The Place We Call Home by Faith Hogan @GerHogan @Aria_Fiction @BOTBSPublicity #blogtour #bookreview

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The Place We Call Home written by Faith Hogan, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook, kindelunlimited and paperback format.

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Welcome to Ballycove, the home of Corrigan Mills…

Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Irish countryside the famed mills have created the finest wool in all of Ireland. Run by the seemingly perfect Corrigan family, but every family has its secrets, and how the mills came to be the Corrigan’s is one of them…

Miranda and her husband were never meant to own the mills, until one fateful day catapults them into a life they never thought they’d lead.

Ada has forever lived her life in her sister’s shadow. Wanting only to please her mother and take her place as the new leader of the mill, Ada might just have to take a look at what her heart really wants.

Callie has a flourishing international career as a top designer and a man who loves her dearly, she appears to have it all. When a secret is revealed and she’s unceremoniously turfed out of the design world, Callie might just get what’s she’s been yearning for. The chance to go home.

Simon has always wanted more. More money, more fame, more notoriety. The problem child. Simon has made more enemies than friends over the years, and when one of his latest schemes falls foul he’ll have to return to the people who always believe in him.

Ballycove isn’t just a town in the Irish countryside. It isn’t just the base of the famous mills. It’s a place to call home.

Best-selling author, Faith Hogan returns with a family tale of love, loss, secrets and finding yourself.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting Faith Hogan’s latest contemporary romance: The Place We Call Home.

The Place We Call Home is a wonderful story of family and life with it’s high and lows.  It’s also a story of strength through adversity.  A story of bringing a whole community together with the goal of keeping the mills alive journeying through generation to generation.  It’s also a very poignant story of a love that never reached it’s peak but it kept it’s beat from the first step and of a love that took you by surprise and made you feel whole again.

I really enjoyed this Irish saga with a timeslip element from Faith Hogan.  A story set within a small village off the Irish coast that hold it’s residents and their strengths as the key to the memories that people love of Ballycove.

Life for young Miranda had been full of unease but when she met the grandson of the gentry from the local manor house Miranda found a kinship within Richard and a friendship that would last a lifetime was made.  But as fate dealt many blows Miranda’s way she was to learn that although life didn’t always go the way you hoped once you open your eyes and heart you see wonders all around you.

We travel along the journey of life with Miranda treading carefully through the murky waters and jumping through the joyous times.  A story that kept many secrets and hid tragedies and discomfort bringing new destinations and turning points to many.  Poignant and with a wonderful sense of community spirit and the joy of family, life, love, the past, the present and the thrill of what’s to come.

About the Author

Author Faith HoganFaith Hogan is an Irish award-winning and bestselling author of five contemporary fiction novels. Her books have featured as Book Club Favourites, Net Galley Hot Reads and Summer Must Reads. She writes grown up women’s fiction which is unashamedly uplifting, feel good and inspiring.

Faith’s latest book, The Place We Call Home is published in January 2020.

She writes crime fiction as Geraldine Hogan – Her Sisters Bones is available now!

Faith gained an Honours Degree in English Literature and Psychology from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate Degree from University College, Galway.

She is currently working on her next novel. She lives in the west of Ireland with her husband, four children and a very busy Labrador named Penny. She’s a writer, reader, enthusiastic dog walker and reluctant jogger – except of course when it is raining!

You can find out more about Faith on her website http://www.faithhogan.com
http://www.Facebook/FaithHogan.com
Twitter:  @GerHogan
https://www.instagram.com/faithhoganauthor/

The Miseducation of Evie Epworth by Matson Taylor @matson_taylor_ @ScribnerBooks @RandomTTours #TheMiseducationofEvieEpworth #debutnovel #bookreview #blogtour

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The Miseducation of Evie Epworth written by Matson Taylor, publisher Scribner UK (an imprint of Simon and Schuster) is available NOW to pre-order ready for publication on the 23rd July 2020.  The book will be available in ebook, audiobook and hardcover format.

