Foxglove Farm by Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow @0neMoreChapter_ @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #romcom #summerreading

 

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Foxglove Farm written by Christie Barlow, publisher HarperImpulse, is available NOW in ebook format.  The paperback is due out in September.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2YDc2Cp

Book Blurb

Return to Love Heart Lane for friendship, romance and a community who will be be there for you no matter what…
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. She loves her little family but with Drew working all hours on the farm, Isla’s lonely.
When she discovers that Drew has been keeping secrets from her, Isla has to face losing the home they all love.
Can the Love Heart Lane community pull together once more to help save Foxglove Farm? And can Isla save her home…and her marriage?

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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 Christie Barlow’s latest novel:  Foxglove Farm.

I’m a relative newcomer to Christie Barlow’s writing with Foxglove Farm being the  2nd book that I’ve read by her.  There are so many great authors to discover and Christie Barlow is one that has firmly shot to my favourites list … I can’t wait to binge read all her back catalogue!  Her writing style flows effortlessly with relatable characters written with warmth.  The settings in her novels are described as idyllic and full of community spirit and as a reader you soon start to feel included in the neighbourhood.  The stories behind the characters are real and heartfelt and you start to champion them.

Foxglove Farm is a return to the village of Heartcross and Love Heart Lane which we visited back in January.  You can find my review for book one in the series here.  Foxglove Farm can be read as a standalone story but to fully appreciate all the characters, the setting and the whole ambience I would highly recommend reading all the books in the series in order, which are:

  • Love Heart Lane
  • Foxglove Farm

Foxglove Farm is Isla and Drew’s story; after recently giving birth to her second child life on the farm is busier than ever for the young couple but trouble is brewing when Drew starts to display unusual mood swings.  Isla is confused about Drew’s sudden change and starts to worry for her family’s future.  When tragedy strikes Isla has to rely on the good nature of her family and friends to keep her home and livelihood in business.

Once again the warmth from the characters that Christie Barlow has created shines through and you feel welcomed into their lives.  I particularly liked how the author dealt with a sensitive subject with grace and empathy.  This area the author has touched on is hardly spoken about and has almost felt like a taboo subject for a long time  but slowly the world is opening it’s eyes to an issue that is quite commonly felt.

Foxglove Farm is a lovely heart-warming story that will make you fall in love with the village of Heartcross even more, especially now that it has some new additions with added cute factor 🙂

About the Author
Foxglove Farm Author PhotoChristie Barlow is the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty’s Countryside Dream, Lizzie’s Christmas Escape, Evie’s Year of Taking Chances, The Cosy Canal Boat Dream, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm, Love Heart Lane and Foxglove Farm. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA & Australia.

Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money/awareness and engaging with impoverished people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being.

Website http://www.christiebarlow.com
Twitter @ChristieJBarlow
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Edie Browne’s Cottage by the Sea by Jane Linfoot @janelinfoot @HarperImpulse @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #romcom

 

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Edie Browne’s Cottage by the Sea written by Jane Linfoot, publisher HarperImpulse, is available NOW in ebook format.  The beautiful paperback version is due out in July.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2YO8HjW

Book Blurb

Those who don’t jump will never fly…
Hurtling through the sky was supposed to be Edie Browne’s flight of independence. But when she falls head over champagne bucket while celebrating her successful landing, her life is changed in an instant.

But starting over has its benefits, and as Edie relearns the basics under the watchful eye of her Aunty Josie and an entire Cornish village of new friends and neighbours, she finds love and joy she never could have imagined in the unlikeliest of places…
Come home to St Aidan and Periwinkle Cottage for a romance full of love, laughter and friends for life!

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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 Jane Linfoot’s latest novel: Edie Browne’s Cottage by the Sea.

Oh Edie Browne, with an e, you endeared me, you charmed me, you inspired me and I totally and utterly fell in love with you.

Edie Browne’s Cottage by the Sea on the outside looks like a beautiful feel-good story but on the inside it is so, so much more. Edie is a young successful designer working for a building company in Bath, her romance has failed but she’s feeling positive about that and decides to make a gigantic statement with her new singledom. However, life was to deal Edie another blow, a completely life-changing event and Edie needed time away from home to recuperate and learn going right back to basics again. Staying with her Aunt Josie at her cottage in a village off the Cornish coast was the perfect place to relax and let the body and mind heal.

