Two Metres From You by Heidi Stephens @heidistephens @AccentPress #blogtour #bookreview #summerreading

Two Metres From You written by Heidi Stephens, publisher Headline Accent, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Love might be closer than you think . . .

Gemma isn’t sure what upsets her more. The fact she just caught her boyfriend cheating, or that he did it on her brand-new Heal’s cushions.

All she knows is she needs to put as many miles between her and Fraser as humanly possible. So, when her best friend suggests a restorative few days in the West Country, it seems like the perfect solution.

That is, until the country enters a national lockdown that leaves her stranded. All she has for company is her dog, Mabel. And the mysterious (and handsome!) stranger living at the bottom of her garden . . .

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 the launch of the paperback of Two Metres From You by Heidi Stephens.

This is the second book I’ve read that is very topical and uses the current global COVID 19 pandemic as part of it’s storyline. The author, Heidi Stephens, has written a romcom that focuses on the unexpected positives of life living in lockdown. If you thought a story set in these unprecedented times would be too raw please think again and try this book as I adored it. Two Metres From You is topical, funny, uplifting, heart-warming, thoughtful, community spirited and oh so romantic … I was glued to the storyline and was keen to learn what happened next and when I did get to the end I felt bereft to leave these wonderful characters behind.

Gemma has just caught her shameless boyfriend with another woman, she’s so enraged with him she packs her belongings and most importantly her dog, Mabel and sets off to the Wiltshire countryside to escape the city of London and the mess of her love life.

Her friend Caro has given Gemma the opportunity to stay in her country cottage. Wallowing in heartbreak Gemma drowns out her sorrows and crashes out on the sofa and is awoken by a handsome stranger who seems pretty knowledgeable of the cottage.

Waking up hungover in a strange house in the countryside with a strange man roaming around and now the country has gone into lockdown Gemma has no option but to stay put.

Gemma loves the city life in London with high strength WIFI, delis and friends around the corner. Acquiring temporary emotional refuge is taking some readjusting as there is hardly any WIFI and just one village shop! However, Gemma’s dog, Mabel, feels right at home with ample space to walk and new areas to discover and Mabel has even found a new friend with the stranger who happens to live in a converted barn at the bottom on Gemma’s garden. Gemma and Matthew’s unorthodox introduction certainly broke the ice in introductions and a friendship soon blossoms.

As the days and weeks of the first lockdown fly by as an outsider Gemma notices changes in the locals lives and how it is effecting their wellbeing. With home schooling, working from home, isolation of the vulnerable, loneliness and boredom Gemma devises a project to help the community survive this united ordeal.

Two Metres From You is an accomplished debut novel that will hearten your soul, make you smile, it’s very poignant in places and so very relatable with a cast of likeable characters, a swoon worthy romance and a village scene to make you want an idyllic country escape. This time away from her normality gave Gemma the chance to reassess her life and home is not necessary where you think it may be. I can’t wait to see where Heidi Stephens will take her new readers to next.

About the Author

Heidi Stephens has spent her career working in advertising and marketing; some of her early writing work includes instruction manuals for vacuum cleaners, saucepans and sex toys. For the past ten years she has also freelanced as a journalist and, on autumnal weekend evenings, can be found liveblogging Strictly Come Dancing for The Guardian. She lives in Wiltshire with her partner and Labrador, Mabel.

Two Metres from You is Heidi’s debut novel.

Twitter: @heidistephens

Website: Heidi Stephens

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The Space Between Time by Charlie Laidlaw @claidlawauthor @AccentPress #blogtour #bookreview @annecater

 

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The Space Between Time written by Charlie Laidlaw, publisher Accent Press, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook, paperback and audio CD format.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2J5LoM6

Book Blurb

There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on Earth…

Emma Maria Rossini appears to be the luckiest girl in the world. She’s the daughter of a beautiful and loving mother, and her father is one of the most famous film actors of his generation. She’s also the granddaughter of a rather eccentric and obscure Italian astrophysicist.

But as her seemingly charmed life begins to unravel, and Emma experiences love and tragedy, she ultimately finds solace in her once-derided grandfather’s Theorem on the universe.

The Space Between Time is humorous and poignant and offers the metaphor that we are all connected, even to those we have loved and not quite lost.

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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 Charlie Laidlaw’s latest novel: The Space Between Time.

The Space Between Time is the second book I’ve read by author Charlie Laidlaw and what I’ve learned is that he writes unique, endearing stories that are quite ingenious but ultimately very relatable.

