Hattie’s Home for Broken Hearts by Tilly Tennant @TillyTenWriter @bookouture #bookreview #blogtour #HattiesHomeforBrokenHearts

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Blog Tour 13th July 2019

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Tilly Tennant’s new release, Hattie’s Home for Broken Hearts. Thanks to Noelle Holten at Bookouture for inviting me, I’m delighted to be part of it.

My Thoughts

Another lovely, heart-warming story by Tilly Tennant. A pleasure to read.

So far Hattie has led an impulsive and chaotic lifestyle, living in Paris with her unsuitable boyfriend and then breaking up. She packs up and heads back to her childhood home, without letting her parents know she’s returning. They are shocked to find her back. She’s always felt inferior to her older sister Charlotte who had her life perfectly mapped out and in her parent’s eyes she was letting them down again.

She needs to find a job pretty quickly so she has some income but it’s such a small village with not a lot going on. There had been an opening at the village tea rooms just the day before, but that had been snapped up by a clumsy lady from nearby. Some funny scenes in the tea rooms and I loved the owners!

Hattie does land herself a job, not what she was expecting to be doing, and definitely not what her parents wanted her to be doing. In fact all the village were thinking she was crazy.

Jo, the prickly owner of Sweet Briar Farm is after a live-in helper. Hattie’s little room is at the front of the property, a bit shabby but she makes the most of it. And the sea view is spectacular. After having horses as a child she thought she’d have a bit of an idea of what goes on. What she takes on is so much more than mucking out a few donkeys. The connection she has with them is lovely…. Both happy and sad and very touching at times. The donkeys are definitely the scene-stealers, I loved them.

Being a chatterbox Hattie thinks she’ll get through to Jo, a quiet and withdrawn person. Something just isn’t right with Jo, but she doesn’t open up. She seems to prefer the animals to the humans. Jo just gets on with all the farm jobs, including cooking up some lovely meals.

A great cast of characters in this story……

Seth, the vet, good-looking and a bit mysterious.

Owen, the newspaper reporter, likes a good time and has a question/answer to everything.

Hattie’s best friend from school and her growing family.

The scenery was beautiful, felt I was there on the Dorset cliffs and in the surrounding countryside.

All my reviews are quite short and concise as I’m here to show off the book rather than my own writing ability.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 10th July 2019

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Escape to the daisy-strewn windswept Dorset cliffs, to the donkey sanctuary at Sweet Briar Farm, where Hattie Rose is about to find, that in this world, the most unlikely opposites can sometimes attract …

Hattie was once thrilled to call the beautiful city of Paris her home. But when her heart is broken by her boyfriend and she loses her dream job, she bids farewell to the city of love and hurries home to Gillypuddle, a sleepy village on the Dorset coast. But as she returns home she finds her parents struggling to cope with a terrible family tragedy.

In a desperate search for a new start, Hattie takes a job at the donkey sanctuary nearby on Sweet Briar Farm where Jo, the taciturn owner, certainly loves her animals far more than humans. Hattie can’t help but fall in love with the donkeys (and the opportunity to get close to dreamy Canadian vet Seth) but Jo is harder to get to know and when she finds her boss sobbing in her sleep one stormy night, she knows that her new friend is hiding a dark secret.

And when handsome newspaper reporter Owen does some digging into Jo’s past he finds something that connects her to Hattie on a whole new level. Can Hattie trust what Owen says, especially when he seems intent on standing in the way of her blossoming romance with Seth? And can Hattie help Jo to start healing and the donkeys of Sweet Briar Farm?

A beautiful story that will melt the hardest of hearts. If you love Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Josie Silver you will be enchanted by this life-affirming read that reminds you that home is wherever the people you love are.

Meet the Author Tilly Tennant picture

From a young age, Tilly Tennant was convinced that she was destined for the stage.  Once she realised she wasn’t actually very good at anything that would put her on the stage, she started to write stories instead. There were lots of terrible ones, like The Pet Rescue Gang (aged eight), which definitely should not see the light of day ever again. Thankfully, her debut novel, Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was not one of those, and since it hit the Amazon best seller lists she hasn’t looked back. Born in Dorset, she currently lives in Staffordshire with her husband, two daughters, three guitars, four ukuleles, two violins and a kazoo.





Feature Author-Nigel May @Nigel_May @bookouture #bonkbuster #glamfan


Feature Author – Nigel May

An author who I miss so much. He really needs to get writing some more glamorous bonkbusters to add to his sexy six-pack!

