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Book Review: Love on a Lease by Falon Ballard.

Book Review: Love on a Lease by Falon Ballard.

My book loving friend Irena asked me to buddy read this book with her. As always, our buddy reads are enjoyable and we have great chats about the book, the plot, the characters and plenty of non book related chats too. I am very glad we buddy read this book together as the book itself was sadly a disappointment.

Description:

Beach Read meets The Flatshare in this warmly funny and delightfully sharp debut rom-com about a down-on-her-luck young woman who turns an innocent mix-up between a dating app and a roommate app into a new chance at love.

After getting passed over for an overdue—and much needed—promotion, Sadie Green is in desperate need of three things: a stiff drink, a new place to live, and a one-night-stand. When one drink turns into one too many, Sadie mixes up a long-ignored dating app for a roommate-finding app and finds herself on the doorstep of Jack Thomas’s gorgeous Brooklyn brownstone. Too bad she’s more attracted to his impressive real estate than she is to the man himself.

Jack, still grieving the unexpected death of his parents, has learned to find comfort in video games and movie marathons instead of friends. So while he doesn’t know just what to make of the vivaciously verbose Sadie, he’s willing to offer her his spare bedroom while she gets back on her feet. And with the rent unbeatably low, Sadie can finally pursue her floristry side hustle full-time. The two are polar opposites, but as Sadie’s presence begins to turn the brownstone into a home, they both start to realize they may have just made the deal of a lifetime.

Published February 1st 2022 by GP Putnam

My Thoughts:

I buddy read this book with Irena, and I’m so glad that I did because that was by far the best part of this reading experience.
I went into this book, not expecting it to be completely realistic as it is a rom com, chick lit book. I think this served me well, as the plot and characters of this book were more fairy tale like than rom com.

The female lead character accidentally mixes up her dating app with her apartment share app and ends up meeting Jack who she agrees to be his new room mate. So as the two share Jack’s house, we see their relationship progress and I would have expected to see their characters develop.
Nope, Jack is the fairy tale guy that I think is intended to come across to the reader as ‘perfect’. In actual fact, I found his personality to be dull, and far to concerned with doing everything for Sadie.

Sadie (in my opinion) is selfish, inconsiderate and unlikable. Sadie is described, as having suffered emotional abuse from her father as a child and is therefore described to be under confident and hard on herself all the time. However the way she came across in the book to me was not this way at all. She constantly spoke of herself being “so hot” and she took big life risks. I found the description and the way the character spoke to be completely contradictory, so much so that while reading it Irena and I both commented that this could be triggering or dismissive of people who have been emotionally abused.

On the plus side to this book, the cover is lovely. The writing and chapters are very easy to read and they flow well. The book was a good length, didn’t seem to short or to long. Sadie has great friends and their characters seem a bit more developed and real to me. One is a teacher who doesn’t much like her job and so when she is not at work, she swears constantly. (Because she cannot do it at work). It came across to me as frustration at her lack of contentedness.

This wasn’t a memorable read for me, but saying that there have been some good reviews. If you like easy to read chick lit books with a ‘Prince Charming‘ that will completely dedicate everything he has to the girl, then you may enjoy it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a book that I will remember for any good reason.

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Posted by on February 20, 2022 in Books

 

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My Year in Books 2021.

My Year in Books 2021.

I read 46 books last year. This is largely due to the book club that I joined and also a lot of buddy reads with Irena. I reviewed a lot them, but not all. Reading is the best part for me, so sometimes the reviews slip by with just a number rating.

Here are all the books I read in 2021.

It is a difficult decision to chose my top books of the year as so many of them were really gripping, entertaining and some so funny. But as a bookblogger and keen to recommend the best books in my opinion, I will tell you my top 4 of 2021.

In no particular order, my favourite 4 are:

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. You can read my review of that book here – https://chocolatepages.wordpress.com/?s=the+silent+patient

Friend Request by Laura Marshall.

I haven’t reviewed this one, but it is well reviewed on Goodreads and Amazon. A very twisty thriller based on the main character Louise receiving a Friend Request from a former high school student who is dead.

The Secret Bridesmaid by Katie Birchall.

