Review

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. 

Links to Book:

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Author Bio:

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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.

Author Social Media Links

Twitter: @KittyWilson23

~Review~

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,

Ana

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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

Purchase on Amazon UKhttp://amzn.to/2kLqSYL

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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Author Bio

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….

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/rachelburtonauthor/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/bookish_yogi

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/bookish_yogi/

~Review~

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,

Ana

 

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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.

Purchase from Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2rrwXfT

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.

Links
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamTongeWriter
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaTongeAuthor
Website: http://samanthatonge.co.uk/

~Review~

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,

Ana

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Review: The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May

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Genre: woman’s fiction, romance
Pages: 403 pages
Format: E-Book, paperback
Publisher: Nowell Publishing
(I have received a free copy of this book)

Rosa Larkin is down on her luck in London, so when she inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village, her first thought is to sell it for cash and sort out her life. But nothing is straightforward about this legacy. While the identity of her benefactor remains a mystery, he – or she – has left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it.

Rosa makes up her mind to give it a go: to put everything she has into getting the shop up and running again in the small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay. But can she do it all on her own? And if not, who will help her succeed – and who among the following will work secretly to see her fail?

There is a handsome rugby player, a sexy plumber, a charlatan reporter and a selection of meddling locals. Add in a hit and run incident and the disappearance of a valuable engraved necklace – and what you get is a journey of self-discovery and unpredictable events.

With surprising and heartfelt results, Rosa, accompanied at all times by her little sausage dog Hot, will slowly unravel the shadowy secrets of the inheritance, and also bring her own, long-hidden heritage into the light.

~Review~

When I said yes to reviewing this book, I didn’t thought that this book will be like this. Our main character, Rosa, isn’t your usual heroine; the one who has a completely supportive family and friends. In fact, her upbrining wasn’t in the family at all. She is unable to feel happy and doesn’t let herself be loved. What I loved about her a lot is that she won’t let anyone look down on her, she will fight for herself.

Her whole life turns around when one day she gets contacted that she has inherited a shop at the place she’s never even heard of. The timing was perfect; she was just fired from another job. She goes down to the village with he sausage dog named Hot. Slowly, she starts clearing up both the shop and the flat above it so that she has a place to stay instead of paying a room.

She starts settling down slowly but few things happen along the way and we get to see how the village is “working”. We see how close people are and that they would do everything for each other. She falls in love but finds out that she was having a false hopes. Even if she thought that the village will be nothing but quiet and sleepy place, it is nothing like that.

The book is no way boring. It has enough mysteries to keep you going and enough romance for you to enjoy. This book is really worth reading in my opinion. Romance is my favorite genre to read and this book is one of the gem pieces in this genre.

Rating: 4,5 out of 5*

With love,

Ana

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Review: Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe

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Title: Body Positive Power
Author: Megan Jayne Crabbe aka bodypositivepanda
Genre: non-fiction, self-help
Pages: 288
Publisher: Vermilion

We’ve been convinced that happiness is something that only comes once we hit that goal weight, get those washboard abs, shrink ourselves down and change every part of ourselves. We believe that our bodies are the problem, but the truth is that our bodies are not the problem. How we’ve been taught to see them is the problem… it’s time for us all to stop believing the lies, and take our power back.

Megan’s body image issues began when she was five years old. She spent her childhood chasing thinness, and at fourteen found herself spiralling into anorexia. After recovery she spent years dieting, binging, losing and gaining weight. Then she found body positivity, quit dieting, and finally escaped the cult of thin. Now she’s determined to let as many people as possible know the truth: that we are all good enough as we are. If you’re tired of being at war with your body, then this book is for you.

With her inimitable flair, whip-smart wit and kickass attitude, Megan argues for a new way of seeing ourselves, and a world where every body is celebrated. Where there is no such thing as a ‘bikini body diet’ and 97% of women don’t hate the way they look. 

A powerful call to arms as much as it is inspirational and practical, this book is the life-changing answer you’ve been looking for.

Review:

This book is the first one I’ve read on body positivity and self love and I’m glad it is. It is a huge eye opener to the number 1 problem in the world. The one that mostly hits girls but the boys as well. The dieting problem! The I-Need-To-Lose-Weight problem!

Everything that you have believed about diets and everything that you thought you knew about dieting will probably fall in water. And by dieting, I mean the diets where you restrict yourself of the food(s). Did you know that the girls at the age of 8 start dieting and losing weight? Just because they are constantly bombarded with photos of the thin and photo-shopped bodies, bodies got only with working out and having an addiction to it, bodies that only 5% of people own.

Remember how often you have seen some ad where the person wasn’t thin and was perfect in any way possible. Not really that often, right?! It is not only weight but the hair, nails, eyes, skin.. Everything is attacking us and, yet, we asks ourselves why majority of people have body image issues. How often have you heard from your family members that you need to lose weight? As if your weight is the most important thing in the world and nothing else matters. I know that I’ve heard it more than enough to have body image issues with 25 years and that it is hard to get rid of them. Let’s also start from ourselves; how often have you acknowledged someone losing weight and how they look like before we acknowledged something else?

Do you really know what’s, or better said who’s, behind all those dieting programs? The multi billionaire companies ready to get your money from diet programs, pills, teas and so on.

Throughout the books, you will find the stats that support something that is written; which I find amazing. Also, all those Belly love tips! I loved those a lot because we are often attacking our belly as if it has done everything wrong in our life. Instead showing it love and care. Instead showing our whole body love and care that it deserves.

So, may 2018 be the year where you will fall in love with yourself. And read this book, find Megan on youtube and other social media (bodyposipanda on Instagram).

