The Cosy Cottage Café book series by Rachel Griffiths: Summer and Autumn book review

Author Rachel Griffiths has written a new cosy romance book series and I’m pleased to share my reviews of the first two instalments in the series; Summer at The Cosy Cottage Café and Autumn at The Cosy Cottage Café.

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Summer at The Cosy Cottage Café written and self-published by Rachel Griffiths is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Allie Jones loves her cosy cottage café in the picturesque village of Heatherlea. She has her independence, two grown-up children and two cute cats. Life is settled and she thinks she’s happy.

Author Chris Monroe has it all. Critical success, a luxurious London apartment, and the kind of jet-set lifestyle most people dream of. But something’s missing.

When a family bereavement throws these two old friends together, they begin to question the true meaning of happiness.

Love is in the air, but do Allie and Chris have room in their hands-on lives for more than a summer fling?

My Review

This was such a treat of a read. I loved, loved the sound of this haven that the main character Allie Jones had created with The Cosy Cottage Café. Six years ago Allie’s life had turned upside down with the tragic death of her husband Roger. Wanting to start afresh for her two children and herself Allie bought the rundown cottage turning the bottom half into a café. A lifelong dream of hers since secondary school bringing so much joy and comfort not only to herself but also to the community.

The café was doing fine and Allie was happy with the life she had formed for her two now grown-up children, her two cats and herself. However, when a close friend from the past turns up she realises how much she has missed the bond she once shared with Chris.

Chris Monroe left the village just after his two close friends Roger and Allie married. Wanting to pursue a career in writing he sought the buzz of the city. Now a successful author with benefits of a great lifestyle it takes the sad death of his mother to bring him back to the village. He then realises what and who was missing from his life, Allie Jones.

The rekindling of friendship between Allie and Chris evokes many memories between them and emotions soon stir between them. Can love make way into each of their lives?

A gorgeous start to a new book series that I am already eagerly awaiting for the next instalment. A beautiful, cosy, heart warming romance.

autumn at the cosy cottage cafe

Autumn at The Cosy Cottage Café written and self-published by Rachel Griffiths is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Motherhood has been one of the great blessings of Dawn Dix-Beaumont’s life but with her children’s growing independence, it’s finally time for Dawn to return to teaching. However, Mother Nature has other ideas…

Rick Beaumont loves his family but he’s busier than ever. With his high-flying career, two children and a third on the way, there’s a lot to juggle.

Battling expectations, disappointments and a few surprises along the way, Dawn and Rick find their commitment to each other tested to the limit. The next steps they take will be the most important of their lives.

So when the pressure mounts and an important decision has to be made, will Dawn and Rick’s marriage become stronger than ever, or will it be time to move in different directions?

My Review

This is the second book in the new cosy romance series by Rachel Griffiths and I’m loving it! I feel at home with these novels. The setting is perfect; a cosy cottage cafe in a small country village. The ideal haven for friends and family to have a cup of tea and a piece of cake to catch up on gossip, to forget about your everyday chaos, to meet and make new friends, to welcome in old friends. This little book series makes you feel like you are joining friends with the warm array of characters the author has created.

This second book concentrates on Dawn who is married to Rick and has two children. She’s just found out she is expecting her third child, a complete shock and surprise. Dawn had hopes of returning to her teaching career now the children were settled in school. However, with this new arrival now on the cards Dawn’s hopes of returning to work are put on the back burner. Dawn’s emotions are all over the place and she’s starting to feel a little vulnerable in her marriage. Rick works very long hours in the city and seems to be spending more time away from home. Can the couple get a little time together to work out their concerns?

Another gorgeous story from an author that is rapidly becoming one of my favourites.

To find out more about Rachel Griffiths and her work please visit the following pages:

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Wild Life by Alison Brodie book review

Wild Life

Wild Life written and self-published by Alison Brodie is available NOW on ebook.

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She says he’s got five per cent body fat and one per cent brain activity.
He says she’s a foul-mouthed tart.
Meet Faustine and McPherson.

