#BlogTour Homecoming by Luan Goldie

It’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour Homecoming by Luan Goldie. Her first novel Nightingale Point was a success and I am convinced her second novel Homecoming will be too.

About the Author

Luan Goldie is a primary school teacher , and formerly a business journalist. She has written several short stories and is the winner of the Costa Short Story Award 2017 for her short story ‘Two Steak Bakes and Two Chelsea Buns’. She was also shortlisted for the London Short Story Prize in 2018 and the Grazia/Orange First Chapter competition in 2012, and was chosen to take part in the Almasi League, an Arts Council-funded mentorship programme for emerging writers of colour.

In 2019 she was shortlisted for the h100 awards in the Publishing and Writing category. Her debut novel, Nightingale Point, is longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 and it was also a Radio 2 Book Club pick. Homecoming is her second novel.

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About the book

For Years Yvonne has tried to keep her demons buried and focus on moving forward. But her guilt is always with her and weighs heavily on her heart.

Kiama has had to grow up without a mother, and while there is so much he remembers about her, there is still plenty he doesn’t know. And there’s only one person who can fill in the gaps.

When Kiama seeks Yvonne out and asks her to come with him to Kenya, the place that holds the answers to his questions, she knows she can’t refuse. And this one act sets in motion an unravelling of the past that no one is ready for.

Review

Kiama wants to connect with the mother he barely remembers. He thinks his mother’s best friend Yvonne will be able to answer some questions but more importantly he needs someone who knows what he is going through to go back to Kenya with him to get some closure. To revisit her life, the things that made her happy and the memories of the two of them that he treasures. It also means going back to the story of her death.

Yvonne has her own secrets and guilt to both hide and deal with. She is torn between giving Kiama an attempt at some level of peace and not wanting to destroy the image he has of her and his loved ones. Their trip could change everything.

It’s a story of love, betrayal and ultimately one of closure. An emotive piece of work that always manages to steer away from excessive dramatic scenes and yet simultaneously walks a very tight rope of emotions. Feelings that have been stored away and ignored for years until a young man who needs to understand his inner conflict and unresolved trauma reopens old wounds.

Whether intentionally or not Goldie gives an excellent image of what happens when people go back and revisit the past in person. The expectations are always built on memories and never take into consideration that the world and the people in it move on, which means there will always be a level of disappointment.

If you haven’t read anything by Luan Goldie yet, I highly suggest you give her books a try. She has a fresh and creative voice and is absolutely a rising star and an author to watch.

Buy Homecoming at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ; pub date 6 Aug. 2020. Buy at Amazon com.

Read my review of Nightingale Point by Luan Goldie.

#BloggerDay The Wish List by Sophia Money-Coutts

Today it’s a pleasure to take part in the Blogger Day and social media blast for The Wish List by Sophia Money-Coutts.

About the Author

Sophia Money-Coutts is a journalist and author who spent five years studying the British aristocracy while working as Features Director at Tatler. Prior to that she worked as a writer and an editor for the Evening Standard and the Daily Mail in London, and The National in Abu Dhabi.

She writes a column for the Sunday telegraph called Modern Manners and often appears on radio and television channels talking about important topics such as Prince Harry’s wedding and the etiquette of the threesome.

The Wish List is her third novel following on from the success of her second novel What happens Now? is her second novel and her debut, The Plus One.

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About the book

Be careful what you wish for……because you just might get it!

Florence Fairfax isn’t lonely. She loves her job at the little bookshop in Chelsea and her cat, Marmalade, keeps her company at night. But everything changes when her stepsister, Mia, announces that she’s engaged to her boring golf-playing boyfriend. That’s when Florence meets Irish love coach, Gwendolyn.

When Gwendolyn makes Florence write a wish list describing her perfect man, Florence refuses to take it seriously. Finding someone who likes cats, doesn’t wear pointy shoes and can overlook her ‘counting habit’? Impossible! Until, later that week, a handsome blond man asks for help in the bookshop…

But is Rory the one, or is he simply too good to be true? Florence is about to find out that her criteria for finding Mr Right aren’t as important as she thought – and that perhaps her perfect man has been right there all along…

Review

A wish list is one thing, but a wish list for the perfect man is quite another thing. It kind of sets the list creator up for failure when all of the boxes can’t be ticked, and they usually can’t.

