Captivating the Cynical Earl by Catherine Tinley @CatherineTinley @MillsandBoon @rararesources @HarlequinBooks #RegencyRomance #bookreview

Captivating the Cynical Earl written by Catherine Tinley, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

The cool, aloof earl

And the enchanting lady

For Jack Beresford, Earl of Hawkenden, emotional entanglements are the path to pain. But when his brother brings his new wife and her best friend to his country home, everything changes. Lady Cecily Thornhill is both vibrant and beautiful, and Jack finds himself increasingly captivated by her sunny nature. Yet he must resist her charms, for in a month she’ll be gone—unless his frozen heart thaws before then…

Purchase Link – https://books2read.com/captivatingearl

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Catherine Tinley’s latest historical romance: Captivating the Cynical Earl.

I do love a Regency Romance; the rules of society, the fashion, the beginnings of women wanting more for themselves. The streets of London graced with Lords and Ladies to the hard working lower classes struggling in the workhouses. To the country estates with land and tenants and the beauty of the English countryside. And to a love that felt often awkward and stilted with the constrains of the etiquette of the era to an all consuming swoon worthy passion. Catherine Tinley is one of a group from Mills & Boon that are top class historical romance authors who entertain their readers with all of the above and more.

Catherine Tinley instantly transported me to London 1819 with her descriptions of the setting and characters making me feel quite at home in this era.

Jack and Tom Beresford are brothers and as the older brother Jack has taken the title of Earl of Hawkenden. Jack has always looked out for his brother since the death of their mother when the boys were still so young. So when Tom informs Jack he has just got married to a young lady he has known for a matter of months and it’s a union of love you can imagine Jack’s disdain to the news. Jack instantly takes a dislike to the new bride with his cynical brain presuming all she is after is money and a partnership of love is just poppycock!

Lady Cecily too has reservations for this union. Nell is her best friend and Cecily was shocked how quick the relationship blossomed. But as she spends time with the newly weds Cecily can witness how perfect this union is. It’s just proving this to Tom’s older brother, Jack, that is cause for concern for all.

Catherine Tinley has created a wonderful Regency Romance that is filled with two love stories that take all parties concerned by surprise. As Cecily spends time getting to know the Beresford brothers she begins to understand there is a hidden sadness within that is preventing Jack especially to trust in love.

Romantic, charming, entertaining and poignant.

Author Bio –

Catherine Tinley is an award winning author of historical romance. She writes witty, heartwarming Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. Her first book, Waltzing with the Earl, won the Rita Award for Best Historical Romance 2018, while Rags-to-Riches Wife won the RoNA Award for Best Historical Romance 2021.

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, Sure Start, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now manages a maternity hospital. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, cats, and dog and can be reached at catherinetinley.com,on facebook, twitter, and instagram.

Crab, Dab & Blenny by Peta Rainford @PetaRainford @rararesources #bookreview #childrensbook

Crab, Dab & Blenny written and self-published by Peta Rainford is available NOW in paperback.

Book Blurb

Crab, Dab & Blenny is a fun, rhyming picture book about the serious theme of plastics in the ocean.

Fish friends Dab and Blenny are upset by the plastic that washes into their lovely rockpool home. Crab, on the other hand, just LOVES the shiny bright colour… But when Blenny gets caught in plastic twine, Crab finally understands the danger of plastics in the ocean.

Crab, Dab & Blenny is a book that celebrates friendship and the vast variety of life that exists in a quiet rockpool. Perfect for early readers or as a bedtime story for four- to eight-year-olds.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Crab-Dab-Blenny-story-plastics/dp/0995646546/ 

US – https://www.amazon.com/Crab-Dab-Blenny-story-plastics/dp/0995646546/

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating Peta Rainford’s latest children’s picture book: Crab, Dab and Blenny.

I was first introduced to the work of Peta Rainford last year when I reviewed Milly’s Marvellous Mistakes and I was charmed by the illustrations and the thought provoking storyline. Once again Peta Rainford has used her lovely words and illustrations to emphasise an important issue in the world and what better time to learn about these issues then as a child. Children’s minds are like a foundation of a building give them the knowledge and tools at an early age to help equip them for the future. The rhyming text is perfect for children and they will soon love to regale the words back.

Crab, Dab and Blenny are friends with different personalities but they share the love of their home, the ocean. However, the sea is becoming crowded and their homes do not feel safe anymore. What can they do? What can we do?

Peta Rainford cleverly uses the medium of art and words to express and highlight areas of concern in the world. A wonderful picture book with a mighty message.