Stock up on your summer reading. They are all at a bargain price of £1.99.

I discovered Nigel May in 2015 and read ‘Addicted’ while on holiday in Mallorca. It was a perfect beach read!

Since then I’ve gone on to read the others and they are firm favourites of mine. You can see my reviews by searching for Nigel May on my blog.

Nigel May has been described as “the UK’s male Jackie Collins” and “the readers’ Viagra” and is an author and TV host. His page-turning fiction novels have all been published by Bookouture.

His first glam fiction novel was TRINITY, an action-packed blockbuster (or bonkbuster) about the lives of the rich and famous and three young women at the heart of it. Glamour, beauty, fame and celebrity mix with murder, intrigue and danger to create an explosive novel which gained incredible reviews and fans across the globe.

The glitz-meets-grit whodunit ADDICTED was another huge success and once again dived into the diamond-dipped world of the mega-rich as four women face their demons. But all of the money and celebrity fame in the world do not guarantee a happy ending. Especially for one of them…

SCANDALOUS LIES is steeped in secrets, sin, sex and scandal and takes readers around the world as a mysterious celebrity disappearance is investigated. Will weathergirl Georgia be able to find out what is behind her best friend’s inexplicable vanishing before it’s too late?

Spicy crime on overload for DEADLY OBSESSION, a gritty and glamorous psychological tale set in gangland Manchester that is dynamic and thrilling in all areas to the very last page. When Amy sees her husband gunned down at their nightclub, The Kitty Kat Club, she faces life as a young widow. But then six months later, a letter arrives from beyond the grave…

LOVERS AND LIARS is a truly tropical burst of storytelling where money and sex go hand in hand with murder. When Millionaire playboy Sheridan Rivers is found dead at his luxurious hotel on the paradise island of Barbados, there are several suspects in the frame. But who delivered the fatal blow?

REVENGE is a total page-turner. In the South of France, playground of the rich and famous, world renowned chef Dexter Franklin is organising a night to remember. As he opens the doors to his exclusive restaurant for the first time, he’s handpicked a list of guests, as hot and dazzling as the St Tropez sun itself. Three women have a past with Dexter and a grudge to bear against him. As fireworks ignite in the jet set capital of Europe, there’s murder on the menu. Who will be served their just desserts?

His books have been Amazon best sellers, read by celebrities and fellow authors alike, and have proved that a man can successfully write in a ‘glam fiction bonkbuster world’ that has always been a strongly female domain.

nigel-may-new-author-photoHe regularly presents on UK television where he has built up a substantial following. He has also featured on Channel 4, C5, ITV and broadcast live from America. He is also one of the UK’s most popular craft personalities, having launched his own successful range, A-May-Zing.

As a writer he has written for many of the UK’s most successful magazines and newspapers, specialising in showbiz and celebrity, as well as writing on subjects ranging from relationships through to exotic travel.

Follow him on Twitter @Nigel_May and sign up for future book news at www.nigelmay.net

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Scandalous Lies


Deadly Obsession

Lovers and Liars


Child’s Play by Angela Marsons @WriteAngie @bookouture #bookreview #ChildsPlay #KimStone

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(Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series Book 11)

Finally we’re playing a game. A game that I have chosen. I give one last push of the roundabout and stand back. ‘You really should have played with me,’ I tell her again although I know she can no longer hear.

Late one summer evening, Detective Kim Stone arrives at Haden Hill Park to the scene of a horrific crime: a woman in her sixties tied to a swing with barbed wire and an X carved into the back of her neck.

The victim, Belinda Evans, was a retired college Professor of Child Psychology. As Kim and her team search her home, they find an overnight bag packed and begin to unravel a complex relationship between Belinda and her sister Veronica.

Then two more bodies are found bearing the same distinctive markings, and Kim knows she is on the hunt for a ritualistic serial killer. Linking the victims, Kim discovers they were involved in annual tournaments for gifted children and were on their way to the next event.

With DS Penn immersed in the murder case of a young man, Kim and her team are already stretched and up against one of the most ruthless killers they’ve ever encountered. The clues lie in investigating every child who attended the tournaments, dating back decades.

Faced with hundreds of potential leads and a bereaved sister who is refusing to talk, can Kim get inside the mind of a killer and stop another murder before it’s too late?

The addictive new crime thriller from multi-million copy, number one bestseller Angela Marsons explores the dark side of child prodigies and will have you absolutely hooked.

My Review – 5 stars

The eleventh in the D.I. Kim Stone series, and it continues in the same way….just brilliant!

