One Summer in Rome by Samantha Tonge book review

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One Summer in Rome written by Samantha Tonge, publisher HQ Digital, is available NOW in ebook format.

To buy link:  https://amzn.to/2IgR7wN

Product Details (as per amazon page)

To Rome…with love?
Mary Smith is turning her very ordinary life upside-down! She’s bought herself a one-way ticket to Rome and is ready for a summer she’ll never forget.
Men might be off the cards for waitress Mary, but within hours of arriving at the utterly charming family-run La Dolce Vita pizzeria, she’s already fallen in love with the bustling capital!
Only Dante Rossi, the mysterious (and drop-dead gorgeous) chef seems displeased with her arrival. And in the heat of the kitchen, it doesn’t take long for long-buried secrets to surface and sparks to fly…

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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.

This was such a wonderful treat of a read, a read that whisks you away to Rome that wakens up all your senses with it’s sights, sounds, tastes and aromas.  The author, Samantha Tonge, took me to this beautiful sounding city with it’s ancient monuments and piazzas filled with fountains, street artists and authentic Italian restaurants.  I could easily picture the scenes and the characters taking part in their daily lives.

This is the story of Mary Smith who has taken the plunge to leave her broken heart in the UK and move to Italy to work for a small family-run restaurant in the city.  Mary has had a tough upbringing and has longed for the love and support of a strong family unit.  Joining this Italian family was difficult at first as she felt like an outsider but the warmth she felt from her new employers gave her the confidence she needed to accept herself and her history.  Not all members of the family and team at the restaurant were quite so welcoming, Rocco the waiter and Dante the son had some reservations against Mary working at the restaurant.  Slowly barriers were let down and Mary was beginning to understand this close-knit team.  Mary also started letting her own barriers down but feared her heart would be broken again.

The restaurant has in the last few years experience much heartbreak and tragedy and it’s been particularly hard keeping the business going with Mary’s arrival she seems to have brought a certain joy and new ideas to the family.

A storyline that wasn’t all sunshine and amore Samantha Tonge has included a few serious topics in the storyline that were dealt with in a very sensitive manner.  However, to guide us away from the hardships of life we have a dance competition, Italian festival, Italian food, a wonderful feeling of togetherness and Dante who isn’t your average book hero, he’s so much more.

A book that makes you feel as bright, warm and comforting as the Italian sun and it’s cuisine.

To learn more about the author please do visit the following pages:

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

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

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

 

 

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The Map of Us by Jules Preston book review

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The Map of Us written by Jules Preston, publisher HarperImpulse, is available NOW in ebook format.

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

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 Violet North is wonderfully inconvenient. Abandoned by her family and lost in an imagined world of moors and adventure, her life changes in the space of just 37 words exchanged with a stranger at her front door.
Decades later, Daniel Bearing has inherited his father’s multi-million pound business, and is utterly lost. He has no idea who he is or where his life is headed.
When Violet’s granddaughter’s marriage falls apart, Tilly, always adept with numbers, compiles a detailed statistical report to pinpoint why. But the Compatibility Index Tilly creates has unforeseen consequences for everyone in her world.
Tilly and Daniel share a secret too. 10.37am, April 22nd.
Soon, a complex web of secrets and lies is exposed and an adventure begins with a blue typewriter…

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The Map of Us is the debut novel by Jules Preston.  The storyline is quite a clever mix of family drama, grief, betrayal, bullying, diversity, courage and love.

The author’s writing style is full of wit and wisdom and had a multitude of short chapters.  At times, for me, I did find the storyline a little repetitive but by the end of the story all these character idiosyncrasies with their quirks and insecurities all made complete sense.  Now and again the author would throw a little line and it would completely melt my heart and would leave me feeling joyous.

Violet North was a very ill child and her parents treated her badly, once she reached adulthood they abandoned her and left her to her own devices.  This unbeknown to her family was the best thing that could have happened to her.  To while away her time Violet decided to write herself a companion and she wanted this companion to travel on the paths and roads, hills and mountains that she couldn’t.  Violet’s imagination was just wonderful and for a while this was all she needed in her life.

Matilda (Tilly) North is the youngest of three grandchildren to Violet North.  Tilly is a statistician and when her marriage broke down she decided to analysis it’s downfall with pages and pages of research and compatibility equations.  Tilly loved the simplicity of numbers, her brother Jack loved colour and her sister loved handbags.  Their father, who I adored, loved sand and sculpting amazing shapes and creations out of the sand.

These little quirks that each member of the family held was their own way of dealing with life and they were accepted for all that they were, as a family unit they blended perfectly.

A very fresh, imaginative approach to a love story.  A love story that has spanned decades and has weathered time.  I look forward to more from this promising new author Jules Preston.

