A Village Affair by Julie Houston book review

 

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A Village Affair written by Julie Houston, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2FWGjYb

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Cassie Beresford has recently landed her dream job as deputy head at her local, idyllic village primary school, Little Acorns. So, the last thing she needs is her husband of twenty years being ‘outed’ at a village charity auction – he has been having an affair with one of her closest friends. As if that weren’t enough to cope with, Cassie suddenly finds herself catapulted into the head teacher position, and at the forefront of a fight to ward off developers determined to concrete over the beautiful landscape. But through it all, the irresistible joy of her pupils, the reality of keeping her teenage children on the straight and narrow, her irrepressible family and friends, and the possibility of new love, mean what could have been the worst year ever, actually might be the best yet…

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I was recently on the blogtour for this fabulous, fun read and you can catch up with my post here  to read an extract from the novel.  I’m now delighted to share my review.

I thoroughly enjoyed this rom-com from author Julie Houston.  Julie Houston has a wonderful warm, witty way with words and I laughed out loud to many of the great scenes in this novel.  A story full of characters with zest, spirit, warm-hearted, fun and very relatable.

From the first chapter that reveals a secret that explodes through many people’s lives you are left with a melodrama and are hooked with wanting to know what happens next.  The author gives you insights into a life before, Cassie’s own mothers life specifically, to when Paula was having her own dramas of the heart.

Cassie is now having to deal with the repercussions of this secret and all on top of her starting her new job as Deputy Head at the local primary school.  However, another announcement was to startle Cassie and her life from hereon was going to be a chaotic juggling act.  An act that would have her go on an emotional journey.

I loved this story from Julie Houston.  It was fun, entertaining, feisty and had a lovely community spirit woven within the pages.  A story of accepting life’s hurdles but embracing new beginnings.

A Village Affair is Julie Houston’s fourth full-length novel.  Julie Houston has also written a festive novella, you can find my review here.

About the Author

Julie Houston is the author of The One Saving Grace, Goodness, Grace and Me and Looking for Lucy, a Kindle top 100 general bestseller and a Kindle Number1 bestseller. She is married, with the two teenage children and a made cockerpoo and, like her heroine, lives in a West Yorkshire village. She is also a teacher and a magistrate.

Social Media links:
Twitter handle: @juliehouston2
Facebook: @JulieHoustonauthor
Website: http://www.juliehouston.co.uk

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Callie’s Christmas Wish by Jessica Redland blogtour book review

 

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Callie’s Christmas Wish written by Jessica Redland, publisher Little Bear Books, is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Christmas is approaching and love is in the air at Bay View Care Home. Supervising carer, Callie Derbyshire, is blissfully happy with new boyfriend, Rhys. The tree’s up, the lights are twinkling, and, with the Christmas Eve wedding of one of the residents, Iris, to look forward to, everything is perfect.

Well, almost.

Rhys’s ex has him at her beck and call, yet refuses to let Callie meet their baby daughter. Callie’s ex is intent on stirring up trouble. And Callie’s favourite resident, Rhys’s nanna, Ruby, hasn’t been her usual self since Iris announced her engagement.

Convinced that Ruby’s lonely, especially after discovering the truth about her lost love, Callie’s determined to give Ruby’s romantic story the happy ending it deserves. Ruby might be adamant that the past should be left in the past. But, when it comes to true love, surely a little well-meaning meddling and a Christmas wish or two can’t do any harm. After all, it’s never to late to let love in again. Or is it?

A heartwarming Christmas story of finding new love, and the courage to revisit a love that was lost long ago.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the sequel to the highly rated romcom Raving About Rhys: Callie’s Christmas Wish.

Raving About Rhys was a novella the author Jessica Redland wrote back in 2015 (2nd edition published 2017) and readers and the author herself fell in love with the characters, especially Ruby one of the dear residents of Bay View Care Home, we all were eager to know more about these well-loved characters we’d learned about.  I highly recommend you read Raving about Rhys prior to reading Callie’s Christmas Wish to fully appreciate and enjoy the characters and storyline.  You can find my review for Raving About Rhys here.

It was such a welcomed return to Callie and Bay View Care Home.  I don’t want to reveal too much about the back-story to Callie’s Christmas Wish as there will be some new readers who haven’t had the chance to read any of Jessica Redland’s novels yet.  All I can say is that once again Jessica Redland’s writing style is full of warmth and humour and Yorkshire charm oozes from the pages.  I love the interaction between the staff of the care home and the residents, at times it felt like there was no age gap and it was so lovely to read and enjoy the banter between them.  I particularly enjoyed learning about the history surrounding a lost love it was heartbreakingly tragic and romantic.  Lots of emotions are riding high with the onset of the Christmas celebrations at the care home and also relationship woes are high on Callie’s agenda.

