Friday, 29 March 2019

Blog Tour - No-one Ever Has Sex at a Wedding

Publication date 29th March 2019
About the book
In Katy’s opinion, weddings should follow some basic rules:

1) No-one should ever have sex. Of course. The married couple has the rest of their lives for that, and the guests should be too busy partying.

2) If you are heavily pregnant (as Katy is) you should obviously not be invited to three weddings in the space of one summer. Your husband’s accident-prone best friend, your attention-seeking colleague, your 73-year-old mother’s marriage to her Spanish toy boy – all without even an alcoholic drink to make them bearable.

3) During the speeches, it should not be revealed that you had a secret one-night-stand with one of the other guests.

4) Instead of laying bets on the length of the best man’s speech, guests should not be laying bets on whether a marriage will be in ruins before the end of the meal…

But this summer, Katy is lucky enough to be the special guest at the weddings that break ALL of the rules. What could possibly go wrong? 

From the no. 1 bestselling author of No-one Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday, this book will make you laugh until you cry. Perfect for fans of Nick Spalding, Marian Keyes and Gill Sims.

No-one makes readers laugh like Tracy Bloom!

My Review
This is another absolutely fantastic book from Tracy Bloom. From the minute you pick up this book you cannot put it down, its full of so many twists and turns, and bombshells you have got to keep reading to find out what happens next. Honestly ive never giggled so much at a book before it is hilariously good. A really brilliant bunch of characters you can’t help but love them all. 

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Blog Tour - The Summer of Chasing Dreams

Publication date 29th March 2019
About the book
The stunning new story from the bestselling author of The Cottage on Sunshine Beach. A joyously romantic, feel-good summer read. Eva Blue is about to go on a trip of a lifetime, but one adventure she didn't count on was falling in love...
Eva is quite content with her life in London. In her job as a cover designer, she works at home, and often in her cosy pyjamas. She's happy to stay in her safe little world and not explore much outside of it.
She is the opposite of her mum, a free spirit who craved finding adventure and thrills in all corners of the world. But on the day her mum’s will is finalised, Eva finds a list of all the dreams her mum wanted to achieve in her life. Things she never did because she fell pregnant with Eva.
Eva decides these dreams will not go unfulfilled - she is going to be brave and complete them for her mum. As Eva has no experience travelling the world, she hires a guide to go with her on this holiday.
Gorgeous but rude Thor Anderson is not the person she would choose to accompany her on this journey, but somehow she gets stuck with him. As they discover the world together Eva starts to think he might not be as bad as she first thought. She is swept away by Thor's kindness and mischievous sense of humour. But will it be a simple holiday romance or could this wonderful adventure lead to so much more?
Discover an unforgettable romance this summer. If you enjoy reading Sarah Morgan, Miranda Dickinson and Jill Mansell, this book is for you.
My Review
Holly is one of my favourite authors, if your ever stuck in a reading rut her books are the perfect reads go make you fall in love with reading again.

So I was absolutely delighted to get stuck into reading her latest novel and it was absolutely fantastic. It is definitely her best book to date and the best book I have read this year!

Eva Blue is a character you cant help but love. Her story is really exciting and I was hooked and found myself finishing this the day I started reading it. Its that good!

Oh and Thor.. oh boy isn't he a hunk! After not a great first meeting of him it is not long before you find yourself falling in love with him!

I absolutely loved the journey around the world and I just felt like I was there. The way Holly has described the destinations I really felt I was there experiencing them. They sounded absolutely stunning!

Another absolutely outstanding read from Holly! You've made me smile from start to finish!

Blog Tour - The House at Greenacres

Publication date 25th March 2019
About the book
All roads lead home…
When Holly Dryden fled Penhallow Sands nearly a year ago she was determined to put the past – and Rich Turner – behind her. But now an unexpected loss and financial trouble has led her back to the family vineyard and it’s time to tell Rich the truth – he’s a father.
Surrounded by the memories of what they once shared Holly’s anger fades in the glow of Rich’s undeniable love for their son and the way he selflessly steps in to help the vineyard out of trouble. As Holly watches Rich flourish in his new role as father to baby Luke, she realises that though they can’t change the past, the future is still theirs to write…
An uplifting, emotional romance set in Cornwall perfect for fans of Holly Martin and Phillipa Ashley.

