Book Review: The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary

Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary.

Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time. 

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers, and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

I am a little late to this show if I’m honest – I feel that the whole world has read this before me! It has been sat on my TBR pile for quite some time now, however lockdown finally allowed me the time to pick it up (I knew there had to be a silver lining to lockdown somewhere!)

Tiffy Moore desperately needs somewhere cheap to live, which will allow her to easily commute to work – when the opportunity to rent a one bedroom flat arises, she jumps at the chance. However there is one rather different condition to the rental – she has to share it, with a stranger.

Leon Twomey is a palliative care nurse who works night shifts to help him pay for his brother Richie’s legal support – Richie is in prison after being wrongly accused of committing an armed robbery. With a girlfriend who is not exactly supportive of him assisting his brother, and legal fees mounting with very little to show for it, he needs the money.

Tiffy and Leon’s friendship flourishes as they gradually get to know each other via post-it notes left around their shared flat, as they attempt to encourage and help each other despite not actually meeting.

This is such a lovely story – I really loved both Tiffy and Leon as characters. They both have excellent character development, and I loved how their friendship deepened well before they even set eyes on each other. I am so pleased to be able to recommend this to you all, I loved it and I know you all will too!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖 📕

Book Review: No Filter by Maxine Morrey

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I am very pleased to bring you my review of No Filter by Maxine Morrey.

In an Instagram world, can you find love just by being yourself…

Popular lifestyle blogger, Libby Cartwright, is being boggled by business when help shows up in the shape of gorgeous but shy, Charlie Richmond. Libby’s determined to keep it at ‘just good friends’ – she’s dated someone from ‘Corporate Land’ before and it didn’t end well. As she and Charlie begin spending more time together, Libby is starting to waver  – until she discovers something which makes her question if she’s ready for love.

Still reeling, she suffers another blow as her blog is attacked in a national newspaper, for promoting unachievable perfection. Libby knows it’s not true – but the only way to prove that is to strip off the armour she’s been wearing for years.

Is she brave enough to show the world she’s far from perfect? And will Charlie be by her side if she does…

I am a big fan of Maxine Morrey – I have already read and reviewed Around the World with My ExThe Christmas ProjectWinter’s FairytaleSecond Chance at the RanchNo Place Like Home and Coming Home to Wishington Bay (wow, I didn’t realise she’d written so many!) so of course I was going to read #No Filter. 

Libby Cartwright is a popular lifestyle blogger who doesn’t really know where to start when it comes to organising the financial side of her business.  Recognising her own weakness in this area she very happily accepts the help of her friends brother, Charlie.  A corporate accountant, shy Charlie offers his assistance in his spare time to help her get her business into order.  Spending time together means their friendship blossoms, but they are from different worlds – having dated a corporate man before she knows it could never work with Charlie.

Charlie is a handsome, unassuming accountant who is very successful at what he does.  In fact, he couldn’t be more different from the outgoing, bubbly Libby.  However when he finds himself helping Libby professionally as a favour, he can’t help but want to spend time with her.

When I first picked up this novel I wasn’t sure.  Bloggers and influencers are the new normal in society, but as someone that rarely wears makeup, definitely does not have the most immaculate home and does not have the most up to date gadgets, its a little outside of my own life sphere.  However, because I love Maxine’s writing I was happy to give #No Filter a shot!  Libby is not at all who I thought she would be.  She clearly works very hard on her own brand, and is choosy about which labels and brands she will work with.  She certainly does not aspire to be perfect, although I can see why she may come across that way.  I really grew to love her character as she learnt more about herself, the kind of person she wants to be, and how she wants to be portrayed to the public.  Charlie is an integral part to her learning these things.  Whilst they both make mistakes (don’t we all!), they are each able to teach the other things about themselves that they wouldn’t necessarily have discovered for themselves.  There are times when you just want to knock their heads together, but ultimately their blossoming friendship is a pleasure to follow, and you really root for them both, individually and as a couple.

