Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Historical Fiction

If you love historical fiction pop over to my blog and check out my review for The Mothers Day Club by Rosie Hendry

My second review today is for a totally different genre as we step into historical fiction with The Mothers Day Club set at the beginning of World War II.

My Review

I love historical fiction based in this era and was excited to see this pop up in my inbox as I have previous read Rosie Hendry and loved her books.

I have read lots of books covering this era but have never read one about the expectant mothers being evacuated and am not sure I was even aware that they were. I loved being swept away to Norfolk and getting to read about the expectant mothers who were unsure about leaving London and the bustle of the city for a much quieter location.

This is a story that reinforces the links with our past, whilst circumstances and locations might be fictitious these stories stop us forgetting the wonderful men and women who sacrificed so much for us. I loved the characters in this story, Thea and her siblings are wonderful and it was great to get to know them. They had all suffered a great loss during the Great War and lots of feelings were highlighted as to how those who had already survived the Great War felt at the outbreak of World War II.

The lead mother Marianne was such a lovely character who was trying to start a new life for her and her baby away from where she knew people in the hope that she could stop her child feeling judged by others. Through reading this book I experienced a range of emotions as there were some highs and lows for all concerned, I also learnt more about the conscientious objectors and gained the insight into how these cases were handled through going to trial.

A truly wonderful read brimming with wonderful characters that I highly adding to your TBR pile!

Book Blurb

Meet the women on the home front . . .

1939. When the residents of Great Plumstead offer to open up their homes to evacuees from London, they’re preparing to care for children. So when a train carrying expectant mothers pulls into the station, the town must come together to accommodate their unexpected new arrivals . . .

Sisters Prue and Thea welcome the mothers with open arms, while others fear their peaceful community will be disrupted. But all pregnant Marianne seeks is a fresh start for herself and her unborn child. Though she knows that is only possible as long as her new neighbours don’t discover the truth about her situation.

The women of Great Plumstead, old and new, are fighting their own battles on the home front. Can the community come together in a time of need to do their bit for the war effort?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Rosie Hendry lives by the sea in Norfolk with her husband and children. A former teacher and research scientist, she’s always loving reading and writing. She started off writing short stories for magazines, her stories gradually becoming longer as her children grew bigger.

Listening to her father’s tales of life during the Second World War sparked Rosie’s interest in this period and she’s especially intrigued by how women’s lives changed during the war years. She loves researching further, searching out gems of real life events which inspire her writing.

When she’s not working, Rosie enjoys walking along the beach, reading and is grateful for the fact that her husband is a much better cook than her.


Social Media Links

Twitter @hendry_rosie

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

website www.rosiehendry.com

Instagram rosiehendryauthor

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

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Kel x

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

Happy Publication Day to the lovely TA Williams who releases Second Chances in Chianti today!!

I am very excited to be celebrating publication day for one of my favourite authors when it comes to escapism reads in wonderful locations.

My Review

I am loving the Escape to Tuscany series and am always excited to see this author is releasing a new book. His books always offer escapism as well as a wonderful insight into local history of the area and lots of exploration. I honestly feel like I have been on holiday, especially with the wonderful sunny locations we have been treated too recently and who doesn’t love Italian food. A perfect read for a cold and wet February afternoon to help add some vitamin D to my life.

In this story we meet Alice who has left the high life in America and returned to the UK to finish the degree she had previously started. We quickly gained her back story as to how she ended up in America and what she had been doing in life over the past 5 years, which is where her previous and her new life start to bleed together as she receives an invite to meet the cast members in Italy. A story packed with wonderful characters and the adorable Guiness who straight away I wanted to know more about. As you read you gain a wonderful insight into the varying relationships both personally and for the on screen characters. I found Alice a lovely down to earth character and I loved spending time with her exploring and sharing her love of history.

A book featuring a range of emotions, with both romantic and platonic relationships dotted throughout the story. A lovely light hearted read that I reached the end of far too quickly as I read into the evening after being captured by the story of the lovely Alice.

