*Blog Tour* People Like Us- Louise Fein

I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour on publication day for this new release by Louise Fein.

About the book:

Leipzig, 1930’s Germany.

Hetty Heinrich is a young girl growing up under Nazi rule. With an SS officer father, a brother in the Luftwaffe and a member of the BDM, Hetty is the epitome of a perfect German child.

But Walter changes everything. Blond haired, blue-eyed, perfect in every way Walter. The boy who saved her life. A Jew.

As she falls more and more in love with a man who is against all she has been taught, Hetty begins to question everything. Will the steady march of dark forces destroy their world, or can love ultimately triumph?

Perfect for fans of The Tattooist of AuschwitzThe Book Thief and Kate Furnivall.

About the author:

Louise Fein holds an MA in Creative Writing from St Mary’s University. Prior to studying for her masters, she ran a commodity consultancy business following a career in banking and law. She lives in Surrey with her family. People Like Us is inspired by her family history, and by the alarming parallels she sees between the early 30s and today.

Follow Louise:

Facebook: @LouiseFeinAuthor

Twitter: @FeinLouise

Book Review:

Set in the time preceding the second world war, this novel lends a fascinating insight into how the people of Germany became swept up in Hitler’s propaganda and fell for the ideologies of the Nazi Party.

The main protagonist Hetty is the daughter of an SS Officer and part of the BDM (The League of German Girls/ Bund Deutscher Mädel). Her brother signs up for the Luftwaffe and the family appear to be the epitome of the German ideal.

However, when Hetty finds herself falling in love with her brother’s childhood friend Walter before discovering he is Jewish, she begins to question all that she has previously been taught to believe.

This is a tale of love and heartache, of hatred and friendship and true sacrifice. Each of the characters is vividly portrayed and the essence of the time is captured perfectly. An emotional, poignant read.

Further stops along the blog tour can be found here:

Louise is also holding a virtual launch today, the details of which can be found here:

**Blog Tour** In Five Years- Rebecca Serle

I’m delighted to be a part of the blog tour for this brilliant novel by Rebecca Serle.

Perfect for fans of Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and One Day, this heart-breaking story of love, loss and life will have you questioning everything you thought you knew about destiny… Where do you see yourself in five years?

Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Kohan has been in possession of her meticulously crafted answer since she understood the question. On the day that she nails the most important job interview of her career and gets engaged to the perfect man, she’s well on her way to fulfilling her life goals.

That night Dannie falls asleep only to wake up in a different apartment with a different ring on her finger, and in the company of a very different man. The TV is on in the background, and she can just make out the date. It’s the same night –December 15th – but 2025, five years in the future.

It was just a dream, she tells herself when she wakes, but it felt so real… Determined to ignore the odd experience, she files it away in the back of her mind.

That is, until four and a half years later, when Dannie turns down a street and there, standing on the corner, is the man from her dream…

Review

The tag line for this novel by Rebecca Serle couldn’t be more apt! This is certainly not your average romance fiction; it’s hardhitting, gritty and has moments that will take your breath away.

Its depiction of the characters and their interactions is thought-provoking and harrowing at times as the reader is drawn into the complex world of the different relationships contained within the story.

The emotional and heartfelt examination of the power and depth of true friendship is one that lingers in the memory long after you finish the book. A fantastic read!

About the Author

Rebecca Serle is an author and television writer who lives between NYC and LA. Serle most recently co-developed the television adaptation of her YA series Famous In Love for Freeform and Warner Brothers Television. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California. Her bestselling US debut adult novel Dinner List was a Book of the Month club pick, Costco bookclub pick, and Bustle Bookclub selection.

*Blog Tour* Dreaming of Rome- T A Williams

Rome is where the heart is…

The heart-warming read of the summer

Jo has had enough of handsome men. After a painful break-up, she’s decided she doesn’t believe in love.

Then, while on a professional trip to the magical city of Rome, she meets Corrado, a scientist and her brother-in-law to be, who doesn’t believe in love either. To him, it’s just a biochemical reaction. So what’s the problem?

Well, he’s gorgeous for a start, as well as charming, generous, intelligent and attentive, and she feels herself immediately falling for him, despite her new outlook.

The majesty of the Eternal City brings them ever closer together. But is their relationship doomed, or will love conquer all? Heart-breaking and hilarious in equal measure, Dreaming of Rome is a joyous and uplifting read from TA Williams, perfect for fans of Holly Martin, Tilly Tennant and Jenny Oliver

Review:

I’m delighted to have been invited to be part of this blog tour.

T A Williams has that knack that all good authors do; the ability to transport the reader, placing them at the heart of the setting of the novel, to evoke an acute empathy with the characters and to keep you gripped until the end. ‘Dreaming of Rome’ is no exception.

Who could fail to be captivated by the romance of Rome? The food, the scenery, the irresistibly attractive Corrado…the scene is perfectly set for a scintillating summer romance.

But, the course of true love never runs smooth and Jo is determined not to fall for her soon-to-be brother-in-law, who himself has declared he doesn’t believe in the science of love.

His adorable Labrador Daisy, however, has other ideas and she inadvertently becomes the catalyst for the story that unfolds.

It is always a pleasure to pick up the latest offerings from this author and this is another great read! If you are looking for a feel-good summer novel and want to transport yourself to the Eternal City for a little romance, you need look no further!

