Review: The Secrets of Villa Rosso by Linn B. Halton

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The Secrets of Villa Rosso

Some places stay with you forever…

When Ellie Maddison is sent on a business trip to Southern Italy, she’s reminded why she loves her job – set amongst rolling vineyards and rich olive groves, the beautiful Villa Rosso is the perfect escape from her life back home. But what Ellie isn’t prepared for is the instant connection she feels to the estate’s director Max Jackson, or the secrets they share that are as intertwined as the rambling vines that cover Villa Rosso.

It’s not long before Ellie finds herself entangled in the history of the place, trying to understand the undeniable effect Max is having on her. As their relationship grows, what will Ellie discover about this idyllic villa and those who have walked through its doors?

What started as a simple work trip will change Ellie’s life forever.

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From interior designer to author, Linn – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Harper Impulse (Harper Collins) and Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.

Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

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I have never read any book by Linn but I’m glad that I have gotten a chance to read this one. I got totally swept away by the story and the plot that reading was a complete pleasure and nothing else.

I have been in Italy only once but not for such a long time. The way Linn described the country make me want to travel to Italy right away just to visit everything and be under the sun. I come from Croatia, Dalmatia, so we have some similarities with Italy but I want to really visit Italy and just discover those small towns. I feel like they have a lot to offer.

Ellie is a wife and a mother of two girls that works in her friend’s interior design company part time. Josh is her husband but also a best friend with whom she can share all the secrets and knows much more about her than her friends. He is her soulmate after all. Their relationship is really wonderful and it is nice to see it’s development throughout the book.

When Ellie takes over her friend’s business trip, she is not even aware what’s awaiting for her at Villa Rosso. She thinks it is only business and that she’s only supposed to build a work relationship between her and Max. But is it the only thing that happened?!

The place looks more than a familiar and she’s wondering how is it possible. Why does she feel like she knows Max when they have just met? Why everything about him and this place looks and feels familiar? She’s swept away in the past happenings in the Villa and they can’t leave her when she’s back home as well.

The story will captivate you for sure, making you just want to keep reading. It has a bit of paranormal in it which makes you intrigued to read more because you just want to know what’s going to happen next. The pace is just right and follows the storyline perfectly. It doesn’t feel rushed at all but also not too slow. It also has a lot of different characters which makes the book just even more rich. I would say to give this book a read; no matter are you looking for a perfect summer read or just nice book to read. This book is so worth it.

Rating: 4,5 out of 5*

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Review: Into the magic shop by Dr. James R Doty #RMBookClub

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Title: Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart
Author: James R Doty
Genre: Non fiction
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Publisher: Yellow Kite

The award-winning New York Times bestseller about the extraordinary things that can happen when we harness the power of both the brain and the heart.
Growing up in the high desert of California, Jim Doty was poor, with an alcoholic father and a mother chronically depressed and paralyzed by a stroke. Today he is the director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University, of which the Dalai Lama is a founding benefactor. But back then his life was at a dead end until at twelve he wandered into a magic shop looking for a plastic thumb. Instead he met Ruth, a woman who taught him a series of exercises to ease his own suffering and manifest his greatest desires. Her final mandate was that he keep his heart open and teach these techniques to others. She gave him his first glimpse of the unique relationship between the brain and the heart.
Doty would go on to put Ruth’s practices to work with extraordinary results—power and wealth that he could only imagine as a twelve-year-old, riding his orange Sting-Ray bike. But he neglects Ruth’s most important lesson, to keep his heart open, with disastrous results—until he has the opportunity to make a spectacular charitable contribution that will virtually ruin him. Part memoir, part science, part inspiration, and part practical instruction, Into the Magic Shop shows us how we can fundamentally change our lives by first changing our brains and our hearts.



You probably didn’t know that I’m a kpop fan and one of my favorite bands is BTS (you might heard of them). Couple months ago, “few” (more like 10) fans of this band came together and opened a Twitter account RM Protection Squad. Each month they pick a theme for the current month and make up a lot of different projects around it (for their clubs). For June, they were inspired with the recent comeback “Fake Love”. The theme was ‘Broken Mask’ and more info about it can be read here. One of their clubs is #RMBookClub where we all read book together. This month it was ‘Into The Magic Shop’. Let’s dive in the review now.

