#BlogTour! #Review – #TheMiddleAgedVirgin by Olivia Spring (@ospringauthor)


Thank you so much to Olivia Spring for personally asking me to review her debut novel, ‘The Middle-Aged Virgin’, and for asking me to take part in the blog tour as well! I am delighted to be today’s stop on the tour, and to celebrate I have a review for you all. Enjoy!


If you’d just come out of a long-term relationship and hadn’t been intimate for ages, how well would you cope with dating and having sex again?

Sophia Huntingdon seems to have it all: a high-flying job running London’s coolest beauty PR agency, a lovely boyfriend and a dressing room filled with Louboutins.

But when tragedy strikes, Sophia realises that rather than living the dream, she’s actually an unhappy workaholic in a monotonous relationship, with zero personal life. Her lack of activity in the bedroom is so apparent that her best friend declares her a MARGIN, or Middle-Aged Virgin—a term used for adults who have experienced a drought so long that they can’t remember the last time they had sex.

Determined to transform her life whilst she’s still young enough to enjoy it, Sophia hatches a plan to work less, live more and embark on exciting adventures, including rediscovering the electrifying passion she’s been craving.

But after ending her fifteen-year relationship, how will Sophia, a self-confessed control freak handle navigating the unpredictable world of online dating?

If she does meet someone new, will she even remember what to do? And as an independent career woman, how much is Sophia really prepared to sacrifice for love?

What does TWG think?

Snigger! Cobwebs….dry spell….so many things in this book that I would associate with myself, and not spiders or the weather. ‘The Middle-Aged Virgin’ is absolutely bang on in terms of its references to modern-day society. I mean, the main character, Sophia, is worried that she is merely settling. She may have confidence where her work is concerned, but if you were to put her personal life in the spotlight, Sophia would melt like Olaf from Frozen! I must say that I am incredibly envious of Sophia’s shoe collection, especially the Louboutins – shoe goals right there!!

I can see why Sophia chose to end the relationship that she has had for most of her adult life, but I can also see why she chose to settle. Not that that makes it a nicer thing to do, because it doesn’t. Settling just because, is not fair on all the people involved, but because starting again comes with a lot of uncertainty and fear, settling becomes the safest option all round.

‘The Middle-Aged Virgin’ will certainly have a lot of readers nodding their heads in agreement at some of the things Sophia’s best friends, Roxy and Bella, come out with. That said, I couldn’t help but feel that some of the storyline was a little bit padded with information that wasn’t overly relevant to the bigger picture. Don’t get me wrong, it was lovely to find out more about Sophia and what made her tick, but there were times where I did feel as though the storyline was missing the point.

I’m not saying this book wasn’t enjoyable, because oh it was! It’s also absolutely hilarious! I just think that some things could have been a bit more defined, but obviously that is my opinion.

It wasn’t until I finished reading Olivia Spring’s debut, that I realised that the author had incorporated an important message into it – don’t settle for second best, grab life by the youknowwhats, and refuse to life your life the way that someone else wants you to. Live life for you. Eat the last cookie. Spend all day in your pyjama’s. Remove toxic relationships from your life. Embark on new challenges, even if it is taking the stairs instead of the lift. But, most importantly, never give up on the things that make you happy, and never keep hold of the things which don’t make you happy, any longer than absolutely necessary.

So yeah, Olivia Spring is a very wise author, and yes I got all of the above from reading ‘The Middle-Aged Virgin’! I am incredibly impressed by how the author incorporates such important topics into a laugh out loud, chilled and magnetic story, making her characters come to life in such a relatable and realistic manner. The main character may be forty, but I think that the scenarios written in this book would be great lessons for women and males of all ages.

A diverse, wise, poignant, and sniggerific novel which made me ensure that I kept my duster handy…you know, just in case!

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#BlogTour! #Review – Oh Crumbs by Kathryn Freeman (@KathrynFreeman1) @ChocLitUK @RaRaResources


Squeal! Day two of the Kathryn Freeman’s blog tour and I couldn’t be more happier to welcome this FANTASTIC author back to TWG! For my stop today, I have the pleasure of reviewing Kathryn’s latest release, ‘Oh Crumbs’. Big thank you to RaraResources for the blog tour invite, and thank you to ChocLitUK for the ARC. Here is my review:


Sometimes life just takes the biscuit …

Abby Spencer knows she can come across as an airhead – she talks too much and is a bit of a klutz –
but there’s more to her than that. Though she sacrificed her career to help raise her sisters, a job
interview at biscuit company Crumbs could finally be her chance to shine. That’s until she hurries in
late wearing a shirt covered in rusk crumbs, courtesy of her baby nephew, and trips over her
handbag.

