#BlogTour! #Review – Love and Other Things to Live For by Louise Leverett (@louiseleverett) @ninadouglaspr @hqstories

Are you feeling the lurve? Last blog post of the day is my review of Louise Leverett’s, ‘Love and Other Things To Live For’. Many thanks to HQStories for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

Jessica Wood is an aspiring photographer living in London. She’s had her heart broken, and her friends have pieced it back together again.

But across the neon lights of Soho, in the smell of alcohol and cigarette smoke, on every night bus, in every song, every time she tries to forget: she remembers him.

Now, in a battle between the past and the future, choosing between having a life and making a living, finding her feet or spreading her wings, Jessica must ask herself: who is she really living for?

What does TWG think?

We’ve all been broken hearted, right? Unable to hear a song in fear of ugly crying down the veg aisle in Tesco, or smelling an odour which reminds you of the best date ever where you ate hula hoops and wore a Haribo gummy ring on your finger, you know, just to see. But what happens now? How do you move on from the person who you thought was the one? How do you remember to live your life for you, and only you?

Poor Jessica has found herself in that predicament. She has no idea how to live her life anymore, and shes too scared to spread her wings in case her heart gets broken again. Thankfully Jessica had a support network to help her on her way, and show her that sometimes you just need to love yourself before you can love other things.

This was a nifty little read. It didn’t blow me away, I’m not going to lie, but the premise of the storyline definitely gave me food for thought. I think that the author has written a modern day tale which a lot of readers will be able to relate to. I loved how the concept of the book and Jessica’s journey portrayed certain life events in a way which young adults may take notice of and look up to.

I’m I’m saying that this novel is specifically for young adults as such, but if something like this was around when I was at the age of being confused by the crossroads of life, I would have welcomed Jessica’s story in a heartbeat.

A warm, enjoyable and relatable read.

Buy now!


#BlogTour! #Review – Rachel’s Pudding Pantry by Caroline Roberts (@_caroroberts) @FictionPubTeam @emiliechambs #PuddingPantry

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Beyond excited to be hosting today’s stop on the blog tour for Caroline Roberts and ‘Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’! Huge thanks to Emilie from Team Harper Fiction for the blog tour invite and ARC! Not only will I be reviewing the book today, I also have a recipe to share with you all too, so don’t forget to keep reading after the review!

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Step inside Rachel’s farmhouse Pudding Pantry, a place where love,
laughter and scrumptious bakes bring everyone together.

Primrose Farm is Rachel’s very own slice of heaven. Come rain or shine there’s always a pot of tea brewing by the Aga, the delicious aroma of freshly baked puddings, and a chorus of happy memories drifting through the kitchen.

But the farm is in a spot of trouble. As the daffodils spring, Rachel must plant the seeds of
change if she wants to keep the farm afloat, and it’s all resting on a crazy plan. She’ll need one family cook book, her Mum Jill’s baking magic – and a reason to avoid her distractingly gorgeous neighbour, Tom . . .

Swapping their wellies for aprons, can Rachel and Jill bake their way into a brighter future?

The proof will be in the pudding!

What does TWG think?

I’m just going to cut a slice of cake and get straight to the point here. ‘Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’ is one of my favourite reads of 2019 so far! The storyline wasn’t overcooked, nor did it have a soggy bottom. Instead I was hooked by the tantalising relationships between the characters, the cumbersome issues that arose, the fantastic pairing of both sweet elements and sour elements. My taste buds were tickled, my stomach was growling like a caged lion, and my heart swelled with pride like a perfect soufflé. Yes, ‘Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’ is my idea of the perfect escapism, the perfectly baked Victoria sponge cake, and the melt in the mouth meringue. I adored the softness of Rachel’s personality alongside her fiery, mummabear nature. She was such a fun character to get to know, and her little girl, Maisy, had me laughing out loud multiple times. The phrase ‘out the mouth of babes’ is absolutely spot on where she is concerned!

