#BlogTour #BookReview Summer at My Sister’s by Emily Harvale @emilyharvale @rararesources

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What they say: Twin sisters. One scorching summer. A bucketful of secrets.

Diana’s life is perfect. Her twin sister, Josie’s – not so much.

Diana has a rich and successful husband, two talented youngsters and an adorable dog. She always looks as if she’s stepped from the cover of a magazine. Her immaculate second home by the sea, for idyllic summers with her perfect family, was actually featured in one.
 
Josie has a messy, compact flat, dates, but not relationships, and she can’t even keep a houseplant alive. She moves from job to job, goes clubbing with her friends and often looks as if she’s fallen through a hedge.

Although Josie loves Diana deeply, each year she declines the invitation to spend the summer with her sister. Or any other family holiday. Because Josie has a secret. But is Diana’s life so perfect? Or is she also hiding something? When secrets are revealed this summer, everything will change. Josie could finally have the life she’s always wanted … if she’s brave enough to take a chance.

This is the first book in my new series of standalone novels set in Seahorse Harbour.

THE review: I would say one of my most reviewed authors, I seriously jumped when I saw this, a book by the prolific Emily Harvale about two very different sisters being put together again. So we meet Josie, who we see as a very devil may care (I’ll admit we didn’t always get on), out to have fun person, being pushed into checking if there is something up with her sister.

Having moved away and pretty much checked out from life in Seahorse harbour Josie returns to find her sister is not herself and sets about figuring out what is going on and oh my wow what a job to do this! There were scenes that made my jaw drop and made me nod along, agog. The mammy in me raised her eyebrows at a particularly lusty stormy scene (it was dangerous people!) but nobody could have ripped my eyes from the page!

This is a book full of the most wonderful, sweep you away cosiness, witty banter and nod along humour, with beautiful captivating settings and of course Ms. Harvale’s trademark romance and dramatic flair all thrown into the mix. It was exactly what I needed and is very much recommended. Dramatic, witty, charming and romantic, and as it says, the first in a series of standalone books set in Seahorse Harbour that I for one will be following!

Thanks so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review and for allowing me to be part of the blog tour.

Rating: 5/5

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Emily writes novels, novellas and short stories about friendship, family and falling in love. She loves a happy ending but knows that life doesn’t always go to plan. Her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.
Emily loves to connect with her readers and has a readers’ group in which many have become good friends. To catch up with Emily, find out about the group, or connect with her on social media, go to her website at www.emilyharvale.com.
Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now writes full-time. She’s a member of the SoA and the RWA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star.
When not writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats that like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether Emily is typing on it, or not.
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#BookReview #BlogTour Tipping Point by Emily Benet @EmilyBenet @rararesources

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What they say: The sun … the ocean … the farmhouse … the scammer… the police… the 3-legged dog?

George and Ellen have retired to sunny Mallorca. Social butterfly Ellen is itching to make yacht-owning friends while George’s heart is set on a secluded farmhouse in the country. In fact, now that they’re no longer living busy London lives, they’re beginning to realise they have very different ideas of happiness.

Private investigator Salva specialises in cases of adultery. That’s why it’s particularly embarrassing that he didn’t realise his long-term girlfriend has been cheating on him. He has no time to nurse a broken heart, since his family are the victims of a property scam they urgently need him to solve. 

Robyn Chase is giving talks on her self-help book, No More Toxic Relationships – 7 Years, 7 Lessons. She’s finding it awkward being a relationship guru when her own boyfriend is avoiding her. 

The sun is shining in Mallorca and everything looks beautiful. But the residents of one particular apartment block are about to discover it all might be too good to be true.

The review: I was thrilled to see this author come up for review , I remember ‘Please Retweet’ from the earlier days of the blog and had marked her as one to watch so jumped for this one!

This is a book for those of you who want to be transported to a very vivid but sometimes stark destination in Spain. We meet Salva, a jaded investigator who is beginning to feel the weight of his job as he’s surrounded by his family who are trying to solve some issues.

We move on to a number of different people, including a motivational speaker who doesn’t always take her own advice, a smooth talking charlatan and a couple who both want very different things as they live out their spanish ‘dream’. It was these two that gripped me most, as I felt for both at different times, but obviously leaned towards one(!)

I loved how all of the stories continued along and then careered into each other at the intersection which had me willing on people to do the right thing. All in all a very riveting read, with the perfect balance of gripping and madcap, set against a great backdrop with excellent characters.

Very much recommended! Thanks so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

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Emily Benet is a journalist, award-winning blogger and author of contemporary fiction. Her books include the blog-to-book Shop Girl Diaries, Wattpad hit Spray Painted Bananas and social media romcom #PleaseRetweet. She lives in Mallorca with her husband and daughter and the sunny island is the setting for her latest novels The Hen Party and Tipping Point. She writes regularly for the luxury lifestyle magazine abcMallorca.

