The Magic of Christmas Tree Farm by Erin Green (Blog Tour)

Her Mother's Secret by Rosanna Ley

The scent of pine fills the crisp air as local villagers select their perfect tree. Picking the tree is the easy bit, creating a perfect Christmas is a bit trickier…

Nina has the most magical job in the world, matching customers with their perfect Christmas tree. Working at Christmas Tree Farm is always fun and full of laughter but the weight of past tragedy bears down on her. Her admirer is a great distraction, but is he the right man for her?

Holly is just trying to be a normal teenager, having to deal with the mean girls in her class. But then the most handsome boy at school takes an interest in her. Have all her Christmases come at once?

Angie is trying to bring her family together and save her broken marriage. It’s not something she can force, but it’s the only gift she craves. Will her Christmas wish come true?

It’s the season of goodwill, and at Christmas Tree Farm anything could happen…

Review: I have decided that Christmas Tree Farm is where I want to spend Christmas. If anyone wants to find me I will be found down by the lake keeping Nina company.

I loved the idea for this story. A Christmas Tree Farm is a very special place for families at Christmas to visit and select their perfect Christmas Tree which is at the centre of everyone’s Christmas. Erin has defiantly done her research as Nina sure knows her Christmas trees.

This story is told by three view points Nina’s, Holly’s and Angie’s, three very different women at different stages of their lives. I like this as it was like reading three stories in one and it was nice seeing the Christmas Tree Farm from different view points. All three women are in need of some Christmas magic this year after a troubled year and the Christmas Tree Farm is hoping to work its magic with the help from a little red breasted friend of Nina’s.

Such a lovely written story I truly love this read. Erin Green has got me right in the mood for Christmas.

 

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Love at the Northern Lights by Darcie Boleyn (Blog Tour)

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Runaway bride Frankie Ashford hops a plane to Norway with one goal in mind – find her estranged mother and make peace with the past. But when a slip on the ice in Oslo lands her directly in Jonas Thorsen’s viking-strong arms, her single-minded focus drifts away in the winter winds.

When it comes to romance Jonas knows that anything he and Frankie share has an expiration date – the British heiress has a life to return to in London that’s a world away from his own. But family is everything to Jonas and, as the one man who can help Frankie find the answers she’s seeking, he’ll do whatever it takes to help her reunite with her mother.

Now, as Christmas draws closer and the northern lights work their magic Frankie and Jonas will have to make a choice…play it safe or risk heartbreak to take a chance on love.

Review: Love at the Northern Lights is an exceptional read. I am a very big fan of Darcie Boleyn’s and love all her stories but this one is now my firm favourite story. I was super excited to be asked to review and to be apart of the blog tour and would like to thank Canelo.

Before I get into the review I just want to make note of the beautiful cover and title of this book. It just screams ‘you must read me now’ it has a lovely Christmas vibe to it.

I was totally blown away by the depth to the characters. Darcie always creates great characters but there is something about Frankie, Freya and Jonas that is special. Love is at the heart of the plot and not just shown through a romantic relationship but with family relationships as well.

The setting Norway is lovely I wont give too much away here as it is just amazing reading it and discovering it for yourself as a reader but it’s very romantic and Christmas in London sounds so cosy.

This is a must read for any one who loves a good romance with elements of family pressures. It is full of love and hope for the future.

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Moonlight on the Thames by Lauren Westwood (Blog Tour)

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Worlds collide when two strangers meet at Waterloo station. It’s a moment they’ll never forget. Perfect for the fans of Milly Johnson.

Christmas is a joyous time, but not everyone is merry and bright. 
Nicola is a rising star at the top of the corporate ladder, but her personal life is a disaster. Her office affair has lost its allure, and the last thing she wants to think about is Christmas. A night of cancelled trains and festive Christmas carols at Waterloo Station is just about the last straw…

Dmitri loves conducting his pop-up choir during the festive season, meeting people, and spreading joy and cheer around London. But he carries deep secrets from his past that robbed him of his dream to become a concert pianist.

