Welcome to Kirsty’s Book Buying Addiction!

Welcome to Kirsty’s Book Buying Addiction!

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 😊📚

#BlogTour for “If I Could Say Goodbye” by Emma Cooper @ItsEmmacooper @headlinepg

#BlogTour for “If I Could Say Goodbye” by Emma Cooper @ItsEmmacooper @headlinepg

Synopsis

Jennifer Jones’ life began when her little sister, Kerry, was born. So when her sister dies in a tragic accident, nothing seems to make sense any more.

Despite the support of her husband, Ed, and their wonderful children, Jen can’t comprehend why she is still here, while bright, spirited Kerry is not.

When Jen starts to lose herself in her memories of her sister, she doesn’t realise that the closer she feels to Kerry, the further she gets from her family. 

Jen was never able to say goodbye to her sister. But what if she could? 

Would you risk everything if you had the chance to say goodbye?

My Review

I’m absolutely over the moon to be taking part in the blog tour for ‘If I Could Say Goodbye’ Thank you to Alara at Headline for the opportunity to take part.

This story follows Jennifer on the loss of her sister Kerry. Seeing how this affects Jennifer’s family is awful, it changes her and her husband Ed and two children. The story is told by both Jennifer and Ed so it’s been emotional too see the story from two different perspectives.

It will take you on a heart felt journey of loss, grief and family. Emma tackles themes such as grief and mental health and with such sensitivity too. I don’t want to go into specifics as I would like as many people as possible to discover this beautifully heartbreaking story.

I give ‘If I Could Say Goodbye’ a massive 5*/5* 😊 It’s also definitely one of my favourite reads of 2020.

Thank you to Headline for an advanced copy of this book.

Author Bio

Emma Cooper is a former teaching assistant, who lives in Shropshire, with her partner and four children. Her spare time consists of writing novels, drinking wine and watching box-sets with her partner of twenty-four years, who still makes her smile every day.

Her debut, The Songs of Us was snapped up in multiple pre-empts and auctions and is now being translated into seven different languages.

Emma has always wanted to be a writer – ever since her childhood, she’s been inventing characters (her favourite being her imaginary friend ‘Boot’) and is thrilled that she now gets to use this imagination to bring to life all of her creations.

The Songs of Us was inspired by Emma’s love of music and her ability to almost always embarrass herself, and her children, in the most mundane of situations. She was so fascinated by the idea of combining the two, that she began to write Melody’s story. Working full-time with a large family meant that Emma had to steal snippets of ‘spare’ time from her already chaotic and disorganised life; the majority of her novel was written during her lunchtime in a tiny school office. She never expected to fall so deeply in love with the King family and is overwhelmed that others feel the same.  

She has three loves in life: reading, writing and her family…oh, and music, cheese, pizza, films – Maths is not one of her talents.

Emma keeps in touch with her readers and loves to hear from them on twitter @ItsEmmacooper and on her website https://emmacooperauthor.wordpress.com/

#BlogTour for “Hopeful Hearts at Glendale Hall” by Victoria Walters @Vicky_Walters @rararesources

#BlogTour for “Hopeful Hearts at Glendale Hall” by Victoria Walters @Vicky_Walters @rararesources

Synopsis

What happens when love takes you to unexpected places? 

Heather Douglas appears to have it all. But living on a farm in the Scottish Highlands with her partner, Rory Fraser, all while bringing up their adorable toddler, Harry, isn’t easy. As a former librarian, Heather is worried that she’ll never fully fit into life on Fraser Farm. And after the death of her beloved mum eight years ago, Heather feels lost, as well as guilty for holding back accepting Rory’s marriage proposal because she can’t imagine her wedding without her mother.

So when ex-boyfriend, Stewart, appears in the village of Glendale, it’s a shock to the system. The man who broke her heart years ago now has big plans for the neighbouring farm and wants Heather to be part of the development. Knowing that she’s living a very different life to the one they had planned at university leaves Heather wondering if she has made the right choices since she and Stewart broke up. Especially when things start to go very wrong on the farm …

This Christmas, Heather will need to face her fears and let go of the past or risk losing everything. She will need love, faith, and a whole lot of hope!

My Review

Today I’m on the blog tour for ‘Hopeful Hearts at Glendale Hall’ Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to take part.

