Englishwoman in Paris by Jenny O’Brien book review

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Englishwoman in Paris written and self-published by Jenny O’Brien is available NOW in ebook format.

To buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Englishwoman-Paris-Jenny-OBrien-ebook/dp/B01N593Y7T/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1480425510&sr=1-2&keywords=jenny+Obrien

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Love is…knowing when to say goodbye

22 year old Lady Sarah Cosgrave is a student at the Sorbonne and heiress to millions, but only if she’s engaged by the time she reaches 23. She’s in urgent need of a fake boyfriend to appease her parents – anyone will do as long as he has long vowels and a long pocket. Handsome French brickie.

Pascal de Sauvarin is neither, but as he’s the only man available he’ll have to do. Can their love overcome the demands polite society throws at it or will she be forced to marry rancid Rupert?

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I adored this new novel by Jenny O’Brien. I feel her stories are written just for me. I love stories set in Paris: the café culture, stunning architecture and gorgeous countryside. I was drawn to this book by just the title. Jenny soon had me there in the moment eating pastries alongside Sarah in Paris and when we are introduced to Pascal I was mesmerised by his rugged beauty and accent!

Sarah, formerly known as Lady Sarah Cosgrave, had escaped her privileged life in England to study music in Sorbonne. She’d also escaped the media after word had got out that she was a rich heiress to be. Her late Aunt had left a bequest in her will that if Lady Sarah was engaged to be married on her 23rd birthday she would receive 80 million. She’s fended off unwanted advances in the past and had been hurt and humiliated by someone else she had given her heart too easily to.

When Sarah spots the ruggedly handsome French brickie working at the building site opposite her apartment an instant attraction is felt. She spends many spare moments gazing at him. However, she doesn’t know that Pascale, the brickie, has also spotted Sarah and he too feels a pull towards her. There is more to Pascale than meets the eye and Sarah slowly learns to relax with this Frenchman.

This was such a lovely romance that totally swept me away with the storyline. Lots of twists, turns and surprises and as per Jenny’s previous form she took me on an emotional journey. I thoroughly enjoyed this contemporary romance and have no hesitation in recommending it.  5/5*

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book.

I’d like to share one of my favourite quotes from the book:

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To find out more about Jenny O’Brien and her books please visit the following pages:

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

Website:  http://www.jennyobrienwriter.wordpress.com/

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

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Penhaligon’s Attic by Terri Nixon book review

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Penhaligon’s Attic written by Terri Nixon, publisher Piatkus, is available in ebook and paperback format from 1st December 2016.

To pre-order/buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Penhaligons-Attic-Penhaligon-Terri-Nixon/dp/0349412650/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1480362559&sr=1-1

Product Details (as per amazon page)

1910. Anna Garvey arrives in Caernoweth, Cornwall with her daughter and a secret. Having come from Ireland to take up an inheritance of the local pub, she and her eighteen year-old daughter Mairead are initially viewed with suspicion by the close-knit community.

Anna soon becomes acquainted with Freya Penhaligon, a vulnerable girl struggling to keep her family business afloat in the wake of her grandmother’s death, and starts to gain the trust of the locals. As their friendship deepens, and Freya is brought out of her shell by the clever and lively Mairead, even Freya’s protective father Matthew begins to thaw.

But when a part of Anna’s past she’d long tried to escape turns up in the town, she is forced to confront the life she left behind – for her sake and her daughter’s too . . .

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This was a wonderful family saga set in Cornwall in the early 1900’s.

Anna and her teenage daughter, Mairead, escape a secret that they hope has been left hidden in Ireland. They take the long, cold journey across the sea and counties to relocate in the small, rugged coastline village in Cornwall. Anna has a long-lost family business back in the village and hopes to be able to move easily back into it without upsetting the current residents.

The village is quite a close-knit community, especially with the fishermen. One of the fishermen is Matthew Penhaligon. Matthew had it all: a beautiful wife, doting daughter, a job he loved working out on the sea. But he had another love 8 years ago which nearly cost him everything he had.

