Monday, January 14, 2019

Book review: When Polly Met Olly by Zoe May

Polly and Olly were never supposed to meet…

Polly might spend her days searching for eligible matches for her elite list of clients at her New York dating agency, but her own love life is starting to go up in smoke.
Even worse, she can’t stop thinking about the very person she’s meant to be setting her latest client up with… surely it can’t get any worse!
But then Polly bumps into oh-so-handsome Olly, who heads up a rival agency, and realizes that perhaps all really is fair in love and dating war…


My review


This is my second trip into the world of Zoe May's writing this year and I must say that this book is yet again another triumphant hit. As the saying goes 'write what you know' and boy does Zoe know the world of online dating. For me anything set in New York is an instant attraction....you just can't beat the cultural melting-pot of the city that doesn't sleep for a perfect backdrop to any story.

I loved Polly and her quirky existence struggling to make her dreams come true. Her Cornish upbringing adds to her charm as an instantly likeable character and I found myself rooting for her to succeed in life and love. My favourite element to the book was the inside scoop on the day to day running of a dating agency and it's clientele. This provided endless humour and witty anecdotes into the ruthless game of Manhattan dating to pique my interest and keep me reading on for more.
Polly and Olly are not an obvious dating match but I loved their 'meet cute' serendipitous introduction. Their chemistry didn't sizzle off the pages but was founded on a deeper, emotional connection which made me fall in love with them as a pair and hope for a happy ever after.
I loved everything about this book, it was zany and witty with a side order of hope and love. If you haven't added When Polly Met Olly to your TBR pile yet then what are you waiting for? This is a fun-loving book not to be missed.

Read and reviewed with kind permission by Netgalley and HQ Digital.

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Author Bio –

Zoe May lives in south-east London and writes romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She moved to London in her early twenties and worked in journalism and copywriting before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe could not resist writing a novel about dating, since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!
As well as writing, Zoe enjoys going to the theatre, walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading.
Zoe loves to hear from readers, you can contact her on Twitter and Instagram at: @zoe_writes


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Cover Reveal: The Talisman by Eliza J. Scott






I am thrilled and excited to be able to share this gorgeous cover reveal with you to help brighten up your Monday morning. I'm a huge fan of Eliza's writing and if you haven't already read book 1, The Letter, then what are you waiting for? Grab a copy now and dive in before book 2 is out and taking the world by storm. So here we have the cover reveal for The Talisman - Molly's Story. You have to agree it's more than a little bit fabulous.......I'm in love!!!! 





THE TALISMAN – MOLLY’S STORY

Molly’s dream of taking over her childhood home at Withrin Hill Farm with husband Pip and their three children has finally come true. And, as they settle into the stunning Georgian farmhouse, with their plans to diversify into glamping nicely taking shape, the family couldn’t be happier.

But tragedy suddenly strikes, and Molly’s world is turned upside down.
Heartbroken and devastated, she struggles to face each day. True to form, her fiercely loyal best friends, Kitty and Violet, rally round offering love and support, but Molly doesn’t think she’ll ever be able to smile again. Until the day a tall, dark stranger with twinkly eyes arrives…

 Follow Molly’s story in book 2 of the Life on the Moors Series set in Lytell Stangdale, a picture-perfect village in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors, where life is anything but quiet.

A heart-warming story of love, friendship and hope.

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The Talisman – Molly’s Story will be published on 4th February.






Author Bio – Eliza lives in a 17th-century cottage on the edge of a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with her husband, their two daughters and two mischievous black Labradors. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book/glued to her Kindle or working in her garden. Eliza also enjoys bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off by a visit to a teashop where she can indulge in another two of her favourite things: tea and cake.

Eliza is inspired by her beautiful surroundings and loves to write heart-warming stories with happy endings.

Social Media Links –

Blog: Eliza J Scott - elizajscott.com
Twitter: Eliza J Scott – @ElizaJScott1
Instagram: Eliza J Scott - @elizajscott
Facebook: Eliza J Scott - @elizajscottauthor

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Book review: There's Something About A Cowboy by Rich Amooi


There’s Something About a Cowboy
Rule #1: No Dating Cowboys.
A fake fiancé doesn’t count, right? Oh boy . . .

