Posted in Blog Tour, Young Readers 5-9

Today I am sharing my review for the wonderful children’s book – The Story of Babushka by Catherine Flores

Today I am delighted to be sharing my review for The Story of Babushka, I love the opportunity to visit a different genre and really enjoyed the story and illustrations.

My Review

A lovely story written for children about the meaning of the Babushka doll, also known as a Russian nesting doll. I enjoyed the introduction about the Babushka and the toys history in Russia and its links to Russian folklore.

The story is a wonderful way to explain the layers of personality to a child, as each layer is peeled away we get an insight into how each layer contributes to the overall balance of the Babushka doll. I love how it highlights material wealth, friendship and how money and possessions aren’t enough to make you happy.

The layout of the book is easy to read with good size wording so it will appeal to younger children as well. I found this a perfect bedtime story and it is similar to books I read with Daisy when she was younger. I love the illustrations, the font is clear and readable and like how the chapters are kept nice and short to hold a child’s attention.

A wonderful story and I can’t wait to see more reviews as I think this is the perfect bedtime read to share with your little people.

Book Blurb

Babushka wants to find out the meaning of life so she sends her bodies out of the forest and into the world to search for answers.

WHAT IS A BABUSHKA?

The babushka doll, also known as a matryoshka or Russian nesting doll, is a traditional Russian toy first made over 100 years ago. The doll has come to symbolise Russian folk culture, as well as the complex and beautiful layers of women. Babushka dolls are made of wood and painted in bright colours and patterns. Each babushka is comprised of many round dolls, each a little smaller than the last. They separate at the middle so that each doll can be placed inside the one before it. There are some babushka dolls with as many as fifty dolls nested inside. This is the story of one very special babushka doll and her five bodies.

There was the outermost body, Antonia. She was pure beauty. Everyone who saw her admired her good looks. Beneath that body of beauty hid Loretta, who was richly adorned. She wore gold ornaments, and her green robe was decorated with many different gems that glittered like the ocean on a sunny day Hidden within the rich body was Paula, the body that held all Babushka’s talents. Whatever Paula did, she was sure to succeed. She knew how to work and always did so with joy and determination. Within the talented body was Viola, the body of wisdom. Viola knew a lot about the world and learned very quickly. She was always full of brilliant ideas and had clever solutions for every problem. The last body, the smallest of all, was Mary, the embodiment of love. Mary had a warm and compassionate heart and was very helpful. She could dry tears and mend broken hearts.

Available to purchase on Kindle or Hardback

Meet Catherine Flores

Since quitting her full-time job at a branding communication agency in Zurich, Catherine has gone on to become a successful freelance designer and a children’s author. She spends most of her time on the small island of Madeira with her family, spending her time growing vegetables in her garden and working for clients from around the world.

She is currently working on the follow up to the 2020 release of “The Story Of Babushka”

Where to find Catherine Flores

Author Instagram: www.instagram.com/JourneytoFantastic

The Story of Babushka Instagram: www.instagram.com/StoryofBabushka

Twitter:: www.twitter.com/AuthorFlores

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheStoryofBabushka

Author Website: www.catherineflores.ch

The Story of Babushka Website: www.TheStoryofBabushka.com

YouTube Trailer – https://youtu.be/jKnDGZ2e1VY – Book Trailer

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

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

Today I am delighted to be sharing a festive review for Stuck on You by Portia Macintosh

As we head closer to Christmas, I am very excited to be sharing a review for the wonderful festive read Stuck on You.

My Review

Stuck on You is set in the lead up to Christmas where we meet a photographer and assistant whose relationship takes an unusual turn over Christmas.

Sadie does everything for her boss since becoming his PA the year before and he has steadily come to heavily rely on her. I loved this story right from the off, Sadie is a fab character who works hard but is forgetting to play hard too and is never far from dealing with the latest crisis from her boss.

When Sadie ends up taking Damian home for Christmas to avoid him spending the holidays on his own, neither of them anticipate the change in direction his upcoming art collection will take.

