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#Review Penny’s Antique Shop Of Memories And Treasure by Helena Fairfax (@HelenaFairfax) #PennysAntiqueShopOfMemoriesAndTreasures #Contemporary #Romance

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Previously published as The Antique Love

A wonderful and heart-warming contemporary romance that you won’t be able to put down until the very last page.”  Romance author Marie Laval

One rainy day in London, Wyoming man Kurt Bold walks into an antique shop off the King’s Road and straight into the dreams of its owner, Penny Rosas. Kurt certainly looks every inch the cowboy hero…but he soon brings Penny’s dreams to earth with a thump. His job is in the logical world of finance – and as far as Kurt is concerned, romance is just for dreamers. But when Kurt hires Penny to help refurbish his Victorian house near Richmond Park, it’s not long before.

My View

Penny’s Antique Shop Of Memories and Treasures is a cosy, heart-warming and feel good romance that will leave the reader feeling wonderfully uplifted and entirely charmed. Previously published under the title ‘The Antique Love’ this fun book has got a whole new lease of life, and I have to say I am rather pleased that Ms Fairfax has re-released or I could well have missed out on something rather special and I do have to say that I do love this new title it just makes the reader want to immerse themselves into the story.

Penny; as the title says owns a teeny little antiques shop, her business is plodding along nicely even after a spot of trouble with her previous accounts manager and ex co-worker Penny finds herself in a bit of a jam with regards to her books. But all the stresses she has found herself in just washes over her when one rainy day a large, handsome cowboy walks into her shop, ready to sweep her off her feet…Well in her dreams that is what he is and what he is going to do, as you’ve probably guessed our lovely Penny has a bit of an imagination.

OK, so Kurt maybe from Wyoming with the most alluring accent she has ever heard, but isn’t a bona fide cowboy. He is a handsome devil, though one which Penny instantly is enthralled by she soon learns that the man, who she whole heartedly envisions wrestling bulls is actually in finance and he is the most stoic, stubborn and is isn’t the romantic hero she at first envisioned as our Kurt does not believe in love or romance he believes that marriage is some sort of arrangement. All Kurt wants is someone to be there when he gets home, a companion, a level headed woman who will fit in with his well ordered life.

That is until he meets romantic, dreamer Penny. At first all he wants is for her to redecorate his new town house ready for said unknown level headed woman, but he soon becomes charmed by Penny’s zest, her imagination her down to earth kindness and spirit.

I love the chemistry between Penny and Kurt, they are both in their own ways guarded, Penny is a lovable, insecure and imaginative young woman who fully believes in love. I love the change that thy both have on each other, Ms Fairfax has created two very lovable character’s who will enchant you.

This is beautifully written, wonderful love story that will warm any readers heart, and that I highly recommend.

This was a complimentary copy via the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you Helena.

Penny’s Antique Shop of memories and Treasures is available from Amazon.

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#Review – One Magical Christmas by Berni Stevens (@Berni_Stevens1) #Christmas #Romance via @ChocLituk

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Christmas magic doesn’t really exist – does it?

When Annie Berry collides with Nik Knoll in a car park on the day of her sister’s wedding, it feels like all of Nik’s Christmases have come at once. Annie seems like just the sort of woman he’d like to get to know, and the chance nature of their encounter is almost like, well … Christmas magic.

But Nik has a secret, and he has to be sure that he can trust Annie before he tells her. The problem is that this secret has a Christmas deadline, and time is running out …

My View

Who doesn’t love a magical Christmassy love story? I loved the sound of this from the moment I saw it and I wasn’t disappointed. One Magical Christmas is exactly what it says on the tin, it is a very magical read that is fun, entertaining and a very enjoyable read. This is the first I have read by Ms Stevens and what a wonderful introduction into her work and will definitely be reading more from her.

Annie is helping her little sister with her wedding, her sister has given her just one task and that is to find herself a dress. She find the perfect dress, a beautiful, sophisticated midnight blue number that looks magical and is perfect – even if it did cost an arm and a leg. What she doesn’t know when she sees it, is that this dress is as magical as it looks because this dress changes her life.

