#Review – Hetty’s Farmhouse Bakery by Cathy Bramley (@CathyBramley) @TransworldBooks

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Thirty-two-year-old Hetty Greengrass is the star around which the rest of her family orbits. Marriage, motherhood and helping Dan run Sunnybank Farm have certainlykept her hands full for the last twelve years. But when her daughter Poppy has to choose her inspiration for a school project and picks her aunt, not her mum, Hetty is left full of self-doubt.

Hetty’s always been generous with her time and until now, her biggest talent – baking deliciously moreish shortcrust pastry pies – has been limited to charity work and the village fete. But taking part in a competition run by Cumbria’s Finest to find the very best produce from the region might be just the thing to make her daughter proud . . . and reclaim something for herself.

Except that life isn’t as simple as producing the perfect pie. Changing the status quo isn’t easy – and with cracks appearing in her marriage and shocking secrets coming to light, Hetty must decide where her priorities really lie . . .

What does TWG think?

**Huge thank you to Transworld Books and Cathy Bramley for picking me as a winner for an early proof copy!**

I STUPIDLY decided to read ‘Hetty’s Farmhouse Bakery’ when I was hungry. Seriously, could I have BEEN more stupid? I wouldn’t advise it at all, although to be fair, you’ll probably end up hungry after reading about all of the delectable treats anyway!!

Hetty Greengrass has been living in other people’s shadows for as long as she can remember, with people only really knowing her as ‘Poppy’s mum’ or ‘Dan’s partner’, and not a person in her own right. Hetty wants to do something for herself and to be perfectly honest, it’s not really too much to ask is it?

Dan’s reaction to Hetty’s new venture and having to step away from the farm for a couple of days, really got under my skin! Such a selfish response! I urged him to be a little more supportive, after all, hasn’t Hetty been supporting Dan for all of this time? Isn’t that what being partners is all about?

It was such a lovely thing to see Hetty go from a reserved, unconfident woman, to a self-assured, confident, woman on a mission as the storyline progressed. She took her idea and ran with it marathon style! Weirdly, I felt quite proud of her actually as it was such a big deal for Hetty to step out of all that she has known for the last twelve years, to embark on her own solo venture, giving herself something to be proud of. She showed that she could do it. She showed that she was determined.

Now, ‘Hetty’s Farmhouse Bakery’ doesn’t just tell a story about the obvious. In fact, there is a lot more to the book that meets the eye. When certain things became clear later on down the line, I think my jaw became unhinged as it dropped right down to my knees in shock. I mean, where the hell did that come from?! Definitely a game changer where this book was concerned, that’s for sure!!

Having been a fan of Cathy Bramley for a long time and loving every single book she has written, I thoroughly enjoyed curling up with her latest offering, with my fingers crossed that it would live up to my expectations. It didn’t. It went above and beyond and became my most favourite book Cathy Bramley has ever written. I don’t know what it was, but I felt like the energy from the authors writing was completely different this time round, and the vibe seemed to reach my soul a lot quicker than previous novels. Maybe it was because I found myself relating to certain aspects of this book a lot more, or maybe it was because the author has gone from strength to strength with every book she writes. Who knows. All I know is that Cathy Bramley has written a book which I devoured in one sitting, wanting seconds straight away.

I loved how the storyline had humour alongside serious moments especially, as it gave the storyline such a varied dynamic which meant that the serious situations became more gritty. Because of that, I found that the shock factor was a lot stronger as they just seemed to come out of nowhere with one character being in hysterics one moment, to then having a gritty moment directly after. I really did love the ups and downs of Hetty and Dan’s lives, even if I was going for the whole ‘girl power’ thing and sticking by Hetty!

really has outdone herself with her newest novel, putting the book straight into my ‘most favourite books ever’ list.

‘Hetty’s Farmhouse Bakery’ is such a more-ish, addictive, cosy, and soulful read which seemed to highlight Cathy Bramley’s outstanding literary talent in a way I never knew was possible. Tantalising, gritty and extremely heart-warming, ‘Hetty’s Farmhouse Bakery’ is guaranteed to leave you without a soggy bottom, and a heart full of warmth. Incredible book, Cathy Bramley has certainly outdone herself where this book is concerned – I can’t help but see it as one of my most favourite books of all time!!

