Tuesday 24 July 2018

BLOG TOUR: Oh Crumbs - Kathryn Freeman

I am a huge fan of Kathryn Freeman so I am thrilled to open the Rachel's Random Resources blog tour for Oh Crumbs, along with my fellow bloggers Rae Reads and LibriAmoriMiei.  You can read my review below and if you scroll down to the end of the post there is an amazing giveaway to win a paperback of one of Kathryn's other books: Too Damn Nice.

Sometimes life just takes the biscuit …

Abby Spencer knows she can come across as an airhead – she talks too much and is a bit of a klutz – but there’s more to her than that. Though she sacrificed her career to help raise her sisters, a job interview at biscuit company Crumbs could finally be her chance to shine. That’s until she hurries in late wearing a shirt covered in rusk crumbs, courtesy of her baby nephew, and trips over her handbag. 

Managing director Douglas Faulkner isn’t sure what to make of Abby Spencer with her Bambi eyes, tousled hair and ability to say more in the half-hour interview than he manages in a day. All he knows is she’s a breath of fresh air and could bring a new lease of life to the stale corporate world of Crumbs. To his life too, if he’d let her. 

But Doug’s harbouring a secret. He’s not the man she thinks he is. 

What did I think?

I don't read a lot of chick lit these days but I can always find time in my busy reading schedule for Kathryn Freeman.  It is only through my love of Formula 1 that I discovered Kathryn Freeman's books when I spotted Monaco's Fairmont Hairpin on the cover of her book set in the world of motor racing: Before You.  Needless to say, I absolutely loved Before You but I have to say that Oh Crumbs has just overtaken on the straight and has become my new favourite chick lit book.

My heart was squeezed to breaking point as we are introduced to the Spencer family on what is probably the worst day of their lives at Abby's mum's funeral.  Abby gave up going to university to look after her four younger sisters and has learnt to curb her expletives by saying 'oh crumbs' instead of something stronger, so when a job comes up at prestigious biscuit company, Crumbs, it seems like fate.  It is fate indeed when Managing Director Douglas Faulkner's piercing blue eyes meet Abby's pools of molten chocolate.  Doug hires Abby on the spot as his PA and there's an attraction there that neither of them can deny but Doug never lets anyone get close to him.  Thankfully, Abby isn't just anyone!

Abby and the whole Spencer clan are THE most colourful set of characters I have ever come across.  They each have individual traits that had me smiling from ear to ear when I wasn't laughing out loud at their antics.  Abby is so scatty sometimes but she has an amazing business brain and, with a houseful of children, knows a thing or two about biscuits.  Abby often engages her mouth before her brain but I found myself admiring her ability to tell Delectable Doug or his frightful father just what she thinks.

Doug is such a tortured soul, doing a job he hates for a father he despises and I have never felt such an attraction to a literary character since Mr Darcy.  Doug's dark and brooding manner coupled with underlying insecurities does make him similar to Darcy so it's no wonder I felt my heart defrosting when Doug was around.  Doug is carrying a secret around like a weight around his neck and he can't risk destroying his family if it gets out, so he continually pushes Abby away, however, Abby thinks he's worth fighting for.  Will he ever let his guard down?  More like will he still have a guard to let down once Abby takes a battering ram to it!

Oh Crumbs really is a ray of sunshine; although it starts off in a very sad place, I felt my heart repairing bit by bit as I watched the Spencer family grow up.  Each and every one of them staked a claim on my heart so I read most of the book with a smile on my face and I simply could not contain my tears of happiness at the end.  Tremendously heartwarming, poignant and often hilarious, Oh Crumbs is most definitely a book you will want to read this year.

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating:

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About the author:

A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero.

With two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn't always about hearts and flowers - and heroes come in many disguises.

Social Media Links –
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/KathrynFreeman1


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  1. Aw Michelle, how to make an author's day. I couldn't have asked for a better start to the blog tour, what a simply gorgeous review. Thank you so much for taking the time to read Oh Crumbs, for taking part in the tour, and for your lovely words xx

    1. It's my absolute pleasure, Kathryn. Oh Crumbs is positively mouthwatering and I don't mean just my drooling over Doug! xx