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30 September 2016

October 2016 Releases! (Part 1)

October is almost here, which means Autumn has arrived...! I have to be honest and admit I'm quite happy that Summer is over. I'm not a fan of warm weather and already look forward to snuggling up inside with a good book and a cup of tea. October also slowly means the start of the holiday season and based on the number of Christmas-themed books that will be released, we are going into things full force! I had quite a difficult time picking my October releases selection because there are so many great books coming out the next couple of weeks... Definitely enough reading to keep all of us occupied!  

Which releases are you excited about? I'd love to hear from you! If you'd like me to include your book release in this list, feel free to contact me via e-mail or Twitter! :)

'A New York Love Story' - Cassie Rocca (1 October)

Giving a present is not always easy. Clover O’Brian knows that only too well: her job consists of helping people in the arduous task of choosing unusual gifts. Christmas is coming, New York is buzzing, and Clover, who has always loved the festive period, savours the atmosphere.

Cade Harrison already has everything in life. A Hollywood actor, he is handsome, rich, famous and popular. Success, however, has its downsides; having just emerged from a disastrous relationship with an actress, he feels a need to hide away in an area unfrequented by stars, in an apartment lent him by a friend, far from prying eyes – especially those of tabloid reporters. But as chance will have it, the apartment in question is right opposite the one occupied by Clover, who until now has seen Hollywood actors only on the big screen. Two quite different lives meet by chance, at the most exhilarating time of year... / / Goodreads

'Marry Me Tomorrow' - Carla Burgess (3 October) 

Emily needs a husband…fast. It’s just a few days until Christmas and to finally put a stop to her nagging mother’s matchmaking plans, Emily has convinced her that she’s already married!

And when her excited mum announces that she’s coming to stay, Emily can think of only one man to play the part: gorgeous ex-soldier, Sam. It’s the best part of her day, handing him a coffee every morning – but then, Emily never expected to offer him her hand in marriage, too…

All that’s left is for Sam to say ‘I do’ – it’s the perfect plan! So why then, do her ‘pretend’ feelings for Sam seem far too real? / / Goodreads

'The Christmas Promise' - Sue Moorcroft (6 October)

For Ava Bliss, it’s going to be a Christmas to remember …

On a snowy December evening, Sam Jermyn steps into the life of bespoke hat maker Ava. Sparks fly, and not necessarily the good ones.

Times are tough for Ava – she’s struggling to make ends meet, her ex-boyfriend is a bully, and worst of all, it’s nearly Christmas.

So when Sam commissions Ava to make a hat for someone special, she makes a promise that will change her life. She just doesn’t know it yet…

'All She Ever Wished For' - Claudia Carroll (6 October) 

Marriage. It’s a dream come true. Isn’t it?

One wet winter night, two women meet on a bridge. One is Tess Taylor, a personal trainer on the way to meet her boyfriend for date night. The other is Kate King, a celebrity married to a handsome billionaire who just happens to make her cry. In the cold dark evening, there is nothing to link them together but the bridge they shiver on. Little do they know they’ll both hold the key to each other’s future marriage…

All She Ever Wished For tells the story of what happens when your dream is about to come true. And what happens when that dream turns into a bit of a nightmare…

'We Were On a Break' - Lindsey Kelk (6 October)

Is it a break? Or is it a blip?

‘You’ve just had a holiday,’ I pointed out, trying not to yawn. ‘Wasn’t that enough of a break?’
‘I don’t mean that kind of break.’

There’s nothing worse than the last day of holiday. Oh wait, there is. When what should have been a proposal turns into a break, Liv and Adam find themselves on opposite sides of the life they had mapped out.

Friends and family all think they’re crazy; Liv throws herself into work – animals are so much simpler than humans – and Adam tries to get himself out of the hole he’s dug.

But as the short break becomes a chasm, can they find a way back to each other? Most importantly, do they want to? / / Goodreads

'The Singalong Society of Singletons' - Katey Lovell (7 October)

Monique and Issy are teachers, housemates and lovers of musicals! Their Friday night routine consists of snacks, wine and the Frozen DVD. So when Monique’s boyfriend moves to America for a year and her sister Hope moves in because of her own relationship woes, Friday nights get a new name… ‘The Singalong Society for Singletons’!

