chick-lit · romance · Short Stories

*BLOG TOUR* Bonfires and Hot Chocolate at the Little Duck Pond Cafe – Rosie Green ★★★★

Blurb; If you love all the colours of autumn, you’re sure to warm to this uplifting story of love, loss and starting over.
Primrose Wilkins arrived in Sunnybrook with a burning desire to find the family she’s never known. But after a heart-breaking false start, she’s beginning to have second thoughts. Can she find the courage to battle on in her quest? And with her romantic life at an all-time low, will meeting the intriguing and attractive Callum Davy be just what she needs to renew her faith in love?
Meanwhile, Fen is also finding it hard to be brave. She’s made it through to the final of TV show ‘Battle of the Bakes’ (thanks to Ellie entering on her behalf), but she’s always shied away from being in the spotlight. How will Fen cope now that she’s a famous ‘celebrity’, recognised in the street everywhere she goes?

My Review; This series has been brilliant! They’re all short, easy reads that will just take you away to a perfect, cute and cosy little town. It’s like returning home everytime I tuck into one of these stories the people, town and community it just feels like I’ve known them all forever. Homely.

This story is Primrose’s story a recent new arrival to the welcoming town. She has plenty keeping her busy and has settled in well. She is on the hunt to find some of her lost biological family, will she succeed? In all the mist she finds herself torn between two men who will she fall for? Callum or Sam? A beautiful ending. I liked Primrose’s character.

This is the perfect Autumn read. So get cosy under your covers, hot choc at the read and settle in for a brilliant read. Brilliantly written. A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend.

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chick-lit · romance · Short Stories

*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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chick-lit · Comedy

*BLOG TOUR* The Mummy Bloggers – Holly Wainwright ★★★★

Blurb; Sometimes life behind the screen is not as rosy as it seems…

Meet three Mummy Bloggers – each of them followed, idolised, imitated, taunted and trolled online.

Elle Campbell is a glossy, lycra-clad mum with washboard abs, a ten-year plan and a secret past. Abi Black has quit sugar, moved to the country and is homeschooling her kids. Leisel Adams slogs away at her office job each day before rushing home, steeped in guilt, to spend precious moments with her kids before bedtime.

When all three women are nominated for a prestigious blogging award with a hefty cash prize, the scene is set for a brutal and often hilarious battle for hearts, minds-and clicks. As the awards night gets closer, their lies get bigger, their stunts get crazier – and some mistakes from the past become harder and harder to hide.

The Mummy Bloggers is a frank and funny look at the perils and perks of life online.

My Review; This was a first for me as I haven’t read any books similar to this before that focus on motherhood specifically even though I am a mother myself. I thought I was going in expecting to relate to a lot of things… However, what a big load of lies some of those mummy bloggers post about. For example, the perfect life, work, healthy eating, outfits, paid help and spotless houses. UMMM. That’s not motherhood that is a lie.

Don’t get me wrong that’s what the book is about how mums represent their ‘perfect’ life online when the reality is much different. Parts had me laughing out loud and parts made me angry. Given time I thought some of those mothers cared more about their blog than their kids. It is a brilliantly written story though and eye opening if you think about it. Differently from what I usually read.

I awarded The Mummy Bloggers four stars and would highly recommend. I want to know your opinions on this one. All mothers are different but shouldn’t we all be supporting each other?

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