Book Blurb

Alice thought her future was set in stone, until her past came knocking…

Alice Butler starred in a successful US sitcom until tensions in the cast and crew caused the show to be cancelled. Now, five years later and working towards her dream job in art history, she’s called back for a revival of the show. It can only end in disaster, surely?

Flown to a villa in Chianti to meet with the rest of the cast, Alice must decide where her future lies – with her boyfriend, David, who laps up the Hollywood company, or with the mysterious Matt, who shies away from public attention?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

I’m a man. And a pretty old man as well. I did languages at university a long time ago and then lived and worked in France and Switzerland before going to Italy for seven years as a teacher of English. My Italian wife and I then came back to the UK with our little daughter (now long-since grown up) where I ran a big English language school for many years. We now live in a sleepy little village in Devonshire. I’ve been writing almost all my life but it was only seven years ago that I finally managed to find a publisher who liked my work enough to offer me my first contract.

The fact that I am now writing romantic comedy is something I still find hard to explain. My early books were thrillers and historical novels. Maybe it’s because there are so many horrible things happening in the world today that I feel I need to do my best to provide something to cheer my readers up. My books provide escapism to some gorgeous locations, even if travel to them is currently difficult.

Social Media Links

Website: www.tawilliamsbooks.com

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

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

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

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Kel x

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

I very excited to be joining the blog tour for one of my favourite reads of the year so far – The Dog Sitter by Zara Stoneley

Today I am really excited to join the blog tour for the wonderful The Dog Sitter by Zara Stoneley

My Review

What is there not to love about this story!

Becky is a wonderful character whose had her confidence knocked and needs to recapture her energy and self belief from childhood, with this in mind she embarks on dog sitting the gorgeous Bella.

Set in a stunning location, I loved the wonderful walks and descriptions of the lakes. The energy of Bella was wonderful and reminded me of my springer spaniel also named Bella who is always ready to launch into full on zoomies.

There was a bit of everything in this story, a touch of romance, lots of laughter, exploration, adventure and a wonderful reminder to stop and appreciate your surroundings whilst conquering your fears and following your heart.

A highly recommended read that I’m already recommending to friends and family. The perfect story for any dog lover as the gorgeous Bella is the very essence of this wonderful story and will leave you smiling and feeling happy.

Book Blurb

One dog. Two strangers. An unfurgettable romance.

Wanted: someone nice, normal and trustworthy to housesit a beautiful cottage in the Lake District while the owner is away on a business trip. Must like dogs.

Wanting to escape from crap bosses and useless boyfriends, Becky jumps at the chance of being a dog sitter and the perfect escape – rest, relaxation and a very cute pooch called Bella.

But looking after Bella comes with a catch, namely gorgeous, brooding, Chris Hemsworth-worthy Ash James, who claims Bella is his dog and will stop at nothing to get her back!

Becky’s not about to hand over lovely Bella to any Tom, Dick or Ash.  She’s determined to watch every move Ash James makes…even if it gets her very hot under the collar.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

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

Born in a small village in the UK, she 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 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 now lives in a Cheshire village with her family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.

Zara’s bestselling novels include ‘The First Date’, ‘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 (and Harry has his own! Harrys_pawprints)

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

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

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

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

Kel x

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

Only When It’s Love by Olivia Spring

Today I am taking part in the Birthday Blitz for Only When It’s Love by Olivia Spring

My Review

I have only recently discovered Olivia Spring and this was another book that made it easy to curl up and keep reading.

Alex is a girl who needs a change after a series of failed dates and being ghosted on more than one occasion. So when her friend Stacy tells her about the book she read to help her find a deep and meaningful relationship she scoffs at first and then changes her mind.

I loved that the two men Alex dated during her challenge had such majorly different personalities and I quickly had one I despised and was keen to keep reading to see which direction Alex would choose.

A brilliant read for anyone who fancies a romantic read as this is a proper romcom of a story. Wonderfully written and enjoyable from beginning to end. I can’t wait to read the sequel as I loved the characters and want to see what comes next for Alex.

