Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, New Releases, Reviews

“The First Date” Review

Hello Friends!

Today is a special day here in Portugal, and extra special for me since it’s my grandma’s birthday. And I’m participating on a online retreat/readathon, but I wanted to come here and share a review with all of you.

The First Date“, written by Zara Stoneley, is a contemporary novel published on April 24th 2020 by One More Chapter .

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Zara Stoneley and One More Chapter for the eCopy of this book, via NetGalley, 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.

The First Date


Synopsis

From the USA Today bestselling author of The Wedding Date!

Right place.
Right time.
Wrong guy …

After breaking up with her childhood sweetheart, clueless dater Rosie has found herself in a boyfriend-drought. So when she finally swipes right on a guy who seems interested, she can’t wait to meet up IRL.

Until she’s left standing alone. In a bar. Ghosted.

Enter Noah. Confident, funny … and a serial first dater. Offering to give Rosie a crash course in seduction, this could be just what she needs. Until her matchmaker turns out to be the best date she’s ever had – and Rosie wonders if she wants the fake dates to be the real ones after all …

A hilarious, heartwarming romantic comedy about what happens when the wrong guy turns up at the right time, perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Debbie Johnson.

Purchase Link: Amazon UK


About the Author

Zara Stoneley PhotoUSA Today bestselling author Zara Stoneley writes funny, contemporary romances that will whisk you away from the humdrum of everyday life and make you laugh out loud.

Growing up she wanted to be James Bond or UK veterinary surgeon James Herriot – instead she dallied with a career in IT consultancy, ran a dog grooming business, and had a brief spell teaching (variety is the spice of life!) before finally writing a bestselling novel and realising that at heart she’d always been an author.

She enjoys torturing (in a nice way) her characters for your pleasure and writes about friendship, pesky pets, troublesome relatives, hopes, dreams, love and happy ever afters. Her aim is to make you laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally say ‘ahhh’.

Follow her Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ZaraStoneley to find out more about her home life in a Cheshire village with her family, a (very) lively cockapoo called Harry, and a bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron. Zara’s bestselling novels have been translated into several languages and sold around the world. They include ‘Four Christmases and a Secret’, ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘No One Cancels Christmas’, ‘The Wedding Date’, ‘The Holiday Swap’, ‘Summer with the Country Village Vet’, ‘Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage’ and the popular Tippermere series – ‘Stable Mates’, ‘Country Affairs’ and ‘Country Rivals’.

Social Media Links: Website | BookBub | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookGoodreads | Amazon


My Review

This isn’t the first novel I’ve read of Zara Stoneley and it was just as fun as the others I have read.

We follow Rosie, as she founds her foot not that she’s single after the breakup with her childhood sweetheart, her boyfriend since she was a teen. As someone how has now idea how to date… (Single person here!) I found myself relating to Rosie, and truly hoping she would be able to get the hang of if.

P1070882Then we met Noah and, oh boy, were their interactions funny and exciting. The relationship that grew between them was lovely to see, because we got to understand their motivations, their past, their thoughts and actions, as well as see the development in their personalities.

We are taken into this journey along side with Rosie, as Noah teaches her the art of dating, and we end up laughing, sighing and falling in love with the characters. The storytelling was light and fun to read, and because of the scenes that happened, I couldn’t stop myself and read page after page. Trying desperately to learn more.

While I read it, I was taken to another place and time, and my afternoon and late night, was so much warming and happy. From the setting to the characters’ development, I enjoyed every second I spend reading this story.

Overall, it was a perfect book to read if you want to get distracted from the current state in our daily lives, plus it felt like a romantic comedy to me. It was visual and funny and lovely, and the kind of story that makes us sit down with a cup of tea and some chocolate, while enjoying each moment of the characters life, our heart warming up with all kinds of emotions and curiosity.


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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, Reviews

“Scenes from a Country Bookshop” Review

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Happy Sunday! I’m very excited today because I have accomplished my goal for Camp NaNoWriMo and I’m two chapters away to finish my novel. I will make a post about it in the future.

Nevertheless, I had to come here and share the final review of a series surrounded by books, and if don’t know what I’m talking about, you can check the others here: “The Book Lovers” Review, “Rules for a Successful Book Club” Review“Natural Born Readers” Review.

