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The Little Shop on Silver Linings Street, by Emma Davies

Daisy lives a simple life despite working in an extravagant jewellery shop. She loves the heartwarming love stories that customers bring to her and in return encourages them to buy with their heart rather than to make a profit.
Eccentric owner, Bea announces her retirement and sets her 3 sons the challenge of finding Daisy the perfect piece of jewellery and the winner will inherit the shop. All of the brothers are horrified, as is poor Daisy!
She spends time with each of the brother as they attempt to find out more about her in order to discover her preferences. She also makes discoveries about the brothers and herself in the process.
Daisy reveals an artistic side and develops her passion for designing her own jewellery with a personal touch which is a far cry from the ostentatious gems available at the shop she works in.
In the midst of this is a fledgling romance…
The Little Shop on Silver Linings Street is a beautiful feel-good Christmas book. There is an appropriate festive message about appreciating the value of things and not being materialistic, about the thought behind a gift not the price tag.
I was expecting events to turn out the way they did but the journey to the ending was beautifully written and emotional. Daisy’s past is hinted at throughout the book but when she reveals the truth I’m sure it will bring a lump to your throat :'( We also get reunited with Grace and Amos, Flora and Ned from the previous books in the series which is a nice touch.
For another Christmassy book from Emma Davies, have a look at Christmas at the Little Cottage on the Hill, or if you want to know about the history of peripheral characters read The House at Hope Corner and The Beekeeper’s Cottage

 

Title:  The Little Shop on Silver Linings Street

 

Publication Day: 16/10/2019
Author:   Emma Davies
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Apple Books: https://apple.co/2k6uNPW
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2ktDWlF
Googleplay: http://bit.ly/2pVdp36
 
Description:
Daisy Turner has worked at Buchanan’s Family Jewellers since the day she finally escaped her troubled home. With a unique talent for matching the perfect piece of jewellery to any romantic milestone, she painstakingly polishes each stunning creation every morning and safely locks them away each night, longing for the day she’ll have a love story to call her own…
But everything changes one day in December when the owner announces she is retiring. She will leave the shop to whichever of her three sons creates the perfect piece of Christmas jewellery for Daisy.
In danger of losing the job that once saved her, Daisy is catapulted out of her comfort zone as each of the brothers sweeps her off her feet to find out what her heart truly desires. Between ice-skating, starlight shopping and cosy candle-lit dinners, it’s only handsome and guarded youngest brother Kit who really seems to be listening. Because Daisy has a secret. Every night, when the shop closes, she lays out her tools in neat rows and creates sparkling designs of her own…
As Christmas Day approaches, Daisy’s growing feelings for Kit fill her with a con
fidence she never knew she had. But as the brothers present their elaborate gemstone masterpieces, she’s in for the shock of her life… Was Kit using her to get ahead in the competition all along? Or has he truly worked out the one thing she has always longed for?
They say all good things come in small packages, but the best things don’t need wrapping at all…
Snuggle up with this absolutely heart-warming Christmas read and find a warm spot by the fire. An unputdownable festive treat for lovers of Jenny ColganLucy Diamond and Debbie Johnson.

 

 

Author Bio:
After a varied career, Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous (and not necessarily true) anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: ‘I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.’ Well the job in the design studio didn’t work out but she’s now a forty something mother of three and is happy to report the rest of her dream came true.
After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband, three children, and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life. It’s a county she adores, her love of its beautiful people and landscapes providing endless inspiration for her books, and in fact the only thing that would make Shropshire more idyllic is if it were by the sea.
Author Social Media Links:
Pop over to her website www.emmadaviesauthor.com where, amongst other things, you can read about her passion for Pringles and singing loudly in the car. You can also wave to her on twitter @EmDaviesAuthor / https://twitter.com/EmDaviesAuthor or find her on Facebook (a little too often than is good for her): https://www.facebook.com/emmadaviesauthor/

 


Cosy Club Basingstoke: VIP opening event

Yay, a blogging event meeting up with two of my favourite local bloggers Jenny from Ramblings of a Jaffa Cat and Dawn from Dear Mummy Blog.

