#Review | Hanukkah At The Great Greenwich Ice Creamery by Sharon Ibbotson #HanukkaAtTheGreatGreenwhichIceCreamery @seibbotson @ChocLituk
Hello, my festive little sunshines! I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of this utterly charming book; Hanukka At The Great Greenwhich Ice Creamery by Sharon Ibbotson. This book is really too cute for words, I can’t wait to share it with you. So, grab your cuppa and preferably some Ice Cream and enjoy!
Hanukkah days, Christmas nights and strawberry ice cream …
Cohen Ford is a man who could do with a little bit of sweetening up. It’s no surprise that when he walks into The Great Greenwich Ice Creamery on a typically gloomy London day before Christmas, he insists on a black coffee rather than his childhood favourite – strawberry ice cream.
But then he meets River de Luca, the woman behind the flavours. After their first encounter, Cohen begins visiting the ice creamery every Tuesday, gradually learning more about the intriguing River. Could her influence encourage cynical Cohen to become the man who embraces Christmas, Hanukkah and even strawberry ice cream?
This is a charming seasonal love story, with a really unique romance, between a grouchy Jewish New Yorker, trying his hardest to avoid Hanukkah with family and a deaf woman who creates ice cream flavours. This is the first Hanukkah set romance I have read – in fact, delete that, this is the first Hanukkah romance I have seen and I thoroughly enjoyed it, there definitely needs to be more stories like this in the world, I applaud Choc Lit and Sharon Ibbotson for giving this enchanting stories wings.
After a particularly nasty divorce, New Yorker; Cohen Ford takes a trip to London where he is tasked by his mother to deliver a gift to an old family friend. He isn’t looking forward to walking into the Ice Creamery as he fears childhood memories to re-awaken. He isn’t in any mood for ice cream, much preferring black coffee, but feels that he should do one thing for his mother after all their relationship is already fractured enough to put more strain on it by him disobeying.
But that all changes, his selfish and slightly withdrawn nature soon disappear when he meets the daughter of his mothers best friend; River De Luca, the captivating deaf woman who creates the most alluring ice creams. His attraction to her is instant, the moment he sets his eyes on her, he is struck by cupids arrow but fate and her mother seems to be against their relationship and he is soon warned off her, but does he take heed? Not on your nelly! I love the whole process of Cohen getting to know River, even though she is deaf and doesn’t speak, except in sign. The little ways she teaches him to communicate with her is so lovely, theirs is an extremely sweet budding romance, I love how he learns more about himself and how to move past his fracture relationship with his mother just by being with River.
Cohen doesn’t have the best relationship with his mother, in fac,t I don’t he really ever has had a great relationship with anyone, he has been known to be incredibly selfish and lost in his own world of pity, self destruct and obviously work. I do think that growing up in a turbulent household with parents who constantly screamed at one and other, then for his father to just up and leave has had a huge impact on Cohen and has moulded him into the man he is, some of it good and some bad. He is a man who has allowed his past and seeing his parents volatile relationship dictate how he leads his own life, which unfortunately did entail in his going down the; ‘oh, pity me’ and selfish path.
This is written entirely through Cohen’s point of view, which I thought was a refreshing change, true that does mean we don’t get a real insight into River’s thoughts except, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have an insight into her. I love how she says so much with not a single word, with her little touches, her patience in teaching him sign and their little written messages, I love how without a single word she seems to sense what is going on and what he needs, even if that is a tub of ice cream.
I really liked this! I love how Cohen goes from a melancholic grump who is a little immature, to a sensitive and loving man who has thrown himself into rebuilding his if, his relationship with his mother and learning about River, I really, really liked that turnaround with him.
The is the perfect seasonal cosy and feel-good story, it’s beautifully written and full of festive cheer – plus some delicious ice cream, honestly I am in pure heaven!
This was a complimentary copy via the publisher, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you Liz! xx
#BlogTour | The Weekender by Fay Keenan @BoldwoodBooks @faykeenan #TheWeekender #Review #BoldWoodBlogger
Hello, sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on the wonderful blog tour for; The Weekender by Fay Keenan, I am so looking forward to sharing my review of this book with you all, so settle in grab a cuppa and enjoy.
The Weekender by Fay Keenan
Publisher: Boldwood Books
Genre: Contemporary/Women’s Fiction
Format : Print/ebook/Audiobook
When Charlie Thorpe met Holly Renton, they were not a match made in heaven…
Holly lives and works in the beautiful town of Willowbury in Somerset. An incorrigible optimist, she is determined to change the world for the better.
