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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – A Little Piece of Paradise

A Little Piece of Paradise

The inheritance of a lifetime… with a catch

When Sophie’s uncle leaves her a castle in the Italian Riviera in his will, she can’t believe her luck. The catch? She and her estranged sister, Rachel, must live there together for three months in order to inherit it.  

Having worked in Rome for four years, Sophie’s excited to revisit to Italy, even if it reignites memories of a cheating ex who soon learns of her return and wants to rekindle their spark. Sophie realises that distance does indeed make the heart grow fonder – but for her friend back home, Chris, who she discovers is more to her than just a friend.

With the clock ticking, can Sophie and Rachel stick it out and heal old wounds, or are the sisters destined to go their own way at the end of the three months? And does Chris feel the same way about Sophie as she does for him?

A beautiful story of romance and sisterhood, perfect for fans of Alex Brown and Lucy Coleman.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09F5QJQDZ

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09F5QJQDZ

Author Bio

I’m a man. And a pretty old man as well. I did languages at university a long time ago and then lived and worked in France and Switzerland before going to Italy for seven years as a teacher of English.

My Italian wife and I then came back to the UK with our little daughter (now long-since grown up) where I ran a big English language school for many years.

We now live in a sleepy little village in Devonshire. I’ve been writing almost all my life but it was only seven years ago that I finally managed to find a publisher who liked my work enough to offer me my first contract.

The fact that I am now writing escapist romance is something I still find hard to explain. My early books were thrillers and historical novels. Maybe it’s because there are so many horrible things happening in the world today that I feel I need to do my best to provide something to cheer my readers up. My books provide escapism to some gorgeous locations, even if travel to them is currently difficult.

Social Media Links

Website: www.tawilliamsbooks.com

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/tawilliamsbooks

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrevorWilliamsBooks/

My Review

I only have to see the cover of a T A Williams book and I want to read it. A Little Piece of Paradise is no exception. Once again, the story is set in stunning Italy – in a castle, no less, in the little town of Paradiso. Now, paradise it may seem to be, but for estranged sisters Rachel and Sophie, it forces them back together for three months as part of their uncle’s will. He hated them no longer being close, and saw a way through his plan to reunite them. But would it be too much for them to handle? Personally, I think I’d put up with anyone for that 😉

The plan is well-conceived, there is absolutely no get-out clause as the sisters have to check in together every day for the 92 days – miss a single check in and their inheritance of the castle is no more.

At first, the two sisters avoid certain topics, and seem to walk on eggshells around each other, but over time their barriers come down, thanks mainly to neighbour, Dan, and Sophie’s dog, Jeeves. Anyone would think there was a conspiracy going on! (Yes, Dan, I’m talking to you!)

Time at the castle gives the young women a chance to reflect on their lives, on what they plan to do with their future, and more importantly who they want to spend it with. Together, they help each other see what is, frankly, obvious to everyone but them. Making it happen is another matter, and they are both more confident in their sisterly relationship to intervene in the other’s love life – albeit with the best of intentions.

The castle is wonderful, Paradiso is a gem, and everything seems to be on course for a happy ending. That is, until Sophie’s ex turns up … briefly 😉 only to be well and truly shown the door by Dan and Jeeves! With the end in sight, however, Mother Nature storms on in and puts their check in process at risk. Will they fall at the (almost) last hurdle? And what will happen to the castle – and their relationship – if they fail?

A Little Piece of Paradise is aptly named; it’s a gem combining a stunning setting with a heart-warming, original plot. I thoroughly enjoyed escaping to Paradiso.

Thanks to Canelo and Netgalley for my copy; a review is the least I can offer.

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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – A Cut Twice As Deep (plus giveaway)

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Welcome to the blog tour for A Cut Twice As Deep by Wendy L. Anderson! Read on for an excerpt and a chance to win a paperback copy of the book! A Cut Twice As Deep Final Front CoverA Cut Twice as Deep

Publication Date: October 7th, 2020

Genre: Viking Adventure/ Sisterhood/ Romance

The bond between sisters is one forged in blood and fire. Twin sisters, Liana and Deirdre were inseparable like the two halves of a double-bladed axe, making the pain of having to leave each other a cut twice as deep.