Faustine is terrified of responsibility and never wants kids. She lives in New York filling her time with dead-end jobs and high-end stimulants but when she hears that Beech Wood Rise is about to be flattened, she sobers up and heads home to England. The ancient woodland holds her only memories of her dead mother and she’s going to fight every step of the way to stop the land developer.
McPherson is the land developer. He never wants kids because he believes he’s inherited his father’s violent temper. Having been evicted from his home as a child, McPherson’s mission is to build low-cost housing for the poor. And Beech Wood Rise is his next project.
Oscar, 9, has been taken from his crack-head mum in London and placed with his aunt in the countryside while Child Services find him a foster home. Oscar dislikes his aunt and takes up residence in the abandoned tree-house on Beech Wood Rise.
Suddenly, Oscar’s peace is shattered.
Oscar watches the battle between Faustine and McPherson with a spectator’s enthusiasm, while fanning the flames of war. Yet he knows his days of freedom are numbered. Rather than go into foster care, he plans to do a disappearing act.
When Faustine and McPherson discover that Oscar is not a middle-class brat dodging piano practice but an emotionally traumatised reject who is about to run away, they declare a temporary ceasefire as they try to save him.
What they don’t know is: all their careful plans to stay child-free are about to be challenged.
Oscar has decided that Faustine and McPherson would make great parents. HIS parents.
Now all he has to do is make them fall in love.

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Wow, I absolutely loved this novel and I didn’t want it to end.

A romcom story with great dialogue that makes you spontaneously laugh out loud and then it rips at your heart leaving you a crumpled mess, then your emotions are soaring high again.  It was so clever of the author, Alison Brodie, to bring laughter to a story that held a serious, sensitive subject to the crux of the storyline.

Faustine couldn’t believe her luck when she’d won the big modelling contract but then her heart sank a little when she learn’t that she had to now portray a certain elegant image.  She thought one last binge wouldn’t hurt then she’d do all she could to maintain the appropriate image for the mega bucks pay packet.  However, a plea of help from her sister to save the sacred trees near her ancestral home back in England may scupper her new image.

Property developer McPherson had set his sights on building a new housing development in a sleepy village in the Cotswolds.  He had a dream to make affordable housing and his aim was to bring families from inner cities to his idyllic location and let them feel and see the countryside all the time.  His dream was being hampered by local protestors appealing against his proposal hoping to save the ancient woodland which included the magnificent old tree lovingly named Old Bob by the locals.  He now had dwellers living in the tree which had been temporarily turned into a makeshift treehouse.  A young boy and woman were residing in the tree but McPherson felt no threat from them.  Little did he know that the woman residing the treehouse had a history with the tree and emotions were running high.

Faustine’s mission was to stay in the tree till the protestors won the appeal.  This tree Old Bob held so many childhood memories for Faustine and it hurt her deeply to think that someone could quite easily chop it down.  The young boy helping Faustine with her protest was Oscar.  A very street wise lad from London that was currently staying with his Aunt nearby whilst his mum was recovering from her drug addiction in rehab.  Through his bravado you could sense a vulnerability within Oscar and the more Faustine got to know him the more she realised he needed her help.  Faustine had never felt maternal but she felt a kinship with this child and with the unexpected help from the developer McPherson the adults strove to help young Oscar as much as they could.  Unbeknown to the adults young Oscar was plotting to bring the temporary warring adults together.

This was such a wonderful story full of warmth and good humour.  Alison Brodie had injected some sizzling sexual chemistry within the story and I felt that the shared love of the countryside was soon spreading it’s magic to our warring couple.  It felt like Old Bob was an anchor pulling all three main characters together; Oscar, Faustine and McPherson each had a part to play in helping one another.  A funny, sexy, heartfelt story cleverly blending around a serious issue.  5/5*

To find out more about Alison Brodie and her books please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.alisonbrodiebooks.com/

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Walking Wounded by Anna Franklin Osborne book review

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Walking Wounded written and published by Anna Franklin Osborne is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Born at the end of the First World War, a young girl struggles to find her own identity in her big family and is pushed into a stormy marriage through a terrible misunderstanding from which her pride refuses to let her back down. As her own personal world begins to crumble, the foundation of the world around her is shaken as Germany once again declares war and her brothers and young husband sign up with the first wave of volunteers.

Walking Wounded tells the story of those left behind in a Blitz-ravaged London, and of the web of loyalty, guilt and duty that shapes the decisions of the women awaiting the return of their men-folk as the war draws to a close.

Spanning the period from the Armistice of the First World War to the exodus of the Ten Pound Poms to Australia in the 1950s, Walking Wounded is a family saga whose internal violence is mirrored by the world stage upon which it is set.