Caroline Roberts’ delectable new novel isn’t just about how many sweet treats the characters can shove down their gusset. Yes, it may seem like it at times, but believe it or not, underneath the sweet and perfectly risen exterior lay a surprising and complex bunch of flavours. In simple terms, there is a lot more to this story than several servings of spotted dick! Rachel is a single mum. She would do anything for her little girl, so when Maisy’s father makes a random appearance, Rachel can’t help but feel slightly nervous about the situation.

Not only that, both Rachel and her mum, Jill, haven’t exactly had the easiest of years due to the incident with her father. I’ll try to not give too much away here, but I felt Rachel’s pain as something similar happened to me with my father two years ago. I was moved and to be perfectly honest, I wasn’t expecting a book like this to contain something so raw. I’m not complaining at all as it gave the book a very cleverly placed depth. I just found it a lot more emotional than I originally thought.

So, like I said before, there is A LOT more to ‘Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’ that meets the eye, and it really is one of a kind. I have read many books which have been set on a farm, but never have I ever read a book where the farm animals are characters in their own right! Can I have my own Pete, please?!

If you’re a fan of sweet things, both food wise and romance wise, ‘Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’ will be the perfect accompaniment to any bookshelf. Caroline Roberts has certainly channeled her inner Mary Berry where this storyline is concerned, and if I could award anyone with the covet Star Baker award, Jill would be the winner hands down!

Such a wonderful, enriching, little slice of heaven – ‘Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’ is such a heart-warming, delectable, more-ish novel which I would eat….I mean, read, time and time again without getting bored.

‘Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’ will be published 18th April. Pre-order now from Amazon.


Irish Cream Cheesecake

Note from Caroline: This is one of my (and my friends’) all-time favourite cheesecakes – it’s very easy to make and involves no baking as such!

Serves 8-12

175g digestive biscuits
70g unsalted butter
275g full fat cream cheese
150ml double cream
Half a can of condensed milk (about 200g)
4 x 15ml spoons (tbsps.) Irish Cream liqueur
8-10 large chocolate chips/chocolate curls or chocolate coffee beans to decorate

Crush the biscuits with a rolling pin, or whizz in a food mixer until evenly crushed.
Melt the butter in a pan, add biscuits and stir through to mix well. Spoon into a deep 20cm/8 inch flan dish (one with a push-up base or clip side release would be ideal). Press into place with the back of a dessert spoon around the base and sides of the dish. Chill in the fridge whilst you do the next step.

Place cream cheese in a bowl, add the cream and condensed milk and beat until thick with an electric hand whisk. Slowly add the Irish Cream and beat again lightly to mix through.

Chill in fridge for at least 2 hours.

Decorate with your chocolate garnish at equal spaces around the outer circle area, ideally one garnish per slice.

This makes a gorgeous dinner party dessert or why not slice up a treat with a cup of tea or coffee. Serve with friends!

#BlogTour! #Review – Island in the Sun by Janice Horton (@JaniceHorton) @RaRaResources

Many thanks to RaRaResources for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for ‘Island in the Sun’ by Janice Horton, as well as the ARC. Here is my review:

When successful jewellery designer Isla Ashton unexpectedly inherits her eccentric Aunt Kate’s Caribbean island, she is obligated to return to the place she associates with heartache and regret. To where she grew up and fell in love with her childhood friend, Leo Fernandez. Fully intent on selling the island and finally putting the past behind her, Isla is soon compelled to put together the pieces of what really happened on a fateful night ten-years before.

She begins to believe that in going to prison, Leo hadn’t only been shielding her from the same fate. She also starts to suspect that her late Aunt hadn’t been entirely honest in sending her away under the guise of recriminations. Who had they both been protecting and why?

What does TWG think?

Can you tell that summer is on the way? No? Well you should, because if you don’t, ‘Island in the Sun’ will be changing that before you can choose your seat on your TUI flight!

I wasn’t feeling this book at first to be honest. An entitled, high and mighty family member with the power newly bestowed upon her to either make a community stronger, or ruin a lot of peoples lives. It was Isla’s arrogance that irked me, and like I say, the fact she thought she was entitled because of what and who she came from. It just bugged me – it took me a little while to gel with the storyline and to try and understand where it was heading.

