Meet Me at the Lighthouse by Mary Jayne Baker book review

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Meet Me at the Lighthouse written by Mary Jayne Baker, publisher HarperImpulse, is available NOW in ebook format.

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’The day I turned 28, I bought a lighthouse and met the love of my life’

Bobbie Hannigan’s life in a cottage by the sea with her dog and her twin sister is perfectly fine … until she decides the logical thing is to buy a lighthouse and open a music venue with Ross Mason, the first boy she ever kissed.

Bobbie tries to be professional with Ross, but the happily-ever-after they’re working toward is too good to resist. That is until someone from his past crawls back to cause trouble. Can Bobbie look past the secrets Ross has been keeping from her? Or will the boy, the lighthouse, and the dream all slip away?

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When you fall in love with a story in a book it seems to make your whole world glow that little bit brighter and this is just how I feel about this story by Mary Jayne Baker.

Set in a little village on the Yorkshire coast a story to make your heart swell with love and pride for a couple that not only let love into their hearts but they gave up their spare time, cash and much more to turn a derelict building into an inspirational place to nurture music for all in the local community.

Bobbie Hannigan and her twin sister have lived in the small coastal village all their life.  During a night out when Bobbie catches the eye of the singer from the band playing at the local pub and then realising he is non other than Ross Mason, the first boy she ever kissed back in school.  Ten years gone and Ross has matured very nicely and reminiscing over the past the pair decide to buy a lighthouse and bring it back to it’s former glory and more turning it into a place of creativity encouraging new music talent; a dream that Ross has held for a while.

We follow the couple on their journey jumping through hoops with the restoration project.  We also follow Bobbie and Ross’ personal journey of moving on from traumas and broken hearts in the past.

The lighthouse proves to be a beacon of light of love, hope and inspiration.

A wonderful story filled with Yorkshire charm, wit and warmth.  Characters to fall in love with and to champion.  A story that is deliciously sexy and so romantic.  A story you want to shine brightly for a long time 5/5*

To find out more about Mary Jayne Baker and her books please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.maryjaynebaker.co.uk/

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

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

 

The Second Chance Café in Carlton Square by Lilly Bartett book review

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The Second Chance Café in Carlton Square written by Lilly Bartlett, publisher HarperImpulse is available in ebook format NOW.

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One chance isn’t always enough…

Everyone expects great things from Emma Billings, but when her future gets derailed by an unexpected turn of events, she realizes that getting back on track means traveling in a different direction.

She finds that new path in the closed-down pub on Carlton Square. Summoning every ounce of ingenuity, and with the help of her friends and family, she opens the Second Chance Café. The charity training business is meant to keep vulnerable kids off the streets and (hopefully) away from the Metropolitan Police, and her new employees are full of ideas, enthusiasm … and trouble. They’ll need as much TLC as the customers they’re serving.

This ragtag group of chancers have to make a go of a business they know nothing about, and they do get some expert help from an Italian who’s in love with the espresso machine and a professional sandwich whisperer who reads auras, but not everyone is happy to see the café open. Their milk keeps disappearing and someone is canceling the cake orders, but it’s when someone commits bloomicide on all their window boxes that Emma realizes things are serious. Can the café survive when NIMBY neighbors and the rival café owner join forces to close them down? Or will Emma’s dreams fall as flat as the cakes they’re serving?

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This was such a delight to read.  The Second Chance Café in Carlton Square is book 2 in the Carlton Square series but can easily be read as a standalone, as proven by myself as of yet book 1, The Big Little Wedding on Carlton Square, is still waiting patiently on my kindle.

Emma has had an awful lot of big events happen to her over the last two years; marriage, giving birth to twins and now she is planning to open up her own café.  Emma is one ambitious lady but when she saw the empty pub on the square she just knew what to do with it.  She also wanted the opportunity to open up doors for young, vulnerable people, give them a helping hand in life.  A chance to show them a trade and teach them new skills to help them move on in life in the right direction.  Interviewing candidates for her first two trainees was to prove an eye opening experience for Emma but she looked further from the first impressions and hoped her gut instincts were accurate.

Renovating the property sounded like a lot of hard work especially with the young toddlers but her family were wonderful support to Emma.  The big opening day of the café arrives and you can feel the nerves of anticipation from Emma.  Will she have any customers, can they fathom out how to work the posh coffee machine?  Of all the obstacles that have come Emma’s way in making the café a success she didn’t expect to be sabotaged by a rival café.  Gathering evidence to prove this was difficult and the café looks doomed before it even gets properly started.

Lilly Bartlett has created wonderful sub characters in this story with a wide array of colourful individuals which all work harmoniously, albeit with a few bumps, together.  I’d love to read more on some of these characters and hope in future stories they may take centre stage.

