Tempted by….Being Anne: Help The Witch by Tom Cox @cox_tom @Williams13Anne @unbounders #bookbloggers #bloggerlove #readingrecommendations #booklove #HelpTheWitch

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Inspired by our native landscapes, saturated by the shadows beneath trees and behind doors, listening to the run of water and half-heard voices, Tom Cox s first collection of short stories is a series of evocative and unsettling trips into worlds previously visited by the likes of M. R. James and E. F. Benson.

Railway tunnels, the lanes and hills of the Peak District, family homes, old stones, shreds fluttering on barbed wire, night drawing in, something that might be an animal shifting on the other side of a hedge: Tom has drawn on his life-long love of weird fiction, folklore and nature s unregarded corners to write a collection of stories that will delight fans old and new, and leave them very uneasy about turning the reading lamp off.

I know this is usually a Monday feature but yesterday was impossible so I’m sharing it today instead. Surprise! A change is as good as a rest, they say, and I’m relaxing into the Christmas holidays.

Anyway, today on Tempted by…. I have Help The Witch by Tom Cox and the review which inspired me to buy it was this one written by Anne Williams on her blog, Being Anne. Anne is a hugely respected and inspirational book blogger, who also talks quite openly about things going on in her life in general so you really feel like you get to know her through her blog. I have been lucky enough to meet her in person and she is as lovely as she comes across on the blog. her reviews are always very detailed and honest about what works in a book and what doesn’t, so I completely trust them. No flannel here!

This was the main draw of the review for me, the pulling out of the positives and the negatives; the emphasis on what worked for her and what didn’t; the quirkiness of the stories. I do like a short story collection that you can dip in and out of when you are short on time or don’t have the brain space to embark on a longer literary journey and these sound like something out of the ordinary. I’m very drawn to something a bit different, although I’m not sure I will read them late at night while I am on my own! This book was published by Unbounders and I have found that their unique publishing model have produced some very diverse and interesting books this year, including some of my favourite reads, so I am looking forward to dipping in to this over Christmas.

If, after reading Anne’s review, you would like to get your own copy of this book, you can buy it here. And please do visit Anne’s wonderful blog, Being Anne, and get to know her, I know you’ll love her too.

 

Godlefe’s Cuckoo by Bill Todd #BookReview #BlogTour (@williamjtodd) @damppebbles #GodlefesCuckoo #damppebblesblogtours

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Danny Lancaster has been missing since the fishing boat exploded. Police are closing their inquiry but Wanda Lovejoy continues her campaign to find the truth. An evil man kept alive by machines nurses a corrosive hate. As drugs and disease pull his dying mind apart he throws his crime empire into a scorched earth quest to find one man. If Danny Lancaster isn’t dead he soon will be.

I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Godlefe’s Cuckoo by Bill Todd today. My thanks to Emma Welton at damp pebbles blog tours for including me on the tour and to the author for my copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly and impartially.

This is my first book by Bill Todd, although I believe it is the fifth full-length book featuring ex-soldier-turned-private-detective, Danny Lancaster. The fact I had not read the previous books in the series did not detract from my enjoyment of this book, although having knowledge of the previous books may have increased the depth of my understanding of events in this book, so you might want to read them in order. I would certainly like to go back and catch up with how Danny got to the place we find him at the beginning of Godlefe’s Cuckoo, which is missing, presumed dead by some.

I was drawn in to the novel very quickly by the historical opening scenes, which bed the book firmly in the setting of Brighton, and I have to say that the author shows great skill in bringing the location to life, from the wild areas of uninhabited coastline to the gritty back streets and local pubs, as well as the bits familiar to tourists. I really enjoyed the fact that the sea and the coast play an important part in this book, which makes the coastal setting very relevant, rather than just an aside. This is a novel where sense of place is important.

