*BLOG TOUR* Until We Meet Again by Rosemarie Goodacre

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Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of Until We Meet Again by Rosemarie Goodacre.

The Great War drove them apart – but love kept them together

Summer 1914: Shy young woman, Amy Fletcher, lives a quiet life in Sussex. An office worker, she lives at home, along with her parents and spirited younger brother, Bertie. But her life is transformed when she meets handsome young man, Edmond Derwent, son of one of the wealthiest families in the small town of Larchbury, and student at Cambridge University.

The couple are falling deeply in love when war breaks out and, eager to do his duty for England, Edmond signs up as an officer. The couple plan to be wed, eager to start a new life together – but their happiness is short-lived when Edmond is sent to Flanders to lead his men into battle. Amy trains as a VAD nurse and is soon sent to France, where she sees the true horror of war inflicted on the brave young men sent to fight.

Separated by war, Edmond and Amy share their feelings through emotional letters sent from the front line. But when Edmond is critically wounded at Ypres, their love faces the biggest test of all – can their love stay strong while the world around them is crumbling?

A romantic, emotional saga set in WW1 – readers of Rosie Goodwin, Katie Flynn and Val Wood will be captivated by this story of love.

I love historical fiction, particularly when it is full of love and romance!

Amy Fletcher is a young woman seeking more from life; she is a good girl from a hard working family but she is discovering, along with her friends, that actually women deserve more and she is willing to fight for it.

Edmond Derwent is a young man from Amy’s village, but he is from one of the wealthiest families that reside there.  They live in a time of unrest, both at home and abroad but still a union between the two is deemed unexpected, and not entirely suitable.  Despite these barriers, Amy and Edmond form a relationship, courting whenever Edmond is home from University, falling deeply in love quickly.  War threatens to tear them apart, as Edmond finds himself sent off to France.  Amy is equally as keen to support the war effort and trains as a VAD nurse.  Finally together, Amy and Edmond find themselves torn apart against the backdrop of one of histories most brutal wars.

This novel was lovely.  I really enjoyed the settings, both in England and in France, with the English village of Larchbury seeming quaint, quiet and a little naïve to war.  The war-torn descriptions of the front were more brutal and harsh, giving a realistic view of the suffering the soldiers were forced to ensure.  The relationship between Amy and Edmond develops over snatched moments, each desperate to spend time together whilst fulfilling their roles in the war.  I feel that Rosemarie Goodacre really captured their love, as well as capturing the tragedy and brutality of war.  This is an excellent example of historical fiction, and I am more than happy to recommend it!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

Thank you to Rosemarie Goodacre and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

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 Author Bio 

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Rosemary Goodacre has previously worked in computing and teaching. She has had short stories published and a novella, A Fortnight is not Enough.

Her father’s family came from continental Europe and she loves travelling.
She enjoys country walking, bridge and classical music. She lives with her husband in Kent, England.

*BLOG TOUR* Make It Up To You by Lucy Keeling

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Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of Make It Up To You by Lucy Keeling as part of the blog tour.

What do mascara wands and gardening shears have in common? 

Absolutely nothing! At least that’s what wannabe beauty influencer Sophie Timney thinks when her friend Polly suggests involving her brother Marcus in Sophie’s make-up tutorials. She needs more views, Marcus needs promotion for his gardening business – in Polly’s mind joining forces will help them both. Sophie isn’t so sure.

Because Marcus Bowman has a habit of getting under her skin in a way that no exfoliating face scrub ever could. But, as the views and comments on her videos begin creeping up, it becomes increasingly obvious that Sophie’s subscribers like Marcus, and what’s even worse is that Sophie might be starting to feel the same way …

So the premise of this novel had me intrigued; how on earth can a make-up blogger and a gardener work together?! The idea of two such different personalities and career paths crossing in a mutually beneficial way seemed more than a little hard to believe but I was more than willing to give it a try.  Thankfully, Lucy Keeling seems to know what she is doing!

