#BlogTour! #Review – Summer on the Little Cornish Isles: The Starfish Studio by Phillipa Ashley (@PhillipaAshley) @AvonBooksUK


I have never been more excited to review a book with Cornish/Cornwall in the title before, until now! I am so excited to be today’s stop on Phillipa Ashley’s blog tour for ‘Summer on the Little Cornish Isles: The Starfish Studio’. Big thank you to Avon Books for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

Poppy has always loved Cornwall – the crisp sea air, the welcoming community. So when her boyfriend Dan suggests they leave their office jobs and take over the Starfish Studio on the Isles of Scilly, Poppy doesn’t need asking twice.

But things don’t go to plan when Dan dumps her, weeks before they’re due to move. Determined not to give up, Poppy accepts the help of local photographer Jake, her landlord’s grandson. But Jake is distracted by a loss from his past.

Can they turn the crumbling gallery into a success in time for tourist season? And will a summer on the little Cornish Isles mend just the studio – or Poppy’s heart too?

What does TWG think?

-swoons- Why am I only starting to read this series now?! I think I have been hiding under a rock or something, because I see no other explanation as to why I haven’t read any of the ‘Cornish Isles’ series! This is book three!! At least I do prove that you don’t have to read the books in order and that they can be read perfectly well as a standalone. Hell, I didn’t even realise that this was a series until I looked on Amazon!

I absolutely devoured ‘Summer on the Little Cornish Isles: The Starfish Studio’ in a few hours, how could I not when the story was so enchanting, enticing and beautifully written? The moment Poppy stepped over the threshold into the Starfish Studio, it was like love at first sight. Not only did the beauty of the studio and its contents blow Poppy away, she was rather taken with the artist himself Several years later, Poppy finds herself stepping over the threshold of the studio again to start her new life. Whilst part of Poppy was hoping her new life would begin smoothly, she couldn’t have been prepared for what lie waiting for her. Her ex-boyfriend, Dan, might think that she wouldn’t be able to cope, but Poppy is made of strong stuff, a lot stronger than what people give her credit for…

Oh my goodness me, I’m just going to lay my cards straight on the table; I love, love, LOVED this book! What a beautiful, beautiful story which seemed to capture my heart and soul from the moment Poppy got off the boat. There was something so magical about her character and, even without knowing too much about her, I just knew that she was going to go up in my estimations the more of the story I read.

As for Jake, oh Jake…he’s a bit of a shattered soul bless him, I couldn’t help but laugh at his relationship with Leo! I am being vague on purpose as I don’t wish to give anything away, but please do trust me when I say that this is a story that needs to be given as much love as it will give its readers.

I was blown away by how free-spirited the story made me feel, hugging me from the inside out with every turn of the page. ‘Summer on the Little Cornish Isles: The Starfish Studio’ may come across as being Poppy and Jake orientated, but in actual fact that couldn’t be further from the truth as the author gives multiple characters their individual times in the spotlight. I really did love that as I was able to find out more about certain characters and how they became who they are today.

As I have already said, I love ‘Summer on the Little Cornish Isles: The Starfish Studio’, and I would read it all over again in a heartbeat! Such a heartfelt, touching, poignant, and mesmerising novel which will stay in my heart for a very, very long time.

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#BlogTour! #Review – #MakeOrBreak by Catherine Bennetto (@cathbennetto) @Simonschusteruk @TeamBATC


Apologies for how late in the day this is, but I haven’t long finished reading the book. However, I am very excited to be sharing my review of Catherine Bennetto’s fantastic novel, ‘Make or Break’. Big thank you to Harriett from Simon and Schuster for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:


Jess, a 29-year-old Londoner with a Kate Beckett fringe and a tendency for dramatics, gets taken on a surprise trip by her long-term boyfriend, Pete, to attend her best friend’s last-minute wedding in South Africa. Jess imagines sun, sand, wine and safaris. And returning to London with an ethically mined diamond on her left hand…
 
But this holiday isn’t set to be quite the fairy tale Jess has planned… Suddenly she finds her world tilting on its axis, and things are only set to get worse when Jess returns home…

What does TWG think?

