Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

Pop on your dancing shoes and check out my review for Strictly Come Dating by Kathryn Freeman

I love Sunday reading and today I am delighted to be on the blog tour for two brilliant and very different reads today. Kicking off my Sunday I am reviewing Strictly Come Dating, my first read by Kathryn Freeman and I loved it! 

Strictly Come Dating

My Review

A wonderful light hearted read brimming with friendship, fun, dancing and romance.Maggie is that wonderful organised mum that we all admire who always appears to have her life together and with two fab daughter’s as a testament to her hardwork.

Whilst Seb is fun loving, disorganised and creates chaos wherever he goes. However the friendship that flourishes between them as he turns up with his sister’s to watch Strictly Coming Dancing each week is fantastic.

I loved the dancing lessons and the importance of the dancing throughout the story and how it encourages Maggie to let her hair down and have a bit of fun. This is a story that just dances off the pages as your reading I found that I was egging the characters on as I read and wanted to know what would happen next and how they would react as their friendship intensified.

The perfect read to curl up enjoy on a chilly evening and get lost in the wonderful dancing, fun and laughter.

 

Book Blurb

Saturday nights are strictly for dancing… 

As the glitter ball shimmers and sequins flash, forty-year-old Maggie remembers the pull of the dancefloor.  But now, as a newly divorced mum of two, Maggie’s certain her dancing days are over.  Or are they…?

Encouraged by her friends, Maggie dusts off her silver stilettoes and enrols for dancing classes, all she needs now is the perfect partner.

Enter Seb.  Young, carefree and hot as hell, Seb is definitely a perfect 10!  Even though everything about him is outrageously inappropriate! But as Seb sweeps her across the dancefloor every week, Maggie begins to see a new side to him; kind, caring, funny, strong. 

And Maggie realises that he’s the only one she’d like to foxtrot with…perhaps even forever

 

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Available to purchase here

 

Meet the Author

Kate Freeman-58

A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero.

I’ve two sons and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), so any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes come in many disguises.

 

Where to find Kathryn Freeman

Website:  http://kathrynfreeman.co.uk

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/KathrynFreeman1

 

 

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to read and review this superb festive read, I have loved reading these stories about the wonderful residents of Castle Street. Please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!

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

Kel x

Please note this post contains Amazon affiliate links, this does not affect the great price you pay for the book but enables me to earn a little extra to keep funding my blog and recommending great books!

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Historical Fiction

Today we are taking a trip to Mulberry Lane as I join the blog tour for A Reunion on Mulberry Lane by Rosie Clarke #rachelsrandomresources #mulberrylane #blogtour #backablogger @rararesources @anneherries

I love historical fiction and this story is written around my favourite era and I was excited to pick up my copy and start reading.

My Review

Rosie Clarke has a wonderful way with words and I loved visiting the ladies of Mulberry Lane again. I haven’t read all of the books in this series but they are all written as stand alone reads as well. It was great to visit the lovely selection of characters dotted between Mulberry Lane and Devon.

I love reading a book that just sweeps you along and after the first few chapters introduce you to everyone, I was catapulted into a Christmas at Mulberry Lane. Christmas is one of my favourite times of year as I love the family time and this book really focused on family and it’s importance throughout.

Another wonderful read from Rosie Clarke set in the years following World War II as Britain started to recover. I love the attitudes of Peggy, Sheila and Rose in this story and how they don’t shy away from a bit of hard work and have nothing but admiration as they paved the way for later generations.

Book Blurb

A brand NEW festive read from Rosie Clarkes’ bestselling Mulberry Lane series.


1949

Peggy and Able Ronoscki’s seaside cafe in Devon is thriving and their twins Fay and Freddie are growing up fast.

To pursue her daughter’s destiny, Fay must train in London and Peggy is faced with a dilemma of moving the family back to London once more.

Meanwhile, Peggy’s elder daughter Janet has her own troubles. She fears her husband is having an affair and Is desperately unhappy.

