The Thirty List by Eva Woods

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What’s it all about:

Everyone has one.
That list.
The things you were supposed to do before you turn thirty.

Jobless, broke and getting a divorce, Rachel isn’t exactly living up to her own expectations. And moving into grumpy single dad Patrick’s box room is just the soggy icing on top of her dreaded thirtieth birthday cake.

Eternal list-maker Rachel has a plan – an all new set of challenges to help her get over her divorce and out into the world again – from tango dancing to sushi making to stand-up comedy.

But as Patrick helps her cross off each task, Rachel faces something even harder; learning to live – and love – without a checklist.

First of all, I want to say a MASSIVE thank you for being asked to be a part of this tour. As well as my review, the wonderful Eva has done a guest post and given me her guide to surviving 50 dates in one year so without further ado, I’ll hand over to Eva…..

2013 was a bad year for me. I got divorced, I got fired, and I dated with a man who had 40 cuddly toys and a collection of videos about the Third Reich. I’d hoped 2014 would be better, but it started with my boyfriend, who I’d just moved in with, suddenly announcing he was moving to Scotland, and so I was once again single and had nowhere to live.

I decided I was sick of things that didn’t work out. There must be lots of eligible men in London- I would just date until I found someone. Accordingly, I got myself onto Guardian Soulmates, and filled out all my vital stats, tried to find some photos where I wasn’t clutching  a drink, and wrote out a hopefully witty yet informative profile. Online dating is a bit like being let loose in a sweetshop -hundreds of people, who you know are single, and in theory must at least like the sound of you if they’ve sent a message.

My first date was a playwright, and it was fine until I said this phrase:  ‘Of course, cannibalism is really on trend right now’.  I meant in a literary sense, but I never heard from him again. However, I didn’t mind too much as he’d turned up in a dirty jumper. So perhaps this dating thing was going to be harder than I thought. Lesson -one don’t mention cannibalism on dates.

Number two date was with a journalist. I realised I wasn’t ready to be dating when he dumped me by email and I cried in a Pret a Manger. When I told my friend that, she said she’d also once cried in a Pret and got a free coffee, but I didn’t. Less two – I had no coffee and I was almost definitely going to die alone.

But I soldiered on and went on date three, during which I heard myself say, the phrase ‘so what’s your favourite software programme?’ After this I thought I needed a bit of a change, so I tried OKCupid, a free site. I met up with a stand-up comedian ( I really do like those creative types) and there was an immediate spark. I really liked this guy, but it all had to end when my grandfather died and he told me ‘you shouldn’t be sad, it’s not sad when old people die.’

After that things lost their sparkle a bit. Once you’ve had the heady feeling of really liking someone, it’s hard to go back. There was the one where we didn’t like each other on sight. On the way home I was so disheartened I bought and ate a packet of chocolate covered wasabi peas. There was the one whose cat bit me on the hand, there was the one who turned out to be the ex of a friend (the hazards of online dating), there was the one who wore denim cut-off shorts on the date. There was the journalist I had a great date with, who lent me a book to discuss ‘next time we meet up’, then never got in touch or answered my messages. There was the guy who took me to the zoo in the depths of winter and spent twenty minutes taking pictures of naked mole rats (look them up, it’s not pretty). There was the twenty-five year old, and the forty-three year old. There were dates of all kinds, some horrible, some brilliant, some hilarious, some hilariously bad.

All in all, I dated fifty people last year. That seems like a lot, but it’s all too possible what with online dating and apps like Tinder. Many were lovely, some were awful, but I never got past six dates with anyone. Sometimes this was just to do with timing, or circumstances, like one of us meeting someone else. Sometimes I have no idea what happened. It’s now almost a year later, and I feel l’ve learned a lot. Mostly that dating both is and isn’t a numbers game. Yes, it will help if you get out there and meet people. But only if you’re in the right frame of mind for it, and you’re picking the right people, and you can approach each person with an open mind and heart. I also learned that you should give people a chance – I’ve had great dates with people I’d almost written off – and maybe even a second chance. But not a third. My final piece of advice is this –  however bad your date is, don’t eat chocolate covered wasabi peas…

Review

Book provided by Mills & Boon via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

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I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK.

