Thursday, 20 June 2019

Introducing Frankie Collins...

Earlier this week, Boldwood Books a brand new publisher launched, with an amazing list of 20 authors. Having taken a look at it I'm incredibly excited by both the publisher and the authors that have joined, so many of which I have read and enjoyed in the past.

So when I was asked if I could introduce you all to one of their authors, it was an easy decision to make.

Introducing Frankie Collins, the new pseudonym of bestselling romantic comedy author Portia MacIntosh.

After publishing eleven novels (including ‘The Accidental Honeymoon’ and ‘It’s Not You, It’s Them’) with HQ (HarperCollins) as Portia, Frankie has signed a three-book deal with Boldwood Books.

Boldwood Books recently announced their 20 strong, all-female launch list and Frankie’s debut novel will be one of their first books published. 

When disaster strikes, paradise calls…

As a published novelist, Lila Rose has been writing about fictional weddings all her life. But disaster strikes on her own big day when she hears her philandering fiancé, Daniel whispering sweet nothings to someone else.

With her dream day shattered, all Lila wants to do is run and hide, so she decides to fly solo on her own honeymoon.

When Daniel arrives in the resort with his new squeeze, Lila strikes up a ‘showmance’ with hot new movie star, Freddie Bianchi. Freddie is perfect for the part and Lila soon relaxes into her leading lady role.

But as truth starts to merge with fiction, could real love be in the air?

A sizzling holiday romance, perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Lindsey Kelk and Sophie Ranald’s Sorry Not Sorry.

Publication Date: 6th August 2019

Pre-order now from: Amazon UK | 

I don't know about you, but that cover has hooked me in even before we get to the rest of this fabulous information.   I'm a huge fan of Portia MacIntosh, so am incredibly eager to see what her new pen name will bring.  And doesn't the book just sound wonderful?  I can't wait! 

Let me know your thoughts, are you excited for this new publisher? For this gorgeous looking new book? 

I'll definitely be excited on 6th August for this book, which looks like it could be a great poolside read, which is handy as I'll be on holiday myself when it publishes! 

Book Review - The Path to the Sea by Liz Fenwick

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Title: The Path to the Sea
Author: Liz Fenwick
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Publisher supplied copy
Publisher: HQ
Publication Date: 6th June 2019
Rating: 4 Stars

Sometimes going home is just the beginning…
Boskenna, the beautiful, imposing house standing on the Cornish cliffs, means something different to each of the Trewin women.

For Joan, as a glamorous young wife in the 1960s, it was a paradise where she and her husband could entertain and escape a world where no one was quite what they seemed – a world that would ultimately cost their marriage and end in tragedy.

Diana, her daughter, still dreams of her childhood there – the endless blue skies and wide lawns, book-filled rooms and parties, the sound of the sea at the end of the coastal path – even though the family she adored was shattered there.

And for the youngest, broken-hearted Lottie, heading home in the August traffic, returning to Boskenna is a welcome escape from a life gone wrong in London, but will mean facing a past she’d hoped to forget.

As the three women gather in Boskenna for a final time, the secrets hidden within the beautiful old house will be revealed in a summer that will leave them changed for ever.

The Path to the Sea beautifully evokes the mystery and secrets of the Cornish coast, and will be loved by fans of Kate Morton and Rachel Hore

The Path to the Sea is certainly a book that drew me in and kept my on my toes throughout. 

The narrative is from three main characters points of view, Joan, who we see in her role of hostess of Boskenna one fateful weekend in 1962.   There is Diana, her daughter, and we see life through her eyes as an 8 year old in 1962, as well as a woman in her 60s in the present day. Finally there is Lottie, Joan's granddaughter, and mostly we see her in the present day. 

All three generations of women are brought under Boskenna's roof, for a very sad reason, and through it we see how fractured this family really is.  There are many secrets to uncover, and just what happened in 1962 to Diana's father.  

Joan clearly was living an extraordinary life, and some of it went a bit over my head, but I got the gist of the key plot points, not that I can see what they  were as that would spoilt it for you. It really was quite fascinating to read sections set in the 60s. 

