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 😊📚

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#BlogTour for “Rachel’s Pudding Pantry” by Caroline Roberts @_caroroberts @HarperImpulse @FictionPubTeam

#BlogTour for “Rachel’s Pudding Pantry” by Caroline Roberts @_caroroberts @HarperImpulse @FictionPubTeam

Synopsis

Primrose Farm is Rachel’s very own slice of heaven. Come rain or shine there’s always a pot of tea brewing by the Aga, the delicious aroma of freshly baked puddings, and a chorus of happy memories drifting through the kitchen. But the farm is in a spot of trouble. As the daffodils spring, Rachel must plant the seeds of change if she wants to keep the farm afloat, and it’s all resting on a crazy plan. She’ll need one family cook book, her Mum Jill’s baking magic – and a reason to avoid her distractingly gorgeous neighbour, Tom . . . Swapping their wellies for aprons, can Rachel and Jill bake their way into a brighter future? The proof will be in the pudding!

My Review

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for ‘Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’ by Caroline Roberts. Thank you to Emilie at Harper Fiction for the opportunity to take part.

I’ve read some of Caroline’s books in the past and what I love most about them is that they are set locally (ish anyways!) I love the north eastern language that Caroline uses in her novels. When I saw she was writing a new book I was so excited to read it, especially as it had the word pudding in the title (I have such a terrible sweet tooth!)

Caroline sucks you into the story from the off when we meet Rachel, Jill and the lovely Maisy also their amazing animals on Primrose Farm. Rachel explains her life on Primrose Farm and how they are struggling (in more ways than one) She is a single parent trying to juggle the farm and parenting and I for one think she is an inspiration. Jill, Rachel’s mother is a massive help to Rachel with managing tasks at home and helping to look after Maisy. She is the most supportive parent to Rachel and what more could you ask for!?

Rachel and Jill face some tough challenges throughout this story but I found it touching how they also have some special friends to help out, the lovely Eve and delectable Tom (swoon!!) Where do I start with all of these delicious puddings….Caroline had me craving chocolate pudding and sticky toffee pudding especially but all of the dishes were described in so much detail I wanted to be a regular customer at the Pudding Pantry! 🙂 To sit and have a cup of tea and a slice of cake with Rachel and the gang would be very comforting.

There were moments in this story that were so unexpected (I had to put the book down for one cliffhanger so my partner could sleep but I was upset to have to put it down!) Caroline had me feeling all sorts of emotions and I wasn’t aware of anything happening around me when I was reading ‘Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’ I didn’t read it too quickly as I wanted to savour every page.

‘Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’ is about family, loss, love, sticking together and most of all having the courage to build things up again 🙂 ❤ This has to be my favourite story by Caroline so far. I therefore give ‘Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’ a praiseworthy 5*/5*!!

Thank you to Caroline Roberts for writing such a beautiful story and to Emilie Chambeyron at Harper Fiction for an advanced copy of this book.

Author Bio

Caroline Roberts lives in the wonderful Northumberland countryside with her husband and credits the sandy beaches, castles and rolling hills around her as inspiration for her writing. She enjoys writing about relationships; stories of love, loss and family, which explore how beautiful and sometimes complex love can be. A slice of cake, glass of bubbly and a cup of tea would make her day – preferably served with friends! She believes in striving for your dreams, which led her to a publishing deal after many years of writing.

#BlogTour for “Spring Skies Over Bluebell Castle by Sarah Bennett @Sarahlou_writes @rararesources

#BlogTour for “Spring Skies Over Bluebell Castle by Sarah Bennett @Sarahlou_writes @rararesources

Synopsis

She wasn’t looking for love…

When Lucie Kennington flees the bright lights of London for the quiet Derbyshire countryside, she’s shocked to discover that the heir to the Bluebell Castle estate is far from the wizened employer she expected.

In fact, Arthur Ludworth might just be the most handsome man Lucie’s ever laid eyes on – and a terrible distraction! So when she stumbles across a legendary painting feared lost for centuries, she can’t believe her luck – perhaps this is the hidden treasure to save Arthur and his family from ruin?

But it’s only a matter of time before Lucie’s past catches up with her and by then it’s too late, she’s falling for him…

Perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Rachael Lucas and Hilary Boyd.

Book 1: Spring Skies Over Bluebell Castle
Book 2: Sunshine Over Bluebell Castle
Book 3: Starlight Over Bluebell Castle

My Review

Welcome to the last day and my stop on the blog tour for ‘Spring Skies Over Bluebell Castle’ by Sarah Bennett. Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for allowing me to take part in the tour and please be sure to check out my fellow blogger’s reviews on the tour.

