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Book News – Big Sexy Love By Kirsty Greenwood

Big Sexy LoveDeliciously exciting news as Kirsty Greenwood is returning to our bookshelves in June with her new book called ‘Big Sexy Love’

What the back cover says

Olive Brewster is a scaredy cat. She doesn’t do new or risky. She’s happy enough with her job at the local market, it’s cool that she has no boyfriend to fret over, she even likes that she still lives in her childhood home. No drama, no fuss, no problems. Everything is fine. Super duper fine.

Except … Olive’s best friend in the world​, Birdie, is dying.

Birdie has one final wish. She wants to track down her first love, Chuck, and because she’s stuck in the hospital she needs Olive’s help to do it. But there’s a teeny problem: Chuck is somewhere in New York and Olive has never even left her home town, let alone roamed the crazy streets of Manhattan.

As if the big city isn’t scary enough, Olive has to contend with Seth, a cocky comedy TV writer who thinks she’s a joke; Anders, a bored socialite who’s taken a shine to her; and the fact that no matter how hard she tries to track down Chuck, he doesn’t seem to want to be found.

Can Olive learn to overcome her fears, abandon her old safe routine and fulfil her best friend’s last wish? It’s going to take extra bravery, one badass attitude and a whole lot of big sexy love to make this happen…

Get ready to laugh your socks off with this standout romantic comedy, bursting with get-the-giggles moments, heart-melting romance and characters you’ll never forget!

You can pre-order Big Sexy Love from Amazon and will be available to buy for only £2.99 from 29th June 2017.

Giveaway – Happy People Read And Drink Coffee By Agnes Martin-Lugand

Happy People Read And Drink CoffeeToday on the website, I’ve a copy of Agnes Martin-Lugand’s new book, ‘Happy People Read And Drink Coffee’ to give away to one lucky person.

What the back cover says

Diane, owner of Happy People Read and Drink Coffee, a cosy coffee shop turned library in Paris, seems to have the perfect life. But when she suddenly loses her husband and daughter in a car accident, her life is overturned and the world as she knows it disappears. Trapped by her memories, Diane closes her shop and retreats from friends and family.

One year later, she moves from Paris to a small town on the Irish coast, determined to heal by rebuilding her life alone, without anyone’s help or pity – until she meets Edward, a handsome and moody Irish photographer. Along windy shores and cobbled streets, Diane falls into a surprising and tumultuous romance. As she works to overcome her painful memories, Diane and Edward’s once-in-a-lifetime connection inspires her to love herself and the world around her with new-found inner strength and happiness.

But will it last when Diane leaves Ireland, and Edward, for good?

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question.

What is Edward’s occuptation?

Leave your answer in the comment box below by Monday 10th April? Good luck.

My Not So Perfect Life By Sophie Kinsella

My Not So Perfect Life‘My Not So Perfect Life’ is the latest book by Sophie Kinsella.

Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed. Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they? Until her not-so perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business. Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams? Or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman with everything – have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems. And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?

I’ve been a fan of Sophie’s books for years, one of her books ‘Can You Keep A Secret’ is one of my favourite books, so when I received a copy of ‘My Not So Perfect Life’ I was eager to delve in and see what Sophie’s latest book had to offer.

In this book, we meet Katie/Cat, a young woman who has moved from the wild countryside to the bright lights of London, hoping for a successful career in marketing but there’s one snag, her job hasn’t turned out as her expected, low income, huge pressure and a demanding boss, Cat’s life is far from the perfection she posts on Instagram. But, when she’s suddenly let go, Cat’s world falls apart and she finds herself in limbo. Unsure of what to do next, she returns home to her father and stepmother, claiming she’s on a sabbatical and ends up using her skills and talents to help her parents create the perfect glamp site and her wealth of knowledge makes the site a huge success but when her boss Demeter turns up, sampling the delights of Ansters Farm Country Retreat, Cat has to pretend to be someone else so her parents don’t find out she has lost her job, but she can use it all to her advantage as she treats Demeter to some new upcoming exercises and activities to avenge her redundancy.

I absolutely loved this book, it was the perfect book to curl up with. The story has a wonderfully warm and relatable lead that made reading this story so enjoyable.

The story is primarily seen through the narrative of Cat/Katie, a young woman following a dream, working for an enviable company that many people would love to work for. Her boss Demeter, is ditsy but she’s sharp and sees what’s on trend and Cat hopes that she can catch Demeter’s attention with her ideas but sadly that doesn’t work when Cat is dealt a bitter blow with being let go. Instead of crying into her porridge, she sees it as an opportunity to prove her potential with the set up of her parents glamp site.

I thought Cat as an inspirational young woman, she’s determined, driven and wants nothing more than to work in the creative field and uses her redundancy as a positive instead of a negative. But like any other human being, when she sees the opportunity to get back at Demeter for firing her, she seizes it with entertaining and funny results.

