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Giveaway! Win a copy of Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses by Carole Matthews

18 Apr

As part of the ‘paperchain blog tour’ for Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses, Carole’s publisher has given me a copy of the book to give away. I’m using my giveaway copy to say thank you to you, my fab readers and fellow book lovers.

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To enter this giveaway  just leave comment in the box below or re-Tweet one of my tweets about this giveaway or like one of my posts about this giveaway on my Instagram page.

I’ll pick one winner using Random.org after the closing date.

This giveaway is open to UK residents only and will close at midnight on Friday 21st April. Good Luck!

Book review: Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses by Carole Matthews

18 Apr

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Christie Chapman is a single working mother who spends her days commuting to her secretarial job in London and looking after her teenage son, Finn.

It can be tough just getting through the day but Christie has always found comfort in her love of crafting and any spare time she has is spent in her parents’ summerhouse working on her beautiful creations. From intricately designed birthday cards to personalised gifts, Christie’s flair for the handmade knows no bounds and it’s not long before opportunity comes knocking. 

All of a sudden Christie sees a different future for her and Finn – one full of hope and possibility, and if the handsome Max Alexander is to be believed, one full of love too. It’s all there for the taking.
And then, all of sudden, Christie’s world is turned upside down.

Christie knows that something has to give, but what will she choose? Will she give up her dreams and the chance of real love? What price will she pay for doing the right thing? Can Christie find her happy ending in . . . Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           I’ve read a number of Carole Matthews’ books over the years and they are always lovely, heartwarming reads but Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses is, for me, Carole’s best book yet. It has all the characteristics that I love in a good story; realistic characters that I could root for, a leading lady that I could identify with, lovely family relationships, emotional ups and downs and of course, a little romance. Not to mention the crafting – I loved learning about paper craft from Christie’s story and crafting fans will definitely enjoy this book.

Christie endeared herself to me straight away and I liked her more the more I read. She’s a single mum to fifteen year old Finn and the pair have a very close bond which was a joy to read. I loved that Christie is around the same age as me and as she did the dreaded commute into London each day, there was a lot that I could identify with. Christie has a great sense of humour as she tries to keep on top of holding down a full time job at a city law firm and caring for Finn who has been having some health problems and I admired her determination. Carole has based the character on her real life friend ‘Christine’ and her love and admiration for her and her son shines through on the pages.

Christie’s support network is wonderful and she has a brilliant relationship with her parents who live nearby. It was so lovely to read a story with such a positive emphasis on family – I wanted to move in with Christie’s Mum and Dad as I read! As Christie gets the opportunity to take her craft hobby to the next level by working with an American company, her family and friends rally round to support her – her law firm boss Robyn is another brilliantly written character who got a big thumbs up from me.

But just as things begin to look up, there’s more bad news on the way and this book certainly played with my emotions – it was only too easy to put myself in Christie’s shoes and to think how I’d feel if one of my sons was in Finn’s situation. I was on the edge of my seat rooting for both Finn and Christie to have the happy ending they deserved.

In addition to the family drama, Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses has a wonderful romantic thread to it too as Christie meets handsome American CEO Max and her fellow commuter Henry and they both show an interest in her. I loved Christie for staying true to herself as both men vied for her attention and Carole conjures up some seriously romantic ‘dates’ in very glamorous locations whilst keeping the reader guessing!

Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses is a fab and inspiring read about weathering the many ups and downs that life can throw at us – a lovely uplifting read that left me with a smile on my face.

5/5

Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses is out now in paperback, ebook and audio formats from Sphere.

Check out Carole’s fab website for more information on her books and the background to this story: http://www.carolematthews.com/

Please do check out the other stops on the blog tour and stop by here again later today for the chance to win a copy of this lovely book!

Giveaway winners! Carole Matthews book bundles

29 Apr

The winners are …

Elaine Farmer, Karen Smillie and Chey

Congratulations! I have sent you an email. Thanks to everyone who entered. Look out for more giveaways soon!

Giveaway! Three Carole Matthews five-book bundles to be won!

17 Apr

In celebration of the release of Carole Matthews’ twenty-fourth novel; A Place to Call Home, Carole’s publisher, Sphere have generously given me three bundles of her earlier titles to give away to lucky readers!

