I am a massive fan Olivia’s work. I just love all her books and am very excited to be part of the cover reveal today. This sounds like another fantastic book and I cannot wait to read it when it comes out.
When’s the Wedding? Dreaming of saying ‘I do’…
She’s found the perfect man. Will she get her perfect proposal?
Dog hotel marketing manager Alex has always dreamed of having a fairy-tale proposal: the glorious sunset, iconic backdrop and rose petals – the whole shebang. She’s found her Mr Right, and life with sexy paediatrician Miles is wonderful, except for one thing. Despite saying that he’sready for marriage, Miles seems no closer to putting a ring on it.
After a romantic getaway to Paris ends in more disappointment and Alex receives news that sends her world into a spin, she decides that her dream proposal won’t just fall into her lap. So she hatches a plan.
Although she’s convinced her methods will lead to Miles popping the question faster than she can say ‘I do’, Alex’s friends warn her it will end in disaster. But a little bit of hint dropping can’t hurt, right?
Will Alex get her happily-ever-after, or is there a reason why Miles is dragging his feet?
Order this fun romantic comedy now and join Alex on her exciting adventures as she attempts to speed up the proposal process, with hilarious results!
When’s The Wedding? is the sequel to Only When It’s Love. It can also be read as a standalone novel.
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.
In addition to The Middle-Aged Virgin, Olivia has published four novels: The Middle-Aged Virgin in Italy, Love Offline, Losing My Inhibitions and Only When It’s Love. When’s The Wedding?, the hotly anticipated sequel to Only When It’s Love and Olivia’s sixth novel, will be published in March 2021.
When she’s not writing, Olivia can be found travelling to Italy to indulge in pasta, pizza and gelato and of course, seeking inspiration for her next book!
I jumped at the chance to read and review this when Rachel sent out the blog tour. Thank you very much for letting me be part of this tour. I read What If? and fell in love with all the of characters, especially Carly. I had to know what they was up to twenty years later…..
The follow-up sequel to the bestselling ‘What If?’ from Shari Low
Twenty years ago, Carly Cooper went on an epic quest to track down all the men she’d ever loved and lost in the hope that one of them was her Mr Right.
Now, two decades and two teenage sons later, she thinks she might have got it all wrong.
As the years have passed, lots of things have changed, leaving Carly asking ‘What Now?’
With a divorce and an empty nest on the horizon, Carly sets off once more to Los Angeles with her band of trusty girlfriends, to find the carefree, wild and adventurous Carly Cooper that she used to be.
On this latest quest, Carly discovers a few home truths and has to decide If her marriage is worth saving or is there a new happy-ever-after out there, just waiting for her…
Shari Low has done it again, she has created a book that will leave you feeling happy and sad, make you laugh, yet also cry. I wanted to grab my favourite girls and hug them close with lots of wine flowing. Hopefully one day soon girls!
How happy I was to hear from Carly again, whose point of view the story is told from. Carly Cooper is a legend with the best friends you ever could want. They have the best friendship and are more like family. Think Sex and The City and twenty years later add family/kids into the mix.
Carly has changed from the carefree and adventurous women she was before. Which left me feeling sad for her and wanting her to get back to feeling more like herself, just maybe not as wild this time! Of course her friends wasn’t going to let her suffer alone.
Carly’s trip to LA was an experience. I love how all the girls had her back. The fun they had together was great. I really cannot wait for holidays again with my girls. It really is a funny book, filled with lots of laugh out moments, which is exactly what I needed right now in lockdown. There was also heartache, and I really felt for them all but the bond the girls shared was very special. I was glad to read even with the heartache Carly was still hilarious!
Sam was the best friend/ex you could ever want, with that dream house in LA. I really want to go to LA and even more so after reading this book.
Mark still had something about him and I felt sad for him at the beginning. I was still torn as much as the first book with who I liked more out of Carly’s lovers! LOL.
I absolutely love the writing style and the characters Shari creates. Also, Aunt Val deserves a massive shout out as she was just brilliant and a ray of sunshine. On the opposite scale we have Estelle well wasn’t she a piece of work!
Each chapter kept me wanting more. I literally did not want this to end, equally though I wanted to know if Carly got her happy-ever-after.
If you haven’t read What If? I highly recommend it, just because it’s great. Even though this book explains everything that happened in the first book, the first book was just as fabulous and funny as the ladies were a lot younger and finding their way in life.
