A Ration Book Christmas by Jean Fullerton blogtour book review

 

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A Ration Book Christmas written by Jean Fullerton, publisher Corvus, is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audiobook format.

The paperback is available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith and amazon.  The ebook is available for amazon kindle, kobo and iBooks.

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2S46HRW

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With Christmas approaching, the Brogan family of London’s East End are braving the horrors of the Blitz. With the men away fighting for King and Country and the ever-present dangers of the German Luftwaffe’s nightly reign of death and destruction, the family must do all they can to keep a stiff upper lip.
For Jo, the youngest of the Brogan sisters, the perils of war also offer a new-found freedom. Jo falls in love with Tommy, a man known for his dangerous reputation as much as his charm. But as the falling bombs devastate their neighbourhood and rationing begins to bite, will the Brogans manage to pull together a traditional family Christmas? And will Jo find the love and security she seeks in a time of such grave peril?

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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 Jean Fullerton’s latest novel: A Ration Book Christmas.  This is my first introduction to the works of Jean Fullerton and I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to pick one of her books up as I was enthralled, entertained and totally swept away by this story.  I will certainly be checking out Jean Fullerton’s back catalogue of novels.

I thoroughly enjoyed this family wartime saga set in World War Two.  The author set the scene and I could feel a sense of belonging within the storyline.  We were treated to charming, cheeky, charismatic, brave, heroic characters that were all down to earth and easily relatable.  I also loved how Jean Fullerton used dialect that suited the era and location and also fitted the characters perfectly.  There were some fabulous one liners from the cockneys from the east end of London and also great words of wisdom from the Irish family that had set up home in the capital city.

I felt the tension of the war.  Jean Fullerton didn’t brush away any of the sights that were very evident during the biggest bomb attacks during the blitz of the streets of London.  I could feel the tension during the nights of the blackouts with the dread of the sirens and then when the inevitable destruction happened the fight for survivals set my heart racing.  What was so special about this story was the community spirit with all generations and all classes mucking in and doing their bit with the war help, this warmed my heart that in dire times of need folk forgot their own problems and situations and pulled together.

This was the story of one family coming to terms with the onslaught of war with evacuations, the blitz, food rationing, separation, fear, making do.  It was also a story of life, a story of survival, a story of love overcoming many hurdles and finding a way through the many terrible days and nights of the conflict.  Jean Fullerton had taken me back to a pivotal moment in British history using fiction as a way of re-telling an horrific time for so many, we learn of how life literally carried on for everyone and routines of a different kind were made.

A Ration Book Christmas was one of the best historical wartime sagas that I’ve read. Jean Fullerton’s words totally swept me away with this story, it was engaging, tragically beautiful and filled me with warmth.

About the Author

Jean FullertonJean Fullerton is the author of eleven novels all set in East London where she was born. She is also a retired district nurse and university lecturer. She won the Harry Bowling prise in 2006 and after initially signing for two East London historical series with Orion she moved to Corvus, part of Atlantic Publishing and is half way through her WW2 East London series featuring the Brogan family.

Social Media Links
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The Poppy Field by Deborah Carr blogtour book review

 

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The Poppy Field written by Deborah Carr, publisher HarperImpulse, is available NOW in ebook format and is due to be published in paperback at the end of December.

To buy/pre-order link: https://amzn.to/2PBccWF

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
Young nurse, Gemma, is struggling with the traumas she has witnessed through her job in the NHS. Needing to escape from it all, Gemma agrees to help renovate a rundown farmhouse in Doullens, France, a town near the Somme. There, in a boarded-up cupboard, wrapped in old newspapers, is a tin that reveals the secret letters and heartache of Alice Le Breton, a young volunteer nurse who worked in a casualty clearing station near the front line.
Set in the present day and during the horrifying years of the war, both woman discover deep down the strength and courage to carry on in even the most difficult of times. Through Alice’s words and her unfailing love for her sweetheart at the front, Gemma learns to truly live again.

This is a beautifully written epic historical novel that will take your breath away.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Deborah Carr’s latest novel: The Poppy Field.

This is my first introduction to the work of Deborah Carr and it ticked all the boxes for me.  I love reading historical fiction and especially stories set around pivotal moments in history, events that changed the world we live in now.  2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.  During the summer I had the privilege to visit many of the war graves and commemorative monuments around Flanders Field.  I was deeply moved by the graves and the traces of a war that etched scars across the country.  My husband was a member of the armed forces and I could totally emphasise with the families and loved ones that were left behind during times of conflict.  The constant fear of the unknown was a daily battle.

