Summer at the Little Wedding Shop by Jane Linfoot book review

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Summer at the Little Wedding Shop written by Jane Linfoot, publisher Harper Impulse, is available in ebook format from 18th May 2017 and in paperback on 29th June 2017.

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The third book in the bestselling series, ‘The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea’.

When the owner of Brides by the Sea, Cornwall’s cutest little wedding shop, offers Lily a job as their new wedding stylist, her first thought is – can she possibly pull it off?

Before she’s even sourced a fairy light or tasted a cupcake, Kip Penryn hires her services – but he’s opened an exclusive wedding venue in direct competition to her friend Poppy!

Lily feels like a traitor working for Kip, only everyone knows Penryn men are gorgeous but unreliable. All she has to do is sit back and watch him mess it up…doesn’t she?

Love is in the Cornish sea breeze this summer as the girls tackle their busiest wedding season yet. There’s plenty of bunting, bubbly and baking – but who is going to catch the bouquet?

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This is the third and final book in The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea series.  Each book can be read as a standalone but to fully appreciate all the characters and the storyline setting I would recommend reading them all in order as follows:

  • The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea (you can find my review here)
  • Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop (you can find my review here)
  • Summer at the Little Wedding Shop

Jane Linfoot has created the most delightful and delicious book series.  I have simply fallen in love with the characters in each story and have drooled over the delicious sounding cakes that Poppy makes.  The stories leave you with a warm glow of happiness, hope and belief.  You want to grab the creativity, spark, charisma and love from each individual character and bottle it up to be released when you are in need of book comfort.

This story focuses on Lily, whose left with no self-confidence and her belief in marriage is non-existent following her failed marriage.  However, she’s returned to the Brides by the Sea shop in St Aiden’s Bay, Cornwall, her former workplace as a florist, to attend the wedding of one of her friends and former colleagues.

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day with loved up couples proposing live on air on the local radio station.  Lily gets a shock when she listens to one of the happy couples; her own mother has just been proposed to!  Lily is furious and upset, her father died years ago but she is still devastated to hear her mother is moving on.

Lily loves being back with her friends at the wedding and her own woes of being single and now jobless are pushed to the back of her mind.  Lily soon catches the attention of two men; Fred a local builder and Kip one of the Penryn boys who she remembers from her childhood when the Penryn brothers spent each summer at their uncles’s mansion.  The Penryns were known as bad boys, unreliable with love them and leave them attitudes.  Kip was now living at his uncle’s mansion turning it into a wedding venue in direct opposition to her best friend Poppy’s venue of weddings at the farm with Rafe.

Lily if offered work as a stylist at the bridal emporium and she is soon in demand with weddings planned at both local venues.  With wedding wars amongst the brides to be and venue proprietors life gets a little complicated for Lily as she’s left working for both teams.  With mishaps and major bridezilla demands Lily and the girls at Brides by the Sea have just a few months to prepare and organise weddings for the summer season including their friend Immie and Lily’s mother.

This was such a gorgeously fun story.  I’d highly recommend this book series for all that love heart warming stories with lots of love and laughter.  The whole series read back to back would be a fantastic holiday treat.

To find out more about Jane Linfoot and her books please visit the following pages:

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

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Catch Me if you Cannes by Lisa Dickenson blogtour/book review

Catch Me If You Cannes

Catch Me if you Cannes written by Lisa Dickenson, publisher Sphere, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Jess has decided it’s time to get out of her comfort zone and live a little. So when her best friend Bryony, a journalist on a gossip magazine, is sent to cover the Cannes Film Festival, Jess decides to seize the day and go along for the ride. Two weeks of sun, glamour and exclusive entry into celeb-filled parties is just the kind of adventure Jess needs.

Reality soon bites though when Jess and Bryony find they’re staying in a dingy hotel far away from all the action and Bryony’s expenses budget barely covers a glass of local wine. Undeterred, the two women are determined to live like the elite and enjoy one fancy night out to begin their holiday. So what if they have to tell a few white lies along the way? It’s just this once. No harm done . . . right?

