Blog Tour & Review On Winter at Cedarwood Lodge by Rebecca Raisin

Welcome to my stop on Rebecca Raisin’s book Tour to share with you my review, on Winter at Cedarwood Lodge! What an amazing book tour it’s been so far!

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About the author (as seen in the ebook)

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Rebecca Raisin is a bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been widely published in various short- story anthologies, and fiction magazines, and is now focusing on writing romance. The only downfall about writing about gorgeous men who have brains as well as brawn is falling in love with them- just as well they’re fictional. Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships, and, most importantly, believe in true, once- in a- lifetime love.

Website: http://www.rebeccaraisin.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rebeccaraisinauthor

Twitter: @JaxandWillsmum

Instagram: Rebecca Raisin

Publication date: 1st December 2017

Publisher: HQ Digital

ISBN: E-book 978-1-4740-7715-6

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2zZYQv1
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2inCU5t
Amazon AUS: https://www.amazon.com.au/Winter-Cedarwood-Lodge-Celebrations-Mistletoe-ebook/dp/B0746LMB1G/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1509330741&sr=8-14&keywords=rebecca+raisin%27
GooglePlay: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Rebecca_Raisin_Winter_At_Cedarwood_Lodge_Celebrati?id=RAQuDwAAQBAJ
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/winter-at-cedarwood-lodge/id1268391860?mt=11
Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/winter-at-cedarwood-lodge-rebecca-raisin/1127359072?ean=9781474077156
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/ebook/winter-at-cedarwood-lodge-celebrations-and-confetti-at-cedarwood-lodge-brides-and-bouquets-at-cedarwood-lodge-midnight-and-mistletoe-at-cedarwood-lodge

Pages:  403 pages

Genre: Romance

Format reading: ACR e-book

Copy provided by: author/publisher/ Netgally

Blurb (as seen in the e-book)

This winter it’s time to fall in love at Cedarwood Lodge…

After years of dreaming, Clio winters is finally fulfilling her childhood dream of renovating the gorgeous old Cedarwood Lodge in Evergreen and turning it into the perfect destination for celebrations, weddings and extravagant birthday parties. The huge property used to be a bustling holiday camp, but now Clio wants to bring it back to its halcyon days- which will be a lot of hard work!

Returning to the small town of her youth, she’s glad to have one of her best friends still around to lean on: Micah, who is just as solid as he used to be. But with her own secrets pushing her to run from her glamorous life in New York, she’ll have to tread carefully, especially when the far- too- handsome-for- his own good contractor Kai shows up on her doorstep…

Sure she’s here in Evergreen to change her life, but there’s no way she’s falling in love!

Winter at Cedarwood Lodge is a delectable romance following Clio Winters’ journey back to her hometown of Evergreen.

Previously published as Celebrations & Confetti, Brides & Bouquets, Midnight & Mistletoe.

My Review

Firstly I would just like to thank Rebecca for asking me to take part in what has been a lovely book tour, to share my thought’s! Also to the publishers and Netgally for providing me with a e-book copy of the book!

I had previously had the pleasure of reading these books, when they were three separate one’s; which on all accounts I loved then. I was looking forward to reading them all together and being reunited with Clio’s story!

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Wow what a stunning looking cover this is! I really love the purple back ground (which is also my favourite colour!) It makes the lovely white snowy mountains really stand out. The Lodge, the wintery trees and the falling snow flakes floating down through the title is the perfect winter scene! LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Let me jump in their!!!)

I’m a big fan of Rebecca’s writing and, story telling and her book’s are something I return to again and again. Simply because they have the greatest feel-good factor, that is truly wonderful, giving me nothing but pure and utter joy while I read!

Winter at Cedarwood Lodge by Rebecca Raisin is as compilation of three books that were published last year, and has been beautifully edited into one glorious book; with the added bonus of extra material. It really does have everything in a winter read you could possibly want from; drama, beautiful romance’s, mystery, glorious description of the setting and unique characters you won’t be able to not fall in love with!

