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Book Review: Surprise Me, by Sophie Kinsella.

Book Review: Surprise Me, by Sophie Kinsella.

Thank you to Becky Short and Penguin Random House for my copy of this book. Sophie Kinsella was my first favourite adult book, and I have loved all her books so far. I was very much looking forward to getting stuck into Surprise Me.

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Published February 8th 2018 by Transworld Digital

 

Description:

After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have all the trimmings of a happy life and marriage; they have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other’s sentences. However, a trip to the doctor projects they will live another 68 years together and panic sets in. They never expected “until death do us part” to mean seven decades.

In the name of marriage survival, they quickly concoct a plan to keep their relationship fresh and exciting: they will create little surprises for each other so that their (extended) years together will never become boring. But in their pursuit to execute Project Surprise Me, mishaps arise and secrets are uncovered that start to threaten the very foundation of their unshakable bond. When a scandal from the past is revealed that question some important untold truths, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all.

 

My Thoughts:

I have loved all of Sophie Kinsella’s books and I was sure I was going to love Surprise Me too. In fact, I did love it! I started to read this book in the waiting room of a hospital!! It was perhaps a little inappropriate for me to chuckling to myself about the things that Toby was doing in the first few chapters. Toby is a sideline character but he was my absolute favourite. He was so funny, and it was Toby that got me engrossed into the book rather than the main characters Sylvie and Dan. 

This was not my favourite of Sophie’s books, but when you write so many brilliant books, you set your standard so high. If this was the first Kinsella book I had read, I would be raving about how I had found another amazingly, funny, talented writer. In fact Kinsella is just that. The plot flowed, but not obvious in the way some chick lit stories are. There is definite character development as we see Sylvie and Dan surprise each other and how their marriage is affected by these unexpected events.  Along with that, the end was not at all what I was expecting, which is unusual for a chick lit book. There were a few parts of the story that I did not see coming, which was good. 

If I had read this and didn’t know the Author, I would have a good guess at Sophie Kinsella. My only request would be that Toby play more of a part because he was hilarious. I definitely recommend this book to Kinsella lovers, but if this was to be your first Kinsella book I would suggest reading her earlier ones first. 

Links:

Goodreads.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter-@KinsellaSophie

www.sophiekinsella.co.uk

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Posted by on June 9, 2018 in Books

 

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Book Review: A Time for Penance, by Robin Storey.

Book Review: A Time for Penance, by Robin Storey.

Thank you to Author Robin Storey for offering me the chance to read and review ‘A Time for Penance’. The blurb of this book appealed to me as it got me thinking, what would you do differently if you could go back in time? And would fate intervene and leave you in the same place as you were? Or are we masters of our own destiny? Plus there is the gritty crime part, I’m always a sucker for that! 

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Description:

She murdered her husband. Now she has a chance to undo her crime.

For 20 years, wealthy socialite Eva Dennehy has borne the guilt of murdering her first husband Charlie, who was planning to leave her for his mistress.

When Eva is offered the opportunity to travel back in time, and undo her crime as penance, she accepts – what does she have to lose? Back in her old life with Charlie, her passion for him surpassed only by her torment at his infidelity, she is more determined than ever to prevent him from leaving her.

But her plan plunges her into a world of crime and depravity, and she soon discovers she has even more to lose this time around.

This taut, gritty novel about jealousy, betrayal and the dark side of love will appeal to fans of suspense, crime and modern noir.

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Published May 7th 2017 by Robin Storey

 

My Thoughts:

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I went into this book. Yes, I love gritty crime stories, and time travel ones are ok. But putting the two together was something I hadn’t read anything of before. If the book had been filled with too much unbelievable talk of the time travel, then I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it so much. But the time travel parts were mainly at the beginning and the end, with a few parts interspersed throughout, as Eva notices the differences in technology (no mobile phones!), and has to hide facts about people and things that had happened that she shouldn’t know. 

I was intrigued as to whether Eva would end up in the same place as the beginning of the book, i.e with a dead Husband! or if the book was going to go down the route of master of your own destiny, and fix your mistakes. Well, obviously I won’t say how it ends, but I will tell you it was good, very good. 

