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Sequins and Snowflakes-Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop #2- Jane Linfoot- 5* Review

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The snow is falling around Brides by the Sea, Cornwall’s cutest little wedding shop, and wedding dress designer Seraphina East is in her cosy studio designing exquisite dresses to make even the most demanding bride’s dreams come true.

Unless the bride is her big sister Alice of course. Saying that the two sisters don’t always see eye to eye is an understatement. Alice hasn’t even asked Sera to design her wedding dress. But when an absent groom and ill-fitting dress threaten to ruin Alice’s happiness let alone her big day, Sera’s determined to give her sister the winter wedding of her dreams – even if that means keeping not one but two irresistibly gorgeous best men under control…

Is Sera going to end up being the maid of dishonour…Or will repairing her frozen relationship with Alice be the icing on the wedding cake?

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Sequins and Snowflakes (Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop by the Sea, Book 2)Christmas in Cornwall is definitely on my wish list, so reading about a Christmas wedding in this idyllic part of England is the next best thing. I really enjoyed ‘Cupcakes and Confetti’, book one in the ‘Little Wedding Shop by the Sea’ and it’s great to reacquaint with some of the characters.
Overseeing her sister’s wedding is the stuff of nightmares for Sera, the bohemian wedding dress designer, especially when she has to work with the sexy but wild best man Quinn. Told from Sera’s point of view, the story has a diary like quality, which makes the reader’s experience more intense and personal.
Sera is a lovely character, the complete antithesis of her sister. Despite their differences and past hurts, there is an unbreakable bond between them. Sera wants Alice to have the perfect wedding, even if it means working beyond her comfort zone and risking her heart with ‘The Best Man’. Alice’s wedding is plagued with seemingly insurmountable problems but Sera wants her to have her happy day, and is determined to do whatever it takes. Maybe it’s just what Sera needs, something to focus on, beyond her design bloc.
Like all the best romantic comedy, the storytelling is image rich. It’s so easy to imagine the setting at the wedding shop, the farm and the lovely country house. The characters are vividly portrayed and the dialogue is easy to read and full of humour. A lovely romantic tale full of Christmas spirit.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

 

Sequins and Snowflakes by Jane Linfoot

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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Cupcakes and Confetti – The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea- Jane Linfoot – 5* Review

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A full length, stand alone novel

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Brides by the Sea, the cutest little wedding shop in all of Cornwall, has it all, including cake baker Poppy who lives upstairs. But wedding planning is not the piece of cake Poppy thought it would be, and when her best friend Cate’s wedding planner walks out, Poppy has to tie up the loose ends so her bestie can tie the knot.
Double-booked venues, ‘rustic’ locations and gorgeous but grumpy farmer Rafe have this wedding pro feeling like she could be Cate’s ‘something blue.’
Will the wedding, the shop and the cake all come crashing down on her? Or will Poppy pull it off to give Cate – and herself – the happy ever afters they deserve?

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So, are cupcakes, an unlikely wedding planner and a grumpy but gorgeous farmer, the perfect recipe for a romantic comedy? Definitely. I’ve eagerly anticipated reading this story and the reality far surpassed the expectation.

Poppy our cake maker, extraordinaire becomes a reluctant wedding planner at the insistence of her best friends. Her first encounter with Rafe, is messy, the second is disjointed and strangely confusing. As the months pass she learns there is more to her disinterested and often rude boss, than she first thought. Not just in terms of personality.
Told from Poppy’s first person point of view, you quickly discover she is a delightful character. Loyal, hard working and determined to rebuild her shattered life after her despicable ex and the unexpected death of her mum.

Poppy, Cate and Immie’s long term friendship makes for lots of funny dialogue and amusing anecdotes.

Rafe is complex and has a heart of gold beneath his gruff exterior, the perfect romantic comedy hero. His love of slogan T-shirts makes for amusing reading, there is certainly a market for these.

There are lots of ‘laugh out loud’ scenes that had me crying with laughter. The setting, both at the farm and the wedding shop is full of vivid imagery.

The scenes in Poppy’s eyrie at the top of the wedding shop are so well described you can practically smell the baking cakes and taste the sweet icing.

Poppy and Rafe’s relationship simmers in a believable way and has many romantic and comic moments that have you rooting for their happy ever after.

Funny, poignant and unashamedly romantic, this story is a summer treat you won’t want to miss.

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Jane Linfoot writes happy books, with feisty heroines and lots of heart. She lives with her family and pets in Derbyshire, and loves hearts, flowers, happy endings and all things vintage.

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This is the first full-length novel in a brand new series set in Cornwall.