Managing director Douglas Faulkner isn’t sure what to make of Abby Spencer with her Bambi eyes,
tousled hair and ability to say more in the half-hour interview than he manages in a day. All he
knows is she’s a breath of fresh air and could bring a new lease of life to the stale corporate world of
Crumbs. To his life too, if he’d let her.

But Doug’s harbouring a secret. He’s not the man she thinks he is.

What does TWG think?

A book with biscuits in it, written by Kathryn Freeman? What more could anyone want? As a massive, massive fan of both Kathryn Freeman AND biscuits, I had a pretty good feeling about ‘Oh Crumbs’!

I have to quickly admit though, at first I did find myself a little bit unsure about the book as it didn’t make me go ‘oooohhhhh’ straight away like previous books by Kathryn Freeman have. However, after making a cuppa to go with the biscuits my sub-conscience was going to snaff pretty soon, ‘Oh Crumbs’ took me under its wing like a packet of chocolate chip digestives (aka, TWG’s favourite biscuit). This book is, in my opinion, a little bit of a slow starter, but trust me when I say that it more than makes up for it as the story progresses.

To look at, Abby Spencer is a woman some males may call……typical, yet surprisingly enough, Abby makes their jaw drop in shock when she shows them that she is more than blonde hair and curves. Of course not everyone Abby comes across in the book believes her, and she finds herself in a bit of a pickle due to assumptions and anger which has been wrongly dumped on her. As a woman in her mid-twenties, Abby has had to grow up pretty fast due to the life shattering cards which life itself chose to deal her, and she realises that she needs to do something for her before she finds herself resenting her situation, even though it wasn’t anyone’s fault.

I ADORED Abby. I found her to be such a genuine, warm-hearted and fiery character, the uncertainty of knowing what would come out of her mouth filled me with excitement as I knew it was either going to make me laugh, or make me think ‘you go girl!’. I’m not as fabulous as Abby, ahem, but I couldn’t help but see a little bit of myself in the way that she carried herself. She is absolutely brilliant. I reckon a lot of readers will be able to relate to her not only due to her personality, but because of the way she has dealt with the challenges in her life.

Goodness me, Doug is a bit of a marmite character is he not?! He obviously has the looks (thanks to Kathryn Freeman’s wonderfully descriptive writing, I was able to create a rather vivid image in my mind!), yet he also has the arrogance to boot. Harsh? Possibly. Like Abby, Doug hasn’t had it easy, but it doesn’t excuse him for speaking and acting without thinking, hurting people in the process. Maybe he does that because it is all he has ever known? All I know is, is that Doug has a lot of pent-up anger and I hope he finds the release he so desperately needs. Well, he certainly released something alright -fans self-.

Kathryn Freeman has done it once again and I am OVER THE MOON that she has! This author writes the types of books I could quite happily read time and time again, and now she has added ‘Oh Crumbs’ to that selection. I know me and the biscuit book were unsure of each other to begin with, but Freeman pulled it out of the bag, kept the biscuits intact, and gave me a story which left me grinning from ear to ear. I would LOVE to see Abby and Doug back again as I reckon they have a lot more story to tell. Yes, I am majorly hinting for a sequel! Oooooh, maybe even a book with Doug’s mother as the character of the moment, I’m sure that she has a few more stories to tell! Either way, more please!!!

‘Oh Crumbs’, like Peter Kay once said about a certain type of biscuit, isn’t an ‘f-ing one dip’, nor is it a book which doesn’t fit. Instead, ‘Oh Crumbs’ is the creme de la creme, a book which, thanks to Peter Kay again, would probably say ‘DIP ME. AGAIN’. There was nothing I didn’t like about this book as I loved every single crumb the author wrote. I laughed out loud, became hot under the collar, felt empathy towards certain characters, felt anger towards another bunch of characters, and had my face ache due to smiling like a BN biscuit. ‘Oh Crumbs’ is such a heart-felt, laugh out loud, free-spirited, and romantic novel which will make the most judgemental of people, remove the metal rod from their youknowwhat. Another cracking read from an author who just gets better and better, every single time. What a delight.

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A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is
a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero.

With two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card
(yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change
proves love isn't always about hearts and flowers – and heroes come in many disguises.

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#BlogTour! #Review – #ConfettiAndConfusion by Daisy James (@daisyjamesbooks) @canelo_co


I am so excited to be reviewing the next instalment in Daisy James’ new serial, ‘Confetti and Confusion’. Big thank you, as always, to Canelo for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:


The Paradise Cookery School is officially open!

Stepping in for a celebrity chef, Millie Harper is feeling the pressure to make the first ever
Paradise Cookery School classes a dazzling success and ensure that bride-to-be Imogen
and friends have an unforgettable experience.

