Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of Beach Read by Emily Henry.
January Andrews is a romance writer with writers block. She has always had a romantic view of the world, despite the traumas she had faced with her parents, their love for each other never ceased to amaze or inspire her. A sudden loss made her question everything.
Augustus Everitt is also an author, and a successful one. He also just so happens to be January’s nemesis from college. Ever critical of her work, January can’t help but despise Gus, even if she can’t quite forget that one night…
When January and Gus find themselves living next door to each other, each with their own demons to fight and severe writers block, a flippant writing bet might be just the thing they both need.
Beach Read is not your typical romance novel. January and Gus are both troubled souls who are each trying to make sense of their pasts. The bet becomes a lifeline for them both, as they seek to learn each others chosen genres while spending more and more time together.
Beach Read is full of loss, anger and confusion. But it is also full of love, family and longing. There’s some hot and heavy scenes but also some tender and emotional moments that are beautifully captured by the author. I haven’t read anything by Emily Henry before but Beach Read will certainly not be the last novel of hers that I read.
I am more than happy to recommend this novel – if you want some serious character chemistry with great backstories, then this could well be the book for you!
It is my pleasure to bring you my review of Jessica Redland’s Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop, as well as helping to kick off her fabulous blog tour!
Firstly, I know what you’re thinking – it’s October. Christmas is so far away! Well that is simply not true, there’s only just over ten weeks to go until the big man makes an appearance down our chimneys! So with that in mind, I was more than happy to read my first official Christmas novel of the year!
Charlee has lost her grandparents, so with nothing holding her back, she finds herself following her boyfriend Ricky to the beautiful Whitsborough Bay. With her inheritance providing her with the opportunity to finally open her own chocolate shop just like her grandfather did, Charlee is so excited when the opportunity arises for a shop on the picturesque Castle Street.
With Ricky being less than helpful, and Charlee faced with numerous obstacles, she begins to wonder if her dreams of opening her chocolate shop before Christmas were misplaced.
Firstly I think I should say that whilst this novel is focussed on a chocolate shop opening at Christmas, it is not entirely a Christmas novel. So there should be no guilt felt when reading this book in October! I really enjoyed Charlee’s character – the way that she dealt with her relationship with Ricky was a little irritating (I think another person may have moved on a little sooner), but when you understand her position, that she has no family, you begin to understand why she is reluctant to let go of him. Her passion for her craft is lovely, and her ambition really drives her forward with the opening of her shop. Of course, Matt the plumber also adds a little something to the mix!
Whitsborough Bay sounds wonderful – it is the perfect location for Charlee’s Chocolates, and the atmosphere of Castle Street really comes across through the pages. The sense of community and belonging is exactly what Charlee needs in her life! In fact, we could all do with a Castle Street in our lives!
I am more than happy to recommend this novel to you all. It’s filled with chocolate, friendship, community spirit and Christmas! What more could you want as we enter Autumn and start the countdown to the Christmas festivities! Even better, Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop is book one in the Christmas on Castle Street series! I look forward to revisiting Castle Street soon.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Thank you to Jessica Redland, Boldwood Books 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.
Jessica Redland writes uplifting stories of love, friendship, family and community set in Yorkshire where she lives. Her Whitsborough Bay books transport readers to the stunning North Yorkshire Coast and her Hedgehog Hollow series takes them into beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds.
Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of Snug in Iceland by Victoria Walker on the first day of her fabulous blog tour!
Rachel Richards loves her job. She also loves her boyfriend, Adam. But she’s feeling more than a little neglected, so when she is offered the opportunity to oversee the setting up of a new store for her company Snug, she jumps at the chance! Even better is that the new store is in Iceland! Excited to see a new city, and with high hopes that a little time apart will shake up her relationship with Adam, Rachel throws herself into life in Reykjavik. With the help of Icelandic tour guide Jonas, Rachel’s eyes are truly opened to a new way of life, forcing her to really think about what she wants from life. With Adam really lacking in the boyfriend department, maybe the handsome Jonas and her new surroundings will show Rachel that she needs a new direction for her life.
I was so excited to read this novel – Reykjavik and Iceland are at the top of my travel list (if I ever manage to get back on a plane – pandemics are the worst!), so I was keen to soak up every part of this novel in the hope that Victoria Walker would be able to transport me there. I am pleased to confirm that she succeeded. Her description of Reykjavik and its surrounding area were just beautiful. I wanted to be on the tours with Rachel as she explored the beauty of Iceland (I’d have also quite liked to have been with her tour guide – Jonas sounds delicious!)
The story though really was lovely. It was nice to follow a female character who was driven – rather than giving up the amazing opportunity in order to please her boyfriend, she grabbed it with both hands and really followed it through. Of course there is romance in this novel, but I really enjoyed how this was actually a novel about a woman looking for something more from her life, and actually making it happen for herself.
