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#Review | Daisy’s Christmas Gift Shop by Hannah Pearl #DaisysChristmasGiftShop @HannahPearl_1 @RubyFiction @ChocLituk

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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

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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.

#Review | The House That Alice Built by Chris Penhall #TheHouseThatAliceBuilt @ChrisPenhall @RubyFiction @ChocLituk

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Hello, my lovely readers! Today I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of the heart-warming; The House That Alice Built, which is the debut novel by Chris Penhall, so grab a cuppa and enjoy.

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Home is where the heart is …

Alice Dorothy Matthews is sensible. Whilst her best friend Kathy is living it up in Portugal and her insufferable ex Adam is travelling the world, Alice is working hard to pay for the beloved London house she has put her heart and soul into renovating.

But then a postcard from Buenos Aires turns Alice’s life upside down. One very unsensible decision later and she is in Cascais, Portugal, and so begins her lesson in ‘going with the flow’; a lesson that sees her cat-sitting, paddle boarding, dancing on top of bars and rediscovering her artistic talents.

But perhaps the most important part of the lesson for Alice is that you don’t always need a house to be at home

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What a wonderful debut from an author who I am sure is going to have a long and fruitful career full of more glorious words, which I am looking forward to reading more of. This is a very real and uplifting story about a sensible but very relatable woman, this is one of those books that no matter who you are or where you are in your life, you will feel a real kinship to it, Alice could be you, a friend or a family member her story is one that is pretty normal and that anyone could find themselves in her shoes. The thing I really took away from this book was that no matter what we do in life, make some time to just have fun and see where it leads you, that is such a great message.

Alice is the girl next door, she is the sensible one, she is the work-a-holic who has finally settled down, she doesn’t take chances she just goes about her day to day London life. Her best friend Kathy, who currently is living life in splendid colour over in Portugal has been pestering Alice to go over and have some fun, but Alice I would say she has found herself stuck in her ways, she has out all of her energy in this beautiful home her and her dim-wit of a boyfriend bought for themselves. On the outside Alive has everything, good job, handsome boyfriend a beautiful home, what more could a woman want?

Well, as we all know you can never judge a book by its cover and there is always far more going on inside the pages of a persons life, Alice’s life is anything but perfect, her job may not be all that jazz, her boyfriend is actually an ex-boyfriend who has buggered off on jolly holiday around the world – but at least she has her house.

It wouldn’t be a story without a bit of an upheaval would it, and Alice certainly has one hell of a shock in store for her that turns her life upside down, so she does what her friend has been urging her to do, she goes to Portugal and it is while there we see the real Alice emerge from this tightly wrapped up prim and proper woman, this Alice is fun, adventurous and brave.

What I really loved about this is that from those first few pages I got an instant impression of the characters, Alice is a sweetheart, I really related to her, I so wanted her to be happy, you get a sense that beneath that sensible exterior there is another woman waiting to break free – which we see burst forth once she reaches Portugal. Her friend Kathy is a hoot, she came across as a bit dippy-hippy, but this woman has a really good heart and Adam, well from the first few pages I instantly disliked him, he came across as an ignorant, pompous and way too self-centred little boy than a man for my liking – which foes to show the quality of Chris Penhall’s excellent writing, she can make you fall in love as well as leave you reeling all within a few pages, it is a piece of brilliant writing.

Overall this is a heart-warming story all about finding the courage to face adversity, about finding your own peace and pulling yourself back together in order to move forward, if that means running away to be able to go forward then so be it. The whole story is fresh and fun, the plot is a simple one but what takes this from the ordinary to the excellent is the warmth in Alice’s character the beauty of the setting and the overpowering feeling of just being able to enjoy yourself. I really loved this, I liked the journey we are taken on as Alice finds her feet.

This is a great weekend/holiday book and one I definitely recommend having a read.

This was a complimentary copy via the publisher which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you, Liz. X

The House That Alice Built is available now.

#Review : Crikey A Bodygueard by Kathryn Freeman @KathrynFreeman1 #CrikeyABodyGuard @ChocLituk @RubyFiction

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Hello my lovely readers! Today, I have the great pleasure to be sharing my review of the gorgeous; Crikey A Bodyguard by Kathryn Freeman, this book is amazing and I can’t wait to tell you all a little about it.

A fun heart-warming read. Perfect for Spring!

Fabulous new book from the best selling author of Oh Crumbs and Too Damn Nice. Highly recommended.

She’s got the brains, he’s got the muscle …
When Kelly Bridge’s parents insist on employing a bodyguard for her protection, she’s not happy. Okay, so maybe not every woman is on the cusp of developing a vaccine against a potential biological terrorist attack – but crikey, it’s not like she’s a celebrity!

Ben Jacobs flunked spectacularly out of school, so he knows his new client Dr Kelly Bridge spells trouble for him. But on a conference trip to Rome he finds things are worse than he thought. Not only is he falling for the brilliant scientist, he’s also become horribly aware she’s in grave danger. As they go on the run, dodging bullets and kidnappers, can he resist his feelings and keep her safe?

Ooooh, this is so good!! I mean seriously this is way beyond just being good, this is in a league of it’s own for greatness. Romance, comedy, thrilling action it has everything! This is only the second book I have read by Kathryn Freeman, I was hooked by the first of hers I read; Oh, Crumbs! I fell in love with her serious and realistic and very easy to read writing style so I knew that I had to read this one too. As soon as I read about this I just knew; This book is going to be a good one! Do you ever get that? When you instantly know, that a book is going to be good without even reading the first page? This is what happened here, I just had to get this book in my hands.

