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Book Review – The Twins by J.S. Lark

When Rachel sent out the details for this book The Twins. I was excited. I read the synopsis and jumped at the chance to join the blog tour. Firstly, it sounded amazing and interesting and secondly being an identical twin, I of course was intrigued by it. Being a twin is a special bond which Jane touches on in her book. Its a connection like no other. You know how the other one is feeling, you feel what they feel but more importantly you are never alone.

If you like physiological thrillers, then you will love this. I highly recommend it and am very glad to be part of the blog tour. 

My identical twin.

Synopsis 

If you liked Blood Orange you will love this!

From the moment they are born, twins Susan and Sarah are inseparable.  Through good and bad, the girls will always be together…forever.
 
Until they meet Jonny.
 
Older, charming and handsome, Jonny offers the girls the much-needed love and attention they crave.  But he can only choose one and for the first time in their lives the girls find themselves split apart – the invisible thread that binds them severed.

Set-free from her twin, Sarah builds a new life for herself, marries, has a daughter.  But Susan’s life spirals further and further out of control.

And now Susan is back.  And she’s determined to reclaim everything she feels Sarah has taken from her. 

Her home, her husband…her life?

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Twins-J-S-Lark-ebook/dp/B07Z5K6TPB

US – https://www.amazon.com/Twins-J-S-Lark-ebook/dp/B07Z5K6TPB

My Review

It’s one of those books that leaves you wanting to pause life, to continue reading. I started reading this Wednesday night and finished it by Friday morning. I was engrossed from the first page and really did not know what was going to happen from one page to another and I was left on tender hooks thinking what next. 

It was gripping, intense, full of so many twists even right up to the end page and disturbing but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a book that really pulls at your heartstrings.

The twins had such a hard upbringing, I really felt for them and  was emotionally involved from the beginning, especially when the story was told from their childhood. What they went through was totally soul destroying, heart-breaking and what no child should ever have to witness or be a part of. What I did love was the bond they had, even with all that going on around them, they felt safe together and wanted to protect each other. It really is like that being twin, someone always there for you as a sister and best friend. Someone you can always rely on no matter what, it’s definitely the most wonderful thing about being a twin. That and sharing clothes! 

I liked the element of the twins meeting and getting to know Jonny as he brought some much-needed happiness into their life. It was a way for them to escape their home life. Just a shame there wasn’t two of him!

I felt invested in the girls from the beginning so of course when Sarah and Susan then got separated, I really felt sorry for them. Years later Susan turns up on Sarah’s doorstep and it sparks all sort of emotions. Sarah is happily married, with a daughter, and really not interested in Susan at all. Susan having had a harder life wants to make amends and be a family.  It was great how the story went back and forth from past to present. Which built up the story and allowed you to get the picture of what happened to cause these heighten emotions and the separation of the twins. 

As well as the growing up aspect, with what the girls faced, it was also everything after that happened. Being an identical twin, I think that was one of the main reasons I found it hard and disturbing in parts. Without giving too much away, I just couldn’t imagine the jealously, lies and secrets that could come between them. That was before the story started to unravel and I soon understood! I can see why being a twin could cause competition, but this was next level. Luckily, we didn’t experience any of what they did. Or ever fancied the same boy! 

I finished the last page and just couldn’t stop thinking about it. To the point I was told by a few people close to me, it’s just a book. It didn’t happen. 

A book well written, even if dark, with deep issues, that were really sad – I loved it, and how it flowed and kept you guessing throughout. I can’t wait to read other bloggers reviews and discuss it with them. 

Author Bio – 

Jane is a coffee, chocolate and red wine lover, and a late-night writer of compelling, passionate, and emotionally charged fiction.

Jane’s books may contain love, hate, violence, death, passion, a little swearing, and an ending you are never going to forget.

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Website: www.janelark.co.uk

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Book Review – One Kiss Before Christmas by Emma Jackson

Grab a hot chocolate,  put the fire on, add a scented candle and settle down to read this, this Christmas. You wont be disappointed. I’m very glad to have been part of the blog tour.

Synopsis

A gorgeously romantic festive read from the author of A Mistletoe Miracle, guaranteed to warm your heart this Christmas!


Could it be the start of her happy ever after?

Ashleigh could use a little Christmas magic. She’s still living in Brighton with her Nan — who could give the Grinch lessons in how to be miserable — her acting career has been reduced to playing one of Santa’s elves, and not even the prospect of a friend’s winter wedding can cheer her up…

That is until Olivier, the gorgeous French chef, reappears in her life. Or more accurately, next door.

