A Vintage Year by Rosie Howard #PublicationDayPromo #RosieHoward @AllisonandBusby @SarahWaights #Havenbury

 

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A Vintage Year (Havenbury Book Two) written by Rosie Howard, publisher Allison & Busby, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover, audiobook and audio CD format.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2Ip2Qy9

Book Blurb

It started with ‘happily ever after’, yet just three years after Bella’s fairy-tale wedding to irrepressible Charlie Wellbeloved, her best friend, Maddy, is expecting a baby, while Bella’s own weight gain is purely from comfort eating. Only her little Labrador, Dolly, can boost her spirits as she gloomily surveys her failing marriage and fledgling interior design business.
Dovecot Farm is just a rainstorm away from ruin, but Charlie is hoping against hope his family vineyard will produce a vintage year, saving his business, his childhood home and – most of all – his marriage…
When handsome Rufus appears in the tight-knit Havenbury community, he quickly charms Bella and makes himself indispensable to Charlie. But is he really too good to be true…

I’d like to wish the author Rosie Howard, a Happy Publication Day for the second book in the Havenbury series: A Vintage Year.  

I’m hoping to start my reading journey to Havenbury and be welcomed into it’s community very soon.  Book One in the series; The Homecoming is available to purchase at the link here: https://amzn.to/2TXy00L.

I look forward to sharing my reviews of book one and book two in the not too distant future.

About the Author

After obtaining a degree in music Rosie Howard pursued a career in public relations, campaigning, political lobbying and freelance journalism but realised her preference for making things up and switched to writing novels instead. She lives in a West Sussex village with her husband and two children in a cottage with roses around the door.

Website: http://rosiehoward.com/

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

 

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The Secret to Falling in Love by Victoria Cooke #BookBirthdayBlitz #Bookreview

 

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The Secret to Falling in Love written by Victoria Cooke, publisher HQ Digital, is available NOW in ebook format.

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Book Blurb

Lifestyle journalist and thirty-something singleton Melissa hashtags, insta’s and snapchats her supposedly fabulous life on every social media platform there is.
That is until she wakes up on her birthday, another year older and still alone, wondering if for all her internet dates, love really can be found online? The challenge: go technology free for a whole month!
Forced to confront the reality of her life without its perfect filters, Melissa knows she needs to make some changes. But when she bumps into not one, but two gorgeous men, without the use of an app, she believes there could be hope for love offline.
If only there was a way to choose the right guy for her…

The Secret to Falling In Love

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 Book Birthday Blitz celebrating two years since the release of Victoria Cooke’s debut novel:  The Secret to Falling in Love.

Ohh I absolutely loved this novel by Victoria Cooke, it felt like I was reading through the script of a Hollywood romcom.  I’ve got the actors already picked out in my head and they are:  Melissa – Sandra Bullock, Scott – Ryan Reynolds, Joseph – Henry Cavill, Gemma – Emma Watson, Amanda – Kate Hudson.

This is my first introduction to the works of Victoria Cooke and I’m so pleased that I’ve finally discovered her work and have started with her debut novel.  What a brilliant read this was and a fantastic start to the author’s literary career.

The story of finding love and experiencing the joy of life without digital control is as much, if not more, relevant now.  We all need that constant reminder to power off and unplug and to physically look up from our screens and see and hear what is all around us.

Aspiring journalist Melissa had written a magazine article on the subject of digital and social media control/overload.  This was well received locally and nationally and sparked a month long assignment of being digital free; no phone, no laptop.  Communication and navigation through life the traditional way.  For phone savvy Melissa this was going to be a long month but she was soon surprised by what sights and sounds and experiences she had been missing all this time.

Melissa is in her mid thirties and feels like her love life is going nowhere, she’s had plenty of dates but none have been ‘the one’.  Now with her mother’s interference and her annoying boss life is about to become a little more complicated for Melissa when two suitors come her way.

