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#BlogTour! #Review – #APostcardFromItaly by Alex Brown (@AlexBrownBooks) @fictionpubteam

As a huge fan of Alex Brown, I am very honoured to be hosting today’s stop on the ‘A Postcard From Italy’ blog tour. Huge thanks to Emilie and the team for the tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

Grace Quinn loves her job at Cohen’s Convenient Storage Company, finding occasional treasure in the forgotten units that customers have abandoned. Her inquisitive nature is piqued when a valuable art collection and a bundle of letters and diaries are found that date back to the 1930’s.

Delving deeper, Grace uncovers the story of a young English woman, Connie Levine, who follows her heart to Italy at the end of the Second World war. The contents also offer up the hope of a new beginning for Grace, battling a broken heart and caring for her controlling mother.

Embarking on her own voyage of discovery, Grace’s search takes her to a powder pink villa on the cliff tops overlooking the Italian Riviera, but will she unravel the family secrets and betrayals that Connie tried so hard to overcome, and find love for herself?

What does TWG think?

Be still my beating heart!!! I have a feeling that my review won’t do Alex Brown’s novel justice, but I can only try my best!

This was simply exquisite. From the get go I felt the emotion from Connie as she was trying to brave given the nature of her circumstances. At the time, Connie was a young girl who looked to her parents for guidance, love and support, whilst also trusting them to be honest with her. It was heartbreaking to find out that things didn’t exactly go to plan and that Connie’s heart was never truly mended.

Connie’s memory and life is a huge part of ‘A Postcard From Italy’, but then again, so is Grace. Day in day out, she tries to do right by her mother, only to be treated in a volatile manner in return. Her life isn’t her own and, thanks to her own heartbreak, Grace’s confidence is pretty much non-existent. That said, I was so pleased that she had Larry and Betty in her corner.

The whole ‘heir hunter’ vibe was so addictive! It’s such a shame that situations end up like that, with people not getting the send off they deserve due to lack of family at the time when its needed. I couldn’t even begin to imagine how anyone must feel, finding out too late that a family member had passed. Gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.

I hated how Grace’s mum treated her, but in a roundabout way I think it made Grace even more determined to break away by living a life of her own. I loved getting to know Grace and watching her flourish as the storyline progress; she was the perfect person to take on the ‘Connie mission’.

I am absolutely gutted that ‘A Postcard From Italy’ came to an end. I honestly think I could have sat and read more about the characters for hours and hours! Alex Brown has made Grace and Connie’s personalities come alive in this emotive, beautifully crafted, highly exquisite read. Every single page was a joy to read, with the authors magnetic and outstanding storytelling taking centre stage.

A genuinely beautiful, beautiful read which I would reccomend in a heartbeat.

Buy now.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Wedding Planner by Eve Devon (@EveDevon) @0neMoreChapter_ @RaRaResources

Happy paperback publication to Eve Devon and ‘The Wedding Planner’. Its an honour to be kicking off the blog tour today with a review – many thanks to RaRaResources for the tour invite.

Wedding bells are ringing and gossip is spiralling in Whispers Wood…

Single mum Gloria Pavey has a bad habit of saying exactly the wrong thing at the wrong time. Determined to make a positive change she can’t say no when her best friend, Emma, asks her to take on the role of her wedding planner. The only problem? Gloria’s co-planner – best man Seth Knightley.

Gloria is on a self-imposed man ban but pulling together the most beautiful wedding Whispers Wood has ever seen alongside gorgeous Seth is pushing her to her limits. As every interaction increases the tension between them Gloria finds herself wondering…could the happy ever after she never thought she’d have be in her future after all?

What does TWG think?

I never realised that this book was part of the ‘Whispers Wood’ series until the very last minute! I think I half expected the cover to look similar to the other two with a row of houses on it. So no, to look at it doesn’t look part of the series at all. However that helps readers know that the books can be read as standalones though, I suppose!

It has been a while since I was last in ‘Whispers Wood’, but I would recommend reading the other books in the series as well….without leaving a too big of a gap between books!

I wasn’t really sure about ‘The Wedding Planner’ at first as it didn’t seem to have the same sort of vibe as the other books, and for that reason I found it incredibly difficult to get into the swing of the storyline for many chapters.

