides it’s time to unearth some family secrets and find out just who her parents really were… starting with Streamside Cottage. A cottage Lizzie never knew existed, in a place she’s never heard of: the beautiful English village of Leafton.

Leaving behind London, and the tattoo parlour she called home, Lizzie finds herself moving to the countryside. Faced with a tight-lipped community, who have secrets of their own, Lizzie is at a loss for what to do, until her rather handsome neighbour, Ben, steps in to help.

As Lizzie finally begins to piece together the puzzle of her family history she realises she has to confront the truth of the past in order to face her future.

Available to purchase on Kindle or pre-order in Paperback

Meet the Author

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely. When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines. She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency. In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category. In 2018 Forgive Me Not heralded a new direction into darker women’s fiction with publisher Canelo. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association romantic comedy award.

Social Media Links

Facebook: @SamanthaTongeAuthor

Twitter: @SamTongeWriter

Instagram: @samanthatongeauthor

Many thanks for the invitation to join the blog tour and for my copy of the book to read and review.

Massive thanks to everyone who has stopped by to visit my blog, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love far and wide!

Have a great day

Kel x

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction

Kicking off the weekend with a review for my latest read Finding Home by Kate Field

My Review

I love discovering new authors to try and this was my first book by Kate Field and I instantly loved Mim as a character.

This is a story that draws you in early on and envelopes you in the Howard family, a family full of love and support which is something that is totally alien to Mim. She has had a really tough life to date and the night she meets Bill & Bea they have a massive impact on the direction of her life that she never anticipated with her impulse offer.

With no ties and no family, Mim decides to trial relocating to Devon and works to build a new life. She experiences what it is like to have the support of family and friends and you get to see a whole other side to her character as she starts to find her feet. She is a kind, compassionate and sensitive character who has a lot of love to give when she can overcome the obstacle of not feeling like she is good enough or worthy.

Brimming with a selection of wonderful characters set on the coast in Devon which is the most idyllic setting, I loved everything about this story and its stunning descriptions of the rugged coastline.

A wonderful feel good read that provides some much needed escapism and left me smiling and wanting to read more about the wonderful Howard family and Mim.

Book Blurb

She might not have much in this world, but it cost nothing to be kind… 

Meet Miranda Brown: you can call her Mim. She’s jobless, homeless and living in her car… but with a history like hers she knows she has a huge amount to be grateful for.

Meet Beatrice and William Howard: Bill and Bea to you. The heads of the Howard family and owners of Venhallow Hall, a sprawling seaside Devonshire estate… stranded in a layby five hours from home the night before their niece’s wedding.

When fate brings the trio together, Mim doesn’t think twice before offering to drive the affable older couple home. It’s not like she has anywhere else to be. But as the car pulls into the picturesque village of Littlemead, Mim has no idea how her life is about to change…

An uplifting story of found family and true love perfect for fans of Fern Britton and Veronica Henry.

Available to purchase on kindle or paperback

Meet the Author

Kate writes contemporary women’s fiction, mainly set in her favourite county of Lancashire,

where she lives with her husband, daughter and mischievous cat.

She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

Kate’s debut novel, The Magic of Ramblings, won the RNA’s Joan Hessayon Award for new writers.

Social Media Links

Twitter: @katehaswords

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

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.

Please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!

Thanks for visiting Love the Smell of a Book today and I hope you have a great day!

Kel x

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Historical Fiction

Today we take a step back in time as I share my review for The Railway Girls in Love by Maisie Thomas

I love reading historical fiction and am very excited to be jumping on the blog tour for this wonderful read The Railway Girls in Love by Maisie Thomas

My Review

Today I am delighted to be jumping on the blog tour for The Railway Girls in Love set in Manchester during World War II. This is my first book in this series but it read great as a standalone and I loved getting to know this extraordinary selection of women who have become firm friends working on the railways.

