Dreaming of St Tropez by T.A. Williams blogtour book review

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

To buy link:  https://amzn.to/2J1x5KF

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After a disagreement with a billionaire, architect Jess Milton is ‘let go’ from her job. However fortune intervenes – an elderly client asks Jess to dog-sit overweight, but loveable dog Brutus in St. Tropez.
Fed up with the mega-rich, Jess is reluctant to visit the playground of billionaires, but an all-expenses-paid trip and the promise of sunshine seals the deal.
Little does Jess know how much time she’ll be spending with the family living in St. Tropez. The sullen, but very good-looking David and his millionaire father are both welcoming but guarded, haunted by their pasts…
Can Jess bring some sunshine back into their lives – and, just maybe, find love in the process?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of T. A. Williams latest novel, Dreaming of St Tropez.

Once again the author T. A. Williams has taken me on a summer holiday with his sumptuous descriptions of the locations in his stories.  Dreaming of St Tropez I would imagine is the type of idyllic setting that everyone has fantasised about sometime in their lifetime.  The author shows us that there is definitely more to St Tropez that the glitz and glamour of the rich and famous.  There is a quiet, peaceful existence of life-long residents of this town on the coast of the French Riviera who have made this their home.  There is also a historical side with remnants of WWII involvement still evident in the hills and woodlands and I was intrigued and fascinated by this when we read glimpses of it in the storyline.

Jess is an esteemed architect in London and has worked with many high profile clients.  When her latest client causes her complications at work another client comes to her rescue with an offer of a temporary work/vacation in St Tropez with the proviso Jess takes along the client’s dog with her.  Jess’ best friend Hope also tags along for the ride and the girls with a rather stout black Labrador Brutus start their adventure heading to the south of France.

Jess’ client forgot to mention that the family she’ll be staying with in St Tropez have suffered greatly and both father and son are feeling at a loss with the world.  Can Jess, Hope and lovable Brutus start to bring sunshine back into their hearts and souls?

I loved discovering a new exciting, beautiful area with Jess, Hope and Brutus, especially the lesser known areas of the town.  St Tropez sounded so beautiful, so idyllic and very glamorous.  This was a wonderful, heart warming story full of unexpected drama and a lovely blossoming romance.  It was just such a lovely read bringing the sunshine from St Tropez to your heart.

To learn more about the author T. A. Williams please do visit the following pages:

Website:  https://tawilliamsbooks.com/

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

 

 

Letters to Iris by Elizabeth Noble book review

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Letters to Iris written by Elizabeth Noble publisher Michael Joseph (an imprint of Penguin) is available NOW in ebook and hardcover format.

To buy link:  https://goo.gl/ErY46d

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Tess has a secret – one which is going to turn her life upside down in just nine months’ time.
The only person she can confide in is her beloved grandmother. But Iris is slipping further away each day.
Then chance brings a stranger into Tess’s life.
Gigi’s heart goes out to Tess, knowing what it’s like to feel alone. She’s determined to show her that there’s a silver lining to every cloud.
As their unlikely friendship blossoms, Tess feels inspired to open up.
But something still holds her back – until she discovers Iris has a secret of her own. A suitcase of letters from another time, the missing pieces of a life she never shared.
Could the letters hold the answers that Tess thought lost for ever?

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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 in total awe of this wonderful novel and it will definitely be one of my standout reads for 2018.  Letters to Iris is Elizabeth Noble’s eighth novel and I am astonished that it is my first introduction to the author’s work.  Elizabeth Noble’s writing flows beautifully and you are soon enraptured in the hearts and lives of the characters she has described on the pages.