Their father, Gorsedd Gunnarson, King of the great country of Svartur Rokk, did not care about twin bonds or his daughter’s preferences and severed the pair with a single blow. Both Liana and Deirdre have been sold to the highest bidders for ships, weapons, and alliances. For Gorsedd Gunnarson these are very profitable and advantageous marriage arrangements, but the twin sisters would be torn from each other lives and sent to lands far apart forever!

Liana is forced to leave her childhood sweetheart and marry a stranger. Sweet, timid Deirdre would be wed to a Viking warlord. One would leave her home on a ship and the other on a horse. Both would travel great distances to new lands. Given no choice but to embrace the lives planned for them, they find that the future holds more than they could ever have suspected. In a land where blood and ice reign, danger and betrayal war with love and hope, as they fight to find happiness in a ruthless world ruled by the sword and axe.

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Excerpt

Liana recalled with great detail, the smoky room, and the flickering torches in iron sconces on the walls. Remembered the smell of sweaty men, oiled leather, damp fur, wood smoke, and roasting meat. Heard the rattle of sword and thump of drinking horns and the pounding of eating knives on the worn, beaten tables. Shadows crouched in the dark corners of the hall. She could see clearly in her mind’s recollection, how her father had suddenly stood after eating and drinking for hours and raised his large drinking horn on high. He smoothed his hand over his long greying blonde beard, straightened the black bear fur cloak on his broad shoulders, and roared for silence. As all eyes trained on King Gorsedd, the conversation and laughter quieted.

“This night!” Gorsedd Gunnarson’s deep voice boomed out and the men stilled to listen. “We celebrate!” The men roared in response and then quieted.

“Raise your mead horns and drink to my daughters!” The men raised their horns and cheered loudly sloshing mead on the tables and over their hands.

This was strange behavior coming from their father and Liana and Deirdre exchanged surprised glances as they moved slowly toward the front of the room. Pulled forward by this uncustomary sentiment, their father had their full attention.

“Tonight!” Gorsedd boomed again, waiting for the men to quiet down and regain everyone’s attention. “We celebrate the betrothal of both my daughters! Drink to our good fortune! SKOL!”

All eyes turned to stare, and the men drank to Liana and Deirdre.

“Skol!” they all shouted then quieted as Gorsedd began to speak again.

“For my eldest Liana, I have arranged a marriage contract with Tiernan Lachlan of Lochlannach and Kearn Mac An-Bharain of Noreg for Deirdre.”

He gestured toward strangers in the hall and bellowed.

“Welcome men from Lochlannach to Svartur Rokk my great mead hall where the warriors are more skilled at sword and drinking! These men will be taking Liana across Loch Indaal to marry Tiernan Lachlan!”

Loud cheers rang out and the men raised their drinking horns in salute, sloshed mead into their mouths, and banged their daggers on the tables.

Both Liana and Deirdre stared in wide-eyed shock at their father with their mouths falling open. This was the first time they had heard this news, and both girls stood stunned, disbelieving their ears. They turned and looked at each other, terror written on their identical faces. The men at the tables murmured and some continued to cheer, a few fell to grumbling.

Deirdre staggered in disbelief and her frightened gaze stayed fixed on Liana while she slammed down the pitcher of mead she had been holding onto the nearest table. Her furious gaze flew back and forth between their father and Deirdre.

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About the Author 16643855 Wendy L. Anderson is a Colorado native and mother of two boys. A devout reader of the classics, fantasy, sci-fi and historical fiction, she has decided it is time to write down the fantasies from her mind. Writing about everything from fantastical worlds to the stuff of her dreams she takes her stories along interesting paths while portraying worlds she sees in her mind’s eye. Her goal is to deviate from common themes, write in original directions and transport her reader to the worlds of her creation.

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My Review

4/5 stars

The announcement of their weddings came as quite a shock to twins Liana and Dierdre, who had at least hoped their father would consult them first. A greater shock came on hearing they were to be separated from each other. Liana had expected to marry her childhood sweetheart, while Dierdre had never considered being apart from her sister.

