Highland Fling

So not that long ago I was recommended Highland Fling by An Historian About Town. I’d never read any books by Katie Fforde before so I was quite excited to give it a go!

In Highland Fling we join Jenny as she heads up from home in Surrey up to Scotland to work on a project for her boss. Working with a family in the area Jenny must fight to save the local clothing mill battling both her feelings and family in the process.

I absolutely loved this book and was so glad that I was recommended it to read! It was such an easy read and definitely a feel good, kind of Christmassy chick lit book. I loved all the characters and I especially loved the love/hate relationship between Jenny and Ross…. and Lady Dalmain!

All in all this was a fantastic book and I really really enjoyed reading it! 🙂 Do you have any other Katie Fforde books that you can recommend me? 🙂

I’m sorry it is such a short post today! 😦 But you should all definitely go and check out this book!

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The Sleepwalker (CHERUB 9)

So following on from my latest read of Mad Dogs I decided to read “The Sleepwalker” straight away. With books like this that are part of a big series I like reading them while the other story is fresh in my mind 🙂 Plus, as I’ve said before they’re really quick, easy reads so reading these helps with my new challenge of reading 52 books this year 😉 😀

An airliner explodes over the Atlantic leaving 345 people dead. Crash investigators suspect terrorism, but they’re getting nowhere.

A distressed twelve-year-old calls a police hotline and blames his father for the explosion. It could be a breakthrough, but there’s no hard evidence and the boy has a history of violence and emotional problems.

Only CHERUB agents can unearth the truth. They’re trained professionals with one essential advantage: adults never suspect that children are spying on them.

For official purposes, these children do not exist

I’ll start of by saying, “The Sleepwalker” definitely isn’t one of the most exciting books in this series, but it was still an enjoyable read with plenty of action!

This book mostly centres around James’ sister Lauren and her role in befriending someone who MI5 believe to know something about the plane crash. We don’t really see very much of James or the other main characters in the book- well we do, but they aren’t part of the mission!

I think this book is a good book to see the upcoming CHERUB agents and see new faces appear, so it is good if you’re getting fed up of James and the other main characters! Plus it brings back beloved Ex-Chairman Mac, who has sadly lost 4 members of his family in the plane crash, and sees him take a key role in heading up a mission.

The Sleepwalker was a really enjoyable read and definitely a must read if you’ve read/are reading the CHERUB series!

Mad Dogs (CHERUB 8)

In an attempt to make it to 52 books read again this year I decided to continue my CHERUB book re-reading. The CHERUB books are great reads that are pretty quick to get through, because they’re easy reads, but also because the stories are so gripping!

In Mad Dogs we join James (and Bruce) on their latest mission. Using James’ previous work as an agent in the book Class A, it is his mission to help infiltrate the gang Mad Dogs who specialise in drug dealings. The only thing is, there are two other gangs in the area who also deal drugs. When things get weird, James must uncover a huge plot that is going down, the only trouble is he is caught between gangs who are turning violent.

Mad Dogs definitely isn’t my favourite of the CHERUB books, but is by no means a bad read! It also definitely makes more sense if you read it after Class A. If you ever wonder if Cherubs take up roles as the same person again, then your answer is in this book… Yes they do, and sometimes it plays a huge advantage. In Mad Dogs we also see what happens when a mission goes wrong. Although most of the books do show how dangerous the missions are (like The Fall), this book shows the real possibility of someone dying during a mission… So things do go badly wrong sometimes!

My only real gripe with this book is that although we see James reunited with Junior again, we actually see very little of Junior. It seemed they only really bought Junior back in to get James back in to the “gang” – it makes sense if you read it!

But again, as with all the other CHERUB books this was a great read, and I really love these young adult/action/spy books.

 

Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights

Sooooooo I said a while ago I wasn’t sure if I’d get this book while it was only out in hardback because it doesn’t fit so well on my shelves! BUT I couldn’t not get it and it dropped right down in price…. and I mean it’s not Christmas without a new Christmas chicklit book!

I LOVE Carole Matthews books and I adored “The Cake Shop in the Garden” when it came out. So when I realised this was another book with Fay in I couldn’t resist, plus it’s set at Christmas and it features lots of cake! What could be better? 😉

So in “Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights” we catch up again with Fay as she travels the canals of Britain with Danny. However, a phone call from Lija calls Fay home to what used to be her cake shop. Poor Stan is ill and Lija and Fay, along with new employee Rainbow slowly see him better. But that’s not the only drama happening at the Cake Shop this Christmas! Throw in a baby, Fay’s sister and a major downpour, this Christmas is definitely one that Fay will remember!

I absolutely adored this book! I couldn’t stop reading it. The only thing is, I wish I’d read “The Cake Shop in the Garden” again before picking this up as I had a little trouble remembering some things, but Carole Matthews does a fantastic job of catching you up with the story as you read, so in fact this could be easily read separate from “The Cake Shop in the Garden”! 😀

The characters are all just as loveable as I remembered them to be… Where can I go to meet Danny?! 😉 And new character Rainbow is just brilliant. She’ll probably annoy you a lot to begin with but she definitely grew on me through the book! And her nan sounds brilliant! I want to meet her!

