Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Seasonal

#Review Today I am sharing my review for Rewrite the Stars by Emma Heatherington @emmalou13

Today I am sharing my review for the latest release by the amazingly talented Emma Heatherington. I have loved reading Emma’s previous books so couldn’t resist it being just 99p on kindle and jumped it up the TBR pile to read straight away.

The characters in this book hooked me right from the start. Charlotte jumped off the pages as she was a character who embraced life who lived and made mistakes. I loved her vivasciousness for life and all it had to offer.

Whilst reading this book your taken on an emotional rollercoaster that leaves you remembering you never know what’s round the corner and to grab life with both hands whilst you can. A story that will make you laugh, love and left me with tears as I reached the end. This book is a delightful blend of wonderful characters set in the heart of Ireland and I loved it from start to finish.

Book Blurb

From the moment they meet one December day there’s something between Charlotte Taylor and her brother’s best friend, Tom Farley. But Tom’s already taken and Charlie has to let him go…

It’s another five years before their paths cross again only a secret from the past forces Charlie to make a choice. She promises herself she’ll never look back…

The years pass and Charlie moves on with her life but she can never forget Tom. He’s always there whispering ‘What if?’.

Can Charlie leave the life she has built for one last chance with Tom?  Or is the one that got away not really the one at all…?

Available to purchase here

About the Author

Emma Heatherington has penned more than thirty educational short films, plays and musicals as well as eleven novels, two of which were written under the pseudonym Emma Louise Jordan.
Emma’s novel, The Legacy of Lucy Harte, was an eBook bestseller in both the UK and US.
She lives in her native Donaghmore, Co Tyrone, with her partner Jim McKee and their children Jordyn, Jade, Dualta, Adam and Sonny James.

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

#Review Today I am helping to close the blog tour for Coming Home to Merriment Bay – Part Four: Starry Skies by Emily Harvale

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Today I am helping close the blog tour for the final trip to Coming Home to Merriment Bay Part Four: Starry Skies.

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A superb conclusion to this lovely series compiled of short stories ahead of the full book being released. I have loved reading these stories and have been eagerly awaiting the release of the each instalment.

The stories feature a lovely selection of characters that capture your hearts and as the stories continue to unfold you get to see more of the personalities of those who Cat & Kyra hold most dear.

I have loved reading about Cat and the misadventures of her heart as she gets used to life back in Merriment Bay. Fingers crossed that Emily writes another book so we get to see what comes next for these brilliant characters.

 

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Part Four of this heartwarming four-part serial about finding the strength to put the past behind you and to reach out for a future filled with happiness and love.

Cat is reeling from the unexpected events of Christmas and as Merriment Bay prepares to toast in the New Year, she’s facing choices she never thought she’d have to make. Her head and her heart are pulling her in very different directions.

Bailey is sitting by Viola’s bedside, regaling everyone with tales from the past but is there any chance he’ll get to see a smile on the lips of the woman he still loves?

Having realised she has made mistakes, will Mary finally tell Cat what she really wants to know?

And what will the New Year bring for Kyra? Will she fulfil the plans she made before she came to Merriment Bay?

When distressing events end more than one person’s dream, can Cat find the strength to fight for the Love she deserves? Sometimes it takes a crisis to make someone realise what they truly want. And Cat has decided what – and who – that really is. But is she too late?

 

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Available to purchase Amazon UK / Amazon US

 

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

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

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

 

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Many thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to join this superb blog tour, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love! 

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Seasonal

#Review – Snowflakes at the Little Christmas Tree Farm by Jaimie Admans

OMG I loved this book so much, Leah was a brilliant character that jumped off the pages at me. I started this book on holiday and devoured it in just a few days. I loved the worn down Christmas tree farm located next to Noel and his Pumpkin farm, I love a real Christmas tree and this story conjures all sorts of Christmassy delights.

Leah is a brilliant character full of optimism and determination who after her impulse purchase of the Christmas Tree farm needs to dig deep to try and turn it around. Noel is the farmer next door and meets Leah on her arrival at the farm as she discovers that her impulse buy isn’t anything like she expected.

