I heart Christmas By Lindsey Kelk

I heart Christmas By Lindsey Kelk

Angela’s planning her very own fairytale of New York…

• Enormous Christmas tree
• Eggnog
• Eccentric British traditions
• Gorgeous man

But Santa’s throwing her a few curveballs – new job (as if it’s not mental enough already), new baby-craze from her best friend Jenny, and Alex determined they should grow up and settle down. Once friends start turning up uninvited on her doorstep (and leading her astray), can Angela really have a merry little Christmas? So much for happy holidays – something’s got to give…

My Thoughts:

I had never read any of Lindsey Kelk’s books before. I have to say I really enjoyed this book, I managed to read it in two days. It is a nice easy read that deals with real people or should I say women’s problems. Will definitely be looking into reading the other books in this series. Even though it is after Christmas I still found this book enjoyable. Maybe it was a predictable ending but I loved the storyline and I loved the fact I could really relate to Angela. Great characters in a heart warming story.

Wow What a Year! This is my 100 blog post!!

Wow What a Year! This is my 100 blog post!!

I only started my blog in June and I can’t believe how it has grown. Obviously there needs to be a few minor tweaks in the New Year but I have to say all the comments I have had about it so far have been pretty good. I want to wish everyone that has helped me out and followed me on here a very happy New Year. As I said before my blog only started up in June as of my poor health wanted to take my mind of those things and put all my energy into reading and reviewing books. I have now read quite a few authors some that I know and love already and other authors who are just starting out. Thankfully I have read and reviewed some pretty amazing books this year so would like to Thank the authors out there that have made it happen. Look forward to the 2015 and all the books I hope to read then. This year has been fantastic for books here are a few of my favourite of this year:

Jenny Colgan – Little Beach street Bakery, The Christmas Surprise
Carole Matthews – A place to call home, The Christmas party
Rowan Coleman – The Memory Book
David Nicholls – Us
Louise Candlish – The disappearance of Emily Marr, The day you saved my life
Fiona Gibson – The great escape
Cecelia Ahern – The year I met you.

There are many more books I have loved this year but these are the ones that stand out for me and I will remember for a long time.

Also some a little bit of good news for me this year, I got ENGAGED!!! WE are both very happy and look forward to getting married at some point next year. Have a great New year!!

The Year I Met You By Cecelia Ahern

The Year I Met You By Cecelia Ahern

Jasmine loves two things: her sister and her work. And when her work is taken away she has no idea who she is.

Matt loves two things: his family and the booze. Without them, he hits rock bottom.

One New Year’s Eve, two people’s paths collide. Both have time on their hands; both are at a crossroads. But as the year unfolds, through moonlit nights and suburban days, an unlikely friendship slowly starts to blossom.

Sometimes you have to stop still in order to move on…

My Thoughts:

I got this book as a Christmas present from a family member and couldn’t wait to get stuck in. There is just something about the way Cecelia writes that is magical, I have loved all of her books. This story is about a woman called Jasmine, who during the course of a year is forced to examine her life more closely. I found Jasmine’s use of you when referencing Matt interesting and different. Halfway through she begins to use you a lot less. I think this was a good idea as it shows a change in the relationship between Jasmine and Matt. I loved Jasmine’s sister Heather who has down’s syndrome which I loved reading about as it is close to my heart as my cousin has it. Nothing stops him from doing what he wants in life and neither does it with Heather. The ending I felt was very reflective and I thought it as a fantastic way to end the book.

The Great Escape By Fiona Gibson

The Great Escape By Fiona Gibson

Hannah’s getting married… and has serious pre-wedding jitters. She adores Ryan but can’t figure out how to fit into his grown-up, family-sized life. There’s that fridge, for starters. That, too, is family-sized, with a gadget on the front that spits ice in her face. More alarming still are Ryan’s children, Daisy, 10 and Josh, 13, who clearly don’t relish the prospect of Hannah, a free-spirited greetings card illustrator, becoming their step-mum. So she fires off invitations to a hen weekend – just the ticket to get her into the marrying mood. Trouble is…

New mum Sadie is leaving her twin babies for the very first time with their terrified dad…

Lou is unaware that her long-term man Spike is desperate to bundle her onto that Glasgow-bound train so he can hot-foot it round to see his secret fling Miranda…

And, unbeknown to the girls, Johnny, their sexy upstairs neighbour from their art college days, is still frequenting those haunts, desperately in need of a little magic to happen.

