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Book Review – The Beach Reads Book Club By Kathryn Freeman

After loving Mr Right Across The Street, I was very excited when I found out Kathryn Freeman had a new book out. Thank you for letting me be part of the blog tour for this amazing book.


Welcome to the Beach Reads Book Club…where love is just a page away…

When Lottie Watt is unceremoniously booted out of her uptight book club for not following the rules, she decides to throw the rulebook out the window and start her own club – one where conversation, gin and cake take precedent over actually having read the book!

The Beach Reads Book Club soon finds a home for its meetings at Books by the Bay, a charming bookshop and café owned by gorgeous, brooding Matthew Steele, and as the book club picks heat up, so too does the attraction between Matt and Lottie.

If there’s anything Lottie has learned from the romances she’s been reading, it’s that the greatest loves are the ones hardest earned.

A love letter to chicklit, romance, romcoms, whatever you want to call them!

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An uplifting and laugh out loud book that is every bookworms dream book. Filled with hot burning chemistry, romance, family drama, lost, friendship and a book club who love gin and cake! What is not to love?!

You will read this and will want to be part of The Beach Reads Book Club or join a book club and get involved in all the fun and laughter they share.

Matt and Lottie – they say opposites attract, well these two sure were very different in more ways than one but that connection, wow sizzling chemistry or what!! Lottie the friend we all want to have. Who is fun, colourful, bubbly, sociable and always willing to help others. Whereas Matt is deep, intense, serious, less of a sociable person and a lot more reserved than Lottie.  He is the handsome book shop owner we all want to be coupled up with, who knew exactly how romance should be done. Lottie manages to convenience him to hold her book club in his shop and that’s when all the fun really starts.

I found the friendships heart-warming, as different as they all were, they all shared a love for the book club, it was their escapism. Lucky for me I am part of a book club and parts of this story reminded me of this. We started off talking about books and now we talk about life, support each other, listen and are there to help when its needed.

All the characters were great, yet Audrey was my favourite, wasn’t she hilarious, with her quick naughty one liners and love for gin. She kept me giggling the whole way through! Also Sally never one to hold back, had me laughing how she come out with things before thinking!

As much as it was romance and comedy; I felt this book had a deeper feel to it which I really enjoyed reading. I liked the journey we were taken on both family and friendship elements.  You felt empathy for the characters, especially Matt and his family, which just made you like them even more so!

I loved all the books mentioned and will be adding all the books that I haven’t got around to reading yet to the top of my to be read pile!

A wonderful book that I highly recommend.

Author Bio

A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a sexy hero.

With a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes come in many disguises.

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Book Review – Secrets on the Italian Island by T.A. Williams


Her work has got in the way of relationships before – but never like this

Anna’s job as a geologist takes her all over the world, including to the beautiful island of Elba, where she’s sent to look for precious metals. And the island isn’t the only thing that’s gorgeous – she can’t believe her luck when she meets windsurfer Marco and sparks fly.

But Anna must keep her role on Elba a secret to avoid upsetting the locals, which means lying to Marco even as they grow closer. When her old friend Toby visits, Anna suddenly finds herself torn between the attentions of the two men. However, Anna’s not the only one keeping secrets.

Is Marco being entirely honest with her? And why did Toby really come to visit?

A fun and escapist romance, perfect for fans of Lucy Coleman and Alex Brown.

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Do you love or are you missing holidays? trips to Italy? Italian food? the glorious scenery that Italy offers, the Italian coastline? Then this is a book for you. Or if you just love a heart-warming book set in a glorious location, with delicious food, great characters, friendships and romance, then this is also a book for you. Not to forget the secrets….

I adored this book. My little heart loved everything about it.

Italy is my favourite country for many reasons. In the current climate of travel being such a hassle, this book was just what I needed right now. The author wrote in a way that made you feel like you were there, enjoying Anna’s adventure with her. Also, the food needs a special mention. I was literally in food heaven the whole way through.