The story is set in two time zones; the present day and then we travel back to 1917.  Gemma has recently left her nursing job back in the UK following a very emotional break-up.  She has agreed to help oversee the renovation of an old farmhouse that has been left to her father.  The farmhouse is in Doullens, France, not far from the Somme.  A chance to escape her life in Brighton proves to be the best medicine for Gemma.

The farmhouse is pretty derelict and Gemma has quite a job on her hands but with the help of a fellow Brit living in the French village they start the task of renovating the property.  An unexpected find is made in one of the outhouses; a tin box full of letters dating back to 1917.  Curiosity peaks Gemma’s attention with these letters and she is keen to learn about the author and recipient of them.  Gemma slowly learns from the letters the emotional, brave plight of Alice Le Breton, a young VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) originally from Jersey who worked in a casualty clearing station near the frontline in Northern France.

I was captivated by the scenes the author portrayed back in 1917: it was atmospheric and you could feel the bravado from these young volunteer girls witnessing scenes they never could have imagined.  The days in the makeshift wards were relentless and there was little escape for the VADs.  Gemma felt a kinship with Alice, they were both nurses working under extreme pressure and conditions so for Gemma to learn of Alice 100 years on must have really brought to home the differences in life in medicine back then and now.

Deborah Carr’s novel was very raw and honest at times revealing war in it’s true colours.  Alice’s story must have been very similar to many back in WWI.  Love finds a way during the dark days of conflict bringing glimpses of hope for the future.  These moments must have been cherished by many.  I adored both sides of this story, the present day with Gemma overcoming her heartache and finding inspiration in the farm and letters and to Alice’s story that was just so tragically beautiful.  Heart-breaking and utterly captivating.

About the Author

The Poppy Field - Deborah MedDeborah Carr lives on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands with her husband, two children and three rescue dogs. She became interested in books set in WW1 when researching her great-grandfather’s time as a cavalryman in the 17th 21st Lancers.
She is part of ‘The Blonde Plotters’ writing group and was Deputy Editor on the online review site, Novelicious.com for seven years. Her debut historical romance, Broken Faces, is set in WW1 and was runner-up in the 2012 Good Housekeeping Novel Writing Competition and given a ‘special commendation’ in the Harry Bowling Prize that year. The Poppy Field is her second historical novel.

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

 

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Christmas 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://amzn.to/2J2OdwQ

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Fen has always hated being the centre of attention.
She loves her new job, working behind the scenes at the Little Duck Pond Cafe and baking the scrumptious cakes that have helped its reputation soar. But frankly, she’d rather scrub the public toilet floor with a toothbrush than have to come out and talk to the customers.
She’s always been happy to stay in the background as long as she has a good supply of books to escape into. That’s her kind of romance – the fictional sort where she can read about other people taking a chance on love, but she doesn’t have to risk her own heart.
But that was before Ethan Fox arrived in the village and turned her world upside down. Ethan is a leading light in the local amateur dramatics theatre company and Fen knows he’s way out of her league.
But when the popular village Christmas pantomime hits a crisis, Fen and Ethan find themselves thrown together. Can Fen overcome her shyness and find the courage to step on stage and save the day?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the third instalment in Rosie Green’s four book series centred around the Little Duck Pond Café.  Each book is of a novella size and they are all perfect books to cosy up with.  I would wholeheartedly recommend reading all the books in order as the characters from each story do crop up in forthcoming editions and you then get a sense of involvement in the characters you have learned to love.  The books in the series are:

  • Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe
  • Summer at The Little Duck Pond Cafe
  • Christmas at The Little Duck Pond Cafe
  • Snowed in at The Little Duck Pond Café (due out middle of November)

Picture the scene: it’s a cold blustery day your chores are done and it’s now time to relax in your favourite comfy chair, a cuppa (maybe cake :)) and a cat curled up on your lap.  The perfect book accompaniment would be the latest instalment in Rosie Green’s Little Duck Pond Café series; Christmas at the Little Duck Pond Café.  I did just this …

I loved returned to the village and to the friends I have learned to love at the cafe.  This is Fen’s story.  Fen is the character in the background that is the star baker for the café, she’s also the friend you need to have your back.  Fen is a hopeless romantic and when Ethan invites her to join the local amateur dramatics group her fear of the unknown is overshadowed by her wanting to get to know Ethan more and have the opportunity to work closely with him.  Fen has had a massive crush on Ethan since she met him in the summer when he performed a Regency Romance show.  Fen has set her heart on Ethan, almost likening him to one of her dashing heroes in her books.

