Sunday, 13 August 2017

My turn for the Blog Tour for Darcie Boleyn's new book - Love at the Italian Lake - 5**




Blurb:

On the shores of Lake Garda, a beautiful romance unfolds. But is it only for summer? Don’t miss this gorgeous, heart-warming novel from Darcie Boleyn, bestselling author of 2017 smash-hit Summer at Conwenna Cove.
Sophia Bertoni discovers her boyfriend in bed with another woman, and realizes her life is going nowhere. Leaving her high-pressure job, she travels to Italy to stay with her grandmother while she figures out her next move.
When Sophia – quite literally – bumps into devastatingly handsome Joe Lancaster her plans are turned upside down. As the two realize they’re both spending the summer in the same town, a love affair seems on the cards.
But Sophia and Joe are both burdened by family secrets. Despite their attraction, will the sun set on Sophia and Joe’s romance – or will they find love at the Italian lake?




Review:

I was really looking forward to reading Darcie's book - she is one of my favourite authors. And I certainly wasn't disappointed.

I wanted to pack my case and fly to Lake Garda - her descriptions were so vivid and it sounds like an incredibly beautiful place.

The story was lovely - a REAL love story - where the two people fall despite themselves and their pasts. And the tension that arrives when Darcie discovers a family secret is palpable. It means that several people have a lot to deal with, particularly Sophia and her mum.

Absolutely loved it and can't recommend it highly enough! I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.










Tuesday, 8 August 2017

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!COVER REVEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's my great pleasure to reveal the fabulous cover for Sheryl Browne's new DI Matthew Adams book - Deadly Intent.

It is published by Choc Lit and will be out on September 5th - I can't wait!




And here is the blurb:

Tormented to the edge of sanity …

Just when DI Matthew Adams thinks he’s left the past behind him, it comes back to haunt him once again; this time in the form of the Conner family.

Like Matthew, the Conners have lost a child in tragic circumstances – and they’ve also found themselves in the hands of one of the most depraved criminals to walk the streets: ‘Dead-eyed’ Charlie Roberts, a drug addicted low-life with a penchant for extreme violence.

Matthew’s greatest affinity lies with Daniel Conner, the brooding father who still blames himself for his youngest child’s death. But when Daniel’s wife and daughter are tortured and tormented by Roberts, can Matthew prevent him from completely ruining his own life for an act of revenge particularly when, once upon a time, that’s exactly what Matthew would have done too?

Deadly Intent is the third book in Sheryl Browne’s DI Matthew Adams Series but can be read as a standalone. It will be available to purchase as an eBook on September 5th 2017.

Book 1 – After She’s Gone
Book 2 – Sins of the Father



Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Review of Too Damn Nice by Kathryn Freeman - 5** Out today!


Blurb:

Do nice guys stand a chance? 
Lizzie Donavue went from being the sister of his best friend to the girl Nick Templeton most wants to kiss. On her birthday, he finally summons up the courage to make his move. But it looks like Nick’s missed his chance when he discovers that Lizzie has been offered a modelling contract, which will take her away to the glamorous fashion scenes of New York and Los Angeles.

Nick is forced to watch from the sidelines as the gawky teenager he knew is transformed into Elizabeth Donavue: top model and ultimate English rose pin-up, forever caught in a whirlwind of celebrity parties with the next up-and-coming Hollywood bad boy by her side. 

But then Lizzie’s star-studded life comes crashing down around her, and a guy like Nick could be just what she needs. Will she take a chance on him? Or is he just too damn nice?







Review:

What a wonderful book! Do second chances happen? Is Lizzie beyond his reach? And, of course, is Nick "too damn nice"?

This is the fab tale of the damsel in distress being rescued by the knight on a white charger. But where that stops at happily ever after, this book goes into the intricacies and complications of  modern relationships and people.

They get close, they pull away, they get closer, one or other pulls away. Loved it!!

Choc Lit wins again!




