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Hello lovely people!

Very boring, but it’s got to be done! New GDPR rules mean that if you want to continue to receive my newsletters, then you have

to sign up again. I know. So sorry.

To add a little incentive, I’m giving away 2 bundles of audio books. The winners will be picked on 26 May.

Don’t want to lose you, so here’s the link to sign up again!




Million Love Songs Tops the Chart

Lovely People! So pleased to be able to tell you that my 31st novel, Million Love Songs, has just gone up to number 5 in the Sunday Times Bestseller chart! Thanks to everyone who has gone out and bought a copy. Your support is always appreciated and I have THE BEST readers.
If you haven’t read it yet, people are saying very nice things about it:

The Mirror – ‘Sparkling romp’
Bella – ‘Heartwarming’
The People – ‘Light-hearted, laugh-packed fun.’
Hot Brands, Cool Places – ‘Another delightful read.’
It Girl World: ‘Another gem from Carole Matthews – I definitely recommend.’

Buy now from Amazon

Much Love C : ) xx

Ruby Brown is ready for a change.
She’s single for the first time in years and she’s going to dive into this brave new world with a smile on her face and a spring in her step. The last thing she’s looking for is a serious relationship.

Mason represents everything Ruby wants right now: he’s charming, smooth and perfect for some no-strings-attached fun. Joe on the other hand is kind and attractive, but comes with the sort of baggage Ruby wants to avoid: an annoyingly attractive ex-wife and two teenage children.

Ruby thinks she knows what she wants, but is it what she needs to be truly happy? It’s about to get emotional in Million Love Songs.

Win a romantic break with MILLION LOVE SONGS and BESPOKE HOTELS


Dear lovely people!

To celebrate the publication of Million Love Songs my publisher has teamed up with Bespoke Hotels to offer one lucky winner a luxurious getaway for two including bed, breakfast and a bottle of Prosecco! What’s not to love?

Enter this prize draw to win the perfect romantic break for you, from chic to classic, hip to homely take your pick from a special selection provided by Bespoke Hotels.

To enter this prize draw:

Click on the link below, which will take you to the competition entry page.

Simply pop your details into the boxes on the page to enter, but first read the full terms and conditions.

Win your fab weekend away here!

Please email any questions about this prize draw to: ‘

Competition closes midnight 20th May 2018.

A new Bardaid Library to be built!

Hello lovely people

My dear friends are raising money to build a volunteer library for teenagers with special needs at a local school. If you have a few quid burning a hole in your pocket, it’s a fabulous cause. They’ve set up a Kickstarter page for funding, so it would be great if we could help.

Bardaid are a collection of poets who have, over the past ten years, raised money through spoken word performances to buy books from performance poets and storytellers, which they have then donated into over twenty schools nationwide. To date they’ve donated over £4,000 worth of books and have had excellent feedback from both teachers and school librarians.

In May 2015 they set up a library in a broom cupboard in a special measures school in Hertfordshire as they’d previously had no library at all. A return visit in Feb 2018 showed that it had been so successful that they had since expanded the initial few shelves into a whole room.

In December 2017 Bardaid bought a dilapidated telephone box in Long Marston, renovated it and converted it into a community library.

On the 12th and 13th Of May 2018 they will be hosting a literary festival at the Victory Hall, Station Road, Long Marston, near Tring Hertfordshire HP23 4QP and The Queens Head, next door, in order to raise the money needed to turn a derelict stable at Animal Antiks School; a school on a farm for special needs children and young adults, into a library. The Stable Library will be their biggest project to date and is a much needed and long awaited addition to the school. It would be lovely to see you at the festival too. Put it in your diary!

Bardaid Kickstarter Project – please give generously here! C : ) xx



New year, new book!

Lovely people! A very happy new year to you all. What could be a better way to see the new year in than with a new book?

My latest novel, Million Love Songs, is out in hardback, ebook and audio on Thursday 4 January. I know!

This is a fun book to kick off 2018 and if you’re a fan of Take That – as, indeed, I am – then you’ll get even more out of it. I love the gorgeous spring colours of this cover and hope you do too.

I hope that 2018 will be a fabulous year for you all. Look forward to sharing it with you…

Love C : ) xx


Feel-good and full of emotion, Carole will make your heart sing with this glorious read.

After splitting up with her cheating ex, Ruby Brown is ready for a change. She’s single again for the first time in years and she’s going to dive into this brave new world with a smile on her face and a spring in her step. The last thing she’s looking for is a serious relationship.

Mason represents everything Ruby wants right now: he’s charming, smooth and perfect for some no-strings-attached fun, and yet Ruby can’t help feel that something is missing. Joe on the other hand is kind and attentive, but he comes with the sort of baggage Ruby wants to avoid: an annoyingly attractive ex-wife and two teenage children.

And though Ruby thinks she knows what she wants, is it what she needs to be truly happy? It’s about to get emotional in Million Love Songs.

Hitting the bestseller list!

Hello lovely people

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to hit the bestseller list with my latest novel, Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights. With my 30th book, I’ve just sneaked into the Top 20 at number 20 – but look at the names on the list! Dan Brown, John Grisham, Bernard Cornwell, Tom Hanks (!), Ken Follett, Danielle Steele, John le Carre. Lynda La Plante and my personal favourite, Philippa Gregory – all of the big guns are out. I don’t think it could get any tougher.

So thank you all very much for dashing out to buy it. The paperback won’t be released until October 2018, so a long wait if you don’t snap it up now.

