Welcome to Kirsty’s Book Buying Addiction!

Welcome to Kirsty’s Book Buying Addiction!

Welcome to my blog, Kirsty’s Book Buying Addiction. It was hard to come up with a name for this blog but with a friend’s help this is it! I seem to have the problem of buying and downloading books and not a lot of time to read them. I also love discovering new and upcoming authors so please any recommendations throw them my way! 😊

The main aim of my blog is to just spread the love of reading. For me reading is my escape I love going into a different world and I need that in my life to be able to deal with my health. I’ve always been an avid reader as far as I can remember, going to the library a lot as a child especially.

Please send any review requests to me through my twitter account via DM @KirstyOughton26 😊📚

#Blogtour for “Starlight Over Bluebell Castle” by Sarah Bennett @Sarahlou_writes @HQDigitalUK

#Blogtour for “Starlight Over Bluebell Castle” by Sarah Bennett @Sarahlou_writes @HQDigitalUK

Synopsis

The most magical time of the year…

Jessica Ridley’s life has just been turned upside-down – and not in a good way! So when blast-from-the-past Tristan Ludworth invites her to stay at Bluebell Castle and transform it into a winter wonderland, it’s the perfect distraction for Jess and her two young children…

Jess is used to planning even the most elaborate events in her sleep, but she certainly didn’t expect to be working so closely with Tristan at the castle – or that she could still find him quite  so handsome after all this time!

And with a little holiday magic in the air, it’s becoming harder and harder to resist his charms. Can Tristan convince Jess to give love one more chance, just in time for Christmas?

My Review

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for ‘Starlight Over Bluebell Castle’ Thank you to HQ Digital for the tour invite.

I have read and reviewed the two previous books in the Bluebell Castle series and absolutely loved them so there was no doubt in my mind I just had to read the third and final book in the series.

I could relate to Jess on such a personal level after her marriage breaking down and how she ended up at Bluebell Castle (obviously I don’t live in a castle ha!) Her journey of rediscovering who is is and what she wants in life was inspiring and I was cheerleading her character from the first page to the very last!

It was such a pleasure to be back in the company of the whole Ludworth family and this gorgeous setting. It was like going for a well overdue catch up with old friends. I won’t go into the plot in too much detail but this story focuses more on Tristan and Jess in the festive season. The chemistry between these two characters just radiates from the pages and I found myself just flying through this beautiful story ❤️ I also loved Eli and Issac, Jess’s two wonderful sons.

This is certainly the series for you if you want to curl up with a comfort read that will have you on a rollercoaster of emotions. As I’ve said before, Sarah’s writing has you feeling the story as I was completely invested. I give ‘Starlight Over Bluebell Castle’ 5*/5* 😊

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Synopsis

Christmas in Cornwall is just around the corner…

But after last Christmas revealed a shocking family secret, Scarlett’s hardly feeling merry and bright. All she wants this Christmas is to know who her real father is.

So Scarlett heads to the little Cornish town of Porthmellow, where she believes the truth of her birth is hidden. She just didn’t bargain on being drawn into the Christmas festival preparations – or meeting Jude Penberth, whose charm threatens to complicate life further.

Everything will come to a head at Porthmellow’s Christmas Festival … But can Scarlett have the perfect Christmas this year, or are there more surprises on the way?

Curl up with this gorgeous novel and savour the world of Porthmellow Harbour.

My Review

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for ‘A Perfect Cornish Christmas’ Thank you to Avon Books for the tour invite!!

I loved the first in the Cornish series so I just had to dive back into the village of Porthmellow at Christmas. This story can also be a standalone read. In this story we meet Scarlett and Ellie. The drama starts from the very first page which captures your attention straight away. You wonder why Scarlett is in the situation she’s in.

The Latham family has been through trauma (not going to spoil it!) however I will say they are full of family secrets and miscommunication. Scarlett and Ellie then meet two gorgeous residents of Porthmellow; Jude and Aaron. The story is told from both Scarlett and Ellie’s perspective which has you wanting to read till the very end! I ended up really feeling for Scarlett and her family situation, hoping that in the end everything would work out ❤️

I found myself needing to pick up my kindle at any opportunity (even at 2am when I couldn’t get back to sleep!) I really hope there is a book three in the series as I would love to go back to Cornwall again soon. I give ‘A Perfect Cornish Christmas’ 4*/5* 😊

Thank you to Avon Books for a copy of this book.

Author Bio

Phillipa Ashley is the author of a string of Amazon Top 10 and Bookseller Heatseekers N best-selling Cornish 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 Summer is out now and is an Amazon Top 15 and Heatseekers number 1 best seller.

#BlogTour for “A Christmas Kiss” by Eliza J Scott @ElizaJScott1 @rararesources

#BlogTour for “A Christmas Kiss” by Eliza J Scott @ElizaJScott1 @rararesources

Synopsis

A sparkling festive romance that will warm your heart this Christmas.