As much as Anna was on the island of Elba in Italy to work, she managed to find herself torn between two men…

Marco – The hot one that she was passionately attracted to. However, the secret she has to keep, makes life a lot harder for her. Or Toby – good looks and who she has a lovely instant connection with. The one on paper who seems the sensible option.

I was 70% of the way through and really didn’t know what way it was going to pan out and I loved that about this book. It kept you guessing. I liked how cool, calm and collected Anna was.

Oh, how wonderful the friendship in this book was. As much as I love romance, I think it was that special friendship that truly captured my heart. It was very sweet and endearing.

I finished this book (after having a little cry) and went straight on to Google to research Elba. I can confirm it looks every bit as beautiful as it was described in the book and has now been added to my bucket list so thank you. I just want to go swimming in the sea….and sailing on a yacht! 

I highly recommend this book, it was the most perfect summer read.

Author Bio – I’m a man. And a pretty old man as well. I did languages at university a long time ago and then lived and worked in France and Switzerland before going to Italy for seven years as a teacher of English. My Italian wife and I then came back to the UK with our little daughter (now long-since grown up) where I ran a big English language school for many years. We now live in a sleepy little village in Devonshire. I’ve been writing almost all my life but it was only seven years ago that I finally managed to find a publisher who liked my work enough to offer me my first contract.

The fact that I am now writing romantic comedy is something I still find hard to explain. My early books were thrillers and historical novels. Maybe it’s because there are so many horrible things happening in the world today that I feel I need to do my best to provide something to cheer my readers up. My books provide escapism to some gorgeous locations, even if travel to them is currently difficult.

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Book Review – The Love Island Bookshop by Kate Frost


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?

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Summer is here! This book is every bookworms paradise. 

Freya has the dream job, a bookseller in The Maldives. 

I was envious of Freya. I love the sunshine, being by the sea, surrounded by books all day, imagine getting to run a bookshop on an island.

I devoured this book in 2 days. I was hooked and utterly lost in this dreamy location and fell in love with it and Kate’s writing. Maldives is on my bucket list and I am glad I got to go there by reading this book.  The descriptive words used, really painted the picture of the idyllic setting. It was captured in the most beautiful way. The beach sounded out of this world, it oozed romance and exactly how I picture the real Maldives.  Blissful and stunning. I was lapping up the white sand, turquoise water, beautiful sea views and those beach villas….one day!!

As well as being romantic and uplifting, I liked the way Kate tackled the emotional side too of heartbreak and lost. We got to dig deeper into what was making Freya sad. Which only made me adore her even more.

I liked the two different male characters in the book; Aaron and Zander. Who both equally sounded gorgeous but as always there is a lot more than meets the eye! I enjoyed now the story evolved around both characters.

This was the ideal summer read. Especially when we cannot travel. Its escapism at its best.

Also how awesome is the cover! Very enticing.

I now want to go to this book shop and see how all the island are doing!! If only!

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Kate Frost is the author of best-selling romantic escape novels (The Baobab Beach RetreatA Starlit SummerThe Greek Heartand 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 – Always and Forever at Glendale Hall by Victoria Walters


What if we’re all just searching for something?

Anna Stewart is lost. After barely surviving a car accident as a teenager, Anna is scared of settling. Flitting between jobs, boyfriends and homes whenever she gets bored, she has no idea what the future holds. Then her brother Brodie, minister of Glendale, suggests she moves to the beautiful Scottish village, lining up a housekeeper job for her at Glendale Hall.

Out of options, Anna agrees to the move, knowing that she can always run away again. Once at the hall, her culinary skills impress everyone, and she agrees to give Hilltop Farm’s new manager, Cameron, cooking lessons. Sparks fly between Anna and the handsome Scot, but Cameron is looking for love – something that Anna definitely isn’t.

But it’s wedding season at Glendale Hall, and Anna is about to discover that her new home has a way of working its magic on even the coldest of hearts. Will she really be able to just walk away, or could Anna have finally found a place to belong?

