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Merry Christmas From Handwritten Girl

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Christmas is nearly upon us and I’ve found myself writing my annual sign off instead of wrapping presents that are still in their bags. Last minute as always!

This year was a great year for books and I’ve even listed my top ten books for 2017, just incase you are looking for a few last minute stocking fillers.

It was also a great year for Handwritten Girl, as I attended the Bord Gais Energy Book Awards for the first time and had an amazing time meeting some of Ireland’s finest literary talent ans well as spending Halloween weekend learning about the dark and interesting world of crime writing.

Before I sign off, I would like to say a huge thank you to all the lovely publishers and authors who introduced me to some of the most wonderful books this year, from intense thrillers to happy romances, there’s something for everyone to curl up with during the cold winter nights.

Most importantly, thank you to the readers of the website for taking the time to read a review, tweet, Favourite or Like a post, your support is appreciated tremendously. I hope you all have a safe and relaxing Christmas and receive loads of treats from Santa Claus, especially books as there are some great ones out there.

Have a Happy New Year and I shall see you in 2018.

Handwritten Girl’s Favourite Books of 2017.

1. The Break by Marian Keyes
2. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
3. Final Girls By Riley Sager
4. Bring Me Back By BA Paris
5. You, Me, Everything by Catherine Issac
6. The Summer of Impossible Things By Rowan Coleman
7. The Last Piece of My Heart by Paige Toon
8. Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land
9. A Song For Tomorrow By Alice Peterson
10. The One By John Marrs

The Last Piece Of My Heart By Paige Toon

The Last Piece Of My HeartPaige Toon is back with a new book called ‘The Last Piece Of My Heart’.

Meet Bridget, a successful travel journalist with ambitions to turn her quirky relationship blog into a novel. But, after numerous rejections from publishers, she accepts an alternative proposition: Nicole Dupre died leaving behind a bestselling novel and an incomplete sequel, and the family need someone to finish it. Bridget is just thankful to have her foot in the publishing door. But as she gets to know Nicole’s grieving family, and the woman behind the writing, Bridget’s priorities begin to change.

Paige is back with another beautiful tale, a story that whisks you anyway to many different countries packed with exotic and handsome men and adorable babies.

In this book, we meet Bridget who was originally introduced to us in one of Paige’s earlier books, ‘Thirteen Weddings’. She’s happily working away on her blog, reuniting with old boyfriends and putting ghosts to rest until her agent asks her to ghost write the follow up novel to a best seller. Sadly, the author Nicki, passed away before finishing and Sara, Bridget’s agent thinks she would be perfect for the job.

But, for Bridget to finish the book, Bridget must delve into the world and thoughts of the author and this brings her to Cornwall, where she lives in her fathers old motor home called Hermie and she spends her days with the widowers husband and their baby sweetly called April. It’s during this time with Charlie and April, that Bridget forges a friendship with the pair and finds herself discovering new things about herself whilst finishing the challenging novel.

As per usual, Paige has written another book that tugs at the heartstrings with an adorable baby with a sweet and inquisitive nature but also makes for poignant reading as she reads the private thoughts of a young woman whilst intruding on a mans grieving.

Bridget is the life and soul of the paper, she’s fun, outspoken and not used to children, until she met April, she feared them but immediately falls for the little girl. As she researches into the book, we realise that she’s not quite as settled as we thought, as she tries to deal with a long distance relationship with her boyfriend in Australia, but as time goes by, she begins to wonder if he does own the last piece of her heart.

Charlie, is also another beautiful character, he’s handsome, creative and tortured as he deals with his wife’s untimely death but with Bridget suddenly thrown into his and his daughters lives, he begins to deal with his grief and she helps him realise that life can move on.

Their scenes together are wonderful, they are fun and vibrant and Bridget really does bring the best out in Charlie. I genuinely loved the couple, they were fun, relatable and most of all engaging.

