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Book Review : The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

Old friends spending New Year’s Eve together at a lodge in the Scottish wilderness leaves one person dead. Who was the murderer? .

I loved this book and was captivated from the start. A brilliant murder mystery that I devoured in a few days. It did take me a little while to get my head around all the characters and I had to write down notes of who each of the characters were so I could refer back to. Does anyone else do that? .

After that I soon got into the swing of who was who and found the story really intriguing and loved the whole who done it. I loved how the story was told from multiple perspectives as you got a real feel for each of the characters. From this it also got you thinking who would have motives to kill and got you guessing who the person who died was. There were twists and stories unravelling that I didn’t guess or see coming which also kept the suspense of the murderer. Did anyone guess right? I did have my suspicion of the victim but I couldn’t work out who the murderer was. If you haven’t read this, I highly recommend it. .

Now to choose what to read next. I have started to branch out from my usual genre to the more deeper, mystery thriller style books. Saying that after watching You season 2 and reading this book I think I could do with a nice romance/chick lit book now.

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Book Review: A Wedding In December by Sarah Morgan

🎄📚Review A wedding in December by Sarah Morgan🎄📚

I’m a huge fan of Sarah Morgan and this book didn’t disappoint, it was fab! A Christmas wedding in a beautiful dreamy snow resort in the mountains and you have the perfect book.

Rosie and Dan are two lovely people in love, who after eleven weeks of dating are getting married. They both have really good support networks with their families wanting everything in life to be perfect for them. This includes Dan’s mum Catherine organising the wedding and Rosie’s family flying out at short notice to attend yet was it too soon to be getting married?

I love how the story is told from three different views; Rosie, her sister Katie and their mum Maggie. I loved them all and each of their stories. Rosie for her impulsive, hopeless romantic ways always trying to please everyone. Katie for being the caring over protective sister with issues she would rather keep to herself than burden her family. Maggie whose mission is to do best by her daughters and be the best mum yet on the brink of divorce from their dad.  Not to forget her great sense of humour. I had many laugh out loud moments with Maggie and her ways…the bedroom scene! With the help of Catherine. What a funny duo they were.

All the characters I warmed to instantly, even Katie. I loved the chemistry between her and Jordan. He took no nonsense yet was very lovely.  I was hoping he would crack her and make her realise she deserved some happiness after everything she has been through.

I wrote this review wishing I was at Snowfall lodge in Colorado. I imagined being in one of the tree houses with a book enjoying the spectacular scenery, blissful or what! It really does sound the best place ever. Who wants to join me on a trip to Colorado?

I would recommend this book if you are after a cosy, feel good romantic Christmas book to curl up with on these cold nights with a hot chocolate.

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Book Review : The Christmas Wish List by Heidi Swain

My first Christmas book of the and I absolutely adored it hence the 5 stars. It really gets you in the festive mood and is so heart-warming.

The story starts off with Hattie losing her job and having to face what to do next. Hattie’s dear friend Dolly comes to the rescue and offers her a plan for Christmas. Also, Hattie’s boyfriend Jonathan who she lives with has his own future planned for them, much to Hattie’s surprise. Does this fit in with what Hattie wants though….

Before Hattie makes any choices, she gets to spend a few weeks leading up to Christmas with Dolly. Heidi really lets you feel the loving friendship between Hattie and Dolly who equally look out for each other. Dolly has a great idea and sets them both a task to put together a Christmas wish list. Ticking of many things they haven’t done before over the festive period. Being someone who if forever making lists, I absolutely love this idea. 

Even more so I love that we get taken back to Wynbridge. A chance to catch up with some of the wonderful characters from the previous books. Hattie seems to know everyone and has many friends including the lovely Beamish. Who I think was one of my favourite characters. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the previous books, although I do highly recommend these. They are great!

The town is just wonderful, with a great Christmas market, café that does the most wonderful cinnamon buns and a great community spirit. I just love this place and if I could I would live here, or at least visit. Where is such place?!

This is a great Christmas book about friendship, family and relationships. At the same time Heidi tackles some tough issues. Thank you, Heidi, for starting off my Christmas just perfectly. 

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Book Review: Love Offline by Olivia Spring

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/ 5

I was very lucky to be given a chance to read Love Offline by the lovely Olivia. As soon as I read the Synopsis, I knew I would love this book. Thank you again.

If i could sum this up in three words it would be fun, flirty and fabulous.

This is a great book about getting your heart broken, true friendships and discovering who you really are. Whilst also touching on real life issues of the pressure of social media and mental health that comes with too much screen time.

The lovely Emily is terrified of getting back out there after a failed relationship with the man she thought she would marry.  Working from home she seeks solitude there in the comfort of her pj’s, sitting on her phone wasting hours scrolling through people’s social media and dating apps where no one can hurt her there! How is she ever going to get out of the rut she is in. That is until her best friend the wonderful Chloe steps in.

Chloe is the best friend every one of us needs, caring, honest and brings cake at every drama Emily face. Bonus! Their friendship was just so lovely, you really did feel all Chloe wanted was the best for Emily.  Without giving too much away, I loved what Chloe did for Emily, setting her tasks and taking her shopping. You could see the confidence growing back and Chloe also brought out a feisty side to Emily that I loved.

I was laughing throughout the whole book, especially at some of the interesting characters Emily met along the way. Henry being one of them, you would not want to meet him at speed dating!! Single or in a relationship I recommend this book. It has plenty of feel good and laugh out loud moments with the added cringe moments of dating we have all face in life. I know I can relate to a lot of how Emily felt after a break up and how hard it was trying to get back out there. Wish I had this book then! Only bad thing is it did make me want to go speed dating for the giggles (just don’t think my partner would like that now)!

