Title: Life in Pieces

Author: Dawn O’Porter

Pages: 352 Pages

Publisher: Harper Collins UK

The Blurb

Dear 2020 – can we just start over?

Dawn O’Porter has been thinking about life. In lockdown. Mostly from a cupboard.

From reflections on grief and identity, bad hair and parenting, sleep and spirituality, to the things we can control and the things we cannot, Dawn’s daily diaries track the journey – for a hilarious, heartbreaking and highly entertaining glimpse into the new normal.

LIFE IN PIECES is a book for anyone who’s been thrown into a life they didn’t plan, or who just wants to stick it to 2020. When it looks like everything’s falling apart, we’ll piece it back together.

Love Dawn x

The Review

One of the things that I wish I had done was to have made a record of all the weird things that happened during lockdown. Like when I lost my sense of taste and smell or how we had a mouse and it terrorised us so much that we were held hostage by it, or how we would watch the daily briefings with shock, despair and anger at our governments handling of the whole ordeal. Alas, I did not. But Dawn O’Porter did.

In her latest release, Life in Pieces, Dawn O’Porter tells us about her lockdown and how she handles things such as the isolation, Covid-19, home schooling etc. It was such a tonic reading it and knowing that you weren’t alone in the weird lockdown feelings. 

Some of the more poignant parts of Life in Pieces came when O’Porter talked about the death of her friend Caroline Flack. Her moments of stillness allowed you to take a moment yourself and realise that in times as strange as these have been to take note of the people around you that you love.

Another wonderful piece by O’Porter.

Life in Pieces by Dawn O’Porter is available now.

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Sunshine at the Comfort Food CafeTitle: Sunshine at the Comfort Food Café

Author: Debbie Johnson

Pages: 272 Pages

Publisher: Harper Impulse/ Harper Collins

The Blurb

Come to the Comfort Food Café this spring for sunshine, smiles and plenty of truly scrumptious lemon drizzle cake.

My name is Willow Longville. I live in a village called Budbury on the stunning Dorset coast with my mum Lynnie, who sometimes forgets who I am. I’m a waitress at the Comfort Food Café, which is really so much more than a café … it’s my home.

For Willow, the ramshackle café overlooking the beach, together with its warm-hearted community, offers friendship as a daily special and always has a hearty welcome on the menu. But when a handsome stranger blows in on a warm spring breeze, Willow soon realises that her quiet country life will be changed forever.

Curl up with this gorgeous novel and make yourself at home at the Comfort Food Café.

The Review

Damn you Debbie Johnson (*wildly shakes fist in the air*). You have only bloody gone and done it again. Just when I think I can’t love the Comfort Food Café series anymore you break out Sunshine at the Comfort Food Café.

The character focus of this latest instalment is Willow. We have seen her float in and out of the café with her wild pink hair but she has always remained a little bit of a mystery. Her tale is one of emotional hardship. She is a young girl dealing with the emotional strain of having a mother with Alzheimer’s disease. She feels swamped by responsibility what with looking after her mum, working two jobs and dealing with hospital visits. It is no wonder that Willow has no time for herself. Once again, the wonderful cast of characters have come to her aid and proven just how lovely it would be to live in Budbury.

For me, Sunshine at the Comfort Food Café was probably my favourite of the series so far and that is probably because as a character I can relate to Willow more than any of the others. How she reacts and how she deals with situations and even how she speaks would be how I would behave so I found that strangely comforting.

Sunshine at the Comfort Food Café is lovely. It is a sad yet uplifting story about family, those you are born with and those you choose. It is simply stunning.

Sunshine at the Comfort Food Café by Debbie Johnson is available now.

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5 Stars

Coming Home to the Comfort Food CafeTitle: Coming Home to the Comfort Farm Café

Author: Debbie Johnson

Pages: 400 Pages

Publisher: Harper Collins UK/Harper Impulse

The Blurb

Welcome to the cosy Comfort Food Café, where there’s kindness in every cup of hot chocolate and the menu is sprinkled with love and happiness…

Moving to the little village of Budbury, Zoe hopes the crisp Dorset sea breeze and gentle pace of life will be a fresh start for her and her goddaughter, Martha.

Luckily for them both, the friendly community at the café provide listening ears, sage advice, shoulders to cry on, and some truly excellent carrot cake. And when Martha’s enigmatic, absent father suddenly turns up, confusing not only Martha but Zoe too, the love and support of their new-found friends is the best present they could ask for.

Have Zoe and Martha truly found their home at the Comfort Food Café?

The Review

In my four and a half year of doing book reviews I have had the pleasure and the privilege of getting to read the work of some really great authors. The greatest aspect of reviewing though is meeting an author through their writing and then having them become one of your favourite and trusted authors. For me that writer is Debbie Johnson. For me, she can do no wrong and once again she has proven me right with Coming Home to the Comfort Farm Café.

I truly believe that Budbury, the Comfort Farm Café and the characters that live there have magical healing powers. I want to live there. I want to be in the novel, in every book in this series.