The book is filled with many fun and lovely characters, Cat’s father regularly has quick fire business ideas that often end in disaster, but with Cat’s help is proving to be a success, whilst Demeter is also showing that her life is also far from perfect. Portraying the glamorous and ideal life in the office, it’s a different story when she turns up to the farm with a distracted husband and two sully children. In these scenes, I felt a sympathy towards Demeter as she struggled to fit in and deal with the drama around her. Alex plays the handsome lead in the story, a charismatic and influential young man who Cat finds herself drawn to.

A fun and engaging story that made for delicious reading, filled with relatable characters and hilarious scenarios, I couldn’t put it down. A fresh story that truly is Sophie at her very best, with laugh out loud moments and a fabulous leading lady, ‘My Not So Perfect Life’ is the perfect pick me up book that proves that with a bit of creativity and hard work, dreams can come true.

You can buy My Not So Perfect Life and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Fiona Gibson Reveals New Book – The Woman Who Met Her Match

The Woman Who Met Her MatchFiona Gibson has revealed her new book and it’s called ‘The Woman Who Met Her Match’.

What the back cover says

What if your first love came back on the scene . . . 30 years later?

After yet another disaster, Lorrie is calling time on online dating. She might be single in her forties, but she’s got a good job, wonderful children and she’s happy. This, Lorrie decides, is going to have to be enough.

That is, until she receives a very unexpected request from France. Antoine Rousseau, who had once turned a lonely French exchange trip into a summer of romance, wants to see her – after thirty years.

But Lorrie is a responsible woman. She can’t exactly run off to Nice with the man who broke her teenage heart . . . can she?

I absolutely loved Fiona’s previous books, so I can’t wait to get reading this fun tale!

You can pre-order The Woman Who Met Her Match from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 20th April 2017.

The Ex Factor By Eva Woods

The Ex Factor‘The Ex Factor’ is the latest book by Eva Woods.

Modern dating is hard, especially when all you meet are liars, oddballs, men who wear Superman pants and men who live with their mums. So why not date someone who already comes pre-approved? Just because your friend’s ex wasn’t right for her doesn’t mean that he won’t be right for you. That’s Marnie’s new plan for herself and her three best friends, perennially single Helen, recently divorced Rosa and cynical lawyer Ani. Through bad dates and good, the four friends begin to realise that there are advantages to dating pre-screened men…but there can be some serious pitfalls to falling for your friend’s ex.

‘The Ex Factor’ is seen from the perspective of four best friends, Helen, Marnie, Ani and Rosa who have all given up on love. Helen is busy working on her unique dating website, which is aimed for people in relationships, Rosa is trying to get over the heartbreak off her husband going off with the work intern and has to see him everyday at work, whilst Ani, is a divorce lawyer and is unable to get past a second date meanwhile Marnie has returned from years of travelling, full of mystery and intrigue, her friends are dying to hear about her exciting life, but it seems that life is far from glamorous for Marnie, but she’s not letting anyone know about what really happened.

Right from the start, this story was fun, based in London, the four friends are reminiscent of the ladies from ‘Sex And The City’, their fun loving, adventurous, enjoy cocktails and most of all they are looking for their Prince Charming. The concept of sharing exes from their past does make for interesting reading and I found myself wondering how this would effect their friendship, as they all enjoy dates with past partners as they wondered if these exes could potentially be the ones who got away.

The mixture of characters, personalities and fun situations all make for light hearted and entertaining ladies. Each character was unique and relatable with their own issues and I found myself warming to each of them. I loved Helen, a quiet character, she’s content with her quiet life involving routines and spending time with her cat, Mr Fluffypants, but when her old flame from her past reappears, she finds herself struggling with the project even when she meets IT consultant Karl, a man who is helping with her website that is forever being hacked. I particularly loved Rosa, I found myself sympathising with her as she is suddenly thrown into the world of singles, having adjusted to married life and content in finding her happy ever after, it falls apart when her David has an affair. She’s a sweet character, who has to write about the dating project much to bemusement of her handsome boss Jason and bitchy Suzanne. She’s constantly found in ridiculous dramas and is a bit like the Bridget Jones character of the story. Ani is the more sensible and serious of the group, coming from an Indian background, she feels the pressure of being single and throws herself into her job, whilst the instigator of the project, Marnie is quite a mysterious character, her life is far from perfect but she refuses to divulge about her life and where she has been from the past couple of years much to the frustration of her friends.

I really enjoyed this story, I thought it was a fun and refreshing book with plenty of witty one liners and funny situations that made for refreshing reading. A story about friendships and starting over ‘The Ex Factor’ is a great introduction to a new author.

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