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“Snowflakes Over the Starfish Café” Review

Hello Friends!

And now, after a review of a Historical novel, here is a review of a women’s fiction novel. This one is a standalone.

Snowflakes Over The Starfish Café, written by Jessica Redland, is a Women’s Fiction, published on 31st August 2021 by Boldwood Books.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Jessica Redland and Boldwood Books for the eCopy of this book, via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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Welcome to The Starfish Café – where you will find stunning views, delicious food and lifelong friendships.

Two broken hearts.

Since she inherited The Starfish Café, Hollie has poured her heart into the business, striving to keep her mother’s traditions and warm-hearted spirit alive. But behind closed doors Hollie is searching for true happiness, as she grieves the tragic loss of her family who were once the beating heart of the café…

An unexpected meeting.

Jake lives by two rules: don’t let anyone get close and don’t talk about what happened. Little does he know that a chance meeting at The Starfish Café, facilitated by a fluffy lost dog, is about to turn his world upside down…

The chance to love again.

Can Hollie and Jake break down the barriers that have been holding them back from finding love and happiness, before Christmas comes around? Afterall, with courage, nothing is impossible…

Purchase Links – Amazon


About the Author

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Jessica Redland writes uplifting stories of love, friendship, family and community set in Yorkshire where she lives. Her Whitsborough Bay books transport readers to the stunning North Yorkshire Coast and her Hedgehog Hollow series takes them into beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds.

Social Media Links – WebsiteTwitter | Facebook | Instagram


My Review

I have previously read some of Jessica Redland’s books and I have enjoyed them, so I jumped to the opportunity of reading this one.

First of all, The Starfish Café is the most amazing name ever. It immediately gave me some vibes of the location and learning about it and all the people regularly visiting it, felt like it was part of my small hometown. That’s the feeling I had while reading the book. It had a familiar feel to it.

Hollie and Jake… two characters I absolutely love. The way their relationship started and developed, the uncovering of their pasts and how it made them who they are... I could understand it and I couldn’t stop reading because I needed more.

Grief, drama, resilience, family, friendship, love,… and Christmas. All things I like in a book. Specially the plus: the cute dog. This book had many messages in it. It was emotional and it was a rollercoaster. Thankfully I didn’t read it at the beach, where everyone could see my tears falling down my cheeks. But it didn’t just made me cry, it also made me smile. Not that crying was bad, it was a good thing. I didn’t even realized I was crying, which means I really was into the story and connecting with the characters.

Overall, it was emotional. It was happy and powerful. It was lovely and it was comforting. And I enjoyed every second of it.


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Jess

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“A Midwinter Match” Review

Hello Friends!

I had a interesting day today, I have had a nap it was so warm and I was tired. But now I bring you a review of a novel that is bringing winter to the summertime.

A Midwinter Match“, written by Jane Lovering, is a women’s fiction novel, published on 19th August 2021 by Boldwood Books.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Jane Lovering and Boldwood Books for the eCopy of this book, via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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Ruby Oldbridge needs to learn to take her own advice.

A brilliant counsellor at work in York, she is however floundering in her own life. Her romantic track record is woeful, her finances are in a pickle, and she’s back in a house-share after splitting up with her useless ex.

But one thing Ruby is brilliant at, is helping other people find a way through their problems, and she excels at the job she loves, doing just that.

Happy-go-lucky, Mr Positivity, Zac Drewe also loves his job – the trouble is, it’s the same as Ruby’s, and the management have decided to ‘rationalise’ their department. There’s only room for one of them.

As the snow and winter close in on York, Ruby and Zac have everything to lose, and Ruby starts to wonder if the happy face Zac shows the world, might be disguising a sadder secret.

Set against one another, they are unlikely friends. But perhaps, if they could take the time to understand each other, they might discover that rather than rivals, they could be the best thing that ever happened to one another…

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US


About the Author

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Jane Lovering is the bestselling and award-winning romantic comedy writer who won the RNA Novel of the Year Award in 2012 with Please Don’t Stop the Music. She lives in Yorkshire and has a cat and a bonkers terrier, as well as five children who have now left home.  Her first title for Boldwood will be published in September 2020.

Social Media Links: Newsletter | Facebook | Bookbub | Twitter


My Review

“A Widwinter Match” was a fantastic book that got me thinking and was kind of perfect to my summery adventures, since it has a winter setting but still a romance and friendship growth that got me all happy. It was a good balanced book for me, and what I needed to read.

