Blog Tour – Book Review: The Post Box at the North Pole

Synopsis


Dear Santa,

I wish I could believe in magic again.

From, Sasha.

Sasha Hansley hates Christmas. As a child, it was her favourite time of year, but ever since the tragic death of her mother, it has completely lost its magic.

But when she gets an unexpected phone call from her eccentric estranged father, she’s forced to dust off her snow boots.

He has been running a Lapland-style Christmas village in Norway and after suffering a heart attack, he is on strict doctor’s orders to slow down. Eager to reconnect with her dad, Sasha books the next flight out there. Only she has never actually been on a plane before, let alone to the Arctic Circle.

 Met at the runway by drop-dead-gorgeous Taavi Salvesen, they sleigh ride through the snow with the Northern Lights guiding their way.

 When Sasha uncovers sacks of unopened Santa mail – letters that children and adults from all over the world write to Santa every year – she realises that she can send a little bit of magic out into the world by replying to some of them.

 With Taavi on hand to help, will Sasha rediscover her own excitement for Christmas and find love among the letters?The Post Box at the North Pole is like one big romantic mug of hot chocolate with extra whipped cream and a splash of Christmas magic! Fans of Holly Martin, Sarah Morgan and Heidi Swain will love this novel!

Review

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My Thoughts

What a wonderful story Jaimie has written! If Hallmark and Disney ever got to together to make a Christmas movie this would be it! This story has the sweetness and the romance of a Hallmark movie and the colorful cheerfulness and touch of magic of a Disney movie. I absolutely loved it!

This book is simply wonderful and really the perfect story to escape into this Christmas season.

What to expect:

✅ change of scenery from dreary UK to a Christmas village in Norway that needs saving!

✅ father-daughter relationship that has seen some hard times, can they reconnect?

✅ lovely main character Sasha that I instantly liked and I could completely picture her dad!

✅ Norwegian hunk, Tav, that has a hard exterior but a heart of gold … if only he would let people in

✅ huskies and reindeer, lots of snow and the Northern lights!

✅ Nisser (Scandinavian Christmas elves/gnomes)

✅ so much talk of hot chocolate that I just had to go online and find a recipe for real hot chocolate, not the store bought kind!

✅ grief and some drama and ups and downs adding excitement just when you thought the rest of the story would be smooth sailing

✅ letters to Santa that will make you smile, laugh and cry! They were such a lovely touch!

✅ one of the most special Christmas books you will read this year… or this lifetime!

Author Bio

Jaimie is a 36-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots.
She will never have time to read all the books she wants to read.

She is the author of several romantic comedies for HarperCollins – The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, The Little Wedding Island, It’s a Wonderful Night, The Little Vintage Carousel by the Sea, Snowflakes at the Little Christmas Tree Farm, The Little Bookshop of Love Stories, The Wishing Tree Beside the Shore, The Little Christmas Shop on Nutcracker Lane, and The Post Box at the North Pole.

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Publisher: HQ Digital

Publication Date: October 18, 2021


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I would like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources, HQ Digital and Jaimie Admans for giving me this book in return for an honest review. My thoughts about this book are in no way influenced by the fact that it was a gift.

Blog Tour – Book Review: The Perfect Daughter

Synopsis


The perfect daughter…

Jess Harper has spent her whole life trying to make her mum, Abigail happy and proud. And everything Jess does, from the clothes she wears, the job she has, the men she dates, are all approved by Abigail first.

The perfect boyfriend…

So when Jess announces that she has a new man in her life – plumber Adam – Abigail is less than impressed. ‘A plumber? Really, Jessica….’ Adam encourages Jess to break free from her mum’s manipulation, can’t she see what’s happening?

The perfect mother….

But Abigail is only doing these things to keep Jess safe, to protect her from getting hurt again…isn’t she?

Or the perfect liar?

Jess, caught in the middle, doesn’t know who to believe or trust. And then Adam vanishes without trace.

Now Jess is the police’s prime suspect and they want to know if Jess really is as perfect as she seems….

A gripping new psychological thriller for fans of Sue Watson, Shalini Boland and S.E.Lynes

Review

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My Thoughts

This psychological thriller was exciting but also hard to read. There were so many times where I wanted to scream at Jess, the main character, to just stand up to her mother and have some faith in herself, but she didn’t. I am aware that it is not possible to know what it’s like unless you have been there yourself and that every person reacts differently to how they are treated, but it still bothered me. At one point Jess did stand up to her mother, but by then it was too little, too late and I found it hard to match with her character. How that came about and what happened before that and after that… well you will just have to read it for yourself.

