Thursday, 14 November 2019

Book review: I'll Be Home for Christmas by Abbey Clancy

I'll Be Home for Christmas by Abbey Clancy

Even stars have Christmas dreams…

Popstar Jessika Malone can’t believe her luck! Not only has she signed a major record deal and is topping the charts with her latest single, she’s just been offered the chance of a lifetime: a tour with gorgeous megastar Cooper Black…
It’s everything she’s ever dreamed of – except that it means travelling thousands of miles from her boyfriend, Daniel, just when he’s finally got down on one knee and popped the question!
Far from home and followed by the paparazzi, her relationship is tested more than Jessika ever imagined – will she make it home for Christmas before it’s too late?

My thoughts... 

As the wintry nights fast take hold,  the urge to curl up under a cosy warm blanket and dive into a festive read grow strong. This delectable number has everything to offer in terms of dazzling entertainment, the glitz and glamour is bursting at the seams in this romantic offering and I was hooked from the opening chords.

Popstar Jessika Malone is on the brink of having it all, a glittering career that is growing from strength to strength, an incredible boyfriend who worships the ground she walks on and friends and family with endless unconditional love.....but in true romantic fashion - the too good to be true narrative has a nasty habit of rearing its ugly head and Jessika's world and priorities need a jolly good overhaul.

Although not overly festive in fashion....this story was everything I had hoped it would be. It was dazzling with a glitzy showbiz attitude and a full line up of entertaining characters to match. I was pulled into a glittering world of popstars on tour and I loved each and every minute of it.

I'll Be Home for Christmas is a glam fest, glittering showbiz cracker of a book with an entertainment value to top any charts. If this magical number hasn't reached your radar yet then please rectify this oversight immediately as this is one glamorous tale not to miss.

Read and reviewed with kind permission by Mills and Boon.

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About the author... 

Born in Liverpool, Abbey Clancy balances her home life with her career as a model and TV presenter. She is an ambassador for many of the UK’s top brands and has designed her own clothing and jewellery lines as well as launching a range of baby products. Abbey is married to Premiership footballer Peter Crouch and has three small children. I’ll Be Home for Christmas is her second novel.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

#CoverReveal of That Night in Paris by Sandy Barker

That Night in Paris by Sandy Barker

What better way to enjoy a frosty Wednesday than with a cover reveal.....the fabulous Sandy Barker is celebrating this gorgeous new image for her latest book That Night in Paris and you have to admit it's a beauty. Those blue and purple hues of Paris really set an atmospheric mood and I for one can't wait to read the story hiding beneath.

Note to self: don’t sleep with your flatmate after a curry and three bottles of wine… especially if he’s secretly in love with you and wants you to meet his mum.
Cat Parsons is on the run. She doesn’t do relationships. After ten years of singlehood even the hint of the ‘L’ word is enough to get Cat packing her bags and booking herself onto a two-week holiday.
A European bus tour feels like a stroke of genius to dodge awkward conversations at home. But little does Cat realise that the first stop will be Paris, the city of love itself. 
Joined by new friends, Cat has got two weeks, eight countries and a hell of a lot of wine ahead of her. As they discover hidden treasures and the camaraderie of life on the road, will Cat find a new way of looking at love? 
Discover the beauty of Europe’s most romantic cities in this uplifting and laugh-out-loud novel for fans of Samantha Parks, Alex Brown and Mandy Baggot

About the Author... 

Sandy Barker is an Australian writer, traveller and hopeful romantic with a lengthy bucket list and a cheeky sense of humour.

Many of Sandy’s travel adventures have found homes in her writing, including her debut novel, a contemporary romance set in Greece, which was inspired by her true-life love story.
Follow her on Twitter @sandybarker

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Book review: The Rector's Daughter by Jean Fullerton

The Rector's Daughter by Jean Fullerton

Charlotte, daughter of Reverend Percival Hatton, has been content to follow the path laid out for her. Charlotte has an understanding with Captain Nicolas Paget - every inch the gentleman - who she expects someday to marry. But then she meets Josiah Martyn, and everything changes...
A driven and ambitious Cornish mining engineer, and the complete opposite to Captain Nicholas, Josiah has come to London to help build the first tunnel under the river Thames. When unpredictable events occur at the inauguration of the project, Josiah and Charlotte are suddenly thrown into an unexpected intimacy.
But not everyone is happy with Charlotte and Josiah growing closer. As friends turn to foes, will they be able to rewrite the stars and find their happy ever after, although all odds seem to be stacked against them...?