Peggy is torn two ways and can only hope that a reunion with her friends at Christmas can help resolve her problems.

Available to purchase here

Meet Rosie Clarke

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

http://bit.ly/RosieClarkeNewsletter

www.twitter.com/anneherries

http://www.rosieclarke.co.uk

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

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to read and review this superb festive read, I have loved reading these stories about the wonderful residents of Castle Street. Please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!

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

Kel x

Please note this post contains Amazon affiliate links, this does not affect the great price you pay for the book but enables me to earn a little extra to keep funding my blog and recommending great books!

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

Today I am sharing my review for Summer at my Sister’s by Emily Harvale and I am already excited to read the next one!

I love sharing a weekend review when everyone has a little more time to have a read and click to buy a book, today I am sharing my review for Summer at my Sisters which is the first book set is Seahorse Harbour.

 

My Review 

A wonderful uplifting story set in the fictional seaside location of Seahorse Harbour. Emily always creates wonderful characters that creates the feeling that you personally know them and encourage you to keep reading.

This story introduces twins Josie & Diana and we spend the summer getting to know these very different sisters who as time goes by start to see eachothers lives from a different point of view.

I loved the descriptions in this story and the paddleboarding and visits to the lido remind me of summers on the beach when I was in my teens.

A wonderful uplifting story about letting down your emotional barriers and that love can come from the most unexpected places. I loved this story and can’t wait to visit Seahorse Harbour again as it was a book that left me feeling happy and positive.

 

Book Blurb

Twin sisters. One scorching summer. A bucketful of secrets.

Diana’s life is perfect. Her twin sister, Josie’s – not so much. But when secrets are revealed this summer, everything will change.

Diana has a rich and successful husband, two talented youngsters and an adorable dog. She always looks as if she’s stepped from the cover of a magazine. Her immaculate second home by the sea, for idyllic summers with her perfect family, was actually featured in one.

Josie has a messy, compact flat, dates, but not relationships, and she can’t even keep a houseplant alive. She moves from job to job, goes clubbing with her friends and often looks as if she’s fallen through a hedge.

Although Josie loves Diana deeply, each year she declines the invitation to spend the summer with her sister. Or any other family holiday. Because Josie has a secret.

But is Diana’s life so perfect? Or is she also hiding something? When secrets are revealed this summer, everything will change. Josie could finally have the life she’s always wanted … if she’s brave enough to take a chance.

This is the first book in my new series of standalone books set in Seahorse Harbour.

 

Available to purchase here

Meet Emily Harvale

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 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, 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.

Social Media Links

www.twitter.com/emilyharvale

https://www.facebook.com/emilyharvalewriter

https://www.instagram.com/emilyharvale

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to read and review this superb festive read, I have loved reading these stories about the wonderful residents of Castle Street. Please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!

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

Kel x

Please note this post contains Amazon affiliate links, this does not affect the great price you pay for the book but enables me to earn a little extra to keep funding my blog and recommending great books!

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

Happy Publication Day to T.A Williams who today releases Under a Siena Sun

Today I am really excited to be jumping in on the publication day celebrations for Under the Siena Sun.

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My Review

I am a massive fan of T.A Williams and was excited to pick up this book and take a wonderful trip to Italy.

In a climate where we currently aren’t travelling as freely this summer, this book is a little slice of heaven. Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Siena in the height of summer this book felt like a mini holiday. Once again brimming with wonderful characters, delicious food and great descriptions, I adored the connection between the wonderful dogs in this book and how the characters were all threaded together as I read.

This story touches on the richest of rich as well as the poorest of poor where people have fled due to conflict and unrest. Whilst a light hearted read, this story also threw a spotlight on events that people aren’t always aware of and what the impacts of these scenarios can be long term for all involved.

A book that provided the perfect escapism to enjoy whilst basking in the gorgeous warmth of the Italian sun and planning a trip in my head to check out the stunning surroundings.

