This is all about my love of books and sharing my experience and passion for reading. As the name suggests I just can't stop buying books!
My name is Kirsty and I have always been an avid reader since I was a young child. I am a mother of one little girl and I am very excited to see that she has also taken the same enthusiasm towards books and reading :)
When Sophia moves to Tuscany to be with Lorenzo, she dreams of finally having it all: the amazing boyfriend, the baby she’s always wanted, the great career and the fairy-tale life in an idyllic town. But the reality is very different…
The only Italian Sophia seems to have mastered since arriving is pasta, prosecco and gelato. She suddenly finds herself dealing with Lorenzo’s meddling mother and juggling caring for her son with running a business hundreds of miles away, and there’s a problem in the bedroom department…
Despite Lorenzo being hotter than chilli sauce, since becoming a mum, Sophia has zero desire to get jiggy. None. After several months without any action, she’s in danger of becoming a Middle-Aged Virgin. Again.
Can Sophia get her sex life back? Will her holiday romance go the distance so she can find her happily-ever-after in Italy?
Join Sophia on her laugh-out-loud Italian adventures today as she steps out of her comfort zone and attempts to relight her fire and enjoy la dolce vita with hilarious encounters along the way.
Today I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour for ‘The Middle Aged Virgin in Italy’ Thank you to Olivia for the opportunity to take part.
Although I haven’t gotten around to reading the first book in this series it didn’t at all confuse me and it was a pleasure to get to know Sophia, Lorenzo and Leo.
Sophia is now living in Italy with her gorgeous boyfriend Lorenzo and their beautiful baby son Leo. She is not only getting used to the language she owns her own PR company that is being ran in London, well how difficult could that be I wonder!?! Sophia decides to make herself a list of goals to accomplish whilst living in Italy. Sophia faces a lot of challenges with her new life and I loved seeing how she faced each one head on, she’s strong and determined. I could also see the love she has for both Lorenzo and especially Leo. Lorenzo’s Mother is such a pain in the bum but I commend Sophia on now she deals with her!
I loved the Italian language element and laughed my head off at the bad language that Geli taught Sophia. This story battled a difficult theme and it just shows how brave someone can be when faced with such a difficult decision. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.
I adored being transported to Italy, definitely the escapism I needed! ‘The Middle Aged Virgin in Italy’ is about adapting to massive life changes and of course love. I am very much looking forward to seeing where it all began with Sophia and would also love to see more adventures from her. I give ‘The Middle Aged Virgin in Italy’ 5*/5* 😊
Thank you to Olivia for an advanced copy of this book.
Olivia Spring is a British, London-based writer of contemporary women’s fiction, sexy chick lit and romantic comedy. Her uplifting debut novel ‘The Middle-Aged Virgin’, which was released in July 2018, deals with being newly single in your thirties and beyond, dating, relationships, love, sex and living life to the full.
Olivia published three novels in 2019: ‘Only When It’s Love’, ‘Losing My Inhibitions’ and ‘Love Offline’.
When she’s not writing, Olivia can be found making regular trips to Italy to indulge in pasta, pizza and gelato and of course, seeking inspiration for her next book!
The sun is shining as Rachel and her gorgeous beau, Tom, prepare to tie the knot at Primrose Farm.
It takes a village to pull off the perfect country wedding and Rachel couldn’t be more grateful for her friends and family as they roll out the haybales and string up the bunting – all she needs to do is focus on her Happy Ever After.
But no wedding is without drama. A face from the past is looking to stir up trouble in the village and there’s a secret following Rachel all the way up the aisle . . .
With old friends, new promises and a little borrowed time, will Rachel get the wedding of her dreams?
Today I’m on the blog tour for ‘Summer at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’ Thank you so much to Caroline Roberts for the opportunity to take part. There’s also a Q&A with Caroline below and the first to feature on my blog so thank you so much Caroline!
Returning to Primrose Farm to visit the Swindon family has been an absolute pleasure, of course not forgetting all of the mouthwatering puddings on offer. Rachel and Tom are engaged to be married and the plans are in full swing including a trip for Rachel’s hen do! Of course they unfortunately face many challenges and misunderstandings before they get to the actual wedding day! I was pulling for them the whole way through.
