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

Today it is my absolute pleasure to join the blog tour for the delicious festive read – Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop by Jessica Redland

My Review

Wow what a delectable read oozing with fabulous chocolate creations and wonderful characters. As soon as we were introduced to the lovely Charlee I just knew I would love her and as I continued to read my heart broke for her.

Full of the magic of Christmas, this story filled me with festive joy and also left me with tears in my eyes as it packed such an emotional punch at times. I am a massive fan of Jessica Redland and this story just totally stole my heart.

I loved getting to revisit the wonderful Castle Street and spend time with characters I’ve previously met and loved in other stories. I really hope we get to go back to this magical location and spend more time with these wonderful characters.

A superb and heartwarming 5* Christmas story that left me smiling and wanting to revisit Charlee and her friends again in the very near future.

Book Blurb

Sometimes you just need a little Christmas magic to make your wishes come true…

When master chocolatier, Charlee, takes the leap to move to the picturesque seaside town of Whitsborough Bay, she is determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps and set up a chocolate shop.

Luckily, she finds the perfect location for Charlee’s Chocolates on beautiful Castle Street… Now she just has to refurbish it in time for Christmas!

With a useless boyfriend and countless DIY disasters, Charlee doesn’t know if she’ll make it in time.With no ‘traditional’ family to support her, she feels lost in her new surroundings and the secrets of the past are weighing her down.

But the warmth and festive spirit of the Whitsborough Bay community will surprise her, and whenplumber, Matt, comes to the rescue, it might be that all of Charlee’s dreams could come true this Christmas, and she could learn what family really means…

Escape to Castle Street for the perfect uplifting, festive read from top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland.

Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop was originally released as Charlee and the Chocolate Shop.Now re-released with a new title and new cover, this version has been freshly edited and featuresseveral new chapters.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Jessica Redland writes uplifting stories of love, friendship, family and community set in Yorkshire where she lives. Her Whitsborough Bay books transport readers to the stunning North Yorkshire Coast and her Hedgehog Hollow series takes them into beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds. 

Social Media Links 

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

Twitter https://twitter.com/JessicaRedland 

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

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

Bookbub profile https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jessica-redland 

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Kel x

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Today I am delighted to be joining the blog tour for Mistletoe at Moonstone Lake by Holly Martin

My Review

Well what is there not to love about the latest visit to Jewel Island, where we get to meet Kit and Zoey as they set up for the islands Christmas Market.

I love Christmas and all that it entails and this wonderful story captures it perfectly. A story brimming with open fires, mulled wine and gingerbread. As Zoey tries to help Kit recapture his festive spirit, they embark on a series of fun and traditional activities as  she tries to banish his bad memories of the season and help him find ways to create traditions to carry forward.

I can’t wait to revisit Jewel Island and spend more time with the wonderful residents of the Sapphire Hotel again who I have loved getting to know and hopefully get to find out how Zoey is enjoying relocating to Jewel Island.

A superb festive read that will leave you wanting to break put up your Christmas tree whilst drinking hot chocolate with all the trimmings.

Book Blurb

Escape to Jewel Island where the snow sparkles in the moonlight, the fairy lights twinkle from the trees and true love is in the air. This gorgeous new love story by million selling author Holly Martin is the perfect treat to warm your heart this Christmas.

Artist Zoey Flynn hadn’t planned to spend her favourite holiday on the shores of Jewel Island, but when her fiancé breaks off their engagement before their Christmas Eve wedding, this Cornish paradise is just the distraction she needs.

With a cosy cottage to call home for a month and a stall at the island’s famous Christmas market to sell her paintings, Zoey quickly puts her heartbreak behind her. Love is the last thing on her mind. That is until the handsome Kit Lewis crosses her path…

Their connection is instant, but Zoey has a secret. And the deeper she and Kit fall for one another, the harder it is to hide. Kit knows Zoey is holding something back and if she won’t tell him the truth she could lose him forever.

Is keeping a promise from the past worth sacrificing a future with the man she loves? Or might Kit be the one person she can trust?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

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 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance. She is the bestselling author of 26 books selling over a million books worldwide. Holly’s books have been translated into French, German, Italian, Dutch, Bulgarian, Estonian, Turkish and Russian.

Follow her on Twitter @HollyMAuthor

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

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Kel x

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

My second tour for today is with my review for the latest book in the Cornish Midwife series – A Winter’s Wish for the Cornish Midwife by Jo Bartlett

My Review

Wow what an emotional story this one was, once again it does contain possible triggers with regards to abortion, child loss and infertility. The stories about these lovely ladies and Bobby just get better and better, especially where we have now gotten to know them all so well. I found this story emotional throughout with highs and lows and lots of tears being shed throughout by the lovely Toni.

