Christmas at Carol’s by Julia Roberts book review

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Christmas at Carol’s written by Julia Roberts, publisher ripped, is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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An uplifting tale of people’s desire to help each other in the season of goodwill – a romantic comedy with a twist in the tale.
Carol fell in love with Wisteria Cottage the moment she laid eyes on it and moved in two weeks before Christmas hoping it would be start of a new more positive period in her life.
On her first night in her new home she discovers an old Christmas card to someone called Annie with a heart-breaking message inside from Jake.
Although she doesn’t know them, and despite being on a self-imposed dating break herself, Carol begins planning how she can bring them together, while her new neighbour, Sally, is attempting a bit of matchmaking of her own.



I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this novel.  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 this festive novella by Julia Roberts.

Novellas are the perfect size reads to while away an hour or two.  I also find novellas are ideal in-between reads for when you’ve just completed an epic novel.

Christmas at Carol’s is everything a Christmas novella should be!

Julia Roberts has managed to pack a fair bit in this festive treat of a novella.  We have romance, mystery, community spirit and heart warming seasonal scenes to put us all in the festive mood.

Moving into her new home, Wisteria Cottage, two weeks before Christmas proved to be a great time for reflection for Carol.  A time spent wisely decorating her new home and getting to know her neighbours.  With the uncertainty of the winter weather brought upon the village the spirit of Christmas was even more paramount.

Christmas at Carol’s is a perfect novella for a cold wintry day to comfort you with joy.

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Alice in Theatreland by Julia Roberts blogtour/book review

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Alice in Theatreland written by Julia Roberts, published ripped Ltd, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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It’s summer 1976; London is languishing in the sultry heat. Beautiful and talented nineteen-year-old, Alice Abbott, arrives in the city with high hopes of one day seeing her name up in lights but first she must impress Richard, the producer of a new West End show, Theatreland. Alice is befriended at the audition by the more experienced Gina, who, although burdened by her own dark secrets, is determined to protect the newcomer from the sleaze behind the glamour. She also attracts attention from the male lead in the show, Peter, a former pop star struggling to escape his playboy reputation. Alice’s star seems to be rising as fast as the temperature until she naively accepts an impromptu dinner invitation from Richard. What happened that night? And how far will Richard go to protect his guilty secret? Fabulously wicked people who are easy to loathe, counterbalanced with an endearing heroine and friends we’d all love to have as our own. An authentic seventies setting with not one but two twists at the end.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Julia Roberts latest novel, Alice in Theatreland.  I love the play of words for the title of this novel, young Alice from Nottingham is definitely entering a different type of wonderland when she auditions for a part in a show in London.

This was a fabulous story by Julia Roberts, I felt transported back in time to the crazy heat of 1976 and to a time in London buzzing with culture and full of the effervescence surrounding the entertainment business specifically the West End.  I felt myself lapping up the glamorous side of show business and was loving all the behind the scenes auditioning, make-up, costumes, mingling with the stars.  But there was a darker side to this industry that the media almost ignored.  It was a cutthroat business and underhand dealings were made.  Young vulnerable girls on their first trip to the big city were targeted and sadly exploited.

Alice Abbott from Nottingham was a talented dancer and her dream was to appear in a West End show.  She was so excited and nervous travelling on her own to her first big audition.  Alice immediately struck up a friendship with a fellow auditionee, Gina, who had been treading the boards for over 10 years.  Gina’s experience in this field were very beneficial to Alice and Gina soon took the young dancer under her wings.  Even auditioning was a challenge for all the girls, the producer of the show had a hard, bullying approach and he instantly took a disliking to Alice.

Alice couldn’t believe her luck when the leading man turned out to be her favourite pop star whom she had worshipped and idolised for a few years.  Their first encounter was quite memorable, possibly embarrassing for Alice as she didn’t recognise her idol.  However, Peter Flint, the pop star hoping to change his career path in the theatre, was surprised by Alice’s reaction to him and admired this and he soon became besotted with her but didn’t want to scare her off due to his bad boy image in the press.

Gina didn’t know how many more shows she could do; the young girls fresh from stage school had so much more energy and beauty.  To make ends meet Gina has taken on work in a more seedier side of the entertainment business as a hostess in a man’s club.  She is desperate to leave but fears for her safety from her employer.  Alice and Gina build a great bond together but sadly Gina wasn’t able to protect Alice from the darker side of entertainment and unbeknown to the naïve young girl she was to put her life in danger.

We follow Alice’s story of pursuing her dreams in London, on navigating a very cutthroat business and of learning life the hard way.  Gina the experienced showgirl trying to survive two jobs and escape a life she wishes she hadn’t ventured into. Peter trying to break from his pop star mould and shed away the bad boy image.  Will the trio survive the heat of ’76 and all it’s sordid traps in this ruthless business?

