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*Spotlight* Just for the Summer – Fay Keenan.

Blurb; When Kate Harris accepts the job of redecorating her brother Aidan’s house in the picturesque town of Willowbury, she knows it’s just a stop gap before she has to decide what to do with the rest of her life. While her three sons spend the summer holiday with their father, Kate has an opportunity to prove to herself that there is a new life, after her divorce.

Harry Sinclair is the owner of Vale Volumes book shop on Willowbury High Street. Content, if a little bored with his lot, his shop, as well as his life, could do with freshening up. When Kate offers to spruce up Vale Volumes ready for the visit of a famous author, they find they have a lot more in common than colour schemes.

But both have secrets and responsibilities, and when the trials of family life threaten their burgeoning friendship, can they overcome the experiences of their pasts? Will Somerset’s most magical town cast its spell on them? Or will Kate and Harry have to concede that their friendship really is just for the summer?

About the author; Fay is a bestselling author of commercial fiction. Her debut novel, ‘The Second Chance Tea Shop’, was published by Head of Zeus in 2017, and two further novels make up the Little Somerby series, both also published by HoZ. She loves to base her books in the wonderful county of Somerset, and readers will notice many real locations in her stories, alongside brooding heroes, self-possessed heroines and more than a few flavours of the county. A lover of all things Somerset, her aim is to show what a heart-thumpingly passionate county it really is! Fay’s latest novel, ‘A Place to Call Home’, published by Boldwood Books, moves slightly further into Somerset and many readers will recognise locations in and around the iconic and spiritually diverse town of Glastonbury. It is the story of what happens when opposites attract but principles collide, and unfolds in both Somerset and Westminster. Her fifth novel, ‘Snowflakes Over Bay Tree Terrace’, is also due for release by Boldwood Books later this year, and explores the lives of a school teacher and an air ambulance pilot who just happen to live next door to each other. When she is not writing fiction, Fay is a secondary school English teacher, a wife, a mother of two daughters and the keeper of a large, demanding Weimaraner dog called Bertie. She can often be found on the Strawberry Line, being dragged from pillar to post by either dog or children, and is only now coming to terms with the fact that some of her students, current and former, occasionally read her novels. Sign up to Fay’s newsletter to find out the latest about her novels, her inspiration and her day to day ramblings with Bertie: http://bit.ly/FayKeenanNewsletter

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*BLOG TOUR* Twice in a Lifetime -Helga Jensen ★★★★

Blurb; Amelia might have met The One. But is she twenty years too late?

After her husband left her out of the blue, the only relationship 48-year-old Amelia Simpson has enjoyed recently is with Nutella and Pinot Grigio. While her 8-year-old twin boys, Jasper and Rupert, keep her busy, Amelia dreams of a life more than washing muddy rugby kits and weekly chats with best friends Sian and Jamie.

Amelia needs some magic back in her life – but magic seems in short supply in her small Welsh town. So when she finds the phone number that was given to her twenty years ago by a handsome stranger in New York, Amelia wonders whether he might be The One That Got Away. But when Sian takes matters into her own hands, launching a worldwide hunt to find the handsome stranger Amelia met outside Tiffany’s two decades ago, Amelia finds herself on a flight to the Big Apple to reconnect with her ‘Perfect Patrick’. But as the two explore the sights of NYC, has Amelia reconnected with The One? Or will she discover that the sparkle she was missing is actually closer to home?

My Review; What a brilliant read. Starts off with Amelia being cheated on and a divorce. She has twins boys. Middle aged. Works in a bookshop. She trys online dating. That doesn’t work. But then she finds herself reminiscing about the past specifically a man from her past.. but surely its too late to go back there after all these years?

I loved every page. Devoured it. Had me laughing out loud in parts. A funny and uplifting romance. A new start. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. A perfect chick-lit/romance read. Really enjoyed it.

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*BLOG TOUR* Happy Dreams at Mermaid Cove – Marie Laval ★★★★

Blurb; From the big city to a little yellow mobile library on the Isle of Skye …
When Jenna Palmer agrees to the new position of mobile librarian on the tiny Arrandale peninsular of the Isle of Skye, she knows she’s signing up for difficult working conditions and mediocre wages. But Jenna needs to get away, and a little yellow mobile library called Buttercup could be her escape to happier dreams …
However, whilst Jenna can get to grips with foggy island roads, local mermaid legends and even big purple monsters, she never expected to have to contend with a boss as grumpy as Daniel McGregor, or a young book lover as enthusiastic as his niece, Katrina.
Arrandale might represent Jenna’s safe port in a storm, but could she and Buttercup also become a beacon of hope to Daniel, Katrina and the entire island community?

My Review; Happy Publication Day! This is a pure escapism of a read. A holiday for the mind. It starts off with a storm and accident but surely things get better from there right? Onwards and upwards… Jenna is running the new mobile library and this setting was pure heaven filled with new books, dvds and a whole new design she is serious and ready to go.

A beautiful, uplifting and happy story. This is just what I needed. Perfection. I throughally enjoyed it. I fell in love with Jennas character, the setting and Buttercup. I want my own Buttercup, now that’s the dream. A story full of myths, legends, new friendships and a new start. Loved it all. Devoured it.

This is the first book I have read by this author and I will be looking into the authors back log after this beauty. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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