Book Review: A Season of Hopes and Dreams by Lynsey James @Lynsey1991 @HQDigitalUK @SarahManning123

Format: Advanced proof copy
Publication date: Today!
Links: Amazon UK | Goodreads
Blurb: It’s been a difficult year for Cleo Jones. The car accident that crushed her leg didn’t just destroy the village baker’s dreams of becoming a dancer, but crushed her confidence too. And recovering from that has been harder than healing from any number of broken bones…

But this summer is going to be different. Life is turning around for Cleo! Maybe it’s the invitation from h It’s been a difficult year for Cleo Jones. The car accident that crushed her leg didn’t just destroy the village baker’s dreams of becoming a dancer, but crushed her confidence too. And recovering from that has been harder than healing from any number of broken bones…

But this summer is going to be different. Life is turning around for Cleo! Maybe it’s the invitation from her childhood bully to their high-school reunion that’s shocked her out of a ten-year slump. Or joining Carb Counters and finally starting to shed the weight she’d piled on during her recovery – or maybe it’s catching the eye of her gorgeous personal trainer!

Whatever the answer, this is going to be a summer she never forgets… watch out world, Cleo Jones is finally fighting back!

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Book Review: Wickham Hall Part 1: Hidden Treasures by Cathy Bramley

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Author: Cathy Bramley
Format: eBook
Links: Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US | Twitter | Facebook


Blurb: Holly Swift has just landed the job of her dreams: events co-ordinator at Wickham Hall, the beautiful manor home that sits proudly at the heart of the village where she grew up.

Her first major event is a spring wedding of royal proportions. Holly has every detail covered, so all she has to do is keep calm and carry on… Easier said than done!

As the church bells ring, little does Holly know that come Monday, she’ll have a new boss. And it might not exactly be a match made in heaven… Continue reading

Book Review: Sunshine and Spaniels (Primrose Terrace, Book #2) by Cressida McLaughlin

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25340862Title: Sunshine and Spaniels (Primrose Terrace, Book #2)
Author: Cressida McLaughlin
Format: eBook, NetGalley
Links: Amazon UK | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook


Blurb: Cat Palmer’s dog-walking business, Pooch Promenade is taking off. It hasn’t been plain sailing but with the help of her flatmate Joe, she’s taken on some more new clients from Primrose Terrace. But when she meets boisterous puppy Olaf, who is owned by harassed single mum Frankie, she wonders if she has bitten off more than she can chew!

Cat’s also getting to know her sexy neighbour Mark and his Collie, Chips, a little better, but is there more to him than meets the eye? Perhaps sorting out her best friend Polly’s love life will be easier than her own…

Sunshine and Spaniels is the second part of a serialized novel told in four parts – all set in Primrose Terrace. Continue reading

Book Review: Game of Scones by Samantha Tonge

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Author: Samantha Tonge
Format: eBook, NetGalley
Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Goodreads | Twitter


Blurb: A story of icing and flour…and how love doesn’t always go to plan!

Growing up, Pippa Pattinson’s summers were spent in the idyllic Greek island fishing village of Taxos. There she spent many long hazy days determinedly ignoring thoughts of the life her parents had mapped out for her (a dreary-but-secure banking job and obligatory sensible husband!) Instead she daydreamed of running her own tea shop – serving the perfect scones –with mocha-eyed childhood friend Niko by her side…

Arriving back in Taxos for the first time in years, with suave boyfriend Henrik, Pippa barely recognises the tired little town – but is relieved to catch glimpses of the quaint, charming village she’s always loved. Together Niko and Pippa put together a proposal to save Taxos from tourist-tastic ruin, and at the heart of their plan is Pippa’s dream project – The Tastiest Little Tea Shop in Taxos. It’s time for Pippa to leave her London life behind and dust off her scone recipe that’s guaranteed to win over both locals and visitors. And amidst the rolling pins and raisins, it seems romance is blossoming where she’s least expecting it… Continue reading

