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The Forgiving Kind by Donna Everhart @suzyapbooktours @wordstogobuy #bookreview #theforgivingkind

Happy Tuesday all!

Excited to share with you today my review for this book that blew me away! This book had so much heart I simply devoured it! Thank you so much Suzy for my invitation to this tour!🌼

My Thoughts

𝕭𝖊𝖆𝖚𝖙𝖎𝖋𝖚𝖑. 𝕮𝖔𝖒𝖕𝖊𝖑𝖑𝖎𝖓𝖌. 𝕳𝖊𝖆𝖗𝖙𝖜𝖆𝖗𝖒𝖎𝖓𝖌.

This was an evocative story that I found simultaneously heartwarming and heartwrenching. 1950s North Carolina 12-year-old Sonny loves her life with her family on their cotton farm. She shares a passion for the land as well as the ability to divine water with her beloved father. When Sonny’s father meets with a tragic accident it is up to her mother, her two older brothers, and herself to maintain the family farm. In order to keep the farm a float Sonny’s mother makes a deal with their reclusive neighbor Mr. Fowler, a deal that will change everything.

This was a beautiful coming-of-age story, but it was also so much more. Sonny was a remarkable character with such a beautiful spirit. I loved her friendship with Daniel and even more than that I loved how she didn’t even really realize that he was different (for lack of a better word). Her relationship with her brothers was touching, even though Trent was a bit of a jerk.* Sidenote my oldest son is named Trent, so it was kind of funny seeing this character who definitely had A bad side with the same name* I was so conflicted when it came to Sonny’s mother. On one hand I really wanted her to open her eyes to how despicable Mr. Fowler was, and on the other hand I do realize she did not have many choices. This part of the book really made me think, I was able to get out of a bad marriage, but a lot of that was because I had an amazing support system. What happens when you don’t have that support system? Where she was in the 1950s in North Carolina where they wouldn’t even give her credit to purchase seeds? Mr. Fowler was a bigot with a heart full of hate and he made me cringe more than once.

The story was so beautifully told… Donna Everhart really brought life on this cotton farm to the pages of this book. The hard dirty work and the love for the land was so evident. But as much beauty as there was in this book, there was also so much ugliness. The racism, the bigotry, the abuse,

. Simply put this was an extremely well told story with an ending that left me satisfied.

*** many thanks to Kensington for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

For twelve-year-old Martha “Sonny” Creech, there is no place more beautiful than her family’s cotton farm. She, her two brothers, and her parents work hard on their land—hoeing, planting, picking—but only Sonny loves the rich, dark earth the way her father does. When a tragic accident claims his life, her stricken family struggles to fend off ruin—until their rich, reclusive neighbor offers to help finance that year’s cotton crop.

Sonny is dismayed when her mama accepts Frank Fowler’s offer; even more so when Sonny’s best friend, Daniel, points out that the man has ulterior motives. Sonny has a talent for divining water—an ability she shared with her father and earns her the hated nickname “water witch” in school. But uncanny as that skill may be, it won’t be enough to offset Mr. Fowler’s disturbing influence in her world. Even her bond with Daniel begins to collapse under the weight of Mr. Fowler’s bigoted taunts. Though she tries to bury her misgivings for the sake of her mama’s happiness, Sonny doesn’t need a willow branch to divine that a reckoning is coming, bringing with it heartache, violence—and perhaps, a fitting and surprising measure of justice.

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Tuscan Enchantment by Kate Zarrelli @katmezzocappa @rararesources #bookpromo #tuscanenchantment

Tuscan Enchantment

This was no cold marble—this was a man! Antonia goes to Tuscany to rebuild her life. The last thing she wants to do is fall in love, least of all with rich, arrogant, aristocratic Lorenzo.

Librarian Antonia Gray has fled England for northern Tuscany after an unhappy love affair to work on the archive of a 17th century Italian explorer, a member of a centuries-old aristocratic family. There she meets his descendent, Lorenzo Quattromani, rich, arrogant, handsome—and engaged to the beautiful and ruthless Giselle. The last thing Antonia wants is to fall in love, least of all with someone so dangerous. His engagement, though, is not what it seems, and Lorenzo breaks down Antonia’s resistance. But Giselle has other ideas.

