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Cover Reveal!!! When You Are Mine & Loving You Always by Kennedy Ryan!

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Today I am very happy to be a part of the Cover Reveal Team for When You Are Mine & Loving You always by Kennedy Ryan.

 

WHEN YOU ARE MINE (June 17, 2014; 9781455556816) introduces the story of Kerris Moreton, a foster child who has thrived despite her circumstances and is ready to open her own business and accept a marriage proposal. Unfortunately, the only thing missing in her would-be-fiancé Cam is the passionate connection he believes is overrated but Kerris craves. Lucky for her, she meets a man who lights her up like the Fourth of July.

 

Walsh Bennett is one of the East Coast’s most eligible bachelors, and Cam’s best friend. He’s used to plenty of female attention, but lately he’s been distracted by the one woman he can’t have. Kerris is the soulmate Walsh never thought he would fine, but too bad his best friend found her first.

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/When-You-Are-Mine-Bennetts-ebook/dp/B00GWOFF5I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393530571&sr=8-1&keywords=when+you+are+mine+kennedy+ryan

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/when-you-are-mine-kennedy-ryan/1117501238?ean=9781455556823

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18949109-when-you-are-mine?ac=1

 

LOVING YOU ALWAYS (October 17, 2014; 9781455556861) is book two in The Bennett’s Series. We don’t want to spoil anything, so you’ll just have to wait to see what happens with Kerris, Walsh and Cam in WHEN YOU ARE MINE first!

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Loving-Always-Bennetts-Kennedy-Ryan-ebook/dp/B00I829QRA/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1393530651&sr=1-1&keywords=loving+you+always+-+kennedy+ryan

B&N:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/loving-you-always-kennedy-ryan/1118480391?ean=9781455556847

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20706754-loving-you-always?from_search=true

Author Kennedy Ryan has had several signs that she would be a writer, and finally circled back after years of gainful employment. She is a mom to a wonderful son living with autism. This is her debut novel and a percentage of her royalties are donated to families living with autism through her personal foundation as well as through TACA, Talk About Curing Autism. You can learn more about Kennedy Ryan at her: 

Website:
http://kennedyryanwrites.com/blog/

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

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/kennedyrwrites

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7429243.Kennedy_Ryan

 
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The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes / Book Review

26 lut

 

 

The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

 

Publisher / Wydawca: Penguin Books, Limited UK

 

Publishing Date / Data wydania: 27th  February 2014

 

Source / Zrodlo: Received from the publisher, thank you! Od wydawcy, dziekuje!

 

Amazon Summary:

One single mum
With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it’s hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn’t. Because you have to . . .

One chaotic family
Jess’s gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she’ll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess’s teenage stepson, can’t fight the bullies alone.
Sometimes Jess feels like they’re sinking . . .

One handsome stranger
Into their lives comes Ed Nicholls, a man whose life is in chaos, and who is running from a deeply uncertain future. But he has time on his hands. He knows what it’s like to be lonely. And he wants to help . . .

One unexpected love story
The One Plus One is a captivating and unconventional romance from Jojo Moyes about two lost souls meeting in the most unlikely circumstances.

 

Rating/Ocena: 5/5

 

 

The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes is one of the most anticipated novels this spring, among The Dead Wife’s Handbook, which is also published by Penguin. Great job, Penguin!

I personally couldn’t wait to start reading this book as I have loved both Me Before You and The Girl You Left Behind, Jojo’s previous novels.  This one was a little different to the two previous ones, was much modern although  written in a very beautiful, real way, too. But as they both were so brilliant I was sure that this time I am also keeping a treasure and real jackpot in my hands. And to be honest, I’ve got much more that I have expected.

 

The One Plus One follows a story of Jess, a single mother to one daughter and a step son. Her husband is supposedly having a crisis and to cope with it he has moved to his mother and contacts Jess and Tanzie only via Skype. He doesn’t pay for the children and Jess is struggling to make the ends meet, working as a cleaner and in a pub and saving wherever she can. 

Tanzie, who is 8 and maths genius, is offered an opportunity that one gets only once in a lifetime: a scholarship in a private school. The scholarship is very generous but nevertheless, Jess just doesn’t have enough money to put Tanzie in the school of her dreams.

