2020, A thought? A question, Book challenge, Book Tag, ebook, Libby, New Author to me, personal, Tag, TBR, Uncategorized

The TBR Book Tag

I keep seeing this tag pop up. I haven’t been tagged but I wanted to get involved so here I am.

How do you keep track of your TBR?

I use Goodreads and since lockdown I’ve written more notes in a pad as to what I’m reading and dates especially if I’m part of a blog tour and where I’m trying to have my review up for publication day or as close to it as I can. I’ve loved being more organised and getting to read more books as I truly love escaping into another world.

Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

I have a variation. Since lockdown I’ve gone back to having a few more audiobooks – most Arcs are now On Netgalley although I have been sent a few plus was given a bunch at an event before lockdown. I’ve purchased a lot of ebooks with the Kindle sales and I’ve been using Libby I must admit I’ve used my library a lot more since lockdown with mostly audiobooks but I have also got an ebook which is diverse and I’m loving it.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

My TBR choices change at the moment I’m reading/listening to a few library books before I dive into the book that I’m on a blog tour for on 29th June. From 1st July I have another buddy read with Catriona we decided to wait until then as our last I managed to read first but we had both taken a lot longer than we anticipated. After reading Hello Again I was eager to read some short stories and that is what I did including the last instalment in the Meet Me at Pebble Beach series.

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest?

There are sooo many but I’m going to say Daphne Du Maurier Jamaica Inn. The worst thing is when I discovered and loved Daphne I bought a whole bunch and I actually have this one sat on my shelf mocking me.

A book that you recently added to your TBR?

Following reading Daisy Jones & The Six the rest of Taylor Jenkins Reid back catalogue has quite quickly been added to my ever expanding TBR.

A book that is on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?

I am swayed by a gorgeous cover but I don’t think I could say I’ve added one to my TBR based solely on the cover. (Sorry if that’s a cop out)

A book on your TBR that you never plan on actually reading?

This isn’t necessarily that I wouldn’t ever read them. Sometimes over the years I added books based on my reading during that time and later on those type of books never appealed to me again. If that makes sense.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?

This is so easy to answer One By One By Ruth Ware she can literally do no wrong in my book and her last one I flew through and Our Story by the fantastic Miranda Dickinson yet again another go to author of mine.

A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read except you?

There’s a few Me Before You which I’m hoping to listen to via the library. The hate U Give which seeing as I’m literally almost done with On The Come Up seems apt and Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine. I have a copy from my time at the charity shop another book mocking me from my shelf.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

Literally all of the above oh and actually finishing the I Heart series.

A book on your TBR that you’re just dying to read?

My Darkest Vanessa I purchased a gorgeous edition from Waterstones which seems like months back and I still haven’t started it. I will get a few hardbacks read before work resumes oh and the newest Jodi Picoult another of my go to faves.

I’m not going to go through tagging but I challenge anyone who wants to take part in this fab tag.

Life has been pretty crazy recently and thankfully books, blogging and now running is taking my mind away, and challenging me both mentally and physically and I honestly think that’s been amazing for my sanity.

I’m one chapter left of On The Come Up and I definitely think it’s important for us to broaden our minds with different authors. Not only in race but in genre and in expanding our mindsets. So please feel free to send me over some more recommendations?

2020, Author Love, Buddy Read, ebook, Netgalley, Review, TBR

Book Review: Hello Again By Isabelle Broom

Blurb: Philippa Taylor (Pepper to her friends) has big dreams. When she closes her eyes, she can picture exactly who she ought to be. The problem is, it’s about as far away from her real life in a small coastal town in Suffolk as she can imagine.

So when her elderly friend Josephine persuades Pepper to accompany her on a trip to Europe, she jumps at the chance to change her routine. And when Pepper bumps (literally) into the handsome Finn in Lisbon, it seems as though she might have finally found what she’s been looking for.

But Pepper knows all too well things are rarely as they seem. Her own quiet life hides a dark secret from the past. And even though she and Finn may have been destined to find each other, Pepper suspects life may have other plans as to how the story should end.

A romantic and sweeping story about friendship, love and realising that sometimes it’s about the journey, not the destination.