The more of the story I read, the more Isla began to make sense and, the more her past was uncovered, the more I felt empathy towards her. Ironic really, isn’t it? It just goes to show that an authors attention to detail is paramount when it comes to a reader disliking, or liking a novel. Thankfully I ended up being the latter despite my uncertainty at the start.

I loved the setting and imagining feeling the sand between my toes and the warmth of the sun on my cheeks. Janice Horton brought that to life beautifully. I honestly think it’s one of the best settings I have ever had the pleasure of losing myself in.

‘Island in the Sun’ is a sunshine on a rainy day type of book, which blends both romantic situations with emotional and devastating events in a touching and enriching manner. It really was a joyful and pleasant read, perfect for staycations and vacations.

Buy now!

About the author.

Janice Horton, also affectionately known as the backpacking housewife, writes contemporary romantic fiction with a dash of humour and a sense of adventure. Once her three children had grown up, Janice and her backpacking husband sold their empty nest in Scotland UK along with almost everything they owned and set off to travel the world. Since then they have been traveling full-time and have explored over 50 countries, living out of an apartment, a hut, or wherever they happen to find themselves.

Janice works as a writer wherever she is in the world. When not writing bestselling romantic adventure novels, she writes lifestyle and travel features for her website and her work has featured in national and international magazines like ‘Prima’ in the UK and ‘Friday’ in Dubai. She has also been involved in BBC Scotland’s Write Here Write Now project and has been interviewed on many podcasts and radio shows including Loose Women’s Kaye Adams’ prime time BBC Radio Scotland Show.

Visit ‘The Backpacking Housewife’ website.

#BlogTour! #Review – Spring Skies Over Bluebell Castle by Sarah Bennett (@Sarahlou_writes) @RaRaResources @HQDigitalUK

Happy publication day, Sarah Bennett! It’s day one of the blog tour for ‘Spring Skies Over Bluebell Castle’ where I will be sharing my review with you all. Huge thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite, and thank you to HQDigitalUK for the ARC. Here is my review:

She wasn’t looking for love…

When Lucie Kennington flees the bright lights of London for the quiet Derbyshire countryside, she’s shocked to discover that the heir to the Bluebell Castle estate is far from the wizened employer she expected.

In fact, Arthur Ludworth might just be the most handsome man Lucie’s ever laid eyes on – and a terrible distraction! So when she stumbles across a legendary painting feared lost for centuries, she can’t believe her luck – perhaps this is the hidden treasure to save Arthur and his family from ruin?

But it’s only a matter of time before Lucie’s past catches up with her and by then it’s too late, she’s falling for him…

What does TWG think?

Yay! A brand new series! There’s nothing like snuggling up with one of Sarah Bennett’s novels, especially when you know that its the start of a three part series. Exciting!

It took me a little while to get into the swing of things, I will admit. The storyline seemed to have a different vibe to it, one that I wouldn’t usually associate with a Sarah Bennett novel. Not saying that as a negative by the way, I just felt like the story wasn’t written in the authors usual writing style.

‘Spring Skies over Bluebell Castle’ tells the story of a Baronet, his wares, and a lady who attracted bad luck like a moth to a flame. I’m not even being dramatic, trust me. Poor Lucie wouldn’t know a bowt of good luck if it came to bite on the toosh, which is a shame. Shes a naive character, but I think that’s down to the way her life has panned out so far. It’s as though she is unsure about simply being, just in case things were too good to be true and her life crashed down around her. It’s a shame really.

You’re probably wondering what a Baronet has to do with Lucie, however I cannot divulge as that’s a spoiler and I am not a doorknob. That said, it is an unlikely friendship, yet one that just proves that a person has a lot more to them than what they have, or don’t have, in their bank account.

For me, the storyline was a little slow to begin with and I was eagerly awaiting the magic. Probably why I felt that the story was a different style for the author as I am usually hooked straight away. I’m not complaining too much though as I did end up falling head over heels with the characters and their flourishing journey. I was so pleased to see Lucie again confidence and believe in herself. I thought that that was a very important message to convey to readers, that and the fact that judging people by their amount of wares, lack of wares, or being in the wrong place at the wrong, isn’t acceptable and that people may find that they’re missing out on true friendships far too late.