Nic runs a children nursery which also includes a few special animals he is on a deadline set by his father because of a huge family secret. For reasons that will be revealed as you read the book, Nic has resorted to online dating – with no success, and later speed dating – equally unsuccessful. He is becoming desperate and time is flying by, he feels that he may fail that is until he literally bumps into the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. Only problem, he didn’t get her number!

But he needn’t worry as the magic of Christmas has rubbed off, they soon find each other. They have a fun and sweet romance that may lead to more, but can Nic trust her enough to tell her his family’s secret?

This is a wonderful Christmas story that is so full of magic, the plot is fun and flows easily from one scene to the next. The two lead character’s are so lovable, you instantly like them and are cheering them on. I thoroughly loved reading this book, it is a simple story of boy meets girl but I have to say it’s a good one. I loved the humour, the stylish writing and the engaging dialogue and it definitely makes your feel all festive.

Wonderful book, very recommended!

This was a ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

One Magical Christmas can be pre-ordered from Amazon.

By Virtue Falls (The Shakespeare Sisters #4) by @CarrieElks #ReleaseDayBlitz #Review

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I have the pleasure to share my review of Virtue Falls, book 4 in the Shakespeare Sisters series by Carrie Elks today, in apart of this blog tour day blitz.

A heartwarming Shakespeare Sisters romance from the bestselling author of Fix You.

Love blooms when you least expect it . . .

Juliet Shakespeare is done with love. With a growing floristry business and an adorable daughter to raise, life after separating from her husband is complicated enough.

But when handsome single father, Ryan Sutherland, arrives in town, everything changes. As much as she tries to distract herself, Juliet can’t help but be drawn to the easy-going Romeo next door and the way he makes her feel.

Photographer Ryan is only back in his hometown for a few months so there’s no point falling for someone he’ll just have to say goodbye to. But he didn’t account for Juliet – the intriguing and beautiful, red-haired woman next door. And in her, he might just have found everything he ever wanted . . .

My View

This is the first book I have read by this author, I wasn’t sure what to expect especially as I came into this series with new and open eyes. I do have to say that I did have a feeling that I was missing out on something about this series as I hadn’t read the previous books in the series and as such this book didn’t really have the oomph that most books do for me, which has nothing at all to do with Ms Elks writing, but more of the fact that I jumped blindly into this series. I did enjoy the story, it’s not usually what I go for but it is a feel-good weekend romance read.

So, this is book four in the Shakespeare Sisters series and the story revolves around Juliet and Ryan as they both face difficulties and heartache while trying to get on with their lives and both who are a little cynical and jaded when it comes to love but at the same time the story follows them both as they inadvertently fall in love and then have to decide if then can trust the other and learn to trust in love again.

Juliet is going through a bitter divorce, running her floristry while trying raise her young daughter. She has had enough with men, she just wants to raise her daughter and get on with her life then she meets single father Ryan, which their initial encounter isn’t anything to shout home about, but it does become a lot better between them especially once they learn that they are neighbours and more or less in the same position.

By Virtue Fall is a sweet, loving and well written romance, that will pull at the heartstrings. The character driven story is well developed and moves the reader through the story in a natural way. This is a lovely story full of hope, and learning how to love again. For me because I hadn’t read the other’s in the series I felt it was a bit more tepid for my liking but I can say that those who enjoy sweet, family orientated romances then this is the book.

This was an ARC copy from the author in exchange for an honest review as apart of this release day blitz.

By Virtue Fall is available now at Amazon.

How to Bake a New Beginning by Lucy Knott : Blog Tour, Review & Exclusive Interview.

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I have the very great pleasure to be the first stop on the How to Bake a New Beginning by Lucy Knott (one half of the lovely Blossom Twins) blog tour. I will be sharing my review on this wonderfully, uplifting book and I have an exclusive interview with Lucy.

About Lucy

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Lucy is a new author her up-and-coming debut How to Bake a New Beginning is a feel good, heart warming romance about family love and food. She is also a Book, Food, Family and Lifestyle blogger with her twin sister; Kelly who own the charming Blossom Twins Blog.

