#BlogTour #Review Searching For Steven by Jessica Redland @JessicaRedland @rararesources

Searching for Steven HIGH RES (1)Title: Searching For Steven by Jessica Redland

Date Published: 4th December 2016

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romantic Comedy

Description:

What if you already know your future… but not the path to take you there?

When Sarah Peterson accepts her Auntie Kay’s unexpected offer to take over her florist’s shop, she’s prepared for a change of job, home and lifestyle. What she isn’t prepared for is the discovery of a scarily accurate clairvoyant reading that’s been missing for twelve years. All her predictions have come true, except one: she’s about to meet the man of her dreams. Oh, and his name is Steven. Suddenly Stevens are everywhere. Could it be the window cleaner, the rep, the manager of the coffee shop, or any of the men she’s met online? On top of that, she finds herself quite attracted to a handsome web designer, but his name isn’t even Steven… During this unusual search, will Sarah find her destiny?

Purchase on Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Searching-Steven-Whitsborough-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B01N4AO78S/

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Review:

Sarah is living in London trapped in a dead end relationship with a firefighter named Jason, which should have ended a long time ago. Finally she gets the courage to end it but still worried she’ll end up dying alone like her Uncle Alan she flees back home to Whitsborough bay where her Auntie Kay offers her the opportunity of a lifetime, to take over her florist’s shop.

While packing she finds a tape from when she was eighteen, predicting what her life would be like for the next fifteen years. On it, it says she will meet a man named Steven and he’ll be the one. With that in mind she starts her hunt for Steven but her eye catches the handsome Nick but he’s not called Steven. Then her ex, the one who’d she’d always thought was the one comes back into her life suddenly, who should she pick or should she keep searching for Steven?

So this is the second story I’ve read by the lovely Jessica Redland, you can read my review of the first, Raving About Rhys (the prequel novella in the Whitsborough bay series), here.

I’m having real difficulty review into words because all I want to say is aww! (It gave me all the feels as the kids say) This book will make you laugh, cry and fall in love all within three hundred pages.

Not only does the writing flow well, making it fun and easy to read, the characters are fantastic too. I think we can all relate to Sarah in some way shape or form, from being trapped in a dead end relationship or that fear of dying alone or being a little socially awkward. Then we have the dishy Nick, who’s not just a pretty face but has burned in the past by love, who is absolutely adorable. Sarah’s two best friends add a little bit of conflict to the mix. Elise has been her best friend since primary school and married since she was young and then we have Clare who is the complete opposite, single and loving it and they both don’t get along! Also an honourable mention to Auntie Kay who gives Sarah her florists so she can live the dream turn her hobby into a job, I’m a little jealous to be honest, I’d love to do that myself!

I’ve seen a few reviews bemoaning that the storyline isn’t that original but seriously who doesn’t read a rom com and not wish for the main character to end up with the man of her dreams? As I said with her previous book, Jessica Redland takes a traditional romcom storyline and makes it her own, digging deeper and making her character really life like.

Even though this is set near to Christmas I’d say if you’re off on your holidays it’s a perfect read to take with you.

Rating: 4/5

About The Author:

Jessica had never considered writing as a career until a former manager kept telling her that her business reports read more like stories and she should write a book. She loved writing but had _DSF1336-2no plot ideas. Then something happened to her that prompted the premise for her debut novel, Searching for Steven. She put fingers to keyboard and soon realised she had a trilogy and a novella!

She lives on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast – the inspiration for the settings in her books – with her husband, daughter, cat, Sprocker Spaniel, and an ever-growing collection of collectible teddy bears. Although if the dog has her way, the collection will be reduced to a pile of stuffing and chewed limbs!

Jessica tries to balance her time – usually unsuccessfully – between being an HR tutor and writing.

Social Media Links –

Twitter:@JessicaRedland

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/JessicaRedlandWriter/

Website and blog:www.jessicaredland.com

#BlogTour #Review Raving About Rhys by Jessica Redland @JessicaRedland @rararesources

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Title: Raving About Rhys by Jessica Redland

Date Published: 23rd May 2013

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romantic Comedy

Description:

Bubbly Callie Derbyshire loves her job as a carer, and can’t believe she’s finally landed herself a decent boyfriend – older man Tony – who’s lasted way longer than the usual disastrous three months. Tony’s exactly what she’s always dreamed of… or at least he would be if he ever took her out instead of just taking her to bed. And work would be perfect too if she wasn’t constantly in trouble with her boss, The She-Devil Denise.

When the new gardener, Mikey, discovers her in a rather compromising position at work, Callie knows that her days at Bay View Care Home could be numbered. Can she trust him not to tell Denise? If she’s issued with her marching orders, who’ll look out for her favourite client, Ruby, whose grandson, Rhys, seems to constantly let her down? What does Ruby know about Tony? And what is Denise hiding?

Surrounded by secrets and lies, is there anyone left who Callie can trust?

