Saturday, 30 July 2016

Blog Tour: Review of The Santiago Sisters by Victoria Fox

The bit on the back...

They should have stayed as one. They couldn’t survive apart.
It was fate, forever destined to come to this: from birth to death, two halves of the same whole.

Twins Calida and Teresita Santiago have never known a world without each other…until Teresita is wrenched from their Argentinian home to be adopted by world-famous actress Simone Geddes.

Now, while Teresita is provided with all that money can buy, Calida must fight her way to the top – her only chance of reuniting with her twin.

But no one can predict the explosive events which will finally bring the Santiago sisters into the spotlight together…

Firstly thank you to Mira for the review copy of title and for asking me to take part in this blog tour! I've been a fan of Victoria's for a while now so I was eager to dive right in to this great summer read.

This book is all about twin sisters Calida and Teresita Santiago. The girls grew up as close as could be until Teresita's view on the world is altered and she starts to seek more from life than what she's always known, taking her far from her home and far from her sister.

The first of four parts of this story starts with the twins as children on their home farm. From there it follows their individual stories as they grow up and apart and as their lives take twists at the hands of both themselves and others. Each part covers a time span of a number of years of the girls' lives and each is interspersed with a scene from the "now". This is where Victoria creates the sense of mystery which will have you hooked from the prologue. Throughout I was never quite sure who the "now" scenes were going to be about or how they were going to come about and it's something that was always in the back of my mind when I was reading. Teresita and Calida's stories interweave more and more the older they get and the number of suspects start to tot up.

Each girl has her own unique story after they separate from each other, having said that though they have a lot of the same traits - strength, stubbornness and a will to succeed to name but a few. Throughout their lives a range of people influence their life and their direction of travel from the glamorous to the reminder of their family upbringing.

One of my favourite things about Victoria's writing is the way she brings her books to life. The vivid descriptions of the settings and the people and the very tangible characters make the book easy to get hooked on and enjoy.

This is the perfect poolside read! Hats off to Victoria because this book is filled with family, romance, heat, glamour and a healthy dose of mystery all rolled into one stunning read.

Follow the rest of the blog tour using #TheSantiagoSisters or @VFoxWrites

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Review of Stripped by Piper Lawson

The bit on the back...

I've been in New York four weeks. I'm behind on the spring line, days from homeless,
and getting sued by the only person in the whole damn city who's seen me naked.

Ava Cameron has stars in her eyes. When the feisty fashion designer moves to NYC after graduation with her best friend, things are finally clicking into place.

Until their new label, Travesty, is under attack. The lawyer leading the charge is the hottest hookup Ava ever had. One she swore she'd never see again.

Nate Townsend might be from the right schools, the right neighborhood and the right family. But under the surface, his scars run deep.

When the society prince and the loud designer come face to face on a case that could decide Ava's future, sparks fly. Nate's not about to let Ava forget she's the only person who knows his secrets. And Ava's walking the line between getting Travesty back on track and being dragged into the gutter by one stubborn young attorney planning to take her down.

If only Nate Townsend didn't make the gutter look so damn good...

Firstly thanks to Victory Editing for the review copy of this title via NetGalley. This is the first novel I've read of Piper's so I was excited to get started.

The story is the 2nd in Piper's Travesty series however, as I've not read this first one and didn't feel like I'd missed anything, you can definitely enjoy this as a standalone. The story is all about Ava and Nate. After meeting in a club in New York neither think they will see the other again but things get all riled up when Ava and Lexi's fashion label is sued.

Having read the blurb I knew I was going to be in for a sparky read with this one. The dynamic between Nate and Ava is strained, intense and feelings definitely linger as emotions get the better of them. Thrown together, or rather against each other, in the law suit the story focuses on the relationship between the characters and how that develops throughout. Quite early on Piper threw an unexpected spanner in the works and I knew then not to expect any parts of the storyline because it wasn't guaranteed I'd be right about it!

True to one of the main themes in the story Piper injects the love of fashion into Ava's narrative and this really comes across well.