You can read my review of this one here – https://chocolatepages.wordpress.com/2022/01/04/more-end-of-2021-mini-reviews-there-is-a-favourite-in-here/

Into The Drowning Deep by Mira Grant.

I didn’t expect to enjoy this one so much as it was a different genre from what I usually like best. This was based on monster type sea creatures and a group of explorers and scientists going out on a ship to find proof that they exist. Very different and very good. Thanks to Irena again for this recommendation.

What were your favourite books of 2021? Give me your recommendations of what I should read in 2022.

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2022 in Books

 

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More End of 2021 Mini Reviews. There is a favourite in here!

More End of 2021 Mini Reviews. There is a favourite in here!

If you saw my last post, you will have seen that I read a lot of books in 2021, but I didn’t manage to review them all. So these few days of posts will be mini reviews of some of the books that I read but hadn’t reviewed until now. They were read over the past year, so my reviews will be shorter than normal, but I will give you the jist of what I thought of each of them.

The Secret Bridesmaid by Katy Birchall

Published May 4th 2021 by St. Martin’s Griffin

I buddy read this book with Irena, and what a fun time we had with this one. We both agreed that this was one of the best books we’ve read in 2021. It was easy to read, funny and a really pleasant surprise from an author that was new to us both.

Sophie is a professional Bridesmaid, people hire her to be their Bridesmaid and to ensure that their Wedding goes perfectly. Yes, she pretends to be whoever the customer / Bride wants them to be, and she ensures she plays the perfect Bridesmaid and that the Weddings go exactly as planned, sometimes even edging her clients in the right direction if they seem a bit lost in all the planning.

Sophie is hired by Lady Victoria, to be Bridesmaid for her daughter Cordelia. Cordelia does not feel this is necessary and here is where the fun starts. Cordelia is hilarious and does her best to throw a spanner in all Sophie’s plans and asks her to do the weirdest things.

If you have seen and enjoyed the film ’27 Dresses’, then you will love this book even more. That film was fab, this book is even better in my opinion.

Definitely among my top books of 2021. I look forward to reading more from Katy Birchall in 2022.

Romance By The Book by Sarah Ready

Published September 14th 2021 by Swift & Lewis Publishing LLC

This book appealed to me because of the title and the blurb. Book loving, librarian Jessie has loved Gavin since she was a child. She lives in a town called Romeo, where there is a psychic who can predict people’s soul mates. Of course Jessie is over the moon to hear that the guy she has loved for so long is her actual soul mate, but the problem is that he is already engaged. So, Jessie makes plans (based on literary romantic scenarios) to show Gavin that they are soul mates.

I liked that this was escapism, easy reading. The plans that Jessie came up with were stereotypical ideas of romance, but the way she went about them were amusing.

The book was predictable, but then most romance books are, so that wasn’t a problem. I found it a little strange that we hear about Jessie’s friends in the first few chapters, but when it comes to putting her plans into action, she enlists the help of a group of older ladies from the library. I wonder if this was for amusement factor? Though to me, it made it a little unrealistic. I would have liked to hear more from her friends.

This is book 3 in the ‘Soul Mates in Romeo’ series. I hadn’t read book 1 or 2, and I think there were enough spoilers in book 3 that I wouldn’t go back to previous books. But this did work ok as a standalone.

I buddy read this book with Irena, and we both enjoyed the book and the discussions that we had while reading it. A nice easy read, with a few chuckles and a predictable ending.

Let me know any of your favourite books of 2021, I’m always looking for recommendations to add to my reading list.

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2022 in Books

 

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Book Review: In the Swim of Things, by Tracie Banister.

Book Review: In the Swim of Things, by Tracie Banister.

In the Swim of Things is Tracie Banister’s latest book, published May 2019. I have previously, read, reviewed and thoroughly enjoyed Tracie’s books. Therefore I was very happy when Tracie gifted me an advanced copy of her newest book.

Description:

A sexy, sun-soaked tale about a tail-wearing girl who makes a lot of waves—perfect for fans of Lauren Layne, Meghan Quinn, and Christina Lauren.