We follow Ruby and Zac as they became rivals thanks to the merge of the companies they worked for. That enemies kind of element to the plot was interesting and it made me wonder what would really happen in the end with them.

The characters felt realistic and I had a connection to them. We are taken with them in this journey. We see the characters struggles, their wishes and needs, their thoughts, and of course their pasts. I loved to read about Ruby, I kind of felt like I was her friend and I wanted to help her out. And Zac was quite full of surprises for me. They both were imperfect characters, they had issues they had been dealing with and that was something that also connected with me.

Overall, I enjoyed it. Because of the context of their professions, I found that it was a thought provoking story. It allowed for some moments of reflection and with the added mental health theme, it felt real. I felt as I was part of the characters life, work and personal lives.


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Jess

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Cover Reveal: “My Ten-Year Crush” by Olivia Spring

Hello Friends!

It’s Cover Reveal Time!!! How excited are you for a RomCom?

My Ten-Year Crush“, written by Olivia Spring, is a Romantic Comedy / Chick Lit / Women’s Contemporary Fiction, that is going to be published on 30th September 2021.


Synopsis

The first kiss wrecked their friendship. Could a second chance lead to love?

English teacher Bella isn’t having much luck with her love life. No matter who she dates, no one seems to measure up to Mike: the ex-bestie she shared a drunken kiss with ten years ago, which led to the end of their friendship…

When Bella comes face-to-face with Mike at their university reunion, sparks fly. He’s smart, funny and even hotter than before, and despite trying to fight her feelings, Bella still can’t get him out of her head.

But after what happened the last time she stepped out of the friend zone, Bella isn’t in a hurry to be rejected all over again.

Should Bella risk more heartache by telling Mike how she really feels? Could the attraction be mutual? Or is it finally time to put her past behind her and say goodbye to a second chance at love, forever?

My Ten-Year Crush is a fun, sexy, friends-to-lovers romcom about second chances and stepping out of your comfort zone. Ideal for fans of Beth O’Leary, Mhairi McFarlane and Lindsey Kelk.

Pre-order now and join Bella on her rollercoaster romantic adventures!

Pre-order Link: Amazon UK | Amazon US


About the Author

Olivia Spring is a British, London-based writer of contemporary women’s fiction, sexy chick lit and romantic comedy. Her uplifting debut novel The Middle-Aged Virgin, which was released in July 2018, deals with being newly single in your thirties and beyond, dating, relationships, love, sex and living life to the full.

In addition to The Middle-Aged Virgin, Olivia has published five novels: The Middle-Aged Virgin in Italy, Love Offline, Losing My Inhibitions, Only When It’s Love and the sequel When’s The Wedding?

Olivia’s seventh novel, My Ten-Year Crush, will be published in September 2021.

When she’s not writing, Olivia can be found enjoying cupcakes and cocktails and of course, seeking inspiration for her next book!

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram


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Jess

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“Twice In A Lifetime” Review

Hello Friends!

Today was a crazy day, so I’m quite happy to be able to sit down, and finally post this review.

Twice In A Lifetime“, written by Helga Jensen, is a Women’s Fiction, published on 23rd June 2021 by Hera Books.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Helga Jensen and Hera Books for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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Amelia might have met The One. But is she twenty years too late?

After her husband left her out of the blue, the only relationship 45-year-old Amelia Simpson has enjoyed recently is with Nutella and Pinot Grigio. While her 8-year-old twin boys, Jasper and Rupert, keep her busy, Amelia dreams of a life more than washing muddy rugby kits and weekly chats with best friends Sian and Jamie.

Amelia needs some magic back in her life – but magic seems in short supply in her small Welsh village. So when she finds the phone number that was given to her twenty years ago by a handsome stranger in New York, Amelia wonders whether he might be The One That Got Away.

But when Sian takes matters into her own hands, launching a worldwide hunt to find the handsome stranger Amelia met outside Tiffany’s two decades ago, Amelia finds herself on a flight to the Big Apple to reconnect with her ‘Perfect Pierre’.

But as the two explore the sights of NYC, has Amelia reconnected with The One? Or will she discover that the sparkle she was missing is actually closer to home?

A funny, relatable romcom about second chances that fans of Kathryn Freeman and Sophie Ranald will love.