Find previous blog tour posts for the author here:

Dreaming of Tuscany https://pickledthoughtsandpinot.wordpress.com/2019/02/24/dreaming-of-tuscany-t-a-williams/

Dreaming of Florence- https://pickledthoughtsandpinot.wordpress.com/2018/01/14/dreaming-of-florence-t-a-williams/

Dreaming of St Tropez- https://pickledthoughtsandpinot.wordpress.com/2018/05/14/blog-tour-extract-dreaming-of-st-tropez-by-t-a-williams/

Book spotlight:

Title: Dreaming of Rome

Author Name: T.A. Williams

Previous Books: Dreaming of Venice, Dreaming of Florence, Dreaming of St Tropez, Dreaming of Christmas and Dreaming of Tuscany

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Release Date: 6th May 2019

Links to Book:

Amazon (UK)

Kobo (UK)

Google Books (UK)

Apple Books (UK)

Author Bio:

T.A. Williams lives in Devon with his Italian wife. He was born in England of a Scottish mother and Welsh father. After a degree in modern languages at Nottingham University, he lived and worked in Switzerland, France and Italy, before returning to run one of the best-known language schools in the UK. He’s taught Arab princes, Brazilian beauty queens and Italian billionaires. He speaks a number of languages and has travelled extensively. He has eaten snake, still-alive fish, and alligator. A Spanish dog, a Russian bug and a Korean parasite have done their best to eat him in return. His hobby is long-distance cycling, but his passion is writing.

Twitter: @TAWilliamsBooks

Wedding Bells at Villa Limoncello- Daisy James *Blog Tour*

I’m delighted to be part of the blog tour for Daisy James’ latest offering ‘Wedding Bells at Villa Limoncello’.

Book Spotlight:

Title: Wedding Bells at Villa Limoncello

Author Name: Daisy James

Previous Books: Sunshine & Secrets, Confetti & Confusion and Mistletoe & Mystery

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Release Date: 11th March 2019

Book Blurb:

Escape to Villa Limoncello… where dreams come true in unexpected ways. Perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan, Jenny Oliver and Kat French.

When Isabella Jenkins is unceremoniously fired from her fancy London job, she escapes to Tuscany. A few weeks hiding amongst rolling hills and grape vines at Villa Limoncello sounds exactly like the distraction she needs. But Italy holds emotional memories for Izzy and with a hapless handyman, a matchmaking village matriarch and a gorgeous – if infuriating – local chef named Luca Castelotti, her quiet Italian get away turns into an unending cacophony of chaos.

Suddenly Izzie finds herself on a mission to pull off the wedding of the century and maybe get her life in order in the process. If only Luca’s gorgeous smile wasn’t such a powerful distraction…

Author Bio:

Daisy James is a Yorkshire girl transplanted to the north east of England. She loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her summerhouse, she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must!

Twitter: @daisyjamesbooks

Review:

If you’re looking for a light, summer read where you can transport yourself to Italy’s Tuscan hills and wrap yourself in its delights, then this is the novel for you!

Life hasn’t always been kind to interior designer Izzie and, when she is thrown, last minute, into organising a designer wedding for unknown celebrities deep in the heart of the glorious Italian countryside, it seems that, for once, she will be forced to confront the demons from her past and open her heart to what the future holds.

Throw a good-looking Italian into the mix in the guise of local chef Luca Castelotti and you can be sure that this will be a venture she won’t forget in a hurry!

James’ writing style is effortless and her descriptions of Villa Limoncello evoke a strong sense of ‘la Bella Italia’ and the romance of Tuscany. Grab a limoncello and some shades and soak up the sunshine in this novel!

Venice Black (Alex Polonia Thriller #1)- Gregory C Randall

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What an exhilarating start to the Alex Polonia series! The story opens at pace, although in truth it is a little confusing to begin with, as we learn of Marika’s somewhat unorthodox entry into Venice.

Once the plot begins to settle down, what unfolds is a novel of twists and turns and political intrigue set against the glorious backdrop of La Serenissima.

The other principal character, Alex, is there on vacation, little knowing that all too soon she will be swept up in a case of mistaken identity which threatens serious consequences!

An fascinating thriller with an element of romance thrown in for good measure- a great read!

From Rome with Love- Jules Wake

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Although part of a series, this can be read as a standalone novel.

Lisa is planning a trip to Rome to return a ring found among her grandmother’s possessions to her estranged father. Having organised the trip with her Italian friend Giovanni, she is horrified to discover on the flight that Will, a mutual friend who once broke her heart, has invited himself along under the guise of a business trip.

However, when Giovanni’s plans go awry and Lisa finds herself alone in the eternal city, she finds herself relying more and more on Will’s help in finding her father and slowly but surely, the barriers begin to come down.

The author, Jules Wake, creates vivid images of Rome, weaving in the sights and sounds of the city with ample references to culture, food and, of course, wine!

The plot takes an interesting twist towards the end of the novel, adding intrigue to what otherwise would have been a standard romance. Worth a read.

You Had Me at Merlot: Part 1- Lisa Dickenson

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This has feel good factor written all over it! What’s not to like?

A singles holiday to the idyllic setting of Tuscany, abundant wine and just a hint of romance. A cynic determined not to fall in love- after all, she’s only there to support her friend- tempted by the allure of the son of the hotel owners, who may have a darker secret to share.

A light, but enthralling page-turner!

The State We’re In- Adele Parks

Initially this book is quite hard to get into. That said, about a third of the way in, it becomes impossible to put down and by the end you find yourself totally captivated by the two main characters and desperate to find out what will happen to them!

The tension is maintained throughout by the way individual chapters are written by each different character and you know that at some point, all four worlds are going to collide.

I’ve pledged to #keepthesecret so won’t say to much about the ending, other than to say I was devastated!

If you’re a hopeless romantic, you’ll love it!