We Belong Together by Beth Moran @bethcmoran @Boldwoodbooks @rararesources #WeBelongTogether #bookreview #blogtour

We Belong Together written by Beth Moran, publisher Boldwood Books, is available NOW in ebook format, kindleunlimited, audiobook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Eleanor Sharpley has been living a lie…

Needing to escape her London life quickly, Eleanor throws her things into the back of her car, and heads to her erstwhile best friend Charlie’s family farm.

But Charlie isn’t there. Instead she finds Charlie’s grieving brother Daniel, her eight-month old daughter Hope (a daughter Eleanor had known nothing about), and a crumbling and unloved Damson Farm.

Damson Farm lies at the edge of the village of Ferrington, with the river Maddon flowing at its heart. But Ferrington is a village divided by more than just a river – it is split in two by an age-old feud – between the Old Side and the New Side. Eleanor has run from her problems, straight into a family and a world that has problems of its own.

But Damson Farm has magic too, and as winter gives way to spring, the old farm starts to come to life under Eleanor’s love and care. The orchard starts to blossom with daffodils and bluebells, and the sound of bees busy in their hives fills the warming air.  Can Eleanor bring Daniel and the feuding village of Ferrington back to life too, or will her secrets catch up with her first?

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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 Beth Moran’s latest novel: We Belong Together.

This is my first read of the work of Beth Moran and I absolutely adored it. Beth Moran will definitely be going on my favourite’s list.

As I type this review I can still sense the emotions I felt whilst reading this book and I am feeling slightly bereft as I adored the characters in this novel. I enjoyed every stage in the storytelling and the whole storyline, although at times had to deal with serious issues, felt so uplifting. I feel like I’ve had to say ‘cheerio’ to a best friend in Eleanor and Daniel. I hope author, Beth Moran, will give us glimpses of these characters again in the future.

Another area I particularly enjoyed was the location of the farm as it’s not a million miles away from me so I could easily picture the scenes and felt quite at home. I too was bought up in a mining village and witnessed first hand the animosity during the miner’s strike of the 1980’s so I could totally understand the feelings felt throughout.

Eleanor has been living a secret double life for a few years but with her success in the media comes a dark side of online trolling, abuse and stalking. Life has become quite stressful as Eleanor is now experiencing these side effects and decides that this life she’s been living is not worth it anymore. She packs her bags and heads to the rural charm of the Nottinghamshire countryside, to her best friend, Charlie and her family farm. However, her arrival at the farm brings so much pain and heartache and she fears she hasn’t been the best of friends to Charlie.

Beth Moran has written a story of a family coping with grief and the sudden change in direction of their lives. It’s also a story of a community still suffering from the emotional and physical scars following the miner’s strike in the 1980’s that caused a divide in the village. It’s also a story of a young woman escaping from the negative dark side of the media. The story moves in so many different directions but all routes lead to a run down farm that may just hold the key to not only healing the hearts of the community but also the farm’s owners. There’s a real sense of community spirit, of aspiration, of forgiveness and of moving forward. Making new friends and rekindling old ones. Making the best of situations and always looking to improve. There is also a beautiful romance that will make your heart swell.

A beautiful, uplifting story.

Author Bio –  

Beth Moran is the author of three previous romance novels, including Making Marion. She regularly features on BBC Radio Nottingham and is a trustee of the national women’s network Free Range Chicks. She lives on the outskirts of Sherwood Forest. Beth’s first novel for Boldwood, Christmas Every Day, was published in September 2019.

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Her Heart for a Compass by Sarah Ferguson @SarahTheDuchess @MillsandBoon #MillsandBoonInsider #HistoricalRomance #bookreview

Her Heart for a Compass written by Sarah Ferguson, publisher Mills and Boon, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and harcover format.

Book Blurb

London 1865

In an effort to rebel against a society where women are expected to conform, free-spirited Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott flees her confines, and an arranged marriage. But Lady Margaret’s parents, the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, as close friends with Queen Victoria, must face the public scrutiny of their daughter’s impulsive nature, and Margaret is banished from polite society.

