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Book Review – What Now? By Shari Low

I jumped at the chance to read and review this when Rachel sent out the blog tour. Thank you very much for letting me be part of this tour. I read What If? and fell in love with all the of characters, especially Carly. I had to know what they was up to twenty years later…..

Synopsis

The follow-up sequel to the bestselling ‘What If?’ from Shari Low


Twenty years ago, Carly Cooper went on an epic quest to track down all the men she’d ever loved and lost in the hope that one of them was her Mr Right.

Now, two decades and two teenage sons later, she thinks she might have got it all wrong.

As the years have passed, lots of things have changed, leaving Carly asking ‘What Now?’

With a divorce and an empty nest on the horizon, Carly sets off once more to Los Angeles with her band of trusty girlfriends, to find the carefree, wild and adventurous Carly Cooper that she used to be.

On this latest quest, Carly discovers a few home truths and has to decide If her marriage is worth saving or is there a new happy-ever-after out there, just waiting for her…

Purchase Link – https://buff.ly/2JG8U69

My Review

Shari Low has done it again, she has created a book that will leave you feeling happy and sad, make you laugh, yet also cry. I wanted to grab my favourite girls and hug them close with lots of wine flowing. Hopefully one day soon girls!

How happy I was to hear from Carly again, whose point of view the story is told from. Carly Cooper is a legend with the best friends you ever could want. They have the best friendship and are more like family. Think Sex and The City and twenty years later add family/kids into the mix. 

Carly has changed from the carefree and adventurous women she was before. Which left me feeling sad for her and wanting her to get back to feeling more like herself, just maybe not as wild this time! Of course her friends wasn’t going to let her suffer alone. 

Carly’s trip to LA was an experience. I love how all the girls had her back. The fun they had together was great. I really cannot wait for holidays again with my girls. It really is a funny book, filled with lots of laugh out moments, which is exactly what I needed right now in lockdown. There was also heartache, and I really felt for them all but the bond the girls shared was very special. I was glad to read even with the heartache Carly was still hilarious!

Sam was the best friend/ex you could ever want, with that dream house in LA. I really want to go to LA and even more so after reading this book.

Mark still had something about him and I felt sad for him at the beginning. I was still torn as much as the first book with who I liked more out of Carly’s lovers! LOL.

I absolutely love the writing style and the characters Shari creates. Also, Aunt Val deserves a massive shout out as she was just brilliant and a ray of sunshine. On the opposite scale we have Estelle well wasn’t she a piece of work!

Each chapter kept me wanting more. I literally did not want this to end, equally though I wanted to know if Carly got her happy-ever-after.

If you haven’t read What If? I highly recommend it, just because it’s great. Even though this book explains everything that happened in the first book, the first book was just as fabulous and funny as the ladies were a lot younger and finding their way in life.

Romance, heartache, friendships, forever love and trips to New York and LA. What is not to love?!

Here’s to us all living our best lives, with our soulmates 😊

Author Bio – 

Shari Low is the #1 bestselling author of over 25 novels, including One Day In Summer and My One Month Marriage and a collection of parenthood memories called Because Mummy Said So. She lives near Glasgow.

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Book Review – The Boardwalk by the Sea – Winter Whimsy by Georgina Troy

Synopsis

Zip up your puffer coat, winter has arrived!

When Lexi Davies discovers that her father has sold the fishermen’s cottages she runs as holiday lets and where she also lives, she is heartbroken. Then, when Oliver Whimsy arrives at the boardwalk and announces that he is the new owner, Lexi realises that the future she was looking forward to enjoying at her cottages is over. 

Oliver might be handsome, wealthy and very sexy, but he’s new to the island and has already made a terrible impression on the locals. When he offers Lexi a job, she’s unsure whether she should accept. Unfortunately, she has little alternative if she wants a roof over her head for the winter.

