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The Village of Happy Ever Afters Alison Sherlock 5*#Review @AlisonSherlock @BoldwoodBooks #RiversideLane #boldwoodbloggers @rararesources #BlogTour #BookReview #Romance #Rural #Community #SecondChances #Village #Friendship #Cotswolds #Dreams #bookandtonic #TheVillageHappyEverAfters

Molly Hopkins has happily watched all of her friends’ dreams come true on Riverside Lane.

Deciding to follow her passion for baking, Molly with the help of her friends takes the plunge and opens a Tea Garden in the village hoping to make it a summer to remember!

Meanwhile, after a rather public end of his marriage, Logan Armstrong trusts no one but his beloved Grandad. He just wants his brief stay in Cranbridge to be as quiet as possible. But his Grandad has other ideas; he dreams of seeing the old watermill working again which might just mean Logan has to ask the village for help.

Can Molly finally overcome her lack of confidence and believe in her abilities to make the tea garden a success?

Will Logan discover that Molly might just be the one to mend his broken heart? And will both of them realise that life is for living and loving?

Over a long hot summer in Cranbridge, perhaps everyone’s dreams of a happy ever after can finally come true.

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I received a copy of this book from Boldwood Books via NetGalley.

My Thoughts…

Molly is everyone’s friend but sometimes feels she is too willing to help others. Logan is in the village to heal after a relationship breakup. Staying with his grandad seems the perfect place to hide. Molly’s friends persuade her to open a tea garden. As she works with her friends and Logan to realise her dream, she realises that she is valued and others will help her if she asks. Logan is not looking for love, but his friendship with Molly is rewarding, and there’s a possibility of more if he can learn to trust again.

I enjoyed the sense of community this story offers with the relatable characters and the character development of Molly. The gentle romance between Molly and Logan is lovely, and meeting characters from previous books makes this an uplifting read.

Alison Sherlock

Alison Sherlock is the author of the bestselling Willow Tree Hall books. Alison enjoyed reading and writing stories from an early age and gave up office life to follow her dream. Her new series for Boldwood is set in a fictional Cotswold Village, and book one The Village Shop for Lonely Hearts was published in July 2020 and book two The Village of Lost and Found in March 2021. The Village Inn of Secret Dreams in September 2021.

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The Costa Affair Lisa Fantino 4*#Review @AmalfiBlueBook @KellyALacey @lovebookstours #LoveBooksTours @igbooktours  #TheCostaAffair #TheDetectiveFlynnMysteries #BlogTour #BookReview #BookTour #Detective #suspense #mystery

Tremors rock the art world when a millionaire patron of the arts vanishes from his Riverdale mansion. The mysterious disappearance of Gianni Costa and millions in art is headline news, triggers an urgent investigation, imperils a multi-million-dollar auction, and threatens to destabilize a huge overseas pipeline of profit.

In “The Costa Affair,” Lisa Fantino’s long-awaited follow-up to her ‘Det. Maggie Flynn’ mystery series, Maggie is plunged into a world of unimaginable wealth where priceless art changes hands with the fall of a gavel.

Beneath the veneer of elegance though is a transatlantic criminal underworld where deals are brokered in blood, and art is used to evade taxes and launder drug money. Is Costa connected? Nosy NYPD detectives who get too close are in grave peril.

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I received a copy of this book from the author, via NetGalley.

My Thoughts…

When a renowned art patron disappears, detective Maggie Flynn and her partner investigate the case. I liked that Maggie is an intelligent and intuitive investigator, and the dynamic between the two police detectives added authenticity and depth to the story.

A well-researched story whose glimpse of the art world is fascinating. The plot has a good pace and plenty of twists and makes an engaging and informative read.

Author Lisa Fantino is a veteran journalist turned attorney & bestselling author…with a burning passion for travel, salsa & dark chocolate!

Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Historical Romance, New Books, Regency Romance

The Good Girl’s Guide to Rakes Eva Leigh 5*#Review @Zoe_Archer #EvaLeighAuthor @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #TheGoodGirlsGuidetoRakes #LastChanceScoundrels #HistoricalRomance #MillsandBoonInsiders #BookReview #MillsandBoonHistorical #HarlequinHistorical

A society darling
A rake never far from scandal
A deal that will change everything…

When Kieran Ransome’s latest antics result in scandal, his father issues an ultimatum: find a respectable wife or inherit nothing. But as one of London’s most notorious scoundrels, Kieran doesn’t know any ladies who fit the bill…or does he?

Celeste Kilburn is a society darling, beloved by influential members of the ton. But keeping a spotless reputation leaves little room for adventure and she longs to escape her gilded cage. When Kieran, her brother’s best friend, begs for her help Celeste makes a deal: she will introduce him to the right social circles if he’ll show her the scandalous side of London!