Finding strength amongst equally free-spirited companions, including Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Louise, Margaret embarks on a journey of self-discovery that will take her to Ireland, America, and then back to Britain, in search of the life she was always meant to lead and the love she meant to find.

Incorporating research into her heritage and drawing upon her own unique life journey, the Duchess, with co-writer Marguerite Kaye, pens a fictional account of the life of her great-great-aunt, Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott. Rich in historical detail, and set amongst the drawing rooms of Victoria’s court, and the grand country houses of Scotland and Ireland, Her Heart for a Compass is a breathtaking romantic novel of daring to follow your heart against all odds.

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REVIEW

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I really enjoyed this debut adult novel by Sarah Ferguson. What I particularly loved was the inspiration behind the leading lady, Lady Margaret, who was a member of the author’s own family and with further research alongside her mentor and co-author, Marguerite Kaye, a novel filled with history, intrigue, hope, compassion, inspiration, emotion, bravery and romance was formed.

Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott is the second daughter for the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch. Margaret is 20 years old and is a little perturbed with society rules and what is expected of her. The Duke has chosen a suitable husband for Margaret but she doesn’t love him, she doesn’t really like him and is in a quandary of her options, if she does have any? Does she betray her heart and marry someone she doesn’t like as that is expected of her or does she betray her family and refuse to obey to the rules festooned upon the aristocrats of the era? What a situation to find oneself in!

We follow Lady Margaret on her journey of self-discovery, of listening to her heart and to her mind. The story takes us to London, Scotland, Dublin and New York. We encounter many new people that leave a lasting impression on Margaret’s life and give her the much needed strength and guidance for what lies ahead.

Lady Margaret is a very likeable characters; she’s smart, brave, a little feisty, kind, compassionate and aspirational. She doesn’t want to conform like her sister and peers, she wants more for her life and more for those kind souls she meets in her quest to find the direction her heart desires.

Sarah Ferguson has written a very readable historical romance that is full of atmosphere transporting the reader to a time and place that belongs to the characters in the book. There are moments of compassion, empathy, stepping out of your comfort zone that leave you inspired for a young woman with dreams of a better place for many. Your emotions will become heightened as you wrap yourself around Margaret’s world and the romance will fill your heart with joy.

About the Author

The Duchess of York is a global humanitarian, businesswoman, best selling children’s book author, producer and wellness advocate.

In 1993 she founded Children in Crisis and the charity has educated over 1.4 million children, trained over 18,000 teachers, built 57 schools and supports hundreds of schools on a yearly basis. Recently CIC merged with Street Child and The Duchess is Founder Patron, remaining active in its mission to provide education to forgotten children around the world. She has recently returned from visiting Street Child’s projects in Nepal and Sierra Leone, supporting the most marginalised into education and out of bonded labour.

The Duchess has published over 55 books including two autobiographies and titles dealing with health, empowerment, history, art, as well as children’s stories. A seven book series for young readers has recently been signed in Australia and New Zealand, with the first 3 books ‘The Enchanted Oak Tree’, ‘Genie Gems’ and ‘Arthur Fantastic’ published shortly. Four books from the original ‘Helping Hands’ series have recently been re-released. Other children’s books include the series of ‘Budgie the Little Helicopter’, adapted into a highly successful animated series on US primetime Fox and the children’s book ‘Tea for Ruby’, published by Simon and Schuster which had it’s debut at the top of the New York Times bestseller list. Other books include ‘What I know now: Lessons Learnt The Hard Way’; the aforementioned 12 book series ‘Helping Hands’ with Lloyds Pharmacy and a five book children’s series about the adventures of ‘Little Red’. The Duchess retraced Queen Victoria’s travels abroad to co-write ‘Travels with Queen Victoria’ as well as ‘Osborne House’.

The subject of countless media interviews herself, The Duchess has also found success as a reporter and presenter. In America, she has been a special correspondent for NBC’s Today show and has presented specials and documentaries on ABC, FOX, and CNN. In Britain, she has presented and co-produced specials for ITV, BBC, and Sky TV. She has served as guest editor on BBC Radio 4 Today programme and has regularly contributed to BBC Radio 2’s primetime lifestyle show “Steve Wright.