‘Spring Skies over Bluebell Castle’ is a romantic, heartwarming novel with such strong messages hidden beneath the words of such colourful and magnetic characters. I am so looking forward to finding out what happens in book two! A lovely, lovely read.

Buy now!

About the author.

Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.
Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.

When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.

Sarah is the author of the Butterfly Cove, Lavender Bay and the forthcoming Bluebell Castle trilogies, published by HQ Digital UK.

#BlogTour! #Review – The Pieces of You and Me by Rachel Burton (@bookish_yogi) @HQDigitalUK @RaRaResources

I am a huge fan of Rachel’s books, so it gives me great pleasure to be reviewing her latest novel, ‘The Pieces of You and Me’. Its quite ironic that, being a book about illnesses, my post is late due to my own mental health and physical health issues. I do apologise and I thank RaRaResources for her patience and for asking me to be involved in the tour. Also, thank you to HQDigitalUK for the ARC. Here is my review:

They say time can heal all wounds…

When Jess and Rupert parted ways, it was the end of a great love story that might have been. Now ten years later, the very different paths they have taken in life will bring them back together for a chance meeting.

But with so much left unsaid about the break up neither ever recovered from and with each keeping their own devastating secrets, will they finally be able to make the fractured pieces of their love for one another whole again?

What does TWG think?

If I were to choose one voice which could speak on my behalf regarding my thoughts and feelings surrounding invisible illnesses, i would pick this book every single time. Not only does the author make it clear that she suffers from ME/chronic fatigue syndrome herself, she puts the reality of day to day life with illnesses, into the storyline in a way which non sufferers will understand.

Granted, there’s a character in this book which unknowingly ends up representing a percentage of people who invisible illness sufferers unfortunately come across (spoiler – shes a battleaxe), but the characters who mattered gave me hope for the future.

As I mentioned above, the theme of ‘The Pieces of You and Me’ centres around Jess’ journey with ME and Rupert’s journey with mental health, and I think a lot of people could learn a thing or two from every inch of this book.

As someone who has multiple chronic illnesses and who suffers with their mental health, I found the content of the story both emotional and hopeful. Emotional because it was hard reading the similarities between fact and fiction, watching Jess struggle with something that was so far out of her control and being able to empathise with her. Emotional because the author wrote the words which I struggle to speak. Emotional because I wanted to thank the author for doing justice for chronic illness warriors everywhere. Emotional because it made my own situation become more real. Emotional because it made me realise just how much people expect of me….

Not forgetting hopeful, I mean you only have to pay attention to Jess’ mum and the word ‘hope’s ends up being everywhere. Caro is like an angel – I want one!

There were several dislikeable characters in this book for me, and I will hold my hands up and say that Rupert, a lot of the time, fit that criteria well. I know he had a hard time, and still was, yet the way in which he conducted himself at times made me feel as though he was throwing a tantrum purely because of his personality. Some may say a bit marmite.

I thought the split narrative was done brilliantly and gave the storyline a great variation. That said, I did struggle to work out what the ‘IT’ was for the storyline. You know, what the hook was if you took away the illnesses. I mean, I could see what Jess and Rupert were trying to achieve, but if they didn’t have the illnesses they had, what would have been their final destination because I actually thought they didn’t fit that well together!

All in all, I loved the fact that chronic illnesses are being written about, and I adored how Rachel Burton conveyed the harsh truths alongside the hope and belief. I am in awe at the authors strength, as well as the strength of her characters and if I could reach inside the book and give them all a big hug, I totally would.

A beautiful portrayal of missing puzzle pieces, the power of hope and understanding, as well as the thought provoking realities of hidden illnesses – I would recommend Rachel Burton’s words in a heartbeat.

Buy now.

About the author.

Rachel Burton is the author of the international ebook bestseller The Many Colours of Us.

Rachel spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Yorkshire with her fiance and their three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes.