In this third instalment we meet Zoe and Martha; both broken by the loss of Kate (Zoe’s best friend and Martha’s Mother) and are looking to be healed. Martha has become self destructive since her mother’s death so Zoe makes the decision to relocate to Budbury.

Like the previous novels in the Comfort Food Café series, more than just comfort food will help with the healing process.

Ok, as cheesy as this may sound these books are aptly named. Whenever I read them I do feel comforted. It may be that I feel like I am meeting old friends in the staple characters or the fact that they have managed to remain happy and now are helping others. I just love these books. Long may the series continue.

Coming Home to the Comfort Farm Café by Debbie Johnson is available now.

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5 Stars

Its in his kissTitle: It’ In His Kiss

Author: Eve Devon

Pages: 241 Pages

Publisher: Harper Impulse

The Blurb

Who do you turn to when things go wrong?

Your best friend. Obviously.

Sephy King’s worked flat-out to make her new lingerie business a success, only there’s a tiny snag – the marketing photos for the launch party are a disaster.

Luke Jackson will help her, won’t he? They just need to strip off, model gorgeous, sexy underwear together and take more photos! So what if the stunning body he’s been hiding makes Sephy’s eyes pop out? And when he holds her, she suddenly wishes they were in her bedroom…alone? He’s her best friend.

Then Luke asks Sephy for a return favour: to pose as his fake fiancée to get his parents temporarily off his back. It’s a risky strategy – but she’s sure she can pull it off.

Until he kisses her…

The Review

Ooh someone needs to fan me down because It’s In His Kiss by Eve Devon is steaming hot!

It’s In His Kiss is the story of Sephy King; she is feisty, determined and, truth be told, very stubborn. She refused help from everyone including her brother and sister who are both rich and successful. Stephy is resolute that she will make it on her own. It is just Sephy and her daughter Daisy against the world.

But when things between Sephy and her best friend Luke’s relationship become confused Sephy is left wondering if she can allow someone else into her life.

Ok, I’ve never read a book by Eve Devon before so I didn’t know what to expect. What I got was a book that sizzled. The build up of romance in It’s In His Kiss is palpable. Don’t get me wrong, Eve Devon has not gone full on Fifty Shades; no, it is far more intense than that. It is what is being implied, what it not being said, that makes you hot under the collar.

Credit where credit is due, Eve Devon has created the perfect hero in Luke Jackson. He is hot…well my image of him is and I am sure yours will be too.

It’s In His Kiss is the ultimate beach read. Buy it, pass it on to a friend and all bask in the glory that is Luke and Sephy, Sephy and Luke. Oh swoon!

It’s In His Kiss by Eve Devon is available now.

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4 Stars

The Blurb

Every summer has a story…

Since Pippa Harte was forced to take over her parents’ farm, she’s barely had time to shave her legs let alone make time for a date. Now she’s more likely to be getting down and dirty mucking out the pigs – and avoiding those of the human male variety.

When Ben Retallick walks out of her childhood and back into her present it seems that perhaps Pippa has more time than she thought. All Poldark smoulders and easy-going charm, Ben’s definitely worth whipping her wellies off for!

But Ben is a man with his own past and his own issues – and as much as she’s enjoying having him around, she’s got to get a grip. After all life isn’t always a beach … Then again, this is Cornwall.

Set on the gorgeous Cornish coast at the height of summer, this is the perfect romance to take on your hols!

Debbie is the author of Cold Feet at Christmas, the #1 Christmas bestseller!

The Review

Whenever my friends come to me feeling a bit down or bummed out by life, my advice to them is always the same; read a book. This year I have made many recommendations but I have to admit one of the books that kept cropping up over and over again was Debbie Johnson’s Cold Feet at Christmas because it was just so damn good. Therefore, I was more than excited when I heard that Johnson was releasing a new book in the rom-com oeuvre. Her new offering, Pippa’s Cornish Dream, is just wonderful. The story goes like this:

Pippa has had to deal with a lot in life, she has become a parent to four children through circumstance not choice, runs a farm as well as long or short stay accommodation. She spends her days mucking out cows and cleaning up pig poo. This isn’t exactly the life that the Oxford-bound Pippa was expected to lead.

Things change for Pippa when a handsome, yet familiar, man comes to stay on the farm. It is then that Pippa really starts to live.

Now I know what you are thinking, woman falls for handsome man. What is so special about that? For me, it is Johnson’s characters. They are so three dimensional. Everything and everyone has a reason for happening or acting in the ways that they do. Plus Johnson never goes for the conventional male hero. There is always a layer that you have to break through first. I think it is this that makes her stories so interesting and fun to read.

Pippa’s Cornish Dream is only a small book but Debbie Johnson packs an awful lot of good story in there. If you are looking for a good, light-hearted summer read then I would totally recommend the latest Debbie Johnson.

Pippa’s Cornish Dream by Debbie Johnson is available now.

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Pippas Cornish Dream