*BLOG TOUR* From Ireland with Love by Liz Hurley

Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of From Ireland with Love by Liz Hurley!

Nick Byrne knows she’s the sensible one of the five Hiverton sisters. Independent, motivated, and successfully running her own business – she has never settled for anything less. And certainly, never used her family estate to give her a leg up.

But as an investigation is launched into her trading company, Nick’s world begins to crumble. Suddenly out of work, her mind wanders to her father – what would he do? She hardly knows anything of her orphaned parent and longs to find answers – some which will hopefully guide her.

With her newly gifted dog for company, Nick sets off to Ireland to retrace her family history. However, the high-flying city girl soon learns that every adventure comes with a few surprises – even in the shape of a romance.

Will Nick discover more about her father’s hidden past – or will she take home more than she bargained for?…

Be inspired by this feel good romcom, for fans of Trisha Ashley and Cathy Bramley.

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!

A New Life for Ariana Byrne

High Heels in the Highlands

Cornish Dreams at Cockleshell Cottage

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.

Author Bio

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!

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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.

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*BLOG TOUR* Escape to the Hummingbird Hotel by Daisy James

Today it is my stop on the blog tour for Escape to the Hummingbird Hotel by the fabulous Daisy James!

When florist-to-the-stars Abbie Coleman catches a glimpse of her boyfriend through the window of Tiffany’s, she couldn’t be more excited. Keen to share her happiness, she organises a huge surprise party for all their family and friends… except things don’t quite work out as she expected, and instead of planning a flower-filled wedding, she finds herself single, and fired from a job she loves.

Desperate to escape her heartbreak, she jets off to her aunt’s quirky Hummingbird Hotel on the gorgeous island of Corfu. Little did she know that instead of spending her time lounging by the pool, drinking cocktails, and soaking up the sun, she’d be stepping into the role of the island’s newest hotelier.

The arrival of unexpected guests sends Abbie into a tailspin of panic, and she’s forced to turn to snippy, but charismatic, vineyard owner-turned-chef, Nikos Angelopoulos, for help. Why does the kitchen fill with smoke whenever she makes coffee? Why is there a naked man swimming in the pool? And why do the hotel’s toiletries turn their guests’ hair pink?

Despite all the chaos, the Hummingbird Hotel works its magic on Abbie, and she finds herself with a decision to make. Will she return home to the drizzly grey skies of London? Or will she take a leap of faith and embrace the new opportunities that little corner of paradise has to offer, and maybe, just maybe, discover a sprinkle of romance along the way?

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.

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Daisy James loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. She especially likes to create sunshine-filled settings in exotic locations – the Caribbean, Tuscany, Cornwall, Provence – so she can spend her time envisioning her characters enjoying the fabulous scenery and sampling the local food and drink.

When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.

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Book Review: Year One by Nora Roberts

Year One

I am very pleased to bring you my latest book review, Year One by Nora Roberts.

As this world ends, a new one begins.

From number one New York Times bestseller Nora Roberts – an epic, apocalyptic tale of good and evil, love and loss.

With one drop of blood, the old world is gone for ever. And in its place, something extraordinary begins…

They call it The Doom – a deadly pandemic that starts on a cold New Year’s Eve in the Scottish countryside. There’s something mysterious about the virus and the way it spreads. As billions fall sick and die, some survivors find themselves invested with strange, unexpected abilities.

Lana, a New York chef, has the power to move things and people with her will. Fred can summon light in the darkness. Jonah, a paramedic, sees snatches of the future in those he touches. Katie gives birth to twins, and suspects that she has brought fresh magic into the world, along with new life.

But The Doom affects people differently. Along with the light, a dark and terrifying magic will also rise. As the remaining authorities round up the immune and the ‘Uncannies’ for testing, Lana, Katie and others flee New York in search of a safe haven. The old world is over, and Year One has begun.

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!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

*BLOG TOUR* The Love Island Bookshop by Kate Frost

Today it is my stop on the blog tour for Kate Frost’s new novel, The Love Island Bookshop!

A dream job, two handsome men, one destructive act. Will Freya’s opportunity of a lifetime end in tears?