In 2020, the Duchess founded her new charitable trust, Sarah’s Trust and in June 2021 she became an International Ambassador for Montessori.

Twitter: @SarahTheDuchess

Patience by Victoria Scott @Toryscott @aria_fiction #Patiencenovel #bookreview

Patience written by Victoria Scott, publisher Head of Zeus, is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited, audiobook and hardcover format.

Book Blurb

If you were offered the chance to be ‘normal’ would you take it? Do we even know what ‘normal’ is?

The Willow family have been through a lot together. Louise has devoted her life to her family and raising her disabled daughter, Patience. Pete now works abroad, determined to provide more, even if it means seeing less of those he loves. And Eliza, in the shadow of her sister, has a ‘perfect’ life in London, striving to live up to her mother’s high standards.

Meanwhile, Patience lives her life quietly, watching and judging the world while she’s trapped in her own body. She laughs, she cries, she knows what she wants, but she can’t ever communicate this to those who make the decisions for her. Patience only wants a voice, but this is impossible.

When the opportunity to put Patience into a new gene therapy trial to cure her Rett syndrome becomes available, opinions are divided, and the family is torn.

The stakes are high, and they face tough decisions in the hunt for a normal life. But is normal worth it? What do we even consider normal? Is Patience about to find out…?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Victoria Scott’s debut novel: Patience. Patience is one of those books that you will find a place in your heart and it will stay there forever. It is a powerful story full of raw, honest emotion that will pull at your heartstrings and your mind will be given plenty to contemplate and ponder over. It’s also a story filled with warmth, humour and moments of magic that will light up your life.

It’s hard to believe that Patience is the author’s debut novel as it is such an accomplished read. They do say write about what you know and Victoria Scott has channelled all her inside knowledge of growing up and living with a disabled young woman, all this experience has created Patience and I can’t thank Victoria enough for bringing to light this wonderful book.

Patience is a young woman who has been living with Rett syndrome for 30 years and this is her story and her family’s story coping with life and it’s ups and downs. The chapters in the story are told from different members of the family and are leading lady, Patience, has been given her own voice.

When Patience mum hears of a new ground-breaking gene therapy trial to reverse Rett all her hopes and dreams for Patience feel within grasping distance. However, this therapy is not without risks and a divide in the family supporting the trial brings many heart breaking and soul searching moments. Can a therapy to help Patience and others like her break the minds of those around them?

I loved this young woman Patience from the start and found myself getting emotionally charged from the first chapter. Patience is unique, she’s funny, she’s outspoken, she’s got a voice and opinion but due to her condition no-one else can hear her. The strain within a family bringing up a disabled child must be constant and the author has highlighted this with honesty and compassion. I also felt the overwhelming helplessness at times and also a love so strong nothing will come in it’s path.

I simply adored this story. A story of a family coping, adapting, facing obstacles, new beginnings, hope but most of all a family enjoying the uniqueness of each individual person.

Truly wonderful!

About the author

Victoria Scott has been a journalist for more than two decades, working for a wide variety of outlets including the BBC, Al Jazeera, Time Out, Doha News and the Telegraph. Alongside her love of telling real-life stories, she has also always written fiction, penning plays, stories and poems ever since she first worked out how to use her parents’ electric typewriter.

When she’s not writing, Victoria enjoys running incredibly slowly, singing loudly, baking badly and travelling the world extensively.

Victoria is a Faber Academy graduate. She has a degree in English from King’s College, London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from City University, London. She lives near London with her husband and two children, and works as a freelance journalist, media trainer and journalism tutor.