 

Book Blurb

Lucy needed a change of scene. She didn’t expect the change of a lifetime.

Doctors Without Borders has been Lucy Young’s life for the past four years. After being rescued from a conflict zone, she’s making a change from saving lives under gunfire to practising medicine in safe, serene Siena.

Now treating wealthy patients at a private clinic, she’s never felt less comfortable. She’s used to helping those in dire need – not those in need of a nip and tuck. Her turmoil grows when she encounters injured tennis star David Lorenzo, whose smiles make Lucy forget her aversion to the rich.

She’s soon falling for the sportsman but is she losing herself in this world of excess? All she’s ever wanted was to help the underprivileged, so can her future lie in Siena at the clinic – with David?

This sunny romance is the perfect summer escape for fans of Lucy Coleman and Alex Brown.

 

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Available to purchase below:

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About the Author

TA Williams

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/

 

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Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to join in the celebrations as part of Under a Siena Sun’s publication day, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!

 

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Historical Fiction

Today I am joining the blog tour for The Golden Maid by Evie Grace and sharing my review as well as an extract from this great historical fiction read!

I hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing Sunday, today I am joining the blog tour for The Golden Maid and sharing an extract with you all as well to provide that little bit more temptation to purchase this great read.

 

My Review

I really enjoy historical fiction and jumped at the chance to read this story based in Deal which is a local town to me in 1812. Although the era is slightly earlier that what I normally read with it being based so close to home I was keen to jump in.

I really enjoyed reading this story about the smugglers of Deal and getting to know the Lennicker girls. The laws were so different in this era and the way that justice was delivered was also very different and it all added to this story and made me keen to keep reading.

A wonderful insight to how life would have been for a lot of families, I found that once I had gotten to know Winnie and Billy the pages were flying by and I was hurtling towards the end even though I had no idea how it would end up for these apparently jinxed young lovers.

Book Blurb

Deal, Kent, 1812

Eighteen-year-old Winnie Lennicker yearns for a peaceful life as a respectable married woman. However, when she becomes involved in her family’s free-trading operations and caught by the Revenue, she is sent before the magistrates. Forced to confess that she is with child, now more than ever, Winnie is determined to give up smuggling. But the only way she can support herself and her unborn child is to carry on.

An opportunity presents itself to carry despatches on behalf of British agents and spies, and gold for Wellington’s army. Needing the money, Winnie can’t afford to refuse, but the journey across the Channel is treacherous. When Winnie discovers the despatches she’s carrying aren’t what they seem, she’s determined to right her wrongs in the hope of achieving her dream and leaving the free trade behind for good.

Available to purchase here

I am also sharing an extract with you today, to entice you further to read the story of Winnie and her sisters.

Extract from The Golden Maid

Having left the herring to rouse in salt for a few hours the same evening, it was after dark by the time Winnie went back into the hang, a small extension attached to the rear of the cottage. Using sticks as spits, she hooked the silver fish by the gills along their length, then clambered up the ladder to hang them in the dark chamber above her head where the timbers were tarred with oil and smoke from years of use. After climbing down again, she fetched a candle and touched its flame to the pile of oak shavings, coaxing them into a quiet smoulder.

 She watched a curl of smoke rise into the air and snake its way around the deeply forked tails of the row of fish, transforming them into bloaters. By morning, the skins would have turned to gold and their flesh grown soft, gamey and ready to eat – just as Billy liked them. 

Winnie dashed a hot tear from her cheek as she remembered their neighbour’s son, a boy with dirty knees and a twinkle in his eye, whose father had gone to sea a few weeks after he was born and was never heard of again. They’d called him ‘carrot top’ and ‘big ears’ and teased him mercilessly about his freckles and the holes in his shoes until Ma had given them a stern telling-off. Mrs Fleet, his mother, struggled to get by, and Ma used to give her their broken bloaters while Pa took Billy out fishing. 

