#BlogTour! #Review – A Bakery at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green (@Rosie_Green1988) @RaRaResources

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Second blog tour of the day is for ‘A Bakery at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’ by Rosie Green. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and ARC, here is my review:

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Ellie’s dreams of opening a bakery in Sunnybrook are finally coming true and best friends Fen and Jaz are happily rallying round, helping her to plan a fabulous grand opening day. Everything in their garden seems to be rosy –until the arrival of a newcomer brings chaos to the village and tests relationships to the limit. Can the bakery succeed in the face of such upheaval? And more importantly, can firm friendships survive?

What does TWG think?

How are we on the 5th book in the series already?! The absolute beauty of these books is that each one can be read perfectly well as a standalone. Now, whilst that is good if you want to read the books out of order, as they’re all utterly brilliant, I wholeheartedly suggest that you binge read the other books anyway. You know, just because you can!

Katja, thanks to her unusual name, hasn’t had it easy. For many years she has been at the brunt of people’s idiocy, thus feeling as though she has to hide her true self from other people due to fear. Just like she does when she goes for a job in Sunnybrook. Instead of introducing herself as Katja, she fills out her application form with the name ‘Kate Baker’. Apt for the job, I won’t lie, but it was such a shame that she felt as though she had no other option but to hide her true heritage.

As someone with an unusual name (Kaisha, for those who aren’t aware), I have wished, at times, that I had a name that wouldn’t constantly get mispronounced. Or a name that would be more fitting to the country I live in (I have an Indian name). However, the older I get, the more I refuse to shy away from my name. Yes, it still aggravates me when it gets mispronounced, even when you’ve corrected someone on how to say it, and yes, it does irk me when I gets misspelt, especially online because it’s right in front of people. Sorry, I have gone off on a bit of a tangent here, but I just wanted to explain how I could see where Katja was coming from and how it affected me.

Anyway, back to the book. Katja wasn’t the only new addition to the bakery, she had a new flatmate called Madison. I’m sorry to say that I absolutely detested that character. I don’t get why, when things get a little heated near the end of the book, Madison’s revelation goes unnoticed and Katja is the one feeling as though she is in the wrong? Madison is a sneaky, sneaky devil. I don’t care whether she turned out ‘fine’. Nobody should treat others like the way she did, even if she felt as though she was doing it for Katja’s own benefit. No.

Maisie, once again, stole the show, and so did Little Maisie. I just wanted to scoop up that little girl and give her a big hug as it was obvious that she was struggling with things. I could not stop the grin from appearing on my face when Little Maisie made herself known…again. What a beautiful, beautiful piece of writing that was. Between you and me, my eyes may have stung just a teeny bit….

I love how wholesome Rosie Green’s storytelling is, and the way that she brings her characters and their lives to life in such a humorous yet relatable way. Sunnybrook is a place that I can get lost in time and time again – keep the books coming is what I say!!

‘A Bakery at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’ isn’t just a tale about tantalising treats and fractured relationships, it’s also a tale about mistaken identity and learning to love yourself despite the differences. It’s about being true to yourself and taking that time to appreciate your own unique traits. Most importantly, it’s about living life in the way that is true to your own beliefs, and not because you’re living it due to guilt and the past.

A tender, emotive read – can I have a hug? Not from Madison though, obvs….

Buy now from Amazon UK
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About the author.

Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café.Confetti at the Little Duck Pond Cafe will be the sixth in the series.

Breaking News -Coming Soon –Confetti at the Little Duck Pond Café

With Ellie and Zak’s Big Day on the horizon, the sun is shining brightly on the Little Duck Pond Café community. But as dark clouds begin to roll in, threatening more than one close relationship, will the wedding of the year take place at all?

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#BlogTour! #Review – #RedemptionBay by RaeAnne Thayne (@raeannethayne) @Millsandboon

I am so excited to be hosting the second book in the Hope’s Crossing series, Redemption Bay, by RaeAnne Thayne. Having absolutely LOVED the first book, I couldn’t wait to delve into this one. Huge thanks to Mills and Boon for the blog tour invite and ARC, here is my review:

McKenzie and Ben need a second chance….

McKenzie Shaw would do anything for her beloved hometown of Haven Point. It may be small and struggling, but it’s never let her down…unlike gorgeous, infuriating Ben Kilpatrick.

He left Haven Point behind years ago, for good reason. Yet seeing the town through McKenzie’s eyes could change his mind.

If he can resolve the animosity crackling between them, Ben may have found the place where he can build ties and find healing…a place where love arrives when it’s least expected.

What does TWG think?

Ahhh, everyone’s favourite person has returned to Haven Point, and what a welcome he got! Sarcasm. Naturally. Ben Kilpatrick didn’t do himself many favours when he last step foot in the little town, something the residents of Haven Point haven’t forgotten in a hurry. However, with the chance of their town getting a much needed boost in terms of tourism and money, many of the townspeople need to bite their tongue around Ben.