Florence is kind of a modern day patchwork family Cinderella, but without the skivvy aspect and more banter than malice. Her step-mother and sisters are all really helpful when it comes to forcing their opinions, suggestions and lifestyle choices on her. Now they have decided it’s time for her to find a man and to do so she needs to see an expensive life coach.

Can a wish list give the introverted bookworm with a life of decisions based on how many there are of certain things have a real chance at finding love?

I think the OCD aspect and counting rituals was an interesting idea for a character. The way Florence links everything to odd and even numbers. Life outcomes, situations and becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy predictor of sorts made her character fascinating. I did feel as if it was used for certain scenes and then disappeared completely in others, which could be perceived as an inconsistency, but equally also as a way of measuring her level of anxiety in certain scenarios.

The author gives readers an escapism read. Nothing too saturated with darkness, pain and dysfunction, but rather the lighter side of life even when it gets difficult. The perfect read for those who like to be entertained and experience something lighthearted.

Buy The Wish List at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ; pub date 6 Aug. 2020. Buy at Amazon com.

Read my review of What Happens Now and The Plus One by Sophia Money-Coutts.

#BlogTour Eleven Lines to Somewhere by Alyson Rudd

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Eleven Lines to Somewhere by Alyson Rudd.

About the Author

Alyson Rudd started out as a financial journalist but has been an award-winning sportswriter for 23 years, all of them with The Times, bar a two year stint at The Sunday Telegraph. She has written two non-fiction titles; Astroturf Blonde, about playing football with men and women’s teams and a biography of Matthew Harding, the Chelsea director who was killed in a helicopter crash.

She is a something of a judging panel addict and decided to write fiction after assessing the entries for the Costa First Novel Award. Her first novel, The First Time Lauren Pailing Died, was published by HQ in 2019. Her second, Eleven Lines to Somewhere, will be published in HQ in 2020.

Alyson, born in Liverpool, is a qualified football coach and referee, married with two sons and lives in Southwest London.

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About the book

Everyone is searching for love. Sometimes we just take our own route to find it.

When Ryan spots a young woman on the tube on his commute, he can’t take his eyes off her. Instantly attracted and intrigued, he’s keen to find out more about his mysterious fellow passenger.

Sylvie spends all day travelling the underground, unable to leave for reasons unbeknownst to Ryan. But Ryan hasn’t dated for nearly ten years, when he was at university and the love of his life tragically died.

For some inexplicable reason, he just can’t shake the feeling he wants to help Sylvie. In a world of missed opportunities and what-ifs, a connection has been made.

Review

I wondered at times whether Rudd had specifically given this read a slightly disjointed feel. Sometimes the reader feels a little lost, other times the destination is known, and now and again the feeling of going steadfastly in the wrong direction grips you. That’s what it’s like on the tube sometimes. You can see it in commuters faces.

Sometimes there’s a face or two that stand out. You wonder and then you go on with your own life. That’s what the majority of this story feels like. Again, was it intentional, parallels drawn between the underground warrens in London and the threads in our lives. The entanglements, the choices, the crossroads we come to in life.

Ryan and what eventually becomes his quest or obsession, depending how you perceive his fascination with a stranger on the tube, is filled with emotions he doesn’t want to face. Becoming distracted is an avoidance technique. Not having to face what he really feels.

It’s a contemporary read with a literary fiction vibe. One that could do with being a little more concise at times, but the confusion adds to the storyline, especially when it comes to Sylvie and her story. It’s very much a story of lives intersecting, connections being made, albeit often fleeting ones. It’s also a story of loss, grief and ultimately one of love.

Buy Eleven Lines to Somewhere at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ; pub date 23 July 2020. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour Precious You by Helen Monks-Takhar

It’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour Precious You by Helen Monks-Takhar.

About the Author

Helen’s debut novel Precious You will be published in the UK by HarperCollins imprint HQ on June 11th 2020 and in the US by Penguin Random House on March 10th.

She is currently working on her second novel, as well as various TV projects, including the adaptation of Precious You with eOne and Mam Tor Productions. Helen is joint MD of production company Second Generation with her husband, screenwriter and executive producer, Danny Takhar.

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About the book

Trusting you was my first mistake.

To Katherine, twenty-four-year-old Lily Lunt is a typical “snowflake.” Soft, entitled, unflaggingly earnest, the privileged, politically correct millennial will do whatever she can to make it big as a writer, including leveraging her family’s connections. She’s got it easy. To Lily, Katherine Ross, a career woman in her early forties, is a holdover from another era: clueless, old-fashioned, and perfectly happy to build her success on the backs of her unpaid interns.

