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, 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.

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Daisy & Kel x

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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 & Kel x

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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

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Twitterhttps://twitter.com/JessicaRedland 

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Daisy & Kel x

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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Daisy & Kel x

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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

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Happy Publication Day to the wonderful Katie Ginger who today releases The Little Library on Cherry Lane

My Review

Today I am super excited to be helping celebrate the release of The Little Library on Cherry Lane, a delightful story full of charm and wonderful characters.

Katie has a way of capturing the whole essence of a person when she writes so not only does she describe the location in such a visual way that the story plays out in front of your eyes she also does this with her characters. Elsie loves the library and always has found it a place that calms and soothes her soul, so when she finds out about the plans for her beloved refuge the normally quiet Elsie develops a who new persona.

When I picked up this book, I knew I needed to get comfy as I straight away was transported to Cherry Lane with it’s cute library which is a real central point for the whole village with wonderful connections to all of the other small businesses surrounding it. I loved the friendship between Elsie and Gemma and how the relationship between them was described and drawn upon throughout the story.

I really don’t want to give too much away, but I loved this book and wanted to just keep reading as I love books with a wonderful array of characters and not only did it have this in buckets but it was set in an idyllic village as well. As always a wonderful story full of love, loyalty and compassion, that i truly loved beginning to end.

Book Blurb

Elsie Martin may lead a quiet life, but working in her beloved local library is enough to make her happy. After all, books have always been her armour against the world. So when the library is threatened with closure to make way for a new housing development, Elsie knows it has to be saved – and that, despite being painfully shy, she needs to lead the campaign to save it.

Jacob Yardley thinks he’s doing the right thing by building a new affordable housing development. Why shouldn’t local people be able to buy a house in the place they grew up? Having to leave his own small hometown broke his heart. Plus, people don’t really use libraries anymore, do they?

As Elsie and Jacob clash over the future of the library, sparks begin to fly. Jacob is falling back in love with books and libraries – could he possibly be falling for her too? And will Elsie be able to save the library that means so much to her?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

KATIE GINGER lives by the sea in the south-east of England, and apart from holidays to very hot places where you can sit by a pool and drink cocktails as big as your head, she wouldn’t really want to be anywhere else. She is the author of Spring Tides at Swallowtail Bay,Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail BayWinter Wishes at Swallowtail BaySnowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage and the Seafront series – The Little Theatre on the Seafront, shortlisted for the Katie Fforde Debut Novel of the Year award, and Summer Season on the Seafront.

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

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

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Have a great day

Daisy & Kel x

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Today I am super excited to be joining the blog tour for One Greek Summer by Kate Frost

My Review

I absolutely LOVED this one! I’ve been after a 5* read for a while and this one transported me to the gorgeous Greek island of Skopelos and totally stole my heart.

From the first few pages I loved Harlow and as the story built I just relished in getting to know her and her strained relationship with both her Mother and Tyler that constantly left her under a cloud of doubt and justification.

This story really drilled down into the complex relationship between Harlow and her Mother and I think a lot of women will be able to relate to this dynamic from growing up.

As I raced through this book, I knew I didn’t want to reach the end as I had loved everything about this book from the olive groves and secluded beaches to the wonderful array of food that was showcased throughout.

A superb book that I already can’t wait to recommend to friends and family, so grab your copy today!

Book Blurb

Taking a chance on love is just the beginning…

When Harlow Sands arrives on an idyllic Greek island to work on a big budget movie, it should be the opportunity of a lifetime. But her uncertainty over the direction of her life and the high expectations of Maeve Fennimore-Bell, her domineering Hollywood producer mum, threatens to ruin her summer on beautiful Skopelos

Location manager Tyler Reed has his fair share of demons. His and Harlow’s lives have been entwined for over a decade and now forced to work together, their complicated past begins to unravel.

Harlow is desperate to break free and make her own way in the world, but with a fractured family, a long-hidden secret and a need to belong, can her happy-ever-after be found during one Greek summer?

