‘A Christmas Wish and a Cranberry Kiss at the Cosy Kettle’ – can’t say fairer than that really, can you? @Bookouture @LizEelesAuthor

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I adore this series! Thank you so much to Bookouture for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for Liz Eeles’ latest book, and for the ARC! Here is my review:


Running from heartbreak, twenty-five-year-old Becca has moved to the cosy village of Honeyford. Living with her best friend Zac in a little stone cottage and serving mince pies and steaming gingerbread lattes at the Cosy Kettle, is the perfect escape from her past.

But starting over isn’t always plain sailing, and Becca’s shyness is holding her back from making her mark on the café. To make matters worse, her crush on blond-haired, blue-eyed local heartthrob Logan gets stronger by the day – but he can barely remember her name. So as the snow starts to fall in Honeyford, Becca has one big Christmas wish: to completely reinvent herself. Becca dreams of bringing the Cosy Kettle success and finding romance with Logan under the mistletoe.

As she gets a makeover, cosies up to Logan over mulled wine and plans the most festive celebration the café has ever seen, Becca wonders why she waited so long to step out of her comfort zone… Zac, on the other hand, thought she was perfect before – always caring for others – and he misses the quirky girl with the bright blue hair.

When Logan turns out to not be all he seems, Becca is left wondering if he’s really the one for her. With her party plans also going awry, can Becca save her beloved Cosy Kettle in time for Christmas? And has the key to her happiness been in front of her all along?

What does TWG think?

Third instalment of the ‘Cosy Kettle’ reads is here, and goodness me, it certainly lives up to its Christmas-esque vibes of the cover! If you have yet to read this series, each book can be read as a standalone and don’t really need to be read in order. That said, if you’re a reader who prefers to know the in-depth details of characters friendships and how they got to the place they are in this book, then I wholeheartedly suggest that you start with book one. Just my opinion of course!

In previous books, Becca has taken more of a backseat and, whilst we do get to know her a bit, this is the first time that we get to really get to know her and what makes her tick. The Cosy Kettle book group are also back again, with Stanley shocking people with his youthful decisions. Ahem. I say youthful…it’s Stanley…enough said!

The premise of this book is super lovely, and it made such a change to have Becca at the heart of the story for once. I enjoyed catching up with all of the characters again, and I especially enjoyed to see a different side to Millicent. For once she came across a bit more human than merely showing her Maleficent tendencies.

Becca doesn’t have much confidence and constantly compares herself to her twin sister, Jasmine. To try and do something about her confidence, Becca makes a Christmas wish list for herself in the attempt to reinvent herself and make her personality more….Jasmine. Now, I’m sure a lot of us have wished that we were someone else, or wished that we were a bit more assertive and what not. I certainly have…until I realised that changing myself because other people had an issue, was actually a lot more problematic than I had originally thought. I found the whole situation to do with Becca, a little disheartening because it came across that her personality traits were not good ones to have. I couldn’t help but feel that, in order to be happy, one had to change themselves and that left me with a little bit of a sour taste in my mouth.

However, I was very pleased that the storyline took the route that I thought it would, and I was very happy that Becca was able to see herself in a light that was right for her and nobody else.

I enjoyed the festivities of this Cosy Kettle read and, despite my slight irks, I found the book to be a very thought-provoking and cosy read. I now have a massive craving for mince pies though….I wonder why!

Cosy, hopeful, and full of Christmas hope (and mince pies) – a lovely little series!

Buy now.

I’m looking forward to that #OneChristmasNight in particular…. @HayleyThough #HayleyWebster @KatieVEBrown @TrapezeBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #blogtour

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I have been SO looking forward to this book, and I am absolutely delighted to be hosting Hayley Webster and ‘One Christmas Night’ on my blog tour. Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton and Trapeze for the tour invite and ARC.

‘One Christmas Night’ by Hayley Webster will be published by Trapeze on the 14th November.


