Thursday, 13 April 2017

Blog Tour ~ Review | Spring at Blueberry Bay ~ Holly Martin


Spring at Blueberry Bay
Holly Martin
Bookouture
April 2017
Rating 5/5


             

Welcome to beautiful Hope Island where the sea sparkles, the daffodils are blooming and a blossoming romance is just around the corner…


Bella has always had a sunny outlook and caring nature, despite recently falling on hard times. When she finds a handsome homeless man on her doorstep, her kind heart tells her she must help him. So, she invites Isaac into her cottage and into her life in ways she could never have imagined…

But Isaac is not what he seems. He’s keeping a huge secret from Bella, yet he never expected to fall for this open, generous and charming woman. 

Bella can’t ignore the chemistry between her and Isaac, but she’s had her trust badly broken in her past. Will she run when she learns the truth about Isaac, or will he be the one man who can help Bella believe in love again?

A gorgeously romantic and heartwarming story to completely lose yourself in. Perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan, Jane Costello and Miranda Dickinson. 


             

If I could get away with simply putting "Holly Martin is bloody marvellous" as a review, then I would  - but I don't think that will cut it, haha!

Holly has a wonderful knack of engaging the reader from the opening chapter, giving locations that are picture perfect and characters you instantly love.

I'm positive that Holly's writing and story lines keep getting better and better too - grabbing yourself a copy of Spring at Blueberry Bay will certainly leave you wanting more and is one that definately doesn't disapoint!

Spring at Blueberry Bay is the new book in Holly's latest series about three siblings, and this one is the turn of Bella who has always believed she is unloveable due to her childhood and has therefore built up walls of steel around her heart, so the last thing she expects is to have an instant attraction with Issac.

Issac comes into the story immediately, only doesn't make his real identity known until Bella arrives at his company for a job interview.
Landing the role as Events Manager at Issac's company, he and Bella try to keep a professional relationship but there are lots of heated moments as they start to fall for each other.

Spring at Blueberry Bay has some hilarious, laugh out laugh moments - one of my favourites being the telephone conference - but there were lots of tender and more serious moments, with ups and downs giving a great page turning balance to the book. Ultimately it is a truly romantic story that you can't help but grin at as your reading!

As I find with a lot of Holly's books, the supporting characters played key roles, the bond between Bella and her siblings Eden and Rome was just lovely - I'm very much looking forward to their stories in the coming months.

Spring at Blueberry Bay is gloriously romantic - escapism at its best!

            


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Review | The Last Piece of my Heart ~ Paige Toon


The Last Piece of my Heart
Paige Toon
May 2017
Simon & Schuster
Rating 5/5


               

When life feels like a puzzle, sometimes it's the small pieces that make up the bigger picture... Join Bridget on a journey to put her world back together.

A successful travel journalist, Bridget has ambitions to turn her quirky relationship blog about the missing pieces of her heart into a book. But after a spate of rejections from publishers, she accepts an alternative proposition...

Nicole Dupré died leaving behind a bestselling novel and an incomplete sequel. Tasked with finishing the book, Bridget is thankful to have her foot in the publishing door, even if it means relocating to Cornwall for the summer and answering to Nicole's grieving husband, Charlie...


               

Ive been a massive Paige Toon fan since I first read Thirteen Weddings - which is where I was first introduced to Bridget ( although I believe she can also be found in The Longest Holiday), and I was super excited when I heard that Paige's latest book, The Last Piece of my Heart, would be focused on Bridget and her story - and this book certainly did not disappoint!

Paige has a brilliant way of writing that makes you instantly fall for the characters, as soon as I heart Bridget's occupation as a travel blogger, I was immediately gripped and slightly jealous!!

The Last Piece of my Heart starts off with Bridget in Australia where she bumps in to Elliot, her first love and the first person to steal a piece of her heart. Bridget has this cool idea of wanting to write her own novel about all the ex-boyfriends shes had who have stolen bits of her heart, and plans, to ask them for it back so that she has a complete and whole again heart, ready for her life with Elliot.

However, now back in the UK, Bridget is struggling to get a publishing deal for her book idea when her agent offers her a job as a ghost writer for a sequel to a best selling novel by author Nicki Dupre.
Sadly Nicki passed away before putting pen to paper for book 2, and after reading a copy of the first book, Bridget travels to picturesque Cornwall to meet with Nicki's widow and young daughter - Charlie and April respectively.

Getting the job, Bridget moves to Cornwall for the summer and not only spends the next few weeks sorting out the endless notes that Nicki has made but by also getting closer and closer to Charlie and further away from Elliot - I honestly love books where you can feel the characters falling for each other and this one is no exception - particularly the chapters set in Thailand where the pages literally oozed chemistry!

