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One Christmas Star by Mandy Baggot- review

44105905._SY475_.jpgEmily is a teacher of ten years olds, her sex grade is everithing to her. Her flatemate was move out and she is alone. Emily is in charge of the school Christmas show, but she has no musical talent at all or her mother put that thought in her head.

Ray, a celebrity musician, is in every magazine or news but they say bad news about him. His alcohol addiction put an oil on the fire and makes the others to think that everything is true.

Somehow he is ended up in the school shed and meets Emily and her pupils snapping pictures of him drunk and lost. That is not how he supose to deal with his problem.

Emily is a modest woman, I imagined her like a teacher as she is. She is put in charge of the show but she couldn’t believe that.

“At the forefront. What did that mean? Emily needed quick clarification.”

The story is heart warming, funny and romantic.

‘No one got a photo of that. Which is a shame, because that’s the sort of good news story you need. I mean, imagine you on Loose Women then, photos of you cradling Sonic playing on a loop to some sentimental music.”

There wasn’t anything romantic at all but I was melting, it was their first conversation alone.And the allegory with a surfer is so good:

“I don’t believe you,’ Emily said. ‘You and all the British press,’ Ray commented with a sigh. He followed it up with a smile. ‘But I’ve learnt to ride that choppy ocean like the very best surfer. So , put me in the cupboard again, Emily.’

She is proud to be the teacher, she remains me of my teaching carieer and how I miss my classes:

“…just want to say… how proud I am to be the teacher of this year’s Year Six class.’ She drew in a breath. ‘Your children come into my class every day full of enthusiasm and bursting at the seams with excitement for the world. And I know, for us as adults, it’s sometimes…”

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Concerto by Hannah Fielding – review

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Title: Concerto

Author: Hannah Fielding

Genre: Romance, Fiction

Pages:528

Author’s page: http://www.hannahfielding.net

 

My review:

I can’t explain how I felt while reading this book, the book gave me a feeling of comfort like I was in the story being told. “Concerto” is a masterpiece made by Hannah Fielding one of my personal favorite authors.

I was expecting this book to be great, a romantic story between the famous piano player and an ordinary 19-year-old girl named Katerina.

One night Katerina’s life took a turn, that she did not expect, but thankfully it was a good thing. She is young, beautiful and she is a rebel that is working hard on her singing career to one day be an opera singer. the connection and love between them lead to a whole night of love. Umberto is a really famous and successful piano player, he got once in a lifetime chance to gain more popularity. After ten years Katerina and Umberto meet again, but in different situations and more secrets. Will they get back together or continue what they were doing these last 10 years?

There are very interesting facts and legends in this book which I love reading.

“Yes, I remember reading somewhere that remote villa on Lake Como was Rossini’s inspiration for his opera Tancredi. Do you he took only six days to write it? It’s funny but I can almost feel how the place, with all its romance and sadness, influenced his music.”

I also enjoy reading about Lake Como and all those villas around its shore Hannah describes them very well and I have the impression that I have already visited them.

Best quotes:

“There’s nothing like hard work to heal the soul. Often it’s the best therapy.”

“…wine is like rain. When it falls on the dirt or mud, it makes it fouler but when it hits the good soil, it rouses it to beauty and to bloom.”

“His jaw clenched. ‘You are my therapy, don’t you get it? You’ve given sun to my dark days.”

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Four Christmases and Secret by Zara Stoneley -review

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Title: Four Christmases and Secret

Author: Zara Stoneley

Genre: Romantic comedy, Fiction

Blog Tour: Rachel Random Resources

 

 

 

My review:

Christmas season is starting earlier this year at least with reading. I am glad that I read this book because even if the life strikes I not give him to beat me.

The book is about Daisy and her Christmas parties at Uncle Terence’s home. She is eighteen and all she can hardly wait to go to university, and not be embarrassed by her parents in front of Ollie, a young boy who she likes.

“I love my parents to bits, I sometimes even like them, but I cannot wait to go to university. My own place, nobody watching my every move and I will be able to snog who I like, when I like, where I like. I will be able to leave crumbs in my bed, read until 4 a.m., spend the weekend in my pyjamas.”

