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Book Review: A Walk In Wildflower Park by Bella Osborne

Imagine you have found the one, with a year to go until the big day. Life is pretty good. Then our of the blue he dumps you.

Focusing on her career that is going well, Anna moves to a new house near her best friend Sophie. Not really looking for love she concentrates on herself….You then have not one, not two but three men all fighting for her affections. What a nightmare?! Said no girl ever!

This was another book from my mother in law. She never disappoints me 😊 It was absolutely fabulous!  Funny, heart-warming and romantic. Also, just the right amount of twists to keep you intrigued (no spoilers here) I also loved where some of the story was set (again no spoilers).

I loved Anna.  At first, she reminded me of me – she was a bit clumsy and a bit of a miss muddle. When she first met Hudson, it was hilarious I was proper laughing out loud but cringing for her at the same time. You could tell she had a hidden past and sadness about her. It made you warm to her even more and wish for her to find the one and be happy. Even though she seemed fairly content and happy at times, she really deserved more.

I loved Hudson. He was cool, calm and very appealing. I imagined him to be like Mr Big in Sex and the City.

I really did not like Connor from the offset.  There was something about him that I just didn’t couldn’t warm too. I felt he had nothing to offer Anna and I really wanted him out of the picture. I found him annoying and like a fly that just wouldn’t go away. There was a bit when I thought what was he playing at, why lie. It had me sending him evils through the pages. It all soon become clear.

As well as the story being focused around Anna, there was also her best friend Sophie. Sophie was going through a bit of a rough patch. I really enjoyed the easy-going friendship between Anna and Sophie. Also the support and love they showed each other. It really made me miss my best friend during lock down and wish I was just around the corner from her.

The location of the story felt and sounded amazing. Its described exactly like the front cover. Imagine a park on your doorstep that only the residents have access too. like a secret garden. Bliss!

I work an office (pre-lockdown) so really liked that some of the plot was based around the work place.I loved the competitiveness of both Hudson and Anna. You could tell as much as they both were against each other they had a soft spot for each other. The work politics is really like that in offices. The work trip… well both of them! How fun!  

Talking of lockdown. I am currently working from home (I know I have been very lucky) and as much as I miss the office environment and people. I am loving the work life balance. Being able to go for runs in the morning. Spending more time with my other half. Being able to sit outside at lunch and read, whilst getting some vitamin D. Having no traffic stress to contend with. Just blissful. I will go back to the office eventually but for now, home is where the heart is 😊 How is everyone else finding the work life balance?

I hope you are all coping OK and are ready to adapt to what will be the new norm.

Have a good Friday and a lovely sunny weekend.

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Books General Update

This busy week

Apart from my full time job, which I am lucky to be able to work from home. Its been a busy week for me. I thought I would share what I have been doing.

Creative Writing

I am back at college studying Creative Writing. Attending the Improvers course. I did the beginners course at the beginning of the year and had to write a short story of 1000 words. I loved it so much I signed up to the next stage. I do this every Wednesday night and it should be in the class room, however due to Covid 19 we are doing it online. Its still really good and we get homework to do. My homework this week is to write a beginning of a story. My deadline is Wednesday. Eek. Lucky I am off work this week and can dedicate 100% into this. I currently have a few ideas in my head and need to put these to paper.

Running – Couch to 5k

I am also in week four of Couch to 5k. I hadn’t run in ages, I am talking years! I thought I cant run 5k no way, but wanted to get out of the house during lock down and lose my belly! Its the best thing I have done. I brought all new sports gear. Think along the lines of – all the gear and no idea!! Now week four I am loving it. I tend to go first thing in the morning as I find it suits me best. Its lovely and fresh out there. Before I have even logged on for work I have done nearly 5000 steps. I feel great, positive and can focus on work for the rest of the day.

Busy Book Week

Its also been a busy week in the world of books. When isn’t it ! Just this week seemed even more busier. Several of my favourite authors have had new books out and cover reveals. Eek!

Publications

Paige Toon – The Minute I Saw You This is my current read and had me up until 1 am last night reading it. Review will be posted when I have finished. I am loving it so far, as you would expect from any of Paige’s books.

