#BlogTour! #Promo – Take Me, I’m Yours by Lizzie Lamb (@lizzie_lamb) @rararesources

I apologise for the…49 minutes lateness, however I am excited to be promoting Lizzie Lamb’s new novel as part of my stop on the blog tour!

India Buchanan plans to set up an English-Style bed and breakfast establishment in her great-aunt’s home, MacFarlane’s Landing, Wisconsin. But she’s reckoned without opposition from Logan MacFarlane whose family once owned her aunt’s house and now want it back. MacFarlane is in no mood to be denied. His grandfather’s living on borrowed time and Logan has vowed to ensure the old man sees out his days in their former home. India’s great-aunt has other ideas and has threatened to burn the house to the ground before she lets a MacFarlane set foot in it. There’s a story here. One the family elders aren’t prepared to share. When India finds herself in Logan’s debt, her feelings towards him change. However, the past casts a long shadow and events conspire to deny them the love and happiness they both deserve. Can India and Logan’s love overcome all odds? Or is history about to repeat itself?

For the duration of the blog tour – Take Me, I’m Yours will be downloadable for 99p

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About the author.

After teaching her 1000th pupil and working as a deputy head teacher in a large primary school, Lizzie decided to pursue her first love: writing. She joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme, wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted (2012), quickly followed by Boot Camp Bride. She went on to publish Scotch on the Rocks, which achieved Best Seller status within two weeks of appearing on Amazon and her next novel, Girl in the Castle, reached #3 in the Amazon charts. Lizzie is a founder member of indie publishing group – New Romantics Press, and has co-hosted author events at Aspinall, St Pancras and Waterstones, Kensington, talking about the research which underpins her novels. Lizzie latest romance Take Me, I’m Yours is set in Wisconsin, a part of the USA which she adores. She has further Scottish-themed romances planned and has just returned from a tour of the Scottish Highlands in her caravan researching men in kilts. What’s not to like? As for the years she spent as a teacher, they haven’t quite gone to waste. She is building a reputation as a go-to speaker on indie publishing, and how to plan, write, and publish a debut novel. Lizzie lives in Leicestershire (UK) with her husband, David.

She loves to hear from readers, so do get in touch . . .

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Holiday Cruise by Victoria Cooke (@VictoriaCooke10) @HQDigitalUK @RaRaResources #Bookbirthday

The Holiday Cruise
Happy book birthday to ‘The Holiday Cruise’!!! A year down the line and I am STILL recommending this book to everyone who wants a feel-good, truly fabulous read. I said it a year ago, and I’m still saying it now – THERE NEEDS TO BE A SEQUEL!!! If you don’t believe me, read it – you really won’t be disappointed.

I have the pleasure of re-sharing my review of Victoria Cooke’s novel, so again I would like to say thank you to HQDigitalUK for the copy of the book, and thank you to RaRaResources for inviting me to take part in today’s celebrations. Congratulations Victoria!

The Holiday Cruise Cover

The high seas are calling!

As if it weren’t enough to be cheated on by her husband of ten years, Yorkshire lass Hannah Davis is losing her beauty salon business too. Luckily, her big sister is there to pick up the pieces, but Hannah is desperate to find some independence.

Impulsively, Hannah applies for a spa job…on a cruise ship! Christmas in the Caribbean, springtime in the Mediterranean, what’s not to like? But, despite being in her thirties, Hannah has never done anything on her own before, and she’s terrified.

As the ship sets sail, Hannah has never been further from home…or closer to discovering who she is and who she wants to be.

What does TWG think?

Take me back to this cruise ship!! Have you ever been so caught up in a storyline and its characters that when the story does come to and end, it’s as though you have lost one of your arms, whilst also wanting to run back to the book with your arms wide open screaming; ‘I’m sorry I left youuuuuuu. I’m sorry I had to finish youuuuu’? For those of you who have read Victoria Cooke’s novel, I am sure you’ll be nodding your heads in agreement right now. For those who haven’t read Victoria Cooke’s novel, your answer to my question will also be a yes once you pick up this book and read it!

I’m not even joking. Finishing ‘The Holiday Cruise’ was like having to leave my mum at the school gates when I was little! All I wanted to do was run back! I wholeheartedly agree with reviewer Rachel Gilbey – there has to be a sequel for this! Even though the main situation in this book reached its natural conclusion, there is oodles amounts of ways for old characters to reappear and new ones to make their presence known when it comes to a follow on book. I would be utterly devastated if we didn’t go back to visit some of these characters, I really would.

It’s clear from the onset that Hannah is pretty much sitting with her whole life broken around her. Not only has her husband decided to cheat on her, she’s also losing her business to a rival company after her so-called friend decided to be a loofah. Charming eh! With the list of people she can trust safely on the back of a stamp, Hannah decides to jump ship (literally) by working on a cruise ship. Lucky beggar…

I wanted to squish Hannah almost straight away! So much rubbish for one person, how can those people live with themselves after such betrayal? I loved how a person who loved routine, decided to do something completely against her usual values, and went to work in a spa on a cruise ship. I mean, there’s grabbing life by the starboard, and then there’s grabbing life for the starboard! I think…(yes, THINK), I may have maybe (ahem) yelped out loud ‘YOU GO GIRL!!!!’ whilst reading this book. Take away the ‘think’ and the ‘maybe’ and there is a definite chance that I did just that. Luckily my daughter was in bed at the time so I didn’t have to face the Spanish Inquisition from a four-year old. Those things are brutal!!

