The Cornish Lady by Nicola Pryce #bookreview #blogtour @NPryce_Author @rararesources @CorvusBooks #HistoricalRomance #CornishSagaseries #HistFic #giveaway

 

The Cornish Lady

The Cornish Lady written by Nicola Pryce, publisher Corvus, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Book Blurb

Cornwall:1796
Educated, beautiful and the daughter of a prosperous merchant, Angelica Lilly has been invited to spend the summer in high society. Her father’s wealth is opening doors, and attracting marriage proposals, but Angelica still feels like an imposter among the aristocrats of Cornwall.
When her brother returns home, ill and under the influence of a dangerous man, Angelica’s loyalties are tested to the limit. Her one hope lies with coachman Henry Trevelyan, a softly spoken, educated man with kind eyes. But when Henry seemingly betrays Angelica, she has no one to turn to. Who is Henry, and what does he want? And can Angelica save her brother from a terrible plot that threatens to ruin her entire family?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Nicola Pryce’s latest novel: The Cornish Lady.

The Cornish Lady is book four in the Cornish saga series by Nicola Pryce.  Each book in the series can be read as a standalone and I have proved this notion as The Cornish Lady is my first introduction to the work of Nicola Pryce.  Each story is set along the rugged coastline of Cornwall and we travel back in time to the late 1700’s.  Nicola Pryce creates strong female leads in each novel and The Cornish Lady is no exception with Miss Angelica Lilly taking centre stage.

Angelica Lilly is the daughter of a wealthy merchant and is keen to fulfil her late mother’s wishes to marry a Lord.  But one hot summer whilst visiting family friends her life is about to take a dramatic and enlightening journey.  When Angelica’s brother, Edgar, turns up looking dishevelled, distracted and acting rather bizarrely Angelica is starting to fear for his health and his new friendship with Lord Jacob Boswell.  Does Jacob Boswell have an unhealthy control over her brother?  A race to help her brother brings forth danger and drama, unearthing secrets involving embezzlement and exploitation.

I have to admit it did take me a little while to get into the story and characters but my goodness once the author changed gear in the storyline I felt myself engulfed by the drama and felt invested in the characters lives and was eager to learn what happened next.

The Cornish Lady was filled with drama, intrigue, mystery with a charming romance at the heart of the story.  I’m now keen to learn more about the other books in the Cornish Saga series.

About the Author

2 Author PhotoNicola Pryce came to writing after a career in nursing. She has an Open University degree in Humanities and is a qualified adult literacy support volunteer. She is lives in the Blackdown Hills in Somerset and when she isn’t writing she’s probably gardening or scrubbing the decks. She and her husband love sailing and for the last twenty years they have sailed in and out of the romantic harbours of the south coast of Cornwall in search of adventure: it is there where she sets her books.

The Cornish Lady is her fourth book: The others are Pengelly’s Daughter, The Captain’s Girl, and The Cornish Dressmaker.

Nicola is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Historical Writers Association.

Social Media Links –
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His Convenient Highland Wedding (The Lochmore Legacy, Book 1) by Janice Preston @JaniceGPreston @MillsandBoon #historicalromance #LochmoreLegacy

 

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His Convenient Highland Wedding (The Lochmore Legacy, Book 1) written by Janice Preston, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available in ebook and paperback format from Thursday 21st March 2019.

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Book Blurb

Bought by her husband…
Bound by secrets of their past!
The start of The Lochmore Legacy – A Scottish castle through the ages! Earl’s daughter Flora McCrieff brought shame on her family once, now she discovers she must wed impossibly rich but low born Lachlan McNeill. He’s undeniably handsome, but a man of few words. Despite the attraction that burns between them, can she reach beyond his impeccable clothing to find the emotions he’s locked away for so long…?

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What is The Lochmore Legacy series?

The Lochmore Legacy is a captivating 4 book series with a difference; it’s four individual stories written by four top-selling Mills & Boon historical authors: Janice Preston, Lara Temple, Elisabeth Hobbes and Nicole Locke.  The stories are standalone novels but are linked by the setting of a castle in the Scottish Highlands and by a feud between two clans that has spanned centuries. 

