Christmas at Carol’s by Julia Roberts book review

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Christmas at Carol’s written by Julia Roberts, publisher ripped, is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link:  http://amzn.to/2kJJPHk

Product Details (as per amazon page)

An uplifting tale of people’s desire to help each other in the season of goodwill – a romantic comedy with a twist in the tale.
Carol fell in love with Wisteria Cottage the moment she laid eyes on it and moved in two weeks before Christmas hoping it would be start of a new more positive period in her life.
On her first night in her new home she discovers an old Christmas card to someone called Annie with a heart-breaking message inside from Jake.
Although she doesn’t know them, and despite being on a self-imposed dating break herself, Carol begins planning how she can bring them together, while her new neighbour, Sally, is attempting a bit of matchmaking of her own.

 

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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 am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of this festive novella by Julia Roberts.

Novellas are the perfect size reads to while away an hour or two.  I also find novellas are ideal in-between reads for when you’ve just completed an epic novel.

Christmas at Carol’s is everything a Christmas novella should be!

Julia Roberts has managed to pack a fair bit in this festive treat of a novella.  We have romance, mystery, community spirit and heart warming seasonal scenes to put us all in the festive mood.

Moving into her new home, Wisteria Cottage, two weeks before Christmas proved to be a great time for reflection for Carol.  A time spent wisely decorating her new home and getting to know her neighbours.  With the uncertainty of the winter weather brought upon the village the spirit of Christmas was even more paramount.

Christmas at Carol’s is a perfect novella for a cold wintry day to comfort you with joy.

To learn more about Julia Roberts and her writing please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.juliarobertsauthor.com/

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

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/JuliaRobertsTV

 

 

 

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Winter at The Cosy Cottage Café by Rachel Griffiths book review

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Winter at The Cosy Cottage Café written and self-published by Rachel Griffiths is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link:  http://amzn.to/2A4EHZ3

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Camilla Dix is fiercely independent. Growing up, she had to be strong for her mother and younger sister after her father left them for a new life in Benidorm. Camilla has kept her heart firmly closed to love, and never allows her relationships with men to develop into anything serious.

Tom Stone moved to Heatherlea for a fresh start. He’s been hurt in the past and has no intention of making himself vulnerable again. The only company he wants at night is that of his rescue British Bulldog Hairy Pawter.

However, when Camilla and Tom meet, they can’t deny their mutual attraction, and something deeper soon develops between them.

As snows falls over Heatherlea, mulled wine flows and festive carols fill the air, but can Camilla and Tom put their fears aside and trust each other enough to let love in?

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This was such a treat to return to one of my favourite cafes (shame it’s fictional)!  Rachel Griffiths has created an idyllic setting for her new book series and Winter at The Cosy Cottage Café is our third outing to the café.  Each book can be read as a standalone but to fully immerse yourself in this picturesque landscape and the characters that the author has created I would fully recommend reading all the books in the series in chronological order.  The books now available are:

  • Summer at The Cosy Cottage Cafe
  • Autumn at The Cosy Cottage Cafe
  • Winter at The Cosy Cottage Cafe

and coming soon …

  • Spring at The Cosy Cottage Café

I instantly felt like I was re-visiting my very own book family as Rachel Griffiths has created a lovely myriad of characters for this series.  Characters written with warmth and humour and all set around The Cosy Cottage Café in the fictional country village of Heatherlea.

This story focuses on Camilla, the older sister of Dawn and the glamorous career woman from the friendship group that live in the village and congregate at the café.  Due to heartbreak in the past Camilla is wary of committing to a relationship but when a new vet turns up in the village Camilla is instantly attracted but is confused with her growing feelings.

Vet Tom has recently moved to the village following his own heartbreak, with the unique help of his trusted dog HP he is trying to settle into a new community.

With the festive season in full flow the storyline weaves around Christmas markets with festive foodie treats and handmade toys.  Family and relationship unrest but with a close friendship circle any unsettling is minimised by the love of the community within.

This was such a fun, festive read and the author has given us so many comical moments in this story.  A story of letting go of the past and opening your heart to new beginnings.  Cosy, comforting, full of laughter and festive sparkle.

To learn more about Rachel Griffiths and her work please do visit the following pages:

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

 

 

 

Christmas in Whitehorse Bay by Emily Anne Brandon book review

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Christmas in Whitehorse Bay written and self-published by Emily Anne Brandon is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link:  http://amzn.to/2AnzFWt

Product Details (as per amazon page)

It’s happening! Angus and Ruth, Whitehorse Bay’s favourite young-at-heart couple, are tying the knot.

Lexy loves father-figure Angus and village gossip Ruth to pieces and she’s thrilled to be chief organiser of the festive extravaganza. Not that it’s an elaborate affair, but she’s got a few top-secret plans to put into practice.

Until the snow starts.

Being on the Scottish coast, snow doesn’t ordinarily last longer than a day or two. However, the flurries don’t seem to be letting up, and the village is thrown into turmoil as everyone realises there’s no way in and no way out. Lexy is stressed, the villagers are on edge, and what is up with the hush-hush tones and sneaky looks between Lexy’s fiancé and her best friend?