Review: Hello Again is my second buddy read from Isabelle Broom and once again it was a pleasure to read alongside my stateside friend. I can’t claim to have read all of Isabelle’s offerings I own them naturally, but what I can say is she has an uncanny habit of sweeping me off my feet. She also has a habit of giving me a bad case of wanderlust and seeing as holidays are being cancelled and work is still lacking I needed a little dose of vibrancy and this is exactly what I was given in abundance.

Hello Again in some aspects is a slow burner with a lot of the adorable Philippa’s (Pepper to her friends) secret sadness left until later on in the story. We are told pieces of the jigsaw but it’s left pretty open for a while leaving you as a reader wondering and turning those pages quicker and quicker.

When Josephine asks Pepper to accompany her on a trip to Lisbon this is when the story takes hold and the colour and warmth start spreading into the story. Pepper has longed to travel but guilt and grief have kept her existing for far too long. The trip sees a massive shift in her thought process and in being there for her friend. Lisbon is also home to the unexpected encounter which brings Finn into her path. She doesn’t realise just how much she needed to meet him until later in the story- it’s safe to say he opens her mind to a new mindset which also unlocks the door on her creativity.

This is so much more than a love story – as ever Isabelle takes us on a rollercoaster ride across Europe also taking in Hamburg and Barcelona. The mention of Barcelona piqued my interest as it’s one of the destinations I know and love and I could visualise it all. Making me long for my cancelled trip but also filling that gap in my life. It’s also made me think on about the other destinations with longing and wonder.

There are some further unexpected turns in Peppers friendships and family life. I adored seeing Pepper realise what she needed to do for both her friend and that of her mother. I also adored the fact this story has a cross generation I love hearing about older people amongst the young, we often can learn a lot from each other and I believe that was the case with Pepper and Josephine there story had me laughing and crying with equal measure.

Once again I truly loved the variation of characters Isabelle has created and I always adore a Hayley popping up in a story I enjoy. There are some complicated and in parts some heartbreaking themes to this book but it’s been done so with such grace. I don’t want to mention them any further as I don’t want to spoil the reveals.

Hello Again is a vibrant wonder in a complicated world. Alongside Pepper we are all shown the value of living in the moment and being true to ourselves. I like Pepper have also doubted myself and my capabilities over the years. Just like her I’m a work in progress looking to embrace and enjoy the simple pleasures I love in life. I will be recommending this book threefold and I definitely need the paperback of this beauty for my collection.

2020, Author Love, blog blitz, extract, Guest Post, New Author to me, TBR, Uncategorized

Guest Post: Graeme Cumming talks to me about Carrion.

Back in May I took part in a blog blitz to showcase Graeme Cumming’s Carrion. In doing so I had a chat with the author and here lies what come from that.

A novel where the cover has drawn me in and left me intrigued. I as yet still haven’t read this offering from Graeme but I will be taking part in the @lovebooksgroup blog tour in July and I cannot wait to see whether these crows scare me….I’ve read a few things over the years where crows have left me feeling bereft and when I’ve stumbled upon one I’ve literally eye balled it so I didn’t lose my cool.

Graeme kindly offered to guest here at Hayley Reviews and I’ve been trying to find the right time to post it. In talking to Graeme I wanted to know more about his inspiration for Carrion and obviously as I haven’t yet read it he’s been mindful to that in explaining to me…..without further ado I welcome Graeme Cumming. Not only has he explained a bit about the book and how it came to be there is also a short extract from Carrion to wet your appetite.

Cut-outs Don’t Cut It

When I first started writing Carrion, it was called Salin, after the main protagonist. The reason for this name was significant to how I envisaged the book turning out. Before long, I realised it wasn’t necessary, but liked Salin’s name and kept it.

When I started writing it, the plotline was still pretty vague. Having been part of the writing community for several yearsnow, I realise my approach leaned more towards what’sreferred to as the ‘pantser’ than the ‘plotter’ – which was one of my first mistakes. 

Although I didn’t know exactly how things were going to turn out, there were ideas. I’d even drawn a rough and ready map to refer to because Salin and his friends would be going on a journey. I wanted to envisage their route and the physical obstacles in their path – forests, mountains, river – as well as the order they might be encountered. A couple of key scenes had begun to play out in my mind in advance of writing, so the map helped me work out where those scenes should take place.

Even so, I was pretty much making it up as I went along and, when I got to the final, climactic confrontation, it was clear it’d take a different form to my expectations. Still, by the time I typed ‘The End’, I liked the overall concept and felt happy with what I’d written. But it’d taken me five years to reach that point, and I needed a break from it, so I wrote what turned out to be my first published novel, Ravens Gathering. 