There are a lot of characters introduced very quickly at the start of the book and it was a little dizzying and hard to keep up with to begin with, especially for someone who has not read the previous books and is not familiar with the characters which are recurring from the previous volumes. They all have separate storylines, and it is quite hard to fathom for the first third of the book how they could possibly tie together, although all does become clear as the book progresses. Therefore, the book requires a degree of concentration to follow, which is not necessarily a criticism. I like a book which is mentally challenging, but this is not a book that can be read on ‘coast’ mode.

There are a lot of very interesting and diverse characters in the story, and I particularly like the fact that this male author had created a cast of strong, independent and varied women, with not a female stereotype in sight.  I grew particularly fond of Wanda throughout the book, but all of the characters bring something to the story and have a range of complex motivations. The Russian element were the weakest in the book as far as character development went, and I did feel that it parts they were in danger of tipping in to ‘typical of the type’ villains and I would have liked them to have had more depth to be honest, but it is a minor quibble that may well be peculiar to me. You will have to be your own judge.

The book is a little different in development to a standardly plotted book, because the main character, Danny, features very little be begin with in person and is mostly referenced by other characters in his absence, so there is not much time for those of us coming fresh to the series to develop a sense of who he is or a direct relationship with him. However, this would obviously be different for people who had read the previous stories and, I have to say, once he did appear and start taking centre stage, I found him a fascinating and compelling character with a strong personality, which definitely made me want to read more about him.

The plot clipped along at a brisk pace and contained enough excitement, action and mystery to keep me turning the pages without wanting to put it down. I am not sure how realistic it is, as a plot as my knowledge of international criminal activity is minimal, but it was easy enough to buy in to it to a degree to allow me to enjoy the book. I have to say, I think a particular strength in this book is the author’s use of convincing dialogue. It certainly moved the book along nicely and sounds natural, which is not an easy thing to achieve, and it impressed me enough to stand out as a positive attribute.

Somewhat out of my usual reading tastes, I really enjoyed this book and will definitely go back and check out the earlier Danny Lancaster stories when I get chance. Highly recommended.

Godlefe’s Cuckoo is out now and you can get a copy here.

Please do check out the rest of the reviews on the tour on the dates listed below:

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About the Author

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I’m a journalist and travel writer who has visited more than 40 countries from the white wastes of Arctic Finland to the ancient deserts of Namibia. Love a good wilderness. I received the Ed Lacy travel award in 2007.

I’ve written six crime thrillers featuring soldier-turned-investigator Danny Lancaster and was startled and delighted to be voted one of the 100 best crime authors in the WH Smith readers’ poll in 2015. I’ve also written three short factual military histories. I live to write although keyboard time has been cut lately with the arrival of grandson Theo.

Connect with Bill:

Website: http://www.billtodd.co.uk

Facebook: Bill Todd

Twitter: @williamjtodd

Instagram: @billtodd_writer

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A Winter Beneath The Stars by Jo Thomas #BookReview #BlogTour (@jo_thomas01) @headlinepg @annecater #RandomThingsTours #Christmas #AWinterBeneathTheStars

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On a courier trip to Tallfors, deep in Swedish Lapland, everything is going to plan. Halley has her bag, with two precious wedding rings inside for delivery… until she doesn’t.

The only way to save the wedding is to team up with mysterious reindeer herder Bjorn, the one person who can lead her across the snowy tundra to be reunited with her bag.

On a journey of a lifetime beneath the stars, with only the reindeer and a bad-tempered stranger for company beside the fire, Halley realises that she will need to confront her past heartaches in order to letthe warmth of love in once more…

I am so delighted today to be taking my turn on the blog tour for A Winter Beneath The Stars by fellow RNA Member and somewhat of a personal hero of mine, Jo Thomas. My huge thanks for Anne Cater for giving me one of the coveted places on this tour and to Headline for my copy of the book, which I have renewed honestly and impartially.