Website / Twitter @LucyCKnott / Twitter @TheBlossomTwins / Instagram / Goodreads / Facebook / Pinterest

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Interview

Frankie Hi Lucy, Congratulation’s on the book! Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.

Firstly, what five words would you use to describe yourself?

Lucy Romantic. Sensitive. Passionate. Dreamer. Creative.

Frankie If you could take a holiday in any era and place, When and where would it be? And Why?

Lucy Ooh I would probably go back to The Beat Generation and the streets of San Francisco. I’d love to hang out with Jack Kerouac and experience a San Francisco night talking the night away and listening to music, then find quaint cafés to write in while drinking lots of coffee.

4Frankie Can you tell us a little about your latest release? This can be your most recent or up-and coming release.

Lucy My upcoming release is my debut novel. It’s called ‘How to Bake a New Beginning.’ It follows the journey of three sisters; all at different stages in their lives, all dealing with job struggles, boy troubles and finding the courage to take that next step in their lives and follow their hearts. After losing their beloved Grandpa they travel to Italy and events occur where they must start taking ownership of their feelings and of their dreams and their futures.

Frankie It really is a wonderful book, who was your childhood hero?

Lucy My childhood hero was professional wrestler Jeff Hardy, one half of the WWE tag team The Hardy Boyz.

Frankie If you could have one of your books made into a film, which book would it be and who would play your lead character’s?

Lucy Ooh that would be pretty amazing. I’d love it if this book was made into a movie. Let me think:

Amanda: Britt Robertson / Sabrina: Rachel Bilson. / Louisa: Lily Colins.

Dan: Harry Styles. / Levi: Chris Evans. / Luca: Giulio Berruti.

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Frankie Wow!! Gorgeous cast, this is a movie I would love to watch. Out of all your work, who is your favourite character and why?

Lucy Hmm, I love all my leading ladies because I feel like they are strong women, yet they have their vulnerable moments. It takes them a minute, but they go after what they want and follow their dreams. They all have good hearts and I love that about them. I do have a soft spot for all my boys too.

Frankie Where does your inspiration for your books come from?

Lucy My inspiration was very much love and my experiences. I’m a hopeless romantic and just wanted to write a romance that was quite simple, not too much drama, not too much back and forth, just something that focused on love conquering all and that fairy tales can exist. Also, my life in general, things that make me happy, things that I love, like Italy and sisterly bonds. I very much enjoyed writing about those things.

Frankie What three tips would you pass on to an aspiring author?

Lucy Always believe in yourself.

Don’t compare yourself/your book to others. No one else can write the book that you are writing. Your book is yours, it is special, and you must love it first and foremost and be proud of yourself for writing it.

Write, write, write.

Frankie If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, from any era)

Lucy Harry Styles, Sal Paradise (On the Road) and Angela Clark. (I heart series.)

Frankie Oooh, fabulous! I am a big fan of Angela and Alex. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, Lucy. I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun . . . What is your all-time favourite naughty but nice food?

Lucy Eeek I love food, so that’s a tricky one, but probably any and all Italian cakes and biscuits.

Frankie Sound’s good to me, Thank you Lucy!

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About the Book

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Three sisters. One trip to Italy. The chance to change their lives.

Amanda has always taken the role of big sister seriously. She has her life in order; a fantastic job in a great restaurant, a wonderful house and a best friend who’s a Rockstar. But, Amanda’s beginning to realise that her life is missing one monumental piece…

Sabrina is living the high life in LA. Her Instagram is full of lavish parties, her tweets are brimming with celebrity names, but in reality she’s stuck behind a desk working for a boss who is determined to make her suffer. Is it time for her to stand up and take charge of her life?

Louisa has always been drowned out by her sister’s successes. As the university drop-out she’s always felt third best. But a chance encounter in a little Italian village may be about to change that…

When their beloved grandfather passes away these sisters are forced to take another look at their lives. These three sisters are about to embark on a journey of self-discovery that could just lead them down a road of romance (with a little help from the kitchen)!