I really enjoyed getting to know all three ladies and seeing just how everything would resolve itself.  The writing as I would expect from Liz Fenwick is accomplished, and really does describe everything incredibly well.  I loved how the plot moved forward, and how the book took place over such a short space of time. 

Thankfully each chapter is titled not only with which character, but also the date and time, so you can properly follow the timelines, and watch everything unfurl properly.   And with the chapters being relatively short, it was a rather more-ish book where I kept saying just one more chapter!! 

This is the first book I've read from the author for ages, and I am convinced that I need to not leave it so long before I read another, as I really did enjoy this story. 

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

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Book Review - Le Tour de Love by Lilac Mills

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Title: Le Tour de Love
Author: Lilac Mills
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Self published
Publication Date: 31st March 2019
Rating: 5 Stars

“…the opportunity of a lifetime.”

When physiotherapist Molly Matthews is offered a dream job by a guy who shaves his legs and has an obsession with his bicycle, she has serious doubts about accepting. But, as she keeps telling herself, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime and she’ll never get another chance like this. So, she does what anyone in her position would do – she agrees to join a professional cycling team for the most prestigious race in the cycling world – The Tour de France.
The reality, though, isn’t exactly what she had anticipated; instead of eating out at restaurants in pretty French villages and spending her free time lounging around the hotel pool, Molly finds herself living out of a suitcase for three weeks, massaging eight pairs of sweaty legs, administering ice baths and treating saddle sores.
And neither did she anticipate falling for a gorgeous, passionate, professional rider by the name of Alexander Duvall…

I absolutely adored this book and the pages literally couldn't turn fast enough, took me under 3 hours to read it - 2 tube journeys and while eating in a restaurant!  

I've read all of Lilac Mills books so far, and this is definitely my favourite, after all it combines cycling with romance, all set to a French backdrop, and specifically  The Tour de France. 

As much as I love sport, I'm more of a track cycling fan, although I always promise myself that I really should watch the Tour de France, especially while there are great British riders in it and competing well each year at the moment.  But I didn't really know much about the nitty gritty of the race, other than what I've read in perhaps one or two other fiction books over the years. 

If you were wanting a beginners guide to the Tour, along with a plucky hero, a heroine who knows nothing about the sport, and everything explained in a really accessible way, then look no further.   I was finding that I was cheering on Team BeSpoke the whole way, especially their top two drivers. 

One of which Alex is the reason that Molly was offered the physio's job with the team for this Tour and beyond,  And suddenly we are thrust alongside her into a whole new world, one which I absolutely loved.  Although I do like her think the cyclists are slightly insane for what they put their bodies through over the course of the race. 

I really understand the team aspect of road cycling a lot more, as well as some of the team member positions.  Any book with a sport involved in it, tends to attract and keep my attention quickly. 

And the interactions between Mollie and Alex were really believable and I loved seeing the way their story developed. 

This really is a feel good book that has had me smiling, as well as slightly nerve wrecking, with some of the race antics... but for the same reason completely enthralling too.  I loved every second of this story and I would absolutely love to see a sequel or series as I think there is a lot the authors could do featuring assorted characters from this book.  

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

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Book Review - Edie Browne's Cottage By The Sea by Jane Linfoot

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Title: Edie Browne's Cottage By The Sea
Author: Jane Linfoot
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Publication Date: 24th May 2019
Rating: 5 Stars

Those who don’t jump will never fly…

Hurtling through the sky was supposed to be Edie Browne’s flight of independence. But when she falls head over champagne bucket while celebrating her successful landing, her life is changed in an instant. 

But starting over has its benefits, and as Edie relearns the basics under the watchful eye of her Aunty Josie and an entire Cornish village of new friends and neighbours, she finds love and joy she never could have imagined in the unlikeliest of places… 

Come home to St Aidan and Periwinkle Cottage for a romance full of love, laughter and friends for life!

I've been a fan of Jane Linfoot's books for years, so always excited to read a new one by her, and seeing this one was set in St Aidan home to some fabulous books by Jane, I was keen to see what this new story brought. 