Coming back to Glendale it’s like I have never left. I love this community as they are full of hope and resilience. This time the story focuses on Heather and Rory at Fraser Farm. When the farm is under threat Heather really steps into her own. I won’t go into specifics but I dislike Stewart! I was gripped by the storyline and felt like I was living in Glendale. It’s been great comfort to escape into a book where the surroundings sound amazing and the characters have such incredible spirits. I needed this especially right now!

‘Hopeful Hearts at Glendale Hall’ is about friendships, love, family and mostly hope! I want more stories in Glendale. Victoria raises issues such as anxiety with such sensitivity. I love this series and I can’t wait to discover more of Victoria’s books. I give ‘Hopeful Hearts at Glendale Hall’ 5*/5* 😊

Thank you to Victoria for an advanced copy of this book.

Author Bio

Victoria Walters writes up-lifting and inspiring stories. She’s the author of the bestselling GLENDALE HALL series, which continues with its third book HOPEFUL HEARTS at GLENDALE HALL in September, as well as two other standalone novels – SUMMER at the KINDNESS CAFE, and THE SECOND LOVE of my LIFE. She has been chosen for WHSmith Fresh Talent and shortlisted for two RNA awards. Victoria was also picked as an Amazon Rising Star, and her books have won wide reader acclaim. 

Victoria is a full-time author. She lives in Surrey with her cat Harry, and loves books, clothes, music, going out for tea and cake, and posting photos on Instagram. 

Find out more about Victoria by following on Instagram at @vickyjwalters, on Twitter at @Vicky_Walters or by visiting her blog at: http://victoria-writes.com/.

#BlogTour for “Our Story” by Miranda Dickinson @wurdsmyth @HQStories

#BlogTour for “Our Story” by Miranda Dickinson @wurdsmyth @HQStories

Synopsis

Otty has just landed her dream job. She’s about to join the writing team of one of the most respected showrunners in TV. And then the night before her first day, she’s evicted from her flat.

Joe has been working with Russell for years. He’s the best writer on his team, but lately something has been off. He’s trying to get his mojo back, but when his flatmate moves out without warning he has other things to worry about.

Otty moving into Joe’s house seems like the perfect solution to both their problems, but neither is prepared for what happens next. Paired together in the writing room, their obvious chemistry sparks from the page and they are thewriting duo to beat. But their relationship off the page is an entirely different story, and neither of them can figure out why.

And suddenly the question isn’t, will they, or won’t they? It’s why won’t they?

My Review

Today I’m thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for ‘Our Story’ Thank you to HQ Stories for the opportunity to take part.

I love a story by Miranda and ‘Our Story’ is my favourite! In this we meet Otty and Joe who meet at a very respected showrunners company as a writer. It’s her dream job. It’s there that Otty meets Joe and discovers he needs a roommate Otty who needs somewhere to live after being evicted the day before thinks it’s the perfect solution but what could go wrong!?!

I loved how the alternating chapters of this story told from both Otty and Joe’s perspective. At some points I was so frustrated I just wanted to knock their heads together! My favourite character has to be Otty I loved seeing her personality grow as she lacks self confidence in her writing but as the story goes on so does her confidence. I honestly just wanted what was best for her and feel like me and her could be friends too. This story takes you on such a rollercoaster of emotions you won’t want to miss out on.

‘Our Story’ is about friendship and pursuing your dreams ❤️ Of course I give ‘Our Story’ a sparkly 5*/5* 😊 I really can’t wait to see what Miranda creates next.

Thank you HQ Stories for an advanced copy of this book via Netgalley.

Author Bio

Miranda Dickinson has always had a head full of stories. Born in Wolverhampton, in The Black Country, West Midlands, she grew up in Kingswinford and dreamed of one day writing a book that would reach the heady heights of Kingswinford Library… Her first novel, Fairytale of New York (2009) was discovered on Authonomy.com – HarperCollins’ site for unpublished authors. Within three weeks of its release, Fairytale of New York had entered the Sunday Times Top Ten Bestsellers List, where it remained for five weeks – making it the world’s first crowd-sourced bestseller. The novel was also shortlisted for the RNA’s Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2010 at the Pure Passion Awards. 

Miranda is a six-times Sunday Times Bestseller, with Fairytale of New York, Welcome to My World, It Started With a Kiss, When I Fall in Love, Take a Look at Me Now, I’ll Take New York, A Parcel for Anna Browne and Searching for a Silver Lining. Her Christmas novella, Christmas in St Ives, is a festive treat and also a prequel to her ninth novel, Somewhere Beyond the Sea. She is an international bestseller in four countries and her books have been translated into fifteen languages. To date, she has sold one million books worldwide. The Day We Meet Again is her tenth novel and publishes on 5th September 2019.