About the Author

Jules Preston was born in London, and has had lots of jobs. Some good. Some bad. The best was cutting up national newspapers with a huge pair of scissors. He now lives in Devon, surrounded by piles of paper held together with bulldog clips. One day they might get turned into books too. Hopefully.

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/jules_preston_

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

Blogblitz: One Summer in Rome by Samantha Tonge

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One Summer in Rome written by Samantha Tonge, publisher HQ Digital, is available NOW in ebook format.

To buy link:  https://amzn.to/2KMTGIF

Product Details (as per amazon page)

To Rome…with love?
Mary Smith is turning her very ordinary life upside-down! She’s bought herself a one-way ticket to Rome and is ready for a summer she’ll never forget.
Men might be off the cards for waitress Mary, but within hours of arriving at the utterly charming family-run La Dolce Vita pizzeria, she’s already fallen in love with the bustling capital!
Only Dante Rossi, the mysterious (and drop-dead gorgeous) chef seems displeased with her arrival. And in the heat of the kitchen, it doesn’t take long for long-buried secrets to surface and sparks to fly…
A deliciously heartwarming romance to have you dreaming of summer. Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Caroline Roberts.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the publication day blogblitz for Samantha Tonge’s latest heartwarming romance: One Summer in Rome.  I’ve read a few of Samantha Tonge’s novels and thoroughly enjoyed them so I’m eagerly awaiting to be transported away to the historical city of Rome.  I’m looking forward to sharing my review with you all soon as this novel is primed on my kindle as my next read.

About the Authorme-and-mitzie
Samantha Tonge lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and a cat who thinks it’s a dog. When not writing she spends her days cycling, willing cakes to rise and avoiding housework. She has sold over 80 short stories to women’s magazines. Her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award in 2014. Game of Scones hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Best Romantic Ebook category at the 2015 Love Stories Awards.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamTongeWriter
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaTongeAuthor
Website: http://samanthatonge.co.uk/

Forever at Conwenna Cove by Darcie Boleyn blogtour book review

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Forever at Conwenna Cove written by Darcie Boleyn, publisher Canelo, is available NOW in ebook format.

To buy link:  https://goo.gl/p3E3mg

Canelo books are also available to download/buy onvKobo, Apple and Google Books .

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Following heartbreak, Zoe Russell found a haven in Conwenna Cove. As the owner of the village diner and a volunteer for the local greyhound sanctuary, she’s happy with her peaceful life.
Local surfer Nate Bryson plans to leave Conwenna and see the world. He wants to shake off his reputation as a ladies man and start again somewhere new. Before departing, Nate decides to raise funds for the dog rescue home as a way of giving back to the community.
When Nate approaches Zoe to help with the charity event she sees there’s more to him than meets the eye. Nate can’t believe he’s failed to notice the kind and beautiful woman right before him. But can two such different people ever be together, especially if one of them is determined to leave?

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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 Darcie’s Boleyn’s latest book in the Conwenna Cove series: Forever at Conwenna Cove.  Each story in the series can be read as a standalone but I’d thoroughly recommend reading all the books in the series in order as you can then enjoy the full Conwenna Cove experience.  The books in the series are:

  • Summer at Conwenna Cove
  • Christmas at Conwenna Cove
  • Forever at Conwenna Cove

When you didn’t think you could love a series even more along comes Nate and Zoe’s story … my heart will forever belong in Conwenna Cove.

Nate Bryson was everyone’s friend in the small coastal village in Cornwall.  Working at his Aunt and Uncle’s café he welcomed neighbours, friends and tourists alike, he brought a smile to all and soon became a confidante and pal to many.  However, Nate was still struggling with heartache from his past and felt like the time was right to spread his wings and travel.  Nate has caught the eye of many ladies in and around the cove with his sunkissed looks, charm and personality but no-one caught his heart until he saw Zoe Russell, the owner of the local diner.  Even though Zoe has been at the diner for a while now their paths had never really crossed but now as Nate is making plans to leave Conwenna Cove for 6 months his heart suddenly notices something that’s been missing in his life … Zoe.  Terrible timing for Nate with his hopes and dreams of travelling now thwarted by an unrecognised beat of his heart and one he’s struggling to get out of his mind.

Zoe Russell is starting to feel established in the cove in the diner and her lovely cottage.  She’s fled from a traumatic ordeal that still plays on her mind and has left her with physical and emotional scars.  She vows to never trust another man but when Nate comes calling looking for help with a local charity, a charity that is very dear to her, she sees more to the instant beauty that is Nate Bryson and she fears that her heart is letting it’s guard down.

When Zoe’s past traumas are still playing on her mind she takes the first steps to healing her heart but she hasn’t envisaged a visitor from the past clouding her judgement.

Nate is struggling with this very new emotion he is feeling.  Life was running almost perfectly but now he’s so confused.

