*BLOG TOUR* A Shop Girl at Sea by Rachel Brimble

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Today it is my pleasure to help kick off the blog tour and bring you my review of A Shop Girl at Sea by Rachel Brimble.

Bath, 1912.

Amelia Wakefield loves working at Pennington’s, Bath’s finest department store. An escape from her traumatic past, it saved her life. So when Miss Pennington sets her a task to set sail on the Titanic and study the department stores of New York, she couldn’t be more excited –or determined!

Frustrated with his life at home, Samuel Murphy longs for a few weeks of freedom and adventure. Meeting Amelia on board the Titanic, Samuel can’t help wonder what painful history has made the beauty so reserved. But he already has too many responsibilities for love.

Ruby Taylor has always kept her Pennington co-workers at a distance. Making sure her little brother is safe has always been her priority. But when that means accepting Victoria Lark’s offer of sanctuary, more than one of Ruby’s secrets is under threat of being revealed…

A riveting and uplifting saga, perfect for fans of Elaine Everest and Fiona Ford.

As you will be aware, I have followed the Pennington’s series ever since the first book was released.  With the release of A Shop Girl at Sea today, the whole series has had a facelift, and each book has been given a new title.  If you’d like to see my reviews of the previous books in this series, follow the links below;

A Shop Girl in Bath

A Shop Girl Get The Vote

A Shop Girl’s Christmas

A Shop Girl at Sea is the fourth book in the wonderful Pennington’s series, a series based around the Pennington’s department store in Bath.  Pennington’s is a true rival to big department stores in the city of London, and Elizabeth Pennington dreams that she can make her store rival even the huge stores on New York.  In her quest to make Pennington’s an international name amongst department stores, she enlists her employee and friend, Amelia Wakefield, to make the historic trip to New York aboard the Titanic to explore shopping trends of the major New York stores and their shoppers.

Samuel Murphy is a man weighed down by his responsibilities.  His mother and two sisters are entirely dependent on him following the tragic death of his father, and he sees his own dreams slip out of reach as it becomes clear that they are unwilling to let him go.  When an opportunity arises to work on the Titanic for its maiden voyage, he grasps it with both hands knowing that this is a once in a lifetime chance that could really further his prospects.  When he unexpectedly meets Amelia onboard, he finds himself hoping for a future that he thought out of reach.

This is the first novel in the Pennington’s series which is actually set predominantly outside of the department store.  Amelia’s time on the Titanic is beautifully described, you really feel as though you are there with her experiencing the decadence and luxury of the ship deemed to be ‘unsinkable’.  Of course, we all know the story of Titanic; its hard not to.  But it was lovely to read a novel that focussed on the passengers and how they felt about being on such a historic journey, rather than on the tragedy that followed.  Naturally, the tragic sinking cannot and is not ignored, but it was nice to see that it wasn’t the sole focus of this novel.  Instead it was focussed on the characters who had each suffered in their own way, and how that fateful journey changed them both.  It changed their outlooks on life, and rather than being victims it was nice to watch them both emerge stronger than ever.

I hope to learn more about Ruby Taylor in future novels, as I felt there was more to say about her past, present and future.  I really enjoyed the brief look at her life though, and the hardships she faces going forward at a time when people were certainly not open-minded or welcoming to anyone that was deemed to be different.

This really is a lovely novel, and an excellent addition to the Pennington’s series.  Whilst it can definitely be read as a standalone, I highly recommend getting all four novels.  They will provide you with the perfect escapism during this period of uncertainty and lockdown.  Stay home!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

Thank you to Rachel Brimble and Vicky Joss at Aria for asking 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.

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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.

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*BLOG TOUR* Clover Cottage by Christie Barlow

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Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of Clover Cottage by Christie Barlow as part of her fabulous blog tour!

A page-turning new cosy novel in the bestselling Love Heart Lane series – perfect for fans of Katie Fforde, Phillipa Ashley and Milly Johnson!

