A Dog’s Chance by Casey Wilson @bookouture @CaseyWilsonAuth

A Dog’s Chance by Casey Wilson

Sometimes the dogs we rescue… also rescue us.

A heart-wrenching and beautiful story perfect for dog lovers everywhere. Fans of A Dog’s Purpose, The Art of Racing in the Rain and Marley and Me will be utterly entranced by this gorgeous page-turner.

Madison knows her fourteen-year-old daughter Abbie is struggling. She wishes she could give Abbie stability, the promise of a forever home in Millbury, but she is scared to stay in one town for too long, and every day Abbie seems more anxious. Until a chance encounter with a beautiful, boisterous golden retriever puppy called Duke changes everything…

Duke bounces into the community centre where Madison is working and when Abbie meets him she stops pacing the room. Duke is tugging his owner, seventy-five-year-old Arthur, along for the ride, and instantly Madison sees a way she and Arthur can help each other. She offers to train Duke so that Abbie gets to see him, and from that moment the four of them become a family.

Madison finally feels like she has a second chance at life and a reason to stay in town, but when her past catches up with her they are all at risk. Duke may have united this family, but will he be able to keep them together?

A reminder of the unbelievable bonds we form with the dogs in our lives. No matter how broken you are, the unconditional love of a dog can piece you back together.

Thank you to Noelle from Bookouture and the author for a copy of the book and an invite to Books-On-Tour.

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       My Thoughts

I think that dogs always enter your life at just the right time and A Dog’s Chance is the perfect example.

Retired judge Arthur, nurse practitioner Madison and her daughter Abbie are all going through a difficult time in their lives. Arthur has just lost his beloved wife Rosie, Madison is running from something (or someone) and Abbie suffers from anxiety issues.

When a stray golden retriever called Duke comes along he finds a way of bringing them all together. Madison helps Arthur train Duke, Abbie relaxes in the dog’s company and Arthur gains some friendly and helpful company to ease his loneliness.

Just as Madison begins to relax and feel that she can finally settle in the warm-hearted community something happens which puts them all at risk.

I really enjoyed the chapters which were told from Duke’s perspective. The puppy is connected to the people around him, detecting emotions from not just sight and sound but by smell and body language. He knew how to give Arthur the companionship he was missing and how to ease Abbie’s stress levels. When he sensed danger he was quick to jump into action and keep his loved ones safe.

This is a gentle, heartwarming read which flows well and has many multi-dimensional characters. All dog lovers will love the beautifully written story of broken souls put back together and united to make a happy family.

Earlier this year I was thrilled to read and review Casey Wilson’s previous book called A Dog’s Hope. You can read my thoughts about it here

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About The Author

Casey Wilson is the author of A Dog’s Hope, published with Bookouture.

Born and raised in the United States in Nevada, she is the owner of a gorgeous golden retriever, who may or may not have inspired the dogs in her novels.

 

Author Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CaseyWilsonAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CaseyWilsonAuth

 

The Beauty of Broken Things by Victoria Connelly @VictoriaDarcy @rararesources

The Beauty of Broken Things

 Victoria Connelly

United by tragedy, can two broken souls make each other whole?

After the tragic loss of his wife, Helen, Luke Hansard is desperate to keep her memory alive. In an effort to stay close to her, he reaches out to an online friend Helen often mentioned: a reclusive photographer with a curious interest in beautiful but broken objects. But first he must find her—and she doesn’t want to be found.

Orla Kendrick lives alone in the ruins of a remote Suffolk castle, hiding from the haunting past that has left her physically and emotionally scarred. In her fortress, she can keep a safe distance from prying eyes, surrounded by her broken treasures and insulated from the world outside.

When Luke tracks Orla down, he is determined to help her in the way Helen wanted to: by encouraging her out of her isolation and back into the world. But Orla has never seen her refuge as a prison and, when painful secrets and dangerous threats begin to resurface, Luke’s good deed is turned on its head.

As they work through their grief for Helen in very different ways, will these two broken souls be able to heal?

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Today I am thrilled to take part in the blog tour for The Beauty of Broken Things by Victoria Connelly. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources, the publisher, and the author for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.

My Thoughts

I was immediately attracted to the description of this book. Two broken souls brought together by tragedy and together finding a deep connection that helped them to discover a sense of belonging again.

Orla lives alone in a remote castle, choosing to see no-one, not even Bill who tends her garden. She gets enjoyment from collecting damaged porcelain and photographing them to show off their exquisite beauty.

