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Christmas at the Chocolate Pot Cafe by Jessica Redland @JessicaRedland @rararesources #bookreview

Happy Tuesday bibliophiles!
So excited to share with you my review today for this book from an author I will definitely be reading more from! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and to Jessica Redland for her wonderful words!🧸🎄🐇

A few minutes of courage might change your life…

Emotionally, Tara Porter finds the festive period a challenge. Christmas Day is a reminder of the family she lost, and New Year’s Eve holds bitter memories of the biggest mistake of her life: marrying Garth Tewkesbury. Shunning invitations to celebrate, she seeks refuge in her flat with only her giant house bunny, Hercules, for company.

Professionally, though, it’s the best time of year. Tara’s thriving café, The Chocolate Pot, is always packed. With the café hosting a wedding and engagement party, it’s shaping up to be the café’s best Christmas ever.

When former nemesis, Jed Ferguson, threatens the future of The Chocolate Pot, Tara prepares for a fight. The café is everything to her and she’s not going to let anyone or anything jeopardise that.

Tara badly misjudged ex-husband Garth and, since then, has refused to let anyone in. After all, if you don’t let them in, they can’t hurt you. But has she misjudged Jed too? Is it possible that he’s not the arrogant, deceitful man from whom she bought the café 14 years earlier? Can she find the courage to find out for sure?

My Thoughts

This was a beautifully told story, filled with quirky and charming characters that completely captured my heart!Loved loved loved this book!Jessica Redland I think this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship! This book was EVERYTHING I look for in a book! fabulous characters, a charming setting, an emotional heartfelt story, and a touch of mystery…This wasn’t your typical Christmas read, and I mean that in the best possible way… yes, there were festive moments, tree lighting, Christmas decorations, and winter weather… but there was also tremendous depth to the story it evoked all the feels…Tara was such a complex well developed character that my heart went out to… she had a rough past and had really close herself off to people…. The character growth in her was the best part of the book, I loved watching this closed off person grow into such a strong vibrant character! I also enjoyed her friendship with Carly and her blooming relationship/Romance with an unlikely character… and my review would not be complete if I did not give a big shout out to Hercules the giant house bunny, I need to Google how big this bunny could be? He really acted more like a dog then a rabbit….The mantra of this book was Be Brave such a wonderful positive message and so true! We really all need to put ourselves out there a little bit more, I know I do! Such a wonderful story and my first from this talented author, but definitely not the last!Absolutely recommend to anyone who is a fan of a lovely story filled with fabulous characters that will make you smile! I picked this book up for the title and I stayed for the beautiful story!*** many thanks to the author and Rachel for my copy of this book ***

Purchase Links

UK  – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Chocolate-Pot-Caf%C3%A9-Castle-ebook/dp/B07KDT15YP

US – https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Chocolate-Pot-Caf%C3%A9-Castle-ebook/dp/B07KDT15YP

Author Bio –

Jessica had never considered writing as a career until a former manager kept telling her that her business reports read more like stories and she should write a book. She loved writing but had no plot ideas. Then something happened to her that prompted the premise for her debut novel, Searching for Steven. She put fingers to keyboard and soon realised she had a trilogy and a novella.

She lives on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast — the inspiration for the settings in her books — with her husband, daughter, cat, Sprocker Spaniel, and an ever-growing collection of collectible teddy bears. Although if the dog has her way, the collection will be reduced to a pile of stuffing and chewed limbs!

Her passion for North Yorkshire is shared by fellow-writer and great friend, Sharon Booth and, together, they are the Yorkshire Rose Writers.

Jessica tries to balance her time — often unsuccessfully — between being an HR tutor, trying to re-learn how to play the piano, studying towards a Masters in Creative Writing, and writing itself. Who needs sleep?

Social Media Links –

Twitter:@JessicaRedland

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/JessicaRedlandWriter/

Website and blog:www.jessicaredland.com

Have a lovely day Berit☀️✨
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For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt @HuntAuthor @HarlequinBooks #bookreview #pubday #bookbestiesforbetterandworse

Happy Tuesday book lovers!