What I liked about this story was that Emma Maria Rossini, even though she was the daughter of a famous film star, had a beautiful adoring mother, her life was just like anyone else’s.  She suffered the same losses when her father went away to work, when he couldn’t be there for milestone events.  Her mother too suffered, she thought in silence but Emma noticed.

Through Emma’s childhood when her father was on the cusp of stardom Emma was at her happiest.  Once stardom encroached on their lives their home life changed and relationships between all three of them: daughter, mother, father, husband and wife took on different versions of their former self.

Tragedy was sadly soon to strike Emma’s life and from that moment on her spell in her charmed life was broken and Emma was to struggle immensely.  However, when someone from Emma’s past appears at another sad moment in her life it felt like another turning point for Emma.  Emma had to reach rock bottom before she could learn about the scars she’s accrued along the journey of life.

The Space Between Time is such a compelling read that was quirky with a humbling honesty and poignancy to it.  I found Emma to be a very endearing character and I championed her throughout the story.  The concept around the story of our lives being connected, sometimes by the minutest of links and moments, was quite profound.  Another excellent, original read from Charlie Laidlaw.

About the Author

Charlie Laidlow Author pictureCharlie Laidlaw was born in Paisley and is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh. He has been a national newspaper journalist and worked in defence intelligence. He now runs his own marketing consultancy in East Lothian. He is married with two grown-up children.

Website: https://www.charlielaidlawauthor.com/

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

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

 

The Winter That Made Us by Kate Field blogtour book review

 

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The Winter That Made Us written by Kate Field, publisher Accent Press, is available in ebook and paperback format from 20th September 2018.

The paperback is available to buy from all good book retailers including Waterstones, Book Depository and amazon.  The ebook is available to download in amazon kindle, iBooks and kobo.

To buy link (Waterstones UK):  https://bit.ly/2D5ivA1

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2OyVmaw

To buy link (Book Depository):  https://bit.ly/2D5bCPf

Product Details

When Tess finds herself unexpectedly alone and back in Ribblemill, the childhood village she thought she’d escaped, she’s sure she can survive a temporary stay. She’s spent a lifetime making the best of things, hasn’t she?
Determined to throw herself into village life, Tess starts a choir and gathers a team of volunteers to restore the walled garden at Ramblings, the local stately home. Everything could be perfect, if she weren’t sharing a cottage and a cat with a man whose manner is more prickly than the nettles she’s removing…
As winter approaches, Tess finds herself putting down her own roots as fast as she’s pulling them up in the garden. But the ghosts of the past hover close by, and Tess must face them if she’s to discover whether home is where her heart has been all along.

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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 Kate Field’s latest book: The Winter That Made Us.

When you finish reading a novel and instantly want to buy all the books that the author has written and also that this is a new author to you … this is truly how I felt reading The Winter That Made Us by Kate Field.  I’ve since learnt that The Winter That Made Us is the second visit to the fictional Yorkshire village of Ribblemill, it didn’t hinder or spoil me that I hadn’t read The Magic of Ramblings and I can honestly say that the book can be read as a standalone.  However, I loved the village and it’s inhabitants mixed with the author’s style of writing that I’m eager to read The Magic of Ramblings.

The Winter That Made Us was just such a beautiful story.  It was a wonderful story set in a charming Yorkshire village with it’s inhabitants pulling together bringing an overgrown walled garden that had been long forgotten back to life.  It was also a story of two lost souls who have suffered greatly in the past that are still haunted by their pain.  A story that brings people together and somehow the magic and charm of the woods and the garden gives a helping hand in placing people that need that little bit extra in touch with others that need the same.

Tess has moved back to her home village under a shroud of secrecy.  Tess outwardly looks shiny and bright and full of positivity but you can sense that something is troubling her.  Wanting her own space she decides to rent a cottage in the village unaware that the cottage has also been offered to Noah too.  However, the cottage is big enough for two and has plenty of independent space so a house share agreement is made.  Life back home near her parents isn’t all plain sailing for Tess and many obstacles were to come her way.

Noah has lived in the village all his life.  He’s rugged with a strong outward looking personality but a tragic event in his past has left him struggling emotionally and physically.  Noah knows his limitations but to someone new, like Tess, he can appear rude and unsociable.  The more we see of Noah the more we get to learn of his vulnerability.

