#BlogTour! #Review – The Cosy Canal Boat Dream by Christie Barlow (@christiejbarlow) @HarperImpulse

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Oh my goodness – FINALLY it’s my turn to host Christie Barlow and ‘The Cosy Canal Boat Dream’! On all of the other tour stops I have been sitting thinking to myself ‘the lucky beggars!’, whilst working out how I am actually going to word my blog post without continuously saying the same word. Trust me, it’s difficult. Now, I think I have managed to arrange my views into structured sentences, however, please don’t hold it against me if I do end up saying the same word over, and over, and over again…

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Welcome to the Little Rock marina – where hearts are healed and dreams are made…

For the last two years Nell Andrews has been struggling to stay afloat. As her life tumbled down around her, the only safety net has been her cosy canal boat, The Nollie. Tucked away inside, Nell has found a place to heal her broken heart. And now she’s ready to move on and follow her dream…

Gorgeous Guy Cornish, with his easy Irish charm, makes him an instant hit with everyone at the marina, and the perfect person to help Nell with her project. But Guy has his own reasons for being at the marina, and a past that threatens to sink Nell’s dream…

What does TWG think?

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!! What a prologue!!!! I have never, ever read such a captivating, intriguing, and more-ish prologue before…until now. I’m not even overreacting – it really is THAT good.

Having read Christie Barlow’s previous novel (Evie’s Year of Taking Chances) and personally dubbing it as my most favourite book that she has written, Christie Barlow had unknowingly set the bar for her new novel extremely high.

In ‘The Cosy Canal Boat Dream’, we follow the life of Nell Andrews – a character whose life has had more emotional turbulence than an episode of Eastenders. It didn’t take me long to form a connection with Nell as I found her to be such a warming and genuine character, who was screaming out to be loved and understood.

A Christie Barlow novel wouldn’t be complete without a bit of eye-candy. Well helloooooo Mr.Guy! Whilst he certainly made his presence known, the storyline wasn’t governed by his flirtatious nature or the attraction between himself and Nell. Don’t get me wrong, Guy was a large part of the overall storyline, yet he wasn’t the main focus. In my opinion, the way in which Christie Barlow puts romance in the storyline as an addition to it as opposed to the main focus, is what makes her stand out as an author. Christie Barlow gives the main character a voice and a start to their journey before she introduces a love-match to the mix. I love reading chic-lit/romance novels but, seeing as I am the most unromantic person ever, having love stories eased into the storyline at a comfortable pace suits me down to the ground. I also LOVE how kick-ass Christie Barlow’s protagonists are! Such independent, self-aware, fiery characters who end up becoming one of my literary role models long before the end of the book.

Romance aside, ‘The Cosy Canal Boat Dream’ contains a lot more than a lovers happy ever after. Obviously I don’t want to give anything away so I’ll be as vague as I can, but, Nell Andrews has her heart set on a new life. As far as Nell is concerned, she’s done all of her homework, put pen to paper and created a plan – all without trying to think too much with her heart and less with her brain. As we all know with dreams, they can take a heck of a lot of blood, sweat and tears before showing signs of coming true, and unfortunately Nell learns that the hard way. Luckily for us readers though, Nell’s situation is enough to stop you in your tracks, leaving your mouth wide enough to catch flies. Did I see it coming? Did I heck! Did it leave my mouth open wide enough to catch flies? It was open wide, yes. As for the flies it was a close call!

If you could get paper cuts from a kindle, I should be covered in them now from changing the pages of this book rather quickly. I’d be lying if I said that I could put this book down. I would also be lying if I said that I wanted to put it down! Errrrrrrr no. I had to physically prise my kindle out of my own hands once the book had finished.

I loved the depth of this book as the author had managed to fill the storyline with so many entwining situations, yet merged them utterly seamlessly. Everything just flowed, and every single character had a right to be there (and no, I actually didn’t dislike any of the characters either!).

So, what DOES TWG think? It’s safe to say that ‘The Cosy Canal Boat Dream’ stole my heart and never gave it back. I fell in love with the setting. The characters. The overall feel of the book. Just…everything. Full of emotion, heart-warming moments, and envious friendships, ‘The Cosy Canal Boat Dream’ for me, ticked every single box and then some. It takes a really special author to be able to make you laugh and well up, both at the same time, yet Christie Barlow managed it yet again. I really have no idea how she does it, but she does.

