Two Weddings and a Baby by Scarlett Bailey

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Title: Two Weddings and a Baby

Author: Scarlett Bailey

Pages: 381

Blurb: Tamsyn Thorne has not been back to her home town of Poldore for five long years.

But now her brother, Ruan is about to get married and she has no excuses left.

Her plans to arrive in Cornwall looking chic and successful are dashed when a huge storm turns her from fashion goddess to drowned rat. Worse, she ends up insulting the local hunky vicar-and then finds a tiny baby abandoned in his churchyard.

Review: This was a brilliant story. As I started reading I felt like I was right there in the thick of all the action. It felt like one of those cosy reads where the world around you disappears and you appear right in the middle of the world Scarlett has created. A good sign of an amazing writer.

Tamsyn is a loveable character who has let the past control her future. With her brother getting married it is time to face the future. The reason she left her home is not something I will give away but one that she can not escape from. As she comes to terms with her past her future becomes clearer and we all love a happy ending.

When choosing this book the tile is what grabbed me first. I was intrigged to see how a baby fitted in with two weddings. I was not diapointed. Tamsyn discovers more about herself via a baby which helps her to overcome some issues she has put in pace to protect her from the past. I just adore Tamsyn’s family they sound like so much fun to be around.

This story brings together all the people in the village in a time of need and shows such community spirit something which has recently been shown in London and is such an important thing the British do. While reading about it, it makes you think that it should happen all the time and not just when a tragedy occurs.

Link: Find Scarlett’s books Amazon see the link below.

 

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The Little Teashop of Lost and Found by Trisha Ashley

Pre-publication review:

I was very lucky to be sent a proof copy of Trish Ashley’s new novel, The Little Teashop of Lost and Found and to be included as part of the blog tour for this book. As a fan of her books I was very excited about this and as soon as I heard the thump on the doormat I started reading it. Here are my thoughts on this book.

Title: The Little Teashop of Lost and Found.

Author: Trisha Ashley

Pages: 422

Blurb: Alice Rose is a foundling, discovered on the Yorkshire moors above Haworth as a baby. Adopted but then later rejected again by a horrid stepmom, Alice struggled to find a place where she belongs. Only baking-the scent of cinnamon and citrus and the feel of butter and flour between her fingers-brings a comforting sense of home.

So it seems natural that when she finally decided to return to Haworth, Alice turns to baking again, taking over a run-down little teashop and working to set up an afternoon tea emporium.

Luckily she soon makes friends, including a Grecian god-like neighbour, who help her both set up home and try to solve the mystery of who she is. There are one or two last twists in the dark fairy tale of Alice’s life to come…but can she find her happily ever after?

Review: First I will start by saying this was an amazing story and I loved it. Trisha Ashley has a writing style that no other author has and it is one of many reasons why I love her books. Trisha creates some amazing characters funny, real and from all walks of life. She has a way of writing that gives you a real insight into the lives of these characters and the setting. I agree with the praise from Katie Fforde, ‘One of the best writers around!’

Alice Rose (such a pretty name) is the main character, stranded at birth, adopted, then treated badly by her stepmom, her start to life has not been great. Once her life begins to settle down it is turned upside down once again. On deciding to track down her birth family and find out if she can finally settle somewhere she goes to Haworth. Finally life takes a positive turn for her. There are few ups and downs along the way some which make you laugh out loud. I really liked the two women who work alongside Alice in the teashop, they are characters you think you wont like but they are so funny and likable, and as for mummy Giddings she is a mum everyone wishes for.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and was sad when it finished. Although, I can see a spin off with the Giddings and their Waffle house and to see if Bel falls in love again. This is another great book from Trisha Ashley and would like to thank her and Poppy Stimpson, publicity manager at Penguin Random House UK for sending me a proof copy and including me in the blog tour for the #LittleTeashop.

Link:

Interview with the amazing Trisha Ashley

Creature Comforts by Trisha Ashley – a book review.

 

Class Welcome to the Little School by the Sea by Jenny Colgan

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Title: Class, Welcome to the Little School by the Sea

Author: Jenny Colgan writing as Jane Beaten

Pages: 262

Blurb: It’s gloriously sunny in Cornwall as the school year starts at the little boarding school by the sea.