As I started reading this, I became more and more hooked throughout. I liked it a lot better than I was expecting actually. Perhaps this has a little to do with the cover. I don’t think the cover does the book as much justice as it deserves. That’s just my opinion though.

The plot had a good flow that kept me gripped until the end. It also got me thinking about the prospect of being able to go back in time. What would you do differently and how would this change the outcomes? 

A really good book, and taught me…….don’t judge a book by its cover! This was a brilliant read.

 


Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Facebook

Twitter @RobinStorey1

Author’s website – storey-lines.com

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2018 in Books

 

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Learn in 60 minutes. Greek Mythology, Beyond Mount Olympus. Something different from ChocolatePages!

Learn in 60 minutes. Greek Mythology, Beyond Mount Olympus.  Something different from ChocolatePages!

Thanks to Tyler at ‘in60learning’ for my copy of Greek Mythology, Beyond Mount Olympus. When Tyler asked me if I wanted to read and review any of their ‘ Learn in 60 Minutes’ books, I was intrigued. There is quite a catalogue of topics and each book allows you to read and learn about the topic in ( as the name says) 60 minutes. I decided to read Greek Mythology first. I also looked at Ivan the Terrible. Both sounded like something interesting I could learn from.

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Description:

Get smarter in just 60 minutes with in60Learning. Concise and elegantly written non-fiction books and audiobooks help you learn the core subject matter in 20% of the time that it takes to read a typical book. Life is short, so explore a multitude of fascinating historical, biographical, scientific, political, and financial topics in only an hour each.

You’ve heard of Zeus, Poseidon, Aphrodite, etc. The twelve Greek gods who sat atop thrones on Mount Olympus have permeated popular imagination. But what do you know about the Greek underworld, minor gods, and mythical beasts? Do you know how these stories were passed on from generation to generation, or what significance they held for the people who believed in them? This fascinating e-book introduces readers to the canon of Greek mythology and its influence on the world today in language, storytelling, and even science.

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Published March 2nd 2018 by in60Learning

My Thoughts:

This book does what it says it will and gives an intense view of the topic in the said reading time. To read about all the Greek Gods, their ideas, history and relations to each other and present day thoughts was a lot to take in. If I was to read this book in the given 60 minutes, I wouldn’t remember very much of it. There is a lot of information.

For those who want to read for educational purposes and have a great interest in the topic, this series would be fantastic.

For me, it was a bit too much of a hard read. For me reading is escapism and excitement. So I personally won’t be reading any more of these books. However for the right type of reader these books will be great. They give a balanced and real exploration of Greek Mythology, which includes a wide array of knowledge all compacted into a quick read.

I was surprised to learn how much of this mythology has affected present day, for example the books, movies and comics we read and watch are so often based on super heroes which many originate from Greek Gods. There are many interesting facts in this book, and the learn in 60 minutes is a great idea for those who like to explore and learn about topics in a short amount of time. 

 


If you want to look at or buy any of the books on various topics, the links are below. 

Links:

Goodreads.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

www.in60learning.com

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2018 in Books

 

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Book Review: The Weekend Spa Break by Anne John- Ligali. Plus an amazing #Giveaway!

Book Review: The Weekend Spa Break by Anne John- Ligali. Plus an amazing #Giveaway!

I am very happy today to share with you my review for the beautiful book that is Part 2 of the online friendship books by Anne John-Ligali. ‘The Weekend Spa Break’, was a joy to read. Thank you to Rachel from Rararesources for giving me the opportunity for my spot on this tour, and to Author, Anne John-Ligali and Rachel for my copy of the book.

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You can visit all the other tour hosts on these days. There is also a wonderful giveaway, so keep reading and you could be a lucky winner of something special.

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Description:

After finally meeting in person at the publishing party of the season, Constance and Estelle are determined not to let their friendship return to mere virtual champagne bottles and uploaded pictures of food.
It’s been a busy year, and Constance feels it’s time to reward herself with the spa break Estelle gave her for Christmas. Naturally, Constance wouldn’t dream of taking anyone other than Estelle, and this will provide the perfect opportunity to bond with her new chum.
As the excited pair spend some quality time together, they realise it’s not just writing books they have in common, but something that goes much deeper. After a few Jacuzzi sessions, facials, pedicures, and a massage by sexy Senior Therapist, Julio, everything seems to be peachy until an unexpected visitor turns Constance’s weekend of bliss … on its head.

