Blog Tour Spotlight: Sun, Sea and Strawberry Shortcake by Rosie Green

Today I’m bringing attention to the romantic comedy Sun, Sea and Strawberry Shortcake by Rosie Green. I’ll take you through the blurb, about the author, and a few tour excerpts!

Premise

It was meant to be a gloriously romantic getaway in Wales for Ruby and Hudson. That was the plan, anyway. But then friends start inviting themselves along, lured by the idea of unwinding in a chocolate-box pretty cottage, wandering the lanes and the coastline, soaking up the sun and the stunningly beautiful Italian-inspired architecture. With Ellie, Jaz, Fen and Madison popping up around every corner, plus another sinister mystery to solve, will the lovebirds ever find time to indulge their desire for sun, sea and . . . strawberry shortcake?

Purchase on Amazon (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/3yNV9bJ

About the Author

Rosie’s series of novellas is centred around life in a country village cafe. Look out for ‘Clara’s Secret Garden’ out in August 2022.

Follow Rosie on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green88

What readers have to say

I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and couldn’t put the book down. I can’t wait to see what happens next for these characters.

Cindy’s Love of Books

I really enjoyed this story. The characters are all very realistic and I like following their lives through the series of books. 

I Heart Books

This would work well as a standalone. A delightful and quick read, ideal for a relaxing read on an summer evening. This series does not fail to please and draw you in.

Kirsty’s Book Reviews

The multiple perspectives work well to increase the pace of the story and share different aspects of the plot. It also ensures that the reader is not omniscient and is left to make their own predictions about a number of different mysteries that are occurring. 

Ceri’s Lil Blog

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Blog Tour Review: Jingle Bells in June by Rosie Green

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Rosie Green is really hitting my emotions hard in these Little Duck Pond Cafe books!

Foreword

Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and Rosie Green for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eARC and blog tour media kit!

Purchase on Amazon (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/3Q0ZY9m

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Blog Tour Review: Chocolate Cake for Breakfast by Rosie Green

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Not what I expected. Instead a deep and powerful story about struggling to manage mental and physical health (and falling in love).

Foreword

Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and Rosie Green for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eARC and blog tour media kit!

Purchase on Amazon (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/3hL53Tt

About the Author

Rosie’s series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. Her latest, ‘Snow Falls over Sunnybrook’, is out now.

Look out for more Little Duck Pond Café tales in 2022, including ‘Jingle Bells in June’.

Follow Rosie on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green88

Review

Book CWs: For a list of content/trigger warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

After a shocking accident, Martha Munro has given up on her childhood dreams. With her confidence shattered, even leaving the house is scary, and a promising romance with gorgeous Logan is over before it even has a chance to begin. But cheered on by her dad and her great friend, Madison, she makes a decision that could change everything. Can Martha find the courage to step out into the world and love again?

Review (No Spoilers)

Hello again! I don’t know how I managed to sign up for so many blog tours in March but I’m back with another review!

The Little Duck Pond Cafe is a series that I’ve read several books from, all courtesy of Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources. I was a bit confused about the genre of this novel, because the previous ones I read were cozy mysteries. This one, instead, is a standard women’s fiction/romance novel with a lot of hard hitting themes and character arcs that I wasn’t necessarily expecting, but still found enjoyable.

The story follows a woman Martha, who gets into a bad accident and suffers severe head trauma, putting a dent in the many plans that her future held, both career and relationship-wise. Now suffering from frequent migraines that can become debilitating at times, we watch as Martha struggles to overcome her newfound anxiety and live her best life.

Along the way, there are themes of mental and physical health scares/trauma, including helpful ways that people can deal with these, whether they themselves are experiencing them or a close friend/loved one. There are a few unanswered questions at the end of the book that I’m dying to know the answers to. Hopefully I’ll learn more in future installments!

If you’re interested in hearing more about Chocolate Cake for Breakfast, you can follow along with the tour below. If you’d like to purchase it, you can find it at the above link!


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Blog Tour Review: Snow Falls Over Sunnybrook by Rosie Green

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A cozy and cute conclusion to the Watkiss-Holmes trilogy.

Foreword

Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and Rosie Green for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eBook and blog tour media kit!

About the Author

Rosie’s series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. Her latest, ‘The Wedding Cake Wish’, is out now.

Look out for more Little Duck Pond Café tales in 2022, including ‘Chocolate Cake for Breakfast’ and ‘Christmas in June’.

Follow Rosie on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green88

Review

Book CWs: For a list of content/trigger warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

The chance to spend a night ghost-hunting alone with Hudson Holmes at Brambleberry Manor seems like a dream come true for Ruby Watkiss. Maybe, she thinks, this is their chance to get closer? But when mysterious goings-on start happening which have nothing to do with the spirit world, the pair are catapulted off on another sleuthing adventure. And as the snow starts to fall and emotions are rising at the Little Duck Pond Cafe, Ruby is faced with a double challenge. Can she be braver than she’s ever been, in order to rescue something very close to her heart? And can she convince Hudson that Christmas really can be the most wonderful time of the year?