I absolutely love books that take me away to foreign climes while I am sat at home in my chair, so I can indulge my passion for travel mentally while I’m not actually travelling myself. For this reason, Jo Thomas has become one of my favourite authors in recent years and I was very excited to see what she would do with a winter book. Having read it, I can say with certainty that it did not disappoint me.

This book follows the story of Halley, who travel for a living delivering valuable items overseas, and how she comes to be stuck in Swedish Lapland with a gruff reindeer herder. That’s all I’m going to say about the plot, you’ll need to read the book to find out how she ends up in this predicament. Suffice it to say, a series of mishaps and some suspended disbelief is the order of the day.

Jo brings the setting of Swedish Lapland vividly to life. Her descriptions are beautiful and so evocative that you can smell the trees, feel the bite of the wind on your cheeks, hear the click of the reindeers’ ankles (I never knew they did that, but now I can imagine what it sounds like), taste the wild mushroom soup, see the sparkling sprinkle of stars across the winter sky. Her writing is a feast for every sense that transports you directly to the heart of the setting. What I particularly love about this book is that she captures the real place, not just the tourist side, and explores the life of the indigenous population that have lived on the land for centuries. It is this kind of detail and insight that makes me want to read and I think it is unusual to find that level of care about authenticity in a romance novel, which is why I love Jo’s book so much. I would absolutely love to have Jo on the blog to talk about her research for the book, I know it will be a fascinating tale which is touched on in the acknowledgements. Not that I’m hinting or anything!

Now I’ve waxed lyrical about the setting, which is the huge strength of this book, let’s talk about the plot. It has everything you could want in a book of this kind. Romance, humour, emotional revelations, exploration of love and loss and grief and how, as human beings, we navigate these emotions. All of this is done so warmly and wisely, with such honesty and empathy that you can’t fail to be moved by the experience of reading it. To be honest, I guessed quite early on what the situation was between Halley and her husband but that did not detract from my enjoyment of the story at all and I had total understanding of where she was coming from and her reactions. It took me a couple of chapters to warm to her, but once I did, I was firmly on her side and going through the wringer with her every step of the way – the elation and despair which the author so cleverly draws out with her writing.

Bjorn took a little more fathoming, but I warmed to him over the course of the book, and I am sure the author has paced his character development deliberately so that the reader’s feelings towards him develop in much the way Halley’s do. She has thrown them together in the most extraordinary of circumstances and my favourite part of the story was watching Halley find her feet and her confidence in dealing with experiences totally outside of her comfort zone. This story is as much about Halley finding herself as anything else and this gives the story a real depth and poignancy that raise it above the standard of the every day romantic novel.

There are plenty of light-hearted moments provided by secondary characters, particularly Lars whom I loved, and the novel is beautifully balanced in this regard. Actually, it is just beautiful and once you’ve read it, you’ll want to rush out and buy the rest of Jo’s books to try and maintain the feelings her writing will evoke in you. She writes the way I aspire to write, if I only I were this skilful.

A Winter Beneath The Stars is out now in all formats and you can buy a copy here.

Please do make sure you check out some of the other reviews of this book by my fantastic fellow bloggers by following the tour:

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About the Author

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Jo Thomas worked for many years as a reporter and producer, first for BBC Radio 5, before moving on to Radio 2’s The Steve Wright Show. In 2013, Jo won the RNA Katie Fforde Bursary. Her debut novel, The Oyster Catcher, was a runaway bestseller in ebook and was awarded the 2014 RNA Joan Hessayon Award and the 2014 Festival of Romance Best Ebook Award. Jo lives in the Vale of Glamorgan with her husband and three children.

Connect with Jo:

Website: https://jothomasauthor.com

Facebook: Jo Thomas Author

Twitter: @jo_thomas01

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Friday Night Drinks with….Jo from Tea & Cake For The Soul @teaandcakesoul #FridayNightDrinks #GuestPost #Tea&CakeForTheSoul #BookBlogger #BloggerLove

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A slight change to the scheduled post tonight. due to unforeseen circumstances, but I am delighted to welcome to Friday Night Drinks – a few weeks earlier than planned – Jo who runs one of my favourite blogs, Tea & Cake For The Soul. Jo’s blog is a lovely mix of book reviews, travel, music, lifestyle, recipes, health and lots more, so there is always something interesting to read.