Look out for the next books in The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea series:

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5* Review: The Vintage Cinema Club – Jane Linfoot

image001BLURBMeet The Vintage Cinema Club….
Izzy is a wow at making unwanted things pretty, but with three brothers and her shabby chic furniture business to run she doesn’t have time to date. Could a fabulous French proposal change her mind?
Single mum Luce’s vintage bridal dresses are exquisite, but there’s no way she’s ever going to wear one or walk down the aisle for that matter. She’s a strictly no romance, one night kind of woman – or so she thinks…
Dida seems to have it all – a chocolate and banana cake recipe to die for, lovely kids (most of the time!) and a great lifestyle. But what good is a fabulous home, when your marriage has more cracks than a pavlova and your husband is having it off with half of Lithuania?
Three retro fabulous friends, in love with all things vintage, run their dream business from the faded grandeur of a rescued cinema. When that dream comes under threat, they’ll do whatever it takes to save it.Buy Links

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The Vintage Cinema Club‘The Vintage Cinema Club’ is quintessential women’s fiction. 

Set in the Derbyshire Dales with a lovely interlude in France, the story follows Izzy, Luce and Dida in their quest to save their vintage emporium, housed in an old cinema in Matlock. The setting is intrinsic to this story and speaks of local knowledge. As I know the area well it gives the book an additional enjoyable dimension for me.

There are plenty of interesting snippets about all things vintage and a strong bond between the three friends, as they fight to save the place that has focused and enriched their lives. There is gentle humour and dreamy, passionate romance but everyday life and secrets leave you wondering if it will survive. The story’s pacing is good and the short chapters, like scenes of a play give you insider knowledge of what is happening and how it affects The Vintage Cinema Club members.

I read this story in a day and it is a page turning, feel good read I recommend.

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

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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The Vintage Cinema Club- Jane Linfoot – Author Interview

image001Today is release day for Jane Linfoot’s  latest book  –

‘The Vintage Cinema Club’

Blurb - FlowerMeet The Vintage Cinema Club….
Izzy is a wow at making unwanted things pretty, but with three brothers and her shabby chic furniture business to run she doesn’t have time to date. Could a fabulous French proposal change her mind?
Single mum Luce’s vintage bridal dresses are exquisite, but there’s no way she’s ever going to wear one or walk down the aisle for that matter. She’s a strictly no romance, one night kind of woman – or so she thinks…
Dida seems to have it all – a chocolate and banana cake recipe to die for, lovely kids (most of the time!) and a great lifestyle. But what good is a fabulous home, when your marriage has more cracks than a pavlova and your husband is having it off with half of Lithuania?
Three retro fabulous friends, in love with all things vintage, run their dream business from the faded grandeur of a rescued cinema. When that dream comes under threat, they’ll do whatever it takes to save it.

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Author Interview3619536It’s lovely to have you on my blog Jane.

How did you become a writer? Was it always a life ambition or something that started as a hobby and then grew?

My first novel was a happy accident, that happened when a friend from writing class asked me to co-write a book with her. Plotting for Beginners came out in 2006, and was a paperback best seller. It was in Waterstones, and Sainsburys, and even had it’s own window display at Heathrow Airport.

Writing chicklit novels happened by accident too, when I got Kate Walker’s book on writing romance novels out of the library. I was meaning to get some exercises for my writers’ group, but I read the whole book, and I was hooked.

I used to work full time, doing up old houses, but after the property crash I suddenly found time to do the writing I’d always dreamed of. I write full time now, and for me writing is one of those things – the more of it I do, the more I want to do.

From reading the blurb; ‘The Vintage Cinema Club’, your next book, seems more women’s fiction than contemporary romance? What’s the story behind the book?

In my previous solo books the focus was always on one couple and their relationship, but this time I’m writing about a group of friends and following their lives over a summer.

The Vintage Cinema Club centres on Izzy, Luce and Dida, who have a fabulous vintage shop in a wonderful old cinema building. When their dream comes under threat they have to fight to save it.
It’s about the tangles of their very different lives and struggles, all bound together by their friendship. Think sassy, funny, warm hearted, happy…with a dash of sour to temper the sweetness.
If you fancy a summer hanging out with friends in country villages, with a great vintage vibe, a taste of France thrown in, and strands of love and heartache woven through, step this way. The only drawback is how much you might miss them when it’s over.

There are THREE main characters in ‘The Vintage Cinema Club’ what’s the inspiration behind them?

Izzy, Luce and Dida are very different characters, with very different lives, working together in their fab retro shop. I like writing about strong women, and I especially enjoyed writing about their interaction with each other. The contrast between the characters was as interesting for me to write as the individuals, because those differences actually shone a brighter spotlight on each of the women.
I love how close friends often know each other almost better than they know themselves. There are times when friendly interference leads to trouble, but the very best friends will always hang around to make good. I’ve really enjoyed writing about and exploring this different kind of relationship.

