‘Cause every night I lie in bed, the brightest colours fill my head, #AMillionDreams are keeping me awake @AtkinsDani @HoZ_Books

Huge thanks to Head Of Zeus for the blog tour invite for Dani Atkins and ‘A Million Dreams’, as well as the ARC. I am delighted to be hosting a review today.

Beth Brandon always dreamed of owning a florist, but today the bouquets of peonies and bright spring flowers are failing to calm her nerves. Because today, Beth has a life-changing decision to share with her husband.

Izzy Vaughan thought she and her husband would stay together forever, but sometime last year, their love began to fade. They both find such joy in their young son Noah – but is he enough to keep them together?

Eight years ago, something happened to these two women. Something that is about to bring them together in a way no-one thought possible…

What does TWG think?

I really didn’t know what to expect with this one, but it sure as hell wasn’t this!! Oh my goodness me!

Two different women, both connected by one devastating move.

Two strangers, both connected by the loss of their beloved partners.

One story, connected by the journeys of multiple people, all with conflicting and powerful emotions. Nevermind a million dreams, a million THOUGHTS went through my head reading this, with the main one being ‘what would I have done in that situation?’. Looking back now, i can’t help but think that that was a very stupid question of me to ask myself, because how on earth would anyone know what they would do about a situation they may never find themselves in? We can only surmise about situations, but can any of us really put ourselves in a particular position when our lives are completely different?

Tough one to answer. I couldn’t even begin to imagine what went through the minds of the individuals involved, even though as readers, we had more of an insight to personal thoughts than the other characters. One wrong move caused so much devastation, not just for one person, but many. A decision made by people who have a lot of faith invested in them by communities.

Dani Atkins is incredible. Her attention to detail in this book is second to none and her empathetic tone shone through her words like a beacon. Not only that, the way she described such a rare, yet life changing situation, was both gutsy and very poignant. Atkins didn’t seem to sugar coat the frustration, the motherly instinct, nor the fear of wanting to flee to protect who you love. Her honesty was outstanding, which just goes to show just how much research was done to get the storyline bang on.

As a reader, I felt as though I was intruding on such a personal moment, yet on the other hand I couldnt tear my eyes away from what was unravelling before me.

‘A Million Dreams’ is a story that will have you invested in its poignancy in no time. A story that will test your emotions, whilst also questioning your own choices. A story that puts grief in the spotlight in a way that rendered me speechless, and even THAT is no mean feat.

Beautiful beyond belief, and probably the best book that Dani Atkins has written to date – outstanding and life changing, I loved it. This is a book that is going to stay with me for a very, very long time to come.

Buy now.

Sparks are flying in Coming Home to Merriment Bay Part 2! @EmilyHarvale @RaRaResources

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Part 2 is here! Thanks so much to Rachel, as usual, for the blog tour invite and ARC of Emily Harvale’s next instalment in the ‘Coming Home to Merriment Bay’ series. Here is my review:

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Part Two of this heartwarming four-part serial about finding the strength to put the past behind you and to reach out for a future filled with happiness and love.

Cat Devon knew she couldn’t avoid Amias Wells for long. She also knew sparks would fly the moment they came face to face. They never did get on and nothing has changed in eighteen years – except that Amias is even more annoying. So why does Cat still catch her breath whenever he looks her way?

The fact he flies a vintage Spitfire for the Merriment Bay WWII Museum doesn’t interest Cat, but his knowledge of the former RAF pilots stationed there certainly does. She wants to find out all she can about the man in the photo in Viola’s trunk. And what with hospital visits, dealing with her mum, and sorting out problems with Viola’s house, Cat could use more than just Kyra’s help.

But Kyra makes it clear she thinks Cat and Amias should spend more time together. Which is ridiculous. Apart from the fact they don’t get on, Amias wasn’t interested in Cat before the accident that left the ugly scars on her face and body, so he definitely won’t be attracted to her now. Besides, Cat’s not looking for romance. She’s happy with her life just the way it is.