It was refreshing to see some of the story from Eve’s point of view, Rachel’s best friend and maid of honour. Eve has some problems of her own and I loved how Rachel was there for her even with her own problems going on. That’s what I call a true friendship. Maisie is beyond excited to be part of the wedding and can’t wait to wear her beautiful dress, she and Amelia are certainly very very cute.
I have adored this series having read all three stories, it’s like going back to visit firm friends and you end up with a massive craving for pudding (yummy!!) I love how Caroline draws you in to her gripping narrative full of hope, drama and encouragement for things to be alright in the end ❤️ I would definitely read the pudding pantry series again and again and I highly recommend you do too! I give ‘Summer at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’ 5*/5* 😊
Thank you to One More Chapter for an advanced copy of this book via Netgalley.
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.
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Q&A with Caroline!!
Thank you so much for having me on your blog Kirsty, and for asking these fabulous questions!
1) You give a lot of delicious sounding recipes within the story, have you tried and tested them all? Can you possibly pick a favourite?
I love thinking about all the cakes and bakes in the books. I have tried and tested all the recipes in this book bar one. I have to confess I haven’t made the wedding cake, as it was a friend’s recipe which she made for her own wedding. My favourites in ‘Summer at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’ are the lavender shortbreads, which are delicately fragrant and delicious, and the mini raspberry meringues – they look so pretty and are a perfect little treat, ideal served with friends and a glass of bubbles. You can also make both recipes well in advance and store in an airtight container (for the meringues, adding the cream later).
2) Would you ever consider revisiting Primrose Farm in the future? It would be great to see how the Swinton family are doing.
As I completed the story, I felt that Summer at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry rounded up the series well, so my next book will take me and my readers to somewhere new. I like to challenge myself as a writer, and I’m interested in exploring new characters and places for my novels. It helps keep the stories fresh and fun. But I have really enjoyed writing this series which is set in the beautiful countryside of my local area, getting to know Primrose Farm and the fabulous Swinton ladies, so I’d never say never to coming back one day…
3) Do you have any tips on how you focus on writing?
Yes, make sure you’ve got a plot plan developed before you launch into writing any story or novel. It gives you a bit of a road map and saves you wasting time. Although, I have to confess my plots are never that thoroughly worked out (more like bullet points on 2 sides of A4 paper) as I like the twists, turns and light-bulb moments of ideas that develop on the way.
Also, start by doing a bit of research, and if possible, try and visit the places that feature or inspire the setting, to give you that real ‘feel’ of the story and its location before you dive in.
And this one’s important, make sure that you feel excited about the story. If you don’t feel that passion, then you haven’t got the right storyline, or you haven’t yet developed the idea enough.
Then, it’s bum on seat and write it time. I like a quiet place to work, away from distractions, but other authors are different. You need to discover what works for you as a writer. Some days will be harder than others, and the words might not always come easily, but keep going. Set yourself a time limit to complete (an hour or two perhaps initially) or so may words (500 to 1000 is a good start), and just write them.
Don’t expect it to be perfect first time either, just let the words and ideas flow. That way you don’t stifle the creativity. You can always edit later. Don’t get it right, get it written!
4) Do you ever suffer from writers’ block? If so, how do you overcome this?
I do sometimes get stuck on certain scenes or parts of the book (usually in the middle sections!), but I’ve never had serious writer’s block, thank heavens. If I’m struggling with what to write next or feel the writing isn’t flowing as it should – say after an hour or so – I’ll leave it, go and do something in the house or garden, or take the dog for a walk. Doing something totally different often gets the subconscious going and an idea can ping in. If I’m still stuck after that, I’ll leapfrog over that section and write the next scene that I do feel inspired to write, which moves the story on. Sometimes I don’t go back to the tricky section until I’ve got to the end of the book, and then I often realise I’m trying to make a chapter out of what should be just a paragraph or a quick joining scene. And sometimes, it doesn’t need to be there at all – if it’s boring you to write, it’ll probably bore a reader!
5) Can you tell us about your typical writing day?
I like to walk the dog in the nearby countryside first, then I’ll settle to write at around 10am until lunchtime at 1pm. I’ll have a break, then start again from 1:30 to 2pm until 5’ish. However, when a deadline looms or I’m on a quick editing schedule, the timings can be anything from 6am to midnight!
