Friday, 24 November 2017

Book Review - Lucy's Book Club for the Lost and Found by Emma Davies

Amazon UK
Title: Lucy's Book Club for the Lost and Found 
Author: Emma Davies
Format reviewed: Ebook 
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 24th November 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

Sometimes you’ve got to run away to find yourself… 

Twenty-four-year-old Lucy needs a fresh start. Forever single and frustrated with her studies she gives up everything to run a little library in the leafy village of Tilley Moreton. 

Lucy loves reading almost as much as she loves fixing other people’s problems, so starting a book club seems like the perfect opportunity to do both. As she meets her new members, it’s clear she’s going to have her work cut out for her. Handsome but silent Callum is the biggest puzzle of them all... 

But Lucy’s meddling begins to cause more problems than it solves, and no one is more surprised than Lucy when Callum steps in to help. Could there be more to him than people think? 

As Callum and Lucy start working together to fix the broken hearts of the library’s most loyal customers, the first sparks of romance begin to fly.

Can they right all the trouble Lucy has created, and might there be a chance for a happy ending of their own?

Simply fantastic, a wonderfully heart warming story about Lucy and the other people that attend her book club. 

Lucy is wonderful she besides being a book lover, also just wants to help her friends achieve their dreams. Some may see it as meddling but she had a good heart and really wants the best for everyone.  Somehow everything that happens in the story has Lucy as the catalyst to it. 

There is Lia who dreams of dancing and is currently her mothers carer, Hattie who is single mother to Poppy and having family troubles of her own. Oscar is a lot older than the others but he is hiding a secret and I was really touched by his story.  Then there is Callum, he is only 19, not from the best family in town, but is nothing like his parents or brothers. He has the signs of becoming a remarkable young man. 

In fact Callum is perhaps the surprise character of the group, and I loved seeing how he changed over the course of the story. Actually loved seeing all the characters development. 

It took me a short while to get into the rhythm of this book given it really has 5 main characters, and each gets a good amount of coverage, as the chapters change focus between a few of them. It does allow you to get to know all their situations really well. 

I'm becoming a huge fan of Emma Davies work, and this has made me even more impressed with her writing. It is a fabulous book and I'm so happy to have taken a break from my Christmas reading stacks to read it. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for this copy which  I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Guest Post - The Writing of Only One Woman by Christina Jones and Jane Risdon - Blog Tour

Hello, Rachel – lovely to meet you here on your fabulous blog, and thanks a million for inviting us both to have a chat with you on the – ta-dah! - publication day!!! – of  ONLY ONE WOMAN. You have no idea how excited we are…

Jane :  We’re excited and proud and a bit stunned to be honest, because this is a day we thought we’d never see, because… well, let me start telling you all about writing Only One Woman with Christina Jones – oh, and there aren’t any bodies...

Christina: *sniggers*

Jane: Ahem – right, for years Christina and I have wanted to write a book together, even when I hadn’t started ‘proper’ writing, we’d discussed it, and even though she was already a best-selling, award-winning author we often played around with the idea. We both felt we had a story to tell, a shared story, one which had to see the light of day.

But we all know how it is, life is busy, we’d our own agendas and finding time to write with someone else was a bit daunting putting it mildly, especially when there was a considerable distance separating us physically, not to mention the fact that I was working in the international music business and had not yet turned to a life of crime (writing) and Christina, known for her Bucolic Frolics series of books, was always busy with publishers and deadlines. Besides, she was a successful author – I worried I might wreck her career!

Christina: Oh pfffftttt, Jane! There was no way you’d wreck my career or anything else… you write brilliantly – the only problem was that as well as us being miles apart geographically, our genres couldn’t be further apart… because as everyone probably knows, Jane writes gritty crime, and I write froth-and-bubble rom-com…

Jane: You’re too kind… Anyway, maybe I should fill in our shared background here: Christina and I have known each other since the late 1960s when my then boyfriend – now husband – and his band came to England to record and tour and which is when we met. Soon after this, their manager recruited Christina as their fan-club secretary. She was a rock/pop journalist and short story author at the time and was perfect job the job.