Their father refused to hear them, his only concern the ships, weapons and alliances he would be making. And so it was that the two young women took on the new challenges facing them, albeit with heavy hearts. The scene of their separation, of them waving an emotional goodbye, throws the reader straight into their torment. What lay ahead for them? Would they be happy? Would they see each other again?

The story alternates between the two as they meet their future husbands. Their anxieties and fears for the future fly off the page, and not without reason as settling into their new lives is fraught with tension and angst. Balanced with glimpses of hope and, later, joy, the twins’ lives must go on, and it is in their hands to build relationships with their husbands.

Of course, just when they seem to have settled in, trouble comes in the form of Liana’s former sweetheart, Thorsten, and the young women are ripped from their new lives as bargaining tools once more. The drama intensifies and the women are in real danger once they learn who is responsible. Beware to be gripped until the end.

A Cut Twice As Deep is a wonderful story of two strong women who survive the challenges thrown at them, determined to make good of their new lives. Betrayal, kidnapping and battle all balance out with hope, love and a sense of commitment.

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting such an emotional tale, but found myself totally caught up in the twins’ world. Great imagery, strong characters and heaps of drama and tension! Readers of Viking romances will also love it.

Blog Tour Schedule

November 23rd

Reads & Reels (Spotlight) http://readsandreels.com

Ma Book Yard (Review) https://www.mabookyard.wordpress.com

The Faerie Review (Review) http://www.thefaeriereview.com

The Magic of Wor(l)ds (Spotlight) http://themagicofworlds.wordpress.com

November 24th

Horror Tree (Guest Post) https://www.horrortree.com

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November 25th

Book Dragons Not Worms (Review) https://bookdragonsnotworms.blogspot.com/?m=1

Rambling Mads (Spotlight) http://ramblingmads.com

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November 26th

Tales of a Natural Spoonie (Review) https://talesofanaturalspoonie.com/

Misty’s Book Space (Spotlight) http://mistysbookspace.wordpress.com

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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – Summer at my Sister’s

Summer at my Sister’s

 

Twin sisters. One scorching summer.

A bucketful of secrets.

Diana’s life is perfect. Her twin sister, Josie’s – not so much.

Diana has a rich and successful husband, two talented youngsters and an adorable dog. She always looks as if she’s stepped from the cover of a magazine. Her immaculate second home by the sea, for idyllic summers with her perfect family, was actually featured in one.

Josie has a messy, compact flat, dates, but not relationships, and she can’t even keep a houseplant alive. She moves from job to job, goes clubbing with her friends and often looks as if she’s fallen through a hedge.

Although Josie loves Diana deeply, each year she declines the invitation to spend the summer with her sister. Or any other family holiday. Because Josie has a secret.

But is Diana’s life so perfect? Or is she also hiding something? When secrets are revealed this summer, everything will change. Josie could finally have the life she’s always wanted … if she’s brave enough to take a chance.

Purchase Link – mybook.to/SummeratmySisters


Author Bio

Emily writes novels, novellas and short stories about friendship, family and falling in love. She loves a happy ending but knows that life doesn’t always go to plan. Her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily loves to connect with her readers and has a readers’ group in which many have become good friends. To catch up with Emily, find out about the group, or connect with her on social media, go to her website at www.emilyharvale.com.

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now writes full-time. She’s a member of the SoA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. When not writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats that like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether Emily is typing on it, or not.

Social Media Links 

https://www.facebook.com/emilyharvalewriter

https://www.twitter.com/emilyharvale

https://www.instagram.com/emilyharvale

My Review

This is not my first book by Emily Harvale and it certainly won’t be my last, particularly this series set in the gorgeous coastal village of Seahorse Harbour. Aptly named, the holiday resort is more than a beautiful location, it’s a place with a heart, where conservation of the seahorses matters to everyone who lives there. Already, you know these are people whose stories will be heartwarming and engaging.

Seahorse Harbour is a place that evokes different memories for the twin sisters. Diana now spends all her summers there with her family, but Josie hasn’t returned since she was seventeen. Heading back from her carefree-singleton lifestyle New York to the place that has bittersweet memories for her, Josie is hesitant but also concerned about her sister – having been alerted that something is wrong by their mother.