A gorgeous festive read that was heart-warming, entertaining and beautifully romantic.

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!
Her passion for North Yorkshire is shared by fellow-writer and great friend, Sharon Booth and, together, they are the Yorkshire Rose Writers.
Jessica tries to balance her time — often unsuccessfully — between being an HR tutor, trying to re-learn how to play the piano, studying towards a Masters in Creative Writing, and writing itself. Who needs sleep?

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

A Village Affair by Julie Houston blogtour extract

 

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A Village Affair written by Julie Houston, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy links:

Kobo: https://bit.ly/2MF22BW
iBooks: https://apple.co/2PEjcCb
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2MFTI4T
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2yFfGjA

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Cassie Beresford has recently landed her dream job as deputy head teacher at her local, idyllic village primary school, Little Acorns. So, the last thing she needs is her husband of twenty years being ‘outed’ at a village charity auction – he has been having an affair with one of her closest friends.

As if it weren’t enough to cope with, Cassie suddenly finds herself catapulted into the head teacher position, and at the front of a fight to ward off developers determined to concrete over the beautiful landscape.

But through it all, the irresistible joy of her pupils, the reality of keeping her teenage children on the straight and narrow, her irrepressible family and friends, and the possibility of new love, mean what could have been the worst year ever, actually might be the best yet…

 

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Julie Houston’s novel: A Village Affair.

I am currently reading this novel by Julie Houston and I’m already loving it, it has quite an exploding first chapter that makes you eager to find out what happens next.  I’ll be sharing my review of the novel soon on my blog but today I’d like to share an extract from the novel:

