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Blog Tour: Summer at Rose Island by Holly Martin

30 maj

Summer at Rose Island

by Holly Martin

 

 

Publisher: Bookouture

Publishing Date: 13th May 2016

Series: White Cliff Bay #3

Source:  Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!.

Number of pages: 311

Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction

 Buy the Book: Kindle | Paperback

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 
Fall in love with the gorgeous seaside town of White Cliff Bay this summer and enjoy long sunny days, beautiful beaches and… a little romance.

Darcy Davenport is ready for a fresh start. Determined to leave a string of disastrous jobs and relationships behind her, she can’t wait to explore White Cliff Bay and meet the locals.

When Darcy swims in the crystal clear waters of the bay, she discovers the charming Rose Island Lighthouse. But it’s not just the beautiful building that she finds so intriguing…

Riley Eddison doesn’t want change. Desperate to escape the memories of his past, he lives a life of solitude in the lighthouse. Yet he can’t help but notice the gorgeous woman who swims out to his island one day.

Darcy is drawn to the mysterious and sexy Riley, but when it seems the town is trying to demolish his home, she soon finds herself having to pick sides.

She’s fallen in love with White Cliff Bay. But is that all Darcy’s fallen for?

Pull up a deck chair, sink back with a bowl of strawberry ice cream and pick up the summer read you won’t be able to put down.

Rating: 4/5

 

Aaaahh, the lovely Holly did it again – went and wrote a book that feels like your best friend, like your favourite blanket, like a cup of hot chocolate or a sunny day spent in the garden reading your favourite novel!
It was great to be back in White Cliff Bay and I had a feeling that I’ve never left this place to be honest, as Holly’s effortless storytelling threw me directly into the heart of the novel, together with some of my best friends. It’s somehow always comforting, this feeling, and the fact that you know that you’re going to feel immediately at home when starting Holly’s new book.
„Summer at Rose Island” is the third book in the White Cliff Bay series and yes, you can read it as a stand – alone novel, even though many characters from the previous books appear there, and Darcy’s neighbours are Libby and George, but I’d advise that you should read all the books in the series, from a very simple reason of missing too much of Holly’s brilliant writing, sense of humour and lovely stories.

And oh my word, guys, what can I say about Holly’s book that I haven’t said before? „Summer at Rose Island” is the best example of her writing. There were brilliant characters, exceptionally beautiful setting and also the author has touched upon some environmental important issues, writing about things that I’ve no idea about. But about characters. This time Darcy and Riley are the main ones and I loved the way Holly described them. Darcy is lovely, a people’s person, so she doesn’t have any problems to make friends with other people, and her first encounter with her new neighbours – Lilly and George – is bloody hilarious! Darcy is like a whirlwind of activity and whenever she is, something happens, and she often puts herself into awkward situations, as she’s verrrry accident prone. But this clumsiness, and that she always wants to get on people’s best sides and make them happy is what makes Darcy so lovely and likeable, I really immediately warmed to her. My heart also went to her because of the situation with her parents, who – saying that they were not thrilled with their daughter would be an understatement – they only criticized her and never supported her and underestimated her. No wonder that Darcy wanted to flee and start living on her own, so moving to White Cliff Bay, a place that she’d already known because of her late aunt, seemed like a great idea. Moreover, Darcy is a sea – person. She loves swimming and everything that had to do with water, well, she is a marine biologist and sharks are her passion, and thanks to her I’ve learnt some things about them that I didn’t have any idea before. So to be honest, romances and such were not on Darcy’s radar, but then enters Riley – a reclusive American living in a lighthouse – a beautiful lighthouse that means a lot to many of the White Cliff Bay residents but that is intended to demolition! But back to Riley, who’d rather keep himself to himself, that is, until he meets Darcy… I really, really loved how Holly described Riley! He was perfect, with his southern charm, with his „ma’am” – ing, cowboy shoes and big, big, warm and soft heart.

Holly Martin, as in all her books, makes sure that also in „Summer at Rose Island” her characters are colourful, vivid and different. I always love how she makes them full of passion and how she effortlessly sneaks new facts into her novels, here about sharks and sea life for example. The characters are always complex, exceptional personalities. But also she makes sure that the town is a character of its own and the way she has described everything was just spot – on for me and I could see the things and places clearly in my mind, the shops, the bay, the lovely houses, the beautiful lighthouse.

White Cliff Bay is a town where everybody knows everybody and their business, and even though it took Darcy a little time to get used to the gossip, she very quickly acclimatised there. It is my favourite kind of town, to be honest, not too big, and I think I would even do with the others knowing so much about me, because they were all so friendly and so welcoming, and they supported each other so much, even though the person being supported (yes, Riley, I’m talking about you) was so very reluctant. I liked how Holly thrown Darcy direct into the middle of the events happening at the town, and how the residents welcomed her, making her feel a part of their town immediately.

