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Hate Bale by Stephanie Dagg @llamamum @rararesources #bookreview #hatebale

Happy happy!

Excited to share with you my review for this delightful story! Thank you Rachel for my invitation to the tour and Stephanie for her lovely story!🦙

Hate Bale

Grumbling guests and escaping piglets are precisely what Martha doesn’t need. She’s already struggling to run a holiday cottage and a rather large smallholding single-handedly. Since her husband Mark died, three years ago, her rural property in France, beautiful as it is, has become an increasingly heavy millstone around her neck.

So whilst she’s horrified to stumble across a corpse at the local farm supplies shop, it does at least distract her from her own woes. Best friend Lottie, the cheese to Martha’s chalk, swoops in to offer moral support, and encourages Martha to join her in some unofficial sleuthing. Meanwhile, police officer Philippe Prudhomme, a former fellow chess-player of Mark’s, undertakes a rather more professional investigation.

However, despite everyone’s efforts the killer remains at large. And when more bodies (one and a bit, to be precise) come Martha’s way, it definitely feels like he’s closing in on her…

There’s suspense, humour and excitement in this entertaining cosy mystery set in the French countryside.

My Thoughts

Stephanie Dagg has crafted a clever and entertaining story. A lovely cozy mystery with a thread of humor running throughout. Set in France Martha lives on a farm full of furry and feathery friends. Martha’s husband Mark died prematurely a few years ago and left Martha in charge of the farm. This included a barn full of animals, out of date machinery, and irascible tenants. It’s no wonder that Martha found it a welcome distraction when she discovered a body at the local feed store. Yes you heard that right a body and a Little more.

Martha was a character who grew on me throughout the story and I enjoyed trying to figure out the mystery. The animals were a lot of fun and added a lot of humor and heart to this story. This book really had everything you want in a cozy mystery. Quirky lovable characters, a lovely quaint setting, and an interesting mystery. I enjoyed all the characters in this book, the two-legged and the four-legged, and even the ones I did not like. A perfect cozy mystery full of all the charm I’ve come to expect from Stephanie Dagg.

Purchase Link – getbook.at/HateBale

Author 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. Taking on seventy-five acres with three lakes, two hovels and one cathedral-sized barn, not to mention an ever increasing menagerie of animals, has made for exciting times. The current array of creatures ranges from alpacas to zebra finches, with pretty much everything in-between! Before we came to France all we had was a dog and two chickens, so it’s been a steep learning curve.

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. As well as being an author, I’m also a part-time editor and, with Chris, manager of three carp fishing lakes. My hobbies are cycling, geocaching, knitting and sewing.

Social Media Links – @llamamum

http://www.facebook.com/StephanieDaggBooks/

http://www.bloginfrance.com

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Amazing Grace by Kim Nash @KimTheBookworm @HeraBooks @rararesources #bookreview #amazinggrace

Happy Wednesday bibliophiles!

Excited and delighted to share with you today my review for this amazing book! Many many thanks to Rachel for inviting me to this tour and to Kim for her amazing words!😍

Amazing Grace

She’s taking her life back, one step at a time…

Grace thought she had it all. Living in the beautiful village of Little Ollington, along with head teacher husband Mark and gorgeous son, Archie, she devoted herself to being the perfect mum and the perfect wife, her little family giving her everything she ever wanted. 

Until that fateful day when she walked in on Mark kissing his secretary – and her perfect life fell apart.

Now she’s a single mum to Archie, trying to find her way in life and keep things together for his sake. Saturday nights consist of a Chinese takeaway eaten in front of the TV clad in greying pyjamas, and she can’t remember the last time she had a kiss from anyone aside from her dog, Becks… 

Grace’s life needs a shake up – fast. So when gorgeous gardener Vinnie turns up on her doorstep, his twinkling eyes suggesting that he might be interested in more than just her conifers, she might just have found the answer to her prayers. But as Grace falls deeper for Vinnie, ten-year-old Archie fears that his mum finding love means she’ll never reconcile with the dad he loves. 

So when ex-husband Mark begs her for another chance, telling her he’s changed from the man that broke her heart, Grace finds herself with an impossible dilemma. Should she take back Mark and reunite the family that Archie loves? Or risk it all for a new chance of happiness? 

A funny, feel good romance about finding your own path and changing your life for the better – readers of Cathy Bramley, Jill Mansell and Josie Silver will love this uplifting read.

