The Makings of a Lady by Catherine Tinley blogblitz book review


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The Makings of a Lady written by Catherine Tinley, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available to buy in ebook and paperback format from 4th October 2018.

The ebook is available to download for amazon kindle, kobo, iBooks and Google Play.  The paperback is available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith, amazon and direct from Mills & Boon.

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Be calm, she thought.
Be gracious. Be twenty-two.
Lady Olivia Fanton is eager to prove she’s no longer a child. However, just as she thinks she’s found a suitable match in the suave Mr Manning, charismatic Captain Jem Ford walks back into her life, bringing with him all the embarrassment of her infatuation four years before! She’s determined to appear mature, distant, friendly. But does she dare hope he’ll notice her as the lady she’s become?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Catherine Tinley’s latest Regency Romance; The Makings of a Lady.  The Makings of a Lady is book three in The Chadcombe Marriages series.  The books can be read as a standalone as you are introduced to a new member of the siblings living at Chadcombe House, however as a Regency Romance lover I’d fully recommend reading all the books in the series.  The books in the trilogy are:

  • Waltzing with the Earl
  • The Captain’s Disgraced Lady
  • The Makings of a Lady

Once again Catherine Tinley has taken me to a time and a place when romance was an art, it was a beautiful dance of etiquette of society.  I love this era it is so different from the life of today and historical romance gives you a glimpse to time gone by.

Lady Olivia Fanton was eighteen when she first met Jem Ford who had come to Chadcombe to recover from injuries in battle.  However, their friendship was short-lived when Jem returned back to duty.  It’s now four year’s on and Lady Olivia is no longer the young girl, she is now a beautiful young woman trying to find her place.  She feels like her family still treat her as the young girl from years ago and Olivia is trying to prove otherwise.  She has spent four years getting over the loss of her friendship with Jem Ford but when she hears of his return memories of her heartache return.  To add to her confused heart a new suitor, George Manning, with his rather charming, handsome features and smooth prose has come to her attention.  Olivia doesn’t know which way to let her heart sway; she has a history of friendship with Jem but will he remember her as the young girl that helped him and have forgotten all about her or does she let her heart seek another?

Olivia’s life is put in danger and the circumstances surrounding it are most unusual.  Jem sets out to unravel the mystery.

I loved this story by Catherine Tinley it had plenty of warmth, romance but it was also filled with drama, danger and mystery.  I was captivated by Olivia, Jem and her close circle of family and friends.  Courageous, dramatic and oh so very romantic.

About the Author

Tinley 6 dogCatherine Tinley writes heartwarming Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, NHS management, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now works in Sure Start. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, cat, and dog.




The author is running a giveaway to win a copy of the book, along with two other (surprise) romance novels by other writers.
2 x UK/Ireland Winners and 1 x International Winner.
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How We Remember by J. M. Monaco blogtour book review


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How We Remember written by J. M. Monaco, publisher RedDoor Publishing Ltd, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Family Secrets. Sibling Rivalries

The blood ties that have kept Jo and her brother Dave together are challenged when an unexpected inheritance fans the flames of underlying tensions. Upon discovering her mother’s diary, the details of their family’s troubled past are brought into sharp relief and painful memories are reawakened.

Narrated with moments of light and dark, J. M. Monaco weaves together past and present, creating a complex family portrait of pain and denial in this remarkable debut novel.

Perfect for fans of Anne Tyler and Sylvia Brownrigg, this is a novel that will stay with you long after you stop turning the pages.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting J. M. Monaco’s debut novel.

How We Remember is a remarkable debut novel by J. M. Monaco, it’s a compelling story full of raw, honest encounters that leave scars on the characters lives forever.  The author has created characters that get imprinted on your heart and their story will move you and you will be thinking of them often afterwards.  The author J. M. Monaco isn’t afraid to divulge to the reader life with all it’s beauty and all it’s darkest times.  As a reader you are following this journey with the characters and experience every bump along the journey of life with them.

Jo O’Brien has returned back home to the states following the death of her mother.  Whilst reminiscing during the clear out of her mother’s belongings memories and secrets from the past emerge in vivid dreams.  Memories that are quite dark at times leaving Jo very unsettled.  Jo’s childhood, with her older brother Dave, was a little dysfunctional and Jo would very often daydream about the typical American family, which was so far different to her own.

Shocks and surprises are learnt and whilst overcoming grief Jo has to learn to understand events from her past that have defined who she is now.

This story was very profound, I was drawn to Jo and I felt many emotional pulls whilst travelling through her journey of the past and present.

