Saturday, 29 July 2017

Blog Tour ~ Guest Post | The Little Cottage in the Country - Lottie Phillips

Today I'm delighted to be sharing a guest post from author Lottie Phillips as part of the blog tour for her novel, The Little Cottage in the Country.

The Little Cottage in the Country
 Lottie Phillips
Women Fiction/ Romantic Comedy
eBook only
HQ Digital 
 July 3, 2017

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Anna Compton thought that moving to the countryside, leaving London and her past firmly behind
her was the perfect solution. Goodbye life of thirty-something, crazed single mum of two, hello
country glamour queen, domestic goddess and yummy-mummy extraordinaire.
But her new life at Primrose Cottage isn’t quite what she expected! Very soon she’s chasing pork
pies down hills, disguising her shop-bought cakes at the school bake sale – and trying to resist oh-
so-handsome Horatio Spencerville, who just so happens to be the Lord of the Manor…
Could moving to the country be the biggest mistake she’s ever made?

Guest Post

The Inspiration Behind the Twins in
The Little Cottage in the Country

When I started The Little Cottage in the Country I
knew that the role of Anna as mother would be of
utmost importance. Especially as her own mother,
Linda, would be coming to live with her.
Anna, just like me, wants to protect her children and
feels constant ‘mummy-guilt’. Am I doing the right
thing? Am I doing enough? Every mother has
experienced it; any mother will say it never goes
So when Anna decides to leave London she is faced
with the biggest dilemma of all: ensuring that Freddie
and Antonia settle in.
The twins were such fun to write. They have big
personalities and provided so much of the humour.
Let’s not also forget how much comedy (and
embarrassment!) can come from taking children to
nursery or school. The fĂȘtes, the bake sales, the talent
But whilst we’re squirming with the odd hierarchy of
yummy-mummies, the joy of children is they can
quite often see past the detail and enjoy the moment
for what it is. They make the most of whatever is
thrown their way.

My son can pick up any item – this morning’s being a
watering can – and it will suddenly become a rocket
or a car. Or I can be pulling my hair out over
something – spilt milk etc. – and he will start laughing
or do a funny dance, putting it all into perspective!
So here is a picture of my son in our laundry basket
going tobogganing… indoors. Yes, he was inside with
the radiator blaring but he thought, ‘This looks fun!’

About the Author

Charlie Phillips, writing under the pseudonym Lottie Phillips, worked as a teacher before turning
her hand to fiction. She was brought up in Africa and the Middle East and then - as an adult -
travelled extensively before moving to London and finally settling in the Cotswolds with her
partner and toddler. When she’s not writing, you will find her scouring interior design magazines
and shops, striving toward the distant dream of being a domestic goddess or having a glass of
wine with country music turned up loud. As a child, she always had her nose in a book and, in
particular, Nancy Drew.

The Little Cottage in the Country is Charlie's debut romantic comedy. She is very excited to be
sharing Anna Compton's hilarious story with you! She also writes psychological thrillers under the
pseudonym Louise Stone, including the best selling novel, S is for Stranger.

Readers can find Charlie Phillips on Twitter @writercharlie or at or

Friday, 28 July 2017

Review | The Summer of Serendipity ~ Ali McNamara

The Summer of Serendipity
Ali McNamara
Little, Brown Book Group
July 2017
Rating 4/5

One summer, property seeker, Serendipity Parker finds herself on the beautiful west coast of Ireland, hunting for a home for a wealthy Irish client. But when she finds the perfect house in the small town of Ballykiltara, there's a problem; nobody seems to know who owns it.
'The Welcome House' is a local legend. Its front door is always open for those in need of shelter, and there's always a plentiful supply of food in the cupboards for the hungry or poor.
While Ren desperately tries to find the owner to see if she can negotiate a sale, she begins to delve deeper into the history and legends that surround the old house and the town. But for a woman who has always been focussed on her work, she's remarkably distracted by Finn, the attractive manager of the local hotel.
But will she ever discover the real truth behind the mysterious 'Welcome House'? Or will the house cast its magical spell over Ren and help her to find true happiness?

If your looking for a book to completely lose yourself in this summer then look no further than this latest novel from Ali McNamara.

I read Ali's previous book and sadly felt that the magic elements were a little too make believe for my liking, but I'm so glad I've given Ali another chance with The Summer of Serendipity.

The Summer of Serendipity sees our main character, Serendipity Parker - or Ren as she likes to be known - and her colleague Kiki Fisher head to Ireland for their latest job. Ren is a property seeker and is looking for the perfect home for her latest client.

No sooner as the pair arrive at their hotel we are introduced to their love interests - Finn and Eddie respectively - which sets the book up nicely. 
Ren and Kiki immediately start their search but to know avail, that is until they take a boat trip across the lake during some down time.

As they are being rowed, Ren spots what appears to be the perfect house and ask's their boat man, Jackie, how they can locate said house. The girls are informed that the house is known as The Welcome House, which has been around for as long as anyone can recall.

Once back on dry land they ask Finn and Eddie more about the house, and more importantly who owns it. The girls are informed that no-one knows who the owner of the house is and after locating it and discovering it to be unlocked and stocked with the bare basics, Ren makes it her mission to try and uncover the secrets of the Welcome House.

What follows is a tale of discovery - Ren looks in to the history of the house and stories of Irish legends as well as discovering more about her self and her heart where Finn is involved.

The Summer of Serendipity is a fun ( I adored Kiki and her witty one liners! ) and gorgeous summery book that reminded me a little of the early Cecelia Ahern novels!

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Blog Tour ~ Extract | Her Last Breath ~ Tracy Buchannan

Today I'm delighted to be able to offer you an extract from Her Last Breath, the new novel from Tracy Buchanan.

I've started reading this today and totally intrigued despite only being a few chapters in - be sure to check back on the blog at the end of the week for my review.

I've read two of Tracy's previous novels - My Sisters Secret and No Turning back - and love the detail Tracy gives within her stories along with the unexpected twists. Please click on the titles to read my reviews of these and check out Tracy's Amazon page for all her work, Here.

So without further ado, read on for all the details about the book and a little snippet for you to enjoy!

Her Last Breath
Tracy Buchanan
June 2017


[Extract 7 from Chapter 2 pp.21-22]

She pulled away the white paper from a large slab of beef ready to put it in the fridge.

Then she frowned. There was something on top of the meat, square and white.

She looked over at Louis who was busy tapping away at his laptop at the other end of the

large island, then she grabbed a fork and lifted the item off the meat. It was an envelope,

a name scrawled on the front.


She peered at the windowsill, where the poppies she’d received the evening before had

been placed in a vase. The note that had come with them had been addressed to Stel too.

She quickly opened the envelope and pulled out a Polaroid photo. It was a close-up photo

of a teenage girl. Sad brown eyes. Freckled button nose. Dyed red hair . . . red hair that

made her think of another girl, another time.


But it wasn’t Alice. In fact, Estelle had no idea who the girl in the photo was. But as she

looked into her eyes, she still felt a flare of recognition.

She looked at the bottom of the photo, where a message had been scrawled, droplets of

blood from the beef blossoming around the words.

They say you’re as pure as the driven snow. But I know you’re not.

I’m watching you. I know everything about you.

Estelle dropped the photo with trembling fingers, watching as it floated to the floor, the

blood from the beef congealing in her nails.

Who the hell had sent this to her?

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Her Last Breath
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