It’s summertime in the beautiful Highlands village of Glendale – pack your bags and come on holiday with this gorgeously uplifting, romantic read. Fans of Milly Johnson, Heidi Swain and Holly Martin will love this charming romcom.

My Review

I am a massive fan of Vicky and her books; her Instagram page is filled with such pretty things and her books are great, especially the Glendale Hall series.

This is the 4th book in the series. You can read them as a standalone, however I highly recommend reading the books in order. Not only are they all great but it also allows you get to know the other characters in the group and get a feel for the community. Glendale for me is like the place people go and never leave!!

We have heard Beth, Emily and Heather’s stories and it’s now time for Anna’s. I was curious to read about Anna’s story and see what magic Glendale hall would work on her.

I really liked Anna, she was like a little girl lost at first, she clearly had issues from the past that she kept to herself. you couldn’t help but feel for her. Yet at the same time she was feisty, free spirited, independent, honest and funny. She was a great character and I liked her passions. At times I really felt the emotion and pain from Anna and wanted her to be happy. I think she might be one of my new favourites of the series. 

Cameron was another character who was even more of a closed book, one that you just wanted to rip open to reveal his history. With an instant connection to Anna, their chemistry was intense, I loved it. Especially at the first cooking lesson where they got to know each other. I had to laugh, how cold he was towards her and she had no idea why!

Annas brother Brodie, who we know from the previous book, was just the most amazing, caring, patient, big brother. As much as there was romance, there were deep issues too, which were emotional and left you turning the pages to unravel the drama. Pretty much like the whole series.

What I love about this series is, each of the next book, keeps you updated with the previous book, so you can see how they are all doing and thriving with their chosen passions. I won’t spoil anything, in case you haven’t read the other books, as they are delightful, as are all of the characters. As much as they meddle, they all have good hearts and it really makes you want to go to Scotland and be their friends!

I wish Glendale was a real place!

I want to also go to a murder mystery weekend and dress up in 1930’s clothes. What a great touch! I like how Vicky’s love of vintage items come through in the book during this scene. 

This was a feel good, heart-warming, summer read, perfect for sitting in the garden, drinking rose and enjoying the sunshine. Which is where I read most of it!  

Well done Vicky, another amazing book. I am looking forward to your next one….

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Author Bio – Victoria Walters writes up-lifting and inspiring stories. She’s the author of three novels, THE SECOND LOVE OF MY LIFE, SUMMER AT THE KINDNESS CAFÉ, and COMING HOME TO GLENDALE HALL. She has been chosen for WHSmith Fresh Talent and shortlisted for an RNA award. Victoria was also picked as an Amazon Rising Star, and her books have won wide reader acclaim.

Victoria is a full-time author. She lives in Surrey with her cat Harry, and loves books, clothes, music, going out for tea and cake, and posting photos on Instagram.

Find out more about Victoria by following on Instagram at @vickyjwalters, on Twitter at @Vicky_Walters or by visiting her blog at:

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Book Review – Mr Right Across The Street By Kathryn Freeman


Mia Abbott’s move to Manchester was supposed to give her time and space from all the disastrous romantic choices she’s made in her past. But then the hot guy who lives opposite – the one who works out every day at exactly 10 a.m., not that Mia has noticed thank-you-very-much – starts leaving notes in his window…for her.

Bar owner Luke Doyle has his own issues to deal with but as he shows Mia the sites of her new city he also shows her what real romance looks like for the first time. And when he cooks up a signature cocktail in her honour, she realises that the man behind the bar is even more enticing than any of his creations. And once she’s had a taste she knows it will never be enough!

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I adored this book for many reasons. Firstly, I enjoyed getting to know all the characters. Secondly, I find leaving handwritten notes, the loveliest thing ever and when it’s from the opposite sex it sure is romantic. So of course, I loved this element of the story. 