Book Blurb

Alex is tired of being single. After years of disastrous hook-ups and relationships that lead to the bedroom but nowhere else, Alex is convinced she’ll never find her Mr Right. Then her newly married friend Stacey recommends what worked for her: a self-help book that guarantees Alex will find true love in just seven steps. Sounds simple, right?

Except Alex soon discovers that each step is more difficult than the last, and one of the rules involves dating, but not sleeping with a guy for six months. Absolutely no intimate contact whatsoever. Zero. Nada. Rien. A big challenge for Alex, who has never been one to hold back from jumping straight into the sack, hoping it will help a man fall for her.

Will any guys be willing to wait? Will Alex find her Mr Right? And if she does, will she be strong enough to resist temptation and hold out for true love?

Join Alex on her roller coaster romantic journey as she tries to cope with the emotional and physical ups and downs of dating whilst following a lengthy list of rigid rules.

Only When It’s Love is a fun, feel-good, romantic comedy by British author Olivia Spring, about self-acceptance, determination, love and the challenge of finding the one.

The sequel, When’s The Wedding? will be published on 25th March 2021.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Olivia Spring is a British, London-based writer of contemporary women’s fiction, sexy chick lit and romantic comedy. Her uplifting debut novel The Middle-Aged Virgin, which was released in July 2018, deals with being newly single in your thirties and beyond, dating, relationships, love, sex and living life to the full.

In addition to The Middle-Aged Virgin, Olivia has published four novels: The Middle-Aged Virgin in Italy, Love Offline, Losing My Inhibitions and Only When It’s Love. When’s The Wedding?, the hotly anticipated sequel to Only When It’s Love and Olivia’s sixth novel, will be published in March 2021.

When she’s not writing, Olivia can be found travelling to Italy to indulge in pasta, pizza and gelato and of course, seeking inspiration for her next book!

Social Media Links

Twitter/Instagram/Facebook: @ospringauthor

#OnlyWhenItsLove

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/olivia-spring

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

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Kel x

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

As the weekend fast approaches I am sharing my review for the comical – The Juggle by Emma Murray

Today I am jumping on the blog tour for a laugh out loud read that will brighten your day.

My Review

The Juggle is one of those books where you read the blurb and just know you are going to love it. Within the first few pages I knew I was going to really love Saoirse, she is the kind of Mum that I loved chatting to on the school run as she was much more down to earth and realistic. I laughed at her references to the organic mum’s who used their scooters to and from school as it was like stepping back in time to when my daughter started school.

A book packed full of great characters with tears of laughter and sadness throughout, this is a real insight into the battles you choose to pick with your children and how sometimes you don’t have the time and decide to settle for a quick win. Being a working parent is tough at times and it does require a lot of juggling and so much judgement is passed on parenting styles, rather than people just focusing on making their little humans as nice as possible.

This was my first book by Emma Murray but I loved it and I really hope we get to meet Saoirse and her family again as this story made me giggle throughout and I love a light hearted read.

Book Blurb

‘Clever, wise and achingly funny.’ Cathy Kelly

‘You can have it all,’ they said. ‘Happy children, happy marriage, great career – no problem,’ they said…

Mother-of-one Saoirse is just about holding it all together – combining part time work with the school run, while her husband David gets to focus on his career. But when David loses his job, everything has to change.

With no hesitation, Saoirse suggests she takes on the role of main breadwinner. After all, how hard can it be? And when a new client offers her a life-changing sum of money, Saoirse can look the other over-achieving Woodvale school-run mums in the eye with pride.

But there’s a problem with keeping too many balls in the air – eventually one is bound to drop. And when that happens – well, who knows what the consequences could be…

Laugh-out-loud funny, achingly relatable, but with a heart of gold, and warmth running through every page. This is the perfect read for anyone who has way too many balls in the air! The novel may or may not have been inspired by real life…

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Emma Murray is originally from Co. Dublin and moved to London in her early twenties. After a successful career as a ghostwriter, she felt it was high time she fulfilled her childhood dream to write fiction.

