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.

 

Book Blurb

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.

 

Book Blurb

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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Available to purchase here

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

#Review Today I am joining the blog tour for The Gift of Happiness by Holly Martin #BlogTour #BackaBlogger @HollyMAuthor

Today I am joining the blog tour for The Gift of Happiness, I loved the first book and was really excited at the opportunity to visit the wonderful village of Happiness again.

From the first page where we are with Christmas loving Ruby as she arrives in Happiness a few months after initially falling in love with the village. This book pulls you straight back in and I fell immediately back in love with the wonderful village and its vast array of characters. I loved the awkwardness and tension between Jacob and Ruby from when they find they are sharing a shop and how this unravels as you keep reading with the cackle of tension in the air continuing to build as they both deny their feelings.

It was wonderful to take a festive trip back to this lovely village, I absolutely love the whole idea of relaunching a village with a years free rent and fell in love with these wonderful characters all over again. A brilliant read that will leave you feeling festive and full of love.

Book Blurb

This December Ruby Marlowe is relocating her little Christmas shop and everything she owns to the pretty seaside village of Happiness. With her best friend Willow already living there, and a heartbreaking past she’d rather forget, Ruby jumped at the offer of a cosy cottage and a fresh start on the Cornish coast. But she wasn’t the only one…

The last person Ruby expects to find in Happiness is her summer fling, the very gorgeous Jacob Harrington. He’s the only man who has come close to unlocking her heart, and therefore the one man she knew she could never see again. But now he’s here in the same village, and the chemistry between them is more electric than ever.

Falling in love again is something Ruby has vowed never to do. But Jacob is determined to change her mind.

As the village sparkles with Christmas lights and the snow begins to fall, can Jacob convince Ruby that love is worth the risk? And will Ruby accept the gift of happiness that Jacob is offering her before it’s too late?

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Available to purchase here

About the Author

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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

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

#Review Today I am super excited to be helping kick off the blog tour for Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage by Katie Ginger #BlogTour #BackaBlogger @rararesources @KatieGAuthor

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Today I am delighted to be helping kick off the blog tour for Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage, I have been eagerly awaiting this book and what a little gem it was.

Esme thinks she has life under control and everything heading in the right direction until the rug is pulled from under her feet. After a horrendously bad day Esme is forced to reassess her life decisions and moves back home to her parents in Sandchester.

I absolutely loved this book, it is a story full of hope, determination and at times desperation. Esme’s antics will make you laugh throughout and leave you craving home baked chocolate cake. The descriptions are vivid and allow you to visualise her in the cosy kitchen in Mistletoe Cottage. Esme is a superb character brimming with personality who I would love to have as a friend, especially with her wonderful cooking skills. She is the friend everyone needs in their lives and her Mum is a full force of nature that will make you giggle.

A book full of love and laughter that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy, leaving you feeling you have a lost a friend in Esme when you reach the end. I devoured this book and whilst reading it looked forward to picking it up to keep reading, even forsaking chasing Daisy to get ready for school as I was so keen to keep reading.

Book Blurb

On a grey, London day, Esme’s world crumbles around her when she loses her glitzy job on a top TV programme, her gorgeous, city-slicker boyfriend and her stunning apartment, all in one fell swoop just before Christmas.

Esme is forced suddenly to move back to her sleepy hometown of Sandchester, and despite the snow blanketing the roof and the fairy lights that twinkle in her rustic little cottage, everything is looking bleak. That is until she reconnects with an old crush and finds herself unexpectedly getting swept away.

But Joe, handsome and charming as he is, is not all he seems. Esme soon realises that he has a tragic past which he just might not be able to overcome…

Surrounded by her loving, if harebrained, family and with the support of her hilarious friends, Esme is determined to have a go at forging her own path, even if it all comes to nothing. But one question still lingers in her mind: will she find someone to kiss under the mistletoe this Christmas?

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Available to purchase on the links below:

Amazon UK Kindle: https://amzn.to/2NL7fhq

Amazon UK Paperback: https://amzn.to/2Y51uPP

Kobo: https://bit.ly/2LP8Ujm

Amazon US Kindle: https://amzn.to/2XHxFR1

About the Author

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KATIE GINGER lives in the South East of England, by the sea, 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. Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage is her third novel. She is also author of the Seafront series – The Little Theatre on the Seafront, shortlisted for the Katie Fforde Debut Novel of the Year award, and Summer Season on the Seafront.

When she’s not writing, Katie spends her time drinking gin, or with her husband, trying to keep alive her two children: Ellie, who believes everything in life should be performed like a musical number from a West End show; and Sam, who is basically a monkey with a boy’s face. And there’s also their adorable King Charles Spaniel, Wotsit (yes, he is named after the crisps!).

For more about Katie you can visit her website: www.keginger.com, find her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/KatieGAuthor, or follow her on Twitter: @KatieGAuthor

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Many thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to take part and read this fabulous book, please remember to like and share and grab yourself a copy of this festive read!

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

#Review Today I am sharing my review for the lovely festive read Four Christmases and a Secret by Zara Stoneley #FourChristmasesandaSecret #FestiveRead #BlogTour #BackaBlogger @rararesources @zarastoneley

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Today I am taking really excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Four Christmases and a Secret by Zara Stoneley.

OMG I absolutely loved this! Daisy is a character that I loved from the off, her rivalry and friendship with Ollie that has spurned since childhood and is reignited every Christmas as their parents compete over their achievements. Whilst Uncle T is the slightly eccentric Uncle everyone needs in their lives a beacon of light guiding the way and keeping everyone anchored together, with his annual Christmas eve parties.