Miranda is the founder of WriteFoxy – resources, vlogs and inspiration writing days for writers of all ages and abilities. Her popular vlogs feature her own publishing journey for each new novel, together with advice for authors and lots and lots of hats!

Miranda lives in Dudley with her husband, Bob and daughter, Flo. She is also a singer-songwriter and recently released her first solo album, About Time.

Follow Miranda’s vlog at http://www.youtube.com/mirandawurdy and visit her website: miranda-dickinson.com
You can also follow Miranda on Twitter @wurdsmyth, on Instagram @wurdsmyth and on Facebook: MirandaDickinsonAuthor

“Another Us” by Kirsten Hesketh

“Another Us” by Kirsten Hesketh

Synopsis

What if Emma isn’t the person she thought she was?

Her younger son has just been diagnosed with autism.

She’s accidentally quit her job.

The marriage she was dedicated to suddenly seems like a sham.

She’s pretty sure that she is going to have an affair with a hot new dad at the school.

The only thing that stays the same is everyone else. Emma realises it’s not them – it’s her. But if she’s not who she thought she was, can her old life fit in with the new Emma?

My Review

I was beyond excited to win a signed proof copy of ‘Another Us’ We meet Emma and her family. Her son Jack has just had his Autism diagnosis so it’s all hands on deck to try and come to terms with this. She also has Freddie and Lily and husband Daniel.

Emma navigates her life with many obstacles like how to survive her marriage and relationships with the other parents at school. I adored Jack, he’s funny, very strong and inspirational.

The main themes of the story are relationships, friendship, love and of course family. Most moments were lighthearted whilst being educational (for me anyways!) ‘Another Us’ is poignant story but at the same time has those funny moments. At times I wanted to shout at Emma’s husband to come to his senses but at the same time the full picture isn’t revealed until the very end of the story.

‘Another Us’ is a debut that you don’t want to miss off your TBR pile. I give it a huge 5*/5* 😊 All future books by Kirsten will be on my radar!

Author Bio

Kirsten has a background in advertising and now runs her own consultancy specialising in psychological interviewing and focus groups. Over the past 25 years, she has interviewed the Great British public on everything from Rolos to razors.

Married with a teenage son, daughter and two exceptionally fluffy moggies, Kirsten is also a keen amateur archaeologist and loves to spend her weekends hacking through the mud on a local Roman dig. She is also a staunch supporter of Wycombe Wanderers – especially when they are winning!

You can find Kirsten on Twitter – @Kirsten_Hesketh 

Another Us is her debut novel

#BlogTour for “Starcross Manor” by Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow @rararesources

#BlogTour for “Starcross Manor” by Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow @rararesources

Synopsis

When Julia Coleman meets Flynn Carter again in the cosy village of Heartcross it can only mean trouble. Flynn might be rich, brooding and sexy, but Julia knows first-hand he’s ruthless and she plans to watch his every move.

When Julia discovers Flynn’s plans for beautiful Starcross Manor her greatest fears come true.  Because Flynn’s dreams of turning Starcross into a luxury hotel could ruin Julia’s dreams…and finish off the community of Heartcross for good.

Flynn makes it clear he doesn’t want trouble, and he’s not the man Julia thinks he is. As he sets about convincing the community he’s changed, he hopes he can convince Julia to give him another chance too…

My Review

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for ‘Starcross Manor’ Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to take part.

I feel like I’ve waited ages to be taken back to Heartcross and it’s amazing community. This time it focuses on an incredible sounding building known as Starcross Manor and property tycoon Flynn Carter. Everyone in the village wants to know what Flynn is planning. The story also focuses on Julia and her B&B. In the face of threat and disaster the community once again come together in time of need. I don’t want to spoil it. What I loved the most is how close this community are with each other.

Christie has created yet another story full of drama and mystery but it’s also a very uplifting and heartwarming story. I love each character of this community equally and always want them to do well.

If you want a book that will take you to the idyllic spot in the Scottish Highlands and let you escape then this is for you. I can’t wait for the next instalment of this really captivating series. I give ‘Starcross Manor’ 5*/5* 😊

Thank you to One More Chapter for an advanced copy of this book via NetGalley.

