*BLOG TOUR* Midsummer Dreams at Mill Grange by Jenny Kane

Today it is my pleasure to help kick off the blog tour for Jenny Kane’s Midsummer Dreams at Mill Grange.

Thea Thomas needs to get away from her old life… and the interfering ex who won’t leave her alone. When she lands a job heading up the restoration of Mill Grange, a stunning Victorian manor, it feels like the perfect opportunity to start afresh.

What Thea didn’t anticipate was how hostile the volunteer team, led by the formidable Mable Hastings, would be about accepting new leadership. And with the deadline looming before the grand opening, Thea is in desperate need of more volunteers.

A broadcast appeal on the local news attracts the interest of arrogant but undeniably attractive celebrity historian Shaun Cowlson, who wants to make a TV programme about the restoration. It’s hard enough adding one more big personality to the mix – but then her ex turns up as one of the volunteers! What seemed like a dream come true is fast becoming a total disaster! Can Thea find a way to save the manor?

Thea Thomas is in need of a new challenge and a new setting. Her current job, whilst enjoyable, has become a little stale. She also seems to have the unwanted attentions of her ex-boyfriend who just cannot understand that they’ve broken up. When the opportunity presents itself for her to move out of Bath to head up a major restoration project at Mill Grange, Thea jumps at the chance.

With a tight deadline and a difficult group of volunteers led by Mable Hastings, Thea finds herself in need of some more help! Forced to broadcast a plea for help on the local news, Thea finds herself in the company of Shaun Cowlson, celebrity historian as well as John, the ex-boyfriend that she has been trying to get away from!

Whilst I did find Thea to be too mild-mannered (and regularly walked over by other stronger characters), I did warm to her as the novel progressed. What really drew me to this novel though was Mill Grange and its beautiful Exmoor setting. I am a big fan of buildings with historical significance – if the opportunity arose to volunteer at one to assist with restoration I’d be there like a shot! My views on a job like Thea’s are certainly romantic though, and the description of her role brought me down with a bump – following her as she dealt with some many difficult characters whilst trying to achieve something amazing within a tight deadline would be enough to put anyone off but she persevered. I can’t wait to revisit Mill Grange in Autumn Leaves at Mill Grange in September! I am more than happy to recommend this novel as a light, easy read – perfect for these warm summer evenings with a glass of something chilled!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thank you to Jenny Kane and Vicky Joss at Aria 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.

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Author Bio

Jenny Kane is the bestselling author of several romantic fiction series. Her first novel, Another Cup of Coffee (Accent Press), was a Kindle bestseller. The final novel in this series, Another Glass of Champagne, was released in June 2016. Jenny Kane’s Cornish romance, A Cornish Escape, hit No.1 in the Amazon Romance, Contemporary Fiction, and Women’s Fiction charts, and was followed by a sequel, Abi’s Neighbour, Jenny’s seventh novel.

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*BLOG TOUR* Flying Solo by Zoe May

Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of Flying Solo by Zoe May as part of her fabulous blog tour!

Rachel Watson has it all worked out. By 30, she’s ticked off most of the goals on her Life List. She’s a homeowner, a partner at her law firm, she has a gorgeous boyfriend, lots of hobbies and loads of good friends. The only thing that’s missing is a ring on her finger.

According to her Life List, Rachel should be getting hitched around now, so when her boyfriend, Paul, plans a romantic date, Rachel’s pretty confident he’s going to propose. Except Paul has other ideas. He’s jetting off to India to find himself.

Distraught, Rachel doesn’t know what to do. Not one to easily admit defeat, she embarks on a mission to win him back.

Flying solo to India is definitely not on Rachel’s Life List, but could her trip teach her some unexpected lessons about love, life and herself? Could she realise that perhaps her Life List wasn’t exactly what she wanted, after all?

Rachel is adamant that today is the day. Today is the day that she will be able to tick off a rather significant goal on her Life List. She is getting engaged! After bumping into her boyfriend of 5 years outside a jewellery store, she just knows. Admittedly she had hoped to have got engaged two years ago, but she is feeling confident now that her Life List is back on track. Until her engagement doesn’t happen. In fact, it doesn’t only not happen but Paul leaves her, jetting off to India to find himself.