Love Heart Lane – where friends are there for you no matter what.

When Vet Rory Scott inherits ramshackle Clover Cottage in the quaint village of Heartcross, Allie MacDonald just knows this is their happy ever after. A place to call home with the man she loves – it’s her dream come true!

Until Rory drops a bombshell. He loves Allie but he has dreams of his own to follow – to live and work in Africa. Clover Cottage will have to wait just a little longer…

Allie can’t imagine life without Rory, but she loves him too much to hold him back. And as he embarks on his adventure, Allie begins to rethink her own plans. She loves Rory and knows she wants him in her life, but maybe she can follow her own dreams too?

And always there, nestled in the beautiful village of Heartcross, surrounded by the people she loves, will be the place that will always bring them back to each other. Their forever home, Clover Cottage.

Clover Cottage is the third novel in the Love Heart Lane series, but I must make a confession – I haven’t read Foxglove Farm.  I can however confirm that Clover Cottage can be read as a standalone, although I will be going back to read Foxglove Farm as soon as I can! If you are new to Love Heart Lane series, and would like my views on Love Heart Lane, the first novel in the series, then check out my review here.

Allie MacDonald is a very content woman.  She has a job she enjoys, a hobby that she loves and a man she adores.  When her boyfriend Rory inherits Clover Cottage, she feels that everything is finally falling into place.  Whilst it might take them some time turning the cottage into their dream home, she feels secure that their future lies in the village of Heartcross.

Rory Scott is a local vet with big dreams.  Dreams that specifically include Africa.  He adores his girlfriend Allie, and he knows he’s meant to be with her.  But he can’t shake off his need to experience more than their village of Heartcross is able to offer.  When he unexpectedly inherits Clover Cottage, all he feels is an heavy burden, one that he does not know how to unload.

Allie and Rory are clearly made for each other.  Their love and support for each is clear.  However I could not help but feel for Allie, who is ready for their relationship to take the next step.  Whilst Rory has not hidden from her the fact that he wanted to go to Africa after he finished university, he has not made it clear to her that this is a dream he still clings to.

I loved returning to Heartcross – it’s an idyllic village full of good people.  It was nice to revisit characters I have met before, and it was great to be able to learn more about both Allie and Rory.  Both characters are pushed out of their comfort zone, and forced to look at what they want for themselves individually, and as a couple.  I really did feel for Allie – I felt like she was blindsided by Rory’s dreams, but equally I didn’t think she had ever really spent enough time contemplating what she wanted for herself.  Following their journey as individuals and as a couple was great – Christie Barlow really captures them both as well rounded, loving characters who are just trying to find their way in life.

This is such a lovely novel.  I’m more than happy to recommend it as a standalone, or as a full series – in these turbulent times outside of books it may be the time to immerse yourself in a light-hearted series of novels to keep you occupied!  So, introduce yourselves to the inhabitants of Love Heart Lane whilst you spend some time social distancing, hopefully with a glass of wine in hand!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

Thank you to Christie Barlow and the lovely 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 book in exchange for my honest review.

Purchase Links

UK – Amazon UK

US – Amazon US

Author Bio

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Christie Barlow is the international bestselling author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty’s Countryside Dream, Lizzie’s Christmas Escape, Evie’s Year of Taking Chances, The Cosy Canal Boat Dream, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm, Love Heart Lane and Foxglove Farm. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA, Canada & Australia.

Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money/awareness and engaging with impoverished people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being.

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*BLOG TOUR* A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman

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Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman.

Let Lucy Coleman transport you to glorious, sun-drenched France, for the perfect feel-good read. Paris and the Palace of Versailles have always meant a lot to TV producer Lexie. Her grandma Viv spent a year there, but her adventures and memories were never discussed, and Lexie has long wondered why they were a family secret.

When work presents the perfect excuse to spend Springtime in Versailles, Lexie delves into Viv’s old diaries and scrapbooks, and with the help of handsome interpreter Ronan, she is soon learning more about the characters that tend to the magnificent gardens, now and in the past.