Along with a sweet, slow burn romance, that was funny, full of easy banter, add some hot chemistry and it was the perfect Romcom!

Mia was brave and strong to move away from her family, especially with her past. I felt she let her past rule her head too much and was glad when she finally started having some fun and not just working. I admired her spirit and the way she knew her own mind. How she didn’t do things, just to join in with the crowd.  I without a doubt loved the relationship she had with her sister Elle. Elle was great, the way she didn’t hold back…. she is definitely like my sister! Their phone calls made me laugh out loud, Elle was literally loving all the updates of Mr hot working out across the street. 

Luke was more than just good looks, he was charming, funny and romantic. I felt for him throughout and really wanted him to sort out his issues and luck be on his side. Lucky, he had a great support network, who were all equally amazing.

I really did not like Freya at all and cannot stand conniving and manipulating women like her! Her ways were awful and just no need for it. I do not know how she managed it…. some men really are silly. As you can tell she made me angry ha-ha! Team Mia all the way

I adored the dates and thought they were very creative and not just your standard dinner and drinks, as much as I love dinner and drinks. These had a fun element to it. The dancing date was my favourite. I loved reading about the little touches, the looks, it really made you feel that spark between the characters. 

I feel Stan also deserved a mention as he was hilarious, his dry sense of humour was brilliant. His banter and easy friendship with Mia were great. As was Naomi. Who I feel everyone needs a friend like her, wise and lovely.

This is the first book I’ve read by this author; I now need to go and check out more of her books as I need more romance and laugher like this….

I will end it on saying, this is a must read as everyone needs a bit of Luke in their life.

Author Bio – 

A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a sexy hero. 

With a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes come in many disguises.

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Book Review – Opposites Attract by Camilla Isley


First law of magnetism: opposite poles attract.

Single mom Vivian has been burned by love once before, and her job as a divorce lawyer has presented enough evidence to convince her there are no good men left in New York City.

The worst offender is her new neighbor: Dr. Lucas Keller, a couple’s therapist whose piercing blue eyes and flawless dark hair are just as annoying as his bad temper. 

But when Luke starts poaching Vivian’s clients by saving their marriages, she makes it her mission to force him out of the building to save her practice. But it’s Luke who gives her the perfect opportunity when he proposes an unexpected bet. 

With their offices at stake, Vivian and Luke play the field of love in a fierce battle of wits that quickly turns hot and personal, especially when Vivian’s daughter gets involved. Now, taking down Luke has become more than business for Vivian. It’s become a pleasure—and soon, Vivian and Luke will realize how pointless it is to fight the laws of attraction.

My review

This book was great and I was hooked from the beginning. The banter and chemistry was written so well that you could feel it through the pages. Plus it’s set in New York and I am in love with that city.

If you read and loved The Hating Game you would love this. I do love an enemies to lovers story. Especially, as this was the type of story I wrote on my creative writing course before I read these two books. I had to do 1000 words and mine was based around an office romance. Working in a cooperate office I see it all the time and Love these types of stories, they are not just the usual boy meets girl. Oh, I’m such a hopeless romantic!

The dates had me laughing so hard. Seriously some people in the dating world. You need to read it to find out.

I also loved the lift scene and again my short story had a lift scene. This was done better than mine I do have to say. Hehe. I love the build up of what’s coming. You could feel the passion! I can’t say anymore than that as I don’t want to ruin it.

Vivian – a divorce lawyer who takes no nonsense, with zero interest in men puts all her time into work and her daughter. She just needs a good man to break down those walls.

Lucas – charming, funny, kind, caring and oh so beautiful in those suits he wears with them gorgeous blue eyes – how could you not get on with him!! I definitely would want to work in an a office next to him. Hehe!

I also loved Vivian’s daughter Tegan – she was sassy, straight to the point, and apart from a few of her issues which I thought was a good side story she was great!

Shout out to Vivian loving my favourite drink “vanilla latte” I also am going to go on the hunt for a donut today.