Amongst ‘proper’ garden parties and, equally enthralling, wild fêtes and sensual art salons an initial attraction builds to a more tempting desire. But when their midnight exploits are discovered, Celeste’s freedom and reputation are at risk and Kieran must save the woman he loves…respectable or not.

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I received a copy of this book from Mills and Boon via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Celeste, the female protagonist, wants to explore every aspect of her life. She is determined to defy the bounds of the male-dominated Regency society. Kieran, a dissolute Regency rake with hidden emotional depths, has to find an acceptable wife and enlists Celeste’s help to enter polite society. She agrees, but only if he promises to show her his world. I like how this story explores the inequalities of this historical world and how difficult it was for women to have independence in any aspect of their lives.

Celeste is not a complete innocent. She experienced depravity and poverty in her early life, making her willingness to explore Keiran’s world believable. In keeping with Celeste’s journey of self-realisation, sensual romance defines this story. Celeste and Keiran are likeable characters. I enjoyed their uncensored dialogue, which makes the story authentic and engaging to read.

I enjoyed this delightful escapist read interwoven with insightful thoughts on the double standards of Regency society.

Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Detective, Family Drama, New Books, Suspense, Thriller

Death in the Mist Jo Allen 5*#Review #DCI Jude Satterthwaite @JoAllenAuthor #CrimeFiction #PoliceProcedural #Thriller #BlogTour #familydrama #domesticsuspense #secrets #BookReview #Cumbria #EdenValley @rararesources #LakeDistrict #mondayblogs #DeathintheMist

A drowned man. A missing teenager. A deadly secret.

When Emmy Leach discovers the body of a drug addict, wrapped in a tent and submerged in the icy waters of a Cumbrian tarn, she causes more than one problem for investigating officer DCI Jude Satterthwaite. Not only does the discovery revive his first, unsolved, case, but the case reveals Emmy’s complicated past and opens old wounds on the personal front, regarding Jude’s relationship with his colleague and former partner, Ashleigh O’Halloran.

A traditional British detective novel set in Cumbria.

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

My Thoughts…

Book seven in the DCI Satterthwaite series is set in Cumbria and is a compelling medley of police procedural, family drama and domestic suspense. The investigation team have a believable dynamic, and the reader gets insight into their personal lives, which makes them relatable.

I love the atmospheric setting that complements the suspenseful plot and draws the reader into this poignant, twisty story. The story is complete, but the ongoing relationships are best appreciated if you read in order. There are plot twists and secret reveals, and the pacing makes it an easy, engaging read.

Jo Allen

Jo Allen was born in Wolverhampton and is a graduate of Edinburgh, Strathclyde and the Open University, with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in geography and Earth science. She’s been writing for pleasure and publication for as long as she can remember. After a career in economic consultancy, she took up writing and was first published under the name Jennifer Young, in genres of short stories, romance and romantic suspense. She wrote online articles on travel and on her favourite academic subject, Earth science. In 2017 she took the plunge and began writing the genre she most likes to read — crime.

Jo lives in the English Lakes, where the DCI Satterthwaite series is set. In common with all her favourite characters, she loves football (she’s a season ticket holder with her beloved Wolverhampton Wanderers) and cats.

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Otter’s Coat Cordellya Smith 4*#Review #CordellyaSmithAuthor @RandomTTours #OttersCoat #BlogTour #BookReview #ChildrensBooks #kidlit #picturebook

When Rabbit hears the animals talking about what a beautiful coat Otter has, he becomes jealous. 

After he tricks Otter out of the coat, Turtle races to make sure it is returned to the true owner. 

This story is a Cherolachian (Cherokee + Appalachian) retelling of the Tortoise and the Hare.

This twist on the classic Aesop’s fable is beautifully illustrated and one that both children and adults will enjoy – over and over again. 

Young readers also love discovering where chipmunk is hiding in the illustrations as they turn from one page to the next.

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

My Thoughts…

I like the colourful illustrations and the excitement of the race between the rabbit and the turtle. The short chapters are engaging. The game of finding the hidden chipmunks make this a fun read with a positive message for children about behaviour. It was interesting to read a different interpretation of a familiar story.

Cordellya Smith

Originally from the mountains of Kentucky, Cordellya Smith is a storyteller who loves to share stories that provide children with versions of beloved tales that reflect her Cherokee and Appalachian roots.  A first-generation college graduate, Cordellya works to promote literacy and a lifetime love of reading.  

