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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Secrets of the Italian Gardener by Andrew Crofts blogtour/book review

 

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Secrets of the Italian Gardener written by Andrew Crofts, publisher Red Door Publishing Ltd, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover, paperback and audiobook format.

To buy link:

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Mo, the wealthy dictator of a volatile Middle Eastern country, enlists a ghostwriter to tell his story to the world and enshrine him in history as a glorious ruler. Inside Mo s besieged palace the ghost forms an unlikely friendship with a wise and seemingly innocent Italian gardener who slowly reveals that the regime isn/t all it appears to be. As a violent rebellion threatens all their lives the ghost struggles to cope with a personal secret too painful to bear. SECRETS OF THE ITALIAN GARDENER takes the reader on a heart-pounding journey through the bloody downfall of a doomed tyrant in the company of a young couple struggling to cope with the greatest private tragedy imaginable.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour promoting this remarkable book.  This story of just over 140 pages is very moving and thought provoking.  The cover is very clever with the beauty of the colourful flowers then if you look again you see the crassness of the barbed wire as if holding back people from the truth the beauty of the garden beholds.

In a way I feel like I’ve just read a true story of a ghostwriter’s memoirs of a very turbulent time in the political history of a dictator and also of a very personal and tragic time the ghostwriter himself was experiencing.  The emotions I felt reading through this novel felt very real and I was questioning whether this was actually a true story.  A very clever approach the author Andrew Crofts has taken us in this novella.

An acclaimed ghostwriter has been given the task of writing a book for a high profile dictator of a Middle Eastern country in the midst of political unrest.  He is escorted away and is now secreted in the walls of the palace.  Whilst he is waiting for his one to one with the dictator the writer wanders around the magnificent garden of the palace and strikes up a conversation with the gardener.  A friendship of sorts soon develops and the writer is welcome into the Italian gardener’s residence within the palace.  The gardener isn’t all he initially appears and slowly secrets are revealed that are very significant in the dictator’s life story.

The safety of all within the palace walls is threatened and you are left gripped with a dramatic escape.  An escape that reveals more secrets that have been kept in the dark for a long time.

During all this time the writer has been hiding his own secret.  A heart breaking story in his own life that he can never shield his eyes from; even in times of rest and slumber his heart is tortured all over again by events he cannot erase from his memory.

A very emotive story that tugs at your heart and your own beliefs of humanity however, strangely at the end you feel a sense of hope 5/5*

To find out more about Andrew Crofts and his remarkable career please do visit the following links:

Website:  http://andrewcrofts.com/

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

Blog:  http://andrewcrofts.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Girls on Tour series by Nicola Doherty

GIRLS ON TOUR is a series of 5 interlinked e-novellas about four friends who find fun, romance and adventure in glamorous locations. The adventures commenced in July with stop offs in September, December and February 2015. In April 2015 the whole series will be published in one volume in paperback and ebook.

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Poppy does Paris is the first in the series and is available now.
amazon link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Poppy-Does-Paris-Girls-Tour-ebook/dp/B00HW2ELLS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1411587114&sr=1-1&keywords=poppy+does+paris

Wow, I loved this little novella. It is fun, flirty and fabulous … great start to a mini series.

Poppy is a fun, character, she’s very original and has her own style but is quite shy underneath all this quirkiness. Poppy has been single for just over a year and decides the only way forward is online dating which is where we catch up with Poppy devising her online profile. She has some fabulously funny ideas for her profile but what does she decide with? An unexpected work trip to Paris causes a bit of chaos to Poppy’s love life but you’ll have to read the book to find out …

The second in the series Lily does LA is available tomorrow, 25th September.
amazon link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lily-Does-LA-Girls-Tour-ebook/dp/B00HW2EEK6/ref=pd_sim_kinc_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=10DYCS359F4N68EM9X0Z

I loved this second instalment of Nicola Doherty Girls on Tour series.

I love Lily, she is feisty, fun and sensitive at the same time. Lily is an out of work actress, she’s been struggling to find her big break and has filled her time by doing random jobs to pay the bills. When Lily is offered the chance to go to LA to help her cousin organise her wedding out there she jumps at the chance. What follows is a fun adventure in LA for Lily were she discovers a new found confidence, new friends, new allies, new love.

Nicola Doherty’s writing is fresh, funny, honest and thoroughly enjoyable. I’ve really enjoyed books 1 and 2 in the Girls on Tour series, I bet Nicola had great fun writing these novellas. The stories are stand alone but the girls are inter-linked. Nicola has done a fab map on her website which explains the connections between the girls.
http://nicoladohertybooks.com/girls-on-tour/

Book 3: Maggie does Meribel is available to pre-order ready for release on 4th December, amazon link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Maggie-Does-Meribel-Girls-Tour-ebook/dp/B00HW2EK5U/ref=pd_sim_kinc_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=1WH4DJB25D32V33D4ENV

Book 4: Rachel does Rome is also available to pre-order for release on 5th February 2015, amazon link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rachel-Does-Rome-Girls-Tour-ebook/dp/B00HW2EK8C/ref=pd_sim_kinc_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=04FKSXRYZA17TJ5GCFM8

If you fancy a fun, frivolous, romantic read the Girls on Tour series is just perfect. Grab yourself a ticket and join the adventures of Poppy, Lily, Maggie and Rachel.