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: and Twitter: @lyndarenham

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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The Staycation by Michele Gorman @MicheleGormanUK @AlainnaGeorgiou @orionbooks #bloggerblast #thestaycation #romcom

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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.

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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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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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If Only They Could Talk by Ian Walker @fayerogerspr @authoright #IfOnlyTheyCouldTalk #histfic #debutnovel

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If Only They Could Talk written by Ian Walker, publisher Clink Street Publishing, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Miles Goodyear’s whole life has been planned out for him. Born into a wealthy brewing family in Chesterfield between the wars, he knows he will go to the local grammar school, followed by St John’s College, Oxford. After graduating, he will then follow his older brother into the family business where he will remain until the next generation eventually takes over when he retires.

But life – and a series of bad decisions – go against him and, as a result, things turn out very differently from what was originally planned.

If Only They Could Talk is the story of one man’s reflection on his life, his failed relationships, his regrets and his dashed hopes. It’s about someone born with so much, who loses everything as he struggles to cope with a changing world. Or at least that’s what his relatives are led to believe as they clear out his house following his death.

Gradually, the house reveals its secrets, but nothing his relatives find there can prepare them for the final twist to Miles’s story.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Ian Walker’s debut novel: If Only They Could Talk.

I was initially drawn to this novel as the story is set in Chesterfield, Derbyshire which is not far from where I live.  The author of this debut novel is also from Chesterfield so I wanted to support and help promote a new author from Derbyshire.  I have to add before the publicist contacted me about the book I had never heard of the author so as always I’m reading and reviewing with an open mind.

The storyline is very apt for me as sadly I’m going through the emotive process of a house clearance following the death of a loved one.  I was so enamoured by the Goodyear family and of young Miles that I became absorbed in his life and left my own behind.

Miles Goodyear was the fourth generation in the Goodyear family who were founders of the Goodyear Brewery.  Miles knew from a young age that his brother and himself would follow the footsteps of their fathers and join the company.  However, life had different plans for them all.

Many years later Miles’ nephew, Nigel, has the sad task of clearing his Uncle Miles house following his death and room by room he discovers much memorabilia from his Uncle’s past and that of the brewery.

If Only They Could Talk is a great debut from Ian Walker writing about inspiration from his life and the historic town of Chesterfield.  I really enjoyed the timeslip element of the storyline and found myself looking forward to being transported back in time with Miles.

If Only They Could Talk was sad and poignant at times but laced with elements of fun, laughter and a little bit saucy in places.  I’m finding myself wishing that memorabilia of life could have the magic ability to talk.

About the Author

Ian Walker was born in Chesterfield in 1956. His father was chief clerk for a brewery in the town and his mother was a ballet teacher. He went to Chesterfield School before gaining a place at Leicester University where he studied Chemistry and Maths. After graduating he got a job working in the laboratory at Truman’s Brewery in Brick Lane London. The following year he transferred to Watney’s Brewery in Mortlake, where he moved into the sales department 18 months later.
A variety of sales rolls then followed until eventually he ended up as Regional Sales Director for Scottish and Newcastle in the West Country based in Bristol. All this came to an end in 2006 when aged just 50 he suffered a stroke and had to give up work. After 12 months of physiotherapy he felt sufficiently recovered to buy a pub in the North York Moors along with his wife Eunice.
In the eight years that they owned it they achieved listings in both The Good Beer Guide and the Good Pub Guide. They also were in The Times the list of the top 50 places to eat in the British Countryside.
In 2016 he decided to retire and move back to Chesterfield where he hadn’t lived for 40 years. He and his wife now live just around the corner from the house where he grew up. He has two grown up sons by his previous marriage.




The Magnificent Sons by Justin Myers @theguyliner @PiatkusBooks @LittleBrownUK #ebookpublicationpromo #bookreview

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The Magnificent Sons written by Justin Myers, publisher Piatkus, is available in ebook and audiobook format from 28th May 2020.

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Two brothers.  Two different journeys.  The same hope of a magnificent future.

Jake D’Arcy has spent most of his twenty-nine years trying to get his life just right. He’s nearly there: great girlfriend, great friends, stable job. A distant relationship with his boisterous family – which is exactly the way he wants it. So why does everything feel so wrong?

When his popular, irritatingly confident teenage brother Trick comes out as gay to a rapturous response, Jake realises he has questions about his own repressed bisexuality, and that he can’t wait any longer to find his answers.

As Trick begins to struggle with navigating the murky waters of adult relationships, Jake begins a journey that will destroy his relationship with girlfriend Amelia, challenge his closest friendships, and force him to face up to the distance between him and his family – but offers new friends, fewer inhibitions, and a glimpse of the magnificent life he never thought could be his.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Justin Myers latest novel: The Magnificent Sons.

The Magnificent Sons is the second novel by Justin Myers, aka The Guyliner, author of The Last Romeo.  Please check out my review for Justin’s debut novel here

The Magnificent Sons is Justin Myers second novel and I’ve found his writing style to be raw, honest, he’s not afraid to show the storyline’s true colours but I’ve also found it to be endearing and filled with likeable characters. Characters that are blessed with everyday situations and have to face many hurdles and this is what real life is all about. Facing our fears, our emotions and our thoughts.

This is the story of two brothers who on the outside appear very different but were it counts, on the inside, they are the same. They want to be loved, understood and feel welcomed for who they are. This story is about Jake and Trick but it could be about any number of siblings all over the world.

Jake the eldest of the brothers has always shied away from drama, conflict or someone making a spectacle of themselves so when his younger brother Trick comes out on his 17th birthday Jake dismisses it as Trick’s show, again! The whole family has known about Trick’s sexuality for a long time but when Jakes starts to question his own his family are dumbfounded and Jake questions whether it’s easier to just ‘be normal’.

This was a compelling read of a young man questioning his feelings but it’s also a family learning to listen, to understand, to accept and to talk to each other again.

About the Author

JUSTIN MYERS is a writer and editor from Shipley, Yorkshire, who now lives in London. After years working in journalism, he began his popular, anonymous dating blog The Guyliner in 2010. Justin spent five years writing dating and relationship advice for Gay Times, before joining British GQ as a weekly columnist in 2016. His work has appeared in a number of publications including the Guardian, the Sunday Times’ Style, Grazia and the Irish Times. His debut novel, The Last Romeo, was published in 2018, and a second, The Magnificent Sons, is out May 2020.

Twitter:  @theguyliner


A Cornish Summer Holiday (Little Duck Pond Café Book 10) by Rosie Green @Rosie_Green1988 @rararesources #LittleDuckPondCafe #feelgoodfiction #bookreview #blogtour

A Cornish Summer Holiday at the Little Duck Pond Cafe

A Cornish Summer Holiday (Little Duck Pond Café Book 10) written and self-published by Rosie Green is available NOW in ebook and kindlueunlimited format.

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The Little Duck Pond Cafe girls are looking forward to a well-earned break in the Cornish seaside town of Pengully Sands, where Sylvia’s sister, Aggie, owns a holiday home. With the glorious golden sands, sparkling azure sea and an ice-cream parlour only yards away, it seems like the perfect location to relax and watch the surfers riding the waves (and maybe even have a go themselves). But when they arrive, the girls find it’s not quite the seaside idyll they were expecting. The house is less ‘holiday home’ and more ‘creepy, dilapidated haunted house.’ Gracie, who runs the ice-cream parlour, has problems of her own and the last thing she needs is a bunch of high-spirited girls arriving to disturb the peace and isolation she craves. And when a handsome stranger looks set to destroy her livelihood, it seems like the last straw. Will Gracie get her happy ending – and maybe even make friends with the girls next-door? This wasn’t the relaxing break the Little Duck Pond Cafe girls were expecting, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be the holiday of a lifetime!

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting Rosie Green’s latest novel: A Cornish Summer Holiday (Little Duck Pond Café Book 10).  I highly recommend reading all the books in the series in order as it is such a treat of a series.  To find out more about the books please do visit the author’s amazon page:

I love picking up a new book in the Little Duck Pond Café series and this new one by author, Rosie Green, is slightly different as the girls are on a road trip.  Ellie, Fen, Jaz, Katya and Maddison have packed their bags and are relocating, albeit temporarily, to the Cornish coast for some much needed R & R whilst the new bakery school is under construction.

Sylvia has arranged for the girls to stay in her sister’s cottage that is situated in a secluded cove in Cornwall.  The girls are excited for lots of relaxation and pampering but when they arrive the cottage is not quite to what they pictured.

Gracie has been living above the ice cream parlour for a month now and she’s feeling so despondent of her life and career.  She’s taken to hiding away in the flat feeling so down about everything.  Her heart has been broken into many pieces and her mind is so unsettled with thoughts of the past, present and future.  Noticing the arrival of the girls in the cottage next door brings back so many emotions and her thoughts become even more tangled.  Gracie is afraid to follow her heart and/or her head.

We follow the girls on their month long adventures in Cornwall with lots of fun, laughter, tears and fears.  We also learn more about Gracie and why her life has suddenly taken a different direction.

Wonderfully heart-warming as always from Rosie Green and I look forward to reading more about the new characters we’ve discovered in this instalment.  Perfect feelgood fiction.

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, ‘Lemon Drizzle Mondays at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’, is out now.

Rosie is currently writing a full-length book, ‘Lucy’s Great Cornish Escape’, which – in a fun twist – will feature favourite characters from the Little Duck Pond Café series.
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Captured by Her Enemy Knight by Nicole Locke @NicoleLockeNews @MillsandBoon @rararesources #historicalfiction #bookreview

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Captured by Her Enemy Knight written by Nicole Locke, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available in ebook and paperback format from the 28th May 2020.

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Falling for the man

Cressida Howe, the Archer, is a well-tuned weapon. But she’s also a woman captivated by a man—Eldric of Hawskmoor, the warrior knight her father ordered her to kill. Instead, for years, Cressida has simply watched him… Now she’s been captured by her formidable enemy, and her well-ordered world comes crashing down, for Eldric is even more compelling up close. Cressida curses her traitorous heart—this assassin has fallen for her target!

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I am so pleased to be involved in the Mini Blog Blitz promoting and celebrating the launch of Nicole Locke’s latest historical romance; Captured by Her Enemy Knight.

Cressida Howe first and foremost is a well-trained mercenary.  She’s accepted all her missions and was successful in them all apart from one.  Her father has trained Cressida well but he is adamant that this latest task is completed.  However, the victim in question gets to Cressida first and she is captured once again by this giant of a man that first took her heart when they were just mere children.  Cressida has kept this longing for enemy warrior Eldric of Hawksmoor, a loyal knight of the King hidden as she believed she wasn’t worthy of love.

Cressida has never considered herself a woman but once she lets her heart speak of it’s longing for her enemy knight she learns there’s a lot more to her life than her skills with as a top class Archer.

I really enjoyed being catapulted back to the 13th century with Nicole Locke and her romantic clandestine adventures with mercenaries, knights and pirates.  There was a wonderful tender developing relationship with our two main characters that once they let their history unfold their hearts were then left to bloom.

I enjoyed the drama unfolding and I wanted more from the ending as feel like Cressida and Eldric’s story is only just beginning.

A historical romance that is filled with raw, honest drama and passion.

Author Bio –
Nicole first discovered romance novels hidden in her grandmother’s closet. Convinced hidden books must be better, Nicole greedily read them. It was only natural she should start writing them (but now not so secretly).

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Mrs Boots of Pelham Street by Deborah Carr @DebsCarr #bookreview #historicalfiction @0neMoreChapter

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Mrs Boots of Pelham Street written by Deborah Carr, publisher One More Chapter, is available NOW in ebook format and is due out in paperback later in the summer.

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Behind every family there’s a strong woman holding them together
As the wife of esteemed businessman, Jesse Boot, Florence’s position in society is much changed from her quiet life as a shopkeeper’s assistant. Now a lady of means, Florence is expected to act in a way society demands.
And whilst Florence is more than happy to be a dutiful wife and a doting mother, as the Boots empire continues to grow, there is so much more to her than simply being Mama or dearest. Helping the staff and customers who rely on her and the business gives Florence an added purpose.
Can she show society that a woman can have it all…?


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I was so looking forward to the next instalment in the historical series based on the lady behind the Boots the chemist empire. It’s two months since I read Book One (Mrs Boots) and the story then compelled me to research Jesse and Florence Boot and I was heartened to read about their dedication to their work and helping those less fortunate.  You can find my review of Book One here.

We follow on from Book One, I strongly recommend reading Mrs Boots prior to this instalment to appreciate the history of the characters, Jesse and Florence start married life living in Sheffield close to Jesse’s work. Florence soon becomes a vital cog in the wheel of building up the Boots empire. She sees a different insight into the business which helps broaden it’s appeal and custom base. Florence also helps to ensure all the female staff are happy at work and she strives to ensure that women at work in particular should feel appreciated.

As the years move on a family soon beckons for the newlyweds and this working mum surprises many by balancing a work/family balance. With the opening of the flagship large store at Pelham Street a move to Nottingham is essential.

I was fascinated again with the lives of Jesse and Florence Boot, now with family commitments as well as work the pair find a balance, with a few learning curves along the way. The couple were certainly pioneers in bringing affordable medicine to all classes. They were also at the forefront of ensuring staff morale was an essential tool in securing the success of the business.

Mrs Boots of Pelham Street follows the first 22 years of the couples married life and I’ve learned to discover that Florence Boot was an innovator amongst working women. She was also keen to help those less fortunate and was always trying to close the social class gap.

A captivating historical novel that would make perfect Sunday evening TV.

About the Author
USA TODAY best-selling author of The Poppy Field
Publisher: HarperCollins, One More Chapter
Deborah Carr lives on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands with her husband and three rescue dogs. She was described as ‘One to Watch’ by Good Housekeeping magazine for her debut historical romance, Broken Faces. Her book The Poppy Field, published by HarperCollins’ One More Chapter imprint to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, was a USA TODAY best-seller.
The first book in her new Mrs Boots series, Mrs Boots, Book 1 is out on 27 March 2020 with Book 2, Mrs Boots of Pelham Street, being published in May.
Deborah is one third of The Blonde Plotters and Co-Founder of multi-award-winning tech start-up – the first global virtual literary festival venue platform developed to connect readers and authors.

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The Summer of Falling in Love

The Summer of Falling in Love written and self-published by Liz Davies is available NOW in ebook, kindlunlimited and paperback format.

Book Blurb

The thought of having a dog hasn’t crossed Theo Martin’s mind. It’s not that he doesn’t like dogs – he does – but the idea has simply never occurred to him.

It has occurred to his mother though, and when she decides to buy him a puppy because she thinks it will “liven him up a bit”, his life is turned completely upside down and not for the better as far as he’s concerned. But when he discovers that having a cute dog on the end of a lead attracts a great deal of female attention, he soon changes his mind. All kinds of women stop to pet the pup and while they coo over Poppy, they talk to him. A lot. And for Theo, it looks like his love life is taking a very welcome turn for the better.

But what about Josie Wilde, his dog sitter?

Forced to employ someone to walk his dog when he’s in work, he finds himself increasingly attracted to her, but unfortunately Josie’s interest in him appears to be purely professional. As the summer unfolds and he falls head over heels in love with the sweet and vulnerable pup, he finds himself falling for Josie.

For Theo, it’s not so much ‘love me, love my dog’, but more like ‘love my dog, love me, too’. Please…?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Liz Davies’ latest novel: The Summer of Falling in Love.

In times of uncertainty you want to open a book knowing it’s going to put a smile on your face and wrap you up in a cosy hug.  This is just what I’ve learned to love from Liz Davies novels; the guarantee of feelgood satisfaction.

Theo Martin’s life has become a little samey, he’s been teaching at the same school now for a good few years, his social life is pretty much non existent and he’s got a routine of work and then home with a ready meal and a boxset.  So when his parents surprise him one night with a new house mate he’s a little taken aback by this intrusion into his normality.  You see Theo thought his life was ‘alright’ he was doing ok at work and was happy in his personal life and didn’t feel like he needed more.  However, mum’s know best and gifting Theo a puppy was just the push he needed to make changes in his life.

Theo refuses to believe his mum knows best and is adamant about finding a more suitable home for the little dog.  However, the little puppy, Poppy, has other ideas and day by day she proves to Theo that the love of a dog, or any pet, can bring so many benefits to the owner.

This romcom by Liz Davies was so adorable and I loved every page of it.  I feel like it opened your heart and eyes to new possibilities and left you feeling hopeful for better days to come.  I was charmed by the honesty of friendship between a man and his best-friend (aka dog) and I appreciated that animals soften people’s characters and personalities.  Animals have proven they are beneficial in helping people through times of illness, stress and learning difficulties and Poppy the adorable puppy in this novel had many other skills under her collar.  Adorable feelgood fiction aplenty!

the summer of falling in love Author photo 2019Author Bio – Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.

She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat – she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.

She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper van and travel the world in it.


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