She recalled one occasion when they had returned from a fishing trip. Billy, who could only have been about nine or ten, had dragged a bucket of fish into the house.

 ‘It’s the best catch I’ve ever seen,’ he’d grinned, his eyes lit up with joy. ‘Mr Lennicker says I can take some ’ome to Ma to sell them fresh from the barrer.’ 

’Ow many ’errin’ did we bring back?’ Pa said, bewildering him. 

Winnie, who was eight at the time, had known that he couldn’t count to more than the sum of his fingers and toes. She’d watched him put the basket down, put his finger to his mouth and stare towards the ceiling, thinking.

 ‘Well, lad?’ Pa had said. 

‘There’s one missin’,’ he’d said, and Pa had roared with laughter.

 Winnie had thought that Billy might burst into tears, but he hadn’t.

 ‘You’re a smart one,’ Pa had chuckled, and Billy had started laughing too. ‘Mrs Lennicker will l’arn you some ’rithmetic. I’ll tell you ’ow to count ’errin’ into warps, long hundreds, cran baskets and lasts.’ 

Billy hadn’t been entirely attentive to his studies, preferring to be down on the beach with the other shore boys than in the parlour with Ma, but he had learned his numbers and a little reading and writing. 

Mr and Mrs Lennicker had taken him in when he was orphaned at fourteen by his mother’s untimely death. He had become a good companion to their father, the son he’d never had. At first Winnie had been jealous of the time he spent with Pa, but her feelings had altered, and she had fallen for him.

About Evie Grace

One of my earliest memories is of eating cherries in an orchard with my grandfather and his faithful black Labrador. I was born in Kent and lived there until my family moved to Devon, but we visited regularly, and every Christmas grandparents sent us a box of Cox’s orange pippins, each apple wrapped in newspaper. I remember seeing the oasts and hop gardens, and walking round Canterbury, throwing pebbles into the river and being scared by the sight of the ducking stool on the wall of the Old Weavers House.
After leaving school, I qualified as a vet and worked in small animal practice. I’d always loved reading, and decided to turn my hand to writing fiction. In 2002, I won the Harry Bowling Prize which was set up in memory of Harry Bowling, the ‘King of Cockney Sagas’. I met my wonderful agent, Laura, at the prize-giving and with her support, my writing career took off.
Having had fourteen books published, I began writing about the Three Maids of Kent, a Victorian family saga, inspired by the stories passed down by my grandparents and great-grandparents who lived in and around Canterbury, Selling and Faversham. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed researching the Victorian era – it’s been a real voyage of discovery, finding about nineteenth century tattoos, how to use a tinderbox and the effects of industrialisation on the rural way of life.
In between writing and working as a vet, I’ve brought up a family and looked after various pets. I’ve settled in Devon now that my children have grown up and gone off to university.
Would I have liked to have been living in Victorian times? Only as a wealthy gentleman in good health, I think!

‘Half a Sixpence’ is the first novel in a brand new series, a Victorian family saga set in East Kent. The Three Maids of Kent series follows the fortunes of three generations of women from the hop gardens and orchards of rural Hernhill and Dunkirk, to the breweries of Faversham and streets of Canterbury.

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to read and review this superb festive read, I have loved reading these stories about the wonderful residents of Castle Street. Please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!

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

Kel x

Please note this post contains Amazon affiliate links, this does not affect the great price you pay for the book but enables me to earn a little extra to keep funding my blog and recommending great books!

Please note this post contains Amazon affiliate links, this does not affect the great price you pay for the book but enables me to earn a little extra to keep funding my blog and recommending great books!

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

Today I am very excited to be sharing my 5* review for The Last Charm by Ella Allbright

I love it when you read a book that is so memorable that even weeks after reading you can recall the story as clear as anything, this book is on of those gems and I am excited to share my review with you today.

