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/

Books that made me go wow in 2016

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I’ve had a great year of book reading and would like to share a few books that I’ve read this year that to me gave me the ‘wow’ factor.  A few of the books I have chosen stretched my reading and took me out of my comfort zone but I was so pleased that I trusted in the publishers and authors to open my eyes to new words.

I would like to say a big thank you to all the publishers and authors who kindly sent their books for me to voluntarily review.  I’ve also purchased a fair few books this year there have been so many great new releases that I’ve been excited to add to my TBR pile.  One of these days I will get to the bottom of this pile, or maybe not!?  I’d also like to add my thanks to the great book blogging community.  It is a wonderful arena of likeminded people sharing the love of books and reading and the support is amazing, thank you all 🙂

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The Ballroom by Anna Hope

“This was a truly beautiful love story, a unique one, one that I’ll never forget. I was totally heartbroken at the end and couldn’t control my emotions. A stunning, poignant story that left me shattered with emotions. I’m expecting The Ballroom to be a huge success for Anna Hope, this story is just beautiful.”

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ballroom-Anna-Hope/dp/0857521969/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1482586120&sr=1-1

 

Dear Dad by Giselle Greendear dad

“This was a beautiful story, well written dealing with some difficult subjects. Although the storyline was very raw and emotive at times the underlining current was heartwarming, inspiring and full of hope.”

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dear-Dad-Giselle-Green-ebook/dp/B01D7E5GPY/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482586456&sr=1-1&keywords=dear+dad+giselle+green

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The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

“This was such a remarkable story and has been one of my favourite reads so far this year. I believe it would make a great movie and would love to see the actor Bill Nighy play the character of Arthur.  A wonderful, charming, quirky, life affirming story.”

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Curious-Charms-Arthur-Pepper/dp/184845435X/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1482586766&sr=1-1

 

Valentina by SE Lynesvalentina

“The story takes lots of twists and turns that keep you gripped and guessing to the very end. To read a book in a genre I don’t normally read and to be gripped by the complexities of the characters and storyline is the sign of a great author. A very promising start to a debut author’s career. I’m so pleased I stepped out of my comfort zone.”

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Valentina-Hauntingly-Intelligent-Psychological-Thriller-ebook/dp/B01EVRUUMU/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482587061&sr=1-1&keywords=valentina+by+s+e+lynes

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Sunshine over Wildflower Cottage by Milly Johnson

This was such a wonderful feel good story about love, loss, friendships, new beginnings with a touch of magic and mystery. From the first sight of the sunny, gorgeous illustrations on the cover of this novel you can expect an equally delightful read. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Milly’s previous books and this book was just as good, if not better, than her others.”

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sunshine-Wildflower-Cottage-Milly-Johnson-ebook/dp/B0151VOGD4/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482587216&sr=1-1&keywords=sunshine+over+wildflower+cottage

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Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

“Just as the young stars were drawn to drink and drugs I felt myself as a reader ‘drugged’ by the words on the pages. I couldn’t get enough. I was eager to know what happened next. On the one hand Valley of the Dolls was shocking, tragic and heart breaking BUT on the other it was also glamorous, sexy and very indulgent!”

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Valley-Dolls-Anniversary-Jacqueline-Susann-ebook/dp/B01E1QW4KC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482587461&sr=1-1&keywords=valley+of+the+dolls

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Devastation Road by Jason Hewitt

“This was a very poignant, engaging read that throws no punches and shows the raw side of people trying to survive a war that has shaken the world to it’s core. Jason Hewitt manages to open your eyes and feel the hidden sights and sounds in a landscape torn apart. Such a horrific time for all but humanity remained and the tender, heartrending moments felt more intense. This is a story that I won’t forget in a long time.”

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Devastation-Road-Jason-Hewitt-ebook/dp/B00O65XA5C/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482587628&sr=1-1&keywords=devastation+road

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Late Summer in the Vineyard by Jo Thomas

“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.”

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Late-Summer-Vineyard-Jo-Thomas-ebook/dp/B0113JMEZ0/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482587837&sr=1-1&keywords=late+summer+in+the+vineyard+jo+Thomas

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Somebody Else’s Boy by Jo Bartlett

“Jo Bartlett has written a wonderful tale set around an idyllic coastal bay in the south of England with characters that are easily relatable and you find yourself loving as each page is read. I instantly fell for little Toby. This story subtly deals with grief, loss, betrayal, abuse, new beginnings all with such a warmth that you get enveloped in the emotions the characters are feeling but you don’t feel depressed … a story with hope and strength emanating from new beginnings mixed with a big dose of love.”

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Somebody-Elses-Boy-Nicholas-Bay-ebook/dp/B01IDPQBSI/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482588119&sr=1-1&keywords=somebody+else%27s+boy

Moondance by Diane Chandlermoondance

“I’ve never read a story based around IVF before and initially you would imagine it to be quite depressing but Moondance was an altogether different story. Diane Chandler has created a masterpiece in wrapping a highly sensitive, emotive storyline with scenes of warmth and humour. This raw, honest story will tug at your heart and will never leave your mind.”

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Moondance-WINNER-PEOPLES-PRIZE-FICTION-ebook/dp/B01K0LA8KU/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482588245&sr=1-1&keywords=moondance+by+diane+chandler

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The Shogun’s Queen by Lesley Downer

“This was such an epic story that sent my emotions soaring high and dramatically cascading low. I was enchanted by the author Lesley Downer’s beautiful words describing a colourful world. I felt instantly transported to a land far, far away to a time where legends and rituals were significant and paramount. To a time were the unknown were feared. A time when sacrifices had to be made for the sake of the countries survival.”

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shoguns-Queen-Shogun-Quartet-Book-ebook/dp/B017DIJ2ZK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482588405&sr=1-1&keywords=the+shogun%27s+queen

 

Cedarwood Lodge series by Rebecca Raisin

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!”

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Celebrations-Confetti-Cedarwood-Lodge-hilarious-ebook/dp/B01JNHHDP0/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1482588636&sr=1-2&keywords=rebecca+raisin

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brides-Bouquets-Cedarwood-Lodge-Christmas-ebook/dp/B01I9AEIEQ/ref=pd_sim_351_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=RCK7P1N5SE6NE5NE6139

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Midnight-Mistletoe-Cedarwood-Lodge-uplifting-ebook/dp/B01JBIQOOC/ref=pd_sim_351_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=DA7NGZMEM5VJ52DM7F0Q

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I’d like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Healthy, Prosperous New Year … keep the books flowing 🙂

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/