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REVIEW: Beneath The Moon and The Stars by Amelia Thorne

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Blurb

Home, sweet home…

Joy Cartier has been to some of the most beautiful places in the world – but none of them have ever felt like home. So moving into a tiny cottage in the idyllic village of Bramble Hill, walking distance from her childhood home, seems like the perfect plan.

That is, until she gets there. The surly inhabitants of Britain’s Friendliest Village are anything but welcoming. Even her neighbour, reclusive Hollywood star Finn Mackenzie, takes one look at her and walks in the other direction.

But when the village animosity steps up a gear, it is the infuriatingly brooding Finn who keeps coming to her rescue. Slowly Joy begins to realise that maybe a happy home isn’t about where you live, but who you’re with

My Review 

Wow what a wonderfully fantastic, fabulous, beautiful, amazing  debut novel from Amelia Thorne I have to say it totally swept me away. I heard so many good things about it and I am glad I purchased to see what the fuss was about.

The novel has everything Mystery, romance, crime and much more, the story never had a dull moment and kept you on your toes throughout. The tension and spark between Joy and Finn was just electric. There is plenty of secrets to found from both Finn and Joy.

I am really looking forward to more like this from Thorne.

5 of 5 stars

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Review: The Oyster Catcher by Jo Thomas

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Blurb: 

Fiona Clutterbuck thinks she’s got it all when she finally becomes Mrs Brian Goodchild, marrying weeks before her 30th birthday. But when he abandons her at the altar, she does the only thing she knows how to do, run away. Crashing the honeymoon camper van, she finds herself in the middle of nowhere on the west coast of Ireland with only the clothes she’s stood up in. So, if she’s not Mrs Brian Goodchild anymore, who is she? One thing she does know, she can’t go home. What Fi wants is to hide away, and where better? She takes a job on an oyster farm despite being terrified of water and her new boss, the wild and unpredictable Sean Thornton and his oyster broker partner Nancy Dubois. There, she battles oyster pirates, pearl queens and circling sharks before finally coming out of her shell and finding love amongst the oyster beds of Galway Bay.

My Review 

What a fantastic novel from Jo Thomas. The Oyster Catcher catches the atmospheric feel of Ireland. From page 1 the book had me hooked Jo has a wonderful writing style which just allows you to read the book with such ease and in fact I finished in just under 24 hours if time allowed I could of read in one sitting.

The only thing I wasn’t sure on was the scenes with the locals I personally found them irritating and just wanted wanted to get back to being with Fi and Sean at the Oyster farm and the Oyster beds of Galway bay.

Lots of twists and turns along the way and a couple of huge surprises,  go ahead and treat yourself for a rainy afternoon read with a cuppa I would love to tell you more go ahead and and get it and see for yourself

4 of 5 stars

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Review: Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake by Sue Watson

Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake

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For Tamsin Angel, Christmas is always the biggest and best… chic parties and a little showbiz sparkle are a must. This year though, things aren’t going quite as planned…

With bailiffs suddenly at the door and her husband nowhere to be found, it looks like Christmas just got downsized. Moving into her sister’s one-bedroom flat, she wonders whether things will ever be the same again.

After losing her husband on Christmas Eve, Sam Angel has rebuilt her life around her son Jacob and her new business – The White Angel Bakery. She’s also found herself a very handsome, loving boyfriend, but is struggling to let go of the past.

Thrown together with a sprinkle of Christmas magic, Sam and Tamsin might just learn a little more about each other – and themselves. But when disaster strikes at the bakery, will they be able to save the day in time for Christmas

My Review

Firstly I would like to thank Bookouture and Net Gallery for sending me a copy for an honest review

It took me two or three chapters to get into this story but once I did I really enjoyed it.

I loved the two part narrative with each chapter focusing on one sister and the next chapter the other sister. This story is about becoming to terms with your past for you to beable to move forward with your future. The story moved forward at the right pace and was very thought provoking

I found myself laughing out loud at the 3 or 4 cheeky scenes which didn’t always run smoothly 🙂

Sue Watson creates very likable characters and I would love to see a second book to this to see where the characters end up.

5 of 5 stars

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REVIEW: The Seafront Tea Rooms by Vanessa Greene

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Blurb

The Seafront Tea Rooms is a peaceful hideaway, away from the bustle of the seaside, and in this quiet place a group of women find exactly what they’ve been searching for.

