*BLOG TOUR* Until We Can Forgive by Rosemary Goodacre

Today it is my pleasure to help kick off the blog tour for Until We Can Forgive by Rosemarie Goodacre.

They survived the Great War, but will life ever be the same?

Spring 1919: WW1 is over and a fragile peace has descended over the country. Now living in Cambridge with husband EdmondAmy Derwent is settling into her new life as wife and mother to little Beth. But the shadow of the Great War looms large, particularly as the injuries Edmond sustained at Ypres still take their toll on him today.

Edmond’s cousin, Vicky, has now grown into a fine young woman, eager to help her country. Throwing off her privileged background to train as a nurse, she spends her days tending to the many soldiers still suffering the after-effects of their time on the battlefield.

Meeting Maxim Duclos, a young Frenchman who has arrived in Larchbury, fills her heart with joy – but when it is discovered that Maxim may be hiding the truth about his past, Vicky is faced with an impossible choice. Follow her heart’s desire and risk her family’s disapproval or keep her family – but deny herself the chance of true love?

The war may be over, but Edmond, Amy and Vicky must all face a new battle, finding their own peace in a country wounded by loss.

I’ve been so lucky to have read the previous two novels in this trilogy; Until We Meet Again and Until the War is Over – I highly recommend you grab yourself copies of these.

Edmond and Amy Derwent are our central characters, and they are characters that we have now followed through three novels. We have followed their relationship from when it was just a fleeting glance, all the way through to their marriage and the birth of their beautiful daughter Beth. I love a book series that allow me to become invested in characters, and Rosemarie Goodacre provides us with this opportunity beautifully.

Until We Can Forgive focuses on the time following the end of WWI – most families have suffered losses, and the Spanish Flu pandemic is finally abating. War injuries are impacting many lives, but despite these many obstacles families are working hard to rebuild their lives whilst establishing their new normal.

Edmond and Amy’s friends and family have all been affected in some way by the war. Vicky, Edmonds cousin, was too young to really have had any involvement in the war effort. However, seeing her friends and family playing their part has inspired her future. Despite her privileged upbringing, she is keen to assist in the rebuilding of her country. Inspired by Amy and the hundreds of other women who assisted their injured men, both on the front and at home, she is adamant that she wants to train and work as a nurse. When she meets Maxim, a young Frenchman, she discovers a love that she could never have anticipated existing. As we all know though, the road to love is never smooth…

I have loved following Edmond, Amy, their family and friends. Larchbury was hit by much tragedy during the Great War as many small communities were, but seeing them come out of the other side has been wonderful to follow. The community spirit is so evident, and there seemed to be very much a ‘can do’ attitude. Clearly worries for the future remained, but hope is very clearly depicted in Rosemarie’s writing. I am more than happy to recommend this novel to you all (although I do recommend you reading all three novels in the series) – I love reading wartime fiction, I love the hopefulness that existed even in the face of adversity. Rosemary Goodacre has given us an excellent example of such writing.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a bittersweet blog tour. Very sadly, Rosemarie Goodacre passed away a few short weeks ago. I am however honoured to have been a part of this blog tour for her final novel, and would like to thank Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources and Hera Books for inviting me to be a part of it, and for providing me with a copy of the novel. My review is all my own, honest opinions.

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Author Bio

Rosemary Goodacre is thrilled to have a three book deal with Hera Books. Her World War I romance Until We Meet Again will be released on 31/10/19. Her heroine, Amy, faces many challenges as she works as a nurse and struggles to spend time with Edmond, her sweetheart.


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.

*BLOG TOUR* The Christmas Swap by Sandy Barker

Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of The Christmas Swap as part of Sandy Barker’s fabulous blog tour.

Christmas is coming and best friends ChloeJules, and Lucy are needing change… so swapping homes for the holidays could be the perfect present for all of them!

Australian Chloe spends her Christmas in a sleepy village in Oxfordshire, England. She is totally star-struck when she discovers who lives across the road.

Lucy, who has jetted off to snowy Colorado for her dream-come-true white Christmas, is taken into the fold of Jules’s loud and brash family, discovering more about herself in a few short days than she has in years.

And Jules leaves the cold climes of Colorado to spend her Christmas on a beach with Chloe’s friends in Melbourne, finding that time away is just what she needed.

Chloe, Lucy and Jules have been best friends forever, and they don’t let a little issue like living on different continents keep them apart. They speak regularly and holiday together whenever they can.

