Only When It’s Love by Olivia Spring

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Wow, when I was asked to take part in the blog tour for Olivia Spring’s latest novel ‘Only When it’s Love’ I was thrilled and excited to take part in my very first blog tour, but I had no idea what to expect from the book. What a fantastic surprise! This book is incredible, it is funny, entertaining and incredibly clever, and a book I would recommend to any lover of humorous women’s fiction.

The story centres on Alex, a woman who has had disastrous luck with dating, and feels that she is destined to spend her life alone. When her newly married friend Stacey recommends a self-help book that helped her find her husband, Alex feels that she has nothing to lose, and decides that it would be worth following the book as nothing else has worked previously. There is only one issue, one of the seven steps in the book is that she must not sleep with a guy for six months. Will she find Mr Right, and if she does will he be willing to wait for six months before getting intimate with Alex? As we follow Alex with her dating progress, following the steps in the book, only one thing is certain, it is going to be a roller-coaster of a journey!

Alex was such an immensely likeable character that almost immediately I was on her side, willing her to find her Mr Right, after so many Mr Wrongs. I found myself wanting to shake her when she tolerated far more than I would have done from one of her potential suitors, and shake her again when she was torn between two suitors, when to everyone else, including me it was clear who was perfect for her and who was far from perfect.

I’m not going to give any spoilers, but the person she eventually falls for is the perfect embodiment of a wonderful, sensitive, thoughtful man, and when she finally realises it I was practically cheering for her! Throughout the book the humour had me smiling and even laughing out loud, and it was such a fun read that I honestly could not put it down.

I had not read Olivia Spring’s previous novel, The Middle Aged Virgin, but I definitely intend to rectify that as soon as I can this year. Olivia is an incredibly talented writer, and definitely one to watch. I cannot wait to see what she does next!

Many thanks to Olivia Spring for a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.

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Dear Rosie Hughes by Melanie Hudson

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What an incredible book! When I started it, I had no idea what to expect, other than the fact I had seen people talking about it wherever I turned on social media. By the end of the book I was completely broken by a book that will stay with me for a very long time.

This book takes the form of a series of letters and emails, sent through the military system, and then eventually via regular email. Agatha Braithwaite and Rosie Hughes were inseparable friends throughout their childhood, but an incident in early adulthood ended their relationship until Rosie is deployed to Kuwait as a reservist in advance of the war in Iraq in 2003. When Agatha finds out that Rosie is off to war, she writes to Rosie, and both women are overjoyed to reconnect. Their correspondence focuses on their current issues, Aggie is plagued by a difficult mother, and writer’s block for her ghost-writing career, Rosie is facing a divorce she regrets, whilst worrying about the impending war. The issues that tore them apart, and the deeper issues both women have are eventually revealed in their letters to one another. Interspersed between their letters and emails are additional correspondence with Rosie’s parents, her soon-to-be ex husband Josh, a troubled boy in their old primary school, and a growing friendship between Aggie, and Rosie’s friend in Kuwait, Gethyn, a military doctor.

As the book progresses, Aggie runs away from her issues to help run a cafe in a remote location in Scotland, and her experiences with the new people she meets are shared in her letters to Rosie, with much hilarity.

There were so many funny moments in the book, that I spent far too much of my time giggling out loud, although I did not anticipate that the book would leave me with tears streaming down my face as I tried not to wake my sleeping husband at the side of me!

I know that some people are not fond of books that consist entirely of correspondence, but I found it created the perfect balance, and if anything, it was possible to form stronger opinions of who Rosie and Aggie were as people, based on witnessing their complete openness with one another. I really did not expect to be so moved by this book, but it is going to be a strong contender for my favourite book of the year.

Many thanks to Melanie Hudson, Harper Impulse and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Are We Nearly There Yet? by Lucy Vine

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This book is a hilariously funny tale of Alice, who heads off on a world trip to find herself and #FindTheFun.

There have been comparisons with Bridget Jones, so I was tempted to read it but at the same time dubious that it would not live up to the comparisons, but how wrong I was! Alice really was the modern day Bridget, from her haphazard attitude towards life, to constantly getting things wrong.

The book begins with Alice’s 30th birthday, a day where she gets really drunk and accidentally sends a sexually inappropriate text to her boss which causes her to lose her job, add in a newly pregnant and loved up flatmate, and Alice feels that she no longer knows where she fits in. As a result, she decides that she has reached a milestone where she needs to broaden her horizons and find herself. She sets off on her travels and sets up a travel blog to share her experiences.

I honestly cannot think of the last time I laughed out loud when reading a book, but the snappy dialogue and sheer hilarity of Alice’s escapades were just so funny it was impossible not to laugh! There was also a more serious side story, which was thought-provoking and poignant, and provided the perfect balance between the humour of the present day events, with the sadness Alice carries from her childhood and early adulthood. The blog posts and comments interspersed within the story added something special to the story. Alice blogs sometimes creatively to make things sound less chaotic than they actually were, and sometimes with such a brutal honesty that I cringed at her openness. The trolls commenting on her posts, together with a funny moderator add a realism and additional level of humour that really add to make this an exceptionally funny book.

I have not read Lucy Vine’s previous novels, but I will be checking them out now, because this was fantastic. 