Wednesday, 26 July 2017

A little treat from the previously reviewed 5** House of Secrets by Lynda Stacey from Choc Lit.

We have a guest post from the lovely Lynda today and she's here answering questions about the book!



And here she is answering some questions for our enjoyment!

On the 4th July my novel House of Secrets was turned into a paperback and I couldn’t have been prouder at the moment I got to take it back to where it all began, the beautiful Wrea Head Hall hotel in Scarborough.





It was at this time, I got to look back at how I created Bandit, the hero of House of Secrets.

I’ve often been asked where the name for my hero came from.

Well, I’ll try and explain. Christopher Lawless, the hero of House of Secrets is an ex-marine, and like all marines I wanted to give him a name that gave credit to his profession, and in actual fact the nickname Bandit, came first and his ‘real’ name came after. So, his surname is LAWLESS and a lawless man is a Bandit… hope that explains it.


Who is Bandit?

Bandit is obviously gorgeous but has just an edge of vulnerability that quickly shows in his personality. He suffers with post traumatic syndrome after his time working in Afghanistan where he saw both his girlfriend and his team blown up by a roadside bomb. He’s been discharged from the marines and has gone back to live in his childhood home, the gatehouse at Wrea Head Hall. Here, he has taken the job of game keeper, and does all the general maintenance around the hall. It’s a job he loves, purely because it means he gets to spend a lot of time alone, with nature.

When we first meet Bandit, he’s getting through each day the best he can. He’s a little unkempt. His hair is longer than it should be and he rarely shaves. But, we see a very gentle, caring side to him, that comes over as being a little more than overprotective, especially when he meets Maddie and her three-year-old daughter Poppy.



What makes a good hero?
And of course this is only my opinion.
A good hero is hard to find. I often read books where the hero isn’t that appealing (to me), they are often flat and without much of a personality, which is why I like to give my heroes a history. I feel that they need depth of character and a big personality. They don’t necessarily have to be gorgeous, but of course it helps. I feel that it’s more important for them to be kind, respectful, passionate and sensitive. I also feel that the hero needs to be interesting, a little flawed. He needs to feel emotion, even if sometimes that’s anger or hatred, especially towards someone who is trying to hurt the people he loves. All of this helps the reader identify with him, they take the journey with him as he overcomes those flaws, and what’s more they begin to root for him to achieve and succeed.


Who would be the perfect Bandit?




I think someone like Stuart Martin who played Silas in Jamestown. He’s a little vulnerable, a little rough around the edges, yet still gorgeous. Yes, Stuart Martin would definitely be my Bandit.