The Last Charm

My Review

Oh wow what a book, I knew from the first few pages this was going to be a special one!

A gorgeous story to lose yourself in, as I read I learnt the story of Leila’s charm br.acelet and all of the memories that it holds. This book talks you through how she is linked to Jake and the precious story behind her charm bracelet. This is one of those rare books that you pick up and are desperate to keep reading but want to savour the story at the same time and never reach the end.

I laughed and cried reading this book and it shoots straight into that elusive 5* spot and is a truly memorable read, it just has everything and I was transported to Leila’s world whilst reading.

I feel emotionally drained after finishing this book, a superb book that will stay with me for a long time. A beautifully written story brimming with wonderful characters!

Book Blurb

A moving and heartwarming love story perfect for fans of Me Before You and One Day in December…

Leila’s charm bracelet tells a story of love, a story of loss, a story of hope.

This is the story of her … and the story of Jake.

When Leila Jones loses her precious charm bracelet and a stranger finds it, she has to tell the story of how she got the charms to prove she’s the owner. Each and every one is a precious memory of her life with Jake.

So Leila starts at the beginning, recounting the charms and experiences that have led her to the present. A present she never could have expected when she met Jake nearly twenty years ago…

The Last Charm Cover

Available to purchase below:

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Meet Ella Allbright

A self-confessed reading addict, Ella Allbright writes commercial women’s fiction set in her beautiful home county of Dorset. Her first novel in this genre, The Charm Bracelet will be published in August 2020 by One More Chapter, an imprint of HarperCollins, and she’s currently hard at work on her next book. Ella is represented by agent Hattie Grünewald at The Blair Partnership, who represent J.K. Rowling.

Ella also writes as Nikki Moore, the author of the popular #LoveLondon romance series. A number of the novellas featured in the Top 100 short story charts on Kobo and the Top 20 in the Amazon UK bestsellers Holiday chart, and in 2018 the collection was released in Italy. Her first published work was the short story A Night to Remember in the best selling Mills & Boon / RNA anthology Truly, Madly, Deeply. Her debut romance Crazy, Undercover, Love was shortlisted for the RNA Joan Hessayon Award 2015.

When not writing or reading, she can be found working in her HR day job, walking the family’s cute beagle puppy or watching a Netflix series!

You can connect with Ella/Nikki on:

Twitter – @NikkiMoore_Auth

Facebook – facebook.com/NikkiMooreWrites

Amazon – amazon.co.uk/Nikki-Moore

Blog – nikkimooreauthor.wordpress.com

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Giveaway

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

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Starcross Manor by Christie Barlow

Today I am delighted to be joining the blog tour and sharing my review for Starcross Manor which is part of the Love Heart Lane Series.

Starcross Manor

My Review

I love reading books by Christie Barlow as they are always full of wonderful characters with a great sense of community spirit and I loved diving into her latest release.

On this visit we get to know Julia the owner of the Bed & Breakfast who we have met previously and Flynn the latest arrival in town who Julia has crossed paths with before. Julia has poured her heart and soul into starting her business and with the assistance of Eleni is becoming more successful with the increase in tourists since the collapse of the bridge the previous year.

Starcross Manor was a wonderfully described destination that jumped off the pages and came alive as I read. It was lovely to visit the lovely characters from Love Heart Lane again, I like how these books can be read as stand alone but also link together with the characters from previous stories making an appearance.

A wonderful feel good read that will make you laugh and feel full of love at the way this wonderful community pulls together. I am loving reading these books and am already really excited to read the next release and get to visit these lovely characters again.

 

Book Blurb

Dying to know more about the brooding and mysterious Flynn Carter and the secrets behind his plans for Starcross Manor?

You won’t want to miss the next spellbinding chapter in the Love Heart Lane series – where friends are there for you no matter what.

When Julia Coleman meets Flynn Carter again in the cosy village of Heartcross it can only mean trouble. Flynn might be rich, brooding and sexy, but Julia knows first-hand he’s ruthless and she plans to watch his every move.