This is yet another Maxine Morrey novel that I am more than happy to recommend.  So in these strange times where staying in is the new going out, grab yourself a copy of #No Filter, a glass of wine and settle in for a good reading session!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

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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*BLOG TOUR* Until the War is Over by Rosemary Goodacre

Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of Until the War is Over by Rosemary Goodacre, and part of her fabulous blog tour!

In a world destroyed by war, can hope survive?

Summer 1918: Young couple Amy and Edmond Derwent, after their experiences on the front line of battle – Edmond as an officer and Amy as a VAD in France – have now settled back in England and are starting to build a life as a family, with the arrival of baby Beth bringing them much-needed joy. But while she may have married into the wealthy Derwent family, now living with her in-laws in their grand home, Amy’s modest upbringing means that she is never truly accepted by Edmond’s family.

The Great War rages on, and while the men are off fighting, those left at home steel themselves for tragic news, praying that their loved ones return safely.

Edmond, still struggling with the effects of the injury he sustained at Ypres, feels the guilt of remaining at home while his friends are sent into battle. But life at Larchbury is not without its own problems – as food becomes scarce, and the Spanish Influenza causes deaths throughout England, tragedy strikes closer to home and it seems no one is safe from heartbreak.

Can Amy and Edmond keep their love strong, even in a world crumbling all around them?

A captivating family saga set in WW1 about the power of love amongst the heartbreak of war – if you like Rosie Goodwin, Katie Flynn and Val Wood, you’ll be swept away by this engrossing, emotional novel.

I was very excited when I discovered Until the War is Over was due to be published.  It’s no secret that I am a fan of historical fiction set during either of the World Wars, and I was lucky enough to read and review Until We Meet Again previously which I loved.  When I’m reading characters, I am always happy to discover sequels because it means we get to learn a little more about them, and what happens to them.  Until the War is Over was no exception.

As we had discovered in Until We Meet Again, Amy and Edmond had had a difficult start to married life, with both of them recovering from injuries sustained in France towards the end.  With Edmonds injury forcing him out of the war, and the arrival of baby Beth both of them find themselves back at Larchbury whilst the war continues to wage both at home and abroad.

I really enjoyed reading about both Amy and Edmond.  They are both determined characters, and despite the adversity they each face they battle on.  Tragedy continues to hit them, with the loss of friends and further injuries and illnesses sustained by loved ones.  Amy finds her VAD training is essential being back at home with the onset of Spanish Flu, the silent killer that is spreading through towns and villages.  With so many things keeping them apart, Amy and Edmond continue to fight to be together.

This is such a lovely novel.  Whilst it could be read as a standalone, I would advise reading Until We Meet Again to give you more understanding about the characters and how they got to where they are.  It really highlights the events towards the end of World War I, showing how people were suffering both at home and at the Front.  The feelings of both loss but also hope resinate throughout the novel.  I am more than happy to recommend this novel to you all!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

Thank you to Rosemary Goodacre and Sarah Hardy at Book on the Bright Side Publicity & Promo for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour, and for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Purchase Links

Amazon UK

Kobo

Apple Books

Author Bio

Rosemarie Goodacre

Rosemary Goodacre is thrilled to have a three book deal with Hera Books. Her World War I romance Until We Meet Again was published on 31/10/19.

Previously Rosemary has had a novella published, entitled A Fortnight is not Enough, and a science fiction story in the anthology Telescoping Time.

Rosemary has always loved languages and travel, mainly in Europe. In her spare time she enjoys country walking, bridge and classical music. She lives in Kent, England.

Twitter: @RoseGoodacre

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Book Review: A Perfect Proposal by Katie Fforde

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Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of A Perfect Proposal by Katie Fforde.

Sophie Apperly has spent her whole life pleasing others – but when she realises her family see her less as indispensable treasure and more as general dogsbody, she decides she’s had enough. So when an old friend offers her the chance of a lifetime, she decides to swap Little England for the Big Apple, and heads off to the land of opportunity.

From the moment Sophie hits the bright lights of Manhattan she’s determined to enjoy every minute of her big adventure. And when fate throws her together with Matilda, a spirited grande dame of New York society who invites her to Connecticut for Thanksgiving, she willingly accepts. English-born Matilda is delighted with her new friend – though her grandson Luke, undeniably attractive but infuriatingly arrogant, is anything but welcoming.

