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A Lily in the Light by Kristin Fields @writingkristin @AmazonPub @LUAuthors #Bookreview #alilyinthelight

Happy Sunday!

Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend! Delighted to share with you today my review for this heart wrenching debut that combines the beauty of ballet and the horror of tragedy!💜

My Thoughts

Beautifully told, elegantly executed… this was an emotional story about the aftermath of tragedy.

Kristin Feild’s debut was evocative and heart wrenching. A unique take on the missing child trope. This is not a dark twisted thriller with wild secrets, it is a tender story Full of heart and hope. This book really captures the essence of Esme, and how her sister Lily’s disappearance impacted her life.

Esme is 11 years old, she loves ballet and her biggest concern in life is getting on point. She has a loving family: hard-working parents, an aloof big brother, an impatient big sister, and an adorable little sister named Lily. One day mom is at church, dad just got home, brother is on the balcony, sister is in her room, Esme is making dinner, and Lily disappears. Just like that, while watching “Full House”. No sign of foul play Lily is just gone along with her coat and shoes. Esme is devastated not quite sure how to function in the shell of the family that remains. With some help from her ballet instructor and the urging of her father she finds herself at her dream ballet school in San Francisco all the way across the country from her shattered family. years pass and Esme dances on, using her art to process her grief. Eight years after the disappearance Esme is dancing in Paris when she receives a phone call from her big sister, a phone call that will change everything.

There was an air of grace to the story that was magnified by the ballet. Esme was such a likable and sympathetic character. Miss Fields did a wonderful job of grasping a Childs perspective, a child’s grief and guilt over a sibling going missing. Esme’s guilt and grief were palpable and present on every page. There was an authenticity to the story that made it shine. How does a family move on when their light is gone? Compelling and moving, absolutely recommend!

*** Many thanks to Lake Union for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

A harrowing debut novel of a tragic disappearance and one sister’s journey through the trauma that has shaped her life.
For eleven-year-old Esme, ballet is everything – until her four-year-old sister, Lily, vanishes without a trace and nothing is certain anymore. People Esme has known her whole life suddenly become suspects, each new one hitting closer to home than the last.
Unable to cope, Esme escapes the nightmare that is her new reality when she receives an invitation to join an elite ballet academy in San Francisco. Desperate to leave behind her chaotic, broken family and the mystery surrounding Lily’s disappearance, Esme accepts.
Eight years later, Esme is up for her big break: her first principal role in Paris. But a call from her older sister shatters the protective world she has built for herself, forcing her to revisit the tragedy she’s run from for so long. Will her family finally have the answers they’ve been waiting for? And can Esme confront the pain that shaped her childhood, or will the darkness follow her into the spotlight?

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Secret Wishes and Summer Kisses on Lily Pond Lane by Emily Harvale @emilyharvale @rararesources #bookreview #giveaway

TGIF book people!

This review is bittersweet because it is the last book of a much loved series! If you have not read any of this series yet I strongly encourage you to do so! Thanks again to Rachel for my invitation to the tour!💜💚

Secret Wishes and Summer Kisses on Lily Pond Lane

Everyone’s got a secret wish in Little Pondale this summer.

Mia’s been exceptionally lucky since moving to Lily Pond Lane. But even on her honeymoon with the man of her dreams, she still has one remaining wish.

Ella wishes Gill would propose. But since Mia’s wedding something’s changed in their relationship. Now he’s spending time with newcomer, Tabbie Talbaine, Ella wishes Tabbie will leave as quickly as she arrived.

Tabbie wishes she hadn’t driven her car into a pond. But it could be the best thing that’s ever happened to her. When she discovers Hollywood heartthrob, Justin Lake’s staying in the village, getting an interview for her popular blog isn’t her only wish.

Bree was told she couldn’t have a baby. Now she’s expecting twins and is simply wishing it all goes well.

And as for Hettie … she wishes she could get her hands on an old map of the village. Because there’s something hidden in Little Pondale that Hettie Turner really wants to find.

