I received a copy of this book from Boldwood Books in return for an honest review.
A lovely romantic story that has the Cannes Film Festival, at its centre. The setting isglamorous and vibrant. It sets the scene for a tragic past romance and a gentle new love affair. Anna returns to Cannes, forty years after her last visit, determined to confront her past, and lay her guilt to rest. Daisy, a young journalist, visits Cannes for the first time, recovering from a failed love affair, she enjoys staying with Poppy, her sister and reporting on the glitz and gossip from the festival.
The characters are realistic and relatable. Anna particularly draws your empathy. A victim of the prejudice of the last sixties, her heartbreak and need to make things right, is emotional and poignant. Daisy is young and upbeat. She sees Cannes through rose coloured glasses. The chance of romance with Nat is too good to resist, and her romance shows the changes in attitude that have occurred, in the last forty years.
The plot is simple but draws characters and events together well, producing an easy to read emotional and engaging.
Jennifer Bohnet is the bestselling author of over 10 women’s fiction titles, including Rosie’s Little Cafe on the Riviera and The Little Kiosk By The Sea. She is originally from the West Country but now lives in the wilds of rural Brittany, France.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
Ella is eighteen and naive. Life’s not been easy for her, bullied at school, losing her father and uncle, and then emigrating with her sisters to Kansas to live on her deceased uncles farm, has left her hurting and vulnerable.
Being teased by some local young men reminds her of past bullying and makes her shy and withdrawn. An instant connection with one of group unsettles her. Told entirely from Ella point of view in the first person, the reader feels everything she does, and it makes the story immersive and intense. From a slow start, the story soon becomes addictive reading. Ella is an engaging character, easy to empathise and like.
Her emotions and motivations are well described and portray a young woman on the brink of falling in love perfectly. The precarious financial situation Ella and her sisters are in, draws them into a world they are both unfamiliar with and unprepared for.
The explosive chemistry between Adam and Ella make the love scenes, hot and passionate. Adam’s secrets lead to conflict and danger for Ella. Ella’s vulnerability is an underlying theme, and some of the situations she faces, are disturbing. Her character development is notable and makes her character believable and relatable.
The plot is intriguing and makes reading the next book in the series a must.
Author interview: Julia Firlotte – Trust In You Blog Tour
What inspired you to write ‘Trust in You’?
My husband had a business trip to Kansas and commented that many American’s had found his accent attractive, this lead me to imagining the opening scene of my novel of an innocent British girl who had moved there and was teased by a group of locals, the novel grew from there.
How do you create your characters?
I usually visualise the scenes in the book first, and then as my characters develop personalities, the scenes usually get re-written several times to fit. I also use the Myers Briggs Personality Types to aid my character development in a realistic way.
How do write authentic dialogue?
As my characters develop, the dialogue usually flows very easily from what ever scene it is in my mind at the time. Of course, Beta readers and my editor also have input in this process.
What comes first when you write a story, characters, plot or setting? Is this the same for every story?
I come up with the opening scenes of novels and scenarios of how my characters meet extremely easily, it’s the main plot of the stories I often need to spend more time developing.
What made you want to write romantic suspense? Is this a genre you enjoy reading?
I enjoy reading all types of romance novel, usually verging on the darker side of life ratherthan romantic comedies and chick lit. The first draft of Trust In You was therefore much darker and more of a bully-romance, but after feedback from Beta readers, the story kept changing as I listened to the characters. Parts of this changing the story process is what made the novel a romantic suspense, at various stages I also didn’t know what was going to happen next, I let the characters guide me. I also had so much content, this is why the novel turned into a trilogy.
Would like to write in any other genres? If so, which ones appeal to you?
Aside from romance, I also love historical fiction authors such as Phillipa Gregory, Alison Wier and Colleen McCullough and have read a lot of young adult vampire sci fi – quite a mix! If I were to write a novel in a different genre, it would be a Tudor and Stuarts drama, but even then, I’d have to squeeze in a love story somewhere, that’s just who I am.
