Coming Home to Winter Island by Jo Thomas @jo_thomas01 @headlinepg @annecater #blogtour #bookreview #festiveread #ComingHometoWinterIsland

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Coming Home to Winter Island written by Jo Thomas, publisher Review, is available in ebook format from 31st October 2019 and is due for release in paperback and audiobook format in December.

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

Book Blurb

Wrap up warm and explore the breath-taking beauty of a remote Scottish island and an old house waiting to unlock enchanting family secrets.
Fans of Jill Mansell and Milly Johnson will love this irresistible new winter novel from Jo Thomas.
Do you need to find out where you’ve come from before you can know what the future holds?
Ruby’s singing career is on the verge of hitting the big time, when her voice breaks. Fearing her career is over, she signs up for a retreat in Tenerife to recover.
But an unexpected call from a stranger on a remote Scottish island takes her on a short trip to sort out some family business. It’s time to go and see the grandfather she’s never met.
City girl Ruby knows she will be happy to leave the windswept beaches behind as quickly as she can, especially as a years-old family rift means she knows she won’t be welcome at Teach Mhor.
But as she arrives at the big house overlooking the bay, she finds things are not as straightforward as she might have thought.
There’s an unexpected guest in the house and he’s not planning on going anywhere any time soon …

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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 Jo Thomas’ latest novel: Coming Home to Winter Island.

Coming Home to Winter Island by Jo Thomas is a beautiful, poignant story about stepping away from our wished for path and looking back to how your journey started.

Ruby Mac was at an exciting stage in her singing career; all the years of hardwork and practice have all come down to this one point when the band she sings in is due to perform at an event attended by music producers.  However, life was to play a cruel twist in her singing career bringing Ruby crashing down to a career of uncertainty.  Ruby needs to rest and recouperate but she hadn’t intended on an unexpected visit to a remote Scottish island.  Ruby was about to visit the grandfather she has never met and also the island and home her father grew up from.  Ruby knew that a family rift went on many years ago leading to her father leaving the island and never returning home but she didn’t know what this dispute was about.  Leaving her band, boyfriend and the city to visit an elderly relative she’s never met is a daunting task.  But Ruby had more than her elderly grandfather to win over, she also had a local man who had undertaken the task of caring for Ruby’s grandfather.

Jo Thomas’ words have drawn you into the wilderness of the past and of the present on a remote island affectionately known as Winter Island.  The storyline is very touching with Ruby discovering more about her heritage bringing back the grief from the loss of her father and also the loss of what could have been if she’d been given the chance to get to know her grandparents.   I fell in love with Winter Island it’s local inhabitants, wildlife and fauna and could totally appreciate the spirit within such a close-knit community.  I also appreciated the back to basics of nature in it’s true form and of life working with what is freely around you.

Sometimes the key for your future can be found at right back to where you started.  Letting your heart and soul be free by learning from your heritage can be refreshing and enlightening and be just the direction needed to fulfil your dreams.

Coming Home to Winter Island is a satisfying festive read that is beautifully heart-warming and poignant.

About the Author

Jo Thomas Author picJo Thomas worked for many years as a reporter and producer, first for BBC Radio 5, before moving on to Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and Radio 2’s The Steve Wright Show. In 2013 Jo won the RNA Katie Fforde Bursary. Her debut novel, The Oyster Catcher, was a runaway bestseller in ebook and was awarded the 2014 RNA Joan Hessayon Award and the 2014 Festival of Romance Best Ebook Award. Jo lives in the Vale of Glamorgan with her husband and three children.

Website: https://jothomasauthor.com/

Twitter:  @jo_thomas01

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

Her Last Promise by Kathryn Hughes @khughesauthor @headlinepg #blogtour #guestpost @annecater #historicalfiction

 

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Her Last Promise written by Kathryn Hughes, publisher Review, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and paperback format.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2ZbZC9j