‘Vintage’ seems to be the contemporary obsession, why do you think this is?

I think people like vintage because it guarantees you something individual, that no one else can have. Retro will often give you classic design and fabulous quality, compared to newer things. It’s also a way of embracing recycling – being green, yet doing it with style. I heard someone say that modern vintage is looking forward through a window of the past. A lot of it is about rediscovering “pretty” too.

Are you a country girl or a town lover?

I like living in the country, because I love the space, and the dog walks, and the woods, and the flowers, and the wildlife. I do enjoy going to get the buzz of the town, and I love having an occasional day in Sheffield, or London.

The writing process fascinates me. Do you have one you can share with us?

I like to have the framework of a book in my head before I begin, and I make a lot of notes about that. Then I start to write. Some people say you should write a first draft without stopping, but for me it works better if I go back and edit, and add to the scenes as I go along. I call it layering up. It takes longer, but by the end the manuscript is almost there. I think this approach only works because I begin with a strong plan, and fill in the gaps.

Where do you like to write, office, living room, cafe or somewhere else?

I’ve always worked in the room between the kitchen and the rest of the house – calling it a dining room makes it sound way more up-market than it is. That way I’m right at the centre of family life, and on hand to sort everyone out as they need me. Noise isn’t a problem, because when I concentrate I’m oblivious, as my family will be able to tell you.

Have you a picture of your writing space?

No, because it’s not pretty.

What’s your favourite social media platform and why?

Twitter is great because it’s such an instant way to spread a short message fast. I also love the weirdness of Twitter, like the time I got followed by a werewolf. I find it easier to make more meaningful connections on Facebook, and I spend a lot of time there.

Have you any tips for new writers?

Writing is a solitary activity, but joining a writing group, either online, or locally, can help a lot. If you find the right group for you, you’ll get tips, support and inspiration. Try to write something every day – and luckily jokey emails to friends do count as writing. And never give up.

What’s next for Jane Linfoot?

Look out for a Christmas book 🙂

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5* Review: High Heels & Bicycle Wheels – Jane Linfoot

Today is release day for the latest romance from  Jane Linfoot – ‘High Heels & Bicycle Wheels’ from Harper Impulse.

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Meet Bryony: She’s a fun-loving, very single TV production assistant whose idea of sport is the Jimmy Choo sales scrum
Meet Jackson: Cycling’s bad boy superstar. Injured and out of racing this summer, without his training he’s looking for another distraction.
Bryony’s facing a triple whammy – her last single friend just named the day, her mother’s offering to have her eggs frozen, and the guy she’s loved from afar, forever, just got hitched. So she’s more than happy to accept the offer of a totally out of character but seriously steamy one night of no-strings fun. Especially when the guy in question is so attractive he even looks good in Lycra!
Jackson’s on the look out for a new career but if the opportunity to work on TV means a fortnight with the most uptight woman in the world, he’d rather not bother. He never goes in for seconds – and who in their right mind would head off in a camper van with a woman who irons her knickers?
Add in a tandem (yes, a tandem) and fast forward to double trouble for a summer neither of them will ever forget!

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‘High Heels and Bicycle Wheels’ is a must read for all sexy romance addicts.
If you read Jane Linfoot’s last novel you will recognise Bryony Marshall. She is the sister of Brando the hero of ‘The Right Side of Mr Wrong’. Bryony, a production assistant meets the celebrity guest of her latest show in a most revealing way. Jackson a sexy cyclist, super stud proves hard for the feisty heroine to ignore despite her controlling nature and hard-won independence. The chemistry between the two is rapid and leads to the first of many sensuous encounters in a novel that is teeming with sensuality.

I love the realistic touches of humour. Bryony and Jackson’s often painful soul-searching reveals their complexities and vulnerabilities. This insight into their psyche makes them likeable even when they behave badly. The story’s originality is refreshing, as is the whistle-stop tour of England’s coast and countryside, making this a great holiday read.

If you like your love scenes prolific and fiery and enjoy a nail-biting, romantic ending ‘High Heels and Bicycles’ is for you.

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3619536About the Author  – Jane Linfoot

 I’m Jane Linfoot, and I write fun, flirty fiction, with feisty heroines and a bit of an edge.
I live in a mountain kingdom in Derbyshire, England, where my family and pets are kind enough to ignore the domestic chaos – happily, we’re in walking distance of a supermarket. For me, writing romance is cool because I get to wear pretty shoes instead of wellies. I love hearts, flowers, happy endings, all things vintage, most things french. When I’m not on Facebook, and can’t find an excuse for shopping, I’ll be walking, or gardening. On days when I want to be really scared, I ride a tandem.

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5* Review The Right Side of Mr Wrong Jane Linfoot

The Right side of Mr Wrong One-off, moving on sex wasn’t meant to be this hot…
When determined singleton Shea Summers is persuaded to become the “wife” of the Lord of Edgerton Manor, the last thing she wants to do is play house with a stranger.

Brooding playboy Brando Marshall, is far from happy when Shea turns up at his sprawling estate with production crew in tow. Surely she’s just another woman after his wallet? And if she’s looking for Mr Right, she’s definitely hitting on the wrong guy. Then again, after catching an unscheduled glimpse of her knickers, perhaps Brando needs to teach this “gold-digger” a lesson!

She’s seizing the moment, he’s breaking the rules, and when bad boys can be so much fun, who can resist getting on the right side of Mr. Wrong…

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The Right Side of Mr Wrong is a delightful romp in rural England full of emotion, humour, spice and hidden secrets it has all the required ingredients for a compelling read.

Brando, lord of the manor by default, so not in the market for a wife is horrified his younger sister who works in TV thinks he needs one. Bryony creates a reality TV show around finding him a wife and he agrees to pick the winner to keep his sister sweet and out of his love life.

Shea a professional organiser works for the rich and famous. She wants to move on with her life and to prove she can she enters the TV competition. Much to her horror she wins. Friends and relatives concerned for her welfare push her into accepting a trip to meet Brando at his stately home in the English countryside. Brando agrees but intends to leave on the helicopter Shea arrives on. Running is what he does and he’s an expert.

A freak wind puts pay to his escape when it shows him rather more of Shea than he bargained for in public. He rethinks his plans and decides Shea is every man’s dream. Her chic, contained ,calm exterior masks a sassy, sexy siren. More important in Brando’s eyes she appears willing to indulge in commitment free sex with him . Shea denies their mutual attraction but his to die for physique and persistence makes her rethink. Hot, spicy sexual encounters in unexpected locations are inevitable.

Shea is shocked by her wild, wanton side. Brando is intrigued. The more she runs the more he wants to stay until he realises he has broken his own unwritten sexual encounter rules and doesn’t care. Brando’s emotional barriers tumble with each passionate interlude until Shea knows all Brando’s secrets but won’t share hers. When he discovers what she’s hiding he runs…

Centred exclusively on the couple and their emotional journey this story is well paced and full of anecdotal humour. The scorching love scenes reveal more about the characters than they realise. Shea and Brando are realistically flawed but their love story is worth investing your time in.

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

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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I’m Jane Linfoot, and I write fun, flirty fiction, with feisty heroines and a bit of an edge.
I live in a mountain kingdom in Derbyshire, England, where my family and pets are kind enough to ignore the domestic chaos – happily, we’re in walking distance of a supermarket. For me, writing romance is cool because I get to wear pretty shoes instead of wellies. I love hearts, flowers, happy endings, all things vintage, most things french. When I’m not on Facebook, and can’t find an excuse for shopping, I’ll be walking, or gardening. On days when I want to be really scared, I ride a tandem.

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5* Review How to Win a Guy in 10 Dates Jane Linfoot

How to Win a Guy in 10 Dates


This is a charming story full of humour and emotion. The strong characters and beautiful settings make ‘How to Win a Guy in 10 Dates’ original and memorable.

Ed is an explosives expert and Millie is a companion/pet-sitter/dance artist/entrepreneur. The plot is woven with twists which hold the reader’s interest.

Ed a serial womaniser is bet by his sister and best friend that he cannot take a woman out on 10 ordinary dates. On the surface this is a callous playboy bet with scant regard for the woman in the equation. In reality Ed’s sister Cassie and his friend Will both want Ed to find the true happiness they feel he deserves and needs.

Millie is vulnerable with a wonderful sense of humour and irony which endear her to the reader. She wants to live life her way. The true reasons for her decision are deep and painful. Sympathetically revealed as the story progresses.

Ed appears arrogant and cast in the mould of a regency rake on first acquaintance. As the story develops the reasons for his behaviour and attitude become apparent and reveal him to be a tortured romantic hero. His undeniable attraction to the heroine and the real feelings he develops for her make him appealing.

The story’s conflict and emotion is countered with glamorous settings and humour which make it a great read. There is a clever build up of sexual tension between the two main characters culminating in a sensual love scene.

I found it easy to imagine the characters and settings and soon became absorbed in the story. Definitely a page turner. I recommend ‘How to Win a Guy in 10 Dates’. The ideal holiday read or as autumn approaches, a rainy afternoon curled up by the fire read.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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