In amongst the beauty and splendour of the French countryside, a story of lost love, rivalry and tragedy unfolds. Can Lexie and Ronan right the wrongs of the past, and will France play its tricks on them both before Lexie has to go home? Will this truly be a Springtime to Remember…?

A Springtime to Remember is not my first Lucy Coleman novel…I was lucky enough to read Magic Under The Mistletoe  back at Christmas which I loved, so I was very excited to get my hands on a copy of this!

Lexie Winters is a TV presenter with aspirations to become a TV producer, and a successful one.  As part of her climb up the career ladder, she decides to take the risky path of creating her own TV series exploring the Palace of Versailles and its gardens.  She has a very personal attachment to France and the Palace of Versailles, as her grandmother spent a year there in her youth, something she never discussed upon her return.  Following her death, Lexie is keen to find out about the year that shaped her grandmothers future.

Ronan O’Byrne is an interpreter brought in to assist Lexie with her interviews for her TV project.  In the background he has a project of his own, researching for his third book about the gardens of Versailles during different periods in history.  He also has a very personal interest in the history of the Palace of Versailles, a place where his grandfather worked and lived for a period in his younger years.

This novel is all about the setting.  I have not yet been fortunate enough to visit the Palace of Versailles, but Lucy Coleman’s descriptions were vivid – I really felt like I was right there with Lexie as she walked through the halls and the gardens, taking in her surroundings steeped in history.  The French setting is exquisite – Lucy captures it all beautifully and I loved it.

Lexie and Ronan’s burgeoning relationship works perfectly within the setting.  Getting to know each other whilst they each seek answers to their own family histories – they really compliment each other whilst they grapple with their own personal discoveries, providing love and support when it is most needed.

This is a story of family, it is a story of love and it is the story of the exploration of personal history.  Its a beautiful story, in a beautiful setting and I am very happy to recommend it to you all!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

Thank you to Lucy Coleman and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this fabulous blog tour, and for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Author Bio

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From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels – including Summer on the Italian Lakes, Snowflakes over Holly Cove, The French Adventure and A Cottage in the Country. She is represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture, working in the garden, or practising Tai Chi.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she is an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the SoA and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

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*BLOG TOUR* From Thailand with Love by Camilla Isley

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Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of From Thailand with Love by Camilla Isley.

All Logan has to do is to get the gold and get the girl. Easy, right?

Travel photographer Winter Knowles and archeology professor Logan Spencer dislike each other at first sight. Stuck together on a wild island, these two unwilling teammates will bicker and banter their way through a laugh-packed treasure hunt.
After years of searching, a new mapping technology has given Logan a clue to the location of the legendary Lost City of Gold. A discovery that could make his career. So the last thing he needs on this life-changing expedition is for his team to get distracted by a pair of long legs.

When Winter accepted the assignment on a tropical island she didn’t sign up for a brooding team leader who’d clearly prefer to run a boys-only club. Never one to back down from a challenge, Winter is ready to show him she’s no damsel in distress.

But when a treasure like no other is uncovered and ruthless enemies will want to keep it for themselves, it’ll be up to the two of them to save the day. Left alone to fight in the jungle, they will soon discover their lives might not be the only thing at stake—their hearts could be too.

Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

Firstly I must confess to not having read any other novels from the First Comes Love series, but I can confirm that it can be read as a standalone.  I did not feel I was missing out on anything by not having read any of the previous books (although I think I may go back and read To the Stars and Back, and am keen to read the next book You May Kiss the Bridesmaid).

Logan Spencer is an archeology professor who is about to embark on what could potentially be the find of his career.  Secrecy surrounds the expedition, and he is keen to work with people he knows and trusts.  Winter Knowles is an experienced travel photographer, hired to document the expedition.  Logan and Winters first meeting is less than ideal, each making an impression on the other (but not necessarily a good one!).

