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

Kicking off this cold and frosty Friday by celebrating publication day and sharing my 5* review for the wonderfully festive – The Perfect Christmas Gift by Katie Ginger

My Review

Wow what a read! I am an absolute sucker for a festive read and this one is right up on my favourites of the year so far. Ooozing with romance, Christmas traditions and of course hot chocolate it is the perfect story to get you in the Christmas spirit.

When we initially meet heartbroken Bella you wonder how this story is going to become a heartwarming story as she is totally desolate. However Katie Ginger has weaved her wonderful magic again with vivid descriptions to make the story jump off the pages. I have literally picked this book back up again everytime I’ve sat down as I’ve loved reading about Bella, Nick and Freddie and was desperate to see how it would all come together as the story progressed.

A heartwarming love story that made me laugh and left me feeling emotional as I neared the last pages. I truly love Christmas and the family time and traditions are so important and this is woven into the very fabric of this story and the compassion and kindness on these pages are a wonderful reminder to always remember we don’t know what someone else is dealing with

Book Blurb

Can neighbours become more than just good friends this Christmas?

Bella Moore is excitedly counting down the days to Christmas. That is until she arrives home one evening to find her boyfriend leaving her for another woman. Completely heartbroken, Bella is left wondering if Christmas can still be the same this year.

Next door, Bella’s neighbour Nick is facing his first Christmas as a single dad and doubting whether he can make it the magical time his son Freddie deserves.

Determined to fix both Christmas and their broken hearts, Bella comes up with an idea: a Christmas giving tree for the whole village, where the community can unite and secretly give each other the Christmas presents they truly need.

As Bella becomes chief elf, taking donations and delivering gifts with much-needed help from Nick and Freddie, the two neighbours grow closer and start seeing each other in a whole new light.

But when Nick’s estranged wife returns just before Christmas, is their budding romance over before it’s begun? Or will love be Nick and Bella’s perfect gift this Christmas?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

KATIE GINGER lives by the sea in the south-east of England, and apart from holidays to very hot places where you can sit by a pool and drink cocktails as big your head, she wouldn’t really want to be anywhere else. The Perfect Christmas Gift is Katie’s eighth novel. She was shortlisted for the Katie Fforde Debut Novel of the Year award for her first novel The Little Theatre on the Seafront.

When she’s not writing, Katie spends her time with her husband and two kids, and their dogs: Wotsit, the King Charles spaniel, and Skips, the three-legged Romanian rescue dog. (And yes, they are both named after crisps!)

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

Today it is my absolute pleasure to join the blog tour for the delicious festive read – Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop by Jessica Redland

My Review

Wow what a delectable read oozing with fabulous chocolate creations and wonderful characters. As soon as we were introduced to the lovely Charlee I just knew I would love her and as I continued to read my heart broke for her.

Full of the magic of Christmas, this story filled me with festive joy and also left me with tears in my eyes as it packed such an emotional punch at times. I am a massive fan of Jessica Redland and this story just totally stole my heart.

I loved getting to revisit the wonderful Castle Street and spend time with characters I’ve previously met and loved in other stories. I really hope we get to go back to this magical location and spend more time with these wonderful characters.

A superb and heartwarming 5* Christmas story that left me smiling and wanting to revisit Charlee and her friends again in the very near future.

Book Blurb

Sometimes you just need a little Christmas magic to make your wishes come true…

When master chocolatier, Charlee, takes the leap to move to the picturesque seaside town of Whitsborough Bay, she is determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps and set up a chocolate shop.

Luckily, she finds the perfect location for Charlee’s Chocolates on beautiful Castle Street… Now she just has to refurbish it in time for Christmas!

With a useless boyfriend and countless DIY disasters, Charlee doesn’t know if she’ll make it in time.With no ‘traditional’ family to support her, she feels lost in her new surroundings and the secrets of the past are weighing her down.

