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Catch Me If You Cannes (Part 3) By Lisa Dickenson

Catch Me If You Cannes (Part 3)‘Catch Me If You Cannes (Part 1) is the third of a four part book series by Lisa Dickenson.

Jess has decided it’s time to get out of her comfort zone and live a little. So when her best friend Bryony, a journalist on a gossip magazine, is sent to cover the Cannes Film Festival, Jess decides to seize the day and go along for the ride. Two weeks of glitz, glamour and exclusive entry into celeb-filled parties is just the kind of adventure Jess needs. Reality soon bites though when Jess and Bryony find they’re staying in a dingy hotel far away from all the action and Bryony’s expenses budget barely covers a glass of local wine. Undeterred, the two women are determined to live like the elite and enjoy one fancy night out to begin their holiday. So what if they have to tell a few white lies along the way? It’s just this once. No harm done… right?

Part 3 continues on in the same vein as the previous parts, Jess and Bryony are having a fine old time living the high life with their new socialite friends, under the disguise of Jess owning a successful chain of restaurants and not just one whilst Bryony is a journalist at ‘The Times’ and not at ‘Sleb’ a lowly gossip magazine.

Jess is continuing on with her new love interest, Leo a mysterious and charming man but Bryony has put doubts in her head, as she suspects that Leo maybe a drug dealer and that’s why he’s able to afford the finer things in life and it makes for entertaining reading as Jess tries to figure out how Leo has made his fortune and also deal with a address pressure of pretending to be a successful business woman now that her family have surprised her with a surprise visit and are going to give her story away. 

Meanwhile Bryony is being given the opportunity of a lifetime when celebrity Veronice Hay asks her to write an her coming out article for ‘The Times’ and wants to seen for much more than just her sexuality. 

Filled with more giggles, mishaps and surprising family appearances, ‘Part 3′ is another sizzling fun and sunshine instalment of the series and I look forward to the final part to see how series concludes and whether the girls get their happy ever afters. 
You can buy Catch Me if You Cannes: Part 3 from Amazon

The Crooked House By Christobel Kent

The Crooked Hous‘The Crooked House’ is the first book by Christobel Kent. 

Alison is as close to anonymous as she can get: with no ties and a backroom job, hers is a life lived under the radar. But once Alison was someone else: once she was Esme, a teenager whose bedroom sat at the top of a remote house on a bleak estuary. A girl whose family, if not happy, exactly, was no unhappier than anyone else’s – or so she thought. Then one night violence was unleashed in the crooked house, in a nightmare that only Alison survived and from which she’s been running ever since. Only when she falls for the charismatic Paul does Alison realise that to have any chance of happiness, she must return to her old life and face a closed community full of dark secrets. As she seeks to uncover the truth of what happened that terrible night, Alison begins to question everything she thought she knew. Is there anyone she can trust?

The story starts right at the moment that 14 year old Esme’s life changes dramatically, when her whole family is tragically killed whilst she hides in her bedroom. The only survivors are herself and her father. It is discovered that her father killed the family whilst attempting to kill himself in a jealous rage but left himself in a vegetative state. Years later Esme has now become Alison and tries to lead a normal life, but there is still a gaping hole where her family had been but when she meets Paul and she finds this older and charismatic man interesting. She enjoys their interactions and the connections of a relationship until he asks her to be plus one at a wedding in Saltleigh, the small town she escaped many years ago 

Scared of seeing old ghosts but also wanting to face the past, Alison returns home unprepared for what the short trip has in store. The story flows over the few days that Alison deals with opening old wounds and begins her own investigation as she believes it wasn’t her father who killed her family. 

The story is extremely well written, filled with suspense and suspicious characters, everyone is a suspect and we begin to wonder what everyone’s role is in the story, particularly as people remember Alison and everyone has an opinion on the night, everyone involved and how a series of children’s deaths seem more than circumstantial.

I loved this book, the bleakness, poverty and closeness of the small town, riddled with characters who harbour secrets and ghosts made for thrilling reading, as secrets were uncovered and Alison makes some shocking finds along the way. 

Alison’s a great lead, strong with a deep belief that the wrong person was charged with her family’s murders. She delves into her dark past and reunites with people, she had hoped she had left behind. I couldn’t warm to Paul, I found him creepy and intense and thought that their relationship was a strange sad secretive one. 

Filled with drama and tension from the very beginning, ‘The Crooked House’ is a complex and wonderfully written debut that will have you gripped throughout.  

You can buy The Crooked House from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Happy Ever Afterlife Of Rosie Potter By Kate Winter

The Happy Ever Afterlife Of Rosie Potter‘The Happy Ever Afterlife Of Rosie Potter (RIP)’ is Kate Winter’s debut novel. 

When Rosie Potter wakes up one morning with what she assumes is the world’s worst hangover, the last thing she expects is to discover that she’s actually dead. With a frustrating case of amnesia, suspicious circumstances surrounding her untimely demise, and stuck wearing her ugliest flannel PJs, Rosie must figure out not only what happened last night, but why on earth she’s still here.

Slowly the mystery unravels, but there are many other secrets buried in the quiet Irish village of Ballycarragh, and nobody is as innocent as they first appear. Aided by the unlikeliest of allies in her investigation, Rosie discovers that life after death isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, particularly when you might just be falling in love . . .
This book is an amazing debut, filled with Irish charm, wit and plenty of paranormal activity, Kat Winter has delivered a book that made me laugh and fill up in equal measures.
The story is seen solely through the entertaining narrative of Rosie Potter, a young woman who wakes up one morning, dead in her bed. Unable to move on until justice has been served, Rosie sets about with her own private investigation and helps deal with the sudden realisation that her life has come to an end and all the things that she had planned to do in her life is no longer possible.