I have never, ever been on a cruise ship before but I can tell you now, after reading ‘The Holiday Cruise’ I would book a cruise holiday in a jiffy if I had the money. I never realised just how much there was on a cruise ship, as well as being able to stop in certain countries along the way for a bit of sightseeing. To be honest, it felt like the author was on a cruise whilst writing the novel as everything came across so realistic, pristine and pretty amazing.

I also loved how, despite Hannah’s earlier personality reservations, as soon as she found her feet on the ship, she got stuck in like a woman on a mission. To see such a broken character come out of their shell in such a short space of time was pretty emotional. It was as though Hannah was being given a second chance in life to find happiness, yet it was the first chance to do something for herself. Certainly makes you think eh?

Obviously I’m not going to go into detail about everything I loved about the book as I will end up giving spoilers, and I like to pride myself in not ruining an authors work by giving spoilers! However, I’m just going to say…..

I LOVED THIS BOOK
I LOVED THIS BOOK
I LOVED THIS BOOK
I LOVED THIS BOOK
VICTORIA COOKE COME READ ME A BED TIME STORY!

I fell in love with ‘The Holiday Cruise’ the moment Hannah stepped onto the ship. Everything about this book blew me away whilst also making me feel emotional at the same time. Throughout the book I witnessed a character find herself, new-found friends finding the courage to come out of their shells and start afresh, as well as taking notice of the underlying message the storyline contained; there are good and bad times in life, but through the bad times you must always do what is right for YOU and nobody else. Life your life YOUR way and not the way someone else wishes you would live your life. Find the courage to do things you wouldn’t usually do. Take the time out to just be, without feeling guilty. Most of all, just live…

Victoria Cooke has written such a stunning, thought-provoking and loveable read. I genuinely wish that I could read ‘The Holiday Cruise’ for the first time, every time. It’s clear that I found parts of the storyline quite emotional, but I also managed to laugh out loud multiple times. ‘The Holiday Cruise’ truly is one of the best books I have read so far this year, with author Victoria Cooke, cruising her way into my all time favourite authors list.

A majestic, inspiring, heart-warming and confidence boosting storyline – which is guaranteed to put a smile on your face, tears in your eyes, fire in your belly and love in your heart. Absolutely fantastic. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Victoria Cooke for writing a book I didn’t know I needed to read, but for also being one I know that I could never be without.

You can buy you very own copy of ‘The Holiday Cruise’ now from Amazon.

NEW BOOK NEWS!

If you haven’t seen the news on social media already, Victoria Cooke will be releasing her brand new novel, ‘It Started With A Note’ on the 2nd December.

If you wish to read more about it and pre-order your copy now, you can do so via Amazon

About the author.

Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love’ in 2016.

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Secrets We Keep by Kate Hewitt (@katehewitt1) @Bookouture


Today is the third and final day of the blog blitz for Kate Hewitt’s ‘The Secrets We Keep’. Big thanks, as always, to Bookouture for the blog blitz invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:


My whole body aches. I trawl memories of her, now so precious… my darling child. I can’t lose her…

When Tessa arrives at the little house by the lake with her two children, it is an escape. The rental house may be a bit small – but it’s theirs for the summer. A place to hide…

However, their isolation is disrupted by the family from the big house next door. Three children and their glamorous mother Rebecca – who seems determined to invite Tessa into their lives.

Rebecca, however, is harbouring a dark secret. And when it becomes too much for her to bear, Tessa seems to be the only person she can turn to.

But as powerful bonds form between the two families, choices will be made that can never be undone.

And as the summer comes to an end, nothing can keep everyone safe. And one family will pay the ultimate price…

What does TWG think?

Oh bloomin’ ‘eck, how on Earth am I going to review this one?

‘The Secrets We Keep’ had me on the fence to begin with – it’s not that I didn’t like it, I just couldn’t gel with it. I couldn’t seem to figure out the truth behind Rebecca’s actions, Tessa’s emotions, and the children’s personalities. I know that that is the whole point of a story, but as the answers seemed to come very late on in the book, I knew that I wasn’t going to change my opinion until I was able to figure out where the storyline was headed in terms of the characters.

Now, before you ask why I didn’t give up on the book, ‘The Secrets We Keep’ had something about it. I’ll be honest, I had no idea what that was yet the idea of giving up on reading this book didn’t even cross my mind. Maybe it was because I was curious about the answers to the questions I had. Maybe I was intrigued by the path that the storyline could head down. As I say, there was just something about Kate Hewitt’s storyline which kept my hands firmly gripped on my e-reader, and my eyes firmly glued to Rebecca’s life.

I suppose I can feel slightly smug here and extremely pleased, as I am SO pleased that I gave ‘The Secrets We Keep’ the time it deserved to blossom fully. For a book which had me gathering splinters on my bottom from sitting on the fence for a while, my opinion couldn’t have changed much quicker if it had tried. Seriously. I finished this book with tears in my eyes, hope in my heart, and a loss that was so strong, I could hear something shattering deep within.

Yes, ‘The Secrets We Keep’ is a slow starter. Yes, the characters keep their cards very close to their chests for a good portion of the book. But oh my flipping goodness, just like one character in the book said; ‘once the tape is ripped…’, everything came spilling out. Basically this book, in my eyes, was like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. Not just any butterfly either.  A ‘Marbled White’ – understated yet undeniably beautiful. Simple on the outside yet complex in its choices.

