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As Christmas is creeping up on us, grab a copy of Finding Love at the Christmas Market by Jo Thomas to help get you in the festive spirit

I love it when you find a book that totally captures you and transports you into the story and I was delighted to join Connie on her trip to the Christmas Market.

My Review

Oh what a wonderful festive read that is perfect to curl up with in the countdown to Christmas.  A story that explores loneliness that is festering in the retirement flats where Connie delivers meals as well as her own loneliness and desperation to be in a relationship since splitting from her husband.

I loved the reflection on past Christmasses and how they reminisced about traditions that reminded them of Christmas and embarked to bring them to life on their trip. From the first pages where your greeted with grumpy pensioners to the final pages where they have left all their cares behind this book made me laugh and feel like I’d been wrapped in a festive hug.

Brimming with a collection of my favourite things, I love a Christmas market and the hot chocolate and the gingerbread houses were such detailed descriptions you could taste and smell them as you read.

I absolutely loved this book and Jo Thomas always manages to create a feeling of happiness as I read her heartwarming books. An author who is good for the soul and leaves you feeling like your ready to take on the world again.

Book Blurb

Cosy up with the new Christmas book from bestselling author Jo Thomas

Residential-home caterer Connie has had one online-dating disaster too many. Hurt in the past and with her son to consider, now she’s feeling hesitant. Then one of Connie’s residents sets her up on a date at a beautiful German Christmas market – with the promise she’ll take a mini-bus full of pensioners with her…

Amongst the twinkling lights and smell of warm gingerbread in the old market square, Connie heads off on her date with a check-list of potential partner must-haves. Baker Henrich ticks all the boxes, but when Connie meets Henrich’s rival William, she starts to wonder if ticking boxes is the answer.

Will Connie’s wish for love this Christmas come true, and if so – with who?

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Meet Jo Thomas

Hi, I’m Jo Thomas and I write romantic fiction about food and love. I’m not a chef, a farmer or even an enthusiastic amateur foodie with fancy knives, whizzy kitchen equipment and complicated recipes. I just love plain, simple, good quality food, made with love. I love the way food connects us and brings us all around the same table. When I visit somewhere new, I’m fascinated how the food of an area can take me by the hand and lead me into the place’s history, its culture and introduce me to its people and customs. My first book The Oyster Catcher took me to Galway in Ireland, learning about oysters, and since then my books have taken me to Puglia in Italy to discover local olive oil, and the south of France to taste – for research! – local wines.

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Log Fires & Toffee Apple Cake at the Little Duck Pond Cafe: (Little Duck Pond Cafe, Book 12) by Rosie Green

Today I am really excited to share my review for this lovely autumnal read by Rosie Green, as soon as I saw the book title all I could think of was open fires and toffee apples.

My Review

I am loving reading about the wonderful ladies who run the Little Duck Pond Cafe and on this visit we got to spend more time with Maddy. She is a complicated member of the group who we get to observe and see how life is unravelling from her perspective as well as that of her friends.

I wasn’t sure on whether I liked Maddy’s character as I read, she lost her temper quickly and came across as selfish. However the more time I spent with her the more I could see how lost she was becoming and how this was impacting upon her relationships with those closest to her.

I loved the last 20% of this story and how it all pulled together, it warmed my heart and left me with that lovely fuzzy feeling you get after observing real friendship. Another wonderful addition to this series and I look forward to reading the next instalment, hopefully in the very near future.

Book Blurb

Get set for a wonderful celebration of autumn with all your favourite characters at the Little Duck Pond Cafe!

An autumn fair is coming to Sunnybrook, much to the delight of the villagers. But for Madison, whose personal life seems to be spinning out of control, a roller-coaster is the last thing she needs – especially when it’s her emotions at stake.

