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New On My Shelf This Week / Mailbox Monday

Another lovely little duo of titles, courtesy of Aria Fiction and NetGalley, with my Blog Tour dates all confirmed.

Whilst I don’t tend to read too much contemporary fiction, I was drawn to these two particular titles, for specific reasons :-

The Gower in Wales, where ‘Snowflakes Over Holly Cove’ is set, and the Cornwall of ‘Cottage On A Cornish Cliff’, are my two most favourite places for their stunning scenery and fantastic beaches.




Cover Image Of The Book 'Snowflakes Over Holly Cove' By The Author Lucy ColemanThe perfect Christmas romance for fans of Karen Swan.

As the snowflakes start to fall, the village of Holly Cove welcomes a new tenant to the beautiful old cottage on the beach…

For lifestyle magazine journaist Tia Armstrong, relationships, as well as Christmas, have lost all their magic. Yet Tia is up against a Christmas deadline for her latest article ‘Love is, actually, all around’…

So Tia heads to Holly Cove where the restorative sea air, and rugged stranger Nic, slowly but surely start mending her broken heart.

Tia didn’t expect a white Christmas, and she certainly never dared dream that all her Chiristmas wishes might just come true…

Set in Caswell Bay on the stunningly rugged Gower Coast, the cottage nestles amid the limestone cliffs and the woodlands; the emotions run as turbulently as the wind-swept sea.

As cosy as a marshmallow-topped cup of cocoa, fall in love with a heart-warming festive story from the bestselling author of The French Adventure.




Cover Image Of The Book 'Cottage On A Cornish Cliff' By Author Kate Ryder Returning to the heart of her beloved Cornwall, Kate Ryder weaves another deliciously irresistible tale of desire, jealousy and the search for understanding, set against the stunning backdrop of the glorious Lizard Peninsula.

Globally renowned actor Oliver Foxley has made the most difficult decision of all and set the love of his life free, in order to try and bring his family back together. But there’s a magnetic pull back to both Cara and Cornwall that Oliver can neither deny nor resist…

Heartbroken for a second time in her short life, single mother Cara knows she has no choice but to pick up the pieces yet again and carry on. Perhaps a complete change of scenery would help her, and her young family? Yet her mind, spirit and heart yearn for the windswept shores of her Cornish Cove…

Cara and Oliver face the agonising choice between following expectations, or following their hearts. How will their story end…?




Picture of an English red post boxis a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … Your Hosts for  ‘Mailbox Monday

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Martha of ‘Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… You never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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  • Hi Yvonne, I think the Lucy Coleman book looks like it will be the perfect escape read when I need one during the busy holiday season. Thanks for sharing, it’s a new-to-me title.

    • I had a feeling that my selection this week might appeal to you and the setting for ‘Snowflakes Over Holy Cove’ is certainly a beautiful part of the Welsh coastline.

      I don’t tend to concentrate on seasonal reads, so it will probably be well into the New Year before I get around to reading it for myself.

      Author Lucy Coleman also writes romantic fiction under the name of Linn B. Halton, so perhaps you are more familiar with those books?

      Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading 🙂

  • I have to say I love the sound of both of these. The first for the snowy, Christmassy setting and the second, naturally, because it’s set in Cornwall. Like you, I don’t read heaps of contemporary fiction but I do like to read the odd one when my brain is feeling overloaded. I’ll keep an eye out for both in the library.

    I’m having to fill in my details again, below, so I’m hoping this comment doesn’t get rejected again. *Fingers crossed*

    Have a good week.

    • Sorry for any inconvenience in trying to comment today. I have had one or two random comments from regular followers consigned to spam mail, or asking for moderation before being accepted, which is very strange. Hubbie has looked at the ‘WordPress’ account and there have been no obvious attempts to interfere with the security of the Fiction Books account, so everything appears okay on that front! I really do value everyone’s thoughts and comments about the authors I feature and the books I share, so please don’t take the extra steps to commenting to heart too much 🙂

      Both of these books publish in October, so if you are lucky, you mght be able to get an advance order request in for them. I don’t read too many ‘real’ books these days, but if I ever do feature a paperback you quite like the sound of, then let me know and I can always post it on to you.

      There are some authors of contemporary fiction that I just can’t get along with, so I probably wouldn’t be quite so quick in accepting Blog Tour or promotion work from them. However, both these authors write about locations familiar to them, which for me helps with the authenticity of the books and characters. In fact, Kate Ryder lives in the Tamar Valley, on the border between Devon and Cornwall, so is even more personal to you.

