2018, Blog Tour, Blogtober, New Author to me, novella, Uncategorized

Blog Tour: Christmas at the Little Duck Pond Cafe By Rosie Green

Blurb: Fen has always hated being the centre of attention.

She loves her new job, working behind the scenes at the Little Duck Pond Cafe and baking the scrumptious cakes that have helped its reputation soar. But frankly, she’d rather scrub the public toilet floor with a toothbrush than have to come out and talk to the customers.

She’s always been happy to stay in the background as long as she has a good supply of books to escape into. That’s her kind of romance – the fictional sort where she can read about other people taking a chance on love, but she doesn’t have to risk her own heart.

But that was before Ethan Fox arrived in the village and turned her world upside down. Ethan is a leading light in the local amateur dramatics theatre company and Fen knows he’s way out of her league.

But when the popular village Christmas pantomime hits a crisis, Fen and Ethan find themselves thrown together. Can Fen overcome her shyness and find the courage to step on stage and save the day?

Review: I’ve been on a few cover reveals for Rosie Green and her books always look awesome but this is the first one I have actually read and it’s a gorgeous way to get into the festive spirit.

Fen and her pals are easy to love although I see a lot of me in Fen. In some ways she knows she’s capable but she just doesn’t have enough confidence in herself even when many people not just those who love her are telling her how amazing she actually is. What Fen sees in the mirror and what others see are completely different and I’ve totally been that person a lot of late I’m changing though. I also really loved her use of books and romance to explain her thoughts although I must admit I haven’t heard of many of them.

There are a few characters that will have you on your toes and one of them is leading man Ethan throughout I changed my thoughts on him a number of times.

I look forward to reading more from Rosie Green after being full of Christmas spirit and extremely hungry after spending some quality time with Fen. A strong female who doesn’t realise her worth. A great start to my festive reading although a little early.

Thank you once again to Rachel for including me on this festive treat

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2018, Blog Tour, novella, Short Story

Blog Tour: Magic O’Clock By L.S.Fellows

Blurb: Magic O’Clock:

Archie Royle is a kind, funny, gentle man.

He’s also my dad. My storyteller. My hero.

Except he doesn’t remember my face any more.

His world, these days, doesn’t include me or his family.

Life may have changed for him, but he hasn’t given up on life.

Not at all.

It’s just different.

Dad still tells his stories, albeit for a new audience.

He makes people smile and chuckle. As he always did.

He’s a fighter, a survivor and maybe sometimes too clever for his own good! He’ll surprise you. I can assure you of that.

Welcome to Magic O’Clock, where time is irrelevant and hope is unlimited.

Magic O’Clock – buy link:

Amazon – (universal) http://getbook.at/MagicOClock

Other eretailers (Kobo, B&N, Apple) : https://www.books2read.com/MOC

Review: So I realise that these two novellas are linked and I managed to read them the wrong way round. Not that it mattered to the enjoyment of the stories and the underlying messages which are simply beautiful.

Dementia is a cruel disease that tears families apart. Don’t get me wrong for my family it was cancer but the saving grace for us was Nan always knew who we were right until the end. She did get confused from time to time.

Another sad reality to dementia is in some parts of their lives they have perfect clarity and know exactly where they are and what they’re saying and the next minute they don’t recognise their loved ones.

This is a beautiful and extremely sad tale of the reality of dementia and the day to day life of living in this reality with a loved one.

Thank you Rachel for these treats.

2018, Blog Tour, novella, Short Story

Blog Tour: Magical Memories By L.S. Fellows

Blurb: Magical Memories

As Archie Royle takes his final breath, three sisters race to say their goodbyes.

Two don’t make it in time.

I do.

And now, it’s all my fault they’re too late.

Despite him having dementia.

Despite them not visiting in over a month.

But I won’t let anger win.

After all, we’re all grieving, aren’t we?

Surely, as a family, we can let bygones be bygones.

It’s what Dad would want. Expect.

It’s what he deserves.

We have so much to be grateful for.

So many fond and magical memories to share.

Magical Memories is a fictional tale of loss, grief and moving on.