Each bundle consists of the five titles listed below which have recently been re-released with the beautiful new covers shown here!

To enter this giveaway just leave a ‘pick me’ comment in the box below and I’ll draw three winners using Random.org after the closing date.

This giveaway is open to UK residents only and will close at midnight on Friday 25th April.

Good luck!

Book review: A Place to Call Home by Carole Matthews

17 Apr

Today is my stop on Carole Matthews’ A Place to Call Home blog tour. I’ve got two posts as part of the tour; my review of the book and a fab giveaway to win bundles of some of Carole’s previous releases so without further ado here’s my review and please do stop by again later for the giveaway.

In the dead of night, Ayesha takes her daughter, Sabina, and slips quietly from her home, leaving behind a life of full of pain. Boarding a coach to London, all Ayesha wants is a fresh start.

Hayden, a former popstar, has kept himself hidden away for years. He’s only opened up his home to two people – Crystal, a professional dancer with a heart of gold, and Joy, an ill-tempered retiree with a soft spot for waifs and strays.

When Crystal asks Hayden if Ayesha and Sabina can stay with them, he reluctantly agrees and, as different as they may be, they quickly form an unlikely bond. So when enemies threaten their peaceful home, they will do all they can to save it and each other.

Uplifting and emotional, this is a novel of new beginnings, of discovering love and of finding A Place to Call Home.

I almost missed my stop on the train when I started reading this book on a journey home a few weeks ago, so engrossed was I in Ayesha’s middle of the night flight from her abusive husband. In A Place to Call Home Carole has written a beautiful story of new beginnings, heartbreak, love and friendship and right from the first pages I was captivated by Ayesha’s story and her fight to regain her life.

Ayesha and her young daughter Sabina are fleeing from husband and father Suresh who has made their lives a misery both physically and mentally for many years. It was heartbreaking to read the early scenes of the book where Ayesha recounts her reasons for leaving and the horror of abuse so bad that it has rendered her daughter speechless. This is a story packed with emotion and brought a tear to my eye on more than one occasion.

As with all of Carole’s books that I’ve read, the characterization in A Place to Call Home is excellent and I felt like a knew Ayesha and Sabina straight away. The way that Carole describes Sabina’s emotions even though she doesn’t speak is brilliant and I took both of them to my heart immediately. As Ayesha seeks refuge she finds herself in the impressive home of former pop star Hayden with two other women, Joy and Crystal. Hayden, Joy and Crystal are all wonderful characters too and one of the things that I enjoyed most about this book was the variety that the different characters brought to the story.

Ayesha and Sabina’s arrival in the house brings change to all three members of the house and as they rally round the new arrivals it was lovely to see the relationships between them develop. Many of my favorite moments came from reading how Hayden helps Ayesha with her reading and despite the sadness of the situation they both find themselves in there are many funny moments in the story, particularly as they start to read Brigit Jones’ Diary!

With lots of short chapters and several strong sub plots based around the supporting characters, I found that I flew through the book and didn’t want to put it down. Although most of the book in written in the third person, Ayesha’s story is told in the first person and makes it feel even more personal. The episodes covering Suresh’s hunt for his wife and daughter are a stark contrast and made for difficult reading at times – he really is a despicable character! Hayden on the other hand is wonderful and I found the scenes between him and Sabina particularly touching.

I love how Carole has struck the balance between the darker side of life (domestic abuse, lap dancing clubs, organized crime) and the themes of family, romance and friendship that we’ve come to love and expect from her novels. A Place Called Home made me think about the women and children who live with abuse every day and I hope it raises awareness and encourages everyone who reads it to support those facing similar challenges.

This is the second book I’ve read in a few weeks that has made me think about what ‘home’ really means. A Place to Call Home has a beautiful message and was so sensitively written as to be believable yet still a little magical. Highly recommended!

4/5

A Place to Call Home is out now in paperback and ebook formats.

I’d like to thank the publisher for providing a review copy of this book.

Find out more about Carole and her writing at: http://www.carolematthews.com/

Please do stop by again later for details of a fab Carole Matthews giveaway and please do check out the other stops on the blog tour.

