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What’s more to say about my blog about books I’ve read?

Well, this is my blog about books I’ve read 😀.

I always liked reading books, and it all started on a very silly way… It’s always good to blame my dad, so he is the cause of my reading addiction.

When I was still a little girl, a looooooong time ago, I saw him always going to the bathroom with the newspaper. One day I wondered why he did that, so I took a book and tried to see the fun of that.

And since that day, you can find everywhere in the house a book of mine.

A while ago, I had the opportunity to review some books, and now a new opportunity came to post them on an own blog.

So here we are, my own blog!

I read books, and I will post my thoughts about them.

Some books I’ll like, some I won’t like that much…. but you can be sure that I’ll give you my personal and honest opinion about them.

I hope you enjoy reading it!

‘Two For Tripping’ – written by Lasairiona McMaster #BookReview @QueenofFireLas

It’s always the dark horses…

Synopsis

Awkward. Adrift. Alone.

Fresh out of college, Will Morrison finds himself at a loss. Graduating top of his class was all well and good, but with no idea of what to do next, it’s all meaningless, and his recent mistakes have put him on tenuous ground with his best friend and sister.

His championship hockey teammates are moving on without him, he has too many choices for what to do next, and no clue what makes his heart sing… Until a one night stand with a fiery red-head turns his world upside down. Quinn’s everything he’s not: outgoing, brave and driven.

Being with her shines a light on his dark side. But following the road to redemption means more than making amends with friends and family. Can he forgive himself, and accept that he doesn’t need to know the full path to take the first step? Or will his inability to love himself mean losing her, too?

If you’re pucking obsessed with Helena Hunting, Pippa Grant, and Elle Kennedy, you’ll love this steamy, one night stand, sports romance. Two for Tripping is a full length standalone with no cheating, cliffhangers, and a guaranteed happily ever after.

Welcome to the Minnesota Snow Pirates, where skilled and sexy mother puckers’ lives get turned upside down by strong and badass heroines. Curl up with your next book boyfriend today.

My review

Will Morrison has always been the good guy. He just graduated top of his class, and nobody can speak ill of him.
At least, that was until everything went crashing with his best friend and his sister… Add that Will doesn’t know what he wants to do with his future, while all his teammates have their future laid out.
And then Will meets Quinn… But just a one – night stand isn’t enough for the both of them.
Quinn is everything Will is not. But will their differences be enough, because the both of them are carrying scars and demons of the past that could jeopardize just everything.

I absolute ADORE Lasairiona’s books (and just her being herself too!) so obviously I was thrilled when I started reading this book.
And Las told me afterwards that I shouldn’t feel ashamed I finished this book in less than 24 hours, so I don’t!

In the previous book, towards the ending, I was so angry at Will, wanted to kick his *ss for his behaviour.
And also in this book, there were moments I wanted to knock some sense in him!

We *know* that Will is a good guy, but the things he says sometimes are just so wrong, and I couldn’t comprehend why he would say such things and not realizing how hurtful it all was.
But slowly we get to know his demons, and slowly the tissues appeared also in my apartment!

Those heated moments we all know and expect from Lasairiona are surely still present in this book, but the level of vulnerability in this story just peaked at its highest.
What happened to Will scarred him emotionally so deep, and seeing this strong man falling into pieces just broke my heart.
Wait, let me correct my above statement… my heart was forcefully pulled out of my chest, my heart got chopped by an axe in pieces, those pieces were put in a blender to mix them even into smaller pieces…
Got an idea how I felt?

It made me understand so much of Will, and I just wanted to jump into the book, and be for him what Quinn is.
Thank God (and Las!) Will has found Quinn! I have to admit, if I would ever be into women, Quinn would be my top pick! Not only is she a bookworm like I am, but she is bad ass in baking! I want her cupcakes!!! (Sorry people, not a fan of apple pie!)

Quinn hasn’t had it easy in the past, but she has become such a strong, caring, understanding person. She wants to help out other people, her volunteering in a shelter as proof, but she also wants to follow her passion of backing.
But she also shows her own vulnerability, as she appears insecure, and doesn’t believe in herself.

I loved how this couple got together, and how they are just SO SO SO perfect for each other. Obviously, there are some serious hurdles they need to jump over, but seeing how even without speaking they understand each other, and make them see how just amazing they are. They support each other through the hardest bits without judgement and try to help, even not always succeeding in it…

I already said that I had to use tissues… believe me, there were many tissues that now are all used, torn apart because of what this author dared to address.
I loved Lasairiona before, but with this book, my admiration for her only grew.
Without giving away what happens in the book, it’s terrible…
And while we know and judge the subject in its known ‘format’, seeing it the other way around, how power is being abused, is still somehow a taboo.
So my biggest praise that Lasairiona dared to address this huge problem in the world, and showing us that even the strongest, kindest man feels the burden and shame of what happened to him by someone who should be a role model…
And there is no shame in asking for help, because YOU ARE NOT IN THE WRONG HERE!