My Thoughts

Amazing Grace is simply AMAZING!

Kim gNash’s debut is possibly the most relatable book I have read this year! Grace is a single mom and as a single mom myself I found her struggles so authentic. That constant worry that your kid is missing out on something because they don’t have two parents in the home, the constant attempt to be everything to everybody, and the complete loss of who you are. Grace is a real woman, living in the real world, dealing with real problems… isn’t that refreshing! Life is messy, but it is also Full of humor and heart and hope. Kim brings an honest portrayal of life to the pages of this book.

Grace is left to pick up the pieces after she discovers her husband Mark cheating. She stays strong for the sake of her son Archie and with the help of her dog Becks. Her BFF Monica is also by her side gently encouraging her to jump into the dating world again. Grace’s experiences with online dating were simply hilarious. I was cringing, then laughing, then cringing, and then crying because I was laughing so hard. Who hasn’t gone out on a really bad date? Just thinking about the dates in this book is making me smile. It’s not all laughs though, the book also touches on grief. Grace lost her mother many years ago and misses her still every single day. I love the way Grace’s mother was incorporated into the story it was so beautiful, and I hope with all my heart that this is true. I am very fortunate to still have my mom, but I hope I will still be able to feel her presence after she is gone. The romance in the story is so sweet and swoony. Vinny is seriously the perfect man and if I ever were to meet him I might be willing to give love another chance. Unfortunately I believe men as perfect as this probably only exists on the pages of books, but I guess I could be wrong?

Uplifting and heartwarming with just enough tension to make it authentic. This is just one of those stories that will make you smile and feel good about the human condition! Absolutely recommend!

*** many thanks to Hera Books for my copy of this book ***

Purchase Links

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2MIAM7k

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2GeKm0D

Apple: https://apple.co/2MMvJD2

Author Bio

Kim Nash lives in Staffordshire with son Ollie and English Setter Roni, is PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture and is a book blogger at www.kimthebookworm.co.uk. 

Kim won the Romantic Novelists Association’s Media Star of the Year in 2016, which she still can’t quite believe. She is now quite delighted to be a member of the RNA. 

When she’s not working or writing, Kim can be found walking her dog, reading, standing on the sidelines of a football pitch cheering on Ollie and binge watching box sets on the TV. She’s also quite partial to a spa day and a gin and tonic (not at the same time!) Kim also runs a book club in Cannock, Staffs. 

Amazing Grace is her debut novel with Hera Books and will be out on 10th April 2019

Connect with Kim on Social Media here:
Twitter: (@KimTheBookworm) https://twitter.com/KimTheBookworm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KimTheBookWorm/
Instagram: @Kim_the_bookworm

have an amazing day!😘 Berit

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A Greek Affair by Lin B Halton @LinnBHalton @rararesources #bookpromo #pricedrop #agreekaffair

Happy Wednesday!

Delighted to share with you the price drop of this book that I loved! You can find my review Here💛

A Greek Affair

More than just a holiday romance?

Her daughter, her job and divorcing her untrustworthy ex are Leah’s main priorities. She isn’t really bothered that her life might be missing a few things. But after winning a prestigious travel blogger award, she’s inundated with offers to review glamorous holiday destinations. Lying around drinking exotic cocktails and being paid for it! What could be better?

Perhaps a romantic trip to idyllic Greece to find the one man who might make Leah risk her heart again…

Purchase Link – http://smarturl.it/AGreekAffair

Price drop: only 99p – grab your copy now!

Author Bio –

From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.

Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

Social Media Links –

Website: http://linnbhalton.co.uk/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/LinnBHaltonAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LinnBHalton

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The Worth of a Penny by Jess B Moore @authorjessb @rararesources #bookreview #theworthofapenny

Happy Monday bibliophiles!

Excited to share with you today my review of this beautiful book! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and to Jess B Moore for her exquisite words!💕

The Worth of a Penny

Sweetheart Penelope Davies is what her daddy calls gullible, right after he told her she was stupid and worthless. With her cheek red from being slapped by him, and her heart trampled by a worthless boyfriend, she packs up and follows her half-brother to Fox River, North Carolina, in need of a fresh start.

Dominic MacKenna is the youngest of five brothers, the friendly one with a killer smile and easy laugh. His brothers are all grown up, and one by one they’re flying the nest, leaving him out of sorts and unsure of his place. Who is he if not the youngest MacKenna?

