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 😊📚

“The Little Village Library” by Helen Rolfe

“The Little Village Library” by Helen Rolfe

Synopsis

It takes a village…

Cloverdale is known for its winding roads, undulating hills and colourful cottages, and now for its Library of Shared Things: a place where locals can borrow anything they might need, from badminton sets to waffle makers. A place where the community can come together.

Jennifer has devoted all her energy into launching the Library. When her sister Isla moves home, and single dad Adam agrees to run a mending workshop at the Library, new friendships start to blossom. But what is Isla hiding, and can Adam ever mind his broken past?

Then Adam’s daughter makes a startling discovery, and the people at the Library of Shared Things must pull together to help one family overcome its biggest challenge of all . . . 

A heartwarming story about the kindness we can find when we least expect it, and the places we learn to call home.

My Review

Welcome to Cloverdale where the Library or Shared Things is situated. This is where you can borrow anything from power tools

to kitchen ware. This is also where a community can come together to learn new skills. I absolutely loved the concept of this book.

We have an array of different characters with Adam and his two children Zoe and Zac at the forefront. Jennifer started the Library of Shared Things, and her sister Isla is renovating their childhood home after their parents passed away. It was good getting to know each character separately but what’s more interesting is the secrets that Adam holds. This kept me gripped on this story but at the same time I didn’t want it to end. It was hard to read in parts because of the nature of the themes which I won’t divulge but it’s really brilliantly written.

I found Helen’s writing very detailed and felt like I was in Cloverdale myself. I connected with the characters especially Zoe.

‘The Little Village Library’ is about forging relationships in a tight knit community and trusting those friendships when you need them most! I give ‘The Little Village Library’ 5*/5* 😊

Author Bio

Helen J Rolfe writes romantic fiction and contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and community. 

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Location is a big part of the adventure in Helen’s books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries where she thinks her readers might like to escape to. 

Helen J Rolfe also writes for Orion Books under the name Helen Rolfe. 

Born and raised in the UK, Helen graduated from University with a business degree and began working in I.T. This job took her over to Australia and it was there that she finally turned to what she loved and studied writing and journalism. She spent a while freelancing for women’s health and fitness magazines, volunteered with the PR department of a children’s hospital where she wrote articles and media releases, and eventually began writing fiction in 2011. And now, she thinks she may just have found her dream job.  

Helen currently lives in Hertfordshire, UK, with her husband and their children. 

Helen loves to hear from readers so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. She can be found at: 

http://www.helenjrolfe.com
https://www.facebook.com/helenjrolfewriter
https://twitter.com/hjrolfe
http://www.instagram.com/helen_j_rolfe/

#BlogTour for “The Family Holiday by Elizabeth Noble @MichaelJBooks

#BlogTour for “The Family Holiday by Elizabeth Noble @MichaelJBooks

Synopsis

The Chamberlain family used to be close.

Charlie and Daphne were happily married, and their children Laura, Scott and Nick were inseparable. But then, inevitably, the children grew up and their own messy lives got in the way.

Since Daphne died, Charlie can’t help but think about happier times for the Chamberlain family – before his children drifted apart. His wife was the family’s true north, and without her guidance, Charlie fears his kids have all lost their direction.

For his eightieth birthday, all Charlie wants is to bring his family together again. And by some miracle, they’ve all said yes.

So, for the first time in a long time, the Chamberlains are going on a family holiday.

It’s only ten days . . . how bad could it be?

My Review

It’s my stop on the blog tour for ‘The Family Holiday’ Thank you to Michael Joseph Books and Penguin Random for the opportunity to take part.

Charlie wants to mend his family so he arranges a ten day holiday with his three children; Laura, Nick and Scott and their respective children and spouses. Nick is dealing with a great loss and is trying to help his three children through it. Scott is trying to get used to having two teenager step daughters and Laura has just separated from her husband. Can this holiday help the Chamberlain family?