I loved this book a lot! It really makes you dive in deep to realize how powerful our thoughts actually are. A lot of things were already familiar to me since it reminds me a lot on Law of Attraction. But you can also hear the author’s point of view and how his life was affected by his choices.

The book starts in the childhood of the author where he discovers a magic shop and meets Ruth, his teacher. During his summer holidays, she teaches him magic but not kind of magic he expected to learn at the beginning. This magic is much more powerful and holds much more depth and meaning to it. Power of one’s thoughts! She teaches him tricks to get what he wants but warns him to be careful what he wishes for. Those tricks are all summoned up in the book as well so that if the reader wants to use them, they can.

The book teaches us a lot about compassion and greed. Or better said, how greed can actually ruin us and how not everything is in money. It is also showing us that it is never too late to change our lives. A lot of us feels that once we get to the certain age, we can’t change our lives at all. I am one of those people so I know how that is. I’ve been slowly relaxing myself when it comes to that and trying to tell myself that not everything is set in stone. There is still ability to change. There is one saying that goes “Be careful what you wish for because it might come true” and it is really shown here in the book. Wish for anything you want but be careful with it because you might lose something else.

Why I said that this magic reminds me of Law of Attraction? Because I am using LoA in my life and it is really similar. I’m careful with it and I’m careful with wishing what I want but I have had few things come true which is great. It can be as small as wishing for your day to be wonderful and without stress. Or you can go as big as wishing for the car. Just know that you might not get it right away and it might take time for you to get it.

Let me share some of my favorite quotes from the book:
“You can’t trust the voice in your head – the one that’s talking to you all the time. It’s more often wrong than right.”
“She explained to me that so often the conversation going on in all of our heads is one that is hypercritical and negative. One that frequently causes us to relive events over and over or to wish for things that might be or should be. So much so that we aren’t really here a lot of the time.”
“And also remember, Jim, it is your thoughts that create reality. Others can create your reality only if you don’t create it yourself.”
“The energy of the universe is within us.”
“When our brain changes, we change. That is a truth proven by science. But an even greater truth is that when our heart changes, everything changes. And that change is not only in how we see the world but in how the world sees us. And in how the world responds to us.”
“Each of us in our lives experiences situations that cause pain. I call them wounds of the heart. If you ignore them, they won’t heal. But sometimes when our hearts are wounded that’s when they are open. Frequently it is the wounds of the heart that give us the greatest opportunity to grow. Difficult situations. Magic gift.”
“What you think you want isn’t always what’s best for you.”
“This means that one out of every four people you see or meet today has no one to talk to, and this lack of connection is affecting their health.”

Rating: 4,5* out of 5

With love,




Review: Proof Positive by Lucy V. Hay


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On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Lizzie finds herself pregnant: she’s literally days away from her exam results and university beckons around the corner. The bright Lizzie has big plans, but can she have the life she wanted, with a baby in tow? What will her family and friends say? And what will the baby’s father choose to do: stay out of it, or stand by her? An exciting “What if…” journey in the style of “Run Lola Run” and “Sliding Doors”.

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Author Bio – Lucy V. Hay is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. Lucy is the producer of two Brit Thrillers, DEVIATION (2012) and ASSASSIN (2015), as well as the script editor and advisor on numerous other features and shorts.  Lucy’s also the author of WRITING AND SELLING THRILLER SCREENPLAYS for Kamera Books’ “Creative Essentials” range, as well as its follow ups on DRAMA SCREENPLAYS and DIVERSE CHARACTERS. Her debut crime novel, THE OTHER TWIN, is now out with Orenda Books and has been featured in The Sun and Sunday Express Newspapers, plus Heatworld and Closer Magazine. Check out all her books, HERE.

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I must admit that in the beginning I was a bit confused when the POV started changing but once I got into the book, I was amazed with the depth of it. This book may be targeted as YA due to the age of the main character but I think it is worth reading even if you are older than 18.

Throughout the book, we are following Lizzie her pregnancy. We see different scenarios of how it could all happen, how it could all go and what ifs and we get to know Lizzie like this. It is really refreshing to see this subject go through all of this so that you actually get to see how tough the decision actually is. No matter what you decide, it is tough.

