Thursday, 11 June 2020

The Secret Seaside Escape – by Heidi Swain

The blurb: 

Tess Tyler needs a break. Weighed down by her high-pressure job and her demanding father, she’s left little time to take care of herself. But after a shocking discovery sends her spiralling, she flees to Wynmouth, the seaside town she fell in love with as a child, to escape it all.

With its sandy beaches, stunning rock pools and welcoming community, Tess feels like she can finally breathe again. And as she grows ever closer to local barman Sam, she dares to dream that she might never return to her real life. But when a familiar face returns to town, Tess realises that there are secrets in Wynmouth too, and that her own past may be about to catch up with her . . .  

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Reading Heidi Swain is always a treat and I was really looking forward to this book. 

We follow Tess Tyler in this book. She needs a break from work (she works in her fathers company) and just time for herself. Some shocking news confuse her even more, so she decides tp go back to Wynmouth. A little town she visited as a child during holidays. The town is by the sea and she connects a lot of memories to it.

She rents a cottage and turns her phone off completely. She starts hanging out with barman Sam and they have an instant connection. She also makes friends with Sophie, who ones a little cafĂ© in town. Things arent easy though, especially because Sophies daughter Hope comes back and spends a lot of time with Sam. And then there is Joe, who knows Sam and Hope as well. 

A lot has happened in their past and we slowly find out more about it. Tess doesnt tell them she has been in town before and she has more secrets and they are all connected to a kiss. I wont tell you more here though ;) 

Tess is very committed and starts helping out in town a lot. It the break she needs, even though her feelings are all mixed up. When her dad comes to town as well things get even more complicated. 

The storyline is lovely though and I really enjoyed following these people around. Heidi Swain included a lot of emotions, heart, love and passion. The story is full of beautiful moments, family relations, friendship and so much more. I love how detailed the writing is, I felt like being there with the characters. 

The setting is absolutely gorgeous and I love how present and past connect in the story. Its full of ups and downs, but I always felt a warmth. Its the perfect summer read!!!


Heidi Swain on Twitter: @Heidi_Swain
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Thursday, 4 June 2020

The Staycation – by Michele Gorman

The blurb: 

An uplifting, hilarious read about a cancelled holiday... and how love, laughter and fun can always be found close to home. For fans of The Holiday, Lindsey Kelk and Sarah Morgan.

Two families. One cancelled flight. And a last minute house swap...

Things get desperate for strangers Harriet and Sophie when they become stranded with their families in Heathrow's Terminal 5. Each woman has her own reason for really really really needing the family holiday they've anticipated for months. But an unruly volcano has other plans for them. When their flights are cancelled, the families swap houses and discover that sometimes the best things in life happen close to home.

This ash cloud has a silver lining, even if no one can quite see it yet.

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

The idea behind behind this book is great and I really enjoyed it. 

The Staycation follows two women and their families, who meet at Heathrow Terminal 5. Their flight is cancelled because of the ash cold. The women decide to swap houses. 

Both women seem to have secrets and go through tough times in their lives. Things are slowly revealed and it was interesting seeing the different families interact. Sophie and Harriet are very different, Harriet is a successful solicitor, Sophie is a stay - at - home mum. Also their husbands have things to hide and that made the storyline very intriguing and exciting. 

The women text each other and share a phone call from time to time, which lead to a friendship. I enjoyed that a lot. The book is full of funny moments and I liked the fact that both women develop and learn a lot throughout the story. 

At times I felt like there was a lot at once and the connection to them was missing for me. I also had difficulties relating to these two women and therefore struggled from time to time. 

The setting is great and it’s a lovely book for summer!


Michele Gorman on Twitter: @MicheleGormanUK

Sunday, 24 May 2020

The Minute I Saw You – by Paige Toon

The blurb: 

Some people believe that it’s possible to fall in love simply by gazing into another person’s eyes . . .

When Hannah and Sonny meet, a spark ignites that is hard to ignore and impossible to forget. Weeks later, their paths cross again, but Sonny appears distant and reluctant to meet Hannah’s eye. It soon transpires that Sonny is at a crossroads. He’s committed to making serious life changes – ones that can’t and won’t include romance.

Hannah has her own reasons for wanting to keep their budding friendship platonic. Plus, she’s only in town temporarily, housesitting for her uncle. But as the summer hots up and the chemistry between them intensifies, Hannah and Sonny discover that there’s more to each other than meets the eye...

My Opinion:

Finally another Toon book, my first on kindle, but I will definitely get the paperback when it comes out in August. 

We follow Hannah in this story. She works as an optician and is housesitting for her uncle. She went through a lot in her life and doesn’t do relationships. Then Sonny walk into the shop, she works at and they have instant chemistry. Paige Toon captured that beautifully. When he comes back to pick up his glasses two weeks later he is very different though. 