It’s a chance to get together, sing along to their favourite tracks from the best-loved West End shows, and forget the worries of work, relationships and love (or lack of it). But when Issy shares the details of their little group further afield, they get some unexpected new members who might just change their opinions on singledom for good….

'One Christmas in Paris' - Mandy Baggot (7 October)

Ava and her best friend Debs arrive in Paris just as the snow starts to fall. The Eiffel Tower glitters gold and the scent of spiced wine is all around, but all Ava can think about is Leo, her no-good, cheating ex. 

Debs is on a mission to make Ava smile again, and as they tour the Christmas markets, watch lamplight glittering on the river Seine, and eat their body weight in pain-au-chocolat, Ava remembers there’s more to life than men ... Until they cross paths with handsome, mysterious photographer Julien with his French accent and hazelnut eyes that seem to see right inside her. 

Ava can’t ignore the intense chemistry between them, but her fingers have been burned before and she can’t forget it, especially when her ex, Leo, starts texting again. Can Ava really trust Julien – and what exactly is his secret? 

Will Ava go home with a broken heart, or will she find true love amongst the cobbled streets of Paris? 

'A Winter's Wish' - Alice Ross (10 October)

Amelia is at breaking point. She’s just lost her job and Doug, the love of her life, still hasn’t broken up with his girlfriend. Surely a trip to the quiet countryside is just what she needs?

Phil is about to leave beautiful Buttersley for the other side of the world! The sunny shores of Australia will mean a new life with his girlfriend, but something is holding him back…

Ella has never felt this way before – Jake O’Donnell is the most gorgeous man she’s ever seen. And the more time she spends babysitting his kids, the more her feelings grow!

Stan should be happy. He loves his wife and their adorable baby girl more than anything! So why, when everything’s finally going right, are they arguing more than ever?

One thing’s for sure, even when Buttersley’s first snowflakes begin to fall, it’s never too cold for love to blossom…

'Love is a Four-Legged Word' - Michele Gorman (13 October)

Best friends Scarlett and Shannon spend their days tangled up in dog leads and covered in fur, running their dog business together. Scarlett’s intensive training course, Ruff Love, fixes owners as much as their pets, while Shannon spends her days walking spoiled pooches. 

They share more than their business though: they also share Scarlett's husband, Rufus, who's been Shannon's best friend since childhood. It's a cosy setup. Unless one of them has a secret... 

When Scarlett and Rufus's baby plans are decimated by a surprise turn of events, their marriage hits the rocks and they both turn to Shannon. All three relationships are pushed to breaking point, but when loyalties become divided, how do you decide who's most important? 

'The Cosy Christmas Teashop' - Caroline Roberts (14 October)

After a rocky start, Ellie Hall baked her way into everyone’s hearts at Claverham Castle – even the miserly Lord Henry was won over – and the run-down teashop regained its old sparkle.

Now Ellie has upgraded cupcakes for fairytale masterpieces as the proud caterer for an ever-growing list of weddings at the castle. The teashop team love baking to the tune of happy ever afters, but can they pull together when a certain bridezilla pushes them all to boiling point?

Christmas is just around the corner, and a last minute booking threatens to snow the team under. Ellie and her hunky hubby Joe have their own Christmas dreams to chase, but they’re determined to pull through and give this special couple the winter wonderland wedding they deserve.

Will Christmas at the Cosy Teashop be a showstopper to remember?


Check back tomorrow for more exciting October 2016 releases!

29 September 2016

BookShots: my first experience and review!

Can a little black dress change everything in her life?

Magazine editor Jane Avery spends her nights alone with Netflix and Oreos – until the Dress turns her loose. Suddenly she's surrendering to dark desires, and New York City has become her erotic playground. But what began as a fantasy will go too far... and her next conquest could be her last.

I've got something quite great to share with all of you today, if I may say so myself! Recently I was contacted by a publisher and introduced to 'BookShots', a new way of reading developed by world-famous author James Patterson. I hadn't heard of BookShots before, but they're basically small and light books you can finish in one sitting that will keep you on the edge of your seat; short, fast-paced, high-impact entertainment (click here to read some more about it). I received 'Little Black Dress', which was first released in July, as an example to try out and I have to say I straight away warmed to the idea of BookShots!