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This was such a profoundly emotive story that deeply moved me.  At one point I had to pause from reading due to the tears blurring my vision.  Anna Franklin Osborne has taken me on a very real emotional journey, a journey that millions took that had no choice but to “Keep Calm and Carry On” but behind the smiles lay troubled souls and broken hearts.

This family saga started back in 1918 travelling through to 1952 on the life of one family coping and trying to survive what life through at them.  Through pivotal moments in Britain’s history and through life’s own harsh battles.  Women waiting patiently for news of their loved ones; be it fathers, brothers, sons, husbands and lovers.  Dreading the post for fear of bad news.  However, when the men came back they were scarred both physically and mentally and the scenes that they have endured will never leave them.  The joy of seeing and being with your family again was tinged with the fear of what the war did to the minds of their men.

Whilst the men did their duty the women were left to hold the fort back at home and at work, struggling to make ends meet and struggling to keep morale high.  Anna Franklin Osborne’s female characters were all very strong young women full of vitality and hope at the beginning of the war but life was very cruel and hearts were shattered and minds were tested.  The walking wounded were not just the soldiers of war but of those left behind wounded by life and all it threw at them.  A smile can hide a multitude of emotions.

This is a very special story, a fictional story based loosely around Anna Franklin Osborne’s three great uncles, her great aunt and her grandmother who all played a part during the war years.  I do believe fictional stories bring history to life and Anna Franklin Osborne has taken me on this historical journey.  A stunning story spelling out life in it’s raw detail.  5/5*

To find out more about Anna Franklin Osborne please do visit the following pages:

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*ReleaseDayBlitz* The Bronte Club for Hopeless Romantics by Laura Briggs

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The Bronte Book Club for Hopeless Romantics written and self-published by Laura Briggs is available in ebook format from today 21st June 2017.

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Quaint Lewis Cove is home to the charming three-story Victorian manor known as the Alice Wilshire Lending Library and its plucky librarian Peg Turner: the current hostess of the weekly Bronte Book Club, better known as the ‘Hopeless Romantics’ of all ages. Nurse Annette has been too busy working for love; mechanic Tim has missed the boat somewhere in his past; art student Sophie comes off as too unique, while tech geek C.J. has fallen—hopelessly—for the too-cool-to-care Llourdes.

With her vacation plans indefinitely on hold for the summer, Peg has decided to transform the ‘Hopeless Romantics’ into hopeful ones. But while she’s trying to help her fellow readers find romance, she’s avoiding her matchmaker friend Caroline’s latest blind date—only to see her best friend Cam, the ruggedly-cute-but-sometimes-curmudgeonly coffee shop owner fixed up instead. And that’s something Peg isn’t sure she likes.

Questions about love and last chances on her mind, and way too many books piled on her desk, will Peg succeed in finding romantic hope for anyone, including herself?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the Release Day Blitz celebrating the release of The Bronte Book Club for Hopeless Romantics.  The novella is the first in a new series by Laura Briggs.

About the author:

Laura Briggs is the author of several women’s fiction and chick lit novels, with themes that range from wedding planning to modern Jane Austen. Even though she tends to write stories with a romance theme, as a reader she has a soft spot for mysteries, including those by Agatha Christie and Mary Roberts Rinehart. She also enjoys books by Jane Austen, Anne Tyler, Amy Tan, and too many others to name. In her free time, she likes to experiment with new recipes and tries to landscape her yard (a never-ending project).

Website:  http://paperdollwrites.blogspot.com/

Twitter:  http://bit.ly/1ME9ivJ

Facebook:  http://on.fb.me/1JjeMoI

I’m delighted to share a short extract:

“Evening everybody!” Caroline breezed into the coffee shop in her usual manner. She pulled off her summer scarf and dropped her shopping bags on the floor as she sat down at our table. “Did you see the repair work they’re doing on the highway? I had to cut across Ocean Lane in Valencia to get here from the city.”

 Next to Stacy — and Cam — Caroline was my oldest friend in Lewis Cove. We had known each other in college; now she worked as a realtor with an office closer to the metropolis than town, and believed firmly that one’s social life should never slow down, no matter the time of day or the fatigue one might be feeling.

“Just a cup of black coffee for me, and a low-cal snack,” she said to Cam. “What’s with the book?” Her gaze fell on the copy of Jane Eyre.

 “It’s mine,” I said. “I’m trying to recruit new members for the book club.”