As usual, this story made me smile, even a bit overheated, but I got so angry, sad and frustrated too. I needed to take a few moments after tears were spilled and I needed to catch my breath.
Even if this book broke my heart, it was again a wonderful story from this author, showing us the power of love, and that with the right person by our side, we can find our strength back after the darkest moments.
And now, let me find cupcakes!!!!

‘A Leap of Faith For The Cornish Midwife’ – written by Jo Bartlett #BookReview @J_B_Writer @rararesources @BoldwoodBooks

Love and faith are easy to believe in when all goes well, but what when it doesn’t anymore?

Synopsis

Midwife Izzy is devastated to learn that her beloved grandmother is dying. Abandoned as a baby by her own mother, her grandparents have been the only family Izzy has ever known and she wants to spend every last precious moment with them.

New locum vicar, Noah, is a wonderful support – kind, considerate and always there for Izzy whenever she needs a shoulder to cry on. But secretly Noah is battling his own doubts about his faith – how can he offer Izzy comfort if he doesn’t truly believe his own words?

When Izzy and Noah are brought together to support grieving parents, Noah reaches breaking point. He can’t stay in Port Agnes and live a lie. But Izzy is adamant it’s the only place she can be….

Will love find a way or will Izzy’s hopes of a future be dashed?

My review

Midwife Izzy may have the most selfish mother on earth, but she also has the best grandparents of just the whole universe. They raised her while her own mother abandoned her and they gave Izzy all the love they had. But Izzy has recently learned that her beloved grandmother is dying, and so Izzy wants to spend every moment with Eileen.
And Eileen herself finds comfort at the vicarage and finds a listening ear in the form of new locum vicar Noah.
While Noah tries to be there for everyone in Port Agnes, and that includes offering his support to Izzy, even if he is struggling with his own doubts with his faith.
And when Izzy and Noah are brought together with their helping out grieving parents, they realize that there is more than just friendship.
But when Noah reaches his breaking point, is their new relationship strong enough for this big test? Or is it all over before it even began?

It’s not a secret I have fallen in love with this series! So I was very eager to start reading this next chapter and getting to know Izzy better.
While I thought what I would get into to, I didn’t expect that the expected rollercoaster of emotions would be such a big one!

If there is someone who doesn’t love Izzy, it’s definitely you, not her!
Izzy is one of the kindest, caring, loveable persons in the writing world. Her love for her grandparents is obvious from every word and act.
She knows that she has the best grandparents in the world, and they have given her everything her mother didn’t.
And I could completely comprehend how Izzy didn’t want to hear anything from her mother, or even being disgusted by her mother’s behaviour.
Even I was repulsed by it, and I knew it was fiction!

And if I were ever having a baby of my own (after finding my Prince Charming obviously), I just wish I could go to port Agnes, as Izzy and the other midwives are just amazing! Each Midwife going beyond their strict duty and seeing how a terrible event shakes Izzy, showed me again what amazing people there are in Port Agnes.

Even the latest addition, Noah stole a piece of my heart. Despite him having doubts around his faith, and not knowing where his future is, he is there for everyone in need and offers advice and kind words.
What I liked about him too, was that he is so down to earth. He knows what people think of him, but he wants to be known for his good actions, and not for the way he looks.
The reason of him doubting his faith was a terrible event in his past, which I could understand. And it made Noah a more realistic person. Because doesn’t everyone has a moment of doubt? And not just about faith, but about what direction we want our lives to take and if previous choices were the right one.
It doesn’t matter if Noah is a vicar or just a ‘normal’ person, because having doubts is what makes us human.

Seeing Izzy and Noah together is just something that warmed my heart. The way Noah easily fitted in Izzy’s family, and even understood Izzy’s feeling towards her mother, was proof how just perfect they are together. And when he makes the most stupid decision ever, I could see what his reasoning was. While not agreeing with him, I saw what he was doing, and it was all for Izzy…

Now, be warned, because while reading, you will definitely need tissues, as I absolutely did! There were moments I had tear after tear falling of my face, even needed a moment to get myself back together…
The author wrote such loving characters, that I wanted only the best for them. But obviously, life isn’t only filled with the good stuff. So when the heart – breaking moments arrived, I wanted to rewrite the story myself, as the characters didn’t deserve to endure those terrible moments!

