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The Arrangement By Sonya Lalli

The Arrangement‘The Arrangement’ is the latest book by Sonya Lalli.

When you’re approaching thirty it’s normal (if not incredibly annoying) for your family to ask when you’ll tie the knot and settle down. But for Raina there’s a whole community waiting for someone to make her a wife – and a loving grandmother, Nani, ready to play matchmaker with a comprehensive list of potential husbands.Eager not to disappoint her family, Raina goes along with the plan but when the love of her life returns – ex-boyfriend Dev – she’s forced to confront her true feelings. Now her ‘clock is ticking’, it’s time for Raina to decide what she actually wants.

In this book, even though it is set in the 21st century, this modern tale featuring a strong, independent woman focuses on the pressure of a young Indian woman bordering on her 30th birthday and the immense pressure to find the perfect man and become a married woman to be fully accepted in society.

Raina is a fun and outspoken woman, brought up by her grandmother Nani, her upbringing was far from conservative with a wild and underage mother, who was rarely around. Raina’s grandmother brought her up, even she was never short of love and attention, Raina always felt stifled.

As she nears closer to her 30th birthday and her best friend prepares to get married, Raina is constantly reminded about getting married and finds herself beginning to buckle under the immense pressure from her grandmother. Even though, Nani only has her best interests at heart, her pressure for Raina to settle down is stifling, with lists of potential suitors and registering her on dating websites is making Raina go insane but with the reappearance of her ex Dev, Raina is finding it even harder to concentrate on her new potential partners.

With its bright and vibrant cover, ‘The Arrangement’ is a fun and insightful story from the very start. Highlighting the pressures of society that are inflicted on women from an early age to get married and have children, Sonya also writes frankly and with humour about the stress of being a young Indian woman, trying to be happy as well as be traditional in the 21st century.

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

Best Day Ever By Kaira Rouda

Best Day Ever‘Best Day Ever’ is the latest book by Kaira Rouda.

Paul Strom has spent years building his perfect life: glittering career, beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in the suburbs. But he also has his secrets. That’s why Paul has promised his wife a romantic weekend getaway. He proclaims this day, a warm Friday in May, will be the best day ever. Paul loves his wife, really, he does. But he also wants to get rid of her. And with every hour that passes, Paul ticks off another stage in his elaborately laid plan.

If you have a spare couple of hours in your day, then I urge you to read this book.

I curled up with it one day and became an anti-social recluse, talking to no-one and only putting it down when I needed fed and watered.

The story is seen solely through the eyes of Paul Strom, a successful business man with the perfect family and wife and a good reputation. To celebrate his success, Paul decides to take his wife, Mia away for romantic getaway claiming it to be the best day ever but it seems that Paul has a lot more in store for their best day ever, more than Mia could have ever expected.

This book is so gripping, because it’s written solely through one narrative, it gives an great insight into Paul’s. To the outside world, Paul is the perfect, man, husband and father but in reality, he’s sexist, egotistical and consumed by money and power and will not anything stand in his way particularly his wife.

But as their day progresses, we see super cool and confident’s mask regularly slip, letting the world see Paul’s true personality. Throughout the story, we see flashbacks into Paul’s past, from his childhood, career and to how he became the person that the reader will rapidly dislike.

The story flows at a fast pace, really engaging the readers attention with many plot twists that leave both Paul and the reader shocked.

A suspenseful story with a charismatic lead that I detested and sympathised in equal measures, ‘Best Day Ever’ is a thrilling story. Cleverly written with wit and honesty, this book gives an insight into what goes on behind and not everyone is as perfect as they look!

You can buy Best Day Ever from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops.

I Heart Forever By Lindsey Kelk

I Heart Forever‘I Heart Forever’ is the seventh book in Lindsey Kelk’s ‘I Heart’ series.

The day her husband Alex picks up a backpack and goes travelling, Angela Clark promises to stay out of trouble and keep both Louboutins on the ground. So when her best friend’s boyfriend confides in her, it can’t hurt to help him pick out a ring at Tiffany’s surely? And when her fashion magazine announces major changes, being terminally late and winking at your new boss in the lift isn’t that bad, is it? Then suddenly there’s another big secret Angela’s got to keep – and the man she loves is still thousands of miles away. As the wedding of the year looms, and Manhattan switches on its Christmas lights, Angela is going to need her friends by her side as her old life looks set to change forever.

Our favourite New York editor is back with a bang in the latest instalment of Lindsey Kelk’s fun series, ‘I Heart Forever’.

As per usual our outspoken and sassy lady is involved in much chaos and drama, some that was her own doing and others that are completely out of her control.

Angela is left to mind the fort whilst Alex goes off travelling for two months, whilst he’s enjoying life in a backpack, Angela has to deal with the impending changes at Spencer Media, now that the reigns have been handed over and Joe Herman steps in, a handsome, money driven man that wants to make huge changes to the magazines, much to Angela’s dismay. As Angela battles with life alone and defending the security of her employees jobs as well as her own. Her attention is occasionally distracted by her friend, Jenny’s upcoming wedding which has to big and better than anyone else’s.

There’s rarely a quiet moment in Angela’s life and it seems that it’s all changing rapidly and out of her control without Alex around to support her.

I loved this book, I thoroughly guffawed my way from start to finish, from Angela’s thoughts to outbursts, she was her usual entertaining self. I’ve recently come to the conclusion, that Angela Clarke is my favourite heroine in a book series. She genuinely makes me laugh and wish that she was my best friend.

I don’t want to go into too much detail about the story as I could I easily reveal one significant storyline, but there is plenty of drama and humour to keep her fans and new readers engaged.

