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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – Flying Solo

Flying Solo

by Zoe May

Rachel Watson has it all worked out. By 30, she’s ticked off most of the goals on her Life List. She’s a homeowner, a partner at her law firm, she has a gorgeous boyfriend, lots of hobbies and loads of good friends. The only thing that’s missing is a ring on her finger.

According to her Life List, Rachel should be getting hitched around now, so when her boyfriend, Paul, plans a romantic date, Rachel’s pretty confident he’s going to propose. Except Paul has other ideas. He’s jetting off to India to find himself.

Distraught, Rachel doesn’t know what to do. Not one to easily admit defeat, she embarks on a mission to win him back.

Flying solo to India is definitely not on Rachel’s Life List, but could her trip teach her some unexpected lessons about love, life and herself? Could she realise that perhaps her Life List wasn’t exactly what she wanted, after all?

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B082K48FX8/

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B082K48FX8/

 

Author Bio

Zoe May is an author of romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She worked in journalism and copywriting in London before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe could not resist writing a novel about dating, since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!

Perfect Match was one of Apple’s top-selling books of 2018. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award, with judges describing it as ‘a laugh out loud look at love and self-discovery – fresh and very funny’.

As well as writing, Zoe enjoys walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading! She adores animals and if she’s not taking a photo of a vegan meal, she’s probably tweeting about the dairy industry. She is half Greek and half Irish and can make a mean baklava. Zoe has a thing for horror films, India, swimming, hip hop and Radiohead. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of handbags having spent several years working in fashion copywriting and could probably win Mastermind if this was her specialist subject!

Zoe loves to hear from readers, you can contact her on Twitter and Instagram at: @zoe_writes. Zoe’s Facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/zoemayauthor/

She posts updates and blogs on her website, http://www.zoemayauthor.co.uk

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My Review

Just when I needed a lighthearted, fun book to read, along came Flying Solo. A perfect beach or holiday read.

When lawyer Rachel’s plan to be married by the time she’s 30 still hasn’t come true, it becomes her focus; the only thing missing from her list of goals. So, to be told by her boyfriend Paul that he’s off to India to find himself (when she’s expecting a proposal) brings her dream crashing around her. He’d invited her to a meal at the place where they had their first date and not only does he not remember it in the same way, he can barely look her in the eye.

Stunned by the whole state of affairs, Rachel decides to take matters into her own hands and follow Paul to India, convince him that he’s made a mistake, and win back his heart. (At this point, you kinda wonder whether it’s worth it, but you run with it because this is her story and she has to do what she thinks is right – whether delusional or not)

Arriving in India with her designer wardrobe, Rachel is nothing but hilarious (on her first day, she actually dresses up as Princess Jasmine) It goes to show how deluded she was when the thought of packing for India crossed her mind – assuming it did! Nothing is as she expects, even though she checked out the place online. Poor Rachel is not ready for this, nor did she realise how big the place was, and suddenly the idea of even finding Paul is a remote possibility.

Luckily, Seb is on hand to help out the damsel in distress, and Paul is soon out of mind …until she runs across him, scratchy beard, mini dreadlocks and all with a younger woman in tow. Rachel comes to her senses and realises Paul is not the man for her, and moves on to enjoy her holiday.

A side-story about the owner of the ashram being a scammer inspires Rachel to get involved and prepare to save the day by convincing her boss that this would be a good case to increase the law company’s profile. This gives her purpose once more, and with Seb nearby, life is looking so much better.

With plenty of gorgeous imagery the author creates the perfect atmosphere for Rachel to discover herself and move on from Paul (who proves to be an even bigger jerk later in the story  – she had a lucky escape!)  The activities, the people, the food, the budding romance between Rachel and Seb …all these things make it an easy read, full of fun and humour, and proving the point that the best-laid plans are frequently not the best, in fact they’re barely mediocre …

A most enjoyable story and highly recommended to fans of romantic comedy and chick-lit that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

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Blog Tour ‘n’ Review – A Train from From Penzance to Paris