Ocean-loving Kyra Goodwin had to give up her dream of becoming the female Jacques Cousteau in order to take care of her father and brother, but being a mermaid at the Cape Cod Aquarium is pretty fintastic as far as alternative careers go.
Of course, life as a half-fish/half-woman isn’t all sunken treasure and Ariel twirls. Kyra has to deal with perpetually pruney fingers, eyes irritated by saltwater, and bratty kids on the daily, plus her glam alter ego can make dating really weird. (So many men have pervy siren-of-the-sea fantasies!) When she meets hunky surfer Cade, and he’s into her without knowing what she does for a living, Kyra thinks she’s finally won the romance lottery.
Unfortunately, Kyra’s plans for a carefree summer of catching waves with her new boyfriend run aground when Sea Star Beach, a place that holds great sentimental value for her, is taken over by a big-city developer who wants to build an exclusive resort. Kyra’s crusade to save her beloved beach threatens both her job and her relationship with Cade as does her growing closeness with her irresistibly broody merwrangler, Declan, whose precocious daughter is intent on playing matchmaker.
When a new family drama arises just as Kyra receives an offer that would turn her greatest desire into reality, she’s torn. Will she do what’s expected of her, or dive in and follow her heart?

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Published May 15th 2019

My Thoughts:

Have you ever dreamed of being a mermaid? Kyra has the dream job, whereby she works as a performing mermaid at a local aquarium. She lives near a beautiful beach which holds dear memories for her. And she meets a hunky surfer dude who finds Kyra irresistible. What could go wrong?????

Well this is chick lit, so plenty……..

Before I tell you my thoughts on the words, lets take a moment to appreciate the a-mer-mazing cover of In The Swim Of Things. Illustrator Lyndsay Lewellen has done a brilliant job of designing and bringing us the perfect cover for this book. You can see from the cover that Kyra is made to be a rather fit mermaid. (It is a costume that she wears, this is not a fantasy book). She is holding a sign to say ‘Save Sea Star Beach’ . What a great name for a beach, it makes me want to save it based just on the name. The beach holds so many memories for Kyra and the many other people who know of and live by the beach. Also, we can see in the book cover, 2 men. So, being chick lit, we know that there will probably be some romance. And there is…..

Kyra is a great character, there may be many women reading this who once dreampt of being a mermaid, Now Kyra’s reality is being a mermaid at the local aquarium. It sounds like a really fun job. Swimming in a tail, doing tricks in a tail and with glamorous make up and costumes on, teaching children to swim in a tail and being asked questions by lots of children, like “have you met Aerial?” , while she sits on her Mermaid throne at Poseidon Palace. You may think the way I have described Kyra so far is that she is breezy, princessy and flakey? No! not at all, she is fun, sexy and feisty. She is fighting for her beach after all. Kyra gets up to lots of mischief, fun and gets herself in a few sticky situations. Not only is she gorgeous, she is clever too, having studied marine science.  When Kyra was asked an awkward question, she replied:

“I’m going to plead the Fifth on that question…”       ( I might need to borrow that response, despite not being American!)

Kyra is a wonderful character that I felt like I knew from the way that Tracie Banister wrote her. I would love to see Kyra portrayed in a movie.

I have spoke a lot of Kyra, so obviously she is the main character that impressed me. There are plenty of great sideline characters too, that the Author wrote well and brought to life through the pages. Tracie Banister describes Sea Star Beach and Cape Cod in a way that brings the place to life in the readers head. This book has humour, romance, atmosphere, and a real sense of ‘going for what you believe is right’. There is also a really funny, cheeky and very messy little bird that features in this book. 

In the Swim of Things is the perfect summer read. Whether you are away on holiday, or just taking an imaginary one from your reading spot, In the Swim of Things will have you chuckling away and rooting for Kyra and Sea Star Beach. You may even start dreaming of being a mermaid again.  

Links:

Amazon.co.uk

Goodreads

Twitter/@traciebanister

traciebanister.blogspot.com

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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#10BooksofSummer (or 15 or 20)….

#10BooksofSummer  (or 15 or 20)….

