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…

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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REVIEW: Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot

Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot

When I was a teenager, The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot was one of my favourite series to read, so when I saw on NetGalley that there was a new addition to the series, I knew that I had to read Royal Wedding. Admittedly, I never got around to reading the last two books in Princess Mia’s story, so I was a little worried that I might struggle to keep up with the plot. However, I needn’t have worried and found it easy to slip into Mia’s consciousness as the…

Summer on Lovers' Island by Donna Alward

To further prepare myself for the summer that lies ahead, I decided to read Summer on Lovers’ Island by Donna Alward, a contemporary romance downloaded from NetGalley. This book is the third in Alward’s Jewell Cove series, but having read neither of the previous instalments I can safely say that this novel works well as a standalone. It opens with the arrival of Lizzie Howard, a big city girl who has temporarily left her high-flying job as an ER doctor to visit her pregnant best friend, Charlie. In truth, she…

Reaper's Property - Joanna Wylde

If you’ve been reading my Weekly Roundups and Weekends Reads recently, you will know I have been on a complete biker romance reading fest. I have also discovered a fab new author – Joanna Wylde. I have got completely submerged into her Reapers series and have read the current four published books in the series back to back. It’s been a while since I have done that and I have really enjoyed getting into a writer’s world and staying in it. The writing has definitely got better as the series…

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