Fen receives some well-guided self-esteem boosting advice from a friend, a source she wouldn’t have expected to receive this much needed encouragement.  This was another young person that quietly get’s on with his job but acknowledges what’s going off all around him.

With Fen starting to feel a little more self-assure and the promise of attraction on the horizon the other girls at the café are suddenly having romance woes.

Rosie Green has created another wonderful instalment in The Little Duck Pond Café series.  They are books to fall in love with, to warm your heart and soul.  They are also books that are packed with plenty of drama that invokes many emotions.  I’m really enjoying this series, it’s like a friendship in a book!

About the Author

Rosie Green Author PicRosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. The first two stories in the series are: Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe and Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café.

Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

 

Oh! What a Pavlova by Isabella May Book Birthday Blitz

 

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Oh! What a Pavlova is celebrating a year since it’s debut back in 2017 and I’m so pleased to be involved in the celebration Book Birthday Blitz.

Oh! What a Pavlova is written by Isabella May and was her debut novel produced by Crooked Cat Books in October 2017.  The book is available to buy in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link (amazon UK):  myBook.to/pavlova

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Oh! What a Pavlova
Kate Clothier is leading a double life: a successful jet-setting businesswoman to the outside world, but behind closed doors, life with Daniel and his volcanic temper is anything but rosy.

Some days – heck, make that EVERY day – cake is her only salvation.

Slowly but surely, the cities she visits – and the men she meets – help her to realise there IS a better future.

And the ley lines of Glastonbury are certainly doing their best to impart their mystical wisdom…

But will she escape before it’s too late?

About the Author

Oh What a Author PicIsabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing. As a co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – http://www.theglasshousegirls.com – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One). She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’! Costa del Churros is her third novel with Crooked Cat Books, following on from the hit sensations, Oh! What a Pavlova and The Cocktail Bar.

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Twitter – @IsabellaMayBks
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/IsabellaMayAuthor/
Instagram – @isabella_may_author

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The Warrior’s Bride Prize by Jenni Fletcher Publication Day Push #bookreview

 

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The Warrior’s Bride Prize written by Jenni Fletcher, publisher Mills & Boon Historical is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy links:

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Daughter of a slave…wedded to the warrior!
Livia Valeria is furious when she’s ruthlessly gambled away by her intended bridegroom. Luckily, it’s tall, muscled and darkly handsome Roman centurion Marius Varro who wins her as his bride! Livia must hide her Caledonian roots, but when Marius faces a barbarian rebellion at Hadrian’s Wall she must make a choice: her heritage or the husband she’s falling for…

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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 Publication Day Push celebrating and promoting the launch of Jenni Fletcher’s latest historical romance: The Warrior’s Bride Prize.

Happy Publication Day Jenni Fletcher.

This is my first introduction to the work of Jenni Fletcher and it is also my first introduction to a historical romance set in the Roman era and oh my what a story!  I greedily devoured this historical romance.  The story was set in AD197 and at a time when North Britannia was on the verge of a rebellion.

From the start of the story I was captivated by the rugged landscape and especially the area surrounding Hadrian’s Wall.  Livia Valeria was on her way to an arranged marriage to pay off a debt owed to her scrupulous half-brother.  With a fear of the unknown and anxious for not just her future but that of her daughter’s Livia felt like she had no choice but to obey her brother.  Travelling the arduous journey to her new home with many pent-up feelings but she is soon put at ease when a Legion of roman soldiers greet her close to her destination.  When Livia first sets eyes on the Centurion that has been given the task to escort her she feels a sudden kinship to him.

Livia is hiding secrets from her heritage, not that she is ashamed of it but that she is afraid of others reactions and prejudices.

Marius Varro was a Centurion determined to climb the ranks.  He wasn’t happy to be assigned the task to escort the bride-to-be but upon meeting Livia he was completely taken aback.  He expected a typical Roman lady that was used to privileges but Livia was nothing like this.  He was utterly entranced by her and was shocked by his feelings so strongly felt for someone he’d just met. From the short time he spent in the final legs of the journey Marius knew that he’d do anything to protect this woman and within hours he had no choice but to honour this.  The more that Marius saw of Livia with her sparkling green eyes and her mass of wild red hair he was lost.  Lost to a life he no longer could control.

