Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove by Kim Nash **Book Review** @rararesources @kimthevookworm

Happy Sunday and happy Easter to those who celebrate!

This was such a fun book that made me smile and want to go to the beach! 🏖

Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove

When thirty-four-year-old Nellie Wagstaff loses her job and discovers her fiancé is a cheating scumbag in a single day, she feels like the world has come crashing down. And that’s before the solicitor’s letter, along with a request to visit a place she hasn’t thought about for a very long time.

Heartbroken, Nellie escapes to the beautiful seaside town of Muddleford in Dorset, where she discovers she’s inherited more than she ever bargained for. Nellie never knew why her mother stopped talking to her sister, but now childhood memories of Muddleford come flooding back: long hot summers, the sea glistening beyond the sandy cove… and a stolen kiss with a boy called Jack.

Jack, now a devilishly handsome vet, has the local pet owners swooning over him, and as Nellie and he become close once more, and she gets used to gossiping with the locals and sipping wine at her beach hut with sand between her toes, she’s sure she can feel sparks flying once more. But just as she thinks she might be able to open her heart again, her newest frenemy, the glamourous Natalia, tells her a secret about Jack that changes everything.

Nellie will never know why her mother and aunt parted ways. She’ll sell the house, forget about Jack, and get back to real life. Because there’s nothing for her in Muddleford… is there?

An utterly uplifting and completely hilarious summer read about learning to trust yourself and of finding love and friendship in the least expected places for fans of Jessica Redland, Heidi Swain and Holly Martin.

My Thoughts

This book was just SO much fun! Nellie is having a run of bad luck. Not only has her fiancé left her, but she’s also lost her job. BUT then she receives a mysterious letter from a solicitor about an inheritance from her estranged aunt Lily. With no reason not to she packs up her bags and heads to Muddleford Cove. When she reaches the lovely seaside town she finds that her life has taken a turn in a very positive direction. She now has loads of options including staying in Muddleford Cove where she has just reunited with her childhood crush Jack. BUT then enters Natalia Jack’s “fiancé“?

I so fell in love with this charming town. Everything was perfect from the gorgeous beach houses to the colorful stones with writing on them. Nellie was a great character who I’d love to be friends with! I loved her sense of humor and her big heart. Jack was almost too good to be true, but then there was Natalia? I would be remiss if I did not mention norm! I was so happy that Nelly learned to love the love of Lilly’s life as much as Lily had. This is the perfect book to escape into in a sunny afternoon!

This book in emojis 🏖 🏠 🐶 🚗

*** Big thank you to the author for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

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Author Bio – 

Kim Nash is an author of uplifting, funny, heartwarming, feel-good, romantic fiction.

Her latest book, Sunshine and Second Chances, was shortlisted for the 2020 Amazon Kindle Storyteller Award.

She lives in Staffordshire with son Ollie and English Setter Roni, is Head of Publicity for Bookouture and is a book blogger at http://www.kimthebookworm.co.uk.

Kim won the Romantic Novelists Association’s Media Star of the Year in 2016, which she still can’t quite believe. She is now quite delighted to be a member of the RNA.

When she’s not working or writing, Kim can be found walking her dog, reading, standing on the sidelines of a football pitch cheering on Ollie and binge watching box sets on the TV. She’s also quite partial to a spa day and a gin and tonic (not at the same time!) Kim also runs a book club in Cannock, Staffs.

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Amazing Grace was her debut novel with Hera Books and came out in April 2019.

Escape to Giddywell Grange is Kim’s second novel and was published by Hera Books in September 2019.

Sunshine and Second Chances is Kim’s third novel and was published in June 2020.  

Moonlight over Muddleford Cove, Kim’s fourth novel is available to pre-order now and will be published on 30th March 2021.

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Summer in Andalucia by Lucy Coleman **Book Review** @rararesources

Happy weekend bookworms!

It is always a good day when I am reading a Lucy Coleman book! This book was so fun and full of all the summer vibes! We’ve been having summer weather here in Southern California so that really put me in the sunny summer mood!☀️

Summer in Andalucia

Lainey Summers feels blessed to have her dream job writing for a renowned foodie magazine. And the day she goes to interview chef Rick Oliver at his new restaurant—Aleatory—in London’s popular Piccadilly, is the start of an unexpected journey.