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – Mortal Outcomes by Dave Stanton (@DanRenoNovels) @BloodHoundBook

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Huge thanks to Sarah for asking me to help kick off Dave Stanton’s blog blitz today for the third book in his ‘Dan Reno’ series, ‘Mortal Outcomes’. Here is my review:

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Bounty hunter Dan Reno never thought he’d be the prey. 
When a pair of accused rapists from a New Jersey-based gang surface in South Lake Tahoe, bounty hunter Dan Reno is called in. The first is easy to catch, but the second, a Satanist suspected of a string of murders, is an adversary unlike any Reno has faced before. After escaping Reno’s clutches, in the desert outside of Carson City, the target vanishes. That is, until he makes it clear he intends to settle the score.
To make matters worse, the criminal takes an interest in a teenage boy and his talented sister, both friends of Reno’s.  
Wading through a drug-dealing turf war and a deadly feud between mobsters running a local casino, Reno has to hunt a ghost-like adversary who is calling all the shots.  
The more Reno learns more about his target, the more he’s convinced that mayhem is inevitable unless he can capture him quickly. He’d prefer it to be clean, without further bloodshed. But sometimes that isn’t possible, especially when Reno’s partner Cody Gibbons decides it’s time for payback.

What does TWG think?

Dan and Cody are back! After three books, I still can’t help thinking that these two are such an unlikely pairing, yet they work so well together…if that makes ANY sense at all!

With such a hard-hitting, lump in throat inducing theme, ‘Mortal Outcomes’ is a book which, unfortunately, is so in tune with present society, it’s shocking. This world needs a lot more people like Dan Reno in it, that’s for sure!

Once again Dave Stanton has created an intense and nail-biting storyline which not only took me on a rollercoaster ride, it had me on the edge of my seat and filled my arms with goosebumps. This book is difficult to read. It did make me feel slightly nauseous due to the topic, yet it is such an addictive read as I wanted to make sure that the criminals got their comeuppance.

I thought that the flawed, damaged characters were a very well thought out and welcome addition to the storyline, as they ensured that the storyline had a relatable aspect to it. Unfortunately the topic of rapists is real life, and it is what people have to deal with, so I am impressed at the author for writing about such a stigmatic and hard storyline which is guaranteed to get people talking.

Personally, ‘Mortal Outcomes’ wasn’t my most favourite book of the series so far, but it definitely kept my interest throughout, as well as filling my arms with copious amounts of goosebumps. If you’re wanting an author which delivers an intense read every single time, you won’t go wrong with a Dave Stanton novel that’s for sure!

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About the author.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960, Dave Stanton moved to Northern California in 1961. He attended San Jose State University and received a BA in journalism in 1983. Over the years, he worked as a bartender, newspaper advertising salesman, furniture mover, debt collector, and technology salesman. He has two children, Austin and Haley, and lives with his wife, Heidi, in San Jose, California.
Stanton is the author of six novels, all featuring private investigator Dan Reno and his ex-cop buddy, Cody Gibbons.

Links:

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Twitter: @DanRenoNovels

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#Review – The Wedding Date by Zara Stoneley (@ZaraStoneley) @HarperImpulse @LBAamanda

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One ex.

One wedding.
One little white lie.

When Samantha Jenkins is asked to be the maid of honour at her best friend’s wedding, she couldn’t be happier. There are just three problems…

1) Sam’s ex-boyfriend, Liam, will be the best man.
2) His new girlfriend is pregnant.
3) Sam might have told people she has a new man when she doesn’t (see points 1 and 2 above)

So, Sam does the only sensible thing available to her… and hires a professional to do the job.

Actor Jake Porter is perfect for the role: single, gorgeous and cheap! Sam is certain it’s the perfect solution: no strings, no heartbreak and hopefully no chance of being found out.

But spending a week in the Scottish Highlands with Jake is harder than she imagined. He is the perfect boyfriend, charming, sexy and the hottest thing in a kilt since Outlander! And his dog Harry is quite possibly the cutest things Sam has ever seen!

As the wedding draws closer, Jake plays his part to perfection and everyone believes he is madly in love with Sam. The problem is, Sam’s not sure if Jake is acting anymore…

What does TWG think?

I have to admit that at first, I was a little bit wary about the concept of this book. I mean,  we have all seen the film ‘The Wedding Date’ with Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney, right? Plus, having read multiple books with a wedding date at the forefront of its storyline, I couldn’t help but wonder what was going to be different about Zara Stoneley’s interpretation of the theme seeing as it has been done multiple times…

But, after reading ‘The Wedding Date’, I can honestly say that whilst the theme may be familiar, nobody has written it in the way that Zara Stoneley has. Ever. And I don’t think that they will either. There’s writing a story based on a popular theme, and then there’s writing a story based on a popular theme and owning it ten times over. Zara Stoneley is the latter and by golly did she own it!

