#BlogTour! #Review – One Summer in Little Penhaven by Angela Britnell (@AngelaBritnell) @RaRaResources @choclituk

Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite, here is my review for my stop on Angela Britnell’s blog tour. Huge thanks to the publisher for the ARC too.

Could one summer change your life?

When high-flying American lawyer Samantha Muir finds out she’s lost her partnership whilst on an assignment in London, she has a dramatic reaction.

Rather than returning home, she resigns, leaves her business suits behind and jumps on the first train to Cornwall at the encouragement of a friendly stranger.

The village of Little Penhaven, where Samantha eventually ends up, is a world away from her life in Knoxville, Tennessee – and local farmer Cadan Day is certainly a world away from any man she has met before. But could the Cornish village and Cadan play a part in Samantha’s summer of self-discovery?

What does TWG think?

Little Penhaven may be classed as ‘little’, but its certainly a village with a rather big personality!

When Sam’s promotion ends up falling through her fingers at the last hurdle, she went from being a lawyer in America, to an unemployed American on a spur of the moment holiday.

I really enjoy reading fiction novels because the storylines can be so farfetched at times, and this was one of those times!! I couldn’t quite believe Sam’s spontaneity, and what happened afterwards just seemed very convenient. I’m not saying that that is a bad thing at all, yet it definitely pushed the ‘unbelievable’ a lot of times.

I really enjoy Angela Britnell’s storytelling, especially the way she conveys the romance between her characters. The passion just oozes off the pages, and it ends up being very hard not to get lost in the lust and fairytalesque situations.

I would have to say that, whilst the overall storyline was very promising, I found the inner details of the book to be a bit one dimensional. I enjoyed watching Cadan’s personality flourish throughout the book, and like I say, the tender moments made for such heartfelt reading. I just felt as though something was missing.

All in all, ‘One Summer in Little Penhaven’ is a pleasant, touching ready which will put the fire back in your belly.

Buy now from Amazon UK

About the author.

Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her new home in Nashville, Tennessee. A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she’s visited or lived on her extensive travels. After more than three decades of marriage to her American husband she’s a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after. Over the last twelve years she’s been multi-published and sold over 25 novels. She also writes short stories for women’s magazines. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Romance Writers of America and the Music City Romance Writers.

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#BlogTour! #Review – #PoppysRecipeForLife by Heidi Swain (@Heidi_Swain) @TeamBATC

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Eeeek! It’s finally my turn to shake my Swainette pom poms for Heidi Swain’s new novel, ‘Poppy’s Recipe For Life’. Hugest of thanks to Harriet and the lovely team at TeamBATC for the ARC goodies and blog tour invite. It is such an honour to be involved in this tour, so thank you. Here is my review:

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Things haven’t always been straightforward in Poppy’s life but her dreams are finally within her reach.
 
She’s moving into a cottage in beautiful Nightingale Square, close to the local community garden, where she can indulge her passion for making preserves and pickles. She may not have the best relationship with her family but she is surrounded by loving friends, and feels sure that even her grumpy new neighbour, Jacob, has more to him than his steely exterior belies.
 
But the unexpected arrival of Poppy’s troubled younger brother soon threatens her new-found happiness and as the garden team works together to win community space of the year, Poppy must decide where her priorities lie and what she is prepared to fight for …

What does TWG think?

Oh she’s a good egg this one, isn’t she? Heidi Swain has delivered yet again. Never mind Poppy creating recipe cards, I think this author needs to create her own recipe cards so we all know how she does it!

I have been a huge fan of Heidi Swain’s novels from the very beginning, and I can honestly say that with each new book she releases, the standard just gets higher and higher. She truly does not disappoint at all.

We are back in Nightingale Square, but this time with a new resident called Poppy. She was afraid that she wouldn’t be able to move into her dream home due to her mothers selfishness. However, Poppy had her own little guardian angel who helped make her dream come true and she swiftly became the new name on the garden’s rota.

Unfortunately for Poppy, her happiness was short lived. Families eh, who’d have them? I won’t delve into the why’s and wherefores, but let’s just say that the phrase ‘you can’t pick your family…’ is very apt in this book, that’s for sure.