Book Blurb

Fall in love this summer with Her Last Promise, a page-turning, heartwrenching story of how hope can blossom in the ruins of tragedy and of the redeeming power of love. From No. 1 bestselling author of The Letter Kathryn Hughes.
Tara Richards was just a girl when she lost her mother. Years later when Tara receives a letter from a London solicitor its contents shake her to the core. Someone has left her a key to a safe deposit box. In the box lies an object that will change everything Tara thought she knew and lead her on a journey to deepest Spain in search of the answers that have haunted her for forty years.
Violet Skye regrets her decision to travel abroad leaving her young daughter behind. As the sun dips below the mountains, she reminds herself she is doing this for their future. Tonight, 4th June 1978, will be the start of a new life for them. This night will indeed change Violet’s destiny, in the most unexpected of ways…

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Kathryn Hughes’ latest novel: Her Last Promise.  This book sounds wonderful and I’ve downloaded the book and added it to my tbr and will share my review at a later date but in the meantime I have a wonderful, inspirational post from the author, Kathryn Hughes, to share with you all.

Inspiration for Her Last Promise
It’s a question authors get asked most often. Where do you get your ideas from? As though there is some secret shop or website that only authors know about!
Real life stories often provide inspiration as was the case with my third book, The Key, after I read the true story of the Willard Asylum in New York. The asylum closed down in 1995 and years later, a cleaner discovered an attic full of forgotten suitcases behind a locked attic door. The cases had belonged to former patients who for one reason or another had left without their belongings. Before becoming an author, I would have read that article and probably thought no more about it.
The inspiration for my latest book, Her Last Promise, came on a family cycling holiday in central Spain in 2017. I wasn’t actively looking for an idea for a book, after all I was on holiday, but when we came across a derelict hermitage perched on a peninsula high about the River Duraton, I began to wonder what made someone want to leave their old life behind and come and live in such an isolated place. For someone to dedicate their whole life to God, is truly a monumental statement of unshakable faith. During my research I discovered that a monk’s life consists of seemingly endless praying, studying and quiet reflection. It can be tough, demanding and lonely. A life lived without compromise, a life which revolves around poverty, chastity and obedience plus the unwavering belief in the necessity and efficacy of prayer. As Patrick Leigh Fermor remarked in his book, A Time To Keep Silence: ‘Life for a monk is shorter than the flutter of an eyelid in comparison to eternity.’

So, with the rest of the family chomping down on their picnic, I sat wondering how I could weave a place like this into a story which also contained my favourite place to write about – my home city of Manchester. And so, Her Last Promise was born. The story of Violet, a struggling but adoring single mother who goes off on holiday with a man she’s just met, leaving her teenage daughter, Tara behind. She promises to return in three weeks but alas it’s a promise she fails to keep.
I don’t usually have to travel very far to research my books. Before writing Her Last Promise, the furthest I travelled was North Wales to crawl around an abandoned asylum whilst researching The Key. There’s no substitute for actually visiting the places you are writing about. I returned to Spain in 2018 and visited the other key locations in the book; Segovia and Pedraza. It’s important to get a feel for the place and experience the sights and sounds, the smells and the tastes and an awful lot can be gleaned by just sitting in a pavement bar with a chilled glass of sangria, just people watching. It is work – honestly!

I have a slideshow of images that Kathryn has supplied to coincide with her post:

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About the Author

Kathryn Hughes Author PicKathryn Hughes was born in Altrincham, near Manchester. After completing a secretarial course, Kathryn met her husband and they married in Canada. For twenty-nine years they ran a business together, raised two children and travelled when they could to places such as India, Singapore, South Africa and New Zealand. Kathryn and her family now make their home in a village near Manchester. Her first novel, The Letter, was a Kindle Number One bestseller.

Website: https://kathrynhughesauthor.com/

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

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

Those Who Are Loved by Victoria Hislop @VicHislop @headlinepg @annecater #blogtour #bookreview #HistFic

 

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Those Who Are Loved written by Victoria Hislop, publisher Headline Review, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and hardcover format.  The hardcover is available to purchase from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith, Foyles and amazon.