‘Trust in You’, is the first book in the ‘Falling For You’, series, can you tell us a little about the other books in the series?
Trust In You is written from Ella’s perspective based on her experience of moving to America and getting sucked into a criminal underworld which she suspects her wealthy boyfriend Adam is involved in. Many aspects of Adam’s life are intriguing and he gives very little away, leaving both my heroine and readers with many questions.
The next novel is Faith In Him number 1.5 , because it is all about Adam and not told from Ella’s perspective. The timeline of the novel starts just before Trust In You is set and then continues on moving the story forward. It is not simply the same story told from the Hero’s perspective, there is far more to the novel than that, but I can’t say more to avoid spoilers.
The final novel in the series is called Believe In Me, it is referred to as novel two because it continues from Ella’s perspective and the first chapter is included at the end of Trust In You. Ella and Adam’s friend Dan become closer as Adam tries to keep his distance from Ella to keep her safe, but this throws a spanner in the works as is usual in Ella’s world and the tables turn. Ella develops into a confident young woman and the series concludes in a confrontation with the criminal underworld that will have readers gripped.
I’m also playing with the idea of a further novel in a new series all about Dan.
Julia is an avid reader of all things romance, and she has read hundreds of books across a variety of sub-genres and began writing her own novels in 2018. Four books are currently in various stages of editing and completion, the first of which is finished and will be on sale in spring 2020.
Julia has always been passionate about languages and fiction and has a degree in Languages And Trade and an A-Level in English Literature. When Julia is not writing or editing her own novels, she usually has her nose in books by other authors and is otherwise kept busy caring for her family, going to the gym and carrying out her day job. Julia lives on the South Coast of England with her two children, husband and cats.
Name: Kate Cassidy. Location: London.Sexual experience: none.
Kate’s virginity is not something billionaire Theo Knight ever wanted to know about. He swore to protect her after her brother’s death, but when he discovers Kate’s dating profile, all he can think about is how much he’s tempted to unravel her…
Kate is mortified when Theo discovers her secret. Yet she can’t resist his tantalizing offer to introduce her to pleasure beyond her wildest imagination! Their chemistry is as unstoppable as it is off-limits, but the biggest scandal of all is yet to happen…
I received a copy of this book from Mills and Boon in return for an honest review.
This is a surprisingly engaging story. Theo and Kate both have secrets, troubled pasts, with the consequent emotional damage. The chemistry between the unlikely couple is intense and the sexy romance, hot and passionate.
Theo is not the misogynist you may suspect, he is tough to survive, and his big heart reveals itself, where Kate and her sister are concerned. Kate is courageous. Naive in somerespects, her tragic past has forced her to be independent and resourceful. The internal conflicts often seem insurmountable. The ending is passionate and thankfully happy.
Regan is holding a winning lottery ticket. Goodbye to the boyfriend who never had her back, and so long to the job she can’t stand! Except it’s all a bit too good to be true…
When Regan gets pranked, she finds herself jobless, homeless and boyfriendless in one fell swoop.
Luckily her friendly seaside community provides a beacon of hope, proving to Regan that sometimes you really can rely on the kindness of others – and one local in particular, a handsome fireman called Charlie, helps Regan realise that this could be her chance for a fresh start.
Armed with a list of ways to change her life, Regan decides it’s time to step out of her comfort zone. Because – as Charlie knows all too well – life is for living . . .
I received a copy of this book from Avon Books UK via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
What an exciting to start, to an addictive new series. Regan didn’t immediately appeal to me. I’m a neat freak and sympathised with Jarvis, her ultra tidy boyfriend, but she redeemed herself, within a few pages, with her caring attitude and sense of humour.
This first part, of the series, is full of new characters and events. Regan thinks her life is changing for the better, and then it doesn’t, but maybe, it does? Just when you think, things may be okay, life deals her another bad hand and that’s where you’re left. Desperate to know what happens next.
