Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Historical Fiction

Today I am delighted to be joining the blog tour for the new release – A Ration Book Victory by Jean Fullerton

My Review

I have loved reading about the Brogan family and this visit was no exception, throughout this saga we have learnt snippets about the matriarch of the family Queenie and we get to learn more about her life before she came to London as she has to decide whether to tell her family something that could change them forever.

As the end of the war approaches we spend time with all of the Brogan children and get to see how their lives have changed throughout the course of the war, we see their joys and challenges as they prepare for life post war.

I absolutely love historical fiction and saga’s based in London during WWII are my absolute favourite. The Brogan family have felt like family and I have loved getting to know these wonderful characters and will miss them as we conclude the final book in the series.

Book Blurb

Jean Fullerton, the RNA-shortlisted queen of the East End, returns with the final nostalgic and heart-warming story of the Brogan family.
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In the final days of war, only love will pull her through . . .

Queenie Brogan wasn’t always an East End matriarch. Many years ago, before she married Fergus, she was Philomena Dooley, a daughter of Irish Travellers, planning to wed her childhood sweetheart, Patrick Mahone. But when tragedy struck and Patrick’s narrow-minded sister, Nora, intervened, the lovers were torn apart.

Fate can be cruel, and when Queenie arrives in London she finds that Patrick Mahon is her parish priest, and that the love she had tried to suppress flares again in her heart.

But now in the final months of WW2, Queenie discovers Father Mahon is dying and must face losing him forever. Can she finally tell him the secret she has kept for over fifty years or will Nora once again come between them?

And if Queenie does decide to finally tell Patrick, could the truth destroy the Brogan family?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Born and bred in East London Jean is a District Nurse by trade and has worked as a NHS manager and as a senior lecture in Health and Nursing Studies. She left her day job to become a full-time writer in 2015 and has never looked back.

In 2006 she won the Harry Bowling Prize and now has seventeen sagas published over three series all of which are set in East London.

She is an experienced public speaker with hundreds of WI and women’s club talks under her belt, plus for the past fifteen years she has sailed all over the world as an enrichment speaker and writing workshop leader on cruise ships.

Social Media Links

Website: http://jeanfullerton.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jean-Fullerton-202631736433230/?ref=bookmarks 

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/JeanFullerton_ 

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Historical Fiction

Today I am super excited to be joining the blog tour for Victory Bells for the Harpers Girls @rararesources #blogtour #harpergirls @anneherries #boldwoodbloggers @boldwoodbooks

My Review

I have loved reading this series and jumped at the chance to read the latest addition to this saga.

It was lovely to spend time back in the Harpers store with all of the lovely girls who have progressed since the first book into women with lives and children of their own.

A story set in war torn London that see’s us reconnect with the original girls of Harpers and where they are now at in life as the end looks like it is finally insight for the war. This story is full of sensitivity for what was lost and compassion for the families and how they would now try to get their lives back on track and attempt to piece everything back together.

A superb story that I loved from an author whose historical fiction saga’s I just love to read.

Book Blurb

Can the Harpers Girls look forward to some happy times as a new dawn rises over London?

Sally Harper is busy juggling running London’s Oxford Street Store Harpers and looking after her beautiful new-born daughter, whilst husband Ben is overseas on another dangerous mission, this time to rescue a friend in need.


Young Becky Stockbridge finds herself in a difficult situation which could bring shame to her and her family. Will Becky, with the help of her friends find her happy ever after and keep her secret?


Marion Jackson is blessed with a son as she eagerly awaits the return of her husband Reggie. But all is not right when Reggie returns. Is Marion strong enough to save her family from yet another crisis?


As the war clouds retreat and the victory bells ring, tears and joy mingle with those of sadness as the world counts the true toll of war and celebrates peace.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

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

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Daisy & Kel x

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

Happy Saturday and Happy Publication Day to Jules Wake who today releases the wonderful – The Wednesday Morning Wild Swim

My Review

I am always really excited to hear that Jules Wake is releasing a new book and this was a wonderful book to jump into.

We meet Ettie as her life in London implodes and she moves back in with her Mum & Grandad and tries to get a job at a local hotel that is just preparing to reopen. Whilst walking to the hotel she stumbles across an open water lake that she remembers from childhood and a wonderful community who love to cold water swim.

I love the back story that runs alongside this of how Ettie was taught to swim by her Grandad and how these experiences are what evoked her love of swimming and prompted her to become a qualified lifeguard when she was younger.

A wonderful story, that I thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end.

Book Blurb

For fans of The Saturday Morning Park Run! Take the plunge and discover a gorgeous new read full of friendship, love and the healing power of community!

Ettie is trying to figure out her future.

