A Little of Chantelle Rose by Cristina Hodgson book review

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A Little of Chantelle Rose written and self-published by Cristina Hodgson is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link:  https://goo.gl/XtJvMP

Product Details (as per amazon page)

A role to play that may strip her of everything. Except her name…

At the age of twenty-four, Chantelle Rose has all a city girl can expect: a tiny bed-sit in South London, a lousy poorly-paid job, a tyrannical boss, and quite a few exes added to an ever-growing list.

Desperate for change, she becomes an extra in a seedy crime film. When that leads to the opportunity of a lifetime – a role to play with a million dollars to win and seemingly nothing to lose – she accepts without thinking twice. After all, what could possibly go wrong? In any event, she´ll earn enough to buy her dream home, set up her own business and never worry about money again.

And what about love? Two men have won her heart: Robbie – sultry, silent, mysterious; and Lionel – Hollywood heart-throb, charm, wealth, adventure.

But who can she trust? Who is bent on scaring her away, and why?

There seems to be more at stake than just her heart. Will a million dollars be worth it?

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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.

A Little of Chantelle Rose is the debut novel from author Cristina Hodgson and what a fabulously fun read it was.  Cristina Hodgson has made a debut novel that is full of romcom attributes that we readers love, an author that I am now desperately looking forward to more from.

When Chantelle Rose was offered a million dollar deal she couldn’t quite believe it and would have been a fool to turn it down.  Whisked away to the States with first class treatment will stardom be all that Chantelle’s dreamed of?  Or will Chantelle get mixed up in her own real-life movie drama?

I loved Chantelle’s character she had a vulnerability about her that made her very real and honest.  She was a little crazy and chaotic at times resulting in some very funny scenes.  One minute Chantelle would be all shy and unassuming and the next she’d be Wonder Woman and conveying strong female powers and vibes.  I enjoyed the glitz, glamour and Hollywood gossip part of the storyline, I’m sure we all have a secret wish to live in the shoes of our favourite stars.  Most of all though I loved the  romance interwoven within the storyline.

Such a brilliant debut novel from Cristina Hodgson and what an ending!  I’m channelling all positive vibes for Team …?  Well, you’ll just have to read the book to decide who your allegiances lie with! 😉

To learn more about Cristina Hodgson and her work please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://cristinahodgson.com/

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

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/HodgsonCristina/



Cover Reveal: Watching You by Lynda Renham

I am so pleased to share with you news of Lynda Renham’s latest gripping edge-of-the-seat thriller.  Watching You is now available to pre-order on amazon and will be published on the 5th April 2018.  The ebook will also be included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To pre-order link:  https://goo.gl/Qss7je

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Ewan Galbreith is out of prison.

Libby Owen is scared.

Fifteen years earlier she saw Ewan murder her aunt and uncle with their own shotgun, and now he’s coming for her.



… A striking cover that stands-out and looks quite chilling.

To learn more about Lynda Renham’s work please visit the following pages:

Website  http://www.renham.co.uk/

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lyndarenhamauthor/

The Summer of Secrets by Tilly Tennant blogtour book review


The Summer of Secrets written by Tilly Tennant, publisher Bookouture, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link:  https://goo.gl/SbQLmy

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Harper Woods wakes up every morning on Silver Hill Farm feeling like the luckiest woman in the world. She’s engaged to the tall, dark dreamy Shay and just downstairs are the gorgeous tea rooms she’s always dreamed of owning.

But Harper is about to discover something that will change her luck forever. For better or worse? She has no idea. Not until an expert can identify whether the stunning collection of jewellery she found hidden in the farm’s foundations is priceless, or more trouble than it’s worth…

As news of the discovery spreads through the Silver Hill, it seems everyone has a secret history making them the rightful owner. In particular, Will Frampton, stubborn and irritatingly handsome Lord of Silver Hill House, the crumbling stately home the other side of the hill. Too busy trying to untangle the truth, Harper doesn’t notice Shay getting rather close to his ex from the village.

Harper thought she had everything she ever wanted. If she solves the mystery of her sparkling prize, can she hold onto her dream, or will she lose it all, and be left broken-hearted?

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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 launch of Tilly Tennant’s latest novel: The Summer of Secrets.