Author Bio – Peta writes and illustrates her funny picture books on the Isle of Wight, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and hairy jack russell, Archie. In normal times, Peta loves going into schools to share her books and inspire children in their writing and art. She has appeared at a number of festivals and other events, including: Barnes Children’s Literature Festival, Isle of Wight Literary Festival, Exmoor Dark Skies Festival and Ventnor Fringe. She is one of the organisers of the IW Story Festival, for children and families, which takes place every February half term.

Social Media Links – Website: www.dogpigeon.co.uk
Facebook: @dogpigeon
Twitter:@PetaRainford

Instagram: petarainford

Secrets on the Italian Island by T.A. Williams @tawilliamsbooks @rararesources @canelo_co #PublicationDayPush #summerreading #bookreview

Secrets on the Italian Island written by T.A. Williams, publisher Canelo Escape, is available NOW in ebook format. The paperback is due out in August 2021.

Book Blurb

Her work has got in the way of relationships before – but never like this

Anna’s job as a geologist takes her all over the world, including to the beautiful island of Elba, where she’s sent to look for precious metals. And the island isn’t the only thing that’s gorgeous – she can’t believe her luck when she meets windsurfer Marco and sparks fly.

But Anna must keep her role on Elba a secret to avoid upsetting the locals, which means lying to Marco even as they grow closer. When her old friend Toby visits, Anna suddenly finds herself torn between the attentions of the two men. However, Anna’s not the only one keeping secrets.

Is Marco being entirely honest with her? And why did Toby really come to visit?

A fun and escapist romance, perfect for fans of Lucy Coleman and Alex Brown.

Purchase Link – https://mybook.to/SecretsIsland

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 in celebration of the launch of T.A. Williams latest novel: Secrets on the Italian Island. Secrets on the Italian Island is Book 3 in the Escape to Tuscany series and each story is a standalone novel. They are perfect introductions to a new author and once you’ve sampled his work you can escape to Tuscany and more with his books.

With every book by T.A. Williams you can guarantee you’ll be whisked away to a place of beauty. T.A. Williams knows his locations so well his words transport me and I feel I can picture the setting, experience the sights, tastes and aromas and enjoy discovering new cultures.

Secrets on the Italian Island is another classic from the author, it’s a story about Anna, a geologist, who is in her late twenties and currently lives and breathes work. She loves her work but is starting to doubt her current work life balance, as it’s pretty much one sided! Her latest work case is to tour around the beautiful Italian island, Elba, with a view to unearthing rare metals underground.

Elba sounded like a stunningly beautiful island that has tried to keep to it’s natural habitat and not let tourists and multi-national businesses spoil it’s outlook.

Anna soon gets to know the area and a few locals who soon become friends but she finds it difficult to keep her job and the reason she is on the island secret. The residents of Elba are understandably very protective of their unspoilt island.

Whilst Anna is searching the island she is also doing a lot of soul searching herself. Within the matter of a few weeks her non-existent personal life has become complicated with the attention of two men. Two very different men and Anna is confused which way her will go.

Secrets on the Italian Island is a lovely contemporary romance that feels like a travelogue. The author packs so much detail about his settings including the history and architecture of the area, you find yourself wanting to learn more. I always also enjoy the inclusion of a faithful dog companion in the storyline bringing a fun, comforting element.

Once again another sunshine filled story that was delightful, romantic, interesting and poignant.

Author Bio – I’m a man. And a pretty old man as well. I did languages at university a long time ago and then lived and worked in France and Switzerland before going to Italy for seven years as a teacher of English. My Italian wife and I then came back to the UK with our little daughter (now long-since grown up) where I ran a big English language school for many years. We now live in a sleepy little village in Devonshire. I’ve been writing almost all my life but it was only seven years ago that I finally managed to find a publisher who liked my work enough to offer me my first contract.

The fact that I am now writing romantic comedy is something I still find hard to explain. My early books were thrillers and historical novels. Maybe it’s because there are so many horrible things happening in the world today that I feel I need to do my best to provide something to cheer my readers up. My books provide escapism to some gorgeous locations, even if travel to them is currently difficult.

Social Media Links –

Website: www.tawilliamsbooks.com

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/tawilliamsbooks

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

The Orchard Girls by Nikola Scott @nikola_scott @rararesources @HeadlineFiction @headlinepg #blogtour #guestpost #recipe #HistoricalFiction

The Orchard Girls written by Nikola Scott, publisher Review, is available NOW in ebook and audiobook format. The paperback is due out in the autumn.