As an eternal list maker myself, the moment I read the blurb I just knew I had to have this book. The second Mills & Boon sent me a copy, I got lost in Rachel’s world and refused to come back to my own until I’d finished.

We start the book at Eva’s wedding, a moment that every woman dreams of, right? The day that is supposed to be your Happy Ever After? Well what magazines fail to tell you, is that as Rachel discovers, there is also that crippling fear as you’re stood at the top of the aisle, knowing that all eyes will be on you, knowing that this is it, the moment you marry your love and you’re with them FOREVER. But with her dad by her side, she makes it down the aisle towards her beloved and gets married.

Two years later, Rachel is getting divorced. At 30, she is now having to start all over again which is a depressing thought really, but she muddles along with the help of her two best friends, Emma and Cynthia, and has to start finding her feet again. The first step is house hunting. Rachel’s thoughts about house hunting, like many things in the book, are set out in list form and this is where I really started to giggle to myself, especially when she refers to estate-agent speak where ‘charming means one step up from the gutter and simple means not much more than a cardboard box.’ Eva Woods is so on point with her true to life observations that I found myself nodding along with her frequently.

Finally, Rachel hits the jackpot when she finds Patrick who is looking for someone to flat share for free, as long as she helps look after the dog and house because he works so much.

So with a new place to live, Rachel just has to learn to function again on her own, which is when her friends step in with a new list for her. A list to avoid the post-split pre-divorce slump. A list that includes many things along the lines of ‘try an extreme sport’, ‘eat something weird, and ‘sleep with a stranger’. 

I can tell you now that as she ticks off each item (or almost ticks them off in some cases), there are many hilarious outcomes, but what I loved the most as the story went on, was the friendship she formed with Patrick and his son, Alex. The bond between them grows and they begin to help each other get over their respective splits, Patrick writing his own list and they promise to support each other with each item.

I absolutely adored Patrick. There wasn’t a single point in the book where I didn’t want more of him! The chemistry between Rachel and Patrick is brilliant and a part of me wishes there could have been more scenes with the two of them rather than Emma and Cynthia, or just longer scenes with the pair. There is a part where they go on holiday together for example and I wish that had been a bit longer but overall, there’s nothing that I would grumble about or change.

A fantastic romantic comedy debut by a wonderful author (one who also writes crime as Claire McGowan FYI) and one who I will be keeping an eye on in the future….especially if the future brings more Patrick 😉

A perfect summer read for when you’re relaxing by the pool or sunbathing in your back garden, so from me it’s…..

5 STARS

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About Eva

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Eva Woods lives in London, where she writes and teaches creative writing. She likes wine, pop music, and holidays, and thinks online dating is like the worst board game ever invented.

BLOG TOUR! Return to Bluebell Hill by Rebecca Pugh

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What it’s all about:

As sweet and satisfying as strawberries and cream! This British summertime, get out in the garden with Rebecca Pugh’s sparkling debut novel.

Home is where the heart is…

Jessica McAdams has never belonged anywhere; never truly felt at home. Of course, what did she expect from parents who never made her feel welcome in her own house? Leaving her life in London to return home to the charming country village of Bluebell Hill is harder than she thought. Especially as she never considered she’d be returning under such heart wrenching circumstances…

Clearing out the stunning and imposing Bluebell House after her parents’ death is difficult for Jessica—they never had the best relationship and now it’s too late. Yet spending time in the house that was never a home, having afternoon tea with dear old friend Esme—and sharing hot, sizzling kisses with delectable gardener Rueben!—opens Jessica’s eyes to the potential of Bluebell House… Could this big old, beautiful manor really be her forever home? Is Bluebell Hill where her heart is, has always been?

Jessica soon dares to dream of her very own home with delicious Rueben by her side. But when a deep, dark secret of Bluebell House is unearthed, Jessica’s world is turned upside down…

Will Jessica ever find where her heart truly lies?

An emotional tale of self-discovery, taking chances and romance! Rebecca’s unique British voice feels like coming home again and again.

