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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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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 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 – 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

AmazonUK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sunset-Sydney-totally-uplifting-holiday-ebook/dp/B081MSC5S3

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Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/a-sunset-in-sydney/sandy-barker/9780008390020

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/a-sunset-in-sydney-the-holiday-romance-book-3

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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