Thrilled to share with you today my review for this compelling thriller! This was a group read with a couple of my besties Jennifer and Kenzie💕 Holly and Kendall had already read it and were happy to pipe in as well, this was a reed we all wanted to discuss!❄️

For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt

My Thoughts

How to get away with Murder! Or not?

loved it!This was a fast entertaining read that kept me engaged throughout… what would your reaction be if you were out on a first date and the topic of conversation was…. how to get away with murder? Well if I’m being honest I would probably be a little intrigued with the conversation, but never thinking it would ever come to fruition…. I don’t believe Will did either, but Natalie had other plans….

Such an intense story that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout… more than 10 years after the afore mentioned date Will and Natalie are married with a young son Charlie…. both are successful lawyers Natalie is a defense attorney and Will is a real estate lawyer… they have a good life although they both take one another for granted…. Natalie is pretty controlling and Will could grow a pair… although I have to admit as an outsider the argument they had over the whiteboard calendar was quite humorous! So what will this couple do when they find out someone has done the unthinkable to their child? And what will Will do when he finds out that Natalie has taken things into her own hands? Is murder ever justified?

This book definitely gave you a lot to think about… what would you do if you were put in this couple’s situation? What if somebody did the unthinkable to your child? I don’t think I could ever kill anybody, but if I could it would be because somebody hurt one of my kids… didn’t even really like Natalie or Will, but I sure wanted them to get away with this! My one little niggle with this book was the very stupid mistakes Natalie made in both the planning and execution of this crime…. seriously she is a defense attorney and my only knowledge of the law is from TV shows like Law and Order… and I knew better than her when it came to some of these little mistakes, maybe she needs to get out of the courtroom and turn on the TV! however this did add to the tension of the story, the entire time all you could think was, are they going to get away with this or not? And should they?

An enticing story that will keep you glued to those pages! And the ending… both satisfying and surprising! And a apologue that made me gasp, but just confirmed something I already figured out!

Absolutely recommend this is a quick addictive escape of a story!

*** Big thanks to Harlequin for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

On their first date back in law school, Natalie and Will Clarke bonded over drinks, dinner and whether they could get away with murder. Now married, they’ll put the latter to the test when an unchecked danger in their community places their son in jeopardy. Working as a criminal defense attorney, Nat refuses to rely on the broken legal system to keep her family safe. She knows that if you want justice…you have to get it yourself.

Shocked to discover Nat’s taken matters into her own hands, Will has no choice but to dirty his, also. His family is in way too deep to back down now. He’s just not sure he recognizes the woman he married. Nat’s always been fiercely protective, but never this ruthless or calculating. With the police poking holes in their airtight plan, what will be the first to fall apart: their scandalous secret—or their marriage? 

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The Christmas Spirit by Susan Buchanan @Susan_Buchanan @rararesources #bookreview #giveaway 🎄❄️

Happy Monday bibliophiles!

Delighted to share with you today my review for another festive story full of Christmas spirit! Big thanks to Rachel for my invitation and to Susan Buchanan for her beautiful story🎄❄️

The Christmas Spirit

TCS_cover_finalChristmas is coming, but not everyone is looking forward to it.

Rebecca has just been dumped and the prospect of spending the holiday period with her parents is less than appealing.

Eighty- two year old Stanley lost his beloved wife, Edie, to cancer. How will he cope with his first Christmas without her?

Jacob’s university degree hasn’t helped him get a job, and it looks like he’ll still be signing on come New Year.

Workaholic Meredith would rather spend December 25th at home alone with a ready meal and a DVD box set. Can anything make her embrace the spirit of the season?

The enigmatic Natalie Hope takes over the reins at the Sugar and Spice bakery and café in an attempt to spread some festive cheer and restore Christmas spirit, but will she succeed?

My Thoughts

this book was filled with Sugar and Spice and everything nice!❄️

I have definitely read my fair share of Christmas books this season, and it is impressive how many ways you can write a story about this time of year…. I also get to celebrate Christmas all over the world yesterday I was celebrating Christmas in New York and today I am celebrating in Scotland…. what is so nice about that is I live in Southern California where it does not snow so I get to have a white Christmas and still wear leggings a tank top and no shoes on my feet….