When Freya leaves her publishing job in London to be a barefoot bookseller in the Maldives, it’s the push she needs to move on from her sadness and reignite her passion for life.

While resort owner Zander is charming, it’s handsome dive instructor Aaron who befriends her when she needs it most. But all is not what it seems and there’s trouble brewing in paradise.

Taking a chance on happiness is harder than she imagined. Can Freya let go of her heartache and allow herself to fall in love again?

Freya makes a huge life decision – to quit her job and leave behind everything she knows for a job that is coveted by many – a barefoot bookseller on a luxurious island in the Maldives. What’s not to love?! I know that would be my dream job (although my husband and sons may have something to say about me running off to the Maldives for a few months!). With no ties keeping her in London and a job offer on the table, Freya is soon on a plane, leaving behind the grey humdrum, and heading towards paradise.

On her arrival, Freya finds herself in a luxurious island resort, where she, and she alone, will be responsible for the set up and launch of a bookshop in the most idyllic location. The resort owner Zander, former boyband member with a reputation, puts his faith in her to realise his dream of owning an exclusive bookshop in paradise, adding yet another piece of luxury to his already luxurious resort. Zander is direct, with a very clear vision of what he wants. He doesn’t suffer fools lightly, and Freya finds herself working hard to meet his goals and please him.

In contrast, Aaron, a dive instructor at the resort, is laid back and easy going. She quickly finds herself building a friendship with him at a time when she could have become lonely, despite the friendly staff and beautiful location.

Two very different men, one beautiful island and a dream job – something many of us can only dream about! Naturally none of it is plain sailing, and it would be boring if it was! Kate Frost has created a wonderful character in Freya. It would be easy to be jealous of Freya, however the way she has been written means that you find yourself rooting for her – you want the island, the job, and the relationships she forms to work out for her. Zander and Aaron are also both great characters in completely different ways – character progression is clear for them both, and i really enjoyed following them both. There are some twists in the novel that really work, and they certainly took me by surprise! It would also be remiss of me not to mention the location – Kate really brings to life the stunning, tropical location. She almost made me believe i was there!

I am more than happy to recommend this novel – it’s a great piece of escapism, and perfect for a summer read. So grab a copy, your sunglasses and a chilled glass of bubbles and lose yourself in the Maldives with Freya!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thank you to Kate Frost 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

Kate Frost is the author of best-selling romantic escape novels (The Baobab Beach Retreat, A Starlit Summer, The Greek Heart and The Amsterdam Affair), character-driven women’s fiction (The Butterfly Storm series and Beneath the Apple Blossom), and Time Shifters, a time travel adventure trilogy for children. She has a MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, where she also taught lifewriting to creative writing undergraduates.

Kate lives in Bristol with her husband, young son, and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Frodo. As well as writing novels, she’s also the Director of Storytale Festival, a new city-wide children’s book festival that she co-founded in Bristol in 2019 with the ethos of making books accessible to all and encouraging children and teens to read, write and be creative. Kate feels incredibly lucky to spend her days writing and being immersed in books.

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Book Review: The Summer Island Swap by Samantha Tonge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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

Book Review: The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary

Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary.

Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time. 

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers, and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

I am a little late to this show if I’m honest – I feel that the whole world has read this before me! It has been sat on my TBR pile for quite some time now, however lockdown finally allowed me the time to pick it up (I knew there had to be a silver lining to lockdown somewhere!)

Tiffy Moore desperately needs somewhere cheap to live, which will allow her to easily commute to work – when the opportunity to rent a one bedroom flat arises, she jumps at the chance. However there is one rather different condition to the rental – she has to share it, with a stranger.

Leon Twomey is a palliative care nurse who works night shifts to help him pay for his brother Richie’s legal support – Richie is in prison after being wrongly accused of committing an armed robbery. With a girlfriend who is not exactly supportive of him assisting his brother, and legal fees mounting with very little to show for it, he needs the money.

Tiffy and Leon’s friendship flourishes as they gradually get to know each other via post-it notes left around their shared flat, as they attempt to encourage and help each other despite not actually meeting.

