A Bookshop Christmas by Rachel Burton @RachelBWriter @HoZ_Books @Aria_Fiction #ABookshopChristmas #bookreview #festiveread

A Bookshop Christmas written by Rachel Burton, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited and paperback format.

Book Blurb

A Snowstorm. A stranger. A Spark. It should be the perfect start to the perfect love story.

But real life is far messier and more complicated than in the pages of the books in Megan Taylor’s family bookshop – the last few years have left this young widow in no doubt of that. Moving back home to York should have been a fresh start, but all it did was allow her to retreat from the world.

When prize-winning author Xander Stone rams his supermarket trolley into her ankles and then trashes her taste in books, Megan is abruptly awoken from her self-imposed hibernation. It’s time to start living again, and she’s going to start by putting this arrogant, superior – admittedly sexy – stranger in his place.

Just as she is beginning to enjoy life again, the worst happens and Megan begins to wonder if she should have stayed hidden away. Because it turns out that falling in love again is about more than just meeting under the mistletoe…

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A Bookshop Christmas is a delight to read from beginning to end.  It's one of those books you settle into with ease and find yourself prolonging the story as you just don't want it to end.  Blissful.

When stories are set in a bookshop you know as a reader you are on to a winner, we love bookshops!  This is Megan and Xander's story and if it wasn't for the bookshop their story wouldn't have begun.

Megan lives and works at the bookshop which is nestled amongst the cobbles of York city centre and has been in Megan's family for two generations.  Megan loved growing up amongst the books but she was pleased to grow her wings once married and move to London for work.  Sadly, life hasn't been kind to Megan and the sanctuary of the bookshop has been helping Megan the last 3 years since the death of her husband.  The bookshop comforts her and York holds many poignant memories of their courtship.

Christmas is approaching and the bookshop is gearing up for the Christmas sales and a Christmas Eve party with a festive bookish theme.  However, before that there's a big book launch event to look forward to.

Xander Stone is the current big name in literature with his last book becoming a best seller.  Anticipation for his new release is building and it is such a privilege for the bookshop to be involved in the launch.  Megan and Xander's first introduction doesn't go to plan and Xander comes across as rude and obnoxious.  However, as we get to see his vulnerable side we learn he has shared similar personal emotive events like Megan.

A mutual understanding is reached between Megan and Xander but events in the past constantly battle with their conscious.

Rachel Burton has written a gloriously romantic festive story that will have you swooning and sighing.  However,  in amongst the blossoming love we witness two people coming to terms with grief, anxiety and new beginnings.  There is humour, warmth, sensitivity and a lovely feeling of hopefulness.  I also appreciated catching glimpses of Ellie and Ben who we met in The Tearoom on the Bay.

About the author

Rachel Burton has been making up stories for as long as she can remember and always dreamed of being a writer until life somehow got in the way. After reading for a degree in Classics and another in English Literature she accidentally fell into a career in law, but eventually managed to write her first book on her lunch breaks. Now she writes from a small bedroom looking out over hydrangeas, lavender bushes and rambling roses, in a little house in Yorkshire that she shares with her husband and their three cats. She loves words, Shakespeare, tea, The Beatles, dresses with pockets and very tall romantic heroes (not necessarily in that order).

Find her on Instagram as @RachelBWriter or follow her blog at rachelburtonwrites.com.

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Christmas by the Coast by Mandy Baggott @mandybaggott @Aria_Fiction @HoZ_Books #ChristmasByTheCoast #bookreview

Christmas by the Coast written by Mandy Baggott, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited, audiobook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

This Christmas, find out if love letters from the past can pave the way to a brand-new future …

After a terrible heartbreak, Harriet Cookson worked hard to build her life back up. Now she has a dependable boyfriend, a great job and a decent flatshare. But when her beloved grandmother passes away, Harriet drops everything to fly out to the Hamptons to comfort her grieving grandpa.

Christmas is coming and as she arrives on the sandy beaches of her childhood in Montauk, Long Island, Harriet spots someone she never expected to see again – her ‘one that got away’, ex-soldier Mack Wyatt. Now, Mack is determined to win Harriet back and show her that the life she’s been living might be the wrong happily-ever-after.

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I absolutely loved this novel by Mandy Baggott, it gave me all the feels and more!