I am more than happy to recommend this novel – if the beautiful cover doesn’t draw you in, then I hope my review has!
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Thank you to Victoria Walker 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.
Victoria Walker lives in the Malvern Hills with her husband and two teenage children. She is an avid reader of contemporary romance but tempers this addiction by being a member of a book club where she is often surprised by her enjoyment of other genres. She also loves sewing and knitting and Scandinavian dramas.
Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of From Ireland with Love by Liz Hurley!
From Ireland with Love is the fourth book in the Hiverton sisters series, and an excellent addition to this wonderful series!
Nick Byrne is the brains behind the money in the Byrne family. She had already found her way in the financial world when she and her sisters discovered that they had inherited the Hiverton estate. With her sister Ariana now the Countess of Hiverton, and Nick and remaining sisters now titled as Ladies, Nick finds herself in charge of the Hiverton estate finances amongst her other clients. When an unexpected (and she believes entirely unwarranted) FCA investigation forces her to close the doors on her business, Nick finds herself on a road trip to Ireland in the hope that she will be able to find out more about her beloved father’s past. With no family outside of her sisters, Nick is keen to identify some long lost family.
Gabe St Clair has a lot of family. He adores his mother and his twin brother Rafe, along with his half sister Freya. However his father and his other three half siblings are questionable individuals. Family loyalty counts for a lot though, so until Gabe and Rafe can afford to break away they find themselves doing their fathers bidding. When Game is sent to Ireland to spy on a business competitor he begrudgingly follows his family’s orders. Grateful to realise that his target hasn’t arrived, Gave finds himself drawn to Letta. He finds himself drawn to her as he helps her seek answers about her father.
I am such a fan of the Hiverton sisters series, I really have enjoyed them all! Lucky for you I have reviewed them all – feel free to check them out!
Nick has been one of my favourite Hiverton sisters, and that was something I really didn’t expect. She’s always come across as really stuffy to me, but what this novel has done is really show us the real Nick. Rather than being stuffy and uptight, she is burdened with the financial responsibility of her family. Following the loss of their parents, the Byrne sisters had a tough time staying together. Nick therefore takes this responsibility seriously, as she never wants her family to go through those times again. She is fiercely protective of those that she loves.
This a novel about love and family, but also about discovering who you are. Sometimes we all need a little reset to enable us to really learn about ourselves. I am so happy to recommend this novel, but I insist that you read them all!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Thank you 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 the novel in exchange for my honest review.
Finalist for the 2021 Romantic Novelists Association Debut Romantic Novel Award for A New Life for Ariana Byrne
Liz Hurley writes exciting and heart-warming stories that will make you cheer and laugh. Her heroines are overflowing with grit, gumption and good old-fashioned gorgeousness!
Author of Dear Diary, a prequel to the Hiverton Sister series. A New Life for Ariana Byrne. Book 1 / Hiverton Sister series High Heels in the Highlands. Book 2 / Hiverton Sisters series Cornish Dreams at Cockleshell Cottage. Book 3 / Hiverton Sisters series.
I am please to bring you my review of In Five Years by Rebecca Serle.
I firstly must admit to having had this novel for quite some time. For whatever reason, it just hadn’t jumped out at me over other novels I have in my TBR pile. However, I am making a concerted effort to read novels that I’ve been ignoring and this made it to the top of the pile. How silly was I waiting for so long!!
Dannie Kohan is all about numbers and statistics. She lives her life in a logical manner, and leaves very little to chance. She is a lawyer with a very clear career plan, she has a boyfriend David who she knows is just about to propose and she’s happy in their New York apartment. They’ll be engaged for the appropriate amount of time before getting married and starting the rest of their lives together.
The only problem is the dream. The most vivid, realistic dream she’s ever experienced. Five years from now, she will be in a loft apartment with another man, and a ring on her finger that is NOT her engagement ring from David. But it is all just a dream right? Fast forward to four and a half years later, and all of a sudden Dannie meets the man from her dream and he just so happens to be her best friend Bella’s new boyfriend.
This is a story about how sometimes, planning your life just isn’t enough. Life gets in the way and it throws curveballs that you just cannot plan for, no matter how hard you try. It’s a story of love and loss, it’s a story about setting yourself free of life’s constraints and learning how to love and live freely in order to make the most of your life.
What a lovely novel this is! I loved it, and I am gutted that I left it so long until I picked it up to read. So I am more than happy to recommend this to you all – go grab yourself a copy!
Today it is my stop on the blog tour for Escape to the Hummingbird Hotel by the fabulous Daisy James!