When Maisie accepts a celebrated author’s invitation to mentor her, she finds herself leaving Cornwall behind on train tracks bound for the glitter city of Paris. Instead of making beds and serving coffee at the Penmarrow hotel in Cornwall, she’s making notes on her manuscript while sitting in a French cafe, meeting famous writers at private dinner parties, and trying to ferret the secrets behind the author’s unfinished future novel. It’s glamorous, it’s breathtaking … but it’s also an ocean channel away from the place that she loves, and, more importantly, the person to whom she just recently confessed her deepest feelings. Separated from Sidney by distance and circumstances, Maisie fears that their connection will be lost despite her words to him – and maybe because of those words, and the ones she didn’t allow him to say in return.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of things in her new life trying to distract her – the professional editor hired to critique her novel, the eager young literary agent who sees pie-in-the-sky potential for Maisie’s talent, but Maisie finds solace in the eclectic group of amateur writers into whose midst she finds herself by accident. Their critique and advice is fast becoming as important as the editors – maybe even more important than the published author Maisie believed held the keys to refining her skill.

But it’s missing Sidney that fills Maisie’s thoughts the most, along with her life back in Port Hewer, and she can’t stop wondering whether his feelings are the same as her own. His unspoken answer has become one of the most important pieces of her life, even as she struggles to match the pace of her new life and keep her dreams in sight. And when she unwittingly becomes privy to a seeming literary conspiracy, she must decide what to do in light of its truth – and decide what’s most important in her quest to become a professional writer.

Join Maisie in a whirlwind tour across two of the world’s greatest cities, filled with questions, dreams, and a chance for fame that she believed far beyond her grasp, as she discovers herself as a writer, and how to embrace an unexpected future on her own terms.

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About the author

Laura Briggs is the bestselling author of multiple lighthearted romance books, including the Amazon UK Top 100’s LATE TO THE WEDDING and the popular A WEDDING IN CORNWALL series.

Since her debut with Pelican Book Group’s inspirational novella ONLY IN NOVELS, she has worked both with publishers and as an independent author, as well as partnering with others writers, including working under a pen name in other genres.

She loves vintage fashion, classic movies, British melodrama, and spending time with her pets.

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My thoughts:

I’ve been playing catch up with this series, and am now fully centred in Maisie’s story. In fact, I could probably use it as my specialist subject on Mastermind right now. Then again, don’t test me; I have the memory of a sieve too 😉 

As always, the beautiful cover drew me in, not to mention the Cornish setting. I may be one of those rare Brits who has never been to Cornwall, but it’s now definitely on my bucket list. 

So, back to the now infamous train ride from Penzance to Paris. Maisie has left the hotel in Cornwall – and Sidney – to follow her dream to be an author. The promise of being mentored by her own favourite author is too strong for her not to take up the offer. At first, she’s uneasy but is soon captivated by the author’s exciting life in Paris, the meeting at the Thinkers Club, the extravagant shopping. It’s all so vitalising, yet still she cannot wait for the time to come when her manuscript is up for scrutiny. 

There are new characters introduced besides the author’s rather eclectic social group, in particular Michael and Arnold who definitely have their own story to tell. 

Beautiful writing that really grounds you in Maisie’s world, an interesting twist at the end that offers up a conundrum: What fate now lies ahead for Maisie with regards to Sidney? Another book is definitely needed 😉 

Take a look at the previous books in The Little Hotel in Cornwall series. I’m sure you’ll agree the covers are stunning, but what awaits you inside will keep you entertained for days. 

Enjoy!

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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – Babe Driven plus a GIVEAWAY!

Babe Driven

Could you ignore the world’s hottest rock stars, if they moved into the villa next door? 

True love, humour and happy-ever-after. A sizzling romance read full of giggles, sunshine and searching for a soul mate in paradise by bestselling author Lizzie Chantree.

Brand new 2019 version!

Driving straight out of trouble and into paradise! A laugh out loud, contemporary romance read full of entrepreneurial women, powerful men and exotic locations.

Harriet’s crazily successful business idea is under serious threat, and the danger seems to be coming from inside her own family. She whisks her sister and her friends away to an exotic location to try and work out whose side they are on. It’s time to start damage limitation.