And yet I couldn't have been more surprised by it if I tried, as it really did feel slightly different to the authors normal work, while still having at its heart all the elements of a fabulous Jane Linfoot book. 

Every chapter starts with Edie Browne's latest epic achievement, now these achievements may surprise you, as given what Edie has been through, and how she currently is, what are epic things for her, may just be small fry to you. 

It's Edie's journey over the course of the year since she did a sky dive to celebrate life being successful, and what happens shortly afterwards that changes her life completely.  Now if like me you have read many books in the genre, you will have a pretty strong idea of how the book is likely to end up. 

But its getting there that makes the story so special.  It really is quite eye opening in a way, and its Edie's friendship with 6 year old Cam that really makes the book, plus the  continual denial of her even thinking she feels anything for a certain good looking man, who always seems to be about. 

Edie is trying her best to get Auntie Josie back out into the world, and meeting people in St. Aidan, which leads to some wonderful antics at assorted classes.  There is masses of depth in this book, the characters are all really well developed, , some of the back stories are very emotional. 

In fact there was an occasional lump in my throat while reading this, but mostly its full of laughter, and a great heart warming feeling.  

I really don't want to say much more, as I went in blind, i don't think I even read the blurb properly, and thoroughly enjoyed reading the book, so especially if you are already a fan of the author, just read the book, you won't be disappointed. 

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

Monday, 17 June 2019

Book Review - Schoolgirl Missing by Sue Fortin - #HolidayReading Thailand

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Title: Schoolgirl Missing
Author: Sue Fortin
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: 10th January 2019
Rating: 4 Stars


When fourteen-year-old Poppy vanishes on a family boating trip, suspicion soon turns close to home – to the two people who should do everything to keep her safe, her parents, Kit and Neve.

Neve has a secret. Kit is lying.
Everyone is watching.
Who do you believe?

Another cracking and suspenseful book from Sue Fortin, who kept me guessing throughout. 

Initially I thought I could predict everything, but then realised the set up would be too predictable if I was correct and I'm delighted to say that it became really hard to guess the truth the whole way through. 

The more I got to know Neve and Kit the less I liked them, I felt fro them that Phoebe had gone missing, but I much preferred Phoebe to her parents. 

She is a rather vulnerable young adult, with learning difficulties, so  the fact she disappeared was rather worrying.  

Oddly I was more eager to work out how / why than actual concern for her. 

This was a story with many layers to it, all sorts of unsavoury seemingly normal people, and it became rather addictive towards the end. 

Another incredibly gripping story from one of my favourite suspense authors, 

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

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Book Review - Summer at the Kindness Cafe by Victoria Walters - Blog Tour

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Title: Summer at the Kindness Cafe
Author: Victoria Walters
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source:Publisher supplied copy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 13th June 2019
Rating: 5 Stars

Escape to the beautiful town of Littlewood with this heart-warming read, perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Holly Hepburn and Jo Thomas. 

Welcome to Brew, a cafe where kindness is almost as important as coffee... almost!

Abbie has fled London and the humiliation of not being able to make rent after being made redundant. Her sister, Louise, unlucky in love, has thrown herself into her career at the local hospital. And Eszter, who has travelled from Hungary with her daughter Zoe, is hoping to fulfil her husband's dying wish: to reunite his family.

This summer, three very different women are inspired by the random acts of kindness written up on the Kindness Board at Brew, and decide to make a pact to be kinder to others and to themselves.

Can a little bit of kindness really change your life? Eszter, Abbie and Louise are about to find out!

**Summer at the Kindness Cafe was previously published as a four-part serial titled Random Acts of Kindness. This is the complete story in one package.**

Wow what a simply wonderful book this is, all about being kind to each other and paying the kindness forward.   

Originally published in four novellas each part could in theory be read as a standalone, as there are small reminders at the start of each, so if you are reading it as a full book, expect a small bit of repetition from earlier in the book, as it was originally published over a period of time.    

What I do find though is that I always loved reading these combined books and find that due to the way each part needs to hook readers itself that the book was extremely addictive and kept throwing out little curve-balls to entice you to keep on reading. And I loved it for it. 