Nine lives. One street. And a secret behind every door.

Christmas is ruined on Newbury Street, Norwich.

Presents have been going missing from resident’s homes. There are rumours going around that it’s one of their own who’s been stealing from the neighbours. Festive spirit is being replaced with suspicion and the inhabitants of Newbury Street don’t know who to trust. The police presence isn’t helping matters, especially when they all have something to hide.

But Christmas is a time for miracles… and if they open themselves up to hope and look out for each other, they might discover the biggest miracle of all..

What does TWG think?


I have literally not long finished reading this book so I am still in a ‘One Christmas Night’ bubble of excitement. I mean, WOWZA!

Don’t be fooled by the rocks that I got, I’m still, I’m still Jenny from the block…..

Well, evidently I’m NOT, but what I’m trying to say is that you shouldn’t be fooled by the cover of this book. I’m not saying it isn’t pretty, because it is! There is just truck loads more to the storyline than the cover lets on.

Firstly, there is a strong mysterious, crime element to the book as a thief is on the loose and they’re making the most of the fact that people have been Christmas shopping for their pilfering.

Secondly, the storyline is set during the most festive time of the year, so all of the characters are getting into the Christmas spirit with their families. That said, I think that that one was evident due to the title!

Thirdly, the author has lightly touched on topics such as grief, coercive control, emotional abuse, blended families – just to name a few.

So, you see, there is so much for readers to discover under the cover, and I still cannot quite believe just how much the author has spoiled us with all of this content! If I could liken ‘One Christmas Night’ to something, I would say that Hayley Webster’s book is like a pick’n’mix; a story that jam packed with treats of all different sizes, with something for everyone in the never-ending paper bag of joy. I absolutely ADORED ‘One Christmas Night’! I loved the mixture of topics and the way that the author created many colourful characters that seemed to blend together like a rainbow. I thought the opening to the story was such a brilliant hook! I was so eager to turn the pages and find out more, yet there was also a part of me that didn’t want to turn them as I didn’t want the book to end, or the bubble to pop.

My heart went out to Irma, Mrs Finch, and Joanie mainly, however I also had a soft spot for Rocky. He struck me as such an understated character who would have appreciated being noticed for who he was, rather than being noticed for everything he wasn’t, just like his brother. I did wonder whether Rocky felt a bit stuck in the background due to being a ‘nice guy’, or whether he just blended in because he couldn’t deal with the firework type confrontation.

As I have said multiple times, there is so much in this book to sink your teeth into and, whilst I would usually find a book like this to be a bit overcrowded and overwhelming, I thought it worked BLOODY well. Not only that, the humour in the story was laugh out loud brilliant, and definitely an antidote for all of the other heartbreaking elements of the book. If you’re after a book that leaves you in a bubble of hope, power, and festive fun, I couldn’t recommend this one more if I tried!

Can I just say that Hayley Webster has written one of my all-time favourite books with ‘One Christmas Night’. This read was everything I could have wished for, and more. I am honestly in awe of the authors incredible talent to combine such diverse topics in a storyline that has literally rocked my world! This is One Christmas Night that I won’t be forgetting in a hurry.

Absolutely flipping brilliant! If I could rate this as high as all the stars in the sky I would, without a doubt!!!!

Pre-order now! Published 14th November.

The Nine Lives of Christmas #FlorenceMcNicoll #Battersea @orionbooks #Blogtour

Many thanks to Orion for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for ‘The Nine Lives of Christmas’ by Florence McNicoll, and for the ARC. Here is my review:

Can Battersea’s loneliest cat find a home in time for Christmas?

It’s Christmas at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and Laura is desperate to find a home for Felicia, a spiky, bad-tempered moggy with a heart of gold. Her boyfriend, Rob, can’t understand why she’s spending so much time at work, but for Laura, the animals aren’t just a job – they’re her life. She needs a partner who understands that – doesn’t she?

