Saturday, 18 August 2018

Book Review - Oh Crumbs by Kathryn Freeman - #HolidayReading Book 7

Book 7 of 28 read on my holiday to Cyprus in June 2018.

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Title: Oh Crumbs
Author: Kathryn Freeman
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Choc Lit
Publication Date: 12th June 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

Sometimes life just takes the biscuit …
Abby Spencer knows she can come across as an airhead – she talks too much and is a bit of a klutz – but there’s more to her than that. Though she sacrificed her career to help raise her sisters, a job interview at biscuit company Crumbs could finally be her chance to shine. That’s until she hurries in late wearing a shirt covered in rusk crumbs, courtesy of her baby nephew, and trips over her handbag. 

Managing director Douglas Faulkner isn’t sure what to make of Abby Spencer with her Bambi eyes, tousled hair and ability to say more in the half-hour interview than he manages in a day. All he knows is she’s a breath of fresh air and could bring a new lease of life to the stale corporate world of Crumbs. To his life too, if he’d let her. 

But Doug’s harbouring a secret. He’s not the man she thinks he is. 

As I was reading the prologue I was unsure what to make of this book initially,, but what it did do was set the scene perfectly for a great insight into Abbie's past and what makes her the woman she is today. 

I was inspired reading Abbie's story at such a caring person whose heart is constantly torn and that had to grow up fast. 

I loved and as amused by her variety of sisters and family members,  And it was Abbie's new book Doug that I found myself warming to quite quickly. 

Especially after he hires Abbie after a disastrous interview but one which really showed off the quirks in her personality to they;re fullest. 

Doug has a great back story to him too, one with more facets than you may expect, and seeing all of his hidden talents and qualities was a lot of fun. 

Abbie is just slightly clumsy and her favourite swear is Oh Crumbs! which makes working for a biscuit manufacturer called Crumbs that bit more amusing. 

Unfortunately this book didn't leave me craving biscuits but did leave me smiling and incredibly entertained. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Choc Lit for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Friday, 17 August 2018

Book Review - One Day Like This by :Laura Briggs

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Title: One Day Like This
Author: Laura Briggs
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 17th July 2018
Rating: 4 Stars


Tessa has always dreamed of her own business. And when a beautiful tumbledown house comes up for sale in the Southern town of Bellegrove, she knows it has perfect potential to be an amazing one-stop wedding shop.

Teaming up with wedding planner to the stars Stefan, cake-baker extraordinaire Ama, and dress designer Natalie, they’re ready for big things. They’ve even found their first client – a sweet old lady called Bianca, who’s desperate to give her grandson a spectacular wedding. (Even though he’s equally determined to keep it simple and romantic.)

But as the big day approaches, things start to go wrong. Handsome handyman Blake Ellingham breaks the news that the building needs re-wiring and the bill for renovations is longer than a royal wedding train. And then Stefan suddenly quits…

Can Tessa pull off the dream wedding? Can Blake be convinced to help? And if the electrics are broken, why are so many sparks flying between him and Tessa?

What a charming story and what appears to the start of a new promising series for Laura Briggs. Of course I only twigged this could be the start of a series shortly before the end when I realised there was no where near enough book for anything to reach the sort of conclusion I would like. 

Having read one of Laura Briggs' novella series before, it was fabulous to be able to read a longer book by the author, and it proves to me that this is an author who can definitely write and appears to be in her element when it comes to writing about weddings and event organisation. 

I was intrigued from the prologue featuring a rather bossy young Tessa, and from what she says in that opening its not surprising that her dream is organise dream weddings for a living. The only problem is life didn't quite turn out as planned. 

Natalie and Ama both have their own talents, in fashion design and baking, but the trio haven't really got any profesional confidence.   Until Tessa decides to rope them into her new business plan, and starts a series of events that will culminate in their first customer, and a weeding to plan. 

Only this is grandmother of the groom wanting to pay for everything but she carries her life savings around in a tin, but wants the happy couple to have the best most grand things for the wedding. 

This is a chance to see just what the Wedding Belles are capable off, and if you want to see if they pull off something that keeps all parties happy then you need to read the book. 

