#BlogTour: The Little Wedding Island by Jaimie Admans @be_the_spark @HQDigitalUK @NeverlandBT #Review #Giveaway

Welcome to day one of The Little Wedding Island blog tour from Neverland Blog Tours. Today I have a review for you which I hope you will enjoy! This is a wonderful book so I encourage you to dig in and enjoy everything which is going to be served up. The tour schedule is further down the post so you know where to head during the tour. 😉

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‘Will you… pretend to marry me?’

Bonnie Haskett loves everything about weddings. She loves her job at a national bridal magazine and even has a deposit down on her dream dress. The only problem? She doesn’t have a fiancé!

So when Bonnie is sent to Edelweiss Island, known as ‘The Little Wedding Island’, it’s a dream come true. She’s heard the rumours, every wedding that takes place in the tiny chapel ends in a happy-ever-after.

But there’s a catch! Investigating the story, Bonnie needs to pose as a blushing bride – and the only man up for posing as her groom is her arch rival (and far too handsome for his own good) journalist Rohan Carter…

A gorgeously uplifting summer romance. Perfect for fans of Holly Martin and Caroline Roberts.

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Review

I absolutely adored Jaimie Admans previous release The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, it ticked all my chick-lit boxes so the opportunity to read this release was not one I was likely to turn down.

Once again we were served up an almost magical situation with characters who had good reason to dislike each other but the pull they have towards each other may prove more electric than the fireworks of their animosity.

Bonnie is the last of the true romantics, a journalist for a wedding magazine she feels as though she is a crusader for true love. Her only problem she’s in her mid-thirties and has never actually been in love. But she doesn’t let that stop her, she ploughs on flying the banner for love and defending those who she thinks can’t defend themselves. Which after a big Twitter spat gets her sent to an island with some pretty big claims about their success record for weddings.

While there she meets man mag writer Rohan Carter, also passionate about his stance on weddings, he hates them, everything they stand for and he doesn’t believe in love either. These two couldn’t be more different but they are drawn together like moths to a flame and the flame is the wedding chapel.

Jaimie Admans is a creative writer, her books are funny, and heartwarming and The Little Wedding Island is no exception. These are characters I couldn’t help but to be swept away with and to want to spend time with. They made me laugh and cry and they made me want a happy ending for them desperately.

I highly recommend this is added to your spring reading piles with haste!

Sending a huge thanks to Jaimie Admans, HQ Digital and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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About Jaimie Admans

Jaimie Admans - Author ImageJaimie is a 32-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots.

She will never have time to read all the books she wants to read.

She is the author of chick-lit romantic comedies The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, The Little Wedding Island, and Kismetology, and she has also written young-adult romantic comedies Afterlife Academy, Not Pretty Enough, and North Pole Reform School.

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The Little Wedding Island themed goodie bag:

  • The Little Wedding Island notebook
  • The Little Wedding Island fridge magnet
  • A signed postcard
  • In honour of Puffin the dog, a pug fountain pen
  • In honour of Edelweiss Island, a copy of The Sound of Music on DVD
  • A ‘grow your own’ Edelweiss flower kit in a tin

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TitleThe Little Wedding Island
Series: N/A
Author: Jaimie Admans
Genre: Chick Lit | Women’s Fiction | Romance
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 2 March 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 384
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#BlogTour: Spring at Lavender Bay by Sarah Bennett @Sarahlou_writes @HQDigitalUK @NeverlandBT #Review #Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Spring at Lavender Bay blog tour, I love Sarah Bennett’s books and it was a pleasure to get my teeth into a new series from her. Check out my review below and the giveaway which you don’t want to miss. Huge thanks to Sarah and Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours for having me.

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A season for change…?

Beth Reynolds loved growing up close to Eleanor’s Emporium – a bric-a-brac shop full of wonders on Lavender Bay. Devastated to learn that Eleanor has died, she returns home from London immediately and is shocked to discover that the elderly lady has left the shop to her!

Vowing to restore it to its former glory, she only intends to stay until the end of the season. Although the longer she spends in the colourful seaside town, the more she falls back in love with everything she left behind…and quite possibly, with her best friend Eliza’s older brother, local chef Sam Barnes!