When a young man calls by she refuses to answer the door and asks him to leave. However, Luke needs to see Orla to explain why her friend Helen (his wife) hasn’t been in touch. He has sad news that her online friend has tragically died and needs to pass on a gift that Helen wanted Orla to receive.

 I loved the descriptions of the ancient castle and the remote windswept beach where Orla walked her dog One Ear. The detailed imagery of the delicate china teacups and vases with a hairline crack or tiny chip made me think of the history behind the pieces. Orla saw that a minor imperfection didn’t alter the beauty of the piece. In fact, she cherished the items because they became truly unique. I loved the analogy between damaged porcelain and broken souls, which was exquisitely written.

The connection between Orla and Luke was extremely poignant. They gave each other comfort and helped to restore confidence. There is drama in the plot and relatable characters, especially Bill and his wife Margy who were warm and caring. This is a captivating read that steals your heart. A simple but stunning story, wonderfully crafted by a talented author.

I have previously reviewed One Last Summer by Victoria Connelly. It is a beautiful story about friendship. You can read my thoughts here.

About The Author

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Victoria Connelly is the bestselling author of The Rose Girls and The Book Lovers series.

Victoria was brought up in Norfolk, England before moving to Yorkshire where she got married in a medieval castle. After 11 years in London, she moved to rural Suffolk where she lives in a Georgian cottage with her artist husband, a Springer spaniel and her ex-battery hens.

 

You can find her on Twitter @VictoriaDarcy and at facebook.com/victoriaconnelly

 

The Sight of You by Holly Miller @HodderBooks @ByHollyMiller

The Sight of You by Holly Miller

Would you choose love . . .

. . . If you knew how it would end?

Joel is afraid of the future.

Since he was a child he’s been haunted by dreams about the people he loves. Visions of what’s going to happen – the good and the bad. And the only way to prevent them is to never let anyone close to him again.

Callie can’t let go of the past.
Since her best friend died, Callie’s been lost. She knows she needs to be more spontaneous and live a bigger life. She just doesn’t know how to find a way back to the person who used to have those dreams.

Joel and Callie both need a reason to start living for today.
And though they’re not looking for each other, from the moment they meet it feels like the start of something life-changing.

Until Joel has a vision of how it’s going to end . . .

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My Thoughts

I have no idea how The Sight Of You ended up in my groaning TBR but I need to thank the person who recommended this book to me. It’s one of my favourite reads from this year and it’s hard to find the right words to do it justice.

Joel has dreams about his loved ones which come true at a later date. Some events were happy, but at other times he carried around a terrible burden because he knew when something really bad was about to happen. The level of anxiety and guilt that he experienced from these psychic dreams was hard to share with anyone, especially his family.

When Callie enters his life Joel feels an instant attraction, but he knows that to protect them both, he should ignore his feelings. Callie is grieving and lost and Joel recognises that she too is a troubled soul. Can he put his visions to one side and make them both happy or will his predictions tear them apart?

I can’t say any more about the storyline without revealing too much, but what happens next takes you on an emotional journey which stays with you long after you turn the last page. The story had me contemplating fate and destiny for days after I had finished the book. It made me think about how precious life is and about the sacrifices we sometimes have to make for love.

The story is told through both Joel and Callie’s voices in alternating chapters and over several years. The author gives an intimate insight into each of the main characters thoughts and feelings. Both are equally likeable and relatable but my heart broke into pieces for Joel.

 Towards the end of the book the pace picks up with shorter chapters and you feel like you just want to stop time in its tracks. This is a deeply immersive read, it is touching, thought-provoking and utterly brilliant.

Thank you to Hodder and Stoughton (via NetGalley) for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.

Safe by S.K. Barnett @annecater @SK_Barnett #RandomThingsTours @arrowpublishing

Safe by S.K. Barnett

A six-year-old girl disappears from a small
town.
Twelve years later, she’s back.
But is she safe? Are you?
Jenny Kristal was six years old when she was snatched in broad daylight from her quiet
suburban neighbourhood.
Twelve years later, she miraculously returns home after escaping her kidnappers – but as her parents and older brother welcome her back, the questions begin to mount.
Where has she been all these years? Why is she back now? And is home really the safest
place for her . . . or for any of them?

 

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Today, I’m excited to take part in the blog tour for Safe by S.K. Barnett. Thank you to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours and the publisher for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.