An extract of the novel from Bandit’s point of view …

‘Damn woman,’ Bandit cursed as he glanced up at the hotel and saw Madeleine watching him from the window. Raising the axe high above his head, he brought it down with a satisfying thud, making the log split in two and fall to the ground. He scooped up the logs that he’d previously cut and threw them into the wheelbarrow that stood by his side. It was still early autumn and without the glow of embers in the open fires, the house could easily turn cool at night. Besides, the reception rooms always looked much nicer with the logs alight, the guests preferred it and it was his job to ensure that there was enough dry wood to keep each of the three fires going right through the winter. But he knew he had to be ahead of his game, this wood would need to be stacked and dried out for at least six months before it would be ready to burn.
            He saw the back door open and watched as Morris Pocklington emerged.
‘Look, I’m really sorry about last night. I didn’t know that Madeleine was your daughter,’ Bandit said, pre-empting the conversation that he guessed was about to happen.
‘She’s pretty pissed at you,’ Morris replied with a laugh. ‘I’m not sure I’d want to get on the wrong side of her.’
‘Shouldn’t be going round pretending to be a burglar then, should she?’ Bandit fired back as he picked up another log and brought the axe down to split it. There was no way he could have known who she was. He hadn’t even known that the boss had a daughter, so he couldn’t be blamed for not knowing who she was when he’d seen her creeping around like a hunting tiger, looking for its next meal. But tigress she was not. He’d seen the way she’d looked up at him like a frightened doe in the darkness. Her eyes wide open with fear. She’d appeared vulnerable yet powerful, and timid yet fiery, all at once. She was so similar to the type of women he’d encountered in the marines. Women who could cut you down with words at ten paces, or shoot you from a distance and, to be honest, he wasn’t sure he wanted to encounter women like that again. Not after Karen.
 ‘You don’t like her?’ Morris asked as he stepped up on the log to perch on the fence and pushed his hands deep in his pockets.
Bandit bit his lip. ‘I barely know her.’
He thought of the deep musky perfume that she’d been wearing; its scent had annoyingly stayed with him through the night. She’d had a feisty personality, a spark about her that could have lit a campfire from a distance, yet he couldn’t work out what annoyed him the most; her high spirits, her feisty personality or the vulnerability that shone from within. None of them could possibly be a good thing.
‘Afghanistan, it changed you, Bandit.’
It was true. Afghanistan had changed him. Karen had changed him. ‘I know.’
‘Do you want to talk about it yet?’
‘No, I don’t.’ The words were sharp, harsh and meant to stop the conversation. The very last thing he ever wanted to talk about was Afghanistan. Just the thought made his palms begin to sweat and he rubbed them down his jeans as he felt his whole body begin to tremble. He wanted to close his eyes, but couldn’t. On some nights there was no sleep at all, some nights he’d sleep for an hour or two, but then the nightmares would begin. Every sudden noise reminded him of the explosion, every beach reminded him of the desert and every woman reminded him of Karen. Everything that had happened played on his mind. One minute he’d been part of an elite group, the next he was flying home: inadequate, alone and uncertain of his future.

About House of Secrets:
A woman on the run, a broken man and a house with a shocking secret...
Madeleine Frost has to get away. Her partner Liam has become increasingly controlling to the point that Maddie fears for her safety, and that of her young daughter Poppy...
Desperation leads Maddie to the hotel owned by her estranged father the extraordinarily beautiful Wrea Head Hall in Yorkshire. There, she meets Christopher 'Bandit' Lawless, an ex-marine and the gamekeeper of the hall, whose brusque manner conceals a painful past.
After discovering a diary belonging to a previous owner, Maddie and Bandit find themselves immersed in the history of the old house, uncovering its secrets, scandals, tragedies and, all the while, becoming closer.
But Liam still won't let go, he wants Maddie back, and when Liam wants something he gets it, no matter who he hurts...

House of Secrets is available as a paperback from all good stockists and also as an eBook on all platforms. For buying options, click here: www.choc-lit.com/dd-product/house-of-secrets/

About the author:
Lynda, is a wife, step-mother and grandmother, she grew up in the mining village of Bentley, Doncaster, in South Yorkshire.
She is currently the Sales Director of a stationery, office supplies and office furniture company in Doncaster, where she has worked for the past 25 years. Prior to this she’d also been a nurse, a model, an emergency first response instructor and a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor … and yes, she was crazy enough to dive in the sea with sharks, without a cage. Following a car accident in 2008, Lynda was left with limited mobility in her right arm. Unable to dive or teach anymore, she turned to her love of writing, a hobby she’d followed avidly since being a teenager.
Her own life story, along with varied career choices helps Lynda to create stories of romantic suspense, with challenging and unpredictable plots, along with (as in all romances) very happy endings.
Lynda joined the Romantic Novelist Association in 2014 under the umbrella of the New Writers Scheme and in 2015, her debut novel House of Secrets won the Choc Lit & Whole Story Audiobooks Search for a Star competition.
She lives in a small rural hamlet near Doncaster, with her ‘hero at home husband’, Haydn, whom she’s been happily married to for over 20 years.


Friday, 21 July 2017

And now for something completely different!



To celebrate the release of T A Williams' new book To Provence With Love, I'm featuring a blog from Trevor himself. One of the stars of the book is Marlon, the labrador and here are the thoughts behind him.







