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

Today I am very excited to share my review for the romantic read – One Kiss Before Christmas by Emma Jackson

I love reading books by a new author and jumped at the chance to read this festive read by Emma Jackson.

My Review

A story set against the backdrop of Paris and the wonderful seaside town of Brighton. The descriptions were vivid and jumped off of the pages for the places Olivier & Ashleigh were visiting, they really bought the location to life. We love visiting Brighton and it homes our favourite Sealife Centre which is affectionately referred to in this story.

Olivier has returned to see his Maman for Christmas and is expecting to actually get a few days rest. Whilst Ashleigh is donning her elf costume again as she works in the lead up to Christmas. I love how these lovely characters had known eachother in their teens and are randomly thrown together again in a series of events and trips planned by friends to help them get to know eachother and reconnect as friends.

A festive read full of romance, laughter and fun with some tears sprinkled like confetti amongst the pages. I loved this story from beginning to end and was so disappointed when real life got in the way and I had to put my book down. I loved the magic that was scattered across the pages of this heartwarming story.

Book Blurb

A gorgeously romantic festive read from the author of A Mistletoe Miracle, guaranteed to warm your heart this Christmas!


Could it be the start of her happy ever after?


Ashleigh could use a little Christmas magic. She’s still living in Brighton with her Nan — who could give the Grinch lessons in how to be miserable — her acting career has been reduced to playing one of Santa’s elves, and not even the prospect of a friend’s winter wedding can cheer her up…

That is until Olivier, the gorgeous French chef, reappears in her life. Or more accurately, next door.

When they were teenagers, Olivier would spend every other Christmas with his mother, who just happens to be Ash’s neighbour and owner of the best chocolate shop in England. 


If anyone can bring a little sparkle back to Ash’s life, it’s Olivier. All she needs is one kiss before Christmas…

Feel-good and festive, this is the perfect romance to curl up with this winter!

Available to purchase here

Meet Emma Jackson

Author of the Best Selling A MISTLETOE MIRACLE and contender for the Joan Hessayon Award 2020, Emma has been a devoted bookworm and secret-story-scribbler since she was 6 years old. When she’s not running around after her two daughters and trying to complete her current work-in-progress, Emma loves to read, bake, catch up on binge-watching TV programmes with her partner and plan lots of craft projects that will inevitably end up unfinished. Her latest romantic comedy, SUMMER IN THE CITY, was released in June 2020.

Emma also writes historical and fantasy fiction as Emma S Jackson. THE DEVIL’S BRIDE was published by DarkStroke in February 2020.


Where to find Emma on Social Media

You can find out news about Emma via her website, by signing up to her newsletter at http://www.esjackson.co.uk or on:
Twitter: @ESJackson1 

Instagram: @emma_s_jackson 

Facebook @EmmaJacksonAuthor

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to jump on the blog tour and for all the wonderful books you invite us to read.

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Kel x

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

On this chilly Sunday morning I’m getting well and truly into the Christmas spirit sharing my review for Christmas at Aunt Elsie’s by Emily Harvale #rachelsrandomresources #blogblitz #backablogger #festiveread @rararesources @emilyharvale

All this talk of Christmas and making my festive range of wax melts has got me well and truly into the festive spirit, so I was very excited to dive into this festive treat.

My Review

I love reading books by Emily Harvale and this one has been on my kindle since it arrived on publication day and I’ve been so excited to pick it up. Back in the summer I took my first trip to Seahorse Harbour and met Aunt Elsie and I loved curling up to enjoy this festive read.

I love that Emily Harvale often writes a few books featuring the same characters and Lottie & Merry arrival in this story are excellent additions to those we met in the summer.

A wonderful festive read that will have you reaching for the brandy to lace your hot chocolate and pulling out your supplies to make mince pies. This story oozed Christmas festivities set against a wonderful seaside view.

I really hope there will be another visit to these wonderful characters as I loved this story!

Book Blurb

A distant relative. A blizzard. A Christmas of surprises.

Lottie Short isn’t looking forward to Christmas. Her boyfriend has dumped her and she’s also lost her job. Lottie and her beloved spaniel, Merry, are facing the festive season – and a bleak future, alone.

