Archive | September 2014

Saving Grace – Jane Green.

Back of the book : 

A perfect stranger wants her perfect life ….

Grace Chapman has the perfect life, living comfortably with her husband, bestselling author Ted, in a picture -perfect farmhouse on the Hudson River in New York State.

Then Ted advertises for a new assistant, and Beth walks into their lives. Organised, passionate and eager to learn, Beth quickly makes herself indispensable to Ted and his family. But Grace soon begins to feel sidelined in her own home – her marriage – by this ambitious young woman.

Is Grace paranoid, as her husband tells her, or is there more to Beth than first thought ?

 

What I think : 

Grace Chapman lives with her husband Ted, a very highly strung author. They live in a gorgeous house in New York. They have a grown up daughter, Clemmie.  It Appears that Grace has a really lovely life, however is everything as its seems ?

When their housekeeper/assistant/ friend Ellen has to leave to look after her mother, They advertise for another one to take Ellen’s place. Enter Beth who seems perfect in every way, But Beth thinks something isn’t quite right but cant quite seem to put her finger in what it is …..

This is another wonderful book from this extremely talented writer.

This is not a light hearted ‘chick lit ‘ read, its so much deeper and darker. It could almost be classed as a thriller as its very suspenseful in places.

With its very well written characters that jump off the page and right into your living room, it really makes you stop and think.

Grace is a very likeable, but damaged person, this is partly due to her childhood and partly because of the awful way that her very selfish husband treats her.  However she has a a couple of wonderful friends in Lydia and Sybil who are really there for her when she needs them.

Jane has written a another brilliant book about the realities of family life.

The only thing that I didn’t like very much was the way that recipes were in the middle of some of the chapters, it was quite distracting.

I give this truly thought provoking book 9/10.

Published on 25 September 2014 by Pan Macmillan.

Thank you to the Publishers Pan Macmillan and NetGalley for the digital copy of the book to read and review.

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My Weekly Round-up … 28/09/14.

Happy Sunday lovely book people !

Hope you’ve had a good week 🙂

I managed to read 2 books this week, which is pretty good for me !

I also had some really good news, I have been asked to be on the Cathy Kelly ‘It Started With A kiss’ Blog Tour ! My first proper one 🙂 So I’m feeling pretty excited about that !

Anyway, without further ado here’s my Round-up for this week 🙂

 

Books I was sent this week : 

Girl on a Train – Paula Hawkins – (Sent by the lovely Alison Barrow at Transworld Books)

 

 

Books I was accepted to read :

The Killer Next Door – Alex Marwood – (NetGalley)

 

 

Books I purchased this week : 

For the third week – None !

 

 

Books I’ve read / currently reading this week : 

The Beginners guide to the birds and bees – Sophie Hart – 9/10 – A really funny read.

Saving Grace – Jane Green – Review to follow.

A place for us pt2 – Harriet Evans – Currently reading.

 

 

That’s all this week folks !

Happy Reading 🙂

xxx

Shopaholic to the Stars – Sophie Kinsella.

Back of the book :

From shopping list to A-list !

Becky Brandon ( nee Bloomwood) is in Hollywood !

It’s as if all her life has been leading to this moment. She’s hanging out with the stars … or at least she will be, when she finally gets to meet movie star Sage Seymour, whom her husband Luke is now Managing.

There’s so much to see and do ! And getting Minnie through the hurdles for her A-list Hollywood pre-school will require some … Er … Help.

Becky sets her heart on a new career – She’s going to be a celebrity stylist. Red carpet here she comes ! But Becky soon finds it’s tough in Tinsletown. Luckily her best friend Suze comes over to keep her company, and together they embark on the Hollywood trail. But somehow …. things arent quite working out as they’d hoped.

Then Becky’s big chance comes, and its an opportunity that money can’t buy. But will it cost her too much ?

What I think :

Firstly I would like to say a very BIG Thank you to Majama at Transworld books for sending me the copy of the book to read and review.

Becky Bloomwood (now Brandon) is back !!

And she’s off to Hollywood with her husband Luke and daughter Minnie.

She’s been meeting all kinds of new people, But not it seems, her husbands new client, Sage Seymour. So, Becky decides that she’s going to be a stylist to the stars, then maybe she’ll get to meet Sage and be her stylist. However, when Becky gets a job styling Lois Kellerton, Sage’s rival, it causes all sorts of problems. But, not to worry because her best friend Suze comes for a visit with her children and husband Tarkie so she’ll be on hand to help her, wont she ?

Wow ! I loved this book !

Becky is back, bigger and bolder than ever. Right from the first page this book grabs you and sucks you in. This is the 7th book in the ‘Shopaholic’ series, but you don’t need to have read the other 6, (however you are missing a treat if you havent ! ) as this book is a brilliant stand alone. There is nothing stale about this book (it being the 7th book) all the wonderful characters are present in this wonderful romp, such as Becky’s patient but long suffering husband Luke, their much loved but spoilt daughter Minnie and of course not forgetting Becky’s partner in crime Suze and her loveable posh husband Tarquin. And last but not least Danny Kovitz – Fashion Designer.

