Publisher: HarperImpulse

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Meet Me at the Lighthouse by Mary Jayne Baker
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#BookReview Meet Me at the Lighthouse by Mary Jayne Baker @MaryJayneBaker @HarperImpulseTitle: Meet Me at the Lighthouse

Author: Mary Jayne Baker

Published by HarperImpulse on June 30, 2017

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction

Pages: 272

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: HarperImpulse, NetGalley

Book Rating: 9/10

 

 

Synopsis:

‘The day I turned 28, I bought a lighthouse and met the love of my life’

Bobbie Hannigan’s life in a cottage by the sea with her dog and her twin sister is perfectly fine … until she decides the logical thing is to buy a lighthouse and open a music venue with Ross Mason, the first boy she ever kissed.

Bobbie tries to be professional with Ross, but the happily-ever-after they’re working toward is too good to resist. That is until someone from his past crawls back to cause trouble. Can Bobbie look past the secrets Ross has been keeping from her? Or will the boy, the lighthouse and the dream all slip away?

Escape to the Yorkshire coast this summer with this laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from Mary Jayne Baker!


Review:

Charming, witty, sweet and romantic!

This is a heartwarming story about small-town living, first loves, family, friendship, community, dreams, goals, music and of course the passion and tiresome commitment involved in refurbishing a derelict lighthouse.

The writing is amusing and fluid. The plot is a highly entertaining journey filled with laughs, drama, chemistry, and second-chance love. And the characterization is spot on with a whole gang of fun, quirky, spirited, and endearing characters.

This is the second novel I’ve read by Baker and once again she’s proven she can write clever, lighthearted, laugh-out-loud funny stories with characters you won’t forget.

If you haven’t had a chance to read my review for Mary Jayne Baker’s other novel, The Honey Trap, be sure to check it out here:

 

This book is available now. 

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from one of the following links.

                              

 

 

Thank you to Mary Jayne Baker and HarperImpulse for providing me with a copy in an exchange for an honest review.

 

About Mary Jayne Baker

Mary Jayne Baker grew up in rural West Yorkshire, right in the heart of Brontë country… and she’s still there. After graduating from Durham University with a degree in English Literature in 2003, she dallied with living in cities including London, but eventually came back with her own romantic hero in tow to her beloved Dales.

She lives with him in a little house with four little cats and a little rabbit, writing stories about girls with flaws and the men who love them. You can usually find her there with either a pen, some knitting needles or a glass of wine in hand. She goes to work every day as a graphic designer for a magazine publisher, but secretly dreams of being a lighthouse keeper.

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The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square
@MicheleGormanUK @HarperImpulse

#BookReview The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square @MicheleGormanUK @HarperImpulseTitle: The Second Chance Café in Carlton Square

Author: Lilly Bartlett

Series: Carlton Square #2

Published by HarperImpulse on June 23, 2017

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction

Pages: 243

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: HarperImpulse, NetGalley

Book Rating: 9/10

 

Synopsis:

One chance isn’t always enough…
Everyone expects great things from Emma Billings, but when her future gets derailed by an unexpected turn of events, she realises that getting back on track means travelling in a different direction.

She finds that new path in the closed-down pub on Carlton Square. Summoning every ounce of ingenuity, and with the help of her friends and family, she opens the Second Chance Café. The charity training business is meant to keep vulnerable kids off the streets and (hopefully) away from the Metropolitan Police, and her new employees are full of ideas, enthusiasm … and trouble. They’ll need as much TLC as the customers they’re serving.

This ragtag group of chancers have to make a go of a business they know nothing about, and they do get some expert help from an Italian who’s in love with the espresso machine and a professional sandwich whisperer who reads auras, but not everyone is happy to see the café open. Their milk keeps disappearing and someone is cancelling the cake orders, but it’s when someone commits bloomicide on all their window boxes that Emma realises things are serious. Can the café survive when NIMBY neighbours and the rival café owner join forces to close them down? Or will Emma’s dreams fall as flat as the cakes they’re serving?


Review:

Humorous, heartwarming, and exceptionally captivating!

This is an amusing story that reminds us that everyone needs a place they can feel at home, a place where memories are created, strangers become friends, laughter never ends, and everyone knows your name.

The characters are genuine, funny, and appealing. The prose is polished, clear, and smooth. And the plot is a charming mix of new business woes, young motherhood struggles, familial support, competitive rivalry, marriage, friendship, and the importance of community.

This truly is a perfect summer read that’s entertaining, uplifting and proves that Lilly Bartlett (aka Michele Gorman) can write heartfelt, believable stories with intriguing, unique characters you can’t help but fall in love with.

 

This book is available now. 

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from one of the following links.

                              

 

 

Thank you to Michele Gorman for providing me with a copy in an exchange for an honest review.

 

About Lilly Bartlett

Lilly Bartlett’s cosy romcoms are full of warmth, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters.

Lilly is the pen-name of Sunday Times and USA Today best-selling author, Michele Gorman, who writes best friend-girl power comedies under her own name.

 

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The Honey Trap by Mary Jayne Baker
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#BookReview The Honey Trap by Mary Jayne Baker @MaryJayneBakerTitle: The Honey Trap

Author: Mary Jayne Baker

Published by HarperImpulse on August 19, 2016

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 340

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: HarperImpulse, NetGalley

Book Rating: 8.5/10

 

 

Synopsis:

The trap is set – but which one of them is the bait?

Journalist Angel Blackthorne is looking for her next big scoop. When her sleazy editor asks her to use her charms on super successful – and married – film director Sebastian Wilchester for a juicy exposé, Angel thinks what the hell? There’s a staff job on the horizon, and, let’s be honest, no one can make a cheater cheat if they don’t want to, right?

After the scandal breaks, Angel tries to put the story – and Seb – behind her, but fate seems to have other ideas. A near miss at a premiere after-party and a shared love of vintage film brings the honey closer to the trap.

But what happens when pretence leads to passion, and a ‘kiss and tell’ becomes something real?


Review:

Wicked characterization, highly entertaining, and extremely funny!

This is a humorous contemporary romance story with exceptionally intriguing characters, including a glamorous movie star, a handsome, secretive producer, a sexist editor, and a compassionate, eager journalist.

The writing is precise. The plot is interesting, clever and incredibly engaging. And the storyline is the perfect mix of heartbreaking drama, witty dialogue, delicious scandals, and romantic liaisons.

This truly is an intelligent, amusing story that will have you smiling and laughing-out-loud in no time.

 

This story is due to be published on August 19, 2016.

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from the following Amazon links.

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Thank you to HarperImpulse, especially Mary Jayne Baker, for providing me with a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Mary Jayne Baker

Mary Jayne Baker grew up in rural West Yorkshire, right in the heart of Brontë country… and she’s still there. After graduating from Durham University with a degree in English Literature in 2003, she dallied with living in cities including London, but eventually came back with her own romantic hero in tow to her beloved Dales.

She lives with him in a little house with four little cats and a little rabbit, writing stories about girls with flaws and the men who love them. You can usually find her there with either a pen, some knitting needles or a glass of wine in hand. She goes to work every day as a graphic designer for a magazine publisher, but secretly dreams of being a lighthouse keeper.

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