Gift Horse by Jan Ruth book review

 

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Gift Horse written and self-published by Jan Ruth is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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

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Imagine living eighteen years of your life around a mistake…
Caroline Walker’s daughter suffers a horrific riding accident. Her distraught parents wonder if she’ll ever walk again, let alone ride. And when Mollie’s blood group is discovered as rare, her husband offers to donate blood. Except Ian is not a match. In fact, it’s unlikely he’s Mollie’s father.
Eighteen years previously, Caroline had a one-night stand with Irish rock star, Rory O’Connor. Caroline fell pregnant. Deeply flawed boyfriend, Ian, was overjoyed. And Caroline’s parents were simply grateful that their daughter was to marry into the rich, influential Walker family.
Caroline turns to Rory’s friend Connor; and although his almost spiritual connection with his horses appears to be the balm she needs, Caroline cannot forget Rory, or her youth – both lost to a man she never loved. Eighteen years on and after surviving cancer Rory lives as a virtual recluse in the Welsh mountains. Through his well-meaning but interfering sister, he is shocked to discover he has a teenage daughter. Or does he? As the truth begins to unravel, Caroline finds herself faced with a complex trail of moral dilemma.

Someone has made a terrible mistake… someone is going to get hurt…

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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.

Gift Horse is the first full-length novel by Jan Ruth that I’ve read, I’ve previously read a novella and collection of short stories.  The author Jan Ruth loves to write stories set in her beloved Wales and especially the rugged area around Snowdownia.  The love for this area shines from the pages and fills the storyline with atmosphere.

I really enjoyed this contemporary romance by Jan Ruth.  Gift Horse is a story that delves into the complexities of people and of relationships.  It was a story of how one decision in your life could ultimately change the course of your future and would put your choice in someone else’s hands.

A young, almost naïve nineteen year old Caroline is being swept off her feet by an older suitor.  Ian has the money to woo Caroline and his gentleness in his character with his courting of her is quite formal but at this moment in time Caroline is enjoying this old fashioned romance.  However, a weekend away brings an opportunity for Caroline and Ian to spend some time together with Niamh, Caroline’s best friend, and a few other friends.  Animosity between Niamh and Ian soon causes conflict and Caroline starts to doubt the direction her life is going but one rash decision of the heart gives her a glimpse into a life full of other possibilities.  Fate however, plays it’s hand and soon closes the door for Caroline.

Gift Horse is a story that holds you captive in the emotional upheavals in Caroline’s life.  A life that now eighteen years on starts unravelling following a terrible accident involving her daughter.

The proverb ‘never look a gift horse in the mouth’ is the perfect title for this story.  Caroline, Ian, daughter Mollie and even a few of the sub-characters had all been given gifts in the past and the present, gifts that could change their lives for the good and also for the bad.  The proverb’s meaning; don’t question or criticize the value of a gift or benefit, even if you don’t like it very much.

Jan Ruth knows how to spin a tale about real people and their tangled lives.  I loved the landscape it sounded beautiful and raw, very much like people themselves.  I will certainly check out more of Jan Ruth’s novels.

About the Author

Jan Ruth lives in Snowdonia, a mountainous area of North Wales, UK. Jan writes contemporary fiction about the darker side of the family dynamic, often blending life in rural Wales with a touch of city business. Her style is best described as fast-paced and realistic, with a sprinkling of dry humour.
Jan is also an active member of her local RDA group (Riding for the disabled) and is an Assistant Equine Facilitated Learning Practitioner for the Welsh Institute of Therapeutic Horsemanship. In her spare time she enjoys riding and walking the Welsh hills; a constant source of inspiration.
Jan’s books are available globally via Amazon in paperback and for Kindle; and locally, you’ll find them in North Wales libraries and Hinton’s bookshop of Conwy.

Website: https://janruth.com/

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

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

 

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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.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2BeM3bb

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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 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 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
Author page on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/HelenaHalmeAuthor/
Instagram @helenahalme

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.

Canelo books can be found on Amazon, Kobo, Apple and Google Books – some books will be limited to UK publication places only.

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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.

Social Media links:

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

Website: https://tawilliamsbooks.com/

A Meeting of a Different Kind; The Alone Alternative by Linda MacDonald two book blogtour book review

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I am so pleased to be involved in the two book blogtour for author Linda MacDonald with a review for A Meeting of a Different Kind (book two in the Lydia series) and a review of The Alone Alternative (book three in the Lydia series).  I was first introduced to the works of Linda MacDonald this time last year when I read and reviewed The Man in the Needlecord Jacket and this Spring I read and reviewed Meeting Lydia.  