When they were teenagers, Olivier would spend every other Christmas with his mother, who just happens to be Ash’s neighbour and owner of the best chocolate shop in England. 


If anyone can bring a little sparkle back to Ash’s life, it’sOlivier. All she needs is one kiss before Christmas…

Feel-good and festive, this is the perfect romance to curl up with this winter!

Pre-order Link – http://bit.ly/OneKissBeforeXmas

My Review

I enjoyed reading this romantic, feel good, Christmas book, filled with humour and lots of cosy moments. I was squealing into my hot chocolate curled up, with my Yankee candy cane candle on. It really got me in the festive mood. This was a will they wont they romance – which I just love. I love a slow burn – the anticipation of what is going to happen and was routing for them from the onset.

 Ashleigh was a bit lost, working as an elf, living with her nan and obeying by her rules. She was sweet and found it hard to let people in. Even with a few lovely friends,  she was definitely missing something extra in her life.  When Olivier her teenager friend comes back from Paris, who happens to be her next door neighbour, he would definitely life her spirits. Going through his own issues, he could also use a friend and some cheer in his life. Didn’t he sound just as delicious as his cooking, hehe! I loved their easy friendship and how comfortable they were with each other. 

Set in Brighton, which gave it a great setting and many pretty scenes.  I wont give any spoilers away, but will just touch on the basics. The Christmas market – it sounded fun and exactly what I am missing right now. The sea front  – I loved how Ashleigh just let go and had fun. Beth’s wedding – the romance of it. But my most favourite scene was the sea life centre.  It was just written perfectly, it fitted well and was just very lovely. I had all the feels reading this. It reminded me a bit like the fish tank scene in Romeo and Juliet.

This wasn’t just a book based on romance it also included family issues, being unhappy with the past and opening up to tell the people close to you how you really feel. I enjoyed this part of the story as it added another element to the story.

As well as Ashleigh and Olivier there was the wonderful Romesh, who was just a darling. I want him as a best friend. I loved how he had Ashleigh’s back all the time. They had such a sweet loving friendship. He was full of mischief, so much fun and could give Cilla Black a run for her money. He did make me laugh. Even if he was going through hard issues too.

Ashleigh’s nan was likeable even if she was a Grinch.  She meant well, with a strong personality, no wonder Ashleigh spoke her mind. I could literally picture her as that sweet little old lady, who says it how it is, sitting by her window watching the street go by.   

I do love a Christmas book and in my opinion its never too early to read them. After all what brings you joy, you should do more off and this book did just that. I have about 12 Christmas books on my list after this one. I just love the magical time of year and love reading about people taking risks more then they usually would to make themselves happy.

Author Bio – Author of the Best Selling A MISTLETOE MIRACLE and contender for the Joan Hessayon Award 2020, Emma has been a devoted bookworm and secret-story-scribbler since she was 6 years old. When she’s not running around after her two daughters and trying to complete her current work-in-progress, Emma loves to read, bake, catch up on binge-watching TV programmes with her partner and plan lots of craft projects that will inevitably end up unfinished. Her latest romantic comedy, SUMMER IN THE CITY, was released in June 2020.

Emma also writes historical and fantasy fiction as Emma S Jackson. THE DEVIL’S BRIDE was published by DarkStrokein February 2020.

You can find out news about Emma via her website, by signing up to her newsletter at www.esjackson.co.uk or on:
Twitter: @ESJackson1

Instagram: @emma_s_jackson

Facebook @EmmaJacksonAuthor

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Book Review: Love Offline by Olivia Spring

Im so glad to be joining in with the birthday blitz for this amazing five star read.

To celebrate Olivia’s book birthday I am re posting my review from last year when I was very lucky to be given a chance to read Love Offline by the lovely Olivia. As soon as I read the Synopsis, I knew I would love this book.

Synopsis

Love Offline: Looking For Romance In Real Life

Emily’s Struggling To Find Romance Online. Will Ditching The Dating Apps Lead To True Love? 

Online dating isn’t working for introvert Emily. Although she’s comfortable swiping right at home in her PJs, the idea of going out to meet a guy in person fills her with dread. 

So when her best friend challenges her to ditch the apps, attend a load of awkward singles’ events and find love in real life, Emily wants to run for the hills. 

Then she meets Josh. He’s handsome, kind and funny, but Emily’s had her heart crushed before and knows he’s hiding something… 

Is Josh too good to be true? Can Emily learn to trust again and if she does, will it lead to love or more heartache? 