Book Blurb

London, 2004. Frankie didn’t always have it easy. Growing up motherless, she was raised by her grandmother, who loved her – and betrayed her. For years, the rift between them seemed irreparable. But when their paths suddenly cross again, Frankie is shocked to realise that her grandmother is slowly losing control of her memory. There is a darkness in her past that won’t stay buried – secrets going back to wartime that may have a devastating effect on Frankie’s own life.

Somerset, 1940. When seventeen-year-old Violet’s life is ripped apart by the London Blitz, she runs away to join the Women’s Land Army, wanting nothing more than to leave her grief behind. But as well as the terror of enemy air raids, the land girls at Winterbourne Orchards face a powerful enemy closer to home. One terrible night, their courage will be put to the test – and the truth of what happened must be kept hidden, forever . . .

Purchase Link – https://bit.ly/OrchardGirls

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Nikola Scott’s latest historical novel: The Orchard Girls. Firstly, I’d like to apologise to the author, publisher and blogtour organiser for publishing my post a day late, life just simply happened. I have the pleasure of posting a guest post from the author, Nikola Scott, which includes a delicious sounding Apple Cake, a perfect recipe for the land girls and their harvest of apples. Definitely one I will try.

Land Girls, apple orchards, and a delicious ‘drunken’ apple cake

My mum recently cleaned out her attic. She’s always attacking various areas of her house (she’s lived there for almost fifty years!) and I love being there when she does, because she inevitably unearths some kind of ‘rubbish’ which turns out to be a priceless gem. A clutch of old letters in a hatbox; doubles of my grandmother’s old photographs (she was a professional photographer and sold all sorts of beautiful black-and-white shots to newspapers and magazines); an old bag with a tarnished mirror still lodged in an inside pocket. The kind of thing, in other words, that might well look like rubbish, but is pretty thrilling to a historical fiction writer.

Recently, I was asking her about a cake we used to make all the time. My new novel, The Orchard Girls, is set among a group of Land Girls working on an apple orchard in 1940 Somerset, and I wanted to share one of our favourite apple cake recipes in honour of its publication.

With many family recipes you’re usually handed a butter-spotted piece of paper stuck on the kitchen noticeboard, containing a heavily annotated list of ingredients with rather cryptic measurements. But wouldn’t you know it, my mother disappeared for a bit and came back with a whole stack of old notebooks and cookbooks, including – wait for it – an ancient collection of recipes, hand-written by my great-grandmother in 1901! It made my day.

So here it is for you, our Drunken Apple Cake, a deceptively simple and unashamedly delicious afternoon tea cake. There is nothing boozy about it, by the way. The original recipe was in German, where ‘drunken’ and ‘drowned’ are close linguistic cousins. In this case it simply means that the apple pieces are submerged – ‘drowned’ – in the dough.

Drunken Apple Cake

160 g butter

135 g sugar

¼ ts salt

4 eggs

335 g flour

1 tbs baking powder

80 ml milk

1 ts vanilla essence

5 apples (more, if you’d like it heavy on the apple front)

Extra butter for dotting

Extra sugar for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 175 degrees and butter & flour a 23 cm springform.

Peel, core and cut the apples into eighths.

Cream butter and sugar. Add the eggs one by one, mixing well after each addition. Sieve flour and baking powder together, mix milk and vanilla essence. Alternate adding the flour mix and the milk mix, beginning and ending with flour, until you have a wet, sticky dough that drops off the spoon with a little reluctance.

Smooth the dough into the springform and arrange the apple slices in a circle on top, prodding them a little to make them ‘sink’ with the tops still sticking out. Dot small bits of butter liberally across the tops and sprinkle with sugar. This last bit is technically optional but in my book absolutely essential because it gives a lovely crunch and goes really well with the apples. You could go crazy and add a little cinnamon here if you like.

Bake for 45-50 minutes, testing the cake parts with a cake tester towards the end and covering with a loose piece of foil if the surface gets too brown before the time is up.

Enjoy!

Author Bio –

Nikola Scott started out in book publishing and worked as a crime fiction editor in America and England for many years. Turning her back on blood-spattered paperback covers and dead bodies found in woods, she sat down at her kitchen table one day to start her first novel — and hasn’t stopped writing since. Obsessed with history and family stories (‘How exactly did you feel when your parents gave the house to your brother?’) she is well-known – and feared – for digging up dark secrets at dinner parties and turning them into novels. 