If you're a fan of Big Rock and Mister O by Lauren Blakely I think you'll enjoy this. I'll definitely be reading the first book, Schooled, in the future!

Friday, 22 July 2016

Review of Charged by Jay Crownover

The bit on the back...

Avett Walker and Quaid Jackson’s worlds have no reason to collide. Quaid is a high powered criminal attorney as slick as he is handsome, and Avett is a pink-haired troublemaker with a bad attitude and a history of picking the wrong men.

When Avett lands in hot water because of one terrible mistake, the only person who can get her out of it is this insanely sexy lawyer. The last thing she wants to do is rely on someone who thinks of her as nothing more than a nuisance, yet there is something about him that makes her want to convince him to loosen his tie and have a little fun…

They have to figure out a way to get along and keep their hands off each other – because the chemistry between them is beyond charged.

This is the 2nd book in Jay's Saints of Denver which is a spin off of her original Marked Men series. I have loved every book I've read of Jay's so far so you can imagine I had this on pre-order as soon as the link was available. Once again Jay did not disappoint.

The story is all about Avett Walker and Quaid Jackson - both characters we have met before. If you've not read the first book in this series or any in the Marked Men series then not to worry you can definitely enjoy this as a standalone but I would challenge you not to want to read more as soon as you're finished!

Avett Walker is good at one thing - getting herself into trouble. Although this time she's managed to land herself in really deep trouble. Avett's impacted many people's lives and the irresistible Quaid Jackson is set in to be her white knight.

Avett and Quaid are opposites in every way on the outside but on the inside they are kindred spirits. They clash immediately, in part due to Avett's inability to hold onto a good opportunity, and that angsty intensity stays between them throughout. Avett awakens something real in Quaid that goes against everything he's been working for in his life. The progression of the characters from start to finish puts me in mind of the progression of Rule from the eponymous first novel in the Marked Men series.

This book runs parallel to the first book in the series which was quite weird at first however I soon recognised scenes from the first novel albeit from a different character's perspective. The novel is packed with intense passion, emotions and adrenaline inducing action. I didn't expect the story to take the turn that it did and there is certainly an element of danger prevalent throughout the storyline.

Jay has done it again, this is another great story to add to an already impressive collection. I cannot wait to see what's next in this series!

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Blog Tour: One Last Summer at Hideaway Bay by Zoe Cook

Firstly, happy publication day to Zoe! I am kicking off the blog tour for her debut novel, One Last Summer at Hideaway Bay, set in Cornwall. Read on to find out more about the book and for Zoe's guest post on her "perfect" 24 hours in Cornwall.

The bit on the back...

Lucy, hi. It’s Tom. How are you? It’s been a while. I’ve been meaning to get in touch but it’s hard to know how to after so much time. I hear you’re doing really well up there. I knew you would be. 

You should come here, you know, back to Hideaway bay. Come and see everyone, see how little it’s all changed. Feel the sand between your toes, the Cornish sea breeze on your face. When the sun hits the surf in that way it does, it’s as magical as ever. 

That’s why I’m writing to you, actually. I want to get the gang back together again, one last time before…well…just one last time. You should come too. The four of us, a summer on the beach, like old times. We all want you here for it. I want you here for it. It’s been so long since I saw you. 

I still think about you. 


24 hours in North Cornwall

Any day in Cornwall should start with breakfast with a view. As this is my fantasy 24 hours I’d be waking up in the gorgeous St Enodoc Hotel in Rock, and tucking into kedgeree on the terrace overlooking the estuary, washed down with plenty of coffee.

From here there’s a cliff path walk past sweeping beaches and endless sea views, all the way to Polzeath, my favourite Cornish beach. There’s time to grab a quick coffee here from Cone Zone, right on the edge of the sand, and to watch the surfers doing their thing. There’s also a great branch of Ann’s Cottage surf shop in Polzeath, perfect for a bit of retail therapy – or the ideal place to buy a wetsuit and body board if it’s too hot to resist getting into the water.

