The Boot Camp by Kate Harrison

The Boot Camp by Kate Harrison

kate harrisonSix days of dawn runs, blistered feet and non-stop sit ups…

Five meals a day – if you count half an apple and an oatcake as dinner…

Four poster beds not included but sleep won’t be a problem after a ten hour workout…

Three women with a battalion’s worth of baggage between them…

Two hardcore ex-forces trainers with testosterone to spare…

One Goal to feel like a million dollars for the first time in your life. Leave your Mars Bars and Marlboros at the door – this is Boot Camp.

My Thoughts: This is a wonderful read although i would never go to boot camp myself. I loved all the characters and their stories. I liked the way the chapters were divided into the characters. My favourite character was Steph everyone can relate to her and get on with her, I thought Staff Ryan was likeable and i came to like staff Pepper in the end. I could empathise with a couple of the characters who enrol at the boot camp for a variety of reasons but not all weight related. I have enjoyed all of Kate Harrison’s book so far.

 

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The Holiday Home by Fern Britton

The Holiday Home by Fern Britton

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Two sisters. One house. The holiday of a lifetime…

Set on a Cornish cliff, Atlantic House has been the jewel in the Carew family crown for centuries. Each year, the Carew sisters embark on the yearly summer holiday, but they are as different as vinegar and honey. Prudence, hard-nosed business woman married to the meek and mild Francis, is about to get the shock reminder that you should never take anything for granted. Constance, loving wife to philandering husband Greg, has always been outwitted by her manipulative sibling.

Suspecting that Pru wants to get her hands on Atlantic House, Connie wont take things lying down. When an old face appears on the scene, years of simmering resentments reach boiling point. Little do the women know that a long buried secret is about to bite them all  on the bottom. Is this one holiday that will push them over the edge, or can Constance and Pru leave the past where it belongs?

My Thoughts:

I have read Fern Britton’s previous novels and thoroughly enjoyed them. This book i found hard to get into at the beginning but after the third chapter i got into it and couldn’t work out what was going to happen next, which i like in a book. This book is all about family relationships, rivalry and history repeating itself. Fern makes the setting in Cornwall easy to visualise you can tell she has a passion for the place and my my what a place Atlantic House is, when i go to Cornwall i will definitely be searching the cliff tops for it. A light and easy read perfect for a holiday especially if your going down to Cornwall.

Just for Christmas by Scarlett Bailey

Just for Christmas by Scarlett Bailey

When Alex Munro learns that the love of her life is getting married to another girl, all she wants is to be alone and as far away from Edinburgh as possible. Moving to a Cornish cottage, which comes complete with the world’s scruffiest dog. Alex finds that her new neighbours are determined to involve her in their madcap Christmas festivities. Then she meets her sexy neighbour Ruan and somehow Alex doesn’t want to be alone this Christmas after all. But having lost one fiancé, Ruan has no intention of letting anyone get close to him again.scarlet bailey

My Thoughts:

Scarlett Bailey is a new author to me. I warmed to Alex straight away and absolutely loved Buoy the dog. There were parts of the plot that moved too fast but i did’t mind that as situations do change overnight. I could imagine myself living there as village life in Cornwall seems beautifully portrayed. This books touches on the importance of family and friendship something everyone needs at Christmas time. I will definitely be reading more of Scarlett Bailey’s books.

 

The day you saved my life by Louise Candlish

The day you saved my life by Louise Candlish

louise candA child falls into the river. A stranger jumps in to rescue him. And four lives are changed forever.

On a perfect summer’s day in Paris, tourists on the river watch in shock as a small boy falls into the Seine and disappears below the surface. As his mother stands frozen, a stranger takes a breath and leaps….

My Thoughts:

I hadn’t read any of Louise Candlish books before, I really enjoyed this one as it was easy to make sense of, I liked the way the book was written as it jumps from future to the past so you can understand the family history. Joanna has a daughter called Holly who has post natal depression after having her son Mikey, Joanna takes them away to Paris and events take a dramatic turn and their paths cross with James and Alexa. This turn then alters their lives for ever.

This book is definitely a page turner and its true what it says on the front cover , I couldn’t put it down wondering what was going to happen next. The trip into Joanna’s past kept me intrigued. I wasn’t expecting the twist that happened near the end either it made me think why hadn’t i ever read a Louise Candlish book before. I will definitely be recommending this book.

Viven’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop by Abby Clements

Viven’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop by Abby Clements

When Imogen and Anna unexpectedly inherit their grandmother Vivien’s ice cream parlour, it turns both their lives upside down. Thabby clementse Brighton shop is a seafront institution, but though its big on retro charm its critically low on customers. If the sisters don’t turn things around quickly their grandmother’s legacy will disappear forever. With summer fast approaching, Imogen and Anna devise a plan. Rather than sell up, they will train up and make the parlour the newest destination on the south coast foodie map. While Imogen watches the shop and conjures new marketing ideas, her sister flies to Italy to attend a gourmet ice cream making course. But can their best laid plans survive their warring family, tempestuous love lives and the great British weather? one thing is for certain this summer will be like no other.

My Thoughts:

I absolutely loved this book a few of my favourite things wrapped into one ice cream, the seaside and Italy. This is a fantastic little summer read, it made me want to taste all the different flavours of ice cream and there is some very good recipes at the end of the book. I managed to read this book in a day i just couldn’t put it down. All the ice cream flavours sound amazing and I’m off out tomorrow to buy another Abby Clements book as she has left me wanting more.

Life after Life by Kate Atkinson

Life after Life by Kate Atkinson

What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?life-after-life-e1364310158304

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath.

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.

What if there were second chances? and third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? and would you even want to?

What’s it all about:

On a chilly and snowy night in the 1910’s a baby girl called Ursula is born, unfortunately she dies even before she can take her first breath. On the same day a baby girl is born called Ursula lets out a hearty cry and embarks on a life a little out of the ordinary. As she becomes older she dies on many occasions in many different ways.

My thoughts:

I really wanted to like this book, it took me a while to get in it, I don’t read many books set back in 1910’s .The amount of time Ursula dies was tiring to get through. I had to read this book in pure concentration otherwise i was at fault in missing something which i occasionally did and would have to go back and re read the chapter.