As the December snow falls, Laura encounters nine people, all of whom need a little love in their lives and find it in new pets. Everyone needs somebody to curl up with at Christmas, and when the handsome Aaron walks in, he takes not just Felicia, but Laura’s heart too…

What does TWG think?

Oh my heart!!! If you’re not an animal lover already, then there is a high chance you will be by the end of the book!

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is the setting for this story, and main character, Laura, is determined to find Mrs Grumpy Cat aka Felicia, a new home for Christmas. If Laura had her way, all of the animals would have a home with her but seeing as that wouldn’t be feasible, she intends to find homes for as many of the animals as she can.

This is such a special, special book. The fact that the author is trying to give rescue animals the attention that they deserve, so that they can find new homes, is such a selfless act. I mean, who wouldn’t go onto Battersea’s website after reading this? Or any other animal shelter?

They say that a pet is for life, not just for Christmas and, whilst that is certainly true, people need to remember that a lot of animals fit themselves without a special lap to fall asleep on during the cold months, and months after. Even grumpy ones like Felicia!

I fell in love with Felicia and the story! Her grumpy nature didn’t scare me at all and I had everything crossed that she would finally get her happy ending in a home where someone loves her. I am in awe of people like Laura who take care of animals as a job as, just like Laura says, the animals are like her family and not just a job.

‘The Nine Lives of Christmas’ is a heartwarming and emotive read, where the true essence of love gets sprinkled over the characters like fairy dust. If you find yourself with space in your home and space in your heart, maybe you might find what you’re looking for in a local rescue shelter.

Thought provoking, endearing, and an all round festive treat. Really enjoyed it.

Pre-order now (published 14th November).

Uhoh! I’m #SnowedInAtThePractice! @CotswoldPenny @SimonschusterUK @AnneCater

Thank you Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and thank you to the publisher for the ARC of Penny Parke’s upcoming novel, ‘Snowed in at the Practice’. This book is set to be published by Simon & Schuster on the 14th November.

Larkford Surgery is the heart of a tightknit community in the Cotswolds, as well as a hotbed of drama, rivalry, resentment and romance – and that’s just the doctors …

Dr Holly Graham is finding life with two sets of twins exhausting. Even with husband Dr Taffy Jones and devoted friend Elsie by her side, she is completely outnumbered. Making the transition back to work will be no easy feat but a regular slot on Radio Larkford as their on-air doctor might be the perfect stepping stone, until an unexpected job offer changes everything.

Dr Alice Walker’s new canine clinic at Larkford Surgery with Coco, her assistance dog, has been a storming success. If only shipping her best friend, Dr Tilly Grainger, in from South America to cover for Holly had been such a smooth transition. It seems that Tilly isn’t finding life in the peaceful Cotswolds valley as rewarding as she’d hoped, and she is causing chaos …

What does TWG think?

Emotion? Check.

Heartwarming? Check.

Thought provoking? Check.

The perfect escapism? Double check!

What I love most about Penny Parkes’ novels is the way she captures the heart of her characters, whilst captivating her readers at the same time. In my eyes, that is a talent that you either have or you dont, and Parkes certainly has that talent!

Dr Holly Graham has swapped her scrubs and latex gloves, for nappies and dribbles. Holly loves being a mum and wouldn’t change it for the world, yet she cant help but miss her patients and the job she has temporarily left behind. Some people think that mothers cant have it all, yet Holly is determined to prove them all wrong.

Holly isnt the only one finding her feet, there is a new resident to the town who is finding it difficult to settle in and is worrying that she may have made the worst decision she has ever made.

In this story there is sunshine and rainbows mixed in with rain clouds and gales – you honestly get the best of both worlds in terms of uplifting storyline, and a storyline which makes your eyes close to leaking. The dynamics of the book were brilliant, and the variation between light and shade was incredible, as I felt that it kept me on my toes due to being unable to work out what to expect. I didn’t know what was going to be around the corner on the next page, and the fact that there were several characters with colourful personalities, made the element of surprise all the more addictive.

