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29 March 2015

April 2015 releases! (part 1)

Spring has finally arrived, yay! Even though it doesn't quite look like it just yet, I'm positive those lovely warm Spring days are just around the corner and I can't wait to enjoy them with a good book! Luckily, we are almost at the start of April, which means a new month filled with tons of exciting book releases. April has so much amazingness in store for us, I don't have just one, but two posts filled with fabulous titles to keep an eye on in the upcoming few weeks!

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! :)

Tess Woods - 'Love at First Flight' (1 April)

Looking back on it now, I can see it was instant. The second we locked eyes. Boom. Just like that. The me I had spent a lifetime perfecting began its disintegration from that moment. And despite the carnage it brought to all our lives, I still don't regret it. 

What would you risk to be with the love of your life? And what if your soul mate is the one who will destroy you? 

Mel is living the dream. She's a successful GP, married to a charming anaesthetist and raising a beautiful family in their plush home in Perth. But when she boards a flight to Melbourne, she meets Matt and her picture perfect Stepford life unravels as she falls in love for the first time ever.

What begins as a flirty conversation between strangers quickly develops into a hot and obsessive affair with disastrous consequences neither Mel nor Matt could have ever seen coming. Mel's dream life turns into her worst nightmare.

Why so excited? --> 'Love at First Flight' (what a great title, by the way) is Tess Woods' debut novel and I'm quite excited about it! I have a feeling this will be quite the gripping women's fiction read and I'm curious to check it out this April!

Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com / Goodreads
 


Cathy Bramley - 'Appleby Farm - Where the Heart Is (Part 3)' (2 April)

Life is a whirlwind of hard work and fun at Appleby Farm, just the way Freya likes it. As her plans for the vintage tea rooms come together, the old timber barn is filled with a merry jumble of teacups and the smell of Auntie Sue’s freshly baked scones.

After a visit from Tilly Parker, Freya is beginning to feel like she’s finally found her home. And a surprise birthday treat makes Freya wonder – has love has been under her nose this whole time?

As the grand opening of the tea rooms arrives, the pressure is on – especially with greedy property developers sniffing around. Then a secret request poses a new challenge, but it might just be the answer to Freya’s prayers…


Why so excited? --> I love Cathy Bramley's writing; her stories never disappoint, so I'm already looking forward to reading the third part of her serialised novel 'Appleby Farm', which will be released on the 2nd of April! 

Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com / Goodreads
 


Tess Woods Kathryn Cushman - 'Finding Me' (7 April)

What would you do if you learned your life was a lie? 

All her life, Kelli Huddleston has been told the story of a fire--a fire that killed her mother and two siblings when she was an infant. After her father's death though, she uncovers evidence of a different story, including clippings about a boat accident that killed a young father and his infant daughter. And Kelli quietly realizes the story of her life has been a fiction. 

How far would you go to discover the truth?

Armed with only a few pictures of what she thinks might be her family, Kelli crosses the country to Tennessee, determined to uncover the truth about what happened over twenty years ago in a small southern town. When the trip threatens to open doors to the past better left shut, and her plans for the future are jeopardized, Kelli is faced with an agonizing choice that will change her life forever.

Why so excited? --> Another exciting release which already sounds like a really gripping read. I definitely look forward to picking this up and getting to know more about Kelli and her story!
 


Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - 'The Royal We' (7 April)

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it's Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain's future king. And when Bex can't resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick's sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he's fated to become.

Which is how she gets into trouble.

Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she's sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing.


Why so excited? --> Oh, there's nothing like a good and fun royalty love story! I love the sound of 'The Royal We' and am 100% sure I'll enjoy this from start to finish!

Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com / Goodreads
 


Elle Field - 'Lost' (7 April)

Arielle is back! OK, she’s not on her way to becoming the next Coco Chanel, her childhood dream, but she is one way step closer to running her very own shop with business partner Felicity.

She’s also planning her perfect romantic wedding to fiancĂ©, Piers, and Arielle is starting to think that she’s finally found her place in the world... Of course life is never that straightforward.

With a new-found foe interfering with her shop decisions, not to mention haughty wedding planners and loved ones facing personal struggles, will Arielle figure out what's important before all is lost?

Why so excited? --> I read and reviewed Elle Field's novel 'Kept' last year and really enjoyed it. This April, the sequel 'Lost' will be released and I'm really excited to be part of the blog tour for the novel that's coming up!
 


Dorothy Koomson - 'That Girl From Nowhere' (9 April)

‘Where are you coming from with that accent of yours?' he asks.
‘Nowhere,' I reply. ‘I'm from nowhere.'
‘Everyone's from somewhere,' he says.
‘Not me,' I reply silently.