Upon meeting our three leading ladies I was hooked into all of their stories instantly.   Louise, two years on is  still recovering from heartbreak, but there may be a new potential man in her life, if she decides to give love a chance.     Then there is Abbie, Louise's sister who is determined to be moving back to London, as she is convinced there will be nothing for her in Littlewood.   Although a certain project may be enough to change her mind. 

Then there is Ezter and young daughter Zoe, who have come over to England for the summer, to see where her late husband grew up, and to fulfil his dying wish, which is easier said than done. 

The three all meet in Brew, the local cafe on Ezter and Abbie's first day in Littlewood and a friendship springs up instantly and all because of the kindness board in the cafe. 

This has such a lovely small village feel to it, and the focus shifts around our three main  characters so we get to see them up close, and personal. 

It's such a charming book and it screams kindness as you, from small things you can do for a person, to slightly larger more obvious things.  I would have loved to live in Littlehampton with such a lovely feel good feel to the place. 

This may only be the second book I've read by this author but it certainly won't be the last. Any book I can read and devour and be hooked on so quickly is a winner in my book! 

Thank you to Simon & Schuster for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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Saturday, 15 June 2019

Book Review - The Wedding Planner by Eve Devon

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Title: The Wedding Planner
Author: Eve Devon
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Publication Date: 3rd May 2019
Rating: 4 Stars

Wedding bells are ringing and gossip is spiralling in Whispers Wood…

Single mum Gloria Pavey has a bad habit of saying exactly the wrong thing at the wrong time. Determined to make a positive change she can’t say no when her best friend, Emma, asks her to take on the role of her wedding planner. The only problem? Gloria’s co-planner – best man Seth Knightley.

Gloria is on a self-imposed man ban but pulling together the most beautiful wedding Whispers Wood has ever seen alongside gorgeous Seth is pushing her to her limits. As every interaction increases the tension between them Gloria finds herself wondering…could the happy ever after she never thought she’d have be in her future after all?

It was such a delight to be back in Whispers Wood, after what felt like a long gap between the releases of books 2 and 3. 

Really didn't take long to feel back at home amongst the characters, especially with the very handy character list as the start of the book - great for those new to the series, to get to know a small bit about the key players before you start - and for a returner to the series, a nice handy reminder, with enough of a hint that had me remembering. 

 This time our main character is Gloria, who we saw quite a bit of in book 2 if I recall correctly, and she was rather unlikable then, however she is on a journey to stop being a complete bitch and to embrace her own happiness, which means I really started to warm to her. 

Although she absolutely hates romance and weddings, can't see any more of that in her future, and the last thing she wants is to be named a bridesmaid at Emma's wedding, much less be in charge of wedding planning with Seth.   That is Seth, younger brother to the groom, and man that Gloria has struck up a friendship with - but is denying her true feelings for. 

It was great to catch up with Oscar, Emma, Jake, Juliet and Kate and everyone involved in the Clock Tower, and in Whispers Wood.   I'm loving how this friendship group of ladies is growing, and how Gloria fitted into it. 

I also loved Persephone, Gloria's daughter, and just how concerned she clearly is about her mum, and the purity of mother and daughter love that is inspiring Gloria to change for the better. 

I was completely and utterly in love with Seth, he is sexy,  and just wonderful, he couldn't put a foot wrong as far as I was concerned.  Certainly my latest book boyfriend, long before any romance develops in the book. 

Another lovely addition to this story, I just hope the next book doesn't take so long to appear, as I really want more!! 

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

Friday, 14 June 2019

Book Review - Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims - #HolidayReading Thailand

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Title: Why Mummy Drinks
Author: Gill Sims
Format reviewed: Paperback 
Source: Purchased
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 31st May 2018
Rating: 4 Stars

Tuesday 8th September
First day back at school. I am going to 100% nail being a school mummy this year. I can totally do this. Yes, this year is definitely going to be much better – I am absolutely not going to shout at the children, let them stuff their faces with crisps or goggle away on the iPad. And I most certainly will not slump on the sofa at the end of the day, glugging wine and muttering ‘FML’ repeatedly.