Purchase Link – http://getbook.at/MagicMem

Review: I’ve long been a fan of novellas but what can I say. Magical Memories hit me like a thunder bolt. For our family it wasn’t dementia it was cancer that took Nan from us but in seeing Archie slip away those memories of that room and those final moments with Nan sprang back to my mind. Nothing will ever prepare you for that moment and that feeling but wow L.S Fellows sure does write a raw and hard hitting account of how those final moments pan out.

There’s also those emotions that you go through and those are documented well a short and sharp novella that will suck you in and will have you taking a trip down your very own memory lane.

Grief is a strange emotion one that we will all go through from time to time. It never goes away but it does get easier. For me things like this take me right back there.

2018, Blog Tour, international women’s day, New Author to me, novella, Uncategorized

Blog Tour: Belonging – A Trewton Royd Novella By Rhoda Baxter

Blurb: She’s grieving her lost love. He’s searching for his lost niece. Can attraction overcome family loyalty in this enemies to lovers romance?

Hiding away in a tiny Yorkshire village, Harriet is grieving for her lost love. His family won’t talk to her and she can’t move on from from his death. All this changes when his daughter, Niamh, turns up on her doorstep, needing a sympathetic ear.

Tim thinks Harriet broke up his sister’s marriage all those years ago. His sister’s enemies are his enemies. When his niece runs away to Harriet’s house, he knows he has to get her back before his sister finds out. But that means talking with Harriet.

As they work together to console Niamh and get her home safely, Tim and Harriet become increasingly attracted to each other.

But with attraction comes guilt.

Can they overcome their respective loyalties and give in to love?

Purchase Link:

The universal buy link for the book is: www.books2read.com/u/bzPAZq

If you want the direct UK link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Belonging-small-romance-Trewton-Novellas-ebook/dp/B07H4PQKXC

Belonging will be 99p until 5th October and the end of the blog tour.

Review: Firstly I’m sooo sorry that it’s taken me all day to get this sorted. I was in the midst of a Thriller, had babysitting duties and Sunday is my guaranteed me day, when I get to do all my other bits and bobs.

I don’t believe I’ve read anything from Rhoda before this but I truly loved this novella it was full of so much heart.

I know there’s a lot of people who feel that novellas aren’t long enough, well I can safely say she packs so much into Belonging. As the title states it is about belonging but there’s so much more to it we touch on grief, loneliness, families, lies and betrayal to name a few subjects.

This is a story that will stay with you long after the final sentence. I instantly liked Niamh and Tim the family bond they share as Niece and Uncle is heartwarming. Niamh is so young and she’s grieving the loss of her father, I can’t comprehend that pain. The pain at losing my grandparents in my early 30s still hits me like a thunderbolt from time to time so to be a teenager I can’t even begin to understand. What I have learnt is there is no handbook to grief we all do it differently and that’s ok.

There’s so much to Harriet and Mel and I won’t spoil their complex lives to you but in part I adored both fiesty ladies. I’m always in awe of strong women in books and you don’t get stronger than these two.

I love stories that focus on towns that have a real community feel. I adore being a Londoner but we just don’t have that same day to day interaction and I adored seeing Tim change in Yorkshire he mellowed in so many ways and the change in his character was paramount. This also made me think we really all do need to take more time out from the day to day grind. I have been shown that recently, the weather change had left me extremely under the weather I’m such an active person that I don’t do being unwell.

This story heavily focuses on grief and how we all deal with it differently…it was also heartwarming to see grief bring people together for the better. A short story that will leave you entertained, enlightened and reaching to make that call to a friend or love one who you haven’t spoken to in a while. I will definitely pick up another story from Rhoda Baxter but if you want a snapshot into her writing this is a great place to start. We all want to belong – but what are you doing for you?

Take time today even if it’s just five minutes do it your future self will thank you for it.

Be sure to catch the rest of the tour and as I mentioned earlier this novella is 99p until 5th October.

I would like to take the time to thank Rachel for including me in this tour and I’m sorry for the delay…

2018, New Author to me, novella, Short Story, Uncategorized

Novella Review: The Last Good Day By Hannah Pearl

Blurb: celebrates life, love and the importance of friendship. WINNER of the Books and the City #heatseeker short story competition, in partnership with heat magazine.