Gloria, for me, has always come across as the type of person who, if they were to walk into a room, you’d walk out at the same time. I wouldn’t go as far to say that she was vile….she was just verging on it! That said, after having her character at the center of ‘The Wedding Planner’, it seems as though Gloria was simply misunderstood and in a lot of emotional pain. Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t excuse her rather rude personality or the way she speaks to people at all. I think once people find out about her past, including her marriage, the puzzle pieces to her personality slot together seamlessly.

Now I’ve admitted that it took me a little while to get into the swing of things. But what I haven’t admitted is that by the end of the book, my face was the proud owner of a huge smile, and my sides were the proud owners of, erm, soreness due to sniggering at the witty humour.

I hold my hands up – my original thoughts of ‘The Wedding Planner’ were extremely misguided and, whilst I still stand by the fact that the series vibe was definitely different, I can honestly say that I LOVED the warmth, humour, passion, and colourfullness of Eve Devon’s new book. Not only was the romance pot boiling over, a lot of different characters found their voices in this instalment, and they ended up being some of the best characters I have ever had the pleasure of getting to know. I mean come on, Persephone has the gift of the gab – she was such fun!!!

If you’re needing a bit of passion in your life but don’t want the exertion and having to fake ‘it’, I cannot recommend ‘The Wedding Planner’ enough. Its smoking hot, tasteful, and such a witty, witty read.

Buy now.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Unlikely Life of Maisie Meadows by Jenni Keer (@JenniKeer) @RaRaResources @AvonBooksUK

Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite, and thank you to the publisher for the ARC. Here is my review of Jenni Keer’s new novel:

When Maisie Meadows finds herself single and jobless on New Year’s Day, she resolves that this will be the year she focuses on bringing her scattered family back together. Romance is all very well, but it’s the people you grew up with that matter the most. But a new job working at an auction house puts her in the path of Theo, a gorgeous but unattainable man who she can’t help but be distracted by. As their bond begins to grow, Maisie finds herself struggling to fulfil the promise she made to herself – but the universe has other ideas, and it’s notlong before the Meadows family are thrown back together in the most unlikely of circumstances…

Can dealing with other people’s treasures help Maisie to let go of the past, and teach her who she ought to treasure the most?

What does TWG think?

Don’t you just love family drama!! Maisie Meadows’ family has had it’s fair of drama and arguments over the years, yet one thing Maisie herself longs for, is all of her family under one roof…together. Not much to ask though is it? Ha…

Maisie was such an interesting character to get to know. On one hand she was very determined and feisty, and then the next she came across very uncertain which, weirdly enough, I actually found quite endearing. Her heart was in the right place completely, and she was so hopeful that she could patch her family up for Christmas. However, Maisie seemed to be unable to think logically which definitely surprised me.

I did enjoy the premise of the story and the magic behind the teapot. I really felt the love and the joy it brought to it’s original owner, and then Maisie. That said, I struggled a lot with how the storyline switched between the past and present, as the sections weren’t clearly defined which hindered my enjoyment a little.

Like I say, I did enjoy the storyline, and I thought the characters were such a colourful bunch. Johnny’s flamboyant personality had me giggling and he really lifted the story up when the vibe became a bit sad due to what was happening with Maisie.

I may be on the fence, yet I totally appreciated the thought and feeling behind ‘The Unlikely Life of Maisie Meadows’. Jenni Keer did a grand job of creating a bunch of characters who are guaranteed to leave their individual marks on readers.

Buy now from Amazon

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#Review – #CornishCreamTeaBus ‘Don’t Go Baking My Heart’ pt.1 by @CressMcLaughlin @W6BookCafe @HarperFiction


Baking fanatic, Charlie Quilter, is surprised when her late uncle bequeaths his vintage bus to her in his will. Charlie thinks it will be the perfect mobile café for afternoon tea, and when her friend, Juliette, suggests Charlie comes to stay with her in the picturesque Cornish village of Porthgolow, she’s thrilled at the chance of a new start.

Charlie and her cute dog, Marmite, make new friends wherever their bus stops – except for the attractive but reclusive owner of the posh spa up on the hill, Daniel Harper, who isn’t very pleased that her bus is parked outside his lovely hotel.

Has Charlie’s Cornish dream developed a soggy bottom? Or can she convince Daniel that her bus could be the start of something wonderful for the little village – and for them?

What does TWG think?

Please say that I’m not the only one who thought of Kiki Dee and Elton John after read the title of this book?!

