Book review: Let It Snow by Sue Moorcroft

Let It SnowLet It Snow by Sue Moorcroft

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am a fan of Sue Moorcroft’s books and I normally read the ARCs before they come out. I missed doing it with this one, so I saved it to read over Christmas.

We go back to Middledip for this story. I like this sort of thing, where you see characters from other books pass through in the background. It makes me feel like part of a community.

Lilly finds out about her father the day he dies. She has complicated feelings about her blood family and wants to get to know her half brothers. But they might not be so pleased to meet her. So she’s working part time as a barmaid at the Three Fishes pub while she works out what to do.
Isaac is picking him self back up after the double whammy of losing his old business and breaking up with his ex. He’s working as a temporary manager at the Three Fishes. He’s Lilly’s boss.
Both the characters are interesting and easy to relate to. I liked that Isaac is a stickler for the rules and that Lily admits the mixed feelings she has when Isaac has to go and help someone. Oh, I nearly forgot Doggo! He’s a dog. You’ve got to love an exuberant dog!

Lily’s journey eventually takes her to a winter wonderland in Switzerland (via a trip to A & E). You don’t get much more Christmassy than a choir singing carols in a Swiss winter market.

There’s plenty going on in this book and everything that can go wrong, does. It’s a lovely, romantic story about the family you’re linked to and the family you find through your friendships.

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Book review: One Summer in Italy by Sue Moorcroft

One Summer in ItalyOne Summer in Italy by Sue Moorcroft
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love, love, loved this book. I was wanting something summery and fun to read and it totally hit the spot.
After spending her twenties caring for her father, Sofia is taking a well earned break, travelling and learning to spread her wings. She starts her journey in Italy, in her father’s hometown.
Levi has… secrets… which bring him to Monteliberta. He falls in love with Sofia early on and has to do a bit of work in order to be with her. And Amy is a teenager running away from things (a lot of things).

There’s a lot going on in this book. The main thing that caught me was the setting and the atmosphere. I felt like I’d been transported to Italy and spent the whole time craving a cold glass of something on the terrace.
I received a review copy through Netgalley.
This is a wonderfully evocative holiday read.

Buy links: US One Summer in Italy
UK One Summer in Italy: The most uplifting summer romance you need to read in 2018

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Book review: The Little Village Christmas by Sue Moorcroft

The Little Village ChristmasThe Little Village Christmas by Sue Moorcroft

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wanted a nice, Christmassy read and this book delivered exactly that.
Alexia is an interior designer working on a community project in the village. When disaster strikes the project, she rolls up her sleeves and gets on with salvaging what she can.
Ben had been very badly hurt (emotionally) and is going through a messy divorce. He’s been a little reclusive, but has stepped into village life in order to help with the community project. I especially liked Ben because he’s a beta male. Hooray for beta males. He does act like a prat at times, but it’s always understandable in context.

There are lots of animals in this book, including an injured owl called Barney (who is quite a character).
It’s a fabulous way to return to Middledip.

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Book Review: Just For The Holidays by Sue Moorcroft

Just for the HolidaysJust for the Holidays by Sue Moorcroft

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m a fan of Sue Moorcroft’s books in general, but I think this one is my favourite.
Leah agrees to help her sister and estranged husband out by tagging along on their family holiday and being the ‘Cool Auntie’ to their two teenagers. Poor Leah. I felt so sorry for her as things started off bad and got worse… and worse.
Ronan is recovering from a shoulder/collarbone injury after a helicopter crash and spending some quality time with his son Curtis.

I loved that Leah was happy with the single life and that she was a complete petrol head. I also liked the way the teenagers kept getting in the way of … well, everything.
You really feel for both the main characters.

I really enjoyed this book. Highly recommended.

Disclaimer as always – I know Sue Moorcroft through the Romantic Novelists Association. I am also a fan of her books.

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Goodreads book review: The Christmas Promise by Sue Moorcroft

The Christmas Promise: The perfect cosy festive treat!The Christmas Promise: The perfect cosy festive treat! by Sue Moorcroft

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this up because it’s a Sue Moorcroft book. I tend to read anything she releases!