Meeting of a Different KindA Meeting of a Different Kind is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  During the duration of the blogtour the ebook is available at a special price of 99p.

To buy link:  https://amzn.to/2SFLJcw

BLURB: When archaeologist Edward Harvey’s wife Felicity inherits almost a million, she gives up her job, buys a restaurant and, as a devotee of Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall, starts turning their home into a small eco-farm. Edward is not happy, not least because she seems to be losing interest in him. Taryn is a borderline manic-depressive, a scheming minx, a seductress and user of men. Edward and Taryn don’t know each other but they both know Marianne. To Edward, Marianne is a former classmate who sends him crazy emails. She is Taryn’s best friend, and when Marianne meets Edward, she tells Taryn how wonderful he is and that he is not the philandering type. Taryn sees a challenge and concocts a devious plan to meet him during a series of lectures he is giving at the British Museum. When Edward and Taryn’s paths cross, questions of friendship, loyalty and betrayal are played out against a backdrop of mental fragility and the destabilising effects of a large inheritance… Set in Broadclyst and Beckenham, with a chapter on the Isles of Scilly, A Meeting of a Different Kind is the stand-alone sequel to Meeting Lydia, continuing the story from the perspectives of two very different characters. Like its prequel, it will appeal to fans of adult fiction, especially those interested in the psychology of relationships.

Review:

A Meeting of a Different Kind is Books Two in the Lydia series and it is another fine example of the contemporary fiction work by the author Linda MacDonald.  Linda MacDonald shows a great understanding of the human mind and of people and relationships.

This story shows the full complexities of people and that all of us have flaws.  Decisions and roads that we take in our lives shape our future and sometimes other influences may help or hinder.  This is the case for Edward who for 20 years his wife Felicity has been behind him helping him with his career at the university and when they started a family she was more than happy to postpone her dreams to bring up the children.  But with the children growing and with the sudden increase in wealth due to her inheritance Felicity’s dreams are now taking precedence to her life as a wife and mother.  Edward is not sure how to react with this new independent, assertive wife who is making many new decisions without him.

With a blossoming renewed friendship from a woman he went to school with life starts to get very complicated for Edward.  His professional life is looking up but his personal life feels like it’s at a crossroads and he’s not sure whether he fits in with his wife’s new road.

Linda MacDonald has created a very interesting family saga, a story of people surviving life, love and a whole lot more.  I’m looking forward to the next ‘episode’ of this series as Lydia feels like a TV drama unfolding across the pages as you are drawn into each and every character.

The Alone Alternative CoverThe Alone Alternative is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  During the duration of the blogtour the ebook is available at a special price of 99p.

To buy link:  https://amzn.to/2P33gNw

BLURB: Former classmates Edward and Marianne, now fifty-five, have experienced a turbulent few years having lost contact with each other and suffered painful disruption to their home lives. Reunited again, this time through Twitter, they set about a search for personal fulfilment, but once again there are obstacles in the way – not least in the form of twice-widowed Jessica, Edward’s neighbour, who threatens to destroy their pursuit of happiness and whose behaviour has alarming consequences.
The extraordinary weather conditions prompt Edward and a former colleague to resurrect an idea for a documentary series that sets to challenge consumerist lifestyles. The Isles of Scilly become a model for sustainability and a filming trip to the islands provides an idyllic backdrop to the unfolding romantic tensions.

Set in 2012, the year of the London Olympics, the action alternates between Broadclyst and Beckenham and examines the difficult issues faced in committing to a new relationship in midlife. Could being alone be a preferable alternative?
Continuing themes of psychology, relationships and environmental sustainability, The Alone Alternative is the sequel to A Meeting of a Different Kind and the third and final part of the ‘Lydia’ series. Written from both male and female perspectives, it also stands alone as a fascinating read for both men and women who enjoy thought-provoking fiction, keeping readers guessing until the very end.

Review:

The Alone Alternative is Book Three in the Lydia series and once again the author Linda MacDonald shows a great understanding in the complexities of people and relationships.  The Alone Alternative picks up the story of Edward and Marianne some five years since we left them in Book Two: A Meeting of a Different Kind.

A lot has happened in both Edward’s and Marianne’s lives, events that have left a crucial hole in their lives and has left them with anxious thoughts for the future.  Both Edward and Marianne are having to deal with emotions of loss and grief, emotions of anger and bewilderment.  Their friendship had cooled over the five years but Edward is pondering whether during this new state of emotional upheaval whether the time is right to get back in touch with his old school friend.