Perfect for fans of Jenny Oliver, Carole Mathews and Lucy Diamond.

How to Bake a New Beginning is to be released on 9th September and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.

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My Review

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This is a wonderful debut from a talented new author, who I am positive is going to go far with her writing career. I found Ms Knott’s writing to be fresh, stylish and full of real passion for the story. I was incredibly interested in this book when I first saw the cover, which is cheerful and eye-catching. I know we should never base our opinions on a cover, but on the word’s inside, but for this one, I couldn’t really help it. The cover is as charming as the word’s within.

This is the story of three completely different sisters, who are all at different stages of their lives and who are still trying to find themselves in such a hectic world. Even though two have great careers they are a little lost with the love side of things, as different as Amanda, Sabrina and Louisa are they are all devoted to their family, they may have gone down different path’s but that absolute love for family is the driving force for each of them. Which as someone who is as equally very family focused this really rang a bell with me. When their beloved Grandfather suddenly passes away, the sisters are forced to confront some very personal issues. They decide that to really say goodbye to their grandfather they travel to Italy, their trip turns out to be just as emotional as they expected, but in completely different ways. What started out as a farewell to grandpa trip, ends up with each of the sisters discovering themselves and learning how to take charge of their lives and more importantly how to love.

Each sister is so different, each has their own views and private heartaches, Amanda the eldest is the one with the real passion for cooking, she is doing what she has always wanted to do and is working as a chef, but beneath that stubborn and protective older sister mask there is a heartache, something is missing from her life, now she knows what but can she pluck up the courage to finally grasp it?

Second sister Sabrina is living the high life in LA, to the whole world she is a high-flyer spending night’s out at lavish celebratory parties, her social media is full of enviable pictures. But really, she is stuck in the office with a boss who wants to make her life hell and suffering her own heartache, she is far from the happy-go-lucky socialite that she present’s herself to be.

And finally, baby of the family; Louisa after dropping out of university she has always felt inferior next to her older and much more confident sisters. She is definitely the one most people can relate to, she has lost her way a little. She appears cocky and out spoken but beneath the surface there lies a shy, young woman who is desperate to find her way and I think she has lost a little self-confidence especially while sisters are around.

This trip to Italy is the chance all three of them never expected but also what they needed, but will they have the courage and take control of the lives?

This is a wonderful holiday read, the relationship between the sisters is very real and relatable, the love that they share for their family is the driving force of this story. Ms Knot has done a cracking job at engaging the reader with her relatable character’s, beautiful setting and wonderful storyline. From page one you are immersed into the sister’s lifes, the story and relationships develop and evolve in a natural way and the story moves along at a brilliant pace.

You can real get a sense of how much this book and story means to the author, her heart and passion is evident in every scene, the driving force of the story is absolute family love, this really resonates with me. Another thing I love is how each chapter starts with a recipe, it’s cute and personal and links each chapter together nicely.

This is a delicious book, that you will devour in one bite! (Sorry I couldn’t help the food reference)

This was an ARC copy via the author as apart of this blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

Review – Evie’s Little Black Book by Hannah Pearl

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Is hunting down every man you’ve kissed the answer to finding Mr Right?

When Evie is invited to the wedding of the guy she’d fancied throughout her teens, it’s the final straw. What’s wring with her and why can’t she keep a man?

In between consoling herself with ice cream and chocolate, and sobbing her heart out to her cousin Charmaine, Evie has a brainwave – and it all centres around her ‘little black book’ (well, more floral pattened notebook really) – which contains the details of every man she’s ever kissed or dated.

Perhaps the cure for her disastrous love life has been nestled within its pages all along…

Does Evie’s little black book really hold the answers, or will she learn that exe’s are exe’s for a reason?

My View

What a sweet and warm story! Hannah Pearl is a new to me author, yet as soon as I read the back blurb I was fascinated by the original storyline and I can say I wasn’t disappointed. Evie’s Little Black Book is a fresh and new romance that will have you laughing out loud at Evie’s escapade’s as well as having your heart string’s pulled as she tries to find her path to love.