Mostly, I write at a wooden desk in my smallest bedroom, which I’ve converted into a writing room this last year. I tend to write longhand first as I can’t type as fast as I think; it’s hard even to handwrite that quickly when I’m in full flow. Then I’ll type up the scene on my laptop usually that same day, or the next, while it’s fresh in my mind. Though, I can in fact write anywhere if need be. I’m often found getting up in the middle of the night, or pulling over into a layby when inspiration strikes!
I love going out and about on research missions too. For this series, interviewing my farming friends, trying out cakes and bakes, and enjoying visiting local tearooms and such like.
6) Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?
I really loved writing ‘Summer at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’. It felt a happy, joyful book, and I knew the characters so well with it being the third in the series, it was like spending time with old friends. I also enjoyed creating all the lovely wedding detail. It reminded me of all the wonderful times spent planning and celebrating my daughter’s recent wedding.
‘My Summer of Magic Moments’ also has a special place in my heart. It was quite a personal and emotional story, set at one of my favourite places in Northumberland, Bamburgh and its beautiful beach. I also asked friends and family to tell me their ‘magic moments’, many of which appear in the book.
When Ros comes home after three years away, she’s ready to pick up with life exactly where she left it. But her friends have moved on, her parents have rekindled their romance, and her bedroom is now a garden shed. All of a sudden, she’s swept up in nostalgia for the way things were.
Then her phone begins to ping, with messages from her old life. Including one number she thought she’d erased for good – the man who broke her heart. Is this her second chance at one big love? Sometimes we all want to see what we’ve been missing…
I love a Kelk creation just as much as the next person if not more! I was super thrilled to be given the opportunity to read ‘In Case You Missed It’ early and I just knew it had to jump straight to the top of my list.
‘In Case You Missed It’ centres around Rosiland who has returned back home from Washington DC where she produced podcasts. The life she expects to come back to isn’t at all what she expected. She is living in a shed at the bottom of her parent’s garden (yes it’s an actual shed!) and she has to look for a new job. Even though her life is chaotic at best I would absolutely love to be great friends with Ros. She brings back a lot of complicated feelings and I just wanted what was best for her.
Now it wouldn’t be a Kelk book without a great leading man to go along with the leading lady, and this book doesn’t disappoint on that. We meet Patrick and John. I had my opinions on both men and knew who I was going to back.
Lindsey certainly has a gift that just makes you want to hop inside of the pages of her stories and become part of life long friendships she creates. I’ve never been disappointed by her writing and I knew reading her latest wasn’t going to be any different! ‘In Case You Missed It’ is about finding yourself again and taking opportunities as they come along. It’s also about life, love and friendship ❤️ I give this charming story 5*/5* though it deserves a million 😊
Thank you to HarperCollins for an advanced copy of this book via Netgalley.
Lindsey Kelk is a Sunday Times bestselling author and prolific Tweeter. Born and brought up in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, she worked as a sales assistant, a publicist, a silver service waitress and a children’s editor before moving to New York and becoming a full-time writer. She now lives in LA.
Lindsey has written sixteen novels to date, including the I Heart books, the Girl series, as well as several standalones, including One in a Million, and a children’s series, Cinders & Sparks. A fan of lipstick, pro-wrestling and cats (although not all at the same time), Lindsey also co-hosts the beauty podcast, Full Coverage, as well as Tights and Fights, a professional wrestling podcast on the Maximum Fun network.
You can follow Lindsey at her website and on social media, lindseykelk.com and @LindseyKelk
This is not a typical love story, but it’s our love story.
Anna wasn’t looking for love when Adam swept her off her feet but there was no denying their connection, and she believed they would be together forever.
Years later, cracks have appeared in their relationship. Anna is questioning whether their love can really be eternal when a cruel twist of fate delivers a crushing blow, and Anna and Adam are completely lost to one another. Now, Anna needs Adam more than ever, but the way back to him has life-changing consequences.
Is a second chance at first love really worth the sacrifice? Anna needs to decide and time is running out…
It’s my stop on the blog tour for ‘The Life We Almost Had’ Thank you to HQ for the opportunity to take part.