When the girls arrive at the glorious villa owned by Harriet’s maverick business partner Nikki, they find a gorgeous band and their sexy lead singer Max staying next door, out to entice their new neighbours into all kinds of trouble.

This isn’t a holiday for Harriet and she can’t afford to be distracted. She has to sell her business idea to the powerful resort owner, the elusive Mr Grant, while she is there, or she may not have a business to go back to. Harriet will have to choose between family and friends, business or pleasure. For someone who stays out of the limelight, even though her new company is the hottest ticket in town, she’s going to have to avoid the front pages of every newspaper if she wants to survive the ride!

I love the new cover! Just sayin’ 😉

Purchase Link – https://mybook.to/RomanceReads

Author Bio

Award-winning inventor and author, Lizzie Chantree, started her own business at the age of 18 and became one of Fair Play London and The Patent Office’s British Female Inventors of the Year in 2000. She discovered her love of writing fiction when her children were little and now runs networking hours on social media, where creative businesses, writers, photographers and designers can offer advice and support to each other. She lives with her family on the coast in Essex. Visit her website at www.lizziechantree.com or follow her on Twitter @Lizzie_Chantree
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Giveaway to Win a Lizzie Chantree paperback of your Choice (Open INT).

Choice of books is Babe Driven, Love’s Child, Finding Gina, Ninja School Mum and If you love me, I’m yours. 

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My Review

This is my first Lizzie Chantree book, and now I know what I’ve been missing.

Not only is this a story with a vibrant leading lady, but she (Harry, short for Harriet) has some serious busines smarts as well as being gorgeous. It’s true to say, Harry breaks the mould, and the story is all the richer for it. She is no-one’s arm candy, despite some of the rockstars in the next door villa drooling over her (albeit some with ulterior motives in mind than you might expect).

The story revolves around Harry, who has taken advantage of the use of her friend’s villa while she prepares for a big meeting with the resort owner. Harry’s chauffeur business – Babe Driven – continues to be a success, so much so she needs new investors, and Grant meets her requirements perfectly.

Her companions on the holiday include her sister, Alex, and some of Alex’s friends (the friendliest of the bunch is Mai, the most troubled due to unrequited love is Helen, and the most under-dressed gossipmonger is Lucy) Their storylines certainly add some colour to Harry’s world, and she does wonder why on earth she let Alex invite them. But, the thing is, Harry and Alex haven’t been close for a while, and this break has another purpose in bringing them together again. Yet, the source of their conflict makes things tricky. Alex’s brother, Seb, is not a fan of Harry (slight under exaggeration) and he’s prepared to swoop as low as he can go to ruin her business. Harry wonders whether he might be using Alex to that end, so getting to the truth is not going to be straightforward since Alex is very close to Seb. Although, it may be that the penny is dropping for her too – but will it be enough to win her over to Harry’s side, prove her position regarding the business and rebuild their sisterly relationship?

While the ladies are a motley crew, the rockstars over at the villa are a mixed bag too. Flirting is inevitable, and sometimes much more. The interactions are fun, often hilarious, and sometimes even quite sad.

There’s quite a bit of head-hopping, and with so many characters it can get a bit hectic keeping track, but once I got used to the style of writing it was a fun read all the way. Truly original, larger than life personalities, a clever plot (some creativity with names here 😉 I’ll say no more!) interesting subplots, and believable characters with a real zest for fun.

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Book Review – Probably the Best Kiss in the World

Jen Attison likes her life Just So. But being fished out of a canal in Copenhagen by her knickers is definitely NOT on her to do list.

From cinnamon swirls to a spontaneous night of laughter and fireworks, Jen’s city break with the girls takes a turn for the unexpected because of her gorgeous, mystery rescuer.

Back home, Jen faces a choice. A surprise proposal from her boyfriend, ‘boring’ Robert has offered Jen the safety net she always thought she wanted. But with the memories of her Danish adventure proving hard to forget, maybe it’s time for Jen to stop listening to her head and start following her heart…

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My Review

Probably the best rom-com I’ve read this year!

