Lemon Drizzle Mondays at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green / #Review #BlogTour @rararesources @Rosie_Green1988

 

 

Little Duck Pond Cafe, Book 9

Molly Hooper has a secret. It haunts her dreams and casts a dark shadow over life with her gorgeous three-year-old daughter, Eva. Arriving in Sunnybrook has given her a glimpse of sunshine. The Little Duck Pond Cafe crew seem so welcoming and there’s even the chance of a new job. Baking delicious cakes has always taken Molly to a happy place, so the job – at the glorious Brambleberry Manor Cafe – might just be perfect for her. It would mean she and little Eva could finally put down some roots at last. But is Sunnybrook the sanctuary Molly is searching for? Or will the past come back to haunt her, wherever she hides?

 

 

Review

Kindness means doing something nice for someone else or why not treat yourself once in a while, but often people are mostly looking out for number one with little or no regard to the ones surrounding them. Being kind does not have to cost any money, but it can do a world of good. It made me stop and think 🙂

Kindness is very important in the 9th part of this gorgeous series. I liked the quotes from famous people that were added. They were lovely and made me stop and think again. 🙂

Sometimes you don’t talk about your problems because you are ashamed or you think you have to solve everything by yourself, but real friends don’t judge you and the only thing they want to do is help. When you are at your lowest and are desperate, they are the ones to reach out to you and help you get up again.

In this book the focus was less on the Little Duck Pond Café, but this certainly does not mean that the ‘crew’ were not there to chip in when needed.

We already met Molly and her daughter before and now the author gives Molly the opportunity to share their story and let me tell you it was not always a very pleasant one …

Everytime I read the title, it makes my mouth water. Time to go and dig up the recipe for this delicious cake and treat myself to a slice. 🙂

Yet again a lovely, heartwarming story, drizzled with heartbreaking and funny parts. 5 stars.

Thank you, Rosie Green and Rachel’s Random Resources.

 

About the author

Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little.

Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’.

Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all – unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘A Winter Wedding at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’, is out now.

Rosie has also written a full-length, standalone book, ‘Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage’, out now.

 

Author Link

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

 

 

Book Link

https://amzn.to/2slp10U

 

 

 

A Winter Wedding at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green / #Review #BlogTour @rararesources @Rosie_Green1988

 

 

The Little Duck Pond Cafe #8

With Zak and Ellie’s wedding day approaching, there’s high excitement in the pretty village of Sunnybrook, especially among the Little Duck Pond Café crew. Ellie is over the moon with her romantic surprise wedding gift from Zak, and Madison is promising to organise a hen party to remember. Everyone has high hopes for a magical Christmas Eve wedding celebration at gorgeous Brambleberry Manor. (Even Maisie-Moo has a sparkling new outfit.)
But sometimes, even the best-laid plans can go wrong. And with the journey to the altar turning out to be rockier than expected, it’s going to take nothing short of a Christmas miracle to ensure a happy ending . . .

 

 

My Review

When I see the word ‘wedding’ in a book title, I just must read it. I am such a sucker for wedding dresses. I am a big fan of bridal shows on tv and I can’t walk past a bridal shop without salivating over their displays.

When there is a wedding about to happen in one of your favourite romantic series, well that only means one thing : double pleasure.

I wasn’t aware of the series until book 4 was published. I can assure you that once you read one of them you just want fall on your knees and beg the author to keep them coming. 

They are novellas and thus quick reads. And as they saying goes ‘All great songs do not last forever’. Fortunately there seem to be a lot of ‘songs’ on this ‘CD’. 🙂

The story is lovely as usual with a mixture of diffrent emotions. Tears of joy are flowing and I often had that ‘OOOOOwwwww, so cute’ kind of feeling.

Needless to add that I loved it, I suppose, but I am doing it anyway. I ❤ it. Another 5 star read.

Thank you, Rosie Green and Rachel’s Random Resources

 

About the author

Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little.

Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’.

Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all – unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘Bonfires & Hot Chocolate at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’, is out now.

Watch out for ‘A Winter Wedding at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’, which will be published in December 2019.

Rosie is also writing a full-length, standalone book for Christmas 2019, entitled ‘Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage’, which will be out in November.

