Book Review: Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage by Rosie Green @rararesources

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Synopsis

When Jess Thornton’s dad was lost at sea, the family coped in different ways, alone in Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage: A glorious festive treat of a read, full of family drama and sparkling romancetheir 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?

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Snowflakes-over-Moondance-Cottage-sparkling-ebook/dp/B07XGDZ4Z2

US – https://www.amazon.com/Snowflakes-over-Moondance-Cottage-sparkling-ebook/dp/B07XGDZ4Z2

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.

This was such an amazing emotional book with a whole dash of Christmas spirit thrown in for good measure! I loved getting to know the characters and how they are able to deal with not only their grief as well as all of the other challenges that life likes to bring. I also loved the writing throughout the book as it really sucks you in and gets you to experience everything Jess and Isla are experiencing. This was such a great book to read especially at this time of year and while at points I felt like I was a bit of a blubbering mess I will definitely be revisiting this in the future.

Rating: 5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

About the Author

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’.

Follow Rosie on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

 

Book Review and Giveaway: Magic Under the Mistletoe by Lucy Coleman @rararesources

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Synopsis

Christmas and romance are in the air…Magic Under the Mistletoe

It’s December 23rd and while everyone else is rushing home for the holidays, workaholic Leesa Oliver is dreading switching on her out-of-office for the festive season. And it seems her equally driven boss, Cary Anderson, isn’t relishing spending Christmas at his family’s country estate either.

So together, they draft an unexpected Christmas contract: They’ll spend half of the holidays with each other’s families, pretending to be a couple. Leesa knows the insufferably good-looking Cary will make her Christmas more bearable, but what happens after the last of the mince pies have been eaten…?

Leesa signed off on a sensible business agreement, but somewhere, amongst the fairy lights and carols something seems to have changed… It seems there might just be some magic under the mistletoe this Christmas!

Purchase Link – http://smarturl.it/MagicUnderMistletoe

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.

This was a story with a whole lot of twists and turns, as well as a multitude of characters and storylines to really keep you on your toes.  Cary and Leesa were surprising to me, to be honest as I was expecting different things from there characters, however, it was worth it in the end. This was a bit of a slower-paced book and I think I would have preferred it to go a little bit faster but saying that there is a lot to keep track of so perhaps it was for the best. I still love how the author is able to really bring you into the writing though and this was a great festive read.

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Giveaway

Giveaway to Win a Signed paperback copy of Snowflakes over Holly Cove and Christmas Pamper Pack. (UK only)

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About the Author

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 and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s 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 or working in the garden.

Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.

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

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

 

Social Media Links –

Website: https://linnbhalton.co.uk/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LucyColemanAuth

 

Book Review and Giveaway: It’s Not PMS, It’s You by Rich Amooi @rararesources

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Synopsis

“Romantic Comedy of the Year!”
“I loved every second of this book!”
“Warning: This author causes book hangovers.”
“Oh my. Be still my heart.”
“Laugh out loud of epic proportions.”
“Loved it. Still laughing.”

Ruth “Ruthless” Harper is on the verge of becoming managing partner at her all-male It's Not PMS, It's Youconsulting firm and she won’t let anything stand in her way. That includes men, relationships, and that dreaded F word, FEELINGS—distractions she eliminated long ago.

After the worst day ever (a near-death experience and a public wedgie, for starters), Ruth realizes she doesn’t want to live and die alone. She puts together a business plan to find the perfect man and dives head first into the murky online dating pool. All she wants is a high-powered executive who understands how important her career is. If only it were that easy.

Problem is most men are intimidated by Ruth’s confidence and shocked by her bluntness. The exception being her landscape designer, Nick, whose cool demeanor and unsolicited dating advice are driving her nuts. He’s the antithesis of the business-oriented man Ruth envisions for herself, so why do all signs keep pointing back to him?

A romantic comedy novel for the ages. Order now. Don’t delay. Operators are standing by.