Her first two books, My Mother’s Shadow and Summer of Secrets, have both been international bestsellers and were translated widely around the world. Nikola lives in Frankfurt with her husband and two boys (and a kitchen table). 

Once a month, Nikola sends out a popular newsletter about writing, reading, book news, freebies and loads of therapeutic baking. Join in here if you’d love to be a part of it all: bit.ly/NikolaScottNews

For more info on Nikola, visit her website at www.nikolascott.com  

Social Media Links –

https://www.facebook.com/NikolaScottAuthor/

https://www.instagram.com/nikolascottauthor/

Twitter: @nikola_scott

The Marquess Next Door by Virginia Heath @VirginiaHeath_ @MillsandBoon @rararesources #PublicationDayPush #bookreview #HistoricalRomance

The Marquess Next Door written by Virginia Heath, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

A dashing new neighbour…

Temptation on her doorstep!

To avoid an unwanted suitor at a ball, Hope Brookes asks another gentleman to rescue her. He obliges – with a surprisingly passionate kiss! Revealed as her sinfully handsome new neighbour, Lucius, Marquess of Thundersley, they forge a friendship over their balconies. It’s refreshing that Lucius is more interested in her writer dreams than her looks, so why can’t she stop thinking about that kiss?

Purchase Link –  https://books2read.com/talkofbeaumonde2

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 Virginia Heath’s latest novel: The Marquess Next Door.

I loved returning to Bloomsbury and to the often scandalous talk from society. Virginia Heath is one of the best in her field of Regency Romance, she has a wonderful way of creating characters that love nothing more than bantering with each other. These chats between strangers, friends, lovers is so addictive, I could sit and listen to their verbal exchanges for a long time!

The Marquess Next Door is Book Two in The Talk of the Beau Monde series and this story focuses on the middle sibling, Hope Brookes, a stunningly beautiful young lady that wants to prove there’s more to her than her looks. Hope feels like she’s overshadowed by her talented parents and siblings. They are each recognised for the skill they possess but Hope still has to make her mark in the world. Hope loves to write and has aspirations of having her work published but in a male orientated profession she is struggling to be taken seriously.

A recent newcomer to London society is Marquess of Thundersley, Lucius/Luke. Returning back to London after so many years away living in Cornwall is bringing up so many reasons why he relished leaving it all behind years ago. His return is also causing turmoil with flashbacks of the emotional and physical anguish he and his mother suffered via the hands of those they thought could be trusted. Luke is somewhat annoyed that he’s had to return to London but when he bumps into Hope Brookes a desire to stay in the city becomes that little bit more interesting and a friendship soon blossoms between them.

I adored this novel by Virginia Heath, at times it was endearingly charming and at others it was gloriously sexy. Both Hope and Luke had trust issues and this was an obstacle they had to overcome to be able to accept the past, accept their worth and learn to listen to their heart.

I can’t wait to read the next instalment in the series and learn what awaits young Charity but also I need to know how life is fairing for Hope and Luke.

Bravo Virginia Heath I’m in love with the Belles and Beaus of Bloomsbury.

About the Author

When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

Social Media Links –

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

Twitter: @VirginiaHeath_

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The Summer Island Festival by Rachel Burton #blogtour #guestpost @rachelbwriter @Aria_Fiction @rararesources

The Summer Island Festival written by Rachel Burton, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

When Willow walks out on her own wedding, there’s only one place she can go…

Growing up in the island village of Seaview, Willow always dreamed of a bigger life. Then her childhood sweetheart Luc betrayed her and she ran, resolving never to look back. Now, twelve years on, her glamorous London life is a mess and the island is her only option.

But she’s not the only one back for the summer. Luc is now a world-famous heartthrob musician, and he’s finally come home to headline the Isle of Wight’s annual music festival.

As Willow untangles her messy past, she stumbles on a secret that could destroy her family, the island’s fragile community – and her second chance at love…

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Island-Festival-Burton/dp/1800246064

US – https://www.amazon.com/Summer-Island-Festival-Burton/dp/1800246064

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the latest novel by Rachel Burton; The Summer Island Festival. I have the pleasure of hosting a guest post from the author today.

ON WRITING THE SUMMER ISLAND FESTIVAL

When people ask me where I get my ideas from, I never really know what to say. Ideas seem to just appear in my head apropos of nothing (and sometimes they don’t which is very frightening as I wonder if I’ve run out of ideas). Characters in particular tend to appear fully formed, names come out of nowhere. I have a lot of work to do to understand the characters once they’ve shown themselves, but initially they are just there.

