Morning everyone and happy Friday – I hope you’re all ok and doing well, and are looking forward to the weekend! Today I’m delighted to be on the blog tour for Ari’s Adventure – Book 2 in A Moonshire Bay Small Town Romance Series by Elle Sweet.   This is an uplifting, heartwarming romance which will make you smile…..

the blurb

Finding out her husband of over twenty years is cheating on her? Check.
Laid off from her job the very same day? Check.

Ari had a very bad day and flees to Moonshire Bay to relax, heal and figure out what she really wants. At least she knows what she doesn’t want – a relationship.

Jack Callahan has been playing it safe in all aspects of his life after a failed business and a horrible misjudgement of someone’s character. Living in Moonshire Bay allows him to coast through life with his shields up and blinders on.

So what happens when Jack and Ari start working on a project together? Can their newfound friendship and attraction overcome their lack of trust?

Publishing Information:  Published on 17th June 2020 in digital format

Purchase Links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US ~ Google Books ~ NOOK ~ Kobo

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my review

When Ari finds out that her husband of 28 years has been having an affair, on the same day she is laid off from her job of 30 years, Ari’s world looks set to fall apart.  But realising that she can’t be defeated she sets off to stay at her friends house, in the small town of Moonshire Bay, in the hope that she can relax and heal.

What she doesn’t want is another relationship – her husband has hurt her too much.  But when she meets local handyman Jack Callahan there seems to be an instant attraction.  Trying to ignore it and just build a friendship is easier said than done.  And when she finds out about his past, will she be able to look beyond his baggage and see the man that he really is?

This was a lovely, heartwarming, easy to read romance that made smile.  With both Ari and Jack being in their fifties, it’s a beautiful story of second chances.  Both have their own pasts and baggage, with Ari going through the breakdown of her marriage and subsequent divorce; and Jack having secrets of his own.  But that doesn’t stop them becoming friends and their attraction growing with is beautiful to read.

The fact that Ari is brave enough to take herself away from all that she knows to give herself some space is brave and inspiring.  And it’s lovely watching her make friends with the friendly locals as well – which is something she needs at this tough time in her life.  Jack is ever the gentleman, and you can’t help but like him.

The story takes you on a journey with Ari from discovering the betrayal and feelings that come with it, to the realisation that things could be looking up for her.  I really felt like I was there with her, by her side as she waded through the challenges and feelings.

Sweet has done a wonderful job of enabling us to fall in love with Moonshire Bay.  It sounds like the perfect, beautiful small town with friendly people. local businesses and beautiful surroundings – the kind of place that is perfect for recovering from heartbreak.

Ari’s Adventure was a short and easy read; the perfect book to lose yourself in for a few hours and come away uplifted and smiling.  I’ll definitely be looking out for other books in the series.



about the author

Elle Sweet is the pen name of mystery author Laina Turner.

I started writing ten years ago, and it was always my intent and desire to write romance. However, in my first book, someone died. It just happened and turned the romance into a mystery.

Twenty-some books later, and I decided enough was enough. I was going to do what I’d initially set out to do at the start of my writing journey. Write a book where no one died (It’s not as easy as you think).

I can’t tell you how much fun I had writing Finding Rachel and the three others set in the small town of Moonshire Bay. Finding Rachel is out now and Ari’s Adventure will release in spring of 2020 with the third book set to follow in the early summer of 2020.

How did I come up with my pen name? Elle for the “L” in Laina and Sweet was my grandfather’s last name. I wanted something that had a story. I originally wanted to call myself LuluBell after a pet cow I once had, but the family shot that one down.

Born and raised in the midwest, I live in Indiana with my husband, three amazing children, and our dogs Duke and Macy.

Social media links: Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Website ~ Instagram

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Massive thanks to Emma for inviting me on to the tour, and to the author and publisher for providing me with a copy in return for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Have a wonderful day lovelies – it’s nearly the weekend!!

Chelle x

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