Sweet Home Summer by Michelle Vernal blogtour book review

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Sweet Home Summer written by Michelle Vernal, publisher HarperImpulse, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link:  https://goo.gl/bKXcTQ

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Sometimes, home really is where the heart is…
Leaving behind her hi-flying career in London, Isla Brookes has had enough. Burnt out and tired of an unfulfilling profession and lousy boyfriends, it’s time for her to go home.
Arriving back in cosy Bibury to stay with her grandmother, Bridget, everything is charmingly familiar. Even her childhood sweetheart, Ben, is as handsome as she remembered…
And when she discovers a stack of long-forgotten Valentine’s Day cards, Isla, with the help of Ben, begins to realise exactly what is most important in life.

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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 Michelle Vernal’s latest novel: Sweet Home Summer.

This was a lovely family saga, a story of two halves and told in two voices; gran Bridget’s coming of age and falling in love story set in 1957 and forward to the present day grandaughter Isla moving back home after 10 years in London following her burn-out professionally and personally.

After 10 years in London Isla Brookes was ready for a change, exhausted from work and her love life strains a new work-life balance was needed and Isla felt like the place to reflect on her future was back home in New Zealand.  Moving back in with her beloved gran Isla was ready to start again looking for a certain something to inspire her.  However, when she left home years ago she broke not only her own heart but another.  Seeing Ben again after so long has ignited a slow burning for her old flame but the timing is not right now as Ben has moved on.  Inspiration comes from an unlikely location but Isla feels a pull and feels totally reinvigorated with this new dream that is building inside her.

Living with her gran has given Isla some wonderful moments of nostalgia and when she unearths a secret her gran has kept hidden for so long Bridget soon starts reminiscing about the past.  A past that held a beautiful, touching blossoming love that was sadly thwarted by prejudices and tragedy.  Once Bridget starts unravelling her past she vows to make things right and sets a plan in action with the help of her granddaughter and her new friends.

I loved Isla’s relationship with her gran they were quite similar in personality and their love of baking I felt opened up the emotions from both gran and granddaughter.  Isla’s mother and father were a great pairing, her mum was so vivacious and young spirited, I loved the sound of the new keep-fit class NLNL.  Isla’s dad loved his hobbies and liked to spread this love to all around him.  The author, Michelle Vernal, has woven some humorous scenes in the storyline bringing much charm and character.  I also loved the sense of community spirit involvement helping out one of their own and also to a local cause that was an essential place to all in the village.  The secrets that started unravelling brought many mixed emotions and gave all those concerned reflection to what was important in the whole scheme of life.

A charming time-slip story filled with nostalgia, love, tragedy, inspiration and warmth.

To learn more about Michelle Vernal please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.michellevernalbooks.com/

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

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

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A Warriner to Tempt Her by Virginia Heath blogtour book review

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A Warriner to Tempt Her written by Virginia Heath, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link:  https://goo.gl/nFKxbU

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A shy innocent

She’s wary of all men.

In this The Wild Warriners story, shy Lady Isabella Beaumont is perfectly happy to stay in the background and let her sister get all the attention from handsome suitors following a shocking incident. However working with Dr Joseph Warriner to help the sick and needy pushes her closer to a man than she’s ever been before. Is this a man worth trusting with her deepest of desires…?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Virginia Heath’s latest novel: A Warriner to Tempt Her.  I’m a huge fan of The Wild Warriner series and this novel is the third story.  The novels can be read as a standalone but my goodness you will be missing out on a treat if you don’t read all the books in the series and I would recommend reading them in order.  The books in the series are:

  • A Warriner to Protect Her
  • A Warriner to Rescue Her
  • A Warriner to Tempt Her
  • A Warriner to Seduce Her

Dr Joe Warriner is the sensible, studious one of the four Warriner brothers.  Joe always looks for the good in everyone, even of his late father who brought so much disrepute to the family.

Joe is also abit of a day dreamer and just recently his thoughts have been filled of Lady Clarissa Beaumont who he believes is the epitome of a perfect woman.  With her beauty and charm she is always surrounded by would-be suitors and never seems to notice the presence of Joe.  However, one Beaumont lady hasn’t mistaken Joe’s presence and when Joe is doing his rounds at the Foundling Home for children Lady Isabella Beaumont is always quietly in the background watching Dr Joe’s moves.

Lady Isabella (Bella) and her family are quite new to Retford following a very terrifying and traumatic incident in London.  The family were advised to take Bella away to the country to recuperate and heal.  Bella is still very traumatised over her ordeal and hates being around new situations but her voluntary work at the foundling home is slowly giving her confidence.  Bella revels in medicine and has devoured endless medical tomes and journals.

