*BLOG TOUR* Christmas at Little Penhaven by Angela Britnell

 

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Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of Christmas at Little Penhaven by Angela Britnell, as part of her blog tour.

Have yourself a little Cornish Christmas …

Wannabe author Jane Solomon is expecting an uneventful Christmas in her Cornish village of Little Penhaven.

But then super fit American gym owner Hal Muir comes to town, and suddenly the holiday season looks set to be far more interesting. Hal is keen on embracing every British tradition on offer, from mince pies to Christmas pub quizzes – and perhaps some festive romance too …

I was looking forward to reading Christmas at Little Penhaven, having read Christmas at Black Cherry Retreat by Angela Britnell before (check out my review). As i’m sure you are all aware, I do love a Christmas novel, and i’m pleased to add this novel to my list of enjoyable Christmas reads!

Jane Solomon is a quiet, unassuming character who works hard to care for her Mum and teenage brother.  She has taken on the role of caregiver to them both, often at the expense of her own hopes and dreams.  In her spare time she is a budding novelist, and has recently entered her first writing competition in the hope that it could open doors for her true passion in life.

Hal Muir could not be more different to Jane.  He is super fit, super attractive and super rich: until recently all of these things added up to him also being super selfish.  Following an incident within his successful business at home, he sells up and runs away from his life in America to the small village of Little Penhaven.  Could they each bring out the best in each other, whilst pushing them out of their comfort zones?

Jane’s story is such a relatable one; following her Mothers accident many years before, she found herself looking after her family, both financially and emotionally.  All of this responsibility forced her to grow up quicker than she may have liked, and it made her make sacrifices that other women her age would never have to make.  Despite all this she is not a complainer – she has such a hardworking ethic, which makes her very difficult to dislike.  I thought her character was well-rounded and incredibly likeable.  You can’t help but root for her.

Hal is the perfect knight in shining armour, but don’t think that he is without substance.  He is kind, caring and out to help others.  From the moment he meets Jane, her needs come before his which makes it a beautiful story to follow.  Throw in a whole bunch of Christmas and we have ourselves a great read!  This is the perfect read for this time of year (although some snow outside would help with the reading atmosphere!).  So grab a hot chocolate (or glass of wine!!), light the fire and curl up with this lovely novel.

Purchase Links

Kindle UK: https://amzn.to/2VmckwI

Kindle US: https://amzn.to/2MjQ7eA

Apple Books: https://apple.co/2oZQqU1

Nook: https://bit.ly/35ioUSn

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

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

Author Bio

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Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her new home in Nashville, Tennessee to visit family and friends, drink tea and eat far too many Cornish pasties!

A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she’s visited or lived on her extensive travels. Thanks to over three decades of marriage to her wonderful American husband she’s a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after.

She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Romance Writers of America and the Music City Romance Writers.

If you’d like to find out more of what Angela gets up to (Advance warning: this may include references to wine, chocolate, Poldark and the hunky Aidan Turner) check out http://www.angelabritnellromance.com or follow her on www.facebook.com/angelabritnell , www.twitter.com/angelabritnell and on Instagram as Angela Golley Britnell.

*BLOG TOUR* Christmas in Chamonix by Sasha Wagstaff

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It is my pleasure to help kick off the blog tour for Sasha Wagstaff’s Christmas in Chamonix!

When life goes downhill… head to the snow-capped Alps for roaring fires, apres-ski and festive romance.

Lily Jackson loves Christmas. She also loves her childhood friend Jamie, but when her plan to kick-start their romance goes drastically wrong and her job gets her down, Lily decides it’s time to make changes. A job opens up in snowy Chamonix and egged on by her best friend Imogen, Lily decides to go for it.

As Lily settles in with the eccentric Devereux family at their gorgeous boutique ski hotel, she starts to confront her past. But when she meets handsome ski instructor Luc, who hates Christmas, Lily might have taken on more than she can handle.

Can Lily make a new life – with or without skis? And can she get Luc to see how truly romantic Christmas can be?