With her busy life as new mum, new business owner her own relationship was surely going to face a few challenges with Emma and her husband Daniel having to adjust to new routines.

I loved the sound of this café and could imagine it with my own eyes with the author’s description.  A wonderful community of old and young coming together over tea and cake.  Sounds rather perfect to me!  Delightful and entertaining radiating warmth and hopefulness.

About the Author

Lilly Bartlett’s cosy romcoms are full of warmth, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters. Lilly is the pen-name of Sunday Times and USA Today best-selling author, Michele Gorman, who writes best friend-girl power comedies under her own name.

Website:  http://www.michelegorman.co.uk/

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

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

Summer at the Little Wedding Shop by Jane Linfoot book review

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Summer at the Little Wedding Shop written by Jane Linfoot, publisher Harper Impulse, is available in ebook format from 18th May 2017 and in paperback on 29th June 2017.

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The third book in the bestselling series, ‘The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea’.

When the owner of Brides by the Sea, Cornwall’s cutest little wedding shop, offers Lily a job as their new wedding stylist, her first thought is – can she possibly pull it off?

Before she’s even sourced a fairy light or tasted a cupcake, Kip Penryn hires her services – but he’s opened an exclusive wedding venue in direct competition to her friend Poppy!

Lily feels like a traitor working for Kip, only everyone knows Penryn men are gorgeous but unreliable. All she has to do is sit back and watch him mess it up…doesn’t she?

Love is in the Cornish sea breeze this summer as the girls tackle their busiest wedding season yet. There’s plenty of bunting, bubbly and baking – but who is going to catch the bouquet?

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This is the third and final book in The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea series.  Each book can be read as a standalone but to fully appreciate all the characters and the storyline setting I would recommend reading them all in order as follows:

  • The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea (you can find my review here)
  • Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop (you can find my review here)
  • Summer at the Little Wedding Shop

Jane Linfoot has created the most delightful and delicious book series.  I have simply fallen in love with the characters in each story and have drooled over the delicious sounding cakes that Poppy makes.  The stories leave you with a warm glow of happiness, hope and belief.  You want to grab the creativity, spark, charisma and love from each individual character and bottle it up to be released when you are in need of book comfort.

This story focuses on Lily, whose left with no self-confidence and her belief in marriage is non-existent following her failed marriage.  However, she’s returned to the Brides by the Sea shop in St Aiden’s Bay, Cornwall, her former workplace as a florist, to attend the wedding of one of her friends and former colleagues.

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day with loved up couples proposing live on air on the local radio station.  Lily gets a shock when she listens to one of the happy couples; her own mother has just been proposed to!  Lily is furious and upset, her father died years ago but she is still devastated to hear her mother is moving on.

Lily loves being back with her friends at the wedding and her own woes of being single and now jobless are pushed to the back of her mind.  Lily soon catches the attention of two men; Fred a local builder and Kip one of the Penryn boys who she remembers from her childhood when the Penryn brothers spent each summer at their uncles’s mansion.  The Penryns were known as bad boys, unreliable with love them and leave them attitudes.  Kip was now living at his uncle’s mansion turning it into a wedding venue in direct opposition to her best friend Poppy’s venue of weddings at the farm with Rafe.

Lily if offered work as a stylist at the bridal emporium and she is soon in demand with weddings planned at both local venues.  With wedding wars amongst the brides to be and venue proprietors life gets a little complicated for Lily as she’s left working for both teams.  With mishaps and major bridezilla demands Lily and the girls at Brides by the Sea have just a few months to prepare and organise weddings for the summer season including their friend Immie and Lily’s mother.

This was such a gorgeously fun story.  I’d highly recommend this book series for all that love heart warming stories with lots of love and laughter.  The whole series read back to back would be a fantastic holiday treat.

To find out more about Jane Linfoot and her books please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.janelinfoot.co.uk/

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

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/JaneLinfoot2

 

Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop: Sequins & Snowflakes by Jane Linfoot book review

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Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop: Sequins & Snowflakes written by Jane Linfoot, publisher HarperImpulse is available NOW in ebook format.

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Little-Wedding-Shop-Snowflakes-ebook/dp/B01CY4STWU/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1475502163&sr=1-1

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The snow is falling around Brides by the Sea, Cornwall’s cutest little wedding shop, and wedding dress designer Seraphina East is in her cosy studio designing exquisite dresses to make even the most demanding bride’s dreams come true.