I felt like Tess and Noah had had fate play a hand in placing them together as housemates.  Two lost souls each covering up heartaches and tragedies from their past but together they were learning to accept and overcome barriers.  It was like they were finding an inner strength within themselves to help the other.

I loved the community spirit with the restoration of the walled garden, it was inspiring and so heart warming to read.

A gorgeous story that I devoured.  It made my heart sigh a time or two and I was welling up with joyous emotion.  Heartfelt and joyful, I can’t wait for more from Kate Field.

About the Author

katefieldauthorphotoKate writes contemporary women’s fiction, mainly set in her favourite county of Lancashire, where she lives with her husband, daughter and hyperactive cat.
She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

Kate’s debut novel, The Magic of Ramblings, won the RNA’s Joan Hessayon Award for new writers in 2017.

Social Media Links –
Twitter: @katehaswords
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KateFieldAuthor/

 

The Things We Learn When We’re Dead by Charlie Laidlaw book review

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The Things We Learn When We’re Dead written by Charlie Laidlaw, publisher Accent Press, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link:  https://goo.gl/8QbZT2

Product Details (as per amazon page)

On the way home from a dinner party she didn’t want to attend, Lorna Love steps into the path of an oncoming car. When she wakes up she is in what appears to be a hospital – but a hospital in which her nurse looks like a young Sean Connery, she is served wine for supper, and everyone avoids her questions. It soon transpires that she is in Heaven, or on HVN. Because HVN is a lost, dysfunctional spaceship, and God the aging hippy captain. She seems to be there by accident. Or does God have a higher purpose after all? At first Lorna can remember nothing. As her memories return – some good, some bad – she realises that she has decisions to make and that she needs to find a way home…

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

This is the story of Lorna Love who is about to embark on her career in law when her life is sadly cut short following an accident.  Lorna wakes up not in hospital but on a spaceship known as HVN and God has chosen her for a higher purpose but Lorna has to go through a process before God will reveal all that is meant for her.

I had heard great things about this novel and was intrigued enough to want to read it.  The author Charlie Laidlaw has cleverly written a story with such a great imaginative concept around a young woman who has been struggling with what life has dealt her.  Lorna sadly at a young age has had to deal with grief, loss, family saga and with it the angst of teenage hormones and the trials of growing up.  The story is very compelling, you are drawn to Lorna’s character, she is a young woman with strong beliefs but is also shy in herself.  As Lorna starts remembering events and feelings from her past you learn to love her character even more.  With the introduction of God and his entourage is so clever of the author but it is also quite charming, I was enchanted and intrigued by HVN and Irene with her unorthodox ways.  Charlie Laidlaw has injected a little humour in this side of the storyline which was perfectly placed.  I did get a little confused with the spaceship terminology but that is just me however, I hasten to add it didn’t distract me from enjoying the novel.  The storyline as a whole kept me captivated and I wasn’t sure where the author was going to take the reader next.

The Things We Learn When We’re Dead is a very unique story; a story that deals with many emotions we face in life but it’s also quite a beautiful story; a story of love, loss and friendship.  At the end I felt quite uplifted and was so pleased to have the opportunity to read such an imaginative novel.

To learn more about Charlie Laidlaw and his work please visit the following pages:

Website:  https://www.charlielaidlawauthor.com/

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

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/charlielaidlawauthor/

Love Me Tinder by Nicola May book review

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Love Me Tinder written by Nicola May, publisher Accent Press Ltd, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link:  http://amzn.to/2ltvWB4

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Dull security or risky freedom – which would you choose? With her marriage in pieces, shy Cali Summers is faced with this decision and hits the world of fast love on an internet dating app. Using room 102 in the hotel where she works as her dating ‘lair’, she opens herself up to a world of sex, lies, deception, as well as personal discovery and passionate love. With a charming F1 engineer, a handsome army officer and her adulterous ex all on the scene, a predictable love match is far from on the cards.

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

I loved every page of this novel it was so addictive; it’s fun, flirty, fruity storyline kept me fully engaged and entertained and I had to know what happened next.

Cali was still feeling very heart broken from the break-up of her marriage to Jamie.  It’s been a year since he walked out of their marriage and into the arms of their personal trainer.

Cali’s emotions were still quite raw but she felt like she needed to move on and joined up to the dating app Tinder.  As a Tinder virgin she wasn’t use to the protocol of online dating but she was soon lining up her first dates.  However, possible mates on the dating app are not so forthcoming with the full facts on their profiles which Cali discovers with quite comical and alarming results!