Can she convince the delectable Jack that their relationship is worth another shot? Or has their romance ground to a permanent halt like a faulty big wheel? Will she solve the mystery of the missing name on her birth certificate? Or will her discoveries take her on a journey even bumpier than the dodgem cars? One thing’s for sure. Madison is going to need more than a fairground fortune teller to find the answers to her questions, if she’s going to ‘waltz-er’ into the happiest of sunsets…

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Meet Rosie Green

Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little.

Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’.

Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all – unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Her series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘Lucy’s Great Escape’, is out now.

Rosie will be revisiting the Little Duck Pond Café with a beautiful story of love and friendship at Christmas time, entitled A Kiss in the Snow, out in October 2020.

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Today I am delighted to be sharing a festive review for Stuck on You by Portia Macintosh

As we head closer to Christmas, I am very excited to be sharing a review for the wonderful festive read Stuck on You.

My Review

Stuck on You is set in the lead up to Christmas where we meet a photographer and assistant whose relationship takes an unusual turn over Christmas.

Sadie does everything for her boss since becoming his PA the year before and he has steadily come to heavily rely on her. I loved this story right from the off, Sadie is a fab character who works hard but is forgetting to play hard too and is never far from dealing with the latest crisis from her boss.

When Sadie ends up taking Damian home for Christmas to avoid him spending the holidays on his own, neither of them anticipate the change in direction his upcoming art collection will take.

A story of loyalty, love and friendship, Damian and Sadie have a growing friendship that I loved seeing explored in this story. I loved the post it note trail and laughed, cringed and felt sad whilst reading.

The Christmas scenes described were like watching a Hallmark movie and I loved the elf pyjamas and family traditions. A truly heartwarming story that will leave you feeling festive and excited for the upcoming Christmas movies and markets.

Book Blurb

Could a post-it note really lead to love…?

Sadie doesn’t have time for finding love. She’s too busy as PA for famous artist Damian Banks. When she’s not arranging exhibitions, she’s organising his dry cleaning or dumping his never ending stream of girlfriends.

But when she strikes up an unusual friendship with her desk share buddy, she finds a confidante and a new potential love interest. Problem is, they’ve never actually met…

With Christmas just around the corner, can Sadie put herself first for a change and find what she’s been looking for all along?

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Meet Portia Macintosh

Portia MacIntosh is a bestselling romantic comedy author of 12 novels, including It’s Not You, It’s Them and Honeymoon For One. Previously a music journalist, Portia writes hilarious stories, drawing on her real life experiences.

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So excited to be rejoining the blog tour for Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Cafe by Jessica Redland as part of the #ChristmasonCastleStreet blog tour with #RachelsRandomResources

Welcome back to my blog, so excited to be jumping back on the Christmas on Castle Street Blog Tour. A wonderful 5* read that made me laugh and cry throughout, I am loving reading books by Jessica Redland and this story totally stole my heart.

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My Review

After reading about Carly, it was great to get to know her friend Tara. The story is told from Tara’s perspective and takes you between her past and present day to establish how she ended up at The Chocolate Pot Cafe all those years ago.

I love the emotion in this story, the trauma that Tara experienced will really resonate with people and the lasting damage these scenarios create. Jessica is an author who always touches on real life issues and creates an emotional response to the events within the story. 

Whilst reading this story I could feel all of the emotions and the endless Christmas spirit that is alive and kicking on Castle Street. The way the residents are woven together to look after one of their own is wonderful and reminds me of village life from many years ago.

This book was like receiving a lovely warm hug from a friend, it was oozing with a wonderful selection of flavoured hot chocolate, lashings of friendship and leaves your cup overflowing with happy thoughts. I loved the hygge theme, the whole concept fascinates me and makes me long for winter evenings with cuddly blankets and candles. Roll on the winter evenings as after taking part in this blog tour, I can’t wait to get the blankets and candles out and feel all warm and cosy for the next 6 months.

 

Book Blurb

Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Café Cosy up with a mug of hot chocolate for some festive sparkle from bestseller Jessica Redland.