I thoroughly enjoyed the latest installment in the Larkford series. It was such a joy to lose myself in, and the festive frolics were an additional bonus in an already incredible read.

Heartwarming and memorable, ‘Snowed in at the Practice’ is THE perfect escapism for every single day of the year. I loved it.

Pre-order now.

Sorry it’s a late one! Can’t believe I nearly missed #TheWeddingOnMistletoeIsland! @orionbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n @Sophie_Pembroke

As always, thanks go to Tracy Fenton for the tour invite, and Orion for the ARC – here is my review of ‘The Wedding on Mistletoe Island’ by Sophie Pembroke.

Welcome to Mistletoe Island, where dreams can come true…

The snow is falling and Fliss’s friends have arrived to celebrate her wedding for a week at Holly Cottage. It’s the perfect way to kick off her brand-new life, isn’t it?

Except Ruth wishes she was anywhere other than a remote Scottish island, Caitlin is keeping a secret from her friends, Lara is suddenly facing her ex a decade after turning down his proposal and even the bride has something to hide…

But as the friends prepare for a week to remember, will Fliss’s dream wedding go off without a hitch, or will the secrets they’ve been hiding change everything?

What does TWG think?

If a title contains a word associated with Christmas, you would think that the storyline would follow the same path, right? Wrong!

I was half expecting a fully blown, inflatable-esque Santa type storyline where the characters lived and breathed Christmas. However what I got was a book which contained a little dusting of festive activity, and a lot of soul searching from both myself AND the characters. Was I disappointed that the book ended up being something I wasnt expecting? No, far from it, in fact I was genuinely surprised by how the storyline became a book that I hadn’t even realised I needed.

Fliss is due to get married to Ewan on Christmas Eve Eve. She has her theme the way she wants it, her cake is literally the icing on the cake, and she cannot wait to become Mrs Bennett. Of course the mother and the mother in law had their own ideas as to how the wedding should be, ignoring the fact that they were making changes against the brides wishes, turning the wedding into something Fliss no longer recognised. But that’s ok….yeah?

With her group of friends beside her, Fliss cant help but reminisce about their deeply entwined paths where certain nicknames were given, relationships were made, and memories were cemented into everyone’s brains; both the good AND the bad. But how well do the group really know each other? Are they just pretending to be a person who they think others would like, without being true to themselves? Or are they being genuine and honest, rather than throwing a spanner in the works by disagreeing with one of the strong personalities?

At first, I couldn’t work out what route the story was taking, nor could I see the point behind each of the characters throwing things up in the air and the storyline leaving them dangling until much later. Of course I needed to be patient, which I soon realised the more of the book I read, however I couldnt help but be a little doubtful.

Good things come to those who wait, and the point of the story became much clearer in the latter half of the book. Finally truths came out and the characters ended up showing who they truly were and why they ended up hiding. Or, in Lara’s case, what was worrying her. Well, they all had worries.

The whole soul searching aspect of the book was such a poignant piece of writing and it certainly made me stop and think about my own character, and whether I am actually being true to myself. I think that everyone lives their life for another person at some point in their lifetime, yet people need to realise that living life for yourself is in no way selfish, and is your right as a human being.

Seeing as I thought that Sophie Pembroke’s novel was going to be a lot more light hearted, I really did appreciate the emotive situations and deep rooted thoughts between the characters, which in turn led me to think outside the box. I was not expecting it at all and, now that I understand what the author was trying to achieve now that I have read the entire book, I can safely say that ‘The Wedding on Mistletoe Island’ is a story that delivers on humour and inspiration, whilst also being rather emotive. I ended up really enjoying this book, and I am so glad that I told myself to be patient as this was definitely something worth waiting for.

Buy now.

