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Faker by Sarah Smith @berkleypub #bookreview

Happy Wednesday all!

Excited to share with you today my review for this fun enemies to lovers romcom!🔩🔨

My Thoughts

Sarah Smith has written a sweet, swoony, and steamy romcom. This book is being compared to “The Hating Game” I think this is an accurate comparison. Both are workplace enemies to lovers romances filled with Snark, humor, and charm. So if you loved THG as much as I did you’re definitely enjoy this book. But as similar as they were they were also quite different. Emmie is one of the few women at The tool company where she works. For this reason she spends her days “faking“ that she is a tough cookie not to be messed with. Tate, her coworker is dismissive and rude, and unavoidable because their offices are right next to each other. I am sure you know where this is going, the ending is not unpredictable, but it is oh such a fun and entertaining journey! Emmie was a great character, one of those characters you’d want to be friends with. Then there is Tate. Have you ever had a friend date somebody and they just thought the guy was the hottest greatest thing ever and you just didn’t see it? Yes? In this situation I am Emmie’s friend and that guy is Tate. I just didn’t get the attraction. There was attraction and chemistry and I loved the banter between them, I just didn’t get it. In spite of this I really enjoyed this book it was a fun feel good read that put a goofy smile on my face. And even though I didn’t find Tate to be the man of my dreams I think he was Emmie’s! Not only were they attracted to one another they also communicated quite well, always a bonus!

This book in emojis: 🔩 🍍 🔨 💑

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

About the Book

Debut author Sarah Smith nails this fun and sexy multicultural romance where two office foes fight to hammer out their differences and build a love that will last….
Emmie Echavarre is a professional faker. She has to be to survive as one of the few female employees at Nuts & Bolts, a power tool company staffed predominantly by gruff, burly men. From nine to five, Monday through Friday, she’s tough as nails – the complete opposite of her easy-going real self.One thing she doesn’t have to fake? Her disdain for coworker Tate Rasmussen. Tate has been hostile to her since the day they met. Emmie’s friendly greetings and repeated attempts to get to know him failed to garner anything more than scowls and terse one-word answers. Too bad she can’t stop staring at his Thor-like biceps….
When Emmie and Tate are forced to work together on a charity construction project, things get…heated. Emmie’s beginning to see that beneath Tate’s chiseled exterior lies a soft heart, but it will take more than a few kind words to erase the past and convince her that what they have is real.

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Four Christmases and a Secret by Zara Stoneley @zarastoneley @rararesources #bookreview

Happy weekend!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! 88 days until Christmas! This was the perfect book to start off my Christmas reading season, there was just enough Christmas to make it a Christmas book but not so much to make it crazy that I was reading this in September!💚❤️💚❤️

Four Christmases and a Secret

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Except for Daisy Christmas means another of Uncle T’s dreaded Christmas parties, complete with Christmas jumper and flashing antlers.  And Oliver Cartwright.  Gorgeous Oliver Cartwright. Who she hates.

Every year Daisy has to face insufferable Ollie and hear all about how BRILLIANT he is.  Whereas Daisy has no job, no man and no idea how to fix things.

This Christmas however Daisy is determined things will be different.  There will be no snogging Ollie under the mistletoe like when they were teenagers.  No, this year she’ll show Ollie that she’s a Responsible Adult too.
 
But as the champagne corks pop, and the tinsel sparkles, Uncle T has news of his own to share…and it could change Daisy’s life forever…

My Thoughts

The perfect Christmas book to kick off the holiday reading season. Precisely the right amount of Christmas cheer to start getting you in the spirit. this really is a book you could read anytime of the year, so you don’t feel crazy that you’re reading it in September. Zara Stoneley has written another fabulous book full of fantastic characters and the perfect blend of romance and humor. I smiled, I swooned, and at one point I laughed so hard tears were coming down my face.

Daisy has lost everything, her job, her boyfriend, and maybe even her dog. This was not the life that Daisy or her mother had planned for her, and it is made even worse when she is constantly compared to childhood friend Mr. perfect Oliver. Then Daisy finds a new job (not necessarily the job of her dreams but a job nonetheless) and finds herself sharing an apartment with Ollie. This was a fun will they? won’t they? story. Ollie and daisy are lifelong family friends with a complicated and competitive past. Even though they ”snogged” A couple times in the past, neither of them are willing to admit to any kind of attraction. Thank goodness uncle Terrence is around with his mistletoe magic. This book was just so much fun! I especially love the annual Christmas parties complete with ugly holiday sweaters. And best of all the parties took place in uncle Terrance’s bookshop. Terrence was a character that made any time of the year festive! Daisy end Ollie were great and I loved watching their relationship develop, although at times I was quite frustrated with the two of them! Daisy was a character that I’d love to be friends with, and girl I’d support you much more than you know who. I’d also love an invite to one of those Christmas parties! The secrets in the story were surprising and added an additional layer to all the mischief and magic. This is a story that will appeal to all romcom lovers, even if you are a book Scrooge and don’t enjoy Christmas Reads!