When an epidemic of a deadly disease is reported in Nottingham, mere miles away, panic sets in.  Joe is keen to quell the worries of the villagers of Retford and wishes to administer the new vaccination for the disease to all.  However, the vaccination is quite new following extensive research made by a fellow medical professional.  But not all are keen, the other local Dr who practices very unorthodox procedures quickly rebukes this new vaccination and argues against Joe’s proposal.  With lives at risk Joe and with the help of his keen assistant Bella need to swiftly take medical action.

The closer Joe and Bella work together the more Joe begins to realise that his heart had been set on the wrong Beaumont sister.  With Bella’s brain, kindness, bravery and quiet stubbornness she is a good match to Joe’s persona.

Chemistry soon bubbles between the pair but Joe soon realises all is not as it appears with Bella and she is hiding some dark secret that won’t let go of her mind.

The author Virgina Heath had taken extensive research of medical history for Joe’s story and this was clearly portrayed across the pages.  I was fascinated with this side of the story.  A Warriner to Tempt Her is a stunningly beautiful story that I thoroughly enjoyed.  All four Warriner brothers are hero’s in their own right but when Joe is put to the test his heroism is off the scale.  With his sensitivity to a very serious issue Joe calmly deals with it.  His passion for his love of medicine, his love for his brothers and now his love for Bella are his main strengths and the villagers and ourselves as readers are lucky to know Joe.

To learn more about Virginia Heath and her work please do visit the following pages:

Website:  https://www.virginiaheathromance.com/

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

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/virginiaheathauthor/

The Captain’s Disgraced Lady by Catherine Tinley blogtour book review

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The Captain’s Disgraced Lady written by Catherine Tinley, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Captains-Disgraced-Historical-Chadcombe-Marriages-ebook/dp/B073TRJM91/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1515254786&sr=1-1

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Who is Captain Harry Fanton?

When Juliana Milford first encounters Captain Harry Fanton, she finds him arrogant and rude. There’s no way she’ll fall for his dazzling smile! Her visit to Chadcombe House was always going to prompt questions over her scandalous family, so she’s touched when Harry defends her reputation. She’s discovering there’s more to Harry than she’d first thought…

A man so plagued by the demons of war, he’s sworn he’ll never marry, no matter how tempted…

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating the launch of Catherine Tinley’s latest regency romance … The Captain’s Disgraced Lady.

I love a good regency romance; the travelling back in time to when ladies were introduced into society and when etiquette around the ton was paramount.  This is the first work by Catherine Tinley that I’ve read and I particularly enjoyed how she wove a love story around a pivotal moment in European history.  The Battle of Waterloo was a fierce fought battle that the officers and soldiers were summoned to whilst off duty at a ball in Brussels.  Kitted out in their finery the men had to quickly say their goodbyes to their loved ones and march on to an unknown fate …

Julianna Milford and her mother were travelling from their home in Brussels to visit friends in England.  Julianna first encounters Captain Harry Fanton on this journey and her first impressions to this gentleman is of his arrogant, brusque personality which immediately exasperates her.

Once settled at Chadcombe House, the home of her best friend Charlotte and her new husband Adam, her sense of serenity is disturbed by the arrival of Adam’s older brother, Captain Harry Fanton.  Julianna cannot believe how fate has brought them together again.

Julianna’s mother’s health soon becomes a concern and Harry’s personality changes to one of a caring nature and Mrs Milford was to become his priority.  However, the aristocratic circle is rife with gossip and rumours revolving Julianna and her mother, specifically Julianna’s parentage.  Once again Harry steps in to defend the ladies from this malicious gossip.

A friendship of sorts soon develops between Julianna and Harry but you can sense that Harry is holding back on his emotions.  This strong, charismatic, handsome Captain has a vulnerability about him which he’s afraid to show to anyone.  Visions from past events have plagued his nights since the terrible ordeal Harry went through.  With the uncertainty of war once again forefront in Harry’s mind can the demons from his past be laid to rest?

Can Julianna heal Harry’s heart and mind?  Will history end up repeating itself for a blossoming new love?

The Captain’s Disgraced Lady is a story filled with intrigue, drama, family saga, historical events and romance all told in a beautiful manner.  My heart was aching for the trauma Harry had endured but with this hope of a new beginning and love you are left feeling enlightened with warmth and positivity.  An absolutely gorgeous regency romance.

To learn more about Catherine Tinley and her work please do visit the following pages:

Website:  https://catherinetinley.com/

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

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

Catherine Tinley and her publishers have kindly offered the chance to WIN 2 signed copies of this novel.  To enter the giveaway please click on the rafflecopter link below:

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