But the main feeling I had after finishing this lovely book, was the feeling of love. Because this book is filled with love in so many different ways. The love between grandparents and grandchildren, the love of parents for their (unborn) children, love for your job, love for people around you, and even the love animals have for their owner and the other way around. Because let me tell you, Pablo and Franny surely stole a piece of my heart, with their enthusiasm but also comprehension and their offering comfort in their own little ways…

Even with the many tissues I had to use, this was an amazing, heart-warming book to read!

‘The Sweetheart Locket’ – written by Jen Gilroy #BookReview @JenGilroy1 @rararesources

When something fun turns out to be the revelation of an unknown past

Synopsis

What if the key to your present lies in the past?

London, 1939
On the eve of the Second World War, Canadian Maggie Wyndham defies her family and stays in England to do her bit for the war effort. Torn between two countries, two men and living a life of lies working for the Special Operations Executive (SOE), Maggie’s RAF sweetheart locket is part of who she is…and who she isn’t.

San Francisco, 2019
Over twenty years after Maggie’s death, her daughter Millie and granddaughter Willow take a DNA test that’s supposed to be a bit of fun but instead yields unexpected results. Willow has always treasured her grandmother’s sweetheart locket, both family heirloom and a symbol of her grandparents’ love story. But now she doesn’t know what to believe. She embarks on a search for the truth, one she doesn’t know will reveal far more about herself…

A gripping and heart-breaking dual timeline novel about love, loss and buried secrets, The Sweetheart Locket is perfect for fans of Lorna Cook, Rachel Hore and Suzanne Kelman.

My review

The last thing that Willow expected when she took a DNA test for fun with her whole family, was discovering that her ancestry was not what everyone thought.
Willow always believed that that their grandparents had the greatest love story, and that’s why she treasured her grandmother’s sweetheart locket.
Wanting to know the truth, Willow decided to make the trip van San Francisco to London, to see if she can find more about her grandmother Maggie, who in 1939 decided to stay in London and not return to Canada.
And with her wish to do her bit for the war, Maggie finds herself falling in love, working for the  Special Operations Executive and learn how much a heart can be broken. But one thing she will always keep with her, is her sweetheart locket…

When I start reading a book with dual timelines, I am always a bit scared that one character won’t have enough spotlight and making me not completely bond with that character.
So I was relieved to see not only the length of the book, but also seeing how both Willow and Maggie got their spotlight.

Maggie and Willow are two characters different from each other, yet so much alike too.
As Willow grew up in not the easiest circumstances, and her own adulthood hasn’t been a walk in the park either, receiving the notice that she is not what she thought she was, I could see how it devastated her. And I could surely understand why she wanted to discover the truth and the past of her beloved grandmother.

And Maggie finding herself in London all alone, I could see her struggles too. But I also saw her determination, as she becomes of an added value with her work. But also seeing her to go from a bit of an ‘innocent’ girl into adulthood, with everything that comes along with it.
Maggie is the kind of woman I would have liked to have known myself, as she doesn’t make a distinction based on your background. She likes you for who you are.
Falling in love during wartime isn’t easy, but it warmed my heart seeing how Maggie fell in love for the first time. And he couldn’t be any more perfect!

Unfortunately, the War makes no distinction either, and seeing Maggie getting heartbroken, broke my heart too.
But even after her most difficult moment, I admired Maggie’s resilience.

I can go on and on describing what happens to each woman, and while it may seem that the focus is more on Maggie, we get to know Willow also much better.
The more Willow is doing her research in London, together with her new friend, Dermot, the more I saw the similarities between both women. Not only their strength and determination, but also their vulnerabilities.

This was a lovely book to read, with secrets and (un)expected twists. It took my on a journey where characters are discovering themselves, learning every bit of life, and finding strength to move forward.
I liked both characters equally, as their stories were entwined, but even if their paths took them to different directions, but found each other closer, even if separated through time and place.

‘Just One Day – Summer’ – written by Susan Buchanan #CoverReveal @Susan_Buchanan @rararesources

Well, this cover surely has my interest, I NEED to read the book asap!!!

Synopsis

‘Gorgeous, glorious and uplifting. A delight to read.’ (Christie Barlow)

List-juggling, business-owner mum-of-three Louisa is reeling after a tragedy, as well as learning how to cope after a life-changing revelation. With oil worker husband Ronnie possibly being able to move onshore, she hopes he can help her manage the burden.
But the secrets she keeps are causing her headaches and she’s unsure if her ability to make good decisions has deserted her. All she seems to do is upset those around her.
With Louisa’s to-do list gathering pace at an incredible speed, will she manage to provide a stable home for them all, embrace her new normal as well as rebuild their life from what’s left?
And if she gets what she has always wanted, will it match up to her expectations?