A couple thrust together to protect from an uncertain future.   A couple that were fighting their own heritages.  A couple that were also fighting against the building chemistry between them.

Jenni Fletcher’s words flowed perfectly and I was swept away with this new adventure for Livia with the uncertainty of an arranged marriage and her future.  The author has thrown so much in this novel, I didn’t expect to fall for a story set in the Roman era but I was totally entranced by this new hero and heroine partnership.  There was lots of action with the threat of the rebellion which made for an intense story.  Jenni Fletcher also wove in a gorgeous heated romance that was so beautifully told.  It was dramatic, addictive, heart warming and filled with an intense desire.  Loved it!

About the Author

jenni fletcherJenni Fletcher was born on the north coast of Scotland and now lives in Yorkshire, where she writes Medieval, Roman and Victorian romance novels.
She studied English at Cambridge University before doing an MA on Women and Literature in English and a PhD on Victorian & Edwardian literature at Hull. After realising that she was better at writing than teaching, she worked in a number of administrative jobs whilst trying to finish her first book, which was rejected. Thinking there must have been some mistake, she then wrote another, which was fortunately accepted by Harlequin Mills & Boon.
Her favourite Jane Austen novel is Persuasion and her favourite Brontë is Anne. If she had to choose a romantic hero it would be John Thornton, but maybe that’s just because she’s Northern.

Website:  http://jennifletcher.com/

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

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

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The Makings of a Lady by Catherine Tinley blogblitz book review

 

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The Makings of a Lady written by Catherine Tinley, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available to buy in ebook and paperback format from 4th October 2018.

The ebook is available to download for amazon kindle, kobo, iBooks and Google Play.  The paperback is available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith, amazon and direct from Mills & Boon.

To pre-order/buy link (Mills & Boon UK):  https://bit.ly/2OnDUZy

To pre-order/buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2Oo9YMS

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Be calm, she thought.
Be gracious. Be twenty-two.
Lady Olivia Fanton is eager to prove she’s no longer a child. However, just as she thinks she’s found a suitable match in the suave Mr Manning, charismatic Captain Jem Ford walks back into her life, bringing with him all the embarrassment of her infatuation four years before! She’s determined to appear mature, distant, friendly. But does she dare hope he’ll notice her as the lady she’s become?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Catherine Tinley’s latest Regency Romance; The Makings of a Lady.  The Makings of a Lady is book three in The Chadcombe Marriages series.  The books can be read as a standalone as you are introduced to a new member of the siblings living at Chadcombe House, however as a Regency Romance lover I’d fully recommend reading all the books in the series.  The books in the trilogy are:

  • Waltzing with the Earl
  • The Captain’s Disgraced Lady
  • The Makings of a Lady

Once again Catherine Tinley has taken me to a time and a place when romance was an art, it was a beautiful dance of etiquette of society.  I love this era it is so different from the life of today and historical romance gives you a glimpse to time gone by.

Lady Olivia Fanton was eighteen when she first met Jem Ford who had come to Chadcombe to recover from injuries in battle.  However, their friendship was short-lived when Jem returned back to duty.  It’s now four year’s on and Lady Olivia is no longer the young girl, she is now a beautiful young woman trying to find her place.  She feels like her family still treat her as the young girl from years ago and Olivia is trying to prove otherwise.  She has spent four years getting over the loss of her friendship with Jem Ford but when she hears of his return memories of her heartache return.  To add to her confused heart a new suitor, George Manning, with his rather charming, handsome features and smooth prose has come to her attention.  Olivia doesn’t know which way to let her heart sway; she has a history of friendship with Jem but will he remember her as the young girl that helped him and have forgotten all about her or does she let her heart seek another?

Olivia’s life is put in danger and the circumstances surrounding it are most unusual.  Jem sets out to unravel the mystery.

I loved this story by Catherine Tinley it had plenty of warmth, romance but it was also filled with drama, danger and mystery.  I was captivated by Olivia, Jem and her close circle of family and friends.  Courageous, dramatic and oh so very romantic.

About the Author

Tinley 6 dogCatherine Tinley writes heartwarming Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, NHS management, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now works in Sure Start. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, cat, and dog.