A story of loyalty, love and friendship, Damian and Sadie have a growing friendship that I loved seeing explored in this story. I loved the post it note trail and laughed, cringed and felt sad whilst reading.

The Christmas scenes described were like watching a Hallmark movie and I loved the elf pyjamas and family traditions. A truly heartwarming story that will leave you feeling festive and excited for the upcoming Christmas movies and markets.

Book Blurb

Could a post-it note really lead to love…?

Sadie doesn’t have time for finding love. She’s too busy as PA for famous artist Damian Banks. When she’s not arranging exhibitions, she’s organising his dry cleaning or dumping his never ending stream of girlfriends.

But when she strikes up an unusual friendship with her desk share buddy, she finds a confidante and a new potential love interest. Problem is, they’ve never actually met…

With Christmas just around the corner, can Sadie put herself first for a change and find what she’s been looking for all along?

Available to purchase here

Meet Portia Macintosh

Portia MacIntosh is a bestselling romantic comedy author of 12 novels, including It’s Not You, It’s Them and Honeymoon For One. Previously a music journalist, Portia writes hilarious stories, drawing on her real life experiences.

Where to find Portia Macintosh

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

So excited to be rejoining the blog tour for Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Cafe by Jessica Redland as part of the #ChristmasonCastleStreet blog tour with #RachelsRandomResources

Welcome back to my blog, so excited to be jumping back on the Christmas on Castle Street Blog Tour. A wonderful 5* read that made me laugh and cry throughout, I am loving reading books by Jessica Redland and this story totally stole my heart.

Jessica Redland Christmas Tour

My Review

After reading about Carly, it was great to get to know her friend Tara. The story is told from Tara’s perspective and takes you between her past and present day to establish how she ended up at The Chocolate Pot Cafe all those years ago.

I love the emotion in this story, the trauma that Tara experienced will really resonate with people and the lasting damage these scenarios create. Jessica is an author who always touches on real life issues and creates an emotional response to the events within the story. 

Whilst reading this story I could feel all of the emotions and the endless Christmas spirit that is alive and kicking on Castle Street. The way the residents are woven together to look after one of their own is wonderful and reminds me of village life from many years ago.

This book was like receiving a lovely warm hug from a friend, it was oozing with a wonderful selection of flavoured hot chocolate, lashings of friendship and leaves your cup overflowing with happy thoughts. I loved the hygge theme, the whole concept fascinates me and makes me long for winter evenings with cuddly blankets and candles. Roll on the winter evenings as after taking part in this blog tour, I can’t wait to get the blankets and candles out and feel all warm and cosy for the next 6 months.

 

Book Blurb

Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Café Cosy up with a mug of hot chocolate for some festive sparkle from bestseller Jessica Redland.


Everyone is getting into the festive spirit on Castle Street – snow is falling, fairy lights are glistening and Christmas shopping is underway.

But for Tara Porter, owner of thriving cafe, The Chocolate Pot, this is the most difficult time of the year. From the outside, Tara is a successful businesswoman and pillar of the community. Behind closed doors, she is lonely.

With a lifetime of secrets weighing on her shoulders, she has retreated from all friends, family and romance, and shut her real self away from the world. Afterall, if you don’t let them in, they can’t hurt you. She’s learnt that the hard way.

But as the weight of her past becomes heavier and an unexpected new neighbour moves onto the street – threatening the future of her cafe – Tara begins to realise that maybe it’s time to finally let people back in and confront her history. It could just change her life forever…

Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Café was originally released as Christmas at The Chocolate Pot Café. Now re-released with a new title and new cover, this version has been freshly edited and features several new chapters.

Available to purchase here

Meet Jessica Redland

Jessica Redland is the author of nine novels, including The Secret to Happiness, which are all set around the fictional location of Whitsborough Bay. Inspired by her hometown of Scarborough she writes uplifting women’s fiction which has garnered many devoted fans.