Meanwhile, Millie is trying to play it cool around handsome estate manager Zach Barker. But
whenever he is near Millie cannot fail to notice the chemistry between them – until someone
from Zach’s past arrives and any potential romance seems out of the question.

When disaster strikes and the wedding is in jeopardy, Millie realises she may have to go
above and beyond to make sure the school is a success. Can Millie manage to create a day
that dreams are made of, and will she find a way to tell Zach how she feels?

What does TWG think?

Oh I am so glad that I got to catch up with Millie and Ella at ‘The Paradise Cookery School’! I absolutely adored the first book in the series, ‘Sunshine and Secrets’, so I couldn’t wait to head back to the Caribbean to find out what was in store for Millie this time around.

‘Confetti and Confusion may be the second book from ‘The Paradise Cookery School’ series, but I definitely do recommend that you read the books in order otherwise you may find that you’re missing out on the start of Millie’s journey and how she found herself in the Caribbean in the first place.

Despite this book being quite compact at around 160 pages, it certainly packs a punch! Millie isn’t sitting twiddling her thumbs or topping up her tan, in fact she is run off her feet as she takes a detour from the Paradise Cookery School owner, Claudia, best laid plans! I can guarantee that helping a bride-to-be wasn’t part of the plan at all, but because Millie has got a heart of gold, she can’t sit back and watch a wedding day go to ruins because of someone else.

Of course, whilst romance is prominent in this storyline due to Imogen’s upcoming wedding, Millie’s new friends are watching her closely to see if she finally plucks up the courage to let a certain man know just how she really feels. Well, it might help if she stopped falling over her feet, especially if HE gets to be her knight in shining every time, being none the wiser to Millie’s true feelings…

I will be devastated when this series finishes as it has got to be my most favourite serial that Daisy James has written to date. There is something very special about Millie, and Daisy James has done a fabulous job by bringing her true personality to life by mixing Millie with some rather colourful people, as well as taking her out of her comfort zone.

‘Confetti and Confusion’ made me giggle and left me grinning from ear to ear. What a truly fabulous, spirited, and huggable little read this is. I absolutely loved it and will be recommending this series until I am blue in the face. More please!!

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About the author.

Daisy James is a Yorkshire girl transplanted to the north east of England. She loves writing
stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her
summerhouse, she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She
loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of
afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.

#BlogBlitz! #Review – One Day Like This by Laura Briggs (@PaperDollWrites) @Bookouture


It’s TWG’s turn to host Laura Briggs and ‘One Day Like This’, and I am thrilled to be sharing my review today. Thank you to Bookouture for the blog tour invite.


Could you plan a wedding if you’d never been in love?

Tessa has always dreamed of her own business. And when a beautiful tumbledown house comes up for sale in the Southern town of Bellegrove, she knows it has perfect potential to be an amazing one-stop wedding shop.

Teaming up with three talented friends, they’re ready for big things. They’ve even found their first client – a sweet old lady called Bianca, who’s desperate to give her grandson a spectacular wedding. (Even though he’s equally determined to keep it simple and romantic.)

But as the big day approaches, things start to go wrong. Handsome handyman Blake Ellingham breaks the news that the building needs re-wiring and the bill for renovations is longer than a royal wedding train. And then one of her friends suddenly quits their fledgling business

Can Tessa pull off the dream wedding? Can Blake be convinced to help? And if the electrics are broken, why are so many sparks flying between him and Tessa?

What does TWG think?

We have all wished we could make our own dreams come true, right? I know that we are the only ones that can make them happen, but unless you truly believe in yourself and your dream, you’re not going to be going anywhere. Luckily, Tessa’s dream runs through her like a stick of rock and she will do everything in her power to make it a reality. Even when she gets told that the hurdles she has to face, are becoming bigger and bigger.

I have always wondered what it would be like to be a wedding planner, and I got to live vicariously through Tessa in ‘One Day Like This’! It made such a change to read a book about someone following their dreams, regardless of what hurdles faced them on their journey, instead of reading a book where dreams are being knocked back before they have even begun. I can’t believe I am about to say this, but I loved how intricately woven into the storyline the romance element was. Instead of being at the forefront of the storyline with other events branching off that, the romance parts were the branches in the storyline this time round. Personally, I thought that was a very clever move on the authors part, and such a breath of fresh air for someone who reads quite a lot of romance novels!

I thought that the characters were incredibly down to earth and rather more-ish, if that makes sense. I am not likening them to chocolate, just to clarify, but their personalities were very well created and such a joy to read. I want more!

Overall I found ‘One Day Like This’ to be an ideal light-hearted, confidence boosting, and energising read which is able to life your spirits and realise your own worth, just like Tessa did.

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About the author.