Website:  https://catherinetinley.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/CatherineTinley

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

The author is running a giveaway to win a copy of the book, along with two other (surprise) romance novels by other writers.
2 x UK/Ireland Winners and 1 x International Winner.
For all the details look out for Catherine Tinley on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Bear With Me by Jessica Redland blogtour book review

 

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Bear With Me written by Jessica Redland, publisher Little Bear Books, is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link:  https://amzn.to/2xMSBey

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Jemma has the job of her dreams as curator for the children’s section of a museum in London. She spends each day surrounded by the one thing she’s absolutely passionate about: teddy bears. When boyfriend, Scott, shows a genuine interest in her passion instead of laughing at her for “playing with teddies all day”, she knows he’s a keeper.

Returning home to the North Yorkshire seaside town of Whitsborough Bay to celebrate her birthday, Jemma thinks she’s heading for her happy-ever-after when Scott unexpectedly proposes. So, a few days later, why isn’t he retuning her calls or responding to her texts?

Julie has always been a wonderful single mother to Jemma and her little brother, Sean. As owner of specialist teddy bear shop, Bear With Me, and the creative genius behind the successful range of Ju-Sea Bears, she inspires Jemma with her ability to balance a demanding career with home life. So why is the shop now in disarray and why is Sean so upset?

Sam thought he had his future all worked out. With a promising neurology career, a home, and a devoted fiancée, life was looking good. But now he’s all alone in a strange city, far from everyone and everything he cares about, struggling to rebuild the tatters of his life. Did he do the right thing by running away? What does the future hold and is he strong enough to face it?

Sometimes love finds us when we least expect it. But sometimes love leaves us, just as unexpectedly. When you’ve loved and lost, can you bear to let love in again?

Bear With Me, as all will be revealed …

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting Bear With Me by Jessica Redland.

Bear With Me is another feel-good read from author Jessica Redland.  Jessica Redland has continued to write books with the same formula she is good at; stories from the heart, stories to comfort you, stories to make you smile and stories that take you to the charming fictional village of Whitsborough Bay off the Yorkshire coast.

Bear With Me is a standalone novel but I do believe once you’ve discovered Jessica Redland’s work you’ll be eager to read more.

Bear With Me is a story of two halves that ultimately merge.  Our two main characters are both from Whitsborough Bay but their paths haven’t crossed in the past.  Jemma loves teddy bears, which is totally understandable as her mum owns her own teddy bear shop and workshop in the Bay.  Her mum also designs and makes teddy bears and Jemma herself has designed and made her own label of teddy bears.  Jemma now lives in London as a curator in a museum and her zest for her craft shows in her work.  Going home for her birthday weekend she starts to notice concerns regarding her mother’s health.  Also, the weekend brings forth another shock with regards to her current love life.

Sam recently fled from his home in the Yorkshire coastal village to London following a terrible tragedy.  All that he loved was in the Bay and it was too painful to continue to live amongst the memories.  However, working as a Dr in a busy hospital in the city of London was proving to be a lonely existence.  He was surrounded by lots of people but never felt more alone.  Bumping into a housemate and good friend of Jemma’s was to be the catalyst of a different journey for both Sam and Jemma.

Jemma’s journey was the realisation of her mother’s illness and how best she could help her.  Sam’s journey was one of acceptance and learning of his emotional triggers surrounding his grief.  A friendship soon formed between Jemma and Sam and they were to find they had so much in common and that they each held essential tools of support for one another.  Can their love for the natural beauty of the coast from their home town help heal the wounds that they have accrued?

A story of acceptance, a story of new beginnings, a story of life, love and tragedy.  But ultimately a story that warms your heart and soul like the cuddliest of bears.

About the Author

Jessica - Author PhotoJessica had never considered writing as a career until a former manager kept telling her that her business reports read more like stories and she should write a book. She loved writing but had no plot ideas. Then something happened to her that prompted the premise for her debut novel, Searching for Steven. She put fingers to keyboard and soon realised she had a trilogy and a novella!

She lives on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast – the inspiration for the settings in her books – with her husband, daughter, cat, Sprocker Spaniel, and an ever-growing collection of collectible teddy bears. Although if the dog has her way, the collection will be reduced to a pile of stuffing and chewed limbs!

Jessica tries to balance her time – usually unsuccessfully – between being an HR tutor and writing.

Social Media Links –
Twitter: @JessicaRedland
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaRedlandWriter/
Website and blog: http://www.jessicaredland.com