Charlie Thorpe on the other hand, is the ultimate pragmatist. As Willowbury’s new member of parliament, he has to be. While he’s determined to prove himself to the town, as far as Holly’s concerned, he’s just another politician on the make.
But when their paths cross again, it’s clear they’ve got more in common than they think. Can Holly and Charlie overcome their differences and work together, or are they destined to be forever on opposite sides? And why does Holly have a funny feeling she has met Charlie before…
Let Fay Keenan whisk you away to a world of glorious country views, unforgettable characters and once-in-a-lifetime love. Perfect for all fans of Fern Britton, Veronica Henry and Erica James.
This is the first I have read by Fay Keenan and I will certainly be seeking out more of her work in the future, I liked her passionate and intelligent writing style, that combines real heart and a pleasurable and very enjoyable story.
Holly and Charlie, if ever there were a couple that shouldn’t be together then these two are it, honestly I was wondering how they were going get together as they are the complete opposite, yet those tantalising little burst of romance are well worth the wait and it does make for great reading as they manoeuvre there way to happily ever after.
This is far more than just a little village romance between two completely different fractions, it has a real hard edge to it which basically surrounds the subplot, the cause that Holly is fighting for and I really liked that element to it, I really won’t go into what that is, in this review, as I think it would be a major spoiler, but this book does raise awareness for this hugely important subject, but that is all your going to get from me, you need to read the book to know what I am hinting at.
I did think that it was a little too slow-paced for my liking, the beginning in particular did drag on for a bit too long as we got to know the character’s, as I said this is my personal view which is a real shame as I did enjoy the blossoming romance and the head-butting between Holly and Charlie, their heated conversations between the two of them are highly entertaining and shows just how passionate each of them are.
Overall this is a lovely and heartwarming story, that has a serious side hidden within the romance.
This was a complimentary copy via the publisher, which I voluntarily reviewed as apart of this blog tour.
About the Author
Fay’s Bio – Fay Keenan is the author of the bestselling Little Somerby series of novels. She has led writing workshops with Bristol University and has been a visiting speaker in schools. She is a full-time teacher and lives in Somerset. Fay’s new series for Boldwood will begin with The Weekender in November 2019.
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#Review | Daisy’s Christmas Gift Shop by Hannah Pearl #DaisysChristmasGiftShop @HannahPearl_1 @RubyFiction @ChocLituk
Hellooo Sunshine’s, I have the huge pleasure to be featuring this fabulously festive book with your all today, I can’t wait to share my review of; Daisy’s Christmas Gift Shop by Hannah Pearl. So grab your mulled wine, a gingerbread man and enjoy.
Struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift? Step into Romantic Daze …
Daisy Kirk is a sucker for a love story, which is why she opened up her gift shop – because there’s nothing that makes Daisy happier than when she’s helped a customer achieve their own ‘happily ever after’ by finding the perfect Christmas gift for their loved one. And she absolutely does not just sell ‘soppy presents and frilly pants’ as her brother’s infuriating best friend, Eli, is so fond of suggesting.
The sad fact is that whilst Daisy is helping others with their love lives, hers is non-existent. But when unusual circumstances take Daisy and Eli on a road trip from London to rural Wales, will she finally get the happily ever after to her own Christmas love story?
I adore this! It is so heart-warming, it’s like being wrapped in a huge comforting bear hug. I did think that this would be a very sweet, run of the mill Christmassy romance where two warring factions finally get together, not that, that is a bad thing, I do love a cosy festive romance – I may not particularly like Christmas too much, but Christmas stories are my Achilles heel, I love them whether they are sweet or surprising and this is definitely the latter. It is far more then what you originally presume it to be, I loved that surprise slightly quirky twist, you do sit up and go; “Did that really happen?” which makes you fly through the rest of the book at lightning speed, yearning to know what happens.
This is only my second book by Hannah Pearl, having loved the first book I was excited to read more of Hannah’s work, I love her fun, original and classically romantic style which keeps the reader turning the pages, and this did not disappoint.
I really, really liked Daisy, she is a sweet unassuming character, she sees life in black and white. She broke my heart at times with her innocence, there is something very real about her, she is life long romantic who loves a good love story, plus she loves to help people who come into her little gift shop to find that one perfect item and to help them on their way to their own fairy-tale love story. But as much as she may love romance and happily ever after, she never has had one of her own and this is one of the things that I do like about Daisy she may have her head in the fluffy true love clouds, but deep down she is a realist. She has lived her life thinking she isn’t going to have her happily ever after, not when the man she has loved since she was a child doesn’t love her. She had on night of passion with gorgeous Eli, before he then moved away and made a life and a rather notorious name for himself, since he has proven time and time again that there is nothing between them, he is a playboy, an adventurer, he doesn’t want to settle down into an everyday real bliss. But when something happens, and even that makes them come together on a road trip that could change them both.
