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Adorable Fat Girl and the Mysterious Invitation by Bernice Bloom @Bernice1Bloom @rararesources #bookreview

Happy Sunday bibliophile’s! and Happy 21st Birthday to my daughter!

Super excited to share with you today my review for this adorable book from an equally adorable series it looks like! Many thanks to Rachel, who probably is basking in the sun on vacation, and to Bernice Bloom for her adorable story!💕❄️

Adorable Fat Girl and the Mysterious Invitation

CoverMary Brown receives an invitation to a funeral. But she has absolutely no idea who the deceased is. She’s told that he invited her on his deathbed, and he’s very keen for her to attend, so she heads off to a dilapidated old farm house in a remote part of Wales. When she gets there she discovers that only five other people have been invited to the funeral. None of them knows who he is either.

NO ONE GOING TO THIS FUNERAL HAS EVER HEARD OF THE DECEASED. WHAT IS GOING ON??

Then they are told that they have 20 hours to work out why they have been invited in order to inherit a million pounds.

Who is this guy and why are they there? And what of the ghostly goings on in the ancient old building?

Featuring Mary Brown, star of the Adorable Fat Girl series of books, in her greatest adventure yet.

This is BOOK NINE in the series, but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone book or as part of the series.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07KFSL7VX

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KFSL7VX

Author Bio –

My name is Bernice Bloom and I write funny novels about a crazy lady called Mary Brown in my ‘Adorable Fat Girl’ series. 

Mary is funny, gorgeous and bonkers. She’s also about six stone overweight. When she realises she can’t cross her legs and has trouble bending over to tie her shoelaces without wheezing like an elderly chain-smoker it’s time to take action. But what action? She’s tried every diet under the sun.

This series is the hysterical story of what happens when Mary joins ‘Fat Club’ where she meets a cast of funny characters and one particular man who catches her eye.
The series follows Mary as she goes on safari, on a cruise, to a weekend yoga retreat and on an incredible adventure when she receives a mysterious invitation to a funeral.

The stories are laugh-out-loud funny and will resonate with anyone who has dieted, tried to keep up with any sort of exercise programme or spent 10 minutes in a changing room trying to extricate herself from a way too-small garment that she ambitiously tried on and is now completely stuck in. xx

My Thoughts

A little sass and fun mixed with a little mystery and history!

This book was simply adorable! This was my first introduction to Mary Brown and the ninth book in the series and I was not lost at all! Can definitely be read as a standalone… however I’d venture to guess after reading this book you’ll want to go and pick them all up, I know I do….“The Adorable Fat Girl “series has a new fan!

Mary Brown receives an invitation to a funeral the problem is? She has no idea who the deceased is, and why he would want her at his funeral… when she arrives at the funeral in an isolated village in Wales she meets the other six people who were invited to the funeral… only six people and none of them know the deceased, Reginald Charters… The six of them soon find out that they will inherit 1,000,000 pounds, however there is a catch!

The story is told in duel timelines because we also get the story of Reginald Charters starting in the 1940s…. I found this story extremely interesting and very well researched! The historical part of the story had a much more somber tone than that of the present day story, but I thought it was a really nice balance…. it was like the historical part was in black-and-white and the present day was in color…

Mary was such a fun self deprecating character with a wonderful sense of humor… The rest of the cast of characters were quirky, intriguing, and well developed… and bonus at the end of the book we find out there will be another book including all these wonderful characters! I’m really looking forward to many more books in the series and getting to know Mary better…

Absolutely encourage you to add this to your TBR list! It is quite adorable!

*** many many thanks to the author and Rachel for my copy of this book ***
My website is: www.bernicebloom.com

Social Media Links –

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https://twitter.com/Bernice1Bloom

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I’m Glad I Found You This Christmas by CP Ward @ChrisWardWriter @rararesources #bookreview #giveaway

Happy Thursday bibliophiles!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this most charming Christmas story! A big thank you to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and to CP Ward ❄️

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ImGladIFoundYouThisChristmas_eBookI’m glad I found you this Christmas – an uplifting sweet romance set against the magical backdrop of Christmas.

Maggie Coates is frustrated. Her longterm boyfriend, Dirk, recently moved to London to take a job she fears puts him out of her league. Despite the assurances of her best friend Renee, Maggie is convinced Dirk is slowly drifting away. All Maggie wants is to get married and settle down, but maybe Dirk has other ideas.

Convinced by Renee to make one last throw of the dice, Maggie books a romantic holiday for two in the quaint Scottish village of Hollydell. But will Dirk show up?

And if he doesn’t, what if there is a perfect man waiting for her among the Christmas magic of Hollydell’s snow-laden streets? What if Henry, the humble reindeer farmer with the kind smile, turns out to be the man of Maggie’s dreams?

my Thoughts

this was a charming story that completely envelops you in the Christmas spirit🎄

Something about this story reminds me of my favorite Christmas movie “The Polar Express” it completely emerges you in Christmas… A quaint steam engine train ride that drops you off in a town full of Christmas cheer🚂

Maggie has planned a Christmas getaway for her and her boyfriend, a last ditch effort to rekindle their relationship…. but Dirk is a jerk and doesn’t show up to their romantic getaway in order to spend time with someone else…… Maggie finds herself stranded, however she is in the middle of Christmas central complete with a reindeer farm… of course henry the reindeer farmer is super sweet and isn’t too bad to look at, so will Maggie make the best out of a bad situation? Will she find herself under the mistletoe with Henry?

The story was just so sweet I really liked Maggie… although I think she should have kicked Dirk to the curb a long time ago! Renee her BFF was the best friend anyone could ask for, so supportive! And all the villagers were so charming and quirky and unique…. this is a village we would all love to visit this time of year❄️

A beautiful Christmas story that will make you feel merry and bright!🎅🏻

*** many thanks to the author and Rachel for my copy of this book ***
I’m glad I found you this Christmas is a glowing sweet romance which will leave you feeling warm inside and buzzing with Christmas spirit.

Purchase Links

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UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/glad-found-you-this-Christmas-ebook/dp/B07F5ZM8LN

I'm Glad me profile-001Author Bio – CP Ward is a writer from the UK who currently lives and works in Japan. This is his first Christmas book.

Website – www.amillionmilesfromanywhere.net

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All Wrapped Up in You by Sun Chara @sunchara3 @rararesources #bookreview #giveaway

Happy Wednesday bibliophiles!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this sweet little romance! Huge thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and his Sun Chara for her satisfying story!💚❤️💚

All Wrapped Up In You

All Wrapped Up In You Larger CoverTheir marriage hangs in the balance, but on this wind battered Christmas Eve, a miracle is born…

When Ellie hooked up with world renowned neurosurgeon, Peter Medeci, aka ‘Prince Charming’, she thought her dreams had come true. But the demands of being the model wife to his career triggers a mutiny within her and she decides to ditch the ‘royal’ life until he sees her as more than his bedroom playmate.

My Thoughts

A short but sweet story full of sentiment and sprinkled with Christmas cheer💚❤️💚

Peter and Ellie appear to have the perfect marriage, but things aren’t always as they seem… Peter is a bit of a workaholic and Ellie feels as though he treats her more like an object then a partner… convince this is not how she wants to live her life Elie leaves her comfortable life to live on her own terms…. this is the story about peter trying to win his wife back in the course of an evening, Christmas Eve….

This was a lovely romance, but typical to so many romances so many things could have been solved with some communication…. both these characters were quite frustrating, I wanted to reach through the pages and knock some sense into them at times! Fortunately they ultimately did get it together… and as in all good Christmas romances this story had a happy satisfying ending complete with some steam…

Recommend for a delightful afternoon or evening reading all wrapped up and cozy by the fire…

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

Purchase Link – http://hyperurl.co/bq8jzc

Sun photo-1Author Bio –  Sun Chara, an Amazon top 100 bestseller, writes sexy, hip ‘n fun contemporary romance, and romantic comedies w/a divine twist for HarperImpulse. She makes her home in southern California, and has appeared on stage/film to rave reviews in How the Other Half Loves, General Hospital, and McGee and Me. She has a Masters Degree in Education and membership in SAG/AFTRA and Romance Writers of America. Sipping Frappuccinos topped with whipped cream/sprinkles, and dancing on the beach make everyday a celebration!

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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

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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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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

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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 –

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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 ***

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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.   

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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

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Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.


Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.

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

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Naked Truths by Karen Botha @KarenBothaNovel @rararesources #guestpost

Naked Truth

This whole writing lark, beginning with Naked Truths, came about because I told my hubby that I needed a hobby and he asked me what I’d like to do. Without hesitation, I said, “Write a book.” He shrugged, “Why don’t you do it then?” He had a point. I had absolutely no reason in this world not to sit down and do what I said I’d always wanted to. So I did.

Then I paused, panic stricken. “What if it’s no good?”

Later that same afternoon I booked on a summer school, Swanwick and stopped writing until I’d received some validation. As soon as I returned, I was off and the book was finished in draft form two months later.

Then I launched it in May 2017 without the foggiest idea what I was doing. I thought I’d had an editor, because someone had looked over it. It turns out that editors have different types of editing, and what I’d had was not what was needed.

So, I took it off the shelves and rehashed it over the summer with a kick-ass editor who actually looks at words and stuff! And here we are today. Naked Truths, v2 as I like to call it.

People ask me about my inspiration for Naked Truths and the entire Naked Series. That’s simple.

It’s real life. But, that’s real as in, no holds barred. Not the kind of life we tell people we live on social media, but what’s actually going on under the façade we all project.

Lucy is a massage therapist and so am I. It means I hear a lot of stories that are personal to my clients. Very often a client will tell me about their most private thoughts, hopes and fears. When I’m mulling over how I can best help them later on,  it will trigger a plot line that I’ll have to scurry off to write down.

For instance, we’re not sure whether Giles killed his wife before he met Lucy. The whole process of what happened to him happened to someone that I know. And here’s the interesting thing. Beta readers have commented that some of the police work isn’t realistic. I am here to tell you it absolutely is.

The process which I describe happening to Giles is 100% as it has been described to me from real life. And while that is shocking, I decided to keep the story authentic rather than changing it because people couldn’t believe what would happen.

Likewise, the undercover work that we read about in both the Naked and Love series, are all based on fact.

Whether it’s how these situations are meant to play out, well that’s a different story.