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Book Review: My Sweet Revenge, by Jane Fallon.

Book Review: My Sweet Revenge, by Jane Fallon.

A great big thank you to Irena (here and here) for very generously sending me this copy of My Sweet Revenge from across the seas. Irena is a good friend, a brilliant blogger and a fellow book lover. So go check out her twitter and blog too. Irena also wrote a review of My Sweet Revenge, which was the cherry on top of me wanting to read this book. You can read Irena’s review here. 


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Published January 12th 2017 by Penguin


I want to make my husband fall back in love with me.

Let me explain. This isn’t an exercise in 1950s wifeydom. I haven’t been reading articles in old women’s magazines. ‘Twenty ways to keep your man’. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

I want him to fall back in love with me so that when I tell him to get the hell out of my life he’ll care. He won’t just think, ‘Oh good’.

I want it to hurt.

Paula has had Robert’s back since they got together as drama students. She gave up her dreams so he could make it. Now he’s one of the nation’s most popular actors. And Paula’s just discovered he’s having an affair.

She’s going to remind Robert just what he’s sacrificing. And then she’s going to break his heart like he broke hers. It will be her greatest acting role ever.

Revenge is sweet. Isn’t it?



My Thoughts:

Firstly, isn’t the cover of this book amazing and make you feel like cake every time you look at it?! The main character works in a bakery! Plus there is the play on “sweet revenge” of course! This is the type of book I would read without looking at the blurb. (#CakeLove!). But I did read the blurb, and that made me want to read it even more.

The main character Paula has been married to Robert for many years, but all is not as it seems when she finds out he is having an affair with a co worker. Paula makes a decision that I imagine would make a good book club discussion – she decides not to confront him, but to make him fall back in love with her, and when he does, only then will she tell him she knows and she is leaving! (No spoilers, we know this straight away). The tale continues with the way she inflicts her revenge! These ways are quite ingenious, and with the help of her boss Myra they come up with quite a few funny and empowering ideas. 

We also meet the dastardly mistress! She is as to be expected unlikable! But then so is Robert, the cheating Husband. I guess reader’s opinions will be affected by how they consider cheating on your spouse, I took a dislike to them both straight away. 

I loved reading Paula’s plans and ideas and how she became stronger throughout the book. It is kind of a personal journey for her to better herself, to become the person she wants to be, while reminding Robert what he will loose. It was a good bit of escapism reading, putting myself in someone else’s position, when something horrible happens, but instead of rolling over and falling apart, Paula becomes stronger. I can’t imagine many women I know going this way about when they hear their spouse is cheating with their co worker, watching him go to work and stay back late every day with her!! But it is fiction, and that is the point of letting the fictional characters do, what some of us would imagine doing. The slow cold dish of revenge! I loved it. 

This is the first book I have read by Jane Fallon, but I will be sure to looking out for more of her books. I know she has already written quite a few, so any recommendations on her other brilliant ones would be appreciated. 

Have you read this book? Or any other of Jane’s? Could you hide the facts you had found out of an affair? Or could you plan out a devilish plan of revenge? I’m intrigued to know. This would be a great bookclub book! 







Posted by on September 17, 2017 in Books


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Book Review: Summer at The Comfort Food Cafe, by Debbie Johnson.

Book Review: Summer at The Comfort Food Cafe, by Debbie Johnson.

Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Impulse for my copy of this book. I would also like to thank Irena from BookDustMagic  for recommending this book to me. Irena has been a lovely bookish friend to me over the past while and I hope we can keep swapping book recommendations and continue our bookish chat. Thanks Irena. 

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The brand new book from best-selling author Debbie Johnson will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you raid the pantry in the middle of the night…

The Comfort Food Cafe is perched on a windswept clifftop at what feels like the edge of the world, serving up the most delicious cream teas; beautifully baked breads, and carefully crafted cupcakes. For tourists and locals alike, the ramshackle cafe overlooking the beach is a beacon of laughter, companionship, and security – a place like no other; a place that offers friendship as a daily special, and where a hearty welcome is always on the menu.

For widowed mum-of-two Laura Walker, the decision to uproot her teenaged children and make the trek from Manchester to Dorset for the summer isn’t one she takes lightly, and it’s certainly not winning her any awards from her kids, Nate and Lizzie. Even her own parents think she’s gone mad.