Samantha has been asked to be the maid of honour at her best friends wedding. The wedding where her ex-boyfriend (the one who dumped her after dipping his wick in new wax before the old wax had even dried) was going to be the best man. Samantha’s knee-jerk reaction is to hide under the covers and ignore the invitation ever arrived, just so that she doesn’t have to come face to face with the man who thinks his derrière doesn’t smell after a bout of diarrhoea. But, because Sam has a conscience and a heart, she is determined to not let her best friend down on her wedding day. With no boyfriend, no date, no man in question, Sam has to think outside the box when it comes to wanting to shove her ex boyfriend inside a box. How? Well, you’d better read the book then, hadn’t you!!

Oh my goodness gracious me! This book!!!! I think I resembled a pig more often than not whilst I was reading Zara Stoneley’s latest offering! The amount of snorting that came out of me really didn’t sound healthy at all, especially when faced with a border collie whose personality is larger than life. Seriously, the dog is a legend and I want his bandana for my own dog!

Now, as a person who finds themselves checking into ‘Zara Stoneley Anonymous’ after each book, I cannot help but think that ‘The Wedding Date’ is her best book EVER. Seriously! The humour was absolutely brilliant, unforced, and totally in keeping with the overall vibe of the storyline. Not only that, the energy throughout the entire story was mind-blowing and highly contagious. So much so, I couldn’t help but feel like I could conquer anything, even if it meant looking like a prat whilst doing it. ‘The Wedding Date’ is Zara Stoneley’s most energetic book yet, and one which kept me with a humongous smile on my face the entire time.

Everything the characters got up to was unique, brilliantly written and full of hilarious one liners which ended up creating vivid (and hilarious) imagery in my mind. One word – horse. When you delve into this book for yourself, remember the word ‘horse’ and you’ll see what I mean!

Whilst I have to admit that the author may have adapted her writing style slightly with ‘The Wedding Date’, I for one am not complaining and think that the slight change has brought more energy and oomph to an already accomplished author. I would LOVE to see these characters back in another story, and I would love to see Harry settle down with a Mrs Harry to find out whether they dress their pups in bandana’s. It has GOT to happen!!

‘The Wedding Date’ blew me away and threw all of my misconceptions out of the window straight away. These bunch of characters are truly fantastic, with personalities you cannot help but gel with. Well, apart from the two characters which are total asshats!!

I want to stand on my soap box with brightly coloured pom poms and shout about this book for the entire world to hear – that is how much I loved this book! Honestly, what a fantastic, high energy, hilarious novel – ‘The Wedding Date’ is my most favourite book of 2018 so far, and even in my ‘top books of all time’ list. I have found my new book boyfriend in ‘Jake’ and nobody is pinching him!!! ‘The Wedding Date’ is the best date I have ever been on, and the one I will remember for a very long time…especially seeing as I will be re-reading this book until I know it word for word. Out-fudging-standing. Zara Stoneley, you legend!!!

‘The Wedding Date’ is due to be published on the 20th April but it can be pre-ordered now from Amazon

#BlogTour! #Review – The Little Perfume Shop off the Champs-Elysees by Rebecca Raisin (@jaxandwillsmum) @HQDigitalUK

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Apologies for my lateness, BUT, I am super honoured to be kicking off Rebecca Raisin’s blog tour today for her fragrant, upcoming novel, ‘The Little Perfume Shop off the Champs-Elysees’. Big thanks to the publisher for the ARC. Here is my review:

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What is French for falling in love?

When Del leaves small town America to compete in a perfume competition in Paris, she thinks it is just the next step on her five-year-plan. It’s an exciting opportunity. What started out as just a dream for Del and her twin sister is nearly in her grasp. If she wins this competition, they are on their way to opening their very own perfume boutique!

Arriving in Paris, watching the sun glinting off the Seine and wandering the Champs-Elysees, Del discovers the most perfect perfumery she’s ever seen. Yet, as the competition dawns Del realises that whilst she might have had the best nose in her small village, her competitors seem to know more than she could ever have dreamed. This competition isn’t going to be easy…

Del has the romance of Paris to sweep her away from her worries, but as the competition heats up, so does her desire for that which she cannot have! If only the dashing owner Sébastien didn’t smell so seductive, look so handsome and make her heart flutter like it never has before. They say love smells as sweet as a red rose in bloom, but Del would tell anyone that true love can’t be bottled – it’s beautiful and unique to everyone…even herself. With everything on the line for her future, can Del really let a little attraction get in the way of securing her dreams?