Full of hilarious one-liners, sparkling blue seas and plenty of romantic moments, Catch Me If You Cannes is the story of two friends, a few white lies and one very sticky situation . . .

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Catch Me if you Cannes was previously released as an ebook mini series.  I am thrilled to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of the full story in paperback.

Catch Me if you Cannes is fabulously funny, gloriously girlie and I absolutely loved it!

Jess and Bryony are best friends but as Bryony is now a journalist for a gossip mag in London she doesn’t get much time to see her friend Jess who lives in Cornwall running her own café.  Jess feels like her life isn’t going anywhere, she’s lived and worked in the same village all her life so when Bryony’s job takes her to Cannes Film Festival Jess leaps at the chance to go with her.

The girls are soon star struck and gob smacked with Cannes.  The beauty of the coastal town, it’s opulent hotels, the designer stores, the rich and the famous are in abundance, the girls are literally left goggle-eyed.  They want these two weeks away in this wonderful place, full of amazing people to be an adventure.  Their limited budget takes them to a backstreet hotel but the girls don their glad rags and set out for a night out and charm their way into a fancy restaurant and soon make friends with a group of people who so happen to be stylists for the stars.

We follow the girls on their two week adventure living amongst the glitterati pretending to be one of them.  When Jess meets a gorgeous man who lives on a yacht Jess continues with her pretence of feeling at home with the rich.

How long can Jess go without revealing her true identity?  Can Bryony reveal the juiciest story from the festival?

I love Lisa Dickenson’s writing style she takes you on a wonderful romantic interlude with characters you instantly warm to.  I was swept away with the glamour of Cannes and loved discovering  it through the eyes of Jess and Bryony.  Fun and frolics galore with the girls escaping from many situations that went a little awry!

Lisa’s stories are a breath of fresh air, they are gloriously girlie with plenty of laugh out loud moments.  You are left with a satisfied smile and eagerly await the next novel from Lisa Dickenson 5/5*

To find out more about Lisa Dickenson and her books please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.lisadickenson.com/

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

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Breaking all the Rules by Rachael Richey book review

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Breaking all the Rules written by Rachael Richey, publisher The Wild Rose Press, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Kate is getting married in a month. Richard, her fiancé, is a lawyer: rich, successful, and very good-looking. She’s definitely in love with him. No doubt about that.

So when Sam, a good friend and her high school crush, returns after eight years of traveling, she doesn’t care. After all, he never actually asked her out, and then he went traveling without her, contrary to their plans. She only agrees to go to dinner with him in order to hear all his news, so why doesn’t she tell him she’s getting married? And is he still bothered by the tragedy eight years ago?

Sometimes life just gets too complicated, and Kate finds she keeps having Very Bad Ideas, which lead to even more complications. Just three days before her wedding, she finds herself in a situation that demands the biggest decision of her life.

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Breaking all the Rules is the new standalone romcom from Rachael Richey.  I adored Rachael’s previous books and was a little worried with this new novel and that I’d be missing my favourite characters Gideon and Abi from Rachael’s The NightHawk series.  However, I needed no fear as I soon fell in love with the characters from this story, especially Sam and was captivated by the storyline.

The story is set in Devon and Kate is 3 weeks away from her wedding to lawyer Richard.  Kate and Richard have been dating 3 years and Kate was so happy when Richard proposed.  However, when Kate bumps into Sam Somerville her life is about to get a whole lot more complicated.  Sam was a good friend of Kate’s at school, secretly she had a massive crush on him.  However, tragedy struck and Sam escaped the country and went travelling.  It was led to believe that the reason Sam fled was due to his broken heart however, eight years on and he is back in the village wanting to catch up with Kate.  Tragic events in the past are brought to the surface which go some way to explain certain directions that were made one fateful night.