Amy Weaver is tired of her dad meddling in her love life. Fed up, she hires an actor to play the part of her fake cowboy fiancé when she goes home for her grandpa’s ninetieth birthday. Sure, Luke Jenkins has got looks, charm, and muscular legs, but this is business, pure and simple. Things are fine and dandy until she finds out he’s a real cowboy, not an actor. Now, she’s stuck between a rock and his chiseled jawline, falling faster than a sack of horseshoes. How the heck is Amy supposed to ignore the sparks between them and stick to her rule of not dating cowboys? All bets are off.



My review 


After finishing this book I can safely say  that there is definitely something about a cowboy. It's made me want to pack my bags, jump on a plane and head on over to Julian, California in search of a cowboy and the perfect apple pie.

I loved this book it was light-hearted and uplifting with a sense of fun and humour. The characters were stereotypical in design which served the story well and they each played their parts to perfection to help create a fun loving and witty plot. Set mainly against the backdrop of Julian, California I adored the American pace of life with family front and centre and food in abundance. The rich and detailed descriptions of homemade pie throughout made sticking to my diet quite a mean feat I tell you.

Getting to know Amy's family was one of my favourite things about this book and I fell in love with Grandpa Leo and Grandma Betty and their charming affection towards one another. Amy and Luke were a perfect match and the underlying chemistry helped moved the story on as I was reading in a frustrated frenzy in the hope that they would get their much needed happy ever after.

There's Something About a Cowboy is a happy, feel-good story that will leave you smiling. I loved my trip to Julian and look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for letting me take part in this tour.

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Author Bio:

Fun, Quirky Romantic Comedies from a Guy's Perspective. Rich Amooi is a former radio personality who now writes romantic comedies full-time. He is happily married to a kiss monster imported from Spain. Rich believes in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Book review: Perfect Match by Zoë May


Perfect Match
Can you ever find true love online?
Sophia Jones is an expert in all things online dating: the best sites, how to write a decent bio, which questions to ask and the right type of photos to use. The only thing she’s not so great at? Picking the guys…
After sitting through yet another dreadful date with a man who isn’t quite what she expected, Sophia is just about ready to give up on the whole dating scene. But her flatmate, Kate, persuades her to give it one more chance, only this time she must create a profile describing her ‘perfect’ man.
Yes, he must look like Robert Pattinson and needs to own a multi-million pound business, but there are a couple of other deal breakers, too! So, when a guy comes along who ticks every box, surely there’s got to be a catch?
A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy, perfect for fans of Catherine Bennetto and Rosie Blake!


My review


This book is an absolute triumph I wholeheartedly loved it. The story pulls you in instantly with its fast and witty pace and doesn't let go until the concluding pages.

The writing is pure joy, I giggled from start to finish. It's quick witted with a plot that sees humour at every turn. Each character stepped up and played their parts to perfection and I was hard pushed to find a weak link amongst them. But if I was to choose a favourite then it would have to be Sandra with Betsy the hamster without a doubt.

Sophia is utterly charming and a perfect character to fit the story line. Her comical approach to online dating is completely absurd and her antics supply endless humour and entertainment. She is without doubt the shining star of the whole story and a character I wish I could be friends with.

Perfect Match is one of the funniest books I've read in a long time. If you haven't read it yet then what are you waiting for? Grab your nearest copy and dive in, you won't regret it. I can't wait to read Zoë's next book now.

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for letting me take part in this tour.


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Author Bio –

Zoe May lives in south-east London and writes romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She moved to London in her early twenties and worked in journalism and copywriting before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe could not resist writing a novel about dating, since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!
As well as writing, Zoe enjoys going to the theatre, walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading.
Zoe loves to hear from readers, you can contact her on Twitter and Instagram at: @zoe_writes


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Friday, January 11, 2019

Book review: A Greek Affair by Linn B. Halton




A Greek Affair

More than just a holiday romance?