In this story we learn how Toni came to be with the midwives and what her secret is that has stopped her from letting everyone know she is in a relationship with Bobby. I found myself bleary eyed a few times whilst reading about her horrific loss and the blame in which she has instilled and has become deep rooted over the past 5 years.

Throughout the tears there is hope and both Toni and other ladies who have also had heart wrenching journeys see that glimmer in this story. A superb addition to the series so far and I already can’t wait to visit these wonderful midwives again to see what the new midwives bring to the group and check in on how everyone is getting on as their lives all start to head in different directions.

Book Blurb

A secret love…

As winter descends on the coastal town of Port Agnes, midwife Toni Samuels’ mood is as dark as the winter clouds that roll in. Toni loves her job as a midwife, but her private life is falling apart. Because Toni is keeping a secret– a relationship with fellow male midwife Bobby that no one can ever know about.

A damaged hope…

Kind and gorgeous, Bobby is a huge hit at the midwifery centre, but he’s tired of keeping his feelings for Toni a secret – of always coming second best. He knows that Toni’s past is painful, but unless she can be open with her feelings for him, he’s prepared to walk away from their love.

Can love find a way?

Toni loves Bobby and wishes things could be different between them. But torn between her past and a future with him, everything seems hopeless. Until fate hands Toni one last chance…

Now Toni’s secret wish is in her hands…if only she can be brave enough to take a chance and make her dreams come true.

An uplifting and escapist read, perfect for fans of Christie Barlow, Jessica Redland and Holly Martin!

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Jo Bartlett is the bestselling author of nineteen women’s fiction titles. She fits her writing in between her two day jobs as an educational consultant and university lecturer and lives with her family and three dogs on the Kent coast. Boldwood is publishing the first title in The Cornish Midwife Series – part of a twelve-book deal – in April 2021.

Social Media Links

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

Twitter https://twitter.com/J_B_Writer   

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jo_bartlett123/ 

Bookbub profile https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jo-bartlett 

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Kel x

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Today I am delighted to join the blog tour for Fool Me Twice at Christmas by Camilla Isley

My Review

A brilliant festive romcom that I flew through, I loved the lead characters Kate & Chuck and found that I couldn’t wait to pick this book up back up again and found that I had finished oh too quickly.

Kate & Chuck have recently split up but due to the family ties, they are headed home for Christmas without telling anyone they are no longer together. From the moment they arrive home they realise they are going to be thwarted from all angles and become increasingly desperate to tell their parents they’ve split up as events start to spin out of control.

I laughed throughout this story, it is brimming with imagination as the scenarios they find themselves in get funnier and funnier. I love Christmas and this was brimming with traditions and festive spirit and just loved the descriptions and the snowy location it was set in.

I can’t wait to read more books in this series, if they all take on the humour of this fab romcom.

Book Blurb

There are two types of relationships: fake and real.

Chuck and Kate’s used to be real, oh-so-real. But after she broke his heart four months ago, leaving him, it became all just pretense for the sake of their entwined families.

With parents who are best friends and business partners, it’s not easy for Chuck and Kate to announce they’ve split up. But with the holidays looming over them, they can no longer keep pretending.

They head home for Christmas, determined to tell the truth—and end up accidentally engaged instead. The more they try to pull apart, the more the Universe seems to push them back together, shortening the road to the altar. And when just-for-show kisses stir up forgotten feelings, things get even more complicated.

Now, with the midnight hour approaching, will Chuck and Kate’s relationship turn out to be fake or real?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband on an adventure abroad.
She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading–duh!–cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies–popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.

 

Social Media Links

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14135080.Camilla_Isley

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/camilla-isley

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Kel x

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So excited to share my 5* review for Snowflakes Over the Starfish Cafe by Jessica Redland

My Review

After discovering the joy of Jessica Redland’s books, she has quickly become one of my favourite authors and this book stole my heart and took me on a wonderful journey.

In this story we meet Jake & Hollie who have both suffered major loss and trauma in their lives. Hollie has the sweetest nature and within a few pages you can just see how lovely she is and I was excited to get to know her and learn why the Starfish Cafe was so important to her.

Starfish Cafe is located in a lovely seaside setting with the RNLI playing a major part in the story. After growing up by the sea and being taught to respect it at a young age, this book appealed on so many levels and contained a selection of wonderful and inspiring characters that will keep you eagerly turning the pages.

I flew through this book, laughing and crying as I read and experienced the highs and lows of these wonderful characters as their paths cross and they feel their way into a new friendship.

