Tuesday, July 25, 2017

TLC Book Tours Book Review: The Cafe by the Sea

About The Café by the Sea

• Paperback: 416 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 27, 2017)

The beloved author of The Bookshop on the Corner returns with a sparkling, sunny, soulful new novel perfect for fans of Elin Hilderbrand.

Years ago, Flora fled the quiet Scottish island where she grew up -- and she hasn't looked back. What would she have done on Mure? It's a place where everyone has known her all her life, where no one will let her forget the past. In bright, bustling London, she can be anonymous, ambitious... and hopelessly in love with her boss.

But when fate brings Flora back to the island, she's suddenly swept once more into life with her brothers -- all strapping, loud, and seemingly incapable of basic housework -- and her father. Yet even amid the chaos of their reunion, Flora discovers a passion for cooking -- and find herself restoring dusty little pink-fronted shop on the harbour: a café by the sea.

But with the seasons changing, Flora must come to terms with past mistakes -- and work out exactly where her future lies...

Funny and heartfelt, The Café by the Sea is a delightful summertime novel that puts a modern twist on the classic Seven Brides for Seven Brothers story.

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Review:  Jenny Colgan is one of my favorite authors from the UK.  A few years back she wrote a Doctor Who novel, and well she won my heart then.

I adore the Little Beach Street Bakery series too, perhaps a little more than this book.

This book, like her others falls into the chicklit category, but the characters feel real. You like them and you can relate to them. Flora feels like she could be your bff, the kind of bff that you occasionally want to smack for the way she thinks, but still she could be your bff.

You always get quirky characters and some family drama. Heck it's Flora's family that really brings this story to life.

Its a light read, but I wouldn't go as far as saying it is fluff.  I truly enjoyed this book

Rating: 4 flowers

About Jenny Colgan

Jenny Colgan is the New York Times-bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Bookshop on the Corner, Little Beach Street Bakery, and Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery, all international bestsellers. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and Scotland.

Find out more about Jenny at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Tasty Book Tours Release Blast: Can't Stop Lovin' You

Brawley must find a way to convince Maggie 
that their one true home is with each other.

Maverick Junction #3
Lynnette Austin


Maggie Sullivan can't wait to get out of Texas. Luckily, she just got the break she needed to make her big-city dreams a reality. But then Brawley Odell swaggers back into Maverick Junction, looking hotter than ever in his dusty cowboy boots and well-worn jeans. He's the guy she still dreams of at night. The guy who broke her heart when he left her behind.

Fed up with city life, Brawley jumps at the chance to return home and take over the local vet's practice—and get back to the smart, sassy woman he's never been able forget. He couldn't be prouder of Maggie's new wedding-dress business . . . until he realizes it may mean losing her all over again. Determined to win her back, Brawley must find a way to convince Maggie that their one true home is with each other.


Lynnette Austin, a recovering middle school teacher, loves long rides with the top down and the music cranked up, the Gulf of Mexico when a storm is brewing, chocolate frozen custard, anything by Blake Shelton, Chris Young, and Thomas Rhett, and sitting in her local coffee shop reading and enjoying an iced coffee. She and her husband divide their time between Southwest Florida's beaches and Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Having grown up in a small town, that's where her heart takes her—to those quirky small towns where everybody knows everybody...and all their business, for better or worse. Writing for Grand Central and Sourcebooks, she’s published twelve novels and is at work on a new series.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Tasty Book Tours Release Blast: Monster Among The Roses

Will you dare to gaze upon the monster among the roses?

Fairy Tale Quartet #1
Linda Kage
Releasing July 24, 2017

“Do you know how to get to the rose garden?”
“No, you can’t go there. A monster lives there.”

Shaw Hollander is desperate.

Broke, unemployed, and determined to help his ailing mother, he falls on the good graces of a wealthy benefactor who is willing to give Shaw a job at his mansion in order to pay off his mother’s debts. Suddenly finding himself surrounded by lavish riches, he has no idea what his duties truly entail until he’s sent to the rose garden and meets the tragically mutilated Isobel.

This Beauty and the Beast story holds true to the core of the fable while shaking off the element of fantasy and dragging it into present day reality. Shaw and Isobel are ready to let you climb into their four-wheel-drive pickup and take a ride with them into their version of happily ever after, but only if you first dare to gaze upon the monster among the roses.

