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The House on the Hill is going on a blog tour with Rachel's Random Resources. If you wish to participate please contact me on with your name, blog name, preferred post type and availability.

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The House on the Hill: A Summer in the Algarve by Chris Penhall

Genre: Contemporary romance

Blog Tour Dates 5th - 11th July 2022

Publication Date: 28th June 2022

Publisher: ChocLit

Standalone 3rd Book in the Portuguese Paradise series

Formats Available - Mobi only (direct from Choc Lit)

Estimated Page Count - 332

Type of Post Available - Review, extracts, guest posts and Q&As

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Layla is calm, in control and is definitely not about to lose her serenity for the man next door!

Surely it can’t be hard to stay peaceful at one of the oldest yoga and mindfulness retreats in the Algarve, surrounded by sea, sun and serenity? Mostly, owner Layla Garcia manages it – with the help of meditation and plenty of camomile tea, of course.

But keeping her grandparents’ legacy alive is stressful, and Layla has become so shackled to the work that, for her, The House on the Hill is fast becoming ‘The Fortress on the Hill’.

Then writer Luke Mackie moves to the villa next door, bringing with him a healthy dose of chaos to disrupt Layla’s plans, plus a painful reminder of a time when she was less-than-serene. But could his influence be just what Layla needs to ‘dance like no-one’s watching’ and have the fun she’s been missing?

About Chris Penhall

Chris Penhall won the 2019 Choc-Lit Search for a Star competition, sponsored by Your Cat Magazine, for her debut novel, The House That Alice Built. The sequel, New Beginnings at the Little House in the Sun was published in August 2020. Both are available in paperback, e-book and audio and are part of the Portuguese Paradise series. Finding Summer Happiness, which is set in Pembrokeshire in South West Wales is available in e-book, audio and paperback, and The House on the Hill - A Summer in the Algarve, the third novel in the Portuguese Paradise series, is published in e-book on 28th June 2022.

Chris is an author and freelance radio producer for BBC Local Radio.

She also has her own podcast - The Talking to My Friends About Book Podcast in which she chats to her friends about books. Good title!

Born in Neath in South Wales, she has also lived in London and in Portugal, which is where The House That Alice Built is set. It was whilst living in Cascais near Lisbon that she began to dabble in writing fiction, but it was many years later that she was confident enough to start writing her first novel, and many years after that she finally finished it!

A lover of books, music and cats, she is also an enthusiastic salsa dancer, a keen cook, and loves to travel. She is never happier than when she is gazing at the sea.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Maximum 12 bloggers for the whole tour.  Confirmed blogs will appear here. 

5th July

  1. Tizi’s Book Review

  2. Portable Magic

6th July

  1. The Bookish Babbles

  2. Books and Me

7th July

  1. Bookish Dreams

  2. Reviews in Heels

8th July

  1. Tea Party Princess

9th July

  1. Books, Life and Everything

10th July

  1. Jazzy Book Reviews

11th July

  1. Chicks, Rogues and Scandals


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