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

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

In a world destroyed by war, can hope survive?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

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

Purchase Links

Amazon UK

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Apple Books

Author Bio

Rosemarie Goodacre

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

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

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

Twitter: @RoseGoodacre

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Book Review: A Perfect Proposal by Katie Fforde

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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.

To buy this novel, check out Amazon UK

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.

Author Bio

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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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*BLOG TOUR* The Cornish Confetti Agency by Daisy James

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Cornish Confetti Agency by Daisy James.

Welcome to The Cornish Confetti Agency!

When the grand finale of Lexie Harrington’s catwalk show ends with a disastrous twist on the ‘ice bucket challenge’, she knew her highly-strung boss would fire her on the spot. What she wasn’t expecting was to bump into her fiancé cosied up with an attractive blonde in the restaurant opposite their apartment!

Desperate to escape her heartbreak, Lexie flees to her childhood home of St Ives to hold the fort at The Cornish Confetti Agency for her best friend Freya, leader of the yummy mummy network and firm believer in ‘happily ever afters’. Little did she know that delivering a Caribbean-themed wedding in sunny Cornwall would rival the fashion industry for drama, tantrums and mysterious goings on.

Who is responsible for dousing the bridesmaid’s dress with tomato ketchup? Or hiding the bride’s beloved Jimmy Choos? Or attaching googly eyes to everything in sight?

The perfect Cornish wedding? Is there such a thing for The Cornish Confetti Agency?

So the last time I joined Daisy James, it was to follow her series The Paradise Cookery School, which I loved.  The Cornish Confetti Agency is the first book in her new series, and already I am hooked!

Lexie Harrington coordinates high end fashion shows, a job that she absolutely loves.  So, when her latest catwalk show ends in disaster and her personal life simultaneously combusts she finds herself escaping back to her childhood home of St Ives in Cornwall.  Her best friend Freya, her knight in shining armour, offers her the opportunity to escape to the country and help manage a wedding she is co-ordinating as part of her business The Cornish Confetti Agency.

Co-ordinating a wedding can’t be more stressful than co-ordinating a catwalk show, can it?

Theo Barker is a journalist for the Bristol Gazette, and more specifically he has been tasked with covering the wedding for the newspapers wedding column.  He finds himself teamed up with Lexie when mysterious things start to happen to the wedding party.  Can they work together to find the source of the issue, thereby ensuring the wedding goes off without a hitch?  And will they find what they are looking for in each other along the way?

This is such a great opening novel to the series.  I loved Lexie, I loved the wedding party and I loved Theo.  All were great characters, very relatable and you couldn’t help but root for them.  I really love Cornwall, so it was so lovely to read all about it, you can really imagine yourself in the sun kissed settings – if lockdown cancels my holiday there this year I will most certainly be visiting as soon as I can when life starts to return to normal!

This novel is perfect if you are seeking some escapism from our current troubles (lets be honest, who isn’t?!), and even better the next novel in the series, Summertime at The Cornish Confetti Agency is due out on 11th June so we won’t even have to wait long to continue following Lexie’s adventures! I for one will be reading it as soon as I can get my hands on it!  So grab yourself a glass of something fizzy, kick back and relax in the sunshine (safely of course!) and enjoy this novel!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

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

If you are interested in reading any more of Daisy James’ novels, then feel free to check out my reviews of The Paradise Cookery School series!

Sunshine and Secrets

Confetti and Confusion

Mistletoe & Mystery

Author Bio

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

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

Daisy would love to hear from readers via her Facebook page or you can follow her on Twitter @daisyjamesbooks or on Instagram @daisyjamesstories .

*BLOG TOUR* New Year New Guy by Angela Britnell

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Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of New Year New Guy by Angela Britnell.

Out with the old life, in with the new …

When Laura’s bride-to-be sister, Polly, organises a surprise reunion for her fiancé and his long lost American friend, Laura grudgingly agrees to help keep the secret. And when the plain-spoken, larger-than-life Hunter McQueen steps off the bus in her rainy Devon town and only just squeezes into her tiny car, it confirms that Laura has made a big mistake in going along with her sister’s crazy plan.

But could the tall, handsome man with the Nashville drawl be just what reserved Laura Williams needs to shake up her life and start something new?

As you will be aware, I am a fan of Angela Britnell and her novels.  I really like the fact that they are regularly set both in England and America, giving us a taste of both countries, as well as the difference in personalities between the English and American characters.  New Year New Guy is no exception.