‘A beautifully poignant tale of love, friendship and loss. I can’t wait to read whatever Hannah writes next!’ PAIGE TOON?

Belle knows she is going to die.

Her lifelong best friend Helen knows it too, which is why she decides to sneak Belle out of hospital and take her on one last adventure.

In a day filled with fun, laughter and tears, the pair face the prospect of saying goodbye, and raise the important question:

How would you want to spend your last good day?

Review: I have to start this review by saying Hannah was announced and at the Simon & Schuster Christmas party that I attended. Now if you’ve been reading my blog for a while you will remember that, that evening was a nightmare for me. I had to work late and got lost so to put a long story short I never met Hannah. You can read the rest of that tale Here.

The Last Good Day – now I’m guessing you will like me look at the title and have some thoughts on the story. I can safely say as much as it is about what you’re thinking you will be taken on a gorgeous rollercoaster of emotions when devouring this sweet treat. A cup of tea or coffee and whatever your choice of treat is needed for this one.

I’m a huge fan of novellas and I always aim to read more of them and it doesn’t always happen. Having seen so many authors and publishers at Books and the City rave about this short story I knew I needed to devour it. I was hoping to have read this during my lunch break – but my work day turned a little chaotic so it became my evening treat and what a treat it was.

Belle and Hannah are best friends – they are so different yet so the same. Their connection is like that of sisters as well as the best of friends. Hannah is the sensible one yet she will do absolutely anything for Belle and Belle simply adores her friend. The day they share is full of love, memories, resentments in the fact the future means separation. I won’t spoil the details but I can honestly say you will be grinning from ear to ear one minute and sobbing the next.

Hannah Pearl has a way with words, she’s written a beautiful short story about love, loss, friendship and making sure you embrace every single day to the max, as you never know when your time is up.

This story will stay with you long after the final pages. I honestly cannot wait to read more from Hannah. I also loved the acknowledgements and the bit about her. Hannah keep writing- you’re an inspiration and you should be extremely proud of The Last Good Day.

2018, Author Love, ebook, novella, Quick Reads, Review, Short Story, Uncategorized, update

Novella Review: The Boy with the Board By Katey Lovell

Blurb: A gorgeously romantic short story, part of The Meet Cute series.

When her beloved mum dies suddenly, Helena escapes to sunny California. Determined to live for the moment, she puts aside her fears and signs up for the surfing lessons she’s always dreamed of – with the added distraction of hunky instructor Ashton.

Review: I have said it before and here I say it again these meet cute stories are perfect tea break escapism from day to day struggles.

For me The Boy with the Board has a totally different feel from the other meet cutes I have devoured. Helena’s Story is tinged with sadness but from a saying her mother used to say she decides to take caution to the wind and get out of her comfort zone. There is something awe inspiring in reading a story where a seemingly average young woman decides to make a life-changing decision. In that I am envious of Helena she saw a chance to change and grabbed it.

Although on a personal note I have made some life changes that have surprised and inspired me in my self and my own motivation. I’m proud of the woman I am becoming it’s like I have got back a little of the confidence I once had. Saying that I’ve never totally felt overly confident but I do feel like the changes I have made are adding to my day to day self confidence.

Reading has always been a passion of mine and following my studies I’m so glad I got back into reading for pleasure as it gives me so much joy. In escaping I’m discovering more about myself, who I want to be and where I want to go. I’m hoping to make some trips based on bookish love so watch this space…. I have two meet cutes left and I’m hoping to participate in the 24in48 readathon next weekend and o think finishing this beautiful series will be the icing on the cake.

Back to the Boy with the Board – there is just something about a guy with confidence and wet hair eh. This tasty treat should be snapped up whilst the weather is still smoking. Katey Lovell I’m saying it again I WANT more Meet Cutes please…

2018, Blog Tour, novella, Short Story

Blog Tour: Here Comes The Best Man By Angela Britnell

Blurb: Perfect for fans of Nashville! Sadly no Avery, Gunnar or Deacon but you do get a new hunky hero – Josh! Sit back, grab a copy and take yourself off to Nashville, Tennessee!

Being the best man is a lot to live up to …

When troubled army veteran and musician Josh Robertson returns home to Nashville to be the best man at his younger brother Chad’s wedding he’s just sure that he’s going to mess it all up somehow.

