The Cosy Cottage in Ireland (Romantic Escapes Book 8) by @JulieCaplin #Romance #Culinary @OneMoreChapter_ #NetGalley

517i2rWNDWSAuthor: Julie Caplin

Published: September 2021 by One More Chapter

Category: Romance, Culinary, Travel, Book Review

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Snuggle up in your favourite armchair and take a trip across the Irish sea for comfort food, cosy cottage nights and a heart warming romance…

Talented lawyer Hannah Campbell is after a change in her workaholic Manchester life – so on an uncharacteristic whim she books herself a place at the world-renowned Killorgally Cookery School in County Kerry. But on her first night In Ireland, sampling the delights of Dublin, Hannah can’t resist falling for the charms of handsome stranger Conor.

Hannah Campbell was enjoying kicking back and relaxing in Dublin, away from her frenetic life as a lawyer in Manchester.  She still wasn’t quite sure what had prompted her to book a six week course at Killorgally Cookery School, apart from the fact she’s embarrassed about not being able to cook and being totally outshone by her sister in the kitchen. A bonus is that the cookery school isn’t far from where her best friends, Aidan and Sorcha, live. 

Hannah was spending a night in Dublin before she collected the hire car for the drive to County Kerry. Relaxing with a glass of wine in the hotel bar after a day of sightseeing in the rain, the last thing she expected was an encounter that lead to much more with the charismatic and handsome Conor.

‘Hi, sorry, I didn’t mean to disturb you.’ The owner of the gorgeous eyes shot her a disarming grin as if he were used to disturbing females and it actually didn’t bother him one iota. ‘I didn’t realise anyone was sitting here.’

Neither broke eye contact and something bright and sharp fizzed in the air between them.

Then he went and spoiled it when he glanced back over his shoulder at the sound of a carrying female voice and hurriedly dropped into the chair beside her. He was hiding.

The next day finds Hannah on the road to County Kerry and the wonderful sounding Killorgally estate which, besides the school, comprises a working farm, gorgeous cottages for the students’ accommodation and beautiful views. There’s a great mix of characters, all well defined and individual with their own stories. I enjoyed the banter between them, the friendly relationships that developed and the way the farm was run with the students helping to tend the animals and crops.

Normally an extremely cautious person, always choosing the safe options, Hannah feels quite the opposite in Ireland. Her life in Manchester contrasts sharply with her feelings of release and pleasure in this new and different environment. That is until someone she didn’t expect to see again turns up. So much for thinking what happened in Dublin wouldn’t come back to bite her. 

The Cosy Cottage in Ireland was a delightful, fun, emotional and altogether engaging story set in an idyllic location, which was wonderfully and vividly described. Although this is book eight in the series, I believe each is a standalone read with different characters.

My thanks to Sara Roberts for the invitation to read the book via NetGalley.

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Julie CaplinJulie Caplin is addicted to travel and good food. Formerly a PR director, for many years she swanned around Europe taking top food and drink writers on press trips (junkets) sampling the gastronomic delights of various cities in Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Copenhagen and Switzerland. It was a tough job but someone had to do it.

These trips have provided the inspiration and settings for the Romantic Escapes Series which include The Little Cafe in Copenhagen, The Little Brooklyn Bakery, The Little Paris Patisserie, The Northern Lights Lodge, The Secret Cove in Croatia The Little Tokyo Teashop and the latest addition, The Little Swiss Ski Chalet which was published in January 2021.

She also writes best selling novels as Jules Wake, which include Covent Garden in the Snow, Notting Hill in the Snow, The Saturday Morning Park Run, From Italy with Love and The Spark.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Taming the Highlander (Scottish Relic Trilogy #2) by May McGoldrick #HistoricalFiction #Fantasy

Taming the Highlander is the second book in a trilogy I enjoyed listening to a few years ago.

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My Thoughts

Fifty years previously four small pieces of a stone relic, the Wheel of Lugh, were brought to Scotland. Each fragment held a special gift but together, the four pieces would hold a terrible power if they were to fall into the wrong hands. The bearers of the tablets had sworn an oath, to travel to the farthest reaches of Scotland to keep the pieces of the relic separate.

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The Cove by LJ Ross #AudiobookReview #RomanticSuspense set in Cornwall

51FInNmoxSSAuthor: LJ Ross

Narrated by Clare Corbett

Published by Audible Studios on 31st August 2021

Category: Audiobook, Romance, Suspense, Book Review

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Gabrielle Adams has it all – brains, beauty, a handsome fiancé, and a dream job in publishing. Until, one day, everything changes.

The ‘Underground Killer’ takes his victims when they least expect it: standing on the edge of a busy Tube platform, as they wait for a train to arrive through the murky underground tunnels of London.

After an argument with her fiancé at the Frenchman Saunders Christmas party, Gabrielle Adams was left to take the tube home alone, despite the recent reports regarding two women who were pushed onto the train tracks. The assailant was still at large. Gabrielle became the third victim of the man the press had dubbed the Tube Killer.

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#GuestPost from @angelabritnell, author of A Cornish Summer at Pear Tree Farm ~ 1 DayBlogBlitz organised by @rararesources #Romance

Today I have a guest post from Angela Britnell as part of the 1Day Blog Blitz for A Cornish Summer at Pear Tree Farm, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources. 