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Author Bio

Kate Zarrelli is the romance and erotica pen-name of Katherine Mezzacappa. Kate is Irish but now lives in Carrara in Northern Tuscany, between the Apuan Alps and the Tyrrhenian Sea, with her Italian husband and two teenage sons. She writes historical, erotic, feel-good and paranormal fiction, set all over Europe, and in her spare time volunteers with a used book charity of which she is a founder member. You can follow her on Facebook at Kate Zarrelli books or on Twitter @katmezzacappa.

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The Song of the Jade Lily by Kirsty Manning @KirstyManningAu @wmmorrowbooks @harperaudio @tlcbooktours #bookreview #audiobook #thesongofthejadelily

Happy Monday all!

Excited to share with you today my review for this stunning story that all historical fiction lovers will devour! A huge thank you to Trish for my invitation to the tour!🌺

My Thoughts

ℭ𝔬𝔪𝔭𝔢𝔩𝔩𝔦𝔫𝔤. 𝔄𝔟𝔰𝔬𝔯𝔟𝔦𝔫𝔤. ℜ𝔦𝔳𝔢𝔱𝔦𝔫𝔤.

Kirsty Manning has written a stunning story filled with secrets, sorrow, and resilience. 1939 Vienna Austria Romy’s family realizes it is in their best interest to leave the country. But the only place that will take them in without a visa is shanghai. Shanghai is miles away, a brief respite from the war, but it isn’t long before shanghai is also impacted by WWII. 2016 Alexandra returns home to Australia from London to see her beloved grandfather before he dies. Alexandra was raised by her grandparents after her mother Sophia was killed in a car accident. Alexandra knows that her mother was adopted brought over to Australia by her grandfather and grandmother, Romy. Alexander has taken a new job in Shanghai Inn is determined to figure out where her mother came from. The only information Alexander has is a necklace, a birth certificate, a picture, and journal. Will Alexandra discover her roots? Or are some secrets best kept in the past?

This was an amazing book that introduced me to a part of history I previously had no idea about. When I think of WWII I certainly never think of China. I had no idea China took in so many Jewish refugees. I was ignorant to the tensions between Japan and China during WWII. The beauty of historical fiction is learning something that you probably otherwise would never have learned. Romy and her family have found themselves in the unfortunate position of leaving one horrible situation to find themselves in the midst of another. I once again was completely in awe of the resilience of people.

The characters and the setting of this story completely popped off the pages. Kirsty Manning has seamlessly woven together the present and the past in this compelling tale. Both timelines completely captivated me and all these characters stole my heart. The friendship between Romy and Lee was so beautiful to read about. I loved how we really got to learn about the Chinese culture through Romy’s eyes. I found the Chinese medicine fascinating. Romy was such an authentic character, my heart broke for her with some of the letters she wrote to her brother Daniel back in a work camp in Austria. I was so curious as to what the secret was she was keeping from her granddaughter Alexandra, and what her motivations were. Alexandra was also an intriguing character. I loved discovering the past right alongside her. And I love the little bit of romance she had going on with John.

A beautiful story brimming with family, friendship, and culture. This is not a short book, but it went so quick I was so riveted by the story and I just needed to know what the secret was. I also am completely intrigued by all eastern cultures and just love getting to know more about them. Simply put this was an evocative story that all fans of historical fiction will completely devour.

🎧🎧🎧 The audiobook is narrated by Saskia Maarleveld who in my opinion is one of the absolute best! There are so many accents in this book and she nailed them all! She gave each character their own distinct voice and I never was confused as to who is narrating the story. A stellar job!

*** Big thanks to William Morrow and Harper Audio for my copy of this book **

About the Book

“Kirsty Manning weaves together little-known threads of World War II history, family secrets, the past and the present into a page-turning, beautiful novel.”— Heather Morris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz

A gripping historical novel that tells the little-known story of Jewish refugees who fled to Shanghai during WWII.

