Christmas Carols and a Cornish Cream Tea by Cressida McLaughlin @cressmclaughlin @RandomTTours @fictionpubteam #ChristmasCarolsCornishCreamTea

Christmas Carols and a Cornish Cream Tea written by Cressida McLaughlin, publisher HarperCollins, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

All Meredith Verren has ever wanted is to escape the holiday season without having to wear a
Christmas jumper. Her new job at the cosy gift shop in a picturesque Cornish tourist spot is
making it impossible for her to maintain her scrooge-like manner.
With their seasonal hampers on everyone’s wish list, Meredith must paste on a smile and fake
some holiday cheer. Then she meets handsome new arrival, Finn, who wishes it could be
Christmas every day and wants her to feel the same way too.
Can she embrace the holly and the ivy before the decorations are packed away for another year?

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Cressida McLaughlin has enchanted me with this story as she sprinkled Christmas magic to those that needed it the most.

I haven’t read any of the previous Cornish Cream Tea books by Cressida McLaughlin and I didn’t feel at all disadvantaged. This book read perfectly as a standalone but I have to admit though it has made me want to revisit Cornwall with the author’s wonderful words of warmth and comfort.

Meredith hates the festive season and she struggles to let herself embrace all that it offers. She tends to hide away till the New Year when life starts to get back to normal. We don’t get to hear the reason of her anxiety at Christmas for a good while and it’s only the charm of a handsome stranger that slowly helps Meredith to open up.

Finn is currently on holiday in the Cornish coastal town that is Meredith’s home. Finn is handsome and very charming but he also holds a mysterious air about him.

As these two strangers meet a friendship blossoms and they find themselves learning about each others vulnerabilities gaining an inner strength they thought they didn’t hold.

I just loved how this story enveloped me in a cosy warmth and had me feeling hopeful, nostalgic and loved. Seeing the sights of the Christmas festivities felt magical and I could see how the community pulling together lifted the mood all around. The characters are written with warmth and are very likeable, I was championing them throughout. Cressida McLaughlin certainly knows how to please her readers, I just know I will be investing my time and money in her other stories.

About the Author

Cressy is the bestselling author of uplifting, romantic books including The Canal Boat Café, The House of Birds and Butterflies and The Cornish Cream Tea series.

She grew up in London surrounded by books and with a cat named after Lawrence of Arabia. She studied English at the University of East Anglia and now lives in the beautiful city of Norwich with her husband David.

Apart from writing, Cressy loves terrifying ghost stories, romantic heroes and Henry Cavill.

When she isn’t writing, Cressy spends her spare time reading, returning to London or exploring the beautiful Norfolk coastline.

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An Island at War by Deborah Carr @DebsCarr @0neMoreChapter @HarperCollinsUK #bookreview #HistoricalFiction

An Island at War written by Deborah Carr, publisher 0ne More Chapter, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

A moving historical novel inspired by the German occupation of the Channel Islands during WW2. This is a story of courage, resilience and everyday acts of defiance from ordinary people forced to live in an extraordinary time.

June 1940

While her little sister Rosie is sent to the UK to keep her safe from the invading German army, Estelle Le Maistre is left behind on Jersey to help her grandmother run the family farm. When the Germans occupy the island, everything changes and Estelle and the islanders must face the reality of life under Nazi rule.

Interspersed with diary entries from Rosie back on the mainland, the novel is also inspired by real life stories from the author’s own family who were both on the island during the occupation and in London during the Blitz and is a true testament to the courage and bravery of the islanders.

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This was such a compelling read that opened my eyes to a different side to WWII. Sometimes factual books on war can be hard to read as they are full of information that can be slightly confusing but when a novelist, like Deborah Carr, weaves a storyline based around historical events it becomes a fascinating experience and makes history more accessible. I also find it gives me a thirst to learn more.

An island at War is the story of Jersey, one of the Channel islands and it’s struggle during the Nazi occupation of WWII. We follow the story of one family who own a farm in the Jersey countryside and when the war becomes more prevalent and the enemy is literally knocking on their door their lives are turned upside down with no end in sight.

