#BlogTour! #Review – To Provence, With Love by T.A.Williams (@TAWilliamsbooks) @HQDigitalUK

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Delighted to be one of the bloggers kicking off T.A.Williams’ blog tour for his new book, To Provence, With Love. Super excited to be involved in the blog tour with a review!

To Provence with Love

Escape to the south of France with this perfect feel-good summer romance!

Anything is possible…

Struggling writer Faye Carter just can’t believe her luck. She’s off to Provence to write the autobiography of a famous film star and she’ll be staying in the stunning chateau!

So when she meets charming (and completely gorgeous) lavender farmer, Gavin, she knows that she’s made the right choice – even if glamourous, elderly Anabelle seems to be hiding something…

But when the sun is shining, the food is delicious and the air smells of honey, anything seems possible. Will the magic of Provence help Faye finally find a happy-ever-after of her own?

What does TWG think?

Oh my gosh! Just when I thought that T.A.Williams’ novels couldn’t get any better, he goes and releases a new one which blew me away in a matter of chapters! ‘To Provence, With Love’ is yet another book I just want to scream and shout about, dissect each and every eventuality from the storyline…but I can’t! If I did that, I don’t think I would be at all popular with the author for giving away spoilers.

However, what I can say is that this book is very similar to a treasure chest; full of surprises, emotion, and beautiful words, reading ‘To Provence, With Love’ made me feel as though I had just won the literary lottery. From the outside I had no idea what to expect, (aside from Provence that is), but as soon as I opened the book and lost myself in Faye Carter’s life, I knew that the book was going to be a beauty.

Gavin’s background story tugged at the heart-strings more than once. Even if you’re as cold as ice, that character’s story will have you feeling some sort of emotion. Well, to be honest, all the main characters had quite emotional backgrounds in their own different ways. I loved finding out about Anabelle’s own personal mission, even if part of me could see it coming! Didn’t disappoint me either, to be fair!

I devoured this book in record speed. I couldn’t put it down! The entire novel is written to perfection, the setting is brought to life in such a stunning and vivid way, and all of the characters are likeable and incredibly loveable.

The only slight ‘grrr’ I had with ‘To Provence, With Love’, was the abrupt ending. I wanted more, there is definitely scope for the author to re-visit those characters if he chooses to do so. I hope he does as I felt that it ended far too quickly.

Overall, T.A.Williams’ novel is one of the best summer reads I think I have ever devoured. Once again the author has blown me away and raised the bar higher for himself in regards to his next book.

Highly recommended, ‘To Provence, With Love’ is THE book to read right now.

Thanks HQ Digital UK.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35438059-to-provence-with-love

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0711T5LQC

Author Information

 I write under the androgynous name T A Williams because 65% of books are read by women. In my first book, “Dirty Minds” one of the (female) characters suggests the imbalance is due to the fact that men spend too much time getting drunk and watching football. I couldn’t possibly comment. Ask my wife…

I’ve written all sorts: thrillers, historical novels, short stories and now I’m enjoying myself hugely writing humour and romance. Romantic comedies are what we all need from time to time. Life isn’t always very fair. It isn’t always a lot of fun, but when it is, we need to embrace it. If my books can put a smile on your face and maybe give your heartstrings a tug, then I know I’ve done my job.

I‘ve lived all over Europe, but now I live in a little village in sleepy Devon, tucked away in south-west England. I love the place. That’s why you’ll find leafy lanes and thatched cottages in most of my books. Oh, yes, and a black Labrador.

I’ve been writing since I was 14 and that is half a century ago. However, underneath this bald, wrinkly exterior, there beats the heart of a youngster. My wife is convinced I will never grow up. I hope she’s right.

Website: http://www.tawilliamsbooks.com/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TAWilliamsbooks

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TrevorWilliamsBooks

#BlogTour! #Review – I Have Never by Camilla Isley (@camillaisley) @authoraimeeb

Title: I Have Never

Author: Camilla Isley

Release Date: July 13th, 2017

Genre: Chick Lit

Twenty-nine-year-old Blair Walker is a girl with a plan, or more a girl with a list. A list of dos and don’ts to live the perfect life, land a dream career, and marry Mr. Right.

When Blair loses her job and gets dumped by her boyfriend all in one day, she starts to wonder if she’s had it all wrong. And what better way to find out than experience everything the list forbade?

With hilarious consequences, Blair will discover some items are trickier to tick off than she’d thought…

A laugh out loud romantic comedy perfect for fans of Lindsey Kelk, Sophie Kinsella, and Mhairi McFarlane. First Comes Love is a series of interconnected romantic novels. However, each book in the series can be read as a standalone novel.

What does TWG think?

I am a HUGE, HUGE fan of Camilla Isley’s novels so as soon as I found out that I could read her newest one, AND be part of her blog tour, I felt like all my birthdays had come at once! Just like Ms.Isley’s other novels, ‘I Have Never’ is another novel which has you thinking ‘this sounds familiar!’ by the end of the first chapter (also known as – super relatable).

