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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“Book Lovers” By Emily Henry

“Book Lovers” By Emily Henry

Synopsis

Nora is a cut-throat literary agent at the top of her game. Her whole life is books.

Charlie is an editor with a gift for creating bestsellers. And he’s Nora’s work nemesis.

Nora has been through enough break-ups to know she’s the one men date before finding their happy-ever-after. To prevent another dating dud, Nora’s sister has persuaded her to swap her city desk for a month’s holiday in Sunshine Falls.

It’s a small town straight out of a romance novel, but instead of meeting sexy lumberjacks, handsome doctors or cute bartenders, Nora keeps bumping into…Charlie.

She’s no heroine. He’s no hero. So can they take a page out of an entirely different book?

My Review

Well I have to admit I own all of Emily Henry’s books, however “Book Lovers” is the first one I’ve read! The colours on the cover just pop off and makes you want to read it asap. I admit it’s been on my TBR pile since publication so I was excited to finally pick it up.

Nora is a literary agent in the City, her sister Libby enthusiastically persuades Nora to take time off and go on a trip to Sunshine Falls in North Carolina. There Nora bumps into Charlie whom she’s met before as hes an editor. I mean what could happen what is meant to be a trip away with her sister?!

This story had my full attention from the very first page as I got to know Nora’s unique personality. I enjoyed reading about her relationship with her sister Libby as the complex layers were revealed throughout the story. The town of Sunshine Falls sounded like something out of a movie which had me imagining exactly what it’s like, idyllic. I was very engrossed in the story as I just couldn’t predict what would happen next. I loved watching Nora’s development change and grow with the help of people that care about her.

“Book Lovers” is about family, grief and love ❤️ Emily is now one of my auto buy authors and I can’t wait to read her backlist.

Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Author Bio

Emily Henry is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Book Lovers, People We Meet on Vacation, Beach Read, and the forthcoming Happy Place. She studied creative writing at Hope College, and now spends most of her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the part of Kentucky just beneath it. Find her on Instagram @EmilyHenryWrites.

“The Start of Something” by Miranda Dickinson

“The Start of Something” by Miranda Dickinson

Synopsis

Two lonely people.
One note in the window.
And what happens when they reach out…

Lachlan Wallace is stuck at home after a car accident stalled his army career. With months of physiotherapy still to endure and only his rescue dog and cat for company, he’s taken to gazing out of the window, watching the world spin on without him. And then he notices a vase of flowers on the windowsill of the apartment opposite his. Drawn to their hope and colour, he decides to reach out and sticks a message in his window…

Bethan Gwynne is a stranger in a new town. Bringing up her son Noah by herself, she is slowly rebuilding her life, but loneliness is one obstacle she has yet to overcome. She’s intrigued by a glimpse of her neighbour in the apartment across from hers – and then, one evening, she sees a message in his window just for her:

WHAT ARE THOSE FLOWERS CALLED?

And so begins a love story of two people reaching out, daring to trust a stranger…

My Review

This isn’t my first read by Miranda Dickinson and it certainly won’t be my last.

Bethan recently moved into a new place with her son Noah, working in a garden centre she’s determined to build her life again. Lachlan lives across the hedge with his crazy cat and dog (both of whom I loved and thought were hilarious!) I thoroughly enjoyed the premise of the story where Bethan and Lachlan begin communicating in a very different way.

Both of the protagonists have very different backstories which Miranda teases out throughout the narrative. It gave the story some mystery, especially for Lachlan’s story. They both understand each other on a deeper level whilst slowly getting to know each other.

I ended up reading a massive chunk of this story in one go, until I turned the very last page. Miranda peels the layers of this story away so you don’t want to put it down. So go ahead and grab a copy and get comfortable.