My Thoughts

This is the story of Jenny Kristal a six-year-old child who disappeared on her way to her friend’s house just a few doors away from her home. Twelve years later she is found walking the streets close to where she once lived. Now back in the folds of the family who love her, things should be better for Jenny…but are they?

Jenny is a likeable character with a heartbreaking story that is slowly revealed. At first, she is reluctant to talk about her kidnapping, later she reveals details which don’t seem to add up. This book differs from other missing children storylines because in this case, you feel from the start that Jenny’s ordeal is far from over.

Safe is an uncomfortable read due to the child abuse content, however, the story is gripping with plenty of twists and turns. This is a powerful thriller that is tense, thought-provoking but also heartwrenching and raw.

About the author

S. K. Barnett is a pseudonym for a New York Times bestselling author whose previous thriller novel Derailed was turned into a major motion picture in 2005 featuring Jennifer Anniston and Clive Owen. He lives in New York State with his family.

 

Puppy Shortage and Price Rises Since Coronavirus Crisis

Puppy Shortage & Price Rises

Since Coronavirus Crisis

One of the most surprising outcomes of the Coronavirus lockdown is that we now face a puppy shortage here in the UK.

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I was initially worried that puppies born in lockdown could not be sold due to social distancing restrictions and hoped that breeders would stop mating dogs until we entered a time of more certainty.

How wrong could I be?

It seems that puppies are more popular than ever before. Some breeders have doubled their prices and many have waiting lists for dogs that have not even been conceived yet.

What really worries me is that puppies are being sent into the country from abroad and passed on to new owners through an agent.  This practice is illegal and so dangerous because owners are buying puppies ‘unseen’ without any knowledge of the dog’s parentage or health state. Some have been supplied with fake veterinary records, without vaccinations and subjected to lengthy transportation into the country.

Lucy’s Law came into force this year to prohibit puppy farming. From April, breeders have to sell puppies from their place of birth and not through a third party breeder.

If you would like to know more about Lucy’s Law, here is a link to a blog post that explains more.

Selling puppies from abroad disregards the new rules, takes advantage of new puppy owners but most of all, it puts puppy’s lives at risk.

This way of selling puppies is going ahead in undercover practices which makes it difficult to know how large the problem is. However, vets have spoken out about the increase of puppies they are seeing that have been purchased abroad. They are concerned that due to the puppy shortage people will turn to puppy farms and backstreet breeders who are exploiting the situation.

Why Do People Want A Puppy During Lockdown?

People have busy lives and for many, they have always wanted a dog, but never felt like it was the right time. Now, with people furloughed from work or working from home, they feel that they finally have the time to welcome a puppy to their home.

Some are lonely and crave the companionship that a dog gives.

Parents feel that a puppy will stop children from getting bored. Many schools are shut and children can’t take part in all the usual activities that they would normally participate in.

I totally understand all these reasons but people have got to know that at some stage life will go back to normal. Puppies that have been showered with love and affection will suddenly be left alone for huge parts of the day.

They may suffer from separation anxiety and become destructive because they are bored, lonely, and suffering from anxiety. People will want to go on holiday at some stage in the future and they may not have thought about who will look after the dog when the family is away.

One good thing that has arisen from the puppy shortage is that rescues are reporting huge increases in foster and adoption applications. This means that homeless dogs in kennels can be offered wonderful homes, which is amazing news.

However, rescues are anticipating a rise in dogs returning to shelters when the lockdown restrictions are lifted and people’s lives return to normal. Suddenly they will realise that they don’t have the time needed to give a dog everything that he or she needs.

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Are You Thinking Of Fostering Or Adopting A Dog?

There is loads of information about dog rescue on this website. I have fostered and adopted in the past and have talked about my personal experiences.

Here is my own account of Dog Fostering.

Also, if you are thinking of adopting a dog, the following post includes all the questions you need to ask before adopting and what you need to do to pass a home check.

Rescue Dogs (Things To Know Before Adopting)

The large rescues are being inundated with applications to foster or adopt so it is a good idea to search for small local rescues who may desperately need help.

Advice For Anyone Looking For A Puppy

I understand how frustrating it is if you are ready to welcome a new addition to your home but the puppy shortage is affecting you.

My advice would be to wait until things return back to normal.

Don’t be tempted to pay huge amounts for a puppy, make sure that you see the mother of your pup, and don’t buy a dog from abroad.

