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Once, Twice, Three Times An Aisling By Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen

Once, Twice, Three Times An AislingThe fabulous Aisling is back for a third time with the latest book by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen called ‘Once, Twice, Three Times An Aisling’.

What the back cover says –

Aisling is thirty, flirty and frazzled.

But – just when she should finally be feeling all grown-up – she’s floundering.

Because when you’re recovering from a broken heart as well as struggling to keep your café as sizzling as your award-winning sausages, it’s hard to feel you’ve really made it as an adult.

Which is just the moment for the unexpected to strike and complicate everything.

Now is not the time for a delicious new man to show up, her best friend to demand the hen do of the century and a surprise celebrity appearance.

But Aisling, never one to worry about having too much on her plate, rolls up her sleeves: she’s got this.

Until she discovers that being a proper grown-up means you can’t do everything.

Sometimes you will let someone down.

But will it be those she loves, or herself?

Can’t wait to see the return of our favourite Irish heroine!

You can pre-order ‘Once, Twice, Three Times An Aisling’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 19th September 2019.

I Owe You One By Sophie Kinsella

I Owe You One’I Owe You One’ is the latest book by Sophie Kinsella.

Fixie Farr can’t help herself. Straightening a crooked object, removing a barely-there stain, helping out a friend . . . she just has to put things right. It’s how she got her nickname, after all. So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees, she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank her, the computer’s owner, Sebastian, scribbles her an IOU – but of course Fixie never intends to call in the favour. That is, until her teenage crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and needs her help – and Fixie turns to Seb. But things don’t go according to plan, and now Fixie owes Seb: big time. Soon the pair are caught up in a series of IOUs – from small favours to life-changing debts – and Fixie is torn between the past she’s used to and the future she deserves.

It’s hard not to get excited when Sophie Kinsella releases a new book, especially when one of her earlier novels called ‘Can You Keep A Secret?’ is one of my favourite books.

In her latest book, we meet Fixie who is always trying to do the right, which is hard when she works in a shop with her argumentative brother and whimsical sister, who don’t share the same realistic vision as her and when their mother becomes ill and goes away, they realise that they have to work together. It’s one day that she meets the handsome Sebastian, when she saves his computer being ruined that he’s forever in her favour and she ends up giving this favour to the love of her life, Ryan, who’s returned from Hollywood after it not working out for him.

I loved this story but found it such a frustrating tale at times, as people around Fixie are constantly belittling her or putting her down, making her doubt her self worth and confidence. She’s a lovely character with a kind soul and you can’t help but fight her corner. She has everyone’s well being in considerations even if those don’t see and she manages to get herself in some hilarious situations.

This book is just like Sophie’s previous novels, it’s the perfect book to curl up and get lost in and it’s cleverly written with witty characters, one liners as well as a charming plot line and a lovely sense of poignancy that really added to the story.

Fun from the first page, ‘I Owe You One’ is a wittily crafted, coming of age story, with an inspirational protagonist that is a must read for all fans of Sophie Kinsella.

You can buy I Owe You One from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops.

The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew By Milly Johnson

The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew‘The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew’ is the latest book by Milly Johnson.

Sophie Mayhew looks like she has the perfect life. Wife of rising political star John F Mayhew, a man who is one step away from the top job in the government, her glamour matches his looks, power, breeding and money. But John has made some stupid mistakes along the way, some of which are threatening to emerge. Still, all this can still be swept under the carpet as long as Sophie ‘the trophy’ plays her part in front of the cameras. But the words that come out of Sophie’s mouth one morning on the doorstep of their country house are not the words the spin doctors put in there. Bursting out of the restrictive mould she has been in since birth, Sophie flees to a place that was special to her as a child, a small village on the coast where she intends to be alone. But once there, she finds she becomes part of a community that warms her soul and makes her feel as if she is breathing properly for the first time. Sophie knows she won’t be left in peace for long. Now she must decide: where does her real future lie?

When I was planning an early night, that quickly went out the window when I found myself in absorbed Milly’s book, which has been described as her best yet and I do believe that I wholeheartedly agree!

The story is seen from the perspective of Sophie Mayhew is the wife of John Mayhew, a charismatic man who is destined to be the next Prime Minister.

Sophie is a quiet and reserved woman, who the press regard as a bit of an ice maiden as she rarely shows emotions, but she lets her feelings show when it’s revealed that John has been having an affair. Instead of standing by her man, she flees to the small town that her boarding school was in.

With a new identity and life, Sophie now known as Pom begins to make new friends with warm-hearted and generous Tracy, her handsome vicar brother called Elliott and his adorable little boy called Luke.

It’s whilst Sophie is hidden away that she begins to question her life, unaware of the crisis at home as John and his team try to deflect the press from the drama.

As per Milly’s previous books, this is another heartwarming and funny story that will warm the cockles of the readers hearts. It’s an reflective and an insightful tale, that makes for reactive reading. Sophie is a kind and warm soul whilst all those around her, including John and her family are incredibly cold hearted and spiteful towards her and you really do feel sympathy towards her.

