The Stepsister by Jenny O’Brien blogtour #authorguestpost #giveaway

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

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When a stranger leaves step-sisters, Victoria and Ness, a half-share in a house in Holland, they think it must be a mistake.

But there’s no mistake when Ness goes missing.
Desperate for the truth, Victoria heads to Holland to find out what happened to her. Has she, as her texts show, embarked on a whirlwind romance? Has someone abducted her or even worse?

But there’s someone watching, and that person wants her dead.

Can Victoria find out the truth before it’s too late?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Jenny O’Brien’s latest novel: The Stepsister.  I have the pleasure of a guest post from the author Jenny O’Brien on my blog today:

The Handbag’s Tale

First, thank you for inviting me to participate on your blog, I’m delighted to be here.
Like most women I rely on my handbag to get through me the day. But bags for me are not just functional things of beauty. For me they hold memories alongside my wallet and phone.

I can’t remember the last time I had to buy a bag because it’s something my children and husband usually purchase as gifts. They’re not Chanel or Gucci but, to me they’re priceless.

Kraftireader - owl bagMy first Owl Bag, yes there have been more than one, was bought on a family holiday to Lanzarote a few years ago. I still have it but more for sentimental reasons than anything. This one is a recent addition. Bought this year in Biarritz it still has that gritty feeling from too many days baking on the hot sand—but not only that. It holds my life in its cavernous folds.

Apart from the essentials of phone, keys and wallet I always carry round both a notebook and a Kindle. I’m one of those people that’s unable to sit still so, when I have five minutes I’m either reading or writing. I also carry round a little owl make-up bag, even though I rarely wear the stuff. Instead of lipstick and the like it hides a strip of paracetamol, a couple of plasters and, unusually a needle and thread. I don’t have to use it often. In fact, the last time was a few years back at a friend’s wedding. I found myself dragged from the church to perform emergency surgery on one of the bridesmaid’s dresses that had ripped at the seam. They all know my reputation for always being prepared.

What else?
I always have a pair of surgical gloves lurking. As, a nurse I’m required to stop and offer my help in the event of an accident. So, gloves for me are a necessity. The last time I had to wear them was when I was attending to a girl in the south of France who’d split her leg on some rocks. Trying to explain to an hysterical teenager that she needed to go to hospital to get her leg stitched, when languages aren’t really your thing, is not something I’d wish on anybody.

Finally, there’s always a pack of cards, usually out of their packet and scattered to all four corners. With three teenagers we are, like the rest of the world, battling the perennial demon of technology usage. Funnily enough I seem to have given birth to a pack of card sharks. We can often be found in the middle of a game of Gin Rummy. You’ll be pleased to note I have no idea how to play poker.
Jenny x

Thank you so much Jenny, a great post and I hate to admit what I have in my bag!

About the Author

Jenny O’Brien was born in Ireland and, after a brief sojourn in Wales, now resides in Guernsey.
She’s an avid reader and book reviewer for NetGalley in addition to being a RoNA judge.
She writes for both children and adults with a new book coming out every six months or so. She’s also an avid collector of cats, broken laptops, dust and happy endings – two of which you’ll always find in her books.

In her spare time she can be found frowning at her wonky cakes and even wonkier breads. You’ll be pleased to note she won’t be entering Bake-Off.

Readers can find out more about Jenny from her blog:  https://jennyobrienwriter.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JennyOBrienWriter/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScribblerJB

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A Christmas Date by Camilla Isley blogtour book review

 

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A Christmas Date written by Camilla Isley, publisher Pink Bloom Press, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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The ebook is available for amazon kindle, kobo, apple iBooks, Nook and Google Play.  The paperback is available from amazon.

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No one wants to be single at the holidays.
Even Little Miss Grinch, Nikki, a successful and independent woman, must face her bachelorette status at the most horrible time of the year.
December is her personal version of holly-jolly hell: a merry torture made of couples kissing at every corner, forced vacation days, and an inescapable family reunion.
And when her baby sister announces she’s engaged—to Paul, the man Nikki is secretly in love with—and that he’s spending the holidays with them, Christmas starts looking bluer than ever.
Nikki can’t possibly survive an entire week trapped home as the family’s spinster. But she has no time to meet men or to try the newest dating app, she’s too busy working as a video producer for an advertising agency.
So what’s a girl to do?
Nikki has the perfect solution: to hire a fake boyfriend.
Luckily, her job gives her access to an endless catalog of gorgeous actors to choose from.
But Nikki will soon discover that keeping business and pleasure from mixing isn’t so easy, and that she might not be immune to a little mistletoe magic. Especially not when she picked out the perfect man as her Christmas date…
A fun, festive romantic comedy with lots of bad behavior and Christmas spirit. Like a creamy hot chocolate with marshmallows, you won’t want to put this deliciously hilarious novel down. Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Sally Thorne, and Jo Watson.
First Comes Love is a series of interconnected romantic novels. However, each book in the series can be read as a standalone.