A two-day spa break.

Sparkling water on tap.

And the perfect massage.

But who’s rubbing who up the wrong way?

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Publication Day: April 30th 2018

My Thoughts:

After reading part 1 of the online friendship series by this author, I was keen to learn what happened next. The Weekend Spa Break brings Constance and Estelle on a weekend that they will both remember.

The book has a few surprises for the reader and for the characters. There was more to this book than I was expecting and it was really good to see a more in-depth version of the characters.

I loved the online parts of the story. Most of us have ‘ online lives’, and it was interesting to see how Constance and Estelle brought the two together. I loved the Instagram updates from the girls and from the outer characters. There are reminders in this book of the advantages and disadvantages of showing ourselves online.

This book is very current and the author showed a great deal of knowledge in one particular theme that is close to my heart. I won’t say what as it will be a spoiler, but let me tell you it brought Constance and Estelle closer too.

Brilliant read and I hope there will be a part 3 of the online friendship stories.

Giveaway

To mark the release of part 2 in the friendship series, I’m giving away a Sanctuary Spa gift, and a signed, printed and binded copy of The Weekend Spa Break to one lucky winner. There are no physical copies at present, so this is a special prize.

All you have to do to enter is go to Anne’s twitter page, and retweet the pinned tweet, which will say GIVEAWAY.

A winner will be chosen at random by Tweet Draw and announced on Saturday 19th May at 8 o clock. Competition is open worldwide!

Good luck, to set you off, here is the link to Anne’s Twitter page. – Twitter – AnneJohnLigali

Good luck for the competition, let me know what you think of Anne’s books, her giveaway and whether or not you entered in the comments below. I love to hear from you.

Links:

annejohnligali.com

Facebook

Twitter – AnneJohnLigali

Amazon.co.uk

Goodreads

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2018 in Books, Giveaways

 

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Book Review: Unconvicted by Olly Jarvis.

Book Review: Unconvicted by Olly Jarvis.

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I have unashamedly made it very obvious here and on Twitter that Olly Jarvis is my all time favourite Author. This is a little weird as he had only published two books that I had read (before this recent one). But I was so engrossed and loved both previous books so much, I just wanted to keep raving and let everyone I could know that I loved his books and they should read them too. So, you can imagine that I was elated when I heard Olly had written another one. Unconvicted is just as good as his previous two books, and so far is my top book of the year! As were his previous 2 in 2015 and 2016! (You see how much of a fan I am!).

Death By Dangerous – July 2015 Goodreads.   My Review.    Amazon.co.uk     Amazon.com

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Cut Throat Defence – October 2016.  Goodreads.    Amazon.co.uk.    Amazon.com.   Author Interview.

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Now for Olly Jarvis’ most recent book Unconvicted which was published by Canelo on January 29th 2018.

Description:

In a razor-sharp legal thriller, Jack Kowalski must win two challenging trials to save his reputation and his career
Junior barrister Jack Kowalski is crushed. His client Timothy Smart appears to have committed a monstrous crime while on bail – a bail application Jack fought hard to win.

When a high-profile Polish footballer is charged with rape and demands a fellow countryman represent him, Jack must overcome his guilt and get back to work. Before long he takes on a second case, a GBH for instructing solicitor Lara Panassai, who Jack remains desperate to impress. But neither case is what it seems, and Jack will face an extraordinary uphill battle to see that justice is done.

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Published January 29th 2018 by Canelo

My Thoughts:

Unconvicted is set in Manchester, England. I love legal thrillers, it is my favourite genre at the moment. So I love it when I find a legal thriller that is set in U.K. Although, I enjoy American based ones too, I like that I can relate to the areas and a bit of the legal talk. However, whatever your nationality, if you like legal thrillers, this is a must read. Young barrister Jack Kowalski is relatively new to his job and still has that anxiety at being in a courtroom. This is the second in the Jack Kowalski series, though its not essential to read the first before Unconvicted. Jack takes on high profile cases and along with solicitor Lara. ( a great relationship between these two), they must find justice. However, all is not as it seems. 

