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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

The Talisman - Molly's Story by Eliza J Scott #Review #Extract #Giveaway


I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Eliza J Scott's The Talisman - Molly's Story. This is the second book in her Life on the Moors series but can be read as a standalone. I have an extract to tempt you with today, as well as a great Giveaway. Details on how to enter  are at the foot of this post.
 
Molly’s dream of taking over her childhood home at Withrin Hill Farm with husband Pip and their three children has finally come true. And, as they settle into the stunning Georgian farmhouse, with their plans to diversify into glamping nicely taking shape, the family couldn’t be happier.

But tragedy suddenly strikes, and Molly’s world is turned upside down.



Heartbroken and devastated, she struggles to face each day. True to form, her fiercely loyal best friends, Kitty and Violet, rally round offering love and support, but Molly doesn’t think she’ll ever be able to smile again. Until the day a tall, dark stranger with twinkly eyes arrives…



Follow Molly’s story in book 2 of the Life on the Moors Series set in Lytell Stangdale, a picture-perfect village in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors, where life is anything but quiet.



A heart-warming story of love, friendship and hope.


Extract



This is part-way through Chapter 4 and shows Molly and Pip enjoying an all-too-rare quiet moment of relaxation together.



CHAPTER 4



 ‘Mmmm, this is nice,’ Molly sighed. She swung her legs round, resting her feet on Pip’s lap as she plumped a cushion behind her back. ‘Just listen to that peace and quiet. Bliss.’


     ‘Aye, lass, it is.’ Pip smiled, giving her leg an affectionate rub.


    ‘Doesn’t seem to happen very often these days, a bit of you and me time. There’s always at least one of the kids around making a racket or people calling in — not that I mind it — I love having a house full, but sometimes it’s just nice to…’ Her words were swallowed by a wide yawn. ‘Ooh, that fire’s making me sleepy.’ Despite it being the middle of summer, the farmhouse was perched in an exposed spot on Withrin Hill and could get chilly of an evening; consequently, there was always a fire blazing in the large inglenook fireplace with, more often than not, Phoebe stretched out in front of it, snoring gently.


    ‘Don’t suppose you know what day it is next Friday, do you?’ Pip took a sip of his beer and turned to look at Molly, an eyebrow cocked quizzically.


    ‘Erm,’ Molly frowned as she wracked her brains. ‘Erm, today’s the twenty-fifth?’


    ‘Nope, today’s the twenty-seventh.’


    ‘The twenty-seventh, so tomorrow’s the…there’s thirty-one days in July, which means,’ she counted on her fingers, ‘Oh my God, of course! It’s the sixth of August. Our anniversary! With everything that’s been going on, I’d completely lost track of time. I don’t even know what I’ve had for breakfast at the minute, never mind what day of the week it is.’


    ‘Good job one of us is on the ball enough to remember in time to book a romantic table for two at the Sunne on Friday the sixth of August at seven-thirty prompt, isn’t it?’


    ‘A romantic meal, just you and me?’ Molly smiled as the thought sank in; she couldn’t remember the last time they’d gone out just the two of them.


    ‘Aye, lass, just thee and me. And I’m giving you plenty of notice cos I know you’ll say you have nowt to wear, but you’ve got a good ten days to find summat. And you don’t need to worry about shopping with little bubba upstairs, my mum says you can drop Emmie off at hers and tootle off to York, shopping to your heart’s content. Molly tried to suppress a groan at the mention of her sour-faced mother-in-law.
 
    ‘But, the twins are out at an eighteenth over in Danskelfe next Friday, so they won’t be able to…’


    ‘Before you say it, the babysitter’s taken care of. I’ve spoken to your mum and dad, and they’re more than happy to do it. And good old Jimby’s offered to do the taxi service back so we can both have a drink. See, I’ve thought of everything.’
Molly eyed Pip suspiciously. It was always a battle to get him dressed up and out for a meal, never mind a romantic one, and this latest news was somewhat out of character. ‘You’re up to something, aren’t you?’ She narrowed her eyes at him. ‘I can tell. That’s what all this wining and dining’s about. Come on, you might as well spill the beans cos I’m going to find out sooner or later.’ She pursed her lips as she swirled the wine around her glass.
 
    ‘I don’t know what you mean! Can’t a bloke take his wife out for a slap-up meal on their anniversary without being accused of being up to summat?’ You’ve got a suspicious mind, you have, Molly Pennock.’ He wagged a finger at her.


    She wagged one back at him. ‘That, Pip Pennock, is because I know you too well. This is the man who buys his wife a hoover as a gift. Or, worse, a couple of bloody pigs for Valentine’s day. This is not the man who arranges romantic evenings and a day’s clothes shopping.’



My Thoughts

Mollie's character is established from the opening scene and you are in no doubt that she is an independent, brave and feisty young girl. As the story develops, you see her come up against tragedy and see that she is a sensitive and determined person, and her family means everything to her. Set in a lovely little community of friends and family, there are plenty of other characters around her to entertain and to keep her story going.  You are given a whole range of people from the rather unpleasant 'comers-in', to the down to earth farmers.

    With some humorous moments to offset the more serious passages, this is a story with plenty of light and shade. I read it in one sitting and found that the book was full of warmth and some emotion. You get a sharp sense of the North Yorkshire setting with its beauty and yet at the same time, exposure to the elements. I was quite amused to be given a glossary at the end to explain some of the local sayings which are used throughout.

In short: A romance full of warmth and emotion.

 
About the Author



Eliza lives in a 17th-century cottage on the edge of a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with her husband, their two daughters and two mischievous black Labradors. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book/glued to her Kindle or working in her garden. Eliza also enjoys bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off by a visit to a teashop where she can indulge in another two of her favourite things: tea and cake.


Eliza is inspired by her beautiful surroundings and loves to write heart-warming stories with happy endings.

You can follow Eliza here: Website    |  Twitter   |  Instagram 
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Book links: Amazon UK   |  Amazon US  

Thanks to Eliza J Scott, and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resourc for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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Giveaway (International)



Win The Letter – Kitty’s Story, chocolate and a clutch bag (Open Internationally) To enter, just follow the link below and good luck!



The prize is worth over £40 and consists of a paperback copy of the first book in the Life on the Moors Series, The Letter – Kitty’s Story, 3 bars of Love Cocoa chocolate by James and a Caroline Gardner clutch bag.

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


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