This is such a lovely story – I really loved both Tiffy and Leon as characters. They both have excellent character development, and I loved how their friendship deepened well before they even set eyes on each other. I am so pleased to be able to recommend this to you all, I loved it and I know you all will too!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖 📕

Book Review: No Filter by Maxine Morrey

No Filter

I am very pleased to bring you my review of No Filter by Maxine Morrey.

In an Instagram world, can you find love just by being yourself…

Popular lifestyle blogger, Libby Cartwright, is being boggled by business when help shows up in the shape of gorgeous but shy, Charlie Richmond. Libby’s determined to keep it at ‘just good friends’ – she’s dated someone from ‘Corporate Land’ before and it didn’t end well. As she and Charlie begin spending more time together, Libby is starting to waver  – until she discovers something which makes her question if she’s ready for love.

Still reeling, she suffers another blow as her blog is attacked in a national newspaper, for promoting unachievable perfection. Libby knows it’s not true – but the only way to prove that is to strip off the armour she’s been wearing for years.

Is she brave enough to show the world she’s far from perfect? And will Charlie be by her side if she does…

I am a big fan of Maxine Morrey – I have already read and reviewed Around the World with My ExThe Christmas ProjectWinter’s FairytaleSecond Chance at the RanchNo Place Like Home and Coming Home to Wishington Bay (wow, I didn’t realise she’d written so many!) so of course I was going to read #No Filter. 

Libby Cartwright is a popular lifestyle blogger who doesn’t really know where to start when it comes to organising the financial side of her business.  Recognising her own weakness in this area she very happily accepts the help of her friends brother, Charlie.  A corporate accountant, shy Charlie offers his assistance in his spare time to help her get her business into order.  Spending time together means their friendship blossoms, but they are from different worlds – having dated a corporate man before she knows it could never work with Charlie.

Charlie is a handsome, unassuming accountant who is very successful at what he does.  In fact, he couldn’t be more different from the outgoing, bubbly Libby.  However when he finds himself helping Libby professionally as a favour, he can’t help but want to spend time with her.

When I first picked up this novel I wasn’t sure.  Bloggers and influencers are the new normal in society, but as someone that rarely wears makeup, definitely does not have the most immaculate home and does not have the most up to date gadgets, its a little outside of my own life sphere.  However, because I love Maxine’s writing I was happy to give #No Filter a shot!  Libby is not at all who I thought she would be.  She clearly works very hard on her own brand, and is choosy about which labels and brands she will work with.  She certainly does not aspire to be perfect, although I can see why she may come across that way.  I really grew to love her character as she learnt more about herself, the kind of person she wants to be, and how she wants to be portrayed to the public.  Charlie is an integral part to her learning these things.  Whilst they both make mistakes (don’t we all!), they are each able to teach the other things about themselves that they wouldn’t necessarily have discovered for themselves.  There are times when you just want to knock their heads together, but ultimately their blossoming friendship is a pleasure to follow, and you really root for them both, individually and as a couple.

This is yet another Maxine Morrey novel that I am more than happy to recommend.  So in these strange times where staying in is the new going out, grab yourself a copy of #No Filter, a glass of wine and settle in for a good reading session!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

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Maxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten.

As time went by, she continued to write, but ‘normal’ work often got in the way. She has written articles on a variety of subjects, as well as a local history book on Brighton. However, novels are her first love.

In August 2015, she won Harper Collins/Carina UK’s ‘Write Christmas’ competition with her first romantic comedy, ‘Winter’s Fairytale’.

Maxine lives on the south coast of England, and when not wrangling with words loves to read, sew and listen to podcasts. Being a fan of tea and cake, she can (should!) also be found doing something vaguely physical at the gym.

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*BLOG TOUR* Until the War is Over by Rosemary Goodacre

Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of Until the War is Over by Rosemary Goodacre, and part of her fabulous blog tour!

In a world destroyed by war, can hope survive?

Summer 1918: Young couple Amy and Edmond Derwent, after their experiences on the front line of battle – Edmond as an officer and Amy as a VAD in France – have now settled back in England and are starting to build a life as a family, with the arrival of baby Beth bringing them much-needed joy. But while she may have married into the wealthy Derwent family, now living with her in-laws in their grand home, Amy’s modest upbringing means that she is never truly accepted by Edmond’s family.