Meet Ed, whose life is just falling apart. Everything is in ruins, especially his love life and his work, as he’s being accused of insider trading.

Than Tanzie gets a chance to take part in the math – Olympiad which takes place in Scotland. Ed must drive there also to meet his family. Fast forward, and Ed, Jess and her children take us on a beautiful, fantastic journey through the country, a journey full of plastic bags for sick children, full of self – made sandwiches, stinking dog, sulking teenagers, 40 mph,  and full of hidden secrets and problems. Journey that made me laugh with my whole heart and journey that made my cry with crocodile tears.

And there was one scene that made me cry so much like I never have cried before: the one when Norman tries to save Tanzie and what’s happened next. I was literally sobbing. I have finished this book some days ago but even when I’m writing this, I am crying big, fat tears. The scene just stayed with me, like many others from this book, I can’t forget them.

 

What was so extraordinary about this book is perhaps the fact that it was about a NORMAL family, NORMAL life, NORMAL problems. I don’t always need heroines whose only problem is her fake tan and who doesn’t have any financial problems. Those of the characters who must struggle are much closer to my heart and Jess was one of them. I felt for her and her unusual family, together with Norman the Dog immediately. I loved them all as they were, the optimistic and believing that good always come back to you Jess, although those believes usually came back to bite her on her arse, I loved Tanzie, the maths geek who sometimes felt like 80 years old, I loved Nicky with his eyeliner and I loved Norman with all my heart. And I also loved Ed, who, deep down, was a fantastic man, with or without Audi, a man with big heart. I loved him, the way he was and how he took to Jess and her family, total strangers, without judging or stereotyping.

The characters felt  real, true to life,  they are not perfect and things they are doing are also not always perfect, but this make them more real and likeable. The plot is not over cooked, there are  many twists and turns and unexpected situation and I never, for a moment, lost my interest. I was gripped from the very beginning and enjoyed every word of this story.

 

I have not supposed that the plot is going to develop like this and was taken by surprise but there is nothing better as being taken by surprise when reading a book! The story told from the point of view of each characters works out wonderfully, makes us to care deeply about the situations and characters involved and makes it even more interesting.

 

This book was very addictive. There are books that you know from the very beginning that you’re are going to adore and that with every page turned you’re going to love it more. This was such a book and I’d really like to curl on the sofa and start the journey with Jess and Ed again. Jojo Moyes touches here so many problems that we face in our everyday life, problems like unemployment, mobbing, betrayal, single parenthood etc.,  but she writes about them with a lot of heart, optimism and I could feel hope there.

Actually, no words can do this book justice, as it was just BRILLIANT. Written with compassion, feeling and honesty. Jojo can create a world that I wanted to be a part of, she gets into the hearts of their characters and situations, and her plots are clever, witty and original.  If I could, I would give it 10 stars or even more because I loved it so much. I would go so far and say this is a must read in 2014 for all of us. This book is a winner. And I am really jealous of those who are going to read this book for the first time.

 
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Boss Girl by Nic Tatano / eBook Review

25 lut

 


 

Boss Girl by Nic Tatano

 

Publisher / Wydawca: Harper Impulse

 

Publishing Date / Data wydania: 20th  February 2014

 

Source / Zrodlo: Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you! Od wydawcy przez NetGalley, dziekuje!

 

Amazon Summary:

Sydney Hack is the single, thirtysomething VP of news for a failing network… and she also has a taste for younger men.

She soon realizes a whole lot of over-thirty female viewers do as well, so she sets out to give these women what they want; a chiseled, trophy buck in his twenties sitting on the anchor desk next to a woman…

Just.

Like.

Them.

With nothing to lose she does the unthinkable; along with three female managers who happen to be her best friends she brings out the casting couch and turns it into a sleeper sofa. Doesn’t matter that the men have no television experience. As long as they look good. And there’s a hint of romance in every newscast.

Ratings skyrocket as a result, but Sydney and her female cohorts discover something else along the way…

True love is not always age appropriate.

 

Rating/Ocena: 4/5

 

 

Boss Girl is a second Nic Tatano’s book and the first that I’ve read. To be totally honest, I am not sure why I haven’t read Wing Girl yet, it’s absolutely time to catch  on this oversight. I am always so curious to read chick – lit through the man’s point of view. Can be really interesting:)

 

Boss Girl is about four women working in the TV industry; very successful women who know what they want from life and their work, and most of all they want MEN. Young, handsome, beautiful men. They are like men – eaters to be honest.