Firstly, I’d like to thank the wonderful Carina UK for allowing me to take part and for providing me with a copy of Return to Bluebell Hill. I’m truly honoured to be taking part in Becca’s tour for her debut and couldn’t be happier that this is my very first blog tour.

Review

I’ve known Rebecca for some time now thanks to her blog, Becca’s Books, and felt like a proud parent when she announced that Carina UK had signed her as one of their authors. There couldn’t be a more perfect pairing and from the moment the title was announced, I knew that this was going to be one of those books where:

1. I wasn’t going to be able to stop staring at the cover; and

2. I was going to get grabby hands and need to read it ASAP!

Imagine my delight when I was told I was on the tour!! Elated isn’t the word and the moment I got home from work, I got lost in Bluebell Hill, only coming up for air when completely necessary.

Return to Bluebell Hill follows Jessica McAdams as she returns to her childhood home after the death of her parents and is given the task of emptying and selling the property. Jessica left Bluebell Hill when she was 18 and hasn’t looked back. Her relationship with her parents wasn’t the best – she was raised by the nanny, Esme – and when she did leave, they didn’t come after her. If I could pluck characters from the pages of books, Esme would be one that I would happily turn into a real person and have cosy afternoon tea with every single day. She is THE CUTEST!

Her plan to empty and sell Bluebell House so that she can return to her life in London as soon as possible don’t go according to plan, mainly thanks to the delicious gardener of Bluebell House, Rueben. Rueben, Rueben, Rueben, where do I begin? Handsome, patient, Rueben whose kisses could make even the hardest of souls go weak at the knees. The chemistry between the pair is there from the start and the fact that he makes her feel so at ease during such a life changing and soul destroying time makes you cheer their relationship on. He is her rock in so many ways while she clears the house and when the pair are together, you can’t help but smile. And that’s what happens so often throughout this book, you find yourself sat there smiling because the world you’re pulled into makes you feel genuinely happy.

The characters Rebecca has created are ones that you can’t help but wish were real. You yearn to talk to them long after the book has finished, you want them in your life for just one more chapter!

There are a couple of twists and turns for the lovely Jessica and you can’t help but want the best for her. You want her to be able to put old ghosts to rest and feel like she can let others in, you will her to stay in Bluebell Hill and leave her life in London so that she can marry Rueben and have millions of babies with him but that’s just me ha. But seriously, I would be thrilled if we could see the pair again. Hint hint Rebecca 😉

Overall, I can’t recommend this book enough. If you want a summer read that will keep you wondering until the very last moment, that you can lose yourself completely in and is a beautiful debut from a talented young author, then Return to Bluebell Hill is the one for you.

5 STARS

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Rebecca Pugh grew up in the green county of Shropshire, with a mind full of fairy-tales and happy endings. Enchanted by true love and Disney Princesses, she decided that no matter what life threw her way, she’d continue to see the world through a child’s eyes. Through the pages of countless books, her adoration of reading blossomed, and it didn’t take long for her to fall under the spell of hundreds of authors’ words.

Now, Rebecca’s own story has taken a fairy-tale like turn, and at 22, her dream has come true. With her faithful companions: Bonnie the dog, her partner, and her gigantic family by her side, Rebecca is ready to share her stories with readers who enjoy falling in love and losing themselves within beautiful, fictional worlds.
Rebecca Pugh is the author of women’s fiction and romance, her all-time favourite genres. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a good swoon?

Wellies and Westies (a novella) by Cressida McLaughlin

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What it’s all about:

Catherine ‘Cat’ Palmer realises, too late, that bringing an adorable puppy into work at the local nursery was a bad idea, especially after the ensuing chaos gets her the sack.
Determined to turn a negative into a positive, Cat decides this is the perfect opportunity to get her dog-walking business off the ground with the help of her flatmates, Polly and Joe. After all, Primrose Terrace where she lives, is full of home-alone hounds…

Wellies and Westies is the first part of a serialized novel told in four parts – all set in Primrose Terrace.