Laura Briggs is the author of several lighthearted romance novels and novellas, including the bestselling Amazon UK series A Wedding in Cornwall. She has a fondness for vintage-style dresses (especially ones with polka dots) and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.

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#BlogTour! #Review – If You Love Me, I’m Yours by Lizzie Chantree (@Lizzie_Chantree) @RaRaResources


We have come to the end of the blog tour for ‘If You Love Me, I’m Yours’ by Lizzie Chantree! Thank you to RaRaResources for asking me to help close the tour, and a thank you for the ARC as well. Here is my review:


‘If you love me, I’m yours…’

Maud didn’t mind being boring, not really. She had a sensible job, clothes, and love life… if you
counted an overbearing ex who had thanked her, rolled over and was snoring before she even
realised he’d begun! She could tolerate not fulfilling her dreams, if her parents would pay her one
compliment about the only thing she was passionate about in life: her art.

Dot should have fit in with her flamboyant and slightly eccentric family of talented artists, but
somehow, she was an anomaly who couldn’t paint. She tried hard to be part of their world by
becoming an art agentextraordinaire, but she dreamed of finding her own voice.
Dot’s brother Nate, a smoulderingly sexy and famous artist, was adored by everyone. His creative
talent left them in awe of his ability to capture such passion on canvas. Women worshipped him,
and even Dot’s friend Maud flushed and bumped into things when he walked into a room, but a
tragic event in his past had left him emotionally and physically scarred, and reluctant to face the
world again.

Someone was leaving exquisite little paintings on park benches, with a tag saying, ‘If you love me, I’m
yours’. The art was so fresh and cutting-edge, that it generated a media frenzy and a scramble to
discover where the mystery artist could be hiding. The revelation of who the prodigious artist was
interlinked Maud, Dot and Nate’s lives forever, but their worlds came crashing down.

Were bonds of friendship, love and loyalty strong enough to withstand fame, success and scandal?

What does TWG think?

Right, let me just get this out of the way first – I did find myself struggling with the first thirty percent of the book as I couldn’t seem to find the all important ‘hook’. However, I have never known a book to go from an ‘okay read’ to a ‘finishing the book with the smile’ type of read, as quickly as this one did. And by golly it did! There are a lot of characters to keep track of in ‘If You Love Me, I’m Yours’, especially as they all seem to mould together throughout the storyline due to how each of them are linked. I didn’t get confused, but I did find it hard to remember who was who and where they fit in.

Once the story went over 30%, it was as though the characters came alive and the author got comfortable with her story, believing in herself and what she was trying to convey to her readers. I loved how completely black and white Maud and Dot were, as it highlighted the different walks of life we come across in our own lives, and how it is perfectly okay to be different. I realised that the story also highlighted how important it is to believe in yourself, and to try not to conform to other people’s perceptions when it comes to what you wear, or where you work. I thought that Lizzie Chantree did a brilliant job of putting that message across in her storyline. It is such an important message, yet it is also one that is incredibly hard to put into practice.

There was one character in particular who made me see red. I won’t say who, but if you have already read this book, I am sure that you’ll be able to work out who that is. As for soon to be readers, I’m not being vague to annoy, I am being vague as I don’t wish to say my opinion on something which could be considered a spoiler, nor do I wish to sway anyone’s opinion with my own blunt one!

Despite my initial reservations, Lizzie Chantree, Nate, Maud and Dot, won me over by the end and I couldn’t be more pleased. ‘If You Love Me, I’m Yours’ is such an energetic, charismatic, and poignant read which did in fact leave me with a massive grin on my face. I saw a lot of myself in Maud I must admit – I have always been made to feel as though nothing I do is ever good enough, and after years of the same old stuff being thrown at me, I cannot do anything except believe it as, shock horror, my confidence hit rock bottom. I guess I found those scenes with Maud to be quite emotional because of just how much I related to them, but I am glad that she was able to build up a support network. Some people aren’t lucky enough to have one of those. On a personal level, I want to say thank you to the author for incorporating several in-depth topics into her storyline. People don’t often realise just how deep their words can cut into others until it’s too late. Hopefully people take heed of what the author is trying to convey via Maud and Dot.

‘If you Love Me, I’m Yours’ and I may have got off on the wrong foot, but I can safely say that this book has been a pleasure to read, with a conclusion that was heartstoppingly….wow.

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About the author.

Award-winning inventor and author, Lizzie Chantree, started her own business at the age of 18 and
became one of Fair Play London and The Patent Office’s British Female Inventors of the Year in 2000.
She discovered her love of writing fiction when her children were little and now runs networking
hours on social media, where creative businesses, writers, photographers and designers can offer
advice and support to each other. She lives with her family on the coast in Essex.

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#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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