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Finding Family at Seabreeze Farm by Jo Bartlett #Review

  I am delighted to be featuring the the latest festive novel Jo Bartlett, Finding Family at Seabreeze Farm   which was published by Boldwood Books on 2nd December. This is the second in her Seabreeze Farm series, set at Kelsea Bay. Freya Halliwell is looking forward to marrying the man of her dreams and starting their new life together. After the death of both of her parents, Ollie, along with Freya’s aunt, are the only family she has, but all the family she needs. Until Freya discovers a shocking secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her once happy family and especially the man she used to call dad. Devastated and feeling more alone than ever before, Freya needs time and space to come to terms with the news. But until then the wedding is off! Seabreeze Farm is the perfect place for Freya to recover. But could this beautiful farm perched high on the cliffs, also hold the answer to Freya’s past and reunite her with the family she never even knew s

Designer You by Sarahlyn Bruck ** Blog Tour Review**

I am delighted to be on the blog tour for Sarahlyn Bruck's debut novel. Designer You. 

Pam Wheeler checked every box: Happy marriage? Check. Fantastic kid? Check. Booming career? Check.

So when her husband dies in a freak accident and their DIY empire goes on life support, Pam must fix the relationship with her troubled and grief-stricken daughter and save the family business.
Pam and Nate were a couple who just couldn’t get away from each other, sharing not only their bed, but also a successful lifestyle empire as DIY home renovators, bloggers, podcasters, and co-authors.

When Nate dies in a freak accident, Pam becomes a 44-year-old widow, at once too young and too old—too young to be thrust into widowhood and too old to rejoin the dating pool.

Now the single mother of a headstrong and grief-stricken teenager, Pam’s life becomes a juggling act between dealing with her loss and learning how to parent by herself. On top of all that she also must reinvent herself or lose the empire that she and Nate had built so carefully.

It is time for Pam to seize the opportunity to step up as a mother, come out from behind Nate’s shadow, and rise as the sole face of the Designer You brand, and maybe, possibly, hopefully, find love again.

My Thoughts

This was an enjoyable read which certainly started with a shock.  You can't help but empathise with Pam who finds herself widowed and left with the remnants of what was a successful life and career. She is forced to take a hard look at herself and to re-evaluate exactly what she wants from life. How much of her successful life was actually her husband's dream?

    The relationship between pam and her fifteen year old daughter adds a whole dimension to the story. Grasping second chances and picking yourself up after you have made a mistake are themes which run through the story. You are invited to look beyond the facade to what is actually making life work, just as Pam has to do to keep the design business on the road. With a well paced story and interesting characters who stand up in their own right, this is a women's fiction novel which is well worth a read.

In short: A book which looks beneath the surface of appearances.

About the Author

Sarahlyn Bruck writes contemporary women's fiction and lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. She is the author of DESIGNER YOU, published by Crooked Cat Books on August 31, 2018. Sarahlyn teaches writing and literature at a local community college and also coaches writers for Author Accelerator.

DESIGNER YOU is Sarahlyn's debut, and she is hard at work on her next book. Want the latest updates? Follow along for news, events, and announcements at You can sign up for her monthly newsletter there, too.

You can follow Sarahlyn here: WebsiteFaceboo  |  Twitter
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Book links: Amazon US   |  Amazon UK

Thanks to Sarahlyn Bruck, Crooked Cat Books and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources   for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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