Over the Rainbow by Katie Flynn #overtherainbow #blogtour #review @arrowpublishing @lydiaspooner #KatieFlynn

Liverpool 1939: Olivia Campbell appears to have the perfect life. However, behind closed doors she lives in constant fear of her abusive father, and has no support from her mother.

Longing for love and affection she begins a relationship with Ted, a young lad who works in her father’s factory. But her family disapprove of the relationship and forbid them from seeing each other.

When war comes to Liverpool, Olivia seizes the opportunity to leave behind her unhappy life and join the WAAF. There she meets a fellow trainee, Maude and the two embrace their newly found independence. Soon Olivia meets the handsome Ralph, and all thoughts of Ted are brushed aside. Until he returns to her life with some shocking news that turns her world upside down . . .

Chells and Books Review:

When I was asked by Lydia Spooner from Arrow Publishing to be apart of the blog tour for Over the Rainbow by Katie Flynn I was jumping for joy and could not wait for this book to land on my door mat, so thank you for asking me.

Over the Rainbow is the third book as part of the Liverpool Sisters series but could easily be read as a stand alone, however I have found that by reading the second book Under the Mistletoe I was far more excited about the outcome of this story and invested in the characters. I found I was making links and finding answers. I haven’t as yet read the first in this series Liverpool Daughter but I am now desperate to get my hands on a copy. Having not read the first it has not taken anything away from the whole story, as characters do interlink but I am excited to know more about the characters stories that are in Liverpool Daughter.

In Over the Rainbow we follow Olivia as she comes to terms with an incident that happened as a child and that has consequences into adulthood. It is one of those stories where I do not want to give to much away as reading it for yourselves will be ruined by spoilers. What I will say is that it is a lovely, heart-warming story set in WW2 and is full of friendships, love and hope for the future as will as secrets that threaten the truth from ever being found out in regards to the intendent that has changed Olivia’s life, and without finding the truth she cannot hope to move on and live the life she is meant to. Also having read Under the Mistletoe there is an invested interest in the truth being found out. I was turning each page with joy as I fell deeper into the plot.

Under the Rainbow, such a perfect title for this story, is a page turner! I loved it!

I have read books in the past by Katie Flynn, as a teen growing up, and I am so excited to be reading them again. Katie Flynn sadly passed away in 2019 but her daughter Holly Flynn who worked closely with her mother know writes under her name and what a legacy to continue. Katie would be so incredible pleased with The Liverpool Sisters series of books as they are well thought out, researched and written by Holly. Thank you Holly for introducing us to an amazing cast of characters with three brilliant stories.

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Starcross Manor by Christie Barlow #starcrossmanor #review @0neMoreChapter_ @ChristieJBarlow

When Julia Coleman meets Flynn Carter again in the cosy village of Heartcross it can only mean trouble. Flynn might be rich, brooding and sexy, but Julia knows first-hand he’s ruthless and she plans to watch his every move.

When Julia discovers Flynn’s plans for beautiful Starcross Manor her greatest fears come true.  Because Flynn’s dreams of turning Starcross into a luxury hotel could ruin Julia’s dreams…and finish off the community of Heartcross for good.

Flynn makes it clear he doesn’t want trouble, and he’s not the man Julia thinks he is.  As he sets about convincing the community he’s changed, he hopes he can convince Julia to give him another chance too…

Chells and Books Review:

I have been reading the Love Heart Lane series from the start and this is the fourth book in the series and there are many more which I am excited to read and review soon.

The Love Heart Lane series is a place ‘where friends are there for you no matter what’ and that runs through every story so far in the series and is what makes it so good, you feel like you are back home among characters you can call friends. Each new book introduces new characters and stories but you also get to catch up with old friends and hear about how they are getting on. I love it, so much so that although I have these all on kindle I am buying all the paperbacks to, for my shelf and a good excuse to reread them all.

In Starcross Manor we follow Julia who has good reason to believe that the handsome rich Flynn is up to his old tricks. However, as Julia gets to know Flynn she wonders if she has been mistaken that is until, she finds out what Starcross Manor is to become. Starcross Manor is packed with action, surprises and romance! My favourite moment being when Julia and Flynn set sail…no spoilers here but it is so romantic and what a setting!

Starcross Manor is a perfect addition to a wonderful series, and I am exited to return.

The Country Village Christmas Show by Cathy Lake #review @bonnierbooks_uk @LakeAuthor

Recently divorced, the family home sold and her son all grown-up, Clare is at a crossroads. She’s dedicated her whole adult life to her family, and now it’s time she did something for herself.