Can their hearts and souls be unlocked by music and moonlight and will they discover the healing power of love?

Review: What a brilliant cover this book has. A beautiful London Christmas.

Lauren Westwood has created a lovely tale set at Christmas in London. Lauren’s writing places the reader at the heart of the scenes she is creating. There are two characters, Nicola and Dmitri who both need healing. Life for them is about carrying on trying to hide the problems in their lives. However, Christmas has away of bringing joy to people’s lives even if they do not want it there.

I enjoyed reading this book. Excited by the cover I was expecting good things and I was not disappointed. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and following them throughout their Christmas journey as love and joy seeped into their lives. The setting seemed to appear before me and I felt like I was right there waiting for the train with Nicola.

A brilliant read and one to defiantly read this Christmas.

 

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Roald Dahl Day 2018

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Today is Roald Dahl Day and to celebrate I thought I would write a blog about my favourite books of his and why I like them. As a child I loved to escape and go on adventures. Roald Dahl was one of my go to authors and often could be found getting lost in the world of characters he created. 

James and the Giant Peach

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James and the Giant Peach fascinated my as a child. Insects that talked, a peach that was so big and where these creatures lived. I felt for poor James and was so excited when he got to go on a journey on and in the giant peach. This book was read to me at school and I can remember doing work relating to the story. I read this book so many times and also had the audio book and can remember falling asleep dreaming of going on an adventure on a giant peach. Good memories spring from this book.

Matilda

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I thought I was Matilda as a child as I loved to read from an early age. I loved reading about Matilda growing up and going to school and then finally meeting Miss Honey, who was my favourite character.

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I was beyond excited when I first read the ending and found out that Matilda was going to live and be adopted by Miss Honey.

Roald Dahl’s writing was so popular with children and adults alike, as I still read his books today,  because he wrote in a style that did not talk down to children or at them but as an adult and he was very attuned to what they were thinking and wanted from an adventure. 

Danny and the Champion of the World 

Danny and the Champion of the World is a story that I remember more from listening to it as an audio book. I imagined Danny going on his trips to help his dad. It was a book I remembered having a sadness about it. I found the BFG getting a mention in this book great as I had read that first and thought it was great to have a character from another story appear in a different book.

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Fantastic Mr Fox

s-l300 I was a big fan of animal stories as a child so Fantastic Mr Fox really appealed to me. I liked the element of Mr Fox out witting the horrible farmers and not only saving his own family but other animal families too.

 

 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Of course this book is one of my favourites. Who doesn’t want an exciting trip around Mr Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Charlie was my favourite character and I was rooting for him to get a golden ticket. I adored his relationship with his grandparents.

The Witches

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This story was amazing and just genius to write. Full of funny moments and some skin crawling moments as well. I think as I child I was half fascinated and half scared while reading this book. I found myself as a child looking out for a witch after reading this.

It’s safe to say that Roald Dahl played a big part in many childhoods. He wrote so many amazing stories and took many children on adventures. They have stood the test of time and adults enjoy them just as much as they did as children. 

 

Christmas is for Children by Rosie Clarke (Blog Tour)

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December 1930. Christmas should be for the children, but with the Depression biting deeper, money and food in short supply and factories, ship yards and businesses closing down, the outlook is pretty bleak.

It looks like many East End kids will wake up on Christmas morning to nothing.

Robbie Graham is out of luck and work. Can he earn enough to put food on his table for his motherless children, Ben and Ruthie? Never mind something for their Christmas stockings?

Meanwhile single mother and local shop owner, Flo Hawkins cannot bear the thought of some children having nothing for Christmas. Alongside her daughter, Honour, they decide to make their own gifts and the community unites to throw a Christmas party at the Salvation Army for those less fortunate.

But will it be Flo who gets the best gift ever?

Review: Christmas for Children was such a delight to read.

I really enjoy settling down getting all cosy with a Rosie Clarke book especially one that is set at Christmas time.