Rachel finds herself enroute to the ashram in India to win back her man. Her Life List is off track, but she is determined to bring it back in line. What she doesn’t expect though is to discover that maybe her Life List isn’t everything she’s ever wanted. Maybe there’s more to life than doing what is expected of you.

I really enjoyed this novel. Rachel is such a great character, and I’m sure many of us can see elements of ourselves in her. She gets so caught up in doing what she thinks she should be doing with her life, that she doesn’t contemplate what she might actually want from life. The journey she takes, both physically and emotionally is an important one and I really enjoy following her. This a great, light read and it was nice to read something that whilst it started off being all about getting her man, it didn’t end that way. I am more than happy to recommend this novel!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thank you to Zoe May 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.

Purchase Links 

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B082K48FX8/ 

US  – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B082K48FX8/

Author Bio

Zoe May is an author of romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She worked in journalism and copywriting in London before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe could not resist writing a novel about dating, since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!

Perfect Match was one of Apple’s top-selling books of 2018. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award, with judges describing it as ‘a laugh out loud look at love and self-discovery – fresh and very funny’.

As well as writing, Zoe enjoys walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading! She adores animals and if she’s not taking a photo of a vegan meal, she’s probably tweeting about the dairy industry. She is half Greek and half Irish and can make a mean baklava. Zoe has a thing for horror films, India, swimming, hip hop and Radiohead. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of handbags having spent several years working in fashion copywriting and could probably win Mastermind if this was her specialist subject!

Zoe loves to hear from readers, you can contact her on Twitter and Instagram at: @zoe_writes. Zoe’s Facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/zoemayauthor/

She posts updates and blogs on her website, http://www.zoemayauthor.co.uk

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*BLOG TOUR* Space Academy by Hannah Hopkins

Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of Space Academy by Hannah Hopkins.

It’s the year 2100. Earth is dying. A young woman, Elsie, has risked everything to get her newborn son, Will, aboard ‘The Mayflower’ – a spaceship that will transport a select number of people to a new planet they can call home. Elsie’s luck takes a turn when she discovers the captain of ‘The Mayflower’ is an old friend. He allows her to board with her son, giving them a place on the luxurious Floor One, where they live amongst the most honoured of ‘The Mayflower’s’ passengers. 
Thirteen years later, and Will is ready to start school at Space Academy, an institute specialising in subjects such as Alien Studies, Technology, and Rocket Control. While a pupil there, Will starts to uncover secrets about his father’s death, becoming wrapped in a mystery that he and his friends must solve if they are to have any hope of saving humanity from the threat that lies in wait. 
Lose yourself in this brilliantly addictive novel as it takes you on a journey through the stars. But be warned – you might be surprised by what you find.

After reading Temi Oh’s Do You Dream of Terra-Two? and really enjoying it, I was keen to read another novel with a sci-fi edge to it. Space Academy ticked all of the boxes!

Space Academy follows the story of Will, Emily, Finley and Lois, four students at the Space Academy, a school set up specifically to educate the younger generation in preparation for settling on a new planet.

Earth was ravaged by wars and pollution, and in 2100 the Split occurred. The Mayflower, a large, technologically advanced space ship leaves Earth with the most intelligent (and wealthy) people onboard in search of a new world for them to settle on. Those left behind were known as the Forgottens, and it was no longer allowed to talk about them on The Mayflower 13 years later.

Wills life on The Mayflower is one of privilege, something that his mother would never have expected when she frantically tried to get them onboard The Mayflower with no ticket 13 years previously. It is expected that he will attend the Space Academy, and when he finds out he has a place he looks forward to starting afresh. He knows he’s different from the other kids on the first floor, and he’s looking forward to making new friends. He meets Emily and Finley on the transporter, and they quickly become friends. All three of them live on different floors, with Finley coming from the seventh floor. He is the first child from the lower floors to be admitted to the Space Academy and he feels out of place from the moment he arrives. Will and Emily, and later Lois, finally give him a sense of belonging that he so desires whilst he gains an education he never thought possible.