Book Blurb

July, 1962

Sixteen year-old Evie Epworth stands on the cusp of womanhood. But what kind of a woman will she become?

The fastest milk bottle-delivery girl in East Yorkshire, Evie is tall as a tree and hot as the desert sand. She dreams of an independent life lived under the bright lights of London (or Leeds). The two posters of Adam Faith on her bedroom wall (‘brooding Adam’ and ‘sophisticated Adam’) offer wise counsel about a future beyond rural East Yorkshire. Her role models are Charlotte Bronte, Shirley MacLaine and the Queen. But, before she can decide on a career, she must first deal with the malign presence of her future step-mother, the manipulative and money-grubbing Christine.

If Evie can rescue her bereaved father, Arthur, from Christine’s pink and over-perfumed clutches, and save the farmhouse from being sold off then maybe she can move on with her own life and finally work out exactly who it is she is meant to be.

Moving, inventive and richly comic, The Miseducation of Evie Epworth is the most joyful debut novel of the year and the best thing to have come out of Yorkshire since Wensleydale cheese.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Matson Taylor’s debut novel: The Miseducation of Evie Epworth.

I really do enjoy discovering and supporting new authors and when I heard about this one from Yorkshire born Matson Taylor I knew I wanted to learn more.  Matson Taylor has written a bloomin’ brilliant debut novel that fizzes with nostalgia, full of laugh out loud scenes, it was poignant and oozed with Yorkshire charm.

What I liked most about the story was the wonderful blend of characters.  There is a whole host of charming, quirky, joyous personalities that are part of Evie’s life and within the next few months they soon change the course of her future.  I adored the lead, a young girl called Evie aged 16 1/2 who is anxious for the next steps in her life and ponders what sort of woman she will become.  Evie knew her own mind but was finding many obstacles in her way, one of them being her dad’s new lady friend, Christine.  Christine who has quickly become a permanent fixture in the lovely farmhouse Evie and Arthur live in.  Evie did not like Christine and Christine did not like anyone getting in the way of her becoming the new limelight in Arthur’s eyes.  Evie had to get rid of Christine once and for all and the help she receives from those around her leaves her with a heart full of love and encouragement.

There is so much I could say about this book but I don’t want to reveal any spoilers.  Matson Taylor writes with such warmth and humour, it’s very honest and frank and you can easily picture the hilarious scenes spelled out in front of you.  Amongst the hilarity is a wonderful heart-warming story that takes you on a trip down memory lane as we discover more about Arthur and his life before Evie.  There’s plenty of twists in the tale that I couldn’t foresee that left me dazed with emotion.  A humorous story full of wit and warmth with added poignancy.  I look forward to what lies ahead for debut novelist, Matson Taylor.

About the Author

Evie Epworth Matson Taylor Author PicMatson Taylor grew up in Yorkshire but now lives in London. He is a design historian and academic writing tutor and has worked at various universities and museums around the world; he currently teaches at the V&A, Imperial College, and the RCA. He has also worked on Camden Market, appeared in an Italian TV commercial, and been a pronunciation coach for Catalan opera singers.

Visit the author website here: matsontaylor.com and follow on Twitter at @matson_taylor_

Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Bay by Katie Ginger @KatieGAuthor @rararesources @HQDigitalUK @HQstories #summerreading #romcom #bookreview #blogtour

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Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Bay written by Katie Ginger, publisher HQ Digital, is available NOW in ebook format.

Book Blurb
Grab your strawberries and cream and get ready to return to the beautiful Swallowtail Bay!
Summer is in full swing and the locals are getting excited for the launch of the Swallowtail Bay strawberry food festival. But will all run smoothly when festival organiser Hetty’s heart is torn between lord of the manor John Thornhill and successful bakery owner Ben?
Purchase Links
UK Amazon ebook: https://amzn.to/3bGn0yi
US Amazon ebook: https://amzn.to/2KuIdPf

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Katie Ginger’s latest novel: Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Bay.