What does TWG think?

It was so good to be back with Cat and co in ‘Sparks Fly’ as part one left me in a little bit of a quandary! Who was Cat’s dad? And why was her mum refusing to give her more details about her father? What was the big secret?

The identity of Cat’s father didn’t seem to be the only secret that had fallen at the family’s feet as, during a clear out of Granny Viola’s things, a random man tumbles out of a pile of letters. Not the ACTUAL man, because that would be a little bit weird and, quite frankly, Viola could get into quite a bit of bother if that were the case! No, I mean a photograph of a random man. Who was he and why does Viola have a photo of him in her possessions?

So many questions, so little answers. Unfortunately, the only person who would be able to shed some light on both of the secrets is the one person who simply cannot. And, to be perfectly blunt, that person may never even be able to either!

Cat really isn’t doing herself many favours at all. I know that she can’t get over some things that were said when she was pregnant with her daughter, Kyra, and afterwards, yet she is using that against people (well, one person in particular) who is only trying to help. I can see why she thinks that they have an ulterior motive, but surely she needs to understand that 18 years is a long time? I can’t help but feel as though she is living in the past and clearly there are reasons for that, what with the unanswered questions and what not. I have everything crossed that Cat won’t come down with a bang and realise that she has pushed people away. Although, that said, her mother is far worse and why someone hasn’t told her, and her gentleman friend to go and do one, is beyond me!

Once again I was left in a quandary as not many of the questions were answered in this instalment, however it has certainly made me more eager to dive into part three. I simple adore Emily Harvale’s addictive storytelling and her ability to get the most out of each and every one of her characters.

Sparks certainly did fly in this book and I have a huge feeling that it won’t be the only time either!

Another fab little read, and another brilliant addition to a series that looks to be shaping up quite well! Part three here I come!

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I’m looking forward to that #OneChristmasNight in particular…. @HayleyThough #HayleyWebster @KatieVEBrown @TrapezeBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #blogtour

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I have been SO looking forward to this book, and I am absolutely delighted to be hosting Hayley Webster and ‘One Christmas Night’ on my blog tour. Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton and Trapeze for the tour invite and ARC.

‘One Christmas Night’ by Hayley Webster will be published by Trapeze on the 14th November.


Nine lives. One street. And a secret behind every door.

Christmas is ruined on Newbury Street, Norwich.

Presents have been going missing from resident’s homes. There are rumours going around that it’s one of their own who’s been stealing from the neighbours. Festive spirit is being replaced with suspicion and the inhabitants of Newbury Street don’t know who to trust. The police presence isn’t helping matters, especially when they all have something to hide.

But Christmas is a time for miracles… and if they open themselves up to hope and look out for each other, they might discover the biggest miracle of all..

What does TWG think?


I have literally not long finished reading this book so I am still in a ‘One Christmas Night’ bubble of excitement. I mean, WOWZA!

Don’t be fooled by the rocks that I got, I’m still, I’m still Jenny from the block…..

Well, evidently I’m NOT, but what I’m trying to say is that you shouldn’t be fooled by the cover of this book. I’m not saying it isn’t pretty, because it is! There is just truck loads more to the storyline than the cover lets on.

Firstly, there is a strong mysterious, crime element to the book as a thief is on the loose and they’re making the most of the fact that people have been Christmas shopping for their pilfering.

Secondly, the storyline is set during the most festive time of the year, so all of the characters are getting into the Christmas spirit with their families. That said, I think that that one was evident due to the title!

Thirdly, the author has lightly touched on topics such as grief, coercive control, emotional abuse, blended families – just to name a few.

