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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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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.

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Book Review Blooms Of War by Suzanne Tierney

I am absolutely loving my historical literature at the moment. Last week it was 1950s and this week WW1 – 1918/19. I really find these books powerful, emotional and fascinating.

Synopsis 

In war, she fell in love.

Vera Betts shouldn’t be falling in love with the enigmatic doctor she suspects of espionage. Reeling from her family’s betrayal, she’s faked her nursing credentials, invented a new name, and run away to the frontlines of the French battlefield. Four years into the Great War and she knows who she is and what she’s meant for—to save the living and sit vigil by the dying. When the cagey-yet-earnest Dr. Nicholas Wallace arrives, so do mysterious explosions destroying hospitals. Even as Nick raises her suspicions, he lowers her defenses. He wants the war to end. Are his acts of sabotage politically motivated or a desperate attempt at peace?

In peace, she fell apart.

A year later, Vera is back with her oppressive family, living under her real name, and Nick is on trial for murder. Trapped in grief and guilt, she cannot speak about the past and does not believe in the future. With Nick refusing to defend himself, she ventures to London to understand why he is so willing to embrace the hangman’s noose. Who is he trying to protect? What secrets does he plan to carry to his grave? And why does Nick insist upon hiding her true identity? To save the man she loves, Vera must tear open the past and confront the tragic price for peace.

Purchase Links 

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blooms-War-Evocative-Emotional-Story-ebook/dp/B08CY87LW9/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Blooms-War-Evocative-Emotional-Story-ebook/dp/B08CY87LW9/

My review 

I am going to start off by saying how wonderful Vera Betts was! Fearless, courageous and brave. Nothing would stop her from helping people, no matter who, she just wanted to nurse them better. I loved how she would not stop until she got  to the truth or what she wanted, even if this meant putting her life in danger. Basically there was nothing she was scared of!  Also wasn’t her wit great ! The one liners and how she spoke to people when they was against her was brilliant!

I adored her but also felt sorry for her with her family past. It broke my heart for what she went through with her mum and also her dad. When they was fighting. I just wanted her to break her walls down and be nice to him.

The story was told from 1918 – 1919 going back and forth between the two times to tell the story. This kept you guessing right until the end. There was several great twists; some that left me proud of Vera, some that shocked me about her family members and then without giving away any spoilers, Vera in court! Well what a performance. How she managed that was great.

I just loved the plot and really thought it was interesting. The war, the medicine aspect, the romance. I do love a slow build up, good old romance, especially when they both would do anything for each other. Love conquers all. I enjoyed it all. Not to forget the secrets, lies and deception back then. God this was dreadful ! No wonder Vera found it hard who to trust!

You really can tell the amount of research that goes into these historical books. I learnt a great deal from reading this and have more knowledge of what happened back then. The nurses/doctors what they had to see and deal with was just outstanding. It’s amazing what our fellow countrymen went through, and after the war that wasn’t it over with. The mental scars those poor boys had to deal with. Just so sad. A nice touch mentioned about no man’s land Christmas truce.  

I feel I got a lot more out of this book than I ever did in history class! I wish I paid more attention in school but it never was this interesting! It’s all just very fascinating the way it was told. So thank you Suzanne.

Author Bio – 

Writer of lush, historical happily-ever-after tales, Suzanne Tierney believes in true love. But she takes delicious pleasure in making her characters fight, flutter, and find their way to each other. Her books have won numerous awards and she has twice been a Golden Heart Finalist® with the Romance Writers of America.

Suzanne grew up in Oregon, adulted in the San Francisco Bay Area, and somehow ended up in Florida, where she is very much a cold-water fish learning to navigate humid, salty seas. She loves chatting with readers.

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Book Review – The Mersey Girls by Sheila Riley

Synopsis

Liverpool 1950

When Evie Kilgaren takes over the running of the back office at Skinner and Son’s haulage yard, she has no idea she is walking into a hive of blackmail, secrets and lies.
Her fellow co-worker and childhood nemesis, Susie Blackthorn, is outraged at being demoted and is hell-bent on securing the affections of local heartthrob Danny Harris.
Grace Harris, a singer on the prestigious D’Angelo transatlantic ocean liners, is returning home engaged to be married. But Grace is harbouring her own shocking secrets and something valuable her fiancé very desperately wants back.

As we return to the lives and loves of those who live and work in the Mersey Docklands, not everything is as it seems and love and luck are rarely on the same side.

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/2UCQXr4

My Review 

I absolutely love the 1950s and if there is one era I wish I could have lived in, it would be that.  So I jumped at the chance to read this and how glad I am.