‘Poppy’s Recipe For Life’ had me changing emotions like the weather. One minute I was feeling all tender and warm due to the community spirit, and then the next I was angry because of stupid choices which had a domino effect on the rest of the community. I just wanted to knock some of the characters heads together and tell them to stop being so stupid, and no, I don’t mean Poppy and Mr Grizzle…..!!!!

This is such an uplifting, cosy novel which took me under its wing from the get go. In no time at all I was able to lose myself in Poppy’s life, watch the community in Nightingale Square go from strength to strength, and be a part of several characters journeys to self discovery. I never knew that a garden could have so many magical powers, yet this particular garden went above and beyond with the magic, and so did the people involved. I have never read a story which enveloped me in such love and joy, all because of a garden, as ‘Poppy’s Recipe For Life’ did.

Heidi Swain really knows how to make her characters come alive in a way that will have her readers hanging onto her every word, wishing that the story wouldn’t come to an end. Another story which has been written from the authors heart, straight into the hearts of the readers in the way that only Heidi Swain can. A tender, uplifting, and huggable novel with humour that will make you add ‘snorting like a pig’ to your list of party tricks on Tinder.

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#BlogTour! #Review – A Summer to Remember by Sue Moorcroft (@SueMoorcroft) @AvonBooksUK

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It may look at bit more wet outside as opposed to sunny, but I am hoping that my review of Sue Moorcroft’s, ‘A Summer to Remember’, brings the sunshine back into your lives today. Many thanks to Sabah and the team at Avon, for the blog tour invite and ARC.

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COME AND SPEND SUMMER BY THE SEA!

WANTED! A caretaker for Roundhouse Row holiday cottages.

WHERE? Nelson’s Bar is the perfect little village. Nestled away on the Norfolk coast we can offer you no signal, no Wi-Fi and – most importantly – no problems!

WHO? The ideal candidate will be looking for an escape from their cheating scumbag ex-fiancé, a diversion from their entitled cousin, and a break from their traitorous friends.

WHAT YOU’LL GET! Accommodation in a chocolate-box cottage, plus a summer filled with blue skies and beachside walks. Oh, and a reunion with the man of your dreams.

PLEASE NOTE: We take no responsibility for any of the above scumbags, passengers and/or traitors walking back into your life…

GET IN TOUCH NOW TO MAKE THIS A SUMMER TO REMEMBER!


What does TWG think?

Would it be weird if I sat here and hugged this book, like physically squeezed into a gigantic hug? That’s normal…..right?

I loved this book. No, wait. I didn’t love it, I ABSOLUTELY OMG LOVED it. What a fantastic, laugh out loud, heart-warming, and addictive read this is!! Yes, there were a few characters who made me want to shout obscenities at the book. Cough-HugoandAlice-cough. I mean, the made me SO angry! Who did they think they were, walking into a place Alice hadn’t stepped for in for goodness knows how long, treating the place and people with disrespect? Hugo was a self absorbed cactus, and Alice, well, my opinion of her was so low, if I wrote it here then the sky would be turning blue!

Clancy Moss is a character you just want to wrap up in cotton wall. Despite all the schnitzel that comes her way, she holds her head up and gets on with things without doing what most people would do, and retaliate in a way which would make her out to be the bad person. Unfortunately for Clancy, the villagers in Nelson’s Bar assume that, because she and Alice are blood relatives, that they are exactly alike and refuse to accept Clancy for who she is and not who her blood line links to. I did feel for her. The poor woman was tarred before she had even opened her mouth. I’m genuinely surprised that she didn’t repack her belongings into her car and drive back to London!

Although, with London in mind, she shouldn’t have been made to leave it anyway, but of course that is information you will find out for yourself when you read the book. I have a feeling you’ll be rather annoyed for her, just like I was!

I absolutely flew through ‘A Summer to Remember’ in a matter of 2.5 hours. No joke. I just could NOT put it down! I loved the idyllic setting. I adored the flawed and addictive characters, each with their own little quirks which helped to make the book what it was. I also thought that the deep routed message of the storyline was so very poignant and beautifully written. Life really is like a box of chocolates – you’ll always pick one that you like, one that you dislike, and one that you can’t stop eating. A bit like relationships. Not that you’ll go and eat them…obviously. Well……..ahem. Anyway, love is a tricky business, and just because you feel as though you’re in love with the person of your dreams, someone new may come along and show you that, in actual fact, you’re not in love with them after all. The lines are easily blurred, that’s for sure!