Of course, what is a school without a mystery! Space Academy is full of mystery, something that the four teenagers must solve if humanity is to survive.

Space Academy is great YA novel. It’s got some great characters, I loved the space setting and the premise of The Mayflower, and I wasn’t completely sure how the mystery was going to play out. If I was to have any criticism it would be that there maybe wasn’t enough information provided about certain parts of the story. However this would be easily rectified as I actually think this would be great as part of series – I would definitely be happy to read more about these characters, more about The Mayflower and its journey, and I would be fascinated to discover what happened to the Forgottens. Fingers crossed that Hannah Hopkins will indulge us all in the future!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thank you to Hannah Hopkins and Rachel at Rachels Random Resources 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.

Purchase Links 

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Space-Academy-Hannah-Hopkins-ebook/dp/B0883G654X

US – https://www.amazon.com/Space-Academy-Hannah-Hopkins-ebook/dp/B0883G654X

Author Bio

In 2017, Hannah Hopkins released a self-published novel entitled ‘The Split’; the story of four teenagers navigating life after Earth as they journey through space to a new planet. Two years later, the book was picked up by ‘The Conrad Press’ and re-vamped as ‘Space Academy,’ with a new cover, new title and new additions to the story. ‘Space Academy’ was released in 2020, kickstarting Hannah’s career as a writer. 

 Hannah is currently busy writing a historical fiction novel with a feminist twist. She spends the rest of her time working at a University and caring for her two young children in the UK.

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*BLOG TOUR* Cornish Dreams at Cockleshell Cottage by Liz Hurley

Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review for Cornish Dreams at Cockleshell Cottage by Liz Hurley.

Sitting alongside the beach and just up from the gently lapping waves, sat a perfect cottage. She had found where she was going to live. Her own little cockleshell cove.
Ever since the Byrne sisters – ArianaAsterClemPaddy and Nic – discovered they were heiresses to the vast Hiverton fortune, their lives have never been the same. No longer living in poverty in London, they now own an estate in Norfolk, a castle in Scotland and a picturesque village in Cornwall.
When sensitive Paddy, the baby of the family despite her successful career as a model, swaps the catwalks of Paris Fashion Week for the cobbled lanes of Tregisky on the beautiful Cornish coast, it’s time for her to stand on her own two feet.
Soon, she’s settled in her new home of Cockleshell Cottage overlooking the wild surf, the seals her closest companions.
And when she meets ex-soldier Hal, she’s instantly smitten. Funny, considerate, and not to mention drop dead gorgeous, he’s perfect in every way apart from one – he’s engaged. But after a misunderstanding brings the two together in ways they couldn’t have imagined, it seems like they might just change each other’s lives.
Will Paddy fall in love with more than just the glorious blue skies of Cornwall? Or are there storm clouds gathering ahead?
Escape to the Cornish coast this summer with this completely uplifting romcom – perfect for fans of Holly Martin, Phillipa Ashley and Milly Johnson.

Day two of this fabulous blog tour, and I am here to bring you my review! I loved A New Life for Ariana Byrne so I was particularly excited when I discovered that Cornish Dreams at Cockleshell Cottage was nearing its publication! The Byrne sisters had a tough start to life, so when Ariana discovers that she has inherited the title of Countess of Hiverton and everything that goes with it, she and her sisters are left in shock. Their change in fortune is huge, and nobody deserves it more than Ariana. However with a number of large estates to look after, she needs her four sisters more than ever to help her in taking on this newfound responsibility.

Paddy Byrne has spent the last few years travelling the world as the famous model Holly McDonald, changing her name so as to protect the privacy of both herself and her sisters. Paddy was determined to do her bit to keep her family together when her parents died, so when she was scouted by a modelling agency she jumped at the chance to earn some money to help support everyone. However, with her money no longer required to keep them all afloat, she is keen to take a step back and help her sister with the Cornish estate. She wants to prove to everyone that she is more than a pretty face, that she can do her bit to help run the estate and assist those people that are counting on them for jobs and homes.