The Great War rages on, and while the men are off fighting, those left at home steel themselves for tragic news, praying that their loved ones return safely.

Edmond, still struggling with the effects of the injury he sustained at Ypres, feels the guilt of remaining at home while his friends are sent into battle. But life at Larchbury is not without its own problems – as food becomes scarce, and the Spanish Influenza causes deaths throughout England, tragedy strikes closer to home and it seems no one is safe from heartbreak.

Can Amy and Edmond keep their love strong, even in a world crumbling all around them?

A captivating family saga set in WW1 about the power of love amongst the heartbreak of war – if you like Rosie Goodwin, Katie Flynn and Val Wood, you’ll be swept away by this engrossing, emotional novel.

I was very excited when I discovered Until the War is Over was due to be published.  It’s no secret that I am a fan of historical fiction set during either of the World Wars, and I was lucky enough to read and review Until We Meet Again previously which I loved.  When I’m reading characters, I am always happy to discover sequels because it means we get to learn a little more about them, and what happens to them.  Until the War is Over was no exception.

As we had discovered in Until We Meet Again, Amy and Edmond had had a difficult start to married life, with both of them recovering from injuries sustained in France towards the end.  With Edmonds injury forcing him out of the war, and the arrival of baby Beth both of them find themselves back at Larchbury whilst the war continues to wage both at home and abroad.

I really enjoyed reading about both Amy and Edmond.  They are both determined characters, and despite the adversity they each face they battle on.  Tragedy continues to hit them, with the loss of friends and further injuries and illnesses sustained by loved ones.  Amy finds her VAD training is essential being back at home with the onset of Spanish Flu, the silent killer that is spreading through towns and villages.  With so many things keeping them apart, Amy and Edmond continue to fight to be together.

This is such a lovely novel.  Whilst it could be read as a standalone, I would advise reading Until We Meet Again to give you more understanding about the characters and how they got to where they are.  It really highlights the events towards the end of World War I, showing how people were suffering both at home and at the Front.  The feelings of both loss but also hope resinate throughout the novel.  I am more than happy to recommend this novel to you all!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

Thank you to Rosemary Goodacre and Sarah Hardy at Book on the Bright Side Publicity & Promo for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour, and for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Rosemarie Goodacre

Rosemary Goodacre is thrilled to have a three book deal with Hera Books. Her World War I romance Until We Meet Again was published on 31/10/19.

Previously Rosemary has had a novella published, entitled A Fortnight is not Enough, and a science fiction story in the anthology Telescoping Time.

Rosemary has always loved languages and travel, mainly in Europe. In her spare time she enjoys country walking, bridge and classical music. She lives in Kent, England.

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Book Review: A Perfect Proposal by Katie Fforde

A Perfect Proposal

Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of A Perfect Proposal by Katie Fforde.

Sophie Apperly has spent her whole life pleasing others – but when she realises her family see her less as indispensable treasure and more as general dogsbody, she decides she’s had enough. So when an old friend offers her the chance of a lifetime, she decides to swap Little England for the Big Apple, and heads off to the land of opportunity.

From the moment Sophie hits the bright lights of Manhattan she’s determined to enjoy every minute of her big adventure. And when fate throws her together with Matilda, a spirited grande dame of New York society who invites her to Connecticut for Thanksgiving, she willingly accepts. English-born Matilda is delighted with her new friend – though her grandson Luke, undeniably attractive but infuriatingly arrogant, is anything but welcoming.

When Luke arrives in England a few weeks later, Sophie hardly expects him to seek her out .But Matilda has hatched some complicated plans of her own – and so Luke has a proposal to make …

I really enjoy reading Katie Fforde – whilst her novels are easy to read, they are full of feeling and A Perfect Proposal is no different.

Sophie Apperly is watching life pass her by as she spends her time caring for her ungrateful family.  When she is pushed by her family to care for ‘Evil Uncle Eric’, an uncle she finds to be less than evil (probably only those who don’t seem to be going after his money!) she discovers a family oil well that could be worth some money if someone is willing to seek out all of the shares.  When the opportunity arises for her to head off to New York City to look for answers in the great oil mystery, she finds herself unable to turn it down and finds herself on a flight to visit her old friend.

