I Heart Forever

I was sooooooo excited for this book to come out 🙂 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! 🙂 “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! 😀

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 🙂

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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! 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂 I now love Lindsey Kelk!

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


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? 

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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! 🙂

5. Favourite chick lit trope? 
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?)

 

 

Book releases I’m looking forward to

It feels like there are quite a few books coming out that I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on. So I thought I’d share some of them with you today 🙂

1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Illustrated Edition)

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Coming out on 7th November, I can’t wait to get my hands on this. 🙂 I’ll probably ask for it for my birthday or Christmas 🙂

2. Some Kind of Wonderful 

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This is the next fiction book by Giovanna Fletcher. I’m really excited for it as I love Gi’s books! It comes out the day before my birthday (16th November) so I know what I’ll be getting! 😀

 

3. I Heart Forever 

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I was sooooooo excited when Lindsey Kelk announced this book as I love the I Heart Series and the characters in it 🙂 This book comes out really soon (7th September) now!

 

4. Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights

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I absolutely adored The Cake Shop in the Garden, so when I heard there was a Christmas based sequel coming out I was really excited 🙂 I love a good Christmas book. This comes out on 19th October on Kindle and in Hardback with is a little sad. I’d rather get the paperback so it fits on my shelf with my other Carole Matthews books. No doubt I’ll end up buying it if it’s not too expensive though! 🙂

 

5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated Edition)

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I know a lot of people argue that once you have one copy of Harry Potter you don’t need another as they’re all the same. But the illustrated editions are beautiful and I think they’re keepsakes for the future! 🙂 The Prisoner of Azkaban illustrated edition comes out on 3rd October 🙂

Are there any books coming out soon that you’re looking forward to getting your hands on? 🙂

I Heart New York

I feel like I’m on a bit of a book spree at the moment 🙂 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. 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! 🙂 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. 🙂

 

Blogmas Day 3 – Christmas Books

We’ve made it to day 3! I got up early this morning so I have some time to write this before starting my work!

Today’s post is about Christmas books! I’ve read several Christmas themed books in the last few years so I thought I’d share with you briefly my favourite three as well as some of the other ones that I’ve read and would recommend to anyone trying to get in the Christmas mood!

1. Calling Mrs Christmas 

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I read Calling Mrs Christmas this time last year and I loved it. It was great fun:

“Cassie Smith has been out of work for a while but she has an idea. Drawing on her love of Christmas, she begins charging for small things: wrapping presents; writing cards; tree-decorating. She’s soon in huge demand and Cassie’s business, Calling Mrs Christmas, is born.

Carter Randall wants to make Christmas special for his children so he enlists Cassie’s help, and his lavish requests start taking up all her time. Thank goodness she can rely on her partner Jim to handle the rest of her clients.

When Carter asks Cassie to join them on a trip to Lapland, she knows she shouldn’t go. As much as tries, Cassie can’t deny how drawn she is to Carter and everything he has to offer, but she still loves her warm-hearted Jim. Suddenly Cassie finds herself facing a heart-breaking choice that could change her entire life.”

2. I Heart Christmas

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I haven’t reviewed this book on my blog here as I read it before I started my blog, but this is a brilliant book by Lindsey Kelk and is currently the last in the brilliant “I Heart” series which I could recommend to anyone who loves chick lit books!

Angela’s planning her very own fairytale of New York…

• Enormous Christmas tree
• Eggnog
• Eccentric British traditions
• Gorgeous man

But Santa’s throwing her a few curveballs – new job (as if it’s not mental enough already), new baby-craze from her best friend Jenny, and Alex determined they should grow up and settle down. Once friends start turning up uninvited on her doorstep (and leading her astray), can Angela really have a merry little Christmas? So much for happy holidays – something’s got to give…”

3. Christmas With Billy and Me

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Again, I haven’t reviewed this book on here, but I have reviewed the sequel “Always with Love“. I absolutely adore the Billy and Me series from Giovanna Fletcher and cannot recommend it enough to anyone. They’re some of my favourite books and I love the characters, and I really really hope we get more of these Billy and Me books!

“Christmas has come to Rosefont Hill and it’s destined to be a particularly special festive season for Sophie May.