Dominic’s just trying to forget his past.

But with the help of some unlikely friends, young and old, a secret lake hidden in the grounds of a beautiful estate and a scruffy dog, a new community is formed – right when they all need each other the most.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Jules Wake is the internationally bestselling author of over ten books including The Saturday Morning Park Run. She also writes as Julie Caplin and her Romantic Escapes series has hit the bestseller charts around the world.

After reading English at the University of East Anglia, Jules Wake worked in PR where she honed her fiction writing skills on press releases.  She’s now a full-time author and what better job is there than making stuff up! It certainly beats housework.

Social Media Links

Twitter @Juleswake

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/juleswakewrites/

Instagram: juleswakeauthor

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Daisy & Kel x

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction

Today I am really excited to be sharing my review for The Secrets of Summer House by Rachel Burton

My Review

What a wonderful story, I have loved my trip to Summer House. Set over a 40 year period we meet Olivia who is now an adult and has many unanswered questions following the death of her beloved Grandmother and also Olivia’s parents who she tragically lost as a baby.

This story was full of stories of the past and the hopes for the future for Tristan & Alice before everything began to unravel. I loved the location and the references to the boat races and commune. As I read I could feel the descriptions jumping from the page, making it easy to bring the story to life.

A wonderful story full of strong women and amazing friendships, I loved this beginning to end and absolutely love the ending for this story.

Book Blurb

An emotional, atmospheric summer read about family secrets and loyalty from the author ofKindle bestseller A Bookshop Christmas.The secrets of Summer House are about to come out at last…1976. Rushing out of the University Library, undergraduate Alice Kenzie bumps straight into PhD student Tristan Somers. There begins a whirlwind romance, and Alice falls pregnant and gives birth to a baby girl. Then Tristan is killed in a car accident. Unable to cope, Alice takes her baby to SummerHouse, Tristan’s family home in Suffolk, leaves her there and disappears.2018. Olivia Somers has always been told that her mother died in the same accident as her father.But when she finds a bundle of old letters in Summer House, everything she ever believed about her mother is called into question. Can she find her–and even more importantly, forgive her?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Rachel has a degree in Classics and another in English Literature, and fell into a career in law bymistake. She hasspent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Yorkshirewith her husband and their three cats. She loves yoga, ice hockey, tea, The Beatles, dresses withpockets and very tall romantic heroes. Find her on Twitter & Instagram as @RachelBWriter or follow her blog at rachelburtonwrites.com

Social Media Links

Twitter: @RachelBWriter

Facebook: @Rachelburton74

Instagram: @RachelBWriter

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

Let’s finish the weekend with my review for What Next ? by Shari Low

My Review

I have loved reading about the wonderful Carly Cooper since the first book, this story picks up as she finally relocates to join Sam in LA where her next adventure with her loyal friends awaits.

What could possibly go wrong when Val, Carly, Jess & Carole decide to embark on an adventure at the request of Val to various locations across America. With photos appearing randomly of Carly in celebrity blogs and Carole not feeling quite her normal self, this book is full of highs and lows which will make you giggle throughout. From Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Ice Skating this book is full of adventures and laughter amongst the tears.

I loved getting to visit these wonderful ladies again and I highly recommend grabbing a copy if you loved the previous visits to Carly Cooper.

Book Blurb

Two weeks, four friends and one big bucket list of secrets to unravel…

Val Murray and her best friend, Josie had been planning a ‘Thelma and Louise’ bucket list style holiday.


Now Josie is gone, and Val needs to make the trip before it’s too late.
But Val doesn’t want to do it alone, so she enlists the help of her nieces, Carly and Carole, and their best pal, Jess, who jump at the chance to join Val on a trip of a lifetime.


What Val doesn’t realise is that Carly, Carole and Jess are all at turning points in their own lives, nursing crushing secrets, lies and betrayals.


Somewhere between Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York they all hit a crossroads and have to decide if they want to return to the lives they left behind or let Josie’s last wishes take them on a brand new adventure.

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  

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

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/sharilow

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

Newsletter Sign Up: https://bit.ly/ShariLownews

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Daisy & Kel x

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

Today I am delighted to be joining the blog tour for The Girls by Bella Osborne

My Review

What a story! I loved the last book by Bella Osborne and this one had me hooked!

I loved meeting the Girls, in a book that will make you laugh and cringe throughout. As Zara pulls back together the girls she house shared with before she was famous, we get a glimpse into all of their lives and what has led them to be at the point in their lives where they all uproot to go and live with Zara.

A story that had me hooked from the moment I picked it up, I loved reading about the funny anecdotes and the wonderfully varied personalities of the girls and how they manage to slot together to muddle along.