She’s Right Off My Christmas Card List…
At 1 a.m. on the Monday morning – the morning when I was apparently supposed to breeze into Little Acorns and take over at the helm, steering both staff and pupils in the direction demanded by the local authority, the governors and, more pertinently, bloody Ofsted, my husband slunk back home. I say ‘slunk’ but to be honest I didn’t have a clue as to the speed or mode of his arrival, being dead to the world as a result of a couple of Fiona’s little helpers.
Totally shattered from lack of sleep and the shock, as well as the bombshell of my sudden promotion, I was in a pretty catatonic state by the time Fiona and Clare left, late in the afternoon, to sort out their weeks ahead.
Clare, who was in the process of expanding her rather successful stag do business, Last Stagger, to incorporate hen dos, had been given a lift by Fiona to get her own car and laptop and, on her return, set herself up at my breakfast bar dealing with emails and the many enquiries for new business. Fiona, who believed any problem could be solved through food, and lots of it, found my pinny, ingredients in the fridge and freezer and set to rustling up a meal in order to have some semblance of normality for the kids. At least when Freya and Tom finally got around to realising this particular Sunday was shaping up to be rather different from the usual Sunday in the Beresford household, I had the excuse of being in shock and terror at suddenly finding myself head teacher instead of deputy. Having said that, while there might be a shepherd’s pie in the oven, I still didn’t know how I was going to explain Mark’s absence.
Before Fiona left to feed her own brood, she’d nipped down to Sainsbury’s, returning with an enormous chocolate cake, concealer and a pack of Nytol.
‘The cake’s for pud to stop your two talking,’ she announced drily. ‘If their mouths are full, they can’t be asking too many questions. You’ll need the concealer to cover up those red eyes in the morning and the Nytol…’
‘I’m not taking sleeping tablets,’ I protested. ‘I don’t believe in them…’
‘They’re just antihistamine,’ Fiona said calmly. ‘Far better that you actually get some sleep to face tomorrow than have another night like last night. You probably won’t need them, you’ll be so exhausted. I usually drop a couple when Matthew is snoring horrendously and doesn’t respond to my clapping.’
‘Clapping?’ Clare looked up from her laptop, bemused. ‘You applaud him for bloody snoring. God, I’d be kicking him, not encouraging him. Clapping?’
Fiona laughed. ‘Honestly, it works. Try it next time one of your men happens to be a snorer. You just gently clap two or three times and they turn over and sleep without another sound. It doesn’t always work.’ Fiona started giggling. ‘The other night I was so fed up with him I clapped really angrily – staccato – in his left ear, and he shot out of bed shouting, “What is it, what is it, wassamatter…?” fell over his bloody great size-fifteen boots – that I’m always telling him to shift from the bedroom – and landed in a naked heap on the carpet.’ Fiona carried on chortling. ‘Great entertainment,’ she added.
‘I think you need to get out more,’ Clare said. ‘Why don’t you go into the spare room when the snorer from hell kicks off?’
‘Haven’t got one any more. Now that the girls are horrible adolescents and can’t stand sharing a bedroom – or each other, come to that – Bea has purloined the spare room for herself. Moved all her stuff in there a couple of months ago and refuses to move.’
‘I’d smack her bottom,’ Clare said.
‘Not when she’s almost six foot and her hockey stick’s a constant accessory, you wouldn’t,’ Fiona said mildly. ‘Anyway, enough of my lot. How are you feeling now, Cassie?’
‘Like I’m in a dream,’ I shrugged. ‘Totally not with it. Even if Mark hadn’t done what he’d done, if he was here now with me instead of you two, I’d still be in a state about tomorrow.’
‘But why?’ Clare looked up again. ‘I thought you wanted to be in charge?’
I took a deep breath, trying to calm myself as terrifying thoughts of the next day replaced incredulous thoughts of Mark’s recalcitrant behaviour. ‘I know you two – particularly you, Clare, not having any kids in the system – don’t know much about what’s going on in education at the moment, but being a deputy head in a primary school is totally different from being the head. I have a class of my own to teach, albeit on a slightly, and I emphasise the word slightly, reduced timetable. I’m given two afternoons off to perform my deputy’s role.’
‘Sounds much better now then,’ Clare said, draining her cup of coffee. ‘As head, you won’t have a class to teach and you can shut yourself away in your office and swivel round on your chair, pressing those red and green lights that say, “Come In” or “Bugger Off”.’
I actually laughed at that. ‘You don’t know the half. I’m still going to have to deal with my new class tomorrow; someone will have to teach them and I can’t see David Henderson having sorted out any supply.’
‘David Henderson.’ Fiona whistled. ‘I’m still amazed that the man they call “the Richard Branson of the North” is actually your Chair of Governors. What’s he like? Rather attractive, isn’t he?’
‘Rather?’ Clare snorted. ‘Very, you mean. He’s gorgeous…’
‘With a very attractive wife,’ I smiled.
‘Since when’s that stopped Clare?’ Fiona sniffed, giving me an anxious look. ‘Look, Cassie, you can’t do everything. You can’t be expected to teach a class of thirty ten-year-olds and be deputy head and now head as well. What did David Henderson say? What’s likely to happen?’
‘Well, in cases like this, where the head is suddenly no more, if the deputy has been in situ for years then they will be acting head and another member of staff will be acting deputy until the post of head is advertised and filled. In my case, where I’m brand new, a new acting head is usually brought in from the authority. You know, someone who’s been a deputy for years in their own school and is actively looking for a headship. They’ll ship them in to take over temporarily.’
Clare looked disappointed. ‘Oh, so you’re not going to be head after all? Well, that’s all your problems halved in one fell swoop. You just need to sort Mark out and you’ll be back to square one, job done.’
‘Clare!’ Fiona frowned as she saw my face. ‘I don’t think it’s quite as simple as that. You get back to sorting your rampant stags and don’t be so damned flippant.’
I smiled at Fiona but realised my stomach was churning and I wanted to throw up. ‘I’m sure they will bring someone in to take over as head but, according to David Henderson, it won’t be tomorrow. He said he’d be on hand in the morning to help me. Shit,’ I said, suddenly realising. ‘I’m going to have to do a new-term, new-year, new-beginning assembly and I’ll have to explain to the children that Mrs Theobold is dead. Or do I say she’s with Jesus? No, I can’t; what about the Muslim children? OK, Mrs Theobold is with Jesus or Mohammed – take your pick, kids.’
‘Calm down,’ Clare said as she realised panic was mounting in every fibre of my being once more. ‘Sit yourself down, pen and paper in front of you, and we’ll help you compose your very first assembly as head. How hard can it be?’

About the Author

Julie Houston author picJulie Houston is the author of The One Saving Grace, Goodness, Grace and Me and Looking for Lucy, a Kindle top 100 general bestseller and a Kindle Number1 bestseller. She is married, with the two teenage children and a made cockerpoo and, like her heroine, livs in a West Yorkshire village. She is also a teacher and a magistrate.