Christina: *blushing modestly* I wrote for the teenage magazines… It was hardly Booker Prize material.

Jane: It was perfect for what they needed – so, during the years that Christina was their fan-club secretary we all had our own adventures, and it was these we promised we’d write about one day…

 Christina: It was an idea, that was all. We actually gave no thought to how we’d manage it – but as we were living through some of the most exciting and innovative years of the century, we promised ourselves we would write it down  if only as a piece of social history for our – as then non-existent - children and grandchildren.

Jane: More time passed and eventually we met up again and decided to stop talking and start doing it. But, by this time I was into the aforementioned crime/thriller writing and was concerned how I would fit in with Christina’s style of writing. Her books, as she’s said, are all fluffy feel good happy uplifting stories set in villages featuring comical and lovable characters – mine usually end up dead and far from fluffy. Would our writing styles meld?

Christina: We felt possibly not… So the co-authoring thing was dropped again.   

Jane:  A few months later, I’d just moved house and whilst going through boxes of memorabilia from my husband’s musical career I came across diaries, photos, tour schedules, posters, and fan letters, which I began to read. And before I was really aware of it, I began to make notes in diary format. A story began to form and I rang Christina and asked her – doubtfully - what she thought about turning our adventures into fiction with a huge dose of poetic licence of course.

Christina: If she’d been in the room I could have kissed her! It was honestly a lightbulb moment! Here was the subject we both knew and could write about and had discussed all those years before. We’d both experienced the late 60s’ music scene, we’d been there when world events rocked the globe, we’d worn the fashions, listened to the music, watched the bands - we could do this! We were both writing fiction - we’d turn our “social history” into a novel! So – now we knew what we were going to write about, and at last we had the opportunity – it just left the problem of how we’d make it work.

Jane: But it wasn’t a problem for long, was it? We decided to write a two-hander, with each of us assuming the character of our fictional alter-ego and writing the chapters as diary entries… That way we knew we could write a truly original book, using our experiences and knowledge of the music scene back in those heady, exciting last years of the grooviest decade ever.

Christina:  It was fun, choosing our alter–egos, and then knowing we could use our own memories for time-line authenticity, we couldn’t wait to let rip with our imaginations… Anyway, pretty soon Jane became Renza and I became Stella, and because it could only work by Jane writing her story first then letting me slot Stella into it, she started writing properly while I played about with notes, and plots and sub-plots and collected diaries and calendars and other archive information from 1968 and 69.

Jane: Yes, I scribbled away over a period of months, Renza took on a life if her own – and as Christina has said, although we decided to use some of our remembered experiences from that time, 95% of the story would be fiction. I sent what I’d written to Christina who then wrote Stella’s parts.

Christina: I’ve lost track of how many drafts we did – well, actually, no – there was only one version – we just kept adding to it – winging it back and forth as Stella and Renza – who, by the way, were in love with the same boy, sex-on-legs, Scott – lead guitarist with Narnia’s Children - had more and more adventures, and we came up with more and more exciting plotlines for them.

 Jane: *Laughing* - oh, yes, we are so very 21st Century – we wrote the entire book via email, text and Facebook messages. I think we spoke about it on the phone once, and met up once to chat about it. Otherwise our collaboration was long distance and very easy really. Christina had various documents to call upon to aid her research – as she’s just said - while I used all sorts of memorabilia I’d collected from back in the day.

Christina: It didn’t seem like work at all – it was just fun… I loved doing it and lost myself in the whole era all over again. And because I’d had a couple of years of not really writing anything much at all for various reasons, it kick-started me out of my writing doldrums too.

Jane: It started out as a pie-in-the-sky idea and turned into therapy!

Christina: It did. I really thought I’d fallen out of love with writing – but no….

Jane: Thank goodness! Anyway, once we’d reached the end of Only One Woman, we then went back and together checked the dates for this or that hit record, or which band was on the scene then and who wasn’t and which fashions were hip and who was on Top of the Pops or on Radio One and when. In fact many of the bands mentioned in the book have been interviewed by Christina at some time or other. You should ask her.