However, moving to St Aidan wasn’t just moving in with her Aunt as the residents of this idyllic village knew when a friend or two needed help and even though Edie was a temporary resident it didn’t matter and she was warmly welcomed into the love and support network. The residents of St Aidan are a glorious group of people that are carefree, fun, spontaneous and have huge hearts. One of these residents is Barney who after becoming guardian of a little boy, Cam, his life brought on new challenges but his friends and neighbours help tremendously but when Cam befriends Edie, Barney is surprised at how easy Cam has learned to trust this newcomer. The partnership of little Cam and Edie was a brilliant move by author Jane Linfoot as due to Edie’s new circumstances Cam and Edie were very similar and I think Cam found a kinship in Edie.

Jane Linfoot has created a brilliant story with Edie Browne’s Cottage by the Sea I laughed uncontrollably so often with Edie’s little events and I cheered with all her achievements. My heart ached for what life had thrown her but Edie was embracing new challenges with gusto and I adored her for this.

I will not forget Edie Browne for a long time she was a joyous character, I didn’t want her journey to end, there’s no “love you, goodbye” with Edie Browne there’s ‘love you and thank you for being you’.

About the Author
Edie Browne - Author PhotoJane Linfoot is a best selling author, who lives in a muddy cottage, up a steep hill in Derbyshire, with her family, their pets, and an astonishing number of spiders. 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 working as an architect, and renovating country houses. While she loves to write feelgood 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 latest books include a series of stand alone novels, based around a seaside wedding shop in Cornwall. Cupcakes and Confetti – The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea, Sequins and Snowflakes – Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop, and Bunting and Bouquets – Summer at the Little Wedding Shop, and most recently, The Little Cornish Kitchen. These are all published by Harper Impulse, an imprint of Harper Collins.

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

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

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

Love Heart Lane by Christie Barlow blogtour book review

 

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Love Heart Lane written by Christie Barlow, publisher HarperImpulse, is available NOW in ebook format and is due to be published in paperback format in March 2019.

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Welcome to Love Heart Lane…
When Flick Simons returns to the small 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.
When a winter storm sweeps in, the only bridge connecting the village to the main land is swept away! As the villagers pull together, Flick finds herself welcomed back by the friends she once left behind. And as the snow begins to melt, maybe there is a chance that Fergus’s heart will thaw too…

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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 Christie Barlow’s latest novel: Love Heart Lane.

Yay, I’ve finally read one of Christie Barlow’s stories. I’ve read so many great reviews of Christie’s books and I have purchased books following these reviews but I’ve not had the chance yet to read. However, I think I’ve started with a good one! Love Heart Lane was just perfect, it gave me cosy feels but it had so much depth to the story and characters. I didn’t want the story to end as I felt like I’d moved in to this Scottish Highlands village and that the characters were my friends. I’m now feeling bereft but excited and chuffed to learn that there will be more from Christie Barlow and the villagers we’ve grown to love with another story in the series due in the summer.

Felicity (Flick) Simons has been living and working in London for the last eight years after fleeing her home, friends and loved ones back in the Scottish Highlands village, Heartcross. The reason Flick fled was so tragic and very personal and at the time Flick felt like she had no option but to leave. It’s taken the death of her dear Grandmother for Flick to make the trip back up north and face the repercussions of her actions of eight years ago. Flick’s mother, Rona, is thrilled to have her daughter back home even under the saddest of circumstances but not everyone in the village welcome her back with open arms.

Fergus Campbell was Flick’s childhood sweetheart and when Flick upped and left eight years ago she crushed his heart and also their dreams of a future together. Now after so long Fergus is non too pleased to see Flick back in the village and the pain from long ago is still quite raw.

This is a story of friendship, of a community pulling together and of a love that suffered many scars but held on to a flicker of a flame that would never lose it’s glow. I devoured this story and wanted more.

If you can’t wait for book two in the series it is now available to pre-order: https://amzn.to/2AW6Gs8

About the Author

literary festivalChristie Barlow is the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty’s Countryside Dream, Lizzie’s Christmas Escape, Evie’s Year of Taking Chances, The Cosy Canal Boat Dream, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm and Love Heart Lane. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA & Australia.

Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money/awareness and engaging with impoverished people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being as well as Literary Editor for http://www.mamalifemagazine.co.uk bringing you all the latest news and reviews from the book world.

Social Media Links:
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Twitter – @ChristieJBarlow
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The Poppy Field by Deborah Carr blogtour book review

 

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The Poppy Field written by Deborah Carr, publisher HarperImpulse, is available NOW in ebook format and is due to be published in paperback at the end of December.

To buy/pre-order link: https://amzn.to/2PBccWF

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
Young nurse, Gemma, is struggling with the traumas she has witnessed through her job in the NHS. Needing to escape from it all, Gemma agrees to help renovate a rundown farmhouse in Doullens, France, a town near the Somme. There, in a boarded-up cupboard, wrapped in old newspapers, is a tin that reveals the secret letters and heartache of Alice Le Breton, a young volunteer nurse who worked in a casualty clearing station near the front line.
Set in the present day and during the horrifying years of the war, both woman discover deep down the strength and courage to carry on in even the most difficult of times. Through Alice’s words and her unfailing love for her sweetheart at the front, Gemma learns to truly live again.

This is a beautifully written epic historical novel that will take your breath away.

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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 Deborah Carr’s latest novel: The Poppy Field.

This is my first introduction to the work of Deborah Carr and it ticked all the boxes for me.  I love reading historical fiction and especially stories set around pivotal moments in history, events that changed the world we live in now.  2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.  During the summer I had the privilege to visit many of the war graves and commemorative monuments around Flanders Field.  I was deeply moved by the graves and the traces of a war that etched scars across the country.  My husband was a member of the armed forces and I could totally emphasise with the families and loved ones that were left behind during times of conflict.  The constant fear of the unknown was a daily battle.

The story is set in two time zones; the present day and then we travel back to 1917.  Gemma has recently left her nursing job back in the UK following a very emotional break-up.  She has agreed to help oversee the renovation of an old farmhouse that has been left to her father.  The farmhouse is in Doullens, France, not far from the Somme.  A chance to escape her life in Brighton proves to be the best medicine for Gemma.

The farmhouse is pretty derelict and Gemma has quite a job on her hands but with the help of a fellow Brit living in the French village they start the task of renovating the property.  An unexpected find is made in one of the outhouses; a tin box full of letters dating back to 1917.  Curiosity peaks Gemma’s attention with these letters and she is keen to learn about the author and recipient of them.  Gemma slowly learns from the letters the emotional, brave plight of Alice Le Breton, a young VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) originally from Jersey who worked in a casualty clearing station near the frontline in Northern France.

I was captivated by the scenes the author portrayed back in 1917: it was atmospheric and you could feel the bravado from these young volunteer girls witnessing scenes they never could have imagined.  The days in the makeshift wards were relentless and there was little escape for the VADs.  Gemma felt a kinship with Alice, they were both nurses working under extreme pressure and conditions so for Gemma to learn of Alice 100 years on must have really brought to home the differences in life in medicine back then and now.

Deborah Carr’s novel was very raw and honest at times revealing war in it’s true colours.  Alice’s story must have been very similar to many back in WWI.  Love finds a way during the dark days of conflict bringing glimpses of hope for the future.  These moments must have been cherished by many.  I adored both sides of this story, the present day with Gemma overcoming her heartache and finding inspiration in the farm and letters and to Alice’s story that was just so tragically beautiful.  Heart-breaking and utterly captivating.

About the Author

The Poppy Field - Deborah MedDeborah Carr lives on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands with her husband, two children and three rescue dogs. She became interested in books set in WW1 when researching her great-grandfather’s time as a cavalryman in the 17th 21st Lancers.
She is part of ‘The Blonde Plotters’ writing group and was Deputy Editor on the online review site, Novelicious.com for seven years. Her debut historical romance, Broken Faces, is set in WW1 and was runner-up in the 2012 Good Housekeeping Novel Writing Competition and given a ‘special commendation’ in the Harry Bowling Prize that year. The Poppy Field is her second historical novel.

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The Not So Perfect Plan to Save Friendship House by Lilly Bartlett book review

 

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The Not So Perfect Plan to Save Friendship House written by Lilly Bartlett, publisher HarperImpulse with Notting Hill Press, is available NOW in ebook and the paperback format is due to be released in November but is available for pre-order.