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#PublicationDayPush #BookReview Under a Siena Sun by T A Williams @TAWilliamsBooks @rararesources

  1. What they say: Lucy needed a change of scene. She didn’t expect the change of a lifetime. Doctors Without Borders has been Lucy Young’s life for the past four years. After being rescued from a conflict zone, she’s making a change from saving lives under gunfire to practising medicine insafe, serene Siena.Now treating wealthy patients at a private clinic, she’s never felt less comfortable. She’s used to helping those in dire need–not those in need of a nip and tuck. Her turmoil grows when she encounters injured tennis star David Lorenzo, whose smiles make Lucy forget her aversion to the rich. She’s soon falling for the sportsman but is she losing herself in this world of excess? All she’s ever wanted was to help the underprivileged, so can her future lie in Siena at the clinic–with David? This sunny romance is the perfect summer escape for fans of Lucy Coleman and Alex Brown.
  2. The Review: you’ll know by now that one of my favourite forms of escapism is through a T A William’s book. I opened this with the usual anticipation and was beyond not disappointed. We begin with a dedication that made me nod, and proceeded to a place I wouldn’t have guessed, an African clinic under attack. The scene was cinematic, and I sat forward (I do this sometimes!) mesmitised. I adored this book. I loved the ‘will they won’t they,’ or even the possibility of a love triangle, I loved the clash of worlds, the vividness and beauty (as always!) of the settings, and the characters were extra special. I have to admit her job was so intriguing. I’ll admit I had one niggle, the ending which says something about my personality, or maybe an insecurity, who knows(?!) But it changed nothing-a fantastic book, totally recommended!!! Thanks so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review.
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  4. About the author I’m a man. And a pretty old man as well. I did languages at university a long time ago and then lived and worked in France and Switzerland before going to Italy for seven years as a teacher of English. My Italian wife and I then came back to the UK with our little daughter (now long-since grown up) where I ran a big English language school for many years. We now live in a sleepy little village in Devonshire. I’ve been writing almost all my life but it was only seven years ago that I finally managed to find a publisher who liked my work enough to offer me my first contract. The fact that I am now writing romantic comedy is something I still find hard to explain. My early books were thrillers and historical novels. Maybe it’s because there are so many horrible things happening in the world today that I feel I need to do my best to provide something to cheer my readers up. My books provide escapism to some gorgeous locations, even if travel to them is currently difficult.

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#BookReview #Blogtour Starcross Manor (Love Heart Lane book 4) by Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow @0neMoreChapter_

What they say: Dying to know more about the brooding and mysterious Flynn Carter and the secrets behind his plans for Starcross Manor?

You won’t want to miss the next spellbinding chapter in the Love Heart Lane series – where friends are there for you no matter what.

When Julia Coleman meets Flynn Carter again in the cosy village of Heartcross it can only mean trouble. Flynn might be rich, brooding and sexy, but Julia knows first-hand he’s ruthless and she plans to watch his every move.

When Julia discovers Flynn’s plans for beautiful Starcross Manor her greatest fears come true.  Because Flynn’s dreams of turning Starcross into a luxury hotel could ruin Julia’s dreams…and finish off the community of Heartcross for good.

Flynn makes it clear he doesn’t want trouble, and he’s not the man Julia thinks he is.  As he sets about convincing the community he’s changed, he hopes he can convince Julia to give him another chance too…

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The Review: I had intended for ever to get to this, a beautiful sounding series (I mean, come on, Love heart Lane!) by the much lauded Christie Barlow, who I’d read some years ago (the At the School Gates series) and who is someone I aspire to in terms of the books I write myself, and finally got around to putting my hand up for this, the 4th book of the series.

So we meet Julia Colman on her friend’s wedding day where the most dramatic of wedding drama (okay, Kill bill would be the most dramatic you could get, but you know what I mean!) ensues and I was absolutely agog!! Fast forward 5 years and Julia is getting ready for the dream, to open her own b and b type establishment. A face from the past seems to sour things and we are launched into some rivalry.

I beyond enjoyed this book, the drama and the romance taking grip and not letting go. I loved the village and settings, the drama and romance which were absolutely up my street! All in all a book I very much savored. I’d have preferred to have read books 1 to 3 of course, so I’d advise everyone not to make the same mistake I did and instead to sit down and enjoy them all together. Thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review and for allowing me to be part of this blog tour!

Rating:4.5/5

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Christie Barlow is the number 1 International bestselling author of ten bestsellers including A Home at Honeysuckle Farm, Love Heart Lane and Clover Cottage. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA, Canada & Australia.

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#BlogTour #BookReview The Guilty Wife by Nina Manning @rararesources @ninamanning78 #BoldwoodBloggers

Tuesday Mooney Wore Black by Kate Racculia #minireview @kateracculia

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You are cordially invited to play a game…

Tuesday Mooney loves a puzzle. So when an eccentric billionaire drops dead, leaving behind a fiendish treasure hunt – open to anyone – to his fortune, Tuesday can’t resist.

Although she works best alone, she soon finds herself partnering up with best friend Dex (money manager by day, karaoke-zealot by night) and the mysterious Nathaniel Arches, eldest son of a wealthy family who held a long-running feud with the dead man.