Unfortunately I have not yet actually managed to buy the bento boxes for their lunches or book jiu jitsu lessons, and I will have to learn to like green tea, as it is foul, and I have not yet mastered French plaits, but I am quietly confident that these are mere details in my grand master plan…

It is Mummy’s 39th birthday. She is staring down the barrel of a future of people asking if she wants to come to their advanced yoga classes, and polite book clubs where everyone claims to be tiddly after a glass of Pinot Grigio and says things like ‘Oooh gosh, are you having another glass?’

But Mummy does not want to go quietly into that good night of women with sensible haircuts who ‘live for their children’ and stand in the playground trying to trump each other with their offspring’s extracurricular activities and achievements, and boasting about their latest holidays.

Instead, she clutches a large glass of wine, muttering ‘FML’ over and over again. Until she remembers the gem of an idea she’s had…

Despite not being a mother myself, I can't help but feel that parents everywhere will identify with Ellen, and her thoughts on parenthood. 

Written as a sort of diary / in date sections over the course of a school year, you see how Ellen dreams of having the perfect family, with incredibly well behaved kids, and doting husband, and then you are shown the hilarious reality of her situation, 

Not only do we see Ellen's family but we also see snapshots in detail of two other vastly different parenting styles, from Ellen's sister Jessica, and sister-in-law Louise. Which makes for an unforgettable experience, 

At times Ellen is quite whiny, other times she is making fairly accurate observations, what I do know is she has over the course of the book got under my skin and I am now eager to read the next book in the series. 

For me not the quickest of reads, but after a certain point, I found I was enjoying it more and more, to the extent I was racing to finish it. 

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Book Review - Sinner by Jacqui Rose

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Title: Sinner
Author: Jacqui Rose
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 13th June 2019
Rating: 5 Stars

Having been brought up amongst the hardest gangsters and faces of London, Franny Doyle learnt never to let love be her weakness. But she’ll do anything to protect those close to her, and at whatever cost.

Her partner Alfie Jennings is under pressure. The only person he ever sent down has recently been released from prison, and his Soho nightclub is under threat from his rival Charlie Eton – a man who doesn’t respond kindly to people taking away his business.

Charlie is playing dirty to come out on top, and when innocent children become involved in the feud, Franny and Alfie are dragged into a dark underworld where Alfie must face demons from his past, and Franny is in a dangerous race against time to ensure her own secrets aren’t exposed.

Betrayal and lies come with consequences, and old sins cast long shadows…
The heart-racing new thriller perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers and Martina Cole.

This is now the third book I've read by Jacqui Rose, and I'm still not 100% positive I like them.   I mean they have far too much violence, and unpleasant subject matter in them, the body counts seem very high, but yet every time I pick up one of these books I find I am racing through it completely hooked. 

I'm completely and utterly addicted to this author's version of London, the dark seedy underbelly where the most notorious of crime and gangster families are working side by side, sometimes more peacefully than others.  Where everyone seems to either know everyone else, or is related to them. 

In fact I would love to see some sort of family tree for all these characters as it really is mind blowing to try to keep track of. 

Sinner focuses on Alfie Jennings and Franny Doyle and continues on a few months later from Fatal.  I found it really easy to get back into the story and the familiar characters and their stories came back to me reasonably fast.  

The amount of action in this book is staggering, and we get to know so much more about Alfie and Franny and learning that they both have a slightly different side to them is very good to know. 

Yet a large amount of the actual subject matter with the crimes is really uncomfortable to read.   I'm not really sure I could ever say that I enjoyed a book that deals with horrific subject matters, but I can completely appreciate just how talented a writer Jacqui Rose is - for keeping me coming back for more and more, leaving me already knowing that the wait for the next one is too long.   

I was completely hooked on this and I do love a fast quick paced thriller, and this did far more than just hold my attention throughout. Very impressive book. 