My Thoughts

Emily Harvale say it isn’t so! Please tell me this is not the last book in this delightful series that I have come to love! I have never been good at goodbyes so it is with a heavy heart that I say adieu to the residents of Little Pondale. If I am counting correctly this is the eighth book in this charming series. While I suppose you could read it as a standalone I would strongly encourage you to pick up the first book and enjoy every minute you can spend with these amazing characters.

This book picks up right after Mia and Jet’s wedding. The happy couple is on a tropical honeymoon, but Mia is wishing for just one more thing. In fact all the characters in this book are wishing for something. And newcomer Tabby seems to be stirring things up. There was also a fun witchy magical element to the story that I really loved.I hate to say it but this really was the perfect ending to this exceptional series. And even though it is time to say goodbye to these characters they will always be in my reading heart!

*** Big thanks to the author from providing me with a copy of this book ***

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07SSP9KY5

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SSP9KY5

Interactive Map of Little Pondale – https://www.emilyharvale.com/map/little-pondale.html

Author Bio –

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.

Social Media Links – https://www.facebook.com/emilyharvalewriter

https://www.instagram.com/emilyharvale

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A Wedding on Lily Pond Lane by Emily Harvale @emilyharvale @rararesources #bookreview #aweddingonlilypondlane

Happy Wednesday!

Delighted to share with you today my review for what I am hoping is not the last book in this charming series! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and to Emily Harvale for her wonderful series!🐸💜

A Wedding On Lily Pond Lane

The Angel Bell is ringing for Mia and Jet’s Big Day – but will the Wedding of the Year go without a hitch?

Every bride wants the perfect wedding and Mia Ward is no exception. But she is the only bride in Little Pondale and everyone in the village has ideas for her Big Day. Drowning in suggestions, Mia needs some help.

When she bumps into childhood friend, Breanna Wright on a shopping trip to London, Mia’s convinced it’s Fate. Breanna’s only ambition was to be a wedding planner with her own business, The Wright Wedding … so Mia doesn’t hesitate.

Breanna’s now got three months to plan a wedding where the sky’s the limit, budget-wise. She should be over the moon. Especially as she’ll get a chance to see old friends again, including her first love. There’s just one tiny hitch … Breanna doesn’t have a wedding-planning business.

She should tell Mia there has been a slight mistake, but as usual Breanna’s life isn’t running smoothly and she could really use a break. And when you’ve dreamt about planning weddings all your life, how difficult can it be?

Will this be the chance Breanna’s longed for? Or will Mia’s Dream Wedding be Breanna’s biggest disaster yet?

My Thoughts

Say yes to the dress and I do to Lily Pond Lane!

Wedding bells are ringing for Mia and Jet. But can Mia plan the wedding of her dreams in only three months? In a village drenched in superstition and myth can this wedding go off without a hitch? Charming and delightful this is the seventh and hopefully not the last installment in this beloved series.

Emily Harvale has captured my heart and soul with this enchanting book. I enjoyed every minute I spend with Mia, Jet, and company. There is even a new addition to this quirky charismatic cast of characters, Brianna. Brianna is a bit clumsy, but she is an old school friend and Mia has hired her to plan her wedding. The only problem is Brianna has never planned a wedding before this leads to humor, hijinks, and drama. Just like all the previous books in the series this story was filled with friendship, love, Romance, angst, and miscommunication.

This is an exceptional series packed with charming characters and set in a magical village. Perfect to read poolside, fireside, on your commute, or in your house. If this is goodbye I am sad to see these characters go, but I am forever grateful that they were part of my reading life! Absolutely recommend this series to all!

*** many thanks to Rachel and Emily Harvale for my copy of this book ***

Purchase Links

US – https://www.amazon.com/Wedding-Lily-Pond-Lane-ebook/dp/B07P2SMR1Z

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wedding-Lily-Pond-Lane-ebook/dp/B07P2SMR1Z

Author Bio –

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.

Social Media Links – https://www.facebook.com/emilyharvalewriter

https://www.instagram.com/emilyharvale

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Return to Lily Pond Lane by Emily Harvale @rararesources #bookreview #returntolilypondlane

Happy Thursday booklovers!