 

The book is told from the point of view of Sydney, who realises that women don’t want to watch your typical older, wiser, serious male journalist and his anchor – colleague, younger, sillier, flirtatious bimbo. They want this other way round: matured woman journalist plus younger, sexy stud. And so, when it happens that they are going to launch a brand new TV station, Sydney and her friends get the  one in the world chance: to create dream – teams. To get a job the men must not only look good, they must also be good in bed and Sydney and her three friends: Jillian, Neely and Rica are going to judge their prospects. Pass the bed test, look good and you have the job, young man.

 

At the beginning I wasn’t sure. I wasn’t sure if heroines going and sleeping around with men, and then sharing those men between themselves is going to be my thing. I have never met something like this in my books and I felt unsure. Didn’t know what to think, how to judge the girls, what to think about the men. It was a little too uncomfortable for me, the women treating those men like a piece of fresh meat but then I thought, hey, what is actually your problem? If the men do this on everyday basis it is acceptable but if women do the same it is not? Why not? So relax a little, put your feet on your coffee table and enjoy this read.

 

And so I did.

 

I got used to the sex made in the loft, to the girls deciding who is going to sleep with whom, and even got used to those men who actually agreed to do this. To the fact that they were hired basically on their looks and how good they are in bed. Because why shouldn’t I enjoy it?

 

The four friends  are at least honest. They don’t bury their heads in the sand and they say how  the things are, whereas how is it with men? How many of them would dare to admit that the girl got the job because she slept with him?

 

The writing was sharp, engaging and clever. Nic Tatano is for sure a very talented writer. He has a way with words and what he writes is very interesting. I had only some issues with the trial itself, some of the behaviours of the judge and the jury were too obvious, too predictable and too unrealistic. The whole process was a little too exaggerated for me, I don’t know if such hearings belong to courtroom? The plot can be controversial and I think not all of the readers can find it amusing but other than that I don’t think I have any reasons to be unhappy with Boss Girl. It is not offending, it is just sharp and written in a brutally honest way. So now to read Nic’s previous novel and wait for his next one.

 
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Made in Essex by Laura Ziepe / Book Review

24 lut

 

 

Made in Essex by Laura Ziepe

 

Publisher / Wydawca: Avon

 

Publishing Date / Data wydania: 13th  February 2014

 

Source / Zrodlo: Received from the publisher, thank you! Od wydawcy, dziekuje!

 

Amazon Summary:

Champagne, cat-fights and a very tricky love triangle …

Secrets always lead to trouble.

Life is pretty good for Jade. She’s happily settled with her gorgeous boyfriend Sam and the bikini business she’s set up with her best friend Kelly is going from strength to strength.

You could say that Jade’s life is almost too good to be true – at least that’s what her old acquaintance Adele thinks and Adele is sick of Jade getting all the attention. But Adele’s not too worried – she has a secret – a powerful secret – one that could pull Sam and Jade apart and destroy everything that Jade has worked so hard for.

Rating/Ocena: 3.5/5

 

 

 

Made in Essex is the second book in the series about Jade, Kelly and Lisa. I haven’t read the first novel but this book can be absolutely read as a stand – alone one. There were some mentions to the previous adventures of the three friends but if you haven’t read the first book, it doesn’t actually matter.

 

To write this review has taken me over a week. I think it is a world record, or at least it is my personal record. Why so long? Because I am torn: between my thoughts about this book and the fact that I really did enjoy this read. I know what you can think after reading this review: that I have little good to say about this book, so why 3,5 stars? Because although the book seemed too shallow for my liking, I found the story entertaining and light.

 

To be honest, when I started to read this book I had big eyes and a question mark above my head asking what the hell am I reading? Where is substance, essence, what is this book about? Please do not get me wrong and I am writing about my personal feelings here. The characters in this story were your typical blondes (no offence, I am also blonde), with no depth, having no real problems, thinking only about fake tan, long nails and extensions and buying dogs on impulse.