Short story spotlight: Truly, Madly, Deeply (Short Story Collection) by Adele Parks, Carole Matthews, Katie Fforde, Miranda Dickinson and more …

16 Mar

Fall Head-Over-Heels…

From wedding days to special anniversaries, steamy one-night encounters to everlasting loves, Truly, Madly, Deeply takes you on an unforgettable romantic adventure where love really is all you need.

This collection brings together all-new specially selected stories from star authors from the Romantic Novelists’ Association, including international bestsellers Adele Parks, Katie Fforde, Carole Matthews and Miranda Dickinson, and many, many more and is edited by Sue Moorcroft.

The perfect indulgence to curl up with, Truly, Madly, Deeply is the ultimate romantic treat!

As you can see from the names on the cover, this is an impressive collection which includes stories from many of my favourite romantic authors. Published by Mills and Boon in association with the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the book features twenty-four brand new stories and has an impressive cast of authors including the ladies mentioned above plus favourites such as Fanny Blake, Elizabeth Buchan, Chrissie Manby, Judy Astley, Kate Harrison and Sue Moorcroft.

With a busy life, I find myself reading more and more short stories and novellas and I loved the variety of the stories in this book. Covering historical and contemporary settings with characters of all ages, I’m sure there’s something in Truly Madly Deeply for all readers. The stories cover love, marriage, friendship, separation, divorce and everything in between and show the wonderful spectrum of romantic fiction and its authors. Personal favourites of mine were The Corporate Wife by Carole Matthews, Living the Dream by Katie Fforde and Love on Wheels by Miranda Dickinson who should win an award for making meals on wheels romantic!

I love discovering authors that are new to me and collections like this are ideal for getting a feel for an author’s style and trying out new reads.  I really enjoyed Elizabeth Chadwick’s historical story, The Rough With the Smooth which introduced me to some of the characters in her trilogy about Eleanor of Aquitaine and has me eager to read The Summer Queen when it comes out in paperback in June. I’m also looking forward to more from Sophie Pembroke, whose modern fairytale left me with a smile on my face.

Each story is preceded with an author biography and I enjoyed learning more about the contributor’ careers. And if you choose to read the ebook of Truly Madly Deeply, you’re in for even more of a treat with 11 extra stories included in the digital edition! An ideal gift for upcoming mothers day or just a lovely treat for romance readers everywhere!

4/5

I’d like to thank Shane at Cherish for sending me a copy of this book to review.

Truly, Madly, Deeply is out now in paperback and ebook formats.

Find out more about the book at: http://romanticnovelistsassociationblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/truly-madly-deeply.html

Short story spotlight: Christmas round up

24 Dec

I set myself a little challenge last week; to read a Christmas ebook short story or novella each day. I’ve had  a lot of fun with this challenge and the stories below really put me in the Christmas spirit. So if you’re looking for a quick read during the festivities or Santa brings you a lovely new e-reader tomorrow, here are my recommendations for short festive treats!

From Scotland with Love by Katie Fforde

When Daisy travels to Scotland to confront notorious author Rory McAllan, little does she know that within hours she’ll be snowed in with him. But surely she’s not going to have to spend her precious New Year’s Eve with him too?

Put the champagne on ice, get the fireworks ready and step into the wonderfully warm, witty and romantic world of Katie Fforde.

Plus the first chance to read the opening chapter of Katie’s new novel, The Perfect Match, out in March.

This is a gorgeous wintry romance in Katie’s trademark warm and witty style. Set mainly during the period between Christmas and New Year this is perfect festive reading and I loved the Scottish setting. Leading lady Daisy made me smile a lot and this lovely little story kept me guessing right to the end. As with Katie’s last festive short, I found myself wishing/hoping that she will revisit these characters in a future full length novel – brilliant!

A Stocking Full of Romance by Brigid Coady 

A funny, charming and irresistible collection of seasonal short stories.

Perfect for enjoying a little bit of escapism in between last minute Christmas shopping and mince pie making!

I’ve been enjoying Brigid’s ‘Kiss’ series of short stories for mobiles so was excited to see that she has released a short story collection for Christmas. Containing six short stories in total, this is a fab winter collection and each story is a quick twenty minute read ideal for grabbing a quick break from the festivities. My personal favourite wasThree Wise Men which is a wonderfully original story with a country music theme. With magic, romance and humour, there’s something for everyone in this lovely collection!

