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How To Find Your (First) Husband By Rosie Blake

How To Find Your (First) Husband‘How To Find Your (First) Husband’ is the latest book by Rosie Blake.

Isobel Graves moved to LA determined to be the Next Big Thing. Instead, she is dressed as a giant prawn handing out fliers promoting a fish market. Rather than attending glamorous parties and dating exciting men, her evenings consist of watching box sets with her sort-of boyfriend, whose idea of romance is a late-night drunken text. Where did it all go wrong? When Isobel catches sight of Andrew Parker, her childhood sweetheart, in the background of a TV news story she feels it’s a sign. If she’d stuck with Andrew everything would have turned out better. Now she just needs to find him…

Rosie Blake has returned to our bookshelves with another lighthearted story that travels around the globe with witty one liners and tales of nostalgia.

In her latest story, we meet Isobel Graves, a girl who has got over her first husband, who she married aged eight in her school playground. Years have passed and life hasn’t turned out how she wanted, she’s not a successful television presenter, instead she’s dressed in prawn costumes whilst advertising the latest bargains from the streets of LA. Tired of her life, she catches a glimpse of her first love and best friend Andrew Parker on an antiques show and she is transported back to a world, where is was at her most happiest. She ditches the costumes, plus her part time boyfriend Stewie and returns to England to find the one who got away and ends up on a adventure travelling around the world.

From the very start, this book had giggling, with lines like ‘snuffling at my neck like an excited pig” it was hard not to find this book entertaining. Isobel is a fabulous leading lady, she’s optimistic that she will find her primary school husband and that finally everything will fall into place in her life. Her quest takes her from Devon to a small island in Malaysian, where she makes new friends and burns down huts. Drama is not far from Isobel’s door and usually the drama is filled with humorous consequences.

The story is filled with comical characters, from Isobel’s laid back and hippy mother who loves gadgets to Isobel’s best friend Mel, who really gets into character when they are in costume and loves to regale Isobel with stories about her sex life. Also, the location of the story adds an element of extravagance to the lighthearted and is packed with facts and places to go, just incase the reader is looking for an adventure to some far off place. A nice addition to the story, is the inclusion of diary entries from Isobel’s childhood and gives us an insight to her relationship with Andrew.

A wittily written and fun story throughout packed with humour, awkward moments and a glorious setting, ‘How To Get Your (First) Husband’ is an entertaining read about never giving up and starting over.

You can buy How to Find Your (First) Husband from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Lauren Weisberger Reveals New Book – The Singles Game

The Singles GameBestselling author Lauren Weisberger is back with a new book this year called ‘The Singles Game’.

The story of ‘The Singles Game’ is –

When Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Silver makes a pact with the devil, infamously brutal tennis coach Todd Feltner, she finds herself catapulted into a world of stylists, private parties and secret dates with Hollywood royalty.

Under Todd it’s no more good-girl attitude: he wants warrior princess Charlie all the way. After all, no-one ever won by being nice.

Celebrity mags and gossip blogs go wild for Charlie, chasing scandal as she jets around the globe. But as the warrior princess’s star rises, both on and off the court, it comes at a high price. Is the real Charlie Silver still inside?

Sweeping from Wimbledon to the Caribbean, from LA to mega yachts in the Med, The Singles Game is a brilliantly entertaining romp through a world where the stakes are high – and no-one plays by the rules.

As a huge fan of ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, I’m looking forward to reading this sassy tale of glamour and scandal.

You can pre-order The Singles Game from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 30th June 2016.

The Way We Were By Sinead Moriarty

The Way We Were’The Way We Were’ is the latest book by Sinead Moriarty.

‘He needed something else. He wanted more.’ Alice and Ben are a couple like any other bound together by love, work, children, familiarity and a shared sense of purpose. But when Ben decides to pursue a dream of his own, he brings devastation on his family and, as far as they know, their lives will never be the same again. Alice and Ben are now on different paths: she needs to put their shared life behind her; he needs to remember it to survive. So, what happens if they get a second chance? Can they – should they – go back to the way they were?

Sinead is back with another cracking story that was well worthy of the number one spot in the Irish bestselling book charts.