The wedding has been the talk of the town for months and Lexy is desperate for the big day to go ahead as planned. If everyone pitches in, perhaps all will not be lost. Plus, people get ordained online all the time, don’t they?

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I spent a lovely Sunday afternoon cosied up inside with a hot drink, scented candle burning and a festive treat of a novella by Emily Anne Brandon.  It was the perfect read for a cold winter’s day and it left me chuckling, smiling and warmed my heart.

Christmas in Whitehorse Bay is our second visit to the Scottish coastal village.  I would highly recommend reading Love on the Rocks:  Summer in Whitehorse Bay prior to this novella as you will then fully appreciate the history surrounding the characters and will enjoy the full Whitehorse Bay experience.

I instantly felt reacquainted with Lexy, Jamie, Poppy, Graeme, Angus and Ruth and it was great to learn about new residents in the bay.

The story starts off with Lexy in full wedding planner mode organising Angus and Ruth’s forthcoming Christmas wedding.  Lexy is very vibrant and is buzzing with wonderful and quite frankly extravagant ideas for the couple.  But as the months fly by and December approaches the Scottish winter weather starts to become a threat for this wedding planner extraordinaire.  Excited and super organised Lexy becomes paranoid and starts to panic about her preparations.

Will the wedding take place?  Will Lexy’s carefully thought out plans come to fruition?  Why are Lexy’s two most important people in her life acting strange?

A fabulous, fun filled festive treat of a read.  Once again Emily Anne Brandon held me captive to the storyline with her great dialect including wonderful wit and humour … I could feel the characters coming to life.  I’m hoping for more from the residents of Whitehorse Bay.

To learn more about Emily Anne Brandon and her work please visit the following pages:

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

 

 

A Winter’s Tale by Carrie Elks book review

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A Winter’s Tale (The Shakespeare Sisters) written by Carrie Elks, publisher Piatkus, is available from 30th November 2017 in ebook and paperback format.

To pre-order/buy link:  http://amzn.to/2jqYmHB

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Struggling film student Kitty Shakespeare is as bad at interviews as she is talented at making films. She’s given herself until the end of the year to score an internship in LA, otherwise it’ll be back to London with her tail between her legs. Unfortunately the only job offer on the table is as nanny to major producer Everett Klein’s son, Jonas. It’s not exactly the career she’d hoped for, but if she can get this right, then surely he’ll take a moment to look at her work. However, what Kitty hasn’t allowed for is Everett’s sexy-as-hell brother, Adam – and love at first sight this is not.

Adam Klein may be sexy, but he’s also gruff, rude and completely impossible. All he wants to do hole up in his cabin and hide from the brother who destroyed his life. If only he could find it easier to ignore the way Kitty makes his heart race . . .

As Christmas approaches, Kitty and Adam realise that although the course of true love never does run smooth, just maybe, it’s more interesting that way…

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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 adored this tale of finding love at a time when you least expect it.  A Winter’s Tale is the second book in the Shakespeare Sisters Romance stories.  This is the story of Kitty Shakespeare, the youngest of four sisters.  Each story can be read as a standalone but you are truly missing out on a treat if you don’t catch up with each of the Shakespeare Sisters in their own unique story.

Carrie Elks is a relatively new author to me,  I was first introduced to her work back in August when I read Summer’s Lease.  You can find my review for Summer’s Lease here.  Carrie Elks writes contemporary women’s fiction, her stories sweep you away into the lives of the characters she has created with warmth and humour and you instantly fall in love with them.  There is a sexual chemistry that’s beautifully woven within the storyline that is quite addictive to read about.

Kitty’s story is gorgeous, charming, sexy and much, much more.  I really didn’t want this story to end.

Kitty is 24 and a mature Film Studies student at UCLA.  Kitty always dreamed of moving home from London to LA and wanted to work in the film industry as an Editor.  As part of her studies she needed to complete an internship but was struggling finding one and her lack of confidence during interviews wasn’t helping.  However, her resume which included work as a nanny, proved useful during one of her interviews when she was offered a temporary position of a nanny working over the festive period for a top producer.  This new assignment took her from the sunny coast of LA to the wintry climate of West Virginia to a grand house surrounded by snowy woodland.  Working for the top producer was to prove challenging in more ways than one.  The young boy Jonas was delightful and Kitty soon built up a good relationship with him.  However, Kitty didn’t have on the agenda getting in the middle of a sibling conflict.  This conflict between the two Klein brothers had been going on since the summer and has caused a big rift in the family.

Adam Klein, the younger of the brothers and acclaimed Documentarian is still reeling from this conflict, the emotions that his brother’s action brought out in him were still quite raw.  Since the summer Adam has been living the life of a recluse in the wooden cabin in the grounds of the family home.  He’d taken himself ‘off the grid’ and was seeking guidance for his anger and emotion issues.  Adam wasn’t looking forward to the big family Christmas and coming into contact with his brother again.  But a new visitor to the family property was causing him a new distraction and making him question his emotions.  An instant attraction was felt when he first met his nephew’s new nanny Kitty but his current mood didn’t always show his true feelings.