A Christmas Wish by Carole Matthews

Last year, Hannah’s Christmas was full of love, happiness and romance. Things couldn’t be more different this Christmas. Broken-hearted and lonely, Hannah wishes she could be happy and in love again but she is struggling to find even a glimmer of her old festive spirit. Luckily for her, there’s some Christmas magic in the air . . . 

A Christmas Wish is a heart-warming ebook exclusive short story that will make you a firm believer in the power of Christmas. So take twenty minutes for yourself and indulge yourself in this romantic and festive tale. 

Another excellent festive treat from Carole which is free to download as I write. I loved that this story had more than a little magic in it and it left me with a big smile on my face. There’s also an exerpt from Carole’s fab full length Christmas novel, Calling Mrs Christmas.

Last Christmas by Talli Roland 

For Lucy, the best Christmas present is forgetting the past.

Eager to banish the ghost of Christmas past – when her boyfriend dumped her on the streets of Paris – Lucy is determined to make this the best Christmas ever. She rallies friends and family for an epic celebration that just happens to fall on the same day as her ex’s festive wedding. Furious at how she’s been treated, Lucy can’t help relishing the party v wedding smackdown.

But when the wedding is threatened and only Lucy can help, can she find the spirit inside to save the day, or will this Christmas be even more disastrous than the last?

I always enjoy Talli’s Christmas novellas and this one is a great story about turning your life around and seeing the positive. A modern romance set in London with a fab festive feel.

A Child is Born by Donna Douglas

Christmas Eve, 1936

On a foggy December night, a pregnant woman walks out in front of a trolley bus and is knocked unconscious.

She is rushed to the Nightingale hospital, and a healthy baby is delivered. But the mother claims to have lost her memory, and cannot believe that the child is hers.

It seems that the Nightingale nurses may need to perform a Christmas miracle.

I’ve never watched Call the Midwife but I imagine this novella could fit right in as a festive episode and I’m sure fans will love this. It was lovely to be back with the Nightingale nurses and that fact that this was an historical Christmas novella made a nice change. The story has drama, mystery and a vintage Christmas feel – fab!

Kiss Me on This Cold December Night by Charlotte Phillips 

Christmas in London – a time for late night shopping on Regent’s Street or ice skating at Somerset House under a blanket of twinkling fairy lights, the warming, welcoming aroma of mulled wine in the air…

Or, alternatively, a time for bumping into the ghosts of one night stands past in Ella Scott’s case!

Checking into her boutique hotel for a weekend of Christmas shopping, the last person Ella expects to bump into at reception is Tom bloody Henley – ambitious doctor, highly eligible bachelor and with whom she had the most unbelievable, mind-blowing brief encounter five Christmases ago.

But Ella slipped out quietly the morning after all those years ago for a reason and although Tom’s got a look on his face that suggests Christmas has come early, there’s no way she’s going to be repeating past mistakes… right?

Another great romance novella from Charlotte as part of her Do Not Disturb series. I loved the London setting and thought this was a great twist on ‘ghosts of Christmas past’ as Ella bumps into a one night stand that she ran away from five years earlier! Romantic and sexy, this novella had me gripped and will keep you warm this Christmas!

Happy Christmas reading!

Reading around the Christmas Tree! Christmas novel inspired gifts!

18 Dec

I thought I’d do something a little different this year from the usual round up of Christmas novels or gifts for book lovers. So this year I’ve combined the two! I’ve chosen five of this year’s gorgeous Christmas books and picked gifts for book lovers to go with them – just a little fun but I’d be happy to have any of these under the tree on Christmas morning if Santa is listening ;-)

Christmas at Carrington’s by Alexander Brown

Georgie Hart loves Christmas time at Carrington’s Department store. Running the luxury handbag department, Georgie adores helping customers in the hunt for the perfect gift for the perfect someone. And this year is no exception – now she has the hunky Tom, Mr Carrington himself, to spend the special day with.