In the lead up to Christmas, Clare decides that a bit of time in the countryside might be just what she needs, so she moves back to Little Bramble, the village she grew up in. But living with her mum for the first time in years – and not to mention Goliath the Great Dane – can be challenging.

When Clare finds herself running the village Christmas show, it feels like she has purpose in her life again. Bringing together people from all sides of the community, and all walks of life, will Clare manage to pull off a festive feat like no other? And will she find the new start in life – and possibly love – that she’s been looking for?

Chells and Books Review:

The Country Village Christmas Show was a Christmas present from my husband and I couldn’t wait to read it. I read it in a week back in January and I am now catching up with reviews. The reason I took a week to read this book was due to the fact I did not want it to end. I absolutely loved it!

I am a countryside girl at heart and this read just took me home. As Cathy described the scenery and the countryside walks that Clare took with the family dog Goliath I could hear the sounds she mentioned and picture the hedge rows, woods and fields. The village could literally have been where I grew up too!

The plot follows Claire as she returns home to village life, to overcome her divorce and to decide what she does next with her life. As Claire settles in to village life again, meeting old friends and villagers she becomes aware that things may not be quite as they seem. There is a little village mystery feel to this story which was an added bonus and as Claire takes on the Christmas Show all will be reviled.

A beautiful book with a countryside setting is the perfect read to bring you home this winter. I loved cosying up with this book. Cathy Lake also writes under the name Darcie Boleyn and I loved her books but writing as Cathy Lake the story is even better and that is a hard thing for me to say as I adored the Conwenna series which I am planning to re-read this summer.

A brilliant story and I believe there is another coming in this series which I am so excited for.

A Season in the Snow by Isla Gordon #review @IslaTheAuthor @littlebrown

Alice Bright has a great life. She has a job she adores, a devoted family and friends she’d lay down her life for. But when tragedy strikes, she finds her whole world turned upside down.

Enter, Bear, a fluffy, lovable – and rapidly growing! – puppy searching for a home. Bear may be exactly what Alice needs to rekindle her spark, but a London flat is no place for a mountain dog, and soon Alice and Bear find themselves on a journey to the snow-topped mountains of Switzerland in search of a new beginning.

Amidst the warming log fires, cosy cafes and stunning views, Alice finds her heart slowly beginning to heal. But will new friends and a charming next door neighbour be enough to help Alice fall in love with life once more?

Chells and Books Review:

A Season in the Snow is one of my favourite books I have read in a long while.

Meet Alice Bright who always sees the positives in life that is until her life changes dramatically and she finds her self lost! I have felt exactly as Alice felt several times in my life and I felt Alice’s pain.

However, this read did not make me feel down in anyway. It is written in such a way that as a reader I felt sad for the character but also hopeful. When Bear arrives on the scene and the handsome neighbour that Alice meets on her journey to find herself in Switzerland the story is full of magical healing moments and I couldn’t read it quickly enough. This is what I needed at several points of my life, this book! Where have you been Isla Gordon?

Switzerland is described as beautifully as the cover design on the jacket of this book. Having been skiing in Austria I could relate to several moments in the book but the descriptions by Isla brought Switzerland to life and it is now one of my top places to visit. Hopefully with a dog like Bear waiting for me to hug!

This book is a must read for anyone who needs an escape from life. It has healing powers and lessons that can be learnt and put into place where ever you are in the world, mainly be present in the moment.

Thank you Isla Gordon for a wonderful escape at the beginning of 2021!

Together by Christmas by Karen Swan #review #instagramreview @panmacmillan @KarenSwan1

When Lee first came to Amsterdam, it was with a newborn baby and a secret.

Five years later, her life is approaching normal: her career as a celebrity photographer is flourishing, her son Jasper is growing up, and they are enjoying the run-up to Christmas with their tight circle of close friends.

But all this changes one morning when Lee finds a book in the basket of her bicycle – and scrawled inside it, a desperate message. Who left it for her, and why?

Lee feels compelled to help and tracks down the book’s author, Sam. With an instant, undeniable connection it seems they might have a shot at a real future together.

Until her past comes calling.

As the snow falls and ice thickens on the city’s canals, the secret Lee has never told resurfaces. Suddenly everything she holds dear hangs in the balance.

Christmas is a time for being together – but what if the truth means she ends up alone?

