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Sophie Kinsella Returns With Christmas Shopaholic

Christmas ShopaholicWonderful news for fans of Sophie Kinsella, particularly of her ‘Shopaholic’ series, as she has announced a new book in the series called ‘Christmas Shopaholic’.

What the back cover says –

Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) adores Christmas. It’s always the same – Mum and Dad hosting, carols playing, Mum pretending she made the Christmas pudding, and the next-door neighbours coming round for sherry in their terrible festive jumpers.

And now it’s even easier with online bargain-shopping sites – if you spend enough you even get free delivery. Sorted!

But this year looks set to be different. Unable to resist the draw of craft beer and smashed avocado, Becky’s parents are moving to ultra-trendy Shoreditch and have asked Becky if she’ll host Christmas this year. What could possibly go wrong?

With sister Jess demanding a vegan turkey, husband Luke determined that he just wants aftershave again, and little Minnie insisting on a very specific picnic hamper – surely Becky can manage all this, as well as the surprise appearance of an old boyfriend and his pushy new girlfriend, whose motives are far from clear . . .

Will chaos ensue, or will Becky manage to bring comfort and joy to Christmas?

Definitely a book that will be going to the top of the TBR pile!

You can pre-order ‘Christmas Shopaholic’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 17th October 2019.

The Summer Of Impossible Things By Rowan Coleman

The Summer Of Impossible Things‘The Summer Of Impossible Things’ is the latest book by Rowan Coleman.

How far would you go to save the person you love? Luna is about to do everything she can to save her mother’s life. Even if it means sacrificing her own.

When it comes to Rowan Coleman, she’s been known for writing books that tug at the heartstrings, touching on sensitive issues such as domestic abuse and illness, stories that stay with you long after you reached the final page.

Her latest book, is something completely different for Rowan, something she was very honest about and worried how people would react to it, but for me, I adored this selfless tale about time travel.

The story is seen through the eyes of Luna, the eldest of two sisters, who returns to Brooklyn after her mother’s sudden death, with her younger sister Pea. They’ve been sent to New York to tie up some loose ends but it’s on this journey that their mother reveals a horrible secret through the power of a Super 8 camera. This secret is the reason Luna is alive and is also the reason behind her terrible death. It’s after this revelation that Luna has to figure out her fate and discovers that she’s capable of time travelling. She travels back to 1977 when her mother meets her father and falls in love. Luna becomes her mother’s friend as well as falling for a Michael, but as Luna delves further into past, her own future becomes uncertain.

I thoroughly loved this story, Luna is a beautiful and practical character who’s a selfless and kind person. With trying to change her mother’s past, she possibly might jeopardise her own future, but she’s determined to keep her mother safe. It’s not only in the past that she’s a protective person, but also in the present tense, she’s conscious of her younger sister and her troubled past of addiction. Her relationship with her mother is also strangely lovely, as they become firm friends, forging a bond with each other.

Beautifully and cleverly written with a captivating plot that was impossible to put down. I adored this poignant tale from the very beginning. Wonderfully reminiscent ‘The Time Travellers Wife’ which is one of my favourite books, ‘The Summer Of Impossible Things’ is a magical and emotional roller coaster about bravery and love, a tender triumph of a story.

You can buy The Summer of Impossible Things from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Precocious By Joanna Barnard

Precocious‘Precocious’ is Joanna Barnard’s debut novel.

Fiona Palmer is (un)happily married when a chance meeting with her former teacher plunges her headlong into an affair. Intercut with the realities of their adult relationship, Fiona remembers first meeting the enigmatic Henry Morgan as a precocious and lonely fourteen-year-old. Her schoolgirl crush developed into an intense relationship, but it was always one which she controlled. Or did she?

I started reading this book one evening and within a hour, I had read the first hundred pages. I was gripped by the bleak and desperate narrative from a woman who is so unhappy in life.

Fiona, has settled in life, her husband is passionately in love with her but sadly her feelings aren’t returned, as her heart belongs to another man. A man who she met in secondary school, who made her feel like a grown up and that her opinions mattered. Fast forward almost twenty years later and Fiona has ran into HM, the man that made her feel alive. Fiona then embarks on a relationship with HM, putting her future at stake, a marriage breakdown all for the sake of an obsessive and dark relationship.

The story is written in tenses, the present tense as Fiona begins the affair and also through diary entries as a 14 year Fiona old and she becomes friends with her English teacher. A charismatic and handsome man who takes her under his wing, encourages her writing whilst taking advantage of her naivety.