However, to be absolutely, totally honest with you, I am missing a little of this unique, exceptional sense of humour that Holly got me used to in her previous books, the one that had me snorting suddenly with laughter, frightening all around me. Don’t get me wrong, it was a humorous, light – hearted book, but I missed those moments that made me laugh out loud, so much that I was in stitches. And I also, personally, think that Holly’s book, as much as I love them, are very similar to each other, and sure, I love this similarity, as I know what I can expect, and I adore that I get this what I expect, and I really, truly treasure and value Holly so much and I just would love her to surprise me with such a book like her written under the pen name „Tied Up with Love” – and this is why this time I gave the book 4 stars, not my usual five. It doesn’t mean I didn’t love the book, it only means that I missed something special, something original – but please don’t get me wrong, I am not criticizing, I am only telling my feelings.

„Summer at the Rose Island” is this kind of book that make you feel welcome and warm. It’s full of positive feelings, a gorgeous, charming story that is going to draw you immediately in. Holly Martin’s descriptions of everything she writes about, let it be characters, their personalities, dogs, nature or lighthouse are incredibly vivid and she brings this all so easily to life and makes me feel like a part of this world.
What I also so like in Holly’s novels, and what you of course gets in „Summer at Rose Island” is the fact that, of course, there is always the happy end (but this is why I love the stories so much, a girl is always after a happy end, right?), but the way to this happy end is not always so obvious and full of obstacles. This time these are mostly Darcy and Riley themselves who complicate the things oh so much, only because they are champions of jumping to conclusions and of not communicating. Really, the whole town knows, I know, everybody all around them knows that they are perfect together and only they don’t know it. I adored Darcy and Riley and I adored their stories, and the fact that it felt so honest and genuine, and that they both were so genuine with their feelings, with their awkwardness, that they were so realistic and not so polished because it made them even more relatable and likeable.
Altogether, another cracker from Holly Martin. You can be sure that when you buy a book by this author that she’s going to deliver: a gorgeous, realistic romance, characters that you root for and also swoon over brilliant atmosphere, and that you’re won’t be disappointed. „Summer at Rose Island” is a perfect summery read, a great holiday novel, so be sure to take it with you on your break! It is this kind of a book that makes you feel happy and you can be sure that you’re going to finish your reading with a big, happy grin on your face.

 

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Weekly Wrap Up #70

08 lis

HI there! How are you all? This week bookish – wise was much calmer than I’ve expected, and there is of course one person responsible for it, namely husband who had holidays. There is always thousand errands to run when hubby is at home, so no time for other things. But nevertheless, next to two reviews we had this week, there is also a brilliant Q&A with Beth Moran, author of „I Hope you Dance” which was one of my Books of the Month in October, and you can read it here.

 

BOOKS THAT I READ LAST WEEK:

„Stars of Fortune” by Nora Roberts – reviewed

„Mothers Ruined” by Aimee Horton – to be reviewed

„Conditional Love” by Cathy Bramley – to be reviewed

 

 Am reading right now:

„The Hunter of the Dark” by Donato Carrisi

„Wish Upon a Christmas Cake” by Darcie Boleyn

 

I REVIEWED THIS WEEK:

Snowflakes on Silver Cove by Holly Martin 5/5

Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts 5/5

 

BOOKS I RECEIVED/BOUGHT THIS WEEK

PAPERBACKS:

Cathy Bramley „Conditional Love”

S.C. Stephens „Untamed”

Nikki Moore „Picnics in Hyde Park”

Mairi Wilson „Ursula’s Secret”

Rowan Coleman „A Home for Broken Hearts”

Rachel Joyce „A Snow Garden”

Kylie Scott „Lead”

Kylie Scott „Deep”

KINDLE:

Tilly Tennant „The Accidental Guest”

Claudia Carroll „Meet Me in Manhattan”

Zara Stoneley „A Very Country Christmas”

 
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Blog Tour: Snowflakes on Silver Cove by Holly Martin / eBook Review

02 lis

Snowflakes on Silver Cove by Holly Martin

 

Publisher: Bookouture

Publishing Date: 30th October 2015

Series: White Cliff Bay #2

Source:  Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley,  thank you!

Genre:  Women’s Fiction, Romance

 Buy the Book: Kindle | Paperback

 

 

 

 Synopsis:

Libby Joseph is famous for her romantic Christmas stories. Every December, readers devour her books of falling in love against the magical backdrop of the Christmas season. If only Libby believed in the magic herself…

Struggling to finish her current novel, Libby turns to her best friend and neighbour George Donaldson to cheer her up. But George also needs a bit of support himself. Nervous about getting back into the dating saddle after splitting from his wife, he and Libby strike a deal. She will teach George how to win over the ladies, and Libby will in turn be inspired to inject her novel with a good dose of romance.

As Libby and George explore the beautiful White Cliff Bay on a series of romantic Christmas-themed dates, Libby finds herself having more fun than she’s had in ages and…discovers feelings that she never knew she had for George.

But is it too late? Will George win someone else’s heart or can Libby act like the heroine in one of her stories and reach for her own love under the mistletoe this Christmas?

Snuggle up with a piece of Christmas cake and mulled wine, and spend the festive season at White Cliff Bay. You won’t want to leave! Christmas at Lilac Cottage also out now.

