#Review – Millie Vanilla’s Cupcake Café – Spring Beginnings by @georgiawrites @fictionpubteam

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Blurb.

A new charming three part series for fans of sweet romance!

Is this the start of something wonderful?

Millie’s working all hours to make her seaside café a success, so when a rival multi-national café chain opens its latest branch just around the corner, stealing away her customers, it means WAR!

Millie’s remaining loyal customers step up – and a new arrival in town, the gorgeous, enigmatic Jed Henville, is also keen on helping Millie solve her business crisis. But it’s only after Jed sweeps her off her feet that Millie suddenly realises how little she knows about him…

What does TWG think?

I am probably not the first one to be enticed by that sugary sweet front cover, and I am sure that I won’t be the last either! Sweet and cosy front cover + a book title with ‘cake’ in it = TWG set for the evening. Yes, those two things sold me on nabbing Georgia Hill’s novel to read. Shallow? No way. Genius? Hell yeah!

Going to the seaside wouldn’t be the same, jovial experience we have all reminisce about, without nipping into the café nearby for an ice-cream or egg and chips. Well, they’re my personal favourites anyway, but I’m sure you catch my drift! Cue Millie and her seaside café; a venture in which she is fiercely protective of. So protective in fact, that when the rumour mill goes into overdrive about a new café pulling the rug from under her feet, Millie soon learns who she can and can’t trust. Although, lets emphasise the can’t trust shall we? I mean, they do say that it is the nice ones that you need to watch…

‘Spring Beginnings’ is the first book in the ‘Millie Vanilla’s Cupcake Cafe’ three part series with part two ‘Summer Loves’, following later in the year. Even though the front cover screamed sweet like chocolate, the storyline itself reminded me of the popular seaside treat, rock; vibrant on the outside yet full of depth and flavour on the inside. There is more to ‘Spring Beginnings’ that meets the eye but one thing is for certain, I am VERY glad that you cannot consume calories from a physical book. The amount of yummy treats that are described in this book is mouth watering; and then you have the actual food on top of that! (Yes, there are a few dapper gentleman mentioned!!)

As with all multiple part book series, you will only find out so much from each section, leaving you with unanswered questions or in this case, loud hunger pains too. I adored the homely personality of the main character, Millie, as it felt as though she was the heart and soul of the storyline itself. From the very beginning, ‘Spring Beginnings’ stole my heart; the storyline had enough depth to keep me going until the end. Even the characters stood out in their own ways without losing any of their identity along the way. A very promising start to an already cosy read, roll on part two!

Thank you HarperImpulse/Netgalley.

Georgia Hill’s ‘Spring Beginnings’, book one of the Millie Vanilla’s Cupcake Café series, will be published in e-book on the 3rd February. To pre-order your copy go to Amazon.

 

Book Review – ‘The Holiday Swap’ by Zara Stoneley (@ZaraStoneley) @HarperImpulse

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Blurb.

Florence Cortes has the perfect life – an apartment in the trendiest district of Barcelona, a job she loves and a boyfriend who’s whisking her away on a romantic break to Paris to no doubt propose.
Only, he’s planning something far different, and Flo soon realises her life isn’t so perfect after all.

Home loving Daisy Fischer is perfectly happy in her idyllic home in the Cheshire countryside, with an on-off boyfriend who might be slightly dull but is totally dependable. Until he issues an ultimatum, and Daisy suddenly realises that there might be a whole different world out there that she’s missing out on.

Have Flo and Daisy come up with the perfect solution to escape festive heartbreak?
Can a snowbound Christmas in Cheshire – with aristocratic, handsome Hugo as her neighbour, a house full of animals and a leaking roof – help Flo mend her broken heart, and remind her of what she really wants in life?

Can a sunny break in beautiful Barcelona – with the dishy but brooding Javier, a never ending supply of cava, and a sea view to die for – prove to Daisy that playing safe isn’t always the answer?

Love actually does seem to be all around this Christmas – and in the places Flo and Daisy least expect to find it, but where will they be for New Year?

