To Rome, With Love by TA Williams book review/blogtour

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To Rome, With Love written by TA Williams, publisher HQ Digital, is available NOW in ebook format.

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A summer of second chances…

Just a week before her big day, Sarah returns home to find a note from her husband-to-be – the wedding’s off! So when her boss decides to send her on an epic cycling trip, from Venice to Rome, it seems like the perfect distraction…

Although she never expected the distraction to come in the form of her oh-so-handsome, but slightly serious, cycling companion, Miles. And with still 600 miles of beautiful scenery, mouthwatering food and delicious wine yet to cover, anything could happen!

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I’m so pleased to be involved with the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of T A Williams latest novel, To Rome, With Love.

This was a really lovely story by T A Williams.  The author not only gave us a wonderful romantic tale with a journey of emotional enlightenment but we were also treated to an epic cycle ride through Italy.

Sarah works for one of the top tourist companies in the country, she was due to get married very soon but her no-good fiancé decides to unceremoniously call off the wedding the week before.  Sarah is devastated, as you can imagine, but life must go on and she has to step in and help host a charity bike ride through Italy.  Sarah is a keen cyclist and with her job she has organised many events in the past so has no worries about this task.  She is hoping the fortnight away from home and her broken heart she can reassess her future and make waves into healing some of the cracks in her personal life.

Sarah is joined on the trip by many other colleagues from the world of travel including Miles and Paul, sons of the owner of the travel company she works for.  Sarah starts to build up a rapport with the gents but is wary of her actions in front of them as they are due to take over the running of the business soon and she wants to make a good impression and keep things on a professional level.  However, the more she gets to know the older of the brothers, Miles, the more she is drawn to him.  Miles is definitely the brains behind the business but holds a grudge against his brother and secretly has his own personal heartache.  Will this journey surrounded by wonderful countryside with epic views and glorious food to tantalise your taste buds go some way to heal the hearts of two lost people?

I loved the mix of characters that went along on this charity cycle ride.  I particularly liked Glynis’ story, a character that was initially misinterpreted but at the end you felt so much respect for this lady.  I felt like the author, TA Williams, had done his research for this novel as there was so much detailed information about the scenic and historic sites along the journey.  I also could feel that TA Williams enjoyed telling us this story and sharing his love for the country, it’s food, culture and history and also his love of cycling.  I personally felt like the story ended abit abruptly and I wanted an epilogue but maybe I’m fussy and don’t like to say goodbye to the characters so soon.  A lovely romance that takes you on a picturesque, life changing journey.

To find out more about T A Williams please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.tawilliamsbooks.com/

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

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

New York, Actually by Sarah Morgan book review

 

 

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New York, Actually written by Sarah Morgan, publisher HQ is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audio download format.

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Meet Molly

New York’s most famous agony aunt, she considers herself an expert at relationships…as long as they’re other people’s. The only love of her life is her Dalmatian, Valentine.

Meet Daniel

A cynical divorce lawyer, he’s hardwired to think relationships are a bad idea. If you don’t get involved, no-one can get hurt. But then he finds himself borrowing a dog to meet the gorgeous woman he sees running in Central Park every morning…

Molly and Daniel think they know everything there is to know about relationships…until they meet each other that is…

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I’ve just finished reading this irresistible novel and had to put down my thoughts straight away.  Sarah Morgan’s novels are a guaranteed page-turner and a delight and this latest one of hers; New York, Actually, is just simply wonderful.  You will fall in love with the characters, fall in love with Valentine and Brutus and best of all you will fall in love with the story.

New York, Actually is book 4 in The Manhattan with Love series.  You don’t have to read the other stories in the series as New York, Actually can be thoroughly enjoyed as a stand alone but to fully gorge yourself in the wonderfulness of this series I would recommend reading all the books in the series, which are:

  • Sleepless in Manhattan
  • Sunset in Central Park
  • Miracle on 5th Avenue

Molly has a secret persona, she is New York’s famous agony aunt and is owner of the relationship blog Ask a Girl.  Molly moved to New York three years ago following a relationship break-up that was publicly slammed on social media sending repercussions to her professional and personal life.  She never received any support from her so called friends back then and has continually blamed herself for what happened and believes she is a disaster in relationships.  However, her professional expertise in relationships is flourishing.  The only man in her life now is her dog Valentine.  Valentine is a Dalmatian breed dog with a sweet heart shaped nose he loves nothing more than to go jogging with Molly in Central Park.