I got a great feel for the Southern town that features in this book, from the diner food where they had a meeting that sounded delicious, to the various businesses owned by the ladies families in the area. There is plenty of food and cake mentioned, and the descriptions of Natalie's designs are fabulous too. 

This is an excellent start for a series and I am very keen to see where is goes from here, as I have many unanswered questions about the three main characters. 

Thank you Bookouture and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Book Review - Come Away With Me by Maddie Please - Blog Tour

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Title: Come Away With Me
Author: Maddie Please
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 13th August 2018
Rating: 4 Stars


Somewhere beyond the sea…
When Alexa Fisher finds herself trapped on a twelve-day cruise to celebrate her younger sister’s hen-do – just the two of them – she wishes she’d jumped overboard.

Despite the age difference, India has always been the judgemental sibling, and there’s been even more friction than usual since ‘the big engagement’. With India constantly obsessing over wedding plans, Alexa has never felt more single, or more of a failure.

If only she could find a man who was funny, handsome and faithful. But when she meets the enigmatic (and *gorgeous*) Gabriel Frost on the cruise, he is as cold as his name suggests… Isn’t he?

Set sail for an adventure on the high seas, it’s time for Alexa to discover that sometimes romance can surprise you!

It was the simply gorgeous cover and the mention of cruise in the blurb that lead me to finally read a book by this author. She has been on my radar for a while, but just hadn't quite been seduced enough to want to read one. 

So I'm really glad I did try this book, as it is really enjoyable even if its not quite the book I was hoping for. You see I'm a massive fan of cruising, but of the less formal ships than the one than Alexa and India was sailing on, so although I was curious about the ship they were on, I could tell from the first descriptions of it that it wouldn't match my own experiences. 

Equally from the cover I was expecting a lovely bright summery cruise, so discovering it was a New York to Southampton transatlantic itinerary taking in a couple of New England ports  in September didn't have me quite as excited.  That being said I loved the description of the ports and could feel myself there alongside the girls. 

It may be that I initially stopped reading the blurb after the first line, as I hadn't twigged that the hen--do would just be Alexa and her sister, I was half expecting a group of giggling girls and cocktails all over the place. 

Well there was certainly cocktails and every other alcohol you can name involved, as the girls run up a massive bar bill and probably caused their livers severe damage in the process.  I loved how every chapter started with the name of cocktail and its ingredients which did put you in a holiday frame of mind. 

I also loved the descriptions of the food and activities on board the ship which all seemed incredibly realistic.  There really is such huge selections of food and drink available all day and night on most ships.  I also enjoyed getting to know the other couples at the ladies table of 6 for dinner each night in the formal dining room. 

The nightlife all struck true to me and there were plenty of  elements of the cruise that I did recognise from my own holidays, so the book was clearly well researched. 

This is a very enjoyable read and for those curious about cruising it would be a great introduction to what life on board could be like. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Avon for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Book Review - A Holiday To Remember by Susanne O'Leary

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Title: A Holiday to Remember
Author: Susanne O'Leary
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 15th August 2018
Rating: 5 Stars


A side-splittingly funny summer read about two best friends who decide to take a chance and travel the world, finding themselves – and finding love – along the way! 

Until a few weeks ago, Leanne was a thirty-something who lived with her mother. And yes, she still slept under her Barbie bedspread.

Until recently, Maddy was married to a man whose golf club got more action than she did.

But not anymore.

Leanne and Maddy (and their miniature poodle Bridget) have packed their suitcases and bid goodbye to their dreary lives for the summer. After winding along Italy’s sun-dappled Adriatic Coast in a shiny red convertible, sailing around Croatia’s gorgeous Dalmatian Islands awaits them.

Days splashing around in sparkling turquoise waters and wine-fuelled nights under the stars are every girl’s dream. But with a devilishly handsome Italian on board, old flames to get over and holiday flings to contend with, there’s plenty of drama ahoy. One thing’s for certain, Leanne and Maddy’s trip promises to be a holiday to remember…

I really wish I was still reading this book, I was thoroughly enjoying the continuation of Maddie and Leanne's holiday, and that I was still accompanying them on their trip.  Instead I am left with a book that was a joy to read and I suppose I had to run out of pages at some point, at the rate I was devouring them. 

