Archive | September 2015

High Tide – Veronica Henry.

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Back of the book : 

Pennfleet might be a small town, but there was never a dull momentin its narrow winding streets ….

Returning from New York, Kate can’t help but feel a pang of affection fro the little town by the sea where she grew up. If only she were returning in happier circumstances.

Kissing the widow of the richest man in town wasn’t one of  Nathan’s best ideas. Now he can’t get Vanessa out of his mind. Small towns can be dangerous places if you’re in the middle of a scandal.

Her husband’s death has left Vanessa unsure of where to go next. After years of playing the part of trophy wife, she can finally think about what she wants.

Sam’s deli is the place where locals pour their troubles and swap gossip, but has anyone stopped to notice what’s troubling Sam recently ?

What I think : 

Kate has just returned to her home town for her mum’s funeral. She hasn’t been home for quite a few years. She has a very good job in New York.

Nathan works for the local undertakers as a driver. He also lives with his Grandad and looks after him.

Vanessa’s husband has just died, she was his second wife and didn’t really get on with his first family very well. When she meets Nathan at her husband’s funeral (he was driving one of the cars) she gets on with him VERY well !

Sam’s wife died a few years ago, so he moved himself and his two teenage children to Pennfleet for a new start.

This is a wonderfully written, gorgeous book about the many people that live in the sleepy seaside town of Pennfleet. It tells of love and bereavement and moving on after something awful has happened.

Its a very heartwarming book that picks you up and carries you along from the first page to the last. It has all the right stuff, fab characters and gorgeous descriptions of the lovely little Cornish seaside town by the sea.

All in all another triumph for Veronica. I really loved this gem of a book and give it a well earned 9/10.

Published by Orion Books on 24/09/15.

A very big thankyou to Emma at Orion books for the the advanced review copy.

The Santangelos – Jackie Collins.

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Back of the book :

A vicious hit. A vengeful enemy.

A drug-addled Colombian club owner and a coke-addled young actress.

The ever-powerful Lucky Santangelo has to deal with them all.

But Lucky can deal. Always strong and unpredictable, with her husband Lennie by her side, she lives up to the family motto ‘Never f**k with a Santangelo’

A lethal enemy from Lucky’s past is determined to seek revenge for the murder of his son. A gorgeous woman lures lucky’s son Bobby to her hotel suite and he wakes up to find himself inside a nightmare. The sexiest man in Hollywood has her teenage daughter Max in his sights, even though he has broken Max’s heart once before. A beautiful, very troubled movie star will stop at nothing for the role of her career, even if it means sleeping with a dangerous drug baron.

But when Lucky opens an expensive notecard edged in gold and printed with the single word Vengeance, she knows that she is in for the fight of her life.

From the fabulous watering holes of the South of France to the chic fashion runways of Milan,to the glittering casinos of Las Vegas, the Santangelos rule – and Lucky will always come out on top ….

What I think : 

This is another fabulous read from the queen of Chic-Lit. As you would expect, its all there in spades, the wonderful characters, sex, drugs, revenge and of course girl power !

I must admit, I wasn’t actually going to review this book, not because I didn’t like it, because again Jackie has hit the nail right on the head and written a excellent book. But because reading Jackie’s books is one of my most favourite things in the world, and I was just reading it for me, I didn’t want to feel any pressure to review it, just to read and enjoy. However after I woke up yesterday to the awful news that sadly, Jackie had died at the age of 77 from breast cancer, a secret that she’d kept for 6 years even from her family, I felt that I wanted to write a post to share what her books meant to me.

Ever since I can remember, I have had my nose stuck in a book, As a child, I would read anything, however it was when I was a teenager, I was around 13 or 14, I think, when I read my first ‘Jackie’ novel it was ‘The World is Full of Married Men’. I can remember thinking back then that I wished I could go to all the places described in those pages and how wonderful it all sounded. Since then I must have read all her novels at least 10 times each, I have looked forward every august /September to her next new novel arriving on the shelves in the shops, not being able to wait to get home to start reading it, but at the same time not wanting it to end. Needless to say she became my most favourite author. Her books told of really strong women ‘kicking ass’ and that was exactly how I wanted to be ! All my friends and family knew not to disturb me when I was reading my ‘Jackie’ book.

