Book Blitz: The Big little Festival by Kellie Hailes

The Big Little Festival by Kellie Hailes

Publisher: HQ Digital
Published: July 19th 2017
Format: EBook
Pages: 218
ASIN: B0714815RL
ISBN13: 9780008259174

Goodreads

Amazon UK

Description

Join the whole village at The Big Little Festival for the perfect summer day out!

With only weeks until the little Devon village of Rabbit’s Leap holds its first ever festival, Jody McArthur is desperate. She – more than anyone – wants to raise the funds to rebuild the local swimming pool and when she fell pregnant with her twin boys, it was the village who was there to support her. So, to stop disaster in its tracks, she brings in big-shot London events manager Christian Middlemore to make The Big Little Festival the huge success everyone deserves.

But Jody is totally unprepared for the impact reserved-but-gorgeous Christian has on Rabbit’s Leap – and her heart! Except Jody has avoided relationships for so long, and anyway, she’s sure romance between a country-born-and-bred single mum and a career-focused city boy would be impossible – wouldn’t it?

As tensions rise along with the home baked scones and miles and miles of bunting, Jody is about to find out!

The second book set in the picture-perfect Rabbit’s Leap, this little village is where love blooms!

My Review

Firstly, thank you to Netgalley, the author and Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours for my copy of this book in exchange for my review. Also, thank you for the chance to take part in the Weekend Blitz for it!

A excellent sequel to the first book. I loved finding out more about Jody, her boys, and can only hope the third is about Serena. She’s a character I’d love to know more about, and while there are little hints in this book about her you don’t get a full image of who she is and what she’s doing back in Rabbit’s Leap.

While this can be read as a stand-alone book, I did read the first one before this and I think it helped. You got a little backstory for some of the characters in that one that you didn’t really get in this one, it sort of skims over everyone.  The involvement of characters from the previous book make this one feel like your coming to have a catch up with some old friends.

While the romance in the first book was intense and full on, the romance between Jody and Christian was simmering, hopeful, strong and just plain old nice. It was a change that Christian took to her children, and wanted to care for them. Jody is a strong character, she knows what she wants and she knows that her boys come first. Until Christian comes along anyway. Christian is a bit of a hit and miss character for me. One one hand he’s the perfect gent, on the other hand he’s bit of a wimp. One page I loved him, the next I didn’t really like him.

The writing style was quick and easy to get into and didn’t leave anything out of the picture. I loved the way this book came across and devoured it within a few hours. As I said before, it felt like coming home to old friends for a chat, a cup of tea and a laugh. It’s a 4out of 5 from me.

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The Cake Book Tag

Cake Book Tag

I saw this post on a few blogs while searching for tags I could steal. Yes, I am on a tag stealing spree again. I would list where I saw it but I can’t remember the names of where now. Plus, who doesn’t love a bit of cake?!


CHOCOLATE CAKE
A dark book you absolutely love

Hmm… The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison.  It was dark, gruesome, and completely horrific for me in places but I would put this in my top 10 of the year so far.
The Butterfly Garden (The Collector #1)


 


VANILLA CAKE
A light read

Felicity at the Cross Hotel by Helena Fairfax.  This book was light-hearted, full of love, and a quirky enjoyable read.
Felicity at the Cross Hotel


 


RED VELVET
A book that gave you mixed emotions

I’m sorry, but Red Velvet cake does not give me mixed emotions. Never does Red Velvet give me mixed emotions. It’s the ultimate cake for me, especially if it has a white chocolate topping or filling. But still, have to follow rules don’t we!!!
So, I picked It Was Only Ever You by Kate Kerrigan. I loved some of the characters, and some others weren’t so great.
It Was Only Ever You



CHEESECAKE
A book you would recommend to anyone

No problem answering this one!!! Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. They will never grow old and they deserve being shouted about.
Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)  Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)



COFFEE CAKE
A book you started but never finished

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon. I really struggled with this one, I will go back to it. Probably at the end of the third Outlander series. Naughty of me, but I’ve read each book after each series.
Voyager (Outlander, #3)




CARROT CAKE
A book with great writing

The Room by The Lake by Emma Dibdin.  This one had me questioning everything, everyone and just made me sit on the edge of my seat.
The Room by the Lake



TIRAMISU
A book that left you wanting more

The Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley.  Every time I read one of these books, I want to immediately read the next.  This one has left me hanging as the next is published soon.
The Shadow Sister (The Seven Sisters #3)




CUPCAKES
A series with 4+ Book

Caught Looking by Jody Holford.  I was expecting some romance book, with a lighthearted theme. I was wrong.  This had much more than that.  It made me remember that not everyone in the world is selfish or horrible. There is some goodness out there.
Caught Looking

The Fall Book Tag

This tag was created by Shanah from Bionic Book Worm. All graphic credits go to her as well. This has been doing the rounds I’ve noticed the last couple of week so I thought that I would jump on the wagon with everyone else. Plus, as it’s Autumn, it seems appropriate. I also loved the graphics, do you blame me?! I’m doing this with books that I’ve read this year, and this year only.


