Welcome to my blog, Kirsty’s Book Buying Addiction. It was hard to come up with a name for this blog but with a friend’s help this is it! I seem to have the problem of buying and downloading books and not a lot of time to read them. I also love discovering new and upcoming authors so please any recommendations throw them my way! 😊
The main aim of my blog is to just spread the love of reading. For me reading is my escape I love going into a different world and I need that in my life to be able to deal with my health. I’ve always been an avid reader as far as I can remember, going to the library a lot as a child especially.
Please send any review requests to me through my twitter account via DM @KirstyOughton26 😊📚
ONE PROMISE Aged thirteen, best friends Eleanor and Fin are inseparable. Convinced it will always be this way they make a pact – to go to university together, always live near each other, and if they’re both single at 35 they’ll get married.
TWO DECADES Eleanor and Fin haven’t spoken in fifteen years. Life has run away from them and they’re both far from where they’d dreamt of being all those years ago.
CAN THEY STILL KEEP THEIR WORD? It takes tragic circumstances for Fin to come back into Eleanor’s life, but everything has changed since the last time they met. Is it too late to mend their friendship? Or is there a chance they can keep some of the promises they made?
It’s my stop on the blog tour for Emily’s second novel, ‘Last Time We Met’ I was a huge fan of her first book so just had to read this one as soon as! Thank you to Anne at Random Things Tours for the opportunity to take part.
Eleanor Levy and Finley Taylor are best friends throughout their whole childhood, then unfortunately they don’t speak for fifteen years and Fin is living in another country. Eleanor is in the midst of a break up at the same time as Fin being informed his mum is poorly and he needs to travel to the UK to see her before its too late. Eleanor is trying to be supported by her mother, her sister Freya and her best friend Sal but the person she has a special connection to isn’t any of these people.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story from both Eleanor and Fin’s perspective and the author includes past and present events which gave the story a lot of depth.
Emily gives us the theme of friends to lovers but I won’t explain the path both of these characters take to get to the end. It’s a whirlwind of emotions and frustrations on both sides. Emily has you engrossed from the first page to the very end!
To me this story is about love, loss and most of all friendships! I give ‘Last Time We Met’ 5*/5* 😊 and I have a feeling it’s going to be one of my top books of 2022.
Thank you to Transworld for an advanced copy of this book.
Emily Houghton is an ex–digital specialist and full-time creative writer. She originally comes from Essex but now lives in London. A trained yoga and spin teacher, Emily is completely obsessed with dogs and has dreamt of being an author ever since she could hold a pen.
Before I Saw You was released in 2021 and published in 12 countries! Her latest book Last Time We Met is released in the UK this summer (2022)
Some people spend their whole lives trying to find the one. But Natalie had found him – and married him. And then Russ died.
Two years ago, her whole world was shattered. Still now, she feels like she’s trying to piece her broken heart back together, one day at a time.
But then she finds a sheet of music – one that only Russ would know – in the piano stool in St. Pancras station where she’s secretly been playing for the last few months.
For the first time, Natalie realizes that maybe life does still hold a little magic. And with every note she plays, she feels as if she’s unlocking another fragment of her heart…
But will she ever truly find love again after she’d already found forever?
It’s my turn on the blog tour for ‘The Key to my Heart’ Thank you to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for the opportunity to take part.
This story centres on Natalie, a widow of 2 and a half year. She is still very much struggling with her loss and is racked with guilt and grief. She starts playing the piano in St Pancreas Station and finds sheet music left for her specially, songs which mean a lot to her but she doesn’t know who is leaving them. I won’t go into massive detail, but I highly recommend you read this beautiful story. Characters are in abundance in this story with Natalie’s friends, Joe, Tom and Shauna. The story has a lot of mystery until the very few final chapters, I was absolutely engrossed throughout.
Lia’s narrative flows freely and easily to enable you to fully enjoy the storyline, characters and setting. There isn’t a massive emphasis on romance as this is more about Natalie’s growth as a person as she works through her grief for her partner. I felt the grief myself, and really felt for Natalie.
‘The Key to my Heart’ is about love, loss and giving people a second chance. I give ‘The Key to my Heart’ 5*/5* 😊 I have all of Lia’s books already and will be bumping them up the pile!
Thank you to Orion books for an advanced copy of this book.
