When 82-year-old Lil decides to book herself, her 65-year-old daughter, Cassie, and her friend Maggie on a bus trip across Europe, she hopes for a little adventure to counteract the monotony of life in sheltered accommodation.
Along with three members of the Salterley Tennis Club and the Jolly Weaver five-a side football team, whose ideas of a good time are rather different to Lil’s and strikingly at odds with each other’s, the merry band of travelers set out on their great adventure.
From moving moments on the beaches of Normandy, outrageous adventures in Amsterdam, to the beauty of Bruges and gastronomic delights of France, the holiday is just the tonic Lil, Maggie and Cassie needed. And as the time approaches for them to head home, Lil makes an unexpected discovery – even in her advancing years, men are like buses – there isn’t one for ages then two come along at once. Is Lil ready to share her golden years, and can the ladies embrace the fresh starts that the trip has given them. Or is it just too late to change…
Judy Leigh is the bestselling author of A Grand Old Time and The Age of Misadventure and the doyenne of the ‘it’s never too late’ genre of women’s fiction. She has lived all over the UK from Liverpool to Cornwall, but currently resides in Somerset.
Eleanor Sharpley has been living a lie… Needing to escape her London life quickly, Eleanor throws her things into the back of her car, and heads to her erstwhile best friend Charlie’s family farm. But Charlie isn’t there. Instead she finds Charlie’s grieving brother Daniel, her eight-month old daughter Hope (a daughter Eleanor had known nothing about), and a crumbling and unloved Damson Farm. Damson Farm lies at the edge of the village of Ferrington, with the river Maddon flowing at its heart. But Ferrington is a village divided by more than just a river – it is split in two by an age-old feud – between the Old Side and the New Side. Eleanor has run from her problems, straight into a family and a world that has problems of its own. But Damson Farm has magic too, and as winter gives way to spring, the old farm starts to come to life under Eleanor’s love and care. The orchard starts to blossom with daffodils and bluebells, and the sound of bees busy in their hives fills the warming air. Can Eleanor bring Daniel and the feuding village of Ferrington back to life too, or will her secrets catch up with her first?
Beth Moran is the author of three previous romance novels, including Making Marion. She regularly features on BBC Radio Nottingham and is a trustee of the national women’s network Free Range Chicks. She lives on the outskirts of Sherwood Forest. Beth’s first novel for Boldwood, Christmas Every Day, was published in September 2019.
A hilarious and fun read. With elements of rom-com and mystery, We belong Together is an enjoyable read. It is an easy breezy read, and completely charming. I loved both the main characters – Eleanor and Daniel. An amazing book on growth, forgiveness and rebuilding life.
Flora has always adored her brother Billy. Born just eighteen months apart, their childhood was spent like two peas in a pod – no one could separate them. Now, as adults, they remain the best of friends. And as Flora is immersed in family life, Billy is always there to lend a hand.
But, in just one day, everything changes.
In just one day, Flora’s life falls apart.
In just one day, Flora has to learn how to live again. From the nostalgia of seaside Britain to the breath-taking beauty of Venice, in tears and laughter, join Helen McGinn for this emotional, uplifting and joyful story about love in all its guises. But above all, this is an unforgettable story of one little girl and the brother she adores.
Helen McGinn is a much-loved wine expert on TV and in print and an international wine judge. She spent ten years as a supermarket buyer sourcing wines around the world before setting up her award-winning blog (and now best-selling wine book) The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club. She is the drinks writer for the Daily Mail and regularly appears on TV’s Saturday Kitchen and This Morning. Helen lives in the New Forest and Boldwood are publishing her debut women’s fiction title in Spring 2021.
In Just One Day focuses on a family’s journey to recover from the loss of a son and brother. The story’s protagonist is a sommelier and it is strongly recommended that this book is read with a glass of wine. The author maintains a balance between the emotional aspects of the story by reflecting on the grief and its recovery, but not making it too dreary. Most of the characters grapple with the loss of something, be it a sibling, job, marriage or real estate. Through this loss, every character manages to look forward to the future and focus on strengthening each other. This is a book on family, community and friendship.