What does TWG think?

Thank you to the TBConFB family for allowing me to get all festive in August!

I’ll be honest, the first thing that came to my mind when I read the title was the movie ‘The Holiday’! I think my fingers were slightly crossed for it to be similar because I ADORE that film, but I have never read a book that had the same feel to it. Until now.

I am quite ashamed to admit that this is the first book of Zara’s that my eyes have had the pleasure of reading! However,  it is safe to say that after reading ‘The Holiday Swap’, I will quickly become her groupie and buy her other books!

Florence and Daisy both live lives that people would dream of living but in completely different ways. Florence classes Barcelona as her home now, yet Daisy knows ‘no place like home’, after all, she hasn’t flown too far from the nest. Despite having quite obvious differences, both ladies have something in common; men. As both ladies try to figure out the next step in their love life journey, a change of scenery becomes their only option for self happiness. But how far are they willing to go?

I am probably not the only person that will dislike both men, I thought that they had been dragged up and not brought up! One of them was living in their own arrogant dream world, and the other, well, what an absolute…..read the book, the character can explain himself more than I ever could.

Every chapter of the book that I read, gave me the excitement and cosy feeling  you get when you’re unwrapping a present on Christmas morning. I couldn’t wait to find out more about the characters, their lives before and their lives now. Would Florence and Daisy get a happy ending? It was a question that didn’t leave my mind the whole way through. Zara’s cosy and warm writing pulled me into the book with such force, I just yearned for the ladies to be happy and to live with no regrets. They had such a fantastic opportunity, a chance to find themselves, it would have been a travesty not to go for it.

For me, the storyline was quite predictable. That said, it didn’t ruin the enjoyment that I got from reading the book as it was such a joy to read. I didn’t have to think too much, I literally curled up on my sofa with my Kindle and surrendered myself to Zara and her enchanting words within ‘The Holiday Swap’.

‘The Holiday Swap’ is a story about second chances, grabbing life by its baubles and making every single moment count. It is also a book that will reignite the magic of the festive season, bringing the true meaning of ‘family’ and ‘love’ to the forefront of my mind. I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Holiday Swap’, a lovely, easy to read book to curl up with any time of the year.

The Holiday Swap by Zara Stoneley, published by Harper Impulse, will be released on the 2nd September 2016, but is available to pre-order right now from Amazon UK.


**Cover Reveal!!** Mince Pies & Mistletoe at the Christmas Market by Heidi Swain.

Oh my goodness me, I actually cannot contain my excitement today! I LOVE Heidi Swain’s books, she has an extremely cosy way of writing, so, when I heard under the mistletoe that not only will she be releasing another book, she is releasing a CHRISTMAS BOOK!!! The cover of the book alone makes me want to curl up all cosy, and that is even before I have managed to read it! Luckily for you, I have been asked by the lady herself to help reveal her cover of her newest book. Are you ready?

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Isn’t it GORGEOUS?!? The title even has mince pies in it, and I’m a sucker for a mince pie…or two. Oh who am I kidding, LOADS of them, and now they’re in book form! So, so excited to read this book, if it’s anything like her other two, we’ll be in for an absolute treat.

Blurb.

Ruby has been away at university but now she’s back in Wynbridge. With Christmas around the corner, she takes on a stall at the local market, and sets about making it the best Christmas market stall ever. There’ll be bunting and mistletoe and maybe even a bit of mulled wine.

But with the new out-of-town superstore just opened, the market is under threat. So together with the other stallholders, Ruby devises a plan to make sure that locals make the Christmas market their first port of call for all their Christmas present needs.
But it’s hard to concentrate when she keeps bumping into her ex, Steve – and especially when she realises that her feelings for him are still there.
Join Heidi Swain for some Christmas sparkle – and see who might be under the mistletoe this year…

Released: 17th November 2016.

‘Mince Pies & Mistletoe at the Christmas Market’ is available to pre-order right now from Amazon in both paperback and E-book!