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

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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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Website: www.ErinGreenAuthor.co.uk

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The Girl I Didn’t Marry Review

The Girl I Didn’t Marry

By Annabelle Costa

Genre: Romance

I was a huge fan of another one of Costa’s books- The Time-Traveler’s Girlfriend. When she asked me to review her latest book, I couldn’t say no! I am voluntarily reviewing a free copy from the author. When I started reading this book, I did not expect to like it and be as sucked in as I was! It starts with a guy who seems to be a gangster getting a lap dance. Then the story goes back to high school when this gangster named Nick is a straight A student with a major crush on the new girl- Jessie. The story goes back and forth between Nick and Jessie and tells of their Romeo and Juliet-like relationship. Tragedy strikes in An Affair to Remember-style and Nick and Jessi lose touch after high school. We find out where they are now and the book ends with them finally meeting again. Unfortunately, it ends on a total cliffhanger in preparation for the next book.

You can’t help but feel for our main characters and the difficulties that life throws their way. This book truly is like a Shakespearean tragedy! Yet it totally sucks you in and doesn’t let you put it down. I can’t wait to read the next book in the hope that these star-crossed lovers get their happily ever after. I didn’t always like the main characters, but they’re so well-written and fleshed out that I could understand their choices even when I didn’t agree with them. I would highly recommend this to fans of romance.

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A Vicarage Christmas Review and Giveaway

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A Vicarage Christmas Summary

Series: The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite Bk 1

Genre: Women’s fiction/romance

Release Date: October 18, 2017

Publisher: Tule Publishing

Welcome to Thornthwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England’s beautiful but rainy Lake District… where homecomings happen and surprises are in store for the four Holley sisters…

Anna Holley, the third of four sisters, has always felt a little bit forgotten. A family tragedy when she was a child had her retreating deep into shyness, and social anxiety kept her on the fringes of the cozy, chaotic bustle of the busy vicarage.

When she finished school Anna left for Manchester and tried to avoid coming back home and the well-meaning nosiness being a Holley sister in a small village like Thornthwaite meant… but when her father says he has an important announcement to make, she’s drawn back home for the happy chaos of a vicarage Christmas.

Avoiding her sisters’ bossy questions, Anna heads out to the local pub one night, and meets a handsome stranger nursing a pint. Somehow, unburdened by expectations, Simon seems like the perfect person to spill all her secrets to—including a hopeless, long-held crush on her sister’s boyfriend. Confident she’ll never see him again, Anna returns home… only to discover the next day that Simon is actually her father’s new curate!

Anna is beyond mortified, but Simon won’t let her retreat into her usual shyness—and for once Anna is forced to confront the past, and all the fears and feelings she’d tried so long to hide. But with his own heartache that needs to heal, can Simon help Anna to make this the most magical Christmas either of them have known?

 

BUY LINKS

AMAZON UK

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My Review

This was a lovely book for Christmastime. Anna has been avoiding coming back home to Thornewaite, where her father is the vicar. She doesn’t like all the attention she gets from the small village because of who her father is nor the memories it brings back of her deceased brother. Anna runs out her first night at home and meets a man at a pub. She ends up spilling the truth about how she feels about her family. The next day, she discovers who this man is and feels horrified. 

There was so much to love about this heartwarming story. Anna has a close and loving family, even if she doesn’t always realize it. The man she meets at the pub, Simon, is sweet and patient. Anna is a very realistic and relatable character with her social anxiety challenges. I believe the series is going to do a book about each sister and I’m excited for that. Each one is at a very different point in their life at the end of this book. If you’re looking for a heartwarming read, I would highly recommend this book. 

About the Author

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Kate Hewitt is the author of over 60 novels of women’s fiction and romance. Whatever the genre, she enjoys telling an emotionally compelling story. An American ex-pat, she now lives in a small market town in Wales with her husband and five children.

 

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Blog: https://www.katehewitt.blogspot.co.uk

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A Wedding in Cornwall Guest Post

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Guest Post for A Wedding in Cornwall

Thanks again to Elizabeth and Lindsey for letting me share about my books with the awesome readers at Chick Lit Chickadees!

A little over a year ago, I penned a short romance read titled A Wedding in Cornwall. It was a light, feel-good story about an American event planner named Julianne who moves ‘across the pond’ to a new job at a Cornish manor house. Her first adventure there includes planning a celebrity wedding, befriending her co-workers at Cliffs House, and finding herself romantically drawn to a charming Ross Poldark look-alike. As you can imagine, it was a lot of fun writing a story with such an idyllic setting, and I was more than happy to revisit it for a Christmas sequel. But I never expected to still be writing about the same characters and their oh-so fictional Cornish village one year and six novellas later!

Reader support for the series has been overwhelming, with the first book even making it to the Top 100 Amazon UK. Because of reader enthusiasm, Julianne and her friends at Cliffs House have experienced more adventures than I ever hoped for, including participating in a baking competition akin to The Great British Bake Off, and planning a royal wedding at a Cornish castle. The series continues with the release of A Romance in Cornwall, where a well-known romance novelist searches for inspiration in the quiet village Julianne calls home.

To celebrate its one year anniversary and the release of the next installment in the series, Book One, A Wedding in Cornwall, will be free again for a limited time via Amazon and other major eBook retailers starting August  23rd. I’m also happy to announce that readers will now be able to purchase the first six novellas in one volume, with both paperback and digital formats available soon!

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Author Bio:

Laura Briggs is the author of several chick lit and romance stories. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and admires novelty scarf designs as well. Her favorite Jane Austen novel is Sense and Sensibility, and she enjoys reading everything from women’s fiction to modern day mystery novels. She loves spending time with family, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, trying new restaurants, and dreams of traveling around the UK and Europe someday.

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