Clemency Smittson was adopted as a baby and the only connection she has to her birth mother is a cardboard box hand-decorated with butterflies. Now an adult, Clem decides to make a drastic life change and move to Brighton, where she was born. Clem has no idea that while there she'll meet someone who knows all about her butterfly box and what happened to her birth parents.

As the tangled truths about her adoption and childhood start to unravel, a series of shocking events cause Clem to reassess whether the price of having contact with her birth family could be too high to pay...

Why so excited? --> Dorothy Koomson is known and widely praised for her captivating and compelling women's fiction reads. The whole book community is excited about her newest release coming up and I personally also can't wait to get my hands on a copy of 'That Girl From Nowhere'!

Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com / Goodreads
 


Fiona Neill - 'The Good Girl' (9 April)

When Ailsa Field uproots her family to Norfolk, she's determined a change of scene will fix all their problems. Then the Fairports move in next door. Lively, free-spirited and open, Ailsa is terrified their influence will damage her own fragile family's new start.

But for teenagers Romy and Jay, none of that matters. There's no mistaking the intense attraction that draws them together, yet all too soon their relationship is tested by Jay's dark secret.

Ever the diligent student, Romy decides to help Jay, but in doing so sets into motion a chain of events beyond her control. And what started as an innocent plan quickly becomes the catalyst that threatens to destroy the Field family forever...

Why so excited? --> I'm not familiar with author Fiona Neill's work, but I have a feeling that 'The Good Girl' is going to be an incredibly intriguing title I do not want to miss. The synopsis has definitely caught my attention and I'm adding it to my TBR-list as we speak!
 


Emma Hannigan - 'The Secrets We Share' (9 April)

Clara Conway is a woman with secrets.

But consequently, Clara's family is falling apart. Her son Max emigrated to the US years ago and she has yet to meet her teenage granddaughter, Nathalie...because Max and his mother no longer speak.

Meanwhile Clara's daughter Ava is fighting for a piece of happiness. When Clara unexpectedly reaches out to Nathalie and her niece comes to visit, Ava's thoughts turn to Max, the brother she loved and lost. The brother whose abrupt disappearance left the Conway family heartbroken.

When Nathalie finds a pile of torn, faded letters, she unlocks the door to Clara's past. Can Nathalie's time with her grandmother start to right some very old wrongs? And can Clara find a way to reach out to Max and thereby begin to heal the whole family once more?

After all, some secrets are meant to be shared...

Why so excited? --> I'm a big fan of Emma Hannigan's work. I always enjoy her novels and can't get enough of her stories. I'm excited about 'The Secrets We Share', which promises to be another entertaining read!
 


Kate Forster - 'Picture Perfect' (9 April)

Zoe Greene manages the careers of Hollywood’s biggest stars. She’ll do anything to help them – and herself – get ahead.

Actress Maggie Hall has been America’s sweetheart for nearly twenty years. And she’s about to learn that there are two things in life you just can’t fight: growing older and falling in love.

Dylan Mercer – young, beautiful and defiant – has run away from New York to try her luck in Hollywood. She’s not after fame and fortune, though. Dylan’s on a quest to find her birth mother.

All three women are swept up in the search for the actress who will score the role of a lifetime. But ambition and desire can bring out the worst in people. And in a town built on illusions, believing you can escape your past might just be the biggest deception of all.

Why so excited? --> I really enjoy women's fiction novels that focus on several characters and several storylines, that are brought together one way or another. Kate Forster's 'Picture Perfect' already sounds like a novel I will definitely enjoy, so I look forward to also picking up this one in April!
 


Kirsty Greenwood - 'The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance' (9 April)

Jessica Beam is a girl who knows how to party. Only lately she's been forgetting to turn up for work on time. Or in clean clothes. Down on her luck, out of a job and homeless, Jess seeks the help of her long-lost grandmother.

Things aren't going well for Matilda Beam, either. Her 1950s Good Woman guide books are out of print, her mortgage repayments are staggering and her granddaughter wears neon Wonderbras!

When a lifeline from a London publisher arrives, the pair have an opportunity to secure the roof over their heads – by invigorating the Good Woman guides and transforming modern, rebellious Jess into a demure vintage lady.

The true test of their make-over will be to capture the heart of notorious London playboy Leo Frost and prove that Matilda’s guides still work. It's going to take commitment, nerves of steel and one seriously pointy bra to pull this off...

Why so excited? --> I can't believe how many amazing novels are being released on the 9th of April, and one I will 100% pick up as soon as I can get my hands on it is Kirsty Greenwood's second novel 'The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance.' I loved Kirsty's debut novel 'Yours Truly' and already know this one will be just as amazing!
 


