Pastures New By Julia Williams

Pastures New By Julia Williams

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Take one sleepy Suffolk village
Add a young widow
Throw in a local vamp and a harassed mum
Stir it up with a sexy, secretive doctor
And watch feuds grow, tempers fray and love blossom…

Amy Nicholson never expected to leave London for the Suffolk countryside. But she also never expected to be a 33-year-old widow, left alone with a young son. Fleeing her memories, she swaps her heels for wellies and embarks on a new rural life.

The big-hearted community of Nevermorewell welcome them with open arms. There’s old Harry, offering pearls of advice (fuelled by whisky from his hip flask), Saffron, juggling motherhood with business (whilst searching for her lost libido), and Caroline, the scheming local vamp, who tramples over lives as easily as the allotments backing onto Amy’s cottage.

But just when Amy thinks she’s finally leaving the past behind, Ben Martin crashes into her life. Sexy and enigmatic, Ben is haunted by his own secrets. Will love blossom on the allotments? Or will it be once bitten, twice shy?

My Thoughts:

I was given this book by my mum and not having heard of the author before was intrigued to start it as soon as possible. I really enjoyed the story and the characters. My favourite character was Harry, he just put a smile on my face right from the word go. I like the fact it isn’t just based around Amy’s life, you also get other people’s stories too. I found I didn’t have to concentrate too much which is good when you have a busy life. I will be looking out for more of Julia Williams books now.

If you would like to purchase this book, please click on the link below:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pastures-New-Julia-Williams/

Wife In The North By Judith O’Reilly

Wife In The North By Judith O’Reilly

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How far would you go to be the perfect mother? The hilarious Wife in the North by Judith O’Reilly,based on her enormously popular blog, recounts one woman’s attempt to move her family and her life from cosmopolitan London to rural Northumberland.

Maybe hormones ate her brain. How else did Judith’s husband persuade her to give up her career and move from her beloved London to Northumberland with two toddlers in tow?

Pregnant with number 3 Judith is about to discover that there are one or two things about life in the country that no one told her about: that she’d be making friends with people who believed in the four horsemen of the apocalypse; that running out of petrol could be a near death experience and that the closest thing to an ethnic minority would be a redhead.

Judith tries to do that simple thing that women do, make hers a happy family. A family that might live happily ever after. Possibly even up North …

My Thoughts:

I love the cover for this book it makes you want to get started. It is set out like a diary of all the things Judith and her family get up to which I liked. Some of the diary entries are quite short which made me want to read a few more. I did chuckle at a few things as I remembered my childhood. Whether you have children or not you will still enjoy this story. Poor Judith.

If you would like to purchase this book, please click on the link below:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wife-North-Judith-OReilly/

The Canal Boat Cafe By Cressida McLaughlin

The Canal Boat Cafe By Cressida McLaughlin

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Summer Freeman returns to the waterside village of Willowbeck to rescue the Canal Boat Café, her late mother’s picturesque narrowboat, which has run into choppy waters. A family friend, Valerie, has been trying to keep things afloat, but the coffee machine is jammed, the cake offerings are paltry, and not all of the locals want to see the café succeed.

Help comes from the boat next door, in the shape of handsome wildlife photographer, Mason and his naughty Border Terrier, who are showing more than a passing interest in Summer and her adorable Bichon Frise, Latte. But is Mason being honest about himself? Or does he have something to hide?

As her life and the community of Willowbeck begin to entwine, Summer finds herself setting sail on a new adventure. Will the anchor of a steady life on land be too strong, or can Summer learn to cut loose and embrace life afloat?

My Thoughts:

I won this book in a competition and I feel very lucky as it is such a brilliant easy read. Cressida is a new author to me and I am so glad I have discovered her, I will be reading more of her books soon too so keep an eye out on my blog. This story has romance, two really sweet dogs, a hot guy and lots of cakes and a canal boat cafe to top it all off with. I loved it from the very first chapter. A brilliant story and a few chuckles on the way though I did wonder if Summer was going to get her happily ever after or not.

If you would like to purchase your copy of this book, please click on the link below:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Canal-Boat-Café-Cressida-McLaughlin

The Taxidermist’s Daughter By Kate Mosse

The Taxidermist’s Daughter By Kate Mosse

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The clock strikes twelve. Beneath the wind and the remorseless tolling of the bell, no one can hear the scream . . .

1912. A Sussex churchyard. Villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will not survive the coming year are thought to walk. And in the shadows, a woman lies dead.

As the flood waters rise, Connie Gifford is marooned in a decaying house with her increasingly tormented father. He drinks to escape the past, but an accident has robbed her of her most significant childhood memories. Until the disturbance at the church awakens fragments of those vanished years.

