Thursday 30 September 2021

Book Review - The Wedding Cake Wish by Rosie Green

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Title: The Wedding Cake Wish
Author: Rosie Green
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 12th September 2021
Rating: 5 Stars

Wedding excitement is in the air! With their big day approaching, Fen has her heart set on a gorgeous, intimate celebration with not much fuss at all. But strong-minded mother-of-the-bride Marjery seems to have considerably grander plans. There's also the small problem of a missing best man, and when Fen tasks Hudson Holmes and Ruby Watkiss with the job of tracking him down, their investigations unearth far more secrets than they bargained for. Will the Big Day go ahead in the light of such dramatic revelations? Can a wedding cake wish save the day? One thing's for sure – this will definitely be a wedding to remember!

Well this was the second standalone of the sub-trilogy of Ruby and Hudson cozy mysteries within the larger currently 17 book Little Duck Pond Cafe Series, which I have established after reading the reader note at the end. I'm rather impressed that Rosie Green is able to put a separate trilogy of a slightly diferent genre within the greater rom-comness of the Little Duck Pond Cafe series, while not losing any of the normal feel to the books. 

For we have in alternating view points Ruby's story, and Fen, one of the original Little Duck Pond Cafe Girls, so we get the best of both worlds and it really does work. 

Although what is driving me mad is the will they, won't they become a couple between Ruby and Hudson, even though they have a fabulous dynamic while working on their latest mystery. 

And the reasons that Rory, best man disappears in the run up to the big day, are ones I would never have guessed in a million years, especially the main outcome from it. 

And at the same time was see Fen wondering if the big day will go ahead, as Rob doesn't seem as keen as he should be, while Marjery, her mum is trying to make it the wedding of well Marjery's dreams and not Fen's.  Which is tempering Fen's excitement quite a bit. 

With a missing best man, a new character who seems taken with Hudson and has a hard to argue with connection to him,  overwhelming wedding plans,  the ice sculpture, and a whole lot more both parts of this book work well in tandem. 

And I loved one of the get togethers in the run up to the big day, if it happens, where we get to see all the duck pond cafe girls together which is always great for long running fans of the series. 

I loved this latest addition to Fen's story, and feel this book could like all the others easily be read as a standalone, but why miss out on what is such a fabulous series. 

Another remarkable entry into this long running and always a favourite of mine series! 

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

Wednesday 29 September 2021

Book Review - Christmas at Fox Farm by Helen Pollard

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Title: Christmas at Fox Farm
Author: Helen Pollard
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: 29th September 2021
Rating: 4 Stars

At Fox Farm, the village has gathered to decorate the ten-foot tree and carol the night away. Robins dart across frosty hedgerows and holly bushes are covered with ruby-red berries. But this year they will need an extra pinch of festive magic to keep Christmas alive…

Living at Fox Farm, with its cosy café, beautiful pottery studio and charming gift shop, is a dream come true for thirty-one-year-old Daisy. The kindly owner, Jean, and the close-knit village feel like the home and family Daisy has never had. She’s been looking forward to her first magical Christmas in the countryside.

When Jean suddenly falls ill, Daisy is the first to lend a hand. She ropes in Alex – Jean’s handsome but stubborn nephew – to help her. When the pair discover the farm is almost bankrupt, it seems like the annual Christmas celebrations will be cancelled. Alex and Daisy need a plan, and quickly, if they are to pull off Christmas against the odds and save Fox Farm.

From the get-go Daisy and Alex cannot agree on anything, from the mince pie recipe to the colour scheme for the tree. Soon, however, in true Christmas spirit, they find themselves coming together in the face of decorating disasters, tripping over each other at the holiday barn dance and tracking down a missing Santa Claus.

But when Daisy discovers the secret Alex is keeping about the future of Jean’s farm, will she run from the only place that has ever felt like home? Or will she find a way to save Christmas and the farm, and open her heart to a new beginning for her and Alex?

Grab a mug of hot chocolate and a mince pie (or two!) and lose yourself in this utterly charming and romantic holiday tale that proves home is where the heart is. Perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan, Heidi Swain and Holly Martin, this is the book that will make your Christmas!

It's been far too long since I last read a Helen Pollard book, and I had almost forgotten how much I enjoyed them. 

And this new setting of Fox Farm is just lovely. It's not an animal farm, or crop farm, but more a farm that has a cafe, and an art gallery that supports many local artists, run by the seemingly indestructible Jean. 