It’s a dog’s life

   My new book, To Provence, with Love, is the story of a famous old film starlet who engages the services of disgruntled teacher, Faye, to write her memoirs. Through her, Faye soon learns that the pathway to stardom is not always easy. But then, the same can be said about Faye’s life and the life of the hunky, but reclusive, lavender farmer down the road. They have all had their problems and they all have their demons to face. But it isn’t all gloom and doom in To Provence, with Love; one of the characters in the book hasn’t a care in the world.
   Those of you familiar with my other books will know that I always (well, almost always) include a black Labrador in my books. We’ve had Dante, the Italian Lab in What Happens in Tuscany, Stirling, the heartbroken English Lab in What Happens at Christmas and way back in my very first book, Dirty Minds, there was Noah, the Lab whose master is heartbroken. Now, in To Provence, with Love, we have the happiest of the lot: Marlon.
   Named after the great man himself – after all if your owner’s a mega-famous film star, what else could you be called? – Marlon lives in a chateau. Some dogs, like Snoopy, live in a dog house, some live in little flats, some in big houses, but only the very, very lucky ones live a life of luxury in a chateau. However, unlike so many wealthy inhabitants of spectacular homes, Marlon isn’t spoilt, he isn’t overweight and he isn’t at all snooty. Of course, in common with all Labradors, he is constantly hungry, and has perfected the “they don’t feed me” expression we all know so well. But that’s about his only vice. Well, that and barking his head off every time the postman comes up the drive.
   He is the best dog in the world to take for a walk – he doesn’t pull on the lead and he never runs off after bunny rabbits. He is totally housetrained, faithful and obedient. He is excellent company and he is a really, really good listener. As a man, I must admit to my share of responsibility for, like so many of my gender, not being a terribly good listener. My wife tells me stuff and, well, I don’t always concentrate. I do try my best, but it’s something that’s built into our DNA. Now, I can probably recall almost all of the commentary on the last rugby match, but domestic stuff tends to go in one ear and out the other. But not so, our Marlon. He listens attentively, never butts in (unless it’s to put a sympathetic paw on your knee) and those big, doleful brown eyes are full of mute comprehension.
   You getting the picture? That’s right, Marlon is one of the main characters in the book. He is an epic example to all of us as to just what true, uncomplicated love is all about. If he likes you, he steals your bra and lies on it. If he’s feeling sorry for you, he gives you a nudge with his cold, wet nose and if he’s happy to see you, he stands up on his hind legs and does his best to lick your face. We all need a bit of that from time to time.




Tuesday, 11 July 2017

An extra treat! 

An extract from the wonderful new book by Lisa Hill from the amazing Choc Lit. 

A 5** book, previously reviewed below:

Enjoy.......




