The Chocolate Lovers’ Club

I really like Carole Matthews’ books and “The Chocolate Lovers’ Club” was one of her books that I was desperate to read. Swansea has this great WH Smith with a clearance section where they sell some older books for really cheap and I was really excited when I found this book for the bargain price of Β£2! πŸ™‚

Lucy, Nadia, Autumn and Chantal make up the Chocolate Lovers’ Club and as soon as one of them has a crisis they can call on each other to meet at Chocolate Heaven, a little speciality chocolate cafe in the heart of London.

Lucy is having trouble with her boyfriend Marcus who says he’s changed, but he really hasn’t; Chantal is struggling in a loveless relationship where cracks are starting to show; Nadia is struggling to keep a roof over her and her son’s head because of her husband’s gambling addiction, while Autumn is having family issues.

As a group they definitely have plenty to talk about and help each other with!

I really enjoyed “The Chocolate Lovers’ Club” so much so that I’ve gone out and bought the next 3 books in the series already! The characters were lovable, especially Lucy and I really enjoyed going through all their dramas with them! Carole Matthews writes the characters really well and although the story was a little predictable at times it didn’t stop me enjoying it! πŸ™‚

A word of warning though, if you do want to read this book and those that follow, don’t read the blurbs of the next book until you’ve read the first book because the blurbs basically contain spoilers! πŸ˜€

But all in all this was a great book which I really enjoyed reading and I’m looking forward to reading the next books in the series πŸ™‚

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I Heart Forever

I was sooooooo excited for this book to come out πŸ™‚ I love Lindsey Kelk’s books and I especially love the “I Heart” Series. So when Kelk announced her next book was to be the next in the “I Heart” Series I was sooooooo excited! πŸ™‚Β “I Heart New York”, the first book in the I Heart Series, was the first ever Chicklit book I read so I think these books will always have a special place on my bookshelf! πŸ˜€

I’ll give you a little flavour of the “I Heart” story. Angela is originally from the UK but after finding her boyfriend cheating on her with someone else at her best friend’s wedding, Angela takes off to New York with a small bag. Angela then meets Jenny and Alex (among others) and starts a whole new life for herself out in New York.

“I Heart Forever” is the latest (but not last) book in the series where we join Angela, Jenny, Alex and Erin again for their latest adventure. Alex heads off travelling, leaving Angela alone in New York. On top of that Angela is dealing with a crisis at work and trying to organise Jenny’s wedding for her. But Angela also has a secret she needs to tell Alex, but getting hold of him proves somewhat difficult!

I loved “I Heart Forever”, I mean I won’t lie, I don’t think there was as much story in there as say “I Heart Paris” but it was still a really enjoyable read. My only regret is that I didn’t have time to read through the rest of the series again before reading this book, “I Heart Christmas” came out in 2013, so a long time ago and I struggled to remember some of the story/characters! But that didn’t stop it being enjoyable. The thing with this series though is I think it is one where knowing the background etc. makes for a better read. I’m not saying you couldn’t read it as a standalone book, but I definitely don’t think it would make as much sense!

All in all “I Heart Forever” was a light, enjoyable read and I’m so happy it isn’t the last we’ll ever see of Angela and Alex πŸ™‚

The Chick Lit Tag

The other week An Historian About Town tagged me in this Chick lit tag for me to share some of my favourites. Chick lit books are seriously underrated in my opinion where many people save them for a cozy night in or a holiday beach read. But actually I love them and they’re my go to everyday book. They definitely aren’t are fluffy as everyone makes them out to be! Yes OK they aren’t as educational as perhaps Charles Dickens but they are definitely reads in which you can learn something!

So in this tag I’m going to share with you some of my Chick lit favourites and you should definitely check out An Historian About Town’s post too! πŸ™‚

Rules
1. Answer the questions…
2. Link the books to Goodreads/Amazon/Chapters/Barnes and Noble, etc… when possible.
3. Be honest…
4. Tag some people who are fans of chick lit, or might become fans!
5. Have fun πŸ™‚

Questions

1. First piece of chick lit that you read?
2. Best piece of chick lit that you have read?
3. Favourite chick lit author?
4. Most recent piece of chick lit that you have read?
5. Favourite chick lit trope?
6. Why do you think people should give chick lit a chance?

My Answers

1. First piece of chick lit that you read? Photo 19-07-2017, 19 07 39

The first I remember was “I Heart New York” by Lindsey Kelk. I’d just finished my A Levels and had a long summer ahead so I wanted to get back in to reading. I was quite in to Sex and the City at the time and wanted a book that wasn’t a children’s or young adult one. So after ages of searching I finally landed on this one πŸ™‚ I now love Lindsey Kelk!

2. Best piece of chick lit that you have read?Β 


That’s a really hard one. I think “The Beach Cafe” by Lucy Diamond or “Billy and Me” by Giovanna Fletcher.
3. Favourite chick lit author?Β 

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You can’t ask me that! I love loads of them! I think it would probably be a toss up between Carole Matthews and Lucy Diamond. I’ve already told you by favourite Lucy Diamond book, so my favourite Carole Matthews book is probably “The Cake Shop in the Garden

4. Most recent piece of chick lit that you have read?Photo 09-08-2017, 19 06 22
The last chick lit book I read was Lucy Diamond’s latest book “The House of New Beginnings“. It isn’t the best of Lucy Diamond’s books but it was still an enjoyable read! πŸ™‚

5. Favourite chick lit trope?Β 
Just anything with drama! Usually my favourites are someone finding out they’re cheating on someone else and it is all drama. Basically the plot in “A Cottage by the Sea“. I loved that book!Photo 04-08-2016, 11 17 25

6. Why do you think people should give chick lit a chance?
They’re so full of drama it’s unreal so they’re pretty good in that sense, but also I think they’re more realistic and relatable than a lot of other books!

My Nominees

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And anyone else who enjoys a bit of chick lit! (Maybe Angela and Cheila – but I’m not sure if you’re in to it?)

 

 

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! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ˜€

I Heart New York

I feel like I’m on a bit of a book spree at the moment πŸ™‚ 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.Β 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! πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

 

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).Β 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! πŸ˜€

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. πŸ™‚

See you again soon πŸ™‚

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