So, you see, there is so much for readers to discover under the cover, and I still cannot quite believe just how much the author has spoiled us with all of this content! If I could liken ‘One Christmas Night’ to something, I would say that Hayley Webster’s book is like a pick’n’mix; a story that jam packed with treats of all different sizes, with something for everyone in the never-ending paper bag of joy. I absolutely ADORED ‘One Christmas Night’! I loved the mixture of topics and the way that the author created many colourful characters that seemed to blend together like a rainbow. I thought the opening to the story was such a brilliant hook! I was so eager to turn the pages and find out more, yet there was also a part of me that didn’t want to turn them as I didn’t want the book to end, or the bubble to pop.

My heart went out to Irma, Mrs Finch, and Joanie mainly, however I also had a soft spot for Rocky. He struck me as such an understated character who would have appreciated being noticed for who he was, rather than being noticed for everything he wasn’t, just like his brother. I did wonder whether Rocky felt a bit stuck in the background due to being a ‘nice guy’, or whether he just blended in because he couldn’t deal with the firework type confrontation.

As I have said multiple times, there is so much in this book to sink your teeth into and, whilst I would usually find a book like this to be a bit overcrowded and overwhelming, I thought it worked BLOODY well. Not only that, the humour in the story was laugh out loud brilliant, and definitely an antidote for all of the other heartbreaking elements of the book. If you’re after a book that leaves you in a bubble of hope, power, and festive fun, I couldn’t recommend this one more if I tried!

Can I just say that Hayley Webster has written one of my all-time favourite books with ‘One Christmas Night’. This read was everything I could have wished for, and more. I am honestly in awe of the authors incredible talent to combine such diverse topics in a storyline that has literally rocked my world! This is One Christmas Night that I won’t be forgetting in a hurry.

Absolutely flipping brilliant! If I could rate this as high as all the stars in the sky I would, without a doubt!!!!

Pre-order now! Published 14th November.

Uhoh! I’m #SnowedInAtThePractice! @CotswoldPenny @SimonschusterUK @AnneCater

Thank you Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and thank you to the publisher for the ARC of Penny Parke’s upcoming novel, ‘Snowed in at the Practice’. This book is set to be published by Simon & Schuster on the 14th November.

Larkford Surgery is the heart of a tightknit community in the Cotswolds, as well as a hotbed of drama, rivalry, resentment and romance – and that’s just the doctors …

Dr Holly Graham is finding life with two sets of twins exhausting. Even with husband Dr Taffy Jones and devoted friend Elsie by her side, she is completely outnumbered. Making the transition back to work will be no easy feat but a regular slot on Radio Larkford as their on-air doctor might be the perfect stepping stone, until an unexpected job offer changes everything.

Dr Alice Walker’s new canine clinic at Larkford Surgery with Coco, her assistance dog, has been a storming success. If only shipping her best friend, Dr Tilly Grainger, in from South America to cover for Holly had been such a smooth transition. It seems that Tilly isn’t finding life in the peaceful Cotswolds valley as rewarding as she’d hoped, and she is causing chaos …

What does TWG think?

Emotion? Check.

Heartwarming? Check.

Thought provoking? Check.

The perfect escapism? Double check!

What I love most about Penny Parkes’ novels is the way she captures the heart of her characters, whilst captivating her readers at the same time. In my eyes, that is a talent that you either have or you dont, and Parkes certainly has that talent!

Dr Holly Graham has swapped her scrubs and latex gloves, for nappies and dribbles. Holly loves being a mum and wouldn’t change it for the world, yet she cant help but miss her patients and the job she has temporarily left behind. Some people think that mothers cant have it all, yet Holly is determined to prove them all wrong.

Holly isnt the only one finding her feet, there is a new resident to the town who is finding it difficult to settle in and is worrying that she may have made the worst decision she has ever made.

In this story there is sunshine and rainbows mixed in with rain clouds and gales – you honestly get the best of both worlds in terms of uplifting storyline, and a storyline which makes your eyes close to leaking. The dynamics of the book were brilliant, and the variation between light and shade was incredible, as I felt that it kept me on my toes due to being unable to work out what to expect. I didn’t know what was going to be around the corner on the next page, and the fact that there were several characters with colourful personalities, made the element of surprise all the more addictive.

