Saturday, 16 February 2019

Blog Tour - Only When It's Love

Publication date 7th February 2019
About the book
Alex’s love life is a disaster. Will accepting a crazy seven-step dating challenge lead to more heartbreak or help her find Mr Right?

Alex is tired of getting ghosted. After years of disastrous hook-ups and relationships that lead to the bedroom but nowhere else, Alex is convinced she’s destined to be eternally single. Then her newly married friend Stacey recommends what worked for her: a self-help book that guarantees Alex will find true love in just seven steps. Sounds simple, right?

Except Alex soon discovers that each step is more difficult than the last, and one of the rules involves dating, but not sleeping with a guy for six months. Absolutely no intimate contact whatsoever. Zero. Nada. Rien. A big challenge for Alex, who has never been one to hold back from jumping straight into the sack, hoping it will help a man fall for her.

Will any guys be willing to wait? Will Alex find her Mr Right? And if she does, will she be strong enough to resist temptation and hold out for true love?

Join Alex on her roller coaster romantic journey as she tries to cope with the emotional and physical ups and downs of dating whilst following a lengthy list of rigid rules.

Only When It’s Love is a standalone, fun, feel-good, romantic comedy by British author Olivia Spring, about self-acceptance, determination, love and the challenge of finding the one.   

My Review
As soon as I seen that beautiful cover I knew I needed to read this. This is my first read from Olivia Spring and I am very excited to read more from her as I absolutely love her style of writing.  
Only When Its Love is very modern and fresh and it is packed with so many funny scenes. I was smiling so many times.  I loved the character Alex, I think so many people will be able to relate to her, she is unlucky in love and just can't find that special one who wants to stick with her. Honestly throughout reading this I was just keeping my fingers crossed that Alex would meet the one and be able to feel wanted and happy and be able to enjoy her life with someone. This was a book I sure didn't want to end and would love a follow up book. 

A delightful, fun and exciting read! 

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Blog Tour - Coming Home to Holly Close farm

About the book
Charlie Maddison loves being an architect in London, but when she finds out her boyfriend, Dominic, is actually married, she runs back to the beautiful countryside of Westenbury and her parents. 

Charlie’s sister Daisy, a landscape gardener, is also back home in desperate need of company and some fun. Their great-grandmother, Madge – now in her early nineties - reveals she has a house, Holly Close Farm, mysteriously abandoned over sixty years ago, and persuades the girls to project manage its renovation. 

As work gets underway, the sisters start uncovering their family’s history, and the dark secrets that are hidden at the Farm.

A heart-breaking tale of wartime romance, jealousy and betrayal slowly emerges, but with a moral at its end: true love can withstand any obstacle, and, before long, Charlie dares to believe in love again too… 

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About the author
Julie Houston is the author of THE ONE SAVING GRACE, GOODNESS, GRACE AND ME and LOOKING FOR LUCY, a Kindle top 100 general bestseller and a Kindle #1 bestseller. She is married, with two teenage children and a mad cockerpoo and, like her heroine, lives in a West Yorkshire village. She is also a teacher and a magistrate.

