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Don’t miss this superb 5* read – One Last Dream for December by Lottie Cardew

Sometimes, the dream we think we don’t deserve is the one that’s trying to come true…

My Review:

Wow - I'm not sure what to say about this brilliant book
One you need to read, not just take a look.
A moving story, read that instead of my review
Is what I highly recommend to you!

It is told from Esme Blythe's point of view
And shares her view of the world with you.
Moving into the flat about Percival's in Pebblestow
Is how it all starts, from which things grow!

With wonderful toys and delightful community, too,
Esme is welcomed and so it seems are you.
As she copes with life's challenges and discovers
She's not on her own, she makes friends with others.

However, there's always another side to a coin and so
There are some who aren't so friendly, you know.
With a potential romance and a wonderful young lass,
She dreams of a future but will it come to pass?

There's also a benefactor, Mr Percival, too,
And secrets that will change what Esme will do.
Along with family drama and romance
This book deserves so much more than a chance!

I'm particularly impressed with how the author shows
How life for someone with autism sometimes goes
How, although everyone is different, how overwhelming it can be
Helping others appreciate the kind of things that they see.

A gorgeous story, brilliantly portrayed
One that for me definitely makes the top grade!
For my complementary copy of this book I give a huge thank you.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and this is my honest review.


Esme Blythe has led a nomadic existence for the last ten years, never thinking she fits anywhere, and never feeling she’s earned the right to. But when she moves in above Percival’s, the charming old toy shop in Market Square, Pebblestow, it seems the village is about to weave its signature fairy-tale magic.

Surrounded by wooden toy soldiers, rocking horses, and vintage doll’s houses, not to mention the locals who seem determined to be part of her life – from her endearing grumpy uncle, to warm-hearted co-worker Blodwyn, and smouldering single dad Seth – Esme has to face up to everything she’s been missing, or turn her back on an incredible opportunity.

New friends, formidable foes, and the thrill of a budding romance, conspire to make this the most bittersweet December ever. But when she finally learns the truth about the toy shop’s owner, her elusive benefactor, the mysterious Mr Percival, is it already too late for Esme to change her mind… and heal her heart?

Purchase Linkhttps://viewbook.at/LastDreamForDecember 

Author Bio –  Lottie Cardew writes uplifting, contemporary romcoms set around the picturesque village of Pebblestow, and is an advocate for diversity in fiction.

Regarded as the bossy one at Novelistas Ink, Lottie often subdues the other members if they misbehave (they don’t really) including the popular authors Trisha Ashley and Sophie Claire. She is a longstanding member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, scooping their New Writer’s Award in her twenties under a different pen-name. More recently, Lottie also joined the Society of Authors where as an active participant in the ADCI group (Authors with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses) she interviewed bestselling author Holly Smale in 2021 for the first ever Disability Issue of The Bookseller.

Lottie is diagnosed autistic with suspected ADHD. Her home in North Wales is overrun by husband, not-very-small children, and a ball of fluff masquerading as a Pomeranian, so Lottie frequently takes refuge at her desk.

Social Media Links –


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Website: www.lottiecardew.co.uk/

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/LottieCardew.Books

Giveaway to Win a Festive Bundle of goodies (Open to UK Only)

Prize includes:

A handy winter-themed reusable shopping bag with pouch; a notebook to organise Christmas gifts and to-do lists; and a Scandi-style Christmas stocking. 

*Terms and Conditions –UK 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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