Wednesday, 21 July 2021

The Beginner’s Guide to Loneliness – by Laura Bambrey


The blurb: 

 

Tori Williamson is alone. After a tragic event left her isolated from her loved ones, she’s been


struggling to find her way back to, well – herself. That’s why she set up her blog, The Beginner’s Guide to Loneliness, as a way of – anonymously – connecting with the outside world and reaching others who just need a little help sometimes.
 
When she’s offered a free spot on a wellbeing retreat in exchange for a review on her blog, Tori is anxious about opening herself up to new surroundings. But after her three closest friends – who she talks to online but has never actually met – convince her it’ll do her some good, she reluctantly agrees and heads off for three weeks in the wild (well, a farm in Wales).
 
From the moment she arrives, Tori is sceptical and quickly finds herself drawn to fellow sceptic Than, the retreat’s dark and mysterious latecomer. But as the beauty of The Farm slowly comes to light she realizes that opening herself up might not be the worst thing. And sharing a yurt with fellow retreater Bay definitely isn’t.  Will the retreat be able to fix Tori? Or will she finally learn that being lonely doesn’t mean she’s broken . . .
 

 

 

My Opinion:

 

 

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

 

The Beginner’s Guide to Loneliness is the blog our main character Tori Williamson started writing after she experienced a lot of grief and felt lonely. She went through a lot in her life and it’s difficult to deal with. Her three online friends and of course her blog help her get through it, or so she thinks. 

 

And then she is offered a spot on a wellbeing retreat on a farm, in exchange for a review on her blog. Tori is very sceptical at first but decides to go anyway. She slowly starts to appreciate the wonderful things the farm has to offer and starts opening up. The other people there are lovely and very supportive. 

 

Of course, that’s not here to stay. She has to fight her fears and deal with betrayal. On the other hand she makes great friends and even gets closer to one of the men. I will stop here, otherwise I’d spoil the whole story for you. 

 

The story is full of ups and downs, Laura Brambery’s style of writing is very gripping and she created a wonderful atmosphere and storyline. She captured some beautiful moments and managed to include topics like grief and fear. It’s a warm-hearted and moving book with some authentic characters, lovely scenes and brilliant writing. 

 

I loved following Tori’s journey and growth in this book and was very sad to leave it all at the end, I need more! 

 

 

 

Rating:

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Laura Bambrey on Twitter: @LauraBambrey

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Saturday, 19 June 2021

Sunlight Over Crystal Sands – by Holly Martin



The blurb: 

 

Love is in the air on the sun kissed sands of the Cornish coast, where the sea


sparkles and romance sizzles on golden beaches. This stunning new novel by Holly Martin, bestselling author of Ice Creams at Emerald Cove, is guaranteed to steal your heart this summer.

Lyra Thomas has dreamed of living on Jewel Island ever since she first visited its breathtaking shores. And now her dream has come true – she has her own little cottage and a brand new job. But when Lyra sets out for a bike ride to explore her new home, a mishap has her crash-landing at the feet of the very handsome Nix Sanchez.

A true gentleman, Nix comes to Lyra’s rescue. His face is so familiar and yet they are strangers. But the more they talk, Lyra feels as though she has known Nix forever. What follows is the most magical night of Lyra’s life… until the spell is broken when the next morning she finds Nix has gone.

Feeling foolish Lyra vows to be more careful with her heart from now on. She’ll pretend Nix never existed. But destiny has other ideas and in a perfect twist of fate Lyra will discover that Nix Sanchez is impossible to forget…

Escape to sundrenched Jewel Island this summer where love, laughter and the thrill of adventure await. This gorgeous, romantic, feel-good read is perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Jill Mansell and Sue Moorcroft.

 

 

My Opinion:

 

 

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

 

And we are back again!!!

 

Lyra and Nix both start working on Jewel Island at the same time. 

Before their job starts, they hit it off immediately and spend some magical moments together. 

 

The next day everything changes and both think the other one just left. A big misunderstanding of course, but they don’t know that. 

 

We then follow both of them on their journey on the island and it’s very exciting, especially, when they see each other again. 

