Skip to content

Book News – Happiness For Beginners By Carole Matthews

Happiness For BeginnersCarole Matthews has already revealed her new book for 2019 called ‘Happiness For Beginners’

What the back cover says –

Thirty-eight years old, she lives on the twenty-five-acre Hope Farm in Buckinghamshire, surrounded by (mostly) four-legged friends and rolling hills. There’s Anthony the anti-social sheep, Tina Turner the alpaca with an attitude, and the definitely-not-miniature pig, Teacup.

Molly runs the farm as an alternative school for kids who haven’t thrived in mainstream education. It’s full on, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. So when the well-groomed Shelby Dacre turns up at Hope Farm asking to enrol his son Lucas, Molly isn’t fazed.

But Lucas is distant and soon Molly realises he might be more of a handful than she anticipated. And then there’s the added problem that his dad is distractingly handsome. Molly has her beloved farm to think of – could letting Lucas and Shelby in be a terrible mistake, or the start of something wonderful?

Feel-good, funny and an absolute must-read from the queen of romance Carole Matthews, Molly’s story will make your heart sing. New beginnings and second chances abound in ‘Happiness for Beginners’.

You can pre-order Happiness for Beginners from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 21st February 2019.

Million Love Songs By Carole Matthews

Million Love SongsCarole Matthews’ is back with a new book called ‘Million Love Songs’.

After splitting up with her cheating husband, Ruby Brown is ready for a change. She’s single for the first time in years and she’s going to dive into this brave new world with a smile on her face and a spring in her step. The last thing she’s looking for is another serious relationship. Mason represents everything Ruby wants right now: he’s charming, smooth, and perfect for some no-strings-attached fun, yet Ruby can’t help feel that something is missing. Joe on the other hand is kind, attentive and good-looking, but comes with the sort of baggage Ruby wants to avoid: an annoyingly attractive ex-wife and two teenage children. Ruby soon has some very tough decisions to make. Is she even ready for a relationship? Ruby may think she knows what she wants, is that what she needs to be truly happy?

‘Million Love Songs is the latest book by the Carole Matthews and it’s impossible to read this book without a Take That soundtrack racing through your mind.

In this story, we meet Ruby Brown, downtrodden after her divorce, she’s making a change, new job, new house, new car and potentially two new men, but both men come with baggage, leaving Ruby uncertain about her future.

I genuinely loved Ruby, she’s such a warm and bubbly character. Carole has a lovely skill of creating genuine, relatable and heartwarming characters, that the reader can make a connection with and Ruby is no different. Having come out of a bad relationship, she’s enjoying putting herself first for a change, learning a new skill and so she decides to take up scuba-diving and this is where she meets the handsome Joe, a welcome distraction from life and whilst in her new job as a waitress, she meets Mason, her boss. Her outspoken, best friend and colleague Charlie has already warned Ruby of Mason’s reputation as a bit of a lothario, but Ruby can’t seem to say no to Mason’s handsome looks and charm.

Caught in the middle of this triangle, Ruby is torn between both men but she’s fortunate that she has Charlie on hand, who helps her through her dramas, with not only her wit and banter, but her obsession with Gary Barlow, which is wonderfully entertaining.

Delicious from the first page, ‘Million Love Songs’ is warm and witty, love story about new beginnings, new adventures and never forgetting where you’re coming from. A splendid read!

You can buy Million Love Songs from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Million Love Songs Book Tour Playlist

Record Player

On the book tour for Carole Matthews’ delicious new book called ‘Million Love Songs’, I bring you the Spotify playlist that Carole listened to whilst writing the book.

‘Million Love Songs’ is about a young woman called Ruby Brown who finds herself suddenly single for the first time in years. She’s ready to dive into the single world of footloose and fancyfree but it seems that fate has something else in store, as two handsome men catch her eye.

Featuring 21 of the greatest love songs of all time, from the tones of Elvis Presley’s ‘Always On My Mind’ to the quirky ‘Friday I’m In Love’by The Cure, there’s something from everyone to cuddle up to.