Ohhhhhh this book!!!! ‘Make or Break’ may be a fair size with approximately 480 odd pages, but it’s 480 pages of sheer gold. Not exaggerating in the slightest. I have enjoyed Catherine Bennetto’s previous novel, but in all honesty, ‘Make or Break’ is my favourite one so far as the humour is AH-MAZE-ING! Not only did I laugh out loud, I ended up sniggering behind my book in case my daughter asked me what I was laughing at, and I couldn’t exactly turn around and go ‘oh I’m just laughing at the fact that zebras have black cocks’. If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably be googling that round about……now! Yes, it’s jaw dropping – of course I had to check that the author had indeed researched said fact! What kind of reader do you think I am? 😉 Oh, and did you know that if you ask Google whether zebras do in fact, have black cocks, this book comes up in the search! How fab is that! Don’t worry, I’m not fixated on this one piece of information from the book, but I did enlighten my postman to this fact thanks to ‘Make Or Break’, so it’s pretty much a double whammy really, isn’t it?!

Anyway, yes, I flip-flopping LOVED this book! I also thought that Pete was a grade-A chocolate starfish! Yes, Jess is the type of character who resembles a life size tub of marmite due to her personality, but I really didn’t think she deserved to be treated the way she was. She should have chucked a dictionary at him so that he could learn the correct definition of ‘reconnect’! I couldn’t help but laugh at the things that Jess came out with, finding myself nod along to her random outbursts with ‘omg that’s me’ going over and over in my mind. You know the type of people who would find any reason to talk, even if they had just gotten up? Jess is like that, but more fun and more bonkers (even if she does have a tendency to go from 0-1000 in 0.000001 seconds).

The idea of going to South Africa for a holiday has never really crossed my mind….until I read this! I even found myself Googling South African safaris and then wondering which body part of mine will fetch the most money. Jokes. I wouldn’t sell a body part but ohmygoodness, the descriptions of the safari and the overall country just blew me away. Never mind researching from Google, I hazard a guess that Catherine Bennetto actually went to South Africa as her descriptions led to vivid imagery which were clearly written from own experiences.

I know that I keep saying how much I found ‘Make or Break’ funny, there is quite a deep theme running throughout the majority of the book. I won’t say what that is, obviously, but it is certainly a topic that will no doubt get readers talking amongst themselves. I had my own opinions on the subject whilst I read it, but even now I have finished the book, I still have no idea what I would have done in that situation. It is a rather complex one, but thankfully Catherine Bennetto has laced it with a bit of humour to keep the balance. I say ‘a bit’….you might say different!

‘Make or Break’ put a smile back on my face after a very difficult and stressful week. I loved how diverse the characters and situations were as it was like a breath of fresh air, seeming like the author had thought ‘stuff it, I’m writing it’. And I do mean that in a good way! For me personally, it was as though the author saw the line of what society finds acceptable, and built her own town over that line as if to say ‘ffffff………you’. I loved it, I really did.

Honestly, I cannot fault this book at all. I am gutted it had to finish, but I have everything crossed that Catherine Bennetto is writing another novel as I type – I’m having withdrawal symptoms already. Look, I loved it so much that I would quite happily re-read it multiple times, and I do not usually do that! I don’t think I’ll ever get bored with Jess’ reactions to the safari animals, Greta’s loose tongue and Bennetto’s humour.

You know the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow? That is filled with stars I would love to give this book, unfortunately retail sites will only accept five, but you can’t say that the thought wasn’t there. ‘Make or Break’ is truly a fabulous, free-spirited, addictive, laugh-out-loud read that will make you feel as though you have won the lottery ten times over.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Here Comes The Best Man by Angela Britnell (@angelabritnell) @ChocLitUK @RaRaResources


Can I just say a massive thank you to Rachel Gilbey for her patience over the last 24 hours. I do apologise that this post is late, but due to technology issues out of my control, I am just glad that I am able to share my review of ‘Here Comes The Best Man’, with you all now, even if it is late. Big thank you to Rachel for the blog tour invite, and thank you to ChocLitUk for the copy of the book.

Being the best man is a lot to live up to …

When troubled army veteran and musician Josh Robertson returns home to Nashville to be the best
man at his younger brother Chad’s wedding he’s just sure that he’s going to mess it all up somehow.
But when it becomes clear that the wedding might not be going to plan, it’s up to Josh and fellow
guest Louise Giles to make sure that Chad and his wife-to-be Maggie get their perfect day.