There were a lot of moments where the plot was too easy and much too predictable, especially when it comes to Adele and to the well – known idea of Karma: all good and bad things come back. In this case, only bad things. I would expect it to be more complicated and a little more difficult for all of the girls.

 

The story follows three girl – friends: Jade, Kelly and Lisa, all young and carefree, trying to stand on their own legs and make career. Jade and Kelly have just started their own bikini business and I just loved the name of it: Vajazzle My Bikini.  They have great plans, for website, shows, launching the business but something is wrong: somebody has stolen their idea, projects and clients. I am not going to spoil it here when I say that it is Adele, because we know from the beginning that she was this person. Adele, jealous (jell!!! See? here is the next thing. Jell instead of jealous, hun instead of honey, yes, it is the way the young communicate with each other but it just so, so, so plays on my nerves) of Jade and actually of all that other girls have and she doesn’t have: boyfriends, friends, dogs, bikinis etc and competes in almost everything: who has darker fake tan, longer hair, longer lashes, higher heels, shorter skirts… You have the picture. And Adele will do everything to destroy Jade’s life and happiness.

There are some other sub – plots in the book considering other girls. Kelly is trying to help her boyfriend and Lisa… Actually, I am not sure what Lisa was doing, except maybe buying the little chihuahua and only then wondering who is going to take care of the dog when she is at work.

 

Probably the intention of the author was to show us that deep down the girls were brave, nice, open – minded and clever, but I couldn’t  stop thinking that they are just too silly and trivial. Yes, they were able to start, hold and support their business, yes, Kelly could be a brilliant Sherlock Holmes but altogether they were too childishly behaving, they were too carefree to take them seriously. I felt often desperate about Kelly and the ditzy things that she used to say and they were such simple that it was actually not funny any more.

 

But. This book was wonderfully written. The writing was very engaging and the author was able to describe every situation, even the simplest one, in a funny, interesting way. Do you see my dilemma??? It looks like it is possible to have some issues with the characters and the plot but overall enjoy the writing and the story – it has rescued this book for me. It was your typical fluffy read and if you want something funny and not too serious, give this book a go. 

 
 

The Guestbook by Holly Martin / eBook Review

18 lut

 

 

The Guestbook by Holly Martin

 

Publisher / Wydawca: Carina UK

 

Publishing Date / Data wydania: 14th  February 2014

 

Source / Zrodlo: Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you! Od wydawcy przez NetGalley, dziekuje!

 

Amazon Summary:

Welcome to Willow Cottage – throw open the shutters, let in the sea breeze and make yourself completely at home. Oh, and please do leave a comment in the Guestbook!

As landlady of Willow Cottage, the young widow Annie Butterworth is always on hand with tea, sympathy or strong Norfolk cider – whatever her colourful array of guests require. A flick through the messages in the leather-bound cottage guestbook gives a tantalizing glimpse into the lives of everyone who passes through her doors.

This includes Annie herself – especially now celebrity crime writer Oliver Black, is back in town. He might grace the covers of gossip magazines with a different glamorous supermodel draped on his arm every week, but to Annie, he’s always just been Olly, the man who Annie shared her first kiss with.

Through the pages of the Guestbook Annie and Olly, along with all the guests that arrive at the seaside retreat, struggle with love, loss, mystery, joy, happiness, guilt…and the odd spot of naked rambling!

Forget sending postcards saying ‚wish you were here’ – one visit to Willow Cottage and you’ll wish you could stay forever.

 

Rating/Ocena: 5/5

 

 

I have read about The Guestbook by Holly Martin on Twitter and I really liked the idea of this book. And was actually very desperate to read this story. So desperate that I would beg for it (said in a very small and ashamed voice). Not that I begged, but after reading the book, I would. Beg. For it.

 

I actually don’t remember reading a book written in a form of a guestbook, from the point of view of every guest that had stayed at Annie’s. It was a brilliant idea and it totally worked out for me, it was new and like a breath of fresh air. The story progressed in an many engaging ways and it was great to see how  so many different people seen the same things. I especially loved the entries to the guestbook done by children, as they say, children never lie and ha! Bingo. Perhaps the views were a little too matured for a one 7 – year – old girl but nevertheless, she got the point.