Find her on Twitter & Instagram as @bookish_yogi or follow her blog at rachelburtonwrites.com. She is always happy to talk books, writing, music, cats and how the weather in Yorkshire is rubbish. She is mostly dreaming of her next holiday….

#BlogTour! #Review – Rosie’s Travelling Teashop by Rebecca Raisin (@Jaxandwillsmum) @HQDigitalUK

Next blog tour of the day is for Rebecca Raisin’s latest novel,  ‘Rosie’s Travelling Teashop’. Many thanks to HQDigitalUK for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

Rosie Lewis has her life together.

A swanky job as a Michelin-Starred Sous Chef, a loving husband and future children scheduled for exactly January 2021.

That’s until she comes home one day to find her husband’s pre-packed bag and a confession that he’s had an affair.

Heartbroken and devastated, Rosie drowns her sorrows in a glass (or three) of wine, only to discover the following morning that she has spontaneously invested in a bright pink campervan to facilitate her grand plans to travel the country.

Now, Rosie is about to embark on the trip of a lifetime, and the chance to change her life! With Poppy, her new-found travelling tea shop in tow, nothing could go wrong, could it…?

What does TWG think?

Cosy? CHECK.
Gigglefest? CHECK.
A book perfect for snuggling up with and forgetting the world? CHECK.

Oh what a snuggly, humorous, light-hearted read this is! Rosie’s life she once knew is now no more thanks to her husband dipping his fondue stick into another chefs fondue. With an uncertain future ahead of her, the world is now Rosie’s oyster and, along with help from her new pal, Poppy, Rosie can start believing that life won’t be too bad after all.

I really enjoyed following Rosie’s journey from Michelin starred to tea connoisseur. Watching her confidence grow as the storyline progressed was such a joy, even if i did find some of the storyline to be a little unnecessarily padded at times. Even though this story is a heartfelt and light read, there is theme covered throughout the book which has a more of a serious element to it. To be honest, I’m still not too sure on whether it fits in with the overall vibe of the book or whether it was needed, but that aside, the rest of the book was absolutely spot on. Rosie’s friendships with Aria and Max were brilliant and had me in hysterics. Such a wonderful balance of colourful characters – they were an absolute pleasure to get to know.

‘Rosie’s Travelling Teashop’ is the creme de la creme when it comes to confidence building and thought-provoking reads. If you’re stuck at the crossroads yourself, you might find yourself purchasing a pal like Poppy and embarking on a new journey.

A fun, touching novel which proves that true friendships really exist. Another belter from Rebecca Raisin.

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – Finding Stevie by Cathy Glass (@CathyGlassUK) @HarperNonFic

I am a huge fan of Cathy Glass, so it gives me great pleasure to be today’s stop on the blog tour for her new release, ‘Finding Stevie’. Many thanks to Rosie and the team at HarperNonFic for the blog tour invite and review copy.

Finding Stevie is a dark and poignant true story that highlights the dangers lurking on online.

When Stevie’s social worker tells Cathy, an experienced foster carer, that Stevie, 14, is gender fluid she isn’t sure what that term means and looks it up.

Stevie, together with his younger brother and sister, have been brought up by their grandparents as their mother is in prison. But the grandparents can no longer cope with Stevie’s behaviour so they place him in care.

Stevie is exploring his gender identity, and like many young people he spends time online. Cathy warns him about the dangers of talking to strangers online and advises him how to stay safe. When his younger siblings tell their grandmother that they have a secret they can’t tell, Cathy is worried. However, nothing could have prepared her for the truth when Stevie finally breaks down and confesses what he’s done.

What does TWG think?

Wow – this book knocked me for six. Now, as a fully fledged Cathy Glass fan, I am well aware of just how emotional her books can be, yet nothing prepared me for what my eyes were going to digest in ‘Finding Stevie’.

Stevie has been put into care voluntarily, and it’s now Cathy’s job to guide the lost boy that he is. I say ‘lost’ because underneath of the bravado, Stevie is incredibly lost. He’s at a point in his life where he isn’t sure about his gender, identity, and doesn’t quite understand that his actions can have disastrous outcomes. That said, it angered me at times how Stevie just couldn’t see how much danger he had put his loved ones in. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that he may not have had the guidance regarding technology, like other teenagers, but he clearly knew his actions were wrong so why go through with it?