Love Offline is a fun, sexy, entertaining story about friendship, stepping outside of your comfort zone and falling in love the old-fashioned way. Ideal for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Lindsey Kelk and Beth O’Leary’s The Flatshare.

Purchase Links 

UK: https://amzn.to/2OKcwF3

US: https://amzn.to/35p81oZ

Love Offline is available to read for FREE in Kindle Unlimited. It is also available to read for FREE in Prime Reading until late November.

My Review

If I could sum this up in three words it would be fun, flirty and fabulous.

This is a great book about getting your heart broken, true friendships and discovering who you really are. Whilst also touching on real life issues of the pressure of social media and mental health that comes with too much screen time.

The lovely Emily is terrified of getting back out there after a failed relationship with the man she thought she would marry.  Working from home she seeks solitude there in the comfort of her pj’s, sitting on her phone wasting hours scrolling through people’s social media and dating apps where no one can hurt her there! How is she ever going to get out of the rut she is in. That is until her best friend the wonderful Chloe steps in.

Chloe is the best friend every one of us needs, caring, honest and brings cake at every drama Emily face. Bonus! Their friendship was just so lovely, you really did feel all Chloe wanted was the best for Emily.  Without giving too much away, I loved what Chloe did for Emily, setting her tasks and taking her shopping. You could see the confidence growing back and Chloe also brought out a feisty side to Emily that I loved.

I was laughing throughout the whole book, especially at some of the interesting characters Emily met along the way. Henry being one of them, you would not want to meet him at speed dating!! Single or in a relationship I recommend this book. It has plenty of feel good and laugh out loud moments with the added cringe moments of dating we have all face in life. I know I can relate to a lot of how Emily felt after a break up and how hard it was trying to get back out there. Wish I had this book then! Only bad thing is it did make me want to go speed dating for the giggles (just don’t think my partner would like that now)!

As much as dating online works for some people, being the hopeless romantic I am I do also believe in the old fashion way and what Chloe was trying to do for Emily. Love has a funny way of showing up when you least expect it. But with whom in Emily’s case. You must read this to find out.

Author Bio – 

Olivia Spring is a British, London-based writer of contemporary women’s fiction, sexy chick lit and romantic comedy. Her uplifting debut novel ‘The Middle-Aged Virgin’, which was released in July 2018, deals with being newly single in your thirties and beyond, dating, relationships, love, sex and living life to the full.

Olivia published three novels in 2019: ‘Only When It’s Love’, ‘Losing My Inhibitions’ and ‘Love Offline’. ‘The Middle-Aged Virgin in Italy’, the hotly anticipated sequel to ‘The Middle-Aged Virgin’ and Olivia’s fifth novel, was published in July 2020. 

When she’s not writing, Olivia can be found making regular trips to Italy to indulge in pasta, pizza and gelato and of course, seeking inspiration for her next book!

Social Media Links – 

https://www.instagram.com/ospringauthor/

http://www.oliviaspring.com/

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/olivia-spring

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Book Review – Christmas Reunion in Paris by Liz Fielding

I love romance, chemistry and Paris. So I knew I was going to love this book, it blew me away. Thank you for letting me be part of this wonderful blog tour.

Synopsis

Parisian reunion
With the one that got away!

Celebrity chef James Harrington never expected to find himself face-to-face with Chloe, his first love, again… Especially, with her working as a chambermaid at his luxury hotel! Their chemistry’s as strong as ever, but she’s hiding a secret. Can James convince Chloe that their love is worth taking a chance on – again?

Katie Fforde wrote, when honouring her with the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2019 said – “Liz Fielding’s books, with their warmth, humour and emotion, have charmed millions of readers. She is a true star of the romantic fiction genre.”

My Review

You never forget you first love and that was exactly the same for James and Chloe. An unexpected meeting years later, proved the chemistry was definitely still there. It felt that magical, you could feel the chemistry through the pages.

However working as a chambermaid wasn’t the best way to run into her first love. As we all know,  life and romance doesn’t always run smoothly! Especially between two people who have been through a lot in life!

I adored all the characters. James, a high flying chef who was endearing, caring, yet sometimes a little quick to jump in without thinking. Chloe with the most stunning and beautiful soul. Hardworking, having several jobs to provide for herself she was literally run off her feet. I felt a massive sadness for Chloe, I  wanted her to feel happy and free from all of her past. What she had been through was heart breaking.

Sally was a wise character I loved the relationship she had with James. They had such a nice and playful way with each other.  Wasn’t Marie just the kindest, sweetest lady. I wanted to just hug her. I need a visit to the Chateau.