 

There are so many diverse characters in this book and only some of them are the most significant ones, those who built the story. But nevertheless, they were all SO entertaining, we had a really great cast of people there, like in a real life, from a real weirdos with the whole menagerie to a murderess.

But the main character is Annie Butterworth who, many think, is a very old grandma running the Willow Cottage – just because of her name. But no, Annie is a very attractive widow who, indeed, runs the cottage. Her husband died two years ago in a car accident. But Annie is already in love – with her brother  in  law, to be precise. Oliver, who is a famous best – selling author and who feels guilty because he was driving the car on the night of the accident and he can’t imagine himself in a relationship with Annie. Although he’s also in love with her, oh yes, he is.

There is also Sophia, who is a cleaning lady in the cottage and whose entries in the guestbook were strict to the point but incredibly funny as well.

 

We observe the relationship, the banter, the ups – and – downs between Annie and Oliver through the eyes of Annie’s guest and also reading the entries done by the two of them. And so we get many point of views but it only adds spice to the whole situation. Yes, maybe I couldn’t have imagined myself describing my life in tiny teeny details in a guestbook to be read by all, but well, why shouldn’t Annie do it? And although there was an incredible chemistry between the two of them, I personally was not sure how the romance is going to end. When one of them said yes, the other said no, and other way round the next time, and I was slowly starting to feel desperate and wanted to bang their heads on the wall. Because sometimes there are two characters in the book that you want to stay together, aren’t there? When you see that they are destined to each other but they only see obstacles on their way to happiness, and you feel desperate for them to stay together. And so I felt this time.

 

I liked Annie from the very beginning, actually I liked all the characters – and it doesn’t happen often! They all had their own problems, their ups and downs, especially our Annie, but she had always  found  time and right words to write in the guestbook and tell the people to stay positive. She was so optimistic and funny, and  I could see so many feelings through the words that she wrote. It was really amazing, because I had the feeling that I know when she felt happy, sad, desperate, that I know when she frowned or just sighed or shook her head when she wrote.

 

What is also amazing is the fact that Holly, while not adding any extra descriptions between the entries in the guestbook, managed to give description of the location and people. They were very cleverly sneaked in the entries.

The plot was not very complicated but there were many sub – plots, thanks to all the guests, and we got everything: from happiness to sadness, from love to grief, from loss to gain.

 

Yes, maybe I have some small „buts”, and those are the facts that I missed a little more concretes about the relationship between Annie and Olly, and maybe that people writing about such personal stuff in the guestbook looked a little unrealistic to me, and personally I would need more different fonts to be used because sometimes I felt confused who’s speaking, especially when Annie and Oliver wrote to each other,  but those are just little details and I can assure you that I fell in love with this book. I have laughed out loud, I had feeling for the characters, I wanted to cheer or pat them on their backs when they were sad. This book was unique, it was brilliantly written and it left me feeling good. Would recommend it to all of you as a light, heart – warming read.

 

This review can sound very chaotic, but what I wanted to say is that I loved this book. Thank you.

 
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Love and Liability by Katie Oliver / eBook Review

17 lut

 

 

Love and Liability by Katie Oliver

 

Publisher / Wydawca: Carina UK

 

Publishing Date / Data wydania: 3rd  February 2014

 

Source / Zrodlo: Received from the author, thank you! Od autora, dziekuje!

 

Amazon Summary:

Sometimes your sensibilities make absolutely no sense! Holly James is looking for her big break. A young journalist for BritTEEN magazine, she is dying to write about something more meaningful than pop stars and nail varnish. So when she spots a homeless teenager outside the office, she feels compelled to tell her story. But her evil boss Sasha has other ideas… Holly is sent to interview a city solicitor she has never heard of. But Alex Barrington turns out to be the very opposite of fusty and boring and Holly’s interest struggles to stay strictly professional! With Sasha sabotaging her every move, and her story about teens on the street leading her into London’s dark underworld, Holly is chasing both love and success at the same time. But happy endings like that only happen in books don’t they…?

Rating/Ocena: 4/5

 

 

Love and Liability is the second book by Katie Oliver that I had a pleasure to read and this one was even better than the first one. It was much more ambitious read, with some very important and serious topics mentioned.