Maggie, the newest teacher at Downey House, is determined to make her mark-but will it be at the expense of her relationship with safe, dependable Stan?

Simone, has won a scholarship and wants to make her parents proud. Forced to share a room with the glossy, pretty, clever girls of Downey House, she needs to find a friend-fast.

Fliss, is furious at being sent away from her home. As Simone tries desperately to fit in, Fliss tries desperately to get out.

Over the course of one year, friendships will bloom and lives will be changed for ever.

Review: This is a novel I have read about online. It stood out to me, as like Jenny herself writes, in a letter to her fans, that a book for adults written about a boarding school is very limited. I love Enid Blyton and this story reminds me of her books but more modern.

The story is told by different characters views points but is easy to follow and well written. Simone’s story really touched my heart and I was very happy with her ending as well as Fliss who changed towards the end. It is full of drama and it is exciting being apart of a school where staff and students are together day and night.

The good news is this book is part of a series and I cannot wait to get the next one to read, to find out what the characters are up to next and maybe meet some new ones too. I am looking forward to seeing how Maggie’s love life pans out and if the headmistress is able to resolve her issues. I will not be telling you what they are it will spoil it when you read this book.

A great book by Jenny Colgan and such a great idea.

Link: Find more out about Jenny Colgan at http://www.jennycolgan.com

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A Secret Garden by Katie Fforde

Title: A Secret Garden

Author: Katie Fforde

Pages: 375

Blurb: Lorna is a talented gardener and Philly is a plants women. Together they work in the grounds of a beautiful manor house in the Cotswolds.

They enjoy their jobs and are surrounded by family and friends.

But for them both, the door to true love remains resolutely closed.

So when Lorna is introduced to Jack at a dinner party and Lucien catches Philly’s eye at the Local farmers market, it seems that dreams really can came true and happy endings lie just around the corner.

Review: I have read many of Katie Fforde’s books and really enjoy her style of writing and her stories. The art work for her covers are always so pretty.

Without giving to much away, Lorna and Philly are real women who are just like us. The have passion for working in the garden and plants, something I can relate to. It’s lovely to hear about all their projects in the garden and see through their eyes the changes. On meeting the new men in their lives they have all the worries about relationships that everyone has at some point in their lives. Do they overcome these to get their happy ever afters? You will have to read the book and find out.

Love and friendship fills the pages of this book and you never know quite who will fall in love with who. After reading this book it gives you the feeling that anything is possible.

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Katie Fforde’s books can be found on amazon.

Her website is http://www.katiefforde.com

The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews

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Author: Carole Matthews

Pages: 422

Blurb: Fay Merryweather runs her cake shop from her beautiful garden. She whips up airy sponges and scrumptious scones while her customers enjoy the lovely blossoms and gorgeous blooms. Looking after the cake shop, the garden and her cantankerous mother means Fay is always busy but she accepts her responsibilities because if she doesn’t do all this, who will?

Then Danny Wilde walks into her life and makes Fay questions every decision she’s ever made.

When a sudden tragedy strikes, Fay’s entire world is thrown off balance even further and she doesn’t know which way to turn. Can Fay find the strength to make a life-changing decision-even if it means giving up the thing she loves the most?

Review: I have read some of Carole Matthews books before and on seeing this one I was very much looking forward to reading it. The cover is beautiful. From reading the blurb I was interested in finding out if Fay could change her situation. What resonated with me is that we all have situations in our lives where we put others before ourselves or in some cases, like Fay, forget we are a person too.

Carole Matthew’s writing is exceptional. She creates lovable real life characters, I adore Stan! The setting sounds so relaxing and as Carole herself says in a note to her readers that Britain in fact does have some wonderful natural history to be proud of. I have been on a boat up rivers in our country and it is very peaceful, so I can see why Fay loves it so much.

I will not give away any spoilers, but the tragedy that befalls Fay is so well written and is such a surprise, but the surprises don’t stop at one they just keep on coming. Be prepared as the pages will keep turning and you may well be late for an appointment. I got so absorbed into Fay’s world of beautiful cakes and flowers.