Blair has always been the type of girl to stick to a list; her five-year plan if you will. As far as she’s concerned the list is there to be abided by, not to go against. However, poor Blair seems to have picked the short straw as luck doesn’t seem to be on her side, especially as in one day she lost her job AND her boyfriend. Eeesh!

Blair has the type of personality a lot of women would admire, I know I certainly did! She’s sassy, feisty, knows her own mind yet has a heart of gold. The only thing that she struggles with is letting go. Until now.

Even though ‘I Have Never’ is the second book in the First Comes Love series, it can be read as a standalone. That said, the first book in the series is brilliant as well! May as well buy both then eh!

In all honesty, I don’t think I read this book without a smile on my face. The entire storyline was written brilliantly, it’s such a fun and uplifting novel, which, in my opinion, isn’t the vibe you get from the book to begin with. As always, Camilla Isley’s trademark humour oozes from the storyline AND the characters. I think I spent most of the time giggling at Richard’s antics or the puppy’s legendary communication skills.

For me, the best part of ‘I Have Never’ was the backwards bucket list – absolutely fantastic idea. Because of that, I was able to see Blair come out of her shell in a different way, it was as though she had learnt to find comfort within herself. Lovely to read.

I am having withdrawal symptoms already, I cannot WAIT for another Camilla Isley novel to be released. Such pocket-sized perfection, every single time. I LOVED this book, you will definitely be a numpty not to read this.

Thanks Camilla & Aimee B.

Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband in an adventure abroad.

She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading—duh!—cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies—popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.

Check out the full tour-
July 13th

Rachel Brimble Romance – Author Q&A

A Beautiful Book Blog – Book Review

Writing Pearls – Book Review

With Love For Books – Book Review

For the Love of Chick Lit – Book Review

July 14th

Kristin’s Novel Cafe – Book Excerpt

JenaBooks – Book Review

He Said Books or Me – Author Guest Post

Judging More than Just the Cover – Author Q&A

July 15th

I Heart Fictional People – Book Review

Chrissi Reads – Book Review

Books and Photographs – Book Review

Rebecca Book Review – Book Excerpt

Monique McDonell-Author  – Book Excerpt

July 16th

One Book At A Time – Spotlight Post

CosyCuteKnits – Book Review

The Writing Garnet – Book Review

July 17th

The Belgian Reviewer – Book Excerpt

Girl vs Books – Book Review

kraftireader – Book Review

July 18th

Reading Is My SuperPower – Book Review

I Heart Fictional People – Book Review

THE CHLOE DOUGLAS BLOG – Book Review

July 19th

Kristin’s Novel Café – Book Excerpt

Simona’s Corner of Dreams – Author Guest Post

Bookish – Book Review

July 20th

TheBlossomTwins – Book Review

Grass Monster – Book Review

Chick Lit Central – Author Q&A

Living Life with Joy – Author Guest Post

July 21st

ItaPixie’s Book Corner – Book Review

Rae Reads – Book Review

Novelgossip  – Book Review

Whispering Stories – Book Review

Ali – The Dragon Slayer – Book Review

A Daydreamer’s Thoughts – Book Review

Steamy Book Momma – Book Excerpt

July 22nd

BookLoverWorm – Book Review

Pretty Little Book Reviews – Book Review

Book Lover in Florida – Book Excerpt

#Review – The Summer of Second Chances by Maddie Please (@MaddiePlease1) @AvonBooksUK #ARC

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Lottie is about to discover that even when you think you’ve lost everything, hope and romance can be just around the corner . . .

It takes time to build your life. To get into a long-term (OK, a bit boring) relationship. To find a job (you don’t completely hate). Lottie might not be thrilled with the life she’s put together, but it’s the one she’s got.

So when in the course of one terrible evening, it all comes crashing down around her, Lottie has a choice: give herself over to grief at being broke, single and completely lacking in prospects.

Or, brick by brick, build herself a new life. And this time, with a little help from friends, a crumbling cottage in Devon and a handsome stranger, maybe she can make it the one she always wanted.

The Summer of Second Chances is an irresistibly funny read about never giving up, whatever the world throws at you. Perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan, Jane Costello and Christie Barlow.

What does TWG think?

If you’re in desperate need of a pick me up, or feel as though your brain has been working overtime and requires an urgent book shaped antidote – then this book is for you.

Lottie has lost everything; her money, her home, her relationship, but most importantly – she has lost her peace of mind. With an uncertain future ahead of her, Lottie needs to make a decision; wallow in self-pity from the discomfort of her car as a new home, OR make the most out of a bad situation and follow the only path that she can see. The only way is up…

What a fab little book! Don’t be fooled by the colourful cover as there is A LOT more to this storyline than meets the eye. Despite the fact that the storyline contains several deep themes, the author has ensured that those moments are laced with some rather unforgettable one-liners.

At the start of the book we see Lottie’s world crumble, but, by the end of the book it’s as though she is a completely different person. To see a character flourish so much in such a short space of time (for us), was quite similar to watching your child learn something new for the first time. I got a bit emosh ;).

Just like Lottie, we have all been put into a situation where we have no idea how to get ourselves out of; ‘The Summer of Second Chances’ reminded me of that fact in a way that made me go ‘oh hang on a minute, I am quite proud of myself’. When we go through difficult times we don’t see our strengths working hard. We bluff. We shrug it off. It’s not until AFTER the event when we’re able to sit and gather our thoughts, and we are able to appreciate what we can do if we have no other option.