I grew up on a dairy farm in the Midwest as the youngest of eight children. Now I live in Kansas with my husband, two daughters, nine cuckoo clocks, and a cat named Holly. My life's been blessed with lots of people to learn from and love. Writing's always been a major part my world, and I'm so happy to finally share some of my stories with other romance lovers.

I'm a member of Romance Writers of America, and I've been through a writing correspondence class in children's literature from The Institute of Children's Literarture, and then I continued my writing lessons by majoring in English with an emphasis in creative fiction writing from Pittsburg State University. 

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Book Review: Weekend In Paris

Author: Robyn Sisman
Title: Weekend In Paris
Publisher: Plume
Publish Date: Feb 24, 2004
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: Molly Clearwater had always wanted to escape the confines of her small-town upbringing to make a splash as a career woman in London. But somehow, working as a low-level assistant for the boorish Malcolm Figg wasn't nearly as fulfilling as she had hoped-until Malcolm offered her a "perk"-a free weekend business trip to Paris. She's ecstatic until she discovers that Malcolm's idea of "business" isn't exactly the same as hers. Horrified, Molly storms out of the office. With nothing else to lose, she impulsively boards a train to Paris, intent on treating herself to a long weekend in the City of Light.

Within moments of stepping onto the cobblestoned streets of Paris, Molly is swept up in an adventure that defies her imagination. From infiltrating a conference in a Cleopatra wig to sharing her deepest secret with a complete stranger, Molly's weekend away from her troubles turns into a dizzying voyage of passion and self-discovery, transforming her absolutely...

Review:  This book should have been made into a movie, for oh so many reasons. It was ridiculous and yet so fun to read. I think that's why it would have made a great chick flick, except that they would have to change things to completely make it a rom com, because this is a British chicklit and things don't always equal girl meets boy and ends up happily ever after with boy.

After a day from hell, Molly runs off to Paris for a weekend. She was supposed to be there on a business trip, but her boss is truly a butthead.

When she gets to Paris she really lets loose and does things she normally wouldn't do and in turn meets a handsome French artist,who is everything she wants in a man.

There's so much fun as Molly lets go of her uptight self for awhile. She wears clothes she wouldn't normally wear and does an awful lot of things she wouldn't normally do. She seems like she's turning into a new Molly, but when Fabrice does something that she doesn't agree with, it was nice to see her go back to her slightly goody goody self.

I wasn't keen on Fabrice. From the start he felt too good to be true. I guess I have a stereotype of guys that are too good-looking being jerks. Not that he's 100% a jerk, but he has a lot of growing up to do.

The last part of the book was such a whirlwind that I often got confused with what was going on. It felt like the author was trying to toss as many life changing events into one weekend as she possibly could no matter how impossible it could be. (Again this is why this book would make a great chick flick)

Some of these events stem from Molly being a child of a single mom, who won't reveal who her father was, no matter how many times she asked. It has always been "Molly and Mum/Mum and Molly." So mom has never really kept a guy around either.

So there are a lot of silly and insane things happening..but what bogs the story down is the small part of the story that is told from Malcolm's point of view. (He's part of the story, but not and it hardly seemed necessary and then he just disappears)

But Molly...oh Molly...I liked her and I wanted to shake her so much. She is the queen of bad choices, and maybe just maybe in some ways I saw a little bit of myself in her. (A good reason not to like her to be sure) She was a character that was simply "too" too smart, too good, too foolish. I mean she felt she was in love with Fabrice after only knowing him for a day.

There was one character I did like and that was Fabrice's father, who is played out to be a not so nice guy by his son, but you soon see that that description is wrong. There were times when I wished he'd hook up with Molly, but a plot twist prevented that.

I can't say enough how much action happened in the last part of the story and a lot of it isn't satisfying. So while I enjoyed this book, it didn't wow me. It was a fluffy read and a book that I'm glad I found at the library, because otherwise I would be lamenting the money I spent on it.