Even though the story is quite a dark one, it is delivered in a humorous style that had me laughing as Rosie tested her ghost powers and scared those around her. Rosie is an immensely likeable character, loud with an unfortunate lust for life, she is determined to find her killer and spends her days going from family to friends, to help her deal with her untimely death. Other supporting characters in the story such as her best friend Jenny and childhood friend Charles add an injection of reality to the story as they too want to find out what happened to her. As the story is set in rural Ireland, it’s packed with eccentric little characters and quirks that make for delightful reading.

With a striking and playful cover, ‘The Happy Ever Afterlife Of Rosie Potter (RIP)’ is far from being a miserable story about death, it’s an upbeat romantic comedy with an element of mystery that is cleverly written and is definitively one of my favourite debuts of 2015. A must read for fans of fellow Irish author, Marian Keyes. 

You can buy The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP) from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops from 21st May 2015.

Chrissie Manby Reveals New Book – A Proper Family Adventure

A Proper Family AdventureChrissie Manby is back with the third instalment from her Proper Family book series called ‘A Proper Family Adventure’

The story of ‘A Proper Family Adventure’ is –

Thanks to an unexpected windfall, the Bensons are treating themselves to a luxury cruise. With stop-offs in Barcelona, Rome and Marseilles, plus constant entertainment onboard, it’s a dream come true . . . Or is it? Last time Chelsea Benson went on holiday with this lot she nearly went crazy.


Her mum and sister are convinced Chelsea’s boyfriend Adam will propose on the ship. Chelsea’s sure he won’t, but she can’t help feeling butterflies as they set sail. Is Adam going to pop the question, or will the only thing to pop be Chelsea’s ego?

Sounds like a another fun return to the Benson family.

Also congratulations to Chrissie on the release of her website, which looks fabulous and showcases all the wonderful books she has to offer. Check out www.chrissiemanby.com for news and updates.

You can pre-order A Proper Family Adventure from Amazon and you can buy from good bookshops from 16th July 2015.

The Vintage Guide To Love And Romance By Kirsty Greenwood

'The Vintage Guide To Love And Romance‘The Vintage Guide To Love And Romance’ is the latest book by Novelicious creator, Kirsty Greenwood.

Jessica Beam is one hot mess. She knows how to have fun (cider, men and the snooze button usually have something to do with it) but lately she’s been forgetting how to turn up for work on time. Or in clean clothes. Suddenly finding herself out of a job, out of luck with her friends and thrown out of her flat, she tracks down her only family: her grandmother, in Kensington. She’s never met Matilda Beam before but hungover beggars can’t be choosers. Things aren’t going quite so well for Grandma, either. Her 1950s Good Woman guide books are out of print, her mortgage is staggering and her granddaughter apparently wears neon Wonderbras. But when a publisher throws them a lifeline – a new contract if they can prove the Good Woman guides still work – Jess and Matilda have to work together if they want a roof over their heads. Changing modern party girl Jess into a refined vintage lady is no mean feat and the true test of their makeover will be capturing the heart of snobby London playboy Leo Frost. It’s going to take dedication, a seriously pointy bra and nerves of steel to pull it off . .

This is Kirsty’s second book and it was an absolutely delicious story that was glued to my hand for a day. The lead character Jessica Beam, is a fun loving character who doesn’t have much responsibilities in life, she writes the content for her best friends website and enjoys nothing more than having a drink with her girls. But when it all goes wrong and she finds herself jobless and homeless, she goes in search of her only living relative and that is her grandmother Matilda Beam. Matilda Beam, is an elegant and classy lady who lives way beyond her means in her fancy house with her American assistant Peach, a sweet and innocent girl who Jess fully intends to take under her wing and corrupt in a good way. When Matilda initially meets her grand daughter, she is shocked by her outspoken behaviour, coarse language and lack of concern for others, but when she realises just how unladylike she is, Matilda suggests her granddaughter helps her revive her Good Guides handbook and transform her rebellious granddaughter into a lady whilst catching the attention of one of the UK’s most eligible bachelors Leo Frost who Jessica has a bit of a hatred for. If Jessica can successfully catch Leo’s eye using the tips from her grandmothers book then a top publisher will reissue the books and her grandmother will be able to keep her house.

The story flows entirely through the narrative of Jessica and she really is a ray of sunshine with her colourful language, dress sense and attitude towards life. Her interactions between her grandmother and herself are delightfully entertaining, as she brings her grandmother into the present day and shows her the gadgets and trends that are taking over. The scenes between Jess and Leo are also great, as we see her transport fluidly from her loud and brash self into a complete lady. Another delicious character is Jamie, the doctor who leaves downstairs and has also caught Jess’s eye, the scenes with the two of them really cracked me up.

An interesting addition is the inclusion of chapters of diary entries from Jessica’s mother who tragically passed away leaving behind many unanswered questions and also shows that Jessica wasn’t the only wildcard of the family.

This story is a fabulous one and guaranteed to pick you up after a rough day, filled with one liners, awkward moments, tips to snare you dream man, ‘The Vintage Guide To Love And Romance’ is a coming of age Bridget Jones story with a leading lady who I wish was my best friend.

You can buy The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.