Monday, 24 September 2018

Book Review - Snowflakes Over Holly Cove by Lucy Coleman - Blog Tour

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Title: Snowflakes Over Holly Cove
Author: Lucy Coleman
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Publisher supplied copy
Publisher: Aria
Publication Date: 18th September 2018
Rating: 4 Stars

As the snowflakes start to fall, Holly Cove welcomes a new tenant to the beautiful old cottage on the beach...

For lifestyle magazine journalist Tia Armstrong, relationships, as well as Christmas, have lost all their magic. Yet Tia is up against a Christmas deadline for her latest article 'Love is, actually, all around'...

So Tia heads to Holly Cove where the restorative sea air, and rugged stranger Nic, slowly but surely start mending her broken heart.

Tia didn't expect a white Christmas, and she certainly never dared dream that all her Christmas wishes might just come true...

Set in Caswell Bay on the stunningly rugged Gower Coast, the cottage nestles amid the limestone cliffs and the woodlands; the emotions run as turbulently as the wind-swept sea.

What a charming story,  which kept me entertained from start to finish. 

I loved getting to discover the Gower Coast an in particular Holly Cove which sounded lovely.  I enjoyed getting to know the locals to the area, especially Max and Nic. 

I especially was interested in both Tia's friendships between Max and also Nic, and she was gaining different things from both men. 

Tia is still coming to terms with the loss of her mother, but through it there is a silver lining, she is back in touch with her brother, and may start getting to know her estranged niece.  

This whole book had a lovely heartwarming feel to it, and although its predominately set throughout the year, it does a bit of a festive slant to it, with Tia writing articles for the November, December and January issues of the magazine she writes for in the early summer.   The various couples she interviews are all interesting and I liked how Tia was able to draw people into her, and get them chatting. 

This does mean the book doesn't need to be saved for when you are doing your Christmas reading and can easily be enjoyed year round. 

There were plenty of unexpected moments in the book which kept me wondering whether I had missed any vital clues.  Plenty of secrets to uncover and there is a scene of high drama that me on the edge of my seat. 

It is a very enjoyable read and I look forward to more from Lucy Coleman in the future. 

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

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Book Review - The Little Cornish Kitchen by Jane Linfoot - #HolidayReading Book 18

Book 18 of 28 read on my holiday to Cyprus in June 2018.

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Title: The Little Cornish Kitchen
Author: Jane Linfoot
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Publication Date: 17th May 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

It's time to come home to Cornwall

With an exiting new life in Paris, Clemmie Hamilton isn't looking forward to heading home to the picturesque but sleepy village of St Aidan, Cornwall. However, when she discovers that the cosy apartment by the sea, which her grandmother left to her, is under threat from neighbour and property developer, Charlie Hobson, Clemmie realises she can't abandon her home in its time of need.

With her childhood friends encouraging her, Clemmie decides to turn the apartment into 'The Little Cornish Kitchen' – a boutique pop up pudding club raising money for the repairs to the building in an effort to stop Charlie once and for all. But when Charlie and his easy charm won't seem to go away, everything soon becomes even messier than the state of Clemmie's Cornish kitchen…

Why readers love The Little Cornish Kitchen:

‘Have you ever liked a book so much that you wanted to give it a hug…chicklit GOLD’ Pretty Little Book Reviews

Well I was craving macarons in the first few pages, and then moved onto sorbets, meringues, chocolate and more. To say this book is a treat for the tastebuds would be an understatement. 

If this book doesn't make you incredibly hungry as you read it I would be surprised. 

Even with a new cast of characters I loved being back in St. Aidan which the author has used for some of her previous books, and is a gorgeous Cornish setting. 

I loved everything to do with Clemmie's story, from the not knowing her father, to learning to cook to all of her fellow mermaids (friends).

In fact I loved every second of this marvellous story.  What a joy to read.

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

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Book Review - Springtime at Wildacre by Lucy Daniels - #HolidayReading Book 17

Book 17 of 28 read on my holiday to Cyprus in June 2018.

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Title: Springtime at Wildacre
Author: Lucy Daniels
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Publication Date: 28th April 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

Love is in the air in the little village of Welford . . .

Mandy Hope is on cloud nine. Hope Meadows, the animal rescue and rehabilitation centre she founded, is going really well. And she's growing ever closer to handsome villager Jimmy Marsh. What's more, James Hunter, her best friend, is slowly learning to re-embrace life after facing tragedy.

