Sunshine & Secrets by Daisy James blogtour book review

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Sunshine & Secrets: The Paradise Cookery School written by Daisy James, publisher Canelo is available NOW in ebook format.

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When newly heartbroken, Michelin-starred chef Millie Harper is offered a job overseeing the setup of The Paradise Cookery School she jumps at the opportunity. Leaving London and her memories of heartbreak behind she hops on a plane to the hilltop cocoa plantation in St Lucia.
But this beautiful island break might be more work than she’d expected….  With only two weeks to have the kitchen installed and with cocoa pods going missing from the plantation, she’s going to need some help. Gruff but charming estate manager Zach Baxter, is only too happy to offer his opinions. As the two clash heads can they remain focussed on the job in hand and get the cookery school finished in time?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Daisy James latest novel: Sunshine & Secrets.  Sunshine & Secrets is book one in a new three part book series by Daisy James.  This is my first introduction to the work of Daisy James; I need more time to read as there are so many lovely new authors I’ve yet to discover.  I’m so pleased I’ve now found Daisy James novels, I do love a good romantic comedy especially if it’s set in such lush locations.  I now feel like I’ve escaped the cold of the UK and have escaped to the beauty of St Lucia.  Daisy James made me feel welcome in this sublime sunny location with it’s stunning vista, aromatic fauna, vegetation and spices.  The laid back lifestyle sounded quite idyllic.

Heartbroken Millie Harper felt like this job opportunity to oversee the setting up of The Paradise Cookery School in St Lucia was just the tonic she needed to help her reassess her life.  As a Michelin-starred chef she was well equipped with knowledge of professional kitchens and was keen to learn more about Caribbean cuisine and also of the cocoa plantation which surrounded the villa she was to work at.  Millie had a two week timescale to adhere to but as in all building projects the journey to perfection is met with stumbles along the way.

This was such a delightful read.  I loved Millie’s character she’d started to rebuild her life following heartache and her love of food was certainly giving her the much needed boost she needed. The locals from in and around the villa in St Lucia were a varied bunch in personalities but you could feel the love for the glorious natural beauty of the area, the laid-back lifestyle but also the community spirit in helping each other succeed in life and love.  However, the sunshine and happy music of St Lucia hid some dark secrets.  This was a wonderful start to a great new feel-good series however, you’ll find it hard to read without salivating over the delicious descriptions of the foodie delights Millie and her friends make.

To learn more about Daisy James and her work please visit the following pages:

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

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

 

 

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The Summer of Secrets by Tilly Tennant blogtour book review

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The Summer of Secrets written by Tilly Tennant, publisher Bookouture, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Harper Woods wakes up every morning on Silver Hill Farm feeling like the luckiest woman in the world. She’s engaged to the tall, dark dreamy Shay and just downstairs are the gorgeous tea rooms she’s always dreamed of owning.

But Harper is about to discover something that will change her luck forever. For better or worse? She has no idea. Not until an expert can identify whether the stunning collection of jewellery she found hidden in the farm’s foundations is priceless, or more trouble than it’s worth…

As news of the discovery spreads through the Silver Hill, it seems everyone has a secret history making them the rightful owner. In particular, Will Frampton, stubborn and irritatingly handsome Lord of Silver Hill House, the crumbling stately home the other side of the hill. Too busy trying to untangle the truth, Harper doesn’t notice Shay getting rather close to his ex from the village.

Harper thought she had everything she ever wanted. If she solves the mystery of her sparkling prize, can she hold onto her dream, or will she lose it all, and be left broken-hearted?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Tilly Tennant’s latest novel: The Summer of Secrets.

I adored this wonderful heart-warming story that captured my soul and left me glued to my ereader and I didn’t want the story to end.  Alas, I’m now bereft and missing my dose of feel-good from Harper and her friends at Silver Hill Farm.

I’ve always loved the idea of living on a farm and also having my own tearoom so this new novel by Tilly Tennant was a must read for me.  Harper Woods, the main character, has now been established at her little oasis of calm amongst the natural beautiful landscape in and around Silver Hill Farm with it’s small animal petting zoo and tearoom for a year now.  After escaping an unpleasant relationship back in Weymouth Harper and her best friend Pip moved to Cerne Hay to start anew and now feel accepted in the village. This new venture has given Harper back her confidence and she is starting to enjoy life again.

