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#BookReview Tsarina by Ellen Alpsten @EAlpsten_Author @StMartinsPress #Tsarina #EllenAlpsten

#BookReview Tsarina by Ellen Alpsten @EAlpsten_Author @StMartinsPress #Tsarina #EllenAlpsten Title: Tsarina

Author: Ellen Alpsten

Published by: St. Martin's Press on Nov. 10, 2020

Genres: Historical Fiction

Pages: 496

Format: Paperback, ARC

Source: St. Martin's Press

Book Rating: 8.5/10

St. Petersburg, 1725. Peter the Great lies dying in his magnificent Winter Palace. The weakness and treachery of his only son has driven his father to an appalling act of cruelty and left the empire without an heir. Russia risks falling into chaos. Into the void steps the woman who has been by his side for decades: his second wife, Catherine Alexeyevna, as ambitious, ruthless and passionate as Peter himself.

Born into devastating poverty, Catherine used her extraordinary beauty and shrewd intelligence to ingratiate herself with Peter’s powerful generals, finally seducing the Tsar himself. But even amongst the splendor and opulence of her new life—the lavish feasts, glittering jewels, and candle-lit hours in Peter’s bedchamber—she knows the peril of her position. Peter’s attentions are fickle and his rages powerful; his first wife is condemned to a prison cell, her lover impaled alive in Red Square. And now Catherine faces the ultimate test: can she keep the Tsar’s death a secret as she plays a lethal game to destroy her enemies and take the Crown for herself?

From the sensuous pleasures of a decadent aristocracy, to the incense-filled rites of the Orthodox Church and the terror of Peter’s torture chambers, the intoxicating and dangerous world of Imperial Russia is brought to vivid life. Tsarina is the story of one remarkable woman whose bid for power would transform the Russian Empire.”


Review:

Fascinating, insightful, and engaging!

Tsarina is an intriguing interpretation of the rags-to-riches, extraordinary life of Marta Helena Skowrońska (Catherine I of Russia), who started life as the illegitimate child of a peasant and was subsequently sold into slavery, widowed, and sexually violated before becoming the mistress of Peter the Great, and later his wife and successor to the Russian throne, holding the title of Empress of Russia until her untimely death in 1727.

The prose is vivid and rich. The characters are bold, remorseless, and well-drawn. And the plot is an absorbing, sweeping saga of all the hopes, fears, sacrifices, struggles, treachery and entangled relationships found in one of the most powerful families to ever rule the Russian Empire.

Tsarina is, ultimately, a story about life, loss, love, politics, power, war, corruption, greed, riches, fervour, desires, sacrifice, savagery, violence, and murder. It’s a perceptive, alluring, compelling tale by Alpsten that does a beautiful job of highlighting her impressive research and considerable knowledge into the infamous Romanov family, especially those who reigned in the late seventeenth, early eighteenth century and their undeniable influence on Russian history.

 

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About Ellen Alpsten

ELLEN ALPSTEN was born and raised in the Kenyan highlands. Upon graduating from L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, she worked as a news anchor for Bloomberg TV London. Whilst working gruesome night shifts on breakfast TV, she started to write in earnest, every day, after work and a nap. Today, Ellen works as an author and as a journalist for international publications such as Vogue, Standpoint and CN Traveller. She lives in London with her husband, three sons and a moody fox red Labrador. Tsarina is her debut novel.

Photograph by Andreas Stirnberg.

#BookReview #BlogTour The Beauty of Broken Things by Victoria Connelly @VictoriaDarcy @rararesources

#BookReview #BlogTour The Beauty of Broken Things by Victoria Connelly @VictoriaDarcy @rararesources

#BookReview #BlogTour The Beauty of Broken Things by Victoria Connelly @VictoriaDarcy @rararesources Title: The Beauty of Broken Things

Author: Victoria Connelly

Published by: Lake Union Publishing on Jun. 9, 2020

Genres: Women's Fiction

Pages: 314

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Rachel's Random Resources

Book Rating: 8/10

United by tragedy, can two broken souls make each other whole?