Purchase Links

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YQ7WZTJ

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07YQ7WZTJ

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07YQ7WZTJ

Amazon Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07YQ7WZTJ

 

Goodreads page for book:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48402646-it-s-not-pms-it-s-you

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.

This is a book where I was really interested by the synopsis but, to be honest, wasn’t totally sure based on the title. I am really glad that I gave it go however as this was genuinely funny, laugh out loud sort of book with a whole lot of character and a really compelling storyline. I loved getting to know Ruth and her relationship with Nick as well as just seeing pretty much all her interactions with Dee. This was also a story where places and certain parts just really stuck out which I think is hard to achieve in any story. This is definitely an author I will be on the lookout for.

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Giveaway

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About the Author

Rich Amooi is a former radio personality and DJ who now writes romantic comedies full-time in San Diego, California. He is happily married to a kiss monster imported from Spain. Rich believes in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/RichAmooi

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Author Website: https://richamooi.com/

Guest Post and Giveaway: The Louise Fawley Symphony by Rikki Evans @rararesources

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Today I’m super excited to be able to host a guest post for Author Rikki Evans where she lets us into her life. She also has a very interesting sounding book that I do hope to get round to reading sometime soon! Check it out below!

Synopsis

Meet Louise Fawley – the newest, sassiest and sleaziest agent in Her Majesty’s Secret The Louise Fawley Symphony Final Cover ProofService.

Follow Louise as she burgles and bungles at Melusine Plastics, gets flirtatious and salacious in Vetchley Castle, grows amorous and glamorous in Sainte-Modeste, and finally, hooks and sinks her villainess on the superyacht Bonquonne.

In this delicious, light-hearted, randy romp, can Louise solve the arcane mystery of La Ligne?

The Louise Fawley Symphony contains material of a sexually explicit nature, so will not be to the taste of every adult reader.

 

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Louise-Fawley-Symphony-Rikki-Evans/dp/1781328994

US – https://www.amazon.com/Louise-Fawley-Symphony-Rikki-Evans/dp/1781328994

Guest Post

A Day in the Life of… Rikki Evans

What might comprise a typical day in my life has changed completely since the times when I was writing ‘The Louise Fawley Symphony’. Then, I was a qualified accountant in public practice, juggling my professional life with my home life, my esteemed clients with my cherished friends, and somehow managing to squeeze in some work on ‘Louise Fawley’ every night before I went to sleep.

And not that long ago. Until last Christmas, this was my life. But by then, my Mum’s health had crashed. I was trying to be a part-time carer as well as a full-time professional. My own health began to suffer. By the end of January, I’d realised I needed to take a career break.

So nowadays, a typical day for me includes hoovering and tidying, cooking and cleaning. My weekly shopping trip to Tesco has become something of a treat. Even in the nine months since I finished work, Mum has got that she doesn’t like leaving the house. Back in the spring, she still enjoyed visiting gardens or lunching out. Now, it’s all I can do to encourage her to ride in the car.

Luckily, I love all that houework stuff! I find cleaning and tidying genuinely therapeutic. I’m also enjoying remodelling the garden as originally laid out by my Dad over twenty-five years ago, and repainting the house with my own vibrant colour scheme. And to keep myself kind-of in the workplace, I’ve started volunteering twice weekly at a local charity shop. My first tastes of the workplace were in retail, so I’m revelling being behind the till again.

I’m not writing anything at the moment. I find that promoting ‘The Louise Fawley Symphony’ takes as much creative energy as I have at this phase in my life. But I’m brimming with ideas and relishing getting creative again. A ‘Louise Fawley’ sequel is a definite possibility. But I’ve also got a ‘Game of Thrones’ or ‘Lord of the Rings’ type thing fermenting away in my head. Though I must admit, the prospect of inventing an entire continent with its topography and geography, its cultures and peoples, is… somewhat daunting!