Excited to share with you today my review of this delightful story that is part of one of my favorite series! Huge thank you to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and to Emily Harvale for her wonderful words!💞

Return to Lily Pond Lane

Life couldn’t be better for Mia and her friends in Little Pondale – until tragedy strikes…

Mia Ward is on cloud nine after a magical Christmas and New Year and she isn’t the only one. Everyone on Lily Pond Lane seems to be living in blissful harmony. Until tragedy strikes… not once, but twice. And as Hettie Turner points out: ‘Bad things always come in threes.’

Whilst the other residents of Little Pondale are wondering what might happen next, Mia is busy worrying about her friends and trying to help them with their grief. But she needs to be careful. Just when she thought she had everything, there’s a very real chance she might lose the only thing she truly wants.

My Thoughts

Another fabulous installment in this delightful series!

Reading a book in Emily Harvale‘s Lily Pond Lane series is like coming home! I just love everything about this series… the adorable small village setting, the quirky and colorful characters, The bond and friendship that all these characters share, and of course the drama. This is the fifth book in the series it could probably be read as a standalone, but I would highly recommend reading the entire series it is so much fun!

Tragedy has struck Little Pondale not only once but twice. Mia and friends are convinced that bad things happen in threes so they are waiting for that third shoe to drop, and drop it does. I have to admit I thought this story was going to take a direction I really didn’t want it to take for a hot minute. The drama in this book will definitely keep you on your toes.

Loved spending the afternoon with these amazing characters, and I am looking forward to the next time!

*** many thanks to Rachel and Emily Harvale for my copy of this book ***

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07N6J1TWG 

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N6J1TWG

Author Bio –

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.

Social Media Links – https://www.facebook.com/emilyharvalewriter

https://www.instagram.com/emilyharvale

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Christmas on Lily Pond Lane by Emily Harvale @emilyharvale @rararesources #bookreview

Happy Tuesday all!

This is my first of many Christmas blog tours, I love the festive holiday season! Thank you so much to Rachel for my invitation and Emily Harvale for her delightful story!🧝🏻‍♀️

Christmas on Lily Pond Lane

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But Mia Ward is in a bit of a jam. She’d planned to rent out Corner Cottage for Christmas but thanks to best friend, Ella Swann, it’s double-booked. Now Mia’s got to let one ‘party’ down, or find another cottage – fast.

Best friends and single mums, Cathy Cole and Christy Franks want their kids to have an old-fashioned Christmas. Ice-skating, carol singing, making decorations, and tobogganing are on their list of festive fun and Little Pondale is the perfect place. Especially as it has no mobile phone reception. That will make it harder for Cathy to be found.

City banker, Leo Hardman is wondering if renting a cottage for Christmas as an anniversary surprise for his parents, was such a good idea. Little Pondale may be where his parents met, but his mum doesn’t seem pleased to be back, and his brother, Hal isn’t happy that the village is so tiny and only has one pub.

Meanwhile, Jenny Lake is settling in at her cousin’s bakery, having left her (broken) heart in Florence, but Christmas was never her favourite time of year. And Reverend Glen Fox has taken over at St Michael and All Angels. He’s glad it’s a temporary post because village life is not for him.

But luckily, for locals and visitors alike, there’s a sleigh-load of Christmas magic heading for Lily Pond Lane; enough to put a sparkle in everyone’s festive season. Although Christmas may not go quite as each of them has planned.

My Thoughts

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas🎄

Even though today was the first day of October and it was 90°F this book sure Did put me in the Christmas mood! This is a story about what happens after the Lily Pond serial and can be read as a standalone… BUT I strongly encourage you to read the previous books they are simply brilliant and so much fun!

This book is The perfect star on top of the Christmas tree, the perfect bow on the present,the perfect Rudolph to your Christmas sleigh…. it was so much fun returning to Little Pondale, and getting reacquainted with Mia and Ella… The girls appear to have found the loves of their lives, and they also have quite the love of Christmas… I could not help but smile at the amount of Christmas decorating… there were inflated snowman, sparkly giant candycanes, lights for miles, and perhaps maybe a live reindeer or two… there is Christmas caroling, Christmas goodies, this book just left me feeling extremely festive and jolly!