Her arrival, however, is wonderfully charming – from the taxi-driver tour guide, to the dashing new host at the local pub. You cannot feel anything but safe and welcome in such a friendly atmosphere. That said, it doesn’t take long for Josie’s wise-cracking humour to come to the fore. While her one-liners are clearly a personal safety net for her, they are also ridiculously funny.

It takes a while for Josie to learn Diana’s secret, and all the while she’s there she is becoming more and more enamoured of the place and its people – some people in particular.

When Diana finally shares, Josie is stunned. All this time she thought Diana had the perfect life. As the secrets unravel, it’s not only Diana who unburdens herself. The family connection here is super strong; Josie loves being around her nephew and niece, and eventually even Henry the dog worms his way into her affections. Throughout, you’ll be wondering whether Josie’s stay is temporary or whether a return to New York is on the cards as Seahorse Harbour gets under her skin again. Can she put aside those teenage memories and settle back in England with her sister and family close by, or is she still the wise-cracking, independent “New Yorker” at heart who can only thrive in a big city? You’ll have to grab a copy and find out 😉

There’s a lot going here, but it all hangs together really well. You couldn’t wish to meet a nicer bunch of people. Drama, humour, incessant flirting, and the fabulous Aunt Elsie all make for a superb summer read.

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Publication Day Celebration – Summer at my Sister’s

Summer at my Sister’s

Twin sisters. One scorching summer.

A bucketful of secrets.

Diana’s life is perfect. Her twin sister, Josie’s – not so much. 


Diana has a rich and successful husband, two talented youngsters and an adorable dog. She always looks as if she’s stepped from the cover of a magazine. Her immaculate second home by the sea, for idyllic summers with her perfect family, was actually featured in one.
 
Josie has a messy, compact flat, dates, but not relationships, and she can’t even keep a houseplant alive. She moves from job to job, goes clubbing with her friends and often looks as if she’s fallen through a hedge.

Although Josie loves Diana deeply, each year she declines the invitation to spend the summer with her sister. Or any other family holiday. Because Josie has a secret.
 
But is Diana’s life so perfect? Or is she also hiding something? When secrets are revealed this summer, everything will change. Josie could finally have the life she’s always wanted … if she’s brave enough to take a chance.

Purchase Link – mybook.to/SummeratmySisters

An exciting update from Emily Harvale

I apologise if you haven’t seen me on social media very much recently but I’ve been exceptionally busy working on lots of exciting stuff (technical term) 😂🤩 for my new book, my website … and a map for my new series of standalone stories set in the tiny village of Seahorse Harbour.

The map will ‘go live’ on July 31st, publication day for the first in the series, which is … yep, you guessed it, Summer at my sister’s. Let me explain a bit more.

Summer at my sister’s was originally a standalone, but then I had an idea for a Christmas book, so it became a two-book series, with Book 2 featuring a couple of new characters and most of the characters from Summer at my sister’s (with me so far?) ……

Then …. I had an idea for another completely separate story set in the same village (which I’m writing at the mo.) This one has new characters.

So now, each story in this series will be a standalone with new characters … but as each book is set in Seahorse Harbour, you’ll be able to ‘see’ what’s going on with the characters from the previous books, because you can’t help but bump into people in a tiny village, can you?

I have to say, I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!😍🤩💖🥰 I’ve got so many story ideas, although I’ve only written 2 of the books so far, Summer at my sister’s and the Christmas book, which is called …..

Wait for it……(no, that’s not the title)

Christmas at Aunt Elsie’s

This Christmas book will be available for pre-order from early August. 💖🤩🥰😍

Did I mention that I love this series? And yes – I’m just a little bit over-excited. I can’t wait to share these fabulously feel-good stories with you. I hope you’re a little bit excited too. 🤩💖 xxx

Author Bio 

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Emily writes novels, novellas and short stories about friendship, family and falling in love. She loves a happy ending but knows that life doesn’t always go to plan. Her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily loves to connect with her readers and has a readers’ group in which many have become good friends. To catch up with Emily, find out about the group, or connect with her on social media, go to her website at www.emilyharvale.com.

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now writes full-time. She’s a member of the SoA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. When not writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats that like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether Emily is typing on it, or not.