But following the death of her beloved husband David two years earlier, Laura knows that it’s time to move on. To find a way to live without him, instead of just surviving. To find her new place in the world, and to fill the gap that he’s left in all their lives.

Her new job at the cafe, and the hilarious people she meets there, give Laura the chance she needs to make new friends; to learn to be herself again, and – just possibly – to learn to love again as well.

For her, the Comfort Food Cafe doesn’t just serve food – it serves a second chance to live her life to the full…

Kindle Edition, 293 pages
Published April 29th 2016 by HarperImpulse
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My Thoughts:

It was the name of this book that attracted me straight away. I love books that are foodie focused. I haven’t read any books by this Author before, but I had an idea of what to expect by the name, cover and blurb. The cover is just lovely isn’t it?

The book begins with Laura and her two children still grieving after the death of their Husband / Dad. Laura applies for a summer job in Dorset at The Comfort Food Cafe, this means leaving their home in Manchester for the summer. 

The way the cafe was described totally lived up to my expectations, it sounds like a really beautiful place and a lovely place to work and enjoy the summer. With its bookshelves, board games, photos and pictures, one which says:

“We will assume you want your hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream, unless you appear to be dead”

Laura meets all kinds of fantastically weird and wonderful people during her stay, and although we meet quite a few sideline characters, they are all easily memorable and add a little extra to the story. 

The idea of The Comfort Food Cafe, is as it sounds to provide comfort food for all the customers. I was hoping that the comfort food would be a much larger part of the book, with loads of foodie descriptions, perhaps a few examples of cake recipes and Laura baking. This was my only disappointment with this book. I wanted more food!!! I don’t know if this is just me being a greedy chocoholic, and the rest of you would find food talk irrelevant? But this is my review, so there! ;-). One of Laura’s treats which sounds amazing is her chocolate bar milk shakes, I would definitely try one of those if I could go to the cafe.

There were many humorous moments in the book too, one in particular involving her underwear. If you read it, look out for that scene! And another where she mentions, ‘The Grand Old Duke of York’, which I will remember myself!! Even Jimbo the dog does things to make us chuckle.

“….he got off his lead at a campsite in Scotland and threw himself right into the swimming pool, splash in the middle of an aquarobics class”

One of the side characters that I liked was Becca, Laura’s sister, a care free single girl, with such a warmth and sisterly love. If there is another book about the developments at The Comfort Food Cafe, it would be nice to hear more from Becca.

This book was heart warming, funny and reminded me that there is always hope. Regardless of what happens in life, there is comfort food, friends, family and the beach!






While I was reading this book, I entered a Harper Impulse giveaway, and was lucky enough to win 4 more Debbie Johnson books. Have you read any of these? What did you think?

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Posted by on May 28, 2016 in Books


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Book Review: Valentine’s Day at The Star and Sixpence by Holly Hepburn.

Book Review: Valentine’s Day at The Star and Sixpence by Holly Hepburn.

I was looking for a short story or novella to read around Valentine’s Day. I found this, which is available FREE to download on Amazon now. Links below!


Fall in love at the Star and Sixpence this Valentine’s Day….
Love is in the air as sisters Nessie and Sam prepare for Valentine’s Day at their newly renovated pub, The Star and Sixpence. They have a star chef winging her way from London to cook a very special Valentine’s Day dinner, for all the couples in the village. 
But as sparks fly in the kitchen, will love bloom in The Star and Sixpence? A romantic short story, perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley and Scarlett Bailey. 

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My Thoughts:

This book was exactly what I was looking for – a cute short story based around Valentine’s Day. It’s based in a pub that is hosting a special Valentine’s evening. The book includes everything I love about short chick lit stories – Fun, romance, foodie descriptions and a great cover. (I know it shouldn’t make a difference, but it is a lovely cover isn’t it?).

The pub just sounds like somewhere I would love to visit to sit, enjoy a meal a drink and the company of the characters in this quaint pub based in Shropshire.

This short story shows a lovely example of the Author’s writing style, and has given me a taste for more of the same. I think there will be plenty more romance and fun to come from Nessie, Sam and The Star and Sixpence.

Download yourself for FREE today. 






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Have a lovely Valentine’s weekend Readers. 