I keep recommending the book as I loved the mix of the Pumpkins and Christmas trees and it instantly made me feel festive and keen to go and get Christmas tree as nothing beats the smell of a real tree at Christmas.

All she wants for Christmas…

Leah Griffiths has woken up after a few too many glasses of Prosecco with a hangover – and discovers she’s accidentally bought a little Christmas tree farm in Scotland!

At first she’s horrified, but perhaps it’s the perfect way to forget all about her cheating ex.

And when she meets grumpy (but ridiculously gorgeous) pumpkin farmer Noel underneath the mistletoe, Leah begins to believe that at Christmas time, anything can happen…

Available to purchase here

Jaimie is a 32-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots.
She will never have time to read all the books she wants to read.

She has been writing for years but has only just plucked up the courage to tell people.
She is the author of chick-lit romantic comedies Kismetology and The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, and young adult romantic comedies Afterlife Academy, Not Pretty Enough, and North Pole Reform School.

Find out more on http://www.jaimieadmans.com or find me on Twitter @be_the_spark

I hope you have enjoyed reading my review and it has inspired you to pick up a festive read. Please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!

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

#Review – Today I am excited to be sharing my review for Unexpected Lessons in Love by Lucy Dillon

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Today I am super excited to be joining the blog tour for Unexpected Lessons in Love, I absolutely love Lucy’s books and was really excited to be able to review this one as part of the blog tour.

Whenever I pick up a book by Lucy I know I need to clear some time as her books always make me feel all of the emotions and make me want to keep reading. This was another wonderful story, the main character Jeannie was a wonderfully composed character who will appeal to all of us who have ever doubted ourselves. She was wonderfully skilled at music but lacked in self belief and confidence in her own abilities. I loved watching Jeannie grow as a character throughout this book and how she coped in such difficult circumstances and managed to find her true self throughout her journey in this story.

A truly heartwarming read with gorgeous puppies who make your heart burst as you want to adopt them all and make them feel loved. A brilliant 5* read that I loved from start to finish and would highly recommend.

 

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What happens when ‘I do’ turns into ‘I don’t know’?

Jeannie always wanted to fall in love, and now she’s finally got the whirlwind romance she dreamed of. Dan’s gorgeous, he’s a successful young vet, and he flew her to New York and proposed on Brooklyn Bridge. Jeannie has to remind herself this is actually her life. It seems too perfect, too magical, to be real. Yet it is.

But now she’s on her way to the wedding she can’t shake off the tight sensation crushing her chest. It is just nerves . . . or is this all happening a bit too fast?

Jeannie has one last chance to shout, ‘Stop!’ But just as she grabs it, a bizarre twist of fate throws everything she knows into the air like confetti. What Jeannie learns about Dan, about her own heart, and about the power of love itself, will change her world for ever . .

 

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Available to purchase here

 

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Lucy Dillon grew up in Cumbria and read English at Cambridge, then read a lot of magazines as a press assistant in London, then read other people’s manuscripts as a junior fiction editor. She now lives in a village outside Hereford with a Border terrier, an Otterhound and her husband.

Lucy won the Romantic Novelists’ Association Contemporary Romantic Novel prize in 2015 for A HUNDRED PIECES OF ME, and the Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 2010 for LOST DOGS AND LONELY HEARTS.

 

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You can follow her at her website http://www.lucydillon.com, on Twitter @lucy_dillon or find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/LucyDillonBooks.

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

#Review Today I am kicking off December with a superb festive read Wishes Under A Starlit Sky by Lucy Knott

I absolutely love this time of year! I love spending extra time with my gorgeous family and making the most of the cold winter evenings to enjoy some festive reads to help get me in the Christmas spirit!

So as I love this time of year so much in the lead up to Christmas I will share some reviews for my favourite 5* festive reads. Kicking off today with my review for one of my favourite festive reads from this year so far – Wishes Under a Starlit Sky by Lucy Knott.