We were invited to attend the opening of the brand new Cosy Club in Basingstoke! The atmosphere was amazing and I particularly liked the dress code for the staff as well as the vintage decor. There was a party vibe going on and the staff and guests were obviously excited to launch this new restaurant.

I was thrilled to note on the drinks menu that the straws are compostible so good for the environment, yay!
As I was driving, I opted for a mocktail rather than a cocktail (which I craved, good excuse to go back!) and so I experienced my first mojito…

So, food… I hestitantly requested vegan and gluten free and… no problem! I enjoyed roasted veggies, garlic mushrooms on toast and chips! Meanwhile the others tucked into their meaty wheaty tapas treats.

We had a lovely evening, catching up on life and enjoying good food and drink. I want to pop back one night to try the cocktails and their main menu options (although the tapas was tasty, I like BIG meals 🙂 ), but also during the day with my family to see what the atmosphere is like at lunchtime. There is an outside seating area which I imagine would be a fab way to spend a summer evening, sipping cocktails and sharing tapas with friends.

*We were invited to attend this event along with other bloggers and members of the local community. There was no requirement to write about our experience but I wanted to share!


I’ll Be Home For Christmas, by Karen Clarke

 

 

I’ll Be Home For Christmas is a lovely tale of the importance of finding yourself and loving yourself before trying to find someone else to love you.
Nina Bailey is visiting France to stay with her cousin Charlie and aunt Dolly who we met in Karen Clarke’s last book (Summer at the Little French Cafe).
She is at a crossroads in her life: no job but the idea of starting a travel blog, no fiance after discovering he was unfaithful and cancelling their wedding, and griefstricken after the death of her grandmother. All of these are bitterly linked and she needs time for her heart to heal.
Her aunt has other ideas and immediately begins to matchmake with Charlie’s friend Ryan who is also visiting after the breakdown of his previous relationship but his ex won’t leave him alone.
The developing relationship and antagonism between Nina and Ryan is gentle and fun, with plenty of feel good moments and a sprinkling of humour. The main characters have been given an emotional depth and misunderstandings ramp up the drama.
Plus there is a Christmas theme! There is a lovely festive feel to the whole book and a reminder that Christmas is only as special as the people you spend it with.

Media Kit:
 
Title:                  I’ll Be Home for Christmas
 
Author:     Karen Clarke
 
Publication day: 14/10/2019
 
BUY Links:
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Apple Books: https://apple.co/32VeSoi
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2MqsWj9
Googleplay: http://bit.ly/2nmummc
 
Description:    
        
Nina Bailey loves Christmas. Except this year she doesn’t. Because it turns out that her husband-to-be has been cheating on her – and her beautiful wedding ceremony in the snow is cancelled.
She’s not really in the mood to be jolly, sing carols, or go anywhere near gingerbread men – in fact, what Nina wants is to avoid the whole thing. So she’s come to stay at her Aunt Dolly’s cosy café to nurse her broken heart.
Nina is determined to get through Christmas with no tinsel, no fuss – and definitely no flirting. So when she arrives and meets infuriatingly handsome Ryan Sadler, with his gorgeous forest-green eyes, she is not best pleased. And when Nina overhears him making fun of her, she is furious. (There might have been an incident with a koala onesie and a spilled bottle of milk, but that really wasn’t her fault!) So despite the spark between them, and the fact that he can whip up a fabulous dinner faster than she can say Michelin star, romance and Christmas are off the menu this year.
Unfortunately, Aunt Dolly hasn’t quite got the message, going to great lengths toprovide a proper British Christmas for her beloved niece: a true home away from home. With sparkling lights adorning every wall and a tree to equal the Rockefeller Center’s and, yes, mistletoe above every doorway, can Nina resist the magic of Christmas – and stick to her no-romance rule?
This heart-warming romantic comedy will have you reaching for eggnog, roasted chestnuts and gingerbread cookies! The perfect festive book to read curled up in front of the fire, for fans of Sue Moorcroft, Holly Martin and Debbie Johnson.
 
Author Bio:
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.
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.
 