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Book 1: His Convenient Highland Wedding by Janice Preston starts in 1841 in Castle McCrief were twelve year old Flora, one of the Earl’s daughters is feeling abit miffed with her father’s attitude towards her.  Flora is a high spirited young girl and is full of ideas to help with the upkeep of the castle that is rapidly eating up the family’s wealth.  Her suggestions have been rebuked so many times she feels dispirited.  With her temper still seething Flora goes off for a wander in the castle to work off her steam but during this time she makes a startling discover that frightens her to her core.

Seven years on and the discovery that Flora found still leaves Flora with a chilled fear and questions she’s been afraid to ask.  But now the castle is in bad disrepair and her father has virtually sold her off to a stranger and she is set to marry a wealthy gentleman.  A man she’s never seen or heard of before but his money is good for the family home.

Lachlan McNeill is a ruggedly handsome man that has worked hard the last few years earning his wealth.  He’s now bought himself a castle, a distillery and now a wife.  His life is looking almost complete but there’s a hidden sorrow within Lachlan that he’s desperate to remedy.  Life in the past was very difficult for Lachlan and his family and a tragedy has left him with a guilt he’s struggling to overcome.  Outwardly Lachlan looks the perfect husband but he’s so overcome with the strain from the emotions brought on by his past that it’s placing a barrier against any future happiness with his wife.

I loved this story set in the Scottish Highlands, Janice Preston described the setting perfectly and you could feel a sense of ruggedness of the land and the remoteness to the nearby city of Glasgow.  Flora had two different personalities in the story, she was so vibrant as a young girl but by the time she was due to wed her father had knocked the spirit out of her.  Once wed she was quite shy and reserved but her spirit from long ago was still there slowly simmering in the background.

With secrets in both Flora and Lachlan’s past can the newlyweds help each other to overcome them?  Will the feud from long ago lift it’s ugly head and what is the startling find that Flora discovered?

His Convenient Highland Wedding is gorgeously romantic with a storyline that is filled with secrets, drama and charm.

The Lochmore Legacy looks set to be a fantastic, exciting series with romance firmly at the heart of the stories.  I can’t wait to read each story.

To connect and learn more about Janice Preston please visit the following pages:

Website:   https://janicepreston.co.uk/

Twitter:     http://www.twitter.com/JaniceGPreston

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/janice.preston.author/

 

What’s to come in The Lochmore Legacy series:

Lochmore Legacy book 2Book 2:  Unlaced by The Highland Duke by Lara Temple

Published Date:  18th April 2019

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lochmore legacy book 3Book 3:  A Runaway Bride for The Highlander by Elisabeth Hobbes

Published Date:  30th May 2019

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Lochmore Legacy book 4Book 4:  Secrets of A Highland Warrior by Nicole Locke

Published Date:  27th June 2019

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And all the books in their glory …

 

 

Magnolia House by Angela Barton @angebarton @ChocLituk @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #ContemporaryRomance

 

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Magnolia House written by Angela Barton, publisher Choc Lit, is available NOW in ebook and audiobook format.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2F66ER3

Book Blurb

Rowan Forrester has it all – the happy marriage, the adorable dog, the good friends, the promising business and even the dream home after she and her husband Tom win a stunning but slightly dilapidated Georgian townhouse in London at auction.

But in the blink of an eye, Rowan’s picture-perfect life comes crashing down around her and she is faced with the prospect of having to start again.

To make ends meet she begins a search for housemates, and in doing so opens the door to new friends and new beginnings. But could she be opening the door to new heartbreak too?

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting Angela Barton’s latest novel: Magnolia House.

This was my first introduction to the works of Angela Barton and I really enjoyed it, Angela Barton places you into the hearts of the character’s lives making you feel very welcomed and involved.

Magnolia House is an emotive journey for our characters in Magnolia House, especially our leading lady, Rowan Forrester.

Rowan and Tom Forrester were so excited with their new project renovating an old Georgian house in London.  The move from the north west of England to the capital city was full of excitement and anticipation with a view of their professional and personal lives set to thrive in London.  The house near Clapham Common sounded lovely and after four long months of work the couple were set to move in.