The progress I made with Ravens Gathering was much faster than with Salin. A key factor was the decision to plot it all out in advance. But it still meant almost two years passed before I returned to Salin. I remained broadly happy with it, but there was something missing and I couldn’t quite work out what. 

Over the following months, I edited, rewrote and got feedback from friends and family. Eventually, I felt ready to send it to my editor and sat back waiting for glowing praise. 

It didn’t materialise. Instead, I was told it was an interesting concept, but too slow and, more importantly, my villain was little more than a cardboard cut-out. I’m paraphrasing here, and covering in a few lines what he said in four pages, but the essence is correct. And it hurt. Five years’ work, plus another year or so of reworking… For nothing. 

The temptation to throw the towel in was very strong, and it was a temptation I felt several times because the scale of the changes was so significant.

The key, though, lay with the villain. His role needed beefingup. More importantly, I needed to give him more backstory. It’s become a cliché to refer to actors wanting to know their character’s ‘motivation’, but that was what made Carrion work. Not that it came easily.

At first, it went too far in the other direction. I drafted a summary of the villain’s whole life, which was something I’dlearnt writing Ravens Gathering. Knowing a character’s history helped to express them better on the page. The mistake I made was including everything in my next rewrite, increasing the word count from 120000 to 180000. The story became far too cumbersome, and the pace even slower. 

It took three more attempts to get it down to a little over 125000 words and, more importantly, set the right pace. Based on early reviews, though, it seems to have worked, and the villain’s character has given Carrion the very edge it needed.

“You can’t hide anything from me. Remember that.” There was a certain gratification in the dread he sensed in them. “But you’re right, I do like to leave something behind for the birds.” He could never explain to anyone else the surge of energy he got from that simple act, and he had no intention of trying now. He didn’t need to.

It was time to let the ravens loose…

You’ll die for that!” one of the guards yelled. He raised his sword, ready to charge. Behind him, the others were preparing to do the same.

Are you sure that’s a good idea?”

He probably saw the doubt in their eyes before they registered it themselves. It wasn’t enough to feed off yet. But it would be when it turned to fear.

“Have I introduced you to my friends?” He didn’t wait for an answer. The wings were beating before he’dfinished speaking.

About the Author: Graeme Cumming lives in Robin Hood country. He has wide and varied tastes when it comes to fiction so he’s conscious that his thrillers can cross into territories including horror, fantasy and science fiction as well as more traditional arenas.

When not writing, Graeme is an enthusiastic sailor (and, by default, swimmer), and enjoys off-road cycling and walking. He is currently Education Director at Sheffield Speakers Club. Oh yes, and he reads (a lot) and loves the cinema.

You can find more out about Graeme at the links below.

www.graemecumming.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Graeme-Cumming-1638108329841072/about/

www.twitter.com/GraemeCumming63

And you can purchase Carrion on the below links.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08774Y72T/

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08774Y72T/

As I say I will be on the blog tour for Carrion in July and you can read my previous post about it Here.

Thank you Graeme for taking the time to do this for me and for Kelly @lovebooksgroup for introducing me to Carrion and Graeme I look forward to reading and reviewing.

2019, august, ebook, novella, Quick Reads, Review, TBR, Uncategorized, update

A Patchwork Family – Part One – Moving On By Cathy Bramley

Blurb: Gina Moss is proud of herself: she’s just had the most amicable divorce ever. No arguments, no fuss, no drama. It means she has plenty of time and energy for her thriving childminding business too.

Welcome Cottage is both home and workplace for Gina. It sits just on the edge of The Evergreens – a grand if slightly run-down Victorian residence to three octogenarians who have far too much fun for their age: Violet, Delphine and Bing.

But a tragedy puts her older friends at risk of eviction – and Gina in charge of the battle to save them. It might be her first fight, but it’s one that Gina is determined not to lose…

Review: It’s been a while since I’ve read a Cathy Bramley novel and when this series was mentioned I instantly pre-ordered it, them good old 99p kindle purchases. I had hoped to have read and reviewed on publication day but that wasn’t to be. See I’m getting more organised but I’m also wanting to read more and more.

