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New Romances in May - Part 1

Take a look at all these wonderful new romances we can look forward to in the first half of May. My, are we in for a reading treat! I'm hoping for some decent weather so I can sit in my garden and read some of them. Fill your book shelves (virtual or physical!) with the best that chick lit and romantic comedy has to offer, and enjoy a selection of heart warming, uplifting stories to make you go "ahhh".


Get your ordering finger ready!!


And keep your eyes peeled for May 2021 Romances Part 2.


Let's dive right in!


Life's A Beach by Portia MacIntosh

Sun, sea and inescapable exes...


Peach is excited to hear that her sister, Di, is getting married. Of course, she would have preferred her little sister to be engaged to someone she's known longer than a week - and the fact that his name is Charles doesn't bode well - but who is she to judge?! After all, her own love life is non-existent, and who doesn't love a destination wedding...?


Whisked away to the gorgeous Italian coast, Peach assumes her role as chief bridesmaid and, despite her reservations about the groom, she tries to ensure everything goes to plan.


But weddings are never straightforward affairs... throw in some unexpected guests in the form of ex-boyfriends and one night stands, and soon enough there is more drama than a reality tv show.


Can Peach keep the show on the road, or might she end up in a whirlwind romance of her own...?


Pre-order Price on Amazon - £1.89

Publication date 6th May 2021






Summer Serendipity at the Twist and Turn Bakery by Helen J Rolfe

It’s summer in Heritage Cove, the picturesque village by the sea. Join some of your favourite characters and welcome new faces in this uplifting, romantic read brimming with character, community and friendship…


The Heritage Bakery is finally getting the makeover it deserves, with sisters Jade and Celeste modernising the place and putting their own stamp on it while retaining all the charm of days gone by. But Jade has far more planned than a brand-new kitchen and fancy cake designs. She’s ready for an even bigger change in her life. It’s almost time to take the next step and she knows just what to do to make that happen.


Etna owns the village tea rooms and when she hears that local man Harvey is looking for a labourer to help him renovate the bakery after being let down at the last minute, she suggests to her nephew Linc that it may just be the change he needs to get his head straight. Linc arrives in the Cove willing to give it a go and he works hard, but what he hadn’t envisaged was anything bordering on a romance - not with his track record or what he’s involved in right now.


When a tall, dark, handsome stranger appears in the village and turns Jade’s world upside down, will it be enough to make her abandon her plan before she even sets the wheels in motion? And has Linc missed his chance to tell her how he really feels?


It’s almost time for the wedding of the year for one of the village favourites and the annual Wedding Dress Ball. But when the sun begins to set, will anyone else be lucky in love?


Pre-order price on Amazon £1.99

Publication date 6th May 2021



The Runaway Bride by Mary Jayne Baker


Here comes the bride... but how long can she hide?


When Kitty Clayton flees her wedding with no money, no bank card and no phone, her life seems worryingly futureless. All she knows is, she'd rather sleep on the streets than go back home to cheating Ethan.


After picking her up hitch-hiking, widowed children's author Jack Duffy takes Kitty under his wing, looking out for her until she gets back on her feet. And it's not long before the two grow close...


But with Jack struggling to recover from the guilt he feels over his wife's death and Kitty refusing to face up to the problems she's running away from at home, will the two ever manage to share a happily ever after?


Pre-order price on Amazon £2.59

Publication date 6th May 2021









The Borrow a Bookshop Holiday by Kiley Dunbar https://amzn.to/3fUpb5N

The Borrow-a-Bookshop Bookshop Café invites literature lovers to run their very own bookshop … for a fortnight.


Spend your days talking books with customers in your own charming bookshop and serving up delicious cream teas in the cosy café.


Bookworms, what are you waiting for? Your holiday is going to be LIT(erary).


Apply to: The Borrow-a-Bookshop Bookshop Café, Down-a-long, Clove Lore, Devon.


Jude Crawley should be on top of the world. She’s just graduated as a mature student, so can finally go public about her relationship with Philosophy professor, Mack.


Until she sees Mack kissing another girl, and her dreams crumble. And worse, their dream holiday – running a tiny bookshop in the harbour village of Clove Lore for two weeks – is non-refundable.


Throwing caution to the winds, Jude heads down to Devon, eager to immerse herself in literature and heal her broken heart.


But there’s one problem – six foot tall, brooding (but gorgeous) Elliot, who’s also reserved the bookshop holiday for two weeks…


As Jude and Elliot put their differences aside to run the bookshop, it seems that Jude might be falling in love with more than just words. Until she discovers what Elliot is running from – and why he’s hiding out in Clove Lore.


Can Jude find her own happy ending in a tiny, tumbledown bookshop? Or is she about to find out that her bookish holiday might have an unexpected twist in the tale…


Pre-order price on Amazon £1.99

Publication date 5th May 2021



Italy Ever After by Leonie Mack https://amzn.to/2RgKXWV

TV journalist Lou feels battered and bruised after her divorce from Phil, the father of her daughter Edie. Her confidence and sense of fun have steadily been drained away, and she isn’t sure who she is any more.


When the opportunity arises to accompany Edie on a music camp in Italy for a month in the summer, Lou jumps at the chance for new adventures, new horizons and new friends. The hazy warmth of the summer sun, shining brightly over the stunning Lake Garda, slowly brings Lou back to life.


Nick Romano, Edie’s music teacher, loves being home in Italy, but coaching his students for their concert in Milan, is bringing back difficult memories. His blossoming friendship with Lou is the perfect distraction, although a summer fling would be easier to conduct without the scrutiny of his mother Greta, not to mention the interference of his extended Italian family.