Can this close knit community trust the new outsiders? Will Anna and her daughter Mairead be able to keep their dark secrets hidden? Can Matthew keep his demons in the past?

The village has seen many changes over the years and business owners (including Matthew’s parents own, Penhaligon’s Attic a wonderful bookshop) are facing hard times. With the changes in industry and economy can the bookshop survive in this unknown future?

A lovely story of grief, hardship, community spirit, dark secrets, love and hope set in a wonderful idyllic location.

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this novel.

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Terri was born in Plymouth in 1965. At the age of 9 she moved with her family to Cornwall, to a small village on the edge of Bodmin Moor, where she discovered a love of writing that has stayed with her ever since. She also discovered apple-scrumping, and how to jump out of a hayloft without breaking any bones, but no-one’s ever offered to pay her for doing those.

Since publishing in paperback for the first time in 2002, Terri has appeared in both print and online fiction collections, and is proud to have contributed to the Shirley Jackson award-nominated hardback collection: Bound for Evil, by Dead Letter Press. As a Hybrid author, her first commercially published novel was Maid of Oaklands Manor, published by Piatkus Entice (a digital-first imprint of Little, Brown,) and short-listed in the “Best Historical Read” category at the Festival of Romance 2013. The sequel, A Rose in Flanders Fields, was published by Carina UK (a digital-first imprint of HarperCollins) and was short-listed in the same category in 2014.

Terri’s self-published Mythic Fiction series set in Cornwall, The Lynher Mill Chronicles, has now been launched. Books one and two are available in print and e-book, and the third book in the series is due for release in June 2015.
Terri now lives in Plymouth with her youngest son, and works in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Plymouth University, where she is constantly baffled by the number of students who don’t possess pens.

Terri also writes under the name T Nixon, and has contributed to anthologies under the names Terri Pine and Teresa Nixon. She is represented by the Kate Nash Literary Agency.

To find out more about Terri please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.terrinixon.com/

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

Brides & Bouquets by Rebecca Raisin book review/blogtour

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Brides and Bouquets At Cedarwood Lodge written by Rebecca Raisin, publisher HQ Digital, is available NOW in ebook format.

To buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brides-Bouquets-Cedarwood-Lodge-Christmas-ebook/dp/B01I9AEIEQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1480270083&sr=8-2&keywords=brides+%26+bouquets

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Dreaming of a happily ever after at Cedarwood Lodge is Clio Winters’ current focus, especially with a winter wonderland wedding expo planned. But with brides coming from far and wide the heat is on for Clio to fulfil everyone’s dream of a Christmas wedding!

It seems like Clio’s new business might be off to a rocky start and surrounded by love struck brides she can’t help but hope for a little Christmas romance of her own…

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

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I absolutely adored revisiting Cedarwood Lodge with Rebecca Raisin. Brides and
Bouquets is the second instalment in the new trilogy by Rebecca Raisin set on Clio
moving back to her hometown Evergreen and purchasing Cedarwood Lodge,
renovating and refurbishing it back to life.
We find Clio, joined by her best friend from New York Amory, preparing the lodge for
Christmas and their first wedding expo. The Lodge and grounds are now beautifully
restored and it sounds so idyllic with the mountainous backdrop. Snow has arrived in
Evergreen making the preparations even more beautiful and realistic.
Clio is still concerned about the secrets the Lodge holds and her mom being part of
them. The townsfolk are very guarded about the secret but Clio makes a startling
discovery and doesn’t know were this discovery will lead to and what it will do to the
already frosty relationship with her mom.
Amongst all this history Cedarwood Lodge is casting its spell in the present with love
blooming and possibly blossoming for the characters we’ve grown to love.  Rebecca
has left us with a cliff-hanger and I can’t wait for book 3.   A wonderful heart-warming
story that will leave you wanting more.  5/5*
I’d like to share one of my favourite quotes from the book:
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About the Author

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 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.