Everyone is getting into the festive spirit on Castle Street – snow is falling, fairy lights are glistening and Christmas shopping is underway.

But for Tara Porter, owner of thriving cafe, The Chocolate Pot, this is the most difficult time of the year. From the outside, Tara is a successful businesswoman and pillar of the community. Behind closed doors, she is lonely.

With a lifetime of secrets weighing on her shoulders, she has retreated from all friends, family and romance, and shut her real self away from the world. Afterall, if you don’t let them in, they can’t hurt you. She’s learnt that the hard way.

But as the weight of her past becomes heavier and an unexpected new neighbour moves onto the street – threatening the future of her cafe – Tara begins to realise that maybe it’s time to finally let people back in and confront her history. It could just change her life forever…

Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Café was originally released as Christmas at The Chocolate Pot Café. Now re-released with a new title and new cover, this version has been freshly edited and features several new chapters.

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Meet Jessica Redland

Jessica Redland is the author of nine novels, including The Secret to Happiness, which are all set around the fictional location of Whitsborough Bay. Inspired by her hometown of Scarborough she writes uplifting women’s fiction which has garnered many devoted fans.

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Today I am delighted to be sharing my festive review for Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes by Jessica Redland as part of her double header blog tour with #RachelsRandomResources

I love it when an author whose previous book you have enjoyed pops up in your inbox as 99% of the time it means I am going to love the book and boy this one did not disappoint. Get comfortable and grab yourself a copy and prepare to feel very festive!

Jessica Redland Christmas Tour

My Review

Oh my what a book from an author who is quickly becoming one of my favourites to read, I loved meeting Carly and her gorgeous cakes and simply devoured this book.

What is not to love, a story full of love, family, Christmas and cake. Whilst reading this book I went on a wonderful journey with Carly as she juggled her ever growing business with family and the difficulties of working with family members.

A story rich in loyalty and love, I just loved it and found myself racing through to see what magnificent cake she would produce next and how she would reassure her sister and find a way to overcome her anxieties.

There was a real focus on how easily people can choose to hide their feelings and how quickly those situations can escalate and begin to unravel. I feel in the climate we currently find ourselves in that this is really important and helps to remind us that sometimes just a quick check in can make a massive difference to someone and how they are feeling.

A wonderful romantic story featuring real life situations, festive celebrations and lots of cake, it reminded me of Love Actually as I read which is one of my favourite films, now to get stuck into Jessica’s next festive read!

 

Book Blurb

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

It’s December on Castle Street; the fairy lights are twinkling, snow has settled and the festive season is in full swing.

For Carly, the owner of Carly’s Cupcakes, it’s the busiest time of year getting everyone’s Christmas treats ready on time. However with her clumsy sister, Bethany, as a co-worker, it’s proving a difficult task. They say you shouldn’t mix work with family. Maybe they have a point…

As Christmas approaches, Carly is also eagerly awaiting the return of her best friend to Whitborough Bay. Liam has no idea he’s been the object of her affection since their schooldays. After years of pining after him, can Carly pluck up the courage to finally tell him how she really feels by 25th December?

Could a little festive magic make all of Carly’s wishes come true this Christmas…?

A heartwarming, short festive story of friendship and family from bestseller Jessica Redland. You can find out what happens to Carly next through exploring her best friend Tara’s story in Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Café.

This is a new and updated version of Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes which has been previously published.

 

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Meet Jessica Redland

Jessica Redland is the author of nine novels, including The Secret to Happiness, which are all set around the fictional location of Whitsborough Bay. Inspired by her hometown of Scarborough she writes uplifting women’s fiction which has garnered many devoted fans.

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What a way to start a chilly Friday morning, with my review for Autumn Skies over Ruby Falls by Holly Martin

I am a massive fan of Holly Martin and loved my first trip to Sapphire Bay and am excited to join the blog tour for Autumn Skies over Ruby Falls

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My Review

I loved the first visit to Sapphire Bay and couldn’t wait to read this book and visit Aria, Skye and Clover again. Set against a stunning backdrop once I had picked this book up I devoured it.