Description: When Hannah meets Sonny, she’s irresistibly drawn to him: he’s sexy and confident, but only in town on holiday. That’s fine with Hannah – she doesn’t do long-term relationships. And luckily for her, neither does Sonny. But before they can even so much as kiss, Sonny receives some shocking news and commits to making serious life changes – ones that can’t and won’t include romance.

With even a short fling now off the cards, Hannah and Sonny settle for being friends. But as summer hots up and their chemistry shows no signs of cooling, they start to question their reasons for shutting each other out.

Are they both too broken to find love? And if they tear down the walls between them, will they still like what’s on the other side?

Adele Parks – Just my Luck What a beautiful cover this. I cannot wait to start this. It sounds fab! I love of all Adele’s book and cannot believe this is her 20th Book. Just wow ! What an achievement. A massive well done.

Description: It’s the stuff dreams are made of – a lottery win so big, it changes everything.

For fifteen years, Lexi and Jake have played the same six numbers with their friends, the Pearsons and the Heathcotes. Over dinner parties, fish & chip suppers and summer barbecues, they’ve discussed the important stuff – the kids, marriages, jobs and houses – and they’ve laughed off their disappointment when they failed to win anything more than a tenner.

But then, one Saturday night, the unthinkable happens. There’s a rift in the group. Someone doesn’t tell the truth. And soon after, six numbers come up which change everything forever.

Lexi and Jake have a ticket worth £18 million. And their friends are determined to claim a share of it

Melissa Hill – The Summer Villa  This sounds brilliant. I cannot wait to be taken to Italy and devour this. Such a pretty summer cover too. 

Description: Three women. One summer reunion. Secrets will be revealed…Villa Dolce Vita, a rambling stone house on the Amalfi Coast, sits high above the Gulf of Naples amidst dappled lemon groves and the fragrant, tumbling bougainvillea. Kim, Colette and Annie all came to the villa in need of escape and in the process forged an unlikely friendship.

Now, years later, Kim has transformed the crumbling house into a luxury retreat and has invited her friends back for the summer to celebrate.

But as friendships are rekindled under the Italian sun, secrets buried in the past will come to light, and not everyone is happy that the three friends are reuniting… Each woman will have things to face up to if they are all to find true happiness and fully embrace the sweet life.

Cover Reveals

As well as publication dates we have had cover reveals for two lovely authors.

Heidi Swain – The Winter Garden I am a massive fan of Heidi’s books and was super excited to see the new cover reveal yesterday, Friday 15th. It looks the perfect winter book to curl up with. Out October 1st. I cannot wait.

Olivia Spring – The Middle Aged Virgin In Italy I was part of the cover reveal for Olivia’s book on Friday. Again I love Olivia’s books, as they are always fun, girlie and really relatable. This is the sequel to the Middle-Aged Virgin.
What a beautiful cover. Italy is one of my favourite countries along with the food 🤤 After having been to Tuscany last year, it really is the most amazing place. I fell in love with the beauty of it, and cannot wait to read this.

Saturday = Quiz night

Tonight I will be having a few gins and joining a couples quiz. Standard Saturday night. We are hosting this week. We had four rounds to sort, so me and my boyfriend have done two rounds each. I have put together a landmark picture round, which I have really enjoyed doing. It did make me wish I was on holiday exploring, but hey ho! I then did an 80’s quiz.

I hope you have all had a nice week as you can in lock down. Enjoy your weekend

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Book Review

Book review: Lies by T.M. Logan

Joe is happily married and plodding along with his ordinary life, when a last-minute decision changes everything. Seeing his wife involved in a heated argument with family friend Ben. Joe stops at nothing to find out what’s going on. What was she doing with him? why wasn’t she picking up her phone? Why did she lie about where she was? .

My mother in law said read this, its gripping you won’t want to put it down. Well she wasn’t wrong. I read this in a few days. It was amazing. You know one of those books where you cannot stop reading as you think you are close to finding out the next piece of the puzzle… Then something else happens which throws you completely off and then you don’t want to put it down as you might miss something.