But a Christmas card and round-robin letter give Lottie hope. And as the first snowflakes fall, she’s on her way to the tiny seaside village of Seahorse Harbour to visit her distant aunt. She’ll stay in a cosy B&B and get some bracing, sea air. That might lift her spirits.

What she doesn’t plan for is a blizzard, her aunt taking a fall, or the dramas unfolding all around her. But at least there’s a warm welcome at Aunt Elsie’s cottage … and a roaring log fire in the village pub.

That’s not all that might bring a rosy glow to Lottie’s cheeks. Asher Bryant, the local vet is pretty hot, and Lottie also hits it off with another visitor to Seahorse Harbour. This festive season might be better than she hoped.

And when Lottie gets more than one surprise this Christmas, perhaps she and Merry won’t be spending the New Year on their own.

This is book 2 in my new series of standalone novels set in the tiny, seaside village of Seahorse Harbour.

Available to purchase here

Meet Emily Harvale

Emily writes novels, novellas and short stories about friendship, family and falling in love. She loves a happy ending but knows that life doesn’t always go to plan. Her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily loves to connect with her readers and has a readers’ group in which many have become good friends. To catch up with Emily, find out about the group, or connect with her on social media, go to her website at www.emilyharvale.com.

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now writes full-time. She’s a member of the SoA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. When not writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats that like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether Emily is typing on it, or not.

Where to find Emily on Social Media

https://www.facebook.com/emilyharvalewriter

https://www.twitter.com/emilyharvale

https://www.instagram.com/emilyharvale

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Kel x

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

As we reach the end of the week I am very excited to share my review for a wonderful 5* festive read – Christmas at the Cornish Confetti Agency by Daisy James

I am a massive fan of Daisy James and am very excited to be jumping on the blog tour for this wonderful festive read.

My Review

OMG what a superb festive read, I’ve laughed and cried as I’ve lost myself between these magical pages and been transported to Cornwall alongside Lexie and her wonderful friends.

Daisy James is always an author I look forward to reading and this book did not disappoint. It was lovely to go back to Cornwall and get reacquainted with old favourites and meet a few new faces as Lexie plans her final Cornish wedding and pushes the thought of what she is going to do next to the back of her mind.

A jam packed story as the countdown is on to the final wedding which has a host of events in the lead up with a few mysteries along the way in true Cornish Confetti Agency style. I loved the wedding planning and the details that are included and how the friends all pull together. My favourite event in this book was the planning for the fashion show and this made me feel emotional, it was written with such passion and affection I could feel the emotions of these wonderful characters.

I loved reading this story and will miss the wonderful characters that made me laugh and cry throughout. A festive masterpiece packed with activities to really get you in the spirit of Christmas.

Book Blurb

It’s Christmas at The Cornish Confetti Agency!

When Lexie Harrington is asked to choreograph Phoebe and Sam’s Christmas-themed wedding, she can’t wait to create the perfect winter wonderland – elegantly dressed fir trees, glossy garlands of holly and mistletoe, baskets of yule logs and pine cones, and the mouth-watering fragrance of gingerbread, cinnamon sticks and warm mulled wine floating through the air.

With handsome wedding columnist-cum-fledgling scriptwriter Theo Barker at her side, she’s confident that she can create the perfect festive ambience the bride and groom have been dreaming of since their engagement in the Swiss Alps; no rampant hosepipes, no mechanical mice, no confetti-filled hairdryers.

But this is The Cornish Confetti Agency, and the words ‘plain-sailing’ and ‘hassle-free’ do not feature in the promotional brochure. So, when a much-loved portrait of the groom’s father is adorned with pirate eye-patches and black plastic moustaches, and his expensive cologne is switched for toilet cleaner, Lexie and Theo must once again don their metaphorical deerstalkers and unravel the mystery before the wedding dissolves into Christmas-themed chaos and calamity.

A perfect Christmas wedding?
Is there such a thing for The Cornish Confetti Agency?

A glittery, feel-good story perfect for the festive season, and the third book in The Cornish Confetti Agency series.

Available to purchase Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com

Meet Daisy James

Daisy James loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. She especially likes to create sunshine-filled settings in exotic locations – the Caribbean, Tuscany, Cornwall, Provence – so she can spend her time envisioning her characters enjoying the fabulous scenery and sampling the local food and drink.

When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.