Laura and her sister Polly could not be more different.  Polly does things to the extreme; she loves hard, she’s spontaneous and she is not organised.  Laura on the other hand is serious, controlled and hates surprises.  Her life is ordered, bordering on the bland.  She works hard as a nurse, and she is more than happy on her own.  Having left behind a bad marriage she is keen to avoid relationships at all costs.  So when asked by her sister to assist in surprising her fiancée with his long lost American friend, she is less than happy.  Even more so when she finally meets the imposing Hunter McQueen, a man she is expected to hide in her home until the big reveal can be made.

Hunter McQueen is an all American man.  He is successful in his field but his success only hides a past that he can not move forward from.  He knows travelling to England could be a mistake but he needs something else in his life, some way to battle and overcome the demons that have continued to haunt him.

I really enjoyed this novel.  All of the characters were well rounded, shaped by their own individual past experiences.  It was clear to see how they could help each other move forward in different ways, but it was also good to see that sometimes moving forward isn’t that easy.  They each had their own barriers to cross, and the novel wasn’t just about one character being there to save them.  Don’t get me wrong, this is a love story – but it is more than that, its about facing up to your past in order to move forward into your future

The setting in Devon provided the perfect backdrop for this story, rain, cream teas and all!  It was nice to also get to visit Hunter’s home too, with its rugged mountains and peaceful setting.  A real contrast the Devon countryside!

I am more than happy to recommend this novel.  It’s another great read at a time when we all need a bit of escapism (with some travel thrown in for good measure!).  If you’d like to read more of Angela Britnells novels, check out my reviews below;

Christmas at Black Cherry Retreat

Christmas at Little Penhaven

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

Thank you to Angela Britnell and the fabulous Rachel at Rachels Random Resources 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 review.

Purchasing Links

Amazon UK

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* A Shop Girl at Sea by Rachel Brimble

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Today it is my pleasure to help kick off the blog tour and bring you my review of A Shop Girl at Sea by Rachel Brimble.

Bath, 1912.

Amelia Wakefield loves working at Pennington’s, Bath’s finest department store. An escape from her traumatic past, it saved her life. So when Miss Pennington sets her a task to set sail on the Titanic and study the department stores of New York, she couldn’t be more excited –or determined!

Frustrated with his life at home, Samuel Murphy longs for a few weeks of freedom and adventure. Meeting Amelia on board the Titanic, Samuel can’t help wonder what painful history has made the beauty so reserved. But he already has too many responsibilities for love.

Ruby Taylor has always kept her Pennington co-workers at a distance. Making sure her little brother is safe has always been her priority. But when that means accepting Victoria Lark’s offer of sanctuary, more than one of Ruby’s secrets is under threat of being revealed…

A riveting and uplifting saga, perfect for fans of Elaine Everest and Fiona Ford.

As you will be aware, I have followed the Pennington’s series ever since the first book was released.  With the release of A Shop Girl at Sea today, the whole series has had a facelift, and each book has been given a new title.  If you’d like to see my reviews of the previous books in this series, follow the links below;

A Shop Girl in Bath

A Shop Girl Get The Vote

A Shop Girl’s Christmas

A Shop Girl at Sea is the fourth book in the wonderful Pennington’s series, a series based around the Pennington’s department store in Bath.  Pennington’s is a true rival to big department stores in the city of London, and Elizabeth Pennington dreams that she can make her store rival even the huge stores on New York.  In her quest to make Pennington’s an international name amongst department stores, she enlists her employee and friend, Amelia Wakefield, to make the historic trip to New York aboard the Titanic to explore shopping trends of the major New York stores and their shoppers.

Samuel Murphy is a man weighed down by his responsibilities.  His mother and two sisters are entirely dependent on him following the tragic death of his father, and he sees his own dreams slip out of reach as it becomes clear that they are unwilling to let him go.  When an opportunity arises to work on the Titanic for its maiden voyage, he grasps it with both hands knowing that this is a once in a lifetime chance that could really further his prospects.  When he unexpectedly meets Amelia onboard, he finds himself hoping for a future that he thought out of reach.

This is the first novel in the Pennington’s series which is actually set predominantly outside of the department store.  Amelia’s time on the Titanic is beautifully described, you really feel as though you are there with her experiencing the decadence and luxury of the ship deemed to be ‘unsinkable’.  Of course, we all know the story of Titanic; its hard not to.  But it was lovely to read a novel that focussed on the passengers and how they felt about being on such a historic journey, rather than on the tragedy that followed.  Naturally, the tragic sinking cannot and is not ignored, but it was nice to see that it wasn’t the sole focus of this novel.  Instead it was focussed on the characters who had each suffered in their own way, and how that fateful journey changed them both.  It changed their outlooks on life, and rather than being victims it was nice to watch them both emerge stronger than ever.