Escape to the beautiful Greek isles with bestseller Kate Frost for the perfect uplifting, feel-good romantic read.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Kate Frost is the author of several bestselling romantic escape novels including The
Greek Heart and The Love Island Bookshop. She lives in Bristol and is the Director of
Storytale Festival, a book festival for children and teens she co-founded in 2019.

Social Media Links  

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

Today I am excited to share my review for Villa of Second Chance by Jennifer Bohnet

My Review

I loved the opportunity to visit this lovely selection of characters, with the story set against the gorgeous backdrop of the French Riviera. We meet Rebecca & Delphine head towards a change in their paths after Delphine was suddenly widowed, whilst they are also preparing for the second wedding for Freya and Marcus.

I am a massive fan of books by this wonderful author as they are always set in a warm and sunny location and always contain that wonderful feel good factor to make you smile even on the most miserable days. The villa that they have hired for the wedding sounds amazing and as soon as the words swimming pool were uttered, I could just imagine cocktails around the pool.

This story is about second chance for everyone whether that be in love or just reconnecting family ties, I love the insight we gain into each personal story as we spend time with everyone. A truly gorgeous story based around the wonderful love story of Freya and Marcus, another highly recommended read.

Book Blurb

Escape to the Villa in the South of France with Top 10 international bestseller Jennifer Bohnet, for an uplifting story of family, love and second chances.

 Run by sisters Rebecca and Delphine, Villa Sesame is a popular venue for small intimate weddings on the sparkling French Riviera. Beautiful terraces and a horizon pool all over look the Mediterranean setting the scene to make memorable days and dreams come true.
When recently widowed Delphine unexpectedly announces her desire to retire and live a different life, Rebecca feels her own life could be slipping into free fall.
How can she possibly carry on with the business without her sister at her side? Could this be the beginning of the end for Villa Sésame and Rebecca’s life as she knows it?
As the guests gather for the June wedding of Freya and Marcus, Freya’s two childhood friends bring their own problems to the villa and cousin Verity has her own agenda.
But it’s the arrival of a certain guest who throws Rebecca’s whole world into turmoil and she finds herself asking the question, where do I go from here?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

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

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Jennifer-Bohnet-170217789709356/ 

Twitter https://twitter.com/jenniewriter 

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

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Daisy & Kel x

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Let’s finish off the day with a review for the wonderful – The Personal Shopper by Carmen Reid

My Review

It’s always a delight to pick up a book by Carmen Reid and this one was no exception. We meet Annie personal shopper to the rich as she works dressing her wonderful selection of clients in her day job, whilst trying to make enough money with her sidelines to keep the bills paid and the kids in their private schools.

We quickly learn that Annie is no longer with her husband but it isn’t until you keep reading that more information is offered. After 3 years of being on her own Annie decides that she needs to up her dating game and preferably marry someone with a healthy bank balance to help her keep on top of her mountain of bills.

The Personal Shopper is a story that will make you chuckle throughout with a few curve balls to keep you entertained and keen to keep reading. 

Book Blurb

Meet Annie Valentine: stylish, savvy, multi-tasker extraordinaire. As a personal shopper in a swanky London store, Annie can be relied on to solve everyone’s problems . . . except her own.

Because as a busy single mum to two kids, Annie’s realised there’s a gap in her life as well as her wardrobe. But with her heart still hurting from losing the love of her life, Annie’s discovered that finding the perfect partner is turning out to be so much trickier than finding the perfect pair of shoes!

Can she source a genuine classic? A lifelong investment? Or will Annie realise that her perfect man is already sitting on the front row of her life…

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Carmen Reid is the bestselling author of numerous woman’s fiction titles including the Personal Shopper series starring Annie Valentine. After taking a break from writing she is back, introducing her hallmark feisty women characters to a new generation of readers. She lives in Glasgow with her husband and children.

Social Media Links 

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

Twitter  https://twitter.com/thiscarmenreid 

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

Bookbub profile https://www.bookbub.com/authors/carmen-reid 

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Daisy & Kel x