#BlogTour Saving Grace by Jess B. Moore

Today it’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour Saving Grace by Jess B. Moore.

About the Author

Jess B. Moore is a writer of love stories. When she’s not writing, she’s busy mothering her accomplished and headstrong children, reading obscene numbers of books, and knitting scarves she’ll likely never finish.

Jess lives in small town North Carolina with her bluegrass obsessed family. She takes too many pictures of her cats, thinking the Internet loves them as much as she does. She is a firm believer of swapping stories over coffee or wine, and that there should always be dark chocolate involved.

The Guilt of a Sparrow is her debut novel combining her interests in family, music, and small towns into a thoughtful tale of growing up and falling in love. Her second book, Fierce Grace, follows similar themes in a whole new way, and can be read as a tie-in or stand-alone. The Worth of a Penny (sequel or stand-alone) released March 2019. Look forward to more books from Jess in the Fox River Romance series.

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About the book

Brandt Grace is trouble no matter what he says or does, always getting in his own way, and trying to prove he can do better and be better only to fall on his face. Saving Grace follows Brandt’s unintentional fall for Lola Donovan, the previously friendly girl turned quiet ghost of a girl. They connect at rock bottom, finding an unexpected source of strength in each other. Can they find a way to leave the past behind and build a future together?Review

This is the fourth book in the Fox River Romance series. The books can be read as standalone novels.

I really enjoyed the way the friendship and romance blossomed slowly between Lola and Brandt in the form of giving each other space and safety almost simultaneously. The simple gestures of kindness and comfort without expecting any kind of reciprocation.

The fact they both find themselves in the same situation in regards to their reputations and the way they think people perceive them just helps to create a tighter bond between them. Two loners on the outskirts of society seeking a little solace and a place without condemnation.

Kudos to Moore for Lola’s story and the way the character confronts what she believes to be her greatest mistake and sin. The guilt, doubt and lack of understanding about her experience is well-written and deserving of its own platform.

I think there is this misconception about how easy it is to write romance. It’s not that easy. You have to be able, even when it is just a feel good story without a huge underbelly of depth, to create characters that evoke some kind of reaction from the reader.

Moore can do that. She knows how to create the tension, the moments of breathless desire, the uncertainty of butterfly feelings and the electricity of physical attraction. Those would be but moments without connection if she weren’t also capable of capturing the emotional capital you need to write a good romance.

It’s a romance with an emphasis on emotional space and boundaries.

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Read my review The Worth of a Penny by Jess B. Moore

#BlogTour Reach For A Star by Kathryn Freeman

Today it’s  my turn on the BlogTour Reach For a Star by Kathryn Freeman.

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A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero.

With two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes come in many disguises.

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About the book

What if your dreams were so close you could reach out and touch them?

How could anyone resist Michael Tennant, with his hypnotic blue eyes and voice like molten chocolate? Jessie Simmons certainly can’t. But Jessie’s a single mum who can’t sing to save her life – there’s no way she’ll ever cross paths with the star tenor.

At least that’s what she thinks until she’s unexpectedly invited to take part in a new reality TV show. The premise? Professional singers teach hopeless amateurs how to sing. The surprise? Jessie’s partner is none other than Michael Tennant!

As she becomes better acquainted with the man behind the voice, will Jessie find out the hard way that you should never meet your idols? Or will she get more than she bargained for?Review

Jessie’s sons think they are doing their mother a favour by applying to a reality show.  Giving her a chance to sing with her idol, the singer Michael Tennant, in front of the whole world. She may sound like a rusty pipe with drainage issues, but what’s a little lack of singing talent matter in a singing competition, eh?

What starts as an opportunity to meet her crush and perhaps show everyone what she is made of quickly turns into something quite unexpected. Michael likes Jessie. Is that even a scenario worth considering? The star and the single mother of two teenage boys, could it really be more than just a short blip in the exciting world of Michael?

Freeman makes an important point about the desirability of women who aren’t super young and childless. Even if society, especially the patriarchal system, tries to convince women that being a mother and a caregiver also equates to being a non-sexual being. Nothing could be further from the truth. Taking care of tiny humans doesn’t lessen the desire to be wanted or considered an object of desirability.

Jessie has to confront her fears and needs simultaneously, and be honest about what she wants and deserves in her life. A message the majority of us can comprehend and relate to.

It’s a passionate story about love, family and romance. The normal Mom finding out love is written and spoken in the same language everywhere – no matter how rich, famous or everyday normal you or you life may be.

Buy Reach For a Star at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Choc Lit; pub date 24 Sept. 2019. Buy at Amazon com.

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#BlogTour Fiona and the Whale by Hannah Lynn

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Fiona and the Whale by Hannah Lynn. It’s certainly a surprising and provocative read.