Website: http://rebeccaraisin.com/

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

Holiday with the Mystery Italian by Ellie Darkins author guest post

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I’m so pleased to welcome author Ellie Darkins to my blog today. Ellie has a new book due for release on 1st December titled Holiday with the Mystery Italian.

Product details (as per Amazon page)

Winning the ultimate prize…

Since the accident that paralyzed him, Italian tycoon Mauro Evans vowed to embrace life. So when he stars in a dating show for charity, picking prickly journalist Amber Harris as the winner to take on holiday is a challenge he can’t resist!

In Amber’s experience, relationships equal pain, so she’s determined to ignore her attraction to charismatic Mauro. But his bravery and strength threaten to tear down her defences, giving her a new Christmas dream – ringing in the New Year with wedding bells!

To pre-order/buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Holiday-Mystery-Italian-Mills-Cherish-ebook/dp/B01JY7HCTQ/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1479998927&sr=8-1&keywords=holiday+with+the+mystery+Italian

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Over to you Ellie …

How learning to write is like learning to knit

I’ve been a writer and a knitter both since before I can remember, and have had triumphs and disasters in both arenas. But what I’ve learnt along the way is that the two have an awful lot in common. Think about the first piece of knitting you ever did. If you’re anything like me, it probably looked like a sorry dishcloth, with stitches appearing and disappearing at will, wobbly edges and plenty of holes. This sounds an awful lot like my first attempt at a novel. The one that has sat in a drawer for years, and which I hope will never be rescued from there.

If you’re starting out as a writer, chances are your first draft of your first chapter of your very first novel will look equally bedraggled, with holes and diversions and a strange mess in the middle: you’ve no idea how it started and no clue how to fix it. So what do you do? You keep going, keep writing, keep knitting, because by the time you’ve knitted or written for long enough, your stitches and your words will be even and you won’t have dropped a stitch for days (OK, maybe hours).

You might not want to wear what you’ve knitted, or share what you’ve written. But this doesn’t mean that your time was wasted. Because when you start your next piece, you’ll have all that practice under your belt. Because, like writing, knitting is addictive, right? So the second attempt was a little better, a little more even. You think, ‘Hey, I’m getting the hang of this. Maybe I’ll try something a bit more complicated.’

And that’s where you can dive in, experiment, stretch yourself and your craft. Write in a different POV; tackle a fisherman’s rib. Try a new genre; attempt a popcorn bobble. Because once you’ve got the basics mastered, what’s the worst that can happen? Sure, it might not look exactly like you hoped. You might have to rip it back a couple of times and try again. But eventually, you’ll get it. And as you pull on your aran cabled tunic, or run your fingers down the spine of your very own novel, you’ll know that all the days of aching fingers and tired eyes were worth it.

Brilliant, inspirational advice Ellie, thank you.

About Ellie
Ellie Darkins writes heart-warming stories about falling in love, finding your soul mate and fighting hard to make real relationships work. The HEA is guaranteed, but nothing else along the way is. Expect to see surprise babies, breath-taking settings and alpha heroes by the bucketload. Plus steamy kisses, heaps of sensual tension, and fireworks just audible from behind a closed bedroom door.

Elliedarkins.com

Facebook: facebook.com/elliedarkins

Twitter: twitter.com/elliedarkins

Insta: Instagram.com/ellie_darkins

 

 

 

 

Zak and Jen’s Astronomical Adventures – Tinsel Town by Natalie Page (Author), Chris Rivers Nuttall (Illustrator) Blogtour & Giveaway

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Zak and Jen’s Astronomical Adventures – Tinsel Town by Natalie Page (Author),    Chris Rivers Nuttall (Illustrator) is available now in paperback format.