I was certainly gripped when it came to trying to figure out if everything ends well but I also didn’t want the story to end either. I adored all the characters, especially the children. I felt for them the most. This story is definitely an emotional rollercoaster as each person has their own backstory to contend with. The drama didn’t stop there, we also get a heart wrenching perspective from Laura’s son Ethan.

This story is full of drama, but also some light hearted moments thrown in. I cherished Elizabeth’s narrative as she pulls you into the setting as if you are actually there. I would have loved to get to know this family for sure. I guess all families have their demons. This is why Elizabeth’s story is so realistic. ‘The Family Holiday’ is about family, connections and finding ways to reconnect ❤️

I give ‘The Family Holiday’ 5*/5* 😊 and is one of my favourite reads this year! Elizabeth is now on my radar of authors to read, and will be downloading her earlier books.

Thank you to Ella at Michael Joseph books for an advanced copy of this book.

Author Bio

Elizabeth Noble lives in Surrey with her husband and two daughters. Her five earlier novels, The Reading Group, The Tenko Club, Alphabet Weekends, Things I Want My Daughters to Know and The Girl Next Door were all Sunday Times bestsellers, with The Reading Group reaching Number One. Letters to Iris is her new novel about love in all its forms.

Follow Elizabeth on Facebook and Instagram: @elizabethnoblebooks

#BlogTour for “Tell That To My Heart” by Eliza J Scott @ElizaJScott1 @rararesources

#BlogTour for “Tell That To My Heart” by Eliza J Scott @ElizaJScott1 @rararesources

Synopsis

Jemima Dewberry wears her heart on her sleeve. Her weakness for bad boys, coupled with her track record for making bad decisions has led to endless heartbreak. The only trouble is, she can’t seem to kick the habit.

On top of that, her “dream” job at Yorkshire Portions magazine hasn’t turned out to be what she’d hoped, and she seems to have developed the knack of annoying her boss without even trying. It doesn’t help that the new girl seems to have taken an instant dislike to her. All that’s keeping her there are her best friends Anna-Lisa and Aidey, who have picked up the pieces of her shattered heart more times than they care to remember.

When Jemima’s latest boyfriend turns out to be no better than the rest, the hurt and humiliation is almost unbearable. She declares she’s finally through with love, and swears off men for life. But when charismatic Caspar De Verre walks into the office with his dangerous good looks and mesmerising smile, she’s utterly captivated, and her promises to Anna-Lisa and Aidey not to let her heart rule her head are soon forgotten.

But is Caspar all he seems? Anna-Lisa and Aidey have their doubts. And Herbert, the happy-go-lucky black Labrador Jemima’s looking after, doesn’t seem to like him either.

As Jemima falls for Caspar’s charms she finds herself being forced to confront the struggle between her head and her heart. But which one will prove the most powerful?

And will Jemima get the happy-ever-after she so desperately craves?

My Review

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for’Tell That To My Heart’ Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to take part.

I’ve thoroughly loved every book I’ve read by Eliza and just knew this wasn’t going to be any different. Set in a new village of Skeltwick in York with a new bunch of leading characters we meet Jemima (known as Mim) and her two best friends and work colleagues Aidey and Anna-Lisa. They all work together at a magazine called Yorkshire Portions and when Honey starts working there things get strange in the weirdest possible sense. I won’t go into specifics of the plot as that would totally ruin it but this story is definitely worth a read.

Eliza’s writing is captivating as you become utterly invested in her characters. I smiled at the subtle reference to Middleton-Le-Moors and Violet! I want to be in the inner circle of Mim and her friends and I was rooting for them the whole way through, especially Mim. Of course there’s also Casper with his charms but all is not what is seems with him! I have to say though my favourite character is Herbert the dog, you can see he adores Mim.