Make It Up To You is obviously a light-hearted rom-com, but it was nice to see such a strong, ambitious female lead character.  Sophie Timney is a make up blogger who has a very clear plan for her blog, which will ultimately culminate in her being able to quit her bar job to focus on her chosen career path.  She has grown her blog with her make up tutorials, but despite her planning, she finds her number of followers stalling.  When her best friend Polly suggests that she teams up with her brother Marcus, a budding landscape gardener who is also seeking to increase his business, she is initially sceptical.  Particularly considering their shared history.  What ensues proves to be a lucrative business arrangement for the both of them.  What Sophie doesn’t plan for though is her rising feelings for the very attractive Marcus.  Their easy-going, comfortable relationship has the potential to seriously impact on her plan.  The plan that she won’t allow anything or anyone to sidetrack.

Make It Up To You is a really light, fun novel about two equally ambitious characters, some fab female relationships, and highlights the great things that can happen if you occasionally deviate from your life plans.  This novel is perfect for those cozy Sunday afternoons in front of a roaring fire with a nice glass of wine.  If we have to put up with the changing seasons and weather, then we may as well open up our imaginations to a shirtless Marcus working in Sophie’s garden!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

Thank you to Lucy Keeling and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Purchase Links

Kindle UK: https://amzn.to/2ylSO92

Kindle US: https://amzn.to/2YAZJty

Author Bio

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Lucy Keeling is an author writing fun, sexy, stories with all of the happily ever afters. When she’s not typing at the kitchen table, she’s arranging and then re-arranging to see her friends for the occasional spot of day drinking. Lucy is currently writing the third book in a Contemporary Romance series, the first of which has been Shortlisted by Choc-Lit ‘Search for a Star’ Competition.

Facebook Page: @lucykeelingbooks 

Twitter: @Lucy_K_Author

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*BLOG TOUR* Christmas at Pennington’s by Rachel Brimble

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It is my pleasure to help kick off the blog tour for Rachel Brimble’s Christmas at Pennington’s on publication day!

Gripping drama as Pennington’s department store prepares for a glittering Christmas in 1911, but a killer stalks the women of Bath.

Christmas sees Pennington’s at its most glorious, thronged with shoppers, its grand staircase and balcony adorned with holly, mistletoe, tinsel and lights.  It should be the happiest time, but dramas are seething beneath the surface.

For Cornelia Culford, in charge of jewellery, a divorce hearing looms, where she could lose custody of her young sons to her overbearing and unfaithful husband.

For Stephen Gower, being head of security at Pennington’s is the perfect refuge from a tragic past at Scotland Yard.  But soon the past will call him back, as Joseph Carter and Elizabeth Pennington beg him to help solve the murder of Joseph’s first wife, now that it seems as if the killer has struck again.

For Joseph and Elizabeth, their marriage depends on exorcising the past.  But can it ever be laid to rest?

I was very happy to be able to get my hands on Christmas at Pennington’s having already read and reviewed The Mistress of Pennington’s and A Rebel at Pennington’s both of which I loved.  I really enjoy reading historical series, as they give us the opportunity to not only revisit some beloved characters, but also a specific time period.  As you will be aware if you follow me, you will know that historical novels set during periods of war are normally my favourite, but the Pennington’s series has been a very welcome change.

Christmas at Pennington’s focuses on Cornelia Culford, Lawrence Culfords sister, who we met briefly in A Rebel at Pennington’s.  She is attempting to rebuild her life, after leaving her controlling and unfaithful husband.  Divorce at that time was very much frowned upon, and so for her, there is the very real possibility that she won’t be granted the divorce, or that she could lose her beloved sons to her husband.  Her sister-in-law Esther manages to get her job at Pennington’s, enabling her to start building a more independent life where she can focus on herself and her children.

Stephen Gower is a broken man.  He leaves his career at Scotland Yard behind as he joins the security team at Pennington’s, running away from tragedy in his past.  However as a detective he finds himself unable to ignore the murder of a young women.  Joseph Carter and his wife Elizabeth draw him further into the unsolved case, as they request his help finding the murderer of Joseph’s first wife.