To buy link (Waterstones): https://bit.ly/2QIzpr7

Book Blurb

Athens 1941. After decades of political uncertainty, Greece is polarised between Right- and Left-wing views when the Germans invade.
Fifteen-year-old Themis comes from a family divided by these political differences. The Nazi occupation deepens the fault-lines between those she loves just as it reduces Greece to destitution. She watches friends die in the ensuing famine and is moved to commit acts of resistance.
In the civil war that follows the end of the occupation, Themis joins the Communist army, where she experiences the extremes of love and hatred and the paradoxes presented by a war in which Greek fights Greek.
Eventually imprisoned on the infamous islands of exile, Makronisos and then Trikeri, Themis encounters another prisoner whose life will entwine with her own in ways neither can foresee. And finds she must weigh her principles against her desire to escape and live.
As she looks back on her life, Themis realises how tightly the personal and political can become entangled. While some wounds heal, others deepen.

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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 Victoria Hislop’s latest novel: Those Who Are Loved.  This is my first introduction to Victoria Hislop’s work and it was a privilege and pleasure to experience her writing for the first time.

Victoria Hislop has written a frank, honest story about one young woman’s life growing up in Greece during a time of civil unrest which also coincided with the WWII conflict.  Themis was a young girl when life in her beloved Athens became very surreal, what the Greeks knew and loved of their heritage and culture was to be shattered as a political uprising was brewing.  With four siblings in one small apartment, all with differing views of their own caused much family friction.  To keep harmony at home Themis was to start clandestine apartments to honour and upheld her own beliefs.  However, danger was soon brought to their homeland and survival was to become a desperate game.

Themis had to make a difficult decision regarding her involvement with her political beliefs and whatever step she would take next would be the catalyst for her future.

Victoria Hislop’s writing was very authentic and she wasn’t afraid to reveal the true, barbaric nature of the civil atrocities.  I wasn’t aware of this momentous historical event in Greece’s past and it was quite shocking at times to read.  The author has brought to life the history of a country filled with so much unrest.  Those Who Are Loved is also a poignant family saga depicting life and how conflict divided the loyalties of not just one household but many across the country.  I was equally fascinated and appalled by what the Greeks had to endure.  A story of bravery filled with a strong sense of belief, courage and optimism.

About the Author

Victoria Hislop Author PictureInspired by a visit to Spinalonga, the abandoned Greek leprosy colony, Victoria Hislop wrote The Island in 2005. It became an international bestseller and a 26-part Greek TV series. She was named Newcomer of the Year at the British Book Awards and is now an ambassador for Lepra. The Island has sold over 1.2million copies in the UK and more than 5 million worldwide.

Her affection for the Mediterranean then took her to Spain, which inspired her second bestseller The Return, and she returned to Greece to tell the turbulent tale of Thessaloniki in The Thread, shortlisted for a British Book Award and confirming her reputation as an inspirational storyteller. It was followed by her much-admired Greece-set short story collection, The Last Dance and Other Stories. The Sunrise, a Sunday Times Number One bestseller about the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, was published to widespread acclaim in 2014. Victoria’s most recent book, Cartes Postales from Greece was a Sunday Times Number One bestseller and one of the Top Ten biggest selling paperbacks of 2017. Her novels have sold 10 million copies worldwide.

Website: http://www.victoriahislop.com

Twitter: @VicHislop

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

How to Find Love in the Little Things by Viginie Grimaldi blogtour book review

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How to Find Love in the Little Things written by Virginie Grimaldi, publisher Headline Review is available to download in ebook format now and available to purchase in paperback from tomorrow, 23rd August 2018.

The ebook is available to download for amazon kindle, kobo, iBooks and Google Play.

The paperback will be available to purchase from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith, Foyles and amazon.

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2OG5Sw4

Product Details 

Welcome to Ocean View. You don’t know it yet, but you’ll be happy here…’
Julia’s not running away. Not exactly. She just needs a break from Paris and Marc and all the sad stuff that’s been going on lately. A little time to pull herself together.
The job offer felt like a lifeline. But now she’s back in Biarritz, suitcase in hand, she hasn’t the faintest idea what she was thinking.
What Julia doesn’t yet know is there’s more to the odds and ends of Ocean View than meet the eye. Behind the double doors lie broken hearts, lifelong secrets, a touch of romance and an unwavering passion for life. And sometimes it’s the most unlikely of places and people who help you find your way.

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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 paperback launch of Virginie Grimaldi’s debut novel: How to Find Love in the Little Things.