When Luke arrives in England a few weeks later, Sophie hardly expects him to seek her out .But Matilda has hatched some complicated plans of her own – and so Luke has a proposal to make …

I really enjoy reading Katie Fforde – whilst her novels are easy to read, they are full of feeling and A Perfect Proposal is no different.

Sophie Apperly is watching life pass her by as she spends her time caring for her ungrateful family.  When she is pushed by her family to care for ‘Evil Uncle Eric’, an uncle she finds to be less than evil (probably only those who don’t seem to be going after his money!) she discovers a family oil well that could be worth some money if someone is willing to seek out all of the shares.  When the opportunity arises for her to head off to New York City to look for answers in the great oil mystery, she finds herself unable to turn it down and finds herself on a flight to visit her old friend.

A chance meeting with the elderly Matilda at her friends art gallery finds Sophie travelling to Connecticut to spend Thanksgiving with her family.  Naturally, Matilda’s grandson Luke is more than a little suspicious of the young woman who has appeared in their lives – particularly given that Matilda is rather wealthy!

I really enjoyed reading this novel.  Sophie is such a wonderful character – she’s unassuming, at times rather downtrodden by her family but she generally seeks to help people whilst looking for no reward for herself.  In comparison Luke comes across initially as arrogant – I enjoyed following his character development though as you learn more about him and why he values his family so much.  Matilda is of course the star of the show – she’s not just a wealthy old lady.  She’s a loving woman, protective of her family and more than happy to be cunning and conniving when its for other peoples own good!

This is a lovely, light read.  Perfect for our days in lockdown where you may want a novel to lose yourself in!  So grab yourself a glass of wine, a piece of cake (if you’ve managed to find any flour for baking!) and settle down in your favourite armchair!

To buy this novel, check out Amazon UK

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

*BLOG TOUR* Willow’s Wedding Vows by Debbie Viggiano

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Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of Willow’s Wedding Vow’s by Debbie Viggiano as part of this excellent blog tour.

Wedding vows have never been this personal…

Willow has been living with marriage-shy Charlie for more years than she cares to remember and is old-fashioned enough to want a wedding band and a loads-of-sex honeymoon before stretchmarks and nipple shields.

So when the once-wary Charlie surprisingly goes down on one knee, Willow doesn’t question why her boyfriend is suddenly so keen to rush her into saying “I do”.

The first clue comes as Willow is zipped into her Cinderella dress, the second as she bobs into the wedding car, and the third as the Roller swings towards its fairy-tale destination… leaving a shell-shocked Willow desperately trying to figure out what to do next.

A bride can do anything she wants on her wedding day, but nobody expected her to do this…

Willow and Charlie have been together forever (well a decade anyway!), and if ever Willow brings up the topic of marriage Charlie runs a mile.  Despite owning a home together, he appears to be a commitment-phobe.  Willow adores him though, and she convinces herself that she is happy as they are, that what they have will be enough for her until he suddenly proposes!

Charlie loves Willow – he thinks.  She does everything for him at home, she’s attractive, but he just can’t bring himself to marry her.  His ‘friend’ Kev starts to put pressure on him and suddenly he finds himself getting very hot under the collar.  Maybe he has got a good thing with Willow?

Ben is Charlie’s best friend.  But he is really struggling to like him.  Ben thinks Willow is amazing, he just cannot understand why Charlie won’t commit to her.  Now Ben has found someone her can really see a future with, he finds himself struggling more and more about being involved in Charlie and Willow’s situation.

Emma is Willow’s best friend, but she seems to be spending a lot of time feeling guilty.  She has met someone who seems intent on breaking her heart, and she just cannot bring herself to tell Willow the truth about Charlie.

Willow is a great character, even if she is a little naïve.  She loves her boyfriend Charlie, almost unconditionally.  She is able to see past his faults, although it becomes increasingly apparent that love really might be blind.  She trusts him implicitly, and when he proposes to her instead of hearing warning bells all she can hear is wedding bells! She is about to get her happy ever after!  I loved Willow, but there were times that I struggled with her naivity.  She took everything that Charlie said at face value – the thought that he could lie to her doesn’t even cross her mind.