For fans of Milly Johnson, Sarah Morgan and Heidi Swain.

Pre-order link – https://books2read.com/u/3yKNa6

Publication Date – 26th July

About the author

Susan Buchanan lives in Scotland with her husband, their two young children and a crazy Labrador called Benji. She has been reading since the age of four and had to get an adult library pass early as she had read the entire children’s section by the age of ten. 

Susan writes contemporary fiction, often set in Scotland, usually featuring travel, food or Christmas. When not working, writing, or caring for her two delightful cherubs, Susan loves reading (obviously), the theatre, quiz shows and eating out – not necessarily in that order!

THE COVER!!!

‘Love You From A-Z’ – written by Linda Corbett #BookReview @lcorbettauthor @rararesources

Sometimes, love is as easy as A to Z…

Synopsis

Experience has told Jenna Oakhurst that Happy Ever After may happen in all the best stories, but Happy For Now is the best one ought to expect in real life. Yet lately even that isn’t quite enough, so when a strange set of circumstances leads her to discover a mysterious letter in an abandoned storage unit, she takes the chance to embark on a journey into the unknown…just like the heroines from the storybooks.

Reaching out to the letter’s author, Henry Somners, changes Jenna’s world irrevocably and she starts to realise that the magic she believed in as a child might not be such a fanciful notion after all…

My review

Growing up, Jenna Oakhurst has learned that Happy Ever Afters are only for in stories, but in real life there are only Happy For Nows. And proof is her current relationship.
Matt is more focused on his way to make money without too many efforts, and that is the same way he sees his relationship: not putting too much effort in it.
Being a helping hand again with clearing out an abandoned storage unit, Jenna finds a mysterious letter and she is determined to find whoever wrote it to return it to sender.
And with her success, as she finds the author, Henry Somners, will she also find her Happy Ever After, or is meeting Henry again a case of being too good to be true? 

When we were young, didn’t we all believe that Happy Ever After was a real thing? That one day we would meet our Prince Charming and it would be all sunshine and rainbows from there on?
And with growing up, we learned that Love isn’t like that and is always a work in progress, where two people who love each other have to put in the same efforts to keep things working. 

In this story, Jenna doesn’t believe in love, not even in the sense of the keep on working on it version. She only believes that love can give you happiness for a limited moment.
And seeing Jenna like that saddened me, because, despite me not having found my Prince Charming myself, I keep on believing that he is out there somewhere. And that sometimes we have to encounter many frogs before our Prince emerges. 

Jenna isn’t happy in her relationship, and I couldn’t blame her. It’s one thing if both parties are equally putting an effort in it, but it’s obvious that Matt is more concerned with his friend and dubious affairs, than investing his time and love in Jenna.

However, Jenna is obvious also a romantic type. And this side clearly emerges when she finds the mysterious letter.
She wants to find the writer of it, and even after meeting Henry, she does whatever she can to help him out, even if that means using a scheme to get his camera back from Matt. 

I also admired her strength in a way. Because when she finally had enough, she makes a clear break from Matt, choosing herself for once.

And in my opinion, that is when the real story starts…
Yes, it’s important to know her background, and how she meets Henry, but when she finally moves out of her place and stays with her sister and her partner, the real Jenna appears. 

The more I read about Jenna, the more I liked her. She is a kind person, offering helping hands wherever she can. She is also funny, as she shows with her colleagues. But she is also righteous. Even if there is one colleague that pushes her buttons, she still handles his expenses according the rules of the firm and when the truth comes out, even then she shows her kind heart, no matter how easy it would have been to get some ‘revenge’. 

To be truly honest, the bit that truly stole my heart, was the guinea pig rescue. I never heard of such a rescue before, but seeing the efforts and love was put in helping those poor animals and the efforts to keep the rescue, warmed my heart. And even if I am not a fan of the candy – type, Snickers stole my heart! 

And seeing how she and Henry are growing closer, was just wonderful to read about. Add that Jenna also has a physical disadvantage yet Henry sees the Power Woman she truly is, made me even believe more in finding Prince Charming! 

Yes, Henry made me furious at one specific point in the story, but seeing how he cares about Jenna and seeing how his heart gets stolen by the guinea pigs, made me still believe in the good in him. 

