The Baobab Beach Retreat by Kate Frost #BlogTour #Promo @rararesources


An ex-husband, two potential lovers, one reckless decision. Will Connie ever be happy in love?

When Connie Stone leaves behind a cheating husband and heartache in the UK for her aunt’s beach retreat, the last thing she wants is for her life to once again be complicated by men.
Yet when her past follows her to Tanzania, her time to heal is short-lived and a selfish act shatters her hopes for a fresh start. An unexpected return to the UK reveals a long-hidden family secret that Connie has to deal with before she can decide the direction her life should take.
Getting over a broken heart was never going to be easy. Can Connie put the past to rest and find peace and love in a country far from home?

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Author Bio

Kate Frost writes character-driven women’s fiction and romances, alongside Time Shifters, an award-winning time travel adventure trilogy for 9-12 year olds. She has a MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University where she’s also taught lifewriting to creative writing undergraduates. She has eight books published, including her Greek and north Norfolk set series, The Butterfly Storm. The Baobab Beach Retreat is the first in what will be a series of foreign-set romances. Kate lives in Bristol with her husband, their five-year-old son (who still loves waking up before 5am), and their cute and chilled out Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

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Edie Browne’s Cottage by the Sea by Jane Linfoot #BlogTour #Review @rararesources


Those who don’t jump will never fly…
Hurtling through the sky was supposed to be Edie Browne’s flight of independence. But when she falls head over champagne bucket while celebrating her successful landing, her life is changed in an instant.

But starting over has its benefits, and as Edie relearns the basics under the watchful eye of her Aunty Josie and an entire Cornish village of new friends and neighbours, she finds love and joy she never could have imagined in the unlikeliest of places…
Come home to St Aidan and Periwinkle Cottage for a romance full of love, laughter and friends for life!

My review

Firstly, my thanks go to Rachel for my spot on the tour and to the publisher for my netgalley copy of the book.

Jane Linfoot is one of my favourite authors and so when I heard she had a new book coming out I instantly added it to my wish list.

Edie Browne’s Cottage by the Sea is another gorgeous read set in beautiful Cornwall.

In this book, we are introduced to Edie. Edie hasn’t had the best of luck recently with her health, having suffered a stroke. She wants to rediscover herself and this is where her aunts cottage comes to play. Her aunts cottage is in Cornwall and has a gorgeous neighbour in Barney.

Obviously with Edie want to rediscover herself, she has to learn the basics along the way with the help of her aunt. I felt throughout this reading journey that aunt Josie plays a very important role to Edie. Edie in turn for me is a character who although her recent trauma is fun and uplifting.

By the end of the book, I was jumping for joy. I was so happy for Edie in that she has found love and now knows happiness as she’s never known it before.

A truly heartwarming read that will appeal to fans of Carole Matthews.

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Jane Linfoot is a best selling author, who lives in a muddy cottage, up a steep hill in Derbyshire, with her family, their pets, and an astonishing number of spiders. Although she loves seeing cow noses over the garden wall, she’s happy she can walk to a supermarket.
Jane grew up in North Yorkshire where she spent a lot of her childhood avoiding horizontal gales blowing off the sea, and wrote her first book by accident, while working as an architect, and renovating country houses. While she loves to write feelgood books that let readers escape, she’s always surprised to hear her stories make people laugh, admits to (occasionally) crying as she writes, and credits her characters for creating their own story lines.

Jane’s garden would be less brambly if she wasn’t on Facebook and Twitter so often. On days when she wants to be really scared, she rides a tandem.

Her latest books include a series of stand alone novels, based around a seaside wedding shop in Cornwall. Cupcakes and Confetti – The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea, Sequins and Snowflakes – Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop, and Bunting and Bouquets – Summer at the Little Wedding Shop, and most recently, The Little Cornish Kitchen. These are all published by Harper Impulse, an imprint of Harper Collins.

Follow Jane on Twitter @janelinfoot, or find her on her Author Page Facebook or her Personal Page Facebook. She’s also on Instagram, and has lots of Pinterest boards relating to her novels.

#HaveYouSeenHer by @LisaHallAuthor #BlogTour #Review @HQStories


Bonfire Night. A missing girl.

