Sunday 29 October 2017

My turn for the Blog Tour for the amazing "The Little Village Christmas" from the equally amazing Sue Moorcroft!! 

A BIG 5**


The #1 bestseller returns with an irresistibly festive tale that you won’t be able to put down!
Alexia Kennedy – interior decorator extraordinaire – has been tasked with giving the little village of Middledip the community cafĂ© it’s always dreamed of.
After months of fundraising, the villagers can’t wait to see work get started – but disaster strikes when every last penny is stolen. With Middledip up in arms at how this could have happened, Alexia feels ready to admit defeat.
But help comes in an unlikely form when woodsman, Ben Hardaker and his rescue owl Barney, arrive on the scene. Another lost soul who’s hit rock bottom, Ben and Alexia make an unlikely partnership.
However, they soon realise that a little sprinkling of Christmas magic might just help to bring this village – and their lives – together again…
Settle down with a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine as you devour this irresistibly festive Christmas tale. The perfect read for fans of Carole Matthews and Trisha Ashley.


I've never read a book by Sue that I haven't give 5* - and this one is very near the top! It's a lovely story of fighting against the odds, letting people in and changing one's dreams.

The star of the show is Barney "Hehhhh" and I absolutely loved following his development. The humans were interesting too ;) I loved the way Alexia had to adjust her hopes and dreams. I've done a similar leap, as I was once an IT Project Manager and am now a petsitter and book reviewer! It takes some courage to turn your back on "The Plan" and adapt to "what is". 

Ben is a lovely bloke - one of my favourite heroes. A very understated man but the love he has for Barney gives the reader a clue as to his warm personality and practical nature.

This was a lovely return to Middledip; I hadn't realised how much I'd missed it! Thank you Sue xxx

Monday 16 October 2017

My turn for the Blog Tour for Darcie Boleyn's lovely, warm Christmas book, Christmas at Conwenna Cove - and it's a cracker! 5**


A heartwarming, romantic and Christmassy novel set in the gorgeous Cornish village of Conwenna Cove.
When Grace Phillips travels to Conwenna Cove to help her parents move there 30 years after their honeymoon in the village, she sees why they fell in love with the place. The festive decorations, carols in the air and constant supply of delicious mince pies certainly make it hard to leave. Grace soon meets local vet Oli Davenport and initially finds him rude, but learning about his passion for animals and how much he cares for his two kids helps Grace to see a softer side to Oli.
It’s been three years since Oli lost his wife to cancer. Though he loves eleven-year-old Amy and five-year-old Tom more than anything it’s hard to be mum and dad. He has no interest in romance until he crosses paths with beautiful and kind-hearted Grace. The sparks fly but both Oli and Grace are holding onto fear about letting someone into their heart.
As the snow falls and Christmas wishes come true can Conwenna Cove work its magic and help Grace and Oli find the happiness they both deserve?


I've never disliked a book by Darcie so I was really looking forward to this one. It's the second in the Conwenna Cove series but can easily be read as a stand alone. (Although you're missing a treat if you don't read Summer at Conwenna Cove as well!) 

I loved this one - you never disappoint, Darcie!.

I'm not going to summarise the story - that's what the blurb is for. Suffice to say there's a lot more to it than the blurb indicates. The children are lovely - Oli, the recalcitrant vet is a wonderful character and Grace is very, very human! And there are animals, particularly a gorgeous greyhound!

Really hope there are more to come in this series - I so enjoy the warmth in these books!

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday 8 October 2017

Final day of the Blog Tour for The Woolly Hat Knitting Club by Poppy Dolan and it's my turn!

Definitely a 5* read!!


Finding happiness one stitch at a time.

When Dee Blackthorn’s brother, JP, breaks both wrists not only is he in need of a helping hand – or two – but the knitting shop he owns can’t function. Sisterly duties take Dee away from her demanding job and she is unceremoniously fired amidst scandalous office rumours. Dee is certain that her hot-shot nemesis, Ben, is behind it all.
Back in the village of Fenwild where JP's shop resides, Dee bumps into Becky, an old friend who is new mum to a premature baby. Desperate to help Becky, Dee convinces JP to enlist his knitting pals to make tiny woolly hats to keep the little one warm. Seeing how grateful her friend is, Dee makes it her mission to help lots of other premature babies. When Ben turns up denying involvement in Dee’s sacking she is initially furious, but hears him out before roping him into helping the knitting cause.
But before long Dee’s good intentions backfire and she risks losing her friends, her family and Ben, who’s turned out to be not so bad after all…
A feel-good romantic comedy about life, love and knitting, The Woolly Hat Knitting Club is perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Tilly Tennant and Carole Matthews.
See inside for an exclusive baby hat knitting pattern from Poppy Dolan! 


I'm a procrastinating knitter was was delighted when asked to review this book. (I can knit, just hate sewing up!)

I've read a lot of books recently and many I have had to skim as they haven't held my interest. Not in this case!

And I certainly wasn't disappointed. Dee is a high-powered business woman forced to abandon her job when her brother breaks his wrists. There's more to it than that, but no spoilers. Her brother JP is a chilled guy into knitting and they come up with a brainwave to help premature babies.

But can Dee put her business head aside and do this for the love of the action, or will she have to spin it? Can she disregard her loathing of Ben long enough to see who he really is? And if he is the good man he swears to be, who was the troublemaker?

Lovely warm and affectionate read with laughs and tears - lovely read!

I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Amazon UK - £1.99