Happy Dreams at Mermaid cove by Marie Laval #Blogtour #Review #Giveaway

From the big city to a little yellow mobile library on the Isle of Skye …
When Jenna Palmer agrees to the new position of mobile librarian on the tiny Arrandale peninsular of the Isle of Skye, she knows she’s signing up for difficult working conditions and mediocre wages.
But Jenna needs to get away, and a little yellow mobile library called Buttercup could be her escape to happier dreams …
However, whilst Jenna can get to grips with foggy island roads, local mermaid legends and even big purple monsters, she never expected to have to contend with a boss as grumpy as Daniel McGregor, or a young book lover as enthusiastic as his niece, Katrina.
Arrandale might represent Jenna’s safe port in a storm, but could she and Buttercup also become a beacon of hope to Daniel, Katrina and the entire island community.

My Review

Happy Dreams at Mermaid Cove was an absolute joy to read, it has love, intrigue, laughter and sadness all entwined, with characters that I quickly felt as if I knew.

Marie describes Arrandale with such detail it came to life in my mind, it’s the best feeling when a book pulls you into its pages, so much so that when you stop reading and put the book down it’s a shock to find you’re sat in bed reading and not in the midst of the story.

The story starts as Jenna is on the boat over to Arrandale, she’s escaping an abusive relationship and the mobile library seems just the thing she needs to forget her past.

As you gradually meet the characters each one is colourful and easy to picture and feel like old friends. Every character is unique and brought a smile to my face. Daniel is complex and as you slowly uncover his background you understand why. The relationship between him and his niece is gorgeous.

I loved the aspect of the story surrounding the lost treasure of The Santa Catalina, this along with Jenna’s ex lurking in the background and her blossoming romance meant I could not put Happy Dreams at Mermaid cove down.

This is a total must have summer read and one I’ll be reading again when I need a pick me up!

Thank you to Marie and Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me onto this lovely blog tour.

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All About Marie

Originally from Lyon in France, Marie has lived in the Rossendale Valley in Lancashire for the past
few years. She writes both contemporary and historical romance. Her novels include best selling
contemporary romantic suspense novels LITTLE PINK TAXI and ESCAPE TO THE LITTLE CHATEAU,
which was shortlisted for the 2021 RNA Jackie Collins Romantic Suspense Awards, as well as A PARIS
was released in February 2021. Marie also contributes to the best selling Miss Moonshine’s
Emporium anthologies together with eight author friends from Authors on the Edge.

Where To Find Marie




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Jingle Bells in June ~ Little duck pond cafe by Rosie Green #Review #Blogtour


Jingle Bells in June, Little Duck Pond Café
Mackenzie Morris, newest recruit at the Little Duck Pond Café, is the perfect addition to the team.
But beneath her smiles, Kenzie is hiding a dark secret. It’s the reason she fled to Sunnybrook, desperate for a fresh start that would help to lay the ghosts that haunt her.
The challenge of turning her hobby into a business is a welcome distraction, and to her relief, she finds that her range of quirky pottery mugs and vases appear to be in demand. Alone and scared when she arrived, she’s slowly making friends and starting to feel as if she belongs. Meeting a lovely guy called Aidan seems to confirm this and it looks as if love might be on the horizon.
But then Kenzie makes a devastating discovery that threatens to crush her new-found happiness.
Aidan is the one person she yearns to confide in. He’s also the one person who can never know the truth . . .

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My Review

I wasn’t expecting jingle Bells in June to keep me rooted to the spot like it did, and it is also not the light chick-lit with a bit of Christmas thrown in as I thought it would be! But, this is not a negative it is an amazing thought provoking read.

This is the first of Rosie’s books I have read and it is also part of The Duck Pond series, number 21!! But, it can be totally read as a standalone novel.

Rosie deals with some very deep subjects that brought out many different emotions for me, I literally could not put this book down, the characters are true to life and Mackenzie is a character that you are rooting for the whole way through the story.

There are high’s and lows within the pages of Jingle Bells In June and you do feel as if you are on a white knuckle ride with twists and turns that you don’t expect. This book will stay with me for a very long time!

All About Rosie

Rosie’s series of novellas is centred around life in a country village cafe. Look out for ‘Sun, Sea & Strawberry Shortcake’, a sunshine-filled drama full of fun and mystery, out in June 2022 and including the return of character favourites, Ruby and Hudson.

