The House of New Beginnings

Summer means it is time for the release of Lucy Diamond’s latest book in paperback, and I was so excited to get my hands on her latest one “The House of New Beginnings”. I don’t think my summer is complete without a Lucy Diamond book! ๐Ÿ™‚

In “The House of New Beginnings” we meet Charlotte, Rosa, Georgie, Margot and Jo, all living in the same house in Brighton. All of whom have their own story for being in SeaView House. All five of the ladies have experienced sad stories, and now thrown together in SeaView House they begin to confide in each other, building new friendships and watching each other fall in to happier, new chapters of their lives.

I enjoyed this book, like I have all of Lucy Diamond’s other books and it was great watching how the story unfolded and how each of the ladies lives were all twisted in to each other in some way. Plus there were parts of the story that weren’t predictable which is always good in a chicklit book! It was a lovely, heartwarming story of watching people so sad rebuild their lives into something new, so I really enjoyed going on the adventure with each one of the characters in this book.

My only problem with the book was that I sometimes forgot who was who. I think that is one of the problems with books like this were you have a lot of characters in a situation like this. Like I kept getting Rosa and Charlotte mixed up. I loved them both, but sometimes I had to flick back to remind myself which background story belonged to each character. But that said it was a great book with truly loveable characters, and I really can’t wait for Lucy Diamond’s next book! ๐Ÿ˜€

I Heart New York

I feel like I’m on a bit of a book spree at the moment ๐Ÿ™‚ I adore Lindsey Kelk’s books, and this was the first one of her’s that I read. In fact it was the first book I read when I finished my A-levels and was trying to get back in to reading!

With Lindsey Kelk’s new book (I Heart Forever) coming out in September and Lindsey Kelk having announced a little book club I couldn’t resist having a re-read.

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Angela has been with Mark a long time. Until at her best friend Louisa’s wedding she walks in on Mark doing it with another girl, only to find out that he’s been having an affair for ages. And the worst thing is everyone already knew.ย Angela then runs off to New York, where she meets Jenny Lopez and begins to re-build her life.

I absolutely adore this book and it was great reading it again. I definitely loved it just as much this time as the first time I read it! ๐Ÿ™‚ There is something about Angela and Jenny that just grabs you. I think they’re both so incredibly different, yet they are both just thrown together and they just work!

I wouldn’t say the plot is that special in this book, but as a series it’s great. It’s very Sex and the City if that’s your thing. It is just a great summer holiday chick lit, romance read and you’ll probably fall in love with the characters just as I have. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Sunshine, With a Chance of Snow

I love Carole Matthews’ books and when I saw this book come out I couldn’t resist. This is a collection of short stories written by Carole Matthews (which have never been released before) including the story “Sunshine, With a Chance of Snow” (which was previously released as an ebook).ย I initially wasn’t going to get this book so soon, but then I found out it was a limited edition print so the urgency to grab it was greater! ๐Ÿ˜€

I really enjoyed this little book and enjoyed reading all the little comments Carole Matthews had written about where the story came from. The title story “Sunshine, with a Chance of Snow” was such a lovely story too which I really enjoyed. In fact, I wish it was a full length book!

I’m sorry it’s only a short post today, I’m not too sure what else to say about this book except it is great and a lovely quick read. ๐Ÿ™‚

See you again soon ๐Ÿ™‚

Christmas With Billy and Me

After finishing Billy and Me a couple of days ago, I decided to read “Christmas With Billy and Me” straight after so I could continue Sophie and Billy’s story while it was all fresh in my mind, plus I wasn’t ready for their story to end!

“Christmas with Billy and Me” is a short novella set in the lead up to Christmas. Sophie now owns the little tea shop in the village in which she grew up and she gets an anonymous email asking whether “the proposer” can use Sophie’s tea shop to propose to his partner on Christmas Eve. Of course Sophie says yes, and this novella leads up to Christmas and tells the story of Sophie, Billy, Sophie’s mum, Colin (Sophie’s mum’s partner), and Colin’s children as they prepare for this mysterious event of the year. But who is “the proposer”?

“Christmas With Billy and Me” as a great little book. It was much shorter than I remember it this time through though! But I still really enjoyed it and it was nice to have some more story with the characters I’d grown so fond of in “Billy and Me”!

All in all this is a great little book and I love it. My only complaint is that is isn’t long enough! XD

Billy and Me

The chances are you’ll have heard me talk about “Billy and Me” before. If I’ve told you what my favourite book is, or I’ve recommended a book to you, I may well have recommended this. Since I read this before I was blogging I decided it was time to pick it up again and read it so I could share it with you on here.