I would absolutely love to see this story become an entertaining movie. I am very much looking forward to reading more of Miranda’s backlist. I give “The Start of Something” 4*/5* 😊

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, a Christmas novella, Christmas in St Ives, is a festive treat and prequel to her ninth novel, Somewhere Beyond the Sea. The Day We Meet Again has won critical acclaim and is much loved by readers, most recently publishing in the US and Canada, taking her words Stateside for the first time.

Miranda is an international bestseller in four countries and her books have been translated into sixteen languages. To date, she has sold one million books worldwide. Her latest book is Our Story, out now.

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

Combined #bookreview of “The Mermaids Point Series” by Sarah Bennett

Combined #bookreview of “The Mermaids Point Series” by Sarah Bennett

Laurie Morgan runs a café in the small seaside community of Mermaids Point, named after the beauties rumoured to live in the waters a few miles off the top of the point. When a hazy image is posted online of what appears to be a mermaid, the café and the village are soon full to bursting with curious sightseers.

The most eye-catching of the new arrivals is handsome author, Jake Smith, who has rented a cottage for the summer while he works on his new book. Or so he says. In fact, he is a journalist, burned out and disillusioned with life, whose editor has sent him on a crack-pot hunt for mermaids…

Jake quickly finds himself drawn to village life, and to the gorgeous woman who runs the local café. But he soon suspects there’s trouble lurking beneath the idyllic façade, and when it looks like Laurie’s family might be involved, Jake faces a difficult choice. Pursue the truth, or protect the woman he’s beginning to fall in love with…

When her dreams of young love were cruelly shattered, Nerissa Morgan found it hard to move on. Now, at forty-three, everyone around her is enjoying life while she’s just going through the motions. With her boss retiring and rumours of a new doctor coming in to take over the practice she manages, change is coming, whether she’s ready for it or not.

Following the death of his beloved wife, Tom Nelson buried himself in work at his busy inner-London GP practice. When his teenage children find themselves in trouble at school, he realises he’s completely lost touch with them. Desperate to reconnect before it’s too late, he whisks his family away to the pretty seaside village of Mermaids Point determined to make a fresh start.

But all is not as idyllic as it seems. With his predecessor reluctant to let go of the reins and the children as distant as ever, the last thing Tom needs is an undeniable attraction to the woman he unexpectedly finds himself sharing a roof with…

Christmas is a time for love, laughter, families and friends, and in Mermaids Point, everyone is getting ready for the festive season.

For Nerissa and Tom, this will be their first Christmas as a couple, but making sure they have time for each other, whilst blending their families, will take some careful planning. What festive traditions will they make their own?

Laurie and Jake are flat out running Laurie’s seafront café, packaging up orders of mince pies, sausage rolls and other delectable Christmas goodies, as well as finding time for Jake’s journalism.  But when Jake’s mum offers them an unexpected gift, their plans are turned upside down.

Alex can’t help but be charmed by beautiful and talented Ivy, but he’s still recovering from his ex-wife’s betrayal and has a secret life he’s not ready to share with anyone yet. But as the Christmas spirit starts weaving its magic, Alex may find himself ready for love sooner than he imagines.
For Andrew, nothing is more important than family. As friends and family gather beneath his roof it’s a time for reflection about what the future might hold.

As far as Nick is concerned, pop sensation Aurora Storm is the ‘one that got away’. After they shared a brief holiday fling, he has been thinking about her ever since. Is Christmas the perfect time to finally reach out to her, or is love at first sight just in fairy-tales?

Bestselling author Alex Nelson is slowly coming apart at the seams after a failed marriage and an abrupt change in career leave him at a crossroads in life. When an unexpected opportunity arises to escape to the idyllic village of Mermaids Point, he’s hot on the heels of his brother, Tom, who has recently moved there. Buying a rundown bookshop might be just his latest harebrained scheme, but Alex has never been one to do things by halves.

After spending her early years caring for her mother, Ivy Fisher is finally ready to start living her own life. But when the impossibly charming, impossibly good-looking Alex Nelson swoops in and snatches her dream out from under her nose, it really is the last straw. Forced by circumstances to spend more time with him, Ivy finally gets a peek of the real man beneath the confident exterior, and she likes what she sees.