For me, this storyline was the perfect reminder of how NOT to give up, as well as advising me that eye-candy was the perfect distraction from any troubles. Obviously I’m not going to disagree with that, are you? Lottie’s new neighbour, Bryn, was such a hoot. He came across as such the opposite to Lottie in terms of mannerisms and traits, that when they were in a conversation, it was like a dog trying to have a chat with a cat. Yet weirdly enough, it worked. Well I think it worked anyway, I may have been too busy laughing!

‘The Summer of Second Chances’, for me, really is a sunshine after the rain type of novel. The storyline contains so much hope – some might mistake it for the gold at the end of a rainbow. I mean, there was nothing black and white about this storyline, at all. Every chapter was full of colour, humour and positivity; I loved it.

I adored this book, I’m not going to lie. I started this book in a bad mood and I finished it with a huge grin on my face. ‘The Summer of Second Chances’ is a diamond in the rough, but it’s a gem of a book that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

Thanks Avon.

The Summer of Second Chances by Maddie Please, will be released on the 17th July 2017. If you wish to pre-order your copy ready, you can do so here.

@LesleyPearse #25in25 #Tour! #Factoid from Lesley’s 17th book ‘Gypsy’ @ed_pr

Would like to start by saying a huge congratulations to, Lesley Pearse, on all of her literary success. 25 novels is an amazing achievement and I feel honoured to be bringing you a factoid from her 17th novel, Gypsy, as well as the details for her 25th novel, The Woman in the Wood.

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‘Gypsy’ – first published in 2008.

Gypsy : To write knowledgeably about the Klondike Gold Rush I had to go to Dawson City, a difficult journey involving planes, ferries, railways and a coach. If I’d missed one I would’ve been in trouble as they were few and far between.

Buy ‘Gypsy’ now from Amazon UK

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From global No.1 bestselling author,

Lesley Pearse, comes her 25th unforgettable story

The Woman in the Wood

Published by Michael Joseph on 29th June, price £18.99 in hardback

Praise for Lesley Pearse’s novels:
“Glorious, heart-warming” Woman & Home
“Quintessential Lesley Pearse that will delight her army of readers” Daily Mail “Full of love, passion and heartbreak” Best
“Another superb tale” The Sun
“Epic romantic drama…4 stars” Heat
“Evocative, compelling, told from the heart” Sunday Express

Lesley Pearse is a global No.1 bestseller with fans across the world and sales of over 10 million copies of her books to date. A true storyteller and master of the gripping storyline, Lesley introduces us to characters that are impossible not to care about or forget. There is no formula to her books or easily defined genre and, whether historical drama like the No.1 bestseller, Belle or the emotionally powerful Trust Me based on the true-life scandal of British child migrants sent to Australia in the post-war period, she engages the reader completely. The Woman in the Wood is Lesley’s 25th novel.

The Woman in the Wood:

Fifteen-year-old twins Maisy and Duncan have always had each other. Until that fateful day in the wood…

1960: Maisy and Duncan Mitcham are woken one night to find their mother is being committed to an insane asylum. Soon after, their father packs them off to ‘Nightingales’, their grandmother’s country house in the New Forest. Cold and distant, she leaves them to their own devices to explore; a freedom they have never experienced before and which they love. That is, until the day Duncan doesn’t come home from the woods.

When the bodies of other young boys are discovered in the surrounding area the police appear to give up hope of finding Duncan alive and with Grandmother Mitcham showing little concern, it falls to Maisy to discover the truth. And she knows just where to start. The woman who lives alone in the woods. A woman called Grace Deville.

About Lesley Pearse:

Lesley Pearse was told as a child that she had too much imagination for her own good. When she grew up she worked her way through many jobs – from corsetry sales in Cooks of St. Pauls (featured in Dead to Me), to bunny girl to nanny; from gift shop owner to dressmaker – finally finding her true vocation when she became a published author age 49. Since then Lesley has become an internationally bestselling author, with over 10 million copies of her books sold worldwide.

A true storyteller and a master of gripping storylines, there is no set formula for a Lesley Pearse novel although strong heroines and difficult circumstances are pervasive. Whether historical adventures such as Gypsy or Never Look Back or the passionately emotive Trust Me, Lesley is inspired by stories of courage and adversity and often gives voice to women lost in history. She is passionate about her research and her stories have taken her far and wide; from Alaska to the Crimea. Lesley now lives just outside Torquay in Devon where she loves to spend time walking on the beach with her grandchildren and dogs.

A fantastic speaker and committed and passionate fundraiser for the NSPCC, Lesley is a much sought after guest at literary lunches, library events and festivals up and down the country. Lesley was also selected as the first Ambassador for National Libraries Day in 2014.

