Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Blog Tour ~ Review | Summer at Conwenna Cove ~ Darcie Boleyn


Summer at Conwenna Cove
Darcie Boleyn
Canelo
May 2017
Rating: 5/5



          
Eve has a glittering career, a loving husband and a future. But a terrible twist of fate
means she loses it all, and with nowhere left to turn she flees to her Aunt Mary’s
home in Cornwall. The last thing on her mind is romance – until she meets Jack.

Jack has seen the worst things people can do to each other and realised he is better
off alone. He settles in Conwenna Cove, and saves his affections for the rescue dogs
he cares for. But when Eve arrives in the village he can’t deny his attraction to her.

Eve and Jack are both scared to trust, but when they come together it’s impossible
for either to ignore their feelings. Can they put their fears aside and learn to love
again?

Summer at Conwenna Cove is an emotional and heart-warming holiday
read about being brave enough to take a chance on love.

           

When I was asked if I would like to read and review Summer at Conwenna Cove as part of Darcie Boleyn's blog tour, I jumped at the chance.

I've loved Darcie's novels but her first, Wish Upon A Christmas Cake, had something magical about it that I felt her subsequent novels didn't quite have, albeit they were still very enjoyable to read.

Summer at Conwenna Cove however, was demolished in one sitting. Right from the opening page I was gripped into Eve's life and wanted to just keep on reading.

Eve is troubled with guilt over her choices she has made and the stress of a fast paced career as a head teacher is starting to take its toll on her health. With encouragement from her friend and colleague, Amanda, Eve makes the decision to have some time out. After contacting her Aunt Mary, who she has been neglecting for a while, she makes the trip to Cornwall for some well deserved R&R.
Aunt Mary is delighted to have Eve back at Conwenna Cove, but her lodger isn't so sure.

Jack has built Eve up in his head to be some stuck up city girl who can't be bpothered to make time for her aunt, however when Eve arrives he is thrown and surprised not only by hoe fragile Eve is but by the feelings she stirs in the depths of his soul and ones he thought had been locked away for good.
I adored Jack, maybe because I am biased of the Royal Marines anyway, but the way he came across as a gentle giant certainly makes him a contender for 'book boyfriend of the summer' - everyone needs a Jack haha!

It quickly becomes clear that there are feelings between Eve and Jack but both are nursing wounds and with Eve unsure where her future lies, they have to tread carefully.

Darcie's writing style flowed effortlessly, there was an enjoyable cast of characters, setting that make you want to jet off to Cornwall and a story line that was was a mixture of deep feelings and light hearted moments. 
I loved seeing Eve and Jack's relationship form, feeling characters fall in love as you read the words the author has written is one of the joys of romance books, but the supporting characters and their own stories were just as fab to read about.

For me, Summer at Conwenna Cove, had all the magic of Darcie's first story and I feel she is right back at the top of her game. Honestly, I could have read about Eve and Jack for a good few hours longer!


     


Darcie Boleyn


Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. 
She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending
is happy or not. 

Darcie is in possession of an overactive
imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her
childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet
found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far
away. 
She also has reservations about how she’d look in a
gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves
anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially
chocolate. 

Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in
the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can
usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.


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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!