Unearthing an embossed box in the grounds of the farm which looks to hold some antique jewellery Harper’s life is about to get a lot more interesting and bringing her unwanted attention from the press and treasure hunters.  With the help of a historian working at the local museum a quest is started to find the original owners of the find.  Finding proof of the original owners is proving to be more difficult than first expected.  I loved this side of the story investigated the past of long lost treasure, it was fascinating and made a great diversion in the storyline.  Will the chance of fortune alter the course of Harper’s future?

As so often in village life any relationship entanglements are scrutinised and gossiped about and indiscretions in the past often find a way of being misinterpreted.  Will these secrets from the past stay hidden?

A gorgeous story with a wonderful feel-good warmth emanating from the storyline.  After our recent late onslaught of winter weather The Summer of Secrets has been a vital boost to the soul, thank you Tilly Tennant for bringing some much needed sunshine.

To learn more about Tilly Tennant please visit the following pages:

Website:  https://tillytennant.com/

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

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

The Perfectly Imperfect Woman by Milly Johnson book review

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The Perfectly Imperfect Woman written by Milly Johnson, publisher Simon & Schuster UK is available NOW in ebook, hardcover and audiobook format.

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Marnie Salt has made so many mistakes in her life that she fears she will never get on the right track. But when she ‘meets’ an old lady on a baking chatroom and begins confiding in her, little does she know how her life will change.

Arranging to see each other for lunch, Marnie finds discovers that Lilian is every bit as mad and delightful as she’d hoped – and that she owns a whole village in the Yorkshire Dales, which has been passed down through generations. And when Marnie needs a refuge after a crisis, she ups sticks and heads for Wychwell – a temporary measure, so she thinks.

But soon Marnie finds that Wychwell has claimed her as its own and she is duty bound not to leave. Even if what she has to do makes her as unpopular as a force 12 gale in a confetti factory! But everyone has imperfections, as Marnie comes to realise, and that is not such a bad thing – after all, your flaws are perfect for the heart that is meant to love you.

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This latest novel by Milly Johnson was perfectly perfect!

Once again Yorkshire lass Milly Johnson has injected her warmth, humour and charm into the words spelled out across the pages.  Whether you are a fellow Yorkshire lass or lover of a story that injects so much of the cultural charm of the locality in a story you can fully appreciate the author’s love of her county.  Recognising locations brings a feeling of home and also helps the story come to life.

Marnie Salt has always felt different all her life, from an early age the feeling of her love not being reciprocated has stayed with her from childhood to her adult life, with a string of failed relationships behind her.  When the office heartthrob pays her some attention she feels her luck in love is about to change.

Marnie loves baking, especially cheesecakes from memories she shared as a child with a dear old lady. When Marnie gets chatting to a fellow cheesecake fan on a website forum she builds up a budding friendship with Lillian.  Little does she realise that this new friendship is the start of something new to happen in her life.

Milly Johnson has filled this heartwarming tale with a touch of mystery with hints of myths and legends from centuries ago that left a curse on a small village in the Yorkshire Dales.  I could feel the sparkles of magic amongst the delightful charm of the storyline.  The characters were easily recognisable and written with such warmth and you soon wanted to champion Marnie and all that was dealt her way.  The storyline had many twists and turns and was very poignant and emotive at times but there was a wonderful warm undercurrent of inspiration, fun, love and community spirit.  I was romantised by the charm of this quaint Yorkshire village and I fell in love with The Perfectly Imperfect Woman.

To learn more about the author Milly Johnson please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://millyjohnson.co.uk/

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

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

Prosecco and Promises by A. L. Michael blogtour book review

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Prosecco and Promises (Martini Club book 2) written by A. L. Michael, publisher Canelo, is available NOW in ebook format.

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Mia’s dad has always been her idol. Now, she faces losing him and he is insisting that she leave England to visit her mother’s family on the Italian island of Ischia.
Arriving on the island, Mia is embraced by the warm, crazy relatives she hardly knows. Despite her doubts about the trip, it is in Italy that Mia discovers connections to a part of her life that’s been missing, and during the sun-soaked days and steamy nights Mia falls for handsome local Salvatore. But as the day of her departure draws nearer can she risk having her heart broken twice in one summer?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour promoting and celebrating the launch of Prosecco and Promises, book two in the Martini Club series by A. L. Michael.  I haven’t yet had the chance to read book one in the Martini Club series but I honestly felt that Prosecco and Promises could easily be read as a standalone.  However, after learning about the characters and their friendships around the Martini Club I’m hoping to read Cocktails and Dreams (book one) soon.