I would like that too!

After three years Daisy goes to university but still she is back with her friend and flatmate Frankie and she still competing against Ollie.

“Anyway, unfortunately, I am not exactly an overachiever on the career front (unlike Ollie Cartwright…) do not yet own “property” (unlike Ollie), and I am total disappointment on the getting hitched and producing offspring sine (Ollie hasn’t done that either) so Mom struggles, over exaggerates or makes things up.”

At the Christmas party Daisy arrives with Frankie and her dog without boyfriend. Ollie is there too, super successful.

This book is hilarious and interesting. I was intrigued how Daisy and Ollie will act apart from all those things that her mother said. It was funny.

I like Daisy a lot especially how she is dealing with her mother’s jokes about her been in love with Ollie. Sometimes I felt sorry for her, but still I enjoy reading about her.

I love reading books that are Christmas related and warmly recommend it for this part of the year.

 

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The Christmas Calendar Girls by Samantha Tonge – cover reveal

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The Christmas Calendar Girls

This Christmas fall in love with the town of Chesterwood…

Christmas is meant to be a time of giving, so with Chesterwood food bank under risk of closure Fern knows just what to do to save it. She’s going to get the town to create a living advent calendar.

Fern, and her best friends, call for help from the local community to bring this calendar to life. When Kit, the new man in town, offers his assistance Fern’s heart can’t help but skip a beat (or two).

As they grow ever closer, Fern must admit that Kit’s breaking down the barriers she built after the death of her husband. But his past is holding him back and Fern doesn’t know how to reach him. No matter how hard she tries.

In this town, Kit’s not the only one with secrets. Domestic goddess Cara is behaving oddly, burning meals in the oven and clothes whilst ironing, and Davina’s perfect children are causing trouble at school leaving her son, Jasper, desperately unhappy.

Can the Christmas Calendar Girls find a way to bring the community together in time to save the food bank, while still supporting their families and each other? Can Fern find love again with Kit?

This is a story about kindness and letting go of the past. It’s about looking out for your neighbours and about making every day feel like Christmas.

Pre-order Links – 

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YAAmUI  

Google Play: https://bit.ly/2YBNoBH 

Kobo: https://bit.ly/2SUjoPS 

iBooks: https://apple.co/2YwUjfd 

 

Publication Date: 3rd October 2019

Author Bio 

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Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.
When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines. 
She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency. In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category. In 2018 Forgive Me Not, heralded a new direction into darker women’s fiction with publisher Canelo. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association romantic comedy award. 

Social Media Links – 

http://samanthatonge.co.uk/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamTongeWriter
Instagram: @samanthatongeauthor 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaTongeAuthor

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I Will Follow Him by Holly Tierney- Bedford – review + book tour

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Title: I will Follow Him

Author: Holly Tierney- Bedford

Genre: Romantic comedy, Fiction

Pages: 141

 

 

 

My review:

I accepted this novella because of the genre first of all, than I love this gorgeous cover and this part of the year is perfect for that kind of books. This book is small but entertaining and easy to read. I will follow him is part of the series a novellas written by different authors.

The book is settled on a cruise ship. I enjoyed reading about a private investigator Francie how is on her mission to spy Evan. Danielle Evan’s fiancee is hired her to spy him on his bachelor party. So, she is trying to do her job but something gets on her way, maybe love is happening.

I like Francie she is kind, likable and sweet. She is one memorable character.

I recommend this novella for this summer period especially to be read on the beach.

 

 

 

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Dying to Meet You by Rich Amoi – review blog tour

Elizabeth is in her fifties, single woman who has two divorces. From family members she has only her brother Josh. She over thinking for everything, but one day she got lottery.

OMG I laughed a lot at first sentence:”Google told me I was forty-five times more likely to die from flesh-eating bacteria than win the lottery… ”

Dolly the Liz’s neighbor made laugh: “You have spiders in that bush. Did you know that? I’m allergic to spider bites, for goodness sake. If I die, it’ll be on your conscience.” LOL when she spy Liz and that was her excuse.