In this visit we get to spend more time with Clover and learn more about what has happened to shape her life and see her returning and settling in her childhood home again. The story touches on lots of emotions as to how and why Clover feels as she does and what exactly is holding her back from committing to a relationship. This book made me laugh, it made me cry and it filled me with love and hope as I continued to read.

The descriptions in this book are colourful and jump off the page with ice cream flavours that make your mouth water as you read. A story that inspires you to chase your dreams and picks you up and takes you on an emotional rollercoaster along the way. I love the village with its wonderful contrasting characters that help reshape the bonds that once existed between the local residents and the hotel. 

Set at one of my favourite times of year when you can enjoy wrapping up in baggy jumpers with fluffy blankets and big cups of hot chocolate, I loved this story from start to finish.

 

Book Blurb

Get swept away to the sparkling Cornish coast with the stunning new novel from the international million selling author Holly Martin. Autumn Skies Over Ruby Falls is the perfect romantic treat to snuggle up with this autumn.

Clover Philips is exactly where she’s meant to be – back home on Jewel Island teaching dance to the guests at the beautiful Sapphire Bay Hotel that she co-owns with her sisters Skye and Aria. Her life is complete, except for one thing…

When Clover left London she also left behind a devastating betrayal. She hasn’t been able to date anyone since, let alone allow herself to fall in love. What she needs is a casual fling to ease herself back into romance. And as luck would have it, the very handsome Angel Mazzeo is back in town.

The chemistry between Clover and Angel has been undeniable ever since Angel first arrived on Jewel Island six months ago. And though content to be her friend till now, Angel is more than willing to help Clover find her dating feet again.

It should be easy to keep things carefree when love is off the table, but when every moment is magical what started as casual soon becomes something much deeper. Will Clover and Angel find the courage to tell each other how they really feel? And is Clover ready to do the one thing she swore she’d never do again, fall in love?

Perfect for fans of Jill Mansell, Sarah Morgan and Sophie Kinsella, this unforgettable romance is guaranteed to make you smile and melt your heart.

 

AUTUMN SKIES FINAL

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Meet the Author

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PLEASE NOTE. Holly is not the author of Princess (The Johnson Family). That book is by a different author with the same name.

Holly lives in a little white cottage by the sea. She studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of her colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when she knew she had to escape. She quit her job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, she emerged wide eyed and terrified that she now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. She taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave her a lot of time to plan out her stories and she now writes full time, doing what she loves.

Holly has been writing for 8 years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014. She is the bestselling author of 18 books

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Who fancies a little Christmas cheer to brighten up their day? Today I am sharing my review for Hopeful Hearts at Glendale Hall by Victoria Walters

 

Happy Wednesday, the weekend is now a glimmer of hope on the horizon and today I am sharing my review for Hopeful Hearts at Glendale Hall.

Hopeful Hearts at Glendale Hall

My Review

Don’t you just love it when you pick up a book and you know straight away that you are going to really enjoy it. Another read that I loved curling up with as the seasons start to change and we head into autumn, I loved my trip to Glendale Hall and getting to spend time alongside Heather and Harry on the farm.

Since moving to the farm Heather has had a case of imposter syndrome and this story explores the topics of anxiety, grief and loss really well. I felt emotional at times throughout this story as there are some poignant moments that really tugged at my heart strings. Whilst visiting these emotional moments and explaining the thought processes and feelings behind them really well, this story also created a lovely seasonal change in the lead up to Christmas and left me feeling really festive and ready for oversized snuggly jumpers and big mugs of hot chocolate with whipped cream.

I relished this visit to the wonderful residents of Glendale with a few new faces thrown into the mix. There was lots going on throughout the story, that kept me busy wondering what would happen.