This delightful story was about Natalie Hope, and what an appropriate name because she definitely brought hope to many…. Natalie heads to Scotland for Christmas to help run the Sugar and Spice Café in its owners absence… while there she meets four very lovely but lonely characters…. all of these characters are down on their luck, and Natalie definitely brings HOPE into their lives…. and cake lots and lots of yummy cake, I am so craving cake now!

This little Christmas story had so much packed into it… all the characters were so well developed and they all had tremendous growth within the story…. A feel-good festive story with a splash of romance!

Absolutely recommend as the perfect book to bring some Christmas spirit into your life!❤️💚❤️💚

*** many thanks to the author and Rachelle for my copy of this book ***

Purchase Links

http://amzn.to/1gcpTrc (UK) & http://amzn.to/KUArMU (US)

TCS - twitterpicAuthor Bio – Susan Buchanan lives in Scotland with her husband and their two children. She is the author of four novels: Return of the Christmas Spirit, The Christmas Spirit, The Dating Game, and Sign of the Times. She is currently working on books five and six: The Proposal and Just One Day.

Susan is also a proofreader, editor and translator, and when not working, writing, or caring for her two delightful cherubs, loves reading, the theatre, quiz shows and eating out – not necessarily in that order!

Social Media Links

Facebook – www.facebook.com/susan.buchanan.author

Twitter – susan_buchanan

Blog – Sooz’s journal – www.susancbuchanan.blogspot.co.uk

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Have a lovely day! Berit☀️✨

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The Other Miss Bates by Allie Cresswell @rararesources #bookreview

Happy Monday book friends!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this charming story perfect for the Jane Austen lover! Huge thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the tour!💚❤️💚

The Other Miss Bates

The Other-Miss-BatesJane Bates has left Highbury to become the companion of the invalid widow Mrs Sealy in Brighton. Life in the new, fashionable seaside resort is exciting indeed. A wide circle of interesting acquaintance and a rich tapestry of new experiences – balls at the Assembly rooms, carriage rides and promenades on the Steyne – make her new life all Jane had hoped for.

While Jane’s sister Hetty can be a tiresome conversationalist she proves to be a surprisingly good correspondent and Jane is kept minutely up-to-date with developments in Highbury, particularly the tragic news from Donwell Abbey.

When handsome Lieutenant Weston returns to Brighton Jane expects their attachment to pick up where it left off in Highbury the previous Christmas, but the determined Miss Louisa Churchill, newly arrived with her brother and sister-in-law from Enscombe in Yorkshire, seems to have a different plan in mind.

My Thoughts

this is an elegant story loosely based on Jane Austen‘s Emma…

OK well if I’m being honest I’m not sure if it’s loosely based on Emma or not, because I’ve never read Emma… but it is a fun fancy story filled with fabulous characters… I do believe I would have appreciated the book more if I were a Jane Austen fan or even a fan of Classics…. however, I think it is a credit to the author that I enjoyed this as much as I did, in spite of my lack of Emma knowledge…

This is the story of Jane Bates as she journeys to Brighton to take care of a elderly woman… I really enjoyed the setting of Brighton it was so beachy and glamorous…. I really enjoyed Jane and thought she had a lot of character growth throughout the story… I also enjoyed her very long letters from her sister back home with updates on what was going on in Highberry… A lovely story that perfectly sets the reader up for the final installment in this trilogy….

A wonderful historical Reid with a splash of holiday cheer!

Purchase Link   https://www.amazon.co.uk/Other-Miss-Bates-Highbury-inspired-ebook/dp/B07KRCYPXT

The Other DSC_3138Author Bio –

Allie Cresswell was born in Stockport, UK and began writing fiction as soon as she could hold a pencil.

She did a BA in English Literature at Birmingham University and an MA at Queen Mary College, London.

She has been a print-buyer, a pub landlady, a book-keeper, run a B & B and a group of boutique holiday cottages. Nowadays Allie writes full time having retired from teaching literature to lifelong learners.