My thoughts... 

Jean Fullerton has an incredible ability to pick you up and transport you back in time. Her knowledge and attention to detail adds a magical and vivid quality to any story she pens and I simply adore being whisked away on her tales of historical romance and adventure.

London in 1825 is on the brink of history in the making with the construction of Brunel's Thames tunnel, but skirting around the peripheral to this landmark occasion is the folk of Rotherhithe. Each social standing in society is in fine voice with a narrative that boasts many exciting stories to tell.

Charlotte Hatton, the Rector's daughter, is a darling of the tallest order and the shining apple of this books eye. From the opening moments her sweet, gentle and kind nature shine through with a sincere charm and I was captivated by her in an instant. Charlotte doesn't have the easiest of lives pacifying her father's needs and keeping the church's congregation in a tolerable state of harmony, but her kind heart and patience of a saint see her sail through any block in the road with a fierce and determined spirit to survive.

Josiah is the perfect hero in this fine piece and a dashingly handsome gentleman to match. From the sidelines I was willing a suitable match for this fine fellow and read with baited breath in my quest for that sort after happy ending.

The Rector's Daughter is a historical triumph of the tallest order and I can't praise it enough. From start to finish it was bursting with excitement and charm and I loved each and every minute.

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

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About the author... 

Jean Fullerton is the author of seven historical novels. She is a qualified District and Queen's nurse who has spent most of her working life in the East End of London, first as a Sister in charge of a team, and then as a District Nurse tutor. She is also a qualified teacher and spent twelve years lecturing on community nursing studies at a London university. She now writes full-time.

Charlie Sanderson is an English actress, voice artist and narrator. She graduated with a BA in Contemporary Arts from Nottingham Trent University and began her career in small theatre productions touring the UK. She later moved into short films and movies and has worked as a voice artist for Disney and Nintendo. Charlie is also a seasoned audiobook narrator lending her voice to over 30 audiobook titles so far.

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Book review: One Week 'Til Christmas by Belinda Missen

One Week 'Til Christmas by Belinda Missen

Two people. One chance meeting. Seven days to Christmas.
Isobel Bennett is waiting for the number 11 bus when a man quite literally falls into her lap. Snow is falling, Christmas lights are twinkling, and a gorgeous man with dark brown hair has just slipped on ice and is now pressed against Isobel.
Isobel knows she’s not imagining the chemistry between them. But then his ride arrives and, embarrassed, he beats a hasty retreat, murmuring apologies – and Isobel realises only too late that she didn’t manage to catch his name…
When she runs into him again the next morning, she decides it’s fate.
It’s a second chance for Isobel and Tom – but there’s only one week until she’s leaving London for good. Seven days of enjoying all the festive delights the city has to offer: ice-skating at Somerset House, mulled wine on the Southbank, Christmas shopping at Liberty.
There’s magic in the air and mistletoe in the trees – but what will happen when the week is over?

My thoughts...

This short but ever so sweet novella set me up nicely with all the Christmas feels that I needed on this dreary November day and left me with a warm and fuzzy heart. The narrative gave me one week filled to the brim with all the festive feasts I could ever want from a holiday read with a side order of love and romance to boot. This snappy little number whizzed by in the blink of an eye and left me wanting more which says it all about the writing style of Belinda Missen.

Isobel was a superb leading lady in this festive tale and I was pulled into her world instantly and thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in her company. On first introductions her life was not going quite according to plan but cue the smouldering hunk entering from stage left and you have yourself a blossoming romance to get your teeth into. 

Tom and Isobel were made for each other.....from their clashing initial connection it was quite clear the stars had aligned and the angels were in fine voice to grant that sort after happy ever after. But this is romance we're talking about and the road to true love never does run smoothly. 