Christina: *chuckles* Yes, ok – I was very, very lucky to meet and interview many of the big names on the 60s’ pop and rock scene for Romeo and Jackie magazines. My husband now refers to this as my groupie period….

Jane: *laughs* Still, we wanted the book to be the authentic story of two girls living through those exciting times, calling upon real events in music, fashion, and the huge world-changing events at that time, to flavour our story. So our readers will find themselves immersed in music throughout. In fact both Renza and Stella have their own Playlists on YouTube featuring songs that they loved in the story.

Christina: But even after we’d got it all down on paper – er – computer screen – it wasn’t all plain sailing, was it, Jane?

Jane: Far from it. Since the book was started in 2012 we’ve had publication dates come and go many times during 2014, 2015, and 2016, which was hard to take, but at last Accent is publishing on 23rd November. Today! This last year has been epic. We have had several editors come and go since we began writing Only One Woman, and the last one got us to write additional chapters – still all in Renza and Stella’s diary format – and we moved from 120,000 words to 160,000 at the last count, before she too left her job, leaving us both to work on without an editor.

Christina: But we’d come that far, we weren’t going to let anything stop us now. We’d written the novel, we had a publisher and publication date – we were nearly there… And now – here we are!

Jane: Somehow we have completed what we think – and hope – is a fabulous story which those readers who lived through the sixties will love, and those who haven’t will discover what all the fuss has been about, and will enjoy the sixties through the eyes of Renza and Stella and their shared love, lead guitarist, Scott.

Christina: Yes, and we have publication day at last! *champagne corks popping in the background*.

Jane: Although it might seem a massive task to undertake, it has worked out brilliantly; Christina and I work well together and we remain firm friends. We’ve helped and supported each other throughout, and we’ve had hysterical giggles along the way as well as both going through our fair share of man-sized Kleenex too. Oh, and there aren’t any dead bodies; I managed to control myself.

Christina: *grins* Thanks a million for this chat, Rachel, and for allowing us both to ramble all over your fabulous blog. And we hope your regular visitors will be intrigued by the story behind Only One Woman and now dash off to Amazon to meet Renza, Stella and Scott and take a time-travel trip back to the 1960s…

Thank you so much ladies for taking the time to explain just how Only One Woman came about and how writing long distance can work. Having heard what you have had to say I am now really excited to start reading my copy, and really look forward to seeing just what Stella, Renza and Scott get up to.  And of course Happy Publication Day!

Two women, one love story.

June 1968. Renza falls head over heels for heartthrob guitarist Scott. But after a romantic summer together they are torn apart when Renza’s family moves away.

December 1968. On the night she believes to be her last, Stella meets Scott at a local dance. He’s the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and if this one night is all they have, she’ll take it.

As the final colourful year of the sixties dawns, the question is: can there be only one woman for Scott?

Purchase from Amazon UK -

About Christina Jones

Christina Jones, the only child of a schoolteacher and a circus clown, has been writing all her life. As well as writing romantic comedy novels, she also contributes short stories and articles to many national magazines and newspapers.

She has won several awards for her writing: Going the Distance was a WH Smith Fresh Talent Winner; Nothing to Lose, was shortlisted and runner-up for the Thumping Good Read Award with film and television rights sold; Heaven Sent was shortlisted in The Melissa Nathan Comedy Romance Awards and won a Category Award; Love Potions won the Pure Passion Award; The Way to a Woman’s Heart was short-listed for the Rom-Com of the Year; and An Enormously English Monsoon Wedding won The Reviewer’s Choice Award.

Christina has written 21 romantic comedy novels:
Dancing in the Moonlight; Going the Distance; Running the Risk; Stealing
the Show; Jumping to Conclusions; Tickled Pink; Nothing to Lose;
Walking on Air; Lavender Lane; Honeysuckle House; Forever Autumn;
Summer of Love; Hubble Bubble; Seeing Stars; Love Potions; Happy
Birthday; Heaven Sent; Moonshine; The Way A Woman's Heart; Never
Can Say Goodbye and An Enormously English Monsoon Wedding.