However, life was set to take a drastic turn for Rowan and her dreams were shattered.  Rowan was now faced with an emotional struggle of piecing her life back together again in a city she felt lost in.

The new pieces of Rowan’s life brought her opportune chances meeting people that were to make her life a little more bearable and they also brought much needed hope and light for the future.

Magnolia House is a story that takes you on an emotional rollercoaster with Rowan.  It was dramatic, enlightening, inspiring, hopeful and had a wonderful underlying feeling of warmth.  Angela Barton’s beautiful descriptions of the renovations of the house make you want to find your own Georgian property to make your home.  Magnolia House was a home that became broken but brick by brick it slowly felt the warmth from the glow of light and hope emanating from the windows and from new friendships and new beginnings.

About the Author

Angela Barton was born in London and grew up in Nottingham. She is married with three grown up children and adorable four-year-old twin granddaughters. Angela is passionate about writing both contemporary and historical fiction and loves time spent researching facts for her novels. Having signed publishing contracts for three of her completed novels with Choc Lit’s new imprint, Ruby Fiction, Angela is excited to be working alongside such a lovely team.
Angela and her husband, Paul, recently moved to France and planted a lavender field. She’s looking forward to spending more time writing in the beautiful Charente countryside working from her new writing room, a beautiful shepherd hut. Angela is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and Nottingham Writers’ Studio.

Social Media Links –
Website:   https://www.angelabarton.net
Facebook :   https://www.facebook.com/angela.barton3
Twitter:   http://www.twitter.com/angebarton

 

Knowing You by Samantha Tonge @SamTongeWriter #bookreview #PublicationDayBlitz @canelo_co @rararesources #KnowingYou

 

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Knowing You written by Samantha Tonge, publisher Canelo, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy links:

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Book Blurb

An abrupt change; a new friendship; a dark secret…

Kind-hearted Violet has never fitted in, but despite being bullied at school is now content. She is dating ambitious Lenny, has her dream job in publishing and runs a book club at the local retirement home.

However, when her relationship with Lenny begins to falter, Violet, hurt and alone, seeks the advice of her new flatmate, Bella. She changes her image and with her head held high aims to show that she doesn’t need Lenny in her life to be happy and successful.

Her long-term friends Mable and Farah worry about Bella’s influence and slowly Violet starts to distance herself from them. When she was a child, her closest confidant and companion was a boy called Flint. Her mother didn’t approve of their closeness and he suffered a terrible end. She won’t let the same thing happen to Bella, no matter what anyone says…

Knowing You is about friendship and knowing who to trust with your deepest secrets; it’s about taking control of your life and not being afraid to stand out. Perfect for fans of Ruth Hogan, Gail Honeyman and Amanda Prowse

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I am so pleased to be involved in the Publication Day Blog Blitz for Samantha Tonge’s latest novel: Knowing You.

Knowing You is an exceptionally written story by Samantha Tonge.  The author has included a storyline dealing with many of life’s struggles; bullying, grief, heartbreak, self-doubt, self-esteem all told with honesty and sensitivity.  Samantha Tonge’s writing felt so warm and comforting one minute and the next you are emotionally drawn in to the heart and mind of a young girl having to deal with such a traumatic event at a tender age.  My heart ached for young Violet.

Knowing You is the story of Violet Vaughan who is now living her dream as an editor at an independent publishers in London.  She shares a flat with her boyfriend Lenny who is an aspiring book agent.  Life is looking up until Violet’s heart is left broken.  This heartbreak brings back memories of times that Violet wishes she could forget but these events in her past have shaped her life now.

The story travels back in time to 2001 to when Violet was 7 years old and she’d recently moved house and had started at a new school.  Violet hid so much of her life from her mother in fear of upsetting her any further but the trauma from this time that had evoked so many emotions in Violet would take a dramatic turn.  It’s not until the final chapters of the book that the author spins her tale a final time leaving you breathless.

Knowing You is a story that would resonate with many and I would highly recommend it to young adults at secondary school as I feel the story would give many young people hope and be life affirming.  I felt every emotional struggle and battle in young Violet and in the young adult she has become.  A storyline that feels very current with social media implying certain images causing anxiety and self-esteem issues in many but it’s a storyline that will never go out of fashion as the nature of people will always struggle with moments of self-doubt.