But the warmth and festive spirit of the Whitsborough Bay community will surprise her, and whenplumber, Matt, comes to the rescue, it might be that all of Charlee’s dreams could come true this Christmas, and she could learn what family really means…

Escape to Castle Street for the perfect uplifting, festive read from top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland.

Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop was originally released as Charlee and the Chocolate Shop.Now re-released with a new title and new cover, this version has been freshly edited and featuresseveral new chapters.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Jessica Redland writes uplifting stories of love, friendship, family and community set in Yorkshire where she lives. Her Whitsborough Bay books transport readers to the stunning North Yorkshire Coast and her Hedgehog Hollow series takes them into beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds. 

Social Media Links 

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

Today I am delighted to be joining the blog tour for Mistletoe at Moonstone Lake by Holly Martin

My Review

Well what is there not to love about the latest visit to Jewel Island, where we get to meet Kit and Zoey as they set up for the islands Christmas Market.

I love Christmas and all that it entails and this wonderful story captures it perfectly. A story brimming with open fires, mulled wine and gingerbread. As Zoey tries to help Kit recapture his festive spirit, they embark on a series of fun and traditional activities as  she tries to banish his bad memories of the season and help him find ways to create traditions to carry forward.

I can’t wait to revisit Jewel Island and spend more time with the wonderful residents of the Sapphire Hotel again who I have loved getting to know and hopefully get to find out how Zoey is enjoying relocating to Jewel Island.

A superb festive read that will leave you wanting to break put up your Christmas tree whilst drinking hot chocolate with all the trimmings.

Book Blurb

Escape to Jewel Island where the snow sparkles in the moonlight, the fairy lights twinkle from the trees and true love is in the air. This gorgeous new love story by million selling author Holly Martin is the perfect treat to warm your heart this Christmas.

Artist Zoey Flynn hadn’t planned to spend her favourite holiday on the shores of Jewel Island, but when her fiancé breaks off their engagement before their Christmas Eve wedding, this Cornish paradise is just the distraction she needs.

With a cosy cottage to call home for a month and a stall at the island’s famous Christmas market to sell her paintings, Zoey quickly puts her heartbreak behind her. Love is the last thing on her mind. That is until the handsome Kit Lewis crosses her path…

Their connection is instant, but Zoey has a secret. And the deeper she and Kit fall for one another, the harder it is to hide. Kit knows Zoey is holding something back and if she won’t tell him the truth she could lose him forever.

Is keeping a promise from the past worth sacrificing a future with the man she loves? Or might Kit be the one person she can trust?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

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 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance. She is the bestselling author of 26 books selling over a million books worldwide. Holly’s books have been translated into French, German, Italian, Dutch, Bulgarian, Estonian, Turkish and Russian.

Follow her on Twitter @HollyMAuthor

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

Falling for a French Dream by Jennifer Bohnet

My Review

Oh wow I don’t know where to start, this is an author whose stories transport me to sunny France and steal my heart within the first few chapters. I love picking up a book and just knowing it’s going to be an amazing read and a feel good tonic which is something we all need from time to time.

I loved my trip to France where we meet the Jacques family as they adjust to the sudden loss of their son/nephew and we get to meet Olivier and Nicola who are also still deeply lost in the grief of losing Marc.

Throughout this story we get to experience the highs and lows as they work to mend family bridges, build new relationships and make life changing decisions. All of which is set against the stunning back drop of a small village near Nice and the family farm.

From reading this story it is clear early on that the absolute back bone of this story was family and throughout the beautiful descriptions and sprinkles of romance the importance of family shone through.

A story that consumed me and left me keen to squeeze in extra time to keep reading whilst being torn as I also wanted to savour my trip as I was enjoying it so much.

Book Blurb

Escape to hills high above the French Riviera with international bestseller Jennifer Bohnet.

After tragically losing her husband, Nicola Jacques and her teenage son Oliver relocate to his father’s family’s Olive Farm in the hills above the French Riviera.