The ending was very bittersweet and once again my emotions got the better of me.

A story that was at times hard hitting but it’s a story of life and all that is thrown your way.  It’s a story about the complexities of people and of a family who stumble and fall many a time but continue to get up trying to close the door on the darkness.

About the Author

J.M. Monaco grew up in the northeast region of the USA where she studied English and Creative Writing at undergraduate level. She worked in a variety of areas before taking up postgraduate studies in England where she completed her PhD. She now lives in a buzzing city in the South West of England with her husband and children.

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Love at the Northern Lights by Darcie Boleyn blogtour book review


Love at the Northern Lights CoverLove at the Northern Lights written by Darcie Boleyn, publisher Canelo, is available NOW in ebook format.

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‘Climbing out the window in her dress and tiara wasn’t exactly how Frankie imagined her wedding day…’
Runaway bride Frankie Ashford hops a plane to Norway with one goal in mind – find her estranged mother and make peace with the past. But when a slip on the ice in Oslo lands her directly in Jonas Thorsen’s viking-strong arms, her single-minded focus drifts away in the winter winds.
When it comes to romance Jonas knows that anything he and Frankie share has an expiration date – the British heiress has a life to return to in London that’s a world away from his own. But family is everything to Jonas and, as the one man who can help Frankie find the answers she’s seeking, he’ll do whatever it takes to help her reunite with her mother.
Now, as Christmas draws closer and the northern lights work their magic Frankie and Jonas will have to make a choice…play it safe or risk heartbreak to take a chance on 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 Darcie Boleyn’s latest novel; Love at the Northern Lights.

A story as magical and wonderful as the aurora borealis

Darcie Boleyn has become one of my go to authors for stories that I know will take me to a place of wonder that will fill my heart with warmth and joy. Each story that the author writes you can appreciate the setting and almost experience it just like the characters written on the pages. Love at the Northern Lights is a story that takes you from the city metropolis of London to the idyllic sounding city of Oslo, Norway. A city that sounds full of culture, charm and with the added wonder of a community that enjoys the spectre of the mesmerising dance of colours within the night sky, known as the northern lights.

Frankie Ashford was on the countdown to her wedding to fellow socialite Rolo Bellamy. Frankie’s family was full of wealth and living in the grand house with her Grandmother and Father, Frankie was used to her life being mapped out before her, including her forthcoming nuptials. However, on her wedding day Frankie felt that something was amiss and before she makes the biggest mistake of her life she has to make a big decision. Frankie’s decision takes her to Norway with just her honeymoon clothes and a mission to find her estranged mother.

With the drama and mayhem of escaping her own wedding we follow Frankie to the snowy climes of Norway. A journey that is filled with trepidation, enlightenment, forgiveness, new beginnings and new friendships.

I loved Frankie’s story. It was such a whirlwind of emotional upheaval for her. I felt like I’d laughed with her, cried with her and fallen in love with a new country and new friends. A story that will have you absorbed and entranced from start to finish. It will also have you reaching for the Norwegian travel brochures!

About the Author

DarcieDarcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.

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Bear With Me by Jessica Redland blogtour book review


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Bear With Me written by Jessica Redland, publisher Little Bear Books, is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Jemma has the job of her dreams as curator for the children’s section of a museum in London. She spends each day surrounded by the one thing she’s absolutely passionate about: teddy bears. When boyfriend, Scott, shows a genuine interest in her passion instead of laughing at her for “playing with teddies all day”, she knows he’s a keeper.

Returning home to the North Yorkshire seaside town of Whitsborough Bay to celebrate her birthday, Jemma thinks she’s heading for her happy-ever-after when Scott unexpectedly proposes. So, a few days later, why isn’t he retuning her calls or responding to her texts?

Julie has always been a wonderful single mother to Jemma and her little brother, Sean. As owner of specialist teddy bear shop, Bear With Me, and the creative genius behind the successful range of Ju-Sea Bears, she inspires Jemma with her ability to balance a demanding career with home life. So why is the shop now in disarray and why is Sean so upset?

Sam thought he had his future all worked out. With a promising neurology career, a home, and a devoted fiancée, life was looking good. But now he’s all alone in a strange city, far from everyone and everything he cares about, struggling to rebuild the tatters of his life. Did he do the right thing by running away? What does the future hold and is he strong enough to face it?

Sometimes love finds us when we least expect it. But sometimes love leaves us, just as unexpectedly. When you’ve loved and lost, can you bear to let love in again?

Bear With Me, as all will be revealed …

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting Bear With Me by Jessica Redland.

