Friday, 6 December 2019

Blog Tour Review: Snowflakes Over Moondance Cottage by Rosie Green

Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage
Pages: 240
Available on Kindle
Rating: 5/5

When Jess Thornton’s dad was lost at sea, the family coped in different ways, alone in their grief. Now, her mum seems to be going off the rails and her sister, Isla, who moved to France, is now back and determined to get their old family home on the market. But the last thing Jess wants this Christmas is for renovations to start on the house. It’s sure to stir up all sorts of memories she’s desperate to avoid. And to make things worse, Isla appears to have hired the most obnoxious builder in the world to do the work. Jess could ignore the fact that women seem to be putty in his hands. But what she finds harder to ignore is the frisson she gets every time she squeezes past him in the mess that is now their beloved old home! Can the family finally start talking and find a way to move on from the past this Christmas?


I’ve not previously read any of Rosie Green’s novella’s and after reading Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage I’m thinking that is something which needs rectifying immediately because I absolutely loved this book and its exactly what I want to read at this time of year…or anytime actually.

Jess Rigby has not been a fan of Christmas since she lost her dad a few years ago and this year its made extra hard when sister Isla returns from France and drops the bombshell that she wants to sell their family home Moondance Cottage.  As builder Seb starts renovations on the house a whole host of feelings are stirred up in Jess as she struggles to cope with her emotions. The lives of Jess, Isla and their Mother all seem to be on a collision course as they deal with their grief, but can a little Christmas magic pull this family back together.

Jess, Isla and the rest of the cast of characters are easy to like to as they all seem to be dealing with their own everyday struggles which makes them so relatable.

This is a novel which has it all romance, heartbreak, moments of humour and an ending which will take your breath away. It’s a wonderful festive read with plenty of drama to keep you entertained and one which I highly recommend as I loved every single page.

Thank you so much to the author and publishers for sending me copy to review and to Rachel’s random Resources for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. 

About the Author

Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little.

Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by 'the baddies'.

Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all - unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie's brand new series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, 'Bonfires & Hot Chocolate at the Little Duck Pond Cafe', is out now.

Watch out for 'A Winter Wedding at the Little Duck Pond Cafe', which will be published Christmas 2019.

Rosie is also writing a full-length, standalone book for Christmas 2019, entitled 'Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage'.
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Friday, 15 November 2019

Blog Tour Review: Outreach by Shelly Berry

Outreach by Shelly Berry
Published: 28th September 2019
Publisher: Book Guild Publishing Ltd
Pages: 320
Available in Paperback and on Kindle
Rating: 4/5

When Emily was offered a new job in London, she was sure that her life was about to change – new friends, a career in the big city and the boyfriend she always wanted.

Her new life turns out to be more complicated than she expected. Her flat mates don’t understand her. Her colleagues mock everything about her. Even her father doesn’t support her. The only person who offers her any encouragement is David.

He’s married. He’s her manager. To Emily it’s clear that they have something special. As their relationship develops, everyone seems to want to sabotage their chances.

But some things are meant to be...

After reading the blurb I was sure I would enjoy this book as I love a good romance, and this seemed to hint at something forbidden between Emily and her boss David. What you get instead is a much deeper story where every action is analysed.
Emily’s not a character I liked but she does make an interesting central character and one which I was compelled to find out more about. Shelly Berry has done a great job of unravelling Emily and showing us how her mind works. I don’t want to give anything else away about her character as its what makes this book work.
Emily’s job as a support worker for Drug and Alcohol Action leads her to some very vulnerable people and Shelly Berry’s previous work in this sector shines through as she  has job a great job of portraying their lives accurately as every struggle is shown and how small seemingly insignificant things can lead to massive repercussions is someone’s life. Something perhaps Emily needs to learn.
Outreach was like nothing I’ve read before and although didn’t gel with any of the characters I found them an interesting bunch. Something about this unnerving story kept me reading as its one of those books that just simmers away quietly until something boils overs. I was expecting more of a “bang” at the end of the story; but I did find the epilogue fitting in a way.

Thank you so much to the publishers and Shelly Berry for inviting me to review this book and to Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be part of the blog tour.