Mandy Baggott takes the reader to Long Island, just off the coast of New York, in this festive, fun read. Not only has the author injected so much festive jollity in the story making us feel so nostalgic but the author has also touched on some serious issues of grief, loss, PTSD all dealt with grace and sensitivity.

Harriet is devastated to learn of the sudden death of her beloved grandmother, who lives overseas in Long Island. A place that Harriet has spent many summers with her grandparents enjoying all that the area has to offer whilst wrapped in the comforting love of her family. Feelings of grief are mixed in with guilt and regret for having not visited in the last 3 years. Harriet’s life over the last few years has been difficult, her heart and dreams had been broken and she fell into a steady business/relationship with Iain. This new relationship helped a little in mending parts of her heart but there are still pieces of her heart that remain with a long distance love she had for an American soldier.

Arriving in Long Island with Iain to help her grandad at such a sad time brings back all the love she had for this wonderful place. The locked door to her dreams feel like they want to emerge once more but does she dare to dream again?

Mack has lived on his boat moored in Long Island for a few years now following his medical discharge from the army. He’d remembered this place of Montauk, off Long Island that had been so warmly spoken of by the penfriend he hoped would one day become more. but since his traumatic accident whilst on tour of duty overseas he’s left with both physical and mental scars. so when he sees a young woman that had plagued his dreams for so long he questions whether he is of right mind.

Harriet is shocked to discover Mack is living near her grandparents and is consumed with a myriad of emotions.

Christmas by the Coast is such a beautiful story leading up to the festivities of the season which bring a warmth back to the hearts of many that are dealing with life’s many emotional challenges.

About the author:

Mandy Baggot is an international bestselling and award-winning romance writer.

The winner of the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance, her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016. Mandy’s books have so far been translated into German, Italian, Czech and Hungarian.

Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor. Mandy lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.

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Making Waves at Penvennan Cove by Linn B Halton @LinnBHalton @HoZ_Books

Making Waves at Penvennan Cove written by Linn B. Halton, publisher Aria, is available in ebook format from 14th October 2021.

About the book

For once, things are going well for thirty-year-old Kerra Shaw. She has a fulfilling job helping small businesses in the local community, she is within a few minutes’ walk of all the people she loves best, and most importantly, she has finally got together with her childhood sweetheart, Ross.

It’s not all plain sailing, though, because they have to keep their relationship a secret. The feud between their families still rages on, and Kerra doesn’t want to pour fuel on its flame and risk losing everything.

But Kerra should know better than anyone that secrets don’t stay hidden for long in a community like Penvennan Cove…
An uplifting and feel-good romance novel for fans of Lucy Coleman, Jessica Redland and Lisa Hobman.

Pre-order link: Amazon: https://amzn.to/3yhGP8T

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Linn B Halton’s latest novel Making Waves at Penvennan Cove. I have to admit I did struggle a little at first with this book as I hadn’t read book one in the series, Coming Home to Penvennan Cove, however I found myself falling in love with this community of people living in a small Cornish cove. As a newcomer to the series I was making friends with the characters and I soon became engrosssed in their lives and found myself enjoying this delightful storyline.

Kerra Shaw is starting to feel settled back in her home town in Cornwall. Her IT skills and entrepreneurial mindset are proving very useful. Although Kerra has left the bright lights of London some locals think she may still have her sights set on returning and her business mind may be still linked to the city. So a few feathers become ruffled by the opportunities she sees in front of her. Her personal life is also causing some controversy and Kerra has a hard job convincing locals about many aspects in her life.

With the authors descriptive words on the setting and her great cast of characters I now feel invested in Penvennan Cove so I am eagerly awaiting book 3 in the series.

Penvennan Cove in a community spirited story with a wonderful setting along the Cornish coast. It has the usual highs and lows of family life that never seems to run smoothly. An uplifting, heart-warming story that is perfect to escape with.

About the author

From interior designer to author, when Linn B. Halton’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden. Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic. Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors. Linn writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

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The Velvet Ribbon (Tarabeg 3) by Nadine Dorries @NadineDorries @HoZ_Books @ed_pr #blogtour #bookreview #saga #TheVelvetRibbon #Tarabegtrilogy

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The Velvet Ribbon written by Nadine Dorries, publisher Head of Zeus is OUT NOW in ebook and hardcover.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Book Blurb

The heart-breaking final novel in the Tarabeg trilogy, from million-copy bestseller Nadine Dorries.