She has two grown-up children, two granddaughters, two grandsons and two cockapoos but just one husband – Tim. They live in Cumbria, NW England.

The Other Miss Bates is her eighth novel and the second in the Highbury series

Social Media Links – www.allie-cresswell.com

https://www.facebook.com/alliescribbler/

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Christmas Miracles at the Little Log Cabin by Helen J. Rolfe @HJRolfe @rararesources #bookreview

Happy Sunday bibliophiles! I am sitting here watching Lifetime Christmas movies in my festively decorated house, finally got all the Christmas Decour up!🎁

Thrilled to share with you today my review for this festive story full of warmth and charm! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and to Helen J. Rolfe for her festive words!🎄

Christmas Miracles at the Little Log Cabin

Do you believe in Christmas Miracles?

Holly is looking for a change and even though not everyone agrees with her career choices, she’s determined there’s more to this life than the long hours she works as an editor in New York City. What she doesn’t expect is to meet Mitch, a recluse who’s hiding more than she realises.

Mitch does all he can to avoid human contact, spending his days in the little log cabin out in the woods behind Inglenook Falls where he owns a Christmas tree farm, so when Holly falls into his life, he’s not sure how to react. All he knows is that something needs to change if he ever wants to get his life back on track.

Along with friends Cleo and Darcy, Holly is determined to bring joy back to Mitch’s life, but will he appreciate their interference? And when a business proposition throws everything up in the air, will it do more harm than good and ruin lives forever?

Both Holly and Mitch must learn that on the surface people aren’t always what they seem…but if you dig a little deeper, they can take you by surprise.

Curl up this Christmas for plenty of snowflakes, roaring log fires, a marriage proposal, unlikely friendships and second chances as we return to the much-loved characters in the New York Ever After series.

My Thoughts

this adorable book was a wHoHoHole lot of festive fun!❄️

This was such a delightful story that put a big smile on my face and a warm feeling in my heart… The perfect holiday Reid complete with a snowman, Christmas trees, a log cabin, and even the Grinch… this is the fourth book in this series, but it can absolutely be read as a standalone…. although I may go back and read the previous books I’d really like to get Cleo and Darcy’s full stories….

Holly quits her high power job as an editor to freelance as a writer/photographer… not everybody is completely on board with this decision including her boyfriend Pierre… Holly’s first assignment is to report on a luxury hotel opening in small town New York… while staying at the quaint inn of old family friends Holly runs across a very picturesque log cabin…. while taking a picture she gets spooked, hits her head and meats…. The Yeti… the Grinch… Mitch…. Mitch is a hairy recluse who has been living half a life after his wife ran off with his son… so can Holly help Mitch’s heart grow two sizes?

This was just the perfect feel good holiday story with just the right balance of romance and holiday cheer… Holly was a fun character, loved her enthusiasm and heart and the bond she shared with her friends…. Mitch was a bit rough at first, but he had such tremendous heart felt character growth, he went from grinch to Saint Nick all in the course of this book… so many layers to this little lovely story!

Absolutely recommend, perfect to curl up with for a wonderful heartwarming afternoon of holiday reading🎄❄️

*** Big thanks to the author and Rachelle for my copy of this book ***

Purchase Link

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Miracles-Little-Cabin-After-ebook/dp/B07HJ78RWY

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Miracles-Little-Cabin-After-ebook/dp/B07HJ78RWY

Author Bio – Helen J Rolfe writes contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and community. Characters often face challenges and must fight to overcome them, but above all, Helen’s stories always have a happy ending.

Location is a big part of the adventure in Helen’s books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries around the world. So far, locations have included Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Connecticut, Bath and the Cotswolds.

Social Media Links –

https://www.facebook.com/helenjrolfewriter

http://www.helenjrolfe.com

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/helen-j-rolfe

Have a lovely day! Berit☀️✨

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The Kooky Kids’ Club by Robbie Yates @robbie_b_yates @Shalini_G26 #bookreview

Happy Saturday bibliophiles!

