#BlogTour! #Review – Sunshine Over Bluebell Castle by Sarah Bennett (@sarahlou_writes) @RaRaResources @HQDigitalUK

Massive congratulations to Sarah Bennett on the publication of her latest release, ‘Sunshine Over Bluebell Castle’. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite, and to the publisher for the ARC. Here is my review:

The summer she will never forget…

Time’s running out for Iggy Ludworth to restore the wild gardens of Camland Castle in time for the Summer Fete, so she ropes in hotshot gardener Will Talbot…

But she regrets her decision as soon as he sets foot in the historic grounds – not only is Will arrogant and bossy, he’s totally gorgeous!

And very soon, sparks are flying amongst the bluebells. Yet with summer nearly over, will their summer fling convince Will and Iggy to go the distance?

What does TWG think?

It feels like yonks since we last caught up with the lord of the castle and his family! ‘Sunshine Over Bluebell Castle’ is book two in the ‘Bluebell Castle’ series, and personally I would advise that you read the books in order so that you’re able to get a real feel for Arthur, Tristian and Iggy’s life. If you’re feeling a bit rebellious, I guess reading the books out of order would be ‘ok’ for some readers, however I do think that you will be missing out on too much character history if you do. Each to their own of course!

Forgive me for saying this, but I wasn’t really taken with the book at first as Iggy really grated on me! She came across as such a marmite character who had such potential, but she wasn’t offering that positive side to her personality very often. Iggy seemed to think that everyone was out to get her, didn’t think that she was capable to do things because shes a woman….I don’t recall anyone saying that to her! However, when a certain relative of Iggy’s came on the scene, it became shockingly clear as to why she is the way that she is.

Believe it or not, I did warm up to Iggy the more I got to know her, especially when Will came to town. He brought out the positive side of her personality and i thought it was such a shame that Iggy has very little faith in herself. She is a good egg, really.

Romance is in the air and in every nook and cranny of the castle, what on Earth was the housekeeper putting in their food!! I felt quite emotional watching the main characters flourish after their recent heartache as discussed in book one. It can’t have been at all easy for the siblings yet they’re doing themselves proud…..most of the time.

What I love most about Sarah Bennett’s storytelling, is the way she captures the essence of her characters. She creates them like they’re real human beings instead of fictional characters, which allows the readers to relate to their emotions and their lives as though they’re right in front of them. I loved the cosy, feel good factor of this book, and I loved how each of the siblings started off as caterpillars, yet by the end of the book they had turned into beautiful, empathetic butterflies who weren’t afraid to spread their wings. Sarah Bennett has written a story which is guaranteed to make you feel untouchable, ready to conquer the world. I really, really enjoyed it.

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#BlogTour! #Review – When Polly Met Olly by Zoe May (@zoe_writes) @HQDigitalUK @RaRaResources

Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review of ‘When Polly Met Olly’ by Zoe May.

Polly and Olly were never supposed to meet…

Polly might spend her days searching for eligible matches for her elite list of clients at her New York dating agency, but her own love life is starting to go up in smoke.

Even worse, she can’t stop thinking about the very person she’s meant to be setting her latest client up with… surely it can’t get any worse!

But then Polly bumps into oh-so-handsome Olly, who heads up a rival agency, and realizes that perhaps all really is fair in love and dating war…

What does TWG think?

Ahhh, I really don’t know what to think about this one!

Polly has found a new job working in a dating agency, despite her own love life containing more tumble weed than Texas. Her actual niche is photography, but seeing as jobs like that are few and far between, Polly needed something to tide her over. By tiding her over I mean ending up actually enjoying her new job.

Like supermarkets and other businesses, dating agencies have to deal with the competition too. I mean, if you’re wanting someone to find you ‘the one’, they had better give you an experience never to forget….right? Owner of the competition, Olly, is a ladies man and one to watch. Polly clearly didn’t get that memo as she ends up having a major crush on the man who is twenty years her senior.

I was gutted that Gabe was gay as I thought him and Polly would have made THE ideal couple. I couldn’t see her with Olly, and to be perfectly honest, i found their coupling a bit too rushed and unbelievable. There wasn’t enough storyline about Olly as a character, and the only parts of the book which focused on the pair, ended up being quite short and sweet which surprised me given the title of the book.

Polly’s character is definitely that, a character. She had me giggling at times, but she also irked me at times. I found her to be someone who was far too easily led and didn’t seem competent enough to think for herself, relying on other people to point her in the right direction for every little thing. It was sweet at first as I put it down to vulnerability.