I highly recommend you go and discover this new series for yourself! It’s the perfect read to curl up with and will fill your heart with such warmth ❤️ I am beyond excited to already read the next instalment of the Heartshaped series. I give ‘Tell That To My Heart’ a shiny 5*/5* 😊

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

Author Bio

Eliza is proud to be a member of the RNA. She lives in a 17th-century cottage in a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with her husband, their two daughters and two mischievous black Labradors. 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.

When she’s not reading or gardening, 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.

Eliza’s novels will always have happy endings.

“The Cornish Cream Tea Summer” by Cressida McLaughlin

“The Cornish Cream Tea Summer” by Cressida McLaughlin

Synopsis

Charlie has a new helper on her bus, her free-spirited and loveable cousin, Delilah, who’s paid a visit to the charming Cornish village of Porthgolow and is helping out on Charlie’s adorable cream tea bus.
When the Director of a new TV series filming further along the coast tells Delilah that the bus would be the perfect addition to their onsite catering, she takes him a bit too literally. Charlie and Delilah find themselves caught up in the filming of a lavish period drama and it isn’t long before Delilah finds herself drawn to the handsome male lead.
But Delilah has made a habit of making rash decisions and it’s one of the reasons she’s hiding out in Cornwall. Could this be one impulsive step too far, or is a change of direction the start of something quite unexpected…

My Review

Well I completely fell in love with ‘The Cornish Cream Tea Bus’ last year so I just knew for a fact I would love ‘The Cornish Cream Tea Summer’ and couldn’t wait to get my hands on a paperback copy as that colourful cover is just stunning!

We are back in Porthgolow with Charlie, Daniel and of course Gertie the bus. In this story we are introduced to Delilah known as Lila who is Charlie’s cousin. Lila visits from London where she’s had some problems, she thinks some time away to Porthgolow is exactly what she needs.

My favourite type of story is one where at the heart is a tight knit community that just pulls you in and Porthgolow and it’s residents certainly does that so I have just fell in love with this series. Cressida has me craving cake and of course cream teas! (Yummy)

‘The Cornish Cream Tea Summer’ is full of drama as Gertie goes on tour to a production set for a major television series. Well what can go wrong?!? I was gripped by lots of events that happen and took on an emotional rollercoaster. I loved Lila, I was rooting for her from the very beginning.

I am a huge fan of Cressida’s stories and can’t wait for her next creation. I give ‘The Cornish Cream Tea Summer’ a massive 5*/5* 😊

Author Bio

Cressy is the bestselling author of uplifting, romantic books including The Canal Boat Café and The House of Birds and Butterflies. 

She grew up in London surrounded by books and with a cat named after Lawrence of Arabia. She studied English at the University of East Anglia and now lives in the beautiful city of Norwich with her husband David.

Apart from writing, Cressy loves terrifying ghost stories, romantic heroes and Henry Cavill.  

When she isn’t writing, Cressy spends her spare time reading, returning to London or exploring the beautiful Norfolk coastline.

You can find out more information and follow her at: 

http://www.cressidamclaughlin.com
Facebook.com/CressidaMcLaughlinAuthor
Instagram.com/cressmclaughlin
Twitter.com/cressmclaughlin

“Sunny Days and Sea Breezes” by Carole Matthews

“Sunny Days and Sea Breezes” by Carole Matthews

Synopsis

Jodie Jackson is all at sea, in every sense. 

On a ferry bound for the Isle of Wight, she’s leaving her London life, her career, and her husband behind. She’d like a chance to turn back the clocks, but she’ll settle for some peace and quiet on her brother Bill’s beautifully renovated houseboat, Sunny Days

But from the moment Jodie steps aboard her new home, it’s clear she’ll struggle to keep herself to herself. If it isn’t Marilyn, who cleans for Bill and is under strict instructions to look after Jodie, then it’s Ned, the noisy sculptor on the next-door houseboat. Ned’s wood carving is hard on the ears, but it’s made up for by the fact that he’s rather easy on the eyes.