Her daughter, her job and divorcing her untrustworthy ex are Leah’s main priorities. She isn’t really bothered that her life might be missing a few things. But after winning a prestigious travel blogger award, she’s inundated with offers to review glamorous holiday destinations. Lying around drinking exotic cocktails and being paid for it! What could be better?

Perhaps a romantic trip to idyllic Greece to find the one man who might make Leah risk her heart again…



My review

What better way to brighten up any dreary January day than to dive into a delectably descriptive novel that whisks you away to dreamy destinations. Linn B. Halton has created the perfect book that allows you to travel amongst the delights of Europe without leaving the comfort of your couch.

Leah is a character of two halves. To everyone else she is a strong independent woman who has clawed her way back from the brink of despair to create a successful life for herself and her daughter. But beneath the mask of strength she leads a fragile existence, afraid to trust again. Her relationship with her daughter Rosie is my favourite element in the book. Their solid little team of two is heartwarming and endearing and Rosie, for me, is a shinning star in this story.

The plot literally and figuratively takes you on a journey. Leah's travel blogging line of work sees her jet off to idyllic locations. But only by stepping out from the comfort bubble of home life, can she truly begin to see what is missing. I loved the juxtaposition of placing Leah, a flawed character, on a decadent and dazzling backdrop of the jewel's of Athens and it is here amongst the azure surroundings that love can begin to grow.

This love comes in the form of Leah and Daniel's relationship. But as with many a story the course of true love never does run smooth as Daniel is also harbouring a past that has dealt him a cruel and tough hand to play. This highlights that Linn does not shy away from the ugly side of life when it comes to character creation by any stretch of the imagination.

A Greek Affair is the perfect book to snuggle down with on a cold dreary January day. A story filled with flawed but real characters, dazzling descriptive backdrops and a love story to melt any heart.

Read and reviewed with kind permission by Harper Impulse.
Thank you to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for letting me take part in this tour.



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Author Bio –

From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton - who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman - says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.

Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK's Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.


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Giveaway to Win Rose wine and chocolates (UK only)





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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Book review: The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker by Jenni Keer



The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker

Meet Lucy, aged 25, and Brenda, aged 79. Neighbours and unlikely friends.
Lucy Baker is not your usual 25-year-old. She is more at home reading and knitting in her cluttered little flat than going out partying and socialising.
79-year-old Brenda is full of wise and wonderful advice, but when she’s diagnosed with dementia her life begins to change. Before her memories slip away for ever, Brenda is desperate to fulfil one last wish – to see Lucy happy.
Gifting Lucy the locket that helped Brenda find her own true love, she hopes to push her reticent neighbour in the right direction. But is Lucy Baker ready for the opportunities and heartbreaks of the real world? It’s about time she put her knitting needles aside and found out…
The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker will be the most charming, heart-warming and feel-good novel you will read this year, perfect for fans of Ruth Hogan and Gail Honeyman





My review

All I can say is what a fantastic book. As debut novels go this is certainly something very special. The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker is a joy to behold, I was drawn into the storyline and immersed into a world of love and friendship with a side order of magic thrown in for good measure.

I loved everything about Lucy Baker. Her simple life and quirky hobbies are not the general set up for your average 25 year old but they all add up to create an instantly likeable character who you can't help but love and cheer on. Lucy's unlikely friendship with her elderly neighbour Brenda is by far my favourite element of the book. Brenda is gregarious, unique and colourful with an effervescence for life that is infectious. For me she is the shining light of this whole story as she marches to her own drum spreading joy and magic wherever she goes.

This story is built upon unlikely matches and Lucy's pull towards the elusive and moody George is another play on the power of opposite attraction. I didn't know what to make of George initially as he certainly doesn't carry the usual qualities found in a leading man and his charm offensive leaves a lot to be desired. But his character evolves as the story plays on pulling you towards him in a favourable light and before I knew it I found him endearing, uniquely charming and the perfect match for Lucy Baker.