After the tragic loss of his wife, Helen, Luke Hansard is desperate to keep her memory alive. In an effort to stay close to her, he reaches out to an online friend Helen often mentioned: a reclusive photographer with a curious interest in beautiful but broken objects. But first he must find her—and she doesn’t want to be found.

Orla Kendrick lives alone in the ruins of a remote Suffolk castle, hiding from the haunting past that has left her physically and emotionally scarred. In her fortress, she can keep a safe distance from prying eyes, surrounded by her broken treasures and insulated from the world outside.

When Luke tracks Orla down, he is determined to help her in the way Helen wanted to: by encouraging her out of her isolation and back into the world. But Orla has never seen her refuge as a prison and, when painful secrets and dangerous threats begin to resurface, Luke’s good deed is turned on its head.

As they work through their grief for Helen in very different ways, will these two broken souls be able to heal?


Review:

Heartbreaking, hopeful, and absorbing!

The Beauty of Broken Things is a moving, sensitive tale set in the idyllic Suffolk countryside that takes us into the lives of Orla Kendrick and Luke Hansard, two strangers whose budding friendship helps them learn how to support, heal, grow, take chances, start anew, and grieve the tragedies they’ve each endured.

The prose is emotive and smooth. The characters are vulnerable, scarred, and compassionate. And the plot is a captivating tale full of love, loss, family, tragedy, courage, community, contentment, anxiety, and unconditional friendship.

Overall, The Beauty of Broken Things is a pensive, tender, evocative tale by Connelly that reminds us that life can be unpredictable and full of curveballs, but it’s how we approach, handle and survive all these messy, complicated, highs-and-lows that truly make all the difference.

 

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About Victoria Connelly

Victoria 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.
Ms Connelly loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden, with either a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.

 

#BlogTour #BookReview The Cottage on Wildflower Lane by Liz Davies @lizdaviesauthor @rararesources

#BlogTour #BookReview The Cottage on Wildflower Lane by Liz Davies @lizdaviesauthor @rararesources

#BlogTour #BookReview The Cottage on Wildflower Lane by Liz Davies @lizdaviesauthor @rararesources Title: The Cottage on Wildflower Lane

Author: Liz Davies

Published by: Independently Published on Feb. 14, 2020

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction

Pages: 209

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Rachel's Random Resources

Book Rating: 8.5/10

Esther’s life isn’t perfect (whose is?) – but she’s happy enough living in her little flat with her boyfriend, Josh.

But that’s about to change.

Bored out of her mind in work, she wishes that something, anything, would happen to liven her life up.

Unfortunately, her wish comes true when Josh calls her from the airport to tell her he’s going to work in a bar in Spain, and she’s not invited, Esther is devastated, and her unhappiness is compounded when she discovers she can actually view the bar via a webcam link and watch him chatting up other girls.

But when she inadvertently clicks on a link to another webcam which shows a pretty cottage and the rather hunky man who lives in it, her interest is piqued and she wishes she could get to know him.

Wishes don’t really come true, though – do they…?


Review:

Sweet, heartwarming, and delightfully charming!

The Cottage on Wildflower Lane is a lighthearted, uplifting tale that takes you into the life of the lovely, heartbroken Esther who after being bamboozled by her boyfriend Josh spends her days going on some uninspiring internet dates, mooning over her ex, scanning online webcams, starting a new job, and lusting over a handsome stranger.

The writing is fluid and crisp. The characters are charismatic, genuine, and endearing. And the plot is an amusing tale full of life, love, heartbreak, friendship, palpable chemistry, humorous moments, witty banter, and dreamy romance.

Overall, The Cottage on Wildflower Lane is a warm, comical, engaging tale by Davies that will make you chuckle, smile, and potentially swoon.

 

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About Liz Davies

Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.
She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat - she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.
She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper can and travel the world in it.