This was partly true for The Summer Island Festival. Luc, Willow and Skye just appeared in my head one day (although Willow was originally called Laurel – a name I gave to her parents’ band in the end) as did the bones of their back stories and the history of the festival that they grew up around. I knew there was something missing though, something else I needed to flesh out the plot, to be an obstacle in both Willow’s journey and her and Luc’s second chance at love.

Anyone who knows me well knows I have deep running passions for The Beatles, William Shakespeare, yoga, tea, and Midsomer Murders (for those of you who don’t know, that last one is a British TV detective series which is outstanding in its bizarreness – in one episode someone was killed by a wheel of cheese) – and it was Midsomer Murders that gave me the idea for that extra bit of plot I needed.

There is an episode called ‘The Ballad of Midsomer County’ which is absolutely one of my favourites. It takes place at a folk festival and revolves around a famous folk singer called Johnny Carver who killed himself years before. The first time I watched it, I spent the entire episode convinced that Johnny Carver would reappear, that he’d faked his own death to disappear from the music scene which was destroying him. This isn’t what happens in either Midsomer Murders or The Summer Island Festival so I haven’t spoiled anything for you!

But it gave me the beginnings of an idea, the mystery that could lie behind Willow and Luc’s story, another layer, an additional problem to stop them from being together.

How can you disappear from your life though? How easy is it really in these days of GPS and 5G and Facebook and rolling news? I’m fairly sure it would be quite hard. Years ago, though, before all those things existed, if you had enough money it would probably have been easy enough, surely? So rather than have a contemporary character disappear maybe I needed to set part of the story in the past.

And along came Storm Tyler, lead singer of King Silver – a band that became, for a short time in the mid-80s stratospherically famous until they imploded and Storm disappeared for so long that many people thought he was dead.

The rest is history – well, in all honestly the rest was seven edits and two years of work but eventually I got there and my crazy idea about a folk festival, inspired by Midsomer Murders and with a lot of hard work from the team at Aria Fiction/Head of Zeus, became the book you can hold in your hand today. I hope you enjoy Willow and Luc’s story and the race against time to find Storm Tyler!

I’m really looking forward to reading this novel, thanks so much to the author, Rachel Burton, for joining me on the blogtour.

About the Author

Rachel Burton has been making up stories for as long as she can remember and always dreamed of being a writer until life somehow got in the way. After reading for a degree in Classics and another in English Literature she accidentally fell into a career in law, but eventually managed to write her first book on her lunch breaks.

She has spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and their three cats. She loves yoga, ice hockey, tea, The Beatles, dresses with pockets and very tall romantic heroes.

Find her on Twitter & Instagram as @RachelBWriter or follow her blog at rachelburtonwrites.com. She is always happy to talk books, writing, music, cats and how the weather in Yorkshire is rubbish. She is mostly dreaming of her next holiday….

Social Media Links – Twitter: @rachelbwriter ; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rachelburton74/ ; website: rachelburtonwrites.com

Always and Forever Glendale Hall by Victoria Walters @Vicky_Walters  @HeraBooks @rararesources #bookreview

Always and Forever Glendale Hall written by Victoria Walters, publisher Hera, is available NOW in ebook and is due in paperback later on this month.

Book Blurb

What if we’re all just searching for something?

Anna Stewart is lost. After barely surviving a car accident as a teenager, Anna is scared of settling. Flitting between jobs, boyfriends and homes whenever she gets bored, she has no idea what the future holds. Then her brother Brodie, minister of Glendale, suggests she moves to the beautiful Scottish village, lining up a housekeeper job for her at Glendale Hall.

Out of options, Anna agrees to the move, knowing that she can always run away again. Once at the hall, her culinary skills impress everyone, and she agrees to give Hilltop Farm’s new manager, Cameron, cooking lessons. Sparks fly between Anna and the handsome Scot, but Cameron is looking for love – something that Anna definitely isn’t.

But it’s wedding season at Glendale Hall, and Anna is about to discover that her new home has a way of working its magic on even the coldest of hearts. Will she really be able to just walk away, or could Anna have finally found a place to belong?

It’s summertime in the beautiful Highlands village of Glendale – pack your bags and come on holiday with this gorgeously uplifting, romantic read. Fans of Milly Johnson, Heidi Swain and Holly Martin will love this charming romcom.