Although I didn’t read this beautiful story in one sitting I was still captivated by every single page! We meet Lucie who is having a bit of bother in her life which leads her to apply for a job at the grand Bluebell Castle. These events lead us to meet the gorgeous Baronet Arthur Ludworth and his siblings Tristan and Iggy, among other quaint characters such as Lancelot and Mrs W. I adored the setting of Bluebell Castle as it made me feel like I was transported to a different period of time when discovering the history of the castle and the estate.

Lucie is struggling with life because of her past and she doesn’t want anyone to find out about it but as you know secrets always come out in the end, her past always has a way of catching up with her and in the end she is faced with a difficult decision but more of that when you read the book for yourself.

‘Spring Skies Over Bluebell Castle’ is about love, family bonds, loss and above all sacrifice ❤ Sarah’s writing took me from feeling sadness, to frustration to suspense to happiness. What a rollercoaster read and I for one absolutely loved it. I am so excited to read the next instalment in the series and to hopefully catch up with Lucie and the rest of the gang! 🙂 I give ‘Spring Skies Over Bluebell Castle’ 5*/5*

Thank you to Sarah Bennett and the publisher for an advanced copy of this book via Netgalley.

Where to buy ‘Spring Skies Over Bluebell Castle’

Amazon UK

itunes UK

Kobo UK

Author Bio

Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.

Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.

When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.

Sarah is the author of the Butterfly Cove, Lavender Bay and the forthcoming Bluebell Castle trilogies, published by HQ Digital UK.

Twitter https://twitter.com/Sarahlou_writes

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SarahBennettAuthor/

Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sarah-Bennett/e/B01N6J6ZE1/

#BlogTour for “Island In The Sun” by Janice Horton @JaniceHorton @rararesources

#BlogTour for “Island In The Sun” by Janice Horton @JaniceHorton @rararesources

Synopsis

When successful jewellery designer Isla Ashton unexpectedly inherits her eccentric Aunt Kate’s Caribbean island, she is obligated to return to the place she associates with heartache and regret. To where she grew up and fell in love with her childhood friend, Leo Fernandez. Fully intent on selling the island and finally putting the past behind her, Isla is soon compelled to put together the pieces of what really happened on a fateful night ten years before. She begins to believe that in going to prison, Leo hadn’t only been shielding her from the same fate. She also starts to suspect that her late Aunt hadn’t been entirely honest in sending her away under the guise of recriminations. Who had they both been protecting and why?

My Review

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for ‘Island In The Sun’ by Janice Horton. Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for organising the tour and thank you for allowing me to take part. Please be sure to check out the other stops on this tour!!

Well what can I say about this book…a first read for me by Janice and I can say for a fact it won’t be my last. It took me a little bit of time to get used to the story going from the past to present day (that is probably just me!) but once I soon got used to that I found I was captivated by the story. I actually found it very interesting how the story was told by many different characters so we got a very well rounded perspective.

Isla comes back to Pearl Island after the passing of her Aunt, however there is actually something much deeper going on. This story tells a tale of past relationships and deep dark family secrets which will leave you engrossed from beginning to end. My favourite character is Isla as she is clearly very troubled at the beginning of the story and we see her personality evolving as the story goes on. Obviously I didn’t dislike any of the characters as they each offered something different to the storyline.

‘Island In The Sun’ is about love, loss, family loyalty and above all forgiveness ❤ Janice’s writing was in some parts very light hearted but then soon took you into a state of suspense as you really want to know how the story ends. I now have Janice Horton on my list of favourite authors. I give ‘Island In The Sun’ 5*/5* 🙂

Thank you to Rachel and Janice Horton for an advanced copy of this book.

Author Bio

Janice Horton, also affectionately known as the backpacking housewife, writes contemporary romantic fiction with a dash of humour and a sense of adventure. Once her three children had grown up, Janice and her backpacking husband sold their empty nest in Scotland UK along with almost everything they owned and set off to travel the world. Since then they have been traveling full-time and have explored over 50 countries, living out of an apartment, a hut, or wherever they happen to find themselves.

Janice works as a writer wherever she is in the world. When not writing bestselling romantic adventure novels, she writes lifestyle and travel features for her website and her work has featured in national and international magazines like ‘Prima’ in the UK and ‘Friday’ in Dubai. She has also been involved in BBC Scotland’s Write Here Write Now project and has been interviewed on many podcasts and radio shows including Loose Women’s Kaye Adams’ prime time BBC Radio Scotland Show.