As mayor, McKenzie Shaw is very loyal to her town and the people in it. Even if some of the people in it refuse to let her do her job, thinking that they can do it way better than she.

Relationships in this book are very tense, yet they are incredibly addictive to read. ‘Redemption Bay’ is drama filled, tense at times, and is full of tender moments which can warm your heart.

I adored the strong community spirit and heartwarming friendships, and I found myself lost in the intensity of the village dynamics – I really couldn’t put this book down.

RaeAnne Thayne is such a enthusiastic, magnetic and euphoric author who makes her characters come alive with such ease and passion.

I said this after reading Snow Angel Cove last time, and I’ll say it again now – Thayne has quickly become one of my most favourite authors due to her heartwarming and beautifully written tales, which clearly have come from her heart.

I cannot recommend Redemption Bay enough and I urge everyone to put RaeAnne Thayne on your TBR pronto. I throughly enjoyed this and I cannot wait to read more.

Buy now.

#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!!

Buy now!

#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 – #EllieandtheHarpMaker by Hazel Prior (@HaveAHarp) @TransworldBooks @AnneCater

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It gives me great pleasure to kick off the blog tour for ‘Ellie and the Harp Maker’ by Hazel Prior. Hugest of thanks, as always, to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and of course thank you to the publisher for the ARC. Here is my review:

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Meet Ellie. She’s perfectly happy with her home and her husband and her quiet life. Happy enough, anyway. Which is why she’s so surprised to find herself drawn to an extraordinary stranger who gives her a gift – and a fresh perspective.

Meet Dan. He thinks all he needs to be happy is the time and space to carry on making harps. Sometimes people buy them, too. But the last thing he expects is for Ellie to walk into his life, a whirlwind with cherry-coloured socks, bringing a string of surprises into his ordered existence.

As Ellie and Dan get to know one another, they begin to see the world – and themselves – in an entirely new way…

What does TWG think?

If I was required to sum up this book in one word, the word that springs to mind would be ‘majestic’. ‘Ellie and the Harp Maker’ isn’t the type of storyline that can be rushed. It needs to have, in my opinion, quality time spent reading it, as well as quality time spent reading between the lines to appreciate the beauty of this particular storyline.

At times I felt as though this book was too far down the literary novel route for my liking, only because I thought that it all seemed a bit heavy and intricate for my little mind to understand. My issue, I’m common after all. However, the beauty of Ellie’s and Dan’s friendship blew me away, and blew those thoughts out of my mind before they got too comfortable.

I have seen a harp, but never in a million years did I know the intricacy which went into making the delicate instrument. I do now though, and wow, I was certainly impressed. I’ve always thought of the harp to be an understated instrument. I can’t play it, in fact, I can’t play many instruments except the triangle, but I really did enjoy being able to lose myself in Ellie’s character as she made the choice to put her fingers to the strings in order to learn how to play. Envious? A little. I won’t lie!

Dan is a man who likes things a certain way. He has a heart of gold and a life which requires organisation and concentration so, when Ellie appears in his life, her colourful burst of personality was a bit of a shock to the system for him. One that would both be a blessing as well as a curse.

Both of the main characters, I thought, had such addictive personalities and were written in a very delicate and well crafted manner. Even though they both wore their hearts on their sleeves throughout the book, I really don’t think that readers get to see all of who they truly are. A clever move from the author as readers get to use their imagination to forge where, in their minds, the characters end up after the book has finished.

Overall, ‘Ellie and the Harp Maker’ was a very in-depth, majestic, poignant novel which was written soulfully, and tenderly. I enjoyed it, I really did.

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – The House at Hope Corner by Emma Davies (@EmDaviesAuthor) @Bookouture

We all need a bit of hope sometimes, and who better to bring us that than Emma Davies and ‘The House at Hope Corner’. I am delighted to be reviewing Emma’s new book for my stop on the blog tour today, many thanks to Bookouture for the tour invite and ARC.

The view across the valley takes her breath away; everywhere she looks tiny patches of colour – ochre, chestnut, lime and purple. The farmhouse behind her glows pink in the morning sun. It’s like stepping into a postcard, except that this magical place is real. It’s her new home.
With her beloved shop in danger of shutting down, meeting Ned, a gorgeous farmer with an irresistible twinkle in his eye, couldn’t have come at a better moment for free-spirited florist, Flora Dunbar. But no one is more surprised than her when their whirlwind romance leads to the offer of a new life on Ned’s farm.
Arriving at Hope Corner, Flora sets about becoming the perfect farmer’s wife, but her creative, alternative thinking falls flat in a household built on tradition and strict routine. Even Ned is becoming more distant by the day…
Pulling up her signature striped socks and throwing herself into her chores, little by little Flora learns to love the order and patterns of life on the land. But the more she learns about her new home, the more she suspects it’s under threat, and worse, that Ned is hiding a heartbreaking secret from her.
But this time, Flora’s not going to run from her problems.