So, if you hadn’t guessed by now, I ended up falling head over heels with Kate Hewitt’s novel and everything it stood for. Rebecca was proof that it is okay not to be okay. She proved that the hardest choices in life are the ones which have the biggest rewards. She highlighted the importance of speaking out. For a character who came across as a highly strung, unsure, and emotional person, Rebecca ended up showing herself, and me, that there was a lot more to her than originally thought. As for Tessa, from the very beginning I yearned to take her in a hug. I yearned to kneel down in front of Katherine, look into her eyes and tell her that it’s okay to talk. I only hoped for the best for Tessa and her family, I really did. I just didn’t expect the conclusion for these characters at all, and weirdly it hurt.

‘The Secrets We Keep’ is a deeply emotional, raw, and devastating novel which shows the reality of what can often lay beneath a person’s smile, a person’s laugh. I could relate a lot to Rebecca unfortunately, and I think that is why I ended up being emotionally bound to the book and its characters. I will not be forgetting this book anytime soon, as it is one of the most poignant and life affirming novels I think I have read so far this year. It’s harrowing. It’s hard hitting. It’s emotionally draining, but it is beautiful, thought-provoking, insightful….and everything in between. One last thing I will add – keep the tissues handy, you’re going to need them.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Snow Angel Cove by RaeAnne Thayne (@Raeannethayne) @MillsandBoon


Yes, it’s September, and yes, I am on a blog tour for a festive read several months before the festive season – given the beauty of this book, you would be grabbing it with both hands before Christmas as well, so…..!!!! I am thrilled to be today’s stop on the blog tour for ‘Snow Angel Cove’ by RaeAnne Thayne. Big thank you, as always, to HQStories & Mills and Boon for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

The first book in the New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne’s Haven Point series.

A fresh start is all Eliza wants for Christmas…

Nothing short of a miracle can restore Eliza Hayward’s Christmas spirit. The job she pinned her dreams on has gone up in smoke and now she’s stuck in an unfamiliar, little town for Christmas.

Enter Aidan Caine. He can help Eliza find the perfect Christmas project – the renovation of his lakeside guest lodge. Soon he see how quickly he could fall for her. But is he’s willing to risk his heart on a yuletide romance that could lead to forever?

What does TWG think?

You know what’s squeal worthy after reading a book that you absolutely LOVED? FINDING OUT THERE IS A WHOLE SERIES!! Yes! I know!!!! ‘Snow Angel Cove’ is the first book in RaeAnne Thayne’s ‘Haven Point’ series, and there is another SEVEN books after this one! I had no idea that that was the case before I started the book as I don’t do blurbs, but I am sure you can imagine my face when I clicked onto Amazon after seeing a snippet at the back of the book – it really was like Christmas had come early. Pardon the pun, naturally.

I had absolutely no idea who RaeAnne Thayne was before I read ‘Snow Angel Cove’, yet I am so glad that I am a bit of a cover nut because this book cover is what attracted me to the story first of all. Isn’t it divine?

Anyway, onto the story. Eliza has packed her old life away, ready to start a new life in a new town with her daughter, Maddie. She’s nervous. Apprehensive. Unsure as to whether she has made a mistake or not as, when Eliza and her daughter arrive at their destination, it soon becomes clear that Eliza’s new job has ended before it had even begun. With no job, nowhere to stay, and an uncertain future ahead of them both, Eliza knows that she needs to come up with a plan and fast. She didn’t quite expect to hit the deck first though….

I don’t want to give too much of the storyline away as it is such a treasure trove of beauty, however, imagine the feeling of Christmas morning as a child, or with children of your own, and imagine that amount of excitement staying with you throughout the entire duration of the novel. ‘Snow Angel Cove’ really is something else. Don’t get me wrong, the book isn’t all snowflakes and Christmas songs as quite a few of the characters, including Eliza, have gone through their own fair share of heartache, devastation, and emotional turbulence. Yet as weird as this sounds, the fact that a lot of the characters came across as slightly vulnerable, raw, and genuine, meant that I was able to connect to the storyline on a much deeper level than if the characters had kept their guards up and hadn’t gone through what they did. If that makes sense. Obviously I’m not using their rocky moments purely for my entertainment, not at all, but because the characters had chinks in their armour, wet tissues under their pillows, and scars both emotionally and physically, it made ‘Snow Angel Cove’ appear even more beautiful.

Eliza’s daughter was such a breath of fresh air. Her one liners were utterly brilliant and I just adored how she was able to see the beauty of every little thing. I have a five-year old myself and I am just mesmerised by how resilient little people can be. They certainly show us adults how to view life.

‘Snow Angel Cove’ ticked every single box for me. From start to finish I was invested in Eliza and Aiden’s life, as well as the community of Haven Point. Sue and Jim were like the grandparents of the book who made me yearn for my own set grandparents just like them. RaeAnne Thayne did a phenomenal job of giving each character their own individual airtime in the book, but I am sure that a lot of readers will have their own favourites. I know I do!

I love, love, LOVE every single thing about ‘Snow Angel Cove’ and everything it stands for. Reading this book made me feel as though I was unwrapping a Christmas present every time I turned the page – it really is such a magical, magical book.

‘Snow Angel Cove’ is like a gigantic hug which warms you from the tips of your toes to the top of your head, and I was absolutely gutted when it came to an end. Such a heart-warming, beautifully written, cosy hug-fest which made me feel as though I was flying in the sky in Santa’s sleigh until the very last page.

I may not have known who RaeAnne Thayne was before but, after reading this outstanding novel, I can assure you that this author now has a fan for life as my bank balance will be taking a massive hit when I get the other books! I really cannot recommend this book enough.