Romance, heartache, friendships, forever love and trips to New York and LA. What is not to love?!
Here’s to us all living our best lives, with our soulmates 😊
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.
When Lexi Davies discovers that her father has sold the fishermen’s cottages she runs as holiday lets and where she also lives, she is heartbroken. Then, when Oliver Whimsy arrives at the boardwalk and announces that he is the new owner, Lexi realises that the future she was looking forward to enjoying at her cottages is over.
Oliver might be handsome, wealthy and very sexy, but he’s new to the island and has already made a terrible impression on the locals. When he offers Lexi a job, she’s unsure whether she should accept. Unfortunately, she has little alternative if she wants a roof over her head for the winter.
As Lexi gets to know Oliver better, she discovers there’s far more to Oliver Whimsy than she or anyone else had imagined. Just what is the heartache Oliver’s trying so desperately to hide and why was he so determined to buy the cottages? Lexi wants to find out, but in order to do so she’s going to have to spend time with him…
This really was a sweet book, based on friendships, family and romance. A great book to curl up with and escape these cold evenings and what’s going on in the world.
Strong, kind, lovely independent Lexi, who was having family issues after her dad sold her beloved cottages. Making her lose her job and her home. I really liked her and felt for her straight away, she was a lot calmer in situations where I would have been raging! I also liked how she had her own mind and wasn’t afraid to say what she thought.
Lucky Lexi had the most wonderful friends, Sacha, Bella and Jools. Always having fun, with their café meetings, little parties and walks along the beach together. As well as fun, they were always there for Lexi. I love how angry they were on her behalf for situations relating to her dad and his new girlfriend Gloria. I thought Gloria was evil!! Not all us step mums are like her! Without any spoilers she was next level!
Oliver – handsome, generous and caring. I thought people were too quick to judge him. I haven’t read the previous book to know too much about him, but I thought he deserved a chance and was glad Lexi had no other option but to give him one.
The seaside setting was beautiful, I’ve never been to Jersey before – it sounds idyllic. I say this every time I read a book by the seaside, but I really would love to live by the sea. This book had all the beautiful feels of the seaside. There was a warm community spirit here, that made you want to jump in the book and join in the winter fun.
I’m looking forward to the next book in the series Spring Siren which is based on Lexi’s friend Jools. Which I hope also gives us an update on Lexi and her life, as I feel I need to know more about how things were left. I have questions that need answers!! 🙂
Author Bio – Georgina Troy is a pseudonym of author Deborah Carr, USA TODAY bestselling author of The Poppy Field, Broken Faces and the Mrs Boots series.
She was a finalist in the Contemporary Romance Category of the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards 2016 (RoNAs) with A Jersey Kiss, book 1 in her Jersey Scene series.
Georgina lives on the island of Jersey with her husband and three rescue dogs and is 1/3 of The Blonde Plotters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.”
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.
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…”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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).
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I love cover reveals and am very excited to be part of this wonderful cover reveal. The cover draws you in with its dreamy, beautiful setting. Cockleberry Bay is definitely somewhere I would love to escape to. Christmas books are my favourite and I cannot wait to read this. The story sounds great. Check our my details below, including the publication date and pre order links.
Meet old and new characters in the Bay for Christmas fun and frolics.
With both the Corner Shop and Cockleberry Café in safe hands, Rosa turns her attention to Ned’s Gift, the charity set up in memory of the great-grandfather whose legacy turned her life around.
Over at the Ship Hotel, Lucas has his work cut out with his devious new girlfriend and the mystery poisoning of an anonymous hotel inspector. Will the hotel still get its 3-star Seaside Rosette?
Will Mary find true love at last? Can Titch cope with the demands of the shop and being heavily pregnant. And can Rosa, with a baby of her own, pull off the Cockleberry Bay Charity Christmas Concert in time?
Christmas in Cockleberry Bay is a festive delight for fans of Rosa and her cheeky mini dachshund Hot, delivering a feast of unpredictable events and surprises.
Nicola May is a rom-com superstar. She is the author of eleven romantic comedies, all of which have appeared in the Kindle bestseller charts. Two of them won awards at the Festival of Romance, and another was named ebook of the week in The Sun. The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay became the best-selling Kindle book in the UK, across all genres, in January 2019, and was Amazon’s third-bestselling novel in that year.
She lives near Ascot racecourse with her black-and-white rescue cat, Stan.