All my old favorites were in the story with some newcomers as well…. this was a story about romance and love with Mia playing the part of matchmaker, and putting that mistletoe to good use! Just as in the previous books I was never quite sure who was going to end up with who, but I was very satisfied with the outcome… this is also a story about friendship, I love the friendship between Mia and Ella and the friendship that they have developed with the villagers… hard to believe it has been a year since these girls traveled into this village thinking there was no way they could ever have made this their home!

Absolutely recommend if you love love, if you love Christmas, if you love a feel-good story with a tremendous heart!

Purchase Link: https://newbook.at/christmasLPL

EPSON scanner imageAuthor Bio –

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.

Social Media Links –  https://www.facebook.com/emilyharvalewriter

https://www.twitter.com/emilyharvale

https://www.instagram.com/emilyharvale

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The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane: Part 4 Trick or Treat by Emily Harvale #LilyPondLane @emilyharvale @rararesources #BookReview

Hope you’re having a lovely weekend!

Delighted to be on the blog tour for the fourth installment in this enchanting serial. Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation and to Emily Harvale for her captivating words💜🐸

Trick or Treat

Mia Ward was amazed to inherit her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda. She was even more astonished to discover she’d only inherit the place if she lives there for a year. 

But a lot can happen in a very short time, and life in Little Pondale is not going quite as Mia hoped. She may have finally beaten one fear, but now heartbreak threatens to drown her.

And when at last, she starts to unravel the mystery of Matilda’s past, she uncovers an extraordinary plan for her own future. Now just who can Mia trust? 

As the nights draw in and cold winds steal through Sunbeam Cottage, she turns to an unlikely source for comfort and support. But with the fortune teller’s warning still ringing in her ears, is Mia about to make the biggest mistake of her life?

My Thoughts

5 Enchanting Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was the perfect ending to this delightful serial…. from first book to last I was completely captivated by the engaging characters in these books… I enjoyed every minute I spend in Lily Pondale at Sunbeam cottage…. The characters, the plot, the setting, every aspect of these books was simply charming…

Looking back on the first book I never would have imagined where all these characters would have ended up…. but I am more than happy with this ending…. loved taking this journey with Mia… love how she followed her heart… overcame her fear’s…. and unraveled her Aunt Matilda’s mystery….

This was a satisfying conclusion to this serial… but the best news of all is it is not over…. there is a Christmas book! Absolutely recommend these delightful books… and I strongly encourage you to read them in order… you won’t want to miss a second with these characters!

*** many thanks to the author and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book ***

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EPSON scanner imageAuthor Bio –

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.

Social Media Links –  https://www.facebook.com/emilyharvalewriter

https://www.twitter.com/emilyharvale

https://www.instagram.com/emilyharvale

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The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane Part Three – Autumn Leaves by Emily Harvale #LilyPondLane @rararesources @emilyharvale #BookReview

Happy Thursday y’all! And happy back to school to my highschooler, cannot believe the summer is over where did it go???

Delighted to share with you today my review for the third book in this engaging serial! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation and to Emily Harvale for this charming story💜🐸

Autumn Leaves

The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane

Part Three – Autumn leaves

Mia Ward was amazed to inherit her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda. She was equally astonished to discover she’d only inherit the place if she lives there for a year.

But it didn’t take long for Mia and her friends, Ella and Garrick to settle in. Now Mia’s mum, Lori has joined them, and they’re all enjoying village life. Mia’s keen to overcome her fear of water and with Garrick by her side, she’s confident about the future.

Until a fortune teller’s predictions give everyone cause for concern. Now Mia’s not so sure of anything, except that someone still wants her to leave. That makes her more determined to learn all she can about Matilda – and the codicil.

But as the mists roll in over the sea, are autumn winds making passions cool? And when more than one unexpected visitor gives Mia a shocking surprise, is everything about to change?