Most children managed to escape to the mainland, men signed up to help with the war effort leaving behind, women, younger children and the elderly to keep homes and livelihoods afloat.

I had heard about the occupation of Jersey but didn’t know a great deal about it. This fictional novel by Deborah Carr brings to life the extreme changes that the occupation of the Nazi’s inflicted on this beautiful island. An island that must have felt very vulnerable and isolated. I could sense the distress, anguish and anxiety within the islanders. Animosity grew between the islanders and the Nazi but as time went by and the struggles of life became harder tension grew between neighbours.

Deborah Carr’s writing made me feel like I was part of this monumental historical event and my emotions were heightened throughout. When the story ended it gave me chance to reflect on all that had occurred and as a reader I liked to imagine the friendships made during times of conflict could be rekindled in years to come.

A thoughtful, compelling story full of emotions but a sense of hope was never too far away.

About the Author

USA TODAY best-selling author of The Poppy Field
Publisher: HarperCollins, One More Chapter
Deborah Carr lives on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands with her husband and three rescue dogs. She was described as ‘One to Watch’ by Good Housekeeping magazine for her debut historical romance, Broken Faces. Her book The Poppy Field, published by HarperCollins’ One More Chapter imprint to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, was a USA TODAY best-seller.
The first book in her new Mrs Boots series, Mrs Boots, Book 1 is out on 27 March 2020 with Book 2, Mrs Boots of Pelham Street, being published in May.
Deborah is one third of The Blonde Plotters and Co-Founder of multi-award-winning tech start-up – the first global virtual literary festival venue platform developed to connect readers and authors.

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Twitter: @DebsCarr

Love Heart Lane Boxset by Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow @0neMoreChapter_ @rararesources #promo

I am so excited to be involved in the celebration and promotion of the Love Heart Lane Boxset that is NOW available. I can wholeheartedly recommend this series as I have adored each and every one of the stories.

Don’t miss this gorgeous eBook boxset of the first three novels in Christie Barlow’s bestselling Love Heart Lane series – also including a bonus Christmas short story!

Love Heart Lane – where friends are there for you no matter what

Love Heart Lane

When Flick Simons returns to the cosy village of Heartcross she only expected to stay for a few days. The white-washed cottages of Love Heart Lane might be her home, but the place holds too many painful memories, and of one man in particular – Fergus Campbell.

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Foxglove Farm

Isla and Drew Allaway appear to have the perfect life – a strong marriage, two beautiful children and their picture-perfect home, Foxglove Farm.
But, new mum Isla is struggling. When she discovers that Drew has been keeping secrets from her, Isla has to face losing the home they all love.

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Clover Cottage

When Vet Rory Scott inherits ramshackle Clover Cottage in the quaint village of Heartcross, Allie MacDonald just knows this is their happy ever after. A place to call home with the man she loves – it’s her dream come true!
Until Rory drops a bombshell. He loves Allie but he has dreams of his own to follow – to live and work in Africa. Clover Cottage will have to wait just a little longer…

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Plus the exclusive short story –  Christmas at Heartcross Castle.

Celebrate Christmas with all your favourite residents from Love Heart Lane – a short Christmas story not to be missed! Merry Christmas! X

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About Christie Barlow

Christie Barlow is the number one international bestselling author of fifteen romantic comedies including the iconic Love Heart Lane Series, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm and Kitty’s Countryside Dream. She lives in a ramshackle cottage in a quaint village in the heart of Staffordshire with her four children and two dogs.

Her writing career has come as a lovely surprise when Christie decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. Christie’s dream was to become a writer and the book she wrote to prove a point went on to become a #1 international bestseller in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.

When Christie isn’t writing she co-presents The Book Show on Radio Northwich, enjoys playing the piano, is a keen gardener and loves to paint and upcycle furniture.

Christie is an ambassador for the @ZuriProject alongside Patron of the charity, Emmerdale’s Bhasker Patel. They raise money and awareness for communities in Uganda.

