Happy Publication Day, Malcolm Havard! @MalHavardWriter

Happy Publication Day to Malcolm Havard! Three Brothers (The Three Brothers Trilogy Book 1) by Malcolm Havard  Set between 1910 and 1919, Three Brothers is a story of family rivalry and jealousy complicated by a love triangle where world events pit the protagonists against each other.Growing up in Argentina, cousins Felix and Ted’s world is disrupted […]

Happy Publication Day, Malcolm Havard! @MalHavardWriter

Caroline James @CarolineJames12 — Bowen’s Book Publicity

Caroline James (Twitter author image) Caroline James Amazon Author Page: author.to/CJAuthor Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy & Me: A feel-good romantic comedy you need to read by Caroline James (Author)  Alli Smith (Illustrator) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A genuinely warm feel-good story⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I LOVED this book⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Funny, sad, a perfect page-turner⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Couldn’t put it down! Jo’s romance with the gypsy began with his […]

Caroline James @CarolineJames12 — Bowen’s Book Publicity

The Hotel at Honeymoon Station by Tilly Tennant @TillyTenWriter @bookouture #BookReview

The Hotel at Honeymoon Station

by Tilly Tennant  

I adore Tilly Tennant and The Hotel at Honeymoon Station is another gorgeous read! Not that I am at all surprised as I knew I’d love it!

When we meet Emma, she is preparing to say a temporary goodbye to her baby sister as she embarks on the career opportunity of her dreams. Emma wishes she loved her job as much. She’s not overly happy in her relationship either. Is it time for a fresh start?

When an old school friend, Tia, offers her the opportunity of a partnership refurbishing an old railway station, in Dorset, into a hotel she is in two minds. It is a massive risk and an extremely expensive one. They decide to go for it though and I thoroughly enjoyed following their brave adventure. I LOVE Dorset! I so wish I lived closer so we could visit more often. I could totally understand the lure of moving to a lovely little village there. I’m not sure I’d be as brave as they are though.

The refurbishment isn’t without it’s ups and downs, and that goes for Emma’s and Tia’s friendship too. I loved the dynamic between the two of them, especially when handsome local builders are thrown into the mix. I was totally rooting for them both to have their happy ending. I could understand Emma’s apprehension, but I did want to give her a good shake at times! 😉

Tilly Tennant knows exactly how to draw you in to a story from the very first page and keep you transfixed throughout the whole book. There are so many amazing characters in this story. Even the unlikeable ones are likeable in their own way, especially one. I LOVED how this story ends. Feel good fiction at it’s very best. I highly recommend to all!

**Many thanks to the author and publisher for my review copy via NetGalley**

Out on the 18th June! Pre-order now….

happy reading! 🙂

The Vanished Landscape: A 1930s Childhood in the Potteries by Paul Johnson #BookReview

The Vanished Landscape: A 1930s Childhood in the Potteries

by Paul Johnson  

The Vanished Landscape was passed on to me from a friend quite some time ago now. It has been on my bookshelf for far too long, but I’m so glad I finally got the chance to read it. It is such a wonderful read about the old Potteries in a time I can only imagine. This is Paul’s story of growing up in the 1930’s when The Potteries truly lived up to its name. I was born in Stoke-on-Trent and raised in Newcastle-under-Lyme (where I live again now), so every place Paul talks about I know exactly where he means, although I can’t quite imagine how it must have looked back then. The Potteries are quite different these days.

I loved that Paul is the youngest sibling, born when his parents were that bit older. They talked to him all the time, about everything. They seemed to have unwavering patience with all their children and come across as a lovely family. The way Paul interprets some of the things they tell him as a 4/5-year-old is quite endearing and I smiled a lot throughout this book. His mother was a fascinating character!

I had to smile also when those from Newcastle-under-Lyme are referred to as “snobby” and not from the “proper potteries”. I’m sure people did think like that then as some still do now! I know many people from Newcastle-under-Lyme who are quite offended if someone suggests they live in Stoke. Lol! They are right though. Newcastle-under-Lyme is not Stoke-on-Trent. We have our own council. It’s just easier to say you’re from Stoke to people who often don’t realise Newcastle-under-Lyme exists.

Anyway, as well as being a heartfelt account of a happy childhood this book is steeped in local history. I learned a lot along the way and thoroughly enjoyed every page.