I highly recommend this as its fab, fun, flirty, full of great chemistry and has two brilliant characters. Plus you will not stop laughing.

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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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Book Review – Friends with Benefits by Lisa Swift


Could Mr Right-Now actually be Mr Right?

Lexie Whittle thought she had life all sewn up, with a gorgeous husband, a beautiful home, and an utterly delightful teenage stepson. Until husband Daryl announced he was leaving to work overseas… and everything changed.

A year later, Daryl and Lexie’s marriage is practically over. Lexie is fighting to stay on top of the bills, juggling her job at the Blue Parrot 1940s cafe in Leyholme with being mum and dad to Connor in Daryl’s absence.

The only thing keeping her sane is the support she gets from Connor’s godfather: Theo Blake, Daryl’s former business partner. Theo might be a jack-the-lad, drifting from one woman to another, but Lexie knows she and Connor can always depend on him in times of need.

After one too many glasses of wine leads to them falling into bed together, Lexie and Theo begin a friends-with-benefits relationship. It starts as just sex, but it doesn’t take long for deeper feelings to develop.

But when Daryl returns, Lexie is faced with some difficult decisions. Will she be forced to choose between her love for Theo and the boy she sees as a son?

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This was a book that was so much more than just friends with benefits. Without giving anything away there was several really important, deep topics covered in this book. Which I thought was great and added that something special to the typical friends with benefits situation.

I thought it was written well and you really got to understand both points of view from a step mum and a teenager going through difficult times. As we have all been a teen, we know how hard those years can be. Lucky Lexie was the perfect step mum, as he was step son. I loved their relationship and special bond they had. They got on well and really wanted the best for each other which was sweet – they really were an amazing duo.

I loved Theo and Lexie’s relationship. I thought they both stepped up and really cared about Connor. Which is all you could want, after what he had been though. They were both amazing and I was routing for them from their first drunk evening together. They had great chemistry – it was great witnessing how Theo brought out Lexie’s naughty side and Lexie brought out Theo’s softer side. Of course it was never going to be as straight forward as they both expected.

Connor’s point of view and character were definitely my favourite, what a great kid! I It did make me laugh how he see things before the grown-ups in his life, intelligent and switched on. He was funny with what he come out with. I love how kids have no filter. 

I wanted Daryl to have a chance to prove himself and felt for him too. After all everyone is dealing with things in their own way. Which was a really good message.

A really lovely, enjoyable book that was also very funny in places, which was a great mix from the serious issues. I’m glad I got to read this and be part of the blog tour. Thank you 😊

Author Bio – Lisa Swift grew up in rural West Yorkshire in the UK, right in the heart of Brontë country… and she’s still there. After graduating from Durham University with a degree in English Literature, she dallied with living in cities including London, Nottingham and Cambridge, but eventually came back with her own romantic hero in tow to her beloved Dales, where she first started telling stories about heroines with flaws and the men who love them.

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Book Review – What Now? By Shari Low

I jumped at the chance to read and review this when Rachel sent out the blog tour. Thank you very much for letting me be part of this tour. I read What If? and fell in love with all the of characters, especially Carly. I had to know what they was up to twenty years later…..


The follow-up sequel to the bestselling ‘What If?’ from Shari Low

Twenty years ago, Carly Cooper went on an epic quest to track down all the men she’d ever loved and lost in the hope that one of them was her Mr Right.

Now, two decades and two teenage sons later, she thinks she might have got it all wrong.

As the years have passed, lots of things have changed, leaving Carly asking ‘What Now?’

With a divorce and an empty nest on the horizon, Carly sets off once more to Los Angeles with her band of trusty girlfriends, to find the carefree, wild and adventurous Carly Cooper that she used to be.

On this latest quest, Carly discovers a few home truths and has to decide If her marriage is worth saving or is there a new happy-ever-after out there, just waiting for her…

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Shari Low has done it again, she has created a book that will leave you feeling happy and sad, make you laugh, yet also cry. I wanted to grab my favourite girls and hug them close with lots of wine flowing. Hopefully one day soon girls!