Purchase Links:

AMZ: https://amzn.to/31xhdY0

Kobo: https://bit.ly/3sCeDf8

Apple: https://apple.co/2PJNQi9

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Victoria Walters is fast becoming one of my go to authors for feelgood fiction. Always and Forever is Book 4 in the Glendale Hall series and it’s another read to sit back and enjoy.

Glendale Hall has been such a lovely series full of warmth, inspiration, community spirit, friendship and love. All this and set in the most idyllic village in the Scottish hills. The residents will welcome you with open arms and make you fall in love with a little bit of Scotland that will stay in your heart, always.

Each story in the series can be read as a standalone but I would highly recommend reading the books in order as the characters lives to progress and it’s such a lovely collection of stories.

This is Anna’s story. We met Anna briefly in the last story at Brodie and Emily’s wedding. Anna is Brodie’s younger sister who left home at 18 and has been running from job to job, bedsit to bedsit, fleeing from the demons in her past. She is a complication character; a risk taker, carefree, independent but she hides her vulnerability well with her vivacious personality. It’s not until you get to know Anna that you learn she is alone fighting her own thoughts and she refuses to let anyone get close to her.

When her life takes another turn and she’s jobless and homeless Anna feels she has no option but to take the temporary job offer in Glendale that her brother Brodie has mentioned to her. Anna thrives on city life so the country life in the Scottish hills does not appeal to her one bit.

Cameron has been working at Hilltop Farm in Glendale since returning back from university. He has his old friends in the village but he prefer his own company. Cameron is another complicated character with grief and guilt laying heavy on his mind. It’s not until he meets Anna that he slowly removes the walls around his heart. But these walls are strong and some refuse to budge.

Can two tortured young people learn to let go of the past and help each other gain the strength to move on?

Victoria Walters has written another gorgeous instalment in this feelgood series. I liked Anna’s character she was so multi-layered you couldn’t help but love each side to her personality. Anna blended in well with the friends we’ve already met in Glendale and she brought a certain vibrancy and youthfulness to the group. Glendale has been such a wonderful series of stories that I hope one day the author will reunite us with the residents we have grown to love.

Author Bio – Victoria Walters writes up-lifting and inspiring stories. She’s the author of three novels, THE SECOND LOVE OF MY LIFE, SUMMER AT THE KINDNESS CAFÉ, and COMING HOME TO GLENDALE HALL. She has been chosen for WHSmith Fresh Talent and shortlisted for an RNA award. Victoria was also picked as an Amazon Rising Star, and her books have won wide reader acclaim.

Victoria is a full-time author. She lives in Surrey with her cat Harry, and loves books, clothes, music, going out for tea and cake, and posting photos on Instagram.

Find out more about Victoria by following on Instagram at @vickyjwalters, on Twitter at @Vicky_Walters or by visiting her blog at:https://victoria-writes.com/.

Rose’s Ever After by Chrissie Bradshaw @ChrissieBeee @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #CollieryRowsSaga

Rose’s Ever After written and self-published by Chrissie Bradshaw is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Rose has a promising future stretching out before her until a cruel twist of fate seizes it. Will she overcome her heartache as she tries to build a new life? Rose returns to the safe haven of Linwood colliery and her warm-hearted family. As she settles into life in the colliery rows, Rose makes an astounding discovery and a long lost family member appears who makes demands on them all..

Chrissie Bradshaw’s emotionally gripping historical reads have a northern Catherine Cookson vibe with a modern attitude. ‘Rose’s Ever After’ follows on from ‘Rose’s Choice’ yet it can be enjoyed as a stand alone novel

Read ‘Rose’s Ever After’ to follow the twists and turns of Rose’s eventful life. Will the rugged path ahead, full of challenges, lead her to a new ‘happily ever after’?


Purchase Links

Amazon UK for e-book and paperback – https://tinyurl.com/bek7673s

Amazon USA for e-book and paperback – https://tinyurl.com/85rs2bwy

About The Author

Chrissie, 2016 winner of the Romantic Novelist’s Association Elizabeth Goudge writing trophy, is a seasoned tea drinker who writes contemporary and historical family sagas.

Chrissie has always loved match-making a book to a reader. Writing the kind of book she loves to read takes this a step further. When Chrissie is not writing or reading, you will find her walking her dog on the beach, travelling or spending time with her family and friends. She would love to hear from readers.

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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 the next instalment in The Colliery Rows Saga, Rose’s Ever After.