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An amazing read and recommended to all.

Link: You can find all of Carole Matthew’s books here at http://www.amazon.co.uk.

 

 

The Cosy Tea Shop series by Caroline Roberts

 

Book Title: The Cosy Tea Shop in the Castle and The Cosy Christmas Tea Shop.

Author: Caroline Roberts

Pages: 386 and 370

Blurb: The Cosy Tea Shop n the Castle

When Ellie lands her dream job running the little  tea shop in the beautiful but crumbling Claverham Castle, it’s the perfect escape from her humdrum job in the city. Life is defiantly on the rise as Ellie replaces spreadsheets for scones, and continues her Nanna’s baking legacy.

When Lord Henry, the stick-in-the-mud owner, threatens to burst her baking bubble with his old-fashioned ways, Ellie wonders if she might have bitten off more than she can chew. But cupcake y cupcake she wins the locals over, including  tea shop stalwart, Doris, and Ellie’s show stopping bakes look set to go down in castle history!

Now all that’s missing in Ellie’s life is a slice of romance-can Joe, the brooding estate manager, be the one to put the cherry on the top of Ellie’s dream?

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After a rocky start, Ellie Hall baked her way into everyone’s hearts at Claverham Castle and the run-down teashop regained its old sparkle.

Now Ellie has upgraded cupcakes for fairy tale masterpieces and is the proud caterer for an ever growing list of weddings at the castle. The tea shop team love baking to the tune of happy ever afters, but can they pull together when a certain bridezilla pushes them all to boiling point.

Christmas is just around the corner, and a last minute booking threatens to snow the team under. Ellie and her hunky hubby Joe have their own Christmas dreams to chase, but they’re determined to pull through and give this special couple the winter wonderland wedding they deserve.

Review: I found The Cosy Tea Shop in the Castle while on Holiday in Cornwall. Despite being on Holiday I read this book in 2 days, it was so good. I could not put it down. The cover is so pretty and the idea of a tea shop in a castle sounds so romantic and reminded me of the place were I got married. On reading the blurb on the back I was hooked.

And…..I stayed hooked. I was very sad when I had finished as I could have just kept on reading and reading about all the characters involved in the story. It is very well written such a page turner. The characters are so lovable and real. My favourite (other than Ellie) is Doris.

During my favourite time of year, Christmas, I was just looking on Amazon for books and I came across The Cosy Christmas Tea Shop. I have never been so excited! Instead of waiting for Christmas I brought it there and then and started reading as soon as it arrived.

I was not disappointed. The some brilliant writing, the same amazing characters in the same lovely setting but even better by Christmas. It was so great to catch up with the characters, they felt like friends. I loved the wedding idea and defiantly reminded me of my own again, but how I wish Ellie had been the cook and organiser.

I really hope the is another book in this series, or any other by Caroline Roberts, these are her 2nd and 3rd novels.

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Enjoy Michelle x

 

 

Meet Me in Manhatten by Claudia Carroll

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Book Title: Meet Me in Manhattan

Author: Claudia Carroll

Pages: 379

Blurb: You don’t mess with aspiring journalist Holly Johnson! The man she fell for is not all that he seems- because sometimes dating online doesn’t quite go to plan. She’s decided to fly to the big apple to surprise him and to get some answers. And if her plan works she’ll also get the scoop of her career…

But as she steps out of her yellow taxi and the first snowflakes start to fall, it’s Holly who has the surprise of her life.

What should be a dream come true is looking a little like a nightmare. But Holly is determined to get her New York happy ending!

Review: This was my first book by Claudia that I have read and by the end I am a massive fan of her writing. I can’t believe I haven’t read a book by her before.

The story takes a modern day phenomenon of online dating sharing what could go wrong. Falling in love with someone on a computer screen made Holly feel loved and happy and on deciding to go and see him she flies to one of the most beautiful cities in the world. (One I would love to visit) However, the nightmare that follows although a tiny bit softened by the magical city changes Holly thoughts on love. I do not want to give too much away and spoil the excitement but love has a funny way sometimes of finding you.

Find Claudia Carroll on Amazon