Scenes from a Country Bookshop“, written by Victoria Connelly, is a Women’s Fiction novel, the third book in the Book Lovers Series, published on November 6th 2019 by Notting Hill Press.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Victoria Connelly 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.

The Book Lovers Series


Synopsis

Scenes from a Country Bookshop CoverJosh Nightingale has always been married to his books. Happy to run his bookshop in the small town of Castle Clare, he’s never really had time for romance and truly believes that he’s never going to fall in love. But, when April Channing opens a new shop opposite his, everything changes.

Sweet and attentive one moment, abrupt and aloof the next, Josh really can’t understand April at all. What exactly is going on? Josh is pretty sure that the answer can’t be found in a book.

Purchase Link: Amazon UK

Author Content Warning  -Blindness, a polyamorous relationship, references to the Bloomsbury Group


About the Author

Victoria Connelly PhotoVictoria Connelly studied English Literature at Worcester University, got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and now lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a young springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the author of two bestselling series, 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 2008 by Ziegler Films in Germany. The Runaway Actress was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Novel award.

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

“Scenes from a Country Bookshop” is the forth book in the series and I must say I immediately read it after the third one, I just couldn’t wait to go go back to Castle Clare and follow Victoria Connelly’s amazing world, as well as, of course, the amazing Nightingale family.

This story is about Josh Nightingale and April Channing. Quite an interesting couple that ended up complementing each other well. They were both complex and intriguing characters that I enjoyed knowing more about. Plus, going on the journey to learn all April’s secrets was exciting as well.

P1070883It was fun reading about this family and I’m quite sad that there are no other books to enjoy. As many people may know, if they have read previous reviews, I have a big family, lot’s of cousins and uncles/aunts. Every time I read about the Nightingale family I felt as if I was catching up with my own family. All because I felt connected to them.

Overall, loved it as much as the other novels. It was as unique as the previous ones, it made fascinating with all the revelations and all the little details in the relationships, the characters interactions and the plot.

I do hope it’s not the end of this series, because I would definitely love to go back to this small town and have fun with the Nightingale family again. So, if the synopsis and genre intrigues you, then I have to say to go for it and read the entire series.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews to basic promo/spotlight posts.

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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.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

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“Natural Born Readers” Review

Hello Friends!

It’s Thursday, and I bring you the third review of a series surrounded by books, and if don’t know what I’m talking about, you can check the others here: “The Book Lovers” Review & “Rules for a Successful Book Club” Review. Also, stay tune, because there is one more review coming up about this series.

Natural Born Readers“, written by Victoria Connelly, is a Women’s Fiction novel, the third book in the Book Lovers Series, published on September 26th 2017 by Notting Hill Press.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Victoria Connelly 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.

The Book Lovers Series


Synopsis

Natural Born Readers CoverBen Stratton and Bryony Nightingale. Everybody thought they’d be together forever. But, when Ben leaves the small market town of Castle Clare to travel the world, Bryony is heartbroken, seeing his departure as the ultimate betrayal.

Throwing herself into her work running the much-loved children’s bookshop, Bryony determines to forget Ben and to start dating again. But Ben doesn’t make it easy for her, sending her postcards filled with his love and posting her foreign editions of all the great romantic novels from the countries he’s travelling through.

Then, after six long years, the unexpected happens and Ben returns, determined to win Bryony back. But will she forgive him and does he have the courage to tell her the truth about why he left her?

Purchase Link: Amazon UK

Don’t forget to add this book to your TBR on Goodreads: Natural Born Readers


About the Author

Victoria Connelly PhotoVictoria Connelly studied English Literature at Worcester University, got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and now lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a young springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the author of two bestselling series, 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 2008 by Ziegler Films in Germany. The Runaway Actress was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Novel award.

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

“Natural Born Readers” is the third book in the series and we, yet again, follow Victoria Connelly’s amazing world, and the amazing Nightingale family.

This story is about Bryony Nightingale and Ben Stratton. It’s a second change romance, and to be honest those are one of my favorite tropes. After six years, Ben returns to town wanting to get Bryony back, and what will happen, you will have to read to see, because I don’t give spoilers. Nevertheless, I love to read their moments together, it was quite fun and interesting.

P1070884It was definitely another warm story about another memory of a family full of book lovers. I was so focus on the story, on the emotional it had in each scene, that I was transported completely. I felt as if I was a part of this family, just one more time, because as soon as I was reading, it was like I was back home.

