The Little Guesthouse of New Beginnings by Donna Ashcroft

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The Sunshine Hideaway, with its big bay windows and stunning view of Sunflower Island’s golden beaches, is the only place Madison Skylar has ever truly thought of as home. Could returning to the island be the second chance she needs?

When twenty-three-year-old Madison arrives at The Sunshine Hideaway, she discovers the beautiful little guesthouse is falling into disrepair. With the help of old friends Amy and Connor, Madison throws herself into creating a gorgeous wellness retreat, introducing yoga sessions, adventure walks and ice-cream sundaes with a delicious twist. But will it be enough to save her childhood home?

Handsome and mysterious Connor has lived on Sunflower Island his whole life. He works hard as a builder, with his faithful dog Jaws by his side, but something is missing and he dreams of bigger things. As Connor helps to revamp The Sunshine Hideaway, this could be his opportunity to tell the woman he’s secretly been in love with for years how he really feels…

As spontaneous and fun-loving Madison settles into life on the close-knit island, sparks fly between her and shy Connor as they clash on the reinvention of the guesthouse. Are the they too different to make things work or will Madison and Connor finally find true love this year?

Chells and Books Review:

I would like to thank Bookouture for asking me to review this book and to be apart of the blog tour.

The cover for this book is just lovely. It is so inviting. I adore Donna Ashcroft’s books and this was is amazing.

Madison has been travelling the the world and trying to escape some feelings she has that are linked to her past. She arrives home wanting a change but not sure how or where she fits in in her local community. Her aunt and uncle have put their guesthouse up for sale, Madison who does not no this does realise it needs help and decides this is what she can do to help her aunt and uncle, although it is not easy. Madison had feelings for Connor from when she was younger and their past is not a great one with some misunderstood opinions of each other.

As the story unfolds a lovely romance plays out in a beautiful setting. I just loved the Sunflowers, our wedding flower, so that element really spoke to my heart and made the location just that little bit more magical.

Highly recommended.

Donna Ashcroft was born in London and grew up in Buckinghamshire. She went to university in Lancashire and, among other things, worked as a copywriter, buyer, waitress, secretary and marketing manager. 

Donna wrote novels for over ten years before being published. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and was a joint winner of the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017.
Donna loves a happy ending and is never happier than when she’s escaping into a romance novel or movie. When she’s not reading or writing she’ll probably be found hoovering … or negotiating with her teenagers about who is doing the washing up.

The Summer of Chasing Dreams by Holly Martin

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Eva is quite content with her life in London. In her job as a cover designer, she works at home, and often in her cosy pyjamas. She’s happy to stay in her safe little world and not explore much outside of it.

She is the opposite of her mum, a free spirit who craved finding adventure and thrills in all corners of the world. But on the day her mum’s will is finalised, Eva finds a list of all the dreams her mum wanted to achieve in her life. Things she never did because she fell pregnant with Eva.

Eva decides these dreams will not go unfulfilled – she is going to be brave and complete them for her mum. As Eva has no experience travelling the world, she hires a guide to go with her on this holiday.

Gorgeous but rude Thor Anderson is not the person she would choose to accompany her on this journey, but somehow she gets stuck with him. As they discover the world together Eva starts to think he might not be as bad as she first thought. She is swept away by Thor’s kindness and mischievous sense of humour. But will it be a simple holiday romance or could this wonderful adventure lead to so much more?

Chells and Books Review:

I was beyond excited to get an email from the lady herself, Holly Martin, and be asked to review The Summer of Chasing Dreams and to be apart of the blog tour. Thank you Holly!

Eva Blue has lost her mum and after finding out that her mum had dreams that she was unable to fulfil Eva decides to do them herself in her mums memory. However, Eva prefers her home comforts where as her mum was someone who loved to explore and believed life was for living. Eva is determined to do this and books her around the world ticket. Her guide just happens to be a rather handsome man called Thor and as they travel together first impressions, which are not good change and sparks fly.

Holly has created an epic story that quite literal spans the globe and I have to say this is one of her best books and that is saying something as she has incredible stories. Holly Martin is by far one of my all time greats and I am in the process of buying all her books in paperback, just so I can see there pretty covers on my shelf, and to of course read them all again.

The Summer of Chasing Dreams is full of hope, friendships, humour and of course love. This book is pure escapism at its best.

Keep Her Close by M.J Ford

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When a young woman goes missing from Jesus College, Oxford, DS Josie Masters is plunged into a world of panic as fear grips the city. Along with Thames Valley Police’s newest recruit, the handsome DS Pryce, Josie must act fast – and when two more students disappear from Oriel and Somerville colleges, she realises the killer is sending her a deadly message in a cruel game of cat and mouse. This time, the case is personal – but who is the perpetrator?