Part one is aptly named – Moving On as Gina has accomplished her amicable divorce and later on in the instalment there are more tragic circumstances. It starts with Bramley’s trademark wit, I’d heard of divorce parties via another book and the meal between Gina and Eric sure was full of laughs. It’s extremely rare that marriages can end well – but they are one of those rare breeds. The scene in the restaurant had me laughing out loud, but it also made me want to know more as they got on so well, I’m sat there wondering why they called time on their marriage.

It being part one it sets the scene and the groundwork for the story with the hint of what’s to come. What I’ve grown to love about these type of series’s is that you are left eager and wanting more and this did not disappoint. A Patchwork Family crosses over to The Lemon Tree Cafe as it’s based in the same town with some of the same characters. In realising that I realise I only read the first part of that story, so that will need to be rectified but August is proving to be a busy one.

Gina is a character that I instantly liked, she’s a go getter and wants the best out of life. A tragedy makes her realise she needs to live every day like it’s her last.

I loved the sentiments in this novel, friends and family come in all shapes and sizes and I loved the variation of age groups. You have the older generation who Gina is extremely fond of and then you have the children to whom she is also fond of. Being a childminder and an extremely good and experienced one at that. It also showed me that families can be a blessing and a curse. I don’t want to spoil the intrigue so I won’t say anymore than that. I want to see whether Dexter pulls through for the sake of his family.

2019, july, Reading and blogging intentions, TBR, Uncategorized

July TBR

I haven’t done a TBR in forever as I’m usually pretty rubbish with them but this month I’m feeling optimistic now I have a sort of momentum back here at Hayley Reviews. So I’m going to give it a go – hopefully either way there are more books read or listened to in July and that can only be a good thing.

Having finished part one and two I aim to also read three and four of The Cornish Cream Tea Bus series.

I’m hoping to have some proper time for this beauty today so watch this space. Ever since loving the sampler I’ve been eager for this.

Ever since hearing Claire read from this at the Spring Blogger event – I’ve been intrigued by this debut.

Today I have started listening to this beauty alongside sorting stuff in my room. It just seemed apt to listen to this as I have books two and three, and I could tackle some tasks and get some reading in of one of my favourites.

I got this signed at the Waterstones event and I cannot wait to read a Lucy Vine novel I know I will be ready to read Hot Mess straight after.

I’m a huge fan of Zoe May’s so have pre-ordered this so it should ping through to my Kindle this week.

As I’m in Dublin this weekend I’m not sure how much reading I’ll get done and on what format. Although I can safely say my signed hardback won’t be making the journey so I do aim to get some reading of Those People in later today.

What are you wanting to read in July and have I missed anything?

I’m also hoping to add a few more shorts in to break up my reading. So if there’s any I should know about hit me with them.

2018, Blog Tour, Netgalley, Publication Day, Review, TBR, Uncategorized

Book Review: One Summer in Rome By Samantha Tonge

Blurb: Blurb

To Rome…with love?

Mary Smith is turning her very ordinary life upside-down! She’s bought herself a one-way ticket to Rome and is ready for a summer she’ll never forget.

Men might be off the cards for waitress Mary, but within hours of arriving at the utterly charming family-run La Dolce Vita pizzeria, she’s already fallen in love with the bustling capital!

Only Dante Rossi, the mysterious (and drop-dead gorgeous) chef seems displeased with her arrival. And in the heat of the kitchen, it doesn’t take long for long-buried secrets to surface and sparks to fly…

A deliciously heartwarming romance to have you dreaming of summer. Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Caroline Roberts.

Purchase from Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2rrwXfT

Review: Firstly, happiest of publication days to Samantha. What a gorgeous treat One Summer in Rome is. Now I really do want a holiday….even more than I usually do. In reading this I have been longing for pizza (something I’m not eating at the moment – unless I make a clean eating version) and to wander around by the Trevi Fountain amongst the street entertainers.

I adored The New Beginnings Coffee Club so when Rachel emailed regarding this blog blitz I was instantly intrigued. To be honest I don’t really know where to begin with talking about this book without spoiling anything but I shall do my best. Just like The New Beginnings Coffee Club Samantha has tackled a number of real-life issues in this feel good read. It’s been pretty hard going on me reading about cake and pizza but my willpower has changed a lot since starting my Slimming World journey.