Witty, warm and filled with fantastic characters, ‘The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew’ is an inspiring one as we join a woman’s journey as she starts over in life and meets new friends along the way.

You can buy ‘The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

My Sisters And Me By Lisa Dickenson

My Sisters And Me‘My Sisters And Me’ is the latest book by Lisa Dickenson.

When Willow Lake asks her daughters for help renovating the family home, each has a reason to hesitate about returning to Maplewood. For quiet and bookish Emmy going back to the town that ridiculed her fills her with dread. The youngest Noelle is perfectly comfortable in herself now, but once wanted to fit in so badly that she walked away from her first love. A first love who still lives in Maplewood. And outspoken Rae is painfully aware of how much the townspeople hurt her little sisters growing up. She didn’t protect them then, but there’s no way she’ll let history repeat itself. The sisters agree to go home and make the best of it. After all if they’ve changed over the years, it’s possible the townspeople have too.

‘My Sisters And Me’ is a fun and playful book that really makes for entertaining reading. It’s seen through the perspective of three sisters, Emmy, Noelle and Rae as they take on the hard task of returning home and sorting out all their childhood memories.

As they return to their old town, old memories are stirred up bringing up some happy feelings of nostalgia as they remember growing up and reconnecting with old friends. But for the sisters, who lived in the middle of the woods during the era of ‘The Blair Witch Project’, they were seen as weirdos with hippy parents. This led to years of abuse and ridicule and when the women returned home, thought that opinions would have changed. But it, seems that even though they have moved on and grown up, the town is still stuck in the past and have kept their opinions.

As well, as having to deal with the small minded townsfolk, the sisters have their own issues to deal with. As Emmy, the baby of the trio, is an intelligent young woman who dreams of one day going to space becomes awkward when her first, unknown love enters her life, whilst Noelle has embraced her sexuality and wants to repair old bridges and outspoken Rae wants to tell everyone what she really thinks of them.

An uplifting story about the strong bond of the sisterhood and putting old ghosts to rest, ‘My Sisters And Me’ is a witty and heartwarming story about love and friendship, that will have you giggling throughout at the funny characters and hilarious situations.

You can buy My Sisters And Me from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Being An Author – Dream VS Reality By Fiona Gibson

Fiona GibsonOn the book tour for Fiona Gibson’s new book called ‘The Mum Who’d Had Enough’, Fiona talks about the reality of being an author.

I always loved the idea of writing a book. ‘How glamorous,’ I thought, ‘living the life of an author, travelling the world and being invited to, er, things!’ I imagined trotting out novels – which would be no more taxing than stringing a few anecdotes together – and spending the rest of my time on ‘research trips’ to glamorous destinations.

I’m not saying I don’t enjoy what I do. In fact I can’t imagine making a living any other way. But the reality of the job isn’t quite how I pictured it, when I dreamed of a writer’s life way back in my childhood bedroom…

The dream: a glamorous wardrobe
Reality:
I used to think that authors did lots of ‘public’ things (ie, general swanning about) and that this would require beautiful outfits. Yes, there might be the odd event to promote a new novel or take part in a book festival. However the actual writing part generally means pulling on something either very plain or downright disgusting, as you’re usually too befuddled by what feels like a monumental project to make sensible choices about what to wear. My first novel was written when I had three children under five, plus the builders in, and was covered in a fine layer of plaster dust.

The dream: fabulous parties
Reality:
Disappointingly, these imagined glittering occasions don’t come as part of the job. I’m lucky in that my publisher Avon’s parent company hosts a walloping annual do – but honestly, these are rare. As far as I’m aware, 99% of a novelist’s life is spent typing away in a draughty room, forking in potato salad straight from the tub.

The Mum Who’d Had Enough

The dream: a secretary
Reality
: I once imagined that, whilst the writer obviously did the writing part, there’d be someone on hand to take dictation/handle correspondence/tackle other less glamorous tasks. In fact every author I know breaks off regularly from writing to attend to laundry, check kids’ homework and bung a chicken in the oven. When one friend is stuck with a tricky aspect of her plot, she manically scrubs the bathroom floor.

The dream: limitless tranquility in which to write
Reality:
Many people don’t regard writing as a proper job. They think it’s okay to drop round – ‘Not working, are you?’ – to sip tea on your sofa for five hours while you sit there, rigid with panic, feeling your deadline breathing heavily down your neck. Life is full of distractions; if it’s not the window cleaner banging on the door for money, it’s Facebook luring you to look at the holiday pictures of someone you’ve never met.

The dream: inspiration strikes
Reality:
It does, occasionally. There are bursts of elation when the book seems to be literally falling out of your brain and onto the page – followed by lengthy periods of confusion when you realise that ‘Tom’ has mysteriously turned into ‘David’ and, actually, he belonged to your last book, and not the one you’re meant to be writing now.

However, after saying all that, for me the reality is better than the dream version. It is hard graft, for something like six months to a year or more – and by the time I type ‘The End’, I’m both exhausted and elated. But it’s also sort of addictive because within a week or so I am itching to type ‘Chapter One’ and start all over again.

You can buy The Mum Who’d Had Enough from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.