This is my first visit to the fictional seaside town of Swallowtail Bay and it had me yearning for lazy, hazy summer days of long ago when all that mattered was winning a fish on the hook a duck and zooming down on the helter-skelter!  Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Bay is the second book set in Swallowtail Bay however, each novel is written as a standalone story but I can honestly say the author’s words made me feel very welcomed and left me wanting a return visit to this idyllic location.

Hetty is an events planner and loves her home town especially the Strawberry Fairs of summers gone by.  She’s hoping to drum up support with the business community of the bay to rejuvenate the fair and make it a bank holiday weekend long extravaganza.  However, she only has four weeks to get approved and then plan the whole event!  A task not for the faint hearted!

With time ticking by she feels she has only one option for the location of the fair and that is by using the grounds of Thornhill Hall.  However, there’s a glitch in this option; she has to persuade the owner of the hall to agree.

John Thornhill is the youngest son of the current owners of the hall and feels like all the recent financial hardship is on his shoulders to provide a solution.  His parents are struggling emotionally and John is drawing at a blank with ways to help his family out of the financial and emotional hole they’ve found themselves in.  Can optimistic, vibrant Hetty be the answer to his problems?

Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Bay is a delightful romcom that is a wonderful mix of nostalgia, community spirit, warmth and hopefulness.

Author Bio –
Summer Strawberries author picKATIE GINGER lives in the South East of England, by the sea, and she really wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Bay is her fifth novel. The first, Spring Tides at Swallowtail Bay is available now. Her debut novel The Little Theatre on the Seafront was shortlisted for the Katie Fforde Debut Novel of the Year award, and her stand- alone Christmas novel Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage was a US Amazon bestseller.
When she’s not writing, Katie spends her time drinking gin, or with her husband, trying to keep alive their two children, Ellie and Sam. And there’s also their adorable King Charles Spaniel, Wotsit (yes, he is named after the crisps!).

For more about Katie you can visit her website: http://www.keginger.com, find her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KatieGAuthor, or follow her on Twitter: @KatieGAuthor
Instagram: @katie_ginger_author

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Daughters of Cornwall by Fern Britton @Fern_Britton @fictionpubteam @HarperCollinsUK @RandomTTours #bookreview #DaughtersofCornwall

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Daughters of Cornwall written by Fern Britton, publisher HarperCollins, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and hardcover format.

Book Blurb

1918. The Great War is over, and Clara Carter has boarded a train bound for Cornwall – to meet a family that would once have been hers. But they must never discover her secret.

2020. Caroline has spent years trying to uncover the lies buried in her family history. And once she arrives in Cornwall, the truth finally seems to be in reach. Except with storm clouds gathering on the horizon, Caroline soon learns that some secrets are best left hidden.

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hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Fern-Britton/Daughters-of-Cornwall/23868047

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Fern Britton’s latest novel:  Daughters of Cornwall.

Daughters of Cornwall is one of those books that draw you in from the first page and leaves you wanting more as the story comes to a close.  I’ve wanted to read a novel by Fern Britton for a long time, I even have a few in my TBR but I think I may have saved myself for her best.  This new novel by Fern Britton is a web of a story of a family that’s been held together by strong women.  Women that are capable of many things but the task of bringing a child into the world, protecting it, nurturing it and loving it is the proudest moment of that woman’s life and to bestow these qualities from generation to generation is a great legacy.

The story starts at the present day with Caroline Bolitho coping with the loss of her husband and with the secrets of the past which she unearths when a trunk from Malaysia lands at her doorstep.  An aged exotic looking object that exudes with untold stories that Caroline is almost too afraid to uncover.

We then travel back to 1918 and start to unravel the threads of heritage in Caroline’s family tree.  A young woman in the name of Clara, who too is suffering a great loss but is about to embark on a journey that will change her path to a very different voyage.

Bit by bit we learn about these strong women in Caroline’s lineage and hear about the sadness, the joy and the unexpected that life has thrown their way.