I loved this book with all of my heart, and I truly feel that ‘The Cosy Canal Boat Dream’ is Christie Barlow’s best book yet. Such a phenomenal and beautifully written novel.

‘The Cosy Canal Boat Dream’ is full of joy, making memories, true friendships, and dreams – the perfect combination for a Christie Barlow novel. Once again the author has set the bar for her next novel extremely high, and once again I cannot WAIT to see what Christie Barlow comes up with next.

One of my most favourite authors of all time – without a doubt.

Huge thanks to the author and HarperImpulse.

Buy ‘The Cosy Canal Boat Dream’ on Amazon – NOW!

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#Tour! #Review – The Big Dreams Beach Hotel – Lilly Bartlett @MicheleGormanUK @HarperImpulse

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Thrilled to be one of the hosts on Lilly Bartlett’s publication day, today! Huge thanks to the author for personally inviting me to be a part of her blog tour. I am delighted to be sharing my review of ‘The Big Dreams Beach Hotel’ with you to today. Enjoy!

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Wriggle your toes in the sand and feel the warm breeze on your face when you check into the hotel that’s full of dreams…

Three years after ditching her career in New York City, Rosie never thought she’d still be managing the quaint faded Victorian hotel in her seaside hometown.

What’s worse, the hotel’s new owners are turning it into a copy of their Florida properties. Flamingos and all. Cultures are clashing and the hotel’s residents stand in the way of the developers’ plans. The hotel is both their home and their family.

That’s going to make Rory’s job difficult when he arrives to enforce the changes. And Rosie isn’t exactly on his side, even though it’s the chance to finally restart her career. Rory might be charming, but he’s still there to evict her friends.

How can she follow her dreams if it means ending everyone else’s?

What does TWG think?

Even though I fell head over heels, madly in love with the cover of ‘The Big Dreams Beach Hotel’, it took me a little while to fall in love with the storyline itself.

Rosie had her heart set of staying in the city that never sleeps. She wanted to be queen of the hill; number one if you will. She was adamant that if she could make it in New York, that she could make it anywhere. Annoying when life doesn’t go to plan, isn’t it?

‘The Big Dreams Beach Hotel’ switches between Rosie’s past in New York, and her current life as a hotel manager in sunny Scarborough. Being back where it all started, wasn’t exactly part of Rosie’s five-year plan. But, then again, meeting a bloke named ‘Chuck’ in New York wasn’t part of the plan either, and look how that turned out! Well, you’ll look how that turned out when you read the book. #sorrynotsorry.

The only real irk I had with this book in my opinion, was how the lifestyle, time switches weren’t made clear enough. After a while I managed to work it out and caught the gist of it, but at first I was extremely confused and wondered where the hell the New York parts went!

Aside from that, I really did enjoy ‘The Big Dreams Beach Hotel’ as it had a completely different feel to the other hotel storylines already published. Take the hotel’s new owners for example; extremely bonkers and OTT, I had to keep reading to find out what lengths the owners were going to go, in order to make their mark on the Scarborough hotel. Without giving away too much, all I’m going to say is those parts are absolutely hilarious and, whilst I was brought up not to laugh at other people’s misfortunes – I just couldn’t help myself.

I didn’t know what to make of Rory at first, but I kept envisioning a ‘Clark Kent’ type of persona and I have no idea why. That’s not a bad thing by the way! I did find him a little…patronising though, but Rosie was written brilliantly and with such a kick ass attitude, I’m surprised she didn’t eat him alive!

Plenty of giggles, cringey moments, and real friendship; ‘The Big Dreams Beach Hotel’ is the perfect antidote for when antics in the real world are severely tragic – just like now.

Put the kettle on, grab a bar of chocolate (large size obviously), stick your phone on silent  and curl up with the enchanting, huggable, gigglefest from the brilliant, Lilly Bartlett.

Huge thanks to the author and Harper Impulse.

To buy your very own copy of ‘The Big Dreams Beach Hotel’, click here!

#BlogTour! #Review – The One With All the Bridesmaids – Erin Lawless @rinylou @HarperImpulse

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I’m not a fan of odd numbers by any means, however, today is a good odd number day as it’s my stop on Erin Lawless’ blog tour for her new release, ‘The One With All the Bridesmaids’! Big thanks to Samantha Gale from Harper Impulse for inviting me to be part of the tour!