This is the direct sequel to The Road Trip, and I really would recommend you read that first partly so that  you don't miss out on a fabulous book, and so that you have the full picture as to these characters pasts, and their current circumstances. 

This time Leanne is seen more as the main character, as most of the focus is on her, and it was lovely to get to know her better. She is misguided when it comes to men, but spending a trip around the Dalmatian Islands with an interesting set of people could be the making of her. 

Along with the girls on this boat trip, are two me, one tricky ex, an older relative that seems to be hiding something, and of course Bridget the dog too.   There  is plenty of drama and equal amounts of laughs in this fabulously summery book. 

All the locations in Italy and Croatia were exquisitely described and gave a real sense of  the locations, the food, the atmosphere, the friendliness of the locals. was all really vivid and brought back memorie of the odd day I have spent in the area myself. 

A Holiday to Remember is exactly that, its perfect for these hot summer days or when you want to relive a holiday of your own.  A pure joy to read, I would recommend it to everyone that enjoyed romantic comedies set in fabulous locations. 

Thank you to Bookouture and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Book Review - The Road Trip by Susanne O'Leary

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Title: The Road Trip
Author: Susanne O'Leary
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 12th June 2018
Rating: 5 Stars


Maddy and Leanne are in need of a miracle. 

Maddy can’t bear to wash another pair of her husband’s Y-fronts and if he continues to drone on about golf she might just scream.

Leanne can’t stand living with her overbearing mother for a second longer and she’s one disapproving eye roll away from a nervous breakdown.

But their luck changes when they win the lottery.

Setting off from Dublin, Maddy and Leanne lease a red convertible, winding through Europe and heading for the sun-drenched French Riviera.

But the pair have their own reasons for their adventure. Maddy has never forgotten her summer romance of twenty years ago with a gorgeous Frenchman and Leanne plans to track down the father who abandoned her as a child.

Amongst glorious sunsets and buckets of bubbly, Leanne and Maddy are searching for answers after years of wondering ‘what if?’  But there might just be some surprises in store along the way…

Having enjoyed this author in the past I was very excited to see she was now a Bookouture author, and despite having had the book on my kindle for a while, and being taunted by the gorgeous cover whenever I've been scrolling twitter, it took a while to get around to picking it up to read. 

What is not to like about this book - an unexpected windfall, two colleagues on a road trip to France from Ireland, a glorious car, madcap adventures, and both Maddie and Leanne  have their own reasons for travelling to France. 

They are both looking for men - well to be specific, specific men that they have lost from their lives.  Leanne believe her father lives somewhere in France, and she hasn't seen him she was was 12.  Maddie on the other hand wants to look up the man she had a love affair with 20 odd years ago when she was a student in Paris.  

But before they even get to the continent they get up to all sorts, and even start a blog which proves quite popular.  Along the trip they pick up some extra passengers for various reasons which added extra dynamics to that stage of the trip. 

We get a great sense of their entire road trip, and I am delighted to say that this book has a lovely open ending to make way for the next book A Holiday to Remember which I am already eager to read. 

This is pure escapist summer fun, and is great for sitting in the garden with, or poolside, and following the ladies exploits in this funny and well written romantic comedy.  I loved the descriptions of the various stops on the road trip, and I really felt as though I was alongside the ladies, while they have a summer that will change everything for them. 

Although its been a while since I last read a book from the author, I was reminded within moments of starting it why I love her writing, the tone is perfect, its full of warmth and just draws you in. All in all this is an addictive read and I can't wait to see what Maddie and Leanne get up to next. 

Thank you to Bookouture and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Monday, 13 August 2018

Extract - The Wedding Shop on Wexley St by Rachel Dove- Blog Tour



Series: Westfield village series #3
Genre: romantic fiction
Release Date: 10th August 2018
Publisher: HQ Digital

Maria is ready to say 'yes' to the dress!

As owner of Happy Ever After, Maria Mallory is Westfield's resident wedding planner, spending her days making dreams come true for future brides.