Purchase Links: Amazon | Kobo


About the Author

Helga Jensen is a freelance journalist, of mixed Danish and Welsh parentage. Twice in a Lifetime is her debut novel, and the first chapter was a winning entry at the Emirates Literature Festival in Dubai in 2017. 

Social Media Links: Twitter


My Review

The idea of finding love no matter the age, and no matter the experience we have had in our life – either marriage, children,… – we do deserve to be happy. To find the happiness even if it take us on an adventure around the world. That’s something that actually made me excited about the book.

In this story we follow Amelia, after the end of her marriage, going on a journey to find a man she met one time many years ago. Will she find him? Will the sparks and interest still be there? Will she truly fall in love with him or will life give her an even crazier and different path?

I don’t want to tell you about the plot since I want you guys to have fun with the story and discovering what will happen in the adventure and in this new chapter of Amelia’s life.

I did love that we had a mother, because that always makes me wonder about my mom and I end up connecting with the character in a “family” way. Plus, I loved that she had a support system and I loved Amelia’s interactions with her kids and her friends, as well as everyone around her. I had fun with the book because of those connections between the characters and the backgrounds they had and their motivations and goals.

Overall, I enjoyed it. It was this romcom kind of story. And although I usually don’t like all movies in that genre, when it comes to books I quite like them. They are always full of fun moments. In this book it also had many relatable scenes and thoughts, and let’s not forget it was just a perfect story to dream, relax and just what I needed.


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Jess

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“Between You and Me” Review

Hello Friends!

Today I have some reviews to share. So get ready!

Between You and Me“, written by Carol Mason, is a Women’s fiction novel, published on 22nd June 2021.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Carol Mason for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

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Is her new husband really who she thinks he is?

When young doctor Lauren Matheson meets Joe, an older divorced businessman, at a glittering poolside in California, it’s a chance encounter that seems life-changing for them both. Back home in London, their feelings only strengthen. But Lauren soon discovers that building a happy future with Joe is going to be an uphill struggle…

She’s determined to be a good stepmother to his children, four-year-old Toby and complicated teen Grace. But under the watchful eye of Meredith, Joe’s intimidating ex-wife, Lauren can’t seem to do a thing right. Why won’t Joe ever take her side against Grace? And what really happened between him and Meredith?

As her husband retreats into a cold, secretive version of the dashing man she met in California, Lauren starts to wonder if she’s made a costly mistake. Was Joe ever the man she thought she married?

Purchase Links: Amazon


About the Author

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Carol Mason is the Amazon Charts and Kindle #1 bestselling author After You Left (more than 300,000 copies sold), The Secrets of Married Women, The Last Time We Met, The Shadow Between Us, Send Me A Lover and Little White Secrets which hit the Bookstat digital bestsellers list top 3 in the week of its launch. She was born in the North East of England where most of her novels are set. She now lives in Canada with her Canadian husband, a rescue dog from Kuwait and a three-legged cat. When not writing, Carol loves to read, cook and binge watch Netflix.

Social Media Links: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook


My Review

There are times when I don’t read the synopsis and just jump to the story, and there are other times when I’m already curious and want to know what it’s really about before I decide to read a book based on impulse. When I saw the title of this book and the cover, I wondered about what it was. Was it a slow burn romance? Was it a Thriller? Was it a crime/mystery novel? So I jumped to the synopsis and looked up the genre of the book. Did I get answers? No. Did I end up super curious and excited? YES! So here I am.

In this book we follow Lauren in her new journey in life. She’s joins to a ready-made family when she marries Joe, a businessman. With him came his two children, a young kid and a teen, and an ex-wife. I loved seeing the interactions and the family dynamics, it’s not easy and that’s life. When changes happen, we have to adapt, we have to learn how to be and what to do in the new situation. That’s part of what I saw at first. A family dynamic that has changes and there is tension which made it interesting to read and follow.

I found the book very interesting. It had some unexpected moments, and it also reminded me of some family stories that my aunts and cousins have told me about. Plus, the books is about an imperfect life. We all have struggles, we all have ups and downs, and seeing Lauren go through them and trying to figure things out, it was very interesting and I enjoyed it.

Overall, it was more than I expected. It had a good pace, thanks to the drama, the romance, the family dynamic. But I also loved that it focused on many things that sometimes we don’t think about when we are reading and just want to relax: the interactions between a couple, stepparents and stepchildren, and of course the ex-partners when the story talks about divorce. I really like those elements, they made the plot and the characters real. It made me connect with Lauren and her life, which I always appreciate.