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#BlogTour! #Review – I Give You My Heart by SarahJane Ford (@sjfordauthor) @RaRaResources


Oh my….I have no idea if my review for SarahJane Ford’s novel, ‘I Give You My Heart’ will make any sense, but I will give it my best shot. Today I am one of the bloggers reviewing this absolutely stunning book as part of the blog tour organised by RaRaResources. As always, big thank you for asking me to be involved in the blog tour and for the ARC. Here is my review:

Alice Richards looked forward to watching the seeds of love she and her husband planted bloom and
grow well into their old age. But her plans for the future shrivel up and die when she learns she has
an inoperable brain tumour.

Determined that she won’t die in vain, she decides to become an organ donor. With a few precious
months left, Alice begins documenting her fairytale romance—from their first meeting to the
children they dreamed of having. She’ll pass on every detail to her heart’s next owner… along with
careful instructions to send her husband reminders of her undying love. Before her time runs out,
Alice must find the perfect candidate to guide her husband through unimaginable grief and hold the
memory of their love in her heart.

What does TWG think?

‘If I just lay here, would you lie with me and, just forget the world….’

Yes Snow Patrol, I would indeed just forget the world because, after reading ‘I Give You My Heart’, I did not have the strength to think about anything else except this book. Period. Look, I don’t read blurbs and once again I am glad that I don’t because I went into reading this book with only my own assumption of what the book was going to be about. I mean c’mon, look at the title. For me personally, that was enough to whet my appetite for what I might stumble across as I read the book. However, I genuinely don’t think that anything could have prepared me for what lay beneath the cover of SarahJane Ford’s novel. Nothing at all. Yes, with a book about organ donation you would think the emotional parts of the storyline would be all mapped out, right? Wrong. I think I might be ill or something because my eyes kept POURING with water….what’s that all about?!

Due to what I assumed the storyline to be about (and being right), I had a slight inkling that ‘I Give You My Heart’ was going to be a very emotional read. I wasn’t wrong. However, what I didn’t realise was just how emotional the book was going to be. It wasn’t just VERY emotional, it was heartbreakingly beautiful, eyes pouring, limbs trembling, heart shattering emotional. Am I complaining? Not in the slightest. Why? Because it just goes to show that the author wrote every single word right from the heart. It proved that the author didn’t just google organ donation, she  researched it to the inch of its life. The emotion also proved that the author believed in her characters, that she believed in what Alice was doing, that she believed in the power of the heart. Love. Romance. Unforgettable memories. An author who writes like this cannot be taught – they either have IT, or they don’t, and SarahJane Ford certainly has IT.

I won’t go into detail regarding the storyline, however, as someone who has always looked at romance like a dog would look at a cat, this book made me want to feel love like Alice and Alex did. I want to be loved by someone so much that you emotions become in tune with the other ones. I want to feel the excitement of being in a relationship and loving someone with every ounce of my being. Daft eh?

Ryan is such a wonderful, genuine character who made me laugh out loud by injecting some much needed humour into the storyline. His strength throughout the novel was extremely admirable, yet it broke my heart to see him so vulnerable and in a position where he couldn’t expel his sadness because he needed to do right by his best friend. What an incredible human being he is.

As for Alice. I don’t think that I would be able to write my thoughts on her without bursting into tears once again. She may have given her heart in a time of need, but she made her way into my heart to stay.

‘I Give You My Heart’ is an incredible, beautifully written novel which took me on a journey I will never forget. From start to finish, Alice took over my thoughts, my emotions, and my logical thinking. There were times where I felt like screaming out, ‘NOOOOOO!!!!’ because I didn’t want her to die. Alice may have been a fictional character, but in the short amount of time I got to know her and her story, I felt like I had a newfound best friend and her death devastated me. Obviously I was relieved that she would no longer be suffering, but the journey surrounding her death was so vivid. So real. So…..life-like. I struggled to find the line between fictional and reality as it had become so blurred.

SarahJane Ford is an author to watch due to her phenomenal storytelling, and her outstanding ability at creating characters who end up leaving their mark on readers hearts. This book absolutely broke me in two, yet I wouldn’t have changed that feeling for the world.

‘I Give You My Heart’ is everything that is right with this world, with a hint of everything that is wrong with this world in terms of terminal illness. Even though I think that the book should come with a lifetime supply of tissues, I will be recommending SarahJane Ford’s novel until I’m blue in the face because it is absolutely stunning. Not only that, the author has put a very important subject at the theme of her book to give it the airtime it so rightly deserves. A subject which people don’t want to talk about because of how final it is. But is it?

A heart-breaking yet mind blowing read, I won’t ever forget Alice’s story because yes, she’s given her heart, but she is now stuck in my mine, being the little angel on my shoulder to show me the way. Beautiful beyond belief, ‘I Give You My Heart’ is…..perfect.

Buy now!

About the author.

SarahJane is the debut author of ‘I Give You My Heart’ which is due to be published on
September 1st 2018.

SarahJane was born in Scotland but grew up in the Cheshire countryside, which is home to her. After
a few years living in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, where she went to secondary school, she has
now settled back in Cheshire in a quirky flat surrounded by trees, birds and rolling fields.
A marketing professional since finishing her formal education SarahJane is delighted to be following
her writing dream. She still works part-time as a Marketing Manager, whilst furiously penning her
second novel.

Harbouring an adventurous spirit, SarahJane loves to travel, be surrounded by the wilderness or be
riding Cornish waves.

