Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Blog Tour: The Parent Trap by Tilly Tennant

Mishaps in Millrise part 3
A shock development turns Phoebe’s world upside-down. But it’s one that Jack has difficulty coming to terms with too, and they seem to be growing further and further apart. Archie continues to stir up trouble between them, until one night his reckless actions almost end in tragedy. And he’s not the only one causing problems in Phoebe’s life, as Midnight adds her own peculiar spanner in the works.

Phoebe buries herself in her job, and it looks as though Hendry’s might actually be on the road to financial recovery. But if she loses Jack and Midnight, what will it all be for?
The Parent Trap is the third instalment in the Mishaps in Millrise series.

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Yet another gripping installment in the Mishaps in Millrise series! This one is packed with plenty of drama and emotion. As always it's full of characters that you love (Maria), and ones that you really hate (Carol)! I really liked May, Phoebe's mother who we meet in this installment. All of the characters are realistic, and by this point I feel as if I know them, especially Phoebe. As she faces pressure in her home life as well as at work, Phoebe and Jack's relationship is being tested to it's absolute limit, and matters aren't helped by Jack's annoying brother and Phoebe's admirer Adam. But then Phoebe has an unexpected surprise, a life-changing one, and worries how people will take the news.  The story ends on a cliffhanger, of course, and I can't wait to find out how it all ends!

About the Author
Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing, graduating in 2009 with first class honours. She wrote her first novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. It was followed by Mishaps and Mistletoe and The Man Who Can't Be Moved. Find out more about Tilly and how to join her mailing list for news and exclusives at

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Friday, 11 September 2015

Review: Rogue Knight by Regan Walker

York, England 1069… three years after the Norman Conquest

The North of England seethes with discontent under the heavy hand of William the Conqueror, who unleashes his fury on the rebels who dare to defy him. Amid the ensuing devastation, love blooms in the heart of a gallant Norman knight for a Yorkshire widow.


Angry at the cruelty she has witnessed at the Normans’ hands, Emma of York is torn between her loyalty to her noble Danish father, a leader of the rebels, and her growing passion for an honorable French knight.

Loyal to King William, Sir Geoffroi de Tournai has no idea Emma hides a secret that could mean death for him and his fellow knights.


War erupts, tearing asunder the tentative love growing between them, leaving each the enemy of the other. Will Sir Geoffroi, convinced Emma has betrayed him, defy his king to save her?

Rogue Knight is yet another brilliant novel from Regan Walker. It is the second in the Medieval Warriors series, and although the characters from the first installment do make an appearance it is a standalone story. I love fiction set in the medieval era, and this one is the perfect blend of historical romance and action. Emma and Geoffroi are two characters that you really root for, and I was willing Emma to follow her heart as she was torn between her duty to her father and her love for the Norman Knight. It's easy to see why she fell for him. Geoffroi is honorable, courageous and loyal, the perfect knight and worthy of his title. Emma herself is brave, generous and devoted to her family. It is clear that a lot of research went into this book; the attention to historical detail is spot on. You can easily picture war torn York and Geoffroi's picturesque home of Talisand as if you are seeing them with your own eyes, and yet the detail is not overwhelming. It is very much a character driven novel, and every character adds something to the plot - even if they only make the briefest of appearances. Regan is a master of her craft - her novels instantly draw you in and keep you reading, and leave you with a smile on your face.

*Thanks to Regan Walker for granting me a free copy of this book in enchange for a review!*

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Review: The Olive Branch by Jo Thomas

You can buy almost anything online these days. For Ruthie Collins, it was an Italian farmhouse.

Yet as she battles with a territorial goat and torrential rain just to get through the door of her new Italian home, the words of Ed, her ex, are ringing in her ears. She is daft, impetuous and irresponsible.

But Ruthie is determined to turn things around and live the dream.

First, though, she must win over her fiery neighbour, Marco Bellanouvo, and his tempestuous family...and then there's the small matter of running an olive farm. As the seasons change and new roots are put down, olives and romance might just flourish in the warmth of the Mediterranean sun.

I loved Jo Thomas' first novel The Oyster Catcher so I was excited to read this! I have to admit that it took me a little longer to get into this one than her previous stories, I think I was missing the Celtic charm of her first novel, but it soon drew me in. The plot is pretty similar to The Oyster Catcher too, although I didn't actually notice this until the end so it's not conspicuous. A newly single girl moves on a whim to a tight-knit rural community in a foreign country packed with stereotypical locals for a fresh start. To make a living she has to farm, learning her craft from a grumpy but attractive neighbour that she grows to love. Predictable stuff, but I enjoyed it nonetheless - it's an easy read and I raced through it in a couple of days!

Jo Thomas novels read like rom-coms; they have exactly the right balance of drama, comedy and romance to keep you reading and leave you with a smile on your face. As always it's the animal characters that made the novel for me - Daphne the goat was just brilliant! I liked Ruthie, and although she has her cringey moments I was willing her not to give up. A fun read for the summer sunshine, or what's left of it anyway!

**Thanks to Bookbridgr for sending  me a copy of this book in exchange for a review!**