After getting salty in the surf and drying off on the golden sand, it’s time to head to Padstow for lunch. A ferry runs from Rock to Padstow, and there’s nothing quite like the sea breeze on your face as the nippy boat chops across the water at surprising speed. Padstow gets a bit of a bad rep with some for being too touristy, and there’s no escaping the fact that it is a tourist haven, but for good reason. It’s not somewhere I’d come to spend a whole day, and the prospect of trying to park in the town on a hot summer’s day is enough to fill any Cornish person with dread, but I find myself drawn back to Padstow time and time again for one very good reason – Rick Stein’s fish and chips.

For a long time I’d say I didn’t even like fish and chips, until I discovered Rick Stein’s harbour-side takeaway in Padstow. The beef dripping chips, and the piping hot fish fried to order is a whole different ball game from the paltry offerings on most high streets. So I’d always include a trip to Padstow for the food alone, and if, by some miracle, you aren’t too full after lunch, there is a fudge shop tucked away in the town called Buttermilk whose traditional Cornish fudge is absolutely divine, and worth stocking up on (if you’re a better person than me and can resist devouring the whole lot in one go despite the very best intentions).

As a girl who’s fond of shopping I’d probably find myself in Wadebridge after a trip to Padstow, it’s got a few lovely boutiques, and very importantly, an amazing wine shop where you can buy Camel Valley fizz – a local sparkling wine which smashes champagne out the park in international competitions. The Glasshouse is a great spot to grab afternoon tea (or wine, if you’re me), while people-watching in the sunshine.

There’s still time for a final beach walk and a trip to the dunes of Daymer Bay to breathe in the sea air and soak up the scenery. The beaches in North Cornwall never fail to take my breath away. Daymer in particular almost never feels busy, and has its own unique charm nestled between the busier, more touristy, spots, attracting lots of dog walkers, windsurfers and locals. I never want to rush too much in Cornwall, it’s the kind of place that forces you to take your time and enjoy a slower pace of life. When a Cornishman tells you they’ll do something ‘drekkly’ (directly) that could mean they’ll do it anytime from now to next week, there’s just not that rush down here to get everything done in double time. It’s a nice reminder not to race through each day without stopping to breathe and look around.

Cornish evenings are a special time, when the heat of the day has peaked and the sun starts to soften in the sky, the bars start to fill and the shops bustle with people buying food to barbecue. There are few things I like more than being on the beach for these hours, ideally with a handsome companion to talk about hopes and dreams for the future (if my husband’s reading this, don’t worry, I mean you). Then a revitalising shower back at the hotel and off for dinner looking fabulous (well, this is my fantasy). The Michelin starred chef Nathan Outlaw’s latest venture, The Mariner’s in Rock looks like my kind of place, with laid back local food and a great wine list. I’d watch the sunset, glass of Camel Valley in hand, and toast a perfect day in my favourite place on earth. 

About Zoe

I grew up by the sea in Cornwall, spending my summers on the beach. I left to study History at Oxford University, before starting a career in television during which I was lucky enough to travel the world interviewing incredible authors for the Richard & Judy Book Club. Fast forward ten years I’m now married to a lovely man called James and have a daughter who keeps us on our toes. Oh, and a very furry cat called Bobby.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Review of Plumberry School of Comfort Food Part 1 by Cathy Bramley

The bit on the back...

Verity Bloom hasn't been interested in cooking anything more complicated than the perfect fish finger sandwich, ever since she lost her best friend and baking companion two years ago.

But an opportunity to help a friend is about to land her right back in the heart of the kitchen! The Plumberry School of Comfort Food is due to open in a few weeks’ time and has rather gone off the boil. It needs the kind of great ideas that only Verity could cook up . . .

But as Verity tries to balance stirring up publicity, keeping their top chef sweet and soothing her aching heart, will her move to Plumberry prove to be a sheer delight . . . or a recipe for disaster?