I read at every opportunity, the short chapters were perfect to sneak in when I could and gave a good pace to the book. The quality is always there, truly blows me away with each book.

Opening in true gruesome style, chapter one nearly had me revisiting my lunch. The visualisation of the roundabout scene was both amazing and horrific.

It’s a fascinating storyline, dealing with child prodigies, how it affects the children themselves, their siblings and the parents and how their future pans out. It’s not something I’ve given much thought to but I found it taught me something, as do all books by this author.

There is side story to the main one.  An old case Penn has worked on goes to court. He spends time with his former colleagues from a neighbouring force. It doesn’t go to plan and old evidence has to be raked over. It’s a really interesting part of the story for me.

Love Bryant and Stacey, and of course Kim.

How the author keeps coming up with these fab books just astonishes me, the content is amazing. It wouldn’t be an Angie Marsons without some brutality and shocking scenes.

I recommend this book 100%, and all the others in the series. Please read them all!

Angie Marsons is definitely one of my favourite authors, I think the books are just fantastic and I can’t wait for the next one.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication Date 11th July 2019

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The Little Village of Happiness by Holly Martin @HollyMAuthor #Bookreview #absolutelylovedit #TheLittleVillageofHappiness

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The Little Village of Happiness by Holly Martin, blog tour 6th July 2019

Thanks to Holly Martin for the early review copy and for inviting me on to the blog tour. I’m delighted to take part.

My Thoughts

Yet again I’m saying this is my favourite Holly Martin book.

I truly loved this story. I completely fell in love with the characters and the location, all so fabulously described that I felt like I was there and living in a little flowery cottage in Happiness!

When Willow upped sticks and moved to Happiness it wasn’t what she expected. The marketing material she’d seen painted a totally different picture in her mind than the reality of the shabby village. Had she made a big mistake?

Cue Andrew, the estate manager. The sparks were there between them, but things were a little complicated.

The feel-good vibes given off from Willow rub off on the residents of the village, and it becomes a real community again after years of neglect.

I love that Holly Martin’s books have that sexy edge over other chick lit authors, makes them steamily different.

Happy, sad, worried, funny, touching, steamy….all the emotions!! It ticks all the boxes for me.

I’m so looking forward to the next book, The Gift of Happiness, following the story of other residents from the village.

Thanks to Holly Martin for another great book, this is in my “favourites of the year list”.

All my reviews are quite short and concise as I’m here to show off the book rather than my own writing ability.

Thanks to the author for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion

Publication date:- 5th July 2019

Amazon UK link :- The Little Village of Happiness

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Fall head-over-heels in love with the beautiful new novel from bestselling author Holly Martin and let The Little Village of Happiness warm your heart and make your spirits soar.

Willow McKay needs a fresh start. Her recent break-up may not have left her heartbroken but it’s certainly wounded her pride. Desperate to escape the whispers and stares of her town’s gossips, an advert offering homes in a picturesque village in the grounds of a majestic castle on the Cornish coast sounds like just what she needs. Without thinking twice Willow applies for a cottage and packs up her life for the village of Happiness.

But when Willow arrives she finds a crumbling ruin and ramshackle cottages, nothing like the pretty picture the advert had boasted. It seems Happiness was too good to be true. That is until she meets the incredibly handsome estate manager Andrew Harrington…

His passion for restoring the village to its former glory is contagious and soon they are working together to bring happiness back to Happiness. And as sparks fly between them Willow can feel herself falling. But Andrew is holding something back.

Can Willow risk her heart again? And will they succeed in transforming the old village to its original beauty before it’s too late?

Get swept away to the sun-kissed Cornish coast with this gorgeous love story, perfect for fans of Jill Mansell, Miranda Dickinson and Lucy Diamond.

Foxglove Farm by Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow @HarperImpulse #FoxgloveFarm #review

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Return to Love Heart Lane for friendship, romance and a community who will be be there for you no matter what…

Isla and Drew Allaway appear to have the perfect life – a strong marriage, two beautiful children and their picture-perfect home, Foxglove Farm.

But, new mum Isla is struggling.  She loves her little family but with Drew working all hours on the farm, Isla’s lonely.

When she discovers that Drew has been keeping secrets from her, Isla has to face losing the home they all love.

Can the Love Heart Lane community pull together once more to help save Foxglove Farm?  And can Isla save her home…and her marriage?

My Thoughts

Every Christie Barlow book I read I always say it’s my favourite.

I truly loved this story. I completely fell in love with the characters and the location, all so fabulously described that I felt like I was there on the farm and living the life! Those alpacas sounded adorable.