I enjoy in every single word with laughter, joy, I cry and feel compassion.

Liz is an hilarious, a compassionate and good person she wins a lottery but life is kind with her after that. I like her a lot she is seams very similar to me. I totally understand her humor and her punic “attacks” about everything . Besides she is control freak as me even her food must be researched: “I couldn’t believe I had to ask. I had always researched food and knew ahead of time all the ingredients, so I knew what I was getting myself into.”

Rich Amoi one more time shows that is one of my favorite authors. I enjoy reading this book filled with laughter, lots of love, compassion and pure joy in reading even in the sad moments.

 

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A Little Hotel in Cornwall by Laura Briggs- review, blog tour

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Title: A Little Hotel in Cornwall

Author: Laura Briggs

Genre: Chick Lit

Pages: 117 (I read Kindle edition)

 

 

 

My review:

Maisie quits her job as a waitress in one Mexican restaurant to be part of an exclusive writer’s mentorship program. She wants to be a published writer. The program seems to the right thing for the aspiring writer like Maisie, but she is not one of the chosen participants. Now what? What she can do her dreams are broken and she is jobless? The restaurant is full, an owner doesn’t need staff and she can’t go back there.

I totally related to Maisie, because I am trying to find a publisher for my second novel and it is bloody hard. The author well describes the aspiring writer’s dream after writing and finding the publisher.

“You’re very talented,” he said.

“With work, you can become a good writer, I have no doubt. You’re just a bit … unusual.”

 “In what way?”

 “In ideas. In writing style … too many elements to define, really,” said Scott, waving aside his attempt at this point. “Of everyone in the class, you were the one who was … well, ‘all over the place’ in terms of the story you were telling. Are you a dramatist? A romanticist? A historical writer?”

I love Maisie and her ability to endure trying to find a way to catch her dream. She is affectionate and ambitious which I like the most. Her will to help everyone is great but the situations hilarious.

“Forgive me, miss, but are you part of the hotel staff?” A little elderly woman who looked as frail as an eggshell was at my elbow, plucking it with trembling fingers. “I am,” I said, putting on my nicest smile. “Do you need something?” “Yes. Yes indeed. You see, my pills — I only have two left. The chemist’s shop in the village has my new bottle. It’s such a terrible inconvenience to ask the hotel, I know … but I really can’t go …” “Of course not,” I said. “The hotel is always happy to run an errand for a guest.”

A Little Hotel in Cornwall

Struggling American waitress and aspiring novelist Maisie Clark dreams of becoming a full-time writer — even though in real life she’s just lost her chance at an exclusive writer’s mentorship program that would give her novel its big break. Desperate, she decides to take a chance and ask her favourite writer, a celebrated but reclusive English novelist, to help her find a second chance.

When she receives the author’s reply in an envelope with a Cornish postmark, Maisie decides not to take the writer’s half-hearted ‘no’ for an answer. With nothing to lose, she takes off for the author’s last known location, a beautiful hotel on Cornwall’s western coast. But when the hotel mistakes her for the latest applicant for a maid’s position, Maisie finds herself given an opportunity too good to lose … and a chance for a summer adventure far bigger than she ever imagined.

Surrounded by breathtaking Cornwall and working in an elegant hotel, Maisie’s world becomes one of secret identities, quirky friends, and unintentional mishaps — and despite reminders of past relationship disasters, a certain handsome, charming local resident Sidney Daniels has her conflicted about her heart’s desires, too.

Will Maisie find the chance she’s been waiting for — and a possible new romance — in her perfect Cornish summer?

Purchase Link: http://smarturl.it/alittlehotelbook1

Author Bio –

Laura Briggs is the author of several chick lit and romance stories, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.