Hal is an ex-soldier who has returned home to help his father run their own estate in Cornwall. His life is all planned out, with his engagement to Bianca and his plans for expanding the estate. What he doesn’t plan on is meeting Paddy. When they meet the sparks fly, and they find their lives intertwined in a way neither expected.

I loved this novel, just as I loved A New Life for Ariana Byrne. Obviously there’s plenty of romance, miscommunications and drama but I particularly love the Byrne sisters. There is so much character development – you really get to understand how they got to be where they are, how their past has affected them and how they want to grow as people. I love how tight knit they are as sisters – as someone with sisters this is completely relatable, both the love between them and the annoyances! Whilst the first novel was set in Norfolk, Cornish Dreams at Cockleshell Cottage is set in Cornwall, and Liz Hurley really captures the raw beauty of the Cornish coastline. Setting is everything in a novel, and Liz has worked wonders with this one.

I am more than happy to recommend this novel as a standalone, but you’ll be missing out if you don’t read the series. I can not wait for the next Byrne sister novel, I’ll be grabbing a copy at the earliest opportunity!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Thank you to Liz Hurley and Rachel at Rachels 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.

Purchase Links 

AMZ: https://amzn.to/3gG1NXy 

Kobo: https://bit.ly/3eD1j2x 

Apple: https://apple.co/3dpq1Dn 

Author Bio

Heroines with grit, gumption and good old-fashioned gorgeousness!

Liz Hurley writes exciting and heart warming stories that will make you cheer and laugh.

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*BLOG TOUR* The Never Have I Ever Club by Mary Jayne Baker

Robyn Bloom thought Ash Barnes was the love of her life – until one day he announced he was leaving her to fly halfway across the world.

Months later, Robyn is struggling to move on – but then she has a brainwave: The Never Have I Ever Club. Her handsome next-door neighbour Will helps her bring their fellow Yorkshire villagers together for some carpe-diem-inspired fun.
From burlesque dancing to Swedish massages, everyone has plenty of bucket-list activities to try, but it doesn’t take long for Robyn to realise what – or who – her heart truly desires: Will.
There’s just one problem: he’s Ash’s twin brother.
Make that two problems: Ash is moving home… and he wants Robyn back.

Robyn Bloom is heartbroken. She believed that Ash Barnes was the love of her life, until he suddenly upped and left her, disappearing to Australia where he moved on rather too quickly. After months of upset and moping, she comes up with the idea of setting up a new club for herself, her friends and the people of her village. And so, The Never Have I Ever Club was born.

The Never Have I Ever Club creates opportunities for Robyn and her friends that many of them didn’t think possible. Bucket lists start to be ticked off, and people are trying new things. However there is one problem; Will Barnes. Ash’s twin brother, and Robyns next door neighbour, Will is the local doctor and he is keen to ensure his patients are able to get involved with the club – it gives many of his elderly patients a reason to get out and socialise, but it also gives him a chance to see Robyn. After growing up together, he has missed her since the big break up. Unfortunately, he didn’t realise how much he missed her until he starts spending time with her again…

I loved the premise of this novel. The Never Have I Ever Club is such an amazing idea, bringing together different generations and making them really think about what they want to achieve from their lives. Of course I love a bit of romance with some twists and turns – identical twin brothers certainly gives us that! This is a great, easy read novel. I really enjoyed following Robyn’s story, she’s a great character – in fact she’s one of many great characters! I am more than happy to recommend this to you all – grab yourself a glass of wine and get stuck in!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thank you to Mary Jayne Baker and Vicky Joss at Aria 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

About the author

Mary Jayne Baker grew up in rural West Yorkshire, right in the heart of Brontë country… and she’s still there. After graduating from Durham University with a degree in English Literature, she dallied with living in cities including London, Nottingham and Cambridge, but eventually came back with her own romantic hero in tow to her beloved Dales, where she first started telling stories about heroines with flaws and the men who love them.

