Mistletoe & Mystery by Daisy James blogtour book review

 

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Mistletoe & Mystery written by Daisy James, publisher Canelo, is available NOW in ebook format.

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Welcome to the Cotswolds Festive Feast cookery course…
Fresh off the successful opening of the Paradise Cookery School in St Lucia, Millie Harper is headed to the Cotswolds for Christmas!
Co-presenting Claudia Croft’s famous Festive Feast cookery course at Stonelea Manor is a dream come true for Millie…as is reuniting with gorgeous estate manager Zach Barker.
But arriving in a winter wonderland Millie learns the manor is under a mysterious threat. It’ll take a holiday miracle, but Millie is determined to save the school and get Zach under the mistletoe to finally finish what they started in the Caribbean!
Cosy up with this fun, festive visit to the Cotswolds premier cookery school! Perfect for fans of Jenny Oliver and Sarah Morgan
If you loved Mistletoe & Mystery, why not read the first two stories in The Paradise Cookery School series? Sunshine & Secrets and Confetti & Confusions are both available now!

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of the final instalment in The Paradise Cookery school series:  Mistletoe & Mystery.

Ohh what a fabulous finale to a delicious, feast for the eyes feel-good series by Daisy James.  The Paradise Cookery School has not only been a delightful read but it’s also been my first introduction to the work of Daisy James.  I’ve completely fallen in love with her writing; who wouldn’t, as she fills her stories with warmth, laughter and heart.

Mistletoe & Mystery has taken us back to the celebrated chef’s home in the Cotswolds.  Millie has been invited to co-host with chef Claudia Croft in a Festive Feast cookery course at Stonelea Manor.  Not only will it give Millie an opportunity to work with Claudia but Millie will get to see Zach again.  Zach the handsome Estate Manager she met in the Caribbean who infuriated her at first but also brought Millie out of a gloom that had set in her personal life.  Millie and Zach’s friendship had bloomed in the sun but now back in the UK Millie is hoping their friendship could have more potential.

I adored the sound of Stonelea Manor and the villagers and how they all shared a common goal of helping each other.  Claudia’s husband, Tim, was a fabulous, quirky character and you couldn’t help loving his creativity and his energy.  With Millie soon feeling welcomed at the Manor and the village she started to sense mystery and trepidation from Claudia and concern soon mounted.

Daisy James has created such a delicious, delightful trio of stories that you’ll fall in love with each and every character.  I wholeheartedly recommend reading the books in order, which are:

  • Sunshine & Secrets
  • Confetti & Confusion
  • Mistletoe & Mystery

I’m a little sad that the series has come to the end but I feel like it’s a bright new beginning for our much loved characters.

A series to warm your heart with sunshine, laughter, fun and frolics, festive feasts and winter sparkles with a gorgeous budding romance.

About the Author

Daisy James is a Yorkshire girl transplanted to the north east of England. She loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her summerhouse, she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.

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

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The Christmas Heart by Helena Halme blogtour book review

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The Christmas Heart written by Helena Halme, publisher Newhurst Press, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Tall, dark and handsome, Tom is out to have some fun. Kaisa doesn’t think she’ll ever fall in love again. But when they meet on the snow-capped Swedish Alps, sparks fly.
With his beloved mother passed, Tom is forced to leave his two teenage sons in Milan with his ex and is looking forward to an uncomplicated Christmas skiing in the Swedish Alps.
With her daughter Rosa away backpacking in the Far East, Kaisa decides to take a rare winter break over the holidays with her best friend Tuuli. Now in her late fifties, Kaisa doesn’t think she’ll ever fall in love again. But when she sees Tom after some thirty years, her heart begins to beat a little faster. Kaisa knows, however, an affair with Tom will go nowhere. Years ago, they had a disastrous date, which neither of them wishes to revisit.
Yet, on the slopes and in the apres-ski bars Tom showers Kaisa with his attentions and she finds she cannot resist his intense eyes and passionate kisses.
Can Kaisa trust this European Casanova, and her own sudden infatuation?
The Christmas Heart is a seasonal story of grown-up love set in the beautiful Swedish Alps. It’s the final book in the acclaimed Nordic Heart series, but can also be read as a stand-alone story.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Helena Halme’s latest instalment in The Nordic Heart series.  The Christmas Heart is a grown-up festive romance beautifully told.