Maria even has her own perfect day planned out too, she just needs to find the right man. So when she falls in love with local celeb Darcy Burgess she can't believe her luck – it was finally her turn for her Happy Ever After. Or so she thought.

Jilted at the altar, Maria can't believe that her fairytale ending hasn't come true. She's ready to give up on love once and for all. But little does she know that once you stop looking for it, love has a way of surprising you…

A laugh-out-loud romance, perfect for fans of Holly Martin and Tilly Tennant.

EXTRACT
Two hours later, Maria found herself in Harrogate, squeezed into the red dress, heels pinching her feet, wondering why the hell she wasn't sat on Cass's couch eating ice cream and crying. She said the same to Cass as they walked on tottering heels to the nearest trendy bar, Ice, in the wine bar and posh eatery part of Harrogate's city centre, which, coincidentally, butted up against the legal quarter of Harrogate, and no doubt the two sides kept each other in business quite well too. Walking into Ice with Cassie, it was hard to ignore the stares that her friend attracted. Cassie Welburn was, let's face it, sex on a twenty nine year old stick. She was always tanned thanks to her meticulous salon treatments, plucked and shaped to perfection, and tonight, as usual, was dressed to kill. Even Maria's daring red dress looked tame in light of Cassie's black and silver dress, slashed to the thigh, combined with sparkly silver heels that make Cassie even taller than her just under six foot frame. Maria blushed and nudged Cass's elbow with her own.
"People are staring Cass." Cassie shrugged.
"Let them stare, girl. Don't worry, I've got your back." Maria belatedly realised that tonight, thanks to that ridiculous article, the stares may indeed be for her and not her glamorous friend. She cringed inwardly, and planted a smile on her face.  She took her friend by the arm, and pushing her boobs out and her chin up, she headed to the bar. "Let's get smashed," she declared.
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I am a writer and teacher, living in West Yorkshire with my husband, our two sons, and our furry pets.

In July 2015, I won the Prima magazine and Mills & Boon Flirty Fiction Competition, with my entry, The Chic Boutique on Baker Street, out now in ebook and paperback. The Flower Shop on Foxley Street followed this in 2017 and both books hit the Amazon top 200. Chic Boutique got to #2 in the rural life humour chart and is regularly in the top 100 of that chart.

I am the winner of the Writers Bureau Writer of the Year Award in 2016 and I have had work published in the UK and overseas in various magazines.

My next book, The Long Walk Back, is out in January 2018 and I am currently writing the last book in the Westfield series. My first book with Manatee Books, Nice Guys Finish Lonely, is out in April 2018 in ebook and paperback. I love to write romantic fiction, both rom-com and harder hitting women's fiction.

I am also a post 16 teacher and am undertaking an MA in Creative Writing at Teesside University.

I love to chat on twitter so come say hi! @writerdove
 
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Book Review - Immoral Justice by M.A. Comley

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Title: immoral Justice
Author: M.A. Comley
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied review copy
Publisher: Jeamel Publishing Limited
Publication Date: 15th July 2018
Rating: 5 Stars


A chance encounter leads to a gruesome conclusion.

But there is much more to this case than first meets the eye.

Yet another case for determined DI Lorne Warner and her team to solve.

The investigation proves to be a complex one from the outset, revealing not just one murder to solve but several.

Just when Lorne believes she has all the answers, the killer contacts her and makes a terrifying threat.

She's up against it, mentally and physically...

Will Lorne be able to pit her wits against a killer who isn't afraid of getting caught?

What a rather apt title this is, as the "justice " being enacted by the killer was unnecessarily cruel and nasty and certainly immoral. 

This is another excellent addition into this series, I found myself scratching my head as to how DI Lorne Warner was going to solve this case, on what appeared to be very little information and a rising body count. 

In some ways this reminded me of earlier books in the series especially after direct threats from the killer, which had me incredibly worried for and her family, but how justified that worry is, well you need to read the book. 

It was good to see Lorne's sister Jade had a storyline for the first time in a while, always nice to catch up with the rest of the family, in addition to the team of detectives determined to put this serial killer behind bars. 