Due a family feud, Oliver has never known his fathers’ side of the family and Grandpapa Henri is intent that Oliver will take over the reins of the ancestral farm and his rightful inheritance.

Determined to keep her independence from a rather controlling Grandpapa, Nicola buys a run-down cottage on the edge of the family’s Olive Farm and sets to work renovating their new home and providing an income by cultivating the small holding that came with the Cottage.

As the summer months roll by, Nicola and Oliver begin to settle happily into their new way of life with the help of Aunts Josephine and Odette, Henri’s twin sisters and local property developer Gilles Bongars.

But the arrival of some unexpected news and guests at the farm, force Nicole and Aunt Josephine to assess what and where their futures lie.

This book was previously published as The French Legacy.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Jennifer Bohnet is the bestselling author of over 12 women’s fiction titles, including Villa of Sun and Secrets and A Riviera Retreat. She is originally from the West Country but now lives in the wilds of rural Brittany, France.

Social Media Links

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Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction

Let’s kick off the weekend with a review for Take a Moment by Nina Kaye – a superb 5* story that I highly recommend.

My Review

I have found this one harder to review as the battles that Alex faced mirror very closely to health battles I have encountered and I found that sometimes the words jumping from the pages took me back to that stage of freshly diagnosed. However to read a story with the subject being so well understood and represented on the pages gave me hope that perception is starting to change and that people are starting to understand invisible illnesses better, in that one day they are invisible and the next day you can’t even make it out of bed unassisted.

Alex was a strong and independent character throughout and her grit and determination to succeed despite how much life had changed just made me love this character even more. I flew through this book once I had started and kept hiding away so I could keep reading as I wanted to know if Alex’s determination was enough to see her succeed as she went against the wishes of her family and left her support network behind as she moved on in her life.

A highly recommended read that I loved from beginning to end, there are highs and lows throughout the story and I found this emotional and heartwarming.

Book Blurb

Life is better lived in the moment

Meet Alex. She has a wonderful fiancé, a job she thrives in, and a best friend she’s known since childhood. Life’s not perfect, but it’s pretty fantastic. Until a shock diagnosis suddenly throws everything off course.

But Alex has never been one to back down from a fight. Now single and unemployed, she packs up and moves from her Glasgow hometown to vibrant Birmingham for a fresh start. In a new job, in a new city, she’s learning all over again what’s important in life.

Friendship, fun and even romance lie just around the corner – but can Alex get out of her own way and learn to just take a moment, and live?

A stunning, uplifting romance for fans of Mhairi McFarlane and Jo Watson.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Nina Kaye is a contemporary romance author who writes warm, witty and uplifting reads with a deeper edge. She lives in Edinburgh with her husband and much adored side-kick, James. In addition to writing, Nina enjoys swimming, gin and karaoke (preferably all enjoyed together in a sunny, seaside destination). Nina has previously published The Gin Lover’s Guide to Dating and has also been a contender for the RNA Joan Hessayson Award.

Social Media Links

Twitter: @NinaKayeAuthor

Facebook Author Page: @NinaKayeAuthor

Instagram: @ninakayeauthor

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

So excited to share my 5* review for Snowflakes Over the Starfish Cafe by Jessica Redland

My Review

After discovering the joy of Jessica Redland’s books, she has quickly become one of my favourite authors and this book stole my heart and took me on a wonderful journey.

In this story we meet Jake & Hollie who have both suffered major loss and trauma in their lives. Hollie has the sweetest nature and within a few pages you can just see how lovely she is and I was excited to get to know her and learn why the Starfish Cafe was so important to her.

Starfish Cafe is located in a lovely seaside setting with the RNLI playing a major part in the story. After growing up by the sea and being taught to respect it at a young age, this book appealed on so many levels and contained a selection of wonderful and inspiring characters that will keep you eagerly turning the pages.

I flew through this book, laughing and crying as I read and experienced the highs and lows of these wonderful characters as their paths cross and they feel their way into a new friendship.