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Posted by on February 14, 2016 in Books


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Book Review: The Divorced Not Dead Workshop, by CeCe Osgood.

Book Review: The Divorced Not Dead Workshop, by CeCe Osgood.

Thank you very much to author CeCe for my copy of this book. I loved the cover of this book and the description really intrigued me.


Book Description:

“That’s what you called it, Dorsey, and I love it …The Divorced Not Dead Workshop.”

Divorced five years and recently dumped by boyfriend Theo, Dorsey Bing, smart, funny and a wee bit angsty, brainstorms about a dating workshop for divorced people. Too bad she’s an idea person with zero follow-through. That changes when her best friend, Pilar Vega, a feisty go-getter, chooses to set up the workshop, puts herself in charge and gets Dorsey to agree to be her “gofer.”

Things are fine until Dorsey’s widowed stepfather Ralph, and his bride-to-be, Audrey, ask Dorsey to join their wedding cruise to Cabo, which is on the very same weekend as the workshop. Dorsey and Pilar decide to hold the workshop during the cruise. But do things ever really work out as planned. No. No, they don’t.

Complications arise with a startling mishap, rebellious attendees and a fraud accusation, the arrival of Audrey’s good-looking but wily nephew Finn, and the reappearance of Theo. Struggling through the turmoil, Dorsey must face her biggest challenge if she’s to win the love, and life, she’s always desired. 

My Thoughts:

At the beginning of this book Dorsey is let go from her work, so she is unemployed and divorced! She casually mentions the idea of a workshop for divorced men, and her friend Pilar decides they should go for it. The book continues with how this workshop pans out, along with mishaps, romance, embarrassment and much more.

I liked this book right from the beginning when I was captured with giggles from the main character Dorsey having a go at a random lady for not wiping her pee from the toilet seat! Something that everybody would want to do, but perhaps wouldn’t storm out of the cubicle and yell ‘You peed on the seat, I’m not cleaning up your pee’. This made me love Dorsey, even though I was cringing a bit. After this escapade, we find Dorsey hiding under the table from an ex! She is a great character, full of womanly self doubt, love and comedy. The only thing I didn’t love about the main character was her name! Dorsey Bing, a very strange name, but I guess it sticks in your memory, and I did continue to think about Dorsey Bing after I finished the book.

I think this book is about self discovery, I liked the fact that it wasn’t about a young single twenty something, Dorsey and some of the other characters have been married and are now divorced. It was chick lit, but with something a bit different about the characters. I was slightly hesitant that I wouldn’t identify with the characters, as I am not older, divorced, the type to go to a workshop like this. But, I really could identify with Dorsey. In fact, I feel she has some character traits just like me. Dorsey is good at giving others great advice but not so good at taking it herself. She is self doubting, she blames herself for things that a friend would tell her, not to be so silly about. I loved Dorsey and hope that we get to see more of her.

The other characters were very well written too. Dorsey’s 2 best friends Pilar and Mimi. I would describe them as strange friendships, especially Mimi. They are not as upfront and all sharing as written in other chick lit books, but again this is perhaps something that is a lot more real??

The male characters were good. The book opens by saying that ‘men suck‘. The girls wish they could ‘desuckify’ them. I liked how Dorsey uses her own words. “Desuckify“. Not all the men sucked, and you will find out if you read it which ones do and which ones surely don’t.

There was a bit of comparison between Brits and Americans which I found amusing:

“they  were Brits, there’d be no fisticuffs”…….”maybe i was wrong, maybe there would be blood”

– gave a sweet kiss on the lips. Well so much for British reserve”.

It was amusing to see how an American author would write her thoughts on British people!

Overall, I really liked this book, the characters were great, very well written, the storyline was capturing. I wanted to know what would happen to each of them. I would recommend this book to everyone who likes chick lit, and those who want chick lit that is a bit different. I would recommend it to all ages too, don’t be fooled into thinking, I won’t relate because I don’t know anything about divorce. You don’t need to, it is brilliant and funny and makes you want to keep reading.

If you want to read this book, you can buy it from Amazon here:

Please let me know if you buy it, have read it, or are going to add it to your to be read list. I love to hear other people’s thoughts on books that I have read.

Until next time, happy reading! ♥


Posted by on March 21, 2015 in Books


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