An exceptionally written story that is emotive, thought-provoking but filled with assurance and hope.  I believe it’s the author’s best story yet.

About the Author

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and her passion, second to spending time with her husband and children, is writing. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.
When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.
In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.

Links
Twitter:   http://www.twitter.com/SamTongeWriter
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaTongeAuthor
Website:   http://samanthatonge.co.uk/

 

Fox Halt Farm by Celia Moore @CeliaMooreBooks @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #debutnovel #giveaway

 

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Fox Half Farm (revised edition) written and self-published by Celia Moore is available NOW in ebook and paperback format. The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimted scheme.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2BzrEh1
Fox Halt on a £1.99 promotion until 12th April 2019

Book Blurb
Opening on a cliff edge, Billy finds herself alone and betrayed. She believes everyone and everything she loves is threatened. Richard’s world is aglow with wealth, love and unswerving family loyalty but then his perfect life crosses Billy’s. He could save Billy, her beloved dairy cows and Fox Halt Farm but this young woman isn’t in the mood to be rescued.
Nothing will stay the same. Should they trust each other? Will their secrets tear their lives apart?
Fox Halt Farm is hard to put down. The story cracks along and you are caught up in Celia Moore’s vivid storytelling from the start. If you love novels by Jill Mansell, Fiona Valpy, Lucinda Riley, Maeve Binchy and Danielle Steel you will love this novel too!

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the revised edition of Celia Moore’s debut novel:  Fox Halt Farm.

Fox Halt Farm is quite a compelling debut novel.  The story starts with a young couple, Richard and Janette, on their honeymoon in Greece but something catches Richard’s eye and he’s startled to discover a young woman has fallen from the cliffs onto the shoreline.  Desperate to help Richard was first on the scene.  This was to become the start of an unorthodox, emotional journey for both Richard and the young woman who had fallen, Billy.

Back home in the UK Billy was so angry with Richard for saving her.  Now a few years have passed and Billy is in her final year at university and a link to Richard is propelled towards her again.

Billy was quite a complex character who gives her heart out easily.  She’s very bright and focused in her studies but socially she folds up within herself and only has a small network of friends.  One of her networks was her home back in Dartmoor, Devon on Fox Half Farm.  Billy has fond memories of working on the farm with her parents, her Grandfather and her best friend, Tom.  Fox Halt Farm was to prove to be a beacon of comfort, protection and hope for many.

Billy’s life was about to become a whole lot more tangled when personal emotions become embroiled in business.

Fox Halt Farm is a story that spans two decades following the life of Billy after her eventful day in Greece.

The author, Celia Moore, has wound many twists and turns in this story and I few I couldn’t see coming and when my head and heart recovered from this bolt I felt broken.  Billy’s vulnerability shone throughout the story but there was a hidden vulnerability within another character that once revealed led to catastrophic events.

An emotional and compelling debut novel with a chilling twist.

About the Author

Celia MooreCelia Moore (1967-now) grew up on a small farm near Exeter. She had a successful career as a Chartered Surveyor working in the City of London before working her way back to Devon. In 2000, she left the office to start a new adventure as an outdoor instructor, teaching rock climbing and mountaineering. Today she gardens for a few lovely customers, runs and writes (accompanied at all times by a border terrier x jack russell called Tizzy). She is running the London Marathon in April 2019 for three cancer charities.

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Website:  https://www.celiascosmos.com
Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/CeliaMooreBooks

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The Truth About Love and Dogs by Lilly Bartlett @MicheleGormanUK @NottingHillPR #bookreview #romcom #kindleunlimited

 

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The Truth About Love and Dogs written by Lilly Bartlett, publisher Notting Hill Press, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2O41AzL

Book Blurb

Four little words, uttered by her husband…
‘Oh my god,’ he gasped into her shoulder. ‘Shannon!’
There’s just one problem: her name isn’t Shannon.