Christie loves to hear from her readers and you can get in touch via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


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The Rose Code by Kate Quinn @KateQuinnAuthor @HarperCollinsUK @RandomTTours #HistFic #bookreview

The Rose Code written by Kate Quinn, publisher Harper Collins, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover, audio CD and audiobook format.

Book Blurb

The brand-new novel from the internationally bestselling author of The Huntress and
Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick The Alice Network

1940, Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire.
Three very different women are recruited to the mysterious Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes.
Vivacious debutante Osla has the dashing Prince Philip of Greece sending her roses – but she burns to prove herself as more than a society girl, working to translate decoded enemy secrets. Self-made Mab masters the legendary codebreaking machines as she conceals old wounds and the poverty of her East-End London upbringing. And shy local girl Beth is the outsider who trains as one of the Park’s few female cryptanalysts.
1947, London.
Seven years after they first meet, on the eve of the royal wedding between Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, disaster threatens. Osla, Mab and Beth are estranged, their friendship torn apart by secrets and betrayal. Yet now they must race against the clock to crack one final code together, before it’s too late, for them and for their country.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Kate Quinn’s latest historical novel: The Rose Code.

The Rose Code is my first read by author Kate Quinn. From the intensive research the author made to the detailed descriptions of the era and to the myriad of characters I appreciated every single step the author took to create this wonderful book. A book that is based on the real day to day life of workers at Bletchley Park during WWII. There are moments in the story that I felt like I was reading a true account of the lives and loves surrounding the people of Bletchley Park, it did feel like a memoir as it was so atmospheric. My husband witnessed my verbal gasps of admiration for this novel many a time especially as the intensity grew my eagerness to reach a conclusion was paramount!

The Rose Code is a story of three very different young women who found themselves signing an oath of secrecy as they commenced working for the government in the non descript huts at Bletchley Park. No training was given as they were all stepping into unknown territory and they learned as they worked their minds through codes, sequences, wires until they clicked into place revealing secret strategic information from the enemy. These codes could take weeks and even months to break but the workers were so committed to the task their whole lives soon revolved around Bletchley Park. A community of unique, sometimes reclusive, highly intelligent individuals all working together to form a team of silent, invisible workers helping with the war effort.

“Being clever doesn’t exempt me from danger.”

As the war progressed life intensified for our three friends but when a night like no other turns to questions of trust, inquisition and betrayal the lives of these women will never be the same again.

The story travels back and forth to their time at Bletchley Park and to 1947 to the forthcoming marriage of Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip. 1947 is also just over 3 years since the girls last saw and spoke to each other. When one of them out of the blue breaks their silence the other two questions whether they can step back into a time that consumed their lives.

As the story picks up pace the reader is left on tenterhooks with a time limit in place for the mystery to be solved and for one of the friends life to be saved.

Kate Quinn has given us a glimpse into another world and to a different side to WWII, these remarkable invisible heroes with their team effort were to save many lives. The author treated the reader to a roller coaster of emotions and I struggled to contain my feelings a time or two. Life during conflict is hard, cruel and so unjust but love still found a way into people’s hearts. A historical fiction that had it all drama, intrigue, tragedy, danger and romance.

About the Author

Kate Quinn is a native of southern California. She attended Boston University, where she
earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Voice. A lifelong history buff, she has
written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance
detailing the early years of the infamous Borgia clan. All have been translated into multiple
languages. She and her husband now live in Maryland with two black dogs named Caesar
and Calpurnia.

Website: Kate Quinn – Author of Historical Fiction

Twitter: @KateQuinnAuthor

A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan @SarahMorgan_ @HQstories #festiveread #romcom #mustread

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A Wedding in December written by Sarah Morgan, publisher HQ (an imprint of HarperCollins UK) is available NOW in ebook, audiobook, paperback and audio CD format.