I know its only November, but is anyone up for #AChristmasKiss? @ElizaJScott1 @RaRaResources

Happy publication day, Eliza.J.Scott and ‘A Christmas Kiss’! I am so excited to be sharing my review today, thank you so much to RaRaResources for the tour invite and ARC.

A sparkling festive romance that will warm your heart this Christmas.

The week before Christmas, GP Zander Gillespie finds his festive plans in tatters. He’s supposed to be flying out to his parents’ chateau in Carcassonne with his high-maintenance girlfriend, Melissa. But she has other ideas. She wants to spend Christmas in London with her party friends – and he’s not invited.

The prospect of facing his family, with their questions and their sympathy – not to mention the ‘I told you so-s’ – just isn’t an option. Instead, Zander decides to head to his holiday cottage in the quaint moorland village of Lytell Stangdale, where he intends to hide away with his faithful rescue Labrador Alf.

Eighty miles away, Livvie’s world has come crashing down. With plans to cook a romantic meal for her boyfriend, she heads home early and walks in on him in a compromising position with their neighbour. Fed-up of his lies and philandering ways, this is the final straw.

With her Christmas plans up in smoke, the thought of spending it with her parents and her smug, married sister with her pompous husband in tow, is enough to bring Livvie out in hives. So, when she fires up her laptop and finds the perfect little holiday cottage in Lytell Stangdale available to rent over the festive period, it seems the perfect solution. Or is it…?

Zander didn’t believe in love at first sight until he set eyes on Livvie.

Livvie had sworn off men until she met Zander.

The pair may be reluctant to give in to temptation, but fate seems to have other ideas…

What does TWG think?

Any book that has me reading it from start to finish in 2.5 hours without putting it down once, in my eyes, is a bloody belter of a read!

I don’t usually state my star ratings in my reviews, however this is one of the easiest 5 stars I have EVER awarded a book. I really do wish that I could bottle up my feelings of the story, just so everyone else can experience what I did. But, because I cant, I can only cross my fingers that you pick up this read instead.

The absolute star of the show who deserves to be a mascot of the entire series, is little Alfie boy. That four legged little cutie hasn’t had the best of times and his owner, Zander, briefly explains what happened to him. I’ll be honest, it brought tears to my eyes. How anyone can treat a defenceless animal like dirt, causing them harm, is beyond me. Alf’s antics had me in hysterics and his personality was such fun to read about. I loved him!

As for the rest of the storyline, I loved that too. Whilst the general vibe of the story is fun and full of humour, the author does touch upon several topics such as coersive control, manipulation, infidelity, and emotional abuse. For some readers, those topics may be difficult to read, however the author has written them with such sensitivity and grace, and I thought that they were all delivered very well and had a strong reason to be a part of the overall storyline. I’m not saying that I wasnt affected by what I read, because I have, just like many, been in a similar position myself. In fact, I was utterly livid with the way that Livvie was treated, and the way it had the dominio effect on her confidence. She really didn’t deserve that at all, but I was so glad that she had someone in her corner.

I’m not really a believer of love at first or people falling in love in a short space of time. Now I’m not saying that it doesnt happen, because evidently it does, I just personally cant see it….probably because it has never happened to me. Anyway, despite my slight pessimism surrounding that, I truly did believe the connection between Zander and Livvie. I felt the sizzling tension, the crackling romance fizzing in the air between them, and that is all down to the outstanding talent of Eliza.J.Scott. If it wasnt for her beautiful character creation, the well thought out romance, and her incredible, incredible writing talent, I would have sat and eye rolled Zander and Livvie’s ‘love at first sight’ stuff.

It just goes to show that, if something is written well, readers will believe anything. It’s all in the power of the craft and I am very, very impressed at what Eliza.J.Scott achieved in this book.

It was so lovely to recognise some of the other characters who popped up in this story as, weirdly enough, I had missed them and it was fab to catch up as though we were all long lost friends.