As the story progresses as the relationship develops. We see the darker side of love, an innocence taken away, an older man taking advantage of a young girl and an obsession that is incredibly wrong and creepy.

Fiona is an intriguing character, she’s permanently unhappy with her life and returning to HM, brings her back to a time when life was carefree with no pressures, but as she reflects on her time with HM, she begins to wonder was their time together as magical as she thought.

A sensitively and skilfully written story about forbidden love, battling the issues of abuse and underage sex, ‘Precocious’ is a compelling and unsettling story about twisted relationships and loneliness that makes for uncomfortable reading that was impossible to put down.

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

Rowan Coleman Reveals Two New Books For 2015

Runaway WifeI’ve two bits of news about Sunday Times bestselling author Rowan Coleman.

One. Ebury Publishers are reissuing her award winning story ‘Dearest Rose’ and it will be released again as ‘Runaway Wife’

The story of ‘Runaway Wife’ is –

Rose Pritchard has fled her home and her abusive husband with little more than the clothes on her back – and her most precious possession, her seven-year-old daughter Maddie.

But Rose does have one other thing left – a glimmer of hope that she can build a better life for herself and her daughter, whatever it takes…

I read ‘Dearest Rose’ a number of years ago and it truly is an inspirational and moving story.

You can buy Runaway Wife from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

And the second piece of news, is that Rowan is also releasing another book this year sweetly called ‘We Are All Made Of Stars’.

We Are All Made Of StarsThe story of ‘We Are All Made Of Stars’ is –

Do not miss me, because I will always be with you…I am the air, the moon, the stars. For we are all made of stars, my beloved… Wherever you look, I will be there.

Stella Carey exists in a world of night. Married to a soldier who has returned from Afghanistan injured in body and mind, she leaves the house every evening as Vincent locks himself away, along with the secrets he brought home from the war.

During her nursing shifts, Stella writes letters for her patients to their loved ones – some full of humour, love and practical advice, others steeped in regret or pain – and promises to post these messages after their deaths.

Until one night Stella writes the letter that could give her patient one last chance at redemption, if she delivers it in time…

‘We Are All Made Of Stars’ sounds like a beautifully moving and emotional story.

You can pre-order We Are All Made of Stars from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 21st May 2015.

Just For Christmas By Scarlett Bailey

Just For Christmas‘Just For Christmas’ is the latest book by Christmas author Scarlett Bailey.

When Alex Munro learns that the love of her life is getting married to another girl, all she wants is to be alone and as far away from Edinburgh as possible. Moving to a Cornish cottage, which comes complete with the world’s scruffiest dog, Alex finds that her new neighbours are determined to involve her in their madcap Christmas festivities. Then she meets her sexy neighbour, Ruan and somehow Alex doesn’t want to be alone this Christmas after all. But having lost one fiancée, Ruan has no intention of letting anyone get close to him again.

‘Just For Christmas’ is simply a lovely and funny story that had me hooked from the very start. Set in a small shipping village, filled with fun and quirky characters, this romantic comedy was delicious. Alex Munro is an unlikely female lead, a sweet and kind woman with a heart of gold. A tomboy at heart, she is unaware of her presence or her beauty as she hides away under baggy jumpers and is secretly in love with her oblivious and mostly annoying best friend Marcus.

in her job as Harbour Master, the villagers are unprepared for Alex, expecting a man to be doing the job, they are surprised to see a woman in charge of their harbour and with some heavily old-fashioned men, Alex finds it a challenge of prove her worth to the close knit community whilst making new friends along the way.

‘Just For Christmas’ is a wonderful story that I settled into pretty much straight away. The marvellous thing about Scarlett and her writing, is that she creates such inspirational and fun characters, that you feel a genuine connection with them and feel like you can’t put the book down until everything is settled, people are reconciled and we all get our happy ever afters. With this book in particular, I really enjoyed it, I loved Alex, how as a newcomer, people warmed to her and felt a connection that they could confide in her without feeling judged or misunderstood. She seemed to provide a calming presence in the rocky waters.

There were other wonderful characters that were a delight to read, particularly Ruan, the rugged gentleman who caught Alex’s eye. Lucy, the sweet barmaid that Alex forms a new friendship with and finally Buoy, the stubborn dog who resides in Alex’s new house and refuses to leave, following her every move and even claiming her bed.

A marvellous story from start to finish, ‘Just For Christmas’ is the perfect Christmas book to curl up with, beautifully written with captivating characters and a scruffy dog, I couldn’t put it down.

You can buy Just For Christmas from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.