10, 15 or 20 Books of summer is hosted by Cathy @cathy746books.       You can read Cathy’s original post about it here on her blog –  746books.com

This is a slightly late post as it started on June 3rd, but I did start my first book on that day, so all is ok. 😉

The idea of 20 Books of Summer is that readers choose their books to read and enjoy them, while also reviewing over the summer dates of June 3rd to September 3rd. You can choose to read 10, 15 or 20 books. I went for the easier option of 10! so, 3 months, 10 books, here goes.

Here are the books I hope to read over this time. I am adding in a mix of paperbacks and kindle reads. Two of the books will be for blog tours and the rest are ones I have chosen myself.

So here goes with my list of 10 books I hope to read this summer. ( in no particular order). The blurb can be found using the goodreads links.

In The Swim Of Things by Tracie Banister.

A lovely chick lit summer read. If you ever wanted to be a mermaid, this is the book for you. Kyra has her perfect job, a new hunky surfer boyfriend and lives by the beach she loves. When her beach is threatened. Kyra needs to fight for it. A perfect read for the summer I think. Plus I have read a few of Tracie Bannister’s books before and enjoyed them all. 

Goodreads Blurb.

 


 

Where the Dead Fall. By M J Lee.

A page turning crime thriller. With murders, detectives and hunts for killers. This is my kind of read.

Goodreads Blurb

 


 

Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay. By Nicola May.

The much awaited sequel to Nicola May’s previous best seller The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay will be a glorious read for me. I love all of this Author’s books and I am sure this one will be no difference. I’m looking forward to seeing what Rosa and the beloved Hot the sausage dog will get up to in this book.

My review for this will be in the blog tour hosted by RachelsRandomResources.com in July, when the book will be published. Lucky me got an early read 😊.

Goodreads Blurb

 


 

 

The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup

I was sent this book my my lovely friend Irena at bookdustmagic.com. Irena and many other bookbloggers have written amazing reviews for this book. I am excited to read it, but it is so long. I hope the length is necessary to the whole plot. I’m quite sure I will love it as Irena always has great recommendations.

Goodreads Blurb

 

Time of my Life by Laura Heffernan.

Another lovely easy summer read. You can just tell by the cover that this will be a perfect read for those summer evenings.

Goodreads Blurb

You see how I am mixing up thrillers and chick lits. I like to get a mix of gory, deceptive crime thrillers which make me hunt for the criminal. Then swap that for some really easy reads that are pure escapism. 


 

 

Fixed Odds by William McIntyre

The Author of this book is a criminal defence lawyer based in Scotland. That fact alone would be enough to make me want to read this book! This book is released on July 4th and I was very lucky to get an advanced copy. I am on the blog tour for Fixed Odds when it is published.

Goodreads Blurb

 

 


 

 

Author Clare Chase is another of my recommended Authors. I have read quite a few of her books and loved them all. I would describe the previous books I have read as cosy mysteries. I have had this book on my kindle for a little while and don’t remember what it is about. I do have a feeling that I will love it though.

Goodreads Blurb

 


Broken Humanity by Karine Vivier

 

Published in January this year, this book is the debut book by Author Karine Vivier. The Author contacted me and asked if I would like to read and review her book. I like to try out new Authors, and am hoping this book will be a good one.

Goodreads Blurb


 

Will To Live by Rachel Amphlett.

You may remember this book from a previous post, whereby I got a great deal on the first 3 books in the Kay Hunter series. I have read the first books and it was fantastic. For my summer reads, I am including the next 2 books in this series. As I loved the first one, I am quite sure I will enjoy book 2 and 3 also. 

Goodreads Blurb

 

 

One to Watch by Rachel Amphlett (book 3 Kay Hunter)

The covers are awesome and look so readable don’t they! 

 

Goodreads Blurb

 

 


So that my 10 reads for summer. I think its going to be a good reading summer, with lots of good reviews to come. What books do you have planned to read this summer? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Which do you like the sound / look of? 

Here is to a good reading summer. 

 

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2019 in Book Spotlights., Books

 

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Book Review: Star Fish by Nicola May.

Book Review: Star Fish by Nicola May.