I hope to learn more about Ruby Taylor in future novels, as I felt there was more to say about her past, present and future.  I really enjoyed the brief look at her life though, and the hardships she faces going forward at a time when people were certainly not open-minded or welcoming to anyone that was deemed to be different.

This really is a lovely novel, and an excellent addition to the Pennington’s series.  Whilst it can definitely be read as a standalone, I highly recommend getting all four novels.  They will provide you with the perfect escapism during this period of uncertainty and lockdown.  Stay home!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

Thank you to Rachel Brimble and Vicky Joss at Aria 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

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Author Bio

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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.

Follow Rachel:

Twitter: @RachelBrimble

Facebook: @RachelBrimble

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*BLOG TOUR* Clover Cottage by Christie Barlow

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Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of Clover Cottage by Christie Barlow as part of her fabulous blog tour!

A page-turning new cosy novel in the bestselling Love Heart Lane series – perfect for fans of Katie Fforde, Phillipa Ashley and Milly Johnson!

Love Heart Lane – where friends are there for you no matter what.

When Vet Rory Scott inherits ramshackle Clover Cottage in the quaint village of Heartcross, Allie MacDonald just knows this is their happy ever after. A place to call home with the man she loves – it’s her dream come true!

Until Rory drops a bombshell. He loves Allie but he has dreams of his own to follow – to live and work in Africa. Clover Cottage will have to wait just a little longer…

Allie can’t imagine life without Rory, but she loves him too much to hold him back. And as he embarks on his adventure, Allie begins to rethink her own plans. She loves Rory and knows she wants him in her life, but maybe she can follow her own dreams too?

And always there, nestled in the beautiful village of Heartcross, surrounded by the people she loves, will be the place that will always bring them back to each other. Their forever home, Clover Cottage.

Clover Cottage is the third novel in the Love Heart Lane series, but I must make a confession – I haven’t read Foxglove Farm.  I can however confirm that Clover Cottage can be read as a standalone, although I will be going back to read Foxglove Farm as soon as I can! If you are new to Love Heart Lane series, and would like my views on Love Heart Lane, the first novel in the series, then check out my review here.

Allie MacDonald is a very content woman.  She has a job she enjoys, a hobby that she loves and a man she adores.  When her boyfriend Rory inherits Clover Cottage, she feels that everything is finally falling into place.  Whilst it might take them some time turning the cottage into their dream home, she feels secure that their future lies in the village of Heartcross.

Rory Scott is a local vet with big dreams.  Dreams that specifically include Africa.  He adores his girlfriend Allie, and he knows he’s meant to be with her.  But he can’t shake off his need to experience more than their village of Heartcross is able to offer.  When he unexpectedly inherits Clover Cottage, all he feels is an heavy burden, one that he does not know how to unload.

Allie and Rory are clearly made for each other.  Their love and support for each is clear.  However I could not help but feel for Allie, who is ready for their relationship to take the next step.  Whilst Rory has not hidden from her the fact that he wanted to go to Africa after he finished university, he has not made it clear to her that this is a dream he still clings to.

I loved returning to Heartcross – it’s an idyllic village full of good people.  It was nice to revisit characters I have met before, and it was great to be able to learn more about both Allie and Rory.  Both characters are pushed out of their comfort zone, and forced to look at what they want for themselves individually, and as a couple.  I really did feel for Allie – I felt like she was blindsided by Rory’s dreams, but equally I didn’t think she had ever really spent enough time contemplating what she wanted for herself.  Following their journey as individuals and as a couple was great – Christie Barlow really captures them both as well rounded, loving characters who are just trying to find their way in life.

This is such a lovely novel.  I’m more than happy to recommend it as a standalone, or as a full series – in these turbulent times outside of books it may be the time to immerse yourself in a light-hearted series of novels to keep you occupied!  So, introduce yourselves to the inhabitants of Love Heart Lane whilst you spend some time social distancing, hopefully with a glass of wine in hand!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

Thank you to Christie Barlow and the lovely 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 book in exchange for my honest review.

Purchase Links

UK – Amazon UK

US – Amazon US

Author Bio

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Christie Barlow is the international bestselling author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty’s Countryside Dream, Lizzie’s Christmas Escape, Evie’s Year of Taking Chances, The Cosy Canal Boat Dream, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm, Love Heart Lane and Foxglove Farm. 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.

Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money/awareness and engaging with impoverished people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being.

Instagram: christie_barlow

Website: www.christiebarlow.com

Twitter: @ChristieJBarlow

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*BLOG TOUR* A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman

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Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman.

Let Lucy Coleman transport you to glorious, sun-drenched France, for the perfect feel-good read. Paris and the Palace of Versailles have always meant a lot to TV producer Lexie. Her grandma Viv spent a year there, but her adventures and memories were never discussed, and Lexie has long wondered why they were a family secret.

When work presents the perfect excuse to spend Springtime in Versailles, Lexie delves into Viv’s old diaries and scrapbooks, and with the help of handsome interpreter Ronan, she is soon learning more about the characters that tend to the magnificent gardens, now and in the past.

In amongst the beauty and splendour of the French countryside, a story of lost love, rivalry and tragedy unfolds. Can Lexie and Ronan right the wrongs of the past, and will France play its tricks on them both before Lexie has to go home? Will this truly be a Springtime to Remember…?

A Springtime to Remember is not my first Lucy Coleman novel…I was lucky enough to read Magic Under The Mistletoe  back at Christmas which I loved, so I was very excited to get my hands on a copy of this!

Lexie Winters is a TV presenter with aspirations to become a TV producer, and a successful one.  As part of her climb up the career ladder, she decides to take the risky path of creating her own TV series exploring the Palace of Versailles and its gardens.  She has a very personal attachment to France and the Palace of Versailles, as her grandmother spent a year there in her youth, something she never discussed upon her return.  Following her death, Lexie is keen to find out about the year that shaped her grandmothers future.

Ronan O’Byrne is an interpreter brought in to assist Lexie with her interviews for her TV project.  In the background he has a project of his own, researching for his third book about the gardens of Versailles during different periods in history.  He also has a very personal interest in the history of the Palace of Versailles, a place where his grandfather worked and lived for a period in his younger years.

This novel is all about the setting.  I have not yet been fortunate enough to visit the Palace of Versailles, but Lucy Coleman’s descriptions were vivid – I really felt like I was right there with Lexie as she walked through the halls and the gardens, taking in her surroundings steeped in history.  The French setting is exquisite – Lucy captures it all beautifully and I loved it.

Lexie and Ronan’s burgeoning relationship works perfectly within the setting.  Getting to know each other whilst they each seek answers to their own family histories – they really compliment each other whilst they grapple with their own personal discoveries, providing love and support when it is most needed.

This is a story of family, it is a story of love and it is the story of the exploration of personal history.  Its a beautiful story, in a beautiful setting and I am very happy to recommend it to you all!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

Thank you to Lucy Coleman 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.

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 – including Summer on the Italian Lakes, Snowflakes over Holly Cove, The French Adventure and A Cottage in the Country. She is 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, working in the garden, or practising Tai Chi.

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

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

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*BLOG TOUR* From Thailand with Love by Camilla Isley

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Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of From Thailand with Love by Camilla Isley.

All Logan has to do is to get the gold and get the girl. Easy, right?

Travel photographer Winter Knowles and archeology professor Logan Spencer dislike each other at first sight. Stuck together on a wild island, these two unwilling teammates will bicker and banter their way through a laugh-packed treasure hunt.
After years of searching, a new mapping technology has given Logan a clue to the location of the legendary Lost City of Gold. A discovery that could make his career. So the last thing he needs on this life-changing expedition is for his team to get distracted by a pair of long legs.

When Winter accepted the assignment on a tropical island she didn’t sign up for a brooding team leader who’d clearly prefer to run a boys-only club. Never one to back down from a challenge, Winter is ready to show him she’s no damsel in distress.

But when a treasure like no other is uncovered and ruthless enemies will want to keep it for themselves, it’ll be up to the two of them to save the day. Left alone to fight in the jungle, they will soon discover their lives might not be the only thing at stake—their hearts could be too.

Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

Firstly I must confess to not having read any other novels from the First Comes Love series, but I can confirm that it can be read as a standalone.  I did not feel I was missing out on anything by not having read any of the previous books (although I think I may go back and read To the Stars and Back, and am keen to read the next book You May Kiss the Bridesmaid).

Logan Spencer is an archeology professor who is about to embark on what could potentially be the find of his career.  Secrecy surrounds the expedition, and he is keen to work with people he knows and trusts.  Winter Knowles is an experienced travel photographer, hired to document the expedition.  Logan and Winters first meeting is less than ideal, each making an impression on the other (but not necessarily a good one!).