When Julia discovers Flynn’s plans for beautiful Starcross Manor her greatest fears come true.  Because Flynn’s dreams of turning Starcross into a luxury hotel could ruin Julia’s dreams…and finish off the community of Heartcross for good.

Flynn makes it clear he doesn’t want trouble, and he’s not the man Julia thinks he is.  As he sets about convincing the community he’s changed, he hopes he can convince Julia to give him another chance too…

 

Starcross Manor Cover

Available to purchase Amazon UK Amazon US

 

About the Author

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Christie Barlow is the number 1 International bestselling author of ten bestsellers including A Home at Honeysuckle Farm, Love Heart Lane and Clover Cottage. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA, Canada & Australia.

 

Social Media Links

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christie_barlow/?hl=en

Twitter @ChristieJBarlow 

Facebook page Christie Barlow author

 

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

 

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction

Pop over to my blog today to read my review for The Girl You Forgot by Giselle Green

Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Girl You Forgot by Giselle Green, I love reading books by authors I haven’t tried before and finding new authors who I will definitely read again.

The Girl You Forgot

My Review

I love finding a new author to sample and the blurb had me hooked straight away.

A story written from the perspectives of Will & Ava, we meet them at a point where Will needs life saving surgery but stands to lose all of his recent memories.

This is an emotional story where you really feel for both Ava & Will who are caught in a hellish circle from which they don’t appear to be finding any escape. During this story it touches on depression and heartbreak and you spend the entire story with your sympathy swinging between them.

A story that makes you think what would you do if you found yourselves in a scenario where you or a partner needed life saving surgery but would stand to lose their memories. A story full of complex emotions that makes you thankful for your family and friends and the memories that you create.

 

Book Blurb

Does the heart never really forget?

When Ava’s partner Will is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour, the doctors give Will one chance to survive – an operation which means he will lose his recent memory. Ava begs him to take the chance, sure that she can cope with Will forgetting her. After all, they have something very special to live for.

But they are also keeping a heart-breaking secret, and if Will loses his memory, Ava will have to carry that secret alone.

Can they rebuild their love from scratch or will their secrets and past come between them? Will Ava really be a stranger when Will wakes up – or does the heart never really forget…

Giselle Green returns with a heart-breaking, deeply moving story of love, loss, and what it really means to be alive. Perfect for all fans of Jodi Picoult, Susan Lewis and Diane Chamberlain.

 

THE GIRL You FORGOT 1

Available to purchase here

About the Author

The Girl You Forgot Author Photo

Giselle Green is an award-winning, bestselling contemporary women’s fiction author. Mum to six boys (half of whom have flown the nest) and owner of one bright orange-and-cinnamon canary who hopefully never will, Giselle enjoys creating emotionally-gripping storylines about family and relationships.

Social Media Links

Twitter Profile: @gisellegreenUK

Website: https://gisellegreen.com/

Facebook Profile: Giselle Green Author

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/giselle-green

Newsletter sign up: https://bit.ly/GiselleGreenNewsletter

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

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

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

Wow another busy weekend for blog tours! Today I am excited to be sharing my review for A French Affair by Jennifer Bohnet #rachelsrandomresources #AFrenchAffair #BlogTour #BackaBlogger @rararesources @jenniewriter

Today is my stop on the blog tour for A French Affair by Jennifer Bohnet and what better way is there than to spend a Sunday relaxing whilst enjoying a wonderful trip to France.

A French Affair

My Review

I love it when you see an author you love pop up in your inbox with a new blog tour and I couldn’t wait to get a copy of the book so I could start reading.

A truly wonderful 5* read that immediately captured me, I loved meeting Belinda and following her story as she goes to Brittany to help turn a campsite around. Last year I visited a gorgeous campsite in rural France and this story reminded me of our visit and how much fun we had creating memories.