This story had me enthralled, entertained and gripped from the start with all the events developing  with all it’s twists and turns leaving me riveted.  An entertainment industry eye opener with oodles of nostalgia of 1970’s London.

About the AuthorJulia Roberts author pic

Julia Roberts’ passion for writing began when, at the age of ten, after winning second prize in a short story-writing competition, she announced that she wanted to write a book. After a small gap of forty-seven years, and a career in the entertainment industry, Julia finally fulfilled her dream in 2013 when her first book, a memoir entitled One Hundred Lengths of the Pool, was published by Preface Publishing. Two weeks later she had the idea for her first novel, Life’s a Beach and Then…, book one in the Liberty Sands Trilogy, which was released in May 2015.

Julia still works full-time as a Presenter for the TV channel QVC, where she has recently celebrated her twenty-third anniversary.

She now lives in Ascot with her partner of thirty-nine years and occasionally one or other of her adult children and their respective cats.

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Time for a Short Story by Julia Roberts book review and blogtour



Time for a Short Story written by Julia Roberts, publisher Ripped Ltd is available NOW in ebook format.

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Eloise is still coming to terms with the death of her mother two years previously when she takes a job as a waitress in a tearoom while she is home from university to spend the summer in Guernsey. There she meets regular customer, Josephine, whose hobby is writing short stories.
English student, Eloise, offers to read some of the stories and is surprised by how good they are. She organises a special ninetieth birthday treat for Josephine but when the elderly lady doesn’t show up for her usual Wednesday morning elevenses, Eloise gets a feeling that something is terribly wrong.
Where is Josephine? And will she ever find out about Eloise’s extraordinary act of kindness?


I’m so pleased to be on the blogtour promoting and celebrating Time for a Short Story and I’d like to thank the author for an arc in return for a review.

What a treat this little story was!  I was hooked from the start and was kept enthralled to the end.  One of the best short stories I’ve read.

Eloise is back home on leave from uni and is so pleased to land herself a little part-time job in a local tearoom Primrose Pantry.  Eloise befriends an elderly regular of the café and is surprised by how much they have in common.  The friendship that develops between the young Eloise and Josephine is so heart warming and also quite inspiring.  Both generations were learning from each other.

This was such a delightful story very well written that held my attention throughout.  I warmed to all the characters and the setting was perfect … nothing like a good book and a cuppa, especially with a piece of cake made by June at Primrose Pantry.  The author, Julia Roberts, had interwoven a little humour in the story which felt just right for the characters.  My emotions towards the end of the story were heightened and I was left with goosebumps!  5/5*

I love a short story, they are ideal to help you wound down after a busy day … turn off your mobile and the TV put the kettle on and sit down with your ereader and relax.  I also like short stories for in between big novel reads and I’d like to quote Julia herself on her agreed view of short stories “it’s almost like cleaning your palate in between courses at a ‘posh’ dinner”.  A book at the price of less than a pound is nothing when compared with the enjoyment you receive from the words written, a book that brings a smile to your face is priceless!

About the Author

Julia Roberts was born in Nottingham in 1956 and, despite contracting the killer disease polio in 1957, began her career in the entertainment industry in 1973 as a professional dancer in a summer season in Guernsey, Channel Islands. She had a varied career as a dancer, singer and actress, accepting contracts which allowed her to travel the globe, experiences she has been able to draw on for The Liberty Sands trilogy.

In 1993 she auditioned as a Presenter for a successful American shopping channel which was launching in the UK, and was the first face on air. Throughout her twenty-two years with QVC she has worked for other TV companies including sky Sports, she has a passion for football and particularly for her team, Crystal Palace, and she has written for various publications, but it wasn’t until her two children left home that she found the time to write her first book, a memoir entitled One Hundred Lengths of the Pool.

Following the publication of her first book by Preface Publishing in March 2013, Julia booked a holiday to Mauritius. Her children had bought her a notebook for Mother’s Day with words ‘Hold On People… I’m Having An Idea’, on the cover. On the first morning of her holiday,  Julia had just that – the idea for her first novel.

Over the course of the ten days she was in Mauritius, she scribbled copious notes, thoughts and ideas. When she arrived home, she started writing.

Life’s a Beach and Then…, book one of the Liberty Sands trilogy, was published in May 2015 and book two, If He Really Loved Me…, is published on 25th November. Julia is currently writing the final book in the trilogy, It’s Never Too Late to Say…, which is scheduled for publication in May 2016.

Julia is an ambassador and fund raiser for British Polio, and has donated from book sales to them, the Rotary ‘End Polio Now’ campaign and also to the blood cancer charity, Bloodwise, after she was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia in 2012.

Julia’s The Liberty Sands Trilogy is available at amazon …