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Spring Tides at Swallowtail Bay By Katie Ginger

Spring Tides at Swallowtail Bay‘Spring Tides at Swallowtail Bay’ is the first book in a new series by Katie Ginger called ‘Swallowtail Bay’.

Licking her wounds from her divorce, Stella impulsively buys a gift shop and two holiday lets in glorious Swallowtail Bay, hoping for a fresh start with her King Charles Spaniel Frank. When the neighbours meet her with a warm welcome, Stella knows she’s found the new home she was looking for. Even gorgeous but grumpy local Miles can’t take the shine off things. But then her ex-husband announces he’s getting married again, and someone in the village starts gossiping about Stella… Is Stella’s dream over already? Or, with her new friends behind her, can Stella fight back and save her new life – and find the happy ever after she’s been waiting for?

This book is a heartwarming introduction to a new series packed with loveable characters against the backdrop of a sleepy town, it was charming from start to finish.

The story is primarily seen through the narrative of newcomer to Swallowtail Bay, Stella as she waves goodbye to the bustling city of Oxford and prepares for single life in a strange town with a new business under her belt. Thankfully support comes in the form of Lexi, who helps Stella fit into the new community but is also a shoulder to cry on when Stella’s ex husband announces his new marriage.

From the outset, this is a charming tale that can easily be absorbed in one sitting. Fun and heartwarming, it’s hard not to connect with the relatable characters and their situations that make for interesting reading. I love Stella, she’s fun, creative and it’s lovely to watch her blossom throughout the story particularly when she catches the eye of Miles, who adds an injection of charm to the story. Lexi is also a great character as she battles being a single parent with two boisterous children, she made me giggle at times with her wit.

A beautiful story that will leave you grinning from ear to ear, ‘Spring Tides at Swallowtail Bay’ is the perfect laugh out loud comedy to curl up with in a world of current doom and gloom.

You can buy ‘Spring Tides at Swallowtail Bay’ from Amazon and will be avaialble to buy from good bookshops from 14th May 2020.

Sophie Kinsella Returns With Christmas Shopaholic

Christmas ShopaholicWonderful news for fans of Sophie Kinsella, particularly of her ‘Shopaholic’ series, as she has announced a new book in the series called ‘Christmas Shopaholic’.

What the back cover says –

Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) adores Christmas. It’s always the same – Mum and Dad hosting, carols playing, Mum pretending she made the Christmas pudding, and the next-door neighbours coming round for sherry in their terrible festive jumpers.

And now it’s even easier with online bargain-shopping sites – if you spend enough you even get free delivery. Sorted!

But this year looks set to be different. Unable to resist the draw of craft beer and smashed avocado, Becky’s parents are moving to ultra-trendy Shoreditch and have asked Becky if she’ll host Christmas this year. What could possibly go wrong?

With sister Jess demanding a vegan turkey, husband Luke determined that he just wants aftershave again, and little Minnie insisting on a very specific picnic hamper – surely Becky can manage all this, as well as the surprise appearance of an old boyfriend and his pushy new girlfriend, whose motives are far from clear . . .

Will chaos ensue, or will Becky manage to bring comfort and joy to Christmas?

Definitely a book that will be going to the top of the TBR pile!

You can pre-order ‘Christmas Shopaholic’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 17th October 2019.

I Owe You One By Sophie Kinsella

I Owe You One’I Owe You One’ is the latest book by Sophie Kinsella.

Fixie Farr can’t help herself. Straightening a crooked object, removing a barely-there stain, helping out a friend . . . she just has to put things right. It’s how she got her nickname, after all. So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees, she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank her, the computer’s owner, Sebastian, scribbles her an IOU – but of course Fixie never intends to call in the favour. That is, until her teenage crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and needs her help – and Fixie turns to Seb. But things don’t go according to plan, and now Fixie owes Seb: big time. Soon the pair are caught up in a series of IOUs – from small favours to life-changing debts – and Fixie is torn between the past she’s used to and the future she deserves.

It’s hard not to get excited when Sophie Kinsella releases a new book, especially when one of her earlier novels called ‘Can You Keep A Secret?’ is one of my favourite books.

In her latest book, we meet Fixie who is always trying to do the right, which is hard when she works in a shop with her argumentative brother and whimsical sister, who don’t share the same realistic vision as her and when their mother becomes ill and goes away, they realise that they have to work together. It’s one day that she meets the handsome Sebastian, when she saves his computer being ruined that he’s forever in her favour and she ends up giving this favour to the love of her life, Ryan, who’s returned from Hollywood after it not working out for him.

I loved this story but found it such a frustrating tale at times, as people around Fixie are constantly belittling her or putting her down, making her doubt her self worth and confidence. She’s a lovely character with a kind soul and you can’t help but fight her corner. She has everyone’s well being in considerations even if those don’t see and she manages to get herself in some hilarious situations.

This book is just like Sophie’s previous novels, it’s the perfect book to curl up and get lost in and it’s cleverly written with witty characters, one liners as well as a charming plot line and a lovely sense of poignancy that really added to the story.

Fun from the first page, ‘I Owe You One’ is a wittily crafted, coming of age story, with an inspirational protagonist that is a must read for all fans of Sophie Kinsella.

You can buy I Owe You One from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops.

A Christmas Gift Book Tour – Extract

A Christmas GiftAlthough I’m reading ‘A Christmas Gift’ by Sue Moorcroft, I’ve not read enough for a review, so here’s an extract to give you a taster of the Christmas story.

She speeded up as she led the way back up the corridor. ‘The main building used to be a house called Lie Low, the bolthole of a Carry On star and then a shady businessman.’

They passed dance studios, Joe glancing in on students and giving the brief nods he seemed to consider sufficient interaction as Georgine continued to provide background information. ‘Acting Instrumental’s a small independent further education college. Our current roll is eighty-four students across two year-groups. The cafeteria’s through here. Oggie got funding to subsidise lunches so the take-up is high.’

She turned right.

‘This is my room.’ She laughed to see a garland of turquoise tinsel hanging from the handle. ‘I’m collecting Christmas props so people are bringing me their cast offs.’ She whisked past, heading straight for dance rehearsal.

She paused at the door. ‘This is the big rehearsal room. Maddie’s working with dance students on our Christmas show, A Very Kerry Christmas, Uncle Jones. The students are Level 3, which is the same as A Level.’ She stepped inside. At one end of the room a stage space was denoted by yellow gaffer tape on the floor where a small dance troupe was learning a routine.

Maddie glanced round without pausing in her dance. Tall and willowy, her fair hair pulled back in a plait, she flashed a smile before returning her attention to the teenagers who were mirroring her movements. The shuffles and thumps marking the rhythm of their feet made Georgine’s heart lift.

‘Forward, back,’ Maddie called, ‘step-two-three, change, step-two-three, back, leg lift, and chassé . . . and then we’re ready for the last part of act one, scene two. Let’s try it to music.’ She clicked a small remote in her hand and a lively jive tune burst onto the air.

You can buy A Christmas Gift 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.