One thing I’m sure of… my work in the charity shop will provide plenty of inspiration. It’s a great pleasure to meet our customers. So many of them enjoy sharing the reason for their purchase – they’re redecorating their lounge, they’re entertaining their granddaughter, they’re avid collectors of jazz music. I firmly believe that creative inspiration – whether in music, in visual arts, in poetry or prose – resides in the everyday, the commonplace. An overheard snatch of conversation or a momentary sight of someone can offer insights into their personalities more instructive than might be gleaned from hours in their company.

How do I feel about this change in my life? In truth, I’m so busy, and it’s all happened so quickly, I hardly know. Occasionally, I’m made to feel like it’s been a real comedown. When I’d only been working at the charity shop a few weeks, my ex-hairdresser came into the shop. She was genuinely surprised to see her demanding professional ex-client serving on a till. The last time she’d seen me, she’d messed up my hair colour and I’d never been back. I might have blagged my being behind the counter. Instead, I’d outpoured everything that had happened to me over the past year. I’d hoped for sympathy. Eventually, in condescending tones she said, “I’ve got to go,” and just about got out onto the pavement before a triumphant smile spread the breadth of her face. I felt utterly humiliated. But you know what? It didn’t kill me. It gave me strength.

And if Louise Fawley does return for a sequel, I’ve no doubt she’ll be more fighty, more feisty. The old me is gone. And the old Louise Fawley is gone too.

  Giveaway

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About the Author

After more than twenty-five years in accountancy, Rikki quit the profession to care for a parent whose health had deteriorated, and to give more time to those interests and hobbies which had helped render accountancy almost bearable.

Rikki’s interests include all things historical, from castles to candlesticks, music of many genres, from Gregorian Chant to Brit Pop, and above all, like HE Bates, is happiest when working and whiling in a garden.

 

Social Media Links

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Book Review: The House that Sat Down Book Three – Redemption by Alice May @rararesources

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Synopsis

Let us return to our favourite crumbling cottage in the country once again…Redemption: Moving on from the house that sat down.
In this the final instalment from the house that sat down the family’s incredible story draws to a close leaving an unexpected bonus in its wake. The cottage has been rebuilt and the family are moving on. However this tale holds a surprising legacy for our heroine if she can find the courage to reach for it.

An uplifting and humorous take on the pressures of family life and recovering from disaster, with additional material including ‘Whatever happened to Skelly?’

Join Alice for fictional tea and biscuits as she shares the inspirational conclusion to her amazing journey with you.

Purchase Link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Redemption-Moving-house-that-down-ebook/dp/B07JH2TWN1/

Review

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

I have absolutely loved the first two books in the series and this was no different. Redemption brings about the final conclusion in “The house that sat down’ series and it really did give it the ending that it deserved. Once again the author is able to portray the array of emotions that were needed within a story like this as well as the gentle humor that I think everyone needs in their life especially through those tougher than usual times.  This is a journey that is well worth going along with and I think it’s one I will most likely be coming back to in the future.

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

I am a multi-tasking parent to four not-so-small children, and I am fortunate enough to be married to (probably) the most patient man on the planet.  We live in, what used to be, a ramshackle old cottage in the country. Our house began to fall down out of the blue one day, which resulted in the whole family living in a tent in the back garden for quite some time, while we worked out how to rebuild our home.

A few years afterwards, I decided to write a book and, once I started, I found I couldn’t stop.

Inspired by true-life events ‘Accidental Damage – tales from the house that sat down’ wouldn’t leave me alone until it was written.

Within six months of self-publishing my novel, I was delighted to learn that it had won two ‘Chill with a Book Awards’. This was a massive honour and motivated me to continue writing. Accidental Damage became the first book in a trilogy.

The Omnibus edition of all three books in the House That Sat Down Trilogy is now available via Amazon in both paperback and kindle format.