But just when things are starting to come together for them, Ivy is reminded why men can never be trusted. Is Alex who he says he is, or is he using Mermaids Point as nothing more than research fodder for his next bestseller?

Music sensation Aurora Storm finally has her career back on track, but then she’s caught up in a media storm. Desperate to distract from the story, she enlists the one man she trusts to pretend to be her boyfriend.

Meanwhile, in the small seaside village of Mermaids Point, Nick Morgan never expected to see Aurora again. When she calls out of the blue needing his help, he agrees at once. It feels like she’s back in his life for a reason, and he’s determined to make the most of it.

Aurora joins Nick and the rest of his family for their festive celebrations and, as the snow falls, Aurora finds herself caught up in the romance of Christmas. But having tasted worldwide fame, can she ever be content with village life?

Two weeks is all Nick has to prove to Aurora that there’s a happy ending for them both in Mermaids Point.

My Review

I have read all five “Mermaids Point” books by Sarah back to back. I decided to write one combined review as the books feature the same characters and settings.
They can also be read as standalone novels.

Each story introduces different characters as the protagonist (Laurie, Narissa, Alex and Nick) along with the rest of the Morgan and Nelson clan, with a beautiful popstar included, Aurora. However all of the stories feature all characters which I absolutely loved because it was like going back to visit old friends. The tight knit community of Mermaids Point is a very special place indeed, it sounds idyllic no matter what the season is. When you arrive at Mermaids Point you are welcomed with open arms. Once I finished getting to know these wonderful people, I was left with a serious book hangover.

Sarah’s narrative keeps you engrossed as you make new friends with all of the residents of Mermaids Point. I was bereft to have finished the series and wish id spaced them out a little bit more so I could enjoy them for longer.

I feel privileged to get to know the very friendly residents of this beautiful setting. I flew through the stories meaning I enjoyed them as Sarah intended the reader to. They are escapism at their best and allowed me to forget about real life.

I give these beautiful stories both 4* (Summer Kisses, Autumn Dreams and Christmas Surprises) and 5* (Love Blooms and Happy Endings) out of 5* 😊

Author Bio

Sarah Bennett writes feelgood romantic fiction set in beautiful locations you will fall in love with. Her bestselling series include Butterfly Cove and Mermaids Point. She is currently working on a new four book series to be released in 2023/24, the title of which is yet to be announced.

You can connect with her via twitter @Sarahlou_writes or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/SarahBennettAuthor

“Mistletoe and Mulled Wine at the Christmas Campervan” by Caroline Roberts

“Mistletoe and Mulled Wine at the Christmas Campervan” by Caroline Roberts

Synopsis

Christmas feels like a real gift for Lucy this year. Her cosy coastal cottage is starting to feel like home, her new pizza business is getting the locals ‘All Fired Up’, and she can’t wait to spend it with her new flame Jack, the charismatic owner of the Cocktail Campervan.

Winding along the snow-dusted Northumberland coast for a whirlwind of Christmas markets and celebrations, Lucy and Jack can’t resist stealing a few kisses under the mistletoe. But there’s a twist in their romantic tale when Lucy’s ex turns up in the village. As her past closes in, Jack becomes increasingly distant. And Lucy worries he’s holding back a few secrets of his own . . .

Will Christmas bring a cold spell for Lucy and Jack? Or could it really be the most wonderful time of the year?

My Review

I absolutely loved ‘The Seaside Cocktail Campervan’ so when the second book in the Cozy Campervan series, ‘Mistletoe and Mulled Wine at the Christmas Campervan’ was published I just had to read it straight away!

Being from the North East, I find it exciting that this book is set in the wonderful idyllic Northumberland Coast, no matter which season it is its a beautiful place.