With the promise of a new venture in Edward’s professional life and one project that could benefit with the expertise from Marianne it looks like it could be a tentative start to bringing their friendship back together.

I enjoyed this instalment in the series it opened up new questions for both Edward and Marianne.  Now in their mid fifties they were both experiencing an emotional hole in their lives.  The thought of filling that hole was proving too big a task with so many variables to contemplate.  Starting a relationship when you are young without any responsibilities is exciting, exhilarating and very carefree but when you have responsibilities that come from a long-standing relationship such as children, properties, employment starting anew is full of many hurdles to overcome.

The Alone Alternative had so many hurdles for Edward and Marianne to face.  I was captivated by the project they were to work on and with the prospect of blossoming romance it left you with a ‘will they won’t they’ feeling.  With the added drama and danger thrown in life for Edward and Marianne would never be the same again.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series by Linda MacDonald and my statement above stating that I could picture the story laid out in episodes for a TV drama stands true.  The author has created a contemporary romance that is relatable and believable with characters that have experienced life and much more.

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

About the Author

Linda - Author PhotoLinda MacDonald is the author of four novels: Meeting Lydia and the stand-alone sequels, A Meeting of a Different Kind, The Alone Alternative and The Man in the Needlecord Jacket. All Linda’s books are contemporary adult fiction, multi-themed, but with a focus on relationship issues.

After studying psychology at Goldsmiths’, Linda trained as a secondary science and biology teacher. She taught these subjects for several years before moving to a sixth-form college to teach psychology. The first two novels took ten years in writing and publishing, using snatched moments in the evenings, weekends and holidays. In 2012, she gave up teaching to focus fully on writing.

Linda was born and brought up in Cockermouth, Cumbria and now lives in Beckenham in Kent.

Social Media links

Twitter:   http://www.twitter.com/LindaMac1

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

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

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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.

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Twitter: @katehaswords
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KateFieldAuthor/

 

My Sisters and Me by Lisa Dickenson book review

 

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My Sisters and Me written by Lisa Dickenson, publisher Sphere, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

The ebook is available to download for amazon kindle, kobo, Google Play and iBooks.

The paperback is available to buy from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith, Foyles and amazon.

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

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

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They’re fixing up their childhood home. It’s going to get messy.
When Willow Lake asks her daughters for help renovating the family home, each has a reason to hesitate about returning to Maplewood . . .
For quiet and bookish Emmy going back to the town that ridiculed her fills her with dread.
The youngest Noelle is perfectly comfortable in herself now, but once wanted to fit in so badly that she walked away from her first love. A first love who still lives in Maplewood.
And outspoken Rae is painfully aware of how much the townspeople hurt her little sisters growing up. She didn’t protect them then, but there’s no way she’ll let history repeat itself.
The sisters agree to go home and make the best of it. After all if they’ve changed over the years, it’s possible the townspeople have too . . . isn’t it?

image of my sisters and me from instaI 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 absolutely adored this new book by Lisa Dickenson.  Her stories are filled with fabulous females that are fun, frivolous and a little bit feisty.  My Sisters and Me had all the wonderful formula from previous stories by the author but to me it had much more and I devoured it.

My Sisters and Me is about three sisters that are now in their early/mid thirties successful in their respective careers.  The girls were born and brought up in a small town in Devon.  The house they lived in was on the outskirts of the town in a small wood and at times it looked a little eerie.  The girls’ parents weren’t afraid to live their lives how they wanted, they were free spirited, embraced nature and had a little hippy vibe in the mix.  The sisters when they were younger were ridiculed because of their parents and also for their own individualities.  When the time came for them to leave home they couldn’t wait to escape the townsfolk.  So when their mother asks them to help renovate the house the girls each have their own trepidations about returning to the family home and to the town that left them with bad memories.

Rae, the eldest, very often played the protector of the three and would fight her sisters corners.  Then there was Emmy who was painfully shy and hid within herself happy with her books.  Which left Noelle the youngest who was very much like her parents with her love of nature and hippy vibes but was also aware of her own differences which some struggled to understand.

Moving back to their family home gave the girls time to regress and enjoy the joys of youth again when reminiscing over the memorabilia left in their bedrooms.  Renovating the house also felt like a cleansing process for all of them as it opened up old wounds of the bullying, also the sense of loss but it brought back a whole lot of nostalgic good times.

This two month sabbatical for Rae, Emmy and Noelle was a time to reflect, to grieve, to embrace and to accept.  It was also a time to gain strength from what they have shared.  The renovation project wasn’t without lots of fun and mishaps and the author’s bubbly personality shone through the pages.