She has also written and/or contributed to 11 e-book-only novellas/short
stories/compilations: Those Lazy, Hazy Crazy Days; Mitzi’s Midwinter Wedding; Bucolic Frolics; Happy Ever After; Snippets; Shiver; Holiday Fling; Wishing on a Star; Chicklit Lovers Vol One; Chicklit Lovers Vol Three; and the Milton St John Box-Set.

Her latest novel – the love and peace and rock’n’roll 1960s story: Only One Woman – co-authored with Jane Risdon, will be published in November 2017 and is currently available to pre-order on Amazon.

Her next novel – Marigold’s Magical Mystery Tour – will be published in September 2018.

All Christina Jones’ novels are currently available, either in paperback or e-book format, and after years of travelling, she now lives in rural Oxfordshire with her husband and several rescued cats.

Twitter: @bucolicfrolics

About Jane Risdon

Jane Risdon has spent most of her life in the international music business. Married to a musician she has experienced the business first hand, not only as the girlfriend and wife of a musician, but later with her husband as a manager of recording artists, songwriters and record producers, as well as placing songs on TV/Movie soundtracks for some of the most popular series and movies shown around the world.

Writing is something she has always wanted to do but a hectic life on the road and recording with artists kept those ambitions at bay. Now she is writing mostly crime and thrillers, but recently she’s collaborated with award-winning author Christina Jones, on Only One Woman. A story they’ve wanted to write together, ever since they became friends when Christina became Fan-club secretary for Jane’s husband’s band.

Author Jane Risdon

Only One Woman Accent Press

Only One Woman Facebook

Please do follow along with the rest of the blog tour and show your support to these two lovely authors. 

Book Review - A Romance in Cornwall by Laura Briggs

Amazon UK
Title:  A Romance in Cornwall
Author: Laura Briggs
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 23rd August 2017
Rating: 4 Stars

After months in America, Julianne and Matt have finally returned to their beloved Cornish cottage — and Julianne discovers that time did not stand still in the village during her absence. As she struggles with homesickness for Seattle and feeling out of place in the Cornish life she loved so deeply, Julianne makes the acquaintance of a famous romance novelist struggling with writer's block, who believes her much-needed story lies somewhere in the tiny village of Ceffylgwyn.

When the writer finds herself momentarily inspired by Julianne and Matt's own love story in Cornwall, Julianne begins a — sometimes literal — walk down memory lane, remembering her favorite moments, people, and places in this spot. But as her newfound friend learns that inspiration isn't always what it seems, will Julianne, too, find her way past the changes in both the village and herself?

Old memories and familiar faces await readers in this playful tribute to the series' first novel a year after its debut, as Book Seven bridges the gap between Julianne's first life in Cornwall and one which promises new friends and new adventures yet to come.

Kudos of Laura Briggs for putting an introduction into the start of the book which gives a rough idea of what has happened since the last book, thus getting seasoned readers back into life in Ceffylgwyn that bit quicker. Especially as in my case if felt like ages since I read the previous book. 

A Romance in Cornwall  is the 7th standalone novella in this series, and it does have a slightly different feel to it. For a start we get to meet some new characters who I predict or hope may become regulars such as Rosie. 

We get to know Gemma a lot more, with her brand new writing ambitions, and Julianne just didn't quite feel herself. It was odd that this book didn't seem to feature any big even tat Cliff House, despite Julianne being an event planner. 

There was though a romance author trying to gain inspiration from the village,  and as a result there were a lot of literary references and talk of books which I always tend to enjoy as an avid reader. 

This is another good addition to the series that I enjoyed reading, and hopefully is going to have served as a sort of reboot for the series, so that the next book feels a bit more familiar again. 

Thank you to Laura Briggs for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Book Review - A Winter's Wish Come True by Lynsey James

Amazon UK
Title:  A Winter's Wish Come True
Author: Lynsey James
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 22nd November 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

Tis the season to be . . . pregnant? Catch up with Cleo and Scott in this fabulously feel-good festive read
Being pregnant with her ex-boyfriend’s baby is the last thing on Cleo Jones’s Christmas wish list. Scott might have been the man of her dreams once upon a time, but things change and now Cleo faces a future as a single mum… Or does she?