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

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Book Review - Escape to the Little French Cafe by Karen Clarke

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Title: Escape to the Little French Cafe
Author: Karen Clarke
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: 18th March 2019
Rating: 5 Stars

On the beautiful French coast lies the Café Belle Vie, a peaceful haven offering a warm welcome and delicious pains au chocolat – and where Natalie’s quiet life is about to be turned upside down…

When thirty-one-year-old Natalie Bright’s boyfriend dumps her and immediately gets engaged to his ex-girlfriend, she escapes her heartbreak and moves to the charming village of Chamillon on the Île de Ré.

She’s determined to build a new life there: writing about farmer’s markets for a local magazine, exploring the local vineyards on her bike, and taking advantage of the sunshine. And in the Café Belle Vie she finds a bustling community – including new best friend Charlie – and a near-constant supply of cakes.

All in all, things are looking pretty good.

So when a blast from the past – her teenage crush Jay Merino – suddenly turns up in Chamillon, Natalie’s thrown. She’s sworn off men ever since she moved to France, but she and Jay have a connection that stretches back years.

But could taking a chance on an old flame complete her new life – or ruin everything she’s worked so hard for?

Karen Clarke has done it again, with another enchanting read that I couldn't' bare to be apart from for long.   I was loving my time on the Île de Ré, and am delighted to learn this is the first book of a series, so can't wait already to start reading the next one. 

Charming is another good word for this story, it is so warm, and cosy with lovely characters and a bit of scandal too, with a hint of mystery. 

I loved getting to know Natalie, best friend Charlie, her family and the man she is hopeful of interviewing in order to get a big career break. 

There are some incredibly funny scenes in this, including where Natalie comes face to face with Jay, for the first time in many years.   What a way to become instantly memorably in someone's eyes. 

There are ambitious women, parental dating episodes, a gorgeous hero, a fabulous best friend, misunderstandings, and just a fabulous feel to the whole book, set in glorious sunshine.  I loved every moment I spent with these characters and this story. 

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

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Book Review - The Newcomer by Fern Britton

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Title: The Newcomer
Author: Fern Britton
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 7th March 2019
Rating: 4 Stars

It’s springtime in the Cornish village of Pendruggan and as the community comes together to say a fond farewell to parish vicar, Simon, and his wife, Penny, a newcomer causes quite a stir…

Reverand Angela Whitehorn came to Cornwall to make a difference. With her husband, Robert, by her side, she sets about making changes – but it seems not everyone is happy for her to shake things up in the small parish, and soon Angela starts to receive anonymous poison pen letters.

Angela has always been one to fight back, and she has already brought a fresh wind into the village, supporting her female parishioners through good times and bad. But as the letters get increasingly more personal, Angela learns that the secrets are closer to home.

With faith and friends by your side, even the most unlikely of new beginnings is possible.

It was lovely to be back in Fern Britton's Cornwall, and more specifically Pendruggan, in amongst some very familiar faces.  

However there is one main difference, Simon and Penny have gone off to Brazil for a year, and so there is a new vicar in the village - Angela and her family. 

Angela brings some fabulous new ideas to the village but not everyone seems as keen to have her there. Plus she has a gorgeous husband and is worried that his eye may be straining. Add in their teenage daughter who has also agreed to support her mum, in her first parish and we have a lovely family.  Plus Auntie Mamie, whose stories about her past are always entertaining.. possibly embellished too but amusing! 

There is plenty of variety with the plot points, and assorted sub plots to get your teeth into, and all manner of fun and antics to be discovered.  I loved reconnecting with familiar faces especially Helen, Piran and Queenie - I just wish that there had been chapters showcasing Simon and Penny's new life if Brazil. 

Although the book predominately features a vicar in the vicarage there really wasn't much religion in this at all which I'm greatly relieved by. What I did notice though was the occasional mention of a hymn, some of which I then had in my head, having recalled either the tune or some of the words from my school days.  These are tunes I've not heard in 17 years or more but yet, seeing the name of some of them, especially "To Be A Pilgrim" brought back memories of assemblies from any years ago. 

I keep mentioning the familiar but I should say this can definitely be read as a standalone, it really is a whole new story, which new characters and focal points. 