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2Nb66yi

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Meet Phoebe, who’s 28, and Laney, Dot and Maggie, who are 68, 78, and none of your business. Together they’ll prove that age doesn’t matter when it comes to friendship, belonging and an unquenchable zest for life.
A hilarious, uplifting novel about the ties of community, the strength of love and how nobody is truly ordinary.
When Framlingham’s famously all-female senior living home goes co-ed, a war between the sexes is declared.
Stuck in the middle, chef Phoebe Stockton is desperate to help her friends plot to keep the community that means so much to them. It’s become her life raft, too. She finds comfort in her beloved career that might finally make her parents proud. But Phoebe’s darling Nick is lining up on the other side of the battle, and their relationship is suffering collateral damage.
The stakes couldn’t be higher. If the home’s owner can’t improve business by moving the men in, he’ll have to evict everyone.
The women aren’t about to let that happen.

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The Not So Perfect Plan to Save Friendship House is Lilly Bartlett’s fifth novel.  This was a fun, uplifting read and I could easily picture it as a perfect Sunday evening TV two part mini series.  It has all the ingredients to entertain you with warm likeable and easily recognisable characters, great comedic scenes between the generations of characters, a team spirit and romance blossoming in all different directions.

I do love a story with a set of characters from varying ages and backgrounds.  It shows that there should be no diversity within friendship and professional lives.  The mixing of young and older gives different depths to relationships.  The older generation have more life experiences to share and the younger have different views on life, love, technology and bring a new energy to the mix.

Phoebe Stockton has been Head Chef at the care home for a while now but since the recent death of her mother she’s been feeling a little out of sorts.  Her mother was very strong minded and always wanted the best for her children but Phoebe felt like her chosen career of catering wasn’t enough.  Through her grief she is feeling a myriad of confused emotions.  Phoebe also has unclear emotions with matters of her heart.  Since the new Physiotherapist Nick started at the home she’s been harbouring a crush on him.

At the moment the home is a happy place for ladies only but when the owner’s new plans for the home cause a furore the ladies and the staff start a revolt against new development resulting in quite hilarious scenes.

Can the ladies keep their happy home?  Will these new plans bring hope for the future for all?

I loved this story of friendship, of comradeship, of new beginnings.  Lilly Bartlett has created another wonderful tale filled with lots of fun, laughter, tears and love.

About the Author

Lilly Bartlett’s cosy romcoms are full of laugh out loud moments, 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 chick lit under her own name.

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MicheleGormanUK

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

The Little Cornish Kitchen by Jane Linfoot blogtour book review

 

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The Little Cornish Kitchen written by Jane Linfoot, publisher HarperImpulse, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

The paperback is available from all good book retailers and the ebook is available to download for amazon kindle, kobo, Google Play and Apple iBooks.

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2LENgP6

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It’s time to come home to Cornwall
With an exiting new life in Paris, Clemmie Hamilton isn’t looking forward to heading home to the picturesque but sleepy village of St Aidan, Cornwall. However, when she discovers that the cosy apartment by the sea, which her grandmother left to her, is under threat from neighbour and property developer, Charlie Hobson, Clemmie realises she can’t abandon her home in its time of need.
With her childhood friends encouraging her, Clemmie decides to turn the apartment into ‘The Little Cornish Kitchen’ – a boutique pop up pudding club raising money for the repairs to the building in an effort to stop Charlie once and for all. But when Charlie and his easy charm won’t seem to go away, everything soon becomes even messier than the state of Clemmie’s Cornish kitchen…

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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 Jane Linfoot’s latest romcom; The Little Cornish Kitchen.

This was such a delicious read that I greedily devoured.  I’ve loved Jane Linfoot’s The Little Wedding Shop series and I didn’t think the author could top this series but I think this new nugget of loveliness may be the best part of any dessert stand 🙂

We are back in the idyllic Cornish coastal village of St Aidan’s and have four new friends to discover along with a whole host of sub-characters and especially a handsome, brooding man who comes with a loyal dog and a disloyal cat … and he can also bake!!!