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Jess

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“The Last Days of Us” Review

Hello Friends!

Here is finally the review of the book I had a chance to read this month. I did a promo post this weekend if you guys remember.

The Last Days of Us“, written by Caroline Finnerty, is a Women’s Fiction novel published on 17th June 20211 by Boldwood Books.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Caroline Finnerty and Boldwood Books for the eCopy of this book, via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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They say if you love someone, you have to let them go. But what they are your child?

All Sarah McIntyre has ever wanted was a loving, happy family.  So when her husband JP announces on Christmas Day that he is leaving her and their two children, 9 year old Harry and 4 year old Robyn, Sarah is left reeling.

But things are set to get worse when Robyn is diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour.

Can JP and Sarah unite to fight their biggest battle yet? or will they be on opposing sides once again?

With the couple at loggerheads and with Robyn’s condition deteriorating day-by-day, precious time is running out and JP is getting desperate…

The Last Days of Us is a tender story of hope and forgiveness that asks the question how far would you go to save your child?

Purchase Links: Amazon


About the Author

Caroline Finnerty

Caroline Finnerty is an Irish author of heart-wrenching family dramas and has published four novels and compiled a non-fiction charity anthology. She has been shortlisted for several short-story awards and lives in County Kildare with her husband and four young children. Her first title for Boldwood is The Last Days of Us, to be published in June 2021.

Social Media Links: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook



My Review

When I learned about this book I knew it was going to be an emotional read. I knew it would have a lot of topics that hit triggers for some people. Yet, I wanted to read it.

I’m still coming to terms with the book and my thoughts. I’m still dealing with how the book touched my heart and what it made me think and feel. It was a thought provoking book, as well as a story that reminded me of certain family members and their own journeys.

In this book we follow a family and the journey of a cancer patient. We follow a mother doing everything for her daughter, and focusing on enjoying the last moments they have together. And we also follow the family dynamics, how a couple deals with this situation.

Grief, anger, acceptation, sadness, resilience, love. Those are some of the key words for me. Of course, family, cancer, death, moving forward, and SAUDADE (that’s a Portuguese word) came to play as well. But the truth is, I like to think that it was about family and love.

Many may not know, but I have had a lot of family members dealing with cancer, various types of tumors, and one of them was of a little cousin. So, I have seen the worry in my cousin about her daughter’s tumor. I have seen them deal with it, having faith, trusting the doctor, being scared and still having the courage to keep going and doing everything for their loved ones. And Sarah was like that, such a powerful character, trying to focus on her kids and being the best mom possible despite the circumstances.

There are other aspects of the book that were interesting, the legal and medical elements, but for me what got me going was the emotional element. It was the family and how they all had their own thoughts and had their own problems as well as the common one.

Overall, I enjoyed the book a lot. I know I would get emotional, that was a possibility, but I didn’t know what to really expect and I’m so happy that I gave the book a shot and that I went through this journey.


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Jess

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Promo Post: “The Last Days of Us” by Caroline Finnerty

Hello Friends!

There are books that call to me. This was one of them.

Today I only bring a promo post, but hopefully very soon I will have a review. Meanwhile, check out the other reviewers in this tour to know what their thoughts are.

The Last Days of Us“, written by Caroline Finnerty, is a Women’s Fiction novel published on 17th June 20211 by Boldwood Books.

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Synopsis

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They say if you love someone, you have to let them go. But what they are your child?

All Sarah McIntyre has ever wanted was a loving, happy family.  So when her husband JP announces on Christmas Day that he is leaving her and their two children, 9 year old Harry and 4 year old Robyn, Sarah is left reeling.

But things are set to get worse when Robyn is diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour.

Can JP and Sarah unite to fight their biggest battle yet? or will they be on opposing sides once again?

With the couple at loggerheads and with Robyn’s condition deteriorating day-by-day, precious time is running out and JP is getting desperate…


The Last Days of Us is a tender story of hope and forgiveness that asks the question how far would you go to save your child?

Purchase Links: Amazon


About the Author

Caroline Finnerty

Caroline Finnerty is an Irish author of heart-wrenching family dramas and has published four novels and compiled a non-fiction charity anthology. She has been shortlisted for several short-story awards and lives in County Kildare with her husband and four young children. Her first title for Boldwood is The Last Days of Us, to be published in June 2021.