The week before Christmas, GP Zander Gillespie finds his festive plans in tatters. He’s supposed to be flying out to his parents’ chateau in Carcassonne with his high-maintenance girlfriend, Melissa. But she has other ideas. She wants to spend Christmas in London with her party friends – and he’s not invited. The prospect of facing his family, with their questions and their sympathy – not to mention the ‘I told you so-s’ – just isn’t an option. Instead, Zander decides to head to his holiday cottage in the quaint moorland village of Lytell Stangdale, where he intends to hide away with his faithful rescue Labrador Alf.

Eighty miles away, Livvie’s world has come crashing down. With plans to cook a romantic meal for her boyfriend, she heads home early and walks in on him in a compromising position with their neighbour. Fed-up of his lies and philandering ways, this is the final straw. With her Christmas plans up in smoke, the thought of spending it with her parents and her smug, married sister with her pompous husband in tow, is enough to bring Livvie out in hives. So, when she fires up her laptop and finds the perfect little holiday cottage in Lytell Stangdale available to rent over the festive period, it seems the perfect solution. Or is it…?

Zander didn’t believe in love at first sight until he set eyes on Livvie. Livvie had sworn off men until she met Zander. The pair may be reluctant to give in to temptation, but fate seems to have other ideas…

Join Livvie and Zander – and all the usual characters – for a magical Christmas in Lytell Stangdale.

The perfect cosy read to snuggle up with this Christmas

My Review

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for A Christmas Kiss. Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the tour invite. I just had to jump at the chance to join in as I adore this series.

I have loved stepping back into the world of Lytell Stangdale and it’s incredible sense of community and friendship. Eliza’s first festive book introduces us to the lovely Livvie and gorgeous Zander. We have briefly met Zander in one of the previous books in the series however getting to know both of these new characters has been such a pleasure in such a magical setting. I would love to go into the storyline more however I really wouldn’t want to spoil it for you.

I flew through the pages of this book but also didn’t want it to end. Eliza’s writing style is very free flowing and it’s so easy to get hooked from the very first page. This goes for all of the other books in the series too. How could I forget the lovely Labrador Alf, his story will also touch your heart ❤️ I wish I lived in the heart of Lytell Stangdale as the residents pull together in any situation. They are welcoming and warm and you can certainly rely on them.

I can not wait for what’s in store next with Eliza’s book as I know it won’t disappoint. I give ‘A Christmas Kiss’ a very deserved 5*/5* 😊

Thank you to Eliza for a copy of this book to enjoy and review.

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.

Books by Eliza:

LIFE ON THE MOORS SERIES:

The Letter – Kitty’s Story (Book #1)
The Talisman – Molly’s Story (Book #2)
The Secret -Molly’s Story (Book #3)

#BlogTour for “Christmas at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry” by Caroline Roberts @_caroroberts @fictionpubteam

#BlogTour for “Christmas at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry” by Caroline Roberts @_caroroberts @fictionpubteam

Synopsis

Cosy up with the new novel in the Pudding Pantry series, full of love, laughter, kisses under the mistletoe, and plenty of delicious pudding!

The first snow is falling over Primrose Farm, the mince pies are warming, and Rachel can’t wait to share a kiss under the mistletoe with her gorgeous new flame, Tom.

If only it was all comfort and joy . . . The arrival of Tom’s ex brings an unwelcome chill to the farm. And despite Master Baker Mum Jill’s valiant efforts, the new pudding pantry business is feeling the pinch.

With a spoonful of festive spirit, a cupful of goodwill with friends, and her messy, wonderful family by her side, can Rachel make this a Christmas to remember?

My Review

I am beyond thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for ‘Christmas at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’ Thank you so much to HarperCollins for the invite. Please be sure to check out the other stops on this amazing tour!

After reading and enjoying ‘Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’ earlier in the year, I just had to read the second book in the series asap! Going back to Primrose Farm and the Pudding Pantry has been an absolute treat (literally!!) Being in the company of Rachel, Mandy, Jill, Ruth and Tom has been like meeting up with old friends. I felt like I was being warmly invited to be part of their tight knit community and how could I resist all the talk of pudding (especially Christmas pudding!)

As business takes a small downturn, Rachel has the idea of forming a Pudding Club. This isn’t just about making more money for the business, this gives members a chance to meet new people from around the village and share tips and tricks on baking. This is definitely where the sense of community just leaps from the pages.

Caroline takes us on a continuing journey with Rachel and the gang. There are a few bumps in the road in this festive season but the character’s face these challenges together as usual! I adore Maisy, she’s such a sweet and caring little girl and will do anything to help.