Christmas at Pennington’s enables us to catch up with our friends, Elizabeth and Joseph, Esther and Lawrence as well as introducing us to new characters Cornelia and Stephen.  The female characters in this series are all strong, independent women who are fighting for their place in the world at a time when men are leading the way.  I really enjoyed following Cornelia as she joined an already impressive group of women who know what they want, and will work hard to get it.

In addition we learn more about Bath, and more specifically Pennington’s department store.  Its opulence and character are even more pronounced in this novel, as it is dressed for Christmas and bustling with customers.  I am already looking forward to the next novel in the series, to see where Pennington’s takes us next!

I am more than happy to recommend this novel to you all.  Whilst it can be read as a standalone, I think you’d be missing out on learning more about some really wonderful characters.  So maybe go and grab yourself the series so far!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

Thank you to Rachel Brimble and Vicky Joss at Aria for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

About the author

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Rachel Brimble lives in Wiltshire with her husband of twenty years, two teenage daughters and her beloved chocolate Labrador, Tyler.  Multi-published in the US, she is thrilled to have a new beginning writing for Aria in the UK.  When Rachel isn’t writing, she enjoys reading across the genres, knitting and walking the English countryside with her family…often stopping off at a country pub for lunch and a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

Facebook: @RachelBrimble

Twitter: @RachelBrimble

 

*BLOG TOUR* The Women of Mulberry Lane by Rosie Clarke

I am very pleased to bring you The Women of Mulberry Lane on day two of Rosie Clarke’s lovely blog tour!

The war is nearly over – or is it?

The women of Mulberry Lane anxiously wait for news. Peggy doesn’t know if she’ll ever again see Able, the American father of her twins, while a very odd letter from estranged husband, Laurie threatens to set the cat among the pigeons. Rose can’t stop loving Jimmy while Tom can’t stop loving her. Will Gordon never again be the man he once was? Can he be a proper husband to Maureen and if he can’t, what will become of their marriage? The men, women and children of Mulberry Lane fight on with indomitable spirit, as the endgame of the Second World War enters its most deadly phase.

The Women of Mulberry Lane is the fifth and final book in Rosie Clarke’s Mulberry Lane series.  This series follows a number of women as they find themselves on the streets of London, keeping their homes and families running in the midst of the Blitz, all whilst awaiting news of their loved ones who are out fighting.

Peggy, the landlady at the Pig & Whistle, is a central female figure in Mulberry Lane.  She has experienced heartache and pain throughout the war yet still strives to help anyone in need.  She desperately awaits news of her American soldier, Able, father to her now toddler twins, but is shocked to receive a letter from her estranged husband Laurie.  Maureen, another strong woman on the lanes, finds herself trying to help her husband Gordon who has struggled with his life after he was injured at war whilst she also looks after their growing family.  Finally, Rose, the new woman on the lanes introduced in New Arrivals at Mulberry Lane,, finds herself waiting for her fiancée Jimmy while he is away fighting, all whilst Tom watches, loving her from a distance.

World War Two is in its final stages, but love, loss, hope and tragedy are all still ever present on Mulberry Lane as the women all strive to keep their families and friends safe and together.  The Women of Mulberry Lane is a fitting end to this wonderful series; I have enjoyed following these strong, amazing women on their journey through one of the most brutal times in our history.  I cannot recommend this series enough; if you like historical fiction then these five novels are for you.  If you just enjoy reading about strong, courageous women then these five novels are still for you.

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖 📕

Thank you to Vicky Joss at Aria for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour, and thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this novel.

About the Author

 

Rosie is happily married and lives in a quiet village in East Anglia. Writing books is a passion for Rosie, she also likes to read, watch good films and enjoys holidays in the sunshine. She loves shoes and adores animals, especially squirrels and dogs.

