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Book Review – The Golden Rain Tree by Jane Greensitt

Tabytha’s Book Review

The Golden Rain Tree: Love, Wine, Death, Duck and the Dordogne

by Jane Greensitt

 

Here’s the official blurb;

Betrayal, adventure, passion, forgiveness and murder, this story has it all. Escaping their sleepy Dorset village, Eve and her family are to spend a summer in France. Set in the wonderful wine producing surroundings of the Dordogne; the dark secrets they uncover bring them closer together and change their lives forever.

I Read It: 26th – 30th April 2017

Which Format: Kindle

Approx Length: 259 pages

My Goodreads Rating:  5 Stars

This is a self published novel; Jane Greensitt’s debut.

So, what kept me reading?

For a debut novel that was also self-published, I was impressed with the finesse of this story. The flow and pace of this tale felt natural and I found Ms Greensitt’s writing style very easy to read; her scene descriptions easily transporting me into the novel, the depth and complexities of her characters adding realism that I love see.

I found myself chuckling out loud while reading this book as well as shedding a few tears. There are a couple of clever twists and I found the story gripping, it kept me turning the pages, eager to find out what Eve would discover next and how she would handle what life threw at her.

 

So, were there any downsides?

No.

No cliff-hangers, no psychological terror, no graphic violence, no explicit sex.

 

In a nutshell…

I couldn’t stop reading this book! I think it has it all; mystery, tension, thrills, romance and humour.

I think this book is one that many types of reader would enjoy, for example, those who read young adult stories, fans of relationship drama, or mystery stories and those who enjoy a bit of humour in their fiction. I suppose what I’m saying is The Golden Rain Tree is like those PG certificate films shown in the afternoons – completely engrossing and highly enjoyable!

 

Links to be helpful:

Connect to JANE GREENSITT on Facebook

See THE GOLDEN RAIN TREE on Goodreads.com

Buy THE GOLDEN RAIN TREE on Amazon.co.uk


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Support For A New Author

Hello Lovely Followers,

As many of you will know, I enjoy to read 😉 and I just found out last week that one of my colleagues has written a book!

The Golden Rain Tree is the first book that my friend, Jane Greensitt, has written. I haven’t read it yet but I’ve asked for a signed copy which I should get after the Easter holidays. I’m very excited. Of course, I will write a review once I’ve read it and post it here. In the meantime, the official blurb says;

Betrayal, adventure, passion, forgiveness and murder, this story has it all. Escaping their sleepy Dorset village, Eve and her family are to spend a summer in France. Set in the wonderful wine producing surroundings of the Dordogne; the dark secrets they uncover bring them closer together and change their lives forever.

The paperback was published on 1st April this year so is available to buy on Amazon now but if digital reading is more your thing, you’ll be happy to know that a Kindle version is being launched on 14th April! I’ll probably download it too and save the paperback (you never know, to own a signed first addition of Ms Greensitt’s first book… oh my!)

I am told that self-publishing is exciting but daunting, especially at the beginning, so here I am supporting my friend and getting the word out there. I hope you don’t mind.

If mystery thrillers are your thing, why not pick up a copy I’ve added the link below. Thanks 🙂

 

 


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Book Review – One Wish In Paris by Mandy Baggot

Hello Lovely Followers,

I’ve just realised that although I read this fantastic back in December, I forgot to post my full review! See it’s an age thing – pre-menopausal women tend to forget stuff. Lol!

Anyway, enjoy my review and (hopefully) be inspired to buy this wonderful book!

One Christmas In Paris

By Mandy Baggot

So, here’s the official blurb;

They say Paris is the City of Love, so bring your je ne sais quoi and don’t forget the mistletoe!

Ava and her best friend Debs arrive in Paris just as the snow starts to fall. The Eiffel Tower glitters gold and the scent of spiced wine is all around, but all Ava can think about is Leo, her no-good, cheating ex.

Debs is on a mission to make Ava smile again, and as they tour the Christmas markets, watch lamplight glittering on the river Seine, and eat their body weight in pain-au-chocolat, Ava remembers there’s more to life than men … Until they cross paths with handsome, mysterious photographer Julien with his French accent and hazelnut eyes that seem to see right inside her.