A heart-warming, feel-good romantic comedy, perfect for fans of Holly Martin, Carole Matthews and Tilly Tennant.

Lily Jackson is in love.  She has spent a long time dreaming about her best friend Jamie, and after finally plucking up the courage (assisted by some serious alcohol!) she confesses all to him.  When things do not to plan (in fact they couldn’t really have gone much worse!), Lily finds herself accepting a job offer in Chamonix as a sports masseuse at a small boutique ski hotel.  As a non-skier she is rather dubious about the local sporting activity, but throws herself into her new life, helpfully aided by her best friend Imogen.  Her rather handsome ski instructor Luc may cause her a few issues though…

This is the perfect Christmas novel.  Despite living in a England, in a place where we NEVER get snow at Christmas, it still seems as though snow is essential to making the season feel more Christmassy! This is probably why I love Christmas novels so much – they give me something that I just don’t get in real life!  Christmas in Chamonix gives us plenty of snow, love and French food! What a perfect combination!  Lily is a great character, who when faced with what can only be described as severe embarrassment, finds herself pushing forward into the unknown!  She takes the opportunity to make significant changes in her life which introduces her to new people and she opens herself up to new experiences.  She does something that I think we all either wish we had done, or hope we would do if the opportunity arose.  The love story within the novel is an added bonus if i’m honest – what I enjoyed most was watching Lily learn more about herself and those around her.

This is a great Christmas novel, and as the Christmas trees start to go up around us and the wine starts to flow more easily in this festive season, this is the perfect novel for your down time.  Grab yourself a copy and let me know what you think!

Purchase Link – https://lrd.to/christmas-in-chamonix

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

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

Author Bio

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Sasha Wagstaff learned foreign languages, and imagined she might eventually get a glamorous job speaking French. After climbing her way up the banking ladder, Sasha started idly mapping out the beginnings of a novel on an old laptop. When she realised her characters were more real to her than dividends and corporate actions ever could be, she left her job to become a writer. She also writes under the pseudonym of Ella Harper.

Social Media Links –

https://twitter.com/canelo_co

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https://www.facebook.com/canelobooks/

*BLOG TOUR* Magic Under The Mistletoe by Lucy Coleman

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I am very excited to bring you my review of Magic Under The Mistletoe by Lucy Coleman as part of her blog tour.

Christmas and romance are in the air…

It’s December 23rd and while everyone else is rushing home for the holidays, workaholic Leesa Oliver is dreading switching on her out-of-office for the festive season. And it seems her equally driven boss, Cary Anderson, isn’t relishing spending Christmas at his family’s country estate either.

So together, they draft an unexpected Christmas contract: They’ll spend half of the holidays with each other’s families, pretending to be a couple. Leesa knows the insufferably good-looking Cary will make her Christmas more bearable, but what happens after the last of the mince pies have been eaten…?

Leesa signed off on a sensible business agreement, but somewhere, amongst the fairy lights and carols something seems to have changed… It seems there might just be some magic under the mistletoe this Christmas!

Leesa Oliver is a workaholic.  As the owner of Dynamic Videography, Leesa thrives on using her creativity to help organisations sell themselves and their causes.  Her hard work is slowly paying off and she finds herself becoming busier, and winning herself some awards.  Her work brings her to the attention of Cary Anderson, an equally driven CEO who requires her services to create a promotional video for his own company.  Neither Leesa or Cary have the time or inclination for a personal life after having both been burnt in the past.  As a result, they are both dreading returning to their homes for the festive season with their well meaning, but sometimes interfering families.

After a particularly long flight home from Sydney together, Leesa and Cary find themselves drawing up a contract which will see them getting through the holidays together, in the hope that it will make their time with their families a little easier, relieving the expectations placed upon them.

Well….I loved this novel!  I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked it up, but wow!  Leesa and Cary are both intricate characters, both of whom are scared of giving up their hearts to anyone but equally worried about disappointing their families.  Their contract provides them both with the perfect opportunity to please their loved ones whilst protecting themselves.  The setting of this novel is beautiful and it is full of Christmas – perfect for this time of year. I cannot recommend this novel enough – find yourself a blanket, grab a glass of wine and snuggle up!