When Lily is hired as the new intern at Leadership magazine, where Katherine is editor in chief, her arrival threatens the very foundations of the self-serving little world that Katherine has built. But before long, she finds herself obsessively drawn to Lily, who seems to be a cruel reminder of the beauty and potential Katherine once had, things she senses Lily plans to use against her.

Is Katherine simply paranoid, jealous of Lily’s youth as she struggles with encroaching middle age? Is Lily just trying to get ahead in the cutthroat world of publishing? Or is there a more sinister motivation at play, fueled by the dark secrets they’re both hiding? As their rivalry deepens, a disturbing picture emerges of two women pitted against each other across a toxic generational divide–and who are desperate enough to do anything to come out on top.

Review

This is a fascinating social commentary on the large divide between young and old, which is perhaps not so unusual, but certain generations of the last century have created a division that is much larger than usual. There is a certain disdain between the generation Katherine belongs to and the one Lily is a part of. Millennials have a reputation for having it so easy that they expect everything to be handed to them on a platter and are often described as ‘snowflakes’ for being offended by everything.

Personally I despise the use of that particular word – it’s just a catchphrase devised by those inclined to the right to discredit anyone critical of their hateful rhetoric.

You’d think that the premise is a simple matter of young privileged, manipulative Lily does her best to sabotage the older and unwanted Katherine. Lily wants what Katherine has. Simple story of the old being replaced by the young.

This story is so much more, because it gives a more honest picture of both sides, especially when it comes to Katherine. Is she really as innocent as she pretends to be and is her way the right way just because it was always done the way she says it has to be done? Maybe Lily has a point or is Lily a creepy sociopath? Depends on perception and possibly also your own age and experiences, which is what makes it such an intriguing read.

The author makes some interesting points in the acknowledgements, something I often mention in my reviews. How women are often pitted against other women, and instead of the sisterhood supporting each other, they become their own worst enemies. Shaming each other, judging, being critical, laying guilt trips on each other – all so much worse when it’s woman against woman.

It’s a gripping psychological thriller immersed in the wars women wage against themselves and other women.

Buy Precious You at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ; pub date 23 July 2020. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour The Life We Almost Had by Amelia Henley

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour The Life We Almost Had by Amelia Henley.

About the Author

Amelia Henley is a hopeless romantic who has a penchant for exploring the intricacies of relationships through writing heart-breaking, high-concept love stories.

Amelia also writes psychological thrillers under her real name, Louise Jensen. As Louise Jensen she has sold over a million copies of her global number one bestsellers. Her stories have been translated into twenty-five languages and optioned for TV as well as featuring on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers list. Louise’s books have been nominated for multiple awards.

‘The Life We Almost Had’ is the first story she’s written as Amelia Henley and she can’t wait to share it with readers.

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About the book

This is not a typical love story, but it’s our love story.

Anna wasn’t looking for love when Adam swept her off her feet but there was no denying their connection, and she believed they would be together forever.

Years later, cracks have appeared in their relationship. Anna is questioning whether their love can really be eternal when a cruel twist of fate delivers a crushing blow, and Anna and Adam are completely lost to one another. Now, Anna needs Adam more than ever, but the way back to him has life-changing consequences.

Is a second chance at first love really worth the sacrifice? Anna needs to decide and time is running out…

Review

It’s fair to say that Anna is in a complete funk when she goes on holiday. Dumped and feeling unwanted – a pity party is the way to go. What she doesn’t expect is to meet the love of her life quite unexpectedly.

Adam and Anna are a match made in heaven until Anna and her ‘plans’ start to destroy their solid foundation. Her obsession comes between them, but it’s something else entirely that leaves their relationship in tatters.

There’s a part of the book about halfway through. I can’t go into details because of spoilers, which is a shame because it is an incredibly interesting idea. Personally I felt as if Anna was absolutely crossing boundaries and it was all about her, however the world it explores is futuristic and opens plenty of doors.

Henley gives readers the perfection the majority hopes for when it comes to relationships and romance, whilst simultaneously giving us the more realistic aspect of the same. Love is never perfect. Lives are never lived the way we quite expect.

It’s a story that has a magical and inexplicable element to it and it’s also one of hope. A tale of loss, being able to forgive oneself and understanding that sometimes life can be fulfilling even when it doesn’t turn out the way you planned it. Enjoy the moments you have instead of longing for what could have been.