This story had so many wonderful, special endearing moments my heart was literally filled with joy.  The author, Darcie Boleyn, has once again treated us to the beauty of the cove and their love of greyhound dogs, a gorgeous love story and a wonderful warm atmosphere involving the whole community.  My heart will forever belong in Conwenna Cove …

To learn more about Darcie Boleyn and her work please do visit the following pages:

Website:  https://darcieboleyn.wordpress.com/

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

 

 

 

 

Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café by Rosie Green blogtour book review

 

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Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café written and self-published by Rosie Green is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link:  https://goo.gl/9vvJv8

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Fleeing from a romance gone wrong, Ellie Farmer arrives in the pretty little village of Sunnybrook, hoping for a brand new start that most definitely does not include love! Following an unscheduled soak in the village duck pond, she meets Sylvia, who runs the nearby Duck Pond Café. Renting the little flat above the café seems like the answer to Ellie’s prayers. It’s only for six months, which will give her time to sort out her life, far away from cheating boyfriend Richard.

But is running away from your past ever really the answer?

Clashing with the mysterious and brooding Zack Chamberlain, an author with a bad case of writer’s block, is definitely not what Ellie needs right now. And then there’s Sylvia, who’s clinging so hard to her past, she’s in danger of losing the quaint but run-down Duck Pond Café altogether.

Can Ellie find the answers she desperately needs in Sunnybrook? And will she be able to help save Sylvia’s little Duck Pond Café from closure?

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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 the launch of Rosie Green’s novella Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café.

I’m a sucker for a feel-good heart-warming romance and this novella by Rosie Green ticked all the boxes for me.  There are times when you need a cosy story and Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café came to the rescue.

This is my first introduction to the work of Rosie Green and I was enchanted by her description of this charming little village with it’s focal point of a duck pond and café.  The café has brought comfort to it’s elderly owner, Sylvia, after she lost her dear husband.  When Ellie visits the area on a secret mission she is heartened by Sylvia’s kindness.  With Ellie suffering a broken heart and with the added stress of her sick mother Sylvia offers a proposition to Ellie, one that feels like the answer to her woes.

This novella was full of wonderfully warm characters and scenes that charm you.  I was cocooned by this delightful story and look forward to more from The Duck Pond Café.

About the Author

Rosie Green is the pen-name for the author.  The author has kindly set-up a giveaway to win the prizes of a wooden Duck ornament and chocolates (Open to UK Only).

During each day of this blog tour, each clues will be revealed to the true identity of Rosie Green.

Today’s Clue is:

One of my titles brings to mind a well-known movie about weddings, starring Hugh Grant.
In order to enter, you need to follow Rosie Green on Twitter, RT this tweet and then take a guess using the hashtag #WhoisRosieGreen

You may guess more than once.

All entries using the hash tag will be entered, and the giveaway closes 23:00 BST 12th April

The identity of Rosie Green will be revealed on twitter after 12th April as will the giveaway winner.

Good luck and don’t forget to look at posts on other days of this tour, for more clues.

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Sunshine & Secrets by Daisy James blogtour book review

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Sunshine & Secrets: The Paradise Cookery School written by Daisy James, publisher Canelo is available NOW in ebook format.

To buy link:  https://goo.gl/6zD3aA

Product Details (as per amazon page)

When newly heartbroken, Michelin-starred chef Millie Harper is offered a job overseeing the setup of The Paradise Cookery School she jumps at the opportunity. Leaving London and her memories of heartbreak behind she hops on a plane to the hilltop cocoa plantation in St Lucia.
But this beautiful island break might be more work than she’d expected….  With only two weeks to have the kitchen installed and with cocoa pods going missing from the plantation, she’s going to need some help. Gruff but charming estate manager Zach Baxter, is only too happy to offer his opinions. As the two clash heads can they remain focussed on the job in hand and get the cookery school finished in time?

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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 Daisy James latest novel: Sunshine & Secrets.  Sunshine & Secrets is book one in a new three part book series by Daisy James.  This is my first introduction to the work of Daisy James; I need more time to read as there are so many lovely new authors I’ve yet to discover.  I’m so pleased I’ve now found Daisy James novels, I do love a good romantic comedy especially if it’s set in such lush locations.  I now feel like I’ve escaped the cold of the UK and have escaped to the beauty of St Lucia.  Daisy James made me feel welcome in this sublime sunny location with it’s stunning vista, aromatic fauna, vegetation and spices.  The laid back lifestyle sounded quite idyllic.

Heartbroken Millie Harper felt like this job opportunity to oversee the setting up of The Paradise Cookery School in St Lucia was just the tonic she needed to help her reassess her life.  As a Michelin-starred chef she was well equipped with knowledge of professional kitchens and was keen to learn more about Caribbean cuisine and also of the cocoa plantation which surrounded the villa she was to work at.  Millie had a two week timescale to adhere to but as in all building projects the journey to perfection is met with stumbles along the way.