The story featured some strong characters, some were next level that you would not want as a friend or to meet down a dark alley!! It was so well written and very clever. All the detail and research that went into this, was outstanding. .

I loved the unexpected ending. You will have to read for yourself, I cannot give any spoilers out.

You won’t believe it though. If you have read it and was shocked as I was, let me know.

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Book review: The First date by Zara Stoneley

I was lucky to be approved this from Netgalley and knew it be a book I would love by the blurb. I wasn’t wrong! I read it in 2 and a half days. It was amazing. Funny, full of warmth, chemistry and two brilliant characters it’s a must read.

Meet Rosie, who has recently split up from her childhood sweetheart. Strong minded yet clueless at dating she joins a dating website. However, her first date doesn’t go to plan, with him not turning up. But fate has other ideas for her. I absolutely loved Rosie, I loved how she knew what she wanted and spoke her mind at all times. Having a tough up brining she clearly had a lot going on emotionally and just wanted to be part of a strong, trusting relationship.

Now meet serial dater Noah, full of confidence, funny and only after fun. Turns up at the right time, but clearly definitely the wrong guy for Rosie! Can he help Rosie with getting her dating skills up to scratch to get her the man she wants from her list? If I was single, Noah is the sort of man I would want to meet LOL! What a guy!! I love how he brought out the best of Rosie and really cared for her, whilst helping her to get dates.

Overall I loved the story it was sweet, exciting and full of many laugh out loud moments. I need to read more by Zara now. I’m a sucker for boy meets girl stories and will never get bored of them no matter how many times I’ve read them. Who else loves these?

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Book review: Very Nearly Normal by Hannah Sunderland

Firstly, I must thank my lovely friend @the.tattooed.reader for telling me how amazing this book was. Her review was fab. I was then lucky enough to be approved on @netgalley  Thank you!

Wow what a book. I absolutely loved it. It had everything you could want in a story and more. I was gripped from the first page. The emotion was up there with the best I’ve read in a long time. It made you really get to know the characters and feel what they were going through. The romance was lovely too. I do love it when there is a will, they won’t they plot. I also loved the twist. It come out of nowhere which was great.

All the characters were so heart-warming. I really enjoyed getting to know all of them. My favourite had to be Effie. Just a normal woman struggling with her mental health. Living with her parents, drinking wine every night for comfort. Apart from her job which she loves, working in a book shop. She really needed something to change.
Fate then brings Theo into her life. Could he be her chance at happiness? Or is the secret he is hiding too big.

Completely heart-breaking this is a must read. I loved the message from this book ‘keep going, even when you feel like its all too much. You really do not know, what’s around the corner’.

Make a list of your dreams, wishes too! Because who doesn’t like ticking things off. I know this book will stick in my mind for a long time. I have already wrote my list to tick off. Who else reads a book and it changes them? or how they see life?

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Book Review: The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth

I had to read this first because of the title and when I read the synopsis it sounded intriguing and brilliant. It did not disappoint. If you read my Instagram page regularly Readinginlipstick you will know I am actually very fond of my mother in law. We get on great and most of my books I’m given comes from her, how could I not love her and yes I know I am very lucky.

Lucy meets Ollie and falls in love. After losing her mum years ago Lucy is looking forward to having that motherly connection again with her mother in law Diana and hopes she is the wonderful mother in law she has dreamed of. After all Ollie’s family seem perfect. Yet that doesn’t quiet go to plan. Fast forward 5 years and Diana has been found dead. A suicide note claiming she no longer wanted to live due to having cancer, yet the autopsy finds no traces of cancer. What is found is poison and suffocation. What happened? why did Diana want to kill herself?

I absolutely loved this story; it had the right amount of emotion, drama and warmth with an edge to it too. I was hooked all throughout especially with the secrets unravelling, keeping you guessing what had happened to Diana. As much as it was filled with drama it did have me laughing in places when both ladies come up against each other.