How To Find Love in the Little Things was originally published in France in May 2016 and soon became a bestseller resulting in the novel being translated into several languages.  I am thrilled to say the UK version is available to purchase in paperback from 23rd August 2018 and I predict great success for UK sales as this book is truly wonderful.

How to Find Love in the Little Things is the author’s debut novel and after reading it I can totally appreciate the reason it has been received so well.  I simple fell in love with this story.  The author’s prose was fresh, funny, with some wonderful endearing moments.  Virginie Grimaldi has a great sense of comedic timing and when you are dealing with people, especially the older generation, health can play an important and significant role in their lives so to bring humour that was raw and honest to scenes that were quite sensitive and of a serious nature was so heartening and poignant to read.

This story will make you fall in love with a bunch of characters that in real life you probably would overlook.  The ladies and gentleman of Ocean View Elderly Home in Biarritz, France were all at an age were life had treated them to many moments of happiness, sadness, turmoil and struggle but now they were all united in a sort of family, a family of survivors, survivors of life.  From the funny, sweet, charming, to the grumpy, you can’t help wanting to learn more from these characters.

Julia has been taken on as a temporary psychologist at the home covering for a maternity leave.  Julia has been employed to listen to the residents of the home and help them with their emotional needs.  But Julia didn’t envisage that this myriad bunch of elderly people would help Julia more in her own personal happiness and well-being.  This eight month period would be a wonderful time of learning, self-discovery, inspiration, team building, coping with her own loss and grief, acceptance of the past and the welcoming of new beginnings.

I loved every single page of this novel.  It made me laugh, it made my heart swell, I was charmed and I was inspired.  It was thought provoking but most of all it was truly wonderful.

About the Author

Virginie GrimaldiVirginie Grimaldi grew up in Bordeaux and has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember. She wrote her first novel aged eight in a green notebook with multiplication tables in the back. It was about love and the sea and featured a thirty-page-long sunset . . .

How to Find Love in the Little Things was first published in France in May 2016 and became an instant bestseller, translated into multiple languages.

You can follow Virginie on Twitter: @GinieGrimaldi

Website:  http://virginiegrimaldi.com/

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

 

 

 

 

This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell blogtour book review

 

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This Could Change Everything written by Jill Mansell, publisher Headline, is available NOW in ebook, paperback, hardcover, audiobook and audio CD format.

The paperback is available at all good book retailers.

The ebook is available to download via kindle, iBooks, kobo and Google.

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

Product Details (as per amazon page)

One little mistake and nothing will ever be the same again!
On the one hand, if Essie hadn’t written that letter – the one that only her best friend was meant to see – then she’d still be living like an actual proper grown-up, tucked up with Paul in his picture-perfect cottage, maybe even planning their wedding…
On the other hand (if her true feelings hadn’t accidentally taken the internet by storm, that is) she wouldn’t have moved into the attic flat on the square. She would never have met Conor. Or got to know Lucas…
And she wouldn’t have found herself falling in love with someone she really, really shouldn’t fall in love with…

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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 release of the paperback version of Jill Mansell’s latest novel; This Could Change Everything.

This Could Change Everything is Jill Mansell’s 29th novel.  When you pick up a Jill Mansell book you know you are in for a glorious treat of a read.

I simply adored this novel and just didn’t want the story to end.  I felt lots of emotions; it was uplifting, very poignant, charming, romantic, beautiful and utterly magical.

This is a wonderful story of life and the journeys and decisions we make that guide us to a whole host of new opportunities, new directions and the chance of new beginnings.  Sometimes fate plays a hand in our lives but in This Could Change Everything a little area in Bath has it’s own Fairy Godmother that is 83 year old Zillah.  Zillah is flamboyantly dressed, can read people and work out what they need, she tirelessly helps many, many people at a time when life has cruelly taken away many choices.  However, Zillah cannot help these people on her own and this is where her new friends Esse and Conor come in.

Lot’s of unfortunate events brought Esse and Conor to Zillah’s door and since Zillah joined their lives both Esse and Conor have found a new outlook in life.