 This was a passionate and deep love story. That left me feeling emotional. With some of the most sweetest moments, it will leave you smiling for a long period of time.  The romance of it all, was very beautiful.

I have a strong desire to go to Paris and this book was exactly what I needed right now with not being able to travel. Escapism at its finest. I  have only been to Paris once when i was a teenager and have the longest to do list when I finally get there again. Well when Covid allows.

I enjoyed reading all of the places mentioned in Paris and loved the way Liz described them. It was like you was walking through the streets of Paris with her.  Eiffel Tower, Louvre, a cruise along the Seine, an open top tour bus, Notre Dame, Arc De Triomphe and many more are on my list that was mentioned. I have also added Bouquinites to my list, as this vintage open air book shop along the Seine riverbank sounds like my kind of heaven.  I also loved the way Liz described the food and wine, my mouth was watering whilst I was reading.

After I wrote this, I had to listen to Unchained Melody, which just brought back all the feels for me and left me giddy! I absolutely loved this beautiful book and if you love romance, I highly recommend reading this. It was special throughout. I had tears at the end of it.

Purchase Links

Amazon – https://mybook.to/ChristmasReunion

iBooks  – https://books.apple.com/gb/book/christmas-reunion-in-paris/id1508284570

Google   https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Liz_Fielding_Christmas_Reunion_In_Paris_Mills_Boon?id=DgPdDwAAQBAJ

Nook  – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/christmas-reunion-in-paris-liz-fielding/1136637305

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/christmas-reunion-in-paris-mills-boon-true-love-christmas-at-the-harrington-park-hotel-book-1

Mills and Boon – Harlequin –

https://www.harlequin.com/shop/books/9781335556462_christmas-reunion-in-paris.html

Mills and Boon Australia

Author Bio – Best selling author, Liz Fielding worked as a secretary in Africa, the Middle East and the UK before writing full time. Her award winning books are published worldwide in multiple languages and she has more than 15 million books in print.

Katie Fforde wrote, when honouring her with the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2019 said – “Liz Fielding’s books, with their warmth, humour and emotion, have charmed millions of readers. She is a true star of the romantic fiction genre…”

Social Media Links – 

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/lizfieldingauthor

Twitter – https://twitter.com/lizfielding

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/liz.fielding/

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Book Review – What If? By Shari Low

You know a book is going to be great; when two chapters in you have lost count of the amount of times you have laughed out loud. This book was fun, funny and absolutely fantastic. I was captivated from the beginning and lost a few late nights to Carly and her dramas.  With many brilliant one liners. I laughed out loud the whole way through. This is a must read and I was so happy to be part of such a wonderful blog tour.

Synopsis

The book that started it all! A classic retro romcom from #1 bestselling author Shari Low.

1999.
Carly Cooper is 30, single, and after coming close to saying ‘I Do’ to six different men, she’s wondering if she accidentally said ‘goodbye’ to Mr Right.
But there is a problem.
Her ex-boyfriends are scattered all over the world and Carly lives in 1999; an era before Facebook, Google, smartphones, 4G and Broadband, when it was impossible to track people down with a few clicks of a mouse.
On a mission to discover if she walked away from her ‘happy ever after’, Carly quits her job, her flat, her whole life and sets off on a quest to track down all the men she has ever loved.
Her Mr Right is out there, but can she find him?
And what if he’s moved on from the ex-girlfriend who said goodbye? A wonderful classic 20th-anniversary re-release.

Purchase Link – http://buff.ly/35NYMkW

My review

I loved this book very much. Carly was hardworking, persistent, had the biggest heart, strong as an ox, and full of so much courage! Yes she was a walking disaster and a spontaneous nightmare. You couldn’t help but love her. With the best group of friends, friends since high school, they were more like family. They had her back since day one, even through all of her dating mishaps. I loved their easy, caring, strong friendship, its one you would want to be apart of. They were all literally amazing and I loved them all. Especially how much they adored and cared for each other.

Carly in my eyes was a legend and a character I’m going to miss for a long time.

The girls first holiday to Benidorm had me in stiches and took me right back to my first girls holiday. Jess and her rules. LOL.

The men…Carly’s men!…So much to say about all of these but I wont give away any spoilers. If you have read this, did you have a favourite? I think mine was the Irish one or was it the one in China. Both! I loved all of the adventures she went on. My best was maybe her time in China. I liked reading about her journey from a young women, the first time she met these men, to when she was then 30 ,going back on the journey to meet them all again. Some shocking discoveries and moment during this time. There never was a dull moment, both times!  