Can Josh be the best man his brother needs? And is there somebody else who is beginning to realise
that Josh could be her ‘best man’ too?

What does TWG think?

I have absolutely no idea why I haven’t read any of Angela Britnell’s books before, especially seeing as ‘Here Comes The Best Man’ was so much fun to read.

Set in Nashville, Chad and Maggie are trying not to get stressed out about their upcoming nuptials. With so many people around them that they want to please, the happy couple end up losing sight of what they want, instead settling for things others want. But is that a way to start their new life as a married couple? Chad has requested that his elder brother, Josh, return to Nashville to be the best man at his upcoming wedding, but due to uncertain family relationships, Josh’s homecoming might not be as plain sailing as the groom to be originally thought.

Whilst ‘Here Comes The Best Man’ has a slightly predictable vibe, the way that Angela Britnell wrote her characters actually made the lead up to the ‘I know what’s going to happen’ type ending, such a laugh out loud yet somewhat deep, story to read. I was pleasantly surprised by the storyline as there seemed to be a lot more to Josh than I originally thought, given the fact that the more the storyline progressed, the more willing Josh became to delve into his past. Let’s just say that that man hasn’t had it easy.

All in all, ‘Here Comes The Best Man’ was an easy to read, lively and addictive novel which has opened the doors to me reading a lot more from this author.

Buy from Amazon UK // Buy from Amazon US

About the author.

Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her new home in Nashville,
Tennessee. A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and
her novels are usually set in the many places she’s visited or lived on her extensive travels. After
more than three decades of marriage to her American husband she’s a huge fan of transatlantic
romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after. Over the last twelve
years she’s published over 20 novels and several short stories for women’s magazines. She is a
member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, the Romance Writers of America and the Music City
Romance Writers.

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

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I cannot wait for you all to read my review of ‘Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’ by Rosie Green. Big thank you to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and the copy of the book. Here is my review:

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Jaz Winters stuck a pin in a map and fled to the village of Sunnybrook, looking for a brand new life – and after a rocky start, it’s beginning to look as if she made the right decision. Her blossoming friendship with Ellie and Fen has seen her through some dark times, and she’s managed to land two jobs – waitress at The Little Duck Pond Café and working as a weekend tour guide at Brambleberry Manor, the country house that’s been in Fen’s family for generations.

Sure, life isn’t totally perfect. There’s the irritating know-it-all guy who keeps popping up on her manor tours, for a start. He seems determined to get under Jaz’s skin whether she likes it or not. But she supposes it’s a small price to pay for the relative peace she’s found, living in Sunnybrook.

But just as Jaz is beginning to think rosier times are on the horizon, a shock encounter looks set to shatter her fragile happiness.

Will she be forced to flee from Sunnybrook and everyone she’s grown so fond of? Or will she find the strength to stand her ground and finally face up to the nightmares of the past?

What does TWG think?

For such a calm and serene looking book thanks to the colourful book cover, ‘Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’ surely packs a punch! What a wonderful little book this is! Even though this book is part of a series, it is perfectly easy to read on its own as up until now, I haven’t been able to read the first book, ‘Spring at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’. Trust me when I say that that will be changing, pronto!

I don’t want to give anything away as ‘Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’ is a novella, so it is shorter than a full length novel and I wouldn’t want to ruin any of the story for you. However, there is a lot more to main character, Jaz, that meets the eye and oh my goodness me, I couldn’t help but be in her corner from the very beginning. Due to the calm book cover as I’ve said above, I did think that the overall storyline was going to be soft and such, but it wasn’t! And no, that isn’t a bad thing! Rosie Green has written such a multi-layered book! So much so, I felt like it was my birthday all over again as, the more I read, the more layers I was peeling away to reveal the wonderful goods underneath.

‘Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’ is a story that you can curl up with and forget the outside world, pretty much as soon as you start reading it. I couldn’t help but notice the enchanting vibe that the overall storyline gave off, making me feel as though I had won the lottery every time I turned the page. I’m not sure if this is obvious or not, but I absolutely adored reading this book. I laughed, I smiled, I felt empathy towards certain characters and, most importantly, it ended up being the feel-good book I didn’t know that I needed to read.

