Short Stories

*BLOG TOUR* Here Be Icebergs – Katya Adaui ★★★★

Blurb; The mysteries of kinship (families born into and families made) take disconcerting and familiar shapes in these refreshingly frank short stories. A family is haunted by a beast that splatters fruit against its walls every night, another undergoes a near-collision with a bus on the way home from the beach. Mothers are cold, fathers are absent—we know these moments in the abstract, but Adaui makes each as uncanny as our own lives: close but not yet understood.

My Review; This is a short read at just under 130 pages but includes twelve short stories within it each about imperfect families, relationships & lives. Each story is different and unique. Some are raw and emotional while others are mysterious, about death, divorce or broken relationships. It is beautifully translated and a good read, something different. I really enjoyed it. A great variety of stories that are not aimed at everyday normal families. Some stories are longer than others and some I wanted to learn more about. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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Children's · Short Stories

*BLOG TOUR* Now That You’re Here – Kate Staves ★★★★★

Blurb; Now that you’re here,
You’re where you belong.
We’re so pleased to meet you,
We’ve waited so long!

Join giraffes, hedgehogs, penguins and many more adorable animals as they welcome their new babies! Share this sweet, rhyming picture book with the special little person in your life and let them know just how much better life is ‘Now That You’re Here.’

This beautifully illustrated, rhyming picture book makes the perfect gift for new babies and parents.

Reviews; Charlotte aged 7 – I loved this book. Beautiful pictures of all the different animal families. See all the animals with their new babies. Easy to read. I can read it to my baby brother as I love him just the same as this book. I understand it all. Its a happy book. Made me feel happy. All the stars. Noah aged 4 – A happy book. Made me feel happy all about babies. We have a baby. Cody. Look. I liked all the pictures and learning all the names of all the baby animals. Cute. Loved this story. Gemma (mum) 28 – What a beautiful children’s book that many children with new baby siblings can relate to like my children. It’s an easy read in poem style all about different animal families with their new babies. Beautifully illustrated throughout. It is a happy, uplifting and full of love story. Beautiful. I could relate to every word as a new mother to my 3rd child. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me.

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chick-lit · romance · Short Stories

*BLOG TOUR* A Little Hotel in Cornwall Books 1-8 – Laura Briggs ★★★★

A Little Hotel in Cornwall: Books 1-8
All eight novellas in the UK bestselling series A LITTLE HOTEL IN CORNWALL are now available in one collection! Follow aspiring young author Maisie Clark as she stumbles into a role as a maid in the idyllic hotel by the sea, where there’s never a dull moment, from her quest to track down a reclusive English novelist, to her brush with jewel thieves and a whirlwind trip through Paris and London to name a few. All the while, she finds herself falling for the handsome and enigmatic groundskeeper Sidney Daniels. Could the key to unlocking her dreams be right in front of her?

This collection contains A Little Hotel in Cornwall, A Spirited Girl on Cornish Shores, Sea Holly and Mistletoe Kisses, The Cornish Secret of Summer’s Promise, A Train from Penzance to Paris, A Cornish Daisy’s Kiss, A Stargazy Night Sky, and The Cornish Key to Happiness.

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Author Bio; Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.

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Review of book ONE in the series; What a brilliant start to this series. This is a series of eight short reads. I have previously read book three and eight before as I obviously cannot read a series in order it was lovely to start from the beginning. The story focuses on main character Maisie who’s dream is to become a writer but her dream soon falls short when she cannot find a sponsor to read through her work to enter a grant/competition to become published. She finds her on an adventure to a hotel in Cornwall to find a sponsor but along the way she bumps into her ex. Not all doom and gloom though as she also bumps into a kind, handsome stranger Sydney. Loved his character. After a wobble she decided to return home but something tells her to stay and not give up on her dream. I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for this series and read it in order. An easy, short and fast paced read. Really enjoyed it all… The characters, the setting and the storyline. I really hope Maisie achieves her dream and maybe something with Sydney. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.