I hope that this series keeps on going because i will be absolutely devastated should it end. I have loved ALL of the previous books in the series, yet they just keep on getting better and better each time – I really have no idea how she does it.

Like I said, I’m not a believer in love at first sight, but I can assure you that once you meet Alf, you’ll be inviting that four legged cutie into your bed!

Sublime, addictive, enchanting, poignant – utterly, utterly brilliant. I dont know what else I can say except buy it, read it, and I can guarantee that you will love ‘A Christmas Kiss’ as much as I did.

Buy now from Amazon UK

Buy now from Amazon US

Stuff cooking this year, I’m having #ChristmasatRachelsPuddingPantry! Who’s joining me?! @_caroroberts @fictionpubteam @HarperFiction @JenRHarlow

Wahey, it’s the second book in the #PuddingPantry series, and I am delighted to be on the blog tour for it today! Thank you so much to the Harper Fiction team for the tour invite and the ARC.

Cosy up with the new novel in the Pudding Pantry series, full of love, laughter, kisses under the mistletoe, and plenty of delicious pudding!

The first snow is falling over Primrose Farm, the mince pies are warming, and Rachel can’t wait to share a kiss under the mistletoe with her gorgeous new flame, Tom.

If only it was all comfort and joy . . . The arrival of Tom’s ex brings an unwelcome chill to the farm. And despite Master Baker Mum Jill’s valiant efforts, the new pudding pantry business is feeling the pinch.

With a spoonful of festive spirit, a cupful of goodwill with friends, and her messy, wonderful family by her side, can Rachel make this a Christmas to remember?

What does TWG think?

There needs to be a pudding pantry in every single town! Please don’t burst my bubble and tell me that I can’t have Christmas at Rachel’s pudding pantry this year – I’m just going to pretend that i can! Can you blame me?!

Caroline Roberts is an absolute GENIUS for creating Rachel’s pudding pantry and, after devouring the first book in one sitting, I had very high hopes for this installment. Was it going to live up to my expectations? Would the addition of a sequel make the series stronger, or weaker? Would I enjoy it as much the second time round?

In answer to those questions;

YES, it more than lived up to my expectations, in fact it went above and beyond.

NO, the addition of the sequel made the series even stronger as we got to see different sides to the characters.

And YES, I definitely enjoyed popping in to visit the gang in the pudding pantry again. I don’t think I would ever get bored of the characters or the delectable treats which have caused me to drool whilst reading!

Maisy reminds me so much of my little girl because of the ‘out of the mouth of babes’ comments, and her sassy personality. I love her character and the way that she adds so much energy to the story. Such a breath of fresh air.

It was great to see a different side to Rachel, although I did find all of her conversations very stilted and very ‘she said’. I found it to be a little awkward at times and felt that it was missing the conversational flow like the previous book.

That said, the emotions were rife again and the way in which Rachel spoke about her dad, was incredibly moving. I could tell that all she wanted to do was make him proud, even if that meant running herself down to the ground.

If you have read any of Caroline Roberts’ previous books, you will be happy to know that a couple of characters from other stories pop up in this book! A lovely surprise I must add! It was honestly like catching up with some old friends.

That’s what I love most about Caroline Roberts’ novels – the way that her storylines welcome readers with open arms each and every time, like you’re a long lost friend popping round for a cuppa. Going back to the Pudding Pantry certainly gave me that cosy and welcoming feel I didn’t quite realise I was needing.

With so much food for thought (literally) filling the pages of this book, ‘Christmas at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’ is a genuinely warm, entertaining read which tickled my tastebuds and left me hungry for more. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with Rachel, Jill, Maisy, and the rest of the gang, although I would have to say that this book should come with free cake! I’m salivating!!!

A touching, emotive, cosy, and delectable novel that is PERFECT for losing yourself in and devouring each and every morsel. Sorry, ahem, I mean pages. I loved it.

