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My Summer of Magic Moments by Caroline Roberts

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From the excitement on twitter and reading the book description and let alone the book was by Caroline Roberts, I could not wait to delve in to My Summer of Magic Moments. First I must mention that I absolutely loved the concept of this story and it was so well interwoven in the story involving Claire. The chapters begin with some 'magic moments' from readers of Caroline Roberts and some friends which were lovely and inspiring and related to storyline in chapters.
Claire has been through a tough time of late and is beginning to get back on her feet again after Cancer and chemo and she is now ready to begin a new chapter in her own life and what better way than to escape to a little cottage in the coastal village of Bamburgh. When she arrives to the cottage, she has rented for three weeks, it certainly does not live up to expectations. It is falling apart and the cottage has hardly any of the basics to make it habitable.
Early the next morning she spots a man on the…

Christmas at the Second Chance Chocolate Shop by Kellie Hailes

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First I would like thank both Netgalley and HQ Digital for allowing me a copy to review in exchange for an honest review.
Kellie Hailes bring us back to Rabbit’s Leap in the third instalment of the series and how good it is to be back. Now do not worry if you have not read the previous two books in the series, Christmas at the Second Chance Chocolate Shop, can be read as a stand-alone. It is the first time that we meet both Serena and Ritchie properly.
Serena arrives back home and she is about to open up a chocolate shop in the town. She has just left her husband Ritchie who is a rock-star and very famous but she just left him leaving a note explaining this. She wants this time for herself and to find out who she really is and to see if she can make a go of this new business. So she was not expecting him to turn up and in Rabbit’s Leap of all places and of course just before the grand opening of her shop. Ritchie is desperately trying to win Serena back but it is not goin…

We'll Always Have Christmas by Jenny Hale

First I would like to thank both Netgalley and Bookouture for allowing me to read this gripping new story from Jenny Hale in exchange for an honest review. I was very excited to read the latest festive book as she is one of my favourite authors who never disappoints and We'll always have Christmas is now my new favourite!

This story follows Noelle Parker who is single mum to six year old Lucas. Her family own Hope and Sugar Bakery and Noelle is very passionate about this bakery which was run by her grandmother.

Unfortunately Noelle discovers that the bakery is facing closure and she is determined that she can prevent this by raising funds and revamping the bakery. While this is all going on she takes a job of working as a carer to William Harrington, who lives in this gorgeous old mansion and while she is here she meets his grandson Alex. Both William and Alex have fallen out and are not on speaking terms and there is a mystery surrounding why they have fallen out.
From the mome…

A Little Bit of Christmas Magic by Kirsty Ferry

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What a gorgeous magical story that Kirsty Ferry brings us, I managed to read this in one sitting as I couldn't put it down. This is book four in the Rosetti Mysteries series.

We meet Ailsa McCormack who is the wedding co-ordinator at the Carrick Park Hotel which as we find out has a fascinating history. A couple have booked the hotel to get married on Christmas day and on Christmas Eve while stopping by the drawing room where the reception will be taking place, Ailsa meets Ed Cavendish. He is very familiar and she presumes that he is one of the guests staying at the hotel but is he? Through Ed and also by a book written by journalist Becky Nelson we learn about the mystery surrounding Adam and Ella Carrick and their sudden disappearance back in 1865, this was my favourite part of the story.

This is a delightful read



Covent Garden in the Snow by Jules Wake

First, I would like to thank both Netgalley and Harper Impulse for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review. I was delighted to read the latest from Jules Wake as I really enjoyed ‘From Paris with Love’ and even better Covent Garden in the Snow is based around Christmas and is now my new favourite!
Here we meet Tilly Hunter who works at the London Metropolitan Opera Company in the make-up department. Tilly loves working here and is really passionate about her work. The only thing she hates is using the computer which she tends to avoid and a prime example is when she sends a personal email which ends up being sent to the entire company and to make matters worse she opens an attachment and downloads a virus. Conveniently the LMOC have just hired Marcus, the new IT Director and poor Tilly is forced against her will to take lessons to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.
So once the lessons begin both Tilly and Marcus do not get along partly because she …

Christmas at Hope Cottage by Lily Graham

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First I would like to thank both Netgalley and Bookouture for allowing me the chance to read this wonderful book in exchange for an honest review.

Emma Halloway by no stretch of the imagination has had a tough time of late. Her long-term boyfriend, Pete, ends their relationship which is bad enough  (even though he wears a lot of beige!) but he does so by - wait for it - a post-it but at least he adds that she is out of washing powder too!

Following this Emma is involved in a very bad accident when she is hit by a delivery van who was dropping off a package to her. Due to the extent of her injuries Emma has to leave behind her life in London. She returns to her childhood home in the village of Whistling in Yorkshire, to live with her grandmother, Evie who will look after her.

Emma's family are one of three stalwarts of the community for generations. Emma escaped to London for reasons we discover over the course of the book. She doesn't want to return to confront o…

Lucy's Book Club For The Lost And Found by Emma Davies

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First I would like to thank both Netgalley and Bookouture for giving me the opportunity to review this gorgeous book for an honest review.

Just finished the latest from Emma Davies, Lucy's Book Club for the Lost and Found which I couldn't put down. Such a lovely cast of characters which truly come alive on the page. I felt that I was right there with them. So I am just home!

So let's meet them, first we have of course, Lucy who is the library's temporary manager. She is doing a great job of running the local library. She is in her early twenties and is a very caring person who will go to great lengths to help everyone and we see this especially with the members of her little book group but what about Lucy herself  and her dreams? Will she stop to think about herself first before everyone else?

Next we have Callum, he finds solace in the library away from his family who are nothing like him. He is shy and very unsure of himself. His family have caused his …

Sweet Lake by Christine Nolfi

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First off I want to thank Christine Nolfi for sending me a copy of Sweet Lake in exchange for a review which I was only too delighted to do. This is the first book I have read by Christine and it won't be my last!

This novel is set in a small town called Sweet Lake, in Ohio. Now while Christine introduces a whole cast of fantastic characters our main two characters are Linnie Mayfair and her friend Daniel Kettering who is the local Attorney.

Linnie runs the Mayfair Inn, which is a family business along with her two friends Jada and Cat. She has been trying to get the Inn back on track after her brother Freddie stole family funds and ran off to California to become a director. Now he is back ready to cause mayhem which he excels in and Linnie discovers some shocking news which will turn her life unexpectedly upside down. Family drama to follow!

Daniel who has been trying to get Linnie's attention for years finds himself stuck in the middle of the two siblings. But…

Love at the Italian Lake by Darcie Boleyn

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Love at the Italian Lake is a beautiful heartwarming novel set on the shores of Lake Garda in the picturesque town of Malcesine. 
First our story begins in London where we meet Sophia Bertoni who is currently living with her boyfriend Lee who is sponging off her. Sophia has a high-end job and a beautiful apartment and Lee enjoys the carefree life and spending Sophia's money.  One afternoon Sophia arrives home to find Lee in bed with another woman and this is a wake-up call for Sophia who knows she has to make some big decisions with her life. 
So she decides to go and stay with her Nonna, Katherine Spinoli in Malcesine in Lake Garda for awhile to see what she is going to do with her life and make a plan. It is here that she meets Joe Lancaster who quite literally knocks her off her feet at the Airport in Verona who as it happens is spending the summer in the same town!
While Sophia is staying in Malcesine she accidentally stumbles upon a family secret and Joe we lear…