I would like to thank Lucy Vine, Orion and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Wife’s Shadow by Cath Weeks

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This book is incredible. It kept me guessing from start to finish, and if you want a thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat, this is most definitely the one!

The story opens with Suzy, a deli owner who has, from all appearances, the perfect life: a devoted husband who is a stay at home dad, two adorable young children, a newly expanded deli business, and a beautiful home. Incidents start happening which make Suzy think of the father she had not seen since she was 6, and believed was dead. As the incidents increase, she thinks that she is being stalked, but her friends and family think it is merely a series of coincidences until one night when she wakes to the stalker standing at the foot of her bed.

Although that event makes her friends and husband realise she was not hallucinating, it prompts Suzy to find out more about her father. The stalking then culminates with a twist that I did not see coming until the end.

I loved the way the story built, and I felt every incident acutely alongside Suzy. I won’t spoil the story for anyone, but it was a roller-coaster ride where every twist, turn and dip brought with it a fresh surprise. I have not read Cath Weeks’ debut novel but I will certainly be checking it out after enjoying this one so much.

Thank you to Little, Brown for the copy of this via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Summer on the Italian Lakes by Lucy Coleman

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This book ticks so many boxes for me, As someone who has always wanted to write a book, I found this on a separate level to be a fantastic insight into the life of a writer, irrespective of the main story.

The story revolves around Brie, a bestselling author of steamy romances, whose family and friends stage an intervention after a messy and very public break up leads to her losing her way and becoming more reclusive than was healthy for her. As she begins to rebuild her life, she is sent by her agent Carrie to assist as a teacher on a writing retreat, set in an idyllic villa in Italy, working alongside the owner, fellow writer and historian, Arran.

I found both characters complex, because they both had issues which made them multi-dimensional and very interesting, but it was also really nice to get to know the participants on the writing retreat too. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where one of the main characters is a writer and their writing processes are considered in such detail, so I loved the way you could see Brie develop the two books she was writing at the same time, and how people in her real life inspired her characters.

If you want to read a book that is both fascinating, and a feel good romance, then this book is for you. It certainly was for me!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Aria for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Cover Reveal: Poppy’s Recipe for Life by Heidi Swain

I am so privileged to be able to share the cover reveal for Heidi Swain’s new novel, Poppy’s Recipe for Life.

If you are familiar with her books you will know that they are always beautiful covers and this is no exception. The style is slightly fresher than the other books but I think you will agree it looks perfect.

I am overjoyed that this book will see a return to Nightingale Square, the setting that was so lovely in her book Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square. Here is some information about the new book:

Treat yourself to a glorious novel full of food, sunshine, friendship and love

Things haven’t always been straightforward in Poppy’s life but her dreams are finally within her reach.

She’s moving into a cottage in beautiful Nightingale Square, close to the local community garden, where she can indulge her passion for making preserves and pickles. She may not have the best relationship with her family but she is surrounded by loving friends, and feels sure that even her grumpy new neighbour, Jacob, has more to him than his steely exterior belies. 

But the unexpected arrival of Poppy’s troubled younger brother soon threatens her new-found happiness and as the garden team works together to win community space of the year, Poppy must decide where her priorities lie and what she is prepared to fight for …

The book is available for pre-order on Amazon, and will be released on 30 May 2019! You can preorder from the links below

 

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Cover reveal for Only When It’s Love: Holding Out For Mr Right by Olivia Spring

I was so lucky to be asked to be a part of the cover reveal for Olivia Spring’s forthcoming book, which I did on Instagram yesterday. I thought I would share here too because I am really thrilled to be a part of this. Please stop by on Wednesday February 13th for my stop on the blog tour, which is an absolute privilege!

Please check out the synopsis below:

Only When It’s Love: Holding Out For Mr Right, by Olivia Spring

Alex’s love life is a disaster. Will accepting a crazy dating challenge from her friend lead to more heartbreak or help her find Mr Right?

 

Alex is tired of getting ghosted and dumped. After years of disastrous relationships that started and ended in the bedroom, Alex is convinced she’s destined to be eternally single. Then her newly married friend Stacey recommends an approach she followed from a self-help book guaranteeing Alex true love in just seven steps. Sounds simple, right? 

 

Except Alex soon discovers that each step is more difficult than the last and one of the rules involves dating, but not sleeping with a guy for six months. Absolutely no intimate contact whatsoever. Zero. Nada. Rien. A big challenge for Alex, who has never been one to hold back from jumping straight into the sack, hoping it will help a man fall for her. 

 

Join Alex on her roller coaster romantic journey as she tries to cope with the emotional and physical ups and downs of dating, whilst following a lengthy list of rigid rules.

 

Will any guys be willing to wait? Will Alex find her Mr Right? And if she does, will she be strong enough to resist temptation and hold out for true love?

 

Only When It’s Love is a standalone, fun, feel-good, romantic comedy about self-acceptance, determination, love and the challenge of finding the one.  

 

Pre-order Only When It’s Love:
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2AOLJ2A
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2VYs1u6

 

http://www.oliviaspring.com

 

Follow Olivia on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @ospringauthor #OnlyWhenItsLove

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18210898.Olivia_Spring