About the Author

Shelly Berry lives in Waltham Forest, London. Having gained a BA Joint Honours Degree in Visual Art and Sociology at Keele University and a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, she has since worked in the public sector with vulnerable adults and children – including those affected by mental illness, drug and alcohol misuse, disability, criminal behaviour, homelessness and domestic and sexual abuse. During this time, Shelly developed and nurtured her love of writing. As well as writing fiction, she has previously written for a number of blogs and now writes for the Waltham Forest Echo.

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Saturday, 9 November 2019

Blog Tour Review: The Honeysuckle Dream by Kate Frost

The Honeysuckle Dream by Kate Frost
Published:  15th July 2019
Publisher: Lemon Tree Press
Pages:  268
Available in Paperback and on Kindle
Rating: 5/5


Two men. Three decades. One decision.
Pregnant at nineteen from an affair with a married man, Leila goes against her parents’ wishes. Alone in an unfamiliar city, a fresh start is terrifying.
Leila struggles to navigate between being a single working mum, new friendships, and her bad choices in men. The heartache of past mistakes haunts her. Disillusioned, lonely, and with a fractured mother-daughter relationship, she swaps the vices of city life for the peace of the country. Yet new-found happiness is short-lived and old habits return.
Can Leila let go of her past and find true love?

The Honeysuckle Dream is the story of Leila Keech who is the mother of Sophie Keech. Sophie has featured in two of Kate Frost’s previous novels The Butterfly Room and The Birdsong Promise. I’ve read neither of these two novels and don’t feel I’ve lost anything as The Honeysuckle Dream works well as its own story.
The story takes place between 1979 - 2012 as we dip in and out of various points in Leila’s life. The story isn’t told chronologically, and I think this works well as each little episode helps us to build more of a picture of Leila as a character and shows how various incidents have shaped her relationships over the years.
Leila’s a very headstrong character who knows her own mind. She’s quick to make judgements and these don’t always have the best outcomes, especially where daughter Sophie is concerned.  Despite not being successful in love Leila has carved a name for herself in the events world and I think that’s something she should be proud of being a single mum with only the support of her best friend.
Having being rejected by her parents and her lover when she was pregnant at just nineteen, Leila’s spent most of her life in Bristol flitting from one lover to the next and never being able to firmly put down roots and find somewhere that is truly home for her and Sophie.  She makes the monumental decision and leaving her friends and old lovers behind Leila heads to Norfolk to start a new life, where hopefully she can reconnect with Sophie and finally find herself.
This was a wonderful read where I couldn’t help but become immersed in Leila’s life. Kate Frost has done a wonderful job of exploring Leila’s character and showing us what motivates her. It was great to feel so connected to a character, so I’m looking forward to reading more from this author and meeting another wonderful character.

Thank you to the author and publishers for sending me a copy to review honestly and to Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be part of this blog tour.

About the Author

Kate Frost writes character-driven women’s fiction and romances, alongside Time Shifters, an award-winning time travel adventure trilogy for 9-12 year olds. She has a MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University where she’s also taught lifewriting to creative writing undergraduates. She is the Director of Children’s and Teen events for Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival, and she’s the co-founder of Storytale Festival, the first city-wide children’s book festival in Bristol.
The Honeysuckle Dream is Kate’s ninth book and the third (standalone) novel in her popular The Butterfly Storm series. She lives in Bristol with her husband, son, and Frodo, their cute Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.


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Friday, 1 November 2019

Blog Tour Review: Until We Meet Again by Rosemary Goodacre

Until We Meet Again by Rosemary Goodacre
Published: 31st October 2019
Publisher: Hera Books
Pages: 312
Available on Kindle
Rating: 4/5

