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Today I am delighted to be joining the blog tour for A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland

My Review

I am loving this series and this wonderful story did not disappoint, after the ending of the last book I was left desperate to know what was going to come next and this book plunges straight back into the story.

I loved that this time we got to spend time with Phoebe the quiet accountant and get to know her and her family, this story kept me keen to keep reading as I felt a real empathy towards Phoebe and little Darci as we came to understand more about their family set up and how important the role at Hedgehog Hollow really is to Phoebe.

Jessica Redland has a wonderful way with words and has quickly become a firm favourite as an author for me to pick up, especially when I need a little distraction. Her books are like receiving a hug and they always leave me either feeling warm and fuzzy.

If you are looking for some ultimate distraction, definitely read this series they are truly wonderful and the hedgehogs are simply wonderful to learn about.

Book Blurb

It’s time for the wedding we’ve all been waiting for…

Life at Hedgehog Hollow is never dull, although Samantha hopes that the new year ahead will be a little less chaotic as she prepares to marry the love of her life, Josh. But disaster strikes when she checks the rescue centre’s bank account after the festive season and discovers it has been emptied. Who would do such a thing, and why? With the future of Hedgehog Hollow now in jeopardy, planning a wedding has lost its shine.

Phoebe is desperate to escape the shadow of her family, infamously known for their attacks on Samantha’s beloved rescue centre. Could the kindness of the Hedgehog Hollow team be the chance she needs for a fresh start, or will her family’s secrets continue to drag her back?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Jessica Redland is the top 10 bestselling author of over thirteen novels, including The Secret to Happiness. Inspired by her hometown of Scarborough she writes uplifting women’s fiction which has garnered many devoted fans.

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Today I am delighted to be jumping on the blog tour for Spring Surprise for the Cornish Midwife

My Review

I have been loving this series so jumped at the chance to revisit the lovely ladies in Port Agnes and I was not disappointed. After a bit of a reading slump this book captured me and left me keen to keep picking up my book.

We get the chance to catch up with all the lovely ladies as Jess continues her journey into fostering whilst getting to know more of the charming Dexter. Alongside Anna edging closer to maternity leave and the arrival of her twins whilst Ella is planning her wedding.

This is a story packed with life changing moments and emotional highs and lows, where we get to know more about the midwives in the unit and also spend time with our favourites.

This story held my attention from first to last page and has totally recaptured my love of reading. A truly superb read, to curl up with on a rainy day, where once again Jo captures me as welcomes us back into this wonderful community of midwives she has created.

Book Blurb

Brand new from the top 10 bestselling author of The Cornish Midwife.

Midwife Jess knows she’ll never have a baby of her own, but she’s determined to still be a mum. So Jess decides to foster, providing love and support for children who desperately need it – something Jess never had as a child when she was in foster care.

Jess loves caring for the precious babies who come into her life, but letting them go again breaks her heart every time – can she really be a mum after all?

But then Jess finds a surprise on her doorstep – a newborn baby! As the search for the missing mum begins, Jess cares for the precious babe day and night. She desperately wants to reunite mum and baby, but knows that when the day comes, her own heart will shatter.

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 published the first title in The Cornish Midwife Series – part of a twelve-book deal – in April 2021.

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

Today I am delighted to be sharing this festive treat with you – The Amsterdam Affair by Kate Frost

My Review

What an absolute corker of a Christmas fairytale, set against the snowy backdrop of Amsterdam. You will love spending this Christmas with Iris as she embarks on a new adventure as she and partner Will relocate in the approach to Christmas.

A story rich in passion that takes you on a journey of rediscovery and self belief, I loved meeting Iris as she starts to find her feet in Amsterdam after abruptly leaving her job to join partner Will as he accepts a promotion. We get to see how Will likes to get his own way early on and how this impacts upon Iris after she has left everything behind to support him in his new job.

The title indicates an affair but you don’t expect it to be with actual Amsterdam itself as we watch Iris lose her heart to the snowy city. She is a wonderful example of how we can sometimes lose our way and how we have to be true to ourselves to achieve happiness, even if it means taking a different path to the one we originally had planned.