I can’t say that I can understand Lizzie’s position because I wasn’t in the same position as her but I can say that this is emotional ride for a reader as well. I have felt through the book and must say that I was proud of Lizzie more than once. She stood up for herself and her baby which is amazing. A lot of older women are not as brave as she was.

I’m glad that I’ve read this book and was able to “see” what girls/women in those situation may be going through. I knew that to decide something like this isn’t easy, but you never know how hard it actually can be. Specially when you are staying at the crossroads of your life with 18 and you have to decide what will your future be. Specially when it changes in a short span of time.

I enjoyed this book for sure and I’m glad that there is such a mature book in a YA genre. I think a lot of people should be actually reading this, no matter what age. It can show parents what their kids might be going through but also show teenagers how it can be.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for this opportunity.

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Review: The Cornish Village School -Breaking the Rules by Kitty Wilson

Title: The Cornish Village School – Breaking the Rules
Author Name: Kitty Wilson
Previous Books (if applicable): N/A
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release Date: 11th June 2018
Publisher: Canelo

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Book Blurb: Rosy Winter is definitely not looking for love
Following heartbreak, Rosy has rebuilt her life in the beautiful Cornish village of Penmenna. Now, headmistress of the local school, she is living by The Rule: no dating anyone in the village. Easy right? But Rosy Winter has a new neighbour, handsome gardener Matt.
In Penmenna for his new gardening TV show, this guy next door will do everything he can to persuade her to break her rule and win her heart. Meanwhile, Penmenna Village School is threatened with closure and it’s up to Rosy to rally the local community and #SaveOurSchool. Can she bring her worlds together and accept help from the most unlikely of sources? One thing’s for sure… she won’t be giving up without a fight.
This heartwarming romance is perfect for fans of Tilly Tennant, Holly Martin and A. L. Michael. 

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Kitty Wilson has lived in Cornwall for the last twenty-five years having been dragged there, against her will, as a stroppy teen. She is now remarkably grateful to her parents for their foresight and wisdom – and that her own children aren’t as hideous. She spends most of her time welded to the keyboard or hiding out at the beach and has a penchant for very loud music, equally loud dresses and romantic heroines who speak their mind.

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This book is first one in the series and I must say that it is a great one. I have never heard of Kitty as an author but I’m glad that I discovered her through this book. This book gave us a great introduction to the Cornish village and it’s people. We get to know them all slowly through the eyes of Rosy Winter who is our main character.

The writing style is beautiful and we get to see different sights of the village but also different portraits of the characters. Somehow, you might think that they are not going well together but they for sure do and each of them is in the book for a reason. We also have dual POV between Rosy and Matt (out male main character), that’s really easy to follow.

Throughout the story we follow Rosy on her adventures trying to save the school from closing down but also her private problems. The romance is there but it is not right in your face. What struck me in this book is the reason why Rosy is not falling right into a relationship with Matt. It is a huge problem in today’s society and that Kitty decided to take it in the book, I think is a great deal. After what’s Rosy been through, a lot of us wouldn’t want to go in a relationship either. Or at least, not right away. I haven’t been through what Rosy went through but I’m sure my reaction would be kinda the same.

On the other hand, the way Matt dealt with everything, is amazing. Not only did he had Rosy but his sister, Angelina, is having problems on her own. You can really feel his care as an older brother towards her. Some might think that what Matt have been through is too much, but I think it helped us see him for who he is. I was so happy that he didn’t push Rosy into a relationship but just waited for him to come to him and didn’t go around to sleep with other women even tho he could have.

I think this book is amazing start in the series and I can’t wait to see more from Kitty’s work and specially how will the series continue. I will for sure write this one down as a series to follow.

Rating: 4* out of 5

Thanks to Canelo for inviting me on this Blog tour. It was wonderful to work with you.

With love,


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Review: The weekend Spa Break by Anne John-Ligali

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Friendships Online Series

Part Two

After finally meeting in person at the publishing party of the season, Constance and Estelle are determined not to let their friendship return to mere virtual champagne bottles and uploaded pictures of food.

It’s been a busy year, and Constance feels it’s time to reward herself with the spa break Estelle gave her for Christmas. Naturally, Constance wouldn’t dream of taking anyone other than Estelle, and this will provide the perfect opportunity to bond with her new chum.