Overall, ‘When Polly Met Olly’ is a romantic read that is ideal for lovebirds everywhere. I did enjoy the easy to read storyline and unique characters and, whilst I did feel as though the storyline itself was a little bit weak, the premise was fun and certainly one of a kind.

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#BlogTour! #QandA with author of #MissingInWales, Jenny O’Brien (@Scribblerjb) @RaRaResources

Last but not least is an interview with author of brand new detective series, ‘Missing in Wales, Jenny O’Brien! Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite, and thank you to the author for taking the time to answer TWG’s questions. Before that, here is a little bit more information out ‘Missing In Wales’, as well as the purchase links. Enjoy!

Missing in Wales, the first in an exciting new Welsh-set crime series by Jenny O’Brien, author of The Stepsister. The next in series, Stabbed in Wales, will be available soon.

Alys is fine – don’t try to find us

Izzy Grant is haunted by the abduction of her newborn daughter five-years ago. When a postcard arrives from her missing partner, the man she believes is responsible, saying they’re fine and asking her not to try to find them, she knows she can’t give up hoping. Then she sees a face from her past. Grace Madden. Just where did she disappear to all those years ago? And is there a connection between her disappearance and that of her child?

DC Gabriella Darin, recently transferred from Swansea, is brash, bolshie and dedicated. Something doesn’t fit with the case and she’s determined to find out just what happened all those years ago.

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Q and A.

Could you tell us a bit about you and your background before you began writing?
Firstly, thank you for inviting me on your blog. I was born in Dublin, moved to Wales and now live and work in Guernsey as a registered nurse.

Have you always wanted to become a published writer?

I’d always hoped I had a book in me but never dreamt that I’d ever actually knuckle down to write it.

What made you decide to write your new novel?

I think it would have been hard not to. Writing has become a bit of an obsession. I finish one book – have a few days break and start on the next.

How hard was it to find the inspiration for your book?

With MISSING IN WALES the inspiration for the core plot, a missing baby, came from a dream so not hard at all.

If you could pick a favourite character from your novel, who would it be and why?

I like the DC, Gabriella Darin because, like all of us, she’s flawed. She’s not glamorous and she suffers the same minor daily setbacks that turn an average day into a disastrous one.

Did you ever regret writing a character into your story after it was published?

Not that I can think of. I don’t tend to stuff my pages with lots of characters, rather I like to plump out what I’ve got into a more well-rounded portrayal.

Did you find yourself under any personal pressure for your debut novel to succeed and be liked by many?

That’s an interesting question. The first novel I published was Boy Brainy and, at the time I didn’t really think in terms of success. It’s about a couple of boys that are being bullied. When a bullying related incident happened with one of my children, I just wanted it out there, only that. I pressed the KDP (Amazon) button that night.

Time for a tough one, if you could choose any book that has already been published to be the author of, which one would you choose and why?

It would have to be my favourite book. I am David by Anne Holm – purely because of the subject matter and writing style, both of which are superb.

What does your ‘writing space’ look like?

It’s a chair, quite a large one with notebooks on the arms and space for a mug of tea. There’s no room for a desk but I do have the most amazing view, which makes up for the lack of space somewhat.

Were there any authors you wanted to be like, when you were a child?

Enid Blyton was a firm favourite.

If you had to sum up your book to a stranger in five words, what would they be and why?

‘Why steal my baby, Charlie?’

What’s coming up next for you? Any exclusives?

I have two books coming up in the same series, both featuring DC Gabriella Darin. The first STABBED IN WALES finds a woman waking up beside the body of a dead woman when she’s pretty sure she went to bed with a bloke. The second, as yet untitled, is about dead bodies turning up on a beach

One final question. What advice would you give to a writer that wants to be published? Any words of wisdom?

Read. Read and read some more. Read out of genre where possible as well as in and read the books published by the agents you’d like to represent you. Also know your market but write what you enjoy. A book invariably takes months to write. If you want to stick with it, you must be able to invest in the story.

Thanks so much, Jenny! If you haven’t read Jenny’s first thriller, The Stepsister, it is available FREE on Amazon from the 22nd July until the 26th, so get in quick!!

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Secret Cove in Croatia by Julie Caplin (@JulieCaplin) @JulesWake @0neMoreChapter_ @RaRaResources

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Happy publication day, Julie Caplin, and ‘The Secret Cove in Croatia’! My second RaRaResources blog tour of the days is for this beautiful, beautiful book – thank you so much for having me on kicking off the blog tour, and thank you to the publisher for the ARC. Here is my review:

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Sail away to beautiful Croatia for summer sun, sparkling turquoise seas and a holiday romance that’s forever…

When no-nonsense, down-to-earth Maddie Wilcox is offered the chance to work on a luxury yacht for the summer, she can’t say no. Yes she’ll be waiting on the posh guests… But island-hopping around the Adriatic sea will more than make up for it –especially when Nick, her best friend Nina’s brother, is one of them.Sparks fly when they meet on board and Maddie can’t believe self-entitled jerk Nick is really related to Nina.But in a secret, picture-perfect cove, away from the real world, Maddie and Nick discover they might have more in common than they realise…

What does TWG think?