When Rick is offered the opportunity to jet off to a monastery in Andalucía, to film a cookery competition for Spanish TV, Lainey goes too, to cover the story.

Spending a month filming in the stunning Spanish countryside, soaking up the sights, sounds, smells and of course the cuisine, Lainey and Rick start to enjoy each other’s company. But their time together flies by too quickly, and before they know it, Rick and Lainey have to face going their separate ways.

With both their worlds shifting beneath them, the call of Andalucia and the call of happiness grows ever stronger. But with everything at stake, will they be able to take the chance of a happy-ever-after…

Let Lucy Coleman whisk you off on a sun-baked, life-affirming, total escape to beautiful Andalucia.  

My Thoughts

Food, romance, fun, and sun! This was such a delightful story filled with delicious food and summer vibes. Laney works for a magazine and is sent to Andalucia to cover a prestigious cooking contest hosted by famous chef Rick Oliver. Things start heating up both in and out of the kitchen between Laney and Rick. The problem is Rick is involved with notable musician Cathy. So things are a bit complicated.

This truly was the perfect escape! Loved everything about this book the food, the location, the characters, did I mention the food? Laney and Rick were great characters and I really loved the chemistry they had between one another. And fortunately the story was less of a love triangle then it sounds like. Laney also had complicated relationships with her parents and I liked how that was addressed in the book. There really was a lot of delectable fabulousness packed into this little treat of a story!

*** Big thank you to Boldwood Books for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

Purchase Link – http://amzn.to/3apKasK

Author Bio: 

Lucy Coleman is a #1 bestselling romance writer, whose recent novels include Snowflakes over Holly Cove. She also writes under the name Linn B. Halton. She won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award and lives in the Welsh Valleys. Lucy’s first title with Boldwood was A Springtime to Remember, published in December 2019.

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High Heels in the Highlands by Liz Hurley **Book Review** @rararesources

High Heels in the Highlands by Liz Hurley  **Book Review** @rararesources

Happy Monday all!

Have you read this series yet? It is so fun they can all be read as standalone’s but I’m sure you’ll want to get to know all the sisters!👠

High Heels In The Highlands

Clementine’s swapped a London flat for a Scottish castle – but will she get her fairytale ending?

After discovering they were heirs to an enormous fortune, the lives of the five Hiverton sisters have never been the same. 

While oldest sister Ariana settles in Norfolk, Clementine heads up to the remote Scottish Highlands to move into the castle that forms part of their estate. Not bad for a girl brought up scrabbling for money in a tiny house in East London…

However, Clem quickly finds out that Ruacoddy Castle is falling apart, the neighbours – especially grumpy young farmer, Rory – are suspicious of her and the eccentric housekeeper, Ottoline, is still in residence.

But as Clem finds herself growing closer to the village community, even growing closer to Rory and forming an alliance with Ottoline, she realises that life in the Highlands might just be the change she needed. 

She just needs to find out if Manolo Blahnik make wellies…

Take a trip to the gorgeous Scottish countryside with this utterly feelgood, romantic and hilarious read – fans of Jenny Colgan, Holly Martin and Cressida McLaughlin will love this!

My Thoughts

A fun feel good frolic in Scotland.I’ve enjoyed all the stories in this series about these sisters who have inherited titles and property. This is Clem’s story… Clem is a fashion designer in London who now finds herself in the middle of nowhere Scotland. She has been sent to Scotland to see if it is worth the money for the family to hold onto the property. While there she meets all kinds of colorful characters including Otto and Rory. I really loved the setting of Scotland and the town. The story was filled with loads of laugh out loud and feel good moments. My only teeny tiny complaint is there wasn’t quite as much romance as I would’ve liked. Looking forward to what these sisters get up to next.

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Author Bio – Heroines with grit, gumption and good old-fashioned gorgeousness!

Liz Hurley writes exciting and heart warming stories that will make you cheer and laugh.

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Summer Kisses at Mermaid Point by Sarah Bennett **Book Review** @rararesources

Summer Kisses at Mermaid Point by Sarah Bennett  **Book Review** @rararesources

Happy Sunday all!

Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend? Do you believe in mermaids? This was a sweet small-town Romance that made me smile and believe in mermaids! 🧜🏻‍♀️

Summer Kisses at Mermaids Point

‘Delightfully romantic and touching.’ Phillipa Ashley

Laurie Morgan runs a café in the small seaside community of Mermaids Point, named after the beauties rumoured to live in the waters a few miles off the top of the point. When a hazy image is posted online of what appears to be a mermaid, the café and the village are soon full to bursting with curious sightseers. 

The most eye-catching of the new arrivals is handsome author, Jake Smith, who has rented a cottage for the summer while he works on his new book. Or so he says. In fact, he is a journalist, burned out and disillusioned with life, whose editor has sent him on a crack-pot hunt for mermaids…

Jake quickly finds himself drawn to village life, and to the gorgeous woman who runs the local café. But he soon suspects there’s trouble lurking beneath the idyllic façade, and when it looks like Laurie’s family might be involved, Jake faces a difficult choice. Pursue the truth, or protect the woman he’s beginning to fall in love with…

Warm, escapist, feel-good and altogether brilliant story-telling from bestselling author Sarah Bennett. Perfect for all fans of Trisha Ashley and Milly Johnson.

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/2Lokynf

Author Bio: 

Sarah Bennett is the bestselling author of several romantic fiction trilogies including those set in Butterfly Cove and Lavender Bay. Born and raised in a military family she is happily married to her own Officer and when not reading or writing enjoys sailing the high seas. The first book in her new Mermaids Point trilogy for Boldwood will be published in Spring 2021.

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‘Delightfully romantic and touching.’ Phillipa Ashley

Laurie Morgan runs a café in the small seaside community of Mermaids Point, named after the beauties rumoured to live in the waters a few miles off the top of the point. When a hazy image is posted online of what appears to be a mermaid, the café and the village are soon full to bursting with curious sightseers. 

The most eye-catching of the new arrivals is handsome author, Jake Smith, who has rented a cottage for the summer while he works on his new book. Or so he says. In fact, he is a journalist, burned out and disillusioned with life, whose editor has sent him on a crack-pot hunt for mermaids…

Jake quickly finds himself drawn to village life, and to the gorgeous woman who runs the local café. But he soon suspects there’s trouble lurking beneath the idyllic façade, and when it looks like Laurie’s family might be involved, Jake faces a difficult choice. Pursue the truth, or protect the woman he’s beginning to fall in love with…

Warm, escapist, feel-good and altogether brilliant story-telling from bestselling author Sarah Bennett. Perfect for all fans of Trisha Ashley and Milly Johnson.

My Thoughts

Do you believe in mermaids? Such a fabulous escape! A small town Romance peppered with mystery. Laurie runs her family‘s café in the small town of Mermaid Point. The town is dependent on tourism that hasn’t been quite up to par in recent years, due to poor weather. Then some blurry photos of a supposed Mermaid citing go viral and the town is inundated with mermaid seekers. This includes handsome Jake who has been sent there to investigate these mermaid sightings, but Laurie knows him as an author. Will jake solve the mystery of Mermaid Point and will this stop Laurie and he finding their happily ever after? Or will it be his own secret that halts the path to love?

This was such a great story filled with such wonderful characters. Laurie and Jake were great. I was hoping that their secrets would not interfere with true love, they just seemed so well suited for one another. I also really loved all the secondary characters especially Laurie‘s family her parents and her brother. The mystery kept me intrigued I liked sussing out what was going on in this small town. A delightful read, looking forward to future books set in this charming town.

This book in emojis 🧜🏻‍♀️ 📱 🗞 🫖

*** Big thank you to Boldwood Books for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/2Lokynf

Author Bio: 

Sarah Bennett is the bestselling author of several romantic fiction trilogies including those set in Butterfly Cove and Lavender Bay. Born and raised in a military family she is happily married to her own Officer and when not reading or writing enjoys sailing the high seas. The first book in her new Mermaids Point trilogy for Boldwood will be published in Spring 2021.

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Small Town Secrets by Alys Murray **Book Review** @bookouture

Happy Thursday all!

Nothing warms my heart quite like a book set in a small town! If you are in the mood for an emotional pick me up story then this is the perfect read!🌻

My Thoughts

women needed for the Fortune Springs Town Improvement Initiative. One year’s room and board provided.”