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For fans of romantic comedies like Bridesmaids and Four Weddings & a Funeral, and bestselling authors Mhairi McFarlane and David Nicholls, this is a hilarious new romantic comedy series about one bride and her four best friends.

Nora Dervan is ready for her Happy Ever After. With her darling Harry waiting at the altar, and all her family and friends around her. She is certain that her special day will not be forgotten/will be one to remember…

But with her four bridesmaids hiding more secrets, than bottles of champagne. Will her big day be remembered for all the right reasons?

Bea has barely gotten past the fact that her two best friends are dating, and now they’re engaged, whilst cupid’s arrow points in a forbidden direction for Cleo. She is so distracted by her off limits, hot new colleague that she has forgotten Daisy, who has been left dreading the singles table. There’s more romance in the cheesy pick- up lines than Sarah’s own marriage, which hasn’t turned out as she hoped it would be.

With her wicked sense of humour and refreshingly honest voice, Erin Lawless brings to the life the romance (and horrors!) of wedding season.

What does TWG think?

Oh my god, I’ve just realised that I have never read an Erin Lawless book before! I know I have purchased a few of her previous novels, but unfortunately they’ve been sitting on my TBR for far too long, shamefully! After reading Erin Lawless’ new release, I now have the urge to buy every single book of hers and binge read them.

I don’t usually read the tag lines on blurbs before I read a novel because I sometimes think that they’re forcing me to think a certain one. However…..the tagline on this blurb is absolutely bang on. If I were to describe this novel with a movie reference, I would 100% say that it’s like Bridesmaids….except funnier.

Once again this review will have to be vague due to the amount of spoilers that could be written. Don’t worry, I won’t spoil, but this is why I need to keep it brief as I can talk for England…no, really, I can.

It didn’t take me long to find my favourite bridesmaid! Despite the other characters reservations about their friendships with this particular bridesmaid, I absolutely LOVED her. Her mouth ran away with her. Her facial expressions got her in more trouble than Lee from Blue’s womanising ways. Her cold exterior rivalled Elsa’s from Frozen, yet she came across as the more ‘real’ one of the group. Who am I on about? Bea of course! I think I gelled with her more than the others because I saw myself in her character. Being totally honest, there were a couple of the characters I found myself disliking. I won’t say which ones as everyone’s opinion is different.

I adored the whole music reminiscing for playlists and such, felt like I was being transported back to my youth. Well, I say transported…maybe hiding my face in embarrassment as I realised that I could have easily have joined the ‘cool club’ too at that wedding.

I LOVE how Erin Lawless isn’t afraid to delve into the nineties, bringing them into the present and into her storylines. It’s so much fun and completely relatable. I just loved her. Erin Lawless has such flawless, side-splitting humour which, instead of laughing because it’s so funny, you end up laughing going ‘omg I totally did that!’ or ‘she’s bang on!’, if that makes any sense!

‘The One With All the Bridesmaids’ is a fun, modern and addictive tale about weddings and then some. This book really is the perfect antidote to any bad day, bad mood, or blah feeling, because as soon as you lay your eyes on Nora’s story, your frown will have turned upside down before you can even say ‘Spice Girls’.

Brilliant, brilliant book.

Thanks Harper Impulse.

Buy now from Amazon UK

#BlogTour! #Review – The Secrets of Villa Rosso by @LinnBHalton @BrookCottagebks

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Escape to Italy for a summer romance to remember.

When Ellie Maddison is sent on a business trip to Southern Italy, she’s reminded why she loves her job – set amongst rolling vineyards and rich olive groves, the beautiful Villa Rosso is the perfect escape from her life back home. But what Ellie isn’t prepared for is the instant connection she feels to the estate’s director Max Johnson, or the secrets they share that are as intertwined as the rambling vines that cover Villa Rosso.

It’s not long before Ellie finds herself entangled in the history of the place, trying to understand the undeniable effect Max is having on her. As their relationship grows, what will Ellie discover about this idyllic villa and those who have walked through its doors?

What started as a simple work trip will change Ellie’s life forever.

What does TWG think?

Whenever Linn.B.Halton releases a new novel, it’s as though all of my Christmases have come at once. Yes, that’s every novel.

Expect this review to be short and sweet because, any review that I write, will not do the storyline justice at all. Even when I say that I absolutely adored ‘The Secrets of Villa Rosso’, that isn’t doing the book justice either. In all honesty, there aren’t enough words in the English language that can describe how much I adored this novel.