Social Media Links – https://www.facebook.com/emilyharvalewriter

https://www.twitter.com/emilyharvale

https://www.instagram.com/emilyharvale

 

I’m about to start reading this, so please come back for my review on the blog tour next month. 

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Book Review – The Second Chance Supper Club

The Second Chance Supper Club

by Nicole Meier

Two estranged sisters reunite in an emotional novel of family, forgiveness, lost hope, and new beginnings.

They had a forever bond, until a sudden tragedy thrust them apart. Now, each at a crossroad in her own life, two sisters’ paths are about to intersect.

Broadcast journalist Julia Frank has it all: a career, an ambitious fiancé, and the hard-won respect of her peers. Until a ruinous decision destroys her reputation, puts her job at risk, and sends her reeling toward the only soul left to turn to: her estranged sister, Ginny.

The owner of a clandestine supper club hidden in the Arizona desert, Ginny Frank has a lot on her plate. The last thing she wants is more drama—or the burden of nursing her younger sister’s wounded ego. But family is family. Besides, Ginny can use the help in more ways than one, and she’s going to make sure Julia pulls her weight.

As a tenuous reunion reopens old wounds, Julia and Ginny have no choice but to confront the pain and betrayals of the past. Will working to keep the secret supper club running be just what they need to find common ground and a path toward forgiveness, or will the increasing stress push them even further apart?

My Review

4/5 stars

It goes without saying that this book is about second chances, primarily for sisters Julia and Ginny Frank whose relationship since their parents’ death has fragmented to such an extent that they’ve barely spoken in three years.

Ginny returns to Arizona to sort out the family’s affairs, none of which is straightforward and all of which is time-consuming. Her business as successful, award-winning chef in New York is put on the back-burner as she deals with the aftermath of both her grief and the bureaucracy of death. When her sister Julia cannot even take a day off from her media career, resentment builds up for Ginny and it’s hard for her to see past what she sees as her sister’s lack of respect and responsibility.

Ginny decides to stay in Arizona, uprooting her daughter Olive too. Theirs is a fraught relationship as Olive frequently – too often for Ginny – turns to her father (separated from Ginny) for support. Still a foodie at heart, Ginny opens up their home to an underground dining club, “employing” Olive as a server/hostess/table arranger/floral designer – all in return for bed and board.  The problem is exacerbated by Ginny’s increasing debts and a tendency to bury her head in the sand.

Julia, meanwhile, is co-anchor for a large network’s breakfast show, enjoying all the trappings of New York life with its hustle and bustle. Engaged to James, she leads a fast-paced life, rushing from place to place in order to further her career. But when the network’s bosses show some dissatisfaction with her performance, she throws caution to the wind and makes an on-air accusation against the mayor for which she has no real evidence. Yep, it all backfires and she is put on temporary leave while the network tries to calm things down.

Unsure what to do next, she turns up – uninvited – at Ginny’s door. While they initially bristle around each other, neither wanting to be the one to raise the matter of their fallout, over time the tension thaws and the sisters begin to open up to each other.  Olive, too, responds to the change in atmosphere that Aunt Julia brings to the home. Together, the trio work towards making the supper club a success, even though there are many more issues at stake.

As the story develops, they come to recognise and understand the difficulties they’ve both faced, and come to appreciate the power of family as they finally learn to get along again. Both Ginny and Julia are strong, opinionated women with different goals, but it is their sisterly bond that brings them together to rebuild their relationships with each other, and with Olive too.

It was a joy to read this story, not only for the very believable and honest characters but also for the scrumptious food offerings and the stunning Arizona sunsets, the flower and food markets, the fascinating guests at the supper club, and ultimately for the message that second chances don’t always come along, but when they do, they are to be grabbed with both hands.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley. My thanks to them and the author for a most enjoyable reading experience.

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ageing parents · book launch · family · L S Fellows · Magic O'Clock · Magical Memories · short reads · short story · sisters · women's fiction

Happy Publication Day!

It’s true – today’s the day for Magical Memories to be released to the world.

As Archie Royle takes his final breath, his three daughters race to say their goodbyes.
Two don’t make it in time.
I do. And now, it’s all my fault they’re too late. I let him go too soon.
Despite him having dementia.
Despite them not visiting in over a month.