She stood up to take her coat off and surveyed the panoramic view of Prestbury Park, the soft tufts of grass smothering the course across to the edge of the tree-lined village of Prestbury, before the horizon took a climb all the way up to the top of Cleeve Hill which formed part of the Cotswolds.Before she got too carried away, her attention was drawn to a tall figure talking to the racecourse director – and Hennie’s boss – Ralph Cunningham, over by the viewpoint for the Parade Ring.He was wearing well-cut jeans with frayed backs where they were slightly too long, over-hanging what looked like cowboy boots.A Barbour sculpting his lean frame, he had a chiselled, tanned, stubbled face and a look of thorough concentration while he was talking to Ralph – allowing Hennie to ogle just that few seconds longer…
            But you’re renouncing men!
            Well, it didn’t hurt to window-shop from the safety of the office, did it?
            ‘Here you go.’Lyn placed a steaming mug of black coffee by Hennie’s mouse.
            ‘Thanks,’ Hennie said, typing in her password on her keyboard.
            ‘Soooo?’
            Hennie looked up to find Lyn detached from her desk, legs crossed and sipping coffee like she was ready for an episode of Corrie.She was looking at Hennie very expectantly.
            ‘So what?’
            ‘The date!’ Lyn exclaimed as if Hennie couldn’t have possibly forgotten.Which she had.Buried deep in her unhappy memory box along with her mother dying and her divorce from Mark.‘What did you think of Nigel?’
            ‘Lovely.’
            ‘Oh!Fantastic, I—’
            ‘Before you go any further,’ Hennie leapt in to stop Lyn making a fool of herself, ‘lovely, but not for me.’
            ‘Oh.’Lyn’s shoulders visibly slumped.‘May I ask why?’
            ‘Just not the man for me.’It wouldn’t help to be brutally honest and tell Lyn how incredibly dull she had found Nigel.
Hennie glanced at the figure of the tall hunk walking slowly up the ramp back towards the offices with Ralph.
            ‘That guy out there, with Ralph.’ Hennie tilted her head towards the window and tried to act nonchalant.
            ‘He is absolutely gorgeous, isn’t he?’ Lyn said, wistfully.‘Like something from a Ralph Lauren advert.’
            Hennie’s head swung around.‘Lyn!You’re a married woman.’
            Both women were now craning their necks to get a glimpse of tall, tanned and handsome as he stopped by the door, still engrossed in conversation with Ralph.
            ‘Who is he then?’Hennie asked, bent so far over the arm of her chair her long hair was touching the floor.
            ‘Guy Lynch.’ Lyn pronounced every syllable as if a square of silky chocolate was melting on her tongue.
            ‘And who is Guy Lynch, exactly?’
            Lyn visibly tensed.‘Ack, that’s the bit you’re not going to like.’
            Oh God.He was gay.Hennie just knew it.A gay horse vet.Bound to be.
            ‘He’s Charlie Carrisbrook’s new farrier.’
            ‘What?’Hennie suddenly sat up, catapulting Lyn, who had been leaning over her, back in the direction of her own desk. It was worse than if he’d been gay.At least then they could have been friends.
           

About the book:
What if finding happiness was a race against time?
Grace Cavendish knows a thing or two about horses – but what she doesn’t know is that her husband, top horse racing trainer Charlie Carrisbrook, is having a literal ‘roll in the hay’ right under her nose. 

When the painful truth is revealed Grace has no choice but to move in with her highly-strung grandmother Clara and cousin Hennie; a single mum who has renounced men (at least that’s what she says!)

Determined to start again, Grace takes a job at the local cafe, Number Five. And whilst serving up coffee and cake is a far cry from the stables, she enjoys it – especially as she gets to work alongside the rather scrumptious Sam Whittaker.

But the past is racing to catch up with Grace. Can her life still be a romp to victory or will a devastating secret stop her dead in her tracks?

About the author:
Lisa grew up in the village of Bussage, near Stroud, in the Cotswolds until she returned to Cheltenham as a teenager. She is married to her very own hero, Matt, and has three sons, Hamish, Archie and Laurence. Her first encounter of a romance author was chats over the garden wall between her father, Godfrey, and Mrs Cooper from the neighbouring village of Bisley. It came as quite a surprise in later life to find that Mrs Cooper was in fact Jilly Cooper! Lisa’s writing inspiration now comes from other Cotswolds authors including Jill Mansell and Katie Fforde. 

Lisa writes contemporary romance with a light-hearted tone. What interests her most is people, their interactions, emotions and relationships. It’s probably why her career to date has been based in property; she confesses herself that she is ‘naturally curious’. 

When she’s not busy writing, helping Matt run his electrical empire, or being her sons’ taxi service Lisa enjoys running with her gun dog, Sparky. They are both currently training for the Stroud half-marathon although Sparky’s motivation lies much more in chasing bunny rabbits. 

Lisa is a graduate of the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme and attributes this supportive and informative scheme to her winning the Choc Lit Search for a Star competition 2016 with her debut novel Meet Me at Number Five.






Sunday, 25 June 2017

Out today! The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman - 10**!!!!!!


Blurb:

If you could change the past, would you?