Rating: 3 flowers

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

TLC Book Tours Book Review: Secrets Of The Tulip Sisters

About Secrets of the Tulip Sisters: A Captivating Story about Sisters, Secrets, and Second Chances

Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: HQN Books (July 11, 2017)
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Daughters of the Bride comes the charming tale about the problem with secrets, the power of love and the unbreakable bond between sisters 
Kelly Murphy’s life as a tulip farmer is pretty routine—up at dawn, off to work, lather, rinse, repeat. But everything changes one sun-washed summer with two dramatic homecomings: Griffith Burnett—Tulpen Crossing’s prodigal son, who’s set his sights on Kelly—and Olivia, her beautiful, wayward and, as far as Kelly is concerned, unwelcome sister. Tempted by Griffith, annoyed by Olivia, Kelly is overwhelmed by the secrets that were so easy to keep when she was alone.
But Olivia’s return isn’t as triumphant as she pretends. Her job has no future, and ever since her dad sent her away from the bad boy she loved, she has felt cut off from her past. She’s determined to reclaim her man and her place in the family…whether her sister likes it or not. For ten years, she and Kelly have been strangers. Olivia will get by without her approval now.
While Kelly and Olivia butt heads, their secrets tumble out in a big hot mess, revealing some truths that will change everything they thought they knew. Can they forgive each other—and themselves—and redefine what it means to be sisters?
Told with Mallery’s trademark heart and humor, the Tulip Sisters are in for the most colorful summer of their lives…
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Review: Susan Mallery delivers a wonderful story with Secrets of the Tulip Sisters. First I have to say, I've been having trouble with all books that have even a touch of romance in them lately.  Thankfully Susan Mallery, mixes family dynamics with romance in a way that makes reading comfortable.

Its the story of sisters, separated by a divorce. To say that Kelly and Olivia aren't on the best of terms would be an understatement. Let's just say this family is kinda dysfunctional to say the least.

There are a lot of family secrets going on here. (I love that)

The characters are all interesting and you'll really enjoy getting to know them. This is what Mallery's writing is all about, after all.

I kept thinking that this book would make a good one off movie on the Hallmark Channel.

Rating: 4 flowers

About Susan Mallery

Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of books about the relationships that define women’s lives—romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humor, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, Susan’s books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list, thanks to her ever growing legions of fans.
Critics, too, have heaped praise on “the new queen of romantic fiction.” (Walmart) Booklist says, “Romance novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor, and superb storytelling,” and RT Book Reviews puts her “in a class by herself!”
Although Susan majored in Accounting, she never worked as an accountant because she was published straight out of college with two books the same month, January of 1992. Sixteen prolific years and seventy-four books later, she hit the New York Times bestsellers list for the first time with Accidentally Yours in 2008. She made many appearances in the Top 10 before (finally) hitting #1 in 2015 with Thrill Me, the twentieth book in her most popular series, the Fool’s Gold romances, and the fourth of five books released that year.
Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a tattletale toy poodle. Her heart for animals has led Susan to become an active supporter of the Seattle Humane Society. Animals play a big role in her books, as well, as she believes they’re an integral component to a happy life.

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Tasty Book Tours Release Blast: Adjunct Lovers

A brew that brings two lovers full circle.

A Brewing Passion Novella
Liz Crowe
Releasing July 18, 2017
Totally Bound

When Ross and Elisa open their new business in Detroit, they believe they’ve embarked on a dream life, complete with their beloved, precocious daughter. But owning and running a restaurant is not for the faint of heart, and Elle quickly becomes laser-focused and obsessed, while Ross spends his days consulting, or concocting new beers on his pilot system—and wondering why she won’t agree to set a date for their wedding. When their restaurant—named “Komfort” for its focus on the comfort foods of various cultures—is featured on a nationally televised tour of hot new eateries, its popularity shoots into the stratosphere, and Elle’s stress level reaches a breaking point.

Faced with a mutual inability to communicate beyond their robust sex life, Ross issues an ill-considered ultimatum: the restaurant or him. Stunned when she refuses to consider such a ridiculous demand, he’s forced to come to terms with his own selfish tendencies. Hoping to repair the damage he’s done, he concocts a new beer inspired by her, using a recipe for a classic German-style Kölch. He crafts the final product using a special ingredient designed to catch Elle’s attention. It does. But not necessarily the way he’d planned.

“Adjunct Lovers” fills in the story begun in LIGHTSTRUCK, and provides a closer look at Ross’s and Elle’s complex personalities as they make their sexy way toward happily ever after—with the help of a very special brew.

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Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.

Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction subgenre, “Romance: Worth the Risk,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”).

With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.

Don’t ever ask her for anything “like a Budweiser” or risk bodily injury.

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