A chance meeting with the elderly Matilda at her friends art gallery finds Sophie travelling to Connecticut to spend Thanksgiving with her family.  Naturally, Matilda’s grandson Luke is more than a little suspicious of the young woman who has appeared in their lives – particularly given that Matilda is rather wealthy!

I really enjoyed reading this novel.  Sophie is such a wonderful character – she’s unassuming, at times rather downtrodden by her family but she generally seeks to help people whilst looking for no reward for herself.  In comparison Luke comes across initially as arrogant – I enjoyed following his character development though as you learn more about him and why he values his family so much.  Matilda is of course the star of the show – she’s not just a wealthy old lady.  She’s a loving woman, protective of her family and more than happy to be cunning and conniving when its for other peoples own good!

This is a lovely, light read.  Perfect for our days in lockdown where you may want a novel to lose yourself in!  So grab yourself a glass of wine, a piece of cake (if you’ve managed to find any flour for baking!) and settle down in your favourite armchair!

To buy this novel, check out Amazon UK

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

*BLOG TOUR* Willow’s Wedding Vows by Debbie Viggiano

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Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of Willow’s Wedding Vow’s by Debbie Viggiano as part of this excellent blog tour.

Wedding vows have never been this personal…

Willow has been living with marriage-shy Charlie for more years than she cares to remember and is old-fashioned enough to want a wedding band and a loads-of-sex honeymoon before stretchmarks and nipple shields.

So when the once-wary Charlie surprisingly goes down on one knee, Willow doesn’t question why her boyfriend is suddenly so keen to rush her into saying “I do”.

The first clue comes as Willow is zipped into her Cinderella dress, the second as she bobs into the wedding car, and the third as the Roller swings towards its fairy-tale destination… leaving a shell-shocked Willow desperately trying to figure out what to do next.

A bride can do anything she wants on her wedding day, but nobody expected her to do this…

Willow and Charlie have been together forever (well a decade anyway!), and if ever Willow brings up the topic of marriage Charlie runs a mile.  Despite owning a home together, he appears to be a commitment-phobe.  Willow adores him though, and she convinces herself that she is happy as they are, that what they have will be enough for her until he suddenly proposes!

Charlie loves Willow – he thinks.  She does everything for him at home, she’s attractive, but he just can’t bring himself to marry her.  His ‘friend’ Kev starts to put pressure on him and suddenly he finds himself getting very hot under the collar.  Maybe he has got a good thing with Willow?

Ben is Charlie’s best friend.  But he is really struggling to like him.  Ben thinks Willow is amazing, he just cannot understand why Charlie won’t commit to her.  Now Ben has found someone her can really see a future with, he finds himself struggling more and more about being involved in Charlie and Willow’s situation.

Emma is Willow’s best friend, but she seems to be spending a lot of time feeling guilty.  She has met someone who seems intent on breaking her heart, and she just cannot bring herself to tell Willow the truth about Charlie.

Willow is a great character, even if she is a little naïve.  She loves her boyfriend Charlie, almost unconditionally.  She is able to see past his faults, although it becomes increasingly apparent that love really might be blind.  She trusts him implicitly, and when he proposes to her instead of hearing warning bells all she can hear is wedding bells! She is about to get her happy ever after!  I loved Willow, but there were times that I struggled with her naivity.  She took everything that Charlie said at face value – the thought that he could lie to her doesn’t even cross her mind.

I have to say though, I think Charlie may have been my favourite character.  He’s a dog that’s for sure, but I loved watching him squirm as he continually finds himself in awkward situations of his own making.  It was more than a little satisfying watching him sweat!  Don’t get me wrong, how he treats Willow is unforgivable but I thoroughly enjoyed following him dealing with the consequences of his own actions.

Debbie Viggiano has written a great, easy-read novel with some excellent twists.  Whilst I did guess who ‘Kev’ was before the big reveal, she throws in some great curveballs to keep you guessing.  Willow certainly grows as a person throughout the novel, realising her self-worth and I always enjoy a novel that has good character development.  This is an all round great novel, perfect for reading during these strange times.

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Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

Thank you to Debbie Viggiano and Rachel at Rachels 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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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.

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