There were certain aspects of the story, that I found particularly interesting such as the interactions with Joe and Eva, a successful YouTube star. As the world of digital and social media is currently changing, I found their scenes useful and informative.

Filled with warmth and fabulous characters from the amazingly direct Angela, her reluctant assistant Cici as well as best friend Jenny, there is a rarely a dull or quiet moment in this fast paced tale. Although, I do wonder, occasionally from the tone of the story, if this is the last that we will hear from Angela, I sincerely hope not!

Fun from the very beginning, ‘I Heart Forever’ is another delicious rollercoaster of a book from Lindsey, riddled with drama, innuendos and handsome musicians, Angela is most definitely back with a bang!

You can pre-order I Heart Forever from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 7th September 2017.

The Break By Marian Keyes

The Break‘The Break’ is the delicious new book by Marian Keyes.

Amy’s husband Hugh says he isn’t leaving her. He still loves her, he’s just taking a break – from their marriage, their children and, most of all, from their life together. Six months to lose himself in south-east Asia. And there is nothing Amy can say or do about it. Yes, it’s a mid-life crisis, but let’s be clear: a break isn’t a break up – yet. However, for Amy it’s enough to send her – along with her extended family of gossips, misfits and troublemakers – teetering over the edge. For a lot can happen in six-months. When Hugh returns if he returns, will he be the same man she married? Will Amy be the same woman? Because if Hugh is on a break from their marriage, then isn’t she?

Marian Keyes is back with another fabulous book, a book that made me lose track of time as well as let numerous cups of go to waste and go cold.

In her latest book, we meet Amy, a deliciously kind and outspoken woman who works in PR, mother to three daughters, her life is rarely a routine and when her husband Hugh announces that he wants to take a six month break to travel the world to help him through his grieving process after losing his father. Amy’s reaction and mine was WTF?

As Hugh travels the world, Amy is left with the worry that he’ll cheat on her, leave her for a younger model, never return and this will be the end of their marriage.

But whilst Hugh is discovering himself, Amy is also finding a new appetite for life. She’s refusing to accept pity from her neighbours and give up on her marriage, even though her heart is breaking.

Amy is also on her own path of self discovery, embarking on new affairs, tackling with being a single parent and being the mother of a successful video blogger with an attitude.

I absolutely adored this book. The book is filled with Marian’s charm and wit as well her warmth. The characters are similar to the Walsh family, their dysfunctional, outspoken and there is never a dull moment, with their larger than life mother and a father who battles Alzheimers. In her light hearted tale, Marian delivers a story that has serious issues, Alzheimer’s and the effect it can have on a family, the pressure and stress. Teenage pregnancy and the legality of abortion in Ireland plus the surge of video blogging and how anyone can do it, no matter the age.

Amy is a fabulous character and one that I could never tire of reading. As the story progresses, Amy becomes a stronger and more confident woman and this is a joy to witness. Hugh was a different story altogether, I wholeheartedly hated him and the rage he invoked in me was astounding. His selfishness to find himself whilst Amy was left to look after the family and deal with the sympathy and the gossip that he left behind, it enraged me!

The characters are engaging and all have their own quirks that made for such enjoyable reading plus all the chapters are short, so one chapter can rapidly become seven or ten.

Deliciously fun and warmhearted, this book is an enchanting story that was impossible to put down, filled with charm, drama and plenty of Irish wit, ‘The Break’ is most certainly Marian Keyes at her very best. I dare you not to enjoy it!

You can pre-order The Break from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 7th September.

The Wardrobe Mistress By Natalie Meg Evans

The Wardrobe Mistress‘The Wardrobe Mistress’ is the latest book by Natalie Meg Evans.

London 1945. A young war widow steps aboard a train in search of a new life. Clutching the key to a mysterious inheritance, Vanessa Kingcourt can no longer resist the pull of the old Farren Theatre – an enchanted place seeped in memories of her actor father. Now owned by troubled former captain Alistair Redenhall, The Farren is in need of a Wardrobe Mistress and a new lease of life. With no experience and no budget for supplies, Vanessa must use her intuition to create beautiful costumes from whatever scraps of silk and thread survived the blitz. It’s a seemingly impossible task, but a welcome distraction as she struggles to resist her blossoming feelings for Alistair. What Vanessa discovers could unravel family secrets sewn deep into the very fabric of the London theatre scene . . . but will she repeat the same terrible mistakes her father made? And can she dare to love a man who will never be hers?

Natalie is back with another gripping read set in the aftermath of the Second World War.

In this story, we meet Alistair and Vanessa, an unlikely pair who forge a professional friendship when they work at The Farren, a popular theatre.

After her father left when she was child, Vanessa was consumed with wondering what became of him. She knew he had an acting career at The Farren, so she returns to the old theatre after his death and takes on the old of wardrobe mistress even though she has absolutely no experience in the trade. Meanwhile, Alaistair is the husband of Vanessa’s best friend whose marriage is falling apart, having left the navy after the war, Alaistair takes over the The Farren and prepares for their first performance.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the background of war ridden London trying to recover itself made for atmospheric reading. The characters are engaging and complimentary with each other, with Vanessa’s humour and outspoken nature and Alaistair’s charisma, they made an entertaining couple, even though they both tried to deny their attraction to each other. There are two parts to the story, as Vanessa delves into her father’s past and tries to solve the mystery of the tiny key that she was given as a child and as she tries to find her place in life.

Filled with flamboyant and dramatic characters, beautiful fashion and riddled with suspense and mystery throughout ‘The Wardrobe Mistress’ is a romantic and luxurious tale that made for memorable reading

You can buy The Wardrobe Mistress from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.