      Happy Reading 🙂

      • Hi Yvonne, the message went through fine so no need to worry. I seem to be one of a number of people whom WordPress doesn’t like very much as I often end up in the spam box. Luckily with you I can pop over to Twitter or Goodreads and send you a PM to let you know, not always possible with others so I’m grateful for that.

        I have several books on my ‘might order for Christmas’ list so I’ll add these two and decide which to buy later. Just what I need… more books. LOL Yes, I’m the same with contemporary fiction, I can read some and not others. Another author living down here! It seems to be a very popular area for them. Mind, who can blame them?

        Take care.

        • Most of the workings of WordPress are a mystery to me as well!
          Without hubbie’s help and advice I would be quite lost.
          Now they have just announced that they are going to changing their operating platform, which looks as though it might mean me having to rebuild my entire site from scratch, because of all the ‘plug-ins’ I use. So far, early testers have declared the new platform to be a disaster, so I am hoping that if there are enough complaints WordPress may rethink their strategy!!

          Happy Reading 🙂

          • Oh dear, I do wish these people wouldn’t fix things that aren’t broken. I do dread them changing things. I can usually understand them eventually but in the meantime… I do hope the change isn’t as drastic as you suspect.

            I completely forgot to thank you for your kind offer of a paperback you feature that I like the sound of, that’s so nice of you and I’ll bear it in mind.

            • No problem. Likewise, as I work in a charity shop, we do get a very wide and varied selection of books donated in, so if there is anything in particular which you are having trouble sourcing and would really like to read, just drop me a line and I can keep my eyes open for it.

              Take Care 🙂

              • Thank you so much, that’s so kind of you. And how lovely to work amongst all those books!

                Hope you’re having a lovely weekend. We had family yesterday so it’s a quiet moochy sort of day for me. I have a 3000 piece jigsaw on the go and 4 books. LOL

                Cath xxx

                • We also have a weekend job, authoring and maintaining ‘Treasure Trails’ in Somerset, Wiltshire and parts of Hampshire, for which we earn a very small commission which just about covers our costs.

                  It does however get us out and about and we get to spend time together.

                  Today we have been trail checking in Fordingbridge and Southampton, enjoying the glorious sunshine 🙂


                  Enjoy the new week 🙂

  • Ooh … loving this idea and thrilled to be here! Cornwall is another favourite destination of mine, aside from the Gower Coast! I think I need to take a weekend off and do nothing but read ha! ha!

    • If I am being perfectly honest, I just love being by the coast and to relocate somewhere near the sea, would be my ultimate ambition.

      I suppose that as I live in Somerset, the southernmost coastline is my favourite, because it is what I know best. I guess that if I were to visit the Durham and Scottish coastal resorts, I would probably come away feeling the same way. We do have friends who live up in Llandudno, so visiting them is always a pleasure!

      You only need to take a weekend off to read? I think that if I spent the rest of my life reading, I would never clear my backlog of books, so I apologise if I don’t get to read and finally review your lovely books, in too timely a fashion.

      Good Luck with ‘Snowflakes Over Holly Cove’ and I look forward to my Blog Tour spot on October 2nd.

      Thanks for stopping by Lucy and Happy Reading 🙂

  • I always say romance isn’t my preferred genre, but I’ve certainly read my share over the years and will give most anything a chance. The first sounds like it would be a welcome distraction during the holidays from all the hustle and bustle and stress.

    • Like you, I will give most books a chance, with the possible exceptions of fantasy and science fiction, so I do have quite an assortment of both contemporary and historical fiction, sat on both my virtual and real book shelves.

      Also, unless I really don’t connect with the author or storyline at all, I am quite happy to take on a Blog Tour spot as promotion for a new title, so that always throws up quite a wide and varied range of genres.

      Both books are set in parts of the country I know and love quite well, so for me, splitting them up into one sounding more to my liking than the other, is quite difficult – Nope! I am definitely going to sit on the fence with this week’s selection.

      Christmas is not my most favourite time of the year, so anything which acts as a distraction is gratefully received!

      Anyway, let’s not think about that – it’s only just September – so have a great week 🙂

    • The cover of ‘Cottage On A Cornish Cliff’, reminds me that there is still a glimmer of summer left in the weather this week, whereas ‘Snowflakes Over Holly Cove’ is just too much of a reminder about what might be around the corner for us to look forwad to!

      Mind you, Cornwall also has its own micro climate and can be quite temperate and calm, when weather conditions nearby can be at the opposite end of the spectrum.

      Happy Reading and have a good week 🙂

        • A couple of degrees higher than that here during the day, although there is quite a nip in the air mornings and evenings, as darkness falls earlier and lasts longer.