 

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*BLOG TOUR* Coming Home to Wishington Bay by Maxine Morrey

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Happy Publication Day to Maxine Morrey! I am very pleased to be able to help kick off her blog tour for Coming Home to Wishingon Bay today!

Home is where the heart is…

Holly doesn’t have time for a holiday this year. But when her job threatens to send her over the brink, her boss insists she take a sabbatical. So she packs her bags and escapes to her beloved grandmother Gigi’s house on Wishington Bay, which has sat empty since Gigi passed away.

But Holly’s dreams of a coastal escape take an unexpected turn. Holly didn’t expect to spend time with any man this summer – let alone an Aussie Adonis…but when she meets her next door neighbour Gabe and his little dog Bryan, it’s clear her quiet summer of strolling along the sand and wandering through the seaside village’s tiny streets on her own will come with a hefty dose of distraction.

With a summer to fill and Gigi’s wonderful and surprising house to sort through, Holly knew it would be a summer packed with old memories. She just didn’t expect to make so many new ones…

As I am sure you are well aware, I am a big fan of Maxine Morrey’s.  She has recently released some grittier novels, but with Coming Home to Wishington Bay she returns to her writing roots with this fab rom-com!

Holly is a workaholic, with little time for anything other than the office.  When her panic attacks finally get the better of her, her boss forces her to take a sabbatical and so she finds herself returning to Wishington Bay and her beloved Grandmother Gigi’s old house.  Holly throws herself into her new project; a summer getting her inherited house ready for sale.

Gabe is Holly’s new neighbour; the Australian hunk of a man who had moved into the cottage next door whilst Gigi was still alive.  Whilst their first meeting was less than ideal, Holly and Gabe find themselves spending time together as they bond over both Gigi and Gabe’s pet dog, Bryan.

This is a story about two people who are pushed together, and are ultimately forced to consider what they really want from life.  Two workaholics who find themselves re-evaluating their lives, looking for something simpler that makes them happy.  This is a story about soul-searching, regret, love and happiness – it’s about going back to your roots to work out exactly what you want from life to make you happy.

I am more than happy to recommend this novel – Maxine Morrey has yet again succeeded in creating a fabulous story that reels you in, with characters that are both loveable and relateable.  I’m already looking forward to reading her next novel!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

Thank you to Maxine Morrey and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour, and for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Purchase Links:

UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Coming-Home-Wishington-Maxine-Morrey-ebook/dp/B07JH9MW41

US – https://www.amazon.com/Coming-Home-Wishington-Maxine-Morrey-ebook/dp/B07JH9MW41

Author Bio

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Maxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten.

As time went by, she continued to write, but ‘normal’ work often got in the way. She has written articles on a variety of subjects, as well as a local history book on Brighton. However, novels are her first love.

In August 2015, she won Harper Collins/Carina UK’s ‘Write Christmas’ competition with her first romantic comedy, ‘Winter’s Fairytale’.

Maxine lives on the south coast of England, and when not wrangling with words loves to read, sew and listen to podcasts. Being a fan of tea and cake, she can (should!) also be found doing something vaguely physical at the gym.

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Book Review: Coming Home to Holly Close Farm by Julie Houston

I am so pleased to bring you my review of Coming Home to Holly Close Farm by Julie Houston.

Charlie Maddison loves being an architect in London, but when she finds out her boyfriend, Dominic, is actually married, she runs back to the beautiful countryside of Westenbury and her parents.  Charlie’s sister Daisy, a landscape gardener, is also back home in desperate need of company and some fun.

Their great-grandmother, Madge – now in her early nineties – reveals she has a house, Holly Close Farm, mysteriously abandoned over sixty years ago, and persuades the girls to project manage its renovation.

As work gets underway, the sisters start uncovering their family’s history, and the dark secrets that are hidden at the Farm.  A heart-breaking tale of wartime romance, jealousy and betrayal slowly emerges, but with a moral at its end: true love can withstand any obstacle, and, before long, Charlie dares to believe in love again too…

I was lucky enough to read A Village Affair by Julie Houston last year as part of the blog tour, so was very excited when she emailed me about her latest novel Coming Home to Holly Close Farm.  I am very pleased to say that I was not disappointed!