Zak and Jen have their own etsy page to purchase books and other Zak and Jen inspired products.  The link is:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ZakandJen

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‘Zak flew to Jen’s planet and giggled with glee, he was so excited for what they might see…

Best friends Zak and Jen are off on a Christmas adventure with their special umbrellas. This time, the pair fly to a new planet, but where is everybody? Enjoy the magic as Zak and Jen make some new festive friends and discover how important it is to make the most of every day’

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Zak and Jen’s second adventure. I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this novel.

This is such a wonderful Christmas story with vibrant, quirky images that would appeal to all ages from a toddler being read to, to older children reading by themselves and to adults taking time out of their busy schedule to sit down and admire and enjoy this story.

I love the author’s wonderful rhythmic prose and the storyline is so poignant. I can easily imagine youngsters remembering the rhythmic text and singing along to the story. The images fit perfect to the storyline, love the vibrant colours against the dark sky and the quirkiness is so apt for the characters.

This would make a wonderful Christmas Eve treat to read whilst getting ready for the big event.

To find out more about Natalie Page please visit the following links:

Website:  http://www.nataliecpage.wordpress.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/LexiMorgan26

Natalie and Chris have kindly offered to give a copy of this book as a giveaway to my readers. To enter please click on the rafflecopter link:

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Mistletoe on 34th Street by Lisa Dickenson book review/blogtour

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Mistletoe on 34th Street written by Lisa Dickenson, publisher Sphere, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mistletoe-34th-Street-Lisa-Dickenson/dp/0751563099/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1478803550&sr=1-1

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Olivia has never experienced a snow-covered, ‘traditional’ Christmas before. Having grown up in a family that chose winter sun over decking the halls, she’s not sure what all the fuss is about. So when she and her colleagues are stranded in New York after a work trip, Olivia is perfectly happy spending the holiday season in the Big Apple.

Jon, Olivia’s friend, on the other hand is desperate to get home in time for his big family get-together. Nevertheless, determined to make the best out of the situation, he sets out to show Olivia how enchanting Christmas in New York can be. And when handsome New Yorker Elijah is added to the mix, could the magic of the season finally be working its charm on Olivia? As 25 December draws closer, Olivia suddenly finds herself with a decision to make: who does she really want to kiss under the mistletoe this Christmas?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the release of Lisa Dickenson’s new novel, Mistletoe on 34th Street.  I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this novel and would like to thank the publishers for this.

What a super winter warmer of a read this was.  I’m feeling quite sad that I’ve finished reading this sparkly story.  I want to read it all over again and experience the wonderful winter journey Olivia took which led her to New York gaining experience and accolades in her professional life and experiencing new highs and facing up to old demons in her personal life.

Lisa Dickenson’s novels wrap you up like a hot spicy tea; they warm you up from the inside but have that extra zing that tantalise your taste buds and leave you wanting more …

Olivia has been given a temporary promotion leading her team of colleagues on the trip to the annual conference in New York.  The team are hoping to get international interest in their business Girls of the World which helps promote esteem, equality and courage to girls worldwide.  I loved the sound of this organisation and could see why the team were so positive about promoting it.  The conference is four days in New York, a week before Christmas.  New York is idyllic in the winter time and especially with the run up to Christmas however, Olivia is not a fan of all things Christmassy.  Her family have never had a traditional Christmas together, they always favoured time away in sunnier climates.  So Olivia is hoping once the conference is done with she can go home over the holiday season just chillout and relax on her own.  However, her plans of tranquillity go awry as the team are left stranded in New York due to horrendous snow storms back in the UK.  An extended stay in the wonderful wintry city is perfect for some but not for others.  Will New York’s winter magic cast a spell on Olivia and change her whole perspective on Christmas?  Jon, one of Olivia’s colleagues is hoping to bring New York’s magic to Olivia and puts a plan in action to warm her heart.  However, a ruggedly handsome friendly New Yorker has his own way of helping spread cheer to Olivia.  With two men vying for Olivia’s company she is left confused with all this attention.  Each man has a different way of appreciating the season.  Will Olivia be blinded by the handsome native from New York or will Jon her old and trusted friend know exactly how to show Olivia the wonder of the season?