Ava can’t ignore the intense chemistry between them, but her fingers have been burned before and she can’t forget it, especially when her ex, Leo, starts texting again. Can Ava really trust Julien – and what exactly is his secret?

Will Ava go home with a broken heart, or will she find true love amongst the cobbled streets of Paris?

Join Ava and Julien in the most romantic city in the world this Christmas, as they discover the importance of being true to themselves, and learn how to follow their hearts.

I Read It: 9th – 12th December 2016

In Which Format: Kindle

Approx Length: 394 pages

My Goodreads Rating:  5 Stars

This is in the contemporary romance genre – affectionately known “chick lit”. It’s a standalone story with Ms Baggot’s trademark HEA (Happily Ever After) ending.

So, what kept me reading?

I’m already a fan of Ms Baggot’s books; her writing style is very easy to read, her plotlines are well thought out and she has a way of creating characters that I connect to.

I loved the depth with which Ms Baggot wrote our two main characters, Eva and Julien in this book; their quirks, fears and hopes made them come to life for me. But, like so many of Ms Baggot’s books, this story isn’t just about Eva and Julien and their romance, we have intermingled storylines and a cast of supporting characters that adds a further splash of realism to this tale’s world without the plot feeling confusing or over-burdened.

So is this a page turner, did the story keep me guessing? The journey had twists and emotional turns a plenty due to the different stories running alongside our main romantic one (e.g. Eva and Deb’s secret reason for being in Paris, Julien’s relationship with his family, etc). Plus the fact that this story is set around Christmas time means that we (the reader) are already in the literary mood to want and easily accept that romance is in the air.

So, were there any downsides?

Nope.

In a nutshell…

This is a wonderful, feel good contemporary romance novel – perfect reading at Christmas or any time of year! I loved this book!

There wasn’t anything that I didn’t like about this story. I was completely engaged with this book, it’s a real page turner, and yes, I did laugh out loud at some of Deb’s comments but if you’re anything like me you’ll shed a few tears along the way too.

I think that this is a wonderful standalone contemporary romance with Ms Baggot’s signature HEA. What more could a girl want! I think fans of romance (with a capital R) and relationship stories of all ages would enjoy this book.

Links to be helpful:

Visit MANDY BAGGOT’S own website

See ONE CHRISTMAS IN PARIS on Goodreads.com

Buy ONE CHRISTMAS IN PARIS on Amazon.co.uk


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Goodreads Interview with Carrie Fisher (Author of Wishful Drinking)

Hello lovely followers,

I was one of the millions that shed a tear when I found out that Carrie Fisher had died last month. I had watched her as the indomitable Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, followed her on twitter and loved watching her on chat shows and being interviewed – what an amazing woman!

faery-red-lily-bye-for-now1111I thought that I would share with you the interview that I found on Goodreads that they carried out in November 2016. I haven’t read either of her autobiographies or any of her novels but I will be adding The Princess Diarist to my Amazon wish list and having a look at her other books now too.

Enjoy!


Even if Star Wars had never happened, Carrie Fisher‘s life would have been fodder worthy of fiction. She is the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, and her childhood was overshadowed by one of Hollywood’s biggest scandals: Her father left her mother for Elizabeth Taylor.  

During the last 40 years, Fisher has appeared in numerous movies and television shows. She’s also written four best-selling novels and two previous memoirs.   Meryl Streep even portrayed her in the movie adaption of her book Postcards from the Edge.

But, of course, the world will always know her as Princess Leia. Fisher was just 19 when she landed a lead in the small-budget film—a role that would change her life.

Recently, while rummaging through a storage area in her home, Fisher came across the journals she kept while making that movie. The diaries not only captured what would become film history, but also her secret affair with her co-star Harrison Ford, who was married at the time.

Those journal entries, along with Fisher’s witty recounting of the early Star Wars days, make up her new memoir, The Princess Diarist.

When Goodreads talked to Fisher, the news had just broken about her affair with Ford. As the internet reacted, Fisher was sick in bed with bronchitis and watching in horror as the headlines quickly multiplied.

The Harrison Ford Affair

Goodreads: You are the hottest news in entertainment right now, so congrats!