A wonderful festive read full of the joys of Christmas and the importance of family and friends, a heartwarming story that will leave you feeling fuzzy. It has always been a dream of mine to live on a working farm and this story totally captured my heart and left me with a feeling of loss as I reached the end.

 

Book Blurb

What happens when love takes you to unexpected places?

Heather Douglas appears to have it all. But living on a farm in the Scottish Highlands with her partner, Rory Fraser, all while bringing up their adorable toddler, Harry, isn’t easy. As a former librarian, Heather is worried that she’ll never fully fit into life on Fraser Farm. And after the death of her beloved mum five years ago, Heather feels lost, as well as guilty for holding back accepting Rory’s marriage proposal because she can’t imagine her wedding without her mother.

So when ex-boyfriend, Stewart, appears in the village of Glendale, it’s a shock to the system. The man who broke her heart years ago now has big plans for the neighbouring farm and wants Heather to be part of the development. Knowing that she’s living a very different life to the one they had planned at university leaves Heather wondering if she has made the right choices since she and Stewart broke up. Especially when things start to go very wrong on the farm …

This Christmas, Heather will need to face her fears and let go of the past or risk losing everything. She will need love, faith, and a whole lot of hope!

Return to the beautiful Highlands village of Glendale with the latest book in the bestselling Glendale series – the perfect cosy, uplifting, romantic read for fans of Heidi Swain, Milly Johnson and Holly Martin.

 

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Meet the Author

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Victoria Walters writes up-lifting and inspiring stories. She’s the author of three novels, THE SECOND LOVE OF MY LIFE, SUMMER AT THE KINDNESS CAFÉ, and COMING HOME TO GLENDALE HALL. She has been chosen for WHSmith Fresh Talent and shortlisted for an RNA award. Victoria was also picked as an Amazon Rising Star, and her books have won wide reader acclaim.

Victoria is a full-time author. She lives in Surrey with her cat Harry, and loves books, clothes, music, going out for tea and cake, and posting photos on Instagram.

Find out more about Victoria by following on Instagram at @vickyjwalters, on Twitter at @Vicky_Walters or by visiting her blog.

 

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Who fancies feeling festive on this chilly Sunday morning, check out my review for Christmas at Lock Keeper’s Cottage by Lucy Coleman

Next up today is my review for lovely festive read where we get to visit the Lock Keepers Cottage and spend the festive period with Immi and Tollie.

My Review

I love picking up a Christmas story and jumped at the chance to read Christmas at Lock Keeper’s Cottage. Immi and Tollie are at the heart of this story, after Immi tragically loses her Dad and moves into Lock Keeper’s Cottage in her teens.

A story set in a wonderful location, I love being surrounded by water and this story being based on the narrow boats really appealed. Immi is a loving character who feels lost at times due to a lack of female influence during her childhood. Immi and Tollie have a special relationship which is made clear from the offset of the story, with lots of happy memories amongst the sad ones.

This story is a Christmas to remember and I loved the Santa trips on the Stargazer the joy of the kids and how magically this was captured. The homemade garlands being strung and the overall feeling of aiming for the true magic of Christmas and celebrating with those closest to you. I felt festive as I snuggled up under a blanket reading this story, it made me smile and touched me with its sadness.

A book I recommend curling up with on a cold December day with a nice hot chocolate with all the trimmings.

Book Blurb

Join us for Christmas in the Cotswolds in this perfect festive escape, from the bestselling Lucy Coleman.

Imogen Tolliman never knew her mother. And when an accident robs Immi of her father too, she goes to live with her grandfather, Tollie, in his picturesque lock-keeper’s cottage by the Aysbury marina. 

Tollie is the star of the Santa Ahoy Special each Christmas – a festive boat ride along the canal that enthralls both children and adults alike. And as Immi grows up, she starts to appreciate the magical community she is lucky enough to live in. 