Any takers? Virginia is desperate to escape her life so when she sees this ad for A small town needing more women she jumped at the chance. Hops on a Greyhound. with everything she owns in her backpack. When she first reaches the town she runs into firefighter Owen who is less than pleased about this ad campaign drawing women to the town. Lucky for Virginia not all the town feels this way and she is welcomed with open arms by Calla Who is in charge of the women during their first year in town. What follows is a sweet occasionally emotional romance with a hint of mystery.

This was such a sweet somewhat predictable story that made me smile. Virginia was a great character and I really wanted her to find her forever home and her happily ever after. Cala was a great character and I loved the relationship that grew between Virginia and her as well as the relationship between Virginia and Willow. Now Owen was quite frustrating at times although just as he did Virginia he grew on me throughout the course of the story. When you’re in the mood for a delightful story to escape into this is the perfect read.

*** Big thank you to Bookouture for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

About the Book

“Young women needed for the Fortune Springs Town Improvement Initiative. One year’s room and board provided.”

I should have known it was too good to be true when I first saw the ad. It turns out that Fortune Springs, Colorado isn’t just a one-horse town, it’s a two-woman one, and this is their attempt to keep the community alive. I want to say the scheme is ridiculous, totally outdated, but I’m carrying everything I own in my canvas backpack and the greyhound I stepped off this morning is long gone. If this is my chance at a fresh start, I’d better grab it with both hands.

I know I should feel guilty about pretending to be a lonely heart willing to help repopulate this rural logging town, but all I feel is relief at having escaped the apartment in Savannah. And after all, what’s one more secret to add to the pile? I only hope I’ve hidden my tracks well enough, and that the kind Fortune Springs locals who’ve opened their doors to me will never find out what made me run away in the first place…

An emotional, gripping story full of family drama. Fans of Carolyn Brown, Robyn Carr and Debbie Macomber will be hooked.

Author Bio:
Alys Murray is an author who writes for the romantic in all of us. Though she graduated with a degree in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a Master’s in Film Studies from King’s College London, her irrepressible love of romance led her to a career as an author, and she couldn’t be happier to write these stories! Currently splitting time between her home state of Louisiana and London, she enjoys kissing books, Star Wars, and creating original pie recipes for all of her books. Tobey Maguire is her Spider-Man.

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Dating the IT Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager **Book Review** @rararesources

Happy Sunday all!

Yesterday was the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. Hope the weather is beautiful in your neck of the woods! ☀️

Dating the It Guy

Emme starts dating a popular high school student who happens to be from a famous political family. It seems like everyone at school either wants to be Brendon Agretti or date him. Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon’s world and it doesn’t help that his picture-perfect ex seems determined to get back into his life, along with every other girl who wants to be the future Mrs. Agretti. Emme is already conflicted due to the fact her last boyfriend dumped her and her whole world is off kilter with her grandparents’ health issues. Life suddenly seems easier pushing Brendon away and relying on her crystals and horoscopes to guide her. Emme soon starts to realize she needs to focus less on the stars and more on her senses. Can Emme get over her insecurities and make her relationship work? Life sure is complicated when you’re dating the it guy.

My Thoughts

A totally adorable YA contemporary romance. This was a cute story that made me smile. Emme finds her self in summer school after her summer internship falls through she is conflicted when she is partnered up with the hi school IT guy. Brandon is hot, but she cannot imagine they have anything in common. *Spoiler alert they end up having a lot in common.* I’m sure you’re thinking this story sounds predictable and cliché but there was some definite depth to the story. Emme was coping with ailing grandparents, her grandmother just had a stroke and her grandfather was dealing with dimension. I thought this was handled in a very realistic and thoughtful way. Emme also has some kind of sixth sense and follows a lot of superstitions. I liked both Emme and Brendan as characters and thought the romance was sweet but frustrating. They really had some major communication breakdowns. I also liked Emme’s friends, although I’m not sure one of them gave her the best advice. This was a sweet story perfect when you want a little comfort read.