If you live in, or are local to, the Potteries I think you will love this memoir. If you don’t live anywhere near here but you’re interested in history at all then I think you will love it just the same.

I highly recommend.

Many thanks to my friend, Clare Baker, for passing it on to me.

happy reading 🙂

#FlashbackFriday June 2021 with @GraemeCumming63 @writermels @CazEngland & @MTilburyAuthor #BookReviews

Hi, and welcome to my Flashback Friday feature 🙂

On the first Friday of each month I like to have a little look back at the books I was reading during the same month in previous years, since starting my blog.

Please do join in if you have the time. I’d love to see your posts! Leave us a link in the comments.

Here are my reviews from June 2020 plus a link to previous June FBFs….

#FlashbackFriday June 2020 with @kcmaher3 @writermels @RachelAmphlett @Iona_Grey Andrew Crofts @LJRossAuthor @CaraAchterberg Tom Winter @FreddieJoJo1 & @RSinclairAuthor #BookReviews – Chat About Books

happy reading 🙂

A Stormful of Pickles: When Nature and Desire Collide by Elliott Fassbinder @ElliottFassbin1 — Bowen’s Book Publicity

A quirkily dark comedic novel about loss, search for spiritual meaning and about how decisions taken in a split-second often come back to slap us in the face. It’s a tale about the absurdity of the human condition, specifically our heroine, Fran’s, absurd human condition. Bless her, she tries her best. OUT NOW! A Stormful […]

A Stormful of Pickles: When Nature and Desire Collide by Elliott Fassbinder @ElliottFassbin1 — Bowen’s Book Publicity

Old Enough to Know Better by Jane Wenham-Jones @JaneWenhamJones #BookReview #NetGalley

Old Enough to Know Better

By Jane Wenham-Jones

Old Enough to Know Better is OUT TODAY and if you fancy a lovely light read, with a fascinating bunch of characters, then look no further. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

I can’t say I really related to any of the characters as my husband is only three years older than me, but I do think age is just a number and many couples with big age gaps have very happy marriages. I’m sure it must feel difficult at times in the later years of the older partner’s life though when the younger partner isn’t ready to just exist at home for the rest of their days. Clare and Anna both have older husbands, and both love them dearly, but they are starting to struggle a bit and are finding themselves in an increasingly low mood. I did feel for them both. I loved Anna’s husband though, he’s such a sweetheart. Clare’s not so much! I really didn’t warm to Ellie either (Clare’s daughter). She’s a Daddies girl and is really quite awful to her Mum at times which I found quite sad. She’s quite immature and I was surprised she had managed to find herself a successful older boyfriend, especially one closer to her mother’s age. I was very keen to find out how that would all work out!

I really enjoyed the relationships and friendships throughout this book. Every character adds depth and, in many cases, warmth to the story.

I loved the emotion, the drama, and the laughs.

I very much recommend.

**Many thanks to the author and publisher for my review copy via NetGalley**

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happy reading!

Under the Italian Sun by Sue Moorcroft @SueMoorcroft #BookReview #NetGalley

Under the Italian Sun

By Sue Moorcroft

What a gorgeous read Under the Italian Sun is. I absolutely loved it!

Zia is a lovely character, who I warmed to immediately. I really felt for her when she discovers her life hasn’t quite been as she had thought and that those closest to her had obviously kept a lot from her. To protect, her of course, but still. I understood her need to know and I thoroughly enjoyed travelling with her to Italy in search of answers.

I loved her friendship with Ursula. They have their ups and downs like most best friends do but it was nice to see them spend some quality time together as Ursula joins Zia on her travels.

The setting of this book sounds divine. I have never been to Italy, but I have always wanted to visit. I was very jealous of their lazy lunches and coffees on the terrace in the glorious sunshine. It sounds amazing!

Of course, there is much more to this story than two best friends on holiday in Italy. This is the story of a young woman looking for the truth about her family and the overwhelming emotion involved. We meet some lovely characters along the way (and some not so lovely ones). Piero is an interesting character, and I loved the relationship that develops between him and Zia, although it isn’t without its struggles and misunderstandings. I was rooting for them from the start and for Zia to find her truth, make peace with her past, and move on to happier times.

A really lovely, beautifully written story which I very much recommend.

**Many thanks to the author and publisher for my review copy via NetGalley**

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