I was captivated by this wonderful time-slip saga about life, love, war, endings and beginnings.  Brilliant storytelling full of emotion, intrigue and warmth.

About the Author

Fern Britton is the highly acclaimed author of eight Sunday Times bestselling novels.

Born in London, into a theatrical family, Fern started her professional life as a stage manager. Theatre life was great fun but within three years, in 1980, she graduated to television and became a presenter on Westward Television. Here she achieved her ambition of living in Cornwall. Since then television has been her home. She spent 14 years as a journalist before presenting Ready, Steady, Cook for the BBC. This Morning for ITV came next where she won several awards and became a household name. Her interview programme Fern Britton Meets had guests including Tony Blair, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dolly Parton and Cliff Richard. Fern presented The Big Allotment Challenge (BBC2), For What It’s Worth (BBC1), Culinary Genius with Gordon Ramsay (ITV)
Fern’s novels are all set in her beloved Cornwall. Her books are cherished for their warmth, wit and wisdom, and have won her legions of loyal readers. Fern was a judge for the Costa Book of the Year Award and a supporter of the Reading Agency, promoting literacy and reading.
Fern turned her talents to acting last year when she starred as Marie in Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s award-winning musical Calendar Girls.
Fern has twin sons, two daughters and lives in Cornwall in a house full of good food, wine, family, friends and gardening books. She has a motor cycle licence, an honorary doctorate for services to broadcasting and charity, and is a member of Mensa!

Twitter:  @Fern_Britton

Website: https://www.fern-britton.com/

Heartbreak in the Valleys by Francesca Capaldi @FCapaldiBurgess @HeraBooks @BOTBSPublicity #blogtour #bookreview #historicalfiction #WWIsaga

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Heartbreak in the Valleys written by Francesca Capaldi, publisher Hera, is available NOW in ebook format.

Book Blurb

The world was crumbling, but her love stayed strong
November 1915. For young housemaid, Anwen Rhys, life is hard in the Welsh mining village of Dorcalon, deep in the Rhymney Valley. She cares for her ill mother and beloved younger sister Sara, all while shielding them from her father’s drunken, violent temper. Anwen comforts herself with her love for childhood sweetheart, Idris Hughes, away fighting in the Great War.
Yet when Idris returns, he is a changed man; no longer the innocent boy she loved, he is harder, more distant, quickly breaking off their engagement. And when tragedy once again strikes her family, Anwen’s heart is completely broken.
But when an explosion at the pit brings unimaginable heartache to Dorcalon, Anwen and Idris put their feelings aside to unite their mining community.
In the midst of despair, can Anwen find hope again? And will she ever find the happiness she deserves?
A beautiful, emotional and heart-breaking saga set in the Welsh Valleys of the Great War that fans of Nadine Dorries, Rosie Goodwin and Sheila Newbury will love.

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

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Francesca Capaldi’s debut novel: Heartbreak in the Valleys.

Francesca Capaldi has written such a compelling read with Heartbreak in the Valleys that had me gripped with emotion on many levels.  This author is definitely one to watch in the historical fiction/saga world.  I could sense the atmosphere and the authenticity of the location and era and it all felt very real.

I’m a miner’s daughter myself and was bought up within a mining community, I also love stories set around the two world wars so when I heard about Heartbreak in the Valleys I knew I had to read it.

Heartbreak in the Valleys is a story set around a young couple making plans for the future.  Idris Hughes and Anwen Rhys have lived in the Welsh mining village all their lives.  However, when war breaks many local men signed up including Anwen’s sweetheart Idris.  But when Idris returns unexpectedly he’s a different man and the dreams that he held for the future look very distorted and unreachable in his eyes. Coping with life after returning from training for Idris is proving very difficult both physically and mentally and he suffers greatly. Anwen is heartbroken and is so confused with Idris’ new persona however, she tries to make a new life for herself and also bringing the community together to help out with the war effort.