Two young people feeling lost and at odds with the world find a common ground in family values.  With growing sexual attraction can Kitty and Adam find a way of bringing their lost souls home?

Another screen-worthy performance from Carrie Elks.

To learn more about Carrie Elks and her work please do visit the following pages:

Website:  https://carrieelks.com/

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

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

 

His Mistletoe Wager by Virginia Heath book review

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His Mistletoe Wager written by Virginia Heath, publisher Mills & Boons Historical, is available in ebook and paperback format from the 1st October 2017.

To pre-order/buy link:  http://amzn.to/2wWNGXi

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Notorious rake Henry Stuart, Earl of Redbridge, is certain he’ll win his Christmas bet–until he learns he’ll be stealing Lady Elizabeth Wilding’s kisses. A woman who refuses to be charmed!
Once jilted, Lizzie must guard her heart, because the ton is unaware of her scandalous secret–her son! Despite their increasing attraction, she can’t risk the persistent Hal bringing down her defenses. But when her former fiancé returns, Lizzie realizes that perhaps Hal’s the one man she can trust–with her heart and her son…

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My first festive read for the upcoming season and what a feast for your eyes it is.  His Mistletoe Wager is a sequel to Virginia Heath’s Her Enemy at the Altar, you can find my review for this novel here.  His Mistletoe Wager can be read as a standalone but to fully appreciate and enjoy the full reading experience I would whole-heartedly recommend reading Her Enemy at the Altar first.

This story focuses on Hal, Henry Stuart, Earl of Redbridge, brother of Connie who we fell in love with in the previous story.  Hal is a notorious rake and has enjoyed many scandalous moments in his past however, he’s feeling a little out of sorts and now with the responsibility of the title bequeathed to him following his father’s death Hal has become more of a target to the ladies of society.  Even the attention of the hordes of females cannot change his current mood but his brother-in-law, Aaron Wincanton, places a wager with him and challenges Hal to steal five kisses from a fair maiden between now and the Twelfth Night.  The maiden Aaron has in mind is Lady Elizabeth Wilding.

Lizzie Wilding has been hiding from society after being jilted at the altar five years ago.  Her father wants her to return to the society scene but Lizzie would rather stay at home with her son she has so far kept hidden from the world.  If her secret son was to be revealed she would be shamed and her son would be shunned.  Life for a single mother was very tough in Regency time and was frowned upon.  Yet Lizzie has more to fear than her secret son being revealed when a would be suitor starts blackmailing her.  What hold does this unscrupulous man have on her?

With Hal game on winning his wager and gaining five kisses from Lizzie he starts the challenge with his full charm offensive.  However, Lizzie wasn’t to be easily won having sworn off men after being broken hearted.  But the unlikely pair found they had more things in common than they first realised and a mutual understanding is sought.

Once again Virginia Heath has had me swooning over the dashing hero Hal in this story.  I loved the banter between Hal and Lizzie and Hal’s cheeky charm had me smiling on many occasion.  The author was very clever though and gave Hal a sensitive, loyal side which had me sighing with contentment.

A delectable regency romance story that had it all; swooning and charm, hero’s and villains, family saga, drama, love and longing.  I adored it and I’m feeling bereft to be leaving my regency hero behind.

To find out more about Virginia Heath and her work please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.virginiaheathromance.com/

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

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

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/

Zak and Jen’s Astronomical Adventures – Tinsel Town by Natalie Page (Author), Chris Rivers Nuttall (Illustrator) Blogtour & Giveaway

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Zak and Jen’s Astronomical Adventures – Tinsel Town by Natalie Page (Author),    Chris Rivers Nuttall (Illustrator) is available now in paperback format.

Zak and Jen have their own etsy page to purchase books and other Zak and Jen inspired products.  The link is:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ZakandJen

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‘Zak flew to Jen’s planet and giggled with glee, he was so excited for what they might see…

Best friends Zak and Jen are off on a Christmas adventure with their special umbrellas. This time, the pair fly to a new planet, but where is everybody? Enjoy the magic as Zak and Jen make some new festive friends and discover how important it is to make the most of every day’

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Zak and Jen’s second adventure. I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this novel.

This is such a wonderful Christmas story with vibrant, quirky images that would appeal to all ages from a toddler being read to, to older children reading by themselves and to adults taking time out of their busy schedule to sit down and admire and enjoy this story.

I love the author’s wonderful rhythmic prose and the storyline is so poignant. I can easily imagine youngsters remembering the rhythmic text and singing along to the story. The images fit perfect to the storyline, love the vibrant colours against the dark sky and the quirkiness is so apt for the characters.

This would make a wonderful Christmas Eve treat to read whilst getting ready for the big event.

To find out more about Natalie Page please visit the following links:

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

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/LexiMorgan26

Natalie and Chris have kindly offered to give a copy of this book as a giveaway to my readers. To enter please click on the rafflecopter link:

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