Just like brewing beer, a good romantic comedy requires a mix of great ingredients. In this case, the author has created probably the perfect blend of characters. (And, yes, I will probably overuse the word probably in this review – but that’s probably a good thing, right?)

So, we have a reluctant leading lady in Jen Attison. As a list-maker myself, I can relate to her organisation prowess, although she definitely has better ‘follow-through’ skills than I do. Jen is – or so she thinks – content with her lot, and would happily continue with her job, her brewing, and her relationship with Robert …unless something out of the blue happens. Luckily for Jen, it does.

Enter our leading man (Move over Robert!) in the form of Yakob (as he is known for most of the book).

While Jen might be sceptical and wary of romance, Yakob most certainly isn’t. He knows when he’s found the one for him. The trouble lies in convincing Jen too. Added to the fact that she is engaged to Robert – and Jen is nothing if not loyal – then any relationship with Yakob is out of the question.

To be honest, sometimes I wanted to scream at Jen, and tell her to put herself first for a change. But there’s no telling some people. Well, unless you have a sister like Lydia. Where Yakob fails to convince Jen of anything, Lydia charges like a bull in a china shop, determined to make her big sister see beyond her so-called duties and responsibilities. You see, Jen feels she has to protect Lydia (for reasons why, you’ll need to read the book 😉 LOL), add that to the fact that she has already accepted Robert’s proposal and couldn’t possibly let him down (cue screaming from me!), and Jen is bogged down by a sense of loyalty and duty. Probably not the most ideal mindset with which to enter into marriage!

Jen digs her heels in (she gives “stubborn” a whole new meaning), a move that threatens her relationship with Lydia – something she could never, ever have foreseen. Could her sense of duty ruin everything? Does she really want to marry Robert? Could she settle for a life without brewing her wonderful, artisan beers?

Jen may well be the main character in this story, but without Lydia, Yakob, and even Robert’s family, she wouldn’t be able to carry the story. She is well meaning, but somewhat smothering towards Lydia; at work, she’s dismissive of her bosses (Robert’s sisters) and a little condescending of their ideas (well, crocheted tampons are real 😉 so maybe they’re not as ridiculous as Jen might think). Yet, despite having control-freak tendencies, she seems to fall apart when Robert maps out their future, one in which her brewing passion is denigrated to hobby status at best. Where did the real Jen go? Well, it took a dip in a canal in Copenhagen to start the process, and a few secrets to railroad it too.

This is a story filled with humour, emotion, travel, drama, and beer. The romance aspect is slow burning in nature, and there are plenty of twists in the tale as the story develops. A great summer read that I’d recommend to rom-com fans who are looking for originality, fun, family, and a HEA – probably!

I received this book from Netgalley, and this review is given voluntarily.

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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay (incl. a giveaway)

Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay

by Nicola May

The cast of the runaway bestseller, The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, are back – including Rosa, Josh, Mary, Jacob, Sheila, new mum Titch and, last but by no means least, Hot, the adorable dachshund.
Newly wed, and with her inherited corner shop successfully up and running, Rosa Smith seems to have all that anyone could wish for. But the course of true love never did run smooth and Rosa’s suspicions that her husband is having an affair have dire consequences.
Reaching rock bottom before she can climb back up to the top, fragile Rosa is forced to face her fears, addiction and jealousy head on.
With a selection of meddling locals still at large, a mystery fire and Titch’s frantic search for the real father of her sick baby, the second book in this enchanting series will take you on a further unpredictable journey of self-discovery.

Purchase links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Meet-Cockleberry-Bay-Nicola-May-ebook/dp/B07QXD334Y

UShttps://www.amazon.com/Meet-Cockleberry-Bay-Nicola-May-ebook/dp/B07QXD334Y

About Nicola May

Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chicklit with a kick.
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My Review

4/5 stars

This was a soap opera in story form – a whirlwind of a read covering many topics: birth, death, drunkards, falling off a cliff, a fire, a clairvoyant, a cheating husband – it all happened here … and more!

Rosa and Josh are now married, but his job in London keeps him away from Cockleberry Bay for much of the week, leaving Rosa to run her corner shop. Being apart does Rosa no favours, and her neuroses are offset by drinking far too much and possibly succumbing to the nefarious intentions of lustful Luke (I say possibly because she has no clue what actually happened). This is a step too far for Josh, who had asked her to stay away from Lucas, and he leaves for London while asking Rosa to get her act together.