Charismatic journalist Charlotte is on a mission to scope out Britain’s best tea rooms. She knows she’s found something special in the Seafront Tea Rooms but is it a secret she should share? Kathryn, a single mother whose only sanctuary is the ‘Seafront’, convinces Charlie to keep the place out of her article by agreeing to join her on her search. Together with another regular, Seraphine, a culture-shocked French au pair with a passion for pastry-making, they travel around the country discovering quaint hideaways and hidden gems. But what none of them expect is for their journey to surprise them with discoveries of a different kind.

My Review

Ever since I put down The Vintage Tea Cup Club I have longed for another book from Vanessa Greene and was so excited to read this and was not disappointed, this was as good as The Vintage Tea Cup Club

I loved the way the book starts introducing us at a steady pace to all the main characters Charlie, Kat and Seraphine  and at the end of each introduction there is a cliffhanger which makes you want to carry on to find out more.

This book follows brand  new friendships made between Charlie, Kat and Seraphine who come together in The Seafront Tea Rooms in Scarborough. Each woman is going through their own problems so as they friendship blossoms they become each others support.

I loved the visits to the other tearooms Vanessa puts so much detail which makes you feel as though you are there trying the tea and cakes.

This book was such cosy  feel good read with loads of twists and turns some of which I just did not see coming and has left me with a huge book hangover

5 of 5 stars

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REVIEW: Vivien’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop by Abby Clements

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Blurb

When Imogen and Anna unexpectedly inherit their grandmother Vivien’s ice cream parlour, it turns both their lives upside down. The Brighton shop is a seafront institution, but though it’s big on retro charm it’s critically low on customers. If the sisters don’t turn things around quickly, their grandmother’s legacy will disappear forever.

With summer fast approaching, Imogen and Anna devise a plan. Rather than sell up, they will train up, and make the parlour the newest destination on the South Coast foodie map.

While Imogen watches the shop and conjures new marketing ideas, her sister flies to Italy to attend a gourmet ice cream-making course. But can their best-laid plans survive their warring family, tempestuous love lives – and the great British Weather? One thing is for certain – this summer will be like no other

My Review

I absolutely love reading this from the very first page I was drawn into the Story. I finished this book within 24 hours.

Anna’s trip to Florence made me feel like I had been transported back there ( I have been twice) the descriptions were just beautiful not just of Florence but of the ice creams too and made me just want to eat them all.

The book isn’t just about ice cream there is plenty of romance too.

This book would be an ideal holiday read while you are on the beach devouring your ice cream.

A must read and the cover is fabulous too

5 of 5 stars

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Christmas Book Suggestions Part 1: Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan

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Over the next few weeks I am going to be give you a few book suggestions for your TBR list.

First Up

Christmas at the Cup Cake Cafe By Jenny Colgan

If you have not already you must read Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe before reading the Christmas book.

Like the first book there was plenty of Recipes within the story which makes for s special book

Blurb 

Issy Randall, proud owner of The Cupcake Cafe, is in love and couldn’t be happier. Her new business is thriving and she is surrounded by close friends, even if her cupcake colleagues Pearl and Caroline don’t seem quite as upbeat about the upcoming season of snow and merriment. But when her boyfriend Austin is scouted for a possible move to New York, Issy is forced to face up to the prospect of a long-distance romance. And when the Christmas rush at the cafe – with its increased demand for her delectable creations – begins to take its toll, Issy has to decide what she holds most dear.

This December, Issy will have to rely on all her reserves of courage, good nature and cinnamon, to make sure everyone has a merry Christmas, one way or another …………..

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REVIEW: The French for Christmas by Fiona Valpy

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Evie used to LOVE Christmas, but this year she can’t wait for the tinsel and presents to be a distant memory.

When her best friends offer the use of their cottage in the beautiful French countryside, Evie jumps at the chance. With her soon-to-be-ex-husband, celebrity chef Will Brooke, plastered over the news with his latest ‘love interest’, leaving the country seems like the perfect plan.

Armed with her French grandmother’s tattered notebook of recipes, Evie is determined to ignore Christmas altogether and bake herself back to happiness.

And when Evie meets her next-door neighbour – the très gorgeous doctor Didier she finds a very willing taste-tester. But is it possible that he could be interested in more than just her Tarte Tatin?

With snow falling, a special Réveillon dinner and a little Christmas magic in the air, could Didier even be the one to thaw Evie’s heart? Or will a visit from the ghost of Christmas past change everthing

My Review 

I would like to start by saying thank you to Net Galley and Bookouture for this  copy for an honest review

Fiona defiantly tackles some very difficult issues  which normally gets swept under the carpet and these issues are defiantly a key theme which runs through out the book but Fiona writes this into the book with lots of care.

