#BlogTour! #Review – The Cornish Escape by Lily Graham (@lilygrahambooks) @bookouture

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Get swept away along the beautiful Cornish coast, where a love story in a long forgotten diary has the power to change one woman’s life forever.

Victoria Langley’s world crumbles when her husband leaves, but she knows exactly where to go to mend her broken heart. The rugged shores of Cornwall will be her perfect sanctuary. 

In the quaint, little village of Tregollan, nestled in the sea cliffs, Victoria is drawn to Seafall Cottage, covered in vines and gracefully falling apart. Inside she finds a diary full of secrets, from 1905.

Victoria is determined to unravel the diary’s mystery, but the residents of Tregollan are tight-lipped about Tilly Asprey, the cottage’s last owner. Just as she reaches a dead end, Victoria meets Adam Waters, the lawyer handling the cottage’s sale. He’s handsome, charming, and has a missing piece of the puzzle.

Tilly’s diary tells a devastating love story that mirrors Victoria’s own. Can Victoria learn from Tilly’s mistakes, and give herself a second chance at love? Or is history doomed to repeat itself?

An unputdownable and gorgeously romantic read about lost love and new beginnings set in the green hills and rocky cliffs of the breath-taking Cornish coast.

What does TWG think?

I am SOOOOO excited to be kicking off the blog tour for the AMAZING Lily Graham, alongside the also fabulous, Linda from Books Of All Kinds! What a way to kick off the tour!! Today is doubly special as it’s also Lily’s publication day for her new book, The Cornish Escape (published by Bookouture), from all the readers and I, a HUGE congratulations Lily! Kicking off a blog tour for one of your favourite authors is incredibly nerve-wracking (and an honour), as you want to do them proud. So, if you see this post around social media today please do share it everywhere (and Linda’s) so that we can create a huge buzz for Lily and her book. Thank you!
I hope you enjoy my review of Lily’s brand new book, The Cornish Escape.

When things in our personal lives don’t go to plan, we often feel the need to flee. ‘Why run away from your problems?’ you might ask, but when your heart has been broken and a life you thought you knew very well was no more, why NOT flee? Change of scenery, time to think; what’s so wrong about that? Who are we to judge, we aren’t Victoria.

Victoria’s marriage had come to an abrupt end, and instead of staying around to deal with pitying looks and bad memories, she takes off to a small village in Cornwall, Tregollan. Victoria has bitten the bullet and started her life anew, but what happens now? Well, it seems as though Victoria is in the mind-set that her life cannot get any worse than it is now so she decides to use that to her advantage by thinking with her heart instead of her head. Yes, yes, I know. I held my head in my hands as well! Such a BOLD move to think with your heart when logistics tell you something completely different, after all, we have all done it, right? -reminds self to not think with my heart for the last piece of cake….-

You know, I have never read a book of Lily Graham’s that I didn’t enjoy, yet with every new book you begin to wonder how on Earth will the author top the last novel. I’m not going to lie, I did wonder that seeing as I had given Lily’s previous novels 5*’s each and I had my fingers crossed for her newest one.

When I began reading the novel I knew straight away that it wasn’t going to be like her others. ‘The Cornish Escape’ had a lot more grit and power attached to it from an independent character point of view, as opposed to an emotional overall storyline. Two rather different storyline examples yet both brilliant.

Yes my friends, Lily Graham has done it yet again. Not only has she created a main character who is sticking her two fingers up at heart ache, heart break…and her husband, Lily has turned that character into a sassy fireball who still wears her heart on her sleeve and isn’t afraid to think with it either.

As the storyline unfolds, Victoria unearths an old diary which had been written by a lady called, Tilly. A lady who, (after careful detective work by Victoria and her new friend), has had her own fair share of heart-break. Be warned, you may need a tissue or two (or the whole box). Tilly’s story is, wow, beautifully sad. Is that even a thing? I’m sure you know what I mean, I was mesmerised by the whole diary if I’m honest.

Putting Victoria’s and Tilly’s stories together to create a heart warming, waterfall of emotion, was an absolute genius idea. It was different, poignant and totally relatable. Not every story will have the candy floss vibe to it and if I’m honest, ‘The Cornish Escape’ did not require any additional bulking out by fluff of the candy floss nature. This storyline has the power behind it to stand tall and fly the flag for real life situations, with REAL emotional values.

Once again I cannot fault a single thing of Lily Graham’s novel; she has written an outstanding storyline which may even end up being a heart-broken woman’s mantra.

A beautiful novel written from a beautiful heart. Outstanding.