It’s got everything you could want from a book, the community spirit of all pulling together in a crisis, family, love and loss.

I absolutely loved it.

It was an emotional read too. The author touched on many delicate subjects, things people don’t talk about including depression and money worries.

Although Isla and Drew were the main characters, I really had a soft spot for Martha.

I’m sad that I’ve finished it, I just wanted to keep reading. I got totally hooked on it.

This is book 2 in the series, I would recommend reading Love Heart Lane first (which was fabulous!) to get the full back story of the people in the small village of Heartcross. It could be read as a standalone though, as the focus is on different characters. I’m really looking forward to the next book.

All my reviews are quite short and concise as I’m here to show off the book rather than my own writing ability.

Thanks to HarperImpulse and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date:- 28th June 2019

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Amazon UK Foxglove Farm

One Summer in Santorini by Sandy Barker @sandybarker @AvonBooksUK #bookreview #OneSummerInSantorini @RNAtweets

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There was something in the air that night. . .

Sarah has had enough of men. It’s time to rekindle her first true love – travel – so she books a sailing trip around the Greek islands with a group of strangers.

The very last thing Sarah wants is to meet someone new… But then a gorgeous American man boards her yacht and she knows she’s in trouble. And when she also encounters a handsome silver fox who promises her the world, she realises that trouble really does come in twos.

Will Sarah dive into a holiday fling, embark on a relationship, or stick to her plan – steer clear of men, continue her love affair with feta, and find her own way after all?

The perfect holiday read to escape with this summer for fans of Annie Robertson’s My Mamma Mia Summer and Mandy Baggot’s One Last Greek Summer.

‘A summery romantic debut from a fresh voice in romantic fiction. Made me want to pack my bags for the Greek islands this instant!’ Phillipa Ashley, bestselling author of A Perfect Cornish Summer

‘A fun and flirty escapist read.’ Samantha Tonge, bestselling author of Knowing You

My Thoughts

Oh my word, what can I say?!

I loved this book so much, and I was craving for more!

A perfect summer read.

I really felt I was there, and I wanted to be there. The descriptions were so real. I lost myself in the gorgeous Greek sunshine. I adored the sailing aspect. Not something I’ve ever done but makes me fancy it now.

The relationships between the travellers on the boat, ‘the family’, made this for me.

The meals out, the day trips on the islands visited, and just sitting on deck added to the lovely feeling this book gave me.

I think this book will stay with me for a long time and I thoroughly recommend it.

All my reviews are quite short and concise as I’m here to show off the book rather than my own writing ability.

Thanks to Maze, Avon Books UK and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 24th June 2019

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Amazon UK One Summer in Santorini

Cover reveal for Carol Wyer’s latest book in the Natalie Ward Detective Series, The Sleepover @carolewyer @bookouture #TheSleepover

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The Sleepover

An absolutely gripping crime thriller (Detective Natalie Ward Book 4)

Roxy had a secret. Now she’s gone. 

When fourteen-year-old Roxy says she’s going for a sleepover at her best friend’s house, Cathy sees no reason to check her daughter’s story. The two families are so close, and the girls are in and out of each other’s homes every day. 

It turns out to be a decision she will regret. A day later, Roxy is found murdered in exclusive Linnet Lane. Detective Natalie Ward, called in to lead the investigation, is struck by the contrast between the house Roxy grew up in, and the one where her life ended.

As Natalie begins to look closely at Roxy’s family and friends, she soon discovers that this isn’t the first time Roxy has gone missing. All the signs point to an unhappy teenager who was hiding a great deal from her family. 

Then Roxy’s mother Cathy disappears. 

When Cathy’s body is discovered close to Linnet Lane, Roxy’s toy cat clutched in her arms, Natalie is forced to face the grim fact that they are dealing with a killer with a twisted plan.
Struggling to join the dots, Natalie wonders if she’s missed a vital clue when one of Roxy’s classmates is also found murdered. 

Natalie’s not frightened of anyone, but the latest victim reminds her of her own son Josh, who is edging towards the wrong side of the tracks. With teenagers like her boy dying, can Natalie solve the case in time to keep Josh safe? Or is he about to make a dangerous new friend? 

Gripping, fast-paced and nail-bitingly tense, this book will keep you flying through the pages long into the night. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.
This sounds like a great book, I can’t wait to read it!

Publication date:-5th September 2019

Pre-order your copy here:-

Amazon UK   The Sleepover

Amazon.com The Sleepover