Social Media Links –

Website: https://thebackpackinghousewife.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JaniceHorton

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/janicehortonwriter/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/JaniceHortonAuthor

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/janice-horton

Where to buy ‘Island In The Sun’

Amazon UK

“Wildflower Park Part Four – Rooting for You” by Bella Osborne

“Wildflower Park Part Four – Rooting for You” by Bella Osborne

Synopsis

Life’s not always a walk in the park…

When Anna is dumped by her fiancé, she moves in to her own place on the edge of the gorgeous Wildflower Park and pledges to stay off men and focus on her career, but a handsome new colleague seems to thwart her attempts at every turn. And when she receives an accidental text from a mystery man, could it be the new start she needs? Or someone she really shouldn’t be falling for?

Anna’s neighbour Sophie is a stressed-out mum-of-two with a third on the way. Her husband is a constant frustration, and their children are a regular source of newly-invented swear words and unidentifiable sticky surfaces.

Luckily, Anna and Sophie have each other – and Wildflower Park proves to be a sanctuary as they map out a path to find the happiness they both deserve…

My Review

I have finally finished this rollercoaster of a read and what an ending it was. It didn’t take me long at all to catch up with Anna, Sophie, Dave, Hudson and the rest of the gang. I finished the final part of the story in two days. 

In the final part of this story we get to understand more of Anna’s backstory and in the end we know exactly why she is the way she is. We read about Sophie giving birth finally (but does she have a boy or girl? and it’s quite amusing how her birth happens!) It really is great to see how Anna’s feelings change towards Hudson, there’s a whole side storyline to this so please read ‘Wildflower Park’ to find out more! 

Even though this part of the book isn’t very long I found myself going from laughing out loud to then cursing certain characters. I was sitting there talking to the book as if it could hear me 😂 but it’s great how a story has that effect on you! My favourite relationship of the book has to be between Anna and Bert, as I’ve said in previous reviews of this book this just shows Anna’s integrity as a person and it was refreshing to read about. I was certainly not expecting the huge plot twist – I’m not going to spoil it but I urge you to read it for yourself. 

‘Wildflower Park’ is about friendship, love and realising just what life is really about. I am very much looking forward to reading this as one whole book when published in June. I give ‘Wildflower Park’ as a whole 5*/5* 😊

Thank you to Avon Books UK and Bella Osborne for an advanced copy of this book via Netgalley.

“One Summer in Paris” by Sarah Morgan

“One Summer in Paris” by Sarah Morgan

Synopsis

One charming bookshop, two unlikely friends, and a summer in Paris that will change their lives forever…

Grace can’t believe it when her husband of twenty five years announces he doesn’t want to join her on their anniversary trip to Paris – instead, he wants a divorce. Reeling from the shock, Grace makes the bold decision to go on this holiday of a lifetime alone.

Audrey leaves behind heartache of her own she she arrives in Paris. A job in a bookshop is her ticket to freedom, but with no knowledge of the french language, her summer adventure seems doomed to fail. Until she meets Grace, and everything changes…

Living in the neighbouring apartments above the bookshop, Grace and Audrey form an unlikely friendship. They came to Paris to find themselves, but finding each other might be the best thing that’s ever happened to them.

My Review

Well I am a MASSIVE fan of Sarah’s writing so when the chance to read ‘One Summer in Paris’ came up I just had to get involved. I literally squealed with excitement when this came through the post.

We meet Grace and Audrey who find themselves in the romance capital of France for the summer. Sarah writes an amazing backstory for both characters by alternating from chapter to chapter, I for one wants to find out about both Grace and Audrey equally so I found myself turning the pages quickly but still wanting to savour it at the same time. We find events happening where Grace and Audrey’s lives cross paths in Paris. They are complete opposites in their personalities yet they develop the most special connected friendship. Grace is all about organisation and routine whereas Audrey is taking life each day at a time and finding herself feeling as though she has to cover up parts of her life. You will find out why when you read this beautiful story for yourself. I am actually quite jealous of the relationship that these two characters develop and the connection they have.

The diversity of events that happen in ‘One Summer in Paris’ leaves you wanting to leap into the book yourself to join Grace and Audrey on an adventure of a lifetime. I also loved the other characters that pop into this story such as Mimi (we also hear a bit from her perspective) and Etienne. ‘One Summer in Paris’ is about love, friendship, forgiveness and above all self discovery ❤

This is my favourite book of Sarah’s so far and I urge you to go and buy it to enjoy for yourself, you will not regret it! I give ‘One Summer in Paris’ a very well deserved 5*/5* 🙂

I am one very lucky blogger to receive a paperback proof copy of ‘One Summer in Paris’ Thank you so much to Sarah Morgan for writing such a heartfelt book and to Lucy Richardson at HQ for sending me this book.