A cosy, heart warming and beautiful read which transports you to a majestic Cornwall, all by the turn of a page. In my eyes, Lily Graham can do no wrong; this is her best book yet (and all hers are fab!).

Thank you Bookouture.

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About the author

Lily has been telling stories since she was a child, starting with her imaginary rabbit, Stephanus, and their adventures in the enchanted peach tree in her garden, which she envisioned as a magical portal to Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree. She’s never really got out of the habit of making things up, and still thinks of Stephanus rather fondly.

She lives with her husband and her English bulldog, Fudge, and brings her love for the sea and country-living to her fiction.

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#Review – The Little Teashop of Lost and Found @Trishaashley @poppystimpson @Transworldbooks

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Alice Rose is a foundling, discovered on the Yorkshire moors above Haworth as a baby. Adopted but then later rejected again by a horrid step-mother, Alice struggles to find a place where she belongs. Only baking – the scent of cinnamon and citrus and the feel of butter and flour between her fingers – brings a comforting sense of home.

So it seems natural that when she finally decides to return to Haworth, Alice turns to baking again, taking over a run-down little teashop and working to set up an afternoon tea emporium.

Luckily she soon makes friends, including a Grecian god-like neighbour, who help her both set up home and try to solve the mystery of who she is. There are one or two last twists in the dark fairytale of Alice’s life to come . . . but can she find her happily ever after?

What does TWG think?

Oh my goodness. Have you ever finished reading a book and would do anything to read it time  and time again, as though it would be the first time reading it? Before now, I have seen various people saying that they would love to do that for various other books and I couldn’t quite understand what they meant. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed A LOT of novels over the years but re-reading a book like it’s the first time, every time? What on Earth would be the criteria for a book to fit that accolade?
Luckily, I can now answer that question with seven words. A mere seven words is all it takes, in my eyes, to explain the criteria of first time re-reading, every single time; The Little Teashop of Lost and Found.

Why?

I have been a huge fan of Trisha Ashley’s books for a very long time, so to have the honour of holding the ARC of her new novel in my hands was a HUGE deal to me. It felt like I was holding something special, something priceless (and awfully strokeable. coverlove!!!). I tweeted Trisha periodically as I was reading her book as I wanted her to be with me on the journey that I took whilst reading her novel. That probably sounds daft, but as she couldn’t see my facial expressions etc, I wanted to let her know my thoughts as I read it. Can you tell I’m a HUGE fan of hers? OI most certainly read it alright as it only took me a couple of hours to read cover to cover, much to Trisha Ashley’s (and everyone else’s) surprise.

Alice Rose hasn’t had the most settled of lives. To start with she was left on the Yorkshire moors as a baby, adopted into a new family then rejected by her step-mother and then she had embark on an uncertain journey as an adult, with the fear of never belonging. I cannot begin to imagine how hard that must have been for Alice, she didn’t ask to be born so why did she keep getting rejected? Just when she thought that she had found the right path for her journey, Alice’s life once again takes an almighty turn and she is left with the feeling that regardless of which new route she took, the outcome was likely to be the same either way; a dead-end. She just had to work out which route was worth the extra effort to turn the dead end, into an open road. Doesn’t sound so simple when you think about it, does it?

What made me warm to Alice the most was how real she came across. Yes she came across bulshy, sassy and extremely black and white in terms of getting her thoughts across, but I could tell that she was a bit broken inside yet she didn’t shy away from that. I don’t think that this book could have wanted for a stronger main character than Alice Rose, especially as there will no doubt be a lot of readers who will be able to relate to Alice as a person as well as the hurdles she has had to jump over so far. Plus, she is absolutely hilarious!

When I saw that yet another storyline would contain a teashop/café, I will admit that I was a little bit apprehensive purely to the over popularity of those settings in novels just now. I was hoping that this one would stand out from the crowd and not get lost amongst the other teashops.
But you know what? It worked! The teashop setting in Trisha Ashley’s novel isn’t your ‘typical’ rather popular setting. For starters, the building actually took a long time to get decorated and ready for business and as readers, we get to ‘see’ the interior go from shabby to wow, step by step. Secondly, the teashop was hidden away and it was as though a map would be needed to direct customers down the ever winding roads (love btw). Thirdly, whilst the teashop was a big part of the storyline, the main focus wasn’t on the teashop itself as the focus was on Alice rebuilding her life.

Everything worked extremely well together. I felt as though I had been transported to a land far, far away because I had zoned out from my own life and went and sat in Alice’s life. There is nothing about Trisha Ashley’s book that I disliked, at all. Not only does the storyline have a fabulous main character with Alice, it also contains other fantastic who stand out in their own way. Each character made themselves known, not one of them felt the need to sit in the background and shy away from the unfolding events. They were memorable and utterly fabulous.

