Beneath the Moon and the Stars by Amelia Thorne ~ BLOG TOUR!

"I've lived in many places since then, a few months here, a year there, but nowhere has been my home."

Title - Beneath the Moon and the Stars
Author - Amelia Thorne
Publisher - Carina UK
Publication Date - 18th October 2014
Format - eBook (Provided by author)

The blurb

Home, sweet home...

Joy Cartier has been to some of the most beautiful places in the world - but none of them have ever felt like home. So moving into a tiny cottage in the idyllic village of Bramble Hill, walking distance from childhood home, seems like the perfect plan. 

That is, until she gets there. The surly inhabitants of Britain's Friendliest Village are anything but welcoming. Even her neighbour, reclusive Hollywood star Finn Mackenzie, takes one look at her and walks in the other direction. 

But when the village animosity steps up a gear, it is the infuriatingly brooding Finn who keeps coming to her rescue. Slowly Joy begins to realise that maybe a happy home isn't about where you live, but who you're with...

Becca's thoughts

Well, well, well... Miss Amelia Thorne, where on earth have you been hiding all this time?

Firstly, I'd just like to try (yes, try) and put into mere words how bloody honoured I am to be part of Amelia Thorne's blog tour for her absolutely stunning masterpiece of a debut novel Beneath the Moon and the Stars. Carina UK are home to some of the most spectacular authors I've ever read, and in my opinion, after reading Beneath the Moon and the Stars, Amelia fits right in. That's not to say that she's not special though, because trust me readers, she's got something. Something that you all need to read and lose yourself in.  

Beneath the Moon and the Stars is about Joy Cartier. Joy's lived everywhere, travelled the world, and acquired new skills that you wouldn't expect a gorgeous red-head to acquire. She's beautiful, positive, and one of those people that make you want to really experience life and love it, the way she does. Joy Cartier hasn't had a perfect life, let's get that straight. Her parents were killed when she was a young girl, and since then, her big brother Alex has brought her up. She's never found 'home' though. She's gone from place to place, looking for something, but unsure of what that something was. Until she arrives in Bramble Hill, and splats ice-cream all over her new neighbours shirt. Way to go, Joy! ;) Once Joy is settled in Bramble Hill, Amelia really kick-starts her story into action, and it-was-brilliant! 

First, I'd like to talk about Bramble Hill. If you're a lover of cute little villages and grassy green hills, then like me, you're gonna' wish Bramble Hill was a real place, just so you could move yourself into one the charming cottages like Amelia's main character, Joy Cartier. Don't be fooled though. Bramble Hill may sound like a fairytale setting, but it's far, far from that, and I think that's one of the main reasons why I loved this book so much. Bramble Hill tricks you, and it tricks Joy, too. It was so ridiculously easy to be fooled by the place, with it's 'Friendliest Village Award' and the adorable homes that were nestled there, but in reality, Bramble Hill was not what Joy was expecting, and neither was I. The inhabitants hate Joy with a passion, which is a striking contrast against that 'Friendliest Village Award', right? From the second the cottage becomes her own, Joy is subject to daily offerings of dog poo through the letterbox, as well as a number of other, more dangerous tricks that the disapproving villagers decide to play on her. There's a reason for their dislike, but Joy isn't sure what that reason actually is. But she's not one to be pushed out. She's got her foot in the door, and she's not going anywhere. She's a fiery, determined red-head who stands for what she believes in. Those stupid villagers don't stand a chance. 

And neither does heart-throb Finn Mackenzie. Finn's had his heart broken before, by a woman who also had red hair. Sucks for Joy, right? Except, there's something about Joy that makes Finn want to inch closer. He wants to protect and care for her, despite knowing that they're better off as friends, but he's finding it hard to just to stay friends as it is. Finn was huge physically. He was brooding, moody, but oh-so-very-attractive. Intense eyes, large hands, capable of anything... Joy was a little bit fascinated with the guy, and I really can't blame her, because so was I. He was a recluse, at first only ever showing his face now and again, but there was something there between them right from the get-go, and I just could not wait for the firing chemistry to begin. 

Despite the cover telling you right away that this is a romance story, there is so much more to it than that. Intrigue, a constant mystery lacing the words, and the urge to figure out what secrets both Joy and Finn are hiding. Amelia plays on the secrets perfectly, drawing you in and getting your mind working, trying to figure out what's going on, and I bloody loved it! Amelia Thorne can write, that's for damn sure, and this is one that you're going to want to read again and again and again. 

Becca's Books is giving Beneath the Moon and the Stars FIVE gorgeous cupcakes! If I had a higher rating, then I'd be awarding this beautiful book as much as possible. It was adorable, in every single sense of the word, and I cannot wait to read more from Amelia Thorne! Get writing, lady! ;) 


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