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About the Author

Hannah Lynn is an award-winning novelist. Publishing her first book, Amendments – a dark, dystopian speculative fiction novel, in 2015, she has since gone on to write The Afterlife of Walter Augustus, a contemporary fiction novel with a supernatural twist – which won the 2018 Kindle Storyteller Award and the Gold Medal for Best Adult Fiction ebook at this year’s IPPY Awards – and the delightfully funny and poignant Peas and Carrots series.

While she freely moves between genres, her novels are recognisable for their character driven stories and wonderfully vivid description. She is currently working on a YA Vampire series and a reimaging of a classic Greek myth.

Born in 1984, Hannah grew up in the Cotswolds, UK. After graduating from university, she spent ten years as a teacher of physics, first in the UK and then around Asia. It was during this time, inspired by the imaginations of the young people she taught, she began writing short stories for children, and later adult fiction Now as a teacher, writer, wife and mother, she is currently living in the Austrian Alps.

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About the book

With her personal life on the rocks, it’s going to take a whale sized miracle to keep her afloat.

Event planner Fiona Reeves did not have her husband’s sudden departure on her schedule. However, she’s certain that it’s only a hiccup and he’ll be back in no time, begging for forgiveness. Fortunately there’s a distraction of mammoth proportions swimming in the River Thames.

Absorbed by the story of Martha the sperm whale, Fiona attempts to carry on life as usual as she awaits her husband’s return. However, nothing can prepare her for the dramatic turn of events that throws her life into ever greater turmoil. The road ahead has many paths and for Fiona it’s time to sink or swim.

Fiona and the Whale is a poignant and often hilarious contemporary fiction novel. If you enjoy topical tales, second chances and a little bit of romance, you’ll love this new book from the Kindle Storyteller Award Winner, Hannah Lynn.

Review

The author takes an interesting approach to the story by becoming sort of a narrator. The occasional friendly commentator who checks in to see how the reader is doing on their reading journey. It doesn’t interrupt the process, in fact it is very much like having another fictional character or fictional narrator except for the fact it is the author.

I’m going to come out and say it like I see it, as is my wont. I felt for Fiona – I really did. Her husband is a pretentious self-involved misogynist in the middle of a classic mid-life crisis. There is absolutely nothing to like about him, especially the way he uses their son to humiliate his wife.

However, when Fiona has her epiphany she acts as if she has found God in the freezer section at the supermarket and her main goal in life is to save the souls of all the heathens around her. You can find God just let the other souls wander around aimlessly and without him if they choose to do so.

Lest there be some misunderstanding because of my snark – this story isn’t about religion, faith or God. Fiona’s epiphany is about her role in the destruction of our environment. The role of humans in the poisoning of the planet. I’m not sure talking to people as if they are idiots and the enemy is the way to create change, and there is no doubt we need change.

In that sense this book is timely and on point. Fiona goes all Greta Thunberg on her friends, her life and her business. Why? All because of a whale, that’s why. I really liked the way the whale became both a symbol and a metaphor at the same time. It’s a symbol of the destruction the human race is causing and it is a metaphor for Fiona’s life. The way she is left abandoned, adrift in strange waters and slowly choking, albeit unawares, on the toxic matter in and around her.

Kudos to the author for the conscience awakening read. It is a thought-provoking contemporary read, which combines environmentalism with a flair of women’s fiction. If you walk away from this read spending just a bit of time contemplating your role in the environment and not what you could do, but what you should be doing right now, then the author has done her job.

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#BlogTour The Day We Meet Again by Miranda Dickinson

Today it’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour The Day We Meet Again by Miranda Dickinson.

About the Author

Miranda is the author of ten books, including six Sunday Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into seven languages and have made the bestseller charts in four countries. She has been shortlisted twice for the RNA awards (for Novel of the Year in 2010 with Fairytale of New York and again in 2012 for Contemporary Novel of the Year for It Started With a Kiss). She has now sold over a million copies of her books worldwide.

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About the book

Their love story started with goodbye…

‘We’ll meet again at St Pancras station, a year from today. If we’re meant to be together, we’ll both be there. If we’re not, it was never meant to be…

Phoebe and Sam meet by chance at St Pancras station. Heading in opposite directions, both seeking their own adventures, meeting the love of their lives wasn’t part of the plan. So they make a promise: to meet again in the same place in twelve months’ time if they still want to be together.

But is life ever as simple as that?

This is a story of what-ifs and maybes – and how one decision can change your life forever…

Review

The story is written very much in the vein of An Affair to Remember and Brief Encounter. The author takes inspiration from the romantic notion of soulmates and fate. That sometimes when two people meet it was destined to happen, and that it may be the right people at the right time or the right people at the wrong time.