Clio moves back to her home town of Evergreen. She’s returning after her Manhattan career as an events planner, doesn’t end to well. Clio get the very wrong end of the stick at a high-profile wedding she’s panned causing an unintended mistake which costs her job. So when Cedarwood Lodge in her home town comes on the market; she see’s this as an opportunity to make a fresh start. Cedarwood Lodge is somewhere Clio has always admired which had never been used for years. She wants to bring it back to life, so it can be full of people enjoying them self’s at a special occasion, and t provide her with a much-needed income. She also want’s to work with local businesses for these event’s she only hope’s she get’s, to make the events wonderfully special for her client’s.

For her to for fill her plan to bring Cedarwood Lodge back to how it was meant to be she in list’s the help from her childhood best friend Micah, Isia a landscape gardener, Kai an extremely good looking Aussie building manager and a team of builders. To add pressure to the renovation she lines up her first very special event at the Lodge, which mean’s there’s a tight time frame to get it all perfectly ready in time. This event is extra special one because it’s the 50th wedding anniversary for Edgar and his wife Imelda. It’s particularly poignant because they married here at the Lodge. The revelation’s certainly don’t go without hiccup’s, which gave me much anticipation of will they manage it all in time for the party?!

After the party Clio is planning to hold a wedding expo; to try to pull n some more business; to show the lodge off at it’s best and to show future brides what they can offer for their magical day. Clio gets an unexpected visit from her work college and Manhattan best friend Army, who is being cagey as to why she is here! But with Kai leaving after the renovation of the Lodge is done; to start another job, will they manage to get the whole place including the chapel done in time? and does Clio really have feeling’s for him?

As well as dealing with everything going on at the lodge Clio has to try to build on her relationship with her anxious and reclusive mother; who’s not so pleased about her purchase of Cedarwood. Clio doesn’t know why and knows she has to tread carefully to find out why her mother is so agonised the Lodge, only to come to a dead-end. This part of the story really got me intrigued as to what this could possibly be. Rebecca has written this with pure emotion and in a delicate manner.

I adore Kai’s caring and kind nature, when he see’s Clio is getting stressed, going for walks up mountains and midnight yoga. They really form a lovely friendship. I noticed a spark between these pair in an instant and hoped very much they would allow them self’s to realise it and take the next step in their relationship. He also finds something out about his parent’s he has to try to get to grips with, which he confides in Clio. The anticipation of will they won’t they really spur’s you on to read on! To add a bit more confusion Clio bump’s into her childhood sweetheart Tim and his two children. His boss want’s to hold an extravagant New Year’s Eve party at the lodge, and is constantly making panning the party for Clio to sort out, luckily Army is there to help! Does Tim just want to be friends or does he want more? Will the party go on without a hitch? Will Kai come back?

Clio’s character is pretty hard not to adore, not only is she good at what she does, she care’s about it and the people around her. I also loved the individual characters as there story’s progressed in the book and how they over come thing’s together like a tight knit family; which I think gave this story an extra special something making it perfect Rebecca style!

Winter at Cedarwood Lodge is the perfect winter read, to cosy up in a blanket with a nice hot drink! So I think it’s pretty safe to say I love, love,  love this story and one  I will defiantly be going back too!!! Highly recommending this guy’s, so go grab you self a copy and emirs you self into Cedarwood lodge!

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Review On Christmas at the Falling-down Guesthouse by Lilly Bartlett

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About the author (as seen on Amazon)

Lilly Bartlett author photoLilly Bartlett’s cosy rom-coms are full of warmth, quirky characters and guaranteed happy- ever- afters. Lilly is the pen name of Sunday Times and USA Today best- selling author Michele Gorman, who writes best-friend- girl power comedies under her own name.

 

 

Website: http://www.michelegorman.co.uk

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/michelegorman

Twitter: @MicheleGormanUK

Publication date: 25th October 2017

Publisher: HarperImpulse

http://www.harperimpulseromance.com

ISBN:  Paperback 978-1502736253

Pages: approx. 120 pages

Genre: Romantic comedy

Format reading: ACR e-book

Copy provided by: author and publisher

Originally titled The Reluctant Elf by Michele Gorman, but changed to a Lilly Bartlett release. 