Where to find Daisy James

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

Twitter – https://twitter.com/daisyjamesbooks

Instagram – @daisyjamesbooks

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to jump on the blog tour and for all the wonderful books you invite us to read.

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Kel x

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Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Fantasy, Seasonal

If your looking for a Halloween read, look no further than The Once and Future Witches by Alix E Harrow

Today I am so excited to be joining the blog tour for The Once and Future Witches, I absolutely love fantasy and witch craft and this has been the perfect story to read in the lead up to Halloween.

My Review

Oh what a superb read, I love anything about witch craft and this book was superb beginning to end.

In this story we meet the Eastwood sisters, who all hold a different interest in the lost ways of witching and follow their story as they set about unlocking the lost ways of Avalon. I loved how this story referred to the Sister’s Grimm stories and how the spells were sung using nursery rhymes and myths. The words flow from the pages like one long spell being sung and the further I read, the more the story leapt effortlessly off of the pages.

If you love witch craft you will love this, a story full of witching ways, with whispered spells and shadows hiding around corners. I am so disappointed to reach the end as I loved the way the story was written and will miss the wonderful Eastwood sisters and their whispered words.

The perfect read for Halloween and I am so excited to be able to share my review and recommend this wonderful read!!

Book Blurb

In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.

But when the three Eastwood sisters join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote – and perhaps not even to live – the sisters must delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.

There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.

Available to purchase here

Meet Alix E Harrow

I’ve been a student and a teacher, a farm-worker and a cashier, an ice-cream-scooper and a 9-to-5 office-dweller. I’ve lived in tents and cars, cramped city apartments and lonely cabins, and spent a summer in a really sweet ’79 VW Vanagon Westfalia. I have library cards in at least five states.

Now I’m a full-time writer living in with my husband and two semi-feral kids in Berea, Kentucky. It is, I’m very sure, the best of all possible worlds.

Massive thanks to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for the invitation to join this blog tour, after loving The Ten Thousand Doors of January I was very excited to pick up my copy of The Once and Future Witches and I hope you love it too!

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

I am delighted to be jumping on the blog tour for The Twelve Christmases of You and I by Jennifer Joyce

On this wet and windy day autumn day, it is a pleasure to be sharing a review for a lovely festive read that is full of love and friendship. I loved meeting Maisie, Lily and Jonas and I hope you pick up a copy and love it as well.

My Review

This is one of those books that you pick up and immediately just want to keep reading, a wonderful festive read where you meet Maisie, Lily and Jonas who are BFF’s. Set in the lead up to Lily’s festive wedding this story see’s Maisie flash back to Christmases past and the collection of memories that she has associated to the photos in her album.

The very heart of this story is friendship and I loved reading about the past adventures of Maisie and her friends and the bond that they shared. You first meet them as Maisie’s parents have moved and Lily is her new next door neighbour. The references in this book remind me of my childhood in the 80’s / 90’s and I loved the memories this book triggered for me as I read about Maisie’s past Christmases.

Christmas is my favourite time of year, I love the traditions and family time and this story was brimming with Christmas spirit and wonderful traditions. I loved the photo albums that Maisie and Lily were reminiscing over and how the photos played such a major role throughout the story.

A story full of love that I loved and would highly recommend adding to your festive TBR pile this year.

Book Blurb

What if you could go back in time and fix the biggest mistake of your life?

Two years ago, Maisie’s best friend walked out of her life and she hasn’t heard from him since. When she wakes up in 1994, she naturally assumes she’s dreaming. But when she finds herself in the past again the next night and her actions in the dream alter her present-day life, she begins to wonder if she’s somehow hopping back in time. And if she is time-travelling, can she save her friendship with Jonas?

When Maisie is forced to relive Christmases of the past, will she face up to her mistakes, or make them all over again?

The 12 Christmases of You & Me is a magical tale of friendship, first loves, and learning to live in the present.

Available to purchase on Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com

Meet Jennifer Joyce

Jennifer Joyce is a writer of romantic comedies who lives in Manchester with her husband and their two daughters. She’s been scribbling down bits of stories for as long as she can remember, graduating from a pen to a typewriter and then an electronic typewriter. And she felt like the bee’s knees typing on THAT. She now writes her books on a laptop (which has a proper delete button and everything).