Carrie Fisher: Am I? How do I find that out? Am I trending? No, I Googled myself earlier and I saw a headline that said ‘Carrie Fisher says Harrison Ford was bad in bed.’ That’s what it said. As if I would say that, who does that? Yeah, that was a little shocking though. I didn’t think they’d be able to do that, just write whatever they want. But why wouldn’t I think that?

GR: Why did you decide to both confess to having an affair with actor Harrison Ford and write about it now?

CF: Well, it’s 40 years later so it’s pretty much ancient history. I found the diaries about a year and a half ago and I thought they were really amazing and I’d forgotten I’d written them. I don’t have anything else like that that I’ve written over a finite amount of time and it was really emotional. I wrote it with abandon never thinking it would be published.

There’s a part of me that thinks ‘Why did you do this’? And that would be the part that saw that headline that said ‘Carrie Fisher says Harrison Ford was bad in bed.’ It just turns it tawdry and I probably should have anticipated that. But how do you anticipate that, truly?

GR: If you could give that 19-year-old version of yourself advice about the affair, what would you say?

CF: There’s nothing you can tell yourself. There’s no way I could’ve not done that. It wasn’t a choice I made, it was sort of an indirect choice. And I think it’s funny that it happened. I mean, what would be more awkward than [to] have that happen and then be together for the rest of your life?

GR: It’s a little unclear in the book. The affair lasted during the three months you filmed Star Wars. Did it end before you, Ford, and Mark Hamill went on the press tour to promote the first film?

CF: Essentially. Yeah, if it isn’t correct, I’m not going to correct it. But yes, and when we went on tour it was like we were roommates, the three of us together.

GR: It just seems so cringe-worthy to have this hookup with a costar you would unknowingly be linked to for the next 40 years.

CF: Well, and an awkward hookup is a one-night stand, so this wasn’t really that. And if you do something like that [have an affair], it should be with Harrison. But it was a big learning experience, I guess. Although, I don’t know quite what I learned. Not to have an affair with a married man, though. But I knew that already.

GR: Did you tell Ford that you were going to write about your affair?

CF: I saw him and I said ‘I found my journals from the first movie and I’m probably going to publish them.’ And he said “LAWYER!” Yeah, he was joking. I said, I’ll show [the book] to you and if you don’t like anything I’ll take it out. And I sent it to him and I never heard back. I assume it embarrasses him, anything about him embarrasses him. This is probably an extreme version of that.

GR: Have you seen Ford since writing this book?

CF: No! I just sent it to him fairly recently. And I finished the book fairly recently.

GR: Are you nervous about seeing him now that this book is out?

CF: Yes, but no more than usual. Yes, I’m always nervous to see Harrison. And no, no more than usual.

GR: What’s it like to see people react to this book?

CF: So, I don’t like the thing that said he wasn’t good in bed or whatever. I hate that stuff. I don’t like that I sort of lost control of it. And, you know, of course I did. But I couldn’t have anticipated what that would feel like. I don’t love it, so I’m hiding in my room. But I was sick anyway.

GR: What’s your relationship like with Mark Hamill?

CF: Much easier, like siblings. I think if you pretend something long enough, it comes true. Mark and I were more alike in a sort of ‘people pleasing’ way. Harrison was the grownup and [Mark and I] were both closer in age. But it was new to all of us, so in that sense we were all the same age.

GR: It’s interesting to read that your romance was happening with Ford at the same time sparks were flying on screen between Princess Leia and Han Solo.

CF: The way Leia behaved with Harrison is not dissimilar from the way I did. A little bit shy and combative. I don’t know what I think. I don’t know if art imitated life, or if life imitated art, or if it’s art at all. But it’s not dissimilar in a few ways.

On a Lifetime of Being Leia

GR: In the book, you talk about a lifetime of being Princess Leia. How do you think of Leia?

CF: What would Leia do? Leia usually does the right thing. She would kill Jabba. You know, she gets in the way of the bad guy and she wears a mean bikini. No, but I think of doing the right thing and being trustworthy and telling the truth and trying not to hurt anyone.

GR: Has being Leia informed who you are today?