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Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I loved the take on the Queen of Hearts and how she got to how we know her in Alive in Wonderland.
Heartless

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The Missing Twin by Alex Day. I still didn’t see any of it coming when it was to do with Edie.

The Missing Twin

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This could be one of many books this year.  The most recent that I loved, and most importantly dished out on the warm and fuzzy’s would be The Christmas Holiday by Maxine Morrey.

The Christmas Holiday

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I’ve gone with yellow, and there have been quite a few of them this year.
You Had Me at Merlot: The Complete Novel  The Woolly Hat Knitting Club: A gorgeous, uplifting romantic comedy Cocktails and Dreams

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. Need I say more?!?!
Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

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I’ll answer this one with what I want to read by the end of the year, well maybe 3 that I want to have read by the end of the year.
The Crow Garden by Alison Littlewood
City of Circles by Jess Richards
A Time To Change by Callie Langridge
A Time to Change by [Langridge, Callie] The Crow Garden by [Littlewood, Alison] City of Circles by [Richards, Jess]

 

Time Bubble Book Tag

So The Book Loving Pharmacist created this Time Bubble Book Tag (check out the original post here) where the idea is you are able to go off into a bubble where time stands still so you can finish all the books that your heart desires! I’ve been seeing it floating around for a while now, and have come to the conclusion that I really need a time machine!!

What book (or audiobook) have you been meaning to read for a long time but haven’t gotten around to reading:

Oh Christ.. Take your pick. According to Goodreads, the books that have been on my To-Read shelf are The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2) Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)

A book you’ve been meaning to reread but haven’t:

The first 2 I can think of are Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden or Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen. Both spectacular in their own little way.

Memoirs of a Geisha  Water for Elephants

A book from a genre you don’t normally read but have been meaning to try and give it a chance:

Probably anything written by Terry Pratchett. It’s not that I don’t read that genre, I do, it’s just the sheer amount of books involved in it. This could go for the following question as well.

The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind #1) Mort (Death, #1; Discworld, #4) Going Postal (Discworld, #33; Moist von Lipwig, #1)

A series you’ve been wanting to read but haven’t because of how long it is:

The Outlander series, yes I’ve read the first 2 and half books but the rest just seems to have gone on the maybe one day pile.  It’s massive, it’s going to heartbreaking (more than likely), and it’s going to be a gigantic mission to read. And see above for Terry Pratchett books.

Outlander (Outlander, #1) Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2) Voyager (Outlander, #3)

A book you wish you could go back in time and read for the first time:

I can’t decide between Harry Potter or anything by Leigh Bardugo.. Out of the 2 I think I would pick Harry Potter though. The thought of reading those for the first time again would as magical as the books themselves.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, #1) Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

Book recommendation you’ve been putting off:

The last two Jodi Picoult books. I’ve loved the majority of books written by her, but I’m afraid of not liking them. I have the both on my shelf and I look at them every time I pick a book but they always tend to get put back.

Leaving Time Small Great Things

Blog Tour: A Vicarage Christmas by Kate Hewitt

A Vicarage Christmas (The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite Book 1) by [Hewitt, Kate]
A Vicarage Christmas by Kate Hewitt

Publisher: Tule Publishing
Published: 12th October 2017
Format: Ebook
Pages: 121
ASIN: B074199G9Z

Goodreads

Amazon UK

Description

Welcome to Thornwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England’s beautiful but rainy Lake District… where homecomings happen and surprises are in store for the four Holley sisters…

Anna Holley, the third of four sisters, has always felt a little bit forgotten. A family tragedy when she was a child had her retreating deep into shyness, and social anxiety kept her on the fringes of the cozy chaos of the busy vicarage.

After several years away from home, Anna returns for Christmas… and an important announcement from her father. As much as she once loved the village, coming back is hard and puts Anna’s social capabilities to the test.

Avoiding her sisters’ bossy questions, she heads out to the local pub one night, and meets a handsome stranger nursing a pint. Somehow, unburdened by expectations, Simon seems like the perfect person to spill all her secrets to—including a hopeless, long-held crush on her sister’s boyfriend. Confident she’ll never see him again, Anna returns home… only to discover the next day that Simon is actually her father’s new curate!

Anna is beyond mortified, but Simon won’t let her retreat into her usual shyness—and for once Anna is forced to confront the past, and all the fears and feelings she’d tried so long to hide. But with his own heartache that needs to heal, can Simon help Anna to make this the most magical Christmas either of them have known?

My Review

Firstly, Thank You to the publisher, author, Netgalley and Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours for my copy of the book  in exchange for me review- and for the chance to take part in this blog tour! I’m always excited to read books for blog tours organised by Jenny. None have ever let me down and I always enjoy them.

As also, first note goes to the cover. It makes me look forward to nice thick jumpers, scarves, snow and just Winter as a whole.  It’s just a wonderful cover and I just want to fall into it.