This book in three emojis: 📚 🐶 💌

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

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07QRTC5JC/

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QRTC5JC/

Author Bio

Zara Stoneley is the USA Today bestselling author of ‘The Wedding Date’.

She lives in a Cheshire village with her family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.

Born in a small village in the UK, Zara wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when she grew up. After many (many) years, and many different jobs, her dream of writing a bestseller came true. She now writes about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hopes that her tales make you laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally say ‘ahhh’.

Zara’s bestselling novels include ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘No One Cancels Christmas’, ‘The Wedding Date’, ‘The Holiday Swap’, ‘Summer with the Country Village Vet’, ‘Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage’ and the popular Tippermere series – ‘Stable Mates’, ‘Country Affairs’ and ‘Country Rivals’.

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Escape to Giddywell Grange by Kim Nash @kimthebookworm @rararesources #bookreview

Happy Tuesday all!

Excited and delighted to share with you today and my review for another amazing book by one of our favorite people and authors Kim Nash! Thank you Rachel for my invitation to this tour!

Escape To Giddywell Grange

Maddy Young thought she had it all.

Swanky city apartment? – yep. Fancy car? sorted. High-flying career? – tick.

Even if she’s lost most of her friends because of spending all her time at work, and can’t remember when she last had fun, it’s worth it.

Until she’s suddenly made redundant. Now she’s 37, jobless, and after the breakup with the former love of her life, unhappily single.

Enter Maddy’s childhood friend, Beth, the owner of Growlers, the doggy daycare centre at Giddywell Grange, on a mission to make Maddy see there’s more to life than work.

Soon, Maddy is swapping spreadsheets for volunteer duty at the library, daily Starbucks for cups of tea with elderly neighbours, and her Prada handbag for doggy poo bags… And with Beth’s gorgeous brother, Alex, back from the States, Maddy starts to think that Giddywell Grange might just be her happy place.

But when her old life – and her old boyfriend – comes calling, will Maddy go back to the job she loved so much? Or will she discover that the key to happiness lies in making others happy?

An uplifting romantic comedy that will warm your heart – perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Milly Johnson and Katie Fforde.

My Thoughts

Kim Nash, well done! Another fabulous, relatable, feel good story! Great characters – yep. Charming setting? Sorted. An entertaining storyline – tick. Maddy has lost everything her job, her company car, her company phone, and the “love of her life“. Not knowing exactly what to do with her life she seeks comfort in the place and people that love her best, Home. This is a book about reinventing yourself, reevaluating what is important to you, and realizing who the true people you can count on are. The story had such a warmth to it, a cozy comforting vibe.

Maddy was such a wonderful character. Someone you would want to be friends with, and I loved how much her self-worth grew throughout the story. Her friend Beth was great and I loved how welcoming and supportive she was to Maddy. Loved the interactions between Maddy and her mother, there was just something so heartwarming about Maddy sleeping in her childhood bedroom. This is not a spoiler (I hope) but for a small portion of the story Maddy works at a gym, as someone who has spent her entire life working in the fitness industry that part was so spot on, so hilarious! The romance in the story was so sweet and so understated, I thought that worked perfectly in this book. Kim is a brilliant storyteller whose words had me completely invested in the lives of these lovely characters.

This book and three emojis: 🐶 👠 🏡

Purchase Links:

AMZ: https://amzn.to/2ZdBcrL

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

iBooks: https://apple.co/316BJwj

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 was her debut novel with Hera Books and came out in April 2019.

Escape to Giddywell Grange is Kim’s second novel and will be published on September 18th 2019.

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One Week ‘til Christmas by Belinda Missen @belinda_missen @rararesources #coverreveal #oneweektilchristmas

Happy Monday!

108 days until Christmas! Are you ready for it? I am certainly not, but I am ready for the festive reading season!🎄❄️

One Week ‘til Christmas

Two people. One chance meeting. Seven days to Christmas.

Isobel Bennett is waiting for the number 11 bus when a man quite literally falls into her lap. Snow is falling, Christmas lights are twinkling, and a gorgeous man with dark brown hair has just slipped on ice and is now pressed against Isobel.