CF: Oh, definitely. It’s informed my entire life. I’ve been Princess Leia all these years, not just when they remade the movie. You know, there’s no getting away from it, so you’d better make peace with it. And I was never at war with it. I choose to see it as a positive and I do see it as a positive now. But I was never going to have a problem with it, because that would be a really bad way to live your life.

People get me and Leia confused. It’s difficult to separate it out. They think of my trials with being bipolar like Leia’s trials with Jabba the Hut and being a strong woman. We’ve sort of become each other, Leia and I. But, her being strong, and Leia doing whatever she wants to do or thinks she needs to do…We’re alike that way.

GR: A whole section of the book is excerpts from the old journals. What was it like to revisit your 19-year-old self like that?

CF: I feel bad for me that age. I do. I’m just so insecure and riddled with self-doubt. And that’s too bad. And I’ve chosen the wrong profession if I have those kinds of intense feelings in that direction.

GR: There is no fan quite like the Star Wars fan. What is your take on the rabid fan base?

CF: I love the fans, with the exception of, like, five of them that are really insane. They love the movie, it brings them joy, and it provides them with more than movies usually provide them with. Families do things around it and that’s what I’ve watched over the years. So I have an appreciation of Star Wars that goes beyond it being a film.

I don’t quite fully understand it. I mean, it has a religious tone to it. I don’t know though, the way that it’s gone on like this—and increased over time really—is extraordinary.

Returning to Star Wars

GR: What’s it like being back in Leia’s shoes for the new Star Wars movies?

CF: Well, it just makes it OK. I mean, I felt like I was in more Star Wars films before I was in more Star Wars films. So, it just kept it going in a way I felt it was already going.

GR: Can you tell us anything about the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII, hitting theaters in 2017?

CF: Well, I’m not supposed to. They wouldn’t let my dog on the set as a result he’s very neurotic about film sets now. And I don’t like my film hair in any of the movies.

GR: What was it like for you when Episode VII came out in 2015?

CF: It was intense. It was weird for me. I never liked looking at myself, so I don’t like looking at myself in these films. Then comes the thing of “did I age well?” And I involve myself in that dialogue. So, you know, all this stuff comes with it. That’s what you get to do. It’s good baggage and bad baggage. But I’m up for the dialogue. And I don’t think many people would be.

On Being a Writer

GR: Obviously you kept a journal while shooting Star Wars and you’ve written six previous books. Tell us about your writing.

CF: Well, it was always very therapeutic for me and you can see now that that’s what it shows in those journals. That’s who I talked to. That’s where I could go. It got it out of my head and onto the page. So, that’s where I wanted it be. In my head was very crowded and not very friendly then. So it’s not the same now, it doesn’t serve the same purpose, but that was its roots.

And I still handwrite. I think there’s something very calming in that. When you’re putting something in words, you’re getting it out of feeling. And I obviously have an intense emotional world I want out of.

GR: In the book, you say you were conflicted about becoming an actor. How do you explain that to yourself?

CF: I mean, the second movie I did was Star Wars, so it was just assumed that I wanted to be an actor. I went along with the assumption. But I really did want to be a writer. I never went into show business. It would have taken more of an effort to get out of show business. And I never made that effort.

GR: Obviously you are a writer. But when you were thinking of becoming a professional writer instead of going to show business, what did you want that to look like?

CF: I wanted to be Dorothy Parker! Well, I am Dorothy Parker now. I’m half Jewish, I have brown eyes, brown hair and we both married gay men. Well, not married, but, whatever, she married him.

GR: How do you feel about Dorothy Parker now? Is she still an idol of yours?

CF:I haven’t read her in a while but I think she probably would be because she was such a big thing for me when I was a teenager.

 

 

 

Source: Goodreads | Interview with Carrie Fisher (Author of Wishful Drinking) November, 2016


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Spending my gift vouchers

Hello lovely followers,

Last month I was lucky enough to get Amazon vouchers, not only for Christmas but for my birthday too. My family and friends know me so well! 🙂

As you can see from my “So, What’s on my Kindle” page , I have read and absolutely loved standalone stories as well as book series from a number of different authors. Both Amazon and Goodreads e-mail me when authors that I’ve read before release new titles (very kind of them) so I know that a couple of my authors released books in December and so guess what I spent some of my vouchers on… lol!

a-stone-kissed-sea-by-elizabeth-hunterA Stone-Kissed Sea (Elemental World #4)

by Elizabeth Hunter (Goodreads Author)
Released 6th December 2016

An immortal wanderer. A brilliant scientist. A centuries-old menace written in blood.