A little late to the party on this one, but I am super excited to share with you today my review for this kooky story! Many thanks to lovely Shalini for my invitation to the tour and to Robbie Yates for his wonderful words!🥳

About the Book

Maxine is smart, quirky, and a bit of a misfit. One day, she receives a mysterious invitation to a meeting of the “Kooky Kids’ Club.”

Things are looking bright. It’s nice to finally have a real group of friends. Then Maxine’s teacher disappears.

Maxine doesn’t know what happened to her beloved teacher, or how she can help. But if anybody has the smarts to help Miss Thompson, it’s Maxine and the Kooky Kids’ Club…

This quirky chapter book is for the best kind of kids—the ones who are a little bit kooky!

My Thoughts

A fun well told story perfect for anyone who has ever felt a little quirky, a little peculiar, a little kooky!

Do you ever wish you could go back and tell your 10-year-old self that someday you won’t care as much what everybody else thinks? Admittedly I’m almost 50 and I’m still working on this, but wow I’ve come along way since my tweens! I was so all consumed with what everyone else thought and trying to fit in, a book like this would have been helpful in my life…. my kids fortunately have already made it through these awkward years… otherwise I’d for sure advise them to read this delightful story that will make you feel as though it’s pretty darn cool to be kooky!

Maxine is smart but a little unsure of herself, so when she receives an invitation to the Kooky Kids’ club she is quite excited… finally friends other kids that are just a little bit kooky like her! Loved the club aspect of the story, when I was young I was forever trying to start clubs in elementary school…. when a beloved teacher goes missing, Maxine is convinced that she and the other members of the club are perfect candidates to solve the mystery…. so where is the teacher? And will the club save the day? Well you’re going to need to read this book to find that out!

Such a wonderful story Full of humor and a wonderful message… if there is a tween in your life I’d add this book to your Christmas shopping list!

*** many thanks to Robbie Yates and Shalini for my copy of this book ***

Author Bio

Robbie Yates is an author from Melbourne, Australia. He likes cocoa, cheeky poetry, and eating all of the red jellybeans before anybody else can get to them.

In his free time, Robbie likes to read ridiculous and wacky kids’ fiction. He also likes practical jokes and terrible puns.

Author Social Media Links

Amazon link:

Amazon Author Central page: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Yates/e/B07DZ8FKDM

Author’s Website: http://www.robbieyates.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Robbie-Yates-410844732660426/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/robbie_b_yates

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18157934.Robbie_Yates

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robbie.b.yates/

Have a kooks day! Berit☀️✨

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The Memory by Lucy Dawson @lucydawsonbooks @bookouture #bookreview

TGIF! Hope you are having a wonderful Friday!

Thrilled to share with you today my review for this exceptional psychological thriller! Huge thanks to Kim for my invitation to the tour and to Lucy Dawson for her terrific tale❄️🖤

My Thoughts

oh boy! This book! It was so dark, disturbing, and unsettling! And SO GOOD!

This book was one wild and crazy ride that took me places I was not expecting! A creepy story that completely draws you in, and you are convinced you know what direction you are headed, but boy was I wrong! Secrets and lies and deceit all leaving me completely bewildered! This is the third book I’ve read this year from Lucy Dawson all have been spectacular and unique… not only unique from one another, but different from all other psychological thrillers….

This book starts with a bang! a tragic event that will change the lives of Yves, Isabel,Adam and Tim forever… the tragedy appears to have impacted Isabell the most, leaving her permanently trapped in a childlike state… this also greatly impacts the lives of eve, Isabel’s mother and Adam, the man who is in love with her… when Isabel’s life is completely upheaved, a move and the return of a blast from the past… secrets start to spill out!

Told from the alternating points of view of eve and Clare… I thought this was brilliant Eve obviously has been in the midst of all the drama from day one… but Claire is a unwitting newcomer…. can only imagine how disconcerting it would be to meet Isabell, this stunning woman with the voice of a child and perhaps the mind…. then to find out that this woman has ties to your significant other… so much manipulation and deceit running throughout the pages of this book! So hard to write this review I want to convey how much I loved this book and I don’t want to give a single thing away…. just know you will need to buckle your seatbelt for this rollercoaster… the ride to the top of the hill may take some time… but once you get there watch out! The other side is one crazy twisted ride that will leave you breathless!