Isobel knows she’s not imagining the chemistry between them. But then his ride arrives and, embarrassed, he beats a hasty retreat, murmuring apologies – and Isobel realises only too late that she didn’t manage to catch his name…

When she runs into him again the next morning, she decides it’s fate.

It’s a second chance for Isobel and Tom – but there’s only one week until she’s leaving London for good. Seven days of enjoying all the festive delights the city has to offer: ice-skating at Somerset House, mulled wine on the Southbank, Christmas shopping at Liberty.

There’s magic in the air and mistletoe in the trees – but what will happen when the week is over?

For fans of Josie Silver, Lucy Diamond and Marian Keyes, this is one Christmas romance you don’t want to miss!

Pre-order Links:

https://books.apple.com/us/book/one-week-til-christmas/id1475077464?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Belinda_Missen_One_Week_Til_Christmas?id=W4CmDwAAQBAJ

https://www.kobo.com/au/en/ebook/one-week-til-christmas

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/one-week-til-christmas-belinda-missen/1132755266?ean=9780008296933

Author Bio –

Author and sometimes foodie, Belinda is a ridiculous romantic who met her husband after being set up by a friend two states away.

Residing in country Victoria, surrounded by books, cat-fur, and half-eaten cake, Belinda divides her days between writing rom-coms, baking, and indulging her love of comic books.

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Well Met by Jen DeLuca @berkleypub #bookreview #wellmet

Happy Monday all!

Super excited to share with you today my review for this AMAZING book! I think this is truly the best romcom I’ve read all year!🌹

My Thoughts

Best romcom I’ve read this year!!!

I loved absolutely everything about this book! Jen DeLuca stole my heart with this charming romance. Emily’s life has kind of fallen apart so when her sister April needs her help she sees it as a perfect opportunity to regroup, her intention was never to stay in small town Maryland. It also was not part of her plans to spend her summer volunteering at a Renaissance Fair. But when her 14-year-old niece needs a parent to supervise her volunteering she feels forced. Also volunteering will give her the opportunity to see Mitch the hot gym teacher in a kilt, that is if she doesn’t get fired from her volunteer position by the uptight Simon. After many Saturdays of rehearsal it is finally time for the fair opening and who is that hot pirate in those tight leather pants? Oh no it cannot possibly be Simon! Ah but it is Captain Ian Blackthorn (Simon’s alter ego) and he is quite fond of Emma (Emily’s alter ego) the tavern wench. I’m certain you know where this is going and let me tell you what it was so much fun getting to that delicious HEA!

Emily was such an amazing character, she had such a generous heart and a beautiful spirit. The chemistry between Emily and Simon was undeniable and the banter was divine. The renaissance Fair offered the perfect backdrop to the story. This really actually surprised me I am not a big Renaissance fair person, never been to one, never want to go to one, but I was completely intrigued with the goings-on at the fair. I think it really showcased the sense of community in this small town in Maryland, and added a little extra sparkle to the story. All the secondary characters were delightful! Mitch, stacey, and April in particular. Loved how supportive and kind these characters were. This was just a feel good story that still has me smiling a week later!

This book in three emojis: 🏴‍☠️ 💑 ♟

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

About the Book

All’s faire in love and war for two sworn enemies who indulge in a harmless flirtation in a laugh-out-loud rom-com from debut author Jen DeLuca. 
Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could anticipate getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire alongside her teenaged niece? Or that the irritating and inscrutable schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers would be so annoying that she finds it impossible to stop thinking about him?  
The faire is Simon’s family legacy and from the start he makes clear he doesn’t have time for Emily’s lighthearted approach to life, her oddball Shakespeare conspiracy theories, or her endless suggestions for new acts to shake things up. Yet on the faire grounds he becomes a different person, flirting freely with Emily when she’s in her revealing wench’s costume. But is this attraction real, or just part of the characters they’re portraying?   
This summer was only ever supposed to be a pit stop on the way to somewhere else for Emily, but soon she can’t seem to shake the fantasy of establishing something more with Simon or a permanent home of her own in Willow Creek.

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The Nobodies by Liza Palmer @flatironbooks #bookreview #thenobodies

Happy Monday all!

It is a long weekend in the US and I am so excited to have this Monday off! This was such a fun story full of the most unique and delightful characters!😍

My Thoughts

Liza Palmer has written a fun and clever tale that made me laugh. A feel-good story that left me wanting to turn up the 80s music and dance around the house. No this book is not set in the 80s, but there is a great scene in the book with an 80s party that is guaranteed to make you want to do the same! Joan was once a successful journalist, but now she’s out of a job and having little luck finding a new one. She is less than thrilled when she finally lands a job as a junior copywriter at a tech start up where all her coworkers are more than a decade younger than her, but hey it’s a job. Lucky for Joan she finds her niche with Thornton, Hani, and Elise. Soon this quad of friends/coworkers discovers that the company they are working for is not everything that it seems and an investigation ensues. Has Joan found her big story? Her way back into journalism? And at what cost?

The strength of the story for me was the characters and their relationships with one another. Not only did Joan have these fantastic coworkers, but she also had a great family and some amazing friends. The investigation (while interesting) took a backseat to everything else and mainly just moved the story forward. Honestly they could’ve been investigating anything, I just enjoyed seeing how they went about it alll. There was so much love, laughter, and camaraderie. There was also romance and love and not only with the obvious characters. An entertaining story that will put a smile on your face and the Moody Blues in your head.

This book in three emoji‘s: 🔍 💞 💻

*** thank you Flatiron for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Liza Palmer‘s voice is fresh, exciting, and necessary. She’s a must-read author.” 
Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones & the Six
Wunderkind journalist Joan Dixon took an internship at the Los Angeles Times straight out of high school and never looked back. That is, until the newspaper business collapsed, leaving her to patch together soulless freelance gigs and live with her parents. Desperate to get back on her feet, Joan takes a job as a junior copywriter at the tech startup Bloom, where her bosses are all a decade younger and snacks and cans of fizzy water flow freely. But once a journalist, always a journalist. As Joan starts to poke beneath Bloom’s bright surface, she realizes that she may have accidentally stumbled onto the scoop of her lifetime. Is it worth risking everything for the sake of the story?

About the Author

Liza Palmer is the internationally bestselling author of Conversations with the Fat Girl and several other novels. An Emmy-nominated writer, she lives in Los Angeles and works for BuzzFeed. Like Joan in THE NOBODIES, she never went to college.

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A Highlander Walks Into a Bar by Laura Trentahm @stmartinspress #bookreview #ahighlanderwalksintoabar

Happy Sunday book friends!

Excited to share my review for this fun sweet romance! A little Scottish southern fusion if you will! Thank you so much Kelly for my invitation to the blog tour!

My Thoughts

Laura Trentahm has written a fun, sweet, and entertaining romance. A little Scottish Southern fusion. Isabels mom Rose returns home to Georgia from Scotland with a BIG surprise. The surprise is not a plaid skirt, but a Scottish man who Isabell is instantly suspicious of. When his mate Alasdair shows up Izzy’s suspicion is deepened. Izzy is also stressed out because it seems as though the planning of the Highland games (an annual town event) has completely fallen to her with her mother preoccupied with the Scot. It appears as though a passion for a man in a kilt runs in the family as Izzy and Alasdair get better acquainted. But are these Scottish men’s intentions completely noble? And what will happen when secrets are revealed?

This book was pure romantic summer entertainment! I loved the Scottish Southern blend. I really loved Izzys character she was a strong, smart, and savvy woman with a heart of a dreamer! Alasdair wasn’t too bad himself and I liked how he encouraged Izzy. The story was fairly predictable as most romances are and there was definite Insta love. What made this a special read for me besides the accents and the location, was the charm and the whimsy of the story. This book just made me feel good, a good time with a few laughs! I’m still trying to figure out if I like a man in a kilt or not?

*** thanks St Martin’s Press for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

A Highlander Walks into a Bar by Laura Trentham

Buy-book link: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250315021

Synopsis:

The timeless romance, soaring passion—and gorgeous men—of Scotland comes to modern-day America. And the rules of love will never be the same…

Isabel Buchanan is fiery, funny, and never at a loss for words. But she is struck speechless when her mother returns from a trip to Scotland with a six-foot-tall, very handsome souvenir. Izzy’s mother is so infatuated by the fellow that Izzy has to plan their annual Highland Games all by herself. Well, not completely by herself. The Highlander’s strapping young nephew has come looking for his uncle…

Alasdair Blackmoor has never seen a place as friendly as this small Georgia town—or a girl as brilliant and beguiling as Izzy. Instead of saving his uncle, who seems to be having a lovely time, Alasdair decides he’d rather help Izzy with the Highland Games. Show her how to dance like a Highlander. Drink like a Highlander. And maybe, just maybe, fall in love with a Highlander. But when the games are over, where do they go from here?

Author Bio:

Laura Trentham is an award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance, including Then He Kissed Me and The Military Wife. She is a member of RWA, and has been a finalist multiple times in the Golden Heart competition. A chemical engineer by training and a lover of books by nature, she lives in South Carolina.

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When Polly Met Olly by Zoe May @zoe_writes @rararesources #bookreview #whenpollymetolly

Happy Thursday all!

This week went so fast! End it is HOT!🥵 this was a fun lighthearted story that made me smile and I am happy to share my review with you! Thanks much to Rachel for my invitation to this tour!🧡

When Polly Met Olly

Polly and Olly were never supposed to meet…

Polly might spend her days searching for eligible matches for her elite list of clients at her New York dating agency, but her own love life is starting to go up in smoke.

Even worse, she can’t stop thinking about the very person she’s meant to be setting her latest client up with… surely it can’t get any worse!

But then Polly bumps into oh-so-handsome Olly, who heads up a rival agency, and realizes that perhaps all really is fair in love and dating war…

Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Debbie Viggiano.

My Thoughts

Zoe May has written a lovely and heartwarming tale full of love. Polly just landed herself a job as a matchmaker, the irony is she’s not very successful at love herself. I found Polly’s work as a matchmaker quite interesting, I wish there had been a little more of her on the job in the book. Loved her relationship with her roommate Gabe. He was such a great friend and an engaging character. Her boss Derek was also a great character who brought a lot to the story, we all would love a boss as supportive as him. Where the story fell a little short for me was the relationship between Polly and Olly. I am not certain if it is that it didn’t really begin until maybe about 60% in the book? Or that I just didn’t feel the connection between them? Then again I did love the happily ever after? So I realize I am kind of contradicting myself. I think it is because Zoe May is such a wonderful storyteller that even though I didn’t always feel it she made me feel it in the end.

The highlight of this book for me really was Polly’s interaction with all of her friends. I thought it was very strong when it came to the secondary characters. And I would love a future book with any of them. I found a lot of Polly’s past dating escapades quite humorous. I was also definitely surprised by Olly’s little twist, I knew he was hiding something just didn’t know what it was. All in all this was an entertaining story that put a smile on my face. A lovely story that will warm your heart, really made me think about what is important when it comes to love and finding your perfect match.

*** thanks to the publisher for my copy of this book ***

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/When-Polly-Met-Olly-fantastically-ebook/dp/B07F8N76KG/

US – https://www.amazon.com/When-Polly-Met-Olly-fantastically-ebook/dp/B07F8N76KG/

Author Bio – Zoe May lives in Oxford and writes romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She spent her twenties living in London, where she worked in journalism and copywriting before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe could not resist writing a novel about dating, since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!

Perfect Match was one of Apple’s top-selling books of 2018. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award, with judges describing it as ‘a laugh out loud look at love and self-discovery – fresh and very funny’.

As well as writing, Zoe enjoys walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading

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

TGIF book people!

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

Secret Wishes and Summer Kisses on Lily Pond Lane

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Thoughts

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

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

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

Purchase Links

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

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

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

Author Bio –

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

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

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

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Lucy’s Last Straw by Debbie Viggiano @bookouture #bookreview #lucyslaststraw

Happy Thursday all!

When you get to be a certain age you get really excited when a book has a character that is the same age as you! This was a fun story that made me glad I’m not married anymore! Thanks Noelle for my invitation to the tour!🏡

My Thoughts

Debbie Viggiano has written a clever and humorous story about the realities of life and marriage. Lucy has been married to husband Leo for 25 years and things are starting to get to her. Toothpaste in the sink, laundry on the floor, and just being completely taken for granted. So when Leo decides they should downsize to a charming cottage in need of renovation and the kids decide they need to move home, Lucy implodes. But is it a good thing that handsome Will the builder is there to pick up the pieces? Will Lucy and Leo’s marriage fall apart or spark again?

Lucy and I have a lot in common. We are both almost 50, we both have three grown children…. well that might be where it ends, I am no longer married and she is. I thought this story took a very realistic look at marriage and keeping it strong and fresh and try not to take each other for granted. I did really like Lucy, she was the kind of character I would love to be friends with. But if I were her friend I would have told her to stay clear of that Will. If I’m being honest just the implication of cheating really bothers me. I am a firm believer that if you are not happy in your marriage then get out do not cheat, not even sure why this bothers me so much because as far as I know I was never cheated on. But despite that this was a delightful story that made me laugh and just feel good! The perfect read for a lazy summer afternoon!

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

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Berit☀️✨