Well until she falls ill, and her nephew Alex needs to step in and somehow keep things running no only with his own business, but with Fox Farm too, all the while trying to honor Jean's wishes, while keeping the other nephew Sebastian at bay, who is a nasty piece of work with no redeeming features. 

And if Alex isn't busy enough with all of that, there is his fledgling friendship with the artist in residence Daisy, which is anything but simple! 

Set to a backdrop of winter, starting with pumpkin carving and leading up to Christmas, you definitely get a feel for the season.  It's also a good book to read early into your festive reading season, as it didn't really give me Christmassy vibes, but did give me smiling vibes. 

Well apart from when it comes to Sebastian, that was more I want to punch him vibes! But it's a really easy to read, enjoyable story,  that I could picture all so clearly. I enjoyed the writing, and loved the resolution, as well as the journey to get there. 

A very pleasurable book, that has me longing to visit Fox Farm for myself. 

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

Tuesday 28 September 2021

Book Review - Christmas by the Coast by Mandy Baggot

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Title: Christmas by the Coast 
Author: Mandy Baggot
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Aria
Publication Date: 2nd September 2021
Rating: 4 Stars

What would you give for a second chance with the one that got away?

'What a jolly holiday of a novel! It was like a big festive hug – warm, funny and oh so romantic. I loved it!' – Holly Martin, author of Sunlight over Crystal Sands

After a terrible heartbreak, Harriet Cookson worked hard to build her life back up. Now she has a dependable boyfriend, a great job and a decent flatshare. But when her beloved grandmother passes away, Harriet drops everything to fly out to the Hamptons to comfort her grieving grandpa.

Christmas is coming and as she arrives on the sandy beaches of her childhood in Montauk, Long Island, Harriet spots someone she never expected to see again – her 'one that got away', ex-soldier Mack Wyatt. Now, Mack is determined to win Harriet back and show her that the life she's been living might be the wrong happily-ever-after.

This Christmas, find out if love letters from the past can pave the way to a brand-new future...

It took me a while to fully get into the book but from about a third in, I couldn't get enough of it. Which is where I started to get a grip on the characters, the dynamics, and the story started to feel that bit more upbeat. 

And where we start learning about the various  Christmas traditions at the tiki cafe in Montauk, that Harriet's grandparents run.  And I do love hearing about various Christmas themed events and these were particularly fun and festive. 

Although Harriet isn't just there to experience Christmas, she is there to comfort her grandpa Joe after her grand passes away suddenly, and while she is there she discovers a blast from the past that has the chance to completely change her life. 

Harriet does have a boyfriend Iain but at no point did I really take to him and it's no coincidence that my enjoyment of the book increased as his presence started to wane a bit! 

This was a really enjoyable novel, that has a great many threads to it, and a large number of characters who are all really distinctive.  I loved Jude, Harriet's fun flatmate, Madame Scarlet, the local mystical woman who senses things, Scooter is adorable, and learning more about Harriet's family rift was also really interesting. 

Mack is wonderful, from early heroics to discovering the harrowing circumstances that changed his life for ever while he was serving in Afghanistan, I couldn't get enough of him. 

Christmas by the Coast is a great festive romance, that I thoroughly enjoyed. 

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

Monday 27 September 2021

Book Review - Love On Location by Lynne Shelby

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Title: Love on Location
Author: Lynne Shelby
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Headline Accent 
Publication Date: 19th August 2021
Rating: 5 Stars

When Laurel Martin is hired to rewrite the script for a new timeslip blockbuster, she expects the historical advisor hired by the studio to be an elderly academic who won't interfere too much with her writing. But when she meets Professor Jason Harding, a young and unexpectedly handsome archaeologist who has some ideas of his own about the script, she realises the job isn't going to be as simple as she first thought.

As their work takes them from arguing over historical details in a cramped London office to discovering the hidden beauties of a Greek island, Laurel and Jason's relationship starts to echo the romance of their script.

But with Laurel's actor ex-boyfriend making trouble at home, and constant issues with the volatile director, will Laurel and Jason ever be able to write the happy ending for their own story?

Escape with this charming, summery romance, perfect for fans of Sue Moorcroft and Miranda Dickinson.

I was completely enchanted by this book. 

Laurel sees pretty much everything as a film and an ability to re-write the scripts of her own life, so it's rather a good thing she is a scriptwriter. 

Jason is an archaeologist who may no history but has no idea about films who has been hired as a co scriptwriter on a new feature film, to make sure the historical aspects are accurate. 