I think that ‘A Summer to Remember’ should come with a miniature sized Nelson. I want one! He was such an adorable addition to the book, and it just goes to show that dogs do not need two eyes to be the most protective and loveable little creatures.

Sue Moorcroft made me feel as though I was on cloud 9 with this book. Obviously apart from the times I was angry on Clancy’s behalf, I’m sure that goes without saying! The storyline was full to the brim with drama, relationship drama, romance, poignant escapades, heart-warming chats, and hilarious one liners. I adored every single thing about ‘A Summer to Remember’, and I’ll tell you something for nothing; this may be about ‘A Summer to Remember’, but it most DEFINITELY is a book to remember!

Sue Moorcroft’s best book yet, without a bloomin’ doubt!!

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#BlogTour! #Review – Crikey a Bodyguard by Kathryn Freeman (@KathrynFreeman1) @ChocLitUK @RaRaResources

It’s my turn on Kathryn Freeman’s blog tour today, as I share my review of her new book, ‘Crikey a bodyguard’. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite, and thank you to ChocLitUK for the ARC.

She’s got the brains, he’s got the muscle …

When Kelly Bridge’s parents insist on employing a bodyguard for her protection, she’s not happy. Okay, so maybe not every woman is on the cusp of developing a vaccine against a potential biological terrorist attack – but crikey, it’s not like she’s a celebrity!

Ben Jacobs flunked spectacularly out of school, so he knows his new client Dr Kelly Bridge spells trouble for him. But on a conference trip to Rome he finds things are worse than he thought. Not only is he falling for the brilliant scientist, he’s also become horribly aware she’s in grave danger. As they go on the run, dodging bullets and kidnappers, can he resist his feelings and keep her safe?

What does TWG think?

Oh my good God!!!! Now, I absolutely adore Kathryn Freeman’s novels, but once again she has totally outdone herself with this one!

Romance? CHECK

Passion? CHECK.

Drama? CHECK.

Suspense? CHECK.

Wow. I know that Kathryn Freeman injects romance into her storylines as though its oxygen, yet I still managed to underestimate her this time around. ‘Crikey a bodyguard’ isn’t your usual boy meets girl, they click, then they don’t, and then they live happily ever after. Not at all! This storyline contains a bit of violence, multiple kidnappings, danger, passionate escapades, and characters who were so 3D, it was as though I could touch them. Ahem, well, with a character like Ben, who wouldn’t?

This book made me laugh in a way only Kathryn Freeman knows how to do. I loved the intensity and drama mixed in with the passionate romance – it was unique and very cleverly done. Made a change from the usual journeys taken in a romance novel.

As I said at the start, Kathryn Freeman has completely outdone herself with the brilliance of this storyline and everything it stands for. I bloody loved losing myself in Blondie’s scientific (and often confusing) world, alongside Ben’s macho and naive world. Chalk and cheese big time, but it worked. It so worked.

Even though this is a tough one to call, I would say that ‘Crikey a Bodyguard’ is Kathryn’s best book yet. Such a fast paced, passionate, addictive storyline – I bloody, bloody loved it!

Buy now from Amazon UK

About the author.

A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero.

With two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes come in many disguises.

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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!

#BlogTour! #Review – Bridesmaids by Zara Stoneley (@ZaraStoneley) @HarperImpulse @RaRaResources

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Finalllyyyyyyyy!!! I am soooo excited to be able to FINALLY share my review of Zara Stoneley’s pretty in pink new book, ‘Bridesmaids’. Thank you to the publisher for the ARC, and to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite. I must say that the cover is making me rather hungry….

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Meet Rachel, the beautiful bride with BIG plans for the perfect day! The venue is a castle and the dress is designer.  It’s just a shame her husband is a rat.

Maddie and Sally have only one thing in common – they both love the same man!
 
Beth is a newly single mum with a mystery baby daddy.  Surely the father isn’t someone the girls all know?
 
