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

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

#Blogtour #Bookreview Cynthia Smart’s Midwife Crisis by Liz Davies @LizDaviesAuthor @rararesources

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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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A Wedding at Wynter House (Wyntersleap series Book 3) by Emily Harvale @emilyharvale @rararesources

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Not everyone at Wynter House is thrilled about this wedding.

Secrets have been revealed and new relationships begun. Now it’s time to look to the future. Neva and Rafe are in love and so are Adam and Hazel. Jo’s love life leaves a lot to be desired, although Gavin could remedy that.

But Rafe’s grandmother, Olivia still hopes that something will tear Rafe and Neva apart. Hazel’s new assignment means nursing someone back to health … and there’s history between them. And Jo’s receiving texts from her ex-fiancé.

Then Rafe’s first wife, Pippa – the woman who broke his heart, unexpectedly arrives. And she’s even more beautiful and irresistible than Rafe remembers.

When everyone is looking to the future, will the past prove to be too strong?

There will be a wedding at Wynter House … but who will be the bride and groom?

This is book three in the Wyntersleap 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 Wyntersleap series is interlinked with the Merriment Bay series and several characters appear in both series.

The Review: Apologies to everyone for posting so late in the day on this but I honestly have just had the morning of mornings when it came to things running out of battery, things updating and not opening up.

 

I have to admit opening an Emily Harvale book is always akin to settling down and breathing a sigh of relief, and here was no exception. We begin with a bit of a reminder of how things ended previously and I was happy for the catch up but remembered as I read which I always love! We get a sense that there’s drama to come as members of a certain family is to be embraced by some but not by others and I readied myself for the drama which was of course so well done!

Merriment Bay is mentioned a few times and although it is said that this series can be read as a standalone, I wished I could simultaneously read both although I am on the blog tour for it this week and so am very fortunate as it will give me an even firmer grounding but I’d tell people to get going on both (for fun!)

The romance and settings were stunning, and there were some nice light little chuckle moments which I savored(especially some puntastic names) , put of course with some great drama. I read this book, annoyingly, over a few days instead of one night but devoured as I read, and actually have to remind people to look at the author’s  back catalogue and signup to both her newsletter and her readers book club on Facebook as told to us in a lovely reader letter at the end as they both look like bookish heaven!!

In summation beyond enjoyable and roll on Merriment Bay! Thanks so much again 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 and apologies again to both her and Emily for being so late with this.

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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#Coverreveal The Banjo by Elaine Spires @ElaineSWriter @rararesources

So what better way to start a Monday morning than a cover reveal from the lovely Eaine Spires!!

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What they say: The 1970s. Zany fashions brought the Decade That Taste Forgot. Change is in the air. Decimal currency; the Common Market; widespread strikes; the Winter of Discontent; IRA bombings; the sale of Council houses and quickie divorces make their mark on the whole country including the community of the Banjo. The eight households who live in Cromwell Close experience births, deaths, marriages, shocks and surprises but as the 70s become the 80s and beyond Dagenham undergoes great transformation. The once close-knit Community is changing.

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Elaine Spires is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter and actress. Extensive travelling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine’s keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels. Elaine has written two books of short stories, two novellas and seven novels, four of which form the Singles Series – Singles’ Holiday, Singles and Spice, Single All The Way and Singles At Sea.  Her latest book, Singles, Set and Match is the fifth and final book in the series.  Her play Stanley Grimshaw Has Left The Building is being staged at the Bridewell Theatre, London in May 2019.  Her short film Only the Lonely, co-written with Veronique Christie and featuring Anna Calder Marshall is currently being in shown in film festivals worldwide and she is currently working on a full length feature film script. Only the Lonely won the Groucho Club Short Film Festival 2019. Elaine recently returned to UK after living in Antigua W.I. She lives in East London.

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Isn’t that absolutely beautiful? Make sure to check it out and have a good Monday!

#Publicationdaypush #BookReview A Cornish Daisy’s Kiss (A Little Hotel in Cornwall book 6) by Laura Briggs @PaperDollWrites @rararesources

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#BookReview Flying Solo by Zoe May

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A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy about love, dreams and self-discovery by bestselling author, Zoe May.

Rachel Watson has it all worked out. By 30, she’s ticked off most of the goals on her Life List. She’s a home owner, a partner at her law firm, she has a gorgeous boyfriend, lots of hobbies and loads of good friends. The only thing that’s missing is a ring on her finger.