Where to find Rosie


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The Little Bookshop By The Sea by Eliza J Scott #Review #Blogtour


Welcome to the Happy Hartes Bookshop in Micklewick Bay on the beautiful North Yorkshire Coast!
The Happy Hartes Bookshop has been a part of bookworm Florrie Appleton’s life as far back as she can remember. From the evocative smell of the books, to working alongside her beloved Mr H and
his black Labrador, Gerty, there’s no wonder she calls it her happy place.
Living in a town she loves, with her family and group of close-knit friends nearby, life is sweet. Until one dreadful Monday morning, when everything is turned upside down and things are changed forever.
Devastated, Florrie finds herself thrown into an unexpected situation with handsome stranger, Ed
Harte, owner of a pair of twinkly navy-blue eyes and a smile that has the knack of making mischief with her insides.
Despite being fresh out of a relationship, Florrie quickly finds herself falling for him, but she’s torn, reluctant to give her heart to someone who seems intent on not sticking around.
While her heart’s doing battle with her head, Florrie soon finds herself privy to a secret with Ed involving a heart-wrenching twist they could never have imagined.

Will love find a way to bring them together, or are they destined to go their separate ways?

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My Review

The Little Bookshop By The Sea is a gorgeous cosy read, perfect for days when you need some total escapism from everyday life. The Happy Hartes Bookshop reminded me of a bookshop I once worked in so brought back so lovely memories.

I loved getting to know the characters within the pages and I could picture Micklewick Bay perfectly in my mind’s eye. The budding romance between Florrie and Ed was a joy to watch unfold, Florrie in particular is a wonderful, warm character and one I could imagine having in my friend’s circle.

The relationship between Florrie and Mr Harte warmed my heart, I don’t want to spoil the story but the tragic events that occur brought a tear to my eye.

Eliza’s books always end in such a way that you feel content with the ending, i can’t wait for the next book in this series where i am hoping we will revisit some of the wonderful background characters who we have only briefly met in this book.

A huge thank you to Eliza and Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on to this blog tour.

All about Eliza

Eliza lives in the North Yorkshire countryside with her family. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book/glued to her kindle or working in her garden, fighting a losing battle against the weeds.
Eliza is inspired by her beautiful surroundings and loves to write heartwarming romance stories with
relatable female characters. Her books will always have a happy ending.

Where to find Eliza

@ElizaJScott1 Twitter

@elizajscott Instagram

@elizajscottauthor Facebook


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The Secret Couple by J S Lark #Review #Blogtour


Someone knows what they did…
A laugh.
A touch.
A lingering look.
A dead body.
An affair.
A crime years in the making.
Alison knows she’s in too deep. But behind closed doors, no one is who they seem…

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My Review

This is my first time of reading a book by J S Lark and definitely will not be my last. I adored The Secret Couple, for me it ticked all the boxes of what I like in a good book, it had suspense, unpredictability, love and realism.

Reading the prologue I wasn’t sure where the story was going, in fact I went back to it after I read the last page and it was like fitting a puzzle piece into the last bit of the puzzle. The story slowly pulled me in and at every twist and turn I thought that I might know what will happen next but loved the fact that I was wrong every time.

Alice and Luke are great characters, both have been effected by abuse in different forms and this is really what brings them together. I don’t want to spoil the surprise for you and tell you too much about the story but, oh my goodness the ending… it literally had me shocked, I think I must have sat for about 5 minutes with my mouth open wide trying to process it, one of the best endings of a story I have ever read!

The Secret Couple needs to be on everyone’s ‘To be read pile’ a solid 5 star review from me, I’m off to download more of Jane’s books ⭐️

A huge thank you to Jane & Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me onto this amazing blog tour.

All about Jane

Jane is a coffee, chocolate and red wine lover, and a late-night writer of compelling, passionate, and emotionally charged fiction.
Jane’s books may contain love, hate, violence, death, passion, a little swearing, and an ending you are never going to forget.

Where to find Jane




The Serial Killers Girl #Review #Blogtour


Does a killer’s blood run in the family?
Lexi Jakes thought she could run from her past.
But when her biological mother is found dead, strangled with a red silk scarf and holding a chess piece, Lexi knows that her worst nightmare has come true. Because the murder has all the hallmarks of her own
serial killer father, renown strangler Peter Graves.
Now with her own precious daughter’s life in danger, Lexi will do anything to keep her child safe…she is her father’s daughter after all

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My Review

The Serial Killer’s Girl drew me in from the first chapter, what a clever idea for a book! Lexi’s Father is a serial killer and as the story starts it’s the twenty year anniversary of his twentieth kill.

Lexi remembers a very different man to the one who was dragged out of their family home by the police when she was 6, she remembers a Daddy who lived her and protected her, not one that killed people with red scarves and left a chest piece at with them.

Lexie was taken into care after her Dad was arrested and her identity was change me but she still knows who she is and who her father is.

