Forever at Conwenna Cove by Darcie Boleyn blogtour book review

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Forever at Conwenna Cove written by Darcie Boleyn, publisher Canelo, is available NOW in ebook format.

To buy link:  https://goo.gl/p3E3mg

Canelo books are also available to download/buy onvKobo, Apple and Google Books .

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Following heartbreak, Zoe Russell found a haven in Conwenna Cove. As the owner of the village diner and a volunteer for the local greyhound sanctuary, she’s happy with her peaceful life.
Local surfer Nate Bryson plans to leave Conwenna and see the world. He wants to shake off his reputation as a ladies man and start again somewhere new. Before departing, Nate decides to raise funds for the dog rescue home as a way of giving back to the community.
When Nate approaches Zoe to help with the charity event she sees there’s more to him than meets the eye. Nate can’t believe he’s failed to notice the kind and beautiful woman right before him. But can two such different people ever be together, especially if one of them is determined to leave?

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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 Darcie’s Boleyn’s latest book in the Conwenna Cove series: Forever at Conwenna Cove.  Each story in the series can be read as a standalone but I’d thoroughly recommend reading all the books in the series in order as you can then enjoy the full Conwenna Cove experience.  The books in the series are:

  • Summer at Conwenna Cove
  • Christmas at Conwenna Cove
  • Forever at Conwenna Cove

When you didn’t think you could love a series even more along comes Nate and Zoe’s story … my heart will forever belong in Conwenna Cove.

Nate Bryson was everyone’s friend in the small coastal village in Cornwall.  Working at his Aunt and Uncle’s café he welcomed neighbours, friends and tourists alike, he brought a smile to all and soon became a confidante and pal to many.  However, Nate was still struggling with heartache from his past and felt like the time was right to spread his wings and travel.  Nate has caught the eye of many ladies in and around the cove with his sunkissed looks, charm and personality but no-one caught his heart until he saw Zoe Russell, the owner of the local diner.  Even though Zoe has been at the diner for a while now their paths had never really crossed but now as Nate is making plans to leave Conwenna Cove for 6 months his heart suddenly notices something that’s been missing in his life … Zoe.  Terrible timing for Nate with his hopes and dreams of travelling now thwarted by an unrecognised beat of his heart and one he’s struggling to get out of his mind.

Zoe Russell is starting to feel established in the cove in the diner and her lovely cottage.  She’s fled from a traumatic ordeal that still plays on her mind and has left her with physical and emotional scars.  She vows to never trust another man but when Nate comes calling looking for help with a local charity, a charity that is very dear to her, she sees more to the instant beauty that is Nate Bryson and she fears that her heart is letting it’s guard down.

When Zoe’s past traumas are still playing on her mind she takes the first steps to healing her heart but she hasn’t envisaged a visitor from the past clouding her judgement.

Nate is struggling with this very new emotion he is feeling.  Life was running almost perfectly but now he’s so confused.

This story had so many wonderful, special endearing moments my heart was literally filled with joy.  The author, Darcie Boleyn, has once again treated us to the beauty of the cove and their love of greyhound dogs, a gorgeous love story and a wonderful warm atmosphere involving the whole community.  My heart will forever belong in Conwenna Cove …

To learn more about Darcie Boleyn and her work please do visit the following pages:

Website:  https://darcieboleyn.wordpress.com/

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

 

 

 

 

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Saving the World by Paola Diana blogtour excerpt

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Saving the World written by Paola Diana, publisher Quartet Books, is available from 2nd May 2018 in paperback format.

To pre-order/buy link:  https://goo.gl/Tdf6x3

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A passionate call for international gender equality by a leading entrepreneur; this smart, accessible and inspiring book makes the case for why all nations need more women at the top of politics and economics. `The status of women is a global challenge; it touches every human being without exception. How is it possible that countries where women have achieved political, economic and social rights after exhausting struggles remain seemingly indifferent to the egregiousness of other nations where the status of women is still tragic? The time has come to help those left behind.’

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Saving the World by Paola Diana.

Paola Diana has kindly offered a great excerpt to share on my blog today:

Saving the World by Paola Diana
History of the female condition: a history in half

Until recently, nobody ever, to my knowledge, wrote history books presenting the past from a female point of view. As an academic subject, history has always been the preserve of men, who over the centuries have told the past in their own way. There have been remarkable women – queens like Elizabeth I, for example, who brought prosperity and stability to their nations – but on the whole the history of mankind is full of wars and acts of violence perpetrated by male rulers.

