Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Return to Cornwall by Laura Briggs

Return to Cornwall by Laura Briggs

The sequel novel to the best-selling UK series A WEDDING IN CORNWALL brings new surprises, romance, humor, and wedding bells, to readers who fell in love with the first stories.

Busy mother of two Julianne Rose has extended her talents beyond the manor house, opening her own event planning agency with the help of no-nonsense best friend Kitty. Balancing the chaos of daily life with their respective careers in their beloved Cornish village means Julianne can rarely snatch a romantic moment with handsome husband Matt. And just when it seems things couldn’t get any more chaotic, a sudden arrival at Cliffs House lands Julianne in the most unusual event of her career.

The reappearance of Percy or ‘the old earl’ after years of adventures abroad has temporarily shocked Lord William and Lady Amanda and set the entire village abuzz with gossip. Grizzled, spry, and delightfully eccentric, he’s returned with a most unusual set of traveling companions: an archaeological team digging in a spot whispered to have ties with the legendary Camelot. But it’s Percy’s ties with a certain charming woman among its team that has everyone taken by surprise, along with the news of their soon-to-be nuptials.

Tasked with planning the big day, Julianne and Kitty spring at this opportunity despite its rushed timeline and their own woes regarding the renovation of their future event space. But as the big day rolls closer for the earl and his bride-to-be – with cakes and wedding flowers competing with pottery shards and an ancient warrior chieftain’s grave for attention -- are there still surprising revelations to come?

Adding to the excitement is the return of former Cliffs House maid Gemma, whose posh new life as a novelist may not be all it seems … and Dinah visits in a flurry of festive baking for a holiday competition on everyone’s favorite baking show. Kitty’s life is in a tizz regarding both family and secrets … and Julianne’s happy marriage is challenged by an unwelcome sexy-and-persistent suitor among the summer visitors.

Filled with old friends, new adventures, and heartwarming Cornish charm, RETURN TO CORNWALL is an all-new, full-length novel—the first one ever to feature the characters from the original series!

I was delighted to return to this delightful series after a bit of a break. You may best appreciate it if you are familiar with the characters and setting from previous books in the series, but this does well also as a stand alone novel.
Julianne has married her soulmate, Matt and they now have two adorable bundles of energetic joy sharing their tiny cottage. Both adults have fulfilling and demanding jobs but manage to balance schedules quite well. They also find time to socialize and take on some new adventures as well.
Their good friends, lord and lady of the manner, are expecting a new addition to the family as well. However a surprise relation from the past also shows up on their doorstep, along with an entourage.
From wedding planning to digging in the dirt of an archeological dig, this book takes the reader on an adventure as well.
Friendship, family life, romance and more are themes.

Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller 'A Wedding in Cornwall'. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

365 Days of Gratitude Journal by Mariëlle S. Smith

365 Days of Gratitude Journal
Gratitude is the wine for the soul. Go on. Get drunk.’ Rumi
Being grateful is easy…
…when everything goes according to plan.
But how do you keep at it no matter what life throws at you?
Enter 365 Days of Gratitude, the undated daily journal that will help you stay on track.

After years of barely surviving her own emotional minefield, writing coach Mariëlle S. Smith discovered the transformative power of practising gratitude. But, like no one else, she knows that cultivating an attitude of gratitude is easier said than done.
Complete with inspiring quotes, daily prompts, and recurring check-ins, the 365 Days of Gratitude Journal encourages you to create a sustainable gratitude practice too.
Ready to commit to the life-changing power of gratitude? Order your copy of the 365 Days of Gratitude Journal now.

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We all know that gratitude is an advantageous mindset, yet it always seems that the less positive aspects of life take center stage. How can one remind themselves to look for the upside in each day? Journaling can sometimes appear as a daunting task. A blank page can be intimidating.
In this journal, the author gives us specific prompts, questions to reflect on and answer. It gives one a jumping off point and makes the process of finding the brighter moments in each day easier. Actually, after a couple of weeks I looked forward to the time of day when I would sit with this journal and my thoughts.
I also appreciated the built in points to look back and see the progress I have made.
And this has spurred me to keep more in touch with loved ones who I do not see as often as I would like
The journal also asks about things we have NOT been feeling grateful for or positive about. How can we change a situation or change our view?
The prompts are not carved in stone. After using them "as is" a while you can adjust them or use those that work best for you. You may even find yourself adding some prompts of your own.
This is a great book to get you started and keep you going.

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Mariëlle S. Smith is a coach for writers and other creatives, an editor, and a (ghost) writer. Early 2019, she moved to Cyprus, and island in the Mediterranean Sea, where she organises private writer’s retreats, is inspired 24/7, and feeds more stray cats than she can count.
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