Firstly, thank you to Transworld for the review copy of this title provided via NetGalley. I think this is one of my most highly anticipated releases from Cathy as I absolutely loved the premise for this. I love watching GBBO every summer so loved the cookery school idea with all it's different classes!

The first part of this story is all about the lead up to the cookery school opening and that in itself is inherently littered with hilarious moments as Verity and the gang try to get everything organised against what seems the strongest will of the world!

Cathy's writing is very easy to get swept up in. It was easy to imagine the cookery school and how all of the classes are shaping up. I'd love to visit myself so I can see how the school will be a hit. As I said it's not without its trials and throughout Verity is tested which brings her out of her shell. Verity has suffered some heartbreak and loss in her life and Plumberry is just the thing to put some pep back in her step.

The story goes from laugh out loud to wrought with emotions and is the perfect start to what is shaping up to be another great story from Cathy. The full length novel is on sale now so make sure you check it out!

Monday, 18 July 2016

One Hot Summer by Kat French - Chapter 1!

Today I'm sharing the first chapter in one of THE hottest books of the summer. If you've not heard about this book what rock have you been living under? This is perfect for fans of Nashville, fans of hot rockstars, fans of hot cowboys and basically fans of everything you need for a sizzling summer read! I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. Here's the first chapter!


The Daily Mirror headline that morning:
Spotted! It looks like the sexy on-screen romance between married TV star Brad McBride and his sexy co-star Felicity Shaw has spilled over into reality, if our sensational pictures are anything to go by. Shots of the couple smooching in a booth at The Roof Gardens emerged this morning, along with further images of a distinctly sheepish McBride leaving Shaw’s London flat in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

‘They couldn’t keep their hands off each other in the club, they didn’t seem to care who saw them,’ one reveller, who didn’t wish to be named, told the Mirror. ‘I saw them leave in a cab just after midnight; from the way they were going at it in the club, I bet that cabbie had an eye full!’
Representatives for both McBride and Shaw have so far declined comment.