I read this book within 24 hours I just could not put in down it had everything a good story, good food, and fantastic characters including a pig, owl robin and horses who make an appearance throughout the story and not forgetting the very good looking Doctor Didier who oosed sex appeal .

I cried and laughed with Evie who was the most fantastic main character

A magical Christmas story a must to be put on your tbr list

5 of 5 stars 5 stars

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5 STAR REVIEW A Christmas to Remember by Jenny Hale

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Blurb

Carrie Blake loves her job as a nanny but, while her friends are settling down, all of Carrie’s spare time is spent with other people’s families. Though it breaks her heart, her New Year’s resolution is to embark on a new career and fix her love life.
As Carrie starts her last job, she’s sure she’ll be going out on a high – the house is amazing , the kids are adorable, and she’s in charge of decorating the tree!

The only problem could be her boss… single-dad Adam Fletcher might be both handsome and successful, but he’s always working. Doesn’t he realise he’s missing out on precious moments with his son and daughter?

As Adam’s family arrive for Christmas including his sensitive sister, Sharon, and his fun-loving elderly Grandpa, Walter, Carrie realises that she might just have found the perfect allies in her quest to persuade Adam to loosen up. There’s still time for Carrie to make this the best Christmas ever… after all, Christmas is the time for miracles, isn’t it? Let the festivities begin!

My Review 

Thank you Netgalley and Bookouture for sending me a copy for an honest review

This book was a truly fantastic cosy Christmas read, it has it all Romance, tackles life’s difficult issues, hot chocolate and beer what more do you need from a Christmas book.

Jenny’s descriptions of all the characters felt like you were living the story with them, and hell yeah would I LOVE to be in Carries shoes Adam is so hot and sexy.

Go and get your steaming mugs of Hot chocolate sit by the fire in your onesie and read this amazing book and I promise, you will be in the Christmas spirit when you have finished

5 of 5 stars and I love the cover too

5 stars

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Review: The Summer Guest By Emma Hannigan

 

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Blurb

Lexie and her husband Sam have spent years lovingly restoring No. 3 Cashel Square to its former glory. So imagine Lexie’s delight when a stranger knocks on the door, asking to see the house she was born in over sixty years ago.

Kathleen is visiting from America, longing to see her childhood home… and longing for distraction from the grief of losing her husband.

And as Lexie and Sam battle over whether or not to have a baby and Kathleen struggles with her loss, the two women realise their unexpected friendship will touch them in ways neither could have imagined.

In Caracove, there’s more than a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow

My Review 

I will be very honest I have never read any of Emma Hannigan Books it was by chance I spotted it on the best sellers shelf at my local library and thought firstly what an amazing cover and then I read the blurb and thought it sounded an amazing read. I certainly was not disappointed it was a very an outstanding read it was heart warming and dealt with quite a few serious life issues.

I partiucally loved Kathleen and would love her to be my surrogate grandma and Lexie’s mum I could  of just of grabbed her from the pages of the book and punched her.

Emma certainly creates such a cosy read which has a twisting story line with one hell of an ending

5 of 5 stars

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Review: You’re the one that I want by Giovanna Fletcher

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Blurb:

Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end of the aisle is Rob – the man she’s about to marry. Next to Rob is Ben – best man and the best friend any two people ever had. And that’s the problem. Because if it wasn’t Rob waiting for her at the altar, there’s a strong chance it would be Ben. Loyal and sensitive Ben has always kept his feelings to himself, but if he turned round and told Maddy she was making a mistake, would she listen? And would he be right? Best friends since childhood, Maddy, Ben and Rob thought their bond was unbreakable. But love changes everything. Maddy has a choice to make but will she choose wisely? Her heart, and the hearts of the two best men she knows, depend on it

My Review 

Well after the huge success of Billy and Me I have been so excited to get to this book on my TBR pile.I prayed that this would be as good as the first and I certainly was not disappointed.

I really enjoyed this book cover to cover there was so much emotion within the pages. I loved how the story took you through from their childhood right thought to the present day which allowed you the reader to understand the relationship between Ben, Maddy and Robert. what was heartwarming about this novel was the friendship between the 3 main characters and their love for each other.

I am pleased to say I have no negative comments about this novel and for the record I am team ben #justsayin

5 of 5 stars