Archive | August 2014

A quick reminder ….

Hello lovely book friends 🙂

Just a quick post to remind you all there is no ‘Weekly round-up’ this week because I’m on holiday in Devon 🙂

Im also taking the week off from reviewing and just reading for me 🙂

I will be back next Sunday 7 September, when I’ll be letting you all know what I’ve been reading whilst I’ve been away 🙂

Have a lovely week 🙂

Happy Reading xxx

It had To Be You – Ellie Adams

Back of the book :

The Worst breakup ever … Could be the best thing that has ever happened to her.

Lizzy Spellman has been dumped. At a Party. While Wearing a Henry VIII costume. By the man she thought was the one. Someone has even filmed it, so now she’s a massive YouTube hit sensation too.

Just when she thinks things cant get worse, She meets the rudest, most cynical man in the world, and gets a new mission in life. To prove him wrong.

Love does exist, and she’s going to find it …

What I think :

Lizzy Spellman has been publicly dumped at a party, by the person she thought she was going to spend the rest of her life with. The worst part was, at the time she was dressed as Henry VIII. Not only that, due to the wonders of modern technology the whole thing was videoed and put on YouTube. By lunchtime the next day it had had over 300,000 hits ! And has news reporters camping outside her house for days. She will be forever known as the ‘Headbutt girl’ who was dumped ! 

Luckily she has some really good mates, Poppet and NIc, to help her through her sticky moments. They are very loyal and have always got her back

Enter Elliott Anderson who is ‘Off the News’. He’s engaged to the very lovely Amber De La Haye, and has this really annoying habit of being able to rub Lizzy up the wrong way ! (Although he does have very gorgeous thick red hair !! ) Will they ever see eye to eye ? …

I absolutely loved this gem of a book. It has some really genuine heartfelt moments in it, but also some really laugh out loud moments too. I also really liked the refreshing style of writing that made this book really unputdownable.

Lizzy is a larger than life Bridget Jones type of character that you can really relate to, with some really lovely supporting characters in Poppet and Nic. I really wish that I’d got a couple of friends like those two to rely on.

All in all this is a really lovely, lighthearted read that I would highly recommend

I give this book 9/10 

Published on 28 August 2014 by Corgi (Transworld)

Thank you to the publishers Corgi (Transworld) and Netgalley for the Digital copy of this book to read and review.

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The Summer Guest – Emma Hannigan

Back of the book :

Lexie and her husband Sam have spent years loving restoring No.3 Cashel Square to its former glory. So imagine Lexie’s delight when a stranger knocks on the door, asking to see the house she was born in over sixty years ago.

Kathleen is visiting from America, Longing to see her childhood home … and longing for the distraction from the grief of losing her husband.

And as Lexie and Sam battle over whether or not to have a baby and Kathleen struggles with her loss, The two women realise their unexpected friendship will touch them in ways neither could have imagined.

In Caracove, there’s more than a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

 

What I think : 

Lexie and Sam moved into their house, No.3 Cashel Square, Caracove Bay, Dublin just after they got married and have been restoring it ever since. They have been married for around 17 years but don’t have any children. 

Penelope, Lexie’s mum is always asking Lexie when she is going to have Grandchildren as Lexie is nearing forty and Penelope is concerned that Sam and Lexie may have left it too late, However what Penelope doesn’t know is that Lexie doesn’t want kids.

Kathleen is visiting Ireland for the summer, She used to live in Ireland as a child, At No.3 Cashel Square to be precise. She leaves a note for Lexie and Sam to ask if she can visit their home to see what it is like now. Lexie and Kathleen become really good friends and help each other through some tough times.

This is a very nice gentle story about love and friendships. It has some very beautifully written characters. My favourite being Amelie, Lexie’s niece who is just the right side of stropy with some quirkiness thrown in, but at the same time it also deals with pretty serious issues along the way. 

I quite liked this easy read, it’s a book you could sit down and relax with after a long days work. 

I give this book 7/10 

Published by Headline Review on 31 July 2014.

Thank you to the publishers Headline Review and Bookbridgr for the copy of the book to read and review.

