Tempted by….Rachel’s Random Reads: Snowy Nights at the Lonely Hearts Hotel by Karen King @karen_king @bookouture @gilbster1000 #bookbloggers #bloggerlove #readingrecommendations #booklove #SnowyNights

“Snowy rooftops, mulled wine, and a hot single dad. Not the Christmas Saffy wished for… but maybe the one she needs?

Twenty-nine year old Saffron Baxter knew her holiday plans didn’t stand a chance the moment her sister called to say she was stuck abroad with no hope of being home before Christmas. Saffy would just have to abandon thoughts of wild festive parties in the city and head down to remote Cornwall.


Because every year her sister hosts a huge Christmas meal for all the single parents in her village. And Saffy knows it’d break her heart to let them down.


Arriving as snow starts to fall over the thatched cottages of the little harbour town of Port Breok, she meets Logan – the tall, fair-haired, blue-eyed, devoted single dad who lives next door, with his adorable daughter Chloe. At first she thinks he might help her make Christmas Day extra-memorable, but he just seems convinced she’ll never manage – that she’s just a party girl who doesn’t care about Christmas, or anyone’s feelings.


Maybe he’s right. After all – she doesn’t want to settle down, she’s only there for a few days… But she’s still determined to do her sister proud with gorgeous decorations, the most beautiful real tree – complete with extra twinkly lights, and delicious mince pies. To make it a Christmas everyone will remember, especially little Chloe. Even if, when the mistletoe comes down, she knows she’ll probably never see Logan again…”

I haven’t included a book on this feature so soon after the blog post that tempted me to buy it was published before but as soon as I read Rachel’s post on Friday, I had to immediately order Snowy Nights at the Lonely Hearts Hotel by Karen King. Aside from the cover, and the first line of the blurb which would probably have inspired me to buy this book on their own, Rachel’s glowing review led me to believe I would love the book as much as she did. Any book that can get the well-read Rachel Gilbey to forget where she is on a Tube journey must be good.

Rachel needs no introduction to anyone remotely connected to the book blogging world. As well as being a fabulous and prolific book blogger herself, winning many awards and being extremely highly thought of by all, she is also an amazing blog tour organiser who I have really enjoyed working with this year and hopefully long into the future. I should finally get to meet Rachel in the flesh on Wednesday at the Romantic Novelists’ Association Winter Party where she is up for another award and I am very much looking forward to that. Make sure you visit Rachel’s wonderful blog to see what she is reviewing today.

And if you would like to get your hands on your own copy of Karen’s lovely new Christmas book, hot of the press, you can order a copy here.

Tempted by….Random Things Through My Letterbox: Bitter by Francesca Jakobi @fjakobi @wmbooks @annecater #bookbloggers #bloggerlove #readingrecommendations #booklove #Bitter

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“It’s 1969, and while the summer of love lingers in London, Gilda is consumed by the mistakes of her past. She walked out on her beloved son Reuben when he was just a boy and fears he’ll never forgive her.

When Reuben marries a petite blonde gentile, Gilda takes it as the ultimate rejection. Her cold, distant son seems transformed by love – a love she’s craved his entire adult life. What does his new wife have that she doesn’t? And how far will she go to find out? It’s an obsession that will bring shocking truths about the past to light . . .

Bitter is a beautiful and devastating novel about the decisions that define our lives, the fragility of love and the bond between mother and son.”

Today’s book which has made its way on to my teetering TBR courtesy of a recommendation by a fellow book blogger is Bitter by Francesca Jakobi which I bought after reading this review by Anne Cater who blogs at Random Things Through My Letterbox.

Anne needs no introduction to most of you, she is the doyenne of book blogging, a highly respected blog tour organiser and general all-round head cheerleader for book promotion. I would find it hard to believe that there is anyone reading this who hasn’t read Anne’s blog but, if not, head over there straight away and check it out. Her reviews are always honest and well-balanced and insightful so, when she raves about a book as much as she did this one, I know it is something I need to read.

The premise of the book really grabbed me, a woman who walks out on her young child. As a mother, I can never understand how any woman could do this, so I’ll be fascinated to see what the protagonist’s motivations are and how their reunion pans out. I’m really drawn to books with flawed central characters, as most of us are in real life, and how the writer manages to make a reader care about someone who has done something deemed by society as so unnatural. Anne waxed so lyrical about the depth, subtlety and beauty of this book that it sounds like a compelling read and I’m looking forward to getting in to it.

Please do go and check out Anne’s original review of the book and if you then feel like it might be something you would enjoy, you can buy a copy here.

Tempted by…On The Shelf Reviews: Before I Trust You by Daisy White @DEWhiteAuthor @JoffeBooks @ljwrites85 #bookbloggers #bloggerlove #readingrecommendations #booklove #Blogtober18 #BeforeITrustYou #TheRubyBakerMysteries

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“DO YOU LOVE GRIPPING MYSTERIES?

Then discover Ruby Baker, a young woman with a talent for uncovering the truth.

Rita Stonehill runs in front of the horses on a sunny day at Brighton racecourse. Why did she kill herself and is there more to it than meets the eye?

Ruby Baker is shocked to witness this dramatic event. Rita’s brother thinks she was murdered, but there’s no evidence to suggest that.

It seems like an open-and-shut case of suicide, but as a sordid love triangle emerges, Ruby concludes that someone wanted Rita dead.

