Family Matters by Rose Finch


Sophie’s life has just got back on track, when in a single day all is shattered.
Bewildered and blindsided she must pick up the pieces of her life.
Realizing there is no going back to her perfectly plotted life, Sophie is forced to seek refuge.
So she heads home; first to the English countryside into her parents nurturing arms,
and then to a quaint Italian village and into the inspiring and receptive arms of her nonna Rosa.
Will she find happiness again and could love make an unexpected appearance along the way?

I most certainly did get away this summer, without even leaving my sofa!

The cover is so pretty with its pastel colours, that’s what drew me to want to read it.

This was an easy to read book with a lovely main character. Each chapter had me gripped and I adored my time in Italy, having never been before.

I feel the ending was possibly left open for a second book and even the cook book? I’d love to read the cook book.

It was a very enjoyable read and I received an advanced review copy for free and am leaving this review voluntarily.

I give this book 5*

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Family-Matters-Rose-Finch-ebook/dp/B07T1S9MX2

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The Beverley Old Bookshop

If ever you’re visiting East Yorkshire, you really must pop along to the picturesque market town of Beverley. Maybe you’ve been already but I bet you never found The Beverley Old Bookshop.

It is a little gem of a shop, hidden away in Dyer Lane, right in the centre of the town.

A lot of people don’t realise this independent bookshop is there and it’s a real shame as there are so many gorgeous books to see once inside the different tiny rooms.

The oldest books in there when I visited were published in 1723

The books next to them made me giggle ” History of Tom Jones” no, not THAT one!

There really are so many rare books in this little book shop, it needs to be on the map of Bookshops to Visit around the World.

Upstairs is a gift shop too which sells candles, incense sticks and burners. It’s so cosy up there.

I even spotted some old comics as I came down the stairs, memories in a box.

This bookshop may be compact but believe me, there is so much history inside and books of every genre. The owner is very approachable too and so friendly.

Let’s all get this fantastic independent bookshop on the map and support it.

2019 Reading Challenge

I received this notification on my Goodreads account and to be honest was very surprised as this year has been a bit busy ( health, bereavement and new additions) and my reading has kind of gone out of the window, until now!

Now I am in gear, on track and raring to read.

I am actually reading book 11 and thoroughly enjoying every single page so far.

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I have read 10 of 10 books for the 2019 Reading Challenge! What should I read next? http://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/15546141

Blast from the Past by Cathy Hopkins

What a joy @CathyHopkins1 @HarperCollinsUK & @NetGalley #Bookreview

I absolutely loved every page of Cathy Hopkins latest book Blast from the Past

It’s a love story with a difference, it has twists and turns. There is Genealogy, of which I have studied for over 30 years so my attention was caught straight away. Travel, Fun, Friendships. There are also some past life regression, which has always intrigued me.

A true uplifting read which actually made me shed a tear at the end. I can most definitely recommend this book. It’s a fabulous warm read on a cold winter’s evening.

I give this book 5*

On a trip of a lifetime to India, Bea is given an unexpected fiftieth birthday present – an hour with a celebrated clairvoyant. Unlucky in love, Bea learns that her true soulmate is still out there ̶ and that he’s someone she knew in a past life.

Returning home, Bea revisits the men in her life and can’t resist looking up a few old lovers – the Good, the Bad and the… well, the others. As Bea connects with the ones that got away, she suspects that her little black book has remained shut for a reason. But one man out there has her in his sights.
They say love is blind and maybe Bea just needs an eye test

http://cathyhopkins.com/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blast-Past-Cathy-Hopkins/dp/0008286574

Sea Babies by Tracey Scott – Townsend

My last #BookReview of 2018. And boy it’s a belter from the local #indiepublisher @Wildpressed … Once again @authortrace had me gripped with this wonderfully written book.

This is the second book I have read of Tracey’s and I’m a massive fan.

Sea Babies is a psychologist drama set mainly in the Outer Hebrides and Edinburgh from the 1980s to the present. As a teenager in the 80s this book isn’t too ” historical” for me so had me completely ensnared in every turn of each page.

