Rome is where the heart is – Tilly Tennant┬á


Some things I love: 

1. Italy

2. Romance

3. A swoony handsome love interest

4. A sassy leading lady called Kate

5. Travelling without leaving the sofa

This book has all of that PLUS gelato. Soooooo…..it’s pretty much a given that I’m going to LOVE it. 

Ditched by her rubbish husband on Friday 13th, Kate packs her suitcase full of her quirky homemade couture and jumps on a plane to Rome. Obvs. 

There we meet a colourful cast of characters including the brooding romantic Alessandro, a policeman who steps in to help our heroine when she’s had one too many glasses of vino (we’ve all been there…but perhaps just not on The Spanish Steps). With his protective Mama and five sisters, will their love ever get off the ground? 

Set in a such beautiful city, this book makes you feel like you’re actually walking the cobbled streets of Rome, tasting the delicious food & sipping on the finest Italian wine. When really I was wrapped in a blanket, munching on a hobnob and nursing a mug of sweet tea (it’s been a tough week) I love to travel!

A perfect holiday read, whether you’re actually leaving the house or staycation-ing like me. (Even better when you know the follow-up book is out now too…I won’t tell you the title because it kinda gives it away….) Get your Italian Escape here….a bene five cwtches! 

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Keep Me Safe – Daniela Sacerdoti


“Your child asks for her mother. But she doesn’t mean you.”

This is a brilliantly atmospheric novel, with just enough spookiness to keep you intrigued but not so much to scare your pants off. Throw in some romance in a unique location and you’ve got yourself a really lovely book to Cwtch Up with. 

When her husband walks out, Anna is left to raise their daughter Ava by herself. Recognising that this life-changing moment would have an emotional impact, when Ava starts behaving strangely Anna initially puts it down to the stressful time they’re having. But when Ava starts taking about her “other Mummy” and longing for the place she calls home, Anna starts to seriously question what’s going on inside her little girl’s mind. 

You might have to suspend disbelief to really enjoy the paranormal element of the story, but trust me, go with it, you won’t be disappointed. (That’s not usually my cup of tea, but surprisingly I did really enjoy it) 

The setting of Seal Island is described so vividly, you could almost be there and the romance is just lovely. A really cosy read, four cwtches. Get your copy here