My Thoughts

5 Enchanting Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

It was so nice to be back in Lily Pondale at Sunbeam cottage with these fabulous characters! At the end of the last book Mia and friends visited a fortuneteller… what did the fortuneteller see in their future? And do these fortunes come true? This is the third book in this four part serial… I would strongly encourage you to read these books in order, otherwise you will truly be lost…. not to mention you will want to spend every minute possible with these delightful characters!

This was probably my favorite book in this serial so far… I love the addition of Lori, Mia’s mother she is quite the character… this book was also filled with many surprising plot twists all taking the story in the direction I wanted it to go… don’t you love when an author can read your mind? We also got to know a little bit more about mysterious Aunt Matilda and her intriguing past… it is quite amazing how much fabulousness is packed into this little book….

It’s hard for me to properly gush when I don’t want to give anything away… just know this is a delightful story set in a charming village filled with engaging characters… from first page to last you feel as though you are living in this village and friends with these characters…

The fourth book is sitting on my Kindle but I think I’m putting it off because I’m not ready to say goodbye to these characters…

Absolutely recommend this enchanting serial… perfect for reading poolside in the summer or fireside in the autumn!

*** many thanks to the author and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book ***

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Purchase Link – http://newbook.at/LilyPondAutumn

EPSON scanner imageAuthor Bio –

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.

Social Media Links –  https://www.facebook.com/emilyharvalewriter

https://www.twitter.com/emilyharvale

https://www.instagram.com/emilyharvale

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Mia Ward was amazed to inherit her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda. She was even more astonished to discover she’d only inherit the place if she lives there for a year. 

But a lot can happen in a very short time, and life in Little Pondale is not going quite as Mia hoped. She may have finally beaten one fear, but now heartbreak threatens to drown her.

And when at last, she starts to unravel the mystery of Matilda’s past, she uncovers an extraordinary plan for her own future. Now just who can Mia trust? 

As the nights draw in and cold winds steal through Sunbeam Cottage, she turns to an unlikely source for comfort and support. But with the fortune teller’s warning still ringing in her ears, is Mia about to make the biggest mistake of her life?

Purchase from http://newbook.at/Trickortreat

Join me on August 25 for part:4 Berit☀️✨🐸

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The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane – Part 2: Summer Secrets by Emily Harvale #LilyPondLane @emilyharvale @rararesources #BookReview

Hope your summer is going wonderfully!

Another blog tour for a fabulous summer read… I am SO loving this adorable serial😍

Many thanks to Rachel for the invitation and to Emily Harvale for this delightful story💜🐸

Summer Secrets

The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane

Summer Secrets

Escape to the seaside village of Little Pondale with Part Two of this heart-warming and romantic, four-part serial. 

Mia Ward was amazed to inherit her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda. She was even more astonished to discover she’d only inherit the place if she lives there for a year. 

Now Mia and her friends, Ella and Garrick are embracing village life. Garrick’s also embracing someone in The Frog and Lily, so Mia turns her attention to one or two of her sexy, single neighbours. But great-aunt Matilda remains an enigma and Mia’s still determined to discover who she was.

When Mia’s mum, Lori arrives, she’s eager to see what the summer has to offer. There’s the Kite Festival, the Fête, the Frog Hill Run, but what really appeals to Lori, much to Mia’s horror, is the Midsummer Night’s naked bathing in the pond at Frog’s Hollow.

As sweltering days surrender to sultry nights, love is definitely in the air. And when an incident means Mia has to face her greatest fear, help arrives from a surprising source. But one thing is clear… someone is trying to make sure Mia doesn’t stay in Little Pondale…

My Thoughts

5 Enchanting Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 I was so eager to get back to Lily Pondale that I picked this book up immediately after the first in the serial… I would strongly encourage you to read the first book before you start this one… once again the charm and the beauty of this quaint village filled with gorgeous men and quirky characters, made me want to pack my bags and quickly head to the UK…. but then my vacation hopes were dashed when I found out this is a fictional Village??? How disappointing 😞

Mia and gang are back… Love is in the air, however this book Took a bit of a different turn than I was expecting… and now I am hoping it heads in the direction I want it to, but… Mia girl you are so fickle! Along with the Romance we have a dose of mystery…. what is the real story behind Matilda and why are there no pictures of her?