Daniel is one of the top divorce lawyers in New York, he’s brilliant at his job and has a ‘love them and leave them’ attitude with women.  He doesn’t want everlasting love as he doesn’t agree in love.  Events in the past have hurt Daniel and his twin sisters badly and love is not on his agenda at all.  However, Daniel can’t stop thinking about the girl in the park running with her Dalmatian dog.  He normally has no problem with female attention but this girl seems to have ‘Daniel shaped blinkers’ against her eyes.  Daniel seeks the help of his sisters to try and attract the girl’s attention.  He decides to borrow one of the dogs from The Bark Rangers, the pet walking and fostering business, his twin sisters run.  Daniel claims to not be a dog person but the Alsatian dog he has taken for a walk soon takes a shine to Daniel but when the unlikely pair do meet up with the girl and her dog in the park the Alsatian and the Dalmatian become an instant hit.  Will this attraction spread to their unsuspecting humans?  Will Molly and Daniel learn to let down the barriers they’ve built from past experiences and give love a chance?

This story had it all!  It was full of sexual chemistry, romance, emotion and warmth.  Scenes to grip you and leave you fighting the pages to find out what happens next.  A gorgeous story that I just didn’t want to end … 5/5*

To find out more about Sarah Morgan and her books please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.sarahmorgan.com/

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorSarahMorgan

 

The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick book review and giveaway

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“My name is Mary Seymour and I am the daughter of one queen and the niece of another.”

Browsing antiques shops in Wiltshire, Alison Bannister stumbles across a delicate old portrait – supposedly of Anne Boleyn. Except Alison knows better… The woman is Mary Seymour, the daughter of Katherine Parr who was taken to Wolf Hall in 1557 as an unwanted orphan and presumed dead after going missing as a child.

The painting is more than just a beautiful object from Alison’s past – it holds the key to her future, unlocking the mystery surrounding Mary’s disappearance, and the enigma of Alison’s son.

But Alison’s quest soon takes a dark and foreboding turn, as a meeting place called the Phantom Tree harbours secrets in its shadows…

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Nicola Cornick’s latest novel, The Phantom Tree.  Nicola’s stories take you on a journey through time, she opens your eyes to an era long forgotten but with her words history becomes alive in your head entrancing you in another world.

The Phantom Tree is a captivating historical time slip mystery romance that was utterly spellbinding, mystifying, tragic but equally beautiful.  I didn’t want the story to end, I was feeling quite bereft and emotional once I had finished reading … signs of a good story!

The story starts in the present day with Alison walking through the crowded pre-Christmas streets of Marlborough.  By chance Alison sees a portrait of a young woman in an art gallery, the painting takes her by surprise, she is drawn to the image and can’t quite believe what she sees before her eyes.  The painting is listed as Anne Boleyn but Alison knows otherwise.  The image stirs memories of a past that Alison thought she’d never see again, the image is Mary Seymour, daughter of Katherine Parr, who was taken to Wolf Hall in 1557.  Alison knows this fact as she too lived at Wolf Hall in 1557.  Somehow Alison has managed to escape the life she had in the past and has transported over 400 years in the future.  For the last 10 years she has tried desperately to return or to find information about something very dear to her that was cruelly taken from her, her son Arthur.  This portrait has been the breakthrough Alison has been looking for her.

The book continues with the story about two quite different women that were flung together in unusual circumstances.  We follow Mary Seymour’s story back in 1557 with her quest to fit in and escape the visions and words in her head.  We then follow the story of Alison Bannister who had fled time and is desperate to get back as a mother’s love is a bond that is not easily broken.  Clues from the past start catching up with Alison and she starts to question herself whether the risk is too great to go back to the 16th century.

This story was so enthralling I loved the images of the past evoked from the words on the pages.  The rawness of the times with greed and betrayal.  It was so heart breaking for a blossoming love to be cut so cruelly short but time felt like it stood still for this couple till they could be reunited again.