A story filled with so much inspiration, optimism and humanity, I was completely moved by Esse, Conor and Zillah.  I felt like Zillah was more than Queen of the Square, she was like a mystical octogenarian with a vivid past that was full of guilt, regrets but also full of adventure and passion.  You simply can’t help wanting to hear more from Zillah, her past and her life’s work now.  I loved the rapport she had with Esse and Conor.

The romance was beautifully woven within the storyline and it filled my heart with warmth and joy.

It’s a story I believe that you’d want to read again and again.  Glorious, uplifting and so heart warming.

To learn more about the author Jill Mansell please visit the following pages:

Website:  https://jillmansell.co.uk/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/JillMansell

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

 

Late Summer in the Vineyard by Jo Thomas book review

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Late Summer in the Vineyard written by Jo Thomas, publisher Headline Review is available in ebook, paperback and audio download format from THURSDAY 11th August 2016.

To pre-order/buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Late-Summer-Vineyard-Jo-Thomas/dp/1472223721/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1470821293&sr=1-1

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Emmy Bridges has always looked out for others. Now it’s time to put down roots of her own.

Working for a wine-maker in France is the opportunity of a lifetime for Emmy. Even if she doesn’t know a thing about wine – beyond what’s on offer at the local supermarket.

There’s plenty to get to grips with in the rustic town of Petit Frère. Emmy’s new work friends need more than a little winning over. Then there’s her infuriatingly brash tutor, Isaac, and the enigmatic Madame Beaumont, tucked away in her vineyard of secrets.

But Emmy will soon realise that in life – just as in wine-making – the best things happen when you let go and trust your instincts. Particularly when there’s romance in the air…

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I’d like to thank the publishers for an arc in return for a review.

I just adore books set in France, I don’t know why, maybe it’s my subconscious directing me to these stories with it’s idyllic settings in a dreamlike scenario?  When I read the synopsis for this book I was drawn in immediately by it’s location.  I don’t drink but by the time I’d read the book I’d felt completely romanticised by the vineyards in France.  I loved how Jo Thomas set the story in a rustic, organic vineyard and we got to appreciate the full beauty of the process of wine making from start to finish … I was captivated.  Jo’s vivid description of the scents, sounds and sights left you salivating.  You could almost imagine yourself walking in the vineyard with the warm breeze against your skin bringing with it the aromas of the French soil, herbs, flowers and fruits.  Also the description of the food cooked and served were an instagrammers dream!

Since Emmy’s mother died many years ago Emmy has taken on the role of mother to her younger sister and has cared for her father who overnight stopped looking after himself.  Over the years Emmy and her father have struggled for money but when things get out of control and Emmy is offered a lifeline at work to earn a big bonus and more importantly keep her job, Emmy has no choice but to accept.  She packs her bags and accepts a 12 week project working in France learning about wine and how best to promote and sell to customers.  We follow Emmy and her colleagues coping with this new challenge in a different country with a new product and culture to learn.  When Emmy befriends an old lady who owns a vineyard Emmy’s journey takes on an enlightening course.

This story was so beautiful and warm hearted however, there were some quite poignant, tender moments that took over my emotions.  The author was so detailed with her descriptions of the setting, the vineyards, the food I was enthralled throughout.  With chemistry  sizzling between several characters the story was given even more charming moments.  When I finished this gorgeous novel I wanted to go back to the beginning and read it all over again.  A warm and welcoming read with enough depth and sparkle to leave you hungry and thirsty for more 5/5*

To find out more about Jo Thomas and her books please visit the following links:

http://www.twitter.com/jo_thomas01

http://www.facebook.com/JoThomasAuthor/

The Perfect Gift by Emma Hannigan book review

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The Perfect Gift written by Emma Hannigan, publisher Headline Review is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audio download format.

To buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Perfect-Gift-Emma-Hannigan-ebook/dp/B01175KBYQ/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1469551388&sr=1-1

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Happy Birthday, darling girl…

Ever since she can remember, Roisin has received a birthday card in the post. Signed with love from the birth mother she has never met.

Brought up by her adoptive parents, Keeley and Doug, Roisin has wanted for nothing. But on her thirtieth birthday a letter comes that shakes her world.