I have to say though, I think Charlie may have been my favourite character.  He’s a dog that’s for sure, but I loved watching him squirm as he continually finds himself in awkward situations of his own making.  It was more than a little satisfying watching him sweat!  Don’t get me wrong, how he treats Willow is unforgivable but I thoroughly enjoyed following him dealing with the consequences of his own actions.

Debbie Viggiano has written a great, easy-read novel with some excellent twists.  Whilst I did guess who ‘Kev’ was before the big reveal, she throws in some great curveballs to keep you guessing.  Willow certainly grows as a person throughout the novel, realising her self-worth and I always enjoy a novel that has good character development.  This is an all round great novel, perfect for reading during these strange times.

To buy this novel, check out Amazon UK

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

Thank you to Debbie Viggiano and Rachel at Rachels 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.

Author Bio

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Prior to turning her attention to writing, Debbie Viggiano was, for more years than she cares to remember, a legal secretary.  She lives with her Italian husband, a rescued pooch from Crete, and a very disgruntled cat.  Occasionally her adult children return home bringing her much joy…apart from when they want to raid the fridge, or eat her secret stash of chocolate.

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*BLOG TOUR* The Cornish Confetti Agency by Daisy James

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Cornish Confetti Agency by Daisy James.

Welcome to The Cornish Confetti Agency!

When the grand finale of Lexie Harrington’s catwalk show ends with a disastrous twist on the ‘ice bucket challenge’, she knew her highly-strung boss would fire her on the spot. What she wasn’t expecting was to bump into her fiancé cosied up with an attractive blonde in the restaurant opposite their apartment!

Desperate to escape her heartbreak, Lexie flees to her childhood home of St Ives to hold the fort at The Cornish Confetti Agency for her best friend Freya, leader of the yummy mummy network and firm believer in ‘happily ever afters’. Little did she know that delivering a Caribbean-themed wedding in sunny Cornwall would rival the fashion industry for drama, tantrums and mysterious goings on.

Who is responsible for dousing the bridesmaid’s dress with tomato ketchup? Or hiding the bride’s beloved Jimmy Choos? Or attaching googly eyes to everything in sight?

The perfect Cornish wedding? Is there such a thing for The Cornish Confetti Agency?

So the last time I joined Daisy James, it was to follow her series The Paradise Cookery School, which I loved.  The Cornish Confetti Agency is the first book in her new series, and already I am hooked!

Lexie Harrington coordinates high end fashion shows, a job that she absolutely loves.  So, when her latest catwalk show ends in disaster and her personal life simultaneously combusts she finds herself escaping back to her childhood home of St Ives in Cornwall.  Her best friend Freya, her knight in shining armour, offers her the opportunity to escape to the country and help manage a wedding she is co-ordinating as part of her business The Cornish Confetti Agency.

Co-ordinating a wedding can’t be more stressful than co-ordinating a catwalk show, can it?

Theo Barker is a journalist for the Bristol Gazette, and more specifically he has been tasked with covering the wedding for the newspapers wedding column.  He finds himself teamed up with Lexie when mysterious things start to happen to the wedding party.  Can they work together to find the source of the issue, thereby ensuring the wedding goes off without a hitch?  And will they find what they are looking for in each other along the way?

This is such a great opening novel to the series.  I loved Lexie, I loved the wedding party and I loved Theo.  All were great characters, very relatable and you couldn’t help but root for them.  I really love Cornwall, so it was so lovely to read all about it, you can really imagine yourself in the sun kissed settings – if lockdown cancels my holiday there this year I will most certainly be visiting as soon as I can when life starts to return to normal!

This novel is perfect if you are seeking some escapism from our current troubles (lets be honest, who isn’t?!), and even better the next novel in the series, Summertime at The Cornish Confetti Agency is due out on 11th June so we won’t even have to wait long to continue following Lexie’s adventures! I for one will be reading it as soon as I can get my hands on it!  So grab yourself a glass of something fizzy, kick back and relax in the sunshine (safely of course!) and enjoy this novel!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

Thank you to Daisy James and to the fabulous 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.

If you are interested in reading any more of Daisy James’ novels, then feel free to check out my reviews of The Paradise Cookery School series!

Sunshine and Secrets

Confetti and Confusion

Mistletoe & Mystery

Author Bio

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Daisy James loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines.  She especially likes to create sunshine-filled settings in exotic locations – the Caribbean, Tuscany, Cornwall, Provence – so she can spend her time envisioning her characters enjoying the fabulous scenery and sampling the local food and drink.

When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter.  She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.

Daisy would love to hear from readers via her Facebook page or you can follow her on Twitter @daisyjamesbooks or on Instagram @daisyjamesstories .

*BLOG TOUR* New Year New Guy by Angela Britnell

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Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of New Year New Guy by Angela Britnell.

Out with the old life, in with the new …

When Laura’s bride-to-be sister, Polly, organises a surprise reunion for her fiancé and his long lost American friend, Laura grudgingly agrees to help keep the secret. And when the plain-spoken, larger-than-life Hunter McQueen steps off the bus in her rainy Devon town and only just squeezes into her tiny car, it confirms that Laura has made a big mistake in going along with her sister’s crazy plan.

But could the tall, handsome man with the Nashville drawl be just what reserved Laura Williams needs to shake up her life and start something new?

As you will be aware, I am a fan of Angela Britnell and her novels.  I really like the fact that they are regularly set both in England and America, giving us a taste of both countries, as well as the difference in personalities between the English and American characters.  New Year New Guy is no exception.

Laura and her sister Polly could not be more different.  Polly does things to the extreme; she loves hard, she’s spontaneous and she is not organised.  Laura on the other hand is serious, controlled and hates surprises.  Her life is ordered, bordering on the bland.  She works hard as a nurse, and she is more than happy on her own.  Having left behind a bad marriage she is keen to avoid relationships at all costs.  So when asked by her sister to assist in surprising her fiancée with his long lost American friend, she is less than happy.  Even more so when she finally meets the imposing Hunter McQueen, a man she is expected to hide in her home until the big reveal can be made.

Hunter McQueen is an all American man.  He is successful in his field but his success only hides a past that he can not move forward from.  He knows travelling to England could be a mistake but he needs something else in his life, some way to battle and overcome the demons that have continued to haunt him.

I really enjoyed this novel.  All of the characters were well rounded, shaped by their own individual past experiences.  It was clear to see how they could help each other move forward in different ways, but it was also good to see that sometimes moving forward isn’t that easy.  They each had their own barriers to cross, and the novel wasn’t just about one character being there to save them.  Don’t get me wrong, this is a love story – but it is more than that, its about facing up to your past in order to move forward into your future

The setting in Devon provided the perfect backdrop for this story, rain, cream teas and all!  It was nice to also get to visit Hunter’s home too, with its rugged mountains and peaceful setting.  A real contrast the Devon countryside!

I am more than happy to recommend this novel.  It’s another great read at a time when we all need a bit of escapism (with some travel thrown in for good measure!).  If you’d like to read more of Angela Britnells novels, check out my reviews below;

Christmas at Black Cherry Retreat

Christmas at Little Penhaven

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

Thank you to Angela Britnell and the fabulous Rachel at Rachels Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this tour, and for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Purchasing Links

Amazon UK

Author Bio

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Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her new home in Nashville, Tennessee to visit family and friends, drink tea and eat far too many Cornish pasties!

A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she’s visited or lived on her extensive travels. Thanks to over three decades of marriage to her wonderful American husband she’s a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after.

She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Romance Writers of America and the Music City Romance Writers.

If you’d like to find out more of what Angela gets up to (Advance warning: this may include references to wine, chocolate, Poldark and the hunky Aidan Turner) check out http://www.angelabritnellromance.com or follow her on www.facebook.com/angelabritnell , www.twitter.com/angelabritnell and on Instagram as Angela Golley Britnell.