Once again a brilliant historical romance brought to life by Nicola Cornick.  5/5*

The publishers have kindly offered a paperback copy of this brilliant book for one of my readers.  Please click on the rafflecopter link below to enter the giveaway.

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To find out more about Nicola Cornick and her books please visit the following pages:

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

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

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/nicola.cornick/

Midnight and Mistletoe at Cedarwood Lodge by Rebecca Raisin book review/blogtour

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Midnight and Mistletoe at Cedarwood Lodge written by Rebecca Raisin, publisher HQ Digital is available NOW in ebook format.

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Planning a New Years Eve Party might be the kind of event Clio Winters used to dream about organising, but when everything is feeling a bit up in the air, she has to hope that this New Years her wish really will come true.

Cedarwood Lodge is a delectable romance told in three parts – following Clio Winters journey back to her hometown of Evergreen. This is the final part in this feel-good romance serial.

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I’m so pleased to be involved in the blogtour promoting and celebrating the launch of Rebecca Raisin’s final instalment in The Cedarwood Lodge trilogy.  Cedarwood Lodge has been such a treat.  I’m now feeling quite hungover with book love for the friends I’ve grown to love at Cedarwood Lodge.  I do hope Rebecca Raisin will revisit Cedarwood Lodge in the future.  I could happily read the whole series back to back again!

We rejoin Clio and her friends and family at Christmas, just after their first major wedding expo at the lodge.  With the excitement of the prospect of new events planning for the new year the gang can now relax a little and enjoy Christmas.  Until Tim, an old school friend of Clio’s, throws a party opportunity their way which is too good an offer to refuse.  One week to plan a major New Year’s Eve party for a big business.  Clio and Amory are already excited and are busy scribbling down ideas but with the boss of the firm making last minute changes the team at Cedarwood Lodge have lots to do.

Kai, the Australian builder who has caught Clio’s eye, is still on site finishing off work.  The relationship between Clio and Kai is so lovely.  They are both sensitive souls with background heartache between them.  Can Clio trust her heart and break down her barriers to let love in?  Or will it be too late with Kai with his family and other work commitments elsewhere?

The secrets of Cedarwood Lodge slowly start unravelling in this book and for someone it is such a heart breaking moment for them to reach out to others and let them understand this heartache.

Cedarwood Lodge, I can see from the words on the page, is a remarkable place that needs to let people in to share it’s beauty.  It just needed some like minded folk to refresh the bones of the place and bring some magic and love to the community that live, work and visit the lodge.  A gorgeous read 5/5*

To find out more about Rebecca Raisin and her books please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.rebeccaraisin.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/@jaxandwillsmum

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

Brides & Bouquets by Rebecca Raisin book review/blogtour

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Brides and Bouquets At Cedarwood Lodge written by Rebecca Raisin, publisher HQ Digital, is available NOW in ebook format.

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brides-Bouquets-Cedarwood-Lodge-Christmas-ebook/dp/B01I9AEIEQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1480270083&sr=8-2&keywords=brides+%26+bouquets

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Dreaming of a happily ever after at Cedarwood Lodge is Clio Winters’ current focus, especially with a winter wonderland wedding expo planned. But with brides coming from far and wide the heat is on for Clio to fulfil everyone’s dream of a Christmas wedding!

It seems like Clio’s new business might be off to a rocky start and surrounded by love struck brides she can’t help but hope for a little Christmas romance of her own…

Cedarwood Lodge is a delectable romance told in three parts – following Clio Winters journey back to her hometown of Evergreen. This is Part Two.

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I absolutely adored revisiting Cedarwood Lodge with Rebecca Raisin. Brides and
Bouquets is the second instalment in the new trilogy by Rebecca Raisin set on Clio
moving back to her hometown Evergreen and purchasing Cedarwood Lodge,
renovating and refurbishing it back to life.
We find Clio, joined by her best friend from New York Amory, preparing the lodge for
Christmas and their first wedding expo. The Lodge and grounds are now beautifully
restored and it sounds so idyllic with the mountainous backdrop. Snow has arrived in
Evergreen making the preparations even more beautiful and realistic.
Clio is still concerned about the secrets the Lodge holds and her mom being part of
them. The townsfolk are very guarded about the secret but Clio makes a startling
discovery and doesn’t know were this discovery will lead to and what it will do to the
already frosty relationship with her mom.
Amongst all this history Cedarwood Lodge is casting its spell in the present with love
blooming and possibly blossoming for the characters we’ve grown to love.  Rebecca
has left us with a cliff-hanger and I can’t wait for book 3.   A wonderful heart-warming
story that will leave you wanting more.  5/5*
I’d like to share one of my favourite quotes from the book:
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About the Author

Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been published in various short story anthologies and in in fiction magazines, and is now focusing on writing romance. Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships, and most importantly believe in true love.