For Keeley, who’s raised Roisin as her own, the letter reminds her of a secret she’s been holding for thirty years.

And for Nell, keeping watch in the lighthouse, the past is a place she rarely goes. Until a young runaway arrives seeking shelter, and unwraps the gift of hope for them all…

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Great Lighthouses of Ireland, image courtesy of google images

 

I’ like to thank the publishers for an arc in return for a review.

This is Emma Hannigan’s tenth novel and she is becoming one of the bestselling Irish authors since Maeve Binchy.  Emma writes from the heart about real life emotions.  She has a way of surrounding heartbreak with smiles.  After reading an Emma Hannigan novel you feel completely shattered emotionally but you also feel comforted with the warmth from her words …

This story opens with one of the most deeply moving prologues I’ve read.  I was emotionally captivated with this prologue and felt inspired with hope and was eager to dive into the story.

The story centres around three women who have suffered much pain and sorrow.  They are secretly linked together by a gift that was selflessly given.  Can their link bring new hope and joy to them all?

This story was so beautifully written dealing with the loss of a loved one and the struggle afterwards coping without them.  It was so sensitively written with wonderful moments of warmth, love and promise of new beginnings skilfully woven around the heart ache.  My emotions were spent at the end of this book but I felt uplifted with the gift of a selfless act, of memories that can never be forgotten and of a love that will continue to give.  Sometimes in life you have to experience pain and heart break before you can appreciate real joy.  A stunningly, beautiful story that in itself was a gift to our hearts and mind. 5/5*

To find out more about Emma Hannigan and her books please visit the following links:

http://www.emmahannigan.com/

You and Me, Always by Jill Mansell book review

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You and Me, Always by Jill Mansell, publisher Headline Review, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover and audio download format.

To buy link:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/You-Me-Always-Jill-Mansell/dp/1472208900/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1455092232&sr=1-1

Product Details (as per amazon page)

On the morning of Lily’s twenty-fifth birthday, it’s time to open the very last letter written to her by her beloved mother, who died when she was eight.

Learning more about the first and only real love of her mum’s life is a revelation. On the same day, Lily also meets Eddie Tessler, a man fleeing fame who just might have the ability to change her world in unimaginable ways. But her childhood friend Dan has his own reasons for not wanting Lily to get too carried away by Eddie’s attentions.

Before long, secrets begin to emerge and Lily’s friends and family become involved. In the beautiful Cotswold village of Stanton Langley, nothing will ever be the same again…

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I’d like to thank the publishers and netgalley for an arc in return for an honest review.

I’ve been a big fan of Jill’s books in a long time.  With Jill you can always guarantee a lovely read, this her 27th novel has the same qualities as all her previous stories.

Lily is due to celebrate her 25th birthday soon and she’s looking forward to a special note from her late mother the most.  Since Lily’s mum died when she was a young girl Lily has received a letter from her mum on each of her subsequent birthdays.  Her 25th birthday will be the last letter.  When Lily opens this last letter her mother gives her a gift also, she tells Lily about the gift and who gave it to her; her first and only love.  Lily becomes fascinated by this snippet of history her mum has shared with her and wishes to know more about this guy.

Her 25th birthday also sees her meeting Eddie Tessler, an up and coming actor fleeing the paparazzi.  A friendship soon starts to develop between them.  However, Lily’s childhood friend Dan has reservations about this budding friendship.  But does Dan have an ulterior motive for not wanting this friendship for Lily?

I adored this story by Jill.  Within the first few chapters I had been reduced to tears, then I was charmed by the characters and laughing with them and I had completely fallen for Dan.  A brilliant start to a book that I couldn’t get through the pages quick enough.

Jill has set a wonderful location for the story, a charming village in the Cotswolds.  All the characters were well written and instantly likeable.  I could picture the scenes and wanted to step inside this fictional village.

The story follows Lily’s journey on discovering the history of her mum and her first love.  We share the highs and lows with her and her friends.  Jill had created some brilliant sub characters and I loved Patsy with her quest to find love.

This story was heart warming, funny, charming and poignant. 5/5*

To find out more about Jill Mansell and her books please visit the following links:

http://jillmansell.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialJillMansell

https://twitter.com/JillMansell