Lucy is working very hard to get “All Fired Up” her horsebox pizza business off the ground with the lovely Jack from Ruby the Cocktail Campervan by her side at festive events.

I won’t go into specific scenes of this fabulous story however there are lots of misunderstandings and communication problems between Lucy and her best friend Becky, also Lucy and Jack. Can they resolve their fears in the festive season? Well you must pick up this book to find out!

Caroline’s festive narrative brings you into the season with wonderful deep characters and a gorgeous dog Daisy to boot. I would absolutely love to be friends with Lucy, she’s fun and friendly.

‘Mistletoe and Mulled Wine at the Christmas Campervan’ is full of friendship, love and makes you excited for the festive season. I give this book 5*/5* 😊

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

#BlogTour for “Dreams Come True at Glendale Hall” by Victoria Walters

#BlogTour for “Dreams Come True at Glendale Hall” by Victoria Walters

Synopsis

Lorna is following her dreams. But can she follow her heart?

Lorna Ferguson has dreamt of opening her own bed and breakfast in the village of Glendale for as long as she’d pictured falling in love. While her love life remains frankly hopeless, Lorna is determined to secure Dove House – the home she imagined living in as a child – to start this new venture with her family.

Along with brother Adam, Lorna starts restoring the house to its Art Deco glory, but faced with a whole host of renovation problems and their money fast running out, they worry that Dove House will never be ready to open in the New Year.

When a mystery man turns up, needing to fulfil a promise he made to his dying father and find the object he left at Dove House many years ago, Lorna’s heart goes out to him. But what they find there is going to change both of their lives forever.

Facing problems at every turn, and distracted by her heart, Lorna is going to need all the magic that her beloved Glendale can supply to make all her dreams come true…

My Review

It’s my stop on the blog tour for ‘Dreams Come True at Glendale Hall’ Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to take part.

I adore the Glendale Hall series so when the opportunity to read the final installment (boo hoo!) came around I jumped at the chance. These books can also be read as standalone stories.

This story focus on Lorna and Adam Furguson and their long lost dream to buy Dove House and turn it into Glendale’s first B&B. They have the opportunity to buy it after losing out five years ago. Can they possibly make their dreams a reality? What obstacles could get in the way? Well you will just have to find out what happens and I strongly encourage that you do!

I just loved loved loved being back in the Highlands in Glendale. It was a pleasure to catch up with other residents such as Beth, Heather, Brodie and Emily. Victoria’s narrative just makes you engrossed in the community spirit, the way the residents support each other in times of crisis. This story has an element of mystery to it which I really enjoyed, its because of this that new friendships formed.

I loved how close Lorna is with her family. Even through tough times they support and encourage no matter what. I think this story is about following your dreams no matter how scary it may be, along with love and laughter to boot. I give ‘Dreams Come True at Glendale Hall’ 5*/5* 😊

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

Author Bio

Victoria Walters is a full-time author living in Surrey. Victoria writes cosy books including the bestselling uplifting and romantic series GLENDALE HALL and the new gripping and charming crime novel MURDER AT THE HOUSE ON THE HILL. She has been chosen for WHSmith Fresh Talent and shortlisted for two RNA awards. Victoria was also picked as an Amazon Rising Star.

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/. She is also on YouTube as Victoria Walters.

“A Wedding in Sandy Cove” by Bella Osborne

“A Wedding in Sandy Cove” by Bella Osborne

Synopsis

One blind date. One chance encounter. One-life changing moment.

Ella is in the business of making brides’ dreams come true with yards of white tulle, delicate lace and sparkly sequins.

But Ella’s own love life couldn’t be further from a fairy tale. Recently dumped by her boyfriend and with her best friend’s wedding only months away, Ella feels more alone than ever so she finally accepts her friends’ offers to set her up on a blind date.

But a mix up on the night throws her into the path of Kit, instead.

Kit is most definitely not the man she was supposed to meet, but he could end up changing her life in ways she never thought possible…

My Review

I have whizzed through ‘A Wedding in Sandy Cove’ within a couple of days I loved it that much, that is quick reading for me!