Book Review: Wellies and Westies (Primrose Terrace Series Book 1) by Cressida McLaughlin

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25340865Title: Wellies and Westies (Primrose Terrace Series, Book 1)

Author: Cressida McLaughlin

Publisher: Harper


Blurb: Catherine ‘Cat’ Palmer realises, too late, that bringing an adorable puppy into work at the local nursery was a bad idea, especially after the ensuing chaos gets her the sack. Determined to turn a negative into a positive, Cat decides this is the perfect opportunity to get her dog-walking business off the ground with the help of her flatmates, Polly and Joe. After all, Primrose Terrace where she lives, is full of home-alone hounds… Continue reading

Book Review: Ivy Lane by Cathy Bramley

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Title: Ivy Lane

Author: Cathy Bramley

Publisher: Transworld


Blurb: Tilly Parker needs a fresh start, fresh air and a fresh attitude if she is ever to leave the past behind and move on with her life. As she seeks out peace and quiet in a new town, taking on a plot at Ivy Lane allotments seems like the perfect solution.

But the friendly Ivy Lane community has other ideas and gradually draw Tilly in to their cosy, comforting world of planting seedlings, organizing bake sales and planning seasonal parties.

As the seasons pass, will Tilly learn to stop hiding amongst the sweetpeas and let people back into her life – and her heart? Continue reading

Book Review: Just The Way You Are by Lynsey James

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Author: Lynsey James

Publisher: Carina UK


Blurb: Dear Ava,

How do you start writing a letter to someone, six years after breaking their heart?

Ava is unlucky in love as well as in life. The new office bitch has landed the dating column Ava wanted, and she can’t remember the last time she had a second date. It’s a good thing she has best friends Max and Gwen to pick up the pieces.

Deep down, Ava knows the reason why one date never turns into two – she’s in love with someone else. Someone she’s never even met.

It all started six years ago, with a letter from a secret admirer, Mr Writer…but then they suddenly stopped and Ava was heartbroken.

Now the letters have started again and Ava knows it could mean winning back the dating column at work. This time she’s determined to unmask Mr Writer…and find out once and for all if he’s Mr Right or Mr Very Definitely Wrong! Continue reading

Book Review: By My Side by Alice Peterson

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Author: Alice Peterson

Publisher: Quercus

Blurb: One step can change everything…

Cass Brooks loves her job, her boyfriend Sean, her life. Until, leaving home one morning, distracted and hungover, she steps into the path of a truck.

When she wakes up, she can’t walk. And suddenly all her hopes and dreams, the plans she’d made with Sean, the future she thought she’d have, seem out of her reach.

But then fate intervenes again. Cass meets Ticket, a loyal golden Labrador who refuses to leave her side. And on a flight to Colorado, she sits next to Charlie, who believes he can show her a life full of possibilities, if only she’ll let him.

Cass wants her life back the way it was. Charlie knows this cannot be. Yet a future beckons all the same… Continue reading

Book Review: One Hundred Proposals by Holly Martin

 

20140610-103517-38117757What it’s about:

‘Is there really such a thing as a perfect proposal?
Over the next hundred days I intend to find out. I will find one hundred ways to propose to our Chief Proposer Suzie McKenzie and post the results here for your enjoyment. One thing’s for sure, not one of my proposals will be on top of the Eiffel Tower with a dozen red roses.’

Best friends Suzie and Harry are partners in romance. That is, they run the.PerfectProposal.com, coming to the aid of would-be grooms to create the ultimate marriage proposal.

But when Harry decides to catapult the business into the big leagues with a PR stunt all Suzie can see is a hundred days of heartbreak stretching ahead of her. But however exotic the location, or breath-takingly romantic the setting, Suzie has to keep remembering that ‘Marry Me?’ is the one question she can’t say yes to.