Just like in the previous novels, I loved the characters interactions, they made everything so much real. Friendship, family, lovers… We get to experience the moments page after page, even following a particular funny and extra episode around Flo. Each scene meant to catch our curiosity and get us to connect with characters and emotions.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and I think it may be my favorite one, alongside with book two. I love a good second chance story, just as much as I love a good love story about a parent and his or hers love interest. This book had a beautiful story and characters, and discover more about hem was just part of the deal, because in the end, we loved them too, and felt as we went with them through this journey.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews to basic promo/spotlight posts.

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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.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

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“Rules for a Successful Book Club” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this Monday. Today I bring you the secnd review of a series, you may remember my first review a couple days ago, but just in case, you can check it here: “The Book Lovers” Review. Also, stay tune, for more reviews to come of this series.

Rules for a Successful Book Club“, written by Victoria Connelly, is a Women’s Fiction novel, the second book in the Book Lovers Series, published on February 14th 2016 by Notting Hill Press.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Victoria Connelly 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.

The Book Lovers Series


Synopsis

Rules for a Successful Book Club CoverPolly Nightingale never meant to fall in love again especially not with a biker thirteen years her junior. But then Jago Solomon enters her life with a guitar strapped to his back, and Polly and her six-year-old son, Archie, know that they’ve never been happier.

But what happened three years ago when Polly’s husband, Sean, went missing? And what will it mean for Polly and Jago if her past ever catches up with them?

Purchase Link: Amazon UK

Don’t forget to add this book to your TBR on Goodreads: Rules for a Successful Book Club


About the Author

Victoria Connelly PhotoVictoria Connelly studied English Literature at Worcester University, got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and now lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a young springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the author of two bestselling series, 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 2008 by Ziegler Films in Germany. The Runaway Actress was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Novel award.

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

In this book we continue to follow Victoria Connelly’s amazing world, a series surrounded by books and an interesting family.

In this novel we follow yet again another member of the Nightingale family and I was very excited to start this book that I didn’t wait long between book one and book two. We get to met Polly Nightingale in a deeper way, as we learn about her past, her struggles, her daily life and being a mom to her cute six years old son, Archie, and how she ends up meeting the biker Jago Solomon, thirteen years her junior, and how things changed.

P1070885Although we follow Polly and get to see what’s happening in her life, and uncovering the mysteries, we still get to see the rest of the Nightingale bunch and I loved that. It is a standalone novel, but by reading it in order you would understand why I’m happy to see Callie and Sam. It is good that the author maintained the connection to the family and the characters in this book, because that really was something I absolutely love, it made the story even more real since I felt as if I was part of the community, of the family and definitely part of that world.

I loved no only the touched related to the book club, but also the way that some subjects were talked about. Books is a common element, and it made me a happy girl, despite that, I was surprisingly more curious about the mysteries around Polly’s husband and all the things that came with that.

Overall, it was yet another fun book that gave me some cozy feelings and it made me realized why I like contemporary romances. I loved that it was a book about people, family, love, friendship, and not letting the past messed up with our future.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews to basic promo/spotlight posts.

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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.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, Reviews

“The Book Lovers” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this lovely Friday. Today I bring you the first review of a series. So, stay tune, for more reviews to come.

The Book Lovers“, written by Victoria Connelly, is a Women’s Fiction novel, the first book in the Book Lovers Series, published on August 27th 2015 by Notting Hill Press.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Victoria Connelly 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.

The Book Lovers Series


Synopsis

25941409. sy475 Author Callie Logan never expected to swap her life in London for one in rural Suffolk but, after the breakdown of her marriage, she decides that a fresh start is just what she needs. Finding Owl Cottage in the tiny village of Newton St Clare, Callie determines to give up on love and throw herself into her work. But fate seems to have other ideas and she soon has two very different men vying for her attention.

First there’s Leo who likes to live on the wild side which usually means taking his dates foraging in the local woods for their supper. Then there’s Sam Nightingale, owner of Nightingale’s bookshop. Sam, recovering from a divorce, has also vowed to embrace the single life. That is, until he meets Callie.

But is Callie willing to risk her heart again and, if she is, will she make the right choice?