‘Sail away with meeeee……’

If only!!!! I have never been to Croatia before – can someone take me, like now? Oh Julie Caplin, what have you done to me?! I am someone who rolls my eyes at PDA’s and romance itself. I am also someone who adores reading romance despite not being a fan of the actual thing myself. Again, I am also someone who now wants to go to Croatia so I can meet my own Nick! Swoon!!!!! He can keep the shorts though, soz!!!

Maddie is THE best character ever!!! What a breath of fresh air she is. I absolutely loved her and her bluntness. She certainly wasn’t taking any prisoners, that’s for sure! Did I see myself in her? Damn right I did, maybe that’s why I gelled with her personality because I could relate to her personally.

The absolute star of the storyline was the message the author had hidden in between her words; be yourself, don’t go out of your way to be anyone else except you. How many of us have been amongst a group of people and found ourselves changing our mannerisms, adjusting our likes and dislikes, just to make other people like us? How many of us have pretended to be something we’re not, just because a crush prefers us a certain way? Of course – we have all been there and done that! Instead of leaving a situation because it doesn’t fit YOUR needs, you end up changing yourself because you don’t fit THEIR needs, but at the end of the day, what’s more important? Your happiness, or theirs?

Such an easy thing to say, but one of the most hardest things to put into practice. As an outsider looking in, Nick’s situation with Tara was the elephant in the room. People could see what Tara was like, however the only person who struggled to see what she was capable of, was Nick himself. Why could that be? I’ll tell you – it was because he was so close to the situation, he ended up being blindsided by the attention. It wasn’t until someone, aka Maddie, took the time to tell him how it was. Could she have done that out of jealousy because Tara disliked her? Possibly, in fact almost definitely! That said, Maddie’s personality wasn’t that way inclined and, whilst she didn’t want to get involved in someone else love life, she wanted Nick to be happy. Thankfully Tara didn’t help herself at all……

Maddie is very open about her lack of confidence, and that resonated with me big time as, just like her, I am lacking in confidence and I don’t fit in. And yes, I have done what everyone else has done and adapted my personality to suit others but you know what? Why should I? Why should you?

Julie Caplin really opened my eyes with this book. Not only that, she had me in hysterics and racing through the pages as though someone had offered me a lifetime supply of books! The setting was beautifully described and got under my skin big time. I loved it more so because of how Croatia seems to be such an underrated holiday destination. Makes a nice change to be somewhere different in a book as opposed to always being in the same old settings.

I wish I could bottle up the warm and hopeful feeling the book gave me just so that whenever I feel like I don’t fit in, I can dip deep into my heart to remind myself the importance of being true to the skin I was born in.

Julie Caplin is one of the most beautiful story tellers I think I have ever read, and she has outdone herself with ‘The Secret Cove in Croatia’. Hand on heart, one of my all-time favourite reads ever, Maddie and Croatia will be staying locked up in my heart for a very, very long time to come. A truly spellbinding, emotive novel which ticked every single box I never even knew existed.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Dead Wife by Sue Fortin (@SueFortin1) @0neMoreChapter_ @RaRaResources

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Late posts this evening, apologies, major chronic illness flare and nausea. Anyway, I am delighted to welcome back to TWG, Sue Fortin and her new novel, ‘The Dead Wife’. Many thanks to Rachel for the blog tour invite and ARC, here is my review:

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Police have ruled out suspicious circumstances in the investigation into the death of Elizabeth Sinclair, wife of charismatic entrepreneur Harry Sinclair, found drowned in the lake of the family’s holiday park.

It’s been two years since the Sinclair case closed but when reporter Steph Durham receives a tipoff that could give her the scoop of the year, she’s drawn deeper and deeper into the secretive Sinclair family.

Elizabeth’s death wasn’t a tragic accident. And the truth will come at a deadly price…

What does TWG think?

Holy Thelma and Louise! This book is BRILLIANT!!!!!!

Sue Fortin has really upped her game with the publication of her latest thrill, ‘The Dead Wife’. I mean, Fortin was an incredible author beforehand but now? She has knocked the ball so far out of the court, I’m expecting it to hit Australia or something!