 

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My Weekly Round-Up. 24/08/14

Hello Lovely book friends, and welcome to my round-up for this week 🙂

Hope you’ve all had a good weeks reading, Its been a pretty good week for me 🙂 I was sent a hilarious book this week by the lovely Portia MacIntosh and also a brilliant new book by Sophie Hart from Bookouture 🙂 

There will be no round-up next week as I’m going on holiday to Woolacombe in Devon but I will be back on Sunday 6th Sept and I will let you all know what I’ve been reading whilst I was away. 

Anyway less of my waffling ! Here’s this weeks round-up 

 

Books I was sent this week :

Away from you – Kay Langdon – (Bookbridgr)

Bring Me Home – Alan Titchmarsh – (Lovereading) 

 

Books I was accepted to read : 

The Sunrise – Victoria Hislop – (NetGalley)

Saving Grace – Jane Green – (NetGalley)

I’ll Be Watching You – Beverly Barton – (NetGalley)

Bad Bridesmaids – Portia MacIntosh – (sent by the author through NetGalley)

 

Books I purchased this week :

Ugly Love – Colleen Hoover – ( Asda – £3:50)

 

I was also sent a Ebook from Bookouture  – The Beginners Guide to the Birds and the Bees – Sophie Hart 

 

Books I’ve read this week :

Mrs Sinclairs Suitcase – Louise Walters – An excellent first novel – 9/10

Pieces of You – Ella Harper – what can I say ? A must read, such a brilliant book ! – 10/10

The Summer Guest – Emma Hannigan – Currently reading.

 

That’s all for this week folks, see you in a fortnight,

Happy reading 🙂  xxx

 

Pieces of You – Ella Harper

Back of the book : 

The Perfect marriage.

A devastating secret.

An impossible choice.

Lucy was always sure of one thing – her future with husband and soulmate Luke. But after eight long, heartbreaking years trying for a baby, that future is crumbling before her eyes.

When a terrible accident puts Luke into a coma, Lucy is forced to reaccess everything she thought she wanted.

Then Stella arrives. A woman Lucy’s never met, but with a secret that will change her world forever.

What I think : 

Lucy and Luke Harte have a happy marriage, they have been trying for a child for eight long years. The have suffered eight awful miscarriages. So when Lucy finally gets pregnant on a final IVF try they are over the moon. Sadly at 16 weeks pregnant Lucy loses the baby. On the same day, Luke goes to work as a paramedic but doesn’t return. He has a serious accident and ends up in a coma. Then just when you think that things cant get any worse for Lucy, Stella turns up at the hospital and tells Lucy something very shocking …

Oh my, what a gorgeous book !

The story is made up of different chapters dedicated to all the main characters involved in the story, which I liked because you can see what they are thinking and feeling. It tells us the stories of Patricia, Luke’s mum, Nell and Ade, Luke’s brother and sister and of course Luke and Lucy, their story is told retrospectively from when they met until a month before the accident.

This is such a sad and Bittersweet book, you can really feel Lucy’s devastation coming up from the page, My heart was breaking for her. Ella is such a first class story teller, she covers some really difficult issues, and writes in such a expert way that her characters become so familiar, its like they are your friends and you are going through it with them.

I really don’t want to say too much about this book because I don’t want to give anything away, but what I will say is that from the moment I picked this book up I didn’t want to put it down. I’m going to be thinking about this book and its wonderful characters for a long time to come.

This is book is in my ‘Top 3 Books’ for this year ! I certainly will be recommending this book to all my friends.

I only have one complaint and that is, this book should come with a pack of tissues, because boy did I cry whilst reading this book !

I give this excellent book a very well earned 10/10.

Published by Avon on 14 August 2014 – E-book  &  25 September 2014 – Paperback.

Thank you to the publishers Avon and to NetGalley for the digital copy of the book to read and review.

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Mrs Sinclairs Suitcase – Louise Walters.

Back of the book : 

Forgive me, Dorothy, for I cannot forgive you …

ROBERTA likes to collect letters and postcards she finds in second-hand books. When her father gives her some of her Grandmothers belongings, she finds a baffling letter from the Grandfather she never knew – dated after he supposedly died in the war.

DOROTHY is unhappily married to Albert, who is away at war. When a aeroplane crashes in the field behind her house she meets Squadron Leader Jan Pietrykowski, and as their bond deepens she dares to hope she might find happiness. But fate has other plans for them both, and soon she is hiding a secret so momentous that its shockwaves will touch her Granddaughter many years later….