But when an unexpected crisis causes Mandy to lose confidence in her veterinary skills, it's a huge blow. If she can't learn to forgive herself, then her relationship with Jimmy, and the future of Hope Meadows, may be in danger. It'll take friendship, love, community spirit - and one elephant with very bad teeth - to remind Mandy and her fellow villagers that springtime in Yorkshire really is the most glorious time of the year.

Such a joy to be back amongst friends in this new book in the Hope Meadows series. 

I absolutely lover the direction this book has taken the story in, and meeting a new array of animals, from squirrels to well lets just say something just a tad larger than a squirrel towards the end!

Since this is the third book in a series there are plenty of story line continuing from the previous books, which is always good to see.  

One of the main new plots was seeing how Mandy would get on meeting Jimmy's twins as they do need to get along if there is any hope of their relationship continuing. 

In fact between Jimmy and best friend of Mandy's James, most of the major story threads seemed to involve them. Good thing I enjoy both of their characters. 

There were definitely some emotional moments in this, but also some cute and funny ones too.  I love this author and her writing, and I love Hope Meadows and Animal Ark and am already eagerly awaiting the next installment. 

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Friday, 21 September 2018

Book Review - The Perfect Fit by Mary Jayne Baker

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Title: The Perfect Fit
Author: Mary Jayne Baker
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Mirror Books
Publication Date: 21st September 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

After years living in London, costume shop owner Becky Finn is trying to build a new life for herself and fiancé Cole in her old home of Egglethwaite, a sleepy village in the Yorkshire Dales.

Keen to raise funds for the struggling village hall she loved as a child, Becky soon finds herself at the head of a colourful group intent on resurrecting Egglethwaite s Christmas pantomime. But, as she quickly discovers, there s more to panto than innuendo and slapped thighs.

As opening night grows closer, Becky starts to wonder if her embattled panto will ever make it to the stage and, with handsome co-star Marcus on the scene, if she s picked the right man for her after all.

It's panto season!!

Oh not it isn't - I hear you cry! 

Oh yes it is! - or at least it feel like it having just read The Perfect Fit. 

If you are a fan of the good old British tradition of a pantomime, then you will love this book as putting on a  panto to save a village hally is exactly what this book is all about. 

The real life situations of Becky and the cast are mirroring the fairytale ones where reality and fiction can become blurred. 

All of my favourite sections revolve around the panto, the writing sessions between Becky and Marcus, full of innuendo and groan worthy jokes.  The sections of the script we see read and sound just like any panto I've seen, with the right mix between child friendly and hilarious for an adult too.   They also I was glad to see were inserting all the key elements of a panto - song and dance numbers, a messy scene with custard pies and the like, audience participation and generally a feeling of a fabulous night out. 

The book opens with Becky taking her niece Pip to a panto, and seeing it through the eyes of a 5 year old really set the tone for the book.  If you have read the previous book in the Love in the Dales series, then like me you will be delighted to see a whole host of very familiar faces, even if as the story progresses you are seeing them in a completely new light!  

It does work as a standalone though, so if you haven't read the first book don't worry you won't be at a disadvantage. 

There are some plot lines that address all manner of topics some far more frivolous than others and this really is a feel good read that will make you keen for the festive season to start without it being a Christmassy book.  In fact the story takes place over a year and we don't get a proper sense of Christmas, so although its very panto-centric, its a really pleasurable book to read year round! 

So slap your thigh, unleash your inner child and sit back and relax with this joyous book that wil make you groan and also smile, laugh, believe in magic and fairy tales and generally feel like you have had a good night out at the local panto. 

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

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Book Review - The Temp by Michelle Frances

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Title: The Temp
Author: Michelle Frances
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Pan
Publication Date: 20th September 2018
Rating: 4 Stars

No one was going to replace her. Were they?

Carrie is a successful TV producer in a high pressure job. She’s talented, liked, and well-respected. She and her husband, Adrian, an award-winning screenwriter, decided years before that they didn’t want children. But now, just as they’re both at the pinnacle of their careers, she has discovered she is pregnant, and is shocked to find that she wants to keep the baby. But in a competitive industry where time off is seen as a sign of weakness, Carrie looks on the prospect of maternity leave with trepidation.