 Rating: 5/5

 

„Snowflakes on Silver Cove” is Holly Martin’s second Christmassy book this year, and second in the White Cliff Bay series, but it can be read as a stand – alone novel, or the books don’t have to be read in a particular order. I have totally enjoyed to read about some of the same situations that I remembered from „Christmas at Lilac Cottage” or it was a real joy to spot here and there some hidden hints to the previous book or characters – a fantastic idea, to set two books in the same week, but focus on totally different characters and totally different story.

If I were to choose my favourite book, I’d say that it’s „Snowflakes on Silver Cove”, although „Christmas at Lilac Cottage” was also a brilliant, warm story. It’s just that this book was in my opinion fast – paced, full of errors and hilarious situations, and it made me laugh much more than the first book. It was just so charming, sweet and lovely, just what I needed right now, and I fell in love with all the characters immediately (I didn’t have to fall in love with the setting, as I was already loving it!)

The writing in this book is so Holly – typical: the story rolls about, the narration flows, and suddenly Holly throws a scene that makes us snorting with laughter, giggling, laughing out loud, and I love those moments! There are so many hilarious scenes, and they made me laugh even harder because they all could really happen in real life, and just imagining them had me in stitches.

I can’t find words to say how well Holly Martin captured this wonderful, wonderful relationship between Libby and George. I think I’ve never read something like this before. It was crystal clear those two felt so comfortable in each other’s company, and I totally adored their banter and this wonderful feeling of friendship. Everything between them, the friendship and the budding romance, were so sweet, and it also felt so genuine and honest – their awkwardness, and them being so free and open in each other’s company, their banter. And sure, you know already from the blurb that those are two friends falling in love, and the more the story developed it was clear they are destined to be together, but you know what, having this in mind, feeling with your whole self how it’s going to end was a great feeling. There were moments that I thought that Libby is the one wearing the trousers in this relationship, as George’s insecurities and his never ending dates – and personality related questions made me a little tired, and Libby having to tell him over and over again that he’s great and women should love him as he is, but George has also proved that he can be firm – eventually. And did it in a great way. Maybe altogether there were too many attempts at kissing practice, I really thought that when I read again they’re going to kiss each other I’m going to be sick to the back teeth. And yes, there were many moments that I got desperate with them and wanted to bang their heads on the wall, wondering what’s taking them so long to admit their feelings. But let’s be honest, they are in any case so adorable, those two.

But let’s be honest, George was an outstanding character. You know, he was absolutely not your typical hero with six – pack, burping after drinking a beer, oh no. He was sweet, kind, loving and – above all – he was listening what Libby was telling him, which resulted in some of the best dates ever. I truly adored that he was true to himself and didn’t want to change only to curry favor to those much demanding women.

Parallelly to Libby and George’s story, we have a new, fresh romance between Amy and Seb, so we have not once, but two love stories! Two! I mean, how great it is? And they are so different – while in one story the characters just don’t see the feeling banging them on their heads, in the second the characters know they love each other, but there are thousands of obstacles and problems, a mother – in – law being one of them. I can’t remember when I adored a character as much as Amy – the scenes with her were more than hilarious, and it was usually Amy that made me laugh so hard! The story of her and Seb is beautiful and yes, it broke my heart a little.

As always, Holly brilliantly captures the atmosphere of the small town, especially town preparing itself for Christmas, and I couldn’t have enough of snow falling and all the decorations. Also this time Holly gives us a broader and closer view at the people living there, at Libby and George’s friends, and I fell in love with all of them – they were so incredibly friendly, so warm and please, let me play a poker with them once! (Even if I can’t play poker. They can show me.)

And the dates. Oh my god, the dates! I thought that Holly can’t surprise me with an original date after reading „One Hundred Proposals” anymore, but guys – she DID surprise me. I can’t tell you enough how much I loved all the idea for the dates!

Holly Martin did it again – went and wrote a prefect romantic comedy, that is full of laugh out loud moments, romance and some more gentle situations, and I love it! She has this talent to write a story that sweeps me off my feet, and put there all elements that I’m looking for in a book, as if she was reading my mind. I am sure „Snowflakes on Silver cove” is going to convince some of the harder souls out there that love between friends is possible, and that there IS love. This is a story full of misunderstandings and errors and a message that you don’t have to look somewhere far away, your true love can be your best friend or can live just next to you. Brilliant, feel – good read that had so cheered me up, I will be for sure re – reading this story as it made me feel so warm and happy inside. „Snowflakes on Silver Cove” is a compelling, plot – driven, heart – warming, emotional and hilarious read from the very talented and authentic voice in commercial fiction – highly recommended.

