BLOG TOUR: The Summer House – Jenny Hale

BLOG TOUR: The Summer House – Jenny Hale

The Summer House follows lifelong friends Callie Weaver and Olivia Dixon as they buy and move in to the beach house of their childhood memories. Many summers Callie spent with Olivia and her family in the small seaside town of Waves. When the chance to buy an old guesthouse arises, the girls know they have to take the chance and plow all of their money in to buying and renovating the property so as to open the guesthouse again. The last thing on either of their minds is romance or falling in love, both have been hurt in the past. Not to mention all the work they need to do on the guest house.

But as always seems to be the case, when you least it expect it, fate always delivers the hunkiest of men. In the case of Callie, this is Luke Sullivan, local millionaire. A chance run in when heading out for lunch leads her to a man who is determined to be in her life. Throw in to the mix a storm which threatens the existence of the guesthouse and the journal of the previous owner which contains some explosive secrets and you know you are on to a winner.

I loved The Summer House. It was the perfect read for a warm summers day. I was mesmerised through out as I became lost in Callie’s world, discovering her secrets and seeing her learning to trust again and open her heart. Callie, was a character who was easy to like and relate to, much the same as Olivia and Luke. I never had a moment throughout where I disliked any of them. Each were well formed and beautifully described. Luke literally sounds like the man of many womens dreams, it soon becomes apparent that there is much more to him than there first seems and that is where we discover this beautiful character.

Then we have the locations. I mean what could sound more wonderful than a beachfront guesthouse. The whole town and the building were described beautifully. I could vividly imagine the picturesque places, so much so I almost feel as though I had visited. It does now mean, however that I am gutted that this beautiful place does not exist for me to enjoy in real life. As far as I am concerned you can never go far with a beach set novel, to me there is no place more beautiful and magical than along the coast, something which Jenny managed to portray throughout this book.

Jenny manages to create a masterpiece, her words flow effortlessly from the page, weaving their spell and grabbing me and drawing me in. The plot was fresh and flowed easily, a compelling read which kept me on the edge of the seat as I waited to learn the secrets within. This was a beautiful book and I am sad that I have finished, it was such a delightful read, full of love, hope and friendships. Never a dull moment, an emotional rollercoaster from beginning to end.

The Summer House Book Cover The Summer House
Jenny Hale
Bookouture
09/06/2017
284

Some summers will stay with you forever...

Callie Weaver and best friend Olivia Dixon have finally done it: put their life savings into the beach house they admired through childhood summers, on the dazzling white sand of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. They’re going to buff the salt from its windows, paint its sun-bleached sidings, and open it as a bed and breakfast.

Callie’s too busy to think about her love life, but when she catches the attention of local heartthrob Luke Sullivan, his blue eyes and easy smile make it hard to say no. He’s heir to his father’s property empire, and the papers say he’s just another playboy, but as they laugh in the ocean waves, Callie realizes there’s more to this man than money and good looks.

Just when true happiness seems within reach, Callie and Olivia find a diary full of secrets... secrets that stretch across the island, and have the power to turn lives upside down. As Callie reads, she unravels a mystery that makes her heart drop through the floor.

Will Callie and Luke be pulled apart by the storm it unleashes, or can true love save them?

The Summer House is an absolutely gorgeous, heart-warming summer romance, about the importance of family, not keeping secrets, and learning how to open your heart.

BLOG TOUR: Save The Date – Aven Ellis

BLOG TOUR: Save The Date – Aven Ellis

Save The Date is the latest instalment in Aven Ellis’ Chicago on Ice hockey series and is my favourite to date. As always Aven delivers us real and likeable characters which you grow to love as you uncover their stories. With every book I grow to love the characters more and more and this is no exception, Luca; need I say more?

Aven has a way with words which is quite literally mesmerising enabling her to form such beautifully description characters full of personality and with such full and intricate life stories it literally leaves me breathless. I love how she manages to entwine their lives and their backstories to create plot which are warm, funny and full of love and romance. I always know a book by Aven will leave me with a smile on my face and a warm fuzzy feeling and I am always eagerly awaiting the next instalment to catch glimpses of old favourites.

This is a sweet, warm and beautiful tale about Luca, a gorgeous, sexy hockey player who is so much more than meets the eye and is certainly my idea of the perfect man. I could literally weep that this man is not real 🙁 and Collin’s, as always we are left with the female I can’t help but love and hope for all her dreams to come true, and to share her journey to her happy ever after.

As always Aven has delivered the perfect read, one I devoured and was left bereft when I finished as I wanted to much to be back in this warm and fuzzy world where all is good. As always the hockey is on point and really adds to the drama and sexiness of this book.

Save The Date is a book which doesn’t disappoint and delivers on every level. So stop what you are doing right now and slip in to this beautiful story and enjoy the pure escapism.

