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The Marquess of Yew Park House Lotte R. James #GentlemenofMystery 4*#Review @lottejamesbooks @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks @rararesources #HistoricalRomance #Gothic #HistoricalFiction #histfic #BlogTour #BookReview #TheMarquessofYewParkHouse

A brooding marquess

And a mysterious widow

On the outside, Henry Spencer, Marquess of Clairborne, has it all: title, fortune and dashing good looks. Inside he’s haunted by nightmares. Seeking sanctuary at his Scottish estate, his peace is disturbed by a new tenant, widow Genevieve de l’Omont. Her beauty and spirit lead to a growing desire that distracts him from his troubles, but as he unravels a mystery from his past, he discovers Genevieve has secrets of her own…

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My Thoughts…

There is a Gothic feel to this historical romance. Henry, the Marquess, seeks solace in a remote estate from his troubled past. Genevieve enjoys the anonymity the remote area provides after escaping her past. They both seek peace and privacy, and Genevieve values her hard-fought independence. She unsettles his solitude, and there is an attraction they cannot ignore.

Their relationship is conflicted, and the emotional barriers are high, making a happy ever after remote until they learn to trust. I like the Gothic style of this story, with a haunted hero. The characters are complex and easy to empathise with, and the romance is gentle.

 

Lotte R. James

Lotte James trained as an actor and theatre director but spent most of her life working day jobs crunching numbers whilst dreaming up stories of love and adventure. She’s thrilled to finally be writing those stories, and when she’s not scribbling on tiny pieces of paper, she can usually be found wandering the countryside for inspiration or nestling with coffee and a book.

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The Earl’s Inconvenient Houseguest 5*#Review #AVeryVillageScandal @VirginiaHeath_ @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #Romance @rararesources #MillsandBoonHistorical #HarlequinHistorical #BlogBlitz #BookReview #TheEarlsInconvenientHouseguest

The earl she loved to hate…until she stayed in his mansion!

Sophie Gilbert has thwarted the standoffish new earl’s plans to sell his country estate and the quaint village which forms part of it. But when disaster strikes and he offers her refuge, she must reconsider everything about this vexing, determined man. After the heartbreak in her past, it’s a revelation to feel her pulse racing and her body yearning for his touch…

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My Thoughts…

The first book in the ‘A Very Village Scandal’ series is the story of a reluctant earl and a determined villager. Rafe inherits an earldom after his cousin’s demise. He decides to sell so he can live the life he wants, but the villagers have other ideas. After being cast out by her father, Sophie lives at her aunt’s house. She is determined to help the village she loves and leads the opposition to the sale of the village.

Sophie and Rafe have cleverly crafted characters with past hurts that define their present selves and make them wary of love. The chemistry between intensifies with proximity and as they get to know each other. Their exchanges are often humorous, but their romantic road is conflicted.

The supporting characters are integral to the story and add vivacity.

Great characters, humour, poignancy and gentle romance make this an engaging read.

When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace insomnia and start writing them down. Twenty books and two Romantic Novel of the Year Award nominations later, and it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Friendship, New Books, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Travel

A Sunrise Over Bali Sandy Barker 5*#Review @sandybarker @0neMoreChapter_ #humour #romcom #Friendship #selfrealisation #Romance #Bali @rararesources #BlogTour #BookReview #ASunriseOverBali #TheHolidayRomance

Home is where the heart is . . .

When Jaelee Tan leaves her high-flying PR job in Miami for a sabbatical in Bali, the last thing she expects is for it to become permanent. But when her boss demands the trip be cut short, Jae does the only thing she can think of and quits on the spot.
 
With two months in Bali, a new group of friends and the gorgeous scenery and beaches, Jae is determined to make the most of her newfound freedom. And when she locks eyes with hunky Scot, Alistair, Jae wonders if she’ll lose her heart to more than just a Balinese sunrise.

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My Thoughts…

You are always guaranteed an escapist read with this author, and Bali is a fascinating mix of idyllic and surprising. The references to the less desirable aspects of this paradise create an authentic world for the reader to explore.

Jaelee, who devotees of the series will remember from That Night in Paris, is still healing from a break-up. Her career is full-on, and when she feels betrayed by an old friend, she decides to take time off and spend two months in Bali at a UROP. This place of living with others, particularly favoured by digital nomads, lets her examine her life and what she wants from it.

This story balances humour and poignancy and delivers an uplifting read full of friendships, romance and self-realisation. Jaelee is a complex character. She has a self-deprecating sense of humour and succeeds to achieve the recognition that she never receives from her close family. The characterisation is vivid, and I can picture Jalee and the vibrant characters she meets and gets to know.