Unless the bride is her big sister Alice of course. Saying that the two sisters don’t always see eye to eye is an understatement. Alice hasn’t even asked Sera to design her wedding dress. But when an absent groom and ill-fitting dress threaten to ruin Alice’s happiness let alone her big day, Sera’s determined to give her sister the winter wedding of her dreams – even if that means keeping not one but two irresistibly gorgeous best men under control…

Is Sera going to end up being the maid of dishonour…Or will repairing her frozen relationship with Alice be the icing on the wedding cake?

There’s sequins, snowflakes, and plenty of romance in this gorgeous love story. The perfect romance to curl up by the fire with this Christmas! Perfect for fans of Carole Matthews and Milly Johnson.

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I’d like to thank the author, Jane Linfoot, her publishers and netgalley for an arc in return for a review.

This was the perfect feelgood winter warmer of a read.  I totally and utterly fell in love with this story.

Christmas at The Little Wedding Shop is the second story in The Little Wedding Shop series.  The books can be read as standalone but to appreciate and totally absorb yourself in the characters and location I advise you to read all the books in the series in chronological order.

I’m still fairly new to Jane Linfoot’s writing but after reading book 1 (The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea: Cupcakes and Confetti), you can find my review here, I have been overwhelmed by her writing style.  Her characters are so relatable and you can’t help fall in love with each one with their different quirks and charms.  She also makes the perfect book boyfriends and sometimes there are too many in a book so you are left feeling greedy with admiration!  The setting Jane has devised for her series is so wonderful, a 3 storey wedding shop on the sea front of a Cornish village.  It’s just so idyllic with it’s natural beauty and you certainly feel this from Jane’s descriptions.

This is Sera’s story.  Sera is the very shy but immensely talented wedding dress designer that was taken under the wing of the owner of Brides by the Sea, Jess.  Sera reminds me of a little Cornish pixie, she’s tiny, cute, very creative and lives in shorts and ankle books whatever the weather.  It’s the middle of December and Sera is starting to feel anxious for her sister Alice’s upcoming nuptials.  Alice is having her dream wedding at a gorgeous mansion in rural Cornwall, not far from Sera’s home and workplace on the coast.  Alice lives in London and has given Sera the task of finalising the wedding plans.  Alice is uber organised and has armed her sister Sera and whoever else is involved with the wedding with a huge wedding planner folder.  Alice’s latest instruction to Sera is to meet up with the best man and coordinate with each other the final points for this perfect wedding.

As you can imagine all does not go to plan for Sera and the best men, yes there are two of them!  Things get cancelled at last minute, errors of judgment are made and the two best men are acting like school boys vying for Sera’s attention.  A blast from the past also causes further heart ache for  Sera.

This story is such a delightful, fun, romantic story that leaves you with warm, fuzzy feelings with a hint of sparkle.  5/5*

I’m eagerly awaiting book 3 in the series and feeling very impatient!!!

Nearly forgot … Jane has so generously shared some delicious sounding recipes for winter warming cocktails and cakes to make your mouth water at the end of the novel!

To find out more about Jane Linfoot and her books please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.janelinfoot.co.uk/

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/JaneLinfoot2

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

The Honey Trap by Mary Jayne Baker book review

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The Honey Trap written by Mary Jayne Baker, publisher HarperImpulse is available in ebook format from FRIDAY 19th August 2016.

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The trap is set – but which one of them is the bait?

Journalist Angel Blackthorne is looking for her next big scoop. When her sleazy editor asks her to use her charms on super successful – and married – film director Sebastian Wilchester for a juicy exposé, Angel thinks what the hell? There’s a staff job on the horizon, and, let’s be honest, no one can make a cheater cheat if they don’t want to, right?

After the scandal breaks, Angel tries to put the story – and Seb – behind her, but fate seems to have other ideas. A near miss at a premiere after-party and a shared love of vintage film brings the honey closer to the trap.

But what happens when pretence leads to passion, and a ‘kiss and tell’ becomes something real?

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What a fabulous debut novel from Mary Jayne Baker.

I’d like to thank Mary Jayne for an arc in return for a review.  I love discovering new authors and finding Mary Jayne has been a wonderful revelation.  Mary Jayne’s debut novel flows smoothly at quite a speed with celebrity journalism pulling out all the stops to snare one half of the current ‘in’ couple.  The honey trap doesn’t go without consequences and young, aspiring intern at The Daily Investigator, Angel, didn’t expect her emotions to be so confused over the whole ordeal.  Angel’s career and love life takes an unexpected turn after this entrapment.  What Angel doesn’t realise is her own emotions have also been ensnared by this one event.

Can Angel ignore her confused feelings and can the media crazy public ignore the headlines?

What follows is a fun filled, sexy read that is unputdownable!  The scandal, the lust, the greed, the secrecy, the revelations, the romance is quite addictive.