I love the character’s they are all so different, yet they really gel together, there may be animosity but there is love and friendship too. The relationships between daisy and the other character’s are beautifully written, Daisy and her brother Ben are like all siblings they love one and other and want the best for each other, yet they do know the way under the other’s skin. I love the friendship between Daisy and her best friend Lily, theirs is a friendship we all need in our life, there is an unbreakable bond between these two women, they know each other inside out and are always there.
Overall a wonderfully tender and exciting romance, that will take the reader on a surprising adventure, one that is full of friendship, loyalty, love, positivity and wrapped up with a charming festive bow.
This was an Arc copy via the publisher, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you, Liz. Xx
Daisy’s Christmas Gift Shop is available now and do go and grab a copy.
#Review | Happy Christmas Eve by Jackie Ladbury #HappyChristmasEve @ChocLituk @RubyFiction @JackieLadbury
Hellooo my friends, I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of this wonderful new Christmas book; Happy Christmas Eve by Jackie Ladbury. So grab a cuppa…and a sausage roll, or two and enjoy!
All I want for Christmas is you … or you?
Eve Halligan is back in her hometown for Christmas after a whirlwind few years touring with her band, the Molotovs. A lot has changed since she left, but two things have stayed the same. One: Eve is head-over-heels in love with Lucien Malikov, the Molotovs’ bad boy lead singer. Two: Lucien is completely indifferent to her.
Still, Eve dreams that this could be the Christmas where she convinces Lucien that they’re made for each other. But when childhood friend and local caterer Theo Wright comes back into her life bringing with him festive cupcake and sausage roll conundrums, Eve begins to question whether her Christmas dreams have been wasted on the wrong man …
I love a feel-good Christmas romance, and this is just perfect for those colder, chilly nights wrapped in a blanket with your fluffy socks on. It is pure festive joy; fun, charming, cheery and a very delicious romance, everything you would want from a Christmas book is right here….it even has sausage rolls, who doesn’t love a sausage roll at Christmas…or any time of the year? Yes, I am afraid to say that Jackie Ladbury did have me hooked from the moment a sausage roll making gorgeous guy was mentioned.
Eve is back home after years on the road with her band; the Molotov’s – well, when I say her band she is more like a roadie than a participating band member, she is in her own right a brilliant singer, songwriter and guitarist yet the bands lead; ridiculously arrogant and vain Lucien does push her into the background, Eve may like him and think that the sun shines when he is around but personally I thought he was a bit of a pillock and did take against him from the off, which I have to congratulate Jackie Ladbury for that brilliant piece of writing. Anyway, our Eve she has been infatuated with him since they were children, so when he asked her to tour with him and be his singer she literally jumped at the chance – unfortunately for Eve she soon learned that he didn’t want anyone to take the limelight from him so she became a basic dog’s body.
Once back home for Christmas she did hope that things would change and Lucien would change and start to see and treat as in the way she would like – really Eve, haven’t you heard that Leopards never change their spots, and this leopard is well and truly stuck in his, well that is until he realises there is competing for lovely Eve’s attention in the form of delicious and kind; Theo – ahhh, Theo – be still my beating heart!!
Theo is another of their childhood friends, whereas Lucien wants to be this hugely loved internationally adored pop star; our Theo is more than happy in the kitchen baking some delicious treat’s, yet he has made a name for himself and his catering business has soured and now they are all back together – in some sort of fashion. Now there are two men in Eve’s life, two completely different men; one is charming, natural, kind and actually see’s her as a person and the other is a notorious playboy, a rogue, charming yet arrogant and only interested because someone else is, but which one will sweep her off her feet and make this Christmas the best yet? I can tell you which one I was cheering on and for once it wasn’t the bad boy if a man-made me sausage rolls he would have my heart for life 😉
Well, I ain’t going to tell you, you’re going to have to read for yourselves! I’ll just say that this, I loved the journey Eve goes on to have her perfect Christmas, she has difficult choices to make. If you love your sweet, heart-warming and very festive romances then this is a perfect read, even if you don’t then I definitely recommend you give it a go. It is one of those stories that you will pull off the shelf every Christmas, I know that it will be one which I will be re-reading again.
This was an Arc copy from the publisher, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you Liz. Xx
Happy Christmas Eve is available now and can be found at Amazon.