From the highly emotive first chapter that draws you in to Mia’s life and sets up this beautiful heartrending story I was captivated.  You can physically feel the pain that Mia is feeling with accepting her father’s wishes to visit Ischia in Italy where her late mother was born and her Italian family live.  That moment when Mia closes her father’s front door knowing that the next time she opens it will be when her life as she knows it now would have changed considerably and an emptiness will be felt.  Mia’s father expressed his wishes for her to experience the beautiful village her mother was born in and he wanted Mia to get to know her long lost family.  Mia hasn’t been to Italy since her mother passed away many years ago and it still holds many sad memories for her.

Going to stay with family that Mia hasn’t seen for a long time was very daunting for her but the Italian love of families and their generous spirit was evident when Mia entered her aunt’s home.  Trying to put the emotion of why she was in Italy behind her Mia was hoping for distractions and she got this from a very grouchy but rather handsome Italian man who was the grandson to the local antique shop owner.

This antique shop brought back a fond memory to Mia, a memory that at the time had brought a glimmer of brightness to a very sad, dark time.  Mia’s interest and her university degree was in archaeology and she was fascinated with the history surrounding many of the objects in the antique shop that held many stories from long ago to the historical Mediterranean area.

Although there is sadness in this story there is a real sense of inspiration, warmth and feel-good factor enveloping you.  During Mia’s time of exploring Italy and getting to know her family and making new friends Mia starts to feel like she is making positive memories and a sense of home.

A beautiful, poignant and gorgeously romantic read.

To learn more about the author A. L. Michael please visit the following pages:

Website:  https://almichael.com/

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

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/A.L.Michael.writer

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A Week to be Wild written by JC Harroway blogtour book review

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A Week To Be Wild written by JC Harroway, publisher Mills & Boon DARE, is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audio book format.

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A daring game of temptation

She’ll play his game—but only by her rules!

Alex Lancaster is an adrenaline junkie. He’s also a sexy British billionaire who should come with his own warning signs. When Libby insists she is done with men who live on the edge, Alex coaxes her out of her comfort zone—professionally and very, very personally. Libby’s taking a high-stakes gamble, but the pay-off could win her everything…

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating the launch of A Week To Be Wild. Mills & Boon have had a makeover. 2018 sees the launch of a new sexy, passionate, bold, exciting series called DARE. A Week To Be Wild is our first dip into this gloriously, tantalising new series.

A Week To Be Wild is fast and furious and utterly sublime.

NYC based Libby Noble has been invited to the London Business School to give a presentation. As head of her own marketing business she is accustomed to giving speeches but those of a smaller scale.  Libby is also use to working with many busienssmen however, one particular man who hugs his designer suit to perfection and oozes sex appeal and charisma is self-made billionaire Alex Lancaster.  Alex Lancaster watched Libby’s presentation with a keen interest.  What Libby doesn’t know is that Alex Lancaster has a personal proposal for her.

Libby Nolan has a vulnerability about her.  Four years ago her life was completely shattered and since then she has built a brick wall around her heart and refuses to budge on letting her guard down.

Alex Lancaster, with all his bravado is hiding a heartache also.  Throwing himself into his business and now setting up a charity organisation that is very close to his heart.  Alex wanted, no he needed, Libby’s marketing expertise. But he also needed more from her. He wanted her to give up one week of her life for him. For him to show her his hopes for the charity and more.

This story was dripping with sex appeal.  However, you are kept captivated by the storyline surrounding this sizzling romance.  A romance that has the potential to explode with the unprecedented chemistry Libby and Alex share.

I also loved the style of this paperback it was a more streamlined size novel so is the perfect size to pop in your handbag for a quick indulgent romantic fix.

Giveaway: The publishers kindly sent me a second copy of this novel.  To be entered in the giveaway please comment below by stating one of your favourite fictional romances.

To learn more about the author JC Harroway please do visit the following pages:

Website:  https://jcharroway.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/jcharroway

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

To learn more about Mills & Boon please visit their website at:

https://www.millsandboon.co.uk/

 

Dreaming of Florence by T. A. Williams blogtour book review

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Dreaming of Florence written by T. A. Williams, publisher Canelo, is available NOW in ebook format.

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Fresh pasta, red wine, fine art… and love? Find enchantment this year in the magical city of Florence

When Debbie Waterson’s bicycle crashes into handsome doctor Pierluigi, she wonders if her luck has changed. Determinedly single after ending a long relationship, at last, a man worth bumping into!