Website: http://rebeccaraisin.com/

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

Be My Baby (The House on Camden Square book 3) by AL Michael book review

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Be My Baby written by A L Michael, publisher HQ is available NOW in ebook format.

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Two’s company…

If you asked Mollie whether she struggled as a single mum, she’d have to cover her daughter’s ears before answering. Surrounded by friends, watching Esme grow into the sassiest eleven-year-old in North London, and building her name as TV chef Mollie Makes, Mollie’s never been happier. Well, that’s what she’d tell you. But as her best friends pair off, and Esme starts getting into trouble at school, Mollie wonders whether life would be different – not better…but easier – with a team mate.

Three’s a crowd?

But Esme’s dad, Jamie, would be the last man Mollie would team up with. After all, he made it clear eleven years ago that he wasn’t interested in playing the family game. So when he suddenly reappears, Mollie can’t believe her eyes. And soon, she’s got to ask herself the hardest question yet: she knows she can succeed as a single mum. But what if her daughter doesn’t want her to?

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Be My Baby is the third and final instalment in The House on Camden Square series.  I’ve been so thrilled and delighted with this series.  You can find my review for Book 1 Goodbye Ruby Tuesday here and for Book 2 Nice Day for a White Wedding here.  I would strongly advise reading all the books in the series in order to fully appreciate the back story of each character and their individual relationship with Ruby.

A.L. Michael’s writing style is so warm and friendly you instantly fall in love with the characters and feel involved with the storyline.  Be My Baby is Mollie’s story and once again the author takes us on a time hop journey to significant periods or events in Mollie’s life especially with Ruby.  Also, we hear about Mollie and her first love Jamie and the time hop to their few months together was just so lovely but also felt quite tragic.  Mollie fell pregnant during her short time with Jamie, they both had plans to go to university but the baby news put a hold on for these plans.  New plans were hatched out and the young couple were both excited and nervous for the future.  However, life didn’t go to plan for Mollie and Jamie.  Mollie was suddenly left by Jamie.  Mollie was totally distraught and for a good while she saw no end to her anguish.  Mollie however, found the strength within her and for the last eleven years she has single handedly cared for and nurtured her daughter Esme.

Mollie and Esme now live in London in the Arts Centre that Ruby left to her and her school friends Evie and Chelsea.  The Arts Centre is progressing well and Mollie’s creative side is her love of food and her genius in making wonderful healthier versions of favourite meals and cakes.  She’s due to start her parent and child cooking demonstrations soon and an appearance on the local breakfast TV show brings new life into her career and also her personal life.

Mollie hasn’t seen or heard of Esme’s dad Jamie for eleven years.  Esme is having a difficult time at school with fellow students enquiring about her missing father.  When Jamie turns up out of the blue in Mollie’s life her world is shaken upside down.

We follow Mollie’s journey on coping with this new arrival.  How or will she introduce him to Esme?  Can Mollie forgive him for all the heartache she’s received?  Can she trust him with her daughter’s heart and also her own again?

This was such a lovely, heart warming story but also it was quite tragic.  From certain events in the past two people have been denied the chance of love.  They are both confused with what went wrong and unsure of who to blame.  A learning curve for Mollie, Esme and Jamie is required to cope with this new dynamic in the family structure.  My heart was aching for all three of them, they have all had to deal with loss, grief, betrayal, torment.  A.L. Michael has written a fun, romantic, witty, heart warming and pull at the heart strings series.  This has been a fabulous conclusion to a gorgeous series.  I’m quite bereft it’s come to an end but it feels like a whole new beginning for the girls at The House on Camden Square.  5/5*

To find out more about A.L. Michael and her books please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.almichael.com/

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

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/A.L.Michael.writer