I adored this wonderful heart-warming story that captured my soul and left me glued to my ereader and I didn’t want the story to end.  Alas, I’m now bereft and missing my dose of feel-good from Harper and her friends at Silver Hill Farm.

I’ve always loved the idea of living on a farm and also having my own tearoom so this new novel by Tilly Tennant was a must read for me.  Harper Woods, the main character, has now been established at her little oasis of calm amongst the natural beautiful landscape in and around Silver Hill Farm with it’s small animal petting zoo and tearoom for a year now.  After escaping an unpleasant relationship back in Weymouth Harper and her best friend Pip moved to Cerne Hay to start anew and now feel accepted in the village. This new venture has given Harper back her confidence and she is starting to enjoy life again.

Unearthing an embossed box in the grounds of the farm which looks to hold some antique jewellery Harper’s life is about to get a lot more interesting and bringing her unwanted attention from the press and treasure hunters.  With the help of a historian working at the local museum a quest is started to find the original owners of the find.  Finding proof of the original owners is proving to be more difficult than first expected.  I loved this side of the story investigated the past of long lost treasure, it was fascinating and made a great diversion in the storyline.  Will the chance of fortune alter the course of Harper’s future?

As so often in village life any relationship entanglements are scrutinised and gossiped about and indiscretions in the past often find a way of being misinterpreted.  Will these secrets from the past stay hidden?

A gorgeous story with a wonderful feel-good warmth emanating from the storyline.  After our recent late onslaught of winter weather The Summer of Secrets has been a vital boost to the soul, thank you Tilly Tennant for bringing some much needed sunshine.

To learn more about Tilly Tennant please visit the following pages:

Website:  https://tillytennant.com/

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

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TillyTennant/

Among the Branded by Linda Smolkin blogtour book review

Among The Branded

Among the Branded written and self-published by Linda Smolkin, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link:  https://goo.gl/e4r87r

Product Details (as per amazon page)

What if a 70-year-old letter from World War II changed the course of your life?

While attending Valor of the ’40s, art director Stephanie Britain stumbles upon a flea market selling letters from the war. She buys a handful, hoping they’ll inspire the redesign for a client’s website at her branding and design firm. At first, she’s drawn by the lost art of penmanship, but soon discovers a hidden treasure nestled inside declarations of love from homesick soldiers.

Stephanie enlists a coworker to translate one and realizes it’s not a love letter after all. When a shocking discovery about a client causes Stephanie to question her principles and dedication to her firm’s business, she’s forced to make a difficult decision—one that could give her peace of mind, yet ruin her career in the process.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating Linda Smolkin’s debut novel, Among the Branded.

I honestly wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting with this novel.  The story starts off with an American family starting a new venture in their life packing their eldest son off to college.  I recognised the emotions in this part of the storyline as I have experienced them myself and this scene evoked many emotions in me and felt very real and honest.  Stephanie with her husband and youngest son were keen to learn more about WWII and visited Valor which held many 1940’s re-enactment scenarios of servicemen and women from all regiments around the world.  During their visit Stephanie purchased a bundle of love letters dating back to the era and was intrigued by the stories behind these letters.  One letter in particular sparked an interest in Stephanie and she was keen to learn more about the recipient and the members of the family mentioned in the letter.

This letter was to ignite a journey of discovering for Stephanie and her extended family and friends.  A very thought provoking discovery that would lead to Stephanie making serious decisions about her work and the clients she was representing at the Advertising Agency.

I too soon became intrigued with the letters Stephanie had found and was eager to learn about the past lives she had discovered.  My heart was aching for the lost lives and families from a very traumatic couple of years.  A time which would stay with the families involved for the rest of their lives.  A very emotive, thought provoking read that also had a wonderful warmth within the storyline that left you feeling hopeful.  A storyline with words that will never be forgotten and need to be said.  I look forward to more work from Linda Smolkin.

About the Author

Linda Smolkin always wanted to be a writer—ever since she saw her first TV commercial and wondered how to pen those clever ads. She got her degree in journalism and became a copywriter. Linda landed a job at an ad agency, where she worked for several years before joining the nonprofit world. She’s currently working on her second novel, which will be released in Spring 2018. When not in front of the computer, she’s behind the drums (slightly) annoying her husband, son, and their 70-pound dog.