A wonderful story to kickstart my festive reads this year, I instantly missed Jake & Hollie when I finished this book and would love to visit them in another story in the future to see how they have continued to develop and grow.

Book Blurb

Welcome to The Starfish Café – where you will find stunning views, delicious food and lifelong friendships.

Two broken hearts.

Since she inherited The Starfish Café, Hollie has poured her heart into the business, striving to keep her mother’s traditions and warm-hearted spirit alive. But behind closed doors Hollie is searching for true happiness, as she grieves the tragic loss of her family who were once the beating heart of the café…

An unexpected meeting.

Jake lives by two rules: don’t let anyone get close and don’t talk about what happened. Little does he know that a chance meeting at The Starfish Café, facilitated by a fluffy lost dog, is about to turn his world upside down…

The chance to love again.

Can Hollie and Jake break down the barriers that have been holding them back from finding love and happiness, before Christmas comes around? Afterall, with courage, nothing is impossible…

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Jessica Redland writes uplifting stories of love, friendship, family and community set in Yorkshire where she lives. Her Whitsborough Bay books transport readers to the stunning North Yorkshire Coast and her Hedgehog Hollow series takes them into beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds.

Social Media Links

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Bookbub profile

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

What better way to kick off the week than with a 5* review for A Christmas Wedding in the Cotswolds by Lucy Coleman

My Review

I absolutely loved this festive read where we get to revisit the lovely Immi & Tollie and enjoy another festive countdown as they prepare for the 10 year anniversary of the Santa Ahoy cruises to raise money for the new playground installation.

A perfect story not only started to make me feel festive and count the weekends until Christmas, but it also made me laugh throughout. Full of family love, loyalty and wonderful friendships this story is a bursting with real life emotions that will make you smile as well as tear up in places. I loved getting to spend more time with the kind hearted Immi as she prepares to marry Gray and continues to overcome the obstacles she keeps uncovering whilst converting Lock Keepers Cottage.

I really enjoy books by this author and I loved being introduced to Lock Keeper Cottage last year, I was so pleased that this was a perfect continuation. A story that can be read as a continuation from last year or as a standalone thanks to the refresher the author kindly provided in the prologue. I really hope we get to revisit next Christmas to see how the first year of married life is treating Immi & Gray.

Book Blurb

What could be more festive than a winter wedding in the picturesque English countryside? Join us for Christmas in the Cotswolds with the bestselling Lucy Coleman.

Imogen Tolliman and Gray Adams can’t wait to get married after getting engaged the previous year, when they were stranded by snow in a blizzard. Now they are busy planning their wedding, but when the date slips six months because Gray is working on a huge film project, it seems like fate that after their snowy start, they will end up getting married at Christmas.

The couple are living in Immi’s grandfather’s picturesque lock-keeper’s cottage at the Aysbury marina in the Cotswolds, which they are renovating to become their forever family home. As well as building work, full-time jobs and wedding planning, Immi is in charge of raising money to build a children’s playground, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of The Santa Ahoy Cruises – her grandfather Tollie’s life work.

When Gray is suddenly forced to travel abroad, Immi is left to cope with everything alone, and before long, even the best-laid plans start to wobble. When a terrible betrayal is uncovered, the whole community of Aysbury is left reeling, and Immi is left wondering if there will be a wedding after all…

Let Lucy Coleman transport you away to an unforgettable Cotswolds Christmas full of romance and laughter, friendship and family and much-loved festive traditions. 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 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.

Social Media Links

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Twitter https://twitter.com/LucyColemanAuth

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Bookbub profile https://www.bookbub.com/authors/lucy-coleman

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Posted in 5*, Blog Tour, Non Fiction

Today I am sharing a review for a very different style of read from the Power of You series – Learning How to Leave by Michael Padraig Acton

My Review

Today I am sharing my review for Learning How to Leave which has recently been released in the non fiction charts. This book is factual and discusses narcissistic and toxic behaviours and how to recognise character traits and behaviours.