Full of drama, secrets and lies it was a page turner, that had you captivated from the beginning. Add some fabulous characters who I just adored. It lived up to my expectations and more.


The story starts off with Grace, a singer working on a prestigious cruise ship. Think along the lines of The Titanic. She got to live the life – travelling the world. Mixing with the rich and meeting some interesting people. I love how Katherine Hepburn, Frank Sinatra and Cary Grant all got a mention as they were on her ship. Just brilliant. I loved this touch that the author added there. It sounded a dream. Not all was rosy for Grace as she had something she was keeping to herself. This bit was really emotional and I truly felt for her. 

Back home in Merseyside you get to meet Grace’s brother, Danny. Who was living with their parents in Liverpool. Where things were a lot harder and rationing being a main factor of daily life. Danny was a great character and a right catch. Charming, hardworking and always looking out for others. How he had to then work with Susie, who was the total opposite. She was a right madam, with a major crush on Danny, which was funny yet highly embarrassing throughout. He was not interested one bit.

Danny worked at his uncle and aunt, Henry and Meggie Skinner hauliers’ yard. You couldn’t help but be drawn to this warm couple. With their own secret, this created unwilling drama, that they both didn’t want.

Then there is Evie. Sweet, adoring, lovable, selfless Evie, who after a tough life, hasn’t let this stop her from being just wonderful. Having the opportunity to take a job where Danny worked, to be closer to her family. I love how her graciousness was tested with Susie, especially as Susie wasn’t best pleased with her working there and didnt hide this fact. Oh how great it was when Susie was put in her place. Team Evie!

I loved how adored she was by all. Her friend Connie – the local hero! Always there for everyone, luckily! They had a really lovely friendship.

The light banter between Evie and Danny was just delightful. With Evie putting her family first not thinking about romance and Danny working hard, it kept me invested in their story line to see where it would go.

I just wish this story didn’t have to end, I could have carried on reading about all these characters and their drama’s. I loved the writing style of this and haven’t read a book set in the 1950s for a long time, I need more! Thank you Sheila for writing such a fabulous book. 

On a side note. I used to spend hours talking about the 50s with my nan. I loved listening to her tell me all about what it was like, the innocence of it all, how people were deemed to act In a certain way. The words used back then – ‘monthly’s’, ‘in the family way’. Really makes me laugh how different it was. Rationing – imagine us having to do that now?!! The fashion, the make-up, jiving. I loved hearing about it all.

I felt the whole time I was reading this, it was my nanny Sheila telling me the story. How surprising the author is called Sheila too. It was meant for me.

Author Bio – 

Sheila Riley wrote four #1 bestselling novels under the pseudonym Annie Groves and is now writing the Reckoner’s Row series under her own name. She has set it around the River Mersey and its docklands near to where she spent her early years.  She still lives in Liverpool.

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Book Review – The Girl You Forgot by Giselle Green

Synopsis

Does the heart never really forget?

When Ava’s partner Will is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour, the doctors give Will one chance to survive – an operation which means he will lose his recent memory. Ava begs him to take the chance, sure that she can cope with Will forgetting her. After all, they have something very special to live for.

But they are also keeping a heart-breaking secret, and if Will loses his memory, Ava will have to carry that secret alone.

Can they rebuild their love from scratch or will their secrets and past come between them? Will Ava really be a stranger when Will wakes up – or does the heart never really forget…

Giselle Green returns with a heart-breakingdeeply moving story of love, loss, and what it really means to be alive. Perfect for all fans of Jodi Picoult, Susan Lewis and Diane Chamberlain.

Purchase Link- https://amzn.to/3eapMfK

My Review

Oh this book really was heartbreaking and emotional. One that really pulls on your heartstrings with some lovely characters. I loved it.

I thought Will and Ava together seemed like a great couple, clearly with so much love between them. Until a mistake cost them both so much sadness. Following this mistake, they received some awful news about Will. Could it get any worse for them as a couple?!

 I was truly heartbroken for them both. For Will for having to have the operation that risked so much for him and also risk losing his memory. Maybe having to start again. Then for Ava,  a decision she had to make knowing how much hurt it could cause if Will found out.  What a hard positon to be in for her. You could literally feel her pain through the pages. The torture she felt on having to make these choices on her own, feeling like she couldnt talk to anyone. Yet with a promise she kept, that left her torn.

I love how they both were strong characters and really went for what they believed in. Even if they were a little lost along the way.

 I loved how the story was told from both their points of views so you got to know how they were both feeling.

