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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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