Don’t go baking my heart,

I couldn’t if I fried,

Honey when I get restless,

Baby you’re not that kind…of sponge.

Don’t go baking my heart,

You take the weight off me….scales,

Honey when you knock on my door,

You make me burn my cake, you ass…

Yes? No? Anywhoooooo!

Usually when I see yet another book is set in Cornwall, I roll my eyes to the skies. However, CORNWALL COME AT ME BABY!! And bring Gerti!

What a fabulous opening to an extremely promising series! ‘Don’t Go Baking My Heart’ follows the journey of Charlie, Marmite and Gerti, as she attempts to find her new vocation in life. Is Charlie cut out for more than cutting cake instead of baking her own? She wants to try, especially as her uncle left her his bus after he passed away. It would be simple enough to turn the bus into something foody…right?

Charlie has the weight of the world on her shoulders as she struggles to find a happy medium between keeping Hal’s memory alive, being there for her grieving father, and taking time out to think about her own life. I was glad that she had Juliette behind her, and I was in hysterics at Charlie’s response to one of the Cornish locals opinion on her bus. My goodness what a snobby man that Mr.Harper is!!

As this is the start of a series, the length of the book is novella sized, aka short and sweet. There are three more parts to follow, and I for one cannot wait to tickle my tastebuds with more treats from Charlie’s bus.

Cressida McLaughlin made this story come alive as though she had the recipe for perfection down to an art. ‘Don’t Go Baking My Heart’ really is the Victoria to my sponge; I couldn’t have wished for anything more (except part 2 of course). Bloomin’ delightful!

Buy part 1 now!

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#BlogTour! #Review – Foxglove Farm by Christie Barlow (@christiejbarlow) @0nemorechapter_ @RaRaResources

Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review of ‘Foxglove Farm’ by Christie Barlow:

Return to Love Heart Lane for friendship, romance and a community who will be be there for you no matter what…

Isla and Drew Allaway appear to have the perfect life – a strong marriage, two beautiful children and their picture-perfect home, Foxglove Farm.

But, new mum Isla is struggling. She loves her little family but with Drew working all hours on the farm, Isla’s lonely.

When she discovers that Drew has been keeping secrets from her, Isla has to face losing the home they all love.

Can the Love Heart Lane community pull together once more to help save Foxglove Farm? And can Isla save her home…and her marriage?

What does TWG think?

Oh my, what a pretty cover!! I love the colours of this one, so understated.

Of course, with a cover as pretty as this one, I had everything crossed that the contents of the book would match in prettiness. Before anyone frets, yes it did match and I did enjoy it, however I did find the storyline a bit samey and lacking in individuality.

Isla and Drew are struggling, but due to lack of communication, only one of them seems to know exactly why that is. With their marital woes in mind, ‘Foxglove Farm’ is a story which does do a good job of creating awareness for lives which struggle with things a lot of people take for granted; money and mental health. I was impressed by the realism and reliability of those particular situations, as I know a lot of readers will be able to find strength in the characters.

Just like book one in the series, ‘Foxglove Farm’ is full of community spirit and hope and, even though I have my reservations with the shell of the story, I was still able to appreciate the story for the beautiful work that it was.

Buy now.

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#BlogTour! #Review – #WhyMummyDoesntGiveA by Gill Sims (@whymummydrinks) @HarperNonFic

So, its TWG’s turn to host ‘Why Mummy Doesn’t Give A #*!?’ today. Many thanks to Lucy and the HarperNonFic team for the blog tour invite and ARC. I am delighted to share my review this evening.

Family begins with a capital eff.

I’m wondering how many more f*cking ‘phases’ I have to endure before my children become civilised and functioning members of society? It seems like people have been telling me ‘it’s just a phase!’ for the last fifteen bloody years. Not sleeping through the night is ‘just a phase.’ Potty training and the associated accidents ‘is just a phase’. The tantrums of the terrible twos are ‘just a phase’. The picky eating, the back chat, the obsessions. The toddler refusals to nap, the teenage inability to leave their beds before 1pm without a rocket being put up their arse. The endless singing of Frozen songs, the dabbing, the weeks where apparently making them wear pants was akin to child torture. All ‘just phases!’ When do the ‘phases’ end though? WHEN?