Mary Kate Malone has come to Liverpool from Ireland to seek her fortune, but from the very beginning things have gone wrong. Now she is living secretly with her great love, Dr Nicholas Marcus, while his wife Lavinia, mother of his two sons, plots her revenge on the girl who she believes has destroyed her marriage.
When disaster strikes, Mary Kate’s first instinct is to flee to her family in Ireland. But back in Tarabeg, a charismatic American stranger has set the village by the ears and it isn’t the place Mary Kate remembers any more. To add to her problems, Dr Gaskell and Matron from St Angelus Hospital have come to Tarabeg to recruit nurses – and Mary Kate’s Liverpool life is about to come back to haunt her with a vengeance.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of the final instalment in the Tarabeg trilogy written by Nadine Dorries.  This is my first introduction to the work of Nadine Dorries so I completely read this book with fresh open eyes and I have to say I loved it!

Nadine Dorries words drew me into a saga that swept across the sea from Liverpool to a small village in Ireland.  Mary Kate left Tarabeg two years ago for pastures new in Liverpool and fell in love with the city and a young Doctor.  However, her new life in Liverpool would be frowned upon in Ireland so Mary Kate kept her love life a secret from her family.  When tragedy strikes Mary Kate feels compelled to return to her home and family in Tarabeg but when she arrives back it doesn’t feel the same and her heart belongs elsewhere.

With the news of Mary Kate’s return the villagers are excited with her arrival but danger lies ahead bringing the community together with a strength like no other.

I felt a real sense of authenticity with Nadine Dorries words and dialect and found myself reading along with the relevant accent.  I enjoyed reading about the vivid difference of the industrial boon of the city of Liverpool to the village lifestyle of Tarabeg.  This is a historical saga that has it all; drama, mystery, charm, community spirit, family feuds, new beginnings, romance with the added bonus of Irish mythology and legends and a belief of spirits and herbology.  I’m just sad that I’ve come across a lovely saga at the end of it’s trilogy but I know now that I’ve found a new saga author to add to my favourites list.

About the Author

Hibbert_Dorries_07.JPGNadine Dorries was born and raised on a council estate in Liverpool in the 1950s and 60s; the dawn of the Mersey beat. Her family were part of a close-knit Irish Catholic community, most of whom came to work on the docks of Merseyside from rural Ireland.

Nadine trained as a nurse, working in hospitals in Warrington and Liverpool. After qualifying she moved to Zambia for a year and ran a school for local children. On her return to the UK, she founded, ran, and sold her own business, Company Kids Ltd, which provided childcare services for working parents.

Determined to give something back, Nadine entered politics. In the 2005 general elections she was elected as the MP for Mid-Bedfordshire, a position she continues to hold. One of the most well-known politicians in Britain, she is renowned for her determination to push her chosen causes to the top of the political agenda. In 2012 she was a star of ITV’s ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’.
A successful businesswoman and passionate Member of Parliament, in 2013 Nadine achieved another lifelong ambition and wrote her debut novel, The Four Streets. She has since become a No. 1 bestselling author with sales in excess of a million copies.

Nadine was made Under-Secretary of State for Health in 2019.

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**COVER REVEAL** – People Like Us by Louise Fein @FeinLouise @HoZ_Books #bookcoverreveal #histfic #PeopleLikeUs #debutnovel

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I am so pleased to be involved in the ‘Cover Reveal’ for a highly anticipated debut historical novel by Louise Fein.  There’s a huge buzz in the publishing offices of Head of Zeus as People Like Us is one of their lead titles for next year.  Here is a little more details about this novel:

Title:  People Like Us

Author:  Louise Fein

Publisher:  Head of Zeus

Release Date:  7th May 2020 in eBook and Hardcover; 3rd September 2020 in paperback

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Amazon: https://amzn.to/2rl61Pk
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Book Blurb

Leipzig, 1930’s Germany.

Hetty Heinrich is a young girl growing up under Nazi rule. With an SS officer father, a brother in the Luftwaffe and a member of the BDM, Hetty is the epitome of a perfect German child.

But Walter changes everything. Blond haired, blue-eyed, perfect in every way Walter. The boy who saved her life. A Jew.