A story that demonstrates some wonderful friendships despite the difficult circumstances everyone found themselves in. Once I hit the 50% mark this story just ran away and I was flying through the pages to see what would happen to Mabel & Harry’s relationship as Mabel returns to face some truths from her past and Joan discovers secrets that her Nan had hidden from her. I loved the smaller stories within the main story and how it meant we got to know more about each individual lady and how they came to be such firm friends to start with. As I reached the end, I was left with a feeling of happiness that despite being in a war torn country families still found ways to have their happily ever afters.

I now want to go back and read the beginning of this series and will keep my eyes eagerly peeled in the hope that more will be released so I can spend more time on the Manchester Railways.

Book Blurb

Love is in the air, and together the railway girls can overcome even the hardest of times.

Mabel has finally put the past behind her, and her relationship with the dashing Harry is stronger than ever. That is, until an old flame shows up, leaving Mabel questioning her future.

Meanwhile Joan has made amends with Bob – if only she could do the same with Gran. And there’s still that family mystery she wants answer to, isn’t there?

As a mother and grandmother, Dot Green has always put her family first. Her job as a parcels porter has brought new purpose to her life, so is it finally time to start following her heart . . .

Life as a railway girl is busy but as war rages on and air raids disrupt daily life, the women realise they need each other more than ever, especially when there might be wedding bells on the horizon.

Available to purchase here on kindle or paperback

Meet the Author

Maisie Thomas was born and brought up in Manchester, which provides the location for her Railway Girls novels. She loves writing stories with strong female characters, set in times when women needed determination and vision to make their mark. The Railway Girls series is inspired by her great aunt Jessie, who worked as a railway clerk during the First World War.

Maisie live on the beautiful North Wales coast with her husband and their two rescue cats. They have enjoyed many holidays chugging up and down the UK’s heritage steam railways and their favourite is the Severn Valley Railway.

Many thanks for the invitation to join the blog tour and for my copy of the book to read and review.

Massive thanks to everyone who has stopped by to visit my blog, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love far and wide!

Have a great day

Kel x

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

Today I am delighted to join the blog tour for The Cornish Midwife by Jo Bartlett

Today I am very excited to be sharing my review for The Cornish Midwife, a wonderful series drawing attention to the wonderful work that midwives do and set in a stunning location.

My Review

Last year was the first time I had picked up a book by Jo Bartlett book and I instantly fell in love with her writing style and jumped at the chance to join the blog tour.

Set against the wonderful backdrop of St Agnes I loved this story right from the beginning. Ella is looking for a stop gap whilst she reassesses her life plan and decides to return home

A story full of wonderful characters and brimming with love and hope, I really enjoyed my visit and felt keen to keep turning the pages to see what birth story or dilemma Ella would face next. Connected to her birth place by memories, reacquainting with old friends whilst making new friends this is a refreshing read that is a dose of escapism.

Over the past year we have all cherished time with family and this story is brimming with the importance of family and unconditional love. I can’t wait to read more by Jo Barlett and hopefully revisit these lovely ladies that are so important and whose praises aren’t sung enough within our community.

Book Blurb

WELCOME TO THE BEAUTIFUL SEASIDE TOWN OF PORT AGNES.

A fresh start…

Midwife Ella Mehenick left the small Cornish town of Port Agnes for London and never looked back. But when her seemingly perfect life crashes down around her, there’s only one place she can heal her battered heart – the place she once called home. 

A new arrival…

Ella is quickly welcomed into the small community midwife team and loves her new job caring for mums and their precious babies – it’s what she does best! But being back also means facing ex-flame Dan Ferguson…the first man to break her heart. 

A second chance at love?

Dan is still as gorgeous as ever, but he’s never forgiven Ella for leaving. And now she’s back it’s clear that there is unfinished business between them. As Ella settles into her new/old life, she can’t stop the memories of how she once loved Dan so completely – and maybe never stopped.

Maybe coming home to Cornwall is Ella’s chance to love again…

Meet The Cornish Midwives of Port Agnes- where community, friendship and love are always delivered.