Social Media Links

Newsletter sign up: http://bit.ly/EmmaMurrayNewsletter

Website – http://www.emmamurray.net/

Twitter – www.twitter.com/murrayemma

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

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

Bookbub – https://www.bookbub.com/authors/emma-murray

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

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

Kel x

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

Lets kick off today with a 5* review for a book by one of my favourite authors – An Ordinary Life by Amanda Prowse

Today I am delighted to join the blog tour for one of my favourite authors Amanda Prowse, I absolutely loved meeting Molly in this wonderful story and can’t wait to share my review with you.

My Review

Well what isn’t there to love about this story, I always eagely await a release by Amanda Prowse and couldn’t wait to get stuck to An Ordinary Life. As always Amanda weaves a wonderful story from the offset with characters that are relatable and jump off of the pages.

Molly is a wonderful female lead in this story and we meet Molly towards the end of World War II as a young lady working to support her family. Throughout this story we jump between her memories and present day as we discover how her decisions have influenced her life and she reflects to see if she would have done anything differently given the choice.

I loved this story, it was aptly named as all Molly was ever aiming for was an ordinary life. This story delves into loss, love and how women had far less choices in the years following the war than we do now.

Once again Amanda Prowse has delivered a wonderful story that pulls you in and leaves you frantically turning the pages to see what comes next. I loved this step into historical fiction set during one of my favourite time periods, another massive 5* from me – I loved it from start to finish.

Book Blurb

From the bestselling author of The Girl in the Corner comes a tale of love, loss—and one last extraordinary dance.

Christmas Eve, 2019. Ninety-four-year-old Molly lies in her hospital bed. A stroke and a fall may have broken her body—but her mind is alive with memories.

London, 1940s. Molly is a bright young woman, determined to help the war effort and keep her head up despite it all. Life becomes brighter when she meets and falls in love with a man who makes her forget everything with one dance. But then war forces her to make an unforgettable sacrifice, and when she’s brought to her knees by a daring undercover mission with the French Resistance, only her sister knows the secret weighing heavily on Molly’s heart.

Now, lying in her hospital bed, Molly can’t escape the memories of what she lost all those years ago. But she is not as alone as she thinks.

Will she be able to find peace—and finally understand that what seemed to be an ordinary life was anything but?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author whose twenty six novels and seven novellas have been published in dozens of languages around the world. Published by Lake Union, Amanda is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today; her titles also consistently score the highest online review approval ratings across several genres. Her books, including the chart topping No.1 titles ‘What Have I Done?’, ‘Perfect Daughter’, ‘My Husband’s Wife’, ‘The Girl in the Corner’, ‘The Things I Know’ and ‘The Day She Came Back’ have sold millions of copies across the globe.

A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda is a regular panellist on Channel 5’s ‘The Jeremy Vine Show’ and numerous daytime ITV programmes. She also makes countless guest appearances on BBC national independent Radio stations including LBC and Talk FM, where she is well known for her insightful observations and her infectious humour. Described by the Daily Mail as ‘The queen of family drama’ Amanda’s novel, ‘A Mother’s Story’ won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the year Award while ‘Perfect Daughter’ was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016.

Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning the bedside lamp off at night, great characters that ensure you take every step with them and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…

Praise for Amanda Prowse:

‘A powerful and emotional work of fiction’ – Piers Morgan
‘Deeply moving and emotional, Amanda Prowse handles her explosive subjects with delicate skill’ – Daily Mail
‘Uplifting and positive, but you will still need a box of tissues’ – Hello!
‘A gut-wrenching and absolutely brilliant read’ – The Irish Sun
‘You’ll fall in love with this…’ – Cosmopolitan
‘Deeply moving and eye opening. Powerful and emotional drama that packs a real punch.’ – Heat
‘Magical’ – Now magazine

Social Media Links

Say hello on Twitter:  @MrsAmandaProwse

Friend me on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/AmandaProwseAuthor

Tag me on Instagram:  www.instagram.com/MrsAmandaProwse

Visit my Amazon Author Page:  Amanda Prowse Author  

Check out my website: www.amandaprowse.com

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

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Kel x

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

As we reach the end of the week, here is my review for Faking It by Portia Macintosh

Massive thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to join this blog tour!