I loved all the characters Mary Jayne had created, even grumpy boss Steve, with his crass Yorkshire dialect.  His honesty was quite comical and shocking at times.  The story was a little far fetched but I still loved it and who knows what goes on behind anyone’s door?  The scruples that red top journo’s have undertaken are quite unbelievable but us readers are guilty of buying into the scandalous headlines.

A brilliant debut that is a fun-filled, sexy romp of a read.  4.5/5*  Can’t wait for more from Mary Jayne Baker!

About the Author

Mary Jayne Baker grew up in rural West Yorkshire, right in the heart of Brontë country… and she’s still there. After graduating from Durham University with a degree in English Literature in 2003, she dallied with living in cities including London, but eventually came back with her own romantic hero in tow to her beloved Dales.

She lives with him in a little house with four little cats and a little rabbit, writing stories about girls with flaws and the men who love them. You can usually find her there with either a pen, some knitting needles or a glass of wine in hand. She goes to work every day as a graphic designer for a magazine publisher, but secretly dreams of being a lighthouse keeper.

To find out more about Mary Jayne and her books please visit the following pages:

http://www.maryjaynebaker.co.uk/

http://www.twitter.com/MaryJayneBaker

http://www.facebook.com/MaryJayneWrites

The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea: Cupcakes and Confetti by Jane Linfoot

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The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea: Cupcakes & Confetti written by Jane Linfoot, publisher HarperImpulse, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Wedding-Shop-Sea-Cupcakes-ebook/dp/B01BS9X6PM/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1471262968&sr=1-4

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Brides by the Sea, the cutest little wedding shop in all of Cornwall, has it all, including cake baker Poppy who lives upstairs. But wedding planning is not the piece of cake Poppy thought it would be, and when her best friend Cate’s wedding planner walks out, Poppy has to tie up the loose ends so her bestie can tie the knot.

Double-booked venues, ‘rustic’ locations and gorgeous but grumpy farmer Rafe have this wedding pro feeling like she could be Cate’s ‘something blue.’

Will the wedding, the shop and the cake all come crashing down on her? Or will Poppy pull it off to give Cate – and herself – the happy ever afters they deserve?

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I’ve been wanting to read this book since the end of April, when I purchased the ebook.  However, life and pre-planned reviews held up my reading schedule.  But what a delight it was and well worth the wait.  I also think it made the perfect summer holiday read and as it’s been recently published in paperback format you can easily pick it up with your weekly grocery shopping from Sainsburys!

This is the first book I’ve read by Jane Linoot and I don’t know how I’ve overlooked her novels?  Cupcakes & Confetti is Jane’s 5th book and is the first book in a new series called The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea.  The full list of all the books in the series is:

  • The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea: Cupcakes & Confetti
  • Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop: Sequins and Snowflakes
  • The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea: Buntings & Bouquets

This was such a wonderful, delicious read with all the attributes required for a great romcom:

  • a beautiful location – Cornwall (tick)
  • cakes, lots of them (tick)
  • animals with character and cuteness overload (tick)
  • rugged farmer (tick)

I could go on …

I love a foodie fiction novel but this story had much more than cakes, although I have to say the cakes Poppy created sounded mouth-wateringly good.

Poppy was nursing a broken heart when we first come upon her living in the attic room of The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea.  Her friend Jess, owner of the shop, was so kind to let Jess stay in the flat above her shop.  Although, Poppy being at the flat was a double bonus as she could help out in the shop and as Poppy bakes cakes, specifically wedding cakes, she could pick up business from the brides to be.

When the local farm/wedding venue loses it’s Wedding Co-ordinator planned weddings for brides to be in the area are in jeopardy including Poppy’s best friend Cate.  Cate insists Poppy helps out and take over co-ordinating the weddings at the farm.  Poppy agrees to take on the role at the farm and manages to combine it with her cake making and helping out at the shop.  However, she doesn’t anticipate the frosty reception from farmer (and now boss) Rafe.

We follow Poppy, with the help of her friends, planning weddings at the idyllic farm location over the next few months leading up to Cate’s wedding.  The months working at the farm are quite enlightening, frustrating, comical at times but quite rewarding.  Poppy’s life is slowly starting to look positive after a relationship that stripped her self-esteem.

Such a lovely, charming read.  I loved how the chapters were titled with a catchphrase from the events of each chapter.  It was a comfortable flowing story with chapters rolling nicely into each other.  A gorgeous story filled with enough sweetness and romance to make your heart dance 5/5*

To find out more about Jane Linfoot and her books please visit the following pages:

http://www.janelinfoot.co.uk/

http://www.twitter.com/JaneLinfoot

http://www.facebook.com/JaneLinfoot2