I loved Harry too, what a little delight he was. How special was Ava’s relationship with him.

This is a story based on love, secrets, lies and doing the right thing. Its a book that you feel invested in from the start and really wish they sort their issues out and both be ok. Not just with each other but with life. The sadness and heartbreak for them both was so emotional. Such a brilliant book.

Author Bio – 


Giselle Green is an award-winning, bestselling contemporary women’s fiction author. Mum to six boys (half of whom have flown the nest) and owner of one bright orange-and-cinnamon canary who hopefully never will, Giselle enjoys creating emotionally-gripping storylines about family and relationships.

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Book Review – The Guilty Wife by Nina Manning

Thank you for letting me be part of this blog tour for this brilliant psychological thriller.

Blurb

One woman’s past could cost her everything..
Frankie Keegan is struggling.
While she tries to make strides in her career, life at home is slowly unravelling as she is haunted by the secrets of her past.

Someone else remembers…
As the dark nights draw in, the anniversary of the loss of her brother looms and Frankie is drawn back to the memories of that fateful night 20 years previously. As she descends into a guilt-ridden state, she begins to suspect that someone else is also remembering that night and they are determined to terrify her…

Can she confront her past before it’s too late?

From the international bestselling author of The Daughter In Law, a gripping psychological thriller about family, secrecy and grief – with a twist you won’t see coming. Perfect for fans of K L Slater, Shalini Boland and Lisa Jewell.

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/38Kj9OY

My Review

I really enjoyed this psychological thriller, before I knew it, I was on 42%. I whizzed through this and read it in just over 24 hours. Emotional, engaging and with the right intensity it’s a must read.

The story alternates between two parts of Frankie’s life, when she was sixteen and then now, 20 years later.  You get to know Frankie as a girl.  How she felt to be in love, the build up to the incident and how she come to be the way she was. I loved the change it chapters, it unravelled the story and was easy to keep up with.

Clearly having gone through such an emotional trauma of losing her brother I felt sad for Frankie throughout the story. The now part of the story, I really feared for her safety. You truly felt for her and her struggles. Yet at the same time I wanted her to stop burying her head in the sand. How she blocked things out was very sad. I think Damian could have been a bit kinder to her too. She was such a vulnerable character and due to this you never knew what she was going to do next. Which I loved as it kept you wanting more.

I didn’t suspect who could be messing with Frankie. All throughout the story got you thinking all sorts and second guessing everyone that was close to Frankie. The twist was done very well. I loved the ending it was perfect.

I really liked Nina’s writing style and certainly will be reading more. I’ve got my eye on The Daughter In Law. Has anyone read it?

Author Bio –

Nina Manning studied psychology and was a restaurant-owner and private chef (including to members of the royal family). She is the founder and co-host of Sniffing The Pages, a book review podcast. Her debut psychological thriller, The Daughter in Law, was a bestseller in the UK, US, Australia and Canada. She lives in Dorset.

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Book Review – The Middle Aged Virgin In Italy

It’s my turn on the blog tour today and how delighted I am. Thank you Olivia for letting me be part of it. 

Synopsis

Can a holiday romance lead to long-term love?

When Sophia moves to Tuscany to be with Lorenzo, she dreams of finally having it all: the amazing boyfriend, the baby she’s always wanted, the great career and the fairy-tale life in an idyllic town. But the reality is very different…

The only Italian Sophia seems to have mastered since arriving is pastaprosecco and gelato. She suddenly finds herself dealing with Lorenzo’s meddling mother and juggling caring for her son with running a business hundreds of miles away, and there’s a problem in the bedroom department…

Despite Lorenzo being hotter than chilli sauce, since becoming a mum, Sophia has zero desire to get jiggy. None. After several months without any action, she’s in danger of becoming a Middle-Aged Virgin. Again.

Can Sophia get her sex life back? Will her holiday romance go the distance so she can find her happily-ever-after in Italy? 

Join Sophia on her laugh-out-loud Italian adventures today as she steps out of her comfort zone and attempts to relight her fire and enjoy la dolce vita with hilarious encounters along the way.

My review:

If you have seen my Instagram stories over the last few days, you will know how much I have enjoyed and laughed out loud so many times during this book. I absolutely loved it. It was fun, sexy and very funny. With a good plot around relationships. Also set in Italy. What is not to love?! 

Strong, career driven Sophia moves to Italy to be with her dishy boyfriend Lorenzo. Leaving a great support network, which includes two amazing best friends. Bella and Roxy who are based in London. Knowing no one, the area or the language and still having to run her London business, it’s not as easy as she thought. Especially since becoming a mum and facing the new mum challenges. This new life is the complete opposite to what she knows. 