Becky is still having her flights of fantasy and dreaming big, and the ever present schemes that always seem to go wrong, with hilarious results. However throughout this wonderful read there is a serious side that addresses friendships and families.

From the wonderfully funny emails that are scattered though out the book to the glimpses of fashion, this is another triumph from the Queen of ‘Chicklit’.

I cant wait for the next ‘Shopaholic’ book, if for nothing else but to clear up all those loose ends !

I am such a big fan of Sophie’s books and I’ve probably read them all twice or maybe more, and this latest one, is up there with the rest of them. Another really fabulous ‘Becky Bloomwood’ book  All I can say is you need to read this book,

I give this very hilariously wonderful book 10/10 🙂

Published by Transworld books on 25 Sept 2014

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The Beginners guide to the birds and the bees – Sophie Hart.

Back of the book :

What happens in the bedroom doesn’t have to stay in the bedroom …

Sex Therapist Annie Hall helps couples put the fizz back in their relationships. 

Its a shame her own love life is non-existent. When Jamie who works next door catches hers eye, she can’t ignore the spark of chemistry.

Most men would jump at the chance to skive off work for an afternoon quickie with their gorgeous wife, but Nick knows Julia is only after one thing – a baby. Sex shouldn’t be a chore. Can Annie help Julia see that ?

Newly engaged Zoe and Simon can’t keep their hands off each other. They’ve decided to take a vow of celibacy until their wedding night. Will Annie help them stick to it ?

Ray and Linda Have been married for over thirty years but she’s more interested in the family business than getting intimate with him. Can Annie convince Linda to rediscover her passion for Ray after all this time ?

While Annie begins to work her magic with the three couples, she soon discovers that she’ll need to take some of her own advice if she’s going to let a new man into her life …

What I think : 

Annie hall is a Sex therapist, She doesn’t have a boyfriend. She’s had a pretty awful love life, but that doesn’t stop her doing her job.

Nick and Julia are trying for a baby, However it seems that Julia wants it more than Nick. He’s finding the constant demands for sex at bit much, and just wants a good nights sleep !

Zoe and Simon have just got engaged, they are having trouble keeping their hands to themselves and not on each other. However, they want their wedding night to be special, so they’ve taken a celibacy vow. Are they going to be able to last the six months to the wedding ?

Ray and Linda have been together forever, they have 3 wonderful children and are semi retired. But the spark seems to have disappeared. Can they get it back, before its too late ?

And what is going on with Annie and Jamie from next door ? …..

Firstly I would like to say a very big Thank you to Kim Nash and the lovely people at BookOuture for sending me the digital copy of the book to read and review.

I really loved this book, although the main characters job is a sex therapist, and of course there is sex mentioned in this book it is in no way pornographic. It is written in such a refreshing, warm way, the characters are very believable. I felt quite sorry for some of the characters, especially Nick when his wife Julia was demanding sex from him all the time !

I also love the way that each chapter starts with a quote about sex from a famous person and that the main character has a love of ‘Rom Com’ films. It made me smile that she called her goldfish ‘Harry and ‘Sally’ from the film ‘When Harry met Sally’

This is a wonderful read about love, friendships, relationships and of course not forgetting sex !

It also is a book that has the ability to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, especially after a bad day.

All in all a wonderful read, I will certainly be looking out for Sophie’s other books.

I give this excellently funny book 9/10.

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My Weekly Round-up. 21/09/14.

Hello lovely book people 🙂

Welcome to the weekly round-up.

This week has been a quiet week bookwise.

Although I did finally get to read ‘Shopaholic to the Stars’ which was excellent. My review will be posted on 25 Sept 14 (publication date)

Anyway, without further ado, here’s my round-up for this week 🙂

 

 

Books I was sent this week :

A Christmas to remember – Jenny Hale – ( Sent by the lovely people at BookOuture.)

The Invention of wings – Sue Monk Kid – (Bookbridgr)

 

 

Books I was Accepted to read : 

None this week, although I didn’t request any.

 

 

Books I purchased this week : 

None this week.

 

 

Books I’ve read /Currently reading this week : 

Shopaholic to the Stars – Sophie Kinsella – A brilliant read from the Queen of Chicklit – 10/10.

The Beginners Guide to the Birds and the Bee’s – Sophie Hart – Currently reading.

The Secret place – Tana French – Currently reading.

 

 

That’s all for this week folks 🙂

Happy Reading xxx

GIVEAWAY WINNERS …

Hi lovely people 🙂
my winners are ….
@laurenreviews @PBscribbles & @emthebookworm
WELL DONE !
Thanks to everyone that entered 🙂

Xxx

My Weekly Round-up. 14/09/14.