 

Author Link

Twitter : https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

 

 

Book Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Winter-Wedding-Little-Duck-Pond-ebook/dp/B07YQB5HSV/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Winter-Wedding-Little-Duck-Pond-ebook/dp/B07YQB5HSV/

Look at Me Now – Simone Goodman / #Review #BlogTour @BoldwoodBooks @simonegauthor

 

 

Gracie Porter’s life is in a tangle. Her television cookery show
is flailing and her boyfriend’s affections are waning. It’s time for a change…

Best friend Faith rescues her place on the small screen when she unwittingly lands them both starring roles in a steamy spin-off that becomes an instant hit. The new show is more about relationships, sex and stonking big vegetables than cooking.

Throw in a fluctuating crush on her surprisingly irresistible agent, Harry Hipgrave, an unlikely friendship with a pair of D-list models and a gossip journalist intent on making her life miserable, Grace wonders if becoming famous is all it’s cracked up to be?

 

 

My review

What do you do when your job seems to be on the line? What do you do when they ask a tv cook to spice up the program (and I don’t mean just with chilli or black pepper 😉 ) What do you do when it’s not really you? You have two choices : you either go for it and might actually like it or you decline and find yourself jobless.

But Grace has also other fish to fry (pun intented LOL). What do you do when your relationship is a sinking ship? Do you jump or do you try to keep it afloat?

Decisions, decisions, decisions. When Grace makes up her mind, it turns out it’s only for the best. It’s true she had to wade through thick soup, but in the end it’s all worth it and her life becomes a very clear and delicious bouillon. 

A lovely story where you can see that a lot of downs can end in a high. 4 stars.

Thank you, Simone Goodman and Boldwood Books.

 

About the author

Simone Goodman is CFO at one of the fastest growing tech companies in Europe. She is Australian and lives in London with her daughter and her two cats.  Look At Me Now is her debut romantic comedy and will be published in November 2019.

 

Author Links

Twitter @simonegauthor

Profile on Boldwood Books’ website: https://www.boldwoodbooks.com/contributor/simone-goodman/

Instagram: @ simonegoodmanauthor

 

 

Book Link

Amazon  : https://amzn.to/2TeEzMO

Broken Souls – Patricia Gibney / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @trisha460

 

 

D.I. Lottie Parker #7

‘She shivered, though the kitchen was warm. Icicles of foreboding trickled down her spine. With trembling hands she whipped back her hair at the nape of her neck. As she turned away from the window, she missed the shadow passing by.’

One dark winter’s morning, bride-to-be Cara Dunne is found hanging in her home, dressed in her wedding dress, with a lock of hair removed. Detective Lottie Parker is first on the scene. Looking at Cara’s bruised and battered body, she wonders who could have hated her enough to kill her at the happiest time of her life.

The case takes a darker turn that afternoon with another shocking discovery – the broken body of a second young woman, pushed from the roof of the hospital where she worked. Fiona Heffernan was also due to be married, and her body is clad in a wedding dress, a lock of her hair cut off.

The killings seem so personal that Lottie is convinced the girls have been killed by someone they knew. When she goes to break the news to Fiona’s family, she’s on the alert for anything suspicious. But then she makes a discovery that causes her blood to run cold – Fiona’s eight-year-old daughter Lily didn’t return home from her dance recital that afternoon. Terrified that Lily will be the next victim of a twisted and dangerous individual, Lottie takes the case into her own hands, risking her life when she comes face-to-face with the killer…

 

 

My review

It might seem strange to you, but I prefer the books I read to have about 300-350 pages. Don’t ask me why, because I cannot give you an answer.

But there are certain storytellers that are so skilled, that I don’t care about the number of pages. Even if there were 1000 I would read them anyway. 

This author is one of those magicians. She juggles words like there is no tomorrow and they all fall into place to create a work of art.

There are a lot of characters in this book, but I did not mind that. It made the story more complex to give my brain an extra workout.

Of course we could count on DI Parker and her team to work everything out and put the baddies behind bars thus achieving good results. Her private life seems a lot more in turmoil.

Then there is only left to say that I loved it and the countdown to the next part is on. 

5 stars.