Sandy Barker

Sandy is a writer, traveller and hopeful romantic with a lengthy bucket list, and many of her travel adventures have found homes in her novels. She’s also an avid reader, a film buff, a wine lover and a coffee snob. She lives in Melbourne Australia with her partner, Ben, who she met while travelling in Greece. Their real-life love story inspired Sandy’s debut novel One Summer in Santorini, the first in the Holiday Romance series with One More Chapter, an imprint of HarperCollins.The series continues in That Night in Paris and A Sunset in Sydney and there are two more to come in 2022. Her standalone novel The Christmas Swap celebrates her favourite time of the year, and next up is The Dating Game, a laugh-out-loud rom-com set in the world of Reality TV.

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The Wedding Dress Dani Atkins 4*#Review @AtkinsDani @Aria_Fiction @HoZ_Books #Author #Interview Q&A #BlogTour #BookReview #Romance #Women #Friendship #Family #uplit #Relationships #paperback #TheWeddingDress

From bestselling author Dani Atkins, a new collection of three irresistible love stories, all linked by one very special dress.

Suzanne is engaged to be married to the man of her dreams – except the lead up to her wedding is beginning to feel more like a nightmare. Can Suzanne uncover the truth about her fiancé ahead of her big day?

Bella’s life was on track until the day of the hen party when everything changed. Now she must find the strength to rebuild her future – and decide who she wants to spend it with.

Mandy’s grandmother has fallen in love but her family don’t approve. For her grandmother’s dreams to come true, Mandy has a secret wedding to plan, and a very special dress to find.

These are the three strangers whose stories are about to be woven together by one perfect wedding dress.

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Q & A: Dani Atkins -The Wedding Dress

Which comes first when you are creating your story, characters, plot or setting? Why is this?

For me, it’s always the plot that sparks a story. The idea for many of my books has begun with a simple question: ‘I wonder what would happen if…?’ Sometimes the ideas come from a real-life event I’ve read or heard about, but they could just as easily pop up from anywhere. Most of them lead to nothing, but if you’re lucky you’ll stumble upon one that gets its hooks in you and refuses to let go. That’s the one you don’t ignore.

What are the inspirations for this story?

The inspiration for The Wedding Dress came from my fascination (my husband would call it obsession) with the many television programs devoted to weddings and bridal gowns. If it weren’t for Don’t Tell the Bride, I Found the Gown, Curvy Brides’ Boutique and Say Yes to the Dress I might never have had the idea for this book. But once it was in my head, there was no shaking it off. One dress, three different brides, three love stories. I was already planning the weddings and couldn’t wait to invite readers to join me.

How do you make your dialogue authentic?

I love writing dialogue because that’s when your characters truly come alive. When reading, good dialogue is the thing that keeps me hooked to a book, rather than long descriptive passages – however beautifully they might be written. There’s only one way to ensure your dialogue sounds authentic and that’s to say it out loud. I’ve got into the habit of reading my work out loud at the end of each day and it’s a great way of immediately spotting when something works and also when it sounds clunky or out of character.

Why do you enjoy writing romantic fiction?

Although I enjoy reading a variety of genres, romantic fiction is the one I will always gravitate towards. I love it for the escapism it offers and for the joy of having a front-row seat as a love story unfolds before you.
The last few years have been very strange for everyone and when life seemed bleak thank goodness there were books – and in particular romantic fiction – to help us to escape it, if only for a little while.
One of the best pieces of advice I’ve heard for aspiring writers is to ‘write the book you would like to read’. So that’s what I do.

Describe ‘The Wedding Dress’ in five words and say why they epitomise your story.

Love. Friendship. Family. Loyalty. Hope.
To me, these are the ingredients of not just a good story, but of a good life.

Can you share what the best things about being a writer are?

The best part of this job is doing something for a living that you would choose to do as a hobby. I don’t think you can – or should – ever consider writing a book to earn a great deal of money because that literary jackpot only happens to a very small select group of authors. But being in the fortunate position of being paid for something you love doing, is a privilege and one I will never take for granted.

Aside from the pleasure of writing, my greatest joy is connecting with readers. When someone tells me that they were up until 3 o’clock in the morning, because they simply couldn’t stop reading my book, or cried on the train while reading it, it is the best reward in the world.

What are you currently writing?

I have recently finished working on my next book Six Days which will be published in the spring of 2022 and am about to begin my next project which – unbelievably – will be my tenth book. This feels like a real milestone moment on a journey I still can’t quite believe I’ve been lucky enough to have taken.

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Dani Atkins is an award-winning novelist. Her 2013 debut Fractured (published as Then and Always in North America) has been translated into 18 languages and has sold more than half a million copies since its first publication in the UK. Dani is the author of four other bestselling novels, one of which, This Love, won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 2018. Dani lives in a small village in Hertfordshire with her husband, one Siamese cat and a very soppy Border Collie. Follow Dani on Twitter @AtkinsDani

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I received a copy of this book from Head of Zeus – Aria via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Three different love stories exploring relationships. This explores love in all its forms engagingly. The connection between the three stories is the wedding dress. The characters’ stories are individual, but each has a link to the other. Believable characters, emotional stories and a magical connection make this a lovely uplifting read.