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Jo, thank you so much for stepping in at the last minute and joining me for drinks this evening, I hate to drink alone! First things first, what are you drinking?

Vodka and coke, although to be honest I’d rather have a mug of tea!

Sometimes I’d just rather have tea too. My friends and I have been known to order cups of tea in my local! If we weren’t here in my virtual bar tonight but were meeting in real life, where would you be taking me for a night out?

We would be going to a gig, just a small club gig nothing big. Music of choice would be rockabilly, psychobilly, ska or ska/punk.

If you could invite two famous people, one male and one female, alive or dead, along on our night out, who would we be drinking with?

If we’re out drinking then I’d choose Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, they just always seem to have a laugh don’t they?

That’s very true. I’ve lost count of how many times they’ve corpsed on This Morning. I thought Holly did a great job standing in for Ant on I’m A Celebrity, too. So, now we’re settled, tell me what you are up to at the moment. What have you got going on? How and why did you start it and where do you want it to go?

At the time of writing, I’m busy giving my blog a huge overhaul. Although I’ve been blogging for 3 years, I’ve only been doing it seriously in the last 8 months or so and there’s more to it than just typing something and hitting publish isn’t there?

I’ve learnt so much recently that I thought before I go any further I’d go back through my old posts and try to bring them all up to scratch. It’s quite a mammoth task now that I realise I’ve already written 180 posts! So maybe not all of them, but I’d like to get some of my core content up to date and SEO optimized.

Why did I start it? I’m asking myself the same question hahaha! I currently run my blog as a hobby so I don’t NEED to do it for business but unfortunately, once I get an idea in my head I have to see it through.

While I’m doing all the above, I’m also continuing to keep the gig guide and all the band pages that I run, up to date at the same time. And doing my usual paid work, running a house and looking after my family. I think I need a holiday very soon!

I’ve always written and run websites for as long as I can remember. I have recently been offered a regular freelance writing job and I’d certainly like to do more of that if the right opportunities come along.

Ultimately though I just want my writing to be useful and enjoyable, and want to get the word out to as many people as possible.

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That is a great ambition, Jo. What has been your proudest moment since you started blogging and what has been your biggest challenge?

Blogtober and Blogtober. 31 posts in 31 days. I tried to write interesting and varied content that still fit in with the themes of my blog so travel, music, recipes, book recommendations, health, eco issues, etc. I found that the whole process taught me that I had skills I’d forgotten I had, it certainly took some planning.

I managed to get most of it written and scheduled throughout September so I was feeling pretty confident about it and thought I’d get a bit of a rest in October! Promoting the posts turned out to be as time consuming as writing them.

And one big part of Blogtober is to interact and support other bloggers. I joined a great Facebook group so lots of time was spent reading and commenting on their posts too. It was a full-time job for September and October. But one I’m glad I did. I picked up new followers and I’ve found some great new blogs to read too.

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What is the one big thing you’d like to achieve in your chosen arena? Be as ambitious as you like, it’s just us talking after all!

Well, I’m driven more by the simple pleasures in life of just being happy rather than having ambitions, but for the sake of our night out, and presuming that the vodka has made me a bit silly, I will choose to interview Robbie Williams. Did you see my post earlier in the year The Day I Met Robbie Williams? Well yes, I’m still kinda hankering over meeting him and getting to ask him some down to earth questions.

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What are you currently working on that you are really excited about?

I’ve got lots of great new musical articles coming. I’ve been running music-based websites and writing for books and magazines since 2002. It really is a huge passion of mine so I’m pleased to be bringing more of that to my blog.