Mummy dreams of a quirky rural cottage with roses around the door and chatty chickens in the garden. Life, as ever, is not going quite as she planned. Paxo, Oxo and Bisto turn out to be highly rambunctious, rather than merely chatty, and the roses have jaggy thorns. Her precious moppets are now giant teenagers, and instead of wittering at her about who would win in a fight – a dragon badger or a ninja horse – they are Snapchatting the night away, stropping around the tiny cottage and communicating mainly in grunts – except when they are demanding Ellen provides taxi services in the small hours. And there is never, but never, any milk in the house. At least the one thing they can all agree on is that rescued Barry the Wolfdog may indeed be The Ugliest Dog in the World, but he is also the loveliest.

What does TWG think?

Parents of teenagers will be saluting Gill Sims after reading this. I, however, have decided to run away and hide until the teenage years are gone forever seeing as I have another 7 years until my daughter only reaches that stage!

I thought that I was a bloody awesome teenager, but maybe I was looking through rose tinted glasses and ended up being an absolute knob, I don’t know. I’m too afraid to ask my mum! I have no idea how Ellen didn’t run crying everytime Jane shouted that she hated her. I mean, I was even wounded and she wasn’t saying it to me!!

I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at the sheer bonkerness of this book, both due to the apt humour and eye opening honesty. Take Hannah for example – if you ever want to teach your children how to practice safe sex (alongside the obvious btw), just get them to read the parts where Hannah talks about pregnancy….

Hell. I’ve had a baby and even I was put off! I jest. I would love another one…but maybe I’m only saying that because I haven’t endured the teenage years. Isn’t it as much of a ‘Teenage Dream’ as Katy Perry shrieks?

Judgy and Barry were bloody brilliant. Never have I ever read a book where the dogs end up being the top notch characters in the book above the actual people. I think a petition should be started for the dogs to have their own spin off! That is if Jane can let Barry out of her room!

I really enjoyed this breath of fresh air, highly relatable read. The humour was second to none and the honesty was both humourous and poignant. Gill Sims may have spent a lot of time creating characters which seemed to have shouting matches with their kids 24/7, but she still managed to keep her readers grounded with the thought provoking parts about living life with no regrets, allowing yourself to change through choice and not because someone else made you, and to take time out to just breathe and be.

At first I thought that this book was going to be a constant stream of family wranglings and diva-ish tantrums, however it turned out to be an enlightening, giggle fest of a book…..alongside those family wranglings ;).

Buy now.

About the author.

Gill Sims is the author of the hugely successful parenting blog and Facebook site ‘Peter and Jane’. Her first book Why Mummy Drinks was the bestselling hardback fiction debut of 2017, spending over six months in the top ten of the Sunday Times Bestseller Charts, and was shortlisted for Debut Novel of the Year in the British Book Awards. Her second novel Why Mummy Swears spent seven weeks at number one in the Sunday Times Bestseller Charts, and 19 weeks in the top ten.

She lives in Scotland with her husband, two children and a recalcitrant Border Terrier, who rules the house.

Gill’s interests include drinking wine, wasting time on social media, trying and failing to capture her lost youth, and looking for the dog when he decides to go on one of his regular jaunts.

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#BlogTour! #GuestPost from author of ‘A Walk in Wildflower Park’, Bella Osborne (@osborne_bella) @AvonBooksUK

Many thanks to Avon for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for ‘A Walk in Wildflower Park’ by Bella Osborne. For my stop on the tour today, I am delighted to be sharing a guest post from the lady herself. However, before I do, here is a bit more about her new book and where you can buy it:

Life’s not always a walk in the park…

Anna thought she’d found The One – until he broke off their engagement exactly a year before their wedding day. Hoping new surroundings will do her the world of good, she moves in to a place of her own on the edge of gorgeous Wildflower Park.

With the help and friendship of her neighbour Sophie (a stressed-out mum whose children a regular source of newly-invented swear words and unidentifiable sticky surfaces), Anna quickly settles in and pledges to focus on her career, but a handsome new colleague seems determined to thwart her attempts at every turn. And when she receives a text from a mystery man, it looks as though an unlikely romance is on the horizon…

Is Anna about to be swept off her feet by someone she really shouldn’t be falling for? Or could this be the new start she needs and deserves?

Buy now from Amazon.

Guest post.

I run the risk of sounding very old when I say I spent a lot of my childhood outdoors but it’s true. I did and I loved it. These days we are more aware of the dangers and I think we have to try harder to find that same freedom for our children so that they don’t miss out on some wonderful experiences.