Lucien Thrax, son of the earth and child of the ancients, is a healer of immense power. But years of work on a deadly vampire virus have not led to a cure, nor have they softened the wall he built around his heart. When he’s forced to work with Doctor Makeda Abel, Lucien is convinced he’s reached his limit of patience with humanity.

Makeda Abel may be human, but she’s far from impressed with the brooding vampire healer, even if his mind draws her reluctant admiration. She’s learned how to survive in the immortal world, and it’s not by being afraid. Working together may lead them to answers, but it also pushes Lucien and Makeda’s attraction to the boiling point.

When nightmares become reality, Makeda will have to trust Lucien with her life. Finding answers has never been more vital. Finding love has never been more deadly. To heal the Elemental World, Lucien and Makeda must follow ancient paths and ask for help from the most inhuman of immortals. Because even with a cure in hand, the battle has only begun.

one-fell-sweep-by-ilona-andrewsOne Fell Sweep

(Innkeeper Chronicles #3)

by Ilona Andrews (Goodreads Author)
Released on 20th December 2016

Gertrude Hunt, the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, is glad to have you. We cater to particular kind of guests, the ones most people don’t know about. The older lady sipping her Mello Yello is called Caldenia, although she prefers Your Grace. She has a sizable bounty on her head, so if you hear kinetic or laser fire, try not to stand close to the target. Our chef is a Quillonian. The claws are a little unsettling, but he is a consummate professional and truly is the best chef in the Galaxy. If you see a dark shadow in the orchard late at night, don’t worry. Someone is patrolling the grounds. Do beware of our dog.

Your safety and comfort is our first priority. The inn and your host, Dina Demille, will defend you at all costs. We ask only that you mind other guests and conduct yourself in a polite manner.

Source: Goodreads | New Releases for *Tabytha* December 2016 (my authors)

faery-red-lily-bye-for-now1111Both of these books continue series and it was quite a while ago that I read the previous book,s so I think I will have a bit of skim reading to do so that I can refresh my memory with the various characters/plot etc.

We live in an interact world, so you can check out my progress on by clicking on my profile at Goodreads.


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Goodreads Reading Challenge

Hello my lovely followers,

If you’ve meandered around Tabytha’s Universe, you will know that I like to read; that’s what this post is all about – what I’ve read this year. 😉

As some of you may also already know, I’ve been busy working through a professional qualification this year (as I type this, I’ve got my fingers crossed hoping that I have passed my final assessment and thus am a qualified level 3 teaching assistant – I won’t find out until mid-January) so I’ve haven’t had my nose stuck in my Kindle as much as usual this year, although I have read many teaching related articles and books, however, my point is, I signed up to the 2016 Reading Challenge on Goodreads back at the beginning of the year and set my reading goal to a paltry one book a month. Easy, I thought, I can read 12 books with my eyes shut (I think there’s a joke in there about audio books) but as it turned out my research and assignments keep me busier that I had expected!

faery-red-lily-bye-for-now1111Having said that, I feel that Fate has been on my side! I have been very lucky as my friend, and amazing romance author, Mandy Baggot has released two books this year – thank you Mandy for helping with my reading goal. Lol!

So, finally with just a couple of weeks to spare, I managed to complete the Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge and have read 12 books this year. I thought you might like to see which ones they were…

A note on the Goodread’s Star Rating system:

1star = I did not like it

2star = It was OK

3star = I liked it

4star = I really liked it

5star = I loved it!



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Goodreads | Elizabeth Hunter answers your questions — Ask the Author

Hello Lovely Followers,

As you may know, I’ve recently joined the online reading/book website Goodreads.com and I love the idea that we the readers get the chance to ask our favourite authors those burning questions…


Elizabeth Hunter Hey Esther! Thanks for asking such a cool question!

