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!

 

                                        Marie’s Book Boutique gives 

                                 A Cornish Stranger by Liz Fenwick

                                        A sublime 5 sparkly stars

 

5stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!!!!!

 

Marie’s Book Boutique gives

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

Review on The Big Dreams Beach Hotel by Lilly Bartlett

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About The Author (as seen on Amazon)

Lilly Bartlett author photo  Lilly Bartlett’s cosy romcoms 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-frend-girl-power comedies under her own name.

 

 

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

Facebook: Michele Gorman

Twitter: @MicheleGormanUK

Publication Date: 18 August 2017

Publisher: HarperImpulse

http://www.harperimpulseromance.com

ISBN: Paperback 978-0008226626

Pages: 272 pages

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Format Reading:  ebook  (ARC)

Copy Provided By: Author and Publisher

Blurb (as seen on Amazon)

Rosie’s life isn’t exactly going the way she expected. Three years after ditching her career dreams in New York City, she’s still managing the faded Victorian hotel in her seaside hometown.

The hotel’s new owners want to turn the quintessentially English institution into a copy of their Florida properties… flamingos and all. Cultures are clashing and the hotel’s oddball residents stand in the way of the developers’ big plans. To them the hotel is both home and family. That’s going to make Rory’s job difficult when he arrives to enforce all the new changes. And Rosie isn’t exactly on his side. He might be charming, but he’s still there to evict her friends. What’s worse, she’s supposed to be helping him do it.

This is Rosie’s only chance to revive the career she’s always wanted. But how can she follow her dreams if it means ending everyone else’s.

My Review

Before I start rambling on I would just like to thank Lilly Bartlett AKA Michele Gorman and HarperImpulse for not only approaching me but also for providing me with an ARC, my sincere apologies for the delay in getting my review posted.

Big Dreams Beach Hotel UK Lilly BartlettAs many of you will know I’m a sucker for a beautifully designed front cover, and what a delightful cover this is. I really want to like jump right in there!!!!! It’s bright and truly eye-catching in ever aspect. From the tall buildings lining the sea front and the sandy beach, to the single seagull gliding near the title and the one’s in the distance. I love the bunting at the top which adds to its charm.

The Big Dreams Beach Hotel is a story set in the seaside town of Scarborough, but this isn’t just any hotel, it’s a bit rundown and is owned by the Cornel; who was in the Royal Marines. He employed Rosie three years ago to manage the running of the hotel. In a bid to bring in some cash to the hotel the Cornel arranges with the local council to rent some of the rooms out, but it’s not enough. So he drops a bomb on Rosie and the other residence that he has had to sell the hotel, to and American company; in order to save it, he assures all the residents and Rosie that there home’s and job’s are safe.

Rosie is shocked but supports his decision, she just never in her wildest dreams did she think her career would end up back in her hometown, and as the reader you feel her sadness but not only that but her own turmoil which adds some mystery to the story.

The two American brothers who have brought the hotel and by all accounts don’t get along, want to bring Florida to sunny Scarborough; with bright colours and outrageous ideas(which is funny in it’s self!!!). These two characters really made me chuckle with their petty squabbling, flamboyant schemes and ridiculous rules. They employ Rory a charming English man to help Rosie and the residents with the new transformation that is about to take place. But they have to face many drama’s along the way in order to keep the residents; who are trying to be pushed out and the work force happy. It’s not just the residents and staff  the two brothers and Rory has to keep happy but the community as well as they are very much apart of the hotel and adds added income. But is Rory on their side? Will the resident’s be able to keep the roof over there heads? and will Rosie have her dream career? Will Rosie find any happiness?

The Bog Dreams Beach Hotel by Lilly Bartlett is a romantic comedy that will have you chuckling to yourself for sure. I found it a joy to read from beginning to very end. I’ve said this before in my other reviews ( which you can check out here Review On The Big Little Wedding In Carlton Square by Lilly Bartlett and Blog Tour & Review On The Second Chance Café By Lilly Bartlett ) and I will say it again, Lilly your writing style is truly wonderful and I have adored every second of you books! I actually plan on putting these books back on my to read pile, I’ve enjoyed them so much!

 

                                            Marie’s Book Boutique gives

                           The Big Dreams Beach Hotel by Lilly Bartlett

                                            A Massive 5 Sparkly stars

5stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review On: Not Quite Nice by Celia Imrie

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About the Author ( as seen in the book)

celia Imrie

Celia Imrie is Olivier award- winning and Screen Actors Guild-nominated actress. She is best known for her film roles in THe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Calendar Girls and Nanny Mc Phee. 

On stage, she won Best Actress in a Musical For Acorn Antiques: the musical and was nominated for Best Actress in Noises Off. Celia Imrie’s upcoming films are A Cure For Wellness, Year By The Sea and Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, all due for release in 2016. Her autobiography, the Happy Hoofer, was published in 2011 and Bloomsbury will publish her second novel Nice work (If You Can Get It) in March 2016.

Website: http://www.celiaimrie.info

Twitter: @CeliaImrie

Publication Date: 14 January 2016

Publisher: Bloomsbury

http://www.bloomsbury.com

ISBN: ebook 978-1-4088-4688-9

Hardback 978-1-4088-4687-2

Paperback 978-1-4088-4689-6

Pages: 352 pages

Genre: Romance comedy

Format Reading: Paperback

Copy Provided by: My own

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Theresa is desperate for a change. Forced into early retirement, tired of babysitting her bossy daughter’s obnoxious children, she sells her house and moves to a picture-perfect town, just outside Nice.

