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The Summer Fair By Heidi Swain

The Summer FairThe Summer Fair’ is the latest book by Heidi Swain.

Beth loves her job working in a care home, looking after its elderly residents, but she doesn’t love the cramped and dirty house-share she currently lives in. So, when she gets the opportunity to move to Nightingale Square, sharing a house with the lovely Eli, she jumps at the chance. The community at Nightingale Square welcomes Beth with open arms, and when she needs help to organise a fundraiser for the care home they rally round. Then she discovers The Arches, a local creative arts centre, has closed and the venture to replace it needs their help too – but this opens old wounds and past secrets for Beth.Music was always an important part of her life, but now she has closed the door on all that. Will her friends at the care home and the people of Nightingale Square help her find a way to learn to love it once more…?

For the last couple of days I’ve been reading the latest book by Heidi and even though I’m miserable and dosed with the cold, this book made me smile.

The story is seen through Beth, a carer an elderly person’s house who’s tired of living with people who take her kindness for granted. So when the opportunity arises to move into a beautiful cottage in Nightingale Square, she picks up her house plants and embarks on a new journey, along with handsome new lodger as well as a promotion in the nursing home. Beth is the absolute star of this story, she’s caring with a huge heart and has been carrying a heavy burden since the tragic loss of her mother. She’s deeply loved by the residents and staff in the nursing home and it makes for touching reading, as she arranges activities to get them entertained and see them reignite their lust for life. Whilst her housemate Elijah has also brought back her passion for music, something she has struggled with. Together the pair of them face fears and form a strong bond and this makes for wonderfully uplifting reading.

Once again, Heidi has delivered another beautifully written story that is bursting with warmth, heart and charm. Filled with hope and new beginnings, Beth’s journey made for tender reading as she embraced new challenges and put old ghosts to bed.

It was also wonderful to return to Nightingale Square and feel that sense of community as well as see them old faces from other books by Heidi.

Beautifully descriptive with warm characters, kind souls and a story to get lost in, ‘The Summer Fair’ was a joy to read and the perfect tonic.

You can pre-order ‘The Summer Fair’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 12th May 2022.

This Shining Life Giveaway

This Shining LifeI’m delighted to have two copies of ‘This Shining Life’ by Harriet Kline to giveaway to two lucky people.

When Rich dies, he leaves behind a family without a father, a husband, a son and a best friend. His wife, Ruth, can’t imagine living without him and finds herself faced with a grief she’s not sure she can find her way through. At the same time, their young son Ollie becomes intent on working out the meaning of life. Because everything happens for a reason. Doesn’t it? But when they discover a mismatched collection of presents left by Rich for his loved ones, it provides a puzzle for them to solve, one that will help Ruth navigate her sorrow and help Ollie come to terms with what’s happened. Together, they will learn to lay the ghosts of the past to rest, and treasure the true gift that Rich has left them: the ability to embrace life and love every moment.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply leave your answer to the question in the comment box below.

When Rich dies, what does he leave his family behind?

Winners will be revealed on Monday 23rd May and the giveaway is limited to UK and Ireland only. Good luck!

The No Show By Beth O’Leary

The No Show‘The No-Show’ is the latest book by Beth O’Leary.

Three women. Three dates. One missing man. 8.52 a.m. Siobhan is looking forward to her breakfast date with Joseph. She was surprised when he suggested it – she normally sees him late at night in her hotel room. Breakfast on Valentine’s Day surely means something … so where is he? 2.43 p.m. Miranda’s hoping that a Valentine’s Day lunch with Carter will be the perfect way to celebrate her new job. It’s a fresh start and a sign that her life is falling into place: she’s been dating Carter for five months now and things are getting serious. But why hasn’t he shown up? 6.30 p.m. Joseph Carter agreed to be Jane’s fake boyfriend at an engagement party. They’ve not known each other long but their friendship is fast becoming the brightest part of her new life in Winchester. Joseph promised to save Jane tonight. But he’s not here. Meet Joseph Carter. That is, if you can find him.

Beth is back with another thought provoking, warm and charming story that gripped my attention this weekend.

The story is seen from the narrative of three women, Jane, Siobhan and Miranda who all have one thing in common, they all know a man called Joseph Carter. All women are completely different in personalities and situations, Jane is a quiet, meek woman who volunteers at a charity shop, she keeps to herself, living a life of routine and living her messy past behind, Siobhan is a fiery Irish woman who’s a life coach and travels to London every month for work whilst Miranda is a tree surgeon, enjoys working amongst a team of men. All three women are all falling for Joseph with his charms and good looks, until one day he doesn’t show up and they all wonder what’s Joseph Carter’s story.

The story flows between the three women during a period of time and it really does make for fascinating reading as the three of them interact unaware of their connection with Joseph. I loved reading how each one of them were affected by Joseph and the huge differences he made to their lives.

The mixture of personalities and scenarios made this story a joy to curl up with. Beth has written another brilliant multi-layered story that is poignant, rich in humour and packed with relatable characters. The various narratives weave beautifully together, bringing the story to a tidy conclusion that really warmed my heart.