An uplifting and escapist read, perfect for fans of Christie Barlow, Jessica Redland and Holly Martin!

This book was previously published as Return to Port Agnes.

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 is publishing the first title in The Cornish Midwife Series – part of a twelve-book deal – in April 2021.

Social Media Links

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/J_B_Writer

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jo_bartlett123/

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.

Please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!

Thanks for visiting Love the Smell of a Book today and I hope you have a great day!

Kel x

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary Fiction, Promotions, Publication Day

Happy Publication Day to the wonderful Samantha Tonge who today releases Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage

I love getting involved with a publication day push, especially for an author whose books I love to read and today I am sharing some of my thoughts and feelings on this wonderful story and next week I also jump on the blog tour to share my full review.

Well where do I even start! I loved this book from the moment I read the first page and it was a story that I just couldn’t put down and felt compelled to keep reading. I love the way Samantha always touches on real subjects in her stories and she isn’t afraid to explore the emotions attached and as the reader you really connect and feel all those thoughts and feelings for your characters.

Lizzie is the main character in this story and we join her at a time of turmoil in her life after the unexpected loss of her parents and how she is coping and dealing with these emotions. During this story we explore Lizzie’s thoughts and feelings and embark on a journey to discover why she didn’t know about the existence of Streamside Cottage and the realisation that there is possibly more that she doesn’t know that her parents kept a secret.

A story of discovery, love and loss and it will keep you turning the pages well after bed time, this is one of my favourite books of the year so far and one of those stories where 5* just isn’t enough. I can’t wait to share my full review with you next week and I hope this taster has been enough to encourage you to hit buy it now!

Book Blurb

A new start can come from the most unexpected places…

It’s been years since Lizzie Lockhart spoke to her parents. But she was safe in the knowledge she knew everything about them. Once upon a time, they were as close as could be. Until they weren’t.

After receiving the earth-shattering news of their passing, Lizzie decides it’s time to unearth some family secrets and find out just who her parents really were… starting with Streamside Cottage. A cottage Lizzie never knew existed, in a place she’s never heard of: the beautiful English village of Leafton.

Leaving behind London, and the tattoo parlour she called home, Lizzie finds herself moving to the countryside. Faced with a tight-lipped community, who have secrets of their own, Lizzie is at a loss for what to do, until her rather handsome neighbour, Ben, steps in to help.

As Lizzie finally begins to piece together the puzzle of her family history she realises she has to confront the truth of the past in order to face her future.

Available to purchase here on kindle or pre-order in paperback

Meet the Author

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and studied German and French at university. She has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris, and has travelled widely.
She has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.

In 2014 her bestselling debut, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction Best Ebook Award.
In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.
In 2019 she was shortlisted for the RNA’s Romantic Comedy Award.
In 2020 she won the RNA’s Jackie Collins Romantic Thriller Award with her novel Knowing You, from publisher Canelo.

Social Media Links

Twitter: @SamTongeWriter

Instagram: @samanthatongeauthor

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

Website http://samanthatonge.co.uk/


Many thanks for the invitation to join the publication day push and my copy of the book to read and review.

Please remember to like and share to help spread the book love far and wide!

Have a great day

Kel x

Posted in Blog Tour, Chick Lit

Who fancies a trip to Greece? Today I am sharing my review for Staying Out for the Summer by Mandy Baggot

Today I am delighted to be sharing a review for an author whose books I love to dive into – Staying Out for the Summer by Mandy Baggot.

My Review

I love reading books by Mandy Baggot and I jumped at the chance to read her new release and immerse myself in some Greek sunshine.

This is the first book I have read that references Covid with references and flashbacks throughout I was slightly wary as reading light hearted reads has been my escape over the past year. However once I was a couple of chapters in I just knew I was going to love this book and the subject is mentioned with care and attention at all times.

Lucie & Gavin are both nurses who have worked under tremendous pressure for the past year and have decided that an escape to somewhere hot is just the tonic now that lockdown is over. They quickly get to know some locals when they arrive in the village and embark on an adventure that isn’t quite what they had planned.

