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Lisa Jewell Reveals New Book – Watching You

Watching YouI was so excited to see Lisa Jewell tweeting about her new book for 2018 called ‘Watching You’, that I just had to share the news.

What the back cover says –

You’re back home after four years working abroad, new husband in tow.

You’re keen to find a place of your own. But for now you’re crashing in your big brother’s spare room.

That’s when you meet the man next door.

He’s the head teacher at the local school. Twice your age. Extraordinarily attractive. You find yourself watching him.

All the time.

But you never dreamed that your innocent crush might become a deadly obsession.

Or that someone is watching you.

Family secrets, illicit passion and an unexplained murder? It can only be the gripping new novel from Lisa Jewell.

You can pre-order Watching You from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 12th July 2018.

I can’t wait!

The Perfectly Imperfect Woman By Milly Johnson

The Perfectly Imperfect WomanOne of my favourite authors Milly Johnson is back with a new book, called ‘The Perfectly Imperfect Woman’.

Marnie Salt has made so many mistakes in her life that she fears she will never get on the right track. But when she ‘meets’ an old lady on a baking chatroom and begins confiding in her, little does she know how her life will change. Arranging to see each other for lunch, Marnie finds discovers that Lilian is every bit as mad and delightful as she’d hoped – and that she owns a whole village in the Yorkshire Dales, which has been passed down through generations. And when Marnie needs a refuge after a crisis, she ups sticks and heads for Wychwell – a temporary measure, so she thinks.
But soon Marnie finds that Wychwell has claimed her as its own and she is duty bound not to leave. Even if what she has to do makes her as unpopular as a force 12 gale in a confetti factory! But everyone has imperfections, as Marnie comes to realise, and that is not such a bad thing – after all, your flaws are perfect for the heart that is meant to love you.

Milly is back with another sparkly, magic story that will grip your heart and attention from the very first page.

In this story we meet Marnie Salt, a young woman that bad luck seems to follow at every opportunity. Her adopted mother hates her and her sister doesn’t speak to her so when Justin Fox appears in her life, she thinks that’s she’s found happiness but she’s sadly wrong and find herself licking her wounds in Wychwell.

After befriending a wise, outspoken old dear called Lilian on the internet, they become friends and Lillian takes Marnie under her wing and introduces her to all her friends in the small magical village of Wychwell.

Even though the village is small, there are plenty of big personalities, some are delighted to see Marnie whilst others feel threatened by her, particularly when there men involved.

I adored this book, it’s such a poignant tale filled with charming characters. I loved Marnie, she was such an underdog that I really felt an empathy for her. She was regularly let down by people and I longed for her to find her happy ever after. Lillian was wonderful, boisterous, outspoken, she felt a connection with Marnie and wanted the young woman with her. The main male was a delightful man called Herv, a kind and gentle soul that many woman lust after. The story is cleverly written and filled with Milly’s quick wit and warm heart. The only downside was that Marnie was a cheesecake maker and all the inclusion of delicious recipes made me so peckish throughout.

Fun and entertaining from the very beginning, ‘The Perfectly Imperfect Woman’ was the perfect book to curl up with when the snow was ats worst, as this sweet tale warmed the cockles of my heart.

You can buy The Perfectly Imperfect Woman from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Tasmina Perry Reveals New Book – The Pool House

The Pool House‘Sunday Times’ bestselling author, Tasmina Perry is returning to our bookshelves this Autumn with her new book called ‘The Pool House’.

What the back cover says

When Alice Holliday is found drowned in the pool of a Hamptons beach house, her death is ruled an accident. Alice was troubled that night, had had too much to drink. And, as her house mates said, she couldn’t swim.

If Jem Chapman had realised she was taking the place of a dead woman, she might not have agreed to the proposal. An invitation to spend the summer in an exclusive Hamptons beach house, how could she say no?

But when Jem gets to know her glamorous new house mates, she realises each of them has something to hide. Did Alice stumble into dangerous territory? And who will go to any lengths to keep a person quiet?

