Raincoats and Retrievers by Cressida McLaughlin

When I saw Raincoats and Retrievers by Cressida McLaughlin, I couldn’t resist continuing this fantastic mini series and finding out what happens next to Cat Palmer and her dogs. This third instalment sees Cat have her first date with the elusive Mark, who has been notoriously difficult to pin down and about whom she still has mixed feelings. She feels a connection with him when they’re together, but the doubts start as soon as they’re apart – would she be better off with her housemate, Joe, instead? Then there is…

The Christmas We Met by Kate Lord Brown

I must admit, when I saw the title of The Christmas We Met by Kate Lord Brown, I was expecting a Christmas romance novel with plenty of festive cheer. Instead, this book is a great contemporary romance that merely uses Christmas at the beginning as a means of introducing our heroine at her lowest point. The novel begins with a short prologue on a frosty Christmas Eve night, leaving protagonist Grace Manners stranded on a country lane looking for her runaway dog. She is rescued by Jack Booth, estate manager…

The Pirate's Tempting Stowaway by Erica Ridley

Having read and enjoyed the previous books in the Dukes of War series, I was excited to get my hands on the latest release, The Pirate’s Tempting Stowaway by Erica Ridley. This instalment tells the story of Mrs Clara Halton, who is the mother of one of the previous protagonists, Grace. Having sent her daughter back to England in the hopes of finding a better future, Clara has remained in America with her health steadily declining. Her neighbours refuse to call on her, believing her to have consumption, leaving her…

The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

Welcome to our monthly feature here at BCC! Each month I will be sharing a selection of releases I’m most looking forward to, as well as giving you all an insight into what is on my TBR pile for that month. I’d love to hear if you’re anticipating (or reading) the same titles as I am! COVETED JANUARY RELEASES Well, Christmas was over in a flash and we’re now faced with the perils of the January sales and an extra long wait for payday, so here are some new books…

The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny

Nominated for the Goodreads’ Choice Awards this year, I was keen to read The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny when it came available on NetGalley. Penny’s books always sound intriguing, so I was excited to start this one, despite never having read any of the Armand Gamache series to date. The book begins with a communal village gathering in Three Pines, an uncharted and secluded place that is hard for outside company to find. Whilst the adults are busy discussing the prospect of a new play, they are…

Dream a Little Christmas Dream by Giovanna Fletcher

After loving Giovanna Fletcher’s romance release earlier in the year, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Dream a Little Christmas Dream. Set several months later, the book begins with our protagonist, Sarah, in a very happy relationship with her dream man, Brett Last. Christmas is approaching and Sarah can’t wait to spend it with her man – that is, until he starts acting cagey around her and forgetting important occasions. Convinced she is about to be dumped at Christmas, Sarah is up to her typical crazy antics in…

Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Jumper by Debbie Johnson

Having read and loved Debbie Johnson’s previous Christmas and summer romances, I was excited to download her newest release from NetGalley, Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Jumper. The novel introduces us to our protagonist, Maggie, and her daughter, Ellen, who are enjoying a walk through an Oxfordshire park. It is here that Maggie first lays eyes on an overwhelmingly handsome man playing with a young boy, drawing the attention of the majority of the women in the park. What also makes this man stand out is his hideous…

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