Its 1930 and times a tough. Robbie is facing Christmas without his wife and the mother to his two children and Flo who puts others before herself despite facing tough times herself decided to help these poor children.

I really enjoyed this plot and reading about all the characters who despite facing troubles still found hope to help each other. Rosie Clarke creates characters that have many emotions that you can clearly feel while reading. Reading the scenes with the children really pulled at my heart-strings.

This book really highlights the true meaning of Christmas. A must read as the nights begin to draw in a Christmas fast approaches.

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Victory for the Shipyard Girls by Nancy Revell (Blog Tour)

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Sunderland, 1942

With the war showing no sign of abating, Helen is thriving in her role as shipyard manager. But at home the return of her father brings a shocking discovery that tears her family apart.

Gloria is shouldering the burden of a terrible secret. If the truth comes out there could be dire consequences, and it will take all her resolve to resist the pressure around her.

Meanwhile Rosie is throwing herself into her work, taking on as many shifts as she can. Anything to keep her mind off the fact that she hasn’t heard from her sweetheart in months…

With life in the shipyards tougher than ever, will the strength of their friendship see them through to victory?

Review: I would firstly like to thank Rachel Kennedy from Penguin Random House and Nancy Revell for sending me a copy of this book and letting me be apart of the blog tour. I am lucky to have been involved from the start of this amazing historical saga.

Below are all the books in this saga in order. Courage of the Shipyard Girls is out March 2019.

In Victory for the Shipyard Girls we catch up will all the girls but in particular we read about Helen, Gloria and Rosie. We also find out more about Pearl’s background which is very interesting and when all is revelled, the connection I did not see coming. All the girls are staying strong and carrying on despite all worrying about someone who is away fighting the war and one such person is Rosie who puts all her waking moments into work to help cope. Gloria is also missing someone although not away fighting the war they are fighting matters more closer to home and Helen loses her way a little in this book and needs support closer to home than she realises.

Nancy Revell has created a fantastic saga that could literally have fallen from the TV. As a reader you feel like you are right there watching all the action take place.  The words on the pages come alive and float around you morphing into the noisy setting of the Shipyard or the streets of Sunderland and the girls having a gossip over a cuppa tea on their lunch break. Each book flows into the next without leaving you with a disappointing ending while you wait for the next book but with hope that all is well until the next book arrives.

I couldn’t be more happy for Nancy and the success she has had with The Shipyard Girls. These books are highly recommended. If you want to see what others are saying about Victory for the Shipyard Girls continue to follow the blog tour.

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Nancy Revell is the pen name of writer and journalist Amanda Revell Walton, who has worked for the national press for the past 25 years, providing them with hard-hitting news stories and in-depth features. She has also worked for just about every woman’s magazine, writing amazing and inspirational true life stories.

Arrow Twitter: @arrowpublishing
Nancy Revell Twitter: @arevellwalton

 

Daisy’s Vintage Cornish Camper Van by Ali McNamara

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Welcome to the gorgeous Cornish town of St Felix, where there’s magic in the air…

When Ana inherits a broken-down camper van from her best friend, she takes the chance for a quick trip to Cornwall – some sea air and fish and chips on the beach is just the tonic she needs.

But St Felix has bigger plans for Ana. She discovers a series of unsent postcards, dating back to the 1950s, hidden in the upholstery of the van. Ana knows that it’s a sign: she’ll make sure that the messages reach the person that they were meant for. And as the broken-down van is restored to gleaming health, so Ana begins to find her way back to happiness.

Review: Ali McNamara has spread her magic again. I adored this book.

Set in a stunning Cornish town called St Felix our journey with Ana begins. Ana is in need of a fresh start not that she is ready to accept that yet for herself. After losing her best friend and unknown to Ana, magic is set to change her life forever.

Every book I read of Ali’s is pure escapism. Some how her plots are full of pure magic that is captivating and really draws a reader into the depth of her books. Her stories make you believe in magic and that anything can happen if you only believe.

Ali’s books are ones that you can read and read and never get bored.

Highly recommend this read.