Thursday 11 April 2024

Summer at the Santorini Bookshop by Rebecca Raisin BLOG TOUR

 



A Greek island holiday. A fake-dating pact. A chance at true love?

After losing her job as a book scout, hopeless romantic Evie needs a fresh start. So when she hears that her eccentric grandmother has just taken on a small bookshop in Santorini, Evie jumps at the chance to visit her.

But life on the island is not as idyllic as it first seems. Gran has a tempestuous relationship with her landlord and he’s threatening to take the bookshop away from her. So when Gran asks Evie to fake a romance with her landlord’s Greek God of a grandson, Georgios, to keep the family on side, she reluctantly agrees.

As the sun sets on Evie’s Greek holiday, can she save the bookshop – and fake date her way to love?


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Summer at the Santorini Booshop has all the hallmarks of the perfect summer read; a stunning location, quirky fun characters, fake dating, books, and dogs. The story is infused with humour on every page making it a lighthearted read. The romance was sweet and cute.
I've never heard of a book scout but that's Evie's job and it sounds like the perfect gig. 
She goes to Santorini at the behest of her meddlesome mother and sister to help her grandmother who is having trouble paying the rent on her bookshop. Gran is a hoot. She's a colourful character with a zest for life and a penchant for getting married having recently walked down the aisle for the ninth time.
Gran is not very forthcoming with the truth surrounding her financial situation and the state of her recent marriage so there were a couple of twists along the way. Fake dating Georgios is more complicated than it sounds when real feelings begin to develop. I had an idea of how things would go with Evie and Georgios but it was a lot of fun to watch them find their happy ever after.

Author Bio – Rebecca Raisin writes heartwarming romance from her home in sunny Perth, Australia. Her heroines tend to be on the quirky side and her books are usually set in exotic locations so her readers can armchair travel any day of the week. The only downfall about writing about gorgeous heroes who have brains as well as brawn, is falling in love with them – just as well they’re fictional. Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships and believe in true, once in a lifetime love. Her bestselling novel Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop has been optioned for film with MRC studios and Frolic Media.

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Friday 5 April 2024

Floored by Chrissie Harrison (2024) Blog Tour







FLOORED is a charming romantic comedy guaranteed to give you a lift.

Hannah and Drew work in the same office.

Hannah and Drew use the same elevator.

Hannah and Drew aren’t looking for love.

They haven’t even met.

Yet something is happening…

Amiable TV production accountant Drew has turned his back on love after the death of his fiancée, an incident which cemented his longstanding elevatophobia. When Drew moves towns and jobs for a fresh start, he hears a voice in the office lift telling him to “be careful”.

Is it his fevered imagination, the ghost of his fiancée, or someone playing a cruel prank? Quickly, he becomes desperate, foolish… and unexpectedly smitten.

Sweet and sassy Hannah wouldn’t mind finding love, but keeps choosing the wrong boyfriends. Her innate social anxiety, deepened by bad experiences with a preying boss, is a huge barrier to dating anyone new.

Yet, to expose her boss’ antics, she needs to be lucky as well as smart. However, talking to a sweet but hapless co-worker isn’t the answer… is it? After all, she could never imagine meeting him in person.

When Drew discovers the adorable girl behind the voice, a relationship blossoms alongside a shared determination to bring justice to their workplace, risking everything.

Will their daring plan succeed or will it jeopardize the happiness they’ve found with each other?

This wonderful, laugh-out-loud, will-they-won’t-they romcom is perfect for those who loved Beth O’Leary’s "The Flatshare", Laura Jane Williams’ "Our Stop", or Sally Thorne’s "The Hating Game".

Praise for Floored:

“This book of yours is fantastic! It's so well written, witty, funny, and the story kept me wanting to know more every single minute. I absolutely love the dynamics of Drew and Hannah's relationship... and all the other character dynamics too. It's such a well thought-out plot and I love how everything falls into place at the end.” - Editor

“I've just finished reading Floored and absolutely loved it. I loved the relationship between Drew and Hannah as they both overcame their (realistic) problems. The comedy throughout was fantastic, I don't think there was a second that I didn't have a smile on my face when reading. It's a great romance, with lots of extra strands to it to keep the reader entertained and excited.”- Reader


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Floored is delightfully funny and lighthearted despite dealing with weightier topics such as loss and workplace sexual harassment.
I loved the banter between Drew and Hannah. I had to laugh at the idea that Drew's first thought was that the voice in the life was a ghost and his second option was that the lift was talking to him. Once he figured out that he was talking to a human woman I couldn't wait for him to meet Hannah in real life.
There are plenty of laughs along the way. A lot of one-liners had me laughing out loud, and witty side characters provided another source of humour.
Drew and Hannah join forces to get evidence against the company's CEO but not everything goes to plan. Navigating the workplace strife, tension and drama proves challenging for the pair who are just beginning to date. However, love finds a way and with a little help they manage to get the evidence they need and the ending they deserve.