In ‘The Way We Were’ we see busy mother of two Alice struggle between a busy career of being the local GP as well as mother to her two daughters, domineering and outspoken Jools and highly intelligent but quiet Holly. When she’s not trying to placate her eldest daughter and give into her demands, she is trying to understand why her husband Ben, feels that his life is suddenly lacking in something. The life of a father of two as well as being a successful surgeon is not for him. So when the opportunity arises to go to Eritrea to perform a lifesaving operation, Ben jumps at the chance much to Alice’s objections. Taking the opportunity of the lifetime, has the disastrous effect consequences on Ben and his Irish colleague Declan as they fight for their lives meanwhile Alice and her daughters have to deal with the realisation that Ben is no longer around.

The story is cleverly seen through the eyes of all the members of the family as they all deal with the changes in their lives. Alice is a strong woman who is trying to cope with her difficult and quiet daughters whilst trying to maintain her career. Holly adds an injection of sensitivity to the story with her quiet words and random facts about Eritria whilst Jools struggles to carry on as normal and regularly has outbursts with her more sensitive younger sister. Meanwhile Ben is trapped in another world, regretting his decision and wishing he was back in the arms of his loving family. The story deals with many emotions, mainly love and loss and but there is the odd moment of humour when Alice’s best friend and brother tries to cheer his sister up.

I’ve been a fan of Sinead’s books for years and like her previous books, this book consumed me so much that I read it in a day. It flows at a gentle and sensitive pace that makes for poignant reading, filled with drama, shocks and unwanted emotions. A compelling story about love, regrets and starting over, ‘The Way We Were’ is a beautifully written and thought provoking that made her captivating reading.

You can buy The Way We Were from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Isabelle Broom Reveals New Book – A Year And A Day

A Year And A DayIt was only in April that Isabelle Broom released her debut novel, ‘My Map Of You’ and she’s already back in November with her second book called ‘ A Year And A Day’.

The story of ‘A Year And A Day’ is –

Three women. Three love stories. One city.

For Megan, visiting Prague with her friend Ollie is just business. Nothing more. Because if she admits the truth she might lose everything.

For Hope, this trip is a surprise treat from Charlie, her new partner. But she’s struggling to enjoy the city when she knows how angry her daughter is. And that it’s all her fault.
For Sophie, Prague has always been magical. And now she’s counting down the moments until her boyfriend Robin joins her in the city that holds so many of their memories…

I’ve yet to read Isabelle’s first novel, but I look forward to catching up in time for the release of ‘A Year And A Day’ and with this stunningly beautiful cover, the book looks like a wonderful read.

You can pre-order A Year and a Day from Amazon amd will be available to buy from good bookshops from 17th November 2016.

When She Was Bad By Tammy Cohen

When She Was Bad‘When She Was Bad’ is the latest book by Tammy Cohen.

Amira, Sarah, Paula, Ewan and Charlie have worked together for years – they know how each one likes their coffee, whose love life is a mess, whose children keep them up at night. But their comfortable routine life is suddenly shattered when an aggressive new boss walks in. Now, there’s something chilling in the air. Who secretly hates everyone? Who is tortured by their past? Who is capable of murder?

This is the first book that I’ve read by Tammy and it was a gripping introduction to the new author as her chilling tale made a boring bus journey very interesting indeed.

The story flashes between the past and present and is primarily seen through the eyes Anne Cater, a child psychologist who has been given a difficult child abuse case to work on. She has to observe Child L, a girl who was exposed to abuse and sees how the little girl has been affected. The story moves between Anne working with Child L and the present when a court case is brought to Anne’s attention and she is reminded of someone from her past.

Another side of the story is when a group of people get a new boss and she throws the department into chaos with her quick temper and manipulation as she plays the employees off each other and everyone becomes unsure as to who is their true friend. The team consists of six people, Charlie, Ewan, Chloe, Paula, Sarah and Amira and Rachel, the new boss who makes everyone feel uneasy in their jobs as she makes changes in the department.

The story flows across two continents as Anne watches the court case unfold from her home in America and the case brings her back to a time that she’d rather forget. Anne’s a gentle person, who’s primary concern is the welfare of Child L, an oblivious child to the abuse she was exposed to.

The book flows at a quick and snappy pace and with the clever interaction between the characters, it provides smart sub stories that make for addictive reading. An intense and suspenseful story that keeps the reader on their toes, the book is filled with many twists and turns that makes all the characters a suspect in the twisted tale. ‘When She Was Bad’ is a fantastic thriller that was a great introduction to Tammy Cohen and I look forward to reading more of her books.

You can buy When She Was Bad from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.