Ella makes alterations for a bride’s dream wedding dress in a shop in Sandy Cove with a horrid person for a boss, Wanda. Ella doesn’t let this make her not enjoy her job though! Although in beginning Ella is a people pleaser she soon finds her own voice, I won’t go into those details though.

Her best friend Brittany is getting married, so Ella and Lucy are also immersed in wedding preparations. I thought parts of the wedding prep were hilarious! I was literally laughing out loud in parts 😊 A handsome stranger comes into Ella’s life unexpectedly, the lovely Kit O’Leary. This event results in Ella struggling with a part of her life, I won’t go into the details.

Bella has introduced some funny and unique characters into this charming and beautiful story. I honestly didn’t want it to end and I’m glad I’ve not read all of Bella’s blacklist yet! Her narrative flows with such ease that you easily get lost in the story. 

This book is all about friendship, navigating family dynamics and love ❤️ I give ‘A Wedding in Sandy Cove’ a dazzling 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. Since then she’s written a number of best-selling romantic comedies and book club reads and won the RNA Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year Award 2022.

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 lives in The Midlands, UK with her husband, daughter and a cat who thinks she’s a dog. When not writing Bella is usually eating custard creams and planning holidays.

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

Twitter – https://twitter.com/osborne_bella

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

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/bellaosborneauthor

#BlogTour for “Sunny Skies and Summer Kisses” by Eliza J Scott

#BlogTour for “Sunny Skies and Summer Kisses” by Eliza J Scott

Synopsis

No matter how hard you fight it, love will always find a way…

Ever since she was a little girl, dance teacher Anoushka Cartwright has dreamed of opening her own dance studio near her home on her beloved North Yorkshire Moors. And when she gets the chance to do just that she can hardly believe her luck!
Life is sweet. Or it would be if it wasn’t for her relationship with Damon which has been growing increasingly toxic, much to her family’s concern. Critical of her dreams he can’t understand why she won’t move to the city of York and live with him. He refuses to accept their relationship is floundering until the day Anoushka breaks up with him.
Popular indie/folk singer, Gabe Dublin, hails from Southern Ireland. He’s been head-over-heels in love with Anoushka ever since he first set eyes on her at a wedding two years earlier. She’s the reason he keeps returning to the area, staying with his friends, Lady Caroline Hammondely and her husband Sim, at Danskelfe Castle. Gabe and Anoushka have become good friends, but she’s always made it clear they could never be anything more, which is tearing Gabe’s heart in two. He knows he won’t be able to love anyone else the way he loves Anoushka.

Her family and friends can see how perfect they are for each other but Anoushka is adamant, after her experience with Damon, she has no room for a man in her life. She makes a pact with herself to focus all of her attention on her dance school. And she intends to keep it. The only thing is, it’s not as easy as it seems.

When an unexpected situation throws them together, Anoushka’s feelings are exposed for the world to see. The question is, will she act on them or will she stay true to her promise to herself?

My Review

It’s my stop on the blog tour for ‘Sunny Skies and Summer Kisses’ Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to take part.

Now I’m quite a massive fan of the Life on The Moors series by Eliza. It’s an absolute pleasure to return to Lytell Stangdale and meet up with very familiar and new characters.

This instalment focuses on Anushka, the daughter of Ollie and Kitty. Anushka is in a relationship with Damon, who is not all he seems on the outside. He is actually quite controlling and manipulative. But does Anushka realise this too? It was difficult to read in places but this is through my experiences not Eliza’s writing.

It was beautiful to see Anushka florish in her personality. She has some very special friends and the added bonus of one Irish admirer! I adore how these stories are so focused on community and friendship. I flew through the pages, of course not wanting to put it down and I didn’t want it to end. I can’t wait for another visit to Lytell Stangdale very soon.