I have really enjoyed reading this book as it covers a lot of definitions and provides a lot of information with regards to narcissism in a really clear and understandable format. I have always found human behaviours interesting and this has further increased this fascination as we learn from both the authors personal experiences and through case studies he has provided to help it be relatable throughout. Written with both the abuser and the abusee in mind as it gives tips of behaviour to recognise in dependents and codependants along with recommendations to help offer the abused the feeling of empowerment to hopefully find the confidence to create the space to escape the abuser and take control back of their own life.

I liked the variation of examples provided as we are walked through films that display the narcassistic behaviour as well as naming the most dangerous narcassists of the last century. Chapter 10 focuses on domestic abuse and the many manifestations this can present in as the narcassist manipulates you to believe you are in the wrong and causing massive strain within the relationship as you doubt everything that you do and say and lose your own identity and the relationships of family and friends who would normally help support and ground you within every day life. As we near the end we read about the unhooking process and the six stages of change and how life is still affected even after you have found the strength to break free.

A highly recommended read both for those who are trapped in relationships with a narcassist as well as those who are interested in personalities and how they manifest. A book brimming with information, examples and other recommended reading material for each chapter.

Book Blurb

This popular book is dedicated to freeing those stuck within toxic relationships. Compassionately grounded in science and embedded in the author’s 30 years plus of clinical experience, this is nevertheless an easy and powerful read.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Michael Padraig Acton is a psychological therapist, counsellor, systemic life coach and author with 25 years’ clinical experience. Working in the UK and US, originally from England and Ireland, Michael specialises in helping couples, families and individuals. He has extensive training in approaches including applied clinical and counselling psychology, CBT, psychoanalysis and psychodynamic, Jungian, Gestalt, systemic and transactional analysis, as well as holistic forms of therapeutic alliance such as mindfulness.

www.mpamind.com

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

Today I am delighted to be stepping back in time with The Secret Diary by Anna Stuart

My Review

I am so happy to be sharing my review after reading another wonderful story from Anna Stuart based between the end of World War II and present day. We meet Lorna who has had the carpet ripped out from underneath her and persuaded by her best friend goes to stay with her Mum whilst she grieves and moves forward with her boys.

Whilst staying with her Mum she discovers a diary in the annexe from World War II and finds herself propelled into the world of the gunner girls and starts to heal her heart as she discovers long forgotten stories and a few secrets from these wonderful ladies.

A story rich in history, written with great care and empathy. I am a massive fan of this author and once again have loved devouring this story and learning more about the gunner girls and the importance of the role they fulfilled when so many men had been sent to war and they needed brave women to step up and join the ranks to help protect the country.

I loved being transported back in time in this story and found the descriptions vivid which really enhanced the story as it played out in my imagination. I can’t wait to see what this author releases next as her books are always a superb read.

Book Blurb

Two women. One house. And a wartime secret that spans decades…

Norfolk, 1945: Only a few months ago Nancy Jones was fighting for her country as a gunner girl. Now she’s struggling to adjust to her responsibilities as a gamekeeper’s wife. After a whirlwind romance, Nancy is deeply in love with her handsome husband Joe but there is still so much they don’t know about each other. When a secret from Nancy’s war years threatens to resurface, will the terrible truth about the worst night of her life shatter their new marriage?

Norfolk, 2019: Devastated by the sudden loss of her husband, Lorna Haynes escapes to the beautiful but crumbling Gamekeeper’s Cottage. There, she stumbles upon a locked room. When she enters, it’s like going back in time. A soldier’s uniform hangs on the back of the door, the flowery wallpaper still intact, the spindle of the record player frozen and ready to play. At the back of the room, Lorna discovers a red, leather-bound diary in a hidden compartment of a desk drawer.