Kate is gobsmacked to see Sam and her heart soon starts fluttering and she is left with feelings of nostalgia.  Kate agrees to go for a catch up with him, as friends.  After this catch up Kate is left pondering whether she actually still loves her fiancé Richard.

We follow Kate on her contemplative three week journey leading up to her wedding.  Will her confused mind be clearer on the wedding day?

I loved this romcom.  It was full of fun with some wonderful wit and humour in the storyline.  There was a poignant side to the story full of miscommunicated feelings and it left you with thoughts of “what if.”  Funny, heartwarming and very readable.  A perfect read for fans of Lindsey Kelk, Carmen Reid, Helen Fielding and Sophie Kinsella.

To find out more about Rachael Richey please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.rachaelricheybooks.weebly.com/

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

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

The Queen of Wishful Thinking by Milly Johnson book review

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The Queen of Wishful Thinking written by Milly Johnson, publisher Simon & Schuster UK, is available NOW in ebook and hardcover format.  The book will be available in paperback format from the 4th May 2017.

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When Lewis Harley has a health scare in his early forties, he takes it as a wake-up call. So he and his  wife Charlotte leave behind life in the fast lane and Lewis opens the antique shop he has dreamed of. Bonnie Brookland was brought up in the antiques trade and now works for the man who bought out her father’s business, but she isn’t happy there. So when she walks into Lew’s shop, she knows this is the place for her.

As Bonnie and Lew start to work together, they soon realise that there is more to their relationship than either thought. But Bonnie is trapped in an unhappy marriage, and Lew and Charlotte have more problems than they care to admit. Each has secrets in their past which are about to be uncovered. Can they find the happiness they both deserve?

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Milly Johnson has a knack of creating characters you instantly warm to and want to champion. This is how I felt about Lewis and Bonnie, the two main characters in The Queen of Wishful Thinking. Lewis Harley and Bonnie Brookland haven’t had an easy life; what with Lewis’ sudden heart attack two years ago which made him take stock of his job in London and Bonnie’s grief for the losses she has incurred in the past and also the despair of living in a loveless marriage. Bonnie was in desperate need of a new job and approached Lewis, the owner of the new antique shop, Pot of Gold, for a possible vacancy. Fate has played a big part in putting these two people together, like two pieces of a missing jigsaw. The Pot of Gold was such a warm, friendly antique shop and working in the shop was giving Bonnie a new hope for the future and she was feeling the strength to make big decisions about her personal life.

Lewis’ own personal life takes a dramatic turn and the shop with Bonnie and her quirky friends turn Pot of Gold into a lifesaving haven for many that set foot in it’s door.

Bonnie’s husband is not happy with the changes she makes and he takes up drastic action himself which leads to a series of secrets and revelations being unearthed that could rock Bonnie’s future.

Emotions are running high for both Lewis and Bonnie and the future is looking very unsettled.

This was such a wonderful heartfelt story. The characters were written with such warmth and personality. I particularly liked the array of eccentric sub-characters. As always Milly sets her stories in her beloved Yorkshire, with it’s wonderful backdrop of moorlands and little villages. I particularly love this about Milly’s novels the location and dialect of the characters are very relatable and charming and you can hear the characters come to life in your head. I was surprised but thrilled with the twists and turns in this tale which left me turning the pages to find out what happens next. A gorgeous story that had me hooked from start to finish.

To find out more about Milly Johnson and her books please do visit the following pages:

Website (which I recommend signing up for Milly’s newsletter as she offers many competitions and informative news):  http://www.millyjohnson.co.uk/

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

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

To Rome, With Love by TA Williams book review/blogtour

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To Rome, With Love written by TA Williams, publisher HQ Digital, is available NOW in ebook format.