About the author:

I live in the Dallas area with my family. I enjoy clipping out recipes I will never get around

to trying, working out, and chatting with friends on social media. I’m a hockey nut (Go

Stars!) and watch as much as humanly possible. I also love shopping and fashion and admit

to being obsessed with whatever the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. In addition to be

obsessed with the Duchess, I’m equally obsessed with any show or cookbook featuring

Gordon Ramsay.

Links

Website/Blog – http://avenellis.com/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/@AvenEllis

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AvenEllis1

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7265661.Aven_Ellis

Amazon Page – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aven-

Ellis/e/B00GHUYO90/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1455968038&sr=1-1

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/avenellis/

 

 

Save The Date Book Cover Save The Date
Chicago on Ice Series Book 3
Aven Ellis
Soul Mate Publishing
17/05/2017
230

Chicago event planner Collins Brady knows how to make the magic happen for her clients. From elaborate weddings to cute baby showers, Collins knows what to do to make an experience breathtakingly perfect. In her mind, she adds the sparkle that makes everything shine.

If only she had that same sparkle in her personal life.

While she’s good at her job, her true career dreams lie elsewhere. If she could do anything, it would be to become an equestrian riding instructor. That dream, however, is shelved due to practicality. And that’s not the only thing Collins has shelved. After ending a relationship with her college sweetheart, Collins has taken her heart out of the game, too. She wonders if that magical kind of love can exist. But maybe it’s only a fantasy.

Or is it? All of that changes the night she meets Luca Ballerini, the rookie goalie for the Chicago Buffaloes. Passionate and fiercely determined, Luca has only made time for hockey in his life—until he meets Collins. Her spark hasn’t escaped him, and now Luca wants something other than his hockey career.

But following their dreams and hearts isn’t always easy. Can Collins and Luca find a way to live their dreams with each other?

Will love get past them? Or will this goalie make a perfect save of Collins’ heart?

BLOG TOUR: Dead Woman Walking – Sharon Bolton

BLOG TOUR: Dead Woman Walking – Sharon Bolton

Dead Woman Walking is the latest book from best selling author Sharon Bolton and boy was I not disappointed. Dead Woman Walking is an astonishing dark and thrilling read, with plenty of twists and a fantastic plot to make this a truly compelling read.

We follow sisters Isabel and Jessica, two strong and interesting woman. We discover early on that Isabel is a nun. Isabel and Jessica have a history and issues through which they must work through, The story was not told from the perspective of one character; all main characters had their voice and their perspective of the events as they unfolded. This allowed for me to view the situation from many different angles and view points; making the book more intriguing, and more enjoyable to read. I felt like I developed a real in depth understanding and picture of the main characters and their role within the plot.

Dead Woman Walking is a cleverly and well written novel which travels effortlessly between the past and present. Twists and turns in the plot kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat. The characters are developed and built throughout the book in a descriptive and intricate way which I really enjoyed and really added to the depth of the plot and the circumstances. All the stories and character view points come together and everything ties up nicely leaving me feeling satisfied.

The short and suspense filled chapters made this an extraordinary and compelling page turner. Sharon Bolton has an easy to read writing style which made this an enjoyable and easy read. Dead Woman Walking is a mind blowing complex crime thriller, with an exceptional plot and incredibly detailed characters. This is a book not to be missed, I was on the edge of my seat, second guessing but never really knowing where the plot was going thanks to the twists and suspense, Bolton has weaved effortlessly throughout.

An enjoyable and compelling, dark and twisty novel which left me feeling at times slightly spooked.

Dead Woman Walking Book Cover Dead Woman Walking
Sharon Bolton
Transworld Digital
20/04/2017
368

'Bolton is a gripping storyteller with fine, haunted characters' Peter James

Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, a man murders a young woman. At the same time, a hot-air balloon crashes out of the sky. There’s just one survivor.

She’s seen the killer’s face – but he’s also seen hers. And he won’t rest until he’s eliminated the only witness to his crime.

Alone, scared, trusting no one, she’s running to where she feels safe – but it could be the most dangerous place of all . . .

The Silk Weaver – Liz Trenow

The Silk Weaver – Liz Trenow

With thanks to the publishers for sending us a copy of this book in exchange for review.  I was interested in the description of this book, which bought to mind the books of Dinah Jefferies that I’ve been enjoying recently and I was intrigued to take on another authors take on historical romance.

 

In the Silk Weaver Liz Trenow introduces us to Anna Butterfield, on the death of her mother she has given up the comforts of her peaceful life tending to her dad and sister and is thrown head first into London life with her aunt – her uncle a silk merchant has a social status which Anna finds she must also step into.  She must wear the right clothes and be seen with the right people for a young woman of her status.

However soon on arriving Anna meets French silk weaver Henri and soon through several twists of fates their lives become intertwined in a forbidden romance.

Trenow has managed to weave a wonderful story which immerses the reader in history, I did however find this book a bit slow going to start with and it takes a long time to get into the romance.  However once it began I was drawn into the relationship and the book was better for it.