This book is described as “not your typical love story” and that is definitely one way to describe it but this is what made me so intrigued to read it.
Just wow!!! I don’t even know where to begin with my review. It’s Anna and Adam’s story, we get taken through of how they meet but what happens after that is such a rollercoaster of events I just wasn’t expecting at all!
I am a huge bag of emotions after finishing ‘The Life We Almost Had’ I was feeling buzzed by reading how these two characters meet and how their love begins but then after that it’s frustration, sadness and I’m just left with a huge book hangover after turning the last page! I don’t want to go into the events as this would just give away huge plot spoilers. I completely and utterly urge you to go read this beautiful heartbreaking story ❤️
I completely loved how I just didn’t know where this story was going and how Anna and Adam develop as people. I was so close to tears at one point. Amelia had me gripped with her narrative and bereft that it’s now over! ‘The Life We Almost Had’ is a story about love, friendship and taking chances. I give this charming story 5*/5* 😊
Thank you to HQ for an advanced copy of this book via Netgalley.
Amelia Henley is a hopeless romantic who has a penchant for exploring the intricacies of relationships through writing heart-breaking, high-concept love stories.
Amelia also writes psychological thrillers under her real name, Louise Jensen. As Louise Jensen she has sold over a million copies of her global number one bestsellers. Her stories have been translated into twenty-five languages and optioned for TV as well as featuring on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers list. Louise’s books have been nominated for multiple awards.
‘The Life We Almost Had’ is the first story she’s written as Amelia Henley and she can’t wait to share it with readers.
Rachel Watson has it all worked out. By 30, she’s ticked off most of the goals on her Life List. She’s a home owner, a partner at her law firm, she has a gorgeous boyfriend, lots of hobbies and loads of good friends. The only thing that’s missing is a ring on her finger.
According to her Life List, Rachel should be getting hitched around now, so when her boyfriend, Paul, plans a romantic date, Rachel’s pretty confident he’s going to propose. Except Paul has other ideas. He’s jetting off to India to find himself.
Distraught, Rachel doesn’t know what to do. Not one to easily admit defeat, she embarks on a mission to win him back.
Flying solo to India is definitely not part of Rachel’s plans, but could her trip teach her unexpected lessons about love, life and herself? Could she realise that perhaps her Life List wasn’t exactly what she wanted, after all?
It’s my stop on the blog tour for ‘Flying Solo’ Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to take part.
Rachel thinks she has every aspect of her life all worked out, she calls this her Life List. When her boyfriend Paul wants to leave her to go to India to find himself her first instinct is to follow him to try and win him back. Just like that we are taken to an ashram in India where Rachel not only finds Paul but also meets the gorgeous Seb.
I love it when a story is set in such a different location, I don’t think I’ve read a book set in India before and this was very refreshing. I had images of the ashram in my mind and it sounds idyllic. I found myself needing Rachel to find her happy ever after but you will have to read the story for yourself to find out.
I loved how there were events that made me laugh out loud but then feeling frustrated in parts too. Being friends with Rachel would be brilliant, getting into funny situations with her and have a laugh along the way. She is very likeable and relatable to many.
Zoe’s narrative flows freely so therefore it’s the perfect read to curl up with and escape to a completely different country. I give ‘Flying Solo’ 4*/5* 😊
Thank you to Zoe for an advanced copy of this book.
Zoe May is an author of romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She worked in journalism and copywriting in London before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe couldn’t resist writing a novel about dating since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!
Perfect Match was one of Apple’s top-selling books of 2018. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award, with judges describing it as ‘a laugh out loud look at love and self-discovery – fresh and very funny’.
As well as writing, Zoe enjoys walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading! She adores animals and if she’s not taking a photo of a vegan meal, she’s probably tweeting about the dairy industry. She is half Greek and half Irish and can make a mean baklava. Zoe has a thing for horror films, India, swimming, hip hop and Radiohead. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of handbags having spent several years working in fashion copywriting and could probably win Mastermind if this was her specialist subject!
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.
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* 😊
Helen J Rolfe writes romantic fiction and contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and community.
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:
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?
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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…
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* 😊
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:
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?
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.
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.
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