Absolutely recommend to anyone who enjoys a well done perfectly paced thrill of a story!

*** huge thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

I look down at her, lying fast asleep – always my little girl, and so beautiful. She gives a low moan as her head turns restlessly on the pillow. It reminds me of the soft growl of a cornered animal. Where is my poor child? What is she dreaming?

People always notice my daughter, Isobel. How could they not? Incredibly beautiful… until she speaks.

An unsettling, little-girl voice, exactly like a child’s, but from the mouth of a full-grown woman.

Izzie might look grown-up, but inside she’s trapped. Caught in the day it happened – the day that broke her from within.

I know why my daughter is the way she is. There’s nothing I could have done to save her… is there?

An unputdownable psychological thriller about families and secrets, perfect for fans of Gone Girl, Shalini Boland and Lisa Jewell.




Meet the Author

About me by Lucy Dawson: 

I’ve been writing psychological suspense novels since 2008, when my first bestseller – His Other Lover – was published. I write full time (mostly on the playroom sofa) from my home in Devon, where I live with my husband and children. Before that, I used to edit a magazine for six to twelve year old girls for a living, making absolutely no use whatsoever of my psychology degree from Warwick University, but it was a lot of fun. 

I’m addicted to writing about the extraordinary things that can happen to ordinary people – stories that jump in at the deep end, with a gasp. When readers take the time out to let me know they’ve stayed up all night because they couldn’t put the book down, it makes my day. 

I really enjoy catching up with readers and always reply to emails. You can reach me at lucy@lucydawsonbooks.com. I’m also on Twitter @lucydawsonbooks and have a Facebook page at lucydawsonbooks. Alternatively you can download a free short story of mine at www.lucydawsonbooks.comor if you want to look at a lot of pictures of the beach and books that I’m reading, find me on Instagram at lucydawsonbooks.


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Deck The Halles by Stephanie Dagg @llamamum @rararesources #bookreview

TGIF book lovers!

Super excited that I am almost done with my Christmas shopping, And that I get to share with you today my review for this festive story full of llamas and fun! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and to Stephanie Dagg for her charming words🎄🦙

Deck The Halles

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It’s next Christmas at the little French llama farm.

Last Christmas infamous Australian author Nick bought the farm, that was meant to be furnished and without llamas. The reverse proved to be the case. Noelle had been sent to pet sit the llamas until his arrival. After a decidedly frosty start, Nick and Noelle’s relationship warmed up rapidly and they’re now happily living together, with an ever growing assortment of animals.

They’re looking forward to a quiet, romantic Christmas together but at the last moment Noelle is called on to find a venue for the annual national llama show. The local agricultural halles are free so she books them, thinking that’s all she’ll have to do to help. She couldn’t be more wrong! On top of that, various relatives start turning up on her doorstep unexpectedly, as the result of assorted crises. The farmhouse is about to burst at the seams. Add in a few other events, such as playing the part of a pixie at a Christmas fête, organising Nick’s book launch and training a non-cooperative  llama for the agility class in the show, and Noelle is pushed ever closer to the end of her tether. Can she hold it together and stay as calm as a llama? Or will she be the next member of her family to make a bolt for pastures new?

This festive, feel-good and fun novel is the sequel to ‘Fa-La-Llama-La: Christmas at the Little French Llama Farm’ but can be read as a standalone.  

My Thoughts

nothing puts you in the holiday mood quite like a fa la la la llama 🦙

What a fun feel good festive story full of holiday cheer and llamas! I had no idea llamas were such fascinating and lively animals…. and funny! I was laughing so hard at these crazy llamas trying to master these agility obstacles…. yes there are Lama shows with agility and fancy dress, just like a dog show, well at least they do in France…. so you might be thinking what do llamas have to do with Christmas? Well plenty especially with an owner named Noelle…

Noelle was a delightful character about to spend her very first Christmas with her amour Nick…. they are excited for quiet romantic nights by the fire, but faith has a different plan… before they know it they’re in charge of a llama show, with a house full of company with assorted issues and quirks… Noelle and Nick handled this like champs, they rose to the challenge and ended up having a very Merry Christmas indeed!