Review (No Spoilers)

Hello friends! I’m back with the third, and last (I think), blog tour review this week! I have so many things to do; I don’t know how I accidentally signed up for all of these tours back-to-back.

Snow Falls over Sunnybrook is the eighteenth book in The Little Duck Pond Cafe series, and the third/last book in the Watkiss-Holmes mini trilogy. Though I haven’t read all of The Little Duck Pond Cafe series books, I have read all of the Watkiss-Holmes ones! You can find the review for the first book of that mini-series here, and the second book here.

Unlike the past two books in this trilogy, the plot of this one doesn’t actually revolve around one big mystery. Instead, it has around 3 mini-mysteries incorporated to the story. I was a little confused at first when the first mystery was seemingly done in a few chapters, but everything flowed easily despite this. I’ve been a huge fan of the Watkiss-Holmes “will they won’t they” dynamic over the past two books, and knowing that this was the final book in their story, I was cheering them on full-heartedly. The two of them are such a great pair; I can’t imagine who wouldn’t want them to end up together!

If you’re a fan of romance books and cozy mysteries, this series is a must! The books are fairly short and quick–not to mention super cute! This book is also a holiday-themed novel revolving around Christmas, so it’s perfect for this holiday season!

If you’re interested in hearing more about Snow Falls over Sunnybrook, you can follow along with the tour below. If you’d like to purchase it, you can find it here!


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Blog Tour Review: The Wedding Cake Wish by Rosie Green

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Another cute and cozy mystery from the Little Duck Pond Cafe series!

Foreword

Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and Rosie Green for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eBook and blog tour media kit!

About the Author

Rosie’s series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘A Summer of Surprises’, is out now.

Look out for ‘Snow Falls over Sunnybrook’, a heart-warming Christmas delight, out in November 2021. As snow drifts down over the village, will romance finally blossom for one very special pair?

Follow Rosie on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green88

Review

Book CWs: For a list of content/trigger warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

Wedding excitement is in the air! With their big day approaching, Fen has her heart set on a gorgeous, intimate celebration with not much fuss at all. But strong-minded mother-of-the-bride Marjery seems to have considerably grander plans. There’s also the small problem of a missing best man, and when Fen tasks Hudson Holmes and Ruby Watkiss with the job of tracking him down, their investigations unearth far more secrets than they bargained for. Will the Big Day go ahead in the light of such dramatic revelations? Can a wedding cake wish save the day? One thing’s for sure – this will definitely be a wedding to remember!

Review (No Spoilers)

The Wedding Cake Wish is standalone book 17 in the Little Duck Pond Cafe series by Rosie Green. I will say, however, that it is book two in a sub-series about Ruby Watkiss and Hudson Holmes and there are a few references to the previous book, so I would definitely recommend giving that one a read before jumping into this one. I reviewed it a while ago, and you can find information on it and my review here.

Although I haven’t read any of the other books in the Little Duck Pond Cafe other than these two Watkiss-Holmes mysteries, this series is such a cute, fun, and quick read that I’ll definitely be picking up the others when I have a chance! It manages to give you major cozy mystery vibes while not relying on too many cozy mystery stereotypes to keep the ball moving.

The main plot of this novella follows Hudson and Ruby as they attempt to find the missing best man for their friend’s wedding. He left his apartment under seemingly strange circumstances and has refused to answer any calls or text messages since. Our lovable duo are tasked with finding out why he left, or if he was in fact taken.

I had a lot of fun with the main plot of the book and the twist and turns that came along with it. Unfortunately, I didn’t really care much for the two side stories dealing with Rob and Fen’s pre-marital problems and the love-triangle building with Amelia, Ruby, and Hudson. I found both of these side-plots to be a bit predictable and unrealistic. The easy-going and loving friendship building between Hudson and Ruby is by far my favorite part of this mini-series. I would have preferred to have that shine more throughout the novella.

The authors notes and acknowledgements at the end mention that this book is book 2 in the Watkiss-Holmes trilogy, and that the final book is coming out in November. I can’t wait! The slow-burn romance building between these two is almost too much to bear, and I have a definite need to see them find a happy ending together. Please Rosie Green, give us that happy ending!

The Wedding Cake Wish is out now! You can find it here for purchase (affiliate link)!


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Blog Tour Review: Twelve Dates ‘Till Christmas by Jennifer C. Wilson

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Quick. Cute. Heartwarming.

This review was featured on Twinkl as part of their Christmas campaign.

Foreword

Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and Jennifer C. Wilson for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eBook and blog tour media kit!

About the Author

Jennifer C. Wilson stalks dead people (usually monarchs, mostly Mary Queen of Scots and Richard III). Inspired by childhood visits to as many castles and historical sites her parents could find, and losing herself in their stories (not to mention quite often the castles themselves!), at least now her daydreams make it onto the page.

After returning to the north-east of England for work, she joined a creative writing class, and has been filling notebooks ever since. Jennifer won North Tyneside Libraries’ Story Tyne short story competition in 2014, and in 2015, her debut novel, Kindred Spirits: Tower of London was published by Crooked Cat Books. The full series was re-released by Darkstroke in January 2020.