From the off I liked Mary/Maria. I applauded her for taking a risk in leaving everything she knew. It was obviously terrifying for her but after everything that has been thrown at her in her life it’s exactly what she needed. The life she was given wasn’t her making but as she set foot on that plane her mindset changed. It was heartwarming to see her tackle each and every obstacle she was given in her new country of residence. I have heard many bloggers swooning over Dante from the off but for me it wasn’t that simple. He was quite obviously attractive but at the beginning I thought he was stuck up and rude. Dante wasn’t the only character I thought badly of. I also wasn’t a huge fan of Rocco either. This novel has so much back story and history it makes it addictive. I found myself very much invested in these characters and there were a number of oh my moments that had me turning the pages quicker and quicker.

It’s surprising as the secrets about each character you couldn’t have pinpointed bar one with Rocco. The penny dropped on one point but not on the more devastating reality. By the end of the book I saw the romance in Dante and my heart warmed to Rocco.

In a world full of madness One Summer in Rome manages to take you away from whatever crazy you’re experiencing at this point in life. It also makes you realise that everyone you come across is silently fighting their own battles and worries so be kinder. A number of the books I have read lately have had an underlying message of being grateful and living for now. Not what’s gone or what might be but right now.

2018, Author Love, novella, Review, Short Story, TBR, Uncategorized

Book Review: Starry Skies at Castle Court By Holly Hepburn

Sorry for the delay been sucked into a psychological thriller but here I am finally posting my thoughts on a gorgeous series.

Blurb: Sadie is a single mum, nursing a broken heart. Cat is burned out from working long hours as a chef. They decide to invest in their dream – running their own handmade biscuit shop in gorgeous Castle Court, a three-storey food court tucked away behind Chester’s bustling streets.

They soon discover that Castle Court has its own community – a little haven of delight against the stresses of the outside world. But not everyone welcomes the new business; the patisserie owner is less than pleased by what she sees as direct competition and Greg, who runs the fancy bistro that dominates one end of the courtyard, doesn’t think Sadie and Cat have the talent or business acumen to succeed. Luckily, there’s support in the form of the delectable Jaren, who owns the Dutch waffle house opposite Smart Cookies, and Swiss chocolate-shop owner, Elin. And if all else fails, the friends can drown their sorrows in the cocktail bar that overlooks the court.

Review: Wow! I think out of all four parts this was the one I was truly waiting for and I devoured it quite quickly. Once my good friend Catriona had finished it I was eager to know how it ended.

Holly Hepburn has a way of writing characters that you love and those you love to hate. Being the final part of the stories lots of unanswered questions and situations are tied up. I think I said in a previous review there were a few characters who I didn’t see as being the bad guys who actually were a lot more slimy than I first realised.

I adored Sadie and Cat from the off and I love how they became central characters to so much within Castle Court. It’s been a bumpy rollercoaster ride for the pair but they have overcome every single obstacle. We need more strong independent women to give us a boost and at Castle Court we definitely get that. I was so pleased that Cat finally seems happy and fulfilled in both her professional and personal life. It’s been a rocky road for her and I felt like I was cheering her on along the way. So I’m glad she won through – I won’t be stating anything more than that as I want you to read and get the OMG and YES moments that I got.

A wedding always makes me smile – especially if the couple are adorable and they sure are. Once again Cat and Sadie are at the heart of the action as is Sadie’s gorgeous little girl Lissy. I have to mention Adam because he’s been a firm favourite of mine and the scenes between him and Sadie make me happy and sad at times. I was so pleased to have him back – as he was adorable from the off and he’s the kind of guy I need.

There’s sooo much I want to say but I don’t want to ruin any of this gorgeousness. It’s a real treat a story of friends, love, betrayal, good guys, bad guys getting what they deserve – ooooh did I say that. Just an all round feel good read to have with a coffee and a biscuit. Two things I’m currently not having ha go figure. The ending is simply perfect and I would love to see these characters again and I’m still desperate to be in a Holly Hepburn novel – as a good character with an amazing book boy. A girl can sure dream.

Please whatever you do this May read the Castle Court series and if you only have part four to read it’s the best yet.

Blogmas, christmas, Off Topic, TBR, Uncategorized

Little Women…

Firstly, I hope you had a fantastic Christmas with your loved ones.

I’m sorry I have been a bit on/off with my blogmas attempt, but I am grateful to every comment, like and follow since I have tried. My views have improved which means I’m obviously saying something worthwhile.