Check out the playlist here called Carole Matthews Love Songs

Million Love Songs

When it comes to love songs for me, my top five are:

‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Dire Straits – I always loved the conversational tone of this song and it appears in one of my favourite movies, ‘Empire Records’.
‘She Will Be Loved’ by Mauroon 5 – A sweet song about unattainable love.
‘It Must Have Been Love’ by Roxette – Another great song from the brilliant ‘Pretty Woman’ film about a brief love affair.
‘I Love You Always Forever’ by Donna Lewis – This song was released in 1996 and it’s one song I always turn the radio up to, this song never gets old!
‘Call Me Maybe’ by Carly Rae Jepson – A feel good love song that gets everyone up and dancing!

I’m currently reading ‘Million Love Songs’ and I’m already loving joining Ruby Brown on her singleton journey. Stay tuned, my review will be coming soon!

You can buy Million Love Songs from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Christmas Cakes And Mistletoe Kisses By Carole Matthews

Christmas Cakes And Mistletoe Nights’Christmas Cakes And Mistletoe Kisses’ is the latest book by Carole Matthews.

Fay and Danny are madly in love and it’s all Fay’s ever dreamed of. But she left everything – including the delightful cake shop she used to run – to be with Danny on his cosy canal boat The Dreamcatcher. And as she soon finds out, making delicious cakes on the water isn’t always smooth sailing! Then Fay gets a call from her friends, a call that sends her back to her friends and the Cake Shop in the Garden. It will be hard being away from Danny but their relationship is strong enough to survive . . . isn’t it?Fay soon falls happily back in love with her passion for baking – especially now she’s on dry land again! – and starts to wonder if she ever should have left. With Christmas around the corner, Fay is determined that her friends will have a very merry time, but does that mean even more time away from Danny?

Carole Matthews is back with a cracking new book that will warm the cockles of your heart on these cold winter evenings.

In her latest book, we return to the characters Fay and Danny who we met in one of Carole’s earlier books ‘The Cakeshop In The Garden’, where Fay met the Danny who offered her a happier and more fulfilling life on his canal boat. Together the two of them and their little dog Diggery leave for a life on the water and this is where ‘Christmas Cakes And Mistletoe Kisses’ picks up.

Fay and Danny are in love and living the life, but money is tight and the pair are struggling to make ends meet. So when Fay receives word that Stan, an elderly friend is ill, she immediately returns home to care for him and once back in the loving arms of the her childhood home and back with her friends, Fay finds it impossible to leave.

Once again, Carole has written a book filled with warm hearted characters with a lovely plot that made for tender reading. Fay, is a lovely character with her huge heart and generous nature, she always put others before herself, particularly her sister Edie, who’s quite a selfish woman, but Fay can’t help but look out for her sister, who seems lost in life. There’s also the sharp tongued but entertaining Lija, who never failed to make me laugh with her expressions and honesty, whilst young Rainbow added such an injection of spirirt and vibrancy into the tale with her innocence and lust for life.

The story flows at a lovely pace as Fay settles back into life on the land and back where she belongs, baking and surrounded by her friends and helping others around her. Wonderfully written with witty narrative and enchanting characters that will make you giggle from the start, ‘Christmas Cake and Mistletoe Kisses’ is a heartwarming and fun christmas story, filled with charm, love and festive cheer, this book will brighten up any cold winter evening.

You can buy Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Carole Matthews Reveals New Book – Million Love Songs

Million Love SongsCarole Matthews’ is kicking 2018 off with a bang with a new book called ‘Million Love Songs’.

What the back cover says –

After splitting up with her cheating husband, Ruby Brown is ready for a change. She’s single for the first time in years and she’s going to dive into this brave new world with a smile on her face and a spring in her step. The last thing she’s looking for is another serious relationship.

Mason represents everything Ruby wants right now: he’s charming, smooth, and perfect for some no-strings-attached fun, yet Ruby can’t help feel that something is missing. Joe on the other hand is kind, attentive and good-looking, but comes with the sort of baggage Ruby wants to avoid: an annoyingly attractive ex-wife and two teenage children.

Ruby soon has some very tough decisions to make. Is she even ready for a relationship? Ruby may think she knows what she wants, is that what she needs to be truly happy?

‘Million Love Songs’ sees Carole Matthews at her feel-good best, with a wonderful and emotional story of starting over and finding happiness. An absolute must-read!

You can pre-order Million Love Songs from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 22nd March 2018.