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#BlogTour #Review The Note by Zoe Folbigg @Aria_Fiction

9781786698070

Length: 293 pages

Available on NetGalley: http://bit.ly/2xk8jzq 

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Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ho8FLj

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Google Play: http://bit.ly/2hkpXwt

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Hi everyone! I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour for ‘The Note’ by Zoe Folbigg, a beautiful book with a ‘Sliding Doors’  feel emulating from it.

What they say: As featured on ITV’s ‘This Morning’…

Based on Zoë Folbigg’s true story comes an unforgettable romance about how a little note can change everything… 
 
One very ordinary day, Maya Flowers sees a new commuter board her train to London, and suddenly the day isn’t ordinary at all. Maya knows immediately and irrevocably, that he is The One.  
 
But the beautiful man on the train always has his head in a book and never seems to notice Maya sitting just down the carriage from him every day. Eventually, though, inspired by a very wise friend, Maya plucks up the courage to give the stranger a note asking him out for a drink. Afterall, what’s the worst that can happen? 
 
And so begins a story of sliding doors, missed opportunities and finding happiness where you least expect it. 
 
The Note is an uplifting, life-affirming reminder that taking a chance can change everything…

The Review:

“Maya has done it. She has delivered three sentences and a friendly sign-off. Black Stabilo OHPen ink in Fine 0.7mm width whispered nervously across white paper that was once crisp, and now it is out of her hands.”

This is THE Note. Our lovely protagonist Maya has just completed her hand-off, passing it to a stranger, who, we are intrigued to find out, doesn’t really seem to be a stranger, she knows too much about him and his daily habits and we soon come to realise she is smitten. I loved ‘hearing’ Maya’s thoughts on Train Man, the name she has given him, a name that many of her fellow workers at FASH, a large “clothing giant” where Maya works, know.

On the FASH front, we have a world where everybody rushes, where all manners of personalities meet, and sometimes clash, and what with the pace and the fantastic descriptions of clothing, setting and people, I was hooked. I’d prefer to not give too much away on this  one, it really is a book that you nod and smile along as you look at the worlds of Train man (James to you and me) and Maya, seeing places where their worlds could have intersected, but didn’t and I loved, loved , loved some of the near misses.

My only issue at all, given that everything else about the book, the backdrops, scenery and descriptions were so fantastic and real, was that for me the tense or perhaps the narrative in general, used made it difficult to read for very long periods of time. Whereas with some books, and particularly romantic comedies, I can sit back and fall into them, this was a book where I found I needed a break from at times, maybe the narrative was more serious than I’m used to and had me needing to concentrate more, I don’t know. Saying that the book was conversely so lovely in a dreamy way and yet so sharp, I would generally fall back into it straight away, and was never lost. Actually, I have to say this was the only aspect that took away at all from the book, everything else took hold, what with our glimpses into James’ life (a special mention has to go to Kitty here, I can’t tell you who she is but wow is she a personality to contend with!), Maya’s life, which also includes the extraordinary Nina, her best friend who entertains at kids parties (another lovely aside) and a class that Maya teaches filled with some great characters (another special mention for Velma!).

It also has to be mentioned that there’s a lovely little trick the author does where every so often you catch little exchanges between bystanders that make you smile or lean in just a little. It gave us the impression that we were in on something with all the characters, which I loved. The FASH office with its constant drama, overseen by the nasty but at times hilariously dramatic Cressida Blaise Snellman, the lovely romance, the sparkling humour made this book mesmirising. Definitely recommended, and the perfect read for this time of year too. Thanks so much to the lovely Melanie from Aria and to Netgalley for this book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5/5

 

About the author

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Zoë Folbigg is a magazine journalist and digital editor, starting at Cosmopolitan in 2001 and since freelancing for titles including Glamour, Fabulous, Daily Mail, Healthy, LOOK, Top Santé, Mother & Baby, ELLE, Sunday Times Style, and Style.com. In 2008 she had a weekly column in Fabulous magazine documenting her year-long round-the-world trip with ‘Train Man’ – a man she had met on her daily commute. She has since married Train Man and lives in Hertfordshire with him and their two young sons. This is her debut novel.

 

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Website: http://www.zoefolbigg.com/

Twitter: @zolington 

Facebook: @zoefolbiggauthor 

 

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Blog Tour: Review: The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square by Lilly Bartlett

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What they say:

Everyone expects great things from Emma Billings, but when her future gets derailed by an unexpected turn of events, she realizes that getting back on track means traveling in a different direction.

She finds it in the closed-down pub on Carlton Square. Summoning every ounce of ingenuity, and with the help of her friends and family, she opens the Second Chance Café. The charity training business is meant to keep vulnerable kids off the streets and (hopefully) away from the Metropolitan Police, and her new employees are full of ideas, enthusiasm … and trouble. They’ll need as much TLC as the customers they’re serving.

This ragtag group of chancers have to make a go of a business they know nothing about, and they do get some expert help from an Italian who’s in love with the espresso machine and a professional sandwich whisperer who reads auras, but not everyone is happy to see the café open. Their milk keeps disappearing and someone is canceling the cake orders, but it’s when someone commits bloomicide on all their window boxes that Emma realizes things are serious. Can the café survive when NIMBY neighbors and the rival café owner join forces to close them down? Or will Emma’s dreams fall as flat as the cakes they’re serving?

The Review: Today is my stop on The Second Chance Café in Carlton Square, the second in the Carlton Square series. Here we meet Emma Billings, who is refurbishing an old pub, with a plan for it to become a café that will help the locality, in part by taking on employees who need a little bit of help. I always love stories where there’s a big job to be undertaken to start a new place, and so I was happy out! This is an interesting book, kind of mom lit where we see Emma with the kids meets cosy read, where we experience all the goings on in setting up and being in the café.

There were a myriad of characters, so so many and this was the reason I wish I’d read the first-so that I could have gotten to know them earlier, and in more detail. The characters range from her family, with a great group of older characters, in particular her lovely Dad, to her friends, a very varied group of mothers who I liked in places and perhaps found a little loud in others, and of course her employees and customers. In fact it is because of all these characters that I wouldn’t recommend this as a standalone.

So. Emma’s feeling overwhelmed with this big task because she also has very young twins and feels everything is left to her (I agreed with this in places but then also found Emma to be a tad ott on that front in others, just because I loved Daniel!) The book on the whole was very enjoyable, I couldn’t believe the sabotage when it came, hitting us hard and fast and I couldn’t wait to see  the end result. The whole book was like this, always something happening, which was great in places, and then in others I kind of wished we could slow down a little, in particular for the parts I really enjoyed.  All in all a very enjoyable read, not always my cup of coffee, but most definitely one that will appeal to so many! Thanks so much to Michele Gorman and Harper Impulse for the ARC in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

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About the author

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Lilly Bartlett’s cosy romcoms are full of warmth, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters.

Lilly is the pen-name of Sunday Times and USA Today best-selling author, Michele Gorman, who writes best friend-girl power comedies under her own name.

Website: www.michelegorman.co.uk
Blog: http://michelegormanwriter.blogspot.com
Instagram: @michelegormanuk
Twitter: @MicheleGormanUK
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