Lucy Robinson - 'The Day We Disappeared' (9 April)

Annie has a secret. But if she's not going to tell, we won't either. It's a heart-breaking secret she wishes she didn't have - yet Annie isn't broken, not quite yet. Especially now there's someone out there who seems determined to fix her.

Kate has run away. But she's not going to tell us why - that would defeat the point of running, wouldn't it? It's proving difficult to reinvent herself, however, with one person always on her mind.

Scratch beneath the surface and nobody is really who they seem. Even Annie and Kate, two old friends, aren't entirely sure who they are any more. Perhaps you can work it out, before their pasts catch up with them for good...

Why so excited? --> Another fabulous novel which I can't wait to read! I've only heard amazing things about Lucy Robinson's writing and I really think it is time for me to check out what everyone is talking about!
 


Zoe Miller - 'A Question of Betrayal' (16 April)

Ever since the tragic death of her parents, Carrie Cassidy has drifted on the surface of life - unwilling to commit to anything or anyone, and constantly running away from risk of any kind.

She found herself unable to promise lifelong commitment to the gorgeous Mark, now her ex-fiancé, because her greatest fear is to put her heart on the line and have it broken.

Neither can she fully dedicate herself to her challenging job at Jade, a leading luxury fashion brand, and is now in danger of losing it.

Then, out of the blue, Carrie is contacted by a woman whose husband claims to have known Carrie's mother. Luis Meyer is terminally ill and his dying wish is that Carrie comes to visit him at his home in Lake Lucerne, Switzerland.

Intrigued and uneasy at the thought of unearthing secrets from the past, Carrie decides to finally take a risk and discover the truth about Luis's relationship with her mother. But little does Carrie realise that she is about to unravel a dangerous web of deceit and betrayal...

Why so excited? --> I'm not familiar with Zoe Miller's work, but 'A Question of Betrayal' sounds like quite the intriguing women's fiction read. Definitely another release to be excited about!
 


Kamy Wicoff - 'Wishful Thinking' (21 April)

Jennifer Sharpe is a divorced mother of two with a problem just about any working parent can relate to: her boss expects her to work as though she doesn’t have children, and her children want her to care for them as though she doesn’t have a boss. 

But when, through a fateful coincidence, a brilliant physicist comes into possession of Jennifer’s phone and decides to play fairy godmother, installing a miraculous time-travel app called Wishful Thinking, Jennifer suddenly finds herself in possession of what seems like the answer to the impossible dream of having it all: an app that lets her be in more than one place at the same time. 

With the app, Jennifer goes quickly from zero to hero in every part of her life: she is super-worker, the last to leave her office every night; she is super-mom, the first to arrive at pickup every afternoon; and she even becomes super-girlfriend, dating a musician who thinks she has unlimited childcare and a flexible job. But Jennifer soon finds herself facing questions that adding more hours to her day can’t answer. Why does she feel busier and more harried than ever? Is she aging faster than everyone around her? How can she be a good worker, mother, and partner when she can’t be honest with anybody in her life?

And most important, when choosing to be with your children, at work, or with your partner doesn’t involve sacrifice, do those choices lose their meaning? Wishful Thinking is a modern-day fairy tale in which one woman learns to overcome the challenges—and appreciate the joys—of living life in real time.

Why so excited? --> I love love love the sound of this novel! The idea of an app that makes it possible to time-travel... Brilliant! I honestly can't wait to read this and am almost certain I will end up loving it!

Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com / Goodreads
 


Carole Matthews - 'The Cake Shop in the Garden' (23 April)

Fay Merryweather runs her cake shop from her beautiful garden. She whips up airy sponges and scrumptious scones, while her customers enjoy the lovely blossoms and gorgeous blooms. Looking after the cake shop, the garden and her cantankerous mother means Fay is always busy but she accepts her responsibilities because if she doesn't do all this, who will? 

Then Danny Wilde walks into her life and makes Fay question every decision she's ever made. When a sudden tragedy strikes, Fay's entire world is thrown off balance even further and she doesn't know which way to turn. Can Fay find the strength to make a life-changing decision - even if it means giving up the thing she loves the most? 

Why so excited? --> There's nothing like a Carole Matthews book to cheer me up! I love Carole's work; her novels never disappoint and I've been meaning to read this gem for quite some time now. On the 23rd of April the paperback version of the book will be released and I hope to get a copy as soon as possible!


Be sure to check back tomorrow for more exciting upcoming April 2015 releases!  