The Christmas Heart is a story that takes you on a scenic journey to Sweden to a white Christmas with friends and with the surprise of love at a time when you least expect it.  A time in your life when you are happy within yourself but when someone from your past turns up and reminds you of your carefree youth your heart suddenly starts to feel young again.

This is the final instalment in The Nordic Heart series however, it is my first introduction to the work of Helena Halme.  I soon found myself enjoying the festive landscape of Sweden and was captivated by this tale of friendship and love blossoming in the later (ish) stages of life.  The story could very easily by read as a standalone and reading The Christmas Heart has given me a lovely insight into a new romance novelist.  I will now certainly check out more of Helena Halme’s work.

A sensitively told festive romance that sizzled with chemistry as bright as the Christmas lights.

About the Author

Helena Halme Author PictureA prize-winning author, Helena Halme writes contemporary fiction with a hint of both Nordic Noir and romance. She’s a former BBC journalist, bookseller and magazine editor. Originally from Finland where she gained an MSc in Marketing, she also holds an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and writes in English.
Helena acts as Nordic Ambassador for the Alliance of Independent Authors and helps other writers publish and market their books.
Helena has published seven fiction titles, including The English Heart, a best-selling Nordic romance, which won an Awesome Indies badge on publication. The bittersweet 1980s love story between a Finnish student and a British Navy officer is now a series, including a prequel novella, The Young Heart, the sequels The Faithful Heart, The Good Heart and Helena’s latest title, The True Heart, book four in The Nordic Heart Series. Helena has also published a non-fiction title, Write Your Story: Turn Your Life into Fiction in 10 Easy Steps.
Helena is addicted to Nordic Noir and dances to Abba songs when nobody’s watching.

Website: http://www.helenahalme.com/
Twitter : @helenahalme
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Snowed in at The Little Duck Pond Café by Rosie Green blogtour book review

 

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

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The biggest snowfall in years has blanketed Sunnybrook, cutting the village off from the outside world. For Fen, who finds herself snowed in at The Little Duck Pond Cafe, it’s little more than a minor inconvenience. Her love life is finally running smoothly; it looks as if she’s found the perfect man for her.

But then a shocking secret threatens to destroy Fen’s new-found happiness.
Will being snowed in be the final straw? Or will Fen find a way through the snowdrifts to the perfect love?

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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 Rosie Green’s latest instalment in the Little Duck Pond Café series: Snowed in at the Little Duck Pond Café.

Snowed in at the Little Duck Pond Café was such a wonderful conclusion to what has been a gorgeous four part mini series by Rosie Green.  I’ve totally fallen in love with the village of Sunnybrook in the south east of England.  A small village with a café at the heart of the community that’s nestled in along a row of buildings opposite the little duck pond café.  A duck pond that has seen many romances bloom, has also witnessed a few catastrophes and has given comfort to some lost souls.

Snowed in at the Little Duck Pond Café continues after we left our friends Ellie, Jaz and Fen at Christmas.  With preparations for the New Year Party and Fen’s regional heat in a baking competition life is rolling along nicely until a big snow storm hits the village.  As much as the joy of seeing the village blanketed in a beautiful winter whiteness it brings so much more with it.  Chaos soon begins in the three friends lives and time is of the essence if the girls are to fulfil their dreams.

This was another delightful instalment in the Little Duck Pond Café series.  We had relationship woes, family struggles, catastrophe and chaos, drama and heroic escapades.  But what delighted me the most was the whole sense of community spirit which I felt in abundance.

What a wonderful gift for someone to buy them a kindle and pre-load it with a gorgeous feel-good series like this.

About the Author

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

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

Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

A Gift from Woolworths by Elaine Everest blogtour book review

 

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A Gift from Woolworths written by Elaine Everest, publisher Pan, is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audiobook format.

The paperback is available from all good book retailers and the ebook is available for kindle, kobo, Google and iBooks.