I thoroughly enjoyed the latest installment in the Larkford series. It was such a joy to lose myself in, and the festive frolics were an additional bonus in an already incredible read.

Heartwarming and memorable, ‘Snowed in at the Practice’ is THE perfect escapism for every single day of the year. I loved it.

Pre-order now.

Sit tight, its reunion time as I’m #ComingHomeToMerrimentBay #Partone @emilyharvale @RaRaResources

Next up on TWG is my review of another delightful, Emily Harvale treat, ‘Coming Home to Merriment Bay – Part One’. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the tour invite and ARC.

After eighteen years apart, reclusive Cat Devon still recognises her mum’s handwriting. Plucking up the courage to open the letter, its contents send Cat and her teenage daughter, Kyra racing to Merriment Bay, the seaside village where Cat grew up.

But Cat is shocked to find the situation is worse than expected. Despite everything, Cat considers herself to be an optimist at heart and Kyra takes after her. Looking on the bright side may not improve things, but it definitely can’t make them worse.

Clearing out the house that, even now, Cat fondly thinks of as home, she stumbles upon more than just memories in the battered leather trunk in Granny Viola’s bedroom. She discovers a faded photo of an RAF pilot, a pile of unopened letters, and a mystery waiting to be solved.

Who is the man in the – clearly treasured – photo? Cat and Kyra are intent on finding out. But that’s not all Cat’s determined to do. It’s time she came to terms with her past and made peace with her mum and her gran. All the while avoiding bumping into the one man she never quite got over … and keeping a few secrets of her own.

What does TWG think?

Ever wondered how to kick start a new series? THIS is the way to do it! What a brilliant, brilliant start to a new series! The only downside to it is that I have to wait for the next installment (not long though, but still).

Cat Devon is about to taking a stroll down memory lane after receiving a letter from her mum after so many years of no contact. Why did Cat and her mum stop talking? Why have the family not made the journey to see each other over the years? A lot of things have happened since Cat and her mother were together, and now that Cat’s daughter, Kyra, has turned 18, the feeling of keeping issues a secret is no longer at the forefront of Cat’s mind. She knows that her daughter deserves to know the truth, especially given the fact that her dad is no longer around to tell her the story himself.

Interesting family dynamics makes for excellent reading. As weird as this sounds, it’s nice to read a story about a family who’s life is marginally worse than yours. I know that families are prone to problems and can often go a while without talking, so in a dodgy way it was refreshing to see that lives aren’t perfect even in fiction.

Cat is an interesting character to get to know as her personality is one that I cant quite seem to get a handle on. As for her mother, geez, I took an instant dislike to her for reasons that make themselves known near enough straight away. Perhaps there is more to the overall story that meets the eye, and I would be interested to see how their personalities develop over time.

To say that this is an intriguing start to the series would be an understatement. I really enjoyed the start of the new series and I have high hopes for what may follow after reading this book. I am so delighted that Emily Harvale has decided to write a new series, and I just love the way she writes multi-layered stories flawlessly and in a way that I always want more. Fabulous start!

Buy now.

#TheChristmasWishList, yes please!! I hope I’m on the nice list this year!! @heidi_swain @TeamBatc

Thank you so much to Simon and Schuster for the blog tour invite and ARC of ‘The Christmas Wish List’ by Heidi Swain. I am delighted to be today’s stop on the blog tour today!

After being let go from her job in a swanky hotel just weeks before Christmas, Hattie is feeling lost. Even more so when her high-flying boyfriend announces he’s landed his dream job in Abu Dhabi and asks her to move with him. Luckily, Hattie’s long-time friend Dolly is on hand to help and invites Hattie to spend one last holiday in the small, festive town of Wynbridge, determined to give her a Christmas to remember . . .