Blurb (as seen on Amazon)

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Put you feet up and tuck into the mince pies, because you won’t have to lift a finger to enjoy this Christmas at the Falling- down Guesthouse!

To bad the same can’t be said for single mother and extremely undomestic goddess, Lottie. When her beloved Aunt Kate ends up in hospital just before Christmas, Lottie and her seven- year- old daughter rush to rural Wales to take over her B&B. A picky hotel reviewer and his mad family are coming to stay, and without the rating only he can give them, Aunt Kate will lose her livelihood.

But Lottie can barely run her own life, let alone a hotel. How will she manage to turn the falling- down guesthouse into the luxurious wonderland the reviewer expects? And could the mysterious taxi driver, Danny ,who agrees to help her, turn out to be the real gift this season?

As the snow sparkles on the trees and hot chocolate steams in your hands, snuggle into the delicious magic of Christmas at the falling- down Guesthouse. 

My review 

Firstly I would just like to thank Michele Gorman AKA Lilly Bartlett and HarperImpulse for the chance to read an ACR and review Christmas at the Falling- down Guesthouse. I must apologise for the delay on my review being posted.

Having read Lilly Bartlett’s other books and I loved them all. You can check out my reviews for The Big Little Wedding In Carlton Square

The Second Chance Café

The Big Dreams Beach Hotel

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Isn’t this front cover a Christmassy delight? I think what I really love the most in particular, is the way the fir trees branches; which are dusted with snow poking through the sides of the cover to give you the sense that your paring through them, looking in on the village in front of you! nice touch!! I could quit literally jump in there!!!!!

As soon as I read the blurb for this book I so know it was going to be enjoyable and guy’s I wasn’t wrong!!

Christmas at the Falling- Down Guesthouse is packed to the rafters of, family. new friendships,   unexpected romance, dramas that will surly give you a giggle or two, and not to mention the Christmas cheer!!!

We meet Lottie, a single mother; to seven-year old Mabel. Lottie works as a computer programmer in London and was planning to visit her aunt at the magical sounding guesthouse over the festive period. However due to her aunt Kate being in a car accident and now in a coma, Lottie has to bring the visit forward. She is understandably worried and apprehensive as aunt Kate has arranged for a hotel reviewer and his family to come to the guesthouse to do a review and hopefully award the B&B the stars it desperately needs to stay in business.

This is not the only problem she faces, because when she arrives in a taxi at the guesthouse it’s nothing like her aunt described because it’s looking very rugged and needs some TLC. But she knew she couldn’t let her aunt down, so in sheer desperation she asks the taxi driver Danny to help her and her daughter pull this off.

Danny accepts gladly as he wants to use the generous payment to go visit his daughter in America. Him and Lottie soon strike up a friendship which was really nice to read as they try to pull this off! Danny, Lottie notices that he is really good with her daughter Mabel and they really muddle through preparing the guesthouse for the reviewer and his family.

When the reviewer Rupert, his sister Prunella, her husband Hugo and there twins Oscar and Amanda. With no WiFi the children are instantly not happy. The families are as mad as a hatter being needless to say they are demanding and running Lottie and Danny ragged. To hide the fact that the place isn’t really up to scratch, they present their stay as a Victorian Christmas experience ( which will make you laugh throughout the story!!!) and it really works in her favour!

I adored the way Mabel latched on to Danny. Mable is missing a father figure and Danny is missing his daughter, it’s quite sweet really and sad at the same time. Danny is a really kind and caring character and I love that to begin with it was all about the pay check at the end of the job, but as the story progresses he also does it because he becomes attached to Lottie and Mable. It’s like watching a flower coming in to blossom, beautiful. Will aunt Kate pull through? Will Lottie be able to secure the vital stars they need for the guesthouse? Does Lottie find her happy ending?

As you know I’m a massive fan of Lilly Bartlett’s books and this has to be another good’n. I adored the whole story from the very beginning to the very last page. The only thing I will say, I just wanted to read more!! I think Christmas at the Falling- Down Guesthouse is the perfect festive read that will give you many laugh’s along the way and fill you with joy!

