#BlogTour #Review : Confetti at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rose Green @Rosie_Green1988 @rararesources

Today I am thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for the latest instalment of the Little Duck Pond Cafe story. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for having me on the tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.

Confetti at the Little Duck Pond Cafe

Blurb:   Wedding fever is in the air in the village of Sunnybrook. With Ellie and Zak’s Big Day on the horizon, the sun is shining brightly on the Little Duck Pond Cafe community. But when dark clouds begin to roll in from more than one direction, several close relationships look to be under threat. Will the wedding of the year actually take place at all?

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My Review:  This is book 6 in the Little Duck Pond Cafe series and I’ve read all of the previous books and reviewed most of them (think I’ve missed one somehow). I really enjoy visiting Sunnybrook in each book and finding out what’s happened to the characters since the last visit. Although these novellas are part of a series there is enough background information given in each one that you could read it on its own.

The previous story story focused more on two new characters to the village whereas in this one we are firmly back will Ellie, Fen, Jaz and the others. The story starts off differently from usual with us being shown something and then whisked back 3 weeks to get perspective and background on what we’ve just seen. The story focuses on Ellie’s impending wedding, though location and date are as yet unknown as nothing has been booked, and the relationship between Jaz and Harry.  I have to say, in this story, some of the men disappointed me with their reactions and lack of understanding to certain things, one I can sort of understand but still doesn’t entirely excuse his behaviour. Happily the women rallied round each other and were as supportive as always and the continuation of the story of Rose and Archie provided a distraction from rest of the events taking place.

There was also a new character, Primrose, who had a past she was getting away from but also trying to find at the same time. It’ll be interesting to see if the next story, assuming there is one, focuses on her and how she came to Sunnybrook.

All in all I enjoyed this return visit to Sunnybrook to catch up with everyone and find out how things have progressed since the last book and I look forward to finding out if there is to be a seventh story in the series.

 

About the author:

Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

​Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. Confetti at the Little Duck Pond Cafe will be the sixth in the series

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

 

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#BlogTour #Review : Summer at the Kindness Cafe by Victoria Walters. @Vicky_Walters @simonschusterUK #RandomThingsTours

I am thrilled today to be on the blog tour for this book. Many thanks to Anne Cater and the publishers for having me on the tour and sending me a copy for the book for review.

Blurb: Welcome to Brew, a cafe where kindness is almost as important as coffee… almost!

Abbie has fled London and the humiliation of not being able to make rent after being made redundant. Her
sister, Louise, unlucky in love, has thrown herself into her career at the local hospital. And Eszter, who has
travelled from Hungary with her daughter Zoe, is hoping to fulfil her husband’s dying wish: to reunite his
family.

This summer, three very different women are inspired by the random acts of kindness written up on the
Kindness Board at Brew, and decide to make a pact to be kinder to others and to themselves.

Can a little bit of kindness really change your life? Eszter, Abbie and Louise are about to find out!

**Summer at the Kindness Cafe was previously published
as a four-part serial titled Random Acts of Kindness.
This is the complete story in one package.**

My Review: I absolutely loved this book, so much so that I’m not sure how to review it and do it justice. We meet Abbie, Louise and Eszter at different stages in their lives but all with dilemmas and problems to overcome. All of the characters are brilliantly crafted, they come to life straight off the page with so much realism that you feel you could bump into them round the next corner.

I loved watching the main characters going on their journeys and developing as the book progressed. It was a joy to go on the journey with them and the amount of depth and warmth in the story is, I think, the most I’ve found in any book I’ve read yet. The problems the characters are experiencing are completely realistic and it was good to see that while they handled them they had some challenges along the way which is more realistic than the lovely smooth journey that some books take tgreir characters on.

I got completely caught up in this story and honestly would recommend this to anyone looking for a fantastic read. It’s a summery book but I think you could read it at any time of year and feel all warm and cosy while you’re reading. I can’t wait for this author to write more, this is a fabulous read!

About the author:

Victoria Walters was discovered in a short story competition run by Simon & Schuster’s The Hot Bed.
Her first novel, The Second Love of my Life was published by Headline, and she returns to the fold with Summer at the Kindness Cafe, her second novel.

#BlogTour #Review :One Summer in Little Penhaven by Angela Britnell @rararesources @AngelaBritnell

I am thrilled to be taking part in this blog tour today. Huge thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources and to the author for letting me be on the tour and sending me a copy of the book to review. My thoughts are below along with a confession, which I hope everyone will understand.

One Summer in Little Penhaven

Blurb:  Could one summer change your life?

When high-flying American lawyer Samantha Muir finds out she’s lost her partnership whilst on an assignment in London, she has a dramatic reaction.

Rather than returning home, she resigns, leaves her business suits behind and jumps on the first train to Cornwall at the encouragement of a friendly stranger.

