*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!

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*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.

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

No Filter

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

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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.

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Book Review: A Perfect Proposal by Katie Fforde

A Perfect Proposal

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* 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 .