Rating: 5* out of 5

With love,

Ana

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Book tour & Review: Perfect match by Zoe May

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Title: Perfect match
Author: Zoe May
Genre: Chick lit, Romance
Pages: 252
Format: ebook
Publisher: HQ Digital

Can you ever find true love online?
Sophia Jones is an expert in all things online dating: the best sites, how to write a decent bio, which questions to ask and the right type of photos to use. The only thing she’s not so great at? Picking the guys…
After sitting through yet another dreadful date with a man who isn’t quite what she expected, Sophia is just about ready to give up on the whole dating scene. But her flatmate, Kate, persuades her to give it one more chance, only this time she must create a profile describing her ‘perfect’ man.
Yes, he must look like Robert Pattinson and needs to own a multi-million pound business, but there are a couple of other deal breakers, too! So, when a guy comes along who ticks every box, surely there’s got to be a catch?
A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy, perfect for fans of Catherine Bennetto and Rosie Blake!

Review:
I couldn’t really believe that this is a debut novel. It is surely very well written for a debut novel and all praise to Zoe for that. I could only hope that my debut novel can end up being great like this.

Although, I bet there are a lot of books written with a theme of online dating, this was my first one that I’ve ever read with this subject. Online dating is something almost completely normal in today’s world and society. People don’t have time to go out and meet other people. Others are just using it for sex. Others to just have fun and enjoy embarrassing people. That’s why, you have to be careful. As if you don’t need to be careful outside of online dating but you know what I mean.

Our main character, Sophia, has been doing online dating for a long time already (she has been to almost 80 dates!) but she has yet to meet her perfect guy. This is a very well written character and I really could’ve find myself in her. There were a lot of points where I was like “I feel you girl, I feel you”.

I enjoyed the way this book is written; it was funny, easy to read but yet it had depth. I’ve read somewhere that this is a perfect book for those who aren’t familiar with romance genre to read it. And I totally agree! The theme is modern and it has a nice strong message for all the women (and, of course, men) out there.

We often are looking for a perfect partner; height, weight, built, eye color, work place, money.. We are looking for that and while looking for that, we don’t realize that our perfect partner is actually standing in front of us or has been standing all this time. Someone who understands you and has been your friend maybe. Or someone you have just befriended? Ideal partner is there to be ideal but it is hard to find that ideal! And if we find one; if it sounds too good to be true, then it is.

I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in romance or maybe wants to try reading it for the first time. Amazingly written novel!

Rating: 4* out of 5

With love,
Ana

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Book tour & review: Christmas at the Dancing Duck by Daisy James

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Title: Christmas at the Dancing Duck
Auhor: Daisy James
Genre: Chick lit, Romance, Christmas
Pages: 337 
Format: ebook
Publisher: HQ Digital

A wonderfully festive romantic read to curl up with this Christmas.
The most wonderful time of the year!

Kirstie Harrison is finally coming home for the holidays. Ever since tragedy struck a few years ago, Christmas hasn’t felt the same – but she’s determined that this year will be different…
And staying at the family pub, The Dancing Duck, means it’s impossible not to get caught up in the little village of Cranbury’s festive traditions. And it’s equally impossible to avoid her ex, Josh Turner!
Kirstie is torn between making this the best Christmas yet and knowing that she can’t stay forever. Maybe it’s time to make a holiday wish of her own…?
Perfect for fans of Christie Barlow, Debbie Johnson and Cathy Bramley.

Review:
Some people really hate Christmas and everything about it; from how people to act to the smells associated with Christmas. Kirstie is one of those people. But when her hate ruins her career what should she do then?

I have to admit that when I started reading the book, I wasn’t that sure will I like it or not. I was slightly annoyed by Kirstie and how is she acting. She was grieving and was in pain because of what has happened. But to me, she sounded like a whiny girl. But throughout the book, I started to love her. She had her moments where she annoyed me but they were less than in the beginning.

The Dancing Duck seems like a sort of a pub that I would like to visit; it is homey and welcoming and they seem to have a nice drinks. It is that sort of a pub that a small village has and everyone just gathers there to drink and chat. My grandma is coming from a small island and they also have a bar like that. In the evenings, everyone gathers there to talk. But that is happening in the summer since there is almost no one living there in the winter.

Josh as a main guy was sadly a bit plain. I wanted to see and hear more of him. For me, he wasn’t in the book enough. He was hurt by Kirstie and it is understandable that he is mad at her. But their love-comeback was a bit too quick. I wish that we have heard more of his side and how was he feeling through the time and how was he feeling as she was going out with the other guy.

I loved everything they did with The Dancing Duck at the end; all of those festivities and contests that were held there. And all the festive food! It was amazing how community can make a lot of things different. Thankfully, the pub was saved in the end by one boring painting (or so at least everyone thought).

I loved the character of Emma! I loved her so much! Her energy and her persona was amazing. She seems to be sort of a care-free spirit/person and it pulled me towards her. And I wish to see her jewelry collection and what is she making. She seems to be a great friend to Kirstie as well which is we all need when we are going through the shit.

All in all, I loved this story. It wasn’t my favorite but it wasn’t the complete fail either. The setting was amazing, the way story worked was really good. The village community is the bomb! 🙂 Food? Have I talked about the food made by that french chef? Where does he live so that I can visit him and eat that delicious food that he is making?!

Thanks to HQ Digital for this blog tour and a chance to review this wonderful book.

Rating: 4*out of 5

Please, make sure to check out other reviews on this blog tour:
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With love,

Ana