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Will the war be over by Christmas?
As the war moves into 1945 the lives of the women of Woolworths continue. When store manager, Betty Billington, announces she is expecting Douglas’s baby her future life is about to change more than she expects.
Freda has fallen in love with the handsome Scottish engineer but will it end happily?
Maisie loves being a mother and also caring for her two nieces although she still has her own dreams. When her brother appears on the scene he brings unexpected danger to the family.
Meanwhile Sarah dreams of her husband’s return and a cottage with roses around the door but Woolworths beckons.
Will our girls sail into times of peace, or will they experience more heartache and sorrow? With a wedding on the horizon, surely only happiness lies ahead – or does it?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the next instalment in Elaine Everest’s Woolworth’s series; A Gift From Woolworths.

A Gift from Woolworths was nostalgia in abundance!  I absolutely adored this fifth story in the Woolworths series, it was a complete pleasure to read from start to finish.  I have to congratulate the author on creating the Woolworths series as it has brought to life an iconic, much-loved and greatly missed High Street store.  Not only has it had you dreaming of the pick-n-mix and the CD single chart from our childhood but it has brought with it the community of people living around Erith, Kent.  We learn of the hardship of families pulling together during times of uncertainty with the war years, we also learn of the daily struggles of loss, grief, fear and most of all of friendships old and new.

I loved returning back to Erith with the girls who first found friendship whilst working at Woolworths.  The girls have grown in strength and love and it’s now 1945 and we have glimmers of hope as the end of the war is in sight.  Our favourite young trio Freda, Maisie and Sarah are all facing new challenges with their lives with new babies and the prospect of a new love.  Betty, the manager of Woolworths that instigated the friendship of the girls, is also facing a new direction in her life, one that she thought would never happen and she’s having mixed feelings about it.

With the future looking positive with the end of the war the residents of Erith have lots to look forward to with a wedding also on the horizon.  However, all isn’t rosy and new acquaintances and a figure from the past bring danger and turmoil.  With an increasing intrigue and fear for the welfare of loved ones the drama increases and life for so many of our friends from Erith will not be the same again.

A story predominantly about life and love, of hardship, of making do and mend, of struggles and strife but most of all celebrating each small victory with your friends and a good old knees-up.

I hope one day Elaine Everest will revisit the Woolworths girls and give us another glimpse into the lives of Freda, Maisie, Sarah, Betty and Ruby.

The whole boxset of the paperbacks with a brown betty teapot, tin of loose-leaf tea and a bag of pick-n-mix sweets would make a fabulous gift for any occasion.  It would be a great ‘wellness’ treat as the books have that wonderful air about them.

About the Author

Elaine EverestElaine Everest, author of Bestselling novels The Woolworths Girls, The Butlins Girls, Christmas at Woolworths, and Wartime at Woolworths was born and brought up in North West Kent, where many of her books are set. She has been a freelance writer for twenty years and has written widely for women’s magazines and national newspapers, with both short stories and features. Her non-fiction books for dog owners have been very popular and led to broadcasting on radio about our four legged friends. Elaine has been heard discussing many topics on radio from canine subjects to living with a husband under her feet when redundancy looms.

When she isn’t writing, Elaine runs The Write Place creative writing school at The Howard Venue in Hextable, Kent and has a long list of published students.

Elaine lives with her husband, Michael, and their Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Henry, in Swanley, Kent and is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, The Crime Writers Association, The Society of Women Writers & Journalists and The Society of Authors.

Twitter:   http://www.twitter.com/elaineeverest
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/ElaineEverestAuthor/

 

 

Dreaming of Christmas by T.A. Williams blogtour book review

 

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Dreaming of Christmas written by T.A. Williams, publisher Canelo, is available NOW in ebook format.