Letters to Iris focuses on predominantly four female characters with the principal character being Tess.  Tess adores her grandmother Iris, who at 96 years of age is now living with the devastating condition of alzheimers.  Tess’ mum Donna has led abit of a nomad lifestyle and Tess spent a lot of her childhood with her gran Iris.  Tess and Donna’s relationship is a little strained but when Iris’ condition becomes worse and she needs more specialist care in a home Donna surprises everyone with her attention to detail when visiting her mother.  When Tess’ own life takes on a new journey that shakes up her love life she soon faces an uncertain future but once again Donna surprises Tess with a solution to her immediate problems.  Tess is quite overwhelmed emotionally with all that is going on in her life but when she bumps into another visitor, Gigi, at the Care Home a bond is soon formed.  Gigi’s father-in-law is a resident of the same care home and Gigi has spent many hours visiting him.  Gigi has been married for over 30 years to Richard and has three grown-up children and a granddaughter.  Gigi is starting to feel a little invisible in her marriage and she starts to question her future.  Reading about how each character’s relationship is evolving with each other was wonderful to see and left you feeling hopeful and gave you a warm cosy glow.

Four different women at different stages in their lives coping with changes in their journeys.  Changes that can bring positive directions to their lives but also new enlightenments bringing many thought provoking moments and questioning of the past. Secrets from the past that are so heart wrenching and unbearable to think about.  A highly emotive story but also with a beautiful, underlying story of romance.  You cannot help but fall in love with Letters to Iris and I didn’t want to leave the characters I had warmed to and soon classed them as my friends.  Truly stunning, emotive storytelling.

To learn more about the author Elizabeth Noble please visit the publisher’s website page:

Penguin UK:  https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/elizabeth-noble/32447/

 

 

The Summer of Secrets by Tilly Tennant blogtour book review

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The Summer of Secrets written by Tilly Tennant, publisher Bookouture, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link:  https://goo.gl/SbQLmy

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Harper Woods wakes up every morning on Silver Hill Farm feeling like the luckiest woman in the world. She’s engaged to the tall, dark dreamy Shay and just downstairs are the gorgeous tea rooms she’s always dreamed of owning.

But Harper is about to discover something that will change her luck forever. For better or worse? She has no idea. Not until an expert can identify whether the stunning collection of jewellery she found hidden in the farm’s foundations is priceless, or more trouble than it’s worth…

As news of the discovery spreads through the Silver Hill, it seems everyone has a secret history making them the rightful owner. In particular, Will Frampton, stubborn and irritatingly handsome Lord of Silver Hill House, the crumbling stately home the other side of the hill. Too busy trying to untangle the truth, Harper doesn’t notice Shay getting rather close to his ex from the village.

Harper thought she had everything she ever wanted. If she solves the mystery of her sparkling prize, can she hold onto her dream, or will she lose it all, and be left broken-hearted?

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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 Tilly Tennant’s latest novel: The Summer of Secrets.

I adored this wonderful heart-warming story that captured my soul and left me glued to my ereader and I didn’t want the story to end.  Alas, I’m now bereft and missing my dose of feel-good from Harper and her friends at Silver Hill Farm.

I’ve always loved the idea of living on a farm and also having my own tearoom so this new novel by Tilly Tennant was a must read for me.  Harper Woods, the main character, has now been established at her little oasis of calm amongst the natural beautiful landscape in and around Silver Hill Farm with it’s small animal petting zoo and tearoom for a year now.  After escaping an unpleasant relationship back in Weymouth Harper and her best friend Pip moved to Cerne Hay to start anew and now feel accepted in the village. This new venture has given Harper back her confidence and she is starting to enjoy life again.

Unearthing an embossed box in the grounds of the farm which looks to hold some antique jewellery Harper’s life is about to get a lot more interesting and bringing her unwanted attention from the press and treasure hunters.  With the help of a historian working at the local museum a quest is started to find the original owners of the find.  Finding proof of the original owners is proving to be more difficult than first expected.  I loved this side of the story investigated the past of long lost treasure, it was fascinating and made a great diversion in the storyline.  Will the chance of fortune alter the course of Harper’s future?

As so often in village life any relationship entanglements are scrutinised and gossiped about and indiscretions in the past often find a way of being misinterpreted.  Will these secrets from the past stay hidden?