“Billy and Me” is written by Giovanna Fletcher, wife of Tom Fletcher from McFly/also an author himself. Many people think that Gi just gets her fame from who her husband is, but they’re wrong. She actually writes great chick-lit books. OK, some of them haven’t been as great as others, but the “Billy and Me” series (Billy and Me, Christmas With Billy and Me and Always With Love) is definitely her best.

I was first recommended Billy and Me by a friend who had also read and enjoyed it, I had a look on Amazon, loved the sound of it so ordered it.

Sophie May lives at home with her mum in a quiet little village where everyone knows everyone. She works in the little teashop in the village with her friend Molly, until one day a filming crew turns up to film a new version of Pride and Prejudice. Sophie goes about her day as usual, when Billy Buskin (the star of the film) walks in and befriends Sophie, and before long they’re going on their first date and have fallen for each other. But after time Billy has to move back to London for his next project and Sophie moves with him. But will Billy stay by Sophie’s side or will the fame get to him?

I absolutely adore this book. It is one of the cutest, soppiest, easiest books I’ve ever read. Gi does such a fantastic job of shaping the characters making them all incredibly lovable and easy to relate to. Yes, OK many people think it is just your typical silly boy meets girl love story but I love it. I think there is so much more to it than that. You see the perceptions of a “normal” girl as she enters the world of fame, as well as Billy trying to stay down to earth for Sophie, as well as all the negative press that goes along with someone “famous” dating someone “normal” if that made any sense?!

Billy and Me hasย a lovely storyline and yes some may say it is a little predictable but aren’t all chick lits?! Billy and Me is just a wonderful book where Gi has tried to create a really down to earth, caring Billy who isn’t phased by Sophie and her anxiety, which I think is fantastic to see!

Basically I think everyone should read this book, and the sequels that go with it! If you do decide to give this a read, please do let me know what you think of it as I’d love to see if other people love it as much as I do! ๐Ÿ™‚

After You

Caution, this review contains spoilers for Me Before You!!!

Today I thought I’d share with you my thoughts on the latest book I’ve read. It’s taken me a while, but I’ve finally finished “After You”, the sequel to Me Before You.

After You takes place a couple of years after Will has passed away at the end of Me Before You. Lou is now working in a bar in an airport in London, not really “living” life. She’s still grieving the loss of Will, then one day Will’s daughter turns up on her doorstep. Following her own accident Lou starts to change her life and pick up the pieces of Will’s daughter’s life. Then along comes Sam, a paramedic who Lou falls in love with. But is she ready to move on?

I enjoyed this book for the most part and I think it is a great sequel to Me Before You. A lot of the time you get disappointing sequels, but this wasn’t! The characters are just as good as the first book and it is a really good storyline. Plus we get to see how Will’s mum and dad have got on since he ended his life.

All in all this was a great book and not at all disappointing which I know some people are concerned about with sequels to books such as Me Before You. If you’ve read (or seen) and enjoyed Me Before You and want to know what happens to everyone following Will’s death I recommend this book to you.

It’s a Kind of Magic

I’ve finally finished another book! This one seemed to take a while to read again though! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I love Carole Matthews, and was looking forward to finally reading this after I’d picked it up on a second hand book stall. Although this is another chick lit book, it was a very bizarre one! I’m not saying I didn’t like it, it was pretty good, but just unrealistic and random!

Emma and Leo have been together for goodness knows how long… But they’ve been more off than on as Leo is an incredibly unpredictable and unreliable boyfriend. When Leo turns up at Emma’s 30th Birthday Party, drunk and incredibly late Emma has had enough. Then on his way home Leo meets Isobel, a fairy! Leo starts to change while with Isobel and realises how much of a naff boyfriend he has been, but will he let go of Isobel?

Like I said this was a very bizarre book. One minute Emma wanted Leo and kept calling him, then when he phoned her back seconds later she hangs up and changes her mind! Then the fairy thing… That was weird! I tried to forget about the fairyness and think of Isobel as a normal person, but it’s a little hard!

I loved most of the characters, and I wish we’d seen more of Leo’s neighbour Dominic who seemed like a lovely guy! But why write a fairy into a book like this?! Very strange! Anyway, fairy aside this was an OK book. It definitely isn’t one of the bestย chick-lit books I’ve read but it was still an OK, light read.