SarahJane loves to read (ideally by the sea!). She was raised on the greatest love stories, which is
where her romantic soul comes from. She is in love with love…Mr Darcy’s brooding looks in Pride
and Prejudice; Julia Roberts and Richard Gere’s arresting chemistry in Runaway Bride; the intensely
emotional Titanic; going weak at the knees for Danny Zuko in Grease; Cecilia Ahern’s heartbreaking
P.S. I Love You and Patrick Swayze’s mega moves in Dirty Dancing. 

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane: Part 4 – Trick or Treat by Emily Harvale (@emilyharvale) @RaRaResources

Trying to catch up on missed blog tour posts from last week, so today I have my delayed review for part four in ‘The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane’ series, ‘Trick or Treat’. Apologies again to RaRaResources and the author for my delay in posting this, but many thanks for allowing me to take part in the blog tour and for the ARC. Here is my review:


Mia Ward was amazed to inherit her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside
village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda. She was
even more astonished to discover she’d only inherit the place if she lives there for a year. 
But a lot can happen in a very short time, and life in Little Pondale is not going quite as Mia
hoped. She may have finally beaten one fear, but now heartbreak threatens to drown her.

And when at last, she starts to unravel the mystery of Matilda’s past, she uncovers an
extraordinary plan for her own future. Now just who can Mia trust? 

As the nights draw in and cold winds steal through Sunbeam Cottage, she turns to an unlikely
source for comfort and support. But with the fortune teller’s warning still ringing in her ears, is Mia
about to make the biggest mistake of her life?

What does TWG think?

Holy pumpkins and witches – that fortune teller has A LOT to answer for! I didn’t think it was possible for each part of this series to get even better as it went on, but it certainly does!

Poor Mia is still in a pickle thanks to the fortune teller’s mystic Meg antics, and everyone around her is unsure whether to take the rest of the predictions with a pinch of salt or believe in them when they see some of what the fortune teller said, come true right before their eyes. I’m not a pessimist, but even I would take something like this with a pinch of salt whilst also having an uncertain feeling in the pit of my stomach. No-one wants their life to change if they thought they were happy, but when the odds are stacked against a personal situation, what on Earth do you believe?

With Mia’s ‘friends’ showing their true colours and with some of them also sticking their noses in places which doesn’t concern them, Mia finally sees sense and begins to live her life her own way instead of the way everyone else sees fit. Of course that ruffles a few feathers, but in all honesty, why should it?

I am loving this series so far and I think the latest instalment allowed my jaw to drop even further. I was NOT expecting the journey the author took us on with certain characters, but by golly Emily Harvale certainly knows how to keep her readers interested. As I said at the start of this review, I really didn’t think it was possible for the standard of these novellas to rise with every new one published, but they do! They honestly just keep getting better and better the more we are able to delve into the characters lives in Little Pondale. Once again I am severely impressed by what I have read, and I absolutely cannot wait to catch up with Mia and co again.

If you’re after a read which ticks every single box, makes you laugh out loud and reach for the chocolate in one big swoop – ‘The Little Cottage on Lily Pond Lane – Trick or Treat’ is certainly for you. I’m not a fan of Halloween at all but if the season ended up being just like Emily Harvale described, it wouldn’t take me long to become a fan. Another gigglefest and cosyfest – I think I need to be taken to Little Pondale Anonymous!

Buy now!

About the author.

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings
where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the
SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle
All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to
your heart.

Emily says, ‘I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.’ When
she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a
wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten.
She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid
both.

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – Return to the Little Cottage on the Hill by Emma Davies (@EmDaviesAuthor) @Bookouture

Warmest wishes to Emma Davies on the publication day for ‘Return to the Little Cottage on the Hill’. Thank you to Bookouture for the blog blitz invite and the ARC of the book – here is my review:


The climb up the hill takes her past sweet-smelling pink roses in full bloom and leads her to an utterly breathtaking view. Megan is happy to be home at last, but will her relationship have survived the journey? 

It has been a difficult few years for thirty-year-old Megan Forrester, completing her apprenticeship and trying to maintain a long-distance relationship with her gorgeous boyfriend, Liam.

She’s returned home to compete in a local craft competition. The prize is the chance to design beautiful new gates for the estate at the bottom of the hill, a job which could secure her future in the village forever.

As the contest gets underway, Megan is devastated when a rival design turns out to be almost identical to hers. Someone in the close-knit community must have leaked her sketches, but who? Is it the same person spreading heartbreaking rumours about Liam?

Down to the last few left in the competition, Megan throws her heart and soul into a show-stopping final piece… but will winning even matter when the truth about Liam is finally revealed?

What does TWG think?

‘Return to the Little Cottage on the Hill’ is book number three in the ‘Little Cottage’ series, and to be perfectly honest with you all, I don’t think I will ever get bored with this series. Selfishly, I wish it would continue as there is just something uber special about all of the characters in this series. This time round however, newcomer, Megan, is the star of the show as she attempts to fulfil her lifelong dream whilst also being faced with a very green competitor. To others, winning the competition would be a lovely thing, but to Megan, winning the competition will set her up for the rest of her life – especially as it will enable her to halt her long distance relationship by turning it into a regular distance one.

Megan may be the star of the show, but as ever, Clara and the rest of the gang make their presence known in a way that made my toes curl with warmth. Don’t get me wrong, this book is filled with drama, shattered relationships, newfound irregular heartbeats, and copious amounts of calorific treats, yet all of that makes ‘Return to the Little Cottage on the Hill’, my most favourite book of the series so far.