1939: Two young girls meet in Shanghai, also known as the “Paris of the East”. Beautiful local Li and Jewish refugee Romy form a fierce friendship, but the deepening shadows of World War II fall over the women as they slip between the city’s glamorous French Concession district and the teeming streets of the Shanghai Ghetto. Yet soon the realities of war prove to be too much for these close friends as they are torn apart.

2016: Fleeing London with a broken heart, Alexandra returns to Australia to be with her grandparents, Romy and Wilhelm. Her grandfather is dying, and over the coming weeks Romy and Wilhelm begin to reveal the family mysteries they have kept secret for more than half a century. As fragments of her mother’s history finally become clear, Alexandra struggles with what she learns while more is also revealed about her grandmother’s own past in Shanghai.

After Wilhelm dies, Alexandra flies to Shanghai, determined to trace her grandparents’ past. Peeling back the layers of their hidden lives, she is forced to question what she knows about her family—and herself.

The Song of the Jade Lily is a lush, provocative, and beautiful story of friendship, motherhood, the price of love, and the power of hardship and courage that can shape us all.

About the Author

Kirsty Manning grew up in northern New South Wales, Australia. She has degrees in literature and communications and worked as an editor and publishing manager in book publishing for over a decade. A country girl with wanderlust, her travels and studies have taken her through most of Europe, the east, and west coasts of the United States as well as pockets of Asia. Kirsty’s journalism and photography specializing in lifestyle and travel regularly appear in magazines, newspapers, and online. She lives in Australia.

Find out more about Kirsty at her website, and connect with her on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

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Tight Lies by Ted Denton @urbanebooks @lovebooktours #bookpromo #tightlies

Happy Sunday everybody!

Excited to share with you today this book that sounds thrilling filled with adventure and intrigue! And golf!⛳️

Blurb

Ted Denton’s explosive debut novel is an exhilarating action thriller pitching the privileged, seductive world of a professional sports agent against a backdrop of political double-dealing, corporate corruption and brutal violence.

A young Daniel Ratchet arrives in Spain to begin his dream job as a golf agent on the European Tour. In London, the Russian Rublex Corporation, with its history mired in ‘Vory’ mafia criminality, is working on a huge gas deal off the Falkland Islands with the British government. Veteran civil servant Derek Hemmings is tasked to rubber-stamp the deal for the Foreign Office.

But things are not what they seem … With the help of Wallace, a cantankerous old golf coach, Daniel discovers match fixing, fraud and corruption on the Tour, all at the seeming behest of Rublex. A thorn in the Russians’ side, Daniel is kidnapped before he can expose the truth. Wallace, needing help, contacts an old army buddy who deploys violent loose cannon Tom Hunter on a mission to save him.

A tense race against time ensues, both to rescue Daniel from the clutches of the Vory and for Hemmings in Whitehall to prove that the deadly deal is corrupt. The stakes are high. As the body count mounts will the volatile Hunter reveal the truth or will he be too late?

Dead or alive, the truth always comes at a cost.

Author Bio 

Ted Denton was born and raised in South London. He was offered a bursary and a Short Service Commission in the British Army at an early age. Instead, he turned this down to

achieve his ambition of becoming an international sports agent. He has since become a global commercial deal maker, owns a digital marketing company and has been granted the

Freedom of the City of London. Ted lives in the English countryside with his family and Border terrier.

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They Shoot Corpses, Don’t They? by CS McLean @sessick_stu @lovebooktours #bookpromo #theyshootcorpesdontthey #lovebooktours

Happy Sunday all!

Excited to share with you today this book that sounds a bit different, perfect for all you zombie lovers out there!🧟‍♀️🧟‍♂️

They Shoot Corpses, Don’t They?

Synopsis:

An original blend of hardboiled crime fiction and horror – Zombie Noir.

Pat O’Hare is the only (living) private detective in Farrelton, a crime-ridden city still recovering from the ravages of an undead uprising. Pat is hired to find the missing granddaughter of a rich industrialist. But, what starts out as simple enough job turns into a fight for survival as he finds himself pulled into a deadly mystery where nobody can be trusted. Helped only by a trigger happy ex-cop and a washed up boxer with a pathological fear of trees, Pat has to use every trick in the book just to stay alive.