Thank you, Patricia Gibney and Bookouture (via Netgalley)

 

 

About the author

Patricia is the million-copy bestselling author of the DI Lottie Parker series. She yearned to be a writer after reading Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene and even wanted to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. She has now grown up (she thinks) but the closest she’s come to Nancy Drew is writing crime! In 2009, after her husband died, she retired from her job and started writing seriously. Fascinated by people and their quirky characteristics, she always carries a notebook to scribble down observations. Patricia also loves to paint in watercolour and lives in the Irish midlands with her children.

 

Author Links

http://patriciagibney.com/ 

 @trisha460 

 

 

Book Links

Amazon UK : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Broken-Souls-absolutely-addictive-brilliant-ebook/dp/B07WDD65SZ/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=broken+souls&qid=1571251174&sr=8-1

Bonfires & Hot Chocolate (at the Little Duck Pond Café) – Rosie Green / #Review #BlogTour @rararesources @Rosie_Green1988

 

 

Primrose Wilkins arrived in Sunnybrook with a burning desire to find the family she’s never known. But after a heart-breaking false start, she’s beginning to have second thoughts. Can she find the courage to battle on in her quest? And with her romantic life at an all-time low, will meeting the intriguing and attractive Callum Davy be just what she needs to renew her faith in love?

Meanwhile, Fen is also finding it hard to be brave. She’s made it through to the final of TV show ‘Battle of the Bakes’ (thanks to Ellie entering on her behalf), but she’s always shied away from being in the spotlight. How will Fen cope now that she’s a famous ‘celebrity’, recognised in the street everywhere she goes?

 

 

My review

Yes, finally back in Sunnybrook. As soon as I finish one of the stories, I start missing the characters straight away and wish I could read the next part already. 

The people in that little village are so warm, friendly and loving I would love to live there as well. There always seems so much going on. It’s as if they are all one big family in stead of a village. Of course they have their fair share of sadness as well, but everything always works out for the best. 

This is, yet again, a heartwarming book about family, friends and love. Who does not like that ? It’s autumn over here and in Sunnybrook as well. I enjoyed this lovely story snuggled under a warm blanket with my puppy dozing next to me. Pure bliss and that of course means another 5 star story by this author.

Thank you, Rosie Green and Rachel’s Random Resources.

 

About the author

Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little.

Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’.

Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all – unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘Bonfires & Hot Chocolate at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’, is out now.

Watch out for ‘A Winter Wedding at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’, which will be published Christmas 2019.

Rosie is also writing a full-length, standalone book for Christmas 2019, entitled ‘Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage’.

 

 

Book Links

US – https://www.amazon.com/Bonfires-Chocolate-Little-Duck-Pond-ebook/dp/B07XF1FDQC

UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Bonfires-Chocolate-Little-Duck-Pond-ebook/dp/B07XF1FDQC

Confetti at the Little Duck Pond Cafe – Rosie Green / #Review #BlogTour @rararesources @Rosie_Green1988

 

Wedding fever is in the air in the village of Sunnybrook. With Ellie and Zak’s Big Day on the horizon, the sun is shining brightly on the Little Duck Pond Cafe community. But when dark clouds begin to roll in from more than one direction, several close relationships look to be under threat. Will the wedding of the year actually take place at all?

 

 

My review

Oh, it’s is so nice to be back in Sunnybrook! With a name like that you might think the sun is out there every single day and there are only happy faces to be found. Sadly it’s not always like that. Of course a lot of wonderful things are going on but devastating events occur as well.

Everybody wants to share happy times, but it’s even more important to have friend you can count on when you are feeling down. As the saying goes : a problem shared is a problem halved. It’s as good to be able to unburden yourself as it is to celebrate together.

Sunnybrook has a close knit community where friends stay with you through thick and thin, where the saying a problem shared is a problem halved is like a mantra and where you are never alone or left out even if you only just arrived.

This is another heartwarming and heartbreaking story that makes you want to pack your cases and become a member of that loving ‘family’.  5 stars.

Thank you, Rosie Green and Rachel’s Random Resources.