How I’m still awake, and how I managed to watch this and think of something to say is outstanding. I got up seriously early this morning to brave the sales to start with as help and then for me. I had fun in a weird way if I’m honest. No books sadly, not yet anyway.

Watching Little Women this evening has prompted me to ask….have you read it? And what are your thoughts on the book by Louisa May Alcott.

I must admit this is a classic that I downloaded a while ago but have still not got around to.

Next year I would like to do better with my classic reading so this should feature. I have seen a mixture of comments regarding tonight’s first instalment of the BBC’s adaptation. I must admit I enjoyed it but I have nothing to compare it to – it has made me want to push this novel up my TBR list though, so in that instance the TV show has worked it’s magic.

What are your thoughts? I aim to be back tomorrow although I am back at work so anything is possible.

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Cover Reveal: Fatal Masquerade – A Lady Alkmene Mystery By Vivian Conroy 

Today at Hayley Reviews I am pleased to welcome Vivian Conroy via this gorgeous cover reveal…


Isn’t it a beauty and full of so much detail a real work of art. 

Now if that isn’t enough for you here’s the 

Blurb: Lady Alkmene and Jake Dubois are back in a gripping new adventure facing dangerous opponents at a masked ball in the countryside.

Masked danger…
Lady Alkmene Callender has always loved grand parties, but when she receives an invitation to a masked ball thrown by Franklin Hargrove – oil magnate, aviation enthusiast and father of her best friend, Denise – she’s never seen such luxury. The estate is lit up with Chinese lanterns in the gardens, boats operated by footmen float across the pond and the guest list features the distinguished, rich and powerful!

But below the glamour, evil is lurking. When a dead body is discovered, it forces Lady Alkmene to throw off her mask and attempt to find the true killer before Denise’s family are accused. If only her partner, Jake Dubois, weren’t hiding something from her…
This case might just be more dangerous than either of them could have imagined.

I will be reading and reviewing this when it’s available….

What do you think?? 

I haven’t read anything by Vivian yet but I certainly will be.

This is released on 4th October and can be pre-ordered Here

ebook, Quick Reads, Review, Short Story, TBR

Novella Review: Valentine’s Day at the Star and Sixpence by Holly Hepburn 


Blurb: Fall in love at the Star and Sixpence this Valentine’s Day….
Love is in the air as sisters Nessie and Sam prepare for Valentine’s Day at their newly renovated pub, The Star and Sixpence. They have a star chef winging her way from London to cook a very special Valentine’s Day dinner, for all the couples in the village. 

But as sparks fly in the kitchen, will love bloom in The Star and Sixpence? A romantic short story, perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley and Scarlett Bailey. 

Sorry that this post has come super late in the day. I had partially sorted this but had literally no time today. Work was mental and during my break I managed to eat and just sit my ankle has been unbearable, but I’m starting to write in a pad again so hopefully I will stop complaining on here. 

Review: After finishing Holly Hepburn’s Picture House by the Sea series I really didn’t fancy heading straight into a full length novel. Even though I have a few Netgalley reads that I’m itching to get to. So I thought I would look to my Kindle and Valentine’s Day at the Star Sixpence caught my eye. I have only read the Picture House series of Holly’s but I have had them on my ever expanding TBR – so when I noticed this I thought it was perfect timing. 

From this instalment I can definitely say I’m going to enjoying visiting more of the Star and Sixpence, it sounds like one of those gorgeous quirky pubs that you will keep going back to. You could sit there alone and people watch or gossip it depends whose around or you could sit there and fall in love with a book with a tasty cocktail or two. I believe this is the second part although they can be read alone – although there’s a few things that may have made more sense to me if I had read Snowdrops first. 

Anyway it can’t be changed I have read the Valentines part. It really did make me smile yet again more loveable and relatable characters. I want to know what Sam is running from and what she’s scared of although I love her and Joss and it was cute that Nick Borrowdale features in this as he popped up in the Picture House.

Nessie – is an adorable character who has very little confidence in herself. I look forward to seeing how she changed throughout the series. Her and Owen are both shy and adorable it took them forever to work out a date. 

Holly you have sucked me in once again I cannot wait to see how this progresses. If you want a feel good read with a hint of love, friendship and family then check out the Star and Sixpence…..it’s gorgeous.