Jarvis writes from his knowledge and experiences at working within criminal law, and this shines through in his writing. The legal talk is interesting, accurate and believable. We are drawn in to Jack’s world of how he can defend criminals, how he has to think outside the box and despite what he may or may not believe about his clients, give them the best and fairest defence within his ability. From reading this book, my eyes were opened to the challenges faced by defence attorneys. One of the quotes by Jack shows the difficulties and mind messers of being a criminal defence lawyer.

“You have to work on the basis that the unconvicted are always innocent unless proved otherwise. ” – This made the book so exciting and interesting. Are Jack’s clients innocent or guilty? Does it matter? Should it matter? And how does Jack work to defend his high profile clients, while also having to face the alledged victims of the crimes? 

Jarvis knows human compassion, feelings and assumptions and this is so evident in his writing. He writes from knowledge, experience, imagination and a brilliant legal mind. 

The pace of this book is set just right, not too fast but in no way slow. Olly Jarvis is always a writer to keep you turning the pages and wanting more. The short chapters meant that when I said to myself just one more chapter, I could get away with a few more than I intended, and a few late nights were because of this book.I can’t recommend this book, and Olly’s other books high enough. Unconvicted is my top book of the year so far…..and although its only April, I don’t see that changing……unless he writes another book? 


Links:

Goodreads.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter/@OllyJarviso

www.ollyjarvis.com

Twitter/@canelo_co

 

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2018 in Books

 

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Blog Tour. Book Review: The Best Boomerville Hotel, by Caroline James.

Blog Tour. Book Review: The Best Boomerville Hotel, by Caroline James.

Thank you to Author Caroline James and Rachel from Rararesources for welcoming me with open arms onto this blog tour. I have read all of Caroline’s previous books and have been excited to read Boomerville since I heard Caroline was writing it. Now the time has come to tell you my thoughts on it. Please visit all the other lovely tour guides for this brilliant book.

Description:

Let the shenanigans begin at the Best Boomerville Hotel

Jo Docherty and Hattie Contaldo have a vision – a holiday retreat in the heart of the Lake District exclusively for guests of ‘a certain age’ wishing to stimulate both mind and body with new creative experiences. One hotel refurbishment later and the Best Boomerville Hotel is open for business!

Perhaps not surprisingly Boomerville attracts more than its fair share of eccentric clientele: there’s fun-loving Sir Henry Mulberry and his brother Hugo; Lucinda Brown, an impoverished artist with more ego than talent; Andy Mack, a charming Porsche-driving James Bond lookalike, as well as Kate Simmons, a woman who made her fortune from an internet dating agency but still hasn’t found ‘the One’ herself.

With such an array of colourful individuals there’s bound to be laughs aplenty, but could there be tears and heartbreak too and will the residents get more than they bargained for at Boomerville?

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March 13th 2018 by Ruby Fiction

My Thoughts:

Well, what can I say? Except for this is another master piece from the lovely and talented Caroline James. I knew I would love Boomerville, as I have loved all her other books. It isn’t necessary to read Caroline’s previous books, as this can totally be read as a standalone. But having read all her previous, I was delighted to see what some of the characters I remember so fondly from before have been up to. 

The Best Boomerville Hotel is a hotel set up and run by Jo and Hattie, 2 bestest of friends. (Their relationship is fantastic, funny and heart warming). During the book, we hear about the various weird and wonderful guests, staff and some of the arranged activities that have been set up in the hotel.

This is pure escapism in a book. Caroline’s words made me laugh, sigh and imagine myself many years from now going on a little or longer break to a hotel like Boomerville. If this place were real, it would be booked out every season! The food also is another very enticing part of Boomerville. The Author is a total foodie like me, and you can tell that by the delicious descriptions of the food and drinks that are served in Booomerville.   

 

“….a tray of almond fingers, fresh from the oven”

The writing flowed easily from page to page and I felt I was part of the journey of Boomerville. I would laugh along with Hattie and Jo. Imagine tickling under Bunty’s (Jo’s dog) chin, then go to devour some of the delicious hotel food made by their amazing Chef Sandra.