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Weekly Wrap Up # 65

03 paź

Hi there! Found some time on Saturday evening and decided to post my Wrap Up already today. I know, I know, some are partying wild deep into the night on Saturday, and I’m sitting in my PJs, next to the fireplace, blogging about my book-ish week :) But well, to be honest, wouldn’t change it now – wild years already behind me :)

This week, apart of reviews, you could read a brilliant Q&A with Julie Wassmer, author of „Murder on Sea” that was published last week -here and see which books I can’t wait to read in October: here. You could also notice I haven’t posted my Book of the Month – September yet, and well, I adored some of the reads last month but there was no book with Hall of Fame review, so I decided to not run this feature this time. But October started brilliantly, already with a Hall of Fame review, so there :)

BOOKS THAT I READ LAST WEEK:

„A Death in the Dales” by Frances Brody – reviewed

„One Wish in Manhattan” by Mandy Baggot– reviewed

„Above Us the Sky” by Milly Adams – to be reviewed next week

„The Runaway Bridesmaid” by Daisy James – to be reviewed next week

„Christmas at Cranberry Cottage” by Talli Roland – to be reviewed next week

 

  Am reading right now:

„I Hope You Dance” by Beth Moran

„Four Weddings and a White Christmas” by Jenny Oliver

 

I REVIEWED THIS WEEK:

Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin 5/5

A Death in the Dales by Frances Brody 5/5

A Parcel for Anna Browne by Miranda Dickinson 4/5

One Wish in Manhattan by Mandy Baggot 5/5 + Hall of Fame

 

BOOKS I RECEIVED/BOUGHT THIS WEEK

PAPERBACKS:

Jojo Moyes „After You”

Nora Roberts „Stars of Fortune”

Carole Matthews „The Chocolate Lovers’ Christmas”

Pamela Hart „The Soldier’s Wife”

KINDLE:

Jack Sheffield „Star Teacher”

Holly Martin „Snowflakes on Silver Cove”

Emma Davies „Merry Mistletoe”

Tilly Tennant „The Parent Trap”

Tilly Tennant „And Baby Makes Four”

Samantha Tonge „My Big Fat Christmas Wedding”

Jenny Oliver „Four Weddings and a White Christmas”

 

 
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Blog Tour: Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin / eBook Review

28 wrz

Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin

 

Publisher: Bookouture

Publishing Date: 25th September 2015

Series: White Cliff Bay #1

Source:  Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance

 Buy the Book: Kindle | Paperback

 

 

 Synopsis:

Welcome to the charming seaside town of White Cliff Bay, where Christmas is magical and love is in the air…

Penny Meadows loves her home – a cosy cottage decorated with pretty twinkling fairy lights and stunning views over the town of White Cliff Bay. She also loves her job as an ice-carver, creating breathtaking sculptures. Yet her personal life seems frozen.

When Henry and daughter Daisy arrive at the cottage to rent the annex, Penny is determined to make them feel welcome. But while Daisy is friendly, Henry seems guarded.

As Penny gets to know Henry, she realises there is more to him than meets the eye. And the connection between them is too strong to ignore…

While the spirit of the season sprinkles its magic over the seaside town and preparations for the ice sculpting competition and Christmas eve ball are in full swing, can Penny melt the ice and allow love in her heart? And will this finally be the perfect Christmas she’s been dreaming of?

Like a creamy hot chocolate with marshmallows, you won’t want to put this deliciously heartwarming novel down.

Spend the perfect Christmas in White Cliff Bay this year. Snowflakes on Silver Cove coming very soon.

Rating: 5/5

 

I love Holly Martin and her stories, it’s probably not a secret, and I always wait impatiently for her new releases. This time Holly is spoiling us, as soon after „Christmas at Lilac Cottage” we can expect a second book in the White Cliff Bay series, „Snowflakes on Silver Cove”. This is the best news ever, really, as I could read Holly’s novels again and again. They are always full of sparks, humour, gentle moments, with characters to die for – and „Christmas at Lilac Cottage” was not exception! You may not be sure of many things, but you can be sure of one: that Holly always delivers. What always brings tears to my eyes are Holly’s dedications – she never forgets about us, bloggers, and she always says her thank you in such beautiful words, and it always makes me feel sentimental. Really, really appreciated Holly!

I think everything about Holly’s writing and stories was already told, also by yours, truly :) Holly can write incredibly romantic, but modern stories that go straight to my heart, stories that leave me satisfied and content. I don’t know how she does it, really, that I fell in love with all of her books, without exceptions. You know, when I read a new novel by one of my favourite authors I am usually scared if this time the author is going to deliver, if they are going to fulfil my expectations, but to be honest, when starting Holly’s new book, I’m not scared about this, because I am sure it is going to be her next cracker.

However, this time I have one „but”. Here I had a feeling that I „have been there, have seen this”. The setting of this little town, the sweet, cosy cottage, the job Penny had – carving in ice – even the characters – the main ones, and the supporting ones, the villagers – this all was like a repetition of „Beneath the Moon and the Stars” – can you remember? I have nothing against it, because it was a nice story, but I’d expect something more, something fresh from Holly. She has proved to be a brilliant author whose imagination knows no limits, so I truly expected more from this novel. I adored it, there is no discussion to it, please do not take me wrong, I just felt that I’ve already read this story before.
The story telling was, as usual, brilliant, warm and hooking, and the plot, even though not the most surprising, was fast paced, nevertheless I missed this unexpected twists and turns that are Holly’s brand already, and this incredible humour – it was a funny story, and it was full of this characteristic, belly – aching – laughing moments, but on the whole I wanted more of them – Holly got me used to have them on almost every single page, and in „Christmas at Lilac Cottage” those moments were seldom – apart of few of them, when I was literally snorting and laughing out loud, usually they involved Penny and Daisy and sex, it was a normal story kept on the same level.
But that’s just me. Don’t pay any attention :) And other than that, I absolutely loved this story and I still think it deserves those 5 stars! I totally adored how the chapters were divided between Penny and Henry, and they were telling us their both point of views and thoughts on the same situation – it was mostly hilarious, and Holly brilliantly captured the differences in male and female’s thinking – you know, men are from Mars, women are from Venus. Loved it!