Review

Book provided by HarperCollins UK via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

There was a serious buzz on Twitter about this glorious novella and the moment I saw the cover, I was sold. As well as being a sucker for a gorgeous cover, I love anything that involves animals and this was perfect.

In Wellies and Westies we meet the lovely, if not slightly unlucky, Catherine. Cat for short. She doesn’t have much luck with jobs and in the opening chapter, you understand why. Her heart is in the right place but she pushes the boundaries a little too far and gets herself the sack. On returning home to her friends house at number nine Primrose Terrace where she is currently living, Cat feels deflated and lost, not knowing which direction to go in. She has lost her job in the nursery and doesn’t know what else she’s good at. Aside from her love of animals, dogs in particular, she insists she doesn’t have anything else that she enjoys. This conversation with her friend eventually inspires her to set up her own dog walking business! Starting with the residents of Primrose Terrace, Cat begins to build up her business and it thrives. With a celebrity author requesting her services, Cat finds herself attending a glamorous party and making not only new friends but contacts.

Encouraged by her friend, Polly and Polly’s brother, Joe, Cat gains confidence but occasionally finds herself mesmerized and distracted by another local dog walker, the intriguing and over-confident Mark; who may or may not have a secret. Cat isn’t sure what to do for the best but she does know she’d like to find out more about him.

Cressida’s writing truly was fun and I really enjoyed Wellies and Westies. It’s the first time I’ve read anything by Cressida and it won’t be the last. I can’t wait to hear more about Cat’s adventures and what happens with Mark. If you want to be whisked away to a welcoming town by the sea for a few hours and love the idea of reading about the adventures of some unruly pooches, then this novella is definitely one for you. It gives me great pleasure to give this wonderful read……

4 STARS

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About Cressida

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Cressy was born in South East London surrounded by books and with a cat named after Lawrence of Arabia. She studied English at the University of East Anglia and now lives in Norwich with her husband David.

Cressy’s favourite things – other than writing – include terrifying ghost stories, lava lamps and romantic heroes, though not necessarily at the same time. (Though perhaps a good starting point for a story . . ?)

When she isn’t writing, Cressy spends her spare time reading, returning to London or exploring the beautiful and romantic Norfolk coastline.

A Constant State of Wanderlust

Wanderlust: – a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.

Since my post a couple of weeks ago about travel and how it inspires me, I’ve been thinking about my bucketlist. I’ve had a bucketlist for a few years now and have actually managed to tick a few things off. Things like publish a book, go to the ballet, get married, but there are so many things I have yet to tick off and most of them are travel related.

When I was younger, my mum told me about something my great granddad had once said to her, which was ‘travel is the best form of education’, and he was right. My geography skills are lacking, which is quite embarrassing for someone that’s about to turn 29, but I’m quite open about it. It doesn’t matter how many times people correct me, I always seem to think that Denmark is in Sweden, so for me, it probably would be the best form of education! I am happily settled, don’t get me wrong, but I can’t help but feel that there is so much more to life than the daily grind of eat, sleep, work, repeat.

It terrifies me to think that one day I’ll wake up, old, frail and unable to go on adventures anymore and just WISH I’d done all the things I’d wanted to do when I was able. Grim, right? Sorry, this was meant to be a happy post haha but before I think about really settling down, having children and all the responsibilities that come with them, I want to travel. I want to travel more than anything.

So my dear readers, I’ve decided to take the travel elements (and travel related elements) from my bucket list and share with you what I am now calling My Pretty Adventurous Wanderlust List (including the things I’ve ticked off).