A truly huggable, feel-good, and laugh out loud read. I cannot wait to read the other books in the series – I could read about these characters for ages, they’re so addictive! Brilliant. Just brilliant.

Buy from Amazon UK

This novella is part of a trilogy:

Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café
Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café
Winter at The Little Duck Pond Café

About the author.

Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café, published on 18 th June 2018, follows the first in the series, Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Happily Never After by Emma Robinson (@emmarobinsonuk) @Bookouture

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I am incredibly honoured to be one of the bloggers kicking off the ‘Happily Never After’ blog tour, today. I had the pleasure of reading an ARC of Emma Robinson’s new book (thanks Bookouture), so I delighted to be able to share my review with you all. Enjoy!

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She closed her eyes. Think with your head. Your heart can’t be trusted. Life is not a fairytale…

Rory doesn’t believe in love. She’s got far too many real problems to deal with. 

She’s just bought a tumbledown house. Her mother is generally behaving like a wicked witch, insisting on calling her Aurora, and generally interfering in her (admittedly pitiful lack of) love life. And her 16-year-old daughter has finally grown out of Disney princesses and discovered dating…

But Rory’s adamant that she doesn’t need saving. In fact, the only thing she’s wishing on a star for is a bit of practical help. However, when she meets a builder whose name is John Prince and who seems to be in the habit of rescuing her (right down to finding her lost shoe one evening) she might have to face a truth as uncomfortable as hobbling home barefoot – that maybe there’s something enchanted in the air.

Her mother, daughter and friends are convinced her prince has come, but Rory just wishes everyone could let it go. Especially when she hears a story that makes her question whether he is really the hero everyone thinks he is…

What does TWG think?

First of all, LOVING Rory’s daughter’s nickname, Belle, as that is my own daughter’s nickname! Great minds think alike!

Second of all, if I were to be made into a fictional character, Rory would be me to a T. I mean, our personalities were so similar, I had to double check that my house wasn’t bugged (FYI, clearly it wasn’t as that is OBVIOUSLY illegal….in case anyone didn’t get the joke). As far as Rory is concerned, the theme tune of her life echos the song by the Pussycat Dolls ‘I don’t Need A Man’, because guess what? SHE DOESN’T. A woman after my own heart. Many people see a single woman, or a single mum and automatically assume that they are in need of a man to put up a shelf, cut the grass, or put a pencil behind their ear and wave a screwdriver around like they know what they’re doing. Contrary to popular belief, not all women need a man. I know, shocking isn’t it? There are actually women who, oh I don’t know, are happy on their own and can cut their own grass! Rory is one of them, and I am too! Well, I assume that Rory can cut her own grass….

I couldn’t help but chuckle at the princess references regarding the names, as well as the fairytale reference where another character is concerned. I don’t believe in fairytales, yet I love reading them and would champion anyone who does believe in them or aim to get their fairytale happily ever after. I loved the way that Emma Robinson wrote her main character, as she couldn’t be further from a fairytale lifestyle if she tried – definitely a breath of fresh where I am concerned because if she chose to find the love of her life, it would be her own choice, and not because she ate a dodgy apple and fell asleep. Whilst some of Rory’s actions rival several Disney princesses own actions (yes, I laughed), I couldn’t help but admire Rory for standing by what she believed in both in her work life, and her personal life.

As for Belle – thankfully my own daughter isn’t at the teenage stage yet, but I must have lived under a rock when teenagers did what Belle did, because I sure as hell didn’t! I had the same outlook as Rory did when she thought about what her daughter was getting up to!

Joking aside, ‘Happily Never After’ struck several chords with me in terms of the single mum, single woman, and highly independent outlook. Whilst I do love reading a good romcom, I did think ‘omg about time!’ when the storyline progressed and I got to know Rory a bit more. It’s not often that single women/single mums are portrayed in a good light, so I am over the moon that Emma Robinson decided to do that.

I have to admit though (sorry), I wasn’t a fan of Susie and the way she went about things, pretty much acting like a bull in a china shop and refusing to listen to other people. Don’t get me wrong, she made me laugh, but she did become a little overbearing at times. Although to be fair, Rory should have said something…but that’s just my opinion!