Author Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karen.clarke.5682
Twitter:     https://twitter.com/karenclarke123
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard
Website: http://writewritingwritten.blogspot.co.uk/

 


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The Last Wife, by Nicola Marsh

I was hooked and enthralled from the first page! The Last Wife is a story about love, lies, money and power.
Ria’s husband walked out on her and her daughter 5 years ago but she has remained close to her mother in law and frequently attends family gatherings.
The Parker family are all hiding secrets and Ria is emailed with details which could ruin their carefully maintained social status. She is eager to find the source of the emails but it involves finding her estranged tech genius husband…
The narrative is divided amongst the female characters so that we gain insight into their perspective of the events as they unfold.
Ria is by far the most pleasant character and it is fascinating to compare how the women appear to others compared to how they represent themselves. In particular, Ashlin appears to be a thoroughly selfish, nasty woman but from her viewpoint we discover her insecurities and vulnerability.
Threaded through the brilliant character exploration is the element of mystery. What secrets are they hiding from the rest of the family and what are the implications once revealed?
Family tensions are central to the plot, and the way that author Nicola Marsh writes her female characters allow us to understand and empathise with them, even when they are not nice people.
I’m not sure I was completely convinced by the ending but I enjoyed The Last Wife so much that it didn’t matter, and my overall verdict is ‘wow’!
Read my review of Nicola’s previous book The Scandal

Publication Day Media Kit
 
Title: The Last Wife     
 
Author:  Nicola Marsh
 
Publication Day: 11/10/19
 
Buy Links:         
Amazon: https://geni.us/B07VXV8KHZsocial
Apple Books: https://buff.ly/2MDJyFK
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2o5Y7I4
Googleplay: http://bit.ly/2oJOC1q
 
Description:
 
Trusting his family was her first mistake.
All Ria ever wanted was a family. Growing up alone in foster care, she imagined just how it would be. So when she fell in love with Grayson and had their daughter Shelley, she was determined to make his family love her too. She knew she’d never fit in with her glamorous sisters-in-law, or at the exclusive picture-perfect Chicago parties her mother-in-law threw, but with Grayson’s arm around her waist she tried her best to be a Parker.
Everything changed when Grayson disappeared.
Until one morning, Grayson leaves the house for work and never comes home. Left to raise Shelley alone, Ria is forced to turn to her husband’s family, to let her intimidating mother-in-law into her life, allow her to babysit Shelley, and accept her financial support. She tries to ignore the feeling that her sisters-in-law never thought she was good enough. They say they have no idea what happened to Grayson, and she tries very hard to believe them.
But Ria is about to learn that every Parker wife has secrets.
And protecting her daughter might come at a terrible price…
Utterly compelling, The Last Wife is an emotionally-charged novel about what one woman will do to survive. Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, Kerry Fisher and The Other Woman.
 
Author Bio:
USA TODAY bestselling & multi-award winning author Nicola Marsh writes feel-good fiction with a twist!
She has published 68 books with Harlequin, Amazon and indie, and sold over 8 million copies worldwide.
She currently writes women’s fiction/rural romance for Harper Collins Australia Mira imprint, emotional domestic suspense for Bookouture and contemporary romance for Harlequin Dare.
Her first mainstream contemporary romance, BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD released to rave reviews, including a nomination for RWA’s RBY, Romantic Book of the Year.
Her first indie-pubbed contemporary romance CRAZY LOVE is an Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller, and was nominated for an ARRA award.
Her women’s fiction novel SAVING SARA with Lake Union hit the #1 kindle romance spot on Amazon UK.
Her young adult fantasy SCION OF THE SUN won a National Readers’ Choice Award for Best YA novel.
She’s also a Waldenbooks, Bookscan and Barnes & Noble bestseller, a RBY and National Readers’ Choice Award winner, is a multiple finalist for awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, Booksellers’ Best, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, More than Magic and has won several CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Awards.
A physiotherapist for 13 years, she now adores writing full time, raising her two dashing young heroes, sharing fine food with family and friends, barracking loudly for her beloved North Melbourne Kangaroos footy team, and her favourite, curling up with a good book!
Social Media links:
Website: https://www.nicolamarsh.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NicolaMarsh
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NicolaMarshAuthor/