Author Bio

I’m an incurable romantic at heart, and a sucker for great humour. I’ve been writing for many years, and all the stories contain either love, or humour, or both – I simply can’t keep these elements out of my work.

I’m inspired by the big and small screen as well as books, and have a soft spot for Richard Curtis’ romcoms, timeless TV comedy like The Good Life and Blackadder, less well-known feelgood films and romances (Always, Forget Paris, Roxanne), and books which make me laugh (Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, The Rosie Project).

I have a soft spot for stories with strong women and nerdy or hapless guys.

Fundamentally, I try to write the books I like to read. I hope to distil humour, romance – and sometimes pathos or bittersweet vibes – into my novels.

Outside of writing, I enjoy photography, great scenery, a nice peaceful train ride, delicious coffee and cake, and catching up with old friends. I’m also something of a geek, fascinated by maths, science and even fonts!

Chrissie Harrison is a pen name.

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Thursday 4 April 2024

The Cottage in Sweet Meadow Park (Book 1) by Liz Davies (BLOG TOUR)

 



Enjoy a stroll in the park with this uplifting story of love, friendship and following your dreams.

When Molly Brown buys a derelict cottage in the middle of a rundown park, she hopes to return both the cottage and the park to their former glory. However, Molly soon begins to wonder whether she’s bitten off more than she can chew, especially when the good-looking guy from the council refuses to help.

In his role as Parks and Highways Officer, Jack Feathers doesn’t want to waste public funds on an overgrown, unloved park, no matter how gorgeous Molly is. But when he finds himself needing somewhere to live, Molly makes him an offer he can’t refuse – to move into her spare room, rent-free.

The catch? He has to help bring the park back to life.

It seems to be an ideal solution, until… Molly falls for Jack, the park is vandalised, and she realises he is still in love with his ex.

And soon Molly begins to regret letting Jack into her home, her life and her heart.

A delightful romance full of warmth, humour and community spirit, perfect for fans of Jessica Redland and Suzanne Snow.


Purchase Link - https://mybook.to/CottageSMP


The Cottage in Sweet Meadow Park is a highly entertaining read with a feel-good factor. It is sweet and funny with even the last line leaving me laughing and wanting to read the next book about the cafe in the park.
Molly is determined to restore the cottage she's just bought and make improvements to Sweet Meadow Park making the public space more appealing and safe for visitors. Jack is in charge of council spending on the park. He wants to help but isn't convinced that it will be money well spent when any improvements will be vandalised anyway. 

Molly and Jack become friends when Molly offers to rent a room to him while his house is being sold. They spend a lot of time together and work well together on their home improvements. Jack has liked Molly from their very first meeting but he is oblivious to her flirting with him and he gives her the wrong impression. I was a little frustrated with Jack that he didn't just tell her the truth about his feelings, his crazy ex-girlfriend and his sister's involvement in the house sale. It would have saved the pair of them a lot of angst. Luckily, interference from an unlikely source sets him straight and a happily ever after swiftly follows.

I loved the sense of community in this book. There were a few eccentric but kind-hearted characters, cute dogs, and naughty teenagers who made good in the end.
It makes a very heartwarming read and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.


Author Bio

Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.

 She's married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn't scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you'll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn't very good at it, and loves to eat - she's much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.

She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper van and travel the world in it.


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Tuesday 2 April 2024

Murder Takes Root (The Gardener Mysteries Book 2) By Rosie Sandler (2024)

 


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Steph is excited to get her hands stuck into her latest gardening project. This time, she's been commissioned by Lady Clara of Ashford Manor to restore the stately gardens to their former glory.

But the estate is suddenly thrown into chaos when a dead body is discovered in one of the rooms. The police rule it as suicide, though Steph's convinced they're barking up the wrong tree. Because she knows the deceased better than they do and it could only be one thing: murder. And if the police won't listen to her, then Steph will have to get to the bottom of the case herself.

As Steph starts digging for the truth, it seems the staff are hiding more than it seems. But one thing is for sure, she's not going to let the killer lead her up the garden path...

Gardener turned amateur sleuth Steph and her adorable dog are on the search for a killer in this highly gripping and unputdownable cosy crime novel. Fans of Richard Coles, Fiona Leitch and Sarah Yarwood-Lovett will be hooked from beginning to end.