Author Bio

Christie Barlow is the number 1 international bestselling author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty’s Countryside Dream, Lizzie’s Christmas Escape, Evie’s Year of Taking Chances, The Cosy Canal Boat Dream, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm, Love Heart Lane and Foxglove Farm. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA, Canada & Australia. 

Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money/awareness and engaging with impoverished people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being.

“All About Us”by Tom Ellen

“All About Us”by Tom Ellen

Synopsis

One moment in time can change your life forever…

Ben’s always loved the holidays but with his marriage to Daphne on the rocks, this year they’re missing their usual magic. So when his old flame Alice gets back in touch, Ben can’t help wonder: did he make the right choice all those years ago?

Yet everything changes on Christmas Eve when a twinkly-eyed stranger sells Ben a mysterious watch, the hands frozen at one minute to midnight. Opening his eyes the next morning, Ben is astonished to find that he has been catapulted back to 5th December 2005: the day he first kissed Daphne, leaving Alice behind.

Now Ben must make the biggest decision of his life, all over again. But this time around, will he finally find the courage to follow his heart?

My Review

Well aren’t I one very lucky blogger to be able to read a very shiny proof of ‘All About Us’

What a refreshing read told by a male protagonist. What would you do if you had the chance to relive some of those events, would you do anything different? Ben is in December 2020, Christmas Eve to be precise where he finds himself questioning the life choices he’s made. He meets one eccentric man who gives him a watch. This takes him to Christmas past, present and future. I politely urge you to find out if he changes any of his initial decisions.

I adore Ben, he is very likeable and you really feel for him the more you get to know him. You want him to have a happy ending. I also loved how you didn’t know where Ben would end up next and what he was going to face. This added mystery and suspense to the story 😊

I know the story is based on Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol but Tom has dramatically modernised this into a love story that just needs to be told. ‘All About Us’ is a story about love and grief. I give this heartwarming book a fully deserving 5*/5* ❤️

Thank you millions to Emily at HQ for sending me a proof of this book.

#BlogTour for “As Luck Would Have It” by Zoe May @zoe_writes @rararesources

#BlogTour for “As Luck Would Have It” by Zoe May @zoe_writes @rararesources

Synopsis

Natalie Jackson might keep up appearances on Instagram, but in reality her fiancé has just jilted her after the birth of their baby and she’s moved back in with her mum. Life isn’t exactly going to plan!

So when she enters the village raffle for the holiday of a lifetime, she thinks she has no chance of winning. But her name is pulled out – and, as luck would have it, so is a ticket bought by her childhood nemesis: Will Brimble.

Surely a romantic holiday for two is the worst idea ever…right?

My Review

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for ‘As Luck Would Have It’ Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to take part.

I’ve had this book on my kindle for ages so I’m chuffed to have now read it.

Natalie is living back in her childhood bedroom with her baby daughter, her mother convinces her to go to the annual charity event arranged by Mick in honour of his wife. Natalie is persuaded by the main prize of the raffle being a holiday to Morocco! She wants her luck to turn around and it does but she is going there with Will whom she went to school with and hasn’t seen for sixteen years. What can possibly go wrong with this scenario!?!

I was completely invested in Natalie’s journey. I also wanted her luck to turn around and be positive for her. I found myself laughing in parts. It was very interesting getting to know Will and his character development through the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this light hearted and uplifting read! ‘As Luck Would Have It’ is about making the most of what you have been dealt ❤️

I have read a few of Zoe’s books and I have to say this one has to be my favourite so far! I give ‘As Luck Would Have It’ 5*/5* 😊

Author Bio

Zoe May is an author of romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She worked in journalism and copywriting in London before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe couldn’t resist writing a novel about dating since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!

Perfect Match was one of Apple’s top-selling books of 2018. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award, with judges describing it as ‘a laugh out loud look at love and self-discovery – fresh and very funny’.

As well as writing, Zoe enjoys walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading! She adores animals and if she’s not taking a photo of a vegan meal, she’s probably tweeting about the dairy industry. She is half Greek and half Irish and can make a mean baklava. Zoe has a thing for horror films, India, swimming, hip hop and Radiohead. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of handbags having spent several years working in fashion copywriting and could probably win Mastermind if this was her specialist subject!