  1. Visit all 50 States in America
  2. Experience the Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  3. Do the Pacific Coast Highway/Route 1 (This will be happening next year!)
  4. Rollerblade down Venice Beach
  5. Visit Umbrella Street in Portugal
  6. Go to Paris
  7. Go to Bora Bora
  8. Visit the sea pigs in the Bahamas
  9. Take a cruise through the Panama Canal
  10. Go to Salzburg in winter
  11. Experience Winter in Venice in Las Vegas
  12. Visit the National Library in Vienna
  13. Go to Miami
  14. Visit the mineral baths in Saturnia, Tuscany
  15. See the Cherry Blossom trees in Japan
  16. Visit Amsterdam
  17. See the lavender and sunflower fields in Provence, France
  18. Have a picnic on a beach in the Hamptons
  19. Visit Cinque Terre
  20. See the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  21. Go to the glow worm caves in New Zealand
  22. Go to Tuscany and do wine tasting
  23. Go to Rome
  24. Visit Laguna Salada de Torrevieja in Spain to see the pink sea
  25. See the Neuscwanstein Castle in Munich that the Disney Castle is based on
  26. Go to Singapore
  27. See the Wisteria Flower Tunnel in Japan
  28. See the Northern Lights
  29. Visit Pompeii
  30. See the Niagara Falls
  31. Go to the Maldives
  32. Stay in the Atlantis in the Bahamas
  33. Go to Dubai
  34. Stay on a ranch in Texas
  35. Visit Santorini
  36. See the Grand Canyon
  37. Go to Alaska
  38. Go to Toronto
  39. Visit New England in Autumn
  40. Go to Hawaii
  41. See a Buddhist Temple in Thailand
  42. Go to Lapland
  43. Go to Hong Kong
  44. Eat waffles in Belgium
  45. Go to New York
  46. See a Broadway show
  47. See the New Year in in Edinburgh
  48. Go to the Isle of Wight Festival
  49. Go Glamping
  50. See the colourful beach huts in Brighton
  51. Go to Choccywoccydoodah in Brighton
  52. Go to Cornwall
  53. Do the Florida Keys
  54. See 7 wonders of the world (I thought I’d mix n match modern and ancient here)
  55. See the ruins in Athens
  56. Stay in an igloo pod in Iceland
  57. See Bubblegum Alley in San Luis Obispo, California
  58. Visit Auschwitz, Poland
  59. Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia
  60. Visit Vatican City
  61. Visit Yosemite National Park
  62. Go to Lake Louise, Canada
  63. Go dog sledding in Alaska

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I’m certain there are things I’ve missed here and I’m sure my list will continue to grow as quickly as I cross things off. What do you think, have I missed anything you think I should see? Let me know in the comments 🙂

Sigh. I’m off to Pinterest now to plan more travel 😉

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Return To Bluebell Hill by Rebecca Pugh – COVER REVEAL

Cover Reveal

Today, I am beyond thrilled that I get to share the cover of the gorgeous and super talented Rebecca Pugh’s debut novel. I, like many others I know, have been DYING to see her cover as soon as her title was revealed, and in true Carina UK style, the cover is beautiful. BEAUTIFUL I tell you! So without further ado, I present to you the cover of Return To Bluebell Hill by Rebecca Pugh.

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As sweet and satisfying as strawberries and cream! This British summertime, get out in the garden with Rebecca Pugh’s sparkling debut novel.

Home is where the heart is…

Jessica McAdams has never belonged anywhere; never truly felt at home. Of course, what did she expect from parents who never made her feel welcome in her own house? Leaving her life in London to return home to the charming country village of Bluebell Hill is harder than she thought. Especially as she never considered she’d be returning under such heart wrenching circumstances…

Clearing out the stunning and imposing Bluebell House after her parents’ death is difficult for Jessica—they never had the best relationship and now it’s too late. Yet spending time in the house that was never a home, having afternoon tea with dear old friend Esme—and sharing hot, sizzling kisses with delectable gardener Rueben!—opens Jessica’s eyes to the potential of Bluebell House… Could this big old, beautiful manor really be her forever home? Is Bluebell Hill where her heart is, has always been?

Jessica soon dares to dream of her very own home with delicious Rueben by her side. But when a deep, dark secret of Bluebell House is unearthed, Jessica’s world is turned upside down…

Will Jessica ever find where her heart truly lies?

An emotional tale of self-discovery, taking chances and romance! Rebecca’s unique British voice feels like coming home again and again.

Release Date: 18 June 2015

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Doesn’t it sound wonderful? I have a feeling that Return To Bluebell Hill will be a summer hit! Stay tuned for news about Rebecca’s blog tour which is coming soon!