I’m not shaming at all as I do appreciate how much of a uncertain personality he was, which was heartbreaking to see. I wanted him to do well, and I wanted him to finally be comfortable in himself to be happy.

The undercurrent theme in this book really got under my skin and I won’t lie, I couldn’t shake the feeling of my skin crawling long after I had finished the book. With that in mind, it just goes to show how close to the bone and real Cathy’s stories are because, of you aren’t already aware, they are true stories and the fact that she was able to convey that on paper was utterly mind blowing.

I have never ‘seen’ Cathy lose her cool in any of the books I’ve read, yet my heart went out to her and her family because they couldn’t help but be affected by the choices that Stevie made.

Cathy Glass has written a book which makes you think just how difficult life can be if you don’t have the correct guidance. I admire Cathy for what she does and how much she gives to all of the children she fosters. Yes, ‘Finding Stevie’ played with my emotions and had me cuddling my daughter even tighter, but Cathy Glass has outdone herself once again with this eye opening, poignant, and heartbreaking read. Never mind Cathy giving others hugs, I want to give her one!!

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – The Girl Next Door by Phoebe Morgan (@Phoebe_A_Morgan) @HQStories

Apologies for the late in the day posting, but I have just this moment finished reading the book after a little mix up! I am very excited to be reviewing Phoebe Morgan’s latest novel, The Girl Next Door, on my blog today. Many thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

One little lie just became deadly…

Perfect mother. Perfect wife. Jane Goodwin has spent years building her picture-perfect life in the quiet town of Ashdon.

So when the girl next door, sixteen-year-old Clare Edwards, is found murdered, Jane knows she must first protect her family.

Every marriage has a few white lies and hers is no exception. Jane’s worked hard to cover up her dark secret from all those years ago – and she’ll do anything to keep it hidden…

What does TWG think?

Bloomin’ eck!!! I feel like I need to sit in a cold, dark room and think after reading that!

There’s one thing being an inquisitive neighbour, and then there’s another thing being the type of neighbour who breathes the movements of who they live next door. Jane is definitely the latter, however to other people she is the creme de la creme of the village, and her neighbour, Clare, is like a big jar of honey for Winnie the Pooh. Basically all the boys want her!

‘The Girl Next Door’ is a psychological rollercoaster ride of a read! I didn’t know who to believe, where to look, or what to think! I felt sorry for Jane because of the situation I thought she was in, yet she had to be brave for her children – at what price though?

I am knackered after being severely invested in the comings and goings of the villagers in Ashdown. And no, that is not a bad thing as Phoebe Morgan kept me on my toes throughout the entire novel.

What I loved most about this book was just how twisted the storyline was and how much it mucked around with my mind. It was as though the author put me into a false sense of security, what with the sheer level of turns and red herrings she had incorporated into the story.

‘The Girl Next Door’ is a brilliant, suspenseful novel which left my mind racing. The level of grit in the book was outstanding and I loved the fact that I was left questioning every little detail in the book, as well as the characters actions. I absolutely loved losing myself in the twisted lives of each and every character – I can not recommend it enough!

Buy now!

#BirthdayBlitz! #Review – The Secret to Falling in Love by Victoria Cooke (@VictoriaCooke10) @RaRaResources @HQDigitalUK

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Second blog post of the day is for a book birthday for Victoria Cooke and ‘The Secret to Falling in Love’. Happy book birthday!! I am delighted to be reviewing the book on such a special day. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

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Status Update: I’m going offline for a while… Wish me luck! xx

Lifestyle journalist and thirty-something singleton Melissa hashtags, insta’s and snapchats her supposedly fabulous life on every social media platform there is.

That is until she wakes up on her birthday, another year older and still alone, wondering if for all her internet dates, love really can be found online? The challenge: go technology free for a whole month!