According to her Life List, Rachel should be getting hitched around now, so when her boyfriend, Paul, plans a romantic date, Rachel’s pretty confident he’s going to propose. Except Paul has other ideas. He’s jetting off to India to find himself.

Distraught, Rachel doesn’t know what to do. Not one to easily admit defeat, she embarks on a mission to win him back.

Flying solo to India is definitely not part of Rachel’s plans, but could her trip teach her unexpected lessons about love, life and herself? Could she realise that perhaps her Life List wasn’t exactly what she wanted, after all?

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The Review: I have previously reviewed When Polly Met Olly (review here) and Perfect Match (review here) and was thrilled when I heard this was coming out.

From the start of the book I was all in, there’s nothing better than an expected proposal and this was done amazingly, I was with Rachel as she prepped herself for the big night (or two) and fell in step with the nice touches of humour, easily. Rachel’s back story was so sad and actually I wished I’d got it much earlier, as I think I connected with Rachel even more when I heard all she’d gone through. I mispredicted early on and loved that I did, as the author’s way was so much better than what I expected to happen!

I loved Rachel trying to adapt to life in India, although you experience India more as a compound than actual indian life if you know what I mean and I enjoyed that it was more about the way people lived in places that thrived on travellers finding themselves. The characters were great, the comedy brilliant, I get from the end that there’s possibly a sequel, but even with that the ending was very sudden but all in all such an enjoyable read and one that I flew through. Very much recommended.

Rating: 4/5

 

Q and A Flying Solo by Zoe May @zoe_writes

I am thrilled today to have Zoe May on the blog today (a day late so the greatest of apologies to Ms. May). I have previously reviewed When Polly Met Olly (review here) and Perfect Match (review here) and love her sparkling, uber modern rom coms, and actually have bought and have just started Flying Solo! So off we go!

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What is your new book about?

My new book, Flying Solo, is about a London lawyer called Rachel who is a bit of a control freak. She’s lived her life according to her ‘Life List’, ticking off major goals along the way, such as getting a good degree, finding a decent boyfriend, becoming Partner at her firm, but the only goal she’s not managed to achieve is to get engaged. Rachel thinks her boyfriend, Paul, is about to pop the question on a date, but instead, he informs her that he’s jetting off to India to stay in an ashram and find himself. Rachel is distraught but after a few weeks of licking her wounds, she decides to embark on a trip India to win Paul back and save their relationship.

Rachel is the last person to end up in an ashram and the experience surprises her in many ways. From spirit animal workshops to corrupt gurus to orgies, she leaves the ashram a different person to who she was when she arrived. She also happens to meet a hippy heartthrob along the way!

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I’ve actually just started your book and had forgotten that this was where we were being led (Paul’s in a bad way at the mo, so it might not be a bad idea for him to find himself!) What do you love most about writing?

I love exploring ideas and the process of bringing a story and characters I’ve imagined to life. I love sharing my work with readers and hearing that they enjoyed my books. It’s the best feeling! So far the feedback about Flying Solo has been really positive. A few readers have said how they laughed so hard they were crying or had tea coming out of their nose – that makes me so happy!

Oh my wordy word, that’s always great to hear!! Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

My ideas usually stem from something that has happened to me in real life. My new book Flying Solo, is about a London lawyer who jets off to India in an effort to save her relationship with her boyfriend, Paul, who has embarked on a trip to an ashram ‘find himself’. I describe the book as ‘Bridget Jones meets Legally Blonde, in an ashram’! The idea for the book came from my own trip to an ashram in India in 2013. My debut, Perfect Match, is about dating and that was inspired by my experiences of dating in London in my twenties! Usually, there’s a seed of real life in my novels but then I start day-dreaming and turn it into a mostly fictional plot.

Great description! When did you write your first book and how old were you?

I was 26. I wrote a novel called ‘The Wallet’ (not a very catchy title). It was about a woman who falls in love with a guy after finding his wallet on the Tube. It was an okay hook, but my execution was terrible and I had actually bored myself by the time I finished it. I knew it would never get published but as I’d been writing it, I’d been sharing chapters with my writing group and getting feedback on my writing, which helped me hone my skills. Once I finished The Wallet and put it aside, I started working on a new, way more fun book, which was then published by HarperCollins. That was my debut, Perfect Match.

I love that you had the bug and finished it even though you didn’t totally love it. Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they?