Kelly is a scientist who is on the verge of a break through with vaccine for a pox that the government think terrorists could start using in biological attack. After she has been followed and had strange men turn up at her door claiming to read the meter her parents decide that she isn’t save and employ a body-guard for her – much to her disbelieve, she can’t believe tat they would go and do such a thing without asking her first. How could they think she needs a bodyguard, she is just scientist. But they won’t take no for an answer. So in walks ex-special forces soldier and now bodyguard; Ben.

I have fallen hopeless, head over heels in absolute love with the hero; Ben, my goodness!! I am swooning a little at the mere thought of this incredible man, what a hero! Lots of love is going to be showered towards this man and those vivid green eyes. I love how real he is, after leaving school with practically nothing except the notion that education wasn’t for him, he chose to enrol in the military which was the making of him, he found what he was good at, he found his family and more than he loved his job – even when he was going through tortuous special forces training. So when he gets shot and has to leave it broke his heart, which is when Pantha Security Services came in. Not only now does he get to be useful but because everyone in the company is ex forces, it’s like going home. Ben is a complex man, he is a multi-layered man kind, protective, loyal, patient, strong, ruthless, no-nonsense, brusque and undeniably charming.

But he has his vulnerabilityyes, I did zone on that fragility part of him the moment I met him – he feels inadequate and rather stupid around those who are higher on the social ladder then himself. So, when Ben finds out that his next job is to be the bodyguard of a scientist, he does groan and worry that this is going to one hell of a long job. That is until he meets; beautiful, brilliant, stubborn, super smart, unbelievably rich scientist; Kelly, who isn’t at all what he thinks her to be.

Even though Kelly doesn’t want Ben or any bodyguard, she fully thinks her parents are just jumping to conclusions – how wrong she is – she takes a real shine to him – again how could she not? She soon learns to trust the large man’s opinion and that he will keep her safe. I really liked the way Kelly explained the science and her job to Ben, after all he isn’t the inly one to not understand science talk.

This is my kind of book, it has everything! A stonking great plot, where you never know what is around the corner. A fantastic romance between two gorgeous people who you know are just crazy for each other. A super smart and independent heroine and rugged ex military hero – with green eyes, sigh! That is definitely my kryptonite. What you think will be a basic woman meets her bodyguard and they fall helplessly in love, soon shows that thus is far, far more than that. Yes, there is romance – after all this is a ChocLit book which are one of the best publishers around for a good old love story, but add to that the fast paced, race against terrorists then you have something very special.

This has a; must be made into a film, written all over it!

There is a real depth and feeling about it that just pulls you in and you literally at the edge of your seat as you devour it age by page, there re times when your heart is in your mouth and then you go; wow!!

Honestly, this book is so good! Thrilling, exciting, fun, witty, intelligent, romantic and it has real heart. Ms Freeman’s writing is so good, stylish, eloquent and so engrossing.

Just perfect!

This was an Arc copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, thank you Liz.

Crikey a Bodyguard is available now from Amazon.

#Review The Potter’s Daughter by Jackie Ladbury @JackieLadbury #ThePottersDaughter #HistoricalFiction @ChocLitUK @RubyFiction

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Hello my lovelies, I have the very great pleasure to be sharing my review of The Potter’s Daughter by Jackie Ladbury, so grab a cuppa and let me tell you little about this sweet little story.

When Daniel Davenport saves Maddie Lockett and her young brother Tom from drowning, an immediate bond is forged between them.

But Daniel is an aspiring doctor and son of a wealthy manufacturer, whilst Maddie is a potter’s daughter from a poverty-stricken area of the Potteries. Even a friendship between the two could be frowned upon, let alone anything more …

But Maddie and Daniel want more, and as they grow closer gossip and prejudice look set to spoil their blossoming romance. Do the young couple stand a chance when there are those who would stop at nothing to keep them apart?

I was fascinated by the sound of The Potters daughter since I first heard about it, there was something different about it that I found utterly intriguing. I do have a soft spot for books where the hero/heroine are working class, don’t get me wrong I have nothing against historicals that lean heavily on the aristocratic stories, but it is very refreshing having two very normal individuals take centre stage.

Aspiring doctor and son to the local wealthy manufacturer, Daniel’s life is set on a course, success and wealth is his future, that is until he rescues beautiful, impoverished Maddie and her brother from drowning. There is an instant mutual attraction between the two young love birds, but prejudice soon raises its ugly head as she is from the poverty-stricken potteries community and he from wealth – well can you see where this is going? They must face so much scorn from those who believe themselves superior to the likes of Maddie and her family, to be honest it was Maddie who really stuck with me. Her story of growing up in poverty, of doing all she can to get herself and her family out of the sewage strewn gutter where they live is not a story that most authors like to focus on, but we readers love it as Maddie’s story is not fluffy it’s raw and very relevant. With so much in Maddie and Daniel’s way can they ignore the snide gossip and fin their happy ever after?

This is definitely my kind of historical, it doesn’t hold back Ms Ladbury has really pulled out all the stops at creating a very relatable and real world and extremely likeable character’s who the reader can get behind and will them to have their so deserved happy ever after. The Potter’s Daughter is like a mixture of North and South with the luscious Mr Thornton – or in their case adorable Daniel and hard hitting drama; The Mill with his very raw and real look on just how difficult life was for the regular working class and for those who tolied long hard hours in mills.

I haven’t read any of Ms Ladbury’s work before now and I will definitly be reading more from her, I really liked her intense, straight to the point and atmospheric writing. She does a wonderful job at grabbing the readers attention. The story is a basic wealthy boy meets poor girl and family tend to get in the way kind of trope, but I love the emotional journey the character’s go on as they find their feet and as their romance blossoms, it is a very sweet little story that I think will appeal to many historical readers.

This was a Arc copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, thank you Liz and apologies for the late review!