 

The Silk Weaver Book Cover The Silk Weaver
Liz Trenow
Pan
Paperback
416

1760, Spitalfields. Anna Butterfield’s life is about to change forever, as she moves from her idyllic Suffolk home to be introduced into London society. A chance encounter with a French silk weaver, Henri, draws her in to the volatile world of the city’s burgeoning silk trade. Henri is working on his ‘master piece’, to become a master weaver and freeman; Anna longs to become an artist while struggling against pressure from her uncle’s family to marry a wealthy young lawyer.

As their lives become ever more intertwined, Henri realises that Anna’s designs could give them both an opportunity for freedom. But his world becomes more dangerous by the day, as riots threaten to tear them apart forever . . .

Inspired by real historical events and characters, The Silk Weaver is a captivating, unforgettable story of illicit romance in a time of enlightenment and social upheaval.

The Summer of Impossible Things – Rowan Coleman

The Summer of Impossible Things – Rowan Coleman

We were absolutely ecstatic to receive a very special bloggers copy of Rowan’s latest novel A Summer of Impossible Things and eager to get lost amongst it’s pages!

In a new turn for Rowan this story explores the possibility of time travel, but in a very clever way.  Luna and her sister have lost their mum and are visiting America to sell off her old family home, but the death of their mother has uncovered some major secrets about who Luna is and being back in her mum’s childhood home has some unsettling effects for Luna – she finds she is literally drawn back in time and it’s possible that it’s down to her to change the tragic events of the past and hopefully make a new brighter future for her family.

The plot was very cleverly put together for this story and despite the time travel it was never unclear where you were in time or the story and the plot unwound naturally.  I really enjoyed the relationship between Luna and her sister and how Luna supported her sister through her own issues.  Luna was selfless in her determination to resolve the issues from the past even though it was clear this could mean she lost herself and her own happiness in the process.

The subplot of Luna’s own love interest in the past was also well done – showing two people drawn together by fate and unexpected circumstance and how they can overcome barriers to find love.

There are very few time travelling novels that I’ve actually enjoyed but I can genuinely add this one to the list.  A beautiful book!

The Summer of Impossible Things Book Cover The Summer of Impossible Things
Rowan Coleman
Ebury Digital
29th June 2017
Paperback
400

This summer, get ready to believe in Impossible Things with the brand new book from international bestseller, Rowan Coleman. This is THE TIME TRAVELLER'S WIFE for a new generation of readers. Available to pre-order now!

If you could change the past, would you?

Thirty years ago, something terrible happened to Luna’s mother. Something she’s only prepared to reveal after her death.

Now Luna and her sister have a chance to go back to their mother’s birthplace and settle her affairs. But in Brooklyn they find more questions than answers, until something impossible – magical – happens to Luna, and she meets her mother as a young woman back in the summer of 1977.

At first Luna’s thinks she’s going crazy, but if she can truly travel back in time, she can change things. But in doing anything – everything – to save her mother’s life, will she have to sacrifice her own?

A Twist of the Knife – Becky Masterman

A Twist of the Knife – Becky Masterman

With thanks to The Orion Publishing Group for allowing us an advance copy of this book in exchange for review – the third in a series by Becky Masterman, however we’ve not read any of the previous books and had no problem getting stuck into this story reading it as a standalone.

Here we meet Bridget Quinn reminiscing on her first time witnessing someone’s execution and flashing forwards to present day where she winds up travelling to her parents as her dad is gravely ill and reencountering an old colleague who is now desperate to save a man days away from execution on death row.  Marc Creighton is accused of the murder of his wife, thanks to some loose fingerprint evidence, and it’s also believed he murdered his children who disappeared the same night.

Marc however has always protested his innocence but can he convince those who want to put him to death in time?  Bridget is looking over the case and this turns into a gripping thriller with a race against the clock element – unfortunately at some point the clock runs out but the pace of the story doesn’t falter and there are many more puzzle pieces to fit together before the oh my god twist of an ending!

A fantastic crime narrative and I’m sure to return to this author!

A Twist of the knife Book Cover A Twist of the knife
Becky Masterman
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
8th June 2017
Kindle
320

It takes a strong woman to be able to watch someone die.

Brigid Quinn is tough, determined, steely and sharper than sharp. As an ex-agent of the FBI she has seen it all, and survived. But nothing can cut her closer to the bone than family...

When Brigid gets a call from her mother saying her father is in hospital with pneumonia, she decides to check on her former colleague Laura Coleman who is living nearby. Having saved Brigid's life, Laura is now working on an 'innocence project', investigating cold cases. And one in particular seems to have caught her attention. Fifteen years before, Marcus Creighton was accused of killing his wife and three children. Now the state governor has signed the warrant for his execution.

Worried that her friend is getting in too deep, Brigid promises to help. But what if her instincts are betraying her? If she can't even trust her memories of her own childhood, how can she make a call on some stranger's story that took place over fifteen years before?

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