The chapters were written so well, I loved how they went back and forth from her previous adventures to now. Each chapter reeled you in and left you wanting more. The song names and artists as a chapter title were a nice touch and left me singing along to that song at the start of each chapter.

My favourite line had to be ‘Since when was he so direct? This is the same guy who took five weeks to snog me. Has he been on an assertiveness course?’ haha priceless. I was howling with laughter.

Who else thought about their past reading this? and what if?!  I’m such an over thinker as it is, and am happy in a relationship but I will admit this book got me thinking a lot. Not crazy like Carly to go chase them half way around the world. For starters a few of them didn’t deserve it! Ha! And I definitely dont want to go looking for them, but more on a personal level. Could I have done things differently, did I make the right choices growing up, especially when younger and my first love. Did they get the best of me….did I let them they treat me right, if only I was as wise as now.  All what if’s. But I also am a believer in everything happens for a reason.

This is the first book I have read by this author and I will be reading more. I really enjoyed it.

Author Bio – 

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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Twitter @ https://twitter.com/sharilow

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Book Review – Log Fires & Toffee Apple Cake at the Little Duck Pond Café by Rosie Green

What a great book to start autumn off with. I was just over my summer holiday and then dived right into this autumn delight. I adored the title and thought it was charming. Sitting with my scented pumpkin spiced latte candle on, reading this with a coffee and slice of cake, pretending it was toffee apple cake. Pure bliss.

Synopsis

Get set for a wonderful celebration of autumn with all your favourite characters at the Little Duck Pond Café!
An autumn fair is coming to Sunnybrook, much to the delight of the villagers. But for Madison, whose personal life seems to be spinning out of control, a roller-coaster is the last thing she needs – especially when it’s her emotions at stake.
Can she convince the delectable Jack that their relationship is worth another shot? Or has their romance ground to a permanent halt like a faulty big wheel? Will she solve the mystery of the missing name on her birth certificate? Or will her discoveries take her on a journey even bumpier than the dodgem cars? One thing’s for sure. Madison is going to need more than a fairground fortune teller to find the answers to her questions, if she’s going to ‘waltz-er’ into the happiest of sunsets…

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/38v98Fz

My Review

Madison is going through some tough times, with one thing after another. At first I found it hard to warm to her as there were some situations she could have avoided and at times I questioned her decisions.  But I think that’s all part of growing up. However I soon realised why she was the way she was and having that shock hit her head on – I felt for her how much it affected her. I just wanted her to love herself and think before she did things.

Luckily Madison has some of the realist friends too. Who were there to guide and tell her honestly what they thought. Even if Jaz was a bit too honest at times. I really liked Ellie and Carrie, they were definitely my favourite characters. They seemed such sweet, kind ladies and great friends. I loved the side story to Carrie and was routing for her throughout.

I haven’t read the other books, so at first I was trying to keep up with whose who, but I really enjoyed getting to know all of the characters – (Madison’s friends) which I’m sure would be in the previous books. I have added them all to my to be read list, as I would love to get to know them all before this book too 🙂 

As well as friendship and self discovery, I loved the family storyline element too. What a great support network, Madison had. You could tell they all had such a wonderful bond and just wanted what’s best for her.  

I loved Jack. Did anyone else just want to give him a big hug? I did ! What a sweet man he was.

I definitely wasn’t a fan of Marcus at all – sorry!  I wanted to shake some empathy into him and not be so selfish! That man drove me insane.

This was a really cute book, that I whizzed through. I now want to take a trip to The Little Duck Pond Café and sample some of that toffee cake, which sounds delicious.

Author Bio – 

Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little.

Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’.

Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all – unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Her series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘Lucy’s Great Escape’, is out now.

Rosie will be revisiting the Little Duck Pond Café with a beautiful story of love and friendship at Christmas time, entitled A Kiss in the Snow, out in October 2020.

Follow Rosie on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

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Book Review – Coming Back To You By Lily Hayden

There is so much to say about this book, especially without giving any spoilers away. When I closed the page, I had to have a few hours out as it touched me that much. I was an emotional wreck. Thank you for letting me be part of this blog tour.

Synopsis  

Some loves last for just a short time, but ours lasted a lifetime.

From the moment that Emma met Ryan, she knew he was the one for her, but he leaves her heartbroken when he betrays her and disappears from her life, only to return and shatter her heart for a second time.

We were never meant to be, we just happened against the odds.

It feels like fate when life throws them back together as adults, but Emma has moved on now and she can’t throw everything away for the man who left her heartbroken twice.

