chick-lit · romance

*BLOG TOUR* Wedding Bells in Merriment Bay – Emily Harvale ★★★★

Blurb; Change is in the air as wedding bells ring out in Merriment Bay.
Cat’s determined to propose to Amias. Well, it is a leap year so it’s fine for women to do the asking, and besides, it took him eighteen years to tell her how he felt. She’s not going to wait for him to pop the question. All she needs to do is find the perfect time and place.
Kyra’s fallen for Francis Raine, who seems happy to flirt and exchange banter but hasn’t actually asked her out. Does he reciprocate her feelings, or is he this way with every girl he meets? There’s only one way to find out. She’ll ask him on a date … as soon as he returns to Merriment Bay.
Mary’s leaving Devon Villa after a lifetime spent in the house. She’s never lived alone so it’s both an exciting and a terrifying prospect. But change is good, isn’t it? Perhaps it’s time she tried a few other new things too.
The Devon women want to move on to the next chapters in their lives. And as Viola Devon used to say before she died, “The only one who can write your own life story as you want it, is you.” Although Viola’s didn’t work out too well. Will Cat, Kyra, and Mary have better luck with theirs?

My Review; I’ve read a lot by Emily Harvale and I love them. They’re shortish stories that you can just lose yourself into. Cute little towns with great communities full of stories. This was no different. This is book three in the Merriment Bay series but reads well as a standalone.

This book is full of romance, proposals, marriages and babies. All of it! We get several happy endings in this story instead of one. There may be a lot going on in Merriment Bay but they’re not all trying to beat each other or battle it out. They’re all supporting each other and just want their happy endings. I’ve fallen in love with Merriment Bay. Full of happy stories, friendship, family and love.

A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. They’re all stories that make you smile and feel like your part of the town and the characters are your friends. Beautiful.

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chick-lit · romance · Short Stories

*BLOG TOUR* A Wedding at Wynter House – Emily Harvale ★★★★

Blurb; Not everyone at Wynter House is thrilled about this wedding.
Secrets have been revealed and new relationships begun. Now it’s time to look to the future. Neva and Rafe are in love and so are Adam and Hazel. Jo’s love life leaves a lot to be desired, although Gavin could remedy that.
But Rafe’s grandmother, Olivia still hopes that something will tear Rafe and Neva apart. Hazel’s new assignment means nursing someone back to health … and there’s history between them. And Jo’s receiving texts from her ex-fiancé.
Then Rafe’s first wife, Pippa – the woman who broke his heart, unexpectedly arrives. And she’s even more beautiful and irresistible than Rafe remembers.
When everyone is looking to the future, will the past prove to be too strong?
There will be a wedding at Wynter House … but who will be the bride and groom?

My Review; This is book three in the Wyntersleap series and interlinks with her merriment bay series. I’ve come into the series a bit late, so I wasn’t familiar with the characters or the town. I did however find it was okay as a standalone.

This story has it all. A dead body is found… Old flames. New romances. Exs. Adventure. New beginnings. Weddings and some engagements. Plenty of celebrations. It’s a shortish read and one I really enjoyed. I love the little town, the community and Wynter house. A perfect read with the best ending of all.

I will have to go back and read the previous books of this to see what happened before and link it all together. This is a light, easy read and it was just what I needed. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Detective · mystery · suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* The Big Chill – Doug Johnstone ★★★★

Blurb; Running private investigator and funeral home businesses means trouble is never far away, and the Skelf women take on their most perplexing, chilling cases yet in book two of this darkly funny, devastatingly tense and addictive new series!

Haunted by their past, the Skelf women are hoping for a quieter life. But running both a funeral directors’ and a private investigation business means trouble is never far away, and when a car crashes into the open grave at a funeral that matriarch Dorothy is conducting, she can’t help looking into the dead driver’s shadowy life.

While Dorothy uncovers a dark truth at the heart of Edinburgh society, her daughter Jenny and granddaughter Hannah have their own struggles. Jenny’s ex-husband Craig is making plans that could shatter the Skelf women’s lives, and the increasingly obsessive Hannah has formed a friendship with an elderly professor that is fast turning deadly.

But something even more sinister emerges when a drumming student of Dorothy’s disappears and suspicion falls on her parents. The Skelf women find themselves sucked into an unbearable darkness – but could the real threat be to themselves?

Following three women as they deal with the dead, help the living and find out who they are in the process, The Big Chill follows A Dark Matter, book one in the Skelfs series, which reboots the classic PI novel while asking the big existential questions, all with a big dose of pitch-black humour.

My Review; The Big Chill is book two in the Shelk series I have book one but I haven’t read it. It reads well as a standalone for me but I will be going back to read book one. What really fascinated me about this book was the fact they run a funeral business and a private detective business together which you’de never expect!

This story gets personal as it involves themselves and family members while still working through their two businesses. That means there is always something going on, a death, an investigation or an update on their personal problem. Which is bound to keep the reader engaged and turning the pages. Well it did for me. The cover is also eye catching and intriguing.

My favourite character had to be dorothy. I don’t know why I just love her. She’s determined, brave, incharge and a woman not to be messed with. The story is told through each of the characters and it works brilliantly. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to reading book one. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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