 

I don’t want to give away too much, but let’s say that they have unique chemistry and their connection is obvious. Holly Martin captured that beautifully and I was hooked to the storyline. 

 

Her writing just makes everything seem so authentic, vivid and sweet. Of course the setting is magical too. 

 

The beginning of the book is exciting and makes you want to read on. I really liked both main characters and it was also fabulous to catch up with all my Jewel Island favourites. 

 

I loved every second of this book!!!


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Sunday, 14 March 2021

Ice Creams at Emerald Cove – by Holly Martin



The blurb: 

 

Escape to the Cornish coast this spring with a trip to the beautiful Emerald


Cove, where the sea sparkles in the sunshine, the sand glitters like gold, and true love is in the air. From the bestselling author of Sunrise over Sapphire Bay comes this gorgeously romantic and uplifting tale.

Skye Philips and Jesse Hamilton have a complicated relationship. They’ve been neighbours, best friends and even briefly married. But ever since Skye returned to the beautiful shores of Jewel Island to help her sisters Aria and Clover run their family hotel, she doesn’t know where she stands with Jesse.

When they’re together the chemistry between them sizzles, but with Jesse living in Canada and Skye on the Cornish island she calls home, they’ve kept things casual. Till now…

Jesse is coming to Jewel Island for the annual Pudding Parade and Skye knows this is her chance to tell him how she really feels. But putting her heart on the line isn’t easy when it’s been broken in the past. Will Jesse return her love? Or will she lose him for good?

Everything she's ever wanted can be hers if she's willing to take the chance, but is Skye brave enough to risk her heart once again?'

Set sail to the Cornish coast where sunshine, laughter and romance awaits. This stunning love story is guaranteed to steal your heart this summer; it’s the perfect read for fans of Sarah Morgan, Veronica Henry and Jill Mansell.

 

 

My Opinion:

 

 

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

 

We are finally back on Jewel Island again, yay!!! 

 

This time the story is focused on Skye. We of course already know her and I was very excited for her story. Things are complicated between her and Jesse and we finally got to into more depth. 

 

Their feelings for each other are obvious, but Jesse is in Canada with his daughter. When Skye decides to organise a Pudding parade, she asks him to come and help and there he is. 

 

I really adored their moments and scenes together, they are a perfect match, but they just don’t tell each other what they are feeling. 

 

I don’t want to go into more detail here, you will just have to read the book. Holly Martin’s style is so vivid and fun, I got hooked immediately. She has a really talent of capturing these special moments and just makes a story so magical. 

 

Of course it’s also always great to catch up with some other familiar characters. They are a wonderful big family on the island and I actually don’t want to leave them. 

 

A gripping storyline, wonderful setting and awesome characters, this book is just amazing!!!


Rating: 



 

 

 

Holly Martin on Twitter: @HollyMAuthor

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Thursday, 3 December 2020

The Flip Side – by James Bailey



The blurb: 

 

Penny wise or pound foolish? A heartbroken young Brit decides to turn his love life over to


the flip of a coin—in this delightfully British rom-com in the vein of Jenny Colgan, Rosie Curtis, Nick Hornby, and David Nicholls.


To coin a phrase, Josh is suffering a quarter-life crisis. He just broke up with his long-term girlfriend, lost his job, and moved back home with his parents (shudder). Welcome to rock bottom in Bristol. As Josh starts questioning all his life choices, he has a mad thought: Maybe he would just be better flipping a coin. After all, careful planning has landed him homeless, jobless, and single.

What starts as a joke soon becomes serious and Josh decides to start putting his faith in the capriciousness of currency. He doesn’t have anything to lose.

But when the chance of a lifetime and the girl of his dreams are on the line, will the coin guide him to a rich love life or leave him flat broke?

 

 

My Opinion:

 

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

 

I loved the sound of this book from the start and was very excited to read it! James Bailey’s debut novel definitely didn’t disappoint, I absolutely adored the book!

 

We follow Josh, who gets dumped by his girlfriend when he proposes. He also loses his job and lives with his parents again, things are not easy. 

 

He decides to put his faith into a coin. He just flips the coin to see where life takes him, he doesn’t have anything to lose right?!