 

Katie brings back some of the characters that we have already get to know in Prada and Prejudice, but it is absolutely a stand – alone book, not a sequel to the first one. The main character here is Holly James, a young and ambitious girl working for a teen magazine. she wants to be independent so much but unfortunately with her salary in the magazine and a car going down much too often it’s not so easy and so, as a result, she often runs to her father for help. But she tries, really. Holly’s boss, Sasha Davis, hates her and wants to sabotage her career at the magazine doesn’t matter what. Holly wants also to writes about much more serious things as make – up or boy – bands and starts to work on an article about homeless teens in London.

Meet Zoe. She is the homeless runaway that Holly writes about. Zoe had her reasons to run away from home: her father, a well – known chef was interested only in his TV career, and her mother has bagged herself a friend who is the main reason of her action. Can’t say more, don’t want to spoil the read for you!

The things get very complicated, with somebody sabotaging Holly’s work so good that she gets the sack, with somebody very dangerous looking for Zoe, with boyfriends interested only in their job and with constantly being broken. The plot is very complex and there is a lot of action.

 

I didn’t understand why so many people in the book hated Holly. Yes, she comes from a rich family but it doesn’t mean she is a moody missus. Yes, she often asks her father to fix her financial problems but on the other hand she is working, she is struggling to pay her rent and she tries hard to be independent. So why so many judged her only on her background and loathed her just because?

Holly was a funny character, with her never – closing mouth, she was like a chatter – box first saying what she thinks and only then thinking about what she said.  She made me often laugh with her never – ending banter and comments. Holly has this „something” in her that made me like her from the very beginning.

 

Zoe is another very significant character in the book and her problems and reasons why she ran away from home were the important part of the book. Katie Oliver is writing here not only about homelessness, but also about trafficking and I must admit, this sub – plot found me shocked. Trafficking is something that makes me always shiver, that makes me furious and also helpless and I can’t believe that in the 21st century such problem exist. The author shows us here how easy it is for homeless, lonely girls to fall into the trap.

 

We have also some male characters in the book as well, and of course the one that was outstanding was Alex. At the beginning I had some problems with him, and especially with his three names, oh my, there was a moment that I just couldn’t get if Alex is Henry or Hank or someone other. Yes, he was a workaholic but hello Holly, give him a chance, girl, stop nagging:) Alex was funny, he was clever and despite being a solicitor he had a great sense of humour, and the scenes with him and Holly’s father were short but one of the best ever!

 

After seeing a cover of Love and Liability I was expecting something similar in tone to Prada and Prejudice, but I like this book much more. The plot was much more ambitious, the characters BRILLIANTLY written and complex, the plot engaging and interesting. Some of the issues were very important and am sure not light to write about, But Katie Oliver wrote the book in a fantastic, easy way, and even when we were reading about runaways or trafficking, which was in a way sad and upsetting, she has found a way to sooth it  with her exceptional sense of humour. Although a exemplary chick – lit/rom – com this book was not a typical fluffy, brainless read. I have enjoyed it very, very much.

 
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Your chance for a free copy of Michele Gorman’s Weightless!

14 lut

 

 

Michele Gorman has just published her next short story „Weightless”. It is approximately 40 pages long and here is the summary:

 


Sometimes looks can be deceiving

Annabel’s not surprised when nobody recognises her at her 10 year reunion. The spotty fat teen nicknamed AnnaBall by the school bullies is long gone. But standing on the edge of the popular crowd, she still feels like that girl. That is, until Jack, her teen crush, starts flirting with her. Much to her amusement, he has mistaken her for Christy Blake, Annabel’s chief tormenter before she moved to France in their last year.

It’s just a bit of fun at first, letting Jack believe she’s Christy. After all, he was nuts about her before she said au revoir to England. And when he asks Annabel out, the fun becomes something even more interesting. The more they date the deeper they fall for each other. So what if Annabel has to fib a little to keep up the façade?

As the lies start compounding, and she realises that they’re falling in love, she has to tell him who she really is. But she’ll lose the love of her life if she does.

 

 

I have read and enjoyed this short story and if you’d also like to read about Annabel, here is your chance to grab a copy FOR FREE.

Here is the free book link:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/400385
.If you follow this link, you can click Buy and enter the coupon code ZH34Q (not case-sensitive) to download the book for free in any eBook format between February 11th and the 14th. The file downloads to your computer and you can send it to your kindle, Nook, iPad, etc from there.