Alice, it’s not what it looks like. I can explain.’
Alice slowly lifted her eyes from the salacious images splashed across the morning papers to the man standing in front of her with his hands spread wide, his eyes saying the opposite of his mouth. Brad McBride. He’d been a burn-your-fingers hotstruggling actor when she’d met and married him more than half a decade ago. All that had changed when he landed a role in a new cop drama that had caused a sensation on both sides of the pond, catapulting him straight from struggling-actor status to celebrity darling, and from Alice’s darling into the arms of his leading lady, if the papers were to be believed.
It was pretty tricky not to believe them, truth told. There weren’t many conclusions to draw from the photos of Brad and Felicity Shaw besides the glaringly obvious ones. Brad could always have been inspecting Felicity’s tonsils with his tongue in a purely platonic way, or maybe she was sitting in his lap with her dress around her thighs because her legs had suddenly stopped working, and there was always the outside chance that he’d been caught leaving her bijou townhouse looking rumpled at dawn because his car had mysteriously broken down right outside on the night of the infamous New Year cab strike that never was. That would be the same night three days ago, the very same one that Brad had called her on to say that he couldn’t make it back for the weekend as early as planned because filming had run over schedule. It had surprised her that they’d filmed during New Year week, but Alice hadn’t made a fuss. She’d had to get used to her husband being public property since he’d been catapulted into stardom, and as his wife she’d quickly had to get used to being photographed for publicity and showbiz events. She didn’t enjoy it but knew Brad needed her to smile for the cameras, and she’d be forever thankful that it had allowed them to buy Borne Manor, the Shropshire country pad of their dreams. Or Alice’s dreams, in any case. Brad had liked the place well enough, but London was calling for him in a way it just wasn’t for Alice. It seemed simple enough – they’d keep their London flat as a base and buy the Shropshire house as their long-term family home. Except there was no family as yet, and it seemed from the photographs that Brad had decided that life with Alice wasn’t quite bright lights, big city enough for him any longer. Folding her arms wearily, she looked her husband in the eyes.
‘Go on then.’
His eyes narrowed. ‘Go on then what?’
Pack your case and leave. ‘Explain,’ she said. ‘You said you could explain the pictures.’ Alice glanced down at the news­paper on the table. ‘I’m listening.’
She wrapped her dressing gown closer around her as she slid into one of the dining chairs, weary already even though it was barely eight a.m. The expensive dove grey cashmere robe had been a Christmas surprise from Brad just a week or two ago. Alice found herself wondering if Felicity Shaw was at that very moment wearing the same thing. Her husband was big on efficiency; she could well imagine him doubling up on identical presents.
Brad paused, tongue tied and uncertain.
‘Erm, well . . .’ He shoved his hands through his dark hair and then scrubbed his palms over his cheeks, unable to meet her eyes head on. If she’d have been looking for classic signs of lying, the red flags were all there. Touching his face and covering his mouth, rapid eye movement, shallow breathing beneath his expensive shirt. It was a poor show for an actor, really, Alice thought, detaching herself mentally from the situation for self-preservation purposes. She watched him wriggle on the hook, slippery, trying any which way to get himself off it. She wasn’t going to help him. She couldn’t. All of her efforts were concentrated on holding herself still in the chair rather than flying across the room and tearing his face off.
Alice, I’m so sorry,’ he said, suddenly urgent, crossing the room and pulling out the chair beside hers. He sat facing her, his kneecaps against hers, close enough for Alice to smell the familiar scent of his favourite shower gel. ‘It was nothing. She doesn’t mean anything to me.’
Alice looked down at his strong, tanned hands as they closed over her clasped ones in her lap. Hands that wore the wedding ring she’d placed there, hands that she’d trusted to hold her heart safely, hands that had held another woman when they should have been holding her. She didn’t say anything. It’s difficult to speak when your heart suddenly fragments into a million pieces. She could feel it splintering, and it physically hurt all the way from her scalp to her toes.
‘It was one night, baby, a stupid, stupid mistake.’
His words washed over her skin, scalding, not in the least bit soothing. Did he imagine that it would be less of a betrayal if he said it had only happened once? Which it hadn’t, of course. Lots of little things had happened over the last few months that hadn’t quite added up, a dinner receipt here, an inconsistency in Brad’s recollections there, and each time Alice had allowed herself to sweep it under the carpet, or had at least looked for innocent explanations instead of jumping to the worst-case scenario. This though . . . these pictures . . . there wasn’t a best-case scenario to find here, only the ugly truth of deception and infidelity. Those warning signs did nothing to deaden the blow of evidence; hard facts turned out to be a lot harder to swallow than suspicion. Dread prickled cold and clammy beneath her skin and her morning coffee rose bitter in her throat. She knew that what she said next mattered. Go, or don’t go.
‘Tell me what I can do, Alice. I need to make this right again.’ Brad squeezed her hands. ‘You name it and I’ll do it.’
Was it really her responsibility to tell him how to right his wrongs? And why did he assume there was something he could do to balance the scorecard again? Even so, finding the strength required to say the things she needed to say next was the most difficult thing she’d ever done.
‘There’s only one thing you can do now, Brad. Pack a case. Leave.’
‘No! I won’t.’ Urgent desperation thickened his voice. ‘Alice, please, we can work through this. I love you, and I know you love me.’ He gripped her hands tighter still. ‘Our marriage is worth that, surely?’
Oh, he had no idea how badly he’d just screwed up. She nodded, digesting his words slowly, fury heating her blood.
‘You didn’t think it valuable enough to stop you screwing Felicity Shaw, yet I’m supposed to think it’s worth fighting for. Is that what you’re saying?’
She lifted her eyes to his and watched him scrabble for the right words when there weren’t any.
‘That isn’t what I meant,’ he said quietly. His phone buzzed in the pocket of his jeans. They both glanced down, knowing in her eyes, guilt in his.