Penny falls in with the MacKenna brothers, welcomed in as family, and offered the kind of love and support she never knew existed. With a new job and a lot of determination, she is finding out what she’s capable of. The last thing she needs now is to fall in love with the most notorious flirt in town.

Dominic falls for the sweet strong girl with a penchant for random facts and quirky homemade dresses. All he wants is to show Penny how wonderful she is, how smart and funny, and how desired and loved—even if he has to do it as her friend.

My Thoughts

A beautifully told intimate story about love.This is the type of story you don’t just read you live! You take every breath and feel every emotion with these characters. A definite character driven story that will worm its way into your heart. Jess B Moore has a special talent of creating characters that pop off the pages!

Penny has not had the greatest of upbringings and her confidence is shattered. In need of a fresh start she moves to Fox River with her stepbrother. There she gets a new job, a new start, and a new family. The problem is the family that has taken her in is Dominic Makenna’s family. Dominic is that friendly guy with a sweet smile, the kind of guy you try to avoid falling in love with. Dominic however is determined to prove to Penny that he is worthy.

There is so much emotion packed in this story and I completely fell in love with these characters. I was seriously ready to pack my bags and head to North Carolina and join the Makenna clan. Penny was tremendously likable and Dominic… well I may have fallen a little in love with him myself!

Jess B Moore is a must read author if you love the love! She writes romances with tremendous depth and amazing heart!

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

Purchase Link – mybook.to/theworthofapenny

Author Bio –

Jess B Moore is a writer of love stories. When she’s not writing, she’s busy mothering her talented and stubborn children, reading obscene numbers of books, and knitting scarves she’ll likely never finish.

Jess lives in small town North Carolina with her bluegrass obsessed family. She takes too many pictures of her cats, thinking the Internet loves them as much as she does. She is a firm believer of swapping stories over coffee or wine, and that there should always be dark chocolate involved.

Her novels combine her interests in family, music, and small towns into thoughtful tales of growing up and falling in love.

Social Media Links –

Website: https://jessbmoore.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorjessb

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorjessb/

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The Start of Something Wonderful by Jane Lambert @janelambert22 @rararesources #bookreview #audiobook #thestartofsomethingwonderful

Happy Sunday!

Excited to share with you today my review for this brilliant audiobook! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation to this tour and to Jane Lambert for her lovely story!

The Start of Something Wonderful

It’s never too late to follow your dreams….

Forty-year-old air stewardess Emily Forsyth thought she had everything a woman could wish for: a glamorous, jet-set lifestyle, a designer wardrobe and a dishy pilot boyfriend. Until he breaks up with her…

Catapulted into a midlife crisis she wishes she’d had earlier, she decides to turn her life upside down, quitting her job and instead beginning to chase her long-held dreams of becoming an actress!

Leaving the skies behind her, Emily heads for the bright lights of London’s West End – but is it too late to reach for the stars?

My Thoughts

A lovely story packed with heart, hope, and second chances!

Jane Lambert brings a charming voice to this book. Not only with her words but also with her narration of the audiobook. I am a longtime audiobook listener and as a rule I generally try to avoid books narrated by the author, but Miss Lambert did a fantastic job. She had a firm grasp on The characters personalities, mannerisms, and voices. She really breathe life into each of these characters giving them each their own unique voice. There were some parts in this book especially involving the theater that I think would have been a little tedious for me if I were to have read the book rather than listen, but getting to listen to Jane’s lovely English accent just made every part of this book enjoyable!

Emily has been living a pretty glamorous life nice modern apartment, flashy car, designer clothing. Emily has been working as a flight attendant, but when her boyfriend pilot Nigel ends things with her she contemplates a career/life change. So at the age of 40 Emily sells that lovely apartment, gets rid of the fancy car, moves into a room and someone else’s house and pursues her dream of acting. What follows is a lovely story full of food, friendship, fun, and the theater.

Emily was a great character and I really admired her strength! I can only imagine how difficult it would be to start completely over at the age of 40 especially in a profession such as acting. She had the most amazing group of friends and I would have love to hang out with these ladies, they were all just so wonderfully supportive. Seriously I would’ve just loved a book about the friendships with these girls! There is a lot about the theater thrown into the story. Including theater scenes, I could tell this was all really well researched, but not necessarily my favorite part of the book, but that’s just me! Oh I forgot to mention the romance, yes Emily has a second chance at that as well!

