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29 July 2016

The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!

It's almost the end of July which means we've already passed the half year mark for 2016. A great moment to take part in the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag, if you ask me. I had a quick look on my Goodreads page and so far I've read 105 books, so enough to choose from for the following set of questions!

Best book you’ve read so far in 2016


Oh, okay, let's start with one of the most difficult questions, that's fine! Hmmm... I think I'll have to go with either Cathy Bramley's 'Wickham Hall', which was an incredibly lovely read, or Debbie Johnson's 'The Birthday That Changed Everything', which was a funny and simply fantastic read as well. Don't make me pick just one, because this was already challenging enough...! 

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2016


I was introduced to Katy Colins' series 'The Lonely Hearts Travel Club' this year and have fallen head over heels in love with it! The sequel 'Destination: India' was released in June and is just as fantastic as the first part, 'Destination: Thailand.'

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to


I was immediately excited when I first laid eyes on Annie Darling's 'The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts.' The novel has such a cute cover and the blurb promises a great story which I am sure I will love. So far I haven't picked up my own copy of the book yet, but I really plan on doing just that this summer!

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year


There are many releases coming up in the next couple of months which I am really excited about! However, if I have to pick just one, I'd probably go with Lisa Dickenson's 'Mistletoe on 34th Street.' Lisa is one of my favourite authors, she always makes me laugh with her stories, and Christmas is my favourite time of the year... The perfect combination!

Biggest disappointment


I was really excited about Lorelei Mathias' novel 'Reader, I Dumped Him...' The publisher really promoted it well and I couldn't wait to give the book a go, but in the end it really wasn't a read for me and I was quite disappointed.

Biggest surprise


Every now and again I still get surprised by books and it's a brilliant feeling. This definitely happened with Phaedra Patrick's 'The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper.' I was part of the blog tour for this book but wasn't too sure what to expect or whether it would be a book I would end up enjoying. However, it was one of a kind and unlike anything else I've read!

Favorite new author (Debut or new to you)


I was introduced to author Katie Oliver this year and I still don't know why it took me so long to pick up one of her books. She uses Jane Austen as a big inspiration for her novels and I just loved the two books written by her I've read so far. Can't wait to read more!

Newest fictional crush


I have to admit I don't have as many book crushes anymore as I used to have when I was younger, but I would be lying if I would say the men in Sarah Morgan's novels don't make my heart beat that little bit faster...

Newest favorite character


Kimberley Long, the heroine in Meredith Schorr's 'Blogger Girl' and 'Novelista Girl', could be my new best friend. I read both books this year and loved them. This really is chick lit at its best and I can't get enough of Kimberley and her adventures!

Book that made you cry


Books don't often make me cry, but 'Our Song' by Dani Atkins definitely did. I remember it clearly, because I was quite surprised it actually made me shed a few tears, haha!

Book that made you happy


Anna Bell is a lovely author; her novels never disappoint and neither did 'The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart.' The book has a positive message and was just a real joy to read.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

My boyfriend recently bought me a very old edition of Jane Austen's 'Mansfield Park' which I just LOVE <3

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

There are no specific books I really need to read before the end of the year, but I have a Goodreads goal to reach, so I definitely plan on reading another 60 books to make sure I reach that goal...!

28 July 2016

Review: 'Cloudy with a Chance of Love' by Fiona Collins (2016)

Every cloud has a silver lining when it comes to love…

Daryl Williams never minded the fact that she had a big bottom. It’s always been behind her. In fact, it was one of the things that her husband loved about her. Until he ran off with her best friend, Gabby.

Daryl knows that she needs to get back in the dating game, she just doesn’t know how. So when her colleague suggests taking a fortune forecast, she reluctantly agrees. And it looks like Daryl’s luck is in, by Friday she has a 99% chance of falling in love!

Only, even when it’s written in the stars, finding the one after the one is never easy…

Earlier this year, in April to be exact, I was part of the blog tour for author Fiona Collins’ great novel ‘A Year of Being Single’ (click here to read my review). The novel was a thoroughly enjoyable read and one I can definitely recommend to any romantic comedy/chick lit fans out there. I was really surprised when I found out Fiona Collins’ second novel was about to be published rather quickly after the first one, but also excited to check it out. ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Love’ has a simply lovely title and book cover and I was curious to see whether I’d end up enjoying this new novel as much as I did ‘A Year of Being Single’! 

After her husband ran off with her best friend roughly a year ago, Daryl Williams is now a forty-something divorcee trying her very best to move and get her life back on track. Her friend Sam truly believes it is time for Daryl to get back in the dating game and this is only confirmed after the two of them take a fortune forecast. According to the forecast, Daryl has a 99% chance of falling in love by the end of the week and Sam is determined to make the forecast come true. With her handsome new neighbor Will and evenings filled with speed dating and a cooking class for singles, Daryl undoubtedly has enough opportunities to get some male attention, but is she really ready to fall in love again after everything that has happened…?

I think I am slowly falling in love with Fiona Collins and her writing; ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Love’ is another entertaining romantic comedy which I didn’t want to put down and just really enjoyed from start to finish! The book already had the great title (which also fits in really nicely with main character Daryl’s job as a weather presenter on the radio) and a lovely book cover, and the story inside is definitely one that matches, filled with a great sense of humour. Protagonist Daryl is really funny and down-to-earth and the kind of character I think many readers will be able to relate to in one way or another. I’m not yet in my forties, not a mum, and not out in the dating field, but I easily warmed to Daryl and just loved reading her story, focusing on rebuilding her life after her husband left her for her best friend a year ago, and seeing what happened to her. 

Thanks to her friend Sam (who is one of several great secondary characters), Daryl finds herself in some entertaining situations, such as a speed dating evening and a cooking class for singles, and I really just couldn’t get enough of the book. Romantic comedies like this one are perfect to take on holiday with you for a read that will make it easy to forget about everyday-life for a few hours, but it’s a read I’d like to recommend to anyone looking for their next read; you won’t be disappointed. ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Love’ is another fantastic read by Fiona Collins; an entertaining, fun and light-hearted romantic read that will undoubtedly make you laugh, I loved it!
Rating:9,5/10
 
For more information about this book: Amazon.co.uk/ Amazon.com / Goodreads

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

27 July 2016

Upcoming Release: 'Falling' by Julie Cohen!


Can you imagine keeping a secret so devastating, you couldn’t even tell the people you love?

Honor’s secret threatens to rob her of the independence she’s guarded ferociously for eighty years.

Jo’s secret could smash apart the ‘normal’ family life she’s fought so hard to build.

Lydia’s could bring her love - or the loss of everything that matters to her.

Grandmother, mother and daughter – three women whose lives are falling apart. But one summer’s day, a single dramatic moment will force their secrets into the open.

Can they save each other from falling?

We're almost at the end of July and just like most other months this year so far, it has been another 31 days filled with some pretty great new releases! However, the month isn't over yet and we're being treated to one more release which I am personally quite excited about. I've had the pleasure of reading several of Julie Cohen's novels in the past and I'm really looking forward to picking up 'Falling', which will be released on July 28th. The book promises to be an intriguing and captivating women's fiction read and I hope it will manage to live up to my expectations!

Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com / Goodreads