This was a wonderful story to read, about how hardships in our lives have twisted our vision of love, and can even make someone fear to love.
There are so many topics handled in this book, but all handled in a subtle, nice way without ever getting too judgy or teachy.
While reading, I understood perfectly what this author tried to tell us, and while the messages were important, it never made the smile disappear of my face.

‘A Defiant Maiden’s Knight’ – written by Melissa Oliver #BookReview @melissaoauthor @rararesources

Not everyone wants the protection of a knight

Synopsis

A knight’s protection…That she doesn’t want…or need?

Joan Lovent may be losing her sight but she refuses to lose her independence too. So when Sir Warin de Talmont tells her it’s too perilous to be out alone in the city, she doesn’t pay him any heed. But with threats surrounding them, she begins to value his protection and helps with his dangerous work in return. If only the powerful connection between them wasn’t so impossible to ignore!

My review

Joan Lovent has lost so much in her young much, and not even the prospect of losing her sight takes away her wish for independence.
When her brother, her only family member she has, asks Sir Warin de Talmont to protect and keep Joan safe, Joan still does as she wants, with a frustrating Warin as a result.
But the both of them quickly learn the advantages of spending time together. Joan start to value his protection and sees a side of Warin she didn’t expect. And Warin finds himself being helped in his dangerous job, as Joan shows her capability of sensing things that no one with sight would see.
But joined forces means also growing feelings, however with both having lost so much and still have to lose, will they stand a chance? 

By now I have read many stories in this genre and several books by this author. And while the ending isn’t coming as a big surprise, I loved the whole journey towards it. 

In this tale, there are two characters, that are strong in their own ways, but also stubborn in their own ways.

The tragedy Joan has faced, and even the tragedy that is waiting for her, would have been easy to turn her into a depressed character, just sitting back and wait for her destiny to arrive, without any happy prospects. Having a loving husband and her own family is something she only dreams about, but she is also realistic that no man will want a marriage with a woman who in the end will lose her sight.
But Joan won’t allow her progressing disability to hold her down. And that is what I truly admired in her. She still ventures outside to help those in need, and turned her disability into a good thing, as she reinforced her other senses and can easily pick up what no one does. 

She also is determined to not become dependant from her brother or anyone else, as she doesn’t want to be a burden to anyone. Somehow, despite the pains she has, she will stand on her own two feet and find her purpose in life. 

And seeing how she keeps fighting for her causes against Warin, was just hilarious! Warin, who feels his duty to look after Joan, is doing whatever he can to keep Joan safe, but she just won’t hear any of it!
Warin, who has his own guilt to carry, and put his life at service of the Crown… Warin who is working so hard to find out who is against the Crown, but is also fighting his growing feelings towards Joan.
Warin, who as only one, is able to put a smile on a little girl’s face…  

It was great to see how these two broken persons joined forces, and learned to not underestimate each other. While their scars were so alike, they let those scars change their lives in different ways. And together they learned from each other how a great grief and loss can be overcome and see the joys and beauties of life again.  

I was glad the direction the author took with this story, showing us not only to never underestimate a woman, but also showing us that missing one sense doesn’t mean that we are completely useless.
Even with something missing, we are strong, important persons in our own way.
And that even the most broken person can be healed by the power of love and that it’s only fear that makes us hold back.
But fear shouldn’t be able to have that effect on us, because everyone is worthy of receiving love.

‘Autumn in Sycamore Park’ – written by CP Ward #BookReview @rararesources

While autumn may seem the end of many things, it can also be the start…

Synopsis

The first in a new romantic comedy series from CP Ward, author of Christmas at Marshmallow Café and Summer at Blue Sands Cove.

Having fled a relationship and a previous life she would rather forget, young teacher Jennifer Stevens throws herself into a demanding new job at Brentwell Primary. Charged with marshalling a group of unruly eight-year-olds to the autumn harvest festival, her only solace is the peace of nearby Sycamore Park.

As the evenings draw in and the leaves begin to fall, will new friends, delicious autumn treats, and a possible new man on the orange-tinted horizon help Jennifer finally come to terms with her past and begin to look forward into the future?

Autumn at Sycamore Park is another delightful romantic comedy from CP Ward, author of several popular seasonally themed novels. Set against a backdrop of warm autumn days, it offers everything fans of CP Ward’s other books have come to love: laughter, friendship, good times, and a hint of newly discovered love.