During one of their many video calls, it becomes apparent that they are each seeking an escape from their daily lives, and that they each want to experience Christmas in a different way. After much discussion they finally agree to swap Christmases! Jules is keen to exchange the snowy backdrop of Colorado for the much sunnier Melbourne, Chloe is excited to head to England for a cosy family Christmas and Lucy can’t wait to see snow on Christmas Day in Colorado! What they don’t forsee is how one holiday apart could change each of them in such a significant way!

I really loved this novel! It is the perfect escapism from our current real life issues, and it provided me with the opportunity to travel the world without leaving my sofa (good job really, given that travelling the world is currently not an option!). Both Melbourne and Colorado feature on my own personal travel list, so getting to spend some time there with these characters was lovely! The descriptions of each of the locations were vibrant and detailed, which helps enormously when you want to imagine yourself there with these characters. Of course it also helps that each location came with its very own attractive love interest! It’s a shame that doesn’t always happen in real life!

Lucy, Chloe and Jules were all great characters to spend time with – they were all very different, but you could see why they worked as friends. Their friendship isn’t perfect, but that’s what made it more realistic – they have their problems, both individually and as a group, but they ultimately love and support one another. Swapping Christmases was their way of supporting each other, to give each of them the opportunity to escape their current lives and experience something new and different.

I am more than happy to recommend this novel to you all – it is an easy-read, filled with friendship, travel and romance. Christmas is coming (even if we don’t all want to admit it yet), so grab yourself a copy of The Christmas Swap, a glass of mulled wine and get yourself into the Christmas spirit!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thank you to Sandy Barker 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.

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Author Bio

Sandy Barker is a writer, traveller and hopeful romantic with a lengthy bucket list. She loves exploring new places, outdoor adventures, and eating and drinking like a local when she travels, and many of her travel adventures have found homes in her novels. She’s also an avid reader, film buff, wine lover and coffee snob.

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*BLOG TOUR* The Cottage of New Beginnings by Suzanne Snow

Today it is my pleasure to help kick off the blog tour for Suzanne Snow’s The Cottage of New Beginnings.

One crumbling cottage. One broken heart. A chance to start over?

When Annie returns to Thorndale, the village where she spent much of her childhood, she’s looking for a new start. All she wants to do is fix up the cottage her godmother left her, and fix up her broken heart.

When she clashes with local hero, Jon, Annie can’t help but wonder if coming back to Thorndale was a mistake. The village has clearly changed and the last thing she needs is more drama. But avoiding the distractingly handsome Jon is proving impossible, especially when Thorndale seems to be conspiring to throw them together…

Annie is looking for a fresh start with zero romance – but what if the only way to learn to trust again is to take a risk on love?

Annie has returned to Thorndale after the death of her beloved Godmother, to move into the beautiful cottage she has now inherited. She is feeling vulnerable after the breakdown of her relationship, and she is keen to make a new start. What she absolutely does not want is romance!

Jon is the local village hero, heading up the Fell Rescue team as well as providing breaks for teenagers. All of this whilst also running his families estate – he is handsome, driven – basically the ideal man! When he meets Annie he can’t take his eyes off her, he can’t stop thinking about her but he knows she’s recovering from a bad breakup.

Thorndale and its inhabitants is such a lovely village, I can understand why Annie returned there after spending her school holidays there with her Godmother Molly. Annie needed some time to find herself, and I think that beautiful cottage was the perfect setting. I really enjoyed following Annie and Jon’s burgeoning friendship. I could understand both Annie’s reluctance and Jon’s frustrations at their relationship. I loved many of the supporting characters (Sam and Charlie were particular favourites)

I am more than happy to recommend this novel. As the weather starts to turn, it is ideal for those chillier Sunday afternoons curled up on the sofa under a cosy blanket! Grab yourself a blanket, a glass of wine and a copy of The Cottage of New Beginnings!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thank you to Suzanne Snow 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.

Purchase Links

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Author Bio

Suzanne lives in Lancashire with her family and loves to read. Amongst her favourite books are historical crime fiction and writers’ biographies. Suzanne enjoys cooking, walking, especially in the Lake District, and developing and planting gardens. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors.

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*BLOG TOUR* Love Me Like You Do by Aimee Brown

It is my pleasure to bring you my review as part of the fabulous blog tour for Aimee Brown’s Love Me Like You Do.

A runaway bride. A handsome stranger. Two pasts to put behind them.

Parker is ready to marry the man of her dreams. But he isn’t ready to marry her. It would be helpful if he didn’t choose their wedding day to tell her this. But as she flees from the travesty behind her, she literally runs into the arms of a handsome stranger. The southern drawl, the dreamy eyes, she can’t fall for another man after being left at the altar – can she?