The storytelling was exceptional, and so Holly – characteristic. Holly has this talent to over – exaggerate a little, to add a little drama here and there, and yet the story doesn’t feel too pushed, or too forced, it’s not over the top. She also always brings the places to life, with her incredibly rich descriptions – they are really so vivid that I have no problems to picture it all in my mind. I have felt truly festive, reading about the snow falling over the place, decorating the Christmas tree, and could feel the warmth of the fire burning. Also, there is always this lovely, brilliant sense of community between Holly’s characters, and it was the same in White Cliff Bay, with all the characters jumping to help when necessary (well, of course not always to help. Sometimes to meddle and complicate things, too).

What’s more, Holly’s characters are exceptional. To tell that they feel like real people would be an understatement, really – they ARE real people, with all their flaws and imperfections, problems and moods and jumping to conclusions. I had a feeling that any time they’re going to pop out of the pages and give me the biggest hug in the world. Penny was like a whirlwind of warm emotions and love, and it was impossible not to feel her excitement or sadness through the pages. She was so bouncy, bubbly and full of life and I hated to see her hurt. At the beginning Henry seemed to be a grumpy person but deep, deep inside he was sooo lovely, and no wonder Penny was attracted to him – I was as well! Holly is also the Queen of sparks flying between the characters, she can write the tension and chemistry in such a good way and make it feel so realistic, and it was the same here, and this „will they/won’t they” made it even more genuine.

So yes, Holly can make it happen – make you forget about the whole world and your duties and responsibilities. This story was full of action and events, there was not a single second flat, because Holly manages to squeeze a lot between the covers of this book: single parenthood, starting in a new place, coming to terms with a horrible past, learning to trust other people, and this all was told with so much empathy and with understanding, without judging. And I felt so comfortable with Penny and Henry. The story just flowed so well and was full to the brim with this wonderful, Holly – like, feel – good factor. „Christmas at Lilac Cottage” is really sweet, charming, sparkling with snow festive read, but I am sure reading it in summer would be as enjoyable as in winter. I highly recommend this heart – warming, lovely story!

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(My Most Anticipated) September Releases

28 sie

Hello, hello, and here we are again. The summer is almost history, autumn begins, big changes are coming, and NEW BOOKS as well. One better than the other and the only question that stays the same each month is how can I find enough time to read them ALL? Here are books that I’m waiting particularly impatiently for:

The first book that I have to mention is for sure The Things We Do for Love by Alice Peterson. I love this author with her every new book more and more and even though her stories make me cry buckets, I can’t have enough of them. Alice is an incredibly talented author and one of the most kindest persons ever, and she writes such down – to – earth, true to life novels that make me smile, laugh, gasp and  – first of all – cry, and yet there is always so much hope in them. I’m just starting „The Things We do for Love” and am totally over – excited, as the blurb sounds so, so, so promising! The book is out on 10th Spetember, published by Quercus.

Then! Lucky Santangelo is back! OMG! Jackie Collins is one of my favourite authors, and one of the first thanks to whom I love books and reading so much, and to be honest, all the copies of her books that I have on my bookshelf look a little battered – but no wonder, as I’ve read them thousands times or so… Nevertheless, Ms Collins is back with The Santangelos on 10th September and already reading the blurb otself gives me a thrill and goosebumps! I so can’t wait to start reading this epic saga and see what kind of problems Lucky is going to put herself into! (The novel is published by Simon & Schuster).

Also Miranda Dickinson is back with a brand new novel and brand new publisher! My relationship with Miranda’s books is like a rollercoaster ride, but there is something that always makes me want to read her every new release. This time it’s A Parcel for Anna Browne and it not only has a beautiful cover (I love this blue!), but also a very promising blurb that sounds almost like a fairy – tale, and who doesn’t love fairy – tales? Well, I do, and this is why I can’t wait to read this book! it’s out on 24th September, published by Pan Macmillan.

Also Vanessa Greene has a new book published in September. I fell in love with her beautiful stories about tea – rooms and friendship, and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us this time. The publisher promises a little darker and more serious story this time, but I am sure that we’re going to find the things that we got to love Vanessa for: friendship, romance, love, laughter and teras, and this all written in this lovely, easy to follow writing style! The Beachside Guest House is published by Sphere on 24th September and I literally can’t wait to start reading this beautiful novel as well!

A book about my favourite background, ie. school gates, playground is already on my kindle! I love reading about school gates and parents and their antics, and The Misadventures of a Playground Mother by Christie Barlow seems just what the doctor ordered for me! It sounds incredibly hilarious and entertaining, and it is for sure my next kindle read (or maybe I’m even going to abandon the book I’m reading right now just to start this one!). The novel is out on 11th September, published by Bookouture.