A wonderful story to kickstart my festive reads this year, I instantly missed Jake & Hollie when I finished this book and would love to visit them in another story in the future to see how they have continued to develop and grow.

Book Blurb

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

Two broken hearts.

Since she inherited The Starfish Café, Hollie has poured her heart into the business, striving to keep her mother’s traditions and warm-hearted spirit alive. But behind closed doors Hollie is searching for true happiness, as she grieves the tragic loss of her family who were once the beating heart of the café…

An unexpected meeting.

Jake lives by two rules: don’t let anyone get close and don’t talk about what happened. Little does he know that a chance meeting at The Starfish Café, facilitated by a fluffy lost dog, is about to turn his world upside down…

The chance to love again.

Can Hollie and Jake break down the barriers that have been holding them back from finding love and happiness, before Christmas comes around? Afterall, with courage, nothing is impossible…

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Jessica Redland writes uplifting stories of love, friendship, family and community set in Yorkshire where she lives. Her Whitsborough Bay books transport readers to the stunning North Yorkshire Coast and her Hedgehog Hollow series takes them into beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds.

Social Media Links

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Twitter

Instagram

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Bookbub profile

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Kel x

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

What better way to kick off the week than with a 5* review for A Christmas Wedding in the Cotswolds by Lucy Coleman

My Review

I absolutely loved this festive read where we get to revisit the lovely Immi & Tollie and enjoy another festive countdown as they prepare for the 10 year anniversary of the Santa Ahoy cruises to raise money for the new playground installation.

A perfect story not only started to make me feel festive and count the weekends until Christmas, but it also made me laugh throughout. Full of family love, loyalty and wonderful friendships this story is a bursting with real life emotions that will make you smile as well as tear up in places. I loved getting to spend more time with the kind hearted Immi as she prepares to marry Gray and continues to overcome the obstacles she keeps uncovering whilst converting Lock Keepers Cottage.

I really enjoy books by this author and I loved being introduced to Lock Keeper Cottage last year, I was so pleased that this was a perfect continuation. A story that can be read as a continuation from last year or as a standalone thanks to the refresher the author kindly provided in the prologue. I really hope we get to revisit next Christmas to see how the first year of married life is treating Immi & Gray.

Book Blurb

What could be more festive than a winter wedding in the picturesque English countryside? Join us for Christmas in the Cotswolds with the bestselling Lucy Coleman.

Imogen Tolliman and Gray Adams can’t wait to get married after getting engaged the previous year, when they were stranded by snow in a blizzard. Now they are busy planning their wedding, but when the date slips six months because Gray is working on a huge film project, it seems like fate that after their snowy start, they will end up getting married at Christmas.

The couple are living in Immi’s grandfather’s picturesque lock-keeper’s cottage at the Aysbury marina in the Cotswolds, which they are renovating to become their forever family home. As well as building work, full-time jobs and wedding planning, Immi is in charge of raising money to build a children’s playground, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of The Santa Ahoy Cruises – her grandfather Tollie’s life work.

When Gray is suddenly forced to travel abroad, Immi is left to cope with everything alone, and before long, even the best-laid plans start to wobble. When a terrible betrayal is uncovered, the whole community of Aysbury is left reeling, and Immi is left wondering if there will be a wedding after all…

Let Lucy Coleman transport you away to an unforgettable Cotswolds Christmas full of romance and laughter, friendship and family and much-loved festive traditions. Perfect for all fans of Trisha Ashley, Holly Martin and Sue Moorcroft.

Available to purchase here

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.

Social Media Links

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

Twitter https://twitter.com/LucyColemanAuth

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

Newsletter Sign Up Link http://bit.ly/LucyColemanNewsletter

Bookbub profile https://www.bookbub.com/authors/lucy-coleman

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Kel x

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Only When It’s Love by Olivia Spring

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

My Review

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

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

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

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

Book Blurb

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

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

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

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

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

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

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

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

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

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

Social Media Links

Twitter/Instagram/Facebook: @ospringauthor

#OnlyWhenItsLove

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

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

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

My Review

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

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

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

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

Book Blurb

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

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

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

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

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

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

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

Social Media Links

Twitter – @JulieCaplin

Facebook – Julie Caplin Author

Instagram – @juliecaplinauthor

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Kel x

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My last review prior to Christmas is for this beauty bursting with superheroes and Chrismas spirit – One Snowy Week in Springhollow by Lucy Knott @theblossomtwins

I am a massive fan of Lucy’s books since I stumbled across her first release and have been so excited to read this years festive story.

My Review

From the offset as soon as superheroes were mentioned I fell in love with Scarlett and Devon, we love everything Marvel and DC in our house as this story oozed superheroes and comic strips.