Anna only takes her eyes off Laurel for a second. She thought Laurel was following her mum through the crowds. But in a heartbeat, Laurel is gone.

Laurel’s parents are frantic. As is Anna, their nanny. But as the hours pass, and Laurel isn’t found, suspicion grows.

Someone knows what happened to Laurel. And they’re not telling.

My review

Firstly, my thanks go to Joe Thomas and HQ Stories for my spot on the tour and for my gifted copy of the book.

WOW, WOW, WOW! Have you seen her is another whopper of a book penned by the talented Lisa Hall.

This is a book where as the reader, you are gripped from page one. It really is the sort of book anyone can get through in just a few sittings.

As this book sets its motion, Anna is hired as Nanny to Laurel. Things are pretty easy going until that day. Until Laurel vanishes. As with all missing child/ren cases, the parents are going out of their minds and in this instance, so is Anna.

As the book progresses and we learn more of Anna’s previous employments and something of the same nature rolls up, Anna is the one the finger gets pointed at, which in turn lead to the following questions for me, Would you leave your child/ten with a nanny? Is Anna behind Laurel’s disappearance?

This a book filled with family secrets, albeit some darker than others, lies and of course, suspects.

It is a book that is fast-paced and twisty, so that, as when you think you’ve worked it out, another twist comes along and knocks us back to square one.

Lisa certainly knows how to craft up strong characters who at times can be unpredictable and volatile. She also know how to make her readers feel the fear of her characters through her writing and most certainly knows how to keep us on the edge of our seats.

This is brilliantly crafted psychological thriller that is jam-packed with drama and is a book that will stay with me for a long time.

A recommended read for everyone.

Redemption Bay by ReAnne Thayne #BlogTour #Review @HQstories


McKenzie and Ben need a second chance….

McKenzie Shaw would do anything for her beloved hometown of Haven Point. It may be small and struggling, but it’s never let her down…unlike gorgeous, infuriating Ben Kilpatrick.

He left Haven Point behind years ago, for good reason. Yet seeing the town through McKenzie’s eyes could change his mind.

If he can resolve the animosity crackling between them, Ben may have found the place where he can build ties and find healing…a place where love arrives when it’s least expected.

My review

Firstly, my thanks go to HQ for my spot on the tour and for my gifted copy of the book.

This book was an absolute delight – just the hug that I needed.

It is full of love, and more so community spirit. These two especially flew of the pages and this just made me want to carry on reading and not put the book down.

This is a book that is set at the heart of Haven Point (Redemption Bay) with relatable characters but our main characters, Ben and McKenzie really set this book into motion for me. They are two characters that you can become easily immersed in. So much, that I fell in love with them both.

Ben though, had his reasons for leaving and returning and with McKenzie wanting Ben to see the town how she sees it, will Ben stay put or leave again? I found myself cheering these two characters on as I could feel the chemistry between them.

By the end of the book, I was sad to leave Redemption Bay but I felt pure joy for our characters. I cannot wait to read more of ReAnne’s books and hope there’s more to come from McKenzie and Ben.

This book comes recommended to fans of Christie Barlow’s A Home at Honeysuckle Farm. Fans of Carole Matthews, Jill Mansell and Milly Johnson will also enjoy this book.

We Are Not Okay by Natália Gomes #BlogTour


If only they could have spoken out.

Lucy thinks she’s better than the other girls.
Maybe if she’s pointing fingers at everyone else, no one will see the secret she’s hiding.

Ulana comes from a conservative Muslim family where reputation is everything. One rumour –
true or false – can destroy futures.

Trina likes to party. She’s kissed a lot of boys. She’s even shown her red bra to one. But she didn’t consent to that
night at Lucy’s party. So why doesn’t anyone believe

Sophia loved her boyfriend. She did anything for him, even send him photos of herself. So why is she the one being pointed at in the hallways, laughed at, spat at when it was him who betrayed her trust?

My review

Firstly, my thanks go to HQ Stories for my gifted copy of the book and my spot on the tour.

This book is an absolute belter, but not in terms of thrilling because it is not like that at all. I mean it as such an emotional ride.