A lot of families have skeletons in their closet or have family members who should never be brought up in conversation. The Sinclair’s however, have a graveyard full of goodness knows what, and it seems as though the entire family need to keep their own mouths shut in case they drop themselves in it.

I was hooked by the first couple of pages of the book where we met Elizabeth, the wife of Harry Sinclair. Elizabeth’s life halted far too soon or, as some of the Sinclair’s may think, not soon enough. But why? Was the fact that she never came out of the lake alive an accident? Or did someone actually want her dead?

Like I say, ‘The Dead Wife’ is a phenomenal book! I was transfixed by the secrets and the attempt to unearth the truth, whatever that may have been, and I loved how intensely complex the entire storyline was as it made me think outside of the box. The Sinclair’s are a very clever family, however a lot of them are cactuses, if not all of them. Of course Harry, the husband of Elizabeth, was in the firing line regarding her death, but as the storyline progressed I had my own thoughts about who I felt was involved.

As always, those thoughts changed as, the person who I originally thought was involved, actually wasn’t! I won’t name names. Let’s just say that this person should have been behind bars anyway. What an absolute BLEEP! Now, before the truth was revealed, a different character (again I won’t name names due to spoilers) spoke to Steph and it was then I realised that they were my new suspect. I can’t even clarify what they said, yet I had a lightbulb moment and a chill decided to travel up my back at the same time. Weird, I know.

I thought Steph was rather brave for sticking her neck out for someone she didn’t know, just so she could unearth the truth. I also thought she was pretty stupid considering the amount of warnings she had, but what do I know!

‘The Dead Wife’ was such an addictive read, I thoroughly enjoyed the dark and twisted nature of the storyline and the characters involved. Yes, there were many red herrings, but they were flawlessly placed throughout the book and gave the novel depth as opposed to just being put there for the sake of it. I honestly cannot recommend Sue Fortin’s new book enough, although I now feel sorry for her as I am wondering how on Earth she is going to beat this beaut of a book!

Suspenseful, chilling, addictive, and utterly brilliant – ‘The Dead Wife’ gave me a new lease of life!

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#BlogTour! #Review – Secret Wishes and Summer Kisses on Lily Pond Lane by @EmilyHarvale @RaRaResources

So glad I didn’t miss out on this blog tour – thank you so much, Rachel, for saving me a spot on Emily Harvale’s tour, and for the ARC. Really appreciate it! Here is my review of the final book in the ‘Little Pondale’ series:

Everyone’s got a secret wish in Little Pondale this summer. Mia’s been exceptionally lucky since moving to Lily Pond Lane. But even on her honeymoon with the man of her dreams, she still has one remaining wish. Ella wishes Gill would propose. But since Mia’s wedding something’s changed in their relationship. Now he’s spending time with newcomer, Tabbie Talbaine, Ella wishes Tabbie will leave as quickly as she arrived.

Tabbie wishes she hadn’t driven her car into a pond. But it could be the best thing that’s ever happened to her. When she discovers Hollywood heartthrob, Justin Lake’s staying in the village, getting an interview for her popular blog isn’t her only wish.

Bree was told she couldn’t have a baby. Now she’s expecting twins and is simply wishing it all goes well. And as for Hettie … she wishes she could get her hands on an old map of the village. Because there’s something hidden in Little Pondale that Hettie Turner really wants to find..

What does TWG think?

Would it be childish of me to stamp my foot and throw a tantrum over this being the final book in the series?

It would be?

Tough! Imma do it anyway!!!! HOW CAN THERE BE NO MORE MIA, JET AND THE GANG!!!! -sobs-. I am absolutely gutted that we have reached the end of the series, but what a series it has been.

The finale is all about wishes and hopes for the future. Of course nobody knows what is around the corner, but seeing as Mia and Jet, and everyone else in Little Pondale have come through enough testing times to last them a lifetime, I just know that they will be okay regardless.

Once again Emily Harvale has pieced together a story which warmed my heart faster than a picture of Michael Buble. I really didn’t want it to finish, not only because I knew that it was the final book, but because whenever I am catching up with the residents of Little Pondale, I feel like I’ve been put under a magic spell with extreme strength.

Bree had me whooping for joy, Ella had me in hysterics as always, and Mia was the hug that everyone needed.

This series has been one of the most incredible serials I have ever read, and I am incredibly proud of the author for what she has achieved over the last eight books. It has even an absolutely honour to fall in love with Little Pondale, and I hope this is only a ‘see you soon’ and not ‘goodbye’.

A touching, hopeful, and Mary Poppins-esque finish to an incredible series. More tissues ppease!!