Emma is living a charmed life with a beautiful family and her art career beginning to take off, but she can’t help feeling like her heart is pulling her back to her first love.

I keep on coming back to you.

One chance encounter with Ryan, so unexpected that it feels like it was written in the stars, throws them back together and she can’t deny the connection between them is stronger than ever. Emma learns that Ryan has been keeping a secret from her, and she has to decide whether to turn away from him forever or keep fighting for their love against all odds.

Purchase Links 

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08HXW3621/

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HXW3621/

All 2020 royalties from this book will be going to Huntington’s Disease Association (https://www.hda.org.uk/)

My Review

A story about first love, getting your heart broken, fate, chemistry, second chances and soulmates. Friendships and family issues – It had it all. It’s a must read. 

I was captivated from the first page. Powerful, emotional and romantic. Stick it to the top of your to be read pile, you won’t be sorry.

This book played on my heart strings all throughout. It was a rollercoaster of a story that left you feeling high one minute – absolutely loving what was happening and then the next – an emotional mess and completely heartbroken. My emotions were all over the place. 

The story starts with Emma as a teenager, you get to follow her journey of life, until she is a grown woman with her own family. I think I felt so much for this story as you grew up with Emma and you wanted the best for her. I connected and warmed to her from the beginning. I just adored her. As a teenager she met her first love Ryan and fell head over heels. Emma didn’t have a lot of friends at school, so I loved this bit when she was happy. I felt her emotions and feels through the pages. Ryan stirred something inside her and really made her happy. Their connection was special. 

I also felt for Emma at times with the relationship with her dad. He was extremely hard on her and doing the normal teenager things were a struggle for her at times, due to him being strict and not understanding. Missing out on a group outing with her friends, she is left heartbroken by the turn of events. 

Of course, years later, fate has other ideas and then its all about getting that second chance, opening your heart again. Emma was brave and did what any girl would do. I was worried for her, like she was an actual friend of mine. Crazy how you can get fully engaged in a book that it seemed real. I was guessing what was going to happen all throughout and was always was trying to work out what was coming next. Always failing. 

I loved how the story was told several years apart at different stages of Emma’s life from finishing school, university, moving on with her life to settling down. 

Emma faced a lot of heartache and I really felt for her, I was so sad. Lucky Emma had met an amazing best friend at University called Patch. Patch was there to sort her out and help her through all the difficult times. I loved how they got through everything together. Patch was up there with the best friend ever – she was so good to Emma and they had a great relationship. It made me laugh how straight talking Patch was and always calling Emma out on her feelings, in an endearing way. 

Having her own family and things really looking up on the career front Emma is faced again with fate. You can’t keep meeting with fate and let it pass you by. Can you?! 

Emma was torn at times, she had to deal with some hard choices and with a lot of sadness. I just wanted her to put herself first and make herself happy. Not always please other people. I really was team Emma all throughout this story. As you can probably tell. 

Chemistry and love really are the best things and I can see why Emma made some of the choices she did. Sometimes you really cannot ignore that connection and just have to go with it. The Christmas market scene well that was intense. I was literally screaming for her.

The twists and secrets in this book were brilliantly done. It also touched on tough issues. I will leave my thoughts and feelings there as I could speak about this story all day and night and I do not want to give any spoilers away. Overall this book left me feeling happy, sad, angry and heartbroken. It was brilliant. Everything you could want in a book.

Author Bio – 

Lily Hayden writes chick lit with a kick.

Modern day women want modern day heroines and Lily’s characters want sizzling romance, rewarding careers and equal partnerships, but like all of us, they face many challenges and it isn’t always easy.

A mother to four children, Lily graduated with a degree in Business in her hometown in South Wales and enjoyed a successful career in Financial Services before fulfilling a lifelong ambition to write books.

Her debut novel Butterflies, a heartwarming alternative to the traditional boy-meets-girl story, was released in 2018, reaching readers all over the world and she is the author of five books, including a Young Adult Dystopian novel Project Terra under the alias SJ Woods (because who doesn’t love a bit of action and defeating bad guys every now and again).

Follow Lily on social media for the latest releases, promotions and occasional photos of her dogs.

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Book Review – Stuck On You by Portia Macintosh

I do love romance and hand written notes, so when I read what this was about I jumped at the chance to join the blog tour. It sounded interesting and something I would really enjoy. I thought the name of the book was clever and witty. Thank you for letting me part of a fab tour. Plus I have read My Great Ex-Scape by Portia which was brilliant. 

Synopsis

Could a post-it note really lead to love…?