Thanks also for all your lovely reviews and comments. This is a follow-up book to The Cake Shop in the Garden so you’ll find some old friends and make some new ones too.  If you haven’t yet read it, you’ve got a Christmas treat to come!

Happy reading! C : ) xx


Buy it from Amazon here!

Win a fabulous afternoon tea hamper from John Lewis!

Lovely people! I have a fabulous competition for you. If you enjoy my latest book, Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights, simply post a review of my latest book and you can win a hamper of yummy afternoon tea treats from my favourite department store, John Lewis. It will give you the perfect excuse to dive straight into the book! Details on how to enter are below!  Competiton ends 12 November, so be quick.

Happy reading! C : ) xx


To enter:

To enter simply share your review  of Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights by Carole Matthews online e.g., Goodreads, your social media

Then email:

Title your email: Carole review

And share a screengrab if you can.

You’ll then be entered into the prize draw.

Sorry but this is UK only!

This competition is run by Little, Brown UK. If you have any issues please email


Terms and Conditions

This is a prize draw for one person to win this Afternoon Tea Treats hamper from John Lewis worth £35.00

The winners will be selected at random from the entries received in accordance with these terms and conditions by a member of the Little, Brown Book Group Marketing department, whose decision will be final

The winner may see their entry posted on the
Little, Brown Book Group, Carole Matthews’ website and on other websites and social media accounts.

There is no purchase necessary to enter.

The prize draw opens at 12:01 am BST on 19 October 2017 and closes at 11:59 pm GMT on 12 November 2017. Any entries received outside these specified times and dates will not be eligible for entry into the competition.

The prize draw is open to anyone aged 18 or over in the UK except employees of the Little, Brown Book Group, their families, or anyone professionally connected to the competition either themselves or through their families.

Only one entry per person allowed. Second or subsequent entries will be disqualified. Entries will not be accepted via agents, third parties or in bulk.

The Company is not responsible for contacting or forwarding prizes to entrants who provide unclear or incomplete information or for entries lost, misdirected, delayed or destroyed.

The Company reserves the right to alter the prizes or cancel the prize draw without notice.  No cash alternatives to prizes will be provided.

The winner’s will be contacted by email within two weeks of the closing date.

The Company will make available the name and county of the winner to anyone who requests this information by writing to the following address

Little, Brown Book Group
Carmelite House
50 Victoria Embankment
London, EC4Y 0DZ

The email addresses of entrants may be shared with companies within the Hachette group of companies but will not be shared with other companies outside the Hachette group.  It will be used by the Hachette companies to send you news about books, products and promotions.  You will be given the option of opting out in those emails if you don’t want to receive any further news.

By entering the prize draw you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

This competition is being organised by

Little, Brown Book Group
Carmelite House
50 Victoria Embankment
London, EC4Y 0DZ

These terms and conditions and any disputes or claims (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of these terms and Conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of England, whose courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction.


Christmas Cakes Treat!

Hello, lovely people

My latest novel, Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights, is coming out in hardback on 19 October and it’s a very special one!

To celebrate the launch of my 30th novel, pre-order your hardback copy in advance and 250 of my lovely readers will receive a special signed bookplate for you to pop inside.

All you have to do is send a snap of your receipt and your address to before the Friday 29 September and my lovely publisher will pick 250 people to send them out to. Do it quick, quick!

I’d better get signing them now!

Pre-order from Amazon here:  Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights

C : ) xx


For full T&Cs apply to Little, Brown at


Sorry UK only!

Save Ella’s Spine!

Morning, lovely people! I have something very important to ask you. This gorgeous little girl is my neighbour and urgently requires surgery that is currently only available overseas and time is running out for her. Her lovely parents have launched a fundraising campaign to SAVE ELLA’S SPINE. It’s a heartbreaking story and I’d really like us to help. If you can take a few minutes to read through the post that would be great. If you’d like to share on your Facebook page or on Twitter and, even better, spare a couple of pounds, there’s a little girl with a wonky back who’d be eternally grateful. Much love. C : ) xx
Ella’s mum says: Many of you will know that our oldest daughter Ella, has suffered with ill health for the last few years. She has two long term health conditions Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) and Scoliosis. Ella has a double curve in her spine which is rapidly progressing. We’ve reached a stage, where Ella now requires spinal surgery.
Having agonised over the decision, we strongly believe that an innovative surgical technique called Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT) offers Ella the best possible outcome. Sadly this life changing surgery is only available overseas. We’ve therefore launched a fundraising campaign in an attempt to raise the money required, unfortunately time is running out for Ella to benefit from this technique.
If you’d like to read more about Ella or donate then please go to our Go Fund Me page:
We also have a Facebook page
Ella is also writing a blog, which you can be found at
We’d be especially grateful if you could share these links with everyone you know, follow our pages and you’ll be able to keep up to date with our campaign and upcoming fundraising events.
For anyone that knows us, you’ll realise the decision to publicly fundraise has not been an easy one. However I passionately believe this is the right treatment for Ella and I’m asking for your donations and help.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Sarah & Ian x

Exclusive Audible Interview

Hello, lovely people!

If you enjoyed Paper Hearts & Summer Kisses, there’s an exclusive Amazon Audible interview with me & Christine talking about our friendship, the inspiration for the book and why she’s entirely responsible for all my crafting excesses! It’s free to download from the link below! Happy listening!  C : ) xx

Download our Audible interview here!