This very much describes what happens when Phoebe and Sam meet. Neither of them are supposed to be there at that point in time, then again the real question would be whether they were always meant to meet. Perhaps their lives were supposed to intersect at exactly this moment.

They instantly know they have an unfathomably close bond and attraction, and yet are unable to change the paths they are on, which means heading in completely opposite directions. They leave each other with the promise that they will return one year from now and carry on where they left off and in the interim they are allowed minimal contact via certain methods of communication.

What Dickinson plays to, as an author to their audience, is the feeling that there is someone out there for each one of us – we just have to find them. The inexplicable joy of the first flutterings of love and attraction. When breathlessness isn’t caused by a fast round in the gym, but by the physical reaction we experience when our base mating instincts take over.

It’s a contemporary read, women’s fiction and in a way the kind of love story everyone wants to experience.

Buy The Day we Meet Again at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ pub date 5 Sept. 2019. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogBirthdayBlitz A Wedding in Cornwall by Laura Briggs

Today it’s the Book Birthday Blitz for A Wedding in Cornwall by Laura Briggs. It’s a contemporary romance, a feel good read for every occasion.

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Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.

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1st Prize: A Demelza collectible Knitdark character doll (Open Internationally) – 1 winner – A wonderful keepsake for fans of all-things Poldark, this Demelza doll was made by Angela Blay, whose popular Knitdark creations have been featured on The Graham Norton Show. You can learn more about the Knitdarks at Angela’s Twitter page @kwerkyknits as well as her Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/kwerkyknits

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3rd Prize: A Paperback Copy of A Wedding in Cornwall: Books 1-6 (Open Internationally) – 1 winner – This winning paperback (non-signed) contains the novellas A Wedding in Cornwall, A Christmas in Cornwall, A Cottage in Cornwall, A Manor in Cornwall, A Bake Off in Cornwall, and A Castle in Cornwall.

4th Prize: A Paperback Copy of A Wedding in Cornwall: Books 7-12 (Open Internationally) – 1 winner – This winning paperback (non-signed) contains the novellas A Romance in Cornwall, A Star in Cornwall, A Sewing Circle in Cornwall, A Talent Show in Cornwall, An American in Cornwall, and A Garden in Cornwall.About the book

It’s the career move of a lifetime, and Julianne can’t believe it’s hers: a position as an event planner at a country house in Cornwall, England, beginning with the wedding of a celebrity! If her old firm’s senior planner back in the States hadn’t fallen suddenly sick with the chicken pox, Julianne would never have found herself chosen for a life in one of England’s most beautiful coastal counties, surrounded by rugged shores, quaint cottages, elegant gardens and a house to die for.

But life in Cornwall isn’t exactly as Julianne imagined it. Her first bride-to-be is a resentful, petted snob, the groom is immature and bored, and the Cornish staff of Cliffs House has a difficult time believing that an event planner from a mid-level position can handle a wedding this big. And then there’s a personal matter — the handsome, sometimes charming, sometimes standoffish gardener Matthew Rose. He and Julianne have a strangely complicated relationship somewhere between friendship and attraction. But with a secret in his past, and a scheming bridesmaid plotting to have Matthew all to herself, will Julianne find a way to untangle her feelings and the problems of planning a perfect Cornish wedding?

Review

This is the first part of a series, each part is novella length. To be completely honest I was surprised I hadn’t heard or read anything by this author yet, and I absolutely hope she has some full length novels out. Saying that, I also enjoyed the way she managed to pack everything into such a short read and leave readers feeling as if they had read a full length story.

Julianne just can’t believe her luck. She has landed a great job as a wedding planner all the way over the ocean in Cornwall, despite not being exactly qualified for said job. So it’s hop on the plane and wing it time.

Her first job is making wedding wishes come true for a celebrity couple, an obnoxious bride and a groom who thinks the suns rises and sets in his own aura. Sounds simple, however there are a few mishaps along the way. One of those mishaps happens to be a very handsome, but very grumpy gardener.

I loved the attention to detail when it came to the flora and food, especially the flora. The research and extra detail was remarkable for what is considered an easy read. It took the whole story up a notch.

It’s a contemporary romance, a feel good read for every occasion. Briggs is definitely an author who deserves a place at the romance and contemporary fiction table.

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#BlogTour The StationMaster’s Daughter by Kathleen McGurl

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour The Stationmaster’s Daughter by Kathleen McGurl.

About the Author

Kathleen McGurl lives near the sea in Bournemouth, UK, with her husband. She has two sons who are now grown-up and have left home. She began her writing career creating short stories, and sold dozens to women’s magazines in the UK and Australia. Then she got side-tracked onto family history research – which led eventually to writing novels with genealogy themes. She has always been fascinated by the past, and the ways in which the past can influence the present, and enjoys exploring these links in her novels.

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About the book

As the last train leaves, will life ever be the same?