Why didn’t she notice he was quite this gorgeous before? And will their spring fling be enough to convince her to stay?

Don’t miss Spring at Lavender Bay, the first book in the enchanting Lavender Bay trilogy! Perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Rachael Lucas and Hilary Boyd.

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Review

Beth is stuck in a miserable job where she is underappreciated and overworked, her boyfriend just upped and left her high and dry, life in London s lonely and not at all what she had hoped for. Then she gets the devastating news that Eleanor the woman who practically brought her up in the small seaside town of Lavender Bay has died, breaking her heart.

Returning to Lavender Bay for the funeral she learns that Eleanor has left her everything, her business, her home, her money. It’s time for Beth to make decisions about her future and with the boy next door, her best friend’s brother Sam making it clear he has more than a passing interest in her it starts to look like there could be more to stay in Lavender Bay for than she thought.

I really liked Beth she is clever and tenacious yet she is vulnerable and needs help and guidance to get where she needs to go in life. Her relationship with Sam is sweet and slow, but still sparks and sizzles leaving you wanting more as a reader.

I loved Sam, he was quite a similar character Beth, with a similar set of dreams and ideals. On paper, they were such a good match and the fact the chemistry between them was so perfect just made it all the better.

I loved this book, the conflicts, the laughter, the sadness, and the joy. They all came together to create a fabulous book full of the wonders of Spring and a love story to refresh your heartstrings.

Sending a huge thanks to Sarah Bennett and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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About Sarah Bennett

Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.

Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.

When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.

Sarah is the author of the Butterfly Cove trilogy, published by HQ Digital UK.

Her new series is set in the beautiful seaside town of Lavender Bay, and will follow the lives of three best friends – Beth, Eliza and Libby.

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TitleSpring at Lavender Bay
SeriesLavender Bay #1
Author: Sarah Bennett
Genre: Chick Lit | Women’s Fiction | Romance | Contemporary Romance
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 22 February 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Audio
Pages: TBA
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#BlogTour: A Winter’s Wish Come True by Lynsey James @Lynsey1991 @HQDigitalUK @NeverlandBT #Review #Giveaway

I’m so excited to be part of this blog tour for A WInter’s Wish Come True. Lynsey James is a wonderful author and her books always leave me with a happy knot in my stomach. I loved the first part in this series A Season of Hopes and Dreams and you can check out my review again for that here. Huge thanks to Lynsey James and Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours for having me on the tour.

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Being pregnant with her ex-boyfriend’s baby is the last thing on Cleo Jones’s Christmas wish list. Scott might have been the man of her dreams once upon a time, but things change and now Cleo faces a future as a single mum… Or does she?

Scott won’t let Cleo go through this alone; whatever their differences he’s vowed to be there, from antenatal classes to night feeds and nappy changing. The two agree to bring up their baby as friends – but as Cleo’s bump grows, so do their feelings for each other.

Cleo can’t be sure if it’s her heart of her hormones urging her to give Scott a second chance – but getting back together could be the best Christmas present of all!

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Review

I well and truly fell in love with Cleo and Scott in A Season of Hopes and Dreams, imagine my distraught cries when I started A Winter’s Wish come True only to find out they had split up. Lynsey James, you broke my heart girl! This is it, that book AFTER the Happily Ever After, except it’s not too happy!

That is until Scott slinks back into town, tail between his legs and rekindles those flames leaving poor old Cleo with a little more than she bargained for. Single, pregnant and hoping beyond hope for a real happy ending Cleo is now facing the harsh realities of her life.

Sooooo, I will admit to finding Cleo just a little irritating early in this book. If she’d just reeled in her attitude and listened to Scott she would have saved herself a lot of trouble. BUT, that wouldn’t have exactly made for a very good book, so I get it, I really do. I just think she could have been a bit nicer.

Scott is kind of a perfect guy, he just does and says the right things every time, even when it’s taken the wrong way (almost every time) and he just keeps on bouncing back for more. That man loves his woman ladies. Sure, he’s screwed up in the past, but who hasn’t? He is definitely one of those guys that give you the warm and fuzzies.