Every year On the anniversary of her Dad’s 20th kill Lexie prepares herself to see his name plastered over the newspaper but nothing could prepare her for this year. A copycat killer has murdered someone in exactly the same way her Dad did, but the person murdered is her birth mother.

Amazing book with lots of twists and turns! Thank you to Lynda & Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting g me onto this blog tour.

All About Lynda

Lynda Stacey is the bestselling psychological suspense author of over five novels. Alongside her writing she is a fulltime sales director for an office furniture company and has been a nurse, an emergency first response instructor and a PADI Staff Instructor. She lives near Doncaster with her

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Dissatisfied by Ksenija Nikolova #Review #Blogtour


Who is to be blamed for a woman’s unhappiness?
Margot’s unhappiness is contrary to what you might expect, considering that she lives in Paris and is married to a handsome, successful man she loves. However, as time passes, she feels more certain about her emptiness and realizes how little time her husband Arthur has for her. Finally, she decides to leave him, but then something changes. Not only does Margot not know her husband as well as she thought she did, but she also comes to see that she didn’t even know herself that deeply.
Margot’s life starts changing when she discovers countless new things about her marriage, which also reawakens old traumas.
But have these signs always been there?

Has Margot’s journey been waiting for her long before she became aware of it, and can her marriage be saved?
Margot is surprised to discover Arthur knew her much better than she ever thought possible.
‘Riveting … eye-opening … evoking the quest for happiness’ – Author Taryn Leigh
‘It lingered with me long after the pages had ended’ – Book Reviewer

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My review

Dissatisfied is a beautiful thought provoking read, one that will stay with you for a long time after reading it, I’m sure this story will resonate with many people.

On the outside Margot has the perfect Parisian life, but she’s not happy, in her eyes her marriage is over and her unhappiness is caused by her husband. As the story unfolds you realise that Margot’s unhappiness is deep rooted, it’s within her it has nothing to do with her husband and marriage.

Slowly Margot rediscovers her happiness and in doing so relights her direction in life and her knowledge of herself.

Written in the form of diary entries addressed to her husband Dissatisfied is a captivating read.

Thank you to Rachel’s random resources and Ksenija for inviting me onto this blog tour.

All about Ksenija

Ksenija Nikolova is a Macedonian fiction author. She is the author of six books, and this is her second novel translated into English. Her work is also translated into Bulgarian and Russian.
She says people inspire her, and she thinks of art as an ice breaker that pushes boundaries and changes the way they see things.
The world has become very judgmental and ignorant, and Ksenija believes that writing stories that smash discrimination and stereotypes can make us better and happier.
Ksenija is currently working on a new novel she is very excited about. She is writing it in English, and she is enjoying every step of the process.

Where to find Ksenija







What lies beneath & The prodigal Mother by Stephen Edgar #coverreveal

I have not one but 2 cover reveals today, how eye catching they are!!


What Lies Beneath

Grieving father Joe Irons wants nothing but justice following daughter Lydia’s abduction and murder. But when police release prime suspect David Calderwood due to a lack of evidence, Joe feels compelled to act. In the dead of night he weighs up the moral implications of whether doing a bad thing for a good reason is justifiable. With Calderwood abducted and imprisoned in a cell beneath the stairs, Joe intends to obtain a confession no matter the cost.

When Joe learns that another child has been taken, he’s certain David is involved, and is in a race against time to break his prisoner, but wanting to hurt someone isn’t the same as physically doing it.

Invading David’s home, Joe begins to piece together how his captive thinks, picking up the investigation the police have left open. With a child’s life hanging in the balance, will Joe have what it takes to find the truth?

WHAT LIES BENEATH is an adrenaline-fuelled, high concept thriller that will appeal to fans of Adrian McKinty’sThe Chain, and CJ Tudor’s The Other People.

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Release date -6th June




The Prodigal Mother

Five years ago, Abbie’s son Josh died during delivery. It’s taken this long for her and husband Mark to even think about trying to restart their family. Now eight months pregnant, Abbie won’t dare dream of a happy ending in case it is snatched away again.

When a stranger tells Abbie that Josh was switched at the hospital and is living under a new identity, Abbie desperately wants to believe it’s a second chance, but Mark isn’t as easily convinced, especially when the stranger’s mental health issues come to light. 

Abbie can’t find Josh without the stranger’s help, but she can’t risk the life of the child she is carrying. And she doesn’t know how far Josh’s new family will go to keep their secret buried.

Told at a breakneck pace, and with twists on every page THE PRODIGAL MOTHER is a gripping psychological suspense, perfect for fans of CL Taylor, Louise Jensen, and CJ Tudor.