My Sisters and Me was such an enjoyable read.  I was totally entertained by the antics the girls got themselves into.  The laughter, the tears, the family spirit and the strength overcoming hurdles left me feeling invigorated and I was quite emotional at the end as I felt like I’d travelled with all three of them through their journey.  A belter of a book!

About the Author

Lisa Dickenson is the pseudonym for Beyoncé. OK, FINE, THAT’S NOT TRUE.

Lisa lives by the Devon seaside, stuffing cream teas in the gobs of anyone who comes to visit, and writing stuff down that she hopes is funny. Her first novel was the copyright-infringing Sweet Valley Twins: The Twins Holiday Horror, which she wrote in primary school and gave up on after five pages. Twenty-ish years later Lisa went on to be a *real author* and wrote the Novelicious Debut of the Year, THE TWELVE DATES OF CHRISTMAS. Since then she’s dropped two summer reads – YOU HAD ME AT MERLOT and CATCH ME IF YOU CANNES – and another festive feast, MISTLETOE ON 34TH STREET. Her fifth novel, MY SISTERS AND ME, will be just the autumnal read you’ll need as the leaves start to rust.

Follow Lisa online for all her book news and Beyoncé-obsessing:
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Twitter @LisaWritesStuff
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How to Find Love in the Little Things by Viginie Grimaldi blogtour book review

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How to Find Love in the Little Things written by Virginie Grimaldi, publisher Headline Review is available to download in ebook format now and available to purchase in paperback from tomorrow, 23rd August 2018.

The ebook is available to download for amazon kindle, kobo, iBooks and Google Play.

The paperback will be available to purchase from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith, Foyles and amazon.

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2OG5Sw4

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Welcome to Ocean View. You don’t know it yet, but you’ll be happy here…’
Julia’s not running away. Not exactly. She just needs a break from Paris and Marc and all the sad stuff that’s been going on lately. A little time to pull herself together.
The job offer felt like a lifeline. But now she’s back in Biarritz, suitcase in hand, she hasn’t the faintest idea what she was thinking.
What Julia doesn’t yet know is there’s more to the odds and ends of Ocean View than meet the eye. Behind the double doors lie broken hearts, lifelong secrets, a touch of romance and an unwavering passion for life. And sometimes it’s the most unlikely of places and people who help you find your way.

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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 paperback launch of Virginie Grimaldi’s debut novel: How to Find Love in the Little Things.

How To Find Love in the Little Things was originally published in France in May 2016 and soon became a bestseller resulting in the novel being translated into several languages.  I am thrilled to say the UK version is available to purchase in paperback from 23rd August 2018 and I predict great success for UK sales as this book is truly wonderful.

How to Find Love in the Little Things is the author’s debut novel and after reading it I can totally appreciate the reason it has been received so well.  I simple fell in love with this story.  The author’s prose was fresh, funny, with some wonderful endearing moments.  Virginie Grimaldi has a great sense of comedic timing and when you are dealing with people, especially the older generation, health can play an important and significant role in their lives so to bring humour that was raw and honest to scenes that were quite sensitive and of a serious nature was so heartening and poignant to read.

This story will make you fall in love with a bunch of characters that in real life you probably would overlook.  The ladies and gentleman of Ocean View Elderly Home in Biarritz, France were all at an age were life had treated them to many moments of happiness, sadness, turmoil and struggle but now they were all united in a sort of family, a family of survivors, survivors of life.  From the funny, sweet, charming, to the grumpy, you can’t help wanting to learn more from these characters.

Julia has been taken on as a temporary psychologist at the home covering for a maternity leave.  Julia has been employed to listen to the residents of the home and help them with their emotional needs.  But Julia didn’t envisage that this myriad bunch of elderly people would help Julia more in her own personal happiness and well-being.  This eight month period would be a wonderful time of learning, self-discovery, inspiration, team building, coping with her own loss and grief, acceptance of the past and the welcoming of new beginnings.

I loved every single page of this novel.  It made me laugh, it made my heart swell, I was charmed and I was inspired.  It was thought provoking but most of all it was truly wonderful.

About the Author

Virginie GrimaldiVirginie Grimaldi grew up in Bordeaux and has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember. She wrote her first novel aged eight in a green notebook with multiplication tables in the back. It was about love and the sea and featured a thirty-page-long sunset . . .

How to Find Love in the Little Things was first published in France in May 2016 and became an instant bestseller, translated into multiple languages.

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