After a few rocky starts on the dating app scene Cali does find some gems and she is soon enamoured by a couple and starts to have a little fun.  Fun is all well and good but it doesn’t give you the warmth of companionship in a loving relationship and Cali was still feeling lonely.

We follow Cali on her journey finding romance through the dating app and struggling with the emotions following her break-up.

The author, Nicola May, has created a fun, flirty, sexy read that will totally entertain you.  Nicola May’s style of writing is honest and she has a fabulous sense of humour that spills out across the pages.  I loved the sub-characters Adam and Will especially and there was a little feather friend that took centre stage very often.  Fabulously fruity and lots of fun!

To learn more about Nicola May and her work please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.nicolamay.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/nicolamay1

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/NicolaMayAuthor

 

The Gift of Christmas Yet to Come by Jo Bartlett book review

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The Gift of Christmas Yet to Come written by Jo Bartlett, publisher Accent Press, is available NOW in ebook format and is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gift-Christmas-Yet-Come-Nicholas-ebook/dp/B01MF553ON/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1481551034&sr=1-1&keywords=the+gift+of+christmas+yet+to+come

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As a special ed teacher in beautiful St Nicholas Bay, Kate Harris is used to taking the sensible approach. So when she decides that all she wants for Christmas is a family of her own, it seems there’s only one solution.

What Kate hasn’t considered is how the opinion of her friends might de-rail her plans, and almost everyone seems to have a view on what she should do for the best. But when a psychic suggests her destiny is already mapped out for her in red-and-white, Kate’s not sure if she can put her scepticism to one side to listen to any more advice.

There’s a special little boy, Kate hasn’t even met yet, whose whole future hangs on her decision. As Christmas approaches once more, time is running out for St Nicholas Bay to work its magic. Will Kate make the right decision and get the ready-made family she’s never dared dream of, or will it disappear – along with her oldest friend – as Christmas Eve closes in?

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This is such a delightful, heart warming festive read with a special, precious storyline.

I loved returning back to St Nicholas Bay, we meet some new characters this time as well as revisiting old ones.  St Nicholas Bay is a fictional village on the coast of the south of England.  Legend has it that Charles Dickens wrote part of a Christmas Carol in St Nicholas Bay so many of the village premises and businesses hold an affinity to the places and characters taken from this festive classic.

The story focuses on a year in Kate’s life.  Kate is a special needs teacher at the local primary school.  Kate is desperate for a baby and is fed up of waiting for the right man and the right moment and is making plans for a sperm donor.  A chance glance at an article in an old local paper has given Kate inspiration for a different route into motherhood.

We follow Kate on her journey to becoming a parent with some laughs and smiles and some sad and tense moments along the way.  Kate has a close knit friendship with 3 friends from her childhood in the village.  One of these friends is Will, who is slowly getting his life back together following the breakup of his marriage.  However, will his new life take him away from the quartet and the village?  I loved this bond of friendship the quartet had.  They all had different stories with their lives but were there to support each other.

A truly lovely read that is a gift in itself with it’s heart warming storyline.  Jo Bartlett’s novels are becoming a firm favourite of mine.  5/5*

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this novel.

To find out more about Jo Bartlett and her books please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.jobartlettauthor.com/

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

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/JoBartlettAuthor/

Somebody Else’s Boy: St Nicholas Bay series by Jo Bartlett book review

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Somebody Else’s Boy: St Nicholas Bay series written by Jo Bartlett, publisher Accent Press is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Somebody-Elses-Boy-Nicholas-Bay-ebook/dp/B01IDPQBSI/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1475259677&sr=8-1

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Will Nancy and Jack be allowed to embrace the future, or will their histories forever bind them to the past?

Drama teacher Nancy O’Brien puts her ambitions on hold to support her family, and returns to her idyllic seaside home town, St Nicholas Bay. Jack has his own reasons for heading to the Bay; a young widower desperate to come to terms with his loss, he hopes setting up home there with baby son, Toby, might just enable him to survive the future.

As Nancy and Jack become closer, not everyone is thrilled, in particular Toby’s grandmother, who can’t bear to see her late daughter ‘replaced’. When Fraser – the only man Nancy’s ever really loved – reappears, her living arrangements with Jack seem set for disaster.

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I’d like to thank the author, Jo Bartlett, for an arc in return for a review.