When Clemmie Hamilton returns to her home town of St Aidan’s to visit her late grandmother’s apartment that has been left to her Clemmie is feeling a little apprehensive.  Clemmie’s current life is living and working in the city of Paris so St Aidan has a very different vibe to the very chic and bustling city.  One thing St Aidan’s has that Paris doesn’t is her lifelong friends Sophie, Nell and Plum.  The girls have been friends since childhood and have shared many highs and lows together.  Clemmie doesn’t think she could live full-time in St Aidan’s but when she opens the door to her late Gran’s apartment that has a stunning sea view location nostalgic feelings come flooding back and Clemmie is filled with warmth and joy.  Bit by bit each item of crockery and piece of furniture is giving Clemmie such wonderful memories that she is starting to feel a pull to the place.

When Clemmie literally bumps into her neighbour Charlie, Diesel his dog and Pancake the cat, that pull is becoming stronger as new feelings emerge.  As equally handsome that Charlie is he holds a grumpiness to his character and is quite aloof.  However, underneath it all there is a sadness within Charlie that St Aidan’s and his dog and the beautiful, tranquil settings of the apartments can only bring warmth back to his heart.  But meeting his new neighbour Clemmie has startled his heart and has kickstarted it beating again.

The Little Cornish Kitchen is a gorgeous feel-good summery read that will have you salivating over the delicious delights that Clemmie produces and you’ll be swooning over a love story were the pets have no worries or qualms about declaring their true feelings.

The author Jane Linfoot has put together a lovely giveaway.  Win a signed copy of The Little Cornish Kitchen, Mermaid Notebook and Sugar Unicorns (Open Internationally)

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The Map of Us by Jules Preston book review

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The Map of Us written by Jules Preston, publisher HarperImpulse, is available NOW in ebook format.

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 Violet North is wonderfully inconvenient. Abandoned by her family and lost in an imagined world of moors and adventure, her life changes in the space of just 37 words exchanged with a stranger at her front door.
Decades later, Daniel Bearing has inherited his father’s multi-million pound business, and is utterly lost. He has no idea who he is or where his life is headed.
When Violet’s granddaughter’s marriage falls apart, Tilly, always adept with numbers, compiles a detailed statistical report to pinpoint why. But the Compatibility Index Tilly creates has unforeseen consequences for everyone in her world.
Tilly and Daniel share a secret too. 10.37am, April 22nd.
Soon, a complex web of secrets and lies is exposed and an adventure begins with a blue typewriter…

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The Map of Us is the debut novel by Jules Preston.  The storyline is quite a clever mix of family drama, grief, betrayal, bullying, diversity, courage and love.

The author’s writing style is full of wit and wisdom and had a multitude of short chapters.  At times, for me, I did find the storyline a little repetitive but by the end of the story all these character idiosyncrasies with their quirks and insecurities all made complete sense.  Now and again the author would throw a little line and it would completely melt my heart and would leave me feeling joyous.

Violet North was a very ill child and her parents treated her badly, once she reached adulthood they abandoned her and left her to her own devices.  This unbeknown to her family was the best thing that could have happened to her.  To while away her time Violet decided to write herself a companion and she wanted this companion to travel on the paths and roads, hills and mountains that she couldn’t.  Violet’s imagination was just wonderful and for a while this was all she needed in her life.

Matilda (Tilly) North is the youngest of three grandchildren to Violet North.  Tilly is a statistician and when her marriage broke down she decided to analysis it’s downfall with pages and pages of research and compatibility equations.  Tilly loved the simplicity of numbers, her brother Jack loved colour and her sister loved handbags.  Their father, who I adored, loved sand and sculpting amazing shapes and creations out of the sand.

These little quirks that each member of the family held was their own way of dealing with life and they were accepted for all that they were, as a family unit they blended perfectly.

A very fresh, imaginative approach to a love story.  A love story that has spanned decades and has weathered time.  I look forward to more from this promising new author Jules Preston.

About the Author

Jules Preston was born in London, and has had lots of jobs. Some good. Some bad. The best was cutting up national newspapers with a huge pair of scissors. He now lives in Devon, surrounded by piles of paper held together with bulldog clips. One day they might get turned into books too. Hopefully.