Purchase Link – http://smarturl.it/MagicUnderMistletoe

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖 📕

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

Author Bio

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

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

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

Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.

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

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

Social Media Links
Website: https://linnbhalton.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LucyColemanAuthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LucyColemanAuth

 

*BLOG TOUR* Country Lovers by Fiona Walker

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Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of Country Lovers by Fiona Walker.

They say you should never go back, but glamorous Ronnie Percy did just that, to the home she ran away from with her lover.

But not everyone is finding it easy to forgive and forget.

Daughter Pax, fighting for custody of her small son as her own marriage disintegrates, is furious to have to spend New Year’s Eve waiting for some stranger her mother has invited to help run the family stud farm.

Even more annoyed is the staunchly loyal stud head groom, Lester. Does Ronnie think he’s lost his touch with the horses? And anyway, who is this so called Horsemaker, Luca O’Brien? Why does he seem to be running away from something? And what is the true story of his relationship with grey stallion Beck, once destined for the Olympics, now broken and unrideable, screaming his anger from the Compton Magna stables.

Passionate, sexy, gripping, laced with her trademark wisdom and humour, this is bestselling Fiona Walker at her dazzling best.

Ronnie has finally returned to her home after many years away.  Her less than forgiving family are unable to forget her running away, leaving them all behind.  Despite the lack of support from her family, Ronnie is keen to make her mark on the family business, and the first thing on her agenda is to bring in Luca O’Brien, the Horsemaker.  A man with his own past, Ronnie’s family, particularly her daughter Pax, are less than keen on having him around at a time of turmoil in her own life.

Despite this novel being the second in Fiona Walker’s Compton Magna series, I am pleased to confirm that it can be read as a standalone. It is full of engaging characters and colourful storylines all whilst being set in the beautiful Cotswolds.  What’s not to love! I am more than happy to recommend this to you all!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📕

Thank you to Vicky at Head of Zeus for inviting me to be a part of this tour, and for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the author

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Fiona Walker is the author of eighteen novels, from tales of flat-shares and clubbing in nineties London to today’s romping, rural romances set amid shires, spires and stiles. In a career spanning over two decades, she’s grown up alongside her readers, never losing her wickedly well-observed take on life, lust and the British in love. She lives in Warwickshire, sharing a slice of Shakespeare Country with her partner, their two daughters and a menagerie of animals.

Follow Fiona:
Twitter: @fionawalkeruk
Facebook: @fionawalkeruk

*BLOG TOUR* Until We Meet Again by Rosemarie Goodacre

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Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of Until We Meet Again by Rosemarie Goodacre.

The Great War drove them apart – but love kept them together

Summer 1914: Shy young woman, Amy Fletcher, lives a quiet life in Sussex. An office worker, she lives at home, along with her parents and spirited younger brother, Bertie. But her life is transformed when she meets handsome young man, Edmond Derwent, son of one of the wealthiest families in the small town of Larchbury, and student at Cambridge University.

The couple are falling deeply in love when war breaks out and, eager to do his duty for England, Edmond signs up as an officer. The couple plan to be wed, eager to start a new life together – but their happiness is short-lived when Edmond is sent to Flanders to lead his men into battle. Amy trains as a VAD nurse and is soon sent to France, where she sees the true horror of war inflicted on the brave young men sent to fight.

Separated by war, Edmond and Amy share their feelings through emotional letters sent from the front line. But when Edmond is critically wounded at Ypres, their love faces the biggest test of all – can their love stay strong while the world around them is crumbling?

A romantic, emotional saga set in WW1 – readers of Rosie Goodwin, Katie Flynn and Val Wood will be captivated by this story of love.

I love historical fiction, particularly when it is full of love and romance!

Amy Fletcher is a young woman seeking more from life; she is a good girl from a hard working family but she is discovering, along with her friends, that actually women deserve more and she is willing to fight for it.