#BlogTour for “The House at Greenacres” by Darcie Boleyn @DarcieBoleyn @Canelo_co

#BlogTour for “The House at Greenacres” by Darcie Boleyn @DarcieBoleyn @Canelo_co

Title: The House at Greenacres

Author Name: Darcie Boleyn

Previous Books (if applicable): Summer at Conwenna Cove, Christmas at Conwenna Cove, Forever at Conwenna Cove, Love at the Northern Lights and Love at the Italian Lake

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Release Date: 25th March 2019

Synopsis

All roads lead home…

When Holly Morton fled Penhallow Sands nearly a year ago she was determined to put the past – and Rich Turner – behind her. But now an unexpected loss and financial trouble has led her back to the family vineyard and it’s time to tell Rich the truth – he’s a father.

Surrounded by the memories of what they once shared Holly’s anger fades in the glow of Rich’s undeniable love for their son and the way he selflessly steps in to help the vineyard out of trouble. As Holly watches Rich flourish in his new role as father to baby Luke, she realises that though they can’t change the past, the future is still theirs to write….

My Review

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for ‘The House at Greenacres’ I am absolutely thrilled to be taking part and thank you to Ellie at Canelo for the opportunity. Please be sure to follow the whole tour!

Well let’s just say I devoured this gorgeous story within a week which for me is quick reading and so I wish I could have sat and read it in one sitting. I found the narrative of this story so easy to follow and I for one love that as then I can concentrate on enjoying the story itself. This is actually my first read of Darcie’s and I feel so bad for this as I wish I had read her books before now! I do have a few already on my kindle.

Let’s get onto the story…we meet Holly who returns to the house at Greenacres after a messy break up however she returns for a good reason. Even from these first few chapters I found myself having to hold back the tears as these events brought up some personal memories, which I am sure rings true for a lot of readers of this book. We also meet Holly’s lovely granny and her father as well as her friends. Holly is my favourite character because of her determination to overcome various challenges in her life. I won’t go into these challenges as I would like you to read the book too! I didn’t dislike any of the characters in this story.

I am now a big fan of Darcie’s writing because of this book and I’m thrilled to see that ‘The House at Greenacres’ is the first in a series so this won’t be the last we hear about Holly and the gang. I felt like I was at Penhallow Sands myself and would actually love to visit the vineyard if I could. I am now eagerly awaiting the next in the series to see what happens next! 🙂 I give ‘The House at Greenacres’ 4*/5* Please go and read this book you won’t regret it.

Thank you to Canelo and Darcie for an advanced copy of this book via Netgalley.

Where to buy ‘The House at Greenacres’

Amazon UK

Kobo UK

Google Books

Apple Books

Author Bio

Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.
Twitter: @DarcieBoleyn

“The Mum Who Got Her Life Back” by Fiona Gibson

“The Mum Who Got Her Life Back” by Fiona Gibson

Synopsis

When her 18 year old twins leave for university, single mum Nadia’s life changes in ways she never expected: her Glasgow flat feels suddenly huge, laundry doesn’t take up half her week, and she no longer has to buy ‘the big milk’. After almost two decades of putting everyone else first, Nadia is finally taking care of herself. And with a budding romance with new boyfriend Jack, she’s never felt more alive.

That is, until her son Alfie drops out of university, and Nadia finds her empty nest is empty no more. With a heartbroken teenager to contend with, Nadia has to ask herself: is it ever possible for a mother to get her life back? And can Jack and Nadia’s relationship survive having a sulky teenager around?

My Review

‘The Mum Who Got Her Life Back’ is a witty and warm read by Fiona, much like her previous books which I’ve read. I am a huge fan of Fiona’s writing so when I seen she was writing a new book I just couldn’t wait to read it! I have my copy on Netgalley thanks to Avon, however I have also purchased the paperback as I loved the colours on the cover.

We meet Nadia who has just helped set her twins off to different university’s leaving her in an empty nest which is clearly what is is not used to. I am not at all surprised she is then feeling lonely. She then meets Jack in the most unorthodox way possible – but I will let you read about that but to me they are certainly seem like a match made in heaven. I am a mother myself and although I can’t relate to having an empty nest I can relate to some of Nadia’s feelings. She is a stand out character for me because of this and the way she deals with whatever life throws at her 🙂

Without giving much away, Nadia and Jack face some challenging times, can they make their relationship a success? I found that even though there were some serious moments in this book I also found myself laughing out loud at parts as well. I adored all of the characters, apart from loving Nadia there’s also the volunteers from the charity shop that Jack manages who have let’s just say unique personalities.

‘The Mum Who Got Her Life Back’ is about family, love, forging friendships and a journey of adapting to life ❤ I was enthralled in this book from beginning to end and didn’t want it to end. I give ‘The Mum Who Got Her Life Back’ 5*/5* 🙂

Thank you to Avon Books UK and Fiona for my advanced copy of this book via Netgalley.