When Liam agreed to go on a date he didn’t expect to leave with the bride. Nor did he expect to take her to the emergency room. Immediately he’s drawn to her fiery spirit, her kind heart and beautiful smile. Liam’s got a whole host of problems and a past that keeps coming back, now can’t be the time to fall in love, but Parker might just be the one to break down his barriers and let him live a little – if she’ll let him in.

Will these two strangers allow serendipity to put them together, or will their fears keep them apart?

A good blurb will always draw you in, and the blurb for Love Me Like You Do certainly did that!

Parker finds herself on her wedding day, the happiest day of her life, fleeing the scene. Her life changes in that one moment, as she discovers her fiancee isn’t ready to get married – shame he didn’t mention it earlier!

Liam finds himself in the right place at the right time, as he manages to save a fleeing bride from serious injury. What he doesn’t anticipate is meeting a woman like Parker. Even whilst experiencing her worst ever day, he can’t help but find himself entranced by her. Following a number of coincidental meetings, they finally agree to be friends – but will it be enough?

Whilst the blurb definitely sold me this novel, I still didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. I loved both Parker and Liam – they were realistic and likeable characters. Both had their flaws, neither trying to be perfect at all. I loved their random meetings, and their interactions not only with each other but with others too.

This was a fab easy-read with believable characters. It is of course a romance novel, but it happens so naturally that it’s really enjoyable to read. It’s a novel very much centred around family, second chances and love. I am more than happy to recommend this novel to you all. As the evenings draw in and the temperature cools, curl up on the sofa, snuggle under a blanket with a delicious glass of wine and lose yourself in Liam and Parkers story!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thank you to Aimee Brown and Vicky Joss at Aria Fiction 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:

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About the Author

Aimee Brown is a writer of romantic comedies set in Portland, Oregon, and an avid reader. She spends much of her time writing, raising three teenagers, binge-watching shows on Netflix and obsessively cleaning and redecorating her house. She’s fluent in sarcasm and has been known to utter profanities like she’s competing for a medal. Aimee grew up in Oregon, but is now a transplant living in cold Montana with her husband of twenty years, three teenage children, and far too many pets. She is a lot older than she looks and yes, that is a tattoo across her chest. (In the Portlandia spirit, yes, I lived many years in PDX and I do indeed have a bird tattooed on me (2!)) Aimee is very active on social media. You can find her at any of the networks below. Stop by and say hello! 

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*BLOG TOUR* Autumn Leaves at Mill Grange by Jenny Kane

It is my pleasure to kick off the fabulous blog tour for Autumn Leaves at Mill Grange by Jenny Kane. Happy Publication Day Jenny!

At Mill Grange, the work – and the fun – never stops! As autumn brings coolness and colour, change is in the air for all at the manor…

Sam Philips’ time in the forces changed him forever. Supported by his friends, Sam is keen to help make beautiful Mill Grange a safe retreat for injured army personnel… but his crippling claustrophobia means Sam is living in a tent on the grounds! Enlisting the help of charming village stalwarts Bert and Mabel Hastings, Tina Martins is determined to find a way to help him conquer his fears. But why does she feel like he is keeping a secret?

After discovering evidence of a Roman fortlet on the manor’s grounds, Thea Thomas is thrilled at the chance to return to her archaeological roots and lead the excavation. She spent the summer with handsome celebrity archaeologist Shaun Cowlson – but now he’s off filming his Landscape Treasures show in Cornwall, and Thea can’t help but miss his company. Especially as someone else is vying for his attention…

Welcome back to Mill Grange and the beautiful village of Upwich, full of larger-than-life characters you can’t help but adore.

Having already read Midsummer Dreams at Mill Grange, I was very excited to get my hands on the next book in the series, Autumn Leaves at Mill Grange. I really enjoy it when an author decides to create a series – it gives the reader more time with characters (such as Mabel and Bert!) but it also offers the opportunity to get to know other characters in a way we perhaps hadn’t in previous novels.

Autumn Leaves at Mill Grange focuses on the set up of a retreat for injured army veterans, following Sam Phillips purchase of Mill Grange. Sam himself suffers from crippling claustrophobia, and as a result he has not yet been able to cross the threshold of his new project. His girlfriend Tina is keen to help him overcome his fears and is willing to do whatever it takes to help him.

Thea has remained at Mill Grange after the change in ownership to take over as Manager. However with the discovery of a Roman fortlet within the grounds, she is keen to utilise her archaeological skills to uncover the treasures beneath the soil – her only disappointment is that Shaun, her handsome new celebrity boyfriend has had to leave to film for his show Landscape Treasures in Cornwall.