This is the second book in what's turning out to be a wonderful series. Steph's latest gardening project is on the Ashford Manor estate and it quickly becomes clear that an infestation in the garden will be the least of her worries. Sir Angus a nonagenarian who thinks someone is poisoning him, shouting and arguing in the middle of the night, a hostile and secretive head gardener and a suspicious sudden death all create a tense atmosphere of mystery and danger. 
Lightheartedness and heartwarming scenes emerge primarily with Steph's dog, Mouse and the estate's dog, Belle. The side characters are a friendly and likable bunch of people and it made me sad when the murder happened as the young victim was fun loving and had taken on the responsibility of caring for his autistic brother.

The mystery kept me guessing as there were one or two characters I thought could definitely be involved and I was surprised when the big reveal came. 

Because of the temporary nature of Steph's jobs there aren't a lot of recurring characters such as friends or romantic interests for Steph. But, her family do make appearrances and I so enjoyed their interactions especially those between Steph and her Dad. I'm intrigued as to what will happen when Steph meets her biological mum!




Monday 1 April 2024

Taken From the Sea by Judy Leslie (2024)

 


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No one knew who Colleen’s birth parents were. She was found in a box on the incoming tide.

Raised by a wealthy shipping tycoon, she became an heir to the business after her father’s death. A dire warning from a friend to sell her shares in the company is ignored. Now the friend can’t be found and devious men are chasing Colleen. This sends her fleeing in her sailboat.

Colleen thought she’d be safe out on the water. She was wrong. To escape those pursuing her, she jumps overboard.

Days later, Colleen’s boat is found abandoned. Is she at the bottom of the ocean or is she merely missing?

Refusing to believe her daughter drowned, Colleen’s mother hires a shaman to find out what happened. But he isn’t the only one looking for her and the clock is ticking as they race to find the missing heir.

If you like mysteries full of suspense, romance, and a bit of folklore you will enjoy this take on Beauty and the Beast.



Taken from the Sea is a romantic suspense; a little bit dark with a smidgen of folklore that adds a touch of otherworldliness. It's quite a thrilling and suspenseful read with a happy ending. 

I loved the main character, Colleen. She is a free spirit who enjoys spending her time sailing and swimming rather than working in the family business much to her mother's displeasure. Colleen's mother is not the most likeable character. How she treats Colleen is at odds with the image presented of her as a young mother pining for another baby to love. Colleen is not close with her sister either but is redeemable by the end of the story.

I really loved the story surrounding Jason and his fascination with the Selkie. I was on tenterhooks for Colleen during her captivity. But, I thought her feelings for Jason changed very abruptly from fear to attraction and I would have liked to see more friendship development. 
I found the Chinese Triad element a little odd as the context wasn't fleshed out very well. There wasn't much beyond triad equals bad and evil. I would have liked to have learned more about her father's connection to China and the evidence he had saved and encrypted on the flash drive.

The Selkie folklore, Colleen's background and affinity with the seals absorbed me in the story. There is a great air of mystery around her as she is quite unlike other people. She feels more at home near and in the sea than working in the city. I enjoyed all her interactions with the seals and I got the sense that they were her real family. 

Overall, this was a great read, full of mystery, suspense and a little bit of romance.

Taken from the Sea is part of Cook's Cove Women's Fiction Mystery Novels

Saturday 30 March 2024

Murder on the Dancefloor: (The Bad Girls Detective Agency Book 2) by Katie Marsh (2024) Blog Tour

 


They DID promise her a killer hen weekend...

Jeanie’s getting married, and – despite her completely impossible four sisters – her best friends Clio and Amber are determined to give her a bachelorette weekend to remember. They’re in matching pink T-shirts and the drinks are flowing...

But the night turns out to be unforgettable for all the wrong reasons when a girl turns up dead on the dancefloor. And – even though she’s a stranger – she is wearing one of Jeanie’s hen T-shirts.

Who is she? And why are the police convinced that the hens are involved? Can the newly-formed Bad Girls Detective Agency solve the murder? And in time to get Jeanie up the aisle?

Unputdownable mystery set on the English coast – perfect for fans of The Thursday Murder Club, Bad Sisters and How to Kill Your Family.

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Murder on the Dance Floor is a humorous cozy mystery with an ensemble cast who work together to find a killer.

The hen party kicks off in an uproarious way when a girl is stabbed on the dance floor. There is a lot of tense drama here as people scramble to help the dying girl while others try to preserve the scene and stop people from leaving. There is one suspect right from the get go and it isn't long before one of the ladies from the detective agency is in hot pursuit.

Things aren't always as they seem though and events take an even darker turn when a plot involving drugs, blackmail and kidnapping is unveiled. 

I enjoyed the relationships between Jeanie and her family and her friends. Jeannie's family might be a royal pain, but they are loving and are there for one another when it matters. There is also great banter between Jeannie and her friends, which lends humour to the story.