A stunning location that I instantly fell in love with and loved the descriptions of how run down the campsite had become and the plans to modernise it. Early in the story we met Alain and he played a key role in this story with his gruff personality and loyalty to the campsite.

A story rich in wonderful characters that all bring something different to the table and who you want to keep reading about as you have become invested in their happiness. I shed a few tears during this story as there were some emotional highs and lows throughout.

Set against the back drop of a wonderful location with a whole cast of amazing characters there wasn’t anything I didn’t love about this story!

 

Book Blurb

What will be will be…

Belinda Marshall’s idyllic teenage life in Brittany, France, fell apart when her parents dramatically separated and her mother took her back
to England.

Fast forward thirty-five years when Belinda’s world is once again turned upside down.
It’s the week before Christmas and Belinda’s employer ‘surprises’ her by asking for her help to rejuvenate their latest investment, a run-down campsite in Brittany.
Memories and anxieties that had lain dormant for years suddenly begin to resurface.
As secrets from a lost life threaten to overwhelm her, there is a realisation that maybe she wasn’t told the whole truth by her mother all those years ago.

Can Belinda reconcile her emotions and find happiness once more in the place she so loved and called home?

 

A FRENCH AFFAIR HI RES

Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

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Jennifer Bohnet is the bestselling author of over 14 women’s fiction titles, including Villa of Sun and Secrets and A Riviera Retreat. She is originally from the West Country but now lives in the wilds of rural Brittany, France.

 

Social Media Links

Website: http://www.jenniferbohnet.com/

Facebook: http://facebook.com/Jennifer-Bohnet-170217789709356

Twitter: http://twitter.com/jenniewriter

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Newsletter sign up link: http://bit.ly/JenniferBohnetNewsletter

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jennifer-bohnet

 

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

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It’s the weekend and I am kicking off with a review for Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis #backablogger #dearemmieblue @lisforlia @orionbooks

It’s the weekend and what better way than to kick it off with a review for this gorgeous read Dear Emmie Blue, I love reading books by Lia Louis and this was simply wonderful to read.

 

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My Review

I picked up this book after reading some wonderful reviews and oh what a gorgeous read it is. Emmie Blue is a wonderful character who is so desperate to fall in love and be loved but still haunted by memories of a particular night at school that
occurred years before.

The concept of the story and how Emmie released her red balloon won my heart instantly. I loved the friendship dynamics between Luke, Eliot & Emmie and how as the story unfolded you learnt more about the brothers and the wonderful way Emmie came into their lives.

This story is set between a town local to me in England and France, it is full of love and hope and one that I loved reading from beginning to end. By the last page even I was a little in love with the lovely Eliot and hoped he would also get his happy ending as they all prepared to move onto the next stage of their lives.

 

Book Blurb

Emmie Blue has a secret…

A long time ago, Emmie Blue released a red balloon with a secret message hidden inside – and against all odds, across hundreds of miles of ocean, it was found on a beach in France by a boy called Lucas.

Fourteen years later, on the eve of her thirtieth birthday, Emmie hopes that Lucas is finally about to kiss her. She never expected him to announce that he was marrying someone else!

Suddenly Emmie’s dreams are shattered and the one person in her life she can rely on is slipping through her fingers. But what if Lucas isn’t her forever? What if her love story is only just beginning…

Don’t miss the love story that everyone is talking about this summer! Perfect for fans of Beth O’Leary, Josie Silver and Cecelia Ahern.

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

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Lia Louis is a writer from Hertfordshire, where she lives with her partner and three children. She has written two novels to date – Somewhere Close to Happy and Dear Emmie Blue – and her work has been translated into 11 languages. In 2015, she won ELLE magazine’s annual talent competition with her contemporary love letter, #RelationshipGoals. Lia can be found tweeting at @LisforLia.

 

Many thanks to Orion Publishing for the invitation to take part in this blog tour, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love! 

 

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