Grab a copy of this wonderful book as you won’t be disappointed!

Book Blurb

Four old friends. Thrown back together after forty years apart. What could possibly go wrong?

In the 1970s, The Girls were best friends sharing a house and good times: Zara the famous diva actor, Val the uptight solicitor, Jackie the wild child and Pauline the quirky introvert. Now they’re in their twilight years, and Zara suggests that they live with her to support each other through old age.

Initially, being housemates again is just as much fun as in their heyday. But then Zara reveals the real reason she asked them to move in with her, and suddenly things take a sinister turn.

As the women confront their demons they come under the spotlight of the press, the police and an angry parrot. With their lives spiralling out of control can they save their friendships and each other?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Bella Osborne has been jotting down stories as far back as she can remember but decided that 2013 would be the year that she finished a full length novel. In 2016, her debut novel, It Started At Sunset Cottage, was shortlisted for the Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year and RNA Joan Hessayon New Writers Award. Bella’s stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you. She likes to find the humour in the darker moments of life and weaves these into her stories. Bella believes that writing your own story really is the best fun ever, closely followed by talking, eating chocolate, drinking fizz and planning holidays. She lives in the Midlands, UK with her lovely husband and wonderful daughter, who thankfully, both accept her as she is (with mad morning hair and a penchant for skipping).

Social Media Links

Twitter: @osborne_bella

Facebook: @BellaOsborneAuthor

Instagram: @bellaosborneauthor

Many thanks for the invitation to read and review your latest release.

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Daisy, Jacks & Kel x

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

Today I am delighted to be helping close the blog tour for Spring Tides at the Starfish Cafe by Jessica Redland

My Review

I absolutely loved my trip to the Starfish Cafe and the opportunity to visit Hollie & Jake again. I am a massive fan of Jessica Redland and will always reach for one of her books when I fancy a light hearted story that tugs at the heart strings.

In this story we spent more time with Jake & Hollie and got to see how their relationship was progressing. We also got to spend time with Vic and learn more about her previous heartbreak as she strikes up an unlikely friendship with Bart after meeting him on the lifeboat.

A story rich in heartbreak and betrayal whilst demonstrating courage and fear amongst the loss, This story covered every conceivable emotion as Hollie has to make tough decisions when pushed into a corner and decide what is the future of Starfish Cafe and what does she want for her future.

I already can’t wait for the next one as I love the location of these books and Hollie & Jake make amazing lead characters.

Book Blurb

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

A new season…

As winter turns to spring, Hollie – owner of The Starfish Café – is feeling content as she settles into her new life with her loving boyfriend, Jake, and their adorable dog Pickle.

But when an unwelcome visitor threatens the future of her café, Hollie must stay strong to protect her family’s legacy…

A leap of faith

Emerging from an unhappy relationship, Tori finds herself with nowhere to stay and nobody to talk to. The long-hidden secrets of her past weigh heavily on her until a chance encounter with Finley, struggling to come to terms with his own secrets, provides an opportunity to open up.

Can she find the strength to stop hiding from her past and face up to her family? Especially when that would mean letting her guard down and learning to trust again…

A fresh start…?

Little do Hollie and Tori know that their lives are about to collide at The Starfish Café and they may be able to help each other with a fresh start. After all, with good friends in your life, nothing is impossible…

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Jessica Redland is the top 10 bestselling author of over thirteen novels, including The Secret to Happiness. Inspired by her hometown of Scarborough she writes uplifting women’s fiction which has garnered many devoted fans.

Social Media Links

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

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/JessicaRedland 

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

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

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Daisy & Kel x

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

Today I am delighted to be sharing my 5* review for With This Kiss by Carrie Hope Fletcher

My Review

Today I am so excited to be sharing my review for this superb story, I picked it up whilst on holiday to read and was instantly transported into the world of the wonderful Lorelai. I loved this book so much that I preordered a copy for my best friend and she is currently reading it and absolutely loving it as well.

When you first meet Lorelai you don’t think much of the fact that she is quite content working at the cinema and living with her best friend. However as you get to know her, you learn about how she learnt about her secret and the impact this has then had on her life.

I found this a refreshing read and totally different to anything else that I have read this year, making it really memorable. Lorelai was a complex character that avoided all relationships and affection in the hope of not revealing her secret to anyone.

This was my first book by this author but it definitely won’t be my last as I was totally absorbed and just loved getting to know these wonderful characters.

Book Blurb

If you knew how your love story ends, would you dare to begin?

From the outside, Lorelai is an ordinary young woman with a normal life. She loves reading, she works at the local cinema and she adores living with her best friend. But she carries a painful burden, something she’s kept hidden for years; whenever she kisses someone on the lips, she sees how they are going to die.