One Week Til Christmas is a glittering feast of festive fun and the perfect read to snuggle down with on a cold winter night. So grab that warm blanket and hot chocolate and dive won't be disappointed.

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

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About the author...

Author and sometimes foodie, Belinda is a ridiculous romantic who met her husband after being set up by a friend two states away.

Residing in country Victoria, surrounded by books, cat-fur, and half-eaten cake, Belinda divides her days between writing rom-coms, baking, and indulging her love of comic books.

Friday, 8 November 2019

#CoverReveal of Someday in Paris by Olivia Lara

Someday in Paris by Olivia Lara

I'm so excited to share this stunning cover reveal for Someday in Paris by Olivia Lara. I loved it the moment I set my eyes on it and I can't wait to get a hold of a copy and dive in.....those midnight blues and the Parisian setting is pulling me in to what I know will be a truly  memorable story to match an exceptional cover.

About the book

Finding the one is only the beginning...1954. Zara is fifteen the first time she meets Leon. During a power cut in a small French museum, the two spend one short hour in the dark talking about their love for 
art, Monet and Paris. Neither knows what the other looks like. Both know their lives will never be the same.

1963. In Paris, Leon no longer believes he will ever find the girl he lost that night. Zara thinks she has already found him. When they meet at an exhibition, they don't recognise each other – yet the way they feel is so familiar...

Over the course of thirty years, Zara and Leon are destined to fall in love again and again. But will they ever find a way to be together?

'It's about dreams and taking chances. Missed opportunities and mistakes. Loss and sacrifice. But above all, it is about love. The kind of love that survives time, distance... even death. The kind of love I wish for you.'

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About the author

Olivia’s love for words started as a child when she spent all her summer vacations watching her grandfather, who worked for the biggest publishing house in Romania, edit hundreds of books. She is a former investigative journalist for a newspaper and a television network in Romania, now a Marketing Director in Silicon Valley - in between she lived in Paris where her love for the Alsace region was born.

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Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Book review: A Christmas Kiss by Eliza J Scott

A Christmas Kiss by Eliza J Scott

The week before Christmas, GP Zander Gillespie finds his festive plans in tatters. He’s supposed to be flying out to his parents’ chateau in Carcassonne with his high-maintenance girlfriend, Melissa. But she has other ideas. She wants to spend Christmas in London with her party friends – and he’s not invited.

The prospect of facing his family, with their questions and their sympathy – not to mention the ‘I told you so-s’ - just isn’t an option. Instead, Zander decides to head to his holiday cottage in the quaint moorland village of Lytell Stangdale, where he intends to hide away with his faithful rescue Labrador Alf.

Eighty miles away, Livvie’s world has come crashing down. With plans to cook a romantic meal for her boyfriend, she heads home early and walks in on him in a compromising position with their neighbour. Fed-up of his lies and philandering ways, this is the final straw.

With her Christmas plans up in smoke, the thought of spending it with her parents and her smug, married sister with her pompous husband in tow, is enough to bring Livvie out in hives. So, when she fires up her laptop and finds the perfect little holiday cottage in Lytell Stangdale available to rent over the festive period, it seems the perfect solution. Or is it…?

Zander didn't believe in love at first sight until he set eyes on Livvie.

Livvie had sworn off men until she met Zander.

The pair may be reluctant to give in to temptation, but fate seems to have other ideas…

Join Livvie and Zander - and all the usual characters - for a magical Christmas in Lytell Stangdale.

My thoughts...

I know for a fact that when I pick up an Eliza Scott story that I'm in for a special treat and this one did not disappoint in the slightest. I mean it's always a joy to return to one of my favourite fictional villages and catch up with the best bunch of characters I've come to know. But this story brought  new acquaintances into the mix to add an additional layer of entertainment to a well loved series.

This narrative focused it's main attention on the delightful Dr Gillespie and the Goddess that is Livvie. I fell head first into their tangled story and loved every minute of the delights that unfurled before my eyes. This pair have had their fair share of dating disasters but their unexpected encounter set the wheels in motion for a special Christmas not to forget. Their chemistry was electric from their very first hilarious meeting that had me belly laughing on the metro to work. I mean talk about first impressions!