My main tip would just be to write as much as possible. And not just fiction. When I was trying to become a good writer, I decided I’d take on as many writing jobs as possible. I’ve had office jobs that involve writing, from working as a reporter to working in communications for a charity, but I’ve also done all sorts of freelance writing, from copywriting for company websites to writing articles for trade newsletters. And before I freelanced, I had a blog. I think it’s important to try to get as much writing experience as possible in all sorts of capacities. Some of it may not feel directly relevant to writing novels, but it strengthens your overall writing ability, meaning that when you do start writing novels, you can hit the ground running and your writing will be lean, compelling and strong.

Thanks so much for being here, Zoe, and I can’t wait to get back to the book! (Review in the next day or so!)

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A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy about love, dreams and self-discovery by bestselling author, Zoe May.

 

Rachel Watson has it all worked out. By 30, she’s ticked off most of the goals on her Life List. She’s a home owner, a partner at her law firm, she has a gorgeous boyfriend, lots of hobbies and loads of good friends. The only thing that’s missing is a ring on her finger.

According to her Life List, Rachel should be getting hitched around now, so when her boyfriend, Paul, plans a romantic date, Rachel’s pretty confident he’s going to propose. Except Paul has other ideas. He’s jetting off to India to find himself.

Distraught, Rachel doesn’t know what to do. Not one to easily admit defeat, she embarks on a mission to win him back.

Flying solo to India is definitely not part of Rachel’s plans, but could her trip teach her unexpected lessons about love, life and herself? Could she realise that perhaps her Life List wasn’t exactly what she wanted, after all?

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Zoe May is an author of romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She worked in journalism and copywriting in London before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe couldn’t resist writing a novel about dating since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!

Perfect Match was one of Apple’s top-selling books of 2018. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award, with judges describing it as ‘a laugh out loud look at love and self-discovery – fresh and very funny’.

As well as writing, Zoe enjoys walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading! She adores animals and if she’s not taking a photo of a vegan meal, she’s probably tweeting about the dairy industry. She is half Greek and half Irish and can make a mean baklava. Zoe has a thing for horror films, India, swimming, hip hop and Radiohead. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of handbags having spent several years working in fashion copywriting and could probably win Mastermind if this was her specialist subject!

Zoe loves to hear from readers, you can contact her on Twitter and Instagram at: @zoe_writes.

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Finding Love at Hedghog Hollow by Jessica Redland #BookReview #Blogtour @jessicaredland @boldwoodbooks #boldwoodbloggers @rararesources

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About the book: As Samantha Wishaw watches the love of her life marry another woman, she’s ready to give up hope of finding her happy ever after.

But when a chance encounter leads Sam to find friendship in Thomas – a lonely, grumpy elderly widower living at derelict Hedgehog Hollow – her life is about to change forever.

Glad to have a distraction from family feuds and match-making, Sam vows to fulfil Thomas and his wife, Gwendoline’s, dreams of restoring Hedgehog Hollow to its former glory, and to open a hedgehog rescue centre.

Throwing herself into the task at hand, little does Sam realise that the keys to love and happiness may also be found at Hedgehog Hollow, when she least expects it…

The Review: I absolutely jumped for this book on seeing the gorgeous cover and was thrilled to be rewarded with a book that gave everything I love in a book-animals, a life change and the promise of a beautiful story.

This is the story of Sam, who we meet at her cousin Chloe’s wedding. The only thing is, Chloe is marrying the love of Sam’s life! I beyond fell for both Sam and her lovely dad very early on, but was perplexed by the emotional beating the two of them took throughout the book, in particular by selfish relatives that had me shaking my head and frowning regularly.

I willed both of them on and cheered for Sam when her second chance came in the form of the loveliest friendship that was formed with the brilliant Thomas, an elderly man who was bereft after the death of his lovely wife. I’ll admit Sam’s own love story wasn’t totally necessary for me, the relationships of the day were most definitely our father/daughter team and the earlier grandfather/granddaughter relationship (and of course her beautiful friendship with Thomas). All in all a beautifully told story with a beautiful lead character. Thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources and Boldwood books for the book in return for an honest review and for allowing me to be part of the blog tour.

Rating: 4/5

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Jessica Redland is the author of nine novels, including The Secret to Happiness, which are all set around the fictional location of Whitsborough Bay. Inspired by her hometown of Scarborough she writes uplifting women’s fiction which has garnered many devoted fans.

