Blog Tour! ‘A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love’ by Linn B Halton (@LinnBHalton) @BrookCottagebks

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Today it is my stop on the blog tour for Linn.B.Halton’s ‘ A Lot of Sugar, A Lot of Love’! There is also a giveaway at the end of the post, just incase you fancy your luck!

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Blurb.

Life isn’t all love and cupcakes …

Katie has had her fair share of bad luck, but when she finally realises her dream of opening a bakery it seems things can only get better. But the reality of running a business hits Katie hard and whilst her partner, Steve, tries to help she begins to sense that the situation is driving them further apart. Could Katie be set to lose her relationship and her dream job?

Then, one winter’s day, a man walks into her shop – and, in the space of that moment, the course of Katie’s life is changed. But nobody finds happiness in the blink of an eye. Sometimes it takes two Christmases, three birthdays and a whole lot of cake to get there …

Previously released as Sweet Occasions by the author. Revised and edited by Choc Lit December 2015.

What does TWG think?

Absolutely thrilled to be part of this blog tour, courtesy of Brook Cottage Books! I was rather intrigued by the cover of this book as it didn’t give a lot away and the title itself made me want to find out more.

‘A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love’ is set in a bakery; a bakery that is being run from the heart and not by the amount of money that goes into the till daily. Katie adores her bakery, but as her partner is a businessman, all he sees are figures, overheads and a business that lacks yeast and not rising as much as he wants it to. Unfortunately, it turns out that Katie may be being swayed into her partners way of thinking as she’s too afraid to say ‘no’. It’s funny what guilt can do isn’t it?

I must admit, I found Katie and Steve’s relationship quite an absurd one at first as I could tell something wasn’t sitting quite right, I just didn’t know what. The further into the storyline that I got, the much clearer that things became, but I still couldn’t work out what Steve’s motives were. If he had any that is!

I absolutely adored how the authors wonderful writing managed to embrace the warmth and heart of the bakery, just by the description used. I could smell the baking, I could see the wonderful cakes that were being decorated, and I could feel the heart and soul that oozed from the bakery walls. I am in awe at how Linn managed to create that feeling within her book. Absolutely outstanding.

There was a rather poignant part of the storyline which made me overcome with emotion. Obviously I can’t say too much about that part as I don’t want to give anything away, but wow, completely and utterly unexpected. It opened my eyes to many, many things; especially the powerful force behind true love itself.

As this was the first book of Linn.B.Halton’s that I have ever read, I reserved judgement as I had no idea what to expect or where the authors words would take me. It did not disappoint at all as it is a book that has stayed in my head since I finished reading it. If this book was a cake, it would be the most beautiful, multiple layered, complex and outstanding cake ever to be made. Never mind a little sugar; Linn’s book gave me a lot of sugar and a lot of love. Brilliant.

Thank you Brook Cottage Books!

A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love by Linn.B.Halton, published by Choc Lit, is available to buy now from:

Amazon UK E-Book
Amazon UK Paperback
Amazon US E-Book
Amazon US Paperback

GIVEAWAY! If you are feeling a little bit lucky, you can enter the giveaway here. Good luck!

About the author.

“I’m a hopeless romantic, self-confessed chocaholic, and lover of coffee. For me, life is about family, friends, and writing. Oh, and the occasional glass of White Grenache…”

An Amazon UK Top 100 best-selling author with A Cottage in the Country in November 2015, Linn’s novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award. Linn writes chick lit, women’s contemporary fiction and psychic romance for Choc Lit, Harper Impulse and Endeavour Press.

Website/blog: http://linnbhalton.co.uk/

Twitter: @LinnBHalton FB: Linn B Halton Author

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Guess who’s back, back again…it’s Tilly Tennant & ‘The Little Village Bakery’.

The Little Village Bakery (Honeyborne book 1) by Tilly Tennant.
Published 15th June 2016 by Bookouture.
Available to buy from Amazon UK and Amazon US.
Add it to your GoodReads shelf!