And then there’s Jane, the glue holding them all together, but being dumped doesn’t make her the happiest bridesmaid…especially with gorgeous flatmate Freddie complicating things.

Will the bride say, ‘I Do!’?  Or will her bridesmaids save the day…and find love along the way?  

What does TWG think?

Those with children, or those who have been around children, know that they are OUTSTANDING at doing things to shock people. Now, there is a little boy in this book who goes by the name of Joe. He sounds a cutie to be honest, and that was before he timed something perfectly!

Have you ever watched the rom-com ‘Bridesmaids’? Remember the scene where the characters are in an extremely posh, extremely expensive wedding dress shop when suddenly their stomachs make sounds to be people with IBS to shame. You know the one I’m on about? Yeah, that’s the one…the one where you should have just put your carrot stick in your hummus for your mid movie snack**. Don’t fret, baby Joe didn’t do what THEY did – there was only one of him, obviously. However, his perfectly timed, similar incident in a similar shop had me bursting out laughing screeching, ‘GO JOE!’. Let’s just say that karma is a bitch, and so is a particular character – he got her right where it hurt!!

** carrot stick? Try family sized bar of chocolate….

Apologies…I veered off a little bit…

Be prepared for mega amounts of drama in this book. Every single character has an entire cemetery of skeletons in their closets, with some of them waiting to do more damage than others. The main character, Jane, has a huge heart and is willing to do anything for anyone, even if it makes her upset or makes her run around like a blue bottomed fly. She’s had her heart broken big time and is now afraid to put her heart back out there in case it happens again. The perfect person to be a bridesmaid for her best friends wedding!!!!!!!!!

I adored Jane’s character, even if she annoyed me at times due to her stirring the pot and refusing to set the record straight instead of turning a situation into a ‘he said she said’. Granted, she wasn’t the only one to do that and yes, I won’t lie, it did annoy me because they were grown adults who were caught up in playground antics which could have easily have been rectified if they, surprisingly enough, actually spoke to each other! Too easy though, I know. As for her roommate, Freddie – I want one….

Beth, one of Jane’s old school friends, is an absolute legend. Omg. She is the person who will see someone looking like they have just been dragged through a hedge backwards, and tell them exactly that. Yes, I know that people like that get people’s backs up because of the, erm, bluntness of their words (I may or may not be speaking from experience), but wouldn’t you rather honesty than fakery? Again, yes, I do know that there is a way of saying things. Unfortunately I haven’t worked that out myself yet!!!

If you think that ‘Bridesmaids’ is going to be a sickly sweet, candy floss type of read due to the pretty in pink cover, then you will be most mistaken. I don’t do candy floss reads at all, and I can safely say that Zara Stoneley’s new book is anything BUT! It’s hilarious. It’s down to Earth. It’s modern. It’s romantic in the ‘staring you in the face’ sort of way. It’s relatable. It’s cosy. It is a bloody brilliant book which puts relationships of all shapes and sizes to the test, proving that if they’re true and meant to me, any relationship or friendship will stand the test of time.

I loved how relaxed and engaging Zara Stoneley’s story telling was, speaking to her readers as though they were best buddies instead of the ones on the other side of the paper. This author constantly surprises me with each book she produces, putting romance in the spotlight in an extremely realistic, relatable way which even makes the most UN-romantic of people, IE me, want to grab a piece of the action! And of the cake….

Buy now!

About the author.

Zara Stoneley is the USA Today bestselling author of The Wedding Date.

Born in a small village in the UK, she wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when she grew up. After many (many) years, and many different jobs, her dream of writing a bestseller came true. 

She writes about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hopes that her tales make you laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally say ‘ahhh’.

Zara now lives in a Cheshire village with her family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.

Zara’s bestselling novels include ‘No One Cancels Christmas’, ‘The Wedding Date’, ‘The Holiday Swap’, ‘Summer with the Country Village Vet’, ‘Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage’ and the popular Tippermere series – ‘Stable Mates’, ‘Country Affairs’ and ‘Country Rivals’. 