Enter Emma, the temp, who is everything she could wish for as her cover: smart, willing and charming. Carrie fears that Emma is manoeuvring her way into Carrie’s life, causing turmoil in both her marriage and her work as she does so. The problem is everyone else adores her . . .

Increasingly isolated from Adrian and her colleagues, Carrie begins to believe Emma has an agenda. Does Emma want her job? Or is she after even more?

Thoroughly gripping story that by the last quarter had me on the edge of my seat while I saw how everything unfurled.  

To start with this feels like a nice reasonably gentle women's fiction novel,  about a couple who are having a baby, but the father is rather reluctant, and the mother is fearing for her job while she is on maternity leave.  All issues that people face on a regular basis. 

However it soon becomes apparent that there is something just isn't quite right with Emma, the temp, yes she is amazing at her job but I found it hard to warm to her. I wasn't too keen on her parents either who just didn't understand their daughter. 

As events unfold, the tension ramps up, and its becomes a more compelling read,  and slightly unsettling, as everything was a bit too realistic and easy to believe!   

With each chapter, the focus was on a different character,  so we did get to know all the main protagonists, especially Carrie and Emma very well.   I'm not sure how much I particularly liked anyone apart from Carrie who I did enjoy but the others weren't horrible, they were just harder to like, and the reasons do become apparent as you read. 

This was the first book I have read by the author and I would be tempted to read more.  The writing really drew me in and I'm sure accounted to my disturbed sleep, last night!  

This was a very good book, which for most of the first half I wasn't too surprised by but then the second half ramped it up a notch and I was completely wrong footed with the outcomes. 

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

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Book Review - The Little Paris Patisserie by Julie Caplin

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Title: The Little Paris Patisserie 
Author: Julie Caplin
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Publication Date: 6th September 
Rating: 5 Stars

In a cosy corner of Paris, a delicious little patisserie is just waiting to be discovered. And romance might just be on the menu…

As the youngest of four, Nina Hadley has always had her big brothers telling her what to do. So, when she’s given the chance to move to Paris and help run a patisserie course, she can’t say au revoir quick enough!

There’s just one problem: high-flying chef Sebastian Finlay is the owner of the patisserie. He’s also her brother Nick’s best friend – and the man she has secretly been in love with since forever.

Amongst the mouth-wateringly delicious eclairs and delicate macaroons, Nina’s culinary creations aren’t the only tempting thing she’s working with…

The Little Paris Patisserie is another gem in this series, and one I am incredibly excited to be able to shout about! 

My only regret with regards to reading this book is that I couldn't quite find enough time to sit and read it in one sitting,  as it was just so, so so good!! Everytime I put it down the characters stayed in my head for hours, and I just loved Nina and Sebastian and all those on the patisserie course. 

Ok there was a second regret that I wasn't reading this in a patisseries myself, as I wanted nothing more than to scoff all of the incredibly yummy food that was being produced,  and I am partial to an eclair or two, and the macarons sounds fabulous too.  Not to mention the visit to LadurĂ©e and other patisserie's in Paris which all sounded so different but with gorgeous decors and sumptuous sounding treats. 

I really don't want to tell you anything else about the book as its s so amazing and has some wonderful threads running though it, that starting with no info is good, as it will heighten your enjoyment, as you see how everything comes together. 

I mean obviously there is Patisserie - both the place and the act of making delicious pastry and delicate treats,  there is a sexy man who Nina knew well already as he is her best friends brother, there are all manner of fabulous people learning the art of patisserie from a course owner who is reluctant to be running it and a would have rather Nina wasn't his assistant. 

Oh and its in Paris, which means we get to experience aspects of Paris from the point of view of someone who has never been, and her new found friends.  There are secrets, discoveries, eclairs (did I already mention those), and some clear tension. Add in some great  dialogue,  a couple of really fun outings  and of course fabulous writing and storytelling from Julie Caplin and you have a wonderful book.  

I'm over the moon to see this isn't the last of this amazing series, and really looking forward to reading the next one already.  If you love your romantic comedy books, or ones featuring tantalising food, then definitely make sure to add this to your TBR pile today! 

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

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Book Review - The Oddest Little Romance Shop by Beth Good

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Title: The Oddest Little Romance Shop
Author: Beth Good
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author suppliedcopy
Publisher: Quercus
Publication Date: 30th August 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

Izzie has the perfect plan for a perfect life. Work hard, get married, settle down, start a family. But when a mysterious Valentine's day card arrives, asking in a bold scrawl, 'Will you marry me?', it upends everything.
Because Izzie thought she'd found Mr Right - and the card isn't from him.