What follows is a difficult start to a hard expedition – Logan has everything riding on its success, and Winter is keen to prove that she is not a damsel in distress and that she has just as much to offer as the men she travels with!

It’s clear that this is a novel with plenty of sexual tension between two characters who have a lot of chemistry, even if they refuse to admit it.  The romance does not however detract from the beautiful setting or the adventurous side of the storyline.  Thailand is such a stunning country (having been lucky enough to visit, I know!) and I feel that Camilla Isley has captured its beauty perfectly.  The rawness of the unexplored area they visit is described beautifully, making you feel like you are hiking the terrain with them (without the painful legs or rough sleeping conditions!).  In addition, the expedition itself is exciting to follow, and you really feel Logan’s hope (and sometimes desperation) about finding the legendary Lost City of Gold.

This is a lovely novel with a great storyline.  It really captures your imagination, making you feel like you are there, hiking through the lush undergrowth with the expedition team whilst rooting for Logan and Winter.  I am more than happy to recommend this novel to you all!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

Thank you to Camilla Isley 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

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* A New Life for Ariana Byrne by Liz Hurley

 

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Happy Valentines Day everyone! I am so excited to bring you my review of A New Life for Ariana Byrne by Liz Hurley as part of her amazing blog tour, on a day full of love!

What happens after all your dreams come true?

Ariana Byrne knows how to survive. After becoming guardian to her four little sisters after their parents died when she was only eighteen, she had to grow up quickly. Now she’s in her twenties, stuck in a loveless marriage to Greg, trying to make ends meet for her young twins, William and Leo.

So when Ari is told that she’s actually the Right Honourable Lady de Foix, Countess of Hiverton, owner of a sprawling estate in the village of Saxburgh in Norfolk, her first instinct is laughter. Surely the girl who has to choose between food and keeping the lights on isn’t really rich beyond her wildest dreams?

She knows how to take care of her sisters and her children, but how on earth can Ari take care of an entire village? Can she fight off the circling land developers from Saxburgh, and stop her in-laws from grabbing all the money for themselves?

And while she’s struggling to settle in and settle down, she’s making new friends and new mistakes. Trusting her gorgeous neighbour, Sebastian Flint-Hyssop, may be the biggest one of all…

She’s swapped sink estate for country estate…but can a girl from inner city London learn how to become a Lady?

Take a trip to Hiverton Manor for the most uplifting novel of 2020 – guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Fans of Jenny Colgan, Trisha Ashley and Carole Matthews will love this romantic, feelgood read.

Ariana Byrne has had many tough times in her relatively short 28 years of life.  Losing her parents at such a young age, and then fighting hard to keep her younger sisters together when the authorities thought it best to separate them.  Giving up her own dreams in order to be the best sister she could be, then the best wife she could be to Greg, and the best mother she could be to her twin sons, Leo and William.  After ten years of struggling without the support of her beloved parents, Ari unexpectedly finds herself a Countess, and wealthy at a time when she had struggled to put food on the table.

If you want a novel that knows how to draw you in then this is the novel for you.  A lot happens in the first four chapters. A LOT.  Sometimes you wonder how so much could happen to one person in such a short space of time, but you can’t help but follow the story through to see how Ari deals with the cards she has been dealt. Ari is a character who has given up everything for those around her, and there isn’t a more deserving character to receive the title and riches that she receives.  Obviously they come with their own set of problems, (the most obvious being that she had family the whole time, but they just didn’t care about her or her sisters) but watching her deal with them all is inspiring.  This is not your standard chick-lit or romance novel – of course there is romance, but this novel is more about the strength of a woman when facing adversity.  How she has spent her whole adult life fighting for what she believes to be right, regardless of the consequences for herself.

I loved this book.  I loved the characters, I loved that there were so many strong female personalities, and I wanted to know how they would deal with the issues that were presented to them.  The village setting was perfect, a real contrast to Ari’s humble beginnings in the diverse London street she lived on. Everything about this novel was fab, and I am so pleased that Liz Hurley will be continuing the story of the Byrne sisters – I can’t wait to read the next installment!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖 📕

Thank you so much 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 this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Author Bio 

When I grew up I wanted to be an underwater archaeologist or an astronaut but I ended up in a library. Everyone laughed as I’m not a naturally quiet person but I loved it. I went on to become a professional librarian for the money and the glamour. Not finding quite enough of either my husband and I set up a bookshop.  We didn’t find much there either so I started writing. Now I have loads of money and glamour but only in the pages of my books! In the meantime I dive and look at the stars.

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