Social Media Links :

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaperDollWrites

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/authorlaurabriggs/

 

 

 

 

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The Start of Something Wonderful by Jane Lambert- review, blog tour

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Title: The Start of Something Wonderful

Author: Jane Lambert

Pages: 364 (audiobook)

 

 

My review:

The Start for Something Wonderful was a great journey and experience for me because it was one of a few audiobooks that I ever listen to. I spent nine hours listening to a pleasant narrator’s voice and enjoyed the story. This past period was very busy and confusing for me so it helped that the book was audio format so I did whole domestic work while I listen and went at work safe and sound.

The story is about Emily forty years old stewardess who decides to give resignation to have more time with her boyfriend. They live together and she has everything which one woman could wish for a pilot man beside her, she travels to every exotic place on Earth and wears designer’s wardrobe. Has she?

Right after he broke up with her she quits her job and she becomes jobless and homeless. Emily is desperate and desperate times call desperate measures. She chooses to follow her dream to become an actress. Subsequent to that the story gets better and better.

I am grateful because I have a chance to read this book in such a busy period for me. I easily related to Emily cause I am in my early forty as her, also I give resignation and find another job and have to learn everything from the beginning as Emily. The other thing that keeps me listening till the end is the captivating and funny story. Sometimes I hope that my life is funny as Emily’s and I could laugh to my defeats as I did on Emily’s.

Emily is funny and caring but a very insistent person, I like how she deals with the situation and how persistent she is. In those acting classes, her thoughts seem so important and loud in my mind.

The writing style gives the right way to this story especially Emily’s path through her new career really gives the sense of chick lit story.

 

The Start of Something Wonderful
It’s never too late to follow your dreams….
Forty-year-old air stewardess Emily Forsyth thought she had everything a woman could wish for: a
glamorous, jet-set lifestyle, a designer wardrobe and a dishy pilot boyfriend. Until he breaks up with
her…
Catapulted into a midlife crisis she wishes she’d had earlier, she decides to turn her life upside down,
quitting her job and instead beginning to chase her long-held dreams of becoming an actress!
Leaving the skies behind her, Emily heads for the bright lights of London’s West End – but is it too
late to reach for the stars?
Purchase Links:
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Start-of-Something-Wonderful/dp/B07FGWSDBJ
US – https://www.amazon.com/The-Start-of-Something-Wonderful/dp/B07DY8SDPW
Author Bio

Jane taught English in Vienna then traveled the world as cabin crew, before making the
life-changing decision to become an actor and voiceover artist in her mid-thirties. She has appeared
in “Calendar Girls”, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”, “Deathtrap”, and most
recently “True West” in London’s West End. She has recorded audiobooks for BBC AudioGo, Isis
Publishing and HarperCollins. She is currently adapting “The Start of Something Wonderful” into a 6-part comedy drama for TV.

Social Media Links – Twitter: @janelambert22

 

 

 

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A Little Hotel in Cornwall by Laura Briggs- cover reveal

A Little Hotel in Cornwall Cover RevealA Little Hotel in Cornwall

Struggling American waitress and aspiring novelist Maisie Clark dreams of becoming a full-time writer — even though in real life she’s just lost her chance at an exclusive writer’s mentorship program that would give her novel its big break. Desperate, she decides to take a chance and ask her favourite writer, a celebrated but reclusive English novelist, to help her find a second chance. 

When she receives the author’s reply in an envelope with a Cornish postmark, Maisie decides not to take the writer’s half-hearted ‘no’ for an answer. With nothing to lose, she takes off for the author’s last known location, a beautiful hotel on Cornwall’s western coast. But when the hotel mistakes her for the latest applicant for a maid’s position, Maisie finds herself given an opportunity too good to lose … and a chance for a summer adventure far bigger than she ever imagined.

Surrounded by breathtaking Cornwall and working in an elegant hotel, Maisie’s world becomes one of secret identities, quirky friends, and unintentional mishaps — and despite reminders of past relationship disasters, a certain handsome, charming local resident Sidney Daniels has her conflicted about her heart’s desires, too. 

Will Maisie find the chance she’s been waiting for — and a possible new romance — in her perfect Cornish summer?