Rewind six months and Scarlett and Rufus aren’t in the honeymoon stage anymore so much as the honey-should-we-bother phase. Desperate to get their sparkle back, Scarlett has plotted, planned and waxed more than any woman should have to, but none of it is working. Which makes it very hard to start the family they want.

At least her business is going strong, even if her marriage isn’t. She and her best friend spend their days tangled up in dog leads and covered in fur. Scarlett/ is the fairy dogmother, training hopeless pets like compulsive eater Barkley, impulsive Romeo Murphy and bossy Biscuit. Meanwhile, her best friend walks the dogs and pines for the man who doesn’t know she exists. Thank goodness the women have each other.

If only Scarlett could work out how to get her marriage back on track. But Rufus isn’t sharing his feelings with her. He is, though, sharing with her best friend. Her best friend, Shannon.

dog walker clipartI voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

The Truth About Love and Dogs was such a fun, romantic comedy from Lilly Barlett but amongst all the lovable dogs with their misbehaving antics there is a serious side to this story.  Lilly Bartlett has dealt with this side of the storyline with such sensitivity and empathy.  My heart ached for Scarlett and Rufus and I wanted so much to make life work out for them, but not everything runs smoothly in anyone’s journey.

We follow the journey of Scarlett and Rufus taking the next step in their married life and their wish to become parents.  However, fate was to play a cruel hand to them leaving emotions that would be tested to the limit.

On a lighter note Scarlett’s Dog Behavioural Business was going well and her new group of clients were proving a much needed distraction for her.  I loved this side of the story; animals come in all shapes and sizes with their own personalities and boy was Scarlett in for a challenge with her new class of dog delinquents?!

Lilly Bartlett has created a warm-hearted, romantic comedy filled with crazy antics from both our four legged friends and their owners.  One page the author will have you crying with laughter witnessing the scenes mapped out in the story and another your heart will be ripped in two with the struggles facing our leading couple.

I completely fell in love with this story, animals bring out a certain charm and warmth within stories, they are very unpredictable and Lilly Bartlett has shown how the love of a dog can change the personalities of their owners and those around them.

Heart-warming, full of fun but with a poignant story to tell.

About the Author

Lilly Bartlett’s cosy romcoms are full of laugh out loud moments, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters.

Lilly is the pen-name of Sunday Times and USA Today best-selling author, Michele Gorman, who writes best friend-girl power chick lit under her own name.

Website: http://www.michelegorman.co.uk
Blog: http://michelegormanwriter.blogspot.com
Instagram: @michelegormanuk
Twitter: @MicheleGormanUK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MicheleGormanBooks

DOUBLE REVIEW – The Homecoming and A Vintage Year by Rosie Howard #bookreview #Havenburyseries @SarahWaights @AllisonandBusby

 

 

The Homecoming and A Vintage Year written by Rosie Howard, publisher Allison and Busby, are available NOW in ebook, hardcover, paperback (A Vintage Year due out 20th June), audiobook and audio CD format.  I’d like to thank the publishers for a copy of both books in return for an honest review.

SPECIAL eBOOK PRICE PROMOTION FOR A VINTAGE YEAR 99p (as at 4.3.19) 

IN FACT YOU CAN PURCHASE BOTH eBOOKS FOR THE PRICE OF £2.88 (as at 4.3.19)

the homecomingThe Homecoming (Book one, Havenbury series)

Publication Date:  15 February 2018

The ebook is available to download for kindle, kobo, Google and iBooks.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2UiIJmB

Book Blurb

Maddy fled the idyllic market town of Havenbury Magna three years ago, the scene of a traumatic incident she revisits most clearly in her dreams. Even so, when she is called back to help at the Havenbury Arms after her godfather Patrick suffers a heart attack, she is unprepared for the tangle of emotions her return provokes.
Psychologist and ex-army officer Ben is sure he can help Maddy to resolve her fears, until he finds himself falling for her, and struggling with a recently uncovered family secret of which Maddy is blissfully unaware. Then Maddy’s mother, Helen, arrives and Patrick himself must confront a few uncomfortable truths about his history and the pub’s future.

REVIEW

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I was completely enthralled with The Homecoming it was a cosy romance and then some.  The author, Rosie Howard, has packed so much depth to this story and has dealt with quite a serious, harrowing event in a very sensitive manner.