Life is hard in the small mining village and children are expected to help with the household bills.  Many children can be seen working at the pits undertaking various roles.  The mines in the early 1900’s were such a dangerous place to work in, no health and safety regulations back then.

When tragedy strikes the community is pulled together once more and you can feel the tension in the moments and hours after an event that will change the life of so many in the village of Dorcalon.

Heartbreak in the Valleys is such wonderful, heartfelt story telling that is raw and gritty but it has a wonderful sense of community spirit.  I truly didn’t want this story to end and I look forward to more from Francesca Capaldi.

Author Bio:

heartbreak in the valleys francesca-capaldiSeveral years ago, Francesca Capaldi pursued a childhood dream and joined a creative writing class. Lots of published short stories, a serial, and three pocket novels later, she’s now explored her mother’s ancestral history for a novel set in a Welsh colliery village. A history graduate and former teacher, she hails from the Sussex coast but now lives in Kent with her family and a cat called Lando Calrissian.

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Blog: www.writemindswriteplace.wordpress.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/FCapaldiBurgess

The Day Henry Died by Lynda Renham @lyndarenham #bookreview #supernaturalromance #contemporaryfiction #indieauthor

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The Day Henry Died written and self-published by Lynda Renham is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited and paperback format.

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Suppose you wake up one morning to find yourself dead. You can see yourself clearly in the mirror, and feel the same as you did the day before. But today is the day of your funeral. What do you do?

This was Henry’s dilemma. Henry decides he can’t possibly be dead, so he sets out to prove he is alive. Then, he discovers that Rita, a product demonstrator at the supermarket, can see him.

Even with the help of Rita, proving you’re not dead was harder than Henry imagined, but when Henry discovered that he was murdered, the question was why and by whom?

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The Day Henry Died is a refreshing read filled with quirks that will charm you.  However, the story has many twists and turns with some taking the reader on a darker path.  The author, Lynda Renham, had me guessing the outcome of the story right till the very end and I was gutted and felt my heart break a little for a book friendship that I had become fond of.

Henry wakes up to find he has died but he’s still around and he thinks he’s very much alive.  He can walk around his home and neighbourhood, he can see his wife and colleagues but they can’t see him.  Strangely one other person can see him and this is someone he’s met quite recently.

Rita works in the local supermarket as a product demonstrator, she’s suffered greatly in the past but is trying to rebuild a new life for herself.  However, Rita is lonely and only has the company of her overbearing landlord.  So when a customer starts asking questions about the produce on her counter she becomes interested in this man with his enquiring mind.  This chance acquaintance between Henry and Rita brings a little comfort to both their lives.  But chances in life can be risky.

We follow Henry on his plight to discover how he died and how decisions made in his past have shaped his future.

A quirky, charming but twisty tale!

About the Author

Lynda Renham is author to many popular romantic comedy and gripping psychological thriller novels. She lives in Oxford, UK. She has appeared on BBC radio discussion programs and is a prolific blogger, Twitter and when not writing can usually be found wasting her time on Facebook. Lynda lives in Oxfordshire with her second husband and two cats. Her web page: http://www.renham.co.uk and Twitter: @lyndarenham

Social media links: http://www.renham.co.uk Twitter: @lyndarenham

The Summer Island Swap by Samantha Tonge @SamTongeWriter @aria_fiction #blogtour #bookreview #romcom #SummerIslandSwap

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The Summer Island Swap written by Samantha Tonge, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited, audiobook and paperback format.

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Sometimes the best holidays are the ones you least expect…

After a long and turbulent year, Sarah is dreaming of the five-star getaway her sister has booked them on. White sands, cocktails, massages, the Caribbean is calling to them.
But the sisters turn up to tatty beaches, basic wooden shacks, a compost toilet and outdoor cold water showers. It turns out that at the last minute Amy decided a conservation project would be much more fun than a luxury resort.
So now Sarah’s battling mosquitos, trying to stomach fish soup and praying for a swift escape. Life on a desert island though isn’t all doom and gloom. They’re at one with nature, learning about each other and making new friends. And Sarah is distracted by the dishy, yet incredibly moody, island leader she’s sure is hiding a secret.
Perfect for fans of Holly Martin, Mandy Baggot and Heidi Swain.