This is going to be a book that warms everyone up from the inside out and brings happy festive smiles to all your faces.

Sending huge thanks to Lynsey James, HQ Digital and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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About Lynsey James

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Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name ever since. She’s an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she’s sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!)

A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn’t a “good option” and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left my job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She haven’t looked back since.

When Lynsey’s not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she’s daydreaming about the day Dylan O’Brien FINALLY realises they’re meant to be together. It’ll happen one day…

 

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TitleA Winter’s Wish Come True
Series: N/A
Author: Lynsey James
Genre: Romance | Chick Lit | Mental Health | Christmas
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 22 November 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 254
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#BlogTour: The Lido Girls by Allie Burns @Allie_Burns1 @HQDigitalUK @NeverlandBT #Review #Giveaway

I’m so pleased to be kicking off The Lido Girls blog tour today with a review. There is also a fab giveaway at the end of the post that you absolutely don’t want to miss. Huge thanks to Allie Burns and Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours for having me.

Description

Escape to the inter-war years in this emotional story where opportunity can be found at the pool-side in your local lido… Perfect for fans of Pam Evans and Gill Paul

Change is in the air…

London, 1930s:

Natalie Flacker is tempted by the glamour of the new keep fit movement, but when she is dismissed from her prestigious job in PE she loses the life she so carefully built. Echoes of the war’s destruction still reverberate through her life, and now she is homeless, jobless and without prospects.

But connections made on a summer holiday, with her best friend Delphi, create opportunities. When Natalie is offered a summer job at a lido at the seaside, she jumps at the chance. But is she up to the challenge of taking on a group of unfit women in need of her help?

Set against the backdrop of the beginnings of the pioneering keep fit movement; this is a feel-good reminder of just what’s possible when you find the courage to follow your heart.

Spend a very British summer with The Lido Girls!

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Review

Natalie is a PE teacher in 1935 England when she loses her job she loses her sense of purpose but a job offer from her best friend’s brother to spend the summer at a lido in St Darlstone is the best one she has. So she and Delphi get set for a summer by the sea.

Set at a time when life was dramatically changing for women the historical elements of this book were fascinating and the supporting cast in this book is wonderful, full of life and laughs all the way through. Jack and Delphi are fantastic characters, Jack with his rugged charm and obsession with diving, Delphi with an unusual illness and need to break away from overprotective parents. Both embracing Natalie close and wanting her to feel a part of their family.

I struggled with Natalie though, I found it hard to connect with her emotionally, and so as she made decisions along the way I questioned them and wondered why. There are a couple of significant decisions she makes and I don’t understand what drives them, or what her own emotion is behind them. The words are there but I didn’t feel it, and being a feeler this fell flat for me and meant that I lost some of the enjoyment from the read.

I loved the way the book was directed, I loved the premise and I especially love how the book resolves itself I just really wish I could have felt more emotion from it.

Sending huge thanks to Allie Burns, HQ Digital and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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About Allie Burns

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Allie lives in Kent with her family and two tortoises. When she’s not writing for business or penning her Women’s Historical Fiction, Allie enjoys swimming and yoga. She has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and The Lido Girls is her debut novel. She is currently working on a second interwar years novel, which is due for publication in the summer of 2018.

  

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TitleThe Lido Girls
Series: N/A
Author: Allie Burns
Genre: Romance | Historical Romance | LGBTQ
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 2 October 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 384
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#BlogTour: The Other Life of Charlotte Evans by Louisa George @Louisa_George @NeverlandBT #Excerpt #Giveaway

Welcome to the blog tour for The Other Life of Charlotte Evans by Louisa George. Below you will find an excerpt from the novel and if you want to follow the tour you can at Neverland Blog Tours.

Description

Would you sacrifice your future to understand your past?

Life is rosy for dance studio owner Charlotte Evans, who is about to marry beloved fiancé, Ben. But when Ben finds a lump in Charlotte’s breast, it sends her on a journey of self-discovery which she knows she must do alone. Because Charlotte is adopted, and she suddenly, desperately, needs to know who she is and where she comes from.