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*BLOG TOUR* Summer at the Cornish Confetti Agency by Daisy James

Today it is my turn on the blog tour for Summertime at the Cornish Confetti Agency by Daisy James.

It’s Summertime at The Cornish Confetti Agency!

When Lexie Harrington is asked to co-ordinate Kat and Dylan’s ‘English village fête’ wedding, she’s determined that this time everything will go according to her carefully laid plans; no ice bucket challenges, no whoopee cushions, and absolutely no googly eyes attached to everything in sight!

With gorgeous journalist-cum-wedding columnist Theo Barker to offer a helping hand, Lexie is optimistic that she can deliver the fairy tale wedding her clients have always dreamed of…. until the best man Noah is targeted by a loose hosepipe, the wedding rings go walk-about, and his beloved scarlet Porsche takes on a distinctly unpleasant aroma.

Can Lexie and Theo uncover what’s behind the mysterious goings on, or will the Cornish Confetti Agency be forced to close its doors to the future brides and grooms of glorious Cornwall?

Summertime at the Cornish Confetti Agency is the second book in the Cornish Confetti Agency series. Having already read The Cornish Confetti Agency I was very excited to get my hands on a copy of this latest instalment!

Lexie Harrington is covering the Cornish Confetti Agency whilst its owner Marley is dealing with a family emergency abroad. Her personal life is more than a little messy, and The Cornish Confetti Agency has provided Lexi with the escape that she so desperately needed. Her first wedding was a success despite the drama and mystery, leaving Lexi hopeful that this second wedding will run more smoothly. Instead, Lexi is left feeling like trouble follows her wherever she goes, and she fears her involvement will ultimately destroy Marleys business!

Whilst dealing with all the drama that goes alongside wedding planning, Lexi also struggles with her feelings for Theo as she is often left confused by the signals he is giving her. In addition, she knows she has some major life decisions to make as she realises she can’t keep running from her problems. Will she return to London and the job that she loved? Or will she leave her life behind and start afresh in Cornwall?

It was so lovely to return to Cornwall to visit Lexie, Freya, Theo and the gang once again. I loved reading about all the wedding planning (who doesn’t love a wedding!) and the drama that went with it. Lexie and Theo have a great will they/won’t they vibe (clearly they like each other, but no decent romance runs smoothly!). This is such a lovely, easy to read novel, perfect for these balmy early summer evenings (I appreciate this week has been a bit rainy, but I’m still optimistic that its just a blip in our heatwave!). So grab yourself a chilled glass of pink wine, a blanket and settle yourself in the garden for an evening of relaxation with Summertime at The Cornish Confetti Agency!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thank you to Daisy James and Rachel at Rachels Random Resources for letting me be a part of such a 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/gp/product/B086VLBSPJ

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B086VLBSPJ

Author Bio

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.

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*BLOG TOUR* The Place We Call Home by Faith Hogan

Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of The Place We Call Home by Faith Hogan as part of her fabulous blog tour.

Welcome to Ballycove, the home of Corrigan Mills…

Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Irish countryside the famed mills have created the finest wool in all of Ireland. Run by the seemingly perfect Corrigan family, but every family has its secrets, and how the mills came to be the Corrigan’s is one of them…

Miranda and her husband were never meant to own the mills, until one fateful day catapults them into a life they never thought they’d lead.

Ada has forever lived her life in her sister’s shadow. Wanting only to please her mother and take her place as the new leader of the mill, Ada might just have to take a look at what her heart really wants.

Callie has a flourishing international career as a top designer and a man who loves her dearly, she appears to have it all. When a secret is revealed and she’s unceremoniously turfed out of the design world, Callie might just get what’s she’s been yearning for. The chance to go home.

Simon has always wanted more. More money, more fame, more notoriety. The problem child. Simon has made more enemies than friends over the years, and when one of his latest schemes falls foul he’ll have to return to the people who always believe in him.

Ballycove isn’t just a town in the Irish countryside. It isn’t just the base of the famous mills. It’s a place to call home.

Best-selling author, Faith Hogan returns with a family tale of love, loss, secrets and finding yourself.