Purchase Link: Amazon UK


About the Author

Victoria Connelly PhotoVictoria Connelly studied English Literature at Worcester University, got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and now lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a young springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the author of two bestselling series, 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 2008 by Ziegler Films in Germany. The Runaway Actress was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Novel award.

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 was the first novel I have read of Victoria Connelly and the fact that it was a series surrounded with books made me so excited.

In this novel we follow author Callie Logan as she gets a new fresh start in Owl Cottage, in the tiny village of Newton St Clare. And of course we get to met Sam Nightingale, the charming owner of Nightingale’s bookshop, as well as the amazing Nightingale family.

And if one handsome guy wasn’t enough, we also get to met Leo Wildman. Although I’m usually not a love triangle kind of person, I was so curious to see what Callie would do and say. I truly enjoyed every moment of her interactions with Leo and Sam.

P1070887As we follow Callie and get to me the village and the people that lived there, I found myself transported to the story and to that moment in time. I had fun, it was the kind of book I will reread in the future, on a rainy Sunday, with a cut of tea and a cozy blanket, because it made me feel warm, happy and excited about each page and each scene.

Someone once asked me what kind of scenery I most enjoy to see in the book. The answer is this book. I love book series that happened in a small town because I can relate to it, the know everyone and everything kind of feel, the close relationships. Another thing I love it the fact that we follow a family through out the four books, and from someone that comes from a very big family, I love stories that have relatively big families, many cousins, many siblings, I don’t care.

Speaking of families, the Nightingale family was such an amazing family to read about. I felt connected to them, as if I was part of their close circle. And I couldn’t wait to read the next book to learn more about them.

Overall, it’s an easy read of a romance novel. A very good book to open up a new series, and to get to know the author too.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews to basic promo/spotlight posts.

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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.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

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“A Question of Country” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well. Today I bring yet another review of a book I read last month for this blog tour. Hope it makes you even more curious about the book.

A Question of Country“, written by Sue Parritt, is a women’s fiction novel, published on March 30th 2020.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Rachel Walkley for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.

A Question of Country


Synopsis

A Question of Country CoverOn Christmas Eve 1969, a letter from Australia House, London, brings welcome news for newly-weds Anna and Joseph Fletcher.

Young and idealistic, Anna falls passionately in love with their adopted land. Seven months later, an unexpected event causes their life to take a stressful turn.

Years pass, and Anna retreats to a fictional world she has created. But when a different challenge presents itself, does she have the courage to take the risk… or will she take refuge in fantasy?

Purchase Links: Amazon


Author Bio

Sue Parritt Author PhotoOriginally from England, Sue worked in university libraries until taking early retirement in 2008 to concentrate on creative writing. Since then she has written short stories, articles, poetry, a short TV drama script and seven novels:

Sannah and the Pilgrim, first in a trilogy of a future dystopian Australia focusing on climate change and the harsh treatment of refugees from drowned Pacific islands. Odyssey Books, 2014. Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2014.  Pia and the Skyman, Odyssey Books, 2016.  Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2016. The Sky Lines Alliance, Odyssey Books, 2016.

Chrysalis, the story of a perceptive girl growing up in a Quaker family in swinging sixties’ Britain. Morning Star Press, 2017

Re-Navigation recounts a life turned upside down when forty-year old Julia journeys from the sanctuary of middle-class Australian suburbia to undertake a retreat at a college located on an isolated Welsh island. Creativia Publishing, 2019.

Feed Thy Enemy, based on Sue’s father’s experiences, is an account of courage and compassion in the face of trauma as a British airman embarks on a plan that risks all to feed a starving, war-stricken family. Creativia Publishing, 2019.

A Question of Country explores the migrant experience through the protagonist’s lifelong search for meaningful identity. Next Chapter (formerly Creativia Publishing), 2020.

Sue’s current project, working title: Twenty-eight Days, first in The Doorkeeper series, is set in Southern Australia in 2100. It deals with overpopulation and extended life expectancy in an increasingly climate-challenged world and the inhumane solutions adopted by a government determined to rid Australia of unproductive citizens.

Passionate about peace and social justice issues, Sue’s goal as a fiction writer is to continue writing novels that address topics such as climate change, the effects of war, the treatment of refugees, feminism and racism.  Sue intends to keep on writing for as long as possible, believing the extensive life experiences of older writers can be employed to engage readers of all ages.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook


My Review

This is the first book by Sue Parritt that I have read and when I read the blurb I was curious about the story.