As the summer passes, full of sunshine and breath-taking scenery, gelato and delicious feasts, Lou and Nick get ever closer. But as the time for farewell creeps up on them, will they be able to say goodbye and leave their memories behind in the Italian sun, or can a summer romance last a lifetime?


Pre-order price on Amazon £1.89

Publication date 11th May 2021




Waste Not, Want Not in Applewell by Lilac Mills (yes, this one is mine!)

George can’t throw anything away. But he’s in danger of throwing away this opportunity to be loved…


George Nightingale is a hoarder with a house full of junk. For years he’s kept it a secret, rarely leaving his house and keeping social interactions to a minimum, but his carefully balanced system is now under threat…


Nessa Millbrook can’t wait to get settled into her new home in quaint, rural Applewell. Everyone in the village is so friendly – except her neighbour, George, who wants nothing to do with her. But Nessa isn’t one to back down from a challenge and she’s determined to win George over.


The years have taught George to shield his heart and trust no one. Yet Nessa keeps reaching out to him – does he have the courage to take a chance, and reach back?


A gorgeously heartwarming romance with characters readers will fall in love with, perfect for fans of Holly Martin and Portia MacIntosh.


Pre-order price on Amazon £1.99

Publication date 6th May 2021



Family Secrets at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland

Every family has its secrets, and at Hedgehog Hollow there is no exception...


It was always Samantha's dream to run her beautiful rescue centre, Hedgehog Hollow, full-time. But just as her wish comes true, she becomes a victim of her own kindness when she finds herself with a house full of guests - all with their own problems and secrets - looking to her for support.


When her self-absorbed cousin, Chloe, unexpectedly turns up at the farm - swiftly handing over her baby to Samantha to care for – trouble is definitely brewing. Especially as Chloe won’t tell anyone why she’s left her husband, James...


As Samantha juggles new hedgehog arrivals, family dramas and her own health challenges, it soon becomes clear that she needs to start putting herself first for once. Little does she know that life-changing secrets from the past are about to unravel and turn their lives upside down...


Pre-order Price on Amazon £2.84

Publication date 4th May 2021






Perfect On Paper by Gillian Harvey


It's time to shake things up a little...


Clare Bailey's life is perfect. Successful career, loving husband, two kids and a gorgeous townhouse. At least, that's how it looks from the outside.


In fact, she's never felt more invisible. Her boss barely remembers her name, her husband is distracted by his new TV job and her daughter has never found her more embarrassing!


But when she's given a chance to turn her life upside-down she wonders whether she should risk everything she loves for a life that's more than just 'perfect on paper'...?


Pre-order price on Amazon £2.99

Publication date 13th May 2021









The Secret Bridesmaid by Katy Birchall

Sophie Breeze is a brilliant bridesmaid. So brilliant, in fact, that she's made it her full-time job.


As a professional bridesmaid, Sophie is secretly hired by brides to be their right-hand woman, ensuring their big day goes off without a hitch. From wrangling rowdy hen dos to navigating last minute portaloo cancellations, there's no problem she can't solve.


So when she's employed by an actual Marchioness to help plan the society wedding of the year, it should be a chance for Sophie to prove just how talented she is.


Of course, it's not ideal that the bride, Cordelia, is rude, difficult and determined to make Sophie's life a nightmare. It's also a bit inconvenient when Sophie finds herself drawn to Cordelia's posh older brother, who is absolutely off limits. And when a rival society wedding is announced, things get even more complicated . .


Pre-order price on Amazon £2.99

Publication date 4th May 2021






Summer at the Chateau by Jennifer Bohnet

When Pixie Sampson's husband tragically dies, she inherits the beautiful Château Quiltu in Brittany, Northern France.


But unbeknown to her, she also inherits a mysterious lodger, Justine Martin and her 4-year-old son Ferdie.


Heartbroken and with her adventurous Mum, Gwen in tow, they travel to France to put the Château on the market but are soon drawn into a quest to seek the Château's secrets.


Who is Justine? Why is she living at the Château? How did she know her husband?


Over the Summer months, the Château fills with family and laughter and secrets are discovered and old wounds begin to heal.


Pre-order price on Amazon £2.99

Publication date 13th May 2021








Under The Italian Sun by Sue Moorcroft

A sun-baked terrace. The rustle of vines. And the clink of wine glasses as the first cork of the evening is popped…


Welcome to Italy. A place that holds the answer to Zia-Lucia Costa Chalmers’ many questions. Not least, how she ended up with such a mouthful of a name.


When revelations close to home turn Zia’s world upside down,she realises the time has come to search out the Italian family she’s never known.


But as she looks for answers, she can’t help but notice Piero, the vineyard owner next door – a distraction who may prove difficult to ignore…


This summer, join Zia as she sets out to uncover her past. But can she find the future she’s always dreamed of along the way?


Pre-order price on Amazon £2.99

Publication date 13th May 2021









The Cancer Ladies' Running Club by Josie Lloyd

Sometimes we need our friends to help us find our feet…


When Keira first receives her breast cancer diagnosis, she never expects to end up joining a running group with three women she’s only just met. Totally blind-sided, all she can think about is how she doesn’t want to tell her family or step back from work. Nor does she want to be part of a group of fellow cancer patients. Cancer is not her club.


And yet it’s running – hot, sweaty, lycra-clad running in the company of brilliant, funny women all going through treatment – that unexpectedly gives Keira the hope she so urgently needs.


For Keira will not be defined by the C-word. And now, with the Cancer Ladies’ Running Club cheering her on, she is going to reclaim everything: her family, her identity, her life.


One step at a time.


Pre-order price on Amazon £3.99

Publication date 13th May 2021




I'm sure you'll find something here you like - happy reading!


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