Once the hideaway of artists and writers, Bellevue-sur-Mer is now home to the odd movie star and, as Theresa discovers, a close-knit set of expats. Settling to the gentle rhythm of the seaside, Theresa embraces her new found friendships and freedom. But life is never as simple as it seems, and when skeletons fall out several closets, Theresa starts to wonder if life on the French Riviera is quite as nice as it first appeared…

My Review

What a gorgeous front cover! I really like the painted effect on this front cover. The woman walking down the street looks charming and welcoming. Celia Imrie is a new author to me, of course I adore her in the films, I’ve seen her in and have seen her in interviews! I was very eager to leap right in to this book.

Not Quite Nice by  Celia Imrie is a story which is Charming, witty, amusing in every way with the added drop of mystery which made for a fabulous read.

We meet poor Theresa, she’s just been make redundant from her job and is extremely fed up with being at her daughters beck and call when she needs childcare. She decides to take drastic action to change her life, and sells her home and move to Nice; where she buy’s apartment and would be amongst some fellow Brits. Needless to say her daughter thinks she is mad and selfish to move away from her and her grandchildren. Who would she get to look after the children!

On Theresa’s arrival at her apartment she get’s the shock of her life (I won’t tell you why; but it is comical!!!!! ) which causes quite a stir amounts the resident’s!!!!! There are many more drama’s coming Theresa’s way, which she doesn’t expect nor want right now!!!! In the mist of it all she starts her own cookery club in her flat to bring in some extra cash, which she very much-needed.

I found all the character’s  in this story to be all very individual, eclectic and entertaining people from Sally; who used to be famous to Carol the super friendly American and then there’s Brian who helps Theresa in an incident and ends up renting a room from her, but is he what he is portraying himself to be?!

There’s certainly a lot of drama packed into Not Quite Nice by Celia Imrie and I loved the way the story progressed. Celia writes in a way that is truly unique to her and there are certain bits in the story I certainly didn’t see coming, which in turn kept me turning those pages!

                                         Marie’s Book Boutique gives

                                       Not Quite Nice by Celia Imrie

                                         A Fabulous 5 sparkly stars

5stars

Review on: A Very Big House in the Country by Claire Sandy

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About the author ( as seen on the Pan Macmillan website)

Claire Sandy lives in Surry with her husband and daughter and enjoys baking, reading, writing, eating, dressing up her dog and inventing new things to do with gin. She is the author of several laugh-out-load novels, including What would Mary Berry Do?, A Very Big House in the Country and Snowed in for Christmas.

Publication Date: 30th July 2015

Publishers: Pan Macmillan

http://www.panmacmillan.com

ISBN: Paperback 978-1-4472-7625-8

Pages: 432 pages

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Formant Reading in: Paperback

Copy provided by: My own

Blurb ( as seen on the back cover)

For one long, hot summer in Devon, three family’s share one very big house in the country. The Herrera’s are two tired parents, three grumbling children and one promiscuous dog. The Littles: she’s gorgeous, he’s loaded but maybe the equation for a truly happy marriage is a bit more complicated than that? As for the Brown’s, they seem oddly jumpy especially around each other.

By the pool, new friendships blossom, but at the kitchen door, resentments simmer. Summer crushes form, secrets are swapped and when the adults loosen their inhibitions with litres of white wine they start to get a little too honest…

Mother hen to all, Evie Herrera has a life-changing announcement to make; one that could shatter the summer holiday and rock the foundations of her family. But will someone else beat her to it?

My Review

Wow this cover is bursting with loveliness!! A very big house takes centre stage at the top of the cover, it feels like we as the reader are taking a sneaky peek over the hedge at the country house! The title covers the centre of the hedge in white and graduating in to a pale blue; which is a very appealing effect along with the author’s name. The flowers blooming around the edge with the added butterfly fluttering makes it colourful and eye-catching. The shuttle cock, watering can and sunglass gives it not only a country but a family feel to it. All in all I think its a superb cover.

A Very Big House in the Country by Claire Sandy is a story set in the quintessential Devon countryside; where three families share a big house for the summer. These three families are very different from each other, which you will find out when you read and it’s very much that made the story so good. With young children, teenagers, mischievous pets and then there’s the parents! What a read!

I enjoyed that there’s a lot of conversations which really helps you become connected to the characters, which in turn helps you to understand them and bringing the story together. I also think it helps the characters to really become alive and engaging with the reader. The author Claire has caught the description of the Devon countryside wonderfully, I’ve never been myself but I certainly feel like I have since reading this book.

I have to say all the mystery that happens throughout this story, kept me glued to this book, and will surely have you glued to it too. I also found myself chuckling out load as I read a comical bit which made my partner respond with ” Good book babe?” to which I replied ” It sure is!!! I can’t put it down!” The children’s antic’s made me chuckle the most, some of the things children come out with are priceless, and Claire has captured this very much in this great story!

So guy’s if you’re looking for a summary read full of mystery’s, drama, missgevouse pets, deep conversations, secrets, teenage antic’s and family fun, then please look no further than  A Very Big House in the Country by Claire Sandy!

I loved every second of it and really didn’t want it to end. A wonderfully written book in my eye’s and will defiantly be looking out for more of her books in the future

 

Marie’s Book Boutique gives

A Very Big House in the Country by Claire Sandy

A superb 5 Sparkly stars 

5stars

 

My apologies for my absence

my appologies for my absentce

 

Hi Guy’s

Firstly I just want to apologise to you all for my silence on my blog over the last couple of months. I am going through quite a stressful time in my life right now, which has caused me to take a break from blogging. I just want to thank all the author’s that I’ve been in contact with; for their understanding and still allowing me to read their books even though, I was taking a break.

Even though I’m still going though a difficult time, I’ve missed blogging  and the people I’ve met along my blogging journey very much! So I’m coming back!!

I really hope you accept my sincere apologies and that you understand why I took a break. I’m so glad to back doing what I love!

sorry

 

So let the review’s commence!!!

much love

Marie