As Lorna battles with heartache, she takes comfort in reading the ink-stained words. Turning the pages of the old book, she learns of the incredible bravery of the woman who lived in the house decades before her. And discovers a shocking wartime secret that will change the course of her own life…

Fans of The NightingaleThe Alice Network, and Lilac Girls will love this unforgettable, poignant tale of love, loss and courage during the darkest days of war.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Anna Stuart lives in Derbyshire with her campervan-mad husband, two hungry teenagers and a slightly loopy dog. She was hooked on books from the moment she first opened one in her cot so is thrilled to now have several of her own to her name. Having studied English literature at Cambridge university, she took an enjoyable temporary trip into the ‘real world’ as a factory planner, before returning to her first love and becoming an author. History has also always fascinated her. Living in an old house with a stone fireplace, she often wonders who sat around it before her and is intrigued by how actively the past is woven into the present, something she likes to explore in her novels. Anna loves the way that writing lets her ‘try on’ so many different lives, but her favourite part of the job is undoubtedly hearing from readers.

You can reach her on Facebook @annastuartauthor or Twitter @annastuartbooks.

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

Happy Monday everyone, lets kick off the week with a 5* review for The Little Barn of Dreams by Lucy Knott

Today I am delighted to be kicking off the blog tour for the lovely Lucy and her latest release The Little Barn of Dreams.

Well where do I start, once again Lucy has created vibrant characters that capture your heart and take you on a wonderful journey. When I read Lucy’s last book, I had a new favourite and now I am torn as this one was equally as wonderful.

Florence is a wonderfully quirky character that I instantly connected with, she reminded me of my constantly daydreaming daughter and I loved how she has been encouraged to be herself by her Nan and not change despite the influence of her best friend. When Florence’s Nan books her a holiday to Camp Calla Lily she reluctantly embarks on an adventure that she has been avoiding since being left heartbroken after her last visit. On her arrival at the Camp Calla Lily she fell in love with the magical setting of the wooden huts with their fairy lights and piles of books to devour whilst relaxing.

Lucy has a wonderful way of creating characters with wonderful endearing quirks and Florence and Jo were the ultimate dreamteam, I loved the references to Little Women one of my absolute favourite books scattered throughout. From the moment I picked this up, I just wanted to keep reading as I was so invested in the new friendship that continued to grow between Florence and Jo, and was keen to discover why Jo was really at Camp Calla Lily and whether he was there to help or hinder his Grandfather.

A story that left me feeling warm and fuzzy and I would happily sit and read over again. The perfect book to curl up with in the garden and enjoy the summer sun whilst losing yourself in the gorgeous destination of Camp Calla Lily.

Book Blurb

When quirky bookworm Florence Danver loses her job, she knows it’s time to make some serious changes. Nanna Margot encourages Flo to spend a week at Camp Calla Lily, where she hasn’t been since she lost her parents. Her return is filled with bittersweet memories… until she meets Jo Hadlee.

Soon enough, Flo and fellow dreamer Jo are inseparable as they connect over books and build castles in the air. But when Jo leaves suddenly for his job in London, the fantasy bubble bursts and real-life comes roaring back in.

For Florence to turn her fairy-tale summer into a happily-ever-after, she’ll have to dive head-first into real life and all its chaos.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Lucy Knott lives in Manchester England, just around the corner from her childhood home and less than five minutes from her twin sister Kelly and brother in law Chris. She loves spending time with her family in addition to writing, reading and cooking Italian food. When not buried in a book, scribbling in a notebook or having dance parties for one to Harry Styles, she works as a teaching assistant where the majority of her days are spent talking about dinosaurs and making Godzilla out of just about everything, from Blu Tac to cardboard boxes, and she loves every minute.

If she could up and move to the stunning Amalfi Coast, San Francisco or live in a cabin surrounded by fairy lights, she would, but for now she’s quite content writing about those magical places. Lucy loves to write uplifting stories that she hopes will put a smile on your face, fill your heart with joy, encourage you to embrace the awesomeness that you are and believe that any dream is possible.

You can find Lucy on
Twitter @TheBlossomTwins
Instagram @TheBlossomTwins

Website: www.theblossomtwins.com

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