In a desperate race against the clock, Josie hunts for the kidnapper, and soon discovers he could be a lot closer to home than she’d ever thought…

Chells and Books Review:

Firstly I would like to thank Avon for asking me to review Keep Her Close and for organising the blog tour.

M.J. Ford has such amazing talent of putting together a story and creating twists and turns that you do not see coming. Some how I missed the first story involving DS Josie Masters so I have brought it to read and cannot wait.

DS Josie Masters is a great character that you cannot help but want her to succeed. She has a complex background which gives her great depth and likeability. I liked how the books started. It gave you a great insight into Josie. Throughout the story you gain access to her inner thoughts and feelings as the story is told through her eyes.

Keep Her Close was very hard to put down once I had started. A complex investigation with a girl going missing leads to something I did not see coming, no giveaways here sorry! I had my superstitions but I was very wrong, all the clues were there and once you got to the end it all made perfect sense but I didn’t pick it up while reading, which is the sign of a perfect crime/thriller writer.

I cannot wait for more by M.J. Ford and DS Josie Masters! Now going to read the first book Hold My Hand.

The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew by Milly Johnson

Behind every successful man is a woman.
Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

Sophie Mayhew looks like she has the perfect life. Wife of rising political star John F Mayhew, a man who is one step away from the top job in the government, her glamour matches his looks, power, breeding and money. But John has made some stupid mistakes along the way, some of which are threatening to emerge. Still, all this can still be swept under the carpet as long as Sophie ‘the trophy’ plays her part in front of the cameras.

But the words that come out of Sophie’s mouth one morning on the doorstep of their country house are not the words the spin doctors put in there.  Bursting out of the restrictive mould she has been in since birth, Sophie flees to a place that was special to her as a child, a small village on the coast where she intends to be alone.

But once there, she finds she becomes part of a community that warms her soul and makes her feel as if she is breathing properly for the first time. Sophie knows she won’t be left in peace for long. Now she must decide: where does her real future lie? 

Chells and Books Review:

Firstly, I would like to thank everyone at Simon & Schuster for asking me to be apart of this wonderful blog tour and for sending me a copy of the book and signed no less! Thanks Milly. I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting this amazing author and having her read a section from this book, The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew and although it was only a sample I was totally hooked and laughing out loud. I knew it was one I had to read asap!

Meeting Milly at the Spring Bloggers Evening 2019.

Now I have read this amazing book and it was very hard to put down. If you love a book about strong women who realise that something is wrong in their lives but at first not sure what to do or how to change their lives as they are so used to what their lives have been, then this is defiantly one for you. Its full of hope, friendships, love and romance.

We meet Sophie Mayhew who seems to have the perfect live, on the surface. Famous and married to a politician, (please be rest assured Brexit is not featured in this book). Sophie is a character I fell in love with, her life growing up was interesting to say the least but as she meet and fell into life in a whole new community by the sea we see a different Sophie and one I loved even more, however by being there Sophie has to make some big decisions that will change her life.

Milly Johnson has written a truly inspiring book and one I can completely relate to as I am sure many women will be able to. Milly really shows the understanding of the psychology of a women in this story and written with Milly’s trade mark warmth, and humour it is an unforgettable book.

I am now in the process of buying all of Milly’s books as I have read quite a few recently and need to read them all!

The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew is not to be missed! I LOVED IT! It is one of those books that has to be on every book I shelf, it really is that good!

About the Author:

Milly Johnson was born, raised and still lives in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. As well as being an author of 16 published novels, 2 short story books and 2 novellas, she is also a copywriter for the greetings card industry, a poem and joke-writer, a columnist and a seasoned after dinner speaker.

She won the RoNA for Best Romantic Comedy Novel of 2014 and 2016 and the Yorkshire Society award for Arts and Culture 2015.

She writes about love, life, friendships and the importance of community spirit. Her books champion women, their strength and resilience and celebrate her beloved Yorkshire.

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The Island Affair by Helena Halme

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Can one summer mend a broken heart?

After the tragic loss of their 17-year-old son, journalist Alicia and surgeon Liam struggle to keep their marriage afloat. During their usual holiday to Åland, the Nordic islands where Alicia grew up, the rift between the couple deepens.

Enter tall, blonde Patrick, with the most piercing blue eyes Alicia has ever seen. When Patrick confides in Alicia about the near loss of his daughter and the breakdown of his marriage, Alicia is surprised to feel an affinity with the Swedish reporter. He’s the only person who understands Alicia.

But secrets held by people close to Alicia give her life another surprising turn and she finds there is a reason to live – and love – again.

Chells and Books Review:

I would like to thank Anne Cater for asking me to review this book and to be apart of the blog tour.

