Sunshine and Secrets- Daisy James

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I loved every page of this book.
Millie takes a last minute job to oversee the finishing touches to a new venture. The Paradise Cookery school in St Lucia. The owner has had an accident and is unable to get the school up and running before the first guests are due to have an out of this world culinary experience.
She is in charge of a group of builders who don’t have the ‘urgency’ gene in their repertoire. She also has to test the new recipes with a wonderful sounding character Ella. I wished I could have sat in on their practice sessions, enjoying the delicious sounding food and enjoying a lovely new friendship. There is also the hint of romance in the air and the setting just makes you lose yourself totally in a wonderful new world of the Caribbean whilst suffering the frosty weather we’ve been experiencing here. I was sad to leave them!

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Watching you- Lynda Renham

Ewan Galbreith is out of prison. Libby Owen is scared. Fifteen years earlier she saw Ewan murder her aunt and uncle with their own shotgun, and now he’s coming for her.

What readers say about Lynda Renham’s thriller books;

I am speechless!! Remember Me was utterly gripping with an amazing twist, I was so hooked, really enjoyed it! – Goodreads reader.

I have to say, what a great book. I’m pretty busy, and usually it takes me forever to finish a book. But once I started this book I literally could not put it down! I’ve never read this author before, but I will definitely look for her other books. The twists and turns of this book kept me reading into the night. I would recommend it to anyone who loves psychological thrillers like this one. I highly highly recommend it! – Goodreads reader.

I couldn’t put it down. From beginning to end I was captured by the characters. From page to page I was hungry to find out what happened next. – Goodreads reader.

Wow this is this authors first thriller and it blew me away. what a story full of twists that had me shivering. And a cracking ending that I didn’t expect at all. – Goodreads reader.you

Libby is left terrified for her safety when the man charged with murdering her aunt and uncle is released from prison. He has always maintained that he is innocent and vowed to have revenge when he was sentenced. Libby thinks that he may go after her.

This was a very chilling read, keeping you on the edge of your seat. We get flashbacks to the millennium when the crime was committed and there are a whole range of possible suspects. You are left second guessing the story all the way along as we meet characters who become a possible suspect in your mind. Is Galbraith evil and twisted and planning terrifying retribution? You can feel Libby’s fear.

I couldn’t put the book down- desperate to know what was going to happen.

Mum’s just Wanna have fun-

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I am so glad that I picked up this book. The author mentions research and speaking to parents- but this reads with such understanding and insight you could well believe that she has personal experience with someone with autism. It would be a great book for relatives of newly diagnosed children to read to give a little more idea of just how debilitating a meltdown can be. It was handled very sensitively, yet honestly.
Nancy’s friend Harriet, who is also a single mum, books them on an all inclusive holiday to Ibiza. They want to have fun- but each are hiding how difficult they are finding things. Harriet is trying to juggle a high powered job with bringing up 2 children, and Nancy is struggling to believe that she is a champion mum to her little boy who has autism. Having a daughter with autism- the very things she stresses about rang very true. They do get to enjoy some lovely times with delicious cocktails, but there is much heartsearching to be done and reassuring moments between the two friends.. The complex sounded like a lovely place to visit.
There are a couple of lovely additional characters- Cameron and Jayne who add such a great added dimension to both of our mum’s holiday experience. I would imagine a lot of single mums would love to meet a Cameron- he sounds wonderful!
I will go back and look out Lucie’s other books as I enjoyed every page of this one.

The Café at Seashell Cove- Karen Clarke

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Title: The Café at Seashell Cove

Author: Karen Clarke

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Description:

Welcome to the Café at Seashell Cove, where you’ll find irresistible home-baked cakes, smiling friendly faces – and maybe even a second chance at love…

When Cassie Maitland needs a holiday from her glamorous but stressful job in event management, she escapes home to gorgeous Seashell Cove, where her family’s cosy café sits perched on the cliffs above sparkling waves and golden sand.

But a lot has changed while Cassie’s been away: her parents have transformed their tired café into a welcoming haven, her friends Meg and Tilly have whole new lives, and old flame Danny’s twinkling eyes and winning smile make Cassie feel even more flustered than they used to.

Keen to throw herself back into local life, Cassie starts to run themed events – including a not entirely successful cat-café day, complete with dozens of felines. Luckily Danny is always around to lend a helping hand, and Cassie soon begins to wonder if her life in London was really all she made it out to be…

Could a new start in Seashell Cove be exactly what Cassie needs?

A heart-warming and hilarious read about friendship, belonging and seaside living. Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson, Holly Martin and Jenny Oliver.

I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour for this wonderful book.
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My review
Karen Clarke has such a lovely writing style. You are quickly drawn into the story, meeting the characters and the setting and immediately feeling at home.