Ellie Maddison had to go to Italy at very short notice (shame!) to do with work. Whilst she is over the moon to have a change of scenery and time away just for herself, her husband back home isn’t happy that she is doing something for herself. Well, I thought that anyway! Arriving in Italy, Ellie felt an extremely strong connection to the country, the villa where she was staying and, weirdly enough, a strong sense of deja vu towards the estate’s director. Why does Ellie feel as though she knows the man already?

‘The Secrets of Villa Rosso’ is such a majestic and thought-provoking read. I don’t know how the author manages to produce flawless storylines every single time, but she does. Although, I felt like we were seeing a different side to Linn.B.Halton’s story telling as the storyline itself came across a lot deeper than the authors previous novels, and not in a bad way either!

The Secrets of Villa Rosso aren’t my secrets to tell, they’re Linn.B.Halton’s, which is why you need to read this book for yourself and get lost in the Italian magic.

I loved this book from start to finish; every single is written beautifully which allowed me to be transported to Italy from the comfort of my own sofa. As for the main character, Ellie; she really is a diamond in the rough, yet she is one of my most favourite characters from all of the books I have read.

Enchanting, mesmerising and beautiful addictive; The Secrets of Villa Rosso really is a book to watch for 2017. If you haven’t read a Linn.B.Halton novel yet – you must, you’re missing out on some incredible literary craftsmanship.

Highly recommended, I loved it.

Thanks Harper Impulse.

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It isn’t just the sunshine and the electric blue sky, but the musical calls of the countryside that reach out to me. A chorus of low-level sounds play like a soft melody in the background. It’s breathtakingly beautiful and I feel like I’m watching a re-run of a favourite film. I could stand here for a long time simply taking in the detail and with each sweep of my eyes noticing something new. Spinning around I look back at the villa, taking in the rustic beauty of the stonework and the pale orange-red hue of the sun-bleached roof tiles. This is, quite simply, unreal. It’s a little piece of heaven and, so far removed from my daily life that it’s hard to believe this is on the same planet. The
sheer scale of the landscape literally steals your breath away. I’m a mere speck, small and insignificant in the grand scheme nature is presenting to me. But rather bizarrely, it doesn’t feel alien in anyway at all. The vastness isn’t overwhelming, but strangely comforting.

I walk back to a cluster of wooden tables surrounding a small fountain and take a seat. As I dive into my bag to extract some sunglasses, I hear a polite cough and look up at the face staring down at me.
‘Mrs Maddison? I’m Max, Max Johnson. Welcome to Villa Rosso.’
I stand, automatically plastering a pleasant smile on my surprised face as recognition kicks in. I know this man, I mean, I’ve met him before. At least I think I have, but there’s nothing similar reflected back at me, only a warm smile. The sort of smile that radiates out from mysteriously deep, hazel eyes. We shake hands. He’s younger than I expected, probably in his early forties and tall. Six foot something that’s for sure, because I feel he’s towering over me.
‘I’m sorry to disturb you. I just wanted you to know that I’m here at your disposal whenever you are ready to begin. Would you like me to fetch you a coffee so you can sit for a while and enjoy the view?’
Although I knew he was British, his tan and elegant demeanour lend an air of cosmopolitan sophistication. I would not have been at all surprised if he had been Italian. He’s hovering politely and I still haven’t answered him…

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#CoverReveal – Eve Devon! @EveDevon #ImpulseChristmasInJuly @HarperImpulse

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How are we nearly at the end of July already? If you have just tuned into #ImpulseChristmasInJuly, where the Father Christmas have you been?! Unfortunately we are nearing the end of #ImpulseChristmasInJuly -sniff-, HOWEVER, I still have a cover reveal to share with you tonight!

Earlier this year, Eve Devon brought out the first book from her brand new series, Whispers Wood; The Little Clock House on the Green. If you haven’t read it yet, you must! Tonight, I get to help Harper Impulse reveal the SECOND book in Eve Devon’s Whispers Wood, series! I cannot wait for this!

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This beautiful book is due for release on the 3rd November, and you can pre-order your copy right now from Amazon UK. Isn’t it a beauty?!