Sadie doesn’t have time for finding love. She’s too busy as PA for famous artist Damian Banks. When she’s not arranging exhibitions, she’s organising his dry cleaning or dumping his never ending stream of girlfriends.

But when she strikes up an unusual friendship with her desk share buddy, she finds a confidante and a new potential love interest. Problem is, they’ve never actually met…

With Christmas just around the corner, can Sadie put herself first for a change and find what she’s been looking for all along?

The brand new romantic comedy from top 10 bestseller Portia MacIntosh. Perfect for fans of Sophie Ranald, Mhairi McFarlane and Zara Stoneley.

Purchase Link – buff.ly/3f9Yy8M

My Review

Sadie was a cool, down to earth character, a typical single girl you could relate to. Independent but also with good family values that spent every Christmas with her family. She made me laugh. It was like she couldn’t make up her mind if she loved or hated her job, especially being at her boss, Damian’s beck and call 24/7. She went along with anything to keep the peace.

As much as Damian annoyed her. I liked Sadie and Damian’s easy working relationship. It was like he was a bit misunderstood and still discovering life out, with Sadie’s help. It was good when we got to dig deeper into him and his past as the story went on. He did rope Sadie into some interesting work assignments though. 

Post it notes – this was where it started off and was my first favourite thing of the book. I loved the little post it notes going back and forward between Sadie and her desk buddy Adam. I was invested in this from the beginning and was really excited to see where it went. There is something personal and special with receiving a hand written note. Especially when you can see it building up into something romantic. Just like Sadie and Adam.

Then christmas happened and I kind of forgot about the notes and got lost in all things festive. It was written perfectly. Reading this book makes me want Christmas to hurry up. The delicious food and drinks (gingerbread latte) are making me wish the days by. Not to forget all the wonderful festive activities, the roaring fire, the wonderfully smelling scented candles, the Christmas market. The bucks fizz at breakfast – this is exactly what my partner and I do. Boiled eggs for breakfast – one of my favourite breakfast. Portia got this spot on, it’s like she read my Christmas mind and I absolutely loved it. 

I do love a book when you think you know what is going to happen and it actually doesn’t. I was taken by surprise with this one and in a good way. So I won’t give anything away. The little romantic surprise elements were great. 

Its a must read for anyone who loves romance and Christmas.

Author Bio – 

Portia MacIntosh is a bestselling romantic comedy author of 12 novels, including It’s Not You, It’s Them and Honeymoon For One. Previously a music journalist, Portia writes hilarious stories, drawing on her real life experiences.

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Book Review – Christmas At Carly’s Cupcakes by Jessica Redland

Synopsis

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…


It’s December on Castle Street; the fairy lights are twinkling, snow has settled and the festive season is in full swing.


For Carly, the owner of Carly’s Cupcakes, it’s the busiest time of year getting everyone’s Christmas treats ready on time. However with her clumsy sister, Bethany, as a co-worker, it’s proving a difficult task. They say you shouldn’t mix work with family. Maybe they have a point…

As Christmas approaches, Carly is also eagerly awaiting the return of her best friend to Whitborough Bay. Liam has no idea he’s been the object of her affection since their schooldays. After years of pining after him, can Carly pluck up the courage to finally tell him how she really feels by 25th December?

Could a little festive magic make all of Carly’s wishes come true this Christmas…?

A heartwarming, short festive story of friendship and family from bestseller Jessica Redland. You can find out what happens to Carly next through exploring her best friend Tara’s story in Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Café.

My Review

Christmas cracker of a book

Warning ***You will be craving cake/cupcakes whilst reading this book***

I started this Tuesday night and had finished by Wednesday night. It left me feeling warm all throughout. There was a lovely sister bond, beautiful caring friendships and a girl/boy best friend situation. Add a winter wonderland wedding, with the most magical, beautiful setting. It will leave you wanting Christmas to hurry up.

Set mostly in a cake shop, it sounded wonderful. I want to visit castle street, full of loads of little cute shops and lovely shop owners. Set in north Yorkshire seaside town, it sounded idyllic. You only need to look at the cover of the book to see how dreamy and magical it looks. 

Carly was a right workaholic with her cake business her life and happy working to forget her best friend posted in the army. Who she adored. Having a few friends; quality is better than quantity was Carly’s happy approach. Her cakes sounded amazing.

I loved the whole knowing what’s right in front of you and guessing of the relationship between Carly and Liam. Friends since school, was they both ready to finally take it to the next stage?! Like Tara I could feel the chemistry. 

