First Crush, Last Love By Elizabeth McKenna

First Crush, Last Love By Elizabeth McKenna

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Remember your first crush? How your heart raced and your cheeks flushed whenever you saw him? Jessie Baxter does, and it’s happening again. Ten years ago, despite her best efforts, Lee Archer wanted to be just friends.

Now, he wants more, but Jessie’s still recovering from a psycho ex-husband. Can she learn to trust again and make her first crush into her last love?

Elizabeth McKenna’s latest novel will have you remembering the angst of high school, the grief of a failed relationship, and the happiness of true love.

My Thoughts:

This is the first book I have read of Elizabeth’s and it certainly wont be the last. I really felt as though I wanted to reach out and help Jessie especially with what she has to go through with her psycho husband. The book is set out in three sections: when they are in high school, after college and the reunions. I did think Jessie and Lee were one of those couples that were destined to be together. A story that I really got involved in and couldn’t put down.

I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

Get your copy here:

Kindle edition:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/First-Crush-Last-Elizabeth-McKenna-ebook

Paperback:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/First-Crush-Last-Elizabeth-McKenna

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The Second Son By Andy Blackman

The Second Son By Andy Blackman

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As the second son of the Duke of Hampshire, Grenville St John Hampton isn’t likely to inherit his family’s title or estate, leaving him pondering an empty, aimless future. During the summer break from university, he impulsively decides to go backpacking with one of his oldest friends, Johnathan; their destination is Belize.

One sultry night on the Central American coastline, Grenville and Johnathan meet Tom. A game of darts takes a vicious turn. Realising he has nothing to look forward to back at home, Grenville decides to stay on in Belize with Tom, in pursuit of adventure. Together, the new friends establish an import business, and for the rst time in his life, Grenville has a sense of purpose.

But back in England all is not well. The sudden death of his brother leaves Grenville with an unexpected – and now unwanted – inheritance, with new consequences and responsibilities. He will return to claim the family’s seat with a dark secret in tow.

My Thoughts:

I found this an interesting read, it is a kind of quirky tale. Grenville doesn’t think he will inherit his family estate so being young he decides to go backpacking with his friend Jonathan. Things are about to happen but is it good for Grenville or not? I liked the connection he had with Jonathon. I would like to see what Andy the author comes up with his next book.

I received an advanced copy of this book for an honest review.

Get your copy here:

Kindle edition:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Second-Son-Andy-Blackman-ebook

Paperback:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Second-Son-Andy-Blackman

Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights By Carole Matthews

Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights By Carole Matthews

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This title will be released 19th October 2017

Fay and Danny are madly in love and it’s all Fay’s ever dreamed of. But she left everything – including the delightful cake shop she used to run – to be with Danny on his cosy canal boat The Dreamcatcher. And as she soon finds out, making delicious cakes on the water isn’t always smooth sailing!

Then Fay gets a call from her friends, a call that sends her back to her friends and the Cake Shop in the Garden. It will be hard being away from Danny but their relationship is strong enough to survive . . . isn’t it?

Fay soon falls happily back in love with her passion for baking – especially now she’s on dry land again! – and starts to wonder if she ever should have left. With Christmas around the corner, Fay is determined that her friends will have a very merry time, but does that mean even more time away from Danny?

My Thoughts:

This story follows on from The cake shop in the garden which I would recommend reading first as you can get a bit of background and also meet some of the lovely characters. I really find Fay lovely as she puts everyone before herself. I am not too keen on her sister Edie though, I thought when she came back that she might cause trouble. It was great to catch up with all the old characters but also to meet some new characters. You wont be disappointed. I love Stan bless him he is such a lovely man and the things he says melt your heart. I assume there will be another follow up as I don’t think it can be left where the story has been left.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Cakes-Mistletoe-Nights-heart-ebook/

Hardcover:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Cakes-Mistletoe-Nights-heart

Paperback will not be released till October 18 2018

The Little Bakery on Rosemary Lane By Ellen Berry

The Little Bakery on Rosemary Lane By Ellen Berry

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Prepare to fall in love with beautiful village of Burley Bridge.

Growing up in a Yorkshire village, Roxanne Cartwright couldn’t wait to escape and make her place in the world. Now, thirty years later, she’s a fashion editor living a glamorous life of perennial singlehood in London – or so it seems to her sister Della. But when Roxanne finds her career under threat, she feels herself pulled back to the quiet village she’d been so desperate to leave.

As Roxanne reacquaints herself with life on Rosemary Lane, she slowly makes a surprising discovery: the people who live in Burley Bridge are, well, just people – different from the fashion set she’s used to, but kind and even interesting. Michael, a single dad trying to make a go of a small bakery, particularly so. Little by little, cupcake by cupcake, Roxanne and Michael fall into an unexpected friendship.

Could there be a life for Roxanne after all, in the place she’s spent years trying to escape?

My Thoughts:

This is the second book in the Rosemary lane series, the first book is called The bookshop on Rosemary Lane. The main character is Roxanne and she is a fashion editor living the high life but when a new boss comes in, her career may not be as it seems. She decided to go and stay with her sister Della and the quiet village she left behind. I felt slightly disappointed that it wasn’t really centred around the bakery, yes there is a mention of a bakery and a few other things but I was hoping for a bit more. I like the fact that we see characters from the first book popping up. I found the bookshop slightly taking over this book.

I was given an advanced copy of this book for an honest review.