A warm and sweet tale, that flowed at a lovely pace, ‘The Last Piece Of My Heart’, is a beautiful and sensitively written tale about love and loss that truly made for bittersweet reading.

You can pre-order The Last Piece of My Heart from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 18th May 2017.

Cover Reveal – The Last Piece Of My Heart By Paige Toon

The Last Piece Of My HeartPaige Toon has revealed the cover to her new book, ‘The Last Piece Of My Heart’ and it’s a lovely return to the character Bridget, who appeared in one of Paige’s previous books, ‘Thirteen Weddings’

The synopsis of ‘The Last Piece Of My Heart’ is –

Meet Bridget, a successful travel journalist with ambitions to turn her quirky relationship blog into a novel. But, after numerous rejections from publishers, she accepts an alternative proposition: Nicole Dupre died leaving behind a bestselling novel and an incomplete sequel, and the family need someone to finish it. Bridget is just thankful to have her foot in the publishing door. But as she gets to know Nicole’s grieving family, and the woman behind the writing, Bridget’s priorities begin to change …

Sounds like a another warmhearted tale from one of my favourite authors. I can’t wait to read it!

You can pre-order The Last Piece of My Heart from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 18th May 2017.

The One We Fell In Love With By Paige Toon

The One We Fell In Love With’The One We Fell In Love With’ is Paige Toon’s new book.

Phoebe is caught between a rock and a hard place. Settle down and get married, or return to the French Alps to pursue her passion? Eliza is in love with someone who is no longer hers. In fact, he probably never was… And her dream of becoming a successful musician seems to be spiralling down the drain. Rose is out of a job and out of a boyfriend. To make matters worse, she’s been forced to move back in with her mother. But these very different girls have one thing in common. Angus. The one they fell in love with.

Paige Toon is back with another beautiful story that broke my heart and had me reaching for the tissues.

Like her previous books, ‘The One We Fell In Love With’ is a unique and captivating tale about love, friendship, identical triplets and the one they all fell with.

When Angus moves in next door to triplets, Phoebe, Rose and Eliza, each one of the sisters falls in love with him. But Phoebe saw him first, so she claims her rights to him much to see sisters disappointment and so follows years of fun, heartache and secret love.

The story is seen through the perspective of the sisters and each chapter has an individual slant to it, so we can see each personality of the girls. Phoebe is the forward one of the trio, adventurous with a bubbly spirit, she catches Angus’ eye with her love of the great outdoors, Rose is the mother hen, a gentle and caring nature, but who occasionally is a bit jealous of her sisters, whilst Eliza, is the artistic one with her sweet voice and her fiery, loner attitude.

Written over a period of time, the story follows the sisters through relationships and dramas and there are plenty of twists and shocks along the way, that had me gripped from the story.

With an absolutely stunning cover, this book is sweetly written with addictive characters, snappy dialogue and poignant moments. ‘The One We Fell In Love With’ is definitely one of my favourite books of 2016, charming and filled with romance, this book is the reason why Paige Toon is one of my favourite authors, her books are the perfect escapism from boring life.

You can pre-order The One We Fell in Love With from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 19th May 2016.

Book News – All About The Hype By Paige Toon

All About The HypeGood news if you’re a fan of of Paige Toon’s, YA series as she is back with the third book in the series called ‘ All About The Hype’.

The story of ‘All About The Hype’ is –

Is the life of a famous rockstar’s daughter all it’s cracked up to be? And what about dating your fellow band-member just as you hit the bigtime?

Jessie is still getting used to being a celebrity, and the daughter of one of the world’s biggest rock stars. With her own music career on the rise, a gorgeous love interest and a fun group of friends, it seems Jessie’s glamorous LA life couldn’t get any better . . . but things are about to get really complicated.

I love the sassy cover to this book and as a fan of the Jessie Jefferson’s, I look forward to reading this story.

You can pre-order All About the Hype (Jessie Jefferson 3) from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 28th July 2016.