Social Media Links

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jenniferjoycewrites 

Twitter: www.twitter.com/writer_jenn 

Instagram: www.instagram.com/writer_jenn 

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to jump on the blog tour and for all the wonderful books you invite us to read.

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Kel x

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

Today I am so excited to share my 5* review for the wonderful Winter Wishes at Swallowtail Bay by Katie Ginger

Today it is my absolute pleasure to share my review for the final book in the Swallowtail Bay series by the lovely Katie Ginger.

My Review

What an absolute festive treat this book was, brimming with Christmas and romance, I didn’t want to put it down and just had to keep reading. Amazing descriptions of the Christmas market, describing sights and smells to bring it to life so it was a real assault on the senses and increased my excitement for Christmas with each chapter that I inhaled.

I loved Nell and her huge heart, she was so desperate to get everything right, she always put everyone ahead of herself. There was drama in relation to the wedding plans and the angst and frustration for the wedding was really well portrayed for all characters. The jitters were so realistic that I could feel my heart rate rising as I read in anticipation of the disaster that might follow. As I neared the end the emotions were building and I could feel myself welling up.

A story that I absolutely loved with links to characters we’ve previously met at this gorgeous seaside town. I will miss this series as I have loved each book and the individuality and the different characters we have met in Swallowtail Bay.

The whole series has featured vibrant character and memorable characters with real life issues and lots of delicious food with detailed descriptions for tastes and smell to leave out mouths watering.

A truly wonderful 5* read, such a heartwarming story oozing with Christmas and romance that totally swept me along.

Book Blurb

Grab your cosiest jumper and escape to the beautiful Swallowtail Bay!

Christmas and romance are in the air and Nell is obsessed! She can’t stop watching her favourite Christmas romcoms and dreaming of the day when she meets her own romantic hero, especially as she is hosting the first ever wedding at her small hotel, Holly Lodge.

Nell’s best friend, Tom, has been in love with her ever since they met. But Nell has never seen him that way, and he’s always kept his feelings a secret in case it ruins their friendship.

After the opening of the glamorous Langdon Mansion Hotel in the bay, Nell’s hotel is struggling for survival and she must fight, with Tom’s help, to keep Holly Lodge open. Can the magic of Christmas help two old friends save Holly Lodge and open Nell’s eyes to a love that was always there the whole time?

Winter Wishes at Swallowtail Bay is the hilarious new romantic comedy from Katie Ginger, perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Veronica Henry and Holly Martin!

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. Winter Wishes at Swallowtail Bay is her sixth novel. She is also the author of Spring Tides at Swallowtail Bay, Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Bay, Snowflakes 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 with her husband and two kids, and their dogs: Wotsit, the King Charles spaniel, and Skips, the three-legged Romanian rescue dog. (And yes, they are both named after crisps!)

For more about Katie, you can visit her website: www.keginger.com, find her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/KatieGAuthor, or follow her on Twitter: @KatieGAuthor.

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to jump on the blog tour and for all the wonderful books you invite us to read.

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Kel x

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

What a mega weekend for blog tours, today I am kicking off the blog tour for the wonderful festive read The Christmas Swap by Sandy Barker

I have been a massive fan of Sandy Barker since her first release and if you love her travel themed stories, what gets better than Christmas being added into the romantic travel themed mix.

My Review

I picked up this book knowing I would enjoy it but I didn’t anticipate just how much I would love this festive trip around the world. A wonderful story to get you in the festive spirit, I loved experiencing three very different Christmases with these wonderful ladies in three very different locations.

I was swept along from the first meeting of Jules, Chloe and Lucy and laughed may way from beginning to end as I hoped the girls would have the Christmas they had dreamed of when they came up with their plan. A story that really set the scene at each location which added to the authenticity, Sandy’s extensive travel is reflected in the descriptions and this helped to just sweep me along in the story.

I loved the references to the film The Holiday and whilst there were similarities there were also lots of adventures for all of the girls that came in all shapes and sizes as well as the romance that is sprinkled throughout the pages.

I spent the whole of this book thinking oh their Christmas amongst the snow drifts and freezing temperatures sounds amazing and then the next chapter would reveal an Aussie tradition for Christmas and I would change my mind. I loved the endless discussion of food in all locations and think a Christmas combining all three would be just perfect.