I haven’t read the first book in the series, but had heard many great things about it. Whether not reading book one had an impact on my impression of the main character, Rosa, I couldn’t say for sure, but having read other reviews it seems it might have done. I’m not a fan of Rosa – I found her needy, whiny and reckless, and ready to blame everything she ever did wrong on someone else, usually her mother. I understand her background, she had a tough upbringing and all that, but so what? She wasn’t the only person alive to have issues, although from her behaviour you’d think she was unique. Meh, as I said – not a fan.

Luckily, there were many more characters that I absolutely did like. I loved Titch, for starters, and Jacob & Raff – in fact, most every other character. This felt like a proper community, a tight-knit group of friends and families who looked out for each other – of course, with the obvious “villains” of the peace over at The Ship – but even Lucas had some redeeming characteristics.

Naturally, I loved Hot – the hero saving the baby, and his shenanigans with Duchess should prove hilarious if there is a further book to come.

This was an easy book to dip in and out of as it felt quite episodic, much like a real TV soap opera but where the visual elements were beautifully defined, the humour was sharp and chuckle-worthy, and the feel-good factor came through in abundance.

Would I go back to Cockleberry Bay? That’s a yes from me. And I might just grab book one to see if I can get a better handle on Rosa 😉

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Book Review – One Summer in Santorini

One Summer in Santorini

by Sandy Barker

There was something in the air that night. . .

Sarah has had enough of men. It’s time to rekindle her first true love – travel – so she books a sailing trip around the Greek islands with a group of strangers.

The very last thing Sarah wants is to meet someone new… But then a gorgeous American man boards her yacht and she knows she’s in trouble. And when she also encounters a handsome silver fox who promises her the world, she realises that trouble really does come in twos.

Will Sarah dive into a holiday fling, embark on a relationship, or stick to her plan – steer clear of men, continue her love affair with feta, and find her own way after all?

What others are saying …

The perfect holiday read to escape with this summer for fans of Annie Robertson’s My Mamma Mia Summer and Mandy Baggot’s One Last Greek Summer.

‘A summery romantic debut from a fresh voice in romantic fiction. Made me want to pack my bags for the Greek islands this instant!’ Phillipa Ashley, bestselling author of A Perfect Cornish Summer

‘A fun and flirty escapist read.’ Samantha Tonge, bestselling author of Knowing You

My Review …

A feast for the eyes with beautiful scenes of the Greek islands, a feast in general with plates of delicious Greek food, and lashings of sharp, witty humour to give you belly ache.

The story began well, with Sarah’s funny and relatable view of her break-up with Neil as told to her sister before she set off for her ‘get over it all’ jaunt around the Greek isles. On a whim she’d booked the trip – a ten-day break on a boat with strangers! And why not? After Neil, she deserved some ‘me’ time, and where better than halfway across the world, on a boat in the the middle of the ocean. If that’s not escapism, then I don’t know what is.

As we found out though, Sarah is not the luckiest of travellers – and this time was no different, losing her driver’s licence and wallet before the trip even began. Her bad luck jinx seemed to follow her everywhere, although spotting a cute American at the bus station, and then again on her bus … well, it took the edge off things. And, well, whaddya know he’s on the same trip too! Things were looking up. Or were they?

Her fellow passengers on the boat turned out to be the nicest bunch ever, restoring her faith in strangers and really helping her to relax and live in the moment. Even her roommate Hannah – a bit odd at first – became a trusted friend.

But it was her relationship with the cute American, Josh, that drove the story. She hadn’t planned on meeting anyone, let alone being as attracted to him as she clearly was. He, too, was on board just for the travel and the experience, having never left the US before, and he was most certainly not looking for love.

Despite both Sarah and Josh recognising the mutual attraction, there was a lot of ‘will they / won’t they’ going on, and this was exacerbated further with the arrival of James, aka the Silver Fox, an older, rich man who made no bones about being attracted to Sarah. She knew exactly where she stood with James; with Josh it was never totally clear, although there was a hint of jealousy when Josh realised he had a rival.