Novels by Lesley Pearse:

  1. Georgia
  2. Tara
  3. Charity
  4. Ellie
  5. Camellia
  6. Rosie
  7. Charlie
  8. Never Look Back
  9. Trust Me
  10. Father Unknown
  11. Till we Meet Again
  12. Remember Me
  13. Secrets
  14. A Lesser Evil
  15. Hope
  16. Faith
  17. Gypsy
  18. Stolen – A No.1 Bestseller
  19. Belle – A No.1 Bestseller
  20. The Promise – A No.2 Bestseller
  21. Forgive Me – No.1 Bestseller
  22. Survivor – No.1 Bestseller
  23. Without a Trace – No.1 Bestseller – over 200,000 copies sold to date.
  24. Dead to Me – published in paperback, 4th May 2017.
  25. THE WOMAN IN THE WOOD – LESLEY’S 25th BESTSELLER

    To buy Lesley’s new novel or any of her others, click here to go to her Amazon author page, where you can find all of her titles!

#BlogTour! #Review – Second Chances by Minna Howard (@Adelica) @Aria_Fiction

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Monday Monday so good to meeeee
Monday mornin’ it was all I hoped it would beeeeee.

Nothing like a bit of Mama’s and Papa’s on a Monday, especially as it’s a brand new week and, as you should know by now, that only means one thing – TWG kicks off a blog tour! I am delighted that Aria Fiction give me this honorary spot most weeks, so thank you!

This Monday morning will be all that you hoped it would be as it’s the start of Minna Howard’s blog tour for the aptly named; ‘Second Chances’. Here is my review:

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Succumbing to a rather clichéd midlife crisis, Dan Haywood swaps his family for an expensive red sports car and a younger woman. After 24 years of marriage, his wife Sarah is left to pick up the pieces.

Trying her best to re-style her life, comfort hurt children, make time for ‘helpful’ friends and maintain her burgeoning career as a dress designer, Sarah feels pulled in a hundred directions. And it doesn’t help that obstacles – mostly in the form of other middle-aged men – seem to conspire against her.

Proud of herself for moving house and starting to build an independent life, she is shocked when Robert Maynard, her rather dashing new next-door neighbour, insists that the house was promised to him. Now she is destined to be pulled into his life by events beyond her control.

After one failed marriage, will she be able to find happiness again? And do second chances really come to those who wait?

What does TWG think?

Minna Howard is back with a brand new book, Second Chances, which fits in well with the author’s style of her previous novels. I have to admit, whilst I enjoyed the majority of this book, I finished reading it with mixed feelings.

Sarah Haywood had her life turned upside down when her husband decided to trade his lifestyle in for a younger model. Yes, I am talking about his car, AND his wife. As far as Sarah was concerned, their relationship was no different to other married couples, so Dan Haywood’s change of heart came as a shock. Sarah had the chance to make a new life for herself, but, thanks to a bit of neighbourly assumption with their genitalia, Sarah has reached her limit.

How many of you agree with second chances? Are you a once chance only type of person, if they screw that up then everything is done for? Or do you believe that every single person deserves a second chance? Just to be difficult, I believe in a mixture of both as it all depends on the circumstance. However, I don’t agree that EVERYONE deserves a second chance. As for Sarah Haywood, do I believe that she deserves a second chance at happiness? Of course I do.

The storyline itself wasn’t overly original, I’ll be honest, BUT, whilst that didn’t annoy me too much, it did mean that I hoping to be wow-ed by the book. To a point, I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Second Chances’, it was such an easy and straightforward read with no serious surprises. I managed to finish Minna Howard’s book in a couple of hours so it mustn’t have been that bad!

All of the characters made me laugh in their own individual ways. Well, except Robert. I didn’t really warm to him that much – an acquired taste! I liked how the pace flowed rather nicely and did its own thing without too much weighing it down; that meant that I could switch off and just enjoy the storyline without a care in the world. Bliss!

As I said above, I really did enjoy this book, but there was something within the storyline that made me wince on a personal level. Sarah Haywood’s job is a dress designer and she works in her friends shop, selling said designs. However, both Sarah and her friend seemed to zoom in on slim people, making quite harsh comments about women with slender figures. Whilst I fully appreciate that this is a work of fiction, as someone who always gets belittled due to their slender size, I felt that those comments in the storyline weren’t really warranted and were a bit uncalled for. Maybe I am being a little over sensitive, but I personally didn’t like those parts.

‘Second Chances’ didn’t blow me away due to the above, but, I did enjoy the lightness of the storyline as a whole.

Thanks Aria.

Buy links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2qjQTyP

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2qkiUGs

iBooks: http://apple.co/2r9dnUl

Google Play: http://bit.ly/2qJWSxY

About the author

Minna has had an exciting career in fashion journalism and now writes full time, whilst enjoying time with her grandsons and working as an occasional film and TV extra. She lives in London.

Follow Minna

Facebook: @MinnaHowardBooks

Twitter: @Adelica

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Bed & Breakfast on the Beach @KFrenchBooks @AvonBooksUK @Sabah_K

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Today I have the pleasure of hosting Kat French and ‘The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach’, but it’s a little bittersweet as it’s also the end of the blog tour! All together now; AWWWWW!!! Not only have I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing this novel for you, I get to share an extract from Kat French’s novel alongside my review today! Enjoy!

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A gorgeous summer read to escape with this summer!