 

#BookReview #BlogTour #Giveaway Eve’s Christmas by Julie Butterfield @juliebeewriter @rararesources

#BookReview #BlogTour #Giveaway Eve's Christmas by Julie Butterfield @juliebeewriter @rararesources

#BookReview #BlogTour #Giveaway Eve’s Christmas by Julie Butterfield @juliebeewriter @rararesources Title: Eve's Christmas

Author: Julie Butterfield

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction

Pages: 257

Format: eBook

Source: Rachel's Random Resources

Book Rating: 7.5/10

Working for a department store where Christmas arrives in August, Eve prefers her own festivities to be low key with nothing more complicated than an oven-ready turkey and frozen peas while she spends the day in her pyjamas. Unfortunately, this year her husband has invited his best friend to visit, the glamorous and sophisticated Abby, and Eve reluctantly decides that she needs to inject a little sparkle into their laid back and slightly shabby Christmas. So the celebrations are upgraded to include champagne and canapes along with homemade gravy and organic turkey and plans are made for a Christmas that looks as though it has emerged from the pages of a glossy magazine.

But even the best-laid plans can go wrong and as Eve struggles with her mini Yorkshire puddings and an interfering cat, she is suddenly faced with an unexpected guest and an explosive secret that threatens to put her vision of a perfect Christmas in jeopardy.


Review:

Sweet, dramatic, and festive!

Eve’s Christmas is a charming, angsty tale that takes you into the life of the hardworking, creative Eve who after striving to impress her husband’s best friend and create the perfect Christmas quickly discovers there’s no such thing as perfect when all her well thought out plans are upended when jealousy rears its ugly head, long-hidden secrets are unearthed, and an uninvited guest turns up.

The writing is warm and light. The characters are kind, determined, and genuine. And the plot is an entertaining mix of family, friendship, life, love, manipulation, miscommunication, excessiveness, and the unfortunate environmental consequences of the holidays.

Overall, Eve’s Christmas is a cosy, heartfelt, witty story by Butterfield that reminds us that we often lose perspective of the true meaning of Christmas and that being surrounded by family, friends, and those we love is more important than any beautifully wrapped gift we may find under the tree.

 

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About Julie Butterfield

Julie Butterfield belongs to the rather large group of 'always wanted to write' authors who finally found the time to sit down and put pen to paper - or rather fingers to keyboard.
She wrote her first book purely for pleasure and was very surprised to discover that so many people enjoyed the story and wanted more, so she decided to carry on writing.
It has to be pointed out that her first novel, 'Did I Mention I Won The Lottery' is a complete work of fiction and she did not, in fact, receive millions in her bank account and forget to mention it to her husband - even though he still asks her every day if she has anything to tell him!

 

Thank you to Julie Butterfield and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a copy in an exchange for an honest review.

 

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#BookReview #BlogTour Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage by Rosie Green @Rosie_Green1988 @rararesources

#BookReview #BlogTour Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage by Rosie Green @Rosie_Green1988 @rararesources

#BookReview #BlogTour Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage by Rosie Green @Rosie_Green1988 @rararesources Title: Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage

Author: Rosie Green

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction

Pages: 240

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Rachel's Random Resources

Book Rating: 8.5/10

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?


Review:

Encouraging, warm, and emotive!

Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage is an amusing, tender tale that takes us to the town of Lower Luckworth and into the life of the kindhearted, lonely Jess Thornton as she juggles a demanding sister, a mother who seems lost, a handsome contractor, and a life without the father she loves dearly.

The writing is heartfelt and light. The characters are grieving, flawed, genuine, and sentimental. And the plot is a delightful blend of humour, heart, family, friendship, attraction, chemistry, support, misunderstandings, secrets, tender moments, and magical surprises.

Overall, Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage is an amusing, uplifting, festive tale by Green that is an adorable mix of sweet romance, family drama, and holiday cheer.

 

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About Rosie Green

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'.

 

#BookReview #BlogTour #Giveaway The Perfect Fit by Mary Jayne Baker @MaryJayneBaker @rararesources

#BookReview #BlogTour #Giveaway The Perfect Fit by Mary Jayne Baker @MaryJayneBaker @rararesources

#BookReview #BlogTour #Giveaway The Perfect Fit by Mary Jayne Baker @MaryJayneBaker @rararesources Title: The Perfect Fit

Author: Mary Jayne Baker

Series: Love in the Dales #2

Published by: Mirror Books on Sep. 21, 2018

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction

Format: eBook

Source: Rachel's Random Resources

Book Rating: 8/10

‘A wonderful book with a great story and a sparky, unusual voice. I loved it!’ KATIE FFORDE

Escape to the frost-sparkling Yorkshire Dales for some festive fun under the mistletoe! A saucy comedy-romance with more than a sprinkle of Christmas spice – this will lift your spirits and your excitement level!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for costume shop owner Becky Finn. Leaving London to move back home to the twinkly rural village of Egglethwaite, she plans to build a new life for herself with fiancé, Cole.