Purchase on Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Raving-About-Rhys-Jessica-Redland-ebook/dp/B01N6T85B0/

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Review:

Callie is happy with her life. She works as a carer at Bayview Nursing Home which she loves apart from one thing, her boss, Denise or as she calls her The She-Devil. She also thinks she’s found her perfect man in Tony who at forty five is old enough to be her dad. At almost a year together he’s last longer than all of her other relationships. But the cracks in her relationship start to show when a resident called Ruby says she knows Tony from somewhere and she is caught in a comprising position by the hunky new gardener Mikey. What is Tony hiding?

So I’ve decided to dip my toe back into a bit of romantic comedy, to have little break from all the murder and bloodshed I’ve been reading lately.

I read this lovely novella in just one day, I didn’t want to stop (happily there are three subsequent books, one of which I will be reading soon, Searching for Steven).

From the cover I was kind of expecting a bit of light-hearted fluff but this story goes so much deeper than that! The characters are complex and flawed, with a compelling story line, all set against the backdrop of a seaside town makes this the perfect summer read.

I liked Callie, she’s such a big hearted and caring person, she even tries to help her horrible boss Denise when she starts acting strangely. But I kept wishing for her to have a bit more confidence in herself!

Elderly resident Ruby I have to say is my favourite character. She funny, sweet and bit racy at time with her stories from the old days.

Yes, the story line may have been a little predictable but the author makes it her own and I am really looking forward to reading her next novel Searching for Steven.

Rating: 4/5

Author Bio –

Jessica had never considered writing as a career until a former manager kept telling her that her_DSF1336-2 business reports read more like stories and she should write a book. She loved writing but had no plot ideas. Then something happened to her that prompted the premise for her debut novel, Searching for Steven. She put fingers to keyboard and soon realised she had a trilogy and a novella!

She lives on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast – the inspiration for the settings in her books – with her husband, daughter, cat, Sprocker Spaniel, and an ever-growing collection of collectible teddy bears. Although if the dog has her way, the collection will be reduced to a pile of stuffing and chewed limbs!

Jessica tries to balance her time – usually unsuccessfully – between being an HR tutor and writing.

Social Media Links –

Twitter: @JessicaRedland

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaRedlandWriter/

Website and blog: www.jessicaredland.com

#BlogTour Blind Dates, Big Love and Six Tinder Weeks by Bena Roberts @rararesources #BookSpotlight #Promo

Today on my blog I’m hosting a book spotlight, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.Blind Dates, big Love and Six Tinder Weeks Full Banner

Title: Blind Dates, Big Love and Six Tinder Weeks by Bena Roberts

Date Published: December 2017

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Women’s Fiction

Description:

Helen’s children leave home at eighteen. She sleepwalked through her marriage of twenty years for their sake. But when they go, she leaves her husband. Her house is a mess, as is her image and Helen breaks down. Through her pain, she draws blood and allows the universe to guide her and her decisions.

The unexpected happens, scientist Helen gets thrown into a new life of hedonism, dating, and self-discovery. A charming lawyer steals her heart, but is Helen ready for the fast lane? Will the local village firefighter provide the romance of her dreams? Or the military spy CJ, who is convinced that Helen is part of a Romanian smuggling gang.

With the help of her sister Portia, Helen starts to transform her life. The universe guides her to finding something in herself.

Debut author Bena Robert’s provides a unique perspective in this witty black comedy. Dark humour meets chick lit with a robust and realistic voice.

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Purchase your copy here:

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/de/en/ebook/blind-dates-big-love-six-tinder-weeks

Nook https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/blind-dates-big-love-six-tinder-weeks-bena-roberts/1128180181?ean=2940155172505

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/802150

Kindlehttps://www.amazon.com/Blind-Dates-Love-Tinder-Weeks-ebook/dp/B0782MDCFT/ref=mt_kindle?_encoding=UTF8&me

Author Bio – Bena Roberts

Bena Roberts was a journalist and analyst. Now she prefers the title romance adventurist! She graduated in England 1994 and then with a Masters in 1997.myAvatar (3)

Born in 1973, Bena lived in West London until she was 24. Then she lived and worked in Budapest, Bruges, Prague, Amsterdam, Vienna, Hamburg and Munich. She currently resides in Germany, between Heidelberg and Frankfurt. Although she still refers to London as ‘home.’

Bena successfully created a technology blog which gained funding, had lunch with Steve Ballmer and was ‘top 50 most influential woman in mobile.’ Her blog also won several awards including Metro Best Blog. However, her technology career ended after she was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer in 2009. Since 2012, Bena has taught English in Germany and managed a small relocation business.

Bena has two children, loves small dogs and always writes books with a cup of Earl Grey. Six Tinder Weeks, now Blind Dates, Big Love and Six Tinder Weeks is her debut novel. Other books include The Forever Night Stand, with Tammy & Lisa: Mum Detectives at the Village School available in 2018.

Twitter – @benaroberts

Amazon Author – https://www.amazon.com/Bena-Roberts/e/B076ZRDW8G

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17307556.Bena_Roberts

Blog – www.sixtinderweeks.com