My Review

In a time where we all need a giggle this book is the perfect prescription.

I loved the storyline – I mean who wouldn’t want to imitate their sister and get a chance to see if the grass really is greener and what it is really like to be a wife and mother.

I laughed throughout this book, it is the sort of story to make you giggle out loud and smile as you read. Ella is a vibrant character who is the polar opposite to her twin sister Emma, so as soon as Emma reveals her plan you just know its going to be hilarious. Ella is fiesty and a much more impulsive person and as you read you begin to wonder if this is a part of her personality she can keep in check whilst she is living undercover as her sister.

A great read that I really enjoyed reading, the characters were great and I loved the scrapes that Ella got herself into and then tried to wiggle back out of. I love it when a book calls to you and I kept picking this back up at every opportunity to see what Ella was going to do or say next.

Book Blurb

The perfect house, the perfect husband and the perfect life… or is she just faking it?


Life has been a bit of a rollercoaster for Ella. Growing up as the ‘less successful’ identical twin to her ‘perfectly successful’ sister, Emma, has left her feeling isolated, inadequate and let’s face it.. a little bitter.

When Emma unexpectedly reaches out to Ella in a time of need, Ella suddenly finds herself with the opportunity to fill in for her sister and experience how the other half live.

But as Ella navigates the world of gossiping mothers, rebellious teens and trying to play the model housewife (not to mention avoiding the temptation of attractive men at the school gates…) will she discover that all is not always as it seems on the other side?

Discover the brilliantly funny new romantic comedy from top 10 bestseller Portia MacIntosh. Perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Sophie Ranald and Lindsey Kelk

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Portia MacIntosh is a bestselling romantic comedy author of over 15 novels, including My Great Ex-Scape and Honeymoon For One. Previously a music journalist, Portia writes hilarious stories, drawing on her real life experiences.

Social Media Links

Facebook

Instagram

Book Bub

Twitter

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

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Kel x

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Historical Fiction

This morning we take a step back in time as we help kick off the blog tour for Stormy Days on Mulberry Lane by Rosie Clarke

I love reading historical fiction and was delighted to join the blog tour and read the next in the saga by Rosie Clarke.

My Review

I have only recently discovered this series, historical fiction set in London is one of my favourite locations to read about and this book did not disappoint.

Peggy is one of those rare gems you hear about when stories from during the war are told, who went out of their way to help people. In this story her legendary kindness continues as she settles into life back in the lanes with her husband and twins. Mulberry Lane is full of feisty, passionate women who will do anything to help their own. This story is tinged with sadness throughout, it feels so real as you read and it just reinforces the awe I hold for women of this generation.

A superbly told story that has left me keen to know what comes next for these ladies as yet again the balance shifts as life keeps evolving.

Book Blurb

London 1950
Peggy Ronoscki is happily settling into life running her guesthouse on Mulberry Lane, surrounded by close friends and family. Life just seems too good…
But then disaster strikes.
Pip, her beloved son is left in a coma following a devastating car crash and a young girl collapses in the market leaving Peggy no option but to nurse her back to health.
As things begin to go awry, Peggy worries she has brought trouble to her doorstep?
Can her life ever return to normal? Or has Peggy’s good nature led her astray?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Rosie Clarke is a #1 bestselling saga writer whose most recent books include The Mulberry Lane series.  She has written over 100 novels under different pseudonyms and is a RNA Award winner.  She lives in Cambridgeshire.

Social Media Links


Newsletter Sign Up: http://bit.ly/RosieClarkeNewsletter

http://www.rosieclarke.co.uk

https://twitter.com/AnneHerries

http://bookbub.com/authors/rosie-clarke

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

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Kel x

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

Happy Monday! Kicking the week off with a review for the superb The Little Swiss Ski Chalet by Julie Caplin

Today I am delighted to be sharing my review for the wonderful new release by Julie Caplin, a perfect read to provide a little escapism.

My Review

The Little Swiss Ski Chalet was a superb read that loved from beginning to end, I had been looking forward to curling up to read this between Christmas and New Year and it did not disappoint.