What follows is a difficult start to a hard expedition – Logan has everything riding on its success, and Winter is keen to prove that she is not a damsel in distress and that she has just as much to offer as the men she travels with!

It’s clear that this is a novel with plenty of sexual tension between two characters who have a lot of chemistry, even if they refuse to admit it.  The romance does not however detract from the beautiful setting or the adventurous side of the storyline.  Thailand is such a stunning country (having been lucky enough to visit, I know!) and I feel that Camilla Isley has captured its beauty perfectly.  The rawness of the unexplored area they visit is described beautifully, making you feel like you are hiking the terrain with them (without the painful legs or rough sleeping conditions!).  In addition, the expedition itself is exciting to follow, and you really feel Logan’s hope (and sometimes desperation) about finding the legendary Lost City of Gold.

This is a lovely novel with a great storyline.  It really captures your imagination, making you feel like you are there, hiking through the lush undergrowth with the expedition team whilst rooting for Logan and Winter.  I am more than happy to recommend this novel to you all!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

Thank you to Camilla Isley 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.

Author Bio

Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband on an adventure abroad.

She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading—duh!—cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies—popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.

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*BLOG TOUR* A New Life for Ariana Byrne by Liz Hurley

 

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Happy Valentines Day everyone! I am so excited to bring you my review of A New Life for Ariana Byrne by Liz Hurley as part of her amazing blog tour, on a day full of love!

What happens after all your dreams come true?

Ariana Byrne knows how to survive. After becoming guardian to her four little sisters after their parents died when she was only eighteen, she had to grow up quickly. Now she’s in her twenties, stuck in a loveless marriage to Greg, trying to make ends meet for her young twins, William and Leo.

So when Ari is told that she’s actually the Right Honourable Lady de Foix, Countess of Hiverton, owner of a sprawling estate in the village of Saxburgh in Norfolk, her first instinct is laughter. Surely the girl who has to choose between food and keeping the lights on isn’t really rich beyond her wildest dreams?

She knows how to take care of her sisters and her children, but how on earth can Ari take care of an entire village? Can she fight off the circling land developers from Saxburgh, and stop her in-laws from grabbing all the money for themselves?

And while she’s struggling to settle in and settle down, she’s making new friends and new mistakes. Trusting her gorgeous neighbour, Sebastian Flint-Hyssop, may be the biggest one of all…

She’s swapped sink estate for country estate…but can a girl from inner city London learn how to become a Lady?

Take a trip to Hiverton Manor for the most uplifting novel of 2020 – guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Fans of Jenny Colgan, Trisha Ashley and Carole Matthews will love this romantic, feelgood read.

Ariana Byrne has had many tough times in her relatively short 28 years of life.  Losing her parents at such a young age, and then fighting hard to keep her younger sisters together when the authorities thought it best to separate them.  Giving up her own dreams in order to be the best sister she could be, then the best wife she could be to Greg, and the best mother she could be to her twin sons, Leo and William.  After ten years of struggling without the support of her beloved parents, Ari unexpectedly finds herself a Countess, and wealthy at a time when she had struggled to put food on the table.

If you want a novel that knows how to draw you in then this is the novel for you.  A lot happens in the first four chapters. A LOT.  Sometimes you wonder how so much could happen to one person in such a short space of time, but you can’t help but follow the story through to see how Ari deals with the cards she has been dealt. Ari is a character who has given up everything for those around her, and there isn’t a more deserving character to receive the title and riches that she receives.  Obviously they come with their own set of problems, (the most obvious being that she had family the whole time, but they just didn’t care about her or her sisters) but watching her deal with them all is inspiring.  This is not your standard chick-lit or romance novel – of course there is romance, but this novel is more about the strength of a woman when facing adversity.  How she has spent her whole adult life fighting for what she believes to be right, regardless of the consequences for herself.