Bear With Me is another feel-good read from author Jessica Redland.  Jessica Redland has continued to write books with the same formula she is good at; stories from the heart, stories to comfort you, stories to make you smile and stories that take you to the charming fictional village of Whitsborough Bay off the Yorkshire coast.

Bear With Me is a standalone novel but I do believe once you’ve discovered Jessica Redland’s work you’ll be eager to read more.

Bear With Me is a story of two halves that ultimately merge.  Our two main characters are both from Whitsborough Bay but their paths haven’t crossed in the past.  Jemma loves teddy bears, which is totally understandable as her mum owns her own teddy bear shop and workshop in the Bay.  Her mum also designs and makes teddy bears and Jemma herself has designed and made her own label of teddy bears.  Jemma now lives in London as a curator in a museum and her zest for her craft shows in her work.  Going home for her birthday weekend she starts to notice concerns regarding her mother’s health.  Also, the weekend brings forth another shock with regards to her current love life.

Sam recently fled from his home in the Yorkshire coastal village to London following a terrible tragedy.  All that he loved was in the Bay and it was too painful to continue to live amongst the memories.  However, working as a Dr in a busy hospital in the city of London was proving to be a lonely existence.  He was surrounded by lots of people but never felt more alone.  Bumping into a housemate and good friend of Jemma’s was to be the catalyst of a different journey for both Sam and Jemma.

Jemma’s journey was the realisation of her mother’s illness and how best she could help her.  Sam’s journey was one of acceptance and learning of his emotional triggers surrounding his grief.  A friendship soon formed between Jemma and Sam and they were to find they had so much in common and that they each held essential tools of support for one another.  Can their love for the natural beauty of the coast from their home town help heal the wounds that they have accrued?

A story of acceptance, a story of new beginnings, a story of life, love and tragedy.  But ultimately a story that warms your heart and soul like the cuddliest of bears.

About the Author

Jessica - Author PhotoJessica had never considered writing as a career until a former manager kept telling her that her business reports read more like stories and she should write a book. She loved writing but had no plot ideas. Then something happened to her that prompted the premise for her debut novel, Searching for Steven. She put fingers to keyboard and soon realised she had a trilogy and a novella!

She lives on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast – the inspiration for the settings in her books – with her husband, daughter, cat, Sprocker Spaniel, and an ever-growing collection of collectible teddy bears. Although if the dog has her way, the collection will be reduced to a pile of stuffing and chewed limbs!

Jessica tries to balance her time – usually unsuccessfully – between being an HR tutor and writing.

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Mrs Bates of Highbury by Allie Cresswell blogtour book review

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Mrs Bates of Highbury: A prequel inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma is written and self-published by Allie Cresswell.  The book is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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The new novel from Readers’ Favourite silver medalist Allie Cresswell.

Thirty years before the beginning of ‘Emma’ Mrs Bates is entirely different from the elderly, silent figure familiar to fans of Jane Austen’s fourth novel. She is comparatively young and beautiful, widowed – but ready to love again. She is the lynch-pin of Highbury society until the appalling Mrs Winwood arrives, very determined to hold sway over that ordered little town. Miss Bates is as talkative aged twenty nine as she is in her later iteration, with a ghoulish fancy, seeing disaster in every cloud. When young Mr Woodhouse arrives looking for a plot for his new house, the two strike up a relationship characterised by their shared hypochondria, personal chariness and horror of draughts. Jane, the other Miss Bates, is just seventeen and eager to leave the parochialism of Highbury behind her until handsome Lieutenant Weston comes home on furlough from the militia and sweeps her – quite literally – off her feet. Mrs Bates of Highbury is the first of three novels by the Amazon #1 best-selling Allie Cresswell, which trace the pre-history of Emma and then run in parallel to 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 Allie Cresswell’s latest novel; Mrs Bates of Highbury.

I haven’t read Jane Austen’s Emma but I do love a good historical romance so after reading the synopsis for Allie Cresswell’s Mrs Bates of Highbury I was keen to learn more.

This is my first introduction to the work of Allie Cresswell and her words complimented the era and genre of the novel.  I feel for historical fiction you have to set your mind to that era and to expect the writing style to use words and phrases that are no longer in fashion.  Allie Cresswell did just that and at times I had to look up the meaning of some words; this is such a benefit with reading an ebook as a quick touch of the screen soon brings up the dictionary.  The author totally convinced me with her prose and I was soon immersed into the character’s lives.