Ruby plunges into the glamorous world of horse racing to discover the truth. This is her most dangerous case yet and Rita’s death strikes very close to home for Ruby.

And then Ruby’s best friend Mary has her whole life turned upside down.”

Today, in my series showcasing books I have bought as a result of the persuasive powers of my fellow book bloggers, I have Before I Trust You by Daisy White, which I discovered by reading this review by the lovely Lorna on her blog, On The Shelf Reviews. Lorna’s blog is a fairly new discovery for me, but I quickly became a subscriber, as I find her reviews very detailed and honest, and we seem to have similar views on the books we have both read. Plus, she is an extremely supportive blogger who I love having in my circle.

The first thing that attracted me to this book was the cover image (I know, I know..never judge a book,,yada, yada, yada. I often do, sorry, not sorry. Covers matter, peeps!) I have a thing for carousels; I absolutely love them. I have to jump on as soon as I see one. I have a book plotted out which centres around one. Did I mention I love carousels? I also am a huge fan of books set in the world of racing. Once I had read the review, getting the book was a no-brainer. I haven’t read the first two Ruby Baker mysteries but Lorna said this can be read as a standalone, so I’m looking forward to getting to it soon.

Please do go and check out Lorna’s original review, and have a look around her wonderful blog while you are there. And if you are tempted by this book, as I was, you can get a copy here.

Tempted by…The Writing Garnet: The Coordinates of Loss by Amanda Prowse @MrsAmandaProwse @kaishajayneh #bookbloggers #bloggerlove #readingrecommendations #booklove #Blogtober18 #TheCoordinatesOfLoss

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“When Rachel Croft wakes up on her family’s boat in Bermuda, it’s to sunshine and yet another perfect day…until she goes to wake her seven-year-old son, Oscar. Because the worst thing imaginable has happened. He isn’t there.

In the dark and desperate days that follow, Rachel struggles to navigate her grief. And while her husband, James, wants them to face the tragedy together, Rachel feels that the life they once shared is over. Convinced that their happy marriage is now a sham, and unable to remain in the place where she lost her son, she goes home to Bristol alone.

Only when she starts receiving letters from Cee-Cee, her housekeeper in Bermuda, does light begin to return to Rachel’s soul. She and James both want to learn to live again—but is it too late for them to find a way through together?”

Next up in my series highlighting books I have been tempted to buy after reading reviews by my fellow bloggers is The Coordinates of Loss by Amanda Prowse which I immediately ordered after reading this review written by Kaisha on her fabulous blog, The Writing Garnet. Kaisha’s blog was one of the first book blogs I discovered, long before I started my own, and it still one of my favourites. Her reviews are all really well-considered and balanced and wonderfully expressed.

The subject matter of this book is of great interest to me as it is something of which I have personal experience and something that is currently influencing my own writing so, as soon as I read the review, I knew I had to read it, although I suspect I will find it difficult and emotional. I think this is a good example of a situation where a review which is not a rave will not put off another reader. Although Kaisha says in her review that this is not her favourite book by this author, it did not deter me at all because she still highlighted a lot of positives about the book and reminded us all that sometimes, whether or not we connect with a story is a matter of personal taste and experience. A great example of a well-balanced review.

Make sure you visit Kaisha’s original post to read her review in full and if, like me, you then fancy picking up a copy yourself, you can find it here.

Tempted by….Linda’s Book Bag: Finding Myself in Puglia by Laine B Brown @Lainebbrown @Lindahill50Hill #bookbloggers #readingrecommendations #Blogtober18

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“An Italian memoir.
Laine gave up her job as a nurse, sold her home and gave away most of her belongings. She has three desires bubbling at the heart of her choice: to write a book, paint a picture and climb a mountain before she died.

A man with a van took most of her remaining belongings, along with her basset hound Basil, down to the heel of Italy over 1,500 miles away, where she would spend the next four years.

If it all seemed like a folly, then she was willing to take the risk. She moved to a house that she had only spent a week in the year before. She knew no one and yet she had surety in her resolve. She wanted to feel fully present in feeling unsafe and comfortable with the not knowing.

And so the journey began, a new language, a new life laced with humour and laughter under the warm southern Italian sun.

Come and join her…”

There was a certain contentious Twitter thread last week which questioned the efficacy of book bloggers in promoting books and generating sales for authors. As a result, I decided that now was a good time to launch my new occasional series, highlighting books that I have been enticed to buy by reading reviews by my fellow bloggers.

I know that book bloggers are effective at generating sales for authors because, since I started blogging and reading more reviews by my fabulous fellow bloggers, I have been tempted to buy more and more books, to the extent that I have had to buy two new bookcases in the last year and my Kindle is over-flowing.

First up we have Finding Myself in Puglia by Laine B Brown which I was enticed to buy by this fabulous post on Linda’s Book Bag. Linda Hill is one of the best book bloggers out there, so make sure you check out her wonderful blog if you haven’t visited it already.

The book is a non-fiction memoir of living in Italy which is just up my street as I am a travel junkie. I also thought that Laine might be someone I would enjoy reading when she nominated some of my favourite writers as people she would like to bring along on her night in with Linda.

If you like the sound of the book, you can buy a copy here. Make sure you visit Linda’s original post to read more from Laine about the book. I am looking forward to reading it soon.