‘Sunny Skies and Summer Kisses’ is a story about resilience, friendship, family and of course love. I give this stunning book 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 North Yorkshire with her family. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book/glued to her Kindle or working in her garden, fighting a losing battle against the weeds.

Eliza also enjoys bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off by a visit to a teashop where she can indulge in another two of her favourite things: tea and cake.

Her biggest weakness is ginger biscuits dunked in tea.

Eliza is inspired by her beautiful surroundings and loves to write heartwarming romance stories with relatable female characters. She enjoys exploring the dynamics of female friendship, with a key feature of her books being how women pull together and support one another when things get tough.

Eliza’s novels will always have happy endings.

“The Summer Fair” by Heidi Swain

“The Summer Fair” by Heidi Swain

Synopsis

Beth loves her job working in a care home, looking after its elderly residents, but she doesn’t love the cramped and dirty house-share she currently lives in. So, when she gets the opportunity to move to Nightingale Square, sharing a house with the lovely Eli, she jumps at the chance.
 
The community at Nightingale Square welcomes Beth with open arms, and when she needs help to organise a fundraiser for the care home they rally round. Then she discovers The Arches, a local creative arts centre, has closed and the venture to replace it needs their help too – but this opens old wounds and past secrets for Beth.
 
Music was always an important part of her life, but now she has closed the door on all that. Will her friends at the care home and the people of Nightingale Square help her find a way to learn to love it once more…?

My Review

What another brilliant story by Heidi, ‘The Summer Fair’ transports you to Nightingale Square. This book can be read as a standalone or in order of the series which is great.

Beth works at the local care home and is miserable in her current sharehouse. She luckily ends up moving into Nightingale Square and her life after that begins to turn for the better.

‘The Summer Fair’ has an element of mystery in the backstory of characters such as Beth, Eli and Pete. I couldn’t work it out so that means I didn’t want to put it down. I was rooting for Beth throughout the whole story.

Heidi always finds a way to weave previous characters from different settings into the story which I absolutely loved. I can’t wait to pick up and be engrossed into more of Heidi’s blacklist and future stories. Her narrative flows freely enabling you to get to know Beth and the gang on a deeper level.

I give ‘The Summer Fair’ 5*/5* 😊 There’s a reason I am trying not to read all of Heidi’s books too quickly so I don’t have to wait too long for another!

Author Bio

Heidi Swain is a Sunday Times Top Ten best-selling author who writes feel good fiction with heart for Simon and Schuster. She releases two books a year (early summer and winter) and the stories all have a strong sense of community, family and friendship. She is currently writing books set in three different locations – the Fenland town of Wynbridge, Nightingale Square in Norwich and Wynmouth on the Norfolk coast.

Heidi lives in beautiful south Norfolk with her mischievous cat called Storm. She is passionate about gardening, the countryside, collecting vintage paraphernalia and reading. Her tbr pile is always out of control!

Heidi loves to chat with her readers and you can get in touch via her website heidiswain.co.uk/ or Twitter @Heidi_Swain

#BlogTour “The Weekend Before The Wedding” by Tracy Bloom

#BlogTour “The Weekend Before The Wedding” by Tracy Bloom

Synopsis

One weekend, one bride-to-be, what could possibly go wrong…

All Shelley wanted on her hen weekend was to enjoy three days of sun, sea and sangria. But instead of being surrounded by the A-team of her closest friends, she somehow ends up with a Golden Girls-meets-the-Spice Girls B-list that includes her mother, a rebellious teenager, and a best mate ‘on the verge’.

The squabbling starts at the airport, and on arrival in Spain, Shelley barely has time to unpack her suitcase before getting an unwanted text ̶ one that throws her wedding into doubt.

Shelley has got a BIG decision to make, but her unruly medley of nearest and dearest seem determined to confuse matters with their own problems.

Have they got what it takes to get her through the most important weekend of her life?

My Review

It’s my stop on the blog tour for ‘The Weekend Before The Wedding’ Thank you to Anne at Random Things Tours for the opportunity to take part.