Buy links:
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Google Play: https://bit.ly/2IuyI1q

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Samantha Tonge’s latest romcom: The Summer Island Swap.

The Summer Island Swap is a gorgeous, fun loving read that will have you crossing out your holiday wishlist and adding a small island off the Caribbean coast.  You’ll not only fall in love with the beautiful sunsets and the lush flora and myriad of fauna but your heart will be stolen by a little chap who loves freeze dried strawberries!

When you’ve worked in the hotel industry for a long time and your sister surprises you with a treat of a month long holiday you can’t help but fantasise about role reversal and being the recipient of pampering at a luxury hotel.  However, Sarah was in for a surprise from sister Amy as when they got to their destination the staff at the resort were none existent, unless you counted the guests including yourself who have paid to volunteer at a conservation resort.  Sarah was not impressed at all and was all set to return on the next flight home.  She’d packed new holiday clothes including dresses, strappy sandals and bikinis which were totally unsuitable and not on the required inventory list on the resort website.  Amy was going to be in trouble with her sister!

Sarah soon found a fellow confederate with another guest who was as equally unimpressed with the destination.  However, Sarah is a very determined young lady, from a young age she’s had to prove she can cope under adversity and she’s not going to let a few creepy crawlies, basic accommodation and a bit of hard graft beat her.  She decides to give the conservation project a go but it’s not all plain sailing for Sarah.  She’s like a fish out of water and stumbles through many obstacles physically and mentally and a handsome owner of the project is one of the obstacles she has to contend with.

I really enjoyed this story by Samantha Tonge; it was filled with plenty of light hearted fun and frolics but it also held a serious side to the storyline with the sisters coping with a troubled and painful childhood.  The conservation side of the story was very interesting and inspired me.  It’s left me food for thought on what is most important in time away from home; is it luxury or is it a sense of achievement in helping good causes such as a conservation project like the one in Samantha Tonge’s book?  A story with plenty of heart and warmth with an underlining feeling of inspiration.

About the Author

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.
When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.
She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency. In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category. In 2018 Forgive Me Not, heralded a new direction into darker women’s fiction with publisher Canelo. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association romantic comedy award

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That Holiday in France by Rhoda Baxter @rhodabaxter @BOTBSPublicity #blogtour #bookreview #ThatHolidayinFrance #romcom #feelgoodfiction

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That Holiday in France written and self-published by Rhoda Baxter is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimted and paperback format.

Book Blurb

When Ellie’s boyfriend forbids her from going to France to attend her best friend’s wedding, she decides she’s had enough. She dumps him and goes to France by herself. But travelling alone is scary and Ellie realises how reliant she’d become on the men in her life.
On holiday, she learns to trust her own judgement and grows in confidence. Just when she decides she doesn’t need a man to complete her, she meets Ash, who is everything her ex wasn’t.
But is Ellie willing to give up her new found independence and link herself to another man?

  • Friends to lovers
  • Heroine asserting her independence
  • Summer in France
  • Tiny puddings

That Holiday In France is a standalone story set in the little Yorkshire village of Trewton Royd. Ideal for fans of Mhairi McFarlane or Sophie Kinsella.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/3coXBbj

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of the latest novel in the Trewton Royd small town romances by Rhoda Baxter.  That Holiday in France is book 5 in the series however, it’s my first introduction to the work of Rhoda Baxter but as the story is written as a standalone I felt very welcomed into the lives of the characters and this charming Yorkshire village.

I love discovering new authors and I have found a lovely new romcom author in Rhoda Baxter as I thoroughly enjoyed reading That Holiday in France.

Ellie is such a lovable character; shy, unassuming and very unsure of her capabilities.  She’s a character that you want to champion and throughout the story I could feel myself urging Ellie on and praising her.  I do feel we all have a little of Ellie’s traits inside us, sometimes all it takes is stepping out of our comfort-zone to realise there’s more to our potential.