My Thoughts:

Fiona Gibson is a new author to me, I was drawn to her book by the very bright and feel good cover. I have to say I can’t believe I have never read any of her books before. This one was a corker, but I have to admit I wouldn’t recommend reading this on public transport because you will get funny looks as it is such a laugh out loud book. It kept me hooked all the way through. There are three main characters in this book being Hannah( I loved that as we share the same name), Sadie and Lou, they have real life problems and I love the fact they all help each other out when one of them is having a crisis. Such a feel good book and looking forward to reading more of Fiona Gibson’s book.

Us By David Nicholls

Us By David Nicholls


‘I was looking forward to us growing old together. Me and you, growing old and dying together.’

‘Douglas, who in their right mind would look forward to that?’

Douglas Petersen understands his wife’s need to ‘rediscover herself’ now that their son is leaving home.

He just thought they’d be doing their rediscovering together.

So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again.The hotels are booked, the tickets bought, the itinerary planned and printed.

What could possibly go wrong?

My Thoughts:

WOW! What a book. I was hooked right from the start to the very end. I wanted to saviour this book so much I read it in a week. David has a way of drawing you in to his books that I find utterly irresistible. The main characters are Douglas and his wife Connie and their son Albie. I think people will be able to relate to these characters as David manages to write about personal problems that affect people in day to day life. This story is filled with sadness, joy and happiness. I just loved this book so much, I would definitely recommend it and I would put it in my list of my favourite books of 2014.

Made in Nashville By Mandy Baggot

Made in Nashville By Mandy Baggot

An on-stage attack left Honor Blackwood with more scars than just the one on her face. It’s been ten years since she left her spot as Nashville’s brightest country music star. Is now the time to return? And is she brave enough to do it?

Country rebel and rock star, Jared ‘Jed’ Marshall is hot property on the Tennessee music scene in more ways than one. He’s wild, he’s sexy and everybody wants a piece of him. But when he sets his sights on Honor, is it pure attraction or just distraction on his mind?

Honor’s record label sign the ex-boyfriend that dumped her and suddenly going back to her old life is harder than she thought. And when a secret from the past becomes public knowledge it’s no longer just about the music… Are all the people in her life lying to her to get what they want?

My Thoughts:

I was given a copy of this book for an honest review. I have to say even though I am not a Country music fan as this features a considerable amount I did really like it and Mandy’s style of writing is incredible. With Mandy’s writing you know your going to get alot of emotion, drama and romance. I really liked the storyline and the characters seemed to have a certain depth to them. I loved the fact the characters  have a deeper history it made the story interesting.

Seaside Sunsets (Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers, Book 3) By Melissa Foster

Seaside Sunsets (Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers, Book 3) By Melissa Foster

Jessica Ayers has lived a sheltered life with little more than cello lessons and practices taking up her day. Now a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she escapes the prim and proper symphony to vacation in the Seaside community in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and determine if she is living life to the fullest or missing it altogether.
For the first time since developing the second largest search engine in the world, billionaire Jamie Reed is taking the summer off. He plans to work from the Cape and spend time with his elderly grandmother–and falling in love is not in his plans.

From the moment Jamie and Jessica meet, the attraction is white-hot. Once-overly-focused Jamie can think of little else than sensual, smart, and alluring Jessica, and Jessica discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. But when Jamie’s business encounters trouble and his attorney and best friend intervenes, he proves that the blond beauty is too distracting for Jamie. To make matters worse, it appears that Jessica might not be who she says she is, turning Jamie’s life–and his heart–upside down. In a world where personal information is always one click away, Jamie must decide if he should trust his heart or watch the woman he loves walk away.