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So what do you do when your annoying younger sister announces she’s got engaged to the guy you’ve been secretly in love with for years?  Well simply you hire a fake boyfriend!  A boyfriend you can invite back home to your parents at Christmas to quieten down the regular comments of “are you still single Nikki?” from well meaning relatives.

Nikki is highly successful in her professional life but her love life hasn’t had much look mainly because she’s been harbouring feelings for her good friend Paul for such a long time.  Paul that has asked your younger sister to marry him.  Nikki feels like she cannot spend another Christmas at home with the same old questions and she can’t cope with the love fest from her sister.  So, working at an Advertising Agency gives Nikki the ideal opportunity to browse the actor books to find a perfect boyfriend.  Maybe someone to make her sister jealous or even Paul?

Nikki finds the ideal candidate; a dark, smouldering half Italian/Irish struggling actor, Diego.  Diego sounded like he was fit for the job on paper so finger’s crossed for Nikki that he plays the part.

Travelling home for Christmas with someone you’ve only known for a matter of days was the start of a whole new adventure for Nikki.  An adventure that would open her eyes and make her reassess her relationship with many.

I absolutely adored A Christmas Date.  A Christmas Date is book three in the First Comes Love series and can easily be read as a standalone.  The author Camilla Isley treats her readers to a fun, exquisitely romantic story but also a story that’s filled with festive warmth and nostalgia.  Diego is a dreamboat of a book boyfriend and Camilla Isley’s festive story will have you purring 😉 over the pages.

Gorgeous, addictive, fun and festive.

About the Author

Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband on an adventure abroad.  She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading—duh!—cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies—popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.

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The Christmas Wish by Tilly Tennant blogtour book review

 

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The Christmas Wish written by Tilly Tennant, publisher Bookouture, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Christmas is coming but it doesn’t feel that way for Esme. Jilted by her cheating fiancée Warren and mourning the death of her beloved grandmother she’s determined not to let life beat her and books a trip to Lapland, on a holiday that her grandmother had always dreamed of taking.

Beneath the indigo skies of Lapland, love is the last thing on Esme’s mind but she can’t ignore a spark with Zach, a broodingly handsome actor, also nursing a broken heart. But when Esme is bombarded by messages from Warren promising he’s changed and she discovers that Zach is hiding something-will her head be turned? And when a trip to the northern lights reveals the full extent Zach’s own secret past is there any hope that Esme will get the happy ending that her grandmother wished for her?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Tilly Tennant’s latest novel: The Christmas Wish.

I really enjoyed this latest festive read from Tilly Tennant it was uplifting, joyous but full of life’s hurdles taking you on an emotional journey.

Tilly Tennant for the last few years has been treating her readers to wonderful, heart-warming stories that are set in idyllic locations.  The Christmas Wish takes the reader on location to the rugged beauty of the Peak District and then to a spell-bounding village in Lapland.

After a disastrous relationship back in London were Esme had been living and working she decides to pack her bags and move in with her Gran in a quaint village in the Peak District.  Esme was feeling pretty low as all her self-esteem had been quashed by her ex-boyfriend.  With the help of her Gran, her homely cooking and the bright, fresh air from the hills Esme starts to regain her confidence.

Sadly when tragedy strikes and Esme loses the support she thrived on Esme starts to think of her previous life back in the city and wonders whether she’s made a big mistake.

Esme’s Gran left her with a wonderful present, a trip that they had both talked about, a trip of a lifetime to Lapland.  In honour of her Gran’s wish Esme embarks on the trip and meets up with fellow solo travellers and an unlikely bond is soon formed.  A quartet of solo travellers from all walks of life and ages have one thing in common, a desire to see the Northern Lights in Lapland.  Can this trip to a remarkable location help Esme with decisions about her life?  Will these strangers be the listening wise ears that she now misses?

I loved getting to know the other solo travellers with Esme.  They all sounded interesting and the banter that soon emerged between Hortense and Brian was comical and also endearing.  Zach the other solo traveller was a character that you could sense he shared a common vulnerability with Esme but he was so guarded with his emotions you couldn’t predict the atmosphere.

