On a Beautiful Day

It feels like ages ago that I last finished a book. Work and life has been really busy the last few weeks and reading has sadly taken a bit of a back seat! Anyway, I’m finally back with another book review for you all!

My latest read is “On a Beautiful Day” by Lucy Diamond, and it is in fact Lucy Diamond’s latest book. Quite honestly, unfortunately I haven’t enjoyed the last few Lucy Diamond books compared to some of her early ones. I mean it was still a good read, but doesn’t live up to the standards of books like “Summer at Shell Cottage” or “The Beach Cafe”.

So in “On a Beautiful Day” we join a group of four friends after witnessing a road accident has a major impact on their lives. Laura is desperate for kids but is struggling to have them, and then her husband walks off. Jo is trying to start again with a new relationship but her new fella’s daughter isn’t making it easy. Eve is desperately hoping the lump in her breast will disappear, while India is closely drawn to one of the victims of the accident, but will she confide in her family?

I did quite enjoy “On a Beautiful Day”, there were some good storylines in there, but as with the last Lucy Diamond book “The House of New Beginnings” there were too many main characters for my liking. It was continually jumping around between the four ladies and I often found myself forgetting who was who and whose storyline was whose. It was a good story, just a bit confusing at times! The characters were all good and very relatable, but at the same time there were too many storylines going on for my liking.

Would I recommend this book? If you don’t mind reading about lots of characters and different stories in each chapter, then go for it! πŸ™‚ If you struggle with multiple storylines I’d try a different book instead!

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Million Love Songs

I’ve finally finished another book! πŸ˜€ I don’t feel like my reading is going very well so far this year, I think now having my job means I have less time for reading 😦

Anyway, after finishing Paper Hearts and Summer KissesΒ Β I was having a bit of a Carole Matthews hangover and wanted to read another of her books. Plus I hadn’t really treated myself to anything for a while so I decided to buy a few new books on Amazon. I bought “A Million Love Songs”, “Stately Pursuits” and “The Summer Seaside Kitchen”.

A Million Love Songs is Carole Matthew’s latest book and it really did not disappoint. It was exactly what I wanted to read and I read my way through it pretty quickly πŸ™‚

Ruby has recently divorced from her husband and is looking for a new perspective on single life. She is fully ready to embrace single life and doesn’t want a new relationship. She decides to pick up a new hobby to fill her time with, scuba diving. Then she meets Joe.

Joe is recently split up from his cheating with and single handedly looks after 2 teenage kids. Ruby and Joe get on incredibly well but Joe has a constant juggling act meaning he can’t give Ruby what he wants. Then comes along Mason, Ruby’s attentive boss. He can give her everything she wants… except a settle down type relationship.

I absolutely loved this book. It was very forward and backward between Joe and Mason though with Ruby seeming a bit easy to take advantage of, but that said it was an enjoyable read and I totally understand Ruby’s reasoning for going forward and backward as much as she did.

It wasn’t an overly predictable read though like some chick lit books can be and I really enjoyed it. I loved the characters, especially Joe and it was quite a relatable book.

All in all I loved this book and would really recommend it to anyone looking for a light summer read πŸ™‚

 

Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses

I’ve finally finished another book, and I have already shared it on An Historian About Town’s blogΒ but today I thought I’d share it on my blog πŸ™‚

My latest read is “Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses” by Carole Matthews. I love Carole Matthews’ books and actually bought this book around a year ago, but weirdly I hadn’t picked it up off my bookcase until the other week. This is another summery chick lit read which I loved.

In “Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses” we join Christie and her son Finn as together they face what life throws at them. Christie, a single mum is doing her best to make ends meet and keep her head above water, while also pursuing her hobby of card/craft making. However, when Finn suddenly falls ill Christie struggles to juggle work and family, and before long finds herself jobless… until an opportunity too good to miss comes along.

I don’t want to ruin the plot of this book too much because it is a great book and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone before they’ve even started. I loved all the characters. Finn is adorable, while Christie is an ambitious, but loving mother who will do anything she can just to keep the two of them afloat. One of the other main characters Max, is also a great character… but again, I don’t want to say too much about him in case I ruin it for anyone!

I would really recommend this book to anyone who loves chicklit but also anyone who wants an easy summer read πŸ™‚

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I’ll see you again soon πŸ™‚

 

 

 

Some Kind of Wonderful

I’ve finally got round to writing this review! πŸ˜€ I read this back in November/December, but with Blogmas I didn’t get round to writing/posting it before. “Some Kind of Wonderful” is Giovanna Fletcher’s latest novel and this time, released in hardback. My friend bought me a signed copy of “Some Kind of Wonderful” for my birthday and I was so excited to read it.