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The Hungry Readers Games Challenge: Final challenge #HungryReadersGames

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So for this 🏆🏹📚 FINAL CHALLENGE # 4! Games Book Challenge! 3_ Surprise Books. Challengers who Picked “SURPRISE” had a chance to PICK TWO BOOKS for the chance to WIN the June 2020 Hungry Readers Games Bonus Points CHAMPIONSHIP!!! 🎉🎉

OUR BOLD CHALLENGERS WHO SELECTED “SURPRISE” ARE:

District 1: @grannylovestoread
District 2: @chicklitshop
District 4: @brmaycock
District 5: @bookloverfl12
District 6: @authorheathercastle

***** 🎉RESULTS: 🎉

📚 Book 1: She’s Got Game by our GamesMistress @lauraheffernanbooks! Buy: https://amzn.to/2ZzweXV

📚 Book 2: Splitting Heirs by @DianeMichaels! Buy: https://amzn.to/2CSqyAu

📚 Book 3: Ridorkulous by @marewulf! Buy: https://amzn.to/2NByI2a

🎉 Each District has spent -5 BP for each book. If they don’t finish one or want to switch to the third book, it will cost them -25 BP.

🎉 Both Surprise Books selected must be Read & Reviewed by Tuesday midnight CST, for the full 150 Bonus Points. Any other combination will only yield 50 BP per finished Surprise Book, 40 BP per own Games book, or 60 per own #ownvoices / #diversereads Games book. Up to 2 Games Books Read & Reviewed for this Challenge # 4 will count towards the Challenge. If any Challenger has already read one of the 3 Surprise Books, they will Earn an Extra 10 BP for that book and will have to choose another to Read & Review (if it was selected).

🎉 Selections Are:

🌷 1) District 1: Books 1 & 3.

🌷 2) District 2 & District 5: Books 2 & 3.

🌷 3) District 4 & District 6: Books 1 & 2.

🌷 4) District 3 (@carpediemchronicles) chose to SKIP this Challenge # 4 for -20 BP.

So~34 hours to Read & Review their TWO Chosen Books (or Games Books that they choose on their own) for Challenge # 4!

AND A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR THREE SPONSORS: @lauraheffernanbooks, @dianemichaels, AND @marewulf !!! 🥰🥰🥰 Stay tuned!…📺📺📺

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The Results:

So here is the final challenge set for the Hungry Readers Games, ending for me over the next few days. It’s been a blast- I wont lie, I well underperformed, in particular on the social media side of things, but I met the 6 people, read some fantastic books, and even found some new authors to follow too!!!

As you can see above I chose book 1 and 2 (and promptly bookmarked book3!!!) I had bookmarked book 2 some time ago and so was excited to read it, but jumped first for book 1 as after reading Poll Dancer just a few weeks ago (read the review here ), I knew I had to read She Got Game, a book all about board gaming. The review is here.

While I read the book within the allocated time, I didn’t post about it and reviewed after the allocated time. And while I’ve started Splitting Heirs (and am enjoying it), obviously I didn’t read or review in time.

So there we are, the end of an excellent month where I read the following books!!

Coming Home to Heritage Cove by Helen Rolfe (242 pages) review here

When Life Gives You Lemons by Fiona Gibson (400 pages) review here

Midwife Crisis by Lyndsey Gallagher (still to be reviewed)

Samantha Tonge-The Summer Island Swap (review here) length 368 pages

Jenny Rabe’ Something Old (The Fake Engagement Series book 1 review here) length 250 pages

Sunshine and Second Chances by Kim Nash 238 pages review here

Poll Dancer by the brilliant Laura Heffernan 182 pages review here

Just Friends by Lucy Keeling 273 pages review here

T A William’s Dreaming of Tuscany Arc from Netgalley (blog post not done yet) 262 pages

Kitty Wilson Happy Ever After (The Cornish Village School book 5) Arc from Netgalley review here

Keris Stainton The Bad Mother’s Book Club Arc from Netgalley 229 pages review here

Mary Frame Surprise book Imperfectly Delicious (Imperfectly Perfect book 6) 276 pages review here

And then of course She’s got game by Laura Heffernan (216 pages) review here

The highest of thanks to Mary Smith, who is just the ultimate in the planning of the Hungry Readers Games and our fantastic judge Laura, who literally dropped everything to do dice rolls!!

Speaking of … if there’s a chance of a final dice roll, I’ll take it!!