Caught between corrupt police, gun-wielding hitmen and a ruthless crime lord, Pat soon learns that the zombies are not the most dangerous creatures in town.

Author bio:

Stuart McLean (aka CS McLean) is a writer currently living in St Albans. He studied Chemistry at the University of Hertfordshire – although, this was back in the days when the Premiership was still called Division One and Hatfield was still a Polytechnic.

He was shortlisted for the first Margery Allingham short story competition, and was twice shortlisted for the Bloody Scotland short story competition.

Stuart was a finalist in the 2016 Bloody Scotland Pitch Perfect competition, in which he pitched his brand of zombie noir to a largely bewildered group of panellists. He was also chosen as one of the 2018 Bloody Scotland Crime in the Spotlight authors, a platform to highlight new and emerging crime writers.

When not writing, Stuart likes to play various musical instruments, all very badly; guitar, ukulele, trumpet and harmonica. But, not at the same time.

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The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister @StMartinsPress @macmillanaudio #bookreview #audiobook #thescentkeeper

Happy Friday everybody!

Super excited to share my review of this fabulously unique book! A huge thank you to Clare at St. Martin’s Press for my invitation to this tour!🌸

My Thoughts

𝓔𝓿𝓸𝓬𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓿𝓮. 𝓔𝓬𝓬𝓮𝓷𝓽𝓻𝓲𝓬. 𝓔𝓵𝓮𝓰𝓪𝓷𝓽.

Erica Bauemeister has crafted a unique and lovely tail about secrets, forgiveness, and the power of scent. Emmeline spent the first 12 years of her life living on an isolated island with her beloved father. All they had was each other, the trees, their cabin, and a drawers of fragrance. As Emmeline gets older she knows there is more behind her father’s obsession with cent then he is telling her, but what is it? After a tragedy Emmeline finds herself thrust into the “real world“. For Emmeline the outside world is terribly challenging . If it weren’t for the loving couple that takes her in and a boy named Fisher she would be all alone. But as time goes on Emmeline knows it is time for her to confront the secrets of her past.

This was a beautifully told coming of age story bursting with quirk and charm. Loved Emmeline she had such a sweet spirit and her vulnerability really tugs at the heartstrings. I found the part that scent played in the story extremely fascinating. How scent can evoke a memory or how it can be used to manipulate you to feel a certain way. There is a lot about fragrance in the story and Emmeline has a crazy bond and talent when it comes to scent. Now I have a bit of a fragrance obsession myself, but I really have no idea if there are people out there that feel scent like some of the characters in the story.

This story had such a vibrant and unique vibe to it. I enjoyed every single minute I spent with Emmeline on her journey of self discovery. The story was quiet, but powerful. The characters were simple, but complex. I’m struggling to find the perfect adjective to describe thisbook. How about this? It is a book I am extremely grateful to have had the privilege of reading. and I hope you feel the same way when you finish it!

🎧🎧🎧 Gabra Zackman brought the perfect tone to the story. She brought each character their own unique voice and really brought this beautiful story to life.

*** many thanks to St. Martin’s Press and Macmillan Audio for my gifted copy ***

About the Book

Erica Bauermeister, the national bestselling author of The School of Essential Ingredients, presents a moving and evocative coming-of-age novel about childhood stories, families lost and found, and how a fragrance conjures memories capable of shaping the course of our lives. 
Emmeline lives an enchanted childhood on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses. What he won’t explain are the mysterious scents stored in the drawers that line the walls of their cabin, or the origin of the machine that creates them.  As Emmeline grows, however, so too does her curiosity, until one day the unforeseen happens, and Emmeline is vaulted out into the real world–a place of love, betrayal, ambition, and revenge. To understand her past, Emmeline must unlock the clues to her identity, a quest that challenges the limits of her heart and imagination.
Lyrical and immersive, The Scent Keeperexplores the provocative beauty of scent, the way it can reveal hidden truths, lead us to the person we seek, and even help us find our way back home.
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Probably the Best Kiss in the World by Pirnelle Hughes @rararesources #bookreview #probobalythebestkissintheworld 💋

Happy Thursday all!