Follow Jessica for her latest updates

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Kel x

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Posted in Blog Tour, Cover Reveal, Seasonal

#CoverReveal – Who fancies a cover reveal on this gloomy Wednesday morning. Today I am helping reveal the latest release by Nicola May – Christmas in Cockleberry Bay #newcoveralert #preordernow @rararesources @nicolamay1

Anyone who follows my blog knows I do love a good festive read, so I jumped at the chance to help Nicola May reveal the cover for her upcoming release Christmas in Cockleberry Bay.

Book Blurb

Meet old and new characters in the Bay for Christmas fun and frolics.

With both the Corner Shop and Cockleberry Café in safe hands, Rosa turns her attention to Ned’s Gift, the charity set up in memory of the great-grandfather whose legacy turned her life around.

Over at the Ship Hotel, Lucas has his work cut out with his devious new girlfriend and the mystery poisoning of an anonymous hotel inspector. Will the hotel still get its 3-star Seaside Rosette?

Will Mary find true love at last? Can Titch cope with the demands of the shop and being heavily pregnant. And can Rosa, with a baby of her own, pull off the Cockleberry Bay Charity Christmas Concert in time?

Christmas in Cockleberry Bay is a festive delight for fans of Rosa and her cheeky mini dachshund Hot, delivering a feast of unpredictable events and surprises.

Meet the Author

Nicola May is a rom-com superstar. She is the author of eleven romantic comedies, all of which have appeared in the Kindle bestseller charts. Two of them won awards at the Festival of Romance, and another was named ebook of the week in The Sun. The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay became the best-selling Kindle book in the UK, across all genres, in January 2019, and was Amazon’s third-bestselling novel in that year.
She lives near Ascot racecourse with her black-and-white rescue cat, Stan.

Where to find Nicola May


Website – www.nicolamay.com

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

Twitter – https://twitter.com/nicolamay1

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/author_nicola/

Now for the most exciting part here is the wonderful new cover for Christmas in Cockleberry Bay and the pre-order links.

Available to pre-order below:

Kindle – UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08JHJKLQF/

Kindle – .com – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08JHJKLQF/

Paperback – http://eye-books.com/books/christmas-in-cocklberry-bay


Publication Date – 4th December

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

Today I am delighted to be sharing my festive review for Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes by Jessica Redland as part of her double header blog tour with #RachelsRandomResources

I love it when an author whose previous book you have enjoyed pops up in your inbox as 99% of the time it means I am going to love the book and boy this one did not disappoint. Get comfortable and grab yourself a copy and prepare to feel very festive!

Jessica Redland Christmas Tour

My Review

Oh my what a book from an author who is quickly becoming one of my favourites to read, I loved meeting Carly and her gorgeous cakes and simply devoured this book.

What is not to love, a story full of love, family, Christmas and cake. Whilst reading this book I went on a wonderful journey with Carly as she juggled her ever growing business with family and the difficulties of working with family members.

A story rich in loyalty and love, I just loved it and found myself racing through to see what magnificent cake she would produce next and how she would reassure her sister and find a way to overcome her anxieties.

There was a real focus on how easily people can choose to hide their feelings and how quickly those situations can escalate and begin to unravel. I feel in the climate we currently find ourselves in that this is really important and helps to remind us that sometimes just a quick check in can make a massive difference to someone and how they are feeling.

A wonderful romantic story featuring real life situations, festive celebrations and lots of cake, it reminded me of Love Actually as I read which is one of my favourite films, now to get stuck into Jessica’s next festive read!

 

Book Blurb

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

It’s December on Castle Street; the fairy lights are twinkling, snow has settled and the festive season is in full swing.

For Carly, the owner of Carly’s Cupcakes, it’s the busiest time of year getting everyone’s Christmas treats ready on time. However with her clumsy sister, Bethany, as a co-worker, it’s proving a difficult task. They say you shouldn’t mix work with family. Maybe they have a point…

As Christmas approaches, Carly is also eagerly awaiting the return of her best friend to Whitborough Bay. Liam has no idea he’s been the object of her affection since their schooldays. After years of pining after him, can Carly pluck up the courage to finally tell him how she really feels by 25th December?

