#ThrowbackThursday ~ The House of York by Terry Tyler ~ A Contemporary Dark Family Drama @TerryTyler4

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing.

My pick for this week is The House of York, a contemporary dark drama loosely based on events during The Wars of the Roses.

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#Extract & #BookReview ~ The Best Boomerville Hotel by @CarolineJames12 @rararesources @RubyFiction #TuesdayBookBlog

I’m delighted to be part of the blog tour for The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James

Published: 13th March 2018

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romantic Comedy, Book Review

Let the shenanigans begin at the Boomerville hotel …

Jo Docherty and Hattie Contaldo have a vision – a holiday retreat in the heart of the Lake District exclusively for guests of ‘a certain age’ wishing to stimulate both mind and body with new creative experiences. One hotel refurbishment later and the Best Boomerville Hotel is open for business!

Perhaps not surprisingly Boomerville attracts more than it’s fair share of eccentric clientele: there’s fun loving Sir Henry Mulberry and his brother Hugo; Lucinda Brown, an impoverished artist with more ego than talent; Andy Mack, a charming Porsche-driving James Bond lookalike, as well as Kate Simmons, a woman who made her fortune from an internet dating agency but still hasn’t found ‘the One’ herself.

With such an array of colourful individuals there’s bound to be laughs aplenty, but could there be tears and heartbreak too and will the residents get more than they bargained for at Boomerville?

‘Britain’s answer to the Best Marigold Hotel! Book me in for Sharing with the Shaman and Clairvoyance in mid-life – this book is fabulous!’

Nikki Ashton, Amazon best-selling author

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The Summer of New Beginnings (A Magnolia Grove Novel) by @betteleecrosby #ContemporaryFiction #NetGalley #FridayReads

Author: Bette Lee Crosby

Due for Publication on 27th March by Lake Union Publishing

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Family, Romance, Book Review

Aspiring journalist Meghan Briggs has always been the responsible one in the family. So when her father passes away unexpectedly, leaving behind his at-risk business, she steps up to save his legacy—even if that means putting her own dreams on hold.

Tracy couldn’t be more different from her sister. She’s always been the rebellious type, without much direction in life. But in the wake of her latest romantic disaster, she finds herself moving back home as a single mother.

The Summer of New Beginnings is a sweet, touching story of the sometimes difficult situations that beset the Briggs family.

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That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel by @adrienneauthor ~ Contemporary #Fiction #RBRT #NetGalley #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Adrienne Vaughan

Published: January 2018 by The Paris Press

Category: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Book Review

Mia Flanagan has never been told who her father is and aged ten, stopped asking. 

Haunted by this, she remains a dutiful daughter who would never do anything to bring scandal or shame on her beautiful and famously single mother. 

So when Archie Fitzgerald, one of Hollywood’s favourite actors, decides to leave Mia his Irish estate, she asks herself – is he her father after all?

With a cast of wonderfully realised characters, this story transported me to Ireland and Galty House, set in the beautifully described coastal location of Rosshaven. Archie Fitzgerald, legendary actor, is dying, but determined to depart on his own terms. He wants Mia, the daughter of his close friend and fellow actor, Fenella Flanagan, to come home to Galty House for what will be their last summer together. 

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Living in the Past by @janelovering #ContemporaryFiction #TimeSlip set in Yorkshire @ChocLituk @rararesources #FridayReads

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Living in the Past by Jane Lovering.

Living in the Past was published on February 14th by Choc Lit and is available from Amazon UK | Amazon US

It’s a contemporary story with a time slip/travel twist.

I chose to read and review an advance reader copy of Living In The Past, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources, NetGalley and the author/publisher.

Grace Nicholls lost her beloved husband two years ago and is still struggling to cope and come to terms with her loss. Her best friend, Tabitha, has been a huge support, even cajoling her to go on an archaeological dig in Yorkshire, believing it will do her good, where Grace is allocated the unenviable and very mucky task of wet sieving. 

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Believe In Me by Susan Lewis #Contemporary Fiction ~ A touching story incorporating several emotional issues @susandlewis

 

Author: Susan Lewis

Published: January 2018 by Cornerstone Digital

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Relationships, Book Review

Leanne and her teenage daughter Abby have recently been forced to move from London back to Kesterley-on-Sea, to Ash Morley Farm where Leanne grew up. Leanne’s husband Jack, Abby’s father, killed himself over a year ago, and the pair are still reeling from the shock waves caused by the tragedy.

Leanne Delaney finds herself and daughter Abby back at Ash Morley Farm, Leanne’s childhood home, following the suicide of her husband and the death of her Aunt Glory. She is the main beneficiary of Glory’s will and, along with Glory’s home, also inherited her vintage shop, Glory Days. Abby is not coping well with recent events and the corresponding adjustments in her life, making her relationship with her mother a volatile one at best. She is angry, feeling guilty and confused, unable to get to grips with, much less articulate especially to her mother, her destructive underlying feelings and lashes out, with her mother bearing the brunt of her angst.

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My Sweet Friend by @HALeuschel #Novella ~ How trustworthy are outward appearances #RBRT #FridayReads

Author: H.A. Leuschel

Kindle Edition

Published: December 2017 by Helene Leuschel

A stand-alone novella from the author of Manipulated Lives

A perfect friend … or a perfect impostor?

Alexa is an energetic and charismatic professional and the new member of a Parisian PR company where she quickly befriends her colleagues Rosie and Jack. She brings a much-needed breath of fresh air into the office and ambitiously throws herself into her new job and friendships. 

Following in a similar vein to Manipulated Lives, My Sweet Friend explores how much first impressions and appearances sometimes count in someone’s favour and the devastation that can be caused by deliberate manipulation of other people. Told from the alternating perspectives of Alexa and Rosie, we see how quickly their friendship develops when Alexa joins the PR firm Rosie works for. It’s mostly down to Alexa’s persuasiveness and outgoing nature that they quickly become best friends. Rosie is more reserved. Aways ready to help and easy to get along with, Rosie is quickly swept up by Alexa’s enthusiasm and friendliness.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Silver Rain by @JanRuthAuthor ~ Contemporary #Fiction #Romance

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

Published in 2015, Silver Rain is one of my favourite books by this author.

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