This was a gorgeous festive read that was life-affirming, uplifting and takes you on a scenic and emotional journey.

About the Author

tilly tennantTilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing. She wrote a novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. In 2016 she signed to the hugely successful Bookouture and is currently working on her next Tilly Tennant novel. She also writes as Sharon Sant, where she explores the darker side of life, and Poppy Galbraith, where things get a little crazier.

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Finding Rose by Julie Ryan blogtour book review

 

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Finding Rose written and self-published by Julie Ryan is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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When three sisters, Ginny, Sally and Molly are brought together at their father’s hospital bed, they are forced to confront not only the prospect of a future without him but also the secrets of the past that have kept them apart.
Their father, Eddie Matthews, drugged up on morphine, seems to be rambling but could he in fact be reliving previous lives as a Tudor monk and as a soldier on the Front in WW1. Struggling to speak he reveals that he has a secret and urges his daughters to ‘Find Rose’. Can the sisters put aside their differences to fulfil his last wish?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Julie Ryan’s latest novel: Finding Rose.  This is my first introduction to the works of Julie Ryan and with the stunning cover and the premise of a historical mystery I was keen to learn more.

This was quite an unusual historical time slip romance as the author treated us to three different time zones in her novel: the present day, 1916 and 1532.  At first I thought the story would be a little confusing but I soon got involved with the characters from each time zone.  The book is also split into two parts, the first part delves into each of the three time zones learning about the characters and their current stories.  What I found quite interesting was that now and again we would hear little snippets or quotes of moments that had happened in one of the other time zones.  It was a little eerie and it felt like a little jigsaw piece of a puzzle being found in the most obscure places.  The second part of the book centres around unearthing a secret.  A secret that had been laid heavy on the mind of the holder for over 50 years.

The present day story was about three sisters; Ginny, Sally and Molly having to pull together to help their father during his illness.  Whilst their father was gravely ill their personal lives continued and each sister had their own little battles along the way.  This brought an extra depth to the story as we start to understand the sister’s lives more.

Back in 1916 we pick up the tragic story of Matthew who was laid in the trench at a loss with what the world had become.  All around him lay devastation and destruction and his body, heart and soul lay broken.  Matthew felt very alone and afraid.  I have to admit this was my favourite era that the author visited and I wished she had stayed a little bit longer with his story.  I’m enjoying a lot of stories centred around the two wars and I think this is why I was captivated by Matthew’s story the most.

Our third time zone was in Tudor time, 1532,  rural England when the story picks up on the life of a young monk who had had another love before his vows to God.

Each time zone was very compelling full of drama, tragedy, intrigue and romance.  Finding Rose was an imaginative historical time-slip romance full of twists and turns, tragedies, love and a mystery that spanned many, many lives.

About the Author

Julie was born and brought up in a mining village near Barnsley in South Yorkshire. She graduated with a BA (hons) in French Language and Literature from Hull University. Since then she has lived and worked as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language in France, Greece, Poland and Thailand. She now lives in rural Gloucestershire with her husband, son and a rescue cat. She is so passionate about books that her collection is now threatening to outgrow her house, much to her husband’s annoyance, as she can’t bear to get rid of any! They have been attempting to renovate their home for the last ten years.
She is the author of the Greek Island Mystery series, Jenna’s Journey, Sophia’s Secret and Pandora’s Prophecy, each of which can be read as a standalone. Her latest book, Finding Rose, is a new departure for her as it is set against the backdrop of WW1 and has a strong link to the Tudor Court.

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A Ration Book Christmas by Jean Fullerton blogtour book review

 

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A Ration Book Christmas written by Jean Fullerton, publisher Corvus, is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audiobook format.

The paperback is available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith and amazon.  The ebook is available for amazon kindle, kobo and iBooks.

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With Christmas approaching, the Brogan family of London’s East End are braving the horrors of the Blitz. With the men away fighting for King and Country and the ever-present dangers of the German Luftwaffe’s nightly reign of death and destruction, the family must do all they can to keep a stiff upper lip.
For Jo, the youngest of the Brogan sisters, the perils of war also offer a new-found freedom. Jo falls in love with Tommy, a man known for his dangerous reputation as much as his charm. But as the falling bombs devastate their neighbourhood and rationing begins to bite, will the Brogans manage to pull together a traditional family Christmas? And will Jo find the love and security she seeks in a time of such grave peril?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Jean Fullerton’s latest novel: A Ration Book Christmas.  This is my first introduction to the works of Jean Fullerton and I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to pick one of her books up as I was enthralled, entertained and totally swept away by this story.  I will certainly be checking out Jean Fullerton’s back catalogue of novels.

