Book Review: One Last Summer by Victoria Connelly @rararesources

One Last Summer

Synopsis

They have the whole summer ahead of them. Is it enough to rekindle the friendship they once shared?

Harriet Greenleaf dreams of spending the summer in a beautiful ancient priory on the One Last SummerSomerset coast with her two best friends—but her dream is bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s a chance to reconnect three lives that have drifted apart; on the other, she has a devastating secret to share that will change everything between them forever.

First to arrive is Audrey—the workaholic who’s heading for a heart attack unless she slows down and makes time for herself. Then Lisa, the happy-go-lucky flirt who’s always struggled to commit to anyone—or anything. Ever the optimist, can Harriet remind them of the joy in their lives and the importance of celebrating good friendship before it’s gone?

Through the highs and lows of a long, glorious summer, these three women will rediscover what it means to be there for each other—before they face the hardest of goodbyes.

Purchase Link

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Last-Summer-Victoria-Connelly-ebook/dp/B07G38S71K

US – https://www.amazon.com/One-Last-Summer-Victoria-Connelly-ebook/dp/B07G38S71K

Review

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

What a beautifully touching story about three friends reconnecting, although it wasn’t under the best circumstances this was a really heartfelt and emotional book that had me hooked from the beginning.

This is such a well written book from the emotions and relationships to the descriptions of the priory. We get to meet Harriet, Audrey and Lisa, each with their own unique struggles as they are able to reconnect for the Summer. This is one of those books that stays with you long after you have put the book down and gave me a bit to ponder in my own life, it may not perhaps be the best book to read if you know someone going through a terminal illness, as I’ve mentioned there is a lot of raw emotion throughout but one I would recommend to anyone who is even slightly interested in the blurb.

A heart-wrenching four out of five star read!

 

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

About the Author

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.

Her website is http://www.victoriaconnelly.com, and readers can follow her on Twitter @VictoriaDarcy and on Instagram @VictoriaConnellyAuthor.

Social Media Links –

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/312085782631729/

Twitter: @VictoriaDarcy

Instagram: @VictoriaConnellyAuthor

 

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Book Review: The Pelican by M.Naidoo @rararesources

The Pelican

Synopsis

Because some parts of our past can never be buried deeply enough… The Pelican

When Julia drags her suitcases onto the front porch one rainy day in April and closes the door on life as she knew it, her disappearance seems completely out of character, a snap decision that simply has to be a mistake. After all, life for Julia doesn’t just seem perfect—it actually is. A successful career, a husband whose smile, even after 25 years, still gives her tingles, and two kids who have grown into adults any parent would be proud of—Julia has it all.
Her disappearance, without any warning, trace, or credible explanation, leaves her family devastated. To them, nothing about it makes sense, while to Julia it is the only option. In fact, she is merely following through on a promise she made to herself half a lifetime ago. While she had hoped and prayed that she would never have to put her plan into action, there is absolutely no way that she will let history repeat itself. But what in her past could possibly have left scars deep enough to make her leave the people she loves? What is she trying to protect them from? And why now, more than thirty years later?

While her family is reeling with questions, Julia finds refuge in a tiny beach community in Northern California. All she wants is to be left alone, but the kindness and empathy of the welcoming residents complicate things. With her determination starting to crumble, will Julia have the strength to go through with her plan? Will her family, divided by mixed reactions to being abandoned, come together to look for her? Will they find a way to track her down? Most of all, will they get there before it is too late? And what is the deal with the persistent bird that simply will not leave her alone?

Only time will tell—and time is the one thing Julia does not have.

Purchase Links

https://www.amazon.com/Pelican-M-Naidoo-ebook/dp/B074DTBMZQ/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pelican-M-Naidoo-ebook/dp/B074DTBMZQ/

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-pelican-4

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-pelican-m-naidoo/1129330070?ean=2940161877258

For the duration of the tour – The Pelican will be £1.99 on Amazon UK (and US)

Review

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

Wow. So it has been a while since I have found myself crying through a book (which is a tad unusual as I do tend to cry pretty easily) but this was an incredibly well-written tear-jerker of a story! By the first chapter, I was emotionally invested and I really wanted to find out how Julia would continue to handle everything. This is a story that confronts one’s mortality, as well as how a serious illness affects yourself and those closest to you, it shows that no decision is easy, and all the different ways different people react to situations. I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants to read a book that will take you on one hell of a rollercoaster of emotions.