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I have loved reading Lucy’s previous books but I think this might be my favourite to date.

Set between London and the stunning snowy Colorado this book just oozes with festiveness and is a hug in a book.

The lovely Harper is in limbo after the unexpected end of her marriage and after a year of kicking her heels and hiding from the world, Madi decides it is time for her to take control of her life back.

This story has the most superb friendship between Harper & Madi and takes you on a wonderful journey as she rediscovers herself and learns that she has all the tools and friends she needs to love her life again.

A story brimming with positivity, containing gorgeous food as you would expect from Lucy, a stunning location and yoga under the stars – what is not to love! A superb book that I read into the early hours of the morning as I just had to know if Harper got her happy ending.

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When life doesn’t go to plan, you can write yourself a new story…

From the outside, Harper Hayes looks like she is winning at life.

She has an amazing job as a script writer, a wonderful house, an awesome best friend and an incredible husband. Yes, life seems to be pretty, dare she say it? Perfect?

But life is about to throw more than one spanner in the works of Harper’s picture perfect existence and at the busiest time of the year too.

As Christmas approaches, Harper will have some soul searching to do to decide if there really is such thing as the happily-ever-after she writes about.

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Available to purchase here

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Lucy Knott is a former professional wrestler with a passion for storytelling. Now, instead of telling her stories in the ring, she’s putting pen to paper, fulfilling another lifelong dream in becoming an Author.

Inspired by her Italian Grandparents, when she is not writing you will most likely find her cooking, baking and devouring Italian food, in addition to learning Italian and daydreaming of trips to Italy.

Along with her twin sister, Kelly, Lucy runs TheBlossomTwins.com, where she enthusiastically shares her love for books, baking and Italy, with daily posts, reviews and recipes.

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You can find Lucy on Twitter @TheBlossomTwins or @LucyCKnott

Keep an eye out for more festive reviews throughout December sharing some of my previous favourite festive books as well as some new festive releases like this smasher from Lucy Knott. Please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction

#Review Happy Publication Day, today I am sharing my review for The Light in the Hallway by Amanda Prowse #backablogger #publicationday @mrsamandaprowse

Happy Publication Day to the lovely Amanda Prowse, today she releases the heartwarming The Light in the Hallway.

I absolutely love reading Amanda’s books and this book was another superb read that pulls you in and makes you want to keep reading.

Nick and Olly are left reeling after the loss of Kerry and this story is about how piece by piece they start putting their lives back together. Nick learns how to stand up for what he believes in and demonstrates to Olly the importance of continuing to live, love and move on.

A book full of love and strength that is emotionally charged throughout. Amanda has such a way with words that makes you feel like you know these characters and can feel their emotions as they unfold. A brilliant story that will have you reaching for the tissues.

When Nick’s wife Kerry falls ill and dies, he realises for the first time how fragile his happiness has always been, and how much he’s been taking his good life and wonderful family for granted. Now, he suddenly finds himself navigating parenthood alone, unsure how to deal with his own grief, let alone that of his teenage son, Olly.

In the depths of his heartbreak, Nick must find a way to navigate life that pleases his son, his in-laws, his family and his friends—while honouring what Kerry meant to them all. But when it comes to his own emotions, Nick doesn’t know where to begin. Kerry was his childhood sweetheart—but was she really the only one who could ever make him happy?

And in the aftermath of tragedy, can Nick and his son find themselves again?

Available to purchase here

Amanda Prowse likens her own life story to those she writes about in her books. After self-publishing her debut novel, Poppy Day, in 2011, she has gone on to author twenty-two novels and six novellas. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages and she regularly tops bestseller charts all over the world. Remaining true to her ethos, Amanda writes stories of ordinary women and their families who find their strength, courage and love tested in ways they never imagined. The most prolific female contemporary fiction writer in the UK, with a legion of loyal readers, she goes from strength to strength. Being crowned ‘queen of domestic drama’ by the Daily Mail was one of her finest moments. Amanda is a regular contributor on TV and radio but her first love is, and will always be, writing.

