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

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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.

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Extract: Sea Holly and Mistletoe Kisses by Laura Briggs @rararesources

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Today I am super excited to be bringing you an extract from ‘Sea Holly and Mistletoe Kisses’. This is the third book in its series and I hope you all find it as interesting as I have!

Synopsis

Christmas is coming to Port Hewer and the hotel Penmarrow, where Maisie is suffering a Sea Holly and Mistletoe Kisses Cover.jpgcase of the holiday blues far from home this year — until Gavin, a young American businessman staying at the hotel through Christmas, talks her into joining him as his partner in the hotel’s ice sculpting competition in a mutual pact to enjoy the holidays to the fullest.

Meanwhile, Maisie experiences the village Christmas season vicariously through Sidney, and continues writing her Poe-inspired story with only Sidney aware of her secret novel. She soon learns, however, that criticism and praise go hand in hand when he takes issue with her latest chapters, which puts pressure on their friendship, too.

But is that what’s really the issue between them? Because handsome Gavin has more than ice sculpting in mind when it comes to Maisie’s time, which comes as a surprise to no one who’s seen them together. As Maisie faces this sudden romantic dilemma, she realizes what she wants most in her life … and faces a question of what her heart wants most, too.

Purchase Link: https://smarturl.it/seahollyandmistletoe

Extract 

I’m very happy to be sharing an extract from my newest romance release with the readers at FNM today! Book Three in my series ‘A Little Hotel in Cornwall’, it is a cosy Christmas read that finds the heroine Maisie caught up in an ice sculpting competition at the historic hotel where she works as a chambermaid. In the scene below, Maisie’s friend and fellow hotel maid, Molly, is being trained for a promotion to the role of desk clerk—only it isn’t going as well as anybody hoped for!

 

 

“When guests arrive, we smile and greet them, then we inquire if they have a reservation or need a room booked. Here’s the icon for reservations —” Brigette touched a square on the computer’s screen, “— and here’s the one showing all available and registered rooms.”

“What does this one do?” Molly pointed to another.

“No need to worry about it for the time being,” said Brigette, moving the pointing finger away from the program in question. “These are the ones you’re concerned with for the moment. Here we go – your first guest.” She ushered Molly forward as the hotel’s front entrance admitted someone new. A guest, if the luggage in the hands of the man clad in an old wool coat and knit hat was any indication, although he had the look of free-spirited backpackers in summertime … or, if one were perfectly honest, maybe resembling a little more the transients hitchhiking along American highways.

“Welcome to The Penmarrow Hotel,” said Molly, a trifle too brightly. “Are you new – that is, are you staying with us for the first time?”

“I am, actually.” The young man set down his luggage, which consisted of a heavy-looking knapsack, leather shoulder satchel, and an odd-looking hard shell case that looked like one for a trombone or some other large musical instrument. “George Varton.” He pulled off his hat and extended his hand to Molly, with a friendly smile for this unconventional approach to booking a hotel room. I noticed the intense blue of his eyes – a striking shade that was impossible to miss, since it illuminated his face’s narrow features, and seemed even more lively than his shock of light brown hair which rose and fell above his forehead with the unruly grace of river weeds.

“Molly,” she answered, shaking hands with him, shyly. A little reminder cough from Brigette wiped away the maid’s smile as she gave a jump of remembrance. “Yes, uh, would you – would you like a room?” She caught Brigette’s eye with an apologetic gaze.

“Do you have any available on the topmost floor, with a nice open view?”

“Um … I’ll look.” Molly clicked a button on the hotel’s computer – the wrong one. “Won’t be a moment,” she assured him, as she clicked a different one. An internet browser window opened.

“Oops,” she said. “Um – Brigette – how do I –?” She didn’t finish the question, since the former desk manager had swept in to close the extra programs and open the hotel’s room registry.

“The suite on the west end of the hotel is available,” said Brigette. “It’s one of our larger suites, somewhat more expensive than the single ones. Will it be satisfactory?”

The young man looked slightly disappointed at the words ‘large’ and ‘expensive,’ nevertheless he removed his wallet from his pocket and handed a charge card to Molly. “I’ll have the room,” he said.

