#BlogTour! #Review: The Little Clock House on the Green by @EveDevon @HarperImpulse

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Welcome to the little village of Whispers Wood and one glorious summer when friendships are forged, secrets are revealed and romance delightfully bursts into bloom.

Kate Somersby has finally returned home after years of running away. She’s heard that Old Man Isaac is selling the clock house on the green and she’s determined to make him an offer – the very bricks that make up the little clock house hold precious memories for her.

Only gorgeous entrepreneur Daniel Westlake is standing in her way. Their rivalry is the talk of the village and soon rumours are spreading thicker than jam on a scone…

A charming feel good romance perfect for fans of Katie Fforde, Alex Brown and Sarah Morgan

What does TWG think?

Today is my stop on Eve Devon’s blog tour for her recently released novel; The Little Clock House on the Green, which was published on the 23rd March by HarperImpulse! I hope you enjoy my review of this truly beautiful looking novel!

How STUNNING is that book cover?! I couldn’t wait to see what treats were in store for me; I was SO excited to get stuck in. And, you know what? The entire storyline did not disappoint AT ALL. From the first chapter, The Little Clock House had some sort of magical hold over me, it was as though I had climbed up to the top of The Magic Faraway Tree into the land of written tranquillity.

In this story we have two main characters lives to follow (not stalk fyi); Daniel’s and Kate’s. Daniel found himself in Whispers Wood by chance thanks to an iffy car and driving without a map and now he’s in the village, one or two things may have caught his eye to warrant becoming a permanent fixture in the village. Then there is Kate, she’s back in the village after spending a little while (several years in fact) clearing her head from circumstances she would love to forget. However, being back in the village is a tad bittersweet and she wonders whether she has made the wrong decision by coming back.

I need to be so careful with this review as a lot of the main events in the storyline are linked with certain emotions and situations, and I need to ensure I don’t drop myself in it whilst I write. If I end up being too vague, the best option for you is to go and buy the book so that you can get the answers! I know, fab idea, right?

‘What the hell made Kate run away? What was so bad that she had to up sticks and leave?’, were two of the questions that I asked myself multiple times whilst reading a fair chunk of this book. There were a lot of raw emotions and rather vague conversations to keep me pondering Kate’s reasons for going, but I didn’t want to read between the lines and delve deeper before the storyline got there, as it was such an enchanting read. You really do need to let the storyline do the talking. Let the characters develop before your very eyes and follow the paths that they choose to walk down.

The storyline had so much going for it! Not once did I find myself at a loose end, wondering when the storyline was going to pick up again as the storyline was ALWAYS on a constant rise. There was drama between characters, drama between old lifestyles and new lifestyles, drama between old memories and new memories; how COULD I be bored when there was always something to keep me interested. Don’t get me wrong, there were a couple of times when I may have read a chapter and suddenly had ‘something in my eye’, or situations became a lot grittier than before. But that wasn’t a bad thing at all, it wasn’t all dancing around the clock house at your leisure and I really enjoyed the diversity. I ended up laughing out loud multiple times too!

There is a lot to Eve Devon’s novel that meets the eye; a treasure chest of literary beauty if you will. I adored this novel from start to finish, not only did the book flow extremely well, it really did have everything that I could ever have wanted from a book.

‘The Little Clock House on the Green’ was beautifully written, full of raw and powerful emotion and housed in-depth and charismatic characters, each with very unique personalities. Not only that it was the proud owner of poignant and thought-provoking messages that are likely to stay in your heart long after you finish reading. To say I was gutted when I came to the end of the book would be understatement of the year. I am just so thankful that this was book one and we have more to come. If the next book in the series is anything like this then we are in for an absolutely treat and I cannot wait.

Huge thanks to HarperImpulse.