The Great War drove them apart – but love kept them together
Summer 1914: Shy young woman, Amy Fletcher, lives a quiet life in Sussex. An office worker, she lives at home, along with her parents and spirited younger brother, Bertie. But her life is transformed when she meets handsome young man, Edmond Derwent, son of one of the wealthiest families in the small town of Larchbury, and student at Cambridge University.
The couple are falling deeply in love when war breaks out and, eager to do his duty for England, Edmond signs up as an officer. The couple plan to be wed, eager to start a new life together - but their happiness is short-lived when Edmond is sent to Flanders to lead his men into battle. Amy trains as a VAD nurse and is soon sent to France, where she sees the true horror of war inflicted on the brave young men sent to fight.
Separated by war, Edmond and Amy share their feelings through emotional letters sent from the front line. But when Edmond is critically wounded at Ypres, their love faces the biggest test of all – can their love stay strong while the world around them is crumbling?
A romantic, emotional saga set in WW1 – readers of Rosie Goodwin, Katie Flynn and Val Wood will be captivated by this story of love.

Rosemary Goodacre’s first novel Until We Meet Again is a lovely gentle wartime romance featuring young Amy Fletcher and handsome Edmond Derwent.

At the beginning of the story Amy is an office worker, living with her younger Bertie and their parents in their modest home. One of Amy’s main pastimes is spending free time with the Suffragette movement and her friends Florence and Lavinia. Edmond comes from the wealthiest family in the village and is a student at Cambridge.

A chance meeting with Edmond, an old childhood acquaintance in Hove leads to the beginning of a strong romance between the two. Initially its class and wealth differences which seem to cause problems for their blossoming romance. As the months past and war breaks out Amy and Edmond encounter more and more complications which prevent their romance from developing, will they ever find their happy ever after.

Although this book predominantly focuses on the romance of Amy and Edmond there was plenty of details of wartime events which were unfolding around them and how these affected both of their families, which made for a very emotional read. Rosemary Goodacre seems to have captured the anguish and hope faced by many at this time very well and there were a couple of times I shed a tear or two.

I love that the author has hinted there will be a second book as I did feel there were parts of the stories of the minor characters left untold which left me frustrated at the end of the book. I’d love to know what life has in store for Florence, Lavinia and even Beatrice as the war comes to an end.
Overall this was an enjoyable read and if you’re a fan of Elaine Everest, Elaine Roberts or Kate Thompson then I’m sure you’ll love this book.

Thank you so much to the author and publisher for sending me a copy to review and to Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be part of this blog tour.

About the Author

Rosemary Goodacre has previously worked in computing and teaching. She has had short stories published and a novella, A Fortnight is not Enough.
Her father's family came from continental Europe and she loves travelling.
She enjoys country walking, bridge and classical music. She lives with her husband in Kent, England. 

Monday, 14 October 2019

Blog Tour Review: Anything for Love by Gracie Bond

Anything for Love by Gracie Bond
Published: 1st September 2019
Pages: 477
Availble on Kindle
Rating: 4/5

Leah Jensen, Yorkshire lass born and bred, needs money and she’ll do anything - yes, anything - to get it. Her Grandad Thomas is in pain and the cost of an operation on his bad knee is way beyond the family’s means. Leah tries everything to earn the fee – but in the end, and like so many before her, she turns to the world’s oldest profession.
Madam Butterfly’s exclusive escort agency in London is a different world to where Leah comes from. In Whitby, the sea air is sweet, and legends of Dracula jostle with jet-mining and whaling history; it’s a place where dog lovers meet and tourists come to marvel at the views.
Leah may be out of her comfort zone, but one daring, brief encounter will bring many surprises in this memorable romantic comedy full of pithy Yorkshire humour.

Leah Jensen is a woman who will do anything for those she loves and right now it’s her Grandad Thomas who needs her help. He needs a knee operation and the family just don’t have the money to pay for it, it steps Leah whose determined she will raise the funds, by any means. So Leah finds herself embarking on the craziest stunt ever to bungee jump into a hotel room for a night as an escort from London’s exclusive Madame Butterfly agency. A night which changes lives in more ways than one.

Leah’s a great character and I instantly warmed to her as her love for her family oozes out of her in buckets. She’ll do anything to make them happy and get what she wants, even if it puts her in some crazy and sometimes dangerous positions. The book is jam packed with many other characters which all have their own quirks which make them loveable, my personal favourites being Sophie and Ruby I’d love to have their sassiness when I’m that age.

I must confess I did struggle with the writing style initially. Gracie Bonds writing is fast following and sparse with extra dialogue and descriptions and moves from one scene to the next quickly. I’m not used to this style of writing so I did find the first third of the book a struggle but there was so much drama happening that I had to just keep reading. The story moves fast and changes location numerous times adding to the drama and twists in the story which I did enjoy.

If you love your books filled with drama, crazy twists, sparkling romance and good old Yorkshire humour then I’m sure you’ll adore this book.

Thank you so much to Rachel’s Random Resources and the author for sending me a copy to review and inviting me to be part of this blog tour.

About the Author
Gracie Bond loves a good romantic comedy, either to read or to watch on Netflix. Her favourite go-to novel is (Pride and Prejudice)- and she’s always happy to watch ( Bridgett Jones) any time of the day. Among Gracie’s interests are Newfoundland dogs, horses, and handsome Yorkshire men. Her idea of fun would be to ride a spirited horse along a Northumberland beach, followed by a pack of her favourite dogs.
Gracie lives in Yorkshire with her partner John and she has close connections with Whitby, the setting for this novel. 

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Publication Day Review: Let It Snow by Sue Moorcroft

Let It Snow by Sue Moorcroft
Published: 26th September 2019
Publisher: Avon
Pages:  378
Available on Kindle
Rating: 5/5 

This Christmas, the villagers of Middledip are off on a very Swiss adventure…
Family means everything to Lily Cortez and her sister Zinnia, and growing up in their non-conventional family unit, they and their two mums couldn’t have been closer.
So it’s a bolt out of the blue when Lily finds her father wasn’t the anonymous one-night stand she’d always believed – and is in fact the result of her mum's reckless affair with a married man.
Confused, but determined to discover her true roots, Lily sets out to find the family she’s never known; an adventure that takes her from the frosted, thatched cottages of Middledip to the snow-capped mountains of Switzerland, via a memorable romantic encounter along the way…

In my eyes its never too early to start the Christmas reading and what better way to start than with Sue Moorcroft’s latest festive release “Let It Snow”. A book with such an apt title, as snow features quite heavily in this book both as part of the setting and the Christmas carol “Let It Snow” is brought to life by the Middledip choir the Middletones.

Lily Cortez grew up in an unconventional but very loving family with her sister Zinnia and their two mums Roma and Patsie. Lily’s settled life is thrown into disarray when she learns her father was not a one-night stand she was led to believe but a married man her mother Roma had an affair with. Needing to find the missing pieces Lily heads to Middledip in the hope of connecting with her missing family. But two years on and Lily’s full identity remains hidden, she’s hoping her forthcoming trip to Switzerland will give her the chance to reveal who she really is and give her the happy ending she’s longing for.

Lily’s such a warm and loving character that you can’t help but instantly adore her, although I think that applies to most of the characters that Sue Moorcroft creates. I was longing for her to find happiness with both sides of her family and hopefully with the gorgeous Isaac who she just can’t but be drawn to. But poor Lily encounters more than one bout of turbulence as she heads out on her journey to Switzerland.

This is a gorgeous festive novel which has been brought alive for me through Sue’s wonderful realistic characters, Doggo being one of my favourites and her wonderful descriptive settings. I loved reading about the Swiss trip as I could really imagine what it was like from the glistening snow covered streets to the twinkling lights at the Christmas market.

This delightful festive read is sure to be a hit with Sue Moorcroft’s fans and it’s made me realise I need to go and read more of her books as I loved this one.

Thank you to Avon via Netgalley for providing me with a copy to review honestly.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Blog Tour Review: A summer to Remember by Victoria Cooke

A Summer to Remember by Victoria Cooke
Published: 19th September 2019 (PB) 
Publisher: HQ Digital
Available on Kindle and Paperback
Rating: 5/5/

Sam lives by the mantra that it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.  
After the tragic loss of her husband, Sam built a new life around friends, her cat Coco and a career she loves. Fending off frequent set-ups and well-meaning advice to ‘move on’, Sam is resolutely happy being single.
But when Sam gets seconded to her firm’s Boston office for the summer, it is more than her career that is in for a shake-up. A spur of the moment decision to visit the idyllic beaches of Cape Cod could end up changing her life forever.