Buy now.

Jingle bells, jingle bells, ‘Single All The Way’… @karen_king @Bookouture

Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC, here is my review of ‘Single All The Way’ by Karen King.

Single together for the first time, 34-year-old Meg and her warm-hearted, long-suffering mother Sally are cancelling Christmas, and running away to a tiny cottage on the Cornish coast. For Meg, it is the perfect place to heal, away from all the mistletoe, while for her mother it has a special, and secret, place in her heart – from a love story that seems a lifetime ago…

Meg and Sally find they’re getting to know themselves, and each other, better than ever before. But as they are unable to resist getting involved in the village Christmas celebrations, they encounter two handsome local strangers.

Sometimes, it’s being away from home that helps you realise where your heart is. What neither woman knows is that, by the time the new year rolls around, one woman will have fallen in love with her husband all over again, and one marriage will be over for good…

What does TWG think?

There are moments in life where we just need to take a step back to be able to see things clearly. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Thankfully for Meg, she has her mother beside her to support her during her time of wanting clarity. Funnily enough though, Sally, Meg’s mother, is in the same position as her daughter. Would Sally be able to be a shoulder for Meg to cry on, despite going through something similar? Or would her own opinion on the subject mean that her views are tainted?

The title of this book is such a clever play on words and, as a single person myself, I just happened to be curious about the storyline!

Before I go any further, I just want to say that I am a huge fan of Karen King, and i think that she is exceptionally talent. I am however, on the fence where this book is concerned because it was nice enough. There was a lot of warmth in the book, and the overall premise was quite fun, i just wasnt blown away by what i read. I’m not saying that i didn’t like it, because i did. It was nice! Meg was such an intriguing character, and was definitely one who steered the vibe of the book. I found Sally’s character to be a little bit flat at times, and I couldnt help but wonder whether she was really a fundamental character in the book. Like I say, I’m on the fence because I know Karen King is brilliant at bringing the electricity to her books – is it wrong of me to want more?

‘Single All The Way’ is a pleasant, warm read which tells the story of letting love evolve in it’s own time, without forcing the situation. A fun, festive treat.

Buy now.

Dunno about you but ‘Christmas at Wynter House’ sounds right up my street! Who’s driving! @emilyharvale @RaRaResources

Huge thanks to RaRaResources for inviting me to take part in the blog tour today for Emily Harvale and ‘Christmas at Wynter House’, and of course thank you for the ARC. Here is my review:

After a frosty welcome, things soon heat up at Wynter House.

Neva Grey is looking forward to spending a quiet Christmas with her family in the cosy cottage they’ve rented in the picture-postcard village of Wyntersleap. Nestled between rolling hills and a gently burbling river, it’s going to be idyllic.

Except it’s not. Torrential rain causes the river to burst its banks and the quaint little village isn’t quite so cosy with water lapping at the doors. Add to that a power cut and a sudden blizzard and Christmas is looking bleak … until gorgeous Adam Wynter invites them all to Wynter House.

Although not everyone is happy to share the ancestral home. Adam’s elder brother, Rafe is less than pleased. Their grandmother, Olivia extends a grudging welcome. And for Carruthers, the oddly arrogant butler, unexpected guests are a Christmas surprise he could do without. Especially one as troublesome as Neva’s eight-year-old niece.

But something’s not quite right at Wynter House. What is Rafe intent on hiding behind the locked doors of the old barn? And what really happened to his first wife? It’s a good thing Neva has a sense of humour. She’s going to need it this Christmas at Wynter House.

This is book one in the Wyntersleap series but it can be read as a standalone. The Wyntersleap series is interlinked with the Merriment Bay series and several characters appear in both series.

What does TWG think?

What a way to kick start a brand new series – hello, Ms Feisty!! Neva was the star of the show for me! A kick ass protagonist who wasnt afraid to stand up for what she believed it. Granted at first I thought she was going to be a little bit of a wet blanket, however it didn’t take long for her personality to come into it’s own.