 “Was that tonight?” said Caroline. “Is that why you said ‘no’ to going out with Greg’s friend tonight?” Greg was Caroline’s current boyfriend — his friend was a blind date setup I had been stealthily avoiding for two weeks.

 “A date?” said Cam. “You’re dating again?” He looked at me.

 “For the record, I was never not dating,” I clarified. “I just haven’t met anybody with whom the interest is mutual. Not in awhile, anyway.”

 “To qualify as ‘dating,’ you have to go out with them,” said Caroline. “Not just say you’re going to do it sometime, then keep giving them excuses for why you’re not available.”

 “Those aren’t excuses, Caroline, those are reasons,” I said. “Friday nights, I’m always at the book club. I’m the librarian, I have to be there to unlock the door and let them in.”

 “So? Get them to meet somewhere else. They can meet in Cam’s coffee shop. Lots of atmosphere and great beverages.”

 “The music will drive them out,” said Cam, placing a low-fat granola bar in front of her. “I’m instituting an ‘all rock and roll, all the time’ policy come Monday.”

 I hid my smile for this answer. “Besides, I like the club,” I continued. “I like being part of their meetings.”

 “The Hopeless Romantics?” said Caroline. “There’s a reason why it has that nickname, Paige. They’re people who can’t find the right person because they’re too picky, or because they’re too blind to see the right person when it’s right in front of them. You are not hopeless — and you’re definitely not a fully-fledged romantic.”

“I have a romantic streak,” I said. “And it’s mean to call them hopeless just because they have a lot of free time and no romantic ties. They’re just trying to spend an evening with people they have something in common with. That’s the whole point of the club — an exchange of mutual ideas on literature.”

 “Will you exchange mutual ideas with Greg’s friend next week?” she asked me.

 “Maybe,” I said. “I’ll call him. We’ll find an evening we’re both free.” From behind the counter, Cam coughed noisily. I wondered if he had tried a bite of the low-fat granola bars he kept on hand for calorie-conscious customers.

 Caroline leaned forward and lowered her voice. “Speaking of dating,” she said, “I have the perfect person for Cam.” She glanced to the side, making sure he was busy with a new customer.

 Did I mention Caroline is an obsessive matchmaker, too?

I look forward to sharing my review soon …

 

 

The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice by Katarina West book review/blogtour

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The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice, written and self-published by Katarina West is available NOW in ebook format.  The book is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Meet Irene Nylander, a frumpy housewife from Finland … and a yo-yo dieter. She feels trapped in an unhappy marriage, looking after her domineering mother-in-law and living vicariously through romantic movies.

Meanwhile, in Florence, Mimi Kavanough’s star is rising. She has the body of a Barbie princess, the iron will of an army sergeant – and Hollywood in her sights.

On her fiftieth birthday, Irene discovers her husband is having an affair. Devastated, she prays for a way out: she wants to die.

In heaven, a mischievous angel called Aaron hears her prayers. He decides to make Irene and Mimi swap bodies.

How will the two women cope with their unexpected, and very different, second lives? And will Aaron’s meddling get him evicted from heaven? What will happen if he has to transform into a human being and live on Earth?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Katarina West’s new book series Angel Aid with book 1 in the series out now titled; The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice.

This was such an extraordinary read that has left me feeling quite inspired and hopeful.  The story is unlike any other I’ve read, it’s about real life emotions mixed with fantasy, make believe, or is it?

We meet Irene Nylander in Helsinki about to celebrate her 50th birthday.  She is fed up with her existence, fed up of being ignored by her husband, fed up of having to forego her dreams.  After being stood up in the restaurant by her best friend she makes a startling discovery that shocks her to her core.  She dashes heartbroken and crushed from the restaurant and driving through a blur of tears she crashes her car.  When she next awakes she is in surroundings unbeknown to her, the room exudes wealth and she soon realises she is on water and in a cabin of a wealthy yacht.  She also realises to her alarm that her body is not the same.  Many miles away we meet actress Mimi Kavanagh waking up in strange surroundings, a hospital none the less in a strange country due to the accents she is hearing.  To her dismay her body has aged and doubled in weight.  The two women from totally different backgrounds and lifestyles have woken from a trauma to find they have switched bodies.  Millions of miles away in another world a mischievous Angel called Aaron is in shock, of all the pranks he’s done in his life this one of transferring human bodies is the most extreme.  The Angel community and hierarchy are in uproar and Aaron is immediately shunned for his actions.  His thought process behind was purely good and he only wanted to help.