My Thoughts:

Not having read any of Kate’s books before I wasn’t sure what to expect. This one intrigued me the most, but unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it as I thought I might. I gave up half way through and thought this book is definitely not for me. It is a shame as I did enjoy the first few chapters.

If you would like to purchase this book, please click on the link below:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Taxidermists-Daughter-Kate-Mosse

 

Walking on Sunshine By Emily Harvale

Walking on Sunshine By Emily Harvale

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Walking on Sunshine. You simply need to take that step. Lucy Draycourt loves her job – or so she keeps telling everyone – but her friend, Beatrix Welsley says Lucy needs to ‘find herself’… so they’re going to Beatrix’s, Aunt Petunia’s wedding. Lucy can’t see how this will help, and besides, she doesn’t need to find herself. Just because she was given away at birth doesn’t mean she’s ‘lost’. Who cares that she was adopted? Her childhood was perfect so it doesn’t bother her. Or does it? Is her search for recognition really a search for something else? And is there any chance she’ll find it at Petunia Welsley’s wedding? Evan Foster needs a break.

He’s done nothing but work for several years and his life is frankly, a mess. The invitation to Uncle Bartram’s wedding has come at the perfect time. Or maybe not. Two years ago, Evan’s fiancée ran off with his business partner and it’s now abundantly clear that they’re not coming back. Evan needs to make plans for the future, but it’s difficult to move forward when you’re still living in the past. But as Petunia Welsley, the bride-to-be would say: ‘You can’t see the sun if you’re staring into clouds.

Sometimes all you need to do is take a step in a different direction and you’ll be walking on sunshine.’

My Thoughts:

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book and I didn’t have to wait long. I have really enjoyed all of the hideaway down stories, you can read them as a standalone but for these I would recommend reading them all. This is book 3 in the series. I have fallen in love with some of the characters and they feel like my family. I love the title of the book as that is one of my favourite all time songs and the cover looks really summery. It is not a big book only 116 pages but it is a nice easy read and one that I had a good laugh too. I loved catching up with old and new friends and I look forward to returning to them hopefully soon.

If you would like to purchase this book, please click on the link below:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Walking-Sunshine-Hideaway-Emily-Harvale-ebook/

You. I. Us By Annalisa Crawford

You. I. Us By Annalisa Crawford

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In ‘You. I. Us.’ Annalisa Crawford captures everyday people during poignant defining moments in their lives: An artist puts his heart into his latest sketch, an elderly couple endures scrutiny by a fellow diner, an ex-student attempts to make amends with a girl she bullied at school, a teenager holds vigil at his friend’s hospital bedside, long distance lovers promise complete devotion, a broken-hearted widow stares into the sea from the edge of a cliff where her husband died, a grieving son contacts the only person he can rely on in a moment of crisis, a group of middle-aged friends inspire each other to live remarkable lives. Day after day, we make the same choices. But after reading ‘You. I. Us.’ you’ll ask yourself, “What if we didn’t?”

My Thoughts:

I was given a copy of this book for an honest review. After previously reading Annalisa’s books I was happy to be asked to review this one. I liked the style of writing and the fact that the book is made up of short stories. The cover I would have to say is very enchanting and I wasn’t too sure what I was going to get inside but I loved it. With this book I would definitely recommend savouring the words and it really makes you think about life. I don’t normally read short stories but I really enjoyed this one.

If you would like to purchase this book, please click on the link below:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/You-I-Us-Annalisa-Crawford/

Follow Me Home By Cathy Woodman

Follow Me Home By Cathy Woodman

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Life has been tough, lately, for Zara, a recently divorced country midwife. Now living with her grandmother, it is hardly the ideal situation in which to get her life back on track. And then one day, love walks in, in the form of an abandoned puppy.

From the start, Zara feels in over her head: she knows nothing about dogs, and has been afraid of them for most of her life. Yet she quickly comes to adore her new friend, despite the fact that the puppy causes havoc wherever they go. She is grateful when a local shepherd, Lewis, offers to help train her.

But Lewis has an ulterior motive for helping. And though Zara may be able to trust him with her naughty dog, can she trust him with her bruised heart?

My Thoughts:

I am a big fan of Cathy’s books, there is just something about them where you can escape from the everyday life. This is book 8 in the Taylton St George series. I loved this story, I did feel for Zara as she has a lot of things going on in her life but when Frosty comes in to her life well she makes it all seem ok. I love how there is alot going on but it doesn’t seem like it is. There is a bit of romance too for Zara which I think she deserves.

If you would like to purchase this book, please click on the link below:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cathy-Woodman-Follow-Me-Home/