I loved the characters and the connection she forms with Bram, whilst I instantly disliked Will and his attitude I instantly loved Bram and the friendship he forms with Iris. The author creates a magical atmosphere that feels like a giant hug for the entirety of the book.

Book Blurb

A new start, a chance encounter, a Christmas to remember. Will Iris’s new year be happy ever after? 

When Iris Greene’s boyfriend surprises her with a romantic dinner at their favourite restaurant, she’s expecting a proposal, not a move to another country. 

But Amsterdam proves to be the change she never knew she needed, and a surprise encounter with a local actor leads Iris to new friends and the rediscovery of a long lost passion. While Iris thrives in a city filled with festivity, her boyfriend struggles, and her heart is torn in two. 

As snow falls and secrets are revealed, Iris must decide her future. Will she be brave enough to start over and take a chance on love? 

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Kate Frost is the author of best-selling romantic escape novels (The Baobab Beach Retreat, A Starlit Summer, The Greek Heart, The Love Island Bookshop and The Amsterdam Affair), character-driven women’s fiction (The Butterfly Storm series and Beneath the Apple Blossom), and Time Shifters, a time travel adventure trilogy for children. She has a MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, where she also taught lifewriting to creative writing undergraduates. 

Kate lives in Bristol with her husband, young son, and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Frodo. As well as writing novels, she’s also the Director of Storytale Festival, a new city-wide children’s book festival that she co-founded in Bristol in 2019 with the ethos of making books accessible to all and encouraging children and teens to read, write and be creative. Kate feels incredibly lucky to spend her days writing and being immersed in books. Her first book with Boldwood will be published in March 2022. 

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Website: http://kate-frost.co.uk/

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Kicking off the week with our first of three reviews today – Flora’s Travelling Christmas Shop by Rebecca Raisin

My Review

I have always loved books by Rebecca Raisin and this great book was no exception. It was well written and packed with great characters.  The book leads you into the story of the two best friends during their daily lives and this was totally relatable to me and my bestie especially with Christmas now just around the corner. Packed with lots of laughter and that made me chuckle out loud a few times and just cemented my love of the book.

We are introduced early on to a male character and as the insults fly, I found myself really buying into the characters and the antics caused me to laugh out loud and causing me to have to explain about what I was reading and why I was laughing. I love how there is the influence for Flora not to change and to stay true to herself and her beliefs as their two worlds collide.

This is what I would call a proper proper chick flick read, I loved it and just couldn’t put it down as I wanted to know where the plot twists would take me and what would happen as I neared the end of the story.  I love this author, her books are always a fabulous read and this one is right up there with the best of them.

Book Blurb

Tis the season for mulled wine, mince pies, and magic under the mistletoe…

Flora loves Christmas more than anything else in the world, so she’s gutted when her Scrooge-alike boss fires her from Deck the Halls Christmas emporium. But now she finally has a chance to follow her dreams – and what better place to start than the home of Christmas?

Before she can say ‘sleigh bells’, Flora’s on her way to Lapland in a campervan-cum-Christmas-shop. She can’t wait to spend her days drinking hot chocolate and taking reindeer-drawn carriage rides, but something Flora didn’t expect was meeting Connor, a Norse god of a man who makes her heart flutter and snowflakes swirl in her stomach. There’s just one problem: Connor hates Christmas.

Can Flora convince Connor of the joys of Christmas – and will she find a festive romance along the way?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been widely published in short story anthologies, and in fiction magazines. And now she is focusing on writing romance.

Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships and believe in true love.


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

Curl up on this damp and chilly Sunday and grab a copy of the festive delight – The Post Box at the North Pole by Jaimie Admans

My Review

When you pick up this book be prepared to be swept away in pure Christmas magic. I absolutely love books by Jaimie Admans and her Christmas book is always special and this year it is even more festive and magical than last year.