Zoe loves to hear from readers, you can contact her on Twitter and Instagram at: @zoe_writes. Zoe’s Facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/zoemayauthor/

She posts updates and blogs on her website, http://www.zoemayauthor.co.uk

#BlogTour for “The Middle Aged Virgin in Italy” by Olivia Spring @ospringauthor

#BlogTour for “The Middle Aged Virgin in Italy” by Olivia Spring @ospringauthor

Synopsis

Can a holiday romance lead to long-term love?

When Sophia moves to Tuscany to be with Lorenzo, she dreams of finally having it all: the amazing boyfriend, the baby she’s always wanted, the great career and the fairy-tale life in an idyllic town. But the reality is very different…

The only Italian Sophia seems to have mastered since arriving is pastaprosecco and gelato. She suddenly finds herself dealing with Lorenzo’s meddling mother and juggling caring for her son with running a business hundreds of miles away, and there’s a problem in the bedroom department…

Despite Lorenzo being hotter than chilli sauce, since becoming a mum, Sophia has zero desire to get jiggy. None. After several months without any action, she’s in danger of becoming a Middle-Aged Virgin. Again.

Can Sophia get her sex life back? Will her holiday romance go the distance so she can find her happily-ever-after in Italy?  

Join Sophia on her laugh-out-loud Italian adventures today as she steps out of her comfort zone and attempts to relight her fire and enjoy la dolce vita with hilarious encounters along the way.

My Review

Today I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour for ‘The Middle Aged Virgin in Italy’ Thank you to Olivia for the opportunity to take part.

Although I haven’t gotten around to reading the first book in this series it didn’t at all confuse me and it was a pleasure to get to know Sophia, Lorenzo and Leo.

Sophia is now living in Italy with her gorgeous boyfriend Lorenzo and their beautiful baby son Leo. She is not only getting used to the language she owns her own PR company that is being ran in London, well how difficult could that be I wonder!?! Sophia decides to make herself a list of goals to accomplish whilst living in Italy. Sophia faces a lot of challenges with her new life and I loved seeing how she faced each one head on, she’s strong and determined. I could also see the love she has for both Lorenzo and especially Leo. Lorenzo’s Mother is such a pain in the bum but I commend Sophia on now she deals with her!

I loved the Italian language element and laughed my head off at the bad language that Geli taught Sophia. This story battled a difficult theme and it just shows how brave someone can be when faced with such a difficult decision. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.

I adored being transported to Italy, definitely the escapism I needed! ‘The Middle Aged Virgin in Italy’ is about adapting to massive life changes and of course love. I am very much looking forward to seeing where it all began with Sophia and would also love to see more adventures from her. I give ‘The Middle Aged Virgin in Italy’ 5*/5* 😊

Thank you to Olivia for an advanced copy of this book.

Author Bio

Olivia Spring is a British, London-based writer of contemporary women’s fiction, sexy chick lit and romantic comedy. Her uplifting debut novel ‘The Middle-Aged Virgin’, which was released in July 2018, deals with being newly single in your thirties and beyond, dating, relationships, love, sex and living life to the full.

Olivia published three novels in 2019: ‘Only When It’s Love’, ‘Losing My Inhibitions’ and ‘Love Offline’.

When she’s not writing, Olivia can be found making regular trips to Italy to indulge in pasta, pizza and gelato and of course, seeking inspiration for her next book!

To get FREE books and exclusive updates, join the Olivia Spring VIP club by visiting: http://www.oliviaspring.com

#BlogTour for “Summer at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry” by Caroline Roberts plus #Q&A! @_caroroberts @0neMoreChapter_

#BlogTour for “Summer at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry” by Caroline Roberts plus #Q&A! @_caroroberts @0neMoreChapter_

Synopsis

The sun is shining as Rachel and her gorgeous beau, Tom, prepare to tie the knot at Primrose Farm.

It takes a village to pull off the perfect country wedding and Rachel couldn’t be more grateful for her friends and family as they roll out the haybales and string up the bunting – all she needs to do is focus on her Happy Ever After.

But no wedding is without drama. A face from the past is looking to stir up trouble in the village and there’s a secret following Rachel all the way up the aisle . . .

With old friends, new promises and a little borrowed time, will Rachel get the wedding of her dreams?

My Review

Today I’m on the blog tour for ‘Summer at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’ Thank you so much to Caroline Roberts for the opportunity to take part. There’s also a Q&A with Caroline below and the first to feature on my blog so thank you so much Caroline!