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It’s the dream Christmas: snow, mountains… and, er, an ex-boyfriend. But can Zoe still find love in the Alps?
Dumped on Christmas Eve by her long-term boyfriend, it’s been a rough year for Zoe Lumsley. But then she gets an invitation she can’t refuse: an all expenses paid skiing holiday with old university friends.
The bad news: her ex, Grant, will be there with his new girlfriend. But so will her former flatmate Billy, the organiser, and in the meantime he’s done rather well for himself. As Christmas in the Alps approaches, it’ll be great to see the old gang. Some more than others…
Perfect for readers of Tilly Tenant, Holly Martin and Philippa Ashley, this is the perfect magical Christmas getaway from the bestselling T.A. Williams.

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

This was another gorgeous read from author T.A. Williams who once again takes his readers to an idyllic setting and makes you want your own snowy Austrian Christmas.

With every book that the author has written you can sense the depth of research he has undertaken with the locations of his novels.  The details of the setting was superb and you can almost feel the wintry chill and the tantalising aromas from the many traditional feasts and foodie delights that the characters enjoyed.

Zoe Lumsley has had a difficult year emotionally leading up to this Christmas with the aftermath of a break-up of her 10 year relationship with Grant, whom she met whilst at university.  When an unexpected invite arrives in the post to a reunion of all the students that lived in the same student house Zoe is very hesitant with the RSVP as she knows that Grant would have had the same invite.  However, this reunion is somewhat special, it’s a week in a luxury hotel in Austria and their host and fellow graduate is the shy, introvert geek Billy.  With the encouragement of her friend Zoe makes the trip and awaits her first encounter with Grant since the break-up.

This was a lovely festive story of catching-up with friends from 10 years ago and an awful lot of changes have happened with the addition of husbands, wives, children and an adorable black Labrador puppy.  Yay, we have our regular furry friend that the author T.A. Williams loves to include in his stories.  These additions changed the dynamic and personalities of the group.  For Zoe and all of the others they could immediately see a change in their host Billy who was now the owner of a successful international computer business and had accrued an almost allusive celebrity status with the addition of riches beyond our wildest dreams.  But Zoe could still see glimpses of the shy young man from university.

A story that will make you feel all festive and warm with it’s cosy romance.  A story that will delight you with the stunning setting that will take your breath away.

About the Author

T.A. Williams lives in Devon with his Italian wife. He was born in England of a Scottish mother and Welsh father. After a degree in modern languages at Nottingham University, he lived and worked in Switzerland, France and Italy, before returning to run one of the best-known language schools in the UK. He’s taught Arab princes, Brazilian beauty queens and Italian billionaires. He speaks a number of languages and has travelled extensively. He has eaten snake, still-alive fish, and alligator. A Spanish dog, a Russian bug and a Korean parasite have done their best to eat him in return. His hobby is long-distance cycling, but his passion is writing.

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

Website: https://tawilliamsbooks.com/

Practising for Christmas by Rachael Richey book review

 

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Practising for Christmas written by Rachael Richey, publisher The Wild Rose Press Inc, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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A remote coastal cottage; a group of old friends; the Christmas holidays. It’s just the break Olivia needs to help her relax and forget her worries. What could be more perfect? But that was before she found a handsome unconscious stranger on the beach. Add in a case of mistaken identity, a lot of kissing practice, and an inquisitive best friend, and things begin to get more than a little complicated.

The large bump on Adam’s head hurts, but he refuses to go to the hospital—or back home—and eventually accepts Olivia’s offer of hospitality. When her friends arrive the following morning, a chance remark catapults them both into a bizarre and amusing situation that promises to make it a Christmas to remember.

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Happy Publication Day to Rachael Richey; Practising for Christmas is the author’s sixth book and is a standalone seasonal story.

This was an adorable, sexy, fun read that I devoured.  It felt like an up-to-date Cinderella-esque story and it was filled with some very dreamy and desirable moments.

Spending Christmas at a remote cottage in the southwest with your boyfriend and close friends was all Olivia had been looking forward to.  But when you’ve recently split from your boyfriend days before Christmas the prospect of being the only single person in the cottage is not so welcoming.  However, finding an unconscious attractive man on the beach may just give Olivia some breathing time from her relationship woes.

Adam too is suffering from relationship misery so escaping to the coast was the perfect space for him until he slipped on rocks, banging his head and being woken and cared for by a lovely young woman.  Olivia had kindly offered for Adam to rest at the cottage but in the end Adam stayed for the whole Christmas break bringing more than a little chaos, confusion and a great deal of chemistry to the festivities.