What I think :

Roberta works in the ‘Old and New’ book shop with her boss Philip, and ‘sort of ‘ friends Sophie and Jenna. One day Roberta’s father brings a suitcase to the shop that belonged to her Grandmother Dorothy/ Dorothea. Inside are some books, and inside the one of the books is a letter from the Grandfather she never knew. The letter is dated 1941, however, she has always been told her Grandfather died in the London blitz in 1940. How can that be ? 

Dorothy/Dorothea was married to Albert, it was not a very good marriage. He deserted her after she miscarried his child, and went to war. One day whilst she is hanging the washing a plane crashes in the field next to her garden. The pilot sadly died in the crash. A few days later Squadron Leader Pietrykowski visits her and it changes her life forever ….

This is a lovely, lovely book, with many heartfelt moments. The book is split into 2 sections. One with Roberta now, and the other with Dorothy/Dorothea in the 1940’s. To start with I did find the book a little confusing as it jumps around a bit, but it does sort its self out quite quickly. The two women’s stories are woven together perfectly, as they are both trying to make a life on their own, so their they are quite alike. Dorothy after her husband leaves her and Roberta after a love affair ends. 

I really did like this book, especially the way each of Roberta’s chapters start with a ‘found’ letter, and how the story tells of how secrets kept years ago can effect other people years later.

All the characters are very likeable and well written. 

An excellent first novel, I will definitely looking out for her next novel to read. 

I give this book 9/10

Published by Hodder & Stoughton on 14 August 2014

I did request a copy of this book from Bookbridgr, however it hasn’t arrived yet, so I bought my own copy – (Tesco £3:85)

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Weekly Round-up 17/08/14.

Happy Sunday lovely bookish friends and welcome to my Round-up 🙂

This week has been a lovely week for me personally, It was my sons passing out parade from Harrogate Army College, I don’t think there was a prouder mum anywhere that day ! However it did mean I took 2 days off from reading and reviewing. I’m hoping to make up for it next week 🙂 

I also had some good news on the reviewing front, I was Auto-Approved for Harper Impulse on NetGalley 🙂 So a very big Thank you to Charlotte at Harper Impulse for doing that for me.

Anyway without further ado, here’s my Round-up.

 

Books I was sent this week:

Six Stories and an essay – Andrea Levy – (Thank you to Georgina Moore at Headline)

Waiting for Doggo – Mark B.Mills (Thank you to Doggo and Frances Gough at Headline)

I Know Who Killed him (The secret Place) – Tana French – (Bookbridgr)

 

Books I’ve been accepted to read :

what would Mary Berry do ? – Claire Sandy – (NetGalley)

Dear Daughter – Elizabeth Little – (NetGalley)  

 

Books I’ve purchased this week :

Taking Hollywood – Shari King (Tesco – (Tesco – £3:85)

Mrs Sinclair’s Suitcase – Louise Walters (Tesco – £3:85)

 

 

Books I’ve read this week :

Behind Closed Doors – Susan Lewis – Loved this book.10/10

Misbehaving in Miami – Amy Duffy – No review.

Paper Swans – Jessica Thompson – Currently reading.

Mrs Sinclairs Suitcase – Louise Walters – Currently reading.

Thanks all for this week folks 🙂

Happy Reading 🙂 xxx

Behind Closed Doors – Susan Lewis.

Back of the book :

When fourteen-year-old Sophie Munroe suddenly vanishes one night it looks at first as though she’s run away from home.

Her computer and mobile phone have gone, and she’s taken a bag of clothes.

As the police investigation unfolds, a wealth of secrets from the surrounding community start coming to light. 

And it seems everyone has something to hide.

For Detective Sergeant Andrea Lawerence, the case is a painful reminder of the tragedy that tore her family apart over twenty years ago. She is convinced there is more to Sophie’s disappearance than teenage rebellion.

But is the past clouding her judgement, preventing her from seeing the truth that neither she, nor Sophie’s family, would ever want to face ?

What I think :

Set in a Devonshire seaside town of Kesterly, Sophie lives with her Dad, Gavin, Step-mum Heidi and little brother, Alfie.

One night Sophie has a argument with her parents and storms off, She disappears, nobody seems to know where she is …

Sophie is a bit wayward and a little bit broken, her mum died when she was ten, and has never really got over it. Has she just run away ?