But when Tom springs a surprise, Georgie’s plans are thrown into chaos. Carrington’s is getting a fresh lease of life in a hot new reality TV show, featuring formidable retail guru, Kelly Cooper.

As the first show airs, Georgie is shown in a far from flattering light. Worse is to come when Kelly’s vile daughter appears to get her claws into Tom. Georgie fears this will be the worst Christmas ever, but Santa still has a little surprise for her stocking this year – she’ll just have to wait until Christmas to find out… 

Leading lady Georgie runs the luxury handbag department at Carringtons so the gift to go with this lovely book is this fabulous bag from The Literary Gift Company

Calling Mrs Christmas by Carole Matthews

Cassie Smith has been out of work for a while but she has an idea. Drawing on her love of Christmas, she begins charging for small things: wrapping presents; writing cards; tree-decorating. She’s soon in huge demand and Cassie’s business, Calling Mrs Christmas, is born.

Carter Randall wants to make Christmas special for his children, so he enlists Cassie’s help, and his lavish requests start taking up all her time. Thank goodness she can rely on her loving partner Jim to handle the rest of her clients.

When millionaire Carter asks Cassie to join his family on a trip to Lapland, she knows she shouldn’t go . . . Suddenly Cassie finds herself facing a heart-breaking choice that could change her entire life.

 I love this bookish Christmas decoration from the Bodleian Library – perfect for the Mr or Mrs Christmas in your life!

 

I Heart Christmas by Lindsey Kelk 

Angela’s planning her very own fairytale of New York…

• Enormous Christmas tree
• Eggnog
• Eccentric British traditions
• Gorgeous man

But Santa’s throwing her a few curveballs – new job (as if it’s not mental enough already), new baby-craze from her best friend Jenny, and Alex determined they should grow up and settle down. Once friends start turning up uninvited on her doorstep (and leading her astray), can Angela really have a merry little Christmas? So much for happy holidays – something’s got to give…

So the ideal gift with this book would be tickets to New York but being just a little bit more realistic I’d settle for these fab New York book ends by Susan Bradley!

Christmas at Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop by Jenny Colgan

Rosie Hopkins is looking forward to Christmas in the little Derbyshire village of Lipton, buried under a thick blanket of snow. Her sweetshop is festooned with striped candy canes, large tempting piles of Turkish Delight, crinkling selection boxes and happy, sticky children. She’s going to be spending it with her boyfriend, Stephen, and her family, flying in from Australia. She can’t wait.

 But when a tragedy strikes at the heart of their little community, all of Rosie’s plans for the future seem to be blown apart. Can she build a life in Lipton? And is what’s best for the sweetshop also what’s best for Rosie?

A big box of retro sweets would be fab with this delicious novel or how about this for the perfect combination of literature and chocolate from The Chocolate Library?!

 

Wish Upon A Star by Trisha Ashley

Single mum Cally’s life is all about her little girl Stella. She’s resigned to the fact that the only romance she’s going to get is from the rom-coms she watches and with her busy job and her daughter; she doesn’t have time to even think about love. But when Stella gets sick, and Cally is forced to move in with her mother in the remote village of Sticklepond, to save money for Stella’s operation, Cally realizes how tough it can be to go it alone. Still, the last thing Cally wants to do is fall in love. All she wants is a Christmas miracle to save Stella. Can laid-back, charming Jago unlock Cally’s frozen heart and show her that the best gifts aren’t always found under the tree?

You can never have too many books or bookmarks and this cute personalised star one by Acorn Attic from Not on the High Street, would be the perfect accompaniment to this lovely book!

 

 So that’s my Christmas wish list sorted! What books are you hoping to find under the tree this year?

 

October 2013 New Releases – hot picks

1 Oct

Here are my top recommendations from the new books out in October – it’s another exciting month!

The Signature of all Things by Elisabeth Gilbert (Bloomsbury, 1st October)

The cover image here does not do this book justice – the hardback is absolutely gorgeous and I can’t wait to read it!

5 January 1800.

At the beginning of a new century, Alma Whittaker is born into a perfect Philadelphia winter. Her father, Henry Whittaker, is a bold and charismatic botanical explorer whose vast fortune belies his lowly beginnings as a vagrant in Sir Joseph Banks’s Kew Gardens and as a deck hand on Captain Cook’s HMS Resolution. Alma’s mother, a strict woman from an esteemed Dutch family, has a knowledge of botany equal to any man’s.