A Greek island solves all life’s problems…doesn’t it?

Winnie, Stella and Frankie have been best friends forever.

When their lives unexpectedly unravel, they spontaneously decide to buy a gorgeous B&B on a remote Greek island. Drenched in hot sun, Villa Valentina is the perfect escape from reality. But when Winnie meets Jesse, their brooding neighbour, she finds that Greece is full of its own complications – not least how attractive he is…

Meanwhile, Frankie and Stella are discovering that Villa Valentina has its own secrets – starting with the large supply of gin in the cellar and the arrival of a famous rock band. A band with one very good-looking member who just might distract Frankie from thoughts of her husband…

Smart, sassy and sexy, this summer sizzler is perfect for fans of Lucy Diamond and Jane Costello.

What does TWG think?

Being set in Greece, I was half expecting Shirley Valentine to show her face on the Island! Although saying that, Stella reminded me of good ol’ Ms.Valentine, I could imagine her saying ‘well tickle my tits ’til Friday’! Don’t you agree?

I’m not sure what part of the novel I was sold on first; kick ass female characters, or a donkey named ‘ The Fonz‘. Could you get any more fab than that? Oh wait, the only thing that managed to score higher than the donkey was a certain Australian geezer, but I’ll leave that for you to read about yourself!

Ahhh, Frankie, Winnie and Stella; the three musketeers Greek style! I probably should have been shocked when I learnt how they managed to get the deeds for a B&B, but, I wasn’t. I actually laughed out loud. It was so bonkers! That’s what I adore about Kat French’s novels, she isn’t afraid to write about bonkers situations, sexual encounters, and kick ass female characters. The author holds absolutely nothing back and her care free, humorous attitude shines through this storyline like….oh I don’t know…Greek sunshine? Funny that!

Each of the three ladies have their own reasons for escaping to Villa Valentina, they’re using the Greek Island to their advantage with hope that their hearts are mended and their confidence levels re-built. I’m not going to go into detail about their backstories as it is a big part of the overall storyline and I wouldn’t like to give anything away.

Whilst the three best friends were united by one thing, their characters were incredibly different; Stella seemed to be a lot more blunt than the others, although I expected that she was using her bluntness to guard something. Frankie was the practical one of the group, managing to keep everything organised without a hair out-of-place. Lastly my favourite lady; Winnie, she was a complete mixture! One one hand she was fiery and incredibly honest, but on the other hand she came across as such an emotional person, with her heart shifting from her sleeve to her chest like a temporary tattoo. I adored her character as I warmed to her the quickest, she was SO much fun.

A Kat French wouldn’t be a Kat French book without a bit of ‘ooooo matron’ and kinky antics. Without giving anything away, Winnie found herself in a certain situation which was incredibly sensual, and severely hot. Oh how I would have loved to trade places with Winnie! That particular situation even taught me a thing or two! Very tasteful.

Frankie, Stella, and Winnie go on such a journey in ‘The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach’, it really was wonderful to see their personalities flourish, and their confidence soaring. Certain characters came out of their shell on the Greek island as well, much to the annoyance of others!

There really was nothing about this novel that I didn’t like! Even though the storyline is incredibly light and humorous, there were several hidden messages within the book which were beautifully incorporated into the overall storyline, earning more brownie points when I came across them.

I adored this book from the moment the ladies visited the Greek Island for a second time, until the very last page. So many funny and on point moments mixed in with many incredible characters, what’s not to love? If I could read Kat French’s novel for the first time, every time, it really would be a dream come true.
Another fantastic book from the incredible, Kat French. I highly recommend this summery, loveable, sizzle-fest of a book, 100%.

Thanks Avon.

Buy now from Amazon UK (E-book only – paperback to follow 13th July)

If my review hasn’t persuaded you to go and buy yourself a copy, maybe an extract from ‘The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach’ will sway you?

[Extract 13 from Chapter 5 pp. 65-67]

Jesse’s dusty black VW Golf was nothing like Rory’s beloved sports car back home, and Winnie decided she much preferred its simple unpretentiousness. The air-con was icebox cool, and that was a much more valuable prize out here than hand-stitched leather bucket seats or tinted glass. The low-slung red Alfa would have been an entirely unsuitable car for a baby; Winnie sometimes wondered if the idea of losing it had been one of the contributory factors to Rory’s infidelity. 

‘I have a couple of errands to run, so I’ll drop you at Carrefour and come back in an hour or so,’ Jesse said, turning left out of the lane onto the main road. 

Winnie nodded, taking in the scenery as it whipped past her window. Olive groves, mellow fields and always the still, glittering Mediterranean in view too.

‘This is the island’s only main road,’ Jesse said. ‘It follows the coast all the way around, and the lanes that lead off it all run in towards Skelidos town at the centre. It’s a blessedly simple layout, unlike the crazy one-way systems you’re no doubt used to back home.’

‘Sounds straightforward,’ Winnie murmured.

‘You’ll find that much about Skelidos is like that. Uncomplicated.’ Jesse indicated to turn off the main road, leaving the sparkling sea behind them. ‘It’s one of the big things that I love about the place.’

‘Can I ask how you came to live here?’ she asked, curious and unguarded. 