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/jules_preston_

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Sweet Home Summer by Michelle Vernal blogtour book review

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Sweet Home Summer written by Michelle Vernal, publisher HarperImpulse, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Sometimes, home really is where the heart is…
Leaving behind her hi-flying career in London, Isla Brookes has had enough. Burnt out and tired of an unfulfilling profession and lousy boyfriends, it’s time for her to go home.
Arriving back in cosy Bibury to stay with her grandmother, Bridget, everything is charmingly familiar. Even her childhood sweetheart, Ben, is as handsome as she remembered…
And when she discovers a stack of long-forgotten Valentine’s Day cards, Isla, with the help of Ben, begins to realise exactly what is most important in life.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting Michelle Vernal’s latest novel: Sweet Home Summer.

This was a lovely family saga, a story of two halves and told in two voices; gran Bridget’s coming of age and falling in love story set in 1957 and forward to the present day grandaughter Isla moving back home after 10 years in London following her burn-out professionally and personally.

After 10 years in London Isla Brookes was ready for a change, exhausted from work and her love life strains a new work-life balance was needed and Isla felt like the place to reflect on her future was back home in New Zealand.  Moving back in with her beloved gran Isla was ready to start again looking for a certain something to inspire her.  However, when she left home years ago she broke not only her own heart but another.  Seeing Ben again after so long has ignited a slow burning for her old flame but the timing is not right now as Ben has moved on.  Inspiration comes from an unlikely location but Isla feels a pull and feels totally reinvigorated with this new dream that is building inside her.

Living with her gran has given Isla some wonderful moments of nostalgia and when she unearths a secret her gran has kept hidden for so long Bridget soon starts reminiscing about the past.  A past that held a beautiful, touching blossoming love that was sadly thwarted by prejudices and tragedy.  Once Bridget starts unravelling her past she vows to make things right and sets a plan in action with the help of her granddaughter and her new friends.

I loved Isla’s relationship with her gran they were quite similar in personality and their love of baking I felt opened up the emotions from both gran and granddaughter.  Isla’s mother and father were a great pairing, her mum was so vivacious and young spirited, I loved the sound of the new keep-fit class NLNL.  Isla’s dad loved his hobbies and liked to spread this love to all around him.  The author, Michelle Vernal, has woven some humorous scenes in the storyline bringing much charm and character.  I also loved the sense of community spirit involvement helping out one of their own and also to a local cause that was an essential place to all in the village.  The secrets that started unravelling brought many mixed emotions and gave all those concerned reflection to what was important in the whole scheme of life.

A charming time-slip story filled with nostalgia, love, tragedy, inspiration and warmth.

To learn more about Michelle Vernal please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.michellevernalbooks.com/

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

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Christmas Promises at the Little Wedding Shop by Jane Linfoot book review

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

To buy link:  http://amzn.to/2z1DLRs

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Christmas arrives at Brides by the Sea, Cornwall’s enchanting and most adorable little wedding shop.

There’s nothing more magical than a winter wonderland wedding, and the girls are determined to make this festive season their most romantic yet.

The champagne is on ice while the mistletoe is hanging from every nook, and the exquisite lace and pearl-encrusted dresses, glistening like the frosted shop windows, are waiting to be chosen.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and romance is most definitely in the crisp winter air- with promises, proposals and Christmas kisses aplenty…

What will the season bring, in this enchanting fourth book of ‘The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea’ series?

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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.

Christmas Promises at the Little Wedding Shop is the fourth book in The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea series.  Each book can be enjoyed as a standalone but to fully appreciate the back history I would whole heartedly recommend reading all books in the series.  The books in the series are:

  • The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea
  • Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop
  • Summer at the Little Wedding Shop
  • Christmas Promises at the Little Wedding Shop

I have been totally captivated and swept away by this contemporary romcom series by author Jane Linfoot.  The setting of a book series around a wedding shop located on the Cornish coast with it’s rugged and stunning vista ever changing with the seasons is so idyllic.  Readers are treated each time they open up any of the books in this series to a cast of warm hearted characters with female leads you want to be best friends with and I’m sure as each book is published the male leads get more adorable.