****This summer, get ready to believe in Impossible Things with the brand new book from international bestseller, Rowan Coleman. Available to pre-order now!****


How far would you go to save the person you love?
Luna is about to do everything she can to save her mother's life.
Even if it means sacrificing her own.








Review:

Where do I start? How do you review a book that touched you on every level and still has me thinking about it, days after I galloped to the end? This is so much more than a time travel book. It is deep, focusses on real problems and real solutions. And the lengths to which we are prepared to go to save our loved ones.

I've made no secret of the fact that We Are All Made of Stars is one of my all-time favourite books, but, although very different, The Summer of Impossible Things is up there next to it! 

I've no idea how Rowan's brain works, but I do know that it must go on the most fabulous journeys when she researches books and crafts them. This book has everything. Quantum Physics, which seems quite normal, romance, suspension, NYC in 1977 and family relationships. 

I'm not going to mention the plot - the blurb covers it and I don't want to give too much away. Suffice to say, the tension builds, as the heat does and I don't how she did it, but the plot moves faster and faster! I was panicking, exhausted and exhilarated all at the same time!

Would Luna cease to exist? Read it and find out.....this is a MUST-READ!

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review and this gets a personal 10**!

Pre-order here: Amazon UK



Friday, 23 June 2017

Review of Just For the Holidays by Sue Moorcroft - 5**

The book came out a short while ago, but we decided to save my blog for Midsummer's Day :)


Blurb:

The #1 bestselling author returns for summer! Grab your sun hat, a cool glass of wine, and the only book you need on holiday…
In theory, nothing could be better than a summer spent basking in the French sun. That is, until you add in three teenagers, two love interests, one divorcing couple, and a very unexpected pregnancy.
Admittedly, this isn’t exactly the relaxing holiday Leah Beaumont was hoping for – but it’s the one she’s got. With her sister Michele’s family falling apart at the seams, it’s up to Leah to pick up the pieces and try to hold them all together.
But with a handsome helicopter pilot staying next door, Leah can’t help but think she might have a few distractions of her own to deal with…





Review:

It's always a red letter day when a new book comes out from Sue and I couldnt wait to read this.
And I certainly wasn't disappointed. It has everything - love interest, dysfunctional families, handsome pilot, beautiful scenery and a lot of laughs.

As always, Sue creates deep, meaningful characters, interesting interactions and complicated relationships in the space of one book. I really felt for Leah, going on holiday with her sister's family, whilst her sister and brother-in-law were going through a very rough patch in their marriage. The holiday didn't promise to be a barrel of laughs!

But it was - it was all about self-discovery, mending and making do and the complications that children can bring to any situation. And it was very funny at times!

Thank you, Sue, for yet another great book and I look forward to Christmas!

I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


And for an added Midsummer's Day Bonus here is Sue talking about her favourite things about summer:

Ten Things I Love About Summer – to celebrate Midsummer’s Day
by Sue Moorcroft

To celebrate my summer book, Just for the Holidays at midsummer, Annie has kindly invited me over to tell you ten things I love about this, my favourite season. So here we go:
Sunshine. I love the feeling of sun on my skin, particularly after a long, dull patch of weather. I have freckles and my mum used to say it was the sun kissing me. I’ve never liked the freckles but I still love the warmth.
Being outside. Whether I’m at home or on holiday I love to eat (or drink, for that matter) outside. If this is with friends and loved ones, I like it even more.
Not having to wear coats and boots. Isn’t it great to just grab your bag and step outside without dragging on eighteen layers? It makes me feel liberated and light. If I stop for a chat I don’t get frostbite.
Long days. We’re just at the longest day now, when afternoons stretch into evenings that are warm and balmy. Dinner outside as well as lunch! The days feel more cheerful with so many hours to admire the blue (hopefully) sky.
Flowers. I know we get flowers in the other seasons but nothing quite as frothing and enthusiastic as those tubs and baskets of summer blooms appearing in gardens everywhere. When I went to Strasbourg to research Just for the Holidays the profusion of flowers made the bridges look as if they were edged with lace. Beautiful.
Thirst. Yes, I do count that a pleasure! A cold beer on a hot day is at least twice as nice as at any other time. Or wine! I’m equal opportunities as far as beer or wine are concerned. As above, best taken in the company of family or friends.
Children playing outside. Hearing their shouts and laughter seems part of summertime. OK, children do sometimes cry or argue but that always seems short lived.
Having windows open in the house or car to breathe in the fresh air without freezing.
Barbecues. Nothing tastes quite the same as proper barbecued food.
And, lastly … holidays! I know we can have them in winter too (I hardly ever get one then, however) but I love to walk by the sea or relax with a book at a pavement cafĂ©.
Thanks to Annie for inviting me over. I hope that you all have a wonderful, sunny summer of blue skies and happy memories.