Miranda Corrigan is the matriarch of the Corrigan family, and an important member of the Ballycove community. Her lifes work has revolved around the Corrigan Mills, an important employer in Ballycove and international leader in wool production. She adores her three children, Ada, Callie and Simon all of whom could not be more different.

Ada, her eldest has worked at the Mills all her working life and expects to be Mirandas natural successor. However having spent her whole life focussing on the Mills, she seems to have neglected focussing on what is actually most important to her.

Callie is a top designer, famous on the London design scene. When she unexpectedly finds herself leaving London and returning to Ballycove she finds herself forced to really evaluate what makes her happy.

Simon is forever seeking more. However his schemes have finally caught up with him, and he is forced home from Dublin with his tail between his legs as he desperately tries to work out how he can fix his life.

This is a novel all about family, community and home. It’s a place to feel safe, it’s a place to heal and it’s a place where you can find yourself. Ballycove is a lovely village, tight knit and supportive. Corrigan Mills is at the centre of all that, the glue that binds not only the Corrigan family but all of the villagers as well. This is the story of a family, each with their own lives, their own secrets and their own futures to build, but they each need Ballycove and their family to help them achieve.

I am more than happy to recommend this novel, its filled with relatable characters in a beautiful setting. Its perfect for readers who are looking for a novel all about family.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thank you to Faith Hogan and Sarah Hardy at Book on the Bright Side Publicity & Promo 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

13/04/2018 Author Faith Hogan with her dog Penny at her home in Ballina, Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan

Faith Hogan is an Irish award-winning and bestselling author of five contemporary fiction novels. Her books have featured as Book Club Favorites, Net Galley Hot Reads and Summer Must Reads. She writes grown up women’s fiction which is unashamedly uplifting, feel good and inspiring.

Faith’s latest book, The Place We Call Home is published in January 2020.

She writes crime fiction as Geraldine Hogan – Her Sisters Bones is available now!

Faith gained an Honours Degree in English Literature and Psychology from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate Degree from University College, Galway.

She is currently working on her next novel. She lives in the west of Ireland with her husband, four children and a very busy Labrador named Penny. She’s a writer, reader, enthusiastic dog walker and reluctant jogger – except of course when it is raining!

You can find out more about Faith on her website www.faithhogan.com



*BLOG TOUR* The Beauty of Broken Things by Victoria Connelly

It is my pleasure to bring you my review of The Beauty of Broken Things as part of Victoria Connelly’s fabulous blog tour.

United by tragedy, can two broken souls make each other whole?

After the tragic loss of his wife, Helen, Luke Hansard is desperate to keep her memory alive. In an effort to stay close to her, he reaches out to an online friend Helen often mentioned: a reclusive photographer with a curious interest in beautiful but broken objects. But first he must find her—and she doesn’t want to be found.

Orla Kendrick lives alone in the ruins of a remote Suffolk castle, hiding from the haunting past that has left her physically and emotionally scarred. In her fortress, she can keep a safe distance from prying eyes, surrounded by her broken treasures and insulated from the world outside.

When Luke tracks Orla down, he is determined to help her in the way Helen wanted to: by encouraging her out of her isolation and back into the world. But Orla has never seen her refuge as a prison and, when painful secrets and dangerous threats begin to resurface, Luke’s good deed is turned on its head.

As they work through their grief for Helen in very different ways, will these two broken souls be able to heal?

I must confess to having only read one of Victoria Connelly’s novels before: A Weekend with Mr Darcy, which I loved. The Beauty of Broken Things is really quite different though. I was drawn in by the synopsis, which tells us we have two characters who have had very different experiences of life but have caused them each to break in their own way.

Luke Hansard’s whole world came tumbling down the day his wife didn’t make it home from work. In his 30s and already a widower, he doesn’t know how to move on with his life without his beloved wife Helen. His days are spent going over the ‘what ifs’ as he struggles to come to terms with his loss. In a bid to stay close to his lost wife, Luke seeks out an online friend of hers, someone he knows Helen was keen to help. By helping this person that Helen so clearly wanted to support, he hopes to stay close to his wife while providing assistance to someone who may need it.