This is a great little story which I loved to bits and it really got me in the Christmas spirit… and made me want to make lots of cake! 😀 If you love a Chicklit book and are looking for a new one this Christmas then Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights is a must! 🙂

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The Chocolate Lovers’ Wedding

So this is the last book (at the moment) in the Chocolate Lovers’ series and having read the rest of the books recently I decided to finish the series while it was all still fresh in my mind 🙂

So Lucy is finally getting married, but things keep getting in the way… Lucy loses her job, Nadia feels unsafe in her home and moving to the Lake District to be with her new love seems more than appealing. Chantal is faced with some devastating news, while Autumn is building a relationship up with her daughter. Everything is getting in the way, and Lucy starts to doubt she’ll get the happily ever after she so desperately wants.

In the “Chocolate Lovers’ Wedding” we are in the build up to Lucy finally marrying Aiden (Crush), however life is getting in the way and Lucy’s selfless nature means she gives her wedding away to someone who needs it more. Throughout the story we start to see characters getting their happily ever afters, which makes me believe that this may be the last we see of the Chocolate Lovers’ Club. This story was surprisingly not predictable. Some chicklit books can be quite predictable, but this one wasn’t which surprised me, and everything I kept thinking didn’t actually happen. Plus it definitely wasn’t “and they all lived happily ever after” at several times in the book!

“Whatever happens, this won’t be the end of the Chocolate Lovers’ Club. We might be heading off in different directions but there are strong ties that bind us. We are true friends, and true friendships endure for a lifetime.”

The Chocolate Lovers’ Club series is a great series demonstrating friendship at its best, where the girls stick together through thick and thin and are always there for each other. I couldn’t not put in those final two sentences of the book because they are really heartwarming and are definitely what the whole Chocolate Lovers’ series is all about.

All in all, this was a great book (and an enjoyable series) where even if this is the end of the Chocolate Lovers’ series it was a lovely book to go out on, where I think all lose ends from the series were tied. If you’re looking for a gentle, but enjoyable read about friendship this is definitely a great series for you! 🙂

You can find my reviews for the other books here 🙂

The Chocolate Lovers’ Club

The Chocolate Lovers’ Diet

The Chocolate Lovers’ Christmas

The Chocolate Lovers’ Christmas

I was debating whether to start this book yet or not because in principle I never think about Christmas until after my birthday next month. But I decided that while The Chocolate Lovers’ Club and The Chocolate Lovers’ Diet were still fresh in my mind I’d give this a read now.

Lucy is now running Chocolate Heaven, well more like looking after it while the owners are having a break, but she’s run off her feet and her relationship with Aiden is suffering. But as per usual her ex-boyfriend Marcus turns up and makes trouble. Chantal is adapting to life again with her husband Ted and their baby daughter Lana, but Chantal can’t help but feel there is still something going on between Ted and Stacey (who Ted also has a child with as a result of an affair) and soon their relationship starts to falter. Autumn is struggling in her relationship with Addison after the death of her brother, but he begins to push her away and starts using her for money, then Miles walks into her life. Finally, Nadia is starting to get back on her feet after the tragic death of her husband Toby, but things get uncomfortable when her sister’s husband starts making moves on her.

I love being able to read series like this back to back so you don’t forget what has been going on in the series if there is a long gap between reading books. Sometimes if a series goes on too long it can get a bit dull and repetitive but actually I really enjoyed this book just as much as the others in the series, maybe actually a little more than the other books because I’ve come to love the characters in all their little ways.

Although this book is supposedly a Christmas based book it isn’t *too* Christmassy. I mean it is Christmassy in that it is set in the run up to Christmas with the book ending on Christmas day, but I didn’t feel too strange reading it even though its only October.

As with some Chick lit books the plot was really predictable which I don’t really mind but I know a lot of people hate, but it didn’t stop me enjoying the book. I also love Carole Matthews books because they’re so easy to read. As I know I keep saying, one of my biggest hates with books is really long chapters. I prefer shorter chapters and Carole Matthews does this really well in her books, she writes shorter chapters which aren’t too short.

Anyway, all in all this was a lovely little festive chick lit/romance book which I really enjoyed reading and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series (The Chocolate Lovers’ Wedding) 🙂

 

The Chocolate Lovers’ Diet

Having finished “The Chocolate Lovers’ Club” I couldn’t wait to move on to the next book in the series – The Chocolate Lovers’ Diet. I really love Carole Matthews books and these books are proving to be just as good as the others that I’ve read! 🙂

Survival tips for times of stress:
1. Take deep breaths
2. Count to ten
3. Eat chocolate

Lucy thought she had got her happily ever after with the gorgeous Aidan but things aren’t turning out the way she had hoped they would. But she’s not the only one with problems – Autumn’s new boyfriend has yet to meet her parents, Nadia’s husband has sworn he’s given up gambling but she’s finding that hard to believe, and Chantal is doing all she can to save her marriage. It’s clear that these girls are going to need a lot of chocolate.

Things seem like they’re going great for the Chocolate Lovers’ Club girls, but they aren’t really… everything is going wrong. Bring in Lucy’s disastrous relationships and Autumn’s drug-addict brother and everything is going wrong.

I loved this book, I honestly couldn’t put it down and it was great fun to read. OK is is a tad predictable but the characters are all brilliantly written and I love the friendship that Carole Matthews creates between the characters. Aside from the obvious things that are going to happen, The Chocolate Lovers’ Diet was a great read with a good, enjoyable storyline.

Some of the story is actually completely tragic, but I enjoy the way that Carole Matthews makes such contrasting things happen in the characters lives. So while something may seem bad for one of the girls, actually another one is going through a much bigger problem. But all in all, this is a great book (and series) that really highlights the importance of friends!