Lia Louis lives in the United Kingdom with her partner and three young children. Before raising a family, she worked as a freelance copywriter and proofreader. She was the 2015 winner of Elle magazine’s annual writing competition and has been a contributor for Bloomsbury’s Writers and Artist’s blog for aspiring writers. She is the author of Somewhere Close to Happy and Dear Emmie Blue.
Samantha has a secret. Returning home from her dream honeymoon to the normality of running her beloved Hedgehog Hollow rescue centre, she’s ready for the next chapter of her life with Josh. Or is she? Samantha is hiding something which could forever change the dreams they shared and bring their happy ever after crashing to the ground.
Lauren has given up on love. Twenty-six years ago the love of her life, Shaun, left her a note and was never seen again. Two painful divorces later she still can’t face opening up to anyone. But little does Lauren know that the closure she’s dreamt of for all these years may be closer than she thinks, and perhaps the only way to let new love in is to forgive and forget.
Samantha and Lauren will need the love and support from the Hedgehog Hollow family more than ever. After all, some dreams are worth chasing…
Ive just finished readind ‘Chasing Dreams at Headgehog Hollow (in 2 days which is quick reading for me!). Just wow what another great instalment to the Headgehog Hollow series! As soon as it published I was quick to download and read the latest from Jessica.
This instalment focuses on Lauren’s backstory, she is Josh’s auntie. We still hear from Samantha, the owner of Hedgehog Hollow and Josh’s new wife but getting to know Lauren a lot more has been an absolute pleasure. Her life is full of regret (I won’t go into detail) and she meets a new friend. Anyway if you want to know more then purchase and read this book ASAP!
It was amazing to go back to Hedgehog Hollow and catch up with Samantha and Josh, Jonathan and Debs, Chloe and James (and baby Samuel), Pheobe and Darcie, Paul and Beth (with Archie and Lottie) and the other volunteers! It’s like coming home when you go back to visit this beautiful setting. I was completely engrossed in Lauren’s backstory and I thought Jessica handled this with incredible sensitivity. I was actually a bit gutted to have finished it so quickly but this is a series I would actually re read again and again (as well as Jessica’s other books)
I give ‘Chasing Dreams at Hedgehog Hollow’ a massive 5*/5* 😊 I can’t wait for the final installment to this series in September.
I live in Scarborough on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast in the UK. My home inspired the creation of the fictional seaside town of Whitsborough Bay where I set some of my books. The Hedgehog Hollow series takes readers to a gorgeous countryside setting on the Yorkshire Wolds.
I live with my husband, our teenage daughter and sprocker spaniel, Ella. I’m a stationery addict with a notepad obsession who loves chocolate (although it doesn’t love me), hedgehogs, 80s music, collectible teddy bears and lighthouses.
My career has mainly been in HR as a trainer and recruiter. I had a brief detour into retail to set up and manage my own specialist teddy bear shop and started writing my debut novel on quiet days in the shop.
In June 2020, I became a full-time author. I’m so very grateful to anyone who has bought or borrowed my books in whatever format, helping me fulfil a long-held dream of writing full-time. I still can’t believe I get to spend every day chatting to my fictional friends and making stuff up.
When Libby Nicholls arrives in London, broken-hearted and with her life in tatters, the first person she meets on the bus is elderly pensioner Frank. He tells her about the time in 1962 he met a girl on the number 88 bus with beautiful red hair just like her own. They made plans for a date at the National Gallery, but Frank lost the ticket with her number written on it. For the past sixty years, he’s ridden the same bus trying to find her.
Libby is inspired by the story and, with the help of an unlikely companion, she makes it her mission to help Frank’s search. As she begins to open her guarded heart to strangers and new connections, Libby’s tightly controlled world expands. But with Frank’s dementia progressing quickly, their chance of finding the girl on the number 88 bus is slipping away.
More than anything, Libby wants Frank to see his lost love one more time. But their quest also shows Libby just how important it is to embrace her own chances for happiness – before it’s too late.
It’s my stop on the blog tour for ‘The Girl on the 88 Bus’ Thank you to Tracy from Compulsive Readers for the opportunity to take part.