Ellie lives in a small village in Yorkshire with her father, she works in the local bakers and has been going out with her boyfriend, Luke, for four years.  When Luke forbids Ellie to go to her best friends wedding in France she feels it’s time she made a decision for herself.  For a long time Ellie has listened to the men in her life and has made compromises to fit in with their ways.  This new decision terrifies but excites Ellie but she reels reassured that Ash, another old school friend from the village is also going to the wedding.

We follow Ellie on her journey to France which includes more than a little sight seeing along the way.  This journey is full of self-discovery and enlightenment and there’s plenty of beautiful memories being made.  Can this trip to France give Ellie the courage to accepts her strengths and express them more?  Can she learn to trust in her own judgement and open her heart and mind to others.

A gorgeous story of learning to love yourself and open up your heart and mind to new possibilities.

I fell in love with his fun, heart-warming story that is filled with a big dose of love.  I can’t wait to read more from the villagers of Trewton Royd.

About the Author

that holiday in france Rhoda Baxter author photoRhoda Baxter writes romantic comedies about strong heroines and nice-guy heroes. Having studied microbiology at university, Rhoda likes all things science geeky. She also loves cake, crochet and playing with Lego. She lives in Yorkshire with her young family and wishes she had more time to bake.
You can find out more about her (and get a free book by signing up to her newsletter) on her website.
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Twitter @rhodabaxter
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The Staycation by Michele Gorman @MicheleGormanUK @AlainnaGeorgiou @orionbooks #bloggerblast #thestaycation #romcom

the staycation

The Staycation written by Michele Gorman, publisher Trapeze (an imprint of Orion Publishing Group) is available NOW in ebook format.  The paperback and audiobook are available to purchase/download in July 2020.

Book Blurb

Two families. One cancelled flight. And a last minute house swap…
Things get desperate for strangers Harriet and Sophie when they become stranded with their families in Heathrow’s Terminal 5. Each woman has her own reason for really really really needing the family holiday they’ve anticipated for months. But Iceland’s volcano has other plans for them. When their flights are cancelled, the families swap houses and discover that sometimes the best things in life happen close to home.
This ash cloud has a silver lining, even if no one can quite see it yet.

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The Staycation blogger blast

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogger blast celebrating and promoting the launch of Michele Gorman’s latest novel: The Staycation.

I really enjoyed this new novel by Michele Gorman and it was so apt with the current situation of people up and down the country staying home, staying safe.  I’ve always fancied a house swap but not sure I’d be brave enough, what’s home comforts for some could be the other person’s worst nightmare!

When two families are delayed at the airport waiting for flights to Italy to be re-opened due to an ash cloud in the air-zone they get chatting and realise they are both in the same boat.  Harriet vaguely knows Sophie’s husband through work connections and the women soon open up a little about how much they need a break away.  So they come up with a plan to still have a holiday by agreeing on a house swap.  Harriet, James and their daughter Billie will move into Sophie, Dan and their two young children Katie and Oliver’s city dwelling in London, close to all the attractions in the capital.  Sophie with her family will travel that little bit further and move into the Cotswold cottage belonging to Harriet and James.

Both Harriet and Sophie have complex personalities and it’s not until they arrive at their respective house swap that the ladies start to learn things about their own character traits.  This two week break was intended as a much needed family and relationship time but as each day unfolds life for Harriet and Sophie becomes a little bit more tangled and by the end of the two weeks decisions and revelations are made. I loved both women and was enjoying this new experience with them.

The Staycation is such a fun romcom that is perfect escapism.  .

About the Author

Michele writes comedies packed with lots of heart, best friends and girl power. She is both a Sunday Times and a USA Today bestselling author, raised in the US and now making London her home.

Michele also writes cosy comedies under the pen-name Lilly Bartlett. Lilly’s books are full of warmth, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters.

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