This book has the usual Caroline James dollop’s of laughter, smiles, cringes and licking of lips. It is a total gem of a read. I’m ready for the next dish already! 

Have a look at the lovely trailer for Boomerville. If you weren’t sure before, you will be after seeing this ♥

Links:

Goodreads.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter – @CarolineJames12

carolinejamesauthor.co.uk

Twitter – @rararesources

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2018 in Books

 

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Book Review: Izzy As Is, by Tracie Banister.

Book Review: Izzy As Is, by Tracie Banister.

I was delighted when Author Tracie Bannister approached me to offer me her new book to read and review. I have already read and loved quite a few of Tracie’s books, so I accepted the request immediately. I had high hopes of thoroughly enjoying her book, and my hopes became reality within the first chapter!

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Description:

The party is over for bikini model Izzy Alvarez. For six years she’s made a good living by flaunting her God-given assets on runways and in front of cameras, but now as she approaches the big 3-0, the bodacious Latina is shocked to learn she’s aged out of the profession that’s kept her in mojitos, mani/pedis, and designer thongs. What’s a girl with a taste for the finer things in life and no marketable skills to do?

Getting a regular job is too boring to even consider, so Izzy decides to follow in the footsteps of her newly-engaged frenemy and become a trophy wife. Although she’s desperate and too broke to get a chipped nail fixed, Izzy still has standards for her future husband, which means no uggos, no vertically-challenged guys, and no geezers who need to pop a blue pill to perform in the bedroom. Enlisting the aid of her computer whiz nephew and her closest pals, Izzy goes on the prowl for a rich, marriage-minded man, encountering likely candidates in a lot of unlikely places.

The high life she’s dreamed of may be within reach when Izzy meets a charming, successful man who’s not only hotter than a steamy summer night in Miami, but ready to settle down. Now all Izzy has to do is make sure her loud, crazy Cuban family doesn’t scare off el hombre perfecto—oh, yeah, and squelch those pesky, romantic feelings she keeps having for the sweet, cash-strapped guy she’s known forever.

Will Izzy’s hunger for money win out, or will her fiery heart demand to be heard?


 

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Published January 24th 2018


My Thoughts:

Izzy As Is is a total chick lit, fun, flirty read. The type of book that you can enjoy with cocktails and snacks! The Author sent me virtual cocktails and Cuban snacks while I was reading this! I have taken quite a liking to Cuban food too after reading this book! 

The cover of the book is gorgeous and after I had finished the book, I went back to examine the cover and saw more in it than I had before I started. I love it when that happens. 

When I read the first few pages, I wasn’t very impressed with the main character Izzy! Then by the time I got to chapter 3, I was disappointing in myself that I had judged Izzy on a few pages. By chapter 4, I loved her!!  I amused myself with my character judgement! Izzy is fun, full of life and makes the most of every minute and all her assets. She is brilliant.

This is the perfect kind of escapism book that you can read and laugh over the funny situations that Izzy gets herself into. The kind of book that takes you away from whats going on in real life and gives you a trip to Miami, sun, cocktails and lots of amusing dating tales! 

I was a late finder of the Tracie Bannister talent. But now that I have found her, she is my go to chick lit Author, along with Nicola May and Sophie Kinsella. If you like either of these Authors, you will love Tracie Bannister’s work too. 


 

If you have read this or any other of Tracie Bannister’s books, let me know your thoughts. Does Izzy As Is sound like a fun read to you? Can you recommend any other fun chick lit reads? Let me know in the comment section, I love to hear from you. 

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Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter/@traciebanister

www.traciebanister.blogspot.co.uk

 

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2018 in Books

 

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Book Review: Hiding In Plain Sight, by Susan Lewis.

Book Review: Hiding In Plain Sight, by Susan Lewis.

Thank you very much to Louise Page and  Century Publishers for my copy of Hiding in Plain Sight, and thank you to Author Susan Lewis for writing yet another fantastic book. Below is my unbiased review in thanks for my lovely hardback book.


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Description:

Andee Lawrence is in heaven. Well, the South of France to be exact. 

Ex-detective Andee has swapped freelance investigation and a broken marriage, for two months in Provence, renovating a beautiful villa with the new man in her life. Pottering around a small picturesque town on an early summer’s day, she is at peace.

But her world is about to be shattered.

‘Remember me?’ 

Two words spoken by a woman from the back of a car that say so much yet reveal so little.
As the car drives away Andee is left reeling, overwhelmed by shock, confusion, self-doubt and mounting trepidation.

Almost thirty years ago, fourteen year old Penny had disappeared from her family’s life, never to be heard from again. It is the missing child case that has haunted Andee her whole life; And now Penny – Andee’s sister – is back.

The question is: why?

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Published by Arrow on 25th January 2018

My Thoughts:

As many book lovers will know, Susan Lewis is a much loved best selling Author. Susan has done it once again with Hiding in Plain Sight. We start off with characters that we met in previous books. (though it wouldn’t matter if you haven’t read them). Ex detective Andee Lawrence is France when a voice and face from long ago in her past stops right in front of her. This is no spoiler as its in the blurb, but Andee’s sister who went missing when she was fourteen is back! What we don’t know is:

Why is she back?

What does she want? 

Where has she been all these years?

The story is the usual brilliant Susan Lewis writing with a contemporary plot that gives the reader food for thought. I wasn’t expecting what happened at all. Penny (Andee’s sister) has had a very different life from the family that she left. The Author does a great job of understanding how past events can scar you mentally and how this can affect your life choices. 

In many ways this book reminds me of the type of books that Jodie Picoult writes. It made me think of human nature, choices, emotions. I was totally engaged in the plot, the characters and in Susan Lewis’ writing. 

Hiding in Plain Sight is an enjoyable thought provoking read from an incredible author.

Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter – @susandlewis

www.susanlewis.com

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2018 in Books, Uncategorized

 

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Book Review: ‘Jennifer Brown’s Journey’ By Angie Langley.

Book Review: ‘Jennifer Brown’s Journey’ By Angie Langley.

Thank you very much to Author Angie Langley for my copy of Jennifer Brown’s Journey. Don’t you just love the cover to this book. The Author told me as I started to read this book that the story is true.

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Description:

Five feet one and full of fizz, Jennifer Brown lights up the room. She has a gorgeous partner, a wicked best friend, and a boss who doesn’t mind that she’s the worst typist on the planet. She’s loyal, generous and irredeemably ditzy. Everyone loves Jennifer Brown.But can she learn to love herself? When her world caves in, she needs every ounce of her steely core to step back from the abyss and take charge of her life, reinventing herself first as cook and housekeeper to a saucy sexagenarian, then as manager of a tumbledown country estate with sensitive secrets.Peopled by a battalion of hilarious characters from the caustic, cross-dressing confidant to the besotted ex-boyfriend with a barmy ex-wife, Jennifer Brown’s Journey is a heartwarming, thoughtful, often poignant portrait of the trials of life as a thirty-something woman.Jennifer Brown champions the importance of self-belief, and the value of a bucket-sized glass of wine in a tight spot.And, always in the background, there’s the quiet man with the warm eyes and the velvet vowels.What on earth is Jennifer Brown going to do about him?

The first in a series of three, Jennifer Brown’s Journey is a story of female self-empowerment and the triumph of the human spirit in the face of challenges that many women will recognise. Lighthearted and poignant, the story gives readers a very real sense of a woman, initially rather ditzy, maturing into a redoubtable, self-possessed individual who faces her many challenges with developing aplomb.

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My Thoughts:

This is a heart warming lovely read. The main character Jennifer Brown is just your average girl next door type character until her life gets turned upside down and she has to make some decisions of what to do. As we follow Jennifer’s journey, I felt like I really knew her and she was the type of character that you’d like to be friends with so we could chat about life, love and adventures. Starting off in a not so great position, Jennifer shows the reader how its ok to be not ok all the time. But to keep faith in yourself and push on to find a life that suits you.

