Book Review: Make or Break at the Lighthouse B&B by Portia MacIntosh

Hello to Portia MacIntosh and the blog tour for her latest novel, Make or Break at the Lighthouse B&B which is due to be released on eBook by HQ Digital on 14th February. 

Thirty-one-year-old matchmaker Lola James had it all – until she broke her leg at a wedding and discovered that her so-called ‘best friend’ was suddenly too busy to call, her flat had far too many steps, and her boyfriend replaced her quicker than you can say ‘crutches’.

And so she’s back at her parents’ B&B, sleeping in the living room (she can’t get upstairs) and having her hair washed by her mum (she can’t get in the shower).

Freshly single and with a lot of time on her hands, Lola is only too pleased to run into gorgeous Dr Will, an old friend who has definitely improved with age… And then there’s Dean, a divorcé who’s convinced he’s better off alone – no matter how lonely he is.
Can Will help mend Lola’s broken heart as well as her leg? Can she help Dean find love? As a wise man once said, sometimes the one for you is right under your nose, all along…

Lola James has the perfect life. She’s a matchmaker for celebrities, has the handsome boyfriend and she’s about to be a bridesmaid to her very glamorous friend.

However, when she breaks her leg, her boyfriend suddenly has better things to do, her friend is angry at Lola for supposedly stealing her wedding thunder and her boss tells her that, with a cast, she is not the right image for the job.

Just like that, she finds herself back in Marran Bay, back in her childhood home – The Lighthouse B&B.

As she re-acquaints herself with childhood friends, she is trying to figure out what to do next. Could a new life and love be closer than she thinks?

I immediately warmed to Lola. She wasn’t like the characters around her at the beginning of the book.

I think we’ve all had moments where we are not sure what to do next and Lola is definitely having one of those moments. I could really empathise with that.

I want to go to Marran Bay. It sounds beautiful. I also love the idea of a B&B attached to a lighthouse. It reminded me of the Portland Bay lighthouse I used to visit as a child.

The supporting characters are also brilliant (a couple of them, not so much. Haha.)
In an attempt to give Lola something to do, her mother arranges for her to run a matchmaking group. This resulted in some brilliant scenes and some great twists in the plot.

At the heart of this book though, is a wonderful love story. Yes, Lola has a love interest but it’s also about rediscovering yourself and what you’re capable of.

Make or Break at the Lighthouse B&B is about giving yourself a second chance. It’s uplifting, heartwarming and it gave me the warm fuzzies. I loved it. It was a perfect antidote to this horrible weather. As the ebook is released on 14th February, I think you should definitely treat yourself to this love story.

Oh, and I want to steal Rufus the chocolate Labrador.


About Portia:

Portia MacIntosh has been ‘making stuff up’ for as long as she can remember – or
so she says. Whether it was blaming her siblings for that broken vase when she
was growing up, blagging her way backstage during her rock chick phase or,
most recently, whatever justification she can fabricate to explain away those
lunchtime cocktails, Portia just loves telling tales.

After years working as a music journalist, Portia decided it was time to use her
powers for good and started writing novels instead.
Bestseller Portia writes hilarious romcoms, drawing on her real life experiences

to show what it’s really like being a woman today – especially one who doesn’t
quite have it together yet.

Find out more at or say hi on Twitter.

Make or Break at the Lighthouse B&B is released by HQ Digital. The eBook is due to be released on 14th February with the paperback following in April. Thank you to Portia and HQ Digital for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Click to view Make or Break at the Lighthouse B&B on Amazon UK


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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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