Nessa launched into the usual spiel she gave new arrivals as they walked along and rattled off the history of the farm with its Vivian family connections going back to the seventeenth century. ‘Were you thinking of a tent or caravan?’

‘I haven’t camped since I was a Boy Scout so I reckon a caravan will suit me better.’

I’ve started with this quote which shows my main characters, Nessa and Ward, talking shortly after they meet. I must admit it amuses me that camping in various forms is at the heart of my new trans-Atlantic romance ‘A Cornish Summer at Pear Tree Farm’ because I’m so not a camping person! When my ex-country music star hero Ward arrives in Cornwall from Tennessee he only comes to visit the land from where his distant ancestors emigrated centuries ago. The last thing he intends to do is buy a rambling old house and decide to set up a fancy bed & breakfast and glamping business but somehow that’s exactly what happens. Nessa’s small, somewhat old-fashioned campsite is situated down the road from Tregereth so he books into one of her caravans while he starts work on his new property. 

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ A Week in Winter by Marcia Willett #ContemporaryFiction #Romance

I used to read a lot of Marcia Willett’s books, but haven’t done so for a good while. This was one of my favourites and reminds me to check out some of the author’s works that I haven’t read.throwbackthursday

My Thoughts

Maudie Todhunter, Hector’s second wife, was recently widowed and has decided to sell Moorgate, the family’s holiday home, for much-needed funds. Her step daughter, Selina, has always hated Maudie through jealousy and her need to always come first. She has never forgiven Maudie for ‘taking her mother’s place’ and is obsessed with the need to possess, whether it’s people or things. Her continued hostility and bitterness eventually takes its toll on her long-suffering family. Selina’s daughter, Posy, and Maudie have formed a strong bond and are very close, adding to Selina’s bitterness and dissatisfaction with what she sees as a personal slight. 

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Blog Tour #BookReview ~ Matchmaking at Port Willow (Port Willow Bay #2) @KileyDunbar #RomanticFiction @rararesources @HeraBooks #TuesdayBookBlog

I’m delighted to join the blog tour for Matchmaking at Port Willow, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

My Thoughts

I was looking forward to another visit to Port Willow after reading Summer at the Highland Coral Beach, getting reacquainted with the residents and imaging myself in the beautiful setting. Since she arrived in Port Willow earlier in the year, Beatrice Halliday has found the love of her life in Atholl Fergusson and turned the Princess and the Pea Inn into something special creating, among other things, crafting holidays which bring in more guests and visitors than ever before. A true romantic at heart, Beatrice hopes some of them would find what she had, but if they needed a nudge a little help along the way wouldn’t go amiss.

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Mini Blog Blitz #GuestPost by @HanaSoChic ~ Doubt, the Writer’s Menace #Romance #Giveaway @rararesources

I’m delighted to welcome Hana Sheik with a guest post for the Mini Blog Blitz, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.

Over to you, Hana…

Doubt, the Writer’s Menace

Today I wanted to share a quick story about how I got my debut Harlequin Romance/Mills & Boon True Love, Second Chance to Wear His Ring published from first chapter to full manuscript and several revisions. I’m going to take you on the emotional rollercoaster ride I’d been on, so strap in and enjoy.

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The Beach Reads Book Club by @KathrynFreeman1 #RomCom #NetGalley #FridayReads @OneMoreChapter_

41PgS4CPT0SAuthor: Kathryn Freeman

Published: June 2021 by One More Chapter

Category: Romance, Humour, Chick Lit, Book Review

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Welcome to the Beach Reads Book Club…where love is just a page away…

When Lottie Watt is unceremoniously booted out of her uptight book club for not following the rules, she decides to throw the rulebook out the window and start her own club – one where conversation, gin and cake take precedent over actually having read the book!

Lottie Watt has had her fill of the regimented book club run by Eve. It was like being back at school. And she certainly doesn’t appreciate being quizzed on why she hasn’t had chance to read the designated (by Eve) book. Throwing caution to the winds, she decides to start her own book club with lighter reads and a more relaxed atmosphere. She was joined by Gira and Heidi, two other now ex members who also wanted more romantic, fun reading.

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Her Previous Self (The Guernsey Novels, Book8) by Anne Allen #TimeSlip #Romance @AnneAllen21 #Giveaway @rararesources

I’m delighted to share my review today for Anne Allen’s latest novel, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

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My Thoughts

Anne Allen’s latest novel in the Guernsey series ‘Her Previous Self’ is described as ‘a moving, atmospheric time-slip story’ and that’s certainly an apt description.

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#MiniBlitz #Extract ~ Sun, Sea and Summer Vibes by Zoe Allison #Romance @zoeallisonauth1 @rararesources

Hope you enjoy this extract from Sun, Sea and Summer Vibes on the final day of the mini blitz organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.

Sun Sea and Summer Vibes

After attending Cameron’s residency, Isla has gone off with a cocky pop singer named Zac. Nina was about to walk home to her hotel alone, when Cameron finds her and insists on walking her back—much to her surprise when they don’t seem to get on.

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