How happy I was to hear from Carly again, whose point of view the story is told from. Carly Cooper is a legend with the best friends you ever could want. They have the best friendship and are more like family. Think Sex and The City and twenty years later add family/kids into the mix. 

Carly has changed from the carefree and adventurous women she was before. Which left me feeling sad for her and wanting her to get back to feeling more like herself, just maybe not as wild this time! Of course her friends wasn’t going to let her suffer alone. 

Carly’s trip to LA was an experience. I love how all the girls had her back. The fun they had together was great. I really cannot wait for holidays again with my girls. It really is a funny book, filled with lots of laugh out moments, which is exactly what I needed right now in lockdown. There was also heartache, and I really felt for them all but the bond the girls shared was very special. I was glad to read even with the heartache Carly was still hilarious!

Sam was the best friend/ex you could ever want, with that dream house in LA. I really want to go to LA and even more so after reading this book.

Mark still had something about him and I felt sad for him at the beginning. I was still torn as much as the first book with who I liked more out of Carly’s lovers! LOL.

I absolutely love the writing style and the characters Shari creates. Also, Aunt Val deserves a massive shout out as she was just brilliant and a ray of sunshine. On the opposite scale we have Estelle well wasn’t she a piece of work!

Each chapter kept me wanting more. I literally did not want this to end, equally though I wanted to know if Carly got her happy-ever-after.

If you haven’t read What If? I highly recommend it, just because it’s great. Even though this book explains everything that happened in the first book, the first book was just as fabulous and funny as the ladies were a lot younger and finding their way in life.

Romance, heartache, friendships, forever love and trips to New York and LA. What is not to love?!

Here’s to us all living our best lives, with our soulmates 😊

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Shari Low is the #1 bestselling author of over 25 novels, including One Day In Summer and My One Month Marriage and a collection of parenthood memories called Because Mummy Said So. She lives near Glasgow.

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Book Review – The Little Swiss Ski Chalet by Julie Caplin


It’s time to pack your bags and head to the breathtaking, snow-covered peaks of the Swiss Alps for velvety hot chocolates, delicious cheeses and a gorgeous love story…

Food technician Minna has always believed that chocolate will solve everything – and it’s just what she needs when her latest relationship mishap goes viral!

So with her bags packed and a new determination to sort her life out, Minna decides to drown her sorrows with the best hot chocolate in the world at her godmother’s cosy Swiss chalet. Chocolate: yes. Romance: no. Until she has a run in on an Alpine train with a mysterious but oh-so-gorgeous stranger…

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Full of chemistry, romance, friendship and family history set in a Swiss village. With a stunning mountain scenery, which sounded absolutely beautiful.

I absolutely loved this book. It gave me all the winter feels. I would love nothing more than to escape to the Swiss chalet and go skiing. Not that I can ski! Maybe Luke could teach me.

I loved how the book started and where it lead to. Definitely one of those ones that reminds you that everything happens for a reason. But god what a little weasel Simon was!! I hated how he made Mina feel, which then led her to question all her positive attributes.

Mina, strong, independent, impulsive and outgoing. A social butterfly, with a passion for life and food, which I found endearing. She loved adventures, travelling and was always planning her next trip. She sounds very familiar to myself with the travelling bug so it was no wonder I adored her. I thought she was a brilliant character and one I would love to be friends with.

I really enjoyed reading about Mina and the relationship with her godmother Amelie. Their bond was very special and Amelie was another wonderful character. I loved the friendships they both formed with everyone, yet that’s no surprise when they literally spoke to anyone.

Luke – positive handsome Luke. I loved how Mina saw him, yet there was more to him then she realised. I liked the anticipation of this storyline and thought it was done perfectly.

I love how my favourite word serendipity was the basis of this book. I am a firm believer in it and this word describes this book perfectly.

