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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay by Bella Osborne - Book Review, Guest Post and Giveaway


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Review by Suze

Daisy's back in her old hometown, but desperately wants to leave. There's plenty of history she doesn't want to be reminded of. Going to a funeral saddens her and catching up with old friends is nice, but Daisy doesn't want to be there any longer than she has to. Daisy's Great Uncle Reg found a way to make Daisy reconsider her stay in Ottercombe Bay though. They used to be close and after his death he left Daisy an old railway station. She can only claim her inheritance if she doesn't leave for an entire year. Daisy's wanderlust knows no bounds and putting down roots scares her. However, she decides to give it a try. Together with the help of her lovely aunt and good friends she might survive the year and it may even be better than she initially expected.

Daisy has a building she can use and decides to turn it into a business. Making sure she has happy customers coming for a special drink is her new goal. Being a business owner keeps Daisy occupied and grounded. Ottercombe Bay might seem like a sleepy town, but there's a lot going on. Daisy finds herself in the middle of several mysteries. Uncovering secrets of the past and the present is a tough job. Will Daisy manage to ignore her itchy feet and make Ottercombe Bay her home for twelve months? Will she find happiness there eventually?

Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay is a wonderful heartwarming story. Daisy is a fabulous woman. She has a fiery personality that I absolutely adored. I loved her spunk, her prickly nature and her resilience. She always knows what to say and she stands up for herself whenever she needs to. She's a fantastic main character with a lovely multilayered personality laced with pizazz and toughness, but with a sweet core. Bella Osborne skillfully explores Daisy's fascinating personality traits and the result is fun, fierce and captivating. She has a gorgeous sense of humor that makes the stubborn and dynamic Daisy a joy to read about.

Bella Osborne skillfully combines humor, suspense and romance. Each aspect of her story has been well thought through and she effortlessly manages to keep the balance. She's in full control of her story and that shows. She uses people's flaws to make them interesting, she knows what real love feels like, her dialogue is witty and strong and she's great at dividing tension. She combines this with descriptions of a marvelous small town. I loved Ottercombe Bay, it's a stunning setting filled with terrific surprises. Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay is a true gem, it's a story to fall in love with. Bella Osborne's writing always puts a big smile on my face and I highly recommend this delightful book.

Advice

If you love fascinating stories set in small towns filled with humor, surprises and true love you don't want to miss Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay. The story has previously been released in four separate parts, this is the complete serial.

About Bella Osborne


I've been jotting down my stories for as far back as I can remember... well that's not exactly true. I remember writing a story when I was about nine and I was in Mrs Hurran's class. The story was about a thief who stole the crown jewels but then didn't know what to do with them. It went on for pages and pages, in my spiders dance handwriting, so my teacher typed it up and pinned it to the classroom wall. It was a proud day!

Somehow life took over, I got a sensible job and the writing has remained a hobby which other people puzzle over and which I adore.

Over the years there have been dalliances into poetry, short stories and five unfinished novels. But I decided that 2013 would be the year that was going to change. I joined the Romantic Novelists Association New Writer Scheme which gave me a deadline to chase - a full length novel had to be completed and submitted for review by 31st August. I beat the deadline by a month!

In 2014 I secured a two book contract with Harper Impulse, part of the HarperCollins Group, and my first novel 'It Started at Sunset Cottage' was published in ebook format on 12th February 2015 and paperback on 23rd April 2015. It went on to be shortlisted for the Joan Hessayon New Writers' Award and the RNA Contemporary Novel of the Year 2016.

​My second book 'A Family Holiday' was published Summer 2016 and was shortlisted for RNA Contemporary Novel of the Year 2017.

In 2016 I moved to Avon which is also part of the wonderful HarperCollins family. My latest novel 'Escape to Willow Cottage' was released in four digital instalments ahead of the whole story being published August 2017.

I am currently editing novel number four which is set in a fictional Devon village and has the working title 'A Year in Ottercombe Bay'. Watch this space for more details!

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Fuelling Your Creativity as a Writer
Guest post by Bella Osborne

People often say ‘You have a great imagination’ but what is that exactly? Imagination can be summarised as the combination of everything you’ve ever seen, smelled, heard, touched or tasted that the wondrous engine we call our brain forms into new ideas. Which is why a writer’s brain is a very messy thing. As a child my imagination was boundless and yet my experience was limited. In theory I should now have a giant treasure chest of experience at my disposal like an overflowing magic trunk. But is that really the case? Could this well of ideas ever run out? And how can we ensure that it doesn’t? Here’s a few ideas to keep that imagination chugging and the ideas flowing.

1) Sign up for new experiences. This could be joining new groups, learning a new skill, local evening class or simply a change of scenery. They will all give you access to new people, places and a wealth of material. Be brave about this – push yourself to do something that feels a little outside your comfort zone. But if you’re not ready for that find a new coffee shop and sit, listen and observe.

2) Be mindful. I know it’s everywhere right now but being mindful is a very useful skill to a writer. Spend time focusing on the now. Learn how to really notice things around you and take time to jot it down – it may be valuable later. Concentrate on using all your senses when noticing things, not just what you see.

3) Ask ‘What if? And ‘Why?’ repeatedly. Tap into your own curiosity. Spotting something is one thing but questioning it can take your mind in a whole new direction.

4) Read. As writers it’s important to read but take a slight change of direction. Try reading things you wouldn’t usually read – different genres, non-fiction, magazines and newspapers. You’ll be surprised what your imagination will do with this new found information.

5) Take time out for you. I find that recharging my batteries frees up my brain to go a bit wild and that’s when it conjures up characters and plot quite magically. So set aside time occasionally to step away from the day job and the keyboard to relax and empty your head. At worst you’ll feel refreshed, at best it will fill you with new ideas. 

 Giveaway


One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a book related locket necklace and a seaside themed notebook from Bella Osborne.

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The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

21 comments:

  1. That sweet cover alone makes me want to read it.

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  2. It sounds like the author has pursued this career with hard work and imagination!

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  3. Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay sounds like a feel-good, heartwarming story with a lovely cast of characters and a gorgeous location.

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  4. love the cover, bet the content lives up to the promise!

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  5. The upcoming book in Devon sounds fantastic too.
    jan

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  6. Great post; thanks for the review & giveaway!

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  7. Hello Bella, I love your book covers. Thank you

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  8. I love the locket, it's so different and gorgeous!

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  9. I just love the artwork on these books, and want to dive in! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

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  10. I love the cover, it's so inviting. Thanks for the chance!

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  11. The cover is so pretty. You want to pick it up and see what you uncover. Love the sound of a new business and look forward to seeing the characters we meet inside.

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  12. What a nice cover! It is so optimistic and makes me happy!

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  13. Awesome giveaway thanks for the chance!��

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  14. Big fan. Looking forward to read a follow up.

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  15. It sounds wonderful! I'd love to read it.

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  16. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

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