So excited to share my review for this super adorable story, probably one of the better romcoms I’ve read this year! Thank you so much Rachel for my invitation to the tour and two Pernille Hughes for this charming tale!💋

Probably the Best Kiss in the World

Jen Attison likes her life Just So. But being fished out of a canal in Copenhagen by her knickers is definitely NOT on her to do list. From cinnamon swirls to a spontaneous night of laughter and fireworks, Jen’s city break with the girls takes a turn for the unexpected because of her gorgeous, mystery rescuer.

Back home, Jen faces a choice. A surprise proposal from her boyfriend, ‘boring’ Robert has offered Jen the safety net she always thought she wanted. But with the memories of her Danish adventure proving hard to forget, maybe it’s time for Jen to stop listening to her head and start following her heart…

My Thoughts

Ⓞⓝⓔ ⓡⓞⓜⓒⓞⓜ. Ⓣⓦⓞ ⓢⓘⓢⓣⓔⓡⓢ. Ⓐⓝⓓ ⓛⓞⓣⓢ ⓞⓕ ⓑⓔⓔⓡ.🍻

This was a fun lighthearted romcom with a cast of delightful characters. Jen isn’t necessarilg living her best life, but she’s living a life she’s comfortable with. She doesn’t have a dream job, but she has a job that she’s good at. Her boyfriend/fiancé doesn’t make her swoon, but he’s reliable. Jen however has a different side to her as well. She is a little quirky, a lot opinionated, and she has a passion for brewing beer. When Jen’s sister Lydia plans a surprise trip to Copenhagen, a dream holiday for Jen, she finds her life turned upside down. When she is trying to rescue her cell phone from the canal she ends up falling in and is rescued herself by a handsome Dane. They end up spending a magical evening together and he does make Jen swoon. So what happens when Jen returns home?

I truly love this book there was such charm to this story. However, The blurb is a little misleading. The events are not in the correct order. Jen got engaged and then went to Denmark where she meant this handsome stranger. SO let’s call a spade a spade, Jen cheated on boring Robert. AND your fiancé being boring is NOT a valid reason to cheat on him, if you’re bored get out! Sorry, I have strong feelings on this, and I was so torn in this book because I really like Jen and I really did not like her with Robert. Completely understood and empathize with Jen’s sister Lydia. Lydia was a fabulous character, she was so strong, had so much heart, and she was such an amazing support to her sister. I’d have to say I’d absolutely love a follow-up to this book that features Lydia, loved her! I truly thought I knew where this book was going, but then it took a bit of a swerve that I truly thought was perfection.

Pirnelle Hughes has written an exceptional romcom. The perfect balance of humor, family, friendship, and love. And if it weren’t for the cheating I would have given this book a full five stars, but that is a trigger for me, so sorry. But just like you can love a book full of characters you don’t like, you can also love a book where characters do things you don’t like. Simply put this was a lovely romcom that made me want to visit Denmark and have a beer! 🍻

*** Big thanks to Harper Impulse for my copy of this book ***

Purchase Link

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Author Bio – Pernille Hughes is a RomCom author and mum, whose debut novel was SWEATPANTS AT TIFFANIE’S, soon to be followed by PROBABLY THE BEST KISS IN THE WORLD (April 2019). Previously her writing has been printed in The Sunday Times and the fabulous SUNLOUNGER summer anthologies. Find out about her new books at http://www.pernillehughes.com 

Pernille (pronounced Pernilla) studied Film & Literature at uni and took her first job in advertising, having been lured by the temptation of freebies, but left when Status Quo tickets was as good as it got. After a brief spell marketing Natural History films, she switched to working in Children’s television which for a time meant living in actual Teletubbyland, sharing a photocopier with Laa-Laa.

Now, she lives in actual Buckinghamshire, sharing a photocopier with her husband and their four spawn. While the kids are at school she scoffs cake and writes RomCom stories in order to maintain a shred of sanity.