What does TWG think?

What a book!

I’m sorry to say that it did take me a chapter or two to get into the swing of things, but once I did, I felt like I was walking on air! The vivid imagery the author put into my mind with her outstanding descriptions was jut beautiful. I truly felt as though I was in Paris, soaking up the atmosphere and being surrounded by such mind blowing fragrances.

Del is taking part in a perfume competition, but is the competition all what it seems or did someone put a dash too much lavender in a recipe? Dell has wanted to turn her dream into a reality for years, keeping the memory of her grandmother alive as she went. But, the more she thought about the competition, the more she over thought the tasks she had to partake in. Can being in a bad mood really make a perfume go wrong? And can feeling loved create the most wonderful perfume? Del is determined to find out…

I could tell that Del had the hots for Sébastien almost right away!! For a woman who was so adamant that love wasn’t going to feature in her perfumes due to never truly feeling what romance actually is, she soon changed her mind the moment her mentor came into view. She was like a love sick puppy, no wonder she couldn’t concentrate!!

This book was such a pleasure to read, keeping me entertained until the very last page. I really didn’t want it to end and I felt that the book concluded rather abruptly. It was as though the last chapter was on fast forward. I wanted to stay with Del a bit longer – there is so much more to find out about that character, as well as Sébastien’s, I am hoping that Rebecca Raisin will take them on another journey in another novel!

Such a fun, warm, laugh out loud novel, Rebecca Raisin certainly knows how to paint a picture in her readers minds, whilst also keeping their hearts warm like a little hot water bottle!

‘The Little Perfume Shop off the Champs-Elysees’ will be published on the 30th March but can be pre-order now from Amazon

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Annie’s Summer by the Sea by Liz Eeles (@lizeelesauthor) @Bookouture

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I am so excited to be reviewing ‘Annie’s Summer by the Sea’ today for Bookouture, as part of the blog blitz! Huge thanks, as always, to the publisher for the blitz invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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When Annie Trebarwith unexpectedly inherits Tregavara House, her much-loved family home atop the cliffs of Salt Bay, she begins to wonder: with all the good friends and warm memories she’s made in the village, could it be her forever home?

Luckily her gorgeous Poldark-lookalike boyfriend, Josh Pasco, has exactly the same idea. High on the Cornish cliffs he gets down on one knee, and Annie has everything she’s ever dreamed of.

But when a summer storm causes catastrophic damage to the beautiful but aging house, Annie and Josh are faced with tumbling tiles and a massive repair bill – and a roof that’s leaked straight onto her wedding gown…

Can the Salt Bay community save Annie’s house and her wedding – and give Annie the happy-ever-after she’s always wanted?

What does TWG think?

It is so good to be back in Salt Bay, but it also feels like an end of an era. I can only assume that this is the last book in the series because if it is, I couldn’t have wished for a better conclusion for such a wonderful bunch of characters.
Well, apart from Toby.

I would highly recommend reading this series in order as each book continues the story from the previous novel, making missing out on vital pieces of information incredibly high if you were to read the books out of order.

Annie and Josh’s relationship seems to be going from strength to strength and, seeing as Annie has never felt like she has belonged anywhere, it was truly lovely to finally see her settled in a place that she can call ‘home’.

I became a little bit emotional when I realised that a certain character wasn’t going to be in the spotlight any longer, as because I have read these books from the beginning and followed each characters story, I felt like I was losing a friend. Daft I know.

Toby has made his presence known the whole way through the series, yet in this book he seems to be everywhere! I was hoping that he would see the error of his ways and find someone to give him a personality transplant, but, as nobody was willing, I tried to ignore him. Safe to say it didn’t work and he still got right up by nose! What an arrogant codswallop! Fantastic to read about I must say, definitely entertaining!

For me, the community spirit that laced this storyline, ended up being the star of the show ten times over. The warmth and strength the community gave to Annie and her family in her time of need, was incredibly touching and brought such joy to my own heart whilst I was reading it. The community went above and beyond but to them, it was as though the weren’t doing anything out of the ordinary. Personally, I think that they’re all stars, deserving the spotlight the author put them under.

I loved how cosy this story was, and I especially loved how much I found myself giggling. The author writes in such a natural, heart-warming manner, going between various scenarios flawlessly. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about ‘Annie’s Summer by the Sea’ – it is definitely my favourite book of the series!