He flicked his dark eyes towards her over his sunglasses. ‘You can ask, but I’ll lie about the answer.’

Winnie held his gaze for a second before he looked back towards the quiet lane, and she saw there that although his answer had been delivered in an off-the-cuff tone, he wasn’t joking. God, he was a prickly fish. 

‘Just don’t answer at all then,’ she said. ‘Lies are one thing I’ve had more than my fill of.’

This time when he glanced her way he didn’t look flippant. ‘I’ll bear that in mind.’

They lapsed into silence for the rest of the ride, Jesse concentrating on the bumpy, dusty lane and Winnie taking the chance to see the more agricultural heart of the island away from the coast. 

‘Is it mostly olive farms on the island?’ 

Jesse nodded. ‘Olives. Cattle for dairy produce, and vegetables in season of course. I wasn’t exaggerating about the simple pace of life here. Farmland has stayed in the same families for generations and property rarely comes up for sale. You guys are about the only new people here in as long as I can recall.’

‘Wow,’ she said, taken aback. No wonder Corinna had been so eager to get a look at them. Life in England had been so entirely different; neighbours came and went and people did any number of things to make their living. Here there was an actual community, a sense of family and of history. Even in the short time she’d spent on Skelidos so far, Winnie was already starting to feel that it suited her bones more than the complicated, fractured society back home in the UK.

Home. It was a word that didn’t seem to apply to anywhere for Winnie right now. Her parents’ house would always be her childhood home, but living there again for even a short time had proved glaringly that it was no longer her home these days. Her home had been the house she’d bought with her husband and built into their love nest, but also the place where she’d discovered his infidelity, and so it was no longer somewhere that she held any keys or affection for. 

It was too soon to confidently refer to Skelidos as home either though. She hoped that one day it would be in her blood and her heart, but at the moment it felt more like they were visiting the island than emigrating to it. Perhaps it was because the others, Stella in particular, seemed to view this as an experiment, a short-term stopgap to get them all out of crisis points at home. They’d all been in need of something and Villa Valentina had practically fallen into their laps.

#Review – Love on the Rocks by Emily Anne Brandon (@emilyabrandon) #summer

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What happens when a Hollywood star unexpectedly rocks up in a sleepy seaside village in Scotland?

Fiery redhead Lexy was left shocked and guilt-ridden by the tragic death of her parents seven years ago. Seven years later she is still struggling to move on, and her only steady relationship is with her one true love – Brian, the border collie.

Clay Gable is weary of the demands of fame and has fled from the Hollywood hills to the tiny Scottish village of Whitehorse Bay – a delightful place he remembers from a wonderful childhood summer many moons ago.

When their paths cross, Lexy helps Clay blend in to village life, while Clay encourages Lexy to leave her unfulfilling job and chase her dream of becoming a bona fide artist.

Meanwhile, Lexy’s ex, Jamie, is acting strangely and appears to have a secret from everyone.

Can Lexy help Jamie deal with his dark secret? And is charismatic Clay Gable the one to bring Lexy’s defences crashing down?

What does TWG think?

Finally got round to reading Emily Brandon’s summery read! It was so lovely to read a book that was set in Scotland, with places I had actually heard of! Okay, a lot of people will have heard of Edinburgh but still!

I’m going to be extremely honest here, I can’t work out how to phrase it any differently. -breathes-. Clay/Tom, whichever name he has chosen to go by today, is an absolute bellend!! He annoyed me straight away with his suffocating personality, as well as his extremely cringey offerings which seemed to fall out of his mouth at lightening speed. I’m not even being over the top!! He was though! The stuff that came out of his mouth was truly outrageous, if a bloke spoke to me like that I would have told him where to go – friend or not! Whilst I loved Lexy’s character, I did find her naivety a bit annoying. For someone with a firecracker temper, she seemed to let ClayTom get away with murder. So many times I felt like shouting ‘STAND UP FOR YOURSELF AND TELL HIM TO GO AND DO ONE!!’. But she didn’t.

Brian, Lexy’s collie, is most definitely the star of the show. It was sweet seeing Lexy so in tune with him, despite her own trust issues with human beings.

I actually really enjoyed ‘Love on the Rocks’! The storyline wasn’t too pressing which meant that I was able to sit back and relax, without wondering whether my brain cells will get tested to the limit! There were so many weird and wonderful characters in Whitehorse Bay; it kept the vibe of the storyline fresh and entertaining. Well, excluding ClayTom, he just annoyed me.

About three-quarters of the way in, the book went from calm and serene to shocking and heart breaking, within a matter of moments! Poor Angus! I actually found myself tearing up as I was reading his circumstances. Absolutely heartbreaking. Even with situations like that, Emily Anne Brandon still managed to make me laugh, as well as keeping the momentum going, regardless of what unfortunate event seemed to crop up.

Aside from Brian, I did choose another character as a favourite; Jamie. Why helllooooooo!!!! His character was described to perfection and phwoar! If only a guy like that crossed my path! No wonder the female population of the village couldn’t tear their eyes away from him. Don’t get me wrong, he was such a grumpy character yet for him, it seemed to work as he managed to ooze the likability factor as well. I would love to see more of him in future novels as I reckon he has another side to him that us readers haven’t been able to see yet.

