Poppy’s Recipe for Life by Heidi Swain – Book Review

Poppy’s Recipe for Life – published by Simon & Suchuster Uk (30 May2019)

Poppy’s recipe for life invites readers back to Heidi Swain’s Nightingale Square.

Poppy’s dream is to live in Nightingale Square and share in the community garden where they grow and eat the fresh produce. Working for the local grocer, Poppy has already encouraged him to ditch the plastic. And with her home made recipe cards is helping the community to cook fresh.

Poppy’s dream is realised when owner Kate needs a reliable tenant for her cottage in the square. Despite meeting the Mr Grumpy neighbour Poppy feels she has found her happy home.

But will it last… thrown by the arrival of her insecure teenage brother who’s been abandoned by their neglectful selfish mother. This could prove to be the end of Poppy’s simple life.

Can sisterly love and a helping hand offered from Mr Grumpy help turn around a troubled teenager and give Poppy the life she craves.

This is another heartwarming story by Heidi Swain. Very topical with ditching plastic and the desire to eat what you grow. We catch up with characters from Sunshine & Sweetpeas as they come together again in the Square. Heartbreak and the effects of a neglectful parent bond the characters together and turn lives around. Wounds are healing and confidence growing but will they all find their happy ending?

A great summer read.  ☆☆☆☆☆


New Starts and Cherry Tarts at the Cosy Kettle by Liz Eeles – Book Review

New Starts and Cherry Tarts at the Cosy Kettle –  Published by Bookouture (12 Mar. 2019) Amazon 

When Callie Fulbright anxiously awaits the new owner of the bookshop where she works she has no idea what opportunities lie ahead.  She’s excited to discover her long dismissed dream of a cafe in the bookshop is to be realised when new owner gives her the go-ahead to revamp the dusty back room into the Cosy Kettle Cafe.

Just when things are looking up, the return of the man who broke her heart sets her emotions spinning. At the same time someone’s trying to ruin the cafe’s reputation. Is there a connection?

We follow Callie as she rediscovers Noah and finds out what really happened before he left.

This is a lovely story about caring Callie and how she welcomes people into the cafe and her life, helping them along the way. Will she welcome Noah back into her life too?

I really enjoyed this book, my first Liz Eeles and I know it won’t be my last. New starts and cherry tarts is a funny romantic story about friends and family, perfect for a spring read. The characters are likeable and Callie has her hands full with her thrill seeking grandfather who brings fun to the book. Definitely one to bring a smile to your face and a tug on the heartstrings.

Highly recommended ✫✫✫✫✫

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Bring me Sunshine by Laura Kemp – Book Review

Bring me Sunshine, a book by Laura Kemp

Bring me sunshine by Laura Kemp

Charlotte Bold, Charlie to her friends, is the traffic reporter at a London radio station. She works in the background and that suits her fine. It wasn’t always like that for Charlie but that’s another story that she’s totally avoiding. When the radio station transfers her to Sunshine FM in Wales she treats it as a temporary step until she can get back to London.

Arriving at the radio station in Mumbles ready to take on the traffic and travel Charlie discovers she’s hired to host the evening show, and she’s not sure she can do it. Thrust into the limelight she must find her voice, but how.

She soon realises she’s not the only one who’s finding things hard, her colleagues, the listeners, there’s a lot of lonely people out there. Can Charlie overcome her fears, leave her old life behind and bring sunshine to the Mumbles.


Another heartwarming story from Laura Kemp. This is a story of friendships and finding out who your friends are, the good from the bad.  Laura has the skill of writing characters whose lives you want to be part of, be friends with. They are  flawed and emotional but loving and caring,  and have issues like the rest of us.

Everyone has a story behind the scenes. I especially love Delme, he steps up to save Charlie’s first broadcast but his crazy gung-ho way of life masks emotional trauma underneath.

Charlie uses her caring friendly ways to bring people together and she really does bring sunshine to the people of Mumbles.

This is definitely another good read from Laura Kemp, highly recommended.

Bring me Sunshine – Orion – 12 March 2019





Booklovers: New Spring reads on the way

Do you plan your next read?

Like many booklovers I’m always looking ahead and often have a few books lined up for reading. Sometimes I can’t resist a title, or a cover, or especially the newest book from my favourite authors.

Here’s a few that are on their way to publication for spring.

Book. Poppy's Recipe for Life by Heidi Swain

Pre order

 Heidi’s books are always a good read . I love the way they are set around one location and sometimes the characters crossover from one book to another. This is the second book set in Nightingale Square.


Things haven’t always been straightforward in Poppy’s life but her dreams are finally within reach.

She’s moving into a cottage in beautiful Nightingale Square. Close to the local community garden, where she can indulge her passion for making preserves and pickles. She may not have the best relationship with her family but she is surrounded by loving friends, and feels sure that even her grumpy new neighbour, Jacob, has more to him than his steely exterior belies.