Bustled out of the boat by Marilyn and encouraged to explore with Ned, Jodie soon delights in her newfound freedom. But out of mind isn’t out of sight, and when her old life comes knocking Jodie is forced to face reality. Will she answer the call or choose a life filled with Sunny Days and Sea Breezes?

My Review

This is definitely another huge hit by Carole. Once I started reading ‘Sunny Days and Sea Breezes’ I just knew I would absolutely love it and love it I did!

Jodie Jackson is fleeing to the Isle of Wight and I was instantly intrigued to find out why she is leaving her life in London. She goes to stay on her brother’s recently renovated houseboat and it sounds just incredible and the ideal place to go and get some peace and space. This is what Jodie wants but of course she meets the flamboyant Marilyn who just intends to help Jodie through her troubles. I loved Marilyn and I know I could definitely do with a Marilyn in my life. Now all we need is a leading man and that is Ned. He lives in the houseboat next door to where Jodie is. What could be in store for Jodie and the others? Well you will have to read it to find out!

The characters of this story are such a colourful bunch of personalities. I would love to be friends with each and every one of them and live where Jodie is.

‘Sunny Days and Sea Breezes’ is about heading somewhere to find yourself and work through some very difficult times ❤️ it’s about love, laughter and friendship! 😊

I am a huge fan of Carole’s books and when the opportunity to read this beautiful story came up I just had to take it! Of course I give ‘Sunny Days and Sea Breezes’ a huge 5*/5*

Thank you to Sphere Books for an advanced copy of this book.

Author Bio

Carole Matthews is the Sunday Times bestselling author of thirty-two novels, including the Top Ten bestsellers Let’s Meet on Platform 8, A Whiff of Scandal, For Better, For Worse, A Minor Indiscretion, With or Without You, The Cake Shop in the Garden, Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses, A Cottage by the Sea, The Chocolate Lovers’ Club, The Chocolate Lovers’ Christmas, The Chocolate Lovers’ Wedding, Million Love Songs and her current novel, Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights. Carole has also been awarded the RNA Outstanding Achievement Award. Her novels dazzle and delight readers all over the world. 

For all the latest news from Carole, visit http://www.carolematthews.com, follow Carole on Twitter (@carolematthews) and Instagram (matthews.carole) or join the thousands of readers who have become Carole’s friend on Facebook (carolematthewsbooks).

#BlogTour for “A Perfect Cornish Escape” by Phillipa Ashley @PhillipaAshley @AvonBooksUK

#BlogTour for “A Perfect Cornish Escape” by Phillipa Ashley @PhillipaAshley @AvonBooksUK

Synopsis

Summer in Cornwall is the perfect time for a fresh start…

Seven years ago, Marina Hudson’s husband was lost at sea. She vowed to love him forever – but when kind-hearted Lachlan arrives in Porthmellow, should she deny herself another chance at happiness?

Tiff Trescott was living life to the full as a journalist in London – until her boyfriend’s betrayal brought it all crashing down. Fleeing to her cousin Marina’s cottage, Tiff feels like a fish out of water. And when brooding local Dirk wins a day with her in a charity auction, she’s thrown headfirst into Cornish life.

This summer promises new beginnings for both Tiff and Marina. But are they too good to be true?

My Review

It’s my stop on the blog tour for ‘A Perfect Cornish Escape’ Thank you to Avon Books for the opportunity to take part.

In the third in the Porthmellow series we meet Marina and Tiff who are cousins. Marina is a resident of Porthmellow but Tiff who is a journalist turned up there hoping to stay with Marina after a tough time in London recently. Both ladies have their life dilemmas, I would say Marina is definitely going through a very tough time after a tragedy of years previous. She is still trying to deal with her thoughts and feelings and I don’t blame her but I also totally wanted what was best for her, Tiff too. Marina meets the lovely Lachlan but she obviously has her reservations. Tiff on arriving she meets the mysterious Dirk. I was really hoping both ladies get what they so very much deserve but you will have to read the story to find out!