I was brought up on the coast so a lot of time was spent on the beach and in the sea but there was also a lot of rough space where we could roam and still be home in time for tea. Here we made dens, fought imaginary battles and played cricket until it was dark. We also were thrown up against nature and this was what I particularly enjoyed. I remember tracking the wild rabbits for hours – it was quite an expedition. We once found a fox’s den, which was incredibly exciting. We went back the next day and we’re a little alarmed to find the remains of a rabbit in kit form at the entrance. We took it as a warning and kept our distance after that.

We collected wildflowers, played hide and seek in the bushes and climbed trees. Tree climbing was my passion and a skill I was mightily proud of. My grandma used to complain that she couldn’t get a brush through my hair because I had brought home so much foliage in it but I didn’t care.

Whilst a lot of the rough ground I played on has now disappeared I think it puts more focus on the need for designated park and wildlife areas. I am lucky enough to live very close to one such area and I love that my daughter can experience some of the freedom I did – if not a more sanitized version. She’s not as proficient a tree climber but her ability to collect stuff in her hair is second to none.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Morning After the Wedding Before by Laura Ziepe (@LauraZiepe) @HQDigitalUK

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I am closing the blog tour for Laura Ziepe and ‘The Morning After the Wedding Before’ today, which will be published by HQDigital on the 10th June. I really enjoyed Laura’s previous book, ”Tis the Season to be Single’! Many thanks to HQDigitalUK for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

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Did she really say ‘I do’?!

Holly is happily single with two gorgeous kids but when she finds out her ex is moving on she jumps at the chance of attending her friend Emma’s wedding in Vegas – it’s the perfect distraction…

Kim used to be the life and soul of the party, but now there’s nothing she loves more than a quiet night at home with the family. But in Vegas her past quickly catches up with her – in a way that could make or break her marriage!

Emma is getting married! She knows it should be the happiest time of her life, but she can’t help feeling she’s marrying the wrong man. So when she wakes up on her wedding day with a ring already on her finger, she panics – who did she marry last night?

What does TWG think?

Wow, I wasn’t expecting that! Have you ever heard of the term ‘coercive control’? Not many people have. The definition of ‘coercive control’ from the Women’s Aid website states that:

‘Domestic abuse isn’t always physical. Coercive control is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.

This controlling behaviour is designed to make a person dependent by isolating them from support, exploiting them, depriving them of independence and regulating their everyday behaviour.’

With the above in mind, and the fact that this novel is predominantly lighthearted and fun, the topic of coercive control is rife via one of the main characters, Emma. Now I won’t go into detail due to spoilers, however I felt exceptionally sorry for her because, as readers, we get to see all sides of the coin as it were. We get to witness things that characters haven’t found out yet. So when this character goes through her day to day life as an Instagram influencer, it’s pretty hard not to shout and scream at the book to tell her to run. Reality hadn’t hit Emma at that point. She wasn’t aware that what her fiancé was doing, could in fact be deemed as abuse. Actually, the reality is that not many people in that situation realise that controlling, abusive behaviour is actually abuse. People automatically assume that domestic abuse needs to be physical. It doesn’t. I am talking from experience unfortunately.

Anyway, despite the in-depth topic of the storyline, ‘The Morning After the Wedding Before’ has a lot of scenarios which readers will be able to relate too, especially if they’re a parent who is struggling with their relationship with their partner, or if they’re a single mum who has done nothing except care for her children for however many years.

I was impressed by how the author managed to incorporate a lot of relatable subjects in amongst the fun and laughter of the book. At times I did feel as though the womanising of several of the characters got a bit much and didn’t really add anymore depth to the overall vibe of the book. I appreciated why those particular characters were involved in the story, don’t get me wrong, it just made me feel a little exasperated at times.

I really do recommend Laura Ziepe’s writing as she manages to make me laugh at the most random of times! I enjoyed the overall premise of the book, and like I said before, I felt that the author wrote about certain topics brilliantly and sensitively.

‘The Morning After the Wedding Before’ is the ideal poolside read both for a holiday read, and for a read by the blow up pool in the garden!