 

About the author 

Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

​Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. Confetti at the Little Duck Pond Cafe will be the sixth in the series

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

 

Purchase Link:

https://amzn.to/2Iqghul

Every dog has his day – Chloe Grace / #Review #BlogTour @rararesources

 

They say every dog has his day.

Well, today I’ve certainly had mine.

Hey, I’m Albertus Eagle and it turns out I’m an unwitting pet detective. I haven’t always been such a successful legal beagle, but when I’m confronted with a case that is so personal I can’t ignore it, I discover I have a passion for finding those who don’t want to be found.

Cleo the cat. Well, she came along for the ride too.

So, sure I’ve had my day today, but not in the sense of being past my prime. To the contrary, the fun is just starting. And I am buzzing with a new purpose, mixed with a tiny amount of vindictive elation.

Why?

Because, I’ve not only found myself a new home after the untimely demise of my previous owner, but I’ve also made amends with the cat. It turns out she’s not that bad, really.

On top of that though, and this is what really sends shivers racing all the way down my spine to my paws, is that we’ve fingered a killer.

How?

Because you human’s, you underestimate us animals. And while you go about your business ignoring our very existence, the cat and I are listening and taking notes.

This is the first full length novel in the Albertus Eagle detective beagle series of animal cozy mysteries, starring Albertus Eagle, and his two sidekicks, Cleo the cat and Bella Schuhmann, the smart human who actually understands him. In this wonderful full length book packed with humour and satire, we see the world of murder and intrigue set up through the eyes of a loyal dog turned amateur sleuth.

 

 

My review

Cozy mystery books are a lovely mixture containing suspense and humour. I am a big fan of psychological thrillers but once in a while I can’t resist reading a book in this genre.

I am a doglover and when I see that one is playing a main role, I am even more inclined to read the story.

The author has created a fun story and I love Albie. The way he reacted was wonderful. I guess the author has a dog or did a really good job in studying one, because the canine behaviour was so real and recognizable.

The book also hints at a budding romance. I am looking forward to see how things will develop.

I thought it was a very enjoyable read. 4 stars.

Thank you, Chloe Grace and Rachel’s Random Resources.

 

About the author 

Chloe Grace is the cozy mystery pen name for romantic mystery author, Karen Botha. While she doesn’t understand animals quite as well as Bella in the Albertus Eagle Detective Beagle cozy mysteries, she does chat along to her rescue dog, Shadow, pretty much all day.

And she’s sure that he chats back.

Chloe lives with Shadow and her hubby in a small outpost of London city—funnily enough it’s a little like where Bella and Albie live. As a family they like to go on walks in the local woods and throw a tennis ball until their respective arms ache, which is usually before Shadow shows any hint of exhaustion.

While her first romance novels were inspired by true life events, the Albertus Eagle series are complete imagination – although her conversations with Shadow can’t be ignored.

Social Media Links 

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INSTAGRAM – https://www.instagram.com/karenbothaauthor

A Bakery at the Little Duck Pond Cafe – Rosie Green / #Review #BlogTour @rararesources @Rosie_Green1988

 

Ellie’s dreams of opening a bakery in Sunnybrook are finally coming true and best friends Fen and Jaz are happily rallying round, helping her to plan a fabulous grand opening day. Everything in their garden seems to be rosy – until the arrival of a newcomer brings chaos to the village and tests relationships to the limit. Can the bakery succeed in the face of such upheaval? And more importantly, can firm friendships survive?

 

 

My review

Why oh why are there only 24 hours in a day? And why can’t we spend them all reading? 🙂 I really wish I could forgo sleeping in favor of devouring brilliant books.

It’s book 5 in the series but only my second one. I can assure you that I am sad that I have not read the others but I have added them to my ever growing list.

The author takes us to lovely Sunnybrook where we are reunited with old ‘friends’ and  meet new people as well.

The book has everything a story needs to be a perfect fit in this genre : romance, heartbreak, friendships being created and love, a lot of love.

The author also draws our attention to how things that happened in the past can still interfere with the present big time.

I really enjoyed this novella and am looking forward to returning to Sunnybrook in the near future. 5 stars.

Thank you, Rosie Green and Rachel’s Random Resources.