This is such a lovely novel, and a perfect sequel to Midsummer Dreams at Mill Grange. I love the setting of Mill Grange, and it was such a treat to return there to learn more about these characters. Sam is a fascinating character and whilst his situation is difficult, watching him work to overcome his problems is inspiring, particularly while he works hard to help others in similar situations. The change in Tina was also lovely to follow, as she finds her way in a new relationship, particularly one which comes with issues.

I am more than happy to recommend this novel, but it would be a shame to read just Autumn Leaves at Mill Grange, so grab yourself a copy of Midsummer Dreams at Mill Grange too!

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.

Purchase Links

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About the Author

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* Starcross Manor by Christie Barlow

Today it is my stop on the blog tour for Christie Barlow’s Starcross Manor!

Dying to know more about the brooding and mysterious Flynn Carter and the secrets behind his plans for Starcross Manor?

You won’t want to miss the next spellbinding chapter in the Love Heart Lane series – where friends are there for you no matter what.

When Julia Coleman meets Flynn Carter again in the cosy village of Heartcross it can only mean trouble. Flynn might be rich, brooding and sexy, but Julia knows first-hand he’s ruthless and she plans to watch his every move.

When Julia discovers Flynn’s plans for beautiful Starcross Manor her greatest fears come true.  Because Flynn’s dreams of turning Starcross into a luxury hotel could ruin Julia’s dreams…and finish off the community of Heartcross for good.

Flynn makes it clear he doesn’t want trouble, and he’s not the man Julia thinks he is.  As he sets about convincing the community he’s changed, he hopes he can convince Julia to give him another chance too…

So I have been waiting with bated breath to get my hands on a copy of Starcross Manor – I have loved the Love Heart Lane series, so I was very pleased to discover she had written another one (with more on the way!).

Julia Coleman is the owner of the local B&B in Heartcross, and she is truly a part of the community. When she discovers that Flynn Carter has appeared in her village as the new owner of Starcross Manor she is worried. She has personally had dealings with him before and knows that he cannot be trusted. He might be rich and handsome but he is incredibly ruthless, thinking only of himself. When she discovers his plans for the manor she feels she has no option but to rally the villagers into action.

Flynn Carter is excited by his new venture at Starcross Manor; he’s hardworking, and he enjoys seeing that work come to fruition. What he doesn’t expect though is to come up against an entire village of angry business owners that will stop at both to put a halt to his plans. He doesn’t understand what they have against him, but he’s determined to prove to them all that he is not who they all think he is.

I think this may be my favourite of all the Love Heart Lane series so far. I loved both Julia and Flynn as characters and whilst there are clearly misunderstandings and wrongdoing on both sides, it all felt justified. I didn’t struggle to understand either of their points of view, they both acted based on the information available to them at the time. Obviously things would have been easier if they had communicated a little better, but that happens in real life on a daily basis! I loved their story, and I loved reading more about Starcross Manor. Heartcross is such a tight knit community, it was great to watch them come together and support one another, even if it was to the detriment of Flynn for a while! Its always lovely to read about loved characters from previous books – I particularly liked catching up with Allie from Clover Cottage, however brief!

All in all this is a fab, easy read novel. If you enjoy Christie Barlow’s novels, you will love this one. Starcross Manor can easily be read as a standalone, but I’m not sure why you would want to! I’m already excited to read The Lake House (due out in December 2020) followed by Primrose Park (due out in February 2021), but that leaves you plenty of time to catch up if you haven’t already started reading this series! Let me know what you think!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Thank you to Christie Barlow 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/Starcross-Manor-Love-Heart-Lane-ebook/dp/B082LY59ZX/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Starcross-Manor-Love-Heart-Lane-ebook/dp/B082LY59ZX/

Author Bio

Christie Barlow is the number 1 International bestselling author of ten bestsellers including A Home at Honeysuckle Farm, Love Heart Lane and Clover Cottage. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA, Canada & Australia.

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*BLOG TOUR* As Luck Would Have It by Zoe May

Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of As Luck Would Have It by Zoe May as part of her fabulous blog tour!

Natalie Jackson might keep up appearances on Instagram, but in reality her fiancé has just jilted her after the birth of their baby and she’s moved back in with her mum. Life isn’t exactly going to plan!

So when she enters the village raffle for the holiday of a lifetime, she thinks she has no chance of winning. But her name is pulled out – and, as luck would have it, so is a ticket bought by her childhood nemesis: Will Brimble.

Surely a romantic holiday for two is the worst idea ever…right?

I have been fortunate enough to read Flying Solo by Zoe May, so I jumped at the chance to read As Luck Would Have It and I wasn’t disappointed.