‘Love on the Rocks’ was such a light, humorous, and easy read. It flowed really well and kept me thoroughly entertained from start to finish. The only thing that let the book down for me was ClayTom. There’s being a horrible character, and then there’s just being an asshat. I could see why he was put into the storyline, and I could see how his character being part of the book ended up benefiting certain characters. However, there were a couple of moments where I felt ClayTom took it too far, and Lexy didn’t react to those in the way that I thought she would. I felt that she needed to and it would be more consistent to her character if she had.

That said, if I ignore that ClayTom existed for the majority of the book (soz!), then I wouldn’t have any issue whatsoever with ‘Love on the Rocks’. It was different. It was funny. The author described the setting absolutely beautifully, so much so that I ended up daydreaming about Lexy’s favourite painting spot. As daft as this sounds, it had quite a calming effect on me.

Emily Anne Brandon has such a unique writing style that it’s quite difficult not to fall under her spell because of it. ‘Forget all your troubles c’mon get happy’ is the easiest way for me to sum up my feelings of this book. It really is pocket-sized happiness at the tips of your fingers. Next book please!!

Thanks to Emily Brandon.

Buy now from Amazon UK

#yearofsayingyes #BlogTour! Author Hannah Doyle talks hygge! @HannahShowbiz @headlinepg

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So, SO excited to be today’s stop on Hannah Doyle’s blog tour for her fabulous book, The Year of Saying Yes’. If you are aiming to be part of a squad this year, the #YesSquad is the place to be! Before Hannah Doyle’s book was released as a complete book, it was released in four separate parts. I still have the fourth part to read, and as soon as I have, those beauties will be reviewed on here. The first three parts are amazing.

For my stop on the tour, author Hannah Doyle has written a guest post about hygge. Intrigued? So you should be….
Over to you Ms. Doyle!

Hygge by Hannah Doyle.

#SayYes to getting hygge

Okay, so it gets dark super early and the temptation to stay in is high when the thermometer hits zero, but there is a positive to winter. Getting hygge with it!

(In my head, that totally rhymes with getting jiggy with it. Sadly the Danes pronounce it hoo-ga so that doesn’t actually work.)

Hygge. You know, the Danish concept that loads of people are banging on about right now. It basically boils down to being cosy. Search for #hygge on Instagram and you’ll find over a million snaps of things like hot water bottles and cute cushions. What’s not to love!

To celebrate the launch of my new ebook The Year of Saying Yes, I thought I’d put together my top five ways to hygge the heck out of your life. Enjoy.

1. Develop a candle habit

Of course one solitary candle on a table won’t do! You need multiples. The more the merrier, and get them going as soon as daylight starts to fade to give your home a cosy glow. 

2. Get your mull on

Mulled wine is the ideal drink for hygge-lovers. You don’t even need to make your own, just buy a bottle and add a couple of slices of orange while it’s warming through. Breathe in that spicy smell and pretend that you’re by a frosty fjord somewhere Scandinavian. 

3. Cosy knits are compulsory

Curl up in your warmest jumper, grab a good book (*shameless plug* maybe try mine?!) and relax. 

4. Start obsessing over interiors

Especially things like terrariums (try saying that after a glass of mull!), cashmere throws and hand-printed ceramic bowls. Basically anything to your home a little extra cheer. 

5. Gather your best ones

Nothing spreads the love like hanging out with your favourite people in the whole world. My best friends have selfishly scattered themselves across our fair isle, the brutes, so we don’t get to hang out that often, but when we do we spend a whole weekend bonding and I come away feeling so blooming hygge about life.

Happy hygge-ing everyone!

Obviously folks, play safe with the candles. I know Hannah is talking about being cosy, but there is a difference between being cosy and looking like a roasting chestnut on an open fire! If you managed to spot the oh-so-hidden shameless plug by the lady herself, it might be useful to add a link and the book info for you. You know, just in case….

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Hannah Doyle’s THE YEAR OF SAYING YES will make you dirty-laugh, feel warm and fuzzy, and rediscover life’s magic – all thanks to one little word: ‘yes’. Fans of THE BAD MOTHER’S DIARY, Colleen Coleman’s DON’T STOP ME NOW, Anna Bell’s THE BUCKET LIST TO MEND A BROKEN HEART and Joanna Bolouri’s THE LIST, you’re in for a real treat.

Dear Readers,

I hold my hands up: I’m stuck in a rut. For three years and counting I’ve been hopelessly in love with the same guy – and the closest we’ve ever got is a drunken arse grab (NB: this doesn’t count). My favourite hobby is googling cats for spinsters and I’m sick of my shoestring salary that barely pays for my shoebox flat.

I need a head-to-toe life makeover. Enter my ‘Year of Saying Yes’, which is where you come in. To help me sort out my sorry life, I need you to #DareIzzy. For the next 12 months I’ll be saying ‘yes’ to your challenges, no matter how wild, adventurous or plain nuts they are. ‘No’ is not an option!

Here goes… Wish me luck! I’m going to need it.