This was a unique and enchanting story that I would strongly encourage you to add to your holiday reading list!🎄🦙

*** Big thanks to the author and Rachelle for my copy of this book ***

Purchase Links

universal one: getbook.at/DTH

amazon.co.ukhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07KRKSQ9Q/

amazon.com.au: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07KRKSQ9Q

amazon.comhttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KRKSQ9Q

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAuthor Bio –

I’m an English expat living in France, having moved here with my family in 2006 after fourteen years as an expat in Ireland. I now consider myself a European rather than ‘belonging’ to any particular country. The last ten years have been interesting, to put it mildly. Taking on seventy-five acres with three lakes, two hovels and one cathedral-sized barn, not to mention an ever increasing menagerie, makes for exciting times. The current array of animals includes alpacas, llamas, huarizos (alpaca-llama crossbreds, unintended in our case and all of them thanks to one very determined alpaca male), sheep, goats, pigs, ducks, geese, chickens and turkeys, not forgetting our pets of dogs, cats, zebra finches, budgies , canaries, lovebirds and Chinese quail. Before we came to France all we had was a dog and two chickens, so it’s been a steep learning curve. I recount these experiences in my book Heads Above Water: Staying Afloat in France and the sequel to that, Total Immersion: Ten Years in France. I also blog regularly at http://www.bloginfrance.com.

I’m married to Chris and we have three bilingual TCKs (third culture kids) who are resilient and resourceful and generally wonderful.     

I’m a traditionally-published author of many children’s books, and am now self-publishing too. I have worked part-time as a freelance editor for thirty years after starting out as a desk editor for Hodder & Stoughton. Find me at http://www.editing.zone. The rest of the time I’m running carp fishing lakes with Chris and inevitably cleaning up some or other animal’s poop.   

Social Media Links – @llamamum

www.facebook.com/StephanieDaggBooks/

www.bloginfrance.com

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The Silent Dead by Graham Smith @GrahamSmith1972 @bookouture #bookreview

Happy Thursday everybody!

Excited to share with you today my review four the first book in this new police procedural! Many thanks to Noelle for my invitation to the tour and to Graham Smith for his wonderful words!🚨

The-Silent-Dead-KindleHe’d found an angel for his collection. But one angel at a time was never enough…

Detective Beth Young has just joined the Cumbrian major crimes team when a body is found posed in a ritualistic manner – arms spread and graceful wings attached – at a crumbling castle in the hills of the Lake District.

The entire police force are on red alert. But Beth begins to feel she’s the only one who can follow the disturbing clues left by the twisted killer. Because she doesn’t think like everyone else. To Beth, crimes are puzzles she can solve. Even if real life is a little harder.

As more bodies are discovered in derelict stately homes across the Lake District, she knows she’s in a race against time.

But the killer is looking for another victim to add to his collection… Will Beth be able to save her? Or will he get there first?

A tenacious young detective with scars both physical and emotional, Beth Young will stop at nothing in her fight for justice for the innocent. The Silent Dead is the first book in the series. Set in the Lake District, it is perfect for fans of Joy Ellis, LJ Ross, and Peter James. 

this was one twisted, dark and disturbing start to a new police procedural series!

This is the first book in a new series, featuring young newbie detective Beth Young…. The mystery was twisted, sick, and sadistic… what compels a man to stage a body with a burnt mouth and wings attached to their back? Yes, actual wings! Makes you wonder what goes on in the mind of this brilliant author, Graham Smith….