A powerful four out of five stars read

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

About the Author

Born and raised in Germany, M.Naidoo lives in Northern California with her husband, two daughters, and three dogs. One of them, Dusty, a spunky terrier mix, found its way into her debut novel.
When she is not in front of her computer, pounding out story lines and characters, she enjoys reading, movies, spending time with her family, and long walks on the beach – her proverbial ‘happy place’. M’s love for the beach and ocean shine through in the vivid descriptions of the coast in The Pelican.

“Juggling my life as a writer and a full-time ‘real’ job has its challenges. I don’t get to spend half as much time as I’d like doing what I love, and there are never enough hours in the day. Still, I feel extremely lucky to be following my passion, and I am enjoying every minute of it. Getting here has been one heck of a ride!”

Social Media Links –

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https://twitter.com/authormnaidoo

 

 

Book Review: Chickens Eat Pasta by Clare Pedrick @rararesources

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Synopsis

Not just another romance, but a story of escapism, coincidences, friendship, luck and Chickens Eat Pastamost of all… love.

Chickens Eat Pasta is the tale of how a young Englishwoman starts a new life after watching a video showing a chicken eating spaghetti in a medieval hill village in central Italy.

“Here I was, 26 years old, alone and numb with boredom at the prospect of a future which until recently had seemed to be just what I wanted.”

Unlike some recent bestsellers, this is not simply an account of a foreigner’s move to Italy, but a love story written from the unusual perspective of both within and outside of the story. As events unfold, the strong storyline carries with it a rich portrayal of Italian life from the inside, with a supporting cast of memorable characters. Along the way, the book explores and captures the warmth and colour of Italy, as well as some of the cultural differences – between England and Italy, but also between regional Italian lifestyles and behavior. It is a story with a happy ending. The author and her husband are still married, with three children, who love the old house on the hill (now much restored) almost as much as she does.

Chickens Eat Pasta is Clare’s autobiography, and ultimately a love story – with the house itself and with the man that Clare met there and went on to marry. If you yearn for a happy ending, you won’t be disappointed. It’s a story that proves anything is possible if you only try.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chickens-Eat-Pasta-Escape-Umbria-ebook/dp/B012GZXOPY

US – https://www.amazon.com/Chickens-Eat-Pasta-Escape-Umbria-ebook/dp/B012GZXOPY

UK Audiobook  – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chickens-Eat-Pasta/dp/B07BYLZX3X

US Audiobook – https://www.amazon.com/Chickens-Eat-Pasta/dp/B07CBJRG9C

Review

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Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review

I have to say I’m usually pretty bad when it comes to immediately picking books because of their cover, for this book though I knew I wanted to read this book due to the title! (Not to say I wouldn’t have picked because of the cover, I really love the imagery of the house!) Then I realized it’s a memoir about moving to Italy and I immediately canceled all plans for the evening.

This is a great memoir of making the huge change to moving out from everything you know and starting afresh, we follow Clare as she moves to Umbria, buying a fixer-upper of a house and starting her life. I absolutely adored the descriptions of not only Italy itself but of all the incredibly mouthwatering food. It also gave a great depiction of the culture of Italy and meeting all of the characters was a delight. It did get off to a bit of a slowish start but things really picked up and I completely lost myself in the story.

A really great four star read!

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

About the Author

Clare Pedrick is a British journalist who studied Italian at Cambridge University before becoming a reporter. She went on to work as the Rome correspondent for the Washington Post and as European Editor of an international features agency. She still lives in Italy with her husband, whom she met in the village where she bought her house.

You can follow Clare on her Facebook Book Page, her own Facebook page and on Twitter.

Read her blog about life in Umbria here

Book Review: The Problem with Perfect by Megan Mayfair @rararesources

 

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Synopsis

The Problem with Perfect

Marigold Doyle’s life was perfect, with a successful career and wonderful marriage. But The Problem with Perfectwhen her husband, Julian, passes away, her life is thrown into turmoil as she discovers a trail of secrets Julian was hiding in the months prior to his death. Struggling with her grief, she knows she needs to find out Julian’s actions to help her move on.

Finn Schröder, a former police officer and now private security consultant, is focused on an uncomplicated, unattached life and growing his business. He agrees to help Marigold find out the truth about Julian, but as they become closer, he realises his feelings for her may be developing beyond simply professional.

As Marigold and Finn work through the web of Julian’s deception, will they learn to face the reality that things aren’t always exactly as they seem?

 

Purchase Link – https://mybook.to/theproblemwithperfect

Review

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I received a free copy from the author and Rachel’s Random Resources in exchange for an honest review.

Wow, what another fantastic book, I feel like I’m really on a roll at the moment with the books I’m reading! Fingers crossed this carries on!

