The Truth About Love and Dogs by Lilly Bartlett @MicheleGormanUK @NottingHillPR #bookreview #romcom #kindleunlimited

 

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The Truth About Love and Dogs written by Lilly Bartlett, publisher Notting Hill Press, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2O41AzL

Book Blurb

Four little words, uttered by her husband…
‘Oh my god,’ he gasped into her shoulder. ‘Shannon!’
There’s just one problem: her name isn’t Shannon.

Rewind six months and Scarlett and Rufus aren’t in the honeymoon stage anymore so much as the honey-should-we-bother phase. Desperate to get their sparkle back, Scarlett has plotted, planned and waxed more than any woman should have to, but none of it is working. Which makes it very hard to start the family they want.

At least her business is going strong, even if her marriage isn’t. She and her best friend spend their days tangled up in dog leads and covered in fur. Scarlett/ is the fairy dogmother, training hopeless pets like compulsive eater Barkley, impulsive Romeo Murphy and bossy Biscuit. Meanwhile, her best friend walks the dogs and pines for the man who doesn’t know she exists. Thank goodness the women have each other.

If only Scarlett could work out how to get her marriage back on track. But Rufus isn’t sharing his feelings with her. He is, though, sharing with her best friend. Her best friend, Shannon.

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The Truth About Love and Dogs was such a fun, romantic comedy from Lilly Barlett but amongst all the lovable dogs with their misbehaving antics there is a serious side to this story.  Lilly Bartlett has dealt with this side of the storyline with such sensitivity and empathy.  My heart ached for Scarlett and Rufus and I wanted so much to make life work out for them, but not everything runs smoothly in anyone’s journey.

We follow the journey of Scarlett and Rufus taking the next step in their married life and their wish to become parents.  However, fate was to play a cruel hand to them leaving emotions that would be tested to the limit.

On a lighter note Scarlett’s Dog Behavioural Business was going well and her new group of clients were proving a much needed distraction for her.  I loved this side of the story; animals come in all shapes and sizes with their own personalities and boy was Scarlett in for a challenge with her new class of dog delinquents?!

Lilly Bartlett has created a warm-hearted, romantic comedy filled with crazy antics from both our four legged friends and their owners.  One page the author will have you crying with laughter witnessing the scenes mapped out in the story and another your heart will be ripped in two with the struggles facing our leading couple.

I completely fell in love with this story, animals bring out a certain charm and warmth within stories, they are very unpredictable and Lilly Bartlett has shown how the love of a dog can change the personalities of their owners and those around them.

Heart-warming, full of fun but with a poignant story to tell.

About the Author

Lilly Bartlett’s cosy romcoms are full of laugh out loud moments, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters.

Lilly is the pen-name of Sunday Times and USA Today best-selling author, Michele Gorman, who writes best friend-girl power chick lit under her own name.

Website: http://www.michelegorman.co.uk
Blog: http://michelegormanwriter.blogspot.com
Instagram: @michelegormanuk
Twitter: @MicheleGormanUK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MicheleGormanBooks

The Not So Perfect Plan to Save Friendship House by Lilly Bartlett book review

 

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The Not So Perfect Plan to Save Friendship House written by Lilly Bartlett, publisher HarperImpulse with Notting Hill Press, is available NOW in ebook and the paperback format is due to be released in November but is available for pre-order.

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2Nb66yi

Product Details

Meet Phoebe, who’s 28, and Laney, Dot and Maggie, who are 68, 78, and none of your business. Together they’ll prove that age doesn’t matter when it comes to friendship, belonging and an unquenchable zest for life.
A hilarious, uplifting novel about the ties of community, the strength of love and how nobody is truly ordinary.
When Framlingham’s famously all-female senior living home goes co-ed, a war between the sexes is declared.
Stuck in the middle, chef Phoebe Stockton is desperate to help her friends plot to keep the community that means so much to them. It’s become her life raft, too. She finds comfort in her beloved career that might finally make her parents proud. But Phoebe’s darling Nick is lining up on the other side of the battle, and their relationship is suffering collateral damage.
The stakes couldn’t be higher. If the home’s owner can’t improve business by moving the men in, he’ll have to evict everyone.
The women aren’t about to let that happen.

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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.

The Not So Perfect Plan to Save Friendship House is Lilly Bartlett’s fifth novel.  This was a fun, uplifting read and I could easily picture it as a perfect Sunday evening TV two part mini series.  It has all the ingredients to entertain you with warm likeable and easily recognisable characters, great comedic scenes between the generations of characters, a team spirit and romance blossoming in all different directions.

I do love a story with a set of characters from varying ages and backgrounds.  It shows that there should be no diversity within friendship and professional lives.  The mixing of young and older gives different depths to relationships.  The older generation have more life experiences to share and the younger have different views on life, love, technology and bring a new energy to the mix.

Phoebe Stockton has been Head Chef at the care home for a while now but since the recent death of her mother she’s been feeling a little out of sorts.  Her mother was very strong minded and always wanted the best for her children but Phoebe felt like her chosen career of catering wasn’t enough.  Through her grief she is feeling a myriad of confused emotions.  Phoebe also has unclear emotions with matters of her heart.  Since the new Physiotherapist Nick started at the home she’s been harbouring a crush on him.