“Certainly.” She swiped it, and an alarm went off from the charge machine. “I’m sorry – it’s not your card, it’s me,” she assured George hastily, as Brigette hit a series of computer keys which prompted silence again.

“You have to fill out the registry link first,” she reminded her. “Then link it to the charge card.”

“Right,” said Molly, putting her bright smile in place again. “If you’ll simply answer a few questions for our registry record,” she said, this time clicking the correct application. “Oh – and sign the book,” she added, shoving the open physical registry across the desk with more haste and less grace than usual. “Here’s a pen.” She dug one from a can of random ones beneath the desk, instead of using the ornamental one that was clipped to the book’s edge.

A pained look entered Brigette’s eyes momentarily, a little wince from the back of her throat as she shut them for a second to collect herself. In our newest guest’s glance, a look of gentle amusement as he signed his name on the blank line.

About the Author

Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.

 

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Book Review: The House that Sat Down – Book 2 – Restoration by Alice May @rararesources

The House That Sat Down Trilogy

Synopsis

Let us return to the crumbling, cob cottage in the country, with our intrepid heroine and Restoration: More tales from the house that sat downher hilarious family!
They’re about to start rebuilding their home and their lives. Of course, nothing is going to go smoothly for them, is it?
In this sequel to ‘Accidental Damage – tales from the house that sat down’ we accompany our heroine on her journey as she bravely battles to restore everything that she loves; often against the odds and with a liberal sprinkling of humour, art and home-made cookies along the way.
One thing is for sure, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

The second of Alice May’s award winning debut series. Written in her unique and compelling style, this author and artist returns with the much anticipated sequel to Accidental Damage – Tales from the house that sat down.

Purchase Link

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Restoration-More-tales-house-that-ebook/dp/B075FVFDZ8

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.

Restoration is the second book in “The House That Sat Down” series and it is most definitely a worthy sequel. I think for this you would need to read the first in the series but as I loved ‘Accidental Damage’ I would recommend to read it anyway. What has really stood out to me with this book series is the humor that shines through to what is a stressful situation. Not only am I really enjoying seeing how our heroine and family deal with pretty much homelessness but just the spirit the author is able to put this across.

Rating: 4/5

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.

 

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Twitter: @AliceMay_Author

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Book Review: The House That Sat Down Omnibus – Accidental Damage by Alice May @rararesources

The House That Sat Down Trilogy

Synopsis

Inspired by a true story, The House That Sat Down Trilogy is a tale of triumph over The House That Sat Down Trilogytragedy. It is an astonishing account of sudden, first-world homelessness in the heart of the New Forest, and the unexpected consequences. Written entirely from a mother’s point of view, following the collapse of her family’s home, it is an uplifting and positive read in spite of the subject matter, with a thread of wry humour throughout. Follow this ordinary woman on an extraordinary journey of survival and self discovery as she reels from disaster, before picking herself up and coming back stronger and wiser than before.
Packed with humorous observations about what it is like to live in a tent in your garden with your husband and four children after a significant part of your house falls down out of the blue one day, this story takes you from the depths of despair right through to the satisfying heights of success against the odds, with lots of tea and cakes on the way.

Follow this crazy family as they cope with disaster in their own truly unique and rather mad way, and celebrate each small triumph along the way with them.

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/House-That-Sat-Down-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B07WJW5MYF

UShttps://www.amazon.com/House-That-Sat-Down-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B07WJW5MYF

Accidental Damage

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If you think the normal school run on a Monday is entertaining, you should try doing it from a tent in your back garden, surrounded by the jumbled-up contents of your entire home. It is vastly more diverting.

Our heroine has survived the sudden collapse of her home – or has she?

Certain events, two and a half years ago, led her to deliberately destroy an important piece of herself, hiding away all remaining evidence that it every existed. What happens when she decides to go looking for it?

Does she really deserve to be whole again?

Book 1 Accidental Damage – Tales from the house that sat down

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Accidental-Damage-House-that-Down/dp/1535450371/

Accidental Damage is also available in Large Print format

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Accidental-Damage-Large-Print-Tales/dp/1916087256/

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.