When a smitten stranger emails Sophie to ask her if he can propose to the woman he loves in her little teashop, the romantic in her finds it impossible to refuse. Even though Christmas is her busiest time of year she has her own sweetheart, Hollywood actor Billy Buskin, to lend a helping hand. How could she say no to making someone’s dream come true?

As Sophie and Billy work together to plan the perfect fairytale proposal for this couple, excitement in Rosefont Hill is mounting. Who is this mysterious man? And who is the lucky lady he’s about to get down on one knee for?”

Other Christmas books that I’ve read and recommend

What Christmassy books have you read? What would you recommend me reading?

We Were on a Break

I love Lindsey Kelk’s books and again I was really excited for her latest novel. This time I picked it up in Tesco rather than Amazon and I couldn’t wait to get going.

Liv has been on holiday with Adam. Adam’s brother is married to Liv’s best friend, Cassie. Cassie lets slip to Liv that he was planning to propose on the last day of their holiday in Mexico… But it all goes wrong. Adam wimps out of proposing and the disastrous holiday comes to an end with Adam telling Liv that he “needs a break”.

Adam knows he has messed up and tries to get Liv back… But now she needs a break from Adam’s unusual behaviour and the situation he has put them in. With the chasm between Adam and Liv growing every day, and Adam’s brother stirring things up, can they ever find a way back to each other?

All in all We Were on a Break was a good book, and Kelk does not fail to disappoint. I can’t say this book was as good as the other books that Kelk has written but it was still enjoyable. I loved Liv and Adam (to begin with) before he went all funny on Liv and he made me hate him and side with Liv… and then I started to get a soft spot for him as he tried to win Liv back. As usual Lindsey Kelk has crafted wonderful characters and I love that you almost fall in to the story with them.

The storyline was great, not overly predictable like many chick lits can be and I honestly began to wonder if this was going to stray from stereotypes and not have an happy every after!

All in all this was another great book, the only thing I didn’t like was how long some of the chapters were, but you can’t really complain about that!

I look forward to Lindsey Kelk’s next book… Please can we have Angela back?! 🙂

A Girl’s Best Friend

I absolutely love Lindsey Kelk’s books and after finishing Always the Bridesmaid back in the summer I was incredibly excited to hear that Lindsey Kelk had another new book coming out in 2015.

First things first, what isn’t to love about the cover of this book. It is sooooo lovely you can’t help but feel all snug and festive just looking at it. And it gets so much better when you actually snuggle up in bed and read it!

Tess Brookes has had a disastrous 6 months. Everything in her life has changed after she found out that her ex flatmate (Vanessa) had stolen her photos (and camera) to gain a job as a photographer. But Tess’s life changed even further when she answered Vanessa’s phone one day. Tess has visited both Hawaii and Milan and struggled with her feelings over two guys along the way.

Deciding last minute to head to New York to visit her best friend Amy (and her old friend Al and co.) Tess lands (or perhaps you could say blags) herself a photography job for none other than Angela Clarke (editor of the US Gloss magazine) meeting Angela’s friend Jenny Lopez on the way. Tess also then bumps in to Nick in New York, one of the guys she is unsure whether she is in love with or not. After a disastrous meeting with him Tess spends Christmas in New York with Amy still unsure of who she is in love with; Nick, or her best friend Charlie from home. But who will Tess decide to try a relationship with? Nick or Charlie?

Firstly I need a fan girl moment! I absolutely adore Lindsey Kelk’s “I Heart Series” and I adore the main characters, particularly Angela. So when I read Tess meeting Angela I had to have a little squeal! It was so amazing to see the two stories collide! It made me so excited! 😀

PLEASE LINDSEY CAN WE HAVE MORE OF ANGELA CLARKE?!

Anyway, the story was great and not at all predictable. I love both Tess and Amy (Amy reminds me so much of Jenny in the “I Heart” Series) and I was pleased to read about the happiness that both Amy and Tess found at the end of the book. Nick is a somewhat annoying character, but for that reason I love his character more and would love to read more about Tess and Nick in the future.

A Girl’s Best Friend was a great book which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I would recommend it to anyone and can’t wait to read more of Kelk’s books in the future! 🙂