I knew fairly early in the Elemental Mysteries series that I wanted to write SOMETHING about Carwyn, but I wasn’t sure if it would be a full novel or a novella or what have you. But I knew he had stuff going on and a story to tell. I keep a LOT of notes and timelines for all my characters, so when I went back to weave his story into the existing series, I just had to refer to my notes from the series when I was building his story. (which, yes, did get complicated at times)

It was a very similar approach to how I wrote Damien and Sari’s story, though that one took a lot more work and world-building because it went back in Irin history.

Elizabeth Hunter I do not have a date yet, because I have not received an offer for The Staff and the Blade from my usual audio producer. HOWEVER, it one does not come, I will produce it myself. But because of that, I don’t have a date available to give you. I wish I did!

Please consider signing up for my mailing list (link on my website) if you want to be kept up to date. I usually send that kind of release info out to subscribers first.

Elizabeth Hunter What a great question! Thanks for asking it. I’m so glad you liked The Staff and the Blade, and I’m especially glad you enjoyed Sari.

I think the key to writing well-developed characters is spending mental time with them. Before I start writing anything down–even notes or outlines– I ask questions about them that really make me question their character.

What is the thing they love most? What do they hate? What makes them proud? What is the worst thing they have done? What is the best? What are they most afraid of? And on and on from there.

When I’ve spent time with those questions in my mind, I can start to know what that character would do during a situation or how they would solve a problem. A lot of that ruminating might have nothing to do with what actually goes into the final book, but it will helps me know my characters and make them real.


Elizabeth Hunter I do! The next book in the Irin series will be Leo and Kyra’s book. I don’t have a title or date yet because I’m working on the next Elemental World book, A Stone-Kissed Sea.

Elizabeth Hunter Definitely not the last one! I don’t have a release date for the next book in the series, but there will definitely be more. Thanks for asking, Ela!

Source: Goodreads | Elizabeth Hunter answers your questions — Ask the Author


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Book Review “Those Summer Nights” by Mandy Baggot

Tabytha Reviews…

Those Summer Nights by Mandy BaggotThose Summer Nights

by Mandy Baggot

 

I Read it: 4th – 7th August 2016

In This Format: Kindle

Approx Length: 375 Pages

I Gave It a Goodreads Rating of: 5 Stars

 

…So what’s this book about?

So, “Those Summer Nights” is a stand-alone, contemporary romance book; a real happily ever after chick-lit summer read.  The blurb says:

“Sunshine, soft white sand and a sizzling hot millionaire – you don’t get trouble in paradise, right?

Imogen Charlton is sorted. Dead-beat husband? History. Dream job? Application sent. But then her impulsive brother, Harry, spends every last penny on a Greek restaurant in Corfu, and is determined to run it himself. It’s up to Imogen to bring him to his senses.

When sexy millionaire Panos Dimitriou offers to buy back his family taverna, Imogen wonders if all her prayers have been answered (and all her fantasies about to come true). But Harry won’t budge, and his enthusiasm is infectious.

Bright pink bougainvillea tumbling over whitewashed walls, endless blue skies, the sparkling Mediterranean; it’s hard not to fall for Corfu. And that’s not all Imogen is falling for…

As the sparks of passion fly between Imogen and Panos, is Imogen having second thoughts on selling the restaurant? And will she have to choose between love and a new dream?

This summer, spend long sunny days on the beach, and balmy nights in Greek tavernas on the gorgeous island of Corfu. Perfect for fans of Lucy Diamond, Miranda Dickinson and Lindsey Kelk.”

…So, what did I like about it?

As my existing followers will already know, I am a fan of Mandy Baggot’s writing style; I find her books well written, easy to read with an engaging plot and always give me that warm happily ever after feeling. This latest novel was no exception.

Although this story’s timeline is a little over a week, the progression never felt rushed, with various story aspects and character “secrets/history” being revealed over time. I knew that the story would end happily (it’s a Mandy Baggot trademark!) but it did keep me guessing as to how it was going to get there.

