Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Bay by Katie Ginger

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for this sunshine filled new release from Katie Ginger. Thank you to Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me to join the tour, and for my copy of the ebook in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. 

Book Description

Grab your strawberries and cream and get ready to return to the beautiful Swallowtail Bay!

Summer is in full swing and the locals are getting excited for the launch of the Swallowtail Bay strawberry food festival. But will all run smoothly when festival organiser Hetty’s heart is torn between lord of the manor John Thornhill and successful bakery owner Ben?

My Review
This is such a brilliant summer read and perfect for some escapism.
Hetty enjoys her running her own business as a party and event planner and is looking for the next challenge and a way to build her business. 
Hetty decides that one way she can help herself and the community is to revamp the Strawberry festival. 
The festival has been held in Swallowtail Bay for many years but over recent years it has got smaller and smaller and with less people attending. Hetty decides this needs to be changed and takes it upon herself to try and organise a way to bring it back. She decided it would be better to make it a food festival instead and begins making plans. 
The first issue that Hetty has to overcome is finding a venue for the event, but She has a plan and is determined that she will be able to get it sorted. 
Her plan is to visit Thornhill Hall and ask if they can use one of their fields surrounding the property. The family that live at the hall are in need of money to repair the Hall and Hetty is sure they will say yes to her suggestion of the making some money. 
At first Lord of the Manor, John Thornhill refuses to let Hetty and the town use the field. He is sure that it will cause all sorts of upset for his family and he does not want to get dragged into helping. 
But Hetty can be very persuasive and it does not take long for John to change his mind. 
Soon the two of them are in full swing with planning the festival and things are getting organised well. John has event suggested they use some more of the space and make the event even bigger. 
As the festival draws closer both Hetty and John get closer together and sparks do fly between the pair of them. Is Hetty still hung up on Ben after all the hurt in the past or is she ready to open her heart to someone new. Only time will tell.
I loved this story from beginning to end and could not put it down.
This is such a well written and easy book to read. The setting of Swallowtail Bay is sounds beautiful and seems to be the perfect place to hold a food festival. 
I enjoyed getting to know all of the characters within the book. 
Hetty is such a hard worker and is determined  that the festival will be a success. She has been hurt and let down in the past which is stopping her from moving on with her future. Especially as her ex boyfriend, Ben is living in the bay too. 
Ben is a character I was not so keen on. I found him to be arrogant and at times childish, especially with how he was with Hetty.
John is a very complex character. He just wants what is best for his family. He does finds it difficult being the head of the family and making the decisions with how best to repair and restore the Hall with the small amount of finance available to him. He does seem to enjoy helping with the organising of the food festival, and it is clear to see how much he likes Hetty. 
The food festival does sound very entertaining and humorous at times. 
I also found the storyline of Hetty's parents really added to the overall story too. 
This was such a fun, and romantic summer read and perfect addition to your summer reading.

Published by HQ Digital 24th June 2020

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About the Author

KATIE GINGER lives in the South East of England, by the sea, and she really wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Bay is her fifth novel. The first, Spring Tides at Swallowtail Bay is available now. Her debut novel The Little Theatre on the Seafront was shortlisted for the Katie Fforde Debut Novel of the Year award, and her stand- alone Christmas novel Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage was a US Amazon bestseller. 

When she's not writing, Katie spends her time drinking gin, or with her husband, trying to keep alive their two children, Ellie and Sam. And there's also their adorable King Charles Spaniel, Wotsit (yes, he is named after the crisps!). 

For more about Katie you can visit her website:, find her on Facebook:, or follow her on Twitter: @KatieGAuthor

Instagram: @katie_ginger_author

Thank you for taking the time to visit my Blog today, and I hope you enjoyed my review. 

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