Scott won’t let Cleo go through this alone; whatever their differences he’s vowed to be there, from antenatal classes to night feeds and nappy changing. The two agree to bring up their baby as friends – but as Cleo’s bump grows, so do their feelings for each other.

Cleo can’t be sure if it’s her heart of her hormones urging her to give Scott a second chance – but getting back together could be the best Christmas present of all!

Somehow until just before I started this book I didn't twig that it was a sequel to A Season of Hopes and Dreams that was released a few months ago. However I am delighted that it was as it made getting into this story that bit easier, as I was already familiar with the characters's histories. 

Easily one of my favourite things from this book besides the story, the writing, the characters and the duelling grandmothers to be,  is the sheer amount of references to Friends, one of my favourite sitcoms of all times.  From Dr. Drake Ramoray, to the portrait of Gladys plus other references each one really made me smile, and wonder just how large a fan Lynsey James must be! 

Back to the main story,  well this is great, I loved seeing how Cleo and Scott who are now broken up deal with Cleo's pregnancy. Even better is seeing how Cleo's old arch nemesis Amanda fits into the story this time, as well as seeing how the two prospective sets of grand parents will react. 

This is a book that takes place over the best part of a year, and I enjoyed seeing how the story developed. Whether this can actually be read as a standalone, I'm not sure, I think you would benefit from reading the equally fabulous first book, before starting this, which would be no hardship. 

Once again in a Lynsey James review I can only state how much I admire this author, and continually look forward to future releases from her, and this is no exception.  A Winter's Wish Comes True is a nicely written, easy and quick to read book, that isn't heavy on festive cheer but ultimately there may just be a Christmas present to remember! 

Thank you so much to HQ Digital and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Book Review - Henry The Queen's Corgi by Georgie Crawley

Amazon UK
Title: Henry The Queen's Corgi
Author: Georgie Crawley
Format reviewed: Hardcover
Source: Arrived from the publisher
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 24th October 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

The heart-warming story of one little dog’s big adventure, and the lives he changes along the way.

This Christmas, anything could happen…

When their dog goes missing during a day trip to London, the Walker family are forced to accept that they may never see Henry again. But as the family search for their beloved pet, the reality of what has happened to Henry never even crosses their minds: Henry has been mistaken for one of the Queen’s prized corgis.

Swept into Buckingham Palace, Henry is about to discover how the other half of the dog world lives. Henry’s life with the Walkers is a long way from the world of china dog bowls of the corgi room.

But Henry isn’t such an average dog either – and as he explores the palace, getting under the feet of royals and staff alike, this naughty dog will change the residents of Buckingham Palace’s lives in ways they could never have imagined …

Easily one of the cutest books I've read this Christmas, and how fabulous was it to see Buckingham Palace through a dog's eyes. 

The chapters alternate between Henry and Amy. Henry is a corgi, and beloved family pet of the Walker family. However on a day out in London he ends up mistaken as the new corgi for the Queen, which is where his adventure really starts. 

Amy Walker is struggling to get used to life after her husband walked out on his family. She decides to try and start creating new happy memory with her children Jack and Claire (17 and 12), and takes them to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park and then to see Buckingham Palace. Of course they were never going to take Henry disappearing without a fight and I loved seeing the ways they tried to find Henry. 

I loved meeting the other dogs in the Palace, and through the eyes of Sarah, a servant that Henry befriends it was very interesting to see how the service staff at the palace treat each other, and that there is a great deal of snobbery about. Not only that but the other Corgis were looking down their noses at Henry too. 

I love reading books from the eye of a animal, and Henry is as you may expect is a rather special dog, who is always trying to help any humans around him. I loved seeing Buckingham Palace through his eyes and also his family too.  

This is a rather heart warming and loveable story set in the run up to Christmas. It's not overtly festive but there are some rather grand decorations, massive Christmas trees and Christmas carols. It is a story about family and how the Walkers were reacting at all times, was interesting to follow. 

This is a book that made me laugh, it made me smile and it almost made me cry too - its superb. 