A gorgeous story with a wonderful feel-good warmth emanating from the storyline.  After our recent late onslaught of winter weather The Summer of Secrets has been a vital boost to the soul, thank you Tilly Tennant for bringing some much needed sunshine.

To learn more about Tilly Tennant please visit the following pages:

Website:  https://tillytennant.com/

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

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

The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green book review

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The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club written by Sophie Green, publisher Sphere is available in ebook format on 1st March 2018.

To pre-order/buy link:  https://goo.gl/cJjqRU

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In 1978 in Australia’s Northern Territory, life is hard and people are isolated. Telephones are not yet a common fixture. But five women find a way to connect.

Sybil, the matriarch of Fairvale Station, misses her eldest son and is looking for a distraction, while Kate, Sybil’s daughter-in-law, is thousands of miles away from home and finding it difficult to adjust to life at Fairvale.

Sallyanne, mother of three, dreams of a life far removed from the dusty town where she lives with her difficult husband.

Rita, Sybil’s oldest friend, is living far away in Alice Springs and working for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

And Della, who left Texas for Australia looking for adventure and work on the land, needs some purpose in her life.

Sybil comes up with a way to give them all companionship: they all love to read, and she starts a book club. As these five women bond over their love of books, they form friendships that will last a lifetime.

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 a wonderfully warm, uplifting story about five different women with diverse backgrounds, professing differing strengths, ages but all with a shared love of books and reading.

The women lived and worked in the Northern Territory of Australia.  An area so vast your nearest neighbour could be 25km away.  An area that had natural beauty with it’s deep earthy colours but the locality experienced two diverse seasons; a wet season that cut off families and friends for months on end and a dry season that could be equally as harsh to the livelihoods of the farmers.

Sybil had created the Fairvale Reading Club initially with the intention on introducing new friends to her daughter-in-law who had recently moved in to Fairvale with her husband, Sybil’s youngest son Ben.  Kate had travelled thousands of miles away from her family in England to start a new life with her husband.  A very daunting experience lay ahead for Kate as she had never met her husband’s family and hadn’t visited Australia before.  Sybil is the head of the household of Fairvale and I felt like she had a huge weight on her shoulders keeping the family and workers of the estate happy and healthy as well as sharing the load of running the farm with her husband Joe.  Sybil had this in-built knack of finding certain individuals that she believed needed help of some sort or other and bringing them together to learn and gain strength as a collective of women and this is were the book club came into it’s own.  Little did Sybil know at the time of founding the club that each member would be a valuable asset to each and every one of them.

The friendships that developed would give the ladies a strength, encouragement and love to face many hurdles that would fall their way. The ladies would also feel a community of overwhelming comfort from each other when times were rough.  With life’s hurdles challenges were faced and the ladies found a way of coping and moving on.

I really enjoyed the landscape of this story.  A landscape I wasn’t familiar with but the author soon made me feel like I was there.  The strength of all the women living in the outback and the small isolated towns was evident and I felt that the women were the glue that held many families and businesses together.

A wonderful tale of friendships, of love, of grief and of life.

To learn more about the author Sophie Green please visit the following pages:

Publisher Website:  https://www.hachette.com.au/sophie-green/

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

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

 

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella book review

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Surprise Me written by Sophie Kinsella, publisher Bantam Press, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover, audiobook and audio cd format.

To buy link:  https://goo.gl/fZ4JM5

Product Details (as per amazon page)

After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other’s sentences. They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it’s casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another sixty-eight years… and panic sets in.

They quickly decide to create little surprises for each other, to keep their relationship fresh and fun. But in their pursuit of Project Surprise Me – anything from unexpected gifts to restaurant dates to photo shoots – mishaps arise with disastrous and comical results.

Gradually, the surprises turn to shocking discoveries. And when a scandal from the past is uncovered, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all…

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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.

Sophie Kinsella is one of the top bestselling women’s fiction authors around at the moment.  You can always guarantee a read to bring out many emotions in you and Surprise Me didn’t disappoint.