When Immi meets Gray Adams, she instantly realises he’s someone special. And as their relationship gets serious, they start to plan for the Christmas to beat all Christmases.  

But as the day approaches, and the romantic snow showers turn into blizzards, their dream of a Christmas to remember, looks set to be one they’ll never forget – for all the wrong reasons. Can they salvage the festivities, or will old secrets that are finally uncovered turn Immi’s life upside down forever?

Let Lucy Coleman transport you away to a dreamy Cotswolds Christmas full of snowflakes and secretslog fires, mistletoe, friends and much-loved traditions. Perfect for all fans of Trisha Ashley, Holly Martin and Sue Moorcroft. 

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Meet the Author

Lucy Coleman is a #1 bestselling romance writer, whose recent novels include Snowflakes over Holly Cove. She also writes under the name Linn B. Halton. She won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award and lives in the Welsh Valleys.

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Take a trip to Cornwall today with my review for Return to Cornwall by Laura Briggs #blogtour #returntocornwall #rachelsrandomresources @rararesources @paperdollwrites

I love a trip to Cornwall and today I am sharing my review for Return to Cornwall. I have previously read Laura Briggs books after discovering them on a blog tour and jumped at the chance to read and review this one.

My Review

Set in a Cornish castle, I loved visiting friends old and new reading this story. Julianne and Kitty are wonderful characters who are hoping to expand to their event planner business further by planning their best event to date.
The attention to detail in this story for the wedding they are planning is amazing, it covers the big and smaller details and is so realistic you can visualise the effect they are trying to achieve.
I really enjoyed the historical references in the story. The explanations were great and I learnt about the process of an archaeological dig and found it fascinating.
A story I really enjoyed reading, it was packed full of detail with lots going on throughout. I loved meeting all these lovely characters and their families again and had forgotten how much I loved this coastal location.

A wonderful love story with a few curve balls thrown in along the way, I really hope that Laura decides to write another one with these fantastic characters in the future.

Book Blurb

The sequel novel to the best-selling UK series A WEDDING IN CORNWALL brings new surprises, romance, humor, and wedding bells, to readers who fell in love with the first stories.

Busy mother of two Julianne Rose has extended her talents beyond the manor house, opening her own event planning agency with the help of no-nonsense best friend Kitty. Balancing the chaos of daily life with their respective careers in their beloved Cornish village means Julianne can rarely snatch a romantic moment with handsome husband Matt. And just when it seems things couldn’t get any more chaotic, a sudden arrival at Cliffs House lands Julianne in the most unusual event of her career.

The reappearance of Percy or ‘the old earl’ after years of adventures abroad has temporarily shocked Lord William and Lady Amanda and set the entire village abuzz with gossip. Grizzled, spry, and delightfully eccentric, he’s returned with a most unusual set of traveling companions: an archaeological team digging in a spot whispered to have ties with the legendary Camelot. But it’s Percy’s ties with a certain charming woman among its team that has everyone taken by surprise, along with the news of their soon-to-be nuptials.

Tasked with planning the big day, Julianne and Kitty spring at this opportunity despite its rushed timeline and their own woes regarding the renovation of their future event space. But as the big day rolls closer for the earl and his bride-to-be – with cakes and wedding flowers competing with pottery shards and an ancient warrior chieftain’s grave for attention — are there still surprising revelations to come?

Adding to the excitement is the return of former Cliffs House maid Gemma, whose posh new life as a novelist may not be all it seems … and Dinah visits in a flurry of festive baking for a holiday competition on everyone’s favorite baking show. Kitty’s life is in a tizz regarding both family and secrets … and Julianne’s happy marriage is challenged by an unwelcome sexy-and-persistent suitor among the summer visitors.

Filled with old friends, new adventures, and heartwarming Cornish charm, RETURN TO CORNWALL is an all-new, full-length novel—the first one ever to feature the characters from the original series!

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Meet the Author

Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.

Where to Connect with the Author

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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

 

 

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