Summer at the Dog and Duck By Jill Steeples

Summer at the Dog and Duck By Jill Steeples


Ellie Browne has found happiness running The Dog and Duck pub in the idyllic village of Little Leyton, and her blossoming romance with tall, handsome property developer, Max Golding, is going swimmingly. With her new best friend, Digby, the black Labrador at her side, life just couldn’t be sweeter.

But their peace is shattered when Max‘s younger sister, Katy, turns up unannounced with a whole heap of attitude. And Max‘s loyalties are stretched further when his glamorous ex, Sasha, re-appears with her own burgeoning secret.

With the master of the manor preoccupied with the demands of his ‘other women’, Ellie‘s forced to consider if she has any role to play in Max‘s life or in the village of Little Leyton.

Can Ellie get her life and relationship back on track in time for the summer charity ball at Braithwaite Manor?

My Thoughts:

This was my kind of read. I loved all the characters and how they interacted with each other. I fell in love with Digby who is a gorgeous black Labrador. There are a few funny moments, I haven’t read any of Jill’s books before and I knew this was a follow on but I really enjoyed it. I could imagine myself there in the thick of it and I could imagine myself giving lots of cuddles to Digby the dog.

I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

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Then She Was Gone By Lisa Jewell

Then She Was Gone By Lisa Jewell

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She was fifteen, her mother’s golden girl. 
She had her whole life ahead of her. 
And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone.

Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger who sweeps her off her feet.

But what really takes her breath away is when she meets his nine-year-old daughter.

Because his daughter is the image of Ellie.

Now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back.

What really happened to Ellie? And who still has secrets to hide?

My Thoughts:

I read this very addictive book within a weekend, I could of finished it within a day but wanted to savour it. I found it unpredictable and really unexpected. A real page turner that will have you on the end of your seat. I found all the characters interesting and mysterious wondering who will do what next. Lisa Jewell is definitely an author I would love to read more of.

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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.