A truly magical festive read that I absolutely loved from beginning to end and would love to just curl up and read again!

Book Blurb

Christmas is coming and best friends ChloeJules, and Lucy are needing change… so swapping homes for the holidays could be the perfect present for all of them!

Australian Chloe spends her Christmas in a sleepy village in Oxfordshire, England. She is totally star-struck when she discovers who lives across the road.

Lucy, who has jetted off to snowy Colorado for her dream-come-true white Christmas, is taken into the fold of Jules’s loud and brash family, discovering more about herself in a few short days than she has in years.

And Jules leaves the cold climes of Colorado to spend her Christmas on a beach with Chloe’s friends in Melbourne, finding that time away is just what she needed.

The only thing better than one Christmas romance is three, and this wonderful festive novel is perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan, Holly Martin and Karen Swan.

Available to preorder on the links below

Amazon UK

Kobo

Apple Books

Foyles

Waterstones

Meet Sandy Barker

Sandy Barker is a writer, traveller and hopeful romantic with a lengthy bucket list. She loves exploring new places, outdoor adventures, and eating and drinking like a local when she travels, and many of her travel adventures have found homes in her novels. She’s also an avid reader, film buff, wine lover and coffee snob.

Where to find Sandy Barker

www.twitter.com/sandybarker

https://www.facebook.com/sandybarkerauthor

https://www.instagram.com/sandybarkerauthor

https://sandybarker.com/

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to jump on the blog tour and for all the wonderful books you invite us to read.

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

Kel x

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Publication Day, Seasonal

Happy Publication Day to Samantha Tonge, here is my review for her wonderful heartfelt festive read – The Winter We Met

I am a massive fan of Samantha Tonge and was very excited to have the opportunity to read and review this wonderful story in the lead up to publication day.

My Review

I always look forward to a release by Samantha Tonge as it always takes you on a wonderful journey and a festive read is the perfect way to escape between the pages.

This years festive read has us meeting the residents of Willow Court and planning the best Christmas party they have ever hosted. I quickly fell in love with the wonderful characters who live in Willow Court and loved the dedication of Jess to both her job in the toy shop whilst still helping to look after her beloved Nan.

This is a story that draws attention to our elderly generation who often require a care facility of some description. It highlights their loss of identity, their loneliness and how we often lose track of these points in our busy day to day lives. I felt this story whilst being a light hearted festive read also carried a really important message to help remind us to look after those who have always been there for us when we needed them.

I was so invested in this book and how Jess and her friends were going out of their way to create a final Christmas party for the wonderful community at Willow Court that I quickly lost track of time.

A heartfelt festive read with vivid descriptions that will leave you craving the delights of eggnog pie and wishing for a sprinkling of snow to really get you in the festive spirit.

Book Blurb

When charming, mysterious Nik sits next to Jess on a plane home from a Christmas toy trade fair, she never could have imagined the impact he’d have on her life. As they touch down in London, Jess is hesitant to let Nik walk away, and before she knows it, she’s invited him to visit.

As the two take in the delights of the toy store where she works, Jess gets an upsetting phone call. Willow Court, her grandmother’s care home, is to close before Christmas. Jess is determined to find the perfect new home for her Gran – and throw the best Christmas party Willow Court has ever seen!

But time is running out with the closure looming and Jess becomes increasingly drawn to enigmatic Nik who joins forces with her and best friend Oliver to realise those plans.

Will a chance encounter on an aeroplane bring love to Jess’s life or is this Christmas miracle too good to be true?

Available to purchase here

Meet Samantha Tonge

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and studied German and French at university. She has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris, and has travelled widely.
When not writing she loves family time, reading and baking. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.

In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014 her bestselling debut, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction Best Ebook Award.
In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.
In 2019 she was shortlisted for the RNA’s Romantic Comedy Award.
In 2020 she won the RNA’s Jackie Collins Romantic Thriller Award with her novel Knowing You, from publisher Canelo.

Where to find Samantha Tonge

Twitter: @SamTongeWriter

Instagram: @samanthatongeauthor 

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

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to jump on the blog tour and for all the wonderful books you invite us to read.

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

Kel x

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

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?

Available to purchase here

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.

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to jump on the blog tour and for all the wonderful books you invite us to read.

Please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!

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

Kel x

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

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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