#BlogTour #Review ~ The Cosy Canal Boat Dream by @ChristieJBarlow @HarperImpulse

Welcome to the Little Rock marina – where hearts are healed and dreams are made…

For the last two years Nell Andrews has been struggling to stay afloat. As her life tumbled down around her, the only safety net has been her cosy canal boat, The Nollie. Tucked away inside, Nell has found a place to heal her broken heart. And now she’s ready to move on and follow her dream…

Gorgeous Guy Cornish, with his easy Irish charm, makes him an instant hit with everyone at the marina, and the perfect person to help Nell with her project. But Guy has his own reasons for being at the marina, and a past that threatens to sink Nell’s dream…

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About the Author

Christie Barlow is the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty’s Countryside Dream, Lizzie’s Christmas Escape, Evie’s Year of Taking Chances and The Cosy Canal Boat Dream. She lives in Staffordshire with her husband, four kids, horses, chickens and a mad cocker spaniel. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA and Australia.

Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money/awareness and engaging with poverish people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being as well as Literary Editor for www.mamalifemagazine.co.uk bringing you all the latest news and reviews from the book world.

She loves to hear from her readers and you can get in touch via her  Website , Twitter and Facebook

My Review

Take a look at this striking cover … the sheer brightness and charm sums up The Cosy Canal Boat Dream perfectly. From the very first page I was transported to the Little Rock marina and aboard the ‘Nollie’, the home so called by Nell and Ollie! Tragedy has struck though, Ollie is no more and Nell is living alone on her floating home coping with her grief.

She is supported by her best friend Bea, their relationship is so sweet and natural, Bea has a Deli Cafe where Nell works on the basis that they are helping each other out. The delicious foods on offer there will make your mouth water, so don’t read if you are feeling peckish.

Life goes on, Nell literally bumps into a rather hunky stranger called Guy, she is drawn to his gorgeous dog or is it his twinkling eyes and Irish charm!? They share a passion for old picture houses and Nell embarks on purchasing the vacant cinema and revamping it to it’s former glory. What trials and tribulations will that venture bring!

It wouldn’t be a story without a huge quota of secrets, friendships, romance and community spirit. I enjoyed getting acquainted with all the locals around the marina, it seems such a perfect location to live. So many books these days are based around seaside cottages or hotels/guest houses etc it made a refreshing change to be on a canal boat! Not my ideal place to live but I can certainly appreciate the connection to water.

There are plenty of sub plots interlinking the main tale which revolves around Nell, quite a few times I thought I knew where it was going and Christie threw in another curve ball. This is an absolutely delightful read, perfect for anyone who enjoys a romantic comedy that has a bit more substance, it delves a little deeper into the readers emotions creating a few stifled sobs moments before dealing another smile inducing situation. 

Christie Barlow has a flair for writing mood enhancing warmth and comfort books to brighten any day.

My thanks to the author, publisher and netgalley for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily. 

 

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