Imagine if, from the Middle Ages to the present day, half the nations in Europe and Asia had been led by strong and emancipated women; never oppressed by cultural and religious dictates, able to express their natural wisdom and humanity. Would there have been the same wars? The same slavery? Would millions of people have been exterminated? Obviously, these women would not have limited power to themselves: they would have appointed other women to senior positions in all fields, from law to art.

90 per cent of the world’s ambassadors are men. Yet it is generally agreed that the female gender is more skilful at diplomacy than the male. And it goes without saying that a woman who gives life does not knowingly carry a child only to see it die in war a few years later. This is not her mission in the world! History would have been very different if women had from the outset been given the opportunity to leave an imprint on international politics. In the words of Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International, ‘War has a male perspective. However, during a war we continue to live: eating, sleeping, going to school, working. And it is women who guarantee all this. The female perspective is the only one looking at peace.’

The English philosopher and economist John Stuart Mill describes very well the status of women throughout the centuries. At the end of the nineteenth century, Mill demanded to know how it was possible to establish from birth that women could not be employed in jobs that were legally open to stupid and cowardly members of the opposite sex.

This enlightened man, unsurprisingly married to feminist Harriet Taylor, explained how the millennial injustice suffered by women, like forms of discrimination based on religion or ethnicity, damages the cultural and economic development of a society, impoverishing the whole of humanity in the process.

If we think about women of the past, compelled to be subservient, fist to the father and then to the husband, deprived of the right to study, work and vote, we see a vitiated society, where the privileges of the male caste are maintained through a social and political system that justifies all sorts of abuses. History does not necessarily repeat itself. Humanity needs to evolve and, for this to happen, it is necessary for women to stop being considered daughters of a lesser god.

To learn more about the author please visit the following pages:

Website:  https://www.paoladiana.it/

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

 

 

The Ghost of Glendale by Natalie Kleinman blogtour book review

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The Ghost of Glendale written and self-published by Natalie Kleinman is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link:  http://amzn.to/2DKo8yB

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At twenty-four years old, Phoebe Marcham is resigned to spinsterhood, unwilling to settle for anything less than the deep love her parents had shared. That is, until adventurer Duncan Armstrong rides into her home wood, larger than life and with laughter in his eyes and more charm in his little finger than anyone she’s ever met.

Far from ridiculing her family ghost, Duncan resolves to help solve the mystery which has left Simon Marcham a spirit in torment for two hundred years.

 

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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 Natalie Kleinman’s latest novel: The Ghost of Glendale.  This is the second book I’ve read by Natalie Kleinman and The Ghost of Glendale came to fruition by Natalie’s love of the Regency era.

The Ghost of Glendale was a very readable story set in the Regency era in rural Somerset.  The author Natalie Kleinman’s writing style befits this popular literary period giving credence to the characters created and the sweeping location.  This was a charming love story with a difference, a love story with a mystery surrounding the spirit with it’s presence still felt 200 years later.

Phoebe Marcham was fascinated by the story of her late great, great, great grandfather Simon Marcham and she believed his spirit was still present in the family home and with the help of a handsome Scotsman, who happened to be best friends of her neighbour, the duo set about unearthing clues to why Simon Marcham’s spirit was still felt.

There was a gentleness surrounding this story and it felt quite charming.  I was transported back to the glorious regency period to when ladies and gentleman observed formalities with society.  The banter between the characters brought a polite smile to your face and you could feel like you’d stepped into a TV period drama.

An intriguing, charming romance with a believable mystery.

To learn more about the author Natalie Kleinman please visit the following pages:

Website:  https://nataliekleinman.blogspot.co.uk/

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

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

 

 

You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac book review

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You Me Everything written by Catherine Isaac, publisher Simon & Schuster UK, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover and audiobook format.

To buy link:  https://goo.gl/ZRuwFN

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You and me, we have history.
We have a child together.
We have kept secrets from each other for far too long.
This summer, in the beautiful hills of the Dordogne, it is time for everything to change.

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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.

This is a simply beautiful novel with such a profoundly poignant storyline that grips at your heart leaving it with an ache for the characters you have learned to love amongst the pages.  For a long time I had a certain book as my favourite story of all time but I do believe Catherine Isaac has written a book worthy of the top spot of my and I would think many, many others, all time favourite reads.  This story is simply stunning.

Although there is an underlying sadness to the story you are left feeling hopeful. Hopeful for a miracle, hopeful for a change, hopeful that love will find a way through all that life brings your way.