As she falls more and more in love with a man who is against all she has been taught, Hetty begins to question everything. Will the steady march of dark forces destroy their world, or can love ultimately triumph?

Perfect for fans of The Tattooist of AuschwitzThe Book Thief and Kate Furnivall.

About the Author

Louise Fein holds an MA in Creative Writing from St Mary’s University. Prior to studying for her master’s, she ran a commodity consultancy business following a career in banking and law. She lives in Surrey with her family. People Like Us is inspired by her family history, and by the alarming parallels she sees between the early 30s and today.

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And here is the cover …

People Like Us

Anna by Amanda Prowse book review


Anna written by Amanda Prowse, publisher Head of Zeus, is available in ebook format from 8th March 2018.

To pre-order/buy link:  https://goo.gl/TQt4Tv

Product Details (as per amazon page)

One Love, Two Stories.
Anna Cole grew up in care, and is determined to start a family of her own. Theo Montgomery had a loveless childhood, and wants only to find his soulmate.
Then, one day, Theo meets Anna, and Anna meets Theo. Two damaged souls from different worlds. Is their love for each other enough to let go of the pain of their pasts? Or will Anna and Theo break each others’ hearts?
There are two sides to every love story. This is Anna’s.

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Anna is a deeply moving, beautifully romantic story full of emotions dealing with a torrent of heart-rending moments that define a young woman’s future.

Amanda Prowse is the master of storytelling that pulls at the heart strings but her characters and settings draw you in and you are captivated by the scenes set out so sublimely on the pages.

Anna has experienced so much tragedy, heartbreak and loss at a young age but the love and comfort and sheer belief she was given by her mother feels like she can take on the whole world. But is this enough for Anna to give her the strength to overcome what lies ahead?

All Anna wants is to feel like she belongs, to feel loved and cherished and part of a family. When Anna meets Theo she believes that he is the one to bring sunshine to her stormy days. However, little does Anna know is that Theo himself has faced many battles and his heart has weathered many storms. Can this pair of beautiful people with scarred pasts help each other and go some way to bring light back into their lives?

This story, Anna, was so beautiful and tender I adored it, every emotion it installed in me felt real and honest. I didn’t want the story to end and my mind was racing ahead to scenarios for how I would hope Anna’s life would continue.

I am desperate now to read Theo’s story and can already sense the anticipated emotions it will draw out of me.

To learn more about Amanda Prowse and her work please do visit the following pages;

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My Husband’s Wife by Amanda Prowse book review


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My Husband’s Wife written by Amanda Prowse, publisher Head of Zeus, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover, audio download and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Once a week, Rosie Tipcott counts her blessings.

She goes to sit on her favourite bench on the north Devon cliffs, and thanks her lucky stars for her wonderful husband, her mischievous young daughters, and her neat little house by the sea. She vows to dedicate every waking hour to making her family happy.

But then her husband unexpectedly leaves her for another woman and takes the children. Now she must ask the question: what is left in her life? Can Rosie find the strength to rebuild herself? More importantly, does she even want to?

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This is the first book I’ve had the pleasure to read written by Amanda Prowse.  I’ve heard so many good remarks about her stories and My Husband’s Wife didn’t disappoint.  I was instantly glued to this heart wrenching family drama.  Amanda’s words took you right there with the characters and you could feel the torment, the hurt, the despair, the gut wrench … This was such an emotive storyline that gripped me and at times I was shocked by the turn of events and I was taken on the emotional journey with the characters.  When I got to the end I felt I wanted; no I needed more!

This is a story of a happy family that one day became broken and once the cracks appeared they started spreading, causing even more damage.  Could the damage be repairable?

Rosie and Phil have been happily married for 12 years, they have two beautiful daughters, Naomi 7 and Leona 5 and live in the idyllic seaside town of Woolacombe.  When Phil announces out of the blue that he wants more out of life and that he also wants more than her Rosie’s world is turned upside down but this is just the start.  Her new life, which she is struggling to comprehend, is now like an emotional war torn field that she is unable to climb over the debris.  The pain and the heart wrenching increases.  Rosie has to experience all this and more to appreciate what her heart truly wants and needs.

A beautiful, gripping story that pulls at your heart strings.  5/5*

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