I’m immediately fascinated by books that talk about migration, partly because my grandparents were Portuguese immigrants in France, and they used to tell me stories about how the community welcomed them, and how they ended up creating their own little community in the neighborhood. A community that is still present, although by just some other people that never came back to Portugal.

Reading this book had that feeling to me. It reminded me of my grandma walking with me and telling me all about the people that used to live in the houses we walked by, in her old neighborhood in France. The storytelling had that familiar feeling to me, although the context is different and it’s in a different time and place. This happened because of how the author created this story, like it was a memoir.

P1070797We follow Anna and Joseph Fletcher in their new adventure as migrants in Australia. And it was thanks to them, especially Anna, that I got connected. I can imagine that it’s not easy to leave the place you have always called home and move to another country, another continent.

I loved that this books touched some aspects about migration, and since it happened in the past, there is a different flow to it. The struggles, the goals, the people that we get to meet, the things we learn, the things we teach…

Overall, I loved the story, and I think it was quite an interesting and emotional story and it made me want to talk to my grandma and get her own story on paper. Stories like this, and others that are even more complicated and sometimes dark, have to be told, so I’m quite happy to see more books about migration out in the world, either fiction or non-fiction.


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

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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.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

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“Beyond the Yew Tree” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well this morning or afternoon. as you may have seen I have already posted a review, and because it’s never enough to have just one, you all need more books to your TBR, I bring you another one.

Beyond the Yew Tree“, written by Rachel Walkley, is a Women’s Fiction Mystery and Contemporary novel, with a ghost story in the mix, published on March 27th 2020 by Spare Time Press.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Rachel Walkley for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.

Beyond the Yew Tree


Synopsi

Beyond The Yew Tree CoverWhispers in the courtroom.

Only one juror hears them.

Can Laura unravel the truth by the end of the trial?

In an old courtroom, a hissing voice distracts shy juror, Laura, and at night recurring nightmares transport her to a Victorian gaol and the company of a wretched woman.

Although burdened by her own secret guilt, and struggling to form meaningful relationships, Laura isn’t one to give up easily when faced with an extraordinary situation.

The child-like whispers lead Laura to an old prison graveyard, where she teams up with enthusiastic museum curator, Sean. He believes a missing manuscript is the key to understanding her haunting dreams. But nobody knows if it actually exists.

Laura is confronted with the fate of two people – the man in the dock accused of defrauding a charity for the blind, and the restless spirit of a woman hanged over a century ago for murder. If Sean is the companion she needs in her life, will he believe her when she realises that the two mysteries are converging around a long-forgotten child who only Laura can hear?

Ordinary women.

Extraordinary experiences.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Don’t forget to add this book to your TBR on GoodReads: Beyond The Yew Tree


Author Bio

Aspiring writer who pens Women’s Fiction and magical tales about family secrets.

Rachel Walkley PhotoWhat else?

An East Anglian turned Northerner – almost.

Information professional, always.

Biologist, in my memories.

Archivist, when required.

Amateur pianist and flautist.

Reluctant gardener.

Scribbler of pictures.

And forever…. a mother and wife.

Oh, not forgetting, cat lover!

Social Media Links: Goodreads | TwitterFacebook | InstagramWebsite | Newsletter


My Review

This is the first novel I have read written by Rachel Walkley and what a great introduction to an author’s work.

I have found out recently that I quite enjoy books that this dual timeline, because I love historical fictions as much as I love contemporary ones, so this kind of genre ends up being perfect to me. When I read the blurb and saw that element of the story, I got really excited. Truth be told, as I was reading, it was one of the things I loved the most about the story.

P1070894We follow Laura in her journey to uncover a mystery, while still being conscious about her role as a juror. I loved getting to know the characters, present and past, and see the changes in Laura through out the book.

Chapter after chapter, I felt as if I was truly involved in the story. Getting to know the setting and the characters, getting to go after the truth and sometimes finding more questions than answers, and getting to see another time period and learning the history of that moment and place.

Overall, it was a beautiful and well developed plot, that took us on a paced adventure that grabbed my attention to the fullest. I will keep my eyes open for more books this author my write, and I will definitely check out her other works. This novel, like I said previously, is a good start if you don’t know this dual timeline plot, and a fantastic way to met an author, since it left me curious about her books.