What a read?!, I have a total book hangover from Freya’s second novel. Back in 1962 Frank met a girl on the 88 bus route in London, however he’s accidently lost her contact details. He vows to find her by consistently riding the bus route he met her on and is determined to find her, even with no name and not much details about her even if it takes the rest of his life. Libby is now in London after an unexpected breakup, she mets Frank and a beautiful friendship blossoms. I won’t say much more as I very much highly recommend you get yourself a copy to enjoy!
Freya’s narrative brings together an unlikely group of characters, all very different in personality, but they just work. Her description of London is beautiful and clearly well researched. This unique story brings together a sense of community within the group and that’s pretty special. I found myself not wanting to put this book down and I was immersed in these characters as if I was there with them. There’s also a sense of diversity with each person in this friendship group and I adored that. This story is about friendship and has a lot of love instilled in the pages. The perfect romantic story with a twist!
I give ‘The Girl on the 88 Bus’ a glowing 5*/5* I am pushing Freya’s first novel to the top of the pile now.
Thank you to Zaffre Books for an advanced copy of this book.
Freya Sampson works in TV and was the executive producer of Channel 4’s Four in a Bed and Gogglesprogs. She studied History at Cambridge University and in 2018 was shortlisted for the Exeter Novel Prize. She lives in London with her husband, two young children and an antisocial cat.
Welcome to the Happy Hartes Bookshop in Micklewick Bay on the beautiful North Yorkshire Coast!
The Happy Hartes Bookshop has been a part of bookworm Florrie Appleton’s life as far back as she can remember. From the evocative smell of the books, to working alongside her beloved Mr H and his black Labrador, Gerty, there’s no wonder she calls it her happy place.
Living in a town she loves, with her family and group of close-knit friends around her, life is sweet. Until one dreadful Monday morning, when everything is turned upside down and things are changed forever.
Devastated, Florrie finds herself thrown into an unexpected situation with handsome stranger, Ed Harte, owner of a pair of twinkly navy-blue eyes and a smile that has the knack of making mischief with her insides.
Despite herself, Florrie quickly finds herself falling for him, but she’s torn, reluctant to give her heart to someone who seems intent on not sticking around.
While her heart’s doing battle with her head, Florrie soon finds herself privy to a secret with Ed involving a heart-wrenching twist they could never have imagined.
It’s my turn on the blog tour for “The Little Bookshop by the Sea” by one of my go to authors, Eliza J Scott.
This is the first in a new series by Eliza set on the North Yorkshire Coast in Micklewick Bay. Florrie works at The Happy Hartes Bookshop since she was a teen, it’s her life so when she suddenly is part owner with Ed Harte her life changes. I won’t go into specifics but I loved Florrrie with her quirks. The star of the book for me was Gerty, Mr H’s dog.
Eliza takes you into a completely different world with her writing; her well rounded characters, the beautiful surroundings and the huge sense of community in the story. I’m so glad this is the beginning of a new series so we are in for a proper treat in Micklewick Bay. I can’t wait to read every single book in this coming series!
“The Little Bookshop by the Sea” is a book full of love, laughter, friendship and surprises too. I felt all the feels and was gutted to have finished this story. I give “The Little Bookshop by the Sea” a massive 5*/5* 🙂 ❤️
Thank you to Eliza for an advanced copy of this book. Don’t forget to check out the other stops on this wonderful tour!
Eliza is proud to be a member of the RNA. She lives in North Yorkshire with her family. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book/glued to her Kindle or working in her garden, fighting a losing battle against the weeds.
Eliza also enjoys bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off by a visit to a teashop where she can indulge in another two of her favourite things: tea and cake.
Her biggest weakness is ginger biscuits dunked in tea.
Eliza is inspired by her beautiful surroundings and loves to write heartwarming romance stories with relatable female characters. She enjoys exploring the dynamics of female friendship, with a key feature of her books being how women pull together and support one another when things get tough.
If you’re reading this, my funeral must have just finished. I’ve got something to ask of you…Who knows, you might even enjoy it?
The Cadogan children haven’t spoken to each other for three years. But their father, Gerry, has a plan to bring them together. To scatter his ashes, they must first drive his old camper van up to Scotland…
For the trip, Gerry has provided them with three family photo albums and a bottle of single malt whisky.
But will the journey help banish their ghosts and turn them back into a family? Or will it show them exactly why they’ve stayed apart for so long?
‘The Way Back’ is the first novel I’ve read by Jamie having his first one on my tbr pile for a while. I can’t wait to read his first too!
