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.

For more information regarding Debbie Johnson (@debbiemjohnson) please visit www.debbiemjohnsonauthor.com.

For more information regarding Harper Collins (@HarperCollinsUK) please visit www.harpercollins.co.uk.

For more information regarding Harper Impulse (@HarperImpulse) please visit www.harperimpulse.com.

5 Stars

the-one-with-the-hen-weekendTitle: Bridesmaids – The One with the Hen Weekend

Author: Erin Lawless

Pages: 69 Pages

Publisher: Harper Impulse

The Blurb

Nora Dervan is ready for her Happy Ever After. With her darling Harry waiting at the altar, and all her family and friends around her. She is certain that her special day will not be forgotten/will be one to remember…

But with her four bridesmaids hiding more secrets, than bottles of champagne. Will her big day be remembered for all the right reasons?

Bea has barely gotten past the fact that her two best friends are dating, and now they’re engaged, whilst cupid’s arrow points in a forbidden direction for Cleo. She is so distracted by her off limits, hot new colleague that she has forgotten Daisy, who has been left dreading the singles table. There’s more romance in the cheesy pick- up lines than Sarah’s own marriage, which hasn’t turned out as she hoped it would be.

With her wicked sense of humour and refreshingly honest voice, Erin Lawless brings to the life the romance (and horrors!) of wedding season.

(Amazon Blurb)

The Review

Well pardon my language but sh*t just got serious. Holy moly, the latest instalment of the Bridesmaids series by Erin Lawless packed a hell of a punch.

In The One with the Hen Weekend, the female bridal party head to Paris for some coquettish fun and a bit of ooh la la but it’s not long before jealousy and rivalry become uninvited guests. Let’s just say that like any night out with the girls more than just drinks were spilled.

The One with the Hen Weekend I the most explosive book of the series so far. I was genuinely left gasping in shock when I turned the last page. It was an ordeal to read…and I want more. I cannot wait for the fourth and final instalment of this epic series.

Erin Lawless, once again, you have knocked my socks off!

Bridesmaids – The One with the Hen Weekend by Erin Lawless is available now.

For more information regarding Erin Lawless (@rinylou) please visit www.erinlawless.co.uk.

For more information regarding Harper Impulse (@HarperImpulse) please visit www.harperimpulseromance.com.

4-stars

christmas-at-the-comfort-food-cafeTitle: Christmas at the Comfort Food Café

Author: Debbie Johnson

Pages: 187 Pages

Publisher: Harper Impulse

The Blurb

‘Full of quirky characters, friendship and humour, you will devour this engaging and heartwarming novel in one sitting’ – Sunday Express’ S Magazine

‘My new favourite author’ – Holly Martin

Becca Fletcher hates Christmas so much, she’s considering getting ‘Bah Humbug!’ tattooed on her forehead. She has her reasons for being Little Miss Grinch; Reasons that make this the very worst time of year for her.

Now, though, she can’t avoid her version of ho-ho-hell – because she’s travelling to the Comfort Food Cafe to spend the festive season with her sister Laura, and her family. She’s expecting mulled wine, the smell of pine trees, 24-hour Christmas movie marathons and all kinds of very merry torture.

But little does Becca know that the Comfort Food Cafe is like no other place on earth. Perched on a snow-covered hill on a windswept bay, it’s a place full of friendship; a place where broken hearts can heal, and a place where new love can blossom. It’s a place where Becca’s Christmas miracle really could happen – if only she can let it…

Inviting readers new and old to pull up a cosy armchair, Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe is the novella-length follow-up to the 2016 best-seller Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe.

The Review

I’ve just read the final page of Debbie Johnson’s latest book Christmas at the Comfort Food Café and let out an audible sigh. Many readers will know the sigh that I am talking about. It is the one of contentment; one of complete satisfaction with the story you have just finished. Yes, it is one of comfort.

That is what I felt when I read Christmas at the Comfort Food Café. I felt like I was returning home to friends who I hadn’t seen in a long while.

Christmas at the Comfort Food Café follows Laura’s sister Becca; the one who was the problem child, the black sheep. We learn who she is and how and when she developed this reputation. But things aren’t always what they seem and it appears that Becca is harbouring a secret. Can the magic of the Comfort Food Café cure her like it did Laura?

I loved Christmas at the Comfort Food Café. It had everything you wanted in a story: romance, family drama and Christmas thrown in for measure. Johnson has created a story which is warm hearted and just plain lovely. I genuinely hope we visit the Comfort Food Café again. Maybe this time we can learn more about Willow or even a flashback to Edie’s younger days? Basically, I’m begging you, Debbie Johnson, for more comfort reading.

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

For more information regarding Debbie Johnson (@debbiemjohnson) please visit www.debbiejohnsonauthor.com.

For more information regarding Harper Impulse (@Harpermpulse) please visit www.harperimpulseromance.com.