A genuine breeder would never pass a puppy to a complete stranger at the side of a road. They want their puppies to go to good homes and will ask questions about how you intend to take care of the dog. They are happy to show the puppy’s mother and will keep the puppy until he/she is at least eight weeks old.

Here is some additional reading for anyone who is thinking of buying a puppy.

Acquiring A Puppy In Lockdown

12 Ways To Spot A Puppy Farm

Healthy Puppy Checklist

I hope this information has been helpful.

Have you had any experience of trying to acquire a puppy during lockdown? I would love to hear your stories.

Thank you for reading and please stay safe everyone.

Her Last Mistake by Carla Kovach @CKovachAuthor @bookouture

Her Last Mistake by Carla Kovach

Dressed in a sage green bridesmaid dress, and smiling for pictures, Holly is the happiest she’s ever been. Hours later, Holly is dead.

People love to hate Holly Long. Smart, beautiful and a woman who men find it hard to say no to, she’s the town’s most gossiped about resident.

Now Holly’s body lies in her hotel room, strangled at her best friend’s wedding party. And the gossip has stopped, because nobody wants to look like they did it.

When police search Holly’s immaculate apartment, amongst her stylish furnishings and expensive jewellery, they discover a different side to Holly. Orderly and precise, she wasn’t the chaotic party girl everyone thought her to be. In fact, Holly was a planner, and her next plan was to come out and tell her biggest secret – something she had been hiding for months, something that had the potential to ruin the lives of more than one wedding guest.

There are plenty of people who might have wanted to kill Holly, but only one who has finally made good on their promise.

An unputdownable crime thriller with an ending you will never see coming, this is the latest gripping novel from bestselling author Carla Kovach. If you like Angela Marsons, Cara Hunter and Clare Mackintosh, you’ll love Her Last Mistake.

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My Thoughts

Her Last Mistake is book 6 in the Detective Gina Harte investigations written by the superbly talented Carla Kovach. I have read several books in this series and feel that I have really got to know the meticulous and determined police detective. Gina has secrets from the past which still haunt her, she has a fragile relationship with her grown up daughter Hannah and a frantic work schedule.

This time Gina and her team are called to investigate the death of Holly Long. She is found dead soon after attending her best friend’s wedding as one of three bridesmaids. This group of four women were childhood friends known as the “Awesome Foursome” and formed a tight bond. However, Holly was keeping a secret that she had told no-one, could this be a link to finding the person who murdered her?

Suspects arise in the case literally all over the place, but many characters are shady criminals who lie for a living. The plot takes you down dead ends as the suspense mounts and it becomes apparant that more lives are at risk. Gina Harte really cares about the victims and their families, she likes to see justice done and the criminals behind bars. This is fast paced police procedural with a twist that really keeps you guessing.

Many thanks to Bookouture for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.

More Book Reviews from the Detective Gina Harte series by Carla Kovach.

(The books work well as standalone novels)

Her Final Hour (book 2)

Her Pretty Bones (book 3)

Her Dark Heart (book 5)

About The Author

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Carla Kovach is a crime and horror author from Worcestershire. Her most popular work, the DI Gina Harte series is published by Bookouture. As well as books, she also writes stage and screenplays.

 

 

 

Breezing by Michael Ferrara

Breezing by Michael Ferrara

In the world of high-stakes horse racing, is it training, money, or luck that gets the win?

C.J. Jamieson is a young, gifted female jockey with a complicated past and a strong desire to break through in the competitive world of thoroughbred racing.

Trainer Ritchie Gallo, on the other hand, has spent half his life in the sport. He’s at the top of his game, but he’s never been lucky enough to train a world-class racehorse. Until now. He finally has the horse, but needs the perfect rider.

Call it luck or fate, but when Gallo comes across C.J., he knows he might finally have his ticket to the winners circle.

Follow Gallo and C.J. as they compete in the turbulent world of thoroughbred racing in a beautifully told, fast-paced story of triumph, tragedy, and perseverance. From the tracks of Saratoga to the famous Churchill Downs, their journey together teaches them that winning races on fragile legs isn’t so different than winning at life with fragile hearts.

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My Thoughts

I love reading books about horses and Breezing is a wonderful tale which takes us into the world of US thoroughbred horse racing.