Social Media Links: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook



Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, with their reviews.


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

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Love,

Jess

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“The House in the Clouds” Review

Hello Friends!

I have read some Victoria Connelly’s books before, so I was very excited to join this blog tour for her new book.

The House in the Clouds“, written by Victoria Connelly, is a Contemporary Women’s Fiction novel, the first book in the The House in the Clouds series, published on 8th June 2021.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Victoria Connelly for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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Artist Abigail Carey has always dreamed of a life in the country and, when Winfield Hall comes up at auction, she’s desperate to make the place her home. The only trouble is that businessman, Edward Townsend, has exactly the same idea.

With its position high on the Sussex Downs, Winfield is a stunning house, but it hasn’t been a home for a long time and there’s a lot of work to do to restore it to its former glory. It’s going to take a lot of time and money, so Edward and Abi decide to take a risk and share the house, each living in their own wing.

But can these two strangers agree on a vision that suits them both? And will free-spirited Abi ever get the rather reserved Edward to reveal the secret he’s been hiding for so long?

The House in the Clouds is the first novel in a brand new trilogy from the bestselling author of The Rose Girls and The Book Lovers series.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US


About the Author

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Victoria Connelly lives in a 500-year old thatched cottage in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the million-selling author of two bestselling series, The Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in Germany. Victoria loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden either with a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.

Social Media Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook


My Review

This book is the first on in a series so it’s the introduction to the characters, their reasoning to being in that context and revealing some aspects of the background. It’s the opening to a brand-new story, adventure and romance.

In this novel we follow Abigail and Edward as they end up co-owning Winfield Hall. An artist and a business man… One may think it’s a weird combination, but it’s quite perfect with the plot and how their relationship develops. There is a connection and secrets that got revealed.

I loved the scenery and how the author opened us to the beauty of the country side. Quite dreamy. And it was the perfect setting for me. I love books set in the rural and nature ambiance, because that’s were I live. I live in the a semi-rural area, a small town close by the ocean. Nature is a good place to set a story for me. It makes me feel at home.

Overall, it was exciting to start this series. There are still a lot of things do discover, since it’s the first novel. And that fact makes me curious to read the next one. I want to learn what will happen next, I want to continue to fall for the characters and learn about them and what secrets they are guarding.


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Jess

Blog Tour · Contemporary Romance · Reviews

“Italy Ever After” Review

Hello Friends!

It has been raining and cold in my hometown, so it’s kind of a perfect time to share my review of a romance novel.

Italy Ever After, written by Leonie Mack, is a Romance / Women’s Fiction novel, published on 11th May 2021 by Boldwood Books.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Leonie Mack for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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Escape to the sun and head off to Italy, with the wonderfully warm and ever-so-page-turning Leonie Mack!

TV journalist Lou feels battered and bruised after her divorce from Phil, the father of her daughter Edie. Her confidence and sense of fun have steadily been drained away, and she isn’t sure who she is any more.

When the opportunity arises to accompany Edie on a music camp in Italy for a month in the summer, Lou jumps at the chance for new adventures, new horizons and new friends. The hazy warmth of the summer sun, shining brightly over the stunning Lake Garda, slowly brings Lou back to life.

Nick Romano, Edie’s music teacher, loves being home in Italy, but coaching his students for their concert in Milan, is bringing back difficult memories. His blossoming friendship with Lou is the perfect distraction, although a summer fling would be easier to conduct without the scrutiny of his mother Greta, not to mention the interference of his extended Italian family.

As the summer passes, full of sunshine and breath-taking scenery, gelato and delicious feasts, Lou and Nick get ever closer. But as the time for farewell creeps up on them, will they be able to say goodbye and leave their memories behind in the Italian sun, or can a summer romance last a lifetime?

Leonie Mack is back with a sizzling, sun-baked love story, perfect for all fans of Mandy Baggot, Jo Thomas and Carole Matthews.

Purchase Links: Amazon US


About the Author

Leonie Mack Author Photo

Leonie Mack is a debut novelist whose first book My Christmas Number One was published by Boldwood in September 2020. Having lived in London for many years her home is now in Germany with her husband and three children. Leonie loves train travel, medieval towns, hiking and happy endings!