If you want to just curl up by the fire on a cold winter evening with a hot drink and some pudding then this is the ideal festive read! 😊 As with the first book in this mouthwatering series I give ‘Christmas at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’ 5*/5* ❤️

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

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 “The Perfect Dress” by Louisa Leaman @louisaleaman @TransworldBooks

#BlogTour for “The Perfect Dress” by Louisa Leaman @louisaleaman @TransworldBooks

Synopsis

Fran’s wedding dress shop isn’t like any other. A treasure trove of history, filled with gowns from every decade for every type of bride. But not as you’d expect.

Something bold for the shy and retiring.
Something simple for the woman who is unafraid to stand out.
And something dazzling for the bride who wouldn’t normally dare to be different. 

No matter your expectations, you’d never guess your own perfect dress. But Fran knows… she feels the wisdom woven into every gown, a gift from the previous owner waiting to be handed down to the next bride.

When Fran finds a dress that seems to be perfect for her she can’t wait to know its complex history which starts with her getting to know the son of the previous owner…

My Review

The blog tour for ‘The Perfect Dress’ stops with myself today and I’m very excited to share my thoughts. Thank you to Katie at Transworld Books for the blog tour invite.

Francesca is the owner of vintage dress shop “The Whispering Dress” she looks all over for vintage wedding dresses and rather than the bride choosing her dress, Fran matches the dress to the bride taking into account the dresses previous history and the unique personality of the bride. The story centres around a specific dress and introduces the mysterious Rafael. It’s quite interesting how every dress has such a different story!

I truly respected Fran’s outlook and the way she stands her ground when it comes to her business and the way she runs it. Louisa builds the story with a number of layers including some of fran’s other customers as well as the story focusing on one particular dress. I wouldn’t want to go into specifics and spoil the plot but it’s actually quite a unique story.

Louisa also goes into a lot of detail with each dress and the backdrop of The Whispering Dress Shop. I felt this gave the story a lot more depth which had me engrossed. There were some plot twists that I wasn’t expecting at all, I was sad when I had to put the book down!

The main theme of the story is love however we see this from the perspective of Fran and Rafael. Their backgrounds are so different however they connect on a special level. I thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Perfect Dress’ and will definitely read more of Louisa’s beautiful stories in the future. I give ‘The Perfect Dress’ 5*/5* 😊

Thank you to Katie at Transworld Books for an advanced copy of this book.

Author Bio

Louisa Leaman was born, raised and now lives near Epping Forest. She studied Art History at Leeds University before becoming a teacher working with children with special needs. After winning the Times Education Supplement’s New Writer’s Award, she turned her hand to writing books for children. Louisa currently writes content for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, but has also been published in the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent and The Times Educational Supplement. Her interest in the arts is often inspiration for her plots and her first book, The Perfect Dress, was inspired by the V&As large wedding dress collection and fulfils her dream of writing romantic fiction. When she isn’t busy writing or rearing her three lively children, she paints portraits, takes long walks and spends far too long browsing vintage clothing shops.

#BlogTour for “The Christmas Calendar Girls” by Samantha Tonge @SamTongeWriter @Aria_Fiction

#BlogTour for “The Christmas Calendar Girls” by Samantha Tonge @SamTongeWriter @Aria_Fiction

Synopsis

This Christmas fall in love with the town of Chesterwood… 

Christmas is meant to be a time of giving, so with Chesterwood food bank under risk of closure Fern knows just what to do to save it. She’s going to get the town to create a living advent calendar. 

Fern, and her best friends, call for help from the local community to bring this calendar to life. When Kit, the new man in town, offers his assistance Fern’s heart can’t help but skip a beat (or two). 

As they grow ever closer, Fern must admit that Kit’s breaking down the barriers she built after the death of her husband. But his past is holding him back and Fern doesn’t know how to reach him. No matter how hard she tries. 

In this town, Kit’s not the only one with secrets. Domestic goddess Cara is behaving oddly, burning meals in the oven and clothes whilst ironing, and Davina’s perfect children are causing trouble at school leaving her son, Jasper, desperately unhappy. 

Can the Christmas Calendar Girls find a way to bring the community together in time to save the food bank, while still supporting their families and each other? Can Fern find love again with Kit? 

This is a story about kindness and letting go of the past. It’s about looking out for your neighbours and about making every day feel like Christmas.

My Review

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for ‘The Christmas Calendar Girls’ Thank you as ever to Aria Fiction for the tour invite!

When I received the invite for this tour I couldn’t say yes quick enough! As soon as I saw the cover and read the synopsis I just knew it was my type of read.

Fern, Cara and Davina are three best friends who live in Chesterwood. They are made aware that the local food bank are struggling to keep their doors open. The answer to this dilemma is Fern’s idea of a living advent calendar. What an amazing idea it is!? Does this festive plan work? Well I urge you to find out!