Forced to confront the reality of her life without its perfect filters, Melissa knows she needs to make some changes. But when she bumps into not one, but two gorgeous men, without the use of an app, she believes there could be hope for love offline.

If only there was a way to choose the right guy for her…

What does TWG think?

If you had asked me another day what I thought the secret to falling in love was, I would have turned around with a blank look on my face and said; ‘I don’t know, I don’t care’. However if you were to ask me the same question right now, I would, hand on heart, say that the secret to falling in love was in a Victoria Cooke novel. I’m not the most romantic teddy on the shelf, nor do i pretend to be, but i can appreciate when an author is talking my language where romance is concerned, and Ms.Cooke did just that.

We all love social media, well most of us do. We all spend a lot of time on it regardless of whether we like it or not, so the fact that the main character in this book, Melissa, goes social media free for a month, it was actually quite refreshing. That said, I don’t think that i could not go on social media for a month unless it was forced and not my choice to do so.

I ADORED how modern and relatable every little morsel of ‘The Secret to Falling in Love’ was! Melissa comes across as a character who has a lot of determination but lacks in confidence (much like a lot of us readers), and the fact that she just wants to be happy in all aspects of her life makes her someone you just want to sit and put the world to rights with.

Victoria Cooke has such an addictive writing style which had me ignoring everything around me for the duration of the book! That in itself was the secret to falling in love in my eyes, as I was under the authors spell completely.

This story reminds me of a modern day fairytale with a character who, whilst she may want a man on her arm, doesn’t necessarily NEED one. A laugh out loud, one of a kind read by an author who just knows how to make her readers fall in love with her characters as well as her writing.

Buy now!

About the author.

Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in
pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love’, in 2016.

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#BlogTour! #Review -Wildflower Park Part Two – A Budding Romance by Bella Osborne (@osborne_bella) @AvonBooksUK

I am sharing my review today, of part two in the Wildflower Park series, A Budding Romance. I fell in love with this series from part one, so I am delighted to be back on the blog tour for the next installment. Huge thanks to Avon Books for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:


Life’s not always a walk in the park…

When Anna is dumped by her fiancé, she moves in to her own place on the edge of the gorgeous Wildflower Park and pledges to stay off men and focus on her career, but a handsome new colleague seems to thwart her attempts at every turn. And when she receives an accidental text from a mystery man, could it be the new start she needs? Or someone she really shouldn’t be falling for?

Anna’s neighbour Sophie is a stressed-out mum-of-two with a third on the way. Her husband is a constant frustration, and their children are a regular source of newly-invented swear words and unidentifiable sticky surfaces.

Luckily, Anna and Sophie have each other – and Wildflower Park proves to be a sanctuary as they map out a path to find the happiness they both deserve…

What does TWG think?

This probably goes without saying but I had better say it anyway – ‘A Budding Romance’ IS part of a series, and because the novellas follow simultaneously, each of the books need to be read in order otherwise you’d end up missing out on some of the storyline.

We left the last instalment on a cliffhanger. Obviously I won’t tell you what that cliffhanger entailed, but trust me when I say that it was enough to read part two straight away. I just couldn’t wait to find out where the storyline was heading in regards to Sophie’s frustration and Anna’s annoyance. Don’t worry though, it doesn’t have a negative vibe at all, it’s just that when Anna’s ex appears at a place she feels herself, she can’t help feeling a bit miffed. Why won’t he just leave her alone? Surely he has done enough damage?

Things will make perfect sense if you have already read the first two books, but if you haven’t then i do highly recommend losing yourself in Wildflower Park.

Like I said above, this novella follows on from the first so I am trying my best to be quite vague with my review – I’m not doing it to annoy anyone!! ‘A Budding Romance’, once again, had me in hysterics due to Sophie’s humour, and the way that Anna’s working relationship is blossoming with her colleague. I say ‘blossoming’ very loosely as it isn’t as straight forward as it should be.

I really enjoyed the latest addition to the Wildflower Park series, and I thought the way that Bella Osborne created tension in such a loveable and hilarious manner, was an absolute joy to read.

I cannot wait to read the rest of this series – it’s safe to say that I am hooked!!

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