This is a quick book to read, that I didn't want to put down at any point. Full of progression both in attempting to solve the case  but also of longer running series wide storylines, this is a book that probably could be read as a standalone but having read all 17 books in the Justice series so far, it is hard to me to be completely sure.  Having read the series up to this point, I am amazed at how much ground is covered and find it really easy to pick up the next book the second its available, and jump straight back into the characters lives. 

Suffice to say if you haven't read anything by this fabulous author, or in this thrilling series you are missing out.  I can't wait for the next book! 

Thank you to M.A. Comley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Sunday, 12 August 2018

10K Twitter Followers Giveaway

Rather aptly on Book Lover's Day last week, my twitter follower count hit 10k. 

I have no idea who the majority of you are, I may never meet you but I am incredibly grateful to all 10,000 followers for obviously liking what I put up on twitter - or at least not hating it enough to unfollow! 

10,000 is just a mindblowing amount of supporters and I don't have the words to express how happy I am, and how grateful, as without you, my blog would be rubbish. 

So thank you to each and everyone one of you. 

To celebrate this massive milestone, I have a huge giveaway for you! 

5 Lucky Winners will win their choice of book from the stack below (UK Only). 

One of the required entries is to put your 1st and 2nd Choice of book into the comments, so I can hopefully give you a book that you really want as your prize. 

If both books have already gone to other winners, I will ask for your choice from the remaining books.

Hopefully with a choice of 11 books and 5 winners - I won't draw 5 people all wanting the same two books - fingers crossed!! 




The books available to win are:

Her Last Breath by Tracy Buchanan
The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare 
The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor 
The Returning Tide by Liz Fenwick
The Dead Ex by Jane Corry 
Fifty Fifty by James Patterson
Will You Remember Me? bv Amanda Prowse 
Coming Home by Fern Britton



*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

Five winners will win a book of their choice from the pictured stack (UK Only)

Book Review - The Backpacking Housewife by Janice Horton - #HolidayReading Book 6

Book 6 of 28 read on my holiday to Cyprus in June 2018.

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Title: The Backpacking Housewife
Author: Janice Horton
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Publication Date: 6th July 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

One mum is leaving it all behind for the adventure of a lifetime…

Lorraine Anderson was meant to be making a Sunday roast, not swanning off to Thailand, backpack in hand! But when she finds her husband and her best friend in bed together there’s only one thing to do – grab her passport and never look back!

Now, with each mile travelled Lori sheds the woman she once was and finds the woman she was always meant to be. A woman of passion and spirit who deserves to explore the great unknown…and to indulge in the temptation she encounters along the way!

The second I saw the initial announcements for this book I knew I had to read it. I love anything that has a travel angle to it, and this is an author that has been on my radar for a while but that i haven't actually read before. 

And my excitement was truly justified, what an exotic story I have just read, of a woman who on discovering her husband is cheating on her with her best friend, goes straight to Gatwick airport and books a flight to the further away place she can find - Thailand. 

With nothing more than a backpack and a few items of clothing and products bought at the airport, she sets off on an exciting adventure. 

I felt as though I was alongside Lorri on every step of her journey, and the descriptions of the locations in Thailand really transported you placed. 

There are many other travellers we are introduced to along the way, and I really did enjoy the direction her trip took her. 

Definitely a top summer holiday read, in fact i read it poolside in about 2 hours, not wanting to move even when it started to get chillier, as I had to see what happened.   Loved every moment of this book and I am looking forward to reading more from the author in the future.

Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Impulse for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Book Review - A Year at Hotel Gondola by Nicky Pellegrino - Blog Tour

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Title: A Year at the Hotel Gondola
Author: Nicky Pellegrino
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: 9th August 2018 
Rating: 4 Stars

Kat is an adventurer, a food writer who travels the world visiting far-flung places and eating unusual things. Now she is about to embark on her biggest adventure yet - a relationship.

She has fallen in love with an Italian man and is moving to live with him in Venice where she will help him run his small guesthouse, Hotel Gondola. Kat has lined up a book deal and will write about the first year of her new adventure, the food she eats, the recipes she collects, the people she meets, the man she doesn't really know all that well but is going to make a life with.

But as Kat ought to know by now, the thing about adventures is that they never go exactly the way you expect them to...