This story is about three siblings; Kirsty, Jessica and Patrick who upon finding out about their father’s passing have something to do together on the request of their dad Gerry. He wants them to travel up the country to scatter his ashes, but what could possibly happen along the way?!
All three characters have their own lives and backstories which bind together for very intriguing reading. As the journey gets underway drama and secrets unfold from the pages of this story. I found myself engrossed with what could happen next. Jamie’s narrative has a lot of depth for detail of surroundings and his character’s personalities. The way the story moves from present tense to the past has a way of making you wonder the Cadogan family dynamic. I am very much looking forward to reading more and more by Jamie.
‘The Way Back’ is about family and forgiveness. I give ‘The Way Back’ 5*/5* 😊
The sparkling seaside village of Merle Bay, with its beautiful beach scattered with sea glass, is a place where anyone can have a fresh start.
For Katie, it is the perfect hideout after a childhood trauma left her feeling exposed. For Robyn, the fresh sea air is helping to heal her scars, but maybe not her marriage. For Grace, a new start could help her move on from a heartbreaking loss. When they meet on Sea Glass Beach one day, they form an instant bond and soon they’re sharing prosecco, laughter – and even their biggest secrets…
Together, the women feel stronger than ever before. So can their friendship help them face old fears and find happy endings – as well as new beginnings?
I’ve read every single one of Cathy’s books and had to get my hands on a copy of ‘The Summer That Changed Us’ as soon as I could, also to bump it up the pile.
We meet three wonderful ladies in this story; Katie, Grace and Robyn who end up forming the Sea Glass Sisterhood. All three ladies have very unique problems but as they say ‘a problem shared is a problem third’ They helped and supported each other deeply after meeting as complete strangers by chance. The connection they form with each other, you would think they knew each other for years and years! These characters were equally down to earth, true to themselves and supportive of each other even with their own problems happening.
I was so excited to realise the story was set in the North East along the coast! (My neck of the woods of course) in the wonderful fictional seaside town of Merle Bay.
Cathy’s narrative flows so freely you don’t realise how fast you end up turning the pages. I was so engrossed I didn’t want to put it down! ‘The Summer That Changed Us’ is witty and poignant at the same time. Its full of love, grief and most of all friendship.
I knew for a fact I was in for a proper treat with yet another one of Cathy’s creations. This one has to by my new favourite of Cathy’s books. I give ‘The Summer That Changed Us’ a dazzling 5*/5* 🙂
Cathy Bramley is the Sunday Times Top Ten best-selling author of THE LEMON TREE CAFE. Her other romantic comedies include Ivy Lane, Appleby Farm, Wickham Hall, Conditional Love, The Plumberry School of Comfort Food and White Lies and Wishes. She lives in a Nottinghamshire village with her family and a dog.
Cathy turned to writing after spending eighteen years running her own marketing agency. She has been always an avid reader, never without a book on the go and now thinks she may have found her dream job!
Cathy loves to hear from her readers. You can get in touch via her website http://www.CathyBramley.co.uk Facebook page Facebook.com/CathyBramleyAuthor or on Twitter twitter.com/CathyBramley
Midwife Ella Mehenick left the small Cornish town of Port Agnes for London and never looked back. But when her seemingly perfect life crashes down around her, there’s only one place she can heal her battered heart – the place she once called home.
A new arrival…
Ella is quickly welcomed into the small community midwife team and loves her new job caring for mums and their precious babies – it’s what she does best! But being back also means facing ex-flame Dan Ferguson…the first man to break her heart.
A second chance at love?
Dan is still as gorgeous as ever, but he’s never forgiven Ella for leaving. And now she’s back it’s clear that there is unfinished business between them. As Ella settles into her new/old life, she can’t stop the memories of how she once loved Dan so completely – and maybe never stopped.
Maybe coming home to Cornwall is Ella’s chance to love again…
A Summer Wedding for the Cornish Midwife
It’s wedding day in Port Agnes!
The venue is booked, the dress is picked, and Senior Midwife Anna Jones only has to say ‘I Do!’ to the man she loves! Theirs might have been a whirlwind romance, but Brae Penrose is everything Anna dreamed her husband would be and she can’t wait to start a new life with him…and if they are lucky, maybe even a family of their own.