A laugh out loud, free-spirited and touching read – can I pack my bags and go live in Salt Bay now, please?!

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About the author.

Liz began her writing career as a journalist and press officer before deciding that she’d rather have the freedom of making things up as a novelist. 

Being short-listed in the Corvus ‘Love at First Write’ competition and the Novelicious search for a new women’s fiction star gave Liz the push she needed to keep putting pen to paper …. and ‘Annie’s Holiday by the Sea’ (her first published novel) is the result. 

Liz lives on the South Coast with her family and, when she’s not writing, likes to spend time walking by the sea, and trying to meditate. Her ambition is to be serene one day …. she’s still got a long way to go.

Author Social Media Links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lizeelesauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lizeelesauthor

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

 

#BlogTour! #Review – Sweet Home Summer by Michelle Vernal (@MichelleVernal) @Rararesources @HarperImpulse

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Another evening post for me today, apologies! I have the pleasure of kicking off Michelle Vernal’s blog tour for ‘Sweet Home Summer’. Thanks to Rararesources for the blog tour invite, and thank you to HarperImpulse for the ARC. Here is my review:

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What’s a Matchmaker? I’m thinking a really, really old Irish version of Tinder…

Isla Brookes was terrified of leading a little life in the small New Zealand town where she was born and where her gran and mum were also born and bred. To escape their fate, she breaks it off with her teenage sweetheart and runs away to London. She’s spent the last ten years climbing the interior design career ladder and meeting the wrong kind of man until one day she wakes up and wonders what it’s all been for. Leaving her latest unsuitable man and job for dust Isla winds up sitting on a beanbag in therapy at a Californian retreat, where she realises it’s time to go home.

They breed em tough on New Zealand’s West Coast. A fact Isla’s grandmother, Bridget prides herself on. Her heart was broken once, and she won’t let it happen again, but now ever since her husband passed away, someone’s been sending her Valentine’s Day cards.
When the dance hall, the scene for this heartbreak, falls into decline, Bridget decides the link to her first love must be restored even if the events of long ago can’t be put right. She’s never heard of dating apps, so in a nod to her Irish ancestry, she decides to hold a fundraising Matchmaker Festival.

Then Rohan Sullivan blows into town on a strange wind offering his services as a bona fide matchmaker; suddenly it’s time for both women to remedy the mistakes of their past.

What does TWG think?

What a jam packed story this is!

According to Isla, staying in the same town as her mother and grandmother is beneath her. She wanted more in her life and felt that the only way she was going to get that, was to move to the other side of the world. However, due to spending a lot of time running away from herself and her family, Isla finally realises that she won’t ever find herself again unless she slows down and appreciates life for what it is. Plus, I think therapy in California may have swayed her decision as well.

I love the concept of this book, especially as a lot of readers may relate to the ‘losing yourself and finding yourself’ theme to the book. What I did struggle with however, was the pace. It took me a very long time to find something in the storyline to hold onto. Instead of the pace being upped and the grit being entwined into the book, there seemed to be a constant addition of brand new characters and, whilst I usually don’t mind meeting new people in books, if the pace isn’t there to go with the new characters, I find myself becoming incredibly confused and forgetting who is who.

That said, the real star of the ‘show’ was Isla’s gran. Her humour was on point, with the romantic element to her lifestyle becoming more evident as the storyline progressed. I actually think Gran needs to come back in a sequel as I feel that there is a lot more to her personality, with us only seeing the tip of the iceberg in ‘Sweet Home Summer’.

Once I had gotten into the storyline, I did end up enjoying it, laughing along with several of the characters. Personally, I think that the overall concept of this book is brilliant, with the underlying message being one to take notice of, but I just think that it could be a little more defined in its delivery. Hopefully there will be a sequel so that we can find out what happens next with Isla and Gran!

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About the author.

Hello, my name is Michelle Vernal, and by way of introduction, I’m Mum to Josh and Daniel and am married to the super supportive Paul. We live in the garden city of Christchurch, New Zealand with our three-legged, black cat called Blue. BC (before children) Paul and I lived and worked in Ireland, the experiences we had there have flavoured my books. I’ve always written, but it was only after my first son was born that I decided to attend a creative writing course at Canterbury University. Oh the guilt dropping him at pre-school so I could learn the basics of story writing, but oh the joy of having conversation to contribute other than the price of nappies that week! The first piece I ever penned post course was published by a New Zealand parenting magazine. I went on to write humorous; opinion styled pieces of my take on parenting, but when the necessity for being politically correct got too much, I set myself the challenge of writing a
novel. Six books later and a publishing deal with Harper Impulse here I am. These days I write for a lifestyle magazine and my latest book Sweet Home Summer has just been released by Harper Impulse.