 

 

Today on ChocolatePages, I’m bringing you a book review from one of my very favourite Authors, and a wonderful lady, Nicola May. This is an older book that the Author got published in 2015. The great thing about finding an Author that you love, after they have already released a few books is that you can go back and read all their other books. This is how I came to read Starfish, I wanted to go back and read all of Nicola’s books.

 

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Description

Amy Anderson has a plan: to find her ‘soul mate’ by dating her way through the twelve signs of the zodiac.

Tired of looking for love, the dreamy Piscean decides than an astrological dating agency is the only way to meet the man of her dreams.
Who will finally win Amy’s love? Will it be Ted the Arian photographer with a passion for ice skating, or Laurence, the Libran IT whizz kid who likes to get behind the wheel of a fast car?

Or how about Capricorn Chris, the owner of Starr & Son, the dating agency?


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Published May 5th 2015 by Accent Press

My Thoughts:

‘Star Fish’ is a complete chick lit, easy reading, comedic read. You can tell from the blurb that it will be a fun and ‘escapism’ type read. The type of book that takes you out of the stresses and regularities of your days, and excerts some excitement where you can go dating with Amy. You can follow the fun dates, the hot dates and the incredibly cringy dates. Dating her way through the star signs and getting peeks of the guys and Amy’s horoscope was a mixed up bag of laughs and fun.

Along with Amy and the blind date guys that she met, we also see a lot from Amy’s friends. Of course being fun chick lit, there is a gay best friend which boosts plenty of fun, sympathy and great friendship with.

I’m not sure if the Author researched what is typically the characteristics of each star sign, but I’m not sure I believe all that really anyway. It did take my interest though, how each star sign was characterised, particularly my own…… just out of general interest you know!

“Scorpions are passionate and intense beings, filled with desire. They are secretive and complex. Don’t try to get too much out of them or they’ll become suspicious and leave. They are particularly resourceful characters”.

Well, whether these are true or not, the descriptions fitted with each guy of that particular birth date, and that is part of what made the book fun.

Another fab book by Nicola May, British humour and chick lit fun all the way. I loved it.

p.s Nicola May has lots of books published, all available from Amazon and other bookstores.

Nicola’s latest book The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay has nearly 700 5 star reviews on Goodreads. (One from me of course).

 


Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Twitter/nicolamay1

www.nicolamay.com

 

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2019 in Books

 

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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: 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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Cover Reveal. The Weekend Spa Break, by Anne John-Ligali.

Cover Reveal. The Weekend Spa Break, by Anne John-Ligali.

Today is the cover reveal for the second short story by Anne John-Ligali. You will probably remember, I did a cover reveal and a book review for the first part of this story, ‘The Big Event’, where online friends meet up in person for the first time. ‘The Big Event’ was brilliant, so I was excited to take part in the blog tour for Anne’s next story where two of the girls that met at the Big Event, go for a Spa Weekend together. My review of the book will come soon and be part of Anne’s blog tour, but for today, take a look at the beautiful cover and have a read of the blurb for The Weekend Spa Break by Anne John-Ligali.

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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?


Sounds good doesn’t it? So, are you ready for the cover reveal………..

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Its beautiful isn’t it! I love the bubbles around the side of the book, giving us the idea of champagne bubbles and spa bubbles. I have read ‘The Weekend Spa’ break and loved it, but you will have to wait for my review until publication day. However, if you want to pre-order the book so you can get it on the day it is released, you can buy it HERE!


And here is a little about Author Anne John-Ligali, and the links where you can find out more about her and buy the book.

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Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring author interviews and book reviews. She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.

Anne has always loved stories and read many books as a child, including the entire Sweet Valley High and Caitlyn series. Her interest in writing fiction came years later, when she began writing for pleasure in 2007.

Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.


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Social Media Links –

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Happy Publication Day. The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, by Nicola May. Blog Tour, Review & #Giveaway. #TCSICB

Happy Publication Day. The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, by Nicola May. Blog Tour, Review & #Giveaway. #TCSICB

Today I am very happy and honoured to be on the Blog Tour on Publication Day for the brilliant new book by Nicola May. As you will know if you saw my Cover Reveal post for this book, I love Nicola May’s books. I think Nicola is a talented, inspirational woman. (Nicola would be one of my literary tea party guests!). Her new book ‘The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay’ is a 5 star read for me. It lived up to my very high expectations and I loved it. 