Charlie Maddison unexpectedly finds herself leaving London, boyfriendless, homeless and jobless.  Heartbroken, and desperately unhappy to be back in her small village she finds herself in the midst of family secrets that had remained hidden for sixty years.

I do not want to give away anything more about this story than I have to – whilst it is not technically a dual timeline novel, there is a second story that is told via memories.  As you will by now be well aware if you are a regular reader of mine, I love anything set during World War II, and so I was particularly pleased to discover these memories were set during this time period.

This novel had me hooked.  I really enjoyed A Village Affair, but I loved Coming Home to Holly Close Farm.  I wanted to read more, both about Charlie and Daisy, but also about Madge, James and Arthur.  This was a fabulous novel about heartbreak, love but most of all about family.  I cannot recommend this novel enough – grab a copy and let me know what you think!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖 📕

Thank you to Julie Houston and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this novel.  All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

*BLOG TOUR* A View to a Kilt by Wendy Holden

 

Today it is my pleasure to bring you A View to a Kilt by Wendy Holden as part of her blog tour.

Forget about Cool Britannia and Gallic Chic.  Scotland is having a fashion moment.

London’s most glamorous glossy magazine is in trouble.  Advertising revenues are non existent, and if editor Laura Lake can’t pick them up, she’s out of a job.

According to those in the know, Scotland is having a fashion moment.  Haggis tempura is on Michelin-starred menus, smart spas are offering porridge facials, and a chain of eco-hotels is offering celebrity bagpipe lessons.  So Laura’s off to a baronial estate in the Scottish Highlands to get a slice of this ultra-high-end market.

It’s supposed to be gorgeous, glitzy and glamorous.  But intrigue follows Laura like night follows day.  And at Glenravish Castle – a shooting lodge fit for a billionaire – Laura finds herself hunting for a scoop that won’t just save her job, it could save her life…

I must admit to having never read a Wendy Holden novel before, but I can now confirm that A View to a Kilt will definitely not be the last Wendy Holden novel that I read!

Laura Lake is the editor of the award winning magazine Society, a magazine famed for its exposes and hard hitting articles about topics that other glossy magazines won’t touch.  When Laura’s long-standing CEO Christopher retires, she finds herself managed by the wildly different Bev Sweet, a woman with big plans but no budget.  With advertising revenue at an all time low, she sets Laura the impossible task of bringing huge amounts of revenue for the next issue or find herself out of a job.

Finding herself set up to produce a Scottish issue Laura finds herself in Scotland, away from her boyfriend Harry at a crucial point in their relationship and at Glenravish Castle, guest to the eccentric Sandy McRavish.  What follows can only be described as entertaining and comical! This really is a laugh out loud novel – there were twists that I was not expecting at all, so for a light-hearted, entertaining read you are still kept on your toes!  I loved reading about Scotland, Holden’s descriptions are so vivid – they could definitely be used as a Scottish sales tool – it has certainly made me want to visit those rolling mountains and lochs.

Anyway, back to the book.  This really is a fab read, and I am more than happy to recommend it to you all.  It is perfect for a cosy Sunday afternoon read on a rainy day, or equally as perfect when sat on a beach with a cocktail in hand – read it anytime, anywhere.  I’m already considering my next Wendy Holden read…feel free to throw your suggestions at me!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

Thank you to Wendy Holden and Victoria Joss at Head of Zeus for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour, and for providing me with a copy of this book.  All opinions expressed in this review are solely my own.

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Number-one bestselling author Wendy Holden was a journalist on Tatler, The Sunday Times, and the Mail on Sunday before becoming an author.  She has since written ten consecutive Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers.  She lives in Derbyshire.

Visit her website at http://www.wendyholden.net

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