DS Andrea Lawerence ( Andee – for short) is in charge of the missing person case. Its quite painful for her because twenty years ago, Her little sister Penny went missing too, she was never seen again. It almost broke her family. 

Andee lives in Kesterly with her mum, Maureen and her children, Luke and Alayna. Her ex husband is also back on the scene, but does she want him back in her life ? 

Wow ! Susan really knows how to weave a excellent tale. I’ve read all of her books, and have loved them all. She mixes family life and intrigue perfectly, and so well researched. Little by little small bits of information are revealed until it all fits into place. Her characters seem to real and really jump off the page, you really feel for them and feel what they are going through. There are so many twists in this book. which all culminate in a very explosive ending. I am going to be thinking about this book and the issues covered in it for quite a while.

I loved this book and will be recommending it, I give it 10/10. 

Published by Random House, Cornerstone on 14 August 2014

Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher Random House,Cornerstone for the digital copy to read and review. 

 

 

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First We Take Manhattan – Colette Caddle.

Back of the book :

Identical twins, Sinead and Shelia, have always done everything together and so, after graduating in millinery, they decide to open their own hat shop. Its a small business but thanks to hard work and talent, they build up a loyal clientele. Then one day a glamorous young actress buys one of the hats, wears its to the Baftas and suddenly success seems guaranteed.

But within weeks, tragedy strikes when Shelia disappears, and is presumed dead. After months desolation, Sinead is just beginning to come to terms with her loss when she is given new hope : there has been a sighting of her sister. While she is filled with excitement at the thought that Sheila might be alive, she is haunted by questions. Why would Sheila have deserted her twin without a word ?  After all, they had always told each other everything … Hadn’t they ?

 

 What I think :

Sinead and Sheila are twins, they have always done everything together, have always been the best of friends. Their shop is doing really well, a famous actress had even worn one of their hats to a award ceremony. Then one day Sheila disappears, her empty car was found near the pier, her family think she has drowned. Her father Kieran, Brother Max and sister Sinead are devastated.

Krystie lived and worked in New York for quite a few years until she was given the sack and has to return home. The day before she leaves for the airport, she visits a gallery in Manhattan, there she sees someone that looks familiar, if she could just remember who she was …

Once back in Ireland, Krystie applies for a job at SInead’s shop and its then she remembers who she saw …

Right from the moment you pick this book up it grabs hold of you, and you really don’t want to put it down. Its such a incredibly well written book, its characters are really believable and you really get to like them all, and really start to feel what they are going through.

There are many twists and turns, with many secrets and half truths and also a few OMG ! moments thrown in for good measure.

I would recommend this book.

I give it a well earned 9/10.

Published by Simon & Schuster on 14 August 2014

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers Simon & Schuster for the digital copy of this book to read and review.

 

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Weekly Round-up. 10/08/14

Hello Lovely Book People and welcome to this week’s round-up 🙂

I’ve had a really good week book-wise this week, and I’ve been sent some lovely books. You will probably notice that I’ve been sent  ‘Paper Swans’  again this week, which means I now have 3 copies so I will be having a ‘Give-Away’ very soon for the 2 that I have surplus  🙂

So without further ado here’s my round-up  🙂

 

Books I’ve been sent this week :

Paper Swans x 2 – Jessica Thompson – (Bookbridgr)

The Summer Guest – Emma Hannigan – (Bookbridgr)

Beautiful Day – Elin Hilderbrand – (Bookbridgr)

Gutenbergs Apprentice – Alix Christie – (Bookbrigdr -1 of 100, Exclusive Bookbridgr Special Edition Proof )

 

Books I’ve been accepted to read :

Pieces of you – Ella Harper – (NetGalley)

 

 

Books I’ve Purchased this week :

The 100 – Kass Morgan – (Amazon £7:99)

What Would Mary Berry Do ? – Claire Sandy – (Tesco £3:85)

 

Books I’ve read this week :

The Beach Hut Next Door – Veronica Henry – (No Review)

Your Beautiful Lies – Louise Douglas – 8/10, A good read. ( Review on blog.)

First we Take Manhattan – Colette Caddle – 9/10 (Review on blog.)

Behind Closed Doors – Susan Lewis – Currently reading.

 

That’s all for this week folks,

Happy Reading xxx