Thank you Avon for sending me this book which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Monday, 20 November 2017

Book Review - Christmas at the Candied Apple Cafe by Katherine Garbera - Rachel Reads Randomly Book #78

Amazon UK
Title:  Christmas at the Candied Apple Cafe
Author:  Katherine Garbera
Format reviewed:  Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Publication Date: 10th November 2017
Rating: 4 Stars

There’s nothing so magical as Christmas in New York…
Santa is coming to New York!

Snow is falling, excitement is high and the delicious scent of chocolate drifts along Fifth Avenue – the Candied Apple CafĂ© is ready for Christmas! And no one is busier than publicist Iona Summerlin. With so much to do, she doesn’t have time to think about men, dating, or the fact her last boyfriend ditched her for her brother… Relationships are off the menu!

Hotel boss Mads Eriksson is not looking forward to the first Christmas since losing his wife. His six-year-old daughter Sofia has lost her belief in Christmas magic along with her mother, and he has no idea what to do. But an unusually festive business meeting at the Candied Apple – and meeting the beautiful Iona – starts to defrost Mads’ frozen heart, and suddenly life seems full of light and sparkle again.

If only they dare to believe, maybe all their Christmas dreams will come true!

Certainly a book that tries its hardest to bring the magic of Christmas in New York to life. 

There is a romance in this but to me that was the frustrating part of the book, as I was getting fed up with neither character wanting to admit what was blatantly obvious for half the book to the reader, to each other. 

The story that I loved within this book was of Sofia, she is Mads daughter, six years old and unfortunately doesn't believe in Santa anymore. When you hear the reasoning you will understand it, but due to a series of encounters with Iona, she and Mads are determined to bring the magic of the season back to Sofia. 

So there are all manner of fabulous festive outings, that show off New York and Christmas to their best. There is a trip to the Nutcracker, there are Christmas markets, and Sofia is also keen to learn about various Christmas traditions.  

The other highlight of the book for me was The Candied Apple Cafe itself. I loved all the delicious sounding chocolates and other candy on offer, as well as the friendship co-owners Hayley, Cici and Iona all shared.  I remember parts of Hayley's story from The Hot Cop Next Door which I read a few years ago, so it was good to have a degree of familiarity. 

I didn't feel lost that I hadn't read Cici's story, so would say this could easily be read as a standalone despite being the third in a series about the friends.  

Mads and Iona are both great characters and I enjoyed reading their story. There was certainly some chemistry between them which they were fighting. Both of them are selfless and both just want what's best for Sofia which was lovely to see. 

Christmas at the Candied Apple Cafe is an enjoyable story to read in the run up to Christmas and I'm glad I read it. 

Thanks to Harper Impulse and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Thanks to everyone that took part and voted for this book this week, good to see your normal decisions to get me to read books I will enjoy is continuing to work!  Let's see what happens this time! 

Rachel Reads Randomly - Vote #79

Thank you everyone for your input last time. The results of the last vote were:

3 Votes -  And a Sixpence For Luck by Lilac Mills
5 Votes - A Winter's Tale by Carrie Elks
9 Votes  - Christmas at the Candied Apple Cafe by Katherine Garbera 

Not the result I was predicting as I set the post up last week, but really glad that Christmas at the Candied Apple Cafe won. Really did enjoy it, as you will see from my review.  Believe it or not I may finally be making a dent on the Christmas stack I have! 

It's official, its the run up to Christmas, hence its time for us to do a few weeks of Christmas random reads, or until I run out of eligible books! This is purely as I only like reading them at this time of year, and never like having too many left over year to year! For the next couple of months, there will only be 3 choices each week due to the smaller pool to pick from. I have added in this year a few of the wintery sounding books too, just for a bit of variety!  

Below is my initial theory for this feature, and then a bit further, what you are all waiting for... This weeks's vote! Enjoy!

I am also awful at deciding what book to read next, as I often have about 10 titles or authors jumping into my brain at any time, shouting at me to read them, and I tend to worry I have made the wrong decision while reading a perfectly good book. I am hoping this will save me having to make at least 1 choice a week, while possibly providing a review to the site of a book you all either love or are curious about yourselves. 