I loved being back in Porthmellow with the quirky residents and meeting new characters. It felt like being back in the lovely company of very close friends. This is a gem of a series and if you want to curl up and escape for a few hours then these are the books for you. Phillipa has a way of drawing you into a community and not letting you go until the very last page. I give ‘A Perfect Cornish Escape’ a sparkly 5*/5* 😊

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

Author Bio

Phillipa Ashley is a popular author of numerous bestselling Amazon and Bookseller Heatseekers romantic novels. Before she became a full-time writer, she studied English at Oxford and worked as a copywriter and journalist. 

She also writes rom coms as Ashley Croft and steamy romance as Pippa Croft.

She lives in a Staffordshire village with her husband and has a grown-up daughter. When she’s not writing, she loves falling off surf boards and following Poldark around in a camper van.

Her latest release is A Perfect Cornish Christmas, with A Perfect Cornish Escape out in June 2020.

#BlogTour for “The Summer Island Swap” by Samantha Tonge @SamTongeWriter @Aria_Fiction

#BlogTour for “The Summer Island Swap” by Samantha Tonge @SamTongeWriter @Aria_Fiction

Synopsis

After a long and turbulent year, Sarah is dreaming of the five-star getaway her sister has booked them on. White sands, cocktails, massages, the Caribbean is calling to them. 

But the sisters turn up to tatty beaches, basic wooden shacks, a compost toilet and outdoor cold water showers. It turns out that at the last minute Amy decided a conservation project would be much more fun than a luxury resort. 

So now Sarah’s battling mosquitos, trying to stomach fish soup and praying for a swift escape. Life on a desert island though isn’t all doom and gloom. They’re at one with nature, learning about each other and making new friends. And Sarah is distracted by the dishy, yet incredibly moody, island leader she’s sure is hiding a secret.

My Review

It’s my stop on the blog tour for ‘The Summer Island Swap’ Thank you to Aria Fiction for the opportunity to take part.

I loved Samantha’s last Christmas book so when she announced a summer book I just had to add it to my to be read list!

Sarah and Amy are sisters who decide to take the trip of a lifetime but when Amy changes the destination at the last minute Sarah gets a shock to the system when they end up on Seagrass Island at a wildfire conservation. Seeing both their journeys on the island was interesting as I didn’t know whether they would sink or swim. I loved the setting of the story it just sounds interesting and so idyllic. I especially loved Chatty the monkey, along with the other guests on the island.

Samantha’s narrative is free flowing and very detailed. I felt like I was on Seagrass Island with Sarah and the gang and I was sad when it ended as I didn’t want it to end. She explores themes which are very hard to read about but gave the main characters some depth.

‘The Summer Island Swap’ is about taking chances and believing in yourself. I certainly took some life lessons away from it ❤️ I highly recommend you curl up with this book as even if it’s a grey day it will brighten it up! I give ‘The Summer Island Swap’ a dazzling 5*/5* 😊

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

Author Bio

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.

When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.

She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency. In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category. In 2018 Forgive Me Not, heralded a new direction into darker women’s fiction with publisher Canelo and in 2020 her novel Knowing You won the RNA’s Jackie Collins Romantic Thriller Award

“Daisy’s Vintage Cornish Camper Van” by Ali McNamara

“Daisy’s Vintage Cornish Camper Van” by Ali McNamara

Synopsis

Welcome to the gorgeous Cornish town of St Felix, where there’s magic in the air…

When Ana inherits a broken-down camper van from her best friend, she takes the chance for a quick trip to Cornwall – some sea air and fish and chips on the beach is just the tonic she needs. 

But St Felix has bigger plans for Ana. She discovers a series of unsent postcards, dating back to the 1950s, hidden in the upholstery of the van. Ana knows that it’s a sign: she’ll make sure that the messages reach the person that they were meant for. And as the broken-down van is restored to gleaming health, so Ana begins to find her way back to happiness.