About the Author
Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.
Twitter: @DarcieBoleyn

My Review
As Darcie Boleyn is my favourite author ever I was so excited to read her latest novel and my goodness just when I think she has written her best book yet she comes back with another bestseller! 
The opening chapter had me hooked, I was trying to work out the story and what was going on and who was who and it didn't take long. There is a whole handful of characters in this book and I adored every single one they were all lovely and I would love to know them all but the main character Holly she had to be my favourite. She has been hurt in the past and has been through a hell of a lot most on her own so I just really felt for her. Its so nice to see her returned to the family home and business and see her slot back in as if she had never been away. Baby Luke is such a wee cutie too! Of course it wouldn't be a Darcie Boleyn book without a dog and the wee pup in this is so lovable. You know this whole book has just captured my heart and I have loved every single page. Such a beautiful story!

Extract from The House at Greenarces
‘Here we go …’
Holly Dryden took a deep breath, then placed her free hand on the heavy wooden door and pushed hard. It groaned loudly as it swung open, making her cringe, and the tiny bundle in her arms wriggled in protest at the noise.
‘It’s okay, Luke,’ she whispered, before kissing the downy head then pressing him tighter to her chest. She closed the door, keeping her eyes down, delaying the moment when she would have to look at the scene she’d had nightmares about.
But eventually she had to look …
The flames of votive candles flickered in their red glass holders on a rack to her right, under the shadow of a large iron cross. Tall, heavy candles burned in stone holders fixed to the windowsills that ran the length of the building, and the air was thick with their liquid wax scent. The old stone church was full, the congregation mid hymn. Every pew was occupied by mourners in a uniform of black coats, trousers and skirts.
She made her way along the aisle, avoiding eye contact and keeping her son close to her body, until she reached the front.
Then she froze.
Because there it was.
The coffin that held the body of her grandpa.
Her legs weakened and she stumbled forward, her cry swallowed up as the organ chimed the final notes of ‘How Great Thou Art’. All heads turned at once, and Holly felt the weight of every eye in the church upon her as she scanned the pews, hoping desperately for a space to squeeze into, however small. She felt lost, afraid and exposed, and the seconds that she stood there felt like hours.
A figure emerged from her left, tall and broad in his dark wool suit, and Holly’s throat closed up.
Dad …
He hurried towards her, wrapped a strong arm around her shoulders and led her towards the front pew.
‘I didn’t think you were going to make it,’ he whispered, his familiar features etched with concern.
‘I’m sorry. I got held up.’
A cough that travelled through the microphone at the altar and echoed around the church signalled that the service was about to begin. Bruce Dryden nodded his understanding at his daughter, then squeezed her hand. They’d have time to talk after the service, and she could explain then why she’d been late, why she’d almost missed the final farewell she’d ever get to say to her grandpa. Although of course she’d never really said farewell at all; she’d missed his last moments and the chance to say a proper goodbye.
‘Thank you so much for coming.’
The phrase was repeated over and over as Holly’s dad shook hand after hand, accepting condolences and nodding sombrely. Holly stood at his side, her arms around her baby son, her grandmother flanking her, smiling and nodding at people she knew and those she didn’t recognize, aware that her grandpa, Henry Morton, had been a well-respected man, and that some of the congregation would have travelled far to attend his funeral in the old stone church set on a Cornish hillside. Some of the faces that passed made her determination not to cry waver, especially when Rich Turner’s mother, Lucinda, paused in line and peered at little Luke. Holly knew that her ex-boyfriend’s mother would be wondering if there was a chance the baby was his, and that wasn’t a conversation she wanted to have at the moment. Thankfully Lucinda had offered a brief smile then moved on, but not before Holly had seen the burning question in her eyes.
Holly glanced at Granny Glenda, and the older woman squeezed her arm. Holly was full of admiration for Granny’s bravery, for how she’d kept her pointed chin raised high throughout the service, and for how she was, even now, the epitome of elegance and composure as she shook hands with those who had known her husband of sixty-six years.
Finally the church had emptied out and the only people remaining were Holly, her dad, her granny and the elderly vicar.
‘Thank goodness that’s over,’ Granny said, rubbing a shaky hand over her eyes.
‘Are you all right, Mrs Morton?’ the vicar asked.
‘Yes, I’m just tired.’
‘Can I get you anything?’
‘No thank you. I’d like to get this day over with.’ Granny pulled a lace-edged handkerchief from her sleeve and blew her nose, then tucked it away again. ‘We need to get my granddaughter and great-grandson home. I suspect the baby will need a feed before long.’
Holly nodded, although she’d fed Luke just before the service, which was one of the reasons why she’d been late. Arriving outside the church right before his next feed was due had been poor timing, part of a morning of poor timing, with the train from Exeter being delayed, then the taxi driver taking the country lanes from the station to the church at a frustrating crawl. She had hoped to go to Greenacres first to drop off her suitcase, but it would have meant missing the service altogether, so instead she’d tucked it behind a bush around the side of the church, along with Luke’s three-in-one pram with its detachable car seat. With it being such a quiet spot and a serious occasion, she hoped no one would think about taking her belongings, even if they did spot them. But then who would want a battered suitcase on wheels filled with her clothes – a lot of them maternity garments, since her body hadn’t exactly pinged back into shape – and a pram that wasn’t anywhere near top-of-the-range, as she’d been very careful with her money since leaving home?
‘Ready, Holly?’ Her dad slid an arm around her waist and pressed a kiss to the top of her head, just as he’d done since she was a little girl. It was such a caring gesture and she leant into him, glad to accept his comfort.
‘I guess so.’
‘Let’s say goodbye to Grandpa, and then we can get you home.’
Holly followed her family out into the spring sunshine, thinking that going home to Greenacres sounded like a very good idea indeed.