Hello my lovelies, I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of this wonderfully starry new book; Reach For The Star by Kathryn Freeman, as always take a seat, grab a cuppa and a snack of your choice and enjoy.
What if your dreams were so close you could reach out and touch them?
How could anyone resist Michael Tennant, with his hypnotic blue eyes and voice like molten chocolate? Jessie Simmons certainly can’t. But Jessie’s a single mum who can’t sing to save her life – there’s no way she’ll ever cross paths with the star tenor.
A least that’s what she thinks until she’s unexpectedly invited to take part in a new reality TV show. The Premise? Professional singers teach hopeless amateurs how to sing. The surprise? Jessie’s partner is none other than Michael Tennant!
As she becomes better acquainted with the man behind the voice, will Jessie find out the hard way that you should never meet your idols? Or will she get more than she bargained for?
Have you ever had a serious crush on a celebrity than you literally dream and fantasise about them on a daily basis? Come admit it, we have all done it, lets all stand up and admit it. I will be the first to hold up my hand, I think everyone on the planet knows about my love of a certain Tom Hardy…sigh! So you have a wee inkling of how Jessie feels about charismatic crooner Michael Tennant, but just imagine actually meeting and then working along side your hearts crush on tv, I know it blows the mind, doesn’t it, but this is what happens to Jessie and what follows is a heart-warming, funny and delightfully romantic story about an everyday woman next door who does reach for the stars.
I adored the premise of this as soon as I read the blurb, having read Kathryn’s previous book; Crikey, A Bodyguard! I knew that this was going to be a real treat and I wasn’t wrong, this is the perfect escapism read, I love that it’s leading couple aren’t young twenty-somethings, but it has mature character’s who have real life issues and whom the reader can easily relate to, and personally I was willing Jessie on and so wanted her to find what she had been looking for.
Jessie Simmons is your run of the mill single, working mum of two. She goes to work cares for her children and goes around life doing exactly what she is supposed to do, putting everyone else first. Jessie deep down wants more, she wants excitement and love in her life, from the first few pages in I had a sense that Jessie is lonely, she wants someone in her life, someone other then two cheeky, boisterous boys, so she does what so many of us do she allows her mind to wander into her own secret fantasy world which is all about her not-so-secret crush, the fabulous and ridiculously attractive singer; Michael Tennant. Jessie is more then happy to daydream and fantasise about that gorgeous man, only her two children soon take matters into their own hands and with one letter to a TV show her life turns around and changes.
The little tykes have only gone and entered her into a reality show, where an enthusiastic amateur is partnered up with a professional musician, which later sees her partnered with none other then the man of her dreams; Michael Tennant. Oooh, any bets on Jessie being a little bit star struck?
Michael Tennant is a fabulous character, he is so different to how we first imagine him to be he isn’t a super confident and arrogant super star, he is a very down-to-earth man who hates being thrust into the limelight, he got pushed into this reality show and now he feel stuck. He is actually very closed up, he guards and protects himself from others as much as possible, he isn’t the best in social situations – in fact he is downright uncomfortable around people, which only makes you love him all the more. Being governed by an over zealous PA – who did get on my nerves a bit and really did need putting in her place. I got the feeling that he is a bit like a rabbit in head lights he is a lonely man who isn’t a fan of the lifestyle that his career has bought him. Then he meets an equally lonely woman, who not only appears to be on the show against her will but she has a passion for music.
I love them as a couple, both are from completely different worlds and there is a lot of wrangling to be able to be with each other, they are so similar in some ways and very different in others he can be shy and awkward when not on the screen, he is constantly worried about saying the wrong thing – I think we can all relate to that in some way. Whereas jessie she is just a normal woman, she is bored and lonely but she has got guts to go out and give something a go, she doesn’t intimidate she gives as good as she gets, I really think that she stole every scene she was in I was fascinated by her, she has fire beneath that mumsy persona.
I thoroughly enjoyed this, I adore Kathryn Freeman’s writing she has a great skill with drawing the reader into her world with just a few words. The story is heart-warming, original and fun, with fabulous character’s who really make the reader go through the mill, you never know where the story will take you, if Michael and Jessie will ever get together, I was engaged right to the last page.
I thoroughly enjoyable, delightful and heart-warming read and highly reccomended!
This was an Arc copy via the publisher, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you Liz. x
#Review | Regency Summer Escape: A Regency Romance Summer Anthology (Regency Anthologies #3) by Regina Jeffers, Arietta Richmond & Victoria Hinshaw #RegencySummerEscape #ARegencyRomanceSummerAnthology
Hello everyone, I have the great pleasure to be sharing my review of this charming regency anthology; Regency Summer Escape: A Regency Romance Summer Anthology (Regency Anthologies #3) by Regina Jeffers, Arietta Richmond & Victoria Hinshaw, so sit back with a nice cuppa and enjoy.