And, because Bookouture is spoiling us with so many incredible new releases, there is one more from this publisher that I can’t wait to read: Christmas at the Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin. I don’t have to introduce this author, as she is one of the well – known chick – lit authors, and also one of the most loved, which is not a wonder actually, as her stories are full of magic, feel – good factor, fun and all other emotions. And just looking at this beautiful cover makes me miss Christmas already, and who wouldn’t like to live in a Lilac Cottage??? Roll on, time, as the book is out on 25th September.

And you? Do you also wait for any particular release?

 
 

Weekly Wrap Up #55

26 lip

Hi guys! Welcome to Weekly Wrap Up with a very nice round number! 55! Sorry for not posting last Sunday but with family visiting it was not so easy, so today I’m rounding up the last two weeks.

BOOKS I RECEIVED & BOUGHT THE LAST WEEKS:

PAPERBACKS:

Jackie Collins „The Santangelos” (SQUEEEEE! EXCITEMENT! Santangelos are back, yay!!!)

Jayne Ann Krentz (writing as Jayne Castle) „Siren’s Call”

Lauren Dane „Falling Under”

Joanna Taylor „Masquerade”

Tammy Cohen „First One Missing”

Anouska Knight „Letting You Go”

Haley Hill „It’s Got to be Perfect”

Kendra Smith „Jacaranda Wife” – signed copy for my giveaway!

Sheila O’Flanagan „My Mother’s Secret”

Jo Thomas „The Olive Branch”

Katie MacAlister „Dragon Fall”

Lisa Kleypas „Brown – Eyed Girl”

Dinah Jefferies „The Tea – Planter Wife”

Lucinda Riley „The Storm Sister”

Karen Swan „Christmas on Primrose Hill”

Claire Sandy „A Very Big House in the Country”

Miranda Dickinson „A Parcel for Anna Brown”

KINDLE:

Marieke Nijkamp „This is Where it Ends”

Leah Marie Brown „Finding It”

Rebecca Raisin „Secrets at the Maple Syrup Farm”

Julie Long „Roovile”

Kate Forster „Picture Perfect”

 

 

 BOOKS THAT I READ THOSE LAST WEEKS:

„Royal Wedding” by Meg Cabot – reviewed

„Drive Me Crazy” by Portia MacIntosh – to be reviewed

„A Proper Family Adbenture” by Chrissie Manby – reviewed

„Fairytale Beginnings” by Holly Martin -  reviewed

„Moving” by Jenny Eclair – reviewed

„I Spy Learn and Go” by Jonathan Litton –  reviewed

„The Matchmaker” by Elin Hildebrand – to be reviewed

„The Piano Man Project” by Kat French – to be reviewed


  Am reading right now:

„A Very Big House in the Country” by Claire Sandy (and loving it!!!)

„Dear Darling” by Ellen Faith


 I REVIEWED THIS WEEK:

The Heavenly Italian Ice Cream Shop by Abby Clements 5/5,

Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams by Sue Watson 4/5

A Proper Family Adventure by Chrissie Manby 5/5

Fairytale Beginnings by Holly Martin 5/5

Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot 5/5

Pippa’s Cornish Dream by Debbie Johnson 4/5

Moving by Jenny Eclair 5/5

Life or Something Like It by Annie Lyons 4/5

I Spy Learn and Go by Jonathan Litton 5/5

 
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Blog Tour: Fairytale Beginnings by Holly Martin / eBook Review

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Fairytale Beginnings by Holly Martin

 

Publisher: Bookouture

Publishing Date: 10th July 2015

Source:  Received from the publisher via NetGalley,  thank you!.

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance

 Buy the Book: Kindle | Paperback

 

 

 Synopsis:

Fairytale Beginnings: A heartwarming romantic comedy

Love is an open door…except when it keeps slamming in your face.

Hopeless romantic Milly Rose has had her fair share of heartbreak. Obsessed with all things Disney, she refuses to give up on finding her Prince Charming – he’s out there somewhere, isn’t he?

When Milly is given a job to investigate the origins of an historical building in the village of Clovers Rest, she’s not sure what to expect. What she discovers takes her breath away – a beautiful real life Cinderella castle, complete with turrets, a magnificent drawbridge AND a very handsome owner…Cameron Heartstone.

As Milly and Cameron begin to unearth the secrets of Clover Castle, they can’t ignore the intense chemistry building between them. But they’ve both been hurt badly before. Can they take a big leap of faith and find their own happily-ever-after?

Rating: 5/5

 

The very lovely Holly Martin belongs to those authors, whose books I buy and read automatically. So when I was asked if I want to be a part of a blog tour for her brand new, shiny, sparkly, wonderful novel „Fairytale Beginnings”, I didn’t even read the synopsis, only happily said yes, of course!!! Yes, with many exclamation marks. Holly is the author of eight books, together with those written under her pen – name Amelia Thorne, and two YA novels, that I personally didn’t read as I’m not so much into science – fiction, but all others from Holly’s desk were absolutely, freakingly brilliant!

But please, let me stop just at the beginning to gush a little about this most wonderful cover ever. There aren’t words to describe this beauty, it’s a perfect cover, the best cover an author can dream of, I think. Right?

