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*BLOG TOUR* Clara’s Secret Garden – Rosie Green ★★★★

Blurb; When Clara Bowes transforms a wilderness of a garden, she isn’t expecting to reconnect with someone special from her past at the same time. Having Rory Angel in her life again is a dream come true. But life is never straight forward – especially in matters of the heart – and soon, a devastating revelation looks set to bring Clara’s hopes for the future crashing down around her. Will she find the strength to reach for her dreams? Don’t miss this gorgeously sunny read, perfect for the summer months!

My Review; It’s been a while since I read this series or author and reading this one made me realise just how much I missed it and loved it. This is a shortish read which I devoured 70% of in one night and loved it all. In this book we meet main character Clara who is part of a very dysfunctional family and she is very protective over her little brother Bertie. I loved them both. Clara hasn’t had the easiest of upbrings but in this story we see her blossom and bloom and find what she likes and wants to do. Bring in an old time friend and crush Rory is this her chance to rekindle that friendship and maybe hope for more? Or is that wishful thinking all these years later. This story includes some of our favourite characters from the duck pond cafe and the famous village green which I can still imagine picture perfect. Fabulous read. Enjoyed every page. A well deserved four stars from me. It is part of a series but reads perfectly as a standalone.

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Book Lovers – Emily Henry ★★★★★

Blurb; One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn’t see coming….

Nora Stephens’ life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.

Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away—with visions of a small-town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.

If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again—in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow—what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.

My Review; Oh its a TikTok book. It’s that book and author you see EVERYWHERE. I know. I gave it ago to see the hype for myself and I wasn’t disappointed! They got this one right. What a brilliant read. I was hooked. Very enemies to lovers kind of. Brilliant ending. Funny parts along the way. I devoured this. I already cannot wait to see what her other stories are like. I know I’m late to the party with this one but its a must read and may just end up in my top reads of the year. I’d love to see this turned into a film/tv series. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me.

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*BLOG TOUR* Making Waves at River View Cottage – Jennifer Bohnet (Content).

Blurb; Cassie Lewis, a widow for over 20 years has begun to realise there must be more to life.
In-between working at the family boatyard in picture perfect Dartmouth and raising two children, she wonders where the years have gone.
Both her children, Tom and Polly, have inherited their father’s love of sailing and currently Tom is preparing for a gruelling round the world race. When an accident forces Tom to pull out, Polly, to Cassie’s horror, insists she is capable of taking his place.
As Polly prepares for the race, Cassie unexpectedly finds herself with two keen and eligible men vying for her love.
With her BIG 5-0 birthday approaching Cassie knows she has some big decisions to make but will the worry over Polly’s safe return, cloud her judgement?
Originally published in 2003 as Call of the Sea

Author Bio; Jennifer Bohnet is the bestselling author of over 12 women’s fiction titles, including Villa of Sun and Secrets and A Riviera Retreat. She is originally from the West Country but now lives in the wilds of rural Brittany, France.

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