Could a little festive magic make all of Carly’s wishes come true this Christmas…?

A heartwarming, short festive story of friendship and family from bestseller Jessica Redland. You can find out what happens to Carly next through exploring her best friend Tara’s story in Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Café.

This is a new and updated version of Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes which has been previously published.

 

CHRISTMAS AT CARLY'S CUPCAKES HI RES

Available to purchase here

Meet Jessica Redland

Jessica Redland is the author of nine novels, including The Secret to Happiness, which are all set around the fictional location of Whitsborough Bay. Inspired by her hometown of Scarborough she writes uplifting women’s fiction which has garnered many devoted fans.

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Kel x

Please note this post contains Amazon affiliate links, this does not affect the great price you pay for the book but enables me to earn a little extra to keep funding my blog and recommending great books!

Please note this post contains Amazon affiliate links, this does not affect the great price you pay for the book but enables me to earn a little extra to keep funding my blog and recommending great books!

Posted in Cover Reveal, Seasonal

#CoverReveal – Today I am very excited to be sharing the cover for a festive read by Emma Jackson – One Kiss Before Christmas

I love a good festive read and am very excited to get a sneak peak at the latest cover for Emma Jackson for her upcoming release.

Book Blurb

Could it be the start of her happy ever after?

Ashleigh could use a little Christmas magic. She’s still living in Brighton with her Nan — who could give the Grinch lessons in how to be miserable — her acting career has been reduced to playing one of Santa’s elves, and not even the prospect of a friend’s winter wedding can cheer her up…

That is until Olivier, the gorgeous French chef, reappears in her life. Or more accurately, next door.

When they were teenagers, Olivier would spend every other Christmas with his mother, who just happens to be Ash’s neighbour and owner of the best chocolate shop in England. 


If anyone can bring a little sparkle back to Ash’s life, it’s Olivier. All she needs is one kiss before Christmas…

Feel-good and festive, this is the perfect romance to curl up with this winter!

Meet Emma Jackson

Author Bio – Author of the Best Selling A MISTLETOE MIRACLE and contender for the Joan Hessayon Award 2020, Emma has been a devoted bookworm and secret-story-scribbler since she was 6 years old. When she’s not running around after her two daughters and trying to complete her current work-in-progress, Emma loves to read, bake, catch up on binge-watching TV programmes with her partner and plan lots of craft projects that will inevitably end up unfinished. Her latest romantic comedy, SUMMER IN THE CITY, was released in June 2020.

Emma also writes historical and fantasy fiction as Emma S Jackson. THE DEVIL’S BRIDE was published by DarkStroke in February 2020.

You can find out news about Emma via her website, by signing up to her newsletter at www.esjackson.co.uk

Where to find Emma

Twitter: @ESJackson1 

Instagram: @emma_s_jackson 

Facebook @EmmaJacksonAuthor

Keep scrolling down to see the gorgeous cover and find the pre-order link

So now that you’ve had a chance to read the blurb, would you like to see the cover for this cosy Christmas read. I am really looking forward to reading it on the blog tour and getting to share my review!

Isn’t the cover gorgeous!

As soon as I saw the cover I instantly felt festive with the couples in the snow and the holly at the edges, I am so excited and can’t wait to start reading.

Due to be released on 2nd November and available to pre-order here

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

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Kel x

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction

Today I am sharing my review for Life After You by Sian O’Gorman

Happy Tuesday everyone, today I am delighted to be sharing my review for a newly discovered author for me Sian O’Gorman. Since reading Life After You, I have added her previous books to my TBR pile as I loved the journey this story took me on.

Life After You

My Review

A lovely story where we meet Milly and her family, this story takes you on the journey as Milly is trying to come to terms with the loss of her father and finding ways to cope and move forward with her life.