OK, so this book was actually shorter than I was expecting, I rarely read Novellas but I actually enjoyed it.  It made a refreshing change to have a short and sweet story to digest.  At 121 pages, everything is short, full on, and intense. The issues dealt with in the book were dealt with delicately and you didn’t feel pity towards the characters.

Anna was a sensitive character, I felt that she would break at any moment and I didn’t really like that. She seemed to improve as the story went on under the supervision of Simon. Simon was a gentleman. He was attentive, soft, caring. I’m looking forward to reading about the other sisters and why they seem the be holding back in this book.  I wonder if we’ll get a whole book for Anna’s parents as well? I would love that, I really liked her mum and the sense of home that she injected into the book.

I enjoyed this story but I also felt it was missing something. I don’t know if I felt like this because of the length of the book or something else. This is a 3 star read for me.

 

Asylum Book tag

I found this tag over at themeganerdblog, you can read her post HERE. I’m not sure where it originated or who created it but I’m sending thanks out into the interweb to you.

1. A BOOK COUPLE THAT DRIVES YOU NUTS?

Clary and Jace from The Mortal Instruments. Christ, will they, won’t they? Are they? Are they really? Or aren’t they? Please make up your damn minds!!!!!!

2. YOU’RE GOING OFF THE RAILS FAST: A SERIES THAT WILL PULL YOU OUT OF THE DARK PLACE?

Harry Potter. Every year when the weather starts changing to icy and colder I always feel my mood dwindling and these are they ones to lift me up.

3. A BOOK THAT MESSED WITH YOUR HEAD AND LEFT YOU SHAKING?

I can’t say a book has left me shaking, but one what’s with messed with my head… I don’t think I can even answer that. I’ve just gone through my read list and I can’t see anything that’s had that impact one me really.

4. YOU ARE GOING INTO SOLITARY CONFINEMENT FOR ONE YEAR AND YOU CAN ONLY BRING ONE BOOK SERIES. WHAT WOULD IT BE?

With the risk of sounding like a broken record, this will be Harry Potter. The only series of books that I have reread, plus there is 7 books and if I take my time with them, they’ll last the year.

5. BREAK OUT! A CHARACTER THAT WOULD HELP YOU ESCAPE THE ASYLUM?

Yet again, Six of Crows makes an appearance!! Every tag I do, it’s there. This answer is Kaz Brekker.

6. YOU ARE STUCK IN AN ASYLUM: A CHARACTER YOU WOULD CHOOSE AS A CELLMATE?

Sensible answer would be someone like..I dunno. I can’t think of someone sensible so I will pick someone who could entertain me in more than one way… Robinson from One Hot Summer by Kat French. Holy Moly that man made me weak at the knees.

7. A CHARACTER THAT YOU WOULD BE TERRIFIED TO BE LOCKED UP WITH?

Dolores Umbridge. Urgh, She creeps me out more than most.

Blog Tour: The Woolly Hat Knitting Club by Poppy Dolan

The Woolly Hat Knitting ClubThe Woolly Hat Knitting Club by Poppy Dolan
Publisher: Canelo
Published: September 25th 2017
Format: Ebook
Pages:
ISBN13: 9781911591269

Description

Finding happiness one stitch at a time

When Dee Blackthorn’s brother, JP, breaks both wrists not only is he in need of a helping hand – or two – but the knitting shop he owns can’t function. Sisterly duties take Dee away from her demanding job and she is unceremoniously fired amidst rumours of inappropriate behaviour. Dee is certain that her hot-shot nemesis, Ben, is behind it all but has no proof.

When Dee bumps into an old friend who is new mum to a premature baby she convinces JP to enlist his knitting pals to make lots of tiny woolly hats. Then Ben turns up denying involvement in Dee’s sacking and she ropes him into helping the knitting cause.

But before long Dee’s good intentions backfire and she risks losing her friends, her family and Ben, who’s turned out to be not so bad after all…

A feel-good romantic comedy about learning what life is really all about, The Woolly Hat Knitting Club is perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Tilly Tennant and Carole Matthews.

My Review

Thanks to Netgalley and Canelo for the chance to read and review this book in advance in exchange for my honest review! Also, thanks to Canelo for inviting me on this blog tour. First comments: The cover, wow! I love the brightness, the colours, and most of all the simplicity of it. It’s gorgeous.

I loved this story. Everything was just warming, loving, and fun. The characters were funny, had depth, had great chemistry with each other and just worked really well. Seeing the change in Dee, or Delilah, from living her fast paced, city life to how she ended up was great. Seeing her change into this slower paced village person was a nice change to other stories that I have read recently. They all seem to go one way or the other.

I did suspect that the person who forced Dee into the position she ends up wasn’t who she though it was. There was something niggling me about the character and I’m glad I was right. Other characters, such as JP, were fantastic. He completely bucked the trend of what men are like in books like this. I was glad to find him in a wool shop than in his lawyer lifestyle.

Written beautifully, with fantastic witty characters and a slow simmering romance, you can’t really complain!!!

5/5 from me and I hope to read more by Poppy Dolan in the future!!!