I read book one (Rose’s Choice) of The Colliery Rows saga back in July 2020. The Colliery Rows is a family saga set around a small coal mining village in Northumberland. I was drawn to the novel as I too was born in a coal mining village and I am also a pitman’s daughter so I was intrigued to read and learn about the social impact of coal mining families during and after WWII.

Rose’s Ever After returns to the North East of England, to 1955, with Rose a young mum now and happily married to her childhood sweetheart, Danny. Rose loves being a mum but misses working with her first love, animals. When an opportunity arises to help out at a local farm that cares for elderly pit horses Rose jumps at the chance to use the skills she’s learned in the past. In the 1950’s it was still frowned upon for mothers to work but Rose is hoping to prove that she will be a better mum to young Lily if she can use her time wisely doing something she loves.

However, Rose was to face opposition from many corners and her life was set to receive a terrible blow.

We follow Rose’s journey through life facing heartbreak, hardship, shattered dreams but along the way a seed of hope of a new worthwhile challenges gives Rose a new purpose in life.

Rose is one of those characters in life that has had to endure a rollercoaster of turmoil and emotions. She is also a bright, young woman that is hardworking and loyal to her family. My heart was repeatedly torn with the onslaught of life’s hurdles that the author had thrown Rose’s way and I kept thinking and pleading to the author no more. Rose dealt with each blow in her own quiet, dignified way and gained an inner strength.

Once again Rose and the rest of the Kelly family captured my heart and I was championing for better days to come Rose’s way. I enjoyed learning about life in rural northern England in the 1950’s and 1960’s and the author incorporated poignant historical events brining the story to life even more.

A story of love and life’s struggles with a wonderful heart-warming aspirational ethos within.

A Ration Book Daughter by Jean Fullerton @JeanFullerton_ @CorvusBooks @rararesources #ARationBookDaughter #WWIIsaga #HistFic #bookreview

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

Book Blurb

Not even the Blitz can shake a mother’s love.

Cathy was a happy, blushing bride when Britain went to war with Germany three years ago. But her youthful dreams were crushed by her violent husband Stanley’s involvement with the fascist black-shirts, and even when he’s conscripted to fight she knows it’s only a brief respite – divorce is not an option. Cathy, a true Brogan daughter, stays strong for her beloved little son Peter.

When a telegram arrives declaring that her husband is missing in action, Cathy can finally allow herself to hope – she only has to wait 6 months before she is legally a widow and can move on with her life. In the meantime, she has to keep Peter safe and fed. So she advertises for a lodger, and Sergeant Archie McIntosh of the Royal Engineers’ Bomb Disposal Squad turns up. He is kind, clever and thoughtful; their mutual attraction is instant. But with Stanley’s fate still unclear, and the Blitz raging on over London’s East End, will Cathy ever have the love she deserves?

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/3ijT3HO

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 Daughter.

Jean Fullerton writes family sagas that take you right into the lives of those living, working and surviving during some of the most pivotal moments in history. The Ration Book series takes you to life during WWII and the author’s words have kept me fascinated and gripped throughout the series. Although each book can be read as a standalone story I would highly recommend reading all the books in order to fully appreciate the characters history, setting and follow their progression as war rages on.

A Ration Book Daughter is Book 5 in the series and focuses on Cathy’s story of survival of a marriage she went into blindly and now suffering physically and emotionally the torment her husband has caused. However, as Stanley is now overseas with the war effort she has a slight respite but still suffers the malicious spite from her mother-in-law but the love of her young son, Peter, keeps her going.

Life is very busy for young mum Cathy volunteering with the WVS and looking after Peter, she’s also making time to learn a new skill to help her gain employment. All this juggling and ensuring Peter and the rest of her family are bedded down at the shelter each night.

Cathy meets Sergeant Archie McIntosh from the Bomb Disposal Unit and a friendship soon blossoms. Cathy soon realises there may be another chance of happiness for her but life is full of many complications.

With the daily uncertainty of war landscapes are shifting and lives will never be the same but there’s a spirit within people of making do and keeping calm in a crisis.

A Ration Book Daughter held me captive with it’s storyline which at times was gripping me with fear and at others I was lost with a tale of love fighting it’s way through turmoil.

Atmospheric, gripping and captivating.

Author Bio – Born and bred in East London Jean is a District Nurse by trade and has worked as a NHS manager and as a senior lecture in Health and Nursing Studies. She left her day job to become a full-time writer in 2015 and has never looked back.

In 2006 she won the Harry Bowling Prize and now has seventeen sagas published over three series with both Orion and Atlantic all of which are set in East London.