Finding and reconnecting with her birth family, the life Charlotte could have had unfolds before her. As her wedding day draws closer, and her past merges ever more into her present, Charlotte must decide on the future she really wants…

A heartrendingly beautiful novel about love, family and finding your own path to happiness.

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Excerpt

The wonderful thing about Lissa was that she didn’t judge. She didn’t ever really tell you what you should or shouldn’t do. After fifteen years of friendship she just accepted. Nodded. Understood. Supported. There was an easy telepathy, no need for explanation. Thank God for girlfriends, Charlotte thought as she finished describing the cafe, her mum and the story surrounding her conception. Lissa’s hand covered hers and she smiled reassuringly. ‘Well, it’s a lot to take in. What did you think? First impressions?’

There had been a connection, Charlotte was sure of it now. A deeper one than strangers meeting, and different to pen-pals who usually had at least shared a whole load of stuff before meeting in the flesh. There was something there and she did want to pursue it, but she wasn’t sure she knew how. Or when. You couldn’t fill a lifetime into one meeting. And…what if, after everything, they didn’t like each other? How would you deal with that? Rejection didn’t seem appropriate, but then again, what was?

Nothing in Charlotte’s life to date had prepared her for this. ‘I think she liked me. I mean…I don’t know. I think she was impressed by everything I’ve done. She seemed nice, just a bit sad.’

‘Well, so she should be, she gave you up. Look at you…you’re amazing.’ Lissa nodded and took a big gulp of her wine. ‘That came out wrong. I mean, she had good reason, and everything. But she’s missed so much, right?’

‘Yes. We both have.’

‘So, have you scratched your itch?’

Had she? ‘I don’t know. We didn’t cover genetics or relatives. It didn’t seem appropriate to ask at first and then we got interrupted, so I didn’t get a chance to find out about any familial skeletons in the closet.’

‘So you need to see her again. Do you want to? How’s that itch for knowledge going?’

‘I said I’d be in touch, but I don’t know what to do now. How long do I wait? I don’t want to seem too eager and needy, but I do want to find out more. I promised myself I’d learn things so I can pass them on to any kids I have.’

Lissa shuddered involuntarily. Allergic to even the mention of kids.

Charlotte grinned. ‘Not something you’ll ever have to worry about, right? But, on reflection, I’d say, yes, I want more information, so I’m still itching.’

‘There’s a cream for that, I’m sure.’ Lissa twirled a beer mat under her fingers. ‘Now, what about Eileen?’

Immediately the mention of her mother’s name made guilt raise its head, worming through Charlotte’s gut. ‘What about her?’

‘What does she think about all this? Is she bothered? Threatened? She’s sensible, right? She wouldn’t feel bad about this, surely? She knows you love her and all that.’

That guilt kept on squirming. ‘I haven’t told her yet. I never quite found the time or the right words.’

About Louisa George

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Award-winning author Louisa George has been an avid reader her whole life. In between chapters she managed to fit in a BA degree in Communication Studies, trained as a nurse, married her doctor hero and had two sons. Now, she spends her days writing chapters of her own in the medical romance, contemporary romance and women’s fiction genres. To date, she has 19 books available in ebook/print.

Louisa’s books have variously been nominated for the coveted RITA® Award and the NZ Koru Award (which she won in 2014 and 2016 for the Short Sexy Category) and she won the prestigious HOLT Medallion Award in 2017. Her books have been translated into twelve languages. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand and, when not writing or reading, likes to travel, drink mojitos and do Zumba®- preferably all at the same time.

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Title: The Other Life of Charlotte Evans
Series: N/A
Author: Louisa George
Genre: Romance | Chick Lit
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 9 September 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 352
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#WeekendBlitz: The Forgotten Room by Ann Troup @TroupAnn @HQDigitalUK @NeverlandBT #Review #Giveaway

Hey Guys, thanks for stopping by for Ann Troup’s weekend blitz for The Forgotten Room courtesy of Neverland Blog Tours, you can catch my review below and the blitz schedule aswell so you know who the other blogs are hosting content and reviews this weekend. There is also a fab giveaway that you won’t want to miss at the end of the post.

Description

Can the past ever be forgotten?