Jenni Keer has created a beautiful story of unlikely connections that have all been woven together with love and magic. But it's not all light and breezy as the story tentatively touches on the difficult topic of dementia, which is handled with great care and consideration to keep the mood and feel of the book to a perfect balance.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in the company of Lucy Baker and couldn't recommend this book enough. It's charming, unique and a little bit magical.....the perfect winning combination. I can't wait to see what Jenni has in store for us next.

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for letting me take part in this tour.


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Author Bio – Jenni Keer is a history graduate who embarked on a career in contract flooring before settling in the middle of the Suffolk countryside with her antique furniture restorer husband. She has valiantly attempted to master the ancient art of housework but with four teenage boys in the house it remains a mystery. Instead, she spends her time at the keyboard writing women's fiction to combat the testosterone-fuelled atmosphere with her number one fan #Blindcat by her side. Much younger in her head than she is on paper, she adores any excuse for fancy-dress and is part of a disco formation dance team.


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Giveaway to Win The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker goodies (UK Only)




Prize contains - Thornton's fudge, a Nu notebook, a Hopes and Dreams bookmark and a set of five "Scratbag" blank greetings cards designed by Jenni Keer

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Book review: Summer in the Orchard by Fay Keenan





Summer in the Orchard by Fay Keenan


About the book

Sophie Henderson loves her job at Carter’s Cider in the picturesque Somerset village of Little Somerby, but with summer dawning before yet another picking and pressing season, and her boss David showing no signs of wanting to hang up his cider jug, perhaps it is time to move on.

She’s all set to hand in her notice when Alex Fraser, an intern from Vancouver, comes to Little Somerby to learn everything he can about the cider business. With Sophie as his mentor, attraction between them starts to grow alongside the apples.

For Alex, however, being in Little Somerby is about more than cider, and as the summer grows warmer, and his relationship with Sophie blossoms, can he find the courage to tell her the truth before it’s too late?



My review

To use but a few words.....I simply adored this book. It was warm and inviting and the perfect way to start the new year. Summer in the Orchard is book three in the Little Somerby series, but I do feel that it reads well as a stand alone story as I never once felt like I was missing any vital information or left on the back foot at any point along the way. The plot is wild and wonderful and full of drama and excitement. I won't go into any detail as it would only spoil your own reading experience but I was on the edge of my seat as the story slowly unfurled, eager to find out more.

Little Somerby is an idyllic chocolate box village and the perfect backdrop for this gorgeous story to play out on. I simply adored discovering all the secrets to cider making and the descriptions of delicious apples, which were enough to make your mouth water in delight. I certainly learned a thing or two I can tell you that. Each and every character stepped up and played their parts to perfection to help create the charming and quaint life in rural England we have come to know and love. I adored Sophie as a character in all her confident, yet fragile, charm. I felt she carried the story line well and kept my attention throughout. Her relationship with the gorgeous Canadian intern, Alex Fraser, sizzled off the pages with such chemistry and passion. But like all the best love affairs it is never plain sailing and drama threatens to throw love off its true course. But for me the stand out character in this story is Lilly. I loved her independent, can do attitude, that shows that age is just a number and her overactive imagination that comes part and parcel with her status as a romantic novelist. She certainly was a shinning star in the story.

If you're looking for a warm and cosy read to snuggle up with on the cold and dreary nights in January then look no further than Summer in the Orchard. It will lift your spirits, make you smile and have you reaching for the fruit bowl with all the glorious descriptions of delectable English apples.

Read and reviewed with kind permission by Netgalley and Aria.


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About the author.
Fay Keenan was born in Surrey and raised in Hampshire, before finally settling back in the West Country. When Fay is not chasing her children around or writing, she teaches English at a local secondary school. She lives with her husband of fourteen years, two daughters, a cat, two chickens and a Weimaraner called Bertie in a village in Somerset, which may or may not have provided the inspiration for Little Somerby.
Follow Fay:
Twitter: @faykeenan
Facebook: @faykeenanauthor