I really liked Milly as a character and the balance of how she was learning to cope with her grief and the ever increasing demands of her job. I loved the passion she had for when she met Mrs Murphy and how this caused her to stop and take notice which triggered a chain reaction of events in her life.

An emotional story on many levels, I particularly liked the way it highlighted imposter syndrome. Imposter syndrome is a growing issue faced by not only new mums, it is now all around us and this story bought to the forefront how the people who seem to have it the most together often aren’t showing a true reflection.

A story that highlights loss, friendship, mental health and with a touch of romance amongst the glasses of grappa, a great read from start to finish.

Book Blurb

Meaningful and moving, a beautiful story with life-affirming qualities.

Milly Bryne’s world came crashing down when she lost her beloved Dad and boyfriend in a matter of weeks.
Losing her Dad has broken her family. Losing her soul mate made has made her give up on life and love.
After swerving from stability to chaos to despair, Milly finally believes she has her life back on track when the unexpected return of a familiar face to Ireland throws her life once more into a spin. Milly is forced to decide if her new life is the one for her, or if there is another path that will bring even greater riches of joy, excitement and fun into her world. Life just isn’t worth living if your heart isn’t in it?
Perfect for the fans of Cecilia Ahern and Cathy Kelly

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Sian O’Gorman was born in Galway on the West Coast of Ireland, grew up in the lovely city of Cardiff, and has found her way back to Ireland and now lives on the east of the country, in the village of Dalkey, just along the coast from Dublin. She works as a radio producer for RTE.

Where to find Sian

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

Twitter : https://www.twitter.com/msogorman 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sian.ogorman.7 

Bookbub: www.bookbub.com/authors/sian-o-gorman 

Mailing list sign up: https://bit.ly/SianOGormannewsletter

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

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Kel x

Please note this post contains Amazon affiliate links, this does not affect the great price you pay for the book but enables me to earn a little extra to keep funding my blog and recommending great books!

Please note this post contains Amazon affiliate links, this does not affect the great price you pay for the book but enables me to earn a little extra to keep funding my blog and recommending great books!

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

What a way to start a chilly Friday morning, with my review for Autumn Skies over Ruby Falls by Holly Martin

I am a massive fan of Holly Martin and loved my first trip to Sapphire Bay and am excited to join the blog tour for Autumn Skies over Ruby Falls

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My Review

I loved the first visit to Sapphire Bay and couldn’t wait to read this book and visit Aria, Skye and Clover again. Set against a stunning backdrop once I had picked this book up I devoured it.

In this visit we get to spend more time with Clover and learn more about what has happened to shape her life and see her returning and settling in her childhood home again. The story touches on lots of emotions as to how and why Clover feels as she does and what exactly is holding her back from committing to a relationship. This book made me laugh, it made me cry and it filled me with love and hope as I continued to read.

The descriptions in this book are colourful and jump off the page with ice cream flavours that make your mouth water as you read. A story that inspires you to chase your dreams and picks you up and takes you on an emotional rollercoaster along the way. I love the village with its wonderful contrasting characters that help reshape the bonds that once existed between the local residents and the hotel. 

Set at one of my favourite times of year when you can enjoy wrapping up in baggy jumpers with fluffy blankets and big cups of hot chocolate, I loved this story from start to finish.

 

Book Blurb

Get swept away to the sparkling Cornish coast with the stunning new novel from the international million selling author Holly Martin. Autumn Skies Over Ruby Falls is the perfect romantic treat to snuggle up with this autumn.

Clover Philips is exactly where she’s meant to be – back home on Jewel Island teaching dance to the guests at the beautiful Sapphire Bay Hotel that she co-owns with her sisters Skye and Aria. Her life is complete, except for one thing…

When Clover left London she also left behind a devastating betrayal. She hasn’t been able to date anyone since, let alone allow herself to fall in love. What she needs is a casual fling to ease herself back into romance. And as luck would have it, the very handsome Angel Mazzeo is back in town.