Today is the start of a brilliant blog tour, whereby there will be lots of rave reviews for this book, and a lovely giveaway. So be sure to check out the rest of the bookbloggers on this tour, and enter the giveaway which is at the end of this post. 

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Some high praise for Nicola’s books by some famous names!

‘This book will twang your funny bone & your heartstrings’ – Milly Johnson
‘A fun and flighty read’ the Sun
‘A funny and fast-paced romp – thoroughly enjoyable!’ Woman

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Description:

Rosa Larkin is down on her luck in London, so when she inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village, her first thought is to sell it for cash and sort out her life. But nothing is straightforward about this legacy. While the identity of her benefactor remains a mystery, he – or she – has left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it. 
Rosa makes up her mind to give it a go: to put everything she has into getting the shop up and running again in the small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay. But can she do it all on her own? And if not, who will help her succeed – and who among the following will work secretly to see her fail?
There is a handsome rugby player, a sexy plumber, a charlatan reporter and a selection of meddling locals. Add in a hit and run incident and the disappearance of a valuable engraved necklace – and what you get is a journey of self-discovery and unpredictable events. 
With surprising and heartfelt results, Rosa, accompanied at all times by her little sausage dog Hot, will slowly unravel the shadowy secrets of the inheritance, and also bring her own, long-hidden heritage into the light

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MY REVIEW:

 The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay is typically Nicola May brilliance. Her plot, characters and portrayal of chick lit escapism is perfect. Nicola’s writing pulls the reader right into Cockleberry Bay so that we can feel the cold air and smell the sea air and sandy beaches of Devon. We can feel the warmth of some of the characters and the bitter taste of others.  As you can tell I loved this book. I was engrossed in Rosa and Hot’s life, decisions, highs and lows. 

The main character Rosa inherits a shop from an unknown benefactor. So she and her beloved dog Hot travel down to see the shop and investigate what could be her new life. Here the adventures begin, with new people to meet, adventures and trials to keep Rosa and the reader intrigued. 

This isn’t the kind of chick lit book that you can predict exactly what will happen. There are surprises throughout the book. I kept wanting to read more and see how Rosa would manage, what she would do next, and who out of the new people she meets would she trust or avoid. There is a brilliant set of side line characters in Cockleberry Bay, and along with Rosa we have to decide which ones are nice and which are nasty!

Rosa has had a tough life, and I like that Nicola May is able to show Rosa’s nature which would depict such emotions from a scarred life. 

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” – Khalil Gibran. 

I can relate to Rosa, she is a girl after my own heart! She loves a J D and Coke, and has an outlook on life which shows strength and an awareness that life is not fair, but you have to make the best of what you have. Rosa grows throughout the book, and character growth and believe-ability shows the talent of an Author who knows lifes ups and downs and can write it so.

“Life isn’t black and white, Joe. There is no rule book – well apart from the one bloody society throws at us”. – (I hear you Rosa and Nicola!). 

In any review of this book, there has to be a mention of the co-star main character, Hot the little sausage dog is adorable and Rosa’s love, companion and pride and joy. You can see Hot on the cover of this book, but you will have to read it to find out the double entendre of his name and more cute-ness from the lovely sausage.

If I had read this book as a mystery book and you didn’t tell me who the Author was, I would take a guess that it was written by Nicola May! I love her writing style, her ideas and the way she invents her characters that come to life in the readers head. If you haven’t read Nicola May’s books before, read this one…..and the go read all her others. 

5 out of 5 stars brilliant.


About Nicola May

Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chicklit with a kick.

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Giveaway – Win x 3 Paperback copies of The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay (Open Internationally)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

 

CLICK ON THE RAFFLECOPTER BELOW TO ENTER AND WIN A COPY OF THE CORNER SHOP IN COCKLEBERRY BAY BY NICOLA MAY.

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Posted by on April 9, 2018 in Books, Giveaways

 

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