I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the HUNT THE STORM by Cassie Swindon Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!
Title: HUNT THE STORM (Golden Chains Book 2) Author: Cassie Swindon Pub. Date: August 1, 2021 Publisher: Cassie Swindon Formats: Paperback, eBook Pages: 347 Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle
Raelyn Bell’s journey started in “Break the Stone,” the first novel in the Golden Chains series. After following the puzzle pieces and escaping dangerous threats, she discovered that her Ma has been alive all these years.
But learning that information came at a cost. In “Hunt the Storm,” Raelyn travels across the world to a desert with the goal to bring her Ma home. While dealing with the grief of what she had already lost, Raelyn pushes people away, including her boyfriend, Kody, who only wants to help and support her. An evil overlord in this foreign land stands in her way of saving Ma. Will Raelyn ever find the parent connection she has always searched for? Will her and Kody last through the obstacles they face in the desert?
Praise for BREAK THE STONE:
“I read Break the Stone as a preliminary beta reader. Even with an unpolished copy, I could not put it down. It’s a fantastic debut for new author Cassie Swindon, full of suspense and romance.” Anna Cackler
“This is a great book that will make you laugh, cry, and keep you in suspense! I’m definitely looking forward to reading the next book in this exciting trilogy!” Marcia Campbell
“This story will make you want to keep reading to til the end to find out what will happen. It’s a great book and you will not be disappointed. It does end in a cliffhanger but it’s well worth the read and you will want to read the next book just find out what will happen next.” Dianna Malone
“A fantastic read from a new author! The mystery and seduction that sucks you in and takes you for an emotional rollercoaster ride. There are many twists and turns that keep you guessing how it will end and leave you wanting more. You will fall in love with Raelyn and join her on the journey to find out what happened to her mother. This is the first book in a trilogy and I cannot wait for book 2.” Catherine Kroeger
“Every sentence Cassie writes serves a purpose, each paragraph is carefully detailed, and each scene leaves the reader grateful for the next chapter. With a strong supporting cast of characters, a deepening mystery, and relationships that both challenge and deepen our cultural understanding, Break the Stone is a fascinating and seductive story that will leave you wanting more!” Natalie Proudfoot
This is the second book in the Golden Chains series. Do read the first book before getting to this one.
Cassie is good at building tension, and maintaining suspense. The book has several plot twists, and is a page turner. However, it does include certain scenes that may not be suitable for readers of all ages. This is a good trilogy to read, and the third book will also be out soon. Suitable for Fantasy, Romance and Suspense Readers.
About Cassie Swindon:
Cassie a fiction Indie author with three novels launching in May 2021, August 2021, November 2021. She lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband, two kids and somehow…4 cats. So, she’s surrounded by fur, legos, Disney music, costumes, and goldfish crackers. If she’s not writing or reading, she’s hiking, kickboxing or crafting.
Written by an Irish author, Life’s What You Make It is the story of Liv O’Neill’s return to Sandycove, Ireland, after ten years in London. Coming straight from a corporate job, Liv initially struggles to find her place in the Sandycove community. As she slowly finds her footing, she realizes that her community has changed in many ways and seems more like home. Pulled between wanting to stay home and returning to London, this book takes you on a journey that encompasses friendship, community, family, and love.
It is inspiring to read a book that is based on a small town and its people. I enjoy reading books that include themes of community and belonging. They leave you with a smile on your face. This book for sure did the same. Liv’s character, her story, and her struggles are all so relatable. Youngsters all over the globe leave their homes and families behind to pursue better opportunities. This book is a subtle reminder that while we move away from our families, a part of us always stays back.
It is a good read, and you won’t be disappointed. Even though it is based in a small town, there is enough drama to keep the reader engaged. As time passes, one realizes that priorities change, and so do our dreams and goals. It is a book for someone who is away from home or is homesick. It’s like chicken soup for the soul.
It is a heartwarming read, and I give it 4/5 stars. Thanks to Netgalley and Boldwood books for the copy in exchange of an honest review.