‘The Pool House’ most definitely sounds like a thrilling pool side read!

You can pre-order The Pool House from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 7th September 2017.

Chrissie Manby Releases New Book – A Fairytale For Christmas

A Fairytale For ChristmasChrissie Manby is back with a new Christmas book this year called ‘A Fairytale For Christmas’.

The story of ‘A Fairytale For Christmas’ is –

What could be more magical at Christmas than a fairy tale come true?

It’s the festive season and the members of the Newbay Theatre Society, more commonly known as the NEWTS, are preparing to put on a show. Being cast as Cinderella is the realization of a dream for newcomer Kirsty, not least because she hopes starring in a panto under the direction of her boyfriend Jon will bring them closer together.

But Kirsty soon learns that it’s not all glitter and good cheer behind the scenes at the amateur theatre as bitter rivalries nurtured through decades, wardrobe mishaps and suspicious near-fatal accidents threaten to derail the production. And then there’s Prince Charming himself. Will working together with Jon bring Kirsty her happy ever after… or reveal their love to be nothing but a ‘showmance’?

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s going to take more than a Fairy Godmother to get Kirsty and her cast-mates to the ball.

‘A Fairytale For Christmas’ sounds like another heartwarming book from the Sunday Times bestselling author.

You can pre-order A Fairytale For Christmas Amazon from and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 3rd November 2016.

The Cake Shop In The Garden By Carole Matthews

The Cake Shop In The Garden‘The Cake Shop In The Garden’ is the latest book by Carole Matthews.

Fay Merryweather runs her cake shop from her beautiful garden. She whips up airy sponges and scrumptious scones, while her customers enjoy the lovely blossoms and gorgeous blooms. Looking after the cake shop, the garden and her cantankerous mother means Fay is always busy but she accepts her responsibilities because if she doesn’t do all this, who will? Then Danny Wilde walks into her life and makes Fay question every decision she’s ever made. When a sudden tragedy strikes, Fay’s entire world is thrown off balance even further and she doesn’t know which way to turn. Can Fay find the strength to make a life-changing decision – even if it means giving up the thing she loves the most?

Again Carole has treated us to another tremendous story, filled with dislikable characters, an Irish rogue and plenty of cakes, this book was a sweet treat that I found impossible to put down.

The story is seen through the eyes of kind and gentle Fay Merryweather, who runs her tearoom, Fay’s Cakes from her own house. As well as running her tearoom, she is also her mother’s carer, who after having an accident has confined herself to bed and expects Fay to answer to her every call despite how busy the tearoom is. When Fay isn’t running after her mother, or listening to her sister’s tales of woe, she spends time with Anthony, her partner of ten years and even though through there is no ring on her finger, she enjoys her life just plodding along. But then handsome Danny sails into her life on his canal boat, Fay’s head is turned as the charming young Irish woman shows her a world beyond her tearooms walls and this is when we see Fay really come to life.

I loved her Fay, I loved her warmth, her concern for others and how she always put others before herself. She never lost her temper with her mother even though she was constantly running her down, her sister Edie only called her when she wanted something, yet Fay was always there to pick up the pieces. I loved Danny with her cute little dog Diggery, who seemed to brighten her day, their moments together make for fun and sweet reading and a nice escape from the problems and dramas of life.

This book is packed with great characters, the leads were heartwarming and relatable, but with the addition of Stan, a 93 year old war veteran who comes to the tearoom everyday claiming everything that is served is his favourite and regularly provides Fay with little nuggets of wisdom and Fay’s extremely outspoken Latvian assistant, who’s surly and never one to shy away from telling Fay exactly what she thinks, she injects an element of humour to the story that I found regularly giggling at.

Written in Carole’s delicious style, with an unexpected twist, this book was a wonderful story from the very beginning. ‘The Cake Shop In The Garden’ is a charming story, packed with humour, the romance of canalboats and an adorable leading lady, the short and snappy chapters made this book a riveting read and the perfect escape from the dramas of life.

You can buy The Cake Shop in the Garden from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.