Sophia does what she does best to sort her new life out – makes a list. The amount of  laugh out loud moments whilst working on this list will stay with me a long time. 

Lorenzo was the most loviest, calm and understanding boyfriend and really looked out for Sophia. Their relationship really was special. One big issue. The mother in law. Who of course  Lorenzo was really close to his mum and would do anything for. Oh I do love books with mother in laws featured, as I adore my mil so much. She is supportive, caring, lovely and we have a great relationship. The total opposite to what Sophia faces in Italy. 

I loved all the characters but Geli needs a special shout out, wasn’t she just brilliant?!Roxy is defo the naughty best friend and Bella the good best friend, together they are the perfect combination for Sophia. I loved their friendship. 

I was so excited throughout this and loved all the unexpected surprises. I love it when your reading a book and not expecting something and it happens and it leaves you squealing in delight or laughing your head off. It’s a must read.

The Middle Aged Virgin

Whilst this new release can be read as a standalone, if you want to read book one in the series, The Middle-Aged Virgin first, it’s currently 99p on Amazon for a limited time (https://amzn.to/2w2UbZu). Kindle Unlimited subscribers can read it for FREE.

It’s equally as brilliant. I definitely recommend them both. You get a feel for both Sophia and Lorenzo. You get to witness how, where it first started and their chemistry. Which was just electrifying. You also get to know Bella and Roxy. Who are both amazing in their own way. Naughty Roxy, the fun, loving, party girl who just wants to live life to the full. Good girl Bella, who is happily married with a little boy and always sees the best in people. She’s like Sophia’s voice of reason, where as Roxy is like the devil on her shoulder. When they get together as a trio, they are hilarious.

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Book Review – A Sunset In Sydney by Sandy Barker

Book Description:

How far would you go in the name of love?

Sarah Parsons has a choice ahead of her. After the trip of a lifetime she’s somehow returned home with TWO handsome men wanting to whisk her away into the sunset.

Pulled in two directions across the globe, it’s making life trickier than it sounds. Her gorgeous American, Josh, wants to meet Sarah in Hawaii for a holiday to remember. Meanwhile silver fox, James, plans to wine and dine her in London.

It’s a lot to handle for this Aussie girl, who had totally sworn off men!

Join Sarah after her adventure in One Summer in Santorini, for the heart-warming and uplifting third novel in The Holiday Romance series.

I’m very lucky to be part of the blog tour for A sunset in Sydney.

My review:

I absolutely loved this book. A love triangle with two hot men, that leaves you wanting more. The only way to know who Sarah ends up with, is to keep turning the pages. I had to know and couldn’t put this down. Highly addictive and very romantic its a must read. What team will you be on -Team Josh or Team James?

After spending the week in Santorini where Sarah meets Josh and James. Sarah is visiting her sister in London, before she goes back home to Sydney. Charming James, wants to see her straight away and show her the sights of London. Clearly keen. Sarah and James had a spark as soon as they met and you could feel the chemistry between them. I loved how it was easy with them and how James liked to tease Sarah. Taking her to all the best places and on some amazing, romantic dates. What a catch. Just wow!    

After seeing James again. Where does this then leave her with Josh? I loved the connection between Sarah and Josh. Friendship and lust, could you get a better combination?! Cute, young and still finding his way Josh, could he match up to the silver fox?!

We then move on to part two of the book, which was just brilliant and funny. 

Sandy takes you on an emotional roller coaster throughout this part. One minute happy and excited, having so much fun. Next your left thinking what’s going to happen and then, god no, I could cry.  We also got to meet fun Siobhan.  Another friendship Sarah instantly makes. Sarah has a way of drawing people in. Men and women. She forms lovely bonds wherever she goes.  I was laughing out loud at the Hotel and bellboy scene. I won’t spoil it for you.

Sarah is such a wonderful character I loved her. She doesn’t always get it right and is a typical girl finding her way after a bad breakup. As well as romance this was also a story about self-discovery. Sarah was flawed and knew she wasn’t perfect, yet I loved that about her. I love the changes she made at home. Happiness starts from within after all.  

Sandy has a way of you warming to her characters straight away.  I loved the easy relationship between Sarah and her sister Cat, who we got to know in book two, of the series. Also the friendship between Sarah and her best friend. Full of honestly, Sarah would be lost without her and Cat. There was not one character in the whole book I didn’t like.  Did I mention I love Sarah?!