So, as I’d already said, I haven’t read the blurb to this book, so when I started reading I was surprised by ghosts very early appearing in the story, as I truly didn’t expect them. But oh my, I thought, why not? I was sure that Holly is going to pull it off perfectly – and she did. Not all authors can write ghosts, but Holly can – they really, truly suit this story and reading about them didn’t feel as if it was too forced. Well, there is a castle, there must be a ghost or two, right?

But I must be honest and admit something. While reading the book I was already starting to panic, as I was so incredibly missing this magic sparkle, this fantastic humour that Holly already accustomed us to. The second part of the story saved it for me, as the first one was a little… longish? The characters too quick started to mention the word „sex” for me, and even before I started to see this magic connection between them they’d be in bed already – as if there weren’t better things to do for them. Also, I thought that when I’m again going to read those two words „secret passageway”, I’m going to start to cry. I mean, how many secret passageways can there be in a castle and why Milly is finding them every second page??? But it is my only objection, and other than that I LOVED THIS STORY!

But even with those endless hidden passages, the descriptions of investigating the castle and discovering what Clover Castle was hiding for so many years, were absolutely brilliant and so vivid! The expectation and excitement, and hope to find something were really palpable through the pages, and I myself couldn’t wait for all the secrets to be found and revealed. The castle itself was wonderfully and so truly described, and it had a fascinating history.

Let’s start with the characters. Holly is ancredible author, really, she can write the most fantastic, warm, funny characters ever, characters that I am rooting for from the first to the last page, and it was the same with Milly and Cameron here. Oh, Cameron… *sigh*. Sheesh, can a character be too perfect? Actually, you could say that he was too perfect to be true, not only handsome, but he was an author, he had a dog, motorbike, car, AND a castle, he was funny and from what I’ve seen, a sex – god, AND he wasn’t afraid to make a clown of himself only to make his beloved happy. So please, give me Cameron, anytime.
I loved Milly from the beginning, with her pink dress, pink sparkly Converses and ability to make herself dirty in every situation. I also absolutely loved to read about her job and the passion she performed it with, she was the right girl on the right place, and a girl with morals, really. Even if she was so serious about her job, she was still a little girl at heart and a little Disney obsessive, which I find adorable. Also, even if she was having her head in the clouds, she was also very down – to – earth, and I loved her enthusiasm. I think there is a little princes in every girl and even adult woman, and Milly wasn’t afraid to show this – way to go, Milly!
Also, the village and the villagers were Hilarious. Yes, with capital H. Starting with their Oogie chanting and ending with their Summer Play. Abso – bloody – adorable and incredibly entertaining, even if they were a little interfering, nosy and meddling.
Kudos to Holly for creating Olivia as well, ah, what a bad, bad girl she was, and it was really great to have a character that you were supposed to really, truly hate! I could so slap Cameron once or twice when Olivia was concerned, as he hasn’t seen things that were OBVIOUS!!! But I only wanted to say that our Holly can really create brilliant characters that we either love or love to hate.

Also, the way the relationship between Milly and Cameron developed was not only the world – record quick, but so, so sweet…! Not the easiest one, of course, as it was super awkward for Milly especially, as she didn’t want to cross the boundaries, which was not so easy to maintain, of course, but this chemistry between them, this sparkle, when it eventually hit off for me, was brilliantly written and it felt so honest and genuine.

The Disney and fairytale aspect of this story was just adorable, as well as the historical aspect, and the story of Clover Castle, the history of Cameron’s ancestors, was one of the best in the book. When Cameron finally told Milly the story, I had a goose – bumps and I just loved it – yes, I do love a good old fairytale.

„Fairytale Beginnings” made me want to live in a castle with a blue roof and some turrets – oh wait, what am I talking about? – it made me want to live in Clover Castle, period. Holly Martin has again written a brilliant, lovely story that has you hooked from start to the finish, a story full of magic, fantastic characters, beautiful settings and wonderful, new and unique storyline.

And Holly, thank you so much for not forgetting about us in your acknowledgements – you’ve no idea how much it means! TONS! Thank you!

 

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Weekly Wrap Up #24

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Hi guys! How are you all doing on this windy November morning? can you see what I’m seeing? That it’s my 24th Weekly wrap Up??? 6 months??? Hellooooo… Not today, but am so going to summarize it at the end of the year, absolutely! It really helps me to keep a track on all the books, so that you Sam for this brilliant idea :)

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BOOKS I HAVE RECEIVED/BOUGHT THIS WEEK/LAST WEEK

PAPERBACKS:

Sheila Roberts „On Strike for Christmas”

Sheila Roberts „Nine Lives of Christmas”

Sheila Roberts „The Snow Globe”

MJ Summers „Breaking Love”

MJ Summers „Break in Two”

Katie Fforde „A Christmas Feast”

Michele Gorman „The Curvy Girls Club”

 

KINDLE:

Fiona Gibson „How the In – Laws Wrecked  Christmas”

 

BOOKS THAT I READ THIS WEEK

„The Woman Who Stole My Life” - to be reviewed soon

„#Forfeit” - reviewed

„A Proper Family Christmas” - to be reviewed, but loved it, loved it, loved it. Did I say that I loved this book?