‘You better get that,’ Alice said, keeping her voice even as she stood, scraping her chair back on the flagstones. ‘I’ll go and find you a suitcase.’

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Blog Tour - Review of Learning to Speak American by Colette Dartford

The bit on the back...

Having suffered in silence since the tragic death of their young daughter, Lola and Duncan Drummond's last chance to rediscover their love for one another lies in an anniversary holiday to the gorgeous Napa Valley.

Unable to talk about what happened, Duncan reaches out to his wife the only way he knows how - he buys her a derelict house, the restoration of which might just restore their relationship.

As Lola works on the house she begins to realise the liberating power of letting go. But just as she begins to open up, Duncan's life begins to fall apart.

After all the heartbreak, can Lola and Duncan learn to love again?

Firstly, thank you to Twenty7 and Alice for sending me a copy of this lovely book. This is Colette's debut novel and is all about main characters, husband and wife, Lola and Duncan.

Lola and Duncan's lives were turned upside down after the heartbreak of losing their daughter. They're lives were literally torn apart so much so that they are near strangers to each other. Duncan lives his life in London, securing legacy worthy sales and Lola stays in their countryside home looking after their livery yard and battling through grief alone.

One of the many brilliant things about this novel is the depth of emotion Colette achieves throughout. Lola's grief is almost palpable in the beginning of the novel. It's a dark cloud overshadowing everything in her life and her resentment of Duncan is very easy to empathise with. Equally it's easy to see that Duncan is struggling to engage with his wife in this new life post death and at the start of the novel he also will garner your sympathy.

As the story kicks into gear on the couple's anniversary trip to Napa Valley the dynamic between the characters changes. Lola has a new lease on life and in turn everything in Duncan's is falling down round about him. At times I really disliked Duncan and although there is some empathy for the stress he is under his actions are never for the better and at times he is quite pathetic.

Throughout the story will charm you however it will also reduce you to tears on more than one occasion. There will always be a part of me that loves America and everything to do with it so seeing the move through Lola's eyes was right up my street when it comes to imagining someone else's life.

I cannot wait to see what is next from Colette after this stunning and compelling debut. If you haven't already, you can read an article from Colette on the blog about the things she learned while living in America.

Blog Tour Learning to Speak American by Colette Dartford

Today I'm on the blog tour for Colette Dartford's debut novel and she has joined me today to share some of the things she learned living in America. I love this post! Florida is my favourite place to be and I'll be visiting California, where Colette's novel is set, later this year! Over to you Colette...

Things I Learned Living In America

Americans adore British accents, even if they don’t quite understand their rich regional variety. But think about it. Dick Van Dyke’s faux cockney accent in Mary Poppins was copied by Ross in an episode of Friends and Dan Cheadle in Ocean’s Eleven. Many Americans I met were surprised I was British because I didn’t sound like that. I took it as a compliment.

And it’s certainly true that Brits and Americans speak the same language differently. I learned the hard way that vocabulary doesn’t always travel well. Whatever you do, don’t make the same mistake I did and go into a hardware store to buy something to carve a joint on. 

I lived in California and despite its 800 miles of dramatic coastline, glorious sandy beaches and vibrant surfing culture, the Pacific Ocean is so cold you need a wet suit to enjoy it. I learned that the hard way too.

Driving in America is a joy. Most of the roads are long and straight and drivers are generally polite. But as a Brit abroad, there were a few surprises. You can turn right at a red traffic light and instead of roundabouts, American roads have a ‘four-way stop.’ Priority goes to the vehicle stopping first but when two vehicles stop at the same time, you’re supposed to give way to the vehicle on the right. When you approach at the same time as a car coming from the opposite direction, the vehicle that’s turning gives way to the one going straight on. Let’s just say it took me a while to get the hang of that!

And finally, I didn’t realise America still had hundreds of counties where alcohol is prohibited. Luckily for me, Napa Valley isn’t one of them.

Thanks Colette, for sharing this great post! Check back later today to read my review of this beautiful book!

