Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tequila & Teabags by Laura Barnard Blog Tour

Sent to live with her cousin Elsie in the Yorkshire countryside, Rose has only one thing on her mind; joining her friends as a club rep in Mexico.

When she hears about a council incentive offering the promise of free flights to the person who clocks the most volunteering hours at the local care home, she’s got her plan set.

But she doesn’t plan on bonding with the old la

dies, going after the village bad boy and trying to persuade Elsie not to become a Nun.

Soon she’s questioning who her real friends are and whether her old life is one she wants to return to.

Can the village win her over and will she win the chance to leave it behind? Will she even want to?


I laughed and I cried – awesome!

Rosie is still living with her parents and after one “walk of shame” too many her parents have had enough. She is horrified when she is sent to her nun-in-training cousin Elsie’s home in the English countryside. Rosie’s first order of business is finding a way to Mexico to work as a club rep with her best friend who is already there living the high life. Elsie, a devout, religious woman immediately drags Elsie to the local care home for soul-enriching volunteer work. After learning she could win a free holiday to anywhere if she logged enough volunteer hours, Rosie quickly finds her “giving” sprit. Throwing herself into her task with gusto, Rosie does not immediately lose her selfish ways. As she meets the residents of the care home and the village, however, she begins to look outside of herself and question her beliefs on life and love.

At times I cringed; I laughed and in other moments simply became teary. The story is a whirl-wind of events and emotion. At first, Rosie did not seem to be someone I really wanted to know – she was selfish, and seemed to only think of herself. That may have been true at first but that first impression was completely reversed by the end of the story. The author, with a flair for human quirkiness and a great sense of humour, revealed Rosie as she matured through one scene and escapade after another. I groaned at some points – some of the choices Rosie made were astounding – but they made me laugh and really showed how far she came by the end of the story. I loved how Rosie came to care for Betty, the other residents and even her fellow villagers as the village became her home. And not only Rosie was changing and growing as she brought along those around her on her journey. Those changes allowed Rosie to have that happy ending I was so hoping she would receive. The author’s ability to make me wince, smile and cry seemed effortless. I really enjoyed this wonderfully “soapy” book and will be looking for more by this author.

Meet Laura

My name is Laura Barnard and I am an author from Hertfordshire, UK. My first chick-lit novel, The Debt & the Doormat was an Amazon number 1 best-seller and won Best Laugh Out Loud Book of 2013. It is available via Amazon, Smashwords, iBooks. Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository and many more.

In my spare time I enjoy drinking my body weight in tea, indulging in cupcakes the size of my face, drooling over hunks like Jamie Dornan, Ryan Gosling and Leo Dicaprio...oh and my husband of course! I like wearing yoga clothes and reading fitness magazines while I sit on the sofa and eat chocolate. I'm a real fan of the power nap and of course, READING!

I write not to get rich or famous, but because I LOVE writing. Even if one person tells me they enjoyed my book it makes the midnight typing worth it!

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