It became clear to me early on in the book that the author had written this book from her heart. I mean, you can’t just google emotions like the ones conveyed in this book and expect them to come across relatable if you don’t truly believe in them. Emma Davies clearly did and that meant that I was also able to believe in the heartache, the raw emotion, the loving relationships as well. Having read the series from the very first book, my opinion of Agatha wasn’t very positive. In fact I’d go as far to say that it was highly negative. However, without giving too much away, I will hold my hands up and say that my opinion has completely changed. Funny how things change, isn’t it?

This might sound daft, but it made a nice change to see relationships at Joy’s Acre turn upside down a little bit. Obviously I don’t wish sadness upon anyone, but I couldn’t quite help feeling as though the relationships between Maddie, Trixie and co, were too good to be true. Perhaps that’s even jealously on my part having never had such a close-knit bond like that before. Either way, the fact that several of the characters ended up being at loggerheads made their bond a lot more realistic and very relatable.

Like I said above, ‘Return to the Little Cottage on the Hill’ is my most favourite book of the series. I felt the warmth from the authors words. I felt the hugs being transferred between the words. But, most importantly, I felt the peace fall down over Joy’s Acre. None of that would have been possible if Emma Davies hadn’t believed in her characters, her storyline, or her words.

Full of warmth, love and a constant bought of hunger, ‘Return to the Little Cottage on the Hill’ is beautifully written, compassionate, and a book that can hug you from the inside out. Perfection.

Buy now from Amazon

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. 

Pop over to her website www.emmadaviesauthor.com where, amongst other things, you can read about her passion for Pringles and singing loudly in the car. You can also wave to her on twitter @EmDaviesAuthor or find her on Facebook

#BlogTour! #MiniReview – #WhileIWasSleeping by Dani Atkins (@AtkinsDani) @simonschusteruk @TeamBATC

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Today is my stop on the #WhileIWasSleeping blog tour! It is very rare that I do this, but today instead of writing a full review for Dani Atkins’ soon to be published novel, I am writing a mini review. Why? Because I completely underestimated how much this book would shred my emotions, so much so I actually haven’t finished reading the book yet because I have had to take time to pause and gather my thoughts before continuing. Now, before anyone says anything about me reviewing a book that I haven’t finished, I would like to state that I am reviewing the parts of the book I have read, aka Part 1 and Part 2, therefore turning this into a mini review. I will also be writing another mini review once the book is completed. Thank you to Simon and Schuster for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my mini review for part one and part two:

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What if someone else was living your happy ever after?

When Maddie wakes up in a hospital bed, she can’t remember anything about what happened to her or what has changed.

She just remembers she was about to be married and had everything to look forward to.
But it seems life has become a lot more complicated while she has been asleep …

What does TWG think?

I feel like I should be crying. I feel like I should be curled up in the foetus position, cuddling into my tear soaked pillow, waiting for someone to tell me, ‘it’s okay, it was only a dream’. Should I be concerned that when I look at my reflection in the mirror, a tear stained face isn’t staring back at me? You want to know something though? I am utterly, utterly broken. My emotions are a bit backwards, lets be honest. When I am devastated, heartbroken or similar, my body doesn’t release tears. In fact it doesn’t release anything. Why? Because it shuts down. My body shuts down to protect the rest of my emotions, my soul, and everything in-between. I guess to anyone who hasn’t read this book yet, or any of Dani Atkins’ other novels, you may think that I am being melodramatic. I’m not. Dan Atkins doesn’t just write stories about people who go to bed, wake up for work, and then go out on Friday nights to meet a partner of their dreams, just so that they can sit together every Saturday night to watch ‘oh what’s their name?!’ competing in Strictly Come Dancing. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with that at all, yet this author fills her stories with raw, poignant, and naked emotion which will leave readers shivering due to unshed tears…

A bit like ‘While I Was Sleeping’.

Maddie was full of excitement. Hope. Love.

She had her whole future in front of her. Her marriage to her fiancé literally round the corner. A new life waiting for her to begin as the new ‘Mrs Turner’. Life can be cruel though, can’t it?

Forgive me for being vague here, but I owe it to the authors complex and beautiful storyline to be just that. Having been a fan of Dani Atkins’ writing for quite a while, nothing could have prepared me for what lay beneath the front cover of ‘While I Was Sleeping’. Nothing at all. And, you know what? I am so pleased that that happened as not only did I get a jaw dropping surprise, my reactions to the events within the story were one hundred percent natural and unguarded. We may think we know an authors writing style if we have read many of their books, but we don’t, and Dani Atkins proves that theory as, whilst her previous books were beautifully written, the calibre of ‘While I Was Sleeping’ went from strength to strength with every turn of the page.

You know, I struggled to even work out where real life ended and fiction began. Maddie’s life reached deep into my soul, allowing me to invest myself completely to her trials and tribulations, her fears, her worries, her hopes. ‘While I Was Sleeping’ wasn’t just a story to me, it was way more than that. I wanted to reach into the page and give Maddie a big hug, telling her that everything will be okay even though I had no idea if it would. I had high hopes that the puzzle pieces of her life will be put back together again – who wouldn’t? Dani Atkins, despite making me completely heartbroken, ensured that I kept the faith as the story progressed, sowing tiny seeds in other characters actions, ready for them to bloom in a later chapter.

‘While I Was Sleeping’ puts you in a position which you can only hope you would never, ever find yourself in, yet it also puts the reader in a safe, beautiful, and peaceful bubble thanks to the authors magnetic and enchanting story telling.