But as the big day approaches disaster strikes, and their perfect day looks destined not to happen at all. Anna’s certain it’s a sign to slow things down.
The other midwives won’t hear of Anna and Brae postponing their big day, but can they and the community of Port Agnes pull together to make sure the Penrose summer wedding goes off without a hitch?
A Winters Wish for the Cornish Midwife
A secret love…
As winter descends on the coastal town of Port Agnes, midwife Toni Samuels’ mood is as dark as the winter clouds that roll in. Toni loves her job as a midwife, but her private life is falling apart. Because Toni is keeping a secret– a relationship with fellow male midwife Bobby that no one can ever know about.
A damaged hope…
Kind and gorgeous, Bobby is a huge hit at the midwifery centre, but he’s tired of keeping his feelings for Toni a secret – of always coming second best. He knows that Toni’s past is painful, but unless she can be open with her feelings for him, he’s prepared to walk away from their love.
Can love find a way?
Toni loves Bobby and wishes things could be different between them. But torn between her past and a future with him, everything seems hopeless. Until fate hands Toni one last chance…
Now Toni’s secret wish is in her hands…if only she can be brave enough to take a chance and make her dreams come true.
A Spring Surprise for the Cornish Midwife
Midwife Jess knows she’ll never have a baby of her own, but she’s determined to still be a mum. So Jess decides to foster, providing love and support for children who desperately need it – something Jess never had as a child when she was in foster care.
Jess loves caring for the precious babies who come into her life, but letting them go again breaks her heart every time – can she really be a mum after all?
But then Jess finds a surprise on her doorstep – a newborn baby! As the search for the missing mum begins, Jess cares for the precious babe day and night. She desperately wants to reunite mum and baby, but knows that when the day comes, her own heart will shatter
As the first four books of “The Cornish Midwife” series all feature the same characters I’ve decided to write one big review! I absolutely loved them all ❤️
In each story we find out more about each of the four main midwives in Port Agnes Midwifery Unit; Ella, Anna, Toni and Jess.
I loved how all four books featured all four of the main characters massively and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Ella, Anna, Toni and Jess in a lot more detail with each book. Port Agnes is a place of community and friendship. Jo covers some very hard subjects but with such sensitivity and awareness.
I won’t go into detail about how each of the four books end but I very highly recommend you visit Port Agnes for yourself to find out. They all have an element of love, loss, friendship and I’m a sucker for a books that feature a very tight knit community like these ones!
Jo’s writing free flows so you don’t know how you are already at the end of each book and I’m eagerly awaiting book five later this year. Of course I didn’t want to leave Port Agnes and I adored every single page of all four books. Jo finds the balance of happiness and sadness beautifully and I felt all of the emotions.
I cant wait to read the fifth book in the series as soon as its published! I give all FOUR books (in the series so far) a huge 5*/5* 😊
I was born a stone’s throw from the English Channel and I still live near the sea in Kent, with my own family – so close to the South Eastern edge of England that we’re very nearly French – and it’s probably why so many of my books are set near the sea too. I’ve made up stories for as long as I can remember, but never really took it any further. Concentrating on my career and family, writing went on the back burner until a catalyst called cancer gave me a major kick up the proverbial. I decided I was going to write that novel after all.
Since having my debut novel published in 2015, things have happened quite quickly and I have recently released my twentieth novel. I’ve been able to fulfil a childhood dream of walking into WHSmiths and buying a book with my name on it and I still find it almost impossible to believe that my books have been bestsellers on Amazon too. I write contemporary women’s fiction, with a focus on love, friendship, family and community, when I’m not knee deep in assignments at the university where I still teach part-time. My first three novels in The Cornish Midwife series from Boldwood Books – ‘The Cornish Midwife’, ‘A Summer Wedding for the Cornish Midwife’ and ‘A Winter’s Wish for the Cornish Midwife’ are all available from Amazon, and have been in either the Top 10 or Top 100 bestseller list. The fourth book in the series ‘A Spring Surprise for the Cornish Midwife’ is now available for pre-order. ‘A Cornish Summer’s Kiss’ and ‘Second Chances at Cherry Tree Cottage’ from Boldwood Books are also available on Amazon and I hope to be able to share news of future books soon.
My ambition to drink tea and make stuff up on a full-time basis is ever closer and if you follow me on Twitter, Instagram or my author page on Facebook, I might even say something interesting one of these days… although I wouldn’t hold your breath!