But I won’t let anger win.
After all, we’re all grieving, aren’t we?
Surely, as a family, we can let bygones be bygones.

It’s what Dad would want. Expect.
It’s what he deserves.
We have so much to be grateful for.
So many fond and magical memories to share.

As the sequel to Magic O’Clock, this is another short story in which we finally get to say goodbye to Archie. Of course, there is some personal experience drawn upon here, but maybe not as you might think. That’s the beauty of writing, we get to mix fact with fiction and re-invent situations. But, that’s a different kind of magic.

What you might not release is that Magic O’Clock was first released on my mum’s birthday, and now, on the anniversary of her death, here come those Magical Memories.

I know, I’m a sentimental old fool, aren’t I?

Archie does indeed bear many of the attributes of my dad, but he’s also based on my mum, who was the real dementia sufferer in the family. Dad died far too early in my life, when I was still at school, but I like to think he lives on here. Mum had a great life; she came to Spain with me – which she loved to pieces – and even though she never remarried, she never held back on life. She was the party animal I would never be, so when dementia struck it was all the more shattering. Anyway, before I start blubbing like a baby, I’d just like to welcome you to Magical Memories.

I hope you, too, have them in abundance. Currently, it’s only available on Amazon – but that will change soon.

Early reviews on Goodreads have been positive – Phew! – and I’d like to think Archie bows out with dignity and that you’ll remember him with fondness, even if those of us who are left behind don’t always live up to those same standards.

Magic O’Clock & Magical Memories

are fictional short stories about dementia and loss, told through a daughter’s perspective.

Two father-daughter love stories to tug at your heartstrings.

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When the Magic ends

Magical Memories

A fictional tale of loss, grief, and moving on.

I’ve just pressed the button to make Magical Memories available for pre-order.

Only 99p / 99c until its release on October 6th.

If you’ve read Magic O’Clock (thank you), then you might want to know how Archie’s story ends.

Here’s a summary:

As Archie Royle takes his final breath, his three daughters race to say their goodbyes.

Two don’t make it in time.

I do. And now, it’s all my fault they’re too late. I let him go too soon.

Despite him having dementia.

Despite them not visiting in over a month.

But I won’t let anger win.

After all, we’re all grieving, aren’t we?

Surely, as a family, we can let bygones be bygones.

It’s what Dad would want. Expect.

It’s what he deserves.

We have so much to be grateful for.

So many fond and magical memories to share.

You can get a pre-order copy here.

 

If you haven’t read Magic O’Clock (the prequel to this), then I’d recommend you read it first. You wouldn’t want to miss out on the penguins or whales now, would you?

Here’s the summary:

Archie Royle is a kind, funny, gentle man.
He’s also my dad. My storyteller. My hero.

Except he doesn’t remember my face any more.
His world, these days, doesn’t include me or his family.

Life may have changed for him, but he hasn’t given up on life.
Not at all.
It’s just different.

Dad still tells his stories, albeit for a new audience.
He makes people smile and chuckle. As he always did.

He’s a fighter, a survivor and maybe sometimes too clever for his own good! He’ll surprise you. I can assure you of that.

Welcome to Magic O’Clock, where time is irrelevant and hope is unlimited.

Magic O’Clock is available now from AmazonApple, B&N, Kobo

Thank you all for your support.

Dementia, eldercare, and losing a parent are issues many of us will face – or have already faced – I hope these stories can bring a little light to those darkest moments.

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Book Review – Cooper’s Charm

One summer, two sisters and a chance to start over…

Before the burglary that shattered her confidence, Phoenix Rose had a fiancé, a successful store and a busy, happy existence. After months spent adrift, she takes a job at the lakeside resort of Cooper’s Charm. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, friendly colleagues and a charismatic, widowed boss, Phoenix is slowly inching her way back into the world.

Visiting Cooper’s Charm to check up on her little sister, Ridley Rose impulsively agrees to fill in as housekeeper. Still reeling from an ego-bruising divorce, she finds satisfaction in a job well done—and in the attention of the resort’s handsome scuba instructor.