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A summer of second chances…

Just a week before her big day, Sarah returns home to find a note from her husband-to-be – the wedding’s off! So when her boss decides to send her on an epic cycling trip, from Venice to Rome, it seems like the perfect distraction…

Although she never expected the distraction to come in the form of her oh-so-handsome, but slightly serious, cycling companion, Miles. And with still 600 miles of beautiful scenery, mouthwatering food and delicious wine yet to cover, anything could happen!

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I’m so pleased to be involved with the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of T A Williams latest novel, To Rome, With Love.

This was a really lovely story by T A Williams.  The author not only gave us a wonderful romantic tale with a journey of emotional enlightenment but we were also treated to an epic cycle ride through Italy.

Sarah works for one of the top tourist companies in the country, she was due to get married very soon but her no-good fiancé decides to unceremoniously call off the wedding the week before.  Sarah is devastated, as you can imagine, but life must go on and she has to step in and help host a charity bike ride through Italy.  Sarah is a keen cyclist and with her job she has organised many events in the past so has no worries about this task.  She is hoping the fortnight away from home and her broken heart she can reassess her future and make waves into healing some of the cracks in her personal life.

Sarah is joined on the trip by many other colleagues from the world of travel including Miles and Paul, sons of the owner of the travel company she works for.  Sarah starts to build up a rapport with the gents but is wary of her actions in front of them as they are due to take over the running of the business soon and she wants to make a good impression and keep things on a professional level.  However, the more she gets to know the older of the brothers, Miles, the more she is drawn to him.  Miles is definitely the brains behind the business but holds a grudge against his brother and secretly has his own personal heartache.  Will this journey surrounded by wonderful countryside with epic views and glorious food to tantalise your taste buds go some way to heal the hearts of two lost people?

I loved the mix of characters that went along on this charity cycle ride.  I particularly liked Glynis’ story, a character that was initially misinterpreted but at the end you felt so much respect for this lady.  I felt like the author, TA Williams, had done his research for this novel as there was so much detailed information about the scenic and historic sites along the journey.  I also could feel that TA Williams enjoyed telling us this story and sharing his love for the country, it’s food, culture and history and also his love of cycling.  I personally felt like the story ended abit abruptly and I wanted an epilogue but maybe I’m fussy and don’t like to say goodbye to the characters so soon.  A lovely romance that takes you on a picturesque, life changing journey.

To find out more about T A Williams please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.tawilliamsbooks.com/

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

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

Girl 99 by Andy Jones book review

 

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Girl 99 written by Andy Jones, publisher Lake Union Publishing, is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audio download format.

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When Tom’s girlfriend walks out on him the day before Christmas, he feels humiliated but not necessarily heartbroken. Sadie wasn’t, after all, The One. If we’re being precise, she was number eighty-five.

And so, for reasons that are only mostly wrong, Tom embarks on a mission to bring his number of encounters up to a nice neat one hundred.

Over the course of his quest he sleeps with a colleague, a colleague of a friend, a friend of a friend, a friend of a friend’s wife, the estate agent selling his flat and several more besides.

Everything is going, if not well, then at least according to plan…and then Tom meets Verity. Whether she’s The One remains to be seen, but she’s certainly more than just another number.

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I was pleased to be involved in the blogtour yesterday with an extract from the book and you can read this post here.

This is my first introduction to Andy Jones work and I really enjoyed this romcom.  A modern day man’s bird’s eye view (get it!) of dating, life, relationships, families, love.  I loved the honesty in the author’s writing it was real and relatable.  Through all the fun elements of the story there were some very poignant moments that you could feel the vulnerability in Tom, the main character.

Tom has just recently split with his girlfriend Sadie and at the moment they both share the use of their mini car.  This however, was to prove disastrous.  Whilst Tom was out with his friend El the subject of his love life cropped up.  El set’s a goal with Tom, a bet with a £1000 wager to bed his 100th fair lady by a certain date.  El is terminally ill with Huntington’s disease, the disease is slowly taking over his body and mind which makes him talk very frankly.  The relationship Tom and El have is very endearing, one minute they can be having a right good laugh and a joke the next Tom will show his caring side with El.  It’s lovely but also very touching and sad.