When Sash arrives to visit her poorly Dad she has no clue she is walking into a real winter wonderland complete with reindeer, Santa’s workshop and a mysterious elf. From Sasha’s arrival you are just swept along under the gorgeous glow of the Northern Lights as against the odds she starts to feel the magic of where her Dad has chosen to settle. 

A story rich in fantastic characters with the themes of candy canes, nutcrackers and steaming hot chocolate just as you would expect to find in a festive read by Jaimie Admans. Without a doubt one of my favourite reads by this author, it just sweeps you along in the magic of Christmas and leaves you with a gigantic gap as if you’ve lost a friend when you reach the end.

Book Blurb

Dear Santa,

I wish I could believe in magic again.

From, Sasha.

Sasha Hansley hates Christmas. As a child, it was her favourite time of year, but ever since the tragic death of her mother, it has completely lost its magic.

But when she gets an unexpected phone call from her estranged father, she’s forced to dust off her snow boots.

He’s been running a Lapland style Christmas village in Norway and after suffering a heart attack, he is on strict doctor’s orders to slow down. Eager to reconnect with her dad, Sasha books the next flight out there. Only she’s never actually been on a plane before, let alone to the Arctic Circle.

Met at the runway by drop-dead-gorgeous Taavi Salvesen, they sleigh ride through the snow with the Northern Lights guiding their way.

When Sasha uncovers sacks of unopened Santa mail – letters that children and adults from all over the world write to Santa every year – she realises that she can send a little bit of magic out into the world by replying to some of them.

With Taavi on hand to help, will Sasha rediscover her own excitement for Christmas and find love among the letters?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Jaimie is a 36-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots.
She will never have time to read all the books she wants to read.

She is the author of several romantic comedies for HarperCollins – The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, The Little Wedding Island, It’s a Wonderful Night, The Little Vintage Carousel by the Sea, Snowflakes at the Little Christmas Tree Farm, The Little Bookshop of Love Stories, The Wishing Tree Beside the Shore, The Little Christmas Shop on Nutcracker Lane, and The Post Box at the North Pole.

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

Falling for a French Dream by Jennifer Bohnet

My Review

Oh wow I don’t know where to start, this is an author whose stories transport me to sunny France and steal my heart within the first few chapters. I love picking up a book and just knowing it’s going to be an amazing read and a feel good tonic which is something we all need from time to time.

I loved my trip to France where we meet the Jacques family as they adjust to the sudden loss of their son/nephew and we get to meet Olivier and Nicola who are also still deeply lost in the grief of losing Marc.

Throughout this story we get to experience the highs and lows as they work to mend family bridges, build new relationships and make life changing decisions. All of which is set against the stunning back drop of a small village near Nice and the family farm.

From reading this story it is clear early on that the absolute back bone of this story was family and throughout the beautiful descriptions and sprinkles of romance the importance of family shone through.

A story that consumed me and left me keen to squeeze in extra time to keep reading whilst being torn as I also wanted to savour my trip as I was enjoying it so much.

Book Blurb

Escape to hills high above the French Riviera with international bestseller Jennifer Bohnet.

After tragically losing her husband, Nicola Jacques and her teenage son Oliver relocate to his father’s family’s Olive Farm in the hills above the French Riviera.

Due a family feud, Oliver has never known his fathers’ side of the family and Grandpapa Henri is intent that Oliver will take over the reins of the ancestral farm and his rightful inheritance.

Determined to keep her independence from a rather controlling Grandpapa, Nicola buys a run-down cottage on the edge of the family’s Olive Farm and sets to work renovating their new home and providing an income by cultivating the small holding that came with the Cottage.

As the summer months roll by, Nicola and Oliver begin to settle happily into their new way of life with the help of Aunts Josephine and Odette, Henri’s twin sisters and local property developer Gilles Bongars.

But the arrival of some unexpected news and guests at the farm, force Nicole and Aunt Josephine to assess what and where their futures lie.

This book was previously published as The French Legacy.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Jennifer Bohnet is the bestselling author of over 12 women’s fiction titles, including Villa of Sun and Secrets and A Riviera Retreat. She is originally from the West Country but now lives in the wilds of rural Brittany, France.