Natalie Jackson thought she had it all: a successful career, a new baby and a fiancé that she loved. What she hadn’t realised was that her fiancé did not feel the same way. At all. So when she finds herself back living with her Mum so that she has help with baby Hera, she can’t help but feel her life has moved backwards somewhat.

Will Brimble finds himself divorced, having lost his job and back in his home town of Chiddingfold. When he unexpectedly bumps into Natalie at a village charity night after more than a decade, he finds himself competing with her in the raffle for the star prize – a five star trip to Marrakech. He REALLY wants to win that holiday. What he doesn’t bank on, is Natalie wanting it as much as he does! When fate unexpectedly throws them together, they find themselves on their way to the luxurious destination – together!

Natalie and Will are both desperate for a holiday, and a five star luxury break is just what they both need. Whilst they hadn’t anticipated doing it together, they find themselves reconnecting after such a long time apart. Naturally, their five star luxury break is anything but plain sailing but where would the fun be in that?!

This was a great, light, easy-read novel. I really enjoyed the characters of both Will and Natalie. Both were believable – you could understand their hesitance in a number of situations due to their past experiences. I loved the Marrakech setting, you could really feel the vibrance of the streets and the opulence of the hotel they were staying at. It was actually really great to read a novel not set in a stereotypical romantic location.

I am more than happy to recommend this novel to you all – so grab a copy, a glass of wine and find yourself an outdoor spot to read it and relax in the glorious sunshine!

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 

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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* You May Kiss The Bridesmaid by Camilla Isley

Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of You May Kiss The Bridesmaid by Camilla Isley.

Archibald Hill is handsome, single, and he’s going to his best friend’s wedding ready to make a conquest or two. After all, everyone knows weddings are the perfect setting to get lucky.

Summer Knowles used to have a life—friends, family, a sister who’d do anything for her—until she blew it all away with a terrible mistake. Now, attending her twin’s wedding as the party’s undesirable number one seems like more than she can handle. So, when a tall stranger with smoldering ice-blue eyes offers her a therapy of seven nights of no-strings-attached fun, she might even ignore that he has a beard and accept.

Problem is, Summer has never been good at keeping sex and feelings separated…

So I was lucky enough to read From Thailand with Love earlier this year, and was excited when I discovered that You May Kiss The Bridesmaid was due to be released as the next in the series. As you know, I love a series where we get to revisit characters, but I also love learning more about characters we have only briefly met. In You May Kiss The Bridesmaid we get to finally meet Summer Knowles, twin sister of Winter. We already know that Winter and Summers relationship has been fragile, so she is the perfect character for us to learn more about. We met Archibald Hill back in Thailand – he’s loveable and clearly a great friend to Logan but he has a reputation for being a womaniser.

Summer Winter is dreading her sisters wedding. After she made the monumental mistake of having an affair with her best friends boyfriend, she tore apart her friendship group and her twin sister stopped talking to her. Now both Winter and Lana, her best friend, have forgiven her but it doesn’t mean the rest of her friends are quite so forgiving. She hasn’t seen any of them since the affair, and she doesn’t want to see them now. She has lived with the shame of what she did, and she has now sworn off men. She’ll do whatever it takes to get through Winter’s wedding.

Archie is looking forward to his best man duties at Logan’s wedding. He loves Winter, and thinks they are a great match. Plus he knows there are always single ladies at a wedding! What he doesn’t expect is to meet Summer – she might look like Winter but they couldn’t be more different. It’s a good job they are both only looking for some fun until the wedding is over…

I really enjoyed From Thailand With Love, and I am more than happy to say the same about You May Kiss The Bridesmaid. It is a light, easy read full of romance with a little bit of drama thrown in for good measure. Whilst Summer might have previously cheated, it is clear she is both embarrassed and mortified by her previous behaviour, so it was good to watch a character behave in such a grown-up way, putting her sisters feeling before her own by attending the wedding. Archie is already a character that I loved, so it was great to spend some time following him specifically.

All in all this a great book, and I am more that happy to recommend it to you. If you’re lucky enough to be getting away this year then it’ll be a fab beach read, but if like me its all about the staycation for you, then this will be a great book to read with a glass of wine whilst sunning yourself in your garden!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thank you to Camilla Isley 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.

Purchase Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B084BW3P7V

Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/book/you-may-kiss-the-bridesmaid/id1497542581

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Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Camilla_Isley_You_May_Kiss_the_Bridesmaid?id=C6LNDwAAQBAJ

Author Bio

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

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

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*BLOG TOUR* 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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https://www.lizhurleywrites.com/

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Twitter: @hello_hurley