Upon Hattie’s arrival, holiday preparations are in full swing. But for Hattie, whose Christmas cheer has long since run out, it’ll take more than mince pies and mistletoe to open her heart to the season once more. Relishing the task of reigniting Hattie’s Christmas spirit, Dolly suggests they create a wish list of all the things the season can offer, and with the helpful hands of Wynbridge’s resident handyman, Beamish, Hattie finds her frosty exterior is starting to thaw.

As Wynbridge prepares for its most spectacular Christmas yet, will Hattie leave snowy England behind for life in a sunnier clime, or will she in fact realise that her heart’s desire lies much closer to home?

What does TWG think?

Heidi Swain is one of my ALL TIME favourite authors and I now have every single book that she has published, reading ‘The Christmas Wish List’ just cemented my love for the author and the way she makes her characters come to life in her own I unique way.

Even though this book is another installment in the ‘Wynbridge’ series, each book in the series can be read as a standalone. Of course, I highly suggest that you read each and every one of Heidi Swain’s novels just so that you can experience the magic in each book.

What I loved most about this read, was the way we got to see other characters from other books as they made this storyline come to life and it was such a joy to catch up with characters from the very beginning.

‘The Christmas Wish List’ is full to the brim of festive delights, Christmas antics, and enough magic to make the Christmas dreams of all ages come to life. Despite that, there is quite a dark theme to the story as the main character, Hattie, is going through something which is quite difficult to read in terms of the subject of coersive control, something which needs a lot more awareness than its currently getting.

Hattie is such relatable character, and her situation is one that people will be able to find strength in. I think that Heidi Swain’s addition of such a misunderstood subject, is a genius move and one that should be applauded due to her sensitivity and poignancy.

I fell in love with ‘The Christmas Wish List’, and I loved feeling as though Christmas was just around the corner. From start to finish, the storyline captured my heart and left me bereft at the very end. Another absolutely stunning, iconic read that is full of heart, hope, and sheer beauty. Heidi Swain, you’ve done it again!

Buy now.

Sorry it’s a late one! Can’t believe I nearly missed #TheWeddingOnMistletoeIsland! @orionbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n @Sophie_Pembroke

As always, thanks go to Tracy Fenton for the tour invite, and Orion for the ARC – here is my review of ‘The Wedding on Mistletoe Island’ by Sophie Pembroke.

Welcome to Mistletoe Island, where dreams can come true…

The snow is falling and Fliss’s friends have arrived to celebrate her wedding for a week at Holly Cottage. It’s the perfect way to kick off her brand-new life, isn’t it?

Except Ruth wishes she was anywhere other than a remote Scottish island, Caitlin is keeping a secret from her friends, Lara is suddenly facing her ex a decade after turning down his proposal and even the bride has something to hide…

But as the friends prepare for a week to remember, will Fliss’s dream wedding go off without a hitch, or will the secrets they’ve been hiding change everything?

What does TWG think?

If a title contains a word associated with Christmas, you would think that the storyline would follow the same path, right? Wrong!

I was half expecting a fully blown, inflatable-esque Santa type storyline where the characters lived and breathed Christmas. However what I got was a book which contained a little dusting of festive activity, and a lot of soul searching from both myself AND the characters. Was I disappointed that the book ended up being something I wasnt expecting? No, far from it, in fact I was genuinely surprised by how the storyline became a book that I hadn’t even realised I needed.

Fliss is due to get married to Ewan on Christmas Eve Eve. She has her theme the way she wants it, her cake is literally the icing on the cake, and she cannot wait to become Mrs Bennett. Of course the mother and the mother in law had their own ideas as to how the wedding should be, ignoring the fact that they were making changes against the brides wishes, turning the wedding into something Fliss no longer recognised. But that’s ok….yeah?

With her group of friends beside her, Fliss cant help but reminisce about their deeply entwined paths where certain nicknames were given, relationships were made, and memories were cemented into everyone’s brains; both the good AND the bad. But how well do the group really know each other? Are they just pretending to be a person who they think others would like, without being true to themselves? Or are they being genuine and honest, rather than throwing a spanner in the works by disagreeing with one of the strong personalities?