‘Accidental Damage’ is the first book in the ‘House that fell down’ trilogy and it definitely made me want to read the rest of the story immediately. (Lucky for me I got to do just that so their reviews will follow shortly!) This is a great story of self-discovery and really getting to find out just what you’re made of when life really decides to throw you a curveball. The fact that it was based on a true story really made the story doubly interesting for me and I think really gave it that extra boost. I found the writing and the story itself really easy to get into and I was really rooting for our heroine. A great 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

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: Christmas at Ladywell by Nicola Slade @rararesources

 

Christmas at Ladywell

Synopsis

A time for spilling secrets…

 

Having refurbished her inherited house and upcycled her whole life in the process, Christmas at LadywellFreya – now happily married to Patrick, and with a small child –  has to transform her tiny stone barn into a romantic hideaway for a mystery guest who is also looking for change. With Christmas only a week away, things don’t go according to plan…

In the past old uncertainties are resolved when an elderly woman seeks the truth of a legend on Christmas Eve and confesses to a deception; a Tudor wife listens to a story that must never be repeated and is given a precious relic that must never be displayed; and in the early nineteenth century an old woman tells a younger one the story of the hares at Ladywell.

 

Past and present are only a whisper apart when Freya learns of an astonishing discovery that will make Ladywell famous, but meanwhile her house is full of unexpected visitors, she has a turkey to cook – and a very special secret of her own that must be told.

 

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-at-Ladywell-Nicola-Slade-ebook/dp/B07YNKPCJW

US –  https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-at-Ladywell-Nicola-Slade-ebook/dp/B07YNKPCJW

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.

Christmas at Ladywell is a short but sweet Christmas read which tells the story of both the past and the future. There is an aspect of mystery which I loved as well as just a really warm and homely feeling throughout the whole book. There was perhaps not a whole lot of character development but as a novella I don’t think there really needed to be. This is a story I would definitely recommend for a quick and quiet afternoon of reading.

Rating: 4/5

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

Nicola Slade is an award-winning, bestselling author of historical and contemporary mysteries and romantic fiction, all set in and around Winchester and Romsey in Hampshire – which is where she lives. The House at Ladywell – a contemporary romantic novel with historical echoes – won the Chatelaine Grand Prize for Romantic Fiction at the CIBA awards in April 2019.

She is the author of the mid-Victorian Charlotte Richmond mysteries and the contemporary Harriet Quigley mysteries and The Convalescent Corpse, published November 2018, is the first in a new series, The Fyttleton Mysteries, set in 1918.

 

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Book Review: Until We Meet Again by Rosemary Goodacre @rararesources

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Synopsis

The Great War drove them apart – but love kept them together

Summer 1914: Shy young woman, Amy Fletcher, lives a quiet life in Sussex. An officeUntil We Meet Again worker, she lives at home, along with her parents and spirited younger brother, Bertie. But her life is transformed when she meets handsome young man, Edmond Derwent, son of one of the wealthiest families in the small town of Larchbury, and student at Cambridge University.

The couple are falling deeply in love when war breaks out and, eager to do his duty for England, Edmond signs up as an officer. The couple plan to be wed, eager to start a new life together – but their happiness is short-lived when Edmond is sent to Flanders to lead his men into battle. Amy trains as a VAD nurse and is soon sent to France, where she sees the true horror of war inflicted on the brave young men sent to fight.

Separated by war, Edmond and Amy share their feelings through emotional letters sent from the front line. But when Edmond is critically wounded at Ypres, their love faces the biggest test of all – can their love stay strong while the world around them is crumbling?

A romantic, emotional saga set in WW1 – readers of Rosie Goodwin, Katie Flynn and Val Wood will be captivated by this story of love

Purchase Links

Amazon https://amzn.to/2miX2vD
Apple https://apple.co/2ncLTg3
Kobo http://bit.ly/2m4UgKB

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 is an incredibly well-written and emotional read and I was very surprised to find out it was a debut novel. Within the story, we get to follow Amy and Edmond through all of the highs and lows that they experience. With so many emotions occurring throughout the story I really felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster. The author seems to have done a lot of research into the World War and this shines through within the story, this is definitely a story that I got really into and I’m excited to have found another incredible author.