As soon as nurse Maura Lyle sets foot inside the foreboding Essen Grange, she feels shivers ripple down her spine. And the sense of unease only increases when she meets her new patient, Gordon Henderson.

Drawn into the Henderson family’s tangled web of secrets and betrayals, Maura can ignore the danger lurking behind every door no longer. Even the door she has been forbidden from opening…

Essen Grange is a house with dark and cruel intentions. But now that darkness has turned on her, can Maura escape before it’s too late?

The chilling new novel from the bestselling author of The Lost Child and The Silent Girls. Perfect for fans of Erin Kelly, Claire Mackintosh and Tracy Buchanan.

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Review

I’m a big fan of Ann Troup’s work and was thrilled that she had a new novel coming out and I have to say this is by far my favourite of her three novels. From the opening lines I was hooked, pulled in and unsure if I was dealing with a ghost story or something far more sinister.

Maura Lyle is a mental health nurse who after a period of illness has returned to work and been given an agency job working for a private client in, what I guess you would call a manor house. As soon as she arrives at Essen Grange she knows something isn’t right, the place feels wrong. But she’s a nurse and a good one, she has a patient to care for and that’s what she focuses on.

When people start being found dead the intrusion of the police and most notably DS Mike Poole, a blast from Maura’s past who she is not happy to see, become a regular occurrence at the Grange.

I loved that the point of views in this book changed, but were still very easy to follow. We got quite a bit of time with Poole as well as Maura and I particularly liked their dynamic and how it changed as things escalated through the book.

There are a wide range of characters and plenty of people and things to cast suspicion on. With some extremely tense scenes and moments where you are unsure who will make it through the fray this is a fantastic suspense.

As always, Ann Troup has included plenty surrounding mental health and done so wonderfully, integrating it into the story-line in a realistic and terrifying manner.

I thoroughly enjoyed every second of this novel and felt like I was on a roller-coaster with all the twists and turns getting to the end. This was not one I could predict.

Sending huge thanks to Ann Troup, HQ Digital and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this book.

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About Ann Troup

The Forgotten Room is Ann’s third book, following on from The Lost Child and The Silent Girls. She lives in Devon near the sea and spends her time either writing or dabbling with art. To see what she’s getting up to next follow on Twitter – @TroupAnn, or Facebook at Ann Troup Author.

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TitleThe Forgotten Room
Series: N/A
AuthorAnn Troup
Genre: Suspense | Thriller | Mental Health
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 25 October 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 384
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#BlogTour: A Season of Hopes and Dreams by Lynsey James @Lynsey1991 @HQDigitalUK @NeverlandBT #Review #Interview #Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the A Season of Hopes and Dreams blog tour, I’m super excited for this one as I not only have my review but an interview with Lynsey James as well, yes you are being spoiled today! Also, if that wasn’t enough there is a giveaway at the end of the post that you absolutely don’t want to miss. Huge thanks to Lynsey James and Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours for having me.

Description

It’s been a difficult year for Cleo Jones. The car accident that crushed her leg didn’t just destroy the village baker’s dreams of becoming a dancer, but crushed her confidence too. And recovering from that has been harder than healing from any number of broken bones…

But this summer is going to be different. Life is turning around for Cleo! Maybe it’s the invitation from her childhood bully to their high-school reunion that’s shocked her out of a ten-year slump. Or joining Carb Counters and finally starting to shed the weight she’d piled on during her recovery – or maybe it’s catching the eye of her gorgeous personal trainer!

Whatever the answer, this is going to be a summer she never forgets… watch out world, Cleo Jones is finally fighting back!

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Author Interview

Hi Lynsey, Thanks for taking joining me on my blog today, I’m so pleased to have you and hope you enjoy answering these questions.

Tell us a bit about A Season of Hopes & Dreams

A Season of Hopes and Dreams is about Cleo, who used to harbour dreams of becoming a professional dancer and taking over the world. That all changed when she was involved in a tragic car accident and for a long time, she stopped dreaming, Then she finds the old bucket list she made when she was younger and things start to happen! Oh, and there’s a hunky personal trainer named after an iconic Neighbours character…

What inspired Cleo and her story?