Buy The Life We Almost Had at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ; pub date 23 July 2020. Buy at Waterstones.

Read my review of The Family by Louise Jensen (Amelia Henley).

#BlogTour The Storm by Amanda Jennings

It’s my turn on the BlogTour The Storm by Amanda Jennings.

About the Author

Amanda Jennings lives in Oxfordshire with her husband, three daughters, and a menagerie of animals. She studied History of Art at Cambridge and before writing her first book, was a researcher at the BBC.

With a deep fascination on the far-reaching effects of trauma, her books focus on the different ways people find to cope with loss, as well as the moral struggles her protagonists face. Her favourite place to be is up a mountain or beside the Cornish sea.

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About the book

To the outside world Hannah married the perfect man. Behind the closed doors of their imposing home it’s a very different story. Nathan controls everything Hannah does. He chooses her clothes, checks her receipts, and keeps her passport locked away. But why does she let him? Years before, in the midst of a relentless storm, the tragic events of one night changed everything. And Hannah has been living with the consequences ever since. Keeping Nathan happy. Doing as she’s told. – But the past is about to catch up with them.

Review

The thing about coercive control is that it’s like an invisible sickness you can’t see. It destroys cells whilst you remain blissfully unaware of the slow destruction. It drags you down and weighs heavily on your psyche until suddenly you become aware that something isn’t quite right.

Somewhere along the way freedom, choice and your entire self got lost or rather was taken by someone intent on destroying you – all in the name of love and control. Slowly chipping away at your confidence, your self-worth, your appearance, your intelligence until every part of you believes their way is the norm. Rocking the boat becomes a trip into the unknown.

Hannah has a perfect marriage on the surface. A caring husband and a loving son. Nobody sees the way Nathan controls what she wears, cooks, buys and in a way what she says and does. No rocking the boat, right?

It’s a dark domestic thriller. A story of obsession, control and love, but not the kind of love that comforts, supports and cares. It’s the kind of love that strips away and destroys your soul.

Jennings takes us from the present into past, which gives the readers an interesting before and after picture of Hannah. The carefree happy girl becomes the insecure, submissive woman. It’s a slow process that isn’t really evident unless you are paying close attention.

This is a crime read that draws from the reality of an insidious kind of abuse. Abuse we have only just gotten legislation for and has remained unpunished for far too long. It’s a tale that isn’t clear cut, but that in turn keeps the reader turning the pages.

Buy The Storm at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ; pub date 23 July 2020. Buy at Amazon com.

Read my review of The Cliff House by Amanda Jennings.

#BlogTour No Regrets by Tabitha Webb

Today it’s also a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour No Regrets by Tabitha Webb.

About the Author

Tabitha Webb was born in Ireland and grew up in Chicago, before being sent back to boarding school for her teenage years. She survived one term at university before packing her bags and chasing a hot surfer to America. During this period she was a rollerblading extra in the Robin Williams film The Birdcage, a dancer in a German pop video, and got held up at gunpoint.

After careers in TV and advertising, she made her first foray into fashion and now runs her eponymous fashion label, is happily married to a patient South African man and has two daughters.

Tabitha is loyal, outspoken, and completely fascinated by other people’s lives. Her debut novel No Regrets was inspired by the love lives of women around the globe, coupled with a vivid imagination, and she can’t wait to shock and delight readers everywhere.

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About the book

You only regret the things you don’t do, right?

Stella is having a bad week. A bad year, maybe. She loves her young boys, really she does, but her glittering career feels like a lifetime ago and she can’t even remember the last time she had sex…

Ana has already had sex three times today. It was good enough. Better than most. Not the best though – he was long gone, and probably bad news anyway. She just can’t help thinking, what if?

Dixie knows her dating life needs a spring clean. She’s reset her age (again), uploaded some new pictures, but certainly isn’t looking for Mr Right – nothing good ever comes from getting attached!

Maybe it’s time for the three friends shake things up a little, before it’s too late…

Review

The story is about three friends, three women who are all at some kind of crossroads in their lives. The realisation that your life shouldn’t be lived for others, and your pleasure and happiness shouldn’t be structured around the needs of others either. Sometimes you have to be selfish to get what you need, as opposed to what other people think you want.

Is Coco the forbidden fruit or is it a case of being drawn in by the beauty and lack of parallels. Does the thrill of something new give Stella a new lease on life or is it more about the stagnation providing the perfect opportunity for squashed emotions and previously buried attractions to rear their head?

