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Belated Happy Publication Day. Book Review: Bridal Girl by Meredith Schorr.

Belated Happy Publication Day. Book Review: Bridal Girl by Meredith Schorr.

Congratulations on publication day (April 24th 2018) to the lovely, funny and talented Meredith Schorr. I am so happy to post my review of this book today. As a fan of Meredith’s writing, I was very grateful to be given the chance to read this book before publication day. Thank you Meredith.

Here is my review for Bridal Girl by Meredith Schorr.

Description:

Warning: exposure to the contents of this book while eating or drinking could cause laughter-induced choking. Read at your own risk.

Sassy book blogger-turned-author, Kim Long, thought her life couldn’t get any pinker when she received a two-book publishing deal and a marriage proposal in the same night. The wedding plans are coming together seamlessly, from the catering to the flowers to her much-coveted appointment at the exclusive and world famous Kleinfeld Bridal. Her debut novel is flying off the shelves to celebrated reviews, and her second book is practically writing itself.

If only the above wasn’t a big fat lie.

If only Kim could drown out the conflicting opinions of her overzealous bridal party, most notably, her sister and future sister-in-law, who haven’t stopped bickering since day one.

If only everyone would adore her first book—or she’d take Nicholas’s advice and stop reading reviews—she might not second guess every new word she writes.

If only Nicholas’s past would remain there rather than threaten their future.
The pressure is on, the clock is ticking, and in walks Hannah Marshak.

Will the former “mean girl” lend a helping hand or make things worse? Will Kim ever write “The End” on her sophomore novel? And, will she and Nicholas make it down the aisle to say those two precious words: I do?

We’ll never tell. So, put on your reading glasses, fill your champagne flute/cup of tea and prepare to laugh with (and sometimes at) Kim as she rewrites her happy ending until it’s worthy of five pink champagne flutes.

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April 24th 2018 by Henery Press

My Thoughts:

I have read the previous two books by Meredith Schorr in this Blogger Girl series. Blogger Girl and Novelista Girl were brilliant, and Bridal Girl follows in the same steps. All books can be read as standalone, but as always the previous ones are great to read too. Personally I loved Novelista Girl best.

Bridal Girl follows Kim and Nicolas’ Wedding preparations, which take place at the same time that Kim is writing her second novel. Both are time sensitive and as is typically Meredith Schorr style, the laughter, mix ups and debacles that follow Kim are perfect for this Blogger Girl 3rd book.

If you have read the previous books in this series, you will be familiar with Hannah Marshak, former Mean Girl. Hannah had to make an appearance in this book, and she did so brilliantly.

My favourite part of this book was where Kim talks about her writing and we learn about her publishing experience. There are funny and heart warming moments, and I wonder if many of these experiences are relatable in the Author’s personal experiences. Meredith writes smoothly and believably, drawing the reader right into Kim’s life and emotions.

I don’t want to give spoilers, but there was something that niggled both Kim and I through part of the book, and when the turn of events became apparent, it left Kim and I in a state of giggles! If you have read this book, I’m sure you will know which part I’m talking about.

The characters of Kim and her best friends Bridget and Caroline are brilliant. They have a wonderfully special relationship together. And as the tale continues, the Author and reader side of Kim and her friends are so obvious. This is the part of Kim that made me love her right from the first book.

“She nodded and removed her e reader from her purse. Her habit of reading anytime and anywhere she had a free moment was almost as bad as mine.”

I would like to finish my review with this super photo! When I saw this on my kindle, I did quite a woop of joy! A mention of thanks to me, from the lovely and talented Author Meredith Schorr. Thank you for mentioning me, it means a lot.

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Have you read any of the Blogger Girl series? Can you relate to Kim and her bookish ways? Which of the 3 books did you like best?

Links:

Goodreads.

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Twitter/@MeredithSchorr

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Posted by on April 28, 2018 in Books

 

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Book Review: The Sunshine and Biscotti Club, by Jenny Oliver.

Book Review: The Sunshine and Biscotti Club, by Jenny Oliver.

Thank you to Netgalley, Author Jenny Oliver and publishers Carina for gifting me a copy of this book. I was gripped straight away by the title, as those who know me will know I am so a foodie reader! 

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Description:

Moving to Italy to set up a baking club is a dream come true…

…until Libby catches her husband cheating just weeks before The Sunshine and Biscotti Club opens its doors.

With the first wave of guests set to arrive any day, Libby has no choice but to tie on her apron and get set to bake. But with a dash of sunshine and a sprinkling of old friends, Libby’s kitchen nightmare might just become the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

After all, you can’t bake biscotti without breaking a few eggs…

For guaranteed sunshine all holiday long, pack your bags and escape to The Sunshine and Biscotti Club – the irresistible new book from Jenny Oliver

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 Published May 19th 2016 by Carina

My Thoughts:

The book revolves around three girl friends meeting up in Tuscany. They haven’t seen each other for a while, so their summer is to be spent helping Libby bring her beloved Hotel Limoncello back to its full beauty. Each of the girls have their issues and problems. But the summer brings them sunshine, friendship and a good dose of biscotti.

I love the idea of a hotel and baking school in Italy, a summer in the sunshine with lemon groves, fresh fruit, herbs and a lake nearby. It sounds totally idyllic. Jenny Oliver’s descriptions are serene, beautiful and really put a vision in the readers imagination.

“The leaves of the lemon grove sat waxy and motionless, the water in the distance was a cool sweep of calm blue..”

Throughout the story, we hear about each of the characters, their problems and their thoughts. The narrative changes from one character to the other as the chapters go on. This is easy to follow, and lets the reader get into the minds of Libby, Eve and Jessica so we can understand each of them. The relationships between the characters seemed real and you can see the changes in their relationships as you read along, from their pasts, to before they met up again and during their summer together. 

My favourite character is food blogger Libby, she has caught her Husband being ‘unHusbandly’, so she is whole-heartedly focused on her baking school and also her food blog. I loved the part where we read about her making her vlog post for baking liquorice biscotti.

“…decided to record a midnight feast video for the blog. The garden outside, silent and eerie in the moonlight, was the perfect backdrop.”

And, while outwardly looking perfect and happy, I can tell that the Author knows a bloggers mind, and I felt that I could really relate to Libby when we hear her thoughts about her blog.

“She thought how the blog was the one place that had stayed normal throughout all this. How, whatever was going on outside, she could dive in there and be in complete control.”

I loved The Sunshine and Biscotti Club as its not just your average hotel in Italy, its a cookery school. So, as such, the Author shares recipes with us. We see how the friends make the items that Libby had chosen for them, and some being ‘ok’ cooks, and some giving us laughs at their attempts to follow the instructions. There is a really fun part where they have a bit of freedom to make the best desert that they can. This really fed my foodie readers mind, and my chick lit reader chuckles.

Overall, this book is a story of summer escapism. It has fun, food and sunshine. What more could a summer read give you.

This is the first book I have read by Jenny Oliver, but it certainly won’t be the last. Have you read The Sunshine and Biscotti Club? Leave me the link to your review if you have please. Can you recommend any other Jenny Oliver books? or any foodie books for me? I always love to hear other booklovers thoughts, so please join the booklove in the comments below.

HAPPY READING MY FELLOW BOOKLOVERS!

 

 

Links:

Goodreads

AMAZON.COM

AMAZON.CO.UK

Twitter/JenOliverBooks

JennyOliverBooks.com

 

Coffee cup and book on the table in the morning
Enjoy your summer reading booklovers. 

 

 

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Posted by on July 2, 2016 in Books

 

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