As the excited pair spend some quality time together, they realise it’s not just writing books they have in common, but something that goes much deeper. After a few Jacuzzi sessions, facials, pedicures, and a massage by sexy Senior Therapist, Julio, everything seems to be peachy until an unexpected visitor turns Constance’s weekend of bliss … on its head.

A two-day spa break.

Sparkling water on tap.

And the perfect massage.

But who’s rubbing who up the wrong way?
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Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring author interviews and book reviews.  She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.

Anne has always loved stories and read many books as a child, including the entire Sweet Valley High and Caitlyn series.  Her interest in writing fiction came years later, when she began writing for pleasure in 2007.

Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.

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Going into this book, I didn’t know that this is a part two of a series. Or maybe I have just missed it while reading but, I can say that this book can be read on it’s own. In the beginning you might be a bit confused, specially during the prologue but when the story picks up, you can’t even tell that this is a second book. It could easily be a standalone.

What I really liked about this book is how the friendship between two characters has started on the internet. Internet is something that’s in our lives and sometimes we meet great people there. I, myself, have met a lot of friends over the internet. Some of them are my great friends today. Being a part of a book community, internet allows us to meet people from all over the world and connect over something that we all love.

Constance, our main character, is an author which appealed to me as well. I would love to be an author myself, specially of the romance just like Constance is. It would be a dream come true.

In this book, we follow Constance and Estelle over their weekend in the spa and we get to know them better. You really wish you are there with them in the spa resort and get all pampered up. They connect much more, realizing that they have a lot more in common than just being authors. Their life is similar and they can understand each other with what are they going through. At some point, you just wish to jump in jacuzzi with them and hug them tightly.

The twist at the end is something I didn’t expect and I must say I liked it. It made me want to read the next book (which is coming up in November) just to see what will future bring for those two friends. And, girls, it seems like we all need to have that one friend that wears heels.

Rating: 4* out of 5

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Thank you Rachel for a free copy of this book.

With love,


PS Anne is doing a giveaway on her Twitter:


To mark the release of part two in the friendships series, I’m giving away a Sanctuary Spa gift set and a signed printed and binded copy of The Weekend Spa Break to one lucky winner. At present, there are no physical copies of The Weekend Spa Break available, so this is a treat. To enter you only have to do is visit my Twitter page and retweet the pinned tweet showing this GIVEAWAY.

A winner will be chosen at random by Tweet Draw and announced on Saturday the 19th of May at 20:00hrs.

Competition is open worldwide.

Good luck!


Review: The Things We Need To Say by Rachel Burton

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The Things We Need to Say

Sometimes the things we never say are the most important.

Fran loves Will with all her heart. They had a whirlwind romance, a perfect marriage and a wonderful life. Until everything changed. Now Fran needs to find her way again and teaching a yoga retreat in Spain offers her just that. Leaving behind a broken marriage she has some very important decisions to make.

Will needs his wife, he needs her to open up to him if they’re to ever return to the ways things once were. But he may have damaged any possibility he had of mending their relationship and now Fran is in Spain and Will is alone.

As both Fran and Will begin to let go of a life that could have been, fate may just find a way of bringing them back together.

Perfect for fans of Katie Marsh, Amanda Prowse and Sheila O’Flanagan

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Genre: woman’s fiction, romance
Pages: 384
Format: E-Book
Publisher: HQ Digital
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Rachel Burton has been making up stories since she first learned to talk. After many false starts she finally made one up that was worth writing down.

After graduating with a degree in Classics and another in English, she didn’t really know what to do when she grew up. She has worked as a waitress, a paralegal and a yoga teacher.

She has spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Leeds with her boyfriend and three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes.

Her debut, The Many Colours of Us, was an Amazon Kindle bestseller. Her second novel, The Things We Need to to Say, is released on 11 May 2018. She is currently working on her third novel in which the heroine follows the love of her life to live in a city in northern England. It has no autobiographical elements at all…..maybe.

Find her on Twitter & Instagram as @bookish_yogi or search Facebook for Rachel Burton Author. She is always happy to talk books, writing, music, cats and how the weather in Yorkshire is rubbish. She is mostly dreaming of her next holiday….

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This book will take you on a emotional rollercoaster, for sure. This book is not typical lovey-dovey romance but it is emotional, raw and grown-up book that will take your heart and squeeze it. It will make you cry,  but it will give you hope as well.