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I Won’t Be Home for Christmas by Amanda Prowse

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While her free-spirited daughter travels the world, Vivienne prepares for a lonely Christmas in Bristol, with her best friend Ellen and her ancient dog Bob.

Then a letter arrives that changes everything. Vivienne’s daughter is getting married in New Zealand, and she wants her mum and Ellen by her side.

But out on the rugged coast of Tutukaka, the sea sparkles, romance beckons – and Vivienne falls under the spell of another life. Will she leave everything she holds dear for a chance at happiness? Or will her daughter be the only one to fall in love this Christmas?

My 5* Review

I love nothing more than snuggling down with a good read on the cold evenings and this book did not disappoint. As we are headed towards Christmas I thought I would get some festive reads in as I can’t read a Christmas book other than in the lead up to the big day.

This book captures your heart from the off with the fantastic friendship captured between Elle & Viv who have been best friends since childhood and the way in which Amanda Prowse has bought to life the characters of these ladies with feisty Elle & quieter Viv. The way in which the friendship is delivered makes you feel warm and fuzzy and fills you with laughter as they set off on their adventure to New Zealand.

Once I had snuggled down I was transported to their world and didn’t put the book down until I had finished as I was desperate to know the destiny of all these fantastic characters. I picked this up expecting it to be a Christmas book, however although it is based in the lead up to the festive holidays it is a story about love, friendship, tradition and how sometimes you just have to give life another chance.

Posted in Younger Readers Age 9-12

The Great Escape by Megan Rix

The Great Escape is a gripping and heartwarming story for 9+ readers about three pets who are separately from their beloved owners in Second World War London, fleeing to the countryside to survive.

Perfect for fans of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse and Lauren St John.

BUSTER is a lively Jack Russell
TIGER is a feisty white and ginger tom
ROSE is a faithful Collie

Robert and Lucy Edwards love their pets more than anything; but the threat of the Second World War forces them to flee to Devon – leaving their animals behind. And as the air raid sirens sound over London, the frightened animals are sent to be put down.

Buster, Tiger and Rose make a daring escape but with danger at every turn, can the trio make it across the country as it prepares for battle – and cheat death for the second time?

Daisy’s 5* Review

This book is based on the story of Buster, Tiger & Rose who are left behind when the children are evacuated.
I found it really descriptive, I could imagine the animals and their journey. It made me feel sorry for those caught up in the war and it made me think about the animals back then and what would have happened to them. I enjoyed the whole book with no favourite part and would definitely recommend it.

Posted in Younger Readers Age 9-12

Bad Dad by David Walliams

The new heart-warming and hilariously brilliant story from number one bestselling author David Walliams. Beautifully illustrated by artistic genius, Tony Ross.

Dads come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

There are fat ones and thin ones, tall ones and short ones.
There are young ones and old ones, clever ones and stupid ones.
There are silly ones and serious ones, loud ones and quiet ones.
Of course, there are good dads, and bad dads . . .

A high-speed cops and robbers adventure with heart and soul about a father and son taking on the villainous Mr Big – and winning!

This riches-to-rags story will have you on the edge of your seat and howling with laughter!

5* Review

I pre ordered the latest David Walliams book – Bad Dad for my daughter so that it arrived to her very excited hands on release day. She has loved all of the David Walliams books to date and this book did not disappoint.

I lost her to the book almost as soon as it arrived and she thoroughly enjoyed his latest release.

Here is her review from earlier this week when she finished reading it:

This was a really funny book, which made me laugh throughout the book. I felt sorry for Frank as the story went on as his Dad did a bad thing and got into trouble. The story is based around Frank and how his Dad made some bad decisions, it made me laugh a lot and I kept wanting to read more to find out what happened next.

My favourite things about the book are:
* It was really funny, David Walliams always makes me laugh
* Illustrated well – I really liked the illustrations in the book
* I would definitely read it again and have already recommended it to my friends

If you are looking for a book to purchase your kids for Christmas this book would definitely be worth adding to your list as David Walliams appears to be a master in writing funny books to entertain our children.