A lot of family get togethers always seem to end up in a disaster; at least the Grey’s were consistent, I’ll give them that! Due to mother nature refusing to calm down on the rain, the Grey’s family christmas was hanging by a thread. Do they attempt to drive home in the bad weather? Or do they stay in their rented Cottage and hope that it doesnt flood?

This was such a laugh out loud, spirited read and I loved every single minute of it. The romance element made itself known nice and subtly, giving the other characters time in the spotlight to show the readers what they’re made of. I loved the mishmash personalities as it shouldn’t have worked yet it did, and Neva’s niece was such a old head on young shoulders, I am hoping they all make appearances later on in the series as I am so looking forward to seeing what else they bring to the table.

Emily Harvale is a force to be reckoned with and as long as she keeps writing books, I’ll sure as hell keep reading them.

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I am absolutely delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for ‘Notting Hill In The Snow’ by Jules Wake – thanks for the invite RaRaResources, and thank you to the publisher for the ARC.

A Notting Hill nativity… what could go wrong?

Viola Smith plays the viola in an orchestra (yes really!) but this year she’s been asked to stretch her musical talents to organising Notting Hill’s local nativity.

Nate Williams isn’t looking forward to Christmas but as his small daughter, Grace, has the starring role in the show, he’s forced to stop being a Grinch and volunteer with Viola.

With the sparks between them hotter than the chestnuts roasting in Portobello market, Nate and Viola can’t deny their feelings. And as the snow starts to fall over London, they find themselves trapped together in more ways than one…

What does TWG think?

I’m just going to come right out and say it – ‘Notting Hill In The Snow’ is by far, THE best festive book I have ever read. Not only did the storyline contain snow, Christmas presents, the magic of Christmas, and of course the unforgettable Christmas armadillo (obvs!), it also had enough warmth to light a mansion and a plot which brought tears to my eyes.

Whenever someone says that they NEED Viola, she goes and helps them. Whenever Viola says she needs someone, what do they do? They try to ignore the fact that she even spoke. She is such a selfless character, and it was evident that a lot of people around her took that for granted. Yes, she could have said ‘no’ to them, but the fact that her family could be disappointed with her was enough to make her say yes to whatever they needed help with. God, I so badly wanted her to tell her family, especially her mother, to go and fornicate themselves!!

Naturally, like many of Jules Wake’s novels, a gentleman was involved in a large portion of this book. A gentleman who shared Viola’s love of mince pies (my dream man!), but also a man who was afraid. Viola ends up supporting Nate’s daughter, Grace, and oh my goodness, that was when the tears pricked at my eyes. I wont give anything away by telling you too much, but Grace was a child who was losing her way. She was afraid to be a child in fear of getting told off and, in all honesty, her reaction to Christmas broke my heart. In many ways she reminded me of my little girl due to the similar ages and interests, so my maternal instinct was on high alert whenever Grace was mentioned. I just wanted to take her under my wing and show her that it was okay to be a child, that it was okay to make a mess. Thankfully she had Viola in her corner though.

‘Notting Hill in the Snow’ has the type of storyline that you want to devour, yet it also has a storyline that you dont want to devour because you know that when you do, the feelings of elation, beautiful emotional, and cosiness will go because the book would have ended. I was absolutely gutted saying goodbye to Nate, Viola and Grace – I would love it if they came back again in another story, but who knows.

There is more than just warmth at the heart of the storyline, there is also hope, passion, magic, selflessness. Most importantly though, the storyline reminded me about the importance of being true to yourself and live life for you, and not by the way anyone else wishes you to.

I really couldnt have wished for anything more where this book was concerned – I absolutely loved everything about it, especially the way that Jules Wake made her characters come alive from her heart, to ours.

An undeniably beautiful, hilarious, and magical novel – this is the definition of perfection in my eyes.

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