As Lexi gets to know Oliver better, she discovers there’s far more to Oliver Whimsy than she or anyone else had imagined. Just what is the heartache Oliver’s trying so desperately to hide and why was he so determined to buy the cottages? Lexi wants to find out, but in order to do so she’s going to have to spend time with him… 

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Winter-Whimsy-Escape-Christmas-Boardwalk-ebook/dp/B08K3H8XZD/   

US – https://www.amazon.com/Winter-Whimsy-Escape-Christmas-Boardwalk-ebook/dp/B08K3H8XZD/

My Review

This really was a sweet book, based on friendships, family and romance. A great book to curl up with and escape these cold evenings and what’s going on in the world.

Strong, kind, lovely independent Lexi, who was having family issues after her dad sold her beloved cottages. Making her lose her job and her home. I really liked her and felt for her straight away, she was a lot calmer in situations where I would have been raging! I also liked how she had her own mind and wasn’t afraid to say what she thought.

Lucky Lexi had the most wonderful friends, Sacha, Bella and Jools. Always having fun, with their café meetings, little parties and walks along the beach together. As well as fun, they were always there for Lexi. I love how angry they were on her behalf for situations relating to her dad and his new girlfriend Gloria. I thought Gloria was evil!! Not all us step mums are like her! Without any spoilers she was next level!

Oliver – handsome, generous and caring. I thought people were too quick to judge him. I haven’t read the previous book to know too much about him, but I thought he deserved a chance and was glad Lexi had no other option but to give him one. 

The seaside setting was beautiful, I’ve never been to Jersey before – it sounds idyllic. I say this every time I read a book by the seaside, but I really would love to live by the sea. This book had all the beautiful feels of the seaside. There was a warm community spirit here, that made you want to jump in the book and join in the winter fun.

I’m looking forward to the next book in the series Spring Siren which is based on Lexi’s friend Jools. Which I hope also gives us an update on Lexi and her life, as I feel I need to know more about how things were left. I have questions that need answers!! 🙂

Author Bio – Georgina Troy is a pseudonym of author Deborah Carr, USA TODAY bestselling author of The Poppy Field, Broken Faces and the Mrs Boots series.

She was a finalist in the Contemporary Romance Category of the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards 2016 (RoNAs) with A Jersey Kiss, book 1 in her Jersey Scene series.

Georgina lives on the island of Jersey with her husband and three rescue dogs and is 1/3 of The Blonde Plotters.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GeorginaTroyAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GeorginaTroy

Instagram: @AJerseyWriter

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Book Review – The Heiress’s Pregnancy Surprise by Donna Alward

Synopsis

A VIP assignment…
an unexpected consequence!

Ex-SAS officer Jacob Wolfe’s latest job, as aristocrat Charlotte Pemberton’s bodyguard, is pushing him to his limits. Never one to step over the line, he’s determined to ignore their intense connection. Until a single dance leads to a forbidden kiss… and Jacob is tempted to break all his rules. But their resulting night together has an unexpected consequence…

Purchase Link

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heiresss-Pregnancy-Surprise-Mills-Empire-ebook/dp/B08DFRT9SJ

US – https://www.amazon.com/Heiresss-Pregnancy-Surprise-Mills-Empire-ebook/dp/B08DFRT9SJ

My Review

I really enjoyed reading this romantic and charming book. I loved the writing style and the descriptive words.  I’ve grown really fond of Harlequin books and find it the perfect means of escapism. This book was no different.

Charlotte Pemberton, what a character. I adored her from the beginning, the way she was and carried herself. Even the name is stunning! A beautiful, strong yet sweet, career women with hidden depths. Her main priority was work and due to her past experiences, which we found out later on, she found it hard to trust people. Hosting her first fashion show in New York, she was there to work – no mixing business with pleasure!

Jacob a caring, hardworking, body guard that was hired to look after Charlotte on her trip to New York. As soon as they got put together, you could feel the chemistry and the connection. As much as Charlotte didn’t want a bodyguard I thought they were great together. With Jacob one to stick by the rules, he looked after Charlotte from a professional view and soon realised she wasn’t the princess he expected. Which only complicated matters even more so, as they both knew that nothing could happen between them! 