Orla Kendrick is a recluse, living alone in her Suffolk castle, hidden from the world. Her physical and emotional scars cause her to live in constant fear, and so instead she lives her life online, through her beautiful photographs of broken and damaged china. She is desperate to remain closed off from the world, so when Luke finds her, a stranger who claims his wife knows her, she panics and attempts to withdraw once more.

Both Luke and Orla are damaged and hurt in their own ways, but they have a common link: Helen. Whilst Orla may not have physically met her, they had connected online in a way that Orla had not expected to do. So when Luke arrives to personally deliver the news of Helen’s death, Orla is blindsided. Even within the protective walls of her castle, she is not immune to what happens in the outside world. Luke on the other hand is struggling with his grief, and is therefore looking for something to channel his time and energy into. What he finds in Orla is unexpected. He finds a woman who is fearful of everything, and whilst he understands her reasons why, he seeks to help her realise that life cannot be feared if you really want to live.

This is such a beautiful novel. It was unexpected and yet wonderful to read a novel that focussed on a friendship, however unlikely, between a man and a woman who both just needed someone to guide them through their own darkness. Luke and Orla should never have met, and yet their own tragic circumstances drew them together at a time when they both really needed someone.

I am very happy to recommend The Beauty of Broken Things. It highlights experiences that sadly do happen, (Orla’s is an experience that no person should ever have to go through, but sadly it is something we are now hearing about more and more in the press) but it shows that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, particularly if you are willing to let someone in to help guide you there. Orla and Luke were both wonderful characters, with excellent character arcs. They were both believable and relatable. Victoria Connelly has done an excellent job of highlighting that the journey to peace is just as important as the destination.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Thank you to both Victoria Connelly 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.

Purchase Links 

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07YKW2D3B

US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07YKW2D3B

Aus: https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B07YKW2D3B

Author Bio

Victoria Connelly studied English Literature at Worcester University, got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and now lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a young springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the million-selling author of two bestselling series, Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in 2008 by Ziegler Films in Germany. The Runaway Actress was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Novel award.

Victoria loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden either with a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.

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Book Review: The Summer Island Swap by Samantha Tonge

I am very happy to bring to you all my review of The Summer Island Swap by Samantha Tonge.

After a long and turbulent year, Sarah is dreaming of the five-star getaway her sister has booked them on. White sands, cocktails, massages, the Caribbean is calling to them. 
But the sisters turn up to tatty beaches, basic wooden shacks, a compost toilet and outdoor cold water showers. It turns out that at the last minute Amy decided a conservation project would be much more fun than a luxury resort. 
So now Sarah’s battling mosquitos, trying to stomach fish soup and praying for a swift escape. Life on a desert island though isn’t all doom and gloom. They’re at one with nature, learning about each other and making new friends. And Sarah is distracted by the dishy, yet incredibly moody, island leader she’s sure is hiding a secret.

I write this review whilst hoping it will bring back the beautiful lockdown weather…fingers crossed!

Sarah is a young woman with a career plan. Working in hospitality, she is keen to make her mark on the hotel business, wanting to work her way up to a luxury resort where she can really have an impact on customers hotel experiences. She is hard working and driven, and she pushes to provide her sister Amy with a roof over her head and the support she needs to succeed in the veterinary world.

When Amy has a small windfall, she is keen to repay Sarah with an all expenses paid trip to the British Virgin Islands. A four week trip, spending her time experiencing luxury whilst researching a top-end hotel is just what Sarah needs. What Sarah actually gets though is really rather different…

Concerned that Sarah will spend their trip with her work head on, Amy instead books a four week trip to a conservation project in the British Virgin Islands. Hard work, compost toilets and wooden shacks for accommodation were not exactly what Sarah had in mind, although hunky Island leader Rick could certainly change her view of the place!