Mrs Bates sounded such a kind, caring, gracious woman; a friend to all and a favourite figure to the whole community of Highbury.  As the wife to Revered Bates she complimented her role and would seek daily to help others.  She helped her husband with his work and was a guiding figure to her two daughters; 29 years Hettie and 17 year old Jane.  Hettie was a character I struggled to warm to at first, she had her quirks and her personality sometimes appeared rude and cumbersome.  But she was totally misunderstood and towards the end of the novel I grew a fondness to her and felt my feelings wanting to champion her and wishing her all that her heart desires.  Jane was just like her mother, very amenable but she also had an energy and lust for adventure.

This was such a lovely novel that lays down the groundwork to 30 years prior to Jane Austen’s Emma.  We learn of the backstory.  We learn of the heartache and struggles of the lives of the well-loved characters.  We learn of a village on the cusp of new beginnings for many.  At times I was evoked with emotions as I journeyed through life with Mrs Bates and her daughters.  There is also a gentle humour interwoven within the storyline.  I’m very much looking forward to discovering what lies ahead for Mrs Bates, Hettie and Jane.

About the Author

Mrs Bates Author PictAllie Cresswell was born in Stockport, UK and began writing fiction as soon as she could hold a pencil.
She did a BA in English Literature at Birmingham University and an MA at Queen Mary College, London.
She has been a print-buyer, a pub landlady, a book-keeper, run a B & B and a group of boutique holiday cottages. Nowadays Allie writes full time having retired from teaching literature to lifelong learners.
She has two grown-up children, two granddaughters and two grandsons, is married to Tim and lives in Cumbria, NW England.
You can contact her via her website at or find her on Facebook

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For the duration of the blog tour, Allie Cresswell has five hard copies of Game Show and five hard copies of Tiger in a Cage, all signed, available for £5 plus p & p to UK addresses. If you are interested then please get in touch.

*Cover Reveal* – Snowed in at the Little Duck Pond Café by Rosie Green


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Snowed In at The Little Duck Pond Café written and self-published by Rosie Green is available in ebook format from 15th November 2018.

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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?

Without further ado here is the gorgeous festive looking cover …

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

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

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I can’t wait to revisit Sunnybrook and The Little Duck Pond Café.


Costa del Churros by Isabella May blogtour book review


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Costa del Churros written by Isabella May, publisher Crooked Cat Books, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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The rain in Spain doesn’t mainly fall on the plain…

Brits abroad Belinda, Julia, Laura and Georgina need more than the sweetness of churros with chocolate dipping sauce to save them from their unsavoury states of affairs.

Cue Carmen Maria Abril de la Fuente Ferrera, the town’s flamboyant flamenco teacher! But can she really be the answer to their prayers?

One thing’s for sure: the Costa del Sol will never be the same again.

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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 Isabella May’s latest novel; Costa del Churros. This is my first introduction to the work of Isabella May and I love her writing style which is fun, entertaining and romantic.  I will certainly check out her back catalogue and future works.

I have to admit it did take me a little while to get into this story with four leading ladies but as Carmen Maria Abril de la Fuente Ferrera, Flamenco Dance teacher declared ‘you can’t rush into learning a new skill, there are steps along the way to let your heart be free to enjoy the final destination’ … and this is what I found in Costa del Churros.  There was a getting to know you stage which is the  perfect foundations for any book relationship.

The author treats us to little snapshops of our leading ladies lives and we learn of how they come together to join Carmen’s Flamenco Class.  Four ex-pat women from very different backgrounds, living in varying abodes and lifestyles in Spain.  Belinda, Julia, Laura and Georgina all feel they want more from their lives and whatever has drawn them to this class is the start of a journey of enlightenment for them all.

Carmen Maria Abril de la Fuente Ferrera, the Flamenco Dance teacher is a sort of enigma, her style of teaching is unorthodox but it’s precisely what lesson is needed at the right time in the ladies lives.  Carmen believes flamenco is like a psychology for the soul.

Things start to get a little crazy for the foursome when one of them is in need of help.  A madcap scheme is put in place and the four ladies pull together as a team.  The unlikeliest of friendships are those that are meant to be.  When forces pull you together at a time when your life is at odds with itself, a new influence could be the answer to your decisions?

This was a fun read and was injected with great scenes filled with humour, warmth and a little craziness.  Don’t be surprised if it gets your tastebuds salivating for churros and your toes tapping flamenco style :_

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About the Author

Isabella May author picIsabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing. As a co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One). She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’! Costa del Churros is her third novel with Crooked Cat Books, following on from the hit sensations, Oh! What a Pavlova and The Cocktail Bar.

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