‘Happily Never After’ is now my version of a fairytale as Rory is definitely a character to admire. Full of lots of laughs, smiles, and a shedload of ‘you can do it if you put your back into it’, Emma Robinson has shown that people’s fairy tales are individual to their circumstances and just because one person may want a Prince Charming and seven kids, another woman could find her ‘happily ever after’ on her own, or even much later on in life. I loved how the author put across the message that independence is a trait to be admired, and how forcing someone to do something that YOU want to do will not make them happy deep down. ‘Happily Never After’ is a brilliant example of happiness coming in different sizes, at different times, for different reasons. Because as long as you’re happy yourself, you have already found your happily ever after. Such a fab, laugh out loud, energetic, and enchanting read to lose yourself in any day of the week. Oh, and Emma Robinson is TOTALLY my fairy godmother after reading this. Obviously….can’t have a fairytale without one now, can we?

Buy now: Amazon // iBooks // Kobo

About the author.

Emma Robinson thinks of herself as one of the ‘Bridget Jones generation’ – who are now grown up and having children – and writes novels for women who feel the same.

She also has a blog, Motherhood for Slackers, which takes a humorous look at parenthood, and includes poems such as ‘Dear Teacher’ about her son starting school which has been shared around the world. Emma is an English teacher and lives in Essex with a patient husband and two children who are an endless source of material.

Website: www.motherhoodforslackers.com
Facebook: facebook.com/motherhoodforslackers
Twitter: @emmarobinsonuk
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#BlogTour! #Extract – A Summer Scandal by Kat French (@KFrenchBooks) @AvonBooksUK

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Anyone fancy a scandal this summer? If you are, look no further as Kat French has you all sorted! Why? Because folks, her latest novel is aptly titled, ‘A Summer Scandal’, and I have the pleasure of sharing an extract from the book with you all today as part of the blog tour! Enjoy!

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Summer has never been so scandalous…

When Violet moves to Swallow Beach, she inherits a small Victorian pier with an empty arcade perched on the end of it, and falls in love immediately. She wants nothing more than to rejuvenate it and make it grand again – but how?

When she meets hunky Calvin, inspiration strikes. What if she turned the arcade into an adult-themed arcade full of artisan shops?

Not everyone in the town is happy with the idea, but Violet loves her arcade and business begins to boom. But as tensions worsen and the heat between her and Calvin begins to grow, life at Swallow Beach becomes tricky. Is it worth staying to ride out the storm? And can Violet find her own happy ending before the swallows fly south for the winter?

Sexy, sassy and full of heart, Kat French is back in a new summer sizzler.

Extract.

Following Barty through the back door, Violet found herself inside the ground-floor lobby, light and bright thanks to the many stained windows surrounding the front door and the freshly painted white woodwork on the gracefully sweeping staircase and two apartment doors, one either side of the tiled vestibule. Gold numbers on the doors declared them 1 and 2.
‘This is mine,’ Barty said, nodding towards number 1. ‘And that one belongs to Keris, my
granddaughter.’
Vi’s jaw dropped. ‘You live here?’
He threw his hands out. ‘So it would seem. Cup of mint tea?’
Vi narrowed her eyes. ‘That’s my favourite.’
Barty looked at her steadily, half smiling. ‘Who knew?’
You did, Violet felt like saying. ‘I better not,’ she said, instead. Glancing towards the staircase, her nerves kicked back in. ‘I better head on up.’ She stalled, jiggling the keys, excited and terrified at the same time. ‘Has anyone been up there recently, do you know?’
Barty shook his head. ‘Not that I’ve noticed.’ He touched his fingers against his fedora. ‘I’ll let you get on. You know where I am if you need me. Tap the door for mint tea.’
And with that he turned and opened his own door. Looking back at her as he stepped inside, he paused. ‘Do you want me to come up with you?’
Tempted as she was to say yes, Vi shook her head. This was something she needed to do alone.
‘Thanks, I think I’m okay.’
He looked at her for a couple of silent seconds, then nodded and closed his door. Violet stood still for a few moments, fighting the urge to knock on his door and tell him she’d changed her mind, she’d love a cup of mint tea and someone to hold her hand and come with her. All she knew about the apartment on the top floor was that her grandfather had paid a cleaning company to go in once a month, but that aside, no one with any actual connection to her family had set foot near the place in decades. It was empty. Waiting. For her? Suppressing the chill that ran down her spine, Violet put her best foot forward and set off up the wide, shallow stairs.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Greek Millionaire, Unruly Wife by Sun Chara (@Sunchara3) @RaRaResources

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A tempestuous fling…a marriage…a betrayal?