Ava Bliss makes couture hats. She’s fiercely independent (to the point of irritating people ). She’s also being threatened with porn bombing by her sleazy, creepy ex. The ex is a total douchbag, but seems almost a different person when sober, so you can see what Ava saw in him at first. A lot of the book deals with the all too familiar threat of porn bombing – specially, pointing out that the victim did nothing wrong by posing for someone they trusted. This is likely to be thing that stops people from getting help, so it was good to see it tackled head on like this.

Issues aside, it’s a lovely story about an independent woman struggling to make a success of her business and a man who is trying very hard to be a good son. The relationship between Sam and his mother is beautiful. I dare you to read it without melting.

The celebs who walk into the story are brilliant (and realistic).

I live in a town where there’s a race course and lots of hat shops, but I’d never stopped to think about hats and the people who make them. I learned a lot about hats through reading this book. I’ll look at those hat displays with new understanding now!

All in all a lovely, festive story. My thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for the review copy of the book.

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Inheritance Books – Sue Moorcroft

Children Reading by Valerie Everett

I’m delighted to welcome Sue Moorcroft to Inheritance Books. I once had a critique from Sue which was probably the most helpful piece of feedback I have ever had. I’ve met her at RNA events since and still regard her with a hint of awe.

Hi Sue, welcome to Inheritance Books.Tell me a bit about yourself. 

Portrait of Sue MoorcroftI’m an English person who was born in Germany and lived in Cyprus and Malta, too, until my parents left the army when I was ten. Since then I’ve lived in Northamptonshire. I like reading, Formula 1 racing, Zumba, yoga and learning the piano.

I write romantic novels of dauntless heroines and irresistible heroes. My last book, Dream a Little Dream has been nominated for a RoNA in the Contemporary Romantic Novel category (very excited) and Love & Freedom won the Best Romantic Read Award 2011. I also write short stories, serials, courses, columns, writing ‘how to’, and I’m a creative writing tutor and Writers’ Forum’s head fiction competition judge. (I like to keep busy.)

Goodness, you’re not kidding when you say you keep busy! Which book have you inherited from your parents/grandparents? Why is it special?

A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute is one of first adult books I read, when I was about nine years old. Dad had a copy from a book club, bound in red, which I added to my collection when he died. We’d watched the film together and so I wanted to read the book. It’s based on a true story of a group of women and children prisoners of war who were marched all over Malaya in the Second World War because nobody could find them a camp. A young woman emerged as a leader amongst them, Jean, and when she met an Australian soldier, Joe, outraged by the plight of the group, he stole them some chickens. Unfortunately, he stole the chickens from the Japanese and was crucified for his crime. Believing him dead, Jean returned to England after the war. But when she learned that he had eventually been cut down and nursed back to health, she set off to Australia to find him.

photo(4)Of course, what she found wasn’t what she expected to find and the course of love never did run true, but that’s what great novels are made of.

It’s a sweeping love story in the setting of world events, and it completely gripped me. I still read it every few years.

My dad used to let me have the run of his bookcase but liked to keep an eye on what I chose. He wouldn’t let me read Lolita and I thought it had such a pretty title …

My Dad did the same. He took Anna Karenina off me when I chose to read that. I still haven’t got round to picking it up again.

Which book would you like to leave to future generations? Why?

This is weird – I’m going to choose another Nevil Shute book. This time it’s On the Beach. It’s a story about what might happen in the event of nuclear war. Everything’s out of control and the planet is gradually being consumed by radioactivity. The last pocket of life is in Australia and the book is about how those people spend their last months. (One gets himself a racing car – I support that idea!) The premise is thought through brilliantly. Some characters enjoy what they have, some refuse to believe it’ll happen to them, some crack under the strain. I’d like to leave it to future generations as a warning of what war can bring.

I saw the TV adaptation of A Town Like Alice when I was a teenager and read the book a good ten years after that. I enjoyed both versions. I haven’t read On the Beach, but I shall look out for it. It sounds really good.

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Sue’s latest book Dream a Little Dream is published by Choc Lit. Check out Sue’s website at www.suemoorcroft.com and her blog at http://suemoorcroft.wordpress.com/ for news and writing tips. You’re welcome to befriend Sue on Facebook (sue.moorcroft.3) or follow Sue on Twitter (@suemoorcroft).