Friday, 18 September 2020

Blog Tour ~ One Winter's Night by Kiley Dunbar

Delighted to host today's Blog Tour stop


Hera Books
16 September

My thanks to the author and Rachel Random Resources for my copy of this book
and the invitation to the blog tour

A gorgeously uplifting, romantic read that will warm your heart – take a trip to Stratford-Upon- Avon, where magic happens... 

It’s autumn in beautiful Stratford-Upon-Avon and Kelsey Anderson is enjoying her new life in her adopted town. Her Shakespearean tour guide days behind her, she’s now opened her own photography studio and loved up with boyfriend Jonathan – even if a long-distance relationship is sometimes lonely. 

When best friend Mirren Imrie moves down from Scotland, Kelsey is delighted to have her friend at her side – and as the nights turn colder, Mirren throws herself into dating, until she finds herself growing closer to sexy journalist, Adrian Armadale. But when Mirren uncovers a long-buried scandal while working at the local newspaper, her big scoop might throw Kelsey’s – and Jonathan’s – life upside down. Will she choose her career over her friends’ happiness? 

And when Jonathan returns from America and discovers the secrets Mirren has uncovered about his family, it throws his relationship with Kelsey onto shaky ground. Can they find their way back to love, before it becomes the winter of their discontent? 

A romantic, funny and feelgood read that will make you smile from ear to ear. Fans of Milly Johnson, Heidi Swain and Holly Martin will fall in love with this cosy winter read!

What did I think about it..

In Stratford-upon-Avon, Kelsey is trying to get her fledgling photography business up and running whilst at the same time conducting a long distance love affair with her boyfriend, Jonathan. Meanwhile, up in Scotland, Kelsey's best friend, Mirren, is facing some substantial life changes, and her decision to leave her job and move to Stratford means that the two friends are reunited and are able to support each other through some complicated issues.

I liked the idea of setting the book in Stratford, and enjoyed all the thespian references, especially the Shakespeare quotes which head each chapter, and even though I hadn’t read the first book in the series, which I gather from a few well placed hints, at the start of the book, was about how Kelsey met her, actor, boyfriend, Jonathan, so I was soon able to enjoy One Winter’s Night entirely on its own merits as a sequel which also works as a standalone story.   

The author writes well and brings place and people to life in a lovely understated way. I’ve visited Stratford several times, and I could picture the town really well from the author’s descriptions. The  story made me smile, and I enjoyed the alternate chapters in getting to know both Kelsey and Mirren, and watching, with interest, how they both grow in confidence as the story progresses. There’s also a rather lovely character called Blythe, a retired actress, who added a little bit of her own brand of thespian sparkle to the story .

One Winter’s Night is a lovely feel-good read for a cosy autumn evening by the fire, preferably with a glass of Blythe’s home made gin!

Hi, I'm Kiley Dunbar, author of heart-warming, escapist, romantic fiction set in beautiful places. 

If you're looking for travel adventures, swoony heroes, and dreamy escapism that will let you forget the world just for a wee while then I'm your author. 

Take your pick from my first three novels: 

Summer at the Highland Coral Beach (2020), the first in the Port Willow Bay Series, takes you on an impromptu crafting holiday in the Scottish Highlands and reminds us that after the storm comes the rainbow. Crafts, ceilidhs, coral bays and gentle recovery. (Part two coming September 2021 - both parts can be read alone) 

Christmas at Frozen Falls (2019) will fly you to snowy, remote Finnish Lapland over Christmas where Sylvie Magnussen is getting a second chance at love with an old flame - sexy Stellan Virtanen - the one who got away - well, he ran away actually, and Sylvie never understood why. Hot kisses in a cold climate, Northern lights and a stunning resort setting. (Standalone novel) 

One Summer's Night (2019) whisks you away on a working staycation in beautiful Stratford-upon-Avon during a sultry heatwave summer. Kelsey Anderson, Shakespeare nerd and aspiring photographer, navigates her new life in a new town. A starting over story, handsome actors,backstage passes, and a whole lot of drama in the Heart of England. (Sequel coming September 2020- both parts can be read alone)

And if you've enjoyed one of my books I'd be thrilled if you left a review! Thanks a million, Love, Kiley x

Twitter @KileyDunbar #OneWinter's Night



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