Not only is the book world grieving for this wonderful lady, but we will all be grieving for her fabulous characters as well, I, Myself will miss Gino, Lucky and Lennie and all the other brilliant characters that she has introduced us to over the years. Its hard to believe we’ll never be catching up with them again in their very glamorous world.

This wonderful, larger than life, lady will be sadly missed by so many people.

Rest in Peace Jackie …

Weekly Round-Up. 06/09/15.

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Hello lovely book people and welcome to my Weekly Round-Up 🙂

I haven’t done a round-up in a while, what with being at work now and not really having much time to breathe let alone read and review, however I have 2 weeks off work so here for one week only is my weekly Round-Up 🙂 🙂

I’ve already had a week away in Devon, which was fabulous, as you will probably know Devon is my happy place and I love it there 🙂 whilst I’m away I don’t review any books, I don’t like to feel any pressure while I’m on holiday, I just want read and read, however this year I did buy and read a book that I feel needs a mention, and that is ‘Asking for it’ by Louise O’Neill. From the moment I started reading it I felt slightly uneasy and as I continued to read that feeling got stronger. And if I’m honest, I did put the book down a couple of times, however I could’nt help going back to it as its quite compulsive reading. It’s a book with subject matter that, whilst quite bad, could quite easily happen to you and me, which is quite a scary thought. And unusually I’m still thinking about this book today, at least 3 days after I finished reading it. This book is very powerful and hopefully it will help to bring awareness so more rape victims are believed and helped, because sadly they are not and told they were ‘asking for it’ as the books title suggests. Its happening more and more.
So please go out and buy this book today, you wont regret it 🙂

Anyway lovely people, its time for me to go and paint the living room walls, as the second week of my holiday is dedicated to decorating the living room as we are getting fabulous new sofa’s next Saturday 🙂

Books I’ve read this week : 

Asking for it – Louise O’Neill.

Books I’ve been sent this week :

None 😦

Books I’ve purchased this week : 

Asking for it – Louise O’Neill – Waterstones £12:99

Books read/ currently reading : 

Asking for it – Louise O’Neill

The last kiss goodbye – Tasmina Perry – Currently reading.

That’s all for this week folks !!download

Happy Reading  🙂 🙂

xxx

The Tea Planters Wife – Dinah Jefferies.

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Back of the book : 

What happens when you marry the perfect man and discover he’s a perfect stranger ? 

Nineteen-year-old Gwendolyn Hooper is newly married to a rich and charming widower, eager to join him on his tea plantation and determined to be the perfect wife and mother.

But life in Ceylon is not what Gwen expected. The Plantation workers are resentful, the neighbours treacherous. And there are clues to the past, a dusty trunk of dresses, an overgrown gravestone in the grounds, that here husband refuses to discuss.

Just as Gwen finds her feet, disaster strikes. She faces a terrible choice, hiding the truth from almost everyone, but a secret this big cant stay buried forever …

What I think :

Ceylon 1925 …

Gwendolyn is only nineteen, she has married Laurence and moved far, far away to Ceylon, leaving her family and friends behind. Laurence owns and runs a tea plantation. He was married before but sadly his wife died in tragic circumstances. Gwen really wants to be a good wife and later on, mother to his children.

Right from the beginning the workers and the natives don’t really want her to be around, especially Mr Mcgreggor the foreman. Her husband seems very distant and unapproachable. She gets very lonely and only has her servant Naveena for company. She realises that life is very different in Ceylon to what it is in the UK. There are many rules to follow. Its not long before she discovers how Laurence’s first wife died and when she discovers a small hidden gravestone that there was also a child that died. Soon she finds out that she is also pregnant, she wonders how she will cope with a child in this strange new life and will her husband ever open up to her and let her in … ?

This is a beautiful story about love, lies and deception. About a young woman taken from everything she knows into a life that is very strange and odd to her. She really loves her new husband and really wants to please him. The fabulous descriptions of Ceylon and surrounding area’s make you feel like you have been time warped back to the 1925’s, feeling the heat and smelling the green, lush vegetation.

This book is such a heartwarming, excellent read that I didn’t want to end. I really loved Dinah’s first book and this second one is up there with the best. I have a soft spot for Dinah as she was my first ever review that I wrote for my blog, so in a way you could say that Dinah actually helped me on the way to being a book reviewer.

I give this beautiful book 10/10.

Published by Penguin books on 03/09/15.

A very big Thank you to Netgalley for the digital copy of the book and to Lovereading and Penguin Uk for the review copy to read and review.