#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 – Coming Home to Wishington Bay by Maxine Morrey (@Scribbler_Maxi) @HQDigitalUK

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I am honoured to be closing the blog tour for Maxine Morrey’s beautiful new read, ‘Coming Home to Wishington Bay’. Many thanks to HQ for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

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Home is where the heart is…

Holly doesn’t have time for a holiday this year. But when her job threatens to send her over the brink, her boss insists she take a sabbatical. So she packs her bags and escapes to her beloved grandmother Gigi’s house on Wishington Bay, which has sat empty since Gigi passed away.

But Holly’s dreams of a coastal escape take an unexpected turn. Holly didn’t expect to spend time with any man this summer – let alone an Aussie Adonis…but when she meets her next door neighbour Gabe and his little dog Bryan, it’s clear her quiet summer of strolling along the sand and wandering through the seaside village’s tiny streets on her own will come with a hefty dose of distraction.

With a summer to fill and Gigi’s wonderful and surprising house to sort through, Holly knew it would be a summer packed with old memories. She just didn’t expect to make so many new ones…

What does TWG think?

Oh wow – I’m just putting this straight out there; this book is utterly divine! A pint sized, touching novel which couldn’t be any closer to perfection if it tried. Well, it would compete with Gabe, naturally, but I’m sure that would be allowed considering!!

Holly is a character who readers will see themselves in big time. She works a lot yet doesn’t take time out to look after her own needs, which unfortunately has set things in motion for her body to pretty much tell her to stop. Pronto. Poor Holly has lost her beloved Gigi, and now she has absolutely no idea where she fits in anymore. Thankfully, she has the whole summer to try and work that out.

As for Gabe, the character whose name has already appeared in this post, he is a dreamboat of the fictional variety. Unfortunately. I mean, if only the world contained men like him – I sure as hell wouldn’t be single if they did! He has his flaws, yet he has such a massive heart and the ability to make me laugh out loud. Don’t worry, I’m not writing his profile for Tinder!

‘Coming Home to Wishington Bay’ had me laughing my head off, literally hearing my heart break in two due to the raw and poignant emotion which made itself known every now and then, and made my heart soar due to the beauty of the storyline and everything it stood for. Gabe and Holly haven’t had it easy, but despite that, they’re willing to make their future one to be proud of, regardless of how many baby steps it takes to get there.

I would love to see more from the characters in Wishington Bay – Maxine Morrey has created something really special with this book, and I would love to be able to lose myself in the authors spellbinding storytelling and incredible creation that is, Wishington Bay.

A moving, humour filled novel which put a spring in my limp like never before. Such a stunning, perfect novel – it literally took my breath away.

Buy now!

#CoverReveal – The Ingredients for Happiness by Lucy Knott (@LucyCKnott) @TheBlossomTwins @HQDigitalUK

You should all be aware by now that TWG does love a cover reveal! I love cover reveals even more when they’re as pretty as this one! Now, I don’t have a blurb to share with you alongside the cover, but I can tell you that Lucy Knott’s new novel, The Ingredients for Happiness’ is due to be published by HQ Digital on the 1st August. If you wish to preorder it now, you can do so via Amazon.

So, without further ado, here is the scrumptious cover for Lucy’s upcoming novel, The Ingredients for Happiness! Let me know what you think in the comments!

#BlogTour! #Review – The Time of Our Lives by Portia MacIntosh (@PortiaMacIntosh) @HQDigitalUK

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Really didn’t think I was going to have the book read in time for this tour, but I am delighted to say that yay, I did and now I get to review it! It’s TWG’s turn to host Portia MacIntosh and ‘The Time of Our Lives’ today, thank you to HQDigitalUK for the blog tour invite and ARC.

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Love is in the air…?

Luca is used to being the ‘single one’ at weddings – it happens, when all your other friends are engaged, married or taken. But when she bumps into Tom, her friend from university who broke her heart into a million pieces, she finds herself wondering what could have been.

It’s ten years later, surely she should be over that Tom by now? So why is he looking even more gorgeous than ever – and why doesn’t he seem to be able to keep his eyes off her either?

