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I’m thrilled to welcome you to another Friday post to celebrate another great indie book, this time it’s Heart in the Right Place by Lisa Hill.

This is billed as “a perfect romantic read for the summer”, and is available to buy now. It was published by Manatee Books in July 2018.



Lottie Hardwicke is Yorkshire’s answer to Kirstie Allsopp, but ten years spent raising her three children with husband, Drew, has relegated her to Saturday Girl status at the family estate agents. This is Lottie’s year; she’s turning over a new leaf and is going to make her time in property less of a borderline obsession and more of an actual career. Only, she hasn’t bet on her interfering in-laws returning to scupper her plans or her teenage crush, celebrity Tom Thorpe, arriving in the village and offering her the opportunity of a lifetime, which could compromise everything…

Can Lottie have it all? Can she be a hands-on mum and get her career back, without wrecking her marriage in the process?

My Thoughts & Review:

Heart in the Right Place is the perfect way to round off my summer reads, the sun may not be shining as is did in the summer months but it certainly felt like it was whilst I read this listening to the autumn winds blowing outside.

A cast of very human and relatable characters spring from the pages with some quirky personalities and although some are less likeable than others, they are written in such a way that draws some strong feelings from the readers. And as readers get to know them better, they begin to see that there might be more to the fluster and bluster or the brusqueness, I certainly was surprised by one character once I found out a bit more about them.

Several separate strands make up the plot of this book and for the most part they are intriguing, if not frustrating when you put yourself in the shoes of the character involved. It’s that sort of read that you cannot help but become slightly invested in.
The themes of friendship, love and family play a huge part in the narrative and are written in such a way that moves the pace of the book along so quickly.

A truly lovely and enchanting read to pass a few hours with!

You can buy a copy of Heart in the Right Place via:

Amazon UK



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It’s an honour to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for Katy Lilley’s New Beginnings for Bryony Bennett today and share a wonderful guest post with you.  The book is published by Manatee Books and is a rom-com that sounds to be a quirky, yet brilliant read!




When Bryony Bennett’s godmother dies and leaves her a huge inheritance, Bryony jumps at the chance to get away from it all and start again.

She packs up her life and moves into the (almost) idyllic Cliff Cottage…only to find that starting over is never quite as simple as you imagine. Faced with grumpy neighbours, hostile locals and more than her fair share of disasters, Bryony embarks on a mission to make sure her new life is everything she wants it to be…but will she ever win over the locals and truly be happy in her new life?




You can buy a copy of New Beginnings for Bryony Bennett via:

Amazon UK


Guest Post:

Why I write

That’s one of those questions that’s both easy and difficult to answer. I write because I love creating stories, sorting out the angst and misunderstandings between people. Describing places and people, and delving into their world.

As an only child, I was never lonely. I had a vivid imagination, and used it to the full. I made notes of places and people, wrote ‘stories’ about them and loved it. Marvelled at how if you put words together you made sentences…paragraphs…scenarios…

Until I went to senior school where I was always marked down for not being factual enough. Me who loves research. What they meant was my essays were too much like a story.

Ah well.

When I had children I told them stories. About untidy rabbits and indecisive birds, children who could understand rabbit speak and have adventures. Great fun. I did write them down, and a friend illustrated them for me. I wish I still had them.

However it gave me the taste for story making again.

I didn’t indulge it much, I was as guilty as anyone who said life got in the way. When I got my first computer (one you had to swap discs in and out a million times) I treid a love story. It was rubbish, and quite rightly turned down.

Fast forward twenty five or so years (yes I am that old) and I was off work, ill. I’d only just started to play around with social media and so on, but say a competition to send on a first chapter of a romance.

I had a go, and met up with a lot of other like minded ‘newbies’. None of us got any further. In my case quite rightly so. It was wooden. I hadn’t learned to write as I can, not as I thought I should.

However, we then decided to help each other. We were chatting via messenger one day, and I said. I’m going to write a Regency.

I wrote it, they all helped to edit, write a blurb and a synopsis and decide where to send it. I sent it off and three days later got an acceptance. That was as my hotter side. (Raven McAllan)

If only it was all as easy as that.

It isn’t of course. I’ve had my fair share of rejections, some helpful and encouraging…some not.

Therefore, when I decided to change direction and write a romantic comedy. I was somewhat apprehensive. After all, it was something new. Something I’d not attempted before, and what if no one liked it?

But nothing ventured and all that.

I had an idea. Began to write. Set it in Devon, with an imaginary village near where we go on holiday.  Loved writing it. Finished it with a sigh of satisfaction and sent it to my beta. She loved it.

I then, with a lot of worry sent it to Manatee Books.

Who grin and dance on the ceiling loved it.

And asked what else I had.

(A whole lot of love going on here, sorry)

The upshot being, I’m going to be gloriously busy this next year. My ideas notebook, where if I don’t jot things down I’ll forget something which of course would have made the passage, chapter, book etc, is full.

I haven’t completely shed my hotter side. Sometimes I need to just see where that goes.  However, Katy is my love. She lets me write about places I love, history I’m so interested in, in a totally different way.

Does it work?

Only you the reader can tell me that, but I do hope so. I’m not gong away. Wink

The next book is about Lottie, who you meet in New Beginnings for Bryony Bennett, and then there’s a Regency and a contemporary romance.

Great stuff. And on that note I’m back of to Devon in my imagination and WIP to see just what Lottie is up to now.


Love, Katy


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