Trainer Ritchie Gallo is approached one morning by a young female jockey looking for some practice rides. Ritchie is intrigued by the young shy girl and decides to give her a chance riding out on one of his best horses. He is impressed by her ability to communicate with horses and form great relationships with the animals, however  with humans she is quiet and withdrawn.

As the story progresses the reason for CJ`s reserved nature is revealed, and Ritchie learns that a link to his past has resurfaced. I loved the deep care of the horses which was shared by both trainer and rider, their wellbeing mattering more than big money and glitzy trophies. The book is about overcoming obstacles, making difficult decisions, and succeeding against the odds.

Horse lovers will love this well written story with great characterisation, riveting friendships and strong bonds between humans and animals.

Thank you to BooksGoSocial via Netgalley for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.

Sing Me A Secret by Julie Houston (Book Review)

Sing Me A Secret by Julie Houston

‘A warm, funny story of sisters and the secrets they keep’ Sheila O’Flanagan.

‘Warm, funny and well written, with a page-turning plot, this book has everything! I loved it!’ Katie Fforde.

The four Sutherland sisters have all had very different paths in life, but one secret and a slighty tense production of Jesus Christ Superstar are about to bring them all back together again…

When the news that pop-superstar Lexia Sutherland is returning to Westenbury, not everyone is thrilled by the news – including Lexia. There are too many memories she doesn’t need to face – or need re-surfacing.

Meanwhile, Juno Sutherland just wants a little peace and quiet. As the local village doctor, she’s got her priorities in order; kids, job, husband, tenacious pony, a role in the village musical… So when the sexy new locum turns up – and steals her office – the last thing she needed was to be hit with rising temperatures and an over-active imagination.

Will these sisters be able to uncover the past, deal with the future and put on the performance of a lifetime?

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My Thoughts on Sing Me A Secret

Sing Me A Secret is the story of four sisters Ariadne, Pandora, Juno and Lexia  and their families. The women are so different and have a varied age range but they all have excellent singing voices.

Lexia was less academic than her sisters and left home to become a huge singing sensation. She went on to marry a top professional footballer and has a four-year-old son. After marrying she lost contact with her family but now her husband’s career brings her back to her home town.

Doctor Juno is juggling life as a village GP and mother to two children with an absent husband who is working abroad. She knows that her marriage has become stagnant which becomes more evident when a handsome young locum arrives on the scene.

Pandora announces that the village choir will be taking part in a singing competition and she insists that her sisters join in. Will they be able to bury the past and unite to put on a production to be proud of?

I loved reading about the family dynamics of this unique but still relatable family. There is literally a secret around every corner and plenty of highly amusing moments and dry wit. Even the children were individual and amusing especially ten-year-old Tilda with her extensive vocabulary and opinionated personality.

Julie Houston is a new author for me and I loved how she deftly changed from past to present and different character’s perspectives so seamlessly. The masterful dialogue really gives you an insight into the characters and swept the story along. Although the sisters are very different there are subtle similarities that emerge as the characters develop.

This is an entertaining, character-driven read with some serious issues but plenty of laugh out loud moments too.

Thank you Aria fiction for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.

About The Author

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Julie lives in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire where her novels are set, and her only claims to fame are that she teaches part-time at ‘Bridget Jones’ author Helen Fielding’s old junior school and her neighbour is ‘Chocolat’ author, Joanne Harris. After university, where she studied Education and English Literature, she taught for many years as a junior school teacher.

Thank you for reading, keep safe everyone.

The Beekeeper’s Cottage by Emma Davies (Book Review)

The Beekeeper’s Cottage by Emma Davies

Comforted by the gentle hum of the beehives at the bottom of the garden, Grace drains the last of her tea and walks slowly back towards the little hillside house she adores. Her marriage is over, but is it too late to start her life again?

Beekeeper Grace thought throwing out her cheating husband would be the hardest thing she ever did. But when she opens the door to a property developer one morning, it’s clear that keeping the beautiful home and garden – her only sanctuary throughout her miserable marriage – will be the greatest challenge of all…

Fleeing to her best friend at the farm next door, Grace blurts out all her problems, only to be overheard by Amos, a handsome, free-spirited visitor with a twinkle in his eye. Fascinated by Grace and her bees, Amos offers to stay in the village of Hope Corner, to help turn her home into a guest house in return for lessons on beekeeping.