Social Media Links: Facebook | TwitterGoodreadsWebsite | Instagram


My Review

A lot has happened in the past few years and I have come to realize and appreciate those contemporary books that allow me to travel to another (REAL) country/place. This romance takes me to a country that has been in my bucket list since I was 12 and I met some friends that were from Italy, during a summer camp.

“Italy Ever After” as the perfect elements for a Saturday afternoon read, one of those stories that we grab, relax and just enjoy a romance journey. It also had that warmth that calls to be read during the summer, and you probably know what I will do: reread this Italian set romance, at the beach in Portugal. How perfect could it be?

We have characters that aren’t perfect at all and that just made me happy because it felt real, I could understand the characters and their actions, goals, likes/dislikes and fears. From Lou and her daughter Edie, to Nick… From the interactions, to the growth…

Funny enough, I’m kind of hoping that one day in the future, the author will write Edie’s story. She definitely has potential to be a star of a book. Plus, she was so cute and I want to see how her growth will continue throughout her life. But that’s just me, the reader that loves to see all the amazing characters happy and romance in their lives.

It was fantastic that this book was set in Italy during a summer camp, this one a music camp, and although I’m a music expert, I did enjoy the setting and that camp element. And I kind of could relate since I have done a summer camp in another country. And that’s why I was curious, part of me felt that connection immediately, and the other part of me wondered about the romance and the exciting of meting new people.

Overall, I enjoyed this story a lot. Stories set in Italy always have a magical touch to me. I really can’t wait to see were the author will take me next in her other novels (the one she has already published, and all of those that are yet to arrive).



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Blog Tour · Historical Romance · Reviews

“The Railway Girls in Love” Review

Hello Friends!

I had a big day today and I has only able to post this review right now. I do hope you are curious about this book

The Railway Girls in Love, written by Maisie Thomas, is a Historical Fiction and  Women’s fiction novel, the third book in The Railway Girls Series, published on April 15th 2021 by Arrow.

I want to thank Maisie Thomas and Penguin Random House UK – Arrow for the Copy of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

Love is in the air, and together the railway girls can overcome even the hardest of times.

Mabel has finally put the past behind her, and her relationship with the dashing Harry is stronger than ever. That is, until an old flame shows up, leaving Mabel questioning her future.

Meanwhile Joan has made amends with Bob – if only she could do the same with Gran. And there’s still that family mystery she wants answer to, isn’t there?

As a mother and grandmother, Dot Green has always put her family first. Her job as a parcels porter has brought new purpose to her life, so is it finally time to start following her heart . . .

Life as a railway girl is busy but as war rages on and air raids disrupt daily life, the women realise they need each other more than ever, especially when there might be wedding bells on the horizon.

Purchase Link: Amazon | Penguin UK


About the Author

Maisie Thomas was born and brought up in Manchester, which provides the location for her Railway Girls novels. She loves writing stories with strong female characters, set in times when women needed determination and vision to make their mark. The Railway Girls series is inspired by her great aunt Jessie, who worked as a railway clerk during the First World War. Maisie now lives on the beautiful North Wales coast with her railway enthusiast husband, Kevin, and their two rescue cats. They often enjoy holidays chugging up and down the UK’s heritage steam railways.

Social Media Links – Twitter


My Review

This book is part of a series, and although I usually like to read series in order, I don’t mind jumping books when it’s historical novels. And this one just made me excited about the previous books, plus I was able to understand what was happening in the story, it just made me curious to learn about the past.

The Railway Girls in Love… What amazing title! Very captivation. A book set in Manchester, during WWII, and following three amazing women – Mabel, Joan and Dot.

Now, I have read books set during the World War II, and it’s always something that touches my heart. Although Portugal was not really in the war, and although there is a lot of things about that time period that I don’t know, I love historical novels that open my eyes and get me going.

This book truly made me curious about the entire railway element. And I’m always intrigued to see the women’s role during these time periods. I do believe that not only is it thought provoking about the society and the war, but it also allows me to have some points that I want to research when I don’t know something.

Now, the characters… Mabel, Joan and Dot were amazing, I loved them so much and I want to read the other two books so I can see how their lives got to the place that I met them in. They felt familiar and inspiring in a way. I could connect to them and I could understand them as well as getting exciting for each moment and goal accomplished.

Overall, I loved the story and I need to read the previous books so I understand the entire journey, just based on this novel I’m sold on the series.


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Love,

Jess