Their initial attempts at working together don't particularly go that smoothly but slowly they seem to appreciate what each other can bring to the table and when they are asked to spend a few weeks on location in Greece, well sparks start to fly. 

It was interesting seeing Athens through Jason's eyes as he acted as a tour guide to Laurel, and I recognised some of where was being described from a day I've had in Athens myself. 

And I loved the Greek Island setting, and the whole of the story, and not just Laurel and Jason but also her flatmate Amber, and the romance in Amber's life I was engrossed in too. 

This was a thoroughly enjoyable romance set to the backdrop of an unknown Greek Island the world of films.  It's really captured my imagine and was a sheer pleasure to read. 

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

Friday 24 September 2021

Book Review - Summer in the City by Fiona Collins

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Title: Summer in the City
Author: Fiona Collins
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Publication Date: 27th May 2021
Rating: 5 Stars

A beautiful and heart-wrenching story set over one hot summer in London, about a father and daughter who help one another to step out into the world again, perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes and Lucy Diamond.

Prue is not someone you would notice willingly. She likes to keep herself to herself and fade into the background. If it weren't for the birthmark on her left cheek, she might actually succeed at becoming invisible.

She spends all of her time with her blind father, Vince. Scarred by a difficult past, they sit together in silence and ignore the vibrant city just on their doorstep. That is, until something forces them both to go outside and see what they have been missing. For Vince, that means discovering how to see the world without his sight. For Prue, that means finding the courage to finally love and be loved in return.

About family, second chances and finding the courage to face your fears, this is a moving story that will stay with you long after you have finished the last page.

I was tempted to read this book purely by the gorgeous cover and knowing that I have enjoyed Fiona Collins light hearted rom-coms in the past. 

What I didn't anticipate having not really read the blurb was just how impressive this book would be, and just how much depth there is to it. 

It's the story of a re-awakening for both Prue and her father Vince. They have both been floundering for many years and not really living at all, just barely existing and barely communicating.   Prue has a birthmark on her cheek that makes her self conscious and really effects her confidence and self worth.   Vince, became blind when Prue was only 10 years old, and is allergic to dogs, so can no longer have a guide dog. 

Slowly they start to go on days out into London together with various effects. And the change in both of them is gradual but its great character development, and felt realistic. 

We learn about some horrible things that have happened in Prue's past which contributed to her trying to hide from the world.  We discover just was happened to her mother too. There is a rebuilding of emotional connections and there is the possibility of love if she is brave enough. 

Certainly an eye opening account of what life with a blind person could be like, and I can only guess that large amounts of research were involved. 

This is a touching and heartwarming book and it completely captured my imagination and got me thinking.  

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

Thursday 23 September 2021

Book Review - Meet Me In Tahiti by Georgia Toffolo - #HolidayReading #UKCruise

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Title: Meet Me In Tahiti
Author: Georgia Toffolo
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Mills & Boon
Publication Date: 26th August 2021
Rating: 5 Stars

Where there’s always a second chance at first love…

Zoe has spent her life facing battles: fighting her parents for independence, struggling with her feelings for local bad boy Finn and, after a car accident at eighteen, adjusting to the fact she would not walk again. She remained strong until the day Finn, the person she thought she could trust, broke her heart… Now a successful travel writer, Zoe is excited to review a new luxury hotel in the beautiful South Pacific – until she meets its owner…

Finn was never good enough for Zoe. He knew it. Zoe’s family knew it. The village of Hawkes Cove made sure he knew it. Proven when he let her down in the worst way possible. Now a successful businessman, he thought his past was behind him, until a journalist turns up to review his new resort…

As Finn shows Zoe the exotic wonders of the islands both face the fact their shared past might just be the beginning of a future. But only if Zoe can win the biggest battle of her life…facing up to her heart’s desire.

I am completely hooked on this series of books and couldn't wait to get my eyes stuck into Meet Me In Tahiti.

For a start can you think of a more picture perfect setting for a romance, its got stunning backdrops and all the little local bits of knowledge sounded rather authentic, so definitely well researched. 

And Zoe is just a fabulous protagonist, she is gutsy and tries her hardest to be independent, and not rely on too many people despite one rather obvious part of her that many people just don't know how to react to. 

So in some ways I feel it was fitting that I was reading this during the Paralympics, and just love Zoe's attitude to life. 

She's a travel writer, rarely does the basic press junkets but was on this one as a last min replacement and thus had no idea that the owner of this luxury resort is Finn, the one who got away so many years before. 

In fact Finn is equally shocked to see Zoe and seeing how they interact over the course of the book gave so many useful insights into both of their characters. 