As much as dating online works for some people, being the hopeless romantic I am I do also believe in the old fashion way and what Chloe was trying to do for Emily. Love has a funny way of showing up when you least expect it. But with whom in Emily’s case. You must read this to find out.

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Book Review : Burned Alive by Souad

I give this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

There are not many books I can say I’ve read in less than 40 hours, but this is one of them. It was so intense, I was captivated from start to finish.

This is a story of a young Palestinian women who was brought up in the West Bank. She describes the most awful treatment she received growing up, including being a slave for her family from a very young age. Souad then goes onto tell the punishment she was

given for falling in love and how she is still alive today.

I never really read nonfiction not because I don’t enjoy it just because I wouldn’t know where to start. So, when I was given this true story to read I moved it to the top of my TBR pile. I can honestly say it’s the most powerful, moving, emotional book I have ever read. I was left feeling all kinds of emotions, sad, angry, shocked and heartbroken.

This is a book that will stick with me forever and keep me going over and over of how Souad suffered and the unfairness of it.

To know honour killings goes on in our world has deeply saddened and shocked me. Thank you for letting me open my eyes and heart to something I knew little about.

I’m glad Souad has been able to tell her story, as painful as it must have been. What a courageous, brave, strong women.

Not to forget what an amazing and remarkable women Jacqueline is.

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Book Review: The Man Who Didn’t Call by Rosie Walsh

The blurb

Imagine you meet a man, spend seven glorious days together, and fall in love. And it’s mutual: you’ve never been so certain of anything. 

So when he leaves for a long-booked holiday and promises to call from the airport, you have no cause to doubt him.

But he doesn’t call. 

Your friends tell you to forget him, but you know they’re wrong: something must have happened; there must be a reason for his silence.

What do you do when you finally discover you’re right? That there is a reason – and that reason is the one thing you didn’t share with each other? 

The truth

My review

I have just finished this wonderful, intriguing story, that I could not put it down. I therefore give this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Without giving too much away for those who have not read or finished this I had to know what had happened to Eddie. Did anyone guess ?

I’ll admit I didn’t! I also didn’t see a lot of the twists and reveals which I’m glad about as some left me speechless.

I just loved Sarah, she seemed like such a sweet natured girl with a big heart. Some of her crazy stuff she was doing when he didn’t call, I’m sure some of us can relate to that. Which made me laugh and remind me of growing up and being uncertain of boys.

I loved the week they spent together, they just seemed so deliriously happy. Being a hopeless romantic I was smitten and was routing for them all throughout.

I also liked the drama added in the story and how it left you guessing what was to come.

Rosie also touched on mental health issues and described them very well. Which is great especially how it’s more talked about now and not hidden these days.

Please put this to the top of your TBR pile if you haven’t already read this. You will not be disappointed. If you have read it, do you agree with my 5 ⭐️?

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Book Review: Some Kind Of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher

I absolutely love all of Giovanna’s books so when she has a new book out, I’m always excited as I know it’s going to be great. It has taken me a while to get around to reading this partly due to my book shelf bursting with all many books to read. I’m just gutted I didn’t get to this sooner.

The blurb 

When the love of your life says you’re not The One, who are you?

Lizzy and Ian have been a couple since the first week of university. Now, after celebrating a decade together, everyone thinks they’re about to get engaged.

Instead, a romantic escape to Dubai leaves Lizzy with no ring, no fiancé and no future.

Lizzy is heartbroken – but through the tears, she sees an opportunity. This is her moment to discover what she’s been missing while playing Ian’s ideal ‘better half’.

But how much has Ian changed her, and who should she be without him?

Determined to discover who she is at heart, Lizzy sets out to rediscover the girl she was before – and, in the meantime, have a little fun . . .

My review 

Imagine sitting by the pool in Dubai with your boyfriend of 10 years, waiting for that proposal. Both your friends and family think it’s going to happen. So last day in the sun, he must do it before you leave, right?!

Lizzy is beginning to give up hope. We all know what’s coming…well more we are hoping and praying for Lizzy. It seems it’s her dream to marry Ian.

Then picture him on one knee….

So how did Lizzy then end up to spending the last night alone.

Back home it’s now time for Lizzy to pick up the pieces and move on. Easier said than done, as us girls that have ever been in that situation would know. Lizzy does what any of us would and goes into melt down.  She starts revaluating the last 10 years of her life and where did it go wrong. How could she change so much because of one person?

But really does one person change us or do we adapt to fit in someone else life. This is a brilliant story of self-discovery. Lizzy is so inspiring. I loved how she picked herself back up by doing something she loves for herself. It’s a great message to love yourself first and just be you and do what you want to do.

This isn’t just a story about boy and girl it’s also a touching story on friendship and family. Her friendship with her family is just so lovely and honest. Best friend Connie was exactly what you want in a friend and same for the new friendship with Natalia. They were both funny, loyal and full of spirit. With Natalia there comes Alastair and just wow! The attraction was just electric. I thought I was with them in the club on New Year’s Eve. My heart was racing, everything stopped around me while I was willing them to kiss. The chemistry and desire were jumping out the page it was so real and intense. Then there was the church scene where I was squealing with delight.

Some Kind of Wonderful is a must read it’s a perfect book to get lost in, that you won’t want to put down.