But when it becomes clear that the wedding might not be going to plan, it’s up to Josh and fellow guest Louise Giles to make sure that Chad and his wife-to-be Maggie get their perfect day.

Can Josh be the best man his brother needs? And is there somebody else who is beginning to realise that Josh could be her ‘best man’ too?

Review: Firstly, I have to apologise to Angela and Rachel for the delay in this post it should have been yesterday. Thanks to life, work and a football game it sadly didn’t happen.

Now I’m a huge fan of Angela Britnell so when this novella pinged through onto my email I knew I wanted in on this tour. I’ve loved all of her Nashville inspired reads and it’s just heightened my want to get to this beauty of a place. Angela creates rugged heroes who I literally can’t help but love. I was also bowled over by the fact Maggie and Chad from the Reject Table were a huge part of this read. That was another novella that I truly fell in love with so thank you Angela for bringing these beautiful characters back.

Louise and Josh are truly adorable and I loved falling in love with them in this tasty treat, and as much as my review is delayed I’m glad I got to spend a little more time getting to know these two and watching them fall in love. These two lost souls are very similar with their worries and in how they have closed themselves off to avoid being hurt. I loved Louise and in some ways her cautiousness is very much how I have felt – we have similar connections on our sense of self-confidence or lack of especially when men are concerned.

As a huge Nashville fan I loved the connections to the show that has stolen my heart. I haven’t watched the latest season yet and I know I will be heartbroken when it ends.

If you’re looking for a short read that will enhance your want to visit another country, will have you emotionally on the edge of your seat, and will whisk you away from the daily struggles in life then look no further. As I say I’m a massive fan of Angela’s and I’m sure I still have some of her books on my TBR that I need to get back to so watch this space. My love for this author grows each and every time I settle down with one of her books.

2018, ebook, novella, Review, Uncategorized

Novella Review: The Boy at the Bakery By Katey Lovell

Blurb: Sweet, romantic, perfectly formed coffee break reads. I loved them.’ – Best-selling author, Carmel Harrington

Every Happily Ever After began with a Once Upon a Time…

It’s not the deliciously sweet cakes that draw Lily to the bakery every day. It’s the person selling them…

A gorgeously romantic short story, part of The Meet Cute series.

Review: I truly love Katey Lovell’s writing and the meet cute series are truly adorable. On Sunday I had to work and it was an exhaustingly sweaty day. I had felt increasingly frustrated and in some ways helpless to my work life situation. I have been walking a lot more but as it has been a long and extremely hot day I hopped on the bus and whilst hydrating myself once again I delve into the meet cute – The Boy at the Bakery.

From the off I liked Lily – I’m pretty sure if I met her she would have been a friend. She sounds real as in she’s a real woman with curves and she sounds nice as she helps her colleagues although she has an ulterior motive. In taking her colleagues order she gets to see Cole the boy who has stolen her heart. She’s convinced he would never look twice at a girl like her.

Cole – looks like he has come straight from the pages of a magazine or billboard. Which means I’m instantly intrigued and in awe of him.

I won’t be spoiling the details but the exchange between them when the Bakery is empty lifted my heart and gave me a sense of hope. Sometimes that person who catches your eye may have also been having the same thoughts. Never underestimate the power of you. That’s a hugely positive statement from me. Of late I have been a lot happier since my own personal journeys, but my love life is a whole different story.

So thank you once again Katey Lovell for truly inspiring me. These novellas are great little coffee break treats – so if you haven’t read any of these then what are you waiting for.

2018, Blog Tour, novella, Review, Uncategorized

Blog Tour: One Summer Weekend By Juliet Archer

Blurb: One Summer Weekend can change everything…

Alicia Marlowe’s life as an executive coach is well under control – until she meets her new client, Jack Smith. Jack’s reputation precedes him and Alicia knows immediately that he spells trouble. Not least because he reminds her of someone else – a man who broke her heart and made her resolve never to lower her guard again.

Taking Jack on as a client is a risk, but one that Alicia decides to take for the good of her career. As long as she keeps him in his place, she might just make it through unscathed. But Jack has other ideas – including a ‘business’ trip to the Lake District. One summer weekend with him is all it takes to put Alicia’s carefully organised world in a spin …

Review: Today saw the publication of One Summer Weekend a novella full of innuendo, role play and so much more.