A wonderful listen guaranteed to make you smile!

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

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Start-of-Something-Wonderful/dp/B07FGWSDBJ

US – https://www.amazon.com/The-Start-of-Something-Wonderful/dp/B07DY8SDPW

Author Bio – Jane taught English in Vienna then travelled the world as cabin crew, before making the life-changing decision to become an actor and voiceover artist in her mid-thirties. She has appeared in “Calendar Girls”, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”, “Deathtrap”, and most recently “True West” in London’s West End.  She has recorded audiobooks for BBC AudioGo, Isis Publishing and HarperCollins. She is currently adapting “The Start of Something Wonderful” into a 6-part comedy drama for TV.

Social Media Links – Twitter: @janelambert22

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Dyed Souls by Gary Santorella @dyedsouls @rararesources #bookpromo #Q&A #dyedsouls

Dyed Souls

Described by John Lloyd of The Bookbag as “Catcher in the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Dyed Souls is a gritty coming-of-age literary novel, set in a residential treatment center in 1980’s California.

Charlie Lyle loves science, natural history, and the world of the mind, and it is his refuge and salvation as he copes with his drug-addicted mother and a world of circumstances well-beyond his grasp. More a work of philosophy than psychology, “For the teen it has a galling coming-of-age, redemption quest. For the adult it has that, as well as a literary look at a singular fictional life.”

Purchase Links

Troubadour – https://www.troubador.co.uk/bookshop/contemporary/dyed-souls/

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dyed-Souls-Gary-Santorella/dp/1788038096

US – https://www.amazon.com/Dyed-Souls-Gary-Santorella/dp/1788038096

Gary Santorella, Owner, Interactive Consulting is a Lean implementation, organizational development, conflict resolution, and team-building specialist. He has a BA in Behavioural Psychology from Providence College, Providence, RI (1980), a Master’s Degree in Occupational Social Welfare from UC Berkeley (1990), and is a licensed cognitive-behavioural therapist in the State of California. His book: Lean Culture for the Construction Industry: Building Responsible & Committed Project Teams 2nd Edition was published by Productivity Press (a division of Taylor & Francis) in 2017. His first novel, Dyed Souls, was published by Matador Publishing in 2018.

Social Media Links –

https://www.facebook.com/Dyed-Souls-577806782579433/?modal=admin_todo_tour

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38451700-dyed-souls

Dyed Souls has won two awards:

Silver in the 2018 Global eBook Awards – Young Adult Fiction Category

Chill With a Book Readers Award.

Q & A

Author Questions

1 have you always wanted to be an author? If yes why? If no what else did you want to be?

I’m never sure how to answer this. I think writing is something that picks you – a response to what you see in the world that doesn’t fit with your soul and you feel compelled to say something about it. I think if you intentionally try to become an author, you just come off as a narcissist. Writing is something that I do, not my identity.

2 where did your idea for this book come from? Do you plan or fly by the seat of your pants?

I worked in settings described in the book early on in my career. Most of us were fresh out of college – hardly what you’d call responsible adults. We’d pour over case histories, diagnoses, and treatment plans, but that always seemed to me to miss the larger point. We evolved to live in small tribal groups, held together by shared values, taboos and mores. But we’ve radically, and rapidly altered that paradigm. Rather than doing what’s best for our tribe’s interest, we do what is our own interest. We live in vast cities and suburbs, held together by laws, which may or may not be enforced, and are often subjectively interpreted. We seek out those who share our interests (and often enable harmful behaviour), but in our internet age, even these connections are tenuous. My goodness, if someone ever invents lifelike sex robots all intimate human interaction may cease to exist. Evolution has no set end game, it just is. But when you look at where we are going in the US – away from acquiring wisdom and knowledge – and ever onward toward materialism, entertainment, and a wide array of pseudoscientific and irrational beliefs and behaviours, you can’t help speculate that throwaway kids I write about are the by-product of such shallow values. This is the story I wanted to tell. Sure, you can point to biological damage, and abuse, and substance abuse, and poverty, and failed educational systems. But we’re the one’s who created this, aren’t we? It’s laughable to me when people say that redistribution of wealth coupled with more government programs is the answer. Unless we address the fundamental narcissism at the core of these issues, all the money and government programs in the world won’t mean a damn thing. And the far right is just as misguided. What is more narcissistic than believing there is a God that watches over us, and if we pray hard enough and live by the inconsistent and contradictory doctrine espoused by various religious texts that all will be well? To me, all of this is a problem: our beliefs on the left and right are far too human centric. As beings, we are an infinitesimally small part of a vast universe. We have to stop acting like we’re the only ones that matter, and that our happiness and all of the plants and animals on the planet are at our disposal. Though we think otherwise, except in the scientific community, we are only one very small step removed from the leap that Copernicus made. And in many ways, we are going backwards. We are becoming more, not less egocentric. (If you doubt this, spend five minutes on Twitter, or watch The Kardashians, which are veritable homages to narcissism.) The book conveys my fervent belief that it is our duty and responsibility to help each other – not because we are trying to gain God’s favour or fulfil some socialist ideology – but because that it what we evolved to do. It’s how successful tribes flourish. The greatest travesty inflicted on mankind is a modern one: that we are somehow not fully responsible regarding our obligations toward others and that government exists to fill this gap. Once you deflect individual responsibility toward an abstract third entity, you will have what is depicted in this book. This is why I think it’s an important read.

3 Who is your favorite character in your upcoming book? Are they based on anyone you know in real life? And why are they your favorite?

I love Margo and Javier. They know who they are. This doesn’t mean that they will have better outcomes than Charlie, but they have a certainty about themselves and their view of life that I loved writing. There is a strength and goodness about them. They makes mistakes, but they have the courage of their convictions. They aren’t based on anyone in real like – more like an amagam. In reality, I’m probably more like Charlie, the lead charactor. He’s ponderous, self doubting, often paralyzed by indecision. He goes through life in an accidental way, probably because he’s often punished when he does try to take a stand. That’s not who I am now, but that was certainly true of me in my youth.

4 if you could have dinner with any authorliving or dead who would it be and why?

Charles Darwin, hands down. The depth of his understanding, and the sensitivity behind his writing is awe-inspiring. I’d love to know why he withheld publishing Origin of the Species until Wallace forced his hand – what backlash he worried about, what his hopes were for people coming to a new understanding about man’s place in the animal kingdom (no longer being a divine creations). Honestly, that would be the best dinner ever.

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After Jessica by Morgen Bailey @morgenwriteruk @BOTBSPublicity #bookreview #afterjessica

Happy weekend all!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this gem of a book many thanks to Sarah for my invitation to the tour🌸

My Thoughts

A peppy little story packed with intrigue and Mystery! This book starts with a bang and then takes you on a wild and crazy ride that will make your head spin! After Jessica, indeed!

This book is told in short dynamic chapters. It is a fast pace addictive read that is really hard to put down. The short chapters are told from multiple characters perspectives, all seemingly disconnected. As the story progresses things become more and more clear, the threads start to come together. The ending is quite spectacular, your jaw will drop, and you will be thinking, “what just happened?“ morgen BaileyI sure hope there is a follow up, holy cliffhanger!

The perfect book when you’re in the mood for a zippy little story that will keep you on your toes!

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

About the Book

Jessica is an ordinary girl who comes across extraordinary circumstances and pays for them with her life. As well as identifying her body, her brother Simon then has to wind up her affairs but gets more than he bargains for. Who is Alexis, and why are Veronica and Daniel searching for her? Why is there a roll of cash in Jessica’s house, and what’s the connection between his sister and Alexis?  

About the Author

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

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Culmfield Cuckoo by Celia Moore @CeliaMooreBooks @rararesources #bookreview #culmfieldcuckoo

Happy Tuesday!

Excited to share with you today my review for this little gem of a book! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and her patience with me! As well as a huge thanks to Celia Moore for this lovely story!🐄

Culmfield Cuckoo

When Billy reaches out to help, her kindness brings many changes which threaten hopes, homes, and even the people she loves the most.

Who is the Culmfield Cuckoo?

Will they help Billy get her life back? Or is the Cuckoo the cause of everything that is going wrong?

Who is telling the truth?

My Thoughts

This book was a little gem, peppered with the perfect amount of romance and mystery! This is the second book in this entertaining series, it can be read as a standalone, however I would encourage you to read the first book prior to reading this one. This is an addictive atmospheric read that kept me on my toes throughout. The perfect blend of love, drama, and intrigue.

The book starts off with the reader finding out a character has died. We are then familiarized with Billy and Richard and their romance. Richard is about to propose, but then Michael is dead and Jessica is distraught. What follows is lots of drama and a search for the truth. Billy is a little prickly in the beginning of this book, but then her charm and wit from the previous book comes out. Just as in the first book I really enjoyed the entire cast of characters and the setting, it made for such a compelling and engaging read! Vividly told this book will sweep you up in its pages. Recommend!

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Culmfield-Cuckoo-Compelling-mystery-standalone-ebook/dp/B07NRLKF6W

US – https://www.amazon.com/Culmfield-Cuckoo-Compelling-mystery-standalone-ebook/dp/B07NRLKF6W

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Author Bio –

Celia Moore (1967-now) grew up on a small farm near Exeter. She had a successful career as a Chartered Surveyor working in the City of London before working her way back to Devon. In 2000, she left the office to start a new adventure as an outdoor instructor, teaching rock climbing and mountaineering. Today she gardens for a few lovely customers, runs and writes (accompanied at all times by a border terrier x jack russell called Tizzy). She is running the London Marathon in April 2019 for three cancer charities.

Social Media Links –

https://www.facebook.com/celiamoore.books

https://www.instagram.com/celiascosmos/

https://www.celiascosmos.com

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Spring Skies Over Bluebell Castle by Sarah Bennett @Sarahlou_writes @rararesources #bookreview #springskiesoverbluebellcastle

Happy Sunday!

Excited to share with you today my review for this delightful book! A huge thank you to Rachel for my invitation to this tour and to Sarah Bennett for her remarkable story!😍

Spring Skies over Bluebell Castle

She wasn’t looking for love…

When Lucie Kennington flees the bright lights of London for the quiet Derbyshire countryside, she’s shocked to discover that the heir to the Bluebell Castle estate is far from the wizened employer she expected.

In fact, Arthur Ludworth might just be the most handsome man Lucie’s ever laid eyes on – and a terrible distraction! So when she stumbles across a legendary painting feared lost for centuries, she can’t believe her luck – perhaps this is the hidden treasure to save Arthur and his family from ruin?

But it’s only a matter of time before Lucie’s past catches up with her and by then it’s too late, she’s falling for him…

Perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Rachael Lucas and Hilary Boyd.

Book 1: Spring Skies Over Bluebell Castle
Book 2: Sunshine Over Bluebell Castle
Book 3: Starlight Over Bluebell Castle

My Thoughts

A charming love story sprinkled with warmth and wit!

There is something so magical about a castle, especially for an American like myself. The fact that people actually live in Castles still is so foreign to me, it is the stuff of dreams! Add in a handsome charming castle owner, A cast of fantastic secondary characters, and a bit of a mystery… and you’ve got yourself one Fantabulous story! Sarah Bennett’s words are simply beautiful and full of whimsy and delight!

Lucy needs an escape from the hustle and bustle of London and gets her self a job at Bluebell Castle. When Lucy arrives she is expecting to be met by an old stuffy man, however Arthur is anything but. Handsome and charming, Lucy is hoping that Arthur is not a distraction. Her job is to assess the value of the items in the castle, because the castle is in some financial trouble. When Lucy happens upon an old painting, it might be the answer to everyone’s problems, the missing piece to the castle puzzle.

Lucy was a fabulous character sweet and strong with a vulnerable side. The romance between Arthur and Lucy was pretty darn adorable! The secondary characters in the story were all very well drawn. I loved meeting all the castle workers and Arthur’s siblings. This is the first book in the trilogy, so I am assuming the next two books will be Tristan and Iggy‘s stories and I am definitely looking forward to those! Fun, flirty, and fantastic absolutely recommend!

Purchase Links

https://geo.itunes.apple.com/gb/book/spring-skies-over-bluebell-castle/id1412504827?mt=11

https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/spring-skies-over-bluebell-castle-a-delightfully-uplifting-holiday-read-from-bestseller-sarah-bennett-bluebell-castle-book-1

Author Bio –

Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.

Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.

When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.

Sarah is the author of the Butterfly Cove, Lavender Bay and the forthcoming Bluebell Castle trilogies, published by HQ Digital UK.

Social Media Links –

Twitter https://twitter.com/Sarahlou_writes

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

Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sarah-Bennett/e/B01N6J6ZE1/

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

Happy Wednesday!

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

A Wedding On Lily Pond Lane

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Thoughts

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

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

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

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

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

Purchase Links

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

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

Author Bio –

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

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

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

https://www.instagram.com/emilyharvale