I didn’t quite buy the friendship between Stella, Ana and Dixie, but if you sit back and ponder on it there is an element of truth in the more brutally honest element of their relationships. The characters are too singular and never quite manage to bridge the gap between page and reader or between themselves.

Although the majority of the scenes have a basis in reality the story lacks the spark of authenticity that takes readers from fiction to empathy and recognising a part of themselves in the read.

It’s a bit explicit, now and again, when it comes to the sex scenes – just something to be aware of if you’re not into a wee bit of horizontal tango, thrusting manhoods and moist girl caves awaiting said manhoods.

The title more or less spells it out for readers. The characters don’t give a flying frog and neither does Webb, which of course is part of the charm of this read, and I expect this won’t be the last time we hear from this author.

Buy No Regrets at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for an other retailer. Publisher: HQ; pub date 25 Jun. 2020. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour Not My Daughter by Suzy K. Quinn

Today it’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour Not My Daughter by Suzy K. Quinn.

About the Author

Suzy K Quinn is a British fiction author, and writes in three different genres: psychological thriller, comedy and romance. She was first published by Hachette in 2010 with her debut novel Glass Geishas (now Night Girls), then self-published a romance series, the Ivy Lessons, which became an international bestseller and a #1 Kindle romance bestseller in the US and UK.

After her second daughter was born in 2013, she self-published the Bad Mother’s Diary series, which also went on to become a #1 Kindle romantic comedy bestseller.

Suzy K Quinn’s novels have been translated into 7 languages and her books have sold over ¾ million copies worldwide.

Suzy lives in Wivenhoe, Essex, with her husband Demi and two daughters, and travels to Mexico every year to write and study Mayan story telling. Suzy loves her family, friends and readers, but when pushed to add more to the list, she also loves travelling, food and alcohol.

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About the book

I told my daughter a terrible lie…

Lorna never told her sixteen-year-old daughter the chilling truth about her real father. But one morning, she finds Liberty missing — and realizes the teenager has left to find the man she once fled from…

After sixteen years of protecting my daughter from the dark secret of her past, I wake one morning to find her room empty, rucksack gone. Most runaways return within 72 hours, but I’m not so sure. I think my daughter has gone to find her real father – the man I fled from years ago.

No one knows better than me that beneath his charm lies a monster. I escaped him once. But will she see him for what he really is? After all, blood is thicker than water…

Review

It’s one thing to be trapped in a situation with someone who is an expert manipulator but it is quite another to be trapped in one with someone who is a global star.

Or is this really a case of fandom turned obsessive stalker? Lorna has built her entire life on a bed of lies, which is what makes her sensitive to any intrusion from the outside world. She keeps her daughter Liberty so isolated and caged that the teenager has started to rebel against the very strict rules her mother has put in place.

Little does Lorna know that Liberty is ten steps ahead of her mother when it comes to breaking free and finding out what Lorna has been hiding all these years. She is off to find the mysterious father her mother has kept her away from her entire life. A rock star, a living legend who lives in the middle of his own forest just a few miles away.

Quinn presents a not entirely uncommon situation – a he said she said dilemma. Is she an insane fan or is he a skilled manipulator? By putting the world of celebrity into the equation it amplifies the imbalance of power and the lack of support potential victims encounter.

Without drawing specific attention to it the author also shows the position of strength a powerful person can manipulate from. A platform can be used to influence fans and followers, which always puts the non-celebrity in a weaker position.

It’s an emotional fast-paced read with a nice wicked twist at the end.

Buy Not My Daughter at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ; pub date 28 May 2020. Buy at Amazon com.

Read my review of Don’t Tell Teacher by Suzy K. Quinn.

#BlogTour Ride or Die by Khurrum Rahman

Today it’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour Ride or Die by Khurrum Rahman. It’s the third book in the Jay Qasim series.

About the Author

Born in Karachi, Pakistan in 1975 Khurrum moved to England when he was one. He is a west London boy and now lives in Wraysbury with his wife and two children. Khurrum graduated with BSc Honours and has been working in IT for a Local Authority for over 18 years.

His keen interest in fiction initially drove him to write screenplays and write for an independent film maker. However, his true passion lies in reading crime thrillers which have inspired his current work. He has employed his unique perspective and careful study of great writers to develop a fresh voice that crackles with originality.

About the book
Two sworn enemies. One deadly mission.