Posted in Blog Blitz, Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Family Drama, Friendship, New Books, Romance, Travel

An Escape to Remember T.A.Williams 5*#Review @TAWilliamsBooks @canelo_co #Family #Relationships #hotels #Secrets #Romance #Friendship #PublicationDay #BookReview #Labrador #LoveFromItaly #AnEscapetoRemember @rararesources

She needed a getaway. What she found was a home.

When Louise surprises her boyfriend by returning early from a work trip, safe to say she wasn’t expecting to see him in flagrante delicto with another woman. Heart-torn and vowing to stay away from men, when Louise’s next project involves restoring an ageing hotel in Italy, she leaps at the chance to getaway.

Managed by a crew of sextagenarians, the Grand Hotel del Monferrato needs all the love and care Louise can give it. But it’s hard to stay focused on the job when her thoughts keep straying to Vito, the reclusive and mysterious neighbour.

With his tragic past and her no-romance policy, Louise knows they can’t have a future. Yet something keeps pulling the two together…

A beautiful romance set in the hills of Turin.

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

My Thoughts…

Louise is career-driven but is ready to make changes so she can commit to her partner, but her surprise homecoming reveals he has moved on without her, and she is glad that work offers her an escape to heal and move forward with her life.

The wine-growing Northern Italian hills vibrantly brought to life in this story are a sensory delight. Despite avoiding romance, Lousie finds she has many romantic suitors and following her romantic adventures makes this an engaging read.

A multigenerational story full of lovely relatable characters determined to make Louise’s renovation of the rundown hotel succeed. They are quintessentially Italian and give the reader an excellent sense of place. Of course, the exuberant Labrador character is present, and Leo is a delight and perfectly captures the antics of a boisterous young dog.

The sensory imagery conjures up the Italian setting in an immersive way. The simple plot with character development and romantic choices for Louise, the main protagonist, makes this an uplifting read.


I’m a man. And a pretty old man as well. I did languages at university a long time ago and then lived and worked in France and Switzerland before going to Italy for seven years as a teacher of English. My Italian wife and I then came back to the UK with our little daughter (now long-since grown-up) where I ran a big English language school for many years. We now live in a sleepy little village in Devonshire. I’ve been writing almost all my life but it was only seven years ago that I finally managed to find a publisher who liked my work enough to offer me my first contract.

The fact that I am now writing romantic comedy is something I still find hard to explain. My early books were thrillers and historical novels. Maybe it’s because there are so many horrible things happening in the world today that I feel I need to do my best to provide something to cheer my readers up. My books provide escapism to some gorgeous locations, even if travel to them is currently difficult.

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Posted in Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Family Drama, Friendship, Literary Fiction, Literary Humour, Motivational, New Books, Parenting and Famlies, Romance

Stepping Up Sarah Turner 5*#Review @TheUnmumsyMum @TransworldBooks #SteppingUp #LiteraryHumour #LiteraryFiction #FamilyDrama #sisters #romance #friendship #motivational #uplit #BookReview #parenting

Beth has never stuck at anything.

She’s quit more jobs and relationships than she can remember and she still sleeps in her childhood bedroom. It’s not that she hasn’t tried to grow up, it’s just that so far, the only commitment she’s held down is Friday drinks at the village pub.

Then, in the space of a morning, her world changes.

An unspeakable tragedy turns Beth’s life upside down, and she finds herself guardian to her teenage niece and toddler nephew, catapulted into an unfamiliar world of bedtime stories, parents’ evenings and cuddly elephants. Having never been responsible for anyone – or anything – it’s not long before she feels seriously out of her depth.

What if she’s simply not up to the job?

With a little help from her best friend Jory (purely platonic, of course …) and her lovely, lonely next-door neighbour, Albert, Beth is determined that this time she’s not giving up. It’s time to step up.

This is a story about digging deep for strength you never knew you had and finding magic in things that were there all along.

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

My Thoughts…

I like this book because of its engaging blend of heartbreaking sadness and heartwarming humour. Beth is relatably flawed and easy to empathise with, and I care what happens to her. Sensory imagery brings the characters and events to vibrant life. Beth’s viewpoint captures the emotional clarity of their daily lives in a poignant way that keeps you immersed in their story.

Posted in Book Review, Cozy Mystery, Historical Crime Fiction, Murder Mystery, New Books

Murder at Primrose Cottage Merryn Allingham 5*#Review @MerrynWrites @bookouture #Historical #CrimeFiction #cosycrime #cozymystery #1950s #Cornwall #village #rural #BookReview #Secrets #FloraSteeleMystery #MurderatPrimroseCottage

Join Flora Steele – bookshop owner, bicycle-rider, daydreamer and amateur detective – in her quest to solve a brand-new murder mystery.