The story moves back and forth in time. Back is 9 months ago when Jess first met her seemingly perfect boyfriend Adam and forth is after Adam has disappeared.

What to expect:

✅ manipulative mother

✅ uncertainty, who should you trust and believe?

✅ a lonely main character, that is so sweet and kind, but with so little faith in herself that she has hardly ever had any kind of friendships or relationships

✅ one or more mysteries that needs solving

✅ unexpected twists

✅ characters you will hate and characters that will confuse you

As you can see from my rating I didn’t think this was the best psychological thriller I have ever read, but the writing style was good and I would be more than happy to read more books by this author, just not with the same main character. So for me the main issue was the main character, which means this book could be great for other readers who would not be as sensitive as me in this regards and judging by other reviews I have read that is definitely the case, so if the synopsis has you intrigued, by all means give it a shot!

Author Bio

Alex Stone, originally an accountant from the West Midlands, is now a psychological suspense writer based in Dorset. This beautiful and dramatic coastline is the inspiration and setting for her novels. She was awarded the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2019 and her debut thriller The Perfect Daughter will be published by  Boldwood in October 2021.

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Publisher: Boldwood Books

Publication Date: October 19, 2021


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I would like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources, Boldwood Books and Alex Stone for giving me this book in return for an honest review. My thoughts about this book are in no way influenced by the fact that it was a gift.

Blog Tour – Book Review: Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop

Synopsis


Sometimes you just need a little Christmas magic to make your wishes come true…

When master chocolatier, Charlee, takes the leap to move to the picturesque seaside town of

Whitsborough Bay, she is determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps and set up a chocolate

shop.

Luckily, she finds the perfect location for Charlee’s Chocolates on beautiful Castle Street… Now she

just has to refurbish it in time for Christmas!

With a useless boyfriend and countless DIY disasters, Charlee doesn’t know if she’ll make it in time.

With no ‘traditional’ family to support her, she feels lost in her new surroundings and the secrets of

the past are weighing her down.

But the warmth and festive spirit of the Whitsborough Bay community will surprise her, and when

plumber, Matt, comes to the rescue, it might be that all of Charlee’s dreams could come true this

Christmas, and she could learn what family really means…

Escape to Castle Street for the perfect uplifting, festive read from top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland.

Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop was originally released as Charlee and the Chocolate Shop.

Now re-released with a new title and new cover, this version has been freshly edited and features

several new chapters.

Review

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My Thoughts

You won’t believe how excited I was to be invited on the Blog Tour for Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop. I was so excited about the release of this book that I had already pre-ordered it months ago, but that was no reason to turn down the Blog Tour. I had a gut feeling that this book would be so great that I would be desperate to share it anywhere possible and I wasn’t wrong!

As I may have mentioned before it’s not been that long since I discovered Jessica Redland’s writing, but there is just something so special about it. Her stories are so easy to read and make you feel like you personally know everyone there and they tend to take you on an emotional ride and leave you thinking about and missing the characters long after you have finished the story. This book was no different! This may just be one of Jessica’s best books yet! I think Jessica’s personality really shines through in her writing and gets reflected in her characters and their friendships and relationships. On Social Media and in interviews Jessica is just so lovely and any interaction with her feels like a heartwarming hug. 🥰

The story is told in first person by Charlee and covers two Christmases that couldn’t be more different and basically skips everything in between. Both parts of the stories are very likely to make you get tears in your eyes, or really sob, but for different reasons. I literally cried and smiled a lot while reading this book!

What to expect:

✅ a very sweet (although sometimes too sweet) and good hearted main character Charlee

✅ the sweetest grandparents, who unfortunately pass away before the story starts, but their impact on Charlee are felt throughout the story

✅ a wonderful best friend, Jodie

✅ new friends and a heartwarming community

✅ picture perfect setting… I love Castle Street!

✅ a villain (bad boyfriend) and a prince charming… so obviously some romance

✅ family troubles and heartbreaking loneliness… you will need tissues!

✅ Chocolate and lots of it! I dare you not to read this book without wanting to eat and/or drink chocolate!

Author Bio

Jessica Redland writes uplifting stories of love, friendship, family and community set in Yorkshire where she lives. Her Whitsborough Bay books transport readers to the stunning North Yorkshire Coast and her Hedgehog Hollow series takes them into beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds.