Keen to raise funds for the struggling village hall she loved as a child, Becky finds herself at the head of a colourful group aiming to revive the Egglethwaite Christmas pantomime. But when that festive feeling sets in, she discovers there’s more to panto than innuendo and slapped thighs.

Falling in love was not in the script! But as opening night grows closer, she starts to wonder if the panto will ever make it to the stage and, with handsome co-star Marcus on the scene, if she has chosen her right leading man…

The perfect stocking-filler gift!


Review:

Funny, warm, and entertaining!

The Perfect Fit is an amusing, lighthearted tale that takes us to the Yorkshire Dales and into the life of the optimistic, lovable Becky Finn as she meanders through all sorts of highs and lows, from moving home, a long-distance relationship, reviving the village Christmas Pantomime, and the unexpected feelings for her fellow leading man.

The writing is comical and fluid. The characters are sweet, quirky, and endearing. And the plot is a jolly, big-hearted tale full of tricky situations, tender moments, humorous mishaps, self-discovery, friendship, family, community, romance, and holiday cheer.

Overall, The Perfect Fit is another humourous, uplifting, charming tale by Baker that’s a true wintery treat with its engaging characters, festive storyline, and barrel of laughs.

 

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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, she dallied with living in cities including London, Nottingham and Cambridge, but eventually came back with her own romantic hero in tow to her beloved Dales, where she first started telling stories about heroines with flaws and the men who love them.

 

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#BlogTour #BookReview The Wicked Lord’s Mistress by Scarlett Jameson @rararesources

#BlogTour #BookReview The Wicked Lord's Mistress by Scarlett Jameson @rararesources

#BlogTour #BookReview The Wicked Lord’s Mistress by Scarlett Jameson @rararesources Title: The Wicked Lord's Mistress

Author: Scarlett Jameson

Series: The Lord's Seduction #2

Published by: Victorian Lovers on Sep. 9, 2019

Genres: Historical Romance, Erotica

Pages: 200

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Rachel's Random Resources

Book Rating: 7/10

The Wicked Lord’s Mistress is set in the late Victorian period (1886) for fans of upstairs/downstairs dramas such as Downton Abbey and steamy romances. It explores the continuing love story between Lily, a lady’s maid at Torrington Hall, and a handsome, mysterious aristocratic hero called Lord Edgar Wilson.

Lily is surrounded by challenges from all sides. She is being blackmailed by the evil Mallkins, she has a secret past that she is trying to hide, and her forbidden love affair with Lord Wilson grows more risky every day. Can their lusty affair transform into the tender and lasting love that Lily craves? And given the differences in their class, is a happy ending possible for them?

Then a new enemy comes into Lily’s life, someone who is determined to destroy her. Lily finds herself facing the greatest challenge of her life, and hopes that Lord Wilson will be her hero.


Review:

Rousing, mischievous, and suspenseful!

The Wicked Lord’s Mistress is a spirited, regency romance that transports you back to the late 1880s where Lily, a troubled, passionate Lady’s Maid who after surviving the untimely death of her parents and the man she loved is determined to do whatever it takes to protect her young son, escape the hands of a master manipulator, and keep her heart far away from the roguish Lord Wilson.

The prose is amusing and light. The characters are sultry, troubled, and secretive. And the plot is a mysterious tale full of scoundrel behaviour, family drama, desire, yearning, control, manipulation, class stratification, and steamy romance.

Overall, The Wicked Lord’s Mistress is an easy, enjoyable, quick read by Jameson that is entertaining and a little naughty. It’s the second novel in The Lord’s Seduction series and even though it can be enjoyed as a standalone story, I would highly recommend reading The Wicked Lord and the Lady’s Maid first.