This romantic tale did make me laugh, I chuckled out loud quite a bit, it also made me cry and the sexual anticipation between our main characters, Imogen and Panos certainly got me hot under the collar more times than I care to share with you here. 😉  I loved Panos’ mother, Elpida Dimitriou, what an amazing, formidable but completely lovable woman! In fact, all of the characters felt real to me. I loved the cameo link to Ms Baggot’s previous romance “Truly, Madly, Greekly” and although I’ve still never been to Corfu, Ms Baggot’s wonderful descriptive talents once again, transported me there with ease!

 

…So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?

No. Not a thing!

 

…So, basically what I’m saying is…

I loved this well written story and in short there wasn’t any part of this contemporary romance tale that I didn’t enjoy. It made me chuckle out loud and shed quite a few tears. Oh, and the addition of those Greek recipes at the back – what a stroke of genius! Now we can all have a bit of Corfu in our homes. 😉

Faery Red LilyIf you’re a fan of summer romance stories then I think you should buy this one; it’s a perfect read for those lazy days sat on a beach or by the pool while on holiday, although, I’m sure it could turn a drab, grey day into a little ray of sunshine too.

 

As I live in England, here’s a link to buy this book from Amazon UK 

If you are interested in other books by this author, you can check out Mandy Baggot’s Website

Or, if you’re interested, you can see what else I have been reading on My Goodreads Profile


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Book Review – One Wish In Manhattan by Mandy Baggot

One Wish In Manhattan - Mandy BaggotOne Wish In Manhattan
So, here’s the official blurb;
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… to fall in love.
The temperature is dropping, snow is on its way and Hayley Walker is heading for New York with one wish on her mind…to start over.With her nine year-old daughter Angel, Hayley is ready for an adventure. From hot chocolates and horse-drawn carriage rides in Central Park, to ice-skating at the Rockefeller Centre, and Christmas shopping on 5th Avenue – they soon fall in love with the city that never sleeps.

But there’s more to New York than the bright twinkly lights and breathtaking skyscrapers. Angel has a Christmas wish of her own – to find her real dad.

While Hayley tries to fulfil her daughter’s wish, she crosses paths with Billionaire Oliver Drummond. Restless and bored with fast living, there’s something intriguing about him that has Hayley hooked.

Determined to make her daughter’s dream come true, can Hayley dare to think her own dreams might turn into reality – could A New York Christmas turn into a New York Forever?

Travel to the Big Apple this Christmas and join Hayley and Oliver as they both realise that life isn’t just about filling the minutes…it’s about making every moment count.

I Read It: 6th – 8th December 2015
In Which Format: Kindle
Approx Length: 358 pages
My Goodreads Rating:  5 Stars

This is in the contemporary romance genre – affectionately known “chick lit”. It’s a standalone story with Ms Baggot’s trademark HEA (Happily Ever After) ending.
 
So, what kept me reading?

 

I’m already a fan of Ms Baggot’s writing style; I find it very easy to read her stories.

 

I loved the depth with which Ms Baggot wrote our two main characters; their quirks, fears and hopes made them both feel very real to life. But this story isn’t just about Hayley and Oliver and their romance, we’re also blessed with background story arcs and a cast of supporting characters that adds a further splash of realism to this tale’s world.  

 

So did the story keep me guessing? The journey had twists and emotional turns a plenty due to the different stories running alongside our main romantic one (e.g. Hayley’s secret search for Angel’s father, Oliver’s business projects and practices, Hayley’s relationship with her family, Oliver’s relationship with his family, etc). Plus the fact that this story is set around Christmas time means that we (the reader) are already in the literary mood to want and easily accept that miracles do happen.

So, were there any downsides?

 

Nope.

 

In a nutshell…

 

This is a wonderful, feel good contemporary romance novel – perfect reading for this time of year!  I was completely engaged with this book, it’s a real page turner, and yes, I did laugh out loud at some of Hayley’s and Angel’s comments but if you’re anything like me you’ll shed a few tears along the way too.

 

Oliver’s one sexy billionaire and there’s loads of sexual tension but although there’s some smexy scenes and banter in this book, this is more of a PG than an 18+ story. 😉 So I think it fans of romance (with a capital R) and relationship stories of all ages would enjoy this book.

 

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