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#CoverReveal number 2 – Caroline Roberts! @_caroroberts #ImpulseChristmasInJuly @HarperImpulse

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It’s July; the month of sunbathing until you’re burnt, shaking your groove thang to the usual summer anthems, and complaining that your legs never tan. Luckily, Harper Impulse are WELL aware of that and have decided to bring the ‘C’ word forward by 5 months (or thereabouts). No, I don’t mean Coffee, and no, I don’t mean Cake….unfortunately. So what ‘C’ word AM I talking about?

Christmas of course!! Good ol’ Harper Impulse wanted to perk us up, so for a few days only, their Twitter & Facebook page is going nuts with cover reveals and giveaways, all relating to Christmas! How exciting!!

If you happened to miss the first cover reveal of the night, you can see it again here! We are onto the second cover reveal of the night from author Caroline Roberts! I’m ready if you are…?

If you’re a fan of a bit of chocolate, you may want to get some in your hand BEFORE you look at this cover 😉

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*The new, deliciously festive ‘Cosy’ novel from Caroline Roberts is available to pre-order now!*

The snow is falling, the hot chocolate’s warming, and hearts are melting . . .

Emma is the proud owner of The Chocolate Shop by the Sea, nestled in the heart of the cosy seaside village that’s become her home. With Christmas right around the corner, she and her assistant Holly are busy cooking up the locals’ festive favourites.

From cinnamon hot chocolates to reindeer lollipops, Christmas wouldn’t taste the same without a little cocoa magic. And for Emma it’s the perfect distraction from her romantic pains of the past. So when the shop’s miserly landlord threatens to hike up the rent, Emma’s Christmas and New Year suddenly look a lot less cheerful.

With the whole village rallying behind her – and loyal spaniel Alfie by her side – Emma’s determined to hold onto her chocolate-box dream.

The chocolate calendar countdown is on. Can Emma rescue her business and her broken heart?

Ooooooooohhhhhhh this has just made my tummy rumble! I cannot wait to get my mitts on this! Unfortunately we have to wait until November. However, all is not lost as it can be pre-ordered right now! I know you’ll not get it on your kindle until November, but at least you know it’s coming, right? Pre-order now from Amazon!

Make sure you’re following Harper Impulse over on Twitter to get involved in their #ImpulseChristmasInJuly, but please note, it does come to an end soon! Although to be honest, following Harper Impulse is like Christmas every day as their books are just stunners!

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#CoverReveal number 1 – Katey Lovell! @Katey5678 #ImpulseChristmasInJuly @HarperImpulse

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It’s July; the month of sunbathing until you’re burnt, shaking your groove thang to the usual summer anthems, and complaining that your legs never tan. Luckily, Harper Impulse are WELL aware of that and have decided to bring the ‘C’ word forward by 5 months (or thereabouts). No, I don’t mean Coffee, and no, I don’t mean Cake….unfortunately. So what ‘C’ word AM I talking about?

Christmas of course!! Good ol’ Harper Impulse wanted to perk us up, so for a few days only, their Twitter & Facebook page is going nuts with cover reveals and giveaways, all relating to Christmas! How exciting!!

Are you ready for the first Harper Impulse cover reveal of the night?

Katey Lovell come on down!!!

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This Christmas she’ll give her heart to someone special…

As Christmas approaches Joe Smith knows he should be celebrating with friends and family, making the most of the season. But for Joe, Christmas only holds painful memories. Ones he can feel crushing his heart, a reminder of a time he can never forget.

Clara O’Connell loves Christmas. For her it is the most magical time of the year. And she’s determined to make Joe love it too! She knows he’s hurting, but maybe she can help to ease his pain. Her plan: One special gift every day to remind Joe just how loved he is.

But the clock is ticking. Will the Christmas magic wear off at midnight or will Clara’s Christmas countdown be the perfect gift to heal Joe’s broken heart? And in doing so, maybe she will get a gift in return…Joe’s love for Christmas and forever…?

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this cover!! The writing is displayed in the shape of a Christmas tree, how cute!! Please say you sang the first line of the blurb (in bold)….

If you’re wanting to get your Christmas book collection pre-ordered already, you can go ahead and pre-order to your heart’s content!

Katey Lovell’s ‘Jo & Clara’s Christmas Countdown’ is due to be published on the 13th October and you can pre-order it right now from Amazon!

Make sure you’re following Harper Impulse over on Twitter to get involved in their #ImpulseChristmasInJuly, where you too can enter the Christmas giveaways and see some truly magical Christmas book covers!

