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*BLOG TOUR* Secret Wishes & Summer Kisses on Lilypond Lane – Emily Harvale ★★★★

Blurb; Everyone’s got a secret wish in Little Pondale this summer.

Mia’s been exceptionally lucky since moving to Lily Pond Lane. But even on her honeymoon with the man of her dreams, she still has one remaining wish.

Ella wishes Gill would propose. But since Mia’s wedding something’s changed in their relationship. Now he’s spending time with newcomer, Tabbie Talbaine, Ella wishes Tabbie will leave as quickly as she arrived.

Tabbie wishes she hadn’t driven her car into a pond. But it could be the best thing that’s ever happened to her. When she discovers Hollywood heartthrob, Justin Lake’s staying in the village, getting an interview for her popular blog isn’t her only wish.

Bree was told she couldn’t have a baby. Now she’s expecting twins and is simply wishing it all goes well.

And as for Hettie … she wishes she could get her hands on an old map of the village. Because there’s something hidden in Little Pondale that Hettie Turner really wants to find.

This is the final book in the Lily Pond Lane series.

My Review; NOOOOO! This is really the end people. We had a false alarm last time but not this time… Least I can go back to the beginning as I came into this series late oops. Each of these have read well as standalones…

We have a newbie in the village… Tabbie. Her little opening scene did make me laugh out loud and she seems to be causing quite a stir in this little village. We get to see a lot more from other characters in this story as Mia’s on her honeymoon which sounds divine, but life still goes on without the pair in Lilypond Lane.

Another brilliant story which I yet again devoured in just over an hour. I am sad to be saying goodbye to this little town and these characters. Cute, cosey and perfect. A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend… It’s been a pleasure reading these stories.

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*BLOG TOUR* Foxglove Farm – Christie Barlow ★★★★

Blurb; Return to Love Heart Lane for friendship, romance and a community who will be be there for you no matter what…

Isla and Drew Allaway appear to have the perfect life – a strong marriage, two beautiful children and their picture-perfect home, Foxglove Farm.

But, new mum Isla is struggling. She loves her little family but with Drew working all hours on the farm, Isla’s lonely.

When she discovers that Drew has been keeping secrets from her, Isla has to face losing the home they all love.
Can the Love Heart Lane community pull together once more to help save Foxglove Farm? And can Isla save her home…and her marriage?

My Review; Foxglove Farm is book two in the Love Heart Lane series, but reads well as a standalone. I must admit I have book one but haven’t read it. So I am not familiar with these characters or the town, I came into this book with fresh eyes.

Awwh. What another cute, lovely and beautiful town to wander into. The community all pulls together and are a friendly lot. Isla is a lovely woman trying her best, with a lovely family and farm to run with her husband and two children.

I must say its all a bit doom and gloom in this story mostly, but it shows peoples willingness, helpfullness and passion to work together, so there is a plus side. As I haven’t read the first book I will guess that the first book was more upbeat?

All relationships have their up and downs that’s a given but for most of this story it’s all down… Except it goes back up towards the end. Uplifting towards the end, faith restored. This story holds a hidden message, that no matter how hard times get and relationships things can get better and will get better.

A well deserved four stars from me. I cannot wait to go back and read book one now (Love Heart Lane). Highly recommend. I throughally enjoyed reading this one. A beautiful cover too. Love a good cover. A perfect, happy ending.

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*BLOG TOUR* A Summer Escape and Strawberry Cake at the Cosy Kettle – Liz Eeles ★★★★★

Blurb; When Flora finds out about her husband’s secret fling, she escapes to the one place she feels safe: her beloved café, The Cosy Kettle, in the charming village of Honeyford. Serving up cream teas to her café regulars is the perfect way to soothe her broken heart, and although she’s never lived in the area, the little community welcome her with open arms.

She’s soon lodging with local eccentric Luna in her remote and beautiful Starlight Cottage, snuggled between rolling green hills. Luna’s handsome son Daniel lost his wife several years ago, and as Flora gets to know him, sharing walks through the blossom-scented woods, they both slowly begin to heal… and she realises that behind Daniel’s quiet exterior, there’s a passionate nature that makes her forget all about her ex-husband.

As she settles into her new life, hosting a baking competition for the village’s summer celebration seems like a great idea… but with Daniel’s mysterious silences leading Flora to believe he’s hiding secrets, she can’t help but wonder if she can really trust him. And when the race to bake the perfect Victoria sponge stirs up old rivalries between locals, Flora starts to feel like she’s bitten off more than she can chew.

After her new start, will Flora ever truly belong in Honeyford? And, this summer, can she risk opening up her heart again?

My Review; Oh my heart. It feels so good to be back with these lovely characters, the bookshop and the town. After loving the first book, this was a must read for me and yet again I am absolutely blown away with how much I loved and enjoyed it.

A Summer Escape and Strawberry Cake at the Cosy Kettle is book two in the Cosy Kettle series, best read in order. Another gorgeous, eye catching cover to match the first book too.

In this story we have some new characters, Luna, Daniel and Calib and I fell in love with them all. Cute little Calib having his only kid battles, handsome Daniel and the little bit wacky and wierd Luna! I have to give a little mention to Stanleys character to, he does make me laugh! The start of the story starts off quite sad for Flora but throughout the story we see her develop and transform into a totally different and confident woman.

A well deserved five stars from me and I have my fingers crossed for more from this lovely town, bookshop and the characters ofcourse. PLEASE! Highly recommend. I actually devoured most of this book in a day, I couldn’t put it down.

Also, if you’ve read the book you’ll understand this part… Days of Desire by April Devlin. It’s surely got me intrigued too. Who is April Devlin???? …. Hmmm. I wonder 😉

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