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About Scarlett Jameson

Scarlett Jameson works in publishing by day and by night enjoys writing steamy historical romances. A lover of all things Victorian, she lives in London with her cat.

 

#BookReview #BlogTour #Giveaway Reach for a Star by Kathryn Freeman @KathrynFreeman1 @ChocLituk @rararesources

#BookReview #BlogTour #Giveaway Reach for a Star by Kathryn Freeman @KathrynFreeman1 @ChocLituk @rararesources

#BookReview #BlogTour #Giveaway Reach for a Star by Kathryn Freeman @KathrynFreeman1 @ChocLituk @rararesources Title: Reach for a Star

Author: Kathryn Freeman

Published by: Choc Lit on Sep. 24, 2019

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 321

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Rachel's Random Resources

Book Rating: 8.5/10

What if your dreams were so close you could reach out and touch them? 

How could anyone resist Michael Tennant, with his hypnotic blue eyes and voice like molten chocolate? Jessie Simmons certainly can’t. But Jessie’s a single mum who can’t sing to save her life – there’s no way she’ll ever cross paths with the star tenor. 

At least that’s what she thinks until she’s unexpectedly invited to take part in a new reality TV show. The premise? Professional singers teach hopeless amateurs how to sing. The surprise? Jessie’s partner is none other than Michael Tennant!

As she becomes better acquainted with the man behind the voice, will Jessie find out the hard way that you should never meet your idols? Or will she get more than she bargained for?


Review:

Dreamy, enchanting, and sweetly romantic!

Reach for a Star is a delightfully funny tale that takes you into the life of the lonely, single mum Jessie as she is given the chance of a lifetime and the opportunity to meet her celebrity crush, the devilishly handsome, successful singer Michael Tennant when she becomes a contestant on a reality singing contest.

The writing is heartwarming and light. The characters are mature, understanding, and genuine. And the plot is an entertaining mix of family, friendship, life, love, jealousy, miscommunication, stardom, and the ins and outs of reality tv.

Overall, Reach for a Star is an uplifting, charming, engaging tale by Freeman that reminds us that life is for living and sometimes dreams really do come true.

 

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About Kathryn Freeman

A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero.
With two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn't always about hearts and flowers - and heroes come in many disguises.

 

#BookReview #BlogTour #Giveaway The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge by Julie Stock @wood_beez48 @rararesources

#BookReview #BlogTour #Giveaway The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge by Julie Stock @wood_beez48 @rararesources

#BookReview #BlogTour #Giveaway The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge by Julie Stock @wood_beez48 @rararesources Title: The Bistro at Watersmeet Bridge

Author: Julie Stock

Published by: Clued Up Publishing on Aug. 6, 2019

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction

Pages: 264

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Rachel's Random Resources

Book Rating: 7.5/10

When Olivia goes to manage Finn’s failing bistro, will they end up sharing a table for two, or will it be a recipe for disaster?

Olivia Fuller longs to manage one of the restaurants in her father’s chain and to break free to live the independent life she’s wanted for so long. When her father finally puts his trust in her and sends her to a failing restaurant in Devon, she’s confident she can prove herself capable of doing the job.

Finn Anderson is about to lose his beloved seaside bistro, unless the bank can find a buyer to dig him out. When George Fuller offers Finn a deal, he has no choice but to accept if he wants any chance of getting his bistro back one day. And then the new manager arrives…

Even after meeting the prickly chef and discovering his complete lack of business skills, 

Olivia is confident she can turn the struggling business round. But as Olivia and Finn start working together, a mutual attraction develops between them, and soon, nothing is going according to Olivia’s plan. 

When there’s a real chance that the bistro might be sold off, Olivia and Finn determine to fight for it, united by their hard work and their growing feelings for each other.

But can they save the bistro and be together, or does destiny have a different path in mind?

A feel-good contemporary romance set in a bistro beside the sea in Devon.


Review:

Winsome, warm, and sweet!

The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge is a delightfully absorbing, entertaining tale that takes you into the life of the feisty, determined Olivia as she travels to Devon to showcase her business savvy and help the sexy, talented Finn save his failing restaurant by the sea.