Friday, 22 March 2019

Blog Tour - The Magnificent Mrs. Mayhew

Publication date 7th March 2019
About the book
The brand new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Perfectly Imperfect Woman - a gorgeous read full of love, life and laughter.

Behind every successful man is a woman.
Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

Sophie Mayhew
looks like she has the perfect life. Wife of rising political star John F Mayhew, a man who is one step away from the top job in the government, her glamour matches his looks, power, breeding and money. But John has made some stupid mistakes along the way, some of which are threatening to emerge. Still, all this can still be swept under the carpet as long as Sophie 'the trophy' plays her part in front of the cameras.

But the words that come out of Sophie’s mouth one morning on the doorstep of their country house are not the words the spin doctors put in there.  Bursting out of the restrictive mould she has been in since birth, Sophie flees to a place that was special to her as a child, a small village on the coast where she intends to be alone.

But once there, she finds she becomes part of a community that warms her soul and makes her feel as if she is breathing properly for the first time. Sophie knows she won't be left in peace for long. Now she must decide: where does her real future lie?

My Review
As a huge fan of Milly's I was so excited to read this latest novel from her and oh boy is this her best yet!  This is sure to be a bestseller! 

Milly has a way of creating strong powerful character's that find their way to your heart and are so hard to forget after you finish reading her books. 

From the minute you pick this book up you will not be able to put it down, it is so addictive. Such a beautiful story that will leave you with a huge grin on your face.

I was so happy with the way this book ended! It really was a joy to read this. 

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Blog Tour - The Little Guest House of New Beginnings

Publication date 26th March 2019
About the book
The Sunshine Hideaway, with its big bay windows and stunning view of Sunflower Island’s golden beaches, is the only place Madison Skylar has ever truly thought of as home. Could returning to the island be the second chance she needs? 

When twenty-three-year-old Madison arrives at The Sunshine Hideaway, she discovers the beautiful little guesthouse is falling into disrepair. With the help of old friends Amy and Connor, Madison throws herself into creating a gorgeous wellness retreat, introducing yoga sessions, adventure walks and ice-cream sundaes with a delicious twist. But will it be enough to save her childhood home?

Handsome and mysterious Connor has lived on Sunflower Island his whole life. He works hard as a builder, with his faithful dog Jaws by his side, but something is missing and he dreams of bigger things. As Connor helps to revamp The Sunshine Hideaway, this could be his opportunity to tell the woman he’s secretly been in love with for years how he really feels…

As spontaneous and fun-loving Madison settles into life on the close-knit island, sparks fly between her and shy Connor as they clash on the reinvention of the guesthouse. Are the they too different to make things work or will Madison and Connor finally find true love this year?

An utterly perfect, feel-good romance about the power of friendship, the meaning of home and the joy of falling in love in the sunshine. Perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Milly Johnson and Debbie Macomber.

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About the Author
Donna Ashcroft was born in London and grew up in Buckinghamshire. She went to university in Lancashire and, among other things, worked as a copywriter, buyer, waitress, secretary and marketing manager.
Donna wrote novels for over ten years before being published. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and was a joint winner of the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017.