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Double Review: Lady Tregowan’s Will Books One and Two by Janice Preston @janicegpreston @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #bookreview #HistoricalRomance #millsandbooninsider

The Rags to Riches Governess (Lady Tregowan’s Will Book One) written by Janice Preston, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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You can purchase books direct from the Mills & Boon website. There is currently a special summer offer of 30% off your order using code HOTSUMMER30, offer ends 11th August 2021. https://www.millsandboon.co.uk/collections/all/products/hqnsingle-07221501

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Book Blurb

From impoverished governess…

…to wealthy heiress

Governess Leah Thame learns she’s inherited a fortune the day her employer, the enigmatic Earl of Dolphinstone, returns from abroad. They share an instant connection, but in order to claim her in heritance, Leah must resign and find a husband. The guarded widower offers a convenient marriage to stop her leaving, but Leah refuses. She won’t marry the man who’s captured her heart, unless there’s a chance of her love being returned…

REVIEW

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.

The Rags to Riches Governess was published in January this year and has been sat patiently waiting for me to read. I am thrilled to now be able to share my review along with Book Two in the trilogy. Janice Preston is one of my ‘go to’ historical romance authors as she understands the era she is writing about, her characters are written with warmth and charm and she writes stories with romance that slowly bubbles away in the background till it reaches fever point.

This is book one in a new trilogy titled Lady Tregowan’s Will based on three young women from differing backgrounds, that are strangers who are brought together by an inheritance from a lady who is trying to make amends for the past. Each story is written in a way that can be read as a standalone but now that I’ve read book one I am keen to continue with the mystery of the fortune that’s bestowed on the young ladies.

Leah Thame is enjoying her role as governess to Lord Dolphinstone’s 3 young children. Since her appointment to the position she hasn’t seen the Lord as he fled oversees with work following the untimely death of his wife, leaving Leah to care for his two sons and young daughter’s educational and personal wellbeing.

When Leah is summoned to a solicitors’ office she is shocked to discover she is 1/3 of a beneficiary of an estate left by a Lady Tregowan. The inheritance has many conditions attached and Leah is left confused and concerned for her future. She also now has the sudden return arrival of Lord Dolphinstone to contend with leaving her with more anxious thoughts. Leah has fallen in love with the children and as she gets to know their father a frisson of chemistry is felt. However, Leah has been left heartbroken in the past and is afraid to trust another man especially one that is still mourning his late wife.

Lord Dolphinstone is keen to rebuild a relationship with his children, he’s annoyed with himself for being away so long and realises he needs to tread carefully with them. He didn’t expect to meet someone that would make his heart beat again but Leah Thame is proving to be hard to resist. However, the Lord feels he has to punish himself for his past role as a husband and feels he must deny his own feelings.

Janice Preston has created a lovely, slow building romance with a hint of mystery surrounding the inheritance and it’s many conditions. Heart-warming, romantic and a gorgeous page turner of a story.

The Cinderella Heiress (Lady Tregowan’s Will Book Two) written by Janice Preston, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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You can purchase books direct from the Mills & Boon website. There is currently a special summer offer of 30% off your order using code HOTSUMMER30, offer ends 11th August 2021. https://www.millsandboon.co.uk/collections/all/products/hqnsingle-07221502

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Book Blurb

She’s inherited a fortune

But will she realise her true worth?

Claiming her inheritance in London will help Beatrice Fothergill escape her bullying, belittling half-brother. When her carriage overturns, dashing Waterloo soldier, Jack Kingswood, comes to her aid – setting her pulse racing! In return, believing her new fortune can help the injured veteran rebuild his life, Beatrice proposes a convenient marriage. But is this all she can offer – or dare Beatrice believe she’s worthy of more…?

REVIEW

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.

The Cinderella Heiress is Book Two in the Lady Tregowan’s Will trilogy and after reading book one I was already invested in the present and future for these three young women who find themselves thrust into a world so far from their upbringings but also a world that was denied them.

This is Beatrice’s story. Beatrice, I feel, is the most naive, shy and vulnerable of the three girls. Since the death of her father a few years ago she has been living under the protection of her half-brother Percy and his wife. However, her life has been more like a slave than a member of the family. When Beatrice hears of her inheritance she fears that Percy will find out and put a stop to her new life. Constantly bullied and belittled Beatrice worries how she will escape the hold of her brother. This is until her unexpected introduction to Jack King.