I went to Corfu years ago and loved the opportunity to explore local food and traditions through Lucie & Gavin’s adventure. A wonderfully light hearted read that will make you laugh with the stories and mischief they get upto. This was a story that was packed with love and loyalty and really focused on the importance of family.

Book Blurb

After a summer of staying in, it’s time to let your hair down and escape to Greece!

For Lucie Burrows, it’s time to embrace Greek life and put the past behind her! Having spent the summer of 2020 battling a global health crisis, Lucie Burrows is looking forward to a summer out of lockdown.

When best friend, Gavin, finds them the perfect Greek escape Lucie finally starts to think this summer might just go without a hitch.But after a landslide puts the village into a local lockdown, Lucie is thrown together with Michalis Andino, the super sexy village doctor. It’s not quite the holiday she had planned, but things could certainly be worse.

As Lucie relaxes into the Greek way of life, she begins to wonder whether this lockdown might just end in a new life, a new love…

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Mandy Baggot is an international bestselling and award-winning romance writer. The winner of the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance, her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016. Mandy’s books have so far been translated into German, Italian, Czech and Hungarian. Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor. Mandy is a member of the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.

Social Media Links

Facebook: @mandybaggotauthor

Twitter: @mandybaggot

Instagram: @mandybaggot

Many thanks for the invitation to join the blog tour and for my copy of the book to read and review.

Massive thanks to everyone who has stopped by to visit my blog, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love far and wide!

Have a great day

Kel x

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

I love kicking off the week with a feel good read, today I am sharing my review for Summer in Andalucia by Lucy Coleman

Today I am delighted to be sharing my review for Summer in Andalucia by Lucy Coleman, I love reading books by this author and was really excited to jump on the blog tour.

My Review

I always love picking up a book by Lucy Coleman, she is on my list of go to authors who I know will make me smile with the wonderful locations that she transports me too. In this story we visit Andalucia and get to spend time in a lovely sunny location whilst she is writing her magazine feature.

A story rich in history and the perfect read for a foodie, there are so many amazing descriptions of dishes and I love how she incorporates food and homegrown product into her stories. I love to grow food in the garden and this story really inspired me to get back into the garden and plant seeds ready for this summer.

Lainey was a lovely character and she spends her life surrounded by food and sharing this with the magazine readers. I enjoyed following her story and learning about how her and her family had been through tough times in the years leading up to present day. This is a story that has a real feel good factor as you can’t help but smile when reading about wonderful food and Lainey was an easy character to relate too.

I found this book easy to fly through as I was intrigued by the growing friendship with Rick and how her 4 weeks in Andalucia would influence her career. The perfect anecdote when you fancy a light hearted read it left me feeling hopeful, warm and fuzzy.

Available to purchase here

Book Blurb

Lainey Summers feels blessed to have her dream job writing for a renowned foodie magazine. And the day she goes to interview chef Rick Oliver at his new restaurant—Aleatory—in London’s popular Piccadilly, is the start of an unexpected journey.

When Rick is offered the opportunity to jet off to a monastery in Andalucía, to film a cookery competition for Spanish TV, Lainey goes too, to cover the story.

Spending a month filming in the stunning Spanish countryside, soaking up the sights, sounds, smells and of course the cuisine, Lainey and Rick start to enjoy each other’s company. But their time together flies by too quickly, and before they know it, Rick and Lainey have to face going their separate ways.

With both their worlds shifting beneath them, the call of Andalucia and the call of happiness grows ever stronger. But with everything at stake, will they be able to take the chance of a happy-ever-after…

Let Lucy Coleman whisk you off on a sun-baked, life-affirming, total escape to beautiful Andalucia.  

Meet the Author

Lucy Coleman is a #1 bestselling romance writer, whose recent novels include 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. Lucy’s first title with Boldwood was A Springtime to Remember, published in December 2019.

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