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Keiller the Cathedral Cat in Trouble Jane Phillips Drawings by Lorna Gray 5*#Review @cosybookbinder #picturebook #JanePhillips #ChildrensBook #kidlit #BookReview #humour @CrumpsBarn #cats #pets #KeillertheCathedralCatinTrouble

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My Thoughts…

This is a lovely story about Keiller, the Cathedral cat. His latest adventure begins when a new member of the family arrives. Keiller is a charming character guaranteed to appeal to the young and everyone who loves animals. The story captures the nuances of a cat’s life, particularly when a new puppy disrupts Keiller’s calm. Humour is at its heart. The importance of community and friendship for everyone defines this story and leaves the reader with an uplifting feeling.

The drawings make this story memorable and bring the characters to vibrant life.

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Pippin and the Medicine Penny Wright #illustrator Lorna Gray 5*#Review @cosybookbinder #picturebook #ChildrensBook #kidlit #BookReview #humour @CrumpsBarn #PennyWright #cats #pets #PippinandtheMedicine

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My Thoughts…

This story will appeal to people who share their lives with cats as it succinctly captures cat behaviour in vivid illustrations and text. Inspired by a real-life occurrence, this follows the life of a family cat and what happens when he falls ill. It is upbeat and humorous, and the illustrations vividly tell the story too.

It is engaging reading for young people as it shows that medicine, although often unpleasant, does a worthwhile job. The focus is on the cat’s antics, and it’s a humorous read.

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Never Fall For Your Fiancée 4*#Review #TheMerriwellSisters @VirginiaHeath_ @eternal_books @headlinepg @rararesources #BookReview #publicationday #historicalromance #RegencyRomance

The trouble with lies is they have a tendency to catch a man out.

The last thing Hugh Standish, Earl of Fareham, wants is a wife.

But since the only way to keep his mother’s matchmaking ways at bay is the promise of impending nuptials, Hugh takes the most logical action: he invents a fake fiancée.

It’s the perfect plan – until Hugh learns that his mother is on a ship bound for England to meet his ‘beloved’. He needs a solution fast, and when he collides with a mysterious beauty, he might just have found the answer to his prayers.

Minerva Merriwell is desperate for money to support her sisters, and although she knows that posing as the Earl’s fiancée might seem nonsensical, it’s just too good an offer to refuse.

As the Merriwells descend upon Hugh’s estate, the household is thrown into turmoil as everyone tries to keep their tangled stories straight. And with Hugh and Minerva’s romantic ruse turning into the real thing, is true love just one complication too many?

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My Thoughts…

The first book in the Merriwell Sisters Regency romances is a lighthearted story full of laughter, lies and love. The fake romance trope is given a historical twist and delivers a fun, flirty read. Hugh invents a fake fiancée to appease his mother. This works fine until she wants to visit. Minerva doesn’t want to be part of his deception, but she needs funds. Complex with vibrant characters who bring the story to life, this is an engaging read with laughter and love at its heart.

Virginia Heath

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-two books and two Romantic Novel of the Year Award nominations later, and it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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Mistletoe at Moonstone Lake Holly Martin 5*#Review @HollyMAuthor #BlogTour #BookReview #RomCom #festive #Winter #MistletoeatMoonstoneLake

Escape to the breathtaking Cornish Coast this winter, where the ocean sparkles in the moonlight and romance crackles like an open fire. This gorgeous new love story by Holly Martin, bestselling author of Sunlight Over Crystal Sands, is the perfect treat to warm your heart this Christmas.

Artist Zoey Flynn hadn’t planned to spend her favourite holiday on the shores of Jewel Island, but when her fiancé breaks off their engagement before their Christmas Eve wedding, this Cornish paradise is just the distraction she needs.

With a cosy cottage to call home for a month and a stall at the island’s famous Christmas market to sell her paintings, Zoey quickly puts her heartbreak behind her. Love is the last thing on her mind. That is until the handsome Kit Lewis crosses her path…

Their connection is instant, but Zoey has a secret. And the deeper she and Kit fall for one another, the harder it is to hide. Kit knows Zoey is holding something back and if she won’t tell him the truth she could lose him forever.

Is keeping a promise from the past worth sacrificing a future with the man she loves? Or might Kit be the one person she can trust?

Love, laughter and long-hidden secrets are waiting for you on stunning Jewel Island.

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My Thoughts…

Like all books in the Jewel island series, this one is full of engaging characters. There is emotion, laughter, mystery and romance, with the addition of a Christmas market and other relatable festive touches. Christmas time on Jewel Island is lovely and vivid imagery draws the reader into the festivities. Zoey and Kit’s cute meet is memorable. It leads to an instant connection and hilarity. The visual images the author conjures up resonate.

There’s definite chemistry, but past heartbreaks make them cautious. Christmas has its complications, but like all good Christmas stories, this one has a lovely ending.

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The Meeting Point Olivia Lara 4*#Review @olilara_writes @HoZ_Books @Aria_Fiction #Romance #Serendipity #soulmates #Love #BookReview #BlogTour @LoveBooksGroup #LoveBooksTour #TheMeetingPoint

What if the Lift driver who finds your cheating boyfriend’s phone holds the directions to true love?

‘Who are you and why do you have my boyfriend’s phone?’

‘He left it in my car. You must be the blonde in the red dress? I’m the Lift driver who dropped you two off earlier.’

And with these words, the life of the brunette and t-shirt wearing Maya Maas is turned upside down. Having planned to surprise her boyfriend, she finds herself single and stranded in an unknown city on her birthday. So when the mystery driver rescues Maya with the suggestion that she cheers herself up at a nearby beach town, she jumps at the chance to get things back on track. She wasn’t expecting a personalised itinerary or the easy companionship that comes from opening up to a stranger via text, let alone the possibility it might grow into something more…

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

My Thoughts…

This is a heartwarming romantic comedy with an element of mystery set in California. Maya’s life is not turning out how she planned. When a career-making assignment implodes, Maya decides to surprise her boyfriend in California. Maya’s text to her boyfriend is answered by a stranger who has unwelcome news but offers a chance for fun that she decides to accept., Vividly created characters immerse the reader in their story. The romance is gentle, and there’s a mystery to solve. With lots of heartache and humour, this is a lovely escapist read for those who believe in love, serendipity and soulmates.

Olivia Lara

OLIVIA LARA‘s love for words started as a child when she spent her summer vacations watching her grandfather, who worked for the biggest publishing house in Romania, edit hundreds of books. She is a former journalist for a newspaper and a television network in Bucharest, now a Marketing VP in San Francisco – in between she lived in France where her love for Paris and the Alsace region was born. Her first book, Someday in Paris, became a B&N, Apple, Kobo and Amazon Top 100 Bestseller and was shortlisted for the Romantic Novel Awards. She lives in the Bay Area, California.

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The Dating Game Sandy Barker 5*#Review @sandybarker @0neMoreChapter_ #Friendship #Dating #Romance #RealityTV @rararesources #BlogTour #BookReview #TheDatingGame

‘Hilarious and highly original’

Julie Houston, bestselling author of A Village Affair

Once upon a time, twelve women joined the hottest reality TV show looking for love. Except one had a secret identity . . .

Abby Jones is a serious writer. Or at least she will be, one day. Right now, she spends her time writing recaps of reality television under a secret identity.

When a recap for The Stag – the must-watch dating show – goes viral, her editor thinks she should be on set, writing the drama as it happens. The good news: the next season will be filmed in Sydney. Sun, sea and a glamorous trip abroad, this could be Abby’s big break.

The bad news: the producers don’t just want Abby to write the recaps, they want her to be on the show. Abby can’t think of anything worse than being undercover and followed around by cameras. But her career depends on it, and when she meets gorgeous producer Jack, Abby begins to wonder if this job might not be so bad after all . . .