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Rough and Deadly by Paula Williams @paulawilliams44 @rararesources #bookreview #roughanddeadly

Happy Thursday all!

Excited to share with you today my review for this entertaining book. Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation and to Paula Williams for her delightful words.🐶

Rough And Deadly

Everyone knows Abe Compton’s Headbender cider is as rough as a cider can get. But is it deadly?

When self-styled ‘lady of the manor’, Margot Duckett-Trimble, announces she wouldn’t be seen dead drinking the stuff, who could have foreseen that, only a few days later, she’d be found, face down, in a vat of it?

Kat Latcham’s no stranger to murder. Indeed, the once ‘sleepy’ Somerset village of Much Winchmoor is fast gaining a reputation as the murder capital of the West Country and is ‘as sleepy as a kid on Christmas Eve’ when it’s discovered there’s a murderer running loose in the community again.

Kat has known Abe all her life, and she is sure that, although he had motive, he didn’t kill Margot. But as she investigates, the murderer strikes again. And the closer Kat gets to finding out who the real killer is, the closer to danger she becomes.

This second Much Winchmoor mystery is once again spiked with humour and sprinkled with romance – plus a cast of colourful characters, including a manic little dog called Prescott whose bite is definitely worse than his bark.

My Thoughts

Cider. Murder. And a Dog.

This was a compelling murder mystery with a sense of humor. This is the second book in the Much Winchmoor series, but it can definitely be read as a standalone. This time Kat is trying to prove that Abe someone she has known her whole life is not guilty of the murder of the mistress of the manner. Kat finds herself riding around town on her pink bike trying to solve this murder, when another body drops. What is going on? How has this lovely village turned into a murder capital?

Just as in the previous book I loved Kat! She kind of reminds me a little bit of a British Stephanie Plum, anyone else see this? Maybe it just was her car trouble? Simply put this is an entertaining murder mystery sprinkled with romance and charm. The perfect blend of blackmail, murder, eccentric villagers, and of course a dog!

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

Purchase Link

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Author Bio –

Paula Williams is living her dream. She’s written all her life – her earliest efforts involved blackmailing her unfortunate younger brothers into appearing in her plays and pageants. But it’s only in recent years that she discovered to her surprise that people with better judgement than her brothers actually liked what she wrote and were prepared to pay her for it.

Now, she writes every day in a lovely, book-lined study in her home in Somerset, where she lives with her husband and a handsome but not always obedient rescue Dalmatian called Duke. She started out writing fiction for women’s magazines (and still does) but has recently branched out into longer fiction. She also writes a monthly column, Ideas Store, for the writers’ magazines, Writers’ Forum.

But, as with the best of dreams, she worries that one day she’s going to wake up and find she still has to bully her brothers into reading ‘the play what she wrote’.

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Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/paula.williams.author

Blog. paulawilliamswriter.wordpress.com

Twitter. @paulawilliams44

Website. paulawilliamswriter.co.uk

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The Season of Silver Linings by Christine Nolfi @christinenolfi @suzyapbooktours @luauthors @amazonpub #bookreview #theseasonofsilverlinings

Happy Wednesday all!

Excited to share with you today my review for this delightful story about friendship and love! Many thanks to Suzy for my invitation to the tour!💕

My Thoughts

𝒞𝒽𝒶𝓇𝓂𝒾𝓃𝑔. 𝐸𝓃𝑔𝒶𝑔𝒾𝓃𝑔. 𝑀𝒶𝑔𝒾𝒸𝒶𝓁.

Christine Nolfi has crafted a magical story packed with engaging and quirky characters. This is the third book in the Sweet Lake series. I don’t think not having read the prior books impacted my enjoyment of the story, however if I ever have the time I’d love to go back and read the previous books. Jada owns the wayfair Inn along with her Bestiess Cat and Linnie. Jayda is an exceptional baker and has taken on a lot of the responsibility at the Inn due to her partners new romances. Jada has been getting closer to Philip and his adorable six-year-old precocious daughter Fancy. But Jayda has things in the past she needs to come to terms with and now there is a stranger in town asking questions that might just force her to do so.