Edmond Derwent is a young man from Amy’s village, but he is from one of the wealthiest families that reside there.  They live in a time of unrest, both at home and abroad but still a union between the two is deemed unexpected, and not entirely suitable.  Despite these barriers, Amy and Edmond form a relationship, courting whenever Edmond is home from University, falling deeply in love quickly.  War threatens to tear them apart, as Edmond finds himself sent off to France.  Amy is equally as keen to support the war effort and trains as a VAD nurse.  Finally together, Amy and Edmond find themselves torn apart against the backdrop of one of histories most brutal wars.

This novel was lovely.  I really enjoyed the settings, both in England and in France, with the English village of Larchbury seeming quaint, quiet and a little naïve to war.  The war-torn descriptions of the front were more brutal and harsh, giving a realistic view of the suffering the soldiers were forced to ensure.  The relationship between Amy and Edmond develops over snatched moments, each desperate to spend time together whilst fulfilling their roles in the war.  I feel that Rosemarie Goodacre really captured their love, as well as capturing the tragedy and brutality of war.  This is an excellent example of historical fiction, and I am more than happy to recommend it!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

Thank you to Rosemarie Goodacre and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Purchase Links

Amazon https://amzn.to/2miX2vD
Apple https://apple.co/2ncLTg3
Kobo http://bit.ly/2m4UgKB

 Author Bio 

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Rosemary Goodacre has previously worked in computing and teaching. She has had short stories published and a novella, A Fortnight is not Enough.

Her father’s family came from continental Europe and she loves travelling.
She enjoys country walking, bridge and classical music. She lives with her husband in Kent, England.

*BLOG TOUR* Make It Up To You by Lucy Keeling

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Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of Make It Up To You by Lucy Keeling as part of the blog tour.

What do mascara wands and gardening shears have in common? 

Absolutely nothing! At least that’s what wannabe beauty influencer Sophie Timney thinks when her friend Polly suggests involving her brother Marcus in Sophie’s make-up tutorials. She needs more views, Marcus needs promotion for his gardening business – in Polly’s mind joining forces will help them both. Sophie isn’t so sure.

Because Marcus Bowman has a habit of getting under her skin in a way that no exfoliating face scrub ever could. But, as the views and comments on her videos begin creeping up, it becomes increasingly obvious that Sophie’s subscribers like Marcus, and what’s even worse is that Sophie might be starting to feel the same way …

So the premise of this novel had me intrigued; how on earth can a make-up blogger and a gardener work together?! The idea of two such different personalities and career paths crossing in a mutually beneficial way seemed more than a little hard to believe but I was more than willing to give it a try.  Thankfully, Lucy Keeling seems to know what she is doing!

Make It Up To You is obviously a light-hearted rom-com, but it was nice to see such a strong, ambitious female lead character.  Sophie Timney is a make up blogger who has a very clear plan for her blog, which will ultimately culminate in her being able to quit her bar job to focus on her chosen career path.  She has grown her blog with her make up tutorials, but despite her planning, she finds her number of followers stalling.  When her best friend Polly suggests that she teams up with her brother Marcus, a budding landscape gardener who is also seeking to increase his business, she is initially sceptical.  Particularly considering their shared history.  What ensues proves to be a lucrative business arrangement for the both of them.  What Sophie doesn’t plan for though is her rising feelings for the very attractive Marcus.  Their easy-going, comfortable relationship has the potential to seriously impact on her plan.  The plan that she won’t allow anything or anyone to sidetrack.

Make It Up To You is a really light, fun novel about two equally ambitious characters, some fab female relationships, and highlights the great things that can happen if you occasionally deviate from your life plans.  This novel is perfect for those cozy Sunday afternoons in front of a roaring fire with a nice glass of wine.  If we have to put up with the changing seasons and weather, then we may as well open up our imaginations to a shirtless Marcus working in Sophie’s garden!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

Thank you to Lucy Keeling and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Purchase Links

Kindle UK: https://amzn.to/2ylSO92

Kindle US: https://amzn.to/2YAZJty

Author Bio

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Lucy Keeling is an author writing fun, sexy, stories with all of the happily ever afters. When she’s not typing at the kitchen table, she’s arranging and then re-arranging to see her friends for the occasional spot of day drinking. Lucy is currently writing the third book in a Contemporary Romance series, the first of which has been Shortlisted by Choc-Lit ‘Search for a Star’ Competition.