 

Social Media Links –

Website: www.AliceMay.weebly.com

Facebook www.facebook.com/AliceMayAuthor/

Twitter: @AliceMay_Author

Instagram: alicemay_author_artist

Book Review and Giveaway: Outreach By Shelly Berry @rararesources

Outreach

Synopsis

When Emily was offered a new job in London, she was sure that her life was about to Outreachchange – new friends, a career in the big city and the boyfriend she always wanted.

Her new life turns out to be more complicated than she expected. Her flat mates don’t understand her. Her colleagues mock everything about her. Even her father doesn’t support her. The only person who offers her any encouragement is David.
He’s married. He’s her manager. To Emily it’s clear that they have something special. As their relationship develops, everyone seems to want to sabotage their chances.

But some things are meant to be…

Purchase  Links

https://www.bookguild.co.uk/bookshop-collection/fiction/contemporary/outreach/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Outreach-Shelly-Berry/dp/1912881705

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Review

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

This was a very surprising read for me and one that kept me hooked from start to finish. The synopsis definitely got me interested as to how this would all play out and I think the author did a really good job with how she was able to tell the story. What I loved most was that nothing really played out how I would have assumed it to going into the book which really just made me want to carry on reading. Emily is a complex character and I loved the way the author was able to explore this. Definitely, one I would recommend.

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Giveaway

Giveaway to Win – 5 x PB copies of Outreach (UK Only)

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About the Author

Shelly Berry lives in Waltham Forest, London. Having gained a BA Joint Honours Degree in Visual Art and Sociology at Keele University and a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, she has since worked in the public sector with vulnerable adults and children – including those affected by mental illness, drug and alcohol misuse, disability, criminal behaviour, homelessness and domestic and sexual abuse. During this time, Shelly developed and nurtured her love of writing. As well as writing fiction, she has previously written for a number of blogs and now writes for the Waltham Forest Echo.

Social Media Links – twitter @ShellyBerryUK

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Book Review and Giveaway: The Honeysuckle Dream by Kate Frost @rararesources

The Honeysuckle Dream

Synopsis

Two men. Three decades. One decision.The Honeysuckle Dream: A standalone love story (The Butterfly Storm Book 3)

Pregnant at nineteen from an affair with a married man, Leila goes against her parents’ wishes. Alone in an unfamiliar city, a fresh start is terrifying.

Leila struggles to navigate between being a single working mum, new friendships, and her bad choices in men. The heartache of past mistakes haunts her. Disillusioned, lonely, and with a fractured mother-daughter relationship, she swaps the vices of city life for the peace of the country. Yet new-found happiness is short-lived and old habits return.

Can Leila let go of her past and find true love?

Purchase Link: getbook.at/thehoneysuckledream

Review

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

This was a really thought-provoking story, told throughout three different stages of Leila’s life, we get to follow her through her many decisions and challenges as she tries to become the person she wants to be. Leila was an interesting character for me because there were quite a few times I just didn’t really like her. However it didn’t put me off the book or her story at all, it just made me want her to do better, which was a great reason to carry on reading and find out how her story ended. I also really liked that it was told throughout different time periods of her life as sometimes in stories there is just not enough time for characters to actually fully develop and grow. It was also great to see her daughter Sophie grow and mature as well. A very intriguing four and a half star read.

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Giveaway

Giveaway to Win a Paperback copy of The Honeysuckle Dream by Kate Frost (Open Int)

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About the Author

Kate Frost writes character-driven women’s fiction and romances, alongside Time Shifters, an award-winning time travel adventure trilogy for 9-12 year olds. She has a MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University where she’s also taught lifewriting to creative writing undergraduates. She is the Director of Children’s and Teen events for Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival, and she’s the co-founder of Storytale Festival, the first city-wide children’s book festival in Bristol.

The Honeysuckle Dream is Kate’s ninth book and the third (standalone) novel in her popular The Butterfly Storm series. She lives in Bristol with her husband, son, and Frodo, their cute Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Social Media Links –

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/katefrostauthor

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7131734.Kate_Frost