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“The Widow’s Mite” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope this lovely Saturday is going well, I have already posted a review today, so it won’t be a surprised that I have another one ready to share with you guys.

The Widow’s Mite“, written by Allie Cresswell, is the second novel of the Widows Series, published on 5th March 2020.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Allie Cresswell 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.

The Widows Mite


Synopsis

The+Widow's+Mite+By+Allie+CresswellMinnie Price married late in life. Now she is widowed. And starving.

No one suspects this respectable church-goer can barely keep body and soul together. Why would they, while she resides in the magnificent home she shared with Peter?

Her friends and neighbours are oblivious to her plight and her adult step-children have their own reasons to make things worse rather than better. But she is thrown a lifeline when an associate of her late husband arrives with news of an investment about which her step-children know nothing.

Can she release the funds before she finds herself homeless and destitute?

Fans of ‘The Hoarder’s Widow’ will enjoy this sequel, but it reads equally well as a standalone.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US


Author Bio

Allie Cresswell was born in Stockport, UK and began writing fiction as soon as she could hold a pencil.

She did a BA in English Literature at Birmingham University and an MA at Queen Mary College, London.

She has been a print-buyer, a pub landlady, a book-keeper, run a B & B and a group of boutique holiday cottages. Nowadays Allie writes full time having retired from teaching literature to lifelong learners.

She has two grown-up children, two granddaughters, two grandsons and two cockapoos but just one husband – Tim. They live in Cumbria, NW England.

The Widow’s Mite is her tenth novel.

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My Review

I have read Allie Cresswell’s books before, but I haven’t read the book one in this series yet, and I will say, although I don’t like to do it, I didn’t feel left out, because it could be read as a standalone. Of course there were some things I know came from Maisie’s story (book one), but it was totally fine with me and it makes me curious now about that novel, just so I can connect some dots.

We follow Minnie Price during this new phase in her life as a widower. It’s something I have no experience about, but I have seen my grandma and some aunts and a cousin go through it, and I could empathize for Minnie as I would for any member of my family.

There was this vulnerability in the story that is heart breaking and emotional. Did I love that about the story? Well, yes, Allie Cresswell wrote a brilliant story that was thought provoking while taking us on a emotional rollercoaster.

Because we get to see Maisie’s story as well, the format of this novel combined with the plot and the development of the characters, it was like this beautifully knitted blanket. Minnie and Maisie are amazing, well written, characters that touched my heart, and seeing the storytelling unfold was fantastic.

The characters interactions were realistic and that made it for a bittersweet realization about human interactions and our society. There’s always plenty of different attitudes and personalities. Something that made this story sound so real.

Overall, it was a brilliant novel. I do hope I get to read the first novel soon so I can fully understand Maisie and the connections with this book. Nevertheless, “The Widow’s Mite” was a book I enjoyed reading and if this is the kind of book that sparks your attention, I would say: Go for it and be prepared to feel.


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“A Springtime to Remember” Review

Hello Friends!

Like I said in the previous post, I bring you the second review of the day. I hope the book interests you.

A Springtime to Remember“, written by Lucy Coleman, is a novel published on 26th December 2019 by Boldwood Books.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Lucy Coleman for the eCopy of this book, via NetGalley, 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.

A Springtime to Remember


Synopsis

Lucy Coleman - A Springtime To RememberLet Lucy Coleman transport you to glorious, sun-drenched France, for the perfect feel-good read. Paris and the Palace of Versailles have always meant a lot to TV producer Lexie. Her grandma Viv spent a year there, but her adventures and memories were never discussed, and Lexie has long wondered why they were a family secret.

When work presents the perfect excuse to spend Springtime in Versailles, Lexie delves into Viv’s old diaries and scrapbooks, and with the help of handsome interpreter Ronan, she is soon learning more about the characters that tend to the magnificent gardens, now and in the past.

In amongst the beauty and splendour of the French countryside, a story of lost love, rivalry and tragedy unfolds. Can Lexie and Ronan right the wrongs of the past, and will France play its tricks on them both before Lexie has to go home? Will this truly be a Springtime to Remember…?

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Author Bio

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

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels – including Summer on the Italian Lakes, Snowflakes over Holly Cove, The French Adventure and A Cottage in the Country. She is represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

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

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

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

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My Review

I have to say, I had a lot of fun with this book. It was the first book by Lucy Coleman that I have read and I enjoyed it.