Dani Atkins is a one of a kind author who goes from strength to strength with every novel she writes, but with ‘While I Was Sleeping’, she has completely outdone herself and created a poignant, life affirming masterpiece which will not only stay in my mind for a considerably long time, it will also have a special place in my heart for the rest of my days. THIS is what its all about. THIS is why I love books. And THIS is definitely a one of a kind read – mesmerising and inspiring, ‘While I Was Sleeping’ is a book that I will forever treasure dearly.

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – The Wedding Shop on Wexley St. by Rachel Dove (@writerdove) @HQDigitalUK @Brookcottagebks

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It gives me great pleasure to be kicking off the blog tour for ‘The Wedding Shop on Wexley St.’ by Rachel Dove! Many thanks to BrookCottageBooks for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:


Maria is ready to say ‘yes’ to the dress!

As owner of Happy Ever After, Maria Mallory is Westfield’s resident wedding planner,
spending her days making dreams come true for future brides.

Maria even has her own perfect day planned out too, she just needs to find the right man. So
when she falls in love with local celeb Darcy Burgess she can’t believe her luck – it was
finally her turn for her Happy Ever After. Or so she thought.

Jilted at the altar, Maria can’t believe that her fairytale ending hasn’t come true. She’s ready to
give up on love once and for all. But little does she know that once you stop looking for it,
love has a way of surprising you…

What does TWG think?

I may not be the marrying kind, but I can’t help loving books which revolve around wedding planners, bridal shops, wedding dresses etc. Weird, I know. ‘Say Yes To The Dress’ is even one of top programs that i’m most likely to binge watch!

Maria Mallory is the local wedding planner. A wedding planner who is about to say ‘I Do’ to the man of her dreams – who wouldn’t be excited about that? Getting married is all Maria has ever wanted but, unfortunately for her, her dream of becoming a ‘Mrs’ falls apart at the last hurdle. Men. Honestly. Darcy Burgess couldn’t be further from a ‘Mark Darcy’ if he tried!

Whilst Maria attempts to lick her wounds and work at the same time, ensuring that the wedding side of her business doesn’t fall flat on its face due to her being a jilted bride, Darcy seems to have come to his senses by removing himself from his mothers claws. Snigger.

Too little too late! What a dweeb!!!! Obviously I thought a lot stronger, I mean who wouldn’t? How can someone who claims to be madly in love with another person, then leave them hanging on what should have been one of the best days of their lives, only to then reappear when it suits them? A wombling cockerel, that’s who. A muffweed. A….you get the picture.

I loved how the story progressed, with Maria’s best friend, Cassie, being an absolute STAR of a character to read. Omg I haven’t laughed that much in ages! She honestly could not give a monkeys yet her heart was the size of a football pitch. People like that are extremely rare. Even Cassie got a piece of the action as well, even though the main portion of the storyline centred around Maria’s situation.

I also loved how relatable and real all of the characters were. Maria got herself into a sticky situation (pardon the pun), and whilst I feel that she should have been honest and put it out there at the beginning, I can see why she did what she did. To be honest, I don’t think anyone can judge Maria for what she did or what she didn’t do, as there were far worse decisions being made by some of the other characters in the book. Not naming any names…

Cassie’s character was incredibly relatable. She openly admitted that her outlook on relationships was rather dated, with her fear of commitment ruining things before they had even begun. I am so pleased that Rachel Dove chose to put Cassie at the centre…ish, of the storyline as I was able to see a completely different side to her.

‘The Wedding Shop on Wexley St’ surprised me on more than one level; I even found myself getting involved in the romance between the characters (I’m not the romantic type, honestly). I adored the humour that was laced throughout the storyline from start to finish, and I absolutely adored the vibe of the overall novel. Rachel Dove made her characters, especially Maria, incredibly strong, even when they found themselves sobbing their hearts out.

I thoroughly enjoyed every ruffle, every romantic notion, every laugh out loud situation, finding myself rather at home when Maria hugged the biscuit tin. I think I may have found myself in fictional form!

A huggable, humorous, relatable, heart-warming and thoughtful novel which will have you believing in anything romance, just as long as you have a biscuit tin. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.

Buy now!

Extract.

Two hours later, Maria found herself in Harrogate, squeezed into the red dress, heels pinching her
feet, wondering why the hell she wasn’t sat on Cass’s couch eating ice cream and crying. She said the
same to Cass as they walked on tottering heels to the nearest trendy bar, Ice, in the wine bar and
posh eatery part of Harrogate’s city centre, which, coincidentally, butted up against the legal quarter
of Harrogate, and no doubt the two sides kept each other in business quite well too. Walking into Ice
with Cassie, it was hard to ignore the stares that her friend attracted. Cassie Welburn was, let’s face
it, sex on a twenty nine year old stick. She was always tanned thanks to her meticulous salon
treatments, plucked and shaped to perfection, and tonight, as usual, was dressed to kill. Even
Maria’s daring red dress looked tame in light of Cassie’s black and silver dress, slashed to the thigh,
combined with sparkly silver heels that make Cassie even taller than her just under six foot frame.
Maria blushed and nudged Cass’s elbow with her own.
“People are staring Cass” Cassie shrugged.
“Let them stare, girl. Don’t worry, I’ve got your back” Maria belatedly realised that tonight, thanks
to that ridiculous article, the stares may indeed be for her and not her glamorous friend. She cringed
inwardly, and planted a smile on her face. She took her friend by the arm, and pushing her boobs
out and her chin up, she headed to the bar. “Let’s get smashed” she declared.