The village of Little Penhaven, where Samantha eventually ends up, is a world away from her life in Knoxville, Tennessee – and local farmer Cadan Day is certainly a world away from any man she has met before. But could the Cornish village and Cadan play a part in Samantha’s summer of self-discovery?

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UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Little-Penhaven-Angela-Britnell-ebook/dp/B07PTBQXHL

UShttps://www.amazon.com/Summer-Little-Penhaven-Angela-Britnell-ebook/dp/B07PTBQXHL

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My Review:   So, as I said above I have a confession to make……….I haven’t finished reading the book………..there, I said it. It’s been a long and tiring few weeks with some less than ideal work news and a lot of general stress so my reading has hit a slight slump this past week. However, I have started this book and am loving it so far, it’s the perfect read for me to continue with this weekend (which, along with a snooze, is exactly what I have planned!).  From what I’ve read so far I can admit I love the characters of both Sam and Cadan. Sam is fed up of being put upon and working hard for what appears to be very little recognition and I can completely empathise with that feeling. She acts on the spur of the moment and while, at the point I have reached, she doesn’t know where her new direction will take her it does appear to be doing her a lot of good to have a break from the life she had built for herself. The villagers of Little Penhaven have issues with Cadan, they believe his ex-wife’s version of past events and as such shun him at every opportunity but I have a feeling they are soon going to find out that what they have been told is not the whole truth.

Neither character knows where their life is heading at this point and both have a lot of decisions to make but it’s going to be fun reading further and finding out what happens next. So far this is the perfect read for an escape from reality where you can watch other people dealing with tricky decisions and see how they cope (or not) with them. This is an ideal book for a sunny day or even a rainy one when you want to curl up with a drink and a book and not move for a few hours.  I’m fairly sure everyone reading this will have had at least one occasion in which they wanted to escape from their lives for a while so they can take stock and have a think about their future. While that is rarely possible, this book gives you the opportunity to do that through the characters instead, which is probably the best compromise option there is.

If you’re looking for a bit of escapism I would definitely suggest having a look at this book, it might be exactly what you need.

 

About the author:

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Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her new home in Nashville, Tennessee. A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she’s visited or lived on her extensive travels. After more than three decades of marriage to her American husband she’s a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after. Over the last twelve years she’s been multi-published and sold over 25 novels. She also writes short stories for women’s magazines. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Romance Writers of America and the Music City Romance Writers.

If you’d like to find out more of what Angela gets up to (Advance warning: this may include references to wine, chocolate, Poldark and the hunky Aidan Turner) check out www.angelabritnellromance.com or follow her on www.facebook.com/angelabritnell , www.twitter.com/angelabritnell and on Instagram as Angela Golley Britnell.

 

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#BlogTour #Review : The Rats by Douglas Board @BoardWryter @rararesources

Today is my final spot on the blog blitz for the trip of books by Douglas Board.

Blurb: Ros March, disabled lesbian mum and former Royal Marine, has just moved to Turnberry on Scotland’s west coast. Her cottage overlooks one of the world’s most famous golf courses – Trump Turnberry – as well as the scenic bird sanctuary Ailsa Craig. But idylls deceive. In truth Ailsa was once overrun by rats, who were exterminated at the end of the twentieth century, and Ros’s landlord turns out to be a delusional Islamophobic misogynist who calls himself ‘Potus Two’. When Potus Two announces that both he and Ros will have the chance to meet the President on Turnberry’s hallowed grounds, Ros hatches a plan. Even a slim chance to do something about one of the biggest rats in the world is not something she will pass by.

My Review: This is a short, but perfectly formed, story. I am not a Trump fan at all so I was intrigued by this story given the blurb.

I don’t really know how to review this. It has depth and covers the whole story well in the brief number of pages it has but at no time does it feel rushed or missing anything. The ending is not what I expected but the overall outcome is essentially what I expected.

If you are, like me, not a Trump fan and can’t wait till he is no longer in office then this story is worth a read, it’s different but immensely satisfying.

About the author:

Douglas Board is co-head of Coachmatch Career Management and an honorary senior visiting fellow at Cass Business School, City University London. After growing up in Hong Kong and receiving degrees from Cambridge and Harvard, he has worked for the UK Treasury, as a headhunter, as treasurer of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and also chair of the British Refugee Council. He is the author of two books on leadership and one previous novel, MBA.

#BlogTour #Review : A Conspiracy of Wolves by Candace Robb. @CandaceMRobb @severnhouse #LoveBooksGroup

Blurb: 1374. When a member of one of York’s most prominent families is found dead in the woods, his throat torn out, rumours spread like wildfire that wolves are running loose throughout the city. Persuaded to investigate by the victim’s father, Owen Archer is convinced that a human killer is responsible. But before he can gather sufficient evidence to prove his case, a second body is discovered, stabbed to death. Is there a connection? What secrets are contained within the victim’s household? And what does apprentice healer Alisoun know that she’s not telling? Teaming up with Geoffrey Chaucer, who is in York on a secret mission on behalf of Prince Edward, Owen’s enquiries will draw him headlong into a deadly conspiracy.