This was such a fabulous, fun story that I loved from start to finish.

About the Author

Victoria Cooke ImageVictoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love,’ in 2016.

 

Website: https://victoria-cooke.com/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/VictoriaCooke10

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

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What Happens in France by Carol Wyer blogtour book review

 

What happens in France cover widthWhat Happens in France written by Carol Wyer, publisher Canelo, is available NOW in ebook format.

The ebook is available to download on kindle, kobo, iBooks and Google.

To buy link (amazon UK): https://amzn.to/2Bjy3gi

Book Blurb

She stood and took her place in front of the camera… It was now or never”
Bryony Masters has been looking for her long-lost sister, Hannah, for years, but when their father has a stroke her search takes on new urgency. So when primetime game show, What Happens in France, puts a call-out for new contestants, Bryony spots the ultimate public platform to find her reality TV-obsessed sister, and finally reunite their family.
With the help of handsome teammate Lewis, it’s not long before she’s on a private jet heading for the stunning beauty of rural France. With a social media star dog, a high maintenance quiz host and a cast of truly unique characters, Bryony and Lewis have their work cut out for them to stay on the show and in the public eye.
Yet as the audience grows and the grand prize beckons they find that the search that brought them together may just fulfil more than one heart’s wish…
This heartwarming romantic comedy of friendship, family and laugh-out-loud adventures is perfect for fans of Kirsty Greenwood, Colleen Coleman and Marian Keyes.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Carol Wyer’s latest novel:  What Happens in France.

OMG I loved this novel by Carol Wyer, it was also my first introduction to her work but it definitely won’t be the last.  I was transfixed with the storyline spilling out from the pages.  It was warm-hearted and whacky but had a poignancy behind all the craziness that touched my heart.  I desperately wanted to know the outcome of the many trials and challenges from the story and the author did not disappoint me and kept me hooked all the way through.

There’s something about stories set in France that have that certain magic for me and I just devour the setting, the culture and the characters and find myself entranced by it all.  I think I secretly harbour for a life in a French country chateau!

Carol Wyer has written a fun romantic comedy with a twist of a real-life mystery that will break your heart.

I loved the fun side of this story with the reality quiz TV show and it was great to see a behind the scenes look at this.  The author has such a great imagination and I’d love to see this gameshow ‘What Happens In …’ on our TV screens, it sounded like a cross between Treasure Hunt and It’s a Knockout with abit of Mastermind thrown in.

The characters were so wide and varied and written with warmth and very relatable.  You’ll fall in love with a little pug with a penchant for fashion.

Bryony Masters has lived with painful memories for a long time.  Missing her sister and never giving up hope of seeing her again.  Bryony hopes that appearing on a TV game show would be the ideal exposure she needs to spread awareness of her sister Hannah who ran away almost 30 years ago.

A gorgeous fun romantic comedy that will steal your heart.

About the Author

Carol Wyer - FenceAs a child Carol Wyer was always moving, and relied on humour to fit in at new schools. A funny short story won her popularity, planting the seed of becoming a writer. Her career spans dry cleaning, running a language teaching company, and boxercise coaching. Now writing full-time, Carol has several books published and journalism in many magazines.
Carol won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction (2015), and can sometimes be found performing her stand-up comedy routine Laugh While You Still Have Teeth.

Website: http://www.carolwyer.co.uk/

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

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

 

Love Heart Lane by Christie Barlow blogtour book review

 

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Love Heart Lane written by Christie Barlow, publisher HarperImpulse, is available NOW in ebook format and is due to be published in paperback format in March 2019.

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Product Details

Welcome to Love Heart Lane…
When Flick Simons returns to the small village of Heartcross she only expected to stay for a few days. The white-washed cottages of Love Heart Lane might be her home, but the place holds too many painful memories, and of one man in particular – Fergus Campbell.
When a winter storm sweeps in, the only bridge connecting the village to the main land is swept away! As the villagers pull together, Flick finds herself welcomed back by the friends she once left behind. And as the snow begins to melt, maybe there is a chance that Fergus’s heart will thaw too…

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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 Christie Barlow’s latest novel: Love Heart Lane.