Jay Qasim is trying to lay low after nearly being killed, for the second time. But then he gets word that notorious terrorist and his father The Teacher is still alive. And finally bringing him down means Jay breaking his vow never to work with MI5 again and turning to the person who has sold him down the river before.

Imran Siddiqui may have tried to kill Jay but now they have a common adversary. The one thing worse than death is watching the people closest to you die. And after the happiest day of Imran’s life becomes the most tragic, he vows to take revenge on the people who’ve caused him and Jay so much pain.

But when everyone has their own agenda, who can you really trust? Your most deadly enemy is about to become your closest ally.

Review

This is the third book in the Jay Qasim series and although all three books can be read as standalone novels I would recommend reading the previous ones in the series if only because they are really good reads.

Life is turned upside down for Imran. Tragedy overshadows anything that went before. It also catapults him into decisions and actions that he can never come back from, although one could argue that his actions give him a certain level of satisfaction and justice. Then again they won’t turn back time.

His relationship with Jay is thrown into disarray and the two of them know that guilt, blame and shame will link them together forever. One decision made with the best intentions causes an act of revenge that breaks one of them forever.

It’s a fast-paced urban crime read with elements of terrorism and spydom.

Rahman captures the world within the world – the cultural differences that draw boundaries, which then creates a domino effect when suspicion, paranoia and stereotypes are the norm and the truth becomes irrelevant. His characters aren’t exactly of the squeaky clean persuasion, which is perhaps part of the charm especially when it comes to Jay.

I really enjoy the gritty urban feel of this series. Rahman writes with brutal honesty and calm fluidity, despite the violent and dangerous subject matter. He has his finger on the pulse and interprets the sign of the times with an intense authenticity.

Buy Ride or Die at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ; pub date 9 July 2020. Buy at Amazon com.

Read my review of East of Hounslow (Jay Qasim #1) by Khurrum Rahman

#BlogTour Katie’s Cornish Kitchen by Rosie Chambers

Today it’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour Katie’s Cornish Kitchen by Rosie Chambers.

About the Author

Rosie Chambers loves writing uplifting, feel-good stories set in sun-filled locations around the world. Her stories are filled with fun, friendship and foodie treats, which Rosie hopes will bring a smile to her readers’ faces. She’s always on the market for quirky stationery and is never happier than with a pen in one hand and a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit in the other.

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About the book

Kindness, community and cake are all on the menu at Katie’s Cornish Kitchen.

After the heartbreak of being jilted by her fiancé, Katie Campbell has been mending her broken heart in Bali. She has local restaurant owner and new friend Agatha to thank for providing a listening ear in her moment of need. When Katie confides she’s worried about going back to what’s left of her life in London, Agatha has just the opportunity for Katie – to manage her old café in the beautiful, picturesque village of Perrinby in Cornwall.

Although reopening the café and making it profitable won’t be easy, Katie is determined to make the most of her fresh start. She quickly makes new friends in florist Jay, waitress Talia and handsome neighbour Oscar, and focuses on making the café a welcoming place for the community – from hosting floristry workshops to pizza-making nights and even the local knit-and-natter group. But, with the café under threat from the local property developers circulating just as she’s starting to grow closer to Oscar and finally feeling at home, can Katie find the recipe to make her Cornish Kitchen a success?

Review

Katie is still recovering from being dropped by her husband-to-be. She was lucky to meet someone who gave her enough distractions to not go off the deep end and now that person has handed her the keys to a new chance in life. The opportunity to reinvent herself without the burden of a catastrophic career and an ex-partner who has different priorities – the kind that have nothing to do with her.

So it’s off to Cornwall to try and run a cafe. A dusty neglected one that happens to be considered prime real estate by the local property developer, a smarmy tosser with a lot of determination.

The only thing about books that connect emotions with food, especially warm and fluffy ones, is that a read like this will probably have you either snacking throughout or hungry for something just as delectable. Chambers uses the food and recipes as a medium between the characters, their pain and ultimately their path to healing.

It’s a lovely feel good story with romance at the core, but more importantly it is about being able to trust again and to feel as if you belong to someone, something and somewhere. At the same time it is also about comprehending that it is fine to be alone in the midst of many, because there will be someone to be pick you up when you fall down. Chambers gives her readers humour, hope and a heartwarming read.

Buy Katie’s Cornish Kitchen at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ Digital; pub date 6 July 2020. Buy at Amazon com.

Read my review of A Year of Chasing Love by Rosie Chambers.