I loved this book.  I loved the characters, I loved that there were so many strong female personalities, and I wanted to know how they would deal with the issues that were presented to them.  The village setting was perfect, a real contrast to Ari’s humble beginnings in the diverse London street she lived on. Everything about this novel was fab, and I am so pleased that Liz Hurley will be continuing the story of the Byrne sisters – I can’t wait to read the next installment!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖 📕

Thank you so much to Liz Hurley and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this fabulous blog tour, and for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Author Bio 

When I grew up I wanted to be an underwater archaeologist or an astronaut but I ended up in a library. Everyone laughed as I’m not a naturally quiet person but I loved it. I went on to become a professional librarian for the money and the glamour. Not finding quite enough of either my husband and I set up a bookshop.  We didn’t find much there either so I started writing. Now I have loads of money and glamour but only in the pages of my books! In the meantime I dive and look at the stars.

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*BLOG TOUR* New Beginnings at Glendale Hall by Victoria Walters

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I am very excited to bring you my review of Victoria Walters New Beginnings at Glendale Hall as part of the excellent blog tour run by Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources!

Two weddings and a baby…but who will get their happy ever after?

Emily Prescott’s life isn’t going to plan. Her dreams of starting a family with fireman boyfriend Greg and opening up her own bakery in London feel like they will never come true. So when a wedding invite arrives from her oldest friend, Beth Williams, Emily is thrilled. Not only will she get to return to her childhood home in Scotland, but best of all – Beth wants her to bake the wedding cake!

However, her excitement is cut short when she discovers that Greg has cheated on her. Devastated by his betrayal, Emily flees to Glendale Hall, Beth’s grand estate in the Highlands, and tries to distracts herself with helping with the wedding plans, but that’s not easy when Greg keeps hounding her to forgive him. Then she’s introduced to Glendale’s new young and handsome vicar Brodie, and things become even more complicated.

When Emily discovers that Greg’s betrayal runs deeper than she imagined, she finds herself with a whole host of decisions to make, especially when she discovers her long awaited dream is finally being fulfilled – at exactly at the wrong time…

Escape to Scotland and fall in love with this gorgeous and inspiring romance from the bestselling author of Coming Home to Glendale Hall! The perfect feel-good read for fans of Holly Martin, Heidi Swain, and Jill Mansell.

Emily Prescott cannot wait to attend her oldest friends wedding in Scotland.  She is excited to return to the village she grew up in, and she cannot wait to introduce her boyfriend Greg to her friends.

In the weeks before they are due to leave, Emily discovers that Greg has cheated on her. Distraught, she leaves immediately, seeking refuge at Glendale Hall.  She throws herself into helping Beth with the wedding and planning a beautiful cake for the happy couple.  Her life becomes even more complicated when she is introduced to the young and handsome new vicar in Glendale, Brodie.  However, as Greg’s betrayal deepens, Emily finds herself alone facing the most unexpected life decisions.

Full disclosure – I have not read Coming Home to Glendale Hall.  But now I will!  Having not read Coming Home to Glendale Hall though I can confirm that it is not necessary in order to enjoy this novel because I loved it!  It was easy to read, but packed full of likeable characters.  Glendale was the perfect setting, it was the kind of friendly village that makes you really want to live there.  There are very few surprises in this novel, but that isn’t why I chose to read it.  As far as chick-lit goes, this one is definitely up there! This is an ideal read for a Sunday afternoon with a hot chocolate and piles of cake!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

Thank you to Victoria Walters 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.

Author Bio

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Victoria Walters writes up-lifting and inspiring stories. Her moving debut novel THE SECOND LOVE OF MY LIFE was chosen for WHSmith Fresh Talent and shortlisted for an RNA award. Victoria was also picked as an Amazon Rising Star. Her heart-warming new novel SUMMER AT THE KINDNESS CAFE is available to download now.

As well as being an author, Victoria also works as a Waterstones bookseller and buys far too many books there. She lives in Surrey with her cat Harry (named after Harry Potter). Victoria is not only obsessed with books but loves buying slogan tops, mugs and notebooks, and posting them all on Instagram.