It is not long before Alma, an independent girl with a thirst for knowledge, comes into her own within the world of plants and science. But as her careful studies of moss take her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she comes to love draws her in the opposite direction – into the realm of the spiritual, the divine and the magical. She is a clear-minded scientist; he is a Utopian artist. But what unites this couple is a shared passion for knowing – a desperate desire to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all of life.

The Signature of All Things is a big novel, about a big century. It soars across the globe from London, to Peru, to Philadelphia, to Tahiti, to Amsterdam. Peopled with extraordinary characters – missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses and the quite mad –above all it has an unforgettable heroine in Alma Whittaker, a woman of the Enlightened Age who stands defiantly on the cusp of the modern.

Close to the Wind by Zana Bell (Choc Lit, 7th October)

This book sounds like a brilliant adventure – perfect for escaping with this Autumn.

What would you give to be free?

Georgiana da Silva is catapulted out of the Victorian drawing rooms and into a world of danger when she escapes her fiendish fiance to engage in a mad dash across the world to save her brother before an unknown assassin can find him.

Meanwhile, Captain Harry Trent is setting sail for New Zealand. With a mission to complete and the law on his heels, he’s got enough trouble of his own without further complications.

Thrown together, unable to trust anyone, Georgiana and Harry are intent on fulfilling their missions despite the distractions of the other. But liberty comes at a price and the closer they get, the more they must question the true cost of being free.

There’s More to Life than Cupcakes by Poppy Dolan (Novelicious Books, 10th October)

As a long-time Novelicious fan I’m very excited about the first release from Novelicious Books! Look out for my blog tour stop later in the month.

Ellie Redford has a husband, a job and a home. According to the rest of the world, it’s baby o’clock already. Shame life doesn’t come with a recipe…

Ellie knows that starting a family with lovely husband Pete would be an amazing adventure. Pete would make a brilliant dad and she’d have an excuse to eat shed loads of Cherry Bakewell. But Ellie’s bestie would rather she was up at 3am with a bottle of Malibu, not formula. And with redundancies looming, Ellie’s boss isn’t exactly going to throw her a shower if she disappears for a year, with pay.

While Ellie juggles her feelings (and everyone else’s) as competently as a drunken clown, she finds herself signing up for a baking class, alongside the young, free and sizzling hot Joe. As they work buns and shape tarts, is there more to their friendship than a shared appreciation of Paul Hollywood? 

Ellie’s soufflés may be rising, but her personal life is one big soggy mess. If she doesn’t make a decision soon, she may just lose everything that matters to her. Maybe it’s time to take off the pinny and face up to the truth: there’s more to life than cupcakes…

Finding It by Cora Carmack (Ebury, 10th October)

I loved Losing It and Faking It so I can’t wait to see what Cora has in store for Kelsey in this new release.

Kelsey Summers is looking for love in all the wrong places.

Spending a few months travelling around Europe – with no parents, no responsibilities and a no limit credit card – Kelsey’s having the time of her life.

But when she completely embarrasses herself in front of the hottest guy she’s ever seen, she soon realises there’s more to life than the next party.

What she doesn’t realise is that although she’s on a journey to find herself, she will end up finding The One…

A Gift to Remember by Melissa Hill (Simon and Schuster, 24th October)

I’m very excited about this one – it features a book lover, a bookshop and Manhattan and of course it’s going to be full of Melissa Hill’s trademark magic! I love the clever cover too.

Darcy Archer works in a small bookstore in Manhattan. A daydream believer, she refuses to settle for anything less than being swept off her feet by the perfect man… literally.

One day, when cycling to work, Darcy accidentally crashes into a sharply dressed gentleman walking his dog. He is knocked out cold, rushed to hospital and the poor pup gets left behind.

Wracked with guilt, Darcy takes the dog and makes plans to reunite him with owner, Aidan. As she discovers the mysterious stranger’s world of books, travel, adventure and all the wonderful things she’s ever dreamt about, Darcy builds a picture of this man and wonders if he could be THE ONE…

But does fantasy match reality? What happens when Prince Charming wakes up? Will Aidan be the happy ever after she’s always imagined?