Returning to Primrose Farm to visit the Swindon family has been an absolute pleasure, of course not forgetting all of the mouthwatering puddings on offer. Rachel and Tom are engaged to be married and the plans are in full swing including a trip for Rachel’s hen do! Of course they unfortunately face many challenges and misunderstandings before they get to the actual wedding day! I was pulling for them the whole way through.

It was refreshing to see some of the story from Eve’s point of view, Rachel’s best friend and maid of honour. Eve has some problems of her own and I loved how Rachel was there for her even with her own problems going on. That’s what I call a true friendship. Maisie is beyond excited to be part of the wedding and can’t wait to wear her beautiful dress, she and Amelia are certainly very very cute.

I have adored this series having read all three stories, it’s like going back to visit firm friends and you end up with a massive craving for pudding (yummy!!) I love how Caroline draws you in to her gripping narrative full of hope, drama and encouragement for things to be alright in the end ❤️ I would definitely read the pudding pantry series again and again and I highly recommend you do too! I give ‘Summer at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’ 5*/5* 😊

Thank you to One More Chapter for an advanced copy of this book via Netgalley.

Author Bio

Family, friends, food, a glass of bubbly and, of course, a good book make me smile. I love writing emotional stories about love, loss, and family, that explore how complex and yet beautiful love can be. I also like to write romantic comedy, letting the characters have a bit of flirty fun too! I believe in following your dreams and working hard towards them, which led me to HarperImpulse (HarperCollins) and a publishing deal (woop!) after many years of writing. Stunning Northumberland is my home – sandy beaches, castles and gorgeous countryside that have inspired my writing.

Find me on Twitter: @_caroroberts

and Facebook: www/facebook.com/CarolineRobertsAuthor

Q&A with Caroline!!

Thank you so much for having me on your blog Kirsty, and for asking these fabulous questions!

1) You give a lot of delicious sounding recipes within the story, have you tried and tested them all? Can you possibly pick a favourite?

I love thinking about all the cakes and bakes in the books. I have tried and tested all the recipes in this book bar one. I have to confess I haven’t made the wedding cake, as it was a friend’s recipe which she made for her own wedding. My favourites in ‘Summer at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’ are the lavender shortbreads, which are delicately fragrant and delicious, and the mini raspberry meringues – they look so pretty and are a perfect little treat, ideal served with friends and a glass of bubbles. You can also make both recipes well in advance and store in an airtight container (for the meringues, adding the cream later).

2) Would you ever consider revisiting Primrose Farm in the future? It would be great to see how the Swinton family are doing.

As I completed the story, I felt that Summer at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry rounded up the series well, so my next book will take me and my readers to somewhere new. I like to challenge myself as a writer, and I’m interested in exploring new characters and places for my novels. It helps keep the stories fresh and fun. But I have really enjoyed writing this series which is set in the beautiful countryside of my local area, getting to know Primrose Farm and the fabulous Swinton ladies, so I’d never say never to coming back one day…

3) Do you have any tips on how you focus on writing?

Yes, make sure you’ve got a plot plan developed before you launch into writing any story or novel. It gives you a bit of a road map and saves you wasting time. Although, I have to confess my plots are never that thoroughly worked out (more like bullet points on 2 sides of A4 paper) as I like the twists, turns and light-bulb moments of ideas that develop on the way.

Also, start by doing a bit of research, and if possible, try and visit the places that feature or inspire the setting, to give you that real ‘feel’ of the story and its location before you dive in.

And this one’s important, make sure that you feel excited about the story. If you don’t feel that passion, then you haven’t got the right storyline, or you haven’t yet developed the idea enough.

Then, it’s bum on seat and write it time. I like a quiet place to work, away from distractions, but other authors are different. You need to discover what works for you as a writer. Some days will be harder than others, and the words might not always come easily, but keep going. Set yourself a time limit to complete (an hour or two perhaps initially) or so may words (500 to 1000 is a good start), and just write them.

Don’t expect it to be perfect first time either, just let the words and ideas flow. That way you don’t stifle the creativity. You can always edit later. Don’t get it right, get it written!

4) Do you ever suffer from writers’ block? If so, how do you overcome this?