At first, I couldn’t work out what route the story was taking, nor could I see the point behind each of the characters throwing things up in the air and the storyline leaving them dangling until much later. Of course I needed to be patient, which I soon realised the more of the book I read, however I couldnt help but be a little doubtful.

Good things come to those who wait, and the point of the story became much clearer in the latter half of the book. Finally truths came out and the characters ended up showing who they truly were and why they ended up hiding. Or, in Lara’s case, what was worrying her. Well, they all had worries.

The whole soul searching aspect of the book was such a poignant piece of writing and it certainly made me stop and think about my own character, and whether I am actually being true to myself. I think that everyone lives their life for another person at some point in their lifetime, yet people need to realise that living life for yourself is in no way selfish, and is your right as a human being.

Seeing as I thought that Sophie Pembroke’s novel was going to be a lot more light hearted, I really did appreciate the emotive situations and deep rooted thoughts between the characters, which in turn led me to think outside the box. I was not expecting it at all and, now that I understand what the author was trying to achieve now that I have read the entire book, I can safely say that ‘The Wedding on Mistletoe Island’ is a story that delivers on humour and inspiration, whilst also being rather emotive. I ended up really enjoying this book, and I am so glad that I told myself to be patient as this was definitely something worth waiting for.

Buy now.

I know its only November, but is anyone up for #AChristmasKiss? @ElizaJScott1 @RaRaResources

Happy publication day, Eliza.J.Scott and ‘A Christmas Kiss’! I am so excited to be sharing my review today, thank you so much to RaRaResources for the tour invite and ARC.

A sparkling festive romance that will warm your heart this Christmas.

The week before Christmas, GP Zander Gillespie finds his festive plans in tatters. He’s supposed to be flying out to his parents’ chateau in Carcassonne with his high-maintenance girlfriend, Melissa. But she has other ideas. She wants to spend Christmas in London with her party friends – and he’s not invited.

The prospect of facing his family, with their questions and their sympathy – not to mention the ‘I told you so-s’ – just isn’t an option. Instead, Zander decides to head to his holiday cottage in the quaint moorland village of Lytell Stangdale, where he intends to hide away with his faithful rescue Labrador Alf.

Eighty miles away, Livvie’s world has come crashing down. With plans to cook a romantic meal for her boyfriend, she heads home early and walks in on him in a compromising position with their neighbour. Fed-up of his lies and philandering ways, this is the final straw.

With her Christmas plans up in smoke, the thought of spending it with her parents and her smug, married sister with her pompous husband in tow, is enough to bring Livvie out in hives. So, when she fires up her laptop and finds the perfect little holiday cottage in Lytell Stangdale available to rent over the festive period, it seems the perfect solution. Or is it…?

Zander didn’t believe in love at first sight until he set eyes on Livvie.

Livvie had sworn off men until she met Zander.

The pair may be reluctant to give in to temptation, but fate seems to have other ideas…

What does TWG think?

Any book that has me reading it from start to finish in 2.5 hours without putting it down once, in my eyes, is a bloody belter of a read!

I don’t usually state my star ratings in my reviews, however this is one of the easiest 5 stars I have EVER awarded a book. I really do wish that I could bottle up my feelings of the story, just so everyone else can experience what I did. But, because I cant, I can only cross my fingers that you pick up this read instead.

The absolute star of the show who deserves to be a mascot of the entire series, is little Alfie boy. That four legged little cutie hasn’t had the best of times and his owner, Zander, briefly explains what happened to him. I’ll be honest, it brought tears to my eyes. How anyone can treat a defenceless animal like dirt, causing them harm, is beyond me. Alf’s antics had me in hysterics and his personality was such fun to read about. I loved him!