P1070718First of all, my grandparents were Portuguese immigrants in France and most of my family still lives there, so I felt a good connection with the story because of the context. The brilliant and amazing descriptions transported me to the places were Lexie was. It almost felt like I was there, and I love when the writing does that to me and I get lost, not only in the storytelling, but also in the senses transmitted by the words.

Lexie was fantastic main character, that took me on this adventure through a part of France I haven’t visit yet, and through the uncovering of mysteries, combined with meeting new people. I Then there is Ronan, and getting to see their relationship develop was fun. Because of them I felt as if I was a part of the story, even though as a spectator.

There were mysteries and connections that made the plot interesting, and I did enjoyed the historical elements, as well as the gardens. Not only is the story sparking of curious moments that made me turn page after page to learn more, the scenery gave the romantic ambiance that the story needed as well.

Overall, it was a good first book to read to enter this author’s writing style. The characters were well written, the descriptions absolutely opened the storytelling to a movie kind of feeling, the family secrets are always a nice touch to keep the reader focus on the details, and France is just a country full of beautiful places to visit. It was a sweet novel and I can’t wait to read more of Lucy Coleman’s novels.


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Reviews

“Coffee In Castillo” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this lovely day, because if not, I hope this review brings you at least some smiles. I read this book last year, but this is one of the of those books that I’m getting to review now.

Coffee In Castillo“, written by Shona Silverman, was published on 19th December 2017.

I received a complimentary copy of this book thanks to Shona Silverman. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

51i8MwBuuULThings change. Life changes.

Yesterday, pretty artist Abbey was married. Today she is single. What will happen tomorrow? The same boring job, surely. Night after night in the tiresome company of her lazy, bickering teenage son and her grumpy, ageing mother. Loneliness under the miserable grey skies of England.

Tomorrow comes and Abbey is right, but only just. She still has that dull job but could not have guessed that it would take her on a business trip to Spain. And how could she have anticipated meeting charming expat writer Lewis there? Suave and handsome, Lewis lives in a different world. His realm is filled with light, warmth and passion. Is there room for Abbey in this place? Could this be her last chance in love?

Things are changing, quickly. Driven by her desire for love, seduced by sunlight and Lewis’ emerald eyes, Abbey braves the challenges of a strange country. She finds herself drawn inexorably deeper into his world. Compelling and charismatic, Lewis is irresistible yet unreachable. The lines of love are drawn in the sand and the battle to capture his heart begins.

Join Abbey in this heartening, nimbly-paced romance. Share her hopes and fears, her sorrow and joy. Leave the chill rain of England behind and experience the exotic heat of the Spanish summer. Laugh with the locals in a little café, mingle with colourful fiesta crowds, walk with Abbey along a lonely seashore.

Will Abbey win Lewis’ love? Can her dream become reality? The answers lie in the sultry world of Coffee In Castillo.

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About the Author

Shona is a British novelist and copywriter. Her short stories, full-length novels and countless articles appear in print and on websites around the world. She loves to travel, sometimes to research scenes for her work and other times simply for the pleasure of it. Everything that Shona writes comes straight from the heart.

Coffee In Castillo is Shona’s second novel. A nimbly-paced page-turner, this contemporary romance is an engaging love story whose brightly-drawn scenes play out in the exotic warmth of a Spanish paradise.

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My Review

I read this book back in 2018, and it was the first novel I have ever read of this author. When I read the synopsis I was curious because it sounded like a journey, and I was not wrong.

As we follow Abbey on her trip to Castillo, in Spain, that let us meet the other characters. I loved reading about Abbey’s interactions with the characters, especially Lewis, because of the various personalities.

Maybe in the future Shona Silverman can written another book following this amazing place and it’s people. I would actually enjoyed that, because it would give me an even bigger understanding of the characters, and I love to know more about the background.

I liked the plot also, it had a relaxed and sweet pace at moments, made me laugh certain times. We go along with the events – good, bad, and everything in between – and have fun in the little café, almost side by side with the Abbey.

Overall, I enjoyed the novel and how the storyline developed. I was even excited about a couple of moments and emotional in others, which is something that I like to feel because it makes me connected with the story, as well as feeling like I’m part of that world.


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