My Thoughts:

I love Melissa Foster books. I can’t get enough of them. I love the act it is all set in America and some of the places that are mentioned are where I went to not long ago on a holiday. The moment the two main characters Jamie and Jessica meet, you can tell he is not on the look out for love. I loved this book as much as all the other ones I have read. It is a decent storyline and it is steamy in places, but I think that is what makes Melissa’s books my favourite of all time.

The Curvy Girls Club BY Michelle Gorman

The Curvy Girls Club BY Michelle Gorman

This book is released on 15th January 2015.

Can the curvy girls have their cake and eat it?

Meet best friends Pixie, Ellie, Katie and Jane. Fed up with always struggling to lose weight, they start a social club where size doesn’t matter. Soon it’s the most popular place to be – having fun instead of counting carbs. And the girls suddenly find their lives changing in ways they never imagined.

But outside the club, things aren’t as rosy, as they struggle with the ups and downs of everyday life.

In this funny, heart-warming read about normal women learning to love themselves, the curvy girls soon realise that no matter what life throws at them, together, anything is possible . . .

My Thoughts:

This is a truly wonderful story about four friends who after not being able to lose weight at a slimming club decide to form their own club. All the girls have their different stories, but with the help and support from their friends they pull together and help each other out. There is a bit of emotion in this book, but there is also quite a lot of laughter. I love the fact Michelle writes about normal women with normal problems as you don’t see that often enough and the constant battle women have with their weight. I will be reading more of Michelle’s books, as I just loved this one so much.

An Autumn Crush By Milly Johnson

An Autumn Crush By Milly Johnson

After a bruising divorce, headstrong Juliet Miller invests in a flat and advertises for a flatmate, little believing that in her mid-thirties she’ll find anyone suitable. But along comes self-employed copywriter Floz, raw from her own relationship split, and the two woman hit it off. When Juliet’s twin brother Guy meets Floz, he is overcome with a massive crush. But being a shy, gentle giant, he communicates so clumsily with her as to give her the opposite impression. Guy’s best friend Steve has always had a secret, unrequited crush on Juliet. After a night of too much wine, Steve and Juliet end up in bed, after moaning about the lack of sex in their lives.

 

Convinced that Juliet doesn’t feel the same way, Steve agrees to a ‘just-sex’ relationship, until they can both hook their dream partners. Just when Guy has finally plucked up the courage to tell Floz how he feels, he finds she has rekindled an old romance. Floz has never had much love in her life and is obviously thirsty for affection. She loves the whole Miller family, from Juliet and Guy’s warm, loving parents, to their ancient one-eyed black cat. But can Guy turn Floz’s affection for his family into something more – into love for him? Then Juliet makes a series of discoveries which will turn the lives of all four friends upside-down and turns that Autumn into a season where love can be harvested.

My Thoughts:

Milly Johnson books are such a delightful read, that I seriously can’t stop reading them. This book has not one but four main characters, who are all equally important in the story. I thought Gus sounded like a hunk though I am easily swayed by a man who loves his food and is a good cook. All the characters feel like normal people who are going through personal issues and Milly manages to bring happiness into their lives. Another easy, warming read. I am already looking forward to the next book on my list.

Before we met By Lucie Whitehouse

Before we met By Lucie Whitehouse

A whirlwind romance. A perfect marriage.Hannah Reilly has seized her chance at happiness. Until the day her husband fails to come home . . .

And can you ever really know what happened before you met?

My Thoughts:
After hearing about Lucie Whitehouse books from a friend I decided to take the chance and give one of her books a go. I have to say I thought this book was going to be predictable but I kind of knew after reading more that there was more to this story than meets the eye. It is a fast paced book that is not too long, which I found made it a easy read. Will probably read another one by Lucie Whitehouse just to see what she can bring to another story.