Summer at Conwenna Cove by Darcie Boleyn blogtour/book review

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Summer at Conwenna Cove written by Darcie Boleyn, publisher Canelo, is available NOW in ebook format.

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Eve has a glittering career, a loving husband and a future. But a terrible twist of fate means she loses it all, and with nowhere left to turn she flees to her Aunt Mary’s home in Cornwall. The last thing on her mind is romance – until she meets Jack.

Jack has seen the worst things people can do to each other and realised he is better off alone. He settles in Conwenna Cove, and saves his affections for the rescue dogs he cares for. But when Eve arrives in the village he can’t deny his attraction to her.

Eve and Jack are both scared to trust, but when they come together it’s impossible for either to ignore their feelings. Can they put their fear aside and learn to love again?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Darcie Boleyn’s latest novel, Summer at Conwenna Cove.  This was such a delightful read that I devoured and didn’t want to end.  This is my first introduction to the work of Darcie Boleyn and I’m not really sure why I haven’t read her work before now as her blueprint to writing are stories that I just love.

Darcie Boleyn has written a wonderful, romantic novel with lots of depth and character and including a gorgeous four legged friend, a rescue greyhound called Gabe, made the story even more charming and heart warming.  I do believe animals bring out different sides to people’s personalities and also very often the characteristics of an animal can reflect with the personality of a human.

Eve is a young, highly successful headteacher in a secondary school in the city of Bristol.  Ever since graduating Eve has worked hard to achieve her career goals.  But with the demands of a headship and personal heartbreak catching up with Eve her health starts to suffer and when it all comes to a head quite unexpectedly at work Eve is forced to take a step back and let her body and mind heal.  The only place where Eve feels she can truly relax and take stock of her life is at Conwenna Cove, Cornwall where her aunt lives.

Eve is a little hesitant to how her unexpected visit to Cornwall will be accepted as she hasn’t been the best of nieces recently.  Life’s struggles have definitely taken over Eve’s life and keeping in touch with her loved ones haven’t been high up on her agenda.  Eve is welcomed with open arms at the quaint, idyllic sounding cottage residing in the village of Conwenna Cove.  The cottage has a wonderful sea view and the fresh sea air and homemade  food made by her Aunt Mary could be the tonic that Eve needs.

Since the last time Eve was in Cornwall Aunty Mary has acquired a tenant in her adjoining cottage.  A hulk of a man called Jack who doesn’t take too kindly of this niece of Mary’s turning up after so long being away.  Jack has found solitude in Conwenna Cove himself after being injured during a tour of duty in Afghanistan, the ex-Royal Marine has suffered both physically and mentally.  Eve and Jack clash a little at first but with a little match making from Aunty Mary Eve and Jack are forced to find out more about each other.

Will Conwenna Cove be the saving grace for Eve as it has been for Jack?

A wonderful, charming story that was a delight to read.  5/5*

To find out more about Darcie Boleyn and her work please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.darcieboleyn.wordpress.com/

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

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Perfect Girl by Michele Gorman

I loved this novel written by USA TODAY best selling author Michele Gorman. This book is the prequel to the very funny and charming novella Christmas Carol. I’m so pleased Michele has written more about Carol, I loved her in the novella. I was given an arc of Perfect Girl for an honest review.

Perfect Girl is available on kindle and paperback from today, amazon link:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Perfect-Girl-Michele-Gorman-ebook/dp/B00N5UVTOS/ref=la_B003AWEM4A_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413274501&sr=1-4

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Product Description (details from amazon)

Cinderella meets Falling Down in this wickedly funny tale about having it all

Carol is perfect… at least that’s what everyone thinks. In reality she’s sinking fast – her family treats her like their personal assistant and her boyfriend is so busy with work that he’s got her single-handedly running their relationship. Not that her job is any easier. As the only woman on the bank’s trading floor she spends twelve-hour days trying not to get sworn at or felt up by colleagues who put the “W” in banker.

How long can she go on pleasing everyone else before she snaps and loses it all?

With humor and empathy, Perfect Girl lays bare the balancing act that working women face in a man’s world

Carol is the perfect daughter, sister, girlfriend, friend, employee. If you need something, ask Carol! Life gets abit out of hand when Carol is pulled in all different directions. Carol needs to make a decision about how her life must change for the better. This book is funny, heartwarming, romantic and uplifting too with abit of girl power thrown in. Highly recommended read. For those that haven’t read the sequel novella please check out Christmas Carol, details below.

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Christmas Carol is available from amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Carol-Michele-Gorman-ebook/dp/B00F88LW8I/ref=asap_B003AWEM4A_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413271331&sr=1-2

Quote from the product description on amazon regarding Christmas Carol … One winter wedding, two happy couples, three ex-boyfriends… And a very uncomfortable weekend.

This was the first book I had read by Michele Gorman. I really enjoyed it. What a predicament for someone to be in … Carol is Chief Bridesmaid at her sister’s wedding, which is set in a gorgeous house in Scotland at Christmas, but her sister forgets to tell her that she has not only invited one of Carol’s ex boyfriends to the wedding but three! Time for some awkward moments and revisiting of long forgotten emotions for Carol. The characters were written with such warmth and humour, there were some great funny moments.

I’ve loved both these books from Michele Gorman, great witty writing with likeable characters and a believable plot line. I will certainly look out for more from Michele.