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Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XBFRX47

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dating-Guy-Krysten-Lindsay-Hager-ebook/dp/B06XBFRX47

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Apple Books (audio): https://books.apple.com/us/audiobook/dating-the-it-guy-unabridged/id1255271674

Author Bio – Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of the young adult Cecily Taylor Series, the young adult Star Series, Dating the It Guy, and the preteen Landry’s True Colors Series.

Her debut novel, True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book and the Dayton Book Expo Bestseller Award for children/teens. Competing with the Star is a Readers’ Favorite Book Award Finalist. Best Friends…Forever? is a 2019 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner in the Children – Preteen genre. Landry in Like is a Literary Classics Gold Medal recipient and a 2020 Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medal Winner. She received her BA in English and master’s degree in liberal studies from the University of Michigan-Flint.

Krysten’s work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times, Springfield News-Sun, Grand Blanc View, Dayton Daily News and on Living Dayton.

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The Secrets of Meadow Farmhouse by Katie Ginger **Book Review** @rararesources

Happy Wednesday all! This was such a fun book! The perfect Country escape!🐑

The Secrets of Meadow Farmhouse

Escape to the countryside with a heart-warming new novel from Katie Ginger, author of Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage.

Amelia loves her life in Paris. But with the surprise inheritance of her childhood home, Meadow Farmhouse, she has no choice but to return to the small village of Meadowbank to restore her great-aunt’s old farmhouse. However returning to Meadowbank means she has to confront her past, including old flame Adam.

When Amelia discovers a locket hidden in the farmhouse, containing the picture of a mysterious World War Two soldier, she starts to uncover the secrets of her great-aunt’s past and is drawn further into village life. Shocked by the warm welcome from the villagers and her own surprising feelings for first love Adam, Amelia is suddenly confused as to where she truly belongs.

Can Amelia finally confront her own past and find where her heart truly calls home?

Fans of Rachael Lucas, Cathy Bramley and Jenny Colgan will fall in love with Katie Ginger!

My Thoughts

A sweet second chance small-town Romance! Katie Ginger once again charmed me with this delightful story. Amelia believes she is living a happy life working as an interior designer in Paris. When she is summoned home two do something About the old farmhouse she has inherited from her aunt. Emilio‘s plan is to get the house into selling condition, sell it, and return to France. What she was not planning on was how welcoming the small town community was. She had never thought any of them thought anything of her one way or another. She is also surprise how strong her feelings still are for her first love Adam. I am sure you’re thinking,” OK I know where this is going” and you’d be right. Sort of. There is so much more to the story. Amelia also discovers that her aunt Vera who she never felt a connection to has a big secret that might explain a lot.

As in all Katie‘s books this was perfect escapism. The setting was delightful, the characters were colorful, the story was engaging, and the romance was sweet. I was seriously ready to pack my bags and move to a farm, sheep and all. Amelia was just such a likable character and I loved her and Adam together. I really understood why she left and I was glad to see her come to terms with some of the issues of her past. So grab your Diet Coke cuddle up with your pup and escape to this lovely small town.

This book in emojis 🐑 🧹 🎠 🐔 💔

*** Big thank you to HQ Digital for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/2SIzxIU

Author Bio – 

KATIE GINGER lives by the sea in the south-east of England, and apart from holidays to very hot places where you can sit by a pool and drink cocktails as big as your head, she wouldn’t really want to be anywhere else. The Secrets of Meadow Farmhouse  is her seventh novel. She is also the author of the Swallowtail Bay series – Spring Tides at Swallowtail Bay, Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Bay and Winter Wishes at Swallowtail Bay, Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage and the Seafront series – The Little Theatre on the Seafront, shortlisted for the Katie Fforde Debut Novel of the Year award, and Summer Season on the Seafront.

When she’s not writing, Katie spends her time with her husband and two kids, and their dogs: Wotsit, the King Charles spaniel, and Skips, the three-legged rescue dog. (And yes, they are both named after crisps!)

For more about Katie, you can visit her website: www.keginger.com, find her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/KatieGAuthor, or follow her on Twitter: @KatieGAuthor..

The Choice I Made by Cynthia Ellingsen **Book Review** @bookouture

Hello book friends!