I loved the suspense of this, knowing they were both holding back. It kept you reading and invested to see what was going to happen. The author had me captivated and intrigued all throughout.  

This had two perfect settings:

I loved the New York setting, the fashion element, the apartment and Charlotte’s outfits. I was getting Sex and the City vibes. I wanted to go to Aurora and shop until I dropped!

Also Chatsworth Manor sounded delightful. I loved the Chatsworth gardens the best and the flowers in it, how pretty and serene. No wonder Charlotte felt so at ease there. I thought it was described wonderfully. As was the mouth-watering food throughout the book. 

As well as romance and chemistry this book had a nice humour to it – the plane scene going to New York. The whisky drinking at Chatsworth Manor. Stephen playing the perfect big brother role. The way he was had me in giggles.

I highly recommend reading this and hope you love it as much as I did.

Author Bio – While bestselling author Donna Alward was busy studying Austen, Eliot and Shakespeare, she was also losing herself in the breathtaking stories created by romance novelists like LaVyrle Spencer and Judith McNaught.  Several years after completing her degree she decided to write a romance of her own and it was true love! Five years and ten manuscripts later she sold her first book and launched a new career. While her heartwarming stories of love, hope, and homecoming have been translated into several languages, hit bestseller lists and won awards, her very favorite thing is when she hears from happy readers.

Donna lives on Canada’s east coast. When she’s not writing she enjoys reading (of course!), knitting, gardening, cooking…and is a Masterpiece Theater addict.  You can visit her on the web at www.DonnaAlward.com and join her mailing list at www.DonnaAlward.com/newsletter .

Social Media Links – Facebook: www.facebook.com/DonnaAlwardAuthor  Twitter: @DonnaAlward  IG: donnaalward

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Book Review: Love Offline by Olivia Spring

Im so glad to be joining in with the birthday blitz for this amazing five star read.

To celebrate Olivia’s book birthday I am re posting my review from last year when 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.

Synopsis

Love Offline: Looking For Romance In Real Life

Emily’s Struggling To Find Romance Online. Will Ditching The Dating Apps Lead To True Love? 

Online dating isn’t working for introvert Emily. Although she’s comfortable swiping right at home in her PJs, the idea of going out to meet a guy in person fills her with dread. 

So when her best friend challenges her to ditch the apps, attend a load of awkward singles’ events and find love in real life, Emily wants to run for the hills. 

Then she meets Josh. He’s handsome, kind and funny, but Emily’s had her heart crushed before and knows he’s hiding something… 

Is Josh too good to be true? Can Emily learn to trust again and if she does, will it lead to love or more heartache? 

Love Offline is a fun, sexy, entertaining story about friendship, stepping outside of your comfort zone and falling in love the old-fashioned way. Ideal for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Lindsey Kelk and Beth O’Leary’s The Flatshare.

Purchase Links 

UK: https://amzn.to/2OKcwF3

US: https://amzn.to/35p81oZ

Love Offline is available to read for FREE in Kindle Unlimited. It is also available to read for FREE in Prime Reading until late November.

My Review

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.

Author Bio – 

Olivia Spring is a British, London-based writer of contemporary women’s fiction, sexy chick lit and romantic comedy. Her uplifting debut novel ‘The Middle-Aged Virgin’, which was released in July 2018, deals with being newly single in your thirties and beyond, dating, relationships, love, sex and living life to the full.

Olivia published three novels in 2019: ‘Only When It’s Love’, ‘Losing My Inhibitions’ and ‘Love Offline’. ‘The Middle-Aged Virgin in Italy’, the hotly anticipated sequel to ‘The Middle-Aged Virgin’ and Olivia’s fifth novel, was published in July 2020. 

When she’s not writing, Olivia can be found making regular trips to Italy to indulge in pasta, pizza and gelato and of course, seeking inspiration for her next book!