This business proposal should come with one hundred broken heart warnings…

One hundred proposals, one hundred chances to say yes.


Review:

I’ve started this review about 3 times and I am very rarely speechless but I literally cannot accurately portray how much I loved this book. I read Holly Martin’s The Guestbook last year so I am familiar with how fluent and easy Holly’s writing style is however this book was formatted differently to the last so I was interested to see if she could keep up that effortlessness in her writing. I had absolutely nothing to worry about because I finished One Hundred Proposals in 2 days and dreaded having to put it down for the fear that the characters were going to carry on without me. One Hundred Proposals is about best friends Suzie and Harry who set up their own online business which provides help to those planning to propose – from the small, personal gestures to the big, dramatic spectacles. Harry takes the business to a whole new level with his PR stunt to find 100 unique ways to propose to Suzie and ultimately find her the perfect proposal. As they’re jetted off around the world to propose in an array of beautiful countries, cities and locations, Harry has a hidden agenda but Suzie’s heart is getting slightly more broken with each proposal which she so desperately wants to say yes to.

It’s evident by the praise Holly is getting on Twitter that this book is going to be a huge success and it has every right to be. Holly has such a beautifully easy way of telling stories which leaves you hooked and just wanting more and more from the characters she creates which you will come to know and love. Suzie and Harry compliment each other perfectly and their friendship is one that everyone wants in their life. Holly has literally created the perfect book boyfriend in Harry – it is so not normal to fancy a fictional character this much. He was charming, flirty and insanely hot! Suzie was such a delight to read too because she was so normal! She did normal girl stuff like dance around in a cow print onesie and fall over and drop Chinese food on her head and it’s so easy to relate to a scatty character like that who represents most girls today! The first few pages of this book literally had me laughing out loud – which is a rarity for me. It was so jam packed with effortless funnies and didn’t feel awkward or forced which I think is a huge talent for writers to have.

If you haven’t read any of Holly’s work yet, I seriously recommend you do because you are missing out! This was so easy to read that at points I forgot I was even reading. I was so consumed by this story that it began to feel like reality and only when my dog barked in my face did I realise it wasn’t. Holly takes you all over the world in this book to the most far off countries, beautiful sandy beaches and vibrant, energetic cities. It was such a treat to be able to visit all of these immensely well described places right from the comfort of my own bed. At first I had no idea where this story was going as Holly doesn’t give much away. There were a few potential directions it could have gone but the path it did take had my heart pounding and soaring and lurching for everything these characters were feeling. I was crying of happiness and those that know me know I hate romance but this was able to convert even the most sceptical of types and leave me believing in love all over again.

You can find Holly and One Hundred Proposals on the following links:

Goodreads | Twitter | Amazon UK | Amazon US


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Holly has been writing for five years, mainly chick-lit novels. Changing Casanova and The Chainsaw Masquerade were shortlisted for the Festival of Romance New Talent Award 2012. Her short story won the Belinda Jones Travel Club short story competition last year and was published in the first Sunlounger anthology. Her fantasy adventure young-adult book, The Sentinel, was published in October and hit three different bestsellers lists within twenty four hours. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 and her novel The Guestbook was released on Valentine’s Day 2014. Her short story Beneath The Bay Bridge is in this year’s Sunlounger 2 anthology

Book Review: The Darling Girls by Emma Burstall

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Three women in love with the same man meet for the first time at his funeral.

When world-famous conductor Leo Bruck suddenly dies, the three women who loved him meet for the first time at his graveside.

Victoria, Leo’s partner of twenty years, regards herself as the only rightful keeper of his legacy. Maddy, the mother of Leo’s daughter Phoebe, finds her carefully constructed world is rocked to the core by his death. Cat is shattered with grief for her first great love, a man she barely had the chance to know.

All are Leo’s ‘darling girls’: three very different women whose lives are about to become inextricably bound in a moving story of love, loss, and the prevailing power of female friendship. Continue reading