#BlogTour! #Review – #ThreeDaysInFlorence by Chrissie Manby (@chrissiemanby) @JennyPlatt90 @HodderBooks @HodderPublicity

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Third and final blog tour of the day, and we head to Italy for my stop on the ‘Three Days in Florence’ tour! Huge thanks to Jenny Platt and Hodder Books for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

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Kathy Courage has never visited the famous Italian city of Florence before, so she’s thrilled when she and her boyfriend Neil are invited there for a wedding. Unfortunately, with Neil’s constant complaining and his teenage children in tow, it’s not exactly the romantic break Kathy was hoping for.

But when a mix-up with her flights leaves Kathy stranded in the city, she decides to embrace the unexpected and stay on alone.

What follows is a life-changing few days in the Tuscan sun, as Kathy begins to question the choices that have led her here. With the help of the colourful Innocenti family, who offer Kathy a place to stay, she gradually begins to realise that there’s a much bigger world out there, if only she can be brave enough to explore it.

Could Italy hold the answers to her future happiness? Or is Kathy destined to return to her old life?

What does TWG think?

Please say that I’m not the only one who thought that Neil and his kids were absolute doorknobs?!?! Oh, wait…that would make them useful. Ugh! I didn’t like them AT ALL…..if you hadn’t already guessed that. I just wanted Kathy to turn round to Neil and go, ‘you know what f’WIT, go to hell!’. But she didn’t. I think she would have been well within her right to do that though, wouldn’t you agree?!

Kathy has longed to visit Florence for as long as she can remember and, thanks to Neil’s brother getting married in that very city, Kathy is over the moon that she can finally step onto Italian soil. Best laid plans and all that meant that Kathy’s trip didn’t exactly go the way that she had hoped it would. I won’t spoil it for you, but judging by what I’ve said above, I’m sure you can guess who the culprit was!

Anyway, through lack of communication and clerical error by Neil’s PA, Kathy found herself staying in Florence longer than anticipated. Not that she would have complained!

Is it mean that I laughed out loud at Neil being annoyed? It wasn’t Kathy’s fault! I was so pleased that we were able to watch her personality flourish in her beloved city, and watch the person she has kept under wraps, finally spread its wings and be the person she is meant to be. Honestly, it was as though I reading about a completely new person and, as weird as this sounds, I felt proud as punch. It was as though she had had a lightbulb moment regarding her worth.

I really enjoyed getting to know the Innocenti family, and I absolutely loved being caught up in the beautiful story that Chrissie Manby had created. The underlying message about happiness and living life to the full, really hit home and is definitely something people should do their bests with. Life is incredibly short, so why should we spend it being unhappy and stuck in a situation that we had no say in?

‘Three Days in Florence’ is a home away from home novel which filled me with hope.

Buy now.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Beekeepers Cottage by Emma Davies (@EmDaviesAuthor) @Bookouture

Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite, I am delighted to be one of the bloggers closing the tour for Emma Davies and ‘The Beekeepers Cottage’. Here is my review:

Comforted by the gentle hum of the beehives at the bottom of the garden, Grace drains the last of her tea and walks slowly back towards the little hillside house she adores. Her marriage is over, but is it too late to start her life again?

Beekeeper Grace thought throwing out her cheating husband would be the hardest thing she ever did. But when she opens the door to a property developer one morning, it’s clear that keeping her beautiful home and garden – her only sanctuary throughout her miserable marriage – will be the greatest challenge of all…

Fleeing to her best friend at the farm next door, Grace blurts out all her problems, only to be overheard by Amos, a handsome, free-spirited visitor with a twinkle in his eye. Fascinated by Grace and her bees, Amos offers to stay in the village of Hope Corner, to help turn her home into a guest house in return for lessons on beekeeping.

As Grace shows Amos how to nurture a hive and harvest honeycomb without getting stung, he is charming but secretive. He never stays long in the same place after an incident in his past involving a mysterious woman named Maria. But as their eyes lock over a jar of homemade honey, Grace can’t help feeling that she’d really like him to stay…

Determined to dispel her growing suspicion that Amos is running from something serious, Grace goes in search of the truth about Maria. But when she finds it, will she still want Amos to put down roots in Hope Corner, and will they still have a house to return to?

What does TWG think?

Ooooo it’s not everyday you read a book with a beekeeper in it! I must admit that I did enjoy finding out about Grace’s life and how she tends to the bees. They are such understated yet incredibly important species, so it was nice to see the bees get their time in the spotlight as it were.