Website:  http://www.lindasmolkin.com

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/@lindasmolkin

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/AuthorLindaSmolkin



The Flower Seller by Linda Finlay blogtour book review

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The Flower Seller written by Linda Finlay, publisher HQ, is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audiobook format.

To buy link: https://goo.gl/BDMhwY

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Isabella Carrington has been brought up in a life of privilege in London. Her life seems perfect, until her father suddenly announces bankruptcy. To save Isabella from destitution he sends her to stay with family she has never met, far away on a violet farm deep in Devon.
Isabella is horrified to find her uncle expects her to work for her keep, packing up the flowers and selling them in the nearby market. However she soon discovers that life on a violet farm may not be so bad, especially when she meets handsome local farmer Felix Furneaux…

Flower Seller Blog Tour

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 launch of Linda Finlay’s latest novel; The Flower Seller.  This is my first introduction to the work of Linda Finlay and after being completely captivated by this delightful family saga that transported me back in time to the late 19th century I will definitely check out Linda Finlay’s back catalogue of novels.

Twenty year old Isabella Carrington’s privileged life in London was comfortable and full of the elegance of the late 1800’s.  Isabella didn’t want for anything but her life was about to change drastically after her father’s announcement of impending financial doom she was to be relocated to her Uncle’s house in Devon.  Isabella hadn’t met any of her late mother’s family and hadn’t even been to Dawlish before.  Isabella was in for a complete surprise to be greeted a farmhouse full of children and of an Aunt and Uncle who expected all members of the family to graft to earn their keep and maintain all aspects of violet farming.

Completely out of her comfort zone Isabella found the transition very difficult but with hopes of her stay being temporary she soon decided to muck in with the others.  I loved learning and reading about the violet farm.  It’s not a subject I’ve known about before but it sounded like such an idyllic farming trade to be in with the glorious colour and scent of the plant transforming the landscape around you.  As Isabella got to learn more about her family in Devon she started to pick up on glimpses of her mother’s past and soon realised there were many secrets to be uncovered.

The country life wasn’t without danger for Isabella and she found herself in a few situations that posed a risk to her life.  However, her new family were always there offering her guidance and support when needed.

This was such a delightful, charming, nostalgic read.  The storyline flowed effortlessly and I found myself fascinated by this glimpse into the past.  I loved the inclusion of Devonshire dialect making the story feel more honest and giving it a certain charm.  A story full of family drama and secrets, of hope and new beginnings, of a community spirit and of a beautiful love.

To learn more about the author Linda Finlay please do visit the following pages:



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Blue and Green Should Never Be Seen! (Or so Mother Says) by Colette Kebell book review

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Blue and Green Should Never Be Seen! (Or so Mother Says) written and self-published by Colette Kebell is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link:  https://goo.gl/uekhXz

Product Details (as per amazon page)
GiGi (well, Griselda Griswald actually, but everybody calls her GiGi) is a woman with a mission: to help people improve the way they look, increase their self-esteem, and eventually, make them happier. Being a personal shopper is a dark art, with few tangible rewards. Spread by word of mouth, her clients would never admit they needed her assistance. Not even if they were put under torture. Let us be honest, who would admit to being in need of a style consultant?
It is like being an alcoholic: the first step is to admit you need help, and acknowledge that that pair of leggings, now that you are in your mid-fifties, do not suit you anymore. When you have recognized it, you are on the path to recovery, and GiGi’s services will help you, despite her mother nagging that what she is doing is not a “real” job.
People need advice and often a fresh point of view helps in rejuvenating a wardrobe that, with time, has become boring. Would they admit it? Not a chance!
So, it is just a matter of going around and helping people buying clothes and shoes?
Not quite so. Money is tight; GiGi has to work with rich and very eccentric people, who often do not have any idea about what they want. She and her business partner Ritchie are in a constant struggle to keep the business afloat, but as they say in Dragon’s Den, she is very investable. But, with success comes the difficulties, the Battersea Fashion Center is going to open soon, just opposite of her office, and they claim they will be fierce competitors.
A powerful enemy is lining up ready to make a meal out of her, knowing very well that GiGi’s approach, eventually, will make her a force to be reckon with. Whilst she invents new ways to make her consultancy firm successful, she finds who could be the love of her life, thanks to some of her best friends.
The business is eventually expanding and they take onboard new partners along the way, making them one of the most influential fashion consultancy firms in London. But, with a very demanding job, hours and hours spent working, will she be able to balance her career and her private life?
Will she reach a point where she loses focus on what is important in life?
Do not worry; mother is there to remind her, with her nagging.