Abbie is an amazing florist, working for FlowerEssence under her wonderful boyfriend Dan, who she knows is going to propose (she saw him going into Tiffany’s so she is certain it is happening!).
When she unexpectedly and rather brutally finds herself single and jobless, Abbie is left feeling completely lost. When she discovers that she has inherited the Hummingbird Hotel from the Aunt she has never met, she finds herself on a plane to Corfu in a daze, ready to sell the property to potentially fund her dream of an English cottage with beautiful garden, whilst also hoping to learn more about the Aunt who had been absent from her life.
Set in the beautiful Corfu, Daisy James paints a vivid picture of the peaceful Hummingbird Hotel, as well as the neighbouring vineyard. You can really immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings, whilst absolutely understanding Abbie’s predicament. She has spent the last year believing that her relationship and her job would replace her dreams of working at a famous garden (Kew was up there on the list!) as well as owning her own English cottage and garden. With family secrets playing on her mind, and her life in London looking a little bleak, maybe Corfu is just what she needs.
With a potential romance thrown in for good measure, this novel offers you everything that you want from a light hearted romance novel. There is some drama, family secrets, a beautiful setting (truly, this novel makes me want to get on a plane to Greece) and a beautiful resolution. This is the perfect summer novel, and i am more than happy to recommend it to you all. Like me, you may not be heading to foreign shores this year but don’t let that stop you dreaming of them. Grab yourself a cold glass of wine and a copy of the Escape to the Hummingbird Hotel – let me know what you think!
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Thank you to Daisy James and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a copy of this novel. This review is my own honest opinion.
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.
I am very pleased to bring you my latest book review, Year One by Nora Roberts.
So there is no getting away from the fact that this novel centres around a pandemic, and in a rather brutal way. So my timing at reading this novel was possibly not the best. However, given the fact that this was released before our own pandemic experiences, I think that we can forgive Nora Roberts and focus on her writing!
Year One starts in a dark and sinister way – The Doom, a mysterious virus, sets off a chain reaction that decimates the human race, save for a select few. Of those that survive, some find themselves developing magical powers, with those individuals choosing to follow either the light or the dark.
As governments fall and society crumbles, a group of immune and ‘Uncannies’ set off to find a place to build a safe community, as war and brutality threatens to close in on those remaining who seek peace. We follow these individuals as they seek to rebuild what was so cruelly taken away from them.
I loved this novel. The storyline is complex in places but easily followed. I loved the magical elements to this novel, but I also loved how it was set in the real world. The brutality described and experienced within this novel is, at times, difficult to swallow. However I think that is because as the reader, you believe that this really could happen if governments were to fall. Without law and order, society would fall apart. Fear can be a dangerous emotion, and this is something that Nora Roberts really highlights. How we deal with that fear sets apart those who follow the light, and those who follow the dark.
Nora Roberts paints the most colourful pictures with her words. The locations are vivid in my imagination and the characters are well-rounded and believable. The end of this novel left me wanting to know more. I am invested in these characters and where the story will take them. I can not wait to read book two, Of Blood and Bone! So if you love dystopian fiction and you are looking for your next read, I highly recommend that you grab yourself a copy of Year One!
Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of Daisy’s Dilemma by Debbie Viggiano as part of her fabulous book tour!
Daisy is currently living her perfect life, after coming through a particularly difficult breakup with her husband Harry. She runs her own perfect little florist shop, and she is engaged to the wonderful Dominic. Even the fact that he hasn’t yet bought her ring, or that she hasn’t met his mother yet can bring her down. However knowing that her best friend Becky is less than keen on Dominic, and with a few comments making her start to doubt him, is her relationship with Dominic as perfect as she thought? Throw in an ex-husband who is now convinced that he made a mistake leaving her, and a new gorgeous neighbour moving in next door, Daisy’s life has gone from perfect to complicated in seconds!
There are no surprises in this novel but please don’t see that as a bad thing. Sometimes a novel just works for us due to the lack of surprises…it provides comfort and ease of reading! Which is exactly what Debbie Viggiano provides us with in this novel, Daisy’s Dilemma. Daisy and Becky are a great duo – wonderfully different as characters, but they just compliment each other beautifully. Daisy does of course have her rose tinted glasses on when it comes to Dominic which in a novel can sometimes come across as a little annoying – I’m pleased to confirm though that this is not the case in this novel. Instead, it is clear that the pain her ex-husband Harry caused her just makes Daisy want to be loved. She loves Dominic, and so she is a little blinkered when it comes to him. However the arrival of her new neighbour Seth gives her all the feels, and forces her to see the cracks in her relationship with Dominic, even if she doesn’t really want to.