Now, onto Amos; that man could have invented the word ‘intriguing’, it oozed out of him big time! I’m I’m complaining by the way, I enjoyed getting to know him and working out what made him tick, especially where Grace was concerned. The fact that the characters had similarities with their lost soul type personalities, was very endearing. That said, it was very clear that both characters had suffered pain in one form or another. Like I’ve admitted once or twice before, I’m not a sucker for romance, yet I really wanted Grace and Amos to have their moment, whether it was with each other or separately.

Emma Davies has an incredible talent at making her stories come alive as though you’ve known the characters your entire life. The way she told Amos’ story had such an enchanting and flawless feel to it, the entire book was such a pleasure and a joy to read. Emma Davies just keeps on getting better and better.

Buy now.

#BlogTour! #Review – #VillaOfSunAndSecrets by Jennifer Bohnet (@jenniewriter) #BoldwoodBlogTour @BoldwoodBooks

Happy publication day, Jennifer Bohnet! It is such an honour to be kicking off the blog tour for her new release, ‘Villa of Sun and Secrets’. Huge thanks to Boldwood Books for the tour invite and ARC.

It’s never too late to live the dream…

Carla Sullivan’s 50th birthday is fast approaching when her whole world is turned upside down. Discovering her feckless husband is having yet another affair and following her mother’s death, she is in need of an escape. Finding an envelope addressed to her mother’s estranged sister Josette in the South of France gives Carla the perfect plan.

Seizing the moment, she packs her bags and heads to Antibes to seek out the enigma known as Tante Josette. But as the two women begin to forge a tentative relationship, family secrets start to unravel, forcing Carla to question her life as she has always known it.

What does TWG think?

Geez, was a bit like opening Pandora’s box with this one! With the cover being so colourful and summery, I was expecting a light and fluffy novel. What I got, however, was something incredibly different. ‘Villa of Sun and Secrets’ is such a rollercoaster ride of a story. One minute Carla was living in her marital home, and then the next she was filing for a divorce from a husband who couldn’t keep it in his pants. What a lovely bloke.

Anyway, Carla soon realised that she deserved better, and with a big birthday looming, she couldn’t think of a better time to create a life that shr was finally worthy of. I don’t think she expected the hurdles she came up against along the way….

Multiple times I had my hand clasped over my mouth in shock at what I had just read. Naturally I’m not going to say why, I’m not that mean to drop spoilers, but goodness me the Jeremy Kyle are gutted that they missed out on this one!!

As weird as this sounds, I was gripped by the rocky family dynamics and I was eager to find out where everyone stood. I still couldn’t believe my eyes though, and yet it wasn’t me receiving the news that Carla and Josette did!

I couldn’t help but love this emotive, cosy novel that had so many wonderful characters in it to get to know. I have never been to France, however after the beautiful descriptions of the setting, I would happily go and visit there in a heartbeat.

Jennifer Bohnet has such an idyllic, sensual way with words which makes her stories and characters come alive flawlessly. ‘Villa of Sun and Secrets’ was such an insightful and delightful read – a real escapism novel.

Buy now.

#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.

Buy now.

#BlogTour! #Review – #AHomeFromHome by Veronica Henry (@veronica_henry @Orionbooks @AnneCater

Next up on TWG is a delightful book from one of my all time favourite authors, Veronica Henry. Many thanks to Orion and Anne Cater for the blog tour invite and ARC. I hope you enjoy my review of ‘A Home From Home’!

Sunshine, cider and family secrets…

Dragonfly Farm has been a home and a haven for generations of Melchiors – arch rivals to the Culbones, the wealthy family who live on the other side of the river. Life there is dictated by the seasons and cider-making, and everyone falls under its spell.

For cousins Tabitha and Georgia, it has always been a home from home. When a tragedy befalls their beloved Great-Uncle Matthew, it seems the place where they’ve always belonged might now belong to them…

But the will reveals that a third of the farm has also been left to a Culbone. Gabriel has no idea why he’s been included, or what his connection to the farm – or the Melchiors – can be.

As the first apples start to fall for the cider harvest, will Dragonfly Farm begin to give up its secrets?

What does TWG think?

There is a reason why Veronica Henry is one of my all time favourite authors, and ‘A Home From Home’ is that very reason! Honestly, this is a home away from home read that delivered hope and beauty behind every word.