Sonny is a photographer, but he is not enjoying fashion photography. His past has been full of difficult situations and now he has sworn of sex for a while. 

They meet again through Hannah’s new friend Matilda. A friendship starts to build up between them, but their connection is still obvious. I really enjoyed how their relationship developed, because it was different. They start spending more and more time together, sometimes with their friends or canoeing on the river or just hanging out at the pub. 

This book covers a lot of very important topics like mental health, the homeless and many more. I don’t want to give too much away here. 
It’s full of emotions and that makes the book really intense in a good way. There are a lot of unexpected moments and ups and downs. 

Hannah and Sonny are great main characters with a lot of depth and warmth. I also really liked the other characters in this book and it was fab to read about some familiar faces again. 

Paige Toon’s voice is electric, passionate and fresh. I was hooked immediately and really liked how the storyline developed. The book is also very sexy and exciting. 

It’s another stunning and amazing book by Paige Toon. It’s a roller coaster of emotions and I also enjoyed being back in Cambridge. I absolutely adored the setting. 

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!! Perfect for summer!


Paige Toon on Twitter: @PaigeToonAuthor

Sunday, 17 May 2020

The House on Firefly Beach – by Jenny Hale

The blurb: 

Nothing beats falling in love under the sun, with the sand beneath your feet. This gorgeous, feel-good, and heartwarming summer escape from the bestselling author of The Summer House is perfect for fans of Mary Alice Monroe, Susan Mallery and Nancy Thayer.

For Sydney Flynn, her treasured family home, Starlight Cottage, is her sanctuary. The house on the beach, surrounded by glittering turquoise waters, is the perfect place for her fresh start, piecing her life back together after it fell apart. That’s until her knees almost buckle at the sight of Nate Henderson.

As teenagers, Sydney and Nate spent their summers whispering sweet nothings and promising “forever” to each other. Sydney never imagined that her childhood sweetheart was going to break her heart, driving away from her and Firefly Beach, never looking back.

Now, when Sydney spots him at her sister’s wedding, their eyes meeting across the rows of guests, she barely recognizes him. The down-to-earth son of a fisherman, forever in beach t-shirts and flip flops, is replaced with a successful songwriter in a designer suit, a superstar in the country music scene. Yet despite everything, his dazzling blue eyes and easy smile stir up all the feelings she thought she’d left behind.

Nate is back to make it up to Sydney, but can she forgive him for all the heartbreak he caused? And it’s not only about her – Sydney is a single mother to Robby, her whole world, and she won’t let just anyone into their lives. Can she trust that Nate has really changed?

As if worrying about Nate wasn’t enough, a new development threatens Starlight Cottage, the safe haven that saved her when she had nothing else. Can Nate and Sydney overcome their past to save Firefly Beach and the house that holds so many memories for them? Or will the town they adore, and the love they have for one another, be lost forever?

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

The House on Firefly Beachis book two of Jenny Hales Firefly beach series. I really recommend reading book one, because its wonderful ;). 

I was really happy to see that Sydney is the main character in this book. I fell in love with her son Robby in book 1 already. Sydney Starlight Cottage on Firefly Beach is home. Her family is there, shes at the beach and it the perfect place for a fresh start.

The story starts with Hallies and Bens wedding. This is where Sydney meets the love of her life Nate again. A lot has happened since they last saw each other. He left her and start a career as a famous musician. They were inseparable, inspired each other to write (she a writer) and shared many wonderful moments together. 

Well, that was a long time ago. He has a new life now, hes famous and she is divorced and has a son. She still hasnt forgiven him. He desperately wants to explain himself, but its easier said than done, especially since he took his girlfriendJuliana with him as well. 

Nate and Robby start to bond immediately though and the chemistry between Sydney and Nate is undeniable. I love how Jenny Hale captured their unique connection. And then there is a new development that threatens Starlight Cottage. Nate might even be involved with it. 

I was happy to see that Sydney started writing again and there is a great little gem in the storyline connected to it. 

I was hooked to the story from the start. I fell in love with the main characters and the setting. Firefly beach is amazing and I love how Jenny Hale created such a beautiful setting with lots of details. I felt like being there with all of them. She also managed to include plenty of emotions and feelings, which made me feel really close to Sydney. 

Its a book full of love, passion, trust, family and so much more. Every characters got part of his/her story shared as well and the ending is absolutely amazing. 

Jenny Hales writing is full of depth, very detailed, fresh and full of wonderful moments. 

This calls for more in the series! Hopefully Malory (Nate's sister) gets her own story as well.



Jenny Hale on Twitter: @jhaleauthor
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Sunday, 10 May 2020

Where We Belong - by Anstey Harris

Where We Belong – by Anstey Harris

The blurb: 

One summer.
One house.
One family learning to love again.