My review

Jennifer Stevens recently moved to Brentwell, fleeing from her relationship. She is now starting a new job as a teacher at Brentwell Primary. Having turned her whole life upside down, Jennifer is trying to feel at home in Brentwell, together with her dog Bonky.
Learning the dynamics at school, trying to manage her eight – year – old pupils and a autumn harvest festival lurking around the corner, Jennifer needs to find calm and peace. And that she finds in Sycamore Park, where she finds more than just a place to destress, as she learns the importance of the place thanks to her new made friends that understand her better than anyone who she knew before her move. 

How often do we read books where the main characters leave their former home to start all over again?
And how often are these main characters in a bad relationship, having all the rights to have their escape?
Being not that kind of book, made me truly enjoy this story! 

Initially I thought that Jennifer moved because her relationship ended in a bad way. So it was a relief to see that not all relationships are bad, but just sometimes it just isn’t enough.
Her former boyfriend wasn’t a bad man, just he wasn’t the right man for Jennifer, as his priorities obviously laid somewhere else.  

I could completely understand how terrifying it must have been for Jennifer to move to a new place, starting a new job and having no one by her side.
Her fears are obvious to us readers, but also her determination to make the best of each new situation. 

Saying that much doesn’t happen in this book, would do the whole story injustice, because there are obviously things happening. But this isn’t a book filled with action, plenty of drama, heart – breaking, sobbing moments.
This book is just showing us life how it is.
It was very easy to comprehend how things at Brentwell Primary were, even the bantering between teachers. There is obviously the little rascal in Jennifer’s class, Gavin, who you would like to strangle some times, but shows that even eight – years – olds can understand things better than we expect.

And Sycamore Park, with the people who care for the place, shows us the importance and impact of a place in nature to just relax and enjoy all the beauties of life and nature.

I found it amazing to see how Jennifer is finding herself more and more at home in Brentwell, making new friends, a few more important than other ones, but nevertheless friends they are.
And even a new acquaintance with the prospect of becoming something more? 

I knew I would enjoy reading this book, as I know the skills of this author. But throughout the whole reading sessions, I found myself smiling, even laughing, but also having a melted heart in a few occasions.

This is truly a heart – warming story, showing us not only the wonderful things we can encounter when making a change, but also the beauty of a changing season. And I found it even a bit inspirational, because it also shows us the impact we can have on other people’s lives, by just seeing beyond the big pretend and façade they are showing us.  

So what are you waiting for, enjoy this wonderful, cosy and warm book!

‘One Night in Edinburgh’ – written by Nina Kaye #BookReview @NinaKayeAuthor @rararesources

Can one splendid night be enough to know? Or not?

Synopsis

One night. But how many second chances?

Heartbroken on Hogmanay, Steph wanders through the Edinburgh street party until she bumps into Jamie. He’s funny, attractive and clearly interested. In a word, he’s perfect – but she didn’t get his number. All she remembers is his lime and mango beer.  

Determined to be reunited, Steph tracks him by a milk carton style campaign, sticking a message to his favourite beer across local pubs. Although eventually reunited, Jamie is frequently uncontactable and evasive, and Steph worries she’s on the path to heartbreak once more.

There’s a fine line between being patient and being gullible, and Steph’s reaching her limit. When a chance encounter with Jamie reveals his secret, she faces an even tougher decision. Should Steph give love another chance, or was one night in Edinburgh all she and Jamie were meant to have?

A funny and emotional romance for fans of MhairiMcFarlane, Beth O’Leary and Rosie Walsh.

My review

The last thing Steph imagined, was that she would be heartbroken. Because the man she has been married with, has fallen in love with someone else.
And is there a better way to get over your heartbreak on Hogmanay than partying in Edinburgh streets with her best friend Anna, where she meets Jamie.
After one heck of a night, and being hurried, Steph forgets the most important thing, to get Jamie’s number.
As she cannot forget the man, she decides to find him with a milk carton style campaign. And with success nonetheless!
Happy to be reunited, Steph enjoys spending the weekends with Jamie. But why can’t they meet during the weekdays? And why is he not easy to contact and avoids any personal question?
Steph knows that patience can be rewarding, but when does patience change into being just a gullible woman?
What is Jamie hiding? And was Steph being used as so many women? Or is there more to Jamie’s story than she thinks? 

Is there something more romantic than meeting a guy on a special evening and feeling that click immediately? That is a recipe to a happy every ending, right? But what when you have no idea how to reach him?
So yes, I loved the idea of using the milk carton strategy to find Jamie back. 

But let’s start from the beginning… Steph gets the shock of her life when her husband tells her he has fallen in love with someone else.
She didn’t see that coming, as often also happens in real life.
But what I admired the most in Steph, as she realizes that there is nothing she can do about it, is that she adamant to stay best friends with Connor. Because even if on a romantic level it didn’t work out, their bond is too strong to break. 