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We’re going to have a full house,’ Mum said more cheerfully than she obviously felt as she manoeuvred the last of the five bin bags into the battered Volvo’s boot.
‘Oh? Who else is staying?’
‘Well, Vivienne appears to have taken root in the spare bedroom, and Daisy’s home as well.’
‘Granny Vivienne? And Daisy?’ I perked up a bit. ‘How come? Is she just home for the weekend?’
‘Don’t think so. She says she’s had enough of being a trolley dolly and is going to use her degree for what it was meant for.’
‘Which is? Mum, be careful, you nearly knocked that man down.’ I had to grasp the dashboard as she braked sharply. My years living in London obviously hadn’t improved my mother’s driving ability.
‘Sorry, darling, forgot my glasses. Blind as a bat without them. Well, obviously her degree in landscape architecture means she can be a landscape architect. After three years of travelling, working in bars all round the world and now with this job as an air hostess out of Liverpool suddenly coming to an end, she’s decided enough is enough and she wants to have a proper job.’
‘Right.’ I couldn’t see my younger sister settling down to anything, particularly back home in Midhope, where there wasn’t a huge amount of opportunity for setting up a new business in landscape architecture, especially when the only real work experience she’d had, apart from on the flights, was working on a sheep farm in New Zealand and pulling pints in Australia.
I could sense Mum glancing in my direction as I stared through the windscreen, scowling into the night as I bit my nails, a habit I thought I’d overcome.
‘So, are you going to tell me what’s happened? I’m assuming, with all those bags with you, you’ve decided to give London a rest for a while?’
‘I love London, Mum. I love my job.’ I could feel the traitorous tears begin to gather once more. ‘Loved it…’ I trailed off, my voice wobbling as I slid down into the seat in an attempt to get warm. ‘God, I’d forgotten how bloody cold it is up here.’
‘Where’s your coat? It is November, you know.’
Hell, where was my lovely sheepskin coat? Not in the black bags, I was certain. A sudden vision of it hanging on its usual peg in my office swam before my eyes. Well, that was obviously gone. I couldn’t see anyone bothering to parcel it up and send it on to me. Good job I always carried my phone and laptop in the Tardis with me. I gave its voluminous contents on my knee a reassuring pat.
‘So, I’ve got both my daughters home for a while, have I?’ Mum stopped at a red light and turned once more in my direction.
‘Is that OK? I mean, you’ll enjoy having us both to feed and fuss over, won’t you? Look how much you missed us when we went off to uni.’
Mum laughed. ‘One very quickly gets used to having a tidy house and not having to feed and fuss over one’s kids. It’s quite blissful not having to think about what to have for supper. Dad and I can have a glass of wine and just saunter down to the village for a “two for £13 meal deal” at the Jolly Sailor. Quite liberating really.’
‘Oh, so you’re not happy about having us back then?’ I felt the tears that had been threatening all evening start once more. Rejected now by my own mother as well as that bastard Dominic.
‘Oh dear, something has happened, hasn’t it?’ Mum set off at speed once the lights turned to her advantage, totally oblivious of the woman in the Evoque to her left, mouthing some obscenity as Mum cut her up. ‘So, Dominic? I assume he’s got another woman – or even another man, what with all this gender fluidity – and as he’s your boss that means you’re out of a job as well?’
‘He’s married, Mum.’
‘Doesn’t surprise me, darling.’ Mum gave my arm a little squeeze of sympathy.
‘I thought you liked him?’ I turned and stared at her.
‘We only met him once, Charlie,’ Mum protested. ‘And yes, Dad and I both liked him enormously… but…’

Friday, 8 February 2019

Blog Tour - From Mum With Love

Publication date 5th February 2019

About the book
Full-time mum Jess has had enough, and her husband, Chris, has just the solution to vent her frustrations – a blog.
Jess loves her daughter more than anything, but sometimes she just wants a little bit of freedom – some time for herself. Queue a laptop, a glass of wine and the beginning of a life-changing journey.
Overnight Jess's inbox is full of notifications and before long she is officially a 'mummy blogger' but this new life comes with its own set of rules and regulations. With Queen of the Bloggers, Tiggy, blanking her in public, people recognizing her on the street and her life decisions suddenly judged by strangers Jess's idea of 'me time' is slowly becoming a full-time job.
Will Jess be able to find the right life/work balance? Or will she wish she'd never turned to a world online?

About the Author
Louise's blog, Mum of Boys and Mabel has over 100k followers. Having moved to Dubai with her family she's now back in the UK and is enjoying writing. From Mum with Love is her debut novel. 
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My Review 
Oh my goodness I can’t begin to tell you how much I absolutely loved this book. Its really fun and exciting and really relateable. The way the author has written this book is fantastic. I thought Jess’s blog was a really beautiful idea and I enjoyed reading her letters to her daughter. I am looking forward to reading more from Louise Emma Clarke.