And as the champagne flows and old secrets resurface, Luca realises that perhaps the time to take a chance on love and life is…now?

What does TWG think?

Snigger….

Sorry, but Marky Clarky Whathisface is a door knob, he really is. I mean, I can only assume that friendship groups always have that one person in it who decides to make a fool of themselves, not caring whether their actions end up hurting their so called friends. I wouldn’t know, I didn’t go to university and, in all honesty, I am a bit of a loner as an adult. However, he is still a door knob. Or a knob cheese. Whichever.

Portia MacIntosh always laces her storylines with such relatable and witty humour, often allowing her readers to step back in time to some point in the eighties or nineties, where cone bras were a thing, and SClub7 weren’t vintage. So, I’m sure you can guess what I am about to say here – I snorted my little ass off multiple times whilst reading this! I can’t pinpoint exactly what made me laugh, but the situations Luca found herself in, literally had me doing the seal having an epileptic fit kinda laugh.

And Al….I couldn’t help but hum the popular Paul Simon tune every time the character went, ‘it’s not Alan, it’s Al.’ Snort!!

Sorry, veering off a little.

‘The Time of Our Lives’ reminded me of a modern day Friends…with more males and one less female. Anyway, specifics aside, the friendships and the lengths they all went to protect each other from landing themselves in the shizzle, gave me a warm fuzzy vibe….whilst also reminding me of Friends. Naturally.

I really enjoyed this book. As soon as I started to read it, I couldn’t put it down! I actually didn’t put it down until I finished reading it an hour or so later. I just found the whole storyline such a realistic and laugh out loud read. The author didn’t need to pad out the storyline with unnecessary things, instead she wrote about the embarrassing situations people found themselves in, the fake niceness between people who would rather stick pins in the other persons eyes instead of making small talk with them, as well as the ‘ughhhhhhh’ feelings at coming face to face with an ex….or two. It’s real life really, isn’t it? How many of us going to a social event, find out that someone who we wouldn’t wee on in a fire is there, yet have to spend ages trying to gear ourselves up to be fake nice? We all do it, but reading about it in this storyline really brought it home just how quirky us human beans are.

‘The Time of Our Lives’ is a read which just delivers on humour, wit, warmth, and everything else in between. I wouldn’t have been fussed if the conclusion of the book had a happily ever after or not because I felt that the storyline was such a refreshing, breath of fresh air which, as far as I am concerned, gave me my own little happily ever after by laughing. Because, if you’re a chronically ill loner like me, laughing out loud is an absolute tonic. I recommend that everyone shove this on their TBR piles, and prepare to be taken on an energetic, hilarious and heartwarming, rollercoaster ride of a journey. A belter!

Buy now!

#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

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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:

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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!

#BlogBlitz! #Review – It Started With a Note by Victoria Cooke (@VictoriaCooke10) @HQDigitalUK @RaRaResources

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Second blog tour post of the day is for ‘It Started With a Note’ by Victoria Cooke. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog blitz invite, and thank you to HQDigitalUK for the ARC. Here is my review:

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Superhero single mum Cath always puts other people first. But now that she’s seen her son safely off to university (phew!), life seems a little, well…empty.
 
So when Cath unexpectedly discovers some letters written by her great-grandfather during the First World War, she decides to take herself on an adventure to France to retrace his footsteps.
 
Cath expects to spend her holiday visiting famous battlefields and testing out her French phrase book. What she doesn’t anticipate is that her tour guide, the handsome Olivier, will be quite so charming! Soon Cath isn’t simply unearthing the stories of the past – she’s writing a brand new one of her own, which might end up taking her in a very unexpected direction…

What does TWG think?

History is one of my all time favourite things so, if you were to pair it with a story,  I turn into one exceptionally happy little bunny. ‘It Started With a Note’ is tinged with history from a very personal point of view. Personal to the main character, Cath, that is!

I’m probably not going to be too popular with my opinion here, but I wasn’t overly keen on Cath’s character as I found her to be a little bit weak at times. Don’t get me wrong, I admired her tolerance to her situation, but I couldn’t quite grasp why she point-blank refused to air her grievances out loud towards her brother, instead of allowing him to walk all over her. Yes, I know, it’s probably a family thing and we all want to help our families. That said, he didn’t seem to be exactly forthcoming with his help, now did he?