The story opens to Evie wailing away as she receives a wedding invitation from her ex, a man she thought she was hopelessly in love with even though he had never wanted to take their relationship any further then occasional sex. She thinks there must be something wrong with her as all her relationship’s have been more or less the same, why can’t she just find the one? So she digs out her little black book – well her childish floral patterned diary where she has stored every bit of information from every boy and man she has ever dated, kissed and everything between. Evie’s plan is that if she goes through it she will be able to figure out why her life is how it is.

So with the help of her cousin Charmaine – who can I say is hilarious, and the brain’s behind the whole slightly bonkers plan – she set’s out to track them all down one by one to see if she can find the answer.

There is a lot of up’s and down’s along the way that will make you laugh and cry, in some ways her plan fails brings her more trouble and strife then it should as she goes on this adventure in to her past and she soon finds out that probably the best place for them, in her past. But on the other hand, if she hadn’t chosen to go on this quest of enlightenment then she wouldn’t have found the amazing man she did and let me tell you, he is worth all the heartache.

Ms Pearl has written a fabulously witty and romantic story that is fun and engaging to read, this is a wonderful story all about a young woman who has become a little lost in life and Ms Pearl has captured Evie’s anguish over her life with spot on clarity. The story is well paced that keeps you reading, and the character’s are charming and well defined that makes you instantly like them and want to know more about them. I really like this, it is a wonderful introduction for me into this author’s work and from this alone I know that I will be reading more by Hannah Pearl.

Full of emotion and fun!

This was a complimentary copy from the publisher; Choc-lit in exchange for an honest review.

Evie’s Little Black Book is available now and can be purchased from Amazon.

Review – The Italian’s Runaway Princess by Andrea Bolter

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Is life outside the palace walls…

…everything she dreamed of?

When billionaire Gio Grassi rescued a beautiful stranger on the streets of Florence, he never imagined she’d be royalty! Princess Luciana’s innocence compel’s Gio to protect her, and her vivacity intrigues him. But Gio’s been betrayed before and he can’t let it happen again. With Luciana’s arranged royal wedding only weeks away, can this chance encounter change the course of these two lives – forever?

My View

This is the first book I have read by Andrea Bolter, I have been interested in her work for a while, it is different to what I usually pick up, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and I will definitely be reading more from her. It’s a fresh and satisfying story about finding love in the most unexpected places with the most beautiful and romantic Italian backdrop.

Princess Luciana is arranged to be married, she knows he place and her duty for her family and she is very loyal to that, but she is spirited, she has been cloistered away all her life, she has never been able to act like a young woman, to do what she wants, go where she wants and just be her own person. She has always wanted just a moment of freedom, a moment where she can just be herself and with her wedding only weeks away she knows that this could be her last chance for a taste of that very freedom she has always wanted.

So, she sneaks out and away from her home and body guards to have her own adventure and go to the one place she has always wanted to see; Florence! She had fallen in love the romanticism of Florence even without stepping foot there. Only her dream trip doesn’t exactly go to plan as she soon realises that she may be way out of her depth, it is thanks to the kindness and timely appearance of a too handsome for his own good stranger that helps her in her moment of need and also changes her life.

Enter gorgeous billionaire Gio, he steps in does the whole knight in shining armour thing, protects her and helps her in her moment of need and all too soon falls for the mysterious and spirited beauty. Gio is a good man he has a sense that Luciana is not exactly what she seems, she isn’t just a sweet little cloistered girl lost in Florence, there is something about her that captures his in ground sense of chivalry. But Gio is very reluctant for her to get to close to him, after being horribly hurt before he has closed his heart off to all that could break it. From his past experience he has become a little jaded to love, he has closed he heart off, which is a real shame as there is so much to love about this good man.