I also loved her determination… while sleeping with the first man she meets on the Edinburgh streets is not something she would usually do (hasn’t done that ever!), she connects with Jamie, and she wants to see what there is in store for them.
It may seem that she is on a rebound, and just clutching herself to the first man she meets, and having too high expectations, she doesn’t give up or listens to her friends.
While I would be siding with her friends, because what do we really know about Jamie, I also understood why she wanted to find him.
A click that easy and strong, that must mean something? 

And I was happy when the two reconnected, but I was also very wary… It’s obvious that there is something that Jamie isn’t telling us, but what? And even if Steph was being very patient with him, giving him time and space, I don’t know if I would be the same. I am not known for my patience, so I think I would have reached my limit much sooner than Steph did. 

While I was going through several scenarios about Jamie, from being married, to being just a man looking for a one night stand, I was truly shocked when the truth came out.
But it also opened my open. Not everything is what it seems, and there is so much we don’t know about people. But is it right to judge them for that? A person’s situation isn’t proof of who the person actual is.  

However, Steph is the kind of person who looks beyond it, and sees the person for who he is, what cannot be said of her own family…
Can a family be more obnoxious than hers? 

This was a lovely story, about how relationships end, but remain in another form, about finding new love, but not letting be played with. But also a lovely tale about people helping out other people, even if it isn’t very rewarding in the monetary business, but more in the emotional business. Because helping those in need is never the wrong thing to do.
But most important, is that we see people for who they really are, and not judge them for the circumstance they are in right now. We never know what brought them in the situation, but there is always a way out. It may take some time, but no matter how deep the fall has been, we can stand up again and stand proud for what we have been through.
And the right people will stand by your side and help, no matter how low or how high you are standing…

‘The Forgotten House On The Moor’ – written by Jane Lovering #BookReview @janelovering @rararesources @BoldwoodBooks

A mysterious death, a mysterious house, scared yet?

Synopsis

Mystery, mayhem, a manor house and a generous serving of romance… 

When police knock on Alice Donaldson’s door at 4am, she knows the news won’t be good. There’s been an accident involving her ex-husband Grant, and as his existing next of kin, they need her help.

Grant is missing up on the North York moors, but the Grant Alice knew could barely be persuaded out on a walk around the block. What on earth possessed him to go on a hike in the middle of the night?

Alice soon finds herself working with Grant’s girlfriend Jenna and Jenna’s gorgeous ‘Lord of the family Manor’ brother Max, to find out what has happened, and what caused Grant’s accident at The Fortune House – the spooky house out on the moors.

The locals tell all manner of ghoulish stories about The Fortune House, which Alice is not minded to listen to. But before long, things take a turn for the strange and Max and Alice have a new mystery to solve. While all the while Alice can’t help hoping she might meet the requirements to be Max’s ‘Lady of the Manor’ at his country pile, Hatherleigh Hall.

My review

Alice Donaldson never thought that the police would be knocking on her door at 4am, telling her there has been an accident involving her husband Grant.
Her husband that left her many years ago and she never heard from again. Her husband, that has gone missing on the North York moors, while when together he never got out.
To make things even more awkward, Alice befriends Jenna, Grant’s girlfriend and Jenna’s brother Max. They all want to figure out what happened that night, and why Grant was at The Fortune House, a house known for being haunted by ghosts…
While spending more time together, and Alice helping Max out with him writing a book, Alice starts to feel more for Max than she would imagine. But how could Max, Lord of an actual Manor -Hatherleigh Hall – ,  fall for someone like ‘plain’ Alice?
And ghosts aren’t real at all, right? 

Normally, having a story with ghosts, or haunted houses aren’t really my cup of tea. I don’t believe in ghosts, but if they were to be real, I just hope they won’t ever bother with plain old me. So I am pleading to all the kind ghosts around the world: please leave me alone! 😊 

But when this author writes another book, and there are ghosts involved, I know I will just read it anyway! 

What I absolutely loved in this book, is how much I could relate with Alice. She is a curvier woman, with not the greatest self – esteem and stuck in a routine, seeing no way out.
And before you say it, yes, I am the curvy kind of woman too, relating very easy to all the doubts Alice has. 

But beside the way the way Alice looks, she is also a smart, kind, inventive woman. While it would have been easy to just leave Jenna and Max alone, she understands the pain Jenna is going through, and sees how Jenna needs someone that listens to her.
And Alice is ready to help Max with his work, even if she doesn’t know if she is an actual help or not. 