Inspired to visit Florence, she soon runs headlong into that old foe: reality. But is Pierluigi the man of her dreams? Then there’s her booze obsessed boss, his forbidding secretary and her noisy inconsiderate neighbours. But could her luck be about to change? Will she find love after all?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of T. A. Williams latest novel:  Dreaming of Florence.

There is a recognised quote “Reading is dreaming with open eyes” and the author T. A. Williams has a unique skill of instantly transporting the reader to the locations of his novels.  You can fully appreciate the research he has undertaken as the knowledge of the areas he writes about with it’s beauty, heritage and history is spelled out across the pages.  After reading this new novel by T. A. Williams I too am dreaming of Florence …

Debbie Waterson is an English teacher currently based in Cambridge teaching her native language to foreign students.  Following the break up of a relationship Debbie’s work is her life but when she accidentally bumps into a handsome Italian Dr her childhood dreams of the Italian city of Florence start to feel like a possible reality.

Debbie’s current job is in jeapordy and she is forced to look elsewhere for employment and when an opportunity arises to teach in Florence she excitedly grabs the chance to fulfil her dreams and maybe also to see more of the dishy Dr Pierluigi.

The city of her dreams is all that she has envisioned and her heart is filling with the love of it’s culture and heritage.  However, her blossoming romance with Pierluigi is set for doom.  Brushing down the let down of her new love Debbie ploughs herself into her new job and making new acquaintances.  Life is turning out pretty well for Debbie until one eventful night that brings her in the hands of danger.  Can her city of dreams heal her heart and mind and bring her all that she desires?

I really enjoyed Dreaming of Florence, the author takes you on a wonderful picturesque journey with Debbie discovering a new city and friends.  However, when the storyline takes on a darker side the author treads very carefully and deals with a serious issue with a touch of grace.  A heartwarming tale of new beginnings in life and love.

To learn more about T. A. Williams and his work please do visit the following pages:

Website:  https://tawilliamsbooks.com/

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

 

Christmas at Woolworths by Elaine Everest book review

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Christmas at Woolworths written by Elaine Everest, publisher Pan, is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audiobook format.

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Best friends Sarah, Maisie and Freda are brought together by their jobs at Woolworths. With their loved ones away on the front line, their bonds of friendship strengthen each day. Betty Billington is the manager at Woolworths, and a rock for the girls, having given up on love . . . Until a mysterious stranger turns up one day – could he reignite a spark in Betty?

As the year draws to a close, and Christmas approaches, the girls must rely on each other to navigate the dark days that lie ahead . . .

With so much change, can their friendship survive the war?

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Christmas at Woolworths is the sequel to Elaine Everest’s bestselling debut novel The Woolworths Girls.  I do have a confession to make, The Woolworths Girls is still waiting for me to read on my kindle.  I purchased The Woolworths Girls after reading and enjoying The Butlins Girls but when I saw this new novel out by Elaine Everest I couldn’t wait and dived straight in.  This new book by Elaine Everest can easily be read as a standalone but to fully appreciate the history surrounding all the characters I would wholeheartedly recommend reading all Elaine Everest’s nostalgic family sagas in order.

Christmas is a time when we reflect and relish nostalgia.  Elaine Everest’s Christmas at Woolworths is the perfect read for a cosy nostalgic hug of a book.

I was transported to South East London to 1942 when a war was still evident with many husbands, sons, fathers, brothers and friends were away from home risking their lives for King and country.  When women were left to step-up and fit in to many a man’s role and to do their bit for the war.

We once again visit the residents of Erith and especially to Freda, Sarah, Maisie and Betty who work at the Woolworths store.  As I mentioned previously I hadn’t read The Woolworths Girls but due to the warmth the author had created in her characters and setting I was soon engaged and enveloped in this wonderful family saga.

We follow predominantly the girls from the store over a 9 month period which was full of highs and lows leading up to Christmas, when just for a few minutes all appears at peace and harmony with the world.

A truly wonderful family saga dealing with all generations of a family and their friends coping with life still going on during a time of unrest and uncertainty.  A story filled with warmth and charm treating your mind to a whole host of nostalgic images that belonged in a world long ago but not forgotten.  I loved it and could carry on reading stories set in this time as fiction can bring history to life.

To learn more about Elaine Everest and her work please do visit the following pages:

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