The story is told primarily from the point of view of Beth… however, we also get some creepy insight from another undisclosed character… this gruesome prime appeared to have no pattern, the victims appeared to be chosen at random…. The detectives were baffled as was I, but Beth seem to have an unusual way of puzzling crimes out…

I really like the fact that Beth was a brand new eager detective, she was not yet disheartened… however, I’m not sure that the team would have given her as much respect and responsibility as they did in this book, although it would be nice… Additionally I really had a hard time connecting two Beth… we really got very little of her backstory both personal and professional… we really didn’t get a look into her personal life at all, but there is room for that in future books and this does leave her with lots of room for growth… A solid start to a brand new series…

Recommend to anybody who is a fan of this author, this genre, or sick sadistic crimes!

*** Big thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***

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Author Bio:

Graham Smith is the bestselling author of four explosive crime thrillers in the Jake Boulder series, Watching the Bodies, The Kindred Killers, Past Echoes and Die Cold. Watching the Bodies spent over two weeks at number one in the Amazon UK chart and Amazon CA charts. Graham is also the author of the popular DI Harry Evans series and has collections of short stories and novellas. His latest novel – The Silent Dead is published by Bookouture and set in Cumbria / the Lake District, featuring DC Beth Young.

He is the proud father of a young son. As a time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer for the well-respected review site Crimesquad.com since 2010.

When not working, his time is spent reading, writing and playing games with his son. He enjoys socialising and spending time with friends and family.

Author Social Media Links:

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/grahamnsmithauthor/

TWITTER:  https://twitter.com/GrahamSmith1972

WEBSITE: https://grahamsmithauthor.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5446655.Graham_Smith?from_searchtrue

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Bells and Bows on Mistletoe Row by Emily Harvale @rararesources @emilyharvale #bookreview

Happy hump day book lovers!

Delighted to share with you today another charming holiday story! A huge thank you to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and Emily Harvale for her lovely story!🎄❄️

Bells and Bows on Mistletoe Row

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It’ll take a miracle to make Juliet’s Christmas merry, but Mistletoe Row is the place to be when you need some Christmas magic. 

The last person Juliet Bell expects to see when she returns home for Christmas is Harrison Bow.Especially with the most beautiful woman in the world by his side. Twenty years ago, Juliet and Harrison had the shortest romance in history, consisting of one date – and one blazing row. But Juliet will never admit when she’s wrong, and Harrison doesn’t forgive easily, so they haven’t seen, or spoken to one another since.

Harrison Bow vowed he’d never visit his grandfather at The Grange, again, or drive along Mistletoe Row, the scene of one of the unhappiest times of his life. He hasn’t been back for twenty years and he’s only here now because his brother pleaded with him to come. At least with his executive assistant joining him, he’ll be able to do some work. 

But Juliet’s sister, Zoe and Harrison’s brother, Luke have some surprises in store for their elder siblings, and so it seems does Fate. After Harrison risks his life to save Juliet, the least she can do is be nice. The problem is, Harrison is hotter than the log fire in The Mistletoe pub, and when she’s surrounded by twinkling lights and softly falling snow, it doesn’t take long for her to realise she’s in love with the man she thought she hated. Even if he doesn’t appear to be in love with her. 

My Thoughts

A short but sweet second chance romance that will put a big smile on your face!

This was a fun festive story filled with fabulousness! I had never heard of Emily Harvale before the beginning of this year and now she is an automatic YES for me! Her books are set in the most charming of places with the most whimsical of characters…

This story had a bit of a Hatfield and McCoy vibe but instead it was the Bells and the Bows, clever, right? 20 years ago Harrison and Juliet had a brief but intense romance… after years of being apart, some miscommunication, and Harrison‘s family acquiring Juliet’s beloved family house, is it possible that these two have a second chance? Well you’ll need to read this charming story to find that out!

Loved every thing about the story the lovely village, the beautiful home, the skating pond, and of course the wonderful characters! Harrison and Juliet were both flawed but simply lovely! All the secondary characters were equally as wonderful even though some of them weren’t terribly likable, they were all well developed….A perfect holiday read… with the perfect gift at the end, I was excited to find out that there will be another book in the Lily Pond Lane series… another must read along with this delightful story!

Absolutely recommend as the perfect Christmas treat complete with a Bow and a Bell on top!🎁

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

Purchase Links – https://newbook.at/Bells-and-Bows

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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