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Cover Reveal – Christmas in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May

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.

Synopsis 

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.

Publication Date – 4th December

Pre-order Links

Kindle – UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08JHJKLQF/

Kindle – .com – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08JHJKLQF/

Paperback  – http://eye-books.com/books/christmas-in-cocklberry-bay

Author Bio – 

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 SunThe 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.

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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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Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/JessicaRedlandWriter/

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

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

Bookbub – https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jessica-redland

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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 – 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 – 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: A Walk In Wildflower Park by Bella Osborne

Imagine you have found the one, with a year to go until the big day. Life is pretty good. Then our of the blue he dumps you.

Focusing on her career that is going well, Anna moves to a new house near her best friend Sophie. Not really looking for love she concentrates on herself….You then have not one, not two but three men all fighting for her affections. What a nightmare?! Said no girl ever!

This was another book from my mother in law. She never disappoints me 😊 It was absolutely fabulous!  Funny, heart-warming and romantic. Also, just the right amount of twists to keep you intrigued (no spoilers here) I also loved where some of the story was set (again no spoilers).

I loved Anna.  At first, she reminded me of me – she was a bit clumsy and a bit of a miss muddle. When she first met Hudson, it was hilarious I was proper laughing out loud but cringing for her at the same time. You could tell she had a hidden past and sadness about her. It made you warm to her even more and wish for her to find the one and be happy. Even though she seemed fairly content and happy at times, she really deserved more.

I loved Hudson. He was cool, calm and very appealing. I imagined him to be like Mr Big in Sex and the City.

I really did not like Connor from the offset.  There was something about him that I just didn’t couldn’t warm too. I felt he had nothing to offer Anna and I really wanted him out of the picture. I found him annoying and like a fly that just wouldn’t go away. There was a bit when I thought what was he playing at, why lie. It had me sending him evils through the pages. It all soon become clear.

As well as the story being focused around Anna, there was also her best friend Sophie. Sophie was going through a bit of a rough patch. I really enjoyed the easy-going friendship between Anna and Sophie. Also the support and love they showed each other. It really made me miss my best friend during lock down and wish I was just around the corner from her.

The location of the story felt and sounded amazing. Its described exactly like the front cover. Imagine a park on your doorstep that only the residents have access too. like a secret garden. Bliss!

I work an office (pre-lockdown) so really liked that some of the plot was based around the work place.I loved the competitiveness of both Hudson and Anna. You could tell as much as they both were against each other they had a soft spot for each other. The work politics is really like that in offices. The work trip… well both of them! How fun!  

Talking of lockdown. I am currently working from home (I know I have been very lucky) and as much as I miss the office environment and people. I am loving the work life balance. Being able to go for runs in the morning. Spending more time with my other half. Being able to sit outside at lunch and read, whilst getting some vitamin D. Having no traffic stress to contend with. Just blissful. I will go back to the office eventually but for now, home is where the heart is 😊 How is everyone else finding the work life balance?

I hope you are all coping OK and are ready to adapt to what will be the new norm.

Have a good Friday and a lovely sunny weekend.

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Book review: The First date by Zara Stoneley

I was lucky to be approved this from Netgalley and knew it be a book I would love by the blurb. I wasn’t wrong! I read it in 2 and a half days. It was amazing. Funny, full of warmth, chemistry and two brilliant characters it’s a must read.

Meet Rosie, who has recently split up from her childhood sweetheart. Strong minded yet clueless at dating she joins a dating website. However, her first date doesn’t go to plan, with him not turning up. But fate has other ideas for her. I absolutely loved Rosie, I loved how she knew what she wanted and spoke her mind at all times. Having a tough up brining she clearly had a lot going on emotionally and just wanted to be part of a strong, trusting relationship.

Now meet serial dater Noah, full of confidence, funny and only after fun. Turns up at the right time, but clearly definitely the wrong guy for Rosie! Can he help Rosie with getting her dating skills up to scratch to get her the man she wants from her list? If I was single, Noah is the sort of man I would want to meet LOL! What a guy!! I love how he brought out the best of Rosie and really cared for her, whilst helping her to get dates.

Overall I loved the story it was sweet, exciting and full of many laugh out loud moments. I need to read more by Zara now. I’m a sucker for boy meets girl stories and will never get bored of them no matter how many times I’ve read them. Who else loves these?

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Book review: Very Nearly Normal by Hannah Sunderland

Firstly, I must thank my lovely friend @the.tattooed.reader for telling me how amazing this book was. Her review was fab. I was then lucky enough to be approved on @netgalley  Thank you!

Wow what a book. I absolutely loved it. It had everything you could want in a story and more. I was gripped from the first page. The emotion was up there with the best I’ve read in a long time. It made you really get to know the characters and feel what they were going through. The romance was lovely too. I do love it when there is a will, they won’t they plot. I also loved the twist. It come out of nowhere which was great.

All the characters were so heart-warming. I really enjoyed getting to know all of them. My favourite had to be Effie. Just a normal woman struggling with her mental health. Living with her parents, drinking wine every night for comfort. Apart from her job which she loves, working in a book shop. She really needed something to change.
Fate then brings Theo into her life. Could he be her chance at happiness? Or is the secret he is hiding too big.

Completely heart-breaking this is a must read. I loved the message from this book ‘keep going, even when you feel like its all too much. You really do not know, what’s around the corner’.

Make a list of your dreams, wishes too! Because who doesn’t like ticking things off. I know this book will stick in my mind for a long time. I have already wrote my list to tick off. Who else reads a book and it changes them? or how they see life?

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Book Review : Burned Alive by Souad

I give this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

There are not many books I can say I’ve read in less than 40 hours, but this is one of them. It was so intense, I was captivated from start to finish.

This is a story of a young Palestinian women who was brought up in the West Bank. She describes the most awful treatment she received growing up, including being a slave for her family from a very young age. Souad then goes onto tell the punishment she was

given for falling in love and how she is still alive today.

I never really read nonfiction not because I don’t enjoy it just because I wouldn’t know where to start. So, when I was given this true story to read I moved it to the top of my TBR pile. I can honestly say it’s the most powerful, moving, emotional book I have ever read. I was left feeling all kinds of emotions, sad, angry, shocked and heartbroken.

This is a book that will stick with me forever and keep me going over and over of how Souad suffered and the unfairness of it.

To know honour killings goes on in our world has deeply saddened and shocked me. Thank you for letting me open my eyes and heart to something I knew little about.

I’m glad Souad has been able to tell her story, as painful as it must have been. What a courageous, brave, strong women.

Not to forget what an amazing and remarkable women Jacqueline is.