As the clues are solved, excitement across the city reaches fever pitch – but nothing is as it seems, and the puzzle-within-a-puzzle holds something much darker than a vast fortune at its heart…

The Review: This is the story of the ‘walk into the room and everyone turns’ Tuesday Mooney, who was always seen as different, from a young age there were rumours about her, and we get a sense that something huge happened. Now, in the modern day, there has been a death, and an extremely wealthy eccentric has prepared a treasure hunt that has groups forming to claim the bounty.

I loved how Tuesday met and joined with the characters she did, some of whom had such sad back stories. I loved the creepiness and gothic air to so much of the book, and the betrayal and amazing friendship too. I swallowed this book down whenever I could get to it, and was gutted to reach the end. Creepy, gothic and yet feel good too! Thanks so much to HarperCollins and Netgalley for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating:4.5/5

#Bookreview A Clean Sweep by Audrey Davis @audbyname

 

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What they say: A LAUGH-OUT-LOUD TALE OF LOVE, LIES AND SECOND CHANCES …

Love comes around when you least expect it. Fifty-something widow Emily isn’t looking for romance. Nor is she expecting a hunky twenty-something chimney sweep on her doorstep.

Daughter Tabitha knows her relationship isn’t quite right, while her boss – Abba-loving Meryl – thinks she’s found the real deal.

Emily’s sister Celeste has the perfect marriage. Or does she?

Susan is single, overweight and resigned to a life of loneliness. There was the one who got away, but second chances are for other people.

Buckle up for a rollercoaster ride of emotions in a book that will grab, your heart, make you smile and wish you had a chimney to sweep.

Pick up a copy of this enchanting debut romantic comedy today!
A warm and witty read. Leaves you with a lovely fuzzy feeling. Fabulously entertaining … I didn’t want to put it down!

The review: You’ll remember how much I loved The Haunting of Hattie Hastings, with its fantastic romance, intelligent humour and general gripping nature, while at the same time having me not want to finish. As a result, when I saw this, A Clean Sweep, by the lovely and amazing Audrey Davies, I jumped.

A Clean Sweep is the story of a number of different characters, all who are looking for something in their life. I’ll admit to not having read the blurb and so thinking this was just the story of Emily, a widow, and Joe, the lovely chimney sweep and then was nicely surprised!

I love multiple stories, and was intrigued to see where they would meet up and thrilled that I continuously knew who each of the characters were and could keep up with their lives. I’ll admit I’m a bit of a prude, so some of the cheekier moments weren’t totally my thing, but it didn’t really matter, I was so swept (see what I did there) up in everything else!

The storytelling is rich, intelligent and bright, I felt for all the characters, (even the ones I had thought I couldn’t warm to) and flew through the book to a satisfying, wonderful, feel good (and also very real) ending.

Rating: 4.5/5

#publicationdaycelebration Summer At My Sister’s by Emily Harvale @rararesources @emilyharvale

It’s publication day for Summer at my Sister’s!!!

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Wedding Bells in Merriment Bay (Book 3 in Merriment Bay series) by Emily Harvale @Emilyharvale @rararesources

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Change is in the air as wedding bells ring out in Merriment Bay. 

Cat’s determined to propose to Amias. Well, it is a leap year so it’s fine for women to do the asking, and besides, it took him eighteen years to tell her how he felt. She’s not going to wait for him to pop the question. All she needs to do is find the perfect time and place.

Kyra’s fallen for Francis Raine, who seems happy to flirt and exchange banter but hasn’t actually asked her out. Does he reciprocate her feelings, or is he this way with every girl he meets? There’s only one way to find out. She’ll ask him on a date … as soon as he returns to Merriment Bay.

Mary’s leaving Devon Villa after a lifetime spent in the house. She’s never lived alone so it’s both an exciting and a terrifying prospect. But change is good, isn’t it? Perhaps it’s time she tried a few other new things too.

The Devon women want to move on to the next chapters in their lives. And as Viola Devon used to say before she died, “The only one who can write your own life story as you want it, is you.” Although Viola’s didn’t work out too well. Will Cat, Kyra, and Mary have better luck with theirs?

This is book three in the Merriment Bay series. It can be read as a standalone but you would enjoy it more if you read the other two books in this series first. The Merriment Bay series is interlinked with the Wyntersleap series and several characters appear in both series. 

The Review: Yes, I’m back, but also back is a read by the author of so many heart warming cosy reads and series, and this book is no exception. Just two days ago I spoke of the Wyntersleaps series, having reviewed book 3, and wished I could be a bit more caught up. Luckily, this amazing author and blog tour host have ensured that by being on both blog tours- I kind of am!! (This is a hint to get reading both series!!)

In this installment we’re again all about the weddings and marriages. I’ll admit, to some there will be possibly a few too many speaking, worrying and mulling over proposals and weddings, but for most, and especially all enjoying the series, it was welcome.

The settings, as ever, were fantastic, and in particular the events gave off magic and sparkle. I was thrilled I got to know more characters and that some redeemed themselves in my eyes. There wasn’t quite as much drama (with a body in a previous installment, it was difficult to arrive anywhere more explosive!), it was more dialogue, but with that great touch of humor added in places.

All in all so enjoyable and very much recommend as a pair of series. Thanks so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating:4.5/5

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Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.

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