The chemistry between Clover and Angel has been undeniable ever since Angel first arrived on Jewel Island six months ago. And though content to be her friend till now, Angel is more than willing to help Clover find her dating feet again.

It should be easy to keep things carefree when love is off the table, but when every moment is magical what started as casual soon becomes something much deeper. Will Clover and Angel find the courage to tell each other how they really feel? And is Clover ready to do the one thing she swore she’d never do again, fall in love?

Perfect for fans of Jill Mansell, Sarah Morgan and Sophie Kinsella, this unforgettable romance is guaranteed to make you smile and melt your heart.

 

AUTUMN SKIES FINAL

Available to purchase here

 

Meet the Author

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PLEASE NOTE. Holly is not the author of Princess (The Johnson Family). That book is by a different author with the same name.

Holly lives in a little white cottage by the sea. She studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of her colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when she knew she had to escape. She quit her job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, she emerged wide eyed and terrified that she now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. She taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave her a lot of time to plan out her stories and she now writes full time, doing what she loves.

Holly has been writing for 8 years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014. She is the bestselling author of 18 books

Follow her on Twitter @HollyMAuthor

 

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

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Kel x

Please note this post contains Amazon affiliate links, this does not affect the great price you pay for the book but enables me to earn a little extra to keep funding my blog and recommending great books!

Please note this post contains Amazon affiliate links, this does not affect the great price you pay for the book but enables me to earn a little extra to keep funding my blog and recommending great books!

Posted in Blog Tour, Young Adult, Younger Readers Age 9-12

If you are passionate about animals and conservation, check out my review for The Adventures of Ellie & Boo by Millie Kerr

Today we are sharing our thoughts and feelings after reading The Adventures of Ellie & Boo by Millie Kerr.

My Review

I love reading middle grade and young adult releases with Daisy as we both love to talk about the books we have read and the different feelings they create. As soon as I read the blurb for this one, I knew Daisy would love it as she is so passionate about animals and her cat Toodles is never far away.

I loved the relationship between Ellie & Boo at the beginning of the story and how she took her gorgeous furry friend everywhere with her. Boo is the pet that we all dream of having as we all wish we could communicate with our pets and see how they are really feeling.

A story that highlights lots of facts whilst being a work of fiction, it will help raise awareness of the impact society is having on animals natural living conditions and what we can do to help. Where we live we used to have a badger set close by and we used to love seeing them running around, however since more houses have been built they have disappeared and this added to the impression this story left on us.

A brilliant read that will make children stop, think and ask questions, with a few images scattered throughout to help with visualisation and impact. We both found the story informative and factual and it created lots of talking points. Hopefully it will help to create more awareness in children surrounding conservation and animal protection.

Book Blurb

A nature-loving cat and her conservationist mum team up to save endangered species!

Boo the tabby cat is born on a Lincolnshire farm and seems destined for a simple life. Everything changes when she’s put up for adoption and is taken in by Ellie Caldwell, an adventurous Cambridge graduate student who loves animals and is studying to become a wildlife conservationist.

Between lectures, Ellie heads to the countryside for camping trips, her Instagram-anointed ‘adventure cat’ in tow. On rocky trails, Boo discovers that, like Ellie, she has a passion for the natural world, and because she’s able to communicate with all animals, she can relate their challenges back to Ellie. But there’s a serious problem: whenever Boo tries to tell Ellie something, all Ellie hears is “Meow.”

Can they work out a communication system, and in doing so, save endangered animals from harm while encouraging public support of nature and wildlife?