 

If you are too late and you have missed to download the book for free, you can buy it here:

Amazon UK:
http://amzn.to/1fei9jM

Amazon US:

http://amzn.to/1fehPS4

Barnes and Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/michele-gorman

 
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Diary of an Unsmug Married by Polly James / Book Review

13 lut

 

 

 

Diary of an Unsmug Married by Polly James

 

Publisher / Wydawca: Avon

 

Publishing Date / Data wydania: 13th  February 2014

 

Source / Zrodlo: Received from publisher, thank you! Od wydawcy, dziekuje!

 

Amazon Summary:

What happens to love when life gets in the way?
A funny and perceptive read about real relationships. Perfect for fans of Dawn French, Sue Townsend and Bridget Jones’ Diary.

Meet Molly Bennett. Married to Max and mother to two warring teenagers, she’s just ‘celebrated’ a significant birthday. According to Bridget Jones Molly is a “smug married”. So why doesn’t she feel smug?

Is it because everyone seems to be having a better time of it than her? Or is it that Max has started taking more of an interest in ‘business trips’ and less of an interest in their sex life? Molly is beginning to despair until an old school friend starts flirting with her through Facebook …

 

Rating/Ocena: 4/5

 

Diary of an Unsmug Married is a book by a debut author Polly James. It is based on Molly Bennett’s blog, which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize.

 

Molly Bennett is a normal woman, with a family. The family consists of a husband, cat and two hormone – driven children. She is working for the local MP and actually her work takes the biggest part of her life.  I would say, her life is dull but for sure not boring, especially with a work like this, where the constituents can come to the office and take her hostage, and with children like this, being in a permanent war  and not all of them passing their exams, and with a man whom she suspects is having an affair with their neighbour. As if it was not enough excitement in her life, she is being contacted by her old school friend out of the blue, and although at the beginning she really doesn’t have any idea who he is, she starts to flirting with him via Facebook. In the meantime there are also some problems with her divorced parents, her father having a late – life crisis I would say, flying to and fro to Thailand to find a new wife, and half – sister with mental problems. So.

But I would not say that Molly has a mid – life crisis, for me she’s just living her life, and this life just looks like it looks.

 

It took me a short while to be drawn in the story and I think your liking it will depend on your tolerance on reading about politics. For a long time I wasn’t sure what I’m feeling about this book, as I had big expectations about it – you know, after reading the blurb telling me that Adrian and Bridget can move over. In my opinion, not yet. This book in a form of diary is also hilarious, and there are moments that it is extremely funny but to say Adrian and Bridget to step aside is too much. We can’t compare those books.

But this book was in some way addictive and when I got into it, when I got its feeling, I just couldn’t put it down. It is written in a very engaging, light way (apart from some  footies which kept me distracted all times when they appeared, I couldn’t concentrate on the story when I had to read the footies) and I liked the characters. My absolute favourite was Josh and his propensity to accidents, and some of them were so hilarious that I had tears in my eyes, because I laughed so hard. His banter with his sister was fantastic and he was actually much cleverer than he’d like us to think about him.

Molly herself was a normal woman, juggling between her job, house, family and sometimes just wanting to curl on the sofa because everything overgrows her. I liked her, even if sometimes she acted like a typical doormat, either at work or at home.

 

This book was actually a diary of a normal woman, working mother, about a normal life and perhaps this is why I did enjoy it as much at the end. Yes, some of the situations were very unrealistic, but the rest of the book was like a record of our everyday life. And sometimes it is so good to have a look at this life from aside. It was cleverly written, with a big dose of humour and cynicism. And yes, it would be great to read some more of Molly’s diary.

 
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Giveaway! We love Hester Brown! Win a copy of The Vintage Girl!

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Hester Browne’s new book The Vintage Girl is out this week, on 13th February, and to celebrate it I have a giveaway for you! One brand new copy of this book is up for you to grab!

The giveaway is open for UK/Europe only this time. It starts on 12th February and ends on 16th February at 12 AM (Berlin Time Zone).

To enter just follow the Rafflecopte below!