Where you can find her-

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#BlogTour! #Review – One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan (@SarahMorgan_) @HQStories

Apologies for the late post, suffering with multiple chronic illness pain. I’m sure you can forgive me though after reading my review for ‘One Summer in Paris’ by Sarah Morgan. It is such a joy to be on the blog tour today! Many thanks to HQ Stories for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

One charming bookshop, two unlikely friends, and a summer in Paris that will change their lives forever…

Grace can’t believe it when her husband of twenty-five years announces he doesn’t want to join her on their anniversary trip to Paris – instead, he wants a divorce. Reeling from the shock, Grace makes the bold decision to go on this holiday of a lifetime alone.

Audrey leaves behind heartache of her own when she arrives in Paris. A job in a bookshop is her ticket to freedom, but with no knowledge of the French language, her summer adventure seems doomed to fail. Until she meets Grace, and everything changes…

Living in neighbouring apartments above the bookshop, Grace and Audrey form an unlikely friendship. They came to Paris to find themselves, but finding each other might be the best thing that’s ever happened to them.

What does TWG think?

Omg I loved this book!!!! I have no idea how Sarah Morgan does it, but every book she produces seems to raise the bar even higher. Honestly, I was blown away by the relatable character flaws, the realistic family heartbreak, and the warm dose of hope that filled every chapter.

‘One Summer in Paris’ is written from three different viewpoints; Audrey’s, Mimi’s and Grace’s. Such chalk and cheese personalities, even though two of the ladies are related!

Audrey is a little firecracker. A firecracker who you just want to mother because you can tell that shes pretty broken but refuses to show that to the world. Actually, it’s not that she refuses, it’s probably because shes afraid of lowering her guard and the repercussions if she did. Her humour had me in hysterics! Audrey probably is my most favourite character in the book, and watching her flourish between the pages was such a joy to watch.

Grace, oh Grace. She lives by the book. Living any other way terrifies her. Sarah Morgan, despite putting a poignant and sore topic at the forefront of her novel, she dealt with it all in a sensitive manner. There was no judgement in her words, nor was there anything to be afraid of. I would even go as far to say that, if anyone finds themselves relating to Audrey and Grace’s past, there is a lot of helpful material in this storyline to help you on your way should you need it. I thought Grace was a soul with the biggest heart I think i have ever seen. As weird as this may sound, I became a little emotional at times as I just wanted to hug her and tell her to take a moment for herself.

Just like other Sarah Morgan novels, romance plays a big part in this storyline, and it isn’t always plain sailing or black and white. Personally, I didn’t agree with a certain decision that one particular character made but, having not been in the situation of having my heart that full, I’m probably not the best person to comment. However, I could empathise with one of the characters due to the predicament they unfortunately found themselves in – in fact, a lot of readers will as I’m sure most have been in that position! Yes, I’m being vague, just read the book and it will all make sense!

‘One Summer in Paris’ is full of joy, sorrow, and hope. This is a book which delivers on warmth and comfort even more than a gas fire on a winters day. A beautiful, laugh out loud novel which started off as a little bud, ended up turning into the most amazing iris I have ever seen (if you haven’t made the connection, an iris is the flower for France 😉 ). I truly believe that this is Sarah Morgan’s best book ever, and is easily one of my top reads of 2019. I adored every single word in this book, and I adored the fact that I finished the book full of hope. A feeling I haven’t felt in a little while.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Daughters of Ironbridge by Mollie Walton (@RebeccaMascull) @ZaffreBooks

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Blog tour two of the day is where TWG gets to step back in time with ‘The Daughters of Ironbridge’ by Mollie Walton. Bit ironic for Easter Sunday is it not! Thank you to Zaffre Books for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

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Anny Woodvine’s family has worked at the ironworks for as long as she can remember. The brightest child in her road and the first in her family to learn to read, Anny has big dreams. So, when she is asked to run messages for the King family, she grabs the opportunity with both hands.

Margaret King is surrounded by privilege and wealth. But behind closed doors, nothing is what it seems. When Anny arrives, Margaret finds her first ally and friend. Together they plan to change their lives.

But as disaster looms over the ironworks, Margaret and Anny find themselves surrounded by secrets and betrayal. Can they hold true to each other and overcome their fate? Or are they destined to repeat the mistakes of the past?

What does TWG think?