When Michalis Leonadis’ bride jumps ship at the first sign of rough waters, he’s annoyed.
When she costs him a marriage and a billion-dollar deal, he’s furious; but when he discovers she ditched him whilst harboring a secret…he’s out for revenge.

Ex-model, Julia Armstrong gave up everything for Michalis but when she catches him with another woman, crushed, she jets out of his life. The proud Greek blasts back into her world seeking retribution—in exchange for a divorce, he demands she relinquish the one thing she cannot. Her daughter. Only one other bargaining chip remains…Julia herself.

What does TWG think?

I am usually against the colour green, but can I just say how pretty the green of that dress on the cover is! Not something I would wear I must admit, but it is certainly eye-catching!

I’ll hold my hands up and say that me and romantic notions aren’t the best of friends. If anything, I turn into Mo Farah the moment I catch a whiff of the lovey dovey stuff. However, I do love reading books with romance in…to a point.

I loved the setting and how descriptive the author was as she told her story. Sun Chara has a very care free way of writing and whilst I wasn’t overly convinced at first, I actually really appreciated the flowing vibe to the overall storyline.

However (sorry!), the content left me feeling a little rigid. The communication between the two characters was pretty much non-existent, which I guess couples can have issues with. But the problems Julia and Michalis came across, could have easily been rectified over a cocktail and a chat. In my eyes, the drama wasn’t all that necessary, and Michalis ideas regarding how a female should act in a relationship, felt a little bit dated. I would have loved it if the kick bottom attitude that Julia showed when she jetted off, carried on throughout the book.

Despite several reservations, I did enjoy Sun Chara unique way of storytelling and even though I wasn’t on the same page as her characters, I could see what the author was trying to convey. I am just more of a realistic type of person, but this book was fab for getting away from the realities of true life, so all is not lost.

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Sun Chara, an Amazon top 100 bestseller, writes sexy, hip ‘n fun contemporary
romance for HarperImpulse. JABBIC winner, Manhattan Millionaire’s Cinderella launched her writing career, spinning the ‘global millionaires’ series’ She makes her home in southern California, and has appeared on stage/film to rave reviews in How the Other Half Loves, General Hospital, and McGee and Me. With a Masters Degree in Education, and
membership in SAG/AFTRA and Romance Writers of America, she enjoys sipping
Frappuccinos topped with whipped cream/sprinkles, and dancing on the beach…making
everyday a celebration!

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#BlogTour! #Review – Summer at Lavender Bay by Sarah Bennett (@Sarahlou_writes) @HQDigitalUK

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Apologies for the lateness, but I am incredibly honoured to be kicking off the blog tour for one of my most favourite authors ever, Sarah Bennett! Many thanks to HQDigitalUK for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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Love happens when you least expect it…

When Eliza Barnes said ‘I do’ to her husband all those years ago, she thought that they’d be together forever. Instead, he’s flown to Abu Dhabi to start a new life, and she’s returning to the little seaside town of Lavender Bay.

It’s finally time to chase the dreams she’s put on hold for so long, whipping up luxury bath products and organic soaps using local ingredients. Of course, she didn’t expect to meet local farmer, Jack Gilbert, or for him to be quite so gorgeous!

So when her husband turns up, she knows she must decide between the man she knows everything about and the man who makes her heart race in ways she’d never imagined – before it’s too late…

What does TWG think?

 You are in for a treat with ‘Summer at Lavender Bay’! It may be book two in the ‘Lavender Bay’ series, but it can easily be read as a standalone no problem. Of course, you know what I am going to say – I would highly recommend reading the first book as well.

Eliza is at the heart of this book as she finds herself picking up the pieces to a life she thought was certain, when she realises that her heart was no longer where she thought it was. (Metaphorically speaking, obviously…!!) Personally, I am surprised Eliza didn’t come to her senses soon enough. I mean, what on Earth! Everything about her situation made my blood boil not because of what she had done, but because of her husband. Well, she could have told him to do one way before then, but hindsight is a truly wonderful thing! At least she came back fighting!