I do sometimes get stuck on certain scenes or parts of the book (usually in the middle sections!), but I’ve never had serious writer’s block, thank heavens. If I’m struggling with what to write next or feel the writing isn’t flowing as it should – say after an hour or so – I’ll leave it, go and do something in the house or garden, or take the dog for a walk. Doing something totally different often gets the subconscious going and an idea can ping in. If I’m still stuck after that, I’ll leapfrog over that section and write the next scene that I do feel inspired to write, which moves the story on. Sometimes I don’t go back to the tricky section until I’ve got to the end of the book, and then I often realise I’m trying to make a chapter out of what should be just a paragraph or a quick joining scene. And sometimes, it doesn’t need to be there at all – if it’s boring you to write, it’ll probably bore a reader!

5) Can you tell us about your typical writing day?

I like to walk the dog in the nearby countryside first, then I’ll settle to write at around 10am until lunchtime at 1pm. I’ll have a break, then start again from 1:30 to 2pm until 5’ish. However, when a deadline looms or I’m on a quick editing schedule, the timings can be anything from 6am to midnight!

Mostly, I write at a wooden desk in my smallest bedroom, which I’ve converted into a writing room this last year. I tend to write longhand first as I can’t type as fast as I think; it’s hard even to handwrite that quickly when I’m in full flow. Then I’ll type up the scene on my laptop usually that same day, or the next, while it’s fresh in my mind. Though, I can in fact write anywhere if need be. I’m often found getting up in the middle of the night, or pulling over into a layby when inspiration strikes!

I love going out and about on research missions too. For this series, interviewing my farming friends, trying out cakes and bakes, and enjoying visiting local tearooms and such like.

6) Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?

I really loved writing ‘Summer at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’. It felt a happy, joyful book, and I knew the characters so well with it being the third in the series, it was like spending time with old friends. I also enjoyed creating all the lovely wedding detail. It reminded me of all the wonderful times spent planning and celebrating my daughter’s recent wedding.

‘My Summer of Magic Moments’ also has a special place in my heart. It was quite a personal and emotional story, set at one of my favourite places in Northumberland, Bamburgh and its beautiful beach. I also asked friends and family to tell me their ‘magic moments’, many of which appear in the book.

Thank you, Kirsty!

“In Case You Missed It” by Lindsey Kelk

“In Case You Missed It” by Lindsey Kelk

Synopsis

When Ros comes home after three years away, she’s ready to pick up with life exactly where she left it. But her friends have moved on, her parents have rekindled their romance, and her bedroom is now a garden shed. All of a sudden, she’s swept up in nostalgia for the way things were.

Then her phone begins to ping, with messages from her old life. Including one number she thought she’d erased for good – the man who broke her heart. Is this her second chance at one big love? Sometimes we all want to see what we’ve been missing…

My Review

I love a Kelk creation just as much as the next person if not more! I was super thrilled to be given the opportunity to read ‘In Case You Missed It’ early and I just knew it had to jump straight to the top of my list.

‘In Case You Missed It’ centres around Rosiland who has returned back home from Washington DC where she produced podcasts. The life she expects to come back to isn’t at all what she expected. She is living in a shed at the bottom of her parent’s garden (yes it’s an actual shed!) and she has to look for a new job. Even though her life is chaotic at best I would absolutely love to be great friends with Ros. She brings back a lot of complicated feelings and I just wanted what was best for her.

Now it wouldn’t be a Kelk book without a great leading man to go along with the leading lady, and this book doesn’t disappoint on that. We meet Patrick and John. I had my opinions on both men and knew who I was going to back.

Lindsey certainly has a gift that just makes you want to hop inside of the pages of her stories and become part of life long friendships she creates. I’ve never been disappointed by her writing and I knew reading her latest wasn’t going to be any different! ‘In Case You Missed It’ is about finding yourself again and taking opportunities as they come along. It’s also about life, love and friendship ❤️ I give this charming story 5*/5* though it deserves a million 😊

Thank you to HarperCollins for an advanced copy of this book via Netgalley.

Author Bio

Lindsey Kelk is a Sunday Times bestselling author and prolific Tweeter. Born and brought up in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, she worked as a sales assistant, a publicist, a silver service waitress and a children’s editor before moving to New York and becoming a full-time writer. She now lives in LA.

Lindsey has written sixteen novels to date, including the I Heart books, the Girl series, as well as several standalones, including One in a Million, and a children’s series, Cinders & Sparks. A fan of lipstick, pro-wrestling and cats (although not all at the same time), Lindsey also co-hosts the beauty podcast, Full Coverage, as well as Tights and Fights, a professional wrestling podcast on the Maximum Fun network.

You can follow Lindsey at her website and on social media, lindseykelk.com and @LindseyKelk