Calling Mrs Christmas by Carole Matthews (Sphere, 24th October)

Carole’s Christmas books are always a treat!

Cassie Smith has been out of work for a while but she has an idea. Drawing on her love of Christmas, she begins charging for small things: wrapping presents; writing cards; tree-decorating. She’s soon in huge demand and Cassie’s business, Calling Mrs Christmas, is born. 

Carter Randall wants to make Christmas special for his children, so he enlists Cassie’s help, and his lavish requests start taking up all her time. Thank goodness she can rely on her loving partner Jim to handle the rest of her clients. 

When millionaire Carter asks Cassie to join his family on a trip to Lapland, she knows she shouldn’t go . . . Suddenly Cassie finds herself facing a heart-breaking choice that could change her entire life. 

Join Cassie as she takes you on a romantic and emotional rollercoaster ride in Calling Mrs Christmas.

Take a Look at Me Now by Miranda Dickinson (Avon, 24th October)

I’ve been following Miranda’s vlogs and eagerly awaiting this novel for a long time! Set in the city that’s top of my list of places I want to visit, this sounds like a fab inspirational read.

What a difference a day makes…

Nell Sullivan has always been known as ‘Miss Five-Year Plan’. But when she finds herself jobless and newly single on the same day, Nell decides it is time to stop planning and start taking chances.

Nell blows her redundancy cheque on a trip of lifetime to a place where anything is possible – San Francisco. There she meets a host of colourful characters, including the intriguing and gorgeous Max. Very soon the city begins to feel like Nell’s second home.

But when it’s time to return to London, will she leave the ‘new Nell’ behind? And can the magic of San Francisco continue to sparkle thousands of miles away?

Secrets of a Chalet Girl by Lorraine Wilson (HarperImpulse, 24th October)

I’m looking forward to hitting the slopes again for Lorraine Wilson’s second HarperImpulse novel.

Set in the exclusive Swiss ski resort of Verbier, the winter playground of the rich and famous, Secrets of a Chalet Girl is the second book in Lorraine Wilson’s fabulous Ski Season series.

 

 

Trust in Me by J.Lynn (HarperImpulse, 24th October)

Wait For You is one of my favourite reads of the year so far and I can’t wait to meet Cam (and his cookies!) again :-)

From the New York Times bestselling author of Wait For You, this is the story of Cam and Avery’s sizzling romance as you’ve never seen it before, told exclusively from Cam’s perspective…

Cameron Hamilton is used to getting what he wants, especially when it comes to women. But when Avery Morgansten comes crashing into his life – literally – he finally meets the one person who can resist his soulful baby blues. But Cam’s not ready to give up – he can’t get this feisty and intriguing girl out of his head.

Avery has secrets, secrets that keep her from admitting the feelings Cam knows she has for him. What will it take to help him break down her barriers and gain her trust? Or will he be shut out of Avery’s life, losing his first real shot at the kind of love that lasts forever?

The Lost Boys by Lilian Carmine (Ebury, 24th October)

This is another book that has been on my wish list for ages – it sounds like a great paranormal romance!

Fate has brought them together. But will it also keep them apart?

Having moved to a strange town, seventeen-year-old Joey Gray is feeling a little lost, until she meets a cute, mysterious boy near her new home.

But there’s a very good reason why Tristan Halloway is always to be found roaming in the local graveyard…

 

What are you looking forward to reading this month?

Short story news: Sunshine with a Chance of Snow by Carole Matthews

25 Jun

Lovely Carole Matthews is treating us lucky readers to a free ebook short story this summer! Sunshine with a Chance of Snow is released on the 1st July and is free to download until the end of July :-) The download also includes the first three chapters of Carole’s brilliant Cottage By the Sea so grab your copy now!

Beth and Michael have worked hard all their married life to give their children everything they want. It hasn’t been easy but it’s been worth it. Now, as Beth enjoys quality time with her family on their beach holiday, she knows she has a lot to be thankful for. But it’s not until she’s faced with her biggest challenge yet that Beth really begins to understand how lucky she is.