'Little Black Dress' is a quick read by authors James Patterson and Emily Raymond that focuses on magazine editor Jane Avery. Jane is the type who enjoys staying at home, watching Netflix with a good choice of snacks, instead of going out to look for some excitement. However, after she buys a beautiful black dress, something inside of her wants to try something different for a change. One thing leads to another and before Jane knows it she's living out her darkest desires. The question is, will she be able to continue like this or will things simply get too dark...?

This was my first James Patterson read, so I don't really feel as if I am in a position where I can really say something specific about his writing, especially considering this is a quick read and one written together with another author, namely Emily Raymond. I can say I was immediately grabbed by the story and really understood what the idea is behind these BookShots; I finished the book in one sitting and was amazed by how much happened in only a limited number of pages and how I was really absorbed by the story, even though this is not usually the type of read I would pick up.

As an avid reader who travels a lot I really love the concept of BookShots; it's so easy to take one with you and to finish it in one or two sittings. I'm really curious to read some more of these, and also to try different genres and see whether that will also work in this format. 'Little Black Dress' is a dark and thrilling read without a boring moment that I surprisingly quite enjoyed, but I am most excited about this new book format and can definitely recommend it to other readers!
For more information about this book: / / Goodreads

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

28 September 2016

Review: 'The Little Village Bakery' by Tilly Tennant (2016)

Meet Millie. Heartbreak has forced her to make a new start and when she arrives at the old bakery in the little village of Honeybourne she is determined that this will be her home sweet home. Her imagination has been captured by the tumbledown bakery but with no running water and dust everywhere, her cosy idea of making cakes in a rural idyll quickly crumbles.

Luckily the locals are a friendly bunch and step in to help Millie. One in particular, Dylan, a laid-back lothario, soon captures her attention.

But just as Millie is beginning to settle in, an unexpected visitor from her past suddenly turns up determined to ruin everything for her. It’s time for Millie to face the skeletons in her closet if she’s going to live the dream of running her little village bakery, and her blossoming romance with Dylan.

Promise me a story about a small cosy village, a bakery, and give me a pretty colourful book cover to look at, and I'm your girl. I know we've seen a lot of chick lit novels the past couple of years that focus on characters starting or working at their own bakery/cake shop, but it's a trend I can't get enough of just yet. So when Tilly Tennant's 'The Little Village Bakery' popped up on my NetGalley page, I immediately got excited and looked forward to giving it a try. I was actually already familiar with Tilly Tennant's writing since I've read 'Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn" and, most recently, 'The Accidental Guest', which I both really enjoyed, so when I needed a pick-me-up read a few weeks ago I knew this one would most likely do the trick!

Millie wants nothing more than to leave her current life behind and start over somewhere new, and Honeybourne seems to be the perfect place. After purchasing an old bakery that's in desperate need of renovation Millie is focused on this new project of hers and leave her old life behind. The locals are friendly and welcoming and ready to give Millie a hand. Especially local playboy Dylan and his sister Jasmine immediately warm to the new girl in town, but Millie seems a bit reserved and not yet ready to share her story. Until a familiar face from her past shows up in town, ready to disrupt Millie's new life, no matter what it takes...

I love it when the story inside a book matches its lovely front cover on the outside, and that certainly the case with Tilly Tennant's 'The Little Village Bakery.' I already expected this to be an enjoyable chick lit read, but I have to admit I enjoyed it even more than I anticipated. Tilly Tennant's writing fits this genre incredibly well, if you ask me. A good division between description and dialogue, chapters that are well-paced and of a good length, and just the kind of writing that made me feel as if I was flying through it while I was reading. The plotline (female protagonist wants to leave past behind, moves to small village where she starts her own bakery) isn't the most original one, but the author gave it her own twist and I have to say I'm one of those readers who will probably never tire of this particular plotline, haha!

The book has a great character at its core in the form of Millie; I liked her but was also intrigued by her and wanted to know what had happened to her in the past, so that definitely kept me reading. As can be expected in a lovely town like Honeybourne there are a number of fascinating and entertaining locals; I personally warmed most to Jasmine and Ruth, but I think there's something for everyone in there. I have to agree with some other reviewers that I was surprised that the bakery didn't really play such an important role in the novel; I missed all the cake and overall yummy-ness, but it doesn't change the fact that this is a great read. 'The Little Village Bakery' ticks all the required boxes for a warm-hearted and simply great chick lit read and since it is only the first part of a new book series by author Tilly Tennant, I am already incredibly excited about what is still to come...!
For more information about this book: / / Goodreads

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