Cassie has left her high flying job as an event planner and come home to lick her wounds. She doesn’t tell her family that she was fired- or that it wasn’t the dream job she suggested it was.

She meets up with old friends and soon feels the comfortable draw of her hometown. She wants to make a mark on her family café- but are her parents really keen on her plans?! She has a few events planned and the ‘cat cafe’ has such potential for a disaster zone but sounded so wonderful.

She also gets drawn back into a childhood hobby and lets that be her comfort zone. I just loved the sound of the café and would be so keen to visit and I would be really tempted by the ‘event’s’.

It has such a lovely family feel- she is drawn back into the heart of the family and along with her brother try to make sure everyone is happy- including nan, who is a fantastic character.

There is a romance in the air and I was really rooting for Danny- the golden boy!

I have loved all the Karen Clarke books that I have read and will be keen to read her next release.

Author Bio

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Karen Clarke writes romantic comedy novels. Her BEACHSIDE series is set in the fictional seaside town of Shipley and features recurring characters, but each book can be read as a standalone. She is currently working on a new, three-book series set in Devon- the first, The Café at Seashell Cove is out March 15th 2018.

Karen has also written three romcoms with a paranormal twist, all available to download

When she’s not working on her novels, Karen writes short stories for women’s magazines and has had over three hundred published globally. Some of them can be read in her short story collection ‘BEHIND CLOSED DOORS…and other Tales with a Twist’

Karen lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and three grown-up children.

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Sunshine at the Comfort Food café- Debbie Johnson

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I absolutely loved the return to the Comfort food, catching up with all the characters and falling in love with new ones. Willow features in this book. She is looking after her mum and working as a waitress at the café alongside her cleaning job. She takes on a cleaning job at Briarwood, The House on the Hill where her mum worked for a while. She meets Tom, who has just bought the house after spending time in care there as a child.

They are both dealing with troubling issues- but the spark of romance is there- and he sounds just lovely!

I love the whole cast of characters coming together for each other , a real sense of community. The café sounds like the sort of place you could spend many hours enjoying a cuppa and a delicious cake whilst overlooking the ocean.

At times I really could not put the book down- wanting to see that everyone was ok! Or enjoying the plans for Edie’s birthday. I can’t wait to see where we go next with this lovely series.

Love among the treetops- Catherine Ferguson

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Twilight has abandoned her cookery classes to try and save her family home, whilst her dad is undergoing experimental treatment. She is determined to make a success of Twilights café. She hasn’t reckoned on her old school enemy opening up a rival café in the same week.

Despite Twilight sounding like the most amazing cook and the cakes divine, her arch enemy has hooked customers offering an usp, healthy, clean eating. She’s also getting the whole village involved with a fitness campaign.

You can see just how nasty Lucy must have been as a child- and the effects that still has on Twilights life.
It’s great to see the support she has around her- her friend Paloma sounds wonderful and in my head I was picturing Paloma Faith bounding along and making me smile!

Lucy has a childhood treehouse , which is still her safe haven and it sounded like the stuff of dreams. I can just imagine climbing up there as a child with my copy of The Magic Faraway Tree and just losing myself for the day. The treehouse plays a pretty important part in the story- and sounds so magical. It would certainly have me travelling miles!

There is a lovely village feel to the book, the locals all rally around Twilight and will her on, and she has some lovely support from unexpected quarters. She also has the hint of romance in the air. The characters are all wonderfully drawn- some more evil than others!

It’s a lovely feelgood book- and you’d love to actually be able to visit and experience the treehouse for yourself.

One Cornish Summer- Liz Fenwick

summerLiz Fenwick creates such wonderful imagery in her books that you are instantly transported to the sights and sounds of the wonderful Cornish setting. Helwyn House becomes another character and I am now desperate to visit Godolphin this summer. You can feel the floorboards creaking and the air of mystery as it tries to conceal its secrets.
Lucy has to go back to Cornwall when they discover that Hebe, her aunt, is about to bid on Helwyn House when it comes up for auction, despite its rundown condition. Lucy is escaping a bad relationship and Hebe is suffering from early onset dementia and is escaping back to Cornwall to try and protect those she loves and to complete her life work before she becomes unable. Lucy notices her aunt is struggling but is unaware. Hebe asks her niece to take over project managing the work on the house and although she has bad memories of the house she loves her aunt enough to stay to help.
Parts are so poignant that you get totally wrapped up in their emotions, imaging just how difficult this situation would be for any family. One of my uncles has alzheimers and has good days where he knows us all, but just as often confused days where he struggles to bring names to mind.
I love Cornwall- so any book set there is bound to hit my reading list. But I can’t wait for the next Liz Fenwick book and eagerly read each one. They make great gifts for my mum- who instilled my love of Cornwall and we still enjoy family holidays there.
The relationships are heartwarming and the strained family dynamics ring true.

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