Shelley is in her late 30s and is still to marry. She meets Colin at a friend’s wedding back in the late 90s and they are still to marry. Shelley is persuaded to go on another hen weekend at her Auntie’s villa in Majorca with her best friend Becca, and relatives Rosalind, Nancy and Chloe.

I enjoyed how story is set in the past when Shelley meets Colin and now when she actually plans to marry him. I also loved the setting of Majorca making me dream of going abroad.  The story is full of funny events but also full of mystery too (family drama!)

This is my first read of Tracy’s and it definitely won’t be my last. Her narrative is full of family, beautiful surroundings and lots of unique characters. I loved Nancy especially she’s such a funny personality and had me laughing out loud throughout.

I just couldn’t stop turning the pages and didnt want it to end! I give ‘The Weekend Before The Wedding’ 4*/5* 😊

Thank you to Harper Collins for an advanced copy of this book.

Author Bio

Tracy started writing when her cruel, heartless husband ripped her away from her dream job shopping for rollercoasters for the UK’s leading theme parks, to live in America with a brand new baby and no mates. In a cunning plan to avoid domestic duties she wrote the romantic comedy, NO-ONE EVER HAS SEX ON A TUESDAY.

NO-ONE EVER HAS SEX ON A TUESDAY went on to be successfully published internationally and became a number 1 bestseller. So now Tracy has a new dream job, making people laugh and sometimes cry through her writing.

Get in touch with Tracy at tblythe@hotmail.co.uk or follow her on twitter @TracyBBloom or http://www.facebook.com/tracybloomwrites/

“New Beginnings at The Old Bakehouse” by Christie Barlow

“New Beginnings at The Old Bakehouse” by Christie Barlow

Synopsis

When Heartcross’ resident clairvoyant tells Molly McKendrick to expect a whole lot of scandal and upset to blow in with the approaching winter storm, Molly doesn’t know what to think.

With a baby on the way any week now, and Christmas not far off, the last thing Molly needs is drama, but when she crosses paths with Bree, a sixteen-year-old homeless girl, and takes her in from the cold, secrets from the past flood the present and Molly, her partner Cam, and their son George, are soon experiencing a holiday season filled with unexpected festive surprises…

My Review

I’m such a massive fan of the Love Heart Lane series by Christie Barlow and this instalment is no different!

This story focuses on Molly and Cam and their life in The Old Bakehouse. Heartcross is having some severe winter weather and molly becomes concerned for the welfare of a teenager, Bree. There are lots of events happening with various characters in the story for Molly and Cam. I loved catching up with very familiar characters in this tight knit community. It’s like going to visit old friends and I just love Christie’s narrative which flows freely with every passing page.

I would go as far to say this is just ahead as being my favourite story of the series so far. Christie tackles sensitive subjects such as homelessness with the sensitivity it deserves.

I will be actually quite sad when the series eventually has to end however that means I will just have to re read them all over again. I am so excited for the next installment in this gorgeous series! I give ‘New Beginnings at The Old Bakehouse’ a stunning 5*/5* 😊

Author Bio

Christie Barlow is the number one international bestselling author of fifteen romantic comedies including the iconic Love Heart Lane Series, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm and Kitty’s Countryside Dream. She lives in a ramshackle cottage in a quaint village in the heart of Staffordshire with her four children and two dogs.

Her writing career has come as a lovely surprise when Christie decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. Christie’s dream was to become a writer and the book she wrote to prove a point went on to become a #1 international bestseller in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.

When Christie isn’t writing she co-presents The Book Show on Radio Northwich, enjoys playing the piano, is a keen gardener and loves to paint and upcycle furniture.

Christie is an ambassador for the @ZuriProject alongside Patron of the charity, Emmerdale’s Bhasker Patel. They raise money and awareness for communities in Uganda.

Christie loves to hear from her readers and you can get in touch via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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