In between the ‘romance that could have been’, the group took in some amazing sights, ate some wonderful food and, as a result, bookings to Santorini will probably skyrocket as more readers learn of its beauty and that it has the best tomatoes in the world!

Saying goodbye was never going to be easy; Sarah had made some strong bonds with her fellow travellers. But as she headed back to London for a final week with her sister before flying home to Sydney, her dilemma was never more evident.

Josh, despite occasional signs to the contrary, seemed to just want a travel ‘bud’, whereas James was much keener and determined to meet up with her while she’s in London.

What’s a girl to do? She wanted a BIGGER life, but can she handle the options available to her? I guess we’ll find out in the next book. Looking forward to it already 🙂

I enjoyed this story, the imagery drew me in, the food made me drool, and the witty asides made me chuckle. I’ll definitely be back for seconds.

My thanks to Sandy Barker, Avon Books UK and Netgalley for a copy of this book. This review is all mine, and made of my own free will 😉

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Price Drop Promo – Passport to Happiness

Passport to Happiness

An inspiring and escapist read – Eat, Pray, Love meets Bridget Jones!

Will the trip of her dreams…

Everly Carter is bored.

With her job, with her single status and with the never ending line of rubbish men on Tinder.  Tired of going through the motions of seeming happy, Everly wants to be happy!

So, in a spontaneous moment of bravery (perhaps spurred on by a few cocktails) Everly books a holiday.  Time away, alone, to find out what she really wants from life.

Become the journey of her lifetime?

Everly’s search for happiness takes her to picturesque Swiss villages and the sunsets of glamourous Bermuda.  But with every new stamp in her passport, Everly still feels as though something is missing…

Could it be that true happiness is hard to find, until she finds herself?

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Author Bio

Carrie was born and raised in London, but her love for travel and adventure has seen her spend the last fourteen years living and working internationally. She is currently based in Spain alongside her husband, young daughter and adopted Indonesian dog, Bali. 

Carrie is a traditionally published author with Harper Impulse, as well as an independently published author. When not writing, she works as a Psychic Medium & Spiritual Coach (www.carriebattley.com). To find out more about her, connect on Facebook (Carrie Stone) or Twitter @CarrieStoneUK

 

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Book Review – The Lonely Spinsters’ Club: Willow

The Lonely Spinsters’ Club

Willow

How does a woman enjoy the company of a man without committing to a long-term relationship? Easy, love him for ninety days and leave him.

Willow gave up on love a long time ago, but she hasn’t given up on sex. So, to keep her chakras aligned and life force flowing, she abides by her tried-and-true rule: love him for ninety days and leave him. Consequently, she can feed her body while protecting her heart.

Willow’s practice of purposeful detachment serves her well until she sets her sights on Kendall’s friend Josh. Even though Josh expresses interest in Willow, he wants a more traditional relationship than she’s willing to give.

Despite their apparent differences, the universe seems to have other plans for the couple as their lives become increasingly intertwined. When Willow finally decides to follow the universe’s lead, she’s betrayed by her ninety-day rule and must rethink her life plan or face the future alone.

Willow’s story is the second installment of the five-book romantic comedy series THE LONELY SPINSTERS CLUB.

Buy Link: Amazon US

My Review

4/5 stars

Having read “Kendall”, the first in the series of The Lonely Spinster’s Club, I was more than happy to jump into this second book. As before, the author’s writing style is easily addictive, with fabulous, larger-than-life characters, authentic dialogue and shed-loads of humour.

Who is Willow, then? To say she is nothing like her cousin Kendall would be an understatement. Kendall is eight and a half months pregnant as this story begins, and planning her wedding to Gio. Willow is about as far away from domestic “bliss” as it’s possible to be, having vowed to never get involved with anyone beyond her 90-day rule. She is of the ‘once bitten, twice shy’ school, but with agoraphobia taking the place of shyness.

When she catches up with Josh again – she met him at her cousin Ruthie’s wedding – then her chakras are out of control, and she spends weeks afterwards wondering whether she could actually settle down with Josh. She’s a tad pigheaded too, and can often come across as aggressive and argumentative.