Jennifer is a founder and host of the award-winning North Tyneside Writers’ Circle, and has been running writing workshops in North Tyneside since 2015. She also publishes historical fiction novels with Ocelot Press. She lives in Whitley Bay, and is very proud of her two-inch view of the North Sea. 

Review

Book CWs: For a list of content/trigger warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

Callum and Lexie are perfect for each other – at least, that’s what everyone tells them. But they’re just good friends, aren’t they? And neither wants to ruin the solid friendship that’s treated them so well since university.

But when an old school friend of Callum’s asks Lexie for a date, and passions overflow on a work night out, could it be the trigger to show each of them what they have been missing out on all this time?

With twelve weeks until Christmas, that’s a lot of opportunity for romance – and for misunderstandings…

Review (No Spoilers)

Two holiday romances in a row! I’m a huge fan of these types of books and I’m so glad we’re finally in the holiday season. One of my favorite things around December is to go to the library and grab anything that looks like a cozy romance, especially if it’s holiday-themed!

Twelve Dates ‘Till Christmas was a cute, fast-paced, friends-to-lovers novella. It took around an hour and a half to read it, and even that went by incredibly quick. The story follows two best friends who, after years of telling people they aren’t dating, suddenly wonder if there’s something more to the chemistry brewing between them. The narration switches perspectives between the two leads—something that I wish all romances would do. It allows us to see both sides of the story and clears up any miscommunications (how I loathe that trope) very quickly.

In regards to the characters, I thought Lexie was both amazing and incredibly mature. Callum is constantly flirting with the line between carefree bachelor and dangerous heart-breaker, and Lexie handles this fact extremely well. Callum, on the other hand, was a bit of a mess, so it took me a while to warm up to him. I think I might be still on the fence about whether I think he’d be a good life partner or not. I’m still holding out hope for him to become more reliable and introspective.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this novella a lot. There’s even a hint in the prose that there may be another book in the series about two of the side characters and I’m 100% on board for reading it. I always tend to forget how much I like the short and quick feel of novellas, but this book definitely reminded me of how fun they can be. If you know of any holiday romance novellas, PLEASE send them my way. I want to read more!

Twelve Dates ‘Till Christmas came out on Tuesday, so if you’d like to purchase it, you can find it here!


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Blog Tour Review: A Summer of Surprises by Rosie Green

Rating: 4 out of 5.

An incredibly cute cozy mystery with added romantic undertones.

Foreword

Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and Rosie Green for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eBook and blog tour media kit!

About the Author

Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little.

Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’.

Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all – unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Her series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘Sweet Pastries & Sourdough’, is out now.

Look out for more Little Duck Pond Café tales in 2021!

Follow Rosie on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green88 

Review

Book CWs: For a list of content/trigger warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

When Ruby Watkiss lands a job at the True Loaf Bakery, she feels as if the sun has finally come out. Having been through a traumatic time that wrecked her confidence levels, it’s a joy to be working for Ellie, and now all Ruby wants is to lead a quiet life and support her mum in getting the help she needs.

But life, it seems, has other plans for Ruby.

Working alongside the bafflingly rude Hudson Holmes would be bad enough – but then odd things start happening. It seems that someone is out to sabotage the café and bakery, and to her horror, Ruby finds the finger pointing at her.

Desperate to prove her innocence, she teams up with the most unlikely person in order to get to the bottom of what’s going on. Tailing suspects and hiding in bushes isn’t something she ever imagined she’d be doing, although her partner in mystery-solving seems the perfect man for the job. Can they clear Ruby’s name by discovering the real culprit?

With all the drama afoot, at least there’s no time for romance. Because that’s the very last thing on Ruby’s mind these days. Or is it…?

Review (No Spoilers)

I’m not sure if I paid attention to the fact that this was book 16 in a series when I signed up for the tour but thankfully all these books can be read as standalones! I had no problem following along with the story despite this being my only experience with this series.

This book starts off feeling like a classic hate-to-love contemporary romance novel (and I was digging that) and then suddenly I was in an intricate cozy mystery novel (and I was digging that as well). Throughout the novel, we follow Ruby Watkiss and Hudson Holmes (spot-on name btw) as they work together to figure out who is sabotaging Ruby’s old workplace and clear her name.

Ruby was such a joy of a main character. She has a dark past filled with memories of a previously abusive relationship, but she basically never lets these ghosts stop her from trying to do her best. And while she still experiences some panic flare ups as a result of her trauma, she preservers through it. I admired her deeply for that.

Holmes, as a supporting character, was also a treat. Similar to Ruby, he has some ghosts from his past that he’s still trying to come to terms with. The added depth that we get from watching Holmes through his highs and lows during this process of recovery was really nice in my opinion. I was worried that he would miraculously get better (as happens in a lot of contemporary stories) but this book didn’t shy away from showing the darker side of attempting to overcome mental health issues and I appreciate that.

The end of the book gives a teaser for a possible sequel adventure with these two, and I’m incredibly excited to get my hands on it! If you’d like to purchase A Summer of Surprises, you can find it on Amazon (affiliate link)!


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