Lorelai has never known if she’s seeing what was always meant to be, or if her kiss is the thing that decides their destiny. And so, she hasn’t kissed anyone since she was eighteen.

Then she meets Grayson. Sweet, clever, funny Grayson. And for the first time in years she yearns for a man’s kiss. But she can’t…or can she? And if she does, should she try to intervene and change what she sees?

Spellbinding, magical and utterly original, With This Kiss is one love story you will never forget.

Available to purchase here

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

Happy Publication Day to one of my favourite authors T.A Williams who today releases – An Escape to Remember

My Review

Another superb read by the wonderfully talented T.A Williams, I am a massive fan of his books and always jump at the chance to read his new release.

Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Italy, this story is rich in both landscape and romance. We meet Louise as she discovers her love life isn’t at all where she thought it was and accepts a new assignment in Italy renovating a gorgeous old hotel.

Louise is a wonderful leading lady who is full of warmth and compassion and not what you would have expected for someone completing the job she had been sent to the hotel to complete. She was far from the stereotypical trouble shooter and a pleasure to get to know during this story.

Brimming with wonderful views, sunny walks and unrequited love, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the atmosphere that is created within the story. As always it’s a pleasure to visit a gorgeous location and read all of the wonderful descriptions that make you feel like you are right there alongside them. I can’t wait to recommend this one as it’s the perfect way to kick off the warmer weather.

Book Blurb

She needed a getaway. What she found was a home.

When Louise surprises her boyfriend by returning early from a work trip, safe to say she wasn’t expecting to see him in flagrante delicto with another woman. Heart-torn and vowing to stay away from men, when Louise’s next project involves restoring an ageing hotel in Italy, she leaps at the chance to get away.

Managed by a crew of sextagenarians, the Grand Hotel del Monferrato needs all the love and care Louise can give it. But it’s hard to stay focused on the job when her thoughts keep straying to Vito, the reclusive and mysterious neighbour.

With his tragic past and her no-romance policy, Louise knows they can’t have a future. Yet something keeps pulling the two together…

A beautiful romance set in the hills of Turin

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 escapist romance 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/

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Today I have the pleasure of helping kick off the blog tour for Love Blooms at Mermaids Point by Sarah Bennett

My Review

Today I am so excited to be helping kick off the latest blog tour for the wonderful Sarah Bennett, I have struggled with my reading mojo recently so it is always a pleasure to pick up a book that you know will instantly capture you. As we return to Mermaids Point we pick up where we left off with Alex looking to purchase the old bookshop that Ivy had got her eye on.

A story tinged with sadness throughout as Ivy losses her Mum and her whole world implodes around her, yet the community pull together to try and offer her the space and support she needs to grieve and find her way forward.

It was great to get to know Alex and keep learning about what makes him tick whilst spending much more time with Ivy as she tries to find out her new direction. A story that will capture your heart straight away and leave you keen to keep reading. I just love it when a book calls your name everytime you sit down and this book kept just dragging me back to it.

I loved my latest visit to Mermaids Point, this seaside destination reminds me a lot of the village that I grew up as it only ever came to life in the summer months. A wonderful destination, with descriptions that jump off of the page and a superb host of characters that I have totally fallen in love with.

Book Blurb

Bestselling author Alex Nelson is slowly coming apart at the seams after a failed marriage and an abrupt change in career leave him at a crossroads in life. When an unexpected opportunity arises to escape to the idyllic village of Mermaids Point, he’s hot on the heels of his brother, Tom, who has recently moved there. Buying a rundown bookshop might be just his latest harebrained scheme, but Alex has never been one to do things by halves.

After spending her early years caring for her mother, Ivy Fisher is finally ready to start living her own life. But when the impossibly charming, impossibly good-looking Alex Nelson swoops in and snatches her dream out from under her nose, it really is the last straw. Forced by circumstances to spend more time with him, Ivy finally gets a peak of the real man beneath the confident exterior, and she likes what she sees.

But just when things are starting to come together for them, Ivy is reminded why men can never be trusted. Is Alex who he says he is, or is he using Mermaids Point as nothing more than research fodder for his next bestseller?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

se Link – https://amzn.to/31ZLqTm 

Author Bio – 

Sarah Bennett is the bestselling author of several romantic fiction trilogies including those set in Butterfly Cove and Lavender Bay. Born and raised in a military family she is happily married to her own Officer and when not reading or writing enjoys sailing the high seas. The first book in her new Mermaids Point trilogy for Boldwood was published in Spring 2021.

Social Media Links

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

Twitter  https://twitter.com/Sarahlou_writes 

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

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Daisy & Kel x