In Victoria Cooke’s latest novel, A Summer to Remember we meet Sam a young widow whose bottling up her emotions and finding it hard to move on after the death of her beloved husband Kev eight years ago. Pouring herself into her work Sam is hoping that this is the year she’s proved herself enough to earn the three-month work placement in the companies Boston office.
Things seem to be looking up for Sam as she earns the placement and heads off on her dream trip leaving behind her cat Coco with best friend Bridget.  Sam’s perfect summer in Boston gets off to a shaky start when she meets frosty stranger “Ethan” and then her all male work colleagues don’t seem to take her ideas seriously. But a weekend trip to the beautiful coastal town of Provincetown and a chance meeting with lovely couple Barney and Harry and Sam’s summer takes on a whole new meaning.

This a gorgeous, uplifting novel which had me hooked from the start as I was eager to see what challenges Sam faced in Boston and if her time there would help her reconnect with her loved ones. It may have a little sadness thrown in as Sam was still mourning for Kev but gradually, I feel she blossomed in Boston and became the carefree fun-loving girl she was before his death, which made her more confident at work and in the romance department.

I loved the great mix of characters in this book. Sam herself was a lovely girl who I was hoping would find someone else to make her smile. Even Ethan turned out to be not so bad if you caught him on a good day. My favourites through were Barney and Harry, they were so warm and friendly, and I loved reading about all the gatherings they had with family and friends which really added to the cosy happy I feeling I got while reading this novel.

I loved the setting of Provincetown, its sound like the perfect place to unwind and have an idyllic summer and I hope Victoria Cooke is considering writing another book here as I’m longing for another “visit”.

This is a perfect summer read with enough drama going on to make it more than just a romance novel. If you’re a fan of Jenny Hale’s writing, then I’m sure you will adore this as much as I did.
Thank you so much to Rachel’s random Resources for inviting me to be part of the blog tour.

About the Author

Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, 'The Secret to Falling in Love,' in 2016.

Her third novel, Who Needs Men Anyway? became a digital bestseller in 2018.

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Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Blog Tour Review: Chloe Never Forget by Dan Laughey

Chloe Never Forget (Carl Sant Book #2)
Published: 7th March 2019
Publisher: Creativia
Pages: 257
Available on Kindle
Rating: 5/5

An off-duty detective gunned down. A dead woman. A student missing, feared dead. And now, a former policeman in search of his past. All these people, dead or alive, have one thing in common. D.I. Carl Sant must discover what it is.
A series of cold-case enquiries leads D.I. Sant and his colleagues to investigate a botched assassination plot dating back to the 1980s. The deeper they dig into the case, the more secrets are revealed, including shocking connections to the infamous National Front. 
Meanwhile, the memory of former P.C. Tanner, survivor of the assassination horror, is beginning to recover. Sant must find Tanner, and find out who is behind it all - before his superiors lose their rag and more lives are lost.

Chloe Never Forget is the second Carl Sant book by Dan Laughey and is a continuation of the story from Cloe Lost Girl.  If you haven’t read Chloe Lost Girl yet I highly recommend that you do before reading this otherwise you may be a little confused as it the first book there were many strings which all need to be tied together now.

In the first book we had an assassinated police detective, a missing girl and a dead woman. After doing some digging into the mysterious 3 1 8 left on the bus window next to dead DS Dryden, DI Sant believes all recent events are connected to a police shooting in 1984. All Sant needs to do is find the link between them all and locate the retired PC Frank Tanner who was a witness to the crime, easy right, not when those from above are pressuring you for a result and getting twitchy about all your digging. Can Carl find the answers before anybody else gets hurt?

I loved the previous Carl Sant book Chloe Lost Girl as there were so many twists and lose threads and every-time I made a little sense of what was happening Dan Laughey has thrown something else into the mix, making a captivating and thrilling. Now all the threads start to merge together to form a dramatic conclusion to this twisty tale.

I don’t want to say much more as the mystery of the plot adds to the enjoyment. All I can say Is I thoroughly enjoyed both these books and highly recommend them to anyone who loves a good crime thriller. I’m keeping my fingers crossed Mr Laughey is working on more Carl Sant novels as I can’t wait to read them.

Thank you so much to the author and publisher for sending me a copy to review and to Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be part of this blog tour.

About the Author

Dan Laughey is a lecturer at Leeds Beckett University where he teaches a course called ‘Youth, Crime and Culture’ among other things. He has written several books on the subject including Music and Youth Culture, based on his PhD in Sociology at Salford University. He also holds a BA in English from Manchester Metropolitan University and an MA in Communications Studies from the University of Leeds.
Dan was born in Otley and bred in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, a hop and a skip away from the Leeds setting of his Chloe novels.
His crime writing was purely academic to begin with. He’s written about media violence and tackled the age-old concern about television and video games influencing patterns of antisocial behaviour in society. After years of research and theoretical scrutiny, he still hasn’t cracked that particular nut.
He’s also written about the role of CCTV and surveillance in today’s Big Brother world, the sometimes fraught relationship between rap and juvenile crime, football hooliganism, and the sociocultural legacy of Britain’s most notorious serial killer – the Yorkshire Ripper.
All in all, Dan’s work has been translated into four languages: French, Hebrew, Korean and Turkish. He has presented guest lectures at international conferences and appeared on BBC Radio and ITV News in addition to providing expert commentary for The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph.

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Monday, 8 July 2019

Blog Tour Review: The Secret - Violet's Story Eliza J. Scott

The Secret - Violet's Story by Eliza J. Scott
Published: 8th July 2019
Pages: 287
Available on Kindle
Rating: 5/5

It’s been two years since glamorous and ambitious Violet Smith fell head-over-heels in love with blacksmith Jimby Fairfax, and moved back home to the North Yorkshire village of Lytell Stangdale to be with him.

Life couldn’t get much sweeter. Their romance is blooming and Romantique - the business she set up with Jimby’s sister Kitty, designing luxurious underwear and burlesque costumes with the odd wedding dress throw in - is thriving.

But on a romantic weekend break, a face from her past triggers a series of events which send Violet into turmoil. She finds herself with no alternative but to reveal a secret she’s buried deep for the past sixteen years. A secret she hasn’t shared with anyone, not even her best friends, Kitty and Molly, and they share everything.

With the revelation forcing a wedge between herself and Jimby, heartbroken Violet fears that he won’t ever be able to think of her in the same way again and won’t want anything more to do with her.

As ever, Kitty and Molly rally round, offering their advice and support but Vi is worried that keeping her secret was just a step too far for Jimby.

Will she succeed in showing him their love is strong enough to overcome it?

The Secret – Violet’s Story is book 3 in the Life on the Moors Series.

The Secret Violet’s Story is the third book in the Life on the Moors series by Eliza J. Scott, I this third book the story revolves around Violet.

For two years Violet has been back living in the village of Lytell Stangdale and loved up with boyfriend Jimby. On Violet’s birthday Jimby whisks her away to the fabulous Kirkbythwaite Hall Hotel and proposes next to the fountain…which he then falls in. Life then seems perfect for Violet as she prepares to become Mrs Fairfax. Until she runs into a figure from her past and a secret she’s been hiding for years from Jimby and all their friends. When the truth finally comes out can Jimby and Violet work through the aftermath and go ahead with their planned wedding.

I’ve read the first Life on the Moors book but not managed to read the second yet, don’t think that really matters though as the focus of this book is definitely surrounding Violet and Jimby and not too much of Kitty and Molly’s stories are given away. I’d highly recommend Kitty’s story though as I loved it and Molly’s story is on my list for summer reading.

I have loved Jimby’s character from the previous book, he’s such a kind loving man whose made a great Uncle to Kitty and cousin Molly’s children and its obvious he’s going to make a great dad. Having been attracted to Violet most of his life its great to see them finally get together and who wouldn’t want a kind, caring handsome blacksmith, even if he seems to be the most accident prone man on the planet.