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My Review: I love historical crime fiction so this book sounded right up my street when I got the opportunity to review it. This book is packed with detail and twists and turns that kept me guessing till the end. Purely coincidencentally my historical fiction is usually set in London so it was really interesting to explore York and the surrounding area in that time period.

While I did enjoy the story this is not the first book in the series and I feel that I would have got more depth from my reading had I read the other books first. However, I have discovered a series that I can now start exploring from book 1 which will keep me busy for a while. Definitely worth checking out if you, like me, love crime or historical crime.

About the author:

Candace Robb has read and researched medieval history for many years, having studied for a Ph.D. in Medieval & Anglo-Saxon Literature. She divides her time between Seattle and the UK, frequently visiting York to research the series. She is the author of ten previous Owen Archer mysteries and three Kate Clifford medieval mysteries.

#BlogBlitz #Review : Time of Lies by Douglas Board. @rararesources @BoardWryter

Blurb:

In 2020 Britain elects its own Donald Trump…

Bob Grant, former football hooligan, now the charismatic leader of the Britain s Great party (slogan: Britain s Great! End of!) has swept to power on a populist tide. With his itchy finger hovering over the nuclear trigger, Bob presides over a brave new Britain where armed drones fill the skies, ex-bankers and foreigners are vilified, and the Millwall football chant No one likes, we don t care has become an unofficial national anthem.

Meanwhile, Bob s under-achieving, Guardian-reading brother Zack gets a tap on the shoulder from a shady Whitehall mandarin. A daring plot is afoot to defy the will of the people and unseat the increasingly unstable PM. Can Zack stop his brother before he launches a nuclear strike on Belgium? And just what is ACERBIC, Britain s most closely-guarded military secret?

A darkly comic political thriller, Time of Lies is also a terrifyingly believable portrait of an alternative Britain. It couldn t happen here… could it?

My Review: I genuinely don’t know what to say about this book. I agreed to read it weeks ago thinking it would be funny to read something not too dissimilar to current events but since then things have changed so much that it’s tricky now to tell the difference between reality and this book.

It did take me a little while to get into the story but that may be because this is the first type of this book that I’ve read. However once I got used to the writing style it was really engrossing, taking me from one bit of chaos and confusion to another. Every page had more upheaval and change and it left me thinking that if reality soon matches this (which is not impossible) perhaps I should look at emigrating somewhere calmer.

I enjoyed this book, it was out of my comfort zone and definitely worth a read. It made for uncomfortable reading at times but that’s what reading is for, to challenge your ideas and opinions about the world, as well as providing entertainment and escapism.

About the author:


Douglas Board is co-head of Coachmatch Career Management and an honorary senior visiting fellow at Cass Business School, City University London. After growing up in Hong Kong and receiving degrees from Cambridge and Harvard, he has worked for the UK Treasury, as a headhunter, as treasurer of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and also chair of the British Refugee Council. He is the author of two books on leadership and one previous novel, MBA.

#BlogTour #PromoPost : The Dinner in the Sky by Anne John-Ligali @rararesources @AnneJohnLigali

The Dinner in the Sky

Blurb:   After a shocking confrontation with an unexpected encounter, Constance tries to piece her life back together and is on a mission to finally move on.

The thought of having her friends near is comforting as they take time out of their busy online lives and meet up at their favourite place, A Cupful of Dreams Café. Everyone seems happy enough until cracks begin to show and all is not as good as it seems. Constance tries desperately to keep positive as there’s so much to look forward to: shopping for posh frocks, dinner at The Shard and a movie premiere.

As things start to look rosy, a few odd tweets begin to pop up from nowhere. At first, they seem innocent, but as the weeks go by and premier night draws near, not only do the tweets increase but they become more obnoxious.

By the time Constance and her chums arrive on the red carpet, she’s determined to work out who the troll could be and to keep them from spoiling her evening. However as Constance soon learns, the troll wants to destroy far more than that!

Breathtaking views of London. 

Posh frocks and Paparazzi

But there’s definitely trouble in the air …

 

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About the author:

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Anne John-Ligali is a writer and found of Books and Authors UK, a website that features author interviews, cover reveals, blog posts, features and reviews. She loves all things books, going to book events and meeting other book worms. She has written her first series and is currently writing her first novel.

When Anne is not writing she is likely to be playing with her kids, going for walks in the park, watching Netflix or thinking up more stories. Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London she studies graphic design at the University of Arts and held a number of IT jobs in the city. Anne continues to write romantic comedies, women’s fiction, and has the desire to write a non-fiction book and a few children’s books. 

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Book Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-qRJaZdgjs

Spotify Playlist of the whole series –
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