Christie Chapman is a single mum who spends her days commuting to her secretarial job in London and looking after her teenage son Finn. It's not an easy life, but Christie finds comfort in her love of crafting and spends her spare time working on her beautiful creations. From intricately designed cards to personalised gifts, Christie's flair for the handmade knows no bounds and it's not long before opportunity comes knocking.
Now Christie can see a future full of hope and possibility for her and Finn and if the handsome Max is to be believed, one full of love too. And then, all of a sudden, her world is turned upside down. Christie knows that something has to give, but can she really give up her dreams and the chance of love?
Will Christie find her happy ending?
Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses is the stunning new book from Carole Matthews. The cover is absolutely beautiful, definitely my favourite cover of Carole's and it makes the book even more perfect to give as a gift.
Christie is a single mum to Finn, she commutes into London every day to work as a legal PA. She has very little spare time but when she does, nothing makes her happier than paper crafting. She loves coming up with new ideas and designs and out of the blue she is given the opportunity to use her talents for a possible new career. An American craft company are looking to sell their products in the UK and they feel that Christie would be the perfect ambassador. The offer is very tempting especially when it is being pushed by Max Alexander (in my head he was the Christian Grey of the crafting world but without the whips etc) he is the very attractive CEO of the company and he and Christie have instant chemistry.
Christie knows that this is exactly the opportunity that she needs but then everything changes. Finn is taken ill and Christie's world implodes. All she cares about is her son and making him better. Maybe her dreams will have to be put on hold or maybe she will have to give up on them altogether.
As usual, Carole Matthews writes from the heart and Paper Hears and Summer Kisses is a beautiful story. Christie is clearly very kind and an excellent mother to Finn. She is also incredibly independent, resilient and ambitious, what's not to like? It is clear that she is having to juggle so much and as the reader you are just hoping that she chooses the right ball to drop.
I know near to nothing about the crafting world so don't be put off the book if you have little experience of it too. It was very interesting to dip into it though and learn about the techniques being used and the community driving it. Christie shows how it is possible to turn a hobby and a passion into a career and a successful business; something I feel is much more achievable in present times than it has ever been.
If, like me, you are a fan of Carole Matthews then you will not be disappointed. If you've not read anything by this fabulous author then Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses would be a great place to start.
Carole Matthews wanted to use this blog tour to create a paper chain of thanks so I was sent an extra copy of the book to give as a gift. I chose my friend Jennie who is a big Carole Matthews fan! She is a really lovely person who works tirelessly at my daughter's school to raise funds so the children can have lovely new equipment and treats. I know that Jennie really loved the book and she has already passed it on to her mum who is also a fan! I know I said before but this book would be a lovely gift for someone so if you can think of a worthy recipient then why not continue the paper chain?
Many thanks to Stephanie for inviting me to be part of the blog tour, check out the other posts for more reviews, interviews and competitions!