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Publisher: Boldwood Books

Publication Date: August 3, 2021


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I would like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources, Boldwood Books and Jessica Redland for giving me this book in return for an honest review. My thoughts about this book are in no way influenced by the fact that it was a gift.

Blog Tour – Book Review: A Christmas Wish on a Carousel

Synopsis


Snuggle up under your favourite blanket and escape to the beautiful village of Pebblestow this winter, for one of the most heartwarming stories of the season…

When Cara Mia Shaw makes a desperate wish one night, while riding on a carousel at a Christmas market, little does she know her small, but safe world is about to spin off its axis.

Befriending a fascinating returnee to the village, an elderly woman called Perdita with a jaunty pink beret and the wisdom of a life well lived, might set Cara on a different, albeit harder, course, if she’s brave enough to listen. Art was always her passion, after all, even if fate seemed to have other ideas.

And then there’s the new man in her life, who her friends think is perfect for her because they set her up with decent, reliable Greg in the first place. Cara’s been hurt enough times to know the difference between a good man and a feckless one. Until Wilfred comes along – moody, sarcastic, and scattered – just to complicate matters and meddle with Cara’s resolve, to the horror of almost everyone around her. But is either man ultimately meant for her, anyway? And will she self-sabotage as usual, or gamble everything this time, including her heart?

It might take the highs and lows of friendship, the risk of a forbidden romance, and a Pomeranian called Loki – not to mention some much-needed Christmas magic – before Cara finally realises the wish she made that night on the carousel might just be about to come true.

Review

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My Thoughts

Oh my… it truly is my pleasure to be on the Blog Tour for A Christmas Wish on a Carousel today! I wasn’t sure what I was expecting when I started reading this, but I was hooked immediately. The story is told first person by Cara who is just lovely and is written in such a way that it is super easy to lose track of time while reading. The story starts at a Christmas market in the start of December and continues through December, but it is so lovely and heartwarming that I think it can be read any time of the year and is bound to make you smile. It’s about friendship, love and finding oneself and being accepted for being different and it has just the right amount of magic! I am not into science fiction or stories that I would not be able to believe, but this story had just the right amount of magic to it to make me feel all warm and tingly and for me to love it.

What to expect:

✅ pure uplifting, heartwarming rom-com

✅ likeable and relatable main character Cara… she loves crafts like crocheting and books!

✅ main character Cara seems a little lost and still trying to figure out her life, not just her love life

✅ good friends, trying to set Cara up with all the best intentions

✅ small village setting with a cute little café owned by Cara’s friend where Cara works

✅ a lovely old lady, Perdita, with whom Cara ends up having a very special heartwarming friendship despite the huge age gap. I wish I had a Pereira in my life!

✅ Loki, a fun Pomeranian that seems like quite the handful!

✅ a love triangle… two guys to pick between

I can’t wait to see what else Lottie Cardew will write!

Author Bio

Lottie Cardew was born during the Great Lockdown of early 2021, and writes uplifting, heartstring-tugging romcoms with no mention of anything remotely resembling a pandemic.

She lives in North Wales, subdues the other members of Novelistas Ink if they misbehave – including the popular authors Trisha Ashley and Sophie Claire – and is a huge advocate of diversity and OwnVoices in fiction. Lottie has previously written as Valerie-Anne Baglietto, and is diagnosed autistic with suspected ADHD. Her home is currently overrun by husband, not-very-small children, and a ball of fluff masquerading as a Pomeranian, so Lottie often takes refuge at her pop-up desk in the bedroom.

Lottie guarantees her books will have a HEA ending, and some might possibly have a tiny hint of magic, too. They will always be warm, emotional, and witty (she hopes), and transport her readers to lovely places because everyone needs somewhere safe to escape to at times.

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Publication Date: October 4, 2021

Publisher: Cloverdilli House Press


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I would like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources and Lottie Cardew for giving me this book in return for an honest review. My thoughts about this book are in no way influenced by the fact that it was a gift.

Blog Tour – Book Review: The Girl in the Tunnel

Synopsis


London. A January night. Commuters surge into the Underground. Ellen Randall recognises a man standing close to the platform edge: Matt Leyton, her sister Rosanna’s married lover. The man who’s playing a game as old as time. A red-hot flash of uncontrollable anger propels Ellen to his side. The train approaches. Seconds later, Matt has gone.