As for the rest of the storyline, I loved that too. Whilst the general vibe of the story is fun and full of humour, the author does touch upon several topics such as coersive control, manipulation, infidelity, and emotional abuse. For some readers, those topics may be difficult to read, however the author has written them with such sensitivity and grace, and I thought that they were all delivered very well and had a strong reason to be a part of the overall storyline. I’m not saying that I wasnt affected by what I read, because I have, just like many, been in a similar position myself. In fact, I was utterly livid with the way that Livvie was treated, and the way it had the dominio effect on her confidence. She really didn’t deserve that at all, but I was so glad that she had someone in her corner.

I’m not really a believer of love at first or people falling in love in a short space of time. Now I’m not saying that it doesnt happen, because evidently it does, I just personally cant see it….probably because it has never happened to me. Anyway, despite my slight pessimism surrounding that, I truly did believe the connection between Zander and Livvie. I felt the sizzling tension, the crackling romance fizzing in the air between them, and that is all down to the outstanding talent of Eliza.J.Scott. If it wasnt for her beautiful character creation, the well thought out romance, and her incredible, incredible writing talent, I would have sat and eye rolled Zander and Livvie’s ‘love at first sight’ stuff.

It just goes to show that, if something is written well, readers will believe anything. It’s all in the power of the craft and I am very, very impressed at what Eliza.J.Scott achieved in this book.

It was so lovely to recognise some of the other characters who popped up in this story as, weirdly enough, I had missed them and it was fab to catch up as though we were all long lost friends.

I hope that this series keeps on going because i will be absolutely devastated should it end. I have loved ALL of the previous books in the series, yet they just keep on getting better and better each time – I really have no idea how she does it.

Like I said, I’m not a believer in love at first sight, but I can assure you that once you meet Alf, you’ll be inviting that four legged cutie into your bed!

Sublime, addictive, enchanting, poignant – utterly, utterly brilliant. I dont know what else I can say except buy it, read it, and I can guarantee that you will love ‘A Christmas Kiss’ as much as I did.

Buy now from Amazon UK

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Stuff cooking this year, I’m having #ChristmasatRachelsPuddingPantry! Who’s joining me?! @_caroroberts @fictionpubteam @HarperFiction @JenRHarlow

Wahey, it’s the second book in the #PuddingPantry series, and I am delighted to be on the blog tour for it today! Thank you so much to the Harper Fiction team for the tour invite and the ARC.

Cosy up with the new novel in the Pudding Pantry series, full of love, laughter, kisses under the mistletoe, and plenty of delicious pudding!

The first snow is falling over Primrose Farm, the mince pies are warming, and Rachel can’t wait to share a kiss under the mistletoe with her gorgeous new flame, Tom.

If only it was all comfort and joy . . . The arrival of Tom’s ex brings an unwelcome chill to the farm. And despite Master Baker Mum Jill’s valiant efforts, the new pudding pantry business is feeling the pinch.

With a spoonful of festive spirit, a cupful of goodwill with friends, and her messy, wonderful family by her side, can Rachel make this a Christmas to remember?

What does TWG think?

There needs to be a pudding pantry in every single town! Please don’t burst my bubble and tell me that I can’t have Christmas at Rachel’s pudding pantry this year – I’m just going to pretend that i can! Can you blame me?!

Caroline Roberts is an absolute GENIUS for creating Rachel’s pudding pantry and, after devouring the first book in one sitting, I had very high hopes for this installment. Was it going to live up to my expectations? Would the addition of a sequel make the series stronger, or weaker? Would I enjoy it as much the second time round?

In answer to those questions;

YES, it more than lived up to my expectations, in fact it went above and beyond.

NO, the addition of the sequel made the series even stronger as we got to see different sides to the characters.

And YES, I definitely enjoyed popping in to visit the gang in the pudding pantry again. I don’t think I would ever get bored of the characters or the delectable treats which have caused me to drool whilst reading!

Maisy reminds me so much of my little girl because of the ‘out of the mouth of babes’ comments, and her sassy personality. I love her character and the way that she adds so much energy to the story. Such a breath of fresh air.