The Last Piece of my Heart is a wonderful story about love and loss, discovery and adventure. 
Its heartfelt and honest and was, quite simply, a joy to read.

One of the clever highlights for this book, is that effectively you are getting two stories for the price of one - theres Bridget and Charlie's story but there is also clips of Nicki's book and sequel along the way so you get to know that one too.

Although Thirteen Weddings will always hold a special place on my bookcase as the first book read by a new author often do, however I can honestly say that The Last Piece of my Heart is a serious contender for that top spot!


               



Sunday, 19 March 2017

Blog Tour ~ Review and Guest Post | Puzzle Girl ~ Rachael Featherstone

I'm delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Rachael Feathstone's debut novel, Puzzle Girl, with not only a review below but Rachael has also kindly taken the time to provide us with an insight to her reading and writing space,


Puzzle Girl
Rachael Featherstone
Accent Press
March 2017
Rating 4/5


              

Love is a riddle waiting to be solved... 

Clued-up career girl Cassy Brookes has life under control until one disastrous morning changes everything. When she finds herself stuck in a doctor s surgery, a cryptic message left in a crossword magazine sends her on a search to find the mysterious puzzle-man behind it. 

Cassy is soon torn between tracking down her elusive dream guy, and outwitting her nightmare workmate, the devious Martin. Facing a puzzling love-life, will she ever be able to fit the  together and discover the truth behind this enigmatic man?

             

Puzzle Girl is one of them books that comes along and completely takes you by surprise.
The novel starts with an intriguing prologue that sets the story perfectly before really getting in to its groove in the first few chapters.

Cassy has everything planned out and is dedicated to her job, pushing for a promotion she sets out against her competition, Martin. 
Only on the day of her presentation she ends up in the local medical centre where she finds a puzzle book whilst waiting. With all the puzzles filled out, Cassy starts her own leaving some cryptic clues, only to discover that it has been answered and correctly when she goes for a check up.
This starts a mission for her to find 'Puzzle-Man' but faces consequences along the way.

As Cassy's search becomes and obsession she starts to lose sight of what is really important in her life, not forgetting the crazy things she starts to do to beat Martin. It was great to read about a main character eventually realising her mistakes and seeing her turn her life around.

There where some great sub plots within the story, I loved Cassy's best friend Dan who is more like a brother to her. He was straight talking but had his own issues going on that Cassy failed to spot - even when he moved in with her!
The other sub plot was with Cassy's ex, Seph, and her colleague's boyfriend Joey.. I wont say anymore other than I had my suspicions quite early on and I was right! 

One of the things I enjoyed the most about reading Puzzle Girl was the mix up of crosswords, emails and texts that where sporadically placed at the beginning and end of chapters... it gave a fresh look to reading by keeping it interesting.

Overall, Puzzle Girl was a great debut book. It was fast paced, fun and clever with a good cast of characters. The only thing for me that let the book own was that there was no epilogue - if your a follower of my blog and reviews then you will know this is something I enjoy reading as like to see what happens to the characters - or maybe I'm just nosy haha!

         

Guest Post

My Book Corner - Rachael Featherstone

Tell us about your book corner/ writing space
It is probably true of both my “book corner” and my writing space that they are everywhere throughout my house. There are books in every room, we have two large bookcases – one in the hallway and one on the landing and then we have a whole wall of bookcases in our joint study. I love being surrounded by books and I think that is why I can write in any room in the house – it is very inspiring to be surrounded by words. When I’m writing a first draft I tend to mainly write at the dining room table.

Do you have a favourite shelf/collection of books? Or favourite part of your Book Corner?
In the bookcase on the landing I have a shelf which has all my favourite romantic comedy novels and women’s fiction. Sophie Kinsella, Dorothy Koomson, Elizabeth Noble and Cecelia Ahern. These are book I could read again and again.

Do you have any reading/writing habits?
I write in long bursts. Twelve hour plus days in which I can write up to 7,000 words. Then typically the next day, will be a rest day. I like to write a first draft on my laptop and then I print it out and edit by hand. When it comes to reading, it happens in bursts too. Partly because I don’t tend to read whilst I am writing a book so when I am in between drafts I binge read.

How do you keep apart, track and control your TBR to read books?
Very badly and I’m open to advice! I buy a lot of books that I had no intention of buying on random trips to the bookshop. I also buy a lot of kindle books based on recommendations I see on Twitter. So when it comes to deciding which book to read first I never know where to start. I usually select one at random that takes my fancy on that particular day.

Can you provide links to your social media handles please?

Twitter: @WRITERachael

You can also find that characters from my debut novel Puzzle Girl on Twitter too.
Puzzle-girl: @_puzzle_girl
Puzzle-man: @puzzle_man_.