27 March 2015

Blog Tour: 'Chloe's Rescue Mission' by Rosie Dean

 
Romance author Rosie Dean has cracked it once again with her sparkling, quintessentially British novel, Chloe’s Rescue Mission. Expect a show-stopping theatrical tour as she makes a dramatic entrance onto numerous blogs over the coming days with reviews, guest posts and a fab-u-lous giveaway, dah-ling.  



To save her grandfather’s legacy – The Joshua Steele Theatre – Chloe Steele sells her services to the highest bidder. Enter leisure tycoon, business angel and playboy, Duncan Thorsen. But when the bank calls in the and the council enforces closure, just how much paparazzi exposure and wheeling and dealing can a girl stomach?   

Today I'm really excited to be part of the blog tour for Rosie Dean's novel 'Chloe's Rescue Mission', organised by Candle Lit Author Services. 'Chloe's Rescue Mission' focuses on main protagonist Chloe Steele who is on a mission to save her grandfather's legacy, The Joshue Steele Theatre. The theatre has definitely had its better years and the family will need a lot of money to pay off their debts and bring the theatre back to its former glory. When businessman Duncan Thorsen meets Chloe, he immediately sees something in her and is willing to give her a chance and help her with her mission. Chloe is over the moon, but when sparks start to fly between her and Duncan, and the bank suddenly decides to call in the debts, will she be able to focus on what is important and save her grandfather's theatre?

This novel is my first Rosie Dean read and I'm really glad I got the chance to check out her work, because I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The story is quick-paced and grabbed me from the start, managing to keep my attention at all times. One of the absolute strengths of this novel is the simply lovely group of characters. I loved the main protagonist, Chloe; she is so bubbly, determined and easy to like and I was really rooting for her, hoping she would eventually be able to save her grandfather's theatre. The book is filled with numerous other great characters, such as Chloe's mum and sister and of course the handsome male lead, Duncan Thorsen.

The romantic spark between Chloe and Duncan is definitely there, and I really enjoyed the fact that the book includes both an enjoyable romantic storyline and a more serious one, focusing on Chloe's mission. Rosie Dean's writing style flows really well and fits the romantic comedy style of this novel perfectly. Honestly, I can't think of anything I didn't like about this book; I really really enjoyed it! Overall, 'Chloe's Rescue Mission' is a fun, warm, and simply lovely feel-good read which I highly recommend to any chick lit fan!
Rating:9/10

 


Author Bio:  

 Rosie writes romantic fiction with a sense of humour and, sometimes, a sense of the ridiculous. Because we all know life and love aren't exactly how we'd like them to be. When not writing, she loves to cook and to read, she even reads in the car (listening to talking books) and has notched up countless unnecessary miles as a result. Not one to spend hours in the gym or pounding the pavement, she prefers yoga and Pilates, which means she can tone and tighten while watching TV.

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26 March 2015

Review: 'Petite Confessions: a Humorous Memoirette' by Vicki Lesage (2015)

From champagne bottles to baby bottles, this memoirette offers a humorous look at an American mom's decade in Paris.

Party Girl Vicki moved to Paris hoping to drink her fill of wine and fall in love. She accomplished her goal, but encountered many bumps along the way: romantic encounters gone awry, absurd French bureaucracy threatening her sanity, and two adorable but impossibly energetic kids keeping her on her toes. This memoirette takes you on a journey of the ups and downs of Vicki's 10 years in the City of Light.

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll want to open another bottle of wine.

It's already been quite some time since author Vicki Lesage first e-mailed me with a review request regarding her book 'Confessions of a Paris Party Girl' (click here to read my reviewy). I straight away liked the sound of the story which is partly biographical and based on Vicki's own experiences of being an American girl who decides to pack up everything and move to the City of Love, Paris. After her first book, Vicki released a second one titled 'Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer', which is just as entertaining (click here to read my review). On the 8th of March, 'Petite Confessions: a Humorous Memoirette' was released and when Vicki contacted me about it, I already looked forward to sitting down with another one of her works!

'Petite Confessions' is a collection of author Vicki Lesage's personal experiences living as an American in the city of Paris. The book is a short and quick read (approximately 60 pages) and consists of several stand-alone chapters which showcase the author's writing style. I personally really enjoy Vicki's stories; her writing is funny, easy to get into, and flows well. Vicki doesn't mind sharing all of her personal experiences with French culture with her readers, embarrassing or not. 

This is a great introduction to the author's work, if you want to check out her writing style before picking up one of her longer books. If you enjoy these short stories, definitely give her other books a try; you won't be disappointed. 'Petite Confessions' is the perfect read for when you have a few minutes to spare, either on the bus home or during your lunch break; a funny, short but sweet read!
Rating:8/10
 
For more information about this book: Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com / Goodreads

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