Amongst organising the fundraising for the food bank, these three women have other challenges to work through. Introducing the gorgeous Kit who makes things just a little more complicated. I won’t go into plot specifics but Sam intertwines different themes beautifully such as grief, family, honesty and courage.

The sense of community in Chesterwood just radiates from the pages. Everyone comes together in a time of need at a very cold time of the year. I loved meeting the residents, they just kept reminding each other of why they were raising money in the first place. It makes you realise what you have and to not take it for granted at all. I just couldn’t put my kindle down and when I had to I was itching to pick it back up again.

I now just have to have Samantha’s books on my TBR pile and can’t wait for what she creates next! 😊 I give ‘The Christmas Calendar Girls’ a very festive 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 and in 2014, her bestselling debut, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. 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. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association romantic comedy award.  

http://samanthatonge.co.uk/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamTongeWriter
Instagram: @samanthatongeauthor 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaTongeAuthor

“Postscript” by Cecelia Ahern

“Postscript” by Cecelia Ahern

Synopsis

The long-awaited sequel to the international bestseller PS, I Love You!

It’s been seven years since Holly Kennedy’s husband died – six since she read his final letter, urging Holly to find the courage to forge a new life.
 
She’s proud of all the ways in which she has grown and evolved. But when a group inspired by Gerry’s letters, calling themselves the PS, I Love You Club, approaches Holly asking for help, she finds herself drawn back into a world that she worked so hard to leave behind.
 
Reluctantly, Holly begins a relationship with the club, even as their friendship threatens to destroy the peace she believes she has achieved. As each of these people calls upon Holly to help them leave something meaningful behind for their loved ones, Holly will embark on a remarkable journey – one that will challenge her to ask whether embracing the future means betraying the past, and what it means to love someone forever…

My Review

After reading Ps I Love You over the years I was very excited to find out there was going to be a sequel.

I would say Postscript has been totally worth the wait! Discovering Holly’s character eight years after Gerry’s passing has been eye opening and inspirational. She is brave and determined to help other terminally ill leave messages for their loved ones leading the Ps I Love You Club to be founded. Whilst reading the story of each member of the club I have had to try (and fail) to hold back the tears. I could see this being made into a film and it would be a huge hit. I won’t go into specific backstories as that would spoil the impact.

I am a massive fan of Cecelia’s books and this is no different. The way she pulls you into the story is magical. I didn’t want it to end so I savoured every page. This is definitely a story I will read again in the future.

Postscript is a long awaited inspirational story about hope, love, grief and helping others ❤️ I wish I could give this story way more than 5* 😊

Thank you so much to Emma (@Bibliotreasures) for gifting me her proof copy and sharing the book love!

Author Bio

After completing a degree in Journalism and Media Communications, Cecelia wrote her first novel at 21 years old. Her debut novel, PS I Love You was published in January 2004, and was followed by Where Rainbows End (aka Love, Rosie) in November 2004. Both novels were adapted to films; PS I Love You starred Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler, and Love, Rosie starred Lily Collins and Sam Claflin.  

Cecelia has published a novel every year since then and to date has published 15 novels; If You Could See Me Now, A Place Called Here, Thanks for the Memories, The Gift, The Book of Tomorrow, The Time of My Life, One Hundred Names, How To Fall in Love, The Year I Met You, The Marble Collector, Flawed, Perfect and Lyrebird. 

To date, Cecelia’s books have sold 25 million copies internationally, are published in over 40 countries, in 30 languages.  

Along with writing novels, Cecelia has co-created the US ABC Comedy Samantha Who? and has created many other original TV projects. 

Cecelia’s next book is a collection of 30 short stories about 30 women, titled ROAR. ROAR will be published in the UK and Ireland in Autumn 2018 by HarperCollins UK, and in Spring 2019 in the US by Grand Central Publishing. 

“At the age of 19 I experienced a difficult time in my life, and as I have done since childhood and throughout my teenage years, I turned to writing to process my feelings. PS I Love You was born from my feelings of sadness, fear and loss of my identity. I poured my heart into the story of a woman suffering from grief after the loss of her husband, a woman who had hit the lowest point of her life and was struggling with both the desire and the ability to find her way out of the fog. Writing Holly’s journey helped me find my own path, writing PS I Love You brought both Holly and I to a more positive place in our lives and that is what I continue to do with my novels.  

The thread that links my work is in capturing that transitional period in people’s lives. I’m drawn to writing about loss, to characters that have fallen and who feel powerless in their lives. I am fascinated and inspired by the human spirit, by the fact that no matter how hopeless we feel and how dark life can be, we do have the courage, strength and bravery to push through our challenging moments. We are the greatest warriors in our own stories. I like to catch my characters as they fall, and bring them from low to high. My characters push through and as a result evolve, become stronger and better equipped for the next challenge that life brings. I like to mix dark with light, sadness with humour, always keeping a balance, and always bringing the story to a place of hope.”