One of my favorite things in Books is strong female friendships and this book had that in spades. Not only did we have the friendship between Jayda, Cat, and Linnie, but we also have the Sweet Lake Sirens. The Sirens are a group of eccentric colorful older ladies that love to stick their nose into everyone else’s business, love them! Jayda was a great character and I’d really really love her to bake me some baked goods, I spent a lot of this book craving a cinnamon roll! The romance between Jada and Philip was sweet, I always love the friends to lovers trope. BUT the star of this book was Fancy! This little six-year-old was so sassy and spunky, she had such a big heart and a love for all things that glitter. There is also a bit of a mystery to the story and some twists that led to a surprising ending.

I love stories with small-town vibes and eccentric characters and this one was done exceptionally well. I also really like the magical and mysterious elements to the story, it added another layer. I think this book will appeal to lovers of women’s fiction books full of lively characters and strong female friendships. I am hoping that this is not the end to this charming series.

*** huge thanks to Lake Union for my gifted copy ***

About the Book

She can’t change what’s come before. But letting go could bring healing—and the rare love that comes once in a lifetime.

When Ohio pastry chef Jada Brooks and her two best friends restored the glorious Wayfair Inn, it was a boon to Sweet Lake—and to their own lives. Now Linnie and Cat are focused on private matters: one engaged, the other swept up in newlywed bliss. Jada has also begun looking to the future by dating widower Philip Kettering and forging a sudden, sweet bond with his six-year-old daughter.

But the past isn’t finished with Jada. When a curious guest checks into the Wayfair, her delving questions stir Jada’s guilt about the heartbreaking events that scarred the town seven years ago. The risks Jada must take by revealing the truth will test every assumption she’s made about the meaning of family and the magic of enduring love.

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Hit Man Sam by Morgen Bailey @morgenwriteruk @botbspublicity #bookreview #hitmansam

Happy hump day!

Excited to share my review for this little gem! Thanks so much Sarah for my invitation to the tour!🥰

My Thoughts

This was my very first “Lad Lit“ book. What is Lad Let you may ask? Well it is pretty much the male counterpart to Chick Lit. So this book was pretty much about Becky Bloomwood trying to become a hitman, except Becky is a man named Sam. Sam is a 27-year-old man living in the UK. He just got out of a relationship and is pretty much bumbling his way through life. When he sees an ad for hitman school he thinks it is a good idea (for some reason). So look out James Bond here comes Sam!

This book was in a word FUN! Sam was a great character definitely made me laugh more than once. The story is told in short chapters that really kept the story moving. There is a large cast of intriguing characters and multiple threads that are skillfully woven together by the author. This is the perfect little book to brighten your afternoon. It will make you smile, it will make you laugh, and it will make you want to be a hitman (OK probably not make you want to be a hitman😉).

*** thank you to the author for my gifted copy ***

About the Book

Having been made redundant as a photocopier software designer, Sam Simpson is lured by a cryptic advert. As he learns it is for a trainee hitman, will he be tough enough to see the job through? Even James Bond had to start somewhere and Sam, as his alias Josh Bradley, looks forward to enjoying James’ lifestyle, although soon embroiled in a love triangle, Sam hadn’t expected things to get so complicated so quickly.  

About the Author

Author Bio:

Morgen Bailey (Morgen with an E) is an author (of novels, short stories, writing and editing guides), freelance editor (for publishers and indie authors), writing tutor (in person and online), Writers’ Forum magazine ‘Competitive Edge’ columnist, blogger, speaker, and co-founder of Northants Authors. The former Chair of three writing groups, she has judged the H.E. Bates Short Story Competition, RONE, as well as the BBC Radio 2, BeaconLit, and Althorp Literary Festival children’s short story competitions. She also runs her own monthly 100-word competition. 2018 events include talks and workshops at Troubador’s Self Publishing Conference speakers, workshops and panels at Delapre Book Festival, interviewing and workshops at BeaconLit, and NAWG Fest with her ‘Editing your Fiction’ weekend residential course. Morgen can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and many others. Her blog is http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com, and email address morgen@morgenbailey.com. 
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