Josh, on the other hand, wants to settle down and have a family; he loves kids, he gets a puppy … they appear to be perennial combatants.

For Willow, it’s a case of “She loves him. She loves him not”, while for Josh it’s an eternal tug of war with occasional “benefits”.

With Grandma Bev on the sidelines with her quirky digs at Willow’s single status, there is lots of humour to be found here.

A fun read with amusing and entertaining characters – this is a big family, and they all have an opinion. I noticed on Goodreads that there are three more books planned for the remaining cousins – Hester, Ruthie & Freya – all potential candidates for The Lonely Spinsters’ Club (yes, even Ruthie too!) and all much to Grandma Bev’s disapproval. I’m looking forward to reading more about this crazy family.

Get your copy here.

As always,

chick-lit · courtroom drama · friendship · Just a Simple Little · mystery · Portugal · psychological suspense · series · summer reading · The Blackleaf Agency

Book News: Just a Simple Little Makeover – Part 2

As I hinted at (loudly) last week, my series – The Blackleaf Agency – has undergone a makeover, and along with new titles there come new covers. But that’s not all, because I’ve decided to move all my mystery stories to a new pen name too.

All the books in The Blackleaf Agency series are now authored by bea kendall (intentionally lower case, because …well, just because 😉 )

 

Here’s the second in that series:

Just a Simple Little Court Case

 

♥ When did “fun in the sun” get so serious? ♥

Fern Mortimer wouldn’t consider herself lucky.

Firstly, a hit and run left her wheelchair-bound.

Then someone threw her overboard during a summer holiday in the Algarve.

Now she has to face him in a Portuguese court of law.

It’s time to act her age and not her shoe size. (Gorgeous though her Louboutins are)

After all, it’s Just a Simple Little Court Case.

What could possibly go wrong? 

 

A cosy mystery series with a hint of psychopath

Available from Amazon and via Kindle Unlimited

 

If you feel like giving it a whirl, you can get a copy here.

The third in the series, Just a Simple Little Painting, follows directly on from the court case, and sees Fern and Raven set up The Blackleaf Agency at last, and take on their first serious case. A trip to Holland beckons with fun, food and mystery. Meanwhile, back at home, more drama awaits and unresolved matters come to the fore – with a vengeance!

Just a Simple Little Painting should be out later this year.

As always,

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Cover Reveal – Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay

If you haven’t heard of Nicola May’s Cockleberry Bay, where have you been these last few months?

The first book – The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay was an Amazon bestseller for weeks, knocking some very famous folk off the top spot. It truly was the book everyone was talking about.

And, now the second book in the two book series is on its way. As a treat, I’m chuffed to be able to share with you the new cover.

Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay


The cast of the runaway bestseller, The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, are back – including Rosa, Josh, Mary, Jacob, Sheila, new mum Titch and, last but by no means least, Hot, the adorable dachshund.

Newly wed, and with her inherited corner shop successfully up and running, Rosa Smith seems to have all that anyone could wish for. But the course of true love never did run smooth and Rosa’s suspicions that her husband is having an affair have dire consequences.

Reaching rock bottom before she can climb back up to the top, fragile Rosa is forced to face her fears, addiction and jealousy head on.

With a selection of meddling locals still at large, a mystery fire and Titch’s frantic search for the real father of her sick baby, the second book in this enchanting series will take you on a further unpredictable journey of self-discovery.

Pre-order links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Meet-Cockleberry-Bay-Nicola-May-ebook/dp/B07QXD334Y

UShttps://www.amazon.com/Meet-Cockleberry-Bay-Nicola-May-ebook/dp/B07QXD334Y

Publication Date: 5th July

About Nicola May

Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chicklit with a kick.

Follow Nicola May

Website – www.nicolamay.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/NicolaMayAuthor

Twitter – https://twitter.com/nicolamay1

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/author_nicola/

 

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be clicking that pre-order button and counting the days until July 5th.

I’ll be posting my review on July 13th. Be sure to come back and share your thoughts too.

As always,