Pre-order now from Amazon

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#BlogTour! #Review – Passport to Happiness by Carrie Stone (@CarrieStoneUK) @HarperImpulse @RaRaResources

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I am dodging this dreary weather today by jetting off with ‘Passport to Happiness’ by Carrie Stone. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite, and thank you to Harper Impulse for the ARC. Here is my review:

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Will the trip of her dreams…

Everly Carter is bored. With her job, with her single status and with the never ending line of rubbish men on Tinder. Tired of going through the motions of seeming happy, Everly wants to be happy! So, in a spontaneous moment of bravery (perhaps spurred on by a few cocktails) Everly books a holiday. Time away, alone, to find out what she really wants from life. Become the journey of her lifetime?

Everly’s search for happiness takes her to picturesque Swiss villages and the sunsets of glamorous Bermuda. But with every new stamp in her passport, Everly still feels as though something is missing…

Could it be that true happiness is hard to find, until she finds herself?

What does TWG think?

If you’re looking for a novel which points you in the direction of looking at the bigger picture; ‘Passport to Happiness’ is definitely the one to choose. Everly feels a bit….stuck. Her life feels like one monotonous roundabout, and she no longer feels happy with what her life throws at her. With Tinder spitting out dates which find Everly running for the hills instead of their bedroom, the only ties she has is with her job, and her sister.

I could see why Everly wanted a bit more action in her life, and I could understand her reasons for wanting her life to change. I thought her spontaneity was very endearing and clearly worked for her in regards to learning to find herself, however, I couldn’t help but feel a little bit irritated by the character herself.

Firstly, after her spontaneous visits to Switzerland and Bermuda, Everly was extremely worried about her finances. She had checked how much money she had to her name and knew she had to curb her spending and earn a bit more. What does she do? She goes and books an impulsive flight to Bali on her way back to London from Bermuda. Am I missing something? Hell, if I had money in my pocket to burn, I would be impulsive as well, however she clearly admitted she needed to be careful, and I know for a fact that flights to Bali do not cost mere pocket money!

Secondly, for someone who wanted to give back to the communities she visited, she was quite a selfish person. I know she needed to find herself, and I know that she needed to heal from the heartbreak which came her way back in London, and whilst she was on her travels, but I honestly didn’t realise that it would be Everly’s way or the highway. At least, that was the impression I gave.

By the way, all the above is my opinion on the character and not my opinion of the authors story telling….just wanted to clarify that before anyone thought I was being rude. I’m not!

Aside from my irks with Everly, I enjoyed the concept of the storyline and the true friendships she formed on her travels. I thought that Carrie Stone delivered the importance of being at one with yourself, in a very poignant manner. It certainly made me think of my own outlook to certain situations, I must admit.

At times I did feel as though the overall storyline was a bit patchy, as though the story had jumped ahead and I had missed bits. I hadn’t, but one minute Everly was in Bali, in her new accommodation, and then the next she was getting ready for an interview which just came out of nowhere. Good on her though for grabbing life by the you know what’s!

As for the descriptions about Bali and Bermuda – wow, wow, wow! I felt as though I was standing at the top of the trek, looking out at the view. Beautiful writing. I was definitely under the spell of the story then!

‘Passport to Happiness’ is a fun, lighthearted read with characters you will be remembering for a while. Personally, my favourite has got to be Panda – how could it not? Absolute legend.

Buy now!

About the author.

Carrie was born and raised in London, but her love for travel and adventure has seen her spend the last fourteen years living and working internationally.She is currently based in Spain alongside her husband, young daughter and adopted Indonesian dog, Bali.Carrie is a traditionally published author with Harper Impulse, as well as an independently published author. When not writing, she works as a Psychic Medium & Spiritual Coach (www.carriebattley.com). To find out more about her Twitter @CarrieStoneUK

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#BlogTour! #Review – Edie Browne’s Cottage by the Sea by Jane Linfoot (@JaneLinfoot) @HarperImpulse @RaRaResources

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I am very excited to be taking part in the blog tour today for “Edie Browne’s Cottage by the Sea’ by Jane Linfoot. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite, and many thanks to the publisher for the ARC. Here is my review:27Z1rHxQ

Those who don’t jump will never fly...

Hurtling through the sky was supposed to be Edie Browne’s flight of independence. But when she falls head over champagne bucket while celebrating her successful landing, her life is changed in an instant. But starting over has its benefits, and as Edie relearns the basics under the watchful eye of her Aunty Josie and an entire Cornish village of new friends and neighbours, she finds love and joy she never could have imagined in theunlikeliest of places…

Come home to St Aidan and Periwinkle Cottage for a romance full of love, laughter and friends for life.

What does TWG think?