Buy your own copy of Eve Devon’s novel now, from Amazon UK

There are more stops on the blog tour! Make sure you follow all of the other bloggers on the picture below:

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#Review – The Vets at Hope Green Part 2 by Sheila Norton (@NortonSheilaann) @EburyPublishing

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PART TWO of a heartwarming and inspiring story about living the simple life and the joy of animals. Perfect for fans of Appleby Farm, Ivy Lane and Alfie the Doorstep Cat

Working as the receptionist at her local London vets, Sam dreams of escaping to a quieter life in the country. Spending time with her Nana and her lovely but elderly dog Rufus has sparked something within Sam, and all she wants is to start afresh. But her boyfriend Adam is in London, and something tells her that it won’t be an easy conversation.

But then something happens that makes her going-nowhere receptionist job seem much more appealing: she finds a little stray cat called Ebony, in need of love and nurturing back to health. Faced with a dilemma, she must choose between her heart’s desire and the little ball of fluff burrowing her way into Sam’s heart…

Is it possible to have it all?

What does TWG think?

Time to head back to Hope Green as we re-visit Sam in Part 2 of The Vets at Hope Green – Follow Your Heart. The second instalment is published today (16th February) by Ebury Publishing, huge congratulations to Sheila Norton!

Lets just remind ourselves of Part 1 in the series: #Review – The Vets at Hope Green Part 1 by Sheila Norton @NortonSheilaann @EburyPublishing

Poor Sam ended up in a little bit of a pickle with her boyfriend, Adam, in part 1 and I was hopeful that her luck would change with this instalment. However, Sam is STILL having trouble with Adam and her luck doesn’t seem to be changing any time soon.

Once again, it is quite tricky to write a review for a book series because it’s quite tricky to work out what to say without giving anything away. I really enjoyed returning to Hope Green; so much in fact I read the book in an hour and I wasn’t mentally prepared for it to end! Luckily for us, the third instalment should be here in a month!

I loved how Sam’s dilemma highlighted such relatable situations; especially given the fact that it looks a ‘happy’ sort of book. Which it is, don’t get me wrong. It just contains more depth to it that meets the eye, and I really do think a lot of readers will resonate with Sam. I must admit though, one character in particular managed to rub me up the wrong way in this part, too! I wasn’t really surprised that the leopard didn’t change its spots; but you gotta be positive, right?

Another cosy part to The Vets at Hope Green series. Re-visiting our friends in Hope Green with Sheila Norton, is like being cuddled in a big, soft blanket. I can’t wait to see how the storyline pans out in part three!

Thank you Ebury!

Buy now from Amazon UK.

#Tour! Celebrations & Confetti by Rebecca Raisin (@jaxandwillsmum) @LoveReadRomance @UKCarina

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It’s finally here!!! I say finally, I didn’t write the book but I can imagine Rebecca being majorly excited right now! Why? Because today is the publication day for Part one of her brand new book series; Celebrations & Confetti!! Happy publication day to such a fantastic author, and a fantastic lady!
P.S. How gorgeous is that banner btw?!

Today I have the privilege of bringing you TWO Rebecca related things on this post; a review and a specially written guest post! Excited? Me too, let’s get this celebration started shall we? Someone bring the confetti…

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Blurb.

Part one in a feel-good romantic serial from bestselling author Rebecca Raisin!

Clio Winters is finally fulfilling her childhood dream of renovating the gorgeous old Cedarwood Lodge in Evergreen. Turning it into the perfect destination for big celebrations, weddings and parties has brought her back home, but Cedarwood Lodge is in need of a lot of tender loving care.
Perhaps all the work will be the perfect distraction from the real reason she had to leave her glamorous New York life behind. Will coming home be the best decision of her life… or her biggest regret?

Cedarwood Lodge is a delectable romance told in three parts – following Clio Winters journey back to her hometown of
Evergreen. This is Part One.

What does TWG think?

I haven’t read a book of Rebecca’s that I didn’t like, ever. Celebrations & Confetti is no exception. However, I would never use the word ‘like’ to describe my feelings of this book because I’m afraid to say, I didn’t like it…..