Love all the fun events in the village… the kite festival…the Fete… The Midsummer nude bathing… not too sure about that last one? And I’m still not 100% sure what a Fete is, but every book I read that takes place in a small village in the UK seems to have one and it looks fun?!?!

Cannot wait to get to the third installment in this serial… so much romantic uncertainty and the mystery of Matilda still to be solved… in addition to this the arrival of Mia’s mother has definitely added some color to the story…. and how correct will the fortuneteller be in her predictions???

Absolutely recommend this charming serial… A perfect summer read and each installment can be read in an afternoon spent by the pool☀️

*** many thanks to the author and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this lovely book ***

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Purchase link:https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07DDL5KCR

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Escape to the seaside village of Little Pondale with Part Three of this heart-warming and romantic, four-part serial. 

Mia Ward was amazed to inherit her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda. She was equally astonished to discover she’d only inherit the place if she lives there for a year.

But it didn’t take long for Mia and her friends, Ella and Garrick to settle in. Now Mia’s mum, Lori has joined them, and they’re all enjoying village life. Mia’s keen to overcome her fear of water and with Garrick by her side, she’s confident about the future.

Until a fortune teller’s predictions give everyone cause for concern. Now Mia’s not so sure of anything, except that someone still wants her to leave. That makes her more determined to learn all she can about Matilda – and the codicil.

But as the mists roll in over the sea, are autumn winds making passions cool? And when more than one unexpected visitor gives Mia a shocking surprise, is everything about to change?

EPSON scanner imageAuthor Bio –

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.

Social Media Links –  https://www.facebook.com/emilyharvalewriter

https://www.twitter.com/emilyharvale

https://www.instagram.com/emilyharvale


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The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane Part 1 New Beginings by Emily Harvale @emilyharvale @rararesources #BookReview #LilyPondLane #BlogTour

Happy Sunday all! Exciting day… my oldest is coming home from University for two weeks before he goes back for summer school! And I am part of the blog Tour for this lovely book💜 many thanks to Rachel for the invitation and to Emily Harvale for her delightful story🐸

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Mia Ward is amazed to be told she has inherited her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda.

She’s even more astonished to discover she’ll only inherit the place if she actually lives there for one year. Mia’s a city girl at heart, not to mention she’s afraid of water, so the fact the cottage backs on to a sandy beach, is not, in her opinion, a bonus.

But Mia’s struggling to pay her rent since being fired for inappropriate behaviour at the office party, and her boyfriend’s also dumped her. When her best friend, Ella and Ella’s brother, Garrick offer to help her move and settle in, Mia decides to see this as a new beginning.

It may also be the start of an exciting adventure because now Mia wants to know just who, exactly, was great-aunt Matilda. And she’s determined to find out. But it soon becomes clear that someone is trying to make sure Mia doesn’t stay in Little Pondale….

~My Review~

5 Captivating Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I am such a sucker when it comes to a book set in a cottage by the sea in the UK… I mean how lovely would it be to live in a cottage named Sunbeam? A cottage in a village called Lily Pondale that backs up to the beach… A village filled with friendly people, not to mention nothing but gorgeous men… not sure what is stopping me from packing my bags immediately? Oh yes… reality! That is why I read to escape reality and so I Can visit a lovely village such as this…. and this book was every bit as charming as the title/cottage/village implies….

Mia is a little down on her luck, lost her job and her man… but now she has the opportunity to inherit a cottage… Mia is a city girl and not quite sure how she’s going to take to living in the country… but the cottage is free and if she lives there for a year she will inherit it outright…. so along with her BFF Ella and Ella’s twin brother Garrick she heads to Lily Pondale…

So many new discoveries… Learning about her great aunt Matilda that Mia never even knew she had…. A cottage full of hidden nooks and crannies and secrets… and a village filled with gorgeous eligible men, Romance is bound to be in the air soon…. A delightful beginning to this serial filled with new beginnings…

Absolutely recommend as a quick delightful summer read, you could definitely finish this in one afternoon by the pool or on the beach…

*** many thanks to the author and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book ***

Lily Pond Lane FOR RACHEL

Purchase link:https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07CQQ1YJ5

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Escape to the seaside village of Little Pondale with Part Two of this heart-warming and romantic, four-part serial. 

