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The Vintage Village Bake Off by Judy Leigh #Review

  Here we are with another amusing romcom by Judy Leigh . The Vintage Village Bake Off was published by Boldwood Books on December 4th. Now in his seventies, Robert Parkin is stunned to find himself the unlikely sex symbol of the village gardening club. Living in happy solitude with his cat Isaac Mewton in the Devon village of Millbrook, entertained by his mischievous chickens and goats, Robert has never figured out the rules of romance. But as the local ladies vie for his company, it soon becomes clear that Robert's Victoria Sponge cake is the lure, and as his baking prowess grows, so does his confidence. Cheesecakes, meringues, puddings, Robert can do it all, but his real masterpieces are his scones - ginger, rosemary, coconut, fruit, his recipes are inspired and soon come to the attention of the local media. Which county does the best cream tea - Devon or Cornwall? It's time for an age-old debate to be settled with a competition. Robert's sisters Bunty and Ha

Just Date and See by Portia Macintosh #Review


I am delighted to be on the tour for Portia Macintosh's latest romcom, Just Date and See. It was published by Boldwood Books on 24th September.

Billie is looking forward to a quiet, man-free Christmas. It’s just a shame her family doesn't feel the same way…

With a house full of unexpected (and unwanted) guests, Billie needs to find the perfect escape to get away from the chaos.

So when her dating app recommends a week of singles nights in her area, Billie decides that braving these events has to be better than making conversation with her dad’s new wife, dealing with her mum's mid-life crisis or witnessing her sister flirting with her insufferably arrogant next-door neighbour.

While this is definitely not the festive season she had planned, between disco bowling and boozy bingo, little does Billie know that she may find love this year after all - she'll just have to date and see...

Fall in love with the perfect laugh-out-loud festive read from top 10 bestseller Portia MacIntosh

 My Thoughts

 I loved this story. It is so full of wit and humour and the central character of Billie is thoroughly likeable. I enjoyed the tension between Billie's ideal quiet Christmas and the Christmas she actually ended up with. Her family are hilarious, in fact all the characters add  to the humour. Billie's one liners are genuinely funny.

    Billie decides to disappear from her house for some evenings by filling her nights with trips out with the Jingle All the Way dating app. Of course, this is a great vehicle for more humour but also for some budding romance. I was surprised by one of the revelations near the end. I certainly had not guessed what was coming. With some lovely festive touches and some hilarious interactions, this is a great Christmas read.

In short: festive fun and games

About the Author 


 Portia MacIntosh is the bestselling author of over 20 romantic comedy novels. From disastrous dates to destination weddings, Portia’s romcoms are the perfect way to escape from day to day life, visiting sunny beaches in the summer and snowy villages at Christmas time. Whether it’s southern Italy or the Yorkshire coast, Portia’s stories are the holiday you’re craving, conveniently packed in between the pages.

Formerly a journalist, Portia has left the city, swapping the music biz for the moors, to live the (not so) quiet life with her husband and her dog in Yorkshire.

You can follow Portia here: Website  |  TwitterInstagram   |  Facebook  | Newsletter sign up  |  Bookbub 

Book link: Amazon UK 
 Thanks to Portia Macintosh, Boldwood Books, and Rachel of Rachels Random Resources  for copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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