And of course the rest of the lost hours girls are present over the phone for Zoe too, so great to catch up with Malie and Victoria from the previous books and I am already looking forward to Lily's story next!  

Its an all around joyful piece of escapist writing that I loved every single word of.  Would love some more books set in places like Tahiti and Hawaii as I'd be first in line to read them!

Thank you to Mills & Boon and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily, 

Wednesday 22 September 2021

Book Review - The Ticklemore Tavern by Liz Davies

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Title: The Ticklemore Tavern
Author: Liz Davies
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 1st September 2021
Rating: 5 Stars

Violet makes her own gin.

Logan Cassidy sells it in his pub, the Ticklemore Tavern.

It should have been a match made in heaven, especially since the pair of them fancy the socks off each other, and they are both young, free and single.


Logan’s mum, Marie, doesn’t think Violet is good enough for her son. No woman is, or ever will be. And when she becomes ill, Logan is torn between looking after his mum or following his heart.

However, neither Logan, nor Marie, has taken the sheer force of nature that is Violet into account. What Violet wants, Violet gets.


But maybe not this time, eh?

Perfect for fans of Daisy James and Holly Martin

It is so good to be back in Ticklemore and although she isn't the main character, fans of the series will be delighted with the role Hattie has in this latest book - she is at her absolute finest, and between the four Ticklemore books has cemented a place in my heart forever! 

But this book isn't actually about Hattie, although I'm sure she thinks it might be.  It's the story of Logan and Violet, the pub landlord and the gin distiller! 

They have a clear attraction from their first meeting but what is even clearer is Logan's mother, Marie's behaviour.  I really didn't take to Marie at all, and I'm sorry to say rolled my eyes at most of what she was saying.  

Yet Violet and Logan are wonderful, they are both loving caring people,  and I loved their interactions. And the variety of flavoured gins that Violet is able to create is rather impressive too. 

Possibly not my favourite of this excellent series, but still a great addition to it, and I loved reading every second of this book.  I just wish I'd had more time to read it in longer spurts, I wanted to but real life was getting in my way.   

Easily readable as a standalone, this does let us see even briefly all the main characters in the previous books up to this point, as well as this new focal couple. It's just a really easy read and has you rooting for Violet and Logan despite Marie. 

I really hope this isn't the last we have seen of Ticklemore, as I definitely want more - the second the author can think of another tongue twisting title! 

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

Tuesday 21 September 2021

Book Review - A Midwinter Match by Jane Lovering

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Title: A Midwinter Match
Author: Jane Lovering
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Boldwood Books
Publication Date: 19th August 2021
Rating: 5 Stars

Ruby Oldbridge needs to learn to take her own advice. 
A brilliant counsellor at work in York, she is however floundering in her own life. Her romantic track record is woeful, her finances are in a pickle, and she’s back in a house-share after splitting up with her useless ex.

But one thing Ruby is brilliant at, is helping other people find a way through their problems, and she excels at the job she loves, doing just that. 

Happy-go-lucky, Mr Positivity, Zac Drewe also loves his job – the trouble is, it’s the same as Ruby’s, and the management have decided to ‘rationalise’ their department. There’s only room for one of them.

As the snow and winter close in on York, Ruby and Zac have everything to lose, and Ruby starts to wonder if the happy face Zac shows the world, might be disguising a sadder secret. 

Set against one another, they are unlikely friends. But perhaps, if they could take the time to understand each other, they might discover that rather than rivals, they could be the best thing that ever happened to one another… 

Funny, fresh and fantastically warm-hearted, discover Jane Lovering’s unforgettable new cast of characters and irresistible, feel-good story. Perfect for fans of Julie Houston, Beth O’Leary and Kate Forster

It's been at least a few years since I last read a Jane Lovering book, and having just finished A Midwinter Match, I can't for the life of me work out why I left it so long to read another!  For this is fabulous. 

The characters are incredibly real, they really do jump off the page and into your hearts, their struggles become yours and I found myself hoping things would improve for them. 

There is a huge mental health theme in this book, which is dealt with sensitively and that is just one of a few trickier topics that are covered, adding to the grit and realism of this story. 

Ruby and Zac are basically up against each other for the same job after a merger in their companies, and have very different ways of doing their job.  They are counsellors to help people work out how go get themselves back into the workplace.  And I loved Ruby's huge compassion throughout the book. 

And their big "problem" client I really liked, and loved seeing how Ruby tried to help her. 