Follow Julie
Twitter handle: @juliehouston2
Facebook: @JulieHoustonauthor
Website: http://www.juliehouston.co.uk

Practising for Christmas by Rachael Richey book review

 

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Practising for Christmas written by Rachael Richey, publisher The Wild Rose Press Inc, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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A remote coastal cottage; a group of old friends; the Christmas holidays. It’s just the break Olivia needs to help her relax and forget her worries. What could be more perfect? But that was before she found a handsome unconscious stranger on the beach. Add in a case of mistaken identity, a lot of kissing practice, and an inquisitive best friend, and things begin to get more than a little complicated.

The large bump on Adam’s head hurts, but he refuses to go to the hospital—or back home—and eventually accepts Olivia’s offer of hospitality. When her friends arrive the following morning, a chance remark catapults them both into a bizarre and amusing situation that promises to make it a Christmas to remember.

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Happy Publication Day to Rachael Richey; Practising for Christmas is the author’s sixth book and is a standalone seasonal story.

This was an adorable, sexy, fun read that I devoured.  It felt like an up-to-date Cinderella-esque story and it was filled with some very dreamy and desirable moments.

Spending Christmas at a remote cottage in the southwest with your boyfriend and close friends was all Olivia had been looking forward to.  But when you’ve recently split from your boyfriend days before Christmas the prospect of being the only single person in the cottage is not so welcoming.  However, finding an unconscious attractive man on the beach may just give Olivia some breathing time from her relationship woes.

Adam too is suffering from relationship misery so escaping to the coast was the perfect space for him until he slipped on rocks, banging his head and being woken and cared for by a lovely young woman.  Olivia had kindly offered for Adam to rest at the cottage but in the end Adam stayed for the whole Christmas break bringing more than a little chaos, confusion and a great deal of chemistry to the festivities.

Practising for Christmas is another gorgeous contemporary romance from Rachael Richey that felt like a delicious indulgence.  A sexy fairytale-esque romance to brighten up any winter’s day.

About the Author

Rachael Richey lives in Cornwall with her husband and children. She writes Women’s Fiction, and Storm Rising is the first book in the NightHawk Series. She has been writing since she was a child, starting with stories about her teddy bears and dolls.

She lived in the Hebrides for nearly fourteen years, having originally gone there to work for the summer season. She met and married her husband David whilst there, and had two children, before moving to Cornwall at the end of 2000.

There are currently four titles in the NightHawk Series; Storm Rising, published in February 2015; Rhythm of Deceit, July 2015, Cobwebs in the Dark, February 2016, and The Girl in the Painting, July 2016.

Breaking All The Rules, a standalone romantic comedy, was released on 5th May, 2017, and Practising for Christmas, a seasonal romcom is due for publication on 12th November, 2018.

Website:  https://rachaelricheybooks.weebly.com/

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

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

A Christmas Date by Camilla Isley blogtour book review

 

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A Christmas Date written by Camilla Isley, publisher Pink Bloom Press, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy links:

The ebook is available for amazon kindle, kobo, apple iBooks, Nook and Google Play.  The paperback is available from amazon.

Amazon US   https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GBXB5PK
Amazon UK   https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07GBXB5PK

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No one wants to be single at the holidays.
Even Little Miss Grinch, Nikki, a successful and independent woman, must face her bachelorette status at the most horrible time of the year.
December is her personal version of holly-jolly hell: a merry torture made of couples kissing at every corner, forced vacation days, and an inescapable family reunion.
And when her baby sister announces she’s engaged—to Paul, the man Nikki is secretly in love with—and that he’s spending the holidays with them, Christmas starts looking bluer than ever.
Nikki can’t possibly survive an entire week trapped home as the family’s spinster. But she has no time to meet men or to try the newest dating app, she’s too busy working as a video producer for an advertising agency.
So what’s a girl to do?
Nikki has the perfect solution: to hire a fake boyfriend.
Luckily, her job gives her access to an endless catalog of gorgeous actors to choose from.
But Nikki will soon discover that keeping business and pleasure from mixing isn’t so easy, and that she might not be immune to a little mistletoe magic. Especially not when she picked out the perfect man as her Christmas date…
A fun, festive romantic comedy with lots of bad behavior and Christmas spirit. Like a creamy hot chocolate with marshmallows, you won’t want to put this deliciously hilarious novel down. Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Sally Thorne, and Jo Watson.
First Comes Love is a series of interconnected romantic novels. However, each book in the series can be read as a standalone.

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So what do you do when your annoying younger sister announces she’s got engaged to the guy you’ve been secretly in love with for years?  Well simply you hire a fake boyfriend!  A boyfriend you can invite back home to your parents at Christmas to quieten down the regular comments of “are you still single Nikki?” from well meaning relatives.

