5 Star Review Carole Matthews The Cake Shop in the Garden

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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 


REVIEW: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George



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


5 Star Review: The Day We Disappeared By Lucy Robinson



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.


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


Review The Grand Reopening of Dandelion Café Part 1 by Jenny Oliver

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When Annie White steps back onto Cherry Pie Island, it’s safe to say her newly inherited Dandelion Café has seen better days! And while her childhood home on the Thames-side island idyll is exactly the same retreat from the urban bustle of London she remembers, Annie’s not convinced that Owner of The Dandelion Cafe is a title she’ll be keeping for long. Not that she can bear the idea of letting her dedicated, if endearingly disorganized staff lose their jobs. Plus café life does also have the added bonus of working a stone’s throw away from millionaire Matt and his disarmingly charming smile!

One (shoestring budget) café makeover, a few delightful additions to the somewhat retro menu and a lot of cherry pie tastings later, The Dandelion Café is ready for its grand reopening! But once she’s brought the dilapidated old café back to life, Annie finds herself wishing her stay on the island was just a bit longer. She always intended to go back to the big city…but could island living finally have lured her back home for good?

My Review 

Thank you Carina UK and Net Galley for approving me to review this book

This was an absolutely scrumptious book, I really enjoyed every moment. It was a nice quick read and I actually read the most part of it while I was having my color done in the hair salon.

I loved how it was truly indulgent, comforting & super funny, I even started craving Cherry Pies ( I hate cherries by the way) All characters were likable and I really could relate to Annie. I also loved reading about her past and her relationship with her Dad

Its a nice book where you can just let it wash over you in between those more dense books.

Truly scrumptious

4 of 5 stars

Pre-order here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Grand-Reopening-Dandelion-Cherry-Island-ebook/dp/B00SBFVRIA/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427037959&sr=1-1

Published 27th March


REVIEW – Secrets of the Tower by Debbie Rix

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Two women, centuries apart, bound together by the secrets of one of the most iconic buildings ever created.

Pisa, 1999
Sam Campbell sits by her husband’s hospital bed. Far from home and her children, she must care for Michael who is recovering from a stroke. A man she loves deeply. A man who has been unfaithful to her.

Alone and in need of distraction, Sam decides to pick up Michael’s research into the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Immersing herself in the ancient city, she begins to piece together the mystery behind the creation of the tower, and discovers the woman who history forgot…

Pisa, 1171
Berta di Bernardo, the wife of a rich merchant, sits in her chamber, dressing for a dinner party. A gathering that will change the course of her life and a young master mason, Gerardo, forever.

A strong, intelligent woman, Berta’s passion for architecture also draws her closer to Gerardo. As she embarks on a love affair, her maid Aurelia also becomes spellbound by the same man. Yet for Berta, her heart’s desire is to see the Tower built, and her determination knows no bound

My Review 

Firstly Thank you Bookouture  for the copy for an honest review

I loved this story which goes into the mystery of who designed the Leaning tower of Pisa. I am totally in awe of Rix and  how much historical research has clearly gone into this novel .

I could place myself right there throughout the whole novel as I have been lucky enough to visit Pisa myself 3 years ago


My favorite part was the Berta, Aurelia and Gerardo’s story and love triangle. The Novel went back and forth smoothly and captured both time periods nicely.

I will say that I wanted more from the Michael and Sam storyline the ending was a bit flat for me. But it certainly did not ruin the novel for me.

Over all this was a fabulous and inspiring read.

4 of 5 stars