Set to a Yorkshire winter backdrop, this was a great snapshot at Ruby and Zac's lives, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them both.  This really was a book with heart and grit, and had me smiling for the conclusion. 

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

Monday 20 September 2021

Book Review - Lil's Bus Trip by Judy Leigh

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Title: Lil's Bus Trip
Author: Judy Leigh
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley 
Publisher: Boldwood Books
Publication Date: 26th August 2021
Rating: 5 Stars

It’s always a good time for a road trip… 
When 82-year-old Lil decides to book herself, her 65-year-old daughter, Cassie, and her friend Maggie on a bus trip across Europe, she hopes for a little adventure to counteract the monotony of life in sheltered accommodation. 

Along with three members of the Salterley Tennis Club and the Jolly Weaver five-a side football team, whose ideas of a good time are rather different to Lil’s and strikingly at odds with each other’s, the merry band of travelers set out on their great adventure. 

From moving moments on the beaches of Normandy, outrageous adventures in Amsterdam, to the beauty of Bruges and gastronomic delights of France, the holiday is just the tonic Lil, Maggie and Cassie needed.  

And as the time approaches for them to head home, Lil makes an unexpected discovery - even in her advancing years, men are like buses – there isn’t one for ages then two come along at once. Is Lil ready to share her golden years, and can the ladies embrace the fresh starts that the trip has given them. Or is it just too late to change…  

Judy Leigh is back with her trademark promise of laughter, happiness, friendship, and timeless lessons in how to live.

It's been ages since I last read the a book in pretty much one sitting, and over the course of the evening I've done exactly that with this book.  I just didn't want to miss one moment of this bus trip. 

A coach trip isn't my first choice of holiday, ok it's pretty low down the options for me, but that didn't stop me thoroughly enjoying every second of Lil's trip. 

And adoring every one of this motley crew of people that have come together on this trip. Even when you wouldn't think they would all get on, it's quite lovely to see how they can all come together when needed. 

And the antics Lil, her best friend Maggie, daughter Cass can get up to on a trip to France, Belgium and The Netherlands are just fabulous.  Keep your eyes out for a "coffee shop", a wander around the red light district, all manner of romances throughout the bus and potential locals, and even just trying to get out of the first car park had me laughing my head off!! And that is just part of it. 

I loved the descriptions of the various places on the trip, and felt as though I was there alongside Lil and friends.  

And I also love how once more Judy Leigh is writing about characters who still have a full lust for life, and showing how you can grow old disgracefully and have a lot of fun doing so! 

It's simply another fabulous book from this author that had me smiling, laughing and generally feeling really good while reading it. 

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

Friday 17 September 2021

Book Review - She's Gone by M. A. Comley

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Title: She's Gone
Author: M. A. Comley
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Jeamel Publishing Limited
Publication Date: 16th September 2021
Rating: 5 Stars

One second she was there, the next... she was gone!

After months of fighting the court system to see five-year-old Adele, Martin Jenkins finally has his daughter back. It’s only for a week’s holiday, but he’ll take that to have her near him once more.

Keeping three children under the age of eight amused is no mean feat. Whilst Martin’s girlfriend, Louise, is looking after her daughter and Adele, Martin is playing football with her son close by. Excitement fills the air at the local beauty spot in the beautiful Lake District until a chilling scream rocks Martin’s world.

The police, Mountain Rescue and other volunteers are brought in to help with the search but Martin’s life is ripped to shreds that day. The day his daughter is declared missing.

Every parent's worse nightmare must be their child disappearing when you take your eyes off them just for a second. Which is what makes this such a gripping story. 

Seeing how Martin deals with 5 year old Adele's disappearance was rather interesting, especially as he only just had her back in his life after a messy split with her mother.  The level of his anger initially although understandable was rather terrifying. 

There is so much I could say about this tightly plotted book, but I fear giving spoilers, rest assured it is easily up to M. A. Comley's typical high standards and had me guessing up until the last pages. 

I was able to read this in a few short hours and had to keep turning the pages to discover just what would happen next.  I would have never predicted the majority of the outcome. 

This is just another book that proves that there is no end to the talents of this author, in a variety of darker sub genres! 

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

Thursday 16 September 2021

Book Review - The Beach Reads Book Club by Kathryn Freeman

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Title: The Beach Reads Book Club
Author: Kathryn Freeman
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: One More Chapter
Publication Date: 30th June 2021
Rating: 5 Stars

When Lottie Watt is unceremoniously booted out of her uptight book club for not following the rules, she decides to throw the rulebook out the window and start her own club – one where conversation, gin and cake take precedent over actually having read the book!