Best-selling author Sue Moorcroft writes contemporary fiction with occasionally unexpected themes. The Christmas Promise rose to #1 in the Amazon Kindle chart; The Wedding Proposal, Dream a Little Dream and Is this Love? were all nominated for Readers’ Best Romantic Read Awards and Darcie’s Dilemma for Readers’ Best Short Romance. Love & Freedom won the Best Romantic Read Award 2011 and Dream a Little Dream was nominated for a RoNA in 2013. Sue’s a Katie Fforde Bursary Award winner, a past vice chair of the RNA and editor of its two anthologies.

Sue also writes short stories, serials, articles and writing ‘how to’.



Sue’s current book: Just for the Holidays

Twitter @suemoorcroft
Instagram: suemoorcroftauthor


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Review of Lisa Hill's debut novel Meet Me at Number Five - Four **


Blurb:

What if finding happiness was a race against time?
Grace Cavendish knows a thing or two about horses – but what she doesn’t know is that her husband, top horse racing trainer Charlie Carrisbrook, is having a literal ‘roll in the hay’ right under her nose. 

When the painful truth is revealed Grace has no choice but to move in with her highly-strung grandmother Clara and cousin Hennie; a single mum who has renounced men (at least that’s what she says!)

Determined to start again, Grace takes a job at the local cafe, Number Five. And whilst serving up coffee and cake is a far cry from the stables, she enjoys it – especially as she gets to work alongside the rather scrumptious Sam Whittaker.

But the past is racing to catch up with Grace. Can her life still be a romp to victory or will a devastating secret stop her dead in her tracks? 







Review:

Fantastic debut novel - and some wonderful characters. I don't know much about horses but learned a lot reading this!

And oh how I cried.....and cried.....and cried! But I laughed too - frequently. It's a warm story about families, love and deceit - and revenge in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

Already looking forward to Lisa's next book - thanks to Choc Lit for finding this new star!

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.



Thursday, 15 June 2017

Review of Holiday in the Hamptons by Sarah Morgan - Five **


Blurb:


She’s moved on…
Felicity Knight loves New York. But when she spots her ex-husband in the city, Fliss is desperate to escape!
He’s moved back…
Vet Seth Carlyle is back from California to establish his own practice and settle down. When he learns that his ex Fliss still lives close by, that future is looking a whole lot brighter…
Will a perfect escape bring them back together?
With the help of his adorable dog Lulu, and a sprinkling of beachside magic, Seth is determined to make Fliss see he’s never stopped loving her!





Review: 
Is there no stopping Sarah? This is another wonderful book in the New York series, although we are treated to a beach escape in the Hamptons. And this is what Fliss planned when she saw her ex in NYC. But life has a funny way of twisting and guess who turns up in the Hamptons? Yes, that's right, Seth, her ex.
Fliss, with her twin sister Harriet, runs a petsitting business in NY and she slowly starts doing the same by the beach. But her confusion over her ex makes life very difficult for her. Seth has no confusion and goes all out to regain her trust and love.
I love Sarah's books - they are fun, very easy to read and her characters have substantial depth and baggage.
Looking forward to Harriet's story!

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.