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4 July 2015

Upcoming release: 'The Girl's Guide to Getting Hitched' by Sophie Hart!

When new mum and events planner Julia Crawford is given the opportunity to plan three weddings, she jumps at the chance. What could possibly go wrong?… 

Forget bridezilla, Aimee’s future mother-in-law is the stuff of nightmares – hell bent on taking over the wedding entirely. Worse still, her fiancĂ©, Jon, seems oblivious. Aimee’s starting to wonder if she and her groom-to-be are right for each other after all… 

Body shy Debbie is on a mission. She’s determined to shed a lot of pounds before the big day. As the wedding inches closer, will the new Debbie lose sight of what’s really important? 

Gill loves Mike and their blended family of five kids to bits, but with a house full of teenage hormones and her eldest, Kelly, struggling with so much change, Gill is feeling the pressure... 

As the women bond over cake and a cuppa, can they each resolve their wedding woes before the big day? 

On the 17th of July Sophie Hart's latest book 'The Girl's Guide to Getting Hitched' will be released and it's a release I can't WAIT to pick up! Sophie's novels are amazing reads and I am already looking forward to having a completely fresh new title to dive into. This is definitely one of my personal favourite July 2015 releases and I'm sure any other chick lit fan will end up loving it as much as I hopefully will... Fingers crossed!

3 July 2015

Review: 'Catch Me If You Cannes' by Lisa Dickenson (2015)

Jess has decided it's time to get out of her comfort zone and live a little. So when her best friend Bryony, a journalist on a gossip magazine, is sent to cover the Cannes Film Festival, Jess decides to seize the day and go along for the ride. Two weeks of glitz, glamour and exclusive entry into celeb-filled parties is just the kind of adventure Jess needs.

Reality soon bites though when Jess and Bryony find they're staying in a dingy hotel far away from all the action and Bryony's expenses budget barely covers a glass of local wine. Undeterred, the two women are determined to live like the elite and enjoy one fancy night out to begin their holiday. So what if they have to tell a few white lies along the way? It's just this once. No harm done... right?

I'm so excited about the review I have to share with all of you today! One of the best new chick lit authors of the past two years is undoubtedly Lisa Dickenson. I fell in love with her writing as soon as her first e-book series 'The Twelve Dates of Christmas' was released (click here to read my review) and fell even more in love with her second novel, 'You Had Me At Merlot' (click here to read my review). So, when I was asked to review her latest four-part romantic comedy series, 'Catch Me If You Cannes' (don't you just love the title?) I couldn't shout 'YES' quickly enough. I definitely had high hopes for this one, but I also already had a good feeling Lisa would be able to meet them!

Jess and Bryony have been best friends since they were little girls; back then it was them against the world and that still seems to be the case. Jess owns her own cafe but feels it's time to do something to spice up her life a bit. Bryony works as a journalist for a gossip magazine and is sent to France to find some juicy stories at the Cannes Film Festival. Jess immediately spots a chance for an adventure and decides to go with Bryony. However, their hopes for a glamorous holiday are quickly shattered; their average hotel is far away from all the action and they don't have anywhere near enough money to be able to party with all the celebrities. Jess and Bryony decide they will make the best of things, they're in Cannes after all! So, telling a few lies here and there won't hurt anyone and will help them have a good time... Or not?

It's relatively easy to write a review of one of Lisa Dickenson's novels because I just seem to love every sentence that she gets onto paper, and 'Catch Me If You Cannes' is no exception to that! It has an entertaining storyline, great characters, a fabulous setting, and it's really funny. Lisa Dickenson really has her own distinctive writing style; a style that's easy to get lost in and one that even seems to be a bit addictive, because I didn't want to put the book down (but also didn't want it to end!). It's also perfect for the chick lit genre and I dare to say that anyone who is a chick lit fan will love this e-book series. 

Bryony and Jess are great characters. I loved their friendship; the two are each other's opposites which is probably what makes them work together so well. From the first chapter I was already rooting for them and just wanted to jump into the novel and join them on their Cannes adventure. Of course there's also enough man-candy to swoon over and a captivating plotline that made me both laugh and wonder what was going to happen next. I personally got to read this as a novel, instead of having to wait for the next part to be released, which resulted in me being really immersed in the story. Overall, 'Catch Me If You Cannes' is another chick lit hit for Lisa Dickenson; a feel-good, thoroughly funny, and amazingly entertaining romantic comedy which you need to add to your suitcase right now. Your summer holiday won't be complete without it!
For more information about this book: / / Goodreads

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

2 July 2015

The Inside & Out Book Tag!

I always get excited when I stumble upon new book tags that I haven't done yet, because I love book tags! I think they're always a lot of fun and a great way of sharing some more personal things with my lovely readers! Thanks to Vicky @ Books, Biscuits & Tea where I found this Inside & Out Book Tag; feel free to have a go at it yourself and make sure to leave a link to your own blog in the comments! :)

Inside flap / Back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough (Discuss)
I don't exactly know why, but I personally always prefer to have at least a bit of information about a novel before I start reading. I love reading the short summaries on the back of the book, just to get a first feeling, to already slightly know what the book will be about, who will be the main character... However, sometimes these summaries can already give 60% of the story away, which is of course a waste. Yet, if I had to decide: summary or no summary on the back of the book, I'd have to go for the summary, just to get that first insight into the book before I start reading it.

New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: audio book, e-book, paperback, or hardcover?
Definitely, without a doubt, paperback. I like e-books; it's handy to take a lot of them with you at the same time. However, I love having a book in my hands, being able to go through the book page by page, the smell of a new/old book... Nothing can beat that. I do want to try out an audio book sometime, though, because I've never actually listened to one and I'm curious to see whether I'll like it or not.

Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, taking notes, making comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean? (Tell us why)
I keep my books clean clean clean, because I just like to have them clean without any scribbles or drawing in it. I actually never make notes while I'm reading. I just prefer to keep on reading, and afterwards I'll go through the book again, making some notes, if I feel like it. 

In your best voice, read for us your favourite first sentence from a book.
Okay, since this isn't a vlog you won't actually be able to hear my voice, but trust me, I'm using my very best voice to read this out to you all:

*clears throat*

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice (1813)

Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the author’s gender?
No, it doesn't really make a difference to me, I think. Even though I hardly ever read books by male authors. But I think this has more to do with my favourite genres than anything else (chick lit, women's fiction, romance). I don't think it will matter in a good book whether the author is male or female; a good book is a good book, no matter the gender of the author. Yet, people can also say they don't judge a book by its cover, but I think we often do. So maybe, subconsciously, I also go for female authors for a specific reason...? A good question to think about!

Ever read ahead? Or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?
I have to admit I have read ahead a few times in the past because I just really felt like I needed to know whether a specific character would make it, or whether the book would end the way I wanted it to end. However, I do try my very best to stop myself from reading ahead because it can ruin the reading experience.

Organized bookshelves, or outrageous bookshelves?
I'd really like my bookshelves to be organized, but I'm afraid they might fall in the category 'outrageous bookshelves', just because I have too many books and not enough shelves. This means that I have to use all the space I've got to fit in all my books, which is quite a task, and one that results in a rather unorganized collection!

Under oath: have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?
YES, and I'm not afraid to admit it. If a book has a pretty cover, I want the book. Unless the story sounds absolutely awful. But a pretty cover definitely goes a long way.

Take it outside to read, or stay in?
Both have their own positive and negative sides. But if I have to pick, I'd have to go for staying in. On the couch when it's a bit cold outside, with a blanket, a nice cup of tea... Nothing beats that <3