Even if you don’t like the style of music, I hope that every music lover out there will be able to identify with the stories. They are all approached from a personal angle. I will be featuring fans, promoters, and DJs, as well as musicians, and everyone has an interesting story to tell, they just need someone to prise it out of them.

That sounds really exciting, I will look forward to reading those posts. I love to travel, and I’m currently drawing up a bucket list of things I’d like to do in the future. Where is your favourite place that you’ve been and what do you have at the top of your bucket list?

My favourite place is Seal Beach in California. We try to go over to the US once or twice a year. We always go somewhere new on each trip but have a couple of days in Seal Beach too if we can. We’d like to spend much longer there when we retire.

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Bucket list at the moment is Monument Valley in Sedona/Utah which I am going to tick off in 2019 but then after that, I think it will be New York and Canada. I’m not a city girl but I think it has to be done once doesn’t it?

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I love the USA too. I’m not a city girl either but I love New York, I’ve been four times and I would still go back. Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself that people might not know about you.

I once cut the hair of an 80’s popstar. He’d been on Top Of The Pops and in National Press too. 😉 

Oh, you are mean keeping his name to yourself! Books are my big passion and central to my blog and I’m always looking for recommendations. What one book would you give me and recommend as a ‘must-read’?

There have been two stand out books for me this year so it’s a hard decision but I think for a universal appeal it has to be Big Sexy Love by Kirsty Greenwood. If you just look at the book blurb, I’m not sure everyone’s going to want to read it, but it’s probably the best book I’ve ever read, a real rollercoaster read full of laughs and warmth.

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Jo’s review of Big Sexy Love by Kirsty Greenwood

So, we’ve been drinking all evening. What is your failsafe plan to avoid a hangover and your go-to cure if you do end up with one?

Well if you’d stuck with me and drunk tea you’d be fine! 😉 But if you’re feeling rough, there’s no other way than to spend the morning in bed feeling sorry for yourself being served copious amounts of chilled water, hot tea and biscuits.

After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?

My perfect day would be at the beach, a really quiet flat sandy beach so I could walk along the water’s edge chatting then just sit and look out to sea and let my mind go blank for a while. I love being by the ocean, it instantly calms me.

I love the beach too, it has a certain way of putting things in to perspective. Jo, thank you so much for joining me on the blog this evening, it has been a huge pleasure and I look forward to seeing the developments on your blog as it grows.

If you would like to get to know Jo better, please make sure you visit her blog, Tea & Cake For The Soul or catch up with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Please join me back here next week when I will be having Friday Night Drinks with author, Rachel Dove.

Nearly there! #Giveaway #bookbloggers #blogginggoals #BooksOfTheYear #MerryChristmas #HappyNewYear #amreading

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I just got very excited when I realised that I am only 33 followers away from reaching two thousand on my blog!

I can’t believe how much this has grown the past twelve months from the little personal project it started out as, and I want to thank everyone who follows me and has supported me and comments on and shares my blog posts. It means more to me than you will ever know.

Anyway, I would love to reach the magic number by the end of the year so, to incentivise you all, I will be giving away a bundle containing my top five books of the year to one of my lucky followers, if I reach the magic two thousand by midnight on 31 December 2018. So getting signing up and you could be starting of 2019 in style with five of the best books of 2018 heading your way!

If you would like to know what these books are, watch out for my countdown of my ‘Top Ten Books of the Year’ post on New Year’s Eve.

Thanks again for all your support and here’s to another great year of reading in 2019.

The City of Second Chances by Jane Lacey-Crane #BookReview #BlogTour (@JaneLaceyCrane) @Aria_Fiction @RNATweets #PublicationDay #NetGalley #TheCityOfSecondChances

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She’s already met The One, it was just that Mr Right came along at the wrong time….