‘It Started With a Note’ does exactly what it says on the tin – the storyline started with a note and took Cath on a journey which ended up changing her life for the better, as well has helping her to move on from an emotional past.

I loved the fact that as readers, we got to see Cath flourish before our very eyes and yes, I suppose my opinion of her ended up being a little more positive at the end than what it was to begin with. I felt that the journey she went on to uncover pieces of her past was one that obviously needed to happen to unlock something deep within herself.

Victoria Cooke’s novel is ideal for romantics everyone, and is definitely a story which will warm your heart and show you that, in time, your own journey can be paved with stones you’re confident enough to walk upon.

Buy now from Amazon UK

About the author.

Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of her 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 her 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 romantic comedy novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love’ in 2016. 

Cooke’s third novel, Who Needs Men Anyway? became a digital bestseller in 2018.

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#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 – Snowflakes at Lavender Bay by Sarah Bennett (@sarahlou_writes) @HQDigitalUK

Happy publication day, Sarah Bennett! I have the honour of hosting the final stop on the blog tour. Many thanks to HQDigitalUK for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

The most wonderful time of the year…

Libby Stone has lived in Lavender Bay all her life. She loves the little seaside town and has big dreams to turn her father’s greasy old chippy into a dainty teashop – not that she’s told him yet!

Finding love isn’t easy amongst the cluster of coastal houses, but it’s not every day that someone quite as handsome and mysterious as Owen Coburn walks into the local pub.

And as the snowflakes begin to swirl on the promenade, Libby realises she’s falling for him. But Owen has been keeping a secret that could destroy everything

Book 1: Spring at Lavender Bay
Book 2: Summer at Lavender Bay
Book 3: Snowflakes at Lavender Bay

What does TWG think?

Today feels like quite a bittersweet day as whilst I am so excited for the latest instalment in the ‘Lavender Bay’ series, it’s unfortunately the third and final visit to a place which captured my heart.

All books in the ‘Lavender Bay’ series can be read as a stand-alone, however I would suggest reading the books in order as there are some situations in book three which were mentioned in book two and may be considered as a spoiler. Although saying that, you wouldn’t know that said situation was in book two unless you had already read it sooooo!!!

In this book, the storyline focuses on Libby Stone, and the chip shop at the heart of the community. I know that sounds daft, but those who live in a small village or town will know that chip shops/pubs/antique shops etc can be seen as a hub of the community. I mean, a chippy needs to know how the locals like their sausages battered, right? Whilst that is an important thing to know, Libby’s chip shop isn’t entirely the main focus of the story.

If you have read book two, you’ll already know of Owen Coburn – a man who had come to Lavender Bay to find his next business venture and ended up supporting Libby’s friend, Sam and his dream. That wasn’t all Owen Coburn was good for though, and everything becomes clear in book three. What I thought was very clever was how we were able to watch things unfold from another point of view, despite having seen it from yet another point of view previously. I’ll say one word – Land Rover!

I did feel for Libby as she seemed like such a tortured soul. She wanted to do right by her friends and family, yet wanted to grab her life by the chip butty without offending anyone. Not only that she seemed to struggle with her looks and thought that everyone viewed her as a ‘freak’. I guess I resonated with that as I, just like many others, have (and still do) felt like that many times and it’s quite heartbreaking.

I really didn’t want this series to end as all of the characters brought so much to the series and their individual books, closing the book felt as though I was saying goodbye to a group of people I had come to love and adore. Honestly, I could go on reading about Libby, Beth, Eliza, Sam, Jack, Owen, and of course Bastien, without getting bored. I am gutted!

‘Snowflakes at Lavender Bay’ is a life affirming, touching, and cosy read which was brilliantly and beautifully written, laced with Sarah Bennett’s trademark hilarity and ability to reach into her readers souls on such a deep level.

I would recommend this series in a heartbeat – it is everything I could have wished for in a book and more. Lavender Bay, it has been an absolute pleasure!

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