A bit of it came from my own experience. I’ve been in and out of slimming groups for years as I’ve tried to lose weight myself, and the dynamics just fascinate me. Like Cleo, I’ve also struggled with body dysmorphia and thought it would be good to tell the story of how it can affect your life, but also how you can conquer the demons it can bring.

Who is the main man in your story and is he based on anyone you know?

The main man in my story is the lovely Scott Robinson and I won’t lie, I’m a little bit in love with him! He’s a personal trainer who loves Cleo exactly as she is, and he really helps her on her journey to conquer her demons and achieve her dreams. He’s unfortunately not based on anybody I know (I wish!). If I had the Man Dough from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, I’d make a man like Scott.

Which song(s) would be the soundtrack of this novel?

One of them would definitely have to be Especially for You by Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan. When the main man’s called Scott Robinson, you can’t not include that song!

Why don’t we chuck Too Many Broken Hearts in there too?

What is your writing process?

Oh gosh, it’s chaotic! I’m continually in awe of those super-authors who plan out their books with brightly-coloured Post Its. I get a rough idea of where I’m going with the story, or even just a jumping off point, and dive right in. Often I’ll decide on plot elements I’d like to incorporate when I’m halfway through the draft. Somehow, I end up with a finished book though!

Why Romance novels? What drew you to the genre?

I’m really interested in relationships – how they come together, how they fall apart and all the bits in between! I honestly love writing about people falling in love or maybe falling out of it. People in general also interest me – I’m one of those people who sits in coffee shops and makes up stories about the people sitting around me.

Who are your inspirations in the genre?

Mhairi McFarlane is the biggest one, without a doubt. She combines humour and romance so effortlessly. I also love Harriet Evans, Miranda Dickinson, Kirsty Greenwood, Lisa Dickenson, A L Michael, Portia Macintosh… There are so many talented authors to mention!

If you were to try another genre what would it be?

I think it’d probably be crime. I’m a huge fan of detective shows and often try to find the culprit before the detectives on the telly. My success rate isn’t very high though…

What book have you most recently read?

Cocktails and Dreams by the lovely A L Michael, who I’m lucky enough to call a friend. It’s warm, witty and downright hilarious. She’s releasing a sequel soon and I just know it’ll be as awesome as this one.

What book do you most wish you had written?

The Story of You by Katy Regan. It absolutely blew me away when I read it and I remember thinking ‘wow, I really wish I’d written this myself’. I didn’t want to put it down.

Thanks so much for spending time on BrizzleLass Books and wishing you all the best with the novel.

Review

Cleo is a character that most of us will be able to relate to, I certainly felt very attuned to her plight as a woman struggling not just with weight issues but a more serious eating disorder. As a teenager Cleo dreamed of being a dancer then an accident which broke her legs destroyed that dream and she’s been left wandering aimlessly ever since and food not only became her comfort but her enemy as she developed a binge eating disorder, as someone who has had one of these I know what a struggle they are to get past.

We follow her on her journey as she attends a local slimming club, why she finds it helpful, and facing all of her insecurities as personal trainer Scott comes into her life. From not being able to believe that a man could like her to letting her guard down enough to let him in. Through to the self-sabotage when she realises he might just like her a bit too much.

I could relate to so much of Cleo’s journey and was willing her to accept herself as much as I was willing her to accept Scott. I know from my own experience there is life after this illness and I wanted her to make those steps and find some happiness.

Lynsey James has written a compassionate but honest account of living with weight issues and an illness which is rarely tackled by anybody with characters which are raw, lovable and heartwarming.

Sending a huge thanks to Lynsey James, HQ Digital and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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About Lynsey James

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Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name ever since. She’s an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she’s sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!)

A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn’t a “good option” and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left my job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She haven’t looked back since.

When Lynsey’s not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she’s daydreaming about the day Dylan O’Brien FINALLY realises they’re meant to be together. It’ll happen one day…

 

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TitleA Season of Hopes and Dreams
Series: N/A
Author: Lynsey James
Genre: Romance | Chick Lit | Mental Health
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 11 September 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 384
Buy: Amazon UK | SpeedyHen