Jack King (aka Lord Jack Kingswood) is a war veteran and casualty suffering now with a disability. He is constantly aware of his impediment and feels he is not much use to anyone let alone a future wife. But when he meets Beatrice emotions stir that had laid dormant but he still doubts his ability and feels no one will look twice at him with his disability.

As the conditions of the inheritance become more imperative and time is running out Beatrice has to think of a way to escape and a daring plan is hatched.

I adored this second book in the trilogy. You can’t help but fall in love with Beatrice who has suffered greatly via the hands of those she thought could be trusted and when a hero from the Napoleonic war comes to her rescue you just know is was meant to be. However, Beatrice and Jack’s journey to self-discovery, self-love and acceptance, happiness and love is fraught with danger, doubt and despair making a captivating story.

I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Aurelia, our third young lady in receipt of good fortune. The Penniless Debutante is due to be released on 28th October 2021. To pre-order the book please follow the link below:

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About the Author

Janice Preston writes emotional and sensual historical romance. Although all her novels are standalone reads, she loves to write stories set in the same Regency world, and many of her books include book-hopping characters.

When Janice isn’t writing she enjoys reading, swimming, pottering about the garden when the sun is shining, and travelling whenever she can. She fuels her imagination with endless cups of coffee, is far too keen on unhealthy food, and is an expert procrastinator.

For more info go to: janicepreston.co.uk

Twitter: @janicegpreston

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Worn Out Wife Seeks New Life by Carmen Reid @thiscarmenreid @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources #boldwoodbloggers #wornoutwifeseeksnewlife #bookreview #summerreading

Worn Out Wife Seeks New Life written by Carmen Reid, publisher Boldwood Books, is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Tess Simpson needs a break!

Under appreciated at home, overlooked at work and now her beloved dog Bella has died. Tess has simply had enough!

So in a spur of the moment act, Tess books a holiday of a lifetime for her, her two grown up kids and useless husband Dave. Maybe they can use the break to reconnect with each other?

But when the kids refuse to go, and Dave breaks his leg, Tess’s dream holiday looks seriously in doubt. And then there’s River Romero, the glamourous LA screen writer who is supposed to be house-sitting for Tess whilst she’s away….

Everything about River sounds so much more exciting than Tess’s boring life in Stratford Upon Avon. From her beautiful LA condo and the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, Tess wonders whether a bit of River’s LA life might be exactly what she needs? So when River suggests a house swap, Tess jumps at the chance!

With Dave happily ensconced in the summer house at the bottom of the garden, the kids not needing mum anymore, Tess packs her bags and heads off for the adventure of a lifetime.

But real life isn’t like the movies, and when Tess arrives in LA, things aren’t exactly as they seem.

Will Tess find what’s she’s looking for or is getting away from it all isn’t all perhaps not all it’s cracked up to be?

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I was so excited to be reading a book by one of my favourite authors, Carmen Reid, it was real anticipation for her latest and I wasn’t disappointed, I was thrilled to bits with this new novel. Worn Out Wife Seeks New Life is fun, entertaining, very readable but oh my gosh the intensity of the drama and vulnerability in some scenes nearly broke me.

This is a story of a woman who’s worked so hard juggling her career and her home life and is hoping all this will be rewarded with a partnership with the accountancy firm she works at. Tess is in her late 40’s, has been happily married to Dave for over 20 years and has two grown up children. Tess is feeling a little worn out, a little empty and a little under appreciated. The children have left home and her and Dave are struggling to find a new rhythm in their lives.

When life thwarts her plans and dreams a new opportunity comes her way and she finds herself jetting off to LA for a life-affirming adventure, she just first has to get to know her new and unexpected house mates!

Carmen Reid has written a story about a woman going off on an adventure but this story is not just about one person’s crusade. It’s also about how each individual family member is coming to terms with new events and crossroads in their lives. We get to hear about other people they meet along the journey of discovery that have a profound effect on their lives giving them insights into a world they thought they didn’t belong.