This story focuses on Holly who is returning to her hometown for the festive period to take photos for her friend’s wedding, which so happens to be taking place on the very beach besides the wedding shop.  Since fleeing from her surprise proposal almost a year ago Holly has been determined to avoid Christmas at all costs to help her get over her break-up from Luc.  However, as she promised to help at her friend’s wedding she has no choice and feels that she can just about manage with one wedding at Christmas.  However, St Aidan and The Wedding Shop are gearing up for a festive period filled with fun, love and lots of weddings.  The Wedding Shop’s regular photographer Jules has unfortunately had to pull out of taking the photos for the forthcoming Christmas weddings.  Emergency reinforcements are needed and the Wedding Shop team look to Holly to help out.  Holly’s self-esteem since the break-up is very low however, she has the help of local beer and wine merchant Rory on hand to help.  Rory also so happens to be her nemesis.  They connected when they were at school, very often Rory would tease Holly but secretly she enjoyed his companionship.

Both Holly and Rory have suffered heartache as a child.  However, Rory was very clever to hide his true emotions and he came across as the village rebel.  When you first read about Rory you can’t help but fall for his cheeky charm but when you see his true persona emerge there is a little vulnerability about him.  The introduction of two of the cutest characters, Gracie and Teddie, also help bring out more layers in Rory’s characters.  There are definitely some gorgeous ahhh moments.

Can two people with a shared mutual affinity of a loss still so sorely felt help each other to find the strength in themselves to tackle their fears?

Another beautiful, charming romance from Jane Linfoot.

To learn more about Jane Linfoot and her work please do visit the following pages:

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

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

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The Traveller’s Daughter by Michelle Vernal book review

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The Traveller’s Daughter written by Michelle Vernal, publisher HarperImpulse, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link:  http://amzn.to/2el7paJ

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Her mother’s secret…

For fifty years Rosa kept the secrets of her past hidden from her beloved daughter, Kitty. The hurt and pain, the guilt over what she’d done, was something she could never face. But now the time has come to share the truth of Kitty’s heritage…

Her daughter’s discovery…

Kitty never knew anything about her mother’s early life. But after her death, the discovery of Rosa’s journal opens Kitty’s eyes to a whole new world-a family she’s never known and a love she’s never dreamed of…

The fate of a family…

Now Kitty must travel to her mother’s homeland, but after fifty years, can the sins of the past be forgiven? Or will history repeat itself? With a decades-old family feud threatening her future, can Kitty put right what once went so wrong?

Join Kitty as she follows in her mother’s footsteps from the South of France to Ireland, discovering who she is along the way in this beautiful tale of forbidden love and fancy cupcakes!

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This was a stunning emotive journey of discovering your heritage, a heritage that has been kept hidden from you since you were born 31 years ago.  A journey that opens up old wounds from a past that has never been forgotten, a journey that evokes so many emotions from newly felt wounds.  A journey of self-discovery.  A journey that starts healing the hurt and feuds from a past that almost felt lifetimes ago.  A beautiful love story in two parts spanning generations.  Michelle Vernal has written an intoxicating story filled with wonderful Irish dialect, charm and traditions surrounding the folklore and heritage of the travellers of Ireland.  I do love it when an author expresses her characters using a regional accent it brings the personas to life and you can feel their emotions more.

This story of a time slip romance and family saga is set in the current day with Kitty grieving for her recently deceased mother.  She is contacted by a stranger, a man that knew her mother who wishes for Kitty to travel to the south of France to retrace her mother’s steps in a pivotal moment in the man’s career and also one that was momentous for her mother.  A jpeg of a photo of her mother is attached with this message and Kitty is literally spellbound by the image of her mother as a young woman and the look of utter adoration at the young man aside of her.  As Kitty knew nothing of her mother’s past from before she married Kitty’s father she is intrigued to learn more.  She sets off on an unknown adventure to the south of France hoping to learn more of her mother’s upbringing and young adult life.

I adored this story from the present day of Kitty being flown to France and to the story of Rosa her mother growing up as a traveller in Ireland and falling in love with a young man from a family that held a longstanding feud with her own.  Hearing about the lifestyle of the travellers was fascinating and felt a little idealistic with their simple attitudes to life and moving along when the time felt right.  Life was ultimately very hard for the travellers but was faced with a strength and love to survive.

An evocative, emotive romance that I didn’t want to end.  This was my first introduction to the work of Michelle Vernal and I can’t wait to read more of her stories.

To find out more about Michelle Vernal please visit the following links:

Website:  http://www.michellevernalbooks.com/

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

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