Yay, I’ve finally read one of Christie Barlow’s stories. I’ve read so many great reviews of Christie’s books and I have purchased books following these reviews but I’ve not had the chance yet to read. However, I think I’ve started with a good one! Love Heart Lane was just perfect, it gave me cosy feels but it had so much depth to the story and characters. I didn’t want the story to end as I felt like I’d moved in to this Scottish Highlands village and that the characters were my friends. I’m now feeling bereft but excited and chuffed to learn that there will be more from Christie Barlow and the villagers we’ve grown to love with another story in the series due in the summer.

Felicity (Flick) Simons has been living and working in London for the last eight years after fleeing her home, friends and loved ones back in the Scottish Highlands village, Heartcross. The reason Flick fled was so tragic and very personal and at the time Flick felt like she had no option but to leave. It’s taken the death of her dear Grandmother for Flick to make the trip back up north and face the repercussions of her actions of eight years ago. Flick’s mother, Rona, is thrilled to have her daughter back home even under the saddest of circumstances but not everyone in the village welcome her back with open arms.

Fergus Campbell was Flick’s childhood sweetheart and when Flick upped and left eight years ago she crushed his heart and also their dreams of a future together. Now after so long Fergus is non too pleased to see Flick back in the village and the pain from long ago is still quite raw.

This is a story of friendship, of a community pulling together and of a love that suffered many scars but held on to a flicker of a flame that would never lose it’s glow. I devoured this story and wanted more.

If you can’t wait for book two in the series it is now available to pre-order: https://amzn.to/2AW6Gs8

About the Author

literary festivalChristie Barlow is the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty’s Countryside Dream, Lizzie’s Christmas Escape, Evie’s Year of Taking Chances, The Cosy Canal Boat Dream, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm and Love Heart Lane. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA & Australia.

Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money/awareness and engaging with impoverished people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being as well as Literary Editor for http://www.mamalifemagazine.co.uk bringing you all the latest news and reviews from the book world.

Social Media Links:
Website – http://www.christiebarlow.com
Twitter – @ChristieJBarlow
Facebook page – Christie Barlow author

 

The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker by Jenni Keer blogtour book review

 

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The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker written by Jenni Keer, publisher Avon, is available NOW in ebook.  The paperback format is due to be released in March and is available to pre-order.

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

Product Details

Meet Lucy, aged 25, and Brenda, aged 79. Neighbours and unlikely friends.
Lucy Baker is not your usual 25-year-old. She is more at home reading and knitting in her cluttered little flat than going out partying and socialising.
79-year-old Brenda is full of wise and wonderful advice, but when she’s diagnosed with dementia her life begins to change. Before her memories slip away for ever, Brenda is desperate to fulfil one last wish – to see Lucy happy.
Gifting Lucy the locket that helped Brenda find her own true love, she hopes to push her reticent neighbour in the right direction. But is Lucy Baker ready for the opportunities and heartbreaks of the real world? It’s about time she put her knitting needles aside and found out…
The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker will be the most charming, heart-warming and feel-good novel you will read this year, perfect for fans of Ruth Hogan and Gail Honeyman.

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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 Jenni Keer’s debut novel: The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker.  I have to hold my hand up and admit that I was totally drawn to this novel by the cover, the black cat drew me in to all the prettiness.  I also love a story with characters from different ages as they bring a dynamic to the storyline with the wise of the mature generation and the effervescence of the younger.

This is a story about two socially awkward souls who are given a helping hand in love by a vivacious elderly neighbour and a scrappy looking black cat.  A neighbour who all her life has practised in the art of apothecary using natural ingredients and who also believes in mystical powers.