It was great to see a different side to Rachel, although I did find all of her conversations very stilted and very ‘she said’. I found it to be a little awkward at times and felt that it was missing the conversational flow like the previous book.

That said, the emotions were rife again and the way in which Rachel spoke about her dad, was incredibly moving. I could tell that all she wanted to do was make him proud, even if that meant running herself down to the ground.

If you have read any of Caroline Roberts’ previous books, you will be happy to know that a couple of characters from other stories pop up in this book! A lovely surprise I must add! It was honestly like catching up with some old friends.

That’s what I love most about Caroline Roberts’ novels – the way that her storylines welcome readers with open arms each and every time, like you’re a long lost friend popping round for a cuppa. Going back to the Pudding Pantry certainly gave me that cosy and welcoming feel I didn’t quite realise I was needing.

With so much food for thought (literally) filling the pages of this book, ‘Christmas at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’ is a genuinely warm, entertaining read which tickled my tastebuds and left me hungry for more. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with Rachel, Jill, Maisy, and the rest of the gang, although I would have to say that this book should come with free cake! I’m salivating!!!

A touching, emotive, cosy, and delectable novel that is PERFECT for losing yourself in and devouring each and every morsel. Sorry, ahem, I mean pages. I loved it.

Buy now.

Put the kettle on, I’m #ComingHomeToWinterIsland! @jo_thomas01 @AnneCater @headlinepg

I am delighted to welcome back, Jo Thomas, to TWG today as I review her latest novel, Coming Home to Winter Island. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and many thanks to the publisher, Headline, for the ARC.

Do you need to find out where you’ve come from before you can know what the future holds?

Ruby’s singing career is on the verge of hitting the big time, when her voice breaks. Fearing her career is over, she signs up for a retreat in Tenerife to recover.

But an unexpected call from a stranger on a remote Scottish island takes her on a short trip to sort out some family business. It’s time to go and see the grandfather she’s never met.

City girl Ruby knows she will be happy to leave the windswept beaches behind as quickly as she can, especially as a years-old family rift means she knows she won’t be welcome at Teach Mhor.

But as she arrives at the big house overlooking the bay, she finds things are not as straightforward as she might have thought.

There’s an unexpected guest in the house and he’s not planning on going anywhere any time soon …

What does TWG think?

Absolutely beautiful – if emotion doesn’t make itself known in any shape of form throughout this book, I’d want to know why!

Ruby has a life plan. Wait, I’ll rephrase that…her boyfriend, Joe, has a life plan and Ruby just happens to be the one doing all of the hard grafting. I know, I know – it didn’t make much sense to me either, but what do I know?

Thanks to Ruby’s voice not working as well as she needs it to, what with her being a professional singer and everything, Ruby decides to take a break to Tenerife for some well deserved relaxation. However, due to an out of the blue phone call, Ruby’s plans are now scuppered and shes needed elsewhere. Personally, I thought she got more out of her visit to Scotland than Tenerife!

I loved how we got to know more about Ruby in Scotland. She seemed to fit into her grandfathers way of living, even if she had never met him before. I wasn’t entirely keen on the community though! I know that people are protective about newcomers, especially in a close knit community, but they didn’t do themselves much favours by coming across stuck up. Like I say, I can see why they were like it as their loyalties laid with Ruby’s grandfather, but then again, Ruby didn’t exactly help herself though!

As I said at the start, the storyline is full to the brim with such heartfelt and poignant emotion, I dont think I could have stopped the tears pricking my eyes if I had tried. It was so lovely to watch memories being reunited, families having their dreams come true, and legacies leaving their marks.

Coming Home to Winter Island, is the perfect read to lose yourself in, and escape to a realm that only Jo Thomas can create. This is a story that captures the true essence of dreams, and the powerful mark that memories can leave for multiple generations.

I loved visiting Winter Island, and I think that Jo Thomas has written yet another beautiful, inspiring novel that will leave it’s own mark on readers from all walks of life.

Buy now.