I really cannot recommend The Little Teashop of Lost and Found, enough.
Full of laughter, hard times, strength and heart warming events, The Little Teashop of Lost and Found, is a book to devour. A book to hold close to your heart. A book where sadness comes to light but then happiness kicks its toosh quicker than a cupcake can be eaten. A book to cherish. A book to turn off your phone, lay on the sofa with a cuppa and a cake, and get cosy with.

The Little Teashop of Lost and Found contains additional recipes to devour alongside the novel. Now, I like cake as much as the next person but you know what? The only recipe I need contains Trisha Ashley & her latest novel as THAT is my recipe to happiness. Definitely one of my most favourite books ever.

An outstanding, heart-warming novel from the incredibly talented Trisha Ashley. Magnificent.

Thank you SO much Poppy Stimpson!

Buy now from Amazon UK
(click the above link to buy in Hardback at only £4.99 as well – price correct as of 28/03/17)

#Review of Miss Wrong and Mr Right by Robert Bryndza (@RobertBryndza) @Bookouture

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Blurb.

‘This is men,’ said Gran. ‘When they vant you, but you don’t vant them, they stay. But let them know you vant them, they no longer need you, and they go! It’s like that movie, Nanny McPhee.’

Natalie Love has worked hard to have it all. She runs a successful London theatre that’s about to host one of Hollywood’s leading stars, Ryan Harrison. She’s pretty sure she’s found her man in yoga boyfriend Benjamin, despite his annoying habit of saying Namaste! every time he speaks. And her eccentric, glamorous Hungarian gran is always on hand to offer sage advice and steaming bowls of goulash.

Life in the bright lights of London has always been Natalie’s escape from her chaotic family in rural Devon and Jamie, the childhood sweetheart she left at the altar fifteen years ago. Until he turns up at her theatre door…

Jamie is in town producing a West End show and with rivalry suddenly clouding old feelings, this isn’t quite the reunion Natalie was expecting.

Will Benjamin prove to be Natalie’s perfect match? With Ryan turning her head, Natalie is more confused than ever. And what about Jamie – could he be her second chance at first love?

What does TWG think?

A lot of you may have heard of, or read, Robert Bryndza’s books, and if you haven’t I want to know why! Mr B seems to be one of THE most talked about authors right now so given the fact I hadn’t picked up one of his books to read, until now, I just HAD to find out whether Mr B could tick TWG’s boxes with his latest release, Miss Wrong and Mr Right.

Ever since Natalie got taken to London with her up and coming, sassy gran; the city became her safety net and her ‘go to’ place. After all, she left her groom at the altar when she was a teen, she had to run somewhere! Since arriving in London, Natalie has made a name for herself within the theatre community and is loving every minute of it. For now..

The book begins by throwing readers into the middle of Natalie’s life with her boyfriend, Benjamin. Ahhhh Benjamin…what an utter…cactus! It only took me a few sentences to dislike him! He was so far up his own toosh that he ended up creating new yoga poses! Honestly, I’m not judgemental (overly), but he was something else. Good on Mr B for creating a character that had such an effect on me though, admittedly not the greatest effect, but I do enjoy books where there are marmite characters.

‘Miss Wrong and Mr Right’ most definitely was a book that kept on giving. The storyline never stopped, characters grew in front of my very eyes and drama went up a notch every chapter. Every where that Natalie went, drama followed her like a little lost puppy, as did pigeons. But, seeing as it would be mean of me to include spoilers in my review, you will need to read the book to find out why!

Even though I enjoyed the storyline immensely, I did find the Ryan situation to go on a bit too long. I would have loved to read more of gran’s one liners and on point humour. It’s safe to say that gran became my all time favourite character within the book. That woman has a lot of gusto. She is brilliant and added so much to the storyline with her presence. Such a gold dust character. Hilarious.

So, did Mr B tick TWG’s boxes with this book? Of course he did! Miss Wrong and Mr Right is such a fun, light-hearted yet quirky read, full of drama and humour. I can honestly say that you will never be bored just as long as this particular book is on your lap. It’s bonkers, it’s brilliant and it’s another smashing hit from Mr Bryndza. I am rather looking forward to seeing what he releases next in this genre, maybe gran will get her own spin-off book!

Thank you Bookouture.

Miss Wrong and Mr Right by Robert Bryndza, published by Bookouture, will be released on the 8th December 2016. You can pre-order/order your copy right now from Amazon