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Review on: My Sweet Revenge by Jane Fallon

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About the author ( as seen in the book)

Jane_Fallon_HPJane Fallon is the multi- award- winning television producer behind shows such as This Life, Teachers and 20 Things to Do Before You’re 30. Her previous books include Getting Rid of Matthew, Got You Back, Foursome, The Ugly Sister, Skeletons and Strictly Between Us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Website: http://www.janefallon.co.uk

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/janefallonofficial

Twitter: @JaneFallon

Publication date: 12 January 2017

Publisher: Penguin Random House UK

http://www.global.penguinrandomhouse.com

ISBN: Paperback 978-1-405-91775-9

Hardback 978-144483426

Pages: 416 pages

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Borrowed

Blurb (as seen on back cover)

I want to make my husband fall back in love with me.

Let me explain. This isn’t an exercise in 1950’s wifeydom. I haven’t been reading articles in old women’s magazines. ‘Twenty ways to keep your man’ That couldn’t be further from the truth.

I want him to fall back in love with me so that when I tell him to get the hell out of my life he’ll care.

I want it to hurt.

Paula has had Robert’s back since they got together as drama students. She gave up her dreams so he could make it. Now he’s one of the nation’s most popular actors. And Paula’s just discovered he’s having an affair,

She’s going to remind Robert just what he’s sacrificing. And then she’s going to break his heart like he broke hers. It will be her greatest acting role ever.

Revenge is sweet. Isn’t it?

My review

I hope you all agree with me this is a delicious looking front cover! The gorgeous looking cake looks so amazing ( something Mary Berry would produce!) The fork that is stabbed into the cake gives you the sense that it’s a bitter-sweet. I think this cover really suites the title of this novel.

I’ve read a few of Jane’s books in the past and really did enjoy them, they are unique story lines that have you gripped till the very last page.

My Sweet Revenge by Jane Fallon is a story about when a wife (Paula) finds out her soap star husband (Robert) is having an affair with suspicions that it’s his co-star (Saskia). Paula and Robert have a daughter who will soon be flying the nest to university, leaving just them at home and this brings things to the fore front of Paula’s mind. Paula want to hurt him as he has hurt her, so she plot’s her revenge to try to make him fall in love with her all over again and then finish with him when he least expects it.

In order for her to do this she has to try to sort her drabby housewife look and get into shape. With her suspicions pointing to Saskia, Paula tells Josh (Saskia’s husband) and with time they end up plotting together.

Will Paula’s plan work? Will Paula get to close to Josh? Will Saskia work it all out?

Jane Fallon is a truly wonderful and witty writing. She keep’s the reader intrigued and interested throughout the whole story. And the twist’s and turns were amazing making this book really unput-downable. Call me sad if you like but I also enjoyed getting a glimpse of soap land life!!!! I do love a tv soap!! Guilty as charged, but seriously this is a great read I highly recommend you grab yourself a copy, you won’t regret it!!!

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Review on One Night in Italy by Lucy Diamond

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About the author (as seen in the book)

lucy diamondLucy Diamond lives in Bath with her husband and their three children. One Night in Italy is her eighth novel. When she isn’t slaving away on a new book (ahem) You can find her on Twitter or Facebook.

 

 

 

 

Twitter: @LDiamondAuthor

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LucyDiamondAuthor

Publication Date: 19 May 2016

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

http://www.panmacmillan.com

ISBN: 978-1509815661

Pages: 496 pages

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Borrowed

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Is Italian really the language of love? A new class of students hopes to find out.

Anna’s recently been told the father she’s never met is Italian. Now she’s baking Focaccia, whipping up tiramisu and swotting up on her vocabulary, determined to make it to Italy so she can find him in person.

Catherine’s husband has walked out on her, and she’s trying to pick up the pieces of her life. But she’ll need courage as well as friends when she discovers his deception runs even deeper than infidelity.

Sophie is the teacher of the class, who’d much rather be back in sunny Sorrento. She can’t wait to escape the tensions at home and go travelling again. But sometimes life and love can surprise you when you least expect it.

As the evenings class get underway, friendship’s form and secrets from Italy begin to emerge. With love affairs blossoming in the most unlikely places, and hard decisions to face, it’s going to be a year that Anna, Catherine and Sophie will never forget.