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http://www.oliviaspring.com/

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Book Review – Christmas Reunion in Paris by Liz Fielding

I love romance, chemistry and Paris. So I knew I was going to love this book, it blew me away. Thank you for letting me be part of this wonderful blog tour.

Synopsis

Parisian reunion
With the one that got away!

Celebrity chef James Harrington never expected to find himself face-to-face with Chloe, his first love, again… Especially, with her working as a chambermaid at his luxury hotel! Their chemistry’s as strong as ever, but she’s hiding a secret. Can James convince Chloe that their love is worth taking a chance on – again?

Katie Fforde wrote, when honouring her with the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2019 said – “Liz Fielding’s books, with their warmth, humour and emotion, have charmed millions of readers. She is a true star of the romantic fiction genre.”

My Review

You never forget you first love and that was exactly the same for James and Chloe. An unexpected meeting years later, proved the chemistry was definitely still there. It felt that magical, you could feel the chemistry through the pages.

However working as a chambermaid wasn’t the best way to run into her first love. As we all know,  life and romance doesn’t always run smoothly! Especially between two people who have been through a lot in life!

I adored all the characters. James, a high flying chef who was endearing, caring, yet sometimes a little quick to jump in without thinking. Chloe with the most stunning and beautiful soul. Hardworking, having several jobs to provide for herself she was literally run off her feet. I felt a massive sadness for Chloe, I  wanted her to feel happy and free from all of her past. What she had been through was heart breaking.

Sally was a wise character I loved the relationship she had with James. They had such a nice and playful way with each other.  Wasn’t Marie just the kindest, sweetest lady. I wanted to just hug her. I need a visit to the Chateau.

 This was a passionate and deep love story. That left me feeling emotional. With some of the most sweetest moments, it will leave you smiling for a long period of time.  The romance of it all, was very beautiful.

I have a strong desire to go to Paris and this book was exactly what I needed right now with not being able to travel. Escapism at its finest. I  have only been to Paris once when i was a teenager and have the longest to do list when I finally get there again. Well when Covid allows.

I enjoyed reading all of the places mentioned in Paris and loved the way Liz described them. It was like you was walking through the streets of Paris with her.  Eiffel Tower, Louvre, a cruise along the Seine, an open top tour bus, Notre Dame, Arc De Triomphe and many more are on my list that was mentioned. I have also added Bouquinites to my list, as this vintage open air book shop along the Seine riverbank sounds like my kind of heaven.  I also loved the way Liz described the food and wine, my mouth was watering whilst I was reading.

After I wrote this, I had to listen to Unchained Melody, which just brought back all the feels for me and left me giddy! I absolutely loved this beautiful book and if you love romance, I highly recommend reading this. It was special throughout. I had tears at the end of it.

Purchase Links

Amazon – https://mybook.to/ChristmasReunion

iBooks  – https://books.apple.com/gb/book/christmas-reunion-in-paris/id1508284570

Google   https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Liz_Fielding_Christmas_Reunion_In_Paris_Mills_Boon?id=DgPdDwAAQBAJ

Nook  – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/christmas-reunion-in-paris-liz-fielding/1136637305

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/christmas-reunion-in-paris-mills-boon-true-love-christmas-at-the-harrington-park-hotel-book-1

Mills and Boon – Harlequin –

https://www.harlequin.com/shop/books/9781335556462_christmas-reunion-in-paris.html

Mills and Boon Australia

Author Bio – Best selling author, Liz Fielding worked as a secretary in Africa, the Middle East and the UK before writing full time. Her award winning books are published worldwide in multiple languages and she has more than 15 million books in print.

Katie Fforde wrote, when honouring her with the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2019 said – “Liz Fielding’s books, with their warmth, humour and emotion, have charmed millions of readers. She is a true star of the romantic fiction genre…”

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Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/lizfieldingauthor

Twitter – https://twitter.com/lizfielding

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/liz.fielding/

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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.