You can find her online at http://www.amandaprowse.com, on Twitter or Instagram @MrsAmandaProwse, and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/amandaprowsenogreaterlove

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

#Review Today I am excited to share my Publication Day review for Starlight over Bluebell Castle by Sarah Bennett

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Today I am excited to share my publication day review for the latest visit to Bluebell Castle, where we get to catch up with the triplets again and the progress they are making turning the castle around.

I am loving this series of books and the superb character additions in this book, bring a whole new dimension to the story. When reading about Bluebell castle I feel like Sarah has personally introduced me to each character so I can really connect with them as their story unfolds.

I loved this book and flew through it in a couple of short sittings, I was so keen to see what would happen and if they would get the magical Christmas for their guests that they have been planning. A superb third book in this series that will leave you with a fuzzy feeling and wanting to plan a Christmas trip to a magical castle.

 

 

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Don’t miss Starlight Over Bluebell Castle, the third book in the delightfully uplifting Bluebell Castle trilogy!

The most magical time of the year…

Jessica Ridley’s life has just been turned upside-down – and not in a good way! So when blast-from-the-past Tristan Ludworth invites her to stay at Bluebell Castle and transform it into a winter wonderland, it’s the perfect distraction for Jess and her two young children…

Jess is used to planning even the most elaborate events in her sleep, but she certainly didn’t expect to be working so closely with Tristan at the castle – or that she could still find him quite  so handsome after all this time!

And with a little holiday magic in the air, it’s becoming harder and harder to resist his charms. Can Tristan convince Jess to give love one more chance, just in time for Christmas?

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Available to purchase here

 

 

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Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.

Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.

When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.

You can connect with her via twitter @Sarahlou_writes or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/SarahBennettAuthor

Sarah is the author of the Butterfly Cove, Lavender Bay and Bluebell Castle trilogies, published by HQ Digital UK.

 

Many thanks to Jess at HQ Stories for the invitation to take part in this blog tour, please remember to like and share to spread the book love for this gorgeous festive read! 

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction

#Review Today I am sharing my review for One Winter Morning by Isabelle Broom, a superb 5* read that I loved from beginning to end! @Isabelle_Broom

Today I am sharing my review for One Winter Morning by Isabelle Broom. A heartbreaking story that takes you on a journey of loss and despair, where guilt is the winning emotion as Genie works to find a way forward through her grief. This is a truly beautiful story, I loved reading about Genie as she finds her way back from the darkness.

Supported by her father Genie decides to take a trip where she meets the wonderful Tui and Kit who she quickly develops a bond with and works to overcome her fear of horses that has set in since the tragedy the previous year.

A stunning book full of superb characters based in the beautiful location of New Zealand. I loved this book from beginning to end and felt I reached the end too quickly as I was so caught up in the story that was unfolding.

 

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Genie isn’t feeling very festive this December.

The frosty mornings and twinkling fairy lights only remind her it’s been a whole year since she lost her adoptive mother, who took her in as a baby and raised her as her own.

She’s never felt more alone – until she discovers her birth mother’s identity.

And where to find her: New Zealand, half the world away.

Travelling there could be her one chance to meet the woman who gave her up.

But will she find the answers she has been looking for? Or something she could never have expected?

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

Isabelle Broom was born in Cambridge nine days before the 1980s began and studied Media Arts in London before joining the ranks at Heat magazine, where she remains the Book Reviews editor. Always happiest when she is off on an adventure, Isabelle now travels all over the world seeking out settings for her novels, as well as making the annual pilgrimage to her true home – the Greek island of Zakynthos. Currently based in Suffolk, where she shares a cottage with her dog Max and approximately 467 spiders, Isabelle fits her writing around a busy freelance career and tries her best not to be crushed to oblivion under her ever-growing pile of to-be-read books.