I would like to start by saying a MASSIVE congratulations to the very talented Tilly Tennant as today is her publication day! ‘The Little Village Bakery’ is available for you to get your hands on, as of RIGHT NOW! Links are above!
I am absolutely thrilled to have a little bit of Tilly Tennant on TWG, yet again. Think I need to get Tilly her own special seat here at TWG as I’m sure this won’t be the last time she’s spotted here either!

Here is my book review of ‘The Little Village Bakery’, I hope you enjoy!

Help yourself to a generous slice of Victoria sponge, a perfect cup of tea and a big dollop of romance. Welcome to the Little Village Bakery.
Meet Millie. Heartbreak has forced her to make a new start and when she arrives at the old bakery in the little village of Honeybourne she is determined that this will be her home sweet home. Her imagination has been captured by the tumbledown bakery but with no running water and dust everywhere, her cosy idea of making cakes in a rural idyll quickly crumbles.
Luckily the locals are a friendly bunch and step in to help Millie. One in particular, Dylan, a laid-back lothario, soon captures her attention.
But just as Millie is beginning to settle in, an unexpected visitor from her past suddenly turns up determined to ruin everything for her. It’s time for Millie to face the skeletons in her closet if she’s going to live the dream of running her little village bakery, and her blossoming romance with Dylan.’

Wow, where to start with this one! Thank you to Bookouture, Netgalley and Tilly for the ARC! ‘The Little Village Bakery’ was not what I expected at all. Straight away you’re met with hints of a characters hidden past that remains secretive throughout, mostly. If you’re a curious devil like me, just that alone will keep the book in your hands. Millie wants a fresh start, but she seems to have jumped in feet first without thinking. As quickly as she jumped, the regrets start to surface which leaves Millie at a standstill. What on Earth should she do? Unfortunately for her, a certain person comes knocking with only one thing on their mind, but will it make Millie’s decision for her?
The cover captured my attention with this book big time, its vibrant, colourful, and has cake. Win win really isn’t it? 😉 I thought ‘The Little Village Bakery’ highlighted the fact that you shouldn’t judge things by the way that they look, or come across, without getting to know them first.
I found the book to be split in half in terms of happy and bubbly characters, and characters that weren’t all that they seemed. I thought that was a clever way of mixing up the storyline as not only is the story faced with trying to work out certain characters, but it also had added hilarity at the same time. It’s like a cushion after the gasp so to speak. I’m the sort of person that has a rather expressive face. If I’m confused or any other emotion, it is written ALL over my face, half the time I don’t realise, so when it came to reading this book, I am very glad I was reading it alone. Why? Because there were a few times that I was sitting with a furrowed brow going ‘what the’ ‘are you serious’ no way!’ and yes, it was out loud! For me, if a storyline can make me do that, as well as laugh out loud, then it’s an incredibly good sign. Tilly Tennant has written yet another captivating book that will make you feel like you’re part of the story, extremely involved.
Not only does Tilly manage to captivate the reader, she has also managed to incorporate certain situations into the story with extreme delicacy. That is a talent in itself. As always, there may be a character or two that can take a while to warm up to. Not in a negative way, but sometimes characters do things that could leave you thinking ‘you’re a donut’. ‘The Little Village Bakery’ is no different. There are many characters which have very complex personalities in the story and it makes for excellent reading. To be honest, the whole book makes an excellent read.
I said at the start of the review that the book wasn’t what I expected, and I still stand by that. It’s not a book about cakes, nor does Mary Berry appear in the bakery to bake a cake or two. What it is though, is a book about truth, forgiveness and finding yourself. Obviously there may be the odd cake involved, it is a bakery after all! ‘The Little Village Bakery’ left me hungry for more, luckily for us, it’s only the first book in the series and I cannot wait to see what happens next! A comforting  and mesmerising read from start to finish.