You can almost feel the love that couple shares but also, can feel their heartache and pain that they have been through and are going through. The story progressed and developed in a nice pace that you didn’t feel like anything was rushed. You also get a glimpse in their history which explains a lot of how they are acting right now and why they acted like they did. The story is said from both Will’s and Fran’s POV which gives you a good understanding of what they’re both going through at the given moment and doesn’t leave you wondering or blaming the other side.

Their life as a couple hasn’t been easy even if the start was almost fairytale like; they fell for each other at the first sight even if the age difference was there. Their love grew with each moment that they spent together yet, there was one thing that pushed them apart more than brought them together and that was having kids.

The things that Fran have been through are really though. It is really admirable that she still had strength to get up and move on with her life after everything. A lot of other women, including me, would be devastated by everything. Fran found her strength in Yoga and in the retreat, that she was leading as a teacher, in Salou, Spain. I love Yoga (and should be doing it totally) and I have been in Spain (I would love to revisit). I have been to Salou but only for Port Aventura adventure park. But when I imagine descriptions of Salou, it seems like a really nice place. And, when I go to Spain again, I would love to visit Tarragona. Maybe I should do a yoga retreat there.

We get to know other people in this book very well; for example, students at yoga retreat. You’re drawn into their stories as well since every one of them has a reason why they are there and it is not that easy to stay cold hearted.

This book will stay on my mind for a long time, I believe. I recommend you to read this book even if you’re not a fan of romance. This was my first book that I’ve read from Rachel but it won’t be my last one, for sure.

Thanks to NetGalley, HQ Digital and Rachel for giving me opportunity to read this book.

Rating: 5 out of 5*

With love,




Review: One Summer in Rome by Samantha Tonge

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To Rome…with love?

Mary Smith is turning her very ordinary life upside-down! She’s bought herself a one-way ticket to Rome and is ready for a summer she’ll never forget.

Men might be off the cards for waitress Mary, but within hours of arriving at the utterly charming family-run La Dolce Vita pizzeria, she’s already fallen in love with the bustling capital!

Only Dante Rossi, the mysterious (and drop-dead gorgeous) chef seems displeased with her arrival. And in the heat of the kitchen, it doesn’t take long for long-buried secrets to surface and sparks to fly…

A deliciously heartwarming romance to have you dreaming of summer. Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Caroline Roberts.

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Genre: woman’s fiction, romance
Pages: 384
Format: E-Book
Publisher: HQ Digital
(I have received a free copy of this book)

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Samantha Tonge lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and a cat who thinks it’s a dog. When not writing she spends her days cycling, willing cakes to rise and avoiding housework. She has sold over 80 short stories to women’s magazines. Her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award in 2014. Game of Scones hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Best Romantic Ebook category at the 2015 Love Stories Awards.



One Summer in Rome.. A perfect summer read if you ask me. But not only summer read. This book can be read at any time.

This might be a romance book but I loved diversity in it (aside my obvious favorite, romance). When I see such a diversity in a books that are often called easy-read, my heart just grows and I personally think that romance books need more diversity. In recent years, a lot of them are full of it which is great. And this book right here is a pure gem among the genre. LGBTQ member, a person with disability, mentioning of an addiction problems, mentioning of current day problems like terrorist attacks.. ← something that you will find in this book as well.

We don’t get only romance, as I’ve said, but we also get characters dealing with their problems of self acceptance, self love, abuse. That’s why I loved this book so much.

I have never been in Rome even tho I was in Italy but this book made me want to go visit Rome and see it. It is described with a lot of love and knowledge about this town that left me wonder, did author visit it once? The whole Italian vibe was nicely described in the book. I would also love to visit that small village that was mentioned once when they visited it. I’m a sucker for small villages and beautiful scenery.
Ohh, I know very well how hot summers in Italy can be. Originally being from Croatia (which means, being sea neighbor to Italy), our summers get pretty hot as well. I could practically feel the sweat and how is it working in the sun since I worked often enough in the summer to know it. Or just walking around in the summer heat.

I was pleasingly surprised when I saw a mention of crystals and that the main character is such a big lover of those. I love crystals my self and believe in their healing properties so crystals being mentioned in a book made me smile like crazy.

All in all, please, give this book a read. It is such a wonderful book and deserves a read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Rating: 5* out of 5

With love,