          I wonder why we humans seem born programmed to complain about our weather, no matter where we live? 🙂

          Thinking of those in the ‘Carolinas’ later this week!

    • I have Blog Tour spots lined up for both these books over the next couple of weeks, so I am looking forward to that!

      Many of my new books these days, come through NetGalley, where I am a pre-approved Aria Fiction reader. So whilst I find myself featuring a diverse range of genres, believe me, there are still plenty of titles that I pass on, as I am quite selective in my choices, especially when it comes to romance.

      Thanks for visiting this week and Happy Reading 🙂

    • I must admit that I am not much of a seasonal reader. When a book gets to the top of my TBR pile, it doesn’t really matter to me whether it is the right time to read it, or not!

      The manager at the charity shop where I work tried to stop me from putting out Christmas stories throughout the year, but I argued that if a reader followed a particular author, they would read their books no matter what the time if year – So far I have been proved right!

      I still can’t believe that Christmas cards etc. are in the shops and gift sets are on display everywhere already. I really don’t want to think about it just yet and in fact we have more or less decided that only the children will be getting presents this year. Everything is just so expensive and getting by day to day is enough of a struggle.

      Thanks to NetGalley I haven’t needed to worry about buying any new books for some time now, especially when they are all as good as these two different, but seasonal stories.

      Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading 🙂

    • Wow! that’s impressive Serena. Your comment just popped up on the screen, but with no email confirmation or other notification!

      Thanks for hosting this time, I always enjoy sharing my new finds, even though I may not be able to contribute every week.

      Enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

  • How fabulous that you’ve selected Cottage on a Cornish Cliff… Thank you! Are you aware it’s the sequel to Summer in a Cornish Cove (published in April)? I love the Lizard Peninsula and had a great time checking out locations for the books (any excuse to visit! )

    • Hi Kate,

      It is good to ‘meet’ you and thanks for stopping by 🙂

      I shall be taking part in the Blog Tour for ‘Cottage On A Cornish Cliff’, at the request of Aria Fiction, as I am one of their pre-approved NetGalley readers.

      For more background information I generally rely on Goodreads rather than Amazon and nowhere on either Goodreads or NetGalley, does it mention that the book is a sequel to ‘Summer In A Cornish Cove’.

      Could you let me know if these books can be read as stand alone stories, or do I need to include a caveat that ‘Summer ..’ needs to be read first?

      I only ask because I have several followers who have expressed an interest in ‘Cottage …’, but are confirmed series readers and wouldn’t read one without the other.

      I’m the same as you, any reason to visit Cornwall and I have my bags packed ready to go, although I have to admit that we do try to plan our trips for ‘off season’ times, for obvious reasons.

      Good Luck with the book launch and I’ll catch you on October 16th 🙂

  • Hi Yvonne,
    Good to “meet” you too! 🙂
    Following your comment, I have mentioned to Aria that it is not mentioned on either Goodreads or NetCalley that it is a sequel, and that perhaps it should be!
    For your information, both books can be read as stand alone stories, although the sequel came about because of the number of reviewers of ‘Summer in a Cornish Cove’ begging for a sequel! So, to know the backstory, perhaps your series readers would want to read Summer first.
    I was very lucky to move to Cornwall with my husband a few years ago and, together, we renovated an old sawmill. During the course of the renovations we discovered something which was the catalyst to me fulfilling my dream of becoming an author(!) I hope that Book 3 with Aria will be the story that was inspired by this “find”…
    Look forward to catching up with you on October 16th! 🙂

    • Thanks for flagging that up to Aria. Mentioning that the two books are part of a mini series would be a good idea and I always find Aria to be very receptive to comments and suggestions, there is never any ‘side’ or attitude with any of the team I have dealt with anyway!

      So long as the books can be read as stand alones, that is fine by me, although I will link the two books together in any further promotional posts I publish and during my Blog Tour spot.

      You are so lucky to have been able to move to Cornwall and I am very intrigued by the ‘find’ which was so inspirational. If you ever want to put together a Guest Post about this, or anything else for that matter, you only have to drop me a line and I would be more than happy to schedule you a ‘Meet The Authors’ spot 🙂

  • Thank you so much for the offer of a Meet The Author spot! That’s a great idea. Perhaps when Aria publish Book 3 (April next year), and I could explain the ‘find’ which crystallised my thoughts about going down this writing path. Does that sound like a plan?

    • I never really twigged before, but the two covers being released almost together, represent the long hot summer just passed and the winter season to come!

      I do quite enjoy a hot chocolate after a cold, winter’s morning walk – but I’ll pass on all the toppings, as I don’t particularly like cream!

      Great to have you stop by and I hope that all is well in your world

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