But I can't introduce new characters without mentioning the standout star of this story. That accolade goes to Alf....what a guy! What a canine hero and the best character gracing the pages of this book. His mischief mayhem and irresistible charm certainly stole my heart.

All in all A Christmas Kiss is a delightful bundle of festive fun that had me laughing and smiling from start to finish. As always I have thoroughly enjoyed my latest visit to this gorgeous pocket of the world. Well done Eliza on a fabulous festive instalment to this incredible series.

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

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About the author...

Eliza is proud to be a member of the RNA. She lives in a 17th-century cottage in 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, fighting a losing battle against the weeds.

When she's not reading or gardening, 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.

Her biggest weakness is ginger biscuits dunked in tea.

Eliza is inspired by her beautiful surroundings and loves to write heartwarming romance stories with relatable female characters. She enjoys exploring the dynamics of female friendship, with a key feature of her books being how women pull together and support one another when things get tough.

Eliza's novels will always have happy endings.

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Book review: The Christmas Wish List by Heidi Swain

The Christmas Wish List by Heidi Swain

After being let go from her job in a swanky hotel just weeks before Christmas, Hattie is feeling lost. Even more so when her high-flying boyfriend announces he’s landed his dream job in Abu Dhabi and asks her to move with him. Luckily, Hattie’s long-time friend Dolly is on hand to help and invites Hattie to spend one last holiday in the small, festive town of Wynbridge, determined to give her a Christmas to remember . . .

Upon Hattie’s arrival, holiday preparations are in full swing. But for Hattie, whose Christmas cheer has long since run out, it’ll take more than mince pies and mistletoe to open her heart to the season once more. Relishing the task of reigniting Hattie’s Christmas spirit, Dolly suggests they create a wish list of all the things the season can offer, and with the helpful hands of Wynbridge’s resident handyman, Beamish, Hattie finds her frosty exterior is starting to thaw.

As Wynbridge prepares for its most spectacular Christmas yet, will Hattie leave snowy England behind for life in a sunnier clime, or will she in fact realise that her heart’s desire lies much closer to home?

My thoughts...

Where do I start to describe this outstanding festive feast? I mean I dived head first into the story this morning and have just closed the book on the final, wow, wow is all I can manage to say right now. My head is still spinning and my heart is bursting with love for such a sincere and warm story.

The writing grabbed me by both hands and pulled me into a festive wonderland of joy and delight. Christmas is a truly magical time of year and I do believe that everyone could benefit from a Christmas wish list in their lives to help revaluate the true meaning of the holiday season.

Hattie was by far a joyful character creation. Upon first meeting our leading lady it was clear she had already been given her fair share of trials and tribulations to face in life. But these tough times were clearly far from over with a controlling and down right abusive boyfriend in tow. My heart instantly went out to her rough romantic plight and I was willing her to wake up and smell the coffee.....aka Beamish - the local dream boat, heart throb, smouldering hunk of a man. I mean still my beating heart, I was all for pushing Hattie out of the way and claiming the demigod for myself (sorry Heidi I'm mentally rewriting your story here).

But hunks aside, I can we talk about Dolly? Even the name had my heart melting and my foot tapping to that age old classic musical theatre number (or was that just me?). But what a character! What a personality! What a lady! She absolutely made this story for me hands down. Her charm, energy, heart and soul shone with a vibrant light and stole the entire book.

The Christmas Wish List is a magical masterpiece bursting at the seams with festive magic and an underlying essence of love and hope. Well done Heidi, yet another smash hit and the biggest thumbs up from me.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for inviting me to take part in such a fantastic blog tour.

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About the author...

Heidi Swain is the Sunday Times bestselling author of five novels. She lives in Norfolk with her husband, two allegedly grown-up children and a mischievous black cat called Storm. She is passionate about gardening, the countryside and collects vintage paraphernalia. To find out more, follow Heidi on twitter @Heidi_Swain or visit her website: