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The Summer of Going Topless by Liz Davies @lizdaviesauthor @rararesources #coverreveal

The Summer of Going Topless

Candice Summerville is invisible. No one seems to notice her – not really. Heck, she often doesn’t notice herself, except for her monthly scrutiny in the mirror to check on her body’s steady slide towards middle age.

But when her ancient, practical estate car is consigned to the scrap heap, Candice falls in love with a cute, purple convertible, and from that moment on her life begins to take on a whole new meaning. Strangers wave at her and people stop to talk, and suddenly she isn’t invisible any longer.

Life seems to be looking up, especially when she meets silver fox and handy-man, Paul. There’s just one fly in the ointment, one thing she that has her second-guessing herself.

Is it the car that Paul sees – or is it her?

Purchase Links:

UK –  https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07V72XKWP 

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V72XKWP

Publication Date: 22nd August

Author Bio –

Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.

She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat – she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.

She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper van and travel the world in it. 

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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

https://www.instagram.com/emilyharvale

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Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May @rararesources #bookreview #meetmeincockleberrybay

Happy Tuesday All!

This was such a delightful read and I am so excited to share my review with you! Thanks so much Rachel for my invitation to the tour!💜

Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay

The cast of the runaway bestseller, The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, are back – including Rosa, Josh, Mary, Jacob, Sheila, new mum Titch and, last but by no means least, Hot, the adorable dachshund.

Newly wed, and with her inherited corner shop successfully up and running, Rosa Smith seems to have all that anyone could wish for. But the course of true love never did run smooth and Rosa’s suspicions that her husband is having an affair have dire consequences.

Reaching rock bottom before she can climb back up to the top, fragile Rosa is forced to face her fears, addiction and jealousy head on.

With a selection of meddling locals still at large, a mystery fire and Titch’s frantic search for the real father of her sick baby, the second book in this enchanting series will take you on a further unpredictable journey of self-discovery.

My Thoughts

Nicola May expertly weaves together threads of drama, emotion, and romance in this delightful story. I fell in love with Nicholas riding when I read “The Corner Shop in Cocklebery Bay”. This is the second book in this enchanting series, but it can without a doubt be read as a standalone. I thought Nicola did a really good job of refreshing our memories of the previous story. It was so nice to spend time with the characters of the previous book Rosa, Josh, Titch, and Hot in particular. It was also nice to revisit this charming small village and all of its quirky residence. I felt as though this book had a bit of a more serious tone to it, but I thought the issues were handled well. Having been married to an alcoholic it is a trigger for me. I have to admit I was disappointed in roses behavior in this book, but I do think addiction was handled realistically in the story.

Rosa and Josh are now married, but not as happily as you might think. Rosa is really struggling with the long-distance thing because Josh works in London and is not home every night. Roses insecurities and jealousy lead to her drinking excessively. Ugh this was hard to read about, I really liked Rosa, but she really did not handle this well… at all! Josh on the other hand I think handled things much better. I loved when he told her he couldn’t be with her until she liked herself… bravo! This was not the only thing going on in this book, we also get to read about Titch and her search for her baby daddy. Once again Hot(My favorite furry character) please an important part in the story and I love every minute we got to spend with him.🐾This was an engaging story that I without a doubt recommend!

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

Purchase links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Meet-Cockleberry-Bay-Nicola-May-ebook/dp/B07QXD334Y

US – https://www.amazon.com/Meet-Cockleberry-Bay-Nicola-May-ebook/dp/B07QXD334Y

About Nicola May

Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chicklit with a kick.

Follow Nicola May

Website – www.nicolamay.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/NicolaMayAuthor

Twitter – https://twitter.com/nicolamay1

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/author_nicola/

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I Will Follow Him by Holly Tierney-Bedord @hollytierney @rararesources #bookreview #iwillfollowhim #giveaway

Happy Monday everybody!

This was a fun quick read that made me want to go on a cruise, STAT! Thanks Rachel for my invitation to the tour!🛳

I Will Follow Him

A bachelor party on a cruise ship. What could go wrong?

When private detective Francie is hired to spy on a groom-to-be as he and his bachelor party set sail for the Caribbean, she thinks she’s landed herself a week of paid vacation. Between lounging in the sun and sipping margaritas, she just needs to–best case scenario–report back that he’s on the up and up, or–the unfortunate, more likely scenario–snap a few photos of her target in compromising positions, buy a box of sympathy chocolates for her client, and then collect her pay along with a nice golden suntan.

Blame it on the island breezes or the alcohol, but within hours of setting sail, Francie’s leisurely vacation gets complicated when she starts making careless mistakes. Like accidentally becoming friends with the groom and falling for his best man.

Can she get herself and her mission back on track, or has she blown her cover and possibly even her career?

My Thoughts

Fun! Fun! Fun! This was a quick easy breezy lighthearted story that put a huge smile on my face! This is the second book I’ve read this week that took place on a cruise ship, makes me want to go on another cruise! This is the fifth book in the “Oceanic” series, but each book is written by a different author so they can definitely be read as standalones. The perfect book to pack in your beach bag for a lazy afternoon read in the sun.

Francie has landed herself a gig as a private detective. Her new client Danielle has hired her to go on a weeklong cruise and keep an eye on her fiancé, who she thinks is up to no good. Big red flag here! If you need to hire someone to keep tabs on your fiancé during his bachelor party/vacation, perhaps you should not marry him? Just a thought! Danielle true to form was a neurotic bridezilla with a huge obsession with texting and needing to know everything at all times day and night. Really liked Francie and felt for her having to deal with Danielle. The bachelors were all great, can’t see what the groom saw in the bride, but that’s another story. Loved the romance that sparked between Francie and the bestman. There was a lot of fun and sun packed into this little gem of a book!

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

Purchase Link:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07QVB2XS7/

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QVB2XS7\

Author bio: Holly Tierney-Bedord is the author of over twenty books including Kindle Unlimited All-Star winner Sweet Hollow Women.

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Oceanic Dreams Series

Set sail for love and laughs aboard the Oceanic Aphrodite.

This series of stand-alone romantic comedy novellas releases throughout the summer of 2019.

To learn about the contributing authors and each book, watch our trailer, here: https://oceanicdreamsbooks.com/series-trailer/ and visit our website, here: https://oceanicdreamsbooks.com/

The Oceanic Dreams series is a collection of romantic comedy novellas by eight award-

winning, bestselling, and critically acclaimed authors from around the globe.

Meet Holly Kerr, author of I Saw Him Standing There.

Meet Laura Heffernan, author of Time of My Life.

Meet Tracy Krimmer, author of Circle in the Sand.

Meet Kirsty McManus, author of I Thought it was You.

Meet Holly Tierney-Bedord, author of I Will Follow Him.

Meet Delancey Stewart, author of Take a Chance on Me.

Meet Monique McDonell, author of Shut Up and Dance with Me.

Meet Sophie-Leigh Robbins, author of The Best of You.

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Breathe In Cash Out by Madeleine Henry @atriabooks #bookreview #breatheincashout

Happy Tuesday all!

Excited to share with you my review for this fun book about banking and yoga!🧘🏻‍♀️ 💵

My Thoughts

Madeleine Henry has written a clever story packed with humor and reality. Allegra is a 20 something Financial analyst. Biding her time at her high power Wall Street job until her bonus comes in, then she can pursue her real passion…. yoga.🧘🏻‍♀️ when Allegra meets her yoga hero Schuyler she thinks she has hit the jackpot. But Allegra soon learns that the yoga world is just as cutthroat as Wall Street. Loved this book! I just had such a fun time reading it. Allegra was such a fantastic character and I loved spending time with her even though her life was exhausting. 20 hour work days trying to sneak in scheduled yoga breaks that occasionally found her in some compromising positions. Surviving on caffeine, caffeine, and more caffeine. This book certainly did not glamorize The banking industry. All the characters were so well drawn even if you didn’t necessarily really like all of them. There also is a dash of romance in this book that I found simply adorable. I can definitely see this book being made into a movie, this was SO entertaining!

Allegra was such a likable character I was rooting for her the entire book. I cannot imagine working a job that expected your attention 24/7. I can however imagine working in the fitness industry, because that has been the only place I’ve worked my entire adult life. Things certainly have changed with the introduction of social media, really kind of changed the landscape. I also like that there were strong female friendships in this book, always a bonus. And the females that worked with allegro were all pretty darn supportive, so yay! My only small complaint would be there wasn’t enough romance, but I think that was by design. This was a really well-done debut and I am looking forward to what’s next from Madeleine Henry.

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

About the Book

In this sizzling debut for fans of The Devil Wears Prada, Wall Street banking analyst Allegra Cobb plans to quit the minute her year-end bonus hits her account, finally pursuing her yoga career full-time. But when she forms an intense relationship with the #InstaFamous guru who may hold the ticket to the life Allegra’s always wanted – she’s not sure if she’ll be able to keep her sanity intact (and her chakras aligned) until bonus day. 
Allegra Cobb’s resume: straight-A Princeton grad, second-year analyst at a top-tier bank, one-time American Yoga National Competition Champion. Allegra Cobb’s reality: spends 24 hours a day changing the colors on bar charts, overusing the word “team”, and daydreaming about quitting the minute her year-end bonus hits her account. She has no interest in the cutthroat banking world – she’s going to launch her very own yoga practice.
But her plan isn’t quite as perfect as the beachfront yoga pictures she double-taps on Instagram. On top of the 100 emails an hour and coworkers already suspicious of her escape plan, Allegra’s hard-driving single father has always expected fiercely high achievement above all else. That his daughter works on Wall Street means everything to him. Still, she marches on, taking it day by extremely caffeinated day.
But after (one) unknowingly sleeping with the man now leading her banking cohort on one of their biggest deals to date and (two) meeting the #blessed yoga guru who might just be her ticket to the life she’s always wanted

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A Very French Affair by Sue Roberts @suerobertsautho @bookouture #bookreview #averyfrenchaffair

Happy Monday y’all!

The Monday after a long long weekend is rough! But I have this delightful book to share with you, so that is a positive! Big thanks to Kim for my invitation to this tour!🧁

My Thoughts

Sue Roberts has written a sweet savory story filled with fun, friendship, and food! This book was bursting with everything I love in a summer read: a beautiful setting, amazing characters, lovely friendships, and delectable treats. Oh and I cannot forget about the cherry on top… a second chance romance. If the romance is the cherry on top then the humor is the nuts, so many laugh out loud moments! So let’s recap: gorgeous setting✔️ delightful characters✔️ strong friendships✔️ sweet romance✔️ tremendous laughs✔️ glorious food✔️

LivIs a baker and a single mom to 20-year-old Jake. Jake has recently come home from University not only is he moaning about his coursework, but he is beginning to vocalize that he really would like to get to know his father. This is complicated and requires Liv revisiting her past, France and a summer fling. When Liv’s aunt reaches out to ask her to come stay with her in France and help with her bakery, it offers the perfect opportunity for Liv to hunt down baby daddy Andre. But how will Andre react not only to seeing Liv after 20 years, but to finding out he is a father? Sounds pretty serious, but that certainly is not the tone of the story. It is a lighthearted, uplifting, fun story. Liv is a fabulous character and I loved her relationship with her friends. The setting was divine and Sue Roberts’ descriptive writing swept me away to France while reading. A quintessential Summer read that will make you smile and crave cake!

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

About the Book

From Southport to the South of France – this is going to be a summer to remember!

Life just got a whole lot more complicated for thirty-eight-year-old single mum Liv. Her son Jake is practically perfect in every way, but he’s started asking some difficult questions, and the answers lie in a holiday romance twenty years ago. Back when Liv was staying with her aunt on the French Riviera…

Returning to the Cote d’Azur, with its white sandy beaches, her supportive aunt, and exquisite wine and cheese is harder than it sounds though. Because – if she’s going to give Jake the answers he needs – Liv knows she has to hunt down her first love Andre. And since she’s a professional baker rather than a professional investigator, she doesn’t even have a clue where to start.

At first, finding the one that got away proves even trickier than she thought. And if she succeeds, how will he take the bombshell secret Liv has been keeping? Liv has to do the best thing for her family, but does that mean closing the door on this very French affair?

A joyful, laugh-out-loud story about second chances, secrets and sunshine! The perfect summer read for fans of Carole Matthews, Jenny Colgan and Sophie Kinsella.

About the Author

Sue was born in Liverpool and moved to Lancashire as a teenager where she has lived ever since. She has written three books, the third ‘My Summer of love and limoncello.’ will be published on March 6thand she is busy working on a fourth book. When not busy writing, Sue spends her time with her ever growing family. She enjoys walking, cinema and travelling. Her first book ‘My Big Greek Summer.’ was inspired by frequent visits to the Island of Rhodes in Greece. All Sue’s books are available from Amazon in kindle and paperback format.

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A Beach Wish by Shelley Noble @wmmorrowbooks @harperaudio @tlcbooktours #bookreview #abeachwish

Happy Friday all!

Yesterday was a holiday and it has me all thrown off! Excited to share my review with you today for this absolutely delightful perfect summer read! Thank you so much Lisa for my invitation to this tour!🎐

About A Beach Wish

My Thoughts

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Shelley Noble has crafted the PERFECT summer read. Intriguing well developed characters. A beautiful beach setting. Plenty of family drama. And even a dash of romance. I love stories like this that completely whisk you away into the lives of the characters in the book. Zoe finds herself in a small New England town. She is there to spread her mothers ashes, but why would her mom want her ashes in a place that the family has never heard of? We all know our parents had a life before we were born, but what happens when that life includes an entire different family?

Zoe was such a great character and I truly enjoyed spending time with her. She was so relatable and I really appreciated her quiet strength. The rest of the cast of characters were a true delight. The family drama was very reminiscent of the Hatfields and the McCoys. Two families with an age old dispute, and two kids in love. There was also a little magical element to the story, a beach called Wind Chime with an intriguing story of its own. This really is the perfect book to spend a lazy summer afternoon with.

🎧🎧🎧Vanessa Johannsson has a crisp youthful voice that really blended well to the story.

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

• Paperback: 384 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 25, 2019)

New York Times bestselling author Shelley Noble returns to the beach in her latest summer read about the family we create and the wishes we make that can shape us.

Zoe Bascombe has never said no to her family. When she blew her Juilliard audition, she caved to their wishes and went to business school. But when her mother dies and leaves instructions for Zoe to spread her ashes at a place called Wind Chime Beach, she defies her brothers and starts out for a New England town none of them has ever heard of and discovers a side of her garden club mother that her wildest dreams hadn’t imagined.

Zoe has another family.

Her first instinct is to run home. Instead she is caught in the middle of her feuding new relatives. With one family fighting among themselves and the other not speaking to her, Zoe must somehow find a way to bridge her new life with her old.

For the first time in her life, Zoe must make a stand for her family—both of them. If only she can only figure out how.

Her answer lies at Wind Chime Beach where for generations people have come to add their chimes to the ones already left among the trees. And when the wind blows and the air fills with music, their secrets, dreams, and hopes are sent into the world. There’s a message for Zoe here—if she has the courage to open her heart.

Purchase Links

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About Shelley Noble

Shelley Noble is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Whisper Beachand Beach Colors. Other titles include Stargazey PointBreakwater Bay, and Forever Beach—a story of foster adoption in New Jersey—and four spin-off novellas. A former professional dancer and choreographer, she lives on the Jersey shore and loves to discover new beaches and indulge her passion for lighthouses and vintage carousels. Shelley is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and Women’s Fiction Writers Association.

Find out more about Shelley at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Determined Lord Hadley By Virginia Heath @VirginiaHeath_ @rararesources #bookreview #giveaway

Happy Tuesday all!

This is kind of a weird week here in the US, we have a holiday on Thursday and not everybody has Friday off. I guess you can’t move July 4 around like we do with all our other holidays! Thank you so much Rachel for my invitation to this tour, this was a fun read!⚓️

The Determined Lord Hadleigh

Haunted by Penny Penhurst’s courage on the witness stand, meticulous barrister Lord Hadleigh offers her a housekeeper position at his estate. Despite trying to stay detached, Hadleigh is charmed by her small child and surprised by how much he yearns for this proud woman! Can this he break through his own – and Penny’s – barriers to prove he’s a man she can trust…and love?

My Thoughts

I was clearly not paying attention when I told Rachel I’d review this book. Not only is it the fourth book in a series of which I have read none of the books. But it is also historical romance a genre I am not too crazy about. However I found myself completely captivated by the story. Virginia Heath’s writingIs clever and smooth. The characters were engaging and the storyline was intriguing. I would advise however this is a series best read in chronological order, because I am certain there was a lot I did not catch. The apologue brings back all the characters from the previous books and ties everything up nicely, made me really realize there was a lot to the series that I missed.

This was a complicated slow burning romance that captured my heart. Lord Hadley is a straight laced barrister. Penny is about to lose everything her despicable abusive husband is on trial for treason. Lord Hadley feels guilty for convicting Penny’s husband so he offers her a job and the sparks begin to fly. I thought the romance was perfectly paste and sweet. The chemistry between Tristan and Penny definitely came through on the pages. There were some things having to do with the politics of it all that I wasn’t completely certain of, but all in all this was a extremely enjoyable read. A lovely romance that stole my heart!

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

Purchase Link – http://viewbook.at/kingselite4

Author Bio – When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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A Summer Escape and Strawberry Cake at the Cosy Kettle by Liz Eeles @lizeelesauthor @bookouture #bookreview #ASummerEscapeandStrawberryCakeattheCosyKettle

Happy Monday afternoon/Tuesday!

Excited and delighted to share with you my review for this charming story! Thanks to Noelle for my invitation to the tour!📚

My Thoughts

Liz Eeles has written a delectable story full of charm and whimsy. It was a lot of fun returning to the Cozy Kettle. Books and yummy delights, what more could you want? This is the second book in this sweet series, but it can absolutely be red as a standalone. In this book we do revisit characters from the first book and that was lots of fun, but you won’t be lost if you did not read that book. But why deny yourself? You can have a cherry tart and some strawberry cake. 😋

This book is about Flora and how she deals with the aftermath of catching her husband Malcolm in the arms of another woman. Flora is such a good person and Malcolm is such a slime (I did not like him in the first book). I definitely had no trouble rooting for her to kick him to the curb! That is not exactly what happens, but she does pack her bags and move herself to the charming village of Honeyford. Now that she is both working and living in this small village she forms a deeper connection with the community. Flora finds a place to live with Luna, her son Daniel and grandson Caleb. Luna was a great character a little magical, a little mystical, a little witchy. There is also a bit of a bookish Mystery involved, and that was fun! And I cannot forget the bake off, that was delicious! My only little complaint was the romance, I just didn’t necessarily feel it between Flora and Daniel. Not to mention Flora was a strong savvy woman and I don’t think she would get involved with another man so quickly. This is also just a personal preference for me I’d like to see a woman get back on her feet without the need of a man. Despite this I thought this was an absolutely charming read, the perfect book to add to your summer TBR.

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

About the Book

The Cosy Kettle café is the perfect place to escape this summer, for fans of Cathy Bramley, Jenny Colgan and Debbie Johnson. Guests can tuck in to fruit puddings and strawberry-studded ice cream, but for Flora, the warm summer breeze is blowing in big changes…

When Flora finds out about her husband’s secret fling, she escapes to the one place she feels safe: her beloved café, The Cosy Kettle, in the charming village of Honeyford. Serving up cream teas to her café regulars is the perfect way to soothe her broken heart, and although she’s never lived in the area, the little community welcome her with open arms.

She’s soon lodging with local eccentric Luna in her remote and beautiful Starlight Cottage, snuggled between rolling green hills. Luna’s handsome son Daniel lost his wife several years ago, and as Flora gets to know him, sharing walks through the blossom-scented woods, they both slowly begin to heal… and she realises that behind Daniel’s quiet exterior, there’s a passionate nature that makes her forget all about her ex-husband.

As she settles into her new life, hosting a baking competition for the village’s summer celebration seems like a great idea… but with Daniel’s mysterious silences leading Flora to believe he’s hiding secrets, she can’t help but wonder if she can really trust him. And when the race to bake the perfect Victoria sponge stirs up old rivalries between locals, Flora starts to feel

like she’s bitten off more than she can chew.

About the Author

Liz began her writing career as a journalist and press officer before deciding that she’d rather have the freedom of making things up as a novelist. 

Being short-listed in the Corvus ‘Love at First Write’ competition and the Novelicious search for a new women’s fiction star gave Liz the push she needed to keep putting pen to paper …. and ‘Annie’s Holiday by the Sea’ (her first published novel) is the result. 

Liz lives on the South Coast with her family and, when she’s not writing, likes to spend time walking by the sea, and trying to meditate. Her ambition is to be serene one day …. she’s still got a long way to go.

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A family of Strangers by Emily Richards @harlequinbooks @tlcbooktours @harperaudio #bookreview #afamilyofstrangers

Happy Monday all!

Love this book and I’m excited to share my review with you today! A fantastic domestic thriller that had me absolutely riveted! Thanks Lisa for my invitation to this tour!🐚

My Thoughts

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Emily Richards has crafted a clever and engaging domestic drama. This book sucked me in in the first few pages. There’s just something about Ryan that drew me in. Perhaps it was that she was a true crime podcaster? Or perhaps it was that she was a bit of an underdog? The younger sister to perfect big sis Wendy. As absorbing as the mystery was I think what I found most captivating about this book were the characters and the relationship Dynamics. My favorite of these being Ryan‘s relationship with her nieces Holly and Noelle (Guess what month they were born in). These little girls had obviously been damaged and Ryan was so committed to making their lives better. There also was a bit of a romance in this book, a second chance romance my favorite kind! The relationship between Ryan and Teo was so sweet I was really rooting for them to get back together. This book really had a dash of everything… a genre potpourri. A dollop of mystery, a dose of domestic drama, and a peppering of romance. The perfect recipe for an engaging and delightful summer read.

Ryan has always lived in her big sister Wendy’s shadow. So she is super surprised when Wendy calls her and asks a huge favor. Can Ryan go and take care of her two young children? It looks as though Wendy is suspected of murder. But how can this be? How can perfect Wendy be involved in murder? So Ryan packs her bags to go look after her nieces and uses her sleuthing skills to figure out what in the world is going on. The closer Ryan gets to her nieces and figuring out what Wendy’s hiding the more she realizes she really never knew her sister at all. “A Family of Strangers” was such an appropriate title for this book. I don’t think Ryan really ever understood the relationship between herself, her parents, and her sister, because there were so many secrets. This was my first book from Emily Richards but it definitely will not be my last. She has such a smooth engaging writing style that really made the 400 some odd pages of this book flyby.

🎧🎧🎧 Vanessa Johansson narrated the story brilliantly. She really brought the characters to life. This was a longer audio (14 hours) and I was completely engaged throughout thanks to the wonderful story and amazing narration.

*** thank you so much Harlequin and Harper Audio for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Could a lifetime of memories…be a lifetime of lies?

All her life, Ryan Gracey watched her perfect older sister from afar. Knowing she could never top Wendy’s achievements, she didn’t even try. Instead Ryan forged her own path while her family barely seemed to notice.

Now Wendy shares two little girls with her perfect husband, while Ryan mourns the man she lost after a nearly fatal mistake in judgment. The sisters’ choices have taken them in different directions, which is why Ryan is stunned when Wendy calls, begging for her help. There’s been a murder—and Wendy believes she’ll be wrongfully accused.

While Wendy lies low, Ryan moves back to their hometown to care for the nieces she hardly knows. The sleuthing skills she’s refined as a true-crime podcaster quickly rise to the surface as she digs for answers with the help of an unexpected ally. Yet the trail of clues Wendy’s left behind leads to nothing but questions. Blood may be thicker than water, but what does Ryan owe a sister who becomes more and more a stranger with every revelation?

Is Wendy, who always seemed so perfect, just a perfect liar—or worse?

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