Evie Grant is forty-five years old, a widow, and single mum of two children about to leave the nest. Suddenly alone in the family home, Evie realizes she hates her job, hardly goes out and hasn’t had a date since who knows when…

So it feels like fate when the opportunity arises for a girls trip to New York City. Staying with her sister on the Upper East Side, Evie is enchanted by a snow-covered city consumed by preparing for Christmas. Bobble hat firmly on, Evie is walking through the city one day when she bumps into Daniel Roberts, Hollywood heartthrob and one-time boyfriend of hers.

It’s now or never for Evie – but she open her heart to the possibility of a new beginnings and true happiness once again….?

Funny, real and wonderfully romantic, this is the perfect feel-good read to keep you warm this winter!

Today is Publication Day for The City of Second Chances by my fellow RNA member, Jane Lacey-Crane so I want to say happy publication day to Jane. I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour on Publication Day and I want to thank Victoria Joss at Aria for inviting me to take part and for my copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly and impartially. I apologise profusely for posting my review so late in the day, I have been tied up unavoidably, but I am hoping both Jane and Victoria will forgive me once they read it.

Where do I start? This book has made me feel so many things that my emotions are still swirling and I’m still sifting through them in my head but I’ll do my best to sort them in to some semblance of a coherent review. Suffice it to say, this book has absolutely blown me away by how much I love it. It has everything I love in a good book and, not only are all the elements there, they are delivered so perfectly; with so much warmth and charm and sincerity and sheer honesty that it has wriggled under my skin and settled there.

The book is the story of Evie, widowed mum of two who has lost the love of her life and is now facing an empty nest as her children reach adulthood and leave home. She has to face what she is going to do with the rest of her life, and that question currently has no clear answer. The main part of what I loved about this book was Evie and how much I could relate to her. From the very beginning, I felt like I knew her. she could be me, or one of my friends. She is my age, and I was totally on board with what she is going through. Her feelings leapt off the page in their authenticity and wrapped themselves around my heart. I was living the story with her from page one, and that doesn’t happen all that often in a book, where you are actually carried in to the story to live it with the main character, but when it does it is magical.

Aside from Evie, all of the other characters in this book were so well drawn and real that they just enhanced the feeling of being in a real person’s life. Evie’s sister and her friend, Rachel, were also people that I felt I recognised and I loved the dynamic between them. The storyline with Olivia was an interesting twist and, although it did not go the way I thought, I understood why the author did what she did with it and it was absolutely correct for the story. Daniel was a romantic lead that anyone would fall in love with, and the relationship between he and Evie was everything you could wish for. It put me through a whole wringer of emotions throughout the story and the plot was not at all predictable, I just loved it. The whole book is perfectly balanced with regard to the emotional rollercoaster.

This book has difficult elements included in it, and the author tackles them bravely and head on. Plots like this only work if you don’t shy away from the topic – if you are going to tackle them, you need to commit to it, and Jane really does that, I feel. This is not a light and fluffy romance, and I love that about it. The settings are also perfect. New York at Christmas, always appealing and the author really brings the city to life. It is festive enough to bring a pleasing warmth to your cockles, but not so twee that it makes your teeth ache, perfectly balanced – the salted caramel of Christmas novels.

I was lucky enough to spend some time with Jane at the RNA conference back in July and the thing that struck me most about this book was that I could very clearly hear her voice throughout. This is definitively her book, her voice, it couldn’t have been written by anyone else and I really felt that this was her putting herself honestly on the page. This is a massive leap forward from her first book, you can feel the confidence flowing through the pages. This is an author who has hit her stride and is powering forward. The honesty pulses off the page and pulls the reader in to experience the story with her. This is what confident writing looks like.

As you may have gathered, I adored this book. I’ve just ordered a paperback copy to add to my library. It is for the discovery stories like this that I read and I could not be happier for Jane at what she has achieved with this novel.

Please go and buy a copy, I promise you won’t regret it. You can get it here.