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

About the Author

Rosemary Goodacre has previously worked in computing and teaching. She has had short stories published and a novella, A Fortnight is not Enough.

Her father’s family came from continental Europe and she loves travelling.
She enjoys country walking, bridge and classical music. She lives with her husband in Kent, England.

Guest Post and Giveaway! Star in the Shadows by Helen Buckley @rararesources

Star in the Shadows

Synopsis

The world thinks that pop superstar Kiara Anderson has it all, but she spends her nights Star in the Shadows FInal coverdrinking away memories of her childhood and life as a teen runaway.

The Jacobs family are desperate to see the girl next door again and discover why she ran away, especially their son Shane, who blames himself for her disappearance.

When Kiara’s manager forces her into a reveal-all TV interview she knows the family she loved more than her own will finally discover the truth.

Can she overcome her demons or will the shadows of the past rob her of fame, fortune, and a chance to finally fall in love?

Purchase Link

UK –  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Shadows-Helen-Buckley/dp/1528932005

Guest Post

Only the brave write

Writing a book is one of the most enjoyable things I have ever done. Publishing a book? That’s by far the scariest!

Tapping away at my computer, merrily jotting down the story at 5am in the morning, the book is something secretive and undiscovered, like buried treasure, and only I know of its existence. Sending the book out to people to actually read makes it a tangible thing that can be critiqued, criticised, even made fun of. It’s like sending a small part of your heart out into the world, praying people won’t be too rough with it.

As the publication date has drawn ever closer my nerves have grown too. But I keep gritting my teeth and telling myself this is an experience I’ll learn from, both the good and the bad feedback, the pitfalls and the pleasures.

I’m proud of my book and proud of my achievement of writing it at a difficult time in my life, but realistically I know it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, and it won’t meet everyone’s expectations. My greatest fear as an author is having people laugh at my work behind my back, but tell me something different to my face, out of pity or misguided kindness.

Anxiety is one of the few things I have in common with my main character

Anxiety is the seemingly uncontrollable treadmill of worried thoughts that spiral into doom mongering, making you feel paralysed and distraught by things that haven’t even happened yet and may never happen. It’s living with daily nerves, paranoia, sweaty palms, a shaky stomach, and a tight chest. It grinds you down, physically and mentally.

Fear and anxiety play a large part in Kiara’s life in Star in the Shadows. Kiara is a troubled pop star, desperate to forget the memories of the past that haunt her. Despite her fame and fortune, she’s still struggling with anxiety – the shaking hands, the churning stomach, the nightmares, the washing machine of unhelpful thoughts tumbling in her mind, seemingly out of control.

She’s lived through traumas, and they have left her with a residual level of fear from which she makes unhelpful decisions and develops unhealthy coping mechanisms. She also puts her trust in the wrong people, who take advantage of her loyalty and naivety. It’s only when she’s able to confront the things that trouble her that she’s able to find some healing and move forward with her life.

My advice – feel the fear and do it anyway!

Though the idea of putting my book out there is terrifying, the thought of not trying and looking back and regretting it, is enough to compel me to continue on this precarious path as a fledgling author! Please don’t let fear hold you back from putting your stories out into the world. Be bold and brave and give it your best shot, because there may be a reader out there who is just waiting and hoping for a story like yours.

Giveaway

Giveaway to Win a signed copy of Star in the Shadows, a beautiful dreams and goal planning journal, a star print scarf, and three yummy chocolate bars from Creighton’s Chocolaterie.  (UK Only)

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About the Author

Helen has spent over thirteen years working and volunteering for charities in the UK and abroad, including four years in Honduras. She currently works as a charity communications manager and lives in Bedfordshire with her husband and son.

Social Media Links – Twitter – HelenCBuckley/  Insta – helencatherinebuckley / website: buckleybooks.org  

Star in the Shadows Author