Luciana is a sweet, but naïve young woman who after living in her secluded and protected little royal bubble her entire life she is now lost in the real world. She has never experienced anything of real life, so even the basic’s like walking down the street and avoiding people who are out to do her harm is whole new for her. I actually feel very sorry for her, she has missed out on so much due to who she is, Ms Bolter has captured Luciana’s innocence and nativity perfectly as well her thirst for independence and knowledge I really like her and even though she is as blue blood as you can get, you can really relate to her.

For the first time while reading a romance I was more drawn and fascinated by the heroine, don’t get me wrong Gio is supremely charming, sexy and a little flawed but he didn’t have as much sway with me as most heroes do. Whereas Luciana is utterly fascinating, the way she threw caution to the wind and burst out of her royally protected bubble is admirable.

The Italian’s Runaway Princess is an enjoyable, romantic and sweet book that captures your attention. I particularly love Ms Bolter’s excellent descriptions of Florence, you can see through the characters eyes the beauty and tranquillity of the place. I have found Andrea Bolter’s writing to be fluid and elegant, her writing flows with pure joy and you can really sense that this is a story and place that she loves.

Very enjoyable, a perfect summer escapism read.

This was an ARC copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Italian’s Runaway Princess is to be released 23rd August and can be pre-ordered at amazon.

Review – French Kisses And A London Affair by Jan Ellis

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A London Affair

Kate leaves the countryside for a job in a posh London deli and is soon surrounded by croissants and cappuccinos as she finds herself at the centre of a delicatessen dating adventure. Along with the job come new flat-mates, including the fun, exasperating Imogen and her long-suffering boyfriend, Freddy. Kate thinks she’s doomed to early spinsterhood, but Immy has other ideas and sends her friend out into dating land with unexpected consequences for them all. This is a fun romance that takes the reader from the King’s Road to Cornwall with an eclectic bunch of characters including an old hippy, a Russian property magnate and an ex-boyfriend who doesn’t know when to give up.

French Kisses

When Rachel Thompson moved to France in her early twenties, little did she suspect she would stay, become a successful artist and marry Michael, the love of her life. Life in France is peachy until Michael hits 40, discovers his inner love-rat and runs off with the kids’ young, skinny, dance teacher. Determined to rebuild her life, Rachel recruits friends, neighbours and her children to help her transform the family home into a cosy guest house, and soon attracts an eclectic collection of visitors – and two quite different admirers.

My View

What a wonderfully uplifting book this is! This is the first I have read by Jan Ellis and I can say without a doubt that it will not be the last. French Kisses and a London Affair are two heart-warming stories about two completely different women, both at different stages of their lives who find love without looking for it in the most unexpected places.

The first part follows Rachel’s story, after years of happy marriage which resulted in two children and a glorious house in a rural France, Rachel is happy and content with her life and she thought Michael her husband was too. That is until one day he drop’s a bombshell on her; he is leaving her for a younger woman, Rachel is left in a bit of a rut. She is an accomplished artist but after the break-up of her marriage she is feeling rather down trodden, she tries to keep up appearances for the sake of her children but deep down she is unsettled. Then one day her friend gives her the idea to open up a guesthouse, which results in some quite unexpected turns in Rachel’s life. One of which could mean love, but who will be the one to sweep her off her feet?

The second part is all about Kate who after defying her parent’s and deciding against going to university as she doesn’t believe that spending another four years studying is the best thing for her, she wants something more than just classes and exams and she doesn’t want to be weighed down with a degree that may not even get her anywhere in life. So, she takes a job in a high-end London Delicatessen where she is coerced into the dating game by her lovely but slightly pushy new flat mates. Along the way she meets some very interesting people, but is her soul mate amongst them, or is he right before her eyes?

I loved both of these stories, they are warm, sentimental and loving. Showing that no matter where you are in life that love can present itself in the most unexpected places. Ms Ellis has created two brilliantly romantic and very realistic stories both of the heroines develop steadily throughout which keeps you engaged throughout. I particularly like the backing characters in both, each one is well crafted and very likable.

Thoroughly enjoyed this, it is an easy to read and warm-hearted book, that leaves the reader feeling inspired.

This was a complimentary copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.

French Kisses and a London Affair is available now at Amazon.