I….erm….wow. Someone help me? If I’m not too careful, my eyes will start leaking again and my review would end up being a mixture of unfinished sentences, ‘umm’ and ‘wows’. Hell, I have a feeling it might be like that anyway, so I apologise in advance! The reason why I say all of that is because I have no idea how to write a review for this book without bursting into tears. Don’t worry your pretty little head, I’m not crying because it’s bad, I’m crying because I was so moved by Edie’s story, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I read the last chapter of the book through misty eyes because I was sobbing my heart out.

I’m not even being overdramatic, I was literally covering the sleeve of my dressing gown in tears and snot, which then prompted my dog to put his arms around my neck to give me a hug.

You’re probably wondering why, this beautiful looking book, made me sob my heart out, right? Well, do not be fooled by the pretty exterior as ‘Edie Browne’s Cottage by the Sea’ has a lot more going for it than the cover suggests.

Edie’s life changed dramatically overnight when her health took a nosedive and left her having to start again. Reading simple words was no longer a walk in the park. Counting became impossible, and remembering details felt like Edie was doing a degree every time she spoke. She was afraid of the uncertain path before her and had everything crossed that Cornwall was going to help her.

The fact that this storyline tells the story of a character who is living with an invisible condition, makes me feel emotional all over again. As someone who lives with 8 chronic illnesses which make day to day life such a challenge both mentally and physically, watching Edie on her own journey hit home big time. The way that the character opened up about grieving for the person she once was, completely hit the nail on the head. It’s something that people cant understand unless they have been through it themselves, and unfortunately for me, I completely understood where she was coming from as I continue to grieve for the person I once was.

If i had my own pom poms, i would be cheerleading Edie until my throat was raw. She is such a beautiful character who deserves bucketfuls of happiness. She doesn’t deserve to go through life as though shes walking on eggshells. The friendships she made in Cornwall had me in hysterics, and her new found friendship with six year old, Cam, made me overcome with emotion yet again. For such a young boy, Cam had been through his own fair share of heartache – it wasn’t fair, but I was so glad that he had Barney in his corner.

I know I keep going on about the emotion in this storyline, but I really can’t help it, for me it was a large part of the storyline due to how much I was able to resonate with it on a personal level. ‘Edie Browne’s Cottage by the Sea’ had me in hysterics thanks to the brilliant humour of the residents in St.Aidan. I loved the addition of the dogs, Robert and Dustin as well – they both added to the overall vibe of the storyline in their own little way.

It’s safe to say that I absolutely fell in love with Jane Linfoot’s new book. The beautiful storytelling alongside the heartwarming premise and humourous characters, was such a delight to read and definitely one of a kind. This storyline isn’t a typical storyline, nor is it a predictable one. In fact, it couldn’t be more different if it tried. I feel sorry for the author now though as she has set the bar extremely high for herself, and her next book.

I may have finished the book sobbing my heart out, but Edie’s journey filled my heart with such joy and made me feel as though I finally belonged somewhere. Thank you, Jane Linfoot, for being the voice for invisible conditions, and the voice for people who are too afraid to be their true selves in fear of judgement.

‘Edie Browne’s Cottage by the Sea’ is one of my all time favourite reads and is practically perfect in every way. A poignant, emotional read which hit home in a way I never thought it would. I loved it.

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About the author.

Jane Linfoot is a best selling author, who lives in a muddy cottage, up a steep hill in Derbyshire, with her family, their pets, and an astonishing number of spiders. Although she loves seeing cow noses over the garden wall, she’s happy she can walk to a supermarket.

Jane grew up in North Yorkshire where she spent a lot of her childhood avoiding horizontal gales blowing off the sea, and wrote her first book by accident, while working as an architect, and renovating country houses. While she loves to write feelgood books that let readers escape, she’s always surprised to hear her stories make people laugh, admits to (occasionally) crying as she writes, and credits her characters for creating their own story lines.

Jane’s garden would be less brambly if she wasn’t on Facebook and Twitter so often. On days when she wants to be really scared, she rides a tandem.

Her latest books include a series of stand alone novels, based around a seaside wedding shop in Cornwall. Cupcakes and Confetti – The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea, Sequins and Snowflakes – Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop, and Bunting and Bouquets – Summer at the Little Wedding Shop, and most recently, The Little Cornish Kitchen. These are all published by Harper Impulse, an imprint of Harper Collins.