Young lovers Jess and Adam were living the dream after meeting and falling in love at university.  Life was full of hopes and dreams until Jess fell pregnant and their relationship started to show cracks and couldn’t cope with this enormous change in their relationship status.  10 years down the line Jess has more or less single handed brought up William who’s a bright, gifted boy full of inquisitivity.  However, since William was born Jess has had to cope with another critical change to her family unit when her mother was diagnosed with a life threatening condition.  With Jess’ mum now in a care home one of her mother’s wishes is for Jess and William to go to France and visit William’s dad, Jess’ ex, Adam.  Jess’ mum wants Adam to become a bigger part of William’s life, a life that up to now he hasn’t spent much time in.

Jess is anxious about meeting Adam again, she’s been let down so much in the past and fears that Adam will just repeat his past demeanours but now he just doesn’t have Jess’ heart to break but his son Williams.

The author, Catherine Isaac, deals with life in it’s rawest form and tackles it with sensitivity and grace.  However, she injects warmth and humour bringing touches of brightness to the story.  This story is all about letting your heart remember the good times, the nostalgic memories that reignite why the love you had was there in the first place.  A story of letting go, a story of letting love find it’s way to bring light back into the darker times.

Beautiful, stunning storytelling about life, love and hope.  A must read!

To learn more about the author Catherine Isaac please visit the following pages:

Website:  https://www.catherine-isaac.com/

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

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

 

 

Tapestry of War by Jane MacKenzie blogtour book review

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Tapestry of War written by Jane MacKenzie, publisher Allison & Busby, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link:

Amazon UK:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tapestry-War-Jane-Mackenzie/dp/074902299X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1524565321&sr=8-1&keywords=tapestry+of+war

Publisher’s Website:  http://www.allisonandbusby.com/book/tapestry-of-war-trade-paperback

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From the deserts of North Africa, to the waters of Scotland, the Second World War touches the lives of two women from two very different worlds. In Alexandria, Fran finds her world turned upside down as Rommel’s forces advance on the idyllic shores of Egypt. The life of luxury and stability that she is used to is taken away as she finds herself having to deal with loss, heartache and political uncertainty. Meanwhile, in the Firth of Clyde, Catriona works day in, day out nursing injured servicemen. Both have their lives challenged, and both dream of a more certain future with the men they come to love. Their heart-warming story takes them through tragedy to a quiet, hopeful triumph. Tapestry of War is a sweeping, evocative novel which brilliantly captures the second world war period of colonial Alexandria and the west of Scotland and will appeal to readers of Dinah Jeffries, Victoria Hislop and Rosie Thomas.

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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 promoting and celebrating the launch of Jane MacKenzie’s latest novel: Tapestry of War.  This is my first introduction to the work of Jane MacKenzie, Tapestry of War is her fourth novel.

Tapestry of War is a compelling story of people from different continents, cultures, backgrounds brought together by one denominating factor: war.  War wherever it was scarring the landscape is the same all over the world.  It affected people all the same whatever background they came from.  Lives, livelihoods, hearts, minds and bodies were shattered.  Tapestry of War is a story of two women; Fran and Catriona, living thousands of miles apart from very different backgrounds and worlds, are united in friendship, in a shared love and a comradeship for the love of a man that has felt the scars of the war the most.

I haven’t read much about this side of WWII, the conflict in Egypt with Rommel advancing.  The story also takes us to the most northern isles of Scotland with their own part in the WWII efforts with medical facilities for the wounded and also ports for the carriers of troops.

Fran was a journalist for a paper in Alexandria, she was limited to what she could report with a fear of political backlash.  Alexandria was full of foreign troops and Fran soon built up a friendship with many, in particular a shy Scotsman serving in the Navy Jim MacNeill.

Catriona thousands of miles away in Scotland had just finished her nursing qualification and was keen to help with the war wounded. Her father was struggling with grief of his wife and now with his son in the Navy, goodness knows where, he wasn’t keen on his daughter working on the front line.  Catriona felt like she had to make a compromise with her father as she was so keen to be involved with the war help.

With war came great hardship, fear, anguish and many casualties.  Casualties that would alter the lives of many.

Jane MacKenzie took us to the heat of Alexandria, Egypt to the British people that were living in quite a privileged lifestyle before the war and she then took us to a small community in Scotland with very differing lifestyles to the British occupancy in Egypt.  These two communities were very different and the impact of the war on food and livelihoods was felt the keenest in Scotland but the emotional impact was very much the same.

A fascinating, compelling, beautiful and real story, full of hope for a new life, peace and love.

