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Blog Tour: Dreams Come True at Glendale Hall

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  Review - 5 Stars: I have very much enjoyed all the previous books in the Glendale Hall series, so I was excited to get my hands on a copy of Dreams Come True at Glendale Hall. I really enjoyed this story. The Art Deco Dove House sounds like such a great building, and I loved Lorna and Adam’s ambition to restore it and turn it into a small B&B. I thought both Lorna and Finlay were great characters. I enjoyed watching the gentle romance between them develop, and each of them choosing the life that they want. The second romance was fun too. I also loved Lorna and Adam’s family. But Tabby was, of course, my favourite character!  Overall, this was a hugely enjoyable story, with two lovely romances. Perfect to curl up with on a chilly day! I was given a copy of this book, my opinions are my own. Blurb: Lorna is following her dreams. But can she follow her heart? Lorna Ferguson has dreamt of opening her own bed and breakfast in the village of Glendale for as long as she'd pictured f

Review: Wishing on a Star

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Wishing on a Star by Mandy Baggot My rating: 5 of 5 stars I have enjoyed several Mandy Baggot books before, and I just love Christmas books, so this was a definite yes for me. I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked the two main characters, and all the other characters except for Anna’s ex. I loved Anna’s group of friends, they’re awesome, the way they support each other. The plot is great too. I loved the way Sam and Anna came together, through a completely chance meeting. I loved how Sam clicked with Ruthie, Anna’s daughter, as well as Anna, so easily. There are lots of festive moments, fun moments, and heartwarming moments. The only thing that bothered me, was the use of phrases like “everyone is on the [autism] spectrum somewhere”, which all the people I know who are autistic would disagree with. However, the story is lovely, and I know that some autistic people prefer that way of expressing it. Overall, this was a fun and romantic story, ful

Blog Tour: Death Down the Aisle

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  Review - 5 out of 5 Stars: The Lady Eleanor Swift mysteries has become one of my absolute favourite cozy crime series. So I was thrilled to be offered an advance copy of Death Down the Aisle, the 11th book. I enjoyed reading this book so much. The writing just flows, and I very rapidly got swept up in the story. The plot was compelling, and kept me turning the pages, but was never stressful. It’s always a joy to come back to this cast of favourite characters. Eleanor and Clifford work their usual magic, with fun banter and real supportiveness. I loved the ongoing, tentative, relationship between Hugh and Eleanor. And I always love spending time with Gladstone and the ladies who work for Eleanor. There were plenty of amusing moments there, as usual. I love the way this series is written with a lightheartedness that makes me feel so happy, both whilst I’m reading, and afterwards. And this volume seemed particularly joyful. Overall, the was a page-turning and amusing cosy crime, with a

Review: A Christmas Celebration: the cosiest, most joyful novel you'll read this Christmas

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A Christmas Celebration: the cosiest, most joyful novel you'll read this Christmas by Heidi Swain My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’ve been a fan of Heidi Swain for a long time now, and I was thrilled to receive a review copy of A Christmas Celebration. I really loved this story. It was lovely to return to Wynthorpe Hall for another Christmas, and see lots of familiar friends again. The Winter Wonderland and all the festivities are just magical. And the sense of community at the Hall and in Wynbridge warms my heart. I really liked Paige, who has had a tough time before arriving at the Hall, and is being really hard on herself. I enjoyed reading as she gradually accepted that everyone makes mistakes, and learned to love herself again. The romance was a lot of fun. Brodie is another great character, and they get off rather on the wrong foot. I also really loved Albert, and watching him come back to life was lovely. The only tiny niggle I had, was the numbe

Review: Daggers at the Country Fair

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Daggers at the Country Fair by Catherine Coles My rating: 5 of 5 stars I really enjoyed Poison at the Village Show, so I grabbed Daggers at the Country Fair as soon as I could. I think I liked this one even better than the first. In this book, Martha has been invited to open the Winteringham country fair by the forward-looking organiser. She and some friends from Westleham stay there, and, of course, Martha stumbles across a dead body. I loved reading this story. It is well written and easy to read. I love Martha’s character development - she is more confident in this book. I like how she’s starting to take more control of her life, and that she and Ruby are getting closer. I also enjoyed her growing closeness to Luke, but I really, really hope that Catherine Coles has some sort of resolution to the issue of Martha’s missing husband in the not too distant future. The mystery itself was a good one. I enjoyed finding out more about the suspicious chara