Facebook Page: @lucykeelingbooks 

Twitter: @Lucy_K_Author

Instagram: @lucy_k_author

*BLOG TOUR* Christmas at Pennington’s by Rachel Brimble

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It is my pleasure to help kick off the blog tour for Rachel Brimble’s Christmas at Pennington’s on publication day!

Gripping drama as Pennington’s department store prepares for a glittering Christmas in 1911, but a killer stalks the women of Bath.

Christmas sees Pennington’s at its most glorious, thronged with shoppers, its grand staircase and balcony adorned with holly, mistletoe, tinsel and lights.  It should be the happiest time, but dramas are seething beneath the surface.

For Cornelia Culford, in charge of jewellery, a divorce hearing looms, where she could lose custody of her young sons to her overbearing and unfaithful husband.

For Stephen Gower, being head of security at Pennington’s is the perfect refuge from a tragic past at Scotland Yard.  But soon the past will call him back, as Joseph Carter and Elizabeth Pennington beg him to help solve the murder of Joseph’s first wife, now that it seems as if the killer has struck again.

For Joseph and Elizabeth, their marriage depends on exorcising the past.  But can it ever be laid to rest?

I was very happy to be able to get my hands on Christmas at Pennington’s having already read and reviewed The Mistress of Pennington’s and A Rebel at Pennington’s both of which I loved.  I really enjoy reading historical series, as they give us the opportunity to not only revisit some beloved characters, but also a specific time period.  As you will be aware if you follow me, you will know that historical novels set during periods of war are normally my favourite, but the Pennington’s series has been a very welcome change.

Christmas at Pennington’s focuses on Cornelia Culford, Lawrence Culfords sister, who we met briefly in A Rebel at Pennington’s.  She is attempting to rebuild her life, after leaving her controlling and unfaithful husband.  Divorce at that time was very much frowned upon, and so for her, there is the very real possibility that she won’t be granted the divorce, or that she could lose her beloved sons to her husband.  Her sister-in-law Esther manages to get her job at Pennington’s, enabling her to start building a more independent life where she can focus on herself and her children.

Stephen Gower is a broken man.  He leaves his career at Scotland Yard behind as he joins the security team at Pennington’s, running away from tragedy in his past.  However as a detective he finds himself unable to ignore the murder of a young women.  Joseph Carter and his wife Elizabeth draw him further into the unsolved case, as they request his help finding the murderer of Joseph’s first wife.

Christmas at Pennington’s enables us to catch up with our friends, Elizabeth and Joseph, Esther and Lawrence as well as introducing us to new characters Cornelia and Stephen.  The female characters in this series are all strong, independent women who are fighting for their place in the world at a time when men are leading the way.  I really enjoyed following Cornelia as she joined an already impressive group of women who know what they want, and will work hard to get it.

In addition we learn more about Bath, and more specifically Pennington’s department store.  Its opulence and character are even more pronounced in this novel, as it is dressed for Christmas and bustling with customers.  I am already looking forward to the next novel in the series, to see where Pennington’s takes us next!

I am more than happy to recommend this novel to you all.  Whilst it can be read as a standalone, I think you’d be missing out on learning more about some really wonderful characters.  So maybe go and grab yourself the series so far!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

Thank you to Rachel Brimble and Vicky Joss at Aria for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

About the author

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Rachel Brimble lives in Wiltshire with her husband of twenty years, two teenage daughters and her beloved chocolate Labrador, Tyler.  Multi-published in the US, she is thrilled to have a new beginning writing for Aria in the UK.  When Rachel isn’t writing, she enjoys reading across the genres, knitting and walking the English countryside with her family…often stopping off at a country pub for lunch and a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

Facebook: @RachelBrimble

Twitter: @RachelBrimble