Three wonderful Regency Summer stories! Will the Lord win his Lady by summer’s end?
Her Summer Duke by Arietta Richmond
A Lady promised since childhood, now questioning her feelings, a Duke also promised, and questioning his desire for love, a noblemen turned to the sea, now desperately in love, a cousin doubting her own betrothal, a confusion of suitors, and unexpected triumph of love.
Lady Margaret Caulfield is somewhat spoiled, and newly come out into society, finds that she suddenly doubts everything – about love, and about her future. Promised since childhood to the man who saved her life when she was ten, she had not questioned it – until she met a man at a Masquerade Ball, and immediately fell in love with him.
Captain Lord Adam Halstone is barely accepted by society, and only then because he is the second son of a Duke – for he has done the inexcusable, and not only invested in trade, but chosen to work as a ship’s Captain. Love is not something that he has considered, yet when he meets a green eyed beauty at a Masquerade Ball, he finds himself utterly in love.
But Lady Margaret must contend with her uncertain feelings for the Duke she is promised to, who himself is coming to doubt the wisdom of the promise he made eight years before. And matters are complicated by others who would also seek Lady Margaret’s hand, should she cry off from that promise.
In the end, will love triumph? Or will duty bind each of the players in this tangle to an unhappy future?
Courting Lord Whitmire by Regina Jeffers
At a bend of the path, an unexpected meeting. She is all May, he is December. But love knows not time.
Miss Verity Coopersmith, at twenty, has not met a man she feels anything for, and expects that she never may. Mostly, she is content with her lot.
Andrew, Viscount Whitmire, at forty two, a widower newly come into his inheritance, with a fifteen year old daughter to contend with whom he had spent little time with since her birth, does not expect love or happiness to ever be part of his life. Duty will have to suffice.
But when they meet on a muddy lane in the rain, life is irreversibly changed for both of them.
Sarah’s Summer Surprise by Victoria Hinshaw
Miss Sarah Kinnard is the youngest of ten children, and when her father’s death and her mother’s grief delayed her London Season, she found herself with no options but to accompany a friend to the countryside, or to play nursemaid to her sisters’ children. The countryside seemed an excellent choice – until she met the man responsible for the renovations of the manor house at which they were staying. The man who, just by his presence, made her feel things that she had never felt before.
Captain Benjamin Lockhart took on the role of renovation manager to give himself something to do, as he healed after the war. It was a new life that he found comfort in, until the arrival of Miss Kinnard, when he found himself desiring more from life than he had ever considered before.
Can the restoration of a long abandoned manor house also restore the joy of life and love for two souls somewhat abandoned by their families?
If you love great stories, and the regency era, you’ll love these!
My, oh, my! What a gorgeous anthology this is, this is a perfect collection of wonderfully charming Regency Romance’s, which I can guarantee if you love your Regency romances then you are going to absolutely adore this enchanting anthology. Each of the three stories are so enchanting, you feel a real sense of love in the air as you read them, I’ve not read two of the author’s in this anthology but I am a huge fan of Regina Jeffer’s work, I love her writing she is an astounding author who can really capture the readers attention, so I knew that with Ms Jeffer’s involved in this that I would love fall in love with this anthology and I was so right, I have now added two more fine writing ladies to me ever expanding TBR pile.
As you may have gathered this is a Regency Anthology, so yes do expect lots of Jane Austin-esque scenario’s but with a few twists, charming and witty dialogue and wonderfully atmospheric settings and detail, all of which will capture your inner Regency lady swoon into the arms of the three heroes in their boots and well fitted breaches. I have chosen to review the anthology as a whole instead of my usual full individual book reviews, only because if I did post a review of each, this this post may go on and on – really no one wants listen to my babbling when you have seriously gorgeous and charismatic heroes and wonderfully clever enchanting heroines to get to know.
If you love your Regency then this is an absolute must read, each story in the collection is charming and enjoyable, I love how each one fits so beautifully along side the other’s, all three really compliment one an other and yet they are so different the individual authors writing styles are strong and engaging, each book is rich in detail and you will be swept away to another time.
A thoroughly romantic, charming and beautifully written anthology!
This was a complimentary copy via the author’s, which I voluntarily reviewed, Thank you Regina.
Regency Summer Escape is available now from amazon, and if you love your Regency then this is a must buy.