When the love of your life says you’re not The One, who are you?

Lizzy and Ian have been a couple since the first week of university. Now, after celebrating a decade together,Β everyoneΒ thinks they’re about to get engaged. Instead, a romantic escape to Dubai leaves Lizzy with no ring, no fiancΓ© and no future.

Lizzy is heartbroken – but through the tears, she sees an opportunity. This is her moment to discover what she’s been missing while playing Ian’s ideal ‘better half’. But how much has Ian changed her, and who should she be without him?

Determined to discover who she is at heart, Lizzy sets out to rediscover the girl she was before – and, in the meantime, have a little fun . . .”

This book was a great read, and I enjoyed every single page. Most romance/chick-lit books tend to be boy marries girl and they all live happily ever after. But not in this book. This is kind of an alternative where Lizzy finds a new happily ever after away from her old happily ever after.

I think this would be a great book for people going through breakups and would help them see the light, while not being too depressing. The story is enjoyable with some great characters.

I’m keeping this post short today, because I don’t wait to ruin the story for anyone else who is going to read this πŸ™‚ But I really do recommend this book πŸ™‚

Have you read this book? What did you think?

Blogmas Day 13: Festive Books

We’ve made it half way! How are you enjoying Blogmas so far? Today is all about Christmassy books. It is safe to say that in my time I’ve read my fair share of Christmassy books, ok, they’ve mostly all been Chicklit books, but I do love a good Christmas book! So today I thought I’d share with you some of the Christmassy books that I’ve read πŸ™‚

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Christmas with Billy and Me – Giovanna Fletcher

I’m not sure I share enough how much I love the Billy and Me books by Giovanna Fletcher, but “Christmas with Billy and Me” is the sequel to Billy and Me and it is a short Christmas ebook.

Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights – Carole Matthews

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I read this book last month and loved it. I was originally going to wait until it came out in paperback but I couldn’t wait! This is a lovely Christmassy chicklit book that will make you want to bake loads of Christmas goodies.

I Heart Christmas & I Heart Forever – Lindsey Kelk

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I love the I Heart series by Lindsey Kelk and these two books are no exception. Both are set around Christmas, so you’re bound to get your Christmas fix reading these books.

I’ll Take New York – Miranda Dickinson

This book is obviously set in New York during Christmas. It was the first book by Miranda Dickinson that I read and I absolutely loved it and couldn’t put it down. πŸ™‚

A Girl’s Best Friend – Lindsey Kelk

Another Christmassy Lindsey Kelk book! “A Girl’s Best Friend” is a fantastic book, combining the “I Heart” series with the “About a Girl” series. Again, set in Christmassy New York it is a great read.

The Christmasaurus – Tom Fletcher

I know this is a kids book, but is is absolutely brilliant and I loved reading it. In fact I may read it again now in the lead up to Christmas!

The Chocolate Lovers’ Christmas – Carole Matthews

If you’re looking for a book that is Christmassy, but not too Christmassy (and also Chicklit) then “The Chocolate Lovers’ Christmas” is a great book to read πŸ™‚

The Christmas Party – Carole Matthews

I really enjoyed this book when I read it 2 years ago. I don’t think it is as good as the other Christmassy Carole Matthews books, but it is still a great festive read! πŸ™‚

Calling Mrs Christmas – Carole Matthews

I LOVE this book. I read it so quickly because it was too good to put down. It definitely has to be one of my favourite Christmas chick lit books and I would highly recommend it if Chicklit is your thing!

The Cosy Christmas Tea Shop – Caroline Roberts

Finally, “The Cosy Christmas Tea Shop” by Caroline Roberts. I really enjoyed the book and am really looking forward to the new one written by her which I’ve just downloaded to my kindle.

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I really love reading Christmassy books. Have you read any of these? What is your favourite Christmas read?

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! πŸ™‚ Do you have any other Katie Fforde books that you can recommend me? πŸ™‚

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

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? πŸ˜‰

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”! πŸ˜€

The characters are all just as loveable as I remembered them to be… Where can I go to meet Danny?! πŸ˜‰ 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! πŸ˜€ If you love a Chicklit book and are looking for a new one this Christmas then Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights is a must! πŸ™‚

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