This book features four interesting characters, that are all different from each other who have been through different things. In turn, this showed them in a more volatile light.

The plotline certainly is unique, in the way that it sounds out in the crowd. It has its emotional aspect, that is bound to stay with the reader for a long time after reading.

But what I found throughout, was although emotional, it is a book that is relevant to today’s society for both male and female alike, as it explores just how one may be feeling as a result of bullying etc…

It also delivers a powerful message in that, we should speak out and not suffer in silence, whether you talk to your doctor, teacher, friend etc…

We Are Not Okay, is a powerful and heartbreaking novel that EVERYONE should read!

I know who you are by Alice Feeney #BlogTour


Aimee Sinclair: the actress everyone thinks they know but can’t remember where from. But I know exactly who you are. I know what you’ve done. And I am watching you.

When Aimee comes home and discovers her husband is missing, she doesn’t seem to know what to do or how to act. The police think she’s hiding something and they’re right, she is – but perhaps not what they thought. Aimee has a secret she’s never shared, and yet, she suspects that someone knows. As she struggles to keep her career and sanity intact, her past comes back to haunt her in ways more dangerous than she could have ever imagined.

My review

Firstly, my thanks go to Lily Capewell at HQ for my copy of the book and for my spot on the tour.

Wow. What an absolute belter.

Aimee Sinclair, is a character I class as unpredictable. You just never know what’s coming next with her. She is an actress and more so, a liar. Professionally, her career is looking up but her personal life, especially her marriage to Ben isn’t looking so great.

Aimee arrives home to find Ben missing but finds a card saying sorry. But, what is Ben sorry for?

Throughout Aimee’s childhood she is diagnosed with transient global amnesia, where she forgets about anything traumatic that has happened to her. Could this be the reason why Aimee can’t remember the night Ben went missing and why he’s gone?

What I found most intriguing about this book in particular, were the flashback scenes that transported us back to Aimee’s childhood.

This book makes for compulsive reading, once you start reading, you won’t want to put the book down. It is a dark, twisty and thrilling read with interesting characters and a steady-paced plot line. But it also leaves the question of, just who can you trust?

In two minds by Alis Hawkins #BlogTour #Giveaway

Harry Probert-Lloyd, a young barrister forced home from London by encroaching blindness, has begun work as the acting coroner of Teifi Valley with solicitor’s clerk John Davies as his assistant.
When a faceless body is found on an isolated beach, Harry must lead the inquest. But his dogged pursuit of the truth begins to ruffle feathers. Especially when he decided to work alongside a local doctor with a dubious reputation and experimental theories considered radical and dangerous. Refusing to accept easy answers might not only jeopardise Harry’s chance to be elected coroner permnantly but could, it seems implicate his own family in a crime.

My Review

Firstly, my thanks go to Emily Glenister for my spot on the tour and for my gifted copy of this book.

In two minds is the follow up to None so blind, though you could read them as standalones.

This book I found to be atmospheric, it is set in Wales in the 1800s. It had great descriptions and really set everything for me.

Alis has created some strong characters especially in Harry Probert-Llyod and John Davies. Both kept my interest throughout.

I found this book to be intriguing, when I wasn’t reading, I was thinking about it and just what may come our way next and exactly how things would eventually plan out.

On all accounts, this book is definitely a slow burner but it works perfectly for this particular book and its plotline.

Definitely recommended for all historical crime fans.

And… if you follow this link, you can enter to win yourself a copy of the book.

About the Author

Alis Hawkins grew up on a dairy farm in Cardiganshire. She left to read English at Oxford and has done various things with her life, including bringing up two amazing sons, selling burgers, working with homeless people and helping families to understand their autistic children. And writing, always. Radio plays (unloved by anybody but her), nonfiction (autism related), plays (commissioned by heritage projects) and of course, novels. Her current historical crime series featuring blind investigator Harry Probert-Lloyd and his chippy assistant John Davies, is set in her childhood home, the Teifi Valley. As a side effect, instead of making research trips to sunny climes, like some of her writer friends, she just drives up the M4 to see her folks. Alis speaks Welsh, collects rucksacks and can’t resist an interesting fact.