Do Ned and his family trust her enough to let her stay and fight for love and the first house she’s ever truly called home? Does she trust herself?

What does TWG think?

Let me get this out the way first – I wasn’t feeling hopeful about the story at first. I found Flora to be a little bit of a doormat, and Ned got on my nerves. I mean, stand up for your fiance for goodness sake!

Then, all of a sudden, the storyline seemed to click and the characters seemed to have a bit of a personality change! So, despite my unhopeful opinion at the beginning, I ended up absolutely adoring ‘The House at Hope Corner’, especially Flora and Ned’s dad. He really wasn’t a character who I thought i would end up liking due to the way he came across in the first few chapters. However after reading the rest of the book, good ol’ Ferg actually became one of my favourites.

I loved the ‘be who you want to be, don’t change for anyone’ premise, it is such an important message for people to keep in mind. Easier said than done, of course, but it did give me that hope that, not actually being like anyone else, is such a good thing because you’re being true to yourself. I thought that Flora brought that message home brilliantly, and as someone with extremely low confidence and not one who fits in, that message resonated with me deep within. I guess I became quite emotional by it all.

Having fallen head over heels with ‘The House at Hope Corner’ and being hugged by characters like Grace, I feel bad that my opinion of the book wasn’t so great at the start. There was clearly a lot more to the storyline and the characters that met the eye – I understand that now.

I finished Emma Davies book with a ginormous smile on my face abd bucketfuls of hope in my heart. This really is a book which kept on giving.

A heartwarming, joyful, thought provoking read which made me want to spread my wings like the butterfly I am.

Buy now!

About the author.

After a varied career, Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous (and not necessarily true) anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: ‘I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.’ Well the job in the design studio didn’t work out but she’s now a forty something mother of three and is happy to report the rest of her dream came true.

After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time, and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband, three children, and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life. It’s a county she adores, her love of its beautiful people and landscapes providing endless inspiration for her books, and in fact the only thing that would make Shropshire more idyllic is if it were by the sea.

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

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

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Love is in the air…?

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

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

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

What does TWG think?

Snigger….

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

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

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

Sorry, veering off a little.

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

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

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

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – 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….

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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 – #YouSayItFirst by Susan Mallery (@SusanMallery) @MillsandBoon

Tonight I am squealing with excitement to bring you my review of ‘You Say It First’ by Susan Mallery. Huge thanks to Mills and Boon for the tour invite and ARC.

You’re invited to visit a wedding destination found only in a fairy tale…

Pallas Saunders adores running her quirky wedding venue, Weddings in a Box. But if she can’t turn the floundering business around, she’ll have no choice but to trade taffeta for a stable career.

Sculptor Nick Mitchell is struggling to fill his time between commissions, so takes a day job as carpenter at Weddings in a Box… The job has its perks—mainly the captivating owner, Pallas.

Then when a desperate bride wants something completely new, Nick inspires Pallas to think outside the box. Could building a dream wedding be the start of their fairytale?

What does TWG think?

I think Cinderella has finally met her match!!! This isn’t just a story with a fairytale element to it, it’s a story which puts fairytales on the map! Wow – I’m certainly not the romantic type, nor am I a woman who has been planning her wedding since she was knee high to a grasshopper, however after reading ‘You Say It First’, if someone asked me to marry them now, I would say yes! Strangers included!

Well, slight exaggeration there….I would need to know them first! ;). I’m sure you catch my drift anyway.

Pallas has been given a gift which has pushed her mothers nose out of joint so far, it requires its own postcode. It’s safe to say that Pallas and her mother don’t always see eye to eye, which is a shame but it does happen!

With her own love life being non-existent, Pallas spends her days coordinating the dream weddings for her clients. Zombies? Easy. Seahorses? How many do you want? Hunky Roman gods? Consider it done. The business, ‘Wedding in a box’ is certainly an ‘out of box’ experience, one which requires the entire village. I loved the unique premise of the story, and I just loved watching people’s dreams come true.

As i said above, I’m not the romantic type yet I felt the romance burning through the pages! Seriously, this book should come with a free fan or something, it was sizzling!!!! I believed the lust between certain characters. It seemed so natural and unforced which was even better.

Even though this wedding filled book contains a lot of va va voom and dancing in the sheets, there is a good dose of drama, family issues and emotional situations to keep you hooked while the characters recharge their batteries.

I throughly enjoyed ‘You Say It First’ as I was able to be transported to the village where the magic happens, making this a perfect escapism. Its cosy. Its fun. It was an absolute dream to read. My only little irk was that I felt the ending was a little rushed, but after going online to check out the author, I found out that ‘You Say It First’ is book one in the ‘Happy Inc’ series. I have now found a new favourite author!

A delightful, funloving novel, full of sizzling passion and brilliant comforts. Cannot recommend this enough!

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