You can discover more about Victoria – and find pictures of Harry the cat – by following her on Instagram at @vickyjwalters, on Twitter at @Vicky_Walters or by visiting her blog at:https://victoria-writes.com/.

*BLOG TOUR* When Adam Met Evie by Giulia Skye

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I am thrilled to bring you my review of When Adam Met Evie by Giulia Skye, as part of the blog tour arranged by the fabulous Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources.

When former Olympic Swimmer, Michael Adams—now Canada’s hottest reality TV star— insults his fake showbiz wife on social media, he escapes the ensuing scandal and jumps on the first flight to Australia. Desperate to experience ordinary life again—if only for a few weeks—he becomes “Adam”, just another tourist traveling through the Outback. But with a reward out for his safe return and his fame’s nasty habit of catching up with him when he least expects, he needs a better disguise… and he’s just found it.

Sweet and scruffy British backpacker, Evie Blake, is taking a year out of her busy London life. Tired of lies and liars, she’s looking for adventure to heal her broken heart. So when the hot Canadian she meets at the campground offers to be her travel partner through Western Australia’s wild Kimberley region, she grabs the chance, unaware he’s got the world out looking for him.

He’s just a down-on-his-luck traveler, right?

Michael Adams is famous.  Very famous.  To the outside world he has it all – the glamorous wife, lucrative sponsorship deals – everything a man could want.  However after the ultimate social media scandal, he goes underground, disappearing to Australia where one of his close friends and former Olympic swimming rivals lives.  When he finds himself at a loose end for six weeks, he decides to go incognito, travelling the Outback as backpacker Adam, hoping for some anonymity.

Evie Blake has always wanted to travel, and plans a long trip with her boyfriend Zac to get away from the stress they had been facing in their relationship, hoping to reconnect again.  When Evie unexpectedly finds herself in Australia alone, she seeks adventure to help her fix her broken heart.  When she finds herself faced with the incredibly attractive Adam, she throws caution to the wind, agreeing to travel the wilderness in Western Australia with him.

Adam and Evie are both lost souls trying to find their way again in the chaos of their lives.  The Australian Outback is the perfect setting for them, as they each seek peace and tranquility, giving them both the time to find what they are looking for.  What neither of them expect is to find each other.  Adam’s (or Michael’s) secret could prove too much for them though when the time comes for truth is finally revealed.

This is such a lovely story.  Both Adam and Evie are really interesting, well-rounded characters.  Adam is fascinating, as his life highlights how our public persona can hide who we really are, and what we are really feeling.  Evie is another great character, heartbroken not just because of the breakdown of her long term relationship, but also her anguish at not yet being a mother.  They are both so lost, but in a really believable, relatable way.  In addition to the characters, the setting is perfect.  Giulia really captures the beauty and remoteness of the Australian Outback – I genuinely enjoyed following their travels, and it has given me the bug for visiting there myself!

I am more than happy to recommend this novel – its an ideal book if you want to satisfy your own wanderlust from the comfort of your own home!  I look forward to reading the next novel in in Giulia Skye’s “Take a Holiday” series!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖 📕

Thank you to Giulia Skye and Rachel at Rachels Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this wonderful blog tour, and for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/When-Adam-Evie-Giulia-Skye-ebook/dp/B081HDK38Y/

US – https://www.amazon.com/When-Adam-Evie-Giulia-Skye-ebook/dp/B081HDK38Y/

Author Bio

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Italian-born Giulia Skye spent her childhood watching classic Hollywood films and thinking up her own romantic stories. After two decades working in TV production, she knew turning those stories into novels would be much more enjoyable – and far cheaper – than turning them into films. She still keeps her hand in TV production but is at her happiest being a stay-at-home mum, spending time with her family, growing her own vegetables and conjuring up sizzling stories about sexy heroes meeting fiesty heroines who aren’t always as they at first appear. When Adam Met Evie is her first novel, Book 1 of her “Take a Holiday” series.

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