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Review of Sunset in Central Park by Sarah Morgan

Today I'm taking part in the blog tour for Sarah Morgan's latest novel Sunset in Central Park. This is the 2nd novel in her latest series From Manhattan With Love and today is also the publication today so Happy Pub Day Sarah!! You can buy the book here - if you haven't already pre-ordered it!!

The bit on the back...

True love can be hard to find, even when. It’s been right under your nose all along…

After witnessing the fallout of her parent’s divorce, love has never been a priority for garden designer Frankie Fisher. The only man in her life is her friend Matt–but that’s strictly platonic. If only she found it easier to ignore the way he makes her heart race…

Matt Walker has loved Frankie for years but, has always played it cool. Until he uncovers new depths to the girl he’s known forever, and doesn’t want to wait a moment longer.

Matt knows Frankie has secrets and has buried them deep, but can he persuade her to kiss him under the Manhattan sunset?

Firstly thank you to Harlequin for the review copy of this title via NetGalley. Sarah's books are always ones that I look forward to and after LOVING the start of this series (Sleepless in Manhattan - review here) I was desperate to get my hands on this and get started with it. I pretty much dropped everything else I had on and started straight away.

As I said this is the 2nd book in Sarah's From Manhattan with Love series and is all about main characters Frankie and Matt. Both characters take turns with the narrative in this story and I always love reading from Sarah's male MC's POV. It always feels to me like a cheeky glimpse into the male mind and I love the way Sarah writes her guys. Matt is definitely a new book boyfriend to get yourself hung up on!

Frankie's always been on her guard around guys and with Matt it's always been friends only. As Matt starts to peel layer upon layer away from the barrier around her heart her resolve hangs by a thread. I love that the characters have been friends before taking a step further in their relationship. It's such a good basis for the story here particularly because Matt already knows Frankie's complicated upbringing and understands some of her insecurities. Matt seems like such a genuinely great guy and that is displayed many times throughout the novel. For all Frankie is guarded with her heart, she is very kind and loving towards her friends. Her and Matt are similar in this respect and it's one of the many things they have in common.

There are so many things to love about this series but in this book in particular the characters take a visit back to Puffin Island. If you've read any of Sarah's previous series, eponymously named the Puffin Island series, you will be glad to get back to the island and have a quick catch up with some of the main characters from the series.

If you're new to Sarah's books then where have you been?! Seriously though if you've never read her books I recommend you start with the Snow Crystal Trilogy then hit the Puffin Island series before starting From Manhattan with Love, simply because you will absolutely fall head over heels for Sarah's writing, her dreamy romance and her book boyfriends. So much so you will be chomping at the bit, much like me, for the 3rd and final instalment which will be out later this year.

Sarah Morgan writes warm contemporary women’s fiction with her trademark humour which has gained her fans across the globe. Sarah lives near London with her husband and children, and when she isn’t reading or writing she loves being outdoors, preferably on holiday so she can forget the house needs tidying. You can visit Sarah online at, on Facebook at and on Twitter @SarahMorgan_

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Monday, 11 July 2016

Author Feature - Amanda Prowse - A Writer's Dozen

You might have caught Amanda on The Wright Stuff this morning and now you can catch up with her on Erin's Choice! Amanda is well loved in the book lovers circles and today she's talking about her 12th novel My Husband's Wife! Over to you Amanda...

A Writer's Dozen

The last four years has been a fairy story for me.  Since being a small child I’ve been an avid reader but never thought in a million years that it was possible for an ordinary wife and mum like me to write a book and get it published, that felt like the kind of thing that happens to other people. 

After my cancer diagnosis, I decided that this was my one time around the block and asked myself the question what did I really want to do with it?  And the answer was that I wanted to write stories.
I wrote my first book Poppy Day based on what I knew, the life of an Army wife who lived in fear of getting the knock on the door that we all dread.  Poppy, my heroine, was an ordinary girl living in an ordinary house, with her ordinary family - it wasn’t too much of a stretch for me!  But what I hadn’t banked on was the effect a girl like Poppy would have on the women who read her story.