Puzzled, she sets out to discover the identity of her secret admirer . . . and is shocked by the truth. Torn in two directions, Izzie doesn't know what to do.

Should she stick to the plan, or is it time to take life in a bold new direction?

What an incredibly sweet romance, that was also completely odd - but there was no shop really in the book to complete the title. 

What we do have is a prologue that enticed me into read more of the book, and a series of events that unfurled with a great deal of drama and intrigue. 

This is one fast paced book where the only thing I was sure of what that Izzie was definitely planning on marrying the wrong man at the start.  What I couldn't have predicted was how her true love would appear into the book, and the true nature of her fiancee. 

This was incredibly short and was a very fast read, I think it took me an hour in two sittings to read, and that's only because starting great books at 2:30am to tend to mean I need to put them down shortly afterwards for sleep!   

I loved every moment of this quirky little story, and just couldn't wait to see what direction it would go in next. 

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

Monday, 17 September 2018

Book Review - Love at the Northern Lights by Darcie Boleyn

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Title:  Love at the Northern Lights
Author: Darcie Boleyn
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Canelo
Publication Date: 17th September 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

Runaway bride Frankie Ashford hops a plane to Norway with one goal in mind - find her estranged mother and make peace with the past. But when a slip on the ice in Oslo lands her directly in Jonas Thorsen’s viking-strong arms, her single-minded focus drifts away in the winter winds.

When it comes to romance Jonas knows that anything he and Frankie share has an expiration date - the British heiress has a life to return to in London that’s a world away from his own. But family is everything to Jonas and, as the one man who can help Frankie find the answers she’s seeking, he’ll do whatever it takes to help her reunite with her mother.

Now, as Christmas draws closer and the northern lights work their magic Frankie and Jonas will have to make a it safe or risk heartbreak to take a chance on love.

From its stunning cover, the hilarious first few chapters, and then the way the story develops, well this is just fabulous.   A heartwarming tale taking in a runaway bride, a trip to Norway, finding a parent and even more, discovering yourself too. 

Where do I start in explaining how much I loved this book - when I wasn't reading it I was wondering why, when I was I was hoping the ended would never appear, as I was enjoying the story so much. 

There are many directions and subplots, most of which I didn't predict which just added to the compelling qualities of this story.  There were some fabulous storylines, great writing, beautiful descriptions, some emotion, plenty of laughs and some romance too - I mean what else do you need - and I did I mention it also features a trip to see the Northern Lights, a sexy photographer, a quaint art gallery and a good idea of what Oslo is like in November. 

I would say this is more of a wintery book, perfect to read curled up by the fire, although I may have been just as content reading it in the sun during August! Most of the story is set in November, so its not what I would classify a Christmas book per se, more one that could be read at any time of the year, although Christmas does feature. 

I loved almost all the characters in this, apart from Frankie's grandma, but I could understand her towards the end at least.   I just got such a great feeling reading this that I can't really put into words, and' I don't really want to to comment on the plot as I think its best left to be discovered for yourself. 

This really is a wonderful book to add you your must reads stack for this winter, and its one of my favourites from this author.  

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

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Book Review - A Summer Scandal by Kat French - #HolidayReading Book 16

Book 16 of 28 read on my holiday to Cyprus in June 2018.

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Title: A Summer Scandal
Author: Kat French
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 28th June 2018 
Rating: 5 Stars

Summer has never been so scandalous…

When Violet moves to Swallow Beach, she inherits a small Victorian pier with an empty arcade perched on the end of it, and falls in love immediately. She wants nothing more than to rejuvenate it and make it grand again – but how?

When she meets hunky Calvin, inspiration strikes. What if she turned the arcade into an adult-themed arcade full of artisan shops?

Not everyone in the town is happy with the idea, but Violet loves her arcade and business begins to boom. But as tensions worsen and the heat between her and Calvin begins to grow, life at Swallow Beach becomes tricky. Is it worth staying to ride out the storm? And can Violet find her own happy ending before the swallows fly south for the winter?

Sexy, sassy and full of heart, Kat French is back in a new summer sizzler

I have read many books featuring surprise inheritances, but I do have to say this is the first time I've read one involving an old Victorian pier in a seaside resort. 