I thoroughly enjoyed this family wartime saga set in World War Two.  The author set the scene and I could feel a sense of belonging within the storyline.  We were treated to charming, cheeky, charismatic, brave, heroic characters that were all down to earth and easily relatable.  I also loved how Jean Fullerton used dialect that suited the era and location and also fitted the characters perfectly.  There were some fabulous one liners from the cockneys from the east end of London and also great words of wisdom from the Irish family that had set up home in the capital city.

I felt the tension of the war.  Jean Fullerton didn’t brush away any of the sights that were very evident during the biggest bomb attacks during the blitz of the streets of London.  I could feel the tension during the nights of the blackouts with the dread of the sirens and then when the inevitable destruction happened the fight for survivals set my heart racing.  What was so special about this story was the community spirit with all generations and all classes mucking in and doing their bit with the war help, this warmed my heart that in dire times of need folk forgot their own problems and situations and pulled together.

This was the story of one family coming to terms with the onslaught of war with evacuations, the blitz, food rationing, separation, fear, making do.  It was also a story of life, a story of survival, a story of love overcoming many hurdles and finding a way through the many terrible days and nights of the conflict.  Jean Fullerton had taken me back to a pivotal moment in British history using fiction as a way of re-telling an horrific time for so many, we learn of how life literally carried on for everyone and routines of a different kind were made.

A Ration Book Christmas was one of the best historical wartime sagas that I’ve read. Jean Fullerton’s words totally swept me away with this story, it was engaging, tragically beautiful and filled me with warmth.

About the Author

Jean FullertonJean Fullerton is the author of eleven novels all set in East London where she was born. She is also a retired district nurse and university lecturer. She won the Harry Bowling prise in 2006 and after initially signing for two East London historical series with Orion she moved to Corvus, part of Atlantic Publishing and is half way through her WW2 East London series featuring the Brogan family.

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The Poppy Field by Deborah Carr blogtour book review

 

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The Poppy Field written by Deborah Carr, publisher HarperImpulse, is available NOW in ebook format and is due to be published in paperback at the end of December.

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
Young nurse, Gemma, is struggling with the traumas she has witnessed through her job in the NHS. Needing to escape from it all, Gemma agrees to help renovate a rundown farmhouse in Doullens, France, a town near the Somme. There, in a boarded-up cupboard, wrapped in old newspapers, is a tin that reveals the secret letters and heartache of Alice Le Breton, a young volunteer nurse who worked in a casualty clearing station near the front line.
Set in the present day and during the horrifying years of the war, both woman discover deep down the strength and courage to carry on in even the most difficult of times. Through Alice’s words and her unfailing love for her sweetheart at the front, Gemma learns to truly live again.

This is a beautifully written epic historical novel that will take your breath away.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Deborah Carr’s latest novel: The Poppy Field.

This is my first introduction to the work of Deborah Carr and it ticked all the boxes for me.  I love reading historical fiction and especially stories set around pivotal moments in history, events that changed the world we live in now.  2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.  During the summer I had the privilege to visit many of the war graves and commemorative monuments around Flanders Field.  I was deeply moved by the graves and the traces of a war that etched scars across the country.  My husband was a member of the armed forces and I could totally emphasise with the families and loved ones that were left behind during times of conflict.  The constant fear of the unknown was a daily battle.

The story is set in two time zones; the present day and then we travel back to 1917.  Gemma has recently left her nursing job back in the UK following a very emotional break-up.  She has agreed to help oversee the renovation of an old farmhouse that has been left to her father.  The farmhouse is in Doullens, France, not far from the Somme.  A chance to escape her life in Brighton proves to be the best medicine for Gemma.

The farmhouse is pretty derelict and Gemma has quite a job on her hands but with the help of a fellow Brit living in the French village they start the task of renovating the property.  An unexpected find is made in one of the outhouses; a tin box full of letters dating back to 1917.  Curiosity peaks Gemma’s attention with these letters and she is keen to learn about the author and recipient of them.  Gemma slowly learns from the letters the emotional, brave plight of Alice Le Breton, a young VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) originally from Jersey who worked in a casualty clearing station near the frontline in Northern France.