Available to purchase – Amazon UK, Amazon US, Waterstones

Meet the Author

Millie Kerr is an author, journalist and photographer focused on wildlife conservation. A former lawyer, Millie uses storytelling to help people see splendour and fragility of the natural world. Her creative essays and reported articles—which predominantly involve travel and wildlife—have appeared in dozens of top-tier American and British publications, among them The Economist, National Geographic Traveller, Popular Science, and The Wall Street Journal. Millie has also worked for numerous global conservation NGOs, both as an in-house writer and an external consultant; and her legal career saw her working in private practice and government. She graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Masters of Philosophy in Conservation Leadership and has lived between the UK and USA for fifteen years. Her adopted cat, Baboon, has been her constant companion, although unlike their fictitious counterparts, they only enjoy indoor adventures.

Where to find Millie Kerr

Twitter @millieckerr

Instagram @milliekerrphotography / @millieckerr

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

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Kel x

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

Who fancies a little Christmas cheer to brighten up their day? Today I am sharing my review for Hopeful Hearts at Glendale Hall by Victoria Walters

 

Happy Wednesday, the weekend is now a glimmer of hope on the horizon and today I am sharing my review for Hopeful Hearts at Glendale Hall.

Hopeful Hearts at Glendale Hall

My Review

Don’t you just love it when you pick up a book and you know straight away that you are going to really enjoy it. Another read that I loved curling up with as the seasons start to change and we head into autumn, I loved my trip to Glendale Hall and getting to spend time alongside Heather and Harry on the farm.

Since moving to the farm Heather has had a case of imposter syndrome and this story explores the topics of anxiety, grief and loss really well. I felt emotional at times throughout this story as there are some poignant moments that really tugged at my heart strings. Whilst visiting these emotional moments and explaining the thought processes and feelings behind them really well, this story also created a lovely seasonal change in the lead up to Christmas and left me feeling really festive and ready for oversized snuggly jumpers and big mugs of hot chocolate with whipped cream.

I relished this visit to the wonderful residents of Glendale with a few new faces thrown into the mix. There was lots going on throughout the story, that kept me busy wondering what would happen.

A wonderful festive read full of the joys of Christmas and the importance of family and friends, a heartwarming story that will leave you feeling fuzzy. It has always been a dream of mine to live on a working farm and this story totally captured my heart and left me with a feeling of loss as I reached the end.

 

Book Blurb

What happens when love takes you to unexpected places?

Heather Douglas appears to have it all. But living on a farm in the Scottish Highlands with her partner, Rory Fraser, all while bringing up their adorable toddler, Harry, isn’t easy. As a former librarian, Heather is worried that she’ll never fully fit into life on Fraser Farm. And after the death of her beloved mum five years ago, Heather feels lost, as well as guilty for holding back accepting Rory’s marriage proposal because she can’t imagine her wedding without her mother.

So when ex-boyfriend, Stewart, appears in the village of Glendale, it’s a shock to the system. The man who broke her heart years ago now has big plans for the neighbouring farm and wants Heather to be part of the development. Knowing that she’s living a very different life to the one they had planned at university leaves Heather wondering if she has made the right choices since she and Stewart broke up. Especially when things start to go very wrong on the farm …

This Christmas, Heather will need to face her fears and let go of the past or risk losing everything. She will need love, faith, and a whole lot of hope!

Return to the beautiful Highlands village of Glendale with the latest book in the bestselling Glendale series – the perfect cosy, uplifting, romantic read for fans of Heidi Swain, Milly Johnson and Holly Martin.

 

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Meet the Author

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Victoria Walters writes up-lifting and inspiring stories. She’s the author of three novels, THE SECOND LOVE OF MY LIFE, SUMMER AT THE KINDNESS CAFÉ, and COMING HOME TO GLENDALE HALL. She has been chosen for WHSmith Fresh Talent and shortlisted for an RNA award. Victoria was also picked as an Amazon Rising Star, and her books have won wide reader acclaim.

Victoria is a full-time author. She lives in Surrey with her cat Harry, and loves books, clothes, music, going out for tea and cake, and posting photos on Instagram.

Find out more about Victoria by following on Instagram at @vickyjwalters, on Twitter at @Vicky_Walters or by visiting her blog.

 

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