This was such a wonderful story with a great setting and a boat full of secrets!🛶

My Thoughts

A compelling family drama with a gorgeous setting and a boat full of secrets. Julie returns home to Wood Violet (a resort in Wisconsin), after her mother has a stroke. Julie and husband Tristan are only planning on being there for four days, they both have high power jobs back in Chicago. Julie feels so rejuvenated being home in the Wisconsin fresh air, she also realizes that her family needs her more than they’ve lead on. Her husband Tristan is not pleased with this decision, but Julie needs to do this for her family and herself. Julie’s summer is filled with family secrets, old friends, reconnections, and second chances.

This was such a beautiful and emotional story. The setting was stunning and peaceful. The characters were engaging and real. I just really loved the journey that the story took me on. It completely captured my heart and my sense of adventure. I wanted to be out in the fresh air of Wisconsin with these characters canoeing, sitting by the campfire, hiking, and even dancing. A lovely feel good story with a couple twist and turns.

This book in emojis 🛶 🎸 ✉️ 🧬 🔥 🐿

*** Big thank you to Bookouture for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

About the Book

We all make hard decisions for love. Ones that can tear our heart out and leave us begging for answers. The most painful choice I’ve ever made, my darling child, was to say goodbye to you…

When Julie’s mother falls ill, she has no choice but to return to her parents’ Wisconsin resort, Wood Violet, for the summer. Away from the pressures of city life, Julie also hopes the trip will give her and husband Tristan the chance to heal after the heartbreak of another miscarriage.

Back home, surrounded by nature and old friends, Julie starts to feel a sense of calm she’d thought she’d lost forever. But her fragile peace is shattered when she stumbles upon an eighteen-year-old girl hiding out in an abandoned cabin. The girl, Margaret, seems lost in the world and Julie wants to help her—but when she finds letters in the girl’s backpack, Julie realizes Margaret isn’t telling the whole truth about why she’s here.

If Margaret finds what she’s looking for, it could expose a long-buried secret that could destroy the resort’s reputation and tear Julie’s family apart. And as the summer draws to a close, Julie must make a choice: will she return to Chicago with the man she married, or stay and fight for her parents and the home she loves?

Lose yourself in a life-affirming tale about love, betrayal and finding your true home, from the bestselling author of The Lighthouse Keeper. Fans of Mary Ellen Taylor, Barbara O’Neal and This is Not How it Ends will adore Cynthia Ellingsen’s captivating novel.

Author Bio:

Cynthia Ellingsen is an Amazon Charts bestselling author of contemporary women’s fiction. Her books feature heartwarming characters and strong family connections, often with a touch of mystery. The Starlight Cove series, her best-known work, is available on audio and has been translated into several languages.

Cynthia began her writing career as a screenwriter in Los Angeles and now lives in Kentucky with her family.

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The Wedding by Ruth Heald **Book Review** @bookouture

Happy Tuesday y’all! This was such a twisted story that will make you never want to get married, well at least not have a wedding!👰🏻‍♀️

My Thoughts

I would suggest you do not read this book if you’re in the middle of planning your wedding. Talk about a wedding gone wrong. Lauren and Adam have been together for 18 years and are finally going to get married. Now personally I think if you’ve been together this long you might not need a huge wedding and if they had not had a huge wedding then none of this would’ve happened. Anyways Lauren is happily planning her wedding when she receives a card with the words “he does not love you“ written on it. There is also a creepy doll that resembles Lauren with a slashed up wedding dress. This is followed up by missing phones, miscommunications, doubts, and secrets. Not only was I questioning if Lauren and Adam would ever say “I do“, I was questioning if they should.

This was an addictive fast paced story. The narrative bounced between past and present. Lauren is a very likable character and you really want her to have her big day. Adam on the other hand, I still am not quite sure about him. There was a large cast of secondary characters and I was seriously suspicious of all of them at one point or another. But I do have to say at about 75% I was pretty certain of the culprit. Even though I knew the who I wasn’t quite sure why until it was revealed. I’m still not sure how I feel about the end it was slightly over the top. A fun read with some pretty wild twists.

This book in emojis 👰🏻‍♀️ 🩺 📱 🖼 🌊

*** Big thank you to Bookouture for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

About the Book

Just four words were printed in the card. He doesn’t love you.

I’ve been dreaming about this day – marrying Adam, my childhood sweetheart, who I’ve loved for eighteen years.