At the moment the home is a happy place for ladies only but when the owner’s new plans for the home cause a furore the ladies and the staff start a revolt against new development resulting in quite hilarious scenes.

Can the ladies keep their happy home?  Will these new plans bring hope for the future for all?

I loved this story of friendship, of comradeship, of new beginnings.  Lilly Bartlett has created another wonderful tale filled with lots of fun, laughter, tears and love.

About the Author

Lilly Bartlett’s cosy romcoms are full of laugh out loud moments, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters.

Lilly is the pen-name of Sunday Times and USA Today best-selling author, Michele Gorman, who writes best friend-girl power chick lit under her own name.

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MicheleGormanUK

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

Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse by Lilly Bartlett blogtour/book review

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Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse written by Lilly Bartlett, publisher Notting Hill Press is available in ebook format NOW.

To buy link:  http://amzn.to/2xZigP4

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Put your feet up and tuck into the mince pies, because you won’t have to lift a finger to enjoy this Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse!

Too bad the same can’t be said for single mother and extremely undomestic goddess, Lottie. When her beloved Aunt Kate ends up in hospital just before Christmas, Lottie and her seven-year-old daughter rush to rural Wales to take over her B&B. A picky hotel reviewer and his mad family are coming to stay, and without the rating only he can give them, Aunt Kate will lose her livelihood.

But Lottie can barely run her own life, let alone a hotel. How will she manage to turn the falling-down guesthouse into the luxurious wonderland the reviewer expects? And could the mysterious taxi driver, Danny, who agrees to help her, turn out to be the real gift this season?

As the snow sparkles on the trees and hot chocolate steams in your hand, snuggle into the delicious magic of Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse.

PLUS A FREE BONUS CHRISTMAS NOVELLA! – Christmas Carol

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating the launch of Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse and happy to share my review with you all.

Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse is a standalone novella that was first published as The Reluctant Elf by Michele Gorman, it has been re-edited with some added Lilly Bartlett (Michele Gorman’s alias) sparkle.

Lottie is a single mum living in London with her delightful daughter Mabel. When she receives news that her dear Aunt Kate in Wales has been involved in an accident and is in hospital Lottie and Mabel rush to Wales to take charge of her Aunt’s B & B.  Unbeknown to Lottie Aunt Kate has arranged for her B & B to be reviewed during the Christmas period so Lottie has to do her best to ensure her aunt receives her star rating.  However, when Lottie and  Mabel open the doors all is not hunky-dory at the B & B and Lottie has a huge task ahead of her.  What follows is a fun, heartwarming tale of coping with Christmas with a family from hell and a house falling to bits.   The reader is treated to some very funny scenes that will have you chuckling out aloud.  I adore Lilly Bartlett’s fabulous wit and humour her writing style is honest and she sets her stories in such idyllic settings even in a falling down guesthouse you can feel the warmth emanating from the scenes written on the pages.

Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse is a gorgeous, sweet novella. It’s put me in a lovely mood and made me feel a little festive.

Do not miss the wonderful giveaway that Lilly Bartlett/Michele Gorman is running at the moment to win 4 dozen homemade cookies made by the author herself.  Details of this giveaway can be found on my previous post here.

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To learn more about Lilly Bartlett/Michele Gorman please visit the following pages:

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

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

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

Christmas at the Falling Down Guesthouse by Lilly Bartlett pre-launch cookie giveaway

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Christmas at the Falling Down Guesthouse written by Lilly Bartlett, publisher Notting Hill Press, will be available in ebook format from 25th October 2017.

To pre-order link:  http://amzn.to/2gzysE2

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Put your feet up and tuck into the mince pies, because you won’t have to lift a finger to enjoy this Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse!

Too bad the same can’t be said for single mother and extremely undomestic goddess, Lottie. When her beloved Aunt Kate ends up in hospital just before Christmas, Lottie and her seven-year-old daughter rush to rural Wales to take over her B&B. A picky hotel reviewer and his mad family are coming to stay, and without the rating only he can give them, Aunt Kate will lose her livelihood.

But Lottie can barely run her own life, let alone a hotel. How will she manage to turn the falling-down guesthouse into the luxurious wonderland the reviewer expects? And could the mysterious taxi driver, Danny, who agrees to help her, turn out to be the real gift this season?

As the snow sparkles on the trees and hot chocolate steams in your hand, snuggle into the delicious magic of Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse.

 

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I’m so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Christmas at the Falling Down Guesthouse and looking forward to sharing my review of this festive treat of a romcom soon.  In the meantime I am pleased to share details of a fabulous giveaway that the author, Lilly Bartlett, has arranged for you all.

Win 4 dozen homemade Christmas cookies from Sunday Times bestselling author Michele Gorman, aka Lilly Bartlett!

Enter to WIN 4 dozen Christmas cookies baked by the author! Unlike poor Lottie in Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse, she’s a keen cook who grew up baking every Christmas with her mum – dozens and dozens (and dozens!) of cookies to fuel the family through the season. This year, she’ll be baking for YOU!