 

Following his journey with the coin was great! I really enjoyed the storyline and following his adventures. And then he meets a girl, the click right away and have instant chemistry, but then she’s gone. His journey of finding her continues, always by his side of course is the coin. His friends are always there as well and they are a fab addition to the story. I love them all and think they added another layer to the storyline. 

 

I was hooked from the start. James Bailey’s writing is gripping, funny, compelling and he just has a fresh and unique style. There are so may LOL moments in this story and adorable scenes! 

 

A wonderful read, full of ups and downs and a gripping storyline, a definite must read!!! I hope we hear more from James Bailey!


Rating:






James Bailey on Twitter: @jbaileywrites

Website: www.JamesBaileyWrites.com

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About James Bailey

 

Born in Bristol, James Bailey began to dream of a writing career following a top mark in a Year


8 English exam, and he soon pursued journalism, starting a student newspaper and a sports website, interviewing athletes including Usain Bolt and Rafa Nadal. This burgeoning career was halted however, when he was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a cardiac arrhythmia. Following two operations, James supported the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young, carrying the Olympic Torch, running the London Marathon, speaking in the House of Commons, and appearing in BBC1’s Lifeline appeal, alongside pop star Pixie Lott.   

Upon moving to London for university, during which time he avoided high rent by living in a Travelodge, James juggled studying Spanish with working as a red carpet reporter, interviewing stars such as George Clooney, Emma Stone and David Beckham.

Following his graduation, he travelled the world, journeying through twenty one countries looking for himself, and hopefully love. Having found neither, he returned home to Bristol, where he founded a walking tour company of the city and began working on his debut novel, having been selected for Curtis Brown Creative’s Six Month Novel Writing Course.

The Flip Sideis his debut novel. He can be found on Instagram @JamesBaileyWrites, and at www.JamesBaileyWrites.com.

 



Thursday, 12 November 2020

He Will Be Mine – by Kirsty Greenwood

 

The blurb: 

 

Nora Tucker is an admin assistant from a tiny English village.




Gary Montgomery is Hollywood’s hottest new star.

After seeing him on the silver screen, Nora believes that Gary is her soulmate, her one true love, the man she's supposed to grow old and wrinkly with. She knows it sounds nuts, she knows it’s completely crazy. But sometimes love is crazy, right?

Only... how on earth is this Plain Jane introvert supposed to get to Los Angeles, infiltrate Gary’s inner circle AND convince him that they’re meant to be? Throwing herself into this mission might be a tall order but it means Nora can stop thinking about that one awful day, two years ago, when everything in her life fell apart...

With the help of a sunny Californian weather girl, a super hot but super grumpy script writer, and a very passionate Adam Levine tribute act, Nora is about to try the impossible and let fate decide her future…

 

 

My Opinion:

 

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

 

I have always loved Kirsty Greenwood as an author and I enjoyed all her books very much. So obviously, I was very excited for this one. 

 

Nora Tucker has been through a lot in her life and right now she’s not in a great place. Her sister sends her off to LA, because Nora is “in love” with actor Gary Montgomery. I know, you heard right! We all had one or the other crush on a celebrity I guess, but Nora brings it to a new level. The first time she saw him on the screen, she had a feeling that he is the one. 

 

Well, in LA introverted Nora has to do something to actually find Gary. She is staying with Kennedy, who likes the same books she likes and then there is also her grumpy brother Brandon. Along with the Uber driver and Adam tribute singer, Kennedy and Brandon play an important role in this story and they all brought a refreshing element into the storyline. 

 

Nora ends up on Gary’s set, goes to an event where he is speaking and even ends up having brunch with him. However, every time something weird or embarrassing is happening and that doesn’t make it easier for her. 

 

Being in LA is good for Nora though, because she finally experiencing life again and is learning to let go and care for herself.

I adored that the story was told from both perspectives. Gary got to share his feelings as well, in kind of a journal form and that was great! We saw his side as well and it was definitely interesting and made the story more exciting. He goes through a lot in this book as well. Of course we also get to see how his life as an actor is, which was awesome. 