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Join Harper Impulse at 6.30 for a Christmas inspired giveaway, and at 7.30 for yet another stunning cover reveal! Join me at 7.30 too when I’ll be revealing it right here!!

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#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?

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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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#BlogTour! #Review – Meet Me at the Lighthouse by @MaryJayneBaker @HarperImpulse

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‘One of my top books of 2017… side-splittingly hilarious’ The Writing Garnet

’The day I turned 28, I bought a lighthouse and met the love of my life’

Bobbie Hannigan’s life in a cottage by the sea with her dog and her twin sister is perfectly fine … until she decides the logical thing is to buy a lighthouse and open a music venue with Ross Mason, the first boy she ever kissed.

Bobbie tries to be professional with Ross, but the happily-ever-after they’re working toward is too good to resist. That is until someone from his past crawls back to cause trouble. Can Bobbie look past the secrets Ross has been keeping from her? Or will the boy, the lighthouse, and the dream all slip away?

Escape to the Yorkshire coast this summer with this laugh out loud romantic comedy from Mary Jayne Baker!

What does TWG think?

FINALLY!!!!! I have been waiting AGES for Mary Jayne Baker’s new book to come out, and no, not just because I’m quoted on the cover. Although, that does help, obviously!

‘Meet Me at the Lighthouse’ is pure genius from start to finish. Not a page went by where I wasn’t snorting like pig, or wiping the tears off my face with the cuff of my sleeve. Yes folks, I could NOT stop laughing. You know how it goes when someone’s laugh is funnier than the joke itself? Well my laugh it pretty hilarious, but even MJB managed to blow that out of the water with her genius sense of humour.

The moment Bobbie Hannigan came face to face with the boy she first kissed, Ross, I didn’t know whether to sing ‘THIS SEX IS ON FIRE’ or ‘LET’S GET IT ON’. Seriously, the chemistry that they both had, was sizzling. I adore the fact that Mary Jayne Baker writes kick ass heroines, aka; ones that can stand on their own two feet without pining for a lovestick. There are so many books out there where the leading lady ends up resembling a red slush puppy, but MJB ensures her leading ladies are independent women with bucketfuls of sass.

This entire book is just unique and hilarious, right from page one. I mean, take the lighthouse for example; it plays a big part in the storyline and the author has incorporated it absolutely brilliantly, and in such a way that will get everyone talking. Well, or they might be looking at their freddo’s feeling as though they have been ripped off (what’s new there then!)!

If you’re already a fan of Mary Jayne Baker’s novels, you will know that she is able to get her readers hot under the collar in a matter of seconds; Meet Me at the Lighthouse is no exception! There are some rather sexy scenes in the storyline but they’re not written distastefully in the slightest. Put it this way, if the author can write a love scene with the correct terminology of a female’s anatomy, you’re on to a winner! What also helps, is that the characters involved in the love scene have incredible chemistry. It isn’t the cringey type of chemistry when there’s stroking of arms and gazing in each others eyes…all because the man pulled out your chair for you. No, the characters involved have the full shebang.

I could sit here and say how much I loved each individual character, but I can’t as it would spoil it for you. All I will say on the character front is that there are some rather memorable (and questionable) characters throughout the entire storyline, and they are all fabulous in their own ways.

For me, ‘Meet Me at the Lighthouse’ has everything I could ever want in a book. It has side-splitting humour, kick ass characters, a flawless plot, unique situations, and wit that is out of this world. Mary Jayne Baker is an author that just keeps on getting better and better, as she writes tales that are unique and memorable instead of ones that follow the crowd. The authors humour is unbelievable, it’s absolutely brilliant! I genuinely don’t think that I will ever stop laughing at her. Sorry, WITH her.

‘Meet Me at the Lighthouse’ made my sides hurt, my collar damp, as well as making me grin from ear to ear. This book is brilliant. It’s unique. It’s side-splittingly hilarious. It’s flawless. Mary Jayne Baker is an absolute genius. I absolutely adored this book; it truly is one of my top books of 2017 without a doubt. I cannot wait to read it over, and over, and over again. Hurry up with your new book please!!

Thanks so much to the author and HarperImpulse.

BUY NOW!!!