Review: Death Among the Diamonds

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Death Among the Diamonds by Fliss Chester My rating: 4 of 5 stars Fliss Chester is a new author to me, but I do love historical (especially 1920s) cosy crime, so I jumped right in! I really loved reading this book. The author has struck a great balance, keeping things light and humorous, but also providing a fun mystery. I really liked Cressida, she’s obviously a fun loving woman, and Ruby (her dog) makes an excellent sidekick. I liked DCI Andrews too. I hope there will be further books in the series, so I can get to know them both better. If you’re looking to while away a few hours pleasantly, I recommend this enticing and exciting cosy crime. It was a lot of fun to read. I was given a copy of this book, my opinions are my own. View all my reviews

Review: The Ultimate Guide to Growing Dragons

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The Ultimate Guide to Growing Dragons by Andy Shepherd My rating: 5 of 5 stars I have enjoyed the The Boy Who Grew Dragons series enormously, so I was excited to get my hands on a copy of The Ultimate Guide to Growing Dragons. This time around the superhero squad are rather scattered about the globe, and are constructing a guide to the art of growing dragons. It was great to spend more time with this group of friends - both human and dragon. Tomas has come a long way since the first book. The story was full of funny moments, and a few new discoveries about the dragons. I loved how the superhero squad all worked together to solve the problems. The illustrations by Sara Ogilvie are brilliant! They add so much to the story and really bring it to life. In conclusion, this book was an absolute joy to read. It’s engaging, appealing, and so much fun! I recommend it for anyone who loves dragons. I wasn’t given a copy of this book, my opinions are my own.

Review: Christmas Miracles at Hedgehog Hollow

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Christmas Miracles at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland My rating: 5 of 5 stars Jessica Redland is a favourite author, and I absolutely love the Hedgehog Hollow series, so Christmas Miracles at Hedgehog Hollow very quickly made it to the top of my TBR. I enjoyed reading this book so much. I’ve been waiting to find out more about Fizz ever since she turned up at Hedgehog Hollow, so it’s wonderful to finally hear her story. And what an emotional, but ultimately positive one it is! I also loved the further developments in Samantha and Josh’s story, and the way that Hedgehog Hollow has expanded. It’s so lovely to return to this group of characters, who feel like friends now, and to see so many of them thriving. As well as all the above joys, this book was full of festive feeling too! It felt like a fitting end to what has been a wonderful series. Overall, this was a wonderful story, a fitting end to the series, and simply a joy to read. I strongly recom

Review: Cornish Clouds and Silver Lining Skies

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Cornish Clouds and Silver Lining Skies by Ali McNamara My rating: 5 of 5 stars Oh, how lovely it is to be back in St Felix again. I love this setting so much, and the little bits of magic that happen there. Each time it’s a little different, but it’s always wonderful! This story focuses on Sky, a meteorologist who is sent there to study the peculiar weather patterns that sometimes occur. I loved the island of Aurora, what a wonderful (though slightly inconvenient) place to live! It was great to see a main character who has my disability. It almost never comes up in happy, fictional books, and I’ve never read one where the main character had it before. I felt like it was a good and realistic portrayal of someone who has ME moderate/mildly (like many illnesses it varies a lot) and is not really comfortable with it, and trying to hide it from those around them. I also loved that Sky is a meteorologist, weather physics was one of my favourite modules at

Review: An Unfortunate Christmas Murder

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An Unfortunate Christmas Murder by Hannah Hendy My rating: 4 of 5 stars Having read and enjoyed Hannah Hendy’s first book (The Dinner Lady Detectives), I was keen to get my hands on An Unfortunate Christmas Murder. Margery and Clementine are as entertaining as they were in the first book. I do enjoy the way they go blundering into situations, and use their intelligence to solve the mystery. I love their long term relationship too, they work really well together, and are just so comfortable. And very amusing to read about too! I enjoyed the plot of this book, at first it seems a confusing array of events, but it gradually resolves into a solution. I liked the fact that although I worked out some elements ahead of Margery and Clementine, I didn’t figure the whole thing out. Overall, this was another excellent mystery solved by the excellent duo of dinner lady detectives. With a very festive ending. I definitely recommend it, and will be looking out for