I love the characters and the way Tracey brings them to life. It’s wonderful and I can see Sea Babies sailing off the shelves.

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In September 2016, Lauren Wilson is travelling by ferry to the Outer Hebrides, about to begin a new job as a children’s social worker. She’s also struggling to come to terms with the recent drowning of a Sheena, a teenage girl she had deeply cared for.

Engrossed in her book, when somebody sits opposite her at a table on the ferry, Lauren refuses to look up, annoyed at having her privacy disturbed. But a hand is pushing a mug of tea across the table, and a livid scar on the back of the hand releases a flood of memories.

Lauren studies the hand on the table in front of her, the line of the scar drawing a map of the past in her mind. She was the one who created the scar, not long before her relationship with the love of her life ended almost thirty years ago. Lauren hasn’t seen Neil since she walked out of their shared life, unable to forgive either herself or him for a decision he strongly pressured her to make.

She’s not ready to meet his eyes, not yet. From his scar to his wrist bone, following his arm upwards and across his shoulder to his collarbone, his chin and the lower part of his face; Lauren remembers incidents from their past and tries to work out what caused their life to go so horribly off-track.

When she finally meets his eyes and they speak to each other for the first time, Lauren believes she has set her life on a new course. But her gain will result in losses for others. Is this really what she wants to happen?

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I give Sea Babies 5*

Publication Day for the Paperback is 1st May 2019

E-book is available 21st February 2019

ISBN 9781916489639

RRP £8.99

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sea-Babies-Tracey-Scott-Townsend/dp/191648963X

https://traceyscotttownsend.com/

http://www.wildpressedbooks.com/

Penny’s Antique Shop of Memories and Treasures by Helena Fairfax

Here is my recent #BookReview #BookBlogger..

I thoroughly enjoyed reading @HelenaFairfax, Penny’s Antique Shop of Memories and Treasures. This feel good romance really had me hooked from the start.

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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 the logical heart he has guarded so carefully is opening up to new emotions, in a most disturbing way…

The cover drew me in straight away, it’s clear and crisp. The characters are wonderful, who have their own little quirks.

This book was a heartwarming light read which made me smile, it is true escapism. Readers of any age will really enjoy and be truly fascinated by the lovely antiques mentioned too.

The story is lovely, and an ideal read to have, when you’re tucked up with hot chocolate after a hard day Christmas shopping.

If you need to purchase a gift for someone who adores a truly romantic read, then this really is for you. There is absolutely nothing to dislike in this book, I can most certainly recommend it.

I give this book 5*

You can purchase the book from Amazon

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pennys-Antique-Shop-Memories-Treasures/dp/1728648122

The Perfect Fit by Mary Jayne Baker

Do you know, @MaryJayneBaker never fails to put a smile on my face. @TheMirrorBooks have an absolute star in this lady.

After years living in London, costume shop owner Becky Finn is trying to build a new life for herself and fiancé Cole in her old home of Egglethwaite, a sleepy village in the Yorkshire Dales.

Keen to raise funds for the struggling village hall she loved as a child, Becky soon finds herself at the head of a colourful group intent on resurrecting Egglethwaite s Christmas pantomime. But, as she quickly discovers, there’s more to panto than innuendo and slapped thighs.

As opening night grows closer, Becky starts to wonder if her embattled panto will ever make it to the stage and, with handsome co-star Marcus on the scene, if she s picked the right man for her after all.

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I started reading this book and felt I’d met an old friend. Having read “A Bicycle Made For Two” I could associate with some of the characters and loved meeting the new ones.

I adore the Yorkshire charm and wit, and the Pantomime rehearsals where so funny, I felt as if I were there!

It’s such a heartwarming story with VERY laugh out loud moments in typical Mary Jayne Baker style. If you know someone, who needs cheering up, just purchase this book. I guarantee it will be the best tonic ever.

I give this book 5*

http://www.maryjaynebaker.co.uk/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Perfect-Fit-uplifting-laugh-out-loud-romantic/dp/1912624079