This book is brimming with fantastic characters that you would love to attend a Christmas eve party with as they all bring a little something different to the lovely little bookshop each year. Daisy’s dog Stanley reminds me of my own dog, always on the hunt for food and cuddles.

I love Zara Stoneley’s books and I was really excited to hear that she had another book due for release before Christmas. Four Christmases and a Secret has just become my new favourite, it was a lovely story that draws you in and the last 40% flew by as I just had to keep reading as was loving how the story was unfolding. This was a book that I finished and then felt disappointed that I had read it so quickly as I had loved the characters so much. I love a festive read and this is a fab one to add to your pile to help you get in the Christmas spirit.

 

Book Blurb

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Except for Daisy Christmas means another of Uncle T’s dreaded Christmas parties, complete with Christmas jumper and flashing antlers.  And Oliver Cartwright.  Gorgeous Oliver Cartwright. Who she hates.

Every year Daisy has to face insufferable Ollie and hear all about how BRILLIANT he is.  Whereas Daisy has no job, no man and no idea how to fix things.

This Christmas however Daisy is determined things will be different.  There will be no snogging Ollie under the mistletoe like when they were teenagers.  No, this year she’ll show Ollie that she’s a Responsible Adult too.

But as the champagne corks pop, and the tinsel sparkles, Uncle T has news of his own to share…and it could change Daisy’s life forever…

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Available to purchase on Amazon UK/US

 

About the Author

Zara Stoneley is the USA Today bestselling author of ‘The Wedding Date’.

She lives in a Cheshire village with her family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.

Born in a small village in the UK, Zara wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when she grew up. After many (many) years, and many different jobs, her dream of writing a bestseller came true. She now writes about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hopes that her tales make you laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally say ‘ahhh’.

Zara’s bestselling novels include ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘No One Cancels Christmas’, ‘The Wedding Date’, ‘The Holiday Swap’, ‘Summer with the Country Village Vet’, ‘Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage’ and the popular Tippermere series – ‘Stable Mates’, ‘Country Affairs’ and ‘Country Rivals’.

 

Social Media Links

Website: http://www.zarastoneley.com
Twitter: @ZaraStoneley
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ZaraStoneley

Instagram: zarastoneley

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/zara-stoneley?follow=true

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B007WK307G

 

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Many thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to take part in the blog tour, please like and share to help spread the love for this brilliant book!

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction

#Review Happy Publication Day for I Wanted You to Know by Laura Pearson #backablogger #IWantedYoutoKnow #netgalley @laurapauthor @AgoraBooksLDN

OMG I don’t even know where to start this book is heartbreaking and one of my favourite reads of the year, I am not even sure I can do it justice in a review as I loved it that much!

As soon as I picked this book up I knew I was in for the long haul and I read it in under a day over two sittings. I love a book that gives you all of the feels and this book gave me a barrage of emotions throughout. I shed my first tear around 50% and at 80% had to break a box of tissues out.

This book is so heartfelt I could literally feel the words jumping off the page and was so absorbed and emotionally invested in the wonderful Jess & Edie from beginning to end that even now looking back I can feel the emotional punch of this story and the lovely characters that Laura created.

Massive praise to Laura Pearson on this amazing book and all of the feels it bought with it. This is one of those rare books where 5* just isn’t enough!

 

Book Blurb

Dear Edie, I wanted you to know so many things. I wanted to tell you them in person, as you grew. But it wasn’t to be.

Jess never imagined she’d be navigating single motherhood, let alone while facing breast cancer. A life that should be just beginning is interrupted by worried looks, heavy conversations, and the possibility of leaving her daughter to grow up without her.

Propelled by a ticking clock, Jess knows what she has to do: tell her daughter everything. How to love, how to lose, how to forgive, and, most importantly, how to live when you never know how long you have.

 

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Available to purchase here

 

 

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction

#Review Today I am sharing my review for the final book Christmas at Foyles Bookshop by Elaine Roberts #FoylesBookshop #ChristmasatFoylesBookshop @robertselaine11

I am so pleased that I have been able to read and review Christmas at Foyles Bookshop. I have loved this series and getting to know the wonderful ladies Alice, Molly & Victoria.

This era of historical fiction is one of my favourites and this latest instalment was another brilliant read. It was a book full of loss, love and hope and I loved it from beginning to end. It was written with empathy and you could feel the emotions of these wonderful ladies through their highs and lows.

The setting of the bookshop is just magical and the fact that it was written in the lead up to Christmas added a little something extra. A highly enjoyable read that I am sad to have finished as I have loved getting to know these lovely ladies and feel they have allowed us into their friendship group throughout these books.

 

Book Blurb

With the war raging on, can there be peace, love and joy this Christmas?

London, 1917. After her parents died in a tragic accident, Victoria did everything she could to keep her siblings safe and off the streets. Working at the Foyles Bookshop with her best friends is a dream come true – but now the war has put everything she holds dear in danger.

With her brother fighting on the frontline, Victoria wants to do her part. Little does she know that volunteering to spend time with injured soldiers at Endell Street Military Hospital will reward her in ways she could never have imagined. There are family secrets to uncover, along with love, once lost but never forgotten.

This Christmas, all the Foyles girls want is their loved ones back safe and sound…

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

Elaine Roberts had a dream to write for a living. She completed her first novel in her twenties and received her first very nice rejection. Life then got in the way until circumstances made her re-evaluate her life, and she picked up her dream again in 2010. She joined a creative writing class, The Write Place, in 2012 and shortly afterwards had her first short story published. She was thrilled when many more followed and started to believe in herself.

As a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Society of Women Writers & Journalists, Elaine attends many conferences, workshops, seminars and wonderful parties. Meeting other writers gives her encouragement, finding most face similar problems.