My Review

I really like the gorgeous blueness of the  cover of this book. The twinkling stars which gives a sense of a clear night’s sky! The Heart shape in the middle of the cover; which is make up of everything Italian. From spaghetti to wine and pasta. I the centre of the heart houses the title, which really drew me in to picking up this book. ( excuse the state of the cover in the photo; this particular book has been well read)

One night in Italy by Lucy Diamond is a story based around three very different women in completely different situations in their lives. They find that a love of Italy joins them together through and Italian class.

Anna is a journalist and was brought up without knowing who or where her father was. So when she visits her Nana in a home; her grandmother goes off on one of her dementia  tangents and mentions Italy and a guy called Gino. which Anna thinks could possible be her father, but also has her nana got it muddled up.

Catherine who’s married to Mike a senior GP, they have two children who are now off to university. Finding it hard to deal with her babies flying the nest, comes home early only to find her husband in a very compromising position

And then there’s Sophie, who’s a travel blogger and teacher. She travel and works and finds herself in Italy working in a café for a while until she gets called home for an unexpected emergence. When she returns to a home she hasn’t been to for years, as her parents don’t really understand her traveling bug! She also realises she need’s to find some work to keep her tied over, and teaching beginners Italian.

This is how the women are brought together and as they learn Italian they also learn about each other, which I found a lovely part of the story. They support each other through their troubles, trails and new romance’s. You really do get the true sense the lady’s close nitness of their friendship through Lucy’s writing.

The only thing I would have liked to seen more of the story located in Italy but that’s only a personal preference and it niggles me a bit. That being said I did enjoy the gently, relaxed pace of the story and I defiantly liked getting to know these loveable characters.

 

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Review on A Cornish Stranger by Liz Fenwick

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About the author (as seen in the book)

liz fenwick 2Growing up in Boston, Liz discovered early on that her best friends could be books. While waiting on a place for Harvard, she moved to London to see if life looked different from the other side of the Atlantic. It did and she soon fell in love with an Englishman. Now happily married with three children, she spends as much time as possible at her home in Cornwall.

 

Website: http://www.lizfenwick.com

Twitter: @liz_fenwick

Publication date: 5th September 2014

Publisher: Orion

http://www.orionbooks.co.uk

ISBN: paperback 978-1-4091-4824-1

Pages: 312 pages

Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Fiction

Format reading: paperback

Copy provided by: Borrowed

Blurb (as seen on back cover)

When her reclusive grandmother Jaunty becomes too frail to live alone, Gabriella Blythe moves into the remote waterside cabin on Frenchmans’s Creek, which has been her grandmother’s home for decades. Once a celebrated artist, Jaunty’s days are coming to a close but she is still haunted by events in her past, particularly the sinking of a ship during the war.

Everything is fine until a handsome stranger arrives in a storm, seeking help. Fin has been left a family legacy: a delicate water-colour of a cabin which leads him to this beautiful stretch of Cornish water. As Fin begins to pick at the clues of the painting, he is drawn into the lives of Gabe and Jaunty, unravelling a remarkable story of identity and betrayal…

My Review

The secan on the front cover to A Cornish Stranger is laid out before you; it looks quite tranquil with the blueness of the creek and a row-boat which is placed at the bottom of the cover. (I kinda wanted to go for a boat ride hehehehe) I loved the way there’s a boat house nestled in some tree’s. I think it’s a very eye-catching front cover!

I have had the pleasure of reading one other of Liz’s books before which I reviewed and you can check out here

A Cornish Stranger by Liz Fenwick is a story that’s awash of mystery, love, family, secrets ,history and a couple of good-looking chap’s of course!!!!!

Gabriella Blythe has to make the move back to Cornwall to take care of her 92-year-old reclusive grandmother Jaunty. Having loosed her parents when she was young, her grandmother is all the family she has. The Cabin which is nestled in Frenchman’s Creek and which is very remote, which is how Jaunty like’s it. I really got the sence at this point that this was going to be a good story, and boy was I right!!!!!! Liz write’s with such depth I found it hard to tear myself away.