This is a fantastic book and you can find my review here: http://onmybookshelf.blog.pl/2014/02/11/the-vintage-girl-by-hester-browne-book-review/

 

Hester Browne is the author of numerous bestselling novels including The Little Lady Agency, The Finishing Touches and The Runaway Princess. She divides her time between London and Herefordshire.

Hester Browne writes old-fashioned romantic novels about falling in love, standing on your own two feet, and learning how to make the perfect gin and tonic (or Shirley Temple).

The Vintage Girl by Hester Browne, 13th March, Quercus Books
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When Evie Nicholson is asked to visit Kettlesheer Castle in Scotland to archive the family heirlooms, she jumps at the chance. Evie’s passion for antiques means that, for her, the castle is a treasure trove of mysteries just waiting to be uncovered.

But in each heirloom lies a story, and in the course of her investigations Evie stumbles upon some long-buried family secrets. Add handsome, gloomy heir Robert McAndrew and a traditional candlelit gala to the mix, and Evie’s heart is sent reeling with an enthusiasm that may just extend beyond the Kettlesheer silver…

 

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The Vintage Girl by Hester Browne / Book Review

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The Vintage Girl by Hester Browne

 

Publisher / Wydawca: Quercus UK

 

Publishing Date / Data wydania: 13th  February 2014 (first published February 25th 2011)

 

Source / Zrodlo: Received from publisher, thank you! Od wydawcy przez, dziekuje!

 

Amazon Summary:

When Evie Nicholson is asked to visit Kettlesheer Castle in Scotland to archive the family heirlooms, she jumps at the chance. Evie’s passion for antiques means that, for her, the castle is a treasure trove of mysteries just waiting to be uncovered.

But in each heirloom lies a story, and in the course of her investigations Evie stumbles upon some long-buried family secrets. Add handsome, gloomy heir Robert McAndrew and a traditional candlelit gala to the mix, and Evie’s heart is sent reeling with an enthusiasm that may just extend beyond the Kettlesheer silver…

Rating/Ocena: 5/5

 

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Hester Browne belongs to one of my favourite authors, and I loved her Runaway Princess. I am very happy to announce that The Vintage Girl has totally full – filled my expectations and it was a very enjoyable read.

 

The Vintage Girl is about Evie, twenty – something, who loves history and has a soft spot for everything old, especially for teddy – bears without one eye, or for photo – frames, or for things that she thinks nobody wants and she feels sorry for them. And which she buys on auctions for her boss Max. He’s not always happy with her purchases, oh no, and as the business is not so good Evie must start to pay for the things herself and must also start to worry about her job. Then comes a chance: she should go to Scotland to assess some old things for a family who struggles to keep the inherited house. Evie finds herself living in a dream when in Scotland, and she often dreams awake: she has this little quirk of imagining herself in different periods in history, depending on what antiques she’s working on, which often leads to funny and unexpected situations.

The family that Evie is assessing the things for is going to have a very famous Ball with dancing, kilts and all such things. There is also Robert, son of the family she’s working for, a total opposite of Evie: realistically thinking businessman who doesn’t appreciate history. Evie didn’t go to Scotland to look for love but maybe love is going to find her…

 

This book is a kind of a modern fairy – tale. It is written in a brilliant, engaging, funny way with some of the best lines and scenes ever. The writing and descriptions are so detailed that I could actually see all the furniture, the whole house, clothes and I could smell the scent. The way the dancing was described was riveting and I am going to look up Scottish Reeling on internet asap. The lessons in reeling that Evie was forced to take were ridiculous, especially when one considers her past and her dancing lessons as a child.

 

There are many descriptions of furniture, history, assessing but I didn’t feel overwhelmed by those at all. It was written in such an approachable language that I found it really interesting and even if I’m not such a history – freak as Evie, I did enjoy the story thoroughly, with all the descriptions and Chippendale tables. The characters were endearing, the setting of the story beautiful with the old Scottish castle and the story was sweet and engaging.  The book was smart but also light, the romance told in a subtle way and even the crush that Evie had on Fraser didn’t disturb, especially as it was very innocent and harmless crush. The characters were brilliantly written, all of them, even the support characters that we don’t see so often, but all of them were significant and made the story full. I have really enjoyed the book from cover to cover and am waiting for next Hester’s book.

 
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