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#Review of The Cocktail Bar by Isabella May -#BlogTour and fantastic 8 book #Giveaway !

I actually read and reviewed this book last year,
Before starting writing rhyming reviews, so please don't fear
They'll be back for all that I read and review once more
But today I'm sharing my review from before.....

Read on to find out what I thought of this book
Then carry on to take a good look
At the info about it and its author, too
And the chance to enter a giveaway with gorgeous prizes for who?

My Review:

This is a story of learning to trust, following your heart and not your head along with listening to the voice of Mercedes and doing what she says! It is a tasty blend of community, relationships, revenge and romance about returning home, reconnecting with your past, developing new relationships and giving love a chance. It is also about a vindictive, manipulative and aggressive young lady who is determined to ruin everything you’re trying to do!

The cocktail bar is a new enterprise in Glastonbury being developed by rock star, River Jackson, much to the disdain of the local community. He’s following guidance from someone he met whilst in Mexico, someone who gave him a magical elixir to change the lives of three people, the chosen ones, but just who will they be. This is a story concerning a community, family, relationships and fate along with the magical, mystical element to keep you entertained.

The characters are well developed. There are some you automatically empathise with and like whilst others are their antithesis! It is a story packed with twists and turns to keep you guessing and several romances develop through it. I’m being careful not to name names so I’ll not give any spoilers away but I’m sure anyone who reads it, like me, definitely won’t like one of the women involved! There’s plenty to keep you guessing – including how everything can be resolved! A different story about a community, relationships and that key message to think with your heart and not your head, follow your dreams and give fate a chance . . . .

There are also some delicious sounding cocktail recipes after the story two of which contain Somerset Apples in some form and another for the Magical Mañana . . . . Cheers!

I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this review is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.


Rock star, River Jackson, is back in his hometown of Glastonbury to open a cocktail bar… and the locals aren’t impressed.

Seductive Georgina is proving too hot to handle; band mate, Angelic Alice, is messing with his heart and his head; his mum is a hippie-dippy liability; his school friends have resorted to violence – oh, and his band manager, Lennie, AND the media are on his trail.

But River is armed with a magical Mexican elixir which will change the lives of the Three Chosen Ones. Once the Mexican wave of joy takes a hold of the town, he’s glad he didn’t lose his proverbial bottle.

Pity he hasn’t taken better care of the real one.

Author Bio:

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalusia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the mountains and the sea. She grew up on Glastonbury’s ley lines and loves to feature her quirky English hometown in her stories.

After a degree in Modern Languages and European Studies at UWE, Bristol (and a year working abroad in Bordeaux and Stuttgart), Isabella bagged an extremely jammy and fascinating job in children’s publishing… selling foreign rights for novelty, board, pop-up and non-fiction books all over the world; in every language from Icelandic to Korean, Bahasa Indonesian to Papiamento!

All of which has fuelled her curiosity and love of international food and travel – both feature extensively in her cross-genre novels, fused with a dollop of romcom, and a sprinkle of magical realism.

Isabella is also a Level 4 Pranic Healer and a stillbirth mum.


Twitter – @IsabellaMayBks

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/IsabellaMayAuthor/

Instagram – @isabella_may_author

Giveaway to Win Kindle Copies of all of Isabella May’s Eight currently published books in the Foodie Romance series (Open INT)

Prize includes, The Cocktail Bar, Oh! What a Pavlova, Costa del Churros, The Ice Cream Parlour, The Cake Fairies, The Chocolate Box, Bubblegum and Blazers, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the link to the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


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