‘The No-Show’ is another beautifully written story. From the first page, Beth has delivered a story that will make you cry, swoon and your heart ache about love, friendship and new beginnings.

You can buy ‘The No-Show’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Lord Seeks Wife By Heather Barnett

Lord Seeks Wife‘Lord Seeks Wife is the latest book by Heather Barnett.

Reclusive academic Lord Noblet de Beeble doesn’t want to get married but his overbearing mother, Lady Caroline, is insisting he must. When he places an advert for a wife in the Situations Vacant section of his local newspaper, the national press pick up the story. A desperate Noblet calls on his handsome younger brother, Henry, to help him navigate the subsequent media frenzy. Among the hordes of hopeful candidates to descend on the village of Gently Rising is the beautiful and mysterious Mia Wild, who befriends local primary school teacher, Alice Brand. Alice has been looking for something to spice up her life, but getting embroiled in a very public wife-hunt wasn’t what she had in mind. In a summer packed with suspicious exes, snobbery, social climbers and sausage rolls, Gently Rising will bear witness to a public courtship like no other. But who will come out on top?

If you like quirky books filled with eccentric characters and madcap scenarios, then ‘Lord Seeks Wife’ is just for you.

Unfortunately named, Noblet George William Chatterton de Beele, 14th Earl of Pantling is seeking a wife and decide of going the traditional route of going to the pub or joining Tinder, he decides to put an advert in the local paper much to his mother’s despair.

The story then follows Noblet and his brother Henry as they try to whittle down the aspiring Ladies who have travelled to the small village of Gently Rising to audition for the position. The story is also seen through the narrative of Sinead Murphy, a ruthless young woman who’s determined to become the next Lady, Alice, a quiet schoolteacher and the mysterious Mia, a newcomer to the village who’s caught everyone’s attention particularly Noblet and Saskia’s Henry fiery girlfriend.

This story is fun with capital F. I loved Noblet with his aristocratic way of going on, he was charmingly laid back and oblivious to the ways of the world and seemed more interested in a companion rather than a wife. There are some wonderful characters in the story from the sharp tongue of Lady Caroline, Noblet’s mother to Lorraine, an eccentric character who was convinced that she was the one for Noblet and would go to quite extreme measures just to be alone with him, they all added a lot of colour and humour to the book. It was also hilarious to read how the small village coped with suddenly being under-siege by all this aspiring ladies and the it was put under the spotlight.

There was a lovely flow to the story, with the interweaving characters and stories all blending together nicely.

A charming story rich in warmth and fun, ‘Lord Seeks Wife’ is the perfect escapist book to curl up with.

You can ‘Lord Seeks Wife’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Should I Tell You? By Jill Mansell

Should I Tell You‘Should I Tell You?’ is the latest book by Jill Mansell.

Amber, Lachlan and Raffaele met as teenagers in the Cornish seaside home of kind-hearted foster parents. Years on, the bond between them is unbreakable. But Amber has a secret. She’s in love with Lachlan. She can’t tell him, because that would never work – he’s definitely not the settling-down type. Surely it’s better to keep him as a friend than to risk losing him for good?. Raffaele has his own dilemma. He had the dream girlfriend in Vee, until it all went horribly wrong . . . and he still can’t understand why. Is Vee hiding something from him? Now their widowed foster dad Teddy has found new love. Younger, charming and beautiful, Olga seems perfect. But is she? Or will she break Teddy’s fragile heart?

Sit back and relax in the latest offering by Jill Mansell, another charming story of friendship, new beginnings and love.

The story is primarily seen through the perspective of fostered siblings Lachlan, Amber, Raffelle who were all fostered by Teddy and May. Their foster parents helped structure them into the people they have become, May nurtured Lachlan’s love of cooking which led him to become a successful chef, Amber creates beautiful art from glass and Raffelle has become a successful celebrity hairdresser who uses his cutting skills to help those less well off which makes for touching scenes in the story. All three characters have interesting parts in the story, Lachlan is the local lothario, Amber is attracted to Lachlan and Raffelle is dealing with the breakdown of his relationship with Vee, who’s dealing with a breakdown of her own.

Since May passed away, Teddy takes himself away on a cruise and he meets Olga an outspoken Russian woman who likes expensive things. I found myself torn in my opinion of Olga, one minute you think she’s a gold digger and the next minute, you’re touched by her kindness and warmth, so she was definitely one of my favourite characters in the story. Another lovely character in the story is Benji, only son of the outspoken and confident Peggy, he struggles to interact with people due to his stutter but then he becomes friends with Jo and she helps him blossom.

Once again, Jill has delivered another joyful story that is packed with heart, warmth and laughter. The variety of characters all dealing with their own problems, all flow at a lovely pace and their interactions make for heartfelt reading. The story has multiple stories weaved throughout about love, heartbreak, family and catfishing which all come together seamlessly in the end.

A story proving that you don’t be blood related to be family,’Should I tell you?’ Is another beautifully written and fantastic story from Jill made that for poignant and enjoyable reading.

You can buy ‘Should I Tell You?’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.