Carl Teviot is convinced Ellen isn’t a killer, even though he’s only just met her – or rather, found her, huddled in a sleeping bag in an abandoned Tube station: a ghost station. He can’t leave her there, alone, and in danger.

But rescuing her from the tunnel is only the beginning…

Review

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My Thoughts

I started this book expecting a psychological thriller that would keep me on the edge of my seat, but that was not the case. This was more of a slow burn story told with various chapters focussing on different people, all told third person except for Ellen’s chapters. Ellen’s version of events was told first person and often in present tense.

I found it very fitting that this book is published the day after World Mental Health Day as the mental health of various characters in this story plays a big role.

I honestly struggled a bit with this book. I wanted to know what had really happened, had Ellen done what she thought she had or was Carl right and would he be able to help her, but at the same time I didn’t really feel for the characters despite everything they were going through. I think this is a very personal thing and it bothered me, but judging by other reviews I have read they had no such issue. Please check out other reviews on Goodreads or Amazon!

So the best advice I can give is… if the blurb interests you and you do not mind more that more than five characters are the focus of various chapters then by all means give this book a go, just don’t expect edge of the seat thrills.

Author Bio

Deirdre lives in Brighton, on the south coast of England. She writes women’s and psychological fiction under her own name, and as Zara Thorne. Becoming an author was a childhood dream, although she didn’t have much of a clue as to what it meant. But fast forward several years – okay, many years – and the dream showed signs of becoming reality. She entered the Mail on Sunday Novel Competition, twice, and came fourth, twice. So there was the incentive to complete her first novel, Remarkable Things, which was published by Crooked Cat and shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon Award. The Girl in the Tunnel is Deirdre’s 14th book.

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Publisher: The Patcham Press
Publication Date: 11 October 2021

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Blog Tour – Book Review: The Sister Pact

Synopsis


Thirty-year-old Brooke Padgett is the landlady of The Highwayman’s Drop in the beautiful Yorkshire village of Leyholme. Commitment-averse and obsessed with work, she isn’t looking for anything serious – and she certainly isn’t interested in the pub’s new barman, gorgeous single dad Hayden. Or is she?

Older sister Rhianna Garrett has fled wealthy husband James after discovering his infidelity. As she moves back to the pub with her children in tow, it’s clear that living together will be tricky for these two very different sisters…

Meanwhile, their widowed mum Janey is keen to rejoin the dating scene. But a lot has changed since her youth in the seventies – and she’ll need the help of her girls.

As the sisters join forces to help Janey, as well as fight off the chain circling the pub, their relationship becomes close once again. Until Brooke discovers Rhianna is hiding a secret that could drive a wedge between them all…

Can the two sisters come together to save The Highwayman’s Drop, their mum’s love life – and their relationship?

Review

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My Thoughts

Apparently this is the third book set in this Yorkshire village with reappearing characters but it can definitely be read as a stand-alone story and that is what I did. I was completely lost in this story with my emotions on a rollercoaster together with the sisters Brooke, Rhianna and their mother Janey both relating to their romantic lives and their family inn. I love it when a story pulls me in and I experience the highs and lows with the characters and know I will be thinking of them after the book is finished. The book ended with closure in the form of an epilogue, but I still want/need to know more so I will be on the look out for the first two books in this series in the hopes that I will get a glimpse into the earlier lives of these characters.

What to expect:

✅ a village inn that is in financial trouble

✅ sisters that have grown apart and seem to have a love/hate relationship… but will their love for each other shine through when it really matters?

✅ love life trouble for the girls and their mother! Having been widowed for a few years already 62 year Janey is ready to date again and this leads to quite some entertaining situations.

✅ party girl Brooke has become more serious after the death of her father but is she ready for an adult relationship, even one that comes with a past?

✅ can Rhianna overcome the belittling relationship she was in with her cheating husband or will she weaken and go back to him in order to have financial security or because she does not believe she deserves any better?

✅ a heartwarming and at times emotional read about love and families!

Author Bio

Lisa Swift is a romance author from West Yorkshire in the UK. She is represented by Laura Longrigg at MBA Literary Agents. Her first book is due to be published by Hera Books in August 2019.

As Mary Jayne Baker, Lisa also writes romantic comedies for Aria Fiction.

Lisa is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

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Publisher: Hera

Publication Date: October 7, 2021


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I would like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources, Hera and Lisa Swift for giving me this book in return for an honest review. My thoughts about this book are in no way influenced by the fact that it was a gift.