If you have ever wanted to feel as though you have been to Venice and stayed there for a considerable amount of time, then this is easily the book for you. 

For Kat has decided to spend a year at The Hotel Gondola in the aim of seeing what it is like to put down roots in once place after travelling the world for most of her life. She has also fallen in love with Massimo and is curious to see what a longer term relationship is really like. 

Kat though is a food writer and has agreed to write a book documenting her year in Venice, and this is in part where my niggles with the book are. 

For what I was reading was really two books in one  - every other chapter was a chapter from Kat's book written in the first person, and typically in a font a few points smaller than the rest of the book.  Then the other chapters are in the third person, and dealt with what was happening in real time, whereas the book was the edited highlights as such. 

I was reading on a kindle and found either I was upping and reducing the font ever other chapter as I like my fonts at a certain size, sand too much larger or smaller is frustrating. In the end I was putting up with the smaller font on the chapters - but found all of it each time, just took me out of the swing of things as my eyes re-adjusted.  

That aside I did really enjoy the  book(s).  Kat is 50 years old,  and given her way of life she has an interesting perspective on everything. I loved every last description in this book - and really got a feel for how you could wander around Venice, get completely lost,  end up in a small osteria  or baccari offering assorted Cicchetti,  or discovering the festivals, the hidden shops. 

The book also touches on the real issue facing Venetians which is to do with the level of tourists in summer with calls to ban cruise ships.  This I know is based on real life, and was interesting to see in a book, and the younger Venetians take on the situation.  

I am a huge fan of Nicky Pellegrino and normally would be raving about her books, I feel she has lost her way slightly with this one, I found it to be very good but just missing that certain something that would normally have me whizzing through the pages. 

Regardless though this is an enjoyable story, and really does transport you to the heart of Venice, to the extent that I feel as though I would explore the city more next time I'm there on a cruise (or not depending on how that situation unravels). 

Thank you to Orion and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 




Saturday, 11 August 2018

Book Review - Somewhere Beyond The Sea by Miranda Dickinson - #HolidayReading Book 5

Book 5 of 28 read on my holiday to Cyprus in June 2018.

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Title: Somewhere Beyond The Sea
Author: Miranda Dickinson
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: EDPR
Publisher: Pan
Publication Date: 14th June 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

Can you fall in love with someone before you’ve even met?

Seren MacArthur is living a life she never intended. Trying to save the Cornish seaside business her late father built – while grieving for his loss – she has put her own dreams on hold and is struggling. Until she discovers a half-finished seaglass star on her favourite beach during an early morning walk. When she completes the star, she sets into motion a chain of events that will steal her heart and challenge everything she believes.

Jack Dixon is trying to secure a better life for daughter Nessie and himself. Left a widower and homeless when his wife died, he’s just about keeping their heads above water. Finding seaglass stars completed on Gwithian beach is a bright spark that slowly rekindles his hope.

Seren and Jack are searching for their missing pieces. But when they meet in real life, it’s on the opposing sides of a battle. Jack is managing the redevelopment of a local landmark, and Seren is leading the community campaign to save it.

Both have reason to fight – Seren for the cause her father believed in, Jack for his livelihood. But only one can win. With so much at stake, will they ever find what they are really looking for?

Miranda Dickinson's Somewhere Beyond the Sea is a sparkling tale of love, life and finding magic where you least expect it.

What a charming story that is so uplifting and tells the story of Seren and Jack in alternating chapters.

Seren is campaigning on her late fathers behalf to preserve a local building from development. 

Jack is a recently widowed single dad to 7 year old Nessie and is trying to do the best for his little girl even if it means working for a large building company,

What neither of them know is that there is a connection between them from the first few pages that involves on one level magic and mermaids!

Two people both just trying to do their best by their loved ones and neither necessarily following their own hearts. 

i loved all the various characters and also the story behind the building that is at the heart of it all. 

The majority of the book takes place over a 5 or 6 week period where i will say both characters lives change a lot, and in that we also get some great campaigning on both sides. 

It is another wonderful book by Miranda Dickinson, and is perfect for those long lazy summer evenings, wishing you were in Cornwall!

Thank you to EDPR for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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