I really enjoyed reading The Newcomer, and it was interesting to see how a new family would be received into this normally very welcoming little village.  

I just hope this isn't the last we have seen of Pendruggan as I really am fond of the location. 

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

Monday, 10 June 2019

Book Review - The Age of Misadventure by Judy Leigh - #HolidayReading Thailand

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Title: The Age of Misadventure
Author: Judy Leigh
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 21st February 2019
Rating: 3.5 Stars

You’re never too old to live dangerously…

The gloriously funny new novel from the author of A Grand Old Time.

All Georgie Turner wants is to keep her family together. But with her daughter growing up fast, her sister married to a man Georgie hates, and their aging aunt getting more and more outrageous, nothing’s simple.

So when her brother-in-law makes his biggest mistake yet, Georgie sees the chance to reunite the ladies in her life. And after a little persuasion, three generations of Turner women head off on a very unusual road trip. Georgie’s confident that some sun, sea and a bottle or two of prosecco will make this an adventure they’ll never forget.

What could possibly go wrong?

Misadventure certainly sums up the zany story-line in this book. 

Definitely a story where you need to suspend your belief in reality while reading as  this was a completely unexpectedly wild ride. 

Somehow multiple generations of one family end up on the run, after Bonnie's husband does one too many dodgy deals, and some really nasty bad guys want some revenge, 

I didn't really take to most of the women in this book, but did enjoy Aunty Nanny, who has a habit of not quite using the right words, to some hilarious consequences. Plus she is easily the most fun of the characters and really came into her own. 

The last third I was barely able to tear myself away from, as when everything started to heat up and come together, it did it in an addictive style. 

Story wise it felt quite original, and the writing was certainly good, I just didn't really gel with most of the characters. 

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

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Book Review - The Honeymoon by Rona Halsall

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Title: The Honeymoon
Author: Rona Halsall
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 7th June 2019
Rating: 5 Stars

‘I’m your husband, Chloe. We’re a partnership now and we do what’s best for us as a couple. It’s not open for discussion. We’re not going home.’ 

Chloe had the dream wedding. Dan is her perfect man. They haven’t known each other for long, but as she walked down the aisle and saw him standing by the altar, tears glistening in his eyes, she knew this was forever.

Later, as they relax on a beautiful island, settling in to their new married life together, they congratulate themselves on their lovely wedding day, and Dan jokes that he’d like them to stay there forever.

But as the honeymoon goes on, he becomes increasingly adamant. They shouldn’t leave. In fact, he won’t let her…

An utterly gripping psychological thriller for fans of Gillian Flynn, Clare Mackintosh, and The Wife Between Us.

Well the cover was definitely the initial draw to this book for me, along with the title, after all I do like a book featuring a holiday.  I then read the blurb,  and was so convinced I had an idea of what would happen before I even started reading, that surely it was a mere formality?

Well I couldn't have been more wrong, nor so delighted to admit it - this is a twisty book, full of surprises, and just when you think you know everything you need to know,  something else happens and shakes up all your beliefs all over again. 

I mean that whole last section of the book, I couldn't put down even if I tried, I was reading practically open mouthed at the way the finale picked up pace (well what I thought was the finale!).  And still the shocks kept on coming, all the way to the last page. 

This is so so much better than I could have imagined and although this is the first book I've read by the author, I have a very strong feeling I will be paying her new releases a lot closer attention in the future. 

From the first few pages I was gripped, and it was a lovely easy writing style.  I had read the first 20% in the bath and then in bed, before realising I'd better try to sleep or I'd be up all night. But given how little time I'd spent on the book, I knew for sure it was going to be a great and quick to read story. 

This is a book that just shows how little you know anyone, and far more importantly that no matter how much you think you love someone, getting married within two months of meeting them, is potentially not the smartest move you will ever make - especially if you are the main characters of a psychological thriller!

If the blurb even slightly intrigues you for this book, I would definitely suggest giving it a read, I'm delighted that I did and I don't read the genre that much, but found it to be a fabulous book and one I'm overjoyed that I had the time to devour in one day. 

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

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