Alicia is a strong woman with a past that’s had a bigger effect on her than she would ever believe or say. It’s not until she meets Jack – the lad hot shot businessman who needs a coach and has women falling at his feet or does he. I loved the interaction between these two although it wasn’t plain sailing although I won’t be delving into any details on that – you will have to read for yourself.

This novella will take you on a rollercoaster ride through the lake distract and beyond. I must admit it took me a lot longer to read than I anticipated but only because I had personal and work distractions.

Having read this novella from Juliet Archer I would love to read more from her. If you’re looking to be whisked away look no further it’s one jam packed Summer Weekend with a breathtaking location.

2018, Author Love, ebook, novella, Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: Random Acts Of Kindness Part Four – New Adventures

Blurb: Welcome to Littlewood, a small town community with a big heart…

Summer is drawing to a close as Huntley Manor is due to have its grand re-opening. Abbie is determined to save the hotel from closure but she has to remember her own career too… As she and Thomas grow ever closer, will she end up making Littlewood her home for good? Or will she set up her own PR company back in London…?

Eszter has to decide whether it is time to go back to Hungary… But what has she got to return to? She has no career to speak of, and their home is filled with painful memories of her beloved husband. But can a new job, a new home and a surprise new dog convince Eszter and Zoe to stay?

Louise wants to tell Alex how she feels but decides she needs to show him after pushing him away for so long. Will a grand gesture be enough to show him she won’t run away this time?

As the town of Littlewood comes together to help Huntley Manor, we’ll find out if kindness really does have the power to save the day….

Packed full of love and kindness, this heart-warming story will reaffirm your faith in humanity!

Review: Now it goes without saying I have been waiting for the final part of this story since I finished reading part three back in April. Although I must admit I was also worrying about saying goodbye to Littlewood and its residents.

I did think I would have devoured this a lot quicker than I did but I am going to blame work, my fitness sessions and the fact I was blooming scared to say goodbye to the gang.

The town and characters that Victoria has created instantly had an impact on me. Being kind is definitely something we should all do more of. I have started to make these changes in being kinder to myself although I am still very much a work in progress my mindset is changing for the better. I just wished I had a place like Brew, to head to whenever I needed that little pick me up and reminder that being kind to yourself and others really does make a difference in a world full of such sadness. The kindness board really has made me think and I loved how Victoria wove it into certain aspects of the story especially with Louise. I wont be adding any spoilers here but that note melted me. There are aspects to Louise and her wariness that I can see in me, and maybe I just need to up the kindness stakes in being kinder to myself and the rest will fall into place, when I least expect it.

In part four the story comes together and loose ends are tied up for the three main ladies Louise, Abbie and Eszter. They all have life-changing and affirming decisions and what I will say is their journey truly is beautiful. At the beginning of the Summer these ladies really didn’t know just how much they needed one another. I love that it ends in a way where Victoria could and I truly hope that she does return to Littlewood and its residents as everyone could do with a little bit of kindness in each and every day.

If you are looking for a read that will not only let you truly escape the trials and tribulations of everyday life, it will also have you asking yourself thought provoking on how you can be kinder in general and to yourself, then Random Acts of Kindness is definitely for you. You will not regret it, you will be sad to see it end but you will be left with tears of joy and genuine smiles.

This serial truly inspired me and I loved all of the leading ladies for different reasons. Sometimes you have to go with your gut instinct and sometimes you have to choose the wrong path to see the right one. I’m not done with kindness, I need more of this in my day to day. It’s not always easy with the rollercoaster that is life but if we all make a concious effort we can start little by little.

If there are any truly kind books that I should be adding to that ever growing TBR list feel free to let me know below. If you want to chat about this serial some more also do get in touch.

I already have Eva Woods How to be Happy – which I have heard good things about so I am hoping to bump that up my list. Very shortly I will be devouring Miranda Dickinson’s latest I was meant to buddy read that one but life got in the way. She is another author who lets me escape and who also inspires. I also have Derren Brown’s Happy which I am sure will be enlightening, but I am looking forward to what suggestions you give me.