Here is the gorgeous cover:

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Pre-order Link: http://smarturl.it/alittlehotelbook1

Publication Date – 30th April 2019

Author Bio –

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Laura Briggs is the author of several chick lit and romance stories, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.

 

Social Media Links –

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaperDollWrites

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/authorlaurabriggs/

 

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The Billionaire Looks Back by Christie Logan- book blast

 

The Billionaire Looks Back by Christie Logan

A famous athlete turned billionaire. The woman he loved and left behind. When they meet again, will sparks re-ignite? Or will a long-kept secret tear them apart forever?

Billionaire football star Shawn Canaday may seem like every woman’s dream, but his reappearance in Applewood, New York makes him Marg Hahn’s worst nightmare.

She fell for him once, before fame and ambition became more important to him than love, and she has the evidence to prove it—Lauren, their twenty-four-year-old daughter. Marg soldiered on as a single mother, raising her child on her own while keeping Shawn in the dark. She didn’t want to hold him back from all he hoped to achieve.

Now guilt and a promise to an old friend bring him back to town, where he and Marg reconnect. When they find themselves stranded together, they discover their love never died.

But he still doesn’t know about Lauren. When he learns the truth, will they at last be a family? Or will he turn his back on Marg for good?
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Excerpt

She and Shawn had met the summer between his prep school graduation and his first year of college. He’d already secured his college scholarship and was spending time at home with his parents. Marg had a summer job serving cones, sundaes and milkshakes at the local ice cream stand.
“What are you talking about?” He asked. “I noticed you right away. There you were, all business behind the window, asking to take my order and I blanked. Stood there like a fool, completely forgetting what I wanted.”
“You ordered a large chocolate cone,” Marg answered.
“You remember that? All I remember was how cute you were in your little Dairy Maid outfit, and how much I wanted to get you to go out with me.”
“Oh, that outfit.” She shuddered. “So ugly. I hated it.”
“Nah. You rocked that thing. And I hung around till closing, hoping to talk to you.”
“When you found out I was walking home, you offered to drive me. And I let you. My mom would have killed me if she knew I accepted a ride from a strange boy.” She smiled. “You weren’t exactly a stranger, though.”
“No?”
“No. I knew who you were. You were pretty famous around town. Local hero. Kid from humble means with the whole world in the palm of his hand…” Marg’s voice trailed off.
Where had she heard those words before? Then she remembered. Shawn’s own father had spoken them back in the day.
“Right now Shawn has the whole world in the palm of his hand. How are you going to live with yourself if you take that away from him?”
Shawn didn’t seem to notice she’d drifted off into her thoughts. “I’m glad you took the chance with me. It was a great summer.”
Marg stiffened. A great summer. That’s all it was, for him. A little fling to enjoy, fun while it lasted, easy to forget. She was the only one who had to deal with the consequences.
A chill crept through her. The closeness and camaraderie she’d felt just moments ago drained away, leaving her empty.
He must have picked up on her change of mood. “I’m sorry,” he said. “That was a clumsy way to phrase it.”
“Forget it,” she answered, turning her face away. She stood and descended the stairs. “Have you finished your tea? I’ll take the cups back to the kitchen.”
“Sure.” His voice was tentative, but she refused to look at him. It wasn’t her job to manage his emotions. “I, uh, I wanted to take a look around the basement. I’ll do that now.”
As she rinsed out the cups in the sink, Marg second-guessed herself. Yes, the romance had left her with consequences: Lauren. It had been tough trying to juggle an education, job, and childcare, but she’d managed. And she had a beautiful daughter to love. In the end, Marg knew she was the lucky one.

 

Praise for The Billionaire Looks Back

Clean, heartwarming and heartbreaking, this was a mesmerizing read.

This story had me turning pages, a well-written story that held my interest throughout.

This book has all the classics of a great lost love coming back to find their happy ending.

What a sweet story about second chances.

 

Author Christie Logan
Christie Logan writes sweet romance straight from the heart. She lives in upstate New York with too many pets, too many dust bunnies lurking under the bed, and too many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head. She thinks everyone deserves a happy ending and in her books, everyone gets one.

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