„How the In – Laws Wrecked Christmas” - to be reviewed soon

 

 Am reading right now:

„Christmas in the Snow” by Karen Swan and can’t put it down, Karen did it again, just went and wrote the next wonderful book!

„Humbugs and Heartstrings” by Catherine Ferguson

 

I reviewed this week:

Hard Time by Cara McKenna 4/5

Fashionably Yours by Swati Sharma 3/5

One Hundred Christmas Proposals by Holly Martin 5/5

#Forfeit by Caroline Batten 4/5

Mistletoe Mansion by Samantha Tonge 5/5

What a great week! And don’t forget that you can still WIN a copy of „#Forfeit” by Caroline Batten – open worldwide! See you all next week!

 
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Blog Tour: One Hundred Christmas Proposals by Holly Martin / eBook Review

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One Hundred Christmas Proposals by Holly Martin

 

Publisher: Carina UK

Publishing Date: 3rd November 2014

Source:  Received for review from the author – thank you!

Series: 100 Proposals #2

Genre: Literature/ Fiction (Adult), Romance, Chick – Lit

 Buy the Book:Amazon

 

 

 The Blurb:

The eagerly anticipated follow-up to One Hundred Proposals.

If you thought Harry & Suzie’s life couldn’t get anymore sweepingly romantic than Harry asking her to marry him at the end of One Hundred Proposals – think again!

It’s Christmas in a snow-kissed London, and the.PerfectProposal.com have vowed to carry out one hundred proposals in December. No easy task at the best of times – made even more complicated by Harry & Suzie trying to plan their first Christmas and a visit from the dreaded in-laws. But one hundred deliciously Christmassy proposals later they find themselves asking if everything is still perfect in their own relationship….

Welcome back to the divinely warm world of One Hundred Proposals – with a sprinkling of pure, joyful, festive magic.

Have yourself a very merry Christmas indeed with Holly Martin’s Christmas novella.

 

Rating:5/5

 

 Oh guys, let me tell you this, I had no idea that I missed Suzie and Harry so, so much! Reading the book was like seeing my best friends again, I had a feeling that we are seeing each other on the very next day, even if it is already six months after Harry proposed to Suzie. I felt so sad when I finished reading „One Hundred Proposals” as I loved it with all my heart, and I couldn’t hide my excitement when I heard that Holly writes a follow – up.

So, after the very successful trip over the world with the hundred proposals, the business is blossoming and Harry, to keep up the momentum, decides that in December they should feature hundred proposals on their blog. On the one hand Suzie is for this idea, on the other she starts to be a little nervous because Harry doesn’t show any interest in organizing their own wedding. Hello? Harry? You proposed hundred times and now you don’t want to get married? No planning? Then Suzie finds out that Harry is planning something behind her back with Badger and that Jules knows about it! Harry having secrets, making secret phones… Not like him at all, what should this mean? And to top this all, her parents are coming over for Christmas!

Holly can create the most lovable, likeable, warm characters in the world and still they don’t feel too overstated,  too forced. No, they are larger than life, vivid, wonderful people and it’s always a great pleasure to read about them, to follow their adventures. And no matter if those are the main or the sub – characters, each of them get their own personality from the author, such as for example Harry’s friend helping Suzie with the glass – jars and actually saying almost nothing, but I can’t forget him, because he was simply lovely! Adding Suzie’s mother to the story this time Holly also proved that she can write unsympathetic, grim persons as well. Yes, I understand, she’s lost her son and she’s still grieving probably, but why oh why behave so badly towards her closest one?

It was so great to see that Suzie and Harry’s relationship is still going strong, that they adore each other, they are best friends, and the chemistry between them is palpable, the electricity just fizzes off  the pages. It was so lovely to see a couple that understands each other without a word. But even such couples can have a crisis, oh yes, what with Harry behaving so strange, and Suzie starting to doubt that he really wants to marry her.

Of course one of the highlights of the book were Harry’s entries on their blog about the December proposals, every single one ending with „Suzie of course cried buckets”, and it made me so laugh! And again, the originality of those proposals swept me off my feet, they were wonderful, so innovative and so brilliant to read about! And to top it all, written in this great, a little sarcastic but still oh so warm Harry’s style.

I knew from the very first mention what Harry is planning to do, I knew it, I had felt it in my toes, in the end of my hair, in every part of my body, and so what??? So nothing! It didn’t spoil the reading at all, on the opposite, I couldn’t wait to see how Harry organised it, what Suzie reaction is going to be, and yes, it has blew my socks off, because I have never in my life met a guy that was as romantic as Harry! My only „but” would be about the end as it seemed a little too rushed but I can live with it this time :)

Holly Martin did it again. She has written an emotional, lovely novella, in this unique Holly’s style that I so much fell in love with. Her writing style is exceptional, inimitable. It tugs at all the right heart – strings, it’s funny but also sentimental, and is full of Christmas spirit. This short book has it all and even more, and it is incredible that Holly could pack this novella with so many action and feelings. Holly, woman, sit down to writing, as I am already waiting for your next book! And thank you so much for mentioning me in the acknowledgements – you are a star!