The story starts with Maddy travelling back to Havenbury Magna on a mercy mission to visit a dear old friend in hospital.  However, returning to Havenbury is having quite a distressing effect on Maddy and if it wasn’t for her friend she wouldn’t put herself through so much anguish.  Three years ago something terrible happened to Maddy, something so awful it has left her with physical and emotional scars.  Just being back in the village feels like she is ripping the stars wide open again.  However, her friend’s need is greater than hers and Maddy puts her fears to one side to look after the pub, Havenbury Arms, whilst it’s current landlord is recovering in hospital.

Keeping herself busy during the day is proving quite enjoyable to Maddy and she soon finds her own rhythm but tensions are fraught with rumours of the future of the public house.

Being back in the village is not only bringing flashbacks to a trauma Maddy has tried so hard to forget but it is also unearthing secrets that hold the key to many unanswered questions.

Maddy soon develops friendships with many of the locals including Ben, a Psychologist and an ex-army officer who has had first-hand experience of PTSD.  Ben sees something in Maddy’s insecurities and anxieties and hopes to be able to offer some help.  Ben has a hidden vulnerability about himself but his developing friendship with Maddy is causing all sorts of confused emotions.

The Homecoming was a story of life catching up with you, of learning to cope with life’s hurdles, of rekindling old friends and forging new ones.  It’s a story that is told with heart and warmth but it’s also honest with the struggles that are thrown our way.

a vintage yearA Vintage Year (book two, Havenbury series)

Publication Date:  21st February 2019

The ebook is available to download for kindle, kobo, Google and iBooks.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2tM5u6O

Book Blurb

It started with ‘happily ever after’, yet just three years after Bella’s fairy-tale wedding to irrepressible Charlie Wellbeloved, her best friend, Maddy, is expecting a baby, while Bella’s own weight gain is purely from comfort eating. Only her little Labrador, Dolly, can boost her spirits as she gloomily surveys her failing marriage and fledgling interior design business.
Dovecot Farm is just a rainstorm away from ruin, but Charlie is hoping against hope his family vineyard will produce a vintage year, saving his business, his childhood home and – most of all – his marriage…
When handsome Rufus appears in the tight-knit Havenbury community, he quickly charms Bella and makes himself indispensable to Charlie. But is he really too good to be true…

REVIEW

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading book one and book two in the Havenbury series back to back.  It has felt like a perfect Sunday evening TV drama with it’s sprawling countryside landscape and the locals pulling together in times of adversity. Havenbury sounds a wonderful community minded village set it an idyllic location on the south coast of England.

Starting book two, A Vintage Year, was like revisiting a favourite holiday location with friends that you had formed during your stay.  A Vintage Year focuses on new characters so it could easily be read as a standalone story but to fully appreciate and enjoy the series I would highly recommend reading The Homecoming first as we are just over three years on from the end of book one and characters from book one do crop up in book two.  Also, at the current crazy price of £2.88 for both ebook downloads you can look forward to two delightful stories for roughly the price of one posh coffee!

A Vintage Year is a story about a marriage that from the start was seeped in tragedy and now a few years on in the marriage life has become difficult for Bella and Charlie.  Cracks are starting to appear and secrets have been kept hidden for fear of being thought of as a failure from the other partner.  But when a new exciting proposition comes their way the future suddenly looks rosy for Bella and Charlie however, a condition is placed and a dilemma for one of them gives them the deciding key for their future.

Rosie Howard certainly knows how to draw you into a story with characters that are written with warmth but they are also real with problems that life doesn’t hold back.  A Vintage Year was charming and entertaining but then the story evolves with heartbreak when life takes a sudden turn.

I’ve fallen in love with Havenbury; with Maddy and Ben, with Bella and Charlie and many of the sub-characters in both stories.  I do hope there’s more to come from Havenbury, there’s a certain local celebrity who I think will have a great back story and I can’t wait to hear what’s to come for this character, so I’m hoping Rosie Howard will write a book about them … please 🙂

To connect with the author Rosie Howard please visit the following Social Media links:

Website: http://rosiehoward.com/

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