She is an experienced public speaker with hundreds of WI and women’s club talks under her belt, plus for the past fifteen years she has sailed all over the world as an enrichment speaker and writing workshop leader on cruise ships.

Social Media Links –

Website: http://jeanfullerton.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jean-Fullerton-202631736433230/?ref=bookmarks

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/JeanFullerton_

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Banana Devil Cake by Susan A. King @SusanKing63 @EyeAndLightning @rararesources #guestpost #Q&A #comedycrimecaper

Banana Devil Cake written by Susan A King, publisher Lightning Books, is available NOW in ebook format.

Banana Devil Cake

With the murder of last year’s fête judge now but a hazy memory, the village of Elmesbury has retired to its former tranquil existence. That is, until a mysterious newcomer sets in motion a series of events that will see members of the W.I. crossing wooden spoons at dawn.

In the midst of preparing for her long-awaited engagement party, redoubtable village busybody Beattie Bramshaw not only finds herself embroiled in a one-woman campaign to save the elm tree from which the village gets its name, but having to contend with an outbreak of unrest within her beloved W.I. group. Rivalry to win favour with the judge of this year’s fête has fuelled dissent within the ranks and, when two members are found dead in mysterious circumstances, suspicions run rife.

Confident the devil is not only in the cake but in the detail, Beattie determines to uncover the clues that will ultimately lead to the killer’s conviction. But can she solve the mystery before another member of the W.I. is picked off?

Banana Devil Cake is a comedy crime caper in the spirit of Agatha Raisin and one that is guaranteed to lift your spirits. Prepare yourself for a tale of tea, cake and riotous goings-on from the author of Marrow Jam.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08SWDG367

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08SWDG367

Author Bio

Susan A. King lives with her husband in a quiet suburb in Hampshire. Between them they have four grown-up sons.

The inspiration for her Beattie Bramshaw novels comes from her long experience and observation of competitors at the local Romsey Show, where she regularly aspires to win Best in Show with her floral arrangements.

Social Media Links – Twitter @SusanKing63 Insta @susan.king63

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating Banana Devil Cake (Book Two in the Beattie Bramshaw Mysteries) and also Marrow Jam (Book One in the Beattie Bramshaw Mysteries) written by Susan A King. You can find my review for both books here: Beattie Bramshaw Mysteries by Susan A. King Double Review @SusanKing63 @EyeAndLightning #bookreview #cosycrime | kraftireader (wordpress.com)

As I had previously read both books in the series I have the great pleasure of inviting the author to my blog with a Q & A spot:

Q: I loved both Marrow Jam and Banana Devil Cake where did you get the inspiration for the premise of the storyline?

Thank you, I’m so pleased you enjoyed them. The idea initially came to me when I entered a floral display at a large show held annually close to where I live. Overheard conversations and whispers between competitors caught my ear and from there my imagination took over. How far would someone go to win top prize?

Q:  Beattie’s character is very multi layered, one minute you loathe her the next you love her. Did you have this in mind when devising the characters?

Spot on! I wanted to create a character people would remember, someone quite loud and with a seemingly hard exterior but who actually has quite a soft centre.

Q:  I’ve noticed we share a love of tea, it goes perfectly with reading. What is your go to cuppa and what is Beattie’s favourite cuppa?

I drink tea from the moment I wake until well into the evening. My favourite is good old PG Tips decaf but I think Beattie would prefer to tell people she drinks something a little more exotic, perhaps a Lapsang souchong.

Q:  The books are set in the late 1990’s, why did you choose this decade?

It seemed right for the characters and the world I had created in my mind. Had the answers Beattie needed required a simple google search on her home PC or she could text friends instead of visiting them, I don’t think the village and the relationships between people would have had quite the same feel.

Q:  What’s next for Beattie?

Beattie is preparing for the wedding of the century (in Elmesbury at least) and, of course, everything is being checked and double-checked down to the minutest of detail. But when someone in the village is murdered in the lead up to her big day, she determines to uncover the identity of the culprit in super quick time. But will she?

Q:  I’d love to see the Beattie Bramshaw mysteries as a televised comedy drama, who would you like to play Beattie?

That would be a dream come true! Whoever plays her will probably have to gain a few pounds, but I’ve always thought Patricia Routledge would make an excellent Beattie.

Thank you for your questions, they really made me think (whilst enjoying a cup of tea of course).

Thank you so much Susan for joining me on my blog today. I can definitely imagine Beattie drinking Lapsang Souchong in a vintage china tea cup and I always look forward to a wedding.