But the unexpected arrival of Poppy’s troubled younger brother soon threatens her new-found happiness. As the garden team works together to win community space of the year, Poppy must decide where her priorities lie and what she is prepared to fight for …

Book. Bring me Sunshine by Laura Kemp

Pre order

I’ve read all of Laura Kemp’s books. Her characters are always so real, they have quirks and issues that you can relate to. I’m currently reading a pre-publication copy of this and love the setting and the mix of characters.


Charlotte Bold is nothing like her name – she is shy and timid and just wants a quiet life. When her job doing the traffic news on the radio in London is relocated to Sunshine FM in Mumbles, she jumps at the chance for a new start in Wales.

But when she arrives she discovers that she’s not there to do the travel news – she’s there to front the graveyard evening show. And she’s not sure she can do it.

Thrust into the limelight, she must find her voice and a way to cope. And soon she realises that she’s not the only person who finds life hard – out there her listeners are lonely too. And her show is the one keeping them going.

Can Charlotte seize the day and make the most of her new home? And will she be able to breathe new life into the tiny radio station too…?

Book. New starts & cherry tarts by Liz Eeles

Pre order

My next early read from Netgalley is by Liz Eeles. I haven’t read anything by this author but seeing the cover and reading the synopsis assures me it’s my kind of book. A cup of tea and a feel-good romance makes for a cheery spring read.


After yet another failed romance, twenty-six-year-old Callie Fulbright is giving up on love. She’s determined to throw all her efforts into her very own, brand-new café: The Cosy Kettle.

Serving hot tea, cherry tarts and a welcoming smile to the friendly locals proves to be the perfect distraction, and Callie feels a flush of pride at the fledging business she’s built.

But her new-found confidence is soon put to the test when her gorgeous ex reappears in the quaint little village. She’ll never forget the heartache Noah caused her years ago. But when they bump into each other on the cobbled streets of Honeyford she can’t help but feel a flutter in her chest…

As Callie and Noah share laughter and memories, she starts to wonder if this could be her second chance at happiness. But when Callie discovers that someone is mysteriously trying to ruin the café’s reputation… she has an awful suspicion that Noah knows who’s involved.

Was she wrong to ever trust him again? And can she find out who’s behind the lies and rumours, before it’s too late for the Cosy Kettle?


book - Don't turn around by Amanda Brooke


Finally, I’ve decided to include this one. Don’t Turn Around by Amanda Brooke is out now and it is totally different from my other recommendations. But I’m adding this as I recommended it on Instagram and so may people said it’s their kind of book.

Wow! you all love the scary thrillers and murder. I haven’t read this but I have read a couple of books by Amanda and you do get drawn in, they’re a great read and page turner.


She died.
You’re next.
Now he’s coming for you

Ten years ago, Jen’s cousin Meg killed herself after failing to escape an abusive relationship.

Now, Meg’s ex is back and Jen’s domestic abuse helpline has started getting frightening calls from a girl who knows things about Meg – details that only the dead girl or the man who hurt her could have known…

As Jen starts to uncover the past, someone is determined to stop her. Can she save this young woman from Meg’s fate? Or is history about to repeat itself?

Hope you like my recommendations, let me know if you read any of them, find me on twitter . Happy reading.


Snowflakes & Cinnamon Swirls – Heidi Swain, book review

Snowflakes and cinnamon swirls book cover


I was lucky enough to read an early kindle copy of Heidi Swain’s new book, another heart warming romantic read.

Hayley, the Wynthorpe Hall housekeeper, has a disastrous engagement party at the pub. With the whole village in attendance distraught and embarrassed she decides to leave her village home and move into Wynthorpe Hall to escape the gossip.

Welcomed by her employers the Connelly’s and her colleagues. They prove to be more like family than her own.  Rallying around her as she tries to mend her broken heart. Vowing to concentrate on a future without relationships, love and romance Hayley throws herself into her work.

Then the arrival of Jamie Connelly’s friend Gabe throws a spanner into the works.

When the family  plan a winter wonderland event for Christmas Hayley’s hidden talent is discovered by her colleagues. This means she and Gabe are thrown together to work on the designs.

Hayley and Gabe soon discover a mutual attraction. But both hampered by past tragic events causing emotional barriers, means things don’t go smoothly.

Will the Winter Wonderland be finished in time for Christmas?  Will Gabe stay?  Can Hayley find love again?

All of these answers can be found in this heartwarming Christmas story. Heidi Swain writes characters you can relate to and Snowflakes and Cinnamon swirls at the winter wonderland is no exception. Reintroducing some of the characters from the village of Wynbridge brings a warm familiarity to readers and fans of Heidi’s books.

This is definitely a cosy winter read and a book for your list.

Snowflakes and Cinnamon swirls at the Winter Wonderland – Heidi Swain – 1 Nov 2018