If you have read the first book in the series, ‘Spring at Lavender Bay’, you’ll see some old friends popping up as Eliza’s story progresses. Don’t fret if you haven’t though, Sarah Bennett has written these books so that everyone can enjoy them in any way that they see fit.

For me, Eliza was such a breath of fresh and, seeing as she lived in the bay, it didn’t take her very long to slot back into life at home. Not only does Eliza manage to get back up again, she also finds herself making a new friend. He’s rather furry though, I wonder if she noticed ;).

What I love most about Sarah Bennett’s novels is how enchanting and magnetic they always seem to be. I don’t ever pick up one of this authors novels and go, ‘nahhhh, she didn’t write it from the heart’, because it is very clear that she does, and that is what I find really endearing. Yes, Sarah Bennett may give her characters emotional hurdles to jump over, and yes, she may have a theme running throughout her novel that could make tears fall from your eyes without realising it. But you know what? I love it because it shows that the author is real and relatable, allowing her readers to truly connect with characters like Eliza, or like Jack, a man whose situation made a lump form in my throat quicker than you can say ‘give me the cake’.

Never mind fairytale princesses such as Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty, give me Eliza any day of the week. ‘Summer at Lavender Bay’ is a fairytale after my own heart. A book which not only tells a story, it creates a vision. A vision where the imagery of the beautiful words written, come to life making Sarah Bennett’s characters to become more than just fiction.

I absolutely adored every single page of this book, and my only disappointment is that it was in no way long enough. I have said this once before, but I am more than happy to say it again; Sarah Bennett has the literary talent of a literary angel, making my life just that bit happier every time I read one of her books. Is ‘Summer at Lavender Bay’ her best book yet? Honestly? Yes it is, and I know I say that about every book that she writes, but she just keeps getting better and better with every new book. Just look at Eliza – she may have started out being low like Cinderella, but it didn’t take her too long to find her special shoe (or in Eliza’s case, special oil) to allow her to fly her wings like she was meant to have done all along.

Flipping brilliant without a doubt.

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#BlogTour! #Review Poppy’s Place in the Sun by Lorraine Wilson (@Romanceminx) @HarperImpulse @RaRaResources

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It gives me great pleasure to be one of the bloggers closing Lorraine Wilson’s blog tour for ‘Poppy’s Place in the Sun’. Big thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and thank you to HarperImpulse for the ARC. Here is my review:

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‘She had me at Bonjour! Warm, funny, deliciously French…this lovely story filled my heart with sunshine’ Jane Linfoot

Sometimes you need to lose yourself to find your way home…

With only her trusty dogs Peanut, Treacle and Pickwick by her side, Poppy Kirkbride could be forgiven for having doubts about her move to a quiet village in rural France. But as the sun shines down on her ramshackle new home, Poppy knows she’s made the right decision. A lick of paint, and some TLC and her rustic farmhouse will be the perfect holiday retreat – Poppy’s dream come true.

Poppy is welcomed by her fellow villagers, except for brooding local vet Leo Dubois, who
makes it clear Poppy isn’t welcome in his village – or his life! Leo might be gorgeous, but
Poppy won’t be told what to do by an arrogant Frenchman – no matter how kind and gentle he is to her dogs!

Determined to stay, Poppy tries to understand the enigmatic Frenchman better. But as the two get closer, Poppy sees another side to Leo – a man with heartbreak of his own. Falling in love with Leo is easy, but can he ever return Poppy’s love? And what would this mean for her dream life and place in the sun?

What does TWG think?

If you’re after a bit of girl power, look no further as Lorraine Wilson has upped the ante in that department, that’s for sure!!

I adored this book pretty much from the beginning, as the author seemed to connect with her readers on an emotional basis when we first meet Poppy. Unfortunately for Poppy, luck wasn’t on her side and everything she thought she knew was taken away from her in the blink of an eye. Any plans she had made had to be rearranged, putting her newfound life in a spin before it’s even begun. It was from that moment where I knew that Poppy was going to be an incredibly special character. Thankfully Lorraine Wilson didn’t allow my opinion to falter throughout the story.

Due to the rough start Poppy had in her new life, she was determined not to let anyone get in the way of her future happiness, especially a charming vet! I say charming, Poppy may say arrogant and I’ll agree, because at first he was the type of person I would walk away from. Yet there was something about him which made me feel as though he was being led by a personal barrier. What that may be, however, I had no idea.

‘Poppy’s Place in the Sun’ is such a feel-good, smiley read which left me wanting more. Not only that, this book contains dogs and oh my goodness, they are a HOOT! I couldn’t stop laughing at their antics and, whilst Poppy and Leo were very endearing characters, I couldn’t help but be bowled over by the personalities of the fantastically named pooches.

Despite the vibe of the book being quite romantic, the author doesn’t shove it down your throat. Funnily enough, even though I enjoy reading romance novels, I am the least romantic person ever so I did appreciate the romance element being a bit rugged. For me, it added depth to the storyline as I was excited by what may or may not happen, without things being evident from the onset.

I won’t be forgetting ‘Poppy’s Place in the Sun’ anytime soon as it is such a wonderful read. Lorraine Wilson is an incredible storyteller, creating stories which hug you from the inside out and warm your heart like a coal fire on a winter’s day. A truly enchanting and feel-good novel, I absolutely it!

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About the author.

Lorraine Wilson writes flirty, feel-good fiction for Harper Impulse – a Harper Collins imprint – and is unashamedly fond of happy endings. She loves hearing from readers and feels incredibly grateful to be doing the job she always dreamt of.
She splits her time between the South of France and Cambridgeshire and is usually either writing or reading while being sat on, walked over or barked at by one of her growing band of rescue dogs.

You can find her online either via her website: http://www.lorraine-wilson.com or on Facebook:
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#BlogTour! #Review – Arlette’s Story by Angela Barton (@AngeBarton) @RaRaResources

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How are we at the end of June already? Ending the month on a high, I am delighted to be sharing my review of ‘Arlette’s Story’ by Angela Barton. Big thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite!

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One woman’s struggle to fight back against the enemy in order to protect the ones she loves.

When Arlette Blaise sees a German plane fly over the family farm in 1940, she’s comforted by the fact that the occupying forces are far away in the north of the country. Surely the war will not reach her family in the idyllic French countryside near to the small town of Oradour-sur-Glane?

But then Saul Epstein, a young Jewish man driven from his home by the Nazis, arrives at the farm and Arlette begins to realise that her peaceful existence might be gone for good…

What does TWG think?

Given the nature of this storyline, part of me feels incredibly bad for sitting here and typing that I loved this book. How can someone love a storyline about a world war? Even though the contents of ‘Arlette’s Story’ is heart-breaking, eye-opening and very emotional, the way in which author, Angela Barton, delivered the story made me fall in love with the characters and the premise of the book. Not only that, I found myself becoming rather emotional at how many people put their lives on the line to save people like Arlette, and indeed, us.

Yes, this book is devastating in parts, but it is also bewitching and magnetic.
Yes, ‘Arlette’s Story’ describes the chaos of a world war in an eye-opening manner, yet it is also a beautiful representation of people coming together and supporting each other when they need it the most.

Angela Barton has written about a time where futures were uncertain with such poise, whilst also keeping in mind how sensitive of a subject this could be for multiple readers. I appreciated the emotional scenes as it made the story come alive. Obviously I wasn’t around during any of the world wars, yet due to my love of history, I loved how on point the entire storyline was without taking anything away from anyone who was actually involved in the devastating events.

‘Arlette’s Story’ moved me to tears, but thanks to Angela Barton’s insanely beautiful writing, I also felt like I was getting hugged from the inside out.

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About the author.

Angela Barton was born in London and grew up in Nottingham. She is married with three grown up children. Passionate about writing both contemporary and historical fiction, Angela loves researching for her books and is an avid reader. Having signed publishing contracts for three of her completed novels with Ruby Fiction, Angela is excited to be working alongside such a friendly and supportive publishing team. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and Nottingham Writers’ Studio.
Having recently moved to France, Angela (alongside her husband, Paul) is now a lavender farmer, creating products from the oil that’s distilled. Angela says she’s looking forward to spending more time writing in the company of her two spaniels while sitting on her veranda overlooking the breath-taking countryside of Charente.

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