For Phoenix and Ridley, Cooper’s Charm is supposed to be merely temporary. But this detour may lead to the place they most need to be, where the future is as satisfying as it is surprising…

 

My review: 3.5*

I was ‘sold’ this story on the basis of there being a dog in it – and, of course, Sugar is a scene-stealer par excellence. However, the crux of the story is about two sisters – Phoenix and Ridley – who are both in need of a little sisterly love following a) an attack upon Phoenix by persons unknown that leaves her feeling vulnerable and b) Ridley’s recent divorce.

Phoenix hightails it to Cooper’s Charm for a job interview. From the outset, Cooper, the owner of the RV resort, is impressed by her, hiring her on the spot. By the way, if there is a real resort like this anywhere, I want to go there.

There is chemistry brewing between the two of them, and finding a puppy in the throes of a beating by some local thugs is the glue that comes to bind them.

But then there are some odd incidents that bring a touch of mystery to the story. Starting with muddy footprints around the door to Phoenix’s new home, a broken light bulb, and escalating to much worse – it seems someone is intent on harming her. In the meantime, Ridley comes to stay – and not just for a few days. Having never done such a physically exhausting job before, she takes to the role of housekeeper like a duck to water. Weird that, I thought. Luckily for her, there are other attractions to keep her at the resort, even if it means working long hours – after all, who needs sleep? Not Ridley, since she’s pretty happy to stay up all night with Baxter, the scuba diver at the resort.

Yet the incidents keep on coming, getting increasingly dangerous and putting Phoenix at great risk. There are a few suspects, all of whom seem much more believable to me than the actual culprit when he finally is revealed. (Without revealing who the culprit is, let me give you an analogy – the person wishing Phoenix harm is an apple seller, who suddenly seems to prefer oranges. Yeah, cryptic I know – I’ll explain at the very end with a warning for readers who don’t want to know.)

I enjoyed the interaction between Phoenix and Ridley, and appreciated the slow-burning romance between Phoenix and Cooper – not so slow-burning for Ridley and Baxter, though 😉 Maybe if the story had focused on just one sister’s romance, it might have been a stronger read. This is the first book I’ve read by this author. I found the style a little difficult to follow at times, a lot of head-hopping between characters and some characters who didn’t seem fully fleshed out (Baxter, for instance, appeared to have some ‘issues’ with commitment, but those vanished fairly quickly with no mention of how or why.)

Sugar, the beagle, remains my favourite ‘character still, and Cooper’s Charm seems an idyllic resort. Overall, this was an entertaining read, perfect for the beach and an enjoyable summer read.

Buy links:

Publisher: Harlequin Books

On-sale date: July 31, 2018

ISBN: 978-1335017529

Format: Trade Paperback

Price: $15.99

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About the author:

Lori Foster is a New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author.
She has received the Romantic Times “Career Achievement Award” for Series Romantic Fantasy and for Contemporary Romance;
Amazon’s top-selling romance title for Too Much Temptation;
Amazon’s Top Ten editors’ picks in romance for Causing Havoc;
Waldenbooks’ second “Bestselling Original Contemporary” romance for Say No To Joe;
BGI group’s “Bestselling Original Contemporary” romance for the The Secret Life of Bryan, “Bestselling Romantic Comedy” for Jude’s Law, and “Bestselling Romantic Suspense” for Back in Black;
Plus Amazon’s #1 Editors’ Pick in Romance for Servant: The Acceptance.

Lori has been featured as a clue in the New York Times crossword puzzle, and the USA Today “Quick Cross” puzzle.

To give back to the community, Lori does an annual “benefit” book where all advance and royalties go to a charity: http://lorifoster.com/benefit-books/

She also hosts the annual “Reader & Author Get Together,” facilitating major interaction between readers, authors, and industry professionals while also donating all proceeds from raffles to local charities. http://readerauthorgettogether.com/

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So, if you want to understand my apples & oranges analogy, read on … otherwise

The culprit is …. ??? (of course, I’m not going to actually name him)

But, why would a robber be so obsessed with chasing up on someone who got away? Who hadn’t seen him? Who couldn’t identify him? Especially when his previous offences were all robberies, not murder?

See – apple seller = robber, oranges = murder.

My analogy makes sense now, doesn’t it?  Doesn’t it?

Thanks for reading 😉