And the plan that Violet puts into place for this pier is very imaginative, and I loved seeing how this story developed.

So much of this book made me smile, and i loved meeting all the residents of Swallow Beach.

There are even some secrets from the past to be unravelled too. 

If you are wanting to spend the summer with a fun story, set in a lesser known tourist resort, and discover just what to do when you inherit a pier, then this is definitely the book for you. 

Even as I was reading my next few books after this, I still had Swallow Beach and the pier in my mind, to the extent I thought I was still in this book, which to me is the mark of a very good book! 

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

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Book Review - Daisy's Vintage Cornish Camper Van by Ali McNamara - #HolidayReading Book 15

Book 15 of 28 read on my holiday to Cyprus in June 2018.

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Title:  Daisy's Vintage Cornish Camper Van
Author: Ali McNamara
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Sphere
Publication Date: 14th June 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

Welcome to the gorgeous Cornish town of St Felix, where there's magic in the air...

When Ana inherits a broken-down camper van from her best friend, she takes the chance for a quick trip to Cornwall - some sea air and fish and chips on the beach is just the tonic she needs.

But St Felix has bigger plans for Ana. She discovers a series of unsent postcards, dating back to the 1950s, hidden in the upholstery of the van. Ana knows that it's a sign: she'll make sure that the messages reach the person that they were meant for. And as the broken-down van is restored to gleaming health, so Ana begins to find her way back to happiness.

As a long term fan of Ali McNamara I was delighted to see a return to St. Felix in this book, and to be able to catch up with old favourite characters, while thoroughly enjoying  a brand new standalone story. 

In recent years there was always been something in this authors books that will make you scratch your head in wonder, or make you highly skeptical, and this is no exception, and I was almost on the look out for it!

In fact what on the surface is a rather simple story, has quite a few layers and subplots to it.  

I just loved the story of the Campervan and its role in a new romance and a mystery. 

I couldn't have predicted some of the outcomes if I had tried and the journey is one that hooked me in, and had me enthralled. 

This is another gem of a book by a really talented must read, and favourite author of mine. 

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

Book Review - Lost Innocence by M. A. Comley

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Title:  Lost Innocence
Author: M. A. Comley
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Jeamel Publishing Limited
Publication Date: 15th September 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

A chance encounter...

Leads to devastating consequences.

The statistics for missing children are staggering and emotionally hard to deal with even for the hardest of detectives. 

DI Sally Parker and her cold case team need to have their wits about them when two very different cases land on her desk. 

Can she solve the mystery of where the bodies are buried? 

Past experience tells her that cold cases have a tendency to unearth surprising secrets. 

The emotions of the families involved are raw during the course of the investigations but nothing can prepare them for the surprising outcome each case delivers.

Can Sally solve the cases before a distraught family member of one of the victims is laid to rest?

What a fascinating insight into how a police team solves cold cases.  

This was the first book I have read in the D. I. Sally Parker series,  and I am delighted to say that it can be read as a standalone, asI had no prior knowledge, but didn't feel I was at a disadvantage, although I'm sure a few of the references to the past would have meant more had I started at the beginning.  

Having read this talented authors Justice series, but not her other books I was eager to try another series when the opportunity arose. And I am delighted that I have read this one as I know I will now be hooked on Sally and her team's story. 

It was great getting to know a new detective, and I loved seeing how her team works.  The two cases they were working on were both interesting in different ways.  One involved a recent discovery of a skeleton that had been buried 30 years before, while the other was about getting closure for the familiers of a serial killer. 

This is full of just good old fashioned detective work, and it was a pleasure to read.  I devoured the whole book in just a couple of short hours, and didn't even notice the time passing, as I was enjoying it so much.   

Having finally read a book from one of M. A. Comley's other series, I am now completely convinced that I will love just about anything she writes.   

For me an excellent introduction to D. I. Sally Parker and her life, team and area of the policing they are working in. If you have already been reading the series then I'm sure you will love it even more than I did. 

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

Friday, 14 September 2018

Book Review - At The Wedding by Matt Dunn

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Title: At The Wedding
Author: Matt Dunn
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: 1st September 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

Livia’s been planning her wedding to Jed for ages. Now, at the venue in beautiful Barcelona, with her dress pressed and the guests all on their way, she’s only left one tiny detail until the last minute: letting the groom know he’s about to get hitched.