Get your copy here:

Kindle edition:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Bakery-Rosemary-Lane-feel-good-ebook

Paperback:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Bakery-Rosemary-Lane

Here is a recipe from the lovely Ellen Berry just for you:

Easy-peasy Lemon and Lime Cake / Ellen Berry

 

I love this cake because it’s so simple to make – and so delicious. Kids might think it’s a little plain, but that means there’s all the more for you. With the lemon and lime flavours it’s not cloyingly sweet – and you can try it with oranges instead, which is just as delicious.

 

As a novice baker, with more than my share of failures, I treasure simple, quick recipes – this takes no more than 15 minutes to knock together.

 

You’ll need:

230 g softened unsalted butter

230 g golden caster sugar

4 eggs

175 g self-raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

20 g ground almonds

Granulated sugar for sprinkling on top

Grated rind and juice of 1 lemon and 2 limes

(Or 2 oranges)

 

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C/Gas 4. Grease a 20cm cake tin and line the base with a circle of baking parchment.
  2. Put the butter, caster sugar and eggs in a large mixing bowl and sift in the flour and baking powder.
  3. Add the lemon and lime rind and beat until blended.
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until lightly golden and a metal skewer comes out clean from the centre of the cake.
  5. Remove from oven. Leaving the cake in its tin, sprinkle with granulated sugar and dribble over the lemon and lime juice. Allow to cool in its tin, then remove and serve in dainty slices.
Moonlight over Manhatten By Sarah Morgan

Moonlight over Manhatten By Sarah Morgan

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This title will be released on 5th October 2017

She’ll risk everything for her own Christmas miracle…

Determined to conquer a lifetime of shyness, Harriet Knight challenges herself to do one thing a day in December that scares her, including celebrating Christmas without her family. But when dog-walker Harriet meets her newest client, exuberant spaniel Madi, she adds an extra challenge to her list – dealing with Madi’s temporary dog-sitter, gruff doctor Ethan Black, and their very unexpected chemistry.

Ethan thought he was used to chaos, until he met Madi – how can one tiny dog cause such mayhem? To Ethan, the solution is simple – he will pay Harriet to share his New York apartment and provide 24-hour care. But there’s nothing simple about how Harriet makes him feel.

Ethan’s kisses make Harriet shine brighter than the stars over moonlit Manhattan. But when his dog-sitting duties are over, and Harriet returns to her own home, will she dare to take the biggest challenge of all – letting Ethan know he has her heart for life, not just for Christmas?

My Thoughts:

I am a big fan of Sarah Morgan’s books they never fail to put a smile on my face. This story is all about Harriet, to get an understanding of the other characters you must read Sarah’s previous novels. There is a certain warmth that brings these books to life. I loved Harriet she is conquering her fears and meets a certain sexy doctor but will he bring romance into her life? A book I could not put down.

I received a ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Moonlight-Over-Manhattan-Sarah-Morgan-ebook

Paperback:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Moonlight-Over-Manhattan-Sarah-Morgan

The Picture House By the Sea By Holly Hepburn

The Picture House By the Sea By Holly Hepburn

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The picture house by the sea is the Palace at Polwhipple – a lovely art deco cinema, nestled in front of azure Cornish seas. But it is long past its heyday now, and its only saving grace is Ferrelli’s, the family run ice-cream concession in the foyer, which is widely known as the best ice-cream for miles.

So when Ferdie, the owner of Ferelli’s, breaks his leg, his granddaughter Gina drops everything to come and help out. But when she arrives she is dismayed by the state of the cinema, which she remembers fondly from summer holidays when she was little, and she is determined to give it the makeover it deserves.

Along with local renovation expert Ben, she sets about reviving the Palace to its former glory.
But the cinema needs more than a lick of paint. Its very future is  under threat from a developer with greed in his eyes. Can Gina save the place before it is too late?

My Thoughts:

The picture house by the sea is a wonderful read, I love the concept of the book and how Gina comes to help out her grandfather’s business. The idea of inventing ice cream flavours to go with the films is pure genius and I loved reading about the ice cream side of it. There is plenty of drama and romance that will have you swept of your feet.

This was originally published as four separate novella’s in e- book format.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Picture-House-Sea-Holly-Hepburn-ebook

paperback:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Picture-House-Sea-Holly-Hepburn

And a Sixpence for Luck By Lilac Mills

And a Sixpence for Luck By Lilac Mills

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This title will be released on 29th September

Daisy Jones has hit rock bottom. Or so she believes.

A cheating boyfriend, trouble at work, having to move back in with her mother, and being forced to compare her brother’s loved-up, newly-wed status and brand-new shiny house with her own dire lack of prospects, isn’t what she imagined her life was going to be like at thirty.

To top it all off, Christmas is just around the corner!Daisy, bless her, thinks things can’t possibly get any worse, but when her ancient great-grandmother persuades her to plant a silver sixpence in the Christmas pud for luck, Daisy is about to discover that they most definitely can.

My Thoughts:

You may think it is too early for a Christmas read but think not. It is not too long now till Christmas so what better way to get started than to start reading a festive book. I am a big fan of Lilac Mills and I think everyone should read her books. This read made me want to curl up and forget my daily woes. I loved Daisy, I could definitely see myself in her and I loved her great grandmother and her traditions. It made me start thinking about Christmas and my family. A lovely read.

I received a advanced copy of this book for an honest review.

Get your copy here:

Kindle edition:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sixpence-Luck-Lilac-Mills-ebook/