I was a bit surprised when there was a twist in the story, and it didn’t leave a very positive impression… The twist itself was a good one, but the thought behind it, made by that specific character wasn’t something I liked. 

The mystery around the haunted mansion was also not what I expected. There are several tales of witnesses that gave me goosebumps, but I thought I knew who the ghost was, but was left a bit in a shock when it wasn’t what I thought it would be. 

Seeing Alice and Max together was heart – warming and made me feel even hopeful for myself. No, I am a realistic girl and I know that the odds of finding myself a Lord on the Manor myself are non – existing.
But seeing how Max saw Alice for who she truly was, and not just looking at the way she physically looks like, was just so wonderful.
It shows that there are still people around who value a character higher than looks. 

I found it sweet how Max tries to show Alice that he truly likes her, and wants to let her see herself the way he sees her, as an amazing, beautiful, smart woman.
Everyone needs to have a Max in their lives, and feel loved unconditionally. 

The whole book includes a haunted mansion and a ghost, but that was not the main theme. It was more a story about finding not only love, but also finding the courage to step out of your routine, finding the courage to put your trust in someone and believing the spoken words of someone we care about. 

Again the author wrote a wonderful, sweet, light, yet slightly different story, with a main character you cannot not love. I enjoyed reading every word of it, despite the few goosebumps!

‘The Colour of Summer’ – written by Victoria Connelly #BookReview @VictoriaDarcy @rararesources

With secrets of the past, who will have their happy ever after?

Synopsis

How long can you hide your past from the one you love?

When Abigail and Edward became co-owners of historic Winfield Hall in the beautiful Sussex countryside, they had little idea what the future held. But, as the days of summer lengthen, their feelings towards one another grow and love begins to blossom.

Harry and Aura have been a couple for a year now and, with the summer solstice approaching, Harry hatches a very special plan. He just hopes that the sun, moon and the stars are all in alignment.

But not everything is going to plan. Life has a way of catching up with you and it isn’t long before Abi discovers that Edward’s been lying about his past, and the family secrets he’s been hiding now threaten their future happiness. Can Edward make amends for his mistakes and will Abi ever be able to forgive and trust him again?

Heartwarming and uplifting, The Colour of Summer is the final book in The House in the Clouds trilogy by bestselling author Victoria Connelly.

My review

Both Edward and Abigail never expected the affect Winfield Hall would have on their lives. they both dreamed of owning the place, and being co – owners made sure that wish got realised. But now that time is passing, their feelings towards each other are evolving too.
And Harry and Aura couldn’t be happier after a year being a couple. With the Summer solstice approaching, harry even has something special planned.
But no matter how good things are looking for the future, the past always finds a way to catch up, and maybe break that fragile bond between Edward and Abigail…

After finishing the first two books of this series, I had a happy feeling, even if I still had so many questions after reaching the end.
So I truly hoped to have all the answers with this third and last book.

Sometimes a book doesn’t have to have a great amount of action or tragedy to be a good book. Sometimes a good book is showing us the struggles of a normal life, and make us realize that despite our setbacks, we can be happy with what we have.

That doesn’t mean that there aren’t any tragedies or sad tales of woo in this, but the author shows us what can be done to overcome them.

And I am talking about Abigail and her family….
We know about Abi’s recent past, but in this book, it’s as clear as possible that something happened in her past too, but Abi cannot put all the pieces together.
Add a sister that is even more closed and more flammable than before.

Also Edward is not spared in sad events. And while he is, as expected, in charge of it all, because of what he has told Abi before, he cannot turn to her, as his white lies will certainly cause incomprehension…

But there are also so many lovely moments in this book! Seeing Harry and Aura together, is one of the sweetest things in this book. And how Aura is accepted in Harry’s family after the initial wariness, truly warmed my heart.
It shows that opposites do attract and that we all can learn from each other!

Of course, all of us readers are waiting for one specific thing to happen, and when it did, I was just over the moon!
Reading how Edward and Abi FINALLY found each other and dared to speak out at loud about their feelings, was wonderful.
And when the past caught up with them, I could understand Abi’s feelings and reluctance. But I also knew that the both of them had worked too hard and too long to just let it all go after the first glitch.

This last chapter was the perfect ending of a beautiful story, showing us the beautiful things of life, but also the less beautiful ones.
But what I learned from it all, is that whatever hardship you are facing, there is always a solution, and asking for help is surely not something to be ashamed of.
And even after the hardest bits, there is always sunshine after the rain, showering us with the must most beautiful and shining colours of life!