The letters and messages began to pour in, readers telling me that they saw so much of themselves in her life and her story.  Very often it was the ordinary things, the guilt she felt, the worry and how she took joy in the small things.

As this novel took off and was more successful than I had ever imagined possible, I realised that this was my gift; to write about the ordinary, to write about relatable women in situations that we have all found ourselves. 

When I look at my bookshelf and see a dozen novels or more in several different languages, all with the name Amanda Prowse on the spine it is real ‘pinch me’ stuff.  Who knew that my tales of racism, domestic violence, post natal depression and yes, even cancer would be the thing that women like me wanted to read about.

I travel the world and meet people who have read my stories women as far apart as the United States, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, women who have very different lives and very different experiences and yet we are all bound together by nothing more than a story that germinated in my mind.  If that’s not magic I don’t know what is.

People ask me if I worry about getting writer’s block but I am so lucky in that I already have more books in my head and started in various files than I could ever complete in this lifetime.  I never realised that being able to write quickly would be a useful skill but clearly for me it has been the best thing ever. 

I will always be a mum, a wife, a daughter and sister first and can very often be found hot-footing it from a TV studio to Tesco’s to pick up something for tea and its this normality is the thing that keeps providing me with fuel for my stories

I am very excited about the books I have coming out at the end the of the year and the beginning of 2017 and I just hope that my readers love them as much as I do, because without anyone reading my books it would be a very solitary existence. 

Amanda's 12th novel My Husband's Wife will be released on the 14th of July

The bit on the back,..

Once a week, Rosie Tipcott counts her blessings. She goes to sit on her favourite bench overlooking Woolacombe and thanks her lucky stars for her wonderful husband, her mischievous young daughters, and her neat little house by the sea. She vows to dedicate every waking hour to making her family happy.

But life doesn’t always work out as we would want it to and when Rosie is on the receiving end of some unexpected and unwelcome news, it sets in motion a chain of events that she never would have thought possible and forces her to re-evaluate her life and everything that she thought she knew. 

Read Rosie’s story in ‘My Husband’s Wife’ to follow how this ordinary wife and mother reacts when her world falls apart.  Can she overcome the situation and get her life back on track?

About Amanda

Amanda Prowse is the bestselling author of contemporary family fiction and has written twelve books and six novellas that have been translated into dozens of languages all around the world.

Her titles include ‘What Have I Done?’ which was voted an Amazon Kindle editor’s book of 2013 and ‘A Mother’s Story’ that received the accolade of being the best family fiction novel by the Daily Mail.  It also won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the Year 2015.

Her summer book of last year earned a place in the Amazon hall of fame and was also selected as a prestigious World Book Night title 2016 by The Reading Agency who promote and manage the nation’s libraries.

Amanda is a regular panellist on the popular daytime TVshow ‘The Wright Stuff’ and co-hosts the BBC Radio book club in Bristol in addition to narrating most of her own audio books.

Amanda lives with her husband and two sons in the West Country, where she writes full-time.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Book News - Searching for Harmony by Kelly Elliot

The bit on the back...

Firefighter and first responder Preston Ward thought he had grown immune to the job’s emotional burns. But when he goes out on a particularly tragic call, he realizes that some scenes are too devastating to forget. And yet, if it weren’t for that terrible night, he never would have met the woman who makes him want to risk his heart.
More than once, Harmony Banks has watched her perfectly ordered world torn apart by fate. Now she’s finding out that what she lost wasn’t as perfect as she thought—and it’s tearing her apart. The only thing that keeps her going is the kindness of a stranger: the firefighter who saved her life the night everything changed.
Preston isn’t like the men who have come before. For one thing, he’s far more genuine. And the love Harmony feels growing between them is almost too intense for her wounded soul. But if she and Preston can push past heartbreak, they’ll find that something incredible awaits in each other’s arms.

Release Date: 12th July

Publisher: Love Swept