The story follows the journeys of Irene and Mimi confronting their new lives and of Aaron’s desperate attempt to make amends.

I have to admit I loved the idea of this story but I did get slightly lost and confused with the hierarchy in the Angel Kingdom and all the different rules but saying this at the end of the story I felt inspired and eager to continue the story with part 2 of Angel Aid.

The storyline is full of relatable characters with a Cinderella-esque tale; from rags to riches, from beauty to beast.  The ladies facing the body switch were given a wonderful opportunity to reassess their lives and pick out the best from their body switch personas.  It had gorgeous idyllic sunny settings and also awe inspiring Icelandic panorama.  The author Katarina West interwoven the storyline with wonderful wit and humour spreading lots of warmth throughout.  Romance blossomed and grew and hearts were once again filled with compassion.

A wonderful fantasy fuelled romance leaving you exhilarated and optimistic 4/5*

I’d like to share one of my favourite quotes from the novel:

Yes this is an educational dream with a message.  And the message is, it’s never too late to live again.  To make your dreams come true.

Katarina West has kindly offered to give away a kindle copy of the book.  To enter please click on the rafflecopter link below:

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To find out more about Katarina West and her books please visit the following pages:

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Englishwoman in Scotland by Jenny O’Brien book review

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Englishwoman in Scotland written and self-published by Jenny O’Brien is available from Thursday 22nd June 2017 in ebook format.

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Talented artisan baker Lady Titania (Tansy) Nettlebridge is betrothed to be married to Lord Brayely no less. She should be ecstatic. She should be delighted at such a match. She would be if she’d actually met him…

Viscount Hector Brayely, or Tor for short isn’t interested in women. He isn’t interested in men. As a renowned mycologist all he’s interested in is fungi, and one particular fungi at that. So when his mother arranges a bride he’s not really interested. He’s more interested in the new cook at the castle, Miss Tansy Smith…

Set in Oban and The Slate Islands Tansy quickly falls in love with the Inner Hebrides but she wouldn’t marry Tor if he was the last man on Belnahua…

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Englishwoman in Scotland is another stand-alone novel in Jenny O’Brien’s ‘Englishwoman in’ series, although a few familiar names will crop up in the storyline.  To enjoy the full ‘Englishwoman in’ book series I would recommend reading all the books in the series in chronological order:

  • Englishwoman in Paris (you can find my review here)
  • Englishwoman in Scotland
  • Englishwoman in Manhattan (you can find my review here)

A boxset of all three novels will be available to purchase on the 22nd June 2017 follow the link: http://amzn.to/2tj9pqd

I absolutely adored Englishwoman in Scotland and I didn’t want it to end.  I’ve previously enjoyed Jenny O’Brien’s previous ‘Englishwoman in’ stories but to me this is my favourite.  I loved how both leading characters were born into wealth and aristocracy but they were both wanting to find their own ways in life;have an interest, have a career, make their own decisions.  I particularly loved how the author set this storyline in a wonderful rugged location in Scotland and included some history to the tale with the leading man’s work taking him to the island of Belnahua.  An island off the west coast of Scotland that once had a population of nearly 200 but has been left inhabited and desolate since WWI. This brought a different dimension to the story and you could feel a change in atmosphere when visiting the isle.  I felt the hidden history around the island brought some clarity to the characters.

We first meet Tansy (Lady Titania Nettlebridge) in her family home in London arguing with her parents who have apparently arranged a marriage for her, a fellow aristocrat whom she has only met the once years ago when she was a young girl.  This arranged marriage has come to light due to recent media coverage of Tansy during one of her night outs with her fellow aristocratic friends.  What Tansy thought was going to be a good night with friends turned into a disaster and she has been left shame faced and feeling betrayed by her ‘so called friends.’  Tansy decides to take matters in her own hands and applies for a job as a cook in a stately home in Scotland, which so happens to be the home of Viscount Hector (Tor) Brayely. She wants to find out what this groom-to-be is really like so going in disguise feels the best way to achieve this. Tansy is a highly skilled baker so she is qualified to do the job in hand but can she cope with the personality of the Viscount?