Tom’s bet was on it’s way to the goal and at first Tom was quite complacent and enjoying himself.  However, he starts to see the challenge as a chore/obstacle and it starts messing with his life with almost disastrous results.  This change of thought seems to coincide with Tom’s developing friendship with Verity.  Verity is different to all the girls he’s met before and he feels kind of shy around her.

Tom’s relationship with his dad and sister was wonderful, heart warming and tragic to read.  These little interludes back with his family are very grounding for Tom.

This book Girl 99 was fun, heart warming, sexy, honest, it evoked real and raw emotions.  I really did enjoy the story and the humour softened the sadness and blended the atmosphere of the book harmoniously.  5/5*

To find out more about Andy Jones and his books please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.andyjonesauthor.com/

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

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Girl 99 by Andy Jones blogtour and book extract

 

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Girl 99 written by Andy Jones, publisher Lake Union Publishing, is available in ebook, paperback and audio download format from 14th February 2017.

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When Tom’s girlfriend walks out on him the day before Christmas, he feels humiliated but not necessarily heartbroken. Sadie wasn’t, after all, The One. If we’re being precise, she was number eighty-five.

And so, for reasons that are only mostly wrong, Tom embarks on a mission to bring his number of encounters up to a nice neat one hundred.

Over the course of his quest he sleeps with a colleague, a colleague of a friend, a friend of a friend, a friend of a friend’s wife, the estate agent selling his flat and several more besides.

Everything is going, if not well, then at least according to plan…and then Tom meets Verity. Whether she’s The One remains to be seen, but she’s certainly more than just another number.

Revised edition: This edition of Girl 99 includes editorial revisions.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour promoting and celebrating the launch of the revised edition of Andy Jones novel Girl 99.  Andy Jones has kindly allowed me to share an extract from his novel.  All the hosts on the tour will be sharing a different extract.  My extract is titled ‘The Bet’. This extract sets up Tom’s whole ill-fated mission – his friend in this scene, El, is suffering from Huntington’s disease, which goes some way to explaining Tom’s rather eccentric behaviour.

Eighty-five,’ El says, using his fork to trace the digits into his oyster sauce. ‘That’s almost a hundred.’

Did Phil cook Christmas dinner?’ I ask, sensing where this is going and not liking the look of the neighbourhood.

El shrugs, points his fork at me. ‘You should go for your century.’

Turkey and all the trimmings?’

Say you’re playing snooker or cricket,’ El continues. ‘And you rack up a score of eighty-five. You don’t quit. You get your head down and get on with it.’

Fine,’ I say. ‘I’ll do it. I’ll put an ad in the paper.’

Don’t be facetious; I’m only trying to help.’

I take a long sip of my Tsingtao.

Do you know how many people I’ve slept with?’ El asks.

I sip more beer and shrug.

Guess.’

I don’t know. Ten? Twenty?’

Guess again.’

A hundred,’ I say.

Do I look like a slut?’

I give El the finger.

He holds up four in return. ‘Three men and’ – he shudders – ‘one woman.’

I think that’s sweet,’ I say.

It’s pathetic. So, if not for yourself, do it for me. Think of it as having my share.’

Christ, El, you’re like a . . . like a dog with a bone.’

Very apt.’

And this is how it goes for the next thirty-several minutes. I try, numerous times, to change topic, but El’s train of thought is locomotive and will not be derailed.

What have you got to lose?’ El continues. ‘You might even meet someone nice.’

Done that, didn’t like it.’

Think about all the nuns, priests and ugly people that don’t sleep with anyone at all.’

And your point is?’

The point is,’ says El, ‘we need your hundred to maintain the global average.’

I can’t wait to share my review of this novel in the next couple of days.

To find out more about Andy Jones and his work please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.andyjonesauthor.com/

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

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