Cate Morris and her son, Leo, are homeless, adrift. They’ve packed up the boxes from their London home, said goodbye to friends and colleagues, and now they are on their way to ‘Hatters Museum of the Wide Wide World – to stay just for the summer. Cate doesn’t want to be there, in Richard’s family home without Richard to guide her any more. And she knows for sure that Araminta, the retainer of the collection of dusty objects and stuffed animals, has taken against them. But they have nowhere else to go. They have to make the best of it.

But Richard hasn’t told Cate the truth about his family’s history. And something about the house starts to work its way under her skin.
Can she really walk away, once she knows the truth?

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Where We Belong is the second novel by Anstey Harris. 

Cate and her son Leo have had to leave their London home, she has been made redundant in her job as a teacher and the grief of losing her husband Richard followst hem everywhere. 

They temporarily move to Richard’s family home, which is also a museum. I loved the way the author made the place feel special and unique. She doesn’t want tob e there and struggles, but with time she discovers secrets and gets to know certain people.
One oft hem being Araminta, the retainer oft he collection in the museum. Araminta is a very special lady and that doesn’t make lofe easier. They evidently have to spend time together and somehow get closer. 

The star of this story is clearly Leo though. I loved him as a character and he ist he best thing that happened to cate. 

The story is full of ups and downs. It has a lot of depth and touches some important topics. I really liked the storyline and enjoyed how it developed. 

A wonderful read, with lots of beautiful and touching moments, with some great messages. 


Ansteht Harris in Twitter: @Anstey_Harris

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Never Saw You Coming – by Hayley Doyle

The blurb: 

Zara Khoury believes in love – so much so that she flies from Dubai to Liverpool to be with a man she barely knows. It’s a risk, but she’s certain that uprooting her life for Nick is the new start she needs.

Jim Glover is stuck. Since his Dad died, he’s put his dreams aside and stayed at home in Liverpool to care for his mum. Trapped in a dead-end job, he’s going nowhere – that is, until he gets a phone call that just might change his life..

Zara and Jim aren’t supposed to meet. But then fate steps in, and when their worlds – and cars! – collide, the real journey begins…

A gorgeous tale about taking risks and living life to the full – perfect for fans of Beth O’Leary and Josie Silver.

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I don’t really know how to start this review, because I’m really torn with this book. I love the idea behind it and the storyline had some great moments, but I also struggled with certain things. 

Let’s start at the beginning. Zara lives in Dubai and flies to Liverpool fort he love of her love, only for her to have her heart broken. Jim is not in a great part of his life, he is stuck. 

They litarally bump in to each other with their cars and their story begins. The go on a journey together, some of which didn’t make any sense too me. I also didn’t feel any chemistry between them. Unfortunately, I couldn’t warm to any oft he characters, so it was hard to find a connection tot he story or them. For me the depth was definitely missing. 

As I already mentioned, I liked certain moments and some scenes were adorable and cute. I also liked reading from both perspectives and enjoyed the story. 


Hayley Doyle on Twitter: @HayleyDWrites

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

How to Marry Your Husband – by Jacqueline Rohen

The blurb: 

He broke her heart. Now it’s her turn.

Rachel has just seen her husband David kissing another woman and she knows her marriage is over.

To make matters worse, she has just discovered that her romantic destination wedding wasn’t exactly legal.

No marriage means no divorce. Heartbroken and angry, she and her friend hatch a foolproof plan:

Step one - Make David fall back in love with her.
Step two - Marry him
Step three - Divorce him and break his heart.

Simple enough.

Rachel just has to be careful that she doesn't get swept up in the romance and end up falling in love with him...

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I really like the idea behind this book and I think the beginning is perfect. 

I was hooked from the start and was really curious about finding out what Rachel is going to do. It was fab to see all her thoughts and how she managed the sitation of an anniversary party and other things. Keeping up the act after seeing your husband kiss another woman is not easy. 

Then she wants out that their marriage wasn’t legal, it’s time to break his heart. She did a lot to make his life hard and that wasn’t easy to see, I even felt sorry for David. 

The great thing about this book: David got to share his perspective as well. Sometimes in bewteen some chapters were dedicated to him and we got to read everything from his point of view. That was really interesting and actually explained what really happened with this woman. 

I really enjoyed this book, the storyline is very exciting, funny and full of ups and downs. At times I felt it dragged a little bit and I wanted the story to move forward too quickly. The book is full of emotions and I think the authors captured them really well. 
I didn’t really like the way it was all resolved, I kind of expected more there, but I still liked this story very much, also the ending. 

A great story that will keep you hooked!


Jacqueline Rohen on Twitter: @dippyjax

Monday, 27 April 2020

Sunrise Over Sapphire Bay – by Holly Martin

The blurb: 

Fall in love with the beautiful Jewel Island this summer, where the sapphire sea sparkles, the golden sun warms your skin and the islanders melt your heart. From the bestselling author of The Little Village of Happiness comes Holly Martin’s most romantic novel yet.