So what I am proposing, is my lovely loyal readers of Rachel's Random Reads, select one book for me to read a week, and I will post the review the following week. 

This week's random numbers are...

And the books these numbers correspond to are...

So the 3 choices with my gut feeling responses are:

3 - Meet Me Under The Mistletoe by Carla Burgess - Really enjoyed reading one of her books earlier this year, so couldn't resist this one. I just haven't read it yet! 
4 - Nine Ladies Dancing by Cat Lavoie - Definitely chick lit , but I don't really know much more apart from that. It is Christmassy though! 
11 - A Rock'n'Roll Lovestyle by Kiltie Jackson - Set in Salzburg its a Christmas romance featuring a rock'n'roll angle - its a debut novel I am really looking forward to starting

Loving the look of all three of these books, I wouldn't want to make a decision, which is why as always I am leaving it up to you! 

And authors, if its your book up on this feature, feel free to take part, vote for yourself, or stir up excitement amongst your fans! 

Pick your favourite or the one you most want me to review, or just the one you are curious about, and leave me a comment below, before midnight on Wednesday. 

I look forward to seeing what I will be reading over the weekend, courtesy of you all. 

The explanation if you haven't seen the feature before. 

How is this going to work?

Every Monday, I am going to have a post like this, which is going to have some choices on it. I am planning on using to select 7 random numbers, to coincide with my spreadsheet of unread books.  

I will from that produce a list of hopefully 5 books, I reserve the right to veto any books, and will give reasons for them, if it occurs.

I will take screenshots and post them, of the chosen books, and also give you my instinctive reactions to the choices (without checking blurbs or any other info about them, which could be interesting as there are probably many forgotten about books on my spreadsheet!). 

Your task is to post a comment on this post, with the book you would like me to read this week. At midnight on Wednesday I will take a tally of the votes and the book with the most, I will read and review for the following Monday, where you will also get a new choice post. 

In the event of a tie, I will chose which one appeals most, for the Monday review, and possibly try and read and review the other to appear when I can. 

I am hoping this will provide some variety to the books appearing, and will let me potentially read or discover some great authors that I have wanted to read but not got around to yet.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Book Review - The Oddest Little Mistletoe Shop by Beth Good

Amazon UK
Title: The Oddest Little Mistletoe Shop
Author: Beth Good
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied review copy
Publisher: Thimblerig Books
Publication Date: 1st November 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

Rose Mistletoe runs her family's flower shop on Christmas Parade, and loves every minute of her job. So when the Parade comes under acquisition by a redevelopment company, Rose forms a protest group against the bid. 

But business tycoon Nick Grimsby is determined to make her sell up. His company is planning to knock down the parade of traditional shops and build a block of exclusive apartments instead. And it seems the sexy billionaire will go to any lengths to get her shop.

As Christmas approaches and Nick dangles the proverbial mistletoe, can Rose resist his powerful allure? Given how gorgeous he looks in a tuxedo, the answer is probably no. But she's not going to make it easy for him!

Because Rose has secret plans of her own ...

Oh I do enjoy sitting down with a new book from Beth Good's Oddest Little Shop series, and this new ones is a delight of romance and humour, and so quick and easy to read too. 

Set on the appropriately named Christmas Parade the Mistletoe Shop, named after Grandpa Mistletoe, is a flower shop that is battling to stay open and independent, after bids from a tycoon to try and redevelop the parade into exclusive apartments. 

Rose Mistletoe, what a fab name that is, runs a flower shop and is determined to pain Nick Grimsby as the devil. She is very quick to jump to conclusions which lead to some very funny moments dotted about the story. 

I loved the writing, its warm, funny and the pacing was rather quick. Everything felt not rushed...but sort of frantic against time to get various things done by Christmas but there was no mistaking the chemistry between our two leads. 

This is another excellent story from Beth Good, which i am so pleased I was able to fit into my Christmas reading schedule. If you are looking for a novella that will make you laugh, smile and is great for the run up to Christmas then look no further. 

Thank you Beth Good for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 
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