MJB

#BlogTour! Summer at the Little Wedding Shop by @janelinfoot @HarperImpulse

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Welcome to day two of the Blog Tour at the Little Wedding Shop! Even though I have already reviewed this lovely book, I have re-pasted my review below which was originally posted here:
#Review! Summer at the Little Wedding Shop by Jane Linfoot (@janelinfoot) @HarperImpulse

Everyone loves a good wedding, especially during the summer so why not give this book the spotlight more than once! If you wish to follow the rest of the tour, all of the bloggers details are on the graphic above.

 

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The third book in the bestselling series, ‘The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea’.

When the owner of Brides by the Sea, Cornwall’s cutest little wedding shop, offers Lily a job as their new wedding stylist, her first thought is – can she possibly pull it off?

Before she’s even sourced a fairy light or tasted a cupcake, Kip Penryn hires her services – but he’s opened an exclusive wedding venue in direct competition to her friend Poppy!

Lily feels like a traitor working for Kip, only everyone knows Penryn men are gorgeous but unreliable. All she has to do is sit back and watch him mess it up…doesn’t she?

Love is in the Cornish sea breeze this summer as the girls tackle their busiest wedding season yet. There’s plenty of bunting, bubbly and baking – but who is going to catch the bouquet?

What does TWG think?

Just to clarify, Summer at the Little Wedding Shop IS the third book in the series, however, the books can be read as a standalone and it isn’t a necessity to have read the previous books before you start this one. That said, you might find it easier to connect with the characters if you have already read the other books. Jane Linfoot does give reminders of the characters lives as the story unfolds, but it really would stop those ‘huh?!’ moments when various characters popped up (again).

Personally, Summer at the Little Wedding shop has got to be my one of my most favourite books from the series, with the previous novel Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop, coming a close second.

Lily is stuck in a rut and has a huge, grey rain cloud camping above her head, just waiting to rain on her parade; especially seeing as Lily’s mother seems to enjoy leaving a bitter taste in her mouth by trying to be the Cornish version of, Cilla Black! To bide her time, Lily has been given the role of ‘wedding stylist’ in the wedding shop itself, a role where no Lily has gone before. Literally. All she would need is one larger than life (personality) bride who knows what she wants, to ease her into the role gently….right? Ha…ha…..

Once again, Jess manages to make me laugh out loud whilst covering my face with my hands. She is such an amazing character to read about, even if her ideas are extremely farfetched! Got to give her her due though, she manages to pull them all off, including giving Lily the new role!

I could just imagine the look on Lily’s face when she went to meet with the rivals in the storyline, seeing as there is a lot of history with the rival and his family. I’m sorry to say, but, I could not stand the bloke at first. His arrogance, pigheadedness and ability to not see further than his nose, REALLY got my back up! If it wasn’t for Lily’s vocal castration, I don’t think I would have put up with his character for much longer. Luckily though, Lily had her one liners down to a fine art which made me giggle. You know the sort I’m on about, ‘right place right time’ one liners. Genius.

I realised with the previous book that it wasn’t a good idea to read it on an empty stomach. Did I take my advice for this book? No, I did not. Poppy’s mouth-watering treats feature rather heavily throughout the entire book! The way Jane Linfoot had written about those sweet treats made it seem like the pages had turned into cakes…mmmmm. Seriously though, the descriptions of Poppy’s baking was beautifully executed, even down to the tastes. It’s safe to say that my stomach was rumbling and dribble may have, erm, landed on my kindle once or twice. #sorrynotsorry.

The pace of the storyline was excellent, nothing was rushed, nor were there any empty moments; Summer at the Little Wedding Shop kept me entertained from start to finish. There always seemed to be something to giggle at, a character to dream about, items to lust over, characters to get annoyed at (for me, the rival and one other person!), as well as multiple situations to think about. What more could you honestly want? Well, except real cake of course…

I was worried that certain characters and their personalities would end up taking centre stage, turning the novel into a serious, complex situation as opposed to the lighthearted and heart warming book we all know and love. Due to my concern above, I loved the storyline contained a couple of hidden messages yet it didn’t let those messages over power the rest of the storyline.

‘Summer at the Little Wedding Shop’ really is a beautiful, heartfelt and cosy read, which really needs to have its own space on your bookshelf (as well as the other two). Jane Linfoot’s beautiful writing is the star of the show; the entire novel was such a breath of fresh air and a lot of fun.

Highly recommended!

Thanks Jane/Harper Impulse.

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