Aria Philips has lived on Jewel Island all of her life. Even when her sisters Clover and Skye left its stunning shores for bigger and better things, Aria stayed to help her father run their family hotel.

A year after her father’s death Aria’s done everything she can to keep things afloat but the hotel has long been struggling to make a profit. With so few guests Aria risks losing the only home she’s ever had.

Noah Campbell earned his fortune from making hotels a success, and he also just happens to be staying on Jewel Island this summer. Could he be the answer to Aria’s problems? If only he hadn’t kissed her under the willow tree the year before and never called her again. It had been the most incredible kiss of her life, but clearly business and pleasure should never be mixed.

As gorgeous and charming as Noah may be, Aria vows to keep things professional while she seeks his help. But for the past year Noah has been keeping a secret and his return to Jewel Island is about to change Aria’s life forever…

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*


Where to start

Lets start with the wonderful main characters. Airs has lived on Jewel Island her whole live. She started working at the family hotel, helped her father run it and now after his death she is the manager. The hotel is struggling now and she doesnt know what to do now. 

Noah Campbell has been a guest to the hotel several times. He makes hotels successful and travels a lot. 

Aria and Noah had instant chemistry, but nothing really happened between them, until he kissed her under the willow tree. After that he left and it broke her heart. 
Now he is back and he is there to help make the hotel a success again and the truth about everything comes out. What does that mean for their feelings for each other though?! Can they be in a relationship I this situation?!

Their connection and chemistry is there again immediately and I love how Holly Martin captured it. I just wanted them to get together, the story I s very gripping and just beautiful. Their scenes and moments were adorable. Their relationship is full of ups and downs, which made the storyline very exciting. 

Aria’s sisters come back to the island as well, as well as some other characters, who play an important role. I loved reading about all of them. Together with the guests ands the villagers they made a fab group of people with lots of stories to tell. We also got to read about characters from Holly Martin’s previous books as well, which was great. 

The setting of this story is amazing and I loved how detailed the authors style is. The book is full of love, passion, family, heart, friendship, live lessons and much more. There very also some funny moments in this story, which I really liked. 

We also get to learn lot about the characters’ pasts and I really loved that. It made me understand them more and gave us a good background on their lives. I felt like their emotions and feelings were captured really beautifully. 

I can’t wait for more to come in this series!! I’m definitely hooked!



Holly Martin on Twitter: @HollyMAuthor
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Sunday, 19 April 2020

My Pear-Shaped Life – by Carmel Harrington

The blurb: 

This is a joyful, uplifting book for those of us who sometimes wake up and feel we’re not good enough. Spoiler alert: we are!

Meet Greta.

She’s funny.

She’s flawed.

She’s hiding so much behind her big smile she’s forgotten who she is.

But Greta is about to discover that the key to being happy is…being you.

Greta Gale has played the part of the funny fat one her entire life, hiding her insecurities behind a big smile. But size doesn’t matter when you can laugh at yourself, right?
Until Greta realises she’s the only one not laughing. And deep down, she’s not sure if she’ll ever laugh again.

But with her world feeling like it’s falling down around her, Greta is about to discover she’s stronger than she feels. And that sometimes the best moments in life come when it’s all gone a bit pear-shaped…

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I have always like Carmel harrington’s books and writing style. I haevn’t read one of her books for a while and I’m so happy I decided to read this one. 

It tells the story of Greta Gale, who doesn’t have an easy life. She is overweight and has an addiction to sleeping pills. The rest of her famiyl ist hin and fit and it’s not easy tob e around them. She also tries to becaome a successful actress, which is not easy. 

We see Great in different stages of her life and of her additicton. One person that is always there for her is her uncle Ray. I absolutely adored him, probably my fave characters oft he book. He understands Greta and really hold the whole family together. 

Greta also likes following Dr. Greta Gale, her namesake and a  successful TV persononality in the US. Well, Ray decide to surprise Greta with a trip to Vegas to go see her. Greta’s parents don’t like that, but they go anywy. It’s all connected with a road trip starting in Kansas City. There are a lot of Wizard of Oz references in this book, which make the storyline very special. I also really enjoyed the road trip aspect, I felt like being with them and experiencing America through them. Carmel Harrington’s writing captured everything beautifully, it’s detailed and emotional. 

Ray gets to tell his story as well, which I really liked. Greta is on a journey to find herself again, it’s great to see her change thorughout the book. 

The story is very uplifting and inspring, but it also shows the hard parts and it’s connected to a lot of deep feelings. 

I enjoyed this book very much, I was hooked and just couldn’t stop reading anymore. 



Carmel Harrington on Twitter: @HappyMrsH