If you would like to get some other perspectives on the novel, please check out the rest of the tour:

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About the Author

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Born in London, Jane’s writing career began in cable TV, writing true crime documentaries. More recently, Jane has contributed to an anthology of short stories and written two weekly crime serials. When she’s not writing, Jane loves to read good books, binge watch TV boxsets and drink tea. And wine. 

Connect with Jane:

Facebook: Jane Lacey-Crane
Twitter: @JaneLaceyCrane

Christmas Miracles at the Little Log Cabin by Helen J Rolfe #BookReview #BlogTour (@HJRolfe) @RaRaResources @RNATweets #RaRaResources #Christmas #LittleLogCabin #NewYorkEverAfter

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We have a total switch of mood for my third review of the day and I’m delighted to be finishing off with something Christmassy by joining the tour for Christmas Miracles at the Little Log Cabin by fellow RNA member, Helen J Rolfe. My thanks to Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for asking me to take part in the tour and to the author for my copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly and impartially.

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Holly is looking for a change and even though not everyone agrees with her career choices, she’s determined there’s more to this life than the long hours she works as an editor in New York City. What she doesn’t expect is to meet Mitch, a recluse who’s hiding more than she realises.

Mitch does all he can to avoid human contact, spending his days in the little log cabin out in the woods behind Inglenook Falls where he owns a Christmas tree farm, so when Holly falls into his life, he’s not sure how to react. All he knows is that something needs to change if he ever wants to get his life back on track.

Along with friends Cleo and Darcy, Holly is determined to bring joy back to Mitch’s life, but will he appreciate their interference? And when a business proposition throws everything up in the air, will it do more harm than good and ruin lives forever?

Both Holly and Mitch must learn that on the surface people aren’t always what they seem…but if you dig a little deeper, they can take you by surprise.

Curl up this Christmas for plenty of snowflakes, roaring log fires, a marriage proposal, unlikely friendships and second chances as we return to the much-loved characters in the New York Ever After series.

This is the first book in this series that I have read, although I understand it is number 4 and some of the characters are reappearing from previous books. However, this book can easily be read as a standalone novel without losing any enjoyment, and enjoy it I certainly did.

After two fairly harrowing books which I have reviewed earlier today, I am happy to be talking about a festive read – and this book screams Christmas like a giant mug of cinnamon-laced mug of creamy chocolate with a huge dollop of cream on top. Add some marshmallows? Well why not, you can’t cram too much Christmas spirit in to a book for me and this one has it in shedloads. Just look at the title and the cover, it says it all!

From a sparkling New York to the festive cheer of a close knit little town, Yuletide warmth is spread across the pages like a cosy blanket and I revelled in every minute of it. I just loved the community feel of Inglenook Falls – and who can resist a ramshackle log cabin in the woods, complete with mysterious hunky man?

I really warmed to the characters in this book. I followed Holly’s journey with interest as she takes a step back from her hectic life and rediscovers herself in the quaint little town. However, Mitch was the more interesting character for me as we slowly discover why is is so reclusive and how he is brought out of himself as he unfurls in the warmth of Helen’s friendship. I really enjoyed the developing relationship dynamics between the two of them.

This is a story about friendship, first impressions and taking a leap of faith to make that change in life and it is written with such warmth and tenderness that it is impossible not to fall in love with the story and the characters. This is the perfect Christmas read and I enjoyed every page.

Christmas Miracles at the Little Log Cabin is available now and you can get a copy here.

To check out the rest of the posts on the tour, visit the blogs detailed below:

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About the Author

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Helen J Rolfe writes contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and community. Characters often face challenges and must fight to overcome them, but above all, Helen’s stories always have a happy ending. 

Location is a big part of the adventure in Helen’s books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries around the world. So far, locations have included Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Connecticut, Bath and the Cotswolds.

Connect with Helen:

Website: http://www.helenjrolfe.com

Facebook: Helen J Rolfe Writer

Twitter: @hjrolfe

Instagram: @helen_j_rolfe