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In the snowy perfection of Aspen, the White family gathers for youngest daughter Rosie’s whirlwind Christmas wedding.
First to arrive are the bride’s parents, Maggie and Nick. Their daughter’s marriage is a milestone they are determined to celebrate wholeheartedly, but they are hiding a huge secret about their own: they are on the brink of divorce. After living apart for the last six months, the last thing they need is to be trapped together in an irresistibly romantic winter wonderland.
Rosie’s older sister Katie is also dreading the wedding. Worried that impulsive, sweet-hearted Rosie is making a mistake, Katie is determined to save her sister from herself. If only the irritatingly good-looking best man, Jordan, would stop interfering with her plans…
Bride-to-be Rosie loves her fiance but is having serious second thoughts. Except everyone has arrived – how can she tell them she’s not sure? As the big day gets closer, and emotions run even higher, this is one White family Christmas none of them will ever forget.



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A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan has been patiently waiting in my tbr for a few months but oh it was so worth the wait.  I feel like Sarah Morgan has excelled herself with this festive feast for our eyes.

This story is about a grown up family coming to terms with lots of different turns in the roads of life for them all.  The most recent turn is the youngest daughter of the family, Rosie, announcing her engagement to Dan, a young man she met a mere few months ago.  The other news is that the wedding is on Christmas Eve, this Christmas eve!  Mum Maggie is shocked, older sister Katie is hellbent on putting a stop to the wedding and dad Nick is quite blaise about the whole affair as long as his little girl is happy.  However, Maggie and Nick have a secret of their own they’ve withheld from both their daughters and now they are off to America to celebrate Rosie’s wedding they feel they can’t reveal that they are getting a divorce so they come up with a plan to act as if nothing has changed in their relationship.

Acting out you are still happily married to your husband of 30 years sounds an easy task but when you’ve got a long haul flight ahead of you that you are absolutely terrified of Maggie decides to take steps to make the journey more agreeable with very funny consequences.

We follow the family as they travel thousands of miles to the snowy mountains of Colorado to be with Rosie as she weds Dan.  Sarah Morgan treats her readers to the most idyllic of wintry settings that you just want to hibernate in with a good book.  The fun and games the family endure getting to know their future in-laws comes with many obstacles and Maggie and Nick find being forced together miles from home is giving them time for reflection.  It is also perfect timing for oldest daughter Katie who is feeling very emotional over a number of things.

Can the mountain air and beautiful scenery bring clarity to the family and will the wedding go ahead?  Charming, sexy and such a gorgeous, festive read.

About the Author

Sarah Morgan is a Sunday Times and USA Today bestselling author of romance and women’s fiction. She has sold over 16 million copies of her books and is a 3-time winner of the prestigious RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America. Her books have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Booklist.
Sarah lives near London with her family and when she isn’t writing or sprawled on the sofa reading, she likes to spend time outdoors walking or riding her mountain bike. She still can’t believe she is lucky enough to be paid for doing a job where she makes things up.

Twitter:  @SarahMorgan_

A Cosy Christmas in Cornwall by Jane Linfoot @janelinfoot @0neMoreChapter_ @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #festiveread

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A Cosy Christmas in Cornwall written by Jane Linfoot, publisher One More Chapter (digital division of Harper Collins UK), is available NOW in ebook format.  The paperback is due for release in December.

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A December to remember…
Christmas in a Cornish castle? Sign Ivy Starforth up! Hired to kit out the holiday rental as the world’s most Instagramable festive dreamland, there’s only one thing standing in the way of her hefty paycheque – the lord of the manor.
Bill Markham could give Scrooge a run for his money but Ivy is firmly #TeamChristmas…even if her handsome host seems to be doing everything he can to sabotage her staging. Maybe she shouldn’t have stumbled in on him starkers in the hot tub?
As the temperature outside cools, things inside the castle heat up. It’s been a long time since Ivy allowed herself to give in to temptation…surely one little kiss under the mistletoe won’t hurt?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Jane Linfoot’s latest novel: A Cosy Christmas in Cornwall.

Jane Linfoot has a great recipe for success for gorgeous feelgood romcoms all set in idyllic settings.  A Cosy Christmas in Cornwall is a wonderful romp of a read set just on the outskirts of the lovely fictional coastal village of St Aidan.  It is centred around friends and their families getting away from everyday life and having the perfect insta-worthy Christmas in Cornwall.

Ivy Starforth has agreed to tag along with her friends Libby and Fliss with their extended family to a Christmas getaway in Cornwall.  Libby is an insta-influencer and Ivy is the perfect partner to make this festive holiday ‘gram perfect’!  However, when Ivy arrives at their holiday let a few days early on her own to prepare she is a little shocked to see how different the property looks from their ‘google image’ search.  Ivy is also shocked to learn she knows the caretaker of the refurbished castle; a man she met six years ago and has never quite forgotten him.

Once Ivy gets over the double shock of the minimalist interiors of the castle and of seeing Bill again she enlist his help in turning a cold looking castle into a warm, cosy induced castle that oozes festive vibes.

Bill is not feeling very festive as Christmas hits a vulnerable spot for him but knows he has to turn this castle into the holiday tenant’s dream posts or he’s going to have a mutiny on his hands.

Once the hoard of guests arrive we are met with a myriad of characters all with their own personality quirks.  There’s plenty of festive, fun and frolics and heartfelt inspiring moments with this gorgeous romcom.  I loved it all and didn’t want it to end, I hope Jane Linfoot returns to the characters we’ve discovered at the castle in a future new story.

About the Author

a cosy christmasJane Linfoot is a best selling author, who lives in a cottage on a Derbyshire hillside with her family and their pets. Although she loves seeing cow noses over the garden wall, she’s happy she can walk to a supermarket.

Jane grew up in North Yorkshire where she spent a lot of her childhood avoiding horizontal gales blowing off the sea and wrote her first book by accident. While she loves to write feel good books that let readers escape, she’s always surprised to hear her stories make people laugh, admits to (occasionally) crying as she writes, and credits her characters for creating their own story lines.

Jane’s garden would be less brambly if she wasn’t on Facebook and Twitter so often. On days when she wants to be really scared, she rides a tandem.

Her recent stand alone novels are all set in and around the (imaginary) seaside village of St Aidan in Cornwall. They are: A Cosy Christmas in Cornwall, Edie’s Browne’s Cottage by the Sea, The Little Cornish Kitchen. Her four book Little Wedding Shop series are standalone stories, also set in St Aidan. They are: The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea, Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop, Summer at the Little Wedding Shop and Christmas Promises at the Little Wedding Shop. They are all published by the Harper Impulse and One More Chapter imprints of Harper Collins.

Follow Jane on Twitter @janelinfoot, or find her on her Author Page Facebook or her
Personal Page Facebook. She’s also on Instagram, and has lots of Pinterest boards relating to her novels.

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Coming Home to Wishington Bay by Maxine Morrey @Scribbler_Maxi @rararesources @HQDigitalUK #PublicationDayPush #bookreview #contemporayromance #feelgoodfiction #romcom #giveaway


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Coming Home to Wishington Bay written by Maxine Morrey, publisher HQ Digital, is available NOW in ebook and audiobook format.

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Home is where the heart is…
Holly doesn’t have time for a holiday this year. But when her job threatens to send her over the brink, her boss insists she take a sabbatical. So she packs her bags and escapes to her beloved grandmother Gigi’s house on Wishington Bay, which has sat empty since Gigi passed away.

But Holly’s dreams of a coastal escape take an unexpected turn. Holly didn’t expect to spend time with any man this summer – let alone an Aussie Adonis…but when she meets her next door neighbour Gabe and his little dog Bryan, it’s clear her quiet summer of strolling along the sand and wandering through the seaside village’s tiny streets on her own will come with a hefty dose of distraction.

With a summer to fill and Gigi’s wonderful and surprising house to sort through, Holly knew it would be a summer packed with old memories. She just didn’t expect to make so many new ones…

Coming Home to Wishington Bay is the new gorgeous uplifting rom-com from Maxine Morrey, perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan and Tilly Tennant!

Coming Home To Wishington Bay

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I am so pleased to be involved in the Publication Day Push for Maxine Morrey’s latest novel: Coming Home to Wishington Bay.  Firstly I’d like to say a great big Happy Publication Day to Maxine Morrey.  This is only the second book I’ve read by this author and Maxine Morrey is becoming one of my favourite writers.

Coming Home to Wishington Bay is a wonderful story of new beginnings and taking stock of your life and finding your happy place.  It’s also a story of coping with the emotions that grief brings you and of struggling with health concerns.

Holly has been living and working in London for a good while and she’s been forced to take a sabbatical due to increasing worries regarding her mental health.  Holly has committed herself to her career and didn’t think nothing of working regular 12 hour plus days.  She’s also recently broken up from a relationship that has brought mixed emotions of anger, trust and humiliation.  Returning to Wishington Bay on the south-coast to her late Grandmother Gigi’s home Holly hopes that this time away from her London life is enough to get her back on track and to also appease her boss.

Holly didn’t expect her ‘r n r’ to include bumping into her new neighbour, hot doctor Gabe with his rescued ‘hot dog’ Bryan.  After initial confused introductions a friendship soon ensues between Holly and Gabe.  However, Gabe forgot to mention a little ‘white lie’ he told his parents and their friendship soon becomes a little more confused.

I loved the sound of Gigi’s home it sounded so idyllic being on the beachfront and with a small close-knit community of independent businesses in the village.  The blooming relationship between Holly and Gabe was good fun with lots of banter flying between them but you could sense a chemistry behind the cheeky chat.  I loved the interaction between Bryan, the adorable rescued pup, and all the characters it was very endearing and I always think animals bring a softness to characters in a story.

This is a beautiful, romantic story but touches on the subject of serious issues regarding mental health which made the storyline even more relatable.  Coming Home to Wishington Bay is a gorgeous feel-good story that will uplift and charm you.

About the Author
Coming Home To Wishington - Maxine Morrey - bio pic b&wMaxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten.

As time went by, she continued to write, but ‘normal’ work often got in the way. She has written articles on a variety of subjects, as well as a local history book on Brighton. However, novels are her first love.
In August 2015, she won Harper Collins/Carina UK’s ‘Write Christmas’ competition with her first romantic comedy, ‘Winter’s Fairytale’.

Maxine lives on the south coast of England, and when not wrangling with words loves to read, sew and listen to podcasts. Being a fan of tea and cake, she can (should!) also be found doing something vaguely physical at the gym.

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Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld book review


Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld, publisher The Borough Press is available NOW in ebook, hardcover and audio download format.

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The Bennet sisters have been summoned from New York City.

Liz and Jane are good daughters. They’ve come home to suburban Cincinnati to get their mother to stop feeding their father steak as he recovers from heart surgery, to tidy up the crumbling Tudor-style family home, and to wrench their three sisters from their various states of arrested development.

Once they are under the same roof, old patterns return fast. Soon enough they are being berated for their single status, their only respite the early morning runs they escape on together. For two successful women in their late thirties, it really is too much to bear. That is, until the Lucas family’s BBQ throws them in the way of some eligible single men . . .

Chip Bingley is not only a charming doctor, he’s a reality TV star too. But Chip’s friend, haughty neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy, can barely stomach Cincinnati or its inhabitants. Jane is entranced by Chip; Liz, sceptical of Darcy. As Liz is consumed by her father’s mounting medical bills, her wayward sisters and Cousin Willie trying to stick his tongue down her throat, it isn’t only the local chilli that will leave a bad aftertaste.

But where there are hearts that beat and mothers that push, the mysterious course of love will resolve itself in the most entertaining and unlikely of ways. And from the hand of Curtis Sittenfeld, Pride & Prejudice is catapulted into our modern world singing out with hilarity and truth.

IMG_1234I won a copy of a proof of this novel via social media.  I was first drawn to the book via the gorgeous but quite simple cover.  I was also intrigued by the synopsis of a modern day Pride and Prejudice.

I have to be honest this book was a slow starter for me and it took me a little while to get into the characters and storyline.  That being said, I am glad I persevered as I found I was wanting to know what happened next for the sisters and at the end I quite enjoyed the story.

Mr and Mrs Bennet are the parents of 5 girls aged between 39 and 23, they live in an 8 bedroom Tudor house in Cincinnati.  Mrs Bennet is concerned that the girls’ body clocks are ticking away and wishes to marry the girls off as soon as possible.

Chip Bingley is a handsome ER Dr and recent reality TV star and is very much still eligible.  Mrs Bennet believes Chip would make a very good suitor for either Jane or Liz and has set the ball rolling for an intervention between her girls and Mr Bingley.  Chip’s best friend is a rather arrogant but equally handsome, Fitzwilliam Darcy.  His attitude towards the women residing Cincinnati riles Liz and Darcy has definitely ruffled her feathers.

All is not what it seems in the Bentley household.  Following her father’s recent health scare all the girls have been summoned to help out with his recovery.  During her stay in the family home Liz discovers that their parents are actually broke.  Whilst Liz’s mother is matchmaking and topping up the girls’ ‘bottom drawers’ Liz is on a mission to help her parents out of the debt hole they’ve dug themselves in.

The story has moments of fun and quirkiness at times.  I loved the old fashioned romance idealism that was brought bang up to date.  Liz’s character was the most endearing.  She is an independent woman, working for a successful magazine in New York but thinks nothing of jetting off across the country to help her family when in need.  Liz had a relationship but it was one of convenience, more convenient for the other partner mind you, Liz was missing out on the true details of a loving partnership.  I loved her sparring with Darcy.

I would recommend this book and urge you to give this wonderful, modern version of an old fashioned romance a chance.  However, as it was a slow starter I’ve marked my score down slightly.  3.5/5*

I’d like to share a quote from the novel that I particularly loved:

“Plenty of men don’t want children.  Mr Bennetttook a sip of coffee.  I’m still not sure that I do.”

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The Stylist by Rosie Nixon book review

the stylist

The Stylist by Rosie Nixon, publisher MIRA is available NOW in ebook, hardcover and audio download format.

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When Amber Green, a shop assistant in an exclusive London boutique is plucked from obscurity and mistakenly offered a job working with Mona Armstrong, the infamous, jet-setting ‘stylist to the stars’, she hits the ground running, helping to style some of Hollywood’s hottest (and craziest) starlets.

As awards season spins into action Mona is in hot demand and Amber’s life turned upside down. Suddenly she catching the attention of two very different suitors, TV producer Rob and Hollywood bad boy rising star Liam. How will Amber keep her head? And what the hell will everyone wear?

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I absolutely loved this book.  I instantly felt transported to the uber glamorous lifestyle of a celebrity stylist.  It was a wonderful, guilty pleasure read that I devoured.  When we see the BAFTAs or the Oscars we can’t help but admire and gape in wonder over the stunning dresses and jewels of the A-listers.  Its easy to get hooked on the glamour of the occasion as it’s so alien to our normal lives.

Amber Green, what a fabulous name, worked in a boutique in London.  When celeb stylist Mona Armstrong desperately needed a new assistant to help her style the stars Amber was in the right place at the right time and agreed to join the roller coaster lifestyle of a celeb stylist for a few weeks.

We follow Amber jetting off to LA and back living the dream, or so she thought.  This was such a fun filled romp of a story with oozes of glamour, fashion and brilliant moments of scandal and humour.  This is the first novel written by Rosie Nixon and I look forward to more wonderful words from her.

Rosie created such fabulous characters with great stories to be told and learned from them all, from our favourite rookie stylist heroine Amber Green to the manic ‘Jekyl and Hyde’ personality of Mona Armstrong to the gorgeous and charming TV guy Rob; Tango Tim; Wannabee Princess Beau Belle and her miniature piggy Pinky.  This book had it all and more, I loved escaping to this wonderful world.  5/5*

About the author (as per amazon page)

Rosie Nixon has been joint Editor of HELLO! magazine for the past five years where she relishes the role of hands-on editor with a love of all things celebrity, royal and fashion-related. She previously held senior positions at glossy women’s magazines including Grazia, Glamour and Red. In her career she has been lucky enough to attend a multitude of glamorous award ceremonies, premieres and showbiz weddings all around the world. Rosie’s experience has undoubtedly enabled her to write her debut novel.

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