The ladies seem to stumble onto clues and into situations at the drop of a hat leading to plenty of dramatic yet lighthearted scenes in their pursuit of the truth.

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Katie wrote romantic fiction before turning to crime. Her debut novel was a World Book Night pick and her books are published in ten languages.

She lives in the English countryside and loves strong coffee and pretending to be in charge of her children. ‘How Not to Murder your Ex’, the first in her Bad Girls Detective Agency series is out now, published by Boldwood Books. The next instalment, 'Murder on the Dancefloor,' follows in March 2024.

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Thursday 28 March 2024

The Missing Maid (The baker Street Mysteries Book 1) by Holly Hepburn


London, 1932.

When Harriet White rebuffs the advances of her boss at the Baker Street building society where she works, she finds herself demoted to a new position… a very unusual position. Deep in the postal department beneath the bank, she is tasked with working her way through a mountain of correspondence addressed to Baker Street’s most famous resident: Mr Sherlock Holmes.

Seemingly undeterred by the fact that Sherlock Holmes doesn’t exist, letter after letter arrives, beseeching him to help solve mysteries, and Harry diligently replies to each writer with the same response: Mr Holmes has retired from detective work and now lives in Sussex, keeping bees.

Until one entreaty catches her eye. It’s from a village around five miles from Harry’s family estate, about a young woman who went to London to work as a domestic, then disappeared soon afterwards in strange circumstances. Intrigued, Harry decides, just this once, to take matters into her own hands.

And so, the case of the missing maid is opened…

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I loved everything about this historical cozy. The link to Sherlock Holmes intrigued me as I didn't know that this was based on the fact that someone was actually employed at the Building Society to answer letters sent to Sherlock Holmes. I love history so this little tidbit fascinated me and it sets up Harry nicely for many more investigations.
Harry is a wonderful character. She's clever, independent and kind. She has a secret tendre for Oliver, the family friend and I'm sure he feels the same way. However, it doesn't stop the flirty banter between her and the occasional eligible bachelor that her match-making mother sends her way.
The mystery of the missing maid kept me entertained throughout. The pacey drama and easy-to-read style meant that I devoured this book in one day
I loved this mystery and I'll be excited to read the next book when it is published.


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Wednesday 27 March 2024

Dying To Bake (A Right Royal Cozy Investigation Mystery Book 9) by Helen Golden


 
Bake Off Wars is back! Get your aprons on and let the sleuthing begin!


 Vera Bolt, Queen of Bakes, dies unexpectedly aged 66  

In a shocking announcement this afternoon, Vera Bolt’s agent confirmed that the Bake Off Wars judge and national treasure died yesterday. Ms Bolt was in the process of filming the next series of the hugely popular television show at Francis Court, the home of the King’s sister and her family. It’s believed that the renowned pastry chef was stabbed in the heart, and the main suspect is rumoured new royal girlfriend, Summer York.

What am I supposed to do? 

Lady Beatrice has promised DCI Richard Fitzwilliam that she won’t get involved in the investigation into Vera Bolt’s death. But when her brother’s new love interest, Summer York, becomes the top suspect for Vera’s murder, Fred begs Bea to find out who the real killer is. In a race against time, can Bea navigate a labyrinth of secrets and lies, evade danger, and safeguard her friendship with Fitzwilliam?  

The answer may determine not only Summer’s innocence but also the fate of Bea’s and Fitzwilliam’s burgeoning feelings for each other.


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In Dying to Bake Lady Beatrice reluctantly takes on a new investigation after TV chef Vera Bolt is murdered at Francis Court. She follows various suspects through a twisting path of red herrings and danger. The plot is cleverly contrived and easy to read with a great cast of characters. The familiar group of friends and family appear, and Daisy, the dog, is always a delight. 
Suspense and drama unfold at a rapid pace with a second murder and it isn't long before Lady Bea finds herself confronting a killer.
The relationship between Richard and Beatrice takes a new turn, signalling some life changes for them.


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Hello. I’m Helen Golden. I write British contemporary cozy whodunnits with a hint of humour. I live in small village in Lincolnshire in the UK with my husband, my step-daughter, her two cats, our two dogs, sometimes my step-son, and our tortoise.
I used to work in senior management, but after my recent job came to a natural end I had the opportunity to follow my dreams and start writing. It's very early in my life as an author, but so far I'm loving it.
It’s crazy busy at our house, so when I’m writing I retreat to our caravan (an impulsive lockdown purchase) which is mostly parked on our drive. When I really need total peace and quiet, I take it to a lovely site about 15 minutes away and hide there until my family runs out of food or clean clothes

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