Happy Sunday everyone !

welcome to this week’s Round-up 🙂

I’ve not read much this week as I’ve had to catchup on holiday washing and cleaning after my lovely week away 😦

However there was much excitement in the Hart Household yesterday when finally, after weeks and weeks of me trying to get my hands on a copy of ‘Shopaholic to the Stars’ by Sophie Kinsella to review, It finally arrived !  So a very big THANK YOU to Majama at Transworld books for Making my year !! My weekend has been full of Becky Bloomwood and her wonderful adventures !!!

Anyway here’s my round-up 🙂

 

Books I was sent this week :

Shopaholic to the Stars – Sophie Kinsella – ( Sent by Majama at Transworld )

 

Books I was accepted to read : 

The French for Christmas – Fiona Valpy – (Bookouture)

A Place for us – pt 2 – Harriet Evans – (NetGalley)

 

Books I purchased this week :

None.

 

Books I’ve read this week :

Love me or leave me – Claudia Carroll – Another excellent read from this wonderful author – 9/10

The Secret Place – Tana French – Currently reading

Shopaholic to the Stars – Sophie Kinsella – Currently reading

 

 

That’s all for this week folks

Happy Reading xxx

Love Me or Leave Me – Claudia Carroll.

Back of the book :

Breaking up is hard to do …

Chloe Townsend was dumped at the alter. But now she’s landed an incredible new job.

She’s running a pioneering boutique ‘divorce hotel’. It will make every aspect of breaking-up pain-free – all in a single weekend.

No one is better qualified than Chloe to deal with relationships at crisis point, but, with three unhappy couples needing her help, she’s forced to tackle her own heartbreak.

Can she hold it together and prove that she’s over it and up to the job ?

The opening weekend approaches, and it soon becomes clear that some endings can be VERY exciting new beginnings …

 

What I think : 

Dawn & Kirk.

Jo & Dave.

Lucy & Andrew.

The story begins with 3 wedding invitations.

When we first meet our main character Chloe, she is being handed tissues by her best friend Gemma after being jilted herself by her fiance Frank. She runs away to London to see if she can get over being jilted. However 3 years later she’s back in Ireland and running a ‘divorce hotel’. This is the place where you can ‘check in married and check out single’, this hotel is aptly named ‘The Hope Street Hotel’.

The book tells the story of the three couples on the wedding invites at the start and how they’ve ended up at the ‘divorce hotel’. And of course we find out if our main character has really got over being jilted…

When I first  started reading this book I did think that the idea of a ‘divorce hotel’ was a bit strange if I’m honest, however as I started to read it all became clear and it worked out beautifully. You really find out about all the characters and their lives, they are very believable and come to life. I think my favourite is Jo, she really made me smile.

This is a very lovely easy read book, that from the moment you pick it up its very difficult to put down. I have always been a fan of Claudia’s books and this one is up there with the best.

This is a excellent book and have already recommended it to a couple of my friends. 9/10.

Published by Avon on 11 Sept 2014 Ebook and 23 Oct 2014 paperback.

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

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*GIVEAWAY*

Hey lovely book people 🙂
I have 3 books that I have been sent in duplicate, so I’m having a giveaway 🙂
All you need to do to be in with a chance to win one is comment on this post or comment on Twitter with the hashtag #books
It’s open till next Wednesday 17 Sept ’14 at 7pm. When my very able assistant will draw 3 names out of the hat (well, it’s actually a jug ! )
This Giveaway is open to anybody that wants to enter, International included 🙂

Good Luck 🙂

Xxx

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My Weekly Round-up. 25/08/14 – 31/08/14 & 01/09/14 – 07/09/14.

Hello lovely book people and welcome to my round -up 🙂 

This weeks is a double one as I was away last week on Holiday in Devon, You probably saw the piccy’s I posted on Twitter and got very bored ! A very good time was had and I’m feeling very relaxed and refreshed 🙂

I didn’t review the week I was away on holiday, so I’ve written the previous weeks round-up as normal and this weeks is just what I was reading whilst I was away 🙂 

Anyway without further ado here’s my round-up …

25/08/14 – 31/08/14 

Books I was Sent this week:

Falling into Place – Amy Zhang – (sent by Alice at Harper Collins ) 

Books I was accepted to read :

None 

Book’s I purchased this week :

If I Stay – Gayle Forman – (Tesco – £3:35) 

Where I Found You – Amanda Brooke – ( WHSmith – £7:99)

Daughter – Jane Shemilt – (Tesco £3:85) 

Books I read this week :

The Summer Guest _ Emma Hannigan  – A lovely Gentle Read. – 7/10.

It Had to be you – Ellie Adams – A excellent book, would recommend. 10/10.

01/09/14 – 07/09/14.

This week I only read 2 books, which were :

Where I Found You – Amanda Brooke – This is a gorgeous gem of a book, well worth a read. 9/10 

If I Stay – Gayle Forman – Another excellent read, my only complaint with this book was that it’s far too short ! But apart from that very good. 9/10 

That’s all for this week folks ..

Happy Reading xxx