The characters were great my favourite being both Lucy and Diana. I love how the story was told from both their points of view, past and present. They were both so likeable even with their differences you could tell they loved their family and would have done anything for them.

I did keep comparing it to my own family situation and would really hate it if my mother in law didn’t approve of me. That would be the worse. As much as it was filled with drama it did have me laughing in places when both ladies come up against each other.

How many secrets can one family have…..

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Book Review: My Great Ex-Scape by Portia Macintosh

This was a fun, chick lit read with plenty of laugh out loud moments. Just what was needed after some intense books. .

Imagine being dumped live on tv and winning 50,000 at the same time…..
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Could a bunch of flowers send you on a trip to track down all of your ex’s and end up in New York. It can if you are Rosie and are clearly not thinking straight. I really liked Rosie and think a lot of us women could relate to her. We have all been there dumped, brokenhearted and are quick to jump at a new adventure or act crazy! I was interested to know if Rosie could turn her heartbreak around after being so unlucky in love.

Without giving too much away Rosie had a right mix of ex’s ranging from the lovely one you would totally want as a best friend, the sweetheart marriage material one, to the player you would not want to go near! I really loved Rosies relationship with her parents and also the strong bond and many laugh out loud moments she had with Eli. The swimming pool chapter was hilarious! .

This was my first Portia book and I really enjoyed it so will definitely be reading more of her books. I also really want to go on a cruise now, just maybe not a silver linings one! If you read it you will get why – haha !

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Book Review: Wishes Under A Starlit Sky by Lucy Knott

I absolutely loved this book, it really was the most perfect Christmas book that has a bit of everything in it. I really didn’t want it to end.

This is a beautiful story based on a life long friendship, new friendships, family and finding who you really are when you find out your husband wants different things to you and calls for a break in the relationship. Not to forget the delicious festive food and drink that is described throughout. Just wow! .

The special bond and friendship between Harper and Madi was definitely my most favourite bit. I don’t think I’ve read a book where two characters were more like sisters than friends and would do anything for the other one, it was just very lovely.

I loved all the time spent in Colorado; all the new friends they made and the special times they had with Harper’s parents. What wonderful characters these all were. Lucy made this sound the most magical, snowy, beautiful place on earth. I really want to go, especially to do yoga under the stars.

Lucy also mentions my favourite Cotswold place Bourton-on-the-water and describes it just as beautiful as it is. I loved the time Harper spent here and the new friends she met, especially Dr Dean.

What a wonderful festive book with the most loveliest ending.
Perfect to end leading up to Christmas with so thank you Lucy. I will definitely be checking out your other books. .
Have a wonderful merry Christmas all ❤️✨🎄 thank you @netgalley for this copy.

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Saturday stack : self care

Seeing as it was blue Monday this week and what feels like the longest month ever I have done my Saturday book stack based on books to do with self care.
After all loving ourselves is so important and instead of being called selfish at times for doing what we want to do; I prefer the term self care.
Do what makes you feel good for both your health and happiness.

I love all of these books and haven’t finished them all but love to go back to when I’m feeling like I need a pick me up or just to read views and words of wisdom from these great authors. Plus I love positivity and these really feel you with that. None of us are perfect, we can all learn a lot and develop from reading others stories.

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Book Review: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

I don’t always give stars on my reviews but this was definitely a ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5

After having this book for ages on my to be read pile. I finally got around to reading this on a buddy read with some lovely ladies on Instagram. The only negative thing I can stay about this book is why the heck didn’t I pick this up sooner!

It pulled me in and completely captivated me from the very first page. I’m really getting into my thrillers and this was perfect for me with the right amount of intensity. I could easily have read this in a day but I wanted to enjoy and process the brilliance of it.

This is well written and very cleverly done.

I loved how Alex keeps you guessing the whole way through and brings in different characters to get you thinking what do they have to do with Alicias story. I was thinking all sorts throughout and kept changing my mind on things.

I cannot say too much as I don’t want to give anything away but if this is on your #tbr pile please pick it up ASAP. You won’t be disappointed.

I did not guess the ending at all. Did you? Did anyone feel sorry for Alicia? Did you like Theo?