For as long as she can remember, Dragonfly Farm had been Tabitha’s home; a place where she felt safe. However one day, her life became a mismatched mess when a loved one passed away suddenly. Not only did Tabitha have grief to contend with, she also had the fear of whether she would end up losing her home.

Theres a lot of history behind Dragonfly Farm, and whilst some of it may be hearsay and what not, a lot of it has been kept a secret from those who were involved the most. Now we all know what secrets do to people, including families! I would have been surprised if the storyline didn’t contain fireworks!

Alongside Tabitha is her cousin, Georgia – literally chalk and cheese. One is fiery and very hot headed, yet the other is more logical. It was interesting to watch their two lives combine as they came together bound by their family ties and grief.

There are a lot of characters to keep an eye on in this storyline, especially as the book is dual timeline and visits the past with more characters. I did struggle to keep up with who was related to who, who dabbled with who, who was still alive and what not, but I think I got the gist of it! By the way, can I just say what AWESOME character names are in this book!!!!

I thought ‘A Home From Home’ was such a magical novel. I really didn’t want it to end and felt as though I had lost my right arm when it did! Veronica Henry, in my opinion, is the queen of comfort reads, and she certainly went above and beyond with her storyline this time round. I was spellbound by the family histories of the Melchiors and Culbones, and i fell in love with the cosy Dragonfly Farm that seemed to hold the key to eternal happiness.

Reading ‘A Home From Home’ is the perfect book to escape into and forget reality. I mean, who needs politics when you have characters like Plum and Gabriel? A truly wonderful, humble, and touching novel that lit up my light for the duration of the story. I adored it.

‘A Home From Home’ will be published on the 25th July. Pre-order now from Amazon.

#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.

Buy now.

#BlogTour! #Review – My Lemon Grove Summer by Jo Thomas (@jo_thomas01) @HeadlinePG @AnneCater

Hugest of thanks to Anne Cater and Headline for the blog tour invite and ARC, I am delighted to be reviewing ‘My Lemon Grove Summer’ by Jo Thomas on my blog today.

When life hands you lemons … is it ever too late for a second chance?

Zelda’s impulsive nature has got her precisely nowhere up until now. A fresh start in a beautiful hilltop town in Sicily looking for new residents, together with her best friend Lennie, could be just what she needs. And who better to settle down with than the person who knows her best?

But the sun-filled skies and sparkling seas can’t hide the shadow hanging over Citta d’Ora, which means not everyone is pleased to see their arrival. The dreams Zelda and her fellow new residents had of setting up a new life might be slipping away. But a friendship with restauranteur Luca could be about to unlock the possibilities that lie in the local lemon groves. And there’s a wedding on the horizon that might be just what the town needs to turn it around…

Could a summer in Sicily help Zelda learn to trust her instinct and follow her heart?

What does TWG think?

Yet again, Jo Thomas delivers a home away from home read with characters you just cannot get enough of. In other words, this author does NOT disappoint.

Zelda thinks she has it all mapped out. Shes made a plan with her best friend and is adamant that she knows what she wants from life, but we all know what happens to best laid plans!!

The setting of ‘My Lemon Grove Summer’ was simply stunning. I have never been to Sicily and, to be honest, the chances of me going anytime soon are incredibly slim! I’m just glad that Jo Thomas pays attention to the finer details in her stories! There were times I felt like I good taste the air, the descriptions were that vivid and that colourful.

Zelda, in my opinion, has a marmite personality and my opinion of her kept changing throughout the book. Theres one thing being confident about your life, but then theres another thing about being over confident, illogical and verging on arrogant. I had everything crossed that Zelda would realise the error of her ways, but I knew deep down that it wouldn’t be an overnight miracle.

It was very easy to get invested in the characters and the goings on in Citta d’Ora. I loved the escapism and having the opportunity to put real life on the back burner for the duration of this book. A wonderful, home away from home read that will bring your heart, as well as your tastebuds, back to life.

Buy now.

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

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

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

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

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

What does TWG think?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buy now.

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

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

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

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

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

What does TWG think?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buy now.

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


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

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

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

What does TWG think?

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

Don’t go baking my heart,

I couldn’t if I fried,

Honey when I get restless,

Baby you’re not that kind…of sponge.

Don’t go baking my heart,

You take the weight off me….scales,

Honey when you knock on my door,

You make me burn my cake, you ass…

Yes? No? Anywhoooooo!

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

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

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

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

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

Buy part 1 now!