Social Media Links –

http://www.michellevernalbooks.com/
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#BlogTour! #Review – #SunshineAndSecrets by Daisy James (@DaisyJamesBooks) @Canelo_co

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Apologies for my late posting, however, I am delighted to be reviewing Daisy James’ latest novel, ‘Sunshine & Secrets’ on the blog today! Huge thanks to Canelo for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC.

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When newly heartbroken, michelin-starred chef Millie Harper is offered a job overseeing the setup of The Paradise Cookery School she jumps at the opportunity. Leaving London and her memories of heartbreak behind she hops on a plane to the hilltop cocoa plantation in St Lucia.

But this beautiful island break might be more work than she’d expected…. With only two
weeks to have the kitchen installed, cocoa pods going missing from the plantation and the notoriously relaxed island workmen to contend with, she’s going to need some help. Gruff but charming estate manager Zach Baxter, is only too happy to offer his opinions. As the two clash heads can they remain focussed on the job in hand and get the cookery school finished in time?

Pack your bags and jump right into the sun and secrets of The Paradise Cookery
School.

What does TWG think?

What a fab start to a brand new series! I couldn’t help but lose myself in ‘Sunshine & Secrets’ straight away – the storyline was so appealing, whetting my appetite as much as a big slice of cake.

Millie really annoyed me at first because she came across as such a wet blanket, making some of the other characters seem more of a main character than she was. Millie did end up changing my opinion a little bit towards the end, but I really do hope she finds more inner strength as the series progresses.

Aside from that, I thoroughly enjoyed Zach and Millie’s banter! It kept making me laugh out loud, making the vibe of the storyline even more relaxed than before. I thought the story was very well paced, full of the right amount of drama, laughter, and diversity to keep my attention until the very end.

My only big issue with ‘Sunshine & Secrets’ was the fact that it had to end! I was so getting into what was happening with the cookery school and learning more about Zach, when the book decided to end – how rude!! I cannot wait to read the next instalment of this series, and I really do feel that Daisy James has started her new serial off with a bang or, in Millie’s case, several dozen cupcakes!

Such a cosy, relaxing and colourful story to tickle your taste buds, whet your appetite, and get you prepared for even more tantalising recipes as the series progresses. Love it!

Buy now from Amazon UK

About the author.

Daisy James is a Yorkshire girl transplanted to the north east of England. She loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her summerhouse, she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Little Wedding Island by Jaimie Admans (@Be_the_spark) @HQDigitalUK @NeverlandBT

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FINALLLYYYYYYY it’s TWG’s turn on Jaimie Admans’ blog tour! -does happy dance-. I have been waiting for her new book since the moment I finished her previous one! It gives me great pleasure to review ‘The Little Wedding Island’ today, I hope you enjoy reading my review as much as I enjoyed reading the book!

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‘Will you… pretend to marry me?’
Bonnie Haskett loves everything about weddings. She loves her job at a national
bridal magazine and even has a deposit down on her dream dress. The only problem?
She doesn’t have a fiancé!

So when Bonnie is sent to Edelweiss Island, known as ‘The Little Wedding Island’,
it’s a dream come true. She’s heard the rumours, every wedding that takes place in the
tiny chapel ends in a happy-ever- after.

But there’s a catch! Investigating the story, Bonnie needs to pose as a blushing bride –
and the only man up for posing as her groom is her arch rival (and far too handsome
for his own good) journalist Rohan Carter…

What does TWG think?

Are you a fan of all things romance, going to weddings, and go ‘awwwwww!’ when you see a couple in love?

Or, are you against all things wedding, despise romance and would rather stick pins in your eyes instead of embarking on another relationship?

Two main characters, two completely different outlooks on romance. Even though there is a small part of me that would love to be in a relationship and be with someone who truly loves me and who I truly love, I have to say that I was leaning more towards Rohan’s character at first as his outlook was pretty similar to mine. I haven’t been planning my wedding since I was still in the womb, hell, I don’t even want to get married. I would never do a Rohan though and publicly slate a wedding – I’m not that nasty! Plus, unlike Rohan, I don’t actually want to stick pins in my eyes instead of entering a relationship for two reasons; 1) I don’t like putting things in my eyes and 2) I DON’T LIKE PUTTING THINGS IN MY EYES!

