About the author (as provided by Rachel’s Random Resources)
Jackie Ladbury was desperate to become a journalist when she left school but was ousted within minutes on the day of the exam at her local rag because she’d forgotten to bring a pen.
Short and sharp lesson learned.
Her budding writing career was not on hold for long, though, as Jackie found herself scribbling love stories of pilots and ‘hosties’ while she flew in aeroplanes of various shapes and sizes as a flight attendant herself.
Fast forward a good few years and, after being short-listed in a couple of prestigious romantic writing competitions, Jackie decided it was time to discard her stilettos, say goodbye to the skies and concentrate on writing romantic novels, where the only given is a guaranteed ‘happy ever after.’
Publication date: 1st January 2018
Publisher: Fabrian Books
To purchase from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Magic-Stars-feel-good-heavenly-romance-ebook/dp/B078BF91XS
Pages: 261 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format reading: ARC Ebook
Copy provided by: Rachel’s Random Resources
Blurb (as provided by Rachel’s Random Resources)
Sapphire Montrose always felt like a loser in the struggle of life, but when she becomes the airline manager of a run-down airline she starts to believe she is a winner – until she unwittingly propositions her new boss and all her hard work is undone.
In a moment of recklessness air stewardess, Sapphire Montrose throws caution and her dress to the wind by propositioning a handsome stranger in a hotel in Florence, only to find herself waking up alone and embarrassed in her hotel room.
Unfortunately for Sapphire, it turns out that her new boss, Marco Cavarelli, is the man she failed to seduce and she is now fighting for her job and her self-respect when he tells her there is no place in his revamped airline for an alcoholic woman with lascivious tendencies. To make matters worse she is increasingly attracted to him and he seems to be giving out the same vibes. Or is he simply testing her? One wrong move could be the end of her career. But what if he really is offering love – and is he worth the risk?
Before I start my review I would just like to say a massive thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources; for not only asking me to take part in this wonderful blog tour to share my review but also for providing me with an ARC to read.
This is the first book of Jackie Ladbury’s I’ve read, and as you all know I do like to discover a new author (to me that is!) As soon as I read the blurb of The Magic of Stars, I had a feeling it was I book I would enjoy immensely and boy was I right!!!!!!!!
We meet Sapphire Montrose as she travels to Florence; with her boss Mr Clark to accompany him while he travels to a business meeting. It also worked in her favour as her boyfriend; Rick is staying in a hotel there, and she wants to surprise him. She is hoping to take their relationship to the next level. However it’s her that get’s the surprise of her life, when catching him in a very compromising position. With her future happiness shattered in an instant, and Rick not even fighting to keep her, she goes away broken-hearted to another hotel.
The hotel Sapphire finds is an exquisite and expensive. Once checked in she heads straight to the bar to get drunk. Not being a drinker gets drunk quite quickly and is saved from falling from her bar stool by the owner Marco Caverelli. He seems troubled himself but caring with a smidgen of reductants to get involved. However Marco is a gentle man and takes her to her room safely when Sapphire make’s a bit of a fool of herself. I could tell straight away these two characters, had something special and even though they don’t know it the as the reader is given the feel in though Jackie’s writing.
Unbeknown to Sapphire her boss; and owner of the small failing airline, wants to take a back seat and bring Marco in to regenerate the airline. Then Mr Clark can spend and look after his ill wife. The only thing Mr Clark wants is for Marco to keep his nephew Finbar in a job.
But with Marco comes big changes, that not everyone will like and when he turns up to meet the staff Sapphire can’t quite place him. It doesn’t take her long to work out he was the man in the hotel in Florence, and is totally mortified. He has his own personal issues too, which cloud’s his judgement of Sapphire. He think’s she has a drinking problem and likes to make moves on men! These two have many misunderstandings and disagreements like this through out the book, which really build’s the anticipation of will they won’t they and made me read on.
This story is bloody amazing, I quite literally couldn’t put my kindle down!! I found myself so engrossed in the story, I felt sad when I came to the end, not because it was a sad ending but because I didn’t want it to end. The plot and flow were and is so captivating, you really won’t be able to put it down. And I think its safe to say I adored the characters very much, they were interesting, intriguing, and above all the are loveable.
The Magic Of Stars is full of drama, emotion, romance, heart- break, misunderstandings and many funny moments that makes such a fabulous book. I would highly recommend you give this book a go because I truly adored every single second of it and I will defiantly be re-reading this one!
Marie’s Book Boutique give’s
The Magic of Star’s by Jackie Ladbury
A superb 5 sparkly stars!!!!!!!!!