Nikki is highly successful in her professional life but her love life hasn’t had much look mainly because she’s been harbouring feelings for her good friend Paul for such a long time.  Paul that has asked your younger sister to marry him.  Nikki feels like she cannot spend another Christmas at home with the same old questions and she can’t cope with the love fest from her sister.  So, working at an Advertising Agency gives Nikki the ideal opportunity to browse the actor books to find a perfect boyfriend.  Maybe someone to make her sister jealous or even Paul?

Nikki finds the ideal candidate; a dark, smouldering half Italian/Irish struggling actor, Diego.  Diego sounded like he was fit for the job on paper so finger’s crossed for Nikki that he plays the part.

Travelling home for Christmas with someone you’ve only known for a matter of days was the start of a whole new adventure for Nikki.  An adventure that would open her eyes and make her reassess her relationship with many.

I absolutely adored A Christmas Date.  A Christmas Date is book three in the First Comes Love series and can easily be read as a standalone.  The author Camilla Isley treats her readers to a fun, exquisitely romantic story but also a story that’s filled with festive warmth and nostalgia.  Diego is a dreamboat of a book boyfriend and Camilla Isley’s festive story will have you purring 😉 over the pages.

Gorgeous, addictive, fun and festive.

About the Author

Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband on an adventure abroad.  She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading—duh!—cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies—popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.

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The Christmas Wish by Tilly Tennant blogtour book review

 

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The Christmas Wish written by Tilly Tennant, publisher Bookouture, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2z0tFR2

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Christmas is coming but it doesn’t feel that way for Esme. Jilted by her cheating fiancée Warren and mourning the death of her beloved grandmother she’s determined not to let life beat her and books a trip to Lapland, on a holiday that her grandmother had always dreamed of taking.

Beneath the indigo skies of Lapland, love is the last thing on Esme’s mind but she can’t ignore a spark with Zach, a broodingly handsome actor, also nursing a broken heart. But when Esme is bombarded by messages from Warren promising he’s changed and she discovers that Zach is hiding something-will her head be turned? And when a trip to the northern lights reveals the full extent Zach’s own secret past is there any hope that Esme will get the happy ending that her grandmother wished for her?

A Christmas Wish - Blog TourI 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 Tilly Tennant’s latest novel: The Christmas Wish.

I really enjoyed this latest festive read from Tilly Tennant it was uplifting, joyous but full of life’s hurdles taking you on an emotional journey.

Tilly Tennant for the last few years has been treating her readers to wonderful, heart-warming stories that are set in idyllic locations.  The Christmas Wish takes the reader on location to the rugged beauty of the Peak District and then to a spell-bounding village in Lapland.

After a disastrous relationship back in London were Esme had been living and working she decides to pack her bags and move in with her Gran in a quaint village in the Peak District.  Esme was feeling pretty low as all her self-esteem had been quashed by her ex-boyfriend.  With the help of her Gran, her homely cooking and the bright, fresh air from the hills Esme starts to regain her confidence.

Sadly when tragedy strikes and Esme loses the support she thrived on Esme starts to think of her previous life back in the city and wonders whether she’s made a big mistake.

Esme’s Gran left her with a wonderful present, a trip that they had both talked about, a trip of a lifetime to Lapland.  In honour of her Gran’s wish Esme embarks on the trip and meets up with fellow solo travellers and an unlikely bond is soon formed.  A quartet of solo travellers from all walks of life and ages have one thing in common, a desire to see the Northern Lights in Lapland.  Can this trip to a remarkable location help Esme with decisions about her life?  Will these strangers be the listening wise ears that she now misses?

I loved getting to know the other solo travellers with Esme.  They all sounded interesting and the banter that soon emerged between Hortense and Brian was comical and also endearing.  Zach the other solo traveller was a character that you could sense he shared a common vulnerability with Esme but he was so guarded with his emotions you couldn’t predict the atmosphere.

This was a gorgeous festive read that was life-affirming, uplifting and takes you on a scenic and emotional journey.

About the Author

tilly tennantTilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing. She wrote a novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. In 2016 she signed to the hugely successful Bookouture and is currently working on her next Tilly Tennant novel. She also writes as Sharon Sant, where she explores the darker side of life, and Poppy Galbraith, where things get a little crazier.

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FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/TillyTennant/
TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/TillyTenWriter
WEBSITE: http://www.tillytennant.com

 

 

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.

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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.

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