As Grace shows Amos how to nurture a hive and harvest honeycomb without getting stung, he is charming but secretive. He never stays long in the same place after an incident in his past involving a mysterious woman named Maria. But as their eyes lock over a jar of homemade honey, Grace can’t help feeling that she’d really like him to stay…

Determined to dispel her growing suspicion that Amos is running from something serious, Grace goes in search of the truth about Maria. But when she finds it, will she still want Amos to put down roots in Hope Corner, and will they still have a house to return to?

No matter how far they travel, bees will always find their way home…

An absolutely perfect feel good romance for readers who adore Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Debbie Johnson.

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My Thoughts

I was immediately drawn to The Beekeeper’s Cottage with the stunning cover which promises a truly idyllic country setting.

I love the relationship between Grace and her beloved bees. She spoke to them like friends and they soothed her troubles when she reached a turning point in her life.

When mysterious Amos turns up at Hope Blooms Farm looking for work I knew that he was just the person for Grace, but as always there are obstacles in the way. He is such a warm-hearted free spirit, I was intrigued to know more, and his backstory really kept the pages turning.

This beautifully written novel shows that with great friends like Flora and her family, Grace would be fully supported in any decisions she made. It shows that life can take unexpected turns but these can reveal wonderful opportunities if someone is willing to embrace change. The imagery is so vivid that you can almost smell the flowers, hear the bees humming and feel the warmth of the sun on your face.

It was a pleasure to read this gentle summer romance, learn about beekeeping, and join in Grace’s journey to a better life.

Many thanks to Bookouture for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.

A Wedding At The Beach Hut by Veronica Henry

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Today I am absolutely thrilled to be on the opening day of the blog tour for A Wedding At The Beach Hut by Veronica Henry.

The Queen of the ultimate feel good summer read, Veronica Henry returns to the glorious summer setting of her bestselling beach hut books for her new page turning family drama. A lush and inviting summer read which will transport readers to the Devon coastline for a wedding to remember.

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Escape to Everdene Sands, where the sun is shining – but is the tide about to turn?

Robyn and Jake are planning their dream wedding at the family beach hut in Devon. A picnic by the turquoise waves, endless sparkling rosé and dancing barefoot on the golden sand . . .

But Robyn is more unsettled than excited. She can’t stop thinking about the box she was given on her eighteenth birthday, and the secrets it contains. Will opening it reveal the truth about her history – and break the hearts of the people she loves most?

As the big day arrives, can everyone let go of the past and step into a bright new future?

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My Thoughts

I was so excited to join the blog tour for A Wedding At The Beach Hut by one of my favourite authors.

The book centres around Robyn and Jake, their families, and friends, all set in the Devonshire seaside town of Everdene.

Robyn is blissfully happy, every part of her life is perfect apart from one last piece of the jigsaw, something that becomes more important as her life moves forward. She shows great courage and takes a leap of faith, knowing that her actions could cause heartbreak for her loved ones. Robyn’s journey is emotional and beautifully written, a story that will really resonate with both mothers and daughters.

If I had a beach hut like the Shedquarters, I don’t think I would ever leave. It worked so well as a unique, boho style wedding venue lovingly arranged by Robyn’s friend Gwen. I loved all the quirky details and upcycling which went into making the perfect wedding day for a couple who just wanted to celebrate with close family and friends.

As always in Veronica Henry’s books, every one of the side characters has a story to tell. I adored Rocky who devoted himself to bringing up his sons without a thought for his own happiness. Robyn’s friend Gwen is a loyal confidante and true friend. She lives alone surrounded by wonderful artifacts she has collected over the years but underneath there is a loneliness that needs to be filled.

The book focuses on strong relationships both parental and romantic and serious issues are told with great sensitivity. If you are looking for a relaxing, uplifting read,  A Wedding At The Beach Hut will completely sweep you away.

About The Author

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Veronica Henry is The Sunday Times bestselling author of twenty novels. She was a scriptwriter for some of our best loved dramas including The Archers, Heartbeat and Holby City before she turned to fiction. She lives in North Devon with three sons who come and go with the tide, and she flips between walking on the beach, swimming in the sea and mixing killer Negronis.

‘As uplifting as summer sunshine’ Sarah Morgan

‘A delicious treat of a book’ Milly Johnson

‘An utter delight’ Jill Mansell

‘Truly blissful escapism’ Lucy Diamond

‘A heartwarming story combined with Veronica’s sublime writing’ Cathy Bramley

Thank you to Anne Cater , the publisher and author for a copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly.