Thursday, 14 April 2016

Book Review & Giveaway - Catch A Falling Star by Emily Harvale

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Title: Catch A Falling Star (Hideaway Downs Book 2)
Author: Emily Harvale
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied review copy
Publisher: Crescent Gate Publishing
Publication Date: 4th April 2016
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Sometimes stars need help to shine.

Laurel French is happy – and why wouldn’t she be? She’s young, free and single; she owns The Coffee Hideaway, lives in the prettiest village in East Sussex and is surrounded by friends… even if some of them are a little eccentric. What more could she want? Love? Not Laurel. Love is the last thing Laurel wants to think about… because it’s unrequited. Ned Stelling is in love with someone else.

Jamie McDay is miserable. Hollywood has become a gilded cage. The paparazzi are snapping at his heels, and since he dumped his co-star girlfriend in a spectacularly stupid public display, he’s been dropped from the Vampire series that made him a heart-throb movie star. Visiting his friend, Gabriel Hardwick will cheer him up. Hideaway Down may be a bit ‘twee’ but local stunner, Ivy Gilroy could definitely put a permanent smile on Jamie’s face. That’s if he can persuade her to dump her boyfriend, Ned.

Normally in a romance, you can reasonably successfully predict who is going to end up with who, but amazingly for me, in Catch A Falling Star, I wasn't sure which way it was going to finish, until I reached the exciting climax. 

This is the second book in the Hideaway Down series and can easily be read as a standalone. There are a lot of familiar characters in it, if you read the first book, and one very key new introduction Jamie, who is a Hollywood star and friend of author, Gabriel Hardwick.  And yes the Gaggle Gang are back and still causing a bit of chaos. 

Laurel, has been in love with Ned Stelling for her whole life, but he doesn't know it. He is in love with Ivy, who is Laurel's good friend. Ivy also fancies Hollywood star Jamie and can't believe he has come to Hideaway Down to visit. Jamie clearly fancies Ivy but chooses to ask out Laurel on a date/non date to try and cause some jealousy to occur.

Two men and two women and I was continually changing my mind as to where I thought the romances would end up by the end of the book. Amazingly the majority of the book takes place over the two days of the May Day bank holiday weekend, and just shows what can happen over the course of a weekend. 

I love the setting of Hideaway Downs, and the whole May Day celebrations, which bring much needed visitors to a small town. I love the small town feel to the place, and how everyone knows everyone's business and just how fast the gossip telegraph was in this town. 

Catch A Falling Star, despite making a song run through my head, is a relatively short, quick enjoyable story, and  a good addition to this series. I'm already looking forward to returning in Hideaway Downs in book 3 later this year. 

Thank you to Emily Harvale for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

Giveaway to win a signed copy of Catch A Falling Star (Open Internationally)

Emily Harvale has very kindly offered readers of Rachel's Random Reads the chance to win a signed copy of Catch A Falling Star

Giveaway open internationally, all options are voluntary, but please do what they ask, as I will be verifying the winner. Giveaway closes 23:59 21/4/2016. Winner will be announced on twitter and emailed, and they will need to reply within 7 days, or forfeit the prize, and I will re-draw for a new winner.  Good luck everyone.

Win a signed copy of Catch A Falling Star (Open Internationally)


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