Tor Brayely has had his fair share of heartache and since the death of his father he is willing to please his mother with this union.  However, when he makes the journey to London to see this Lady he returns home to Scotland in a foul mood and finds a stranger in his kitchen.

The story follows Tansy in her role as cook getting to know Tor and learning how to cope with life in the Hebrides.  Personalities clash but a chemistry soon starts sparking between the pair.  Can the simple beauty of the ruggedness of Scotland bring the pair together?  Can Tansy keep her secret identity away from the Viscount?

This was a wonderful romance with just the right amount of sexual chemistry.  The story was quite topical with the glare of the paparazzi and I loved that Jenny O’Brien gave both characters skills and ambitious dreams.  I loved the sound of Tor with his education, his interests, his kindness, his rugged physique and hatred of the socialite scene.  I also fell in love with some of the sub characters Jenny O’Brien had created and hope to hear more from these in future stories.  A very enjoyable read 5/5*

To find out more about Jenny O’Brien and her books please visit the following links:

Website:  https://jennyobrienwriter.wordpress.com/

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

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Amazon Author page:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jenny-OBrien/e/B014TN5SKK/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1497863769&sr=8-1

Duplicity by Lisa J Hobman book review

 

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Duplicity written and self-published by Lisa J Hobman is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Fin Hunter has spent his life striving for his father’s elusive love and approval by following a life path set out for him and not of his own choosing. However, when he is yet again blamed for something out of his control, he snaps. Deciding to stand on his own two feet, he chooses to follow his true passion – music. But will he find real happiness?

Star Mendoza is living her dream in Edinburgh, a place she discovered in British novels while growing up in a small USA town. Now working in a city coffee shop, the tattooed, pink-haired young woman fantasises about the handsome businessman she serves daily. He’s totally out of her league but a girl can dream. Suddenly he stops calling in only to show up again in the most unlikely of places. Could her fantasy now become a reality? Or is the attraction of opposites doomed to fail?

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I adored this story from Lisa J Hobman, her ninth contemporary romance novel.  Lisa’s words have a way of drawing you into the location of the storyline and the characters, I felt that I was there living the hopes and dreams and riding the waves of the emotions with the characters.  I also feel that Lisa is a great advocate for Scotland and its raw, natural beauty.  This particular story takes us to Edinburgh where we follow two particular people very different from each other who find a magnetic pull between them that keeps drawing them together.

Fin Hunter is a shy man who from a young age has tried to gain his parent’s love and attention and to please them.  Fin’s parents have had a great deal of guidance shall we say in his life, they persuaded him to take up law and work for the family firm and lined up a very suitable young lady for a wife for him.  The story starts when Fin is due to marry this suitable young lady.  Fin was petrified his life was running out of control, he was confused to how he truly felt about Elise, his bride to be.  When events don’t go to plan Fin starts to realise that maybe this is the jolt he needed to step back from his parents stronghold and stand on his own two feet and learn to experience life’s greatest adventure of finding true love.  With his professional and personal life in turmoil Fin finds solace with his friends at the local club, which so happens to be karaoke night.  Fin has always loved music, especially rock, through the bravado of alcohol Fin takes to the stage and literally rocks the place.  This shy, unassuming man turns into a rock god with a voice oozing sex appeal.  The audience love him and he catches the eye of a certain pink haired young woman.

Star Mendoza moved from America to live her dream of working and living in the city she read about in her favourite novels, Edinburgh.  Star is a very likeable young woman who loves to be individual with her style, which at present she is rocking a striking pink and blonde hair do.  Star loves working in the coffee shop especially when a shy, suited young man pops in for his daily caffeine fix.  Star is disappointed when she learns something about this young man and when he disappears for a while she is left forlorn.  However, seeing him at the club in a totally different light mesmerises her.  Like polar opposites the pair are attracted to each other.  However, Fin has a lot of personal heartache to deal with and is so confused with which way to turn and who to trust anymore.

Can this unlikely pair help each other overcome obstacles and help them learn to trust and find the true meaning of love?

This story was gloriously addictive.  I fell for Fin, the pressure he was under, his whole life was just so tragic, a childhood and now adulthood of lost opportunities.  When his double persona was unleashed it was exciting and quite captivating to watch him unfurl.  The chemistry between Fin and Star was felt in abundance and my heart broke for each hurdle they had to face.  A stunning, emotive story 5/5*

To find out more about Lisa J Hobman please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.lisajhobman.com/

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