I didn’t realise the perfect day would turn into the perfect nightmare.

I was so excited to send out the wedding invitations, carefully writing everyone’s names on thick cream paper in beautiful cursive script.

I had no idea I was inviting someone to destroy our marriage.

I couldn’t wait to say ‘I do’ surrounded by loved ones clinking champagne glasses.

I couldn’t imagine that one of them would try to hurt me.

It was meant to be the first day of the rest of our lives.

I never thought it would be the end of my life as I knew it.

We were meant to share our vows, to toast our future. But when the truth comes out, shocking the onlooking guests and ripping my heart out, is a happy ever after possible?

A completely gripping and totally addictive read that will get your blood pressure rising and send shivers down your spine. Fans of Date NightThe Sister-in-Law and The Girl on the Train will devour this twisty, dark and gasp-worthy page-turner in one swift gulp!

Author Bio:

Ruth Heald is a psychological thriller writer from a suburban Buckinghamshire town. She studied Economics at Oxford and then worked in an eclectic mix of sectors from nuclear decommissioning to management consulting.

Seeking a more creative environment, she found a role at the BBC and worked there for nine years before leaving to write full time. Ruth is fascinated by psychology and finding out what drives people to violence, destruction and revenge. She’s married with one daughter and her novels explore our greatest fears in otherwise ordinary, domestic lives.

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The Women Who Ran Away by Shelia O’Flanagan **Book Review** @rararesources

Happy Thursday!

Love a good road trip book and this one was super fun!🚗

The Women Who Ran Away

THE NO. 1 IRISH BESTSELLER!

‘One of my favourite authors’ Marian Keyes

‘If you’ve had to cancel your holiday plans this summer, don’t worry – this beautiful new novel will transport you to sunnier climes…’ – HEAT‘S READ OF THE WEEK

In Sheila O’Flanagan’s stunning new novel, two women face up to shocking truths about the men they’ve loved – and start to make their own decisions about what to do next…

Deira isn’t the kind of woman to steal a car. Or drive to France alone with no plan. But then, Deira didn’t expect to be single. Or to suddenly realise that the only way she can get the one thing she wants most is to start breaking every rule she lives by.

Grace has been sent on a journey by her late husband, Ken. She doesn’t really want to be on it but she’s following his instructions, as always. She can only hope that the trip will help her to forgive him. And then – finally – she’ll be able to let him go.

Brought together by unexpected circumstances, Grace and Deira find that it’s easier to share secrets with a stranger, especially in the shimmering sunny countryside of Spain and France. But they soon find that there’s no escaping the truth, whether you’re running away from it or racing towards it . . .

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE WOMEN WHO RAN AWAY:

‘Didn’t want it to end‘ *****

‘I would have given this 6 stars if I could

‘Within the first chapter, I had left reality and social distancing behind and joined two amazing women on a life-changing adventure’ *****

‘A great summer read

Five stars all the way!’ *****

‘Sheila O’Flanagan never disappoints‘ *****

Fantastic read!’

Couldn’t put this book down!’

Purchase Links

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Women-Who-Ran-Away-bestseller/dp/1472254813/

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https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-wom My Thoughts

A road trip of rediscovery. Daira is not one to break the law, but here she is driving the car she stole from her ex-boyfriend on a road trip through France. Grace recently unexpectedly lost her husband and this is her farewell trip of sorts to him. He has sent her on a treasure hunt across France. Daira and Grace meet one another on the ferry to France and decide to travel together. What follows is a lovely story of friendship, grief, discovery, healing and romance.

What a wonderful story! I loved both of these characters and related to both of them on a different level. Loved how healing this road trip was for both of them. Both women had gone through so many things and I think sharing their stories, their hopes, and their dreams was so cathartic for both of them. Loved getting to know these ladies and traveling France through the pages of this book.

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Author Bio


Sheila O’Flanagan is the author of bestselling chart-toppers, including Her Husband’s Mistake, The Hideaway, What Happened That Night, The Missing Wife, My Mother’s Secret and All For You (winner of the Irish Independent Popular Fiction Book of the Year Award). After working in banking and finance for a number of years, Sheila’s love for writing blossomed into curating stories about relationships in all their many forms.

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