This is a great novel from Debbie Viggiano – it’s a nice easy read that is perfect for those summer days ahead of us. The characters are fun and relatable (I’m a big fan of best friend Becky), and the story is a good one. Naturally we get a nice dose of romance thrown in, but rather than all-encompassing romance, it’s more of a sweet slow burner. I really enjoyed this novel, and I am more than happy to recommend it to you all. So please, go and grab yourself a copy!
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Thank you to Debbie Viggiano 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.
Prior to turning her attention to writing, Debbie Viggiano was, for more years than she cares to remember, a legal secretary. She lives with her Italian husband, a rescued pooch from Crete, and a very disgruntled cat. Occasionally her adult children return home bringing her much joy… apart from when they want to raid the fridge or eat her secret stash of chocolate. Tweet @DebbieViggiano or follow her on Facebook!
Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review as part of Maxine Morrey’s fabulous blog tour for her new novel, Things Are Looking Up.
I’m feeling confident that the blurb has drawn you in…in a world where we all spend far too much staring down at our phones, we meet Milly, a woman who can’t tear her eyes away from hers. Her job is her everything, to the detriment of her relationships with both partners and her family. She’s never really truly present in her own life, and is not really able to give 100% to anything outside of her job.
Milly is a fashion journalist, and the chance of a lifetime is within her reach; a job at Vogue, the ultimate fashion magazine. The years of hard work and loneliness were finally going to pay off until the one important moment she spent her staring at her phone. Waking up in a hospital bed after her very close encounter with a bus, Milly is forced into a new life – one with significantly less money, less work but more time. Time to spend with loved ones and time to re-evaluate what was really important. I’m pleased to confirm that we have also a delightful romance with an incredibly handsome man thrown in for good measure!
Maxine Morrey has yet again provided us with an excellent novel – I’m not sure she can write a bad one! Our phones are such an integral part of all of ours lives that I think we sometimes forget to look up, just like Milly. Enjoying your job is for many people a rare thing, but we have to remember how important relationships are to us all – the people in front of us are, social media and our phones do not always depict real life. Maxine captures this perfectly, and highlights the fact that we should all be focusing on our real relationships.
I am more than happy to recommend this novel. If this is your first Maxine Morrey novel, you will read this and be left wanting to read more! So please do! Grab yourself a glass of wine, a blanket (yes I know its May, but the sunshine still hasn’t made an appearance!!) and settle in for an evening with Milly and the delicious Jed!
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Thank you to Maxine Morrey 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!
Maxine Morrey is a bestselling romantic comedy author with ten books to her name including Winter’s Fairytale and the top ten hit The Christmas Project. Her eleventh book is being released by Boldwood in 2021. She lives in West Sussex. Her first novel for Boldwood, #No Filter, was published in November 2019.
Today I am pleased to bring you my review of Bridgerton: The Duke & I by Julia Quinn.
I’m going to assume that you know all about Bridgerton – if you don’t, have you been living under a rock?! Bridgerton, series one, was the Netflix hit of lockdown. If you don’t want to marry the Duke of Hastings then I don’t know what is wrong with you! Anyway, after falling in love with the Bridgerton family thanks to Netflix I just knew that I had to dive into the novels!
Having already seen the series (over the course of two days, I really binge watched it!), I already knew the premise of this first novel. But as we all know, movies and tv series will never include all the finer details included within a novel, so I was keen to dive right in.
The Duke and I focusses on Daphne Bridgerton, the eldest daughter in the Bridgerton family. She has been on the debutante circuit for a while now, without any suitable marriage proposals. She’s forthright, and knows what she wants; she’s also lucky enough to have supportive brothers who won’t palm her off on the first man to propose.
The Duke of Hastings has returned to England following the death of his father. With his new title, he is the most eligible bachelor in London, with mothers everywhere desperately pushing their single daughters towards him, hoping to secure their futures. Naturally, Simon has a secretive past that has him convinced that he needs to remain single – he will never marry, and no one can persuade him otherwise.
When Daphne and Simon come up with a mutually beneficial fake courtship, everything seems perfect for them – Daphne is now attracting suitors and Simon is no longer constantly surrounded by meddling mothers. As we all know though, the route to love is never a smooth one, especially when you have the elusive Lady Whistledown providing a very thorough commentary…
Based on the assumption that you have watched Bridgerton (and loved it – what’s not to love?!), then it is safe to assume that this is the novel for you. It’s got all the little details that are missing from the series, but includes all the handsomeness, sauciness and amazing costumery. Plus, we all know that we’re going to have to wait for series 2…no need to wait for the novels though! I shall be diving into The Viscount Who Loved Me as soon as I am able to, I can’t wait to learn more about Anthony, the eldest Bridgerton, and his rakish ways! So go and grab yourself a copy of this book, a large glass of wine and get ready to devour the naughtiest book of the season!
Rating: 4 out of 5.
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