Mia Ward was amazed to inherit her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda. She was even more astonished to discover she’d only inherit the place if she lives there for a year.

Now Mia and her friends, Ella and Garrick are embracing village life. Garrick’s also embracing someone in The Frog and Lily, so Mia turns her attention to one or two of her sexy, single neighbours. But great-aunt Matilda remains an enigma and Mia’s still determined to discover who she was.

When Mia’s mum, Lori arrives, she’s eager to see what the summer has to offer. There’s the Kite Festival, the Fête, the Frog Hill Run, but what really appeals to Lori, much to Mia’s horror, is the Midsummer Night’s naked bathing in the pond at Frog’s Hollow.

As sweltering days surrender to sultry nights, love is definitely in the air. And when an incident means Mia has to face her greatest fear, help arrives from a surprising source. But one thing is clear… someone is trying to make sure Mia doesn’t stay in Little Pondale…

~Review and Blog Tour Coming in July🐸💜

Purchase Link –  http://newbook.at/LilyPondSummer

EPSON scanner imageAuthor Bio –

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.

Social Media Links –  https://www.facebook.com/emilyharvalewriter

https://www.twitter.com/emilyharvale

https://www.instagram.com/emilyharvale

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Have a lovely day, Berit 💛

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The 12 Christmases of You and Me by Jennifer Joyce **Book Review** @rararesources

Happy Tuesday all!

Today I have another ho ho ho holiday read for you! This time it involves a little timetravel.🎄

The 12 Christmases of You & Me

What if you could go back in time and fix the biggest mistake of your life?

Two years ago, Maisie’s best friend walked out of her life and she hasn’t heard from him since. When she wakes up in 1994, she naturally assumes she’s dreaming. But when she finds herself in the past again the next night and her actions in the dream alter her present-day life, she begins to wonder if she’s somehow hopping back in time. And if she is time-travelling, can she save her friendship with Jonas?

When Maisie is forced to relive Christmases of the past, will she face up to her mistakes, or make them all over again?

The 12 Christmases of You & Me is a magical tale of friendship, first loves, and learning to live in the present.

My Thoughts

Magic and mistletoe. Tinsel and time travel. Wreathes and whimsy. This was my first Jennifer Joyce book, but it will definitely not be my last! This was just such an enchanting story filled with friendship and festive vibes. Maisie, Jonas, and Lily have been friends for ages, but recently Maisie and Jonas had a falling out. In the days leading up to Lily’s holiday wedding Maisie begins having very vivid “dreams“. Noticing that things are slightly altered every time she “wakes up“ Maisie begins to wonder if these are dreams or she is actually traveling to the past. And if she is traveling to the past can she repair her friendship with Jonas? Time traveling in books can occasionally go terribly wrong, but it definitely was done perfectly in this book. Even though I’ve had some pretty bad things happen in my life I would never go back and change anything, because I would never want to alter my current life. This book touched on that against a festive Christmas backdrop. Maisie visits many a Christmas past and has many choices to make. I loved just everything about this book the characters were all fabulous, the storyline was engaging, and the ending warmed my heart.

This book in emojis 🎄 😴 👰🏼 ⌛️ 🎁

*** Big thank you to the author for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B086T3LKB7/

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B086T3LKB7/

Author Bio –

Jennifer Joyce is a writer of romantic comedies who lives in Manchester with her husband and their two daughters. She’s been scribbling down bits of stories for as long as she can remember, graduating from a pen to a typewriter and then an electronic typewriter. And she felt like the bee’s knees typing on THAT. She now writes her books on a laptop (which has a proper delete button and everything).

Social Media Links –

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jenniferjoycewrites

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/writer_jenn

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/writer_jenn