The Beach Reads Book Club soon finds a home for its meetings at Books by the Bay, a charming bookshop and café owned by gorgeous, brooding Matthew Steele, and as the book club picks heat up, so too does the attraction between Matt and Lottie.

If there’s anything Lottie has learned from the romances she’s been reading, it’s that the greatest loves are the ones hardest earned.

How refreshing to read a book featuring a book club, which is a book club of books I have actually read, well at least some of them, or others by the authors at least.  Was so nice to see a bunch of book references I could actually relate to! 

And Lottie's Beach Reads Book Club is just the sort of book club I would love to join, some book chat about nice easy to read and enjoyable books, without too much of hunting for hidden meanings, plus plenty of cake and booze.  Whereas the first club Lottie was part of, was the complete opposite and I really didn't enjoy the literary snobbish nature of it. 

Which leads me to think that this book itself has an important message about not judging a book by its cover, not judging those who read beach reads, or lighter fiction, and that there is a book for every reader, and they are all worthy of being loved and discussed. Or something along those lines but phrases far more eloquently than I seem able to. 

I loved Lottie generally and all the people that came to her club,  and over the course of the book she seems to enrich many people's lives.  And Matthew the sexy bookshop owner is  great.  He surprises himself at time with his actions but you can tell there is more to him than you may first think. 

Honestly I just loved every second of this book and just wish I had been on holiday to have had some uninterrupted time to read it as fast as I would have liked to.  It's fabulous and another winner from the talented Kathryn Freeman.

Thank you to One More Chapter and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily, 

Wednesday 15 September 2021

Book Review - Invite Me In by Emma Curtis - #HolidayReading #UKCruise

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Title: Invite Me In
Author: Emma Curtis
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Black Swan
Publication Date: 2nd September 2021
Rating: 4 Stars

To those who think they know her, Eliza Curran has it all: two healthy children, a stunning home and a wealthy, adoring husband. No one would guess the reality of her life: trapped in an unhappy marriage to a controlling man, she longs for a way out.

When she takes on a new tenant, her life changes unexpectedly. Dan Jones is charming and perceptive, and quickly becomes a close friend to the whole family.

But Dan's arrival threatens to tip Eliza's fragile world out of balance. And when someone has as many secrets as Eliza does, the smallest slip could destroy everything . . .

Starting off rather sedately this builds into a book that from a certain point becomes impossible to put down.

Although you may know from early on who a key character is going to be at no point did I guess anything further about how they are involved, and what links or motivations there could possibly be.

We get the story told from Eliza's viewpoint and she is a rather complex character and doesn't have the simplest of lives at all as is evidenced as we learn more of her back story.

This is a book that had me gasping in places, and hooked in others and I just knew I had to keep turning the pages to see how it might unfold.  And Emma Curtis certainly didn't let me down.

It's another cleverly thought out and well plotted book that had me captivated,

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

Tuesday 14 September 2021

Book Review - A Bookshop Christmas by Rachel Burton - #HolidayReading #UKCruise

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Title: A Bookshop Christmas
Author: Rachel Burton
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Aria
Publication Date: 2nd September 2021
Rating: 5 Stars

A snowstorm. A stranger. A spark. It should be the perfect start to the perfect love story.

But real life is far messier and more complicated than in the pages of the books in Megan Taylor's family bookshop – the last few years have left this young widow in no doubt of that. Moving back home to York should have been a fresh start, but all it did was allow her to retreat from the world.

When prize-winning author Xander Stone rams his supermarket trolley into her ankles and then trashes her taste in books, Megan is abruptly awoken from her self-imposed hibernation. It's time to start living again, and she's going to start by putting this arrogant, superior – admittedly sexy – stranger in his place.

Just as she is beginning to enjoy life again, the worst happens and Megan begins to wonder if she should have stayed hidden away. Because it turns out that falling in love again is about more than just meeting under the mistletoe...

There is nothing better than a Bookshop apart from one at Christmas, so I was right at home with the setting for this story. 

And i loved Megan and Xander's stories right from the off. 

Well Megan was a lot easer to get to know but Xander grew on me rather quickly too, as their pasts are revealed.

And I love the idea of a Regency Christmas party, even if Trixie does seem rather determined to have it as authentic as possible

I especially loved the Die Hard Romance book club, and their determination to take down Book snobs and revel in their enjoyment of all things romance.

It was just an all around highly enjoyable novel, that really does show you can eventually move on with your life, even when scared.

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