My Review

Oh my I don’t know where to start with my review for ‘Daisy’s Vintage Cornish Camper Van’ it was just wonderful!

We meet Ana who travels to the quaint seaside village of St Felix to go and collect a camper van she has inherited from her best friend Daisy. However all is not what it seems when she arrives to see the van (it never is!) The lovely Malachi has offered to renovate the van for Ana. Upon looking through the van they find some old postcards with messages but the postcards were not sent to the recipient. This intruigues Ana very much so she wants to see if she can send them to the rightful owner or their family. What challenges will Ana face in her quest? Well you need to read the story to find out!

I adore all of the residents of St Felix, there’s Noah and his antique shop and his colleague Jess. There’s also Ant and Dec in the delicious bakery, Rita in the pub and Jake. If there is such a place as St Felix then I would love to be a resident too!

Ali’s narrative has a charming way of pulling you into each and every page of this heart warming story. I felt quite sad to turn the final page but knowing that Ali has other books set in this lovely village cheers me up. It was a pleasure to see each character develop throughout this story.

I turned the last page of this story and was totally shocked to realise I had no idea how this was going to end! It’s a story about love, loss and above all hope ❤️ You definitely can’t go wrong with any book written by Ali. I give ‘Daisy’s Vintage Cornish Camper Van’ a dazzling 5*/5* 😊

Author Bio

Ali McNamara is a writer and author of eleven novels. 

The latest of which, Kate & Clara’s Curious Cornish Craft Shop will be published in July 2020.

Her debut novel, From Notting Hill with Love…Actually, the first of three ‘Notting Hill’ books, became an instant bestseller. 

Ali has had much overseas success with her books – particularly Breakfast at Darcy’s which was a Top Ten bestseller in Italy. Her novels Step Back in Time and Letters from Lighthouse Cottage were nominated for the Romantic Novel of the Year.

Ali lives in Cambridgeshire with her family and her beloved Labrador dogs. When she isn’t writing, she likes to travel, read and people watch, more often than not accompanied by a good cup of coffee! 
Her dogs, and a love of exercise keep her sane!

To find out more about Ali visit her website: http://www.alimcnamara.co.uk
or follow her on Twitter: @AliMcNamara, Facebook and Instagram

#BlogTour for “Summer in the City” by Emma Jackson @ESJackson1 @rararesources

#BlogTour for “Summer in the City” by Emma Jackson @ESJackson1 @rararesources

Synopsis

Sometimes the one thing you’re looking for is right in front of you… 

Stephen is on a very personal mission to find his father as per the wishes in their mother’s will. But he has no idea where to start, not that he’s going to tell anyone that… When Noelle, native New Yorker, daughter of a detective and desperate for a distraction from the novel she’s been struggling to write, offers to help, it feels like the perfect solution. 

Except the last time she spoke to Stephen he thought they’d be seeing the New Year in together and instead she stood him up and sold him out! Stephen’s big enough and been around the block enough times to understand that all is fair in love and war, isn’t he? But when Stephen accepts her offer and they begin their search across the city, it soon becomes clear that the weather isn’t the only thing that’s heating up.

My Review

It’s my stop on the blog tour for ‘Summer in the City’ Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to take part.

Stephen Cartwright is working in New York for the summer but that’s not the only thing he wants needs to do there, he is also on a mission to find his biological father. Noelle, who is a writer and is struggling with writers block sees Stephen in a bar. They do know each other already from back in London but Stephen is sceptical when Noelle offers to help him in his search.

Emma takes us on a whirlwind of an adventure around New York which is a place I would love to visit! I was gripped on the leads they had in searching for the right person and also the chemistry between Stephen and Noelle. Noelle and Stephen are two completely different people, she has a huge family who all live pretty close to each other and Stephen is only close with his brother as they recently lose their mother. Well they do say that opposites can attract!?