Cornwall, 1956: When Flora Steele sets off for a peaceful vacation with crime writer Jack Carrington in his little red Austin, the last thing she expects to find is a body at their pretty rental cottage!

Shocked by the discovery, inquisitive Flora joins forces with handsome Jack to find out how the poor man came to such an untimely end in the overgrown orchard of Primrose Cottage. They discover Roger Gifford was a man with plenty of friends and the villagers seem devastated by his sudden death…

So why was he murdered? And who has blood on their hands – his estranged wife Beatrice, his wayward younger brother Lionel, or the suspicious newcomer Mercy Dearlove?

The baffling case gets even more complicated when a second man is found dead and a set of puzzling clues lead them to an intriguing wartime mystery connected to Jack’s estranged father.

As old secrets emerge and Jack receives an unsettling letter, it seems the crime writer is in danger of a fate befitting his fictional characters. Will Flora be able to crack the case and save Jack? Or will this be one murder too many for Flora Steele?

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

My Thoughts…

Murder at Primrose Cottage is the third book in the Flora Steele Mystery series, set this time in Cornwall. Flora and Jack are comfortable in each other’s company and are looking forward to their research stay in a Cornish village. Their relationship remains in the friendship zone, but there are hints of a possible romance. Finding a body means that the amateur sleuths led by Flora have to investigate, and the story is full of danger, suspects and twists.

I enjoyed the realistically created late 1950s ethos and the well researched Cornish connection with WW2, which gives the story depth and intrinsic interest. The suspense intensifies as the mystery deepens with a climactic ending.

A charming, well-written cosy mystery that is enjoyable and informative to read. I am eagerly anticipating the next book.

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Murder at the Summer Fete Victoria Walters 4* #Review @Vicky_Walters @herabooks @rararesources #community #Friends #cozymystery #BookReview #BlogTour #MurderattheSummerFete

A fete worse than death…

After finding the killer of Lucy Roth six months ago, life has settled back to normal for bookshop owner, Nancy Hunter, and her grandmother, Jane. The annual Dedley End village fete is just around the corner, and Nancy is delighted when bestselling author, Thomas Green, agrees to launch his first new novel in ten years there.

But then a series of sinister events lead Nancy to realise someone is trying to sabotage their fete, so she, along with Jane and their journalist friend Jonathan, must turn detective to discover who isn’t at all thrilled about the return of Thomas Green.

When a body is discovered at the summer fete, the death scene mirroring that in Thomas’ latest bestseller, they realise that there’s another killer in Dedley End, but can they outsmart someone who appears to have pulled off the perfect crime?

The clues are right under Nancy and Jane’s noses if only they can find them. Because the answers to life’s questions can always be found in a book…!

A twisty, unputdownable cosy mystery.

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

My Thoughts…

This book reads as a standalone with enough backstory on the amateur sleuths and the village setting to immerse the reader in this latest cosy mystery. ‘The bookshop setting, whilst not new, is well created, and the element of a story within a story adds to the mystery’s complexity.

There are a host of viable suspects and twists that keep the reader guessing and a believable rapport between the amateur sleuths. I like the characters and the setting and have bought the first book in the series to read.

Victoria Walters

Victoria Walters writes up-lifting and inspiring stories. She’s the author of three novels, THE SECOND LOVE OF MY LIFE, SUMMER AT THE KINDNESS CAFÉ, and COMING HOME TO GLENDALE HALL. She has been chosen for W.H. Smith Fresh Talent and shortlisted for an RNA award. Victoria was also picked as an Amazon Rising Star, and her books have won wide reader acclaim.

Victoria is a full-time author. She lives in Surrey with her cat Harry and loves books, clothes, music, going out for tea and cake, and posting photos on Instagram.

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Love Blooms at Mermaids Point Sarah Bennett 5*#Review @BoldwoodBooks @Sarahlou_writes @rararesources #friendship #romance #family #coastal #community @bookandtonic #boldwoodbloggers #BlogTour #BookReview #LoveBloomsatMermaidsPoint

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?

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

My Thoughts…

Alex and Ivy’s story is an emotional rollercoaster of a read. The chemistry is present from their first encounter, but Alex endangers Ivy’s new start, and when she begins to like and trust him, his past threatens to destroy their future.

With appearances from much-loved characters from previous stories, this is a must-read for fans of the series, but the love story is complete. I love the immersive setting and the believably flawed characters who draw you into their world and make you care what happens in their lives.

Sarah Bennett

Sarah Bennett is the bestselling author of several romantic fiction trilogies including those set in Butterfly Cove and Lavender Bay. Born and raised in a military family she is happily married to her own Officer and when not reading or writing enjoys sailing the high seas.

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