Donna loves a happy ending and is never happier than when she's escaping into a romance novel or movie. When she's not reading or writing she'll probably be found hoovering ... or negotiating with her teenagers about who is doing the washing up.

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My Review
I was so so excited to read this as it is right up my street and my goodness I was not disappointed,  There is a whole bunch of characters in this and it didn't take me long to familiarise myself with them all and know who was who and I loved them all. The little guesthouse sounded absolutely beautiful and I really would love to visit it sometime. This was a story I couldn't predict, I just didn't know how it would end. A beautiful hint of romance too. Delightful!

Monday, 18 March 2019

Cover Reveal - The Postcard

Today I am absolutely delighted to be part of the cover reveal for 'The Postcard by Zoe Folbigg.'
So here it is...

About the book
The sequel to the bestselling phenomenon The Note – based on the true story of one girl and her 'train man'...
A year after the kiss that brought them together in a snowy train-station doorway, Maya and James are embarking on another journey – this time around the world.
The trip starts promisingly, with an opulent and romantic Indian wedding. But as their travels continue, Maya fears that 'love at first sight' might not survive trains, planes and tuk tuks, especially when she realises that what she really wants is a baby. Trouble is, James doesn't feel the same.
Meanwhile Maya's best friend Nena is struggling with the reality of being a new parent, little knowing that her friend risks losing the love of her life over her dreams of motherhood.
Can Maya and James navigate their different hopes and dreams to stay together? Or is love at first sight just a myth after all...
Perfect for fans of Josie Silver and Marian Keyes, The Postcard continues the once-in-a-lifetime love story that readers so took to their hearts.

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About the author
Zoë Folbigg is a magazine journalist and digital editor, starting at Cosmopolitan in 2001 and since freelancing for titles including Glamour, Fabulous, Daily Mail, Healthy, LOOK, Top Santé, Mother & Baby, ELLE, Sunday Times Style, and In 2008 she had a weekly column in Fabulous magazine documenting her year-long round-the-world trip with ‘Train Man’ – a man she had met on her daily commute. She since married Train Man and lives in Hertfordshire with him and their two young sons.

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Blog Tour - New Starts and Cherry Tarts at the Cosy Kettle

Publication date 12th March 2019

About the book
Fans of Cathy Bramley, Debbie Johnson and Jenny Colgan will fall in love with the Cosy Kettle café, where slices of lemon meringue pie are served in the sun-dappled garden – and where Callie’s new beginning collides with an old flame…

After yet another failed romance, twenty-six-year-old Callie Fulbright is giving up on love. She’s determined to throw all her efforts into her very own, brand-new café: The Cosy Kettle. Serving hot tea, cherry tarts and a welcoming smile to the friendly locals proves to be the perfect distraction, and Callie feels a flush of pride at the fledging business she’s built.

But her new-found confidence is soon put to the test when her gorgeous ex reappears in the quaint little village. She’ll never forget the heartache Noah caused her years ago, but when they bump into each other on the cobbled streets of Honeyford she can’t help but feel a flutter in her chest…

As Callie and Noah share laughter and memories, she starts to wonder if this could be her second chance at happiness. But when Callie discovers that someone is mysteriously trying to ruin the café’s reputation… she has an awful suspicion that Noah knows who’s involved.

Was she wrong to ever trust him again? And can she find out who’s behind the lies and rumours, before it’s too late for the Cosy Kettle?

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About the Author
Liz began her writing career as a journalist and press officer before deciding that she’d rather have the freedom of making things up as a novelist. 

Being short-listed in the Corvus ‘Love at First Write’ competition and the Novelicious search for a new women's fiction star gave Liz the push she needed to keep putting pen to paper …. and ‘Annie’s Holiday by the Sea’ (her first published novel) is the result. 

Liz lives on the South Coast with her family and, when she’s not writing, likes to spend time walking by the sea, and trying to meditate. Her ambition is to be serene one day …. she’s still got a long way to go.

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My Review
Instantly I picked up this book when I seen that gorgeous cover, it is so pretty looking and really makes you want delve inside. The story itself is a real treat full of fabulous characters and stunning surroundings and delicious foods. I devoured this book and just couldn't put it down. I must say this is one of the best books I have read this year. I absolutely loved it. It is like a warm hug, it makes you feel so cosy and is sure to put a smile on your face.