With relatable characters, humour, poignancy, romance and secrets, this story has so much potential. I can’t wait to read part two.
Scotland, 1940: War rages across Europe, but Invermoray House is at peace. Until the night of Constance’s twenty-first birthday, when she’s the only person to see a Spitfire crash into the loch. Constance has been longing for adventure – but when she promises to keep the pilot hidden, what will it cost her?
2020: Kate arrives in the Highlands to turn Invermoray into a luxury bed-and-breakfast, only to find that the estate is more troubled than she’d imagined. But when Kate discovers the house has a murky history, with Constance McLay’s name struck from its records, she knows she can’t leave until the mystery is solved…
How will one promise change the fate of two women, decades apart?
Not having read the author’s debut novel, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I needn’t have worried.
This is engaging and easy to read. Full of drama, poignancy, risk and romance. Drawn into both stories from their first chapters, this timeslip novel has believable, easy to like characters, authentic historical detail, a beautiful setting, in a timeless story of forbidden love and desperate times.
There are secrets in both timelines and plots twist. I did work out the tragic historical twist but knowing, just increased the dramatic irony and suspense.
If you’re looking for a story to sweep you away to a different place and time, this is it.
Some people go looking for love. Others crash right into it.
Zara Khoury believes in love – so much so that she flies from Dubai to Liverpool to be with a man she barely knows. It’s a risk, but she’s certain that uprooting her life for Nick is the new start she needs.
Jim Glover is stuck. Since his Dad died, he’s put his dreams aside and stayed at home in Liverpool to care for his mum. Trapped in a dead-end job, he’s going nowhere – that is, until he gets a phone call that just might change his life..
Zara and Jim aren’t supposed to meet. But then fate steps in, and when their worlds – and cars! – collide, the real journey begins…
A gorgeous tale about taking risks and living life to the full.
I received a copy of this book from Avon Books UK in return for an honest review.
Zara is a true romantic, she is prepared to follow her heart, and does so, as she travels from Dubai to Liverpool. Jim’s life is put on hold when his father dies, but when his luck changes, will his life improve too? Jim and Zara ‘s paths should never cross, but they do, and the results are life-changing.
Both of these characters are easy to like, and when their dreams implode, easy to empathise too. The story flows well, with a cast of captivating characters and interesting settings. Friendship, family drama, humour and romance, make this an engaging read. What makes this special is the unpredictability of it, as fate plays cupid. The life journey is full of conflict, as dreams crash and reality sets in, but there is a plan and eventually, it gives everyone the result they deserve.
Who says you can’t choose your family? When Flora falls in love with Jack, suddenly she’s not only handling a very cranky teenager, but she’s also living in the shadow of Jack’s perfect, immortalised wife, Becca. Every summer, Becca and Jack would holiday with Becca’s oldest friends and Jack wants to continue the tradition, so now Flora must face a summer trying to live up to Becca’s memory, with not only Jack’s daughter looking on, but with Becca’s best friends judging her every move…
The more Flora tries to impress everyone, the more things go horribly wrong…but as the summer unfolds, Flora begins pushing her own boundaries, and finding herself in a way that she never thought she needed to.
And she soon learns that families come in all shapes and sizes.
I received a copy of this book from Avon Books UK in return for an honest review.
Character-driven, this story focuses on Flora’s emotional journey, as she tries to be part of Jack’s broken and damaged family. Multi-points of view, showcase the tense relationships, within the family.
Flora is lovely, but lives to please, probably due to the lack of nurture in her childhood. This proves a stumbling block with Izzy, Jack’s seventeen-year-old, who resents Flora as an outsider. The story revisits a popular theme, but because of the characters’ complexity and relatability, gives it a believable contemporary and original interpretation.
Family, friendship, grief, loss and love are all explored. The second part of the story, set in the English Lake District, draws the story together and reveals secrets. Flora’s emotional journey is both, challenging and poignant.