The Beekeepers Cottage by Emma Davies @EmDaviesAuthor @bookouture #bookreview #thebeekeeperscottage

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I had so much fun with this book! A fantastic story about friendship sprinkled with a little romance and some bees.🐝

My Thoughts

Emma Davies Rights such engaging stories full of so much charm and whimsy. This book is a follow-up to “The House on Hope Corner”, but it could absolutely be read as a standalone. It was so fun to revisit Flora, Ned, Fraser, and Hannah. It was so lovely to see that all the flowers are blooming at Hope Blooms Farm. In this story we get to know there beekeeping neighbor Grace and a newcomer Amos. Such a beautiful story full of friendship and hope with a sprinkling of romance. The bees play a small but mighty part in the story and I have to admit they are an interesting creature that I enjoyed learning about.

Grace has finally decided to leave her philandering famous husband Paul. Paul is not handling it very well and threatens to take away her beloved cottage. Grace will do just about anything to hold onto her home, this leads to some scheming and a questionable deal with Paul. Grace was such a great character I loved her friendship with her neighbors and her interactions with Amos. Amos was a bit of a mystery and I could not help but wonder what he was running from. Emma Davies descriptive writing really brought these characters, the setting, and the story to life. I surely hope there is another story involving this wonderful cast of characters.

*** many thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Comforted by the gentle hum of the beehives at the bottom of the garden, Grace drains the last of her tea and walks slowly back towards the little hillside house she adores. Her marriage is over, but is it too late to start her life again?

Beekeeper Grace thought throwing out her cheating husband would be the hardest thing she ever did. But when she opens the door to a property developer one morning, it’s clear that keeping her beautiful home and garden – her only sanctuary throughout her miserable marriage – will be the greatest challenge of all…

Fleeing to her best friend at the farm next door, Grace blurts out all her problems, only to be overheard by Amos, a handsome, free-spirited visitor with a twinkle in his eye. Fascinated by Grace and her bees, Amos offers to stay in the village of Hope Corner, to help turn her home into a guest house in return for lessons on beekeeping.

As Grace shows Amos how to nurture a hive and harvest honeycomb without getting stung, he is charming but secretive. He never stays long in the same place after an incident in his past involving a mysterious woman named Maria. But as their eyes lock over a jar of homemade honey, Grace can’t help feeling that she’d really like him to stay…

Determined to dispel her growing suspicion that Amos is running from something serious, Grace goes in search of the truth about Maria. But when she finds  will she still want Amos to put down roots in Hope Corner, and will they still have a house to return to? 

No matter how far they travel, bees will always find their way home…

About the Author

After a varied career, Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous (and not necessarily true) anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: ‘I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.’ Well the job in the design studio didn’t work out but she’s now a forty something mother of three and is happy to report the rest of her dream came true.

After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband, three children, and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life. It’s a county she adores, her love of its beautiful people and landscapes providing endless inspiration for her books, and in fact the only thing that would make Shropshire more idyllic is if it were by the sea. 


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Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson @JoshilynJackson @BloomsburyRaven @NetGalley #NeverHaveIever #NetGalley #BookReview

Hello book buddies, have I got a treat for you!!

I’m so happy to bring you a review for this awesome book that will catch you by the seat of your pants, and keep you hooked until the very last page!

Why Did You Pick It Up Vicci?

I love a good thriller, especially ones that contain friends, or a group of friends, this book reminds me of a great TV series called Big Little Lies – some of you may have heard of it LOL

The story is not the same, but I love the friendships in that story too.


My Thoughts


Amy Whey is a first time mum, living with her husband and her step daughter, who loving calls her Step-Monster.

She lives in a comfortable home in a quiet suburbia, and is a Diving Instructor, although with a new baby, she hasn’t got to dive as much as she wants for a while.

Her friends are all mums too, and she runs the neighbourhood Book-Club, and this is where our story starts.

Charlotte her best friend picks the books for the girls to read, and they meet in Amy’s basement to discuss (while having a glass of wine and a gossip)

Everything is going swimmingly, until the front door bell goes, Amy answers the door, and there stands the “new girl” glamorous Roux.

Roux is new in the neighbourhood, and has come to introduce herself and join the Book-Club, after breezing in the door (uninvited) Roux then takes over the Book-Club by basically getting everyone drunk as a skunk and playing a silly playground game Never Have I Ever, although drunk + secrets is never a good idea!

Amy is horrified at this and demands Roux leaves the party, but the fun has only just begun!!

A fantastic psychological thriller that will have you shouting WTF on many occasions, I thought my head was going to fall off as it was spun in so many different directions.

Great characters and a fantastic story, you’ll be up all night reading this one!

**Many thanks to Raven Books, Netgalley and the Author for my copy of this book**



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About The Book

It starts as a game at a book group one night. Never Have I Ever… done something I shouldn’t.
But Amy Whey has done something she shouldn’t. And Roux, the glamorous newcomer to Amy’s suburban neighbourhood, knows exactly what that is.
Roux promises she will go away. She will take herself and her son, who is already growing dangerously close to Amy’s teenage stepdaughter, and she will go. If Amy plays by her rules.
But Amy isn’t prepared to lose everything she’s built. She’s going to fight back, and in this escalating game of cat and mouse, there can be only one winner.

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