Blog Tour – Book Review: Sunrise over Pebble Bay

Synopsis


All NEW – Escape to Dorset and the beautiful Chesil Beach with bestselling author Della Galton.

Talented, yet relatively unknown actress and celebration cake baker extraordinaire Olivia Lambert is running out of time.

Approaching forty, she’s yet to land the role that will launch her television career and she’s desperate to be a mum.

Her new man, Phil Grimshaw from the Bluebell Cliff Hotel, seems the perfect match, but seems to be in no rush to settle down.

Having ditched her childhood sweetheart and fiancé, Tom Boyd, when he backtracked about being a dad, Olivia dreads making the same mistake again.

Rocked by confessions from both her sister Ruby and Tom, Olivia knows it’s time to make some life changing decisions. Then a terrifying incident off Chesil Beach changes the course of her future and brings Olivia to question everything she values and loves.

Review

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My Thoughts

Today it is my pleasure to be on the Blog Tour for Della Galton’s Sunrise over Pebble Bay. Della is another of the wonderful authors published by Boldwood Books that I have started to collect without actually having read any of them yet. I have a lot of faith in this publisher and trust the many brilliant reviews I have read. Well this introduction to Della’s writing did not disappoint! I want to read all her books now. The writing is superb and the characters are so well described that I now feel like I know them in real life and I am sure to miss them now that I have finished the book. Please write more stories where these characters can reappear.

What to expect:

✅ baking cakes… makes me want to bake again!

✅ babies, some want them desperately and some don’t… although babies play a role in this book it is not all about babies

✅ a special relationship between Olivia and Aunt Dawn… it was so heart-warming

✅ growing/deepening bond between Olivia and her sister Ruby when Ruby gets unexpected news

✅ beautiful setting in and near Weymouth

✅ a sweet octogenarian… he just made me smile a lot whenever he made an appearance

✅ strong characters that are not quick to throw in the towel. If I had been in Olivia’s shoes I am not sure I could have persevered like she did in the face of several challenges she faced in various aspects of her life.

✅ romance between Olivia and Phil, but will it last especially when her ex Tom tries to stir up trouble?

✅ the blurb mentioned a terrifying incident on the beach, so throughout the whole story I got anxious anytime they were near the beach and then when the incident was finally happening I got a stomach ache and tears in my eyes and was unable to put the book down

✅ overall a heartwarming and cozy read, perfect for this time of year… or any time of year to be frank.

Author Bio

Della Galton is the author of 15 books, including Ice and a Slice. She writes short stories, teaches writing groups and is Agony Aunt for Writers Forum Magazine. She lives in Dorset. Della launched her new fiction series set around The Bluebell Cliff Hotel with Boldwood in April 2020.

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Publisher: Boldwood Books

Publication Date: October 5, 2021


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I would like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources, Boldwood Books and Della Galton for giving me this book in return for an honest review. My thoughts about this book are in no way influenced by the fact that it was a gift.

Blog Tour – Book Review: The Cosy Cottage in Ireland

Synopsis

Snuggle up in your favourite armchair and take a trip across the Irish sea for comfort food, cosy cottage nights and a heartwarming romance…


Talented lawyer Hannah Campbell is after a change in her workaholic Manchester life – so on an uncharacteristic whim she books herself a place at the world-renowned Killorgally Cookery School in Country Kerry. But on her first night in Ireland, sampling the delights of Dublin, Hannah can’t resist falling for the charms of handsome stranger Conor. It’s only when Hannah arrives at her postcard-pretty home at Killorgally for the next six weeks that she discovers what happens in Dublin doesn’t quite stay in Dublin …


Nestled amongst rolling green hills and breath-taking countryside, the cookery school throws Hannah and Conor together – for better or worse.


Review

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My Thoughts

The Cosy Cottage in Ireland is Romantic Escapes book 8, but it can definitely be read as a stand-alone. Each story in this series focuses on someone else and in a different location. This story is about Hannah who is in fact Mina’s sister. Mina was the main character in book 7. I already own nearly all books in this series, but this was the first one I have read and I am now very keen to go back and read the others, especially Mina who (book 7) as we heard a bit about her in this story.