There were many strong messages in the book especially about happiness – it really is the most important thing and my favourite lines being:

“It’s simple: do things that make you feel glad to be alive. And avoid the things that don’t.“

“Things in life happen which you can’t stop, but you can choose how you react to them. You can choose to be positive or negative, happy or sad, angry or calm.”

I also loved the way Julie described life, she had the perfect way of telling the story, one of my favourite sentences :

“Being with him was like drinking champagne all the time. She felt dizzy and sparkly, energised and excited” now they are the best feelings described!

I highly recommend grabbing a hot chocolate and getting cosy under a blanket to read this delightful, winter book.

Author Bio –

Julie Caplin, formerly a PR director, swanned around Europe for many years taking top food and drink writers on press trips (junkets) sampling the gastronomic delights of various cities in Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Copenhagen and Switzerland. It was a tough job but someone had to do it.

These trips have provided the inspiration and settings for her Romantic Escapes series which have been translated into fifteen different languages.

The first book in the seven strong series, The Little Café in Copenhagen, was shortlisted for a Romantic Novel of the Year Award.

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Book Review – The Boardwalk by the Sea – Winter Whimsy by Georgina Troy


Zip up your puffer coat, winter has arrived!

When Lexi Davies discovers that her father has sold the fishermen’s cottages she runs as holiday lets and where she also lives, she is heartbroken. Then, when Oliver Whimsy arrives at the boardwalk and announces that he is the new owner, Lexi realises that the future she was looking forward to enjoying at her cottages is over. 

Oliver might be handsome, wealthy and very sexy, but he’s new to the island and has already made a terrible impression on the locals. When he offers Lexi a job, she’s unsure whether she should accept. Unfortunately, she has little alternative if she wants a roof over her head for the winter.

As Lexi gets to know Oliver better, she discovers there’s far more to Oliver Whimsy than she or anyone else had imagined. Just what is the heartache Oliver’s trying so desperately to hide and why was he so determined to buy the cottages? Lexi wants to find out, but in order to do so she’s going to have to spend time with him… 

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My Review

This really was a sweet book, based on friendships, family and romance. A great book to curl up with and escape these cold evenings and what’s going on in the world.

Strong, kind, lovely independent Lexi, who was having family issues after her dad sold her beloved cottages. Making her lose her job and her home. I really liked her and felt for her straight away, she was a lot calmer in situations where I would have been raging! I also liked how she had her own mind and wasn’t afraid to say what she thought.

Lucky Lexi had the most wonderful friends, Sacha, Bella and Jools. Always having fun, with their café meetings, little parties and walks along the beach together. As well as fun, they were always there for Lexi. I love how angry they were on her behalf for situations relating to her dad and his new girlfriend Gloria. I thought Gloria was evil!! Not all us step mums are like her! Without any spoilers she was next level!

Oliver – handsome, generous and caring. I thought people were too quick to judge him. I haven’t read the previous book to know too much about him, but I thought he deserved a chance and was glad Lexi had no other option but to give him one. 

The seaside setting was beautiful, I’ve never been to Jersey before – it sounds idyllic. I say this every time I read a book by the seaside, but I really would love to live by the sea. This book had all the beautiful feels of the seaside. There was a warm community spirit here, that made you want to jump in the book and join in the winter fun.

I’m looking forward to the next book in the series Spring Siren which is based on Lexi’s friend Jools. Which I hope also gives us an update on Lexi and her life, as I feel I need to know more about how things were left. I have questions that need answers!! 🙂

Author Bio – Georgina Troy is a pseudonym of author Deborah Carr, USA TODAY bestselling author of The Poppy Field, Broken Faces and the Mrs Boots series.

She was a finalist in the Contemporary Romance Category of the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards 2016 (RoNAs) with A Jersey Kiss, book 1 in her Jersey Scene series.

Georgina lives on the island of Jersey with her husband and three rescue dogs and is 1/3 of The Blonde Plotters.

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