Now Bonnie on the other hand, well, she loves love and everything it stands for, yet she just cannot find seem to find her own lobster, bless her! When her boss sends her to an Island dedicated to all things romance, Bonnie can’t quite believe her luck. Personally, I thought the Island was so like ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’, I was half expecting MoonFace and Silky to work in one of the shops on the Island! That isn’t a negative thing by the way, I love that book!

I could not stop laughing at this storyline from the get go! I was only a couple of percent in when I found myself snorting like a pig, unable to contain my laughter. Jaimie Admans’ one liners in this book are top notch and, whilst some of them may make you think ‘what the hell…..!!’, it would be really difficult not to sit there with tears streaming down your face due to the hilarity. Bloomin’ brilliant!!

I was a little bit weary about reading Admans’ second novel as I had loved her debut so much, I just know that I would have been disappointed if this one didn’t live up to my expectations. But it did. Oh boy, it really did. Two storylines written by the same author, yet both considerably different in their own ways, I couldn’t actually tell you which one was my favourite!

I thought the whole ‘pretending to be engaged’ thing hilarious, especially because of what happens afterwards with the characters. I could just imagine their faces!

Even though I began reading this book with a similar outlook to Rohan’s, I actually found myself finishing the book with a similar views to both Bonnie AND Rohan. Maybe ‘The Little Wedding Island’ is magic after all!

I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED every single thing about this book from its daft characters to its laugh out loud dog, from its storyline ladened with romance to its negative outlooks due to romance – everything. Jaimie Admans’ is an author I know that I’ll be able to read time and time again, and never become bored with anything that she writes. Her humour is insanely brilliant, delivered flawlessly throughout the entire book like its meant to be there. Not forced humour. Natural humour.

If you look up at the night sky when it is full of stars, just think that even that amount of stars wouldn’t be a high enough rating for my thoughts on ‘The Little Wedding Island’. Nowhere near.

‘The Little Wedding Island’ is a laugh out loud, romantic, and cosy read which puts a modern and hilarious spin on ‘The Sound of Music’ and an Enid Blyton classic (well, in my opinion!). I really do hope the author hurries up with book three as I am having bad withdrawal symptoms already.

What a belter of a book this is. I urge every single one of you to go and purchase this book right now – you really won’t regret it!

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Giveaway!!

Giveaway Prizes
The Little Wedding Island themed goodie bag:
 The Little Wedding Island notebook
 The Little Wedding Island fridge magnet
 A signed postcard
 In honour of Puffin the dog, a pug fountain pen
 In honour of Edelweiss Island, a copy of The Sound of Music on DVD
 A ‘grow your own’ Edelweiss flower kit in a tin

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About the author.

Jaimie is a 32-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 chick-lit romantic comedies The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters,
The Little Wedding Island, and Kismetology, and she has also written young-adult
romantic comedies Afterlife Academy, Not Pretty Enough, and North Pole Reform
School.

Author links:

Website
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#BlogTour! #Review – Dark Waters by Mary-Jane Riley (@mrsmjriley) @KillerReads

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Last but not least, I have the pleasure of reviewing ‘Dark Waters’ by Mary-Jane Riley! Big thanks to the author for personally inviting me to take part in her blog tour, and a big thank you to the publisher for my ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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Secrets lie beneath the surface…

Two men, seemingly unconnected, are discovered dead in a holiday boat on the Norfolk Broads, having apparently committed suicide together.

Local journalist Alex Devlin, planning an article on the dangers of internet suicide forums, starts digging into their backgrounds.

But Alex’s investigation soon leads her to a much darker mystery – one that will hit closer to home than she could possibly have imagined, and place the lives of those she loves in terrible danger.

What does TWG think?

Oh how glad I am that ‘Dark Waters’ can be read as a standalone! I have one of the previous novels on my forever growing TBR pile which I haven’t gotten round to devouring yet. Don’t be put off by the fact that this book is the third book in the series as I believe it can be read very well on its own. That said, there were some parts of the book which I got a bit lost with as references were made to the previous book.

‘Dark Waters’ is definitely a fast paced read with so much grit for readers to be able to sink their teeth into. I really enjoyed the mystery element to the storyline as it kept me guessing until the very last page, whilst also keeping my interest piqued.

Be prepared to go on a ride of a lifetime though, as this author seems determined to make her readers work as she takes the storyline down various routes at different times. As I usually get confused by so much happening at one time, I was a little bit weary but I needn’t have worried at all. Despite ‘Dark Waters’ being on ‘fast speed’ for the entire duration of the book, the author managed to deliver a flawless and intense storyline in such a seamless manner.