Publication date – 5th September

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All about Stephen

Stephen Edger is the Amazon bestselling author of psychological and crime thrillers, including Snatched, and the Kate Matthews series. Born in the north-east of England, he now lives in Southampton where most of his stories are set, allowing him to use his insider knowledge to deliver realistic and unsettling suspense on every page.

Away from writing, Stephen loves to read anything that will keep him awake at night. He’s also a passionate advocate for contemporary cinema and binge-watching the latest offerings from streaming services. He is married with a son and a daughter, and two dogs.

Where to find Stephen





The Island in Bramble Bay by Victoria Walker #Review #Blogpost


Welcome to Bramble Island! Find breezy, sunshine-filled days, shaded woodlands, glittering sea and a summer of love…
Maggie Cassidy is the new park manager of Bramble Island in Dorset. A job on an island where she is the only year-round inhabitant is the perfect fresh start for her. But when she’s torn between the job she came to do and the island she has grown to love, can she hang on to her perfect new life without
compromising her dreams?
Charlie Mackenzie is the forester on Bramble Island. He is a loner full of secrets, burnt out by the life he left behind in San Francisco. When his past catches up with him can he finally face what he has
spent three years running from without jeopardising everything that healed him?
Bramble Island lulls them both into an idyllic existence but when the outside world bangs on their door, is history about to repeat itself for both of them?

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My review

The Island in Bramble Bay has kept me going through a really stressful week, it felt like coming home when I took time out of my busy work day to read a chapter here and there, I couldn’t put it down.

The characters had depth and Maggie & Charlie’s characters both had interesting back stories. Victoria has the ability to describe the surroundings so well that you feel as if you’re actually there. Bramble Island is idyllic but I also loved the little trip to USA where we discovered more about Charlie’s past.

A real curl up with a cuppa, relax and revive book!

Thank you to Victoria and Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me onto this lovely blog tour.

All about Victoria

Victoria Walker has been writing romantic fiction since a visit to Iceland in 2014
inspired her first novel. As well as writing, she spends her free time dressmaking, knitting and reading an inordinate amount of contemporary romance, occasionally punctuated by the odd psychological thriller and saga.
In the past she has worked as a cinema projectionist, a knitting and sewing tutor and has owned a yarn store, all things which will no doubt appear in her books if they haven’t already.
Victoria lives in the Malvern Hills with her husband and two teenage children.

Where to find Victoria




The Spa Break by Caroline James #Review #Blogpost #Giveaway


The Spa Break – The laugh-out-loud romantic comedy of the year for fans of The Book Club
with Jane Fonda & Judy Leigh!
A weekend at the spa will leave four old friends with a whole lot more than they’d bargained for…
The glossy brochure promised a serene experience of total tranquillity and rejuvenation, but what best friends Bridgette, Emily, Serena and Marjory get is a weekend that upends their lives!
There for a girls’ weekend to celebrate Bridgette’s impending seventieth birthday, the spa soon has these spicy sexagenarians realising that there are unexpected benefits to age and experience, and that over the hill certainly doesn’t mean out of the game…in any respect…

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My Review

To say I love Caroline’s books is an understatement and I think the spa break is one of my favourites.

The spa break follows 4 best friends over a weekend break at the sparadise retreat, now if this retreat was real I would be booking myself in immediately!

All 4 friends are in their late sixties and the reason for the break is to celebrate Bridgette’s 70th birthday. I adored all 4 characters they were so full of life and all very different but they all just seem to fit together like a jigsaw piece, each of their personalities compliments the other.

I laughed out loud to the stage of snorting in so many places I lost count. During the stay at Sparadise each character transforms their life in some way with the help of a little magic and a very suspect pick me up drink made by the staff at the retreat. This book robes that 70 is definitely the age to be!

This is a truly amazing read and one I will read again when I need a pick me up, a huge thank you to Caroline and Rachel’s random resources for inviting me on to this blog tour.

All about Caroline

Best-selling author of women’s fiction, Caroline James, has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that often features in her novels. She is based in the
UK but escapes whenever lockdown allows. A public speaker, which has included talks and lectures on cruise ships worldwide, Caroline is also a consultant and food writer. Caroline writes articles and runs writing workshops, is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association, the Society of Women’s Writer & Journalists and the Society of Authors. In her spare time, Caroline can be found walking with Fred, her Westie and in summer, wild water swimming. In winter, when not working, she
relaxes with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.

Where to find Caroline






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My Paris Romance by Olivia Spring #Coverreveal

Today I am delighted to reveal the cover of this gorgeous book My Paris Romance, it’s stunning!