About the author

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Rebecca Pugh grew up in the green county of Shropshire, with a mind full of fairy-tales and happy endings. Enchanted by true love and Disney Princesses, she decided that no matter what life threw her way, she’d continue to see the world through a child’s eyes. Through the pages of countless books, her adoration of reading blossomed, and it didn’t take long for her to fall under the spell of hundreds of authors’ words.

Now, Rebecca’s own story has taken a fairy-tale like turn, and at 22, her dream has come true. With her faithful companions: Bonnie the dog, her partner, and her gigantic family by her side, Rebecca is ready to share her stories with readers who enjoy falling in love and losing themselves within beautiful, fictional worlds.

Rebecca Pugh is the author of women’s fiction and romance, her all-time favourite genres. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a good swoon?

Her debut novel, Return to Bluebell Hill, is due to be published June 18th 2015 by Carina UK..

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Fairytale Beginnings by Holly Martin

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What it’s all about:

Hopeless romantic Milly Rose has had her fair share of heartbreak. Obsessed with all things Disney, she refuses to give up on finding her Prince Charming – he’s out there somewhere, isn’t he? 
 
When Milly is given a job to investigate the origins of a historical building in the village of Clover’s Rest, she’s not sure what to expect. What she discovers takes her breath away – a beautiful real life Cinderella castle, complete with turrets, a magnificent drawbridge AND a very handsome owner…Cameron Heartstone. 
 
As Milly and Cameron begin to unearth the secrets of Clover Castle, they can’t ignore the intense chemistry building between them. But they’ve both been hurt badly before. Can they take a big leap of faith and find their own happily-ever-after?

Review

Book provided by Bookouture via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Release date: 10 July 2015

Okay, let’s just take a moment first of all and look at that cover. Isn’t she BEAUTIFUL? When I saw it on Twitter my heart actually stopped, I stared at it for a few moments with my mouth open (glamorous, I know) before thrusting it under my husband’s nose haha he smiled and nodded, bless him, but I think secretly he was wondering what the hell he had married!

We start the book with Milly, a wonderfully optimistic, bouncing ball of energy in sparkly Converse with blonde and pink dip dyed hair and a love of all things Disney – not someone you’d expect to have a Doctorate in Archaeology and Historic Architecture. She has been sent by Castle Heritage to investigate Clover Castle in the unique little village of Clover’s Rest where the villagers insist on shouting Oogie Oogie at people they want rid of – as you do.

Both characters go on a journey in Fairytale Beginnings, both personally and professionally with the castle. Milly encounters one of the ghosts, Cameron reacquaints himself with his heart, they discover secret passages, and excitingly, she finds that it could be as old a building as Cameron hoped. But of course, no fairytale can be without its bad guys and quirky supporting cast. The villagers really are hilarious, Cameron’s PA is an uber bitch and Gregory is the perfect pet.

I really have to give a proper mention to Lavender, Constance and Gladys who made me grin like a Cheshire cat every time they appeared in the book. They’re mischievous, cheeky, and a little bit fabulous haha especially when they manage to convince Milly and Cameron to take part in the Summer Solstice celebrations. I laughed and snorted in a very unattractive way when I read that bit, Holly really has a skill for combining romance and humour and those celebrations really made me laugh.

When I finished Fairytale Beginnings, I felt a little lost. This story sucked me right in from the very first page, placed me in the middle of a beautiful, new fairytale, one that pulled at my heartstrings as much as any Disney film and one that I will be shouting from the rooftops for people to go buy. I can’t seem to find the right words to describe how magical a book this is, everyone really needs to read and experience it for themselves. What I will say, is that if you’re looking for a book that you can get completely lost in this summer, that will keep you entertained with its array of characters, make you want to don a big dress and find your own castle and is choc-full of romance then look no further. And once you’ve read one book of Holly’s you’ll definitely want more – trust me.

5 STARS

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Holly lives in sunny Bedfordshire in a house with round windows. She studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of her colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when she knew she had to escape. She quit her job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, she emerged wide eyed and terrified that she now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. She taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave her a lot of time to plan out her stories and she now writes full time, doing what she loves.
Holly has been writing for 6 years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014.