Its one of those books where you are routing for one man one minute and then left feeling no what about the other. Team Josh or Team James. Hard one.  Both are brilliant. You can feel how torn Sarah is throughout, because of this. Imagine having two different kinds of amazing men wanting your attention. How hard must that be?!

I had tears reading the ending, it was just perfect.

Were you Team James or Team Josh? Let’s discuss when you have read the book.

You could read this as a standalone as there is enough references to the first book, but I would recommend One Summer in Santorini first. Just because its absolutely brilliant and i was a big fan. With it being one of my all time favourite books. You won’t be disappointed. You get to meet all the wonderful characters and and fall in love first and then want more. Which this book gives you.

Like her previous books Sandy writes about the destinations, that makes you feel like you are there and then wanting to go see it for yourself. My bucket list is growing thanks to her books.  

Purchase Links

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Author Bio –

Sandy Barker is an Australian writer, traveller and hopeful romantic with a lengthy bucket list and a cheeky sense of humour. She’s also an avid reader, a film buff, a wine lover and a coffee snob.
Many of Sandy’s travel adventures have found homes in her writing, including her debut novel, a contemporary romance set in Greece, which was inspired by her true-life love story.

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Book Review

Book Review – One Summer In Santorini by Sandy Barker

I cannot rave enough about this book. It’s definitely gone in my top books of all time. I love travelling, Greek food and romance so it’s no wonder I loved it so much. 

Sarah recently single and loves to travel, goes on a sailing trip around the Greek islands. Sworn off men, after an awful ex, she just wants to enjoy what the trip has to offer. Little does she know, fate has other ideas for her. A handsome American man and a silver fox both wanting her attention. 

I loved the whole story behind this. Sandy pulled me right in and I was hooked and fell in love from the beginning. I felt like I was there with Sarah on her journey. (If only) I wanted to shake her at her at times for her decisions (we all have been there) Yet other times totally on her side and loved how girlie she was. What a fab, endearing character, I just loved her. I loved the friendships she formed with Marie and Hannah. Josh  was great too and funny. Oh boy did he say and get things wrong at times. But what a dish of a character, definitely up there with feta. The silver fox was charming, rich and promising to give Sarah the world. Someone you don’t often get to meet. All the other characters were great too. What a wonderful sailing family Sarah had. 

Santorini and the Greek islands, Naxos, Syros, Ios, Mykonos is on my to do list and even more so after reading this book. As soon as I finished this book I was researching the islands and sailing trips. 

Let’s talk about the food- god Sandy didn’t disappoint, told it just how it is. I’ve lived in Cyprus before and so am very much in love with the food. Delicious and out of this world. You can’t beat a Greek salad and crappy greek wine 😂 

I loved the acknowledgements in this and where the idea for the story come about. Just wonderfully romantic. It really was a nice end to this brilliant story. 

Did I mention I loved this book? 

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Book Review

Book Review – The Recovery of Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel

This wasn’t a book originally on my radar to read. So, when the girls in my book club said about it, I checked it and it sounded good. I was intrigued.

Rose gold believed she was sick for 18 years. She thought she needed the feeding tube, the doctor visits and the wheelchair. Turns out her mother Patty was a good liar. Fast forward to five years. Patty is being released from prison and Rose Gold now has a little boy. Wanting to make things right, Patty asks to move in with Rose Gold. Of course, no matter what her mum did to her as a child, she relents and lets her. Is she mad?…..

The story is told from both characters points of views. First off both characters really annoyed me. They weren’t two of the strongest characters in a story, but I think that was the whole point. I then got to warm to Rose, even though I did question a lot of her behaviour. I just felt for her and wanted her to feel loved and accepted. Without giving too much away, I did at first think where was her real dad?! Why didn’t he stick around?, so I was glad when we found out and what happened after that (sorry no spoilers here) . However I really didn’t like Patty. At first I couldn’t work out why she would do that to her own child. Also when she moved in with Rose, I just couldn’t trust her.

I found the story disturbing too. Which is probably why it took me a little while to get into it .… .


However, I did like the way the story jumped back and forward between each character leaving you wanting to know what was going to happen next. Each chapter, kept me wanting more, which is what a book is about after all.

It was slow but done in a way that kept you wanting answers to the questions going around in your head. When I hit the 60% mark, I was completely hooked. The story sped up. Things slowing started to unravel and everything become clear. I loved the twists in it too. It was brilliant!

I’m really glad I branched out and read this.

If you have read this, did you enjoy it? If you haven’t read, give it a go and let me know your thoughts please.