I was captivated by the scenes the author portrayed back in 1917: it was atmospheric and you could feel the bravado from these young volunteer girls witnessing scenes they never could have imagined.  The days in the makeshift wards were relentless and there was little escape for the VADs.  Gemma felt a kinship with Alice, they were both nurses working under extreme pressure and conditions so for Gemma to learn of Alice 100 years on must have really brought to home the differences in life in medicine back then and now.

Deborah Carr’s novel was very raw and honest at times revealing war in it’s true colours.  Alice’s story must have been very similar to many back in WWI.  Love finds a way during the dark days of conflict bringing glimpses of hope for the future.  These moments must have been cherished by many.  I adored both sides of this story, the present day with Gemma overcoming her heartache and finding inspiration in the farm and letters and to Alice’s story that was just so tragically beautiful.  Heart-breaking and utterly captivating.

About the Author

The Poppy Field - Deborah MedDeborah Carr lives on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands with her husband, two children and three rescue dogs. She became interested in books set in WW1 when researching her great-grandfather’s time as a cavalryman in the 17th 21st Lancers.
She is part of ‘The Blonde Plotters’ writing group and was Deputy Editor on the online review site, Novelicious.com for seven years. Her debut historical romance, Broken Faces, is set in WW1 and was runner-up in the 2012 Good Housekeeping Novel Writing Competition and given a ‘special commendation’ in the Harry Bowling Prize that year. The Poppy Field is her second historical novel.

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Christmas at The Little Duck Pond Café by Rosie Green blogtour book review

 

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Christmas at the Little Duck Pond Café written and self-published by Rosie Green is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Fen has always hated being the centre of attention.
She loves her new job, working behind the scenes at the Little Duck Pond Cafe and baking the scrumptious cakes that have helped its reputation soar. But frankly, she’d rather scrub the public toilet floor with a toothbrush than have to come out and talk to the customers.
She’s always been happy to stay in the background as long as she has a good supply of books to escape into. That’s her kind of romance – the fictional sort where she can read about other people taking a chance on love, but she doesn’t have to risk her own heart.
But that was before Ethan Fox arrived in the village and turned her world upside down. Ethan is a leading light in the local amateur dramatics theatre company and Fen knows he’s way out of her league.
But when the popular village Christmas pantomime hits a crisis, Fen and Ethan find themselves thrown together. Can Fen overcome her shyness and find the courage to step on stage and save the day?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the third instalment in Rosie Green’s four book series centred around the Little Duck Pond Café.  Each book is of a novella size and they are all perfect books to cosy up with.  I would wholeheartedly recommend reading all the books in order as the characters from each story do crop up in forthcoming editions and you then get a sense of involvement in the characters you have learned to love.  The books in the series are:

  • Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe
  • Summer at The Little Duck Pond Cafe
  • Christmas at The Little Duck Pond Cafe
  • Snowed in at The Little Duck Pond Café (due out middle of November)

Picture the scene: it’s a cold blustery day your chores are done and it’s now time to relax in your favourite comfy chair, a cuppa (maybe cake :)) and a cat curled up on your lap.  The perfect book accompaniment would be the latest instalment in Rosie Green’s Little Duck Pond Café series; Christmas at the Little Duck Pond Café.  I did just this …

I loved returned to the village and to the friends I have learned to love at the cafe.  This is Fen’s story.  Fen is the character in the background that is the star baker for the café, she’s also the friend you need to have your back.  Fen is a hopeless romantic and when Ethan invites her to join the local amateur dramatics group her fear of the unknown is overshadowed by her wanting to get to know Ethan more and have the opportunity to work closely with him.  Fen has had a massive crush on Ethan since she met him in the summer when he performed a Regency Romance show.  Fen has set her heart on Ethan, almost likening him to one of her dashing heroes in her books.

Fen receives some well-guided self-esteem boosting advice from a friend, a source she wouldn’t have expected to receive this much needed encouragement.  This was another young person that quietly get’s on with his job but acknowledges what’s going off all around him.

With Fen starting to feel a little more self-assure and the promise of attraction on the horizon the other girls at the café are suddenly having romance woes.

Rosie Green has created another wonderful instalment in The Little Duck Pond Café series.  They are books to fall in love with, to warm your heart and soul.  They are also books that are packed with plenty of drama that invokes many emotions.  I’m really enjoying this series, it’s like a friendship in a book!

About the Author

Rosie Green Author PicRosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. The first two stories in the series are: Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe and Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café.

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