Gab is trained to be a singer until something tearable happened leading her to stop doing something she loved. Now she makes jingles for adverts for TV and radio, and that’s not what she had in mind for a vocation. I really felt for Gab because she has her own secrets to bear.

When a storm hits one night, Gab rescues this hansom stranger, Fin and seems to have some kind of connection to but how? and why? And don’t worry there is another rather handsome chap Max a musician, he notices how Gab has such a wonderful voice and really try’s to encourage her to do more on the music front than jingles.

I really adored Jaunty’s character because she has so much mystery surrounding her and I was eager to find out what that was. She was an artist in her hay day but gave it up long ago. She was so intriguing and I found myself whizzing through the story.

The pace, setting, characters and description in A Cornish Stranger was perfect in every way, and left me wanting to read more (which is always good!!!) but I ran out of book!!!!! I really highly recommend this book to you guy’s you won’t be disappointed!

 

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Review on Sunshine Over Wildflower Cottage by Milly Johnson

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About the author ( as seen in the book)

Milly Johnson

Milly Jonson is a joke-writer, greetings card copy writer, newspaper columnist, after-dinner speaker, poet, winner of Come Dine with meSunday Times Top 10 author and winner of a Romantic Comedy of the year award in 2014 and 2016.

She is half-Yorkshire, half-Glaswegian so 1) don’t mess with her and 2) don’t expect her to buy the first round.

She likes cruising on big ships, sparkling afternoon teas and birds of prey, in particular owls. She does not like marzipan or lamb chops.

She is a proud patron of Yorkshire Cat Rescue (www.yourkshirecatrescue.org) , The Well, a complimentary therapy centre for cancer patients and the Barnsley Youth Choir (www.barnsleyyouthchoir.org.uk) who have conquered the world and are now moving onto other planets.

She lives happily in Barnsley with Pete, her long-suffering partner, Tes and George, her teenage lads, Teddy the dog, Hernan Crespo, Vincent and Theo the cat’s and Alan Rickman the rabbit. Her mam and dad lives in t’next street.

Sunshine Over Wildflower Cottage is her twelfth book.

Website: http://www.millyjohnson.co.uk

Twitter: @millyjohnson

Publication Date: 16th June 2016

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

http://www.simonandschuster.co.uk

ISBN: Paperback 978-1-4711-4048-8

E-book 978-1-4711-4049-5

Pages: 496 pages

Genre: Romance

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Borrowed

Blurb (as seen on back cover)

New beginnings, old secret’s, and a place to call home…

Viv arrives at Wildflower Cottage, a tumbledown animal sanctuary, for the summer. Her job is to help with the admin, but the truth is she is here for something much closer to her heart…

Geraldine runs to Wildflower Cottage sanctuary. She escapes from her past to find happiness here, but now her history at bay and her future safe?

Back home, Viv’s mother Stel thinks she might have found a man who will treat her right for once. Ian is kind considerate, and clearly head over heels for her. That’s what she wanted all along isn’t it…

My Review

The cover for this book is just perfect for the title, it’s nice, bright and cheerful colours used; which really pulls you in. The two lady’s in front of the cottage one carrying a basket of flowers and wearing funky wellies, with the other lady with her arm around her. They both look really happy, and a dog which sits proudly beside. It’s a fab cover!

We meet Viv as she is about to start a new job at the animal sanctuary for the summer. She is meant to be doing the admin but soon becomes involved with getting hands on with the array of animals from donkey’s, owls, birds, to cat’s and dog’s, that they have in their care. It also so becomes clear to Viv as she starts on the admin that the sanctuary is in a but of a mess.

The animal Sanctuary is run by Heath with the help from Gloria; how has a mystery about her, but then so does Viv. Viv seems to be running away from something which left me wanting to read on and wait as the story starts to unfold. Heath and Viv have a bit of a rocky relationship at the start. As they start to spent time together dealing with the animals, Viv realises heath is really not what she expected in a good way though.

Sunshine over Wildflower Cottage is not without ups, many laughs, downs, twists and turns which kept me very much into this story. I really enjoyed the short chapters making it a joy to read and before I knew it I was at the end of the book!!!!