Her younger sister Bethany at 23 was stuck in a rut of changing jobs and ended up working with her. Which at times was a disaster. Some parts I was thinking grow up Bethany and take some action for you own life but then you got to dig deeper, and it come out why she was the way she was. Which left me feeling rather sorry for her and wanting her to be happy at the same time. 

I really enjoyed the build up of the story, as it was written from 4 weeks to Christmas. I enjoy the build up as much as Christmas day so this made me just wish it was Christmas already. The festive spirit, the setting, the cakes, the snow – it was all written so beautifully.

This wasn’t all romance and cakes there was some really good topics covered in this book, especially one around mental health. Its that saying again ‘you really do not know what someone else is dealing with’. Be kind to everyone. 

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/3i98oKO

Author Bio – 

Jessica Redland is the author of nine novels, including The Secret to Happiness, which are all set around the fictional location of WhitsboroughBay. Inspired by her hometown of Scarborough she writes uplifting women’s fiction which has garnered many devoted fans.

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Website – https://www.jessicaredland.com/

Blog – https://jessicaredlandwriter.wordpress.com/

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Book Review – Love at the Little Wedding Shop by the sea by Jane Linfoot

Synopsis 

St Aidan: a cosy Cornish village where friendships are made for life and it’s always cocktail hour somewhere…

‘A pure delight’ Debbie Johnson

Return to your favourite little wedding shop by the sea for love, laughter and a romance to sweep you off your feet!

It’s the most romantic day of the year but the girls aren’t just gearing up for Valentine’s Day and a busy wedding season ahead, it’s also the 10 year anniversary of their beloved shop!

Jess is planning the party of the decade and with the champagne and cocktails flowing, sparks are going to fly…and not just from the fireworks display!

Purchase Links –

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Little-Wedding-Shop-Sea-ebook/dp/B084L7SJJV

US – https://www.amazon.com/Love-Little-Wedding-Shop-Sea-ebook/dp/B084L7SJJV

My Review 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was hooked from the first chapter. This book was just what I needed after a busy working week. It was pure escapism at its best. You know when you read one chapter and fall in love with the lead character instantly. Which then leaves you routing for her the whole way. Milla you gem! 

The story set in Cornwall, was written and described beautifully, charming and wonderfully well. I am off to Cornwall Friday for the first time, which made this even more exciting to read. Based on friendships, an awful ex to run away from, romance and moving on from the past it was heart-warming. Plus, the chemistry between two of the characters. Wowzers! It was insane!

The females in this book were all fantastic and always there for each other. Everyone always had a solution to a problem. Girl power at its finest! The wedding shop sounds utterly divine. I love how everyone used to drop in and hang about there. 

I felt for Milla from the beginning what she went through and what she had to put up with was awful. I cannot believe she actually lasted as long as she did! Crazy!! She was great, so it was no wonder she had all her girls supporting her throughout. Minus awful Phoebe, I can’t believe what a stuck up, self-centred women she was. I really couldn’t stand her. 

I’m a sucker for romance, I love the build up of a relationship blossoming, seeing it develop into something wonderful. But of course, nothing is ever straight forward. I loved the little jokes and banter between the two of them. 

I liked the plot around Pixie too, it did leave me guessing, which was good! 

Apart from the above there were many other things to love about this book: 

  • The little quotes. My favourite was: ‘Always believe something wonderful is about to happen’. 
  • The music choices in the book, all just so lovely. Ellie Goulding How long will I love you, gets me every time. I was an emotional mess at this point in the story, well from the wedding. Perfect choice. 
  • The start of each chapter’s description. I felt it added a fun factor to the book and gave a little insight of what was about to come but without giving anything away. As I got further into the book I started to guess and try and piece what was about to come.  

Overall as you can tell I adored this book and certainly recommend it. I will be reading more of Janes books as I really enjoyed the warm, lovely, way it written.   

Great weekend reading this book – just blissful.

Author Bio – I write fun, flirty fiction, with feisty heroines, and lots of heart. Writing is fab, because I get to wear pretty shoes instead of wellies. I live in a cottage up a mountain road in Derbyshire, where my family and pets are kind enough to ignore the domestic chaos. Happily, we’re in walking distance of a supermarket. I love hearts, flowers, happy endings, all things vintage, most things french. When I’m not on facebook, and can’t find an excuse for shopping, I’ll be walking, or gardening. On days when I want to be really scared, I ride a tandem.

Social Media Links – Follow Jane on Twitter @janelinfoot, or find her on her Author Page on Facebook. She’s also on Instagram, and has lots of Pinterest boards relating to her novels.