Love,

Izzy x

Buy now: Amazon UK // Amazon US // Kobo

#Tour! #Review – Little Bed & Breakfast by the Sea by Jennifer Joyce @writer_jenn @HQDigitalUK

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Escape to the seaside this summer!

Mae loves running her little Bed & Breakfast, it’s the perfect place to raise her adorable four-year-old daughter! And no matter how persistently local vet, Alfie, chases her, she just doesn’t have time for men in her life.

Willow is busy building her dream home with her husband, Ethan, but with every month that passes she secretly worries that her happy ever after will never come true…

Melody only intended to stay in the bustling seaside town for a few days to capture the perfect photo. But when she meets Hugo – the charming man in the ice cream van – she decides to stay a little longer!

One thing is for sure, summer at the little Bed & Breakfast by the sea certainly has a few surprises in store…

What does TWG think?

Whilst reading a book, have you ever felt a sudden urge to shout out ‘YASSSS!!!’?

You have? Me too. Want to know why?

After reading Jennifer Joyce’s previous novel (and enjoying it), I felt like that particular story was missing something. What though, I had absolutely no idea. Seeing as I am familiar with the authors other books, I knew that she had it in her to go the extra mile with her storyline this time around. I had my fingers crossed that ‘The Little Bed & Breakfast by the Sea’, would be THE book to fill the ‘something missing’ hole.

I hadn’t even reached halfway through the book when the urge to shout ‘YASSSSSS!’, crept up on me. And so I did. As soon as I had shouted ‘YASSSSSSS!!!!’ out loud, I knew that Jennifer Joyce had done it. The author had filled that hole. The author had ticked all of the boxes that I knew she could tick with her books. In my eyes, Jennifer Joyce had done it; she had written the type of storyline that made me go ‘this is her best book yet’.

Three ladies, all with completely different back stories, yet they’re all searching for one thing; happiness.

There’s Mae; she runs a bed and breakfast whilst also juggling a four-year old, and a job in a bar. Super Woman springs to mind! Then there is Willow, who is married to Ethan and likes reinventing worn out items…as well as houses. Lastly, Melody, a determined young woman who tends to focus on things through a lens, rather than focusing on things outside it – in the moment.

Which lady did I relate to the most? Good question! I related to Mae due to the fact that she’s a single mum to a four-year old, and has been since the pee on the stick moment. But that said, I also found myself relating to Melody in more ways than one. Melody seemed to be afraid of letting go and doing things for herself; I’m like that too!
In all fairness, all three ladies brought something rather special to the storyline in their own individual ways. I loved how different they were, and how they had found each other when they needed someone the most. There’s girl power in a sassy and Spice Girl-ish way, and then there’s girl power in the empowering, physically being there kinda way. I know which one I would choose, do you?

Aside from the wonderful characters, ‘The Little Bed & Breakfast by the Sea’ has such a heart-warming and cosy storyline. I found it incredibly difficult not to fall in love with the seaside town whilst dreaming of being amongst such energetic and magnetic vibes. I cannot tell you the ins and outs of those vibes due to spoilers. However, trust me when I say that you really do need to go and grab a cuppa and some biccies, lay on the sofa with a blanket and this book, and just lose yourself in this enchanting story.

Full of laughter, smiles, and confidence, ‘The Little Bed & Breakfast by the Sea’ will remind YOU to BE in the moment rather than sitting on the outside. Absolutely lovely book, by far the best book that Jennifer Joyce has ever written.

Thanks to the author & HQ.

Buy now from Amazon UK

Bio and links:

Jennifer Joyce is a writer of romantic comedies who lives in Manchester with her husband and their two daughters. Her latest novel, The Little Bed & Breakfast by the Sea is out now. You can find out more about Jennifer and her books on:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jenniferjoycewrites

Twitter: www.twitter.com/writer_jenn

Instagram: www.instagram.com/writer_jenn

Blog: www.jenniferjoycewrites.co.uk

#CoverReveal! Are you a @ChristieJBarlow fan? You may want to look at this!! @HarperImpulse

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Waheyyyyy it’s cover reveal day!!!!

So, some of you may know of a certain author who has the same surname as a rather dashing pop star.

Some of you may also know of this author because she wears a shiny book crown whilst reviewing for Mama Life magazine.

Although, some of you may know her by her adventures! After all, she has had some misadventures as a playground mother (who hasn’t, right?!), her Kitty decided to go on a countryside dream (lucky Kitty), then her alter ego, Evie, had the bright idea of skipping a year and taking chances instead. This was all before taking the author too themselves off on a Christmas escape as someone called Lizzie! -breathes-. This woman never stops! She is even going on a cosy canal boat dream in August!

No, really, she is. She has also invited all of you guys too….you only need to bring your kindle and approximately £1.99 (subject to change). Who’s up for it?!?!

You ready?

You steady?

IT’S TIME TO REVEAL CHRISTIE BARLOW’S BRAND NEW BOOK COVER!!!!!

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SWOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNN!!!!!!!

I LOVE her books!!! This little beauty is ready to be pre-ordered now, so off you pop and pre-order it ready for your hollibobs!!

Pre-order now!!

 

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