This was a great read and one that I could really get stuck into. Its about life, love and loss. It is written in third person and the plot is very much created by the characters and how they deal with a variety of situations. This is a book that has to be read and so there will be no plot give a ways here.

It is brilliantly written with a captivating location and great in depth understanding of peoples emotions to what the characters face.

I am so glad I got to read this wonderful book.

About the Author:

 A prize-winning author, Helena Halme writes contemporary fiction with a hint of both Nordic Noir and romance. She’s a former BBC journalist, bookseller and magazine editor. Originally from Finland where she gained an MSc in Marketing, she also holds an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and writes in English.
Helena acts as Nordic Ambassador for the Alliance of Independent Authors and helps other writers publish and market their books.

The Forgotten Secret by Kathleen McGurl

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Can she unlock the mysteries of the past?

A country at war

It’s the summer of 1919 and Ellen O’Brien has her whole life ahead of her. Young, in love and leaving home for her first job, the future seems full of shining possibility. But war is brewing and before long, Ellen and everyone around her are swept up by it. As Ireland is torn apart by the turmoil, Ellen finds herself facing the ultimate test of love and loyalty.
A long-buried secret

A hundred years later and Clare Farrell has inherited a dilapidated old farmhouse in County Meath. Seizing the chance to escape her unhappy marriage she strikes out on her own for the first time, hoping the old building might also provide clues to her family’s shadowy history. As she sets out to put the place – and herself – back to rights, she stumbles across a long-forgotten hiding place, with a clue to a secret that has lain buried for decades.

Chells and Books Review:

I would like to thank Rachel Gilby for asking me to review this delightful book. and for organising the blog tour.

The Forgotten Secret is set in two different eras, the early 1900’s and the present day. As you read you follow their journeys. Clare whose story is set in the present day, inherits a farm in Ireland and leaving her controlling husband she moves there. The farm is the connection between the stories as we also follow Ellen who works at the farm as a maid in the 1900’s and is involved in the fight for the countries independence.

I have read stories in the past where the author has struggled with really being able to write parallel timelines and stories but Kathleen has no problem whatsoever. Her writing style draws you in as a reader and I had no problem following along. I particularly enjoyed learning about the history of Ireland.

An empowering and poignant story that captivated me from the start and left me wanting more.

I have to find more by the author.

About the author:

Kathleen McGurl lives near the sea in Bournemouth, UK, with her husband and elderly tabby cat. She has two sons who are now grown-up and have left home. She began her writing career creating short stories, and sold dozens to women’s magazines in the UK and Australia. Then she got side-tracked onto family history research – which led eventually to writing novels with genealogy themes. She has always been fascinated by the past, and the ways in which the past can influence the present, and enjoys exploring these links in her novels.

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The Cornish Lady by Nicola Pryce

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Educated, beautiful and the daughter of a prosperous merchant, Angelica Lilly has been invited to spend the summer in high society. Her father’s wealth is opening doors, and attracting marriage proposals, but Angelica still feels like an imposter among the aristocrats of Cornwall.

When her brother returns home, ill and under the influence of a dangerous man, Angelica’s loyalties are tested to the limit. Her one hope lies with coachman Henry Trevelyan, a softly spoken, educated man with kind eyes. But when Henry seemingly betrays Angelica, she has no one to turn to. Who is Henry, and what does he want? And can Angelica save her brother from a terrible plot that threatens to ruin her entire family?

Chells and Books Review:

I would like to thank Rachel Gilbey for asking me to review this book and to be apart of the blog tour.

The Cornish Lady is a lovely historical novel and one I found captivating to read. This book has the Jane Austin vibe following from it making it a very interesting read.

Angelica Lilly is a wealthy and strong women but is unsure what she wants in life, she is running the house in the absence of her mother and when her brother turns up with an undesirable character could there be trouble? While dressing up and taking trips to the theatre behind her fathers back she is mistaken for an actress which takes the plot in an exciting direction. She also meets a handsome man Henry and as the social climate of the day plays out drama ensues.

Perfect for fans of Jane Austin or Poldark. A great read.

About the author:

Nicola Pryce came to writing after a career in nursing. She has an Open University degree in Humanities and is a qualified adult literacy support volunteer. She is lives in the Blackdown Hills in Somerset and when she isn’t writing she’s probably gardening or scrubbing the decks. She and her husband love sailing and for the last twenty years they have sailed in and out of the romantic harbours of the south coast of Cornwall in search of adventure: it is there where she sets her books.

The Cornish Lady is her fourth book: The others are Pengelly’s Daughter, The Captain’s Girl, and The Cornish Dressmaker.

Nicola is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Historical Writers Association. 

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