The Problem with Perfect is a great mystery/romance book that follows Marigold as she deals with the sudden death of her husband and the realization that her life isn’t exactly what she thought it was. I really enjoyed getting to know Marigold, this is definitely a story with a multitude of complex well-developed characters and I really enjoyed being able to follow them on their journey. I also like how the author was able to write in such a way that it was easy to see why the characters were making certain decisions even if they were not always correct.

I also really liked that this was not a book I could easily predict, some parts sure, but the majority not at all, when reading I’m either in the mood for a whole lot of surprises or a nice easy predictable read and this was most definitely one for a whole lot of surprises! A great four and a half star read!

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

About the Author

Megan’s stories are about families, intrigue and love. Every book contains a bit of The Problem Wtih Perfect Megan Mayfiarhumour and a lot of heart.

Megan lives in Melbourne with her husband and three children, and has a background in public relations and higher education.

 

She drinks far too much coffee and has an addiction to buying scarves. She interviews with other authors for her blog series, Espresso Tales, and loves a bit of #bookstagram.

 

Her debut novel, The Things We Leave Unsaid, was released by Crooked Cat Books in 2018, followed by Tangled Vines. The Problem with Perfect is her third novel.

 

Social Media Links –

Https://www.instagram.com/meganmayfairwrites

Https://www.facebook.com/meganmayfairauthor

Https://www.twitter.com/mayfairmegan

https://www.meganmayfair.com

https://www.bookbub.com/profile/megan-mayfair

 

Review: Spring Skies Over Bluebell Castle by Sarah Bennett @rararesources

Spring Skies Over Bluebell Castle

Synopsis

She wasn’t looking for love…Spring Skies Over Bluebell Castle (Bluebell Castle #1)

When Lucie Kennington flees the bright lights of London for the quiet Derbyshire countryside, she’s shocked to discover that the heir to the Bluebell Castle estate is far from the wizened employer she expected.

In fact, Arthur Ludworth might just be the most handsome man Lucie’s ever laid eyes on – and a terrible distraction! So when she stumbles across a legendary painting feared lost for centuries, she can’t believe her luck – perhaps this is the hidden treasure to save Arthur and his family from ruin?

But it’s only a matter of time before Lucie’s past catches up with her and by then it’s too late, she’s falling for him…

Perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Rachael Lucas and Hilary Boyd.

Book 1: Spring Skies Over Bluebell Castle
Book 2: Sunshine Over Bluebell Castle
Book 3: Starlight Over Bluebell Castle

Purchase Links

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Spring-Skies-Over-Bluebell-Castle-ebook/dp/B07FLK5G7D/ 

https://www.amazon.com/Spring-Skies-Over-Bluebell-Castle-ebook/dp/B07FLK5G7D/ 

https://geo.itunes.apple.com/gb/book/spring-skies-over-bluebell-castle/id1412504827?mt=11 

https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/spring-skies-over-bluebell-castle-a-delightfully-uplifting-holiday-read-from-bestseller-sarah-bennett-bluebell-castle-book-1

Review

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

I have to say I really got sucked into this book from the start! It is a great, easy compelling read and I really enjoyed getting to know both Lucie and Arthur! Now I don’t think I have read a book that contains an actual castle in a very long time, and it was great to have the descriptions and history around the castle as well as the romance that comes into play. I also really liked that it had a bit of mystery and suspense thrown in as well. This is such a great easy going read and I would recommend for anyone who wants to spend an afternoon getting lost in a castle!

A definite 4 and a half out of five stars.

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Author Bio –

Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of Sarah Bennett Author Photobookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.

Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.

When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.

Sarah is the author of the Butterfly Cove, Lavender Bay and the forthcoming Bluebell Castle trilogies, published by HQ Digital UK.

Social Media Links –

Twitter https://twitter.com/Sarahlou_writes

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SarahBennettAuthor/

Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sarah-Bennett/e/B01N6J6ZE1/

UK vs US Book Covers

Today I’m really excited to bring you a guest post from author Lilly Bartlett about her book ‘The Truth about Love and Dogs’ and her post about different book covers and the different ones they have released for the UK and US.

Let us know in the comments which you prefer! How important are book covers for you to pick up a book? I think I would have to go with the cover on the right!

How often do you pick up a book because of the cover? I do it all the time. It’s what makes me take the time to look at the description, read the first few paragraphs, and, if I like all that I see, decide to buy it.

So, is it any wonder that covers cause us authors so much angst? They might even make us more nervous than writing the book itself. That’s because writing is an evolutionary process. It takes months to do, plus there are many rounds of editing. But the cover is the instant, one-and-only first impression your book will make. It’s like getting ready for a first date with someone that you really really want to impress! You’ve only got one chance.

Every single author I know holds her breath when that email comes through from the publisher saying “Here’s the cover art and we hope you’ll love it as much as we do.”

So here it is: my one chance. These are the two covers we’ve chosen to make a first impression for The Truth About Love and Dogs. What do you think? They’re very different from one another, aren’t they? That’s because tastes in romcom covers in the UK are so different from preferences in the US.

For the US cover – the basket of pups – we wanted something fun and eye-catching that conveys the book’s tone rather than the story exactly. Publishers go for the look and feel more than an image that literally tells you what the story is about (that’s the job of the title and the description). There are pugs in the book, by the way!

The UK cover might have a very different look, but its tone is the same. There, we wanted to project a cover the reader can fall into, with intriguing groupings of people that provoke curiosity.

I always ask my Facebook friends and newsletter followers for their feedback about my proposed covers, and the US readers mostly go for a photographic cover while UK readers love the illustrated ones. Does that hold true for you? Which do you like better?

Whichever cover grabs you most, I hope you’ll love the story inside!

Happy reading!

Lilly xo

If you want to connect with me on Facebook or through my newsletter then you can get involved in my next cover choices!

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https://twitter.com/MicheleGormanUK

http://www.michelegorman.co.uk/

Synopsis

Four little words, uttered by her husband…
‘Oh my god,’ he gasped into her shoulder. ‘Shannon!’
There’s just one problem: her name isn’t Shannon.

Rewind six months and Scarlett and Rufus aren’t in the honeymoon stage anymore so much as the honey-should-we-bother phase. Desperate to get their sparkle back, Scarlett has plotted, planned and waxed more than any woman should have to, but none of it is working. Which makes it very hard to start the family they want. 

At least her business is going strong, even if her marriage isn’t. She and her best friend spend their days tangled up in dog leads and covered in fur. Scarlett/ is the fairy dogmother, training hopeless pets like compulsive eater Barkley, impulsive Romeo Murphy and bossy Biscuit. Meanwhile, her best friend walks the dogs and pines for the man who doesn’t know she exists. Thank goodness the women have each other. 

If only Scarlett could work out how to get her marriage back on track. But Rufus isn’t sharing his feelings with her. He is, though, sharing with her best friend. Her best friend, Shannon.

Amazon US link: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Four-Legged-Word-Michele-Gorman-ebook/dp/B01LW80PF7

Amazon UK link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Four-Legged-Word-Michele-Gorman-ebook/dp/B01LW7UMO9

About the Author

Michele writes books packed with heart and humour, best friends and girl power. Call them beach books, summer reads, romantic comedy or chick lit… readers and reviewers call them “feel good”, “thought-provoking” and “laugh out loud”. She is both a Sunday Times and a USA Today bestselling author, raised in the US and living in London with her husband. She is very fond of naps, ice cream and Richard Curtis films. Michele also writes cosy chick lit under the pen-name Lilly Bartlett. Lilly’s books are full of warmth, romance, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters

Book Review: The Pieces of You and Me by Rachel Burton @rararesources

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Synopsis

When Jess and Rupert parted ways, it was the end of a great love story that might have been. Now ten years later, the very different paths they have taken in life will bring them back together for a chance meeting.

But with so much left unsaid about the break up neither ever recovered from and with each keeping their own devastating secrets, will they finally be able to make the fractured pieces of their love for one another whole again?

Purchase Link: mybook.to/PiecesYouMe

Review

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

Now who doesn’t love a second change at love sort of book and Jess and Rupert definitely take us on an emotional journey! Not only was this a great contemporary read it also gave so much more depth with having to deal with a chronic illness. This was a good book to get engrossed with on a Saturday afternoon, though at points it did seem a little slow with everything going on but I think that had to do with a lack of communication between the characters, there was some definite internal screaming from me going on. This was my first book by Rachel Burton but I will be checking out her other two as soon as I can, although frustrating at points I really did like how the story was set out and the writing really brought it alive. Four out of five stars!

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

 

About the Author

Rachel Burton is the author of the international ebook bestseller The Many Colours of Us. Rachel spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Yorkshire thumbnail_The Pieces of You and MeIMG_20181116_124903 (1)with her fiance and their three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes. Find her on Twitter & Instagram as @bookish_yogi or follow her blog at rachelburtonwrites.com. She is always happy to talk books, writing, music, cats and how the weather in Yorkshire is rubbish. She is mostly dreaming of her next holiday….

Social Media Links –

Twitter: twitter.com/bookish_yogi

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