The location was absolutely perfect and I loved being transported away from the damp weather in Kent to the wonderful snow coated Swiss Alps. A story filled with love and amazing food, I love the way the author explores food in these stories and in this series I have learnt so much about different traditions in different countries. This time we got to explore Switzerland and learn more about their local dishes, chocolate and amazing cakes.

The Little Swiss Ski Chalet had a host of wonderful characters that I loved getting to spend time with. Mina was a great leading lady and I loved her relationship with her godmother as it reminded me of the treasured relationship between my daughter and her godmother.

A story that feels like a giant hug, the perfect feel good read to enjoy whilst snuggled under cosy blankets with a large mug of hot chocolate hiding away from the wet and miserable winter weather.

Book Blurb

It’s time to pack your bags and head to the breathtaking, snow-covered peaks of the Swiss Alps for velvety hot chocolates, delicious cheeses and a gorgeous love story…

Food technician Minna has always believed that chocolate will solve everything – and it’s just what she needs when her latest relationship mishap goes viral!

So with her bags packed and a new determination to sort her life out, Minna decides to drown her sorrows with the best hot chocolate in the world at her godmother’s cosy Swiss chalet. Chocolate: yes. Romance: no. Until she has a run in on an Alpine train with a mysterious but oh-so-gorgeous stranger…

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Julie Caplin, formerly a PR director, swanned around Europe for many years taking top food and drink writers on press trips (junkets) sampling the gastronomic delights of various cities in Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Copenhagen and Switzerland. It was a tough job but someone had to do it. 

These trips have provided the inspiration and settings for her Romantic Escapes series which have been translated into fifteen different languages.

The first book in the seven strong series, The Little Café in Copenhagen, was shortlisted for a Romantic Novel of the Year Award.

Social Media Links

Twitter – @JulieCaplin

Facebook – Julie Caplin Author

Instagram – @juliecaplinauthor

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

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

Kel x

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction

Today is my stop on the blog tour for the wonderful sequel – What Now? by Shari Low

When I read What If? last year I was so excited to hear that What Now? was being released as I loved Carly and her crazy ideas and adventures. Today I am lucky enough to be on the blog tour and sharing my review for What Now?

My Review

Wow what a read! I adored the first book and was so excited we were getting to spend time with Carly and her wonderful friends again.

This story took us on a whole new adventure with Carly where we met characters from the previous book, lost close friends and gained a few new ones that she has met in the 20 year interlude in the timeline.

As soon as you start reading this emotionally charged story you realise that Carly has lost her spark and the very essence of what drove her to act before thinking about the consequences. A story filled with wonderful meaningful life long friendships, life altering loss and some big decisions. As I read I found I was quickly pulled back into her world and you start to remember the whirlwind that Carly used to be as you discover what has happened in her life and relationships over the past 20 years.

I am so sad to reach the end as I loved Carly as a character, she is vibrant and leaps off the pages and made me laugh throughout. A proper page turner that has left me feeling like I just rediscovered and then lost a great group of friends.

Book Blurb

The follow-up sequel to the bestselling ‘What If?’ from Shari Low


Twenty years ago, Carly Cooper went on an epic quest to track down all the men she’d ever loved and lost in the hope that one of them was her Mr Right.

Now, two decades and two teenage sons later, she thinks she might have got it all wrong.

As the years have passed, lots of things have changed, leaving Carly asking ‘What Now?’

With a divorce and an empty nest on the horizon, Carly sets off once more to Los Angeles with her band of trusty girlfriends, to find the carefree, wild and adventurous Carly Cooper that she used to be.

On this latest quest, Carly discovers a few home truths and has to decide If her marriage is worth saving or is there a new happy-ever-after out there, just waiting for her…

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Shari Low is the #1 bestselling author of over 25 novels, including One Day In Summer and My One Month Marriage and a collection of parenthood memories called Because Mummy Said So. She lives near Glasgow.

Social Media Links

Newsletter sign up:  http://bit.ly/ShariLowNewsletter

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

Website http://www.sharilow.com

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