This was such a gorgeous read from the pretty, sparkly cover to the fabulous words of warmth, wit, wisdom and humour inside I soon got wrapped up in Olivia’s life and felt like I was with her in the city.  The sounds and sights in this great city that championed so many Christmas movies felt so real with the author’s descriptions … I wanted to be right there in the middle experiencing it all!  I never would have thought New York to be romantic but with the city transformed by freezing temperatures it felt like one of the warmest places to be in December with the Christmas spirits embracing you all and leaving no-one without a smile and a warm heart.  Lisa packs her stories with heart, warmth, humour and lots of festive fun.  5/5*

Please do stop by the other blogs on the blogtour.

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To find out more about Lisa Dickenson and her books please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.lisadickenson.com/

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

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/LisaWritesStuff/?fref=ts

Mixing It Up by Tracie Banister book review

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Mixing It Up written and self-published by Tracie Banister is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mixing-Up-Tracie-Banister-ebook/dp/B01MA4KDSY/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1478510088&sr=1-1

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Born with a silver spoon in her mouth, Manhattan upper-cruster Cecily Sinclair now uses that pricey utensil to dish up fancy French fare on her cooking show, Serving Romance. When there’s an executive shake-up at the network, she’s not worried. Not much anyway. Her show’s a hit after all. Why would the new CEO want to mess with success?

The driving force behind several buzzed-about networks, Devlin Hayes is considered to be a wunderkind in the television industry. Although his plans to rebrand CuisineTV and make Serving Romance more Millennial-friendly don’t thrill Cecily, her charming, blue-eyed boss is a hard man to say “no” to and she really wants to keep her job—even if that means sharing screen time with a loathsome blast from her past.

Mercurial Italian chef Dante Marchetti a.k.a. “Il Duce” was once Cecily’s boss, and she has the PTSD to prove it. Now the owner of one of the hottest restaurants in town, Dante’s egomania knows no bounds and his constant attempts to provoke and upstage Cecily make her want to conk him on the head with a sauté pan. She thinks they’re toxic together, but viewers love their chemistry and clamor for more.

As Cecily battles to maintain the integrity of her show, she finds herself scheming and manipulating right along with Dante and Devlin. Is she fighting a lost cause? Does she really belong on TV, or would her culinary talent be better served elsewhere? And could one of the men who makes Cecily’s blood boil ignite a passion in her for something other than food?

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book and would like to thank the author for this.

I really enjoyed this fabulous, flirty, foodie fiction.  With all the delicious food descriptions and flirting I was quite famished whilst reading it!

I loved the concept of this story a TV food show with two opposing chefs with different tastes and ideas.  The chemistry was quite sizzling between Cecily who was skilled in French cuisine and Dante an Italian chef. There was also sparks igniting between Cecily and her new boss Devlin and with the renewed interest of Cecily’s ex, Bryce, the storyline held plenty of will they won’t they moments and the author, Tracie Banister, kept you guessing to which man, if any, Cecily would go for!

However, Cecily not only has complications in her personal life but with the introduction of a new boss at the TV studio her working life has had a reshuffle and her planned career path is not a pretty picture anymore.  Will the feuding at work spill into her private life and can Cecily fulfil her French cuisine dreams?

Tracie Banister has also created some wonderful sub-characters in this story.  I loved Dina, Cecily’s cousin and confidante, she was a very colourful character with wonderful bohemian qualities.  I also loved Cecily and Dina’s grandmother, Bernadine Sinclair and head of the Sinclair Dynasty.  She was so proud of her heritage and the family feared her.

Tracie Banister has once again created a very readable romantic comedy.  I was smiling at the great comedic scenes, drooling over the food and also the leading men!  A gorgeous story that will leave you hungry for love … oh and food!  5/5*

To find out more about Tracie Banister and her books please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.traciebanister.blogspot.co.uk/

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

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/tracie.banister