I loved the relationship that Lucy had with her elderly neighbour Brenda.  Brenda was a dream of a character, she had so much joy from her life and her history was fascinating.  I also enjoyed reading about the natural potions and spells she believed were the answer to friend’s and neighbour’s prayers and ailments.  Lucy was a quiet soul who felt under-shadowed by her elder sister, her mother was constantly belittling her.  Lucy stuck with her joys in life which were her friendship with Brenda, her knitting (especially the celebrity-like dolls) and her job working at the toy wholesalers.  When a new neighbour moves in who appears to be more socially awkward than Lucy, Brenda hatches out a plan to help Lucy and George become friends.

The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker is an utterly charming story that will entrance and entertain you.  It was magical, romantic and full of fun.  I adored it and it left me thoughtful, bewitched and a little emotional.  I am so looking forward to more from Jenni Keer.

About the Author

Jenni Keer is a history graduate who embarked on a career in contract flooring before settling in the middle of the Suffolk countryside with her antique furniture restorer husband. She has valiantly attempted to master the ancient art of housework but with four teenage boys in the house it remains a mystery. Instead, she spends her time at the keyboard writing women’s fiction to combat the testosterone-fuelled atmosphere with her number one fan #Blindcat by her side. Much younger in her head than she is on paper, she adores any excuse for fancy-dress and is part of a disco formation dance team.

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Website – https://jennikeer.co.uk/

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The Mother of all Christmases by Milly Johnson book review

 

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The Mother of all Christmases written by Milly Johnson, publisher Simon & Schuster UK, is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audiobook format.

The book is available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith, Foyles and amazon.  The book can also be found at certain supermarkets.

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Eve Glace – co-owner of the theme park Winterworld – is having a baby and her due date is a perfectly timed 25th December. And she’s decided that she and her husband Jacques should renew their wedding vows with all the pomp that was missing the first time. But growing problems at Winterworld keep distracting them …

Annie Pandoro and her husband Joe own a small Christmas cracker factory, and are well set up and happy together despite life never blessing them with a much-wanted child. But when Annie finds that the changes happening to her body aren’t typical of the menopause but pregnancy, her joy is uncontainable.

Palma Collins has agreed to act as a surrogate, hoping the money will get her out of the gutter in which she finds herself. But when the couple she is helping split up, is she going to be left carrying a baby she never intended to keep?

Annie, Palma and Eve all meet at the ‘Christmas Pudding Club’, a new directive started by a forward-thinking young doctor to help mums-to-be mingle and share their pregnancy journeys. Will this group help each other to find love, contentment and peace as Christmas approaches?

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Wow!  What a whirlwind of emotions that the author Milly Johnson has taken her readers on in her latest romcom: The Mother of all Christmases.  I was roaring with laughter one minute and the next my heart felt physically crushed.  The author has sensitively written a story that contains life in all it’s glory including all the low points.  Although there is sadness within the storyline it has been beautifully written and there is an overwhelming heart-warming theme running through the story.

Once again author Milly Johnson has written a story with characters from the heart.  You can recognise and relate to them and a few of your favourite characters from previous novels crop up in this book making it the more wonderful to hear from them again.  Although you can read The Mother of all Christmases as a standalone I would highly recommend reading A Winter Flame prior to this novel so you can fully appreciate the back history surrounding a few of the characters.  I would also recommend reading the novella The Barn on Half Moon Hill for an extended story that relates to a few of the characters.

The Mother of all Christmases is about three women, from very different backgrounds, facing a new challenge in their lives.  One that would have them all coming together and sharing their new journey.  There is Annie who co-owns the Cracker Factory with her Italian husband Joe.  Eve co-owns Winterworld with her husband Jacques.  Palma is a young woman that has felt lost for a long time and finds herself in a situation which she believes is her way out of a disastrous rut she has found herself in.  These three women were to form a bond that would become strong and help them through challenges that came their way.