Dan and Sylvie are happily married with their five year old twin daughters.  When their Dr gives them a clean bill of health during their routine insurance renewal he also gives them another diagnosis which alarms Dan and Sylvie slightly and makes them re-evaluate their marriage.  A mutual agreement is made and Project Surprise Me is born!  However, not all surprises are suitable, appropriate, some are quite unorthodox.  With both Dan and Sylvie competing to think up the best surprise for their respective spouse the project soon starts to get out of control.

Whilst project surprise me is in full swing Sylvie’s job is at risk.  Sylvie works at a stately home in London that is open to the public.  Sylvie and her colleagues soon realise they have to bring the administration of the stately home to the 21st century and funds need to be found swiftly to keep the house open.

When Dan becomes very distant Sylvie’s imagination runs wild and she is very concerned for the future.

This was a lovely story about love, life and relationships.  A story that is full of fun and is highly entertaining.  However, when the storyline takes some twists and turns and the surprises leave Sylvie with a dread, a dread that makes you question your past and a dread that makes you question the person you trusted and respected the most.  Life takes on a new direction for Sylvie, one that she can’t turn back on and one that fills her with renewed vigour.

Entertaining, enthralling and Sophie Kinsella certainly surprises you!

To learn more about Sophie Kinsella and her work please do visit the following pages:

Website:  https://www.sophiekinsella.co.uk/

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

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

 

A Week to be Wild written by JC Harroway blogtour book review

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A Week To Be Wild written by JC Harroway, publisher Mills & Boon DARE, is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audio book format.

To buy link:  https://goo.gl/bNLntB

Product Details (as per amazon page)

A daring game of temptation

She’ll play his game—but only by her rules!

Alex Lancaster is an adrenaline junkie. He’s also a sexy British billionaire who should come with his own warning signs. When Libby insists she is done with men who live on the edge, Alex coaxes her out of her comfort zone—professionally and very, very personally. Libby’s taking a high-stakes gamble, but the pay-off could win her everything…

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating the launch of A Week To Be Wild. Mills & Boon have had a makeover. 2018 sees the launch of a new sexy, passionate, bold, exciting series called DARE. A Week To Be Wild is our first dip into this gloriously, tantalising new series.

A Week To Be Wild is fast and furious and utterly sublime.

NYC based Libby Noble has been invited to the London Business School to give a presentation. As head of her own marketing business she is accustomed to giving speeches but those of a smaller scale.  Libby is also use to working with many busienssmen however, one particular man who hugs his designer suit to perfection and oozes sex appeal and charisma is self-made billionaire Alex Lancaster.  Alex Lancaster watched Libby’s presentation with a keen interest.  What Libby doesn’t know is that Alex Lancaster has a personal proposal for her.

Libby Nolan has a vulnerability about her.  Four years ago her life was completely shattered and since then she has built a brick wall around her heart and refuses to budge on letting her guard down.

Alex Lancaster, with all his bravado is hiding a heartache also.  Throwing himself into his business and now setting up a charity organisation that is very close to his heart.  Alex wanted, no he needed, Libby’s marketing expertise. But he also needed more from her. He wanted her to give up one week of her life for him. For him to show her his hopes for the charity and more.

This story was dripping with sex appeal.  However, you are kept captivated by the storyline surrounding this sizzling romance.  A romance that has the potential to explode with the unprecedented chemistry Libby and Alex share.

I also loved the style of this paperback it was a more streamlined size novel so is the perfect size to pop in your handbag for a quick indulgent romantic fix.

Giveaway: The publishers kindly sent me a second copy of this novel.  To be entered in the giveaway please comment below by stating one of your favourite fictional romances.

To learn more about the author JC Harroway please do visit the following pages:

Website:  https://jcharroway.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/jcharroway

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

To learn more about Mills & Boon please visit their website at:

https://www.millsandboon.co.uk/