The giveaway is global and the winner will be randomly selected on November 1st. To enter, sign up HERE for Michele’s/Lilly’s newsletter (around 3x per year, you can unsubscribe easily at any time and your details will never be shared).

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To learn more about Lilly Bartlett (aka Michele Gorman) please visit the following pages:

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

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

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

Cover Reveal – The Big Dreams Beach Hotel by Lilly Bartlett

I am so pleased to be able to reveal the cover of Lilly Bartlett’s new romcom which is due out in ebook on 18th August 2017.  The cover is so bright, cheerful and full of the warmth that we all hope summer will bring …

Big Dreams Beach Hotel eBook UK

To pre-order/buy link:  http://amzn.to/2utBfiZ

Product Details (as per amazon page)

This is a brand new standalone novel from the author of the Carlton Square series with a whole new cast of characters to fall in love with!

Wriggle your toes in the sand and feel the warm breeze on your face when you check into the hotel that’s full of dreams…

Three years after ditching her career in New York City, Rosie never thought she’d still be managing the quaint faded Victorian hotel in her seaside hometown.

What’s worse, the hotel’s new owners are turning it into a copy of their Florida properties. Flamingos and all. Cultures are clashing and the hotel’s residents stand in the way of the developers’ plans. The hotel is both their home and their family.

That’s going to make Rory’s job difficult when he arrives to enforce the changes. And Rosie isn’t exactly on his side, even though it’s the chance to finally restart her career. Rory might be charming, but he’s still there to evict her friends.

How can she follow her dreams if it means ending everyone else’s?

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To connect with Lilly Bartlett/Michele Gorman please visit the following pages:

Website:  www.michelegorman.co.uk
Blog: http://michelegormanwriter.blogspot.com
Instagram: @michelegormanuk
Twitter: @MicheleGormanUK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MicheleGormanBooks

 

The Second Chance Café in Carlton Square by Lilly Bartett book review

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The Second Chance Café in Carlton Square written by Lilly Bartlett, publisher HarperImpulse is available in ebook format NOW.

To buy link:

Product Details (as per amazon page)

One chance isn’t always enough…

Everyone expects great things from Emma Billings, but when her future gets derailed by an unexpected turn of events, she realizes that getting back on track means traveling in a different direction.

She finds that new path in the closed-down pub on Carlton Square. Summoning every ounce of ingenuity, and with the help of her friends and family, she opens the Second Chance Café. The charity training business is meant to keep vulnerable kids off the streets and (hopefully) away from the Metropolitan Police, and her new employees are full of ideas, enthusiasm … and trouble. They’ll need as much TLC as the customers they’re serving.

This ragtag group of chancers have to make a go of a business they know nothing about, and they do get some expert help from an Italian who’s in love with the espresso machine and a professional sandwich whisperer who reads auras, but not everyone is happy to see the café open. Their milk keeps disappearing and someone is canceling the cake orders, but it’s when someone commits bloomicide on all their window boxes that Emma realizes things are serious. Can the café survive when NIMBY neighbors and the rival café owner join forces to close them down? Or will Emma’s dreams fall as flat as the cakes they’re serving?

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This was such a delight to read.  The Second Chance Café in Carlton Square is book 2 in the Carlton Square series but can easily be read as a standalone, as proven by myself as of yet book 1, The Big Little Wedding on Carlton Square, is still waiting patiently on my kindle.

Emma has had an awful lot of big events happen to her over the last two years; marriage, giving birth to twins and now she is planning to open up her own café.  Emma is one ambitious lady but when she saw the empty pub on the square she just knew what to do with it.  She also wanted the opportunity to open up doors for young, vulnerable people, give them a helping hand in life.  A chance to show them a trade and teach them new skills to help them move on in life in the right direction.  Interviewing candidates for her first two trainees was to prove an eye opening experience for Emma but she looked further from the first impressions and hoped her gut instincts were accurate.

Renovating the property sounded like a lot of hard work especially with the young toddlers but her family were wonderful support to Emma.  The big opening day of the café arrives and you can feel the nerves of anticipation from Emma.  Will she have any customers, can they fathom out how to work the posh coffee machine?  Of all the obstacles that have come Emma’s way in making the café a success she didn’t expect to be sabotaged by a rival café.  Gathering evidence to prove this was difficult and the café looks doomed before it even gets properly started.

Lilly Bartlett has created wonderful sub characters in this story with a wide array of colourful individuals which all work harmoniously, albeit with a few bumps, together.  I’d love to read more on some of these characters and hope in future stories they may take centre stage.

With her busy life as new mum, new business owner her own relationship was surely going to face a few challenges with Emma and her husband Daniel having to adjust to new routines.

I loved the sound of this café and could imagine it with my own eyes with the author’s description.  A wonderful community of old and young coming together over tea and cake.  Sounds rather perfect to me!  Delightful and entertaining radiating warmth and hopefulness.

About the Author

Lilly Bartlett’s cosy romcoms are full of warmth, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters. Lilly is the pen-name of Sunday Times and USA Today best-selling author, Michele Gorman, who writes best friend-girl power comedies under her own name.

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

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

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