Got to love a saga! ‘The Daughters of Ironbridge’ is such a special read. In no time at all, the author allowed me to lose myself in the lives of such three-dimensional, well thought out characters such as Anny and Margaret. Set in the mid 1800’s, Mollie Walton takes her readers on a journey back in time where society and class were completely different to they are now. Not only that, readers are given an insight into the ironworks, and just how much hard work it took for those who worked there.

Mollie Walton makes her characters come alive in such a seamless and flawless manner, at times making me feel as though I was sitting on the characters shoulders like a little parrot, following their every move.

I was moved by the community spirit and the strength of the friendship between Margaret and Anny, two very different people whose lives may have been bound by the strength of their friendship, yet their class couldn’t have been more chalk and cheese if it tried.

There is a lot of storyline to sink your teeth into, just like most saga’s, so if you’re into reading books which give you more than your moneys worth, and then some, ‘The Daughters of Ironbridge’ will no doubt tick several boxes.

I was so pleased to see that this is the first book in a trilogy – roll on more is what I say!

An in-depth, powerful and beautifully crafted novel from an author who puts ‘history’ in the word ‘historical’. Brilliant.

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#BlogTour! #Review – It’s My Birthday by Hannah Pearl (@HannahPearl_1) @RaRaResources @RubyFiction

Late one tonight as my daughter lost her first tooth today! So brave! Anyway, I have a review of Hannah Pearl’s novel, ‘It’s My Birthday’ for my stop on the blog tour. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite, and thank you to the publisher for the ARC.

It’s My Birthday

… I’ll cry if I want to.

Oh boy, another birthday …

Karen could be excused for crying on her birthday, especially as it’s the first one since her husband got on a plane to the States and never came back.

Then there’s the fact that her workmates were practically bribed to attend her birthday meal. But when a restaurant double booking leads to her sharing a table with single dad Elliot and his daughter, things start looking up.

As Karen gets to know Elliot she experiences feelings she thought she’d never have again. But is it enough? Or will the thing that destroyed Karen’s previous relationship also ruin things with Elliot?

What does TWG think?

If you haven’t already guessed, Hannah Pearl’s novel is about a birthday. Not just any birthday actually, a milestone 40th for Karen! Unfortunately Karen isn’t really feeling in the birthday spirit after recent happenings in her personal life, and you can’t really blame her to be honest. I mean, would you feel like getting down on the dance floor and stuffing your face with birthday cake if you found out that your husband was making a move stateside…permanently?

Forgive me for saying this, but I wasn’t a fan of the story at first as it felt a bit like a midlife whinge. Not that I’m saying that Karen should have gotten over her upset as quick as lightening, not at all. I just wasn’t feeling it, and I wanted to.

However, I wanted to find out what happened with Karen and whether her life turned back around, so I persevered. Oh my gosh, I’m glad that I did! The line about grey hair had me laughing out loud. The humour in this book is absolutely insane!! So witty! I actually lost count of how many times I giggled at the perfectly placed one liners. Karen is such a breath of fresh air once you get to know her, and I am so relieved that I gave her character a chance.

I enjoyed following her journey with Elliott and Sophie and, despite getting the giggles, I thought the author wrote the topics of parenthood, relationships and blended families, in such a sensitive yet relatable manner. Hannah Pearl didn’t hide away from the dark sides of those topics, nor did she tone down the positives. I respected the author a lot for the way she approached it and I truly believe that other readers will too.

So, what started off as an uncertain read, ended up being thoroughly enjoyed by me. ‘It’s My Birthday’ is a witty, humourous, and heart warming novel. Feel free to cry if you want to because it’s your birthday! But, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be crying with laughter!

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About the author.

Hannah Pearl was born in East London. She is married with two children and now lives in Cambridge.

She has previously worked as a Criminology researcher, as a Development Worker with various charities and even pulled a few pints in her time.

In 2015 she was struck down by Labrynthitis, which left her feeling dizzy and virtually housebound. She has since been diagnosed with ME. Reading has allowed Hannah to escape from the reality of feeling ill. She read upwards of three hundred books during the first year of her illness. When her burgeoning eReader addiction grew to be too expensive, she decided to have a go at writing. In 2017 she won Simon and Schuster’s Books and the City #heatseeker short story competition, in partnership with Heat magazine, for her short story The Last Good Day.

Hannah is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association.

#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.

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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.