This book reminded me of Bridget Jones and Sophie Kinsella’s Undomesticated Goddess in parts. The book is easy reading and fun. You can laugh, sympathise and rejoice with Jennifer.She comes across as sometimes dizzy, and sometimes so full of human spirit and adventure that you can’t help but love her. A quote that made me chuckle:

“Larry would always ask for the same drink – a large gin with a bit of lemon. When we started dating, weeks later, I discovered he’d been asking all along for a gin and bitter lemon. He’d been too polite to point out my mistake.”

Jennifer makes quite a few mistakes similar to this throughout her story. I chuckled, smiled and sighed along with Jennifer throughout this book. It is a fun book that is perfect for a holiday read, or just curled up in bed with a cuppa and a cosy blanket.

Links:

Goodreads.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

jenniferbrownsjourney.co.uk

Twitter – @JenBJourney

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2018 in Books

 

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Book Review: The Boyfriend Swap, by Meredith Schorr.

Book Review: The Boyfriend Swap, by Meredith Schorr.

Thank you to Author Meredith Schorr for my copy of The Boyfriend Swap. I fell in love with Meredith’s writing from when I first read Blogger Girl. I had high expectations for this book, and I wasn’t disappointed. 

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I want ALL of Meredith’s books! 


Description:

Is Christmas really the most wonderful time of the year? New Yorkers Robyn Lane and Sidney Bellows aren’t so sure.

Robyn has always dated struggling creative types. For once, her parents would love her to bring someone with health insurance and a 401(k) to their Chrismukkah celebration. Her actor boyfriend doesn’t qualify. While across town, Sidney’s professional life already belongs to her parents. She’s an attorney at her father’s law firm and she works tirelessly to keep her love life private. If she brings her lawyer boyfriend to their annual Christmas extravaganza, her parents will have the wedding planned by New Year’s Eve. 

A mutual friend playfully suggests they trade boyfriends for the holidays. The women share a laugh, but after copious amounts of wine, decide The Boyfriend Swap could be the perfect solution. This way, Robyn can show off her stable attorney boyfriend and Sidney’s high-society family will take no interest in her flakey actor beau.

It’s a brilliant plan—in theory. In practice—not so much. When Will turns out to be the boy-next-door Robyn crushed on hard throughout her teenage years, and Sidney’s family fawns all over Perry like he’s an Oscar-winner rather than a D-list wannabe, one thing is certain: The Boyfriend Swap might just change their lives forever.

boyf swap

Published November 7th 2017 by Henery Press

My Thoughts:

The Boyfriend Swap is a really entertaining escapism fun read. The two main female characters Robin and Sydney are taking their boyfriends home for Christmas and both are dreading it because of what their parents will think of their chosen partners. So a crazy idea to boyfriend swap is activated! Yes it does sound like a totally crazy idea. Pretend that another girl’s man is your man and take them to Christmas dinner with your parents!!  Sounds like a perfect recipe for Meredith Schorr fictional fun! 

The two girls are quite different. I liked Robin more, but both were great characters. The two boyfriends also are quite different. I think Will makes a pretty good bookish boyfriend, and this was added to by the fact that he was most against the crazy swap idea. Ah, I love these fictional tales that you can live through in the (approx) 330 pages and get delved into their worlds of messes, decisions, embarrassments and fun times, then lift your head up and realise that you are back in your bed and can choose to live on another chapter with Robin and Will, or Sydney and Perry whenever you like. I stayed in fictional world for quite a few nights! 

There is romance and Christmas in this book, but the festive talk is low grade, and not too traditional. the romance is there but its more a fun novel with small parts of romance. 

One of my favourite lines in this book, and I quoted this to the Author on twitter was:

“Wow. This is just wow. More exciting than when Nathan fell for Hailey in One Tree Hill”.

This doesn’t give anything away, as I won’t say what is so exciting, but I loved One Tree Hill, and I loved what this “excitement” was for.  

I have seen other bloggers reviews for this book, and many have mentioned how The Boyfriend Swap would make a great movie, and I have to say I totally agree. If Meredith’s books could be made into films, I would watch them all, and ask my friends to watch them all. But for now at least they are books, so I will ask all my friends and readers to read Meredith’s books. She has a talent for writing brilliant books. I’m looking forward to the next one already. 

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