Dorset 1935

Stationmaster Ted has never cared much for romance. Occupied with ensuring England’s most beautiful railway runs on time, love has always felt like a comparatively trivial matter. Yet when he meets Annie Galbraith on the 8.42 train to Lynford, he can’t help but instantly fall for her.

But soon the railway is forced to close and a terrible accident occurs within the station grounds, Ted finds his job and any hope of a relationship with Annie hanging in the balance…

Present day

Recovering from heartbreak after a disastrous marriage, Tilly decides to escape from the bustling capital and move to Dorset to stay with her dad, Ken. When Ken convinces Tilly to help with the restoration of the old railway, she discovers a diary hidden in the old ticket office. Tilly is soon swept up in Ted’s story, and the fateful accident that changed his life forever.

But an encounter with an enigmatic stranger takes Tilly by surprise, and she can’t help but feel a connection with Ted’s story in the past.

Review

The story has a nostalgic feel to it, perhaps because McGurl is very good at giving her readers the feeling as if they are right there experiencing everything with the characters. Tugging on the heartstrings is one of her talents, which is reflected in the way she builds the characters and their emotional turmoil.

The story moves from Tilly in the present to Ted and Annie in the past. At first glance the only connection between the two appears to be the railroad and the station. As we learn more about all of them the how becomes clearer.

Tilly is damaged and suffering, and has returned to her parent to gather herself and reboot her life. She carries immense trauma around with her, which has been magnified tenfold by the way she has been treated by her husband. Her path brings her to Dorset.

In the past we meet stationmaster Ted. His life is filled with trains, railways and schedules, at least until the day he meets Annie. What looks like obsession to one person is merely unrequited love to Ted. His fascination with Annie is the beginning of a heart-wrenching secret – a secret that leaves a trail of destruction all the way into the present.

McGurl likes to combine history and mystery to create captivating stories. In this case England’s railway gets in on the action, and I enjoyed learning more about that aspect of history.

It’s a mystery come historical fiction with a modern flair. Splitting the story into past and present gives it a two genre feel. It’s a story with an authentic feel to it.

Buy The Stationmaster’s Daughter at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ Digital; pub date 7 Aug. 2019. Buy at Amazon com.

Read my reviews of The Forgotten SecretThe Girl from Ballymor, The Emerald Comb, The Pearl Locket and The Daughters of Red Hill Hall by Kathleen McGurl.

#BlogTour The Summer House in Santorini by Samantha Parks

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour The Summer House in Santorini by Samantha Parks. It’s a romance, women’s fiction and a charming contemporary read.

About the Author

Samantha Parks is the pen name of Sam Gale. Her pen name comes from her late grandmother Velma Hobbs nee Parks, who was one of Sam’s greatest role models. Sam was born in North Carolina but now resides in Bournemouth, UK with her husband Alex. She owns a successful marketing company and is enjoying her slow descent into “crazy plant lady” status.

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About the book

One summer in Greece will change everything…

Anna’s running away. From a failed relationship, a dead-end career and a complicated family life.

On the island of Santorini, with its picturesque villas, blue-tiled roofs, and the turquoise waters of the Aegean lapping at the white sand beaches, Anna inherits a less-than-picturesque summer house from her estranged father. As she rebuilds the house, she rebuilds her life, uncovering family secrets along the way that change everything. She starts to fall for her little slice of paradise, as well as for gorgeous, charming Nikos.

Will Anna lose her heart in more ways than one?

Review

What’s not to fall in love with in Santorini? Parks does a great job of setting the scene and surroundings in this lovely and heartfelt story.

Anna travels to the home of her absentee and deadbeat now deceased father to sort out the inheritance he left for Anna and her sister. A summer house, which is attached to the boundaries of the land of her grandparents. The houses and the people are unequivocally connected like invisible cords. Threads that are drawn through love and bonds.

As she discovers her love for the place and the people she also discovers some hard home truths about the tattered and destructive marriage of her parents. How she and her sister became the victims of their right fighting.

Parental alienation is a controversial topic, but also one that is getting more attention in the last few years. It destroys lives, childhoods and families. The majority of the time those relationships can’t be fixed or salvaged. Luckily some manage to adjust and leave the past behind them to move forward with newly defined relationships.

This story shows the destruction, the pain and the gaping emotional holes that are the result of parental alienation. It’s a beautiful emotional tale about love, coming to terms with the past and unresolved issues, and finding peace and happiness.

It’s a romance, women’s fiction and a charming contemporary read. Parks draws readers in with the essence of the people, the country, the food and the culture. Then in equal measures she mixes it together with the more tempered attitude of Brits abroad. The result is an enticing story, the perfect read for any time and in any place.

Buy The Summer House in Santorini at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: One More Chapter; pub date 7 Aug. 2019. Buy at Amazon com.