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‘The Summer Fair’ by Heidi Swain ~ @Heidi_Swain @TeamBATC #BlogTour #BookReview

‘The Summer Fair’ is being published by Simon & Schuster in paperback on the 12th May 2022. It will also be available in eBook format and Audiobook. I am thrilled to be taking part in this blog tour and would like to thank the publisher for my review copy.

Synopsis

Join Sunday Times bestseller Heidi Swain back in Nightingale Square for a sunshine and celebration filled summer…
 
Beth loves her job working in a care home, looking after its elderly residents, but she doesn’t love the cramped and dirty house-share she currently lives in. So, when she gets the opportunity to move to Nightingale Square, sharing a house with the lovely Eli, she jumps at the chance.
 
The community at Nightingale Square welcomes Beth with open arms, and when she needs help to organise a fundraiser for the care home they rally round. Then she discovers The Arches, a local creative arts centre, has closed and the venture to replace it needs their help too – but this opens old wounds and past secrets for Beth.
 
Music was always an important part of her life, but now she has closed the door on all that. Will her friends at the care home and the people of Nightingale Square help her find a way to learn to love it once more…?

My Review

I absolutely loved ‘The Summer Fair’.  Having really enjoyed Heidi Swain’s last novel I couldn’t wait to read this one.  This was such a feel-good read.  The words just jumped off the pages and I really didn’t want to put this book down.

For me it was my first time in Nightingale Square but that didn’t spoil anything at all.  It became clear from the very start that I was going to enjoy this novel.

The characters were all really likeable.  I enjoyed following Beth on her journey and seeing how things worked out for her.  I also took great pleasure in meeting all of her neighbours.  There was such a good sense of community spirit and I think the things they organised were great.

I loved reading about the care home and all the antics some of the residents got up to.  Beth was like a breath of fresh air and what she achieved there was amazing.

‘The Summer Fair’ is a magical and heart-warming read.  If you’re looking for some escapism, then I highly recommend that you read this book.

I look forward to Heidi Swain’s next book.

‘The Summer Fair’ can be pre-ordered from:-

Amazon.co.uk

Blackwells

Hive

WHSmith

Waterstones

About the Author

Heidi lives in beautiful south Norfolk with her family and a mischievous cat called Storm. She is passionate about gardening, the countryside, collecting vintage paraphernalia and reading. Her TBR pile is always out of control! To find out more, follow Heidi on twitter @Heidi_Swain or visit her website: heidiswain.co.uk

‘The Sweet Shop of Second Chances’ by Hannah Lynn ~ @HMLynnauthor #BookReview

Synopsis

Starting over never tasted so good

Holly Berry has it all; a good corporate career, a steady boyfriend, and enough savings that they will soon be able to buy a nice little house. But when she finds out her boyfriend has been cheating on her, she decides to retreat to the Cotswolds and a place full of far sweeter memories.

Quite literally.

However when Holly discovers the quaint village sweet shop that she worked in as a teenager is starting to crumble she decides that maybe the sensible life isn’t what she wants after all. Putting all her chocolate eggs in one basket, she says goodbye to the city, and sets her sights on Just One More.

After all, how hard can running a sweet shop be?

With charismatic Giles, ready to rescue her at every turn and the local bureaucrats breathing down her neck, it certainly isn’t the quiet life she expected. Can Holly really save the place from the the wicked developers, or will she be the reason Just One More closes its doors for good?

Full of laughter, sweet clean romance and cozy village lifeThe Sweet Shop of Second Chances will make you believe that the best things in life really are worth fighting for.

My Review

‘The Sweet Shop of Second Chances’ is the first book in The Holly Berry Sweet Shop series.  I would like to thank the author for giving me a copy of this book to review.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  It was such a relaxing and charming read.  I loved the author’s style of writing throughout and thought her to be very descriptive.  Bourton-on-the-Water sounded absolutely gorgeous as did the sweet shop.  The descriptions of the sweet shop and all the confectionary in there just about made my mouth water.  To me it sounded like paradise. All those endless jars of sweets.  Yum!

I really admired Holly.  Little did she know what was about to happen to her.  From having a steady job and a boyfriend her life literally changed in an instant.  Before she knew it, she found herself in Bourton running a sweet shop and dealing with all the challenges it brought with it.  A big and courageous move.

There were some lovely characters in this story.  They all rallied around Holly when she needed help and there was a great sense of community spirit.  Holly not only landed on her feet, but she made some good friends. 

I am so glad that this is a series, and I cannot wait to meet up with Holly and her friends again.  I am so excited to find out what happens next. If you like nice easy-going stories sprinkled with a little bit of romance, then I can recommend ‘The Sweet Shop of Second Chances’.

You can purchase ‘The Sweet Shop of Second Chances’ from Amazon UK.

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