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My Thoughts…

Whilst I can’t see the appeal of reality TV, the characterisation, humour and romance in this book kept me turning the pages. Abby is an easy to like character with a good heart and witty sense of humour. This book is a good balance of romance and comedy and is the perfect escape from real life, maybe just like the fictional show it features?

The romantic element has a realistic blend of conflict and emotion. The reader is invested in its outcome. The friendship dynamic is believably written. The show’s details are well-researched, immersing the reader in the world of reality TV. Enhanced with angst, believable characters and well-timed comic dialogue, this is an addictive original story.

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.

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Will They, Won’t They? Portia MacIntosh 5*#Review @PortiaMacIntosh @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources #boldwoodbloggers #RomCom #BookReview #BlogTour #WillTheyWontThey #Family #festive

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My Thoughts…

The opening chapter gets the reader’s attention in this story of relationships and self-discovery. Emmy is a believably flawed protagonist who learns what matters to her when she returns to her home town amid sadness and scandal. The shallowness of celebrity status and the intrusiveness of social media are explored. The story is set in the prelude to Christmas with the focus on a local pantomime. This book showcases quintessentially British humour, which I loved balanced with moments of poignancy. The romance is secondary to the family drama and Emmy’s self-realisation journey.

The characters are varied and relatable, and the festive setting gives the story an extra sparkle.

Portia MacIntosh

Portia MacIntosh is a bestselling romantic comedy author of 16 novels, including The Plus One Pact and My Great Ex-Scape. Previously a music journalist, Portia writes hilarious stories, drawing on her real-life experiences.

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Cornish Gold at Summer’s End Laura Briggs 4*#Review #Extract @PaperDollWrites #ReturntoCornwall #humour #friendship #community #Ghosts #Mystery #Halloween #Cornwall #BookReview @rararesources #PublicationDayPush #cozymystery #Giveaway #CornishGoldatSummersEnd


Rumours of a ghostly presence haunt Julianne’s Cornish autumn in the series’ charming fourth instalment.

What began as a bit of teenage mischief in the village quickly became stories of spooky lights and ghost sightings in the wood. Being sensible, Julianne is more worried about whether she can finish her kids’ costumes in time for the annual Halloween contest—and whether husband Matt and his eager assistants will be selected for the exclusive Brookshire Garden Design Competition. So when everyone in town begins flocking to the local ‘ghost walk’ tours Julianne assures her wide-eyed children it’s just a case of imagination run wild…until she experiences her own brush with the supernatural, that is.

Real or imagined, Julianne can’t shrug off what she saw, or even bring herself to confide in sympathetic Matt for advice. Best friend Kitty is on hand to help, despite her usual family battles, including that of her cousins’ shady new scheme to profit from the town’s ghost mania. But even Julianne’s friends can’t fully understand her need to find a solution this time, one that leads her on a quirky quest from local lore, to meetings with the village’s ragtag paranormal club, and even a creepy abandoned cottage hiding secrets in the woods.

Join Julianne for suspense, surprises, and (of course) heartfelt moments as book four in the series brings an autumn like no other to sleepy Ceffylgwyn.

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My Thoughts…

Having read Wedding Vows and Cornish Ribbons, I didn’t manage to read books two and three in this series, but it is lovely to reacquaint with Julianne and the villagers of Ceffylgwyn.

Halloween is approaching, and Julianne is engaged in creating appropriate costumes for her children. The village’s ghost walk is gaining popularity, and the village is the victim of vandalism or something more sinister? This story is full of quirky characters, gossipy villagers and community spirit, which this author does so well. In addition, this story has a cosy mystery feel to it, which the Cornish setting and folklore suit.

Family life in Julianne’s household is moving on, and there is a lovely relatability about this. This story is a balance of humour, mystery and poignancy. The plot has twists that keep you turning the pages until all is revealed.

Another heartwarming and humorous book in this series with a touch of supernatural.

Extract From Cornish Gold at Summer’s End Laura Briggs

A huge thank you to Jane for letting me stop by and share an excerpt of my newest release with all her lovely readers! The book is titled Cornish Gold at Summer’s End and is the fourth installment in my new stories about American event planner Julianne Rose’s adventures living ‘across the pond’. In the scene below Julianne and her friend Lady Amanda Harbury discuss the village’s growing interest in a local ghost walk now that Halloween is almost upon them.

The Fisherman’s Rest had a lively lunch crowd, but Amanda had the table nearest to the pub’s little window, sending a quick text as she waited for me. The shopping bags around her were from the local market, with baby Charles’ diapers and bottles of shampoo peeking over their rims.

“I’ve had a busy morning — one of the Cornish tourism sites wants to feature the ghost walk for its monthly calendar,” she said. “Of course, it would be when half our posters were either blown away by the wind or replaced by the paranormal investigators’ fliers. What do you think of that?” she asked, sipping her mineral water.

“I think it’s the last thing I expected to hear of in Ceffylgwyn,” I answered, cutting into my mini cheese and mushroom quiche. “I didn’t know there were secret ghost hunters among us.”

“It’s all to do with that television program, I imagine,” said Lady Amanda. “You know the one — they’re ghost documentarians, or something like that. Youth are always fascinated by a rebel with a camera.”

“If the tourism site wants to feature the ghost walk, it must be pretty popular,” I remarked. “I counted at least twenty people the night I ran into you following along.”

“It’s going splendidly,” said Amanda. “I don’t know what Gerard’s book requires, but I certainly hope it takes him a year or two to finish it. Even locals from Falmouth and Par have come, and half the tourists at that new hotel near Aval Towan — there are even some from the hotels as far as Penzance.” She nibbled her chicken salad sandwich. “We posted an online guestbook on the little website I made, and the reviews are coming from all over the place. Not an army of them, it’s true, but enough that I feel it’s very promising. We can coax people into coming for the day soon, taking a cruise around the coast, having an oggie or two, window shop, then gather at the pub. If we reverse course every other night and start at the inn, it will toss a bit of business to the Silver Perch — Lily Hammond is very excited about that prospect.”

“I’ll bet,” I said. The local hostess’s posh tea houses were the last word in elegance locally, and generally cozy and cute in the eyes of tourists down from London. I could easily imagine the number of trays of cucumber and watercress sandwiches and lemon drizzle cake that would be consumed by hungry patrons ahead of a brisk nighttime ramble.

Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.

Laura Briggs

Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.

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Alice, Shaken and Definitely Stirred Paula Smith 4* #Review @PaulaSmith2424 @lovebooksgroup @lovebookstours #BlogTour #BookReview #AliceShakenandDefinitelyStirred #RomCom

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My Thoughts…

I like this author’s chatty, inclusive and witty writing style. It draws the reader into Alice’s somewhat complex world with consummate ease. Original and with relatable characters the reader, empathises with Alice as she negotiates the complexities of life without a job and partner.

The dream sequences add vibrancy to this everyday story and give the reader insight into Alice’s emotions and thoughts. There are many humorous moments balanced with poignancy and a lovely, realistic conclusion to Alice’s tale.

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The Black Dress Deborah Moggach 4*#Review #DeborahMoggach @TinderPress @headlinepg #Age #Women #Relationships #Humour @RandomTTours #BlogTour #BookReview

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My Thoughts…

Reading the blurb for this story evoked a whole series of images in my mind, which compelled me to read the book. The reader is introduced into Pru’s life when she buys the black dress, and then the reasons for her purchase are revealed intimately and insightfully from the main protagonist.

The writing style is full of sensory imagery, which makes it an easy read. Pru is a conflicted but fascinating character. She appears transparent in her revelations but is really an unreliable narrator. What comes across strongly in this story is her loneliness and how it defines her. Whilst she enjoys a series of adventures, many of which end badly, her need for companionship and identity motivates her.

Sophisticated humour and wit make this an engaging read, but it’s the underlying sadness that resonates.

Deborah Moggach