First, the clouds… Tara Hunter is a therapist on a mission to restore Longhampton’s community spirit after catastrophic flooding. But with her boyfriend AWOL, her family fragmented, and only a cat for company, Tara’s own life is crumbling.
Then the storm… On top of everything, Tara’s father – last seen as he walked out on her when she was ten years old – is suddenly back, with a surprising offer that could change everything.
And after the rain… Dr David Dalloway is Longhampton Wellness Centre’s new star counsellor. He’s charming, caring and has a knack for reading people’s minds – which is the last thing Tara needs right now. Will having David and her dad around make for a bigger storm on the horizon? Or is this Tara’s chance for a fresh start?
I jumped at the opportunity to read an early copy of Lucy Dillon’s new book ‘After the Rain’
Tara is at the heart of helping her community recover from one of the worse floods they have seen, her job as a counseller is used to help. Her twin brother Toby lives on the other side of the world and Tara is also trying to sort out her mothers belongings after her passing. A lot of Tara to deal with isn’t it?!
Add to that pile her absent dad turning up our of the blue and it turns her world even more upside down. I really loved how this story was written the sensitivity of grief, the importance of friendship and the discovery of love.
Tara discovers a lot about herself. I loved her resilience and determination to help others when her world was spiralling out of control. She also has to contend with a new colleague at work who has a secret of his own.
I havent read all of Lucy’s books but I am a big fan of what I have read so far! I cant wait to read more of Lucy’s books in the future. I give ‘After the Rain’ 4*/5* 😊
Thank you to Hayley at Transworld for a proof copy of this book.
Violet Strong is strong by name but not by nature, or so she thinks. She listens but never talks about herself. She’s friendly but doesn’t have many real friends. She’s become good at keeping people at a distance ever since she left home at eighteen and never looked back.
But when Violet is forced to return home to care for her estranged mother, Glenys, she quickly finds out that life as a carer isn’t easy. Feeling overwhelmed, she’s forced to turn to the other local carers, including childhood friend, Adam, for help.
Although returning home still feels like a mistake, maybe it will help Violet right some wrongs. After all, she can’t keep running from her past forever, and in learning to look after others, perhaps Violet can start to finally love herself…
I do have Jessica’s first book on my kindle unread but it won’t be unread for long and will be bumped up my pile, after just finishing “The Imperfect Art of Caring” which is her second book.
Violet returns back to Lowerstone her home town after many years away to care for her mother, though she’s not keen to return to a place which has difficult memories (though I won’t go into that in detail) She bumps into her first love Adam which creates another set of mixed feelings for Violet. Once Violet is settled the Helping Hands Club is formed, though I won’t say how either (you will have to find out!)
This book really hit close to home with me as I was a carer for my parents growing up, I also have my own current chronic health struggles so I related to the characters caring for those they love and the one being cared for. Jessica clearly has a lot of knowledge about the various aspects of caring and what’s exactly involved and I loved this.
“The Imperfect Art of Caring” is an emotional roller coaster with a very poignant story which is written with such clear sensitivity. I felt for Violet and really wanted her to flourish as a person. I also enjoyed how this story is written from two different characters perspectives, Violet and Tammy.
The narrative flowed freely and I found myself totally lost in every single page. I can’t wait to read her first book and any more books to follow as Jessica becomes one of my go to authors.
I really don’t want to spoil it but i definitely highly recommend you pick up a copy. I have to say this is going to be one of my top reads of 2022! I give “The Imperfect Art of Caring” a huge 5*/5* 😊 As the tagline says “One small act can make a big difference” ❤️
Thank you to my fellow blogger Emma’s Biblio Treasures for a proof copy of this book! Proof produced by HQ Stories.
Jessica Ryn is a former midwife and homeless resettlement worker. She has recently completed her MA in Creative Writing at CCCU, and her stories have been shortlisted for the Kimberly Chambers’ Kickstarter Award, Wordsmag and the Val Wood Prize for Creative Writing. When she’s not scribbling away, Jessica can be found meandering through the woods, reading stories that pull on the feel-strings and eating yoghurt-covered skittles. Jessica lives in Dover with her husband, two children and their high-spirited springer spaniel. The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside is her debut novel and her second book, The Imperfect Art of Caring, will be published in November.