It was great to find out more about Violet’s character too and I loved how Eliza J. Scott has taken us back through important parts of Violet’s life so you really get a sense of how she became the woman she is today and how she has come to embrace all thing purple!

This is a wonderful book which centres around Violet, Jimby and their close friends. Eliza J. Scott has brought to life the village of Lytell Stangdale and all its colourful inhabitants, Granny Aggie being one of my favourites.  It has some deep heartfelt moments but also plenty of moments which will make you laugh…mostly involving Jimby and his delinquent cockerel Reg. It’s a novel about friendship and trusting in those closest to you and it’s a novel about love.

I adored this novel and can’t wait to get stuck into Molly’s story. If you’re a fan of Fiona Walker, Catherine Jones or Catherine Alliott then I’m sure you will adore this book as much as I do.
Thank you so much to the author Eliza J. Scott for sending me a copy to review and to Rachel’s Random Resources for organising the blog tour.

About the Author

Eliza lives in a 17th-century cottage on the edge of a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with her husband, their two daughters and two mischievous black Labradors. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book/glued to her Kindle or working in her garden. Eliza also enjoys bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off by a visit to a teashop where she can indulge in another two of her favourite things: tea and cake.

Eliza is inspired by her beautiful surroundings and loves to write heartwarming stories with happy endings.

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Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Blog Tour Review: Foxglove Farm by Christie Barlow

Foxglove Farm by Christie Barlow
Published: 28th June 2019
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Available on Kindle
Rating: 5/5


Return to Love Heart Lane for friendship, romance and a community who will be be there for you no matter what…
Isla and Drew Allaway appear to have the perfect life – a strong marriage, two beautiful children and their picture-perfect home, Foxglove Farm.

But, new mum Isla is struggling.  She loves her little family but with Drew working all hours on the farm, Isla’s lonely.
When she discovers that Drew has been keeping secrets from her, Isla has to face losing the home they all love.
Can the Love Heart Lane community pull together once more to help save Foxglove Farm?  And can Isla save her home…and her marriage?

Christie Barlow is one of my favourite authors and after reading Love Heart Lane earlier in the year I didn’t think it was possible for her to write anything better, but yet again she’s managed to create something which is utterly wonderful. Foxglove Farm is a wonderful additional to the Love Heart Lane series and the perfect summer read.

This time the focus of the story is on Isla and Drew Allaway, childhood sweethearts who now live at Foxglove Farm with their sons Finn and Angus. After years of happy marriage Isla has noticed a change in Drew. He’s become withdrawn, argumentative and claiming its time Isla went back to work instead of living off his handouts. Luckily distraught Isla has her friends in Heartcross to rally round her and give support and if Drew’s moods weren’t enough to cope with a series of mishaps lead to Isla and Drew fighting to save their home.

This is a wonderful novel which at the core has the message that sometimes even the strongest of us are not ok and are suffering on the inside and that its okay to ask for help. Despite the serious side to this novel its balanced perfectly with plenty drama and fun. Birthday llamas, grannies on Tinder and mountains of bunting all add their own touch of joy to this wonderful story.

Martha and Nate are new arrivals to the village and they give the residents of Heartcross plenty of drama while they settle in. I love that new characters have been added into the mix, but it was lovely to find out more about Isla and Drew and of course catch up with how things are going for Flick and Fergus from Love Heart Lane.

This was an absolute joy to read, it’s a wonderful uplifting story which will definitely leave you with a great big smile on your face, the only downside is I read it far too quickly, so now I’m impatiently waiting with fingers crossed that’s there’s another book by Christie out very soon.

Thank you so much to Christie Barlow and the publishers for sending me a copy to review and to Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be part of the blog tour.

About the Author

Christie Barlow is the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty's Countryside Dream, Lizzie's Christmas Escape, Evie's Year of Taking Chances, The Cosy Canal Boat Dream, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm, Love Heart Lane and Foxglove Farm. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA & Australia. 

Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money/awareness and engaging with impoverished people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being.
Twitter @ChristieJBarlow 
Facebook page Christie Barlow author

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