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Debut Book

#Review Today I am sharing my review for the wonderful holiday read The Little Theatre on the Seafront by Katie Ginger @KatieGAuthor

When I found out Katie Ginger was a local author to me writing one of my favourite genres for pure escapism I had to grab myself a copy, this was her debut release and I finally found 5 mins on holiday to devour this beauty.

This book is set in the fictional seaside setting of Greenley in Kent, which is a town trying to retain it’s community spirit. Lottie is the main character who is dealing with conflicting emotions as this story starts to unfold. Lottie is a character who is easy to empathise with and I love some of the new character traits that start to emerge as she finds her feet in a quest set by her Grandmother.

This is a gorgeous fuzzy read that demonstrates a wonderful friendship between Lottie and Sid, a fierce loyalty to Lottie’s Grandmother and the passion and love of a town coming together.

I really enjoyed this book and could visualise the rundown theatre they were fighting to save and the gorgeous seaside walks described throughout the book. A superb debut release that will make you smile and leave you with a tear in your eye.

 

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When Lottie’s Gran dies she leaves one last request; save Greenley Theatre.

Faced with a decaying building, a mayor who most definitely isn’t on board with the project and a group of actors who just can’t get along, Lottie has her hands full, but with best friend Sid by her side she knows she can do it somehow.

But the arrival of Jeremy, a hotshot London developer who sweeps Lottie off her feet, complicates things. Suddenly Sid gets a new girlfriend, the Greenley Players fall apart, and that crumbling building? Well it crumbles a whole lot more. With no one to turn to, Lottie has to find the courage to save the day.

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

Well, hello there! Thanks for stopping by my author page!

I’m Katie, a writer of romantic fiction and a few cozy mystery short stories. I’ve written the Seafront series (The Little Theatre on the Seafront and Summer Season on the Seafront) and my stand-alone Christmas novel Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage comes out in October 2019.

I live in Kent with my hubby, two kids, and our King Charles Spaniel, Wotsit. As I love a good chinwag, do come and say hello over on Twitter: @KatieGAuthor or on Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/KatieGAuthor. I also blog about random stuff on my website: http://www.keginger.com.

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Ghosts/Horror

#Review Happy Halloween… Today I am sharing my review for the fantastically spooky The Lost Ones by Anita Frank

Today I am so excited to be joining the Halloween Takeover for The Lost Ones, which has quickly jumped into my top 10 reads of the year. I picked up this book the day after receiving it and I sat and devoured it within a day. I loved everything about this book from the carefully crafted characters to the superb gothic setting of Greyswick.

The story focused around the sisters Madeleine and Stella who along with the curious house maid Annie set about uncovering secrets that are haunting them in their sleep at Greyswick. The setting was during World War I which was a highly turbulent time for England and this book was brimming with loss and grief, which in turn brings the hidden secrets of Greyswick to life.

The Lost Ones is a story that captures you and pulls you in, it keeps you spellbound so that you just have to keep reading to see if Annie & Stella can really uncover the secrets contained within the walls of Greyswick and whether they are in danger delving into the past.

A superb read that I absolutely loved, the loss Stella had experienced was palpable and the setting was bought to life through the wonderful descriptions of this gothic home. I found myself holding my breath with anticipation, this is a book that you’ll be disappointed to finish .

Book Blurb

England, 1917

Reeling from the death of her fiancé, Stella Marcham welcomes the opportunity to stay with her pregnant sister, Madeleine, at her imposing country mansion, Greyswick – but she arrives to discover a house of unease and her sister gripped by fear and suspicion.

Before long, strange incidents begin to trouble Stella – sobbing in the night, little footsteps on the stairs – and as events escalate, she finds herself drawn to the tragic history of the house.

Aided by a wounded war veteran, Stella sets about uncovering Greyswick’s dark and terrible secrets – secrets the dead whisper from the other side…

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About the Author

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Born in Shropshire, Anita studied English and American History at the University of East Anglia. She now lives in Berkshire with her husband and three children.
Many thanks to Joe Thomas at HQ Stories for the invite to take part on this publication day blog blitz, please remember to like and share to spread the book love for this superb book!