Friday, 17 November 2017

Promo Blitz | Ours is the Winter ~ Laurie Ellingham

Happy Publication Day to Laurie Ellingham!
Ours is the Winter is out today - everything you need to know about this gorgeous book is posted below!

Journeying across the Arctic, their pasts are about to catch up with them.
Erica, Molly and Noah are embarking on the challenge of a lifetime, driving Siberian huskies across the frozen wilderness of the Arctic. Cut off from the world and their loved ones and thrown together under gruelling conditions, it isn’t long before the cracks start to show.

Erica has it all. A loving husband, a successful career and the most adorable baby daughter. But Erica has been living a double life, and as she nears her fortieth birthday her lies threaten to come crashing down.

Molly was on her way to stardom. But when her brother died, so did her dreams of becoming an Olympic champion.  Consumed by rage and grief, she has shut out everyone around her, but now she’s about to learn that comfort can come from the most unexpected places.

Noah has a darkness inside him and is hounded by nightmares from his past. Tortured, trapped and struggling to save his fractured relationship, he knows this journey is not going to help, but try telling his girlfriend that.

As their lives and lies become ever more entwined, it becomes clear that in the frozen wilds there is nowhere to hide.

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Author Bio
Laurie Ellingham lives on the Suffolk/Essex border with her two children, husband, and cockerpoo Rodney. She has a First Class honours degree in Psychology and a background in Public relations, but her main love is writing and disappearing into the fictional world of her characters, preferably with a large coffee and a Twix (or two) to hand.
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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Blog Tour Review | The Best Little Christmas Shop ~ Maxine Morrey

Today I'm sharing my review of Maxine Morrey's second helping of festive reading for this year -
The Best Little Christmas Shop.

Please make sure to scroll to the bottom as there's a gorgeous giveaway!

The Best Little Christmas Shop
Maxine Morrey
HQ Digital
November 2017
Rating 5/5

Come home for Christmas to the Best Little Christmas Shop – the snowiest, cosiest place you can be!
Home for the holidays…
Icing gingerbread men, arranging handmade toys and making up countless Christmas wreaths in her family’s cosy little Christmas shop isn’t usually globe-trotter Lexi’s idea of fun. But it’s all that’s keeping her mind off romance. And, with a broken engagement under her belt, she’s planning to stay well clear of that for the foreseeable future…until gorgeous single dad Cal Martin walks through the door!
Christmas takes on a whole new meaning as Lexi begins to see it through Cal’s adorable five-year-old son’s eyes. But, finding herself getting dangerously close to the mistletoe with Cal, Lexi knows she needs to back off. She’s sworn off love, and little George needs a stability she can’t provide. One day she’ll decide whether to settle down again – just not yet.
But The Best Little Christmas Shop in this sleepy, snow-covered village has another surprise in store…

I was a little apprehensive on opening up The Best Little Christmas Shop by Maxine Morrey as her alternative book this festive season, The Christmas Holiday, was completely up there as a perfect book for me and I didn't know if she could do it again having the two novels out so close together.

Part of me wishes I'd read The Best Little Christmas Shop earlier, the other part of me is glad I kept it until I did as it came just as my reading was taking a dip but the way Maxine writes literally pulls you in and submerges you like a great big warm blanket on a cold snowy day.

In The Best Little Christmas Shop we meet Lexi  who has returned to her family home after a troubling past year - she's lost her job and called off her engagement.
Her family own and run the Four Seasons shop which specialises in seasonal goods and they are deep in festive decorations. It is here in the shop that we first meet Cal and his son George who instantly took a shine to Lexi and will certainly pull on your heartstrings throughout the story. 
There is an instant attraction between Lexi and Cal and I love the way Maxine compels their dialogue - I felt like a gooseberry at times as I  felt I was there in the room with them and as with any good romance there is the drama of the will they/ won't they scenario and I felt the raw pain Lexi was feeling along with the heart ache Cal expressed at the same time as grinning at love being in the air! 

The Best Little Christmas Shop was full of warmth and had the right balance of drama and sub plots. Mixed with the festive elements, and magical snowy scenes makes this the ideal book to snuggle up with this year.


Giveaway – UK Only

Win –

Signed copy of The Christmas Project
The Best Little Christmas Shop notebook
Box of mini gingerbread men
A chocolate teddy bear

Review | Some Kind of Wonderful ~ Giovanna Fletcher

Some Kind of Wonderful
Giovanna Fletcher
Penguin - Michael Joseph
November 2017
Rating 4/5


Lizzy and Ian have been a couple since their first day at university. Now, after celebrating a decade together, everyone thinks they're about to get engaged. A romantic escape to Dubai is the perfect moment, but instead of the proposal Lizzy hopes for, Ian reveals he's not sure he even wants her anymore.
 Lizzy is heartbroken. But through the tears, she realises this is her chance to seize the opportunities she missed as Ian's other half. But what does she want? How much of her is really Lizzy, and how much was Ian's influence? Determined to discover who she is at heart, Lizzy sets out to rediscover the girl she was before - and in the meantime, have a little fun . . .

Ah, how nice is it to have Gi back writing fiction? It seems like ages ago I last read something from Giovanna Fletcher, so I was eager to get stuck in to Some Kind of Wonderful as soon as I was approved for an advanced copy.

Some Kind of Wonderful is written in the first person so Lizzie herself tells her story and the book starts off with her and her partner of 10 years, Ian, enjoying a luxurious holiday in Dubai.
From the outset, there are a lot of difference's between the couple but Lizzie's love for Ian is second to none, unfortunately it soon becomes clear during a very romantic dinner on the beach that Ian's feelings don't quite match Lizzies, and even though he has the ring in his hand ready to ask that all important question Lizzie is desperate to hear, she ends up flying home - minus an engagement ring and minus a boyfriend.

Moving back to her childhood home and living with her Mum and Stepdad isn't exactly how Lizzie planned to spend the rest of the year but as she embarks on trying to mend her heart, she also works discovering who the real Lizzie is and what she is meant to be doing with her life.

Giovanna writes with such warmth and humour it's easy to get lost in her novels, for me though Some Kind of Wonderful lacked just a little bit of oomph in the middle - I sped through the beginning and the ending but I felt like I was waiting for something to happen in between which didn't come.

Don't get me wrong, Some Kind of Wonderful is a great read - it had me laughing and welling up in equal measures and had some great sub plots (Lizzie's sisters wedding and her Dad's secret spring to mind) and secondary characters (Connie is a hoot!) and of course Gi's signature reference to a certain Billy Buskin (Billy & Me - what a book!) - but I just lost my way a little in the middle of the book.

Despite this, I truly feel that Some Kind of Wonderful will make a fabulous gift to yourself this Christmas ;-)