Milly Johnson has a truly wonderful writing style and story telling that provides for the  perfect escapism! I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the animal aspect of this book; being an animal lover myself that was a real plus!!!

So if you like animals and are looking for a lovely romance with the added mystery and many laughs then look no further. I really highly recommend it!!!!!

 

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Sunshine Over Wildflower Cottage by Milly Johnson 

A super sparkly 5 star’s 

5stars

Review on A Cornish Affair by Liz Fenwick

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About the author ( as seen in the book)

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Growing up in Boston, Liz discovered early on that her best friends could be books. While waiting on a place for Harvard, she moved to London to see if life looked different from the other side of the Atlantic. It did and she soon fell in love with an Englishman. Now happily married with three children, she spends as much time as possible at her home in Cornwall.

Website: www.lizfenwick.com
Twitter: @liz_fenwick
Publication date: 23 May 2013

Publisher: Orion
http://www.orionbooks.co.uk
ISBN: Paperback  978-1-4091-3749-8
Pages: 320 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format reading: Paperback
Copy provided by: Borrowed
Blurb (as seen on back cover)
This whole thing was wrong. I ran as fast as my shoes would let me, never looking back…
When the pressure of her forthcoming marriage becomes too much, Jude bolts from the church, leaving a good man at the altar, her mother in a fury, and the guests with gossip aplenty.
Guilty and ashamed, Jude fees to Pengarrock, a crumbling cliff-top mansion in Cornwall, where she takes a job cataloguing the extensive library.
The house is a welcome escape, full of history and secrets… but Pengarrock is not beloved by everyone. As Jude falls under the spell of the house, she learns of a family riddle stemming from a terrible tragedy centuries’ before. But is time running out for the house-and for Jude?
My Review
A Cornish Affair has the most gorgeous front cover with the big white mansion-house; surrounded by trees, at the top of the cliff making it look very idyllic. The greenness of the cliff’s  is carried on to the sea and the golden sand just looks so inviting. I thought the blurriness of the pink flowers ( and the pink which is paler has been carried on the author’s name tying in with the flowers.) was a good touch; as it make’s you focus more on the mansion. So all in all a really lovely cover!
Liz Fenwick is a new author to me so I didn’t really have a clue what to expect and I was very eager to find out.
A Cornish Affair by Liz Fenwick is a story which as an abundance of themes, mystery,  a sad death, Cornish countryside, romance, history, unexpected friendship’s  and ( the one any book lover will enjoy!) books which adds up for a really interesting read.
I really have to mention this now in my review now; how when I had only read a couple of page’s before I know that I was hooked, I felt Liz’s writing really enchanted and immersed me totally, I think anything could have been going on around me and I probably wouldn’t have noticed!!!!!
Judith (Jude) has run away from her impending marriage; that she really doesn’t want to be in and end’s up at her aunt Barbara’s to get some space. Her aunt think’s Jude need’s something to take her mind off things and get’s her a job; where she would finally get to use her degree with Petroc,  a friend of her aunt’s. Where Jude would be cataloguing all of a library (What a job hay?!),  his research notes and odd bit’s of paper in preparation to compile his book. When she arrives she get’s stuck in and sense’s that there is more to this than just putting all he work in order. So when Petroc, passes away and Jude has to then deal with his grumpy disjointed son. He want’s her to carry on with the work she had started and he want’s to sell the crumbling mansion when she’s done.
Petroc, believed the was treasure hidden and that was what all his research was about. His son makes it perfectly clear to Jude that he didn’t believe in his father’s work at all. Which upsets Jude, can she passably cope with being so close to this man? Will she finish what she set out to do? Will she ever find love? and who?
As I read I have to say I really fell hook line and sinker for all the interesting and engaging characters and the mystery of the treasure! which on all accounts kept this book in my hand.  I really enjoyed all the description in this story painting a perfect picture in your head with the words. In a way I felt enchanted by the story and really wanted it to last forever! I truly thought Liz’s writing is really something kind of wonderful and tremendously captivating. I really recommend this wonderful story!

Marie’s Book Boutique give’s
                                      A Cornish Affair by Liz Fenwick
                                                  5 Sparkly stars!!!!

 

5stars