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5 Star Review Carole Matthews The Cake Shop in the Garden

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Blurb

Fay Merryweather runs her cake shop from her beautiful garden. She whips up airy sponges and scrumptious scones, while her customers enjoy the lovely blossoms and gorgeous blooms. Looking after the cake shop, the garden and her cantankerous mother means Fay is always busy but she accepts her responsibilities because if she doesn’t do all this, who will? Then Danny Wilde walks into her life and makes Fay question every decision she’s ever made. When a sudden tragedy strikes, Fay’s entire world is thrown off balance even further and she doesn’t know which way to turn. Can Fay find the strength to make a life-changing decision – even if it means giving up the thing she loves the most? Life, love and family are about to collide in The Cake Shop in the Garden.

My Review 

This is a perfect summer holiday read or a perfect winter read when you are sat by the fire desperate for summer to come.

I really enjoyed the story-line and I felt the pace for this book was just perfect, if it was anymore fast paced I think you would of lost the heart and soul of the story. Fay Merryweather (what a fab name) is such a dear character and I just wanted to shout at her for being such a drip and a doormat and letting these people just walk straight over her. As for Danny Wilde I mean HELLO  😉 he defiantly is in the running of book boyfriend of 2015.Oh and  the twist well you won’t see it coming I didn’t

what more can I say apart from I Loved this book and I would love for there to be another book set here maybe Christmas at the cake shop in the Garden HINT HINT 🙂

5 of 5 stars 

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Blog Tour: Learn to Love again by Ellen Faith

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About The Book
Living in a small seaside village can have its perks, but after the death of her husband, Lillie Gilbert finds the people she grew up with turning against her faster than the tide rolls out.

As she grieves for the life they planned, the life they’ll never live, she leans on her best friend for support and tries to come to terms with the fact that one day, she may have to open up her heart to a new life and new love.

After losing her childhood sweetheart, can Lillie really learn to love again?

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About the Author 
Ellen lives in the wonderful county of Yorkshire, England where she spends most of her time baking, eating, baking, and eating. Occasionally she does leave the house to go to the cinema or do some food shopping though.
After spending years with an overactive imagination, she decided to put all the magic in her head to some good use and put finger to laptop where The Story of Us was born and became her debut novel. She loves to travel, her favourite destinations so far have all been in America, hence the love of all things, and all people, American. The food rocks pretty hard too, she ate until her jeans begged her to stop whilst she was there. True fact. Aside from daydreaming and eating, Ellen is a sucker for a lolcat, penguins and monkeys – she has never claimed to be normal. 
My Thoughts 
I found this an absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking read. The story tugged on my heart strings and I had me wishing I was there comforting Lillie
I would totally recommend this just make sure you have a box of tissues with you.
This is a perfect short read in between those big chunky books
I gave this Novella a 5 of 5 stars
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Review: Disclaimer by Renee Knight

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About the Book 

Finding a mysterious novel at her bedside plunges documentary filmmaker Catherine Ravenscroft into a living nightmare. Though ostensibly fiction, The Perfect Stranger recreates in vivid, unmistakable detail the terrible day Catherine became hostage to a dark secret, a secret that only one other person knew–and that person is dead.
Now that the past is catching up with her, Catherine’s world is falling apart. Her only hope is to confront what really happened on that awful day even if the shocking truth might destroy her.

My thoughts/review

Thank you to to the publisher and netgallery for approving me to review this book

As soon as I read the premise I knew I HAD to read this book.

I read this book literally just about in one sitting as it was a page turner with lots of twists and turns. I could feel the tension building the more I got through the book.

This has to be one of the darkish books  I have read in the long time and in fact gave me a nightmare the night after I finished it and a book which does that is a good book.

Why a 4 not 5 stars its because I have a few questions on the ending and it also felt rushed. But saying that I defiantly will be recommending this book to everyone

An amazing Debut for Renee Knight

And if I have still not sold it to you read the below – this is the quote from the proof cover

”This is a work of fiction.
Names and characters are the product of the author’s imagination and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. **

**Everything you have just read is a lie.”

4 of 5 stars

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REVIEW: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

NINA GEORGE

Blurb

There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies–I mean books–that were written for one person only…A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that’s how I sell books.”
Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.
After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.
Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure, “The Little Paris Bookshop” is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people’s lives. “From the Hardcover edition.

My Review 

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Net Gallery and of course Little, Brown Book Group UK

This is definitely not a novel to be rushed in the words of perdu himself if you would to do this you would defiantly give this novel a disservice.

This book takes you on an adventure with perdu who is a Parisian bookseller and owner of the  literary apothecary, his floating bookstore barge on the Seine. We go on a journey which takes you to the loves of his life through to the unbearable grief he has endured over the last 21 years. There are funny moments and very sad moments

I found this book  charming and awe-inspiring

4 of 5 stars

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5 star Review. The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance by Kirsty Greenwood

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Blurb

Jessica Beam is a girl who knows how to party. Only lately she’s been forgetting to turn up for work on time. Or in clean clothes. Down on her luck, out of a job and homeless, Jess seeks the help of her long-lost grandmother.

Things aren’t going well for Matilda Beam, either. Her 1950s Good Woman guide books are out of print, her mortgage repayments are staggering and her granddaughter wears neon Wonderbras.

When a lifeline from a London publisher arrives, the pair have an opportunity to secure the roof over their heads – by invigorating the Good Woman guides and transforming modern, rebellious Jess into a demure vintage lady.

The true test of their make-over will be to capture the heart of notorious London playboy Leo Frost and prove that Matilda’s guides still work. It’s going to take commitment, nerves of steel and one seriously pointy bra to pull this off . .

My Review 

Oh my god I absolutely LOVED this book so so so so much. To start with just look at that amazing cover, when it arrived in the post I could not stop looking at it.

This book (I know others have said this) was everything I wanted it to be and so much more. It had amazing lead characters & support characters. I especially loved Peach she is gem of a character

This novel is full of entertainment and lots and lots and of fun, it was a very easy lighthearted read and defiantly one to read with Jessica’s favorite tipple – pear cider.

Without sounding ,like other reviewers and bloggers  I just want to say this is a truly faultless read from start to finish.

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5 Star Review: The Day We Disappeared By Lucy Robinson

LUCY

Blurb

Annie has a secret. But if she’s not going to tell, we won’t either. It’s a heart-breaking secret she wishes she didn’t have – yet Annie isn’t broken, not quite yet. Especially now there’s someone out there who seems determined to fix her.

Kate has run away. But she’s not going to tell us why – that would defeat the point of running, wouldn’t it? It’s proving difficult to reinvent herself, however, with one person always on her mind.

Scratch beneath the surface and nobody is really who they seem. Even Annie and Kate, two old friends, aren’t entirely sure who they are any more. Perhaps you can work it out, before their pasts catch up with them for good.

Review

This was my first novel I have read  by Lucy Robinson  and  OMG WOW what a Novel  It one of those books where you finish it last week and its still on your mind 7 days later.

The Story is splendidly  told and very well written. I really enjoyed that each chapter was set in alternative chapters between Kate and Annie with little cliff hangers at the end of each chapter which forced you to keep going to get more information and try to piece the jigsaw together.

The twist in the story totally blew me away I did not see it coming and still thinking about it now. So VERY clever.

This was a gripping and a very exciting read.

5 of 5 stars