An extremely heart-warming story that took you into the lives of Annie, Eve and Palma smiling and laughing with them and then holding their hands when they needed strength.  Beautiful and poignant and filled with the most endearing Yorkshire charm.  Milly Johnson, The Mother of all Christmases is a cracker of a read!

About the Author (as shown on amazon page)

Milly Johnson was born, raised and still lives in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. As well as being an author of 15 published novels, 2 short story books and 2 novellas, she is also a copywriter for the greetings card industry, a joke-writer, a columnist, after dinner speaker, poet, BBC newspaper reviewer, and a sometimes BBC radio presenter.

She won the RoNA for Best Romantic Comedy Novel of 2014 and 2016 and the Yorkshire Society award for Arts and Culture 2015.

She writes about love, life, friendships and that little bit of the magic that sometimes crops up in real life. She likes owls, cats, meringues, handbags and literary gifts – but hates marzipan. She is very short.

Website: http://www.millyjohnson.co.uk  (Milly has a monthly newsletter with exclusive news, offers and competitions and is well worth signing up to, please look on the website for more details).

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

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

Christmas at the Little Cornish Gift Shop by Rachel Griffiths book review

 

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Christmas at the Little Cornish Gift Shop written and self-published by Rachel Griffiths is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Product Details

Following a series of disastrous dates and losing her job as a room attendant at a top London hotel, Ruby Penrose heads home to Cornwall. Her dreams of making it as a screenwriter failed and she has no idea what to do next.
Reality TV star Jake Woodhouse was delighted to find a small, isolated Cornish cottage to rent for the holidays. He aims to spend his days there in peace and quiet, licking his wounds – his only company his faithful, but stubborn, British bulldog, Sherlock Bones.
But as Ruby and Jake are drawn together by the magic of the festive season and the Little Cornish Gift Shop, they both begin to realise that sometimes it is possible to learn to trust again, and that friendship can be the most valuable Christmas gift of all.

This is the first of three short stories in The Little Cornish Gift Shop series.

Look out for Spring at The Little Cornish Gift Shop coming in 2019.

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What do you do when your reality becomes the prime TV viewing for millions and your personal life is scrupulously dissected by the media?  You pack your bags and find solace at a remote cottage on the Cornish coast.  Luckily for Jake Woodhouse the wifi signal is rubbish in the Cornish village and the local residents don’t watch much TV so with his hairy disguise he can take time out from the crazy world he was thrown into and learn to relax and take stock of his life.

When Ruby Penrose was younger she dreamed of becoming a writer so when she finished her education she left her home in Cornwall to move to London hoping the bright lights of the city will help her in her quest.  A few years later with no luck in her writing and losing her job in a hotel Ruby is on her way back to Cornwall.  Her nanna owns and runs the Little Cornish Gift Shop and is also the landlady of the cottage that Jake has temporarily moved in to.

Jake and his bulldog, Sherlock Bones, are soon feeling more relaxed but when Jake bumps into Ruby and finds out she lived in London it soon sets his awareness on alert again of how close he is to being found out.

Rachel Griffiths has created a lovely start to a new series, which I know is going to be another winner for the author.  It has a gorgeous feel-good theme running through it and you can sense the story is written from the heart.  With the additional cast of two furry friends, a British bulldog called Sherlock Bones and a rescued greyhound called Amber, bringing fun, charm and companionship to Jake and Ruby.  Friendship soon develops and life for these two lost souls from the city soon starts to look rosy.  But how long can Jake keep his other life secret?  I’m looking forward to the next instalments in The Little Cornish Gift Shop series.

About the Author

Rachel Griffiths is an author, wife, mother, Earl Grey tea drinker, gin enthusiast, dog walker and fan of the afternoon nap. She loves to read, write and spend time with her family. Over the years, she has had a variety of jobs including stacking supermarket shelves, polishing soaps in a health and beauty shop and teaching pupils how to read and write. After almost twenty years in the classroom, she is lucky enough to be living her dream as a full-time writer.

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