To learn more about Jane MacKenzie please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://janemackenzie.co.uk/

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

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/jane.mackenzie.co.uk

The Sunday Lunch Club by Juliet Ashton book review

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The Sunday Lunch Club written by Juliet Ashton, publisher Simon & Schuster UK, is available from 19th April 2018 in ebook and paperback format.

To pre-order/buy link:  https://goo.gl/7ZaA3V

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The first rule of Sunday Lunch Club is … don’t make any afternoon plans.

Every few Sundays, Anna and her extended family and friends get together for lunch. They talk, they laugh, they bicker, they eat too much. Sometimes the important stuff is left unsaid, other times it’s said in the wrong way.

Sitting between her ex-husband and her new lover, Anna is coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy at the age of forty. Also at the table are her ageing grandmother, her promiscuous sister, her flamboyantly gay brother and a memory too terrible to contemplate.

Until, that is, a letter arrives from the person Anna scarred all those years ago. Can Anna reconcile her painful past with her uncertain future?

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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.

Firstly, I’d like to talk about the cover of this novel, it is such an appealing colour and quite striking and sitting on a shelf amongst other books it would stand out for me.

I adored this wonderful book by Juliet Ashton and The Sunday Lunch Club is her fourth book.  I do need to find the time reading her back catalogue.

Whilst reading this novel I felt like it would work wonderfully as a Sunday night TV serial. The drama and emotion surrounding each member of the family captivated me. I felt the raw emotion from each character as they were struggling to cope with demons from their past and the demons that they had carried all throughout their life. Each sibling and their respective partners and friends had their own unique personality but they complimented the family unit as a whole. Even though their was plenty of drama and hurdles for the siblings to climb there was plenty of fun interspersed within the storyline.  The novel had a wonderful cosy feeling about it, a feeling of togetherness between the family and I especially liked the powerful bond between the grandchildren and Dinkie.

A beautiful, heartfelt novel that was full of family sagas but had an intense feeling of family spirit surviving all that was dealt their way.

To learn more about the author Julie Ashton please visit the following pages:

Author website:   http://www.berniestrachan.com/
Twitter:   http://www.twitter.com/julietstories

The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May blogtour book review

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The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay written and self-published by Nicola May is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link:  https://goo.gl/Vp4f8Z

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Rosa Larkin is down on her luck in London, so when she inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village, her first thought is to sell it for cash and sort out her life. But nothing is straightforward about this legacy. While the identity of her benefactor remains a mystery, he – or she – has left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it.

Rosa makes up her mind to give it a go: to put everything she has into getting the shop up and running again in the small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay. But can she do it all on her own? And if not, who will help her succeed – and who among the following will work secretly to see her fail?

There is a handsome rugby player, a sexy plumber, a charlatan reporter and a selection of meddling locals. Add in a hit and run incident and the disappearance of a valuable engraved necklace – and what you get is a journey of self-discovery and unpredictable events.

With surprising and heartfelt results, Rosa, accompanied at all times by her little sausage dog Hot, will slowly unravel the shadowy secrets of the inheritance, and also bring her own, long-hidden heritage into the light.

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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 Nicola May’s latest novel: The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay.

I absolutely adored this new romcom by Nicola May.  It was fabulously funny, flirty and full of magic and mystery.

When Rosa Larkin found out she had inherited an old shop in a village in Devon, she couldn’t quite believe her luck and was a little mystified with the bequeath.  But this somewhat unusual inheritance was just what Rosa needed to get her life back on track.  Rosa’s life has been full of heartache and trials and she has struggled laying down foundations and committing herself in life and love.  Packing up her belongings and her beloved rescue dog, Hot, Rosa leaves the city of London to travel to the quaint village of Cockleberry Bay.  Relishing the challenge of owning her own business and home Rosa felt invigorated for the first time in her life.  The expectancy of a quiet life in this sleepy village wasn’t to last long and all sorts of events, intrigue and new acquaintances were to grace Rosa’s new life.

I loved Rosa’s character, she was such fun and had a little spark about her despite her insecurities and sadness from her past.  Her beloved sidekick/pet sausage dog, Hot, was the cutest sounding dog I’ve read about.  The author Nicola May has also introduced us to some fabulous sub-characters in this story; characters that are quirky, charming, sexy and some that are full of mystical qualities.  I loved the air of mystery surrounding the benefactor, it gave another dimension to the story, a story that held many secrets in the walls of the little corner shop.

A fabulously flirty romcom to fall in love with.

To learn more about Nicola May and her work please do visit the following pages:

Website – http://www.nicolamay.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/NicolaMayAuthor
Twitter – https://twitter.com/nicolamay1
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/author_nicola/

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