‘Dark Waters’ may be full of mystery, murder, and truck load of mayhem, but it is a book which I thoroughly enjoyed. This author certainly knows how to keep her readers interested, and this author certainly knows how to write such three dimensional, refreshing characters who you won’t be able to forget in a hurry!

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – No Safe Place by Patricia Gibney (@trisha460) @Bookouture

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Next up is another blog blitz for the lovely Bookouture gang, this time for Patricia Gibney and ‘No Safe Place’. Thanks Bookouture for the blitz invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

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There’s nothing more dangerous than a familiar face…

As funeral mourners stand in silence at Ragmullin cemetery, a deafening cry cuts through the air. Lying crumpled at the bottom of an open grave is the bloodied body of a young woman, and Detective Lottie Parker is called in to investigate.

Knowing the body can’t have been there long, Lottie wonders if it could be Elizabeth Bryne, a young woman who vanished without trace just days earlier. And with a new boss who seems to have it in for her, Lottie is under pressure to solve both cases quickly.

As two more women go missing from Ragmullin, Lottie and her team fear there is a serial killer on the loose. And the disappearances are strikingly similar to a cold case from ten years earlier. Could history be repeating itself?

As journalists begin to interfere with Lottie’s investigation, she fears the killer is about to strike again. Lottie is in a race against time to find the missing women, but the killer is closer than she thinks. Could Lottie be his next target?

What does TWG think?

Am I the only one who wonders why people, namely her colleagues, have it in for Lottie? Yes she is incredibly blunt, and yes she is very black and white, but she still gets the job done! I am a massive fan of Lottie Parker, can you tell?

A body has been found in a grave. Not really a shock though is it, considering that is what graves are there for! The only slight difference is, the body wasn’t in a coffin and, due to a woman going missing a few days prior, Lottie Parker’s sense are on high alert. Could the body be that of the missing woman’s? Parker’s day goes from worse to horrific when she finds herself working with a new boss. A boss she cannot stand, the joys!

Parker’s new boss actually started rubbing me up the wrong way too, goodness knows how annoyed Lottie was! The more he kept annoying her, the less time she had to spend on her cases, the one he was on her case about to begin with. I mean, really?

‘No Safe Place’ is probably the most gripping one of Patricia Gibney’s books I have read. Instead of just focusing on one or two murders and the odd crime, this storyline covers so much more which meant that whenever I began a new chapter, there seemed to be yet another situation for Parker to try to solve. There’s fast paced and then there’s rocket paced – ‘No Safe Place’ is definitely rocket paced that’s for sure! I was gripped by every situation that cropped up, causing me to constantly put my hand to my mouth in shock.

Due to how busy the storyline was, there were a lot of characters to try to keep track of but, weirdly enough, I wasn’t at all confused and loved how diverse each of them was. There seemed to be various fingers pointing at multiple characters, making it a lot harder to try and filter the culprit out of the line up. My gut instinct chose one character, yet my head chose another one. It felt like every single person in this book was guilty of something!

‘No Safe Place’ blew my mind and left me out to dry. What a fantastic, jaw dropping read this is! I loved how complex the storyline was, and I especially loved how rocket paced this book was. Every character and every scenario just seemed to work very well together, making ‘No Safe Place’ an absolute belter of a book. If I could give this book a truck load of stars, it still wouldn’t be enough – that’s how incredible I thought this book was. Phenomenal read, I can’t recommend it enough!

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About the author

Patricia lives in the midlands of Ireland. She is an avid crime reader so naturally she found herself writing in the crime genre.  A life changing experience in 2009, with the death of her 49 year old husband, meant she had to give up her career, and over the following few years, she rekindled her love of art and writing.  Initially Patricia wrote and illustrated a children’s book, but her real ambition was to write a novel. And she did!
In January 2016, she joined with Ger Nichol of The Book Bureau Literary Agency. In July 2016, Patricia signed with Bookouture for four DI Lottie Parker crime novels. 

The Missing Ones (Book 1) published in March 2017 and to date has reached a high of number 2 in Amazon UK Kindle charts and number 6 in the US. It also achieved number 1 in all its categories. It is a bestseller in UK, US, Canada and Australia and has sold over 600,000 copies and has now also been published by Hachette Ireland in paperback.  
Book 2 in the series, The Stolen Girls, published on July 6th, 2017.
Book 3, The Lost Child, was published on October 27th, 2017.