 

LA is the perfect setting for this book and I got hooked immediately. Kirsty Greenwood’s writing is funny, gripping, fresh, unique and very entertaining. It’s full of witty scenes and special moments and Kirsty just captures the magic beautifully. 

 

Sometimes I felt like there were too many “coincidences”, but I kind of forgot about that again and just enjoyed the story. 

 

The ending is absolutely brilliant and I actually want more!!

 

It’s the perfect story to escape in and just enjoy! 

 

AWESOME!!!


Rating:





Kirsty Greenwood on Twitter: @Novelicious

Website: https://www.kirstygreenwood.com

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Thursday, 22 October 2020

Christmas at Fireside Cabins – by Jenny Hale

The blurb: 

 

Escape to the idyllic small town of Pinewood Hills in this enchanting romance, about falling in


love under the mistletoe with a sprinkle of Christmas magic…


For Lila Evans, Christmas is the toughest time of year––a heartbreaking reminder of losing her father, and just how lonely she is… This year, she’s organized a blissful getaway with her closest friends: just the remedy for the December blues.

The countryside resort of Fireside Cabins, tucked away in the snowy Tennessee hills, seems like this year’s perfect setting to get into the festive spirit. But it’s far from a winter wonderland––the crumbling cottage is falling apart, and the owner, a widow named Eleanor Finely, confesses that the cabins are on the brink of closure. Lila and her friends should pack their bags right there and then, but Lila can’t bear to leave the tearful elderly woman. She clearly has no one, and Lila, more than anyone, knows how that feels.

In search of holiday cheer, the women find a local coffee shop. But the rugged, surly owner Theo Perry has an apparent aversion to Christmas, seeming downright angry when Lila asks for a peppermint latte. No one in the area knows who he is––but it’s clear he’s running from something.

Yet there’s more to this small town than Theo’s frosty reception. As much as his coldness infuriates her, Lila can’t deny that on the rare occasions when he does smile, it feels like coming home. Plus, the cabins are just calling for some festive sparkle.

And, unexpectedly, Pinewood Hills could hold a new beginning for Lila… But can she save Fireside Cabins in time for Christmas? With a dusting of festive magic, spiced apple cider and sugarplum pie, could this be the first holiday she doesn’t spend alone?

 

 

My Opinion:

 

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

 

Jenny Hale has done it again and she is definitely the queen of Christmas books!

 

In this story we follow Lila Evans, who has lost her family very early and Christmas is never an easy time. She has her three best friends and the go away the Pinewood Hills for some Christmas magic. 

 

The start isn’t easy though, because the coffeeshop owner Theo is rude and doesn’t even have almond milk. Their cabin is not what it looked like and things start to break and on top oft hat one of her friends has to leave again soon. 

 

Eleanor Finley ist he owner oft he cabins and Lila soon warms up to her. Eleanor is all alone and Lila knows exactly how that feels. She wants to help her and bring some Christmas cheer tot he village. It isn’t easy, especially after her other friends leave as well and then there is Theo, mysterious Theo. Nobody knows, who he really is and seemed to have built up a wall around himself. 

 

Lila somehow feels a connection to him and doesn’t give up, she wants to get to know him better and find out what is behind it all. Their chemistry is electric and at one point even he can’t deny that anymore. He is running away though and doens’t make it easy for Lila. 

 

The whole storyline is full of magic with a wonderful variety of characters. I was routing for Lila and Theo from the start, despite the fact that we didn’t know a lot about him. I absolutely adored their scenes and moments and I think Jenny Hale captured their connection beautifully. The book is full of ups and downs and I just couldn’t put it down, I was absolutely hooked. 

 

The setting is amazing, especially after Lila takes the initiative to include some Christmas magic in the village. Jenny Hale just has a gift of creating stunning settings and including so many wonderful details. 

 

The story has it all: passion, love, festive cheer, friendship, family, a beautiful place and so much more. The book also life and all the struggles that can occur.

It’s the perfect Christmas book and I was really sad when it ended, I really wanted to stay with the characters. 

 

Little Rex warmed my heart as well ;). 

 

AMAZING!!!


Rating:






Jenny Hale on Twitter: @jhaleauthor

Website: https://www.itsjennyhale.com

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