About the author.

I am a writer and teacher, living in West Yorkshire with my husband, our two sons, and our furry
pets.

In July 2015, I won the Prima magazine and Mills & Boon Flirty Fiction Competition, with my
entry, The Chic Boutique on Baker Street, out now in ebook and paperback. The Flower Shop on
Foxley Street followed this in 2017 and both books hit the Amazon top 200. Chic Boutique got to
#2 in the rural life humour chart and is regularly in the top 100 of that chart.
I am the winner of the Writers Bureau Writer of the Year Award in 2016 and I have had work
published in the UK and overseas in various magazines.

My next book, The Long Walk Back, is out in January 2018 and I am currently writing the last
book in the Westfield series. My first book with Manatee Books, Nice Guys Finish Lonely, is out
in April 2018 in ebook and paperback. I love to write romantic fiction, both rom-com and harder
hitting women’s fiction.

I am also a post 16 teacher and am undertaking an MA in Creative Writing at Teesside
University.

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#BlogTour! #Review -Sunset Over the Cherry Orchard by Jo Thomas (@jo_thomas1) @AnneCater @HeadlinePG @Bookish_Becky @DavidHHeadley

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I am so very excited to be today’s stop on the blog tour for ‘Sunset Over the Cherry Orchard’ by Jo Thomas. Big thank you to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and thank you to Headline for the ARC. Here is my review:

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It’s time for Beti Winter to dance to her own beat.

After three failed engagements Beti is in desperate need of a fresh start. What better place than the sun-drenched hills of southern Spain?

But it’s not all sangria and siestas. Beti finds work on an old Andalucian cherry farm where there are cherries to be picked, trees to be watered and her fiery boss, Antonio, to win over.

As the sun toasts her skin, Beti finds herself warming to the Spanish way of life. Embracing the art of flamenco, she discovers there is much to learn from the dance of passion. She just has to let loose and listen to the rhythm of her heart.

What does TWG think?

I started this book this morning (I know, cutting it fine), but fast forward 4 hours and I was sitting with the closed (and finished) book on my lap feeling as though I had been given a new lease of life.

Beti’s uncle and cousin have honed in on her for years, taking the Mickey out everything she has done (or not done) in her life so far. They seem to think that having three engagements, two of which ended up being failed, is something to laugh about. Even though, deep down, Beti knows that she shouldn’t take their comments to heart, she can’t help but feel her confidence getting chipped away with every knifey comment they send her way. Beti has had enough of living without enjoyment, and she ends up persuading her fiancé, Will, to uproot to Spain where her dream of owning a bar waits for her. Unfortunately, luck isn’t on Beti’s side and things don’t go to plan.

Oh my, what a gorgeous book this is! I did start and finish this book this morning, I was being totally serious with that comment! I couldn’t put the book down, and to be honest, I didn’t actually want it to leave my hands. I felt so sorry for Beti, but I was absolutely livid with Will. What sort of person does that?! I think he got off lightly, I really do. I know that Beti was determined to make her dream a reality and didn’t want to live in the past and, whilst that is certainly commendable, I couldn’t help but feel that Will didn’t get what he deserved at all. Maybe it’s because I am quite a fiery person that made me think he needed to pay for what he had done.

I have to admit that I am not a fan of cherries AT ALL, yet after reading Jo Thomas’ latest novel, I felt like I wanted to pick one up and eat it. How strange! I think the cherry farm got under my skin in more ways than one, as did other wonderful things in the little Spanish village.

Jo Thomas has such a beautiful way with words – I was blown away by her vivid descriptions, her tantalising way of bringing smells and food items to life, as well as her phenomenal characters. I can often be quite guarded when it comes to some characters, yet Beti, Miguel, Antonio, and Frank (to name a few) made ‘Sunset Over the Cherry Orchard’ such a rich, indulgent, life affirming novel which had me dusting off my own dreams in no time.

I know people say that it is quite easy to follow your dreams if you really want them, but Jo Thomas certainly proves that everyone is different, with some people struggling with their confidence to sit there and say ‘I will own my dreams’. Take a look at Beti. She went through personal heartbreak and professional hard graft, both which ended up taking a bit of time, all to reach her dreams without settling for less. There are people who cannot make their dreams become a reality because they don’t have the resources that some other people do, nor do they have the luck of others. Or maybe their face might not fit. I am one of those people, so finding a character like Beti which I ended up relating to, made me feel far less alone. That probably sounds incredibly daft, but Beti’s face didn’t fit. She didn’t know where she belonged. She knew what she wanted from her life, yet she couldn’t quite grasp it.

‘Sunset Over the Cherry Orchard’ put a massive smile on my face, fire in my belly, and hope in my heart during a time where I couldn’t have needed it more. I absolutely loved reading every page of this book, as well as learning a bit more about Spain.

A beautifully written, heart-felt, poignant, fiery and outstanding novel which will be staying in my heart for a very, very long time, guaranteed.

Buy now!

About the author.

Jo Thomas worked for many years as a reporter and producer, first for BBC
Radio 5, before moving on to Radio 2’s The Steve Wright Show. In 2013 Jo
won the RNA Katie Fforde Bursary. Her debut novel, The Oyster Catcher, was
a runaway bestseller in ebook and was awarded the 2014 RNA Joan Hessayon
Award and the 2014 Festival of Romance Best Ebook Award. Jo lives in the Vale
of Glamorgan with her husband and three children.