Anyways… The Cosy Cottage in Ireland is just that….cosy! Hannah goes and stays in a cosy cottage in Ireland while doing a 6 week cooking course. Hannah is a lawyer and really into practical thinking and (over)analyzing everything, so therefore not spontaneous or eager to try new things that she may not be good at. I can completely relate to this, so I loved Hannah right from the start. Cooking is one of the things she is not good at and after many years she has finally decided to do something about it and not in halves…. but instead she goes to a 6 week intensive cooking course in Ireland.

What to expect:

✅ absolutely stunning setting in Kerry, Ireland. The descriptions are so brilliant that I can easily picture all the places like the farm, the local pub and the beach

✅ a relatable main character that is a really good person but far from a romantic!

✅ lots of food. Duh! Hannah is on a cooking course. Julie really goes into details so you can really picture and practically taste the food.

✅ a community with friends that feel like family

✅ romance between two completely different characters, lovers to enemies to friends to…?

✅ a mystery to solve, a bit of excitement… I could feel the fear in my stomach, that’s how caught up I was in the story

✅ a change of pace, working all hours of the day, haveing a place to live but not a “home” and not knowing your neighbors, versus slower paced life in Ireland surrounded by beautiful sights and really kind and warmhearted people. Can Hannah ever go back to how she lived before?

Author Bio

Julie caplin, formerly a PR director, swanned around Europe for many years taking top food and drink writers on press trips (junkets) sampling the gastronomic delights of various cities in Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Copenhagen and Switzerland. It was a tough job but someone had to do it. 

These trips have provided the inspiration and settings for her Romantic Escapes series which have been translated into fifteen different languages. The first book in the seven strong series, The Little Café in Copenhagen, was shortlisted for a Romantic Novel of the Year Award.

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Publisher: One More Chapter

Publication Date: September 29, 2021


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I would like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources and Julie Caplin for giving me this book in return for an honest review. My thoughts about this book are in no way influenced by the fact that it was a gift.

Blog Tour – Book Review: High Blue Sky

Synopsis


What would you sacrifice to be with the person you love?

Summer has arrived and it’s over a year since strangers Abigail and Edward bought Winfield Hall at auction and restored it together. Now, two new tenants are about to join them at their beautiful Georgian home.

Workaholic Harry Freeman has forgotten what it is to relax so when he meets healer, Aura Arden, and learns to meditate with her, he can’t believe how good he feels and he soon finds himself falling for her. But, with her bare feet and crystal beads, Aura’s not a big hit with Harry’s old-fashioned parents, and he finds himself torn between the people he loves most in the world.

It isn’t just Harry and Aura finding love. Summer has woven its spell over Edward and his brother Oscar, and both are making a play for Abi. But Abi isn’t happy at having to choose between these two very different men and, when Oscar’s behavior spirals out of control, she realizes that some decisions can have devastating consequences.

High Blue Sky is the second novel in the heart-warming trilogy from the bestselling author of The Rose Girls and The Book Lovers series.

Review

Overal Review: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ .5

Plot: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Characters: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Ease of Reading: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️


My Thoughts

This was a very gentle read. The story takes place in Winfield Hall where the two owners Edward and Abigail live with their tenants Harry and Aura. The house sounds absolutely stunning and like the most peaceful place possible. I think book one in this series was more about how Edward and Abigail ended up owning this house together, but I have not actually read book one. This book focuses a little on Abi and Edward and his brother Oscar and a lot more on Aura and her healing business with crystals and on Harry.

I enjoyed the story, but it was a little too slow paced for me with not much happening until the last 10% of the story. The characters were well written and setting was picturesque, but due to the pace of this story I will not be looking to read the others in this series. I enjoyed the writing enough to be curious about other books written by Victoria Connelly so I will be on the look out for them.

What to expect:

✅ a gentle story about choices in life and how we deal with them and each other

✅ crystals and meditation and grounding…

✅ siblings that couldn’t be more different: Edward and his brother Oscar, Abi with her sister Ellen, Aura and her brother Johnny and Harry’s father with his brother Arthur. If these people were not related there is a good chance they would never be friends or have anything to do with one another!

✅ romance

✅ opposites attracting, but can it ever work?

Author Bio

Victoria Connelly lives in a 500-year old thatched cottage in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the million-selling author of two bestselling series, The Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in Germany. Victoria loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden either with a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.

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The book can be purchased here: UK / US

Publication Date: October 5, 2021


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I would like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources and Victoria Connelly for giving me this book in return for an honest review. My thoughts about this book are in no way influenced by the fact that it was a gift.