This was such a delightful read.  I loved Millie’s character she’d started to rebuild her life following heartache and her love of food was certainly giving her the much needed boost she needed. The locals from in and around the villa in St Lucia were a varied bunch in personalities but you could feel the love for the glorious natural beauty of the area, the laid-back lifestyle but also the community spirit in helping each other succeed in life and love.  However, the sunshine and happy music of St Lucia hid some dark secrets.  This was a wonderful start to a great new feel-good series however, you’ll find it hard to read without salivating over the delicious descriptions of the foodie delights Millie and her friends make.

To learn more about Daisy James and her work please visit the following pages:

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

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

 

 

A Forsaken Friend by Sue Featherstone & Susan Pape blogtour book review

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A Forsaken Friend written by Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape, publisher Lakewater Press, is available in ebook format from 21st March 2018.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To pre-order link:  https://goo.gl/Rcyovk

Product Details (as per amazon page)

No-one said friendship was easy.

Things can’t get much worse for Teri Meyer. If losing her job at the university and the regular allowance from her dad’s factory isn’t bad enough, now her ex-best friend has gone and stolen her ex-husband! Well, to hell with them all. A few weeks in the countryside at her brother’s smallholding should do the trick – and the gorgeous and god-like neighbour might help.

But then there’s Declan, not to mention Duck’s Arse back in Yorkshire…

It’s not as if Lee Harper set out to fall in love with her best friend’s ex-husband. But, for once, her love life is looking up – except for all the elephants in the room, not to mention Mammy’s opinion on her dating a twice-divorced man. Perhaps things aren’t as rosy as she first thought. And now with one family crisis after another, Lee’s juggling more roles – and emotions – than she ever imagined.

Maybe sharing her life with a man wasn’t such a grand idea.

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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 A Forsaken Friend, book two in the Friends trilogy.  I haven’t had the pleasure of reading book one: A Falling Friend, so I read this book with fresh eyes and treated it as a standalone.  However, after finishing reading book two I am keen to continue with Teri and Lee’s story and look forward to book three.

I have to admit it did take me a little while to get into the characters but with the short snappy chapters it didn’t take me long to visualise each character’s personality.  The story is written with two voices: Teri’s and Lee’s and it was quite an interesting concept hearing each character’s point of view.  Teri and Lee have been best friends since childhood and have weathered many storms in the past but the most recent challenge is proving harder to endure.  Lee is now in a relationship with Teri’s ex-husband and Teri has just been fired from her job at the university, the same university that Lee works at.  The girls are quite different in personalities but I think this is why the friendship has lasted so long.  Teri is quite self-centred and always up for fun, abit too much fun at times.  Lee is quite shy and level-headed and is the sensible one of the pair.  Both ladies are very well-educated but this does not always help with the hurdles in life.

With Teri now single and fancy-free and also unemployed she needs to re-assess her life.  New employment and sorting out matters of the heart are first on her agenda.

Lee’s life is also facing new challenges and she is soon becoming emotionally wrought.

Can the girl’s friendship get back to how they were before all the complications took control?

A Forsaken Friend felt like a grown-up’s romcom.  The girls had lived a little and were at a different stage of their lives and had to consider many aspects and responsibilities that were not evident in their early twenties.  The humour was quite frank and honest and also refreshing to read.  The authors weren’t afraid to include a storyline that touched on a very poignant serious subject and this honest approach with words of witticism was a welcome distraction breaking the sadness.

A refreshing romcom that is real and honest.  I’m looking forward to the final instalment in the Friends trilogy.

About the Authors

Sue Featherstone and Susan Paper are both former newspaper journalists with extensive experience for working with national and regional papers and magazines, and in public relations.  More recently they have worked in higher education, teaching journalism – Sue at Sheffield Hallam and Susan at Leeds Trinity University.

The pair, who have been friends for 25 years, wrote two successful journalism text
books together – Newspaper Journalism: A Practical Introduction and Feature Writing:
A Practical Introduction (both published by Sage).

Their debut novel, A Falling Friend, published by Lakewater Press, has been followed
by a second book, A Forsaken Friend, in their Friends trilogy.

Sue, who is married with two grown-up daughters, loves reading, writing and Nordic
walking in the beautiful countryside near her Yorkshire home.

Susan is married and lives in a village near Leeds, and, when not writing, loves
walking and cycling in the Yorkshire Dales. She is also a member of a local ukulele
orchestra. They blog about books at https://bookloversbooklist.com/
You can find both Sue and Susan on Twitter: @SueF_Writer and @wordfocus