My Paris Romance: Falling in love with a billionaire…

Cassie swore she’d never fall for another rich guy. Her heart has other ideas.

After a whirlwind holiday romance with hot billionaire Frenchman Nico, personal assistant Cassie receives an invitation to visit him in Paris.

Although she’d love a fairy-tale reunion, Cassie cannot fall for Nico. They live in different countries, come from different worlds, plus he’s more loaded than a bank vault. And after her rich ex and his snooty family left her feeling heartbroken and worthless, Cassie swore off dating wealthy guys. If she’d known Nico was France’s most eligible bachelor when they met, she’d never have got involved.

But their connection is undeniable and she’d be crazy not to see him again. If Cassie suppresses her feelings and just goes for the experience, she can avoid getting hurt, right?

Except when Nico sweeps her off her feet with a string of sexy, romantic dates around Paris, her plan not to fall in love unravels. She hopes he feels the same, but then a shocking revelation turns her world upside down…

Can they overcome their obstacles? And will Cassie get the happily-ever-after she’s been dreaming of?

Order this fun, steamy, fish-out-of-water, billionaire romantic comedy now and join Cassie in Paris to find out!

Read as a standalone novel or as book three in the My Ten-Year Crush series.

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Publication Date: 30th August 2022



All About Olivia Spring

Olivia Spring is a British, London-based writer of contemporary women’s fiction, sexy chick lit and romantic comedy. Her uplifting debut novel The Middle-Aged Virgin, which was released in 2018, deals with being newly single in your thirties and beyond, dating, relationships, love, sex and living life to the full.

In addition to The Middle-Aged Virgin, Olivia has published The Middle-Aged Virgin in Italy, Love Offline, Losing My Inhibitions, Only When It’s Love and the sequel When’s The Wedding?

Olivia’s seventh novel, My Ten-Year Crush, was published in September 2021. Book two in the series, My Lucky Nightfollowed in November 2021 and book three, My Paris Romance will be published in summer 2022.

When she’s not writing, Olivia can be found enjoying cupcakes and cocktails and of course, seeking inspiration for her next book!

Where to find Olivia






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The Custard Tart Cafe by the sea by Isabella May #Blogpost #Review


Willow has opened a custard tart cafe at the end of a popular English seaside pier. Her unique and magical spin on the Portuguese pastel de nata has customers queuing outside the door to taste them.
Tiago’s grandparents are purveyors of The Real Deal: authentic custard tarts made in the Algarve region of Portugal, where his family have been lovingly baking them for centuries. When he moves to England for a new job and chances upon Willow’s wondrous wares, he is out for war. At least
that’s his intention. But when serendipity brings Willow and Tiago back together at the departures desk in Bristol airport – destination Faro – outrage isn’t the only spark that flies… Weston-super-Mare and Portugal are about to collide!

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My Review

Isabella’s books always make my mouth water, she creates deliciousness in a book!

The Custard Tart Cafe by the sea has a sprinkle of laughter, love and flaky pastry! Willow, the main character is delightful and I throughly enjoyed getting to know her, you can feel her excitement and joy as her dream comes to life. Willow’s passion for custard tarts stems from her holidays in Portugal where Pastel de Nata aka custard tarts is a delicacy, Willow creates her own versions with quirky fillings. I really liked Willow’s staff in the cafe they made me giggle, in fact there are some really colourful and quirky characters within the pages.

Tiago enters the story literally like a bull in a custard tart shop! He’s arrogant and harsh and seems to think that the fact that he’s Portuguese gives him the right to be downright rude about Willow’s take on a pastel de nata. To begin with I doubted that Tiago would be Willow’s love interest because he was so hard to like, but this slowly changes and leads to a perfect ending.

This is a perfect book to whisk you away for a few days, i for one hope that someone opens up a custard tart cafe as I’d definitely be first in the queue.

A huge thank you to Isabella and Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me onto this yummy blog tour!

All About Isabella

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalusia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the mountains and the sea. She grew up in Somerset on Glastonbury’s ley lines and loves to feature her quirky English hometown in her stories.
After a degree in Modern Languages and European Studies at UWE, Bristol (and a year working abroad in Bordeaux and Stuttgart), Isabella bagged an extremely jammy and fascinating job in children’s publishing… selling foreign rights for novelty, board, pop-up and non-fiction books all over the world; in every language from Icelandic to Korean, Bahasa Indonesian to Papiamento!
All of which has fuelled her curiosity and love of international food and travel – both feature extensively in her romcoms.
Isabella is also a Pranic Healer and a stillbirth mum.

Where To Find Isabella