This is the first book I’ve read by Jo Bartlett and after reading this novel Jo will be going straight onto my favourite author’s list.  Somebody Else’s Boy is book one in the St Nicholas Bay series.  I was initially drawn to this novel by the gorgeous cover with it’s quaint illustration of a coastal community.  I do prefer illustrated covers to photographic ones, they appeal more to me.

Within the first few pages of this novel Jo Bartlett takes you on an emotional journey with the two main characters Nancy and Jack experiencing such tragic events in their personal lives that change their outlook forever.  My heart was breaking for them both.  Their situations were quite different but they were both experiencing great losses in their lives.  A chance encounter brings the two strangers together and a solution to one of their most recent dilemmas is resolved.  Nancy and Jack are joined together in a community project bringing a theatre group to the local community centre.  Jack helps with the screenplay for a new pantomime.  The community is brought together for the pantomime with some comical results.  However, the panto does not bring happy times to all of the residents in the community as one of their own is faced with a terrifying ordeal.  Friendships and families are put to the test with events from the past and present changing the course of the future for Nancy, Jack and their close-ones.

Jo Bartlett has written a wonderful tale set around an idyllic coastal bay in the south of England with characters that are easily relatable and you find yourself loving as each page is read.  I instantly fell for little Toby.  This story subtly deals with grief, loss, betrayal, abuse, new beginnings all with such a warmth that you get enveloped in the emotions the characters are feeling but you don’t feel depressed … a story with hope and strength emanating from new beginnings mixed with a big dose of love.  5/5*

I am really looking forward to continuing falling in love with the characters in the St Nicholas Bay series.

To find out more about Jo Bartlett and her books please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.jobartlettauthor.com/

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/Jo-Bartlett-1561636457477078/?fref=ts

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

The Magic Touch by Kelly Florentia book review

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The Magic Touch by Kelly Florentia, publisher Accent Press is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Magic-Touch-Kelly-Florentia-ebook/dp/B01A71UKT2?ie=UTF8&qid=1461503180&ref_=tmm_kin_swatch_0&sr=1-1

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Marriage isn’t high on 39-year-old Emma King’s list of priorities; after all, she’s been there and done it once. So there are no big surprises when, yet again, she turns down her long-term partner Harry’s marriage proposal. They’re a solid, secure couple – a piece of paper won’t make any difference. That is until she accidentally stumbles across a flirtatious text message from one of his female colleagues on his phone. Overcome with suspicion and an impending fear of losing Harry, Emma goes on a quest to get to the bottom of his secret affair with the help of her ninety-three-year-old neighbour, Alistair, her best friend Ola, and Harry’s sister-in-law’s psychic app, The Magic Touch.

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I’d like to thank the author, Kelly Florentia, for an arc in return for an honest review.  This is Kelly’s debut full length novel following the success of her novella, To Tell a Tale or Two, a collection of short stories.

This was a lovely story of love and friendships and miscommunications.

Emma and Harry have been happily courting for 5 years.  Harry saved Emma from a traumatic relationship in her past and has been her knight in shining armour ever since.  However, just lately Emma feels like Harry has ‘gone off’ her and when she finds a text on his phone she feels her worries are only just beginning.

Harry’s sister-in-law, Caroline, has become close to Emma and has asked her to trial her latest venture, a phone app called ‘The Magic Touch’ that reveals predictions about your life.  Caroline is a little psychic, she likes to read palms and professes to be good at it.  Emma is quite happy to help but when the app’s predictions start becoming a reality life becomes a little mystified for Emma.

The appearance of a new man in Emma’s life brings far too many complications which soon start unravelling into Emma and Harry’s relationship with almost disastrous results.

Can the couple save their relationship in time or will miscommunications be their fate?

I enjoyed this story by Kelly.  I loved the friendship Emma had with her elderly neighbour and their were some wonderful warm, heartfelt moments she shared with him.  Emma’s character was great, I loved her job of a book cover illustrator however, she had a very vulnerable side to her from her past and when more is revealed about her history you can appreciate why her personality is like so.  Harry sounded adorable and you wanted to believe he was a good man.  The story had a lot of warmth, humour, intrigue and a little magic and mystification.  I look forward to more from Kelly in the future.  4/5*

To find out more about Kelly Florentia and her writing please click on the links below:

http://www.kellyflorentia.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/Kelly-Florentia-1682213928702931/

https://twitter.com/kellyflorentia