The Cherry Tree Café by Heidi Swain

A book that combines the charm of The Great British Sewing Bee with the delights of The Great British Bake Off, I was expecting good things when I downloaded The Cherry Tree Café by Heidi Swain from NetGalley. The book begins with our protagonist, Lizzie Dixon, about to share an anniversary meal with her boyfriend, Giles. As far as she is concerned, they are the perfect match and he spoils her rotten, with her fully expecting him to propose. Instead, he lands her with the news that he is getting…

The Secret of Us by Liesel Schmidt

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I downloaded The Secret of Us by Liesel Schmidt from NetGalley, as I definitely hadn’t anticipated being pulled into such an emotional story. The book opens with Eira Larson on a date with her fiancé, Matt, at their favourite restaurant, where she is expecting them to discuss wedding plans and generally enjoy a pleasant evening in each other’s company. In no way is she prepared for what happens next, as Matt tells her that their engagement is a mistake and leaves with…

The Major's Faux Fiancée by Erica Ridley

A series that continues to grow better with each book, The Major’s Faux Fiancée by Erica Ridley is the next instalment to take a haunted returnee from the war and show him the love of a strong woman. I loved the premise of this book when I read the description on NetGalley, as this book sees Daphne Vaughn in need of a knight in shining armour to rescue her from the dastardly intentions of her new guardian. Since the recent death of her father, she has been under the guardianship…

Darkhaven by A. F. E. Smith

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 JULY RELEASES We’re entering my birthday month of July now, so I’m hoping that this will be a good month for new reads and some bookish gifts! Hopefully some of my Coveted Releases…

The Summer of Good Intentions by Wendy Francis

If you fancy a somewhat more intense read this summer, then I’d recommend The Summer of Good Intentions by Wendy Francis, which I received from NetGalley. Primarily, the book is about three very different sisters and their respective families, who are all brought together for their annual holiday at their parents’ summer home. Told via the sisters’ (and their father’s) alternating perspectives, the book begins by setting the scene at the summer house with the eldest sibling, Maggie. Known as the organiser and carer of the family, Maggie’s maternal instincts…

Not So New in Town by Michele Summers

Having decided to take inspiration from the recent good weather, I downloaded Not So New in Town by Michele Summers from NetGalley and dived straight in. Although this is the second in the Harmony Homecomings series, it reads a standalone title and I had no problem getting to grips with the town and its characters. We are first introduced to our heroine, Lucy Doolan, en route to her hometown of Harmony, North Carolina, following the loss of her job and her boyfriend. Forced to take time out to rebuild her…

Pippa's Cornish Dream by Debbie Johnson

A summer romance with an abundance of country charm, Pippa’s Cornish Dream by Debbie Johnson is a standout title for this season. Having read and loved her Christmas romance novel, I was thrilled to see this title pop up on NetGalley and knew I had to give it a read. Our protagonist is Pippa Harte, a young woman in her early twenties who has been acting as a guardian for her younger siblings since she was eighteen. Their parents died in an accident just before Pippa was due to leave…

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