Practising for Christmas is another gorgeous contemporary romance from Rachael Richey that felt like a delicious indulgence.  A sexy fairytale-esque romance to brighten up any winter’s day.

About the Author

Rachael Richey lives in Cornwall with her husband and children. She writes Women’s Fiction, and Storm Rising is the first book in the NightHawk Series. She has been writing since she was a child, starting with stories about her teddy bears and dolls.

She lived in the Hebrides for nearly fourteen years, having originally gone there to work for the summer season. She met and married her husband David whilst there, and had two children, before moving to Cornwall at the end of 2000.

There are currently four titles in the NightHawk Series; Storm Rising, published in February 2015; Rhythm of Deceit, July 2015, Cobwebs in the Dark, February 2016, and The Girl in the Painting, July 2016.

Breaking All The Rules, a standalone romantic comedy, was released on 5th May, 2017, and Practising for Christmas, a seasonal romcom is due for publication on 12th November, 2018.

Website:  https://rachaelricheybooks.weebly.com/

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

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

The Glorious Dead by Tim Atkinson blogtour book review

 

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The Glorious Dead written by Tim Atkinson, publisher Unbound, is available NOW in ebook and hardcover format.

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What happened when the Great War ended and the guns stopped firing? Who cleared the battlefields and buried the dead? It’s 1918 and the war may be over but Lance-Corporal Jack Patterson and the men of his platoon are still knee-deep in Flanders mud, searching the battlefields for the remains of comrades killed in action. But duty isn’t all that’s keeping Jack in Flanders. For one there is Katia, the daughter of a local publican, with whom he has struck up a romance. And then there is something else, a secret that lies buried in Jack’s past, one he hopes isn’t about to be dug up…

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Tim Atkinson’s novel: The Glorious Dead.

In August this year I felt very privileged to go on a visit to Flanders Field, near Ypres, Belgium.  Flanders Field was a major battle site during the First World War 1914-1918 and now it is home to many WWI War Cemeteries, Commemorative monuments and historical areas of interest.  I visited many of the war grave cemeteries including Essex Farm and Tyne Cot and the whole visit completely moved me.  When I was invited to read and review this novel by Tim Atkinson I had no hesitation in accepting.

The author, Tim Atkinson, has undertaken vast research with this book which is based on fact surrounding the men who had been employed by the War Graves Commission.  Men that had witnessed the daily grind of war, a war that had taken the lives of so many of their comrades but had spared them to now search the land to find the remains of the men who had lost their lives, to identify them in order for them to be reburied with dignity at one of the many war graves in an around Ypres.

Reading through the pages of The Glorious Dead I felt like I was reliving my visit to the cemeteries but this time I was visiting back in 1918.  Tim Atkinson has written a raw, honest interpretation of a time back in 1918 and 1919 to a task that was so brutally painful and gritty and was also very dangerous with the debris of ammunitions still lying around.  Interspersed between the horrors of the remains of the war Tim Atkinson has woven humour, camaraderie and romance within the storyline.  At times the story is very difficult to read and you are wracked with emotion but these glimpses of humanity and life still going on give the story hints of warmth.

I was completely enthralled by this novel, it was very poignant with it’s raw account of events, it had touches of mystery and of unjust.  You could feel a sense of belonging to the time and to the place and you could also understand why so many men and women found life very difficult after the war.  A story of war that is not always told.

I’d like to share a quote from the novel which particularly resonated with me:

lives made heavy by the weight of Flanders mud that still sticks to them like clay.

About the Author

Tim Atkinson Author PictureTim Atkinson is a teacher, author and award-winning blogger. He studied philosophy at the University of Hull and has worked variously as a filing clerk, lay-clerk, chain-man and school teacher. He was born in Colchester, brought up in Yorkshire and now lives in Lincolnshire.

 

Website:  https://www.timatkinson.info/

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

I’d also like to share a few of the photos I took during my visit to Flanders Fields in the summer.