Christmas Review and Giveaway

Christmas at Lilac Cottage Review and Giveaway

By Holly Martin

Genre: Romance, Christmas, Chick Lit

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I was given a copy of this book and am voluntarily reviewing it. 3.5 out of 5 chickadees singing! Main character Penny is an ice sculptor in the tiny town of Cliff Bay. She realizes she has become a bit of a hermit living on a hill away from town and decides to rent out part of her home to Daisy and Henry, who she found through an agency. Things are not off to a great start when Penny assumes that Daisy is Henry’s wife when she is actually his daughter. She can’t understand why she has such an attraction to a married man and why he seems to be flirting with her as well.

Eventually, Henry and Penny can’t deny their pull toward each other. Penny has been burned in the past, though, and she’s afraid of being hurt again. Henry has a bit of a playboy past and doesn’t want to do anything that would put his relationship with his daughter in jeopardy, like what happened with his last girlfriend.

I liked the cozy little, although nosey, town of Cliff Bay. I thought that Penny had a fascinating job I enjoyed reading about. I liked that all three main characters- Henry, Penny, and Daisy- were complex with complicated histories and back stories that continued to affect them today. That was very realistic and relatable. I’m not usually a fan of straight romance, but there were other subplots going on that helped keep my interest. For example, Penny confronts someone from her past that she thinks played a role in hurting her and Henry has to deal with a complicated situation at his workplace. There were also a few absolutely hilarious (although very awkward- this is definitely an adult book!) moments in the book that cracked me up! I loved seeing the relationship between Penny and Daisy grow.

This was a sweet, light Christmas story. I would definitely recommend it for fans of romance. The characters are interesting and it keeps your attention the whole time with a good pace.

Good news, readers! I have three paperback copies of this book to give away! The giveaway ends on Christmas! Enter below! *US residents only

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The Tulip Factory Giveaway

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The Tulip Factory

By Kacie Davis Idol

The Tulip Factory is a realistic tale about how difficult life and love can be…

A different and enjoyable happily ever after.” —Examiner.com

 

“…a timely, inspiring story with honest, likable characters and compelling North Carolina settings. I very much enjoyed following Corrine as she navigates the choppy waters of early adulthood, sorting out her desires and dreams as best she can. A poignant read for those of us who have floundered through it ourselves.”

Angel Schroeder, Owner of Sunrise Books

 

“Being in my 40s I look back at my 20s and realize how anxious I was of the future. The Tulip Factory brought me back to that time in my life and made me laugh…. Great beach read!”

Suzanne Lucey, Owner of Page 158 Books

Book Summary

Before they exchange even a single word, Corrine knows that James will change everything. And sure enough, their serendipitous meeting in a North Carolina coffee shop sets off a whirlwind of desire and possibilities for the two.

Timing, however, isn’t on the couple’s side. After their relationship ends, Corrine finds that years of putting her career and passions on hold for love have led to a stalled life. She once saw her receptionist job as temporary but got too comfortable and, before she knew it, lost sight of her dream of becoming a writer.

Now, as Corrine makes her way into her late twenties, she’s on a quest to find herself. As she struggles to figure out what she really wants, she’ll discover that sometimes you have to take happiness into your own hands and that a fulfilling life is built on opportunities—even the missed ones.

 About the Author

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Kacie Davis Idol lives in Kernersville, North Carolina, with her husband, beautiful baby daughter, and beloved dogs. The Tulip Factory is her debut novel.

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The publisher of The Tulip Factory has generously gifted us with a copy of the book to giveaway!
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This Last Kiss Book Review and Giveaway

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This Last Kiss

By Madeleine Reiss

Genre: Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Book Summary:

Rora Raine is finally coming home to Hastings, twelve years after she left her grief-stricken father, and fled the love of her life, Carl.

Struggling to support her bright but troubled daughter, Rora has convinced herself she’ll never love again.

When she meets a bumblingly charming stranger, Rora’s heart begins to thaw.

Try as she might, she can’t run from true love forever.

Funny, warm-hearted and soaringly romantic, This Last Kiss is the redemptive story of two star-crossed lovers, told through each kiss they share.

Book Review:

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was an unexpected delight! It was a little bit of romance, a little bit of relationship drama, and a little bit of finding yourself and finding closure. Rora comes back home to take care of her father, who is close to death. She and her father have had a difficult past and he’s never even met her daughter, Ursula. Rora takes her daughter with her to rescue her from the bullying problems of her old school. She is also worried about running into Carl, her former boyfriend. The book flashes between Rora’s past with Carl and the present day. This book also places a huge emphasis on kisses, seen by the book and chapter titles. It was a unique way to categorize things.

This story was extremely heartwarming. There were so many intricate relationships explored- Rora and her father, Ursala and Rora, Ursala and her grandfather, Rora and Carl, Rora and her new friend Krystof, and more relationships that I can’t share without giving spoilers. I loved seeing these relationships grow and change. This book was also full of character development. I loved following Rora’s journey from beginning to end. There were interesting turns and revelations throughout the book. It had great pacing. I would highly recommend this book to fans of women’s fiction!

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Hooked By Love Book Spotlight and Giveaway

Hooked By Love Spotlight and Giveaway

I am excited to share with our readers a brand new book by debut author, Cate Lockhart! She even gifted us a copy to give away!

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Hooked By Love Synopsis

Strong-willed Amber Cross needs only three things: a lucrative job to support herself, funds to keep her counselling service for troubled teens afloat, and a new home for the charity about to be evicted by profit-hungry property developers. What she does not need is to fall in love with the property company’s workaholic development director, Josh O’Neil.

With the charity’s funds running low and her own finances depleted, she can’t afford to rent another place – but how can she make a stand against the powerful company that now owns the land?

Josh’s charm melts her resistance, his down-to-earth manner wins her trust, and his sincere interest in helping Amber’s cause gives her hope that they can be allies. Only Josh’s brother and co-owner of the company has other ideas.

Having been let down in the past, can Amber trust Josh? And can she risk following her heart without turning traitor to her beloved cause?

Author Information

Cate Lockhart is a London based author. Hooked By Love is her first novel and will be followed by a succession of romance novels she hopes readers will love. Check her out at: http://www.cate-lockhart.com/

You can purchase Hooked by Love at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BJ98K8O or http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01BJ98K8O

One lucky reader will win a FREE copy! Enter by Friday, May 6!
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One Starry Night Book Tour

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By: Tilly Tennant

Genre: Chick lit

Release Date: 30th March 2016

Publisher:  Lawsome Books

One Starry Night is the fourth and final part of the Once Upon a Winter series:

They say the darkest hour is just before the dawn, and Hannah has never really understood the true meaning of that until now. With Gina’s husband misbehaving, bad news for Mitchell that only Hannah can break and Ross under attack, things seem to be falling apart around her, and how is she supposed to be the rock everyone else needs when she can’t even get her own life in order? It’s going to take a special kind of courage to see this dawn break, but when it does it might just be all the brighter for it. The trouble is, Hannah’s not sure she can be that strong…

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My Review

I received this book as part of a book tour. Finally, we get to read the conclusion to the Once Upon A Winter’s Night series! In the last book, Mitchell got some answers about what happened to leave him staggering in the snow on Christmas Day. However, Hannah believes there is even more to the story and takes it upon herself to do some investigations, with the help of her sister, Gina. Gina has worries of her own, knowing that she and Ross need to come clean about their relationship to his family. 

The series was tied up nicely in this book with all questions answered. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of chick lit and romance! It had very interesting, likeable characters. The pace of the stories was good and I like that they were broken up into short, quick novellas. Overall, this was a very cute series with a satisfying ending.

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