Chells and Books Review:

Christmas is not Christmas without reading a book by Karen Swan @swannywrites #togetherbychristmas had me hooked right from the first page.

The covers for @swannywrites books are always exceptional and this one is a beauty. I always wait until Karen’s books are out in paperback to read so I can keep going back to look at the cover from time to time as I read.

In #togetherbychristmas we follow Lee who was a news photographer who highlights the horrors of war torn countries and the effect on the innocence. I was intrigued by this line in the blurb..”When Lee first comes to Amsterdam, it was with a newborn baby and a secret”, I couldn’t wait to find out more and boy was I in for a treat.

A story filled with unexpected twists and turns, a deep meaningful plot, great fully rounded characters that all have their own back stories and a wonderful Christmassy setting.

A must read for any book lover who loves a Christmas book with an intriguing complicated love story.

A Surprise Christmas Wedding by Phillipa Ashley #review #instagramreview #asurprisechristmaswedding @AvonBooksUK @PhillipaAshley

It’s been a year since Lottie’s fiancé walked out, leaving her heartbroken. But things start to look up when she lands her dream job at a beautiful Lake District estate, with a handsome groundskeeper for a neighbour.
So when Lottie is asked to organise a last minute Christmas wedding at Firholme, she can’t wait to get started. Until she meets the couple, and discovers that Connor, the man who broke her heart, is the groom-to-be.
As snow falls on the hills, can Lottie put aside her past to organise the perfect winter wedding? And will there be any festive magic left to bring Lottie the perfect Christmas she deserves?

Chells and Books Review:

A Surprise Christmas Wedding by @phillipa.ashleyauthor was a Christmas read I was very excited to read and couldn’t wait to download it from @netgalley however, I have also brought it in paperback, I mean how could I not look how pretty the cover is!

I adored the story starting off in beautiful Cornwall for a romantic proposal then moving up to the The Lake District where an interesting romance occurs. Lottie is quite literally stuck in the middle of an awkward situation, while trying to get over her ex and move on with her life she finds herself organising her ex’s wedding!!

It’s the perfect plot set in a breathtaking location which @phillipa.ashleyauthor describes perfectly. I could smell the pine trees, feel the fresh mountain air on my skin and picture the setting as I turned each page, devouring the story very quickly.

After reading #asurprisechristmaswedding I would love nothing better than to spend a snowy Christmas in a cosy cottage up in the lakes.

This is a perfect Christmas read for 2020! Out in paperback in all supermarkets and bookshops now.

Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin #christmasatlilaccottage #review @HollyMAuthor @bookouture

Penny Meadows loves her home – a cosy cottage decorated with pretty twinkling fairy lights and stunning views over the town of White Cliff Bay. She also loves her job as an ice-carver, creating breathtaking sculptures. Yet her personal life seems frozen.

When Henry and daughter Daisy arrive at the cottage to rent the annex, Penny is determined to make them feel welcome. But while Daisy is friendly, Henry seems guarded.

As Penny gets to know Henry, she realises there is more to him than meets the eye. And the connection between them is too strong to ignore …

While the spirit of the season sprinkles its magic over the seaside town and preparations for the ice sculpting competition and Christmas eve ball are in full swing, can Penny melt the ice and allow love in her heart? And will this finally be the perfect Christmas she’s been dreaming of?

Chells and Books Review:

Christmas at Lilac Cottage by @hollymartin_author is one of my all time favourite Christmas reads and so I had to re-read it this year.

White Cliff Bay is a beautiful place to spend Christmas this year and while sitting by the Christmas tree, with a scented candle i
on the go I lost my self in the heartwarming, romantic, funny and christmassy story.

Penny has the perfect cosy cottage that stands over White Cliff Bay, with its covering of snow and twinkling lights it’s anyone’s dream home. However, Penny has no one to share it with and decides to rent out her annex. In comes the very handsome Henry and his daughter Daisy who are hoping to start a more settled life in White Cliff Bay.

I loved reading how this romance played out with the added complications of having children. It was funny, heart-warming and perfectly Christmassy.

Snowflakes on Silver Cove by Holly Martin #snowflakesonsilvercove #review @HollyMAuthor @bookouture

Libby Joseph is famous for her romantic Christmas stories. Every December, readers devour her books of falling in love against the magical backdrop of the Christmas season. If only Libby believed in the magic herself…

Struggling to finish her current novel, Libby turns to her best friend and neighbour George Donaldson to cheer her up. But George also needs a bit of support himself. Nervous about getting back into the dating saddle after splitting from his wife, he and Libby strike a deal. She will teach George how to win over the ladies, and Libby will in turn be inspired to inject her novel with a good dose of romance.