I felt like I was in New York with Stephen and Noelle! So really this was the perfect read for me especially when I needed something to escape into. ‘Summer in the City’ is about taking the courage to do what you need to do even if that may be very difficult and have some very hard consequences. I just loved the dynamic between these two leading characters ❤️

If you want to curl up on a beautiful summers day then this is the book for you! I give ‘Summer in the City’ 5*/5* 😊

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

Author Bio

Author of the Best Selling A MISTLETOE MIRACLE, published in 2019 by Orion Dash, Emma has been a devoted bookworm and secret-story-scribbler since she was 6 years old. When she’s not running around after her two daughters and trying to complete her current work-in-progress, Emma loves to read, bake, catch up on binge-watching TV programmes with her partner and plan lots of craft projects that will inevitably end up unfinished. Her next romantic comedy, SUMMER IN THE CITY, is due for release in June 2020. 

Emma also writes historical and speculative romantic fiction as Emma S Jackson. THE DEVIL’S BRIDE was published by DarkStroke in February 2020.

You can find out news about Emma via her website, by signing up to her newsletter at http://www.esjackson.co.uk or on:
Twitter @ESJackson1
Facebook @EmmaJacksonAuthor
Instagram @emma_s_jackson

“Meet Me At Pebble Beach” by Bella Osborne

“Meet Me At Pebble Beach” by Bella Osborne

Synopsis

Regan is holding a winning lottery ticket.
Goodbye to the boyfriend who never had her back, and so long to the job she can’t stand!
Except it’s all a bit too good to be true…

When Regan gets pranked, she finds herself jobless, homeless and boyfriendless in one fell swoop.

Luckily her friendly seaside community provides a beacon of hope, proving to Regan that sometimes you really can rely on the kindness of others – and one local in particular, a handsome fireman called Charlie, helps Regan realise that this could be her chance for a fresh start.

Armed with a list of ways to change her life, Regan decides it’s time to step out of her comfort zone. Because – as Charlie knows all too well – life is for living . . .

My Review

I really do love Bella’s books and I just knew that ‘Meet Me At Pebble Beach’ would be no different!

We meet Regan who at the beginning of the story is having a pretty awful time with work and just her personal life in general. She then meets Charlie whom she can’t resist being attracted to, problem is they can’t be together. I won’t go into those details, mainly because I don’t want to spoil it and it had me close to tears! Regan’s story is basically where she’s trying to get her life back on track but what obstacles does she face? I guess you will have to read the book to find out!

I love how Regan connects with Kevin (and the lovely dog Elvis) Kevin is living on the streets but Regan doesn’t let this stop her from being very kind to him. Regan is a compassionate soul and I loved to see the bond forming between them. It’s been a pleasure to get to know Regan’s family and friends.

Of course there’s lots of drama that unfolds and I felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster and I didn’t want to get off it. I read most of this book in one day. I was very intrigued to see how the relationship would form between Regan and Charlie. ‘Meet Me At Pebble Beach’ is a life affirming story about love, friendship and taking those life chances ❤️

I’m glad I haven’t read all of Bella’s books yet as I think I would be very sad to have to wait for her next one. I give ‘Meet Me At Pebble Beach’ a very deserving 5*/5* 😊

Author Bio

Bella has been jotting down stories as far back as she can remember but decided that 2013 would be the year that she finished a full length novel.
In 2016, her debut novel, ‘It Started At Sunset Cottage’, was shortlisted for the Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year and RNA Joan Hessayon New Writers Award.
Bella’s stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you. She likes to find the humour in the darker moments of life and weaves these into her stories. Her novels are often serialised in four parts ahead of the full book publication.
Bella believes that writing your own story really is the best fun ever, closely followed by talking, eating chocolate, drinking fizz and planning holidays.
She lives in The Midlands, UK with her lovely husband and wonderful daughter, who thankfully, both accept her as she is (with mad morning hair and a penchant for skipping).

For more about Bella, visit her website at http://www.bellaosborne.com or follow her on Social Media:
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