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#PublicationDayPush! #Review – #IWillFollowHim by Holly Tierney-Bedord (@HollyTierney) @RaRaResources

Happy publication day, Holly! Huge thanks to RaRaResources for inviting me to take part in the publication day push for ‘I Will Follow Him’. Here is my review:

A bachelor party on a cruise ship. What could go wrong? When private detective Francie is hired to spy on a groom-to-be as he and his bachelor party set sailfor the Caribbean, she thinks she’s landed herself a week of paid vacation. Between lounging in thesun and sipping margaritas, she just needs to–best case scenario–report back that he’s on the upand up, or–the unfortunate, more likely scenario–snap a few photos of her target in compromisingpositions, buy a box of sympathy chocolates for her client, and then collect her pay along with a nice golden suntan.

Blame it on the island breezes or the alcohol, but within hours of setting sail, Francie’s leisurelyvacation gets complicated when she starts making careless mistakes. Like accidentally becomingfriends with the groom and falling for his best man.Can she get herself and her mission back on track, or has she blown her cover and possibly even her career?

What does TWG think?

Omg, please say that I’m not the only one who went all ‘Sister Act’ on the title of this book? Total earworm!

Anyway, sorry. The book. Erm, I mean this in the nicest possible way – it is BONKERS!!! Nevermind Francie being a Private Investigator, she seemed more like a shop brand ‘Finest’ version of a stalker!

‘I Will Follow Him’ isn’t a hefty read at all, what with it being novella sized, aka short story ish. Even though I had ‘what on Earth’ travel through my mind more often than Danielle texted Francie, I actually quite enjoyed reading it. I would definitely recommend picking this up if you’re needing something light to read inbetween heavy novels.

The characters are a bunch of crayons – such colourful personalities that you wouldn’t put together in a heartbeat, yet when they found themselves in close proximity of each other, they just worked. I was genuinely surprised but they really made me chuckle.

A unique, romantic, fun read – perfect for a little pick me up.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Secret, Violet’s Story by Eliza J Scott (@ElizaJScott1) @RaRaResources

I love, love, love this series, and it gives me great pleasure to be reviewing the third book in the ‘Life on the Moors’ series, ‘The Secret – Violet’s Story’ by Eliza J Scott. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and ARC.

It’s been two years since glamorous and ambitious Violet Smith fell head-over-heels in love with blacksmith Jimby Fairfax, moving back home to the North Yorkshire village of Lytell Stangdale to be with him.

Life couldn’t get much sweeter. Their romance is blooming and Romantique – the business she set up with Jimby’s sister Kitty, designing luxurious underwear and burlesque costumes with the odd wedding dress throw in – is thriving.

But on a romantic weekend break, a face from her past triggers a series of events which send Violet into turmoil. She finds herself with no alternative but to reveal a secret she’s buried deep for the past sixteen years. A secret she hasn’t shared with anyone, not even her best friends, Kitty and Molly, and they share everything.

With the revelation forcing a wedge between herself and Jimby, heartbroken Violet fears that he won’t ever be able to think of her in the same way again and won’t want anything more to do with her.

As ever, Kitty and Molly rally round, offering their advice and support but Vi is worried that keeping her secret was just a step too far for Jimby.

Will she succeed in showing him their love is strong enough to overcome it?

The Secret – Violet’s Story is book 3 in the Life on the Moors Series.

What does TWG think?

Love is in the air, do do do do dooooooo!!!

Do you ever get so invested in characters lives, that you hope for nothing but a happy ending for them? As soon as the author hinted towards one of the characters holding onto a secret which could potentially scupper the life they had made for themselves, my heart sank. I didn’t want these characters to go through hard times as they were so happy, so genuine, and such a joy to read about.

But they went through hard times and I was gutted. I’m sure they were too, seeing as it was their lives in the spotlight but y’know!!

The ‘Life on the Moors’ series has gotten better and better with each book produced. With that in mind, I highly recommend reading the books in order due to the close connection of the characters and the reasons why their lives are so entwined.

Jimby is such a hilarious, thunderbolt of a character. His energy was highly infectious, especially when he had his bright idea. I could not stop laughing. Now I know that Violet has a brilliant humour too, yet Jimby seemed to be the aloe vera gel to her sunburn, if you catch my drift. They’re a perfect match and compliment each other brilliantly.

‘The Secret- Violet’s Story’ was a really emotional read, and it was lead that the author took time to get the heartbreak bang on to create that poignant authenticity something like that needs. Eliza J Scott is such a wonderful writer who tells the stories of her characters with such warmth, creativity and magnetism. She has delivered an outstanding novel once again, from her heart to mine. I absolutely loved it.

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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.

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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.

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