As Libby and George explore the beautiful White Cliff Bay on a series of romantic Christmas-themed dates, Libby finds herself having more fun than she’s had in ages and…discovers feelings that she never knew she had for George.

But is it too late? Will George win someone else’s heart or can Libby act like the heroine in one of her stories and reach for her own love under the mistletoe this Christmas?

Chells and Books Review:

Snowflakes on Silver Cove by @hollymartin_author is the second in the White Cliff Bay series and I have never laughed so much recently while reading a book!

Characters Libby and George have stolen my heart I adored them and was sad to leave them once I closed the book. Both have issues that they have to work through before they can move on into a new relationship, Libby needs help with writing her new book and George to get back his confidence in finding love.

@hollymartin_author has excelled herself, this book is one of her best and that’s saying something as all her books are amazing. Snowflakes on Silver Cove has so many romantic moments and moments that have you laughing out loud!

A beautiful book with a stunning location and one hell of a funny romantic story to boot!!

The Chalet by Catherine Cooper #review #thechalet @catherinecooper @harpercollins

French Alps, 1998

Two young men ski into a blizzard… but only one returns.

20 years later

Four people connected to the missing man find themselves in that same resort. Each has a secret. Two may have blood on their hands. One is a killer-in-waiting.

Someone knows what really happened that day.

And somebody will pay.

Chells and Books Review:

The Chalet by Catherine Cooper has been on my tbr pile for a little while now. A perfect cosy Christmas murder mystery read. It had me gripped from the first page.

An easy page turner The Chalet follows a group of people who all return to a French skiing resort, the same one where a murder happend years ago. However, they are all linked to this murder but how and what truly happened that day?

Catherine Cooper creates an intense atmosphere with her descriptions of the characters and the setting. As having been skiing myself I could picture the mountains, the skiing and the lodges quite easily. Each chapter is relatively small and you are drip fed a little but more each time, which I love and keeps you reading untill suddenly the book closes and you learn who did!

An intense and gripping and murder mystery perfect for a cosy winters night!

Its Cover Reveal Time! Under the Italian Sun by Sue Moorcroft @suemoorcroft @avon #coverreveal #undertheitaliansun

The #1 bestseller is back with an uplifting, escapist read that will brighten the gloomiest day!

A warm, sun-baked terrace.

The rustle of verdant green vines.

The sun slowly dipping behind the Umbrian mountains.

And the chink of wine glasses as the first cork of the evening is popped…

Welcome to Italy. A place that holds the answer to Zia-Lucia Costa Chalmers’ many questions. Not least, how she ended up with such a mouthful of a name.

When Zia discovers that her mother wasn’t who she thought she was, she realises the time has come to search out the Italian family she’s never known.

However, as she delves into the secrets of her past, she doesn’t bargain on having to think about her future too. But with local vineyard owner, Piero, living next door, Zia knows she has a serious distraction who may prove difficult to ignore…

This summer, join Zia as she sets out to uncover her past. But can she find the future she’s always dreamed of along the way?

What Chells and Books thinks:

What a fantastic, vibrant cover to reveal to you all. It just screams Italy!

I am so excited to read the next book by Sue Moorcroft, which is sure to be another #1 bestseller. I think we all need a holiday right now and this book sounds like it has that covered. The hot Italian sun, vineyards, wine, beautiful views and an intriguing adventure that the main character Zia is taking us on to uncover her past and create her perfect future.

This is going to be an amazing book to get a book shelfy with when it is on the shelfs of book stores.

The book can be brought using the link here – Buylink: https://books2read.com/MoorcroftUTIS

About Sue Moorcroft:

Sue Moorcroft is a Sunday Times and international bestselling author and has reached the coveted #1 spot on Amazon Kindle. She’s won the Goldsboro Books Contemporary Romantic Novel Award, Readers’ Best Romantic Novel Award and the Katie Fforde Bursary. Her novels of love and life are currently released by publishing giant HarperCollins in the UK, US and Canada and by an array of publishers in other countries.

An army child, Sue was born in Germany then lived in Cyprus, Malta and the UK. She’s worked in a bank, as a bookkeeper (probably a mistake), as a copytaker for Motor Cycle News and for a digital prepress. Now she has the best job in the world … author.

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