But as far as Jed’s concerned, they’ve been bumping along just fine for ten years and even have a baby on the way, so why spoil things with an ‘I do’? Especially when he’d really rather not.

Meanwhile the guests are arriving with plenty of baggage of their own. Fading reality star Liam’s still on the lookout for a plus-one; Rachel’s has refused to come—and dumped her into the bargain; and divorcee Patrick’s date is more of the ‘mid-life crisis’ variety.

But as the ceremony approaches, and with no sign of Jed, there’s only one thing on all of their minds: will there be a bride and groom at the wedding?

I have no idea how Matt Dunn manages it, but not for the first time has has written a book based around the events of a short space of time - this time around its 48 hours and manages to fit in so many twists and turns along the way to keep readers on their toes.  

At times I was so engrossed in this book that a waitress made me jump out of my skin, as I hadn't seen her approach and I'm still not sure how I returned home as I don't recall seeing most of the stops! 

The book is not the only thing that is fast paced, so is the time between proposal and wedding, for Livia's and Je.  To say that Jed was rather surprised at the real reason they were in Barcelona, would be an understatement. 

Followed up with the following day assorted friends and family arrive for the wedding, all of whom have been sworn to secrecy. 

The focal point switches around between some of the main characters,so you were able to get to know them a bit better.  I really did love all members of the main wedding part, and some of the supplementary people were also great to meet. 

I love how clever this author is in creating a believable storyline, with plenty of action and humour but using such a small timeline.  Each character shows some development in their view towards relationships over the course of the book.  I loved Liam's continual flirting, Izzy's shopaholic tendencies, Patrick's father figure approach to the group, Rachel's sightseeing is particularly memorable as is Jed's reaction to the proposal

Another gem of a book from Dunn, reminding me once more of just how much I love this author. If you are already a fan then you will understand when I say it has all of his trademark style and is a must read.  If you have never tried a Matt Dunn book, then this is certainly a great example of what he is capable of. 

Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and Matt Dunn for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Book Review - Return to the Little Cottage on the Hill by Emma Davies

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Title: Return to the Little Cottage on the Hill
Author: Emma Davies
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 31st August 2018
Rating: 4 Stars

The climb up the hill takes her past sweet-smelling pink roses in full bloom and leads her to an utterly breathtaking view. Megan is happy to be home at last, but will her relationship have survived the journey? 

It has been a difficult few years for thirty-year-old Megan Forrester, completing her apprenticeship and trying to maintain a long-distance relationship with her gorgeous boyfriend, Liam.

She’s returned home to compete in a local craft competition. The prize is the chance to design beautiful new gates for the estate at the bottom of the hill, a job which could secure her future in the village forever.

As the contest gets underway, Megan is devastated when a rival design turns out to be almost identical to hers. Someone in the close-knit community must have leaked her sketches, but who? Is it the same person spreading heartbreaking rumours about Liam?

Down to the last few left in the competition, Megan throws her heart and soul into a show-stopping final piece… but will winning even matter when the truth about Liam is finally revealed?

I'm not sure what I can say about this that I haven't already said about the first two books in this series. It was a such a joy to back at Joy Acres with Maddie, Seth, Tom, Clara and Trixie it felt as though i was returned home. 

For despite what the blurb says to me Clara is the main character of this book, of the main people that are at Joy Acre, it is her turn to find romance, and to go on a journey of self discovery.  I am not sure how much thought I had given to her before this book, other than in a supporting role, but I now feel as though I know her a whole lot better. 

The story takes in her friendship with Trixie and how it all changes when a TV producer comes to town and wants to make the pair of them stars of a cooking and gardening show. 

So who is the Megan that the blurb focuses on you may ask? Well she is staying at Joy Acre farm and taking part in the blacksmithing contest held up the the big manor house owned by Agatha who featured in the first book of the series. 

Some chapter did focus on Megan and I found the blacksmithing contest interesting as its a skill I have never really thought about until this book and the finale to her storyline was incredibly gripping.  I just didn't feel as connected to her. 

It was fabulous to catch up with old friends and this book could easily be read as a standalone.  It was lovely to see a bit more of Agatha and my feelings towards her have softened with how she is in this book.    I really enjoyed reading this book, given how familiar the setting and characters are now it made the pages zoom past until I ran out! 

This is another great addition to the series and I am eagerly awaiting the next book which I hope will give Trixie a love interest!  

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