WAIT!!

I haven’t finished…..

It’s true, I didn’t like it because I absolutely, one hundred percent….LOVED IT! Although, I don’t think ‘love’ is even strong enough to describe my thoughts! Celebrations & Confetti captured my heart from the very beginning with its enticing nature, and comforting words. Every lick of paint or change in décor was described with incredible realism; I felt as though I was standing in the lodge watching the transformation through my very own eyes.

Clio has returned home to Evergreen leaving the glamorous life of New York City behind her, but why? Why leave NYC for a….lodge? Those are the questions that Clio knows her mum wants to ask her; if she ever saw her that is. Clio returning home should be a joyous occasion, especially when she is following her heart. But will everyone be on the same wavelength as her?

I was! Don’t get me wrong, you’ll learn a lot of information in part one that could make you feel differently towards Clio. Positive or negative, it makes for excellent reading and puts the storyline on a completely different level to the one I initially thought.

All of the characters within the book are very easy to gel with and their personalities are all incredibly memorable. So memorable that I couldn’t actually find a character that I disliked (that is rare). Two characters in particular that made my heart sing were Kai and Eva, one of the few subtle things within the storyline that made me stop and gather my thoughts.

Seeing as this is only part one, you are left with many unanswered questions. Whilst it might be frustrating for those that dislike books that come in parts, it is to be expected with a series and I love the fact that there is even more to find out in part two.

Rebecca writes with such warmth and emotion; all of her stories have felt like hugs in a book. I cannot fault Celebrations & Confetti at all, why would I want to? It is such a fantastic start to an already enticing book series and I for one cannot wait to read part 2. If it continues on the same line of brilliance as this one, we will be in for an absolute treat! See you soon Cedarwood Lodge!!

Thank you Rebecca & LRR!

To buy links:  Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Barnes & Noble | GooglePlay

Guest Post by Rebecca Raisin.

A big thanks to the Writing Garnet for having me here today! Kaisha posed the question: If you had the chance to make or break your life like Clio, how would you do it?

I love the idea of answering this so much, and nailing down one idea is hard! In Celebrations and Confetti at Cedarwood Lodge Clio’s perfect, big city, executive life ends suddenly, leaving her two choices, stay and bear it, or leave and follow her dreams a little earlier than she had planned…

If I was in the same predicament I’d definitely choose escape! With wanderlust in my veins I often have these grand plans, including packing up our house and moving to Bali for a year, writing on the run and home schooling our kids. This was our real life plan until a few things put paid to it! Still, I dream of exotic climes, and writing on the beach, my kids frolicking in the water, and us all learning a new language…

Even though that is off the cards for the moment it’s still a dream of mine! Just the idea of living simply, taking only one bag of clothes (and books!) really appeals to me. We collect so much stuff, and I’d much prefer to collect memories… especially while my children are young.
I love the idea of Bali because it’s close to home, and our families could easily visit, and we love the Balinese culture and its people. If not Bali, in a perfect world you’d find us in France, in a little village where I’d try so hard to befriend the locals, and pretend to be French! I adore the language, the way their accents sound like poetry, then there’s the food. I would be in foodie heaven and would hope that my walking adventures would counter the amount of calories I consume.

I’d also love to see Scotland, Greece, Italy – the list goes on. You never know what the future will bring. If I get the chance to pack up and whisk my family away for a year long adventure abroad I would do it in a heartbeat…

What would you do if you had the chance?

Huge thank you to Rebecca for writing such a fantastic guest post! If I had the chance to make or break my life without anything holding me back, I would pack up and go and start again. My dream has always been to go to Australia, unfortunately, health won’t let me do that. So, my ‘going’ will be to meet authors next year, that counts, right? Let me know what you would do via the comments!!

Author bio:

Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been published in various short story anthologies and in fiction magazines, and is now focusing on writing romance.
Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships, and most importantly believe in true love.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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