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This was such a fabulously, fun read from debut novelist Colette Kebell. Blue and Green Should Never Be Seen was published in 2014 and has deservedly received many 4 and 5 star reviews on amazon.

I loved Gigi’s character even though she hit a few hurdles in her pursuit of following her dream she never gave up and was committed to put in the hours and often sold her own belongings to help her reach her goal. Gigi’s dream at first sounded like she would cater for the rich and privileged but when you read further in to her story and see the in-depth consultations she has with each individual customer you can understand that she is doing more than updating a person’s wardrobe, she is giving that individual the strength and courage to shine.

I also enjoyed reading about the sub-characters in the storyline, especially her mother and Ritchie her business partner) they were as fun and fabulous as our main character Gigi and I hope that the author will return to these characters in future stories.

This was a great debut novel full of chicklit sparkle and had a gorgeous romance interwoven within the storyline.  I can’t wait for more from Colette Kebell.

About the Author
Colette Kebell is an author of Chicklit, though a relatively new one and thus far has self-published her books. Her books are light-hearted, fun and quirky and even considered by some to be inspirational. She has also found avenues to translate both into Italian (thanks to her husband), and one, thus far, into French, Spanish and Portuguese via Babelcube.

As a career, Colette spent her later years as a legal secretary. After a first attempt at writing many years ago (a book that still remains in her drawer) she resumed this passion a few years back, after being made redundant. After few book signing events and a book talk, which almost caused her to collapse with nerves, Colette now spends her time between her home in the UK and her home in France.

Colette has two adorable dogs and spends some time, when not writing and marketing her books, cooking for herself and her husband, gardening or designing various items for their home. Amongst her other hobbies, she has also experimented with furniture upholstery, and she might, from time to time, have a paintbrush in her hand.

She can be found on twitter @ColetteKebell though doesn’t tweet a vast amount.

Author website: http://www.colettekebell.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ColetteKebell
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ColetteKebellAuthor/

Anna by Amanda Prowse book review


Anna written by Amanda Prowse, publisher Head of Zeus, is available in ebook format from 8th March 2018.

To pre-order/buy link:  https://goo.gl/TQt4Tv

Product Details (as per amazon page)

One Love, Two Stories.
Anna Cole grew up in care, and is determined to start a family of her own. Theo Montgomery had a loveless childhood, and wants only to find his soulmate.
Then, one day, Theo meets Anna, and Anna meets Theo. Two damaged souls from different worlds. Is their love for each other enough to let go of the pain of their pasts? Or will Anna and Theo break each others’ hearts?
There are two sides to every love story. This is Anna’s.

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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.


Anna is a deeply moving, beautifully romantic story full of emotions dealing with a torrent of heart-rending moments that define a young woman’s future.

Amanda Prowse is the master of storytelling that pulls at the heart strings but her characters and settings draw you in and you are captivated by the scenes set out so sublimely on the pages.

Anna has experienced so much tragedy, heartbreak and loss at a young age but the love and comfort and sheer belief she was given by her mother feels like she can take on the whole world. But is this enough for Anna to give her the strength to overcome what lies ahead?

All Anna wants is to feel like she belongs, to feel loved and cherished and part of a family. When Anna meets Theo she believes that he is the one to bring sunshine to her stormy days. However, little does Anna know is that Theo himself has faced many battles and his heart has weathered many storms. Can this pair of beautiful people with scarred pasts help each other and go some way to bring light back into their lives?

This story, Anna, was so beautiful and tender I adored it, every emotion it installed in me felt real and honest. I didn’t want the story to end and my mind was racing ahead to scenarios for how I would hope Anna’s life would continue.

I am desperate now to read Theo’s story and can already sense the anticipated emotions it will draw out of me.

To learn more about Amanda Prowse and her work please do visit the following pages;

Website:  http://amandaprowse.org/

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

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/amandaprowsenogreaterlove