4-stars

bridesmaids-wedding-dressTitle: Bridesmaids (2) – The One with the Wedding Dress

Author: Erin Lawless

Pages: 77 Pages

Publisher: Harper Impulse

The Blurb

**PART TWO**

‘Heartwarming and humorous, The One with the Engagement Party is Erin Lawless at her best. I can’t wait for more!’ – Books with Bunny Save the Date

Save the Date

For fans of romantic comedies like Bridesmaids and Four Weddings & a Funeral, and bestselling authors Mhairi McFarlane and David Nicholls, this is a hilarious new romantic comedy series about one bride and her four best friends.

Nora Dervan is ready for her Happy Ever After. With her darling Harry waiting at the altar, and all her family and friends around her. She is certain that her special day will not be forgotten/will be one to remember…

But with her four bridesmaids hiding more secrets, than bottles of champagne. Will her big day be remembered for all the right reasons?

Bea has barely gotten past the fact that her two best friends are dating, and now they’re engaged, whilst cupid’s arrow points in a forbidden direction for Cleo. She is so distracted by her off limits, hot new colleague that she has forgotten Daisy, who has been left dreading the singles table. There’s more romance in the cheesy pick- up lines than Sarah’s own marriage, which hasn’t turned out as she hoped it would be.

With her wicked sense of humour and refreshingly honest voice, Erin Lawless brings to the life the romance (and horrors!) of wedding season

The Review

Woohoo. Part two is finally here.

In Bridesmaids (2) – The One with the Wedding Dress, Erin Lawless takes the girls dress shopping in the Cotswolds. Let’s face it though, wedding planning is stressful and no event is more stressful than dress shopping. Rather than just having a fun time with her friends Nora has to pander to her disapproving mother who seems to be actively trying to find fault with every aspect of the wedding.

Along with pushy assistants in dress shops, friends with secrets that they are not yet willing to share, and the hunt for the perfect dress Bridesmaids (2) – The One with the Wedding Dress is fraught with difficulty. But by god, it is is a good read.

I loved Bridesmaids (2) – The One with the Wedding Dress. Erin Lawless has captured the world of weddings perfectly and the character revelations have just made the story all the more interesting. My one negative is that I felt like I had to wait ages for part two. I hope the wait for part three goes b quicker because I need to know what happens next!

Bridesmaids (2) – The One with the Wedding Dress by Erin Lawless is available 16th September 2016.

For more information regarding Erin Lawless (@rinylou) please visit www.erinlawless.co.uk.

For more information regarding Harper Impulse (@HarperImpulse) please visit www.harperimpulseromance.com.

4-stars

The Blurb

‘Whoever said romance was dead, has clearly never read a Nikki Moore book.’ – Rachel’s Random Reads

The last story in the fun & flirty #LoveLondon series from exciting new chick lit author Nikki Moore! The perfect novel for reading in the sunshine … and falling in love with London.

Hot summer romance…or cold revenge?

Super nanny, Zoe Harper is mad! It was bad enough discovering her ex-fiancé Greg cheating on her just weeks before their wedding. But now she’s returned home to London to find her younger sister Melody has been left jobless, homeless, broke and dumped.

Zoe is determined to get revenge on the infamous Reilly brothers for her sister’s heartbreak. So when an unexpected opportunity gives Zoe a way in to uncaring—and dizzyingly gorgeous!—successful music producer Matt Reilly’s world, she jumps at the chance to make him pay.

But living with Matt as nanny to his two adorable, but complicated children, Zoe soon begins to suspect that not everything is as it seems… Matt insists on pushing everyone away including his children, but why? And if his delicious summer kisses are anything to go by, he can’t be that bad surely?

Can Zoe convince Matt to open up a little and help fix this family before she leaves…or worse, before Matt learns who she really is?

The Review

Oh my giddy aunt, I cannot express just how much I have loved the #LoveLondon stories. Having read all the short stories in the series it was such a thrill to get to read the full length novel. After I had finished turning the last page I felt that sensation of contentment that you only get after reading a good book. Picnics in Hyde Park is wonderful.

The whole #LoveLondon series had a cast of colourful and memorable characters and it was a joy to meet up with them again in Picnics in Hyde Park; Moore has woven them into the story so seamlessly that their presence in the novel is both plausible and expected (little hints are littered in the short stories – basically realisation light bulbs kept going off as I read the novel and understood the cross references).

Picnics in Hyde Park is about Zoe, a nanny who has just returned from America having been scorned by her lover. She returns angry and is further incensed when she finds out her younger sister Melody has just been wrongly terminated from her job. Zoe goes to find out why Melody as fired but unintentionally lands herself a job working for the same employer.

Zoe wants to exact revenge on behalf of her sister but as she falls deeper in love with the children that she is looking after but also her developing and complicated feelings for her boss Matt.

But the course of true love never did run smoothly.

As I said earlier, I bloody love the #LoveLondon series and Picnics in Hyde Park is no exception. I must admit I was yelling at the characters (in particular, Zoe) at several points in the novel. I had an impending sense of doom all the way through the story but it just spurned me on to read more. Picnics in Hyde Park was simply a delight to read and I am genuinely saddened that the series is over.

Picnics in Hyde Park by Nikki Moore is available now.

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Picnics in Hyde Park