This is a modern twist on the classic ‘fish out of water’ story. Upon arriving at their beautiful destination, Sarah is immediately out of her comfort zone. She is forced into a situation that she ultimately hates, all whilst trying to maintain a facade of happiness to her sister who she refuses to disappoint. As we all know though, it is only when we are uncomfortable or put into new situations that we get to learn about ourselves, and what we really want from life.

I really liked Sarah as a character. I could relate to how protective of her sister she was, even if it did stifle Amy at times. Her drive to succeed comes from a lifetime of put downs, and again, it’s completely relatable. Her entire persona makes sense, and so watching her struggle with her new surroundings sometimes makes difficult reading. Don’t get me wrong, this is a light-hearted novel with some romance thrown in for good measure, but that doesn’t make the characters any less relatable or interesting to follow.

This is really nice, easy to read novel, set in a luscious location (if we can’t go on holiday in real life then we may as well visit far flung places within the pages of novels!). This is a great novel for readers interested in conservation, desert islands and characters who need to work out what they really want from life – if only I could do that from a desert island! Grab yourself a cocktail and settle down with this novel!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thanks to Aria for providing me with a copy of this novel via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh

Today I am pleased to bring you my review of Do You Dream of Terra-Two by Temi Oh.

A century ago, scientists theorised that a habitable planet existed in a nearby solar system. Today, ten astronauts will leave a dying Earth to find it. Four are decorated veterans of the 20th century’s space-race. And six are teenagers, graduates of the exclusive Dalton Academy, who’ve been in training for this mission for most of their lives.

It will take the team twenty-three years to reach Terra-Two. Twenty-three years spent in close quarters. Twenty-three years with no one to rely on but each other. Twenty-three years with no rescue possible, should something go wrong. And something always goes wrong.

So I am sad to say that this novel has been sat on my Kindle for sometime. I really enjoy a sci-fi novel, but will often pick up another genre over it. I have no idea why I do this, given the fact that I enjoy them once I get started!

Do You Dream of Terra-Two is a novel that explores the possibility of space travel and where it can take us. It is not however a dystopian novel, and I must admit that I probably chose to read it because I thought that it was (or at least an escape from a dystopian world). Whilst it was not the novel I thought it would be, I was not disappointed.

Harry, Jesse, Juno, Astrid, Aria, Eliot and Poppy are our teenage astronauts, graduates of the highly esteemed Dalton Academy, whose sole purpose was to pick the crew for the first space mission to leave earth in order to inhabit Terra-Two, a far off planet which was believed to be a close match to Earth. Each of these individuals were chosen not only for their intelligence, although this was an important factor, but also for their perceived strength and endurance for a mission from which they would never return. Due to the lengthy journey, it was deemed necessary to have a young cohort of astronauts for the mission alongside their more experienced counterparts. They would effectively be trained on the job, trained to take over from their senior officers who would probably be too old for leadership roles in the latter stages of the journey or once they reached Terra-Two.

This novel is very much about the journey. The journey to Terra-Two, the journey to adulthood, the journey to self-discovery. These teenagers were chosen as young children, chosen for a mission that could possibly be the most important mission in Earths history. They were taught and trained in ways that many couldn’t even imagine. All of this impacts on each of them in different ways, as they continue to ensure that Terra-Two remains their one and only focus in life. As they are hit by tragedy before even taking off, as well as changes to their senior crew at the last minute, this mission is fraught right from the beginning. It would be wrong to tell you all that this is a novel about space travel though, because it isn’t. It is first and foremost a novel about characters, and how they develop when forced into close quarters in what is not a normal situation. These individuals are not allowed to grow up or even make mistakes in the way that normal teenagers do. These individuals all experience loss, love, belief and belonging whilst in the confines of a very small spacecraft, on a journey that will take them 23 years.

This is such an interesting exploration of how different characters react to different extreme situations. Despite such diverse backgrounds and upbringings, they are eventually forced onto an equal footing, and watching how they each deal with it is fascinating. Temi Oh really captures each of them beautifully in my opinion, and I am very pleased that I picked up this novel and gave it a read.

I really enjoyed reading this, and I am more than happy to recommend it to you all. I look forward to seeing what Temi Oh brings us next!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this novel via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.