 

About the author 

Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

​Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. Confetti at the Little Duck Pond Cafe will be the sixth in the series

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

 


Breaking News – Coming Soon – Confetti at the Little Duck Pond Café

With Ellie and Zak’s Big Day on the horizon, the sun is shining brightly on the Little Duck Pond Café community. But as dark clouds begin to roll in, threatening more than one close relationship, will the wedding of the year take place at all?

Follow Rosie Green on Amazon to hear when its published and available for purchase – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rosie-Green/e/B07CZYV7DW

 

 

Final Betrayal – Patricia Gibney / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @trisha460

 

‘She lifted the flap of the envelope and pulled out the single white page. As she opened it up she stared, open mouthed. Four words were typed on the page. I am watching you.’

When Amy Whyte and Penny Brogan leave a local nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning and don’t arrive home, their families are beside themselves with worry. Conor Dowling has just been released from prison, a man full of hatred for Amy, the girl who put him behind bars in the first place.

The case is given to Detective Lottie Parker, when the girls’ blood-soaked bodies are found, days later, in a derelict squat. Chillingly, both girls are clutching silver coins in their hands – what message is this killer leaving behind? All the signs point to Conor but his alibi is water tight.

As Lottie examines Penny and Amy’s final days alive in a desperate search for clues, two more girls are found stabbed to death in a luxury apartment complex. Caught up in what is fast becoming her toughest case yet, Lottie is unaware that somebody is watching her every move.

Then Lottie’s two daughters, Katie and Chloe suddenly disappear from the town centre. Terrified that the killer has her girls, the stakes have never been higher for Lottie.

But as Lottie puts everything on the line to find her daughters and solve the case, she’s about to find herself in terrible danger – someone has a personal axe to grind with her and they know the best way to get to her is to hurt the ones she loves the most.

 

 

My review

This is already book 6 in the series but only my second one. I was utterly captivated by the previous part and this one was a nail biting, chills down the spine running, nailing to the chair kind of book. This story was not filled to the brim with suspense. Oh no, it was overflowing with suspense!

Lottie Parker is a very interesting character. She does not always follow the rules, but she certainly delivers.

I like the relationship between her and Boyd, but I think he must be a saint sometimes. Even though she does not always treat him in a very nice way, he always has her back.

It’s not surprising the author is a million-copy bestelling one, because it’s, in my opinion, very hard bordering on impossible not to be enchanted by her books. 5 stars.

Thank you, Patricia Gibney, Bookouture and Netgalley.

 

About the author

Patricia is the million-copy bestselling author of the DI Lottie Parker series. She yearned to be a writer after reading Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene and even wanted to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. She has now grown up (she thinks) but the closest she’s come to Nancy Drew is writing crime!

In 2009, after her husband died, she retired from her job and started writing seriously. Fascinated by people and their quirky characteristics, she always carries a notebook to scribble down observations.

Patricia also loves to paint in watercolour and lives in the Irish midlands with her children.

www.patriciagibney.com 

Snowed in at The Little Duck Pond Cafe – Rosie Green

The biggest snowfall in years has blanketed Sunnybrook, cutting the village off from the outside world. For Fen, who finds herself snowed in at The Little Duck Pond Cafe, it’s little more than a minor inconvenience. Her love life is finally running smoothly; it looks as if she’s found the perfect man for her.
But then a shocking secret threatens to destroy Fen’s new-found happiness.
Will being snowed in be the final straw? Or will Fen find a way through the snowdrifts to the perfect love?

 

 

My review

This was such a heartwarming, heartbreaking but fun story. When I finished it, I kept tapping on my Kindle screen, hoping that the next book would pop up but to no avail. I will have to wait (im)patiently until the sequel will be published.

The backdrop is the festive season, but there is a lot more going on in the lives of the villagers, privately as well as professionally. It does not matter if it’s love between family or couples, it is and will always be very important and influences you enormously.

It’s a story that will make your eyes brim with happy and sad tears.

If you have not read the previous books, do not worry. You can easily pick up and the people of Sunnybrook will welcome you with open arms. I am convinced that once you read one part, you will be determined to devour the others also. 5 stars.

Thank you, Rosie Green and RachelsRandomResources.

 

About the author

Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. The first two stories in the series are: Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe and Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café.

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988