The writing is fluid and uplifting. The characters are hardworking, supportive, and endearing. And the plot is a charming blend of family, friendship, life, love, community, guilt, greed, corporate strife, chauvinism, and the day-to-day struggles of running a small bistro.

Overall, The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge is a lighthearted, optimistic, enjoyable tale by Stock that is pure escapism and perfect for a sunny afternoon read.

 

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Thank you to Julie Stock and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Julie Stock

Julie Stock writes contemporary feel-good romance from around the world: novels, novellas and short stories. She published her debut novel, From Here to Nashville, in February 2015 and her second novel, The Vineyard in Alsace in March 2017. Over You (Sam's Story) and Finding You (Jenna's Story), her follow-up novellas to From Here to Nashville were published in 2018, making the From Here to You series complete. She has also published a boxed set of the From Here to You trilogy of books. Julie’s next novel, The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge, will be out in summer 2019. If you'd like to sign up to her newsletter list, you can do so here: https://mailchi.mp/f3a7d28c0ab8/julie-stockcouk . As a thank you, you'll be able to download Before You, the prequel story to the From Here to You series, for free.

Julie is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and The Society of Authors.

When she is not writing, she works in communications. She is married and lives with her family in Bedfordshire in the UK.

 

#BookReview #BlogTour #Giveaway Secret Wishes and Summer Kisses on Lily Pond Lane by Emily Harvale @emilyharvale @rararesources #LilyPondLane

#BookReview #BlogTour #Giveaway Secret Wishes and Summer Kisses on Lily Pond Lane by Emily Harvale @emilyharvale @rararesources #LilyPondLane

#BookReview #BlogTour #Giveaway Secret Wishes and Summer Kisses on Lily Pond Lane by Emily Harvale @emilyharvale @rararesources #LilyPondLane Title: Secret Wishes and Summer Kisses on Lily Pond Lane

Author: Emily Harvale

Published by: Crescent Gate Publishing on Jun. 26, 2019

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction

Pages: 251

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Emily Harvale, Rachel's Random Resources

Book Rating: 9/10

Everyone’s got a secret wish in Little Pondale this summer.  

Mia’s been exceptionally lucky since moving to Lily Pond Lane. But even on her honeymoon with the man of her dreams, she still has one remaining wish.

 Ella wishes Gill would propose. But since Mia’s wedding something’s changed in their relationship. Now he’s spending time with newcomer, Tabbie Talbaine, Ella wishes Tabbie will leave as quickly as she arrived. 

Tabbie wishes she hadn’t driven her car into a pond. But it could be the best thing that’s ever happened to her. When she discovers Hollywood heartthrob, Justin Lake’s staying in the village, getting an interview for her popular blog isn’t her only wish.

Bree was told she couldn’t have a baby. Now she’s expecting twins and is simply wishing it all goes well.

And as for Hettie … she wishes she could get her hands on an old map of the village. Because there’s something hidden in Little Pondale that Hettie Turner really wants to find.


Review:

Warm, delightful, and satisfying!

Secret Wishes and Summer Kisses on Lily Pond Lane is a sweet, feel-good romance that is pure escapism with its quaint village, gregarious villagers, tender moments, hilarious hijinks, and touch of magic.

The prose is smooth and light. The characters are friendly, welcoming, and easygoing. And the plot sweeps you away and immerses you in a fanciful tale full of friendship, family, community, hopes, dreams, love, blossoming romance, and wishes.

Secret Wishes and Summer Kisses on Lily Pond Lane is the last story in this wonderful series by Harvale. And even though it is bittersweet to say goodbye to the lovely gang we’ve come to know and love over the last eight novels it has been an absolute pleasure to be able to indulge in all the mystique, adventure, mishaps, and love that’s gone on in Little Pondale over the entire series.

 

Interactive Map of Little Pondale – https://www.emilyharvale.com/map/little-pondale.html

 

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About Emily Harvale

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing... and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She's an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily says, "I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings." When she isn't writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies - and will do anything to avoid both.

 

Thank you to Emily Harvale and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a copy in an exchange for an honest review.

 

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