Scarlett is a character who has had a tough time due to bullying throughout school and a controlling mother and this story really jumped off the pages. I think at times we have all been a bit lost as to who we are as a person and been tempted to bend to peer pressure rather than stay true to ourselves. Throughout this story I could feel the infectiousness of her personality and it made me desperate to keep reading to see if she could find the traits of her personality she had buried 10 years ago.

A wonderful story by Lucy that combined her massive love of superheroes with a wonderful heartfelt story set in the lead up to Christmas. A story that makes you want to curl up with a peppermint coffee and just keep reading as you gain attachments to the characters and want to see everyone’s dreams coming true. This book would make a wonderful Hallmark Christmas film, I loved it and was desperate to keep reading but didn’t want to reach the end in equal measures as I will truly miss Scarlett, Devon, Hope and Jess.

Book Blurb

When old friends return, sparks ignite this Christmas in Springhollow…

Tomboy Scarlett thought Devon would be her best friend forever. He was the only person in Springhollow who supported her ambitious artist dreams. But then one winter, Devon and his parents disappear without warning to start a new life in NYC and a devastated Scarlett is left alone to face her high-school bullies and overbearing mother.

Fast-forward ten years: Scarlett is playing it safe in her childhood village with a dull PA job and a wardrobe that passes her mother’s old-fashioned standards. Meanwhile, Devon is a Hollywood heartthrob, starring in the latest superhero blockbuster. And he’s finally coming home for Christmas…

Scarlett can’t help blaming her former best friend for the way her life has turned out, but Devon’s cheeky charm and gorgeous smile prove difficult to resist. Devon always did make her feel on top of the world, but Scarlett knows her heart isn’t racing just because she has her friend back – is it mistletoe madness, or is she seeing Devon in a completely new light?

Scarlett hasn’t taken a risk in years… but this Christmas of second chances could finally be her time to shine.

Available to purchase here

Meet Lucy Knott

Lucy Knott is a former professional wrestler with a passion for storytelling. Now, instead of telling her stories in the ring, she’s putting pen to paper, fulfilling another lifelong dream in becoming an author. Inspired by her Italian grandparents, when she is not writing you will most likely find her cooking, baking and devouring Italian food, in addition to learning Italian and daydreaming of trips to Italy. Along with her twin sister, Kelly, Lucy runs TheBlossomTwins.com, where she enthusiastically shares her love for books, baking and Italy, with daily posts, reviews and recipes.

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Today we are paying another visit to the Little Duck Pond Cafe series and I am sharing my review for A Kiss in the Snow by Rosie Green

I love a festive read and what better way to start a Saturday morning than with a nice festive review as part of the blog blitz for A Kiss in the Snow.

My Review

I am loving the Little Duck Pond Cafe books and in this story we spend time with Carrie and enjoy a pre Christmas break when she decides she needs to get away for a few days. This is one of my favourite books from the series so far, it was brimming with love, kindness and hope, the story just ran away with me as I was so keen to keep reading.

Carrie is a wonderful character who isn’t used to being the centre of attention being the quieter twin and I loved getting to know her and her handsome house guest . I found myself laughing and cringing as I read and my heart broke a little as well. I love a cute picture perfect village and this story painted a wonderful village life with its little shop that sold everything. I was quickly consumed by village life and the friendships that Carrie struck up with the locals and just wanted to keep reading. A wonderful festive read, brimming with positivity, kindness, traditions and snow!

Book Blurb

After a cruel twist of fate sends her hurtling into a black hole of despair, Carrie is absolutely dreading the festive season – especially with sister, Krystle, being even more demanding of her time and energy than usual. But then friend Maddy offers Carrie a lifeline: the chance to get away from it all in a holiday cottage in the gorgeous little village of Silverbells. Deciding that a few weeks of tranquillity – reading, baking and going for long walks in the countryside – might just restore her mood, Carrie is quick to take up the offer. But on arriving, it very soon becomes clear that this break is going to be anything but peaceful!

An unwelcome houseguest proves unsettling enough – especially one who whistles loudly first thing in the morning and is far too cheerful for his own good – but finding herself drawn into the spooky mystery of her missing neighbour means there really isn’t much time for personal reflection. And then love comes knocking, and Carrie is forced to decide exactly where her heart lies.

Will this festive season be the disaster Carrie predicted? Or will Santa be good to her and deliver her heart’s desire? One thing’s for sure – this will be a Christmas Carrie will never, ever forget…

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

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.

Follow Rosie on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to help with the cover reveal and for all the wonderful books you invite us to read.

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