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Spring Blooms at the Hummingbird Hotel Daisy James 5* #Review @daisyjamesbooks @rararesources #BlogTour #BookReview #RomCom #Corfu #GreekIslands #UpLit #SpringBloomsattheHummingbirdHotel

Escape to the gorgeous island of Corfu with this wonderfully uplifting romantic comedy, the fourth in a brand-new series from the author of The Cornish Confetti Agency and Villa Limoncello.

Welcome to the Hummingbird Hotel!

When Corfu’s newest hotelier Abbie Coleman is asked to host a Bakes & Beaches retreat for a group of Bake Off enthusiasts from a regional TV and radio station, she knows she needs as much help as she can get. Baking is not her forte, and with cupcakes, traybakes, pastries and showstoppers to co-ordinate – along with a whole host of terrifyingly high-octane water sports – she’s worried that her guests’ culinary creations will be more ‘curdled catastrophes’ than ‘tasty triumphs’. For any successful enterprise, preparation is key, so, along with her new assistant manager and all-around astrological guru Felix Morgan, Abbie sets about preparing a long and detailed To-Do list.

But this is the Hummingbird Hotel, and the words ‘straightforward’ and ‘drama-free’ do not feature on the menu. So, when the salted caramel cupcakes are heavier on the salt than the caramel, and a guest’s expensive watch takes an unscheduled dip in the pool, Abbie must once again join forces with the chef-turned-vineyard owner – and now fiancé – Nikos Angelopoulos, to unravel the mystery and maintain the hotel’s reputation for delivering beautiful bakes instead of mayhem and mistakes.

Can she turn burnt buns into sumptuous soufflés? Or will her future on Corfu be over before it’s begun?

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I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review

My Thoughts…

It’s good to be back at the Hummingbird Hotel, things have moved on a bit since I was last here, in book one, but this is a great standalone read. Abbie is hosting a bake-off. The characters are complex and relatable, and there is a good mix of humour and mystery. The lovely setting and vivid descriptions make this a fun, uplifting read. It’s the perfect book to escape from an English winter.

Daisy James

Daisy James loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. She especially likes to create sunshine-filled settings in exotic locations – the Caribbean, Tuscany, Cornwall, Provence – so she can spend her time envisioning her characters enjoying the fabulous scenery and sampling the local food and drink.

When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.

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Read my review of Escape to the Hummingbird Hotel (Book1)

Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Family Drama, New Books, Parenting and Famlies

Under One Roof Samantha Tonge 4*#Review @SamTongeWriter @BoldwoodBooks #multigenerational #BookReview #familydrama #relationships #selfrealisation #UnderOneRoof #BlogTour @rararesources #boldwoodbloggers @bookandtonic

One forgotten discovery will change three women’s lives forever…

Robin hasn’t been home for decades. After running away to London, she never expected to see her cantankerous mother, Faye, again. But when Faye has a fall, the two women are thrown together once more.

The years apart have not made their hearts grow fonder and the ground between them is unsteady. Then Robin finds an unopened scroll – the last of the treasure hunts her much-missed father used to take them on every Sunday. A hunt he believed might change everything. 

Yet, not even this gift from her beloved father can smooth the way until Robin’s daughter, Amber, arrives to meet her grandmother for the first time.  Amber is determined that the decades-old mystery be solved.

Can a 30-year-old treasure hunt really ‘change everything’?

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I received a copy of this book from Boldwood Books via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

This is an emotional and insightful multi-generational story. Robin returns to her family home, years after she left, to look after her mother after a fall. Their damaged relationships seem unlikely to repair until the appearance of Amber, Faye’s granddaughter, who she has never met. The characters are believably flawed and initially unwilling to seek anyone’s viewpoint but their own. A treasure hunt devised by Robin’s late father is the means to revisit the past and offer hope for reconciliation and understanding in the present. Engaging, this draws the reader into the women’s past and present lives.

Samantha Tonge

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and studied German and French at university. She has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris as part of the Opening Crew, and has travelled widely. She enjoys family time, baking and walking and always knew that one day she would write. Samantha finally took the plunge seriously in her late thirties and hasn’t stopped since. Under One Roof will be her sixteenth book and she has also sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.

Samantha’s uplifting stories are about identity and self-discovery, about friendships and communities. She enjoys creating diverse characters and writing about relatable issues that make the reader feel it’s not just me. Her books have hit the Amazon UK overall chart Top Ten position twice and she has won two awards.

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