In amongst the partying and adventures Carmen Reid tackles quite a topical, serious issue that evoked many emotions in me. This issue was dealt with sensitivity and grace but theirs also a moment of intensity that will stay with me for a long time.

I loved Tess, Dave, Alex and Natalie, their passions, their quirks, their relationship with the rest of the family, their loves and their vulnerabilities. The joy of River bringing forth her exuberance but also her own vulnerability. Worn Out Wife Seeks New Life is rich in characters, full of the high and lows of life, uplifting, fun, poignant and emotive. I’m now feeling slightly bereft as I’ve come to the end of the novel. I can’t wait to see where Carmen Reid takes us next.

Author Bio –  

Carmen Reid is the bestselling author of numerous woman’s fiction titles including the Personal Shopper series starring Annie Valentine. After taking a break from writing she is back, introducing her hallmark feisty women characters to a new generation of readers. Her first title for Boldwood will be published in July 2021. She lives in Glasgow with her husband and children.

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A Summer of Surprises (LDPC16) by Rosie Green @Rosie_Green88 @rararesources #bookreview

A Summer of Surprises (Little Duck Pond Cafe book 16) written and self-published by Rosie Green is available NOW in ebook format.

Book Blurb

When Ruby Watkiss lands a job at the True Loaf Bakery, she feels as if the sun has finally come out. Having been through a traumatic time that wrecked her confidence levels, it’s a joy to be working for Ellie, and now all Ruby wants is to lead a quiet life and support her mum in getting the help she needs.

But life, it seems, has other plans for Ruby.

Working alongside the bafflingly rude Hudson Holmes would be bad enough – but then odd things start happening. It seems that someone is out to sabotage the café and bakery, and to her horror, Ruby finds the finger pointing at her.

Desperate to prove her innocence, she teams up with the most unlikely person in order to get to the bottom of what’s going on. Tailing suspects and hiding in bushes isn’t something she ever imagined she’d be doing, although her partner in mystery-solving seems the perfect man for the job. Can they clear Ruby’s name by discovering the real culprit?

With all the drama afoot, at least there’s no time for romance. Because that’s the very last thing on Ruby’s mind these days. Or is it…?

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Book 16 in one of my favourite fictional places: The Little Duck Pond Cafe. As in all the instalments in the series they can be read as a standalone as they focus on a different character or event but in all honesty I would treat yourself and purchase all the books in the series and have a lovely summer of reading. The Little Duck Pond Cafe is a gorgeous, feel-good, uplifting series that is centred around the lives of people living around the cafe, it’s full of delicious sounding cakes and delights and has romance at it’s core but it also tackles serious issues with care and sensitivity.

A Summer of Surprises is Ruby’s story and it starts off pretty thought provoking as Ruby copes with the news of her mum’s illness and her need for a donor to aid her recovery. Concerned about her mum Ruby also has a new job bringing anxious but also exciting thoughts. Ruby is to work at the bakery that’s attached to the cafe. Events spiral out of her control and Ruby is left with a dilemma.

Another newcomer to the cafe is Hudson Holmes who is helping Ellie renovating the cafe. When Ruby and Hudson first meet she is confused by his abruptness but as time passes Ruby began to rely upon Hudson with a quest to bring justice to not only herself but also unravel the mystery around the unfortunate and criminal activities against Ellie and the cafe.

Whilst all the sleuthing is taking place Ruby discovers more than she bargained for with regards to her heritage and this totally shatters her heart.

Rosie Green has written another wonderful instalment in The Little Duck Pond Cafe series. In amongst the heartache of the ups and downs of life the author has incorporated some lovely, light comical moments bringing a lovely warmth and feel-good factor. I think Ruby and Hudson are the making of a beautiful partnership and I look forward to learning how this progresses in future stories.

Author Bio –

Rosie 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.

Her series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘Sweet Pastries & Sourdough’, is out now.

Look out for more Little Duck Pond Café tales in 2021!

Follow Rosie on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green88