Under A Cranberry Sky Review

Under A Cranberry Sky

By Holly Martin

Genre: Christmas, Romance

I was given a copy of this book and am voluntarily reviewing it. 3/5 singing chickadees!

Piper writes hotel reviews and has traveled the world doing it. When she comes to review Stardust Lake Hotel, she is surprised to find the only man she ever truly loved, who broke her heart, is running the place. Things have changed since they were both 17, but their chemistry hasn’t. Gabe has a daughter now and Piper finds herself falling in love with little Wren as well. However, Gabe’s overprotective siblings work at the hotel as well and believe Piper is the one who broke Gabe’s heart.

I absolutely loved the setting of this book. Such a perfect place to read about to get in the Christmas mood! How delightful to read the author’s notes at the end and find out it’s based on a real place. I also liked main character Piper and her backstory was very complete and explained her personality. She was very relatable and I loved seeing her open her heart and learn to trust. I enjoyed reading about the secondary characters- the ones with a backstory, but even just the villagers who live in the town.

This book is pure romance, but I wish it had more of a plot outside of the romance. That may just be because I’m not a fan of pure romance, I would rather it be just one part of the story. My only other complaints are that the story dragged a bit at times and the only real conflict was wrapped up quickly.

The story is heartwarming and definitely a great fit for fans of romance. I really enjoyed the secondary character that the next book will be based on and am looking forward to that.

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A Christmas Wish Book Tour

A Christmas Wish Tour BannerA Christmas Wish

Genre: Romance Contemporary

Release Date: 1st August 2017

Publisher: Aria Fiction/Head of Zeus

 

Flora Phillips has an excuse for every disaster in her life; she was abandoned as a new-born on a doorstep one cold autumn night, wrapped in nothing but a towel. Her philosophy is simple: if your mother doesn’t want you – who will?

Now a thirty-year-old, without a boyfriend, a career or home she figures she might as well tackle the biggest question of them all – who is she? So, whilst everyone else enjoys their Christmas Eve traditions, Flora escapes the masses and drives to the village of Pooley to seek a specific doorstep. Her doorstep.

But in Pooley she finds more than her life story. She finds friends, laughter, and perhaps even a love to last a lifetime. Because once you know where you come from, it’s so much easier to know where you’re going.

A story of redemption and love, romance and Christmas dreams-come-true, the perfect novel to snuggle up with this festive season.

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My Review

I received this book as part of a book tour and am voluntarily reviewing it. This was a sweet story with a great plot. Flora was abandoned on a doorstep as a baby and one Christmas Eve, she decides to flee her life and try to figure out where she came from. Some of the townspeople support her search and try to help, while others are angry with her for digging up the past. One person who helps her is police officer Joel, who Flora has an unlucky encounter with her first day in town that lands her in jail. As Flora searches, she begins to question her future and what she wants to do with her life.

Each chapter changes viewpoints and by the end of the book, I would say the reader has been in about 10 different people’s heads. It wasn’t confusing, though. There was one chapter at the end of the book that I think should’ve been left off, as it took away from the reality of the story, but it’s an extremely minor complaint. I love how this book had an element of mystery to it as I tried to figure out, along with Flora, who her mother could be. It also had romance, small-town drama, family relationships, and friendships. This book was well-written and moved at a good pace, even though Flora didn’t have many clues to her origins. A great Christmas read for fans of multiple genres!

Author and Links

Buy Links

https://www.amazon.ca/Christmas-Wish-Erin-Green-ebook/dp/B071YNFZGQ

https://www.amazon.com.au/Christmas-Wish-Erin-Green-ebook/dp/B071YNFZGQ

https://www.amazon.com/CHRISTMAS-WISH-Erin-Green/dp/1786697955

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Wish-Erin-Green-ebook/dp/B071YNFZGQ

 

About Erin Green

Erin was born and raised in Warwickshire, where she resides with her husband. An avid reader since childhood, her imagination was instinctively drawn to creative writing as she grew older. Erin has two Hons degrees: BA English literature and another BSc Psychology – her previous careers have ranged from part-time waitress, the retail industry, fitness industry and education. She has an obsession about time, owns several tortoises and an infectious laugh!

Erin’s writes contemporary novels focusing on love, life and laughter. Erin is an active member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and was delighted to be awarded The Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017. An ideal day for Erin involves writing, people watching and drinking copious amounts of tea.

 

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The Baobab Beach Retreat Review

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The Baobab Beach Retreat

By Kate Frost

I adored the first book in this series and am happy to report that the second lived up to its reputation! I was given a copy of it and am voluntarily reviewing it. This book completely focuses on Connie after she finds out her husband is a cheater. She starts divorce proceedings and runs away to Tanzania to visit her Aunt Bella. While she is there, she is given a new job planning excursions for guests. Beyond all that, Connie has two different love interests and some complicated family relations to sort out.

I loved the kind of adventure that Connie was having as a woman in her late thirties. It proved that it’s never too late to start over and be someone new. I enjoyed watching Connie grow and develop. The locations took me out of my world and to exotic and beautiful places. I loved the descriptions. It was a great contrast to have Connie’s life in ruins and yet to be in such luxurious places. This book has everything good in women’s fiction. It deals with serious issues, family drama, adventure, and romance. The pace of the book was great and it kept my interest the whole time. I’ve really enjoyed this series and can’t wait to read the next one!

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House Divided Review

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House Divided

By Jami Deise

Genre: Women’s fiction

5/5 chickadees singing! I received a copy of this book and am voluntarily reviewing it. This was a great book! I read it all in about a day even though I have two young kids at home; it was that engaging. It hasn’t been a big deal before that Democrat Erin, who is working to save the planet, is married to Republican Jack. But when Jack gets his own talk show in an extremely conservative news station, Erin has to bear the brunt of it from their Democratic community. Even worse, she loses her job and Jack wants her to be a stay at home mom while she’s itching to continue her career. Even the kids are divided! 8 year old Michael loves the stuff dad can buy them now and that he’s a TV star. 13 year old Jessica can’t believe who her dad has become.

I definitely got annoyed with the characters at times. Erin didn’t really stop and try to talk some sense into Jack and Jack went completely off of the deep end. That didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story, though. It was fast-paced and engaging. It was also very well-written. There was no drag to the story and it felt like there were no wasted words. There’s a whole interesting cast of secondary characters in their community, too. I would recommend this book to any fans of women’s fiction, as long as they don’t take their politics too seriously!

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A Nest of Sparrows Review

 A Nest of Sparrows

By Deborah Raney

Genre: Christian fiction

5/5 chickadees singing! I enjoyed this book so much more than I expected to. I thought it would be predictable, but instead, it was more realistic. 

Wade’s fiancée dies suddenly and he unofficially keeps her three kids living with him and tries to make single fatherhood work. Their biological father, who hasn’t seen the kids in years because their mother left due to domestic violence, comes back for them. Social services decides both dads need some help before either can parent so the children go into foster care. Point of view switches back and forth between the children’s aunt, Wade, and the social worker. 

This book made you feel so many emotions of the characters. I loved how realistic it was. I also loved that there was at least some redemption for the “villain(s).” It was a very engaging story with positive messages. A definite must-read for fans of Christian fiction.

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